Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vacation:





We are most excited about seeing two people we love dearly. 
It will also be nice to not be 100 degree weather.
And sleeping in.
And being tourists.
And going to their church.
And eating different food.
And being able to walk to Trader Joe's. 
And being away together for 6 days.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Week 25 and 26:



The past two weeks:
- I have been reading lots of books, practicing breathing techniques, and learning how to relax.
- Felt lots of kicks and turns and moves. I am now usually woken up in the morning to the sweet movements.
- Found out our Doctor is moving, not until after the birth. But still, we are pretty sad he is leaving. 
- Finally went to Lowe's to try to pick out a paint color for the nursery. Left with nothing and feeling a little bit overwhelmed at having to pick out another paint color for this new house.
- I turned 25. How old I wanted to be when we had our first child. 
-Went maternity clothes shopping for my birthday. It is nice to have some clothes that fit now.
- Bought a birthing/exercise ball
- Have fallen even more in love with this little one and pregnancy. 
It is all just so amazing. 
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Happy 30th Anniversary!


My parents are celebrating 30 years of marriage today. I have this picture framed sitting above my kitchen sink. It sits right next to a picture of Doug and I on our wedding day. I love to think that someday our children will look at our wedding picture and think that we look so different or think that it must have been soooooooo long ago. My parents have always shown us the importance and the value of marriage. I have never had any fear that things might not work between the two of them because of how seriously and vocally they take their wedding vows and commitment to each other and the Lord. I know that it has not been an easy breezy 30 years. Marriage is not easy breezy. But they have always shown us the importance of respect, love, laughter, commitment, and teamwork in a making a marriage work. Thanks for the beautiful example, Mom and Dad! Doug and I are incredibly thankful to have your marriage to look at. We love you!

Happy Birthday!

                                                                
Leftover Birthday Cheesecake

My Birthday Included: 
Coffee press coffee and a warm good morning greeting from the husband
 An OU maternity shirt
2 episodes of Gilmore Girls
Mail from grandparents and parents
A new yellow sweater
A quick trip to Tulsa for shopping and dinner with Karen
A hour in Motherhood trying on new clothes
Stuffed Chicken Tortillas and Cherry Cheesecake
A walk around Target for two other gifts, Bossypants and a new candle 
Decaf Caramel Macchiato
A two hour conversation with the Odoms 
A late night drive back home 
It was a very full day of lots of beautiful people. I am extremely blessed. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Baby:


We took this picture as a joke before we even had a baby growing.
And now we really do have a baby growing.
And we are still so very excited. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Carrot Cupcakes:

Carrot Cupcakes
From Annie Eats's
Yield: about 20-22 cupcakes
Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2½ cups (12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1¼ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. salt
1 lb. (6-7 medium) carrots, peeled
1½ cups (10.5 oz) granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
1½ cups canola, safflower or vegetable oil
For the frosting:
12 oz. cream cheese (not softened)
7½ tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3¾ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt; whisk together and set aside.
In a food processor fitted with a shredding disk, shred the carrots (you should have about 3 cups).  Add the carrots to the bowl with the dry ingredients and set aside.  Wipe out the bowl of the food processor and fit with the metal blade.  Process the sugars and eggs until frothy and thoroughly combined, about 20 seconds.  With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube.  Continue to process until the mixture is light in color and well emulsified, about 20 more seconds.  Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the carrots and dry ingredients until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.
Scoop evenly into the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake for about 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan at least 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.  Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Things to be Happy About:


- Homemade pizza night with our friend Justin
- The wonderful evening walks we have been able to take lately thanks to the cool down in the weather
- The pouring rain that is currently coming down
- Carrot muffins with cream cheese icing
- Having a house full of guests over the weekend. We slept in, ate breakfast together around the table, talked in the hallway, went to a wedding, had lunch and dinner out, and enjoyed being together.
- Days off at home together
- A husband that lovingly massages my back at night with a tennis ball 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

24 Weeks:


Dear Baby,

This week I had the most vivid dream about you yet. You were born and then you were wrapped up and handed to me. I fed you and then an hour later, I realized that I did not know if you were a boy or a girl. I asked Doug what you were and he proudly said that you were a girl. Then Doug told me that your name was Margo. I woke up incredibly excited about the day that we get to meet you. We are over half way done with this phase. Getting that much closer to meeting you.

Keep kicking and growing. You are doing a good job growing in there!

Love,

Mama