30 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 30 weeks

Size of baby: Cantaloupe, loaf of bread or platypus. 17 inches long (head to toe) and almost 3.5 lbs.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Nothing new, but I’m ready to pull out all the summer dresses!

Sleep: Still pretty good overall – maybe this will last the whole pregnancy!

Dream of the week: While visiting my parents in Germany, I looked out their bedroom window one morning at the lot in front of their house and noticed they had cleared away the bushes and climbing tree I had grown up with and were converting the lot into a small car dealership. As I watched, all the cars arrived and formed a circle around the lot. Since this was a family-focused dealership, all the car types were being modeled by different families with children: trucks with biological, sedans with adopted, minivans with multiples, SUVs with one child, etc. All the families were sitting quite proudly on top of their assigned vehicle. My dad was convinced that surrogates should also get their own car to model, but my mom would have none of it. And then I woke up. I’m so glad dreams are dreams and not reality.

Cravings: Nothing. I actually haven’t been that hungry this week.

Baby movement: Still lots! She currently likes to camp out on my right side.

Gender: Little Lady.

Challenges this week: Leg cramps have not been especially fun this week.

Best moment this week: Buying a car! I have a hunch this is the reason for my crazy dream this week.

Game Nights and Cars

I blinked, and it’s already Wednesday! Rather late for a weekend post, but this past weekend still needs to be documented.

Friday night, I had a fun girls’ night with some coworkers while Loren worked on some projects at home.

Back up story before Saturday: last week we found out that we needed to replace one of cars as soon as possible. The brakes were shot (amongst some other things), and the repairs just weren’t worth the value of the car. So this past week, we’ve been looking up cars in our price range and area and went and looked at a couple on Thursday night. Then on Saturday we spent a majority of the morning doing some more research before looking at another car, which we ended up testing overnight and having a mechanic examine. We were struggling to decide between two similar cars, but put all that aside for a few hours and had some friends over for a game night. It had been way too long and we need to have another one again sooner. Thanks for all the laughs and good talks, guys!

Sunday afternoon, we worked on some projects (finished up baby’s dresser!), took a walk in the beautiful spring sunshine and decided which car to buy.

And we’re throwing Monday in here as well, because that’s when we said goodbye to our good old faithful Mazda Tribute (read her story here) and welcomed Mazda CX-5 to the family.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Five on Friday // 4-21-17

I skipped last week’s favorites, but here are some from this week, in no particular order:

ONE // These Birkenstock knockoff sandals from Target. They are ridiculously comfortable and I will probably wear them almost every day this spring & summer. Plus, they were purchased with a giftcard I earned through Swagbucks. Double win!

TWO // This humidifier. We finally bit the bullet and ordered this humidifier after putting it off for a long time. We’ve only had it three nights so far, but I definitely can tell it’s helped my sinuses.

THREE // My new niece born last week (and proud big brother). Isn’t she the cutest and so squishable!? I can’t wait to meet her this summer. 🙂

FOUR // Starbucks’ Pink Drink. I know the Unicorn Frapp is currently all the rage (which I want to try just a sip of), but this refreshing strawberry, passion fruit and creamy coconutmilk combo currently has my heart.

FIVE // These AHMazing S’Mores Dessert Bars I made today for a couple events this weekend. I’m already a sucker for rice crispy treats, and these gooey cinnamony bars might just be a step up. Do yourself a favor and give them a try!

Happy weekending!

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29 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 29 weeks

Size of baby: Acorn squash, pineapple, Barbie convertible or New England cottontail rabbit. 16 inches long (head to toe) and almost 3 lbs.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: These most comfortable sandals from Target. I’ll probably wear them every day this spring/summer.

Sleep: We got this handy little humidifier this week, and I’m hoping it will help my dry sinus issues.

Dream of the week: There was another dream about nursing and toddlers, but I didn’t write it down soon enough so I don’t remember what it was exactly about.

Cravings: Nada. Except we did get Sonic blasts 2x this week…

Baby movement: Pretty regular – she also really likes the sun, so definitely my daughter.

Gender: Little Lady.

Challenges this week: Brittle nails. My nails already grow pretty fast, and even faster now during pregnancy – they just aren’t as strong and break so easily.

Best moment this week: Touring the hospital during our birth & baby class this week. Between that, building the dresser and all the packages of baby stuff we’ve been getting in the mail, I think I’m mentally ready to start fully preparing for baby girl to come.

Easter Weekend [2017]

This past week we’ve had the most beautiful spring weather and I’ve been soaking it in as much as possible.

We pushed date night to Thursday night and finally saw Beauty and the Beast. Guys! It was amazing!!! I loved everything about it. Just do yourself a favor and go see it.

Loren took the day off on Friday, and in between my work shifts we ran some errands together, then headed to our church’s thought-provoking Good Friday service.

Saturday we spent the majority of the day helping some friends paint their new house. Can’t wait to see it when it’s all done and they can finally move in!

Sunday was Easter! We had a wonderful morning at church fellowshipping with our church family and praising & worshiping the Lord. He is risen indeed!
After church we didn’t take any pictures while dressed up, but finished making dinner together, then had a little Easter picnic on the balcony. It was perfect! That afternoon, I decided to make a strawberry tart while Loren kept plugging away at putting together the IKEA dresser for baby girl’s nursery.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

6 Things That Keep Our Marriage Strong

There is no perfect marriage secret but there are good habits that contribute to stronger marriages. While I am by no means a marriage expert, today I wanted to share a few habits we’ve adopted that help keep our marriage strong.

