Friday, November 29, 2013

Finally {Black} Friday

This week has been SO awesome, because it went by so quickly.  In fact, if this weekend could slow down just a little, that'd be awesome!  :)

Our Thanksgiving was very low key - actually, we didn't even eat turkey.  Nobody in my family really loves turkey, so we decided to have an Italian Thanksgiving.

To be quite honest, I could eat hot dogs on Thanksgiving as long as I am spending it with the people I love.

We are headed to spend time with Kevin's family today - can't wait to see them all.

I will leave you with some pictures from our day yesterday.

Shopping the ads before lunch.
This girl cracks me up.  I'm so thankful for her.
Sam & Uncle Kevin were enjoying football.  Uncle Kevin wasn't so much enjoying football because his darn Packers couldn't get themselves together.

Maicey was hot - she didn't have any shorts at Oma & Opa's house, so Rob problem solved and made shorts out of Sam's old pants.  With the leftover fabric, he made them both hats.  Very handy.  :)
Gosh, I love them.  :)
We were the first group of people to get into Toys R Us last night.  I got a great deal on my nephew Aiden's Christmas gift.  And had fun with my family!
This man was such a trooper.  We are in line at Kohl's in this picture and he had a huge arm load of stuff  because we determined that a cart would only inhibit our ability to move through the store.  :)  It was wonderful quality time together.

Enjoy your weekend, Friends!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

19 Weeks & Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is the 19 Week BUMPdate - 11/27/13:

Every Wednesday I just get SO excited every time Julie texts me.  Well tonight, when I opened my text to see the new belly pic, this is what was there:

That's funny stuff, guys.  Admit it.  They crack me up.

Ok, here's the real BUMPdate:

And the side-by-side from last week:

I think she looks higher - Julie says she feels higher.  :)  She weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and is about the size of an heirloom tomato

Her brain is designating specialized places for her various senses and she is beginning to be able to recognize sounds.  Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her head is beginning to sprout.

Because it's Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to give THANKS.
{Thanks to Kelly from Kelly's Korner for the idea!  :)}

This Thanksgiving, I want to give THANKS for...

Traditions.  I am a sucker for holiday traditions with family.  I ADORE nothing more than going over to my parents house and spending time with the people I love.  We don't have to do anything special - just be in the same place.  I love it.

Having enough.  We are certainly not wealthy.  But we have enough.  We have a beautiful apartment that we've made into a home.  We make enough money to have all the things we need and many of the things we want.  We have enough and I'm thankful for that.

All of YOU.  I cannot really tell you the ways this blog has changed my life in the past 5 months.  What started out as a simple and easy way for me to document our life has turned into an amazing creative outlet for me that others have come to look forward to as a part of their daily routine.  I am so thankful that people are interested in our story and care about us enough to read each day.

The K's in my life.  Kevin, who I would be lost without. He lets me dream bigger and keeps me grounded all at the same time.  Kaitlyn, who has broken me in to this job of being a mom.  Our Kangaroo and her family, who have restored my faith in humanity and become such a blessing to our lives in friendship and support and who are giving us the most obvious K I'm thankful for this year.  Kamdyn Murphy, I am SO thankful for you.  I haven't even met you and you have changed my life.  The sheer fact that I get to be your mommy is without a doubt my biggest reason for giving thanks this year.

School.  I am thankful for my education, but more than that, I am thankful that I go to work each day with a dedicated faculty of some of my closest friends.  And I am so thankful for my Students who are absolutely some of the sweetest and most incredible kids I know.  I tell them all the time that they are going to change the world, and I can't wait to watch.

And one more adorable BUMP picture!  Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkey

I genuinely hope each of you has an incredible holiday with the people you love.  Thank you for making The Rokusek Family Blog a part of your Thanksgiving.

