Thursday, September 29, 2016

Life Lately | 9.29.16

In the midst of a hectic week, sometimes you need just a quick Life Lately post. Here's what we've been up to the last few weeks.

1 | Kaden has a broken arm. I think second grade must be the year of arm breaks for our family. Both boys have officially broken their arm in second grade. Kaden was definitely more excited about it than K.C. was a few years ago. He wanted to have his cast signed and is very proud of his "American" cast. Thankfully, it's not a bad break and he only has to wear his cast a few more weeks.



2 | Our sweet boy's nursery is coming right along! We've been really busy rearranging and donating things in preparation for the baby's arrival. I never knew how much stuff we had. It's crazy. I think the people at Goodwill know us by name. Cleaning out an attic and switching two rooms around are logical things to do when you're pregnant, right? Oh, and painting three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, too. My husband is a saint.

  

I can't wait to share all the nursery details as it starts coming together!

3 | We're writing a book. As we were riding home from church Sunday, the boys started talking about how they thought it would be fun to write a book. When we got home, they insisted we start, so we sat down, opened the laptop, and started writing. I'm pretty excited about this!


4 | Saturdays are more fun when they include trips to the bookstore and Target. Last Saturday, the boys and I ran out to Barnes and Noble to pick up a few books and ended up with eleven. I think it's safe to say our boys have inherited my love of books and Starbucks. We also made a quick trip into Target where they wanted to look at all things baby. K.C. is determined to have a baby monitor in his room. I love popping out for a bit with my favorite little boys!

  


5 | In two short weeks, we will celebrate our fourth anniversary! I can't believe it's been four years already. It seems like just yesterday, and yet I can't remember my life before Kevin.





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Learning to be Still

{ Psalm 62:5 } Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.:

I've been thinking a good bit lately about being still. For the past six months, my life has not looked like my own. I've slowed down considerably, I've cut down on commitments, and I've learned to rely on others. Those are the things I've had to do to make it to this point in pregnancy.

Despite those things, I find that my mind is constantly buzzing. It's filled with all sorts of thoughts.
Should we put the baby in a cradle in our room or start him off in his nursery?I need to remember to send in treats for our son's Friday treats.We need to find tickets for the Clemson game in a few weeks. Is my husband tired of me not feeling well?Should we go with a bright nursery or a calm one? Is my sister doing ok? Is it horrible that I don't feel like going to choir during this season? Do I seem slack because I'm not doing as many things as I used to? Are the boys going to forget how much I love being on the floor playing with them and running around with them? Am I going to feel like going out on a date for our anniversary next month? Am I ever going to feel like myself again? This miracle growing inside me gives me an inexpressible joy. What is this world coming to? I need to read my Bible more. I need to visit my grandmother.
Why can't I just be still?
You get the point. My mind isn't still. Ever.

Sometimes, I think it's a curse to have a mind that constantly thinks, but other times, I'm thankful that I have so many people and things to be thinking about. One thing that's a constant though, is my thought about not being able to be still.

I think it's somehow written on my DNA that I think I have to constantly be doing something. I feel like a failure and a slacker if I sit down without doing something. Yes, it's gotten better over these past six months of pregnancy, but I wonder if when the baby is born and I'm no longer feeling rotten, will I revert to my normal thinking of equating stillness with failing?

That's not how it should be and that's not how I want it to be.

For me, and maybe for you, this inability to just sit still and not be constantly stimulated is born, I believe, through the lives we live. Think about your life. How often are you quiet? How often do you have time (or make time) to be still?

I know, for me, it feels weird to be still. Even when I'm still, I'm not really still. I find myself scrolling through Instagram while watching TV and having a conversation with my husband. My mind is focused on three things at once, which means it's really not focusing on any of those things at all.

When I'm at work, I have a list of tasks I want to complete each day and do so while listening to Spotify and taking a break to check the news and read a thing or two. At home, I'll straighten up the kitchen while making breakfast and talking with my kids.

Do you see a pattern? It's very rare for me to focus on one thing at a time. Often, my focus is on two or three things at once, which is great when I'm cleaning, but not great when it comes to spending time with my family or taking time to be still.

The Bible tells us that Jesus went out alone to pray (Matthew 14:23). He, the Son of God, needed time away from His regular life to recharge and connect with His Father. I need the same thing, but I find it hard to do this.

