Saturday, February 27, 2010

WARNING: this blog is only words. It's my recent thoughts and nothing fun/exciting/colorful. Just posting to post.



Hello! I've been keeping myself busy with more little crafts for baby. (Have I MENTIONED I wish that I could sew?!) I have come to learn something about myself that I am not thrilled about whatsoever. I am the LEAST competitive person you will probably ever meet. I always have been. If a girl looked better than me in high school, I just thought "well go on girl, good for you" and wouldn't try to out do her. When I played sports, I rarely ever got aggressive, I just thought "well good heavens if you want the ball that bad, you can have it" and I would step back.

This has rolled into my adult life in that if I am not good at something my first try, I just think "oh well" and stick with the things that I DO know. HOW STUPID!!

On the contrary, there are 2 areas in my life that I am probably one of the MOST fervent and passionate person you know, and that is my Spiritual walk, and my family (i.e. Kevin and Ruby) I will fight to the death for either of those things, and it wouldn't even be hard, it's just my nature. It's who I am. It's my greatest passion and care in the world.

So, yes, it's great that I have those things in order. I mean, ultimately God (as you know, I use His self-given Hebrew name Yahweh, don't let that throw you off!) and my husband and family really DO need to be number one in my life. But since I've got those nailed down...I'm excited to see when I will be able to delve into more arenas of passion. Where I will try something, and maybe not get it right away, but have that something in my innermost being stir up and say "NO! Don't stop! Keep trying! You can do it!"

It will happen.

We say this all the time in our house:

"Little by little..."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This first picture is to show you how gorgeous I looked today. HAHA!! We took the boys to the field to let them run after the tennis ball and just go crazy. It was pretty chilly AND my hair was wet from taking a shower so I did whatever it took to keep my head warm (other than blowdry my hair...) Also, I would have LOVED to zip up my coat but we all know why that's unzipped!

I was laying on the couch today, and to be honest, was very very uncomfortable and hit a point where I just had to get up and do something. SO we went to Hobby Lobby and got some stuff for me to make these sweet little flowers for Ruby. I saw the idea and thought I'd do my own little version.

Oh, and I made this strawberry to go on a white onesie to match these leggings of hers.
This was my first attempt at anything like this ever and I must say...I am QUITE proud.
With all projects, I need to be faithful to sit down and learn first, then try. But impatiently, I just go at it and if it turns out great, if not, forget it. Luckily, these turned out great!

One day I will get those fancy people scissors that cut the different shapes for you, but until then, we'll just appreciate the raw, "unique", misshapen form of the flowers:)
Kevin set up the tri-pod the other night and we took some pics before Ruby girl gets here. These are very impromptu, but that's usually how we do it here in the Kiehn house.




p.s. have I ever mentioned how crazy I am about Kevin?!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010



Look at these sweet little leg warmers that came in the mail for Ruby James. I ordered them off of ebay and they came the same week...I love fast shippers!


Kevin came home from work today and said "Let's get out of the house, babe. We'll go to Barnes and Noble and get some coffee, then go wherever you want to go, we can go shopping, just whatever, let's just get out of the house"

30 minutes later we both almost fell asleep at B&N and looked at each other and decided to come home and take a nap together.

Haha, needless to say we are both wiped. Him from work. Me from being pregnant for a year.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The past couple months have been a buffet of events. These aren't very good at showing them all, but it'll do.

Here's Momma folding all of Miss Ruby's clothes after washing them in the Organic Baby detergent Rebbecca, our dear friend got us.
And yes, Clarence LOVES laundry and loves to have it laid on him or him lay on it.

Our friend Darney asked us to record with him on his album and was gracious enough to bring his equipment to our house instead of making us go to Siloam Springs to record. His style is very John Denver-ish, so it was fun to do a little something different.




Here's a picture from our church baby shower. That cake was yummy!
Here's some of the process of installing insulation in the attic this month! We had to go through our bedroom window and up in my closet, since that's the attic entrance. So worth it!!
(That's Katie, Kevin's little sister)

Today was a really good day. I even bought a pair of shoes with my Christmas money!
Today I am keeping busy for obvious reasons

I have to go out to Centerton to our CPA's office to pick up papers to send thousands of dollars to the IRS. And then pay her a fat $70 for telling us that's how much we owe.
It's really OK, though. Yahweh is a provider, we have been faithful over our finances, and we set aside money for this every year. So...no worries! Just kind of stinks.
My Dad told me one time that paying taxes is like paying rent to live in free America and that REALLY changed my perspective on it. It sure as heck ain't a perfect system, but I will still pay taxes faithfully and not lie/cheat/steal the government.

Next will be the beloved (not) Walmart trip for this week's groceries. Thanks to e-mealz.com this trip just keeps getting easier and easier. Still...not fun to do when you are almost 10 months pregnant.

Then laundry. My sweet husband has been digging into the depths of his underwear drawer, finding boxers from probably 8th grade, because it's been so long since I've done this. Today is the day!

I have more to say but I have to leave and get started on my day.
Blessings to everyone!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I am 23 years old, and watching this while Kevin takes a nap.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

I am kind of against posting posts with no meanings, or significance, but since I am so close to going into labor, I feel it's only fair that I write SOMETHING to let you all know what's going on.

No, I am not in labor. Again, Dr. H said his guess was this weekend, so we'll see. Not getting my hopes up too much. She'll come when she comes.

Today my Mom is taking me to lunch and we're going to walk around the mall. So excited to get out and do something and get my mind off my water hopefully breaking or TRYING to have a real contraction. Then tonight our dear friends are taking us out to eat for dinner! So we don't have to cook a thing today! woohoo!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Sorry everyone...

the lack of blogging unfortunately does NOT mean Ruby is here.

She is still nestled in her momma's belly, showing no desire to come out.
I mean, I wouldn't leave my home that I loved and had no discomforts or requirements, either.

