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  • This Kid is Growing!

    Posted by Katie

    We are a little over a week away from the big ultrasound and I am still trying to convince Michael into finding out the sex...so far not so good.  I have been anxiously waiting starting to show and it is happening slowly but surely.  I have now acquired a muffin top.  That same muffin top I worked my butt off three years to get rid of...so that is becoming frustrating.  I have never been a small girl, so I will never have that cute little basketball on my front.  My hips are getting bigger- I am officially in maternity pants, but yet I am still sure people are just assuming I have put on 10 pounds!

    I can definitely tell that I am growing.  I am getting the "growing pains." Or at least that is what I am calling them!  My stomach just hurts all of the time.  I feel like I am constantly full, but yet am starving all day.  I figure this means the kid is pushing up all of my insides, hence the muffin top.  I know, I know, I still have quite a ways to go, and I should embrace this time right now.  In 6 weeks I am going to wish this baby was still just causing a muffin top :)

    I am not going to lie, I am having a hard time with this weight gain thing.  It has become an obsession.  I weigh myself constantly.  I know gaining weight is normally, but when you see that number slowly creeping up after seeing it do nothing but go down, it can be somewhat traumatizing :)  For now, I am just embracing the whole I can eat again, and trying not to get too crazy!

  • I will pass this on to my child...

    Posted by Katie

    Boy or Girl- they will know the pure bliss that is Hanson.  Check out their cover of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

  • Pregnancy Thus Far...

    Posted by Katie

    So it has been a couple of weeks since we let the cat out of the bag and first of all, I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.  We are so excited about this new chapter in our life, and this may surprise a lot of you, but this is something I have been wanting for quite some time....let's just say my clock started ticking a few years ago :)

    So to follow up my last blog post, I figure I should answer the usual questions, and who knows, maybe it can help serve as a little bit of a baby book for Baby Schurk to be able to read one day.  So here we go!

    Due Date: Our official due date is February 27th...a day after my dad's birthday, and the same day as my godson Zachary.  I am thrilled with this date, considering I have an extremely close bond with these two people in my life.  I know I will eat my words, but I wouldn't mind if the kid decided to stay in me until March 1st- same birthday as Justin Bieber...totally in the stars, right?

    Are you going to find out the sex? The jury is still out.  I want to find out the sex, Michael does not.  I have three more weeks to convince him, but if he doesn't budge, I respect him wanting it to be a surprise.  The sole reason I want to find out, is because if it is a girl, I would like to paint a nursery in pure glitter.  No joke.

    Do you want a boy or a girl? I know the correct response is it doesn't matter as long as the baby is healthy.  I pray daily that this child is healthy, but hey, who doesn't like to play the what if game.  What if you got to choose the sex?  If I got to choose the sex, I would pick a girl.  Only because I want to see Michael with a little girl.  I think he would be shaken to the core to know he is responsible, not just for a child, but a girl...and to know that he eventually has to help this little girl grow into a woman.  Michael of course would love a boy, because he wants someone to carry on the Schurk name!  Again, we are just thrilled that we are even being blessed with a child, so boy or girl, this kid is going to be loved like crazy!

    Any cravings?  I crave sugar!!!  When I see Otis with his daily bag of skittles I literally start salivating!  And don't mention pancakes in front of me.  I will then obsess about pancakes until I get my hands on some...crap...now I want some pancakes.  I am waiting any day now to really start showing.  When I look down at my stomach I see a resemblance of a bump...but to most it looks like a beer belly, or people who don't know are probably thinking Katie really is starting to let herself go after the wedding!  Maternity pants are a blessing from heaven and I dread the day I have to start wearing jeans with buttons and zippers again!

    Well that is all from the pregnant peanut gallery so far!  Let me know if you have any fun or helpful pregnancy tips.  I just hit 16 weeks, so I still have quite a ways to go!  Welcome to this new chapter of the Schurk life :)

  • First Comes Love...

    Posted by Katie

    Then comes marriage...

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    Then comes....

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    Due February 27th 2013.  Michael and I are thrilled!!!

  • Miley Cyrus new 'do.

    Posted by Katie

    Seriously?  Not a fan of this cut at all...maybe Liam should rethink this engagement :)

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  • Rogers and Hollands Engagement Rings!

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    WIXX is teaming up with Rogers & Hollands Jewelers to give away some awesome prizes including one of the three rings you see here!  Just go to the Rogers & Hollands Facebook page and pick your favorite style of engagement ring!  We'll be picking three people at random from all the votes and you'll get to come hang out in the studio with Murphy, Maino and me on August 10th.  We'll play the Nearly-Wed Game and you could win some really great prizes!


    All the information is on the sign-up page at Rogers & Hollands facebook page...
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/RogersandHollands


    You can go there are vote today!

  • Book Review

    Posted by Katie

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    Ok so I am on my way to getting over the 50 Shades of Grey Histeria.  I mean, I really love the book, BUT I need to move on.  I need to find something new to read.  Well, I was watching Anderson Cooper yesterday and one of my favorites was his guest....Andy Cohen.  If you don't know who Andy Cohen is, their is also a good chance you have no idea who the real housewives are.  He is the mastermind behind them.  They were promoting his book, so I thought, hey I will give it a go.  I downloaded it on my kindle, and I was laughing hysterically within minutes!

