A few things checked off the list...

 Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend. I know we did, minus the horrible weather we have been having. By horrible I mean, we couldn't even really see the lanes on the road to church. It was well worth the treacherous trip because Church was AWESOME to say the least.

This year was my first year to have the whole ham make it to the table...and well, only my second time to cook Easter dinner.  "Whole ham?" you ask.  Yes. The first year I cooked Easter dinner, our second year of marriage, Rak managed to take the ham off the stove while we napped and ate almost the entire thing. By some act of God we were able to salvage some, yes, in a sanitary way, but I was pissed sad hysterical about the whole situation. This year was great though. I can't wait to have Rafi to celebrate with us next year.



Today is the last day, of our last 4 day weekend, as a family of three (Rak counts as a family member!).  Next 4 day weekend we have, our sweet girl should be here!! I can't believe my pregnancy is really coming to an end. We have lots of big changes coming out way.

I also got this little bad boy from Brian and Rafi as an early portion of my birthday (May 23rd) gift. I guess Hubby got the hint, and felt bad for how disgusting the floors get with Rak. 


Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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Things I Want Thursday

 Thursday, April 21, 2011

You know there are always things that we want. Things we have actually wanted for awhile but just never seem to get around to buying for whatever reason? Yeah, I have a list going and have been hinting ever so tactfully to my husband recently about all of them. I mean...May is a big month at my house, especially this year. Mothers day, my Birthday, the potential birth month of our daughter. I firmly believe I should receive one of these for each of the 'holidays' mentioned...and then the rest just for good measure. I will even tell you why I want NEED all of these.

New bedding. Actually, I'd just take another set of sheets and wait on the actual bedding set. We seriously need another set of sheets. We have one set. Yes, that is right. One. I don't know exactly why that is, but I know it is annoying to have to wash and dry sheets before I can re-make the bed on laundry day. That could be because I always seem to forget about the sheets in the washer until right before bed and we are stuck waiting up for them to dry, or just rough it and sleep without them for the nigh. Ew. Our bedding set is like 3 years old and has seen better days, so I wouldn't complain about all new bedding either.

A camcorder. Do I even need to explain the NEED for this? We are about to have the most precious little girl in the world living in our house. Who doesn't want the first time she poops on dad recorded and documented forever, along with first roll, laugh, step, and anything else? Duh.

A steam mop. This sort of falls into the "we are about to have a baby" category. It also falls into the "I hate abhor mopping more than anything" category. I have used one of these little suckers before and loved it. Super easy, and left my floors clean without the mess and hassle of a mop bucket & cleaning solution. Maybe I'm just lazy.

New non-stick cookware (preferably Pampered Chef...but I'll settle for Paula Dean). When I got married I insisted on stainless steel cookware because it was prettier...and I knew best was stupid. I hate it. Seriously. I consider throwing a pot out the window almost daily. I have a wonderful huge deep skillet from Pampered Chef and use it for everything. It is common for me to hand wash that sucker to use if it is currently dirty when I'm about to cook (very easy to do by the way because that non-stick coating is amazing).  So why do I need this? Well because if my husband wants to continue to eat delicious home cooked meals, and not have to replace windows when I start throwing pots he'll buy me these.

What are some things you really want and just haven't gotten around to buying for whatever reason? Anything you are currently lusting after?

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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Lazy Dog...

 Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our my dog Rakkasan is one of the laziest dogs I have ever met. I'm serious. This is the Labrador who doesn't retrieve or swim.  I hope he is as laid back with our little lady gets here.  He already gets confused when my husband or I say her name...he thinks we are calling him because we call him Rakky (Rocky) lots of time. Sounds a lot like Rafi (Ra-fee). Poor guy.

 
Notice he is looking at the water and not in it.

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Nom Nom

 Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I think in the past I have pretty much established the fact I am a total foodie. I have made the comment that I didn't get fat on just Cheetos puffs. I don't like food, I like good food. Having RNY didn't change that about me. I'm the first to admit to being a 'cheater' while being pregnant...well I'll be honest, in the past couple weeks all bets have been off. I'm a carabaholic by nature. I had tamed the beast for a good while, then I hit my 3rd trimester, and the monster was back, and there was no fighting him off. I have no doubts I'll go back to my healthy and pouch guidelines once I have this little lady. For now, I just 'watch it'....and try not to eat a whole bag of Oreos in a day.

Now I don't have the money to go have a field day at specialty shops or anything like that. If I had to pick someone to be for a day, I think I'd pick Ina Garten. Have you seen the awesome little shops she goes in on her show? Not to mention, she makes some really scrumptious stuff too. I seriously think The Hampton's would be a foodies total heaven. Specialty gourmet shops? Yes, please.




