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Welcome to our life!

We are a growing family located in Austin, TX.  Not too long ago it was just the two of us.  Then we added our fur-baby, Bella.  And most recently we added our son, Cole.  This blog was created to keep our friends and families updated on the goings on at the Schneider household.  Given the new arrival, many of the posts will be geared towards our struggle to learn how to be good parents.  

We enjoy watching movies, traveling, photography, reading, and hanging out with friends (preferably while doing anything in this list).  You are bound to read some funny stories here as we try to keep it light hearted and you'll definitely see a pile of photos.

So if you like a post, want to share your opinion, or just want to say hi feel free to leave us a comment.  We *love* comments.

C Turns 3

It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you have kids. So much has changed in these 3 short years (C is a big brother and we’re living in a different state now) and C is turning into an amazing little boy. We love him to pieces and I love putting together these collages to show his progression from birth to his current age. I’ll keep doing them every year because it reminds me of all of the fun times we’ve had throughout the years.

Happy Birthday buddy!

Catch up post

While surfing the web I tend to stay away from the sites that we curate and focus on what’s going on with everyone else (Facebook, Pinterest, MSNBC, Digg, etc.). Since Nathan was born my web surfing time has been greatly reduced so usually all I get to do is look at a few sites and then I’m done for the day. Imagine my dismay when I swung by our beloved blog and found that it hasn’t been updated in 3 months! Oh the horror. So I immediately made time to put together some photos that show what we’ve been up to since Nate joined us. So here it is… 3 months time captured in a sequence of 14 photos stuck together in 6 collages. Enjoy!

Christmas was a blur this year. We had the boys’ Grandma (Mel’s Mom) stay with us through the holiday, but with a new baby in the house and being in Texas rather than Pennsylvania it definitely felt strange and went by quickly.

In January the boys’ Nonni and Pappy (my parents) came to visit and meet their newest grandson.

In early February the boys’ Uncle Kevin (my brother) and his girlfriend Kelsey came to visit. The highlight of the trip, other than meeting Nathan, was taking Cole and Kelsey to San Antonio to see the Alamo.

Kevin also got a chance to ride my motorcycle (his first time on a cruiser). It probably would have been more fun if it weren’t 45 degrees outside.

Can’t not post without adding a photo of Bella… she really loves that football. And close the post with a photo of the boys.

February 28, 2012 - 11:05 pm Mom Schneider - Love the pictures! I've been waiting for you to add to your blog. Bet you can find more great pictures to share.

March 1, 2012 - 2:45 pm Alison - Great pictures! I think Cole is Melanie's "mini me" and Nate is definitely yours. I can't wait to meet him. Are you guys coming up before the summer to house hunt?

Baby name: Nathan Dean!

It has been a busier than normal holiday season around the Schneider household this year and for good reason. We welcomed Nathan Dean into our lives last week and could not be happier that our family has grown by one. Big brother Cole has been awesome and really seems to love his little brother already. Nate’s stats: 8lbs 4oz and 21.5″ long. Both of our boys were long babies, but Nate has the definitive edge in birth weight… we’ll see if that holds up as he gets older. It took Cole almost 2 years to make it to the 50th percentile in weight.

Here are some photos of our time at the hospital as well as some photos of us at home. Enjoy!

The first haircut

It took 2 whole years, but Cole’s hair finally got to the point where he needed to get a cut so this morning we took him to the Pigtails and Crewcuts in Cedar Park where Linda gave him a spiffy new cut. P & C has a lot of fun toys for the kids to play with (which Cole took complete advantage of) and they have cool taxi, firetruck, and airplane chairs for the kids to sit in while they get their hair cut. Cole did awesome and didn’t cry at all (he was a little unsure at first, but with Mommy near by blowing bubbles he was a perfect gentleman). Mommy did well too ;-). We have a lock of his curls for scrapbooking and a photo from P & C.

You can check out more photos on my Facebook page.

Cole turns 2!

Watch out now… we have a 2 year old! It’s pretty amazing to think back over the past 2 years and realize how quickly they passed by. We’ve loved every second of the journey and get tremendous happiness from seeing how Cole is growing up. By this time next year we’ll be celebrating Cole’s 3rd birthday and he’ll have a 9 month old little brother. Crazy! Until then we’ll just love up on our little man. Happy Birthday Cole! We love you! (that was a lot of exclamation points from me)

Then and now... 2 years of birthdays

Cole is moving up

Yesterday we celebrated Cole’s last day in his current room at school. On Monday he’ll be starting in a new room with a group of new kids (luckily for him he already has interacted with most of them… 3 from his current room, 3 from a previous room, and 2 from Gymboree). We celebrated with cookies, “diplomas”, toy buckets, and lots of laughs. We’re all going to miss his teachers, but we’re looking forward to seeing what this next year will bring (potty training among other things).

