The Rest of Instagram 2012

No baby yet!  

We had a lovely Christmas (recap coming I'm sure), and I had a bit of time since Wyatt is still sleeping and Derek is taking a test for one of his classes.  So I thought I'd go ahead and get the last of the Instagram pictures up (unless I take a few more this year, but I'll just add them in later).  

I realized as I was typing out all my captions this time that I use " … " a lot on Instagram and Twitter.  Sorry if that's annoying . . .

*Hehehe!  Sorry, I'm easily amused today.*

 

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September 17, 2012 - The kiddo picked out all the single-hole Legos and set them aside on the coffee table.  Smartie.  :-)

 

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September 20, 2012 - I usually am not a change-into-yoga-pants-as-soon-as-I-get-home pregnant lady, but today . . .

 

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September 25, 2012 - Second time in the last week that I've hit empty before I realized I needed to stop for gas . . . what is my problem?!

 

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September 26, 2012 - We're staying with Derek in the hotel tonight, and he surprised me with flowers!
 
 
 
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September 27, 2012 - 26ish week bump and a curly-haired me (for those of you who didn't know it was that curly - yeah, it is!).
 
 
 
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September 29, 2012 - Corn maze tonight!
 
 

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October 4, 2012 - Just shopping for something for my maternity shoot, and there is no room on my phone for new pictures, so I'm documenting here for reference later.  :-)
 
October 4, 2012 - Or this with a scarf?  Hmm. . . 
 
 
 
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October 6, 2012 - 27 weeks!
 
October 6, 2012 - Fall clothes - it is COLD out there today!
 
 
 
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October 8, 2012 - Trying to clean out the dresser drawers to make room for Baby Girl.  And W is playing car in one of the organization bins.  :-D
 
 
 
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October 15, 2012 - Oh my goodness, I cannot get enough of the hat!
 
 
 
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October 19, 2012 - At the aquarium!  W was fascinated by the otters especially . . .
 
 
 
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October 22, 2012 - All this political talk has someone tired out . . .
 
 
 
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October 23, 2012 - Waiting at Starbucks while they put on our snow tires . . . only two more hours to kill.
 
 
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October 23, 2012 - You know, just trying n some new boots while we wait.
 
 
 
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October 25, 2012 - #WIDN Tagged by @feedotbee - Making pumpkin bread with cinnamon chips on a snowy day!  Tagging @crosseyed247, @pagingdrgrace, @tiffanyaustin922, @lissaraye33
 
 
 
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November 18, 2012 -  33 week baby bump!
 
 
 
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November 21, 2012 - Oh what a beautiful sight.
 
 
 
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November 22, 2012 (Thanksgiving) - Next time I'm volunteering to bring pie instead.  Hard boiled eggs and I do not get along!
 
 
 
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November 22, 2012 (Thanksgiving) - There, they don't look half bad now that they're done!
 
 
 
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November 26, 2012 - Finished wrapping W's Christmas presents!
 
 
 
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November 29, 2012 - Way excited to get this in the mail!  Love this stuff.  And yes, that's a bunch of laundry and a half-packed hospital bag in the background.
 
 
 
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December 1, 2012 - Just back from our work Christmas party, about to get changed and go to bed!  35 weeks today.
 
 
 
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December 7, 2012 - Loving this nail polish combo - it's been two days since I painted my nails and they haven't even chipped!  2 coats Princess Grace from China Glaze, 1 coat Spitfire from Pure Ice, 1 coat Enchantress from Nicole.  Only made possible by long TV shows on the couch with Derek after W goes to bed. :-)
 
 
 
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December 7, 2013 - See?  I kind of get suckered into buying polishes that look pretty in a row together . . .
 
 
 
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December 13, 2012 - 37 week belly!
 
 
 
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December 20, 2012 - Chic-Fil-A and shopping date with my boy today.  This may be the last chance we have to do this before baby arrives!
 
 
 
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December 24, 2012 - Fun game with the fan on Christmas Eve!
 
 
And that's it!  It's been a fun year. . .


Expecting This Christmas

 

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It's the Eve of Christmas today.  I've been ready for Christmas for a few weeks now, but somehow it still seems to have snuck up on me.  I think it's because I've been so distracted the last few weeks with getting ready not only for Christmas, but for baby.  

The whole last month can be summed up in one word for me - expectancy.  Will she come early like Wyatt?  Will I be able to make it to that party next week, or will I be having a baby?  In the back of my mind is always the thought that she could come any time.

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All of my energies have been focused on getting every task that arises done as soon as possible, because if that day was the day, I wanted everything to be ready.  I wanted to be prepared.

These last few days especially, as her due date has been drawing closer and closer, I've been watching for any sign that she might be coming soon - is that a contraction, or is she just pushing out the side of my belly again?  Is that back pain getting worse?  When will she come?

This whole month we've also been doing a Scripture advent calendar for Wyatt each night that his sweet aunt and uncle put together for him.  And last night, after we read the scraps of paper, divided up the chocolate, and opened Wyatt's last advent present, I started thinking about expectancy again, but this time about the expectancy that preceded Christ's birth.

The Jews knew he was coming. For hundreds of years they read prophesies in the Scriptures about his birth. How must it have felt for Mary and Joseph to know that every prophesy, every hope and longing for His coming, was on the brink of being fulfilled through that tiny human baby (that probably stuck his arms and legs out the side of Mary's belly too)?  That all those who had been watching for Him would soon see Him come, just as God said He would?

I'm not sure everyone understood then that He had come not to defeat the Romans, but to defeat something far more damaging to the people God loves - our sin.  That he came to live, and then die to pay for the sin of the world, and then to rise again that we might live.  

That wasn't what some of them expected, but God had His plan.  Still, regardless of what they knew or didn't know about His purpose here then, to have waited for the Messiah so long and then to have Him come must have been something so special.

