Friday, June 29, 2012

{i want to remember} - 6/29/12

Sometimes life gets so busy that I forget to notice and appreciate the little things. Here are some of the things I am loving lately:

I WANT TO REMEMBER... searching for the ever-elusive J, only to find him (sitting cross-legged, no less!) playing Legos with his brothers.  My sweet boy is growing right before my eyes.

I WANT TO REMEMBER... how much fun the boys had during our first visit to the beach this year.  They all played so nicely and independently that I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself!  Perhaps this is the year I can actually read a book?!

I WANT TO REMEMBER... that old cell phones are great entertainment for little kids.  The big boys found a couple of my out-dated phones (circa 2005?) and they have played with them for hours!  I love that they call them their "Iphones"!

I WANT TO REMEMBER... the notes and drawings I find scattered around the house.  I've been leaving paper and crayons out in the dining room with the intention of assisting independent creativity. So far, big hit!

I WANT TO REMEMBER... how much I love and appreciate my husband.  While I'm wallowing in self-pity with an achy pregnant body, whiny kids and never-ending days, I want to always remember his sacrifice for our family too.  We are a team and we are on this crazy adventure together.  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

{home} Getting Ready to Sell: A Mini Bathroom Update

The master bathroom in my house has much to be desired, at least compared to a lot of other homes.  We don't have the separate tub and walk-in shower, double sinks or lots of storage space.  Instead, our bathroom is small and functional, with builder's grade everything and little pizzazz.  Master bathroom = boring.  

Now that we are preparing to put the house on the market, I wanted to add some interest to this room.  So while it may be on the small side, a potential buyer would walk in and say "Wow!" instead.  

Step one: replace the shower rod and curtain.  I am a bad blogger and neglected to get a "before" picture, but imagine an old silver rod and a seen-better-days shower curtain from our newlywed days (almost 7 years ago).  A quick trip to Target and this is what we have now:

We purchased a curved shower curtain in oil-rubbed bronze (similar to this) and a white waffle-patterned shower curtain.  I love the change!  It's a great start, but can you see my problem now?  The shower curtain is "true white", which makes the builder's grade white wall paint look...dingy.  Like not white.  So paint is definitely on the to-do list for this room, along with:

I also want to get new towel rods in oil-rubbed bronze and some crisp, white towels.  Hopefully these changes (while staying in a $200 or less budget) will have a big impact!  What are your tips for staging a bathroom?  What do you look for in a master bath when you are house hunting?  I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{link list} 6.27.12 Edition

I love link lists. There's nothing better than word of mouth, so when a blogger recommends a recipe, a new shop or a great read, I am all about it! Here are a few things I've come across this week...

1. Well summer is officially here!  And when temperatures are scorching, I think ice cream is in order.  Wouldn't a neighborhood ice cream social be a fun summer party?  I loved this ice-cream shaped pinata and be sure to scroll to the end to see a great list of sundae topping ideas.  

2. Need an easy idea for dinner tonight?  I made these Lasagna Roll-Ups last week from Natalie's blog...delish!  

3. These printable coupons are really fun.  I think they'd be useful for behavioral motivators around to figure out how to implement it.

4. Laura at Bits of Splendor is launching Project Hope, a ministry for families that have lost  babies through miscarriage.  Her goal is to make 100 memory boxes and she needs our help!  Here is the post with the list of needs...maybe you can donate something?

5. I loved this etsy roundup of little girl headbands!  Do any of you Mammas have a favorite source for bows and other hair accessories?

6. This idea for liquid sidewalk chalk looks like something my boys would love.  I'm curious though if it would stain?  Not sure my husband would be very happy to come home to a Candy Land looking sidewalk!  

7. Came across this book, Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement and I'm curious to read it.  Love this quote from the author: "
Here’s to seeing what can happen when we tell our kids, ‘I believe in you, and I’m going to prove it by putting you to work.'"

