25 December 2011

Christmas in Colorado

This year, Jordan and I celebrated our very first Christmas together. Two years ago he was in Germany, and last year he was Afghanistan. It was so much fun to mesh our family traditions and come up with a few of our own. We can't wait to share them with our little one next year!



My little sister, Aimee, flew in to celebrate with us! On Christmas Eve we had a Mexican fiesta, watched The Grinch, and hung out in our cozy new Christmas jams (Thanks, Mom!). On Christmas morning, we had our traditional breakfast, opened gifts, played games and then joined some friends for dinner. Here are a few pictures from the weekend...


 [pardon the mirror picture]
[left to right: Jordan, our friend Dan, Me, Aimee]


Aimee also "rainbow-tized" our DVD collection 
(within an hour of arriving, none the less).

Merry Christmas from the Dowlers in Colorado!

19 December 2011

The Name

The official announcement of our baby's name has been long awaited. We've managed to remain pretty tight lipped about it, telling very few people. But now, it's time to tell EVERYONE and we couldn't be more excited! Without further ado, I give you.... the name:

*DRUM ROLL PLEASE*
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Only a couple more months until our little boy is here!
Chandler, we can't wait to meet you!

17 December 2011

Oven Baked Potatoes

These potatoes were ridiculous. So delicious. So easy. And I will repeat, SO DELICIOUS. I normally make potatoes on the stove, but this was definitely easier.

Oven Baked Potatoes

2 large potatoes, scrubbed
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds
3. In a bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, Italian seasoning and salt.
4. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil.
5. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
6. Top with parmesan cheese and bake an additional 2-5 minutes.

I think next time I'll make them using red potatoes and lemon pepper, to go with breakfast! Yum!

16 December 2011

SGT DOWLER

After almost 2 months, Jordan was finally pinned this week! For those who don't know, that's fancy army speak for a promotion. He was technically promoted to E5 (Sergeant) on November 1st, but the pinning ceremony didn't take place until this week, which was frustrating on all sorts of levels.
Jordan called me about 15 minutes before the ceremony started, telling me to hurry up and get there because it was happening "right now." So I rushed to the his troop building on base and when I got there, all the men in his troop were in formation WAITING FOR US so they could start. That was a bit intimidating to walk into, let me tell you. The Captain asked me if I'd like to personally pin him in the ceremony (in front of everyone) and nervously, I said yes. I had no idea what I was doing, but I ripped his old rank off and slapped the new one on like a champ.. except that I managed to slap the new rank on upside down (woops!). After the ceremony, his platoon lined up to congratulate him. In true Army tradition, anyone with the same rank or higher got to punch him in the chest. The lower enlisted men shook his hand like gentlemen.
Here are a few photos from the ceremony...





 CONGRATULATIONS, SGT DOWLER! 
I LOVE YOU!

14 December 2011

Easy Baked Pasta

I've been making a lot of great dinners at home lately and eating at restaurants a lot less. I overheard Jordan raving about my cooking, the other night at a friend's house! I believe his exact words were, "..some of things she cooks BLOW MY MIND!" That's a HUGE compliment, especially coming from such a picky eater!


BAKED ZITI

1 lb rigatoni (or whatever tube shape pasta you like)
1 (15 oz) container of ricotta cheese
2 cloves garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp parsley
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 jar tomato sauce

1. Cook rigatoni in pot of boiling, salted water. Drain when pasta still has some bite to it. It's also going to cook in the oven and you don't want it to be overcooked. Reserve a little cooking water.
2. In mixing bowl, mix ricotta, garlic, 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/2 tsp of parsley. The rest of the cheese and parsley will be used the top. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add ricotta mixture and 1/2 of the tomato sauce to the pot of pasta. Mix until pasta is completely coated. If it's too thick, add a little of the pasta water. Spread evenly into a 9x13 casserole dish.
4. Spread the rest of the tomato sauce over the top and add mozzarella, parmesan and parsley to the top.
5. Cover with foil.
6. Cook in 350 degree oven for 30 mins covered, then 15 mins uncovered (or until cheese melts).
7. IMPORTANT: Let pan sit for about ten minutes before cutting.