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It's nowhere close to the same type of expectancy, but somehow waiting for our little lady to arrive has made me think about it more.  I think about how excited I'll be when all these little aches and pains culminate into something that I can actually identify as labor.  I think about how wonderful it'll be to see her little face after all the waiting.  

And I think how thrilling it must have been, after generations of waiting, to know that the Messiah was finally here.  That must have been the most amazing type of expectancy to have fulfilled for those who had been watching for Him.

It's not quite finished yet though.  Jesus is coming again - not as a baby, but to catch us up with Him in the clouds, and to establish His kingdom on earth!  There is plenty of controversy about how and when all the events in the end times will happen, but the bottom line is, we know He's coming back.

Are we waiting for Him now with the same kind of expectancy?  Are we watching for the signs that He's coming soon?  Are we making sure everything in our hearts and lives are ready for Him?

Tomorrow, as I think about the first time He came, I want to remember to watch for Him still.   I want to be ready for Him, and I want to experience that full measure of joy when He finally comes again, because I was watching for Him and expecting Him all along. 

Just like the waiting for anything makes it so much sweeter to receive it, for those who are waiting, and watching, and longing for His coming again, it will be a thrill beyond anything else to hear that trumpet sound and know that He is here.   

To wrap it up, this song kept playing in my head as I wrote this - it's not technically a Christmas song, but it fits - because what a glorious day it will be when He comes again!  

 

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises 
One day when sin was as black as could be 
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin 
Dwelt among men, my example is He. 

One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain 
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree 
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected 
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer 
One day the stone rolled away from the door 
Then He arose, over death He had conquered 
Now He's ascended, my Lord evermore.

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
  One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
  Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!


Living, He loved me 

Dying, He saved me 
Buried, He carried my sins far away 
Rising, He justified freely forever 
One day He's coming 
Oh glorious day!

-J. Wilbur Chapman


Merry Christmas, Friends! Praying you may have the joy of knowing and waiting for Him too!


2012 In Instagram Photos


So a lot of you may have heard about Instagram's new policies, where some vague language made it sound as if they are changing their terms of use to allow themselves to sell photos that are posted to Instagram.  They put out a statement saying that's not, in fact, what the new terms are meant to say, but it still makes me a bit jumpy about using it - so I figure the least I'll do is delete some of the photos I've uploaded to Instagram in the last year.

However, as I was looking through them, I realized how many memories I have tied to the photos I've posted there!  And I didn't want to completely lose them, so I'm going to share them on here instead.  Thankfully I wasn't an overly heavy Instagram user anyway, so there were only about 80 photos total -  I'll just split it up into a few posts and share over the next week or two, before New Year's!

 

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December 31, 2011 - Relaxing in my new pajamas on New Year's Eve!

 

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January 1, 2012 - Took down the Christmas decorations today - and that's Monk on the TV, in case you were wondering.

 

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January 1, 2012 - When Derek saw me wearing this shirt he stopped mid-sentence and said "Oh, that's pretty". #Wehaveawinner

 

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January 2, 2012 - W grabbed George out of the basket earlier and started having a conversation with him.  My baby is so cute.

 

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January 7, 2012 - Just finished celebrating Derek's birthday at this place, with our family and friends!

 

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January 8, 2012 - Love his little underpants (cloth diaper) peeking over his pants.  Only babies can pull that off!

 

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January 10, 2012 - New makeup is so exciting to me. :-)

 

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January 11, 2012 - Cute dogs, curled up together and napping on the couch. 

 

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January 12, 2012 - W and I are ready for bed - him in stripes, me in polka dots (you can barely see my PJ's in the bottom corner). :-)

 


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January 24, 2012 - My little man looks so grown up, standing like that!

 

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January 30, 2012 - Yes, that's my laptop on the toilet.  I'm watching my scary movie while I take a bath.  Probably not the best idea.

 

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February 22, 2012 - This is us today.  My poor boy.

 

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March 6, 2012 - Here's the messy before - with that painter's tape already falling down (grrr!).

 

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 March 7, 2012 - This closet seems so much bigger and more organized now (trust me, you should have seen it before).

 

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March 7, 2012 - Stored a little bit of old paint with the color infer in mason jars - works perfectly!

 

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April 10, 2012 - Pretty new nail polish!  "A Cut Above" from Essie.

 

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May 30, 2012 - Had to stop and get some mineral water and a Snickers, just because it sounded so good!

 

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June 5, 2012 - I infused my water with strawberry and mint, and it turned out so good . . .

 

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June 13, 2012 - To do today . . .

 

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June 13, 2012 - It turned out so pretty . . .

 

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June 13, 2012 - Cheesecake, mmmm.

 

More coming another day . . .


The Kid's Room Reveal

When we found out we were pregnant we decided that we were going to have Wyatt and the new baby share a room.  We have two bedrooms downstairs in our house - our bedroom and the nursery.  I feel like Wyatt is still pretty little to be upstairs by himself (I just don't want him that far away from me), so we tossed around different options and decided it would be best to just have the kiddos share a room until Wyatt is a little bigger.

Since we found out we're having a baby girl, we repainted and the room is basically split into Wyatt's side and her side.  I'm finally getting around to sharing a few pictures!  So here it is - the kid's room!

 

Little Sister's Side

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Big Brother's Side

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The Whole Room

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(Some sort of name art will probably go on that back wall above her crib once we know what her name is, along with a few more wall flowers maybe . . .)

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(Right now we just have Wyatt's name meaning hanging above the dresser, I'll add a frame with her name after she comes!)

 

And that's it!  I wasn't sure how I was going to do a room for both a boy and a girl, but I like the way it turned out.  It'll be nice to have both my babies close to me at night for a couple more years!


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