I hope you had a fabulous weekend. The weather was gorgeous here on the Panhandle and we were able to hangout with a good friend and some family.
On Friday I made a big batch of spaghetti and our friend Kim came over so we could help her setup her own website. It’s always a fun time when we see Kim, and because we both knew her before Stephen and I were dating we always have tons of stories that come up. After dinner we helped Kim make a video for her website. This was the first video we’ve helped someone make, and it was a lot of fun. I pooped out at 12:30 (which is like a new record for me) and Stephen helped her finish the recording. The next morning she left to a women’s conference in town and Stephen got to work on editing the video while I went and met my friend Brett for some brunch. When we were leaving the lady at the register asked me if I was expecting, and I excitedly told her yes. That was my first “stranger” pregnancy question, which means it isn’t just me noticing this bump from my belly, it’s becoming much more obvious!
So when I got home after brunch I went to water our tomato plant and noticed that we had our first juicy mater turning from green to red. I am so excited to see that they are actually going to make the change before the season changes and it’s too cold. With this unexpected cooler weather I wasn’t sure if they would make it, but it seems we will get to enjoy them after all. Here is what I found when I went to pick the red guy today:
Happy Red Tomato:
Then, upon inspection:
Our backyard friends got to it first!
I love the birds in our yard, but I had no idea they were so hungry.
This wasn’t a one-taste visit either, they really enjoyed our homegrown veggie:
that’s multiple beak marks…
Thankfully we have a good group of green ones left. I’m just gonna have to be a lot quicker the next instant I see a ripe tomato outside. I don’t know how they spotted the one red one inside there so fast, but it’s as if the birds were waiting for it. I may need to put a net around this plant to make sure we can enjoy them too.
Thankfully they only attacked 1/2 the tomato, so I brought it inside and put it by the window to show Stephen what happened.
Maybe Stephen won’t be too weirded out and can enjoy his first tomato sandwich of the bunch
As I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I did some major house cleaning this week. The office was the room I feared most. When walking in to organize and start the transformation of the new Guest Room I would get instantly overwhelmed and quit. The room housed a crazy combination of Stephen’s things: from a desk, 3 computer monitors, 2 computer towers, multiple Nintendo systems, all the games that he’s collected since childhood, stacks of books, 4 guitars and their cases, and enough cords that if I tied them all together they could have reached Texas. That’s just what was seen when you first walked in, we won’t talk about the inside of the closet. Of course I had my fair share of items in there too. Mostly things hanging on the walls, and boxes in the top of the closet, but it was a team effort to let that room fall so far to the wayside. To be honest, I don’t think Stephen minded the rooms insanity. I, however, couldn’t stand it. The organizer in me was going crazy.
It was with my mom’s don’t-quit-til-your-done attitude that made this space 1 step closer to becoming our future guest room. Thankfully I am an anti pack-rat and I toss anything that isn’t being used. That attitude makes cleaning 1000% easier! I went through my box of old school things and tossed stuff like crazy. Keep a napkin from my senior Prom?! Please, I don’t think so. If pictures aren’t in albums they didn’t make the cut. This week I have been a cleaning Nazi, and it’s felt amazing! To see a box full of notes, papers, pictures, and things be emptied down to a few personal keepsakes was a real accomplishment. My mom watched out for me and posed the “are you sure you wanna throw that out” question several times, but I didn’t have a second guess in my body about any of it. I hate thinking what it would be like if I kept every single little note, card, or picture and one day my kids had to go through all that junk. I kept the things that were important to me. Things I would like to show my children one day. If it won’t be used, why keep it.
Okay, back on subject, sorry I got sidetracked on my de-cluttering high horse there.
Here are the pictures of how the room started out…
The Horrific Before:
The goal was to get rid of anything we didn’t need or weren’t using. We don’t have an attic, so our storage space is very limited and our 2 spare bedrooms are now going to have important uses. Here is how it looked several house later…
the ”De-Cluttered” After:
We are getting rid of a few things in the room. The desk is getting listed on Craigslist. The tv stand right above there is getting the boot, and hopefully we’ll have a friend that would like to house a TV (Stephen wants to keep it as a “backup” television in case something were to happen to the other one). We’ll probably remove everything from the walls, once I decide on how we are going to decorate & what type of bed we’ll get. We are going to get wall-mounts for the guitars, which is something we’ve wanted to do for a while. The floor space will be an empty & fresh slate, minus the one small bookcase.
There you have it. It took a lot of work and help, but the Guest Room is on it’s way to a wonderful & functional ”After”. Just don’t ask me about paint colors, I don’t have a clue where to start…
Man o man things have been busy here the past few days. With the help & huge motivation of my mom, we were able to knock off some of the big projects I have been avoiding for months. I really couldn’t have done it without her, mentally or physically. I needed her manual labor since I’m on “lifting” restriction for the next few months, and apparently that means I can’t push heavy things around either.
One of the big projects we tackled was the living room. We had the task of making it go from a living room to a family room. Something that doesn’t feel like any room in just any house, but our home.
