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',


M said...

Just skimming...will go back and read :) What a lovely gift from your mom! And such a nice rocking chair. My step-mom has a rocking chair at her house that was my grandfather's, so she is giving that to me! Looks like you had a great holiday. Thinking of you and Beano lots even if I don't always comment :)

Jen said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful times x

Ashley said...

Hahaha! Love those silly kitties and their pictures!! That last one is hilarious.

Yeah for baby girl's growing wardrobe. That was my favorite part of having a girl....all the clothes!!

Kelly @ Stay at Home Trader said...

xoxoxoxoxo love this maria! how sweet! the rocking chair looks amazing, and looks like you guys had a really great thanksgiving. sorry we missed out on girl time today, but it made me happy to pop open my computer and see that you got some blogging in ;)

MISS YOU! see you soon



Mrs. E said...

This little girl is going to have the cutest wardrobe, coolest room, and craziest cats to call her own =) I love that poem from your mom. So sweet... You all deserve this joy! XOXO

Irish Carter of Dedicated 2 LIFE said...

Haha....loved the kitty and the straw....it brought back memories of my cat and the things she was "INTO"..LOL

What an awesome gift from your mother and The chair is gorgeous. I love hearing about all the preparing that is taking place for this little girl.

Wishing you the best.

Irish Carter

Judy Haughton-James said...
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Judy Haughton-James said...

You certainly had a wonderful Thanksgiving Maria! I love all the beautiful pictures. Your cats are so cute! I like that picture of the cat with his face in the glass!:)I am happy that preparations are going well for the arrival of your little girl. Such beautiful clothes your mom bought for her! Steve is doing a great job with the chair. You are going to enjoy sitting in it with your daughter. More happy moments are in store for the future! Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes to you, Steve and Beano! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Kara and Mary said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I can relate to the cat drinking out of your glass - My cat Ohana will ONLY drink from a glass! I could fill up his water bowl with the freshest and coldest water in town but he still waits until I get a glass of water from the sink. And he gets pissed if I don't fill it up enough for him to drink out of it!!!

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

What a wonderful thanksgiving! You looked so cute! And how fun shopping all night! Mmm Chinese buffets are right under Mexican in my food world! Yum! I love the rocking chair and note from your mom! You and Steve deserve every single moment of all this joy!! Lots of love!
Ps... So jealous you got snow! Our weather man got us all hyped up that we were going to wake to a white ground! He lied. It was still green. No snow! :-(

Erin said...

Maria, you are just glowing! I am so happy for you. I think of you often, marveling at the faithfulness of God and your unwavering faith. I'm glad you had a special Thanksgiving!


MrsV said...

Sounds like a wonderful week :) I remember how exciting it was getting bags of hand me downs, all the tiny little clothes <3 I did the same and pulled out each one to show hubby lol it sounds like you guys are making good progress with beano's nursery I hope you'll post pictures :)
I loved being pregnant thru this time of year and the holidays everything went by so quick, next thing you know it will be the new year and your sweet little girl will be here. I can't wait, I am so happy for you guys oxox I love these posts <3
Love the bump pictures you look great!

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

My excitement for you is growing after each post :)
Enjoy every minute Maria, she will be here before you know it.

Ps. When is your due date?

ErinMSW said...

Hee hee...silly kitty. What a wonderful weekend you had. I can't wait for my mom to send me her pictures from my shower so I can finally post them.

PS - One of my best friends owns a shop in the town where they film Walking Dead (the fictional Woodbury is actually a tiny little town in GA called Senoia). She posts pictures of the filming and stuff - so cool!

Lora said...

Hahahahaha the pictures of Muffin playing the Straw Game destroyed me!! I have class this morning, and I already anticipate the image floating around in my brain and making me giggle out loud at random.
So glad you had a great Thanksgiving..I owe you an email, be on the lookout. Happy Monday! Wait, it's Wednesday isn't it?? Yowser.

Heather said...

Oh Muffin. Too cute.

Sounds like a lovely holiday weekend. LOVE that you are doing more and more baby preparations!!!

Miki said...

Hi, Maria! I'm sorry I haven't been here for so long! Life's been hectic in its most wonderful way ;). Thank you so much for today's lovely comments! ;D

First off, I can't believe your baby girl is going to use your very same dresser/changing table!!! That's just so awesome! :D

You're cats are awesome, too, hahaha! I wish we could bring your kitties and mine together for a cat sleepover, hehe :p.

And your Thanksgiving dinner looked amazing! I'm drooling right now.

Hope you have a great day, sweet Maria! ;D Tight hugs!

Kari said...

I give you props for going out on Black Friday...I sat on the couch and ordered things online...true story! Hahahaha

Your pictures are awesome and you && your bump are adorable as always!!


Whitney said...

I love your cat pictures! Cats are the best and I'm glad you love yours as much as I love mine! It looks like you had a great Thanksgiving. You look so pretty and happy! I love your statement necklace too. And I had no idea y'all watched The Walking Dead! It is SO good! Garrett and I are on season 2 and we love it!
Have a great rest of the week and a great weekend!

