Monday, November 25, 2013

Nesting

There are certain things I love about being home and off work. One of those? Mini pampering days! Today was no exception. 

Brandon had to work, so I was up when he left for the office. So, I put a roast in the Crock Pot and then had hot chocolate in bed while I finished a couple of TV shows and then got to work - on myself and the house! :)

I did this hair mask...




...and then deep cleaned my house. Y'all, nesting is in full swing over here and since I have the week off, I feel like I have no excuse. 





...and then cleaned the oven, washed the pillows on the couch, vacuumed and cleaned our hardwood floors, paid bills, and did some things in the baby's room. {We're almost done! I know I keep saying that, but we seriously are almost there. I cannot wait for y'all to see it.} 

Needless to say, it's been quite the eventful day 'round these parts. Ha! ;)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekend

Y'all, it is cold in Dallas. Like, it sleeted earlier today and our fireplace has been on every waking moment this weekend. {I could never live in a state above the Mason-Dixon line. I'd freeze to death.}

So what else but decorate for Christmas when the weather outside is, as the famous song goes, "frightful?" 

Friday:
I picked Brandon up from the airport and we just relaxed. I celebrated nine whole days off from work by getting cozy on the couch with hot chocolate - complete with marshmallows - in my favorite mug. 


Saturday:
After wrapping more presents and running a ton of errands in the blustery weather, Brandon got all the Christmas décor down from the attic and we decorated for Christmas! 

There is seriously nothing better than sitting in your living room and the only light illuminating everything is the twinkle lights on the tree and the fireplace. I love this time of year.


We then made a huge pot of chili and watched our Baylor Bears lose terribly to the Oklahoma State Cowboys {what the heck is a "Poke" anyway?}. It was such a bad game that even Oliver couldn't watch. 


Sunday:
We were up early, so we decided to go to the early service at church to beat the weather. After church, we had brunch at our favorite little place {great food, horrible service}, ran to Home Depot, Target and Babies "R" Us, then came home to hunker down and not do a thing for the rest of the day. I have a yummy supper in the oven and we plan to just relax. 

I still can't get over that I'm not going to work tomorrow. Makes this Sunday night all the more happy! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! 


-ONE-
I am so thrilled that I get NINE whole days off for Thanksgiving and I don't have to use one vacation day. Coming from the corporate world, I would have to use three or four days if I wanted all next week off. Here? Nope. Love it. 

We also are going to lunch as a team and get to leave after that, which is a double bonus. Three more hours and counting! :)

I plan to wrap more Christmas presents, take down fall and decorate for Christmas and deep clean my house in these glorious nine days. 

-TWO-
Yesterday at my doctor's appointment, I was scheduled to get an ultrasound. I've moved to every two week appointments now that I'm in the third trimester and at every other two week appointment, I get an ultrasound. {Seriously love seeing my sweet baby boy so often these days!} 

Anyway, my doctor decided to go to the hospital to do rounds during my scheduled appointment time, so I was just left waiting in the sonogram room. {Side note: I understand there are other patients, but when I make an appointment for 1:30 p.m., I'd love to be seen before 2:30 p.m. That is all.} So, I just decided to make myself comfortable on that table by lifting up the automatic leg rest, helping myself to the trashy Star magazine and even took a little 10-minute nap. 


-THREE-
Oliver has always loved to be right by me at all times, but lately he's been really obsessed with being thisclose to me. The other night, I was writing thank-you notes for shower gifts and this little booger got right in my face, snuggled down to lay on his back and proceeded to play with my hair. I then started rubbing my face in his neck/chest and he was purring away. Yes, I realize this makes me sound like the insane of all insane crazy cat ladies, but I just love this little nugget. And, I'm trying to give him as much love as possible now before his world is totally rocked in January! 


-FOUR-
Today is an historic day in Dallas; it marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated here in 1963. There is a large remembrance ceremony taking place downtown today and media from all over is here to mark it. 

When I worked downtown, I would drive over the "X" that marked the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president every day to go home and would get chills every time. 

I keep hearing all the newscasters {especially those alive during the assassination} say it was "the day innocence was lost." I totally agree. I think how now our president {or the queen, pope, etc.} typically would never ride through a downtown street with skyscrapers and tall buildings on either side in an open motorcade. 

I have always been very obsessed with the Kennedy family and that "Camelot" era {call me a history nerd, it's okay} but lately have been taking in every documentary, newscast, made-for-TV movie and article about them. I just truly can't imagine - regardless of your thoughts of the president or your political affiliation - hearing that the President of the United States was murdered. What a scary, sad time that must have been with so much uncertainty. 


