For example, I think I can count on one hand the number of days/nights that our bedroom window has been closed. It literally stays open 24 hours a day for days or weeks on end. I find this a nice change compared to the Georgia summer heat and humidity where you begin sweating at the thought of taking a step outside. Here it is usually cool, breezy, with maybe an afternoon drizzle. But one downside to leaving the windows open at night is that Murphy hears things in the night that he never heard before, and will wake us to let us know that he hears it (like the obnoxious dog a few doors down who must have insomnia and barks at every little thing that moves around his house). As soon as Murphy hears him, he's up out of his bed and whining at the window -- but we just
So this weekend we did things a little backwards . . . Saturday we stayed in the house and worked on some things around here that needed to get done, and then got ready for our first visitors! After all the help and kindness that Jason and Deena have showed us since way back when, we knew they needed to be our first guests here in Woensel, so we invited them over for dinner Saturday night. Jason's mom is in town so she kept the kids while they rode a train and then their bikes over for some quality adult time. : ) I made chicken with a broccoli and artichoke heart pasta dish, and Keith picked up a delicious dessert from the Albert Heijn. We had a really good time talking and catching up, and I'm glad we got to have them over before our little bundle of joy arrives (because who knows when we'll have visitors after that!).
We planned to have a low-key day on Sunday, considering everything is closed on Sundays--but not every Sunday of the month apparently! We found out that our Winkelcentrum Woensel is open the last Sunday of every month, and the Centrum in downtown is open the first Sunday of every month (yesterday). So we decided to go out for lunch and just enjoy a leisurely afternoon with no real plans. It was a really nice day and I'm glad we're getting in some time together before the chaos begins. ; )
So today I am 39 weeks preggo -- 7 days until Liam's due date, and still no signs or symptoms of labor or anything. I had my midwife appointment this morning and everything went well -- I go back next Tuesday as long as he hasn't come before then! I feel like all the important stuff is done and ready and the rest of the things I want to do around here are all cosmetic. So if he comes soon, he comes, and if he waits, he waits. I'm patient and enjoying our time together. : )
On a separate note, "summer" is over now that my friends are starting back to work -- this is very bittersweet for me! I've already imagined all my Sharon peeps getting their classrooms ready, listening to Amy's no-doubt inspirational back-to-school speech, and getting ready to meet new students on Tuesday night. I love that night-before-school-starts excitement, the catching up with everyone, and just walking the halls of our home away from home for 10 months out of the year. Good luck to everyone and know that I'm there in spirit!