Notes on our move (less than two weeks away): We still don’t have a place to live. There may be stress building up in my ‘this is an adventure’ attitude. We have a few prospects that we are almost certain will work out, but we have to wait until winter storm Cleo passes through and the renting agencies all open again.
We did rent a truck and line up movers (AKA friends).
Our apartment smells like boxes, which isn’t a good smell. Especially when it’s 80 degrees and humid everyday. I have packed quite a few boxes and we are going to be done packing most things early, which is nice because I still have Christmas presents to make.
I made a very detailed calendar of what needs to be done each day and that’s been awesome. I don’t think my husband has ever had such a good grasp on family plans!
A note to anyone planning on packing with an almost 4 month old in the house: don’t. Hire someone. Get a babysitter. Do something. Or you will go crazy.
All-in-all, we are making progress.
Christmas shopping is done! This really doesn’t mean a whole lot since I am making quite a few of our gifts, and those haven’t been started. Whoops. BUT it does mean that I don’t have to battle last-minute Christmas shoppers with bad attitudes.
The next time I write a Friday Quick Take I will have a nephew! We are awaiting the arrival of Middaugh cousin #3 (and the only boy so far) sometime this week (he’s only a week late…). AND I get to meet my niece in a month! Can’t wait!
Chris and I are loving our Advent devotions every evening. We have always talked about a short family devotion at dinner, but just never made time to find one to do. The Advent devotion we chose is nice because it’s short but packed full of things we can talk about. It’s a great way to end the evening and celebrate this wonderful season!
My child is fussy. Y’all. She wasn’t like this a few weeks ago. The only thing I can guess it could be is teething. She sucks on her hand (though she’s done this for a while) and drools CONSTANTLY. We’re talking 2-3 bibs a day. She loves the cold teething ring, but isn’t quite old enough to hold it in her mouth by herself so I end up doing that for hours everyday. I haven’t resorted to medicine yet because she doesn’t have a fever. I also can’t feel any teeth or ‘hard’ gums. I think I may go ahead and get teething tablets and see what she does.
OR it could be that she has decided naps are for losers and she isn’t taking part in that.
Look back at #! and see if you notice anything weird.
That’s right. It’s 80 degrees here. WINTER! WHERE ARE YOU? It’s currently 20 degrees and snowing in the town we will soon call home. Talk about a temperature adjustment.
I am trying to enjoy the shorts and Chaco weather here, knowing that I won’t see it again until May.
The Duggars: I started watching 18 Kids and Counting while I was packing this week. I have never seen the show but of course have heard about the family, especially since they are from Arkansas. They are the most precious family. Seriously. It kind of makes me want a ginormous family, but I have no desire to go through that many pregnancies/ labors.
The family has awesome values, their kids are amazing, a little odd (but aren’t we all?), they have a great work ethic, and are financially savvy. I adore them.
I will probably begin stalking them when we move, hoping to accidentally run into them.
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OH! And I will have an awesome mustache picture of the hubs on Monday. It’s actually quite disgusting.
This year, the Christmas season is going to be very different for our family. We move in a little over two weeks, 18 days to be exact. Have we packed? No. Found a place to live? No. Rented a U-Haul? No.We aren’t on top of this process at all. But ya know what? It’s all good because it’s ADVENT!
I woke up very excited about this season and ready to begin celebrating. There is something so sweet about waiting for our King to come. The anticipation, excitement, and preparation makes Christmas morning so much sweeter… if we take time to really prepare.
And by prepare I don’t mean shop for the perfect gift, bake cookies or cinnamon rolls for my neighbors and friends, wrap presents, decorate the perfect Christmas tree, attend every Christmas party, and spend my days stressing over the expectations that we place on each other to make the season “Pinterest Perfect”.
To prepare for Christmas means to set my mind on things above. To focus on the coming of the Savior. I don’t know the perfect way to do this. I have no idea how much is too much, but here’s what our family will do this year:
Light a Candle: We don’t have an Advent wreath yet. And I don’t want to buy/make anything at this point because I don’t need anything else to move. So we will light a different candle each week (most likely whatever candles we haven’t packed yet) and put them in a circle on the table to celebrate each week of Advent. Fancy, huh?
Put up our tree on the first day of Advent: We aren’t doing ornaments or a live tree this year, but luckily I have an artificial tree that I purchased for my classroom a few years ago. We went ahead and put it up so we could have evenings and mornings enjoying the Christmas tree lights.
