Baby Quick-e’s

  • We found out six weeks ago that we’re having a baby
  • Said baby is due at the end of September
  • I’m going to an OB (at mercy)
  • I have had nausea the past two weeks off and have gotten sick a few times
  • For the most part, I’m feeling pretty good
  • No, we were not planning on this little one, but no baby could be wanted more!
  • Matt is equal parts excited and scared out of his mind (I think most guys are?)
  • I love peanut butter and cold cereal like it’s going out of style….. which is the strangest thing yet to me
  • I can’t stand garlic or apple peels.
  • We are going to find out the gender… and will tell people.
  • We have known our baby names since before we knew we were expecting, and we will not be sharing.
  • Though, I will tell you that I LOVE the boy’s names Jackson and Matt has permanently vetoed it 😦  I think somebody i know and love should snatch that one up!  Cough, maybe my little sister one day, cough. 🙂
  • I am having WEIRD DREAMS
  • my biggest fear is that the baby won’t look like me at all.
  • I am most excited to meet this little one!

What I’ve been up to…

I decided to use this pattern from Better Homes & Gardens to make the above pictured bag.


Insomia.

I can’t sleep.  I’m not sure why… I’ve been running around like a mad woman since 9:30 this morning.  Well, not mad exactly, I just have lots of little things to get in order for Christmas 🙂

Life has been different lately.  Matt went and got himself a new job.  He’s installing closet systems at the A-Tech Easy Living Store in Urbandale.  He LOVES it!  I especially think he’s into the Monday thru Friday day shift job thing!  It’s been five or six years, at least, since he’s had a day job…  and for that we are grateful.

Though, I have to admit that it’s been quite a change for this girl!  It’s not a bad change, but it HAS been different.  Number 1, Matt picks me up every night from work, and he is home on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Um, crazy!  We can hang out with people, go on dates, have a somewhat normal life!

The best change has been that he is happy. When he comes home at night, he is content that he has done something productive.  So he’s usually ready to sit on the couch with a tasty beverage, and watch some tv with the woman.  Seriously… who IS this man, and Where has my husband gone???  Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying this guy…  but can I say that I was just getting into a groove with my evenings?  I think I had just figured out my routine!

The worst change in this new job…  drum roll, please…   I have become forced into the live of a morning person.  Yuck!  Seriously, we go to bed after the 10 o’clock news, and get up at 6:30.  Since when did I have to grow up???  What happened to keeping hairdressers hours, going to bed at one, and waking up at nine??? I mean, seriously, tomorrow is going to be nuts…  cause I’m up past eleven, can’t sleep, and I’m going to have to force myself out of bed at six-thirty so that I don’t further screw up the schedule 😦

In other news, due to recent life changes, I have begun to perfect the art of french press coffee 😉  Seriously, I kinda enjoy groggily waking up when Matt does, and taking twenty minutes to indulge in the systematic calm of making our morning coffee.  I have to say that it makes the whole becoming an adult thing much more tolerable 🙂

Thankfully I’m starting to feel a bit drowsy….  so with that, I am going to bed.  Here’s hoping to me settling into a new routine one of these days… one that involves times to blog!


Things I LOVE Thursday…. Squared2 Wall Hangings

For Valentine’s Day my dear sweet husband decided to make me a homemade gift 🙂  A couple months ago I discovered this chair on Ana-White.com and immediately envisioned the back of the chair being turned into wall hangings that would flank the window in my living room: the last wall to be decorated.

I wish that I had a picture of these beauties sanded, and finished.  I don’t.  They aren’t there yet.  Matt DID finish them for V-day, but has been MIA in terms of sanding and finishing.  Hopefully this weekend will be a different story!

Without further ado………


What I’ve been up to…..

It’s true:  I haven’t blogged in a while.  The past week has been a little bit crazy, to say the least!!

My mom ended up having surgery to remove a pituitary tumor at the Mayo Clinic yesterday.  Not surprisingly I’ve been with her since Saturday when I got off of work.  We found out on Wednesday morning, and that was enough time to get the details together and be ready to leave town for about a week.  (one of the details happened to be making the turkey taco chili from skinnytaste.com: go to the site, it’s linked in the sidebar!)

Thankfully, Mom’s surgery was a success, and she is feeling good.  We’re back home in Estherville, and I’m hanging out til the weekend helping her convalesce…. and yelling at her when she lifts more than she’s supposed to, and borrowing her scrapbook stuff, and generally hanging out.  Sadly, my dear sweet husband is at home, in Des Moines.  VERY far away from me.

I was, however, looking through some of the pictures on my mom’s computer 🙂  I’ll post a few I enjoy…..

This one is from my bridal shower!  I LOVE these women.  period  the end.

This one is from the day I moved into Matt’s house…. two days before our wedding:

This one is of my mom and Matt:  I think she might like him better than me….

Look how happy he looks 🙂 

Seriously, I might blog a little this week, I might not.  We shall see!  Otherwise, I’ll be home next week, and am planning to use my other days of vacation this year for more fun things!  My mom is further disallowed having surgeries.  The end.


Claus Creation…. Kubb

What is Kubb you ask? It is our new favorite lawn game.  Matt discovered it through one of his woodworking magazines, and he made a set for us.  We played it a few times alone, had his family over in early November and played with them.  The game is quick and easy… and a LOT of fun!

This is a Kubb set:

It is made of premium douglas fir.  The set includes one king, ten kubbs, six casting pins, four corner markers, a hammer, a bag, and a set of instructions.

To play the game, you begin by marking out your corners with the corner pins by using the hammer to pound them into the ground.  The playing field should be about 15 feet wide by 25 feet long.  When we started, our court was shorter, but quickly it became too easy, so we stretched it out to regular size.

The next part of set up is to line up five Kubbs along each baseline, and set the king in the center of the playing field kinda like so:

This picture is DEFINITELY from when we were playing with a short court!

Then, you start to play!

The object of the game is to be the first person to successfully knock down all your opponents Kubbs, and then the King.   If you happen to topple the King out of turn, you automatically lose.  This is where the casting pins come into the game…. each team takes a round of tossing all six casting pins in an attempt to knock down as many of the opponent’s Kubbs as possible.

Here are a few action shots…..

We LOVE this game, and have been so excited for warmer weather to be able to play!!! The best part of the game in my mind is that you don’t have to score.  The game is very straight forward, and you know who is winning, and when the game is over.  I think it makes being able to hang out, play, have conversation so much easier because you don’t have to remember a score!

If you’re interested in a set of your own in hopes of warm spring days and fun outdoor games, email us at clauscreations@gmail.com.


Thing I LOVE Thursday…. Katy Perry Nail Polish

So, I hate to admit this…. but I’m going to anyways.  OPI came out with this new Katy Perry nail polish, including a shade called Black Shatter and I LOVE it!!!!

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The lighter pink and blue are crazy glitter colors, similar to what I wore while in high school, but when you paint the Black Shatter over it, You get a crazy cool affect….

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Yes, I am thirty.

Yes, I love this nail polish anyways (well, not this funky gold color in the above picture)

Sue me.