This week, I'm challenging myself to be still. I want to learn to quiet my thoughts and not have my mind buzzing a million miles per hour. I long for time with my Savior to reflect and recharge, but I can't have this successfully when I'm constantly thinking of everything else. I'm giving myself a mandatory time out to just focus on nothing for a few minutes each day and see where that leads. Most of all, I'm giving myself grace to learn how to be still during this season of my life.


What are some things you do to help quiet your mind and be still?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's Fall, Y'all!

Even though the unofficial welcome to Fall was a few weeks ago with the resurgence of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, today is the official first day of one of my favorite seasons! Here are a few reasons why Fall is one of my favorite seasons.

1 | It's officially ok to wear yoga pants everywhere. I love lounging in my yoga pants and like that it's now socially acceptable to wear them places like the grocery store. You know, because nothing is better than looking like you've been to the gym when you really haven't.

2 | The best holidays are just around the corner. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (I know Christmas is in the Winter, but it's a mere few days after the end of Fall).

3 | Pumpkin everything. Give me all the pumpkin. It's so good.

4 | Fall traditions. I love decorating for Fall. I love pumpkins around my house, my dining room centerpiece, and Fall candles. I love carving pumpkins, decorating for Halloween, and picking out candy. I love trick-or-treating, turkey and dressing, and cranberry sauce. This is just a fun time of year!

5 | Fall is just cozy. I like being able to wear skinny jeans, long sleeve tees, and jackets. I love bundling up under a blanket, reading a book, turning the fire on and drinking hot chocolate.

What are your favorite things about Fall?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

So Long, Wedges! & Other Thoughts on Maternity Style

When I first found out I was pregnant, my first thought wasn't I can't wait to buy maternity clothes! It was more along the lines of I'm going to wear all my skinny clothes as long as I can! As long as I can turned out to be a few weeks, as the bloating associated with early pregnancy is really a thing, y'all! 

That said, the thought of purchasing a whole new wardrobe for this time in my life didn't (and still doesn't) excite me. Call me cheap, but I don't want to spend a fortune on clothes I won't wear unless I'm pregnant. 

Up until this point, I've been able to wear many of my normal dresses -- well, except the ones with a normal waist that zip up! Since I wear mainly dresses and pencil skirts (which I obviously can't wear now) to work during this time of year, I haven't had to worry too much about work attire.


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Since it's still warm here, I've been sticking with flats along the lines of Jack Rogers or wedges, that is until yesterday. Yesterday is now known to me as the last time I'll wear 4" wedges while pregnant. Why? you might ask. Because yesterday, my cute wedges and my baby belly gave me a really sore/skint knee. 

Here's how it happened: It was lunchtime and I was hungry. I drove over to this little place I grab a quick lunch from sometimes and parked in the closest spot, one that just so happened to be beside the curb and flower bed. I got out of my car, balanced on the curb, and then somehow - I think I stepped into the flower bed with part of my left shoe - went flying onto the cement. It was almost a slow motion fall, and thankfully, I had enough sense to try to get low before I hit the ground (really, I thought I could balance myself because in non-pregnancy life, I'm not the least bit clumsy). All I could think about was the baby and not hitting my stomach, so I let my right knee, foot and hip take the brunt of the fall. Talk about embarrassed! I jumped back into my car to compose myself when I realized I had essentially scraped off the skin on my entire right kneecap. Yes, it's a great look with a nice dress and wedges! I called a colleague and asked her if she could run some band-aids out to me which she did. After cleaning up the scrap and putting on three band-aids, I went back to my lunch place and got a box to go. 

What did I learn from this other than how absolutely thankful I was that no one else was outside at the time to see my graceful descent? I learned that 4" wedges and pregnancy don't mix, not for me at least!

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Anyway, back to the clothes! While I'm thankful to have quite a few dresses that fit -- I think they'll last me through January -- pants, on the other hand, are a different story. 

Before I started looking at maternity clothes, I had no idea that there are some many options when it comes to the type of maternity pants you wear. Before buying a ton, I decided to order a pair from Old Navy. I really like Old Navy's Rockstar Skinny Jeans, and seeing that they sell those for expectant mamas, it seemed like a great idea to start there.

