Thursday, February 28, 2013

Throw it Back!

This is Christmas 2010. Haha, I am retarded but I was excited about these ear warmers from my parents. I love these things because it means my hair can be thrown back in a ponytail and I still have something to put over my ears and around my head to keep warm. It is quite chilly these days in Georgia and hoping for a weather change soon so it is not too cold when baby boy gets here. Knowing Georgia, though, we will probably have a roller coaster of weather changes before we finally settle into Spring weather for good. 

I go to the doctor tomorrow and they will check on baby boy and his position and all that great stuff! It is crazy that as of tomorrow I am a mere 3 weeks away from his due date. It is exciting and scary all at the same time as I frantically try to get his room all set up and things put away. I have pretty much determined this will be his coming home outfit.

I toyed with the idea of doing one of the fancy outfits that some people do but in the end decided that just wasn't me. I think this is just too cute for words! I got his swing/bouncer put together the other day all by myself, well my mom helped a little bit- but I did most of it and I was quite proud!! Check it out!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Random Recap!

So it has been a little while, things have been a little hectic with moving weekend! Before I get to moving weekend though, let me start with a story I have grown to become even more and more astonished by every time I think about it. I had to make a trip to Walmart last week after leaving work to pick up some things. I came into the parking lot down the main lane and noticed a parking spot near the enticing thing for a 8 month pregnant woman! However, there was a truck in front of me and I thought oh well, a little walking is good for me- thinking he would surely take the spot. Well he happens to pass the spot but not all the way. My guess is that he was not paying a lick of attention and realized too late that he had just passed a perfectly good parking spot. The aforementioned vehicle stops just past the spot. I assume at this point he wants to retreat backwards to be able to get into the parking spot. However, there being cars behind me- I am not able to back up to allow him to do. A little secret: I am not sure I would have backed up even if there were not cars behind me! :) Anyhow, I see the reverse lights come on and start to get weary. He starts coming back but doesn't really turn to avoid me. So I start laying on my horn, which caused absolutely no change of action. A few seconds later, he backs right into the left corner of my bumper...all the while I was still laying on my horn. My first thought was great, the last thing I need to worry about right now is having to take my car some where to be repaired. So I get out to assess the damage, which is fairly minimal: a hole busted in the headlight and a scratch on the bumper. So I turn to start a nice and calm dialogue with the guy who is getting out of the truck, when he starts yelling at me that I was right up under him and it was my fault. I literally think I stood there with my mouth wide open for a good five seconds before finally managing to spit out, "Are you kidding me?" My resolve to remain calm left I am afraid! But a grown man in his 50s probably should definitely know better than to back into somebody and then get out and start fussing at yelling at said person who is obviously very pregnant in a public parking lot! I was just dumbfounded and it started my afternoon off horrible that I had to call the insurance and file the claim all because of him! Argh! Here is my poor damaged baby!

Anyhow, after that saga- the rest of the week was fairly uneventful. In fact Thursday afternoon, everyone at work in the office had things to do or was caught up enough that they left early. This left me there all by myself. I was fine until I finished everything I really needed to do with one more hour left before I could close up the office for the day. I was all by myself, made me sad:

After work, I headed to Lawrenceville to my brother and sister-in-laws house for an Initials Inc. party! While us girls oohed and ahhed over all the bags, my brother bolted to the movies. :) We had a great time and it was a fun night to wrap up what was my last party before my little Ian comes. I was too wary of sheduling any events in the last month...just in case! Arriving home late and exhausted, I retreated to bed to sleep in my old bedroom I grew up in for the very last time. It is crazy, but not too sad. It hasn't felt like my old room ever since my baby blue walls and sunflower border got the boot for a more neutral beige. One of the things I had to get ready to go was my hope chest. This is something that is kind of a dying art I suppose but I am glad it lived on in my family. My dad's father, affectionately known as Papa, was a carpenter. That was not his trade or how he made his living but he definitely could have! My sweet Papa passed away in 2008 but when my sister and I turned 16, we were both given a hope chest that he had made. I got the better end of the deal coming second...mine is sturdier! ;) Anyhow, it is not something that traveled with me to Germany because it was something I would have been heart broken had it been damaged. It is definitely something I cherish and always will.

Moving weekend kicked off with cold rainy days. It rained the entire Friday and Saturday off and on that we were moving. This means no getting cute for a belly photo for 36 weeks! lol. My Friday that marked 36 weeks, one more month to go, was spent in yoga pants, tshirt, and sweatshirt! 