Here are some photos (taken with our iPhones) from the party.

For some reason he loved the taste of his diploma

Turkey is a…



The flood of emotions was pretty strong when we found out today. Both happy and sad, but mostly happy. Cole is going to love having a little brother to play with and we’re fortunate that we already have a ton of boys clothes and toys so turkey will be all set when he arrives, but there is definitely a little part of us that wanted that all-American dream family (one boy and one girl). We’re pretty sure that this will be our last child (we ain’t no spring chickens), but who knows what the future will hold. For now we are in love with our two boys and are trying to grasp the fact that we are going to have two boys running around the house by the end of next year. Send well wishes and any extra energy you have… we’ll need it :)

PS. Turkey is completely healthy… 10 little fingers, ten little toes, button nose, and lots of energy (he was moving all around during the ultrasound)

PPS. Final tally for the poll was 15 votes girl, and 5 boy… most of us are bad guessers

July 12, 2011 - 10:48 pm Christine - Having two boys is AWESOME. :)

July 12, 2011 - 11:54 pm Tracy Nagy - Congrats you two, did you count both of my guesses? I actually changed it this morning! Guess all the staying away from the hot tub, etc. worked!! Love you guys! You taking name suggestions yet or you working that out with Cole??

July 13, 2011 - 9:03 am Matt - Sweet! I am still like 4-0 with picking genders of babies! We are having a boy too! (Coming September 20th) Congrats to both of you!

Baby #2… will it be a boy or a girl?

We’re having our fetal anatomy review sonogram on Tuesday 7/12 where we’ll (hopefully) find out if Cole is going to have a little brother or sister. Now’s your opportunity to vote for what you think we are going to have. Here’s some information to help before voting.

First pregnancy:
– lots of “morning” sickness
– strong aversion to chicken
– Melanie had dreams of baby boys early on
– craved both sweet and salty foods
– heartburn, particularly in late pregnancy
Second pregnancy:
– lots of “morning” sickness, more intense too, including motion sickness
– no specific food aversions, but a general blah-ness about a variety of foods
– no dreams of specific gendered kids, just typical weird dreams
– crave both sweet and salty foods
– heartburn from the get-go

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July 12, 2011 - 4:26 pm Kelly Turner - Hate to break it ya my cousins, but all the different info on each pregnancy doesn't make any difference. All that hokus pokus is merely a wives tale that adds some extra fun to making you think you may know what the sex is. lol! The truth is scientists have proven that you're alot more likely to have the same sex baby you had the first time. I say it's going to be a baby girl because that is what I'm hoping you have. lol! I believe in tiny miracles though so I know God will answer my prayer for your sweet lil' fam. With Mel's beautiful Asian heritage and Troy's strong German genes...she's sure to be a beauty! ;) Good luck to you both. On the real...praying for a healthy baby that brings you both a lifetime of happiness because in the end that's all that matters. ;) All my love ~ K.T.

Nothing like it…

There’s nothing like it…motherhood. Nevermind the workday and whatever happened during it and nevermind meeting hubby for lunch, though that was very nice. The most memorable parts of my day inevitably revolve around my role as a mommy. It is what it is. Some people find that dull or just not their cup of tea. I get it. I am sometimes surprised or amused myself when I think of my brand of exciting these days. Nevertheless, it is my life and life is good.

So, what was the most memorable part of my day? Hmm. Maybe it was Cole waking up chipper and making sure we all got “dowstairs” for “breffest”…”go Bella.” Or maybe it was him putting on his own shoes, saying “daddy bathroom” and running over to knock on the bathroom door to tell daddy “all done.” Could it have been the sweet morning kiss goodbye or his enjoyment tonight of some purple slushie or his sudden announcement that he wanted to see his penguins followed by his dash to the stairs to go upstairs for his bath? Or the minute when he ran into his room in the buff, turned on his twilight turtle and marveled at the stars that were decorating his little legs? Perhaps it was when he had us laughing till there were tears when his repeated request for a frog sounded more like he had some bad potty mouth. But then again, there was the time soon after when he hugged and kissed some of his toys and requested we do the same…ah, the nightly routine. It may or may not be the part where he woke up a bit scared from a nightmare and called out for mommy and daddy in a heartbreaking way or the part where we had a nice, reassuring family hug. All said though, I think it was the part where I rocked little man for a little bit longer, soothing him whilst his tiny brother or sister tried diligently to kick him from within. :-) Yep, there’s nothing like it and I feel blessed.

We have some news for you

Baby #2 is on the way! Meet our little turkey. We expect to meet him/her on 11/22.

(not the greatest picture, but you can tell it’s an ultrasound)

June 10, 2011 - 1:47 am Fran - Yayyyyy for turkey!