Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our little boy

Things have been a little hectic the past two weeks so I'm sorry that I haven't updated this sooner... But for all who don't know, Logan is here!

He was born on December 11, 2008 at 5:47 p.m., was 20.5 in. long and weighed 7 lb. 15 oz.

We've taken so many pictures that it's impossible to put them all on the blog, but I've uploaded a bunch of them to an online album.


Eric and I are still working on the best way to share photos with everyone, but at the moment this is the quickest and easiest way for me to do it.

It was so great to have Eric here for Logan's birth, and I'm so thankful for being able to spend the past couple of weeks together. We really are a family now and I've honestly never been happier.

Christmas 2008

Things are about to get more difficult for all of us as Eric prepares to deploy to Iraq and everyone goes back to work and school. Logan and I will hold down the fort here at home and spend tons of time together - we'll be able to read and play and bond :) I'll also be finishing my certification coursework so I can start teaching in the fall. I don't remember if I shared the news or not, but I passed my content certification test, which means that I'm knowledgeable enough in the various content areas to teach math, science, English, and social studies in grades 4-8.

So... We'll be keeping busy here, but I'll do my best to keep everyone updated on Logan and his milestones as they happen, and I'll continue to post new pictures of him. He's such a cute little boy, there definitely won't be a shortage of pictures of him ;)

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I'll write more soon, I promise! Take care :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The countdown begins!

Well, I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting news on Logan... I went to the doctor this morning and my induction has been scheduled! December 11th at 8:00 a.m. However, the problem is my doctor isn't sure if Logan will hold out for that long. Apparently I'm already 1-2 cm dilated so there's no telling how that will change over the next 8 days. Anyways, I just wanted to share that news... Logan will be here in no more than 8 days! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

An update on Logan and everything else

I went to the doctor today and everything is still going well :) Dr. Butler said that I'm measuring right about 34 weeks and Logan seems to be just shy of 5 pounds, so he's right on track. My doctor is planning on inducing around 39 weeks, so in just over a month now Logan should be here!

The belly at 33 weeks

Eric came to visit this past weekend and we got to spend our 2nd anniversary together which was really, really nice. We had an AMAZING dinner at P.F. Chang's and took it easy the rest of the time. We also went and met Dr. Gray, who will be Logan's pediatrician. We both liked him a lot and feel very comfortable with the office set-up, his healthcare philosophies, and his demeanor. Overall, we're happy with our choice :)

Other than all that, I'm staying very busy studying for my certification test on Saturday. Once I pass this test, I'll be able to be hired on as a full-time teacher (but I'll wait until at least the summer to start working full-time). I also went to my substitute orientation today so I will be able to start working as a substitute teacher next week if I want. I'm probably going to wait until after Logan's here though, mainly because I'm having a lot of issues with back pain and all, and I don't want to risk getting sick right at the end of my pregnancy (which I'm sure would happen being around a lot of kids this time of year). But anyways, I've got the training out of the way now so I can start when I'm ready.

There's not a lot else going on... My baby shower with my family and friends here in Texas is next Saturday, so that will be fun :) Um, I think that's it for now. Take care, all!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eric Rides the Tail of The Dragon!

Hey folks. So this is Eric posting, finally. Last weekend, I went on a trip with a buddy of mine from college, Nate, and his dad. I loaded up the bike and rode from here to Columbia, SC, to Greenville, SC, to Asheville, NC, to Robbinsville, NC, back to Asheville, and then back to Fort Bragg.

I covered about 950 miles, and had a great time. We rode a stretch of road known as The Tail of The Dragon. It's US 129 between Robbinsville, NC and Tallahasee, TN. 318 turns in 11 miles. It was stupid amounts of fun, and the scenery is matched by very little that I've ever seen.

