In a few days I’ll be 18 weeks into this pregnancy. It blows my mind that I am already so close to half way through gestating my third child. This pregnancy is going by so, so fast. Being super busy already raising 2 kiddos makes time go by at warp speed.
As I enter these weeks that mark the middle of my pregnancy I am getting more and more anxious to find out if Little #3 is a boy or a girl. My good old Mother’s Instinct has me leaning toward one particular gender but I really can’t wait to see if I’m right. My St. Louis doctor always did the anatomy scan around 18 weeks. My doctor here doesn’t do them until 20-22 weeks. I’m scheduled for the big ultrasound on May 13th when I’m 21 weeks along. It still seems so far away.
So, here we sit, impatiently waiting to see if we will be adding a boy to the mix or adding another little girl to our estrogen heavy family. I hate waiting!
We are at that point here in the Pacific Northwest where spring has sprung, the trees are getting their leaves back and flowers are blossoming every where, but winter isn’t quite ready to completely let go of us. A couple of weeks ago we had a glorious peek at spring with lots of sunshine, warm temperatures and days spent outdoors. Since then the temperatures of cooled off again and we’ve had lots of rain, boo.
This weekend was crazy weather-wise around here. Saturday was very rainy and cold. A cold front moved through that dumped a ton of snow in the mountains and left us grabbing our warm rain coats as we headed out the door. But then yesterday happened, talk about crazy weather. The sun managed to break through the clouds and warm things up a bit. Most of the day was gorgeous and we spent a bit of time at the park in the afternoon. Soaking up the sunshine and enjoying some time outside since we’ve been trapped inside quite a bit lately. It was really lovely.
The sun continued to shine into the evening hours as I began preparing dinner. Lorne headed out with one of our neighbors to do a little mountain biking so it was just the girls and I for dinner. The girls played out back while I grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner. The sky was clear, the sun was shining and it almost felt like spring again. But then, as I was taking the burgers off the grill and turning it off, I heard a strange sound. It almost sounded like rain hitting the leaves but I didn’t feel any drops and I didn’t see any clouds in the sky. As I stepped inside and closed the patio door it became obvious what the sound was, it was hail and lots of it. For close to 30 minutes small hail poured from the sky. For much of that time the sun continued to shine. It was seriously the craziest thing I have ever seen. The girls stood at the window completely awe-struck. Anna just kept shouting “LOOK LOOK LOOK”.
After about 30 minutes of the hailing craziness my backyard looked like it had just snowed. It was insane!
It has been 4 years since that April 7th when Maddie Spohr left this world. 4 years. I just can’t put into words how sad and unbelievable that is. You are missed and remembered Maddie.
Today I will honor Miss Maddie by thinking about Heather, Mike and Annie and sending lots of love to them on this very difficult day. I will honor her by remembering what a wonderful little girl she was. I will honor her by wearing purple and thinking about all the lives she touched in her short life and all the lives she still touches on a daily basis.
Please take a moment on this Sunday to think about the amazing Maddie and send some love to her parents and little sister. Lets surround them with love so they know we all remember their special little girl.
One of the things I loved most about this house when we first walked through it was the master bath. It was big and had an amazing soaker tub that I could totally see myself using to melt away the stresses of the day. It had recently been redone by the previous owners and the tile work was really nice, however, the builders white that was on the walls was not. The wall color did nothing for the tile, it made it looked washed out and it made the room look and feel cold. I knew that once we started adding our own touch to the place that the master bath would be one of the first rooms to tackle. It had such potential and all it needed was a different color on the walls.
The bathroom before (boring).
Over the last several weekends Lorne has been hard at work painting the master bath and the master bedroom. The master bath turned out perfectly. When we had the color consultant over to help us pick out colors the master bath was one of the harder rooms to choose a color for. I really liked the look of the color swatch in the room when we were looking at colors but I wasn’t entirely sure how it would look was the whole room was that color. It looks amazing. The color really works with the tile and pulls out all the right accents from it. In addition to painting the walls we also added a frame to the mirror, which I think really updates the look of the bathroom. Eventually we’ll reface the cabinets since I’m not a fan of the 1980s oak look.
With a little color and a few added touches the bathroom has gone from boring and cold to warm and sophisticated. I love it.
The Bathroom after.
The color, if your interested, is Duxbury Gray by Benjamin Moore. It will eventually be used as an accent color on one wall in our dining room as well, once we get around the painting the main floor.
Last week, with both kids in tow thanks to Lorne being out of town for work, I headed down the street to our local elementary school. Now, why was I going to the elementary school with both children you might ask. Well, it was kindergarten registration day!
As it turns out each school in our district handles kindergarten registration a bit differently. After reading through all the details online and calling the kindergarten school board rep I determined that our particular school was not handing out registration packets ahead of time and parents had to show up at the school between 1:30pm and 6:00pm on March 6th to fill out the registration forms, hand over copies of all the necessary documentation and get their kiddos all signed up for kindergarten. I was not exactly impressed that I couldn’t fill out the paperwork ahead of time. I’m not a fan of last minute stuff, but what could I do.
With my pile of necessary documentation in hand I headed into the school, which by the way is awesome! The registration process was set up very well. There were packets right at the front door with all the registration forms. There were tables set up in the hallway covered in paper so that the kids could color away while their parents filled out what felt like endless amounts of paperwork. The school nurse was on hand to review immunization records and go over any immunizations the child may need to get before school starts (luckily for us we are all caught up). She was also available to go over the process for special medical situations, like Maya’s nut allergy. She was super sweet. After all the paperwork was filled out and we had talked with the school nurse it was onto the front office to hand over everything. The office staff was super helpful and super sweet. It didn’t take long to go over all the forms and we were on our way.
Our school district is not currently offering full day kindergarten at no charge to all students. Instead each student who is interested in full day kindergarten has to enter a lottery and if selected through the lottery to fill one of the slots there is a monthly tuition fee. We are hopeful that Maya will get a full time spot as I’ve heard it is rare in our district for them not to accommodate all the children who have requested the full day program, but I’m really fine with either. Next week we’ll find out.
I truly can’t believe we are already here, getting ready for kindergarten. She isn’t my baby anymore, not by a long shot. She is definitely our big, smart girl who is more than ready to face this new challenge. I’m really looking forward to what next year bring for her. I have a feeling she is going to grow and change immensely.