Tuesday, January 15, 2013

December 2012 Memories

It was a joy to be able to spend Christmas with family this year.  Utah was beautiful.  White, snowy, sparkling, just how Christmas should look.  My heart was filled with so much happiness and love for my little one from seeing her excitement for this wonderful time of year.  Christmas lights, snow, candy canes, ornaments on a Christmas tree, everything was so magical for her.  (Except Santa: he is more scary to her than magical).  To top it off we got to see my little brother get married to the most adorable girl I could have ever imagined.  We are so happy for them and I am thrilled to have her part of our family!

 E holding up her French horn and yelling to me 
"Look Momma!  It's a Prench Horn!!"
a. how the heck did she know it was a french horn
b. wonder when she will stop saying "p" for "f"

Yes.  I got my husband a steamer for Christmas. 

It feels good to start a new year.  In just a week and a half I will be entering my last trimester.  This is starting to feel real.  There were so many times during my pregnancy where I thought or sometimes was convinced I was miscarrying, but things are feeling more stable, and I am letting myself believe finally that I will one day get to hold this little boy in my arms.  Every movement I feel, every little kick from him is nothing short of a miracle.  An absolute miracle.  I feel so unbelievably lucky and blessed to be experiencing this pregnancy.  I love being pregnant, if I didn't choose to do IVF to screen for my disease I may want to experience pregnancy a few more times.  I love the feeling of the baby inside of me, I love seeing my belly grow.  I truly love it.

Cheers to a wonderful new year!  A year where this little boy will finally make his debut-we have been waiting to see him for a while now so this should definitely be a year to remember.

Friday, December 7, 2012

That One Thanksgiving

There was that one Thanksgiving when we lived away from family and decided to go out for Thanksgiving Dinnner.  And then we decided to leave a little bit early for dinner to walk around and see the Christmas lights.  And then it started to rain, really, really hard, so we just stayed in the car and waited for our reservation.  We figured we should at least take a couple pictures as a family, it is Thanksgiving after all!  So we did our best to capture a family picture in the car.

That's the best it got.

And then we went and ate a delicious Thanksgiving feast, enjoying our little family, while talking about the family that we so very much missed.  And then I decided to post about it two weeks later.  
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Over the Weekend: Family time, the Yarn Nazi, and more granny squares

We had an eventful weekend filled with family time, chick fil a, and a shocking encounter with the Yarn Nazi.

I had a couple yarn shops I wanted to visit over the weekend.  The first had an amazing selection of Yarn, I was in heaven!  The owner asked me if she could help me and I told her I wanted to make a granny square blanket and was wondering the best kind of yarn for that.  She pointed me in the direction of the best yarn and I went searching for the perfect color combinations.

 Micah and E soon came in the store after me.  My sweet little girl was so excited to see all the beautiful colors of yarn, she picked up a little metal trinket that was on a shelf and within mili seconds we hear a voice "those are breakable".  Ooookay-we told Eleni not to touch.  She then found a big basket of yarn, each bundle wrapped in plastic.  She went through picking them up and then here came that voice again "I can't sell them if they are broken, they aren't to be played with".  This is how the rest of the few seconds I had in that shop went down.  I looked at Micah, told him I wasn't going to give this meanie a dime of my money and that we should get out of there.  After leaving I was kicking myself.  I should have said this!  No-I should have said THAT!  ....this is how I wish it would have went down.

Mean Yarn Nazi Lady Owner "Those aren't to be played with!  I can't sell them if they are broken!"
Me: "Well if your yarn is that easily "broken" then I don't want your yarn.  I want good quality yarn and if yours is such poor quality I will take my business elsewhere!"

or Me option #2 , "I'm surprised you sell anything at all with your rudeness!!!!"

or Me option # 3-I grab a handful of yarn and chuck it in her face! hehehe, just kidding ;)

Ok...maybe neither one of those are really good zingers.  Speaking of zingers....I'm really sad hostess shut down...anyways...I digress.  Do you ever feel like Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail"?  Not knowing what to say in the moment when someone is so rude and then later kicking yourself because you have now thought of what could have been the perfect "put them in their place" comment?  I don't know...maybe it's better that I took the so called "high road" and didn't say anything.  But I am still mad at myself for not saying at least something.  What say you on the subject??  Any good zingers I could have said??  Would I have regretted it if I did say something?