We camped at Fontana Villiage Campground and went to the Wheels Through Time museum. It's a really awesome place. They bill it as the museum that runs. Every complete motorcycle and car in the place runs. I actually got video of the owner starting up and riding away on a 1915 Harley! That is way too cool for school. After the museum we got some lunch at a place called the Bear's Den in Maggie Valley, NC and headed on up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopped for some pictures at the highest point on the Parkway, and at a place called Looking Glass Rock. As I said, the scenery was amazing.

We camped at the Mt. Pisgah federal campground.

The next morning, we continued down the Parkway to Asheville, then Nate and his Dad continued on up the Parkway, while I headed back to Fort Bragg. It was an awesome weekend, I had a tremendous amount of fun, and I can't wait to do another trip on a bike!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New pictures of Logan :)

Eric and I went to get a 3D/4D ultrasound today and here are some of the pictures that we got of Logan! (We got a 20-minute DVD as well with video footage of him moving, but I don't think I can post that on here.)




It was difficult to get a good picture of his face because he had his arm and hand in front of it almost the whole time, but he did cooperate a little bit and let us see him finally :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

News from Texas

Well we made it! Three days on the road and we're finally in Texas. We've been here for a few days but Eric and I have both been busy unpacking and seeing family and whatnot so I haven't been able to update before now. There's not too much to tell really. I'm trying to get settled in here and Eric and I are enjoying the time we have together before he has to go back to Fort Bragg on Monday.

Speaking of pictures, I've got a couple new pictures I want to share. Darla, Scott, Kimber, and Kristi came to visit us in North Carolina not too long ago and they took some pictures when we went out to visit them in Wilmington.

Me at 26 weeks

Eric and I

Also, I've got an appointment on Saturday for a 3D/4D ultrasound so expect to see some more pictures (and better pictures) of Logan soon! Less than 3 months now until he finally makes his arrival :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Quick update

We're still alive! I know it's been a while since I've written anything so I just wanted to send out this quick lil update type thing. Eric and I have both been SUPER BUSY lately and things aren't going to slow down for a while...

I'm almost halfway done with my certification course work now and I talked to a woman today about working as a substitute shortly after we get me to Texas. I can't even tell you how excited I am to be working and earning an income again!

Tropical storm Hanna didn't cause any real damage where we are. We slept through most of it and didn't even lose power. I've seen many a thunderstorm worse than what Hanna hit us with here!

Eric has been working his butt off at work, being gone from the house a good 12 hours each day. Meanwhile, I'm trying to clean up and get most everything packed since we load up the moving van on September 19th. We're also working on selling a bunch of our stuff so that we won't have to pay to move it or store it, especially since we're planning on buying some new furniture once he's out of the Army for good...

What else? Oh, we went yesterday and had a 30-minute session with a local photographer, so we should end up with at least a few really good pictures - the best of which will go out in our Christmas card this year.

Logan is growing big and strong now - I'm 26 weeks along and he's keeping me from napping and getting a full night's sleep because of all of his kicking and moving around. Being a Breece boy, I suppose he's preparing me for being tired and dealing with him later on once he's here. Maybe I'll get lucky and he'll save his daredevil days for when his daddy is around all the time to help!

There's not much else to tell at the moment. I'll update again whenever I get a chance and things have calmed down a little... Until then, everybody take care!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic

My dad and sister are in town for a short little visit and this morning we went out to Pinehurst for the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. The weather was a little icky when we first got there but cleared up by lunch time, and we all had a good time walking the course and meeting some "celebrities" - the ones we got pictures with were Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding from the show Saved By the Bell) and Kevin Sorbo (who played Hercules on the tv show Hercules). Anyways, I just wanted to share some pictures real quick, so enjoy!


Hannah, me and my dad with Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins)


I don't know why I was making that face, but check out the baby bump!


Me, Hannah, and my dad with Kevin Sorbo


Me!


