Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Best Dessert Ever!

Martha, my Maw (mom at work) was at it again today. First it was homemade salsa and guacamole for BabyDear, then lentil soup and now it's Tortilla De Banana!

Can you say yum?!??



This delicious treat is made by browning a tortilla with a little butter, then adding sliced bananas, chocolate chips, brown sugar and cinnamon then heating until melted. At the very end put a little scoop of your favorite ice cream on the mixture then fold in half. Add more ice cream on top and enjoy!!!

Thanks Martha!!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

12 Weeks





We made it to our 2nd Trimester!!! Next stop will be finding out if BabyDear is a doe or a buck!!!



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From a Friend

Ahhh, coffee!! That has been the hardest to go without so far! I thought no vino would be hard! I never realized how comforting my morning coffee was to me. It was a part of my routine. It was t time in my day just for me.

I was talking with a friend at work about how good her coffee smelled and we joked about how baby can't have any. She came back from her lunch with a special mocha just for baby ( and me). Don't worry, there is very little caffeine in this one!






Oh my goodness! It tastes so good!!!

Thanks Katie! What a perfect treat for a Monday!



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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Preggnatinis for Baby Shower

 Look at this fun idea for us pregnant mommas out there! I am sure Kara and I would love to sip on one of these while talking baby stuff!


das jahr


I love this print and can see this in the bedroom when BabyDear is a toddler.  It seems to tell a story and I would hang this in a heartbeat!

The title is "das jahr” and is by Marlene Reidel.

Preparing for Baby

What a great article found here at designmom about preparing for the first few days at home with the new babydear!  I know I will be studying this!


Here are the topics covered: Sleeping, Feeding, Bathing/Diapering, Mom and Clothing.

What to Eat

Here is an easy guideline to follow for the next 6 months. More information can be found here.



1. Nine or more servings (fistfuls) of fruits and vegetables
Good choices:
☑ Leafy green vegetables
☑ Cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, arugula, cabbage, and brussels sprouts (They help detoxify your liver so it can metabolize chemicals from the outside world.)
☑ Foods that contain flavonols, like broccoli, radishes, onions, tomatoes (Try this tasty vegetable satay.)

2. Three or more servings of whole-grain products
Good choices:
☑ Cereal grains
☑ Oats (Make easy overnight oatmeal.)
☑ Whole-grain wheat products
Bad choices:
☒ Refined bleached flour or non-100% whole grains

3. Three or more servings of lean protein
Good choices:
☑ Fish (especially salmon and trout)
☑ Lean poultry (skinned and nonfried)
☑ Lean meat (Meat that has less than 4 grams of saturated fat per serving; anything with loin in the name usually works.)
☑ Legumes (Cook up this slow-cooker lentil stew.)
☑ Beans (with Beano, to reduce accompanying gas cramps)
☑ Nuts (especially walnuts, which have more omega-3s than other nuts)
☑ Soy products (tofu, tempeh, edamame)
Bad choices:
☒ Bottom-feeding fish, such as shark, swordfish, tuna (higher risk of mercury)
☒ Saturated fats (from four-legged animals; palm and coconut oils)

4. Three or four servings of calcium-rich foods
Good choices:
☑ Low-fat yogurt and pasteurized cheese
☑ Organic skim milk (Watch calorie counts on alternative milks such as rice milk; you may choose to limit soymilk to one to two glasses daily because of phytoestrogens; there's concern about the feminization of the brain and other organs, including sex organs.)

5. Five or more grams of fat in the form of omega-3s (like walnuts, flax, or avocados); five grams of omega-9s (olive oil); and five grams of omega-6s (corn and nut oils).
Bad choices:
☒ Saturated fat (palm and coconut oils) and trans fat (anything "partially hydrogenated")

Other bad choices:
☒ Simple sugars
☒ Syrups
☒ High-fructose corn syrup
☒ Soda, carbonated drinks
☒ Foods that have any potential safety issues, like undercooked meats and eggs, and foods for which there is any question about refrigeration
☒ Alcohol
☒ More than 200 milligrams caffeine per day (1 cup of regular coffee or 2 cups of black tea)

While it is your job to provide a good nutritional environment for your growing baby, you don't have to feel bad if you occasionally stray from our recommendations. Forty weeks is a mighty long time, and if on some days you stray from the ideal, that's perfectly normal -- and perfectly okay. The important thing is to eat well most of the time.

Music for BabyDear


World of Dreams: Soothing Songs and Lullabies
Charlie Hope
Children's Music
Released: 2009



   
Bedtime Songs - Instrumental Piano Music for Babies Collection
Bedtime Songs Collective
Instrumental
Released: 2010

Etsy Love: Mincing Mockingbird

Here are some of my favorite prints from MincingMockingbird that I just adore!  