Anyways, I ended up going to a different yarn shop with delightful and sweet ladies.  I ended up telling them about my earlier experience with the Yarn Nazi, and they were far too familiar with her.  She said that she hates children and one time she slapped a little girls hand for touching her yarn.  The little girls mom went to the police station to press charges and the officer said "O her-we have a whole file on her".  Yikes!  So steer clear from the Yarn Nazi!....maybe I should write her a letter?  No Carly let it go....let it go....

Oh, E and I also made THESE bad boys.  O...my...yumminess

Friday, November 16, 2012

I hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling...

Can you believe tis the season already to be jolly (or stressed!) and start thinking about Christmas !  I think I'm excited...I think.  No-no I am.  Once I have presents behind me I will be in full enjoy Christmas mode.  I love this time of year, as much as I love the warm months, there's just a beautiful holiday feeling during Christmas time.  So-you don't know what to get your daughter?  Nieces?  Friends?  Little girls' friends?!  Well I have a great idea for ya!

First of all, I would like to say thank you to the art of crochet.  It has for now saved me from insanity since I am on modified-ish bed rest (remember?  Cause of that pesky blood clot in my uterus??)  Anyways, it's given me something to do and I feel more productive, and I actually am starting to love it.  I think crocheting and I have a long future together.

So I was messing around yesterday and took a whack at making a crochet flower.  Once the flower was completed I realized that it needed to go with a headband, one thing lead to another and this fun head band was created!  It was super simple, such a great beginner project (which I am such a beginner ) and it's got me excited to make some of them for Christmas gifts.


If you are thinking that you would like to make some too, here are the links to the youtube videos that helped me create it.  Can I just say thank you for youtube?  And thank you to all those lovely ladies who have made crochet youtube videos!  I am such a visual learner that I honestly think it's been the only way for me to learn by watching videos over and over (and over) again.

Flower Video
Head Band Video

O, and since I am obsessed with crocheting right now, check out my friends etsy shop hookmiup!  She makes crocheted hello kitty dolls, they are adorable!  I am getting E one for Christmas, so there's another Christmas gift idea for ya!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So far... and something fun!

So far this week...

I may have cheated a bit on my "modified bed rest" to make some de-E-licious oatmeal cookies, where I ate way too many right out of the oven.  Am I the only one who can't stop after 4, 5...maybe 6 freshly baked cookies?? (alright fine! fine! 7!)

 E apparently channeled her innner zoolander.

 There's been many moments of this face looking at me and me thinking "Is it seriously just 9 am and I have already exhausted all my resources?  Seriously?!"

 There's been many hours of playing "pasta play-dough .  O, you don't know that game??  Well you cut and roll play-dough in all sorts of different pasta shapes, not gonna lie, I am pretty professional at making orichiette by now.

Ok-and I am really excited about this one.  I kind of learned how to crochet!  Thanks to the help of two darling friends and many MANY youtube videos, I have learned how to make a granny square!  

 "Mom quit bragging about your granny squares and focus on me"

Ok ok one last look.  Ahhh, the therapeutic sigh of accomplishing something.  I am proud.  So so proud since I almost gave up more times than I can count...

 "Moooom!  Seriously!"

 Okay okay, that's enough about me.  I have a little one who wants to play another round of pasta play-dough.  Ahh the joys of motherhood:)....but seriously, oh the many, many joys.  I'm being serious! :)

O, and I know you are dying for that oatmeal cookie recipe, so go ahead and head on over here to get it!

And here's for something fun!  My darling cousin has a super cute fam blog and she is having a giveaway!  Make sure to head on over by clicking HERE and comment on her post in order to be entered into the giveaway.  Yay for giveaways!...alright, and a little crack of the knuckles and I am off to create with some playdough.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Seeing Blue...

Hey little baby boy in my belly, you be safe and not let that stinky ole blood clot in my uterus hurt you, and we can't wait to see you in April!!!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

All Hollows' Eve

On All Hollows Eve, cuteness was in no short supply,
Peter Pan swooped in and was teaching the kiddies how to fly.
      On All Hallows' Eve.
Thing One and Thing Two and the Cat in the Hat,
Joined in the fun and we liked it like that.
   On All Hallows' Eve.
 Rosie the Riveter and a nice daddy joined in on the fun,
And they felt so lucky that that cute little Pan was their sweet (and spicy) little one.
       On all Hollows' Eve.
Pan snuggled up to the owl and they read stories galore,
Then they and their friends danced a spookey jig on the floor.
 On All Hallows' Eve.

Shortly the festivities came to a rest, and the Pan, Cat in the Hat and I’m sure the owl flew back to his nest.  For they all needed their sleep so they could have sweet dreams, of candy and costumes and the excitement of many more Halloweens.
     On All Hallows' Eve.