Our Little Fam said...

I love reading about your week and seeing pictures. Pictures are the best. I love the one of you and the hubs! Your bump brings me such happiness!
I am not sure how you feel about guest posting but would love it if you would be willing to write a guest post for me while my fam is on vacation

Kerry said...

Awww another great week had by you guys! You are certainly getting a nice collection of things together for baby girl, with so much more to come ;)
I can just imagine the joy that getting her nursery ready is bringing you both...Great pictures btw and I am so glad you all had a lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving!!
Loads of love to you guys as always and thank you for your sweet friendship xo

Heather Nelsen said...

The rocking chair is looking great so far! And how sweet of your mom to order the crib!! That will be so exciting to set that up! I feel like the arrival of the crib makes everything seems extra real. I'm so happy for you and Steve! Glad you had a Happy Thanksgiving. :)


Brittany said...

Oh my gosh Maria, the rocking chair is looking GREAT! And so are YOU pretty momma. That black dress and necklace...just stunning! Where is your necklace from? I want it! Looks like y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving...you have so many loving people in your life-friends and family alike- Baby Girl Beano is going to be one adored little girl. And definitely a lucky one to have you and Steve as her parents. I can't wait to see how the dresser comes out...I love that it has sentimental value and will be such a treasure for your baby girl someday.

Hope y'all have had a great week! Sending lots of love your way!!!

Cami said...

Awwwe. Your mom is the sweetest :) I can't wait to see what the crib looks like!
I love all of the photos you take. What a beautiful life you have.
Your rocking chair is just SO beautiful. I want a rocking chair when I'm a mama :)
YOU are beautiful, my dear.
You and your beautiful baby bump. And as always, I LOVE your kitties <3
How long of a maternity leave will you get?
Sending lots of love to you, Steve & beano :)

Tami said...

I had so much I wanted to reply to, but then I saw the cat drinking out of the glass. HAHAHA!! I can't stop giggling over that!
I was blessed to find an antique dresser in my Nanny's attic. We still have it. Isn't it a cool feeling to receive a gift like that!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Weekend!

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

"you appreciate all you've been through"....amen sista! Love that, its exactly how I feel:)

Jonny and Brittany said...

You look beautiful mamma!!!! THRILLED for you!!!! :) You have been through so much and will make an amazing mommy to that little one :)

Irish Italian Blessings said...

What a great week!! Everything seemed perfect. I LOVE the pics of your kitties, waaay cute. You're belly is so adorable!! I feel like your pregnancy is flying too!

Jess @ LifeintheWhiteHouse.com said...

You look great! So glad that you had such a wonderful week with family and friends!

Growing Gaithers said...

You're moms note made me tear up! That was so sweet! I'm glad you've invited your readers on your journey with you! Yours definitely may be my absolute most favorite blog to read :) and for that I thank you! PS awesome that you stunk everyone out... get away with it while you can!!

Puzzle peace said...


I love your blog. the love shows in all of your pics. Enjoy this most special time, and I look forward to following your journey to the birth of your daughter and hopefully beyond!

Elegance Personified said...

Hi Maria how are you? My Name is Ada and I am also expecting a little baby girl. So are you, I see. I found your blog through Brittany (Fun with the Fullwoods).

I am loving today's post, lots of adorable photos. I especially love the Baby Girl Dresses. Awww.

I would love for you to stop by & check out my blog and follow me. I will do the same and support your blog. Plus we have lots to talk about, as we are both expecting our baby girls, soon.

Have a Great Weekend, Ada. =)

Stephanie N. said...

Hi Maria!

So so so so sorry I've been such a bad bud! Lol, I've been catching up with your posts and have been smiling the whole time!

ALLLLLLL of the pictures are so fun to look at! The most recent ones make me smile -- I'm a sucker for the holidays, and it looks like you and yours had a great time.

The rocking chair!!! It's looking great! Can't wait to see everything come together.

Hope the day is treating you well! Take care and lots of love!


Rian Eidson said...

I thought I commented already?! Silly blogger! You look beautiful!! And that chair looks like it is going to be awesome!


Emmett Katherine said...

muffin is super cute and totally busted in that one picture!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

You look gorgeous Maria! I was just thinking about you and Steve and just checking in. I am just still so happy for you guys! You are glowing!!! XOXO

Lora said...

Hahahaha just had to come back and see the picture of Muffin and the straw. Seriously, what is up with her and straws? I've honestly never caught my kitty making those facial expressions. Although I KNOW she goofs off when we aren't looking, she thinks she is just above all of that activity. We are HER pets, here to entertain HER. Ok, she's snobby. But I caught her checking out Twinkie over my shoulder. She thinks he is a stud.
Wow..can you tell I have been up for 36 hours?? Last week of school! Two more final exams and then the semester is over. Then I will sleep. Then I WILL sleep.

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

Your cats look so fun and playful!!! It makes me miss my kitties.

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