Merry Christmas everybody!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Merry Christmas everybody!
Posted by Miranda at 12:18 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
For three years now I've been trying to make my mother's sugar cookies. If you've never had my mother's sugar cookies then first of all, you're missing out...but second of all, you should know that they're not only made with her huge cookie cutters, but they're also 3/4 of on inch thick making them nice a cakey. They usually make a pretty good breakfast.
Anyway as I said, three years trying to make them and for 3 years I've been getting thin, crunchy, stupid (though edible) cookies. Not what I wanted. Furthermore, sometimes they're burnt, and sometimes they're doughy because the recipe I have says "bake at 350 degrees." No baking time. Lovely.
Well I am proud to say that this year I have figured it out. IT'S IN THE ROLLING. If you want your sugar cookies to bake up thick, you have to roll them out thick. I'm not sure why my mom never mentioned this to me when I would call and talk to her about making them. When I called her this time to tell her I had finally figured it out she just said, "oh yeah you cut them pretty thick." Maybe she was giving more baking know-how credit than she should have. You really shouldn't give me much baking-know-how credit. I mean, I'm sure all of you reading this thought to yourself "hmm...thick cookies, thick rolling." Well now you can all be proud of me because I've figured it out too. Hooray for me. Come over and have some sugar cookies because mom's recipe makes approximately a billion.
Note the differences in done-ness in my cookies. ha ha.
Posted by Miranda at 11:40 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We also had to move everything out of the nursery and into the living room including all of the baby swag from my showers and the more-comfy-than-our-futon blue couch. This was great incentive to get the room painted quickly.
Then we had to agonize over the decision of whether or not to strip and refinish my grandmother's vanity so that it would match the crib. When we finally decided to do it, Nate got to add a new power tool to his collection; a random orbital sander.
The vanity is still a work in progress. In fact, Nate spent most of yesterday working on it. This is a before picture of it...minus the drawers of course.
I am so in love with the beautiful green color that we used for the walls. It looks great with almost any other color (especially pink) so I can add a lot to it.
And now...it is still a bit of a mess. But at least it is a mess of cute clothes and fabric, which is much better in my opinion. I thought about not posting pictures until we were all done...but there is always the chance that won't happen until 3 months after Little Spike comes... so here you go.
At this time I would like to give a shout out to my wonderful husband for putting up with my irrational need for him to paint and do things in the nursery that were at the most inconvenient times possible for him. Ben, thanks for helping us get the primer on the walls in record time. Also, thanks Liza for hooking us up with the sweet swing.
Posted by Miranda at 9:53 AM
The house in the middle is the one we rented.
In case the pictures don't make it obvious, I should mention that "we" included the following: me and Nate (duh), Ken & Nina (my parents), Spencer (my brother), Connie (my aunt), Keith (my grandpa), Bill & Gail (Nate's parents), Kevan (Nate's brother). Of course Lorne & Laurel (Nate's brother and sister-in-law) were there in our thoughts. Nate and I always talk about how blessed we are to both get along with our in-laws so well, and that they enjoy spending time with each other too! And now, a few more pictures that Nate's dad took that didn't get included in the web album.
Posted by Miranda at 9:30 AM
Friday, December 14, 2007
Again, note the eyes.
Since Miranda is the one that took the picture (I was probably still in bed) I'll let her add any sort of back story she would like here.
Miranda here. Yes, in fact Nate was still asleep when I took these pictures. I typically get up before him in the morning to get ready for work. If we think it is going to be really cold at night (or if the news tells us to) we let Izzy sleep inside. The above pictures are a perfect example of what she looks like in the morning when I try to put her outside.
I find it difficult to wake up in the morning and look at my comfortably sleeping husband, and then try not to disturb my comfortably sleeping dog. The jealousy is consuming. Sometimes it looks like Izzy might want to go outside...or I've been woken up by the sound of her paws digging around on her bed. So I say something like "are you ready to go outside?"...and she looks at me as if saying "are you kidding me? I'm not the poor sap that has to go to work." And I try not to push her off her bed as I step over her to get to the bathroom.