There are four different panel options (see below) you can choose from. I decided to go with the side panel. I have quite a belly already, but the full panel doesn't look like something I'd enjoy wearing. I want to still feel normal (as normal as you can when you're carrying a child) and part of that is wearing clothes that don't look like maternity clothes. Enter, the side panel pant. These pants look identical to regular dress pants from Old Navy -- they even have a fake fly -- but they have a nice side elastic band. 



I ordered two pairs - a pair of jeans and a pair of black pants - and I'm pleased with both. So pleased, in fact, that I've ordered another pair along with some maternity tops. Despite buying some medium t-shirts to wear around, I've quickly discovered that a larger size just doesn't cut it. I need something with a shirred side.

Here are the styles I've purchased up to this point:




The shirts haven't come in yet, so I can't tell you how they feel, but if the pants are any indication, I'm going to love them.

What are your go-to maternity clothing items?

Disclaimer: I was not given anything in exchange for this post of adoration for Old Navy's maternity wear. I simply love what I've purchased and wanted to share!

Monday, September 19, 2016

9 Things NOT to Say to Someone Suffering from Severe Morning Sickness

Y'all, pregnancy is no joke. It is hard. I am usually the last person to complain about anything, won't take medicine unless it's absolutely necessary and feel like I can push through about anything. Pregnancy though, has knocked me off my feet in a way I didn't dream would happen.

Sure, I wasn't naive enough to think I would get by without experiencing many of the symptoms that go along with pregnancy - the fatigue, mood swings, bloating, food aversions, and nausea - but I didn't think it would hit me like it has. I'm ok with being bloated. I'm ok with not wanting to smell/taste certain things including my beloved Chickfila. I can handle being tired. I'm even fine with the increase in weepiness I seemed to feel for a few weeks. The nausea though? Please, just knock me out until it ends.

Before I was pregnant and even the first few days of this pregnancy, I was certain that I was going to be one of the lucky ones. My mom wasn't sick a day with me, I don't have a particularly weak stomach or get "sea sick," and I was full of energy. Fast forward to four days after I found out I was pregnant (approximately week 4), and I had to rush to the restroom during lunch with a friend.

That day was May 10. When I began writing this post, it was July 7 (you can laugh, but it's taken me until September 19 to finish my thoughts on this touchy subject -- and fear of it starting up again!), and at the time, the longest I had gone without getting sick since May 10 was three days. That's right. Those three days were close to July 7, too. In fact, July 9 was probably the worse day I experienced in regards to sickness. I don't even want to pull that day from my memory.

I'm grateful for this time. I feel like if I tell myself that over and over, it'll make it better. Truth is, I really don't think there's any real remedy for morning sickness. It could be worse - I could be one of the poor women in the hospital with hypermesis gravidum. I'm thankful I'm not. One thing is for sure, morning sickness, no matter the severity, is not something I'd wish upon my worst enemy.

That said, the five months of feeling closer to death than I ever thought possible, have brought with them loads of advice, some requested, most not. As I was attempting to make it through a day without getting sick earlier this summer, I joked to Kevin that I should make a list of things not to say to pregnant women who are dealing with morning sickness - the name itself needs to be changed. Hence, this post.

Here's my list of 9 things not to say to pregnant women dealing with any form of morning sickness, in no particular order.

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Disclaimer: Family and friends, we pregnant ladies know you mean well. We know you are trying to encourage us. We know you want us to feel better and feel helpless than you can't make everything ok. Please, though, while we're dealing with this side effect of one of the best things to happen to us, just shut up!

1 | Eat some crackers. If I had $1.00 for every time this adage has been said to me, the baby's room would be furnished and he'd have clothes to last until at least his third birthday. Crackers may work for some people, but for others, they don't. I wish I could eat some crackers and have the sickness subside, but for me, crackers of any kind (unless they are Captain Wafers individually wrapped from a local restaurant and dipped into homemade Ranch) make me sick.

2 | Keep food beside your bed and eat it before you get up. Yes, this sounds like a great idea since it seems so much of morning sickness is based on an empty stomach, but this one didn't work for me either.