Weekly Christmas Movie/ Hot Chocolate: My husband is wonderful and watched The Holiday with me after we put up the tree this afternoon. Ruth fell asleep…
Daily Family Devotion: I have been trying to figure out what to do as far as devotions and though I haven’t read through the entire devotional, this is our plan for now.
Music: Chris and I can’t sing. Well, Chris can a little bit, but I can’t at all. But it’s important to me to teach our children hymns. So, based on suggestions from friends, we will be singing O Come, O Come Emmanuel each week as we light our candle. We will start with the first verse and add each week until we sing the entire song and light our final candle on Christmas morning.
There are so many traditions that I want to begin this year. There are so many wonderful Advent books and devotions that seem perfect. We will buy one at some point, but for now, simple is what is doable at our house. Since this is the first year for us to really spend time focusing on preparing our hearts for that Glorious Christmas morning when we celebrate our Savior’s birth, anything is better than nothing!
Chris and I are celebrating our 5th Thanksgiving as a married couple this year. (Not sure how that happened, but here we are.) We came into marriage with no real traditions for this holiday, other than spending the day with family and maybe watching a little football.
Since that first Thanksgiving, in which we drove 9 hours home to surprise family and then came back 3 days later exhausted and overwhelmed, we opted to never, ever travel over Thanksgiving again.
The next year, we started our own tradition: Friendsgiving. (Which sometimes includes family.)
Thanksgiving 2010 began our tradition of a morning 5K, lunch with family/ friends (that year it was my brother and a friend from church), scouring the Black Friday ads, and then shopping (on Friday, not Thanksgiving).
We took our 5K up a notch in 2012 and ran a 15K. It was a blast. It was also our first Thanksgiving with no family at all. We spent Thanksgiving with good friends and had a lovely meal with wonderful company.
Thanksgiving 2013 began about the same as every other year, except we added in a short devotion to start the day. We read Psalm 100:
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Then we continued our 5K tradition:
(Running a very crowded 5K while pushing a stroller is not ideal, but I did it! I only hit a few people with the stroller along the way.)
Once again, we had lunch with our sweet friends.
Thanksgiving was fabulous, as usual. Yummy food and fun friends! And so, so much to be thankful for.
Chris and I are on the hunt for Advent traditions to begin with our little family. We both grew up celebrating Christmas, but not so much Advent. We have our disagreements on how to celebrate Christmas, mainly the whole Santa thing, but we agree on the fact that we want to focus on the Christmas story beginning the very first day of the Advent season. A friend from church recommended this book and we are very much thinking it may be the way to go. Of course we plan on an Advent wreath, too! What Advent traditions does your family have?
I can’t stop watching Scandal. I know, I know- it’s absolutely killing brain cells and probably making me dumber, but oh my, it’s addicting. I only have three episodes left, so I can get back to being a fully functioning human being sometime soon. Let’s be honest, I’ll finish it by lunch.
My friend Haley and her husband wrote a cookbook. They focus on meals that include real food, celebrate the Liturgical Year and some saints’ days. It really is very cool, especially for anyone wanting to teach their children about the church year/ celebrate it at home rather than just at church.
Update on the move: we still haven’t found a home, we haven’t booked the U-Haul, I haven’t picked up boxes to begin packing. Things completed: we booked a babysitter that weekend (thanks, Mom), Chris’s mom booked her flight to come help with the drive home (thanks, Riley), we figured out arrival times, we have a possible moving team. That’s enough for now, right? I haven’t had time to work on the rest. As I said earlier, Scandal has consumed my life.
I also made these:
Dairy-free is going surprisingly well. Ruth’s eczema is gone. The only thing we changed was my diet, so I am guessing that’s what it was. Thanks, Kaitlin for your diet awareness! I would have never known dairy could be the cause of Ruth’s skin issues.
One week from today is Black Friday: one of my favorite days of the year. No, I won’t shop on Thursday- I will be drinking wine and eating lots of food instead. But I will be out on Friday. I actually don’t have any plans on buying anything, but I can’t wait for the chaos!
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As I sit here, searching for recipes because it’s six o’clock and I have no idea what’s for dinner, I realize it’s suddenly quiet.
