Archive for April, 2008

From the Flagstones

h1 Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

We are finally starting to make our house OUR house. Its been 3 years and we are doing some of the things we meant to do a long time ago. We painted (had painted), our dining room, hallway, and hallway doors. What a difference it has made!

The spiffication process also included some yard work.  It is by no means complete, but we have made some changes.  The most dramatic of which is more flagstone patio.  We originally had 3 raised planter beds.  We ripped out 2 to make more room for entertaining.  Those 2 boxes never got enough sunlight to grow anything useful anyway.  Now when we sit on our new patio it feels like we are actually in the garden, not just looking over at it.


Cute Mommy-To-Be Clothes

h1 Thursday, April 17th, 2008

I’m starting to need some maternity clothes for real. I have one pair of skinny black jeans, which I love. Now its time for a couple cute versatile shirts. Nobody wants to see my belly hanging out the bottom of my pre-prego shirts. Ewey.

I’m really liking the stuff over at Isabella Oliver right now. I might order some online and see if it looks as good in person, and on my person.

This wrap top is super cute:

(its actually something I’ve had my eye on since way before I was pregnant!)

Summertime Quenchers

h1 Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Don’t these just make you want to have a garden party?
I’d love to fill one up with lemonade!

Its a Boy!

h1 Monday, April 14th, 2008

I’m so excited. This whole time I just felt like, almost assumed, we were having a boy. Its kind of neat to know I wasn’t wrong. Mothers intuition perhaps.

I think today is when the whole thing became more real. It was really nice to be able to see our baby boy and see for myself that he had all his limbs, all his organs, and no cleft pallet. He’s actually quite cute too! When they were checking his lip for a cleft pallet they had to get in real close. We were able to see his face pretty well, including his cute little nose. Also he was moving his mouth like he was chewing or just finished eating.

The ultrasound technician asked if I had just eaten lunch because he was very active. I guess he likes how japanese food makes him feel! Me too.

We saw him put his hands up to his face, roll over, uncurl his body, and kick his legs. Right now all the moving seems so cute. I’m guessing I won’t feel that way in a few weeks when those little kicks are getting me in the ribs.

Here he is on his side facing us. Head on the right of the shot. He is holding his arms up by his eyes, and that is his knee on the left.

And finally here is the money shot… This one shows off his boyhood. No mistaken.

(Just like Ronin, we are hoping this is the first and only time his boy-parts will be on the internet.)

Super Cute Night lights

h1 Friday, April 11th, 2008

I think these night lights would be adorable in the baby’s room.

Burp Cloths II

h1 Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

According to Brett the most important function of a burp cloth is to be absorbent. With that in mind I beefed up this second batch with crazy wooly fabric on the back. The latest round of fabrics was purchased at Britex, which is a really fun store!

Phuket, Thailand

h1 Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Here is the ONLY blog entry I ended up writing while we were in Thailand. Sorry I’m posting it so late and sorry its the only one. If you are dying to read more about the trip check out Riley’s Blog and They are both packed with info and photos.

Feb 15
Fly to Phuket – Mom Tri’s Boathouse – 1 night
We arrived late in the day to The Boathouse. It was already about 4:30 pm and the better part of the sunny day was over. This is our first beach destination and we wanted to make the most of it. We had about 1 1/2 hours before our dinner reservation and used it to play in the ocean, then a quick dip in the heart-shaped pool. The water is a little murky off Kata Beach, which presses right up against the hotel patio. We used the snorkel gear for a short bit, but there was no wildlife to speak of – except for something that kept stinging us all. Just little annoying pinchy sensations on our skin. It was possibly some sort of mini jellyfish. The scenery was beautiful and it was nice to be in a place where relaxation was the key activity.

The restaurant here at Mom Tri’s Boathouse apparently won some sort of Wine Spectator wine list award. We originally chose this hotel because it is said to house the 3 best restaurants on Phuket. Dinner was fine. Not really good, but fine. They seemed to think they were a fancy french restaurant by the way the menu read. I read about 5 dishes that had some sort of velouté sauce. It had the chance of being wonderfully delicious, or a failed mess. —– Lets just say, we are terribly lucky to live in the food mecca that we do. We are able to enjoy fresh seasonal produce from farmers who pour their passion into their product. We have cheeses, meats, wine, breads, pastries, all from artisanal producers… Basically the San Francisco Bay area has some of the best food in the world and I am reminded of this pretty much every time we leave California.

Jell-O Shots

h1 Monday, April 7th, 2008

I realize it is a bit odd for a pregnant lady to be thinking about, and blogging about Jell-O shots, but hey, I’ve got them on the mind. Whenever it begins to get warm outside my party planning juices start flowing. This summer is the year for a Tiki Party. Of course we’ll do the usual frozen piña coladas, but this year I’ve been pondering also serving tropical flavored Jell-O shots. You know, as a “Welcome to the party! Have a jell-o shot, everyone’s already in the yard” sorta thing.

I was browsing around the internet for recipes and found these crazy shot glasses. They are called the Twist ‘n Shot.

Just Twist, and Shoot!

“The solution to the pesky problem of getting your jello shots out of the glass…”

If you have any Jell-O shot tips let me know!
(Its been a long time since I’ve been to a frat party.)

First Baby Pics!

h1 Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Here is one of our first baby photos! It actually looks like a baby too. It was pretty neat to be able to see the itty bitty human moving on the screen. By 13 weeks I was starting to feel like myself again and had almost convinced myself I had made the entire pregnancy up. Those images assured me It wasn’t actually a dream. Yay!

Baby 13 Weeks:

Baby, 13 weeks

Burp Cloths

h1 Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Yesterday I broke down and had a Decaf Latté.  I must say it got my motor running! After I had a relaxing morning at the dog park with Charlotte, all I wanted to do was sew.  I went down to the Discount Fabric store at their brand spanking new location (11th & Howard). I picked up fabrics for burp cloths, and bibs.  I haven’t made the bibs yet, but they will be in a super cute insect oilcloth.  

The burp cloths turned out to give me more problems than I expected.  Mostly due to the use of bias tape (my first time), and the curvy-ness of the design.  Here are pics of the first two.  I imagine I’ll get better the more I make.  If i don’t improve noticeably on the third attempt, I may just make the ends squared off.