3 | Drink Ginger Ale or other carbonated beverages. In regular life when you're hit with a virus, you're told to drink Ginger Ale or a carbonated beverage to settle your stomach. I don't like Ginger Ale when not pregnant and tasting it while pregnant was ever worse (trust me, I tried everything). I went through a phase of about two weeks where I could drink ice cold Coke, but then I started loosing it. Again, for me, this one didn't work.

4 | You'll forget about it as soon as you're not feeling sick. As much as I'd like this to be true, it's simply not for me. I may be too close to the sickness -- I'm 23 weeks and have felt like a human for about three, though it has been more like six weeks since I've gotten sick.

5 | It's going to be a girl! That one was wrong!

6 | At least you know the baby is healthy. True. It's been long-reported that the high level of hormones produced during pregnancy are linked with morning sickness. I'm also thankful that I have a healthy baby, but while this part makes me feel better emotionally knowing that the baby is healthy, it doesn't really do anything for the physical side of it.

7 | You'll feel better by X weeks! While I have to say this was a great thing to hear and gave me so much hope, every time X week passed and I didn't feel better, it was bad. I know every pregnancy is different, but when the majority of people you know that have suffered from morning sickness feel good by 13 or 14 weeks, you count on that to at least be the standard. For me, it was 20 weeks and even then, it wasn't great.

8 | Don't take medicine for nausea. Whether you take medicine for nausea or not is a deeply personal decision and one I only shared with those I know well. I am not a proponent of medication in normal day-to-day life unless it's really needed. I'm on the other end of the spectrum from a pill popper, but nausea? That was a different story for me. I started taking Diclegis around 8 weeks when I could barely make it through the day. I held off on Zofran until about 11 weeks (after all the organs were formed per my doctor). At that point, I took two child doses a day though I could have taken more. It made a huge difference! While I still threw up some with the Zofran (and not being on it all the time was more than likely part of that), I was able to function and keep foods down for the most part. After about six weeks, I was able to cut it down to once a day at lunch. Last week, I've halved it, so I'm only taking 2 mg at lunch each day. I'm also using Diclegis, but instead of three pills per day, I'm taking one at night. Even though I wish I was past the point of taking something, I'm not, though I feel like in the next few weeks I'll be able to eliminate it all.

9 | Don't you think pregnancy is the best? I've not ever been a jealous person, but I have been really envious of those I know who tell me about their easy pregnancies. Yes, pregnancy is by far one of the greatest things to ever happen to me and something I am thankful for every second of every day, but it's also the hardest thing I've ever done. It has not been a walk in the park. Does this mean I'm not thankful? Absolutely not. This baby is so loved and so prayed for and no amount of sickness can change that. I've said over and over if I have to be sick like this until January, it'll be worth it. It will be.

What are some things people have said to you during pregnancy that make you cringe?

Friday, September 16, 2016

FIVE ON FRIDAY | 9.16.16

Friday, Friday - my favorite day of the work week! Here are five things on my mind today.




1 | The Choice. I haven't read many Nicholas Sparks' books, but my MIL loaned this one to me and I decided I'd read it. I've been looking forward to lunch all week so I can read it!

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2 | Baby Boy is moving all around. By far, the coolest part of pregnancy up to this point is feeling our baby move. It's crazy to me. He seems to be very active. 

3 | Maternity pants are awesome. Need I say more, mamas? I wore a pair yesterday and goodness, they are way more comfortable than regular pants. I'll do a post on maternity wear another day, but until then, I can't recommend Old Navy's maternity pants enough. 

4 | Halloween is just around the corner. When we were up in the attic looking at things to donate and move around, I saw a big stack of Halloween decorations I'd forgotten about. Last year, I purchased some new decor for our front porch and our mantle. The boys have been ready to decorate for Halloween for weeks and I just may let them go ahead and do it this weekend.

5 | We have work to do this weekend. I'm excited to have a plan for what we need to accomplish this weekend in Operation: Get Ready for Baby. There are only 17 weeks until his due date, and within those weeks, we have Thanksgiving and Christmas, a weekend away, and other plans which leaves us with the need to get things done. I love having a plan and I love getting things done, although this weekend, there will be more watching than moving for me. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

PREGNANCY | 22 Week Update


Week: 22

Weight Gain: Too much! I was up to 128 at my 22 week appointment. That's a total weight gain of about 20 pounds, ladies! My doctor gently encouraged me to not gain 8 pounds every month from here on out. I attribute my weight gain to eating nothing but waffles, bacon, sausage, and meatball subs for the past 4-5 weeks. Needless to say, that has changed. I'm eating healthier and I've been exercising daily. The best part? I feel better than I have the whole time.

