Happy Day!

The 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Festival is officially over.  Like I said on Saturday, it is pretty bittersweet.  It was great while it lasted, and it was a great experience, but I am so excited to have the majority of August off.  It will be sad to not see my coworkers every day anymore. They were really great to work with, and made the summer as awesome as it was.  This week, we have a lot of follow up things to do though. We’ll be writing reports and stuff, following up with things. It’ll be (hopefully) a relaxed way to finish up the Festival.

All I know is that I’m excited to not be so tired all the time.  Working all the time with one day off in 19 days is a little much, and I’m pretty tired as a result of that (not to mention, I’m also tired because I’m pregnant).  A day off would be lovely :)

Here are some other things that are making me happy this week:

I LOVE this song! It’s a great way to start the day in the morning because it’s so fun and peppy for first thing.  How can your day be bad when it starts with this? Really.

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These BEAUTIFUL photographs of fairytales come to life! Definitely check the rest of them out, they are all gorgeous.

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: bye bye Fringe!

The Fringe Festival ends tomorrow, and the feeling is bittersweet.  On one hand, I’m happy it’s over and that it’s almost time for my fieldwork to be over (so I can have all of August OFF!!), but on the other hand, I’m sad it’s almost over because it’s been so great!

Here are some pictures I shared on Instagram during Fringe:

Fringe’s tagline at our Volunteer Photo Booth! // a performer from Old Market Square

My deer earrings // my dear volunteer husband

It’s always a good time in the volunteer department // another performer at Old Market Square!

Laundry & Gossip Dan // My baby bump of the week!

Follow me on Instagram @Alysalovely for more!

xoxo,
Alysa

fun gender reveal ideas

(that we can’t do)

We might not know what gender our baby is, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been inspired by all the ways other people have been posting or sharing their own gender reveal.  While our gender reveal will happen on the day of birth, I’m going to share some of the ideas of things that I might have liked to do if we had been able to know in advance:

Gender reveal photo. I want to do this.
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Balloons are always fun. I like the idea of opening a surprise box and seeing a bunch of balloons float up.  Plus, I’ve seen some pretty adorable pictures of this idea in action.  I really wanted to do this with my parents and my husband’s parents as a small gender reveal thing… but no such luck!

Revealing the gender of your baby with a cupcake...fun idea.
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This idea is super cute! Everyone takes a bite of their cupcake at the same time, and it’s a sweet surprise.  Considering how much I LOVE cupcakes, this seems like something I might have done.

gender reveal paint photo shoot. I'm not pregnant, or married...... but I think this is adorable and would want this
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Gender Reveal PAINT photo shoot! This one is kind of fun. Plus, a paint fight! I’ve always wanted to do that ever since I saw it happen in 10 Things I Hate About You (which is SO not like paintball at all…)

At the end of the day, all of this should be in good fun.  I am going to be happy with, and endlessly love the baby that I get. Some of the things I saw on Pinterest were a little ridiculous.  “Quarterback or cheerleader??” “Guns or Glitter??” “Cars and trucks or Ribbons and bows??”  “Baseball or Softball??”  Some of these kind of put a bad taste in my mouth.  What if your daughter doesn’t WANT to be a cheerleader, but loves PLAYING football? Why can’t guns be glittery?? Girls can like cars and trucks fyi. And boys can like ribbons.  I don’t think it’s fair to place these expectations on your baby for they’re even born tbh. :/  Whatever baby we get, they’re going to like what they want.  If it’s trucks and cars and football, great.  If it’s ribbons and bows and glitter, great!  If it’s a combination of the above, wonderful! I’m just excited about having a baby :)

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Bump Day: Week 25!

dress: Plato’s Closet (Cynthia Rowley) // necklace: gift // hairband: F21

 

 

 

How far along?
25 weeks

Baby Size:
Rutabaga

Maternity clothes?
Nope, this one is just a regular ol’ maxi dress

Stretch marks?
None

Sleep:
On and off. Some nights I sleep great, other nights I toss and turn and wake up multiple times in the night (either with no reason at all, or to go to the bathroom). It’s inconsistent.

Best moment this week:
Any of the Fringe plays I got to enjoy! Also, how active the baby has been.

Miss anything?
Sitting outside in the humidity and not being totally bothered by it.

Movement:
Loads! I love it.

Food cravings:
Nothing new.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Smells

Gender:
No idea :(

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy, unless it’s super hot then I’m kinda cranky!

Looking forward to:
Having a few days off!! I’ve been working non-stop since before Fringe started.  Tomorrow is my first day off in over a week and I am excited for it (but of course, I will be spending part of my day at the Fringe Festival.. because I gotta! ;) )

Anything else you’d like to know?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa

love summer

I am the worst gardener ever. Which makes me really happy when I see these lovely blooms happening right in my very own garden.  I could kill a cactus, that’s how bad of a gardener I am.  But these are amazing.. they just came up!  I, personally, did no work to make these blooms happen… and that is the perfect kind of garden for me!

