friday present: from sunshine intentions to kicking + moaning.

This Saturday, which should be a Friday, I'm thankful and loving...

some sun! 


It's still crisp outside, of course, but the temperatures have crept up. Or I'm getting used to the chill coming off the antarctic. Or hormones are keeping me warm. One good thing about posting late, is that the rain of the last three days has subsided, and I'm lucky to write with sunshine warming my left cheek, in through the window. 

krusteaz pancake mix + real maple syrup.

{waffles by philosopher queen}
Some of the special things from Wisconsin that my dad sent included pure maple syrup + pancake mix. Every so often I make waffle batter from scratch, but it's never as light or fluffy as Krusteaz. And the last time I had maple syrup was the last time I visited the States. The morning after my springtime Christmas, I made some American-style blueberry pancakes. This morning I wanted to see how the fluffiness held up as waffles. Oh yes, it was like eating clouds with a crispy golden brown lining.

intention trees. 

{intention trees photo by mindy}
Today I came across this post from Mindy's Wish Studio blog about making fall intention trees: "a wonderful way to begin each season… to outline your goals and intentions for the months ahead." I've been a glue stick marauder of late, collaging cards into the wee hours. I'm hoping to get some girls together to create a little intention love for spring.

a bed for savasana. 


Part of being back and catching up is returning to a good yoga routine. When my yoga instructor returned (sunned and refreshed after taking a course on Tibetan singing bowls in Greece), I restarted yoga classes in the morning. I had always gone in the evenings, but nights here in the winter are too cold and dark. During savasana (the final relaxation), she's been making me a special bed, since I'm not supposed to lie on my back for more than three minutes at a time. Though somehow I end up on my back again every night, despite my better efforts. 

On Wednesdays and Fridays, this makeshift bed of a couple cushions and a couple blankets blesses me with 10 of the most comfortable minutes of my day. People often fall asleep and even snore during savasana. I've certainly fallen asleep before, but I never wanted to be one of the snorers! Yesterday morning, though, I woke myself up with a pretty prolonged moan. Yeah, Nice.

elbows to the gut.

{a rainy day, circa 21 weeks}
This week even the hubby was able to feel baby throwing some punches. I thought I might even be able to see the bugger thumpin' up a storm, but still no cigar. I know they say this is going to keep me awake at night later on, but for now it's nice to know all's well in his swimmy land.

What are you thankful for?

{unattributed photos : unknown : please let me know if they're yours}

44 comments:

georgia~gigi said...

Yay for Sunshine! What a breathe of fresh warm air your post is!
You and your belly couldn't be any cuter! Isn't it so awesome to feel your baby kick and punch!
Hope you have a wonderful sun filled weekend!
Smoochies
gi gi

rebecca said...

sun makes everything better (: and good luck with everything!!

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Signe said...

Great list and some amazing pictures :)
Got to love the sun!!

Anna Walker said...

I love love love those lists of yours and I look forward to them every friday! :) The sun is nice, but gloomy weather gives me energy...I don't know. Love the baby bump!

Faiza said...

thankful to read your list on a saturday and give thanks for my own good fortune!

whenever i visited my bro in the UK he asks me to bring pure canadian maple syrup. perhaps it's a north american thing? YUM!

Miss Innocent said...

omg those waffles and berries are <3 !!!

LyddieGal said...

Is there anything more wonderful than warm, golden sun? (warm golden pancakes perhaps?)

Glad to hear you are getting to enjoy some nice weather, and your belly portrait is simply adorable!

Chic on the Cheap

sherri said...

wow! you look AHHHHmazing for 21 weeks, I look much bigger in my tummy there now, and sadly, I am not even pregnant! Love the idea of intention trees, dads sending pancake mix and syrup and feeling babes throwing punches. ahhhhh.

sherri said...

p.s. congratulations~!

Gracie said...

Ahh fantastic list again. I love the intention trees. What a wonderful idea!

And your baby bump is very sweet. Moving along nicely :)

Hollie said...

One time during my pregnancy I was sleeping cuddled up behind the mister, and the baby kicked, so hard it woke him up! (Just in time to realize he was late for work! haha) Today I am thankful for my fiance's family, who've made me part of something wonderful. I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

shopgirl said...

Congratulations Heather!

