Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Waiting Game

I'm sitting here sipping my coffee in solitude before the sun comes up.  Landon usually wakes up by 6am and my days start with one eye open juggling him, the dog, breakfast, and sleep deprivation.  This is morning #2 where it's well past 6am, Landon is still sleeping and I am eating my breakfast in quiet.  Why I suddenly can't sleep, I'm not sure but I am going to enjoy these last few peaceful mornings as I know they won't last.  Chris is home from training in California, the nursery is ready, and we are just waiting on baby girl to arrive!

Last weekend was pretty lazy as it rained, and well, we were feeling lazy.  Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to.
Lazy day fun at home.

Our first Chipolte experience. (We all loved it!)

What weekend would be complete without playing with the dog.

Tomorow marks 38 weeks and these is a full moon this weekend.  Hmmm...bring on the labor!  The weather should be nice so we are planning on a cookout with some friends (Deep Friend Turkey, yum!) and whatever adventures we decide to tackle!  It's so nice to just be relaxed and (try) not to sit around waiting. 

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Could you live without a microwave?

About 6 weeks ago I was having a craving for chocolate so I turned to a childhood snack of melting semi-sweet morsels in the microwave and eating the melted chocolate with a spoon.  There was just one problem.  After 3 times setting the timer on the microwave and 3 times standing there for one minute salivating with anticipation, again the chips were still in solid form! (Yes, I really did try 3 times before giving up.)  My husband walks over and says, "Way to kill the microwave!"

Thanks dear, thanks.

So in a frantic moment (come on now I was having a pregnancy craving!) I melted the chocolate in the oven which took FOR-EV-ER!  It probably would have been faster on the stovetop but I just wasn't thinking clearly. 

I didn't run out the next day and buy a new microwave because I am super cheap and lets be honest, how often is a new microwave a purchase you need to make!  After about a week passes Chris was out of town for training and I decided to just see how long I could go without a microwave.  Maybe I don't really need one?  Except for a few situations where it's just more convenient - melting hot fudge for ice cream, Landon's 90 second oatmeal - I actually found the stove and/or oven work just as easily for anything I needed to cook or reheat.  In fact, I found food reheated in the oven or stove-top tasted better than in the microwave!  Yesterday I finally removed the beast from the counter and I am much enjoying the extra counterspace and a place for my cookbooks that L can't get ahold of them. 

This is certainly much prettier than a dirty old microwave:

Chris has yet to return from training so I'm not saying we'll never replace it but I'm going to hold out as long as I can. 
Could you (or do you) live without a microwave?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bathtub Paint

Entertaining a toddler is a task in itself, but with a Dad who's TDY and a Mom who's 34 weeks pregnant the task suddenly becomes momumental and exhausting!  Just for fun throw in a night spent washing vomit covered sheets, carpet, bath mat, towels, and clothes, and in the same 24 hours cleaning dog diarrhea (excuse me - I have a Great Dane so make that HORSE diarrhea) from the carpet & walls (yes walls) of your mudroom and well, we needed a simple and fun NEW activity pronto!  I pulled this idea from Pinterest and crossed my fingers that I wouldn't end up with a pinstrosity (have you seen that blog? - hilarious!) 

This was so simple - combine cornstarch, food coloring, baby shampoo, and a teensy bit of water for fun painting in the bathtub!

I didn't have any food coloring on hand and my local store only has the gel but it worked just fine.  The verdict - it was a hit!  We basically ended up with one color as Landon combined everything but if the kid makes a mess he is happy.  Mission accomplished!

Happy Labor Day weekend!