The Accidental Garden

It’s nearly 7pm here. Sam is putting a bonfire together in our fire pit. Bella is playing on the grass with all her stuffed dragons around her. I finished a paper on how to interpret Bible verses for one of my two classes that ended today – and this past Monday I started my final two that run until end of August. I’m taking Theology and Pysch 305 – and whew. Both of them are tough just one week in.

We’re getting ready for s’mores here. We were supposed to have them last night, but it rained so hard it even canceled the fireworks on post. We didn’t go, but our neighbors decided 10:45pm was an ideal time to set theirs off – so in the end we still got a (rather surprising) show. Our storms are no joke here, the weather is so intense when it hits, and with desert landscaping water often has nowhere to go, this causes the flash floods we get constant warnings for.

All three of us love it though – the sudden severe weather.

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Discover How Easy It Is To Go Home

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Every summer we try to plan a trip home, usually ending up with at least one other trip squeezed in there too. Two weeks ago I found out I had flight vouchers set to expire on July 1 – and travel had to be used by that date. So Bella and I booked two tickets home to Colorado and flew out 3 days later.

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I’ve gone across the country with my family since I was a little girl, all packed in the back of our van as we headed to California to see aunts, uncles and grandparents. I’ve been blessed to get to continue that as an adult through my blog too – our Disney cruise through the Caribbean, conferences in San Diego, Austin, Nashville, Indianapolis, and New York, last year’s trip to Zimbabwe. One of the parts my control freak self loves the most is the planning the whole thing.

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TMI ‘n Stuff

I haven’t really written a lot about this pregnancy – like the actual pregnancy and not just my feelings. But these past two days have been so…



that I felt like they needed to be shared. I do far less TMI posts than I used to, so here’s one to make up for lost, “Omg no.”

You’re welcome.

Yesterday I sneezed, threw up, and peed myself. All at the same time. I just stood in the bathroom and started laughing because really – what else can you do? Then I found new clothes. Sam asked, “Why did you change your clothes?” One look at my face and he knew.

There’s something to be said about communication with someone who has been through four pregnancies. He just gets it.

Last night my heartburn was so bad that I thought if I barfed, I would probably disintegrate whatever it hit with the acid.

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I go through hit and miss phases on vitamins. Even pregnant, I’ll suddenly realize that – whoops it’s been a few days since I took anything. Bella will actually remember every day as long as we have the gummy kind, which is why we always buy those for her.  We’ve always liked the L’il Critters™ brands and we’ve tried a few others but none of those have a taste she likes. Right now she’s taking the L’il Critters Fiber Gummy Bears, and she loves the taste. Plus they have no high fructose corn syrup, no synthetic (FD&C) dyes, and are gluten free.


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We’ve talked about how vitamins can help keep us healthy and fill in nutrition gaps (since she’s going through a picky eater phase). She can ask for them once a day, and usually remembers right after breakfast.

I let her pick two from the three colors. Then she tells me what part she’ll bite off first.


Usually the head. Of course.


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Last Minute Plans

In a very last-minute bit of plans, tomorrow morning at 4am Bella and I head to the airport to fly to Colorado for the week.

Thursday I remembered I’d gotten Southwest vouchers on a flight home from California last year where we gave up our seats for a flight an hour later. Checking them, I realized they expire July 1 and travel has to be completed by that date. Not just booked. I kind of panicked, not wanting those to go to waste. I tried to sell them for about $200 less, call Southwest for an extension, even email them – the only response I got was they would review and let me know in 10 days.

When they had expired already lol.

I realized that it would just about completely pay for Bella and I to fly to see our family, so we booked! We’re having Father’s Day today with Sam, then I’ll be in Colorado in time Sunday evening to hug my dad too. I haven’t seen any of my family, except my mom who came for my Zimbabwe trip in Nov, in a year – so I’m very excited.

And of course I’ll get to see my also very pregnant little sister – those pics will probably end up on Instagram.

I’m off to pack, get work done, clean, finish laundry, and try to finish up as much school work as I can before we leave. And take a nap. That’s a must.