I had a real hard time finding pictures of the room from when we first moved in with our old furniture. These few ‘random’ pic’s will have to give you an idea of how it looked (aka: boring, bland, dysfunctional, and personality-less)…
(ignore the Christmas decor & pay attention to the old couch & side table: our only furniture)
everything has changed except that 1 picture on the wall
(after we got the bookcases back in March)
(bookcases are cornered, new curtains are up, and a desk/workspace is in place)
view from the laundry room door:
the “profile of the room” on Sunday
While the bookcases look nice, they weren’t functioning the way I was hoping they would.
I got the chairs by the window from Goodwill and was going to reupholster them, but I lost interest in that idea months ago.
The BIG After #3
(the view from my seat)
I have to say that for a long time I didn’t like this room. It’s the area we are in the most and it had so many different “styles” that I felt like it wasn’t one flowing space. However, I think I accomplished the perfect functioning space for our needs.
My biggest dilemma was that I wanted a space where both Stephen and I could hang out and do our own things while being in the same room. I finally decided to come up with an affordable & workable plan. With the baby on the way the office is now becoming the guest room. Therefore we have to incorporate an ‘office’ area somewhere in the living space. I wanted to make this living room our one-stop spot. Now you see what we ended up with. With Stephen working on the computer a lot he was always in the office while I was in the living room. For the past 3 days we have both been in the same room doing our different things. Our new Family Room is working perfectly for our needs
Let’s see the checklist:
-Entertainment Area, check
-Comfy Couch, check
-Rug for comfort, warmth, and floor time with baby Ringl, check
-Bookcases for albums & photos & games, check
-Work Space for Stephen, check!!!
Now all we need is a nice storage ottoman in front of the window that will work for seating and storage for future toys and knick knacks that will litter this room up like crazy
It only took me 10 months to get some nice window decor! Heck, I bought the curtains back in July at IKEA, so it took me 3 months just to get them hanging (thanks mom! pregnant lady + standing on a ladder wasn’t gonna work).
Just to say it, who knew that the simple act of hanging curtains COMPLETELY changes the feel and look of a room. They’re like decorating magic! One window down, only 8 more to go…
Now I just need to learn what time of day to take pictures in the house so that the flash will work and the lighting is better…
Yesterday was a big day in the world of myself and Baby Ringl. While sitting at my parents house, and watching some addictive HGTV, I started adjusting my shorts because my stomach felt funny. After a few “bubbles” moved around I had the crazy moment to think “wait a second, what is that?” After sitting still for a few moments I felt it again 5 or 6 times. I mentioned to my mom that ‘something feels weird’ and her eyes got huge. She sat next to me hoping she’d see something move, but I told her that isn’t normal until after 22 weeks or so.
Yesterday afternoon I felt baby Ringl moving around for the first time! It was the most amazing thing and I can’t wait to experience it again. When I told Stephen he was ecstatic and totally jealous It was like a little reminder from heaven that God is taking care of our little munchkin, and in 11 days we will get to see if we are having a he or she!
We went to a wedding today so I have a new picture for you.
Here we are at 18 weeks!
We have a mover in that belly!
I decided to make a “Baby Ringl” photo album on facebook today. People will finally start finding out that we’re pregnant, other than some close friends and family that know. I’m excited that it’s slowly becoming more obvious that I’m pregnant, and not just “letting myself go”, haha.
This past Monday night Stephen came home with his hands full. He has been wanting to start golfing again, but hasn’t been able to because he didn’t have any clubs. When he first walked in the other night he had a new set of golf balls and tees in his hands. He told me when we went to see his dad he gave them to him as a late birthday present. It was a perfect gift for him to start back golfing. He went back out and grabbed the bag of golf clubs that were given to him by a friend of ours, Brandon. After talking to Brandon and his dad, he thought he could put together his own make-shift set with clubs they weren’t using. Brandon gave him a combination of clubs in a bag, and when he went back to the car he came back in with a big box. When Stephen went to get the extra clubs from his dad he was surprised to find a whole new set waiting for him. Dad surprised him with a late birthday present and got him a really nice complete set of Wilson Clubs, along with some balls and tees. The smile on his face when he got home and had that box in his hands was priceless!
I can’t tell you how excited I am that Stephen got something that he’s been wanting for so long. With a baby on the way we are learning how to be super frugal on essential items, so a set of golf clubs wasn’t really at the top of any list of what we’d be getting soon. I’m pretty sure both our Christmas Lists will consist of #1 diapers and #2 more diapers. We know diapers are expensive, and that a baby never stops pooping, so we figure it’s a good idea to stock up early and get as many as we can before Baby Ringl arrives!
I thought to snap a few pictures that night, so now you can see them for yourself
Stephen and his new set of clubs:
the set he got from Brandon:
Here is what Stephen looked like the rest of the night:
It was funny to be sitting in one room, and then hear and see a ball come rolling into the other. Stephen got a cup out and started putting on the carpet. After that he headed outside into the backyard, just to be sure all lamps and lights remain intact.
I can tell you that it is a really exciting feeling to watch someone you love play with a new “toy” like a child on Christmas. He already has plans to go to the hitting range, and I know it’ll be interesting to hear him come home and talk about how much ‘practicing’ he needs to get in so he can start playing again. I’m just glad we have such a huge yard for him to practice in. I think that is becoming part of a new routine when he gets home from work