I thought I'd update this morning since I'm up with my cup of coffee and my children are miraculously still sleeping. We've had a good week so far and I hope you have too!
We began visiting a new church in town with some friends a couple weeks ago and I love it.
(We loved our old church too but it's a 30+ minute drive and by the time we get there and try to make it through church and Sunday school my kids look and act like children out of a horror film. If you know what I mean. The children's ministry at this new place is super and my kids both love it. We are still trying to find a Sunday school class that is the right fit, but both of the ones we have visited have been warm and welcoming and full of people who love the Lord and want to do His work first in their lives. We've been blessed at this church already.
After church and lunch on Sunday, I went to my friend Amanda's moving sale and bought a black and white chevron-striped rug for a steal! Amanda can be found here and here. I love her blogs, her fashion sense, her interior decorating style, and her unbelievably cute, I-could-eat-them-alive children. I put the rug in Sam's room because it matches all the decor, but I was so tempted to put it under my kitchen table and also in my entryway downstairs. Is it against home decorating rules to have more than one chevron rug in your house? I hope not because I just ordered a brown and white one from RugsUSA thanks to my friend Tesney who let me know about this site. (They are having a big sale right now. Lots of their rugs are as much as 75% off and the Chevron rugs are 35% off now; they were 50% off a few days ago when I ordered; sorry I didn't post this sooner! But you are still getting a great deal!) Anyway, here's Sam's room before I added the rug...
And after! I love it.
(I am not loving the decor/wall art above and around his bed and please forgive me for not having fixed that yet; I've been playing around with ideas and just haven't quite decided on what to do.)
In other news, Sam's made some great progress this past week. About a week ago he learned to let go of whatever he was holding onto while standing and stand there by himself. He was so proud. Then two nights ago he started going from a squat to a standing position without pulling himself up using furniture or a toy or anything! So his balance has definitely improved and we can see him getting more and more confident and sure of himself - such a sweet blessing. Our PT Chantel predicted before Christmas that'd he'd be taking some steps by the end of February so I'm hopeful he'll try it even sooner now! Here are a couple videos; the first is from 2 nights ago when he first stood up. The other is from last night and you can already tell a huge difference in his balance and his ability to stay up longer. So proud of my sweet boy. I think he's proud of himself too. :)
I read two articles this week that I absolutely loved and wanted to share. I know most of you have probably seem them, as they've been floating around FaceBook, but I wanted to link to them on here so that hopefully I'll be able to go back and read them. Both of them relate to parenting and I found both to be really encouraging and well written and funny. Here are the links:
Don't Carpe Diem by Glennon Melton
To the Mother With One Child by Simcha Fisher
Hope you enjoy reading them; they are great posts; short and sweet.
And some sad news - Picnik is closing. Boo. I'm sure you've all heard by now.
This is not good and there are a lot of mommy bloggers out there who are not so happy about it. For those that don't know, Picnik is a free photo editing website where you can do just about anything from making labels to blog headers to editing your photos to designing scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Apparently they are owned by Google and Google has decided to shut them down. For no apparent reason other than "to move on to more awesome things," as quoted in the e-mail I received from them, which I think is both a lame and inadequate excuse. This site is also where I do all of my blog design, invitations, cards, collages, etc. So there goes my small business and my ability to afford my children's food and clothing. Thank you Picnik for ruining my life. (No, not really, but yeah, really.)
I'm sure there will be some alternatives that pop up but so far I don't think anything will compare. I didn't really use it to edit pictures so I don't care about that aspect, but the blog stuff I do care about. They are closing April 19 so get your blog orders while you can, people. Let's help feed my children here. :)
(I'm in the process of adding all the new stuff I've done to my portfolio page; there is a page where you can view the blogs I've done as well as the invitations. Get em while you can!)
I am 28 weeks pregnant and plan to do an update soon. I'll probably wait until my 30 week checkup; I have a 4D ultrasound that day so I'll post some pictures then and give you all an update. Overall though, I'm feeling good and baby is a wild child; moving all the time. With my other two I could really only feel the movements when I was still; this child apparently never sleeps and I can feel him/her move even when I'm up cleaning and walking around. I may be in for it with this one! :)
We do have a name, for those that have asked. First name is a name we have always liked, middle name is a family name; just like my other two kids ('Ella' was my great-great grandmother's name; 'Ellis' was Chad's grandfather's name; and this child will also have a family middle name. We didn't really do that on purpose but I'm kinda glad it worked out that way. Neato burrito.)
On a related note, I have come up with a grand solution for pregnant women. A toy rake. As in, a cute and colorful, lightweight but industrial strength rake that you can use like a broom to rake up your children's toys so that you do not have to bend over constantly. I am serious. Seems like I pick up a million little toys a million times a day. My back needs a break! (Funny as that seems, I have seriously considered bringing our garden rake upstairs to aid me in this never ending task. So if you see a rake in the corner of my living room you'll know why.)
Ok, my children are awake now. Gotta go.
Check back tomorrow for funny pictures of Mary Ella. They are having "Circus Day" at school and are supposed to dress up all wacky and circus-like. I got her some goods at the thrift store yesterday. :)
Hope everyone has a great day!