I'm now counting down the weeks and days until our 4th boy will make his grand entrance into the world. I'm starting to slightly panic, feeling like I have too many things left to do and too little time to accomplish it in. One of the things I've been trying to do is to carve out some quality with each of my close friends and family members. I just feel like once the baby is here I won't be able to get out and do much for a little while so I'm trying to create special memories now. Having a newborn is hard and I imagine that having a newborn and a toddler isn't going to be any easier.
A few weeks ago I had a girls day out with two wonderful friends. We watched a movie, ate at a restaurant that neither of them had been to before, and we got pedicures. It was a picture perfect day (but I forgot to take a single picture of any of the fun).
Today I got to spend the day out with another one of my best friends and ended the day with a one-on-one trip to the movies with my oldest son. I hope that I can get one more date with my hubby and some one-on-one time with my middle son before the baby is born. My friend and I did something I haven't done since I was a small child. We painted pottery! It brought back memories of when my mom would take me to this little pottery store in town. I remember going there a few times, but I specifically remember one time when I picked out a ceramic duck to paint. I have no idea what happened to that duck. I wish I still had it, but at least I have the memory!
It took my friend and I three hours at the pottery place from start to finish today, but it was so nice and relaxing. It's a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. We also ate lunch at Olive Garden and ended the day with cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
Here's a picture of my friend painting her piece. She did a cross in the middle and hearts on all four corners. I think it's going to turn out great. The finished product will look very different once they put it through the kiln. Until then, our paint colors appear very light and dull.
Here's a preview of my artwork. The baby's area is grey, white, and teal, so I incorporated those colors into my work. I can't show the finished product because we are not announcing his name until he's born. So yes, we have picked out a name, but most of our friends and family will have to wait until he's born to know what it is. I think it's exciting to have a little secret like this! If you look closely, maybe you can figure out a letter or two in the name. I just love to keep you guessing!
Come follow me on my new Facebook page by clickingHERE! Please be patient. It's a work in progress, but I have deactivated my old Facebook account in order to put more focus on blogging and loving on my family. God has been tugging at my heart for a while to get rid of my regular Facebook account because it was really a time drainer for me. He has called me to be a mother and a writer and because of Facebook (sadly), those two things have been slightly neglected. Facebook has also been a source of depression and frustration for me. It's so hard to not compare ourselves to others, even when we know they are not being completely truthful. I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you as a homeschooling, Christian mother who wears her heart on her sleeves and shares it in her writing. My hope, as always, is to encourage others by being real. Life isn't always easy, so my posts aren't always going to be peaches and cream, but they will be honest. I like to share the good and the bad (but mostly the good).