-FIVE-
Brandon has been on a week-long business trip this week and finally gets home today! I can't wait to pick him up from the airport. He's been where it's very cold, and I told him I think he brought the weather with him because it's freezing in Dallas and we even have the chance of sleet on Sunday. 

I'll definitely try to blog while I'm off next week, but if I don't, I hope y'all have a very happy Thanksgiving and eat too much food with those you love! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Work Baby Shower

Today, my friend/co-worker Liz and I were thrown a joint baby shower by our work.

Obviously, Baby W is a boy, but Liz isn't finding out what her baby is, so they had this cute cookie cake - one of Liz's big cravings! 


The table was so cute: all of our cravings! 

Mine was the veggie tray with ranch dressing {cannot.get.enough.ranch.}, pickles {so cliché, I know!}, pie and fruit. Liz's was the fruit, too; cookie cake; Reese's; apples with peanut butter and hummus. 


They also had our favorite drink cravings! Orange juice for both of us, Ginger Ale for Liz and Coke for me. And of course, water! We chug it on the reg these days. 


I can't even express in words how thankful and grateful I am for Liz. She and I are due on the same day, have the same doctor and are delivering at the same hospital. This is her second baby and I'm learning so much from her. And it's just nice to have someone to go through your pregnancy with and ask questions of...even if they truly are stupid ones. :)

She and our other co-worker, Susana, are true blessings in my life. 


...and there's the bumps! 


Our co-workers and principals went above and beyond for us. Baby W made out like a bandit at the shower! 


I'm not kidding. Sooooo excited for diapers, wipes, Desitin, baby wash and lotion...things he's absolutely going to need! :) And of course, the gift cards are amazing!!! 


I was laughing putting all of the diapers in his room because they're taller than that little side table to the right! {And yes, that's three rows deep of diapers and wipes!} 


So, so thankful for my job and my work family. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!!! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In Love

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I sat down and wrapped a couple of Christmas presents last night while watching "The Santa Clause." It felt so good to just do it! 

I absolutely am in love with our Christmas wrapping paper this year, which I got at Target a couple of weeks ago. Glitter + polka dots + gold + silver = yes, please! 


It's so fun and even though there's a ton of glitter all over my house, I love it. 

I also spent last night working in the baby's nursery, which I also just love. It's quickly becoming my favorite room in the house! And speaking of things I love? Dreft. If I could wash all of my clothes in that stuff, I would. And since we're just on things I'm loving, I'm loving setting up all of the amazing gifts we got at our shower this weekend and am so looking forward to my shower in my hometown next month! 
{And that I'll have two and a half weeks at Christmas to finalize and set up everything...never can be too prepared!}

Monday, November 18, 2013

Online Shopping for the Holidays

I am typically not an early shopper when it comes to Christmas. I never wait until the day before Christmas or anything, but usually I'm not finished until mid-December. Then there's the wrapping and trying to do that in the middle of stressful work, company Christmas parties, etc. Not this year, folks! I only have two more gifts to buy and I am done. D-O-N-E done. 


This year - especially with my job change - I'm really making a conscious effort to enjoy the holidays. At my former job, we had two huge holiday-themed events that always coincided and weren't over until mid-December, leaving me stressed out, worn out and simply just "over it." We also had a huge company Christmas party at my former job that was a big production; same with Brandon's former company. 

I will admit that my new job is much less stressful {in different ways} from my former job, so it's left me with some time in the evenings to actually be present at home and enjoy the start of this season. We don't do a big after-hours Christmas party here, and with Brandon's new job, the five people in his department are going to a nice dinner and get to bring spouses along. So much more low-key and relaxing. 



Anyway, like I mentioned, I'm only two gifts away from being finished with our shopping for this year {and plan to wrap many of them this evening}; and I already have our Christmas cards stuffed and ready to go. I'm hoping to decorate this weekend since I have all of next week off and can actually enjoy it...even though I do realize it's early and am breaking my own cardinal rule. 

There's seriously nothing like knowing this baby is coming right after the holidays to really make me get going on things. 

But. But! The biggest thing I've done this year that's been so helpful has been online shopping. I used to go try to fight the crowds at NorthPark, but I know myself better and know that I can keep a "happy heart" and be in the Christmas spirit if I just pay a little extra for shipping. 


However, I use the Retail Me Not* coupon code website {and app} for great deals on online shopping. So far, I've gotten 15% off an entire order, 40% off sale, free shipping and 40% off full-priced items. You absolutely cannot beat that! And it's so much better than trying to find parking at a crowded mall with a ton of other people...and whilst pregnant. No, thank you. 

