Oh Tannenbaum!

This past weekend we decorated for Christmas!  It was a wonderful chance to prepare for the birth of our Savior!  (Well I guess to prepare for the remembrance of the birth of our Savior).  While listening to Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas album with the aroma of pumpkin bread baking waftting through the house, we (and by “we” I mean “I”) strung lights and hung ornaments on our Douglas Fir, which had traveled from the mountains of Sparta, NC.  We hope you enjoy our modest but happy decorations!


Baby Pics

So I am finally getting around to blogging a bit about the pregnancy and the status of the baby! I thought it was good timing since Kyle and Corinne just blogged about getting engaged and I have been pregnant for 7 months. Sooo, everything is going great! Baby is cute at a button (see sonogram pics below, which are from 28 weeks) and all appears to be healthy. She is very active and likes to kick me in the rib cage. However, I am willing to put up with it since she is developing critical movements to make her an amazing soccer player. So far, I have gained 40 pounds and still have about 2 months to go! There is a picture from my trip to Maine to visit Kelly when I was about 29 weeks and another one outside our house when I was about 30 weeks. Things have been going much better the last couple of months. I don’t get sick anymore, I usually can sleep through the night without getting up to eat, and besides my back getting a bit sore, I have a lot more energy now than the first half of my pregnancy. So, as of right now, I have a little more than 7 weeks till my due date. I certainly wouldn’t mind if the baby came maybe a week or so early. Nolan and I have completed a 3 1/2 childbirth class so I am sure we are well prepared for everything that is going to happen ;). I am anxious to meet the little one! And, just a quick update we have not decided on a name and probably won’t until she is born. I will do another blog soon with some pics of the nursery, our house, and the baby shower, which is this Saturday! Enjoy the pictures!

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Nolan is a Lucky Man!

Lately I have been getting a lot of heat from certain individuals about my inactivity on Shelblog.  I wanted to apologize for this, but at the same time I feel I need to defend myself by demonstrating how awesome I really am.

The day started off by doing a devotional with my husband (Nolan) and listening to a sermon on marriage online courtesy of Messiah Lutheran Church and Pastor Tim Baldinger (anyone interested should go to: www.messiah-nc.org and look up Pastor’s messages in March.  He does a four part series on marriage).

I then had to head off to work to make the big bucks at Local Coffee and Tea.  We ended up getting a rather large storm so I ended up leaving a 1/2 hour early after a strenuous day at the office, which worked out great because I had a busy evening ahead.  When I got home, I pulled out the butter to soften for dessert and the chicken to defrost for dinner (I have very strong organizational skills…hint hint Timmy if you need a new Admin).  Then I sat down to watch Stage 15 of the Tour de France so I could not only provide dinner and dessert for my husband when he arrived home, but I could also discuss sports with him as well (plus I love Lance Armstrong…as an athlete).

When the stage ended (which was crushing…poor, old  Lance) I started to make a dessert of PLUM UPSIDE DOWN CAKE from scratch!!! YUMMY! Once that was finished, I popped it in the oven, cleaned, and started on phase two: dinner.  This was an easy, nutritional one-pot meal of sweet and spicy chicken with baked cabbage and green peppers (again yummy).  The cake cooled as I switched the main course into the oven.

In the mean time, I cleaned the kitchen top to bottom, set the table, and caught up with a girl friend. Nolan walked in the door as the timer was going off, groaning about how hungry he was and ready to eat.  We sat down at our table, enjoyed our meal and dessert, and as Nolan cleaned (yes he cleans) I sat down to write my blog!  Ah. All in a day’s work (and this is Sunday no less).


Eat that Kyle Sheldon. No pun intended