August 16, 2014

And Then There Were Five

Our Family of Five
There's been quite a bit of upheaval around our house these past couple months as we are preparing to meet the newest little member of our family, the sweet baby we will meet next March! We feel so blessed to be pregnant at this point, especially since it came against the odds for us. It's a tremendous joy and something that we attribute to lots of prayers being lifted up by us and on our behalf by friends and family.

The last few weeks haven't been easy on me as a mama. This pregnancy has been the most difficult so far with regards to feeling downright awful. I can smell everything and quickly became aware that smells that I previously enjoyed are now triggers that can cause me to lose my lunch (I'm looking at you, Tresemme shampoo)! It's been a roller coaster for us as a family since I'm often too tired to do much, but Jonathan has been stepping in to take on the role of Super Dad, which often takes the form of working from home so I can rest a bit more. It's been a treat for us to be able to spend a bit more time as a family, but I'm still longing for the days when I won't need Saltine crackers to make my way out of bed in the morning. A girl can only take so many of those.

So far, we've been blessed to have an ultrasound to see our little babe very early on and one of the most special moments for us has been listening to our little one's heartbeat on a doppler while we're relaxing at home. That happens to be a particular favorite of Nathaniel's as he comes running every time he hears me looking for those familiar sounds.

With regards to Nathaniel and Evelyn, we had a bit of a shock when Nathaniel questioned me out of the blue about being pregnant just days after we found out that we were expecting:

Nathaniel: Isn't there a baby in your tummy?

Mommy: Um… buddy, we're going to have to talk about that later. Maybe when we're not visiting Bubba and Grandma's house, okay?

Nathaniel: Why? Because then they'll know?

Mommy: What exactly will they know?

Nathaniel: About the baby.

Suffice it to say, we told Nathaniel right then and there. Most impressive of all, he kept the secret for nearly three weeks until we gave him the green light to tell some of our closest family members. Both he and Evelyn are thrilled that they have a baby brother or sister on the way and they've also registered their opinions with the parent committee for which gender they would prefer. Not surprisingly, one wants a boy, the other wants a girl!

Right now, we're just taking it as slow as we can, enjoying this time before life will change so drastically. These are fun days, despite pondering the question of purchasing stock in Saltines, and we're going to soak them up with the end of summer and lots of sunshine!

May 11, 2014

This Stage

Mother's Day
Mother's Day
It's been months since I've updated this little space of mine- months that were filled with simply surviving our brutal Minnesota winter, kitchen demo work, and reading our little gal's Frozen book more times that I care to admit. Yes, she can now recite it… and so can we.

Having a little time away from this space has been a good thing, it's helped me to rearrange my priorities and allow myself the flexibility to step away from the computer and to work on other things, like making our house more of a home or baking up some fresh bread for dinner instead of being a slave to editing photos and coming up with a few pithy captions when I didn't really feel like writing. To tell the truth, I'm not even completely sure that I'm ready to jump back in with both feet. These past weeks for our family haven't been the easiest. They've been filled with children pushing the boundaries and some new medical challenges that surprised us. While we've been busy taking the good with the bad, all of this hasn't left me with much extra energy and, at the end of the night, it's usually all I can do to collapse on the couch next to Jonathan, much less picking up my computer and crafting another story about our lives.

But despite the good and the bad, for however long it lasts, I'm here today. In the face of the threatening storm clouds, we headed outside to brave the tantrums of tired children to snap a couple quick photos to remember this stage of life. This stage has been tough and messy and not anything like what we pictured it would be, but it's life right now and it's something we want to remember.

So to all the mamas out there, happy Mother's Day! Enjoy this special day with your loved ones and embrace the here and now.

November 15, 2013

Welcome Home: Living Room

Reading Time
One of my favorite things that I see on other blogs are glimpses into bloggers' homes. It's so much fun to see how other people decorate and how they live, day in and day out. Now that things are starting to settle down here in the farmhouse after the hoopla and general chaos of moving, I have big plans to start sharing little glimpses of home.

This photo is a glimpse into our living room in the morning, several months ago. This space happens to be my favorite place in our entire house and it's the perfect room to cuddle up in with a blanket and a book during the kids' naptime. It is also conveniently located next to the stairs so I have a clear line of sight on whomever is sneaking out of their beds when they should be tucked away in dreamland.

When we first moved into this house, we knew that we would need more furniture since the living space is divided differently than our previous home. That yellow couch was our big splurge upon moving in, a gift that we gave ourselves to say, Congratulations! You survived moving with two children under the age of four! Now go take a nap! As someone who has napped on that particular couch since moving, I can safely say that it was an excellent way to congratulate ourselves.

Most of the other items in our living room are either DIY projects or Craigslist finds. We used vintage metal milk crates as bookshelves, purchased a very old lamp secondhand, and spray-painted bowls from Ikea to use as planters. All that said, my very favorite living room DIY is the hope chest that my parents built for us as a wedding gift. Right now, it sits next to the sofa and doubles as a seating area since it's not only gorgeous, but it's also built to be near indestructible. In the coming weeks as I share more photos of our house, I will grab a photo of that particular corner to share it!

I love the living space in this house and with the holidays approaching, I'm so grateful that we're settled into our home. I can hardly stop dreaming about decking the halls and finding the perfect Christmas tree to add to our living room in just a few short weeks!

November 14, 2013

The Perfect Employment

Last week, I shared a little news here that I recently started a job and I thought that it was only fair to go into that a little more today. Internet, meet Amelia. This sweet little lady is the daughter of one of our close friends and she is joining our family once a week for day care.

In all honesty, I wasn't sure how things would go, throwing a newborn into the mix with a toddler and a little boy. It's one of those situations where it sounded like it would work so we all took the plunge and hoped that it would go smoothly. Truth be told, I was more than a little surprised by how my own kids reacted to having such a little baby over at our house all day. Amelia was no sooner set down on the floor in her carseat than both of my children were on the floor next to her, serenading her with their version of Jesus Loves Me.

Pretty much the entire day went just like that- my kids fawning over the baby and practically begging to hold her, touch her, sing to her, and so forth. (Spoiler alert: they were sorely disappointed when I informed them that  I would be the only one feeding the baby. They were also disappointed that they were not allowed to share their peanut butter sandwiches with her.)

So for now, we're adjusting to our new rhythm around here when this sweet little girl is with us. It's been wonderful incorporating her into our days and it will be so much fun to have her with us as she starts to get bigger.

Welcome to the craziness, Amelia! P.S. Nathaniel can't wait until you are old enough to eat peanut butter.

November 12, 2013

The Donut Quest Continues

Farmington Bakery
This afternoon, Evelyn and I found ourselves with a little extra time before picking up her brother from school. It was just enough time to make a quick stop at a local mom and pop-style bakery for (what else?) a few donuts. Naturally, my wee girl was thrilled to be able to pick out a donut for herself and her brother and our jaws may have dropped slightly when we saw the double-glazed donuts.

Farmington Bakery, folks. They speak our language.

In short, it was great. Even better than great. Every donut should be double glazed from here on out... just because they can be. Really, this gives an entirely new meaning to the term sweet tooth. 

Judging from the kids' reactions and the harmonious joy from my own taste buds, this will not be the last trip we make to this bakery and thank goodness this little slice of heaven isn't too far from our house! In fact, I'm thinking that Jonathan is going to need to experience this little gem too so another trip in the near future may just be in order...

To see our other donut stops, click here: Puffy Cream Donut, Mojo Monkey, Donut Star