First Trimester Thoughts

I don’t think I ever told this blog that we’re expecting a baby, did I? (Third child problems, I guess.) Anyways, I’m sure you saw it on social media a few weeks ago, but we’re expecting a baby – yay! (But also – WHOA.)

Pregnancy Announcement for Baby #3

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Since I knew I wasn’t going to be blogging about my pregnancy until the first trimester was over, I wrote down alllll of my (first trimester) thoughts as I had them, so I could publish them later. Ah, the internet is a wonderful place.

First Trimester Pregnancy Thoughts

Here’s what I was thinking about in the first trimester of my third pregnancy:

  • I need saltines.
  • I love these toddler snuggles, but my kid’s hair smells like wet dog and I really might throw up on her if I don’t get away.
  • I think I may lay on this couch all day long.
  • Must eat applesauce. ASAP.
  • I’m pretty sure I’m dying.
  • Please for the love, stop jumping on me, girls!
  • This baby will be fine if I eat nothing but carbs for a few weeks, right? Maybe a few months?
  • I swear this feels worse than my other pregnancies. It’s probably twins.
  • OHMYGOSH WHAT IF IT’S TWINS?! (bursts into actual tears)
  • Laundry can wait. Cleaning the house can wait. Putting on a bra can wait.
  • Oh great, sore nipples. Although my boobs are getting bigger, so that’s a perk.
  • Every time I open up the refrigerator I want to puke, so I guess the girls are only getting lunch from the pantry.
  • I need a nap.
  • Did I ever have energy? Ever in my life? How does everyone else want to actually do things?
  • Oh hey, flat stomach. I’m going to be missing you very soon.
  • (Looks at Pinterest for baby announcement ideas. Decides it’s all too much effort.)
  • I don’t understand how I need to pee so much when I’m barely drinking anything. Shoot, I need to remember to hydrate.
  • I cannot believe this nausea is probably going to last 10 more weeks. I’ll never make it.
  • Well shit, I prayed the symptoms would go away and today I feel much better and now I’m paranoid something is wrong.
  • (Goes to a restaurant and orders an expensive seafood entree… only eats mashed potatoes.)
  • Thank you Jesus, for the miracle of modern medicine and Zofran.
  • That is the cutest heartbeat I’ve ever seen! (8 weeks)
  • I don’t understand how I can sleep 9 hours and still be exhausted all day.
  • Seeing my little nugget at 12 weeks is such a relief. It looks like a baby in there!
  • Any social plan that starts after 7pm is so not happening.
  • Because I plan on being in bed by 8pm every night for the rest of my life.
  • Is this baby or bagel? (Pokes belly) … it’s too squishy to be baby.
  • I still love Zofran, but holy constipation. Yikes.
  • Now I’m exhausted from 2pm-9pm and wide awake from 9pm-12am! Fun!
  • Week 13 and things have only gotten worse. My neck hurts, my head hurts, I’m nauseous all day and night, and in the afternoons I’m so tired I can’t get off the couch.
  • Do I really have to do three more weeks of this?! (My prior pregnancies indicate, “yeah lady”.)
  • Genetic testing at 12 weeks was fun because we got to see the sweet little babe via ultrasound, but I guess we won’t get the results until my second blood draw at 15 weeks. This is the stuff I don’t remember from the first time around!

Right now I’m at 21+ weeks and have just finally started feeling well! This is the first week alllllll pregnancy in which I feel human again, praise the Lord. I feel unstoppable!

I’ll post a pregnancy update post soon, for those of you interested in that sort of thing.

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

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How I Save Money On Holiday Cards

I feel like there are a few good options for saving money on holiday cards:

  • Eliminate a lot of people from your recipient list.
  • Take advantage of all of the deals.
  • Be creative with your printing.
  • Send boxed cards without photos. (Or electronic cards!)

For the past few years (and for our last baby announcement), I’ve gone with option #3. And a little bit of option #2 (if we’re being honest), but this just doesn’t seem to align with the holiday spirit of things.

