Monday, April 30, 2012

I Almost Cried


At our last prenatal appointment (27 weeks) Ruby just crawled right up on the table in front of our midwife and soaked her in. Everything she did, Ruby wanted to watch and learn. It was so precious.


Precious because E didn't mind a single bit. She didn't get huffy and frustrated because she was rushed for time and annoyed with my sweet and curious toddler. She let her hold the baby doll she brings for demonstrations. She let Ruby listen to the baby's heartbeat. It was just so special to me.
I was so thankful.

At one point during the appointment, I almost started crying because of the raw emotions I feel towards childbirth.
Trust me, I am not super mom.
I get frustrated with Ruby's toddler-ness sometimes.
I get tired and short tempered.
But really...my greatest and deepest passions are my family and motherhood.
Getting to birth my children is literally the greatest badge of honor I could ever ask for or desire.
There's just nothing like it.

I told her "I really, really don't want to rip. I ripped so badly with Ruby and it was a very painful and a looong recovery"...
She went into detail and showed me positions and explained that 9 times out of 10 ripping is due to pushing way too hard, too fast. She said we're going to do it at my pace, and the baby's pace. Me and my baby girl will work together to get her out, one contraction at a time. Not PUSH! PUSH! PUSH!!!! 

And when she was showing me positions and explaining that birth can be so very different than what I've experienced so far is when I felt my dry, tired eyes start to moisten and tears start to pool up and I quickly looked away and dried it up and gathered myself (because...embarassing to cry at a prenatal appointment over happiness...)
because I just wanted to hug her and say thank you.
Thank you for caring about me, and my baby, and the process of birth so much.
Thank you for teaching me.



All is well in pregnancy world.
I'm 28 weeks this Thursday.
I am more tired than ever...soooo looking forward to laying on the beach.
Did I tell you that we're staying with our friends, in Florida, for free? And that Kevin's boss just wanted to bless us and is paying for our gas? Did I tell you that Yahweh is so amazing and provides in ways you couldn't even think up on your own?! 


I'm telling ya...it's a good, good life.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Maybe She's Born With It

 Maybe it's Maybelline.
Actually, that's exactly what it is.
Maybelline Full N' Soft mascara in Very Black.

Went in the backyard to check on Ruby (she comes in and out while I do laundry right off the back door) and found her under her slide putting this on herself.
She did a pretty good job, I must say!

ehhh, if I just start acting goofy then the chances of getting in trouble are less and less!




Oh, Ruby girl. You crack us up.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother + Daughter

Last night, I was laying in bed and had a vision of Ruby being old enough to come and lay in bed and just talk to me. Talk about situations she's having with her friends. Things she's walking out spiritually. Ask me for advice. Really talk and have a relationship.

And I just got giddy inside with how sweet it's going to be.

I know boys are amazing in their own ways, I'm sure of it.
And moms of little boys are as blessed as any mother, period.
But I am so overwhelmingly thankful that I get to have girls.
(All the drama and emotions included. And you better believe Ruby has strong emotions.)
Because it's just such a special bond that I can have with them.
I know what it feels like to be a girl.
I get to watch my daughters have children of their own, and answer their pregnancy questions as they compare theirs to mine.
I get to watch my baby girls become strong, Godly women who start their families.

I get to squeal with them while shopping at a cute thing we both found and agree on and love.
I get to have matching toe and fingernail polish with them like me and Ruby often do.
I get to do be their hairstylist. And we all know you love your hairstylist.
I get to find that iffy line between understanding and remembering what it was like to be a teen girl, and still caring more about their character and purpose and not letting them do/wear/see what everyone else is.
I get to share clothes with them. That's right. My plan is always keep myself in shape enough to share shirts with my daughters. Pants, who knows, but shirts and jackets, you better believe it.
I get to teach them to cook.
To feed a family on a budget.
To respect the environment, because the earth is the Lord's and the fullness therein.
I get to watch them respond and learn from having two parents who are madly in love and deeply respect each other.

Girls seem to look so much deeper into things.
I so look forward to my conversations with my girls.
I know boys are cool but teenage boys don't really want to come in the room and lay down with their mom in the morning and just talk. I get that.
I will love my boys when I have them, there's no denying that.
In fact, I'm sure boys bring a facet to the family that is unexplainably cool until you have one.

But for now, I am so, so thankful for these sweet daughters that Yahweh has entrusted us with.

Mother + Daughter necklaces on Etsy.    




exactly what I'm talking about.
precious.

Monday, April 23, 2012

26 Weeks

How far along: 26 weeks
Cravings: none
Feeling: great! very tired by the end of the week, especially since I am working half days on Friday as well now, but in general I feel so good. It IS rather uncomfortable having a very active, 25 lb toddler crawling all over you, kicking with her wild flailing legs, elbowing you all day, and plopping herself on your belly. I guess it's just preparation because this little sis in my belly is gonna have to roll with Ruby's punches around here.
Gender: girl
Weight gained: 10 lbs.
Girls' room: again...nothing done but I have an idea. I am 50/50 on the whole "who cares? why spend money on something your children could care less about?" and "well, I kind of care and it's nice to have something new and fun in your house". Sigh. We'll see:)
Maternity clothes?: oh yes! I can still squeeeeeze into my regular jeans with a Bella Band, but it's just very uncomfortable. 
Movement: sister moves all the time. And I can tell she's getting bigger and bigger because I'll feel her move really low and pretty high at the same time. 
Baby weighs: 1.5-2 lbs 
Uncategorized: I keep forgetting to use cream on my belly. I fortunately didn't get stretch marks with my first, and I've heard it's genetic, even if you use all the cream in the world. Nonetheless, I really should start up again. 

I am so, so looking forward to birthing this baby. I love the labor and delivery part of it all, and am really looking forward to how different this one is going to be.

At the same time, since I am no longer sick, I am really getting to enjoy being pregnant, so I am in no rush to get it over with. I have 14 weeks left and I'm going to soak it all up. I soooo look forward to the splash park all summer with Ruby, sno cones, swimming pool, beach, picnics, etc. with my toddler and my big belly. 





Here I am, same dress, at 33 weeks pregnant.
(Being pregnant in the warmer months is so much nicer)
7 weeks makes such a big difference!
I will be driving a 14+ hour car drive home from Florida this year at 33 weeks....
say a prayer!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

I Wanna Talk

This is one of my favorite things our daughter says.
She just comes up to you and says "I wanna talk".
And you say "ok! about what?" and it's usually always going through a list of people we know asking if they need a sassa.
Because we are SOOOO over sassas. Those are for babies.

ruby-"Does Jammie need a sassa?" 
together while scrunching our nose in disgust- "nooo! Jammie doesn't need a sassa!"

