Monday, June 30, 2008

16 weeks

I had my 16 week check today. Everything is going according to plan. I am obsessed about not gaining too much weight so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost a pound! Although as you can see by this picture my tummy is growing. I've started showing sooner with this pregnancy than I did with Jack. I guess that's common though.

I feel like I look bigger than I should for 16 weeks. That's scary! I was enormous with Jack- just not until later on. I am afraid I am going to be a cow!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Diaper Bags

The StorkSak 'Mia'
The StorkSak 'Jamie' The Stork Sak 'Emily'

Those of you who know me know that I love bags. Well I found these diaper bags and I love them! They look like handbags! I don't really care for traditional looking diaper bags so I think htese are great. They are way more than I would EVER pay for a diaper bag or a handbag!!! But I just thought I would dream...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

More from Baker Wedding

I just think Gina is so beautiful! As you can see here, she is so full of joy and smiles and laughs all the time. Gorgeous!
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Nikki & Kermit Barker

Nikki and Kermit are friends of ours from church. They are beautiful people inside and out. They are some of the most selfless, caring and loving people I know. Nikki often emails me if she hasn't seen me in church for awhile to see how things are going. She never makes me feel guilty for missing but always makes me feel like she genuinely cares about me.

Jack absolutely adores Kermit. He is just like a big brother or another uncle!!

I had a great time photographing them today. They were actually one of the first people that I photographed when I first started out. I was still using film then! Thanks Nikki and Kermit. We love you!!
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Sick house

The Plankenhorn household has been the sick house this week. I had the flu Monday and Tuesday and Jack came down with it Monday night. He has been much worse than I was. We ended up taking him to the hospital Tuesday night because he had 104.2 temperature. He has all the glamorous symptoms of the flu. He has become a pro at knowing to go straight to the toilet instead of just getting sick where ever he is standing- Thanks Jack!! So we have been trying to keep fluids in him.
Daddy stayed home with him Wednesday and Thursday and now Aunt Becky is staying home with him today. Thanks Aunt Becky!!
One positive is that he is extra cuddly which I love- he called me at work the other day and asked me if I would come home and hold him. Love it!! My little cuddle bug.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baker Wedding Sneak Peek


This is Kate our niece. She is a spirited little cutie. She was the life of the party at the wedding on Saturday. She didn't want to stop dancing. She was on the floor for almost every song! You can't help but smile when you are around her. She is so full of life and joy.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My Incredible, Amazing, Magnificent Husband!!

Mark and I photographed a wedding this weekend together. I just want to say how impressed I was with my wonderful husband!! He isn't all to interested in photography so I didn't really expect a whole lot from him except to just be with me and help me get to all the locations and really to just be moral support. Well... he really surprised me! He was just getting right in there and taking initiative to get shots that I hadn't neccesarily thought of or coming up with ideas for me to shoot. The best part was the fact that he was even fluffing the brides train for me!! We started calling him the Maid of Honor!! He was just great.
We are doing 2 more weddings together this year. Maybe this will turn into something more for us! I had decided not to do weddings anymore but I just had so much fun with Mark as my partner that maybe, just maybe...???
Thankyou Mark for being selfless this weekend and being the best partner I could have asked for. You exceeded my expectations and thoroughly impressed me!! I fell in love with a whole new side of you that I didn't know was there!!
You are one in a million! I couldn't ask for more!! I love you!
Not to mention you looked absolutely amazing in your new outfit! So GQ!!!!! Sexy!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008


This is my Sister Becky and her girlfriend Heather's dog, Halas. I think she is more like there child than their dog. They absolutely adore this girl! She rides in the Jeep, goes to Starbucks, out for icecream and pretty much anywhere they go.

People often stop to look at her when she is wearing her doggles and people even ask if they can take her picture. She is becoming famous around Bloomington/Normal.

She is a really great dog. Her Mommies have trained her well.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bye Bye Ryli

We decided to give Ryli our dog away. We got Ryli a few months before we found out we were pregnant with Jack. She was my little baby. I would dress her up and carry her everywhere. She was always in my arms. Until... I got a real baby.
Ever since we had Jack I feel Ryli just doesn't get the attention she needs due to the fact that our priorities have changed.
Well my sister found a woman at State Farm who has been looking for a dog for her elderly mother. PERFECT!! Someone to dote over Ryli and spend all day with her. Someone who will let her sit on her lap and pet her and love on her. She lives out in the country in Michigan and I think Ryli will be in heaven running all over the yard and getting to play.
It was hard because we do love Ryli but I know this is what is best for everyone in the long run. I think... I was worried how Jack was going to react when he found out his Ryli was gone.
We went shopping last night and when we got home Jack said 'Where Ryli go?' I was just like 'Huh, What did you say?' Then Mark quickly said 'I think she is hiding" That was fine with him. He went over got his ball and never said another word about her all night. So I am hoping it will be an out of sight out of mind situation. HOPEFULLY!!
Maybe one day when both kids are older and can care for the dog and take care of it themselves we will think about getting another one. But for now we are an animal free house and I like it.
It's funny last time I was pregnant we got rid of our first pet Paxton(the best cat in the world). I couldn't stand all the cat hair so we gave him to a woman I worked with. Now this time we got rid of the best dog in the world...

1st sonogram

We had our first sonogram on Monday. We were so excited to the baby. It was kind of funny because we both reacted the same way that we did the first time we saw Jack in a sonogram. I said 'There is a baby in there' and Mark just kept saying 'Oh, Wow!'
Doctor said it looks healthy and it has all the body parts in the correct places. It was kicking and turning- it was actually very active. She also told us that it looks like a boy but not to go out and buy anything yet. It's kind of early to tell at this point but she thought she saw a little peepee. So I am not going to decorate the nursery quite yet just in case we find out something different at our 20 week sonogram check.
Mark has already been talking to Jack now about his 'brother'. It's totally differnet this time because we get to share our excitement with Jack and it's fun to see him react to the fact that there is a baby in mommy's belly.
This is such an exciting time for us!! We couldn't be happier.

Monday, June 2, 2008


We had a great trip to Arkansas to see my family. Jack was so good in the car. Papa even said he was an angel!
We stayed with my Aunt Thelma which was so nice. Her house in newly remodeled and she gave up her wonderful comfy bed! She has a little yorkie named Bear which Jack of course loved. She also had a swingset in the back yard and my cousin had brought over a little motorcycle for him to ride. He was outside as much as he could be despite the fact that it was about 95 degrees there!!
On Saturday we went swimming which was fun and then out for a nice dinner.
Jack didn't really nap the whole time we were there so he got a little loopy a few times.
He really took to my cousin Scotty who is really a big kid himself.
We really had such a wonderful time with everyone. We hope to get down there more often than every 3 years or so.

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