Thursday, July 31, 2008

I avoid the scale at all costs....

I suppose normally most women have one or two things that they crave constantly during pregnancy...
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
With Elijah it was Twinkies and potatoes.
This pregnancy has been all over the food map for me.
Here is a sampling of what my little one has been wanting, because it couldn't possibly be me wanting that Peanut Buster Parfait at 2 in the morning.

green leafy salads
hard boiled eggs
Orange Chicken from Panda Express
donuts of all kinds...I choose not to be too picky
sweet potato french fries
grape jelly
ranch dip and Ruffles potato chips
whipped cream
cherry pie filling - on cheesecake, in turnovers, straight from the can...
grilled vegetables

I'm sure there are more.
Every week I seem to be on to something new.
But, sometimes I back track to something from a month or two ago.
I am certain that the many things from the above list have had nothing to do with my maternity clothes shrinking.
I pull them from the closet and they have somehow gotten smaller.
I suspect someone has been replacing the nice comfy pants, shirts, and dresses with smaller, more uncomfortable versions.
This goes for my shoes too.
I am forced to wear the same black flip flops most everyday.
Everything else has shrunk.
So as I stuff my mouth with yet another cheesy breadstick, I scratch my head and wonder...
Where have all my comfy clothes gone?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The one where I shamelessly promote books...

I have always loved books.
As long as I can remember anyway...
Elijah is also a fan (yay!)
Here is his current favorite:

He asks to have it read to him, over, and over, and over, and over, and over...
He bobs his head yes and says "again, book."
The biggest smile stretches across his face as I begin...again.
I melt and somehow find it in myself to be just as enthusiastic reading it for the fifth time as I was during the first.

These next two books are dear loves from when I was small.
I still have them in my safekeeping.
This is the darling story of a cat that ends up living and helping out in a firehouse.
He was alone and ends up finding a home and a family.
Those types of stories always made me happy as a child.

Hooray for Pig (sorry, I couldn't find an image) was the first book that I was able to read cover to cover by myself.

I remember how proud I was and how much a loved this book.

It is the charming tale of a pig that is afraid to go down a water slide.

But, with the encouragement of fellow animal friends he overcomes his fear.

A silly, happy book that I adore.

What are your favorite books for children?
What was your favorite book as a child?

I have since become an associate.
I make book recommendations and link them to Amazon in posts and in my shop (The link is in the left sidebar). Anyone that clicks on the link and then purchases a book that I have recommended nets me a small commission. It's shameless self-promotion perhaps, but it is a way to feed my serious book habit.
Please do not feel that you in any way, shape or form should have anything to do with this is you should choose not to. I am just as happy if you should choose to get the book from your local library. Just read yourself and read to your kids. It is one of the best things you can do.

Note: I couldn't get the images within this post to work as curse I guess. I don't understand HTML and how to link the way I wanted to in the post. If you want to purchase one of these books just go to my associate store link in the left-hand sidebar. If not, just disregard.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekly Journal

FOR TODAY July 28, 2008

Outside My Window...a balmy evening with the potential for severe thunderstorms overnight.

I am thinking...about so many things

I am thankful for...the health of this baby. We had a scare a few months ago, that by the grace of God it has since become a non-issue. I will have to share another day...But, for now things are looking good.

From the kitchen...yesterday we had BBQed chicken, fresh corn/black bean salad, and yummy sliced tomatoes...mmmm.

I am wearing...the comfiest t-shirt ever, it's belongs to David and I have absconded with it, who knows...forever? I would wear it all day everyday if I could.

I am creating...The fabric birds are done! I must take a picture. I have a attached them with ribbon to a vintage, metal embroidery hoop. Now I just have to get a round, metal ring for hanging and it's done. Pictures soon...promise.

I am tour the hospital where I will be having this little one and perhaps taking a look at a bassinet to buy...I hope it will still be available in a couple days! Craiglist really is quite the cool thing...

