Monday, January 31, 2011

Today I...

  • ...went to work!  That's a rare occurrence these days.  I had so much fun, I think I'll try going back tomorrow.  (On a related note, I hope the iciness going on outside goes away by the time we have to leave for work.)
  • ...sat a lot - probably more than I should have.  I was just tired and uncomfortable.
  • ...cleaned Liam's room (pictures to follow eventually).
  • ...bit my tongue a lot.  Like, almost every time I sneezed.  Ouch!
  • ...organized baby clothes.  
  • ...bought a few things for the hospital bag.
  • ...splurged on something shiny and cute.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Our Style (alternate title: Wait...You Like THAT?!)

Have I ever told you that Mike and I have two totally different styles?  This became glaringly obvious one day while we were at The Peddler's Mall, and we each spotted a (different) piece of furniture that we liked in a booth.  Here's a glimpse into what our house would look like:

Because we disagree so much on what the house should look like, we've let the style of each room fall by the wayside.  We can agree on basics, like a couch or bedroom furniture, but we have yet to commit to a bedspread, curtains, artwork, pillows, etc.  We both wanted to include some artwork in Liam's room, but couldn't seem to agree on what it should look like -- he has some abstract art that a former student made, and I think it clashes horribly with the rest of the room.  I have a list of cute things I found on Etsy...he's not sold on any of them.  We're still debating what mirror to hang above his changing table...I want a plain one that I can hang a matching banner on...he wants something fun and whimsical.  You guessed it...his room currently contains no artwork and no mirror.

Granted, if this is our biggest point of contention, then we're incredibly fortunate.  But I see all sorts of cute spaces, and it just makes me wish that we could agree on something.

What a great deal!

Last week, my friend Sarah told me about a grab bag sale at Once Upon a Child -- stuff a bag full of fall and winter clothing for $20.  Amazing deal, so we left early this morning to check it out.  This was the first time I've ever stood in line to get into a store, and we spend even more time in line, but it was totally worth it.  Ninety minutes later, I walked out with about $150 worth of clothing for $20!

When we got back to the car, there was a flyer on Sarah's windshield for another children's consignment store, called Re-Kid.  We decided to check it out (after lunch at Panera, of course).  We found out that next Saturday they're having a similar grab bag sale, but their bags are $15.  They still had some really cute things, and their prices were pretty reasonable.  The best part was, they had a display of dinosaur outfits.  I bought the ones that were around $2. 

All in all, I spent about $35, and came home with this stack of clothing (37 outfits total)!

And here are the dinosaur sleepers...aren't they the cutest?! 


Friday, January 28, 2011

4 of 52

(This post is kind of a repeat of last night's post, but I needed to add the story to this week's 52 Week Project photo.)

At this week's appointment with the midwife, it turns out Liam and I have a lucky number (my weight and his heartbeat were the same number for the 2nd week in a row). The nurse said I should play the lotto with those numbers. So I did. I didn't win, but it was still fun!

I edited the photo using Picnik.  Originally, I had planned on making the entire photo black and white, but then decided to keep the ticket in color.  I liked this better because the color of the ticket is subtle to begin with.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today was a good day.

At today's appointment, I weighed 148 pounds.  Liam's heartbeat was 148.  Exactly the same as it was at my last appointment.  Guess who bought a Pick 3 lotto ticket on her way home?

Liam got his first Easter outfit today.  And a swing.  And a pack 'n' play.

And...I got to see my little sister for a few minutes this evening!  Totally made me very happy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stylish blogger

The wonderful and sweet Brandy gave me a blog award!  (I encourage you to check out her blog...she's quite a crafty, creative gal.)  As a part of this award, I have to tell 8 things about myself and then pass the award onto 8 other blogs.

So, here are eight things about me: 
  1. I can't stomach mustard, mayo, or pickles.
  2. By 7th grade, I knew where I would attend college.
  3. When I was in high school, I was way into plastic canvas and cross-stitch.
  4. I hardly ever remember to wear lipstick.
  5. I miss Nick at Nite from back in the day: Mary Tyler Moore, Welcome Back Kotter, All in the Family...great shows!
  6. I don't want a dishwasher because I don't want to give up the cabinet space.
  7. I think the only fruit that belongs in Cheerios is banana.
  8. I am afraid of water and heights.
And I also need to pass this award on to eight people:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.

Our Sunday School teacher posted the note below on Facebook tonight, and I felt compelled to share it with you.  It would be wonderful to believe that attitudes like the one he mentions no longer exist.  That people today are capable of judgment based on skin color.  Sadly, our church is currently dealing with this issue. Big decisions are going to be made very soon in regards to church leadership...please pray that our church body is open to the will of God, and doesn't fall into the trap of relying solely on "rules taught by men".

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.

Jesus said that, in the 7th chapter of John.

