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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

jingle all the way

Nathan and I sort of followed the masses this year and got our tree right after Thanksgiving! I’ve never put one up this early. Growing up we always got a real tree, and my dad said it wouldn’t live longer than two weeks! Well he must not have known about feeding trees soda pop! Try it. They love the sugar, and stay strong and green for weeks.

Sunday Christmas fun

Getting a tree with Nathan is something I look forward to every year. There’s a magic in the air. Which one will we pick out? Tall, skinny, chubby, short, crooked? We actually were going after a short chubster of a tree this year since we won’t be around for the entire holiday month, but it turns out getting a full sized tree was way more in our budget!

Sunday Christmas fun

Sunday Christmas fun

Sunday Christmas fun

Sunday Christmas fun

I remember a year my brother and I had wandered the grounds of our growing subdivision. Half of the plots had been plowed over to make room for new houses, but we were on a hunt – for a tree. We had been worried we might not get a tree that year, so we decided to do something about it. It was seriously like looking for a tree in the desert. We found one or two but they were still so big. Too big for a few kids to chop down. We had to have a tree, though. I’d rather go the entire holiday without presents or hot chocolate or even Christmas movies if only to have a tree. Finally we found one. She was squat and barren but perfect enough to hang a few ornaments on and make our home feel warm and cozy. We brought her home, stuck her trunk (more like a branch) in a bucket and leaned her in the corner.

This year was a little different but a memory still. We put on a It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and dug through boxes of Christmas ornaments. Nathan got his old box of ornaments from when he was kid earlier this year, and he showed me each one. And one by one our tree was dressed.

color me excited!

That’s right! I’m excited!

Sunday Christmas fun

My blog is officially on Top Baby Blogs directory. You can’t see it yet because it’s all the way at the bottom of the list. But hopefully not for long!

I’ve loved Top Baby Blogs for a while now, and read a lot of the blogs that are listed. I thought it would be fun to meet new moms, and learn through some very entertaining reading what to expect in the next few months and years!

Since it’s my official first day I thought I would take this fine opportunity to ask you to vote by clicking the banner below.

Help Our Rank & Visit Top Baby Blogs, Baby Blog Directory!

This will give me that little push so you can at least see my blog on the list! Even if it’s the last one that would still be fun! I thought if I make it to 35 votes I would give away a recycled sweater neck warmer. Just leave a comment if you’d like an early Christmas present from me, and don’t forget to vote!

I think I can.

You know that saying, “I think I can I think I can?”
Well my husband thinks he can, then he does, and he usually succeeds. It’s amazing to watch.

This weekend he decided he would take a look at the Jeep’s broken heater. He thought he could figure it out especially after we were quoted close to $1000 to fix everything (80% of that labor). After a bit he came in, and asked if I could help for a bit. I bundled up, and went outside to see this!

He can do just about anything.

It turns out hubs was going to flush the heater core (or something like that?), but our long hose was frozen. The other hose that connects to the washer in our basement was too short to reach the Jeep. So he constructed a makeshift drive up for the Jeep to reach the hose. I was to be the guide as he carefully and slowly drove up onto the benches. Talk about scary!

He can do just about anything.

He can do just about anything.

Of course it worked though, and after 6 hours of labor and $12 our heat is working (way better than ever before), and our radiator is fine. We do have to toss the dirt that was below the Jeep since some drainage might have fallen in to it, but that’s nothing to sweat. Very proud of my husband, and I will thank him as I drive to work all toasty this morning.

sunday nights and crafting

There’s this moment on Sunday nights where it all hits me and I get overwhelmed. The week is beginning. My weekend is over. And, I replay the last two days and think about what I accomplished. Sometimes it’s just rest. Sometimes I make something or feel something and it’s all worth it. Actually it is always worth it. Sunday is one of my favorite days but it always comes and goes so fast.

I wonder if time will slow down just a little bit once we have a child. I hear it goes even faster though!
Well this weekend I set out to rest and craft. We are trying really hard to be responsible adults saving for both the baby, maternity leave (I won’t be paid for 12 weeks), and all kinds of other adult things. While it has been hard to not join in the shopping mayhem it has actually inspired me to begin nesting and thinking of fun, thoughtful gifts for friends and family for Christmas.

We sell something very similar to a recycled sweater scarf at my store, and I was curious to see if my new machine (it claims to be heavy duty) could handle making one. And, it worked! I love this new machine! Turns out I probably picked a little too thick of a sweater to try, but overall I was excited to see a project from start to finish in just a couple of hours.

sweater crafts

sweater crafts

sweater crafts

I picked up a few more sweaters this weekend that are more equal in weight. This will definitely help in keeping lines straight and feeding the sweaters through my machine. The thrift store was probably as busy as Target this weekend! I had to wait for a cart, but it was well worth it. I found a bunch of great colors and fabrics with a special deal of buy two get one free! I ended up walking away with three free sweaters, and then I got 6 baby items for $2.70! Talk about a steal. I’m officially addicted to the thrift store.

sweater crafts

sweater crafts

sweater crafts

Of course the one sweater I found for 90 cents is my favorite, and I can’t bear cutting it up. It’s a great emerald green color which would be perfect in a scarf, but it fits so nicely. It’s long enough to cover my belly and has an awesome cowl neck. That pink cashmere cardi I wore in pictures with my mom last week was also 90 cents. Those pink little tags proclaiming Special Price! are like golden tickets at the thrift store.

