Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Craftiness

The form that my nesting is currently taking is crafting. During the really cold weather I looked at this blog and was inspired to take on two projects. For the first I had to make a lot of fabric roses and the second I had to make a lot of felt roses. It was really tedious but I love the finished products.
For this one I made fabric roses and it looks really nice on our front door. It would be there now, but we got a new door and are waiting for it to be painted. The fabric roses are kind of a pain to make, but then you just glue them to the wreath which is easy.

Close up on the fabric roses
For the felt rose wreath it took a lot of cutting, rolling, hot gluing and time. It was a good project to do when you are watching TV. Making this is how I filled a lot of my nights up. It currently hangs next to the mirror in our living room. I love how this one turned out.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Things to be grateful for

The last few weeks I have been in a complaining rut. For some reason I have been complaining about everything. The weather, how busy Roland is, how crazy Liam is, how tired I am and I could go on and on. But I won't. Last night before I went to bed I was contemplating how to get out of this complaining phase because I really don't like it. I started thinking about all the things I am grateful for, and I thought I would share them with you. (They are in no particular order)

1. Baby #2- Landon/ My pregnancy.
I am so grateful to be pregnant! I am one of those people who if they decide to they want another baby are basically pregnant the month after. I am so grateful for this. I am grateful that this pregnancy has been so easy. I am already in my third trimester for goodness sake! I am grateful for the all the kicks that Landon gives me and I cannot wait to meet him. What a blessing it is to be pregnant.
2. My wonderful husband Roland.
I do not thank this man enough for all that he does for me. He is amazing. Did you know that he gets Liam up every morning and feeds him breakfast so his wife can sleep an extra half an hour? Well I do and I am so grateful for that. I am grateful for all the hard work that Roland does on his family's behalf. I am grateful for what a wonderful father he is and how Liam always lights up when he sees him. Melts my heart every time. I love how supportive Roland is in all of my hobbies and interests. What more can I say. I love my wonderful husband Roland.

3. My marriage.
I am so grateful to be married for eternity to my best friend Roland. I love the relationship that we have. You may not believe this but we never fight. Yes we have our disagreements, but we always work through them and there is never a night where I think I am so mad at my husband. I love how supportive and in sync we are with each others needs and how well we communicate with each other. I am grateful we decided to be married in the temple and all the blessings that come with that.
4. My NH family.
I love my parents and siblings. They are wonderful people who I think about and miss everyday. They are so supportive of Roland, Liam and I. I grew up in such a loving home and will be forever grateful to my parents for raising me in the gospel and setting such a great example. I love going back to NH to visit and spend time with some of my favorite people in the world.
5. My In-laws.
I love Roland's family. I feel so grateful to my Rosie for all the love that she sends our way. I love and am so grateful to all of Roland's siblings and their spouses for all of their love and support. I really think I have some of the best in-laws ever. St. George will always be one of our favorite places to visit because of all the wonderful people we see while we are there.
6. My son Liam.
I love this kid. A mother's love is something hard to define and explain, but I really don't think I could live without seeing Liam's smiling face everyday. I am so grateful for his hugs, smiles and laughter. He has such a independent personality and I am so grateful to be his mom. I am grateful for all that I am learning by being a mom, especially patience. I am grateful for his wonder and curiosity of the world and all it has to offer. I am grateful for his kind and friendly spirit. What a wonderful person I get to be with everyday.

7. The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ
I am so grateful to live in a time when the gospel has been restored in its fullness to the Earth. I am grateful for my testimony that Jesus Christ lives and loves us. I am grateful for the scriptures that are so readily available to us to read and learn from. I am grateful for a Latter-day prophet that leads and guides us in the ways we should go. I am grateful for temples and feel extremely grateful to live in Dallas where the temple is only 10 minutes from our apartment. I love the covenants that we make in the temple and I am so grateful for my eternal family. I am grateful to know that Heavenly Father loves me and cares for me personally.

Those are some things I am most grateful for in my life. The list could go on, but just writing this post has helped me to get out of my complaining mood and got me a little teary eyed. (Doesn't take much when you are pregnant but anyway) My life really is wonderful and I should be more happy and cheerful. This really helped. Thanks for letting me share with you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

White Coat Ceremony

On Friday Roland got his official white coat. For dental students it marks that they are now going to be working in the clinic. It was a nice ceremony, and of course nice to get out. We probably would have enjoyed it much more if he did not have his huge 8 hour board test the next day, but it was still good. I am very proud of my husband and how hard he works for our family.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

It has been a weird week

For those of you that do not follow the weather around the country, Dallas got hit with a wintry blast last week. It all started on Monday night/Tuesday morning when Roland and I were startled awake by the sound of sleet. In my half awake-half asleep mind I thought that school may have been cancelled for Roland, but I was not getting my hopes up. When Roland usually gets up for school he checked his phone and huzzah! school was indeed cancelled.
Being a New England girl I was pretty skeptical. So Roland Liam and I went outside to see what all the fuss was about. After about 2 minutes of freezing cold wind and almost slipping on the ice about 50 times, I was sure the people in charge had made the right call. Everything was ice! Even in New England they would cancel events for ice. So we stayed inside the rest of the day and did the normal snow day stuff.
Since the temperature did not get above freezing we were all wondering about Wednesday. Nothing really had changed. And sure enough Tuesday night we found out that Roland did not have school on Wednesday.
Wednesday was good, but I was starting to go a little stir crazy. And I was planning to go grocery shopping on Tuesday, which did not happen and we were down to the food that you can eat, but don't really want to eat.
So I actually was happy when Roland had school on Thursday. I went grocery shopping, had a valentines day card making party with the girls and got back into a normal routine.
But then Thursday night...Baylor cancelled school for Friday. They had to tell everyone in the email that it was not a joke. And it was again legit. When we woke up on Friday morning there was 6 inches of snow on the ground, on top of the ice. So we spent another day at home.
Saturday actually got above freezing and the sun came out and we got out of the house. We went for a walk and I took at trip to the craft store. Basically it was glorious! So that is the story of the week. Wonderful to have Roland home, stir crazy, ice laden week.
One of the snow days we build a fort. It kept Liam occupied for about 10 minutes.

And it is destroyed!
One Friday we ventured out into the snow. Liam had a blast!


Oh I had to include this picture. We watched James on Saturday night and all the boys climbed into this chair. I thought it was so cute. I really think Roland is ready for another snuggly baby.
One of the crafts I started. I made this fabric roses from scraps of old projects. They are eventually going to go on a wreath. Fun, but time consuming.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pregnancy Update

So some people have been asking for a pregnancy picture so here you are! This is me at 25 weeks and 2 days! Only about 15 weeks to go.

I feel like I have not posted a lot about this pregnancy, so here is the update/answers to frequently asked questions:
  1. We are having a boy and we really like the name Landon. We have not decided on a middle name yet.
  2. This pregnancy feels pretty much the same as the last one except I felt more sick throughout the whole day in the first trimester. With Liam it was really only in the morning.
  3. I have definitely felt more tired with this pregnancy and I think it is probably because I am chasing around a 20 month old all day.
  4. I saw my belly move yesterday. Well really it was Landon moving, but I saw it from the outside. It was pretty cool.
  5. 2nd trimester rocks! It was wonderful for Liam and it is great with this pregnancy also.
I think that is pretty much it for now. I feel great and we can't wait to meet our new little guy.