8. tastes orangey is an etsy store I found carrying o
riginal paintings and prints by Clare Elsaesser.  I was really drawn to her paintings with water...must be summer, I guess!  Married to the Sea, Long Walk, and Island are my favorites.  Oh! And if you order by July 29th, you can get 15% off with her Honeymoon Sale (use the code HONEYMOON)!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{family} Slow Down

“Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing.... Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”  --Ann Voskamp

What is it about summer and why does it go by so fast?  I can't believe that we're almost to July already.  I ran across the quote above and it really made me stop and think.  Preparing for all of these new life changes has put me in an "in the future" mentality - my thoughts seem always to fall to "when the baby arrives", "when we put this house on the market", "when we open the boutique", etc etc.  

And while all of that preparation is important, am I missing out on the here and now?  Am I not seeing the beauty and the goodness right in front of my  Am I not soaking   in my three boys at the ages and stages they are at?  Lots to think about and my new goal for July: slow down and enjoy today.  

Monday, June 25, 2012

{dreams} Following a Dream: Big White Farmhouse, the Boutique!

It all started in December: a crazy idea that just wouldn't let go.  It came almost like a whisper or a quiet prompting, and I just couldn't shake it!  I toyed with the idea and prayed, prayed and prayed some more.  And despite the risks and a lot of self-doubt, I felt God's hand pushing me ahead.  Fast forward to a very honest conversation with my cousin and the dream started taking a real tangible shape.  Before we knew it, two cousins became business partners and the dream became real for the both of us.  

To be honest, I've been sitting here at the computer, unsure of just where to begin.  I desperately want to share with you everything!  So I guess I'll just jump in...without further ado, I want to introduce you to the beginnings of our dream: Big White Farmhouse, the online boutique!

Big White Farmhouse stems from the same roots as this blog: a way to honor our great-grandmother and to share the splendor of our family memories at her farm.  Our store will carry home decor items, as well as accessories and gifts.  We are really passionate about supporting the small American artisan, so all of our items will be proudly made in the USA!  We also love decorating with both new items and antiques, so there will also be some one-of-a-kind vintage finds available as well.    

We are hoping to officially open the store in September, so I look forward to sharing with you our journey as we venture into the world of small business ownership!  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

{deals} How to Create an Adorable Baby Wardrobe on the Cheap: ebay Tips & Tricks

If you haven't noticed my near constant reminders, we're having a baby girl in October!  We absolutely cannot wait to meet her, but I'm not in too much of a hurry because we have so much to do!  I'll be honest and say that after the ultrasound, I did have a moment of being totally overwhelmed with the thought that we have nothing for girlie clothing, no girlie toys, nothing!  Another baby boy we were ready for, but a girl?  We're starting at square one :)

With so many other things going on in our lives right now, it's really important for my family to be as frugal as possible.  Our solution to be creative with our funds and get this little one a whole new wardrobe?  Enter ebay!  Now I'm no expert, but I've learned a few tricks along the way and thought I'd share with you!
  • Search two ways: either by typing in exactly what you're looking for (ie. "girls 3 months sleeper" or by filtering through using the categories provided by ebay.  I like to look at both versions...sometimes you can find a treasure that may have been overlooked.
  • One trick is to search for off-season clothing.  I have been searching for fall/winter outfits and since most buyers are looking for summerwear right now, I've been able to score a few great deals!
  • When you find something you like, be sure to read the entire description.  I like to look for words like "EUC - excellent used condition", "like new", or even "new with/without tags". 
  • Be sure to check out the pictures and double-check the descriptions for stains, holes, etc.  I'm hesitant to purchase anything with spit-up stains, but if you're an amazing stain-getter-outer, you may be more adventurous!
  • Check the seller's feedback.  I always check the latest feedback to see what the previous buyers' experience has been like.  Very important!
  • Now you're ready to bid.  My tip: decide what you want to pay for the item and make one bid.  It is so tempting to get in a bidding war on ebay, but you may end up paying much more than you had hoped.  Not good when you're on a budget!  (Trust me!)
  • Be sure to check the shipping costs.  Most are reasonable, but a few sellers have crazy prices.  $6 shipping for a onesie weighing 3 ounces?  No way.  For most children's clothing, I think $3.50 and lower is an acceptable amount.  But be sure to check for those free shipping auctions, those are my favorite! 
  • Last tip: say you find an auction for an adorable outfit.  Be sure to check out the other auctions from the same seller!  Oftentimes, they are selling a bunch of the same type (ie. baby girl clothing) and most will combine shipping if you win more than one auction...huge savings for you!
Hope this is helpful!  All of the clothing pictured above was purchased on ebay.  My personal goal is to find like new items and spend $5 or less (including the shipping!) on every outfit.  So far so good...I love the search.

