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happy 4th!!

happy 4th!!

This is one of my absolute favorite holidays! To me, it means going to the Oakley Rodeo, hangin at my grandpa’s cabin…yummy food, that always tastes MUCH better at the cabin. Roasting marshmallows over a fire, fishing in the stream… and sleeping SO good in the mountains, on a old soft mattress, and waking up to one of my dad’s famous breakfasts.  This year… however I am stuck in the 115 degree heat, and since my little bundle should make his grand appearance at any time… we are waiting it out! so I decided, that everyone shouldn’t miss out!  tues morning we put the boys on a flight to SLC as “unaccompanied minors”… it was their first time flying alone! how cool is that? everything went smoothly… eric got them situated… and then my folks were on the other end! I have to admit to feeling TOTALLY left out of all the festivities! (I miss you guys… I know it’s hard to have fun without US!!! But try……) The 4th holiday is just not quite the same here in this heat! As it turns out, I sat on the couch all day and watched the “project runway” marathon on bravo… I hadn’t seen the first 4 or 5, so it was totally a treat! 

We are in huge renovation mode here… and things are moving along despite the high temps! We have been holding out on 3 MAJOR projects at our house for about 3 years, and finally decided it was time! 3 years ago we refinanced our house to put in a pool and sportcourt in the back yard. But the money ran out before the project did… ever since then I have been staring at my very UNDONE backyard, and it totally bugs me! so yesterday, when I woke up, it was like Christmas morning to me! the yard was full of workers digging stuff out, planting trees and bushes and cleaning out the washes and well.. beautifying!  I am sure it’s about a week ½ before it will be all done, but I can’t wait.  Meanwhile, we also added some stone veneer to the front of the house, and are having the exterior painted. WHEW. It’s going to look so great.

However, even all the action around the house is not enough to distract me from being totally uncomfortable and anxious to get this baby here! Only a couple more days. It’s hard for me to focus on anything else. I feel like I am just in this holding pattern! I keep waiting for that big energy surge that is supposed to precede the delivery… but I can’t seem to muster much enthusiasm toward any of the projects awaiting my attention! In fact, I was feeling quite down about it all, and needed eric’s help in reminding me what a precious time this is. that these last few days need to be enjoyed and cherished… and time taken to get spiritually ready for giving birth. It is such a profound experience- so beautiful. I have decided that is what I need to be focusing on.  funny how you shift your perspective a little, and everything changes. I needed that. my sweet MIL took me shopping tues night for some pretty PJ’s to wear in the hospital… so  thoughtful of her. They look so comfy. (can you tell I am ready to do this thing!)

Oh- congrats to everyone who snagged a ClubHeidi kit this month! they are officially sold out! … and from the sounds of it people are starting to receive them already! (well, people in  this hemisphere). From what it sounds like, there are a lot of international folks playing along! That makes me smile! (waving to all of you WAY far away!)  I hope that you  enjoy the goodies! We are already working on the ideas and inspiration for next month. that kit will be avail for purchase on Aug.1.  all the info and stuff will be up a week prior to that!

  • Mon

    5 July, 2007 at 5:15 am

    Sending good wishes your way for the birth of Connor. Can’t wait to see some photos.

  • amanda

    5 July, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Good luck with the baby, hope everything goes well.

  • Rebecca

    5 July, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Wow! I shouldn’t be surprised the kits went like hotcakes. I was just showing hubby the other night. I guess next time I’ll have to be quicker on my toes to snag one. Best wishes for the birth of your newest baby.

  • Lee W

    5 July, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Good luck with your delivery! Babies are truly awesome!
    I’m jealous of the work you’re doing on your house- good luck with that too!

  • Rachel Millington

    5 July, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Now now Heidi, stop boasting about the heat. Over here in England, all it’s done is rain for the past 2 months and we’re all scratching our heads and wondering where summer has got to. Can you send us some heat over? Good luck with the baby, we’ll be waiting for news. I am happy to have got one of your kits, can’t wait for it to arrive and can’t wait to see August’s now too!

