Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Need to Do More

So I am realizing I need to do more for this blog. . . I need to 1. write more, 2. post more pictures, and 3. Figure out how to take away the template. I was dumb and put one of the new templates on there when the templates thing was first introduced, but now if I want to change the blog or add a background, I don't know how to take it off so I can do the former. It is highly frustrating, something I have been trying to figure out for the past two nights with no luck. If anyone knows how to take it off, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

Anyway, right now Mark and I are waiting on little man to get here. We are ready and not ready all at the same time. I am ok with him coming sooner on some aspects because I am tired of being so stinkin' uncomfortable all the time. 37 weeks is finally here, and that means to me time to done. . . I know, I know, babies tend to have their own schedule, believe me I know how many of my friends have been induced a week late because their baby was content. I am just still holding out for sooner rather than later. But then on the other hand, I know once he is here life as I knew it will be over and that makes me nervous. Once again it is the same nervous we had right before we got married but on a slightly larger scale. . .

We go to the doctor again this next Tuesday and he is going to check me to see if there is any change (*shudders*). I am looking forward to knowing if there is any difference or if we are anywhere close, but these things are not my favorite thing ever, really I hate it. However, such things are necessary to get a baby here. We also need to travel to town to pick up last minute items, mostly nursing things, and a few other items like a playmat, and bumbo and maybe a moby. We shall see.

One thing for sure

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Getting Closer

Well friends we are almost at 37 weeks! How exciting and somewhat scary is that? I cannot believe that in around 3 weeks or less our little man will be here. There are so many emotions that I am feeling right now, but I try not to give into them too much for fear I will lose it. Seriously I don't exactly know how I should feel or what I should feel. The added stress of moving hasn't helped either. If I think about what all still needs to be done just for the baby (tour/pre-register at the hospital, take a breast feeding class, get last minute baby items off registry, pack our bag (baby's is packed), install carseat) it kinda makes my head spin a little. Then not to mention all the things still left to do with the move (get rest of the stuff out of shed, organize storage closet, fix laundry room drain problem, place fencing up, install lights and locks), and the dogs (get them bathed and frontlined, get Ellie cut, order new frontline, get Ellie heartworm medication), well its enough to make a girl go crazy, not to mention finishing all thank you notes and addressing them! Yeah so see I just can't think about it or I will literally stress out and realize how far behind we are for being so close. I will say this, it is not for lack of trying or doing, we are ALWAYS doing something, always busy, every day and evening we spend time loading, organizing, putting away, it is never ending! Thanks to my parents and everyone who take teh time to come and help us!

Let me insert a word here about my wonderful husband. For a month almost straight he has had something to do every night with the house and every weekend, for various other reasons. He has worked SSSSOOOO hard and is continuing to work to finish everything up. I haven't heard him complain, he has gone above and beyond what should be expected of someone and for him I am grateful. We will get this finished before Reid gets here (I hope) and it is thanks to his hard work as well as our family's dedication to see it gets done as well.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Life Is Crazy

Yep, it is official, my life as I know it right now is C-R-A-Z-Y!! I am serious, I never thought at 35 (almost 36) weeks pregnant I would be so exhausted and so busy! I have been subbing at the school for the last 2 weeks, and have one more week of subbing before the baby gets here. I am very excited about this because with all the remodeling, moving, and cleaning we have done and have left to do, I am needing to be home to finish that up. It all has to be done during the week because EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND before the baby is born is full! Yes you read this right, every single weekend has something happening in it. No this is not my doing at all, it is all things that just happened to fall in a row. Between family, Cliftones, weddings, we are booked solid :(.

This kind of makes me sad because I would give anything to get a little weekend rest before the baby gets here and our life changes before our very eyes. All of these events will be fun and have been rearranged because of Reid's arrival, but we are kinda tired. It is a good tired, but a tired all the same.

This past weekend has been a good one, but once again busy and long. It started with Mark and me leaving Thursday night after I got done subbing for the week to go to Dallas. The Cliftones had an event at FBC Dallas where they opened with an accustic set for Jimmy Needham. They did great and it was a lot of fun, especially after a day where I got a pedicure and we went to IKEA to get stuff for "The Loft" a.k.a. the new youth room. Well at about 9:30 we decided it was time to start heading back so we could be up and ready to go to the lake with one side of my family. The family had rented a barge and spent the day playing and swimming. Of course all I could do was sit there and then nap later on, but it was still a good time.