(by the way, she stopped using sassas like a month ago because one day I laid her down for her nap and couldn't find one anywhere. I just told her I was so sorry babe but I can't find one, and she was just like "ok". And fell asleep eventually. And from then on we just never talked about it and if she asked we'd remind her we lost them all and couldn't find them. And now they are not even a temptation. It's more something we talk about like "ewwww!! sassas! oh brother!")




We have been talking about this next little girl recently and imagining her personality. I'm telling you...she moves NONSTOP. We joke and say she's a fitness instructor. She's constantly doing Crossfit in my womb. My dad said you can tell a baby's personality from the very beginning. And he's right. Ruby showed signs of being herself so early.
Long story short: I think I have an active littler sister on her way.

maybe my next daughter will like it when i put wigs on her at 10 or so months old...

I have so greatly enjoyed the past few weeks of this pregnancy. 
I'm big but not so huge it's super uncomfortable.
I'm getting several aches and pains here and there and it makes me feel for old people. I used to be a little bratty and get impatient with older people, not because I didn't like them, but because it just takes forever for them to do something/walk somewhere/get something/etc. 
Well...now I see why. 
It's hard when your joints ache, you little whipper snapper! 



I am feeling rather nostalgic today for some reason.
I'm just so thankful.
Thankful I can have children naturally. I never ever EVER take that for granted. 
Thankful I am safe, in a wonderful marriage, surrounded by people that love and care about us.
Thankful I am free. I can say whatever I want. I can worship my God. If I want to bake muffins today, I can. If I want to go for a walk, I can. It's just so cool.
Thankful for our home.
Thankful for our health.
Sometimes we get so caught up in what's next or what else we need to do or to get or whatever and it's nice to just sit on the front porch in the rocking chair, and let the Spirit minister to you as you watch the breeze move the leaves on the tree above you.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Don't Like The Word Random

because it just makes me think of middle school girls giggling at everything and saying "that is like, sooooo random!"

But this post really has no rhyme or reason. So let's call it sporadic:)

I would like to share with you my all-time favorite laundry soap ever.
It cleans the best I've ever used, and is all natural.
And it's SO, SO CHEAP.

The recipe:
1 bar of Fels Naptha grated. I use an old cheese grater. Grate the whole thing up. You can find this in the laundry aisle usually next to the washing soda and Borax.
1 C borax
1 C washing soda


That's it!
No cooking, heating, nothing.
Mix it all up.
This amount lasts us about a month. The Fels Naptha bar is $0.97, and I bought the washing soda and borax over a year ago and I still have plenty left so I don't remember how much that is. (cheap)



1 TBSP for regular loads, 2 TBSP for large loads

Remember that mirror I got at Goodwill for $15?
I was taking a pic of it and got distracted by my cute daughter in my belly.
Anyway, here it is.


before:

after:


A simple, small change that was cheap and we like it. Wish I could re-do this bathroom, but...it's fine.
Love our little place.

SPEAKING OF RE-DOING THINGS!
I finally have a vision for the girls' room!
Kevin said "I don't think anyone paints their house as often as we do"
Oh I'm sure they do, honey.

It's been two years since we painted the nursery. TWO YEARS! That's plenty long:) And in my defense I would keep it as is, but when you welcome a new sweet thing into your family it's fun to have a new and fresh place all set up for them. Plus Ruby is a big sister now and needs a new look to go with that role and to share with her sis. "Need" is not the right word here, I know.

Anyway, I'm thinking the room will be painted this color:
benjamin moore #618 robin's nest
looks super bright turquoise in some pics and soft in others, so we'll see in real life

with white furniture, and the built-ins in the room are white.
Yellow accents here and there. 
I think Ruby's bedding will be yellow with some cute, simple sheets. We're just gonna get her a cheap yellow throw probably from IKEA.


I want to do baby girl's crib skirt in this fabric:
but 1. don't know where to get it
2. depends on how pricey it is.

Her sheets will just be whatever we already have, because black and white stripes go with everything. 
I think this would be great for her crib skirt as well:
(the grey color)
with yellow accents to go with Ruby's bedding.

All depends how cheap I can find this stuff!


I'll try to take pictures as we get to actually doing stuff for it. Bless Kevin's heart. 
The other day while I was getting a pedicure I had a vision of me in my late 40's with my two, young 20's beautiful daughters all sitting together and talking and getting pedicures. How it would be such a fun treat, and I envisioned the conversation and us all laughing.
I told Kev about it and he just smiled and said "that's $180..."
HA!
once in a while, dear. don't worry:)




Monday, April 16, 2012

Coming Summer 2012

Us pregnant girls (minus 2 others!) at church. 
We're all due either June or July this summer. 
It was so fun this fall to squeal and tell each other we were pregnant.

(this was last week, at 24 wks along)

from left to right in above photo:
Rebecca - pregnant with TWINS! Two little girls:)
Emily - not finding out, it's her third. She thinks it's a girl though.
Angela - my SIL. having a girl!
Me- girl!

Sooo many girls. I love it.
We need some boys born to marry, though, hello.

the real us

25 weeks
cravings: none, really. sometimes sweet, sometimes salty. the usual.
weight gained: 5 lbs. i'm rather surprised, i feel like it should be more, but my midwife says as long as I am eating well and eating nutritiously, she's not concerned a bit.
gender: girl
size: i think 1.5 lbs or maybe close to 2?
things bought for the baby: nothing. there is a short but very pricey list of what we actually need and it's this:
-double jogging stroller (so expensive! but totally worth it. we use our jogger ALL THE TIME)
-crib mattress
-baby monitor (we bought a super cheap one with Ruby and it's just crap. It fuzzes all night and it only works in certain areas of the house)
-newborn diapers (either cloth or disposables) for the first month or so
nursery: nothing different done yet, but i have a vision! speaking of expenses, sheesh. 
feeling: very good. i have my days...but you know what? i stopped "working out" and i feel better this week than i have in a long time, physically. i feel so torn, because i know the better shape you're in while pregnant, the easier and stronger you'll be for your delivery and bounce back sooner. Of course i want that! but at what cost? my shoulders and back and neck would be in so, so much pain and i would have NO energy because of strength training.
so i'm going to try just walking (good pace, good distance) and yoga and see how i feel from that. because i KNOW doing nothing is not the answer. i just am still finding the balance.
turns out, lifting a 25lb. toddler all day is all the strength training i need while pregnant myself:)

speaking of that 25 pounder...
I love her.
She keeps saying to her little sister while patting my belly "and this is Mommy, and I'm Ruby, and this is Daddy..."
Introducing the fam to your unborn baby sister? Ruby, you're awesome.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Best Birthday Week Ever

I was tempted to never ever post again and just leave that last post written by Kevin up for forever and read it periodically. But, sigh, I guess life goes on and it can't be my week forever:)

I woke up on my birthday to this:


and freshly brewed coffee and homemade spelt + banana pancakes.
Then Kev said "go read your blog, birthday girl"
and I went over to the couch in my jammies, still waking up, and sat down and read.