Serve with garlic bread and a salad. VOILA! Another super easy, delicious, husband approved dinner!

On another note, I have a new love in my life... Pintrest. It takes up so much of my time, it's ridiculous. Facebook who? I'm all about pinning. If you don't know what Pintrest is, you're missing out. On a lot. DIY projects, amazing recipes, home design techniques, ideas for kids crafts; you name it, Pintrest has it. I highly recommend you check out the site, if you never have!

09 December 2011

27 Weeks

People ask me all the time, "What does it feel like?" in regards to the baby kicking... As of now, I have a new answer: Imagine a mini Carlton from Fresh Prince doing the Cha Cha Slide. Now imagine you swallowed him whole. Voila! No more goldfish/butterfly/gas analogies.

Seriously though, this baby is on the move all day, everyday.  I've heard fetal movement is a sign of intelligence... If that's true, I think I'll be giving birth to the next baby Einstein! He tends to like my right side better than my left, which typically makes me look a little lopsided. I like to make the joke that there's not enough "womb" for him on the left side.. ha. ha. ha.. not funny, right?

Highlight of my week: At about 27 weeks along, I am now able to balance bowls of cereal and soda cans on my belly, without them spilling (until le bebe decides he's done being a shelf and kicks them off). For anyone who's ever been pregnant, that's an accomplishment! I can't believe I'm already in my third trimester- this pregnancy has completely flown by! Ask me the same question in about 10 weeks though and I may give you another answer...

[Baby Einstein]

06 December 2011

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Need another hot (easy) meal for a cold day? I've got your fix, right here!
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
2 1/2 cups milk
5 small/medium potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
Salt and pepper
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Sour cream
Green onions, chopped 

1. In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, 2 cups milk and 1 teaspoon salt. 
2. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. 
3. Lower the heat to medium-low, stir, cover and simmer until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. 
4. Add 1 cup chicken broth, then mash or puree the soup (depending on your soup preferences).
5. Season with salt and pepper (If you want an extra kick of flavor, add some garlic/onion powder).
6. Add 1 cup shredded cheese and stir. 

Divide the soup into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, sour cream and green onions. Enjoy! 

Check me out, I'm turning into a regular Betty Crocker!


05 December 2011

Date Night at the Dowler's


a christmas tree, a fireplace,
fluffy marshmallows to roast,
a snowy night, a good movie,
and a handsome husband to cuddle with.

is there anything more beautiful?
i am grateful.

03 December 2011

Operation Happy Holiday

Yesterday Jordan's brigade did a ruck march for the homeless. They arrived at 5:30am with empty ruck sacks (fancy army term for backpack) and filled them with donations of clothing, canned goods, blankets and more. They march 8 miles in below freezing temperatures to deliver the items in front of a soup kitchen downtown.
Jordan was the only soldier with a stroller on his back, so he's pretty easy to spot in the top photo (right lower corner).
I love that the troops are involved in their community, especially during the holidays. There are so many people around here in need of the things we tend to take for granted and this is such an eye opener.
Thanks, Raider Brigade, for taking the initiative to make a difference!

02 December 2011

25 Week Ultrasound

Today, we had a growth scan ultrasound again. Long story short, our civilian doctor in Utah screwed everything up, so now we have to re-do everything with our new doctor on base. Everything. Including all the uncomfortable, invasive procedures (ladies, you know what I'm talking about), blood work, ultrasounds.. you name it, we're on round two. Although most of it is a hassle, we love getting to do the extra ultrasounds. Our little tiny guy is growing so quickly and we're glad not to be missing any of it.
All of baby's organs and extremities are still in place and growing perfectly, his heart beat sounds perfect and he's still a boy. Here's a photo of his cute little profile, and one of his open mouth and nose (which may be hard to see if you're not familiar with ultrasounds):


Ahem.. Please pardon me as I brag, just a little...
My belly is measuring about 26.5 centimeters, which is right on track. At 25 weeks along, I'm proud to announce a gain of only seven pounds (all in the belly, thank Prada). About halfway through the ultrasound, the technician saved herself a spot in paradise by saying, "Man, there's not an ounce of fat on you- all muscle!" She was talking about me, not the baby. Believe me- I asked. I wanted to leap off of the table and kiss her for her incredible words of kindness! I'm not sure how eating candy and cookies and ice cream every day for twenty five weeks translates into "not an ounce of fat," but I'm not going to question the lady.. she's the one in the medical field, not me!