This summer has been exceptionally hot, with some rain but apparently not enough.  So, some of my plants died (oops!! I swear I didn’t do it on purpose!!) but these lovelies! They are still here and blooming and I love it.

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Fringing!

How is FRINGE going for everyone? It’s been so busy for me!  It’s 6 days in (halfway!!) and I have only seen 2 shows (so far), but both were amazing!!  If I were you, I’d check out Watch Out WildKat!! And Big Fat Drag Queen.  Great fringing.

Here are some other things that are making me happy this week:

My spider story may have been inspired by this bug story, and this spider story. I know these feels. Bugs are the worst and should not be inside. Just sayin’! ;)

Nutella + chocolate = best fondue recipe ever!!

This game is so fun! You get dropped somewhere on street view, and you have to figure out where in the world you are.  Super fun (and can be quite tricky!) That is the Famous Places map, but there are other maps you can do as well :)

old song but I am OBSESSED with it! <3

Have a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

The Saga of the Spider

or… Why I’m Not A Real Grownup

dress: Keiko Lynn // scarf: Wet Seal // flats: Joe Fresh // bracelet: Pandora // necklace: gift

 

So last week, my husband deserted me to spend some quality time in the outdoors at his family’s cabin.  He was gone for 9 days (or 10 sleeps!!) and it was ROUGH.  Let’s just say that I learned a little bit about myself that week, in that… I’ve somehow lost the ability to sleep alone.  To start the week, I had two sleepovers to get used to the idea of sleeping alone.

Anyway, it was my last night alone! I had thought about having another sleepover, but decided against it because I wanted to go to bed super early and be really well rested for a busy day on Sunday.  I had just gotten all tucked in and ready for bed, right as I was about to turn off the light
BAM!
Thunder.  Well, I obviously can’t fall asleep during a thunderstorm.  So I decided to watch an episode of Gossip Girl on my laptop in bed until it dies down.

I was about halfway into the episode when the storm starts getting quieter.

And that’s when I saw it.

A spider… in my room, walking into the closet like it owned the place.

Then it stopped. So I quickly got up and grabbed the RAID from the hallway that I had purchased the week before, like the genius that I am.  I ran back into the room and started spraying.

The spider didn’t like that very much, so it ran under the bed. Where I couldn’t see it… at all.

And so, my early night ended up being a late night. A late night filled with episodes of Gossip Girl… while waiting for the spider to make another appearance. Then, sleeping with the lights on just in case.  I finally turned off the lights when the sun came up at 5am.

Because I am a real grownup.  Couldn’t you tell?

xoxo,
Alysa

Fringe Shows I wanna See!

There are over 170 shows at this years Winnipeg Fringe Festival, so it’s really hard to decide which ones I’m going to see.  Since I’ll be living in the exchange for the next week and a half, I figure that I will be able to see AT LEAST 10, but I’m hoping for more! (I have planned for 16)  Here are some of the shows that got my attention:

1. Chubrub Cabaret

2. The 11 O’Clock Number! An Improvised Musical

Improv? Musical? What could be better?

3. Mother Mine

4. Wanderlust

5. Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret

6. The (Improvised) Bachelorette

7. Godspell

8. Mennonite’s Guide to Save Street Fighting 2: This Time It’s Cultural

 

What Fringe plays are you looking forward to?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 24

dress: Joe Fresh // shoes: Target // necklace: Gift

 

I love this dress, but it was definitely the last time I’m going to be wearing it for a while!  I noticed that by the end of the day, it was starting to be uncomfortably tight.  oops! Oh well.. still not wearing the maternity specific clothes ;)

Here is my update for the week:

How far along?
24 weeks

Baby Size:
as long as an ear of corn!

Total weight gain:
Not sure

Maternity clothes?
Nope!

Stretch marks?
None

Sleep:
Last week was especially crappy in general. My husband was away and I am NOT used to sleeping by myself.  I kept waking up in the middle of the night. It wasn`t fun!

Best moment this week:
When my husband got home!  Also, my friend`s bridal shower.

Miss anything?
Being able to say YES to anything and knowing that I wouldn`t be too tired to actually do it.

Movement:
Lots! Plus, Andrew got to feel the baby move, too.. which was pretty sweet

Food cravings:
CHOCOLATE!!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
I was using a giant permanent marker and that was pretty gross smelling

Symptoms:
I got the WORST Charley Horse REALLY early in the morning last Thursday.  That was pretty brutal.  Also, my baby brain is happening more and more.. it`s quite irritating.

Belly button in or out?
In!

Wedding rings on or off?
Still on! But the ring I wear on my right hand is getting pretty tight.

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy!

Looking forward to:
The Fringe Festival! So excited to see shows :)

Is there anything else you`d like to know on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa