Hey blog friends!! Sorry for these repetitive disappearances. Between Matt’s semester ending, a random trip to New York with my sisters, packing our stuff for a whole month break in Texas, cleaning/tidying the house before a 17 hour road trip, celebrating Christmas with family, two Texas weddings, traveling back to the tundra, Matt starting school again, and me hopping back into a routine, I just haven’t had time to put any thoughts down. BUT, now we’ve got a new year and I’m really excited to actually get things going on here.
Life updates. I guess I’ll go through a few things on that whirlwind of a list real quick ;)
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NYC w/ma sIsTeRsss <3333 One of my sisters is a flight attendant, and one of the perks of her job is cheap tickets for her family/friends (this has been super convenient for random trips to Texas from Milwaukee!!). Lydia and Julia were spending a few days in the big apple, and I decided to tag along for a quick trip! It was super fun to explore the city with them. But, if you didn’t know, I’m preggers and during our trip I was about 24 weeks. I was moving a little slower than the average NYC pace, and unfortunately, my senses were spot on and I could smell EEEEEEVERYYYYTHING from the greasy corn dogs to dog pee to human body odor to stannnky cigs and gasoline. Needless to say, this was the first time I threw up this pregnancy, and I do believe it to actually be the work of a stomach bug (b/c Matt had the same issue a few days later). Regardless, I’m so thankful to have such adventurous sisters who help break me out of my need to always know what’s happening. Thanks to ridiculous weather and flights not working out in our favor, Matt had to drive to Chicago to pick Julia and me up (and we scored a 3rd driver for our drive back to Texas!).
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Packing. Ughh. I’m an over packer by nature. Comes from the internal need to be ready for anything and not have to rely on anyone else (not a particularly good habit, I know). But, my over-packing nature in addition to knowing I’m just going to be growing in the next month led to me over-packing more than usual. Thanks Matt for lifting that suitcase into the car, and taking it up the stairs at your parents’ house, and not getting mad at me for packing so much.
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Roadtrip to Texas!!! Like I said, we scored a third driver by having my sister with us which turned out to be SO necessary. Julia stayed with us in Milwaukee for our last few days before the break (she also spent about a week or so with us in August and has by-far become our best visitor). We knew we wanted to leave by a certain date, but that also meant Matt would need to finish one of his final papers in the car (grad student life…). Well, who knew it would take him the whole trip to finish his paper. Maybe if he wasn’t interrupted by the same stomach bug I mentioned above, he would have been able to help drive. The drive wasn’t bad, just long, and we were all itching to just make it back to Texas.
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Christmas with family. Ahhhh I can’t begin to post how wonderful the break with family was. I knew I missed them, but you don’t realize quite how much you do until you’re around them again. It was fun to have babies (twin niece and nephew) around our family for Christmas this year, and we’re looking forward to adding our little boy into the mix next year. My parents got me an essential oil diffuser (yay!) and Matt’s parents got me a crock pot (yay!) and Matt got Dixie Chicks tickets for me and my sisters next August in Austin (nostalgiaaaaaahhhhhhican’twait!!!). This is how excited we are for the concert:
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Our best friends’ weddings. In addition to getting to see so much family over our break, Matt and I were lucky to have each of our best friends’ get married off which meant we could see a bunch of old friends. I went over to my best friend Monica’s house a few days before her wedding to help clean, organize, and do anything she said (because that’s what good matron of honors do :) ). I also ordered her flowers for the bouquets/boutineers/corsages and worked on those with one of our other friends. I gotta say, we did a pretty dang good job, and Monica loved her bouquet (which was all that mattered to me). She had such a fun and beautiful wedding, and I’m glad I was able to help make her day what she wanted.
Matt’s best friend also got married. His was a much smaller scale than Monica’s, and I ended up being their ‘day-of coordinator’. Matt thought it was one of his favorite weddings he’s been to, but he wasn’t filling up tea or organizing food or making sure the flow of everything happened smoothly. It was fun and I’m glad I could help how I did; but, this momma was tired after helping with two weddings!
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Road trip to Milwaukee. With a totally packed car (of Christmas gifts and baby stuff and the too many clothes I brought), we tucked my mom in the front seat and set off! Yep, my mom! She’s been wanting to see Milwaukee and was able to take off a couple of days of work to help us drive and visit the city. We couldn’t have asked for better driving weather. My mom insisted on eating lunch in Chicago and taking a little bit of time to see the city, so we ate deep dish pizza and saw the infamous bean (actually worth seeing). Lydia ended up flying to Milwaukee too! It was a party. Lucky mom and sister also got to experience the brutally cold Milwaukee days – like, high of 0 degrees with a wind chill of -24. I hated dropping them off at the airport, but I’m glad they’re both planning to come back when our little boy decides to make his appearance.
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Readjusting to life. Matt has started back at school. His last semester for his masters in theology (weeee!). Amidst his classes this semester, he’ll be applying to more school and jobs, taking a French exam, taking qualifying exams, writing a thesis, and becoming a father (8|). I’ll be nannying again, but just through the middle of March, and I will probably skip on tutoring this semester (I need to start easing up on doing a bunch of things). The past week of readjusting has been pretty difficult. I’m sure pregnancy hormones have a lot to do with it, but entering a lonely snow filled land feels so overwhelming after being in warm Texas with family for a whole month. The days after my mom left were especially hard for me, but I’m getting used to being here again. Matt and I will be working out our schedules together once his semester gets in full swing. Our biggest goal is more prayer. We feel this is the best thing we can do for each other and for our son who will be here in just about two months. He needs holy parents, or at least ones with soft hearts.
A few days late, but linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum for Seven Quick Takes!
Happy Monday friends! Til next time…