I can't wait to announce this little love's name so I can stop referring to him as just "baby" on here! Stay tuned, that's coming sooner than you think...

30 November 2011

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Last night, I was standing in front of my pantry and fridge, wondering what in the world I was going to make for dinner, since we're running low on groceries. For some reason, I imagined a casserole. Let it be known that I've not baked, nor eaten, a casserole in my entire life. I thought of the things we had on hand, the things Jordan likes (he can pretty pretty picky at dinner time) and how hungry he'd be by the end of his 14 hour work day. With a little help from my kitchen fairy (also known as my Aunt Shell) and my own imagination, this is what I came up with:
(NOTE: if you're looking to impress your mother in law, and she's anything like Bunny MacDougal from Sex and the City, you might skip this one. If you're looking for something hot and comforting to feed your hungry, hard working man, this was a win! Although none of the ingredients are very impressive, the result was. Just trust me..) 

God love it, poor casserole. 
Ugly as the day is long but it sure is good!
(said in my best Paula Dean voice)

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 Box Yellow Rice (I like Zatarain's)
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Cups Shredded, Cooked Chicken
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Frozen Corn
Pepper to taste
OPTIONAL: 1 small can of diced green chilis   

1. Cook rice according to package directions
2. Add rice and all other ingredients (except about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese) into a bowl and mix until well combined.  
3. Spoon into a casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.
4. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

Serve with fresh baked cornbread muffins and VOILA!
By the way, has anyone ever tried to make a casserole look pretty on a plate? It's hard to do! I suppose that's why we cover it up in a layer of cheesy goodness.      

26 November 2011

Christmas Cookies

Tonight, Jordan and I made Christmas cookies! 
Here's how it went...
We don't currently own a rolling pin, so Jordan used 
our fancy Italian glass bottles to roll out the dough. 
I cringed at the thought of it breaking, the entire time.
I burnt the last sheet of sugar cookies 
(which was just my excuse to eat them all). 
Jordan taunted me with Shock Top beer.
Then, we decorated.
Notice the PS3 paddle. 
It never leaves his sight.
Here are our masterpieces!
Jordan says his candy cane is "terribly awesome."
I say my Christmas tree is just awesome.

Christmas season is in full swing, here in the House of Dowler!


24 November 2011

Thankful Thanksgiving

 I am grateful to be spending this Thanksgiving, for the first time ever, with my wonderful, loving, handsome husband; I am thankful for my incredibly beautiful mom and equally wonderful little sister; my amazing cousins, who are more like long lost siblings; my sweet grandparents who've been such an inspiration of love in my life; my awesome mother/brothers/sister/family-in-love; my great friends who have stood by me, loved me and supported all my (sometimes unreasonable) choices; and for the little life growing inside me- although I've never met him, he is already one of my most favorite tiny guys in the world and I am already infinitely grateful to be his mama.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Today is a day to be celebrated with love, gratitude, another Packers win (11-0, baby!) and extra butter. Enjoy your holiday, eat more than you think you can handle (unbutton those pants and voila- more room!) and don't forget to save room for pie. 

Wherever you are celebrating today, know that I love you and am sending all my happiest, warmest holiday thoughts your way, all the way from Colorado.

 REMEMBER: CALORIES DON'T COUNT ON HOLIDAYS.

UPDATE: I just wanted to share with you all, what happens when you ask your husband to hold the dish of deviled eggs in the car, on the way to Thanksgiving dinner...
It's a really good thing he's cute.

