Friday, August 22, 2014

Christmas Shopping 95% Complete!

I know, I know... summer isn't even over yet... 
and here I am ready to talk about Christmas!
I can't help myself.  With baby #3 on the way, I am really trying to be
 on-the-ball and organized with my Christmas shopping list! 
 I just don't want to be waiting until the last minute.  
The crazy thing is, I have SO many other household things I 
should probably be getting in order before even thinking of Christmas... 
but those things are too overwhelming at this point.  SO... I have almost 
everyone on my list taken care of... and once everything arrives, 
you better believe I'm going to get it wrapped! 
 Oddly, I feel a sense of satisfaction 
about silly things such as getting my Christmas presents wrapped.  
I even help my neighbor wrap hers!

Here is a rag garland I made that I plan on giving to my 
neighbors a little early this year so that they can use it to decorate with. 



I made a bigger one for a friend and sent it to her for her birthday 
(yes, in August)... so I decided to use the left over 
fabric to make another.  Something simple to make that adds a 
little pizazz to holiday decorating!  
I know my neighbors will really like it!

What about you?  Do you do your Christmas Shopping early?
Any hints or tips?


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fair Time!

 Last week my mom brought my sister's kids over and we headed
for the county fair!  It was Dinah's first time...
and though she didn't show much expression in the pictures, 
she did enjoy herself.  I think she was just so busy taking it all in!




I was very thankful for my niece and nephews who helped
Eloise on and off the rides, sitting with her and helping her hold on.
I wasn't able to help, since pregnant people aren't allowed on
the rides (not that I would get on while pregnant anyway!)






Dinah's first ride ever!  
The carousel!




I was a bit on edge the whole time, knowing that there are many
germs and many unthinking kids (and adults) there. 
With El's food allergies and Reactive Airway Disease, 
it is just so scary to let her be in such a high traffic, dirty place.
But I always keep her medicine within reach... and there is
a hospital not too far away... so even though I was
on edge, I was glad she could have the experience. 
THOUGH, she did start to break out in hives while on the
carousel (above).  Thankfully when they got off, we wiped
everyone's hands and took a little break and the hives
seemed to go away.  (phew!)







Someone was excited to get on the Ferris Wheel
for the first time ever!




She LOVED it!  
Dinah stayed on the ground with Mommy!



 Once again, I was so thankful for my sister's kids (and my mom)
helping my girls on the rides.  We all had a good time...
I'm sure the girls will look forward to next year
when the time rolls around!
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Birthday Happenings



Saturday, Cory and the girls went to my sisters house to hang out 
while my dad, his dog, my sister's boys and I participated in a 
Volkswagen Cruise in the next town over.

 ( ^ Our vehicles ^ )

 ( ^ Several of the maybe 40 vehicles that attended. ^ )

 ( ^ My dad's dog, Nickel. ^ )

It was a very HOT day... I was glad once the actual
cruise started so I could have the wind blowing in my face!

Of course, usually one or two vehicles break down.
Considering the majority of them are 30 or more years old, 
this is not surprising.
(One year there was even a wreck between a few 
of the vw's - yikes!  Brake Check!!)

Anyway.
Guess who broke down this year?


 

Ahh, yes.
It was little ole me!
Thank goodness my dad is a mechanic!
It took about 45 minutes and a little help from my sister's boy 
and another VW enthusiast... but they got him going again.
Thankfully my dad drove the camper back to my sister's
and I was able to drive the little red beetle back.
(I felt more comfortable that way, in case the camper
broke down again!  It was not a pleasant experience!)

You can see what my girls were up to while we were gone 
over at my sister's blog: HERE!

Sunday was my actual birthday...
it was pretty much a day of rest.

We had planned on attending church and spending the
rest of the day as a family.  Cory was even going to take
me out for dinner (a rare treat!).  But alas, Eloise
woke up in the wee hours with tummy troubles
and none of us got much sleep after that!

 ( ^ My birthday bouquet... beautiful! ^)

( ^ The girls helping me open presents... Cory goes all out
with the wrapping... leaving it in the USPS packaging it came in! ^ )

Add to that my sunburn from Saturday (forgot my
sunscreen, oops!), I just felt pretty miserable!
So we lounged around at home.


 Not much celebrating, 
but lots of love!
(And that's what truly matters!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lookie Here!

Today was my mid-point ultrasound!
I won't have another unless a problem arises 
(Lord willing, that won't happen!).

I know it's hard for some people to "see" the baby 
in the ultrasound images, 
so I will do my best to explain them, just in case!

