This'll be a quickie catch-up post to document some of the things we've been doing this week. My writing style is going to suffer somewhat, as did the quality of the photos- I've been having Braxton Hicks all day and I'm feeling rather diminished both physically and creatively...
Someone this week pointed out that I am due in less than 2 weeks and wondered where I was finding the time to do all this stuff... Good question! I guess it's a "fake it til ya make it" kinda thing.. Also, having a very active 5 year old at home with me all day is some very serious motivation to make and do stuff. I wish I could say I have made as much headway toward preparing for the arrival of baby #2, but that's just not the case. Tiny baby laundry has been washed and folded, yet sits waiting in a laundry basket. Keely's bedroom is in a huge state of transition- the loft construction is complete, but now we need to paint, re-arrange, and move her things back into her room. It's pretty chaotic here, actually, but in a good way that says "We like to do Stuff!". Since you can never really be sure when labor will begin at this point, I've been trying to cram in as much fun, valentine-y stuff with Keely as possible. She loves hearts, and I don't want to miss out on all the fun craft possibilities. We've been making heart animals from construction paper, and working on her embroidered heart cards. (No pics to post, but I assure you, like everything she makes, they are darn cute!)
For example, our valentine decorations this year are cheerful and set me at ease:
We hung paper heart mobiles across the cut-out in the wall between living room and kitchen. (Wish I could've gotten a better pic but this was the best I could do- use your imagination!) They're quite lovely as they twist and spin.
Keely made a lovely paper mache valentine lantern using tissue paper and mod-podge. We made a tube with heavy cardstock, and she did several layers of tissue paper in reds and pinks. We placed it over my simmer (wax melt) pot, which gives it the warm glow. (Again, the photo doesn't do justice).
My little Kitchen Helper has assisted me in making some fun lunches this week:
(That oil-slick looking stuff in the mini muffin paper is actually some Hershey's chocolate for dippin' the bananners..)
And I *finally* finished the hat & booties that I was afraid wouldn't be completed before the new arrival:
I'm quite happy with the results- it took forever to figure out how to embellish these little cuties- I made a lot of "test" flowers to come up with a prototype to satisfy my fickle preggo self.
And now, time to rest...