Social Activities Are My Cardio

4.26.2017

I cannot believe how much stuff we have had going on recently. It's kind of ridiculous. Last week Jordan and I realized that we hadn't even turned the TV on one single time from Sunday to Sunday, and obviously it isn't a bad thing to not watch TV, but it should tell you something about how busy we've been!

R has been such a dream child, going to all these different things with us, staying up past her bedtime and still getting up in the morning at the same time to head out the door with us for work/daycare. The bright side is that she goes down for bed so easy and we don't hear a peep from her during the night. Probably because she's passed clean out with her limbs hanging out every which way (see exhibit A).

On Monday, Beka drove down from Kansas to take maternity pictures for us! We first connected online via our blogs and had a chance to meet up in person a couple of times while she and her husband lived in Oklahoma. The first time we met was at a Starbucks (isn't that how all the cool bloggers do it?), and her husband waited in the car to make sure I wasn't a serial killer. Jordan stayed home and just told me to "text him if I got killed." He loves me. 

Beka recently started a new photography business and was kind enough to offer to take our photos! I know maternity pictures aren't everyone's favorite thing, but I love them. You can see my maternity pics with R here.

My mom was here last weekend and that was awesome, as always. We made a bunch of freezer meals. We made a few from this post and also we made this (I had a 4-pound roast that we cut it in half and cooked half for dinner that night and made the other half a a freezer meal for later!) We also rearranged a few things around the house. I figured since I'm almost 32 weeks pregnant maybe I should actually start doing something about the nursery. You can check out pictures of the nursery in this post

We aren't doing too much to it, but I did get gray curtains (these) and I'm replacing one of the two animal art prints with a fox with yellow balloons from the same Etsy shop as I got the original prints from. The goal is just to make it look more neutral with less pink stuff and more boy colors. Easy and cheap! We originally painted the room mint green for a reason.

We moved the white cabinet out (see how it looked in the nursery in this post), flipped it on its side, and made R a little play area in our office/extra dining room. I am kind of in love with it. Now her toys and books aren't piled in the living room! 

With the space created by the cabinet, we moved R's toddler bed (that my in-laws found at Goodwill for $50!) into the nursery. Now to start the transition from crib to toddler bed... We have no idea what we are doing but at least R sleeps on a cot at daycare for naps every day so she's used to not always being in a crib to sleep. That should help, right? Help.
In other news, the Oklahoma City Arts Festival is in town this week! It's one of my favorite weeks of the year and since I work downtown, I try to go to the fair every day during my lunch hour. I have already plotted out what I want to eat, and today was this delicious BBQ sandwich. I also have my eye on the giant egg rolls (had them last year and YUM) and also trying out the bread pudding that people raved about last year. In case you are wondering about budgeting, I pretty much use up my April blow money on eating at the festival and I have no regrets.

After months of staring at it, I finally stained and hung up this "gather" sign over our kitchen table, and I love it! I think maybe I need to find something to go over it or around it or something, but for now I'm happy I at least accomplished getting it on the wall.

 With that and the nursery stuff, Jordan is all, "So, I guess you're nesting?" 

I mean, I guess so, but I haven't had the urge to scrub my baseboards yet so I can't be sure.

What's been going on with you?

23 comments:

  1. I'm definitely nesting over here. Next up are freezer meals for sure! I need to get some of those made and ready to go. Thanks for the reminder- I'm going to check out what you made!

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  2. I can't wait to hear how the transition goes! Bowen moves all over the place in his crib at night but he also sleeps on his mat for a nap at daycare, no idea how that works! haha

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  3. We're terrible about hanging things and keeping up with decor. I love everything you've done, though! I just went to go check out that etsy shop from your other page and I LOVE their fox and elephant prints!!

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  4. Maybe I'm a weirdo but I kind of like the simple "gather" sign alone on that wall! I'm sure it would look great as part of a collage or something, too, but something about the simplicity of it is kind of striking.

    I can't wait to see what the updated nursery looks like!

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  5. I'm not in the pregnant/nesting mode but it sure would be nice to have a stash of freezer meals for busy nights.
    I feel like we've been really social this week but I realize that to me that means we had TWO social events! in one week! Party animals, I tell you.
    Love the gather sign!!!

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  6. Sounds like you have a good start on the nursery changes! The mint color is so pretty and perfect!mmmm BBQ and egg rolls. You are speaking my language!

