Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Nicole: I want to take a sewing class, so I can make dresses and jammies for the kids. And I want to take cake decorating classes at the craft store.
Husband: What happened to the girl I met with the pierced belly button?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I know you will all ignore the mess behind me, as you gaze upon the baby belly. 4 weeks to go! Several of my blogging buddies are expecting around the same time and some have even begun to pack hospital bags. Of course, these ladies are either going to be induced early or will go into labor on their own, so they need a bag ready. I have only gone into labor on my own one time, and that was sudden and unexpected and I did not have a bag packed. I suppose I could pack one now, but it just too soon. I'm fairly confident I won't need it until Feb. 27. What goes in my bag, you may wonder? Well, you probably don't wonder, but I'm going to tell you anyway. I definitely take my own clothes, but not just jammies. I pack the lazy pants and a tank or two for sleeping, and then I like to have some regular shirts to wear during the day. You never know who is going to stop by or when, so I like feeling as much like myself as possible. I do always buy a new pair or lazy pants for the hospital (it is cheaper than the Mom jewelry I will never get). Of course I take a nursing bra and other undergarments. I don't do slippers, so I make sure I have socks. Usually I just have bare feet and flip-flops nearby for getting up. I of course bring my makeup and my own shower goods. For the baby I will have a take-home outfit. Since we don't know what we are having, I will buy a girl one and a boy one and keep the receipt. I plan to buy this one the weekend before baby comes, to give me maximum time to return the one not needed. I might pack an extra sleeper or two, just in case, but usually the hospital provided shirts suffice for our stay. Finally, I pack books (I buy a couple right before going in) and snacks. This time I think I will be on my own more, as Husband will be at home with the kids most of the time I'm in the hospital, so I will have reading time. It is so exciting to think about getting ready for baby! Also a little scary, but mostly exciting.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'm actually participating this time! Maybe this will give me good karma and enhance my chances of winning someone else's giveaway. Really, I just wanted to share some of my favorite things with others. I am not crafty, so my giveaway is all purchased items. I'm giving away a cute spring bag from Target with some suprise goodies inside. Just a few things that I enjoy. Everything is new and unused. I'm including a picture of the purse, so you can decide if you want to enter. I hate to say it, but this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. To enter, just leave a comment and I will use the world famous randon number generator to choose a winner on Friday, Feb. 1 at 4:00 p.m CST. Go see Shannon's giveaway blog for the vast and overwhelming list of people participating in the this carnival.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I'll get Husband to take a picture of me later today, to show the full bloom that has occurred. :)
Monday, January 21, 2008
First, I love the bedding, so you better not say anything bad about it! So do we like the new arrangement? Well, Husband is a most particular sleeper, and his first night in a new bed is never good. That held true here as well. He is just not used to it. I bought king-size pillows to fit in the new pillow cases and those proved to be too big for Husband. I like them, but they need to get a little flatter. So, I used one new pillow and one old pillow. I love, love, love the mattress. It is so nice and firm. I have been sleeping on my couch for the last six months. No more. Now I have a mattress that supports the belly and the back and everything else. It is one of those mattresses where my movement doesn't disturb Husband and vice versa. Very nice. Now, with the new furniture we have had to make some other choices. It looks like the treadmill will be going back in the garage. I hate that, because it will be harder to use it regularly and it will be HOT in the summer. But, I need to get it out of my room. I want a relaxing space in here. Also, we have two bookshelves that are going to be relocated. One to the living room and one to the boys room probably. In their place will be our new laundry baskets that look nice, not random plastic ones. Also, there has to be room for the baby and the pack n'play somewhere. So, we are still working that out. Our desk matches nothing now, but we don't care. Hopefully we will have a house with an office someday, and the desk can be moved there and I won't have anything in my room but what I want there. Oh yeah, the lamps are new too. I decided matching furniture called for matching lamps. So what do you think? (Be nice!)
**UPDATE** Well, y'all are full of questions. I got the bedding at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Yes, the comforter is folded over and is brown on the other side. It looks silky, but is some blend fabric. We will have to dry clean it, due to its size as much as anything. The top sheet issue is really Husband's quirk, but I have to go along with it. I love that you suggested I could make pillows out of the extra fabric--so funny! I have no idea how to do that, and really, we don't need anymore pillows. I mean, the ones that are there just get thrown on the floor at night anyway. As for a table runner, that is a nice idea, but it would not match my kitchen at all. I have a friend who does the Ebay thing regularly, so I will probably ask her to sell the extra stuff for me. The lamps are from Target, their mix and match selection. Did I mention I made two trips to BB&B and two trips to Target and one trip to Wal-Mart yesterday? Because I did. And today I'm not doing anything. Well, that's not entirely true. I'm doing the minimum.
Additionally, all this new stuff is making me covet curtains for my living room (found some I love, but at 30 bucks a panel not likely to happen), throw pillows for my couches, and a whole makeover in the girls room. Plus, I really want to paint our bedroom and bathroom now. A girl is never satisfied, it seems.
Next, I mentioned cleaning my bathroom cabinet. Well, I was on such a roll with the picture taking that I decided I would show all of you my gloriously clean bathroom cabinet. Now I just need to do the same thing in my bathroom.
