10 steps of pregnancy distraction {a.k.a. our weekend}

In an effort to distract myself from being so hugely pregnant ;) , I'm making a random list of things we've done to keep busy for the last few days! :)

1. A fun matinee with the family.
We rarely go to the movies, and I was shocked- even with matinee prices, we paid $37! No wonder we love the library so much. ;) I think the kids always feel like it's a special treat when we do go, and it was last weekend too. I figure we probably won't remember how much it costs either. :)

2. Dating and enjoying more Mexican food.
yes, I'm eating salsa from the bowl...it was spicy so I had to eat it straight!  And then!.....nothing happened.
I've tried eating spicy foods with almost every pregnancy with absolutely zero results. I believe I have a uterus of steel... {now that's a special gift isn't it?}

But hey, at least the salsa was good.

3. Slow grocery shopping just for fun! :)

All of my kids LOVE those little carts. We make quite the scene when all four of them have one. It's a challenge, but I'm ridiculously happy they're all still little enough to want to drive one. :)

4. Sharing baguettes, bananas, and dried papaya with the girls while the boys are at praise camp. :)

5. Rollerblading/walking/biking on the park trail as a family and ending up with broken arm #2. :(

6. Doctor appointments to deal with #5. {insert sad face...again}

7. Experimenting with cutting my own heavy side-swept bangs.
no headband!
It's not a drastic change, but I'm liking it so far. {here's a helpful video on cutting your own hair here: the biggest tips- hold your scissors vertically, and don't close them all the way when you cut!}
and of course, with headband!
8. Re-washing and ironing the curtains.
You might have seen this one over on IG! In addition to ironing, I've actually found a number of other cleaning-related things to do that no one will ever care about, like scrubbing underneath the cabinets and doors, sweeping the house in the middle of the night, and cleaning out the freezer. Those are good signs right? ;)

8. Anniversary shopping at the mall.
I went to buy something specifically for Rob {and found it!}, and I found my own little present while I was there...hahahah! :) It was on clearance for a great deal, and I'm already loving the hands-free aspect!

I have a feeling my husband is secretly relieved when I find my own presents....hehehee!
9. Being fascinated by aqua dryer lint.
I joked over on the fb page that you know you've been a homemaker for a while when you're amazed by colorful dryer lint and wonder what you could do with it! :)

{btw- thank you for all your ideas!! here are 11 great uses for it!!}

10. Watching Rob redo the tiny bathroom. 
This is the "before" pic I took on Saturday morning- I still need one more thing to finish reorganizing it before the "after" pic will be ready. I need to replace that plastic drawer system or get rid of it entirely, but I want it to be cute, cheap, and fit {of course}.

And the distract Mandy from the fact that her baby keeps growing and is going to weigh 10 lbs. plan continues: on the agenda for the rest of the week are more appointments, a trip to the library, exercising {after a few days off, I can't take not going to the gym!}, and maybe I'll get the motivation to start a new DIY project. We will see! :)

What are you up to this week? 

Moms of boys- how common is it for your boys to break their limbs? I feel like I'm being initiated into the yearly club! And to think I have two more boys to go! ;)

Have you done any DIY projects recently? I'd love to see them!!


  1. The little one is waiting until tomorrow night so I can win the contest!! :) Come on sweet boy! We want to see pictures!

    1. Hey, If he comes tomorrow night, that's good with me! :D hehehe

  2. Those little shopping carts are so cool. Have you tried eating sour stuff? With my 3rd baby I ate a lemon around 37 weeks and had some good contractions the next day..then at 38 weeks I ate a bunch of kumquats and labor started that night, so he was 12 days early. My other 2 were both 4 days late. At this point, you are so close, who knows if what you eat really does anything. God knows the best time for your baby to come. Hang in there.

    1. I haven't but I'm willing to try it! :) I have no idea where to get kumquats, but it sounds like a good theory!! Maybe we'll look for some tonight! :D

  3. I have 3 sons and 2 daughters. We also have a small hobby farm. Over a 2 year stretch of time my husband broke his scaphoid, #4 child (son) broke his elbow, #2 and #3 (daughters) broke a leg and foot respectively and #5 (son) lacerated his underarm. My 1st (son) has yet to break anything. I really feel that had my daughters not been so "tom-boyish" we might have gotten by without their injuries. God is good. My children are now adults and I continue to be proud of them. We are also expecing grandchild #4 in September. Be blessed!

    1. oh my goodness! that's a record of some kind {one I don't hope to meet, LOL!}. Congratulations on your newest grandbaby!! :D

  4. Tell your children to aim for their collar bones- they heal themselves!!! ;-)

    We know first hand!

    Can't wait to see your new little one!!! Wait on The Lord! His timing will be perfect!

    Praying for you!!

    Shannon Mallory

  5. I always remember my last few days of my pregnancies with fondness. And you're making so many memories. I'm a little jealous reading all of this (but in a good way!) How blessed you are! I can't wait to see pics of the little one!

    I have a 9 yr old and an almost 3 yr old and we've not had any broken bones yet. (knock on wood)!!

  6. Sophie from FranceJuly 31, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I have 5 boys and 1 girl... and my second son broke his wrist two times. But two broken bones in 11 years and 6 children, I think I'm doing fine!
    This week, this week we will have a picnic at the park, maybe go to the pool, and repaint the kitchen!

  7. Oh enjoy those nesting times! Don't the craziest jobs get done during them?
    I'm sorry to hear about your son ~ 3 boys & so far no broken bones, although I actually always thought our daughter would end up with one first. Since the younger 3 spend as much time as possible up trees it is amazing really ( little monkeys). Our eldest spends as much time as possible reading so really there is not much chance there :)
    Hope you keep going well. I had to come over & check how you are going. I know it sounds crazy, but enjoy these days of pregnancy. I would love, love, love to be expecting again.
    Have a wonderful, blessed day

  8. I have 3 boys (plus 2 girls), but 1 of my boys has a special relationship with the ER. He has had 2 broken arms-- left lower arm & right upper arm-- and he's had a corneal abrasion. I guess it could be worse, but as parents, we've only gone to the ER 5 times and 3 of those time were for 1 child!! For the record, the other 2 times were for a cut on the head for my oldest daughter and for a suspected broken leg on my youngest daughter that ended up being a sprain. My wildest, most adventurous boy has had exactly ZERO injuries. :-)

  9. I was fortunate to have no broken bones with my boys but one had several trips for stitches. Praise God we live in the century that we do and a broken bone is not a big deal. :) Baby will come when baby is ready, but I know it's hard to wait and you are probably sick of being pregnant. Just rest up you'll need it.


  10. We gutted and redid a bathroom! Still have a couple finishing touches before I post about it. Going to follow you on IG as @joybellejewelry

  11. No broken bones at home, but when our son went off to college he broke his hand.
    I dreamed you had the baby Friday.... maybe so :)
    Stacey R

  12. Mandy,

    Make sure you let us know how the homebirth goes! I'm anxiously awaiting my own in Sept and I'd love to hear your story! These last weeks of waiting are sure the hardest, aren't they? We're also renting a tub for a water birth, or at least to labor in, so I'd love to hear if yours was any use to you or what you preferred.


  13. So sorry about your son's broken arm!

  14. Can you explain what praise camp is? Is it like VBS?


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