  • Holly Child

    5 July, 2007 at 6:26 am

    I can’t wait to get my club Heidi kit!! I’m so happy to be one of the ones that snagged one! ;o) And good luck with your impending birth!! Can’t wait to see pics and details of your new son!:o)

  • kim Loewen

    5 July, 2007 at 6:56 am

    It’s so nice to get projects done around the house…we have so many unfinished ones as well! All the best as you get ready for the new baby! It is so exciting and I can’t wait to hear how everything goes. 🙂

  • Michelle Martins

    5 July, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Good luck Heidi for the birth of your little one. You are my hero…. 5 kids…I battle with only 2!!! You go Girl!!

  • anthemmom

    5 July, 2007 at 7:04 am

    I just wanted to say a very hugh thank you
    I ordered my kit first thing on July 2nd and it was delivered the very next day. What a surprise. You have outdone yourself on this idea. Thanks for all your creativity and good luck with the delivery.

  • kelly s

    5 July, 2007 at 7:24 am

    I hope you have a (quick &) wonderful delivery!
    I mised out on the july kit but will be sure to check on August!
    take care~

  • Jennifer

    5 July, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Good luck on the birth of your new little one! The projects will always be there waiting, but this time won’t be…it will slip away sooooo fast…so enjoy it and relax.. Thinking of you and your family and sending prayers and blessings your way as you await the new little guy’s arrival. 🙂

  • Christi

    5 July, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Just hang in there, Heidi! I was in your shoes this time last year and I completely understand. Before you know it that beautiful boy is going to be here! Good luck on the birth! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 🙂

  • Keely

    5 July, 2007 at 9:18 am

    It seems like yesterday that you told us that you were pregnant. You are very lucky to have a supportive and loving husband. It definitely helps! I was lucky enough to get a kit and can’t wait for it to arrive. I spent my 4th working on my May AYTR layout. Can’t wait to start on July (did June last wknd!!) That will be sooo nice to have your beautiful landscaping to enjoy when you come home with young master Swapp!! Best wishes for the coming days and weeks! You are blessed.

  • Liz Lumsden

    5 July, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Good luck on Saturday welcoming your new bundle of joy! I got my Heidi kit on TUESDAY! I couldn’t believe it got here so fast, but hey, I live in Gilbert so I guess they shipped from the Phoenix area. I love the kit! See ya at CE! Can’t wait to see pix of the baby.

  • jonipossin

    5 July, 2007 at 10:49 am

    All that you have going on in your life and what am I going to comment on… Project Runway! I love all the seasons. Bravo reruns them all… over and over… and I watch them over and over (while I’m scrapping). Best wishes for an easy delivery and a happy and healthy baby!

  • Kathi Townzen

    5 July, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Heidi, I’m soooooooo bummed… Not only stuck in AZ too! UGH!… but I JUST got the notification and you were….sigh….SOLD OUT!!! I scrambled in thinking I would be one of the first…………. Maybe next month you could make more available???? What really bums me out is my sweet hubby and I are taking our FIRST, (yes, FIRST!)real trip this summer and we’re ANCIENT …… Only states even visited are CA., of course!… Washington state and Nevada. sniff sniff…are you feeling eating alive with guilt? (as you would say…”wink!”) and we’re cruising to….ta da! Europe..on a cruise, Barcelona, France, Italy, Greece, Corfu….all sea ports… and your kit was designed for travel! BUMMMMMMMER! Well, guess I’ll live… not quite as happily though! hee hee! Anywhoooo……. seriously…WHERE CAN I GET YOUR BOOK??? Looked all over your site and can’t find it anywhere?…Also, STILL use your first one constantly… in fact, just this wkend. I think nearly every lo I’ve done has used your “Love Your Handwriting” style!
    Good luck w/the new bambino! Know how you feel. One daughter was born in June and the other Aug 29th in Yuma, AZ!!!! No one knows the pure AGONY of being preggo in the desert! Sure a good thing the little buggers are so darling and loveable!!!
    A HUGE fan…
    Kathi Townzen
    [email protected]

  • Jessi

    5 July, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Wondered where you had been “hiding”–thought maybe in all the mad rush of the Club launch, you had the baby!!! Can’t wait to hear the news!
    Blessings to the whole crew!!!!