I took a nap and woke up to a couple text messages that said "are you in labor?!" and "you need to blog, people are thinking you're in labor!" haha:)

sorry guys! not today. Maybe tonight?

WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am up at 5:30 a.m. with no Ruby. Heartburn, yes, but Ruby, no, haha. So I leave you with these precious little crochet shoes. Oh, how I wish I could create things like this.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just got back from the Doctor!

I am now dilated to a 4 !!!!!

80% effaced

and her head had dropped to a +1 station

Dr. H said that it could be any day now, but his guess is this weekend. He said he wouldn't be surprised if I went in to labor tonight!

So we'll see...

On the way home I teared up, though, thinking "oh my gosh...this is the end. My sweet baby won't be inside my belly anymore, with me all the time."

Gosh, pregnancy is such an array of emotions! One minute you can't WAIT to have your baby, and then when you find out it's happening very soon...you're sad that it is!

All in all, though, we are THRILLED to welcome Miss Ruby any day now.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today I have done nothing. Oh wait, I did take a nap.

Kevin and his Dad blew insulation in our attic today and it's AMAZING! I can totally tell a difference already! We don't have to have our heat up super high anymore to be comfortable. Hallelujah! *a special thank-you to my father-in-law who works nights, all night, then stayed up and never went to bed today because he came over to do this for us. How amazing of you. (and thank you, Katie and Justin for all your help, too!)*

I really have nothing to write about. Lately I have been really having to govern and control my emotions. It seems like I have been short, less patient, and slightly negative and i HATE that. I'm at the end of a long, long journey and starting to get less and less comfortable and I'm being tested. I know it's my hormones, but that excuse only goes so far. It's like women who are suddenly absolute B-words just because they are on their period. It's understandable to a point...but get it together.

If I were to make a wish, I wish that I could carry the same snapping anointing that Mary Poppins did. She would look at a mess, snap, and it cleaned itself up. That's what I want for me and my life.
And while I'm wishing for things...Ruby...come out tonight.

Monday, February 15, 2010




I have the lamest predicament ever.
I have a tried-and-true theory that everybody looks better with a tan/some color. You can't argue with me on this one, because I am pretty set in stone on it. On our family vacations we used to have competitions who got the darkest. As a girl, you also have to wear barely, if any, makeup at all, when you have a tan. Which is a double perk.

On the same note, let me tell you how many times someone in my family has had skin cancer cut off of them.

SO
I have discovered the wonderful world of spray tan. No damage to your skin, and a great tan. Perfect! Right? Well...the very first day you do it, you are an orange little weirdo. THEN once you take your first shower after the spray, you look waaaay more normal.

What's my predicament, you ask?

I could go into labor any day now, and I
a) don't want to look like a puffy, white, blonde monster in my birthing pictures
b) REALLY don't want to look like this poor girl below



So, just leave it be, huh?
Not worth the risk of possibly going into labor the same night I spray tan?

I'd love for the timing to be just right and Ruby come out and think "man, my mom's a hottie"
But I'd hate for her to come out and see this image and think "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Getting Closer and Closer!

Most Recently At The Kiehn's...
We got our stroller/carseat combo! Praise Yahweh! People from our church came together and got it for us. SUCH a blessing! We got gray and black so it will work with all our kiddos!
As soon as Dad (Kevin) assembled it, we thought we'd test it out by putting Clarence in there. Needless to say...the little guy wasn't so sure about this new contraption.
Here's what Momma is looking like these days. Wondering how much bigger I could possibly get...
Some people have said to me "you're so tiny!" and I'm thinking..."what?"
Today at church a friend of ours came up to me and said "I have a bag of clothes for you, don't let me leave without giving it to you"
I was thinking a little Wal-mart sack...
and
HELLO!



Biggest blessing ever! Look at all these clothes! And the crazy thing is, they are all newborn or 0-3 months! Ruby will never have a lack of something to wear!


Her little closet is filling up!








Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oh, what I wouldn't give right now, for some


and



Guess our off-brand fruity pebbles will have to satisfy my sweet tooth tonight!
(and I will just have to ignore the sushi craving, because we have nothing in the house even close to that)

Friday, February 12, 2010

37 weeks
and counting...



This morning I was woken up to something that could easily put someone in a grumpy mood but I chose not to be. Children right outside my window SQUEALING and screaming, running up and down our driveway. Which leads me to this:

A few things the previous owners of our house failed to mention upon selling us the house:

1. Our corner lot also serves as a bus stop for the public school system. Meaning, kids running up and down our drive-way, sitting on our porch (yes, that happened last year) and when I mentioned something to the kids we got a lovely "suck it" written in the dusty snow on our porch the next day.
2. It comes with a cat that becomes obsessed with you and rubs up on you anytime you go out to your car, whether you are wearing black dress pants to church or not.

3. It is located down the road from a McDonald's and for some reason, people are finished with their food by the time they get to the stop sign outside our house. So what do we get? Their McFlurry cups and McDonald's bags and straw wrappers tossed into our side yard. Thanks, skanky civilians!

4. There is no insulation in the attic, so all of our heat just goes right out the top of the house, causing a gas bill comparable to Donald Trump's I'm sure. (Kevin and his dad are putting insulation up there this week! hallelujah!)

But what they didn't even have to tell us, because we just KNEW this was the house for us, is that

1. The rocking chairs and the front porch is the most beautiful place to be in the spring and summer. With our big green ferns, and our house facing east, we always have the warm, beautiful sun on our skin while we slowly rock and rock and rock and...

2. It's right in downtown, so we are part of a fun community of others that live near us and get together as a town. We walk down to the square for parades and celebrations, and we love that.

3. The screened in porch is the perfect summer hang out, and the big back yard was created specifically for Clarence and Albert, our puppies.

4. This house is everything we ever dreamed of for our first home. The moment we walked into and around in it, we KNEW. And it's been one of the best decisions of our lives to get it. Wouldn't change it for the world.