Me and my daddy :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My baby project :)

I've been working on this cross-stitch since I found out that we were going to have a baby and now it's as done as it can be (until I actually give birth and can stitch in the birth date in the left box and the weight in the right one). I'm pretty proud of it and I would never have been able to do something like this if it weren't for my grandmother teaching me how to cross stitch many years ago :)

The actual size is something around 10" x 14" and I've still got to get it matted and framed, but I couldn't wait to share this with everyone because I'm quite proud of it :) Anyways, that's all!

Friday, July 25, 2008

We're having a BOY!!!

Here's some pictures of little Logan Scott Breece :)

Our baby boy!

His profile!

Yep, definitely a boy ;)

Thumbs up, Mom! I'm okay!

He's looking straight at us :)

That's all for now! Logan is very healthy, and they're considering pushing my due date back to December 20th, but we'll have to see. Anyways, we're off to have a celebratory lunch! Take care, everyone! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

And the countdown begins...

I just made the appointment for my ultrasound... July 25th! Eight days until we get to see pictures of our baby! :)

Keep your fingers crossed that the baby cooperates and we can find out if it's a he or she!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pictures please!

Could anyone with pictures from Eric and I's recent visit to Indiana please send me copies via email? I don't have very many of us with family or at the baby shower, so anything that y'all could send me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Oh, and my email address is kristinabreece@gmail.com.

We're back in North Carolina now so I'll post a big update in the next day or two, I promise!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A day at Carolina Beach!

So my sister is in town visiting me and yesterday Eric and I decided to show her a part of North Carolina that was a little more interesting than Fayetteville and Fort Bragg - Carolina Beach! We would have gone to Myrtle Beach but it's just a little too far away for a day trip.

Unfortunately, the day started out with not-so-great weather. The 2 1/2-hour drive out to the Wilmington/Carolina Beach area was just plagued by rain, which didn't show any signs of letting up for a bit. Not the best weather for a day at the beach, huh?


Well, when we finally got to Carolina Beach our plans to go to the zoo, walk on the boardwalk/beach, and play some mini-golf didn't quite fit with the weather so we improvised and visited the Fort Fisher Aquarium instead. Apparently we weren't the only visitors who were avoiding the rain by going to the aquarium - it was VERY crowded in there. However, we were able to see some cool exhibits and get some fun pictures.




Hannah seemed a little intimidated by the giant lobsters that were there. Can you tell? ;)


Luckily, the sun was coming out by the time we drove away from the aquarium so we stopped at the first place we could to get out, see the Atlantic Ocean, and take some pictures of course!


Eric and Hannah were being a little defiant by walking on the rocks, but at least they were being safe! I'm fairly clumsy so I stayed on the correct side of the chains.


Overall, it wasn't such a bad day. The weather stayed fairly nice most of the afternoon and we were able to walk along the edge of the water for a while. The others were fairly reluctant, but I convinced them to let me take a picture of our feet after the waves washed over them. I thought it was cute!


Anyways, the rain held off until we were about 15 minutes away from home - of course! - but by then we didn't care too much. We had a long day and we were tired, but there were definitely some good times had by all!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What's new?

First and foremost, I've got to share the news that we got to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time today! I still won't know what we'll be having for another month or two (we'll be happy either way). Anyways, everything at my doctor's appointment went well - I'm healthy and the baby's healthy - and I'll go back again on July 16th. I think at that appointment we'll schedule the ultrasound, which I can't wait for!

Oh, I'm back in North Carolina now. I came back yesterday. My time in Texas went far too quickly, but I'll be back there in a few months so that'll be fun. The day after Hannah's graduation we had some family and friends come over for a little shin-dig with some cake and snacks. I helped my mom set up everything and I must say, I'm awful proud of my table-scape!


It was fun to socialize with everyone, especially those I hadn't seen in a while. But the food was good, the cake was really good, and my sister got some nice presents for graduation including a brand new Honda CR-V!

