Not too long now before many memories will start being made in this very room. We are SO excited. We go into this room and just look around at least once a day now that it's finally done...
If I had taken a picture in time, the bookshelf shot would have been my "on the shelf" photo for last week's 52 linked. The bookshelf was built by my husband just for this spot in Asher's room. I LOVE it... and of course Asher will read all of those books right away (ha).
To see the "before" picture (before transformation from office to nursery) click here.
Recently, my focus has been directed at getting ready for Asher to become part of our family and our daily lives. I have to admit, taking photos has not been a priority lately. However, when I realized this week's linked theme was color, I had to snap of few images of the things I have been looking at lately - the things that have been making me smile a whole lot. I love that his room is multi colored... and it all started with this alphabet quilt that belonged to my uncle when he was little. I knew I wanted to hang it on the wall, and that really left things open to not being attached to a specific theme or to specific colors.
I have always been a big fan of plaid, and so when I saw this plaid quilt, I knew I wanted it for Asher's crib. It was the first gift I received from my mother-in-law... and I love it!
I also have been really drawn to stripes... and orange and blue color combinations. Hence, the colorful changing pad cover, gPants, and onesie below.
First, a few obvious incidentals: 1. I am late with this post. 2. This photo was taken with my iPhone using Hipstamatic. 3. This doesn't reveal a whole lot about my kitchen. But... I am here. Peaches have truly been my favorite thing about my kitchen for about the past two months. In all honesty, this is the first peach I've actually cut. There is no time for prep when it comes to eating a fresh-from-the-farmers-market peach. It goes a little something like this: Rinse. Eat (in about 30 seconds flat while standing over the sink). I'm super sad to see peach season coming to an end. I have always said that a fresh, juicy, sweet peach is a food I could seriously live on.
There are many things that have not been bringing me peace lately - the heat for one. But what does bring me peace as of late is simply watching little Asher move around in my belly. Feeling him move is fun (of course), but SEEING him move is amazing.
Okay... so I have not been taking pictures lately (or at all really). But instead of skipping this week's theme altogether (like I have during previous weeks the last couple of months), I am taking this opportunity to share some photos taken during a three week trip to various places in British Columbia. I would have to say that over fifty percent of the photos I took were of some form of water. The places of beauty, and the photo ops, were endless.
Time is going by so very fast this summer. Although there are many ways to see this in action, the most astonishing to me was when I returned home from a two week trip to find our garden had exploded into mass amounts of leafy green veggies and herbs. I was especially impressed with the tomatoes and corn. Not quite ready to eat yet, but not long now.
Well... the thing is Scuba. He is terrified of fireworks. So we don't celebrate the 4th of July. At all. This year, we actually decided to get out of dodge to give him some refuge - at least for one night. Scuba was super happy to NOT be hearing fireworks and instead be playing blissfully in Siouxon Creek.
So was his cousin Onni.
A very green Fourth of July... just the way we like it.
I really had every intention of creating a post for every 52 Linked theme since joining the project. That's obviously NOT happening. So, I've accepted the fact that sometimes I'll be inspired, and other times I will not. And really, inconsistency is somewhat of a trademark of mine (it goes all the way back to my younger days) - perhaps not good for attracting blog followers, but I started out doing this for me anyway.
With the annual family white-water canoe trip down the John Day River this past weekend, I knew I'd want to contribute to this theme (and yes, I did go white-water canoeing while 20 weeks pregnant - all was good). These photos were taken with my waterproof point-and-shoot camera using natural light.
I have been looking in to this room quite a bit lately:
Currently, it truly is just what it looks like - a cluttered office. I've been looking in to it lately because it will soon begin transforming into the nursery... and I've been trying to imagine what the new space will look like. It's exciting to think about, and I'm sure it will be even more exciting to actually begin the processes of moving in baby furniture. I'm sure I'll be looking in to this room even more in the days ahead. I look forward to comparing the before and after pictures.