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  7. Yay for maternity photos, I had them done and I'm so glad I did. :)

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  8. I love that you and Beka have become such good friends!! How awesome is that! I'm so excited to see the photos she took of you guys! I'm sure they will be fabulous! :)

    And hooray for nesting and such! Not to mention your adorable gather sign. Or that BBQ sandwich. Which has nothing to do with nesting, I suppose, but a lot to do with another pregnant lady reading your blog and getting hungry, ha! ;)

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  9. The nesting stage never hit me...maybe because I was neck-deep in end-of-level review and testing by that point :) Can't wait to see the maternity pics!

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  10. Love the arms/legs sticking out of the crib! Ha! Caleb's still in his crib too so I have no words of wisdom. I'm keeping him in there until he attempts to climb out. Lol.

    I've been so busy too that I've hardly gotten to watch any TV myself. Sad haha.

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  11. Is R crawling out of her crib yet? If not, DON'T MOVE HER! Keep her in the crib and put the baby in a pack n play.

    I say that because having a child who is technically free to run around the house anytime day or night is AWFUL. You'll need to physically stay in her room until she falls asleep, and some kids are out of their bed during the night and early in the morning, too.

    A few of our kids have slept in a pack n play for a year because their older sibling was still using the crib and I didn't want to move them until I absolutely had to.

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  12. Interested to hear about your toddler bed transition!

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  13. The gather sign looks so good! Going to creep those other blog posts and freezer meal links now!

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  14. I think maternity photos are a great idea! I can't wait to see them. I think it's awesome that you got to meet another blogger in person. I have yet to do that and I think it would be so fun. I don't think Nick would go with me, though. He would also tell me to let him know if I got killed.

    I love freezer meals, and I think I got the idea from you. Right now I am home visiting my family and since I made a bunch of freezer meals, Nick can just pop them in the oven and not have to worry about cooking. A friend of mine made a ton of them before she had her baby and she said it was the best thing ever.

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  15. I regret not getting maternity photos, so I say heck yes to them!! :) I also wish I'd done freezer meals earlier. I'd done one small batch so I had a few, but since T came 3 weeks early and on the holiday weekend I'd planned to do all those last minute things- I wasn't nearly as prepared as I should have been. Next time, I swear I'm going to have everything done by like 30 weeks ;)

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  16. That arts festival sounds so cool! And I love that gather sign. I am a huge fan of decorating with words but my husband doesn't love it, so I try to have a good balance, but that's PERFECT for a kitchen!! And I am definitely bookmarking those freezer meals. I want to try to do that.

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  17. Yay for freezer dinners! That's a really smart move! Also, I really like the 'gather' sign--makes a lot of sense above the dining table.

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  18. I cannot wait to see your photos! The ones of you (+R) were adorable.

    Nesting in full swing around here. We need to finish the nursery without going broke, organize the garage, and get our office ready for all of the overnight guests we have visiting after she's born. Many of these things I'm waiting on my husband to help me, so I'm about to explode. 11 weeks left and I feel like it's not enough time at all!

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  19. I LOVE that you met up with Beka for photos! Blog friends are so sweet! I can't wait to see how they turned out!!

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  20. Your instagrams from the food festival made me laugh so hard haha!

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  21. Ok I have the same thoughts about the toddler bed thing! A. sleeps on a cot at school too (umm adorable!!) so in my head I feel like that should make the transition to big girl bed like totally a breeze. Right?? I'm excited to see how it goes with R - PLEASE teach me your ways! Also, LOVE maternity photos girl, duh! They're so important, at least I think so. When else is your body doing the most CRAZY AMAZING INSANE thing in the world of growing a HUMAN?! Document that crap!

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  22. Yayy for maternity photos! I can't wait to see them!! :) LOL "Text me if you get killed" made me chuckle.

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  23. I love it when things are soooo busy that "downtime" is basically non existent. There were MONTHS where I just wasn't watching TV at alllll. Last week I watched two movies and I was laughing over the fact that that felt like A LOT when I used to watch SOMETHING on TV most nights. Don't get me wrong, I always carve out some kind of downtime, but there's nothing wrong with not having time for things like TV.

    I love the story about you and your blogging friend!!! <3 I'm always amazed at what God grants us through these little spaces of ours.

    Yay for Mom time and getting some nesting kind of things taken care of!!!!

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