Now if I could just get those kids to stand still and be quiet and wait for the bus....




Thursday, February 11, 2010


What do you do....






when even your maternity shirts won't fit over your belly?
Hahaha this is all cracking me up.
I remember, when I was first pregnant, a sweet client of mine gave me tons of her maternity clothes. I pulled this very shirt out and thought "this will never fit me, even when I'm big and pregnant, this one is way too big"

and now look!
haha!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ruby's Nursery
Per the request of my friend, Brittany (and others)...here are some pics of our little one's room
Enjoy!
All of the boxes/stuff under the changing table will be moved, but for now...that is their home



One day I'll get super cute fabric and DARLING pillows for that window seat...




On this blank wall, we'll be hanging the chalkboard that I made (and Kevin helped!) for her. It's just not up yet!




On the blank wall to your left will be a big canvas painting that has yet to be created. I have to materials...just need to actually paint something!




Her sweet little lamp that I added my own touches to. Not crazy about the lime green, not at all, but I LOVE the base and the little added details.







Here's her chalkboard that we'll be hanging. I am proud of this thing and hopefull it will be special to her that we made it.




We love you, little one.




So, I haven't the faintest idea of how to get my blog title picture to not be the humugous size that it is. I'm sorry...I will work on that. I am so not computer savvy.

Had a doctor's appointment today. I am now dilated to a 3 and am 80% effaced. So we are getting there. They are thinking it will be a couple weeks, so that's good!

Kevin just put dinner in the oven, because it takes 3 hours to make! But it's beef tips, ginger ale, onions and squash something...it sounds and smells fabulous! He is LOVING, i mean LOVING e-mealz.com. He makes dinner every night! It's so easy and my husband looooves following directions. If you ask him to do something, yes, he will eventually do it. BUT give the man an actual list of what to do, instructions, etc? He will have it done before you can say Bob's Your Uncle. I love that about him:)

Tonight we are having ANOTHER baby shower at our church, thrown by some friends of ours at church. We are so excited about that! I will post pics, hopefully I'll get some good ones!
Until then...bless you all. I'll keep you posted on the progression of Miss Ruby James.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


IT'S BACK...


In my second trimester, I chugged this stuff down like you wouldn't believe. And the full-fat, delicious kind, too.

I thought those days were over, but this morning I woke up craving it like no other. Since Kevin was at work and couldn't get it for me, I bundled myself up like Randy's little brother on The Christmas Story, put on my rain boots, and risked the icy roads to make a trip to Harps to get some.

So worth it.


Monday, February 8, 2010

I am patiently (to be very honest, not so patiently, but trying) awaiting the arrival of our little one. I seem to have all the needed things to qualify for labor, yet I am not in it yet.

And that is fine.

Because she'll be here when she's supposed to be.
Kevin and I will be ready for when she's here.
And in the meantime I will make the best out of everything possible.

So I end this with a forced sarcastic smile on my face, but deep down...I know we're almost there, and it will all happen right when it's supposed to. No worries:)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Oh, how times have changed...



Can you believe we used to look like this?
I will be cutting my hair short again, I look better with short hair, I know this. I however will not be going super dark with maroon chunks on the sides.


LOOK WHAT CAME THIS MORNING!!
The chair that we have been waiting on for over a month! Our dear friends, Brent and Mandy Salt wanted to bless us and BOUGHT us this brand new glider/recliner that we got to pick out and order. I have been thinking about this chair approximately every single day since we ordered it. And now it's here! RIGHT ON TIME!


Kevin loving it. He will be using it too, trust me! (Pardon the mess, her room is a work in progress as you all well know)





HALLELUJAH!! It glides AND reclines, folks...wait for it...
AT THE SAME TIME!!!
you don't have to stop gliding to recline! This is fabulous!




The chair patiently awaiting to fulfill it's purpose. This is the sweet, sweet quilt Ruby's aunt (my sister, Shannon) hand made her. I'll have to get a pic of the one her other Aunt Molly made her, too!


This has nothing to do with the chair, but it's so cute. The puppies LOVE being under Ruby's crib. We catch them like this all the time.



I am also going to post pics soon of a little craft project that I did and am QUITE proud of:) I made Ruby a chalkboard for her room...I'll post pics once it's all done.
I am so excited! We are so blessed! Thank you, Heavenly Father. You never cease to amaze me. And not because of material things, those are just a manifestation of your goodness. You are good with little and you are good with much. But you never, ever cease to amaze us.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tomorrow I will be spending part of my day going out and having to spend some money that I didn't expect to...
I just looked in Ruby's closet tonight and for some UNKNOWN reason, I realized that 6 out of the 12 sleepers/onsies that I have for her are 6-9 months.

WHAT THE HECK?!

I don't know why, and I am so thankful that I caught it before she got here. Those were the washed and ready clothes just waiting for her to come home from the hospital...they would have swallowed her!

Oh, heavens.

Just a couple more weeks and she'll be here!

I still have so so SO much to do with her nursery...but it's ok. I find blogs of other women as far along as I am and their baby's nursery's are all decked out and completely finished and I'm like AGGHH!! Haha, it's ok. Little by little:)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


*please read this with the well-known sarcastic but slightly serious
jessica tone*


Oh, just so you all know:

To everyone that made me feel like crap for NOT taking that cat in/feeding her something, I HOPE YOU'RE ALL HAPPY!

She will not leave us alone, she's so annoying! When we pull into the drive way she stands RIGHT in front of our tires so we have to stop and wait for her to move. She digs through our trash can in the garage, when we pull into the garage she jumps on the car and waits till we open our doors and then pounces down near us and rubs her body all up on me. GRRRRR!!!

Just as I suspected, we have created a monster. She thinks she's our beloved now.

GREAT.
This morning i am sitting and enjoying our quiet home, drinking a quite yummy cappuccino from this fabulous new coffee pot that one of my clients gave me and Kevin. (Thank you, Marsha Harper!)