What's Happening: The baby sounds healthy! I love getting to hear his little heart beat at each of my appointments. He is really active, too! I've noticed that he moves in the morning, mid-afternoon, and at night. It feels like his kicks get stronger and stronger at night. It is the most incredible feeling in the world to feel him kick. I am so thankful for this miracle growing inside me!

Feeling: I'm continuing to feel better, thankfully! I've been able to cut my main nausea medicine in half. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to cut the other in half this weekend. I'm too scared to try it on a work day, so I'm planning to try it this weekend. My energy is also increasing. I'm definitely in nesting mode! Kevin and I made a plan for how we want to get everything done and that makes me feel good.

Sleep: I can't complain about my sleep too much. I fall asleep pretty easily initially. Lately, we've been falling asleep in the den and then getting up to go to bed. I have a hard time falling back asleep, but I sleep good once I'm asleep.

Wearing: I'm wearing my regular dresses, shorts a size up, and my regular, non-fitted tops. I'm also wearing some maternity pants.

Exercise: I've started walking a few miles at night with Kevin. It feels good! I'm thankful to be feeling well enough to exercise even though this version of exercise is drastically different from what I normally do. I attempted to run a very short distance a few nights ago and was shocked at how much my center of gravity has changed. I need to get back to doing squats regularly. I've read that 300 a day helps during labor.

Eating: I'm eating much better since the realization that I gained 8 pounds in one month! While I'm not concerned about the number and my doctor was quick to point out that I started out small, I don't want to be a blimp in a few months for both the baby's health and my sanity. For so long, I could eat meatball subs without a problem, so I turned to them each day. I've added back vegetables and some fruit along with grilled meats (no grilled chicken at this point) and feel much better. I've been eating Chobani again as a snack. I've also discovered (for the first time) the tasty combination of Triscuit and cheese.

Missing: Running, Chickfila, soft cheeses, and my normal body. I hope my taste buds crave Chickfila after the baby is born. For a while, I didn't notice much of a difference in my body besides the obvious, but at this point, I definitely have a stomach and I forget about it when I go to bend down or put on my favorite clothes.

Thoughts: I am in awe of the miracle of pregnancy. God is so good and so gracious to us. I praise Him for this miracle of life! Feeling my baby boy kick is by far one of the coolest things I've ever experienced! We all can't wait to meet him!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday Tangents | 9.13.16

Sometimes, you need a post full of random things.

1 | I hate to break up with meatball subs yesterday. I'm sure Subway isn't happy, but my weight will be happier at my next appointment (I hope!). 22 (!) Week pregnancy update coming tomorrow!

2 | It is finally starting to feel like Fall. I think it's more because it's rainy and overcast this week than anything else, but I'll take it.

3 | Now that I have a few pairs of maternity pants, I don't think I'll ever want to wear regular pants again. They are comfortable. I just need the weather to cooperate so I can wear them!

4 | My husband owns more Umbro shorts than anyone I know. I've been "stealing" some of his shorts to lounge around in and he's now given me all these old Umbro shorts he got at an Umbro outlet sale twenty years ago. Most haven't ever been worn. They are quite comfortable for my growing belly!

5 | I'm trying to branch out and eat more good foods. For so long, the only things I've been able to stomach are carbs and fatty meats, a total change from my normal cravings. I need to get back to healthier foods. I don't want to be a hot air balloon in a few months!

6 | Give me pumpkin everything. Forget what I said about eating healthier when it comes to pumpkin. My beloved PSL's are back as well as pumpkin bread. It took every bit of restraint I had not to buy everything pumpkin in the grocery store yesterday.




7 | How do you save/catalog your kids' school work? I don't save everything, but I like to save their artwork, projects and a few other things. So far, I'm using a photo/scrapbook box for each one each year. It seems to work, but I don't know where I'm going to store all of them.

8 | I think we have a future soccer player or kicker on our hands. Our baby boy moves all the time. It sure is reassuring to this mama's heart.

9 | I ordered two books about childbirth and they're scheduled to be delivered today. I'm ready to dig in and also petrified to read about it at the same time.