And then I sobbed. I cried and cried.
That song and those written words meant the whole world to me.

I told Kevin that it meant so much because his everyday life shows me that he loves me and his girls. His presence, his actions, who he is says it all.
So having it said, and explained, and then put into beautiful song form ON TOP of his everyday real showing it...it was just the perfect gift. It meant so much.


Kevin got me this beautiful gold watch I have been wanting for quite some time now. I love it! And don't you think it's cool that his song said "if our future was a color it'd be gold" and for that same birthday he got me a GOLD watch?! He didn't even realize that, but I think it's extra special.

I ate at TCBY two times this week. Love birthdays.


My awesome in-laws are just the best. Birthdays are very special to them and they make a big deal for you for your day, which is just so humbling and sweet to me. They gave me a hefty amount of spending money and said "we'll watch Ruby - go have a day to yourself! Shop, do whatever!"

It was heavenly.
I walked around Target and bought things I would normally never buy (I am such a penny pincher)
-$6 blush
- white wash cloths for the bathroom
- a cute $5 lime green soap dispenser for our kitchen
- gum and mints
- head wraps for this summer
- eyebrow pencils (was nervous about this...it was a wonderful purchase!)

After that trip of "oh my gosh...I don't really have a budget and nobody is with me needing me or getting bored" I got in my car and just sat. My legs and feet were soooo tired!

After a trip to TCBY, I looked and next door was a very clean, nice nail salon. I juggled back and forth and then I made the birthday plunge:
MANICURE AND PEDICURE!


heaven


I normally CANNOT justify the $60 this cost me...but that day? My birthday celebration day? It was worth every penny.
My lady didn't speak any english so there was no conversation. Heaven.
I just sat there in my massage chair getting my feet and legs rubbed.
A feeling of guilt rushed over me like "seriously Jessica? $60? Is this wise of you?"
and then it was like the Holy Spirit nipped that in the bud and was like "hush, Jessica. Just enjoy this. Receive the blessing!"

And from then on it was just ahhhhhh.

Yesterday Kevin and I got to go on a birthday date (this has been birthday week, not day, and I am not hatin' that) while the Kiehns took Ruby to a soccer game.
-We went to Hobby Lobby (thanks for the gift card, Grandma!)
-Goodwill and found a fab mirror for $15 and the guy at the checkout looked at Kevin's ID and asked how he lost so much weight HAHAHA!
-Panera Bread (the perfect date in my opinion. Not too pricey. Nice and quiet. Fresh food. Don't have to tip anybody)
-Target again to get curtains for R's room. It's so bright in there during her naps and we are just now getting around to realizing hanging blankets over the windows is pretty ugly.
-TCBY...i'm going to stop for a while now, give me a break.
-and home to relax. we were pooped!

Kevin said my birthday date night and his birthday date night look nothing alike:)

Anyways...I had such a great week. I am beyond blessed, and I knew this before the special attention week, but it sure was fun to be honored.

I can't talk about my birthday without saying thank you to my Momma, who contracted, labored, and pushed me out so I could eat TCBY two times this week, 26 years later. Thank you, my sweet and unselfish Mother:) People always say stuff like "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for you" and literally...I mean that. Thank you for my birthday.


Each week, our favorite pastor is responsible to send out a weekly email. There's a Bible Study on there, prayer requests, praise reports, news, announcements, etc.
I joked with him on Wednesday night and said "you forgot the most important praise report of all. I was born this day. THAT is a praise report. I even marked it on the calendar on your fridge!"
Completely in jest.
Well the next day I got this email:




I failed to input in the weekly e-mail the most important praise report ever.  As a matter of fact I have on the fridge in my office that it is labeled a Holy Day!  April 11th the whole earth was blessed as Yahweh injected into the earth his most prized spirit in the body of a young girl named Jessica Kiehn.  If you would join me for a moment of silence and then great exuberance as we celebrate this most blessed day.  My sincere apologies for leaving this out yesterday I hope Yahweh and Jessica can somehow find it in their heart of hearts to forgive me.
David PriestPastorThe Rock of Northwest Arkansas(479) 872-9919 o(479) 220-8841 cwww.therocknwa.com
pastordavid@therocknwa.com

Hahahaha! The best part is "Yahweh injected his most prized spirit into the body of Jessica Kiehn" and  "a moment of silence and then great exuberance" HAHA! Thank you! Finally someone sees the light!  :)
(no, he didn't send it to everyone in the church...just me.)


Ohhh, that cracked me up.
Anyways...it was a very special birthday.
I am so thankful for the people in my life, genuinely. They love me and I don't have to try, they just do. It's something that I do not take for granted.

Thank you to everyone, for making my birthday so special!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Birthday Takeover

Right off the bat I'm gonna let you know this is not Jessica.  Although you would have figured that out in just a few lines cause I'm not near as witty and will not have near as many jokes in parentheses like she does (or maybe this keyboard has some funny residue left over).  No, this is Kevin.

Today is Jessica's Birthday!  So I wanted to take the time and write a post about the woman that is more important to me than anything else in this world.


A lot of you that read this blog probably didn't know us growing up and weren't privy to the intimate details of our teenage years.  So my first brag on my wife is that she is the only person that would have gone through everything she went through to keep us together.  Anyone else would have jumped ship and paddled for shore within a day of boarding.  Not to say our lives were terrible we just didn't know who we were and if you don't know who you are, you don't know how to relate to the ones you love.  But praise Yahweh we did find out who we were and thats when our eyes were opened to how truly blessed we were to have each other.



