April 12, 2016

Currently...

It's been AGES since I last posted here on the blog, so I figured I'd join Katy Upperman this week and do up a Currently post.


Gemma Charlotte
 
I've been bombarding my Twitter and Facebook and Instagram friends with photos of this little chicken for a month and a half now (#sorrynotsorry), but I just can't help myself. We think she's pretty cute...even when she's being kind of a turd.


Sitting down with a book for any length of time has proven to be a challenge (see above), but here's what I've been reading:

THE WINNER'S KISS
I've been waiting on this series finale for ages now, but it is taking me just as long to read it, unfortunately. Lately, I've been finding that reading books on my phone's Kindle app is easier when I'm holding the baby. A thick, heavy hardcover? Not so much. Needless to say, chances to sit down with this one are few and far between. If only the baby would nap consistently...

STEALING PARKER
I read CATCHING JORDAN, the first in the Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series, some time ago and enjoyed it. I've been looking for lighter reads lately as I find that they're easier to pick up and put down without losing the train of what's going on in the story. (Yet another reason why it's taking me so long to read THE WINNER'S KISS.) While I liked STEALING PARKER and found I could really relate to Parker's struggles with her church and the control it had over her life, I liked this one less than other contemporaries I've read recently. Parker read as young to me, even for a high school senior. Still, I do plan on reading more in this series and would recommend them to those who like sports in their contemporaries.

THESE VICIOUS MASKS
This one has been on my radar since Swoon Reads put out the call to vote on its cover. It's been described as an Austenesque X-Men, which hello. Right up my alley. I'm not very far in, but I'm already enjoying Evelyn's voice.

...A whole lot of Netflix and HGTV these days. I recently rediscovered HGTV and, in particular, the show Fixer Upper. I love all of the homes that Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate and decorate. I'm pretty much ready to pack up and move to Waco, Texas at this point. (A really small, not overly nice house here costs more than $300,000. Many of the houses featured on this show cost a mere fraction of that even with an "all-in" reno budget. And the final product is to die for.) As for Netflix, I've recently started rewatching Friday Night Lights, one of my favourite series ever. This show features some of the best characters I've seen on a TV show. Tim Riggins, Tyra, Matt Saracen... And if I can be even half as awesome a parent as Coach and Tami Taylor are, well, I'm golden. Julie Taylor, though...ughhhh. Worst character ever. On any show ever.


A whole lot of white noise to calm a fussy baby and get her to sleep. Good times.


When I actually had time to do things and it didn't take me a million years to actually do up a post like this, to finish reading a book, to make myself look halfway presentable, and on and on. Real talk: We've had a rough couple of days, Gemma and I, and more than anything I'd like to just push pause and catch my breath, without a fussing, screaming baby to deal with. I've cried more in the past six weeks than I have in years. Parenthood is hard, guys. So very, very hard.


More beautiful spring days ahead. To be honest, the winter went really fast and it was actually pretty mild this year, but with all of the gorgeous weather we've been having, I'm anticipating all of the even nicer weather to come. We got out for a walk for the first time this past week, and it was glorious. Gemma slept the whole time, which was absolutely wonderful.


That my family could actually meet my daughter. My siblings are spread out across the country and my parents moved to Ecuador at the start of the year, so there hasn't been the opportunity for visiting. More than anything, I'd just love to sit down in person with my sister and my little girl and just hang out. Skype visits will have to suffice for the time being.


So many things despite some of the grumping above: 

I'm so very grateful for the many friends--online and in my daily life--who have been so supportive, encouraging, and helpful with advice while I've been adjusting to this whole mommy role. Seriously, it has kept me sane when I thought I was legit losing my mind. 

Seeing my husband take on the role of daddy and doing such an awesome job of it. He's the best!

Stealing the odd moment (when I can) to read, pretty up my planner pages, or knit for a bit.
One day soon, I hope this list will include working on one of my many WIPs. Here's hoping.

This amazing slideshow my husband's cousin's wife put together of photos from the newborn shoot she did with Gemma. I love all of the pics, but my favourites are the one where she's yawning and the one where she has the flower in her hair in the basket. Todd and I didn't get nice wedding photos done (I so regret that), so we wanted to capture these early moments with our little sweetheart in the nicest way possible. Thanks again to Bree Friesen Photography for making that happen!

Also: STICKERS.



So what are you currently up to?