Lots of Love -

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So What Wednesday

I'm joining Shannon at Life After "I Dew" again this week by saying SO WHAT if:

  • I have to work a half day today, but my fifthsters have the day off.  {meetings, fun times}
  • My Scentsy burners all have different scents in them right now as we transition out of fall smells and into the holiday smells.
  • I scrapbooked on Friday night and my supplies are still not put away
  • My bedtime is getting later and later every day - often I'm not sleeping until midnight…baby training?
  • I'm already having anxiety about making parenting decisions…
  • I've been driving the struggle bus at work this week.  I mean, so unproductive it's ridiculous.
  • Sometimes when I'm talking to people in my real life, I tell them things only to realize they've already heard the same information/story because they read my blog.
  • Sometimes in real life, I also don't tell people things assuming they have read it - good thing I'm decent on reading social cues so I can tell when they're confused.  :)
  • I laugh my ass off at those Kmart commercials.
  • My tree still doesn't have a topper.
I think that's it for today.  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I pray that when people look at my daughter, they always think about this exact quote.  

All throughout this struggle, I have worked really hard to never stop believing in hope.  I will not sit here and tell you that I have always been good at this, because I haven't.  Nor can I sit here and tell you that there haven't been days that I haven't cried myself to sleep or allowed myself to despair about the hand I was dealt.  However, I have always prayed that God would continue to put on my heart that His plans for my life are perfect.  I am so thankful that I never gave up hope.  I am so thankful that God chose me to walk this journey.

I am so thankful that every single day I will get to look at this beautiful child and have a living reminder that miracles do indeed happen everyday.

Keep Hoping, Friends -

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Morning Musings

Yesh, this weekend flew by!  As was to be expected, the holiday craziness has set it and we are going 50 miles per hour.  I am going to work really hard this year to be intentional with the time I spend.  I want to enjoy this season with my family, just the way it is.  Kaitlyn was talking this weekend about "next year Kamdyn will be able to pull ornaments off the tree" or "will we be able to take our annual trip to Chicago, even with a baby?" - these things tugged at my heart because for as much as we have prayed for this baby and as ecstatic as we are for her to finally be here…the reality is that the way we do business as a family will be changing drastically.  Those of you reading who know me in real life know that this doesn't bother me one bit as far as day-to-day life…but holidays - OH BOY.  I am a creature of habit when it comes to holiday traditions.  I think there is nothing more important than those special family traditions around the holidays - and two things are about to happen 1) my traditions are about to be changed {WHERE is Kamdyn going to sit in the seating arrangement at my parent's house on Christmas night?!} and 2) Our family unit {Kevin, Katie, Kaitlyn & Kamdyn} is going to develop our own traditions {these are hard to develop when we only have Kaitlyn every other year for every other holiday}.  The thought of this makes me a LOT excited and a little LOT anxious.  Anyway, here's the point - I want to cherish this year with our family just as it is, because I know it won't be the same ever again - that's not bad, just different.  :)

On Friday night, I enjoyed a blissful night of scrapbooking.  I just love this time with my friends working on Kamdyn's scrapbook.  :)

Festival of Trees was the perfect kick off to our holidays :)  The studio always performs the weekend before Thanksgiving and it always, always, always puts me in the holiday spirit.  Speaking of holiday traditions, we have a few photo traditions before the show, as I looked back at these I got tears in my eyes.  Sometimes I wish I could just stop time.  Stop babies from growing up.  Or even just re-visit these days.  But since I can't - pictures serve as the perfect way to remember.  Freeze time.

The top row of that collage is 2010, the bottom was this weekend.  3 years.  The blink of an eye.  Impossible to believe.

We also decorated our home for the holidays this weekend.

I just love my house at Christmas time.  It puts me in my happy place.

Speaking of my happy place.  My fabulous, talented husband took pictures of Kaitlyn, Sam & Maicey this weekend.  {I'll also put in a disclaimer that I took many of these because Maicey refused to cooperate for Kevin!}  I'll leave you with a few of my favorites.

Have a beautiful week, friends!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Finally Friday

It's FINALLY Friday and only 2 more school days stand between me and Thanksgiving break!  :)  I really do love my fifth-sters, but we are all so ready for a break.

