who knew?

We got the Cabela's catalog in the mail a few days ago. I'm talking the huge hard cover bound catalog. The one that weighs about 5 pounds. It wouldn't fit in our PO Box and when Ryan went to pick it up from the ladies behind the counter, they were laughing about the huge stack they still had to disperse. Apparently those are pretty popular around these parts.
Well, who knew that it would become Mason's new favorite book. We've probably looked at it at least 20 times a day. He tries to carry that thing over to your lap and wants to "read" it with you. Every single big game animal in there is referred to as "moose" and all the black labs are "Java". He also loves to point to all the shoes and hats and repeat to words over and over. He's very picky though. Sometimes he wants you to turn the pages and sometimes he doesn't want you to touch the book at all....he will do it himself.
Thanks Cabela's for the hours of entertainment. And the dent in our bank account since ryan has had so many extra opportunities to peruse through it.


32 weeks

Ryan snapped this picture of me last thursday and then took the camera and left it at work until yesterday. So here I am at 31 weeks.

And here is 32 weeks. I have no idea what's going on with my hair.
It's really hard to believe that I have less than 10 weeks until my due date. I am loving being pregnant. Everyone keeps asking me how I'm feeling and actually I feel really great. Sure, I'm not sleeping well. Sure, my back is super sore. Especially after hanging out with second graders from 8 until 4 everyday. But, overall I really can't complain. Being pregnant is one of the most amazing experiences. Ever.

Plus, my doctor informed me yesterday that I've actually lost a couple pounds (I guess I'm just making up for the 6 pounds I gained at the appointment before that). So I'm not feeling guilty at all about the bowl of ice cream I've had after dinner every single night this week.
We've made a little progress in the name game. That is, we have a couple names that might be good options. At least we have a few that we've both agreed on, but we are not really close to a final decision. We'll probably just have to meet little baby girl first.

I think baby girl is doing gymnastics throughout my body. She pretty much moves all the time, every day. I don't remember mason moving this much...he seemed to have more of a schedule. I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come.

In other pregnancy news...I've been nesting like crazy. No room has been left untouched. I've been organizing, purging, rearranging, and cleaning up a storm. Ok, maybe not so much emphasis on the cleaning. My floor needs mopped in a serious way, but all the kitchen drawers are sure orderly:)

So, I'm pretty much planning on enjoying these last few weeks (ok, months) of pregnancy as much as possible. But we are sure looking forward to March!



These are a few of the projects I've made this winter. Most were Christmas gifts (working towards all homemade gifts...maybe next year:) and one birthday gift. I guess I'm on a scarf kick (and I didn't even get pictures of them all...there are four more...)

I made this one for my mom. At first I didn't like how wide it was, but when it was all done I almost wanted to keep it for myself. It's so warm and you can fold the whole thing in half. Plus, I love the self-striping yarn. This one was for a four-year-old who loves accessories. I actually got it done in one day. I may be addicted to making these little ones.
For my cousin karly, a pair of fingerless gloves. I told her they make awesome driving gloves, but that may be better suited for the fall and spring since your whole hand doesn't quite stay warm:) And since when is my "little" cousin driving anyway?

This striped scarf went to my cousin, lacy. I need to get some circular needles and try the stripes again. Lots and lots of weaving in the ends my friends.
I wish I had pictures of the other little gifts I made. It felt so nice to make something for the people I love. And later this week I am totally going to a learn-to-knit-socks group. I heard all the other ladies are retired, so I'm sure I'll fit right in:) I'm planning to make a tangled fool of myself, but I can't seem to stop with the knitting needles and the yarn.



It's been awhile. I've missed you. I haven't been around the computer much, and while I've enjoyed the break, I miss documenting the little things that fill our lives these days. And the big things. Like two preggo sisters. I've spent most of my free time (read 20 minutes here and there) working on a little project for my soon-to-be nephew. And I finished it just in time for my sister's baby shower this past weekend. Can I just say I love being pregnant together. My sister is such a sweet, special, awesome girl and I loved being able to throw a shower for her (along with my mom and help from my cousins!) and celebrate this new stage of her life.
The whole fam. We got a lot of pictures with our friends too, but this one is my favorite. All the cousins and aunties.

Good food complete with chocolate dipped pretzals (thanks karly and ryan who did the last batch while I worked on the blanket) and a rice crispy boot (thanks lacy and marylin for your last minute assembly).

And the labor of love that kept me busy for the last few weeks. I have been wanting to make this blanket ever since I saw it in a book that my bf mindy gave me years ago. After I saw my sister's nursery (totally cowboy) I knew it would be perfect.
That's just a small slice of what's been going on here lately, but it's a good start. Hopefully I'll be around here a bit more. I still have a ton of projects I'm in the middle of and I am on an organizing kick. Plus, one of these days we'll start hanging some things on the bare walls and finish all the little details of the addition. I'm having fun dreaming and planning...