When I met Jessica she was wearing jeans, a thrift store t-shirt and a bandana on her head aunt jamima style.  For some reason that didn't deter me :-) and I was hooked, immediately.  Unfortunately so were all of my friends.  I think there were literally Three other guys that were "hooked"  the moment I was.  So ensued a process of jockeying for position trying to get jessica to notice us.  One was very conversational and that had me concerned cause I wasn't the best with words, another was very funny and had Jessica rolling and that had me even more concerned cause I couldn't sell a joke to the popsicle stick people.  So I had to bring out the big guns right out of the gate.  I sat down at the piano and played the best song I knew, and prayed to God that I didn't mess up.  It was cheesy but after it was all said and done they dubbed me "Mr. President" cause I apparently won the "race" for the girl.


I know you can tell just by reading this blog why she had guys flocking to her everywhere she went.  Those reasons don't escape me even after we've been married.  I know what I have and I'd be a fool not to reflect on the gift that I've been given.  So Jess I love you more than they have words in the english language to express.  I have enjoyed every moment I've known you and its hard to grasp the awesomeness of getting to know you for every moment that I have left.  You are an amazing wife, mother, and friend.  Happy birthday sweetheart, I Love You.

p.s.  I wrote this song and I know that's starting to become not a big deal because I've written several songs about you but I'm pretty fond of this one.  It's kind of long so buckle in haha.

I Love You


We met on a sunday
at the church you used to attend
it was a chance meeting, or was it
right then and there
I had a feeling that you could
but now I know it
You've got my heart for good

We fell in love
only like two kids could
but we were young fools
and we broke all the rules
lots of trips and falls
but through it all I found that
You've got my heart for good

And I never thought I'd find
a love like this, in my lifetime
it makes me calm and crazy at the same time
I love you, I love you, I love you

We were married on a saturday 
in front of our family and friends
on that day heaven and earth came together
I caught your smile
as we walked back down the isle
and yeah I knew it
you've got my heart for good

You gave birth on a sunday
2:44 p.m. 
I know words become flesh
I've seen it
while you were pregnant
I had a feeling that she could
but now I know it
she's got my heart for good
she's got your heart for good
she's got our hearts for good

And I never thought I'd find
a love like this, in my lifetime
it makes me calm and crazy at the same time
I love you, I love you, I love you

If our future was a color 
it would be gold
and I will be here till the beautiful end
believe it
and when we're old and gray 
I'll turn to you and say
you know what
you've got my heart for good
you've got my heart for good
you've got my heart for good

And I never thought I'd find
a love like this, in my lifetime
it makes me calm and crazy at the same time

I love you, I love you, I love you



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Routine

Sunday morning pictures. This was last week, so I was 23.5 weeks here. 
Now I'm 24.5 and larger and more in charger.


Love this size of pregnancy!


And here's the little show stopper herself. She is so exhausted in her Sunday morning preggo pics. Hilarious.
Cute story: Ruby's Uncle Stephen (Kev's brother) and his wife were out shopping and he saw this dress and exclaimed "babe! can we please get this for Ruby?!"
Sweetest thing...and it's perfect for her!


still a little tired...

SO! Like I joyfully reported last post or so...I am no longer feeling sick. Let the angels sing hallelujah!
I definitely feel pregnant (typical discomforts) but not sick. Sooo much better!

I recently got the most obvious revelation/reminder:
planning and scheduling makes everyone's life so much easier.



I have meal planned for years, but I'm trying something new out.
Ruby and I are so "go with the flow" and always have been. I very much believe in that because, come on...that's life.
I never want to be a freak-out-if-things-don't-go-my-perfect, planned-way type of woman.
However, as in all things in life...there must be a balance.

I typed out breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas instead of just having dinner planned every night.

Each week, I will make sure I have a majority of what is on the breakfast and lunch lists stocked in the fridge and pantry.
Each night, I will check the list and actually prep or mentally prep for breakfast first thing in the morning.

Enter: routine.


Ruby wakes up: I change her diaper and get straight to making and serving her breakfast AT THE TABLE. (this is also a new thing for us. our house was always a pit and we realized it was because we let the toddler snack whenever and where ever. I've been rather lazy the past few months, give me a break :) So from now on, every snack, every meal...in her chair at the table. YES this takes more work from us Mommas - dishes, clean up, wiping- but probably less work in the long run. And always good to teach your kiddos order and cleanliness)

clean up from breakfast immediately
this means her, the table, the breakfast dishes, etc.

throw in a load of laundry. every single day.

play/house chores together/park/call clients back/whatever is on the morning to-do

choose a lunch option from the pre-made list and sit down at the table and eat together


clean up immediately from lunch, and get her ready for naptime


fold the washed load of laundry and put away


And the rest of the day is free to do whatever and play by ear! Yay!


To some of you you're like..."uh...DUH. This is what I've always done."
Well gooooood for you!

I'm a new Momma and I'm learning all of this, while trying to find the balance between normal "my  mom was cool and we had a loving childhood that was safe and steady" and "I grew up at boot camp with my psycho mom not letting us step out of her precious routine"

having homemade granola always stocked is the BEST. and almost necessary. quick, healthy, eeeeeasy.

So today we implemented the routine.
And, I know...it's the first day, and last night the house was already picked up.
But today...the house is spotless, two more loads of laundry were done, we ate and cleaned up 3 real meals instead of grabbing random stuff here and there, and Ruby napped like a CHAMP.

I love it.
I love order.
And I LOVE that Kevin loves order, and is a super hard worker.
I think laziness is probably the most unattractive characteristic one could have. (Except when you're pregnant, right? heh..)

So here's to routine. 


I know I'm going to need it the more kiddos we add to the Kiehn brood:)

Friday, April 6, 2012

I Can't Wait!

Thanks to some amazingly generous and loving friends...we have a place to stay in Florida, for a week, for free.
With dear friends that we love to pieces.
And their families who we also love.
Aaaaand the beach which...we, also love.

I cannot wait!
I love this article written by a fellow preggy-in-the-summer Momma. 
I loooooove the summer and I loooove being pregnant (now that I'm not sick! Hallelujah!) so it's the perfect combo for Jessica Kiehn, thank you.

This morning I woke up and immediately made the list for pre-trip, car trip, Florida trip, and beach trip.
I threw a bathing suit on Ruby and now she's playing around in a red and white frilly two-piece.
Heaven help me! I am not sure I can wait 7 weeks!

Until then, today, I'll put on a fleece and take Ruby and Clarence for a walk in our 55 degree weather.
Wah wah...


