Thursday, June 30, 2011

I've noticed that pregnancy is an easy conversation-starter in any awkward social situation.  It's like I'm suddenly part of this club and I inherently know the secret language.  Sure, pregnancy talk is usually less than sparkling.  And it's almost always the same thing over and over... and over again.  But hey, it's a connection with another person that I probably wouldn't have otherwise had.  And any woman who trusts me enough to tell me stories about gas, hemorrhoids and swollen vaginas is alright by me.  It's like we just bonded.
It seems that ever since I've been noticeably pregnant, every woman I pass by with a child under the age of 5 gives me a weird glance and a smirk as if to say, "This is only the beginning, my friend."  Okay, maybe that's all in my head.  Maybe they're really just giving me a weird glance as if to say, "Stop staring at my kid, you weirdo."  But still...a connection.
I do tend to stare at mothers and their children lately wondering what I might look like in the near future.  I hope not to be that grouchy, screaming, ogre-of-a-mother I seem to see way too often.  I always wondered why there always seem to be so many of those.  Are these crazy-looking mothers normally sweet, caring individuals who are simply having a "moment" where their patience is being tried?  Are their kids really just horrible monsters?  Do they secretly hate their children?  The thought of suddenly turning into "that person" scared me out of ever having kids for a while.  I thought, "If that's what I'll turn into, I'll pass."  But I've since met completely normal, patient mothers with normal, well-behaved children, and that gives me hope.
Sometimes when I see a mom pushing a shopping cart full of groceries and a couple of kids, talking on her cell phone and ruffling through her purse to find her car keys I think, "No wonder she has no patience."  She can't even concentrate on what's right in front of her.  Maybe if she just put down the phone and lived in the beauty of the moment - even if it is just grocery shopping - life would seem less stressful and more enjoyable.
I often have to remind myself of that when I try to do too many things at once.  How many things do we miss because we just aren't paying attention?  We only get so many moments, why rush them?

Friday, June 24, 2011

This week...

These are my three favorite things from this week!

This blog has been my favorite all week.  
It has given me some inspiration for our baby shower that is finally TOMORROW!

I didn't think I was ready to invest my heart into another show after Lost.  Haha.  
But Dexter has proved to be a worthy competitor.  
We're so obsessed right now.

Summer peaches!  
Ok, so I stole them from my neighbors' tree.  
But they have a TON hanging over their wall; they won't be missed.







Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Krystal and EJ Time


Remember when you would get allowance money and all there was for you to do with it was buy totally random toys?  
No bills or groceries?  
No wonder he's so smiley. :D
We went to this great bakery by our house.  
After eating his amazing, warm chocolate lava cake with whipped cream on top, and washing it down with a chocolate milk, he declared that he would've rather had a Slurpee and pretzel M&M's.  
Haha.

His first time playing Scrabble.  
It's something I used to do with my dad almost every night.  As a kid it became my life mission to beat him one day, and I still don't think I ever have.  I hope this becomes a regular thing.  
And seriously, this kid is SMART.



Monday, June 20, 2011

Life Lately

We found this picture on the Area 51's website from when Evan Jr. threw the first pitch at a game last month.

One of our favorite places to eat lately is a little Pizzeria by our house called Settebello.  The only thing better than their pizza is their dessert.  Coffee + Dessert + My husband = The best kind of date

A trip to Lowe's for some tools to clean up our backyard.  He's so cute.

Lady likes going to Evan Jr's baseball games and being snuggled by daddy.


"Yes mommy, I just ripped up my toy.  But I'm so cute that you won't care at all."

Tramp, performing his favorite hobby in his favorite spot.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Nursery

Although the nursery isn't completely finished - it's missing the sweet little things like my glider chair that I still have to paint, a cute mobile that I want to make and the most PERFECT quilt that I found on Etsy - but the bulk of the nursery is done, and I'm so excited because it's turning out exactly how I want.  We wanted a Disney-inspired nursery but I hate that really commercial look so we decided to get creative, use the colors and do most things ourselves rather than just making a trip to the disney store and throwing everything up.  Plus, doing it yourself is more fun!

Before

After

We bought the crib off craigslist from a nice couple, and I painted it red (all the paint used is no-VOC paint).  I painted the wall yellow, and left the Mickey silhouette up to Evan, which I think adds the perfect accent.

