Pregnancy journal

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This upcoming weekend will mark the halfway point in my pregnancy. It’s going SO fast! So I decided if I wanted to document this pregnancy I better get on it. Once baby comes I’m sure all my focus will be on her.

Since I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to document it I’ve been keeping notes and stories in a journal.

I’ve been trying to soak in every moment thus far. And feeling really blessed for mild symptoms! I feel for woman who have rough pregnancies. It’s such a special time in ones life and when you feel crappy it’s hard to enjoy it.

Wishing all your pregnant mommies out there smooth pregnancies and healthy babies 🙂

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No balloons have ever made me happier

its a girl ballonsgender reveal 1Well we are pretty dang excited it’s a girl!!!

We had a little gender reveal party to tell our families. They were all so excited as well. It’s pretty amazing I polled my friends, family and instagram followers and about 90% of people guessed girl. I love that!

Let the shopping begin ♥

Thoughts on working from home

This is my third week working from home. So far I am loving it!

Here a few of my thoughts so far..

1) It’s super easy to get distracted. These past few weeks haven’t been standard weeks for me either. Having one of my BFF’s in town and another having a baby it’s been much more fun to see them then stay home working.

2) Making a to-do list is key. I find days when I haven’t made a list I flounder around not really accomplishing anything. My Filofax is my best friend at this point.

3) Some days will be frustrating  and It’s ok to just take a break. Today was one of those days. I kept dropping things (see below) and messing stuff up. I decided I needed to get out of the house for a while. I went and swam some laps. What a difference it made! By the time I got home I was more focused and had more energy then before. It’s ok to take breaks and regroup. It’s not only ok but it’s vital for your sanity. That time also brought some fresh ideas and designs to mind.

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So far so good! Now my goal is to get into a routine. I feel that will help me stay more productive and on task. I’m sure as these next weeks and months go by I’ll fall into a good working schedule, just in time for our baby to come stir things up 🙂 But I welcome that interruption because I know it will be so worth it!!

And most of all…

never give up

 

Mocktail ~ Moscow Mule

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Oddly since becoming pregnant I’ve been craving cocktails, wine, sangria, you name it. This came a little bit as a surprise because I’m not a big drinker. On average I would maybe have a drink or two per month. It must be a physiological thing or something, you always want what you can’t have right?

Well I decided instead of fighting it why not enjoy a mocktail now and then. The other day it was hot and I was really craving a Moscow Mule. Which were my current favorite before getting preggers! However they are made with vodka, not allowed. So I set out to make my own.

Here’s how I made my mock-mule:

Juice of 1-2 limes (depending on the size of your glass)

Ginger beer (I used Reed’s)

Sprite or ginger ale

First I squeezed the lime juice in my glass. Next fill your glass 2/3 with ginger beer, finish it off with 1/3 of sprite (adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your taste). Add a lime wedge or two to you glass and enjoy!

Not only was this delicious and easy but the ginger can help sooth an upset tummy. Double bonus!

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Our family is growing!

big brother 1Well this little guy is going to be a big bother! Little baby K is due early 2015!

We are on cloud nine! It’s very surreal. We have been planning for this baby our entire marriage and it’s finally happening! Poncho doesn’t quite appear to be as happy as we are but he’ll get over it 🙂

Making life changes

follow your heartEver since opening my shop I have dreamed of quitting my ‘day job’ and working on my shop full time. Well that day has finally come! After teaching preschool for twelve years I felt it was time to move on.

There are so many reasons for me to stay where I was and continue on with life as I knew it. But honestly I wanted more. When I started teaching it was only supposed to be part time until I was done with school. Well that didn’t happen. Out of love for the children (and maybe a little fear of change) I stayed year after year. Change is not my thing. Every time we’ve moved from one house to the next I cried even it I hated living there. So to quit my job, to do what I love was HUGE for me. It took a good two years for my sales to become consistent enough that I felt comfortable leaving my day job. Having all the pressure on me to make a living at this full time is kind of scary. We prayed about it a lot and felt like now was the right time. Even after giving my notice at work I was still second guessing myself about wither I made the right decision or not. The July came and confirmed it for me. My shop had record sales and everyday I thanked God for his reassurance.

Change is scary but good, and most of all necessary.

♥Cherie

 

The original table dancer

Today was a rough one. It was the day we laid my Grandma in her final resting place. She passed away last weekend surrounded by her loved ones. My Grandma was always a party animal. In her younger days she was known to dance on tables, which has been passed down to my mom and now to me. Yep I’ve been know to dance on a table or two! It all started with my Gram.

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Growing up we lived next door to her and my Grandpa. It was the best! I could look out my bedroom window and see into her kitchen window. The kitchen is where she spent most of her time. She was always there for us. When we needed to escape we could just walk right over there and hang out. Plus she almost always had something delicious on the stove. She will be missed greatly but we know she is at peace now watching over us.

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My wish is that when we have children they will have such a strong bond with our parents like I did with my grandparents.

Love you Gram!

 

 

Around here

Playing project life catch up (oops!)

Loving these words

Watching this little guy enjoy his new yard
(our last yard was almost all concrete since we had a pool)
Anything fun or exciting happening in your life right now?

OLW 2013: refresh

As I thought about my OLW this year I decided I wanted to have it on something I could wear. Like a little reminder that travels with me throughout the day. On Etsy I came across this shop and fell in love. One thing I really liked was the fact it was a locket. So that way only I knew what was in there. Plus after the year is over I could still wear it as a pretty piece of jewelery and even add a little picture or something. Did you choose a word this year?