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I’ve got a little longer than six more weeks to go until my due date. Maybe the baby is going through a super growth spurt or something, but it seems like out of nowhere, I went from being super energized to holy-crap-I-need-to-lay-down-for-a-minute. It’s not too bad, I’m just getting bigger and having a harder time doing everything I am used to doing all the time.

Besides being a little pooped out, things have been really great. Our garden beds are full of plants and I can’t wait to eat millions of tomatoes in a few months. I’ve been knitting a lot (my new obsession.) Cold pressed iced coffee is back in my life and I love it so much… I’ve just been enjoying all of the little everyday things that make me so happy, making sure to  have a good time before the sleep deprivation comes :) ♥

I had always wanted to go to the Kite Festival since I moved to Roanoke about… I don’t know, eight years ago? But for some reason we never made it out there until this weekend! The weather was absolutely perfect and beautiful with sunny skies and a warm breeze. Perfect kite flying conditions, too.

The Kite Festival is basically a big, open field with a few vendors set up, a huge marked-off section where professional kite flyers perform, and a bunch of families just having fun flying kites. Super low key and relaxed.

Vada picked out a silly, pink jellyfish kite (probably because it looks like a Yo Gabba Gabba character) and we went off to the widest open space we could find to fly it! I was kind of nervous because I had never flown a kite before. Yeah, what the hell? I mean, I tried a million times to make kites and fly them in the backyard when I was a kid, but that was pretty much just me running back and forth through the yard as fast as I could dragging some taped up trash by a string… So I was kind of nervous and excited. I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to get it to fly, and extra worried that our kite would get tangled up with some serious, legit kite flyer’s kite that was 400 feet in the air and they would try to kill us. (There are some serious kite flyers.)

We got our little pink jellyfish into the air no problem and it was awesome! Kite flying can be super relaxing but also a fun little challenge when the wind starts to die down and your kite starts to fall. I brought some snacks and we spent about an hour out there having  a little picnic and taking turns with the kite. Greg got super serious about it (boys…) and wouldn’t leave until he got it high enough to let all the string out ( ! ) which I doubted he could do, but he proved me wrong. (Go Greg!)

We packed up when it got close to nap time, hit up the Earth Day Festival a few blocks from our house for a few minutes, and made it home just before the rain came. It was such a nice time, like something I’d imagine when I was young, dreaming about what it would be like when I had my own family someday. The perfect day. ♥

I started decorating the nursery a little bit today. I don’t have a theme or anything, or even a color scheme really. I just kind of rearranged some things over and over until it started to look the way I wanted it to. I am using all of the same furniture that was in there when it was Vada’s room, but I’ve moved things around a little bit to make it feel new. I got different curtains and I’m changing almost all of the previous nursery decor. Most of it has been moved into Vada’s new room anyway, since it is her stuff after all. I’m starting to feel happy with this new little happy place :) ♥

Things have been very nice lately.

We had a lot of visitors last week – Greg’s dad came for two days, my sister visited for a few, and my parents came for Easter weekend. I love having company and having people around all the time. Sometimes I wish we could have roommates again.

Easter was fun and a little bit lazy. I hid eggs all over the house for Vada to find throughout the day. Each one had some Hello Kitty stickers and one jelly bean inside. She loved it! Next year I think the Easter Bunny will be bringing Vada some granola and dried fruit, or maybe a DIY “Edible Arrangement” as her basket because apparently candy makes her psychotic. My mom made everyone these huge Easter baskets full of everything Easter-y. Vada ate some jelly beans and some chocolate eggs and stuff.. I’ve never seen her act SO CRAZY before, running around everywhere like a spaz. At one point she was just shaking her head around making weird noises. Then about 30 minutes later she completely crashed and then laid down on the couch. I donated most of the leftover Easter candy to the guys at Press Press, hopefully they like Peeps.

I’ve started getting things ready for baby a little bit more. (Only 9 more weeks until her due date!) I sorted through all of Vada’s old baby clothes and pulled out everything from 0-12 months. I put them in the wash and now I just need to fold them all up into her dresser drawers. I also ordered her a few new little onesies and summer outfits… Getting excited!

We planted a few veggies into our raised beds. It’s still a little bit too early here for the summer stuff like tomatoes and peppers (we had to cover the gardens last night for a freeze warning) so right now we’ve got cooler weather veggies: brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and three different types of lettuce. They are still little baby plants, but seem really happy in their new home. I can’t wait to make a salad from lettuce we grew in our backyard! We also got a few herbs – chives, parsley, basil, dill and lavender. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with lavender, but it just smells so good! I still want to get some mint and rosemary out there, too.

Greg’s still been working a lot lately (like until midnight every weekday and working weekends, too) but my nights haven’t been too lonely since I’ve been teaching myself to knit (again.) I’ve been practicing and practicing – it sure does pass the time. And it really relaxes me, too. I can see now why so many people knit. My ultimate goal is to get really good and learn to knit lacy stuff, like this pretty baby blanket. Lacy legwarmers would be super nice for wintertime, too. Are you on Ravelry? Will you be my friend?

My previous pregnancy rage seems to have turned into a sort of happy laziness. Not that I’ve been lazy at all, but I’ve just been… not trying to do too much. I guess a better word would be “leisurely.” And it’s really working out. Imagine that. ♥

Lately, I realized I’ve been kind of letting myself go. I tend to do that when I’m pregnant, because even when I really try to look nice, I still usually just feel like a big oaf anyway. So my hair was looking all crazy and disheveled, my color was faded out to this nasty brassy reddish brown with gold highlights, and I was almost out of all of my makeup. I don’t like buying myself clothes when I’m pregnant, because I feel like it’s a big waste of money, so I get by wearing cheapy, pilled Target Mossimo dresses every single day. It’s bad. I was looking and feeling really ugly.

