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1. The heartburn has been pretty bad lately, and as a result I’m usually not that interested in food… add on how tired I’ve been feeling and I’m not eating a whole lot these days… sigh. Yogurt is the one thing that seems to help. I have a big tub of vanilla yogurt in the fridge, and I made some fruit parfaits, with the fruit still frozen the way they make them at McDonalds. I dreamt about them last night, and woke up in the night starving and now am craving one. I want them to thaw a little, but still mostly be frozen, because that’s how I remember them.

2. It’s hard to believe I could be giving birth in less than a week… It’s been 9 Months in the making, but it still doesn’t seem real: I’ve been pregnant so long I can’t really get my head around the thought of not being pregnant!

That said, it may still be more than a week, argh, as I found out on wed that the ultrasound due date is actually Dec 21, which IMO is NOT okay. THAT is too close to Christmas! They haven’t actually changed my due date though, because it’s less than 10 days difference (but 7 is still pretty close to 10…). I certainly don’t want to have to wait that long, I would be very happy to go tonight or over the weekend. There is something I want to do the morning of my due date (the 14th), and DH’s adult work xmas party at the Dinner Theatre is the 17th. I would be perfectly happy to go there WITH a tiny baby, but I really don’t want to have to miss it.

I have always gone right around my due date, and with my little guy the ultrasound did change the date, but he still came 4 days before the new projected one, so I would expect baby to come anytime from about the 12th – 18th.

The plan when I go home from the hospital is to spend a week (or more or less) at my in-laws house where I will have help while I rest and recover and adjust to the new little one. If the baby doesn’t come by the 21st, it would probably be easier to just stay home and maybe DMIL can come over here… Regardless and UNLESS I’m ACTUALLY IN THE HOSPITAL GIVING BIRTH, we WILL be at home Christmas eve night and Christmas morning to celebrate our first Christmas in our new house!

3. Because baby could be here anytime, I made plans to get together with my best friend as soon as possible, to get a photo of the two of us while we were both still pregnant. I found some little bibs at my mom’s house for us to hold to help set the scene.

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4. Luckily, baby didn’t come as early as last Sunday… First we had booked DH’s work kids party, then I wanted the kids to be in the Church nativity, which was also the same day. Lastly, a few days before we found out that the little girl across the street was having her b-day party that Sunday as well, and we were just able to squeeze that in between the other 2 things.

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Even though I was so sick I stayed home from church the 1st Sunday of advent, I still took the kids for their rehearsal because especially as they’d missed a few already, they needed all the practice they could get. When it came to the actual show they still weren’t perfect, both left the stage several times and my 3 year old the frog even showed up on stage with a big silver star on his tummy at one point…. I snuck over to the side to take a photo, then took it back off him.

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It was all worth it though, look how cute they were!

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All grandparents were in attendance to watch the adorableness. One doting fan wrote: “Yesterday afternoon I got to watch a Christmas Nativity Pageant with a parade of animals around the Christ Child, including the most adorable little frog and turtle you ever saw (aka my two grandsons). One touch I especially liked, was at the end, instead of the usual Santa Claus, in came St. Nicholas himself, with mitre and crosier and red chausible and gave a little talk about his life so long ago, before handing out candy canes.”

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I too really liked that surprise touch, and my 3 year old was the first one over to him!
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We were able to drop in at the birthday party for about 30 minutes, just long enough to snack a bit and watch her open her presents. Then we went to DH’s work party. Everybody was still swimming so it wasn’t too hard for me to sneak their presents into Santa’s sack for later! The parents buy the presents for the kids and each one has a $25 limit, reimbursed by the company etc. So I picked some little wooden trains for the kids, the other 2 engines from the Misty Island movie. Too bad Ferdinand is nowhere to be seen :S Both kids were very happy with their surprises.

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5. DH’s birthday was on Saturday, he too joined the ranks of being a 1/4 of a century old. He was the first real recipient of a proper breakfast in bed, complete with a tray and a bit of decoration (I insisted on the tray if there was going to be toast eaten in the bed). Then he drove to the valley to pick up his best friend for the day, and took the kids for the drive. While they were gone I set up the kids’ nativity and put back their prayer table in the sunroom.
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He got a favorite meal for lunch, Chinese take-out and then he put up our artificial tree. After lunch he went out with friends go karting then he and his friend rigged up the last of the outdoor Christmas lights for me 🙂 He picked what he wanted for dinner and we all sat down to eat together, and finished off with delicious chocolate mousse cake from Superstore, a happy medium between an expensive ice cream cake and a simple McCain deep and delicious cake.

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I also let the kids each pick a present for daddy. It was going to be from the dollar store, but in the end they each picked something from the candy bars in the grocery check out line. I helped them wrap them etc in the afternoon and they gave them to daddy when he came back home. My 3 year old even mostly wrapped his present himself! He knew to fold the paper around etc, but I had to help with the tape..
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6. Check out the Christmas in my house! I think my nesting instinct has manifested itself in Christmas decorating this year… I still have yet to set up my new nativity set or to finish the archway and tree, but it’s definitely starting to feel more festive in here 🙂
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7. Speaking of Christmas Decor, check out some of the stunning red and white decorations on this blog:
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Pinecone garland (I love this, but would want fake cranberries instead of toadstools (and kids that wouldn’t destroy it…) )
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A complete holiday bedroom ❤
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Fancy butter dish
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Keeping my Quick Takes short and sweet again, so as to actually get them up in time.

This week I…

1. Had my last class of my university career.

– Attended the CCO Spring Banquet and received this award:
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2. Went to all 3 nights of a Lenten Mission with our former parish priest (without any kids!).
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– Realized what it feels like to be on the receiving end of criticism.

– Had my last meeting with my CCO mentor 😦 . (Since I’m graduating I’m no longer eligible for their attention 😦 )

– Wrote out my personal faith testimony before the blessed sacrament.

3. Made several trips to the trailer.

a couch…
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a dining room table
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dishes
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patio set
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– Watched and oversaw the painting of the boys room

supplies
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what you doing nanny?
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me too!
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the first plan, lighten up the blue we already had..
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that was too dark so we bought some new paint
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old blue
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new blue
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4. Designed/Planned a Japanese Sanctuary for our bedroom.

Inspiration
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Roughly this color for the room
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paint samplers and my candle
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bedding-something similar, but prob black and white not brown
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sweet calendar I want to get from the states
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5. Tidied up my room here and took my last few photos my room so I can pack my things up.
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6. Dealt with an extremely Cranky Toddler and 2 major tantrums.

7. Saw two cute crafts on Mister Maker: A chalk planet picture and these little spoon bugs that would look so cute as magnets on a fridge!
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Yesterday we went to view the QE2 showhome. It was fun when we all went last year. Besides being a fun low-cost family outing, it also gives me some great decorating ideas. And this year was no exception! The showhome this year was absolutely beautiful. It was all done in shades of blue and blue green with silver and crystal accents. It was like an ice palace. The living room was pale sky blue with purple accents. The architecture and the blue sheer curtains really made it look like a big ice crystal, it was stunning. When I finally made it downstairs and saw a fake torch, I figured out where they got their inspiration (2011 Canada Winter Games). All I can say is wow, wow and wow. I had a lot of fun with my camera trying to capture the beauty.

Outside, doesn’t look like much
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Inside The Ice Palace
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His/Her Bathroom
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Even the stairs/hall were beautiful
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Landing overlooks the living room
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This might have to be my bedroom!
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Downstairs
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Baby’s adventures
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