........................................
post edit: NEVERMIND! Today is gorgeous and Ruby crashed on our walk. 
If this kind of weather sticks around I'm sure I can be happy in AR until our little family vacay:)




Monday, April 30, 2012

I Almost Cried


At our last prenatal appointment (27 weeks) Ruby just crawled right up on the table in front of our midwife and soaked her in. Everything she did, Ruby wanted to watch and learn. It was so precious.


Precious because E didn't mind a single bit. She didn't get huffy and frustrated because she was rushed for time and annoyed with my sweet and curious toddler. She let her hold the baby doll she brings for demonstrations. She let Ruby listen to the baby's heartbeat. It was just so special to me.
I was so thankful.

At one point during the appointment, I almost started crying because of the raw emotions I feel towards childbirth.
Trust me, I am not super mom.
I get frustrated with Ruby's toddler-ness sometimes.
I get tired and short tempered.
But really...my greatest and deepest passions are my family and motherhood.
Getting to birth my children is literally the greatest badge of honor I could ever ask for or desire.
There's just nothing like it.

I told her "I really, really don't want to rip. I ripped so badly with Ruby and it was a very painful and a looong recovery"...
She went into detail and showed me positions and explained that 9 times out of 10 ripping is due to pushing way too hard, too fast. She said we're going to do it at my pace, and the baby's pace. Me and my baby girl will work together to get her out, one contraction at a time. Not PUSH! PUSH! PUSH!!!! 

And when she was showing me positions and explaining that birth can be so very different than what I've experienced so far is when I felt my dry, tired eyes start to moisten and tears start to pool up and I quickly looked away and dried it up and gathered myself (because...embarassing to cry at a prenatal appointment over happiness...)
because I just wanted to hug her and say thank you.
Thank you for caring about me, and my baby, and the process of birth so much.
Thank you for teaching me.



All is well in pregnancy world.
I'm 28 weeks this Thursday.
I am more tired than ever...soooo looking forward to laying on the beach.
Did I tell you that we're staying with our friends, in Florida, for free? And that Kevin's boss just wanted to bless us and is paying for our gas? Did I tell you that Yahweh is so amazing and provides in ways you couldn't even think up on your own?! 


I'm telling ya...it's a good, good life.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Maybe She's Born With It

 Maybe it's Maybelline.
Actually, that's exactly what it is.
Maybelline Full N' Soft mascara in Very Black.

Went in the backyard to check on Ruby (she comes in and out while I do laundry right off the back door) and found her under her slide putting this on herself.
She did a pretty good job, I must say!

ehhh, if I just start acting goofy then the chances of getting in trouble are less and less!




Oh, Ruby girl. You crack us up.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother + Daughter

Last night, I was laying in bed and had a vision of Ruby being old enough to come and lay in bed and just talk to me. Talk about situations she's having with her friends. Things she's walking out spiritually. Ask me for advice. Really talk and have a relationship.

And I just got giddy inside with how sweet it's going to be.

I know boys are amazing in their own ways, I'm sure of it.
And moms of little boys are as blessed as any mother, period.
But I am so overwhelmingly thankful that I get to have girls.
(All the drama and emotions included. And you better believe Ruby has strong emotions.)
Because it's just such a special bond that I can have with them.
I know what it feels like to be a girl.
I get to watch my daughters have children of their own, and answer their pregnancy questions as they compare theirs to mine.
I get to watch my baby girls become strong, Godly women who start their families.

I get to squeal with them while shopping at a cute thing we both found and agree on and love.
I get to have matching toe and fingernail polish with them like me and Ruby often do.
I get to do be their hairstylist. And we all know you love your hairstylist.
I get to find that iffy line between understanding and remembering what it was like to be a teen girl, and still caring more about their character and purpose and not letting them do/wear/see what everyone else is.
I get to share clothes with them. That's right. My plan is always keep myself in shape enough to share shirts with my daughters. Pants, who knows, but shirts and jackets, you better believe it.
I get to teach them to cook.
To feed a family on a budget.
To respect the environment, because the earth is the Lord's and the fullness therein.
I get to watch them respond and learn from having two parents who are madly in love and deeply respect each other.

Girls seem to look so much deeper into things.
I so look forward to my conversations with my girls.
I know boys are cool but teenage boys don't really want to come in the room and lay down with their mom in the morning and just talk. I get that.
I will love my boys when I have them, there's no denying that.
In fact, I'm sure boys bring a facet to the family that is unexplainably cool until you have one.

But for now, I am so, so thankful for these sweet daughters that Yahweh has entrusted us with.

Mother + Daughter necklaces on Etsy.    




exactly what I'm talking about.
precious.

Monday, April 23, 2012

26 Weeks

How far along: 26 weeks
Cravings: none
Feeling: great! very tired by the end of the week, especially since I am working half days on Friday as well now, but in general I feel so good. It IS rather uncomfortable having a very active, 25 lb toddler crawling all over you, kicking with her wild flailing legs, elbowing you all day, and plopping herself on your belly. I guess it's just preparation because this little sis in my belly is gonna have to roll with Ruby's punches around here.
Gender: girl
Weight gained: 10 lbs.
Girls' room: again...nothing done but I have an idea. I am 50/50 on the whole "who cares? why spend money on something your children could care less about?" and "well, I kind of care and it's nice to have something new and fun in your house". Sigh. We'll see:)
Maternity clothes?: oh yes! I can still squeeeeeze into my regular jeans with a Bella Band, but it's just very uncomfortable. 
Movement: sister moves all the time. And I can tell she's getting bigger and bigger because I'll feel her move really low and pretty high at the same time. 
Baby weighs: 1.5-2 lbs 
Uncategorized: I keep forgetting to use cream on my belly. I fortunately didn't get stretch marks with my first, and I've heard it's genetic, even if you use all the cream in the world. Nonetheless, I really should start up again. 

I am so, so looking forward to birthing this baby. I love the labor and delivery part of it all, and am really looking forward to how different this one is going to be.

At the same time, since I am no longer sick, I am really getting to enjoy being pregnant, so I am in no rush to get it over with. I have 14 weeks left and I'm going to soak it all up. I soooo look forward to the splash park all summer with Ruby, sno cones, swimming pool, beach, picnics, etc. with my toddler and my big belly. 





Here I am, same dress, at 33 weeks pregnant.
(Being pregnant in the warmer months is so much nicer)
7 weeks makes such a big difference!
I will be driving a 14+ hour car drive home from Florida this year at 33 weeks....
say a prayer!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

I Wanna Talk

This is one of my favorite things our daughter says.
She just comes up to you and says "I wanna talk".
And you say "ok! about what?" and it's usually always going through a list of people we know asking if they need a sassa.
Because we are SOOOO over sassas. Those are for babies.

ruby-"Does Jammie need a sassa?" 
together while scrunching our nose in disgust- "nooo! Jammie doesn't need a sassa!"

