Back to “Normal”

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Picture of our little man going home from the hospital! I can’t believe he’ll be 3 weeks old on Friday!

I am loving this new “normal” even with all the craziness of night-time feedings and lack of sleep.  Today was the first day that the husband went back to work so it was just Boaz, Asher, and me home.  We had a pretty good night and even let daddy sleep so that he was ready for work!  Our morning went well too and I even got a shower in, put make up on, and did my hair.  I’d call that alone a success for the first day without help!  After getting ready, little man got to go to grandma’s for a bit since I had a meeting at church.  She said he did great and he was sleeping hard still even when I got back.  He is one very loved kiddo.  This new adventure is getting better every day and I’m so blessed to be able to be his mom.  Our new “normal” is going to be fun to figure out.

How’s your Monday going!?

Due Date Baby

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Asher Ryan

7 pounds 15 oz 20in

Two weeks ago our little man decided to come!  Right on his due date (July 4th).  I definitely did not think that would happen, but we sure were happy to meet him!  We’ve been soaking up the last two weeks as a family with time off work for both of us.  There’s been all sorts of funny stories and lots of laughing.  Not to mention a lot of cuddling, eating, sleeping, and diaper changes.  So far, I’m loving this new adventure and am still saying, “Wait…I have a baby boy!?” God sure knows how to bless us abundantly!

10 Day You-Books

Jumping back on board with the 10 Day You Challenge I started a while ago…I recently raided the library so here’s 4 books!

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4 books I am reading right now…

1. The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

–This one is so interesting to read in learning about how we deal with anger in ineffective ways.  So much packed into each chapter so far!

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

–I have actually never read this!  I don’t know how I missed it, but I’m glad to finally be able to read it.  I’m loving the balance of whimsy and quick reading in comparison to my other books.  So far it seems like the perfect summer book.

3. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

–I saw this one at the library and picked it up since I loved her Bird by Bird book.

4. Choices by Melody Beattie

–I am loving the format of this book!  There are mini stories that end with some thoughts about the choices we make.  They get me thinking for sure.

4 Books on my “To Read” list…

1. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller

–I just picked this up from the library too and am curious to read it!

2. Brene Brown‘s books

–Yep. I want to read a lot of her books and haven’t read any yet!

3. Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

–I’ve heard interesting things about this one too!

4. Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen

–I’ve heard fabulous things about this one too.

 

I’m sure I’ve missed all sorts of wonderful books…so let me know what else I need to add to my list or what you’re currently reading too! 

U-Neek

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I jumped on board when I saw that Dayspring was offering a product review giveaway for the U-Neek Collection for kids.  Here’s what they had to say in the initial information e-mail:

 God has made each one of us different on purpose.  In the Bible ( Psalm 139:14 ) we are reminded that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God, each U-Neek in our own way.  That is what this cast of characters is all about, reminding and encouraging us in a fun, random, sometimes weird and innocently strange way. 

I was curious about what the products would be like and what ones I would want to order.  I thought I could buy some for Baby Z and then I knew I had a few friends whose kiddos might like some too!  Plus, they sure make the Nuna look extra cute in the meantime.  I was pleasantly surprised at how big the plush pillow really is and would definitely have ordered two if I had realized that.  The little plush ones are super cute though too and look like the perfect carry around type.  I also ordered some of the gift bags and they have been perfect for using at baby showers!  Plus, they come with their own tissue paper which is a bonus. The little notebooks and note pads are definitely mini size.  Of the characters, the owl is my favorite by far!

All in all, I’m a fan of the collection and the message behind it.  I always love teaching kids to be themselves and to really take God at His word.  I’m excited to see if Baby Z likes any of them down the road and for the opportunity to talk about how God has made us each U-neek :)

Big thanks to Dayspring for this opportunity to add some fun stuff to prep for baby!

*U-NEEKS can be found at Walmart and Hobby Lobby during the time period of June 15-July 14.  You can also buy them online at Dayspring!

Maybe Baby Month

Hello June!  You’re here and you’re officially the maybe baby month.  July stakes claim for the for sure baby month.  And let me tell you that I’m a little like wait…where’d the time go!? Definitely getting excited to meet this little baby and see whether the baby is a boy or a girl.  This is especially since this little baby is loving kicking my ribs and still moving like crazy.  There’s no denying that I look pregnant.  Though, I can pull off a “not necessarily” pregnant look if I’m wearing black and you’re looking from the front or even if you just see me from behind.  If you see me from the side….no question :) Also, in other news, the weather has gotten warmer and my wedding rings are fitting a bit tighter.  I’m not such a fan of that, but oh well.  They’ll be back on in no time.

