Thursday, May 31, 2007

Baby Brain Strikes Again...

The pregnancy books talk about how I might expect to be forgetful and absentminded. I have noticed that mid-conversation or mid-sentence I sometimes forget what I am going to say. But, today tops the cake - I completely forgot my purse at home (well, at least I hope it is at home...) and I didn't realize it until 45 minutes later when I arrived at work. Now I am perplexed as to how I managed to forget it when I usually set in right next to my "work bag" and grab both as I head out the door. I did remember my work bag and lunch bag and a bag of something to return... I was in my normal "hurry," but nothing special. So, I hope I don't get pulled over and I am glad that I have a half of a tank of gas. I think I might have to go outside and look in my car again...just in case. My purse is much to big to "fall" between the passenger door and seat, but I might get through the day easier knowing it is not sitting out there. I drove here without a phone, but it bothers me knowing that I have to drive home without my phone.

What else to say...Jason finished the floor in our daughter's room! My Mom mentioned she bought "my daughter" some clothes - this totally threw me for a loop! I call her "my baby" or "our girl," but it seems weird to think we have a "daughter" and a "daughter's room!" Jason and I painted it a pretty pretty pink on Saturday and he busted all holiday weekend to re-do the closet (yes - two rows for clothes!) and lay the floor. After replacing the trim and giving it a nice cleaning, we can assemble the crib! Yay! We bought the crib used (oh yes, Craig's List) about two weeks ago and are excited to assemble it. We also found a changing table - it doesn't quite match, but it will work. Now, what will probably be the hard part, finding a dresser and possibly a book shelf. It would be nice if we could find some pieces that seem to somewhat go together. Ah, what kid has a perfectly matching bedroom set!?! Jason did a great job - it looks great already in there - so fresh and new!

I also purchased some fabric and am going to attempt to sew some curtains and a crib skirt. The fabric is a sheer, so I am scared of it... My Mom and that fam are coming over the 4th of July, so she will have to help me!

I think that is all for now! Maybe we will post some preliminary "nursery" pictures... I am excited to share, but part of me wants to wait to post until it is totally ready!

Friday, May 25, 2007

I've been tagged!

Trisha tagged me to share 7 Random Things... Let's give this a quick try!

1. I can't stand stepping on crumbs or sand or other bits of things on the floor in my home. Thus, we do not wear shoes in the house. Even through socks, my feet are able to detect the smallest particle under my feet, which then, I must pick off and throw away in disgust. I know that our baby will make lots of crumbs... Someone, please buy me a dust buster for my birthday! Maybe the kind on a long handle?!!?

2. I also don't like germs. I am "that person" who toilet papers the public seats and opens bathroom doors with paper towels. Dang those places who have blow dryers and not towels in the bathroom! Also on a related note, please shut your toilet lids before flushing! The toilet germs do whirl out with the flush. And, who likes to look at the inside of a toilet? Especially follow this rule if you have your toothbrushes out on the counter...

3. I loved reading books up until high school. I didn't read a book again for pleasure until after I graduated from college. Now, I love reading and am addicted to certain authors including Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks. I also enjoy reading cookbooks and magazines. Jason will tell you I have too many of both! I can't help I receive so many free subscriptions!

4. I can't wait to meet our baby girl! I have to verbalize this at least once a day! But, despite my excitement, I do want her to stay in there and keep cookin' until she is good and ready to come out!

5. I worry...a.lot. I also think through things waaaayyyyyy to thoroughly sometimes. This leads to my inability to make decisions very quickly. I never want to make mistakes or regret things; so, I thoroughly think through even the smallest of decisions/situations.

6. I lotion my whole body every day after showering. I think that is why my skin is quite soft! I use unscented lotion so that my perfume isn't tainted by the smell of smelly lotions. Smelly lotions are reserved for my hands only. Which, I usually apply some every night before bed.

7. I like words. Some of my favorites are: plethora, splendid, phenomena, and facetious. I am annoyed by a few words that people often use - "un-thaw" and "irregardless" to name two. You can tell that it is the end of the day Friday before a long weekend...I can't even remember more of the words that I love and am annoyed by, despite my love for words! I will have to edit the post later!

Thanks for the fun, Trisha! Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend, all!

*Oh, and I tag Sarah, Jennie, Sandie, and Sarah Cool!

I married TALENT!!!

You all know how talented my hubby is in the home remodeling aspect - you see the proof in the pics! But, he is SO talented in oh so many other ways!

I wanted to take the opportunity to brag him up by sharing his company's new website with all of you. Jason did such a FABULOUS job on this project (which at many times, he found quite frustrating!) He did all of the graphics/visuals. My favorites are the pictures he took of little LEGO guys to represent the different things CDN does in the "capabilites" section.

Please do check it out! And, tell him how great he is!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Overwhelming day? Overwhelming Love!

Ever have one of those overwhelming days, weeks, or maybe you just think life in general is overwhelming? I have to admit I’ve felt that way lately. Life’s circumstances, life’s pressures all seem to gang up on me all at once. A lot of the stress I feel I admit is probably put there by myself, but how do you just relax and let stuff roll off your back when it’s not in your personality to do so? I realize we all have things in our life that make us feel overwhelmed, stressed to the core, like the walls are going to just cave in at any minute. It seems convenient that these things all seem to pile up at once rather than spreading out.
Today I was gently reminded of what God said to us. It’s that verse we hear so many times, but fail to remember it when it matters. James 4:8 “Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can't make up your mind.” Come near to God, and He will come near to you. So simple. I’m reminded of times when I was a child and hurting, I would simply just run to Dad or Mom and they would make things better. In their arms I knew things would be alright. I felt safe, secure, and had no worries.
I think that is how God wants us to feel with Him. Overwhelmed? Stressed? Pressures of life beating down on you? Run to Him, and He RUNS to us. His overwhelming love is greater than anything else.
I’m reminded of the old hymn we used to sing in church, but the words are so prevalent today.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

God did not intend for us to carry life’s burdens, because it robs us of joy.

God help me to be overwhelmed by Your love rather than life.

Thoughts from the mind of Jason…

Monday, May 14, 2007

Preggers Poses

We took these a couple of weeks ago. I don't think I have grown too much since! We better take some more soon just in case!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Casual Dress

So, I was writing an email to a friend and mentioning our "casual dress" policy here at work. We get to dress more "casually" in late May through the summer until the students come back for classes in August. We only need to dress "business casually" during the regular academic year, but most people do tend to dress nicely. Before I was preggers I did wear suits and jackets and overall, tried to dress "nicely." The problem is, I RARELY see students. My students tend to interact with me via email and phone, so I don't actually see them. This makes my motivation for dressing "nicely" decrease.

Well, this "casual" dress period means that we can wear capri's. Other than that, I am not sure what else it means. We don't have casual Fridays, so we can never wear jeans anyway (thank goodness that jean skirts are permitted - I live in them most summer days). So, since I don't really see the huge distinction between the dress code periods and since no one sees my clothes anyway, I have capri's and flip-flops on today. It is a high of 84 degrees and I am going to watch my hubby play softball right after work - I want to be comfortable. Flip-flops are technically not allowed, but I only wear them if they are heavily jeweled/sequined. So, that to me justifies them as dressy! My other justification is that my preggers wardrobe is limited and my pants I have been wearing are a light tweed and corduroy...not nice fabrics on a warm day. So, I am banking that no one is going to yell at the pregnant lady for her outfit...I probably would start crying if they did!

Monday, May 07, 2007


Sorry it has been a while!

As you can see from the pic, my work trip was to Disney World. Yeah, it sounds great, but it was not like I was there to have fun or anything. I went with a colleague of mine who has two daughters my age. So, we had fun talking about her grandkids and the like. She is easy to talk to. Overall, the trip was uneventful, which I consider a good thing as I was a little nervous about traveling preggers.

We stayed on Disney property at the Polynesian Resort. The resort was very nice and was the closest I know I will get to Hawaii for quite some time! We arrived early Wednesday afternoon (I was up around 4 to leave for the airport - not fun if you know me and know that I like to SLEEP). Between the actual conference and the conference events that took place Wednesday and Thursday evenings, we didn't really have any free-time. No, I did not sit by any pools or beaches. We were barely outside most days!

I would have to say that the best part of the trip was seeing the adorable kids running around (we rode the monorail that connects to Magic Kingdom each day to get to the Contemporary Resort where the conference was). The little girls in their princess dresses just melted me! I started to tear up many, many times just to see the kids so excited to be at Disney (thank-you pregnancy hormones!)

I also loved seeing the Cinderella castle from the monorail (yeah, no luck - we never were able to enter the park) and enjoyed the fireworks on Thursday night as we were walking back from the monorail. Disney is a happy place, but is indeed much happier when you are there with your family. I hope we can take our kiddos there some day!

I did buy Baby Girl some cute little pink mouse ears! I will take a pic and post. And I will definitely have to post a pic of them on her some day!
We saw the play "Fiddler on the Roof" last Saturday - it was a wonderful performance. The food was also delish! Thanks again Mom and Dad B! We really enjoyed the opportunity to see some live theatre. Baby loved the music and moved quite a bit during the show. The format of the theater allowed us to be very close to the stage and actors. Watching the show also made me tear up as I remembered how much I love to sing, dance, and perform. Baby and I will just have to start putting on shows in our living room!
It was a hectic week at work last week recovering from missing several days and preparing to miss last Friday. We left for MN Thursday after work to see MomA's dance recital. She did such a great job coreographing and costuming her students! I also loved that Brittany, Moriah, Autumn, Summer, and Trinity were featured in many dances - solos, duets, and even the whole group of sisters in a number! And, I couldn't help but yell "Go Grandma Dawn" as my Mom did a tap dance with her adult dancers! Baby is proud that her Grandma has such great moves!

We took pics on the "film camera" (I tried to finish a roll of film that was in the camera for over a year in FL. But, I put another roll in while I was there, hence we used the rest during our visit. We also learned that the digital camera would have been much better for the recital. Can't wait to post all of the pics of my sisters' backs...) So, hopefully we can scan some pics and post when they are in.

Baby is nice and active - Jason felt her for the first time on Friday - YAY! And, my Mom and sisters took turns getting some "feels" on Saturday. She really was active while at their house - there is a lot more noise and energy than she is used to! I could tell she loved it, though!

Oh, and I couldn't help but laugh that she was not only active through most of the recital, but particularily active during the BARNEY songs that the little kids danced to! Oh no, we have another Barney lover in the family already!

This week will fly by again, I am sure, as we both are taking Friday off again to head back to MN for MomJ and Hannah's recital. This is MomJ's first recital as the owner of her own studio! We will be on hand to lend lots of help and enjoy the show (we get to help with 2 and watch 1!) I have a cold (I think I caught it on the airplane) which made last-minute rhinestoning and hair-piece-making fun on Friday (I managed not to get snot on any of them, I think...) Anywho, hopefully I will be in full health by this weekend's recitals.

Hopefully pics to come in the near future...depends on when I can drop the film off! How did we live up until a year ago without a digital camera?!?!