    For anyone who listens to the show and gets my sense of humor, or is someone we consider "my people," you will love this book.  As I was reading it I felt like he was my lifelong best friend, telling me absolutely ridiculous stories that I was a part of.  It also gives an awesome look into the behind the scenes of media, something I can totally relate to....I especially enjoyed the little jab at radio interships.  You can hear about his various run ins with Oprah, that didn't go so well....his encounter at a nudist colony...these stories are great!  Pick up his book Most Talkative...it will get you through your 50 Shades withdrawal, and you won't feel so dirty loving it.

  • NCAA announces Penn State penalties

    Posted by Katie

    Taken from yahoo sports....

    NCAA President Mark Emmert announced sanctions against Penn State University's football program Monday morning in light of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and the findings of the Freeh Report investigation.

    The details of the punishment:

    • Four year postseason ban
    • 10 initial scholarship losses and 20 per year for four years
    • $60 million fine
    • All wins from 1998-2011 vacated
    • Five year probationary period

    The NCAA's action in a case like this is unprecedented, as this was a legal issue -- there was no NCAA investigation. Emmert called this a "very distinct and very unique circumstance." And while the NCAA didn't invoke the death penalty like was given to SMU 25 years ago, it's a crippling blow to the program. (Under former coach Joe Paterno, the team's most consecutive seasons without a bowl appearance was three.)

    After the vacated wins, Paterno's win total goes from 409 to 298. The $60 million fine will go into an endowment for charitable programs that serve the victims of sexual abuse. The NCAA also reserves the right for further individual punishments after all criminal proceedings are finished.

    Penn State football players will be allowed to transfer without sitting out a season.

    On Sunday, Paterno's statue was taken down in front of Beaver Stadium after Penn State officials in the days prior said a decision hadn't been made about the statue's future. It was removed via forklift and put into storage.

    Sandusky, a former assistant coach for Penn State who also ran The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youth, was convicted on June 22 of 45 of 48 counts of sexual abuse. Many of his victims knew Sandusky through the program.

    The Freeh Report, released on July 12th, concluded that school officials covered up the Sandusky issue, saying "the most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the  total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State  the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims." The Paterno family, which has said that Joe Paterno wasn't part of any cover-up, responded to the Freeh Report by conducting their own investigation.

     

     

    -what do I say to this?  AMEN.  What are your thoughts?

  • Funfetti Dip

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    If you are looking for something super easy to bring to a cookout tomorrow- I have got your answer!  Funfetti cake batter dip.  I made a batch yesterday and tested it out on the guys this morning.  They LOVED it!  And they rarely like anything, or at least Murphy.  This literally took me five minutes to throw together and it will definitely feed a crowd.  It will seem original and trust me, everyone is going to ask you for the recipe.  It isn't even that bad for you!  100 calories per serving!  Which is much better than most dips.

    I served it with low fat animal crackers, but I am sure it would be just as good with graham crackers, or even pretzels.

    here is the recipe:

    2 cups nonfat plain yogurt (to save you time, Dannon was the brand with the least calories)

    1 cup of cool whip.  I used fat free.

    Funfetti cake mix

    Mix until their are no longer lumps.  Refrigerate for four hours. 

  • 90 Calorie Cupcakes!

    Posted by Katie

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    these have become one of my latest obsessions!  They are soooo good!  And only 90 calories...plus SUPER easy.  All you have to do is get funfetti cupcake mix...specifically the cupcake mix.  My sister made that mistake and it is not the same :)  All you do is mix it with a 12 oz can of Diet Cherry 7 up.  Nothing else.  Then follow the baking directions on the box.  Viola!  They are so moist and yummy!  I can eat these without frosting...but if you do add frosting they of course are no longer 90 calories, but in actuality a 150 calorie cupcake is still totally worth it to me!

  • 4th of July Treat!

    Posted by Katie

    I LOVE the 4th of July!  It is right around the corner and practically everyone and their mother will be going to some type of cookout.  You are always asked to bring a dish to pass and if you are like me, you always want to be the one that brings the dish to pass that everyone talks about.  Well, I have your answer.  How cute are these cupcakes?  They are super easy too!

    All you have to do is get a white cake mix in the box.  Follow the directions on the box.  Then split the batter into thirds.  Keep one the same.  Add blue food coloring to another and red to the last section of cake batter.  Pour them on top of each other into a cupcake liner and follow the baking instrutions on the box.

    I have also found the frosting that comes in a can like whip cream.  It is so easy to make your cupcakes look pretty!  Just pick up some vanilla frosting in the spray can, and sprinkles- and you are done! 

    If you try this take some pictures and send them to me!  I'd love to see how they turn out!

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  • I'm Not the Only One Who loves him...

    Posted by Katie

    The power went out at the Bieber concert the other night...and no it was not an act of god.  Instead he got his fans to sing boyfriend acapella with him.  sigh.  So lucky.

    In case you were wondering only 4 months until his concert :)