(by the way, she stopped using sassas like a month ago because one day I laid her down for her nap and couldn't find one anywhere. I just told her I was so sorry babe but I can't find one, and she was just like "ok". And fell asleep eventually. And from then on we just never talked about it and if she asked we'd remind her we lost them all and couldn't find them. And now they are not even a temptation. It's more something we talk about like "ewwww!! sassas! oh brother!")




We have been talking about this next little girl recently and imagining her personality. I'm telling you...she moves NONSTOP. We joke and say she's a fitness instructor. She's constantly doing Crossfit in my womb. My dad said you can tell a baby's personality from the very beginning. And he's right. Ruby showed signs of being herself so early.
Long story short: I think I have an active littler sister on her way.

maybe my next daughter will like it when i put wigs on her at 10 or so months old...

I have so greatly enjoyed the past few weeks of this pregnancy. 
I'm big but not so huge it's super uncomfortable.
I'm getting several aches and pains here and there and it makes me feel for old people. I used to be a little bratty and get impatient with older people, not because I didn't like them, but because it just takes forever for them to do something/walk somewhere/get something/etc. 
Well...now I see why. 
It's hard when your joints ache, you little whipper snapper! 



I am feeling rather nostalgic today for some reason.
I'm just so thankful.
Thankful I can have children naturally. I never ever EVER take that for granted. 
Thankful I am safe, in a wonderful marriage, surrounded by people that love and care about us.
Thankful I am free. I can say whatever I want. I can worship my God. If I want to bake muffins today, I can. If I want to go for a walk, I can. It's just so cool.
Thankful for our home.
Thankful for our health.
Sometimes we get so caught up in what's next or what else we need to do or to get or whatever and it's nice to just sit on the front porch in the rocking chair, and let the Spirit minister to you as you watch the breeze move the leaves on the tree above you.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Don't Like The Word Random

because it just makes me think of middle school girls giggling at everything and saying "that is like, sooooo random!"

But this post really has no rhyme or reason. So let's call it sporadic:)

I would like to share with you my all-time favorite laundry soap ever.
It cleans the best I've ever used, and is all natural.
And it's SO, SO CHEAP.

The recipe:
1 bar of Fels Naptha grated. I use an old cheese grater. Grate the whole thing up. You can find this in the laundry aisle usually next to the washing soda and Borax.
1 C borax
1 C washing soda


That's it!
No cooking, heating, nothing.
Mix it all up.
This amount lasts us about a month. The Fels Naptha bar is $0.97, and I bought the washing soda and borax over a year ago and I still have plenty left so I don't remember how much that is. (cheap)



1 TBSP for regular loads, 2 TBSP for large loads

Remember that mirror I got at Goodwill for $15?
I was taking a pic of it and got distracted by my cute daughter in my belly.
Anyway, here it is.


before:

after:


A simple, small change that was cheap and we like it. Wish I could re-do this bathroom, but...it's fine.
Love our little place.

SPEAKING OF RE-DOING THINGS!
I finally have a vision for the girls' room!
Kevin said "I don't think anyone paints their house as often as we do"
Oh I'm sure they do, honey.

It's been two years since we painted the nursery. TWO YEARS! That's plenty long:) And in my defense I would keep it as is, but when you welcome a new sweet thing into your family it's fun to have a new and fresh place all set up for them. Plus Ruby is a big sister now and needs a new look to go with that role and to share with her sis. "Need" is not the right word here, I know.

Anyway, I'm thinking the room will be painted this color:
benjamin moore #618 robin's nest
looks super bright turquoise in some pics and soft in others, so we'll see in real life

with white furniture, and the built-ins in the room are white.
Yellow accents here and there. 
I think Ruby's bedding will be yellow with some cute, simple sheets. We're just gonna get her a cheap yellow throw probably from IKEA.


I want to do baby girl's crib skirt in this fabric:
but 1. don't know where to get it
2. depends on how pricey it is.

Her sheets will just be whatever we already have, because black and white stripes go with everything. 
I think this would be great for her crib skirt as well:
(the grey color)
with yellow accents to go with Ruby's bedding.

All depends how cheap I can find this stuff!


I'll try to take pictures as we get to actually doing stuff for it. Bless Kevin's heart. 
The other day while I was getting a pedicure I had a vision of me in my late 40's with my two, young 20's beautiful daughters all sitting together and talking and getting pedicures. How it would be such a fun treat, and I envisioned the conversation and us all laughing.
I told Kev about it and he just smiled and said "that's $180..."
HA!
once in a while, dear. don't worry:)




Monday, April 16, 2012

Coming Summer 2012

Us pregnant girls (minus 2 others!) at church. 
We're all due either June or July this summer. 
It was so fun this fall to squeal and tell each other we were pregnant.

(this was last week, at 24 wks along)

from left to right in above photo:
Rebecca - pregnant with TWINS! Two little girls:)
Emily - not finding out, it's her third. She thinks it's a girl though.
Angela - my SIL. having a girl!
Me- girl!

Sooo many girls. I love it.
We need some boys born to marry, though, hello.

the real us

25 weeks
cravings: none, really. sometimes sweet, sometimes salty. the usual.
weight gained: 5 lbs. i'm rather surprised, i feel like it should be more, but my midwife says as long as I am eating well and eating nutritiously, she's not concerned a bit.
gender: girl
size: i think 1.5 lbs or maybe close to 2?
things bought for the baby: nothing. there is a short but very pricey list of what we actually need and it's this:
-double jogging stroller (so expensive! but totally worth it. we use our jogger ALL THE TIME)
-crib mattress
-baby monitor (we bought a super cheap one with Ruby and it's just crap. It fuzzes all night and it only works in certain areas of the house)
-newborn diapers (either cloth or disposables) for the first month or so
nursery: nothing different done yet, but i have a vision! speaking of expenses, sheesh. 
feeling: very good. i have my days...but you know what? i stopped "working out" and i feel better this week than i have in a long time, physically. i feel so torn, because i know the better shape you're in while pregnant, the easier and stronger you'll be for your delivery and bounce back sooner. Of course i want that! but at what cost? my shoulders and back and neck would be in so, so much pain and i would have NO energy because of strength training.
so i'm going to try just walking (good pace, good distance) and yoga and see how i feel from that. because i KNOW doing nothing is not the answer. i just am still finding the balance.
turns out, lifting a 25lb. toddler all day is all the strength training i need while pregnant myself:)

speaking of that 25 pounder...
I love her.
She keeps saying to her little sister while patting my belly "and this is Mommy, and I'm Ruby, and this is Daddy..."
Introducing the fam to your unborn baby sister? Ruby, you're awesome.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Best Birthday Week Ever

I was tempted to never ever post again and just leave that last post written by Kevin up for forever and read it periodically. But, sigh, I guess life goes on and it can't be my week forever:)

I woke up on my birthday to this:


and freshly brewed coffee and homemade spelt + banana pancakes.
Then Kev said "go read your blog, birthday girl"
and I went over to the couch in my jammies, still waking up, and sat down and read.

