Friday, May 31, 2013

FO Wyatt's Patchwork Blanket

Yes you read that right! This blanket is finished! I was bound and determined to finish it. With lacking energy this week (I have been drinking less pop since the irregular heartbeat scare with Wyatt), knitting has been one of the only things I want to do.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Husband Loves Me!

I have never really questioned why my husband loves me until reading it is a part of the 30 things my kids should know about me list. Once I was asked to talk about why I think he loves me, I was lost for words. Why DOES he love me? That's all that kept coming to mind. Not an answer. I tried to think about all the times I have heard Adam say "and that's why I love you." Then I laugh because of the things that would warrant him saying that line. So here it goes. Here is a short list that has brought him to utter these words in the past:

  1. My butt (he is obsessed)
  2. My "angry" face
  3. The way I ask a million questions during a movie, even if he has never seen it before either
  4. My need to ask stupid questions
  5. When I don't get jokes right away, or at all

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kitchen Update! Almost Done!!!

I am extremely hands on when I am pregnant. The spring that I was pregnant with Nolan I was out raking wet leaves while Adam worked and my neighbor told me to stop it and called me crazy. Well about a month ago, all of our "free time" was been spent getting our kitchen done. After my 22 week meltdown, which was mainly because of our dysfunctional kitchen, I guess it is safe to say that Adam saw it in his best interest to get it done. That doesn't mean he did it alone. Oh no. This pregnant wife does not stand on the sidelines very well. She tends to do more and take on more than she ever should. So who tore up the whole kitchen floor? Who primed and painted the whole room in a day? And who laid the whole floor, with amazing precision cuts by her husband? This gal right here.

We still have a bit to do, but we have made major progress. We can use every inch of our kitchen for the first time since September. We started demo in late September of last year. We slowly made progress until a few weeks ago. NOTE: Pregnancy makes me a little nuts and demanding so yes you can feel sorry for my husband. We still have a few things to finish before it is complete (like install the dishwasher, a few new outlets, the trim around doors and windows, baseboards, toe kicks on the cabinets, and the microwave). However, At this point I am extremely happy with the progress that has been made. My husband worked hard to give me the kitchen that I wanted in this house, and got it done fairly quickly......after a little meltdown ;)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WIP Wyatt's Patchwork Blanket

With as little time as I have on my hands, you think progress on this blanket would be slim or even nonexistent. However, I am nearing completion already.

I finished all the squares fairly quickly and am now finishing up all the painful seaming and weaving of the ends. This part just makes me want to quit. With the end in sight though, it is making it easy to keep going.

It also doesn't hurt that I am so in love with the colors and the way it is turning out. I am sure I will be sharing the FO of this blanket really soon.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tulip Time in Holland

While it has been a while since we actually went to the Tulip Time festival, I completely forgot to share about our experience (pregnancy brain, I swear). We decided to go on a Tuesday even though Adam had to work. The rest of the week was supposed to rain or I was babysitting. So with a day off for myself and my mother-in-law, and the fact that Allyson was in town, made it a perfect day to go see the tulips.

We decided to go to Centennial Park in Holland. All I wanted to do was to see some gorgeous flowers, let the kids run around, and possibly grab a bite to eat. This was the perfect place for it.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

3 Wishes

There are so many things a person can wish for. We would all be lying if we hadn't thought about what we would wish for if we had access to a genie or other magical device to grant wishes. However, when I had to sit down for the 30 things my kids should know about me list and actually narrow it down to the three things I would wish for over everything else, it was more difficult than I thought. I have always thought about my wishes from purely a possessions aspect. But is that what I would actually wish for? Would I make my wishes selfish? I was trying to think of ways to blanket in so many things I would want into each wish.

  1. My first wish would be to win the lottery when it was at a ridiculously high amount in the near future. This way I can provide financially for my immediate family as well as my extended family. My kids' college would be paid for, we would have the bigger house we are going to need soon, and  I could take away the financial burdens of so many of my family members. 
  2. My second wish would be for excellent health until death for each of my family members. This would ensure that everyone was around as long as their body was allowing, without pain or other debilitating disease. It would also ensure that I don't have to see my kids get sick. 
  3. My third wish would be abuse of any kind to end. There are too many instances of child abuse, domestic abuse, and animal abuse in this world. I feel that ending this would make everything a bit better.
While these wishes are not the only things I would want for my future, they are the only things that I would want magic to help with. I wouldn't wish for a perfect marriage because then it wouldn't be real. I wouldn't wish for a better relationship with God because again it wouldn't be genuine. I wouldn't wish for world peace because the field of work I am looking to get into thrives on people doing the wrong thing (selfish, I know). I wanted my wishes to take away the stress my entire family feels as well as something that effects me greatly. It pains me to hear about abuse, especially with kids and animals. I think that these innocent lives deserve better in life and starting with a life without abuse would certainly help that. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

25 Week (and 3 Day) Update

This week was another difficult one for me. Mainly this started after my doctor's appointment on Thursday, but the beginning of the week wasn't very simple either. Sleep hasn't been something that has been apart of my vocabulary other than phrases like "I didn't sleep at all last night" or "I feel like I could sleep for days." Falling asleep and staying asleep has been a major problem. I am in that weird stage of pregnancy where my belly is too big to sleep on my back or stomach, but not big enough to keep me on my side (I am definitely not a side sleeper).

