Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A First Grade Program

Last week, Libby participated in her first grade program at school.  She memorized her part so well and even got to dress as an Indian. (Native American for you politically correct folks.)

All of first grade lined up on the makeshift stage and told the story of the first Thanksgiving.  There were students dressed as food:  cranberry sauce,  a turkey, dressing, potatoes.  There were students dressed as Pilgrims.  Some were dressed as family members:  grandparents, children, pets.  And then these precious Indians.

Libby did so well!  She said her part loudly and clearly.

And just for the cuteness factor, here she is with one of her best friends, Koby.

If you're feeling nostalgic, you can check out a few pictures from when Kyndall participated in this same program two years ago.  Looking back, I can see how my blogging style has changed since then--few words, more pictures.  Hopefully, I'm doing better with that now :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Weekend Lens

We had a friend-filled weekend, and this mama has been looking forward to Monday to catch up on my rest :)

On Friday night, Justin took Kyndall hunting with a friend and his daughter.  They spent the night a few hours away from home.  Lots of fun, but no luck with the hunting.

With them gone, Libby invited Maggie to spend the night.  GraGra and Pops took the girls to Fulin's for supper (so pregnant mama could get a little rest) and then back with a movie.

Kyndall had a basketball game on Saturday (which they lost).  I think several of our players didn't get enough sleep because they were d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g.

On Saturday night, we celebrated Libby's cheer season with a party at Cici's pizza.  All the girls got a trophy, a rose, and a crown--perfect for this group of divas :)

After the cheer party, we picked up Madelyn to spend the night.  The more, the merrier, I always say :)

Sunday we did church, followed by lunch with some friends from church, and then a little quick grocery shopping.  We played hookie from church Sunday evening because we were pooped!  Bedtime came really quickly at the West house, and around 7:30 pm for the girls!  Here's a restful, but fun, week!

What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

On Feeling Overwhelmed

Lately, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed.  Overwhelmed, because there are 17 million loads of laundry needing to be washed, dried, folded, and put away.  Which means there may (hopefully) be a single pair of clean socks and underwear per person in this house.

Overwhelmed, because the holidays are fast approaching and I have purchased two gifts.  Two.

Overwhelmed, because Jase's nursery currently looks like this.  And not much can be done about all that stuff until the girls room is cleaned out, and even I wasn't brave enough to take a picture of that disaster zone right now.

Overwhelmed, because the girls are rotating the same few outfits because I have yet to switch out their summer clothes with winter clothes and/or purchase what is needed for colder weather.

Overwhelmed, because four of my eight barstools look like this.

Or this.

Overwhelmed, because there isn't a single free afternoon on our calendar for the next two weeks.

Overwhelmed, because my sink looks like this and the dishwasher is full and we are out of dishwashing detergent.

Overwhelmed, because mama is big and pregnant and the last thing I want to do when I get home are any of the above things.

I think as mama's it is especially easy to feel overwhelmed.  (It seems like daddy's can ignore messes much easier....or maybe that's just Justin.  He doesn't seem to notice anything until I mention it!)  Mama's have laundry and dishes and clothes-purchasing and homework duty and sports cheering and it seems to never just slow up so that we can breathe for one tiny second.

But this is life.  And each glorious, overwhelming mess can also give an opportunity to be thankful.

That laundry?  It's because we go and do and play and get dirty with all the fun things.

The holidays?  They're fun!!! Every year, I refuse to stress---gifts can be purchased and delivered via Amazon prime and I will simply enjoy the time spent with my family.  And those red holiday Starbucks cups. :)

That messy nursery?  The pictures are down because we painted, something I've wanted to do for a long time.  The clothes are piled up because (thank goodness!) those still fit the girls from last year, which means less to buy again this year.  That messy nursery is progress toward a room that is going to hold my sweet baby boy in a little over two months.  And that's a big blessing, ya'll.

Those dishes?  We have never had to go without a meal, or worry where money for our food was going to come from.

So when you are feeling overwhelmed with life, just stop.  Take a deep breath.  Look at all those things that are messy or messed up and find the silver lining.  Because I promise you, there is one.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Third Grade Field Trip (AKA Pumpkin Patch Visit #3)

Earlier in the week, Justin and I went to Gullion Farms with Kyndall's third grade class.  She insisted we both go because Libby got us both on her field trip, and this was only fair :)

There were big slide races--Kyndall won every time. She used her hands to push herself down faster, which was HILARIOUS.

 She shared a swing with her teacher--they even both jumped out at the same time at the end.

She got corn in places no one wants corn.

We all took turns milking Ellie the cow.  Poor thing--she is seven months pregnant too, so we could be twins :) PS: Kyndall was too busy milking to look at the camera.

Kyndall really enjoyed all the animals--donkeys, horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, and this little guy (ha!).

They were even able to help gather eggs from the henhouse!

Gullion Farms is a "true" farm experience.  Kyndall loved it, even though she's been around farming her whole life.  It was really funny watching the kids that had never been to a farm though--they just thought everything was gross.  You mean, bacon comes from that cute little pig? My Big Bacon from Jacks Restaurant is from Ellie the cow?  What is that SMELL??

We had a great day, just the three of us.  I'm really loving these one-on-one "dates" with my girls :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hello, Third Trimester

This week I hit the third trimester mark.  I can't even believe it.  With both girls, I can remember the pregnancy just d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g on.  While I am very anxious to meet out baby boy, I feel like I'm going to blink and he'll be here.  So right now, I'm just going to soak up and enjoy every last second of this pregnancy.

Baby size:  a large eggplant.  It so cracks me up that all these baby sites compare using fruit and veggies.  Picturing a "large eggplant" planted inside my belly makes me laugh.

Sickness:  No nausea at all.  I have been having issues with my sugar dropping and me passing out.  Hopefully they will figure all this out at my appointment next week.

Energy:  I think I am nesting a little early.  Compared to earlier in the pregnancy, I have lots of energy. I'm slowly getting things ready in the house and I've even taken a few walks around the neighborhood.

Cravings:  Still none.  I have been getting more decaf white mocha's from Starbucks, but that's something I want all the time.  Not just during pregnancy.

Phrases heard recently:  
From a Hispanic parent at school:  "You are just pregnant in your belly....well, and these." (Said while pointing to my chest!)
From my yearbook lady:  "I'm working with another lady who is due in February, too, but you are SOOOO much bigger than she is!"
From a coworker:  "You are SO big this time... I bet he's going to be a porker!"

Feeling:  Ecstatic.  Baby boy moves all the time, I mean ALL THE TIME, ya'll.  And even though those kicks are getting stronger and harder, it just reminds me that he is getting stronger and healthier.

We are getting the nursery ready piece-by-piece.  I still have TONS to get to be considered 'ready', but I'm not going to worry about it.  If Jase decides to make his appearance before we have everything, I'll just take advantage of my Amazon Prime =) (<--I think I only feel that way because this isn't my first (or second) rodeo.  The first two times around, I totally stressed about having ALL THE THINGS!)

I know this is my last pregnancy, so I'm trying hard to remember each and every little thing.  Exactly how I feel.  Exactly how he kicks and rolls and moves.  Exactly how both girls kiss my belly and tell him good night.  I am truly cherishing each minute.