As always, thanks to Jen for hosting! These are going to be a bit shorter this week, in keeping with the "quick takes" theme. Or perhaps not. We'll see.
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First of all, we've made it to 35 weeks! This is cause for great rejoicing here on Olive Street. At this point, our girls weigh an estimated 6 lbs apiece and are much more ready for life on the outside than ever before. We still can't wait to meet them, and it's starting to feel realistic to count in weeks (or maybe days!) when we talk about their arrival.
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My belly is HUGE. As in 43 inches around - and growing. As in my shirts barely cover me. It's unnerving to realize just how far I stick out. After all, I have 12 pounds of baby girls inside me! But I am embracing my new girth, since I know it will never again be this easy to hug both of my babies at once. I still do a double take every time I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, though!
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I've been saddened the last week to see how quick people can be to rudely dismiss the beliefs and opinions of others, particularly over the Internet and on Facebook. It's perfectly all right - even healthy - to disagree with those around you. Opinions are like noses - everyone's got one. Discussing the issue at hand? That makes sense. Attacking another person over their beliefs? That doesn't make sense. I'm lucky in that I rarely, if ever, see this happen within my group of Facebook friends. I have seen it happen on various blogs and elsewhere on the Internet, however. I hope someday that we, as a society, might learn to either respectfully disagree or productively discuss the issues which divide us. It might sound like a tall order, but hey, I'm optimistic - nothing wrong with that!
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On a more upbeat note, we went from summer-like weather to cool, rainy days this week. I can't say it really bothered me; I like a good rainy day. The plants on our patio seemed pretty happy with the weather too. It's supposed to go back to drier, if not sunnier, weather this weekend - it's pouring right now on Friday night, so our Memorial Day weekend might start off a bit on the soggy side.
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I've had fun this week pondering what I've learned from my vast collection of old cookbooks and home ec books. Over the next week or so, I'm planning to continue a series of posts with retro solutions to modern problems. Read the latest installment here
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I was super excited today to be shown a website with a fantastic selection of modest swimsuits! Although I've worn a bikini in the past, I've struggled a bit with the idea of this example for my girls. On one hand, I don't want them to feel their bodies are shameful and that they can't wear a bikini if they so choose. On the other hand, I think it might set a better example for me to wear a more modest swimsuit. I suppose I have a year or so to make up my mind, but I think I'll be getting one of these regardless!
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I hope you all have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend - BE SAFE, and have fun! Make sure you don't forget the reason for the three-day weekend, either. Monday is set aside as a day of remembrance for those who've fallen in service to our country. Please honor their memory, lest their priceless gift to us be forgotten.