I spent a fabulous Friday at a local mall with my family. My parents were taking my nieces shopping for Easter dresses, and they invited me along. (I love having my sister's family nearby!) A fabulous lunch at The Cheesecake Factory followed. My eating is pretty erratic these days due to feeling nauseous pretty much all the time, but I nearly cleaned my plate at lunch. Blissfully good food!
I was exhausted by the time I headed home. I'm still not used to just how much energy it takes to grow a baby. The littlest things wear me out. I ended up with a headache and in need of a nap, and I wound up missing a movie night with our youth group. Oops. But it's a learning process. If I spend the day doing something fun, I no longer have the energy left to do anything fun in the evening.
Saturday was spent with my husband. We ran some errands picking stuff up for Imperial Gladiators, which is coming up on Friday at All-Con. Steven is always in charge of that event, so he's been busy building some stuff out in the garage. As we were running around town, we passed a church having a garage sale. We decided to stop in, and I'm so glad we did! You could fill a box for $3, and we found several black backpacks to take to The Voice of the Martyrs. They use them for bible drops in persecuted countries, and we're making a trip to Bartlesville, OK to spend some time at VOM next month. We'll take the backpacks with us to give to them.
In addition to the backpacks, I found several books:
Board books are expensive. They're my standard baby gift for others (although I don't give used ones at baby showers, of course!). But now that we're having our own baby, it's time to start building our own library. Little Women isn't for the baby, though. That's for my niece who reads voraciously.
Steven also threw about a billion candles in the box. I mentioned once that candles are expensive to replace when they get burned down (although I was referring to my nice decorative candles). He remembered that, and as he's on a bit of a survivalist kick, he loaded up the box with candles. (I'd take a photo of all the candles and backpacks, but I don't know where he put them.)
When we got to the checkout, because they were ready to shut down the sale, they told us our box was only $1! So, all those backpacks, books, and candles were only a buck total! However, I gave them a larger bill and told them to keep the change. They were raising money for their day school, so I didn't feel the need for change. It was all still a deal.
And while we were running all those errands, the PVC pipes that Steven bought at Lowe's knocked my cup of water over and into my purse. So this is currently how my living room floor looks as the contents of my purse dry out:
Still, water is better than cat urine, which was Calvin's last parting gift to me. On his last day, he peed in my purse. I had to throw out my purse and my leather wallet. *sigh* So now I'm using an old wallet, which is kind of throwing off my system. Eventually I'll get around to shopping for a new one.