Do you have any tips for saving money on kids' clothes?  Any ebay tips I forgot?  Please share! 

P.S. If you don't have the time or energy to search through ebay or prefer just to purchase new, be sure to check out Ebates!  They have so many children's stores listed: Children's Place, Old Navy, Baby Gap, Carters, and more...all giving 2% or more cash back!  I used Ebates last year for Christmas purchases and was pleased to see a little money headed back my way :)  You can sign up here!
**referral link**

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

{link list} 6.20.12 Edition

I love link lists. There's nothing better than word of mouth, so when a blogger recommends a recipe, a new shop or a great read, I am all about it! Here are a few things I've come across this week...

1. Have you seen these YouTube videos from Everyday Food?  Sarah Carey is adorable and I love all of the dinner ideas...I'm thinking my husband would love to come home to a Southwest Steak Salad!  I just signed up for the daily video recipe too. 

2. DIY to do for my Little Miss, in all my spare time (hah!): Quilted Patchwork cute!

3. Do you read Laura's blog at Show Me a Day?  I just recently found her and have been catching up through the archives.  This post was so good and applicable to a lot of the blogworld.  Definitely a must read.

4. Another new-to-me blog: Amy at Maker Mama!  Her post, Five Things You Should Always Buy at the Thrift Store, is really intriguing.  I rarely get to the thrift store these days, but I didn't realize how much I was missing!

5. So I'm more than halfway through my pregnancy and I decided I probably should focus a little more on health and fitness and a little less on chocolate.  I've been working out using the Complete Pregnancy Fitness with Erin O'Brien DVD and for me, it's great.  Everybody has an opinion about workout DVDs, but I like that this one uses "equipment" in the living room (aka the sofa, coffee table and a chair) and she's not too annoying.  Frankly, I'll do anything to make delivery better and postpartum weight-loss faster!

6. Found this recipe for Cream Cheese Pancakes on Pinterest...has anyone tried this?  I'm thinking it may be a good alternative to the low-carb breakfast staple of...eggs.  This girl needs a little variety in her life! 

7. Etsy find of the week: Chirp & Bloom!   This onesie and the matching bloomers are on my wishlist, for sure!  And the coin purses would make great gifts too. 

8. For anyone who dabbles in quilting: check out a great way to practice your skills and help a wonderful organization here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

{read along} Mitten Strings for God: Nature

"We parents...have an important role to play.  We can take our children with us and head out the door.  We can go along as they clamber over rocks, splash through streams, dig in the dirt.  We can hunt for hermit crabs, follow caterpillars, count stars.  We can take them out of doors and turn them loose, and allow them to find sanctuary in their own special places.  We can muse and wonder with them, gather stones and shells and seed pods, celebrate the seasons, and embrace all kinds of weather.
And here is the wonderful secret: Our children offer us an opportunity to rediscover the marvels of nature for ourselves.  You don't need any special knowledge, any equipment, or even much of a plan.  You don't need to identify a single bird or flower or constellation.  All you need is a willingness to go, to look, and to drink in the mystery and beauty of the world before your eyes."  -page 114-115

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not exactly an outdoorsy girl.  But I want to be, both for myself and for my kids.  Since I'm pretty clueless in the nature exploration department, I searched the web and found a few books and blogs to help me get started.  I figure the boys can help teach me the rest :)


Friday, June 15, 2012

{recording life} My Life List

I feel like I've been talking about my life list for months now, even sharing my brainstorming process here, here and here.  Today I thought I would share a portion...maybe it will inspire you?  I'd love to hear what things you have on your life list too!   

