Weekend Randoms (Spacebar Issues, Gone Girl)

July 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Deliciousness, Home, Life, Things I think | Leave a comment
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Just a few things that have been happening around here lately…

  • LC has pulled the spacebar off my keyboard twice now. I’ve been unable to get it properly reattached and as a result it frequently comes off and more frequently gets stuck, which really makes it a pain to type.  Spaces are unavoidable, you know!
  • It’s been so hot here this summer.  The forecast this week is 108 every single day. Wow. We’ve been going to playgroup, the library, and to the splash park to keep entertained, but playgroup has been so full lately that we were turned away one day last week, and barely made the cutoff the next. Clearly I need some backup ideas!
  • A friend recommended Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, so I gave it a try. I finished it in two days.  It was a great read and gave me a lot to think about afterward.  My friend and I had slightly differing opinions, though. I felt that the book was psychological thriller, while he thought it was a horror novel.  If you read the book, what did you think of it?  Do you think there is a “hero”? (I didn’t, but my friend did). This would definitely make an excellent book club pick.
  • Now I am reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block and the adbridged version of Douglas Southall Freeman’s Lee, the biography of Robert E. Lee. I’m not much for biographies usually, but my husband recommended it to me, so I’m giving it a shot. The jury is still out on the Toddler book.
  • On the TV front, we have been without cable for almost 3 months and I really don’t miss it. If we had an antenna, I think I would be set.  However, W can’t live without SEC football, so we’ll probably have it back by this time next month. Boo…I’ve enjoyed saving that money.
  • I made this Blueberry Crumble this week and it was soooo good.  I can’t wait to make it again!
Blueberry crumble

Photo credit Christopher Hirsheimer (http://thecanalhouse.com/)

  • I’ve had it with my spacebar, so I’m done typing for now!
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Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Family, Home, Life | Leave a comment
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Happy Easter!  We had a great day.  I made a “cinnamon bun”  coffee cake this morning, and we made it to church (only 10 minutes late!).  We had a restful afternoon and enjoyed a delicious dinner of lamb chops and mascarpone mashed potatoes. W did the dishes, which was sweet. I think in total I probably consumed about 6,000 calories; most of them were worth it. The Easter Bunny even visited all three of us!  Thanks to him, I have some Starbucks treats in my future.

I just about died from the cuteness of LC’s Easter dress, and I just couldn’t get over how much she has changed since last year.  My little girl is growing fast.

easter

I’m off to eat some pound cake slathered in lemon curd.  If you’re going to go over the top, might as well go all the way!

LC is one!

March 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Family, Home, Life, Thankful things | 1 Comment
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baby 2 weeks

Our funny baby girl celebrated her first birthday on Tuesday.  We decided to forego a party this year, since our families are 2000 miles away, and our friends here either don’t have children or have children that are much older.  Still, LC was pretty spoiled by gifts from friends and family.  W took the day off from work.  I made pancakes for breakfast while she pushed her new shopping cart around (thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!) and after her morning nap, she opened the rest of her gifts.  The water table was a HUGE hit (thanks, other Grandma and Grandpa—hmm, both sets of grandparents are Grandma and Grandpa B).  The weather was yucky, though, so it had to be an indoor toy.  Good thing it’s warmed up again today so we can move it onto the patio.

LC pb chair

As for the carrot cake I made (I was trying to be good and make her something not too sugar-laden), she wasn’t interested, so I guess I could have served double chocolate and it wouldn’t have mattered.  I did finally get her to take a bite.  She also refused the dinner I slaved over (but slaved with love!) of homemade chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries.  She threw them on the floor without so much as a nibble. Oh well.  She gobbled down yogurt and applesauce instead.  It’s her birthday and she’ll be picky if she wants to.  All in all, she had a great day, I think.

LC birthday hat

Wednesday we went to the pediatrician for her well-check.  She’s in the 10th percentile for height and weight, which of course has me concerned, but the ped didn’t seem to be worried at all.  I’m honestly surprised she doesn’t weigh more, given how much she can eat.  When my sister was here she marveled at how LC downed a huge bowl of pumpkin risotto, and on Tuesday she ate two whole pancakes for breakfast!

cake is destroyed

So, here are her 1 year stats:

Height: 28 inches (21 inches March 2011)

Weight: 18 lb 2 oz (7 lb 12.4 oz March 2011)

Size 3 diaper

Shoes: ?? I think a size 3 or 4. Right now she has one pair of Pediped which are 6-12 mos and she still has some room to grow.

