Sep 29, 2011

{1 week to b-day}

i haven't talked about a lot of 'normal' baby things on here, i suppose.
but isaac is a pretty exceptional little baby, so i guess that makes sense :)

since we've had an actually meet-baby-date, things have been coming together really well over here. everything is finally coming together. i think we just needed an ultimatum to really get things in gear.

-we had a baby shower for ii at daniel's work. totally their idea. & it was the sweetest thing ever. i wasn't expecting for all of daniel's co-workers to be so above & beyond sweet to us & our little guy. it was a cash shower too, which worked out perfectly - we had a few things left to get him. umm…actually a few pretty big things, so it ended up being awesome. cloth diapers, crib & pack 'n play are now bought :)

-speaking of cloth diapers. yes. we are. you probably aren't terribly surprised if you've read any of my other crazy ventures with these types of things. after talking to different friends, we {but really, mostly i. who's REALLY going to be changing most of these diapers here, anyways :P} decided to not buy all of one type of diapers. i'm getting a little over half pocket-diaper style & the rest are prefolds. everyone likes different ones for different reasons, & i wasn't really sure which ones i would end up liking the most. so half & half it is. we have 2 grovias, 2 fuzzibunz, 1 flip {all prefold} & 6 bumgenius {pocket diapers}. i think thats all…11 total for now. but i can easily buy more once i decide which i really like or if we just need more. i talked to a lot of people & researched a lot & i really don't think it will be much more effort than disposable ones. a little more, obviously, but an extra load of laundry here & there isn't a big deal. plus i've just never been a big fan of how disposable diapers smell. & we crunched some numbers & these will end up being a loooot cheaper. & they're just pretty looking. i mean colored diapers? yes please. we bought the majority of them via cottonbabies. they offer free shipping all the time, too, which is AMAZING.

-crib is bought. from ikea. we had the hardest time finding a crib after a ton of them were recalled in june. but we have one now. it feels like a real baby room :)

-our office & closet is finally organised {as much as it will ever be} thanks to a slew of fancy boxes & some file tossing.

-kitchen is cleaned from top to bottom. literally. the walls & everything. & is the proud holding place for our new juicer, too, which i am totally in love with.

-we are having a doula with us when they induce me next week. i guess thats a piece of news that we hadn't mentioned until now. i am so thrilled about it. i'll write up a post later on how/why we decided to go this route, because i think its a great option that people don't talk about a lot :)

i'm actually incredibly excited about next week. i mean, don't get me wrong, i'm not fooling myself into thinking its going to be a cake walk at ALL. it's going to huuuuuurt! but this is a little more purposeful than just being in massive amounts of pain for pains sake. so when i think about being in labor in seven days, when i'm all nice & cozy in front of my computer now - it really is exciting to me just knowing that our little boy will really nearly be here. i can make it through any day so long as i have daniel & know that we finally get to meet isaac on the other end of things. he's kept us in suspense for so long. it'll be - maybe not nice, but good - to have some answers to all of our questions soon.

Sep 26, 2011

{some tunes we are liking}

i don't usually post about music.
i had just realised this about a week or so ago. i'm not really sure why.
we are definitely music lovers in this house.

so i thought i would post a few tunes we have been playing here lately.
coldplays album Mylo Xyloto comes out oct. 24th.
i've liked a lot of their songs in the past - especially off of their older albums.
daniel is even a bigger fan, i think i'm just not automatically sold on it just because its coldplay. not that he is either though, really.

but everything new from them that i have heard so far i am really liking.
this is probably still my favourite. the chorus is beautiful.

major minus & moving to mars are worth a listen too, i think :)

Sep 24, 2011

{pallet shelves + 35 weeks}

Source: None via Mindy on Pinterest

daniel had seen this photo i had pinned on pinterest awhile back & surprised me by making isaac little bookshelves out out of the leftover wood we had from our laundry room.