Otherwise….a few other things that I’ve learned in May have included:

1. Finding baby clothes that are not distinctly boy or girl is pretty hard!  I’ve yet to find the “perfect” going home outfit.  Though, we do love this one we found that was only in bigger sizes.  The color is cuter in person, but still :)  We’ve also found a few fun infant clothes with references to drums (yay for a husband who drums).

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2. I dig the Nuna brand.  Not only do they make sweet products, but they also sent me a surprise journal as a bonus gift!  Plus, they just came out with some waterproof sheets, which will be fabulous!  So surreal that soon a little baby will be sleeping in there!

IMG_78523. Days outside with these two are ever entertaining!  IMG_7916 IMG_79184. I’m in need of some good summer books and have been scouring the library in search of them.  Any recommendations?

5. Decisions are way harder without being able to “know” how things are going to be like once this baby is here.  I’m definitely thankful that I can push some off and I’m thankful for wise advice and LOTS of prayer!

All in all, May’s been a great month and I’m excited for June.  The calendar already looks full with baby doctor appointments (weekly! so fun to get to that point!), graduation parties, VBS, weddings, get togethers with friends, baby showers, and hopefully lots of time outside…and maybe a baby! :)

10 Day You Challenge

The title of this post totally makes me think of a fitness challenge…but it’s not.  I saw this on my favorite Vizsla loving blog and thought it was so fun!  Since it’s a perfect sunny day and I’ve got the morning free, I’m taking a little time to start this.  Here’s the lowdown…

ten secrets, nine loves, eight fears, seven wants, six places, five foods, four books, three films, two songs, and one picture.

So, today, I’m going to start off with six places!  Mostly in random order :)

1. Africa. First place that comes to mind that has my heart and that I can’t wait to go back to someday.  I loved falling in love with Africa even when there were the incredibly tough times and the things that stretched me to my limits.  Living there for a year definitely was one of the best things I have ever done.

IMG_1934 14441_700625848702_68100089_40457748_3921698_n s6301765_2_22. Greece…this trip for school was so good for my heart and filled with so much fun with fun people.

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3. Italy.  I loved all things pistachio and all things food!  I would love to go back to Italy and explore more and see more of the coast.

IMG_30414. Mountains.  I love mountains.  Hiking in them, looking at them, skiing, whatever.  They’re my favorite.  I would totally be down for living in the mountains someday.  I loved living on the side of one in Africa.  Add in a lake by the mountains and I’m set.

Kriger Jackson Hole Wedding 2012_01965. Dirt Roads. When they’re dusty, but not too dusty and stuck in the middle of nowhere.  I love a good run or a walk or even a drive on a dirt road.  IMG_6155IMG_87326. Bed.  My bed has one of my favorite places to be.  So in bed with a good book or a movie with these two makes my day.  I love being able to retreat there and just be comfortable and relaxed. IMG_5624 IMG_5625

Oh and for the record…this was actually really hard to keep it to just 6 places! I could have added in a ton…the beach, the water, sitting outside, running, and that doesn’t even include all of the places that I want to go to but I haven’t been!

 

 

 

 

Friday Faves

Here are a few of the things I’m loving lately… :)

1. I totally loved starting the week off with going to a gender reveal party for my sweet friend who is home from Germany!  Her little girl is adorable as well and she’s getting a little brother!  I’m looking forward to having her home for the next few weeks!  Oh and now I’m even more excited now to find out what we are having!  Oh and notice that almost 34 week bump I’m sporting there…yep. hello baby!


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2. These puppies are hilarious.  They definitely are fighting for dominance and love to fight over the spot underneath my chair.  Though, they were able to play tug of war with each other.  Boaz takes on the bully of an older brother role and likes to flaunt any and all toys that he picks up.  He also uses his speed to get away whenever needed.  Oh puppies!

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3. I saw this sign outside of Kohl’s and loved it!  This little reminder is such a good one for me.  I love keeping in mind that when I am saying no to some things…oftentimes, I am saying no so that I can say YES to something else that I believe is important or valuable.  Plus, getting to say yes to things you love is pretty much the best.  IMG_7868

4. Boaz is in for such a surprise when this little baby comes!  I’ve been having fun getting more baby things and getting ready.  Well, let’s be honest.  We’ve mainly just gotten the “important” things…a Bob jogging stroller, car seat, and this sweet Nuna Sena. Everything else has been given to us.  Let’s just say that my mom is beyond excited for her first grand baby.  I’m still searching for that perfect going home outfit.  I figure I can’t control much, but I can control having one of those!  Any favorite places to buy baby clothes!?IMG_7852

5. I’ve also been loving working on this puzzle and even finishing it!  There was a ton of blue sky and water, which made some of the pieces difficult, but not too bad.  Plus, there were pieces that glowed in the dark.  Super cool.  IMG_7855That’s what I’ve been loving lately.  Oh and warmer weather finally!

What about you? What would be on your list?