And thanks to online shopping and Retail Me Not, I've been much more able to get in the holiday spirit this year: I've already watched "The Holiday" and hope to watch another Christmas movie tonight while wrapping presents! 

Do you do anything special to get yourself in the holiday spirit? Do you online shop or brave the stores?


*I was not contacted by Retail Me Not to write this post. I just love them so much I had to share the wealth!*

All images via Pinterest 


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Busy Weekend Wrap-Up

Warning: Lots of photos! 

We had such a busy, fun weekend celebrating with family. I'm so tired, but I'm also simultaneously sad that everyone has gone home for the weekend and my once-busy house is now very quiet and empty! 

Let's start with our weekend, which technically started on Thursday:

Thursday:
Brandon's three uncles and their wives flew in from neighboring states for my baby shower, so we went over to my in-law's for supper with them on Thursday night. 

Friday:
After work, we had supper with my grandparents at The Ranch. My grandfather drove my grandmother in from my hometown to go to my baby shower the next day. It was so good visiting with them one-on-one! 

Saturday:
My parents left my hometown suuuuuuper early and came over to our house that morning. My mom, aunt, sister, grandmother and I went to my baby shower, while my dad and grandfather hung out at our house with Brandon. 

My parents brought up the dresser/changing table, glider and cradle...and I can't wait to show you the baby's finished room oh-so-soon! 

That morning, we all went to my "Brunch & Books" baby shower, which was hosted by one of my mother-in-law's friends at her house. It was so beautiful and the baby got a ton of amazing gifts! 

My sweet friends and family came from near and far...

{Laura and me}


{Susana, Liz and me. Liz and I have the same due date!}


{My BFF Lindsey}


{My sweet Nana and me}


{My mom, "Foxy," and me}


The spread was just beautiful and the brunch was so yummy. The hostess even had baristas serving people's choices of coffee. It was beyond any shower set-up I'd ever seen!


So adorable. 


{My sweet friends Laura, Belinda, Simcha, Lindsey, Susana and Liz}


{My Nana, mom, sister Maggie and me}


{My other grandmother, Mamita, and me}


After the shower, we came home and unloaded all of the gifts. My mom and aunt helped me go through everything, take things out of boxes, determine what needed to be washed and just organize the madness! 

Later that afternoon, we headed over to AT&T Stadium to see Baylor play Texas Tech! 

Side note: We stood in this line for seriously almost an hour just to get into the stadium. Dear Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys: Please figure out a better system to get people in your stadium, especially if you aren't even allowing purses and have no need for this craziness. 


I mean, SERIOUSLY! 


After quite the nail-biting first half, Baylor got their groove back and beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 63-34!!!! It was nice to shut those annoying fans up. 
{Sorry if you're a Tech fan but seriously, there were some majorly annoying fans at the game.}

Baylor is now 9-0 for the first time in school history, and are currently ranked #3 in the AP Poll! Sic 'Em, Bears!!! 

This picture was after the game and I seriously felt like such a hot, tired mess. Please excuse my gross hair. 


Sunday:
Since we didn't get home and in bed until midnight, we all slept in today and it was sooooo needed. My mom and I had coffee and just visited on the couch while my dad and Brandon slept in, and then we just hung out until after 10 a.m. until my dad, brothers and my brother's friend met us for brunch at Corner Bakery

They all left, and I have spent the afternoon washing baby clothes, bibs, towels, blankets and a ton of other stuff; getting his room more together; and writing a ton of thank-you notes. 

I hope y'all have a fabulous week! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On Help: Another Stream of Consciousness Post

I will be the first to admit to you that I don't like people helping me. 

Group projects in school? Hated them. Why? Because I hated relying on people to do their part when mine had already been done for weeks, so I just went ahead and did it for them. That's just me. I'm Type A. I know; I admit it freely. My motto: "Why put off tomorrow what you when you can do it today?" {Thanks, Thomas Jefferson.}

I am a go-getter, a "do"-er, and a "yes" person. I will run myself ragged doing things, and I can often be heard saying, "I can do it!" or "It's no problem. I can do it." I'm telling you, I don't like help. 


But the one thing I'm slowly realizing in this pregnancy is to just let it go. Let it all go. It will get done...at some point. And it will likely have to get done with help.

Friday night, Brandon and I got into a huge argument. Why, you ask? Because I'd gone to Target and needed him to put the Christmas décor I bought in the attic; he wasn't home when I got home with the groceries, therefore I had to unload them myself; I had two-day-old clothes just sitting in the dryer; and our sheets and duvet needed washing more than I would like to admit. I was just mad that no one was offering to help me. 