Posted by Miranda at 10:23 PM
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Posted by Miranda at 10:50 PM
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I say "luckily" because so help me, if snow keeps me from leaving this house for another major holiday...I am just going to lose it.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
Posted by Miranda at 5:42 PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
What I heard this morning was the last straw, I mean, maybe some if it is true but it might also become a self fulfilling prophecy, you know, keep telling a group of people what they’re like and eventually they’ll meet your expectations.
Aside from all this I have to tell you my new theory about the source of the many shortcomings of generation Y. The baby boomers are getting old and as we know, old people like to complain. So I’m thinking that maybe all this is, is a generation of old people complaining about how terrible the up-and-coming generation is.
Posted by Miranda at 11:15 AM
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Nate and I can only hope that Little Spike is as cute as the other girls in our family...I've known for years that the competition is stiff.
In other Halloween news, I think everybody should know that my mom made 92 Caramel Apples for trick-or-treaters. She was able to save 10 of them but the rest were spoken for by families knocking at her door. Impressive mom.
P.S. Okay so the videos aren't working for me either right now. But I'm going to bed. I'll fix it later.
Posted by Miranda at 8:44 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Just as predicted, we woke up to snow this morning. But no worries, apparently it should be up in the 60s by Wednesday.
Posted by Miranda at 10:47 AM
Can you believe I thought I might go my whole life without having a picture like this taken of me?
Posted by Miranda at 10:41 AM
Monday, October 15, 2007
Anyway, once I realized what I was looking at I pulled over to the edge of the onramp, turned on my hazards and started to get out of my car to see if there was anyone who needed help. However, before I got my door open a car that I quickly identified as the car that had just recently been in the median pulled up next to me. I rolled down my window, he rolled down his and then he said, “… sorry dude… I just lost traction.” To which I replied with a stupid look on my face, “Ok… well… be careful I guess.” And then he drove off.
2 Questions that I should have asked:
1 – What were you doing to lose traction? Perhaps there is a freak patch of ice in the 70° weather, or an oil slick released by a spy’s car that I should be watching out for.
2 – Where did you come from?! Based on where you were and the direction you were facing, the best I could tell is that you dropped straight out of the sky.
Posted by Miranda at 1:09 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1. I feel Little Spike kicking all the time now. Particularly in the evening. About three nights ago she kept me up all night kicking and punching with all her might. I am aware that this is only the beginning of many sleepless nights courtesy of the L. Spike.
2. My abdominal muscles are starting to stretch a lot more...this is more uncomfortable than I anticipated it would be. Also, my belly button seems to be detaching itself from the rest of my body.
3. According to the books she is about 12 inches long and maybe weighs about a pound. I've gained slightly more.
4. Yes we've thought of a few names...we have a list of possibilities. But we're not telling you what they are so you're just going to have to wait until she's born.
5. As of January 1, 2008 my company will change its insurance benefits and I will no longer have Kaiser. That means I'll get a new doctor when I'm 36 weeks pregnant. I'm okay with it though because it means I can get a midwife and deliver at a hospital that is 8 miles closer to our house (as in, it's two miles away).
6. Nate can now feel her kicking from outside my belly...pretty cool.
That is all.
Posted by Miranda at 7:30 PM
Modeled by my lovely friend and birthday girl, April.
I've been a little infatuated with vintage aprons lately and decided that it was time to quit gawking and make something. I decided to start with what appeared to be an "easy" non-vintage apron and then work my way up the difficulty ladder. It's a good thing I decided to go this route because as soon as I got all of the fabric cut and was ready to sew, I realized...I don't actually know how to sew! I had no idea what Step 1 wanted me to do. Luckily my friend Rachel was around to ask all of my initial questions and then I was off and running. I found that it worked best for me to read every step of the directions about a thousand times in order to understand it, and then still follow the directions one SENTENCE at a time until the light went on in my head and I could do what it said. Below is a closer shot of the fabric so you can see how cute it is.