While I was home, my mom and I went shopping and bought me some clothes that will be very useful (and comfortable) the next few months as my belly starts to grow. I also helped her pack up her classroom now that the school year is over. It's really exciting to think that in about a year I'll be able to start teaching! I found a certification program that allows me to complete the coursework online so I can start it while I'm still here in North Carolina. If everything works out right, I'll be able to teach summer school this time next year :)

What else... Oh! I got to spend some time with my best friend, Laura, while I was home too. She just finished her first year of teaching so she was able to give me a little advice about all of that. I haven't made a lot of friends since I moved to North Carolina - I'm a bit of a homebody - and I've really missed her company. We went out to eat a couple of times and catch up on what we've missed, and luckily I was able to get a picture of us together before I came back.


Anyways, that just about covers it for now. Brodie's trying to get me to play with him so I'm going to do that. Everybody take care!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

My little sister's a high school graduate!


I came to Texas a couple of days ago so that I'd be here for my sister's graduation. Well, she finally did it - she graduated! At 5:30 p.m. today she was officially done with high school and she'll be attending Baptist Bible College in Missouri in the fall.


A lot of our family was there, including those pictured above. From left to right, my great aunts (Jean and Alta), my dad (Paul), Hannah, me, my mom (Anita), and my granddaddy (Harry). My grandmother (Glenda) was busy taking pictures so she managed to miss being in that one, but I did get a picture of the two of us together before everybody left.


After the ceremony, our parents took Hannah and I to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory - yum! We had a lot of good food and a lot of fun today! Tonight Hannah's going to Senior Sizzle with some friends (it's an overnight lock-in at a bowling alley where the senior class can play games, bowl, and hopefully come home with some cool prizes).

Tomorrow we'll have some friends and family come over for some snacks and cake, sort of a mini-graduation party so I might have a couple more pictures to post after that. But anyways, congratulations to my sister, Hannah, and my sister-in-law, Kristi! Y'all did it! :)

Friday, May 30, 2008

About Brodie!

For those of you who don't know Brodie, he's a puggle - a pug/beagle mix and he's about 3 1/2 years old. When I first got him back in January 2005, he only weighed about 8 lbs.


Most puggles, from what I've read, only grow to about 15-20 lbs but I knew with his big ears and big paws that he'd surpass that. Well, it didn't take him long to grow into a 37 lb dog!


He's a goofy little thing and makes Eric and I laugh nearly everyday with his crazy antics!



Lately we've been taking him to the Bark Park here on post to run around and play with other neighborhood dogs. He really loves to run out there because the little yard at our house isn't big enough to get any exercise.

Anyways, I don't want to just ramble on about Brodie forever... He'll be coming with us in July when we go to Indiana to visit family, so maybe some of you will get to meet him then! ;)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

How to leave comments

I know that not everyone is incredibly tech-savvy, but really you don't have to be if you want to interact on this site.

If you want to leave a comment after an entry, you can click on the link that says "(#) comments" at the bottom of the entry. It will take you to a new page where you can type your comment in the text box. Once you're done with that, click in the circle next to "Name/URL" so that you can type your name so we know who the comment is from. When you're all done, click on "Publish Your Comment" and that's it. You've left your mark on our page!

If there's anything else that you need help with, please feel free to email me at kristinabreece@gmail.com. Enjoy your day!

Oh, and just because I think he's adorable, here's a picture of our dog - Brodie - and his favorite toy.

Welcome to our blog!

It's difficult for Eric and I to have our families so far away from us, missing out on our lives, so maybe this little blog-thing here will help to bring everyone together and keep them involved on what is happening.

As I'm sure everyone knows by now, we are expecting a new arrival to our family in December! Also, Eric will be deploying to Iraq again in October. I would like to use this blog as a way to share news and pictures about both of those events (as well as other things that come up).

Especially after the baby is here, I will be incredibly busy and this seems like it will be the simplest method available to keep in touch with everyone. Until then, there won't be much to tell but I'll try to post some updates as I can. Our lives out here in North Carolina aren't the most exciting, but I'll do my best to keep everyone up-to-date! ;)