So in the beginning of January, in the middle of trying to buy our house, I got to go visit Austin. We had my tickets bought for a while, so the timing wasn’t the best for the house stuff, but Grant managed to handle doing most of the stuff without me. Our realtor said he seemed more frazzled since I prefer to handle most detailed planning things,but he did a great job! This was my first visit to Austin in 2 YEARS which is insane to say,but boy did I love being back and getting to see so many friends and most of my family. I have been wanting to visit for a while,but needed a time where tickets were more affordable and needed to be early enough in my pregnancy to where I could still fly. So, January fit the bill there. Then my sister Tanya and a few of my friends decided to also throw me a baby shower during this time which was a huge surprise and blessing! I was able to have this visit and not use any of my vacation time as I want to save it for my maternity leave. I was able to work during the week like normal in the office, and then in the evenings see friends and family. So, I was able to fly in on Friday the 9th of January, well I arrived on the 10th around 1:30am because of flight delays so it was very nice that Wilson was still able to pick me up from the airport. Then at 10am on the 10th was my baby shower, and it was Harry Potter themed!!! I had no idea which was a huge surprise,but of course I loved it. My hostesses put so much time, effort, and love into planning this shower. I felt so loved and blessed that people wanted to plan a shower for me and even attend and give us gifts/gift cards for our little girl. It was so wonderful – Thank you again to all of my hostesses and of course my sister Tanya.
I was excited to attend the Ladies Tea for the first time at our church. They were asking for people to volunteer to make some food for the event which is how this whole thing started. I emailed asking what food they needed only to be asked to decorate a table. Having never attended this event, I had no clue what to expect or how the other tables would look. I asked for more guidelines and hit two large hitches. I needed to provide my own china and 2 teapots among lots of other things. I don’t own china or 2 teapots. I emailed a lot of the girls here in the area I knew and found one lady willing to let me borrow her china, but no one I knew had one, let alone two teapots.
I was pretty excited about the holidays this year. The day after Thanksgiving, I started putting up the tree and slowly adding different decorations. I would love to have a real Christmas tree,but they are really expensive, and then just get thrown away so until we have kids, we will make due with the fake tree. Also, we have never seen Christmas decor as a need, so most of it is bought used or on sale each year with my allowance. So, I slowly am adding to what I have year after year.
I finally helped host my first Baby Shower at our new church. I had attend two,but since it is a smaller church the rate of pregnancies is a little slower than it was at Westover. The crazy part of this shower is that the mother to be is called Jessica Grasham. I have never in my life me someone with the same name as me before I was married, so it was very weird designing a Baby Shower invitation with the name I had used for over 20 years.
I just realized that I hadn’t posted about my sister Tanya’s last baby shower!!!! My sister and her husband adopted my nephew Jonas, and this was their fourth child. Normally we don’t do baby showers unless it is the first child,but they only had a few days to get ready for him since the process went faster than expected. So, we did a diaper, formula, and wipes shower for them to help get them started.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love getting to set up the Christmas tree and cozy up inside. This year we went to Ohio for Christmas,but more on that to come later. Below are some of the preparations that I have been making before Christmas.