Most of my random things had already been cleaned out from my parents house but I did manage to stumble across this beauty: 

This is a watercolor painting I had to do in high school. It is a good thing, I did not strive to be an artist. I think I actually remember my art teacher telling me that my colors in the sunset needed to fade more together, not have lines. I tried to fix it- as you can see I was not successful. I think he even mentioned that maybe I should start over. I am pretty sure I noticeably scoffed at the idea. Needless to say, art was not my forte! Moving also meant getting my little one's things all in one place so his room could be put together!! Sadly, I am still working on that. I am hoping to have his room mostly settled by the end of the week. It is my goal! Here is a sneak peek of his bedding though!

It is so much cuter in person too, because the thread sticks up along the outline of the animals, making it really cute. I am really excited about getting his nursery put together and taking one more big step to making it all more real. So hopefully, nursery pictures will be coming soon. I did manage to remember to take a belly shot before coming into work today so for those of you that wish to see how much I have grown in such a short time here is 36 weeks and a few days.

Shooting out! haha! Anyway, now that I have bombarded you with updates and pictures to last a while- I have some actual work to get done...imagine that! ;) Happy Monday all!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chocolate Anyone?

Did you know today is National Chocolate Mint Day? As you are well aware, I am quickly approaching my last month of pregnancy, WILD! I have concluded that my cravings tendency just was very delayed. I have loved all things chocolate lately! Chocolate covered strawberries thanks to my sis and nephews were much enjoyed! Not to mention that dreaded little candy section in the grocery store always has a piece of chocolate that looks down right irresistible. On top of all that, it is girl scout cookie season and I have only managed to get my hands on one box so sad! I am on the lookout for more if you have any connections! ;) Speaking of girl scout cookies- what better way to celebrate this day than with a box of these yummy cookies:

Luckily, my mom managed to snag some of those! Well, for those of you out there that are not 8 months pregnant and loving all things chocolate, you might be interested in something else in chocolate mint. I shared not too long ago that I had embarked on a new business journey with a wonderful company by the name of Initials Inc that has wonderful bags, purses, and other must have items! One of the new patterns for this spring and summer season is chocolate mint! How appropriate! ;) Here is one of the bags:
Initials, Inc Ladies Night!
This is the day tripper, one of the larger bags that is perfect for over night trips. It is kind of hard to tell from the picture but the stripes are brown and light green, hence the chocolate mint!! Super cute and makes me hungry...think this pregnant lady better go ahead and take her lunch break! :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

A yee-haw kind of weekend!

This weekend's main event was my sweet little nephew's third birthday party, which was a Cowboy Woody themed birthday party. One thing you must know about my sweet older sister is that she loves planning these parties for her little boys. She majored in public relations in college and on top of that is a very creative person naturally- this means she pays attention to detail and even if she tries to complain about it, I know she secretly loves planning parties for her little ones. I guess she better enjoy it while they still let her! ;) Here are some pictures from our fun Saturday!!

Howdy partners! Come on in!!

The goodies table! Sam is 3!!!

Goody bags, or should I say boot bags?

The birthday boy blowing out his candles on his oh so cute cake, which she did not make but she is pretty good at that too!!

I can't believe this wild man is 3! I am so glad he let his Aunt Emmy sit and cuddle with him a little while on his big day! I wish I could tell you that he was looking up at me in this picture because that would just be darling, but he was really just busy watching his balloon. :) Either way, I love this little guy and love watching how much he has grown. I know he will be such a great cousin to my little man. I look forward to watching them grow up together!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yummy Surprises Too!!

Sweet smelling surprise yesterday from mom and dad and a sweet tasting surprise from two of the best little guys around, I am also sure their mom had a little to do with it! ;)

Why, yes sweet boys- I will absolutely be yours!! Not that you didn't already have my heart, but choc covered strawberries was definitely the right choice! Can't wait to head your way and celebrate my sweet Sam turning 3!! I can't believe you will be 3!! I don't know how anyone could ever say they have as great a family as I do!! I am so absolutely blessed to have them in my life!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sweet Surprises

Today has been filled with sweet and wonderful surprises, all of which I can't really talk about yet! :) Anyhow, God continues to show His greatness in my life, far beyond my own expectations! I am telling you what! It is a lovely day outside right now for one. It was rainy all day yesterday, so it is so nice to have a break of sunshine before more expected rain hits tonight. 

I arrived at work today and not too long after being there got a sweet surprise...

My sweet and thoughtful parents sent me these! It was completely unexpected and wonderful. My office is now bright, cheery, and smells wonderful! It is the little things in life that make you stop and smile! 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Moods

It is the end of the work day, which means by now that my hind quarters are hurting from sitting in the same chair for so long. It also means that since it has been steadily raining all day off and on that I feel like I am about to fall asleep sitting here! You guys remember what I said rain does to me, soothes me to sleep! It is supposed to rain off an on for the next three days, bad news for a working girl who is not really supposed to have caffeine- even though I have it every now and then! :)

My wonderful Sunday School class gave my sweet boy a baby shower yesterday afternoon at the church and it was wonderful to see all the love people shared. He got a lot of great goodies, including a collection of diapers to get mommy started!! YAY!! ;) He also got cute clothes, blankets, and lots of other great gifts! Here is a picture of his loot, after it was condensed, there were twice this many bags but we condensed to get everything home.

