It seems that the closer we get to July 2nd, the more things are speeding up around the Wittman homestead. Perhaps it is because there is so much to do to get ready, and so more things are happening in a short amount of time.
We just got a camera, as we realized we would be wanting one to take good pictures of our little girl when she arrives. However, I haven't figured out much more than how to point and shoot with it, and I certainly am not editing pictures right now. So...apologies! The first picture is obviously on my iphone, and I just didn't take the time to edit it when I was trying to upload pictures.
In this picture: 31 weeks and ready to go for a much needed walk in the sunshine.
We were very blessed by a baby shower thrown by my house church friends. And I must say that I was very impressed and LOVED the whole party! :) It was so fun to be in a room full of friends and just share in our excitement for Evie's arrival. Of course, there was a lot of generosity, too, and Evie is much better prepared for now than she was before!
Below: Christa's cake. This might actually be the most amazing cake I or anyone else has ever tasted! It was a custom-made oreo/cheesecake/chocolate cake, with gigantic, tantalizing layers of tasty goodness.
A beautiful display of the many delicious treats we were fortunate to snack on! My sweet D Group ladies contributed...much to the delight of my palate. :)
A brilliant craft idea: Letter/number blocks to decorate Evie's room. There were just enough to spell out her entire name, and I LOVE looking at the finished product on her bookshelf. Everyone was invited to contribute decorating a block and write their name on it, as well. Such a great idea!
Friends! Cindy, Rachel, and Josee working their crafting magic on those blocks. I loved having them there!
The cake I mentioned, with a cup of black coffee. Um, yes. Just yes.
My sweet and talented shower-thrower, friend, and house church leader: Andrea! Her precious son, Deacon, just being good. :) She was not posing. She just looks that elegant most of the time.
FRIENDS again! (L to R) Tevin and her daughter Abby, Christa and her infant boy Sawyer Storm, Kristen mysteriously trying to eat Cindy's hair, myself, lovely sis-in-law Candice, Misty, and Andrea with Deacon. Behind the camera? The lovely Rachel. :)
We were trying to look crazy. Some of us obviously succeeded. Others failed due to their immaculate normalcy and composure. This is what you're supposed to do at parties, right?
Mellow us. This time Rachel took Tevin's place. Now we know what everyone looks like. :)
Beautiful flowers I got to take home from the shower!
In other news... Micah is now an inspirational athlete. Not only has he talked about running, but he has actually started running! He isn't pictured below, but this was my view at the park (definitely not running), where we try to go during the evenings. Micah runs, I read. These are the dog days, I tell you. I am genuinely inspired by his sudden zeal for health, however. I look forward to joining him by starting jogging in the fall. In the meantime, I try to cheer him on and to not mention my frozen yogurt/ice cream cravings too often.
Those blocks read "32" and "EVIE", just so you know. We wanted to do a creative picture with them, but this was the best we could come up with. Also, this was right around the time that my childbirth class instructor announced that I look big. Note: This was after she asked when everyone's due date was, and heard that I am due LAST. Yes, I look big. Apparently compared to all those moms who are due before I am. Was I startled by this? Yes. Am I over it now? Maybe. Micah insists it was a compliment. He is an optimist, that one. But I like his attitude!
The honey-do list is keeping Micah busy these days. He actually offered to repaint this changing table (a generous gift from Aunt Mel). Since we haven't been able to paint Evie's room, we are trying to bring in as much color as possible. So after two laborious evenings of sanding and painting...
Ta-da! I am so happy with the way it turned out! We were both a little nervous about the color when we bought the paint, unsure of how it would actually look when the project was done. But the color surprised us by matching the canvas painting which will be over the crib. A nice surprise!
This is a random picture taken on our Mothers Day date at Othello's. Whimsical italian cream sodas for us both. :) We had a lovely dinner, enhanced not only by the live italian operatic singing upstairs, but also by our incredibly competent waiter, whose name happened to be Boris. This Natasha has never met a Boris, so it was pretty exhilarating! I'm not sure why Micah's hand looks like a claw. He wasn't posing. His hands are fine.
So, a word on Mother's Day. It was wonderful and bizarre and such a fun time of celebration. A year ago was precisely the opposite, so the contrast is probably what made it feel bizarre. People actually kept telling me Happy Mother's Day. A stranger gave me a carnation. Micah bought me a bracelet and a much anticipated book (Kingdom Come by Sam Storms- a MUST READ). I felt incredibly special and honored. Plus, Micah won't stop celebrating me. I told him Othello's was our celebration, but he insisted on satisfying my chips-and-salsa craving Sunday at On the Border. He keeps finding little ways to celebrate this special time, and I'm so thankful for that. :)