I am reading...still working on (yes, still)...The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart and Protecting the Gift by Gavin DeBecker (excellent book on how to better protect your children from predators). Both good books.

I am have the house painting done and everything ready to go soon, please oh, please.

I am hearing...the ever-constant TV. I just finished watching (nerd alert) Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives.

Around the house...The inside is still in disarray due to painting. On the outside the Black-eyed Susans, Purple Cone Flower, and Shasta Daisies are in bloom and lovely.

One of my favorite things...clean teeth and clean sheets...both musts in my little world. I think everyone must have those simple little quirks that seems to bring peace and order no matter how trivial.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Rest, cook, finish a book or two, get a few more things done for the baby.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...Here I am with David at my brother Zach's wedding in 2006. I was about 3 months months pregnant with Elijah. The following one was taken last week, brought to you by request. Many have asked to see a better shot of the belly.

Go to Peggy's to do you own day book!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Me and my "Little" Man...

On Friday Elijah and I went on a date...
We had breakfast.
We laughed, played, and took pictures...
My view of him.
His view of me.

We both had pancakes and sausage.
His happened to come in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
He didn't dig the fruit, much to my dismay.
We then hit the farmer's market.
Doctor's appointment for me.
Small lunch.
Then naps.
Nice day.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Weekly Journal

I'm a day late this week...
This baby is kicking my's all good, but I am exhausted.

FOR TODAY July 22, 2008
Outside My Window...The early morning light. It's going to be a cool 78 degrees today.

I am thinking...about how to find new daycare and other things.

I am thankful husband and his fabulousness!

From the kitchen...yesterday was a washout, David went and got take-out. Tonight it is buffalo steaks on the grill, baked cauliflower, and other various accompaniments such as watermelon.

I am jersey dress - maternity and super comfy with black flip-flops for my swelling feet.

I am creating...the throw rug has been finished, the stuffed fabric birds are basically done and will be used to create a mobile for over the baby's crib, and the fabric basket is half sewn. Then I will start on fruits and veggies to fill said basket. I think this will be a Christmas gift for the new baby.

I am have a 32 weeks ultra-sound on Thursday and then swimming lessons with the little boy Thursday night. That's about it, other then work.

I am reading...still working on...The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart and Protecting the Gift by Gavin DeBecker (excellent book on how to better protect your children from predators). Both good books.

I am get more projects done from my long list.

I am hearing...the air-conditioning

Around the house...David got all of the ceilings primed this weekend and will commence with painting them this coming weekend. The house is in a moderate state of disarray, but I will take it to be able to get that done and the rooms shifted and prepared for the coming baby. In a month we should be golden.

One of my favorite things...Dairy Queen soft-serve vanilla and Chipotle burritos.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Still working with Elijah and the potty training thing. It's slow going because his sitter was not willing to work with him. But he did so good this weekend, I think he'll have it down shortly. Other then that resting, working on projects, etc.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... This is me and my dear friend Alicia from a few years ago, back in my single, skinny carefree days. We were out on the town sipping martinis. Alicia has since lost so much weight. I think she looked fabulous then and now...Wowzaa! Love her!

Go to Peggy's to do you own day book!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Unsolicited Advice...

This post kills me...I laughed out load. Go take a look!

We all need a good giggle in the middle of the week.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weekly Journal

FOR TODAY July 14, 2008

Outside My Window...I can see the street light peeking through the curtains.

I am thinking...about all of the things that still need to be done for the baby and trying to find a way to become a stay at home Mom.

I am thankful Mother-in-Law and all of the hard work that she put in to get Elijah potty trained.

From the kitchen...Orange Beef and Broccoli over basmati rice. There is still a great deal of watermelon, green beans and tomatoes to be eaten. Later this week there will be peach crisp and hopefully more homemade granola.

I am wearing...comfy cotton shorts with a soft green, short sleeved top.

I am cushion covers for my Mama's RV, a throw rug, stuffed fabric birds, and a fabric to come as things get done.

I am going...As few places as, and home...I have no greater plans than that this week.

I am reading...The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart and Protecting the Gift by Gavin DeBecker (excellent book on how to better protect your children from predators).

I am sleep well tonight. You would think I would be more rested from my weekend alone, but instead I was restless.

I am hearing...the sounds of the Home Run Derby on the TV.

Around the house...things are pretty clean and tidy. I really want to get started on some room painting.

One of my favorite things...the baby moving around in my belly.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Keep working with Elijah on the potty training, sewing as I have the energy, maybe yard sales on Saturday I'm hoping to find a good bassinet. Then the usual cooking, cleaning, etc.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... Can't get the picture to load. I'll try again later.

Go to Peggy's to do you own day book!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Gastronomic Tour and More...

My boys returned nice to have them home.
I have been a busy bee...
Here I am at 29 (almost 30) weeks...

This is the pillowcase top in the apple print I talked about.
I am pretty happy with it. It's very comfortable which is my constant goal these days. Not a great belly shot...I best take a better one. How true is it that the second child tends to get the short end of the stick. It's not they are's just that their older sibling tends to command much of Mama's attention. So I apologize to my little one now. You are not less important, you are already much loved, your older brother is just keeping me running right now (well, waddling might be a better way to put it).

I had a stack of clipped and printed recipes that was beginning to take over. I spent a weekend purging and then organizing the remaining recipes. I have had this fabulous vintage recipe box that my Mom gave to me a few years back as well as a blank recipe notebook from the 1950's, also from Mama. It was time they were put to use...
So 12 hours of writing later...

The project was done. My recipes are cataloged and ready. Beauty.

My jaunt to the farmer's market has had me all a dither about food lately...

Watermelon and steamed green and yellow wax beans for lunch yesterday.
Whole grain toast and eggs with fresh tomato and ground pepper for breakfast this morning. Along with a nice cup of tea.
Steamed beets and their greens with red wine vinegar for lunch.
Fresh zucchini, sweet onion, and red bell pepper for the grill.
Each meal was fabulous. I love Summer eating!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

All Alone...

I miss my Little Monkey...
He has been at Grandma's all week getting potty trained! Crazy. He is doing well and I worried that he wasn't really ready, but I have realized that maybe it is me that is not quite ready. He is growing up much too fast for me. So I pray a lot and try to enjoy each and every moment . That's is why it has been so hard to have him away for so long. Here he is at the zoo...we were in the Gorilla cool.

I miss his dancing to Coldplay, his pronunciation of Motorcycle, his constant eating (does anyone else have a 18 month old that wants to eat constantly?), and watching him sleep in the middle of the night. *sigh*
David left yesterday to go pick him I have been on my own. I haven't had a weekend to myself don't know how long. So I have been wandering around the house aimlessly at times...but I have been trying to get some things done too. Farmer's Market, Library, a few yard sales, and grocery shopping have already further planes are to nap, sew, and a wee bit of cooking. I won't have anytime time alone like this in awhile, so I am trying to take advantage.
Plus, my boys will be home tomorrow...can't wait!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Doll and the Boy...

This is the baby shower gift that i had made a couple of weeks ago for my Sister-in-Law Nicole...She liked it.
I designed the pillow and quilt myself, but I used the this doll pattern created by the very talented Emily of The Black Apple. The pattern was simple and made up very quickly. I was very happy with the end result. I even chose not to use the felt for hair (as I had none) and I went with a calico quilter's cotton that I already had. I love the vintage feel of it. All was made from what I had on hand, which to quote Martha, is always a good thing.

A couple of pictures of my sweet boy, as it has been far too long since I posted any. I love all moments with this child, even the crying tantrums. I want to document everything so as to remember when the moments are gone. He was mad...I cannot recall why.

One more...we were playing peek-a-boo. I sneaked the camera under the blanket in order to capture the moment.
His smile never fails to delight and charm me...