1. See all 50 states
2. Go on an Alaskan cruise
3. Ride the Amtrak
4. Visit every NFL stadium and see a game
5. Run a race (5K, 10K, and anything with my Dad)
6. Go paint-balling
7. Go camping as a family
8. Learn how to make my own cleaning supplies
9. Complete a total gut renovation project (bathroom or kitchen?)
10. Plant a garden and keep it alive all season!
11. Attend a Saturday Night Live show
12. Attend the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics
13. See Cirque du Soleil
14. Make homemade ice cream
15. Make every recipe from a single cookbook, like Julie & Julia
16. Support 100 Mammas in their Small Businesses
17. Donate my hair to Locks for Love
18. Learn how to shoot in manual
19. Have our family pictures done by a professional photographer
20. Write down all of the kids' birth stories
21. Make a piece of clothing using a pattern
22. Learn how to knit
23. Build a treehouse in the backyard
24. Buy stock
25. Donate blood
26. Buy a dress for over $100 and not feel guilty about it
27. Read every book on my "College Bound Booklist"
28. See a show on Broadway
29. Read the Bible in one year
30. Run a successful home decor business
31. Open a brick-and-mortar retail location in New England
32. Take the kids boating and tubing
33. Make tie-dye shirts
34. Learn floral arranging
35. Coach or help assist a middle school softball team
36. Take cooking classes with my husband
37. Start a scholarship
38. Learn how to flyfish with Dad
39. Take my boys (and husband!) to Fenway Park
40. Organize a getaway trip with my cousins
41. Learn how to make candles
42. Go horseback riding
43. Purchase an old home and completely renovate it
44. Visit Mount Rushmore
45. Learn how to can food
46. Make pasta from scratch
47. Give in 100 different ways (at least!)
48. Drive down Route 66
49. Own a bulldog
50. Make every recipe I've pinned on my Pinterest board

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{wishlist} Summertime Maternity Wear for the Budget-Conscious Mamma

It's that time of year again!  This past weekend, I worked on getting everyone's winter clothes packed away and our summer gear organized.  I tackled my closet last and as I brought all of my pregnancy clothes to the front, I realized...I have very little to wear!  After three previous pregnancies, most of my clothing has had it.  Stretched out, peeling and um...too small (where did the time go when I was 22-years-old and in a size 0/2??). 

After a quick second of feeling sorry for myself that I'm only halfway through my pregnancy and already feeling like a house, I pulled myself together and off to the web I went.  And as much as I wish I could drop money on clothing from HATCH or Loft Maternity or a great pair of designer jeans, my frugal self (not to mention my budget!) just won't allow for it.  Here are a few budget-friendly options that caught my eye:   

1. Braided-Yoke Jersey Tank from Old Navy
3. Liz Lange for Target Sleeveless Knit Dress
5. Smocked Mexicali Skirt from Old Navy 

Any other affordable maternity clothes out there?  I know different stores are creating their own lines all the time, so if you have a favorite, please share!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

{link list} 6.13.12 Edition

I love link lists. There's nothing better than word of mouth, so when a blogger recommends a recipe, a new shop or a great read, I am all about it! Here are a few things I've come across this week...

1. Since becoming a mom, I've become a big fan of the tote bag.  Loved this round-up on 6th Street Design School...the shape of #8 is perfect for the car and #16 makes an awesome beach bag.  Be sure to check out all of the options!

2.  Do you have a problem with soap scum like me?  I'm getting desperate for a good solution, so I'm anxious to try this recipe.

3. One of my 2012 goals was to become less dependent on the Internet and make the time to connect with family and friends through good ol' snail mail.  Needless to say, we're halfway through the year and I'm failing miserably!  This party confetti mix is so fun, it may be just what I need to get started! 

4.  Craft idea for the boys: Tissue Box Dinosaur Feet

5. My family went to Disneyland when I was a kid.  And while it was loads of fun, one of my fondest memories had nothing to do with the rides and everything to do with CHURROS!  These Baked Cheater Churros are definitely on my "must make soon" list!

6. Window shopping for our Little Miss has been so fun!  My latest find are these adorable BabyLit board books - on my wishlist are Pride & Prejudice and Alice in Wonderland.