I came across that statement tonight in the Bible, on the same night I heard about someone saying that they disagreed with people marrying people who have skin coloring a few shades darker or lighter than theirs.

When asked why they believed that, the person really couldn't say, other than to mention that their parents had taught them that it was wrong, so they had taught their kids that it was wrong.

We have a lot of this "passed down" tradition in our country today, and I have to ask: Why?  Why believe something just because grandpa said he'd "disown" your mother if she married someone who was from a different ethnic background?  Why decide that just because someone from your parents' generation (or before) "felt very strongly" about something, that you will just go along with it forever?  Why teach something to your own children if you've really never given any thought to why you believe it, or whether it's even worth believing?

You see, I have to break something to you . . . Just because someone was born a few decades earlier than you doesn't mean that they can pronounce "forever truths" to you, and that you must pass them along without examining them.  Your parents could have been dead wrong.  Your grandparents could have been dead wrong.  Would you want to pass on falsehoods to future generations if you could avoid it?

I have read the Bible, the whole thing, many times, and I can assure you, there's nothing in there that says a man today can't marry a woman if she's from a different country or race.  God told a specific group of His chosen people not to marry certain foreign women, specifically because He knew that they would entice the men to worship other gods besides Him, at a time when they were extremely susceptible to complete destruction as a unique people.  But you simply can't stretch instructions like that to mean that a lighter man today can't marry a darker woman, nor can you say that a man with extra pigment in his skin can't marry a woman with very little.

(The Bible does warn believers that it is a bad idea for believers to be married to unbelievers, unless you were already married and one became a believer and one didn't.  With clearer teaching on this subject, from the Bible itself (1st Corinthians 7 and 2nd Corinthians 6, for example), you would think that believers would be extremely careful to avoid marrying people with different beliefs.  Oddly, however, very few people have feelings about this as strong as their feelings about darker-skinned people marrying lighter-skinned people, even if both of those people who look different are devoted followers of Christ!  How easy it has become for the Evil One to convince us to believe and do the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches!)

In the sad history of this world people have spent all kinds of time and energy trying to justify the persecution of various people groups.  Hitler hated the Jews, the Gypsies, and other people groups, and did all that he could to convince people that they were less-than-human and had to be destroyed.  White people in Europe and America a few hundred years ago made lots of money by convincing people that it was okay to buy and sell kidnapped Africans, because they were considered less-than-human.  Greed and selfishness led people to use even the Bible to support such insane ideas, and surprisingly, for many, it worked, and they were deceived.

We should be wiser than that by now, though.  We should know better.  Saying that it's wrong to marry someone just because their forefathers came from a hotter climate than mine is just silly, and there's nothing in the Bible that supports that.  Saying that is the same thing as saying that it was wrong for me, with my Norwegian/German/English pale-skinned ancestors, to marry my French-Canadian darker-skinned, dark-haired wife.  Nonsense!  God put us together, and what God has put together, no man should separate.

So I ask you -- and I'm not trying to slam your beliefs, but I'd like to ask you to examine them -- why do you believe it's wrong?  Upon what do you base your belief?  Have you honestly thought it through?  Or are you just saying you believe it because your parents or your grandparents did?

If it's just something that was passed down to you, I encourage you to base your beliefs on something more solid and eternal.  Check out God's word for yourself and see if what I'm saying is not in agreement with it.

In the 15th chapter of Matthew, Jesus quoted the Old Testament prophet Isaiah when he described the terrible habit the Pharisees had of passing down picky rules that God had not instituted:

‘These people honor me with their lips,
   but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
   their teachings are but rules taught by men.’

It is possible for people to consider themselves devoted followers of God, but be incorrect on important subjects, and pass down "rules taught by men" to their children.  This has been done in the past, and many of us still struggle with incorrect rules that have been a part of our lives for decades.

Because we know that this is a danger, we should be extremely careful not to pass things to our children until we know why we believe them, and we know that our beliefs are in accordance with God's will.  We need to test these things by looking for ourselves into what God's word says, and if we feel that we lack wisdom in these things, we must ask God to provide guidance.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."  James 1:5

Monday, January 24, 2011

Maternity photos

I'm so excited to share these with you!  Yesterday, my former student, Christina, came to the shower, and then took maternity photos afterward.  They're amazing!  Here are a few of my favorites. (I have many more, but I'm trying to get these posted before my mom leaves for work.) 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The final baby shower

Today was the last baby shower.  Ashley hosted it at her house, and it was so amazing! 

There were beautiful, yummy desserts!

It was more like a downpour than a shower.  :)

Lots of great friends!

Fun shower games.

A sweet gift from Amanda (this book is one of her son's favorites).

Isn't this onesie perfect?!

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He received several personalized items.

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Me, hanging out with Mr. Diaper Snowman, courtesy of Sarah.

And maternity photos are on the way!  My former student Christina was there, and photographed us afterward.  I can't wait to see the pics!  

