Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - $20 Nail Polish, Unwanted Advice and a Big Freakin' Roach

 one. Sunday night Chris and I were watching a movie and I was curled up into him with a big quilt over me. I glanced to my left because I thought I saw something move. Then a minute later I thought I saw something move closer to me. THEN I felt something touch my arm. It was a ROACH. A ROACH ON MY PERSON. Naturally I screamed and threw the quilt which threw the roach onto my belly. I then proceeded to scream some more and dance a jig accordingly. That was literally the most traumatic thing that has happened to me in a while.

two. This weekend I did some actual maternity shopping. Old Navy’s regular jeans have never done anything for me but their maternity skinnies fit perfectly. Go figure. I got said jeans and a top and Saturday found a cute basic long sleeve top at Target. I think that’s how I’m going to do my maternity shopping: gradually little by little.

three. I think this might be the first poop joke ever on this blog:

four. I'm finally reading The Shining (my favorite scary movie) and I've decided I need more Stephen King in my life.

five. George Clooney is married??  File that under Didn't Think That Would Ever Happen.  Seriously.  Hope that works out for him.

six. Sunday night I made this sweet and sour chicken for us. Pretty good! And of course super easy, like everything I make. Next time I’m going to add some pineapple preserves to the apricot I used.

seven. Saturday I got out by myself and got my hair trimmed and my nails done. Mom gave me a gift certificate for a free manicure. The little lady started telling me about gel polish and how much better it is and yack yack yack. I didn’t ask and she didn’t mention that it was $20 MORE EXPENSIVE than regular polish. So my free manicure wasn’t as free as I thought it would be. I beat myself up pretty hard about that…

eight. I found Cooper's future Halloween costume:

nine. I swear it's the same song and dance with Gus and Dixie every day.  They walk around while we're getting ready yelling at us like I don't feed them every morning at 7:20 on the dot.

ten. Me when men try to give me pregnancy advice:

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Monday, September 29, 2014

A Word from Dixie - This Might Not Be a Bad Thing

calico, cat, dixie, green eyes

The jig is up. We know Mama and Daddy are having a “baby”. Gus is pissed. I don’t even think he knows what a “baby” is, he’s just upset Mama is so happy about something other than him.

To be honest I’m not sure either.
I know it’s small. Mama can’t fit into ANY of those little outfits she’s been bringing home.  I'm wondering if she realizes she's gained weight recently.  She's been going through brownies like I go through wet food.
I know it requires a lot of STUFF. The bedroom at the end of the hall that we usually don’t see into is full of…well, STUFF. What is a diaper and why are there so many?
I THINK it makes noise. Daddy keeps saying our “quiet, peaceful lives” are about to change.
I know it gets its own room. This kind of miffs me. Since we’ve been with the parentals we’ve NEVER had a whole room to ourselves.
I know it smells good. Mama brought home a “handmedown” from a former baby and it actually smelled pretty sweet.

Gus is freaking out because that’s just what Gus does. I told him this might not be a bad thing. And it surely isn't the end of the world like he's making it out to be. Such a drama queen...
Anywho, enough about the “baby”.

In other more important news:
-I finally found the squeaker on a string. Mama hid it deep under the covers of the bed. Not sure why she would do that.
-Yesterday we saw a dog walk through the front yard. I kept a watchful eye until the miscreant was out of sight. Gus called the authorities and is talking about posting flyers in the neighborhood to remind everyone of the leash law in this city.
-Mama has decided that I, like Gus, need a middle name. She's pushing for Priscilla. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Happy Monday, human blog readers.

cat, calico, green eyes

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Designing a Wedding - If I Could Do It Again

If you know me or have been a reader for any amount of time, you probably know I got married young. Nineteen to be exact, and Chris was twenty. At nineteen I wanted the fairytale. I was raised on Disney princesses and I wanted nothing less than a big wedding, in a big place, with an even bigger dress. My parents gave us a beautiful, traditional wedding for which I am FOREVER grateful. It was my favorite day.

That was almost seven and a half years ago. I’m twenty-six now and my style has evolved a bit. I’m still all about some Disney though and that will never change. I love looking through all things wedding on the almighty Pinterest and sometimes wonder if I missed my calling of being a wedding planner. If the stars aligned (and money was no object) and I had the chance to have a do-over of our special day, this is what it would look like:

wedding design, babys breath wedding, bridal, simple wedding, disney cake
Disney Cake // Babys Breath Bouquet // Saja Wedding Gown // Bridal Bouquet // Glass Venue // Bridesmaid Gown // Grooms Attire // Babys Breath Crown // Vera Wang Flats
Can you tell I have an affection for babys breath?
If you could do your wedding over, would you change it?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Target FTW, My Next Purchase and the Gene Machine

 one. This mama got her first flu shot since she can remember Sunday. I HATE shots and was dreading it all day but I didn’t even feel it! Best shot ever!

two. Over the weekend, I got to that point in the book I was reading where I just wanted to hurry up and finish so I could start another one. And finish it I did! Now I can move on to one of the five books on my reading list.

three. I was going through old pictures under the bed Sunday evening and found this little gem from our honeymoon. This is what the “gene machine” at Ripley’s Museum thought our future son would look like. Could that be Cooper???

four. The REASON I was going through old pictures from under the bed was because I’m clearing it out and getting ready to dump our bed frame. Yep. Just the mattress and box spring on the floor. The bed is too high anyway...

five. My next purchase:

six. Target got too much of my money this weekend. I bought my first pair of maternity jeans (!) and a birthday gift Friday night and then went back "just to look" Sunday and walked out with a picture frame, a hook shelf, a Halloween head band, and some makeup remover. I don't know what got into me...

seven. We started back doing crock pot meals Sunday night!  We went stupid easy.  We put chicken filets in the pot and dumped a whole bottle of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce on it.  Four and a half hours later it was the best chicken ever.

eight. A bit like how I'm feeling:

nine. The temperature can go ahead and drop whenever it feels like it…  I will say yesterday when leaving work it was only 77 degrees and the breeze felt amazing.  Fall weather might finally be on it's way!

ten. I dreamed about American Horror Story (again) last night.  I might have an issue.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Why My Weekend was Awesome - A House Divided

why my weekend was awesome, two-thirds scarlett, weekend recap

Saturday, thanks to Don Don who got two free tickets, Chris and I got to watch our teams play against each other in Tuscaloosa. I've been to a Florida game with Chris and he's been to a Bama game with me but this was the first time we've been to see our teams play EACH OTHER.  And they probably won't play each other again for several years.  So this was very exciting!

family, driving, Alabama vs. Florida

We rode down with Dad and met Kaylen, Daniel, and couple of her friends when we got there.
I KNEW it would be hot.  I mean, it's September in Alabama, of course it's going to be hot.  I wore shorts (which I hate) and a light tshirt I wouldn't have to put a cami under and sandals.  It still got miserable pretty quick.  We walked to the quad and while the rest of my party was getting food and water, I plopped down in the shade and lounged against a tree trunk.  It was actually pretty comfortable as far as tree trunks go.  And the view wasn't bad either.

Alabama vs. Florida,  collage, denny chimes, bryant denny stadium, tuscaloosa

After walking around a little, we headed to our seats on the 40 yard line fifteen rows from the bottom.  Chris was in heaven.  It was particularly exciting for him.  This was only the 4th college game he's ever been to while I can skip down to T-Town and get a student ticket with Kaylen or a free ticket from Don Don just about whenever.  My saintly dad gave us these two tickets as opposed to his two tickets in the upper section because he knew our seats would be in the shade longer.  And it's a good thing.  Baking under the sun in crowded stadium seats got miserable QUICK.  There's no way I could have sat there for four quarters.  Luckily the sun went behind the stadium for us between the 1st and 2nd quarter.

Chris was worried he'd get harassed being one of few gator fans in our section but everyone was SUPER nice to him.  Everyone within reaching distance from us told him "we're happy to have you and welcome to Tuscaloosa".  One lady even said if anyone has harassed him or is GOING to harass him, she apologized.  And the guy behind us told him if anyone messed him he'd take care of it.  Bama fans have got some bad press in recent years but Harvey Updykes and teabaggers are few and far between.

The Tide ended up beating the Gators 42-21.  Chris was actually at peace with it since it's a rebuilding year for his team and he still says he had a blast.  Which made me super happy because I had so much fun getting to do that with him.

 Who says a house divided cannot stand?

SEC Couple, Tuscaloosa, Bryant Denny Stadium, game day, Alabama vs. Florida

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Baby W Update - 24 Weeks

We had our monthly appointment Tuesday and we are 24 weeks TOMORROW.  I can’t believe how fast this is going by. And so far I’m loving every minute of it. Ok, maybe not the couple of times I had heartburn. The first time I experienced it I was at the mall with Kaylen. It wasn’t terrible but I got it again Sunday while lying in bed trying to take an afternoon nap. THAT was uncomfortable.

