Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Quick Hello

Just stoppin' in for a quick hello.
I just came home from a day of playing hairdresser, kneading neon playdough and dancing to songs of The Nutcracker with three of my favorite munchkins.
A week into December already?!  I'm more than ready to get the Christmas spirit goin' around here. I think tonight will do the trick - wrapping gifts for those three favorite munchkins I mentioned, a Christmas mug filled with hot chocolate, a cinnamon candle and of course - all while watching cheesy LMN holiday movies.

This past week has flown by and left me with a happy heart and an achin' back.
The rocking chair is complete (as of yesterday).  A good 24 hours have been dedicated to it in the past seven days.  I think I've snuck down to look at it about 8 times since.  Oh, the stories I have to tell about that chair and all the time, love and laughter that went into it.  I'm gonna wait for the reveal.  The nursery will be completed in about 2 months.  And before that reveal, I think I'll devote a whole post to the rocking chair.  It deserves it.

A quick baby update - She's doing great.  Kicking, squirming and dancing up a storm.  I feel her all.the.time.  My mom got to feel her little jabs last week.  She kicks for Steve every night.  And when I wake up in the middle of the night to pee, she's almost always giving me a kick or two to say "Hi, Mom!"  I have a feeling I've got a little vampire (just like her mama) growing in there.
I had a doctor's appointment last Thursday.  Jessica came along with me.   It was a lot of fun to have her join me. 
 We hit a detour on our way.  And after getting a tad bit lost and driving past a bunch of cows and pretty snow-covered areas, Jessica helped navigate us back to civilization.  I joked my blood pressure would be high after that drive.  And it was.  For the first round.  After a few minutes, the nurse took it again and it was great.  As was baby's heartbeat.  We even got to hear my blood pumping through the umbilical cord. 

I'll be back lots this month
 with festive and from-the-heart posts.

For now...

Bits and pieces of the past week...

kitty smooches

our first snow

after hours of sanding, Steve primed away (this is the primer, not paint color)

 Muffin loves all the activity that's been going on in the basement.

getting ready to paint the first coat 

Jessica and I began the designs last Thursday.  Day 1 of 3 together.

This girl's got talent.  Mega talent.

breakfast for dinner

 a day with the K's

Karina loved my ratty hair for some reason.

leftovers in the bathtub after a long night of cleaning.

A quick 23 week bump shot while cleaning

Mr. Chibbs

woke up Saturday morning to hamper Muffin

I made tacos Sunday. 

And in between our painting day yesterday, Jessica taught me how to grill chicken.  I'm learning how to cook, people.  I need to.

While putting the finishing touches on the chair, Jessica and I swore we heard water running upstairs.  Laughing it off, we made jokes that Twinkie was probably taking a bath and Muffin was cooking up some pasta.  Nope.  I came upstairs to find half the kitchen floor with a nice ice cold layer of water floating on top of it.  My husband, Tim the toolman Taylor, had installed a water line in our refrigerator last month.  It was the perfect grand finale to our day - a water show in honor of completing the chair.  Thankfully, I went up when I did.  Thankfully, all I had to do was turn off the valve underneath the sink.  And thankfully, Steve is still alive. ;)

 24 week bump shots taken appropriately in front of the fridge.

I'll be back after the weekend. 

Gettin' festive.

Have a wonderful one, friends. <3

Weekend Eve Lovin',


Rian Eidson said...

leftovers in the tub?! you are my kinda girl!!! Love all the pictures and I can't wait until the nursery reveal!!

Aleisha McD said...

Aaaaahhhhh!!!! I love you and miss you like crazy! I want to see your baby belly!! I want to feel your baby kicks too!!!! Isn't it the best, the best, the best?! That NEVER got old for me. Can't wait to see to see your chair! Oh, and at the risk of soundin

Aleisha McD said...

Ooooppppsss!!!!! At the risk of sounding totally creepy...I saw the tub pic and thought, "I too have laid like that in that tub!" Hahahahahahahaha!!!! You eating leftovers in there cracked me up! Love you, Mama Taco

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi there Maria!
Things are going great! That chair is looking good. I see that Muffin is liking the renovations!:) I am glad everything continues to go well and your little girl is kicking up a storm! The days in December are moving so quickly! As always I just love all the yummy food you have on display. I could have some now! Take good care and Lots of Love, Friendship and Best wishes to you, Steve and Beano.

Kari said...

Look at your adorable bump!!!! 24 weeks is that even possible? I swear it was just a few weeks ago you were texting me that picture!!

Can't wait to see your nursery reveal!!

Hope you're doing well!!

Lots of love! xoxo

Rebecca said...

CANNOT wait for the reveal!!!!!

Whitney said...

Uhhh where did you get those cat PJ's?? They are to die for! I love all things cat! And how precious is your bump? You look adorable as always! Hope you have had a great week!

