26 February 2012

Weekend in Photos

It's Sunday night already?!

I thoroughly enjoyed my prenatal yoga class on Saturday. 

I made these lemon blueberry cupcakes (and should have chilled the frosting for longer before icing the cakes). 

We decided on this rug made of NZ wool for baby girl's nursery. It looks like the nursery is shaping up to be a primary color paradise - a classy primary color paradise, that is. 

We took advantage of the last day of a 25% off sale and found some zero VOC paint for the bath and laundry rooms.

We ordered some affordable but modern and functional upper cabinets for the laundry room. 

Of course we were tempted by some shiny new appliances for our shiny new laundry room. If we're sufficiently under budget on the rest of the project, some laundry bling may actually be in our future (just not these particular ones). Here's hoping. 
We bought baby girl's crib mattress (lower price + local store = win-win) and discovered that it fit perfectly inside my Legacy.

Sometimes the best recipes are old family recipes.*

* Grandma's BBQ Ham Sandwiches
~1 lb. sliced ham (thin sliced works best)
~1-2 cups of BBQ sauce (bottled or homemade with ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar)
Hamburger buns
Toppings (cheese, veggies, condiments, etc.)

Bring meat and BBQ sauce to a rolling boil in a sauce pan for 3-5 minutes (be sure to reach 160F if preparing for a pregnant lady). Drain meat as you remove it from the pan. Assemble sandwiches and top as desired (shown above with cheddar, tomato, and dill pickle). Makes 2-4 sandwiches.

24 February 2012

New Zealand Photos

Feel free to take a sneak peek at the photos I've posted from our trip here. I promise more photos and more explanation soon.

23 February 2012

We're back!

George and I are back from a wonderful visit to New Zealand. To me, it felt different: less about seeing the sites and more about finding a place within the community while time allowed. Like every trip to NZ, it was really hard to leave. This time it was even harder because it was so nice to be surrounded by family and so many friends during this time of preparing for the addition to our immediate family.

February 16th, Wellington, New Zealand (21 weeks pregnant)

There have been big developments with our baby girl while we've been gone. The bump is definitely growing, which leaves me longing for dress-wearing weather to reach Seattle. While I admit that part of my bulge may consist of pie, fries, pavlova, lamb, and a host of other NZ treats, a good portion of it is also baby. I passed the halfway point (20 weeks) in the pregnancy while baby girl passed the 1 lb. mark, assuming average length of pregnancy and typical fetal development. I can tell that baby is growing because I can feel her more and more every day, and I felt my first two jabs from the outside while we were in Wellington.

We had a happy return yesterday (following two hours of Canadian and American immigration and customs in Vancouver), complete with spring bulbs poking through the mulch, beautiful baby and Valentine cards, and discovery that one of our neighbors was keeping an eye on our house without us even having to ask. Now that we're back in our nest (this word was chosen quite deliberately), I'm anxious to get my hands on several projects, including painting our laundry and final bathroom (completely safe thanks to low- and no-VOC paints), otherwise finishing those rooms, turning the craft room into the nursery I envision, making these homemade sheets from the awesome shark and whale fabric we found in NZ, turning tea towels into bibs, making these burp clothes, and finalizing about a million baby decisions (yes, including the ever elusive name).

Stay tuned for several photo-heavy posts over the next several days.