I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was busy, but that's the way we like it.
Saturday morning we got to sleep in a bit. When we did get out of bed we talked about what we each wanted to accomplish during the day. The list was quite intimidating and overwhelming. Eventually I resorted to writing it down and we dove in. Since our weekends are rarely spent together, I pouted and insisted until A agreed that we would do our errands together even if it meant not accomplishing as much.
We started with taking the truck for an oil change. While we waited we made a menu for the week and shopped across the street. We came back home and got a bunch of clothes and some of our old nursery stuff to a second-hand store. It was going to be quite a wait so we ran to Wal-Mart (yuck!) to buy some under-the-bed storage containers. We got some cute onesies while we were there. When we got back, they had finished and only wanted 3 of the things we brought. We left the rest of the clothes for them to donate to charity and took the baby things to sell on craigslist. I found a pair of jeans and a shirt, which are both desperately needed.
We dropped the unsold baby things off at home and took the truck to the car wash for a bath. By the end of this I was exhausted and we headed home. A detailed the inside of the truck and took pictures so we can start pursuing selling it and getting something with better gas mileage. I, however, laid on the couch and read a book (which is not about pregnancy!).
By this time the sun was setting and it was time to head to my parents house for our weekly craft night. My goal was to do taxes and A was excited to see some pottery she had glazed that would be coming out of the kiln. Unfortunately, it hadn't cooled off enough to bring out yet, but we were greeted with a much better surprise...
For our nursery we decided not to get a set and just make it ourselves. We want to get vinyl wall stickers of birch trees and put them on the wall that the crib will be on. I really wanted to make or buy some kind of moon wall lamp. We also wanted to incorporate owls into the theme somehow. It turns out inspiration struck my mom. She spent the day carving an amazing snowy owl out of clay that lays over a ring that will hold a piece of fused and slumped glass for our moon light! It is amazing and I can't wait to see the finished product.
After the excitement of the lamp wore off we got some food. By this point it was getting sort of late and we hadn't accomplished any crafting. We had brought some washable markers and I asked A if she wanted to decorate my belly or do something else. We found some chairs that were good heights and she started her belly art. At this point I should mention to those of you who don't know me, or somehow missed this information, I am incredibly ticklish. I have almost lost friends over it, I have an actual physical scar from it, I really, really hate it when people tickle me. Markers on my belly tickled a lot. Somehow I made it through without any injury to my lovely wife and with a great Easter belly!
Everyone took pictures and laughed at my belly (and laughed more when I laughed and the egg changed shapes!).
Saturday was dedicated to visiting A's family in Gilbert. We slept too late, took a while to get out of the house, and needed to stop and take care of the cats we are cat-sitting for the week. We finally got to Gilbert in time for a late lunch. When we came back I worked on our taxes a bit and A and her mom started getting things together to dye eggs. This year we both independently found articles about dyeing eggs with natural dyes, so that seemed the way to go. We brought cabbage for blue and turmeric for yellow. We had some pomegranate and cranberry tea for red, but forgot it at home. The article A found showed how to use pieces of nylons to hold leaves and flowers on the eggs, so that was what we were going to do.
Other than the awful smelling kitchen, the eggs turned out amazing. While they were steeping, my brother-in-law, H, showed up with his new girlfriend, S. We chatted with them for a while and then pulled the eggs out of the pots of dye.
and our favorite--
We had a great dinner and got to just sit in the living room and tell stories and get to know S. I don't think we scared her away, which is a good thing. After they left I worked on our taxes some more so my father-in-law could help me with the part for our business.
We finally left around 10:45 and headed home. It was a great weekend!