And finally, I have pictures of the boys' room. I will be adding some canvas storage baskets under the bed for baby clothes and baby toys. I love that the bed is high enough to allow for that, because I have no idea where baby clothes would go instead. The dresser in the closet was in our room. Now it is for the boys and I had to put the shoes on top because they used to be in a bin that was in the closet but no longer fits. Actually, I hate the organizer that was in there before and will be trashing it soon. So, here you go.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Oh yeah, the eyeballs. I suppose it is from perusing far too many websites on the hunt for the perfect bedding. Naptime is calling my name.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Thanks for the suggestions for Netflix. Y'all sure do watch a lot of series TV! I have to say that we are unlikely to watch those, but keep the movie suggestions coming.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Also, I have a sickness. It is called lackofsleepitis due to readingtoomuchness. I stayed up until 1 a.m. reading Into Thin Air last night. I just couldn't put it down. I think it is incredible that Krakauer had the courage to share his own role in a tragedy. Also, I'm terrified of heights and hate the cold and would never be tempted to climb Mt. Everest, so it was definitely entering a foreign world for me. Still, it could have waited to be finished until today. Now I'm tired and cranky, and since I'm not 2, I can't just throw a fit about it.
I joined Netflix yesterday. Husband and I don't watch a lot of movies, because we never plan ahead and find ourselves on a weekend night channel surfing wishing we had a movie. But, by then, all the good movies are gone and we are in lazy clothes and no one wants to leave the house. Give me any suggestions for adding to our list.
As for the bedding, I have decided I have to see it in person to decide if I like it. So I either get a sitter one day and drive all over creation to various stores, or I drag the kids (and possibly Husband) out on a marathon journey. I promise to post a picture when it is all settled.
Speaking of pictures, I almost took a picture of the cabinet in the kid bathroom that I cleaned out and organized this weekend. However, I don't have a before picture, and without that it just doesn't have the same impact. Just know that prior to the cleaning, the bottom surface of the cabinet was not visible. Now it is. Yea.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
So, what does my title have to do with this? (Honestly, I hate coming up with titles and could use help there too I'm sure). I want you all to look for bedding for me. I'll be looking myself too, of course, but I can't look everywhere. I'm really drawn to the turquoise and brown combination that is so popular right now. However, I'm willing to consider other things. So, give me your best suggestions. I guess we would want to keep the bedding under 200 dollars (cheaper is better). Husband has no preferences, but I like simple patterns and nothing too frilly. Here's a picture of the bed to help you.
I clearly did not proofread this post, as I realized today. Thanks for your tips--keep'em coming. I am getting the dresser (no mirror) and two nightstands too. Some rearranging might be in order in our room, as the treadmill might not fit with the new bed. I don't know. Anyway, I'm going to check out some websites now.
The furniture is from Ashley furniture. It was not cheap, but not terribly expensive either. It was about the same price as a kind bed set at Rooms to Go. The mattress cost as much as the furniture! However, since you keep it over time, it is not all that expensive. A good night's sleep has no price. :)
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
The striped one is from Target. I love their canvas handbags because they are cheap (10 dollars) and they get new designs all the time. This purse also holds a lot more than you might think. I can easily fit a diaper and sippy cup in it when I don't want to carry the Spider-Man backpack.
This brown one is from JCPenney. I bought for my trip to Chicago. I love it. I feel very sophisticated carrying it. It also holds more than you would think at first glance, although I don't use it as a diaper bag ever.
I've had this black one for a few years now. I love the flowers--makes it seem springy even in the winter. The leather is also incredibly soft.
There you go. Insight into Nicole's world of accessories. Or at least handbags.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Husband and I are embarking on a new course of financial discipline. We have been talking about it for a few months, but agreeed that trying to implement big changes in November and December did not make very much sense and would probably not be all that successful. We know what we need to be doing, but seem to have trouble with follow through. We are going to begin Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University series in February. We have talked to friends who completed it and had success. We already know some of the basic premises and are implementing those now. We sat down on Sunday night and looked at the previous quarter's spending. Oh my good Lord, how wasteful we are with our money. We agreed on an eating out as a family budget, as well as a budget for each of us to eat with during the month. Not coincidentally, this will help the kids and I eat better too. Less drive-thru, more cooking, hopefully. I determined an amount of money for weekly groceries and what will hopefully be a bimonthly trip to Sam's. We took cash out to pay for these things and away we went. We came in well under budget at Sam's, and at the grocery store. No big surprise, but grocery shopping at Kroger with no kids is a lot cheaper than grocery shopping at Target with kids. It felt good to have a goal and come in under it. It also felt incredibly nerdy to walk around Kroger punching numbers on a calculator. I'm sure to write more about this journey as it goes on.
We are going to buy bunk beds. I did not want to, but this seems the most practical (and affordable) solution to our sleeping situation. The boys will be in bunk beds. We are going to buy them this weekend with Christmas money and start to transition Monster to the bottom one. He has slept in a regular bed once, but the next night kept getting out of bed. We have some work to do, but I would like to have him comfortably in the big boy bed for before big baby day arrives.
I still have many organizing projects brewing in my head. More of that psychological nesting. I also want to completely redecorate my girls' room. We are going to take it one project at a time and spread the cost over several months.
This baby moves a lot! I'm so grateful for that, but also wincing in pain. For whatever reason, many of the movements hurt like crazy. This little one likes to put feet where they don't belong I think. My desire for a girl increases, as does my feeling that this baby is a boy. We'll just have to wait and see. Only 8 weeks to go! Holy crap! For any of my readers that may think I have it all figured out and am totally cool with this whole take them as they come approach to children, let me clear things up. Yes, it has been easy for me to let God take over the creating the baby situation. Still, I have many moments when I completely freak out about what is happening. 5 kids! 5 kids! Holy crap, I'm going to have 5 kids!
Now I must go and clean and bake more cookies (still loving the mixer) and maybe bathe. There's a resolution--shower before 10:00 a.m. more often.