37 weeks

How Far Along: 37 weeks, I feel like these post are a little deceiving, I'll actually be 38 weeks tomorrow, and because I'm having a repeat csection, … [Continue Reading]


celebrating braylen, zoo style

We had a big weekend celebrating BK's fourth birthday. When I looked ahead to her birthday, I saw that I had penciled in a "37" on the Thursday … [Continue Reading]


today, you are four

**this post should have went live yesterday, but in all the haste of  the birthday, I never even checked to see if posted. I'll have a birthday party … [Continue Reading]


spring style with riffraff

I'm back with another Riffraff post, to share a few of my favorite tops I've recently acquired from my favorite clothing site. They're here just in … [Continue Reading]


ordinary mary’s extraordinary deed

I received the book Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed in the mail a few weeks ago and I've read it aloud to BK more times than I can count. It's one … [Continue Reading]


wednesday thoughts

I’m up a few hours later than normal writing this post and having a cup of decaf (why do I even bother?) coffee. I have a doctors appointment this morning, so I have a sub for the first half of the day. I’m thinking I could get used to this leisurely morning thing. What better thing for a lazy Wednesday morning than a lazy post full of random thoughts?

  • Tomorrow marks 37 weeks for me. It’s a little surreal at this point, especially since I won’t go very far past 39 weeks this time. We have a c-section scheduled and on the books and I thought that might lessen my stress a bit, but it only makes me a little more anxious. I debated about taking a few days off before the c-section, and eventually decided to go for it to have a little time at home with Braylen before the new baby arrives. I am so thankful that I did, next week will be my last week to work and I’m counting down the days.
  • BK is obsessed with snow cones lately and I don’t mind one bit. I’m always secretly hoping she’ll ask for one when we drive past the snow cone stand.unnamed-9
  • Baby boy almost has a fully decorated nursery. If I can decide on a rug and get a few more things on the walls, we’ll be set. And if that doesn’t happen in the next two weeks? We’ll still be set. He’ll never know if we finish after his arrival.
  • We have a special birthday this weekend. BK turns 4! I can hardly believe that she’ll be four, but this is the best age, so far. Yes, I’ve said that at every stage! We’ll celebrate with a birthday party at the zoo on Saturday and a party for family at our house on Sunday (her actual birthday). I’m excited for a weekend of celebrating our sweet girl.


  • Speaking of birthdays, Allen picked up a new bike for her on Monday evening. He takes her to MDO on Tuesday and Thursday, so you can imagine her surprise when she spotted her birthday present in his truck on Tuesday morning. They both tell me the conversation went something like this:
    • BK: “Dad! You got me that big girl bike!”
    • Allen:  ”No, that’s just a picture of a bike.”
    • BK: “A picture of a bike on a box? Because there’s a bike in the box?”
    • Allen: “Can you just act surprised on your birthday?”
    • BK: “Well, if you don’t want people to see their presents you have to wrap them up with wrapping paper.”


  • In my head, I think I’m going to have tons of time after this baby arrives to watch DVR’ed shows and catch up on new series via NetFlix. Don’t ruin this for me, let me live in bliss for a little while even if my thinking is way off. I have The Good Wife on my list, but what other shows should I add? If it helps, Scandal and Grey’s are the only two other things I watch currently.
  • Or books? Maybe I’ll actually read a book or two. Any good recommendations? I just finished The Antelope in the Living Room. 
  • Oh, and this happened yesterday too.


Well, I’m off to my weekly appointment, and we all know how fun those are! Hope you have a happy Wednesday!



showering baby boy

I had a beautiful baby shower this past Saturday to celebrate our sweet baby boy. The countdown is on around here, and we’re less than three weeks away from his scheduled arrival date. It seems like a million years in some ways, but I know I’ll blink and be getting my things ready to check into the hospital.


I love how fun and intimate this shower was, it was at my house and I invited my closest friends and family. It was nice to be able to sit and talk, to catch up and laugh with everyone who came. The food was delicious and the cake tasted just as good as it looks in the pictures.




I’m going to incorporate this thumbprint tree in the nursery after I let all of of our visitors (once the baby arrives) add their name. I think it will be a special keepsake for years to come.


And how cute is the nail polish? I loved seeing all of the shades of blue!





I always love getting to see these two ladies. We’ve been friends since kindergarten and share some incredible memories.


And a huge thank-you to everyone who hosted the shower and made the day so special, and to everyone who came and celebrated with us. Here a group shot with my hostesses who truly went above and beyond to make this day perfect.


