Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Guest Book Calendar

Looking for a unique guest book idea for your wedding?
How about a calendar?
Each guests signs their name on their birth date.
What a great way to organize everyone's birthdays right away!

Knock Knock

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Olive who?
Olive us are glad to see you again!

A pretty stellar joke made up by one of my 3rd grade boys
to welcome me back to school last week.
Switching from working 5 days a week to 3 days has been a little tough on them.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Things I'm Hoping to Get DONE Soon...

I'm hoping to get the following things done (with Kevin's help :)

1. Assemble baby bassinet
2. Install car seat
3. Wash all of our newborn clothes in DREFT
4. Schedule newborn pictures
5. Finish packing our hospital bags
6. Get caught up on laundry
7. Rearrange our bedroom to make room for Olive
(we aren't setting up her nursery now because we are moving at the beginning of July)
8. Get video camera charged and practice using it
9. Work on a  million and a half things for school - I have 25 little people who need some consistency in their lives while I'm busy having a baby so I'm trying to make their transition as easy as possible.
10. Clean the whole house
11. Make some phone calls to catch up with friends
12. Squeeze in a few fun things in during the next few weeks

Mountainy Monday

 Happy Monday to you!
 Hope you have a great week.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hoop Art

I'm slightly obsessed with hoop art collages right now...

To find more great examples of collages,

Don't Ask Me...

People say the most interesting things to pregnant ladies...
and by interesting I mean
and awkward.

Here are some examples:
1. So when your baby arrives, are you going to get rid of your cats?
This annoys me on many levels, but what kind of pet owner would I be if I shipped off my furry babies when my baby girl arrives??  I don't think I could live with myself if that were to happen.

2. How much weight have you gained?
 I honestly haven't kept super close track of this and, even if I did, I never broadcast my weight pregnant or not.  I'm trying hard not to eat everything in sight and to eat healthy so that's all that really matters.  Baby is growing, she's happy and healthy and so am I.

3. Do you have a cold? or Are you sick?
 I have pretty severe allergies (grass, pollen, animal hair, mold, dust, etc etc).  Allegra D and I used to be BFFs along with a concoction of nose sprays.  I have had to make some medicinal changes since getting pregnant which result in a perma-stuffy nose.  I'm well aware of this and don't really need to be asked if I have a cold.

4. Are you going to work after you have the baby?
An obvious question for a working lady but when it's asked with an undertone of "the best mom's quit their jobs and stay home with their children" I get annoyed.  To each his own and what is best for your family may not be what is best for my family. 

5. Where are you going to put a baby?
I currently live in an apartment (so do millions of other people across the world) and it is possible to happily live with a baby in something other than a home that you own.  Plus I don't have to deal with all the headaches of home ownership just yet.  I'm enjoying this season of life and being content with the things I have been blessed with right now.

6. How's baby Olivia doing?
My baby's name is OLIVE not to be confused with Olivia.  While Olivia is a fine name, it's not the name we've chosen.  If you are unsure of the baby's name, just ask how the baby is doing and avoid calling him/her the wrong name.  The end.

When you interact with a pregnant lady,
I'd advise you to not ask her the above mentioned questions.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weeks 31-34

An update to my pregnancy timeline...

Week 31: Baby girl is the size of a pineapple: April 1
-I had a cold and am having trouble sleeping through the night luckily I was on Spring Break and got to rest a-lot!
-I'm measuring right on track and baby has a 164 heart beat.
-We got to go to a Jazz game and have a date night.
-Craving ice cream and not wanting to eat red meat.
Week 32: Baby girl is the size of a squash: April 8
 -I'm back to sleeping great.
-We had a baby shower with all of my teacher friends.  We were both spoiled!
-Kankles are reappearing.
Week 33: Baby girl is the size of a durian fruit: April 15
 -I'm having weird hip pain and walking like an old lady.  Time to start sleeping with 3 pillows.  One for my head, one to support my belly and another between my legs.  Seems excessive but it really helps.
-Craving fruit, cereal, ice cream and lots of snacks.  Lots of sweets.
-Busy week at school: book publishing party, art stroll, field trips and meetings.
-Baby bump is measuring right on track, blood pressure is too high, first Nonstress test which kind of stressed me out.  Baby is doing great but I'm having some complications.  Twice a week NST are scheduled from here on out and talks of being induced are on the table now.
-First real pregnancy scary moment... visit to the hospital to check us out.  Baby is fine and I'm having more complications related to my blood pressure.  I had a few contractions while hooked up to all of the monitors.  Take it easy is what the doctor ordered.
-We got pre-registered for our hospital stay, got a hospital tour and feel more prepared for baby's arrival.
-I'm working 3 days a week instead of 5 to try to take it easy and avoid any bed rest.
-Kevin headed to Little Rock to find us a place to live.  I was a little nervous about being home alone but I had some good friends "on call" just in case I needed anything.
Week 34: Baby girl is the size of a butternut squash: April 22 
-2 more NSTs this week and Olive is doing great.  She's moving a ton
-I was resting on the couch and noticed my belly was lopsided.  It seemed like Olive had her bum poking out.  She is really kicking and it's nice to know that she's head down.  This was also the first time that the nurse could see Olive's chest moving up and down during an ultrasound.  She's getting stronger.
-More blood work and tests because everything that they measure is high for me.  More and more talks of a 37 week induction.  I'm okay with that :)
-Starting to get some kankles again.
-A pregnancy first, we went out to dinner and I didn't fit in my side of the booth.  It was too tight for me and my belly!  Kevin and I switched sides and luckily I fit in his side.
-We went on our last babymoon getaway to Park City: out to dinner, outlets and strolling around were just what the doctor ordered.
-Nesting mode has set in. 

