Tuesday, September 29, 2009
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup oil
3 teaspoons vanilla
Mix the above ingredients well until light and frothy.
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
Add in the above ingredients. Pour into two greased and floured bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Makes two loaves.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
- Organizing and moving. We have been dejunking for months to make room for our new son. I've either purged, organized, sold, donated and moved about half the items occupying our home. It is a great feeling. We moved Palmer into his big boy room yesterday. He was a little unsure when we took his crib upstairs just after his nap, but once he saw the bright, kid friendly completed room, he was super excited and made himself at home. The final project this week: set up the nursery.
- Car Repairs. Our cars have been a nightmare. Mine has completely died. We had to use all our savings to purchase another vehicle, a used Ford Windstar. We have enjoyed our new van and find it very reliable and family friendly, which is a blessing. Only a week later Greg's Mustang started having problems. We had to shell out close to a $1000 to fix the clutch and when we got the car back from the shop (four days later, and a whole lot more commuting for Palmer and I, than expected) it had the check engine light on and was running poorly. We've had the new issue diagnosed and hope to get it fixed while I am in the hospital. Amazingly, his car passed inspections this month. Unfortunately, as a result of our recent vehicle malfunctions, all of our months of hard core budgeting have been erased and we find ourselves in a slightly worse financial position than before we started our money makeover. It can be disheartening. We've decided to just view this a rough patch, and do the best we can to get through it.
- Frozen Meals. I'm almost done getting a weeks worth of homemade meals prepared and frozen for after the baby comes. We are very blessed to have many considerate friends and ward members bring in meals for the first week, and the meals I have previously frozen will be a fabulous solution to get us through the second week. I hope to be getting back into the swing of things after that.
- Home decor. You may not be able to tell, since only half the rooms in our house have been redesigned in Hess style, but I love home decorating. We've taken the process slowly, working on one room at a time for budgeting and time purposes. So imagine my delight when we realized the baby would be taking over the nursery and I needed to make up a new room for Palmer. We went with an Elmo theme, and with a modest budget, I think it came out pretty cute. I will post pictures later.
- Buying Used. I have been loving eBay these days. Not only was I able to sell a load of scrapbook paper piecing sets, and some leftover big items from our garage sale, but I found some great deals on toddler shoes that Palmer desperately needed. We also have frequented the KSL classifieds where we got a steal of a deal on our van and a double stroller.
- The Office. Oh how I love Jim and Pam, and am so happy to see them back in our livingroom on Thursday nights! We've also enjoyed catching up on last season on DVD.
- Reading. We had book group at my house this past month and had a great turn out. I'm loving this group of gals, for the fun and insight they bring to our get togethers and also for rekindling my passion to read. Currently I am reading The Art of Chasing in the Rain on my own and then I will move on to next month's book selection The Peacegiver.
- Tired. I've been keeping myself busy with long daily to do lists and I've been working as many shifts as possible before my maternity leave, which has left me pretty darn exhausted (not that it takes much at this stage). And now, in the last stretch as I am too uncomfortable to sleep, I have been waking at four in the morning. This also happened with my last pregnancy as well, which was easily solved by napping in the afternoon. Such a solution is not possible this time with a toddler in tow.
- Paper crafting. I have completed my second month of a paper crafting swap I am part of, and both times has been awesome! These woman really put their heart and soles into the projects each month. I have my project for next month (recipe card sets) already to go since I probably won't have much time to get to it with a newborn.
- Runner up. And finally, these days, I find myself in the position of second choice. Palmer is so in love with his Daddy! I am, at best, a suitable backup. He sobs every morning as Greg leaves for work, or even leaves the room. Palmer proceeds to ask for him all day, and runs to him for cuddles the moment he gets home. He recites "da da" in a happy excited tone and "ma ma" in a whiny sad voice. I think it is good timing for him to be such a daddy's boy, since I will soon be physically consumed with taking care of a newborn, but selfishly, I can't help but feel sad about it once in a while.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
- I only threw up regularly (and during those months, even less than last time) for the first five months, instead of six since my doctor gave my anti-nausea medicine early on.
- As a result of throwing up less, I have gained a bit more with this pregnancy. With Palmer I gained 11 pounds; this time I am already at 15.
- I am carrying much, much lower. Palmer was really high, to the point that I felt like I couldn't breath. I definitely prefer to carry low, but it does also have it's accompanying discomforts (i.e. whenever the baby kicks, I think I will pee my pants, and I can't wear my regular pants as long because they have to fit around my big belly instead of simply wearing them under the baby bump.)
- The main thing I would say was better the first time was that without another child to care for I was able to nap whenever I wanted. I have been much more tired this time, and have gotten sick a couple times as a result. I have had an awful cold/cough for the last couple months that I can not get rid of.
- And I did enjoy being pregnant in the winter. I didn't even have to wear a coat most of the time. The summer had been pretty darn hot!
I am excited to see our little guy soon. We have a scheduled c-section for October 6th. I've heard the recovery is a lot better when you are scheduled and don't have to labor beforehand. Plus, this time I won't have to have gallbladder surgery just seven weeks after to recover from as well. Many of my friends have confirmed that it's easier caring for your second baby, since you already somewhat know what you are doing. I am hoping all this turns out to be true. If so, things are looking pretty good.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Are there any other literary nerds out there who would like to come forth? What words do you like to work into your daily conversations?
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I will be continuing to work at the daycare part time until I deliver and then will have to take six weeks off, unpaid of course. We will be practicing some serious faith in the next few months. Please if any of you hear of an IT job opening send on the information onto us. We appreciate any help.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Besides the few difficulties related to the toddler phase, I have to admit that it can be a pretty fun stage. He talks and signs nonstop. This week he has picked up the sign for eat and ball, and had started saying "peek-a-boo" (so cute) and "thank you" (which melts my heart). He understands when we ask him to go get something or take something to someone. He eats his meals with utensils. He will go off and play by himself and especially with other kids for a short period of time, which I find fabulous when I need to clean or even would like to visit with an adult for a bit. And yesterday Palmer had his first haircut. This may not seem like such a milestone to most babes, but considering that Palmer was a baldy for the majority of his life, it seemed like a big deal to us. Auntie Rie was kind enough to do the job and she did spectacular amid his constant wiggles and curiosity concerning her hair clipping equipment.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
My parents set such a wonderful example of a loving husband and wife relationship. I'm am truly so very lucky to have grown up in such an environment. I was always finding little love notes they would write back and forth to each other since my father would return home from work after my mother went to sleep, and she would awake before him. And they were always affectionate with each other: little kisses and holding hands, even rubbing each others' feet. I hope to follow their example and create the same loving atmosphere in our own home for our children.