7. Came across this list of money-saving tips via the wonder that is Pinterest.  Lots of ideas and more good ones in the comments.  If you're looking to save a few bucks this summer, be sure to take a look.

8. Are you on Goodreads?  I love how easy it is to keep my "to-read" lists organized.  If you're on, be sure to find me here so we can be friends! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{in the kitchen} Easy Peach Cobbler

Apparently, I'm a sucker for any dessert that fits in a 8" square pan and includes fruit (exhibits A and B).  But nothing says summer like a cobbler, right? After a crazy, pregnant "I need peach cobbler right now!" moment, I scoured the web for an easy recipe, but nothing seemed easy enough.  Until this one!  One warning, in case you are particular about cobblers: this recipe makes a more cakey version.  I happen to love it that way, but you may have a different opinion. 

8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges (I used six, didn't peel and cut into small chunks instead.  I'm a rebel.) 
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch (I didn't have any, so omitted.  Still tasted great)
Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water
Mix together: 3 tablespoons sugar & 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup  sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.               
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with a pastry blender (or just your fingers), until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes. (It may just be my oven, but my cobbler was golden brown in half the time, about 13-15 minutes.) 

Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream! 

Original recipe found here. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

{home} Getting Ready to Sell: How to Survive a Hardwood Floor Installation

I have had "hardwood floors" on my home improvement list practically since the day we moved in.  But like most of you, money doesn't grow on trees here...bummer.  So we started a meager home improvement fund and put a little money aside when we could.  Five years and a lot of patience later, the day has come! 

The weekend before the installers were to arrive, we moved all of our furniture and toys out of the living and dining rooms.  Stupidly, I thought this would be a simple, maybe even quick process. Um...WRONG!  It quickly turned into a real life version of Tetris.  But we prevailed and the rooms were cleared:

Side story on the unsightly blue stain on the carpet: Way back in December, my cousin was visiting and we updated my bedroom.  After a late night paint party, we left the can, which was 3/4 full, downstairs in the dining room.  Fast forward to the next morning: one of my sweet cherubs tipped the can over (with a lid not on as tightly as we thought!) and dumped paint in a lovely circular pattern onto the carpet!  After a lengthy interrogation with the big boys, we determined a sweet 12-month-old did the crime.  At that point, you just had to laugh.  Needless to say, that lovely stain has been "hidden" under a towel for the past six months.  Keepin' it real! :)

So back to the pre-installation prepwork.  With two empty rooms, you may wonder where all of that furniture was stored.  Exhibit A:

Fortunately, we had an amazing company work for us.  The...hmm, what do you call him?  A carpenter? Floor guy?  Anyway, Cesar (that was his name) was super fast, but thorough and detail-oriented.  He had the carpet ripped out and the new floor down in a day and a half, for which I was forever grateful.  Having my three kids stuck in two bedrooms for eight hours was tough!

This is the flooring we picked: Bruce Engineered Hardwood in Gunstock Oak. 

And now the after pictures.  I still need to work on the mantle and find a suitable coffee table, but for now, we'll call it done!

Friday, June 8, 2012

{learning} For the Birds...a Book & Craft Roundup

1. Bottle Bird Feeder found on Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling
2. Paper Plate Nest found on whatever
3. Shaped Bird Feeders found on hellobee

4. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
5. Counting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola, Jr.
6. Birds, Nests and Eggs by Mel Boring

Thursday, June 7, 2012

{read along} Mitten Strings for God: Listening

"In order to listen, we must first be quiet." -page 104

Honestly, my first reaction when I read that sentence was "Quiet?!  What is that?"  This house is far from quiet most days.  There's pretending and sword-fighting, loud conversations and bickering.  Someone always has a story to tell or lunch orders to demand.  Needless to say, the moments of silence are few and far between. 

"But within each child there is also an innate talent for listening that deserves to be honored and encouraged." -page 105

One trick I've discovered lately is super simple: open the windows.  We've had some amazing weather lately, so I've taken the opportunity to air out the house and shut off the A/C.  But what I didn't realize is how open windows would affect my children!