  • Jenna

    5 July, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    i am also anxiously awaiting my son’s debut in the california heat. not quite 115, but 106 is hot enough! i totally understand what you mean…cherishing this time before the baby comes. reflecting on the changes that will occur, how your family will grow and adjust, and just the miracle of it all. it’s in his hands. any day now we will both be holding our bundles of joys and probably thinking…i slept so much more when he was in my belly!! 🙂 god bless heidi! you are in my prayers. 🙂

  • Ashley

    5 July, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Good luck with these last few days and that sweet boy’s birth! Can’t wait to see pics and “meet” him! 😉

  • Shirley

    5 July, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    It’s almost time. Eric is so right about making sure this time BEFORE baby is special and honored. Steep in the beauty of your surroundings and family of six…it is the last time that will be!!
    Hugs and wishes for a safe and healthy delivery!

  • Kim

    5 July, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Hang in there Heidi- before you know it you’ll be holding your precious new little one! I am sending good wishes your way that the time will go by fast for you. Can’t wait to get to see pictures! I am so happy I was one of the lucky ones to get one of the Club Heidi kits and I can’t wait for that little bundle to arrive!

  • Kristi O

    5 July, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    I am glad we weren’t the only family who took in the Project runway marathon. It was 110 degrees here in Idaho and too hot to go out on the river, or even have a picnic. We ordered smoothies from baskin-robbins and finally pizza. We will enjoy an All-american bbQ another time. We are praying for a safe delivery of your new bundle. -Blessings

  • Talia

    5 July, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I love the club heidi website and am so excited about new kits and ideas every month. yay! how do you do it all, girl? funny, i was JUST talking with my friend tonight about how amazing it is to carry a baby and give birth…it truly is amiracle and such an amazing time. revell in the fact that you are part of a miracle, that you have created a child and get to bring it into this life…i can’t wait to do it again (okay, maybe i can wait a little bit!! hehe!!)…it is such an amzing thing to be a part of. enjoy your time with your girlies before your little guy makes his grand entrance!! happy 4th of july!!

  • Sherry

    5 July, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Blessings to you Heidi and to your precious little..err…growing family! DO try to relax and enjoy these precious moments as you gear up (somehow you WILL have that surge of energy! regardless of that crazy heat!) for your precious little baby boy! I agree, yet I had never really heard it put that way, that childbirth is such a sweet spiritual event and you DO need to switch gears and just go with the flow…..
    My husband would say, all those projects will be there when you are done…….HUH! I say, yea, THAT is the problem! ha! But really there is nothing too important that you cannot afford to get your much needed rest. I wish I lived closer, I truly would be there to help you…….nothing better than helping a friend with a new baby! I will do what I can and that is PRAY…….Saturday is the day right?!?!? You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Hang in there….stay cool! (sounds like a yearbook sign off! ha!)

  • Joy

    6 July, 2007 at 7:03 am

    I wish you the best in the upcoming days Heidi, you’re such a wonderful Mom!

  • Laura

    6 July, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Oh my I totally wanted the kit and tried to buy it (it was too early). By the time July 1s t rolled around I was crazy busy and forgot. BUMMER!!!
    Good luck on the birth of you newest baby! I am excited to read the details. So fun!

  • Mindy

    6 July, 2007 at 9:58 am

    tag you’re it!!

  • Nicole Boatman

    6 July, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Sending prayers and good thoughts your way as you get ready to welcome your new little miracle! 🙂

  • Janet Michelmore

    6 July, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    I am in the same holding pattern as you Heidi and anxiously awaiting the birth of our first bub who is now 2 days overdue (was due 5th July) and officially making her mum very impatient!
    Got a feeling Miss Muffet is going to be as stubborn as both her parents!
    Good luck with your birth Heidi and hope all goes as well as it should for you!

  • Kat (Lovebug Kat - the chatty one)

    6 July, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Best wishes and prayers for a quick, safe delivery for you and your newest blessing.

  • Jennifer

    29 July, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats on your new baby boy Heidi!
    In Love with the first club Heidi kit!
    Live in North Carolina, have spoken with emily’s weight loss md. and was wondering if Emily would answer some questions about the program! It’s far to travel on just hope alone! Would be overjoyed if she would email me @ [email protected]! I would be ever so grateful.