This one (below) is of the baby lying sideways - looking out.
The head is on the left... you can see the top of the head 
and an eye socket, nose and even the mouth.
It was open so it showed up on the picture.
I think it kind of looks like a smile! :)
The big circle on the right is the belly.


This one is a profile.  
You can see the nose.
The rest is the body and the legs sticking up (to the knees). 
Not sure where the arms are in this pic... but I 
believe the bright white line at the bottom of the body
is the spine.


We got several pictures, but they were mostly repeats
and these two were the most clear.
And don't worry - Baby does have arms and legs, though
the pictures are deceiving.  I saw quite a few
where the arms were up by the head and we even saw
the bottom of the feet.  :)

We also were fortunate to see the baby's tongue moving
at one point!  That was pretty neat!

We asked the ultrasound tech NOT to tell us the gender, 
but it turns out that the baby was in such a funky position
that she couldn't tell either!  So that worked out!

It was exciting to watch the screen...
and made it seem more real that we'll be welcoming
a new little bundle before we know it!

I continuously pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby!
 



Saturday, July 19, 2014

20 Weeks

Tomorrow I will be 21 weeks, however I am just now getting 
around to posting my 20 week pic!  

Halfway! 


Don't mind me in my lounging around clothes... 
Cory's old Tshirt and some boxer shorts
 I've had since I was 15! 
 Gotta be comfortable... at least when you're at home, right?

I have been feeling the baby move since between 13 & 14 weeks.
Some say that's too early... but when you're on your 3rd kiddo... 
ya know what you're feeling! 
 Not to mention your muscles and insides aren't what they used to be!
I am definitely showing a lot more at 20 weeks with this one,
 but that is to be expected as well.  
My doctor is pleased with my weight gain
 (though, of course, I'm hard on myself!).
And we have an ultrasound on Tuesday.
Sorry for those of you who like an early surprise...
We won't be finding out Baby's gender until Delivery Day!

Our hospital recently merged with another in terms of their 
Name and Policies, etc.
They decided to close our Maternity Ward and move it all 
to the next town over, which is a 20-25 min drive
 (or longer if there is winter weather).
My doctor has joined with about 5 other doctors in rotating schedules, so
it's not likely I'll actually have him deliver my baby - but you never know!
He did advise me to GET TO THE HOSPITAL... when I'm well into 
my labor since Dinah came SO fast last time!
(12 mins in the hospital and we had a baby!)
We don't want Cory to be delivering a baby in the car... 
especially in the cold Nov/Dec weather!
Ha!

I am a bit disappointed that we will not be at our local hospital this 
time around (3 minute drive anyone?  Yes Please!), 
but it is what it is!  As long as the doctors/nurses adhere to my birth plan (assuming there are no emergencies that arise), it'll be fine, I'm sure!

Hard to believe I'm over halfway now... 
Eloise insists it's a boy....
We shall see!

Do you know how much pre-made hooded towels cost?
You know, the kind that you use with your kiddos so that they 
can be all wrapped up and snuggly after a bath...?

It's outrageous, I tell you!!
The cheapest one I could find was $15! 
And I think that was a pretty small one meant for a newborn!

So I took matters into my own hands...
checked out Pinterest (of course)...
Found some decent but inexpensive towels...
 and VOILA!!


Super simple to make... and I could spend more time embellishing with 
bias tape and fabrics if I felt up to it (obviously I didn't here!).
Why didn't I do this sooner!?

I have a feeling I'm going to be making more of these...
not only for my kiddos...
but perhaps as some Baby Shower Gifts as well!

If you like hooded towels, I encourage you to make your own!
You don't have to be a champion sewer... they truly are a simple project!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Birthday Decor Project... Revealed!

A few posts back I shared some fabric that my mom and I had picked
 out for a little project for my niece's 13th birthday party.  You can find it HERE.

Well, unfortunately, this is the only picture I got of it! 



 I hung it real quick at my house with the intention of taking pictures
once it was all set up at the party... but well... 
if you read my sister's post you will see what a hectic time it ended up being with the weather!

These are the only pictures I snapped the whole evening!  Oops! 

 (Showing Madelyn the picture they colored for her)

 (Swinging before the deluge!)

 (Eloise was lucky to have her cousin to give her some big pushes on the swing!)

 (Cory and I took the girls and Madelyn to my sis's house during a tornado warning... my girls always love the piano!!)

Thankfully my sister got pictures as well as she could...
and the evening ended up a success!