17 November 2011

Le Belly

It's been about a month since I last showed you my little work of spherical art, so here it is at just about 24 weeks:
Lately there have been less aversions to smells and foods, which means less nausea, less exhaustion and less mood swings. With all those lesses, comes the mores. More cravings, which means more eating, more aches and pains, LOTS more kicking and flip flopping (Jordan and I have spent countless time this week watching him jiggle my entire belly from under my t shirts), more left sided sleeping and more weird stranger comments. Last week, a guy in a trench coat apologized to my belly for his use of fowl language. People can be so odd...

16 November 2011

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday to the sweetest man cake I know. 
I love you!

11 November 2011

RULE #1

While I firmly believe in living by our own "say so," there are some rules that should never be broken or subtracted from a home. Most of them are completely obvious and therefore shouldn't have to be talked about. Most of them being the key word... last night, a rule was broken in the House of Dowler...

Most of the time (and especially now that I'm pregnant), Jordan is super attentive and caring. He rubs my back and kisses my belly, he asks if I need anything and offers to put the dishes away so I can get off my feet. Again, MOST of the time being the key word. Last night, a demon of some awful sort came over my sweet husband, seemingly out of nowhere. 

We were laying in bed after a fun night of celebrating his birthday with beer (iced tea for me, of course), wings, sports and a man-movie to top it all off. I was laying with my head on his chest, slowly drifting off, thinking about how lucky I was to have caught the eye of such an incredible man. 
And then it happened. The demon took over...

HE PULLED THE COVERS OVER MY HEAD AND FARTED. The man who had just been scratching my back and excitedly talking about his son-to-be, turned into the worst type of demon husband I could ever imagine. He dutch ovened me, his sweet pregnant wife, holding the covers over my head while I scrambled for air. It was absolutely terrible, and I felt the need to share this. Not to vent, but to WARN. Ladies, your man may be the sweetest person to ever walk the earth, but he too is capable of such grotesque manners.

RULE OF MARRIAGE #1: NEVER, no matter what, dutch oven your wife... ESPECIALLY IF SHE'S PREGNANT. That's it. There's no discussion about this rule. It exists, from here on out, and it's number one.

08 November 2011

Baby's First Softy

There's something about the look in Jordan's eyes and the smile on his face when he feels our baby kick, that makes me feel like the luckiest girl on this planet. He had the day off today, and we spent a lot of it just laying around enjoying each others company- we watched our favorite shows together in bed, ate lunch on our little card table (also known as the classy table), and watched in amazement as our sweet tiny guy kicked, making my belly look like popping popcorn. 

At 22.5 weeks, he's as big as a papaya and as active as a Mexican jumping bean. He loves when I drink coke and hates when I eat red meat (which seems blasphemous to me, coming from a slightly carnivorous family). His wardrobe is already exceeding mine, including the cutest little pair of baby sunglasses I've ever seen. Yesterday, his daddy picked out his very first snuggle buddy (softy).
We love getting ready for our little guy and can't wait to meet him. I have a feeling once he's here, we're not going to be able to take our eye off him. Good thing they make baby monitors with cameras, right?
He is very, very, very loved.

03 November 2011

Nursery Idea Board

Now that we have a name for our baby, it's time to start focusing on his bedroom. We decided to go with a grey and yellow palette with black and white highlights- here are some of the pieces that have inspired us, so far:
Now, to find furniture and other goodies to make it happen!


02 November 2011

Cuppycakes with Man Cake

Tonight, we baked our cake 
and ate it too. Jordan suddenly realized he REALLY wanted a cupcake, on the way to the grocery store. I told him we'd buy a cupcake tin, since our kitchen stuff is still in transit, and could bake them after dinner. He looked at me, with the most astonished look and said "You can bake cupcakes?!" I laughed and kissed him- he's pretty cute. So tonight, we baked together, in our new place, for the first time. Although he generally likes the meals I cook for him, he especially enjoyed the cupcakes. Go figure. Baking cupcakes with my man cake is my new favorite way to spend a Wednesday night.