I wish i had a camera crew on me this morning to have caught it all on film, because, like many mornings, i had a hard time getting out of bed...and it was hilarious. i was like a turtle on it's shell, rolling and rolling, trying to get up and i couldn't, so i just gave up and stayed laying down for a while. pregnancy cracks me up!

I am so SO at peace this morning, and i praise you, Yahweh for that. because you ARE peace, and without you, i wouldn't know it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Here's a quiz a friend of mine sent me... feel free to take it and post your answers on your blogs, too!!

1. If you could take only 3 items on a deserted island, what would they be?
bottled water, Kevin (does that count?), cell phone to call someone to get me off of that island

2. Favorite movie?
oh gosh, good question. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, What About Bob, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Little Princess, I don't know I have tons. But they are all older ones, it's hard to find a good movie now-a-days.

3. Favorite TV show?
i would have to say either King of Queens, Boy Meets World, The Cosby Show, and sometimes The Office. I also really liked Intervention when that was on.

4. Favorite singer/band?
Alison Krauss, Alana Davis, Kevin's side project Midway is really fun to listen to, oh, USHER. yes, i love R&B it's my favorite type of music. There's some black in me. Ruby will be dancing to a smooth voice and a sweet beat by the age of 1. And not like a little white girl, she will be dancing AWESOMELY.

5. Most memorable or funniest childhood memory?
oh my...i have many. I was crazy as a child. One time my older brother and sister were making fun of me saying i was so weird and acting disgusted by how crazy i was. so something rose up inside of my little 5 year old body and i stripped all my clothes off, ran to the big front window and yelled "look at me world!!", completely naked, to shock my older siblings. You think i'm crazy, i'll SHOW you crazy...I thought to myself.
Wonder what my kids will do.

6. Favorite food?
honestly, i don't have a favorite. I am the farthest thing from being a picky eater. I do, however, have a food that I do NOT like and that is HAM! bleh!!

7. Most embarrassing moment?
My sophomore year, I walked into the completely empty cafeteria while all the senior football players and coaches were meeting at some lunch tables to vote the homecoming queen. This was my opportunity to shine, it's just me and these boys, come on Jessica. So i started up the stairs in front of them, focusing on each step, sucking my belly in, etc. I thought I would start "bouncing" each step to be extra cute, instead of walk on them like a regular person. You can guess the rest...

8. Favorite color?
black, classy and goes with everything

9. Best gift you ever received?
i have no idea. there are too many to even name. but i will never forget, our first christmas together as a married couple was our sweetest yet. After we opened all of our presents and i thought everything was over and i was already so thankful for what Kevin had gotten me, he said "i think there's one more for you" and pulled one out that i TOTALLY had not seen, and was not expecting at all. Our awesome camera, a Nikon D40, that we use all the time and love to this day. It was so sweet how he pulled it off, I even started crying!

10. Favorite website?
why, blogspot.com of course!

11. If you could have any occupation, what would it be?
STAY AT HOME MOM!!!!!! with an income of a lot, also.

12. If you were an animal, you would be what, and why?
I would be a dog, because by watching our dogs, it's not TOO far off from what I'd like to do. Play, eat, rest, have my owners cuddle me, get treats, get brushed, etc. Not too shabby...

13. What's your idea of a perfect date?
something different! Dinner and a movie is SO not my dream date. A good walk by somewhere really pretty, something out on the lake, a picnic somewhere, just something different and fun.

14. What's your biggest talent?
i have no idea. i have a very creative side to me that used to be expressed often. But as i got older and had to focus on work and schedules and clients and money, the creativity seemed to dwindle. But that is coming back!! I am making time for all things.

15. What's your biggest weakness?
self-control, particularly in eating. i have all that i need, because the Father promised it to me, but i have yet to tap in to all of mine. This, too, will and IS changing. Little by little.

16. What's your best physical characteristic?
i don't have anything on me that i think is my "best" but i really am thankful, because I wouldn't change anything about me. the random crooked teeth, the shape of things, it's all just a part of who you are, and i love that.

17. What's something you want to accomplish before you die?
Kevin and i have a dream to own a boat one day and spend our summers taking our family and friends out on it ALL the time.
look what came in the mail today!!!
Kevin blessed me with this diaper bag that I've always wanted, because of it's great practicality and the fact that it stays clean (and is SO EASY to clean!) He bought it with his Christmas money! How sweet is he?!

SO EXCITED!



It's perfect!


Me saying "thank you, honey!"
I picked out brown and white so we can use it for all our kiddos, boys and girls.


I am a blessed, blessed woman.





Ok, these are the cutest things EVER. I am waiting till Ruby is older and starting to crawl to get her these (my sister Shannon already sent her a pair though!) so that our wood floor doesn't hurt her little knees when she starts to crawl. but HELLO are these not ADORABLE!?


I am so excited, we went to the doctor today, I am 35 weeks, and am dilated to a 1 1/2 and 75% effaced! Can you believe that?! Dr. H also said that according to the exam, he thinks she's about 6-7 lbs. ALREADY!
So this baby is on her way!! I am taking these last few weeks to just rest, and get every last detail that I can, done.
He told us to go ahead and pack our bag for the hospital within the next week:)

Monday, February 1, 2010

thank you!!
To everyone that had advice and help for me, I love you all!

I am so encouraged and SO excited!
We decided to try to e-mealz.com thing....EVERYONE...IT'S FANTASTIC!!

Since I am a beginner, this is like my dream. Meals planned out for you, very inexpensively, and even, yes even - SIDE ITEMS!


One day I will be so good at cooking that I won't need a plan like this one, but this is so, SO good for people starting out like where I am. I am so pumped! I just got back from Walmart and spent $75.57 on a week's worth of meals, and that's WITH buying other things we needed that weren't on the list (Swiffer product, soap, etc.)