All of us, even little J, have stopped in our tracks to listen to the sounds outside.  Birds chirping, a dog barking, the garbage truck rumbling past our house...each sound interesting and new.  It's been fun to watch the wonder in my boys' faces as they process what they hear.  What tricks do you use with your kiddos to encourage listening?

"When I am constantly running, there is no time for being.  When there is no time for being, there is no time for listening."
-Madeleine L'Engle

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{link list} 6.6.12 Edition

I love link lists. There's nothing better than word of mouth, so when a blogger recommends a recipe, a new shop or a great read, I am all about it! Here are a few things I've come across this week...

1. We love a good board game here at the Big White Farmhouse.  Currently, our favorite game to play with guests is Apples to Apples...soo fun!  My big boys are dying to participate in a game on their level, so I'm thinking of surprising them with Qwirkle or Jenga this summer. 

2. I love the free monthly downloads that Amy offers on her blog, Let's ExploreJune's list is awesome: I think we'll be adding making a joke book and painting with water to our summer camp plans.

3. How cute would this cake pan be for a bumblebee party or baby shower?  The ideas here and here are darling and this invitation?  Too sweet.

4. This dog gate contraption (which would work perfectly as a baby gate!) is genius.  Regular gates are too easy for my little monkeys to climb (ahem...), so I'm thinking this may be a better solution.  Definitely tucking this away for when Baby #4 is on the move.

5. How cute is this baby gift packaging idea?  I have bought from Little Sapling Toys for a gift before and the quality is amazing!     

6. Pregnancy craving of the week: chips and salsa!  Thinking about trying this salsa recipe to change it up a little (and it'd be awesome on tacos too). 

7. More books on my to-read list: My Life in France and 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

8.  It seems like forever since I've done any sort of artsy project!  Decorating flour sack dishtowels seems easy and fun...and they'd make adorable gifts too. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

{etsy finds} Adorable Baby Gifts from hope:handmade

hope:handmade was created with one goal in mind: to raise money for adoption.

Stacey's story in her words: "In 2011, the Lord answered "no" to our plans for growing our family. Our hearts were broken, but then God gave us a new desire: to adopt. We began the domestic infant adoption process in December of 2011, and we can't wait to grow our little family this way!"

What a positive and pro-life understanding of God's will. I also loved this about them: "This shop is also an outworking of Stacey's desire to not just wait, but to "actively wait," expecting God to move and blessing others in the process. With each stitch we think of and pray for the little ones who will wear and use these items, and look forward to the day when OUR little one will too!"

1. Pink Birds Onesie (available in sizes Newborn to 12 Months): $12
3. Hugs and Kisses Onesie (available in sizes Newborn to 12 Months): $12
5. Whale Onesie (available in sizes Newborn to 12 Months): $12

I love how she stays within a similar color easy to mix and match items to make a really unique gift!  And the prices are awesome!

And if you're interested, be sure to check out her blog for more adoption updates.

Friday, June 1, 2012

{recording life} Currently...

The first clothing purchases for our sweet girl.

time : 9:00 AM
place : my living room
drinking : an ice-cold Diet Coke
watching : my boys pick up toys after an early morning of fun  
reading : Four Spirits: A Novel ...still!  I'm still plugging along with that 500 page book.  Not sure if I'd recommend it yet, but we'll see if it picks up at the end.
feeling : thankful for barely passing the 3hour glucose test (Thank you all for your prayers!)  Only downfall to barely passing: my doctor wants me to repeat the test at 30 weeks.  Fuuuun.
thinking : about hosting another swap later this summer, but with a twist.  Details coming soon. 
creating : lists of must-haves for our new Little Miss.  Such a strange feeling preparing for her arrival...I feel like a first-time Mamma again!
hoping : for cooler temps this weekend, so I can finish some yardwork.  Pruning bushes in 90 degree heat?  No thank you!
needing : a relaxing evening with my husband...our dates nights are becoming few and far between! 
wondering : how it can be June already!  Time is I the only one?

Have a great weekend, friends!
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