10 | I understand what people mean when they talk about nesting. It's definitely a real thing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

PREGNANCY MUST HAVES | The First Half

When I first found out I was pregnant and even before I knew, I always enjoyed reading the "must have" lists for pregnancy. The number one thing this pregnancy has taught me is that there is no real list of things that work for everyone. I want to share with you the things that helped me through the first half of my pregnancy.




1 | Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
I'm nearly twenty-two weeks into pregnancy and have no stretch marks. I know I have a ways to go, but I've used this belly butter twice a day religiously since about eight weeks. I know that seems early, but I was so bloated at the beginning, I thought I needed it. Not only is it supposed to help prevent stretch marks, it feels great!

2 | YETI Rambler
I don't know what I did before I had a YETI. These are the best cups to have. I fill mine up each day to take with me to work and the ice is still in it at the end of the day. I still love Tervis, but YETI takes the cake when it comes to keeper cold drinks cold all day.

3 | Leachco Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper
Before I was pregnant, I laughed about these pillows, but I quickly realized how awesome they are. I am a stomach sleeper, so this pillow has been great to keep me on my side. I can hardly sleep without it.

4 | Hardee's Biscuit 'N' Gravy
Everybody has their "thing" that they can eat during pregnancy. For about the first fourteen weeks, about all I could eat were carbs, many of them in the variety of biscuits from Hardee's. The Biscuit 'N' Gravy gave me the carbs I craved and a bit of protein.

5 | Hot/Cold Therapeutic Bead Pearl Gel Eye Masks
When I'm nauseous, I don't want to be the least bit warm. I spent more time with cold washcloths and cold eye masks on my face than I'd like to admit. I have the pictures to prove it, though I'm not brave enough to put them on this public forum!

6 | Subway Meatball Sub
Starting at about 16 weeks, all I've wanted to eat are meatball subs. I don't even eat subs in normal life. There's just something about biting into this sub that makes me feel all better. I thought this food would disappear as quickly as it started, but it seems to be hanging in there for the long haul.

7 | J.Crew Factory Boardwalk Pull On Shorts
These shorts are awesome. I love any and every thing J.Crew as it is, but to be able to wear regular shorts throughout the summer was great. I sized up by one size and up to this point (almost 22 weeks), they fit. I can tell they're getting snugger, but with fall weather around the corner, they've done their job.

8 | Tracy Negoshian Dresses
I'm a dress and pencil-skirt lover when it comes to everyday work wear. The pencil skirts went out the window by about six weeks, but I'm still able to fit in most of my dresses, especially my Tracy Negoshian dresses. The material is flattering on every size.

9 | What to Expect When You're Expecting
I've enjoyed reading what's going on each week. Knowing what was happening with our little baby made the sick moments somewhat easier.

10 | Bringing Up Bebe
This is hands-down my favorite book relating to pregnancy/child rearing. I'll do a full recap on books I'm reading during pregnancy when I'm closer to the end, but this is a must read. For any of your expectant mamas out there who are worried about sleep when your baby comes, read this. It is really encouraging and taught me many things. Whether or not I'll be able to put them into practice, I won't know for a few months, but regardless, this book is great.

There you have it - ten things that helped me survive the first half of pregnancy. You may have noticed that many of the staples like Saltines, ginger drops, peppermint, and ginger ale are missing from my list. While they help many people and were suggested to me countless times (and tried), they didn't do one thing at all for the sickness I experienced. In fact, I'd say with the exception of Saltines, they made it worse. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to look at it), I had to resort to medication. It wasn't my goal to do so, but it was what was (and still is) best for the baby and me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

I love long weekends, don't you? My weekend was a little longer than normal thanks to Hurricane Hermine. We didn't have any damage in our part of SC, but my work closed early which kicked off the Labor Day weekend at 2:30 Friday afternoon.

We didn't have many plans at all for the weekend. With soccer practices cancelled on Friday night, we met my parents in town for dinner and then they came back to visit.

Over the weekend, Kevin and I got a lot accomplished on our "make room for baby" to-dos which has really eased my mind. We (and by "we" I mean Kevin) cleaned out a good portion of our attic and took a whole truckload to Goodwill. We also worked on cleaning out the drawers and closets upstairs. While we have a ways to go before we're ready to paint a get baby furniture, we're well on our way to getting to that point.

