Wednesday, July 23, 2014

summer flowers

This is probably one of the biggest arrangements I've ever done.  I have been looking for big wide cheap vessels for awhile.  Usually they weren't what i wanted or were too expensive for my liking.  I found this silver bowl at a thrift store for maybe $5!  I haven't been able to play with as many flowers as I'd like to this year, but i hope that i can keep it up.  I love creating something different each time and while "the hunt" for flowers can sometimes be frustrating, it's always pretty cool to see what the outcome is with whats around you.  Although, i will say that i would also love to work with several varieties of flowers and be able to pick what i wanted rather than just see if i get lucky with finding something.  I've wanted and considered getting a wholesale license for awhile now.  Possibly trying to starting a business.  It's not really the right time now, with having a baby in a couple months.  Maybe next year?  It seems like a lot of people get started small with doing things for family/friends and word of mouth and i just don't know that many people in St. Louis.  Anyway, maybe that will be one of next years New Years resolutions...getting a wholesale license!  

In this arrangement, i bought the peonies and the mock orange (white flowers),  swiped a few queen annes lace and sweet pea from the side of the road, and the rest is from my yard; roses, foxglove, japanese spirea, and pokeweed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

30 weeks

Well, I've made it to 30 weeks!  For some reason I always think I'm at least 2 weeks ahead of what I really am, so when I tell myself how far I am, I feel like I have forever still!  I don't feel like I'm "in the home stretch" or like its flying by by any means.  Still 10 weeks to go (actually probably more like 9 weeks because i have gestational diabetes, and well it could be even less than that because of a few other things...I'll get into that maybe tomorrow).  I'm feeling pretty good still for the most part.  I posted the last picture so you can see my belly button is's been out for awhile now.  I've gotten to get a few ultrasounds lately and they let me see her in 3D a couple times.  That was kinda cool!  Apparently she has a lot of hair already...lets hope it's on her head and she doesn't come out looking like a monkey!  We've got a name picked out (still not completely decided on the middle name...we're kinda poking around), but we plan on keeping it a secret for the most part.  I need to finish up the baby room.  Someone gave us a ton of baby stuff last weekend.  I just put it in the room and now it looks so cluttered and i feel a little overwhelmed with it all just sitting in there.  Maybe this weekend i can get it a little more organized.  

In other news, Jeremy had a bike accident the other day and has been home from work the past couple days.  He texted me to come pick him up because he had a bad fall.  He's fallen before and usually can ride the rest, so i knew he had to have been in some pain for me to come get him.  When i got there his face and lips looked white and i was afraid he had punctured something.  He had the breath knocked out of him so he could hardly talk still and he said it hurt to talk anyway. He thought he might have had a broken rib so after we got home we decided maybe he should get checked out.  We went to Urgent Care and he got some X-rays.  Nothing was broken, just badly bruised and scraped up.  Thankfully he was wearing his helmet! You should see us both trying to get out of the car or off the couch...we both struggle and grunt really loud.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

25 weeks

I've hit 25 weeks today!  I turned 25 years old the other day...the night before my birthday i told Jeremy that it was my last day as 24 and being 24 weeks. 
I've officially made it to viability.  So if i were to go into labor the baby would have a 50-80% chance of survival.  It's definitely not ideal, but it does make me feel a little bit better knowing that she's got a chance if anything did happen.  When i was 21 weeks i started getting some bad braxton hicks contractions.  I called up the nurse to see how many was too many.  She said 5 or more to call her back.  So i sat on the couch, drinking my water and counted.  There was about 4 an hour for a couple hours.  I started to get a little panicky.  I know braxton hicks are normal, but this felt too soon...and definitely too soon to go into labor.  They got better through out the rest of the day.  Down to about 1-2 an hour and then less.  I still get them through out the day, but not as many and i try not to worry as much.  (easier said than done for me...I'm a worrier).  Other than the braxton hicks, some occasional back pain, and the pesky acid reflux I've been feeling pretty good.  My belly button is starting to poke out.  Not quite "popped" but if i wear a tight shirt you can see it sticking out.  

We were suppose to go to Colorado this week, but decided maybe we should stay home for a couple different reasons.  I do think it would have been kind of boring/miserable with a 13 hour drive (x2), trying to hike, drink lots of water, bathroom breaks, and not worrying about everything.  It's doable but i think im glad we stayed home.  Maybe next summer we can do a fun trip somewhere...with the little babe! 