we sanded down the edges a bit to try to keep some of the splinters at bay.
we'll just have to teach him to be careful with them when he gets a little older…

his room is starting to feel finished! {still minus the crib} we kind of just like to sit in there sometimes on the floor & think about him. it feels really peaceful already. 

also, i'm 35 weeks yesterday. all of my clothes are finally not fitting. {please don't be mad at me, moms! its just because he's been so tiny all this time!} i caved & bought maternity jeans about a week ago at a consignment sale. i seriously think that i would have died trying to squeeze into any of my old jeans for another day. they're heavenly. i think i could do the whole elastic waistband thing for forever…

hope you all have a wonderful saturday!

today two of our friends are getting married this afternoon. they were some of the first people i met after moving here. i can hardly wait :) 

Sep 23, 2011

{little boy's birthday}

is going to be {most likely} the 6th of October!!!
just 16 days before daniel's & 33 before mine.

we are going to be a bundle of birthdays all in a row, & i can't wait to finally kiss all over his sweet little face. this has felt like the longest pregnancy - not that i have any others to compare it to ;)

so in the meantime we will just try to stay busy so the time goes by.
i've said it before, but its been awhile, so THANK YOU so much to everyone who has been praying for us & our little kickers. as the date gets closer, its easy to become anxious & wonder what life is going to be like starting in two more weeks, but that is still mingled with peace - at least in one of us. luckily we haven't had any two-person meltdowns yet…

& we definitely appreciate your continued prayers for our families & isaac as he continues to grow the next few weeks & while he's in the NICN undergoing blood tests & a surgery on his little head. thats a lot for a little guy! but we are just so excited to be his parents, it kind of trumps everything else right now.

we will continue to keep you all at least somewhat-posted. the hospital times may be a little tricky. but we'll see…

hope you all are enjoying this first day of FALL!!!

Sep 21, 2011

{tis the season}

if starbucks can have pumpkin spice latte's already. then i can start making them at home, too.
here is the recipe from last fall.

i might add a bit of cinnamon to mine this year, too. just for fun.

Sep 20, 2011

{the very best + easy baguettes}

okay, here is the first of several recipes to share in the next few days.
we have been devouring these yummy baguettes all summer long, like in our french onion soup.
they freeze awesomely, too. we just let them thaw & pop them in the oven until they're crispy on top.

you will need:

3 cups flour (i use half bread flour half kamut or whole wheat)
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
3/4 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of yeast
1 1/2 cups cool water

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
another 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt

optional: whole garlic cloves, whole olives, halved cherry tomatoes etc…for topping :)

no. 1
This recipe starts the night before/early morning - stir together the flour, sea salt, sugar and yeast. Add the water and mix until you have a wet, sticky dough. {this dough is stickier from start to finish, so don't worry if it doesn't turn out like normal bread dough - its not supposed to!} Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature until the surface is bubbly and the dough is more than doubled in size, 10 to 18 hours. or 24. i've let it go that long. its no big deal :)
no. 2
When the first rise is complete, dust a work surface with flour & scrape the dough out of the bowl. Fold dough over a few times & form a ball. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of the coarse salt.
no. 3
Grab a large bowl & coat with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl & cover with a towel. Place in a warm spot to rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until almost doubled. You should be able to poke it with your finger, & it should hold the impression. If it springs back, let it rise for another 15 minutes.
no. 4
Pre-heat the oven to 500F, with a rack in the center & oil a 13″ x 18″ x 1″ baking sheet.
no. 5
Cut the dough into quarters. Gently stretch each piece evenly into a long, thin, baguette shape approximately the length of the pan - remember i said the dough was sticky? It still will be a little bit. It helped me to wet my hands first, before doing this. It should be pretty easy to stretch out, too. Place each baguette on the pan, & bury garlic cloves, olives or cherry tomatoes deep into the loaves or they will pop out, or just rest on top. I know… Then brush olive oil on each loaf, followed by a sprinkle of sea salt.
no. 6
Bake For 15 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. & reheat until crispy on top again if you plan on freezing them, or even just eating them later in the day.