Stephanie N. said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet! I can't wait for the nursery reveal! I'm so glad life is treating you so well! Wrapping presents whilst cheesy lifetime movie is on sounds fantastic! Enjoy :)

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

Love Love Love it!! I can not wait for the nursery post! Ahh! Snow! Still jealous! Mmm Tacos! Have a lovely week! Lots of love to you Steve and Baby Girl!

JP said...

Nice touch with the black and white! Sneaky! Have a great weekend!

Mrs. E said...

You are such a cute pregnant lady!! Remember when you swore up and down you were going to look like a fat cow or beached whale (oh wait, that was Zesty LOL!)? Anyway, absolutely not! You look fabulous, and so happy--flood and all :) Love you lots!! Xoxo

Tami said...

Good thing you are a vampire because you will be getting up a lot in the middle of the night once baby girl arrives. ;-)
Have a nice weekend!

Heather said...

Can't wait for the reaveal!!!

And your bump is just too stinkin' cute.

Irish Italian Blessings said...

How exciting! I am so anxious to see the chair reveal and paint color. Love the pics, as always. So glad to hear baby girl is doing so well. This last part is going to fly by, she'll be here before you know it :)

Miki said...

Hi, Maria! I'm so happy to know that everything's been great over there ;D. And may I say you're a genius? 1) Breakfast for dinner? YES! 2) leftovers in the tub? You're my hero! Although I'm afraid that if David ever found me eating in our bathroom while not pregnant, it'd turn into a joke he'd tell to all his friends and family and I don't want that to happen, hahaha :P.

Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs to you, baby girl, Stephen and your adorable kitties! ;D

Tight hugs!


Ashley said...

Seriously leftovers in the tub are the best!! Except now I have two little ones bustin in on me and stealing them and trying to get in the bath! ha :)

I can not wait to hear all about the rocking chair stories and see that nursery when it is complete!!

Have a great, relaxing weekend!

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Irish Carter of Dedicated 2 LIFE said...

I totally cant wait to see the rocker. I also wanted to tell you I think your house is gorgeous. I love your style...right down to the plates for your dinner.

I cant wait to see the nursery and wishing you the best. Enjoy the holiday season. I have a major confession and you are the first online to know. I have yet to do anything for the holidays. I should probably get on it soon. = P


Irish said...

Sooooooo adorable! You couldn't look any cuter!
Sending hugs.

Brittany said...

Ahhhhh I seriously DIE over your baby bump! You wear pregnancy so well, Maria! What a sweet little bump Baby Beano makes. In the blink of an eye you'll be meeting her!!

I'm in LOVE with the rocking chair...I can't wait to see how everything in the nursery turns out! The lines of the chair are fantastic...I want one for our house too now! A classic rocker should be a staple for all babies and their mommas :).

Glad you're gettin' festive...don't you just love this time of year? It's extra special for you and Steve with your sweet girl blooming inside of her beautiful Momma. Happy Holidays, Maria!!!! So glad you and Baby Girl are doing well!

Jess @ said...

Seeing you just puts a smile on my face :-)

Can't wait to see the rocking chair!

Kiara Buechler said...

Thank goodness you know how to turn the water off under the sink! I would have to YouTube it on the spot if that happened here.

You look amazing!!!

Rachel said...

The rocking chair is looking good! You are also looking good lady! I am so excited for you and Steve. Sorry I haven't been around much, business has been busy. But that's a good thing. You look so darn cute I can't stand it :-)

Happy Holidays! It is going to be a very Merry Christmas for you this year.

waitingforarainbow said...

I'm excited for the reveal, and stories! That's too cute that you have a little vamp to keep you company. Havens like her Daddy, snoring the night away.
I'm so happy she's always moving in there letting you know she's okay. Isn't it fun getting up to pee a lot in the night?
You had me cracking up over tim the tool time taylor bahaha sounds like Steve caught some of the preggo brain.
Jeez you only have 15 weeks to go!! Enjoy every minute lady!! (Okay I already know you are) duh :)
Have an awesome week!

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

Aww this was such a fun post!! Do you always dress so cute when you clean? lol. I usually only feel like sweatpants or even an old t-shirt. I wouldn't have guessed you had been cleaning without the caption lol!

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Hannah {Our Journey Blog} said...

Found you through the blog hop and saw you were at 699, so I just HAD to get you to 700! ;) Congrats on your baby!!

P.s. We have those exact same square red/black plates. ;)

Cami said...

Your rocking chair is just precious. I love your always. Ha ;)
Are those ornaments - the trees? I LOVE THEM!!
You look beautiful!
I hope your back starts feeling better!
So glad you're feeling her kick so much <3

Our Little Fam said...

YAY BABY BUMP!!!!! You are the cutest!! I hope your back starts feeling better. Feeling baby movements is so very amazing! xoxo

Heather Nelsen said...

You are the cutest pregnant person!! I can't wait to see the finished rocking chair!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Aw- you are just so cute and full of life my friend! I just love it and LOVE every single post you write!

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