Saturday, January 31, 2009

Giant Fire Ants on a Log



I got a really exciting huge jar of peanut butter yesterday. Maranatha, the one my aunt Deborah says I should be eating. A huge jar of peanut butter might not sound exciting, but well, to me it is.
Anyway, I also bought some celery and decided to make the old classic snack, Ants on a Log (at least that's what we called it, you might know other names).
Except I didn't have any raisins/ants, so I had to improvise. Dried cranberries had the same effect, but not quite the same look. Too red, and too big... until we realized, giant fire ants on a log. As Chris said, "they don't even bite too much."

Friday, January 30, 2009

Letting go of the Slayer



Last weekend Chris spent a little time cleaning up his old bike, the "Slayer" to show someone who was interested in buying it. Sadly, it was the wrong size, but hopefully the right person will find it soon. The hardest part of this bike to let go is the paint job, I think, which looks a little like a fishing lure.



Things have been pretty quiet around here, which I why I haven't been posting very much. Next week I'm going to try a little exercise that Amy did a while ago called "a week in the life." Hopefully I'll remember to carry a camera around with me to take pictures of what I do during the week.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Family Crocheted Booties

A student in Chris' class loves to knit and crochet. She recently offered to make Sesame a hat, but I think her pattern is for preemies, so we thought maybe not a good idea.
This morning Chris remember a gift the student had sent home for us, and pulled out these adorable crocheted his and hers booties she made for us.



This evening we got home from a nice dinner with Jed and Tracy, who were in town visiting for the day, and I found a package in the mail from Juliana. A gift from her recent trip to Argentina! I pulled out the most ridiculously cute little crocheted sandal booties.





We couldn't believe it. All in one day our whole family was outfitted with hand crocheted footwear!!



While I'm here, I also want to advertise some of the delicious Amish friendship bread I made today, and to say that I have starters to make more. If anyone is interested in the starter and the recipe, please let me know. I hate to pass it on like a chain letter to unsuspecting non-bakers, so I'm trying to find someone who wants it :)



It's really more like cake, since it has quite a bit of sugar. The blueberries along with the cinnamon make it pretty exciting too.
Here are the starters that I have, just waiting...



And this is what the final product looks like in muffin form:





Friday, January 23, 2009

Wintertime Desert Rains

Chris and I have been trying to get out hiking for exercise and fresh air as much as we can lately. This is the time of year when it's hard not to love the desert. After a rain it smells so fresh and alive. Everything is greener and there are little plant shoots popping out everywhere.



This afternoon we went to go for a walk around the little desert trails near pima community college. About two minutes after we got out of the car and started walking we were overtaken by a rainstorm that sent us straight back to the car.
Determined to get our exercise for the day, we could see the sun shining through to the southwest of us, where one of our favorite nearby hiking trails is. As we drove up into a very light sprinkle we could see the most beautiful vividly colored rainbow back over town.



We had a great little hike, even though it started to get a little bit dark by the end.



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rooms filled up with empty boxes

Over the weekend we spent a couple of days cleaning out our back room, bike room, junk room, whatever you want to call it. It was so full of stuff, you could barely walk in there. It felt overwhelming and we kept talking about getting rid of more stuff, but couldn't quite get motivated to go in there. We finally did it.
We took a load of stuff already designated for giveaway, and then realized that the filing cabinet and dresser were already empty. So were three of the large Tupperware containers, and almost all of the cardboard boxes. Hmm.
Amazingly, we had enough energy to organize some of the things we usually don't quite get to. We hung all our packs on the wall so we can actually find them.





I know, you're saying "that's too many packs!" Oh, wait, this is a blog entry so I can't hear you...
Chris hung up maps, we put our movies in there and moved the empty dresser into our room to hold the increasingly large collection of baby boy's overalls.



It's still just a storage room, but oh boy does it feel nice to have it cleaned out, and not to have a huge pile of stuff in one of the other rooms that came out of it :)



This is probably a pretty boring post. Life is a little uneventful lately around here, but really in a good way. I'll try to post interesting things, but this is pretty much what we're up to lately.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Filling the house with baby stuff...