But one thing my husband said to me {after I'd stopped bawling all over the place} was: "How can people help you if you don't ask them?" 

And it hit me. I had to let my pride go and not only allow people to help me, but ask them too, as well. 

And another thing he said that hit me even harder: "Just sit back and think to yourself, 'Does this have to be done right now? Or can it wait just a minute?'" 
{Notice none of those things we got into an argument about that I was so stressed over had any immediate deadlines...}

That's my worst trait, I think. 

I ask people to do something, they don't do it when or how I want them to, and then I just get huffy and pissy and do it myself with a horrible {and I mean horrible} attitude. 

After my little "episode" on Friday night, I just made a list - a long one - of baby to-do's. {Y'all should see this massive list...it's pretty hilarious.} On that list I put deadlines, as well as ranked them in order of importance. Because seriously, nothing kicks your butt into gear than knowing a human will be here in a little more than two months. But seriously.

And this weekend, I accomplished: made favors for hostesses; made favors for hospital visitors; wrote thank-you notes; finished a few projects we've been putting off for a while; got paperwork together to order a breast pump through insurance; and made a visit to the hospital to get pre-registration paperwork. 

It wasn't easy. And when I say "it," I mean relying on Brandon to help me do things and be patient when it didn't happen right the second I asked him to do it. But magically, it all got done. {By taking a few deep breaths and letting it go...}

Of course, I still have random things on my list like sterilizing baby bottles and pacifiers; finishing packing the hospital bags; and installing the car seat...but my list is much shorter today than it was three days ago. And boy, does that feel really, really good. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

So I'm a little late with my post, but Happy Veterans Day to those who have served our great nation. My great-grandfather {who is still with us today!} served in World War II and was injured in France on this day, so today holds even more significance for him and our family. I also have two friends whose husbands are former military and one whose husband is still in the military, and I'm just so thankful for their sacrifice for our freedoms.


Today was the first in four years that I didn't have to plan a huge Veterans Day event, and it felt wonderful. I was able to actually enjoy the day. 

My school district held its annual Veterans Day ceremony this morning, and I got so choked up {as I always do} when the band played the Armed Forces Salute and the men/women stood up while their branch of service's song was playing. I can blame it especially on the hormones this year, but I'm always a mess when that tribute comes on. Oh, and when they play "Taps" and all the men/women stand up and salute. Gets me every single time. 

I hope y'all had a great Veterans Day - wherever you are - and were able to thank a veteran for their service.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Weekend

Yay for restful weekends! It was just what we needed, and I'm so thankful that God gives us rest after crazy weeks. {And I'm thankful that Baby W gives me rest still, too!} 

Friday:
I went to the grocery store, per my new tradition, and then ran over to Target to pick out our Christmas wrapping paper. Each year I do something different and fun, and this year is going to be no different! Not to mention I'm halfway done with our Christmas shopping...I actually feel ahead of the game for once! 

Saturday:
We slept in, then I went to get a much-needed pedicure and eyebrow wax. If there's one thing God gifted to pregnant women, it's a pedicure with an 18-minute massage. Pure heaven!!! 


My family is coming in town for my baby shower this weekend, so Brandon and I did a ton around the house to get ready. One thing? 

Brandon replaced our toilet seats! {Gross, right?} The ones we had were original to our house, built in 1994, so it was beyond time. You know you're an adult when you're blogging about toilet seats...


We then ran to Home Depot for a rosemary plant for my hostess for this weekend's shower and Trader Joe's in Plano to get some wine for the hostess gifts for my shower in my hometown next month. 

Since it'll be December, I thought: "Who wouldn't want wine in December?" so I got a different one for each hostess and made little tags that said, "Eat, drink {and be merry}" that I hung on them with red and white baker's twine. 

If I can't drink right now, at least someone can! :)


I also made favors for people who visit Baby W in the hospital or at our house: peanut M&M's with a tag that says, "Thanks for visiting our little peanut!", tied with black and white baker's twine. 

I wouldn't necessarily call this "crafty," but this is the closest to crafty I've been in a long time. Nothing like knowing a baby is coming in 2.5 months to get your butt in gear!!! 


Sunday:
My friend Belinda's little boy turned three, so we went to his birthday party at a local fire station. We got there early to help them set up, and it was absolutely adorable! I can't believe I didn't take one picture!!! But I told her I'd have to steal her idea for when this baby is old enough. 

My brother-in-law came over in the afternoon to do some of our financial documents, and this is pretty much how Oliver and I felt about listening to money talk: 


Ha! 

