I have never been that type of girl who oohed and aahed over babies. I was never one of those girls who dreamed of getting married and starting a family. In fact, I always thought that I would be well into my 30s when I got married. It was just not something I pictured when I thought of my future. And kids, well, they were definitely a maybe, not a necessity. There was so many other things I wanted to experience.
Well, my life is quite different from the life I pictured for myself when I was younger. Now I’m 27, I have been married for 5 years and have a baby. And you know what? I wouldn’t change any of it. Even during the hours of crying and fussing, also known as colic, I wouldn’t change any of it. I have been so blessed.
It has taken some hard work and I’ve gone through some rough patches, but now I see why. I could have given up at many points, but I just kept on going. Sometimes I didn’t even know why, there just seemed to be some invisible force keeping me going.
Now I know what it was pushing me towards. It was pushing me towards the best thing anybody can experience in their life. The smile of their child.
Do the last few weeks of pregnancy seem to drag on for ever or what? I feel like the past couple weeks have taken forever and I’m sure the next few will only be slower as I grow increasingly uncomfortable. I seemed to have “popped” in the past month or so and my belly is definitely huge. I could take it until recently. I was even exercising regularly until about 2 weeks ago. Then the belly took over and I have succumbed to the couch. I get winded just walking! It’s horrible. I haven’t ever felt so out of shape. Oh well, it won’t be forever, it’ll just seem like it.
Now for the recipe of the week. This week’s recipe was Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins chosen by Lauryn of Bella Baker. I had all intentions of making these, but as I stated earlier, getting off the couch has become a challenge. So, although I do intend on making these soon, it was not on the agenda this past week. So please visit Lauryn’s blog to see the recipe and her review of the muffins.
Instead, I did end up making the French Pear Tart chosen a while back. We went over to another couple’s house for dinner on Saturday night and we brought dessert. Everyone did enjoy the tart. I’m shocked that the canned pears worked so well. I added a little almond extract just to add another hint of almond and it really accented the pears nicely. Overall, it was very good.
Now, here is an update on the nursery. We have it pretty much finished. I just need to put a small lamp in the room. Otherwise, I hope the baby enjoys it. The paintings turned out really nice and everything is organized…for now. Here is also a picture of me. From the front I don’t look bad, but when I turn to the side its another story. (Please don’t mind the pants, as any pregnant women would tell someone, you don’t care so much about how it looks when you’re pregnant compared to how you feel.)
I am reading a book called “Good to Great” by Jim Collins for my MBA class and I came across this quote. It has stuck with me now for quite a few weeks. In the book, the author, Jim Collins, interviews a Vietnam War POW Admiral Jim Stockdale. This is what the author says he took away from that interview:
“Life is unfair – sometimes to our advantage, sometimes to our disadvantage. We will all experience disappointments and crushing events somewhere along the way, setbacks for which there is no “reason”, no one to blame. It might be a disease, it might be an injury; it might be an accident; it might be losing a loved one; it might be getting swept away in a political shake-up; it might be getting shot down over Vietnam and thrown into a POW camp for eight years. What separates people, Stockdale taught me, is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.”
“The Stockdale Paradox: Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of difficulties. And at the same time, confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
Don’t you wish you could do this all day?
This is what Bonkers does all day…every day. She looks completely neglected doesn’t she? Don’t let her fool you. She has us wrapped around her paw.
You know winter is coming when Bonkers decides she needs to start sleeping under the covers…
The past few weeks have been tough with my two masters classes. So, Bonks has volunteered to help me with my homework…
She’s very good at holding my page for me.
In an attempt to respond to my readers’ requests of more photos of my cats, here is a quick picture. I’ll try to keep my camera on me more so I can share their cute antics with everyone.
This is a picture of Rosie on the first day of fall. It was quite a cool day and she hasn’t grown her winter coat yet, so she was warming up under the blanket on the couch. She’s even been testing her luck the last few nights by trying to sleep under the covers with my husband and I at night. So, hopefully she’ll get her winter coat soon, because we do not allow her under the covers.
This summer has been extremely dry by us. We were about 2″ under normal until this past week. I can’t say that it has rained a lot, but we’ve had some nice showers that have been greatly appreciated. Especially by our garden. Our garden in the past three weeks has become wild! We are getting more vegetables than we know what to do with, especially green beans. Last year I felt like we only got a few green beans, not even enough to have them as a side dish. This year though we are getting hordes of them. I can’t complain though, they are wonderful. We are also getting quite a few peas, which is wonderful.
I also have to show you a picture of our melon. This year we decided to try melons. Well, they have started to take over. Next year my husband is already planning to dedicate a quarter of our garden to them. They have grown completely over 3 of our pepper plants and are starting to infringe on our carrots. Oh well, at least we have 4 little baby melons starting to form. I’m so excited to see how they grow. Just keep your fingers crossed that we can keep having the perfect weather.
Yes, if you look really closely there is a baby melon in the middle of the picture hiding under some of the leaves.
I have to say that the garden is completely worth the effort. It’s a lot of work in the beginning of spring, but it sure does pay off come summer. I don’t think I’ll be buying any vegetables for quite some time.
The melon plants are in the bottom right corner trying to grow over the fence.
And a picture of what is to come:
My husband must have realized that I have been really stressed lately. I think this because for the first time in our three years of marriage he bought me flowers. He even volunteered to make dinner and get a movie for last Friday night. It was a really nice treat. I can’t say I remember the last time this has happened. All I have to say is that I’m really fortunate and I really appreciate all he does for me. He was even willing to go raspberry picking with me this past weekend. Now he really understands why freshly picked raspberries are my favorite fruit.