Friday Five: Five Fun Things

Friday Five: Five Fun Things

This week (thankfully) has gone by pretty quickly. I’m ready for a three day weekend! Can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow, do some crafting, cleaning, and resting!

Here’s five fun things from this week:

  1. My sweet friend Holly sent me flowers on Wednesday.  Tuesday was rough- when I had the migraine- and she sent these as a “have a better day” pick me up. So sweet!

2. This morning I was up early…so I took advantage of the fresh blueberries in the fridge and made my coworkers breakfast! It’s the Blueberry Buckle from Foodie Crush.

3. I was at Hobby Lobby and found some fleece that I like/that goes with our nursery (PS. girly stuff that’s NOT pink/purple is hard to find!).  Mom is going to make Remi a tie blanket with this. It’s SO cute!  

4. This shirt keeps popping up on my FB.  Sorry for the pic of the computer screen…but it says “You can’t fix stupid, but my husband can give it a court date” hahahahaha

5. These behind the scenes videos from of the Tony Awards prep are MY LIFE at the moment.  Since I made 2 New York trips this year and saw 8 musicals on Broadway, I’m living and breathing the Tony Awards this year.  They are usually my birthday weekend, but this year they aren’t until June 12.  2 weeks, people!


So that’s it for this week.  Just ready for a nice, long weekend.  What’s going on with you?

21 Week Update

21 Week Update

How far along? 21 weeks!

Baby is the size of: a baseball hat, a baby bok choy, a large brioche, a weasel, and a

Maternity clothes? Yes for all pants (well, ok, I can wear my old palazzo pants, but they’re stretchy).  Some tops are non maternity, still.

Sleep: Pretty good.  I had a restless night last night, sleeping for three hours and then waking up. And Monday night I woke up with a POUNDING migraine.

Best moment this week: Picking up her custom toy bucket! LOVE.

Miss anything? Being able to sit or lay still without my hip hurting. It’s not terrible, but it does happen and I feel it.

Movement: A little bit. Still not feeling much.

Food cravings: Sour and salty. I’ve wanted lots of savory foods- pizza, queso, all the unhealthy things.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Pretty good overall.

Symptoms: A migraine that was pretty tough. The hip pain.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? I’m wearing my comfy travel ring most of the time, but I’ve forgotten to put it on for a couple mornings. Oops.

Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week. But when I’m emotional, I’m SUPER emotional.

Looking forward to: Trying out the paint swatches we got for the nursery. It should be happening soon!


Hanson Day Weekend 2016

Hanson Day Weekend 2016

This weekend was a GREAT one.  It was my 4th Hanson Day!  My usual Hanson buds couldn’t go, but my friend Amber was up for the adventure!

Amber has actually been to 2 Hanson concerts with me- so it was fun to dig a little deeper into the Hanson experience with her.

She came to our house Friday evening. We had a funny moment when she tried to help me figure out my maternity pillow.

We should have taken a video.  Things heard: “You look like you’re riding a giant seahorse!”

Saturday morning we set off for Tulsa. I wore my “Future Hanson Fan” shirt.

We had Mexican food on our way into town (duh. All queso, all the time).

Then we got in line for registration. Sadly, everything was running on Hanson Time (aka late) so we were a bit pressed for time before the first event.

But we got it together. We hit up the store and bought some T-Shirts before the State of the Band. We also saw Zac while we were waiting at the store.

State of the Band featured some great news: tour next year, new album, new Christmas album, and a BIG Hanson Day next year.  I know I’ll have a baby, but I should be able to at least swing the concert since I’m so close to Tulsa.

After the State of the Band, we headed to the Blue Dome Arts Festival to get some dinner at Yokozuna.

But we couldn’t resist walking around the festival some. I even bought this CUTE elephant for the circus nursery!

Amber got a flaming sushi roll! Yum! I don’t know if you can see it, but it’s on fire!

After dinner, we had a bit of a road rage incident where a lady was yelling at us. But we escaped.  We made it to the concert.

They played some new music, a new EP coming out in the fall, and then played some faves.

Sunday we slept in a bit, then did some shopping.  Hit up Trader Joe’s then got brunch at Brookside By Day. YUM.  Delish breakfast on the patio.

After breakfast, we stopped at BuyBuyBaby to get the diaper bag I wanted and then headed home.

We made it back around 2 on Sunday so we could nap before Monday hit. 🙂

It was a different Hanson Day weekend since we just did the concert, but it was still great. Any chance to see the band, dance around, and enjoy their music is great.


*Mom, you might not want to read this.  It might make you cry. This is your warning.*

I’m not sure if I posted about it here, but a few weeks ago, Dad had yet another eye surgery in Little Rock.  It was pretty involved- two different doctors, three different procedures.

To back track, back in January, he had an infection from a treatment (a treatment which he was getting to try and stop him from losing his vision), and had to have emergency surgery to remove the infection. That’s initially what sent him to the hospital and then the nursing home. The surgery didn’t play well with his Alzheimer’s- and it progressed him quickly.

His vision did improve some, but then quickly started degrading again. The doctor told us he needed this last ditch surgery to try and save any vision he had. However, yesterday we found out that his eye isn’t responding to light. He is blind.

Yes, the issues were only with one eye- but dad’s other eye is glass (an effect from a childhood disease). So he was only playing with one eye to begin with….and now it’s gone.

So he is blind. With Alzheimer’s. A terrible combination.

And to be honest, if I think too long about it, I get a tight feeling in my chest. It’s an overwhelming grief feeling.

Dad is adjusting pretty well.  At first, he was pretty apprehensive. He didn’t trust anyone to help him. Getting up to the wheelchair or to the bathroom was a struggle.  Meal times were tough.  He didn’t trust anyone feeding him (of course, since he can’t see the plate he can’t feed himself). However, his spirit has been pretty good. And gradually, he is becoming more accustomed to not seeing.

But I can’t help but think of the “nevers.”  The things dad will never see again. Or see at all.

He will never see his grandchild- my daughter. He will never see my mom again. She is such a source of comfort for him- she is familiar and comfortable. He will never see her face again. He will never see his bedspread- which while that sounds silly- it gave him peace and comfort to know that red bed was “his.” He was able to rest knowing he was in the right place. He loved hamburgers and ice cream. He can keep eating them, but he will never see them and recognize them. He got so much joy out of perfectly red strawberries. Not the ones with the white inside. The ones at the height of summer that were juicy red all the way through. No more seeing those.

He will never see anyone smile. He will never see. Period.

I have hope that God could give him sight. I’m not sure that’s in His will, but I will pray for it.  The Bible actually has a lot to say about blindness.  Jesus healed MANY blind people (who knew blindness was so common?!)

A few verses I’m clinging to:

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Job 29:15
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.

Matthew 11:5
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Matthew 21:14
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.


So even if God won’t heal him, God will guide him.  Comfort him.  I have hope in that.