Chris is being so awesome. He’s really and truly worried I’m going to fall down the stairs. He asked me on the way to our appointment if I ALWAYS use a hand rail. He said he knows how clumsy I am pregnancy aside…and I couldn’t really argue. If he’s this protective of me I wonder how he'll be with Cooper. I truly can’t wait to see this guy I’ve known since he was 15 as a DAD…with an actual BABY.

And can I just say I’m actually digging this new round shape? I wasn’t sure how I would feel when I started to expand but I love it. Sometimes being pregnant feels so foreign and weird and I just can’t believe I really am. But then at the same time it feels…natural.

baby bump, toes, hardwood floor
Weight Gain: On the doctor’s scale (I don’t have one at home) I was 138. Up 13 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight of 125. Weight gain seems to be nice and gradual.

Clothes: It’s about time for actual maternity pants. The belly band can only do so much. As a matter of fact some of my shirts just aren’t going to cut it for much longer either…

Symptoms: Heaviness. Right in the belly. That’s probably a duh but it’s a strange feeling when I stand up and feel like I’m carrying a 15 pound weight around my middle.

Movement: YES and lots of it! I’ve even SEEN him and THAT is weird and thrilling at the same time. Chris has even felt him a couple of times! He wasn’t sure how he’d feel about it. He thought it would be completely creepy. One night while lounging on the couch he started moving up a storm and I finally talked him into trying to feel. He kicked once and Chris’ eyes got as big as saucers. Cooper kicked again and Chris jerked his hand away and went “Ahhh!!”. Then he put his hand right back on my belly to try and feel again and teared up soon after.  Quite emotional, that one.  But he still says he does NOT want to SEE my belly move.

Cravings: Nothing in particular. I’m just eating anything and everything that doesn’t eat me first. I’ve been drinking sweet tea like a crazy person lately though. And in the past couple of weeks I’ve been wanting more coffee (decaf of course) when I wasn’t drinking it at all from the time I got pregnant.

Sleep: Still kind of sucks. I’ve started sleeping with a pillow between my legs and under my stomach and it’s more comfortable than without. And I’m STILL waking up every hour or two. I have to wonder if it’s my body subconsciously getting me ready for what’s to come.

Stretch Marks: Still good and still using my body butter religiously. I asked Mom if she had stretch marks with Kaylen or I and she only had a couple that went away soon after birth. So that’s promising.

Missing: The good sleep. I would have liked to stock up on that!

Nursery: We have paint samples on the wall! Four shades of navy. The room isn’t very big and there’s only one tall window so I’m going to lighten it up with white furniture and curtains. This is where the idea came from. I just love how boy the navy is and I think it will grow nicely with him.

navy nursery, boy nursery, navy and gold nursery
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Kanye, Miss America, and a Goat

one.  I got up Saturday morning and went to a yard sale...and there was an actual nip in the air.  Oh...so nice.

two. Now THIS is what I'm talking about. Instead of a bar cart, a COFFEE cart!
three. Kanye West is a lunatic.  Did you see or hear about the whole "I'm not gonna keep playing my concert you paid to see until everyone stands up for me" thing?  This guy's ego knows no bounds.  What a tool.

four. SOA anyone?  I still hope Jax learns the truth and kills Gemma.  Gemma just proved that she will do ANYTHING and go through ANYONE to save her own worthless hide.
And Dancing with the Stars premiered last night!  We'll be watching it late but I'm really excited to see Betsey Johnson!

five. We have four navy paint samples on the wall in what will be Cooper's room!  I'm ready to get this nursery show on the road!

six. I fell asleep on the couch last night while Chris was watching Raw and this guy turned up in my dreams.  I might have a little crushy crush.  In case you don't watch professional wrestling (and you probably don't) this is Roman Reigns (The Rock's cousin).

seven. Who watched the Miss American pageant?  I watched it with sister and parentals.  We're pretty serious about picking our favorites.  I was NOT impressed with Miss New York.  After she made top ten I'm pretty sure Dad just threw his pick sheet up in the air.  And maybe I'm biased but I think Miss Alabama, Miss Oklahoma and DEFINITELY Miss Arkansas got robbed.  And Kaylen finally figured out why people were saying Miss Nebraska didn't place but still got famous.  Google it for yourself.

eight. I'm going to do my very best to make a picture like this happen...

nine. Got our monthly doctor appointment today!  We probably won't get pictures but I'm sure we'll get to hear his heart beat.  I look forward to this day more than any other of the month now!

ten. I can't tell you how much I love this.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Little Things

I realize last week I was a Negative Nancy with my "If You Ever Want to Annoy Me" post .  I figure every negative needs a positive just for the sake of balance.  So this week I'm going to try to not let "the rage" get to me.  I'm going to take a few deep breaths, tap into my inner chi (is that even how you spell that?), and focus on all the little things that are making me happy right now.