these baguettes really are super quick to make, even though the instructions seem kind of long. its basically 10 minutes hands on time + several rising times.

makes 4 baguettes

Sep 19, 2011

{books full of memories}

this past christmas time i had started making these books for daniel. i finally just got them printed last month. it took me awhile.
but they are fabulous alternatives to scrapbooking. which i love, but can never seem to finish.
they're also a lot thinner, which will be nice as the years go by, i think.
we got ours printed in 8 x10 books, with a hardcover image wrap. its a tiny bit more expensive that way, but we also wont have to wrestle with dust jackets.

this past time around we got all of our wedding day pictures & 2010 in books. up next is 2011 + all of our pictures from dating days.

we got them made through & between now & the end of the month you can get 20% off your order using the code QUALITY if you're interested. they have deals like that going fairly often though if you sign up for their emails.

we could not be more thrilled with how ours have turned out!

Sep 17, 2011

{a few last projects for us}

if isaac doesn't get here too terribly early, i have a few more projects i would like to get done over here. we never really know, though. our timeline is totally wacky right now. the 37 weeks could end up being 38 weeks. or 39, because of his {good} growth spurt. but the contractions i'm starting to have could also mean not quite 37 weeks. & a number of things in between.

so maybe this is our last weekend without coleman number three. but maybe we'll have four more weekends like this, too.

this week has been all about interviewing pediatricians, finally putting together some kind of birthing plan, phone numbers, packing lists. & today is all about wintertime laundry & packing a hospital bag.

it seems much too early for that, but i guess better too early than be running around the house trying to pull things together later.

so in the meantime, there are a few more things we'd like to do around the house if we can.

one of my fun projects is to make fun looking dish rags.
all of ours are about as nice looking as our old pot holders. too many wiped up spills, i guess. & i'm ready to just toss them all & move onto something fresh & clean.
maybe just not pink.

Source: None via Mindy on Pinterest

a few others things to do {hopefully} will be:

-tidy up isaacs room//hang bookshelves, etc...
-insulate under our kitchen {we had our first taste of fall weather & our feets are already freeing. i had forgotten what it was like…}
-maybe find ii a crib. just maybe.
-finish organising our office {the most never-ending project EVER}
-& freeze up a bunch of meals to make things a bit easier on ourselves for awhile. its going to be a crazy couple of months, i think. but i can't wait…

so, did this taste of fall visit anyone else around here, or was that just in the carolinas? we are loving it so much. as long as it doesn't get TOO cold…

Sep 14, 2011

{miracle stainless steel pan cleaner}

maybe this is silly to blog about.
but i have been at war with our stainless steel pans for the past two years.

blame it on the fact that i had NO idea how to cook with them when we first got married + we had a few meals go horribly wrong early on.

so two years later i know how to cook with my pans & love them to death, but all of the burning i did in those first few months have just never ever wanted to come off.

so this morning i decided to take one last crack at it.
although i wasn't really wanting to scrub pans for hours - i wanted something {hopefully} easier, & i'm pleased to announce that i found it!

& okay, it may be embarrassing, to post a picture of this. but you might as well know.

i seriously thought that nothing in the world was ever going to clean these pans up. this stuff was STUCK on there.
& for something to come even close is a miracle.

it took me two quick rounds of dish soap + baking soda to get to this, & i'm pretty positive a third time would clean up the rest, but i didn't try that today...

you will need:
-a squirt of dish soap
-1 tablespoon of baking soda
-water enough to cover the problem areas of your pan

set on your stovetop over medium until it begins to bubble & watch out, or yours might overflow like mine did. as soon as it gets frothy, you can dump the mix into your sink & scrub off grime with a sponge or toothbrush.

i tried this with the bottoms of some of my smaller pans too {as you can see from above} & it worked great, too! 

hope this helps someone else. i've never seen stainless steels pans as embarrassingly messed up as mine, so hopefully most of you won't even need this!

