Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Flee Market Montage

On Saturday my mom, sister and I headed to the state fairgrounds for the Southern Ideal Home Show and, as a perk, the last official flee market before it closes down for the fair. We saw...

Lots of precious puppy dogs(many dressed for the occasion) and even a Dalmatian!
A grand assortment of colorful tin art, including a 6 foot tall girafe surrounded by under the sea friends and a rooster.The donkey from Shrek even made an appearance, along with Ronald McDonald! A sea of fabulous purses to peruse....andmany more interesting stands to shop. Glass bottle cokes, lots of interesting antiques and a stroll around the home show finished out our fairgrounds visit. Topped off with a beeline to BabiesRUs and a delicious lunch from Olive Garden, us girls shared quite an adventurous Saturday morning!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

11 Weeks

Right now, our baby is just over an inch and a half long, about the size of a fig and is almost fully formed! It can open and close it's tiny hands now, and many of the bones are beginning to harden. Little toothbuds are also beginning to form beneath the gums. And though I can't quite feel it's baby aerobics yet, it's starting its "water ballet" classes now and will become very active over the next few weeks....even hiccuping as it's diaphragm forms! I think it is so cool how intricately this little guy or girl is designed and can't wait to hear it's heartbeat at our next appointment near the end of October.

On my end of things, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling great! I've been blessed to dodge the morning sickness thus far, and hav'net been experiencing anything too unpleasant aside from some monstrous headaches here and there. I'm hoping my energy, strong stomach and high metabolism continue to be close friends from this point onward! Only 29 weeks and counting :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kermit: The Tale of an Unwelcome Intruder

In my home, there is a strict warm blooded, 10 fingered, domesticated only policy. Therefore, such green creatures as the one pictured below are not suitable guests.
Last night while resting on the couch, I was very rudely stirred awake by the sound of 10 puppy toenails scrambling like crazy on our wood floors. I peeped open my eyes to see what the rucus was, and was immediately alerted to the intruder’s presence. I saw in the dim reflection of “Dancing with the Stars” something green…Something green and bouncy? Of course I kept my distance and approached very cautiously, all the while erratically yelling for Piper to come to me and stop chasing the strange thing(as if he was scared at all, lol)

As it hopped its way into the full light of the kitchen, I was able to fully decipher it’s shape, and extra creepy lime green color. With a gasp and a sudden burst of bravery, I hopped on the island stool, pulled Piper up by his collar and bolted! What can I say, I am all girl when it comes to these things. Ugh, I shudder just thinking about it.

Fortunately for me, it was almost 8pm and Chris was almost home from work. I waited outside on our porch(in my pj’s no less) with Piper until he came to the rescue. Don’t judge me, it could have been poisonous! Plus I could not bear the thought of being in the house..that thing had serious jumping superpowers and ew ew ewwww!

Thankfully, Chris was able to successfully can the trespasser in some Tupperware, then let him free outside. Crisis resolved! Still, I don’t think I cloroxed the kitchen enough today! I wondered afterwards if Kermit(a treefrog as it turned out) had acted with an accomplice or had a partner in crime, to which Chris assured me he was most definitely a “lone ranger.” In any case, I’m on the lookout!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Oh Baby!

That's right, Chris and I are very excited to announce that we are expecting!!! We are so thankful for this new blessing and excited to share the big baby news. I am now 10 weeks along and going strong. Our due date, God willing, is set for April 18th-mark your calendars!

We are filled with joy and eagerly anticipating the arrival of our little "peanut," who is now measuring a teeny tiny 2.4 centimeters but already has fully formed hands, feet and eyelids! It is amazing!
Many of you have already heard the news and have been such an encouragement already. We are so thankful to have such wonderful support from our friends, family and church and look forward to sharing our many new adventures. :)

Stay tuned for some exciting updates, tasteful pictures of the growing belly and more information than you ever wanted to know on the joys and challenges of pregnancy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

August Recap

While August has come and gone, (much like my blogging efforts these days!) I wanted to capture a few random highlights here of the last days of summer.

For one thing, our church held its first soccer camp and it was a great success!

Because Chris’ work schedule at Kia is so demanding, we find ourselves eating out and on the go a lot these days. I just love this picture of Chris at Red Robin with his enormous stack of towering onion rings. But as much as I enjoy our fewer and farther between date nights, I am so looking forward to meal planning, Saturday grocery shopping and a regular dinner time again! Needless to say, we are counting our Kia days!
Piper and I have had many a mommy-puppy playdate this summer and have enjoyed tons of fun outings at the dog park. The newest Piper news is that we finally decided to get him a harness for walking, and I can’t believe we’ve done without for so long! It’s a miracle really, and has completely changed our walks for the better…now Caesar Milan can feel free to move on to the next issue!
In other notable August news, Chris attended the much anticipated Worship God conference in MD and I just recently reached my 2 month milestone working with Glaxo. We didn't make it to the beach this summer, but are very excited to be planning a short getaway to Charleston in October. Of course there is so much more to say about August and the end of summer, but all in all I am so thankful for the kind helping of surprises, challenges and fun, memorable moments these past few months has brought us.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Treat of the week

Lemon Pound Cake-Simple and delicious!

Cake Ingredients:
1 Lemon cake mix
1 Lemon instant pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 cup water

Glaze (aka the best part)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoons milk (or water)
Juice from one lemon (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees, follow baking directions on cake mix(for bunt pan bake 35-40 minutes), glaze and serve!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Welcoming September

Tease though it may be, I am loving these first breaths of Fall in the new September air! As I took Piper for our brief morning walk, the cool breeze greeted me like an old friend. And like a friend I forgot to miss, I was warmed and refreshed by her familiar, fresh and non humid presence. A seasoned North Carolina resident, I am well aware that these precious few days of cool weather could very likely be a fluke, and am taking in every minute while I can. On my drive to work, I felt the sure and unmistakable hint of fall in the air, and I swear the leaves on these trees are turning orange! My mind flooded with thoughts of pumpkins and candy corn, the state fair and warm toned sweaters, along with renewed gratitude to a God who changes times and seasons.

Good morning September, please take of your shoes and stay a while!