Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Prayers needed!

As many of you know, we have not closed on the house yet. While they had no problems pre-approving us based on my lovely state-funded job, they are now giving us the run-around. Please pray that we can get all of this figured out soon, and that we can remain calm as deadlines pass us by and as our stuff sits in a moving truck :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

This week's giveaway: cute picture frame!

We've had a crazy week! No, we're not in the house yet... but hopefully soon. Things are delayed at the mortgage company and we're learning a much-needed lesson in patience :)

I'll be 25 weeks pregnant tomorrow! WOW! Only 15 weeks left! Avery is definitely getting bigger- I can feel some smaller movements now and it just means things are getting tight in there! My new hobby this week (I'm bored- I need to work) is to put objects on my belly and wait for her to knock them off... she's pretty good at it! Maybe I can catch it on video...

The giveaway this week on Allison's blog is this cute picture frame! Head on over via the link on the right side of the page!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Easiest recipe EVER!

So I was updating my recipe box this morning when I came across a peach cobbler recipe that was so easy I had to make it... right away! I happened to have all 3 ingredients in my cabinets and since Avery loves sweets.... I couldn't say no!

Here it is!

1 can (the big, big one) of peaches
1 box of white or yellow cake mix
1 1/2 sticks of butter (melted)

Dump the can of peaches into a 13x9 inch pan and cut them up into bite-size pieces.
Sprinkle the box of cake mix over the top.
Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix.
Sprinkle the sugar on top (this wasn't in the original recipe... I added it)
Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

It's delicious!! :) I'm eating my 2nd bowl right now...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cute Stationery!

The free giveaway on Allison's blog this week is some hand-made stationery! Here's a sneak peak at what you can win if you head on over!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

23 week visit and Appliances!

We went back to the doctor yesterday to have a check-up and everything looks great! I'm measuring around 24 weeks (about 5 days ahead) and I finally gained enough weight over 4 weeks to make the nurse happy :) The report from the ultrasound that we had 4 weeks ago mentioned that there was a bright spot on the heart, which could indicate Down Syndrome, but that was the only thing they could find and estimated our risk to be less than 1 out of 600. The doctor also said that she has never heard of or seen Down Syndrome when the only sign they found was the spot on the heart (there's other indicators- Avery doesn't have any of those). The doctor didn't seem to be worried at all, and they didn't recommend any genetic consultation, so I'm trying not to worry about it :) Our next visit will be with our new doctor here in town... and I've got to do the gestational diabetes test sometime in the next 4 weeks or so. The weeks are just flying by!

23 weeks, 0 days pregnant!

The most fun part about going to St. Louis (I had to resist the urge to type "funnest") is the time we get to spend with our friends the Pandukus! Here's a picture from our visit to the St. Louis Science Museum on Saturday
William and I with Anna and 3 of the boys: Carson, Caleb, and Colin... we built the arch!

When we got back into town we decided to go by the house... and we had appliances!! YAY!! For those of you who want random details: they're all GE appliances... The house will be officially finished Friday morning, so we're trying to speed the process with the mortgage company so we can have the weekend to move stuff and start painting

Double oven
Microwave and counter-top range

Friday, July 11, 2008

The days fly by....

WOW! The weeks just keep going by so quickly! I can't believe I'm 23 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) and our house is going to be FINISHED by the end of next week!! I guess I'd rather have it all fly past than creep along slowly...

Something I learned this week: pregnancy apparently makes sunscreen useless. I went in the sun for an hour of the afternoon, with 45 SPF WATERPROOF (thanks, Sarah Hall) sunscreen on and got a pretty bad sunburn on my chest and thighs... ugh. I was so concerned about not letting my body temperature get too high... oh well. Avery has started kicking me in the ribs this week when I am sitting down. I am one of those short-bodied, long-legged/armed people and apparently she has already run out of stretching space. It's going to be a long 17 weeks until she has all the space she needs... :)

We're heading to St. Louis this weekend for our last OB-GYN visit there. It's always fun to spend time with our friends- the Pandukus. Did I mention they have 4 boys? And that we all crowd into their apartment for the weekend? Fun times :)

Oh! It's free giveaway Friday on Allison's blog again! This week's giveaway is a painting by Kelly Smith (Allison's sister, and my friend from OBU) who is also going to be painting Avery's nursery for us! Here's a picture:
Head on over to her blog for a chance to win!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July everyone! We're hoping the festivities here don't get rained out :)

Oh! And to celebrate, you should go to Allison's blog (the link is to the right) to sign up for the free giveaway! It's a really cute bag this week... and you have until Monday morning to sign up!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Carpet and bathrooms!

We now have sinks, faucets, toilets, and carpet in the house! I haven't actually been by to see them yet, but here are some pictures William took!

Kitchen sink and faucet

Carpet in the living room

Carpet in the loft area and bedrooms

Master bathroom sinks and mirror

Pedestal sink in the downstairs bathroom