 I could see any of these in the nursery, maybe above the crib or changing table?






 Maybe this wise old owl if I have a boy...








Baby Food Ideas

Avocado Baby Food


Most Awesome Lullaby Playlist EVER

 Here is a playlist that I made while babysitting one evening. It isn't complete because I only had teh songs from my iphone to choose from.  As if 109 songs isn't enough!  We'll see...


All My Days    Alexi Murdoch    Away We Go Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
All the Pretty Little Ponies    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
All the Wild Horses    Ray LaMontagne    Trouble
At Least It Was    Emiliana Torrini    Fisherman's Woman
Be Here Now    Ray LaMontagne    Till the Sun Turns Black (Bonus Track)
Bella's Lullaby    Carter Burwell    Twilight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Beneath the Balcony    Iron & Wine    The Sea & the Rhythm - EP
Bird Stealing Bread    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
Blowin' In The Wind    Bob Dylan    The Essential Bob Dylan
The Blue    David Gilmour    On an Island
Brahm's Lullaby    Jewel    Lullaby
Can I Stay (Live) [Bonus Track]    Ray LaMontagne    Till the Sun Turns Black (Bonus Track)
The Celts    Enya    album The celts
Cinder and Smoke    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Clair de Lune (Bonus Track)    The APM Orchestra    Twilight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cody's Song    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
Dante's Prayer    Loreena McKennitt    The Book Of Secrets
A Day without Rain    Enya    album A day without rain
Dear Mister Moonshine    Laura Brino    A Strange and Beautiful Trip
dreaming my dreams    Cranberries    Cranberries
Dream Weaver    Gary Wright    96.9
Each Coming Night    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Empty    Ray LaMontagne    Till the Sun Turns Black (Bonus Track)
Everything Trying    Damien Jurado    Caught In the Trees
fade into you    mazy starr    So tonight that i might see
Faded from the Winter    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
Fever Dream    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
five string serenade    mazy starr    So tonight that i might see
Free Until They Cut Me Down    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Gold In The Sunset    Bob Schneider    I'm Good Now
Gossip In the Grain    Ray LaMontagne    Gossip In the Grain
Heavenly Day    Patty Griffin    Children Running Through
Hide and Seek    Imogen Heap    Speak for Yourself
hold on to me    david gray    lost songs
Hold You In My Arms    Ray LaMontagne    Trouble
Honeymoon Child    Emiliana Torrini    Fisherman's Woman
The Horses    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
I Know    Fiona Apple    When the Pawn
instrumental 1    david gray    lost songs
intrumental 2    david gray    lost songs
The Last Unicorn    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
Let It Be Me    Ray LaMontagne    Gossip In the Grain
Lion's Mane    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
Loud As Hope    Iron & Wine    Around the Well (Bonus Track Version)
Love and Some Verses    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Love Is Everywhere    Bob Schneider    I'm Good Now
Make You Feel My Love    ADELE    19
Maps    Yeah Yeah Yeahs    yeah yeah yeahs
A Message    Coldplay    X & Y
Metal & Steel    Bob Schneider    Lonelyland
Moon Song    Bob Schneider    Lonelyland
Morning    Iron & Wine    Around the Well (Bonus Track Version)
My Heart With You    The Rescues    Crazy Ever After
Naked As We Came    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Never is a Promise    Fiona Apple    Tidal
Neverland Medley    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
New Moon     Alexandre Desplat    The Twilight Saga: New Moon
No One's Gonna Love You    Band of Horses    Cease to Begin
Nothing Brings Me Down    Emiliana Torrini    Fisherman's Woman
ohh ohh child     beth orton    Myspace
On an Island    David Gilmour    On an Island
On Your Way    Eastmountainsouth    Eastmountainsouth
Ordinary World    Duran duran    94.9
Pale September    Fiona Apple    Tidal
Passing Afternoon    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Promise What You Will    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
Promising Light    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
Rain    The Ben Taylor Band    Famous Among The Barns
Rainbow Connection    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
Return to Pooh Corner    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
Rockin Chairs    Cyndy Fike    Cyndy Fike's Album
Sacred Vision    Iron & Wine    Around the Well (Bonus Track Version)
Sail Away    david gray    white ladder
The Sea and the Rhythm    Iron & Wine    The Sea & the Rhythm - EP
She Talks To Angels (acoustic)    Black crows    94.9
Slow Like Honey    Fiona Apple    Tidal
Someday the Waves    Iron & Wine    The Sea & the Rhythm - EP
Something In The Way She Moves    James Taylor    Best Of James Taylor
Song to the Siren    robert plant    dreamland
St. Judy's Comet    Kenny Loggins    Return to Pooh Corner
Such Great Heights    Iron & Wine    Around the Well (Bonus Track Version)
Sunset Soon Forgotten    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Swans and the Swimming    Iron & Wine    Around the Well (Bonus Track Version)
Sweet Baby James    James Taylor    Greatest Hits
Teeth in the Grass    Iron & Wine    Our Endless Numbered Days
Then I Close My Eyes    David Gilmour    On an Island
to get me to you    hope floats    hope floats
to make you feel my love    hope floats    hope floats
Today Has Been Okay    Emiliana Torrini    Fisherman's Woman
The Trapeze Swinger    Iron & Wine    The Trapeze Swinger - Single
Upward Over the Mountain    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
Us Three    Various    Josh and Krista Craig
Waitin' for a Superman    Iron & Wine    Around the Well (Bonus Track Version)
Watermark    Enya    Album watermark
We All, Us Three, Will Ride    Iron & Wine    I Am A Cold Rock. I Am Dull Grass.
Weary Memory    Iron & Wine    The Creek Drank the Cradle
when the flame turns blue    david gray    lost songs
When the Stars Go Blue    The Corrs    94.9
when you say nothing at all    Alison Krauss    Country
When you wish upon a star    Louis Armstrong    Valentine's Day
Where's My Love    Caroline    Murmurs
wind beneath my wings    Bette midler    94.9
Winter Birds    Ray LaMontagne    Gossip In the Grain
Winter Song    Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson    The Hotel CafĂ© Presents Winter Songs
Wish You Were Here    Pink Floyd    Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here    Sparklehorse    Lords Of Dogtown
You Dance    Eastmountainsouth    Eastmountainsouth
You Can Close Your Eyes    James Taylor    Best Of James Taylor
Love Story    Taylor Swift    Fearless

