The Busy Giffs: September 2013

September 29, 2013

An announcement & a story!

We're too excited to keep it a secret any longer!!

The princess will be a big sister this coming May!

We are so excited and blessed to be able to announce that we will have another little one joining us!

It's no secret that we always discussed having two children. 
And as Emmalee's second birthday came and went (sibling-less), it was no secret that we were going to start trying again.

I had my Mirena removed the first week of July.   I hadn't had a period since August of 2010 so I had no idea my cycle length but we used an app and guessed and tried like crazy for about a week and a half in July.
Based on our numbers, August 27th was the day to test.
So I did.
And it was negative. 
So I tried again on the 28th.
Again, negative.
And then I lost it.
I cried and cried and cried.
I didn't realize how badly I had wanted to be pregnant until I realized I wasn't.

August 27th was also the first week of back to school. I was exhausted, falling asleep at 7:30 every night. I was disappointed in the fact that we weren't pregnant, I was exhausted from teaching all day and I was a big bag of exhausted mush.

A few days later, I was shopping at the grocery store, and a friend sent a loaded comment via twitter about why I was looking for aspartame free yogurt. 

So I started getting upset, after all, I had just gotten 2 negatives, but she pushed so I figured what the hell, one more time.
Got home, took the test and holy shit, two lines.
Insert ridiculously excited tears of joy and jumping up and down to tell hubs.

Fast forwards a few weeks,  and the doctor confirmed the baby's growth, heartbeat and due date.
The doctor put the due date 4 days after I had thought, which explains the negatives. I was simply testing too early!

But we currently have one healthy baby with a heartbeat of 160 (which means another girl if you believe the old wives tales) who will be joining us in May!
Feeling so ridiculously blessed!

Maybe we're sharing too early at 8 weeks, but today I am pregnant, and today I love my baby babies.

September 20, 2013

Fall Must haves

Fall clothes are my favorite.
I love summer but let's be honest, I was not built for mini skirts and tight tank tops.
Just because it's in your size does not mean you should wear it.

I love fall clothes.
Layers, jeans, riding boots... I die.
So I'm sharing a few of must have pieces for fall weather outfits in New England.

1. Riding Boots

2. Plaid (anything)

3. A cowl neck warmer

4.  An oversized mens sweater

5. Comfy slippers

Did I miss anything or do you agree, you NEED these in the Fall?

September 16, 2013

A Custom Vinyl Monogram giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was offered product in exchange for my review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

I have a running joke that when I got married I became a hag, and not because I got old all of a sudden, but because my initials became HAG.
Not exactly something you want printed on towels and bathrobes.

Thankfully the idea of monogramming puts the LAST initial in the middle of the three so my monogram reads 
instead of

I've wanted a monogrammed tumbler for a bit but wasn't happy with the prices.
After another blogger toddler me the tumblers were at the Dollar Store, I picked up one for me and one for Dave!

Hannah at Girls with Pearls Monograms is an absolute sweetheart and custom designed a monogram for me to put on my tumbler!

Hannah let's you pick out your colors:

and I went with white with a sky blue bow, I'm so boring I know... but I just love it!

And Hannah is being awesome and giving away a custom monogram with bow to one of my readers!

These monograms can be placed on just about anything and Helen includes really easy step by step instructions to make sure it comes out looking gorgeous!

Prize can only be shipped to a US address.

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September 13, 2013

Back to Life

I have been so busy.
The school year started back up and I am running on fumes between lesson planning and getting settled into a new room.
My last grad class started, although I still have to do a "practicum equivalent" next semester.
The princess started daycare.

And we're still attempting to live a normal, social family life.

It's insane.

School has been underway for a few weeks now so I'm finally falling into a bit of a routine.
I will get better about scheduling some posts so you don't go a week without one (sorry).
And I have some great things to share in the next few months with some great giveaways!

I'm sorry to do it to you, but I WILL be around more again! ;)

September 3, 2013

Goodbye Summer...

Labor Day has always meant that Summer is over in my mind so...

And wouldn't this free printable be adorable on my mantle!?

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