How has so much time gone by since I last sat down to share on my little blog? I feel like I barely blink and I’m turning the page of the calendar. I should have taken a picture of our March calendar page; not a single square that didn’t have writing on it.
We did manage to squeeze in a 4 day trip to the beach; just our little family. Getting ready for the trip was kind of crazy and hectic, but once we got to the beach it was just the break we needed! Sleeping in, playing in the sand and water, lounging around the condo and just being with each other.
Lots of exciting things happening around our place too! We are getting ready to plant grass in our backyard. Everyone has been working so hard; friends, family, even the boys have spent most of their free time helping us get ready to plant grass. It will be so nice to look out my kitchen window and see green! And to have a lot less dirt coming into the house week after week.
When we bought this property 4 years ago there was only a horse pasture, a new double-wide trailer, a huge garbage heap in the back, and a whole lot of dirt and weeds. That was it. But it was ours. Our own little place in the country were the kids could run and play. There have been times when we looked at each other and said, “What were we thinking?!” but mostly we love were we live and wouldn’t have it any other way. The key is to have patience (which can be hard for me) and take things one project at a time. It just feels great to see our place start to come together.
My husband has been working so hard. In addition to working full time, commuting, being involved in all the children’s extra activities, and picking up the slack for his pregnant wife… he somehow finds the time and energy to tackle big projects.
The back part of our property is planted with tall grass. Our neighbor, who owns the dairy across the street, plants and harvests the back of our property. This grass will soon be chopped and fed to the dairy cows, but for now it is where the children like to play best. The grass is so tall that when Miss E gets into the middle of it I can’t even see her head. They play out there until the sun goes down behind the hills, and I holler at them from the back porch to come in and get cleaned up for bed.
They come in every night looking happy, tired, and very dirty!
Baseball is in full swing. J got his new uniform last week so I snapped a picture of him.
This year has been a year of growing for J. It’s been fun for his Dad and I to watch him grown and come into his own. Seeing his personality come out, watching him take on extra responsibilities around the house and seeing him thrive. I’m really proud of this guy!
This is a more accurate picture of what I look like now.
Some women do pregnancy so beautifully. I do pregnancy so… largely. It feels rather strange having people openly discussing your figure. They want to talk about your size and shape, they try to guess your due date and the gender of your baby. I know that for the most part they are only trying to be friendly but sometimes it starts to feel wearisome. I love talking about the baby, I just don’t love talking about my expanding figure.
Last week I made a few things to take as a gift to a baby shower. My friend, who was also J’s first grade teacher, is having a little girl this spring.
Nesting is starting to set in. I’m hoping in the next few weeks to get the girls’ room set up for the baby. I like saying “the girls’ room” There are drawers and closets to organize, tubs of E’s baby clothes to be brought in from storage to wash and sort, setting up the crib, and sewing projects to finish! We shall see what actually happens before this baby arrives.
I can’t promise that I will be blogging more frequently but be assured that when this blog is quiet it just means that life is a little extra busy. I will try to update when I can squeeze in the time
Have a wonderful week! ~April
PS- please forgive any typos or awkward phrasing in my posts, pregnancy brain has hit hard. I feel so addled lately and I keep putting things in the strangest places! Last week I put the half-n-half in my tupperware cupboard and the sandwich bread in the frig. The kids think it’s so funny, I think it’s annoying!