I keep putting off blogging until I have more time and energy to do it....
Well I think I'm finally coming to grips with the fact that I'm just not going to have any extra time or energy for well,... 20 years or so. :-)
So instead of writing much I'm going to give you an over-view of the last month in pictures:
Our dear friends Hannah and Stephen, and Beka and Kevin from Parker sent these flowers for Jude's birthday. They were so beautiful! We also got cards and notes from a number of people. It was so special to us to know that there were others thinking of him on his birthday, and missing him with us.
We drove up on the monument for his birthday and did a little balloon release. It was a beautiful, but COLD day, so we didn't hang out too long, but it was a super special time for Jess and I.
Up up and away they go! Hope you enjoyed your birthday balloons sweet boy!
The day after Jude's birthday we were in the car by 4am on our way to South Dakota for Christmas with Jess' family. It was a wonderful time with the fam, and we had a beautiful white Christmas in the Black Hills. We had so much fun hanging out with everyone, and really enjoyed getting to know our little niece Sylvia who is almost 3, and loves ANYTHING princess. She was generous enough to share her "pincess cwown" with her uncle who, to her delight, wore it proudly.
When we got home we had a fun but rather frantic weekend to finish as many baby projects as possible before Jess left for Colorado Springs for the month of January for his pediatrics rotation.
Since almost everything for the nursery was either home-made or second hand, it took some work getting it all cleaned up, painted and set up, but we are pretty darn proud of the nursery we pulled together for our little guy on a next-to-nothing budget!
The crib took some finagling, but my honey conquered it!
Here are a few pictures of the (mostly) finished project.
We also had fun taking some maternity pictures that weekend. My little sisters were home from college for their Christmas break, and Cara took some awesome photos of Jess and I. They came and visited us the week before Jude was born, and took maternity pictures for us then too, so it was fun, and pretty special to have them help us this time as well.
Here is a little bit of their handy-work:
These were all at 32 weeks.
I just LOVE Mt. Garfield in the background of this one!
Ooh-la-la is right. :-)
Handsome hubby and I.
The geese were looking a little too peaceful, so we decided to chase them. I almost fell over in the process. :-)
Then Jess headed to the Springs. :-(
My sister Amy came over a few days before she headed back to school and helped me put together the stroller that had just been delivered. Libby is looking on with curiosity. All of the changes and new things around the house are making her a bit nervous. She can tell that there are changes coming!
The weather has been uncharacteristically cold for Grand Junction, so we've had snow on the ground for over a month now. The dogs LOVE it, but I have a hard time dragging myself out to walk them by myself very much. I've been sick for pretty much a month straight now; and that certainly doesn't help. First a stomach bug, then the flu, and now a cold. Fortunately on the days I feel up to it, the field next to our house offers the perfect pooch playground.
Jess has about two more weeks in CO Springs, then he'll be home again for a few months. I can't believe it's only about a month and a half until we'll get to meet Sweetie Petey! I'm getting really excited, but at this point I'm really not stressed or anxious at all. I feel like God has just blessed me with a great peace about the entire pregnancy, and I feel so fortunate. I expected to be such a nervous wreck the entire 9 months!
Praise God for His blessings on this month, and praying for health and continued peace as Peter's arrival approaches!