Next weekend after subbing and cleaning the other house/getting a shed/finding a place to do laundry, we are going to Lake Hawkins for the other side of the family get together. We will have fun and enjoy that, and then head back for Church the next day. Then the next weekend after doing all the above (except for subbing) we are having a get togehter with my mom's extended family to celebrate Reid's coming and the new music minister will be here. Then the next weekend Mark is singing in a friend's wedding, which we are very excited about. Then the next weekend I hopefully will either not be pregnant anymore or be very close to not being pregnant.

So yes, as you can see, our life is kind of crazy, prayers for stamina, strength, and good attitudes are appreciated!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remodeling, Moving, Decorating, and Lowes. . . AKA The Story of My Life for 2 Weeks

So as the long, but very appropriate title says we have done and remodeling job and have moved in all of two weeks. I am posting pictures to kind of show what all has gone on

Here is a pic of Reid's room before

And here it is after (but before the Harleton Shower which is tomorrow):

Here is our room before and then after:

As I said we also did a little remodeling, which included taking out two walls. Mark and my grandfather enjoyed the "destruction". Here are some before and after pics. Left: from the kitchen, right: from the living room.

Next are pictures of after the walls are gone,but before floors (and yes that is random brown carpet that matched nothing):

Now a pic of floors getting laid and of what it looks like as of tonight (remember we just moved in today):

The dogs like it too! Sorry about the quality of the pics, they are from my phone, and Mark has to hang up a light tomorrow in the living room so it is a little dark. I will post more pics of when it is clean and everything is in the right spot.

So yeah, this is what we have been up to, and we actually got it all done for the most part (as I said a few lights to hang and some other odds and ends to complete) thanks to the help from my wonderful parents, grandparents (both sets), and in-laws! I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. I will blog more about it later when I am not so tired and my brain is not so fried.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Well Hello Old Friend

Sorry about the hiatus, but the past week and a half or so in the life of Kristen, Mark, and soon to be baby Reid has been hectic to say the least.

For those who haven't heard yet Mark and I are moving. Now don't go too crazy, it's not far, in fact it is just to another staff house down the road a little bit. The reason we are moving is also a good because as of last Sunday our church will have 3 full time staff members for the first time ever. We just hired on a new music minister from Florida to come and be on staff here full time. There has been a man who has volunteered and served as interim music minister for our church for almost 8 years, and we are so grateful for his time and efforts.

Anyway, the new guy also has 3 children. which means his family of five will not fit into a small 2 bedroom, one bath house. Our house we are in right now is slightly bigger with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It just made more sense that our little family of 2 (almost 3) would fit much better in the smaller house, so we said we would gladly move. Don't think I have been a complete saint, I have pregnancy hormones to blame for that, and the good cry I had about having to move from a house we did some minor work on, but I am excited about this new place. We were able to take out some walls, do some painting, get new floors and appliances, so it will look nice as well. This is going to be a quick move, not just because of Reid but because they will start the move from Florida to Harleton a little after September 19th!

All of that to say sorry for the distance between posts. We went ahead and canceled our internet service so we wouldn't have to pay for an extra month when we weren't even going to be here for the most part of it, so that didn't help matters either really. So yeah, God really has a sense of humor, when it comes to moving an 8 month pregnant lady down the street, and fixing up not only the nursery now, but a whole house. However, my nesting instincts have not allowed me to freak out too terribly much about it, but instead see it as a purging experience lol. I will have to post pictures later of what the house looked like before and what it looks like now. Almost all rooms are painted, floors are being laid at the beginning of this next week, and after that we can start to move in stuff from our house, which should be fun. I am not sure of an official date that we will be over there yet, but I know it will be within weeks. Better than the two days we decided to up and move last time. If you don't know what I am talking about you need to go back and read this post. Oh and did I mention I will be substitute teaching for the next 3 weeks at our local elementary school? Should be a blast.

On the pregnancy side of things I am definitely getting HIGHLY uncomfortable. My hands and feet our swelling, ankles are beginning to ache, places are sore and hurt that I didn't even know could be sore and hurt, heartburn is KILLER, everything is just coming to a head and I think I am starting to hit the third trimester wall, but I don't wanna say that too early because I am sure there is another one coming. We will just call this the third trimester speed bump! So yeah, please pray for me with all of this, that I will take it easy (the last thing I need is bedrest) and that it will all go as smoothly as I am thinking it is going to.