-My new CHEAP eyelash curler.

-Naturally waking up early on Saturday and enjoying the quiet.

-When Dixie curls up in my lap in the evening.

-My new round shape.

-Wearing leggings all day while I clean on Saturdays.

-When Chris calls at work just to check on me.

-My freshly painted toenails.

-Early Christmas shopping.

-Seeing Kaylen on weekends.

-The average daily temperature dropping a few degrees.

-Ice cream sandwiches.

-Hazelnut decaf coffee toward the end of the work day.

-Feeling and SEEING Cooper move. 

-The spacious closet since I purged it.

-Getting into a bed with fresh sheets.

And a bonus:  Alabama winning this weekend.

Happy Monday, friends.
PS.  The Brad Pitt dancing gif is one of my favorites ever.  Look for it again.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

If You Ever Want to Annoy Me

Someone on facebook (who is also pregnant) posted something the other day about "pregnancy rage".  She called it the inability to put up with other's stupidity that usually you would be able to handle.  And I thought....this is a real thing!  I have pregnancy rage!  It's something different and usually at a different person every day of the week but the struggle is real.
I've taken the liberty of putting together a list of things that grind my gears.  Granted some of these annoyed me before baby happened and some have only intensified:

-Wear so much of your awesome cologne I can’t breathe without getting a headache.

-Tell me again how breastfeeding is really the only good option.

-Pull out in front of me like you have somewhere to be...and then drive below the speed limit.

-Say “War Eagle”.

-Complain about not having any money to pay bills and then brag about something awesome you did…that costs a lot of money.

-Make unnecessary noise.

-Shuffle your feet when you walk.

-Complain about where you live (on a map) and talk about how much you hate it….and then continue to live there.

-Actually complain about ANYTHING you have the power to change.

-Call me when one of my favorite songs finally comes on the radio.

-Talk about how gross my lunch looks…while I’m eating it.

-Breathe so loud I can hear before I see you.

-Don’t use your turn signal. And turn in front of me while you’re at it.

-INSIST that Taylor Swift is a terrific role model.

-Talk just for the sake of talking.

Know what's definitely NOT annoying?  Weekends.  Happy Friday, everyone!
Do we share any annoyances?  What really grinds your gears?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Nail Polish, Royal Babies and Final Ride

 one. We had our first house guest over the weekend! A good friend from Lejeune is moving and spent a couple of nights with us. I hadn't seen him in...five years? It was good to him again and see a tangible connection to the Marine Corps existence since it seems like it was in another life.

two. My mother got me a gift certificate to get my nails done since the prenatals are making them grow like they never have before! I think I'll do something like this:
nail polish, fall colors, essie, oxblood
three. Chris got his hair cut Sunday and dropped me off at Barnes and Noble to wait.  I picked up and read the first couple of chapters of a book called Dorothy Must Die.  I'm definitely going back for this one once I finish the ones I'm on now.

four. Good news.  Nay.  FABULOUS news.  Kate Middleton and I are pregnant at the same time!!  Really the only difference between us at this point is a crown and stuff...

five. I am LIVING for this!  It was one of my favorites as a kid.  The nerd got kinda hot...
little rascals, reunion, movie poster
six. I'm considering going to work today with a gas mask since a few minutes next to a person wearing truly offensive cologne gave me a bad headache the rest of the day.  Seriously.  What's the point in BATHING in it?

seven.  I did my first prenatal workout Saturday.  Oh dear me.  It was cardio and choreographed and had actual STEPS.  It was so bad.  I'm glad I was home alone and I was actually sweating at the end of it.

eight. I did some online shopping over the weekend and got one more person marked off my Christmas shopping list!  ...and maybe a couple things for Alyssa...

nine. Please keep this in mind...

ten. New and FINAL season of SOA tonight, yall!!  #finalride.  Here's to hoping Juice gets away and lives a peaceful life and Gemma either dies or goes to prison forever.  I'm so excited Jax was in my dream last night.  #notmadaboutit

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Monday, September 8, 2014

A Day in the Life of Alyssa

I'm kind of obsessed with knowing how some of my favorite bloggers' normal days go and I like getting a peek into their everyday lives. I realize that's slightly creeperish but whatever. I thought in case anyone was curious (and you know you are because clearly my everyday life is very exciting) I would give you a glimpse into an average day in Alyssa Land.
The particular day I documented was Thursday, September 4th. A random day of the week when nothing is happening.

