Happy Thanksgiving Week! Time seems to keep flying by! Each passing hour, day and week means we are that much closer to meeting Baby! This picture (above) makes me look really big as we are nearing in on 38 weeks after the big Thanksgiving meal!
Saturday night we wanted to have one last date before baby arrives, so we joined our friends for a lovely dinner at Grille 26 and then headed to their hotel to play one of our favorite nerdy games, Settlers of Catan. I lost terribly, but it was an eventful evening. Arriving at the hotel we discovered there was both a wedding reception and a dart tournament going on. In the middle of our game, the fire alarm went off! I thought it was somebody’s phone, because you can have almost any sound as your ring tone nowadays. Then we opened the door to the hallway, and sure enough, the piercing alarm sound hit us. Since we were on the 9th floor, I started to put my shoes on just in case, while Eileen called the front desk to find out if this was a prank or legit since we didn’t see people filing out the lobby into the street. Seconds later the a single firetruck arrived on the scene. I took the opportunity to go to the bathroom in case we’d have to move again. Best to be prepared, I said. Nothing happened, and we continued our game as the alarm rang for nearly 30 minutes.
Earlier in the day I had joined the entourage with my niece wedding dress shopping around Sioux Falls. The morning began early as I dropped off eggs, and picked up a crib mattress and birthing ball from a friend along the way. Brunch at The Original Pancake House started things off great before we headed to several boutiques. The famous donut shop, Flyboy Donuts, was next door, and I was determined to try one before we left. We walked out into the cold wind only to find they had closed 15 minutes earlier! I was so disappointed and had to settle with my healthy snacks I had packed and left in the car: dates and oranges. I clearly should have done some recon!
The week has been fair, in terms of weather. Nathan has a newfound interest in leaves. There is a small pile under the maple trees and his “work” as of late has been to rearrange the pile. The chickens love to help him out, scratching the leaves around, while the cats circle and rub against his leg hoping to get some attention.
The soup and salad season continues! Nothing like a hearty bowl of steaming soup to warm up after running around outside! I made Vegetable Soup and found myself feeling proud as I realized everything except the celery and onions were from our garden! Peas, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, corn, and carrots were preserved from the summer goodness and it tasted just wonderful! This week I’m making Autumn chowder and Chicken and Dumplings before the big festive meals with family on Thursday and Friday! I had made it a goal to eat some liver I had in the freezer, so I pulled out a friends recipe last night, put my mind to it and tackled Old Fashioned Liver and Onions with a modern flare (bacon, that is!) It turned out tender and was very palatable! I wanted to up my iron intake and this was the most obvious way, besides the greens I eat regularly!
Dan also purchased 25 lbs of dates for me! Yes, 25 POUNDS! There is research indicating that eating 6 dates a day from 35 weeks on will help labor progress quicker and easier. The way I see it, there’s no downside, so I’m eating a lot of dates these days! Good thing I like them so much! This morning Nathan and I had them on our oatmeal with chopped bananas. They’re full of fiber and Vitamin C too! Good for everyone!
Now that all the baby stuff is out, Nathan pushes the bassinet around upstairs and tries to sit in the bouncy baby seat, but tips over backwards because of his weight. I can only imagine him trying to “help” by pushing the baby around in the bassinet as we do our morning chores (getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc.)
And that’s the news from this fall-leaves-and-date-night week on the farm!