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

WARNING: this blog is only words. It's my recent thoughts and nothing fun/exciting/colorful. Just posting to post.



Hello! I've been keeping myself busy with more little crafts for baby. (Have I MENTIONED I wish that I could sew?!) I have come to learn something about myself that I am not thrilled about whatsoever. I am the LEAST competitive person you will probably ever meet. I always have been. If a girl looked better than me in high school, I just thought "well go on girl, good for you" and wouldn't try to out do her. When I played sports, I rarely ever got aggressive, I just thought "well good heavens if you want the ball that bad, you can have it" and I would step back.

This has rolled into my adult life in that if I am not good at something my first try, I just think "oh well" and stick with the things that I DO know. HOW STUPID!!

On the contrary, there are 2 areas in my life that I am probably one of the MOST fervent and passionate person you know, and that is my Spiritual walk, and my family (i.e. Kevin and Ruby) I will fight to the death for either of those things, and it wouldn't even be hard, it's just my nature. It's who I am. It's my greatest passion and care in the world.

So, yes, it's great that I have those things in order. I mean, ultimately God (as you know, I use His self-given Hebrew name Yahweh, don't let that throw you off!) and my husband and family really DO need to be number one in my life. But since I've got those nailed down...I'm excited to see when I will be able to delve into more arenas of passion. Where I will try something, and maybe not get it right away, but have that something in my innermost being stir up and say "NO! Don't stop! Keep trying! You can do it!"

It will happen.

We say this all the time in our house:

"Little by little..."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This first picture is to show you how gorgeous I looked today. HAHA!! We took the boys to the field to let them run after the tennis ball and just go crazy. It was pretty chilly AND my hair was wet from taking a shower so I did whatever it took to keep my head warm (other than blowdry my hair...) Also, I would have LOVED to zip up my coat but we all know why that's unzipped!

I was laying on the couch today, and to be honest, was very very uncomfortable and hit a point where I just had to get up and do something. SO we went to Hobby Lobby and got some stuff for me to make these sweet little flowers for Ruby. I saw the idea and thought I'd do my own little version.

Oh, and I made this strawberry to go on a white onesie to match these leggings of hers.
This was my first attempt at anything like this ever and I must say...I am QUITE proud.
With all projects, I need to be faithful to sit down and learn first, then try. But impatiently, I just go at it and if it turns out great, if not, forget it. Luckily, these turned out great!

One day I will get those fancy people scissors that cut the different shapes for you, but until then, we'll just appreciate the raw, "unique", misshapen form of the flowers:)
Kevin set up the tri-pod the other night and we took some pics before Ruby girl gets here. These are very impromptu, but that's usually how we do it here in the Kiehn house.




p.s. have I ever mentioned how crazy I am about Kevin?!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010



Look at these sweet little leg warmers that came in the mail for Ruby James. I ordered them off of ebay and they came the same week...I love fast shippers!


Kevin came home from work today and said "Let's get out of the house, babe. We'll go to Barnes and Noble and get some coffee, then go wherever you want to go, we can go shopping, just whatever, let's just get out of the house"

30 minutes later we both almost fell asleep at B&N and looked at each other and decided to come home and take a nap together.

Haha, needless to say we are both wiped. Him from work. Me from being pregnant for a year.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The past couple months have been a buffet of events. These aren't very good at showing them all, but it'll do.

Here's Momma folding all of Miss Ruby's clothes after washing them in the Organic Baby detergent Rebbecca, our dear friend got us.
And yes, Clarence LOVES laundry and loves to have it laid on him or him lay on it.

Our friend Darney asked us to record with him on his album and was gracious enough to bring his equipment to our house instead of making us go to Siloam Springs to record. His style is very John Denver-ish, so it was fun to do a little something different.




Here's a picture from our church baby shower. That cake was yummy!
Here's some of the process of installing insulation in the attic this month! We had to go through our bedroom window and up in my closet, since that's the attic entrance. So worth it!!
(That's Katie, Kevin's little sister)

Today was a really good day. I even bought a pair of shoes with my Christmas money!
Today I am keeping busy for obvious reasons

I have to go out to Centerton to our CPA's office to pick up papers to send thousands of dollars to the IRS. And then pay her a fat $70 for telling us that's how much we owe.
It's really OK, though. Yahweh is a provider, we have been faithful over our finances, and we set aside money for this every year. So...no worries! Just kind of stinks.
My Dad told me one time that paying taxes is like paying rent to live in free America and that REALLY changed my perspective on it. It sure as heck ain't a perfect system, but I will still pay taxes faithfully and not lie/cheat/steal the government.

Next will be the beloved (not) Walmart trip for this week's groceries. Thanks to e-mealz.com this trip just keeps getting easier and easier. Still...not fun to do when you are almost 10 months pregnant.

Then laundry. My sweet husband has been digging into the depths of his underwear drawer, finding boxers from probably 8th grade, because it's been so long since I've done this. Today is the day!

I have more to say but I have to leave and get started on my day.
Blessings to everyone!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I am 23 years old, and watching this while Kevin takes a nap.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

I am kind of against posting posts with no meanings, or significance, but since I am so close to going into labor, I feel it's only fair that I write SOMETHING to let you all know what's going on.

No, I am not in labor. Again, Dr. H said his guess was this weekend, so we'll see. Not getting my hopes up too much. She'll come when she comes.

Today my Mom is taking me to lunch and we're going to walk around the mall. So excited to get out and do something and get my mind off my water hopefully breaking or TRYING to have a real contraction. Then tonight our dear friends are taking us out to eat for dinner! So we don't have to cook a thing today! woohoo!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Sorry everyone...

the lack of blogging unfortunately does NOT mean Ruby is here.

She is still nestled in her momma's belly, showing no desire to come out.
I mean, I wouldn't leave my home that I loved and had no discomforts or requirements, either.