I have a crazy busy week this week, but am so looking forward to seeing my family this weekend. Can't wait! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

#everyoneinblack



Baylor is taking on #10 Oklahoma at Floyd Casey Stadium tonight. They're asking everyone to wear black, hence the "#everyoneinblack" hashtag. 

"Keep on doubting Baylor; we love it." 
-Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty 

SIC. THEM.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Belated Weekend Post

Clearly from my lack of pictures we did so much this weekend! 

Friday:
We surprisingly had zero plans, so we went to dinner together and came home and Brandon watched "Cloud Atlas" while I fell asleep on the couch, per usual! {The movie was soooooo weird, by the way!}

Saturday:
We ran some errands, including buying Brandon's Christmas present at Cavender's: new boots! 

I felt like a fish out of water at that place, but I was mesmerized by the rows upon rows upon rows of cowboy boots! I just love Texas.


Sunday:
We went to church, then came home and all three {well, I guess I should say 'four'} of us got cozy on the couch. We turned the fire on and watched the Cowboys barely win, and then spent the evening just relaxing. It was so nice.


Monday came with fury, and I've been absolutely slammed the past two days. I even said today, "Seriously, if I could drink right now, I'd have a whole bottle of red wine to myself." It's been like that. I can also tell that the baby knows I'm stressed, because he doesn't move as much when I'm stressing out. 

However, I'm hoping his sleeping/waking habits will stick around when he's born, because he'll wiggle and squirm like crazy once I finish eating dinner and am relaxing on the couch or in bed at night. But, once I turn on my left side to go to sleep, he pretty much stops moving and will sleep until I get hungry around 5-5:30 a.m. But that's when he moves the most: when I'm hungry, therefore, when he's hungry, too! {But who can blame him? I call it getting "hangry."}

Here's to hoping the rest of this week settles down a little bit! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! I'm totally lazy today, so this is a pictureless post. :)


-ONE-
We have zero plans this weekend. Let me repeat that again: ZERO PLANS. I am ridiculously excited about that rarity. I laugh when I think back to high school and college and how having zero plans made you a huge loser, but now? I'm totally a loser and I love it. 

-TWO-
We had zero trick-or-treaters last night. None! What the heck? Last year we had at least 10, but this year we had none. I was so mad that I made Brandon go outside, ring the doorbell, say "Trick-or-Treat!" and handed him a piece of candy. I will say that we had some major Scrooges in our neighborhood who kept all of their lights off, so maybe that deterred the kids? Either way, I guess I'll appreciate it next year when I won't have kids ringing the doorbell at all hours of the night with a sleeping baby. 

-THREE-
Speaking of holidays, I really hate when Halloween is over, because people immediately jump to Christmas. I'm all about Christmas, but I really would like to enjoy November, Thanksgiving and all of my pumpkin/fall décor for just one more month {technically 29 days because I always put my Christmas up the day after Thanksgiving} before everything is all about Christmas. 

Brandon and I saw a Christmas commercial this morning and both looked at each other like, "Really?!" Although I have ordered a few Christmas gifts, so I guess I can't say too much...

-FOUR-
I don't know why, but I've been really annoyed with Facebook lately. My feed is completely littered with adults using Facebook -- multiple times a day -- as their diary, posting everything from what time they go to the gym to an album of photos showcasing what they're having for supper to how annoyed they are with their neighbor to how dilated they are in the middle of labor. I'm all about posting photos, the occasional status update and creeping on people {I'll admit it}, but I absolutely cannot stand the vague status updates (My least favorite? "Unspoken prayer request, please!" Look, I'm all about praying for folks, but I know you're just posting that to make people ask you what's wrong.); the constant complaint status updates; the recipe shares; or constant posts about something you believe in so much. {"I GET IT ALREADY!"} I also am truly bothered by people who use Facebook as such a "finality." Like, you have to post it to Facebook for it to be true, real or if you don't say 'Happy Birthday' to a family member on there you're disowned. 

And? I know I might get shunned for this one, but I hate seeing fresh-outta-the-womb naked, purple, cheese-y babies. Maybe I'm a little more private, but I just prefer to see clean babies, wrapped in a blanket, with a hat on, in their mother's arms. Call me old fashioned, but I just do. 

-FIVE-
For some reason, it's not letting me load here...but you have to watch this video on YouTube about Baylor football. It seriously gave me chill bumps! It cracks me up that people are still trying to say, "Oh, they've played no one good. It doesn't matter." Well, to quote Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty: "Keep doubting Baylor. We love it." Sic 'Em! 

Happy Friday!