2. chocolate peanut butter ice cream
3. sleeping with the windows open
4. the smell of my red italian grape shampoo (reminds me of being in italy)
5. icy cold root beer
6. paul simon's rhythm of the saints
8. naps in the afternoon
9. rhododendrons in bloom
10. fresh strawberries
11. the last days of ptolemy gray
12. mountain hardwear butter pants
13. my dear friend Jodi... who is also my midwife!
15. my boys (all 3!)
16. pad gai
17. downton abby
18. baby bedding
20. waking up to birds singing outside
21. new camera
22. the night circus
23. coconut water
25. maternity jeans with belly band
26. burning spear live in paris
27. no more nauseousness
28. friends (old and new!)
29. discovering pho van (yum)
30. getting a teacher-librarian placement for next year!!!
31. the beginning of my birthday weekend :)
There have been many days in this May challenge that I have remembered to post AFTER getting in bed, turning off the light, and getting comfy. So when this occurred last night, making the decision to skip the day's post was just... well... gravy. Not only was I comfy, I was in full spoon mode... and it really was a no-thought-involved, split second decision that I was absolutely okay with. The funny thing is, I don't know if it's because I'm feeling 100% better (finally), or if it's because I allowed myself to skip a day, but I feel like my love of writing is back! Something to be said for quality vs. quantity. I'm glad May, and this challenge, is almost over.
And speaking of gravy, I made some this morning! I have really, REALLY been craving biscuits and gravy lately... and although I just had some while having brunch with my good friend, Jodi, at Bakery Bar last week, I wanted more. I'm not sure why I haven't thought to make some before... after all, we make biscuits for breakfast from time to time... and in keeping our freezer stocked with products from NorthStar Bison, there is always breakfast sausage to be had. I used this simple recipe: White Sausage Gravy. Delicious!
On a side note, while eating our biscuits and gravy this morning, we saw a news clip about hot tub boats. Um, yeah - gravy.
Last year, for the first time, we hung a hummingbird feeder. It was somewhat successful - I saw one hummingbird at a time feeding on and off in the spring. Today, I saw three different hummingbirds feeding at both the feeder and the huge Honeysuckle in our backyard. I thought I knew what types they were, but then when I went to identify them, I wasn't so sure. I need to sit out there one day with my camera and get some photos of them - they are so cool!
Oh the ideas I had for this weeks photos... the temptation of bakery treats at Treat... the temptation to select and buy books from the book stacks at Powell's. What do I end up with? Nothing. Nothing because in reality my greatest temptation this week has been my couch. I hate to say it, but I have given in every day. Between being pregnant (although I am now in my second trimester, so where is the reprieve from nausea and fatigue???), allergies, and a sinus infection, I have been knocked down and in need of serious napping. Every. Day. This. Week. This too shall pass, right? Hopefully today is my day to resist the temptation of the call of the couch.
I just finished watching the season finale of season two... and I just have to say I love that the writers didn't postpone the "happy ending" until the next season. If you haven't watched Downton Abbey, you should.
Fuji apples used to be my favorite until Honeycrisps came along. Over the weekend, I discovered what is probably one of my favorite salad dressings ever: Fuji Apple Vinaigrette. Delicious on a bed of greens with blue cheese crumbles and candied walnuts. YUM! I've also been enjoying Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider lately.
I know many people appreciate hump day for the fact that it means half the work week has gone by and the weekend is close to arriving. I particularly like this hump day because it means I am close to arriving in Bend. I used to live in Bend, Oregon, and I love the chance to go back and visit. We leave tomorrow, and I can't wait!
Exactly one week ago today I went in for an ultrasound. You can imagine my shock when the ultrasound tech asked me, at 13 weeks, if I wanted to know the gender. I never would have thought I'd be receiving this news so early. We are super excited to be welcoming a baby boy into our lives come November!
I think I might have just made my best cheesecake ever! At least it looks like the best one yet - I was finally able to get the crust as high as the filling!!!
I started making cheesecakes about 3 years ago when I decided to make a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving one year. Upon doing a search online, I discovered alpineberry. I think I have made just about all of her cheesecakes and some of her other yummy treats.
