Week In Review | December 7 – December 13, 2015

We’re smack in the middle of the holiday season and in high gear prepping for Baby Girl’s impending arrival, so there’s been a lot going on around the house this past week.  I’d like to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram with you.

week in review treats 12-15-2015

I’ve been buzzing around the house on a huge nesting kick getting ready for Baby.  Between cleaning through and purging no longer needed/wanted items in the kitchen and mudroom and making space for all of baby’s gear, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on my feet.  There’s nothing quite like taking a breather and putting my feet up with a cup of cocoa and some homemade cookies.  My sister-in-law, Emily, provided us with the finskies (as we call them in our family) in the photo on the right above.  They’re delicious!  My mother-in-law, Suzanne, is coming over this week to teach me how to make this family favorite and I hope to share the recipe with you soon.

week in review happenings 12-15-2015

In other news, we’ve enjoyed super mild weather over the past week with highs reaching into the 60s over the weekend.  While most everyone I know is pretty happy about this, I’m actually a bit bummed to see no snow in the forecast.  I’m still hoping for a white Christmas, but it’s looking like it’s going to be more of a green one.  I’m sure the snow will come at some point, but there’s something extra special for me about having it around the holidays.

Don and I attended another baby-related class last week, this one in preparation for caring for a newborn.  We learned all about different ways to hold the baby, how to diaper, swaddle, bathe, and generally care for an infant in the first few weeks.  A lot of this information is common sense, but it was great to be able to practice it in a hands-on setting.  It was also fun to watch Don attempt diapering for the first time. 😉  I have no doubt he’ll be a pro in no time.  We’re both more than excited to become parents and have all of these experiences with our little one soon.

week in review baby 12-15-2015

A lot of my nesting around the house has included continuing to prep for Baby Girl, including opening and sorting all of her gifts and gear, doing all of her washing, and putting things away in her nursery.  This is now all possible thanks to the nursery furniture delivery last week.  Huzzah!  We weren’t sure we would get the furniture before her arrival, but it came in earlier than expected and we’re absolutely delighted with it.  I will share a full nursery tour once everything is in place and I’ve put the finishing touches on decor.

In preparation for life with baby, I ordered a Project Life baby kit and accessories for our baby book.  Thank you to all who offered such great suggestions!  The Project Life album appealed to me the most since it’s extremely customizable but also fairly easy to put together and very personal.  I hope to start building it a bit in the next couple of weeks so I have something to start filling in once she’s born.  How fun!

week in review weekend 12-15-2016

Don and I enjoyed seeing friends and family this weekend.  On Saturday we drove up to Milwaukee to attend the first birthday party of the daughter of our oldest friends.  It’s been so sweet to watch this precious girl grow and we can’t wait until our kiddos can play together!  On Sunday, we played Mary and Joseph in the Christmas pageant at church (this version involves a pregnant Mary before the birth of Christ, just in case you’re confused why a 9 month pregnant lady would be cast).  Afterwards we caught up with family at lunch out together.  It was a full weekend surrounded by loved ones, which is the best kind. ❤︎

I’d love to hear about your week if you care to share.
I hope that you are able to enjoy the spirit of the season spent with loved ones!


* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


14 thoughts on “Week In Review | December 7 – December 13, 2015”

  1. You are such a beautiful person inside and out and soon to be a great mom. You inspire me to be better…never change who you are. Love Keke

  2. Oh Jen, I am so looking forward to seeing Baby Girl’s nursery. Wasn’t it amazing doing the first wash of her baby clothes? I remember doing this for my babies and feeling soooo excited. I’m a Greek from Milwaukee. Isn’t it a great place? Merry Christmas 🙂

  3. Between Christmas and the impending arrival of Baby, your life is doubly exciting right now! Thanks for sharing!

    Have you seen the movie, “Four Christmases”? I couldn’t help but think of the scene where the two main characters play (pregnant) Mary and Joseph at church. If you have seen it, I hope the comparison gives you a giggle!

  4. Loved the Christmas pageant story. Such a happy time with prep for baby- glad for you both you and Don as you take the final steps to get ready for the new member of your family to arrive. All the best!

  5. How exciting that Baby Girl is almost here! I can’t wait to see the nursery tour.
    Also, I hope you share those cookies recipe because they look so yummy!

  6. I love this! Soooo exciting for you and Don! I’ve watched your videos for so long I’m excited too! Not long now!!
    Here in Scotland we have been forecast snow for a few days but none of the white stuff just yet. Take care xxz

  7. I did some baking over the weekend…one thing was your chocolate chip cookies and the other was cream cheese spritz! My daughter (she is 7) just loves your older cook nooks! She is ready to make spinach squares with me again! 😉

  8. HI and Merry Christmas,
    I love your tales and excitement of baby girls arrival. I am from north of Milwaukee and we too have no snow. I have 18 little ones that I teach each day and the Christmas spirit has taken over:) Enjoy you holidays and have a blessed Christmas.

  9. So happy for you! Your posts inspire me : ) I bought the Breville Hot Choc & Froth for my daughter for Christmas because she loves hot chocolate, but I’m looking forward to using it too.

  10. you are going to love the Project Life for recording all those important memories (and little moments) for your baby girl’s first year. Definitely start now while you have a little time – its a wonderful way to record the memories. Little effort, big results. You will be so happy you did it (especially in about 20 years time ;-))

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