Around Here / December Edition

Leia Bryn | Around Here

I'm still here. Still waiting. Still longing to hold our daughter in my arms, but trying my hardest to accept and lean into these restful days. With each passing day the house has received yet another vacuum and dust, once shelved projects have been completed, and I have found myself reading everything I can get my hands on. We are ready for you Baby Johnson. 

Making holiday decor and finally filling out our walls with a few simple pieces. This was my inspiration for our living room. 

Cooking Last night, Chicken & Asparagus Risotto and tonight leftover Zuppa Toscana Soup

Drinking water, water, and more water. But also enjoying the occasional cup of hot tea. I'm currently enjoying Trader Joe's Harvest Blend Herbal Tea.

Reading a variety of books and genres. I have particularly enjoyed Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (and would highly recommend), The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (if you're looking for a lovely historical fiction), and Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung (if life seems to be moving at an impossible pace). I also continue to refer back to Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. It's the only parenting book I've read straight through - think of it as less of a how-to and more of one mothers perspective and (often times hysterically candid) perspective on motherhood.

Looking around at our home for anything to clean, organize, or throw out. 

Playing around with our new DSLR Camera, the Canon Rebel T5, and feel entirely ill-equipped as to how to maximize it's potential, but grateful for the memories it has already captured as we become a family of three.

Eating grilled cheese for lunch most days (I dare not admit to how many I've had in the third trimester) and an endless variety of soups with baguettes in the evenings.  

Enjoying gathering research and ideas for documenting our family. Our growing family and Life Captured Inc. has given me the nudge to finally get organized and be intentional about memory keeping.

Loving writings recently from Cloistered Away, Life Captured Inc, Gracelaced Blog, and Schooner Kids.

Hoping to meet this baby girl of ours sooner rather than later. 

Listening to Adele's latest song, Hello (along with the rest of America). 

Smelling warm scented candles - apple spice, fall spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pine.

Feeling all the discomforting 40+ weeks pregnancy symptoms and attempting to not read too many of the wives tales regarding inducing labor naturally.

Wearing semi-presentable sweatpants, hand-me-down oversized sweaters and sweatshirts, and somehow still managing to wear sandals and avoid sliding swollen feet into my fall boots and flats. 

How about you?