And then I sobbed. I cried and cried.
That song and those written words meant the whole world to me.

I told Kevin that it meant so much because his everyday life shows me that he loves me and his girls. His presence, his actions, who he is says it all.
So having it said, and explained, and then put into beautiful song form ON TOP of his everyday real showing it...it was just the perfect gift. It meant so much.


Kevin got me this beautiful gold watch I have been wanting for quite some time now. I love it! And don't you think it's cool that his song said "if our future was a color it'd be gold" and for that same birthday he got me a GOLD watch?! He didn't even realize that, but I think it's extra special.

I ate at TCBY two times this week. Love birthdays.


My awesome in-laws are just the best. Birthdays are very special to them and they make a big deal for you for your day, which is just so humbling and sweet to me. They gave me a hefty amount of spending money and said "we'll watch Ruby - go have a day to yourself! Shop, do whatever!"

It was heavenly.
I walked around Target and bought things I would normally never buy (I am such a penny pincher)
-$6 blush
- white wash cloths for the bathroom
- a cute $5 lime green soap dispenser for our kitchen
- gum and mints
- head wraps for this summer
- eyebrow pencils (was nervous about this...it was a wonderful purchase!)

After that trip of "oh my gosh...I don't really have a budget and nobody is with me needing me or getting bored" I got in my car and just sat. My legs and feet were soooo tired!

After a trip to TCBY, I looked and next door was a very clean, nice nail salon. I juggled back and forth and then I made the birthday plunge:
MANICURE AND PEDICURE!


heaven


I normally CANNOT justify the $60 this cost me...but that day? My birthday celebration day? It was worth every penny.
My lady didn't speak any english so there was no conversation. Heaven.
I just sat there in my massage chair getting my feet and legs rubbed.
A feeling of guilt rushed over me like "seriously Jessica? $60? Is this wise of you?"
and then it was like the Holy Spirit nipped that in the bud and was like "hush, Jessica. Just enjoy this. Receive the blessing!"

And from then on it was just ahhhhhh.

Yesterday Kevin and I got to go on a birthday date (this has been birthday week, not day, and I am not hatin' that) while the Kiehns took Ruby to a soccer game.
-We went to Hobby Lobby (thanks for the gift card, Grandma!)
-Goodwill and found a fab mirror for $15 and the guy at the checkout looked at Kevin's ID and asked how he lost so much weight HAHAHA!
-Panera Bread (the perfect date in my opinion. Not too pricey. Nice and quiet. Fresh food. Don't have to tip anybody)
-Target again to get curtains for R's room. It's so bright in there during her naps and we are just now getting around to realizing hanging blankets over the windows is pretty ugly.
-TCBY...i'm going to stop for a while now, give me a break.
-and home to relax. we were pooped!

Kevin said my birthday date night and his birthday date night look nothing alike:)

Anyways...I had such a great week. I am beyond blessed, and I knew this before the special attention week, but it sure was fun to be honored.

I can't talk about my birthday without saying thank you to my Momma, who contracted, labored, and pushed me out so I could eat TCBY two times this week, 26 years later. Thank you, my sweet and unselfish Mother:) People always say stuff like "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for you" and literally...I mean that. Thank you for my birthday.


Each week, our favorite pastor is responsible to send out a weekly email. There's a Bible Study on there, prayer requests, praise reports, news, announcements, etc.
I joked with him on Wednesday night and said "you forgot the most important praise report of all. I was born this day. THAT is a praise report. I even marked it on the calendar on your fridge!"
Completely in jest.
Well the next day I got this email:




I failed to input in the weekly e-mail the most important praise report ever.  As a matter of fact I have on the fridge in my office that it is labeled a Holy Day!  April 11th the whole earth was blessed as Yahweh injected into the earth his most prized spirit in the body of a young girl named Jessica Kiehn.  If you would join me for a moment of silence and then great exuberance as we celebrate this most blessed day.  My sincere apologies for leaving this out yesterday I hope Yahweh and Jessica can somehow find it in their heart of hearts to forgive me.
David PriestPastorThe Rock of Northwest Arkansas(479) 872-9919 o(479) 220-8841 cwww.therocknwa.com
pastordavid@therocknwa.com

Hahahaha! The best part is "Yahweh injected his most prized spirit into the body of Jessica Kiehn" and  "a moment of silence and then great exuberance" HAHA! Thank you! Finally someone sees the light!  :)
(no, he didn't send it to everyone in the church...just me.)


Ohhh, that cracked me up.
Anyways...it was a very special birthday.
I am so thankful for the people in my life, genuinely. They love me and I don't have to try, they just do. It's something that I do not take for granted.

Thank you to everyone, for making my birthday so special!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Birthday Takeover

Right off the bat I'm gonna let you know this is not Jessica.  Although you would have figured that out in just a few lines cause I'm not near as witty and will not have near as many jokes in parentheses like she does (or maybe this keyboard has some funny residue left over).  No, this is Kevin.

Today is Jessica's Birthday!  So I wanted to take the time and write a post about the woman that is more important to me than anything else in this world.


A lot of you that read this blog probably didn't know us growing up and weren't privy to the intimate details of our teenage years.  So my first brag on my wife is that she is the only person that would have gone through everything she went through to keep us together.  Anyone else would have jumped ship and paddled for shore within a day of boarding.  Not to say our lives were terrible we just didn't know who we were and if you don't know who you are, you don't know how to relate to the ones you love.  But praise Yahweh we did find out who we were and thats when our eyes were opened to how truly blessed we were to have each other.