Words: about 6-8.  Mama, Dada, baby, puppy, hi, Duncan (Duck-in), duck, bunny (bunny and puppy sound a lot alike, so not sure about that one)

Walking: Not quite. Last Saturday she stood up unassisted for the first time, and she took her first wobbly steps on Monday. So far she seems a little unsure of the whole thing. Crawling is way faster, mom!

Favorite foods: Pancakes, waffles, flatbread (notice a trend?), grilled cheese, applesauce, yogurt, grapes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, banana

Not a fan of: Meat, kiwi, cheerios

Other favorites: Dr. Seuss’s ABC, T’choupi books, water table, shopping cart, Jellycats Nugget Monkey, Fisher Price Beginning Blocks

The most notable thing about LC is her personality. When my sister visited, she remarked that she had never met another baby with such a bubbly personality, and that’s saying something because they have tons of young families in their neighborhood.  She’s just really laid back, finds humor in almost anything, laughs and laughs and laughs.

It may be sappy, but every night we talk about our favorite moment of the day with her.  It’s usually hard to choose.  We truly lucked out with this one.

#29

February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Posted in Family, Home, Life, Thankful things | 1 Comment
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My birthday was Monday, and although I usually look forward to it, this year I found myself mentally skipping ahead to March, to a certain baby’s big 0-1.  2012 did not begin well.  January was full of bad, bad news, and it was terribly depressing, and I don’t think even exaggerating to say soul-crushing, to see all these things keep happening, and not to be able to do anything about them.  As January dragged on, I just kept thinking, ‘We just have to get through this month, and then nothing bad will happen in February.’ As if the universes’s quota for misfortune would have already been met.  As if the universe has a quota for misfortune.

Anyway, all that to say, I wasn’t feeling my chipper-est when February finally rolled around.  I didn’t find myself counting the days till the day.  My gift this year was tickets to see Wicked, and in the end, we did make it, and I didn’t even check my phone obsessively throughout the show, waiting on edge for a text from the babysitter that omg! the sky is falling!.  I only did that on the drive to the theater.

And then Monday, the big day, we woke up and W suggested we go out for breakfast (because, if you’ve read this blog, you know I love pancakes!).  When he gave the waitress the debit card, she brought it back, and apologized because it wouldn’t go through.  At home, W checked the bank statement, and sure enough, someone had a spree at a Colorado Wal-Mart with his account number.  See?  There is no quota!  LC’s nap was spent faxing the bank so that we could get our money back.

29th birthday

I asked for a picture of me and my bébé on my birthday. At least it's a cute one of her!

And then I broke 9 eggs baking my cake, and the cakes stuck to the pan and broke, and I didn’t have enough frosting to completely frost the sides, and wah, wah, wah.

It wasn’t my best birthday for sure, but honestly, I know that it could’ve been worse.  And that I have so much to be thankful for.  And maybe it’s just that once you have kids you care more about their birthday than your own (I don’t know, I wouldn’t have expected that to be true of me).

Either way, I hope that my 29th year starts improving dramatically, or I’m going to be wishing for 30 to hurry up and get here, and who does that?

Weekend Snapshots

January 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Family, Home, Life | Leave a comment
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We had a fantastic long weekend.  W had four days off, so we were very spoiled by having him home.  I think LC is quickly turning into a daddy’s girl.  She has such fun playing with him, and she just chatters away when she’s around him.  She’s also started crawling from the living room into his office when he’s in there working.

Friday I made pancakes for breakfast and Miss LC got to eat her very own pancake.  She LOVED it! I can’t wait to make them again to watch her gobble it up.

baby eats pancakes

Yummy yummy yummy!

We’ve had nice warm weather for January, so we took advantage of the sun and went to check out a park near our house.  This park was pretty great–it has a big dog park and some really nice play structures that LC will enjoy when she’s older, but the feature I was most excited about were the swings! (Is it just me or is it getting harder to find playgrounds with swings?). We took Duncan for a frolic in the dog park and then headed over to give LC her first push in the swing. Seeing her smile and hearing her giggle was so good for my heart that we went back on Sunday!

baby_swinging

Yesterday I was most excited about tackling our bedroom. I’ve been working on deep cleaning and purging in preparation for our upcoming move this spring.  It feels so much more peaceful and calming to walk into a clean bedroom.

