Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Flower is coming back tomorrow afternoon to celebrate Mini-me's birthday, and then she'll be at her mom's for the rest of the holiday. Red will practically be on solid food by the time she comes home again.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
- Tie your shoes. Luckily, I can still fit into all my shoes, as I do not have swollen ankles this time around. But, I have to wear slip-ons, as I cannot tie.
- Bend over to pick something up. Not only can you not bend, but your lovely elastic waisted pants will fall down.
- Chase your 3 year old.
- Walk up the stairs without being winded.
- Parallel parking. Seriously? Twisting?
- Have a coherent thought.
- Carrying a laundry basket.
- Changing the sheets on a bunk bed.
- Grocery shop without a list. But, that ties into #6.
- Stand, sit, or lie down for a lengthy amount of time. Position switching is a must.
I am so ready to be done! The 16th seems like a long time from now.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Today we are expecting a snow storm. It's been coming down for about an hour and is just starting to stick. The flakes are big and puffy, just the kind of wet east coast storm that I love. I don't have anywhere I have to be this afternoon/evening, so we can just watch Christmas movies and drink hot cocoa. It's the perfect Saturday!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
So off we went to the tree farm. We took a hay ride to get out to the trees. Have you ever seen a 9-month pregnant woman try to get on the back of a tractor? It's funny.
We walked and examined for a very long time. I wanted a smaller tree this year. Curly agreed that it needed to be more narrow so that we can keep our dining room table in the same room as the tree.
Friday, November 27, 2009
We made one turkey in the grill. It requires brining the turkey for 24 hours in a delicious smelling concoction of apple juice, oranges, salt, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and cloves. It makes a divine bird.We also did one turkey in the oven, which was stuffed with rice stuffing. It's an O'Kigin tradition. Again, Aunt Becky came through and provided it. Otherwise, we would just have bread stuffing. That would have been tragic. We also had green beans with shallots, sweet potato casserole, and mashed potatoes and gravy.
I could not have done this holiday without Curly's sisters. Becky helped with the prep, Colleen helped with the cleanup. I had clean counter tops this morning. It made me happy.
We had great company for dinner. Uncle Ryan, Auntie Lissa, and Parker,
Mini-me, Wyatt, Patch, and Flower,
and Miss Bobbie.
It was a wonderful day, and today is a great day to recover from it. I have much to be thankful for. I have a belly full of food and baby, I have fabulous kids and a wonderful husband, and I have a support staff that I couldn't do without. Truly, my life is blessed.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
- In a bowl combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
- For each serving, place 1/3 cup of the mix in a mug and add 3/4 cup boiling water.
Now here is where you can have fun. Nondairy creamers come in all sorts of flavors. The mix pictured above is Pumpkin Spice Cocoa. I've also made Hazelnut, French Vanilla, and Caramel. When I bought the Pumpkin Spice creamer, they also had Gingerbread. Now that would be festive.
Wouldn't this make a great teacher or neighbor gift? Make up some delicious cocoa mix, make a cute bag to put it in, and then put it in a darling mug. How great is that?
Personally, I like to drink it from my favorite mug with some marshmallows on top. Yum.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In non baby news, we have colds at our house. Scratchy throats, runny noses, and coughs are just par for the course right now. So far, I am untouched. Let's hope it stays that way! I am drinking plenty of fluids (and chomping tons of ice), and trying to get enough rest. And, between my studio space in the basement and Flower's new attic bedroom, I get a lot of exercise going up and down 3 flights of stairs.
I have been busy filling all my Christmas Molly Patch orders. I have also had a little time to work on some Christmas things for my kids. The Molly Patch things will be done around Thanksgiving, and hopefully the rest will follow quickly. But, if not, Christmas comes without packages, boxes, or bags. Do you think my kids will be content to just join hands around the Christmas tree and sing "Davoo doores" a la the Whos down in Whoville? Me neither.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
The bedspreads from the former room (which was pink/purple) look really good against the French Silver. It is a tad unfortunate that Patch is sleeping under a girlie bedspread, but he'll survive. I have plans of making two bed quilts using the same pattern and 3 colors that are the same, and then each one would have 2-3 other colors to make it more gender specific. I think it could be really cool.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I am starting to plan for Christmas gifts. I don't have much time left! Getting around my sewing room is getting a little challenging. Being in a delicate condition, my belly likes to knock things over, and then get in the way when I try to pick things up.
I hope to post some updated pictures soon!
Sunday, November 01, 2009
The most clever costume we saw was our neighbor, Big Patch. Flower thinks he's kind of cute, so we took the opportunity to embarrass her.
We had a couple of crew members from Deadliest Catch. They were well behaved, for the most part. Patch and Mini-me just enjoyed eating on the floor. We had the traditional Halloween Hot-dogs and two different kinds of chili.