I took a nap and woke up to a couple text messages that said "are you in labor?!" and "you need to blog, people are thinking you're in labor!" haha:)

sorry guys! not today. Maybe tonight?

WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am up at 5:30 a.m. with no Ruby. Heartburn, yes, but Ruby, no, haha. So I leave you with these precious little crochet shoes. Oh, how I wish I could create things like this.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just got back from the Doctor!

I am now dilated to a 4 !!!!!

80% effaced

and her head had dropped to a +1 station

Dr. H said that it could be any day now, but his guess is this weekend. He said he wouldn't be surprised if I went in to labor tonight!

So we'll see...

On the way home I teared up, though, thinking "oh my gosh...this is the end. My sweet baby won't be inside my belly anymore, with me all the time."

Gosh, pregnancy is such an array of emotions! One minute you can't WAIT to have your baby, and then when you find out it's happening very soon...you're sad that it is!

All in all, though, we are THRILLED to welcome Miss Ruby any day now.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today I have done nothing. Oh wait, I did take a nap.

Kevin and his Dad blew insulation in our attic today and it's AMAZING! I can totally tell a difference already! We don't have to have our heat up super high anymore to be comfortable. Hallelujah! *a special thank-you to my father-in-law who works nights, all night, then stayed up and never went to bed today because he came over to do this for us. How amazing of you. (and thank you, Katie and Justin for all your help, too!)*

I really have nothing to write about. Lately I have been really having to govern and control my emotions. It seems like I have been short, less patient, and slightly negative and i HATE that. I'm at the end of a long, long journey and starting to get less and less comfortable and I'm being tested. I know it's my hormones, but that excuse only goes so far. It's like women who are suddenly absolute B-words just because they are on their period. It's understandable to a point...but get it together.

If I were to make a wish, I wish that I could carry the same snapping anointing that Mary Poppins did. She would look at a mess, snap, and it cleaned itself up. That's what I want for me and my life.
And while I'm wishing for things...Ruby...come out tonight.

Monday, February 15, 2010




I have the lamest predicament ever.
I have a tried-and-true theory that everybody looks better with a tan/some color. You can't argue with me on this one, because I am pretty set in stone on it. On our family vacations we used to have competitions who got the darkest. As a girl, you also have to wear barely, if any, makeup at all, when you have a tan. Which is a double perk.

On the same note, let me tell you how many times someone in my family has had skin cancer cut off of them.

SO
I have discovered the wonderful world of spray tan. No damage to your skin, and a great tan. Perfect! Right? Well...the very first day you do it, you are an orange little weirdo. THEN once you take your first shower after the spray, you look waaaay more normal.

What's my predicament, you ask?

I could go into labor any day now, and I
a) don't want to look like a puffy, white, blonde monster in my birthing pictures
b) REALLY don't want to look like this poor girl below



So, just leave it be, huh?
Not worth the risk of possibly going into labor the same night I spray tan?

I'd love for the timing to be just right and Ruby come out and think "man, my mom's a hottie"
But I'd hate for her to come out and see this image and think "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Getting Closer and Closer!

Most Recently At The Kiehn's...
We got our stroller/carseat combo! Praise Yahweh! People from our church came together and got it for us. SUCH a blessing! We got gray and black so it will work with all our kiddos!
As soon as Dad (Kevin) assembled it, we thought we'd test it out by putting Clarence in there. Needless to say...the little guy wasn't so sure about this new contraption.
Here's what Momma is looking like these days. Wondering how much bigger I could possibly get...
Some people have said to me "you're so tiny!" and I'm thinking..."what?"
Today at church a friend of ours came up to me and said "I have a bag of clothes for you, don't let me leave without giving it to you"
I was thinking a little Wal-mart sack...
and
HELLO!



Biggest blessing ever! Look at all these clothes! And the crazy thing is, they are all newborn or 0-3 months! Ruby will never have a lack of something to wear!


Her little closet is filling up!








Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oh, what I wouldn't give right now, for some


and



Guess our off-brand fruity pebbles will have to satisfy my sweet tooth tonight!
(and I will just have to ignore the sushi craving, because we have nothing in the house even close to that)

Friday, February 12, 2010

37 weeks
and counting...



This morning I was woken up to something that could easily put someone in a grumpy mood but I chose not to be. Children right outside my window SQUEALING and screaming, running up and down our driveway. Which leads me to this:

A few things the previous owners of our house failed to mention upon selling us the house:

1. Our corner lot also serves as a bus stop for the public school system. Meaning, kids running up and down our drive-way, sitting on our porch (yes, that happened last year) and when I mentioned something to the kids we got a lovely "suck it" written in the dusty snow on our porch the next day.
2. It comes with a cat that becomes obsessed with you and rubs up on you anytime you go out to your car, whether you are wearing black dress pants to church or not.

3. It is located down the road from a McDonald's and for some reason, people are finished with their food by the time they get to the stop sign outside our house. So what do we get? Their McFlurry cups and McDonald's bags and straw wrappers tossed into our side yard. Thanks, skanky civilians!

4. There is no insulation in the attic, so all of our heat just goes right out the top of the house, causing a gas bill comparable to Donald Trump's I'm sure. (Kevin and his dad are putting insulation up there this week! hallelujah!)

But what they didn't even have to tell us, because we just KNEW this was the house for us, is that

1. The rocking chairs and the front porch is the most beautiful place to be in the spring and summer. With our big green ferns, and our house facing east, we always have the warm, beautiful sun on our skin while we slowly rock and rock and rock and...

2. It's right in downtown, so we are part of a fun community of others that live near us and get together as a town. We walk down to the square for parades and celebrations, and we love that.

3. The screened in porch is the perfect summer hang out, and the big back yard was created specifically for Clarence and Albert, our puppies.

4. This house is everything we ever dreamed of for our first home. The moment we walked into and around in it, we KNEW. And it's been one of the best decisions of our lives to get it. Wouldn't change it for the world.