31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

There's something nostalgic about Fall, every year. Around this time, I always find myself reminiscing about the "good old days" and what Halloween used to look like. Some of my most favorite memories of growing up include costumes and trick or treating, sorting out candy on the kitchen floor, bartering with my little sister- her Almond Joys for my Reece's Peanut Butter Cups, and sneaking candy to school the next day, in every pocket I could stuff it in. Looking back, I bet I wasn't that sneaky, pretend-coughing to toss another gummy eyeball or Skittle into my mouth.. I bet my teachers looked forward to watching all the students try to get away with eating candy in class, just as much as we enjoyed thinking we did.

From 7th grade on, I spent most of my Halloweens with my friend, Kristine. Her mother has a tradition of making a big pot of chili, and nobody is allowed to leave the dinner table (no matter how many friends were waiting for us on her front porch) until our bowls were empty. Kristine would whine for what seemed like hours, every single year, thinking she'd somehow get out of it. She never did, and we were always late for what was always about to be "The Best Night of Our Entire LIVES."

I just got word that the chili is simmering in Myrna's kitchen, and although I never cared much for it, I want nothing more than to be at that table, listening to my best friend whine and planning what would indeed be the best Halloween of our lives.

Here we are, about a hundred years ago, as 80's cheerleaders.

Happy Halloween! =^..^=

25 October 2011

Hello from Colorado Springs!

[isn't our new neighborhood so pretty?]
We made it safe and sound to Colorado and are slowly moving in to our new home. So far, we absolutely love it! It's beautiful and mountainous and the people around here have been so helpful and nice. The leaves are changing, just as they are in Utah. I'm really surprised at how many times I have found myself smiling at my new surroundings- it's a lot like home, already.
Our new apartment is AWESOME. We took a big chance, moving into a place we'd never even seen the inside of, but it's even better than we imagined. The ceilings are high, the windows overlook beautiful scenery, the deck is amazing, the bedrooms are spacious and the walls are painted the creamiest shade of almond. We love our new home and can't wait to have all of our housewares delivered and unpacked (the Army estimates it'll be here around the 21st of November). 
Baby Dowler is growing and kicking, simultaneously, and makes sure I don't ever forget he's in there. He's as big as a cantaloupe this week! Knowing he's a boy and not just a critter makes things so much more real. Jordan finally felt him kick this week, which was exciting for both of us. Funny how he kicks like an all star, all day long.. until the exact moment his daddy puts his hand on my belly. Stubborn little guy- I like to think he didn't get that from me (although it's quite possible he did). 
For all who have asked, yes we DO have a name picked out and no, he won't be named after anyone. We've decided not to tell everyone the name, for now. It gives us a little more wiggle room, in case we come across something we like even better (which is highly unlikely, since the name we've chosen is quite possibly the best name in the history of names) and it gives a little mystery, which is always fun.

21 October 2011

Goodbye Utah

Today is our last day living in Utah. We leave for Colorado Springs, Colorado late tonight and move into our new apartment tomorrow. As we're packing up the very last of our boxes and loading up the car, I can't help but feel a little bit sad to be leaving Utah. I wish I could take the beautiful mountains with us- it seems especially difficult to leave them when they look as beautiful as they do today:


We'll miss our home, but we're moving on to bigger and better things in Colorado. We'll be back to visit as soon as possible (I'll be back in the beginning of January for my baby shower- more details to follow) and will continue to keep you all updated on the very important happenings of our little family. It may be pretty quiet around here until we get settled in our new home, but we'll be back- don't worry. Farewell, Utah!

20 October 2011

It's A.....!

Here it is, the moment you've been waiting for.


At just over 19 weeks, this is the bump I've been working on. Mind you, this is in the morning, before eating. It always seems to get bigger throughout the day. Before scrolling down, can you guess if Baby Dowler is a boy or girl?
The verdict... [drum roll please]...