Sep 13, 2011

{a few fun things in greenville, sc}

we took isaac to the zoo for the first time over labor day weekend in greenville, sc.
& of course the picture i post is of us with the chickens :P

the rest of the weekend was pretty much spent stuffing ourselves full of food from yummy little places.
we went to a cupcake bar called chocolate moose that was delicious - even though neither of us ended up getting cupcakes. we got yummy salted caramel banana pudding parfaits instead :)

daniel finally finally experienced his first bubble tea, too!!! at a little tea bar outside of our hotel caled O-Cha. seriously, this has been a moment long in the making for us. my favorite bubble tea shop in town closed back when we first got married & he's just never had a chance to try it since. i think it was a success. we ordered a blended passionfruit + green tea with bubbles. because its not bubble tea without the bubbles...

so a restful weekend together before the craziness of baby was just what we needed.

a baby update, too for you all:
things are ramping up over here a lot. partly meaning that we could meet isaac really soon, but mostly just that i feel like a celebrity with all of these doctors wanting to see me all the time. that part is starting to get old, if i'm being honest.

theres only so many appointments a week you can go to without starting to get discouraged and tired from all of the belly poking, measuring, shots, monitors, calling insurance companies, interviewing pediatricians, calling doctors to see if we really need to see this many doctors…etc.

especially for someone who would have prided herself on the total of three doctors visits my life had seen before this. theres some kind of a balance to it, i think, surely.

what it really comes down to though is that we just want our baby here - no matter how things are going to be. the testing & speculation is just tiring after awhile. 
we're hanging in there pretty well, though. some days are better than others.
but even on days that just feel really cruddy & i feel like i might just like to curl up in bed all week & skip all the doctors appointments, this is a really good season for daniel & i.
& we would both say that this is the most loving thing God could have done for our family. & i don't think our hearts could love a little baby any more than we already do.

some good news is that i'm not being induced next week! that is all kind of up in the air again because he's decided to start growing {more} on track with what he should be. which means no steroid shots & no early isaac for now. super good news for us & him. we're just praying he continues to grow healthy & strong :)

Sep 5, 2011

{happy two years}

photos via the fabulous lydia jane

two wedded years today with my love.
& a better man for me could not have been picked.
or for our little boy.
& there is no one else i would rather share life with - in all of its wonderful & sad times.

so here is to the second of hopefully many many years together.

Sep 2, 2011

{home projects + holidays}

this past week was the start of a few projects & the finishing of a few others.

our bathroom now officially has a curtain.
because not having one is really awkward sometimes.

our kitchen is {becoming} a little more decorated. but there is still room for more photos on the walls.

last night was fix the washer night.

& lots of other little things.

picture no. 1 "C" inspired by this
roman shade tutorial here & way easier than i thought {still going to add little pom pom balls to the bottom, though :)}

what did you all do for labor day? 

we took a little weekend trip to greenville. mostly to celebrate our anniversary - & our last getaway before isaac is here.

Sep 1, 2011

{frozen yogurt}

oh my word you guys…i was not expecting that much amazing feedback from the laundry room!
quite a few of you asked how it was done - & i feel like i am completely the wrong person to tell you that, because i was out of town when daniel did it for me. but maybe i can get him on here for a before/after kind of thing. it's made out of pallet wood - that much i do know.

& from what he's told me, it really wasn't as difficult as it was time consuming {but so majorly worth it}

in the meantime, here is a super easy recipe for summer that we have been in love with -- just make sure its a little bit on the sweeter side, because it seems as though it turns out a bit tarter when its all frozen.

topped with simple syrup, peaches + basil is one of our favourite ways :)

{i also should have clarified that we use plain yogurt for this. i suppose you could use other kinds too, we just haven't tried it…}