the barrons

the barrons

about us

We're from the Syracuse, NY, area and started dating when we went to BYU-Idaho for college. We were married December 2008 and have a daughter, Sophie. We will be welcoming a new baby in November 2013! We currently live in Mason, Ohio, near lots of family! Drew is working at Liberty Mutual Insurance as an Auto Claims Adjuster. Carissa is now a stay-at-home wife and momma! We know there's more in store for us in our future, and we say, "Come what may and love it!"
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19 March 2014

James Conrad Barron

James Conrad Barron came into our lives on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, at The Christ Hospital. James weighed 6 lbs 14 oz and was 19 inches long.

I was in labor from 3 pm on Tuesday until delivery at 10:36 pm. Everything progressed very quickly and I had a very easy delivery. I am so blessed to have had a healthy pregnancy and delivery with this babe.

James is named after our (Drew and Carissa's) grandfathers. James "Jim" Barron was Drew's Pa and was very close to him; passed away in 2005. Richard Conrad Drogowski was my Papa and passed away in 2001. We loved the idea of having family namesakes and have had our first boy's name chosen since we were first married in 2008. When we found out we were getting a baby boy, we knew exactly what to call him!

Sophie met her baby brother for the first time in the hospital. She was enthusiastic and even shared her new stickers with him - an endearing gesture. :)

We couldn't love this little man any more than we already do and we look forward to getting to know him in the days, months, and years to come!

29 October 2013


Sophie and I have been keeping busy outside this fall! She loves being outside - and it makes for good nap times, too! :)
We went to 2 pumpkin patches with my dad. Sophie LOVED the "punkins" and ran up and down the aisles of pumpkins over and over and over. It's been over a month since we went, and Sophie still talks about "Jaja! Punkins!" all the time. So cute!

Sophie loves her Nanette! I couldn't help but snag a photo while we were at church...
The Ackleys and Cryders (my aunt's family - including this sweet Nanette) have since moved to Utah and we are upset about it! Hopefully we'll see them if they come visit their other family in the area.

Sophie and I also took a trip to an awesome apple orchard with my family! Poor Drew has to work all the time, but my family has been so wonderful to include us in fun activities like this.
Sophie loves apples. This girl ate 3 apples out in those fields and still wanted more after her nap that day. Crazy kid! She loved holding hands with her Gaga and following Jaja around and pulling apples off the trees.

Our ward had a fun family-friendly Halloween party this past weekend! There was a chili contest (we ate until we were stuffed!), a dessert contest, Trunk or Treat, and a costume contest! Sophie makes the perfect "Boo" from the movie Monsters, Inc., so we decided to go with that theme as a family! I put together our costumes for less than $12 - thrift store shirts, a little paint and glue, and some creative thinking, and we had some very homemade but fun costumes!

This is Bradley, Soph, and Reece: all we wanted was a cute kid photo, but it ended up not going well! Bradley's elbow popped out of its socket, Sophie didn't want to be near a crying (and completely justified in it) Bradley, and all 3 of them were just getting so sleepy.
Though the pictures didn't turn out the way we wanted, these kiddos were the cutest ones at the party! (I'm super biased.)
Bradley went as a car mechanic (his costume sewn by his very talented momma, Jill), Sophie as Boo, and Reece as a very stinkin' cute owl.

Here's Soph with her Trunk or Treat haul! She got about 10 pieces of candy (we stopped before going to all of the trunks - 10 is more than enough for her) and she was so happy to have her "cheats" (treats) in her "but-tet" (bucket).

And now we're playing the waiting game. Baby boy is due in 10 days (November 8th). TEN DAYS! Ahh!!! I feel like there are still a million things to do before we bring him home. I know whenever that time comes, though, everything will be just fine. I'm a little nervous about labor and delivery. I've never experienced going into labor naturally... I've done the reading... I've talked with my doctors... I "know what to expect"... but I'm still nervous! Plus, this baby is HUGE compared to what Sophie was at birth. We had an ultrasound on Friday to check his size and he weighed approximately 6 lbs 13 oz. HOLY COW. Sophie was only 4 lbs 2 oz. I'm not sure I'll know what to do with such a big baby, especially delivering someone so large. Yikes!
I'll post again once he's born. But, until then, I'll be keeping my little snippets of updates on Facebook. Wish us luck and keep us in your prayers that all goes well, please!

Love you all!

26 September 2013

What's up with us lately...

Sophie and I flew to Kansas City for Labor Day weekend for my step dad, Dave's, birthday. Sophie had a blast playing with her Grandma, Grandpa, cousin Dane, and Aunties Celeste and Christine! She loved reading with Grandma and played with the baby dolls constantly. We took a day trip to Union Station downtown and saw the train exhibit. Sophie's favorite part was the kids' hands-on play time! We also went to the Crayola store - everyone loved that!

When we got back to Ohio, my wonderful friend, Jill Montoya, threw a baby shower for me! Since I'm having a "little man," we did a mustache theme! SO CUTE. It was simple and fun and very relaxing! I had a few friends and some family members there. What a great success! Thanks, Jill!

Not much else has been going on since. We've been to the zoo, we hang out at home a lot, and we're preparing for this new little person to enter our lives! A little over a month til he comes! HOORAY!

07 July 2013

It's a BOY!!!!

Baby Boy Barron

Due to make his appearance around November 8, 2013!

13 May 2013

A few May photos

We went to the Cincinnati Zoo! We finally redeemed our zoo membership that we received for Christmas. Now we can go whenever we want!

Sophie being a goof

Soph refused to take a serious picture on Mother's Day. She wore this dress to church, which is actually her momma's dress from when she was little! We thought it the appropriate day to have her wear it. Doesn't she look adorable?!