Friday, July 29, 2016

Baby Brother's Nursery

Here we are.
My due date is tomorrow and our little boy seems content to stay put.
At my appointment yesterday I was dilated to 4 cm,
but I have dilated early in the past as well so I'm trying to not put much stock in it.
As difficult as these final days of pregnancy are,
I'm trying to keep busy and my three boys certainly help me with that!

Our bags are packed,
the freezer is filled with an ever-growing number of meals,
the carseat is installed and the car is clean,
diapers, wipes, and clothes are ready,
and the nursery is essentially finished (although he'll sleep in a cradle in our room for the first while).

Putting his nursery together has been a fun project.
I love that it includes elements from various family members
and the bright, calming feel has made it a place we all like to be.
The boys love bringing toys up to play here
or curling up with a book in the rocking chair.

Space constraints in our house also made it necessary to put many of our books in his room.
At first I wasn't sure I would like having a wall of books in the nursery,
but I actually love the feel it gives the room.

Here's hoping I'll soon be rocking a snuggly newborn here
instead of just fantasizing about him!
As Sam observed with great empathy,
"There's something about having a due date in the past that makes mommy want to, and deserve to, eat ice cream for every meal."

Crib || Given to us by Sam's cousin
Crib Skirt || Amazon
Crib Sheet || Amazon
Mobile || Homemade from felt
Abacus || Homemade from thrift store frame
Dressers || Refinished ones from my childhood (handles from Amazon-such an awesome deal!)
Rocking Chair || Free from online classifieds
Pillow Covers || Homemade (pillows from my sister)
Toybox || Made by my brother in a high school shop class 15ish years ago
Bookshelf Toys || Mostly gifts-sock monkey handmade by Sam's sister, Melissa & Doug toys here, here, and here from grandparents, bead maze from thrift store

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bear Lake 2016

We had the most lovely day at Bear Lake with my family this year.
Even though I was 2 weeks away from my due date
and couldn't ride the wave runners,
I enjoyed relaxing by the lake, paddling the kayaks, and watching my littles enjoy the wonder of the lake.
Some of the dads dug the kids a "hot tub" area where they loved digging in the sand and warming up in the water.
And with an abundant feast of snacks,
the day was pretty much perfect in their eyes.

How I love this beautiful place!

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Beautiful Mess

Lately my life looks a lot like this:

And honestly, it can get a bit frustrating.
Having 3 little boys is so much fun--but it is also very exhausting to experience the continual results of their creative minds.
They are constantly building forts out of all the pillows and cushions from the couches,
tracking in mud from their backyard adventures,
leaving bits of cardboard all over the house as they make various creations out of every spare box,
and folding dozens of paper airplanes each day which I find tucked into seemingly every corner of the house.

With my energy at a low point
(did I mention the baby is due in 4 DAYS???)
and an increased desire to have everything clean and orderly for the arrival of little brother,
I have found myself being a bit less patient than usual with the messes.

But I try to remember that the mess is evidence that they are playing happily together.
I try to remember that a productive mess is better than idle cleanliness.
I try to remember that the mess gives them opportunities to work to clean up.
I try to remember that I would miss these messes profoundly if they were suddenly taken from me.
And I try to just let it go and let them be little boys.

And when I can take that step back and really remember
instead of getting caught up in the inconveniences,
I can appreciate the mess.

Because whether or not it's perfectly picturesque, it's a beautiful mess.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Simple Summer Snapshots

People speak of Heaven in terms of golden paved roads,
glorious choirs,
and brilliant light.

And while I'm sure that Heaven will be exquisite,
I admit that I hope it includes climbing trees,
homemade costumes (like jetpacks made of cups and twine),
and little boys excitedly showing me "slug farms" they made in ziploc bags.

These slow summer days contain so many of the finer things life has to offer.

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