To Do List

Birth Plan

find used BOB stroller

9 Months Book

I just finished my first baby project! It is a memorabilia book made from envelopes to hold all keepsakes for the next 9 months. There are pockets and journal spaces for each month.
Here is the link to the project found on the Creative Impulse email 9 Month Book




































































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Yard Sale Mania

Shirley and I decided to hit up some yard sales this morning. While on our way to check out Covington area yard sales we got "stuck" in Lakeland! We went to Lakeland thinking we'd hit a couple we saw in the paper but ended up stumbling upon the Lakeland Yard Sale Weekend Extravaganza! OMG! The whole town was in on it! We had so much fun rooting thru stuff. We both found some great deals.

Hubby even found something!




I decided to wear my BRAND NEW Red Sox shirt today! It was my very first Mother's Day gift! Thanks so much, Kara!!





Now it's time to ice the back and have a late afternoon nap before the big game tonight! Go Red Sox!

Happy Birthday to my Nick-Pick! 14 years old! Love you!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

From Blob to Baby

I went in for some tests and had another ultrasound. I was brought to tears again when I saw what looks like a real baby now!




No more blob!

I am just shy of my 2nd trimester and can't believe how fast the time has gone.

Travis was not able to make it to the testing ultrasound, so here are some pics of him seeing BabyDear...







Such a proud Daddy!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Enjoying our Yard




We all took a nap in the sunshine a couple weekends ago. Our first nice day since Fall 2011!


Here is a picture of our front yard on bloom. Yes, those are BSU Flamingos in the yard!


Our front porch gets some amazing sunshine and has a wonderful view of the sunset.

Mother's Day


Mother's Day 2011
10 weeks 5 days



What a great day! We got the garage cleaned out, made a trip to the dump and set a new Skype record! 4 hours and 35 minutes!

We decided to get together to craft via Skype. We made tissue paper balls for Kara's nursery. They made 10 in Idaho and I made 3 here in Seattle! We continued to work on projects together while talked, laughed and pigged out! They even got to see my Oreo dance! It was hard to believe I was 8 hours away! What a great time!




Happy Mother's Day to my mom, Chris, my step mom, Janet, to my mother in-law, Judy, my Grandmother in-law Marie and lastly, to my sister Kara, who will be having her third baby 3.5 months before me! I love you all and thank you all for your love and support.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers out there. We wouldn't be here without you!


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Location:Kent, Wa

Hard to Sell

Travis decided it was time to sell his bike.  
He posted it on Craigslist and with in 30 mins he had something like 40 emails!  He sold it that night and the guy eneded up being from Caldwell!
Weird. (as Hubby would say)








Shi Shi Beach Day Part 2

I know it has been a week since our trip to the coast, but better late than never, right?!?!



Molly's Princess Bed
 

Shi Shi Beach mid 60's BEAUTIFUL DAY!

 Hubby
 Wifey

 Molly doing her crazy bark while I show off my baby bump (more of a beer belly, really)












 I'm in a tree!


 Sunlight pathway to the lighthouse


 The view from the point







 Cape Flattery Lighthouse







We had such a wonderful day!