Friday Favorites: Our Week At A Glance


Hi everyone!  It's Friday.  More important than that, it's Good Friday.  There is so much importance and power in this day, such remembrance, such humility--knowing that we weren't and aren't worthy at all.  This week I decided to link up with the beautiful ladies from A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals for Friday Favorites. Here's my Week At A Glance.


Bump Update: 23 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Week 23: 10-17 April 2019


 This week's video:




Adoption on my mind

Yesterday was Honeybee's 5 year old checkup.  It was also her kindergarten registration checkup.  That checkup would solidify her final piece of medical paperwork before I can sign her up for her first day of kindergarten.  All was going well.  She's gained 4 pounds since last year, which is huge for her.  She is about 4 inches taller as well.  Everything looks healthy and, minus her eczema (which we now have a dermatological referral for), she is the picture of health.  That's why the next course of conversation kind of threw me for a bit of a loop.

Checkup time!

Bump Update: 22 weeks


DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Week 22:  3-10 April 2019

 

Friday Frazzle: Friday Favorites

Hi everyone!  This week has been something!  Baby A. caught remnants of her father's illness.  That meant soaring fevers, visits to the doctor, multiple visits to the pharmacy after she knocked over the entire bottle of amoxicillin 😭, and finally the joy of seeing her come back to the bouncing and happy baby girl I know she is!  This week also lent itself to some pretty cool favorites.  Since it's been a while since I've done a link up, I thought it would be fun to Link up with Narci from Grace and Love , Ericka from A Little Bit of Everything, and Andrea from Momfessionals.  I hope you enjoy these items as much as I do.


Bump Update: Weeks 20 and 21

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

WEEK 20:  20-27 March 2019/ Week 21:  27 March-3 April 2019
Hi everyone!  Apologies for missing last week.  With so many of the family sick and so much running around to be done, it was kind of crazy.  Last week, I reached the half way point in this pregnancy!  Yay!  I took advantage of it by walking with the family at the zoo and then nursing family back to health.  This week, I'm still working on getting baby A. back to 100%, but everything is pretty good to go.

Happy April!




Weekend Recap: Beautiful Weather, Family Time, and the Sickness Persists


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  The weather was just amazing for us this past weekend and after the cold temps that picked at us while visiting the zoo, I was here for it!  Unfortunately, while the weather was beautiful, we were still plagued by persistent sickness. Baby A. has had a fever that keeps returning.  We know from her appointment that it is a virus that must run its course, but...ugh.  Still, there were plenty of highlights and we were able to have some cool family memories together.

Parenting Hacks for Surviving a Trip to the Zoo



Kids never forget anything!  A few weeks ago, I mentioned to the older littles that I would be willing to take them to the zoo on the first full weekend of Spring.  I hadn't taken the kids for a number of years and knew this would be the year that I wanted to do so.  Sure enough, the kids were super excited the Friday before.  They were more than excited and more than ready to go.

Sick and Pregnant

Hello everyone!  I was supposed to have posted my Weekend Recap about our fun zoo trip yesterday, but Sunday night I was hit with a massive stomach virus that had me regurgitating everything in my stomach every 40 minutes like clockwork.  This lasted until yesterday morning about 6:30, but by then I was so weak and tired from using the trash can as my friend that I just lay on the couch trying to see if I was going to brave enough to try and eat.  I wasn't until about 6:30 last evening when the baby in my belly started dictating that I try something.



5 Pregnancy and Labor Apps You Should Definitely Download





Bump Update-19 Weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

WEEK 19:  13-20 March 2019
Hi guys!  It's Spring!  Yay!  I'm super excited to see warmer temps and some longer days.  I'm sure there will be a post soon about Spring, but until it's shared....WELCOME BACK, SPRING!!!!  This week's pregnancy update is pretty uneventful, but I look forward to sharing with you all the same.  Have a fantastic day!

12 Things I Didn't Do With Pregnancy #2 That I'm Definitely Doing This Time



I realize that ever pregnancy is different and maybe that’s why I bowed out of doing so many of the fun things that people get to do with their pregnancies.  This time around though, I’m all for cute and fun and sentimental.  Here are a few things I didn’t do with my last pregnancy that I’m definitely doing this time.