My other project with the sweaters (and my favorite) are using the trunk to form a circle scarf/neck warmer. A friend at work gave me the idea. I’ve been using yarn I have on hand for now, but need to make a run for some other thick, chunky yarn in fun colors soon. This is the first one I made out of the red sweater I used in the sleeve scarf.

sweater crafts

sweater crafts

sweater crafts

What do you think? Would you enjoy one as a gift? They are definitely fun and relaxing to make.

tips on the first week

I read some good tips today about how to survive the first week with a brand new baby. I’m definitely filing these in the revisit category.

This one was my favorite:
Survival Technique: Prioritize. Decide what’s most important to you — say, learning how to breastfeed, sleeping, and cuddling your baby — and focus on those things. Then let everything else go for a while. “I remember feeling pressure to write thank-you notes and get birth announcements out, but some things had to slide,” Belville says. Give yourself license to let the house get dirty.
Mom Tip: Also key to staying sane: go outside every day. “Just seeing the sun and getting fresh air was really helpful to my mood. Even though I was tired, I got up, brushed my teeth, and went for a short drive or a walk,” Malin says.

You can read the rest of them at parents.com. Anyone else have advice that helped to ease that beautiful and transitional time?

Thanksgiving

We hosted this year again! And, I just love it!
Nothing like filling your home with people you love, laughter, and food. I made the turkey, dressing, carrots, pecan and pumpking pie, and my famous sweet potatoes. Nathan whipped up his mom’s amazing broccoli and cheese casserole – no matter what there are never leftovers of this! Everyone else brought their signature dish as well. We ate, drank, and played games. I was so excited to win Clue (my favorite game ever)!

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

23 weeks

This year the beginning of my 23rd week coincided with Thanksgiving! Since I love cheesy group photos I took total advantage of hosting Thanksgiving by having everyone join in on my weekly photo. I love them!

I have so much to be thankful for this year.
Every single one of the people in this photo are on my list.

23/40 weeks

Especially the one you can’t see – our daughter.

23/40 weeks

This week has been like most of the others as far as how I am feeling. Yesterday I worked on Black Friday, and by the end of the day my round ligament pains were definitely intense. I must have been moving too fast because I was exhausted after it was all said and done. Nathan ran me a bath when I got home (with the best bubbles ever), and I seriously fell asleep in the tub! I was in there for almost an hour! Then I slept for 12 and am as good as new!

This week we need to sign up for our birthing classes. Although I really want to do hypnobabies I don’t know how structured I will be if I cannot attend the class. They don’t offer any classes in Illinois. So we are attending a class focused on natural birth offered by Mother Me Inc. Hoping it doesn’t fill up in the next week before we purchase it!

As much as I try to focus on the positive things in life sometimes the negatives creep in. This week was rather stressful what with the Jeep’s heat breaking, and finding out we need a new radiator. This all on top of the fact that we are planning to drive to NH in December! Thank goodness we found out now before the trip but it was definitely not an expense we were expecting. I also got a parking ticket while my mom was here, and a bunch of other little stuff I’ve already forgotten.

This weekend I’m relaxing, focusing on happy things (we might put up our tree), and enjoying quiet time. One of the most wonderful things about quiet time lately is how connected I feel to our baby. She is moving so much more lately, and I can’t help but think she’s trying to tell me something. It’s so fun to just lay there rubbing cocoa butter on my belly and seeing her little body make my tummy move.

tonight

Days like today remind me why I love my husband so much. Days like today make me realize how completely different we are at times and how in the end it all fits together like a perfectly cut puzzle piece. We laughed so much today just to get ourselves over one hurdle or another. There’s nothing better in love than laughter.

Earlier I said to Nathan, “You know two years ago today you asked me to marry you?”
And, he looked at me with a funny little smile and said, “I know but it feels like yesterday. And, now we’re having a daughter. How did all of that happen since yesterday?”

Right about then I got the biggest kick from our girl, and saw my belly move! We both stared in amazement as she kicked a few more times big enough for us to see the little pop from the outside.

Thankful is an understatement.

Happy bees.
Thanksgiving two years ago.

treasure chest

My mama brought baby keepsakes of hers and mine to share with me and our baby girl. I just love mementos, and treasure the idea of passing items on from generation to generation. There isn’t too much that I have from my childhood since a lot of it was lost once my parent’s were divorced but the things I do have I hold dearly. So I was so thrilled to add to the collection this past week!

This is one of the most amazing things ever!
It’s a small ceramic carriage planter that my great grandmother gave to my Mammie when my mom was born. Did that make sense? Basically it’s as old as my mom, and so pretty and delicate.

baby keepsakes

baby keepsakes
I would love to plant a few daisies or daffodils in it come spring when our baby is due. My mom’s birthday is actually April 9th and we are due March 23rd. Another spring girl!

Look at these!
baby keepsakes

baby keepsakes

These little beauties were my first shoes! It’s amazing that my feet were ever that small!
And, finally the blouse I wore in my 4 month pictures! It’s a pretty pale pink (my favorite shade of pink), and has the tiniest embroidery around the collar. I need to find that photo and scan it!

baby keepsakes

baby keepsakes

I hope to keep these for many years, and pass them on to our baby girl along with some of her firsts.

mamalove

mama and daughter

My mom and I took a few photos while she was here. Here is one of my favorites!