I always feel kinda silly posing for pictures that aren't group shots with other people.  I can't come up with fun poses and i usually end up making some stupid face.  Jeremy will take a bunch of pictures and wont tell you when he's snapping so you click through them later and most of them turn out like this...

Or i'll try to come up with a new pose...

I guess it's all just for fun anyway....something to look back on later!  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Spring Arrangement

Back in April while the trees were still blooming i cut a few branches to add to this arrangement.  The hellebore's are also from my backyard.  I only bought the tulips and ranunculus.  

I remember it was actually quite chilly on this day and when i was driving in to dance there were snow flurries.  This was probably mid April and I wasn't happy with the cold.  It was a long winter, but these flowers were pretty and springy! 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Ditty of the Day

Yesterday we went for a long walk.  When i left the house i thought about changing my shoes, but i knew i had worn those sandals walking for hours before and thought I'd be fine (wore them all day just about everyday in Thailand). Well i don't know if it's because i haven't walked that far in 6 months, gained weight, or my feet were just sweaty and swollen, but when i got home i had 2 big blisters on the bottoms of each of my feet. When we were half way done i knew they were hurting and when i stopped they would burn and hurt worse.  I struggled to make it back to the car, adding an extra waddle to my already pregnant waddle.  I didn't notice the blisters till a little while later.  One big one on the ball of my foot and another about an inch long on the outer side of my foot...on both feets!!  The rest of the evening i hobbled around.  I got up a couple times in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and couldn't go back to sleep and then "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"  kept running through my mind.  Not sure why, but i kept humming it. The blisters are still there and I'm still hobbling around on my heels.  I will definitely have to wear better shoes next time!

I'm pretty sure I've posted other Paul Simon (or Simon and Garfunkel) songs on here before, but they are one of my favorite artists!

Friday, May 30, 2014

a few pictures from this past week

I started working on a baby mobile! Here's the mess on the couch... stethoscope to try and listen to the baby's heartbeat or moving around (couldn't pick anything up).  I ran out of green thread for the pine tree below and i'll probably make a couple more animals.  I'm pretty excited about it!

Rose bush in bloom!... are some of the foxgloves!

Last Saturday we went to Shakespeare in the Park and saw Henry V.  We picked up some Five Guys burgers and only stayed for the first half (it's free!).  Our butts were getting a little sore and it was getting a little chilly. 

Bassinet from my mom.  She used on her three kids and i used to play with it when i was younger. 

Memorial Day.  We went to Jefferson Barracks to have a picnic.  As soon as we got out of the car it started to rain.  We found a covered table and hid under there while it thunder stormed for about 20 minutes.  The sun came out and we walked around the Cemetery.  
I mentioned my Granny in my last post, she was stationed here at Jefferson Barracks during WW2.

And i'm not sure what this crazy dog is doing! 

I can't believe it's Friday already! (and i really can't believe it's almost June!)  I hope everyone has a fun weekend! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Backyard arrangement and my Granny's photo album

When my parents were in town the other week my mom brought me her moms old photo album from when she was a nurse in World War 2.  She was stationed here in St. Louis for awhile and talks about some of the parks, the zoo, streets and other locations that we go by everyday.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's shortly after I was born so I never really got to know her.  Looking through the photo album makes me feel like I knew her a little bit more and living in the same part of town as she did makes living here a little bit sweeter.  Today's backyard flowers are for me granny, Sula Jenkins.

We know Chippewa Ave.  My granny in the middle

a peculiar moment

The pictures have faded, but I'm pretty sure I know what lagoon she's talking about.

This page was missing pictures, but I love what it says.

They don't have Panda Bears at the Zoo anymore!

We've been to Meramec Caverns a couple of times.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thank you!

