Thursday, June 27, 2013

Laundry Room Tour

It's high time you lovely folk got a decent gander at the full glory of the laundry room, yes?  First, a super chic black and white shot to link up with Theme Thursday over at Cari's.  The theme is...wait for and white.  Sneaky?  Berry, berry schneaky.

Welcome!  Don't you just want to do all the chores in this room?

But you need more.  More, I tell you!  Let's start at the beginning:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Perinatologist Q&A + Name & Gender Reveal!

We are back from the world's longest doctor's appointment.  Whew.

Today we met with the perinatologist, which I will refer to as MFM from now on (maternalfetal medicine) because it's quicker to type, for the first time.  And had our 20 week level II anatomy ultrasound.  AND had bloodwork drawn.  All in the same afternoon.  I was gone for 5 hours while my sweet friend Virginia stayed at my house and played with all 5 of my kids while our sweet friend Amanda stayed at HER house and watched Virginia's kids so that we could go alone and no one would be at risk of catching last weekend's bug in case it's still lingering around here somewhere.  And Virginia scrubbed out my fridge while I was gone.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Living / Dining Room Reveal (before and after pics)

I know! You totally thought I'd forgotten.

Well, very lucky for me I've got renovations on the brain because I have the most generous friends and readers in all of America-land.  Wait, lemme back up a sec.  Sometimes the thoughts come faster than the words, ya know?

Friday, June 21, 2013

My Current Fantasy + Maternity Jeans (7qt)

Sometimes (and by "sometimes" of course I mean every day of my life) I fantasize about being ambushed for a quick episode of What not to Wear and/or (AND is preferred, but in a pinch I'll accept OR) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  I can think of nothing more exciting at the moment than having someone competent cut and color and style my hair- I'd need to be wearing an enormous white fluffy bathrobe of course- while someone else simultaneously gives me a pedicure.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

{p,h,f,r} + theme thursday

It's so....neat and great and wonderful, this community that God plopped us into.  Because there's no good reason we're here, really.  You know?  There was no job or friends and my family is a solid 2 hour drive from here.  But there has never been even a moment of doubt that this is where we are meant to be right now.  Even through struggles and uncertainty, the love and support of the friends we made so easily here has always smoothed the edges of our frustration.

Monday, June 17, 2013

17 week update (with photo!)

A black winged bird with a colorful breast and tail- not a robin, not a red-winged blackbird- hopped into the water table under the tall spruce tree in the front yard.  The picture windows, damaged, drafty, beautiful, are a treasure I'm only starting to truly appreciate.  Every season, every day, offers some new scene, some new bird, some new flower to pique my interest and entertain, as I spend more time than I ever wanted to sitting, reclining, lying.  Maybe one day I'll be one of those interesting people that knows the names of all the birds and plants and when they'll arrive and what it must be like outside for them to appear.

Friday, June 14, 2013

7 Quick Takes: napping, family, fires, napping

I'm waiting for the photos to download off my camera right now.  105 of them.  I need an intervention.

Mary is apparently giving up her morning nap.  ****insert sobbing soundtrack here****

Okay!  Photos are done.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teaching in Your Tiara- review and giveaway

The nice thing about self-imposed lazing about the house is that, in addition to having all our curricula for next year purchased and maybe a few (zillion) items of maternity apparel ordered despite the fact that I already have a full wardrobe of such (what? doesn't that happen to you?  You pull out your old maternity clothes and you're like "What was I thinking??? Burn it!  Burn it all!") is that I can reeeeeeeeeeeeeeead.

Monday, June 10, 2013

PPROM: Nuts and Bolts and Ranting

Let's get practical.  We're gonna chat a bit about pprom (preterm premature rupture of the membranes), how our particular situation is going and what I'm personally doing on a practical level to try and keep myself and baby as safe as possible until our perinatologist appointment.

When this first happened, I didn't even know what to call it.  I was pretty sure I was leaking amniotic fluid, but if you google that, you'll find all sorts of message boards filled with people who, it turns out, have little experience with noticing regular discharge or have weak bladders.  I am not a member of the latter club and, thanks to many years of NFP, am the mastah discharge analyzer.  The more I searched, the more frustrated I became.

Friday, June 07, 2013

7 Quick Takes

Today the following occurred: floors vacuumed; dishes washed; kitchen cleaned; play room and den cleared; wet laundry hung on the drying rack; new rug put under the dining room table; prescription picked up from the pharmacy.  Can you guess how many of those things I did myself?  None!  Zero!  Because you guys, my family is so great.  It is incredible how struggle can bring out the best in people, even little people.  I just couldn't imagine how it could be, and then it was.  Love really does conquer all, even love for a tiny person we've never even met.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Update after today's ultrasound

Okay, we're back from our ultrasound appointment and I know so many have been praying tirelessly for us that I need to give you an update right away.

Theme Thursday- Girls

iso 100 -- f 3.2 -- 1/3200s

Probably I should post a picture that's heartwarming and adorable for this week's

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

5 (more) Favorites


Used designer clothing at actually good prices.  Especially the jeans!  Have you ever shopped for jeans on Ebay or at Goodwill?  How can pockets be so tiny and so high?  Who designed those?  And the color of the denim...I just....can't.  Anyway, I'm stoked about this site. 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Homeschooling Kindergarten

Quick like a wink!

I've got dinner in the slow cooker (go me) and I'm ignoring my children (I can mostly hear them, so obviously no one is shaving the dog or dumping the trash into the toilet), so let's talk about my first year teaching kindergarten.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

That foolish worry I used to worry

In the past, I've wondered whether sharing easy, happy news might make those in not easy, not happy circumstances feel bad.  If I praise my kind, selfless husband who happens to also cook the most delicious food you've ever sunk your lucky teeth into, will it make those who are struggling in their marriages wistful and disheartened?  If I thank God that breastfeeding went so smoothly with this baby, that she was a natural, that we have no issues, that my chunky monkey still loves her milkies with her first birthday just around the corner, will the mamas who had to fight for any successful nursing sessions at all feel like failures?

But now...oh, I feel silly.  And foolish.  And so very small minded for worrying about those things.
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