5:25 AM - Alarm goes off and I leap out of bed ready to conquer the world hit the snooze button.
5:30 AM - Alarm goes off and I hit the snooze button.
5:35 AM - ...Alarm goes off and I hit the snooze button.
5:40 AM - Alarm goes off and I actually get out of bed.

I get showered and sit in the bedroom floor in front of my full length mirror to do my make-up and hair. (I used to do it standing at the bathroom vanity but after I got pregnant I didn't feel like standing up that long after being in the hot shower.)  I get dressed, maybe do some laundry or start a load of dishes in the washer, kiss Chris goodbye when he leaves, get my food supply ready for the day, feed the kitties and head out.

I get to work usually no later than 7:45.  I work at a hunting/fishing/firearms store and get to call in forms for people who want to purchase a gun.  And I answer the phone.  A LOT.  I eat lunch at my desk around 1 every day but here lately I'm snacking on something pretty much all day. 

I leave work at 6 and either head straight home when Chris cooks or run into town to grab something for dinner.  This particular Thursday was Chinese night.  We plop down on the couch together and eat while we watch Jimmy Fallon.  After Fallon we clean up from dinner, I might do another load of laundry or dishes if need be, I take my makeup off and change into PJ's, and we settle in with the cats and one of our favorite shows.  Usually.  Chris threw a wrench at me this night when he told me this particular night there would be no shows because it was NFL kickoff night.  Very well.  When there's something on TV he wants to watch that I don't (like wrestling every Monday night), I get comfy under his very old WWF blanket on my end of the couch and read a book or magazine.  Chris hates being by himself and likes it when we're in the same room even if we're not doing the same thing.  When I start to doze, usually around 9, I (wait for it) go to bed.

And that's my average day!  I hope you enjoyed that little glimpse into my very exciting life.
Come January this whole schedule will be thrown completely out of whack for the next 18 years so I'm soaking up the easiness of it until then!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


Reading: H.R.H. by the one and only Danielle Steel. I used to read a ton of her books and some of my favorite books EVER are written by her. (If you’re into war time stories you should read Crossings and Granny Dan.) I haven’t read one of hers in a long while but THE matriarch of the company I work for is an avid reader and insisted I take a couple home with me.

Watching: Master Chef. That’s a given. It’s my favorite show on TV right now. If you’re following along, I REALLY hate that little baker girl with glasses and tattoos went home.  I guess my new front runner is Elizabeth.
We're rewatching the last season of SOA to get ready for the new one next week!!  I forgot just how explosive (literally) it was.  We're already placing bets on who's going to kick it this season.  Chris' money is on Juice (I sincerely hope not).  I'm HOPING it's Gemma but I think Unser is a safer bet.
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Chris and I never laugh so much as we do watching this. We record every episode and usually watch it while we’re eating dinner. My favorite thing ever is Hashtag the dancing panda.

Thinking About: The beheading of the second American journalist in Syria.  If you're that poor guy's family...how do you deal with that?  How do you get past that?  Wouldn't that consume your every thought for years to come?  And what about the deceased, himself?  I'm wondering if he knew what was coming and he'd just given up hope of rescue.  He knew better than anyone what kind of sub-humans he was dealing with and I wonder if that helped him to accept his fate.
Then I'm wondering how our fearless leader is going to handle this.  Biden says we'll "chase them to the gates of hell" and Obama says we need to shrink ISIS until it's "manageable".  There's the problem, big boy.  The only way to "manage" this particular problem is to eliminate it.

