Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sick Month:

At the beginning of October little nephew decided to pass a nasty stomach bug on to me. One where I threw up all of my insides through the entire night. And I was away from home. And I was very miserable. Thankfully I had a Granny, Grandpa, and some sisters to help take care of me.

And now at the end of October the good ol' Strep virus decided to attack my entire body. Thanks to a great doctor and a awesome husband I am on the mend. Doug has made me soup [and he even ate the chicken out of it for me, because I don't like canned chicken], filled my water glass, drove me to the doctor, fetched me popsicles, and brought me to-go dinners from the dining hall.

I have seen way to many episodes of Monk, finished all the word searches in Doug's Mind Benders Books, and filled our vaporizer over and over and over again.

I hope November is not as sickly.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our Monday:


Doug worked in the yard [again] most of the day on Sunday so that we could go to Tulsa yesterday. [For the record, I love Tulsa, Oklahoma]. We slept in and then made the drive over. We stopped by the old workplace and got to see so many wonderful people. I miss that place. We ate lunch at Queenies [I had bacon and asparagus grilled cheese and Doug had the Tex-Mex Burger]. Shopped a little and then we headed to the niece and nephew's mini birthday get-together. We enjoyed dinner and birthdays and a little girl and boys giggles and screams. Being an Aunt/Uncle is awesome.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

State Fair:



The other night we went on a date to the State Fair. It was full of lights, people, smells, and sounds. We enjoyed the acrobat show, our strawberry newberg dessert, laughing at all the different kinds of vendors, and we might have paid two dollars to see a half woman half snake. Let's just say she was a total disappointment and whoever is running that booth is making a lot of money for nothing. We were going to ride the Ferris wheel because it really is one of my dreams to ride one with Doug, but frankly it looked lame and the line was way too long.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yard Work:


Is it beautiful where you live? It has been so beautiful here the past few weeks. Fall is hands down one of our favorites. I hope you are enjoying some of the beauty wherever you are.

Yesterday we worked outside most of the day. It was one of those super fulfilling and tiring days. I worked in back of the house to try to make a back yard for ourselves and Doug worked in the front yard to create a fire pit and a clearing for burning brush and for roasting marshmallows. I had big plans for making dinner last night but halfway into my afternoon I realized I was going to be way to tired to stand in the kitchen and make dinner. So we showered off layers of dirt and ate frozen pizza on a front porch. Our evening ended with a big fire and comfy chairs.

And do you know what we are doing tomorrow? More of what we did yesterday.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Maxwell:

- loves chewing on bottle caps
- is a picky eater
- enjoys hikes/walks
- likes to find large objects to carry in his mouth on said hikes/walks
- snuggles on the couch
- puts his face on our faces
- loves family hugs
- sometimes smells bad
- stretches a lot and stretches really far

Friday, October 15, 2010

Date Night:

Last night we went on a date. We both showered and wore sweaters. Made ourselves smell nice and no ponytails were in sight. We drove to the big city and ate at The Greenhouse Grille.We ordered crab cakes and burgers. [He had a Buffalo Burger, I had the Spicy Black Bean Burger] We had a nice waitress who Doug made laugh. He even makes strangers laugh.

Our main topic of conversation was babies and parenting and families. Some of the main points:
1. I will want to give my babies a bath every night. I know I won't. But I will want to. The smell. The cuddles. The cozy pajamas.
2. Loving babies is not a good reason to keep having babies. After all babies are not babies forever.
3. We know a lot of really wonderful parents [and we know some not so wonderful parents]. And we are loving this stage of life where we get to sit and observe the good parents and the not-so-good ones.
4. Thankful for the time that we are married without children. But also excited for when we are married with children.

It was a perfect date night! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Treasures at Granny's:



I took a special trip this past weekend to visit my grandparents in Indiana (Hi Granny and Grandpa!). They are preparing to move to Ohio soon and Sister Christa and Sister Bethany and I all made the trip to help them organize and pack and take some of their family treasures off of their hands.

We had such a wonderful time listening to old stories and trying to figure out if things belonged to our great great grandma or our great great great grandma. We also ate wonderful food, played Sequence, and watched old family videos.

We all got some really wonderful treasures. Granny was worried about the weight of the car and I think Christa and I were just worried that all of our treasures would not fit. But, thanks to Christa's awesome packing skills we all made it home with a stuffed to the brim trunk.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins:

I made dinner the other night and I put it in my mouth and could barely get it down. Doug ate his, but I just could not do it. So, I decided to make muffins. I made these and then I ate four of them. After all they were my dinner and they were somewhat healthy. Right?


 Whole Wheat Apple Muffins
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
These dark, crazy moist muffins will keep well for several days, and the brown sugar on top, should you not skimp on it like I did, adds a crunchy touch, perfect for those of you who know that the lid is the best part.
Yield: They said 12, I got 18
1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat flour
1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) buttermilk or yogurt
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease and flour 18 muffin cups and set aside.
Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the egg and mix well; stop once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.Mix in the buttermilk gently. (If you over-mix, the buttermilk will cause the mixture to curdle.) Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the apple chunks.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar on top. Bake for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 400°F, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the tin, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Thanks Smitten Kitchen for another awesome recipe. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Goldfish Pond:


Goldfish Pond
 I have been coming here since I was a young child. I worked on staff for four summers. We got married here. I know this place very well. And it has always felt like a second home. But for some reason I had never been to the Goldfish Pond until Saturday. We went on a family hike and we walked back to our house on this trail. This is literally in our backyard.  And it also might just be my new favorite trail here.

Reason #1,262 why it is awesome living in the woods.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Day Together:

We got to spend the day together today. Like the whole day. Just the two of us.
It has been many many many many days since we have had a whole day together.
We slept in.
We had coffee and oatmeal for breakfast.
We watched two episodes of Pushing Daises.
We decided to go into town, but then remembered our tags were expired and needed to be renewed.
We then drove to small town tag agency.
Paid a lot of money for mistakes we did not even know we had made.
Got back in the car and decided to let the large amount of money we spent just roll of our shoulders.
And then we decided to eat a lot of pizza for dinner in town.
Stopped by the store for dog bones and milk.
And finished our day with more time alone on the couch.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Front...:

Porch

Door

Yard.