I came home overwhelmed in the best possible way.  I never expected so many people to show up.  I am blessed with wonderful friends!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

3 of 52

With the last of my four showers tomorrow afternoon, I've been doing lots of this lately.  I'm really proud to say that I finished writing all the notes from my shower at work that same night.  It's a blessing to have such a big stack of notes to write!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Appointment, lunch, and shopping.

Today was my 35-week appointment with my midwife.  I can't believe I only have five weeks left (more or less)!  Liam's heartbeat was 148, and my blood pressure and hemoglobin were good.  Now I'm just waiting for the results from my strep B test. (Noel, my midwife, says I'm not allowed to go into labor until the results come back.)  And he's still head down -- I had a little scare on the way to the appointment when I felt hiccups up around my ribcage...normally I feel his hiccups really low, which is usually a sign that he's head-down.  But Noel felt confident that he hadn't changed positions on me.

We had lunch at Bob Evans'.  This is what I ordered (because I've been craving it ever since I had it last month):

This is what I ate:

I can't even begin to tell you what a strange combination raspberry vinaigrette and hard-boiled egg can be.  Even when you're pregnant. 

I went to Motherhood Maternity and found some cute gowns (along with a few other unmentionables that I won't mention).  :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good news!

 I found my camera cord!  Here are a few pics from yesterday's baby shower at work.

My coworker, Teri, had to go through a lot to get this cake.  Originally, the shower was supposed to be last Wednesday, but it was postponed due to snow.  Which meant she had to postpone the cake.  When she went to pick it up Tuesday night, she found out the order had been canceled.  Luckily, the ladies at the bakery were very accommodating.  

You really should have seen the floor in Liam's room -- it was almost wall-to-wall gift bags last night!  It's amazing that someone so tiny already has so much stuff.    

Liam received several handmade gifts.  I'll share better pics soon, but I wanted you to get a glimpse of at least one of them.  Patty, one of the aides in the front office, made this for him.  Isn't it beautiful?

It was an awesome shower, and I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful, supportive coworkers.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's list time!

  • Thank you all for all the nice things you said about Liam's quilt!  I'm very excited to see it finished.
  • I was going to post photos from the baby shower at work, but I can't find my camera cord, and my card reader is not cooperating. I'll try again tomorrow.
  • Tonight I'm working on a big stack of thank you notes. 
  • I'm also waiting for snow.  Just when I thought we were back on a normal schedule. 
  • If school is in session tomorrow morning, I'm pretty sure about 95% of our students will be in a zombie-like state because they stayed up late anticipating a snow day. 
  • Liam received some fun toys today...they make noise and confuse the cat, which makes them even more fun!  
  • I still need to take this week's 52 Week Project photo.
  • One of my friends is leading a study of this book after school, so I signed up today.
  • Lola hissed at a baby today.  Oh dear...
  • I'm hoping to go on a baby consignment outing with some friends next weekend.  All the clearance clothes you can fit in a bag for $20?  Oh yeah! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In my excitement last night...

...I posted a crappy iPhone photo of Liam's quilt.  Today, I have some better photos to share.

(This was my was the only bedding I liked, but at $334.00, it was just too expensive to justify.  Luckily, I found the exact same fabric from this seller for much, much less!)

Monday, January 17, 2011

I did it!

As of about 5 minutes ago, Liam's quilt is finished!  I'll post a quick sneak tonight, and I'll hopefully take some better photos tomorrow when there's better lighting. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Our baby things

Over Christmas break, our moms sent both of us home with some of our own baby items.  I just wanted to share some of them.

Our first sweaters:

And our first rattles:

PS - I'm really hoping the man who made my rattle will be wiling to make one for Liam.


  • I woke up at 6am...I washed dishes and made french toast.  I had to wash the dishes in order to have cookware to make the french toast.
  • Mike's family threw a baby shower for us today.  His aunt Mary Anne did such an awesome job of hosting!  She had those little eclairs you can get from the freezer section...yum!  :)
  • I left my camera at home, so I have no pics to share.  :(
  • We went out for Mexican food tonight.  So not a fan at this point.  I ate a very small section of my quesadilla, and it really felt like I had eaten two of them.  Ugh.
  • We played The Game of Things with some friends...lots of fun!  
And because I think blog posts look better with a photo, here's a fun one that Mike took of Lola the other day. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

75% off wall in the baby section at Target, I heart you.

I possess lots of self-control...when an item is not on sale.  But 75% adorable things? I don't stand a chance.  The only thing in this picture that wasn't on sale was the baby sock monkey...but really, how could I pass something up that just so darned adorable?  :) 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My reading list


Baby stuff, baby stuff, and more baby stuff.  Because I have about 6 weeks to become an expert.  :)

I'm still on the lookout for books about baby sign language and making your own baby food.  (I have a Barnes and Noble card that's burning a hole in my pocket.)