In other exciting (hah!) news, I have cooked dinner every single night this month.  I was already cooking most nights, but I have really been doing better about meal planning and shopping, and I hope that this will help us save some money to meet some of our financial goals more quickly.  Most of my recipes this month have come from Real Simple and Cooking Light magazines and I may post a rundowns of some of our favorites toward the end of the month.  Some nights I really don’t feel like cooking, but it has definitely helped me to have a plan so that I’m not scrambling to make a meal out of thin air at 6 pm.

So, here’s to a 4-day work week! I’m ready for the weekend NOW.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

November 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Deliciousness, Family, Home | Leave a comment
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We’re in the holiday spirit here in the B household!  We had a nice low-key Thanksgiving at home for the first time since W and I have been together.  We spent our first Thanksgiving as an engaged couple in Korea.  For our first Thanksgiving as a married couple we drove 13 hours to visit W’s grandparents and the next year we saw the Lions play (my first pro football game!) and last year W was deployed so Duncan and I were here alone.  So, even though we couldn’t be with our families this year, I was really looking forward to just being home and eating turkey at my own table.

I restrained myself from making ALL the sides I’d normally love, but we had a delicious meal nonetheless.  We feasted on:

  • Bourbon-Molasses Glazed Turkey
  • Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes
  • Sauteed Carrots with Sage
  • Apple Cornbread Stuffing
  • Crescent Rolls (from a can, y’all)
  • Pumpkin Crunch Cake

We got most of the Christmas decorations up this weekend and I finally finished my Advent wreath last night (only a day late!) after multiple trips to Michaels/Hobby Lobby.  We have a faux tree this year for several reasons, but I REALLY miss having a real tree.  Growing up we’d always drive to a tree farm and cut down our own tree.  I’d really like to do that with LC when we actually live somewhere where trees grow 🙂  I also loved driving around to look at lights after the Christmas Eve service and having our special Christmas Eve “party” where everyone got to pick their favorite appetizer and we’d eat the appetizers and Christmas cookies and fudge for dinner.wreath

Now that we have a baby I’m really looking forward to creating our own family traditions.  What are some of your favorite Christmas/holiday traditions?

LC at Six Months

September 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Family, Home, Life, Thankful things | 1 Comment

My darling girl,

I can’t believe half a year has gone by since we welcomed you into our family.  We’ve had our ups and downs as we’ve figured each other out, but fortunately the ups have far outnumbered the downs.

Here are some of the highlights from the past six months:

You were born on a Sunday morning and we had to wait until Tuesday evening to hold you for the first time because you were intubated until then.  It was such a good feeling to have you in my arms where you should have been all along.

After ten long, emotional days in the NICU, we finally  got to take you home. Best day ever.

We’ve had many occasions to dress you up and fawn over how stinkin’ cute you are.  We just can’t help it; no matter what you do, to us it’s the most adorable thing ever (except for spit up and poop…sorry, those are just never cute).

Since you’ve been born, you’ve had lots of people come to see you.  That’s a pretty big deal since your extended family lives 2,000 miles away.  You had your first plane ride, too, to Virginia just before you turned 4 months old.  You were so good on the plane, and many people commented that they didn’t even know there was a baby on the flight!

On your first trip to VA, you got to see both sets of grandparents, three aunts and uncles, and your cousin who’s only 9 days older than you.  Your aunt and I had fun dressing you in coordinating outfits and taking pictures of you together.  Your great-grandpa even drove all the way from Michigan just to meet you.

Cousins in their Costa Rica onesies!

Everyone that meets you notices what a happy baby you are.  You always have such a big grin, and it melts our hearts just thinking about it. I absolutely love going in your room in the morning when you wake up because you greet me with that cute gummy smile (no teeth yet!).  You have the sweetest laugh, and you mostly only cry when you’re tired.

Blowing raspberries

Speaking of tired, you have finally become a great night sleeper.  We had a rough patch between months 2 and 4, but once we came back from vacation, you started sleeping pretty consistently from about 7:30 pm-7:30 am.  Naps are another story. We are working on those!