Here's the opposite wall before

After

Since Evan is a huge Disney fan, and has a 7-year old son, we already had everything here.  All I had to do was paint and reorganize.  


It's interesting to me that no baby store seems to sell items in primary colors.  I had a really hard time finding anything that wasn't "baby yellow" or "baby green".  Babies see primary colors best!  Bright colors stimulate their eyes and brains more.  I'm excited to rock my sweet little thing in this fun room.  But of course, if it ends up being a girl we'll need more Minnie and Daisy!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Baby Showering

Over the weekend some friends and family came over to start some work on the baby shower.  My sister, Jen, is planning everything, and she is doing such an amazing job!  She knows how much I love Alice and Wonderland; the Alice books are some of my favorite books ever, and of course there are the numerous movie versions that I think are all great.  Most people seem to associate the Alice books with drugs and crazy, psychedelic mushroom trips.  This is so unfortunate because I feel those people know nothing about the actual books or Lewis Carroll at all!  We covered his work in a literature class I once took, and it's fascinating what a creative, clever writer he was.  I digress...

So anyway, the shower will be set up like a little garden tea party, which I think is so adorable.

We "painted the roses red"


This will eventually be a huge caterpillar, which will be propped up next to some hookahs outside

Courtney painting a super cute sign that my dad made

My mother, sister and me hot-gluing hands of cards

Jen painting the caterpillar


Meanwhile, the men drank

This picture just reminded me of Alice.  It kind of makes me want to throw on white tights, black maryjanes and a blue dress and eat sweet treats.





Saturday, June 4, 2011

I don't know what it is lately, but I can NOT just sit down and relax.  Is this a pregnancy thing?  I hate blaming things on pregnancy - I've found the excuse "You're eating for two" is one of the most annoying phrases I've heard these past 6 months - but, I might have to chalk this issue up to that.  

My mind is constantly going and it's so hard for me to just sit and do nothing.  I've always been a little bit of a busy body.  I can't sit and watch a movie unless I'm doing something else as well.  Books, however, used to be one exception.  I could sit and read for hours without getting up for anything.  I was once up to about 2 novels a week!  On top of a full-time job and extra curricular activities.  I didn't, however, value sleep as much back then.  Most 22-year olds don't.  So I've decided to take it easy and sit to read once in a while.  After all, how often will I have a chance to once the baby is born?  

My first pick:  Jane Eyre  

I don't know how I graduated with a degree in English never having read it in full.  I've started it, but never finished.  Plus, there's a new movie version that I can watch afterwards.  Hopefully I won't be one of those people who obnoxiously compares it to the book, mentions to people who don't care all the parts that were left out and lists all the reasons the book is better than the movie.  If you know someone who has read the Harry Potter books, you know what I'm talking about.  Yes, I've read the Harry Potter books.  ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kahlua Mini Bundt Cakes with Chocolate Sauce

I'm absolutely addicted to sweets.  For me there's no such thing as too rich or decadent.  I want to have lots of sweet treats at my baby shower at the end of this month, so I figure I should try out some new recipes now.  This one is definitely a winner:

Kahlua Mini Bundt Cakes with Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of Kahlua
  • 1 package of any Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 8oz package of cream cheese, softened in the microwave for about 30 seconds
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 8oz of chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream (for chocolate sauce)
  • 1/4 cup of Kahlua (for chocolate sauce)
  • 12oz of dark chocolate (for chocolate sauce)
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter (for chocolate sauce)
  • 2oz White chocolate for decorating (optional) 

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350ยบ.  Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, cream cheese and Kahlua in a mixing bowl.  Blend on medium for about 5 minutes.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Fill a greased mini bundt pan (each about 3/4 full).  Bake about 25-30 minutes.
  2. For the sauce:  In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt butter, heavy cream and Kahlua.  Stir constantly until it is melted and combined.  You'll want to taste it periodically to make sure the alcohol taste has cooked out.  You should be left with just a rich, chocolate taste.  Remove from heat and pour over bundts.
  3. Garnish with melted white chocolate, fresh raspberries, fresh mint and a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

This is one of my favorite cake stands I made out of cute finds from the thrift store. 

Happy Eating!

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