Linking up again with This Ain’t the Lyceum for another round of 7 Quick Takes!

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I’m officially well into my third trimester! Saaay whaat? How did 30 weeks fly by so fast?  (Well, that’s a lie.  15 of them felt like I was trudging through mud.) I’m 30 weeks today, and my “What to Expect When Your Expecting” book says this means our baby girl is about 17 inches long, a little over 3 pounds in weight, and “cute all over.”  CAN’T WAIT TO HOLD HER. 

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I feel so lucky to say I feel great. Since I made it through the first trimester, the rest so far has been easy breezy.  Though, I have to admit I avoid mirrors more than I usually do because the extra puffy face I have right now kind of scares me when I’m caught off guard. Ha.  But overall, I don’t mind the extra weight it feels like I am rapidly gaining.  I definitely have lost all ability to see past my belly, and who’d have thought that basic things I’m used to doing myself (like giving myself pedicures or picking up things off the floor) would become next to impossible. (A little detail I blocked out from my previous pregnancies.)  Where I used to whine and moan over these changes and inconveniences, I’m trying to now enjoy it all while it’s happening.  I know this little girl of ours will be here before I know it, and then I can go back to eating a little less cookies than I am now.

But, till then:

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Lent is getting close…just one week away! I wrote up a few thoughts about preparing for Lent.  Check it out! 

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I’m so excited!  Check out the new shelf I had someone build for me:

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I wanted a bedside shelf that would stand upright, so that when the baby is in our room for four months I still have a good space for all my books and journals.   I love it! 

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Speaking of books and journals, have you come across the new Catholic journaling Bible by Blessed Is She and Our Sunday Visitor?  I bought it as a last second impulse birthday gift to myself, and I am so glad I did.

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My new Bible has been wonderful for taking notes and writing down my favorite quotes from Scripture.  I’ve also found that this particular Bible makes lectio-divina much easier.

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Plus, the Bible is beautiful!

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(Be still, my sanguine heart!)

I will be writing up a longer post about it soon, including my thoughts on tabbing and an easy tutorial I think you will enjoy!  Stay tuned!

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Are winter blues getting you down a bit?  With the cold and the awful flu going around, we’ve been pretty much homebound these last few months.  Luckily, we haven’t caught any serious bugs, but since I’d like to keep it that way, we’ve been avoiding all the major germy, kid-friendly places we normally go to.  I’m not the type of mom that will sanitize my daughters mouth when she licks a table (unless your watching), but this flu is no joke and I’m doing my best to stay away from areas that may be a breeding ground for it.

But, man, the stir-craziness is real.

I’m doing my best to find ways to cope because the house has been getting just a little too wild and rumpus for me.

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Let the Wild Rumpus Begin End! 

To beat the blues, I’ve been making a lot of banana nut muffins (here’s my favorite recipe, and I tried this amazing one today), kicking the kids outside whenever possible, working on home projects, hitting the coffee shop with Lucia whenever her bother is at school, playing this memory game with Eli (he actually kicks my butt half the time), and taking the kids to the indoor rec pool.  (Chlorine kills the flu, right?) 

 

Podcasts have also kept me plugged into the adult world when I’m at home too long.  Check out my latest post on my 5 favorites!

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I don’t know if it’s the fact that we’ve been homebound or if it’s the pregnancy, but lately I’ve been in a perpetual state of nesting.

love updating and changing the function of our rooms, and have been currently working night and day on our kid’s new shared bedroom.

Am I naively unworried about all that comes from having two under four share a bedroom? YES.

Am I a little sad that my Lucy is moving to a big girl bed.  YES, YES.

But I’m so excited about how this room is turning out.

Though I’m not a big fan of having toys in the kids rooms, (we usually limit them to books and a few stuffed animals), we’re utilizing the space of the biggest room in our house to serve as a playroom/kids room.  (Why is it not the master bedroom, you ask?  No bathroom.  Wah-waah.) 

 

I’ll share more pictures after we move them in this weekend, and let you know how things are going soon! 

I’m dividing the room with an Ikea shelf, and praying the kids aren’t too tempted to get up in the middle of the night to play with toys. If so, I’m going to have to up my Super Nanny Game.

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“Really?  Get your tush back in bed!” (But I’ll say it with my stern eyes.  That’s what Nanny Jojo would do.) 

This little doodad has done the trick for keeping Eli in his bed through the years, and it’s worked on Lucy for the past month or so.  I’m hoping that when they are in the same room it will do the same.  Fingers crossed!

One thing I can’t wait to do is decorate.  I have a really beautiful image of Mary to hang in their room, and am currently on the look out for an image of Jesus.  Only problem?  Everything I’ve found of him is so cheesy!  I purchased these (thinking I’d like the one of him praying), but they’re just honestly not good.  I have to say I am a bit picky with the Jesus images I bring into my home.  Any one else like that?  I don’t know what it is, but I just wish to have the images of him that move my heart the way he does. (Pretty much impossible.)  So many of them are so hokey.   I do have this one already for the kids, and I love it, but it’s on a piece of wooden board and I was hoping to find one to frame.  May have to stick with the one I have, or buy them a Divine Mercy image.  (Never too early to start gazing on it, right?)  Any other suggestions would be much appreciated!

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About a month ago I decided to make more of an effort when it comes to meal planning.  I found myself spending an outrageous amount on groceries, and yet I never felt like I knew what I was doing for dinner. (At least not consistently.)

I came up with the idea to take it a week at a time, writing out the meals I plan and shop for, and making a note as to whether or not the recipe was easy and/or a hit with the family.  I’ve also made it a point to note when we skipped a meal for some reason, or had to change our plans (like the nights when we need to eat our left overs).

This process has taken so much stress off of meal planning, and I can already tell this will save us a ton of money on food and help us reduce how much we waste.

What about you? Do you meal plan? What’s your process like? I’d love to know! 

Lauren

7 replies on “7 Quick Takes: Growing Belly, Muffins, and Winter Nesting

  1. I was seriously going to comment “where did you get your bible tabs?” And then kept reading. Looking forward to that post! I have the same bible and I have really enjoyed it so far too!
    Has Eli ever played spot it?? Our kids love it, but Agnes especially loves it and could play over and over and she beats me all the time 😋

    1. The tabs are AWESOME! I’ll post that next week 🙂 Never played spot it! I just bought Hi Ho Cherry O and Chutes and Ladders. I’m excited, but he’ll probably whoop me in those too haha

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