Now if I could just get those kids to stand still and be quiet and wait for the bus....




Thursday, February 11, 2010


What do you do....






when even your maternity shirts won't fit over your belly?
Hahaha this is all cracking me up.
I remember, when I was first pregnant, a sweet client of mine gave me tons of her maternity clothes. I pulled this very shirt out and thought "this will never fit me, even when I'm big and pregnant, this one is way too big"

and now look!
haha!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ruby's Nursery
Per the request of my friend, Brittany (and others)...here are some pics of our little one's room
Enjoy!
All of the boxes/stuff under the changing table will be moved, but for now...that is their home



One day I'll get super cute fabric and DARLING pillows for that window seat...




On this blank wall, we'll be hanging the chalkboard that I made (and Kevin helped!) for her. It's just not up yet!




On the blank wall to your left will be a big canvas painting that has yet to be created. I have to materials...just need to actually paint something!




Her sweet little lamp that I added my own touches to. Not crazy about the lime green, not at all, but I LOVE the base and the little added details.







Here's her chalkboard that we'll be hanging. I am proud of this thing and hopefull it will be special to her that we made it.




We love you, little one.




So, I haven't the faintest idea of how to get my blog title picture to not be the humugous size that it is. I'm sorry...I will work on that. I am so not computer savvy.

Had a doctor's appointment today. I am now dilated to a 3 and am 80% effaced. So we are getting there. They are thinking it will be a couple weeks, so that's good!

Kevin just put dinner in the oven, because it takes 3 hours to make! But it's beef tips, ginger ale, onions and squash something...it sounds and smells fabulous! He is LOVING, i mean LOVING e-mealz.com. He makes dinner every night! It's so easy and my husband looooves following directions. If you ask him to do something, yes, he will eventually do it. BUT give the man an actual list of what to do, instructions, etc? He will have it done before you can say Bob's Your Uncle. I love that about him:)

Tonight we are having ANOTHER baby shower at our church, thrown by some friends of ours at church. We are so excited about that! I will post pics, hopefully I'll get some good ones!
Until then...bless you all. I'll keep you posted on the progression of Miss Ruby James.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


IT'S BACK...


In my second trimester, I chugged this stuff down like you wouldn't believe. And the full-fat, delicious kind, too.

I thought those days were over, but this morning I woke up craving it like no other. Since Kevin was at work and couldn't get it for me, I bundled myself up like Randy's little brother on The Christmas Story, put on my rain boots, and risked the icy roads to make a trip to Harps to get some.

So worth it.


Monday, February 8, 2010

I am patiently (to be very honest, not so patiently, but trying) awaiting the arrival of our little one. I seem to have all the needed things to qualify for labor, yet I am not in it yet.

And that is fine.

Because she'll be here when she's supposed to be.
Kevin and I will be ready for when she's here.
And in the meantime I will make the best out of everything possible.

So I end this with a forced sarcastic smile on my face, but deep down...I know we're almost there, and it will all happen right when it's supposed to. No worries:)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Oh, how times have changed...



Can you believe we used to look like this?
I will be cutting my hair short again, I look better with short hair, I know this. I however will not be going super dark with maroon chunks on the sides.


LOOK WHAT CAME THIS MORNING!!
The chair that we have been waiting on for over a month! Our dear friends, Brent and Mandy Salt wanted to bless us and BOUGHT us this brand new glider/recliner that we got to pick out and order. I have been thinking about this chair approximately every single day since we ordered it. And now it's here! RIGHT ON TIME!


Kevin loving it. He will be using it too, trust me! (Pardon the mess, her room is a work in progress as you all well know)





HALLELUJAH!! It glides AND reclines, folks...wait for it...
AT THE SAME TIME!!!
you don't have to stop gliding to recline! This is fabulous!




The chair patiently awaiting to fulfill it's purpose. This is the sweet, sweet quilt Ruby's aunt (my sister, Shannon) hand made her. I'll have to get a pic of the one her other Aunt Molly made her, too!


This has nothing to do with the chair, but it's so cute. The puppies LOVE being under Ruby's crib. We catch them like this all the time.



I am also going to post pics soon of a little craft project that I did and am QUITE proud of:) I made Ruby a chalkboard for her room...I'll post pics once it's all done.
I am so excited! We are so blessed! Thank you, Heavenly Father. You never cease to amaze me. And not because of material things, those are just a manifestation of your goodness. You are good with little and you are good with much. But you never, ever cease to amaze us.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tomorrow I will be spending part of my day going out and having to spend some money that I didn't expect to...
I just looked in Ruby's closet tonight and for some UNKNOWN reason, I realized that 6 out of the 12 sleepers/onsies that I have for her are 6-9 months.

WHAT THE HECK?!

I don't know why, and I am so thankful that I caught it before she got here. Those were the washed and ready clothes just waiting for her to come home from the hospital...they would have swallowed her!

Oh, heavens.

Just a couple more weeks and she'll be here!

I still have so so SO much to do with her nursery...but it's ok. I find blogs of other women as far along as I am and their baby's nursery's are all decked out and completely finished and I'm like AGGHH!! Haha, it's ok. Little by little:)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


*please read this with the well-known sarcastic but slightly serious
jessica tone*


Oh, just so you all know:

To everyone that made me feel like crap for NOT taking that cat in/feeding her something, I HOPE YOU'RE ALL HAPPY!

She will not leave us alone, she's so annoying! When we pull into the drive way she stands RIGHT in front of our tires so we have to stop and wait for her to move. She digs through our trash can in the garage, when we pull into the garage she jumps on the car and waits till we open our doors and then pounces down near us and rubs her body all up on me. GRRRRR!!!

Just as I suspected, we have created a monster. She thinks she's our beloved now.

GREAT.
This morning i am sitting and enjoying our quiet home, drinking a quite yummy cappuccino from this fabulous new coffee pot that one of my clients gave me and Kevin. (Thank you, Marsha Harper!)

