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Last week we took a hike down into the valley below our house and walked until we found the orange groves.  We bit into oranges, collapsed into grasses, and spent several hours chasing bugs and photographing bees.  Here’s one photo from that day; I’ll share more soon!

In the meantime, here are a few links I love:

Such a beautiful remix… with butter containers.

And then same song, different girls.  Equally beautiful.

The best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever have.

Cutest pregnant belly series ever… and set to music.

Seven sustainable fish.

New blog crush (and not just because she lives in a tiny apartment like we did as newlyweds).

Read this book if you like crafts and kids.

Hilarious article about 17 things your flight attendant won’t tell you.

“Vow to do less, not more” as you make your New Year’s resolutions. 

Elliott can’t wait to get one of these for Lena!

We ate here with some friends recently and it was amazing.  I want to go back and stay for a few days when it’s warmer.

A list of books every child should read.

Have you made any great finds online recently?

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pregnancy survival guide

This pregnancy has been a different ball game than my pregnancy with Lena.  Let me paint a picture for you of how my third trimester was last time:

  1. Husband is deployed
  2. My foot is broken
  3. I cannot work because of said broken foot (I am an ICU nurse)
  4. I am stuck inside in January, and February, and March
  5. I am very miserable

Honestly I don’t know how those last few months of my pregnancy with Lena even happened.  They are a blur now.  Thanks to good friends and a wonderful church and living near my family, I was very well cared for, but I was very, very glad when those months were over and I had a beautiful baby in my arms!

This pregnancy has been sooo different.  I have a husband at home to take care of me and worry over me.  (He took care of me and worried over me last time, too, but from Egypt, so it was a little completely different.)  I don’t have any broken bones… yet.  I work hard, but my job description has changed to include mothering a toddler, running a home in a foreign country, and managing my knitting and sewing venture.  I am not stuck inside, but I do spend a lot of my time inside, and that will explain a lot of the things on my list!

Here are a few things I’ve loved this pregnancy:

1. Cute jeans.  I love my jeans, which were a gift from my mom and have helped me feel stylish throughout both my pregnancies.  These jeans are a cut above Old Navy brand but not as pricey as Citizens or Sevens.  (Save that splurging for the many, many months of your life when you’re not pregnant!)

2. Knitting.  You all know I love it!  This season I have been so content to sit and knit in the evenings or occasionally even while Lena is playing during the day.  The slide and click of my knitting needles is relaxing, and so is the feeling of productivity as I create beautiful things.  Image via here.

3.  Oranges!  They are in season in Sicily and they are delicious.  Lena and I eat multiple oranges a day.  She is learning to peel mandarin oranges all by herself.  I love to watch her quietly as she furrows her brow in concentration and delicately peels off the skin.  Image via here.

4.  Warm, caffeine-free drinks.  I am sipping this Mighty Leaf tea right now.  I tasted this brand for the first time in a spa before a pregnancy massage two years ago and have been hooked ever since.  During these cold days I also love my decaff coffee every morning (with plenty of cream and sugar) and often enjoy a mug of spiced cider in the evenings.  I make my own (recipe here!), store the jug in the fridge, and heat up a cupful whenever I’m ready for a warm treat.

5. IKEA stacking toy.  I bought it on a whim at IKEA a few months ago and it has amused Lena for hours.  I had no idea she would love it so much, but wow… I am so grateful!   It’s teaching her important motor skills on the living room rug while I run around getting dinner ready.  Now we’re giving her this toy for Christmas… partly because all the reviews say it kept their kids entertained for so long!

6.  Slippers.  Our Italian house is cold during the winter and the floors are the coldest part of all.  You literally cannot walk on them in socks because the chill seeps right through socks and into your bones.  My sister Emily and sister-in-law Jess (who are best buds… how cool is that?) bought me these slippers last year and I literally wear them for about 8 hours every. single. day.  Thank you, girls, you really nailed that Christmas present.

7.  Knee-high, flat-heeled leather boots.  I bought a pair (not these, but they sure are gorgeous) a few years ago and wear them with dresses all winter long.  Especially when you are pregnant, any dress will seem awfully short when your big belly hikes up the skirt in front!  Knee-high boots add a little coverage, look so cute with a dress, and will be a staple from the first hint of fall till the green leaves pop out on the trees again.

8. This book has its quirks, as does the whole Bradley method, but I am so grateful for this manifesto for natural childbirth.  I gave birth to Lena using this method and had a great experience, and so natural childbirth is my goal with this bambino too.  I’ll be re-reading a lot of my old materials in January in order to prep for labor, delivery, and the post-partum period… which is coming up so soon!

A few things not pictured:

  • Zantac.  I have awful reflux this time around; it just feels like my stomach doesn’t even have room for a snack sometimes.  Popping one of these tiny over-the-counter pills kills the reflux in 30 minutes and makes me a much happier girl.
  • Nap time.  Lena is still taking two naps a day most days and how I love them.  Time to knit, read, blog, clean, bake, prep for dinner, or just sit still for a little while and pet the cat.
  • Body pillow.  Elliott bought me this pillow during my last pregnancy and I just got it out of storage last week.  I’m so glad I did; it makes sleeping at night so much more comfy!  Thank you again, Elliott.

Any suggestions for things you or your loved ones enjoyed during pregnancy?  I’m all ears!

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Advent calendars

Eden and David, two of Elliott’s siblings, have given us not one but two Advent calendars this season.  They are both unique and so beautiful, and they really have made this season all the more special each day.  As the chapel services on base do not discuss Advent besides lighting the Advent wreath each Sunday, this is a way to incorporate the anticipation and joy of the season into our everyday lives at home.

David sent us this Advent calendar, which he purchased from JohnsonMade on Etsy.  I hung the calendar with the help of 5 carefully spaced nails on our kitchen wall as well as red ribbon and clothespins.  I love the artwork on each card and the verses and activity suggestions on the back.

Eden knows her brother loves birds, and so her choice of Advent calendar is especially sweet for Elliott.  Every day we help Lena open one of the little windows in the calendar and pull out the tiny paper bird inside.  Then we help her choose a spot on the tree to place it.  Bit by bit, the tree is filling up with a flock of many colored birds.  I wonder what’s hiding in the big window for the 25th?

Do you have an Advent calendar, either new to you or filled with family tradition?

My favorite DIY Advent calendar idea this year is from paper{whites}.  Her calendar has 25 pockets that she filled with tiny ornaments; each day her little daughter takes out an ornament and puts it on her very own miniature tree!

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the cuteness of mini Ruche

The other day I was entering a blog giveaway* in hopes of winning something from the Ruche children’s section.  I didn’t even know Ruche had a children’s section, but wow.  Their stuff is so cute!  I’m especially head over heels for that “future bird watcher onesie” so my little boy can be just like his daddy!

1. iron-on ties (how brilliant is that?!)
2. Marty the Monkey stuffed animal
3. bird watcher onesie
4. prepster saddle shoes
5. future photographer onesie
6. fruits and veggies wooden magnets
7. animal parade print
8. billy crayon caddy
9. striped romper

*Why do I do that? I have almost no chance of winning.  But enter giveaways I do, and faithfully.  Have you ever won something??  Well, besides you, Bethany, because you won my giveaway. :-)

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urchin poufs


Elliott saw this photo in KLM’s inflight magazine and brought it home for me.  He knows me well.  I’m completely smitten with Christien Meindertsma‘s oversized knitting projects, especially her “urchin poufs.”

What do you think?  Wow or whoa?

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