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“Holly & Greta”

I find an immense amount of joy in mothering, especially since Maeve was born. She has brought something really special into my home and into my heart. We all adore her and dote on her. 

Last Sunday, we had a few moments to snap some photos before church. I made all three dresses my daughters are wearing! Kind of a big deal, since time is something I don’t have a ton of right now! Holly’s dress is extra special. It’s from a pattern that my mom used to make a dress for my eighth birthday. I loved that dress! It was blue and white stripes. My mom still had the pattern and when she offered it to me, I snatched it up. Holly loves her dress! 

I love these sweet girls and I love the man I made my babies with!

The weekend following my parents’ visit, Jim flew in and spent the week working alongside Conor bouncing ideas and then Cathy came to spend a weekend. We sure do feel loved. Again, it’s been such a blessing to live close to family! We look forward to seeing Jim and Cathy next weekend for Maeve’s blessing. 

Last month we had more family visit including my Mom and Dad and my sister Alanna. I love living so close to family and seeing everyone more! It makes me so happy! I wish the weather had been more pleasant but I sure enjoyed seeing some of the people I love best!

Our baby girl isn’t here yet. Both Holly and Greta were already born by this point so she feels overdue, except she’s not. I still have 6 more days to go until my due date. But we were convinced she’d be here by now. I’m just having a long early labor stage. Lots of contractions that don’t grow up into anything. Fortunately, I feel really great for the most part. The contractions can get a bit wearing but otherwise I’m not swollen or uncomfortable and I’m in good spirits. I feel confident that she’ll come when she’s ready whenever that is. I’m measuring pretty small (5-6 weeks small!), so maybe she needs a little more time to fatten up? I had an ultrasound to check in on everything and she passed all the tests and the tech could even see hair. I didn’t want any 3D pictures of her face. I just want to be surprised I guess. She’ll be here soon enough in person!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Lots of time with friends and good food. I recently started making the girls holiday breakfasts. Halloween was our first one and now Thanksgiving. They LOVE it and it’s a fairly simple way for me to celebrate the holidays with them, make them feel special and I feel like I’m doing a “good job” as a mom. It’s a win all around. 

Holly and Greta wrote little letters to Santa and taped them to the fireplace. All they want Santa to bring them is Candy Canes and hubba bubba. The old guy can do that! Not having television and all the ads really effects our Christmas experience for the better I think. Their little letters are so cute!

I’m still trying to plan fun stuff on the weekends. If I don’t, I’ll go crazy! We’re going to decorate gingerbread houses, get a tree and trim it, we have a party to go to, I want to watch the BFG with the girls, maybe do some charity toy shopping… Or maybe the baby will come? I don’t have anything else to do to get ready for her. I’m tired of obsessively cleaning my house. I’m kind of over crossfit. And my freezer is filled to the top. So I need things to look forward to!

Nobody is pregnant forever right?!

This Halloween, we managed to purchase nothing for our costumes. We borrowed, repurposed/crafted or already owned all our Halloween outfits and accessories. Man, that was nice! Greta had her heart set on being a cheetah and I was gearing up to make her an outfit when I remembered our neighbor has a cheetah costume. So perfect! 

I’m trying out a new tradition to make holidays a little more special and help me feel like I’m doing my part as momma. I’m going to try to make them a simple breakfast. We couldn’t make ours on Halloween morning, so I made pumpkin pancakes and ghost bananas for them on Sunday. The girls thought it was pretty great so I count that as a win!

We went trick or treating with friends down the most picturesque parkway. Old houses and decorations plus so many other families in costumes. It felt really American and Hollywood to me!

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