I'm back in the land of the living guys! Sorry for that unannounced hiatus. Being 5 months pregnant and moving your home and increasing your hours at work can get the best of your blogging inspiration, I've found. Thought I'd kick off being back with this "Currently" post that has been circulating through the blogosphere. Loving: Feeling like a human again! More energy, less vomiting makes Grace a happy girl!
Reading: Blue Like Jazz as suggested by Mrs. Heather Turpin :) It's incredible so far. So honest and well written.
Watching: All of our old DVDs that we stopped watching after we got Netflix! My Fair Lady, Pride and Prejudice, Bridesmaids, I've missed you! Having no internet since we moved has been good for some things :P Thinking about: Home decor, always. We are compltely starting over from scratch with this new place so we can redo the decor together as a team :) It's going amazing so far, just slooww. Can you get a loan for furniture? Haha.
Anticipating: Finding out what our little banana sized baby is, girl or boy, this Monday!! :D I can't even tell you how excited we are for this, guys. Legit, over the moon.
Working on: Unpacking, redecorating, maintaining a cleaning schedule this time around, and getting the baby's room ready. So much to do and so little time!
Wishing: I could speed up time and slow it down all at once. We're sososo excited to meet this little baby and finally get to hold it and smooch it all over, but I'm also terrified and want to keep it safe inside my belly forever! haha. Creepy mom alert. What are you currently doing?
I feel like, as readers and writers of blogs, and members of the pinterest generation, there are a few things we couldn't forget if we tried. Things like: Do what you love. Make time for your passions. Follow your heart.
But all too often, we forget the practical ways of implementing these ideals in our daily lives. I know I do. I'm not sure if it's because of the baby and exhaustion that comes with it or not, but I've been crazy blah lately. I've dropped all of my hobbies, and rarely spend my free time doing anything but sleeping and eating. Calvin keeps me peppy, but when he's gone I just fall apart. It sounds pathetic because it is. I used to have a me to fall back on. A spirited, interesting, fun lady to come home to when Calvin was out doing karate or his newest obsession, tricking. Anymore I just kind of feel like a grumpy loser. I kind of hate it.
But, we're moving into a new place next month, and we're super stoked about it. They have a pool, workout room, picnic area, grills, tennis court, etc. I'm so happy! I really hope it will be a good place for us, and a fresh new start for baby and me. It's a little bit of a downgrade size-wise, but the baby's room will be right next to ours (which is the main reason we needed to move) and it will be a clean start for us. Something about me- I LOVE fresh starts. When my siblings grumbled and complained about us moving to another city or house, I was bouncing with excitement. I love being able to start fresh and have a whole array of possibilities at your fingertips. We've been where we live now for around three years and it's just getting stale.
On to bigger, better and brighter things, I hope. I hope the same for you too :) If things are getting stagnant, I hope you find a way to change them. If something's off track, I hope you find a way to right it.
All the best, Grace Elizabeth. (and our little peach!)
Hey guys! Just a quick update- I'm sure most of you have heard about all the fires going on in our pretty little state of CO so I wanted to let you know we're doing okay! The evacuations are slowly getting closer to where we are, but no matter what we'll be safe. If you're a prayin guy or gal, please do so for everyone who has lost their homes already. It's incredibly tragic to lose your belongings, but my prayer is that they'll be united in love and well taken care of by the rest of the community in their time of need. Thankfully no one has lost their lives yet, I just pray everyone is safe and evacuates when they're told to, and these brave awesome firemen and women can hang tough and keep fighting for us. We're so so thankful.
If you haven't heard about the fire, you can read about it here.
Around a year ago, I stumbled upon a website called Future Me which allows you to write a letter to your future self, set the date you want it delivered and then, basically forget about it. I just got my letter from a one year younger Grace, and I thought I'd share it with you guys.
Dear FutureMe, I hope things with Yeti have been going well.
If you guys have been fighting or not getting along well for any reason, remember:
-All the times he's called you beautiful -His sweet sweet wedding vows. -How happy you were on your wedding day -The roses and candles at the Melting Pot for your 6 month -You and him are different. Your love is genuine and expansive and true. It's the closest to unconditional as it can get between two people. You love him, madly. His eyes and the way he talks out of one side of his mouth when he's excited about something and the way he holds you when you sleep. You LOVE him. Work out your differences, its so worth it.
I hope everything else is going well too. I hope you remember who you are. Never forget it. You better be maintaining your blog too, otherwise past you will be mad. I hope you've done some reading and writing and maybe that open mic thing we heard about. I hope you're taking good care of vikki.
(she was staying with us at the time.)
Are you pregnant? I kind of hope so :P
Just remember, everything will work out. Don't stress, life is too short to worry it away. Focus on the positive, and fight hard to keep it that way. Have a beautiful life.
Hey friends, how was your weekend?
Ours was pretty swell :) We had a picnic at our favorite park with the whole family on Sunday to celebrate Father's day, and it was a blast. We've been going to that same park for special events ever since I can remember.
And even now, when the swing set is no longer a hulking behemoth, and the picnic tables have more scratches than paint, I still love it. It's scratchy and hot and teaming with insects (I got bit by a spider!) but it's still such a special place. It smells exactly the same, like family outings and BBq's, 4th of July's and birthdays.
It was all around a super day. (Which made for a not-super night of dehydration and throwing up, but that's another story :P) I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
If Father's Day isn't so sweet for you, whether it be because of a death or not being able to be a Papa yourself, I want to remind you today that you are loved by a Father greater than the universe, and your life is in his hands. <3