How To Save Money On Holiday Cards

I love sending holiday cards, but I hate paying hundreds of dollars to do it!

So here’s what I do to save some money (while still creating/buying/sending personalized cards):

  • Design the front and back of the card myself. I usually use, but if I really wanted a beautiful card, I’d find a graphic designer type person (or someone who can do that type of work) and pay them a few dollars to create a digital image. There are tons of great options on Etsy!
  • Take your digital image and upload it to (this referral link will save you $25% on your first order).
  • Order the prints.

I usually order about 100 holiday cards from and this year my total cost was less than 90 dollars, including shipping. So now I just need to put stamps on these babies and send them off to loved ones!

(This post isn’t sponsored, I love saving money on holiday cards and thought I’d share my method with you!)

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The Screen Time app. It’s ruining my life.

OK, this blog post may be a bit dramatic even for me. But seriously, this darn screen time app…

I mentioned in my last post that one of my November goals has been to limit my screen time to under 4 hours per day. Easy, right?

Evidently not for me!

I had no idea I spent over 4 hours per day on my phone. That seems crazy! But when I looked at what apps I was spending a lot of time on, it makes sense. Little amounts of time over the course of a day really add up! Plus I realize I pick my phone up to check email or other notifications way too  often.

How the screen time app has changed the way I use my phone

I also realized that on days I pick Clara up from preschool I log about an hour on Google Maps. Just for preschool pick-up! So of course I stopped using Google Maps to go everywhere I should know how to get to… and subsequently got lost a bunch of times. This is not surprising (well, it was to me, but shouldn’t have been) because I have a horrible sense of direction. So now I do things the old-fashioned way: I look up directions before I go and try to memorize the route. And when I get lost – which is inevitable – I turn on the Maps to get me back on track.

All for the sake of limiting my screen time!

I wish I could just exclude Google Maps from being counted at all, but I am considering this part of the challenge in getting myself away from my phone for everyday tasks.

The dependency must end! (Or does it? Should I just be embracing modern technology and its ability to get me from point A to point B?)

One of the positive changes I’ve made has been to set limits on how much I’m on Facebook and Instagram, and this little setting has made a huge difference in my aimless scrolling. I really do think everyone should set limits on apps that they find themselves clicking on for no apparent reason. When it’s 10pm and my little timer tells me that I only have 5 min of Instagram left for the day, I take that as a great indication that I need to be off my phone and go to bed.

Even though I think ignorance is bliss when it comes to knowledge about how much I’ve been on my phone – the changes I’ve made to get off my phone have been positive. I mean, sure sometimes I cheat the system. For instance, I look up more things on the computer instead of my phone (but I don’t use social media on my computer). However, overall I know I spend much less time in front of my screen.

And this means that I’ve been reading even more books than usual – always a good thing!

Tim has told me there are ways to get around this little app ‘ruining my life’ such as taking it off my menu screen or whatever-you-call-it on my iPhone. (Basically he’s saying I could hide it.) He also says I can download a different app to track it so that I can exclude Google Maps from being counted as ‘screen time’.

But I’m not a quitter – no sir – so I’m going to stick with using this measuring device to record my screen time and see if I can build some positive habits, especially during the month of November when this is a goal of mine!

Do you check your screen time? How do you feel about the amount of time you’re on your phone?

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November Goals

Today is one of the rare days that both girls are taking a nap. (*Do you hear angels trumpeting in the background?!*) We don’t usually allow Clara to take naps anymore, because this guarantees she’ll be awake until 11pm tonight… but she has a cold so I’m just letting her have the extra rest. Girlfriend loves herself some extra rest – just like her dad!

But her nap gives me extra rest. Which I will use to eat Halloween candy, if we’re being honest.