Go to bed at the same time. I can probably count on one hand the times we haven’t gone to bed at the same time, as this has always been important to me. Ending the day together gives us a solid connection.

No phone in the bedroom policy. This has been a game-changer for us. I’m normally ready for bed before Loren is and used to just scroll through Instagram while waiting for him to come to bed. Now, instead of having that distraction, we chat about the day or just goof off during that time.

Journal every night. I wrote a full post on this here, but Loren and I write a short note to each other every night. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes serious, and sometimes it’s just a recap of a wonderful day spent together.

Date nights. This might be a given for some, but date nights every week are so important. Whether it’s out for ice cream, a movie, exploring a new city or dressing up a little nicer for dinner, carving out that time (phone free!) to focus on each other is a fun way of reconnecting and showing commitment to each other.

Prayer before work and sleep. Before Loren heads out the door for work in the morning, we pray together for the day. These few moments set us off on the right foot and in the same mindset. Along the same lines, one of the last things we do before falling asleep is pray together.

Hold hands whenever possible. In public and at home! There’s a sense of protection, love, comfort and connection. Take pride in that ownership!

What are some of your marriage tips?

28 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 28 weeks – hello third trimester!!

Size of baby: Eggplant, coconut, Rollerblade or Echidna. 16 inches long (head to toe) and 2.5 lbs.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: This dress I wore to the baby shower on Saturday – I love it so much!

Sleep: I’ve actually gone a couple of nights without waking up! Holding on to these as long as I can.

Dream of the week: First baby-related dream! I had had the baby and we were back home, but the one baby we were expecting ended up being quadruplets – three of which were toddlers. I was trying to figure out the whole nursing thing with the baby that was still a newborn and wasn’t sure if 24 hours after the birth and first feeding was too soon to feed again. I thought it was probably necessary at this point, but one of my friends who has a 1 year-old happened to be there and insisted it was way too early. I thought for sure she was wrong, so I waited until she went to her car and then tried feeding the baby. As I tried to put down my new little ones for a nap, one of my “toddlers” took his binky out and kindly suggested, “how about an apple first and then a nap.” I was slightly confused at his ability to speak in full sentences (and how as a newborn he was a toddler?!). I was also confused (but not mad) as to why  Loren was not helping me but was instead at the bathroom sink busily trying to get a stain out of his shirt. Priorities, I guess. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door, and since I didn’t want to stop nursing, I asked Loren to get me a receiving blanket to use as a cover. When he didn’t show up fast enough, I went to our bedroom (which was ridiculously long and full of suitcases of hand-me-downs my sister Crystal had given me) to see what was taking so long. Loren was just standing there mostly dazed and confused as to what a receiving blanket was (or any blanket for that matter). I quickly grabbed one from full view on one of the suitcases and answered the door to find one of my “aunties” from Germany! I asked her to talk quietly so as not to disturb the nursing babe. With the “toddlers” still wanting apples, I woke up. I hope someone gave them an apple.

Cravings: Nothing really this week.

Baby movement: Still lots!

Gender: Little Lady.

Challenges this week: Chapped lips. No matter which brand of lip balm I use or how often I apply, my lips have stayed chapped.

Best moment[s] this week: Definitely the baby shower my in-laws threw us this past weekend and getting our maternity pictures back from our photographer.

Celebrating Baby Girl [Elephant Baby Shower]

This weekend we headed to Cincinnati where Loren’s family threw us the sweetest baby shower. Since I’m doing an elephant-themed nursery, they went along with that theme for the shower as well. My two nieces even made sure to bring several of their own elephants from home to place around for decorations. Everything from the food to decorations to flowers to games to gifts was thought out and planned perfectly and we felt quite spoiled!

Can you see the veggie elephant?

Game: draw the baby elephant

So grateful for all these wonderful ladies and their love for the newest little Crisp lady! 🙂 Thank you so much to each and every one of you!!

Five on Friday // 4-7-17

ONE // Homemade granola. I tried my hand at granola this week (used this recipe) and it turned out pretty well! So much cheaper than buying it.

TWO // Fawn Design diaper bag. I can’t decided whether I really want this Fawn Design diaper bag (in brown) or this Lily Jade bag. I’m looking for something practical, classy, versatile and will last for several years (and kids). Either way it will be an investment. Any suggestions?

THREE // Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil. My mom used to make this growing up, and I rediscovered it on Pinterest this week. Super fast, easy and delicious!

FOUR // Bip & Bop jewelry. Loren got me their gold bar necklace for my birthday a couple years ago and I love how delicate it is. I can’t wait to get a necklace like this with our daughter’s initial & birth date!

FIVE // Bitmoji. I realize by now this is old and completely ridiculous, but Loren and I often have full text conversations with Bitmojis and it’s hilarious. You design an avatar to look like you, then it generates all these little comics.

Happy Friday!

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April Goals

Spring is finally here in all its storminess! I don’t mind all the rain as long as it stays above 50 and the sun shines once in a while. 😉

March Goals
~ have a maternity photoshoot
~ celebrate Loren’s birthday
~ start planning our Christmas Europe trip (it’s never too early!) – I started passport applications, so that counts, right?
~ spend more time outside
~ eat healthier snacks (but cereal!!!!) – at least I laid off the sugary cereals
~ meal plan BEFORE grocery shopping

April Goals
~ mail in passport applications
~ pass the birth & baby class we just started
~ finish taxes
~ plan something for our anniversary
~ spring clean with amazing-smelling cleaners like this and this
~ go on a picnic
~ order a few canvases – it’s probably about time to print some wedding pictures