Dressing My Bump: Embracing Maternity Fashion for Pregnancy #3

(NOT an Affiliate post)
Okay, I’ll be honest here. When I was expecting baby A., I wasn’t exactly a fashion maven. Most of my maternity clothes came from graciously donated and loved maternity wear from co-workers and family members. There were functional pieces in there and even some beautiful dresses, but I still didn’t really have a maternity wear flow. Since I was more interested with comfort than fashion, I kind of allowed my wardrobe to diminish. Even a supervisor commented how he missed the business suits and flair I was known for when I became pregnant. I felt no insult because so did I. When I confirmed that S. and I were expecting this baby, I made a decision that I was going to find cute, functional, and budget friendly maternity pieces that would flatter my bump and keep my moods high. Thankfully, the Internet is filled with great suggestions and I’ve been having a great time sensibly stocking up!

Bump Update: 18 weeks


DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

WEEK 18:  7-13 March 2019
Hello everyone!  It's been a productive week though very busy.  The sun has come out a few days and the temperatures have been such that the littles have been able to run around outside for a while.  Daylight savings time definitely kicked my butt this week and S. and I kind of announced our pregnancy on social media.  Here's this week's preggo update!  Hope you enjoy!

Weekend Recap: Our Top 5


Friday afternoon, I picked Bug up from school a few minutes before dismissal so that he could get a hair cut.  His hair grows so fast, so he was definitely overdue.  I love out barber.  He's a family friend who has an amazing rapport with kids and adults alike.  The last time he cut Bug's hair, Bug promised him that he'd bring him a baked good that he cooked from the Raddish club.  He bought him a full plate and they were pretty yummy.  Bug walked out with a nice haircut and we enjoyed some Mommy Son time in the car.

Thursday Truth: The Battle of PPD-- Yes, I Take An Anti-depressant. Yes, I Am STILL a Good Mother.

The American Psychological Association© says “1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression.  PDD doesn’t go away on its own and can appear days or even months after delivering a baby.  It can last for weeks or months if left untreated”. 

Lessons from the Kitchen

Yesterday, my son came to me and asked if he could prepare dinner. Specifically, he wanted to make one of the recipes included in his monthly cooking kit. As he loves to try and cook and he is more than of the age to be comfortable in the kitchen, I agreed to let him do so. The recipe cards are pretty straight forward and I passed them along to him with the guidance that he should take his time and call me if he needed me...It didn't go well.

The recipe card..

Bump Update: 17 weeks


DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

WEEK 17:  27 Feb-6 March 2019
Hi everyone!  I hope your week was fantastic.  I enjoyed celebrating Honeybee's birthday and am looking forward to anatomy scans soon.  It's time to give our weekly bump update.  Hope you enjoy it.

Weekend Recap: The Sleepover Edition


Guys!  My tired is tired!  What an awesome weekend, but man what an exhausting one ☺!  S. and I were still up in the air about just how we would celebrate Honeybee turning 5 years old.  It's a milestone and begs a nice celebration, but with our huge family we just can't go anywhere.  Tuesday or so, S. suggested a visit to Chuck E. Cheese and a sleepover with the little cousins.  Now, full disclaimer, I am not a fan of Chuck E. Cheese.  No knock on them, but I think of them as little germ factories lol.  That being said, the one in our area recently underwent a renovation (per the flyer outside) and was ready for our large family.

Dance floor

Bump Update:16 weeks

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.




Happy birthday, Honeybee!

Life would not be as amazing if you were not a part of it! Love you!!






Happy birthday, S!

Today we're wishing my husband, my friend, my love, my fussing partner, my confidant, my iron sharpening iron, a very Happy Birthday.




Bump Update-Week 15

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.



My Big Fat Laid Back Weekend Recap

I have often enjoyed reading the blogs of moms and professional bloggers who share what that particular day looks like for them.  This weekend, because it was scheduled to be super cold and murky (alas, it really wasn't), I decided that I'd capture what our weekend looked like.  Again, it was pretty boring thanks to the colder temps outside, but I hope you enjoy the read.

