#1. I am LOVING the fresh fruits being sold at grocery stores these days, thanks to their now being in season. Watermelon has always been at the top of my list, but I may – or may not – have done a happy dance when I saw that cherries were on sale for only $2.99 a pound. (They can sell up to $7.99 a pound when not in season)!
I’m also devouring blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and nectarines in very large quantities. Soooo good!
#2. I haven’t had to really buy any maternity clothes yet, other than the shorts I already purchased, because I still own plenty of shirts that still fit. And for nicer occasions, I’ve just worn my usual sundresses. But I knew that my bathing suit wasn’t going to fit right at this point, and I really do hope to swim a lot this summer. (It’s a great, low-impact form of exercise for pregnant women… or anyone for that matter). In order to make sure I was ready for the upcoming warm months, I decided to buy a maternity tankini from Target! The top I found in the maternity section, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the bottom options. So I paired the tankini top with a running skort from the athletic section.
I love the fit, as it’s super comfy. And I’ve already put the bathing suit to use, as my friend Liz and I drove to the lake this week to swim some laps. (Let me tell you, when you’re feeling bloated and swollen on a hot day, there is nothing more refreshing than swimming in a cool lake). The water surprisingly wasn’t too overly cold, and Liz and I were able to swim 10 laps along the beach area. It was a great workout for my arms, legs, and core, while still leaving me feeling delightfully cooled off.
#3. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, then you might remember how my basement used to look. Remember this photo of all the mismatched junk, crates of books, camping equipment, and dust that covered our basement floors?
Well, I’m happy to report that the basement is just about complete! 🙂 Nate, along with the help of his brother who is into carpentry, sheetrocked the walls and divided the basement in half. One half is for storage (so that includes organized shelving for the crates). The second half is a gym and entertainment room. We covered the floor with gym mats, built a large bookshelf for my books, bought a huge couch from Bob’s Discount furniture, and – of course – put up the projector that Nate had bought back in our apartment days.
It’s a casual spot to hang out, especially when Nate has guys over to play games. It also stays cool in the summer, so this pregnant girl is loving movie nights down there these days. 🙂
#4. NOW I’m tackling the spare bedroom that adjoins the nursery. It really didn’t look all that messy until I emptied out the closet (which was stuffed to the brim). So, yes, this girl has her work cut out for her! But I’m ready for the challenge!! Since it’s an extra room for now, I’d love to turn it into a craft room (for my sewing machine, which really has yet to be used) and maybe even a writing room.
#5. I always knew that I was married to a super-hero! 🙂
#6. It has been HUMID the past few days. As in at least 80% humidity. As in my hair is starting to look like a perm gone bad.
That’s some big hair right there!!
#7. I have a lot of organizational and cleaning goals for July, but I also have plenty of plans to just enjoy the summer season! The other night, I sat on the back porch and browsed Pinterest while sipping on freshly brewed iced t. I can’t remember the last time I did that, but I can assure you that I will be doing it again soon. Life is too short not to slow down every once in awhile! I am learning that more and more all the time.
#8. I have been CRAVING relish this entire pregnancy, but really haven’t had any reason to eat it. (So I sort of just ate it right out of the jar most days). But then I discovered Applegate hotdogs, which are completely all-natural beef hotdogs. No nitrates… no preservatives. And they only contain ingredients that you can pronounce, such as beef, water, salt, and garlic.
The first time I ate them, I noticed a little difference between them and the Kayem brand that I had grown up eating, but I still really enjoyed the hotdog. Now that I’ve had them a second time, I honestly don’t even notice a difference. Nate and I both love the taste, which is huge since Nate is picky about his meat. And we especially love that we can enjoy a hotdog without the guilt. Sooo, we won’t be going back to the other brands, even after I’m pregnant.
Oh, relish how I love thee!
#9. Oh, yeah, and I love creamsicles. ‘Nough said.
#10. My latest piano project was to print out a copy of the musical staff, which I framed. I then bought some child-friendly erasable markers and will be using it as a musical white board. I can use this to help teach students notes on the staff, key signatures, and even intervals. And at the end of the lesson, I just have to wipe the glass clean with a tissue! Easy peasy!
Those are my ten things! What have YOU been up to?
And any July 4th plans??