We enjoyed watching the first Clemson game of the season Saturday night. With the game not kicking off until 9pm, I didn't make it through, but I did keep waking up and hearing the cheers.

Yesterday was a fun day, too. The boys have been asking about going hunting, so they went on their first dove hunt (and Kaden's first hunt ever) yesterday with Kevin and my dad. They both had a blast. They were so funny telling me about the experiences.



We capped the weekend off with dinner at my grandma's which is always good.


Like all good things, the long weekend had to come to an end, but what better way to start off a four-day work week than with monkey bread. In my house, I believe in celebrating everything!




Friday, September 2, 2016

FIVE ON FRIDAY

I can't believe today is Friday. I feel like I blinked and the work week passed by me (not that I'm complaining!). I love what I do and this week was very productive. Here are five things that are making me smile on this dreary, rainy Friday.



1 | Boys and Trains
I don't know about your boys, but my boys love trains. We have the wooden Thomas sets and they have definitely earned their keep. The boys haven't played with them much in the past year, so we decided we'd tote them up and put them in the attic until baby boy three is ready for them. It sounded like a great idea until last weekend when they found a few pieces sitting out upstairs. This started a chain reaction and the trains are now back in full force. Our den and playroom have both been covered by countless trains, and you know what? I love it.




2 | Hurricane Hermine
Thanks to Hurricane Hermine (which, thankfully, didn't make landfall in SC), I'm leaving work early today. Since we're under a tropical storm watch, many businesses are closing early due to the threat of inclement weather and flooding. I'm looking forward to curling up with a good book.

3 | J.Crew Factory Sales
I have a strong love affair with J.Crew and this weekend, they're having a huge sale both in-person and online at J.Crew Factory. I snagged a few Christmas gifts yesterday along with a few things for me to have post-baby. You can't beat the prices!

4 | Clemson Football
My husband really has been invested in Clemson football. It's exciting (and crazy)! I'm looking forward to the first game tomorrow night. 



5 | Nursery
We officially have a plan for the nursery! I've gone back and forth between two different ideas for it, and last night, finally decided. I can't wait to share it with you next week!



Thursday, September 1, 2016

SEPTEMBER GOALS

September! I can hardly believe it's September. I can also hardly believe that September marks only four full months until the newest member of our family is set to arrive -- eek! I'm so excited!

My goals lately have consisted of making it through each day, keeping my family alive (you can thank my husband for that one), and growing this baby. Since I'm feeling better, I've begun to think about all the very many things that we really need to do before the baby comes. What better way to tackle them than through monthly goals.


  • Clean out all bedroom closets and drawers upstairs. This is going to be a big job. Currently, our bedroom closets upstairs play host to everything from games and older toys to hunting gear and my wedding dress. The drawers are mainly packed with out-of-season clothes and those items that you (at least I) tend to hold on to thinking that one day, you may want them. 
  • Finish organizing the boys' older schoolwork and papers that we want to save. I'm about done with this task, thankfully! As a side note: how do you decide what to keep and what to throw away? I keep all their artwork as well as their projects, but how about all the weekly tests and papers?
  • Journal what I'm reading in the Bible. I love to journal along with what I'm reading in my Bible daily, but I've gotten slack about it lately. I've not been up as early as normal to have my quiet time before work and find myself just reading my Bible instead of journaling along with it. I know it's an excuse, but it is what it is. I want to get back to writing what I'm learning and the things that are speaking to me.
  • Continue Christmas shopping. I've already done some shopping, but I'd like to get more done this month. I don't want to be waiting until November and December to shop this year.
  • Register for the baby! I'm excited about this. I have an idea of the things we'll want to register for, but I haven't narrowed it down to exact products. Kevin and I want to try to get this done in the next two weeks so we can register. 
  • Read three books. I haven't picked out the three I want to read, but I am enjoying reading more.
  • Make a list of fall activities the boys want to do. We all love fall and enjoy checking things off of our list of things we'd like to do.
  • Work on the boys 6 and 8 books. I'm more caught up than I ever thought I'd be, but I'd like to get year 6 for Kaden and year 8 for K.C. done. This will also help with Christmas!

There you have it - my goals for September!