So I decided it was time to treat myself to a few goodies and get out of this hideous rut. I started by toning my hair back to a normal, natural human hair color. Note: I’m a licensed cosmetologist, so I know what I’m doing, and recommend NOT coloring your own hair.

In case you’re interested in this stuff, Redken Shades EQ is my preferred brand of toner. I wanted a natural, cool level 7, so I mixed equal parts 06T and 08N and love the way it turned out. I had never used any of the titanium line, and was a little nervous putting a combination of grey, blue, violet and brown on my head, but I’m happy I went with my gut, and also happy that I still “have it” in the color department. (Color was always my favorite part of doing hair.) The new color alone made me feel 100 times better.

I also started using a new shampoo and conditioner – Sebastian Penetraitt, which are really moisturizing, but don’t weigh my hair down. (I have fine hair and I’m obsessed with having lots of volume, so it’s hard to find a moisturizing shampoo that doesn’t make my hair go flat.) I’m a big fan of Sebastian shampoos and conditioners. I’ve used a lot of different variations, depending on my hair “needs” at the time. I think they all smell really nice and they make my hair happy.

Then I finally used the Sephora gift card my brother gave me for Christmas and ordered myself some new makeup. I got some new stuff that I had been meaning to try, and now I’ve got some new winners in my daily routine!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – I’ve read a lot about BB creams and their magic and really wanted to try one out. I decided to go with Smashbox, because I had been using their Color Correcting Primer (in Color Blend) for a long time and was really happy with it. BB cream is like a do-it-all makeup primer. It’s like a moisturizer, primer, concealer and foundation in one. My skin is sensitive and super break-out prone if I use the wrong products, and I usually don’t do well with liquid foundations, but this stuff really does the trick without breaking me out! It covers more than a tinted moisturizer, but less than a full-on liquid foundation, which I love. I use Fair, since I’m pretty pale, and it’s the perfect tone for my skin. Try BB cream!

Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask – I splurged on this after Anna and Jen were talking about it on Twitter. Anna described it as a “pore vacuum” so I had to try it out. My skin feels cleaner and softer than ever after using this stuff. I’m definitely interested in trying out some other Malin + Goetz products.

I’ve been using this Mustela 9 Months Double Action Stretch Mark Cream since I got pregnant. I didn’t get any stretch marks when I was pregnant with Vada, and I don’t want to get any this time, either!

I love Nars blushes, especially Orgasm, which is a perfect peachy pink. I ordered myself Nico, which is more of a highlighter, and I really like it. It’s super, super subtle, but somehow just makes me look… prettier. It’s a little hard to explain. Try it on at the store and you’ll see what I mean.

One day I’d love to try growing my lashes with Latisse. My lashes are long enough, but I want the longest lashes ever. I thought a new eyelash curler might help me out, and a few people suggested this Shiseido curler – it definitely makes a difference. Much better than my normal Revlon lash curler.

I also got some Diorshow Iconic Mascara, which is really nice. It lengthens and thickens, it’s super dark and easy to apply, and is an overall great mascara. I’m still on the lookout for a magical mascara that will make my eyelashes look freakishly long, though. Any recommendations are appreciated!

And last but not least, I got a refill of my favorite makeup product in the world, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus. I have been using this for years and it’s the best powder ever.

All this new girly stuff has definitely gotten me out of my ugly rut. I was feeling so fancy, I even bought myself two new dresses (same dress, both colors) some gold gladiators, and a pair of sparkly loafers.

I think I love shopping again. This could mean trouble. ♥

We did everything this weekend. We spent a ton of time together as a family, which was just what we needed after a very, very long week of working too hard. (Especially Greg, who worked 8am-midnight Monday through Thursday!)

Friday night after work, we went out to Mexican with our friends Josh and Lindsay. The weather was so nice that we got to sit outside on the patio. We spent the night relaxing with some SVU, and I got to try out my favorite new product.

The next morning, we all got up early to get ready for a busy day. My mother in law picked Vada and her cousin Mia up to volunteer for Clean Valley Day. Greg headed off to the Taubman Museum of Art, where he spent the day doing screen printing demonstrations for the grand opening of the Children’s Art Venture exhibit. And I went for my monthly mani/pedi! (OPI – Pink Flamenco for the fingers and toes this time.)

When Greg got home, we all went to Menchies for frozen yogurt, which just opened up in Roanoke! I went to a Menchies for the first time at the Sewing Summit in SLC last year, and it was so adorable, I knew Vada would just love it. (She did.)

This morning, we all got up early again and Vada helped me make a big breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon. Vada has been helping me in the kitchen a lot lately, and it’s really fun and cute. She loves helping and I love that she loves helping.

After breakfast, we headed to Home Depot and got everything we needed to build a couple raised bed gardens in our backyard. I’ve been begging Greg to build them forever, and I couldn’t be more excited to grow some veggies this year! We finished up the beds and just need to fill them with compost this week, then we’ll be ready to start planting a few things next weekend. My parents will be here for Easter, and my mom is an expert square-foot gardener, so she’s going to help us out. I’mso looking forward to heirloom tomatoes. Mmmm….

Oh! And mama bird laid another egg! ♥