I posted in our Valentine's recap that Bug has been dealing with a nasty case of the flu and has been under strict quarantine.  Prior to his getting sick, Mr. Bug decided to play catch inside the garage (a no-no) and accidentally broke a garage light and disengaged the garage door opener.  👀  He didn't tell us what happened and we found out when we couldn't enter the garage that evening.

You can see the bracket is totally disengaged from the ceiling.

A Valentine's Day Recap



Hello everyone!  I hope you had a phenomenal Valentine's Day.  Our family had to skip a few of the traditions this year because Bug was diagnosed with flu on Wednesday  Because I was running around getting meds and making sure he was suitably quarantined from the littles, I didn't get a chance to grab the ingredients for our traditional French Toast Casserole.  I was disappointed that I wasn't able to wake the kids up with it on Valentine's Day morning, but I realized that it's supposed to be super cold and wintry this week.  That casserole with hot chocolate will be perfect...and if I don't do it this weekend, we're leaning toward a sleepover with the little cousins.  They would LOVE this casserole the next morning.  So, don't worry, it will make it's debut.

Bump Update-Week 14

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.


Bump Update-Week 13

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.



Weekend Recap: Feeling Better..ish



Hi everyone! I absolutely hope you have had an amazing weekend!  Mine was pretty quiet, but very productive and that's saying a lot.  I haven't been feeling great at all with this morning sickness.  Even Friday night had me grabbing the commode at midnight (TMI).  Truthfully, I've been feeling more than useless and I know that (even though he hasn't said anything) it has been grating on him to have a wife whose schedule has literally been work, sleep, home, sleep.  Shoot, it's been grating on me too.

Bump Update-Week 12

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

PREGNANCY WEEK 12- January 30, 2019 (24-30 Jan 2019)
What a week! The weather on Tuesday was interesting as it was a cold, wet, and rainy day that turned to snow during the evening commute.  I'd planned for the occasion and had soup in the crock pot waiting for us to come home. There is something SO awesome about coming home to a warm and fragrant meal on a cold winter day. I'm told more weather is coming.  I better start checking my crock pot recipes for sure.

Our first OB/Gyn Appointment post FET




BUMP UPDATE- Week 11

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.

PREGNANCY WEEK 12- January 23, 2019 (16-23 Jan 2019)
Today was supposed to be our first obstetrician appointment for this little one.  Unfortunately, I was almost there when I realized I left my wallet at home with my insurance cards and identification.  I called the office and we realized that I would not have time to do all I needed to do, so we had to rescheduled for tomorrow.  Sadness.  But that's okay.  I'll be 12 weeks tomorrow and I'm interested in seeing how things have progressed.


Weekend recap: Fun Times and Public Announcements


Hello everyone and happy Monday! It is a beautifully brisk 32 degrees outside and I am SHIVERING. I’m a fan of snow, but not of cold temperatures (how’s that for an oxymoron J). Anyway, this weekend was all kinds of interesting as the genders went separate ways to do separate things and then came together again for fellowship. 

Friday evening, S. and Bug loaded up the car and headed to a Men’s Fellowship Lock-in at one of the neighboring churches in the community. I’m told there were over 200 men there and Bug told me later he had the BEST time. How awesome is it that my 12 year old son was excited and enjoyed talking about God and being/becoming a Godly man in Christ. While the men were away, the girls and I snuggled up watching Frozen and Ice Age because Baby A. wasn’t feeling so peppy. We watched the movies until it was bedtime and both girls snuggled in the bed with Mama until they couldn’t keep their eyes open. I then let them go to their beds. It was an awesome way to end the evening.

Saturday morning, everyone was up early. I gave the girls pastries with the intent of having a breakfast date out after my social media ministry meeting at the church. When we got there, our ministry leader had purchased hotcakes and juices for the entire ministry. That was so sweet of her. The girls enjoyed hashbrowns, juices, and pancakes while we discussed upcoming social media activities for the church. February will be a busy month!
Breakfast and brainstorming!  Got to love it!
                     
Our church was also hosting a food giveaway event for furloughed government employees and contractors. Since the furlough was over and additional food remained, the event was opened to the public and it was such a blessing to see the people benefiting from the kindness of strangers. Things like this make me think there is hope for humanity after all. I promise there are days this world can look a bit bleak. It was great to see the spirit of love being shared to so many.