And I love the idea of the intention tree. I might try something similar.

xoxo

shopgirl said...

p.s. I forgot to say....when I returned from Canada last month, I was packing 2 litres of maple syrup with me- really, really heavy.

Becca said...

Sunshine warming your left cheek. How grand!
I'm so glad you found some cheer :)

Krystal said...

awww look at your belly - that's so neat of your yoga instructor!! hope you are having a good weekend :)

shari @ little blue deer said...

Sooo excited for you! You are looking radiant and gorgeous, no doubt due to the yoga routine (and Krusteaz pancake mix!) XX!

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

oooh wow, love the bump. hope you're keeping well, apart from the kicking!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh love all this!! And yayyy baby!! :D :D
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The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Those waffles look delicious and your description - yum! So happy to hear you and baby are healthy and doing well.

Thank you for your lovely comment and enjoy your Sunday. :)

Debby said...

There is nothing more exciting than expecting!! Especially feeling the baby kick! xo

steph said...

omg, i can feel the joy for you. the way to parenthood as your baby bump grows bigger by the day! :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Fabulous list and GORGEOUS pics!

Phoenix Peacock said...

I love the idea of an intention tree!

Jen said...

Baby kicks? Oh how fun!! Many more kicks are sure to come!

Happy Sunday Dear! xo

Claire Kiefer said...

You look precious. I can't wait for him to arrive. Glad you have so much to be thankful for, and I'm definitely going to look into those intention trees and make one! Suffice to say, I need it. ;)

Come home soon!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

IS THAT YOU DEAREST HEATHER?????? CONGRATULATIONS!!! And...is your father in Wisconsin? If so, he is my neighbor...sort of! I am in Minneapolis, Minnesota! And, those pearls of which you speak...they are in my home state of California! Born and raised in L.A......Thank you for your visit and well-wishes for a great second week! Have a lovely week...Anita

The Zhush said...

What a lovely post! Always thankful for Sunshine...and those waffles look like heaven on earth! Be well...you look terrific!

lauralu said...

ah, i love that intention trees idea! and those waffles just made me very hungry :) so funny --here it's just getting crisp. i cant wait for fall!
CLOTHESURE

lauralu said...

ah, i love that intention trees idea! and those waffles just made me very hungry :) so funny --here it's just getting crisp. i cant wait for fall!
CLOTHESURE

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Those waffles look to die for! I love the idea of the intention tree, a good way to visualize your dreams!

XO
Lenore

MarchMusings said...

I love the idea of the intention tree. And I love the photo of you in front of the mirror looking so contented.

Stacey said...

You're one hot pregnant lady! I can't live without the sun and i'm happy you're able to enjoy it too! Lovely post:-).

Leah said...

Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left me today! So happy to find your darling blog, I LOVE it!

Luvs!

Nelah said...

Amazing pictures. I love the fist pic, warm and pretty.

Mary said...

What an inspiring post! And thanks for the link about the intention trees and the idea to make them with friends.

I love that idea, and recently put my own collages and pictures around the house as reminders. I even put a picture of babies near the bed!

Your belly picture is great! How exciting to be feeling the kicks now!

Tamara Nicole said...

Intention trees, what a lovely concept! :-) You look stinkin adorable girl

Athena. said...

<3
I am thankful for the people in my life; the sun; the beauty in this world. Love, Athena. xxx

Christine said...

It's nice to still be getting some warm weather. I must get back into yoga as well. Have a lovely week.

OneCraftyFox said...

Now I want waffles, lol! I am preparing to do a yoga workout right after I finish my morning coffee and blogging :) Luvin your baby-belly pics, thanks so much for sharing. It's awesome to see the baby bump changing!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

hooray for sunshine, waffles, and yoga!
i am thankful for a pretty relaxing weekend with the hubbers and our two furry children.:P

Bella said...

What a lovely post. :) I just love your belly photo. Best wishes with everything!

Micaela said...

OH MY GOODNESS, i looooove your baby bump!!!!

today i'm thankful for a getaway with my darling fiance... some girls love jewelry... not this one ;) he took me to my first ever NFL experience!!! and though my team lost... it was AMAZING!!! amazing amazing.

i do so love your lists!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

That intention tree is such a good idea! I love it!

the chirpy bird said...

Thankful that you visited my blog so that I could discover yours! What a beautiful blog! Congrats on all the joy that is on its way to you!
xo tash

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