We bought a crib yesterday. Used, from craig's list. It's a really nice one and we got a great deal. When we walked in the door to look at it, not sure whether we wanted it or not, we only had to look at each other to know that we were both thinking, "oh boy, this is just what we wanted!"
It's a very light wood finish and the sides curve out at the top.
There are big sort of curved wooden rails along the top, and the side good down with one hand. I was so excited to get home and set it up. Chris put it all together and we marveled at it for about five minutes. It fit nicely into the space in between our bed and the window. I should have taken a picture of it there. As I looked at it sitting there though, I started to feel like maybe it was a little too early to have it just sitting there, waiting. I thought about it and felt like looking at it sitting there every day might take just a little bit of something away from the nice feeling of having the baby safe inside for another four months or so.
So, Chris took it down. He's the kind of wonderful husband that will do that kind of thing without much complaint, and he didn't even say he thought it was silly. So now it is sitting in the same spot, but not put together. We'll probably put it back together at the beginning of May and then it won't feel like we're trying to rush anything.
Anyway, I was still really excited about it so I'm posting photos of what it looks like taken down, and you can use your imagination.





The mattress.



So this is our "nursery" so far. I think we're doing pretty good.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Santa Cruz Beaches



Over last weekend I went on a trip to Santa Cruz with my mom to visit for my Grandpa's birthday. It was fun to go on a trip with her, especially sitting in lots of different coffee shops and taking walks along the beach. We stayed mostly with my aunt Deborah who has a really cool, beautiful house at the top of a little hill. We also spent some time at my uncle Gordon's house, which is up in the redwoods. I wish I would have taken pictures of their houses to post here, but mostly I just took pictures of all the trips to the beach.

The first evening we were there, we walked along the most popular surfing area in Santa Cruz and watched the many surfers sit on glassy water in catching waves and the last rays of a colorful sunset.








On the last day of the trip we went with Gordon and Deborah to one of my favorite places, near Carmel, point lobos state reserve. We went on a couple of hikes recommended by Gordon, had a picnick, and then went to my favorite little beach maybe ever. The little beach is called China Cove. I love how tiny it is, and how blue the water is. This time the beach was covered in kelp that had washed up, but often it is just sand and just tiny waves to get your feet wet. This time it was too cold for feet wetting anyway.





We had a seafood dinner at a nice restaurant on the harbor on Monday evening to celebrate my Grandpa's 91st birthday.

Thank you very much Gordon and Deborah for letting us stay in your lovely homes and for the fun company! I hope to make a trip back to show Sesame the beach and let him go on a walk with Grandpa:)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cool house design ideas

Tasha forwarded me a link the other day to Cookie Mag's list of the coolest homes in 2008. There are some really cool photos of houses, particularly kids and babies rooms, and these are just a few of my favorites that I wanted to post so I have them here for inspiration.

I've been looking for a rocking chair for a while, but haven't found the perfect one. (also, I can't decide between a rocker, a glider, and some kind of bouncy chair...). I love the style of this one though.

There was an old white dresser at a thrift store in Gunnison that had blue glass knobs. I really thought about buying it for a while, but didn't really have the space. I love how this one looks in the bright room. Maybe I'll have to look for another one.

This crib is from Stephanie Nielson's house, a blogger who's blog I followed for a while. She has really great ideas.

Thanks for the inspiration, Tasha!

Photos from: http://www.cookiemag.com/magazine/blogs/nesting/best_of_2008/index.html

Monday, January 5, 2009

They made it!


Just in case anyone else was as worried as Tasha and I were about the fact that it was snowing yesterday when Chris and Steve were hiking out of the canyon, I thought I'd follow up and say that they made it out!

It sounds like their hike out was pretty intense (trugding through a few feet of snow) -- you'll have to wait for one of them to do a more detailed blog post about it...

The photo is from the first day, but I thought I'd include it just for fun. I bet they looked much more exhausted and dirty (and I bet you're glad you didn't have to smell them..) when they actually made it out just before dark yesterday.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Leftovers from our vacation

I had a few more photos from our Christmas travels that I didn't get around to posting earlier. So here they are. Chris spent a couple of days in amarillo cleaning out his mom's garage. His dad came to help pick up a couple of loads of stuff, and I couldn't resist snapping this photo of them. They couldn't agree on who got this favorite sweatshirt first, but both have called it favorite for quite a while.

One of the best meals of the trip was Christmas dinner at Chris's dad's house, where they made a Moroccan themed feast including several different dishes. Mmm.

So it wasn't really a photo-taking trip. We had a good time and ate a ton. I hope everyone else enjoyed the holidays, and happy new year (just a few days late:)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

White Sands and a Belly



Several people have been asking me to send photos of what I look like right now. So here is a picture of me at White Sands on the way to Amarillo. Kind of a funny outfit, but it's getting a little bit harder to find things that fit :)