>6 weeks to go until my due date but Olive might be making her appearance early in > 2 weeks.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fruit Cups

Clever way to make serving fruit salad simple:

Weekly Highlights

The best parts of my week were:

1. Getting a few non-necessity, fun items from World-Market.  I've always wanted to try to make cookies that would sit on the edge of a cup and now I can.  I owned one of these twirly spoons but thought it was time that I got a set of them :)  Seem like the perfect spoons for ice cream toppings, candy buffets, yogurts, etc.

2. I had a baby shower thank you note writing marathon for my co-workers
and made some sugar cookies to go with them.  I made my usual recipe but scoop them with a cookie scoop instead of rolling them out.  It cut my cookie making time in half and they were very tasty.

3.I bought some comfy new pjs to wear at the hospital when I have Olive.
Who doesn't love new jammies??

4. My husband is back after traveling for a few days.  I realized that I get less sleep when he's away because I don't have anyone to make me go to bed and I really don't like it when he's gone.  Good thing he doesn't travel without me too often.

5. I've been going to see my doctor a lot lately and I really enjoy strolling around the hospital grounds when the scenery looks like this: 
Spring is such a cheerful time of year!

Linking up with LaurenElizabeth and InstaFriday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


As the weather warms up and I'm struggling to get up early enough to do extensive hairdos in the morning, I'm loving this link to 20 great twists on the typical bun.
Check out the link and be inspired!

Ready to POP!

My class & room moms are throwing me a baby shower next week and I'm thinking of making these favors for my students.  I think they'd get a kick out of them.
via 733blog

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Welcome to the Neighborhood

The prospects of moving to a new state, new city and new neighborhood
are rather daunting so I'd love to get this Welcome to the Neighborhood 
package from my new neighbors.  
Wouldn't this be really helpful and such a friendly thing to do
for those new people in your area??

What Whitney Wore

Here are my outfits for my 34th week of pregnancy:

1. Comfy Teaching
top & skinnies - Motherhood
scarf - World Market
vintage button earrings - Polka-Dotty Place etsy shop
loafers - Target

 2. Jean on Jean
top - Motherhood
jeggings - Wal-Mart
feather accessories - Charlotte Russe
bow flats - TJ Maxx

3. Bathroom Selfie of Pregnancy Color Blocking
Top & skinnies - Motherhood
gold earrings - Francesca's

Linking up with Casual Fridays,  The Pleated Poppy
Style Elixir, Wardrobe Wednesday

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Smore Bites

I'm thinking this could be a good solution
to my abundance of Hershey Kisses dilemma.

Parenting Advice from 9 Year Olds

I love teaching 3rd grade and think my students are highly entertaining.
Since I'm a first time mom,
I decided to ask them for some parenting advice.
They wrote 4 different pieces and we put them together chapter book style.
These were some of my favorite quotes from the kids:

-You must put bows and flowers in her hair.
-Make them try new things.
-A terrific mom always dresses her kids cute.
-Love your kids no matter what.
-Always set a good example for them.
-A good mom always read them a book before they go to bed.
-Take your daughter to Paris.

 -Act proud of them.
-Read to them a lot so that they'll be the smartest in their class.
-Don't drop it.
-Don't ever wake the baby.
-Take good care of it.
-Play with your baby.
-Make the baby fall asleep at 8:00 and then you watch a movie when she's in bed.
-You have to hold your baby because you want to bond with her.
-Buy her PINK pacifiers.
-Make sure to love her.
-Do put her in the bath once in a while.
-Don't let her get whatever she wants or else she'll be spoiled.
-Never drop your baby.
-Always keep the baby in sight.
-Never scare your baby.
-Never let the cuteness of the baby get into you so that you will do anything she wants.
-Teach your baby something every day.
-Always rock your baby to sleep.
-Never ignore your baby.
-Always take a baby to the beach.

 These were excerpts from letters that the kids wrote to Olive for things they wish for her...
I hope you will get to snuggle with Oliver and Topher.
Get to go to Hawaii and go on a cruise.
I hope that you will love olives.
I hope that you will grow up to be a great teacher just like your mom.
I hope that you will be smart, cute and be a super good girl.
I'm positive that you will love your mom.
I hope that you will learn to make delicious chocolate chip cookies just like your mom.
I'm hoping your mom will bring you into our class.
I hope you will be nice and not get frustrated easily.
I know that you will be super beautiful and have brown eyes.
I'd love to babysit you one day.
I hope that you will learn to bake with your mom.

 I can't wait to read these sweet books to Olive and I'm hoping she'll love them as much as I do.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Looking Good

Just got done seeing my doctor and lots of good things to report at 34 weeks:

1. Olive is moving a lot and her heart rate is right on track 2. I had a surprise ultrasound and everything looked good - I hadn't seen Olive since my 20 week appointment so this was exciting! 3. My blood pressure was down a bit 4. I go back on Thursday to check in again and twice a week after that

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Mountainy Monday

Happy Monday to you!
 Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Twist on a Bun

I'm liking this new twist on the traditional bun.
Seems easy enough.