When I met Jessica she was wearing jeans, a thrift store t-shirt and a bandana on her head aunt jamima style.  For some reason that didn't deter me :-) and I was hooked, immediately.  Unfortunately so were all of my friends.  I think there were literally Three other guys that were "hooked"  the moment I was.  So ensued a process of jockeying for position trying to get jessica to notice us.  One was very conversational and that had me concerned cause I wasn't the best with words, another was very funny and had Jessica rolling and that had me even more concerned cause I couldn't sell a joke to the popsicle stick people.  So I had to bring out the big guns right out of the gate.  I sat down at the piano and played the best song I knew, and prayed to God that I didn't mess up.  It was cheesy but after it was all said and done they dubbed me "Mr. President" cause I apparently won the "race" for the girl.


I know you can tell just by reading this blog why she had guys flocking to her everywhere she went.  Those reasons don't escape me even after we've been married.  I know what I have and I'd be a fool not to reflect on the gift that I've been given.  So Jess I love you more than they have words in the english language to express.  I have enjoyed every moment I've known you and its hard to grasp the awesomeness of getting to know you for every moment that I have left.  You are an amazing wife, mother, and friend.  Happy birthday sweetheart, I Love You.

p.s.  I wrote this song and I know that's starting to become not a big deal because I've written several songs about you but I'm pretty fond of this one.  It's kind of long so buckle in haha.

I Love You


We met on a sunday
at the church you used to attend
it was a chance meeting, or was it
right then and there
I had a feeling that you could
but now I know it
You've got my heart for good

We fell in love
only like two kids could
but we were young fools
and we broke all the rules
lots of trips and falls
but through it all I found that
You've got my heart for good

And I never thought I'd find
a love like this, in my lifetime
it makes me calm and crazy at the same time
I love you, I love you, I love you

We were married on a saturday 
in front of our family and friends
on that day heaven and earth came together
I caught your smile
as we walked back down the isle
and yeah I knew it
you've got my heart for good

You gave birth on a sunday
2:44 p.m. 
I know words become flesh
I've seen it
while you were pregnant
I had a feeling that she could
but now I know it
she's got my heart for good
she's got your heart for good
she's got our hearts for good

And I never thought I'd find
a love like this, in my lifetime
it makes me calm and crazy at the same time
I love you, I love you, I love you

If our future was a color 
it would be gold
and I will be here till the beautiful end
believe it
and when we're old and gray 
I'll turn to you and say
you know what
you've got my heart for good
you've got my heart for good
you've got my heart for good

And I never thought I'd find
a love like this, in my lifetime
it makes me calm and crazy at the same time

I love you, I love you, I love you



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Routine

Sunday morning pictures. This was last week, so I was 23.5 weeks here. 
Now I'm 24.5 and larger and more in charger.


Love this size of pregnancy!


And here's the little show stopper herself. She is so exhausted in her Sunday morning preggo pics. Hilarious.
Cute story: Ruby's Uncle Stephen (Kev's brother) and his wife were out shopping and he saw this dress and exclaimed "babe! can we please get this for Ruby?!"
Sweetest thing...and it's perfect for her!


still a little tired...

SO! Like I joyfully reported last post or so...I am no longer feeling sick. Let the angels sing hallelujah!
I definitely feel pregnant (typical discomforts) but not sick. Sooo much better!

I recently got the most obvious revelation/reminder:
planning and scheduling makes everyone's life so much easier.



I have meal planned for years, but I'm trying something new out.
Ruby and I are so "go with the flow" and always have been. I very much believe in that because, come on...that's life.
I never want to be a freak-out-if-things-don't-go-my-perfect, planned-way type of woman.
However, as in all things in life...there must be a balance.

I typed out breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas instead of just having dinner planned every night.

Each week, I will make sure I have a majority of what is on the breakfast and lunch lists stocked in the fridge and pantry.
Each night, I will check the list and actually prep or mentally prep for breakfast first thing in the morning.

Enter: routine.


Ruby wakes up: I change her diaper and get straight to making and serving her breakfast AT THE TABLE. (this is also a new thing for us. our house was always a pit and we realized it was because we let the toddler snack whenever and where ever. I've been rather lazy the past few months, give me a break :) So from now on, every snack, every meal...in her chair at the table. YES this takes more work from us Mommas - dishes, clean up, wiping- but probably less work in the long run. And always good to teach your kiddos order and cleanliness)

clean up from breakfast immediately
this means her, the table, the breakfast dishes, etc.

throw in a load of laundry. every single day.

play/house chores together/park/call clients back/whatever is on the morning to-do

choose a lunch option from the pre-made list and sit down at the table and eat together


clean up immediately from lunch, and get her ready for naptime


fold the washed load of laundry and put away


And the rest of the day is free to do whatever and play by ear! Yay!


To some of you you're like..."uh...DUH. This is what I've always done."
Well gooooood for you!

I'm a new Momma and I'm learning all of this, while trying to find the balance between normal "my  mom was cool and we had a loving childhood that was safe and steady" and "I grew up at boot camp with my psycho mom not letting us step out of her precious routine"

having homemade granola always stocked is the BEST. and almost necessary. quick, healthy, eeeeeasy.

So today we implemented the routine.
And, I know...it's the first day, and last night the house was already picked up.
But today...the house is spotless, two more loads of laundry were done, we ate and cleaned up 3 real meals instead of grabbing random stuff here and there, and Ruby napped like a CHAMP.

I love it.
I love order.
And I LOVE that Kevin loves order, and is a super hard worker.
I think laziness is probably the most unattractive characteristic one could have. (Except when you're pregnant, right? heh..)

So here's to routine. 


I know I'm going to need it the more kiddos we add to the Kiehn brood:)

Friday, April 6, 2012

I Can't Wait!

Thanks to some amazingly generous and loving friends...we have a place to stay in Florida, for a week, for free.
With dear friends that we love to pieces.
And their families who we also love.
Aaaaand the beach which...we, also love.

I cannot wait!
I love this article written by a fellow preggy-in-the-summer Momma. 
I loooooove the summer and I loooove being pregnant (now that I'm not sick! Hallelujah!) so it's the perfect combo for Jessica Kiehn, thank you.

This morning I woke up and immediately made the list for pre-trip, car trip, Florida trip, and beach trip.
I threw a bathing suit on Ruby and now she's playing around in a red and white frilly two-piece.
Heaven help me! I am not sure I can wait 7 weeks!

Until then, today, I'll put on a fleece and take Ruby and Clarence for a walk in our 55 degree weather.
Wah wah...


........................................
post edit: NEVERMIND! Today is gorgeous and Ruby crashed on our walk. 
If this kind of weather sticks around I'm sure I can be happy in AR until our little family vacay:)