Saturday, May 18, 2013

WIP Wyatt's Patchwork Blanket

When finishing Ryenn's patchwork blanket, I realized that I loved the way it looked. It is probably one of my favorite projects that I have finished. So why not replicate it? With another little one on the way (still shocking that there is now only 15 weeks until Wyatt is due to enter this world), blankets are always a necessity. I decided to make one for each of the boys. While have decided, and started knitting it actually, the colors for Wyatt's blanket, I am torn on what I should do for Nolan. But let's get back to that later.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Day I Became a Mother

I just recently had a friend message me on Facebook to say that she looks up to me and that I am inspirational as a mother. This completely made my day! She is pregnant with her first child  and looks at my posts for inspiration and direction. I thought that this made talking about how I felt the day I became a mother from the 30 things my kids should know about me list perfect timing for now.
Nolan and I, 5 hours after birth
Let's back up to when I found out I was pregnant. It was January 2nd, 2010 that I actually suspected that I might be pregnant. I kept getting a cycle, or so I thought. It just happened to be spotting, but I didn't see it as abnormal. When I finally took the test and it almost instantly said pregnant, I cried. Not like "I can't believe I am going to be a mom" kind of cry, but an "oh no, I have to tell my mom that I too got pregnant before marriage." I ruined the experience for Adam, who was thrilled to become a father. I had always said that I didn't want kids because I am too impatient. I was nervous, scared, apprehensive, etc.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

24 Weeks (and 1 Day) Update! Happy Mother's Day!

Today is a great day to share pregnancy progress, being Mother's Day and all. It continues to astonish me that I am going to be a mother to three little ones. With the growing belly, it still is somewhat unbelievable. 

According to Baby Med, I should weigh between 204.8  and 210.8 pounds. On Saturday morning, I weighed in at 201. 3 pounds. This is a loss from last week, but I am attributing that to all the work I did on the kitchen as well as some light exercising I have been doing. This is a total weight gain of 5.5 pounds. I'll take it!

Friday, May 10, 2013

5 Things That Make me Happiest Right Now

The 30 things my kids should know about me list asks about the 5 things that make me the most happy right now. While this changes from day to day, I thought this would be a fun topic for the night (seeing as I am not crabby from lack of sleep). I know some of the 5 things will be quite obvious, others may not be.

  1. My family: I know that this is somewhat an obvious choice, but that is why it had to be on the list. I would be lost without my husband and kids. They are my whole world and everything to me. They are my reason to keep going everyday, my reason to wake up, my source of happiness. I am beyond in love with being a wife and mother. I do not think that happiness would exist without these three in my life. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FO Ryenn's Patchwork Blanket

So I started knitting Ryenn a blanket about a month and a half before she was born. While I finished it shortly after her birth, it didn't quite look finished. When I first read through the pattern, I didn't see a border portion of the pattern.

Monday, May 6, 2013

23 Week (and 2 Day) Update

This past week went a lot better than the week before for me. I don't know if this is because my hormones are leveling back out or if it is because my horrendous kitchen is now complete (minus the trim, back splash, and dishwasher which we are waiting to have shipped).

Sunday, May 5, 2013

FO Contest Winner's Headband

I had a giveaway a while back and have yet to share what Debbie won. She chose one of the earwarmer headbands with the flower.

She wanted a gray headband with a peach or pink flower. I struggled with finding a peach that didn't look orange so I decided to play it safe with light pink. You can't really go wrong with a light pink.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Favorite Holiday

How can someone pick a favorite holiday? I know we all say our favorite holiday is this or that, but with so many great ones and having all different meanings, how can we really pick a favorite? I have had different favorites throughout the years (Halloween, 4th of July, etc.). For the 30 things my kids should know about me list, I had to pick one though. I believe now I would say that Christmas is my favorite.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lamp Revamp

When Adam and I moved into our sweet little home nearly 4 years ago (really it has almost been 4 years?!), we didn't spend a ton on decor and what not. We were just starting out and shortly after moving in, I was let go from my job (damn downsizing). Nonetheless, we made the best of what we had. We were given three lamps (seeing as there was very little lighting to work with in our house) by his grandma that she had found in a garage sale. They were definitely not wither of our style. Yet they have sat in our house since moving in.
Before :(

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

22 Week (and 3 Day) Update

Week 22 mark has come. This was one of the most difficult weeks thus far in my pregnancy. I had a little bit of a breakdown (I'm sure my husband would not call it a little breakdown but hey, who's writing this blog). No one was safe from my wrath either. I was vicious. The amount of things that I normally take on without a problem, caught up with me and caused me to break. I finally got to the point that I was so overwhelmed or whatever, that everything got blown out or proportion. Thankfully my husband can put up with my craziness and reel me back in. He helped me through my little episode, and even managed to get most of the kitchen done!