One Straw At A Time

August 17, 2012


This awesome crafty sign was Matt’s dad gift! It’s from the Bele Chere festival in Asheville that Mark and Cheryl go to every year (and once we did too!) How cool!


I had a bit of a burnin’ rubber afternoon in my automobile. I’m trying to get all kinds of paperwork for the fall complete now so I can spend 99.9% of my time with the baby when he’s here and not worry about household things. I’m renewing my passport that is about to expire and had to run around town getting a new photo made, going to the post office and getting something else notarized this afternoon. Lots of errands this week – and they are now all complete!

After that, our doula came over for a “you’re now on call” meeting! We went over a few labor positions and talked about what to expect. She thinks I will be on time or a few days late. I wish I had a crystal ball! My mom just told me that she was 10 days early and I was 3 days early….is it genetic!?


We had tons of leftovers in the fridge and had “eat what you want” night for dinner. I heated up our Pesto Ricotta Pasta with tomatoes and goat cheese


And Matt had stuffed peppers, veggies, millet, hummus and cheese.


And then I spent the rest of the evening building our baby bird’s nest, one straw at a time.


If you’ve seen my laundry video, you can imagine what the baby’s drawers looked like. I had only washed the newborn stuff and everything else for 3 months and beyond was just thrown in the bottom drawer! Now everything is washed and sorted and packed by size! Just a few weeks ago I wondered if we had enough clothes – and all of a sudden thanks to my friend Katherine’s loan and the new clothes that came today, we’re all set! [Hi Feet!]


We watched the Olympics while I folded, but it’s just not the same now that I know it’s over!

A while later, I made an evening snack that I call a Milkshake Mug Mash!


Take about half a cup of Breyers Vanilla and mix it with about 1/4 cup milk and whatever mixins you like – tonight it was fresh peach. Then you mash it all together into a milkshake with your spoon! Dilute the ice cream, but still get the creamy flavor.


We had planned to go to Fridays tonight, but we just never got our act together to go. I think we both just needed a night in to rest. I’m planning to spend the rest of it reading in bed!

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1 Mary August 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I will DEFINETLY try that milkshake sometime! It looks soooo good!


2 j3nn August 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Exciting times! You did a great job preparing, now there’s just one more ingredient needed to complete the family. :)


3 Christine August 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

You’re in the waiting game now, waiting for that wonderful baby boy! Whenever he gets here is lucky to have such a great mom waiting for him. BTW-I’m probably an idiot, but I can’t figure out what the sign says. Any hints?


4 KathEats August 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

“eye” love beer!


5 Cjristine August 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh! That’s so cute! Love it!


6 Tabatha August 18, 2012 at 1:11 am

ah! Beer makes much more sense! I thought it said I love beef! lol


7 Emily M. August 18, 2012 at 1:16 am

i could not figure out what the sign said for the life of me….but after you saying what it DOES say, it looks SO obvious and i love it! so creative and awesome.


8 J Lo S August 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Cool sign! Also – good job washing and folding all the cutie baby clothes!


9 Melissa August 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

That is a beautiful gift!!! I am very excited for your new bundle of joy, that will soon come to bring lots of happiness to your home. God bless your family :-)
Ps: thank you for letting me know about clearing the cache, it worked!!


10 KathEats August 18, 2012 at 3:57 am

Oh good!


11 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

That’s smart to get tins of things out of the way now!


12 [email protected] August 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I have some Olympics recorded and I don’t think I’m going to be able to watch. You’re right; it’s just no the same. I’m going to have to remember that mash up idea!


13 Silvia @ skinny jeans food August 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Are you scared of all the things coming/happening? You must be, and at the same time it is so trerribly exciting/life changing at the same time.

I love seeing how excited Matt has been over the recent weeks :-)


14 KathEats August 18, 2012 at 3:56 am

More excited!! Can’t sleep I’m so excited!


15 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles August 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Your peach milkshake makes me realize it’s been way too long since I’ve had one!


16 Angel7 August 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm
17 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Love the Milkshake Mug Mash and best of luck in this waiting and limbo phase. Here’s to hoping you had that crystal ball :)


18 Elisabeth August 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

That sign is so cool for a beer afficianado! :)

I definitely need to try the ‘milkshake’!


19 Heather August 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Before reading I thought Matt was holding what you’ve been saying he made for the baby. I was perplexed.


20 Susan H August 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

When I first saw the picture with Matt and his sign I thought that’s what he made for the baby. I was a little confused but once I read the post it cleared that up fast.


21 Lee August 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

Ha, I do that milkshake mug mash thing all the time. When I was a little kid, my nanny used to always mix ice cream with milk and I grew a taste for it, I guess.


22 allison August 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

With two of my kids I knew the exact day that I conceived because my husband was away at grad school so we only saw each other one night a month. They were both born exactly 40 weeks to the day even though they were both a few days late according to the due date I was given. So excited for you!


23 Amy Wiginton August 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

The home stretch right before having a baby can be one of the most exciting times in your life!!! I am so glad you are enjoying it and getting everything you want to get done, done. I am excited for you and Matt. There is NOTHING like bringing home your first baby. I remember it like it was yesterday…only it wasn’t. Almost 11 years ago we brought home our first born. A boy, and a really, really easy baby boy. He slept ALL.THE.TIME. It was awesome and so fun….good luck. Can’t wait to hear how things go. SOOO excited for you guys.


24 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 19, 2012 at 3:59 am

So organized, I bet it is such a great feeling to be so prepared.


25 @dressesau August 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

That sign is so cool for a beer afficianado!


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