Thank you for all your love on our latest news!   The past 4 months or so have kinda been long. Winter seemed to never end and our nerves were on edge. We took this pregnancy day by day and with each new week it got a tiny bit easier.  We didn't even tell our families until 12-13 weeks.  Every doctors appointment I would be so nervous. My doctor was kind enough to spoil me with a few extra ultrasounds in the first few months. For my peace of mind and I think hers too.  At around 17 weeks I started to feel little kicks and it was a daily reassurance that this baby was still there.  Now almost every night I lay in bed feeling for those little kicks and pokes and other weird movements and when there's a lot I'll grab Jeremy's hand and we both just laugh at it all.
Once we found out it was a girl (and I thought it was going to be a boy) it was kinda strange but really real saying "her" and "she" instead of "it" or "the baby".   Now that we are half way done and know that's she's a she, I feel like I can start really getting excited about it all. Start shopping and decorating and making things and settling on a name.  I feel like it's been really dragging, but I'm sure it will go by fast and be here before we know it.  I'm not even the least bit worried or scared about the labor and delivery. I mean....that might change (I'm certain it will) once I get closer to the day, but for now it seems so far off.  
I'm hoping to make a trip home at some point during the summer and next month we are hoping to take a trip somewhere. We were originally thinking Colorado (before we found out I was pregnant) but lately we aren't sure that will be the best idea. We would want to do lots of hiking and see a lot and I'm not sure I'll be up for all that all day everyday.  
Besides being pregnant there hasn't been too much going on. Like I said before the winter was really long and cold. My parents were here the other week and we had a great time as usual! It was warm before they got here, cold and overcast everyday they were here, and then went back to being warm and sunny the day they left.  Too bad! We still managed to go to the botanical gardens though ;).  I have done a couple flower arrangements that I need to share.  Honestly, one reason I haven't been posting is because I would have to go down in the basement on the computer to post.  We used to have our laptop upstairs on the kitchen table but neither of us liked it there and then it kinda crashed. It still works but probably shouldn't be too reliable.  I don't really like being in the basement by myself. It's not scary really. Ok, yes it is.  Maybe not right now, but if we get infested with spider crickets again then I'm in trouble. They scare me way too much than they should. Actually I think I saw one down the yesterday. Maybe it was already dead but it wasn't there before.  Jeremy likes to make fun of me about these spider crickets. They probably aren't really all that bad (as in infested... But I'm the one that always seemed to come across them) and they are harmless.  Either way they are freaky.  Ok, enough talk on those monsters.  
I was thinking about going to hobby lobby today, but I think I have allergies. My throat is sore, eyes burning, nose stuffed, and head and neck feel like I got ran over.  Yuck.  Hoping it goes away soon! Anyway, I'm so thankful for all the love and congratulations from facebook and everywhere else.  Hopefully I'll keep this blog a little bit more updated now that the bomb has been dropped and the news is out. I know a couple friends and family have said they've been checking in lately and I'm sorry I've been MIA, but thanks for always checking in!  
I'll leave you with this picture from the other day of me and Ziva! My first baby girl!  I'm sure she will get an eye opener once the baby comes, but i think she will love her some baby toes. She loves to lick toes! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We're having a baby!!

And we couldn't be more excited!!
I'm 20 weeks or 5 months or half way done, however you want to look at it!

Oh! and we found out earlier this week that we're having a baby girl!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thank you and a few new things

I know this is well over due (like almost 2 months) , but I just wanted to say thank you all for your kind words on my last post.  I was so nervous when I hit the post button and shared on Facebook. I got several comments, emails, private messages on Facebook, and text messages from so many people almost immediately and the following days.  It was a relief to get it off my chest and the support from everyone was wonderful!  Thank you!

Anyway, on to something a little more light hearted :)  The weather has been getting much better!  Spring is near!  There's still some chilly days here and there but you can tell that people around town are excited about the weather and seem to be in better moods. More people outside walking and windows rolled down.

I am having a dance show this weekend. Had a show last night and it went pretty well!  It's been awhile since I've performed on a big stage!  The week of the show is sometimes stressful but the night of the show is always a mix of emotions! Nerves and excitement! Putting on lots of makeup and costumes!  Usually I feel good after the first dance (I'm in 3 this show) but sometimes I go out on stage completely forgetting what dance I'm doing and what comes next. Thank goodness for muscle memory!  Hoping tonight goes as well as last night!

I'm hoping to get back into doing flowers soon!  It's been very slow over here lately and I didn't find much to work with.  Soon enough I'll be planting some flowers and things will start coming back after the winter.   Maybe next week I'll go out for some flowers.

Oh, by the way, Happy early St. Patricks day!
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