I had car duty before and after school at work this week.  Typically, I dislike this duty greatly…however this week proved to be an interesting twist.  My duty partner (Erik) and I decided on Monday that we had had enough of the 30 minutes of pandemonium that was going on trying to get hundreds of kids loaded into cars and out of the parking lot.  We decided we were going to lay down the law this week and just see what happened.  I'm talking full on air traffic control, y'all - arms waving, whistles, shouting - it was good stuff.  However, many sweet parents gave thumbs up, rolled down their windows to say 'thank you', and even called the office to say how much they appreciated the new traffic flow.  Who knew parking lot duty could be such a powerful way to change people's day?!  Cracks me up.

So excited to go to Festival of Trees this weekend to get my holiday season officially kicked off.  Festival of Trees is an annual event in our area where there are lots and lots of beautiful Christmas trees decorated with different themes in a huge room.  It's so much fun!  Each year, after Festival of Trees, we always come home and put up our own tree - it's the perfect kick off to the beautiful season.  After our tree is up, I can officially begin wrapping gifts - which I LOVE to do!

I spoke earlier this week of my love for Matthew Schuler.  I mean, seriously, you all - he is amazing.

It brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it {which may or may not be every day}.  I already love that song - and this version is my new favorite.  IN.LOVE.

Speaking of my loves on The Voice.  Uhhhhmmmm, hello gorgeous

Couldn't agree more.  Wow, he's nice to look at.  However, I am going to put in a small disclaimer - his clean shaven look with gelled hair?  That's a little Pee Wee Herman-ish, if you want my opinion {which you all do, because this is my blog :)}  If Kevin is reading this post, he is absolutely shaking his head and rolling his eyes at me.  He border-line won't watch The Voice with me anymore because he's so tired of hearing about my crush on Adam.  It's a problem.

Wow, that was a very random Finally Friday!  Sorry about that!  :)

Happy Weekend, Friends -

Thursday, November 21, 2013

18 Week BUMPdate

Here is the 18 Week belly picture - 11/20/13:

And the side-by-side comparison from last week:

Not much difference from last week - the fact that she's wearing the same clothes doesn't help!  We both cracked up when we saw the side-by-side.  Julie isn't feeling the best this week - prayers that she feels better from all of you would help immensely.  

I am just loving writing this post in PINK!!  :)  The love and excitement for Kamdyn has been overwhelming.  It's been a week since we found out, and I think it's just beginning to really settle in.  We're having a girl!  I just love saying her name and being able to call her a "she" - it seems so much more real.  And I'd also like to state for the record that the blog poll was correct!!  That's why you all are my people.  You just know.  Love that.

Anyway, back to the BUMPdate, she is about the size of a bell pepper this week

She weighs 7 ounces and at the ultrasound last week she was about 6 inches long.  Her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place now.  Her blood vessels are visible through her skin and her ears are finally in their final location.  She is moving more and more {in fact, Julie says she moves all.the.time}!  If the show she put on during the ultrasound is any indication, we have a little dancer on our hands - she never stopped moving!  Julie texted this week to tell me that she actually felt her move from the outside - which is exciting because that means next time I see Julie, I might be able to feel our baby girl!!  :)

We are almost to the halfway point!  Entering the season of holidays and baby showers - SO excited!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

So What! Wednesday

This week I'm saying So What! if:

  • I literally stare at pictures of Kamdyn at random points in my day every single day.
  • Christmas is stressing me out this year - even though I've gotten a bit done already - I'm itching to start wrapping/mailing/decorating.
  • I get annoyed when I see Christmas lights turned on already
  • Thinking about moving things around in our home before this baby comes just about makes me break out
  • My hair has been in a messy bun every day this week
  • We still have pumpkins up in our house
  • My guilty pleasure is the Real Housewives (only Beverly Hills & Orange County) - Kevin watched BH with me this week and I think that might have been a first and last experience for him.
  • I'm as excited as my students for a Thanksgiving Break from school
  • My Christmas list isn't really even started
  • I am obsessed with The Voice - for two main reasons
  • When I'm stressed out, I download free fonts to use on my school stuff - strange I know.
  • I only have 4 more weeks with my fifth-sters alone until my sweet student teacher joins us after Winter Break
I think that's it for this week.  Stop over and visit Shannon at Life After I "Dew" and share your SO WHATs!  :)

Happy Hump Day, Friends!