Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Week of Memories

It's been a relaxing one.  Our first real snowfall came today.  While sitting here, watching steady, small flakes still hit the deck, I'm finding it hard to move my butt from this chair for the rest of the afternoon.

Muffin's in total agreement with me.

I loved that Thanksgiving was a little bit early this year.  I don't know about you, but I felt as if Christmas was being pushed before we truly even celebrated Thanksgiving. 
Time is flying.  This pregnancy is going by faster as the weeks go by.  And I know with the holidays approaching, we're gonna feel that speed increase even more.

The beautiful reality of what's to come is hitting us hard. 
 And this past week, Steve and I were blessed to give thanks in more ways than one.

A week of Memories...

Monday night, we babysat Mr. Noah.
We painted.

Noah chose Spiderman.

We laid out our masterpieces to dry and headed downstairs for some Chutes n' Ladders and puzzles.
Noah won every single game.


Tuesday - I went over Kelly's and was greeted by two little girls dancing to songs from The Nutcracker.  Kelly and I sat with bins of her girls' baby clothing from years ago, reminiscing as we went through the tiny outfits Addison and Chloe wore when they were small babes.  Kelly, thoughtful and generous, sent me home with a giant bag of clothes for baby girl's first few months.  I sat at night pulling every piece out, showing Steve, as we scrunched our faces and said ohmygoodness 802 times- feeling the realness of it all sink in.


Wednesday - I don't have a picture.  But oh, I wish I did.  My mom and I went to my dad's to find my old dresser/changing table from when I was a baby.   It was in a far, far away land - the storage closet in my brother's room.  Nicholas had a blast when my mom and I came into his room, determined to bust that baby outta the way back of that "closet of death" - Hoarders : Closet Edition best described the scene.  We dug through 7,382 pounds of crap, boxed up old games and toys, discovered old notes my friends and I wrote to one another in high school and middle school (hilarious), knocked over Nicholas' rack of cds, and watched as my mom whacked her head - causing her to slam the door - crashing one of my brother's hanging pictures into pieces.  My mom and I howled and laughed our hyena cackle.  Nicholas, not so much.  It was then, that my mom busted out her guns of steel, and "hulkamania-ed" the dresser out with all her might - Thanks, mom! (Again, wish I had a photo.) 
After some love and some paint (our next project), the dresser will be the next addition to baby girl's nursery.

Thanksgiving was a sweet one.  I stayed up late making a few things on Wednesday night so the oven would be free in the morning.  I slept in and woke up to the sound of Steve chopping celery and onions and by 11, we had the next few hours to lounge.



Steve and I woke up Friday commenting to one another on how truly relaxing Thanksgiving was.
It's not to say that others past haven't been to an extent.  But this one was different.  The good kinda different where you know some things are changing - you appreciate all you've been through - and soak up the newness of it all. 

The Robinson's came for a little visit

Family <3

Mom had a Thanksgiving treat for baby girl...

 a box filled with 7 sweet itty-bitty outfits - the babe's wardrobe is growing.

The kitties begged us to not throw away the paper for days.  3 cat beds, and they choose to lay on wrapping paper.

Black Friday, my mom, Karen and I spent a good ten hours parading through the mall and shopping areas.  It had been a few years since I joined them.  It was a wonderful day. We started late and ended late. We went to a Chinese buffet and pigged out on everything except their cold and yuck-o crab legs.  Poor Karen was wishing she didn't sit behind me on the car ride after that meal. 

I love these ladies.  Still shopping at almost midnight. 

After a long and fun day, I was pooped (in more ways than one) and ended up sleeping in later than I have in months on Saturday

We Steve got started on the rocking chair - sanding the ever lovin' out of it while I stood there and looked pretty pregnant.

She's lookin' good. 

She's primed.  Has a pretty shade of paint on. 
And will be ready for another coat or two in the next couple days.

Sunday, while watching our beloved Walking Dead, we couldn't help but be distracted by crazy Muffin.  She's obsessed with straws.
See for yourself.

This photo is now in my top 5 favorite photos of all time.

And yesterday - lots of sorting through our already acquired baby stuff and lots of dreaming about what's to come.

My mom ordered baby girl her crib last night - so special to us.  It will be here in ten days or less.  And I imagine once it's all put together and we see it sitting in our girl's nursery, it will all hit us even harder.

We are so very thankful.

Have a wonderful night, friends.

Thankful, Thoughtful, Tuesday Lovin',

Monday, November 19, 2012

When You Say Nothing At All

"When You Say Nothing At All" - Alison Krauss

Sometimes, it's nice to get so swept away in a moment that you have no need for words.
We've been having a lot of those moments lately - silent ones that touch us so deeply.
Emotions - spoken loud and clear with just a smile...a look...a touch.

I lay here tonight.  Already in bed.  With Steve asleep next to me.
I look through my photos and let them tug at my heart.

Sometimes, pictures don't tell the whole story.
Sometimes, they demand an explanation.

Sometimes, they do the talking for you.

many memories and few words.

I found Miss Muffin lounging on the rocking chair the morning after
I wrote my last post(Thank you for all your loving words.) 

I'm pretty sure she thinks this is gonna be her new room.  If we had the space, I'd surely dedicate a room all to Muffin.

Sweet mornings from the past week...

A visit from Kerry and smiley Veronica 

She clung onto her mango chips all morning.  Chased the kitties up and down the stairs, under the table and behind the couch.  And squealed with delight whenever they'd hang by her side. 

Breakfast at Kim's

and at Station B with Kelly and happy man, Daxon

and at home with the Mr.

Celebrating my brother, Nicholas', 26th birthday with friends and family

Presents, pumpkin roll, hot chocolate and late night entertainment through telling old stories
 at my mom's afterwards.


 Last month, my friend, Kim, and I made plans to take her fall family photos.  So yesterday, we woke up early and headed to the park.  The weather was beautiful, the air was crisp and I was happy to see the sun not shining too bright - just the perfect amount of light for photos. I had so much fun snapping picture after picture of her, Adam, their adorable son, Noah, and their lively pups, Sketchy and Rory. 

We walked through the crunchy leaves, disregarded the "AREA CLOSED" sign whenever a pretty photo op called our name and said "cheese" for a couple hours.
Adam told me he expected a whole post dedicated to our day - here's a bunch of memories from yesterday.
*Sorry, it's almost a full post, Adam!  :)

The gorgeous family...

LOL!  Steve took this one.

Kim was so sweet to take some photos of Steve, baby girl and I.

22 week bump shots

And after...a date for wings. 
Kim and I watched these guys go through almost 50 between the two of them.  I'm gonna guess with how many times they asked "Can we have more blue cheese, please?" that a whole giant tub of that stuff said goodbye.

Steve and I ended our weekend with a trip to Babies R' Us. 
I tested some strollers and perfected my mama walk.


I will say good night now.

It's crazy to think it's Thanksgiving in a couple days.  It's gonna be a special one.  We found our bird over the weekend - at a whole 59 cents a pound - Oh yea!  

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving filled with love, relaxation and lots and lots of food.

Be thankful. <3

"It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
What I hear when you don't say a thing

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes sayin' you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking out loud
But when you hold me near, you drown out the crowd
Old Mr. Webster could never define
What's being said between your heart and mine

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes sayin' you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all"

Swept Away Lovin',
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