I wish i had a camera crew on me this morning to have caught it all on film, because, like many mornings, i had a hard time getting out of bed...and it was hilarious. i was like a turtle on it's shell, rolling and rolling, trying to get up and i couldn't, so i just gave up and stayed laying down for a while. pregnancy cracks me up!

I am so SO at peace this morning, and i praise you, Yahweh for that. because you ARE peace, and without you, i wouldn't know it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Here's a quiz a friend of mine sent me... feel free to take it and post your answers on your blogs, too!!

1. If you could take only 3 items on a deserted island, what would they be?
bottled water, Kevin (does that count?), cell phone to call someone to get me off of that island

2. Favorite movie?
oh gosh, good question. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, What About Bob, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Little Princess, I don't know I have tons. But they are all older ones, it's hard to find a good movie now-a-days.

3. Favorite TV show?
i would have to say either King of Queens, Boy Meets World, The Cosby Show, and sometimes The Office. I also really liked Intervention when that was on.

4. Favorite singer/band?
Alison Krauss, Alana Davis, Kevin's side project Midway is really fun to listen to, oh, USHER. yes, i love R&B it's my favorite type of music. There's some black in me. Ruby will be dancing to a smooth voice and a sweet beat by the age of 1. And not like a little white girl, she will be dancing AWESOMELY.

5. Most memorable or funniest childhood memory?
oh my...i have many. I was crazy as a child. One time my older brother and sister were making fun of me saying i was so weird and acting disgusted by how crazy i was. so something rose up inside of my little 5 year old body and i stripped all my clothes off, ran to the big front window and yelled "look at me world!!", completely naked, to shock my older siblings. You think i'm crazy, i'll SHOW you crazy...I thought to myself.
Wonder what my kids will do.

6. Favorite food?
honestly, i don't have a favorite. I am the farthest thing from being a picky eater. I do, however, have a food that I do NOT like and that is HAM! bleh!!

7. Most embarrassing moment?
My sophomore year, I walked into the completely empty cafeteria while all the senior football players and coaches were meeting at some lunch tables to vote the homecoming queen. This was my opportunity to shine, it's just me and these boys, come on Jessica. So i started up the stairs in front of them, focusing on each step, sucking my belly in, etc. I thought I would start "bouncing" each step to be extra cute, instead of walk on them like a regular person. You can guess the rest...

8. Favorite color?
black, classy and goes with everything

9. Best gift you ever received?
i have no idea. there are too many to even name. but i will never forget, our first christmas together as a married couple was our sweetest yet. After we opened all of our presents and i thought everything was over and i was already so thankful for what Kevin had gotten me, he said "i think there's one more for you" and pulled one out that i TOTALLY had not seen, and was not expecting at all. Our awesome camera, a Nikon D40, that we use all the time and love to this day. It was so sweet how he pulled it off, I even started crying!

10. Favorite website?
why, blogspot.com of course!

11. If you could have any occupation, what would it be?
STAY AT HOME MOM!!!!!! with an income of a lot, also.

12. If you were an animal, you would be what, and why?
I would be a dog, because by watching our dogs, it's not TOO far off from what I'd like to do. Play, eat, rest, have my owners cuddle me, get treats, get brushed, etc. Not too shabby...

13. What's your idea of a perfect date?
something different! Dinner and a movie is SO not my dream date. A good walk by somewhere really pretty, something out on the lake, a picnic somewhere, just something different and fun.

14. What's your biggest talent?
i have no idea. i have a very creative side to me that used to be expressed often. But as i got older and had to focus on work and schedules and clients and money, the creativity seemed to dwindle. But that is coming back!! I am making time for all things.

15. What's your biggest weakness?
self-control, particularly in eating. i have all that i need, because the Father promised it to me, but i have yet to tap in to all of mine. This, too, will and IS changing. Little by little.

16. What's your best physical characteristic?
i don't have anything on me that i think is my "best" but i really am thankful, because I wouldn't change anything about me. the random crooked teeth, the shape of things, it's all just a part of who you are, and i love that.

17. What's something you want to accomplish before you die?
Kevin and i have a dream to own a boat one day and spend our summers taking our family and friends out on it ALL the time.
look what came in the mail today!!!
Kevin blessed me with this diaper bag that I've always wanted, because of it's great practicality and the fact that it stays clean (and is SO EASY to clean!) He bought it with his Christmas money! How sweet is he?!

SO EXCITED!



It's perfect!


Me saying "thank you, honey!"
I picked out brown and white so we can use it for all our kiddos, boys and girls.


I am a blessed, blessed woman.





Ok, these are the cutest things EVER. I am waiting till Ruby is older and starting to crawl to get her these (my sister Shannon already sent her a pair though!) so that our wood floor doesn't hurt her little knees when she starts to crawl. but HELLO are these not ADORABLE!?


I am so excited, we went to the doctor today, I am 35 weeks, and am dilated to a 1 1/2 and 75% effaced! Can you believe that?! Dr. H also said that according to the exam, he thinks she's about 6-7 lbs. ALREADY!
So this baby is on her way!! I am taking these last few weeks to just rest, and get every last detail that I can, done.
He told us to go ahead and pack our bag for the hospital within the next week:)

Monday, February 1, 2010

thank you!!
To everyone that had advice and help for me, I love you all!

I am so encouraged and SO excited!
We decided to try to e-mealz.com thing....EVERYONE...IT'S FANTASTIC!!

Since I am a beginner, this is like my dream. Meals planned out for you, very inexpensively, and even, yes even - SIDE ITEMS!


One day I will be so good at cooking that I won't need a plan like this one, but this is so, SO good for people starting out like where I am. I am so pumped! I just got back from Walmart and spent $75.57 on a week's worth of meals, and that's WITH buying other things we needed that weren't on the list (Swiffer product, soap, etc.)

I AM SO EXCITED!!!