Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hello Again...

Long time, no post. Everything is fine and the baby is kicking up a storm. After attending Art FiberFest and Silver Bella back to back, I came home feeling absolutely exhausted. My husband and I had lunch and then I headed straight for the couch where I slept the entire day! Both retreats were incredibly different but equally fantastic. I had such a blast at SB meeting all of the talented attendees. It was truly more magical and fun than I expected it to be. I only wish that it would have lasted a little longer so I could have met and chatted up more folks. I'm still ooohing and aaahing over all the beautiful and whimsical swap items I brought home. Amazing. And vendor still my heart. What a shopping experience. I was most impressed with the quality of merchandise and how every vendor set up her own uniquely designed table. Truly, the tables and how they were designed were art forms themselves. I've slowly begun decorating for Christmas, bringing out a few treasures that were acquired in Omaha. The JOY banner above is by the sweet and talented Tracie Lyn Huskamp. I know I will treasure this banner for years to is timeless. Amy Powers' whimsical sugar houses are such a delight to the eye. I flipped when I saw her booth - it looked like it was plucked from a Willy Wonka movie. So sweet and mesmerizing. The crowned and bejeweled snowman on a stick is by the talented Colleen Moody. I adore her work and am inspired by her meticulous attention to detail. There is a lot of love (not to mention time, money and energy) poured into all of these handcrafted items. I am grateful for all the people in the world who make creating a priority in their lives. Just seems to make the world a better place. As for my own creating...well, let's just say it's at a standstill right now. We are in the midst of a big remodeling project. Jim, aka Mr. Fix-It, has begun his venture into the wonderful world of laying hardwood. When the carpet was pulled up he realized that the floor was very uneven and had to be scraped and leveled before the hardwood could be laid. Translation: this is going to take a lot longer than we expected and there is a fine coat of white dust on every surface of the house. Okay, so I'm not and never have been the neatest freak about the house, but there is a ball of anxiety beginning to churn in my gut about this whole thing. It's probably just the pregnancy hormones. I am entering the third trimester now and am feeling sometimes a little panicky about getting everything ready for Baby A. So a couple of days ago I scheduled a prenatal massage to help calm my nerves. My massage therapist (who I'm sure meant well) proceeded to tell me about her 22 hour labor, the stitches she received, and how it was the worst pain she ever felt in her life. I know it is going to hurt. I'm prepared for that. But, it is scary not knowing what exactly to expect. And, being the neurotic girl I am, of course, I am worried about stupid things like, "Please God, don't let me poop on the table." and "Please God, don't let me throw up on my husband or something equally disgusting." And more realistic concerns, "Please God, let my dear husband finish these floors before the baby arrives and I don't completely lose what's left of my sanity." I know I'm focusing on the wrong things. It's all about having a healthy baby and women have been doing this for thousands of years. It will all work out, right? So, just to let you know, I am unsure of my blogging potential at the moment and may be posting even more sporadically than usual. Bear with me. My creative life may go into hibernation for a while, but I won't let it be extinguished completely. Right? Babies do sleep through the night eventually, right? Deep breath. Inhale. Hold. Exhale - one, two, three.


Sugar Bear said...

I do not have children but I think I would feel the exact same way you do at this moment. I think for us nervous types - we always blow everything out of context and the actual event is never as bad. You will be great and you will be a great mom!

*heidi* said...

Oh, the joy of childbirth! It's awesome! You'll hold a precious baby in your arms and the whole world will melt away. It wouldn't even matter if your floors were dirt! (Of course I'm on to the point in life I'm holding my grandbabies! Love. Them. Babies!) {hugs}

jenny b harris said...

You know the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy opens the door and sees Oz for the first time, and the movie switches from black and white to glorious color? That's what having a baby is like. You go from worrying about things like stitches and upchucking and pooping on the table to realizing they are completely insignificant in the big picture. You see what is important, and that is the new world you live in as a family. It is the most amazing change, but really it is all GOOD. You will love it, including the parts that seem so bad to you now. Please, try not to worry too much, women are made tough enough to cope, you'll see.

Scrappy Jessi said...

yeah! glad your up and kickin! everything is gorgeous!
can't wait to see the rest of your house!

jenny holiday said...

Ooooh Kimla, You are the cutest gal ever!! What a super honest and totally endearing post.

I so so wish we had gotten to spend more time together at SB! The whole thing was a tornado of glitter for us. We are just now gettingback to real life. All of the back orders, and holiday work is in full swing.

You are a total trooper...two retreats back to back! yowser!! Well maybe baby will retain some of what you experienced! :) What a lucky lucky lil one!! Such a cool mom!!

I have 2 more lil things to finish..and your box will really be on it's way!!! You truly set the bar high with all of the incredible incredible things you sent my way!! Thank you so much again!! I LOVE everything!!

Hope you are feeling great!!

Best Wishes!
xoxo Jenny

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...


I am SO EXCITED to see the Vintage JOY Garland hanging so gracefully in your BEAUTIFUL Home.

It was SUCH a PLEASURE to meet you!!! Your sweet smile is so endearing.

GOOD LUCK with your new little one!!! I KNOW she will be loved and spoiled. PLEASE PLEASE keep in touch.


Scrappy Jessi said...

thanks for stoppin by!
Girl you are a ball of nerves!
You'll do great! im sure of that.
in the mean time TRY to relax, and dont kill your husband! ha ha.
if you need anything, you let me know!
rest my pretty!

Anonymous said...

good luck with the new little one on the way - enjoy the time you have now because your life is about to change in ways you never new - Children are the most amazing thing ever and like others have said nothing matters when you hold that new little one in your arms for the first time !! its so amazing !!!!!!!!! good luck ! happy holidays

Heather said...

I hate when people will tell you the horror stories of their pregnancies and deliveries. It is scary not knowing what to expect but it is good to know what MIGHT happen and be prepared for every contingency. I will say that after all the hoopla and scary stories my labor was MUCH easier than I ever expected and even though I ended up with a C section it could have been a heck of a lot worse. You will be fine and it really will be worth it in the end. Congratulations!