I have a sweet friend who is like an older sister to me because she is a dear friend of my own older sister. This sweet friend was under the impression my sister would be at said shower. Sadly, my sister had other plans that prevented her from making it. Anyhow, my sister's dear friend worked hard to impress said sister!

Hehe!! I am grateful that even though my sister could not make it, my sister-in-law could...and trust me with those two, this shirt rings truer than true! He will definitely have the greatest aunts! His brand new aunt and his daddy's side of the family will no doubt approve of this message as well and spoil him so. It was a delight to have so many people show love and support for the coming blessing. It is hard to believe that it is less than six weeks away! Here is the most recent preggo pic I have! This was 34 weeks.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Trickle Down

As I sit and listen to the sound of the rain outside, it really just makes me want to be at home in bed. What is it about cold rainy days that make us want to turn into hermits? I think the steady sound of the trickling is the main thing for me, it is nature's sound machine trying to rock me to sleep. I dread getting home and having to force the dogs out into the rain to go the bathroom. Trooper does not mind it so much, but Cash is an absolute pansy when it comes to anything that is not sunny weather. He hates the cold, which is understandable given he has such short hair and gets cold easily, but toss in rain or snow and he is downright stubborn about going out! However, that does mean he usually gets his business done quicker so he can run back inside! ;)
This weekend my sweet family got together to go check out the new house and enjoy some quality time together. My darling nephew, Sam, decided he wanted to try on Mema's hat and Aunt Lisa's pink shoes. He was very stylish! :) We enjoyed giving the rest of the family a tour of what will be the Mema and Pop's new house by the end of the month. There is a large bonus room upstairs that the nephews were really excited about. My oldest nephew said, "We could fit a lot of toys up here!" Haha! Then the almost 3 year old says, "That's a great idea, let's do it!" These two are a hoot and I can't wait to watch my sweet boy grow up with such sweet cousins! After touring the house, we enjoyed frozen yogurt, some down time, and then dinner downtown. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

My sweet Trooper sleeps in some pretty funny positions!!

Cash, on the other hand is quite the poser!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Still Here

I am still here, although there are days where I have my doubts. :) The past month has been a little crazy to say the least. There is much to update on and I am sad to have to do it all at once- because that means that I have not been here in a while! :/ Sorry!

Ian Update! My baby boy is still growing healthy and he has found his favorite spot to push on mommy, her right upper rib area! He loves to bump into other areas but for whatever reason that is his most favorite part to test his strength and see how hard he can push...soo much fun for mom! He is also getting the hiccups a lot, or at least I feel them more now. He has about six and half more weeks of growing to do and that just seems flat out crazy to me!! This picture is 30 weeks, I am 33 now. I only take a new picture every two weeks and I have not uploaded the 32 week one yet to these pictures, so this will just have to tide you over!

Life Update #1! My parents are buying a new house! This may not seem like a huge deal to some of you, but trust me- it is! My parents moved into the house they are in now a day before I was born! Talk about a busy weekend! This means that my parents have lived in the same house for nearly 27 years. That is a long time and if anyone deserves a new house, it is these two! Of course, this means big changes for me as well since I am currently at home due to my current situation. We are supposed to be moving at the end of the month and I am certainly hoping not to repeat what my mom did with Ian. I am hoping a month will be enough time to get everything fairly settled before he makes his debut! Here is the new house, FYI- there is a pool to the right that you can't see! We are a wee bit excited about that one!

Life Update #2! I have a job! Ever since I got back, I have been subbing at the school I graduated from. It has been a joy and an absolute treat!! However, I have been praying that God would line up the right job for me. I have my degree in teaching and it is something I can honestly say I enjoy so I was a little bit surprised when an opportunity made its way to the front that had nothing to do with teaching. I am working in the office of the church I have grown up in and attend. It is an absolute blessing to have found something, because it is one less thing to remind myself not to worry and stress over. God handled it! I also have a wonderfully sweet cousin who has already agreed to watch my sweet Ian for me once I return to work after his birth. I am incredibly thankful for the Lord's provision in this area of my life because it is something I truly had to remind myself constantly that He had a plan and would take care of me.

So I am taking everything in stride and thanking the Lord each step of the way! There will no doubt be many changes brought on this year and I am beginning to not just know- but truly realize that God will be there to guide me through each and every one! So when I get too stressed, I will have to remind myself that God has got it all under control and that I need not worry- just take a deep breath and have faith!