Monday, November 30, 2009

photo bombardment.

Thanksgiving-time in my grandparents' small town (spent with dozens of aunts and uncles and cousins and friends) was jolly as always, and too short. We crammed a lot into three days, including games, visiting, a wine and cheese party (courtesy of my aunt and the treats she smuggled in with her from The Netherlands), swimming and hot-tubbing, and of course plenty of turkey and stuffing and pies, to name a few. I'm already looking forward to next year.

My "little" siblings Jim and PJ

Cousin Ellie

Sister Polly and Niece Eavan

Exchange student Lucciano entertaining my cousin's son Oliver

Wearing purple ribbons (pancreatic cancer awareness) for my sister-in-law's mom

And these photos were taken by my Aunt Brenda's beau Richard...


My nephew Joel loves him a piggy-back ride

Aunt Amy

Grandpa and his friend Larry playing one of their favorite games

My sweet grandma

Cousin Drew and his wife Sam

Miss Evelyn and my cousin's daughter Joely


Aunt Barbara

Uncle Jon

Cousin Crystal

I wasted no time in setting up the tree the day after we got home, with help from my niece and nephew, and hanging some holly around. And now it looks all cozy and festive from my place on the couch where I recently awoke from my after-dinner nap. The kitchen still smells like garlic from the meal I scrounged up and threw together with ingredients from our nearly bare cupboards. Thankfully you will rarely find us without at least a couple pounds of pasta in the jar, and we still have a pile of carrots in the fridge from our garden, as well as some broccoli in the freezer. So I sauteed the veggies with basil and cheese and chicken broth and piled it atop the noodles and was pleasantly surprised to find its taste to be second-helping worthy.

Now I have a stack of baby magazines next to me, a husband sprawled across the living room floor working on a Christmas gift project, Enigma radio playing on Pandora, and three recently devoured chocolate chip cookies in my belly. And to top it all off, I came home this afternoon to find we had finally caught the darn mouse that ran across the kitchen floor right in front of me a few nights ago! Life is good.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

just the two of us (for now anyway).

My sister signed me up to get these fun email updates each week from ParentsConnect that tell you how big your baby is, how you might be feeling, maternity tips, etc. Last week's note said to take advantage of this time together with just your spouse, so we've been trying to heed that advice, whether it's Winn bringing home Chinese for dinner to surprise me and snuggling together on the couch with it; seeing a Saturday afternoon matinee; having a mocha and pastry at the coffee shop; or lighting candles over our grilled T-bones, sliced pineapple, and loaded salads.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

trash to treasure.

We needed some coat hooks at the door since our mudroom isn't finished yet. Conveniently, I had just discovered an old barn door in our basement! I gave it a fresh coat of royal blue paint and then antiqued the cracks and edges. Hobby Lobby had a 50% off sale on all their knobs and hooks, so I found some fitting iron ones and Winn attached them and hung it on the wall by the front door. And voila...

Friday, November 13, 2009

at 17 weeks I am...

...eating constantly (my favorites are fresh fruit and cereal), waking up several times throughout the night, starting to pack away select pairs of jeans and finding that many of my old shirts aren't long enough, collecting a few hand-me-downs for the baby, still finding all of this a bit surreal, thinking about how much I need to start walking more, looking forward to feeling the baby move any day now, loving it when Winn kisses my belly or puts his ear up to it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

grateful today for...

64. My sister bringing her college friends over for an evening of caramel apples and pumpkin carving

65. Sunshine

66. This "book" written by my 7-year-old niece Caitlyn

67. A successful presentation to a law firm this week

68. My little buddy Ashton calling me on the phone last night when he wasn't feeling well

69. Vita-C skin nutrients

70. This post (about having kids) that made me laugh

71. Crisp fall air

72. Tall leather boots

73. Ultrasound technology that lets us see our baby

74. Hearing my sisters and brother sing in the choir concert at St. Mary's Chapel

75. Getting to talk to a neighbor on the telephone and discovering that she sounds really sweet

76. The ability to keep in touch with old friends via Facebook

77. Receiving a tour of the Transplant House and realizing again what a wonderful facility the Mayo Clinic is

78. Listening to "The Luckiest," by Ben Folds

79. Planning an overnight girls' outing with my mom, sisters, and sister-in-law

80. Looking at my friend Jen's photography

81. The anticipation of hanging out with my extended family at Thanksgiving-time

82. An unexpected phone call from my far-away friend Andrea

83. Amazing grace