Friday, July 31, 2015

July in Review

According to my iPhone, the last month has been quite eventful! 

Our front yard lost its forest, and my front rooms gained a TON of sunlight! It's an ongoing project, but we've made a lot of progress. And by we, I mean he - that wonderful, hard working man I am fortunate enough to be married to!

We fought the great raccoon battle of 2015. And I think we won! This guy had been bothering us quite a bit. Each night he would get into our compost and garbage bins and root around. Shayne had the great idea to put something heavy on the lids (we used old brake discs from my car) and after a few more nights of listening to the raccoon attempt, but fail, to get into the cans, the noise stopped! Now we can go to sleep in peace.

A pregnant lady has got to be able to sit comfortably, and we were seriously lacking in the comfortable outdoor seating department. After taking pictures of every available chair, testing them all out, and discussing it at home with Shayne, I bought two of these blue mesh chairs. Mine has gotten quite a work out this month - trips to the beach, campfires, watching my man work outside, and sitting riverside on a weekend away - and it is truly comfortable! Worth every penny. 

Yep, I just wrote a whole paragraph about a lawn chair. That happened.

I finally finished re-painting the dresser for our baby room! Due to my limited energy and and the discomfort of crouching over my pregnant belly, this project took a lot longer than I had anticipated, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out! I'll write a little more on this project when the room is all put together. It is a special piece with a lot of sentimental value so being able to use it for our growing family makes me pretty happy.

I'm not sure how well you can see them, but I am covered in mosquito and black fly bites this year. The bug population seems to have increased greatly on PEI and of course, they swarm to me!! It's never been this bad before, so I must be giving off some sort of delicious scent because of the baby. 

My baby grew, a lot. Big baby, big belly. Big backache! Big smile.

I burned dinner. This one hurts to admit, and makes me want to cry. That pan is totally ruined now, and dinner was NOT salvageable.

As my energy levels wane, we are eating a lot more "easy" dinners. One night it was mac N cheese, another recent evening we ate bacon and eggs. Whatever works!

To celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, we went on a movie and ice cream date. We watched the Minions and laughed through the entire thing. After the movie, we picked up COWS ice cream cones and ate them by a lovely fountain downtown. It was nice to be able to talk about the last year and reflect on everything that's happened. This handsome guy, my Shayne, is my very best friend & I'm so blessed to call him my husband!

My "uncle" Jake & "aunt" Jacqui came to PEI for their vacation and brought along a beautiful baby quilt in the colours our nursery! Aunt Jacqui does wonderful work. I'm so excited to use this blanket with our little one. And check out those colourful fun! (And for the record, we don't know what we're having, so don't get any ideas based on the blue quilt! :P)

Our baby got biggggg. Did I already mention that?

The middle week of the month was the busiest. Our church hosted a Vacation Bible School and over 160 kids came! It was noisy, busy, and wonderful. I filled in volunteer gaps and helped in the kitchen.

After many nights of waking up in a panic because of this recurring dream that I would go into labour and not have a bag packed, I put together the baby's hospital bag. Perhaps I'll break it down in a separate post. It's full of the basics, and hopefully nothing extra. I'm praying that our stay in the hospital will be short lived.

Oh yeah. The baby - it got bigger again. ;) The doctor noted at my last appointment that "this baby has a really round head", after feeling my belly to make sure Baby D was getting into position.

We now have a new (to us) car. After months of truck problems we threw in the towel. Shayne sold it in a matter of days - in fact, he was already getting calls only a half hour after listing the truck! We're now VW people, with thanks to our pastor, who is moving away and wanted to sell his car. The Jetta should last us for many years to come!! looks cool, right?!

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