Saturday, December 22, 2012

Weekend Links - December 22, 2012

The last Saturday before Christmas - is your shopping done? Ours is.
We just finished up our oldest daughter's birthday pizza party - just family and family friends. Now Philip and the three oldest girls are playing a game, the youngest girl is napping, and I have time to sit down and share the ridiculous amount of linkage I have saved.

On to the links!

Did you see my recent news? Here are some pregnancy / baby related links I've saved for several weeks but was waiting to share:
  • Pregnancy at an Older Age from The Finer Things in Life. OK, bear me out here: I'm 31 which is not considered "advanced maternal age", even by my midwives or OB, but I can definitely tell a difference between having my first (when I was 20 years old) and having this baby.
  • Making a Special Place for Baby without a Nursery from Raising Arrows. Please pray that we sell our house and get settled in a new place before this baby comes, otherwise he'll be lucky to get a corner of his own. That said, I do appreciate the advice in that post because, with the exception of our firstborn, none of our children have ever had their own room.
  • One thing about being pregnant & also parenting four daughters: I have no energy. Like, zero. As in: I fall asleep sitting up and reading. Or watching a mystery show with my husband. Or when I'm sitting with the girls in the afternoon. No. Energy. So this post caught my eye: 25 Surprising All Natural Energy Boosters.
  • I definitely want to remember some of these: 6 Home Remedies for Natural Baby Care.
  • Surviving Pregnancy When Life Gets Busy by Nish at Simple Mom. (My only question: when is life not busy?!)
Christmas Related:
For Thinking / Spiritual Growth:
For Fun or Just Because:
  • 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know. How do you score?
  • Once Upon a [Blog] Comment by Jamie from See Jamie Blog. I know people read this blog - I see the numbers of visitors. Sometimes people I know will mention it. And yet comments are rare. Blogging is supposed to be a conversation. I wish I were better at leaving comments on the blogs I read (I'm going to be working on that!) and also at responding to comments left here. Do you ever check to see if I responded to your comment? Blogger isn't the best platform for this but it's what I have to work with right now.
  • Don't Be Afraid by Marquette at the Pinstrosity Blog. Great advice in that post!
  • When I was younger the Lucille Ball / Henry Fonda version of Yours, Mine & Ours was one of my favorite movies. All those kids! That house! All that food! Well, the actual patriarch of the family, Frank Beardsley, recently died at the age of 97.
Pins of the Week:
Love this nursery:

This looks yummy:

If you're looking for a last minute Christmas present for me, this Grammar Police t-shirt would do in a pinch:

Wishing you all a very peaceful weekend and a joyous Christmas holiday - May your children not overdo it on the sugary treats, may your gifts wrap themselves, and may you have no reason to enter the Target or Wal-Mart parking lots between now and January 7th.

This post is linked to Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife. Share your own links or see what other folks are reading this week.


VanderbiltWife said...

I definitely feel different being pregnant at 30 rather than 25, but I never know if it's just lifestyle, having other kids, etc. I know with this pregnancy I have been painfully exhausted since the beginning. There's no making it go away, although I know it's worse when I indulge in sugar or caffeine.

Off to read some links!

Elisabeth said...

I definitely felt different during my 3rd pregnancy at 27 than my first at 20! I was Working 40+ hours the first time around and went to work the day before my due date. The third time around I didn't work a lick and could not keep my eyes open for the 9 months. Time changes things.

Deb said...

Girl, I had my second baby at 35. All the doctor's sentences started with, "Well, at YOUR age..."

I would sit in the OB's waiting room with women my age who were going to be GRANDMOTHERS.

MacKenzie said...

I got a 76 on the vocab test. I'm not sure how that compares to the average but now I feel like I got a big fat C.

And thank you for that Christmas Carol post. Craig is trying to make watching "A Christmas Carol" one of our traditions but I don't really like it (I did before high school when I was in it and had to watch it over and over again during rehearsals). Maybe if we switch up the version I would find the idea more appealing. I can't remember ever watching the Muppet version so I think we should start with that one.

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