Monday, July 27, 2015

Your guess is as good as mine



I'm due two weeks from yesterday! In the effort to somehow keep life fun at the end of a pregnancy, I invite you to comment below with your guesses on this baby. :) I enjoyed this with George, and both of the grandmothers won, so... Good luck beating those two!

Full disclosure: contractions seem to come regularly and I believe the baby dropped on Saturday. I dropped 6 days before George was born. I packed my hospital bag yesterday (Ok, only half of it) and have had lower energy all weekend... No burst of energy (though I don't remember having a burst of energy before George was born, either).

Below are the categories and info to go with them:

1. Date & time: George was six days early, born at 5:56 PM. (Labor started at 3 AM and lasted 15 hours.)
2. Length & weight: George was 7 lbs, 1 oz. I was 10 lbs heavier when I birthed him than I am now. 
3. Gender, hair & eye color: George came out with red hair, just like both of his parents. I believe he also had blue eyes, though that is a bit more of a fuzzy memory...

Good luck!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Take 158

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
We had an awesome date night last weekend! We sat across from each other at Corndance Tavern, wondering when the last time was that we were out on a date without another couple and without George... It had been a couple of months, we think! It was a lovely dinner followed by a very fun concert put on by Josh Garrels. That's right. Date night before the new baby and we bought the t-shirt. :) Oh, and if you get a chance to see him in concert, do it. It was highly entertaining and a great night.
--- 2 ---
Speaking of pre-baby... Brian bought me a surprise gift! My iPad Air 2 arrives in the mail TODAY! If you can't find me over the next week/maternity leave... you'll know what I'm doing... :) Tell me your favorite apps and features of your iPad! I'll get on it right quick.
--- 3 ---
When we had Liam and Peter staying with us last week, I put my tablecloth question away for the week, and replaced it with a $5 estate sale find of a decent looking plastic tablecloth:
The experiment has worked well so far! I can wipe the table down, the cloth doesn't look horrific and I haven't washed a table cloth in two weeks! I kind of like that.
--- 4 ---
Our first batch of pesto happened this week! I had self control and froze it all for future pizzas and pastas... But I've taken all of your basil advice and am doing quite well with our basil plants this year! I'm clipping more branch like harvests, I'm pinching leaves as necessary, too, and taking those branches and letting some of them take root in a little vase and then replanting those back outside. It's been fun! And yes, I'm seeing the fruit (more of it!) in this way of harvesting them!
--- 5 ---
George likes to play with the baby monitors and this week he discovered the concept of feedback. He cried.
And I admit to laughing. 
--- 6 ---
Our church is doing its yearly ND ticket raffle... Check out their categories: 
I'll admit, they did make me laugh with that one.
--- 7 ---
In other random things I learned this week, I heard a segment on NPR on Kenny Ortega, who I had indeed never heard of. BUT, I was dumbfounded that the same man choreographed Dirty Dancing, High School Musical and Newsies. Amazing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Small Task

You know those "easy" things that you know won't take you forever, but (somehow) take seemingly forever? Or rather, correction, they don't take forever, they simply take forever to start.
Brian and I planned this concept before George was born. I got all, "I can draw Pooh on the wall!" "Like.. this weekend!" That turned into an iPhone reminder, "Paint Pooh" that I continued to reschedule for next Saturday... week after week after week.

I finally got around to "drawing it" with blue tape, then drawing it with a pencil (months later), a couple of months later got around to painting it, and then spent another couple of months with the reminder, "Fix Pooh" being rescheduled for each future weekend... Turns out that when you erase pencil from the wall, you need to repaint those areas.

So, I'm happy to announce that its over. Or rather, it's complete! And, just in time for baby #2.
And the real kicker? In total, I probably only spent a whopping 90 minutes on this project.
90 minutes.

But, I'm glad it's done! And when I sit in the rocker and give George his bottle and cuddles... I have a pretty wall with Pooh on it staring back at me. Success!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Take 157

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
This week we have the awesome privilege of having my nephews Liam and Peter staying with us! (And Isa was with us on Sunday, too!) I'm hoping we haven't bored them too much and I must declare that George has been in absolute heaven having these wonderful boys around! (We will certainly be the boring parents that George is stuck with come Sunday when they head home... Broken heart.) 
--- 2 ---
This week I tried my first go of making cold pressed coffee. I went with The Pioneer Woman's iced coffee instructions, and have been enjoying (guiltily, thank you baby #2) an afternoon cold, creamy coffee. It's been a bit delightful, though I don't plan on keeping it around long term... I don't need that much caffeine... or maybe I will after baby #2.
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I also tried my hand at Smitten Kitchen's Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie. I will let her photos suffice because ours wasn't as beautiful... Also, don't pour all the strawberry sauce over the pie unless you know it'll be finished in one go. Because... it really doesn't go well after being frozen. But, it was a fun dessert!
--- 4 ---
Thanks to Liam and Peter being with us, we did a little rodeo watching... and in the course of learning that rodeos have different types of events (and being teased), I declared, "Lots of normal people have never been to a rodeo!" There were definitely a few laughs, and I immediately texted my Dad. Sure Enough. He's been to a rodeo. Madison Square Garden as a little boy. Bam. 

Maybe I'm going to a rodeo?
--- 5 ---
We do not have a lot of flowers that are blooming this part of the summer, but I have two exciting things to share:
This is our third summer with this hydrangea bush... And our first bloom. Ever. Yay!
Also, these two lilies in our front yard? Totally my favorite. Every morning I see them and have an internal battle... Clip and bring in the house? Leave in our front yard? Oh the difficulties.
--- 6 ---
Liam, Peter and I watched Space Jam this week. Guess what? Patricia Heaton is very much in that movie. Hilarious. Right?
--- 7 ---
I have new glasses! (Again.) Was hoping for a brown pair, which is the base color I wear a lot (except when I'm pregnant because most of my maternity clothing is black... go figure). Brian likes them, and they've grown on me in even in the last 12 hours, though I always feel sheepish when I go with a "trendier" version of... anything.

Happy Friday!