Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Those Weeks

This is one of those weeks.  Today is Tuesday, and I know this is one of THOSE weeks.

Frankly, this week will be amazing, without a doubt.  This week is the culmination of one of the biggest blessings of Hubby and my life, and our life together -- this is the week we will, Lord Willing, close on our first home and move in.

It is also a week when we still have both of our very busy jobs, plus my extra college job, Hubby and the middle school will host a huge football game, we have a wonderful toddler who is not quite to an age where she could understand "Sweetheart, we are packing, could you please entertain yourself for awhile, and please do not get into any trouble?"  Furthermore, it is another week of twin pregnancy, and a week where every spare minute is spent packing...

I have never moved during the school year, and now I understand why.  I also have never moved while pregnant, and I also, now, understand why.

If I were not pregnant, I would be up packing and loading boxes until midnight at least every night without regard for food or sleep -- I can sleep and eat at the new house.  The fact I am pregnant -- and with twins, means I cannot ignore rest, food, or general aches and pains of my body.  I cannot pack and load boxes for 8 hours every night.

The plan as of now is to close on the house on Friday and pack, load, and unload all small boxes and items on Friday.  Then, wake up Saturday morning and move all large items in order to have a completely previous home by the end of the day.  Then, Sunday, we have people coming to clean the previous home from top to bottom so that new renters can move in on Monday.

One week from now, we will be settled in the new home and I will be unpacking every evening, but without a rushed time frame to the unpacking project.

This is a hard week, but it is such a blessed week and I know God will provide all the strength, time management, endurance, and help we need.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Denver Trip

Chris' sister and brother-in-law and our niece came to Denver last week for a conference and we were able to snag Friday and Saturday to go down and see them.

Tracey Ann and her cousin Zivah are 7 months a part, and the two girls had a blast!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Grateful For...

I saw this on facebook the other day, and I really needed to be reminded of this perspective.  We have so much going on right now with the move and work and general October craziness... but we are so blessed, and everything that contributes to our craziness is something to be incredibly grateful for.

The only one I would change is number 9 because my baby does not have homework at the moment... but 
Endless Trial and Error and Cause and Effect By My Toddler
 equals my child's brain growing!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Treasuring This Home

I can hardly believe that we will be closing on our first home in nearly one week.  That is mind-blowing for me.

While I am incredibly excited about our new home and to be a home-owner with my Hubby, I am trying to cherish our last few days in this wonderful little home.

Some things I am cherishing about this home, this first place where Hubby and I moved in together after we were married...
  • It is small and cozy enough that Tracey Ann is almost always within earshot... actually, on that note, so is Hubby
  • Our bedroom has two doors -- a door toward the family room, bathroom and nursery and a second door toward the basement, mudroom and backdoor -- it is very nice
  • The house is small enough, that I can tell very quickly if a light has been left on anywhere around the house
  • The house has a sun porch which is wonderful extra storage, and an added ice-box of sorts in the winter when I've done Holiday baking
  • The built-in dog door and dog gates (which also work for baby gates)
  • One bathroom makes things cozy... we probably had a much more close-knit for few years of marriage having to share a bathroom than we would have with additional amenities
  •  One floor between our bedrooms and our washer/dryer (the new house has two floors between the bedrooms and washer/dryer)
  • This home has SO much storage!  We have rarely had to thrown anything away because we have so much storage, which is possibly to our detriment now that we are moving, but the storage has been amazing.
  • A large, shared master closet -- not a walk in per se, but long and shared... contributing to a cozy start to marriage
  • The memories this house holds... in this home we were newlyweds, we had our first major arguments, our first times of making up, we brought home our first puppy, we hosted our first family Thanksgiving, we found out we were going to be parents, we brought our new baby home from the hospital, we watched our daughter take her first steps... all in this home

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Preggers II -- Twins: 22 Weeks

I am very late with this post... but I'm not 23 weeks yet, so I guess I am still within my window to accurately post this.
How far along?  22 weeks

How I am feeling?  Very tired... physically tired throughout the day, but I believe all the work packing has a lot to do with this.

How big are babies?  The size of spaghetti squashes... close to 1 pound a piece and about 11 inches long from head to heal

Sleep:  Very well in our new King size bed!  Once I'm in bed, it is hard for me to move around, but I am sleeping much better

Boy/Girl, Boy/Boy, Girl/Girl Predictions:  I really don't know... two babies -- the one on the right is much more active than the one on the left

Babies Nicknames:  Babies, or Twins
Weight Gain/Loss:  Gained about ten pounds according to my home scale... the doctor's scale always says I've gained more

Best moment this week:  Watching Michigan's decisive victory over BYU this past Saturday, and getting so much packing done this past weekend

Food cravings:  Baked Lays Chips

Missing:  Being able to breathe normally without having to catch my breath
Movements:  Yes, often and throughout the day

Labor Signs:  No, thankfully.
Comparison:  Here I am carrying Tracey Ann at 21 weeks when I was living in Texas for three weeks finishing an Orientation and Mobility practicum placement.
And here I am with the twins at 21 weeks:
General Attitude: Very excited about our new house and very motivated to pack anything and everything possible so we can move as soon as we close.

 What I am looking forward to this week:  Chris' sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Daniel and our niece Zivah are in Denver this week and we are headed down to see them this weekend

Milestones:  I think I am outgrowing my Michigan pregnancy shirt... more of my skin shows at my belly each week

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Made Me Laugh

This made me laugh...

Well, Tracey Ann would be Cayenne Pepper and so far, the twins would be Cinnamon Rolls.