Meeting over and done, I was preparing to leave the church with the girls when…the sole of my boots broke!!! I’ve only worn these boots for about three months! I was so disappointed. The sole was so disintegrated that there was no way I could walk in the boots, let alone drive, so I did the next best thing. I drove in sock feet!

Anyway we can make it work, we will
                                         
The girls were now clamoring for food again (no surprise there as it was getting late), so I swung by Chick-Fil-A for a quick meal for everyone. I even indulged my sweet tooth because I was seriously craving something cookie and creamy lol. We made it back to the house without incident and ate our food and it wasn’t long before nap time was calling. Awesome. I laid the girls down and had an hour and a half to get some quiet time and house work done. YAY ME!!!!
Mmm, milkshakes...
                               
After everyone was up later, I took the girls with me to my good sister-friend’s home while she straightened my hair. (BLESS YOU). I couldn’t do it because I’m just NOT good at doing my own complete straightening. While there, one of our mutual friends showed up and he, her husband, she, and I had great discussion about marriages and the different seasons and points of view in them. It was so awesome that we are planning a couple’s retreat where we can do something like that again. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to share more when it happens! 


We were there until 11PM when we all realized that we had church EARLY the next morning and would need to be calling it a night at our own homes. My hair was now straight and I looked pretty decent (THANK YOU!!!) So, I gathered the girls and off to the house we went. Now, while the girls and I were gallivanting around the community, S. and Bug were a state away at a weekend job S. was doing. Bug had the opportunity to do some interning things and I received these great pics of the time he was having. I am just so proud of him.

We were fast asleep when the men finally came home, but Bug told me later that he had a really enjoyable time just hanging with his dad. Aww. I love that!
Ignore the tears.  They were after I had a slight morning sickness episode.  But I still felt cute lol.
Sunday morning, I was up super early as we had early morning church service. I made it to the church right on time and was super excited to sing. I love my choir members and I love being able to sing praised to God with them. I am always thankful that God allows me to sing songs of praise and worship to Him. It is the absolute least I could do for all that He has done for me and my family. It was a beautiful service and a beautiful time. BUT there was a…bump…in the day.

Last Tuesday, I was quite ill at one of our rehearsals. The morning sickness was not my friend and I had to leave the floor a couple of times and pull over off the road going home because baby bean was just NOT happy with me. One of my fellow altos noticed and mentioned to her mother that she believed I may be expecting. On yesterday, the same alto asked me in private if I was. I informed her that I was, thanked her after she gave congratulations, and explained that S. and I were being selective in telling people for a couple of more weeks at least. We wouldn’t deny if asked outright, but we wanted to announce when we were ready. She was fine with that. Well, as luck would have it, her mother saw me later in the morning and announced loudly in the church foyer that she was so happy for me and congratulations. She also stated how she was a bit disappointed that I hadn’t shared the news with her. Again, this was loud and in proximity to other members who aren’t known for their discretion. Sigh… I quickly shushed her mother (who meant no harm) and informed her that yes I was, but wanted to keep it quiet for now as per S. and my desire to share when we were ready. Alas, the damage was done. By day’s end, we were receiving several congratulations. It seems the cat is out of the bag. Sigh. I’ll probably do another cute announcement post at some point, but yeah…

We did go home and have great food and movie time, so there’s a huge win for the weekend. How was yours? What did you do?

-K

Weekend Recap: #SnowDay FunDay


Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, everyone! I thoroughly enjoyed my break from all things blog and social media the first week in 2019. It was just great to be able to spend time with family and enjoy the moment. For their “big” Christmas gift, S. and I surprised the kids with a trip to Florida starting the day after Christmas through the first week of January. Everyone had a great time.

It was the first time in years that we didn’t bring in the New Year during Watch Night services at our church, but the family fellowship we experienced at Florida made up for it.

The kids’ faces were on smiles most of time (except the night time when they had their typical sibling bickering). We stuck to Universal Studios during this visit. All three parks—Universal Studios, Islands of Adventures, and Volcano Bay—were visited. Since my brother in loves and their significant others and family joined, the kids had ample playmates and ride companions and that made the trip even more fun.
Hanging with the Cat in the Hat and Things 1 and 2