Thursday, August 25, 2011

Weekend in Gettysburg

There's something pretty awesome and a little spooky about walking on the land where Civil War soldiers fought and many died almost 150 years ago!

Brandon and I decided to visit the famous battlefield of Gettysburg for the weekend and brush up on our Civil War history.  Let me just say, I was confused for about 90% of the time.  I work with numbers on a daily basis, not war strategy!  Once I established who was red and who was blue, following along with the guidebook and CD wasn't nearly as difficult. :)

Weekend Itinerary:

Saturday morning - Visitors Center to buy a guidebook and CD for the AUTO tour.  They have a great route that you can drive your car on, with marked stops.  Perfect for pregnant ladies who you most definitely won't find walking across battlefields in 85 degree heat!  We did the first two hours of touring, then off to EAT!

Saturday lunch - Appalachian Brewing Company...highly recommended!

Saturday afternoon - 2 more hours of touring.  I left with much respect for those that participated in the hard-fought battles in Gettysburg and enjoyed learning about the history that took place on those expansive grounds.  By the way, the Union won...I think. :)

Saturday dinner - Dobbin House (claims to be the oldest building in Gettysburg) - the basement "tavern" has the neatest atmosphere and great food.  Then, ice cream and a stroll in downtown Gettysburg.

Sunday - lazy morning, ate breakfast at the hotel, and drove back home.

Good times. :)

Great weekend.  Thank you to those who fight for our freedom...past, present, and future!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

FLYing and Feelin' Good

There are many times in my life where I've taken a hard look at myself and said, "Self, we need to make a change here.  This nonsense cannot go on any longer."  There are a few times in my life where I've actually made a change that was lasting.

I've began to notice recently, though, there is a common thread to these times of lasting change...

1. Baby steps...and I mean really small baby steps.  One of my favorite inspirational quotes is "Progress, Not Perfection."

2. A support person/people

3. Prayer/Praise to God

4. Exchanging negative thoughts for positive ones

For a very long time, I've struggled with keeping up with housework.  Even though it's just the hubs and I in a fairly small townhome, we had an extremely hard time motivating ourselves to clean.  Dusting, thank you.  We even had a hard time keeping clothes off the floor, dishes out of the sink, and I'm ashamed to admit that the bed was only made when company came over.  I know, it was bad.  Remember this???...

and this...

Those were my New Year's resolutions.  Yeah, that lasted about two days!

UNTIL 2 MONTHS AGO...when I stumbled upon this extremely helpful lady, self-titled Fly Lady, who has sympathized, encouraged, and nudged me to make a lasting change when it comes to keeping up with housework.

WARNING...she's a little on the goofy side, and at first I thought it was a little too much for me...but then, I started to notice all her antics were WORKING!  

Our sink has been dish-free every night for two whole months and our bed has been made every morning for about one month!!  It feels so good to make these changes in our home and we're taking baby steps every day toward a cleaner/happier home.

If you would like to try out the Fly Lady, I suggest starting here.  Read what she's all about, then decide for yourself if it's something you'd like to pursue.  Trust me, it's totally manageable...oh, and it's totally free, too.  

I signed up to get the daily email, which I highly recommend (make sure you sign up for the daily digest and not all emails, or you could end up getting several emails each day).  It keeps me motivated and inspired to keep going!

Hope this helps your family as much as it has mine!!  Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Nursery Progress and 30 Week Update

Three-quarters of the way there! Here's the update on the nursery and the 30-week bump pic...

Bedding Set

Brandon picked up this little Model A Tractor because it reminded him of his Grandpa's.  Next goal is to get some floating shelves to display it on.

The comfiest chair in the house...I seriously want to fall asleep every time I sit in it.  I'm enjoying some reading time in it now.  The quilt was made by my Aunt Debbie and has cute little Dr. Seuss fish on it!

Also, we purchased one of the cube bookcases from Target.  We'll be adding the linen storage cubes in every other slot.  Then, a lamp and some other decor will be on top.

Cute little baby shoes all lined up and ready to go!

This baby has more clothes than we do!  They're all so adorable.  We're all waiting for you, Baby B...even the clothes!

Valance for the window that matches the bedding set.  These walls need a lot more color, for sure!  I'm planning a couple projects to do just that!

And the 30 week shot...we're so close!  Did I mention I feel HUGE?

Official due date is... 
October 13, 2011

Our baby is the size of a... 
A Head of Cabbage, 16 inches long, and 3 lbs.  We've both been doing a lot of growing!


Sorry, we're keeping this quiet until the precious little one arrives.  We do know his name will start with a B, following a Brinkmeyer family tradition.

Feeling the baby move...
 All day! Luckily, he sleeps when I do...or else I'm too tired to notice. :)

Granola bars

The tiredness that I experienced in the first trimester is starting to creep back (among other pleasantries like heartburn, ect.) ...could be due to not sleeping that well though.  I'm sure God is just preparing me for Baby B's arrival...can we start preparing a little later maybe, God?? Just a small request. :)

Preparing for B's Birthday...
 Birthing classes start this week.  Right now, I'm typing this on an exercise ball...heard it's supposed to help get you into shape for labor...we'll see! Also, doctor's appointments are every two weeks now as opposed to every month.  We're coming in on the finish line, folks! Can't wait!


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