And so now on to other sewing projects. I plan on making a diaper bag, some burp cloth things, and eventually a messenger bag. I probably won't be working at the speed of my sister-in-law, but I think I'm okay with that. I hope you enjoy your apron, April, and that your clothes stay clean while cooking from now on!
Posted by Miranda at 6:55 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2007
As far as I know, "nesting" is a pregnant woman's instinct to clean and organize her house before her little one arrives. To be honest, I think my nesting instinct was more intact prior to being pregnant. Shortly after getting pregnant, I began to care little about the state of our house. Mostly because I had more important things to do like sleep. Now that has passed, I still like to get the house clean, but not to the caliber that I expected pre-baby. As evidenced by the current state of our little girl's future room.
What I do suspect has happened, is that my nesting instinct has decided to materialize in two ways: making lists and crafting. First of all, boy-howdy do I ever love to make lists. Now with a baby coming, and my procrastination at it's peak, there is potentially no end to my lists. Furthermore, I really feel the need to make things. In fact, I've made a list of things I need to make (believe it or not). When I realized that I have approximately 16 weeks left of my pregnancy I practically started hyperventilating over that fact that I have not knit a single thing for Little Spike. No blankets, no hats, no burp rags...not bootie one. All I do is make gifts for all of my friend's babies but when it comes to my own offspring...meh.
My mother-in-law assured me that she was certain I didn't need to be panicking about this exact thing right now. I replied that I was pretty sure logic wasn't a character in this play. Luckily, my sister-in-law helped with my crisis by sending me an adorable sweater pattern that I will start on soon. In the meantime, I've started knitting a hat until I get the yarn for my sweater.
Whew. Crisis avoided...for now.
P.S. I think everyone should drink Izze soda because it is delicious and is the equivalent of a serving of fruit. Featured: Sparkling Pomegranate (unpaid advertisement)
Posted by Miranda at 4:15 PM
Sunday, September 30, 2007
This PSA has been brought to you by Nate.
Now we're at 8 mice
Found four more trapped this morning putting the count at 12.
Posted by Miranda at 4:58 PM
These are all wonderful things to know and we were so happy to find out that everything was looking normal. But as far as the gender was concerned, we were told that the baby was probably a girl...maybe. Our baby was quite active and not a big fan of being nudged with the ultrasound wand. At one point we saw her punch me and the radiologist when she was trying to get a good shot of her nose. However, once it was time to take a look at her legs and backside, she clamped down and decided that she wasn't moving ANY MORE. Apparently she has an attitude that she must get from Nate because I certainly don't have such a defiant demeanor.
For example, here she is trying to block a good shot of her nose.
I tried to tell myself that maybe we just weren't meant to know the gender...or that we were most likely having a girl...but maybe a boy. Well, that lasted all of 12 hours, and by the next morning (clearly I agonized over this decision) I had made an appointment for another ultrasound. I thought about the 3D/4D ultrasounds, but they kind of creep Nate out and all I really wanted to know was the sex so I figured we didn't need all those other dimensions.
I felt a little weird when we first got to the ultrasound place. I mean, it's not in any way a doctors office...no nurses, no doctors. I could hear some piano arrangement of "Rock-a-By-Baby" in the background while the receptionist offered to upgrade our VHS of the session to a DVD. I kept thinking "oh geez, we're just here on business, we don't even want a video and kill the cheesy music please." Well, I clearly wasn't giving this experience a fair shot.
The room we were in had a nice black leather couch and enough seating for eight people! The bed I was on was about the size of the room we were in for our hospital ultrasound and the entire thing was projected on the wall for us to see. It was an awesome experience and I would recommend the place to anyone. The other thing that was great was that finding out the sex was priority #1. She was still pretty stubborn but I promised her that I wouldn't post any of her "personal" pictures on this blog so I guess she caved. So there you have it...the first bribe of my parenting career.
Posted by Miranda at 11:51 AM