It’s been pretty crazy around here as we’ve had visitors two different weeks and are working to get everything ready for these baby girls to arrive here soon. Wow, it’s definitely surreal to think about and type, that’s for sure!
Highlights of the week(s):
Definitely the visitors! Two weeks ago, Elisa and her family came out our way for a Colorado summer trip. Her three oldest boys, along with her husband and father planned to camp for the week while she and her youngest son planned to stay with us. While I was working she got to hike and swim with the boys and in the afternoon we would meet back up, eat dinner together, and chat the evening away. There was one pretty crazy storm with rain, hail, and tornadoes which prompted the boys to come stay with us their final night out here. Seven of them plus the two (four?) of us, plus a dog made for quite the houseful. It was a blast!
Last weekend Colin and I got a bunch of house projects and yard work done-storm cleanup-which felt really good and then his parents arrived for the week. They wanted to plan one more trip out before the babies’ arrival and helped with some indoor and outdoor chores as well as cooked and froze some meals for us. I was most excited to show my mother-in-law the nursery, which is just about done! I want to eventually get a rug for the floor but I’ve purchased and returned three different ones because they just didn’t look right or fit the space. When my sister comes to visit, I’m tasking her with that job as she has a great eye for decorating 😀
The holiday weekend has been a great mix of fun and housework. We had a pretty relaxing day on the 3rd (I worked a few hours) and we got ready for festivities on the 4th. On Saturday morning we headed to our neighborhood picnic and parade which was so much fun! We walked down there with our nextdoor neighbors and met some friends there. After a few hours we hurried home to head out to a pool party with some other friends. It was an afternoon of games, good food, drinks, laughter, and pool time! I brought this festive “fruit pizza”:
By about 7, I was exhausted and we headed home, watched a movie, and called it a night. This is the first year that I can remember that I didn’t see a single firework, but was totally okay with that!
I should probably remove this section from the updates as I’ve been doing very minimal exercise over the past few weeks. I always thought I’d be the type of person who would workout right up to my due date if I had the opportunity to be pregnant, but I honestly haven’t been able to do it! I’ve been managing a few walks a week, but that’s about it. I’ve been struggling with very swollen feet and ankles, so if I don’t do some form of exercise by about noon, forget it. Needless to say, I definitely have an itch for a really good sweat and am truly looking forward to getting back into my fitness routine here soon.
It’s pretty much the same for me on the food front, but I’ve been trying to enjoy as much summer food as I can. Smoothies and fruit top the list, for sure! I did make this salad when my in-laws were here that is a keeper:
Summer Potato Salad
•2 lbs. baby potatoes, quartered
•1 lb. thin green beans, halved
•2 small bunches green onions, diced
•1/4 cup chopped parsley
•1 cup fresh corn kernels, cut off the cob
•2 cups cooked chicken, diced
•3T. champagne vinegar
•3T. olive oil
•1 large garlic clove, minced
•salt and pepper
Combine vinegar, oil, garlic, and seasonings in a jar and shake to combine. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add potatoes. Cook about 12-minutes or until fork tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and put directly into a bowl of ice water. Add green beans to boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the potatoes. Drain potatoes and green beans. Combine remaining salad ingredients and add dressing. Toss gently to combine.
Other food highlights were this buckwheat pancake tipped with peaches, and this delicious dinner of grilled chicken, grilled baby carrots, and kale salad that my in-laws made!
I’m now going to the doctor twice a week, which feels like a lot! I’m getting two Non-Stress Tests, one appointment with the neonatologist, and one appointment with my regular OB. They usually are able to make them back-to-back appointments, so once a week I’m there for like 3-hours! The girls are measuring a little small, so we’re hoping the next few weeks will bring on some major growth. The most common comment I get from people is “are you sure there are two babies in there, you’re so tiny”. My usually response has been “that’s what they tell me”-with a smile-but I swear, people say the strangest things to pregnant people!
Lastly, I only have about three more days of work!! It’s been a doozy of a last few weeks with lots of emergency sub coverage and people who said they could cover classes backing out. I sure won’t miss the 5AM texts and calls from instructors telling me they can’t teach their 6AM 😉 I’ll miss my co-workers and seeing the instructors a lot, but definitely am feeling ready for this next chapter!
Okay, with that, I’m off! I’m hoping to post one more update before they arrive.