Friday, August 27, 2010

4 rooms down and 7 to go...

I know it seems like it has taken me forever to actually finish a room in my new house, that's because it has taken me a long time. Who knew it would be so much work moving with two toddlers while almost 8 months pregnant. LOL. Anyways, I have been able to complete my Kitchen, Dining room, Living room and half bath that are all on the main level.

The first room I completed was my kitchen. I spent many long hours on this room. The cupboards are really small...esp on the bottom half...and it has no pantry. So we have had to be creative with the coat closet that is in the little room off the kitchen.

The next room I completed was the dining room. The living room and dining room share one long wall, so when it came to picking out a wall color, I had to pick a color that went with both color schemes I have going on in each room. The color I ended up choosing is called "Root Beer" and I absolutely LOVE it!

I was finally able to finish the Living room today. That has also taken me many long hours and days to complete. I had unpacked boxes that go in the laundry closet, piles of decorations, pictures, rugs, lamps and curtains that belonged in different rooms. Before I could put any of that stuff away I needed to paint the family room so that I could put things in there and I also needed to get some of the upstairs rooms at least organized and stack the boxes and set up the furniture before I could start putting loose decor items in them. That is why it took me so long.

This is the view of the living room standing in the doorway of the kitchen. The dinning room is off to the right and if you keep going to the left you will find the front hall, stairs leading upstairs, family room and it eventually comes back around into the kitchen.

The curtains are usually covering the whole window, but it was so nice out today that I opened all the windows to let the fresh air in. I need to get some tie backs for when I want to let more light and air in!

The only other room that I have finished...if you can even call it a the half bath that is in the fron hallway off the living room!

That's it for now. I hope to have the upstairs finished by the end of this weekend. There will be a few changes in the near future to some of the rooms. The first being we are looking for a couch for the living room. That love seat actually goes in the family room, but until we get one, that is what we are using. We are also looking for a twin bed for the Bo. He is currently in a toddler bed, but Joel will have that so that the baby can have the crib. So sometime before October 20th we will have a twin bed in there. If you or someone you know has one for sale let me know! =) We will also be purchasing a washer and dryer next week. We had to leave our old ones behind because they would not fit in the truck. So once we get those I can take pics of the laundry area!

It's coming along!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Quick update...

We finally made it to Ohio! It has been a crazy busy week and I am so exhausted. I just want the house to unpack itself =) It has been very interesting unpacking my kitchen and pantry. The cupboards are really small size and width wise and nothing seems to fit, so it is taking me a lot longer to get things unpacked as I find the perfect home for everything.
As for the rest of the house, the living room and dining room and family room have all been painted. I have gotten most of the decorating done in the living room and I have started the dining room. I hope to have all the decoration done tomorrow.
I have not really started on the bedrooms yet...Jason has set up our bed and he put his clothes away but I have not done anything with mine yet. Some of the Boy's clothes are unpacked but that is about it. I really want to get everything done so that I can start decorating the babys' room! I am ready for some pink and purple!!!
Speaking of baby, she is wearing me out. She has dropped a lot over the past few days. So I have been experiencing a lot of pressure and stretching pains. Needless to say I have not had very much motivation to do any unpacking the last two days. I also feel like I could sleep for 24 hours straight...I am so tired. I am going to try and catch a nap tomorrow after Jason is done running.

Bo and Joel are doing good! I think they are happy to finally be "Home" and not traveling or packing. We unpacked all there toys and you would of thought that it was Christmas morning. They were so excited to have their toys back! Now I just wish that they would stop going through my boxes and piles of stuff needing to be put away. =) It has also been nice to actually have dinner at home in our dining room. I am so sick of eating out. I swear I think I have gained 5 pounds just from eating out for the last month.

On top of getting everything set up at home, we are going to a BBQ next week that a family in our courtyard is throwing! I am excited to meet people. I have a Spouses meeting next week for AFIT Spouses, I am looking forward to meeting some of the other wives of people in Jasons class. I am also planning a Fall kick off Pampered Chef Show! We have great Fall products being released that I am excited to share with everyone, and I want to use this show as a way to get to know people in my neighborhood! If you want a New Fall catalog (released September 1st) let me know and I can send you one!

Well I am hoping to be able to take pictures of the House and main floor on Sunday, assuming that everything is put away and all the decorating is done. I know many of you want to see pictures and I promise I will post some, I just want everything to be done!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

30 Weeks and more!

Today I am 30 weeks! Holy Cow only 10 weeks left!!! I can't wait. This has been a stressful pregnancy. So many weird things happened with my body, moving, and a full busy summer are all contributors to the stressfulness.

I think in my last post I mentioned that I failed my 1 hour glucose test and I had to go back to take the 3 hour test. Well I took that test yesterday and it was aweful...I was extremely jittery and hungry and they had to draw blood 5 times and I was stuck with the needle about 10 times because they had problems finding my veins. Anyways, at the 3 hour blood draw, which was the last one, I was feeling very weak and lightheaded. Once they gave me the ok to leave I barely made it to my car because I felt like I was going to pass out. Needless to say I stopped and got a chicken sandwich and a coke...I needed to eat something.
Come to find out when my doctor called with the results I did not have gestational diabetes, but at the 3 hour blood draw my blood sugar levels were extremely low. Explains a lot! Anyways, I have to eat 3 or 4 smaller meals a day with snacks in between the meals. I am just really happy and thankful that I did not have gestational diabetes!!! Thank you Jesus. I don't know what I would have done?
Another part of the stress is moving. Overall everything has been going really smoothly, but its the living in a packed house, the boys driving me nuts because it's to hot to play outside and all their toys are packed up and not getting enough sleep due to being uncomfortable.

