These days we find ourselves maintaining a routine to maintain our sanity -- in Riley's and my case anyway. We are continuing to count the days until Kevin/Dada gets home (mid-February cannot come fast enough) and trying to keep busy with play dates and family time. We've been able to manage our little farm pretty well, even with the dreaded "Blizzard of 2012." Riley received a wonderful sled for Christmas (just in time for the snow), so I can pull him on it out to the barn with me in the mornings. Riley loves it and I love not having to wrestle a stroller through the snow, drive the truck all 100 yards out to the barn, or carry him around the whole time (imagine carrying a really awkwardly shaped kettlebell around while you do chores). Really the only things that are especially tough about the cold weather/snow are the horses feet getting caked with ice by the end of the day and their stupid water trough freezing into ridiculously huge slabs of ice.
Oddly enough, while we are eager for time to pass, we are also savoring every second of this time in our lives. Our next big family adventure is right around the corner, and I suspect it is going to turn our world upside down. It will be a time when routines will be revised and revised and revised...and probably thrown out the window on occasion. But we wouldn't have it any other way.
We are thrilled to announce that our family will be expanding around the end of July. We are cautiously optimistic that the pregnancy will go well and that we will meet our little one shortly AFTER my dear friend Tasha's wedding on 27 July. She has asked me to be a bridesmaid, so of course I went and got pregnant with a due date 4 days after her nuptials. Best bridesmaid EVER. Seriously though, we are excited, nervous, and filled with so much love we could burst. We cannot wait to see Riley as a big brother. He is such a good little helper right now, we're hoping that continues when we bring a newborn home to stay. I have no doubt that he will have his moments, but I think his little sibling is going to absolutely ADORE him.
We will keep you all updated on our progress throughout the pregnancy. In the meantime, take a listen to Gilles Nugget #2: