Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nesting and Such

"She's in the beginning stages of her nesting," Chris told his mom on the phone the other day, and I suppose he can't be blamed for saying that. In the last month or two, I've reorganized/purged our kitchen cabinets, the linen closet, the boys' closet and oh, yeah, we re-did our closet, too.

Starting the demolition process (the best 'before' shot we have)

After (it might not be visible, but we also painted the inside of the closet)

In case you're tempted to be impressed with all that I've done, just don't make me tell you how slowly I do things these days, or how much chocolate consumption was involved. The good news is that most of the un-fun projects are done, so now that I occasionally have bouts of real nesting energy, I can focus on the more enjoyable tasks, like making busy bags for Timmy and Isaac and in a few months, washing Baby Girl's clothes.

We also celebrated Timmy's 3rd birthday with Curious George cake and tools.


Next up is Easter--I'm toying with the idea of making suspenders for the boys and maybe bow ties, but I'm not convinced they will wear them. Though let's be honest--I am not above bribing with chocolate in order to get a good picture. Yes, I'm shameless. And six days after Easter, Isaac turns two. His celebration will include lots of tractors and lawn mowing (his absolute favorite activity). Every morning, he mows before breakfast...and after...and after nap, etc.



Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Kid Friendly Thank You Notes

Now that Timmy is three (um, when did he get so old?), I wanted him to able to help with his birthday thank you notes. However, he can't write. I was brainstorming a few days ago and decided to come up with this simple but cute postcard that let him participate, but wasn't overly involved.

It's pretty self explanatory...I printed out "Thank you" in a large font, had him color/decorate it and snapped a picture. (Getting a decent photo that showed the words clearly was by far the hardest part. Well, either that or wrestling the photo printer at Walgreens.) I mounted the pictures on cardstock, wrote on the backs and then laminated them with packing tape (I didn't think contact paper would stick well). I helped him write his name and they were ready to go in the mail. I'm really happy with how they turned out, and hopefully the recipients will be, too! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's a...

...super late blog update! Between Christmas, traveling, and the Never Ending Stomach Bug, I kept forgetting to post, but we're having a...
GIRL!!

We're so excited for this little lady to join our family. I may or may not have knit her a headband a few days after finding out, and while in Washington for Christmas, I sorted through (and squealed over) tons of clothes from my nieces. Now that Christmas is over, we're organizing and purging at home so that we'll be ready to have five (eek!) people living in this house. Oh yeah, and getting ready for Timmy's birthday, enjoying the surprisingly mild "winter" weather and playing the violin with a guitar and flute cleaning rod...naturally.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Boy or Girl?

As I mentioned before, I'm pretty convinced this baby is a girl. With Timmy and Isaac, I craved orange juice like it was going out of style, but this pregnancy? I've had one, maybe two glasses total. What I have been craving (and baby changes his/her mind with such alarming speed that I think it must be female) are baked potatoes (Gold Yukon from the Farmer's Market, please), roasted broccoli, creamy things such as White Chicken Enchiladas and pudding. Don't worry, there have also been random Taco Bell cravings, it's not all roasted veggies.

I was way more nauseous the first trimester, with the "morning" sickness not leaving until 15 weeks pregnant (which I interpret to mean that baby will be a week late).

But...we have two boys. What's to say we won't have a third? Plus the cousins on Chris' side go (in order of age) girl, boy, girl, boy, girl. So naturally we're having a boy to keep the pattern going. I know, my method is pure science.
Adding a third boy? Yeah, that'd be awesome.

For the record, I'm predicting a girl on May 20 (one week past my due date), but we will be happy with whatever God gives us.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

As If the World Needed Further Proof...

...that I am going insane, here is the evidence.

The other day, I threw a sock of Timmy's in the garbage instead of the hamper. Thankfully I realized before it was too late.

Today while making these, I dipped the first pretzel and didn't understand why it didn't look like the one in Pinterest. That's because I'd forgotten to color the chocolate. I pulled out my food coloring...and grabbed the yellow and blue. Fortunately, I caught my mistake and swapped the blue for red and made orange.

And tonight while I was making dinner (which was grilled cheese, because that's about the only thing I'll cook the night before Thanksgiving), I turned the Foremen grill on to heat and after a few minutes went to put the sandwiches on. Turns out it works better if you put the grilling plates on. Sigh.

I'd like to blame pregnancy brain, but even if that's the case I'm not sure we can survive 5 more months of this...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What We've Been Up To

Summer has given way to fall (finally!) and we've been busy with house projects (Chris successfully planted grass where our septic system was replaced), Bible studies starting back up, teaching a casual ASL class to some sweet girls, teaching Sunday School, chasing Timmy and Isaac and oh yeah, growing Higbaby #3. Yep, baby is due in mid-May and we're very excited!

How we told the world/FB


So far, I'm convinced this baby is a girl. Different cravings, more nausea but less sickness. We're hoping to find out the gender before we head to see family for Christmas, but instead of having them tell us, we'll have them write it down and then open up the envelope when we're all together. Hopefully baby cooperates with this grand (and lovely) scheme. And while I may be convinced it's a girl, another boy would be fun, too. I can't imagine the awesome craziness of three boys.

We're hosting Thanksgiving again (probably the exact some menu as last year, haha) and are looking forward to it. Speaking of, I'm off to finalize my shopping list for it!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

How to Plan a Surprise Date Night

Funny how if you don't click "publish," posts don't publish. Wrote this in September...oops!

1) Have a generous friend offer to watch your kids. Bring your children to her house after their nap, before your husband gets home. If you're lucky, there will be cute photos like these taken:

2) Scour Pinterest for delicious yet not too complex recipes to make. (I settled on this and this.)

3) Set the patio table with candles, a tablecloth and wine glasses. Forget to take a picture.

4) Put on your favorite polka dot dress to cook while waiting for your husband to come home.

5) Enjoy a lovely meal on the patio.

6) Eat your dessert before the hot sun melts the letters you so carefully piped. Also, don't be like me and use a tomato sauce can. It tasted fine that night, but when nibbling on it the next day, it definitely had a hint of tomato.

7) Be thankful for your friends who watched your kids and even more thankful for your amazing husband.