Now this week we are in full Moving Mode. Tomorrow we are moving to TLF on base so that we have the house free to finish packing, clean and repair. Today and Thursday we are packing everything up. Friday we are making repairs and wrapping and packing furniture. Saturday is the BIG cleaning day, the kind where you pull the appliances out and clean behind them, dust vents, fans, and window blinds, mow the lawn, weed the flowers beds, clean out the trash cans etc... Needless to say it is going to be a busy day. We are trying to find someone to watch the boys for us while we clean that way it won't be stressful =)

Once all the cleaning is done on Saturday then we are going to with a few friends to the Casino Queen to eat dinner and play some cards for a much needed break. we are also looking for a sitter while we do that so again it can be relaxing.

Sunday is the BIG day. We pick up the truck around 11:30 and we then have to go get it weighed empty. I will be picking up food, probably subway, beer, water etc....while Jason picks up the truck. Then we have a few people coming to hep us load the truck around 12:30. All the boxes are in the garage and the furniture will be in the living room and the garage. That way there will be no going up and down stairs =) After everything is loaded in the truck we will then have to steam clean the downstairs carpet one final time, sweep, mop, and make sure everything is clean!

Monday morning I drive out with the boys early so I can get to the house and start painting before Jason gets there with the truck. Jason is staying here for the final inspection that will happen at 9:30, once he is done with that then he will hit the road and when he gets there we are hoping to unload the truck right away. It will all depend on what time he gets there and how tired we are. If it doesn't get unloaded Monday night then we will do it first thing Tuesday morning.

So anyways, that is what are week is like and if you have any free time to either help with loading the truck, cleaning or watching kids please let me know!
I am so excited that my next post will be from our new house!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

28 weeks, moving update, and more...

I am going to apologize in advance for fitting everything into one post. It is a busy week and I am not going to have time to do more than one post. So here it goes!

The photo was taken 2 1/2 weeks ago, but it was the most recent one I had. I will try and get a better one at the 30 week mark. I had my 28 week doctors appointment yesterday. All went well for the most part. Due to me retaining a bunch of water and having a high blood pressure reading, my doctor thinks I may be at risk for developing pre-eclampsia (spelling?) Which is having high blood pressure during pregnancy. I have never had blood pressure issues, but I guess every pregnancy is different. So I am supposed to take some preventative measures, so that I lower my risk.

1) I am not supposed to lift anything....this is going to be hard since we are in the middle of moving but since we are going to have help moving it will be easier.
2) We have been doing a lot of walking and packing and cleaning the past few weeks due to getting ready for the move, family vacations, PC conference etc... and I have noticed that when I walk for long periods of time I get constant cramps. So the doctor doesn't want me to do as much walking, we don't want those cramps to turn into contractions.
3) I need to put my feet up more often...again this is going to be hard since we have soooo much going on. But I am going to make it a goal to take at least two 30 minute breaks a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
4) Drink more water....enough said
5) I need to monitor my fat intake again. Which I should be doing anyways, but I guess since I have already had 2 gallbladder attacks with this pregnancy she doesn't want me to have another. Having another gallbladder attack would just make everything worse...ugh

This week I am also going in for some routine tests, I have a Glucose test and an Iron test that I am going to do on Thursday. Hopefully those all come back normal!
On a side note I was measuring a little big...only about a week bigger, but hey.

Now as for moving, things are coming along smoothly! We don't feel rushed or overwhelmed. I personally think that we did a really good job of planning when things need to be done in order to avoid complete chaos. There is not to much to do the next couple of days except pack one box in the dinning room. The rest of this week we have things like doctors appointments, going away luncheons, picking up friends from the airport, I have some Pampered Chef meetings, planning Joel's 2nd birthday party etc.

Speaking of Joel, he is turning 2. Holy cow time flies. We are having his birthday party a week early so that we can celebrate with friends. So on Saturday we are having a Handy Manny party in the park! Since everything is packed up at our house we are doing the party at the park that he loves!

In other news, I am very excited to move my Pampered Chef business! I am excited for the new people I will be meeting. So many great things are happening with the business and I am very excited for the fall season! I wanted to put out there that with me moving I have very little time for actual cooking shows, so if you would like to earn additional free products in August I have several openings for catalog shows! Hosts get 50% more in free products plus 60% off the Mesh colanders or the green color coated Knife collection.
If are not interested in doing a catalog show then I have a great referral program. For EVERY person that you refer to me and holds a catalog show in the month of August or September I will give you $15 in Free Pampered Chef products.

OR if you just want to place a personal order you can do so on my personal website:

Thanks for your support as I move my business!

Also Pampered Chef has a down loadable Celebrity Cookbook. For every download of this FREE Celebrity Cookbook The Pampered Chef will donate one meal to Feeding America! So everyone wins, the cookbook is FREE and it helps support a great cause! Visit The Pampered Chef Facebook Page and download the cookbook under the celebrities tab.

Well I think that is it for now...I am sure I am missing something. Again sorry for the long post. Here is a fun tip for you in closing. Enjoy!
Adults and kids alike love apples but not brown apples right? When packing snacks or school lunches wedge your apple but not all the way. Spoon peanut butter around the core of the apple. Close the wedges back together and pack into your lunch. The peanut butter will prevent the apple from turning brown and then you have peanut butter for dipping your apple! Enjoy!