Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Day of School

I thought it might be few years before we were taking these pictures in our family, but it turns out that that is not the case. Bryan was recently called as an early morning seminary teacher. That's right, early morning. The kids here are dedicated! Bryan and I were very spoiled living in Utah and Idaho and being able to attend released-time seminary. Class starts at 6:30 am everyday that there is school. They hold the class at our stake center, which is only 5 minutes from our house. He has about 15 students, all freshmen. I think he has felt overwhelmed at times, but I know that he is going to be great! Good Luck Brother Nielson! :)

Baby Showers!

'Tis the season for baby showers! I guess when I got to the point that people no longer questioned if I was pregnant, but instead questioned if I was having twins--it is time to have a baby shower and celebrate!

At work, I was told by my manager that I had to come in on my day off for a 7 am mandatory meeting with our head boss. (She later told me that she had to say our head boss, because she thought I would just blow it off otherwise. I guess people can sense that I'm starting to check out of the work scene a little bit.)
I showed up, bright and early Monday morning to find that our staff lounge had been transformed into a party room! The mandatory meeting was a combined baby shower for me and one of my co-workers that is due just 6 weeks after me!


We played my favorite baby shower game of "how gigantic are you?" :)
FYI: I am 11 TP squares round.

Martha, my co-worker, that is expecting a little girl. They had a cute cake wishing us both the best. It has been really fun to be preggo together.

My neighbor, Elizabeth, was also very gracious and threw me a neighborhood/ward/friends shower. It was so much fun that we forgot to snap pictures with everyone there! Oops! She has such a talent for decorating and entertaining, maybe I'll be able to pick up on a thing or two from her. She is also the one that let me do some canning with her a few weeks ago. This gal has it together.

Here is part of the spread that she put on...

Everyone was very impressed with the sugar cookies. I loved how they said "BABY LUKE" and "OH BOY."

A quick picture of momma-to-be after the baby shower. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people in our neighborhood and ward.

Anticipating the Arrival...

I guess the nesting instinct has finally hit, full force. With that nesting instinct, comes very little resting. Maybe it is nature's way of trying to break you in gently when the big moment arrives and you rarely rest (so I hear).
I have loved getting the nursery ready, it still isn't complete, but it is fun to watch it coming together. I decided to do an airplane theme, but very low-key, not a lot of fancy stuff here. Bryan has been very helpful and patient while placing things in "just the right spot" for me. Here are a few sneak peaks of the nursery.

First things first, we decided to paint and put some beadboard on the walls. Bryan recruited some local help, my cousin, Paul. Thankfully, he has some experience in the carpentry area and the beadboard is going straight up and down without any funky angles. He definitely helped make things much easier! Bryan also purchased a few new tools for the project. How could I argue, "It's for the baby"???

I love baskets and have incorporated them throughout the nursery. I'm a believer in being organized, but having a quick and simple way to go about it. My sophisticated organizing system? Clump it all together into "baby things."

Here is the homemade mobile that my "crafty" brain came up with. I'm actually really happy with how it turned out, what do you think??? (hanging sharp, metal objects above an infant is always a good idea, right?)

After the mobile idea, I felt that I was on a roll, so I found a baby quilt pattern online and decided to give it a go. I'm nearing the completion phase of the quilt. I enrolled my Aunt Karen for some help with the actual stitching, but other than that I spent just a "few" late hours putting this together. I will update when the quilt is done.

We sure are excited for the arrival of Little Luke! Only 3 more weeks to go! (roughly)