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WE'RE HAVING A BOY! 
[look at his cute little button nose] 
Most of our friends are having girls right now, so Jordan wanted me to pass on this message: "Our little guy is gonna have the pick of the litter- he'll probably have twelve girlfriends." So to all you ladies having little ladies, WATCH OUT! There's going to be another cute Dowler boy on the prowl.

The ultrasound technician measured all of his organs and extremities, listened to his heartbeat and watched his range of motion- everything looks great! Throughout the ultrasound, he kept flexing his tiny little bicep over and over and over again and then at the very last second, right as she took the last photo, he flashed us a big thumbs up- he's his daddy's boy already.


14 October 2011

Jordi's HOME!

Look who's finally HOME!
I'll write more later.

[We're... busy..]
:)

12 October 2011

An Update

Just an update: Jordan is officially ON HIS WAY HOME. He signed out of his base (FOR GOOD) in Germany tonight, just before heading to the airport. I'm starting to get the first-date-jitters, as I realize how soon he'll be here. It happens every time- all you military spouses know exactly what I'm talking about. The butterflies, the nerves, the toe tapping and clock watching, the choosing of outfits and RE-choosing of outfits (no matter how bad I want to wear my comfy maternity leggings for the third time this week, for the sake of looking hot, I won't), the last minute trips to the store to stock up on his beverage of choice... he's almost home.
At this point, if I'm being honest, I have about 2/3 of the packing done (I keep packing boxes until they're too heavy for my pregnant self to lift.. so frustrating) and my laundry hasn't begun to wash itself yet. Luckily, I have ONE more day to complete everything. All I need to get going is a good playlist filled with booty shakin' sing-along type music. *Queue Beyonce...*

10 October 2011

Crafting Instead of Cleaning

This is the part when time seems to sloooow doooown, so I fill it with everything that needs to be done before Jordan comes home: cleaning, laundry, outfit choosing, packing for the move, getting his special things out so they're easily accessible.. those types of things. As of today, I have FOUR DAYS to complete all my tasks. 
Truly, I like to start with five, but yesterday I got distracted by the left side of my brain. Instead of starting in on what seems like an endless mountain of laundry, I made this beauty...
Now it's time to buckle down and DO WORK!
Buuut I think I'll sit here for just another minute, feeling le bebe kick...

03 October 2011

The FINAL Countdown Begins

I just wanted to say one thing, before I explode:

10 MORE DAYS UNTIL JORDAN IS HOME!

And this time, I get to keep him forever. No more sadness, no more goodbyes, no more long distance marriage (at least for a year or so). The day I've waited all my life for, is almost here. My sweet soldier is COMING HOME! It'll be a quick stay, and then we're off to Fort Carson, Colorado (also known as "home" for the next four years).
You know what else that means? It also means it's almost time to post the long-awaited highly-requested BELLY PICTURES! I promise you all, as soon as he comes home and things settle down, I'll show you the bump. Until then, here's how I feel about prenatal vitamins...



29 September 2011

Nightmare on 13th

Top 5 Reasons Haunted Houses Are NOT for Pregnant People
1. You might pee your pants. There are no bathroom breaks along the way.

2. The mix of smells (sweat, mildew and bad breath) might make you throw up.

3. The rolling tunnel walkway throws off your already terrible sense of balance.

4. The creepy doctor with the bloody two-headed fetus doll is NOT funny anymore.

5. The strobe light maze might cause you to become dizzy and blind.

Although I did have a good time, it was a far different experience from haunted houses in past years. I recommend going ONLY after you've used the restroom- if you don't think you have to go, try, try again.. Remember to bury your face into a friend's shoulder during all the scariest parts. Bring some lemon extract oil to smell when you feel nauseous, and close your eyes and stick tightly to anyone within grasp (even if you don't know them, you're all going to end up in the same place, right?) while walking through the strobe light maze- they will find their way... eventually.

28 September 2011

My Birthday

Happy Birthday to ME! My sweet husband sent me the most beautiful flowers, along with chocolate covered Oreos (bless him) and a sweet card. Even from an ocean away, he still knows how to make me feel special on my day. 
 