In between bites of dark chocolate, I’m also sitting down to work out some of my November Goals. As I mentioned in the last post, I use Lara Casey’s Powersheets to organize my goals. This past year was my first year using them, and they really helped me to be intentional with my year. Although, I will admit, like most things, I’ve lost motivation as the year has gone on… and some months didn’t get filled out ‘on time’… but I’m definitely more intentional with goals than I have been in previous years. Plus, for the past few years I was focusing on one word (instead of a list of goals), and while I enjoyed that way of goal-setting, too, I was still consistently making mini-goals and challenges throughout the year, without having a way to record them or the progress I was making. I love how these Powersheets ask me how I want to spend my year at both a high level and then at a daily level, and it helps me to create actionable goals. Life-changing. (Especially for a chronic goal-setter like myself.) Anyways, I highly recommend you check out the Powersheets. They’ll sell out before the new year, so if you’re interested in them, buy them as an early holiday present for yourself!

November Goals 2018 (Monthly, Daily, Weekly)

A Summary of My November Goals:

Monthly Goals:

  • Travel to Chicago
    • Create itinerary
  • Create holiday activity (bucket) list
  • Catch-up on house projects
  • Massages
  • Buy anniversary gift

Weekly Goals

Daily Goals

  • Screentime less than four hours
  • Bedtime before 11pm
  • Move/stretch/walk Oz/etc.

Thoughts on these goals… some of them are more generic than others! “Catch-up on house projects” is kind of a never-ending goal and I may never truly catch-up this month, but I want to FEEL caught up. I also want to ensure I move my body more and get regular massages and exercise my mind by blogging, taking photos, and writing. My favorite way to get into the Bible is through the Write the Word journals, which I want to get into at least once per week.

Then of course the daily goals… Has the screentime app/feature in the recent iPhone update ruined anyone else’s life?! (OK, being slightly dramatic here.) Because it has made me realize I’m on my phone even more than I thought I was. Ugh. Four hours still sounds like a lot, but the reality is I use my phone all of the time to shop, look things up, navigate places, etc., so I’m going to take baby steps in spending less and less time on it! Wish me luck.

And let’s not get started on how hard it’s going to be for me to get to bed before 11pm… yikes. I accomplished this goal earlier in this year (when it was a daily goal for a few months), but then I fell straight off the wagon. I need these check marks for accountability, darnit.

Well, now that I’ve written it out online and in my Powersheets, it has to all happen – right!?

Do you have any goals this month?! Can you believe 2018 is almost over?!

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Things I’m Loving This Week

It’s only Wednesday but it’s already a good week! I’ve managed to shower and straighten my hair, I’ve put on ‘real’ clothes, we had a great speaker at our MOPS group, I took Isabelle to her first dance class, we got our family photos back, and generally I’m feeling very on top of things. (THIS NEVER HAPPENS!) Of course, that can all change in seconds, so I’m counting my thankful seconds while I have them. 😉

fall-leavesRoasted chickpeas!

We went over to our neighbor’s house the other day, and she generously offered to make us roasted chickpeas with her air fryer. Let me tell you, that thing made roasted chickpeas in no time at all! I make them at home in the oven, too, and they’re perfect for a fall snack.

Lara Casey’s Powersheets!

I just wrote out my November goals yesterday, and the 2019 Powersheets come out today! I’ll be snatching some up for sure. PSA: these sold out pretty early last year, so if you want to be intentional about goal setting this next year, buy them early! I really think this is a helpful tool if you want to take a step back, look at your life, and define some long and short term goals for your year ahead. I bought the 2019 Dated PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner.

Art For Kids Hub!

A friend recommended that I use this YouTube channel as a tool for quiet time and it is WONDERFUL for Clara (who is 4.5 years old). Granted, I’m not sure she actually tries that hard to recreate the drawings they do, but she will sit there and watch them! I’m not a fan of screen time for my toddlers, but I feel better about turning on shows that they can follow along with and that are somewhat interactive.

Fall Colors!

Everyone always says the east coast and Midwest have the best autumn scenery… but I don’t know… Seattle looks gorgeous with the changing leaves! Of course, this year we were extra spoiled because we had outstanding weather for most of October. Tim and I even took the girls hiking over the weekend to Twin Falls, and it was fun and gorgeous! I just wish I had taken my ‘nicer'(not phone) camera to capture some of the scenery!

I hope you’re having a great week!

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