I’m trying to stay consistent with these “new” personal life updates! I’ve been thinking a bit about them lately, and I think it’s funny that it took me so long to launch into doing posts like these! 🙂 I always thought that doing life updates posts would be rather boring for my blog readers (which is kind of ironic anyway, since blogging is often like one big life update medium!)…and yet I always love reading personal life updates from other bloggers! So, that’s the long way to say I’m glad I’m doing these – whether or not they’re “boring” for others to read, because I want to capture each little season of life we’re in. 🙂
May has been EXTREMELY full! Full of events, celebrations, announcements, get-togethers, and more! I can hardly believe today is the last day of this month already! But it’s been a wonderful month and all of these fun experiences have really helped me to reclaim joy lately.
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We FINALLY announced our pregnancy! 🙂 Like I mentioned in our announcement here on the blog, Bjorn and I kept our news to ourselves for a while. While it was special for us to enjoy our secret, it felt good to finally get it out there in the open. And yes, I’m glad the first trimester is over. 🙂
I had the honor of taking engagement photos for my sister-in-law, Amy, and her fiance, Tyler! It was a rainy, blustery day at first, and we wondered if we could even make it work, but then there was a break in the rain showers and we rushed outside to capture some moments together. You can see more photos from that session HERE. They’re getting married in early July and we all are so excited for them! What a fun day that wedding will be!
Bjorn and I attended his good friend Sam’s wedding. We are so happy for Sam and Alissa as they begin this adventure of marriage! It was a special night spent with friends. We had so many little moments that evening where we realized just how “old” we all are now, haha! 26 shouldn’t seem all that old, but it’s crazy to think that we’ve been out of college for a while! Sam and Alissa had a gorgeous, warm wedding day. They got married in a beautiful historic chapel and had a lovely reception at a golf club. We (Bjorn, the baby bump, and me 😉 ) danced the night away and had a blast catching up with friends.
Bjorn got me the sweetest 1st Mother’s Day card and flowers! I can’t even think about the sweet things he wrote inside my card without tearing up! I really am so blessed to have him as my husband and I’m humbled that he thinks I’ll be a good mother — and most of all, I’m grateful he is going to be our little one’s daddy!
I started working on our baby registry. It sure is overwhelming, thinking of everything we’ll need! I’m trying to err on the side of “we don’t need absolutely everything” for right now, but I have a feeling I’ll get pretty excited once we find out Baby’s gender! 🙂 I’ve been evaluating and cross-referencing multiple baby registry lists to create one that fits our lifestyle the best.
^^ Mrs. Olson and her little classroom helper 😉 ^^
The school year is starting to wind down. Some days I still can’t believe that I’ve been teaching for 4 years already! It has been a good, good year. I’ve loved working with the 2nd grade level team, and I love sharing a classroom with my friend Pam. I’ve especially enjoyed this year’s 2nd graders – they are such sweet kids and I will miss them when they move on to 3rd grade! 🙁 As a Title I team, we had a lot of testing to do in the elementary school in May – essentially checking 500 students’ skills at the end of the year – things like sight words, word lists, fluency timings, math skills, and more. There is a ton of data involved but it has been nice to see the progress students have made over the course of the year!
This week, I went with 2nd grade on a field trip up to the Twin Cities. We spent about 2 1/2 hours in the bus each way to and from St. Paul…that’s a lot of bus riding!! 🙂 After 5 hours on a bus, I treated myself to an Orange Julius smoothie. (It was all this pregnant mama was daydreaming about on the bus ride back home, haha!) The field trip itself was a lot of fun! We went to the Ordway to see a Native American dance group, and then spent the rest of the day at the Minnesota History Center, exploring exhibits and enjoying a couple presentations.
^^ I’m posting a rather harmless photo here so that those of you who don’t want to see a close-up of a scorpion don’t have to! But seriously, look how excited Bjorn is! 🙂 ^^
Bjorn got a scorpion from his 7th graders! I have no idea how to preface this little announcement, so I’ll jump right into explaining. His 7th graders in his homeroom this year wanted to get him an awesome end-of-the-year gift. They had heard him say that he’d always wanted a scorpion as a pet, so…they held little meetings, called around to different pet stores, collected money, and found a willing mother (bless her heart!) to go pick up a scorpion from the store! A couple students came over one night last week to deliver Mr. Olson his new pet. He loves it so much! And yes, if you’re wondering, I freaked out a little when I first heard about a potential scorpion arriving. But I grilled the guy at the pet store about how poisonous ours is (it’s only like a bee sting), and if it can escape (it can’t – it can’t climb). I won’t tell you how long they can live. It’s way longer than you think. I’m hoping Bjorn can bring it to school as a class pet during the school year, but…for now, I suppose we’re “those people” who have the weird pets. Haha! In conclusion, it’s a decently safe pet for 2 adults, and I will obviously be keeping Baby far away from it once Baby is more mobile! We don’t plan on touching it ever, and it pretty much just sits there, except when it’s feeding time. I may not be a big fan of it, but Bjorn is excited and I’m happy for him! (Oh, and its name is Constantine.)
Bjorn and I had our important 20-week ultrasound (the anatomy scan) on Friday of Memorial Day weekend! It went so well, and we are so grateful and excited. Everything checked out great – 10 fingers, 10 toes, a great heart and heart rate, a healthy spine, and all of Baby’s organs are good… And Baby is growing at just the right pace! Words can’t describe how wonderful it feels to see your little one’s sweet profile on the screen! There is something special and holy about walking through every bit of the body with the ultrasound technician and seeing how God knits us all together! It truly was a sacred time. We left the clinic smiling and stepped out into the sunshine praying and praising God for a healthy (and active!) baby!! (With long legs like his/her mama and daddy!) We are so grateful for this gift. 🙂
Oh! And we’ve got Baby’s gender written right here IN this very envelope! (It’s sitting on the kitchen table now.) The suspense is gonna drive us crazy but Bjorn and I wanted to wait until we’re with family for a little gender reveal party. 🙂 That ultrasound was such a fun start to a full Memorial Day weekend!
Bjorn’s sister, Aeli, graduated from Bethel University on Memorial Day weekend. We also had Bjorn’s cousin Katie’s wedding , which was so much fun, and Bjorn planted our field of soybeans! I wrote a post all about our Memorial Day weekend activities, so you can read that HERE!
Whew! May was quite the month, in retrospect! A lot is going on in life right now, but it’s all good things and we are so grateful.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on what we’re looking forward to in June! 🙂