I thought last week was busy, but this week proved to be just as busy!
1. On Saturday I had my baby shower! How fun! I am so thankful for all the people who helped put it together and came and gave me such nice gifts for my baby boy! It was a lot of fun. I’ll have to do a post about it with all the pictures from it. But for now, here’s a sample:
2. Monday I didn’t go anywhere but got some random things done from home, like writing thank-you notes for my shower, sending out an email about the Activity Day activity that week, calling a few people, etc. That night we had a quick FHE lesson as well. 2 for 2 now.
3. On Tuesday I took the girls to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum for playgroup. It was a ton of fun and my girls actually enjoyed the new Gecko exhibit they have! It was like a game to them to find the geckos in their boxes. The highlight of the museum for my girls is the carousel ride however. They love it and it’s usually the first, and sometimes, only thing they talk about when we talk about the museum.
|On the way home from the museum|
4. I had to trim my girls’ fingernails and toenails again, which is not my favorite activity. They make it way more difficult than it has to be often, screaming bloody murder and wrestling against me the whole time. Lately it has been much, much better, but for some reason Lisa didn’t want to cooperate, so Josh had the grand idea of bribing her that if Mom could cut her nails, we’d paint them. So, we painted our fingernails! Josh painted Lisa’s nails, I painted Alison’s, and then I painted my own. I almost never have painted fingernails, especially not red nails! It was fun though.
5. Tuesday night we went over to a friend’s house and picked up a changing table! We are so glad they asked us if we needed one because we were trying to figure out what to do about a changing table. The girls have a changing table on top of their dresser, but we’ve been using that dresser in their closet for their clothes and didn’t know if we should move into the boy’s room or what we should do. So, problem solved!
6. Wednesday morning I went over to a friend’s house and we made some banana bread. I had some bananas that needed baking in something and my friend Kate has always said that if anyone wanted to bake something to come over. She has a Kitchen-Aid stand-mixer as well as other baking/cooking supplies that I don’t. So, our girls played and we baked. I then helped her set up a pinterest account. I tried to dye the banana bread pink in honor of Valentine’s Day, but all the food coloring just rose to the top of the loaves. Bummer.
7. Later on Wednesday I watched my friend Hillary’s kids while she went visiting teaching. I had actually forgot I had agreed to watch her kids until she was knocking on my door! And then I couldn’t remember why I was watching them. But, it worked out fine. My kids were still napping when they got her and napped most of the time so it was very easy. Unfortunately, I was a little stressed trying to accomplish all these different things for that night and the next day.
8. Wednesday night was Activity Days! As the leader I had planned on a Family History night. We made small pedigree charts for the girls, each shared a fun family story, and then I taught the girls how to index via familysearch Indexing. Luckily three dads (each with at least two kids in Activity Days) stayed and helped teach their kids how to index on their laptops. I also had two other helpers there too. Unfortunately, one of them had to play and entertain my kids, who I had to bring since Josh has class late on Wednesday nights. The activity went really well. I think indexing is a great way for kids ages 8-12 can do family history work, though it isn’t technically for their specific families. At the end I shared how I have been indexing (on and off) since 2006 when indexing was still a pilot program being tried out at BYU student wards. I have also been called as an indexer at least twice in two different wards and been part of stakes that had 1,000,000 names indexed goals, which were always met. And I also talked about how Josh and I have done lots of research for our own families as well and the blessings it has brought to us. I stressed how important the work is and that we all have a responsibility to do it!
9. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I tried to make it special for Josh who’s been a little down lately, as well as for our girls, who would be joining us. I will write a post more about activities later. But, it was a themed-day!
10. Yesterday I took the girls to the doctors. They have had a persistent cough for about two months or longer now. We haven’t taken them in for it before because sometimes they also had a cold and it has gotten better or worse here and there. It has been the worst in the mornings/evenings. We’ve been rubbing vapor rub on their chests before bed and running a humidifier in their room to help them sleep through the night (since for a while they would get up, often from coughing too much). They also would have bad coughing fits after running around too much. Anyways, the doctor gave the girls some liquid steroids that the girls have to take once a day for a week, which should make the cough go away completely. If it doesn’t she wants to see them again, because she’s worried about it possibly being asthma.
11. After the girl’s doctor appointment, I did something I have wanted to do since I was about 14, so for about 10 years: I opened a Certificate of Deposit or CD! I’m totally a nerd about saving money and wanting to get the best interest rates I can and always have been. Our credit union posted on its Facebook page yesterday morning that they were having a one-day Valentine’s Day Special – 50 people would be able to open a 6-month CD, max deposit of $2500, with an interest rate of 2.14% APY! That’s an amazing rate! Their normal 6-month CD interest rate is 0.12% APY! This is perfect since we recently started shopping around for savings/investment rates to see what we could get, and nothing came close to this! I’m thrilled!
12. Today I had my doctor’s appointment. Tomorrow I will be 37 weeks pregnant! My due date is less than a month away. This past week I have definitely started feeling big. While I’m still smaller than when their were two in there, I have felt the bigness finally this week, but I guess it makes sense since I am now officially in my last month of pregnancy. Today I bring you then and now photos, complete with side-by-side comparison (aka I wore the same blue tank top and tried to pose similarly).
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