And then I get really nervous that he’s going to drop her because he really is sound asleep…
I could repeat everything I have said the last 2 months, but I won’t. Know that I still think you’re the coolest baby around (seriously). And one day when you read this (if I get around to putting it in your scrapbook), know that I love you more than I could have ever imagined.
Let’s get on with that “What Ruthie Does Now” portion of the letter.
You talk. A lot. In the words of your dad, “It’s the cutest thing ever to listen to her talk.” I think he likes you. And we will see what he says in about 13 years when you talk non-stop. The talking is not much different from before, but it’s much, much more.
You really like peek-a-boo. You smile and shriek, but mostly kick your legs, which is how you show your excitement and frustration.
You have started grabbing items without us putting them directly in your hands. You bat at toys. Your have three favorite toys: your Baby Einstein radio, your doll, and your ‘tag’ blanket.
You giggled for the first time Saturday. It was the prettiest sound I have ever heard. Since then, your dad and I have spent HOURS trying, without success, to get you to do it again.
You finally started to push up when lying on your belly. We were starting to think you were super lazy… You are holding up your head pretty well until you get tired. I have a feeling you will be sitting up before we know it.
You weigh about 13 pounds and are about 24 inches long. You are in between sizes 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing.
Y’all. This weekend was HUGE at our house. Ruth is finally pushing up (thanks to suggestions of using the Boppy to help during tummy time). We actually put it on our bed to hopefully relieve some of the pressure on her belly. It worked! She pushed herself right up like she had been doing it for months.
She started batting at items intentionally. She’s been doing it accidentally but this weekend it seemed like she was doing it on purpose.
AND- she laughed! My sweet baby laughed for the first time Saturday morning while Chris was jogging with her and then again last night at home. Seriously the best sound ever.
If you remember, Trader Joe’s opened about a month ago here in Tally. I cannot say enough good things about this store. But really, the best part is the wine. When I decided to stay home a few months, we cut our alcohol budget down by half. We don’t drink a lot, but I do love a beer or glass of wine after putting Ruth down for bed. Anyways, decent tasting wine can be a bit more expensive than I like to pay, but not with Trader Joe’s! Our wine stash is back to being fully stocked most of the time! It’s the small things.
Ruth is finally over her first cold! Though she never had a fever, she had a terrible stuffy nose and a little cough (which was actually kind of adorable). She was up every 2ish hours the past few nights (not adorable) which she has never done. I should have just put her in her bouncer or car seat to sleep better. The only positive of her cold was all the sweet snuggles I received. Somehow being able to comfort a sick baby makes no sleep a bit more bearable. (And thankfully, I was able to nap while she did during the day!)
I have officially eliminated all dairy from my diet. This includes dairy even in the smallest amount (AKA all the hidden dairy that’s in, like, everything). Benefits? Hopefully it helps Ruth’s eczema, spitting up, and maybe even drool. I am giving it 6 weeks to see if anything happens. If there seems to be no change, I will reevaluate. Negatives (for purely selfish reasons)? I am missing out on a TON of holiday foods and desserts, darn it. I will officially be providing my own sweets at holiday gatherings so I don’t cave and eat all of the delicious pies.
Wine doesn’t have dairy. This is good.
I WORE BOOTS THIS WEEK! I have been waiting on this day to come. I love fall and I love boots, but Florida does not provide the climate for that too often. We also snuggled up on the couch with PJ’S and slippers. I lit a fall candle, sat back and watched Christmas movies with Ruthie.
We hung up Ruth’s jumper. She doesn’t quite reach the ground so we will have to put a stool underneath her. She doesn’t know what to think but it’s helping her neck and shoulder strength. This is good since she hates tummy time.
We finally made plans as to when to begin the moving process. We set dates, made holiday plans, and even found some boxes. We leave 5 weeks from today. Every move is so bittersweet. But for the sake of Ruth knowing family, I am so glad to be heading home for at least a few years.
Still don’t know where/ what we will be moving into. I feel like I should be concerned, but I’m not. It’s an adventure, right?
Update on diaper rash. Because I know you are sitting on the edge of your seats. The culprit was the cloth overnight. Her little bum just can’t handle it. As of now we are using disposable at night. I figure one a day isn’t too bad. As soon as I make it to Hobby Lobby, I am buying fleece to put between her butt and the diaper (thanks to Alicia, cloth diapering genius).
I don’t know why the font is suddenly different for this one. But I don’t have time to figure it out! I also am not proofreading this. Sorry. It’s play date time!
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