Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yes please!

Homemade applesauce and provolone cheese for dessert... A nice long soak in the tub... AND the hubby put the kids to bed... Yes please!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Playroom unveiled

Without the laptop it's hard to put pictures in order and put text after each... So I'll just talk and then you can look through the pictures. :)

 I'm mostly done!! Yay! And the best part is that it cost very little to do this room. I had to buy materials to make the beanbags, paint and the new storage bins but everything else was already ours and was either repurposed or repainted. LOTS of repainting. I still want to make something for them to hang their art creations on above the chalkboard.  Then there is the shelf that is a little empty.  But those little details can be done as we go along.  I also created the abc print on the shelf.

 Head start apparently rubbed off on me because we have three basic areas. (Head start has four but we dont have the block area) First, the house area. Girly, yes, but really the girl spends the most time there so I feel ok about that. We had everything here and then I just spray painted the drawers for the play food, jewelry and baby clothes. I love this little space!

 Then the art/game area. The pink and white bins have movies, crayons, colored pencils, and art supplies. Then our old bookshelf turned entertainment center. I had to back it with beadboard and reenforce it with a 2x4 to screw the tv mount into. The tv is attached to an arm that extends out and then it can swivel. The game cube and roku are stashed there too. Then there is a chalkboard I made. I LOVE IT! So do the kids. A dollar store basket screwed to the wall works to hold the chalk. And then of course a little table and chair. I kind of wanted to get rid of this and get a cute brightly colored ikea table and chairs but it wasn't in the budget so I might paint these. We will see. 

Then the toy area. Miss A's dollhouse and the new toy bins are here. K and a have all their toys stashed here. Although the pirate ships often end up back in kadens room with the Legos. That was the one toy I banned from the playroom. I want to try to keep them isolated to keep future baby from choking if possible. We also have two framed board games that the kids can pull off the wall and play. The peices, along with other kid games, are all in the entertainment center. And of course the new bean bags! We all love the new playroom! The kids play with their toys more now that it is all organized in ways that make more sense and make it easier to play with them. Part of me will miss having a nursery for this baby, but it is sooooo worth it! The kids bedrooms are almost always clean now, and its actually easier to keep the playroom clean. If you have an extra bedroom I highly recomend this! Is worth the sacrifice. I wish I had done it a long time ago! Enjoy the pictures. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A little inspiration

Do you know my little sister Chelsea?  Because you should. She is awesome. So is my other sister and my brother.  But this post was inspired by the baby.  She finally updated her blog today with THIS POST.  Before I go on head over there and read it.

Did you read it? Pretty inspiring right? Makes you want to do better? It did me...

There are obviously differences, but I want to join her in making some changes.

Go to bed early and wake up early.
I suck at this.  Being pregnant I have been going to bed early but waking up early is not my strong point. Wen I was working I had to get up early for work and I really liked the routine it gave our days.  But since being back home I usually head back to bed for a while after getting K out the door for school and breakfast for everyone.  This goal will tie in with the last one.

Find a hobby that will keep my hands and body busy.
I think most people are aware that I have a few good hobbies.  So I will continue to nurture those.

Make and eat more healthy meals.
 I have a growing family and we are on a pretty good schedule, and James is home every night for dinner which means I need to make healthy nutritious meals for my kids and husband.  But during the day, I often neglect my own needs nutritionally while caring for my family.  I pour the kids a bowl of cereal and cut up a banana and then don't eat breakfast myself.  So I need to do better there.

Involve The Lord every day in every way.
I have to say... I married a pretty incredible man in this respect.  He makes sure we have daily family prayer, reminds me about our prayers together even when I have almost fallen asleep,  and leads us in reading scriptures as a family daily.   Honestly, he is the driving force behind all these activities.  I like to think if he didn't that I would but hopefully I won't ever have to find out.  I have always felt myself to be a very spiritual person.  Before I had kids I was probably more outwardly so.  I feel like certain things have fallen by the wayside.
I remember as a young woman I would get up early for seminary (let's be honest... My mom got me up). But as I would trudge down the stairs at that horrible hour of the morning my incredible mother would almost always be at the table studying her scriptures.  I don't think that my children can say they have ever found me in such a position.  I need to be the example to them that my mother was to me..  So in  conjunction with getting up earlier every day I'm going to bust out those scriptures every weekday morning.  (I gotta sleep in on Saturdays!)

Chels is going to give it thirty days... I'm going to do the same.  I'm sure we can all improve in at least one area.  Anyone else in? Em... We gonna make it a sista goal?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

14.5 weeks

And all is well. Heard a great little heartbeat and I'm measuring right on.

The little bugger gave me quite a scare though... After about 5 minutes with the Doppler the nurse said if she couldn't find a heartbeat they would send me for an ultrasound. Just as I was about to break into tears we heard the sweet whoosh whoosh of the baby's beautiful heart.

My first two pregnancies were pretty easy. With mr. K I was HUGE... Like planetary. But other than that no biggie. With ms. A I had a little trouble late in the pregnancy with my right hip popping out occasionally. (A present from a horse riding accident a couple years before) but other than that no morning sickness, no horrible pain or constant heartburn or breast tenderness or anything.

This baby is throwing me through the ringer... I have everything possible! From very early on. Although I'm not gaining much weight which is kinda nice. Is this a sign of this little persons personality?

Regardless of the price I and my body pay, I am grateful to pay it.

For this child, I have prayed and cried and sacrificed and if it takes a little more to get this child safely into this mortal existence...Well then... I will give it.

(Although I can't promise not to complain sometimes... Just remember how I really feel. ;)