Farmer’s Market, Packing, and an Ultrasound

The last couple weeks have been a bit chaotic and a lot stressful with planning for this move and doing massive amounts of packing and clutter busting. With almost all of the kids toys already in storage, they have had to mostly occupy themselves with boxes, packing paper, and their imaginations when they aren’t running amuck outside. I have been incredibly impressed with the patience and resilience the kids have shown so far but it’s becoming clear that the long days without activities or fun games to play are starting to take their toll. Zoren and Astoria’s temperaments this week have definitely been reflective of the stress that we all are under with this big transition and its clear they need some kind of normality back in their lives. Soon, sweet kidlets, soon.

I had what will likely be my final ultrasound this week and little ninja is looking great. He is not measuring as large as the doctor I saw two weeks ago seemed to think so that’s a big relief on my part. He has, however, already made his way deep into my pelvis with his head resting on my cervix and delivers karate chops to my bladder pretty constantly throughout the day. The ultrasound tech couldn’t even get a good look at his face because it was so buried and had trouble getting abdominal and femur measurements because he is all sorts of scrunched up in there. I sure hope this little guy plans on staying put until the end of next month because there is so much still to do before he arrives!!

Here is me and my 33 week belly enjoying some of Penn Jillette’s awesome ice cream.

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We have found a house to rent and signed the lease last week. Our new digs are everything that we were looking for and more so I am beyond excited to get moved and settled. The backyard has a huge deck, is surrounded on all sides by a nice privacy fence, and has plenty of space for the kids to run around and play. As an added bonus, the lawn care and trash service are all included with our monthly rent and there is a compost bin next to a couple raised garden beds which totally appeals to my crunchy tendencies. Also, since we won’t be in an HOA controlled neighborhood, I can totally put up a clothesline when we move in which will be perfect for drying cloth diapers and other laundry on all summer long.

Today we took the morning off of packing and went to the farmer’s market in Boulder for the first time this year. We try to frequent the market as many Saturday mornings as possible during the spring and summer months because the produce, local products, food, and atmosphere are great. Today the kids immediately saw a balloonist who made Zoren a couple swords and a mask while Astoria opted for a dainty pink flower. We went to my favorite bakery stall for breakfast and shared a white chocolate raspberry scone, pumpkin muffin, and some fresh squeezed lemonade, all of which were absolutely delicious.

We made quite a haul (as you can see below) with some local creamed honey, kale pesto sauce, red and orange grape tomatoes, garlic chives, garlic scallions, turnips, arugula, and asparagus. I also stopped at my favorite pasta stall for some lemon chive angel hair, Italian pesto mix, and fruit blend pasta. The kids really loved my fruity pasta salad last summer so I am excited to try another variation of that next week. I was also really happy to find the one stall that had some early turnips this year as they are one of Zoren’s and my favorite things to snack on throughout the day and actually seem to be sitting pretty well in my topsy turvy stomach so that is a big bonus.

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The farmer’s market was a great way to start our weekend and the rest of the day was pretty low key and yet quite productive. Stori and I took a walk to one of the parks nearby while Z and Steve did some reorganizing in the garage making room for a bunch of our packed boxes which they piled up quite efficiently by the time we got back. I even made a bit more headway on our packing venture despite the couple hours of random contractions I was having which forced me to take it a little easy this afternoon. All in all it was a good day and I am looking forward to a chill evening watching movies and eating ice cream with the kidlets while Steve is out celebrating a birthday with some friends.

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