At this point, you are rolling, rolling, rolling like crazy, and have started to army crawl.  You are a determined little girl and if you really want something, you’ll find a way to get it.  Lately you seem to really love getting your hands on Mommy’s magazines.  You seem to have a knack for picking out the one thing in the room you’re not supposed to have and then making sure you get it.

You’re also becoming quite vocal.  You are usually squealing with delight, but you also have started screeching (happily!) and you crack us up with the new sounds you make.  Mommy is speaking French to you, as well as English, but your grandparents are pushing for you to be at least trilingual, so we’ve got some work to do.

We started solids just over a week ago.  So far you have tried peaches, avocados,  and plums.  You seem to like the avocado best, but in general you are not too enthused about solids.  We hope you’ll grow up to be an adventurous eater because Mommy and Daddy love to eat!

Your 6-month checkup is later this week, so we don’t have official height/weight stats yet, but you are still fitting comfortably in 3-6 month clothes and size 2 or 3 diapers.

We love you so much and we can’t wait to see what surprises the next six months bring.

Love, your mama

6 months!

The Nursery

August 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Family, Home | Leave a comment
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Nursery

Nursery by sweetandtart on Polyvore.com

Walmart.com: Dorel – Rocker Slipcover, Chocolate: Nursery
$129 – walmart.com

Is it wrong to say that one of the best parts of having a baby is getting to design and decorate the nursery?  Okay, maybe not the BEST part, but definitely a GOOD part.  LC’s nursery had to also function as a guest bedroom.  We already had a simple, low profile full-size bed and a small IKEA dresser in the room, so we mostly just needed to make room for a crib and some sort of chair.  The other issue is that our house is a rental and her room has a high vaulted ceiling and textured walls. So that meant that painting was out and the walls would stay cream/off-white.

It is so easy to spend money on baby gear, baby clothes, baby furniture, baby anything-you-name-it.  I mean, it’s for your CHILD after all.  How can you deny the best for your baby?  But alas, we had other financial priorities, so the name of the game was “Let’s Not Spend More Than We Have To.” And, I think we did a pretty good job.  Her room is not as “done” as most (any?) of the nurseries you’d see on, say, Ohdeedoh, but I love it and it’s my favorite room in the house.  The board I put together below represents most of the major pieces in the room. I did not include the guest bed and dresser.  IKEA no longer sells the dresser; I’ve had it since high school, and it’s just long enough for a changing pad.

A few things to note:

  • The crib we went with is the Graco Lauren in Espresso.  Inexpensive, sturdy, converts to a toddler bed. Sold.
  • I really really really really wanted a very nice rocker from The Land of Nod.  Sadly, could not justify the price.  Actually, mostly could not justify paying almost $200 for shipping. I looked everywhere for something I loved almost as much and did not find it.  So we ended up with this rocker from Walmart, of all places, and, it’s pretty good.  For the next baby, maybe we’ll live somewhere that is not the middle of nowhere and shipping costs will be more reasonable on a nicer rocker.  For now this works, and I’m glad we got it; I use it quite often.
  • Perhaps you will soon notice that I love The Land of Nod!  I did splurge on crib bedding (Creatures Great and Small). I love that it’s gender-neutral enough to use if the next baby is a boy.
  • We used our registry discount to get this wall-mounted bookshelf (so genius and I couldn’t find anything similar elsewhere) since we have many books and no floorspace for a regular bookshelf. [Note: like our crib bedding, it seems the price has gone up a bit since we ordered earlier in the year. Bummer!]
  • For her hamper, we went with this canvas baby…inexpensive, easy to tote to the laundry room.
  • I really wanted a piece of custom wall art, and what I have in my collage is NOT what we got.  I ordered this print from Etsy seller khamm75 and I love it! She was fabulous to work with.
  • I also picked up a zinc letter “L” from Anthro…I ended up not hanging it up though, so it’s hanging out on the nightstand with the lamp and some books.
  • Finally, my dad is a terrific artist and he is painting a series of 3 8×8 paintings to go above her crib (in progress).
I don’t have any official pictures of the nursery at the moment, but I’ll do a follow-up post soon!  My favorite parts of the nursery are the crib bedding and the custom print.
What’s your favorite part of your child’s nursery? Or what’s the best nursery-related item you’ve seen?

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