Since then, I have branched out a bit... tried various recipes... and discovered one that I like: Classic Cheesecake. I do have to mention that I first found this recipe in an issue of Fine Cooking magazine (not online)... and what was so cool about it is that this cheesecake was presented as the basic recipe with which you could change it up slightly by simply adding various flavorings and add-ins. When I follow this recipe to make a basic cheesecake, the only thing I add is 3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
To dress it up a bit (and to make it super-duper-delicious), I top it with homemade caramel sauce. There is no picture to go with this post because, try as I might, I'm not anywhere close to good at taking pictures of food... and it's still in the springform pan until tomorrow.
Really? Pregnancy brain is something people really experience? I think I had my first taste of it yesterday. Sunday night I was having dinner with my in-laws and family friend Craig Pridemore. Craig is running for state auditor. Among other things, we were talking about his campaign kick-off that was taking place the very next night - of course were we all planning on going. Upon departing from dinner I said to Craig, "See you tomorrow night."
And then there's Monday... it comes right after Sunday, right? As my day of subbing was coming to a close, I was thinking about what to make for dinner (a common occurrence around 3:00pm). I came home, let Scuba into the backyard, and went to the store for some ingredients. I decided on nachos, which I'm pretty sure is nothing we've made for dinner before - this tells you I was giving some serious thought to dinner... wanting to get creative and do something different. I came home, soaked some black beans, started thawing the ground round, and a made a snack. I then changed into a tank-top and shorts, set up my lounge chair, and went to soak up some sun.
About this time I should have been thinking about getting ready to walk downtown to meet Doug for the kick-off event (it was starting at 5:30). However, what I was thinking about was watering the garden as soon as the sun was low enough to shade it... all while enjoying my snack and iced grape Gatorade. Needless to say, I finished my snack, waited for the garden to be shaded, and spent some time watering the garden along with the entire back yard. When I came back into the house, there was a text from Doug - it was 5:15. While he was wondering when I was going to be there, I was wondering when I told him I was walking to his office to walk home with him (I do this often, but I didn't remember telling him I'd walk with him yesterday). As I was about to text him, he called. Of course I asked, "When did I tell you I was walking to your office?" His reply, "We're going to Craig's kick-off, remember?"
Does it count if I just share a link to a book I started reading today? Perhaps you have seen it - it's called Mamarazzi: Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids. I guess you could say I'm getting a jump start... perhaps I just want to be ready come November.
So last Sunday my husband and I took out a 20 foot Camelia shrub from our back yard. We did this because it was located in the part of our yard that gets the most sun throughout the day - thus this is the spot our garden needs to be. We decided to do this ourselves with the aid of a chainsaw, a chipper we rented, and many shovels. When we started, we didn't know how deep we'd have to dig to get the root system loose enough to be able to pull it out with our CRV. Needless to say, this process took us all day... and we did indeed have to dig pretty deep.
Today, we tilled and leveled the soil creating the plot for our garden.
The reward: margarita for Doug, horchata for me, and big burritos for us both.
Disclaimer: I know "trees" is last weeks theme (I really don't mean to be a rebel).
Being on leave and substitute teaching the last year and a half, I have adopted a phrase I use with students: I am a direction follower. Now, I say this in reference to the sub plans that the classroom teacher has left for me. I say this mainly when the students are questioning something I ask them to do. Often times I will actually read the directions in the plans so students know I am following their teacher's directions.
As it turns out, I am not really so much of a direction follower - not when it comes to this first week of participating in 52 Linked. The directions are simple...
1. Take photos throughout the week to frame your interpretation of the week's theme.
2. Post on FRIDAY (photos/text regarding the week's theme of course).
So this week's theme, mother, I posted three days early. And although today is indeed Friday, I am posting regarding last week's theme. I couldn't help myself; the theme for last week is TREES (I love trees). I have always wanted to gather a few of my favorite tree photos in one place... and since I didn't have my new camera last week... and I didn't join this project until this week... here are few photos from the recent past.
I swear that next week I will fall in line. My new camera is do to arrive any day - just in time for next week's theme.