Thursday, February 28, 2013

Catching Up

   I have really been slack about blogging over the past few weeks.  Life has been a whirlwind lately.  I'd like to think it will slow down soon but, with a baby coming in just 6 or so weeks, it may not! 
Speaking of babies, we just finished up 4 weeks of child birth classes last night.  We had a wonderful instructor (thanks Amanda!!) and I found the classes to be so helpful.  I really haven't been at all nervous about the whole labor process (I can't say the same for Chris) but this class made me even more comfortable with the whole idea of giving birth.  I at least now feel like I know what to expect (even though you never really know what to expect) and know the right questions to ask/things to do when the time comes.  Chris clearly enjoyed the classes too:

Chris and I have had quite a bit of quality time together over the past few weekends as the twins are currently transitioning to a potential adoptive family.  I haven't blogged much (or at all) about our foster care journey lately because everything has been so up in the air and we don't know what's going on most of the time.  But, I would ask that you say a prayer as we go back to court next Monday.  The Lord has placed a wonderful potential adoptive family in the boy's lives and we pray that it is His will that all the details work out for the boys to be living there before the baby's born.
But anyways, in our quality time together, Chris and I have been able to get quite a bit accomplished in the nursery.  We finally got all the furniture positioned just right (until I decide it needs to be moved again!  just kidding Chris...maybe).  I'll post some pictures as soon as we have it done.  We are still deciding on where to put pictures on the wall, etc.

At 34 weeks pregnant, I still feel great!  I really don't have any complaints other than it's getting a bit harder to find a comfortable position to sleep.  My energy level has been good and I'm still exercising as much as possible.  I do get some funny looks in the gym, especially when I'm lifting weights.  My doctor's appointments have been going well.  I am measuring right on track and my weight gain is appropriate.  After my next appointment, I'll start going every week!  It's hard to believe that we could meet our precious son in 6 weeks or less!  

Here's what I'm looking like lately (although this was taken 2 weeks ago and I have grown a bit since then!):

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Dr Seuss Baby Shower!

I am very blessed.  Last weekend, four of my dearest friends- Alison, Ashley, Marie, and Stephanie- hosted a baby shower for me.  It was such a special time for me to have so many friends in one room, celebrating my baby boy.  There was clearly a lot of work put into the decorations as you can see from the pictures!  The theme was Dr Seuss and it was all so adorable!  I actually forgot my camera (can you believe it??) so all of these pictures were taken from my phone.  

Cat in the Hat jello cups!
All the tables had book center pieces
Great job on the cupcakes Steph!
Adorable napkins (and no, I can't figure out how to flip the picture the right way)

Dr Seuss theme drinks

Such a special table complete with a Dr Seuss guest book!
With my 4 wonderful hostesses!
Thanks for all your hard work Alison!
I am thankful that our baby boy is so loved already!  We got a lot of very nice and useful gifts!  Chris' mom even gave us a little red wagon that Chris made when he was in high school which was so special.  I will be sure to post pictures of it when I do a post on the nursery (although it's a long way from being done!).  This was a day that I will cherish for a long time.  You can also check our Alison's blog post about the shower here!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wedding cake

I haven't blogged much recently about any of my adventures in cake baking but I have made quite a few cakes lately!  Last weekend I had the pleasure of making Chris' step-sister Macy's wedding cake and grooms cake.  I made Chris' other step-sister Jenna's wedding cake almost 2 years ago (remember this)?  Well, here's the finished product- a 4 tier classic white cake with vanilla buttercream.  She had a winter wonderland theme for her wedding.  Also, she wanted a groom's cake for her husband, Ryan.  She sent me a picture of his favorite Audi engine which she wanted made into a cake.  Can I let you in on a little secret?  I may have baked and iced the grooms cake by Chris actually decorated it!  My husband is pretty handy to have around the kitchen :)  Here's a few pictures!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Welcome baby Ella!!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping to host (along with Alison, Marie, and Ashley) a baby shower for my dear friend Stephanie who is due with a baby girl, Ella, on March 1st.  It turned out to be quite a success and it's clear that Ella is one loved little girl already!  Here's some pictures from the shower.

I can't take any credit for any of the decorations- that was all the work of my co-hosts!
Adorable center pieces made by Marie
the menu consisted of ice cream sundaes and cupcakes!

Stephanie with all the hostesses