Today, I celebrated by getting a massage, treating myself to lunch (mmm Cafe Rio) and doing a little shopping. Even though I fully intended on spoiling myself, I ended up only buying things for Baby Dowler.


As most of you know, the baby's nickname is "Little Critter." So naturally, I hunted down the Little Critter collection by Mercer Mayer, as well as a collection of Curious George books and a few others. This baby is gonna be one book-happy little love.

26 September 2011

The Belly vs The Jeans

It has begun, ladies and gents. My last pair of jeans has given me the bird. My belly has outgrown most of my clothes, which leaves me to all that is loose and comfortable- luckily I have an extreme amount of sun dresses and skirts with stretchy waste bands, that will get me through the next month or so, until it gets too cold outside. But as for jeans, I'm SOL. I guess I'll have to do some maternity shopping soon. Any recommendations for cute, affordable maternity clothes?

I decided very early on that I wouldn't put any baby bump pictures online until Jordan gets to meet the belly in person. To all that have asked to see, you'll just have to wait a few more weeks. 

So at a little over 16 weeks pregnant, this is what is has come to:
Belly: 1 - Jeans: 0

A - Z All About Me

This fun little survey is going around the blogosphere, and I HAD to get in on it. Enjoy!

A. Age: 22 this week :)
B. Bed size: Queen- just enough space for two, way too big for just one.
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning out drains. It's a "man-chore."
D. Dogs: I prefer "dawgs" to "dogs." Pets are not my thing.

E. Essential start to your day: Benadryl. Unfortunately, this pregnancy has made my allergies sky rocket. 
F. Favourite color: GLITTER! :D
G. Gold or Silver: I love them both, equally.
H. Height: 5'6, without shoes.
I. Instruments you play: I can play a mean Mary Had A Little Lamb on a phone dialer.
J. Job title: Trophy Wife / Baby Baker
K. Kids: Our first is due in March.
L. Live: Currently in Utah, packing up for the big move to Ft. Carson Colorado.
M. Mother's name: Deanna
N. Nicknames: Errie Berrie, Baby Bear, E, Airheadica, Eureka, Hairica, Ellica.
O. Overnight hospital stays: I had pretty bad asthma when I was little and that caused for a few overnight stays.
P. Pet peeve: If I can hear you eating, you're doing something wrong. Also, repetitive noises.
Q. Quote from a movie:
"You know what's going to happen to you? I'm going to march you over to the zoo and feed you to the yak..." Breakfast at Tiffany's
R. Right or Left handed: Right
S. Sweet or Salty: SALTY! *said with a mouthful of funyuns*
U. Underwear: is for the birds. Kidding. I wear it. Relax.
V. Vegetable you hate: It may be safer to ask which ones I DO like... the list might be shorter.
W. What is your dream job: When I was little I wanted to be a mermaid or an Olympic ice skater. Sadly, I am doing neither of these things, currently.
X. X-Rays you've had: brain, wrist, teeth and belly
Y. Yummy food that you make: Everything I make is delicious- just ask my husband!
 
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffes and Peacocks

22 September 2011

Nuisance du Nez

They say when you're pregnant you can smell things from a mile away, and they are absolutely right. I can smell onions cooking at dinner time, and there's not an onion to be found in this entire house. I can smell people's cigarette smoke before they even light up, I swear. If someone has eaten garlic in the last 24 hours, I'll be able to tell. 

But the newest nuisance du nez comes from my favorite magazine, Cosmopolitan. I can smell every single perfume sample, all at once, before I even open the cover. To avoid the trifecta of headaches, gagging and watery eyes, I have to rip out every perfume-doused page before delving into the world of fashion, love and guy confessions.

[Ahhh, much better...]

17 September 2011

GO UTES!

[SJSU vs UTAH 2010-
Utes killed it 56-3]

[Official Utah Utes Day 2011- 
the day we joined the PAC 12]


We bleed red. GO UTES.