Looking Forward To: -Organizing the nursery. Chris and I cleaned it out so all that's left is the treadmill, a book shelf/drying rack and one box that was too heavy for Chris to move by himself.  I’m just ready to GET ready for Cooper. I’m ready for the nursery to look something like a nursery. I’m ready to hang some curtains, put in some white furniture, order some prints from Etsy, and start stocking his little closet with little clothes.
-Our fall TV shows coming back on. Sons of Anarchy, Nashville, and Dancing with the Stars this month followed by The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Ghost Hunters in October. Can you tell we’re getting in all of our TV watching before baby gets here?
-Gatlinburg. We're still planning on take a long weekend trip at Halloween. It will be my favorite season and the leaves should still be nice and colorful. I told Chris the picture we take on the chair lift will make an excellent addition to our collection since I should be nice and round by then. And we’ll have to get CT a Gatlinburg onesie! It’s only appropriate since that’s where his parents’ relationship started. Aww…

Loving: Chris cooking, weekends, McDonalds sweet tea, bedtime, brownies, maxi dresses and skirts, cooler mornings, body butter, Golden Graham cereal.

Thankful for: Couch time with Chris.  We're pretty ritualistic.  A normal evening goes like this: get home at 6:20, watch Jimmy Fallon while eating dinner (if it's Monday, it's Taco Bell night), watch some of our other shows for a couple of hours, start to doze, then I go to bed.  It works for us.  During the work day I look forward to going home and doing nothing but hanging out on the couch with Chris.  He's my favorite person and I'm going to be super selfish with my time with him in the coming months before it's no longer "just the two of us".

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Why My Weekend was Awesome - Bama vs West Virginia and Baby Registering

-Like I told you, Saturday the whole family (besides Chris) drove to Atlanta for Alabama’s first game of the season against West Virginia. I was particularly excited because the game was held at the Georgia Dome and I’d never been in a dome stadium before. I got up earlier than I do on the days I work and the fam picked me up a few minutes after seven. I slept all the way over (it’s only about a two and a half hour drive) and I felt rested by the time we got there. We took the Marta into the city and came out right across the street from the stadium. We piddled for a few hours, got to see the team arrive and do a walk through, and finally went to our seats about an hour before kick off. Seeing the dome the first time was amazing. SO tall and people were actually walking on cat walks at the very top of the ceiling! It made my stomach do flips just watching them. After walking around so much beforehand I was really just happy to get settled into my seat, which to my happy surprise was NOT a bench seat even though we were in the top section. Fold-out seats with actual arms and actual curved backs. Ahh. Bliss.

Alabama played so-so (in my humble, non-sports analyst opinion) but still beat West Virginia 33-23. Not only were they a very worthy opponent, they had a spectacular band and half time show. It turns out they must’ve recycled a show from a few years ago and I’m SO glad they did. This was really something neat to see! I love half time shows where the band forms shapes and makes them move. I was clapping like an idiot through the whole thing.

After the game we made our way back to the car via the Marta with a MOB of people. The ride TO the stadium was smooth sailing on calm seas. The ride back was a different story. Standing room only of course and omg so bumpy. Toward the end we switched tracks and it was so rough and scared me so bad I actually dropped a bomb in front of my parents. Remember the scene in A Christmas Story where little Ralphie loses the lugs in the snow and says “fudge”…only he doesn’t say “fudge”?
There ya go.
Anywho. After getting to the car we stopped at McDonalds for something to eat a few towns over and got stuck in a storm. I mean, naturally we’d get stuck in McDonalds. Eventually we left and I slept the rest of the way home.

It was SUCH a fun day. A super long, tiring day but so much fun and I’m glad I went.

-Sunday I was EXHAUSTED. Actually exhausted doesn’t even begin to cover it. I was tired and achey and hardly got out of bed. I had a new pain in my upper right side that came and went all day and I was just…uncomfortable. I think I felt every ounce of the extra ten pounds I’m carrying. I’ve had it pretty easy and I couldn’t help but wonder if that’s how some pregnant women feel all the time. Bless their hearts if it is, because it’s kind of miserable! So I did nothing all day long except watch a movie, read a book and nap at least twice.  I think some days that's just what you need.

-We used our extra day off Monday to go register for baby stuff! Kaylen, Mom, and Daniel went with us. We got lunch at Baumhower’s and then basically let Mom and K drag us around the baby store and point things out. We had ZERO clue of what to zap. Like…what is a gel pad and why do I need it? After reading the description on the box Kaylen goes “….ew”. [I typed that with Jimmy Fallon’s voice in mind. More proof that we watch too much TV.]  It was all slightly overwhelming actually seeing on a list everything we need. But at the same time it made me anxious for Cooper to get here! I can’t wait to get him in that little baby bath tub for the first time or put him in those adorable little baby beanies. As overwhelming as it all was, we had fun with those three and I’m so glad they went with us.

I hope you had as much fun on your Labor Day weekend as I did! If you blogged it feel free to leave a link in the comments. I’d love to read about it!

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