Spring comings and goings

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!

The younger two are also having fun with baseball!

G was showing E the proper stance for fielding balls.

The baby is growing and so am I.  

This is a picture my husband took of me last month.

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. 

It was fun to make delicate, feminine onesies and headbands.

I’m definitely going to be replicating some of these for our baby girl!

I finally got to use some of the vintage doilies I ordered from Etsy.

This is the first time I’ve made a headband out of the skinny elastic but I love the way it looks.  I like the small delicate flowers and I thought they would make a sweet newborn headband!

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!

17 thoughts on “Spring comings and goings

  1. Ruthhilty5

    You look beautiful. The onesies & headbands are darling. Thank God for your roundness Big healthy babies are a blessing! Our boys have all been tiny, tiny babies. Asher was only 5lbs 6oz. & it’s all so much scarier when they are so tiny. He is finally at almost 5months, filling out & getting some baby rolls. you have a beautiful family, can’t wait to hear of baby girls arrival.

  2. pettybunch

    I love your beach pictures – kids just love the sand and surf, don’t they??  I also think you look ultra cute, and I’m probably one of those who would talk to you about your “expanding figure” as well as the precious baby girl growing there.  Sometimes I think we have a disconnect between the baby belly and the mommy it is on!  You feel like YOU are getting “fat” while those looking at you only see a growing baby! (At least for the most part – there are some meanie-pigs around who like to point out weight gain, no matter the reason!)

    Your yard will be so wonderful, and so worth all the work! Have fun with that!

    It sure was good to see you on again! Blessings to you and yours!!

  3. Richgem

    Oh, the picture of your family at the beach…SO glorious and you all look happy and wonderfully cute! The one your hubby took of you ~ Gorgeous! You are so glowingly pretty! I’m so happy for you and for the way things are going! I look forward to seeing a photo of the little newby after she arrives! Oh yes, I do love the word “addled”. (you’re so cute)

  4. aliyagator

    If I had a “what i look like in my head” pinterest board I’d pin pictures of you in those maternity clothes.  Love them.  And your hair-do.  And all the feminine things.  
    Hurray for husbands who are awesome.  :)

  5. Elizabethmarie_1

    You look beautiful…and I LOVE your purple dress with the bow. :)
    I can just imagine how adorable your baby girl is going to look in all the pretty things you will be making for her.
    I really like that thin headband. 

    Congratulations on your grass! How exciting. 
    Happy Monday to you. :)

  6. jennieanne84

    oh, you are so pretty! and what a beautiful baby bump. :)

    I am always SO AMAZED at your beautiful sewing skills! LOVE the baby headband—gorgeous!

    I think of you as such a caring wife and mother….may God bless you beyond your imagination for the love that you give to your family. xoxo!  

  7. singingrachel

    loved this…. so much inspiration going on.  what a huge flat yard you have and huge job to get it to where you want it.  I’m with you…i get impatient too with the “little by little” process but i think it helps me be more grateful for a job completed.

    i wish i could do sewing/crafts with you for a week….. I’d love to learn more from you.
    and regardless the fact you feel like a whale…. you look glowingly beautiful. have fun getting the girl’s room ready.

  8. purpleamethyst76

    You look wonderful, although I know it’s hard to believe~!  LOL  I always FELT awful, but as a woman, I admire and think all pregnant women are beautiful!~

    A girl????  How delightful!  I’m rejoicing with you, my friend.

    I loved all your photos and was so thrilled so see an update from you!

  9. lifeisadance

    Oh, I LOVE this post! You are absolutely STUNNINGly beautiful!! I LOVE the purple dress picture, it is beautiful! You make pregnancy look soo lovely!
    And all the little girl things!! I’m swoooooning.  The little doily things, the headband, the burp cloths… You create so much beauty, April!
    And your yard!! I would be so excited too! We have talked about doing that… but so far, it’s just talk. :)



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