Braylen was excited to see all of the new things for the baby. She’s been playing in his room lately, rocking her baby dolls and getting tons of practice in before he arrives. I think she’s going to be the best big sister and I can’t wait to see her in her new role.


Speaking of showers, I also had a diapers and wipes shower at school last Tuesday. I only have a picture of the cake, but I had a great time. I work with a wonderful group of women and I am so thankful for all the love and support they have shown.



36 weeks


How Far Along: 36 weeks
Size of baby: Baby #2 is the size of a crenshaw melon.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I didn’t look at the scale at my last appointment, but I’m certain I’m near the 35 pound mark.
Maternity Clothes: All maternity in the picture above. Shirt, pants, and cardigan from Destination Maternity. I really want to be wearing yoga pants, all of the time. I need a good excuse for pajama day at school!
Gender: It’s a boy!! I’m loving all of the sweet blue things we’ve acquired and that nursery of his.
Movement: Yes! He’s still quite the mover.
Sleep: I’m waking up a few times thanks to the lovely leg cramps, then around 3:30 I’m wide awake.
Cravings:  Breakfast foods, all of the breakfast foods.
Symptoms: Newest pregnancy symptom this week? Swollen feet. This is fairly new territory for me and I’m not dealing so well with the whole stay off your feet part. I have things to do and to-do list to accomplish before this sweet boy arrives and I need to be on my feet to get these things done. I’m trying to listen to my body, but come on I need to clean out a closet or something :)
Best Moment this week:  I had two baby showers this past week. The ladies that I work with threw me a great diaper shower (yay for a closet full of diapers and wipes). Then, on Saturday I had a shower with a few of my closest friends and family at my house. It was such a sweet shower and I had the best time chatting with friends and family and I opening piles of baby boy goodies. I am truly blessed with an amazing group of women in my life, and this week made it all the more obvious. I can’t wait for baby boy to meet them all!
And a few outtakes from our weekly photo session, BK loves talking to her baby brother and gives my belly tons of kisses for him! I was excited to see that Allen had captured a few on camera this week. As miserable as 36 weeks pregnant can be, I know I’m going to miss these times one day.

Ham and Swiss Quiche on EDC

This week on Every Day Cheer we’re sharing a few recipes to put together the perfect Easter brunch. I’m up today and I’m sharing a recipe for Mini Ham and Swiss Quiche Bites.

They are simple to make and everyone in our family agrees that they are delicious to eat, too!

Head over to Every Day Cheer and check out the recipe!


a to-do list worth checking off

I’ve given myself quite the list of to-do’s prior to baby boy’s arrival. I spent part of Saturday and between church on Sunday tackling a few things on the list. In that time I managed to clean out and organize the kitchen cabinets, clean out the pantry and refrigerator, organize our master bedroom closet, and start packing a hospital bag.

It’s a perfect example of nesting at it’s finest. You know, no closet can be left unorganized, no drawer in disarray.

Clearly, my tiny newborn is going to be so concerned about the cereal boxes being out of place in the pantry, that it just has to be done. There is absolutely no logic to the madness, but it certainly won’t hurt to have a clean and organized house.

Allen has a list too, it mainly involves all things outside and all things basement and garage related. He’s knocking it out, and I wouldn’t trade lists with him if you paid me.

Which brings me to my point, I placed our lists on the refrigerator, so I’m sure to see them and be reminded of what I really need to be doing when I try to sneak a push-up instead of cleaning out a closet. Last night, before bed Allen needed to mark a few more things off his list, and as we were discussing the lists BK joined us, and ask for a list of her own. She made sure to say that she wanted just a few things on her list.

Smart girl.

And then she proceeded to name a few things while I wrote them on a piece of paper, in her own words:

  1. play
  2. help dad take some stuff to basement 
  3. help dad clean up garage
  4. go outside and play
  5. bake cookies 



And I thought, now there’s a to-do list worth checking off. Helping others, playing and baking. I could handle that. She was satisfied with that list and at the end she instructed me not to add anything else, not until we do all those things. 

In a life sometimes driven by a to-do list and responsibilities I don’t particularly like, I thought about how much better things would be if I added some things to my list because they were really worth doing. Sure, things like cleaning out closets and packing hospitals bags are important, but you know what else is important? Baking cookies with my almost 4-year-old and playing outside in this beautiful weather.

Though she’s small, it’s obvious she’s here to teach me a few things, too. I just need to take the time to listen.

Today, as I check things off my various to-do lists, I’ll keep her sweet little list in the forefront of my mind. There’s always a million things I could be doing, but I need to really stop and think about what I should be doing.

And I don’t think what I should be doing is on any list you’ll find in my planner.