Friday, June 25, 2010

Freestyle Friday!

My friend Erin is good about doing “Frivolous Friday” posts, full of random bits of fun info, so to copy her, but disguise it, I thought I would do “Freestyle Friday” because I have lots of bits of random, fun information.

• Ladies! Go get this dress at Target. They have it in about 15 shades. I bought a green and a blue size small – it works great and it’s not maternity, but I can still wear it. (Also this model must be freakishly tall because mine goes to my knees and I wear a cami underneath.) It’s great for work, weekend, whatever – nice and cool and cheap for only $15!

• The midwives gave me a veritable trick-or-treat bag of prenatal vitamins at my first appointment in March. I am working my way through the samples, and I pulled this box out this morning. How hilarious is this picture? Take our prenatals and your baby will graduate from something before she’s out of a swaddle!
• I have been doing a great job (I think) of eating healthy during this pregnancy. Grilling meat and veggies, eating rice, salads, lots of fruits and dairy, etc. I definitely like the Odwalla smoothies to get a boost of all kinds of crazy vitamins, but sometimes a pregnant girl just needs a $5 Big Box from Taco Bell. As my Granpa says “what a deal, what a deal.” I inhaled one before small group – Cason couldn’t even finish his all the way. While we won’t make a frequent habit of it, the baby and I finished our Big Box as very satisfied customers. VS.

• One of Linnet’s friends is a very talented stained glass artist. We have one small freestanding piece in our den, but for my recent birthday, Linnet asked me if we would like a window. Like a real window. For the house. Totally normal. Anyway, my mind got crazy with all the options…the baby’s room? (I didn’t have my colors picked out) so I picked our master bath. It has a lot of natural colors in it with the brown granite and the sandy backsplash as well as some landscape paintings, namely one of my favorites – I bought a print of “The Approaching Storm” by Constant Troyon when I visited the National Gallery in Washington D.C. I told Kim I love storms and rain, and I really wanted natural colors. We also wanted a window we could take with us someday when/if we move, so as you’ll see from the picture, it’s just on a hinge screwed into the wall. So smart. Ironically enough, it was raining when they installed it, so it’s not as bright as it might be with the sun coming through, but see the detail? See the almond-shaped abstract raindrops, the raindrop-shaped prisms in the top corners and the antique chandelier crystals and plate embedded? What a beautiful treasure!

• Last but certainly not least, Julianne sent me a link to this blog today which showed how to knit an Elmo beanie for your kid. I will definitely make one for Baby Girl W!
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Baby Girl W (whose name is coming soon, I promise!) got her first "girl" present this weekend. I don't know what I liked more - the card, from her unborn friend Karis, or the gift itself. Goodness its cute. Also - moms - how do you not buy every outfit in sight at Target?! Between the tempting prices ($7...but I could easily buy 7 outfits) and the wide selection, that is some serious spending potential. The fun thing about our class is that there are so many couples with toddlers and kiddos - our baby girl is going to have lots of good examples to follow and lots of friends!

This is the card:
And this is the sweet present - perfect for her since she will be born in late fall!
Thanks Baby Karis!

Friday, June 18, 2010

New favorite

When we bought our house two years ago, we intentionally decorated the guest room sparsely with the hope that the furniture would eventually be sharing the space with our study furniture. Baby Girl W’s room (our old study) is all cleaned out now, and we think this new hybrid guest room/study is our new favorite room in the house. I like the natural light of the two windows in the daytime, but the lamps are nice at night. It’s quite cozy - good for Sunday school lesson planning (Cason,) sewing (me) or reading (both!) Now all our guests can (judge us by!) take their pick of our hundreds of books on the shelves during their stay. Poll: should I do any window treatments/a valance on the big window? The antique headboard definitely fills in that wall.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's a...

It’s a GIRL!!! Despite that “gut feeling” that it was a boy, and many of our friends having the same opinion, our firstborn was tricky again and pulled a fast one on us. We are just thrilled. We were in the ultrasound room – Cason, my mom and I – and the second the tech said “you’re having a baby girl!” We all got teary (and yes, Cason was happy and not sad – haha.) Here are some of her first pictures – I turned a lot of them to be vertical so that you can better see the profile, the feet, etc. She is quite fun already – she was moving all over the place. When we first saw her, she had her hands by her head, almost as if she were in a hammock, then we saw she had her legs crossed some of the time – quite lady-like. It was amazing to see everything – her heart, her brain, her spine, her kidneys…everything looked great (according to the tech and the midwives) and we are just so grateful to the Lord.

Here she is!

Look at that sweet nose and lips!

Sorry, baby girl, you still kind of look like an alien - ready for those chubby cheeks to develop! Pretty big eyes...

Sweet little feet!

Any of you that have spent significant time with us know that Cason is going to be a great dad of a little girl – you should just see him with some of the girls in our class. I just got this email from him: "Sweetie, I’m really, really excited. The more and more I think about it, the more excited I get. God has been so good to us in our lives and I know this is going to be another amazing blessing. I love you."

When I got up this morning, the first song on my Pandora was “I Will Not Take My Love Away” by Matt Wertz. Of course this baby was on the brain today, and I just thought this song was a beautiful example of how Cason and I want to love this baby. I’ll leave you with the lyrics.

I will not take my love away
When praises cease and seasons change
While the world turns the other way
I will not take my love away

I will not leave you all alone
When striving leads you far from home
And there's no yield for what you've sown
I will not leave you all alone

I will give you what you need
In plenty or in poverty
Forever, always, look to me
And I will give you what you need

I will not take my love away

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gender Appointment Eve!

After a lovely birthday yesterday, this week continues to get even more exciting – yep – it’s gender appointment eve!! I think it rivals Christmas eve in terms of anticipation for Cason and I. So with baby on the brain, I thought I would post a beautiful piece of artwork baby W’s Aunt Julianne made for me for Mother’s Day. See the faint screen of our first ultrasound? Beautiful.

Any predictions? I’ll check back in tomorrow with an update! Baby better cooperate!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Vacations – we’re already done!

So, in terms of having already been skiing, saving up time off and saving up money (both for Baby W’s arrival) we decided to not take a “big” vacation this summer. We spent the last two, wonderful weekends doing the extent of our traveling for the summer.

We tacked 2 days on to Memorial Day weekend and stayed at the Westin La Cantera in San Antonio. It was a weekend of delicious food, relaxing time by the pool, playing cards, golf for the boys and massages for the girls. Braving the pool with the baby bump wasn’t too traumatic either. We even had time for a quick family photo on the grounds of the hotel. You can kinda tell I’m pregnant, but I tried to hide it for this one! (For larger views of the collages, just double click on them)

Then, last weekend, we went to my aunt and uncle’s lake house with my mom’s side of the family. I always love going to their lake house – even though this year I couldn’t really participate in any boating activities (like jumping from raft to raft behind the boat.) I asked Cason if he wouldn’t mind carrying the baby for awhile so I could play on the lake and have a glass of wine, but that wasn’t possible. It’s a relaxing time, as you’ll see from the pictures below, fishing, boating, volleyball, horseshoes...and I love the sunset worship on the dock. This year Brittany’s guitar wasn’t tuned, so we had granpa on the accordion, and he asked our newest family member, Jeff (well he will be on July 31!) to bring his French horn. We looked like a little family band, but the music was beautiful, and Granpa brought some Czech worship songs (translated of course) for us to learn.

Now, we're staying put in Houston. It's lovely this time of year. :)