Anyways, enough of that. I'm here to share a recipe with you all. Be warned this is not diet friendly...at all. But it is delicious. This is my version of a recipie my friend Belinda shared with me, mixed with this from Tina over at Mommy's Kitchen (awesome food blog by the way!), along with a few others I found in some recipie books and online places. So I'd say it is MY recipe, but really they are all so similar there are probably 5,00000 out there just like it.

Spaghetti Carbonara
5-8 Slices thick cut bacon, diced
1 Package spaghetti
2 garlic cloves, minced (I use the jarred stuff)
1/2 onion, diced
1 bag frozen peas, thawed
1/2-3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use the canned stuff)
1/4 cup heavy cream.
2 eggs
Pepper, to taste

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. While spaghetti is cooking fry bacon in large, deep skillet. Once bacon is nice and crispy pour off all but about 2tbs of excess grease. Add onion and saute' until onion starts to become translucent. Add garlic and saute' for 1-2mins longer, remove from heat. In separate bowl mix 1/2 cup cheese, cream, and eggs. Drain pasta, reserving about a cup of pasta water. Dump spaghetti into skillet. Pour cheese mixture over pasta and stir. Add peas. If sauce is too thick add some of the pasta water. I mess with it added a little more cheese and water until it is the consistency I want. You can't really mess it up if you add little bits at a time and continue to stir.

Garnish with a little extra cheese and serve with garlic bread.

 

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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Time to freak out...

 Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So, I have mentioned several times the move that we have coming this summer.  We are moving from Ft. Campbell, KY to Ft. Stewart, GA...about 9 hrs away. We are actually excited about this move, as we have been at Campbell for over 4 years. The husband only has a little over 2 years left in the Army, so we had almost given up the dream of seeing any other duty station, then he came down for orders to Stewart. Yay. 

Wanna know what is not so exciting? His original orders were for June 10th. Yes, the same June 10th that is only 6 days after my official due date of June 4th. "No big deal, we'll get them pushed back." We were planning on the worst case scenario of them being pushed back to August. We should have known better than to try and plan anything with the Army, because we all know that always never works. New report date is July 10th. Yep...the same July that is only a month after my due date. 

To say I'm having minor major freak out attack, would probably be an understatement. This is when I really wish my sweet little girl could tell me exactly what day she plans on gracing us with her presence, or that I was having a scheduled induction/c-section (not that I really want a c-section). I'm a planner by nature, and while I have learned to go with the flow quite a bit in the past 4+ years as an Army wife, having two things that really can't be planned without the other happening at the exact same time is a major test for me. MAJOR test. 

So now I'm praying this little lady will come sometime in May rather than June. I'd gladly take her as a birthday present...May 23rd anyone?

Yes, I know she is the cutest thing you have ever seen. =)
So today I will be filling out an application for an apartment in Hinesville, GA to get on the wait list in hopes they will have something waiting on us when we arrive, because the wait list for housing on post is 2-4 months long.  Hopefully next week we will be able to set up a date for the movers to come and really get this plan rolling...maybe then I'll feel better.

Come back tomorrow for a delicious recipe. :)

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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More DIY.

 Saturday, April 9, 2011

I figured I'd just take you all through the many, mini DYI-ish things that Brian and I have done in order to get ready for baby. Some stuff is really rather minor, but it is a way to introduce you to her nursery from behind the scenes. 

Now, I wouldn't say either of us are cheap per say, but having been at the bottom of the barrel before (can you say 17 &18 year olds being married on E-2 pay without a clue how to make a budget or manage money?) we are pretty determined we are never going back. So, while we do splurge here and there, we also follow a budget. Currently we are trying to get everything but my student loans paid off before Brian's ETS date in 2013, so cutting back where we can by using coupons or reclaiming things really helps.

This table was made by Brian's grandpa years ago. Somehow we acquired it when we got married, and it has been with us every since. I even stained it when Brian was in Iraq back in 2007. It has been a good little table holding a lamp and drinks in the living room for several years.

Before
We realized with two other end tables in our living room we really didn't need this little guy, but that we could use a table in Rafi's room to put by the recliner to hold a lamp and anything else we might need in the wee hours of the morning with a baby. 

Blue Ocean Breeze = Tiffany Blue

Obviously this lovely brown was not going to work. Enter the hand sander and a can of spray paint, and this is what you end up with.



Spray paint will also turn this:
into this:



A slipcover will turn this old recliner from my dad:
Into this:


See, I told you it was a bunch of minor DIY things, but in the end we used what we already had, in a much better way, and saved some cash while we were at it. A comfy nursing corner was born.

Please ignore the cords, and horrible lighting in this picture.
We do still have some more things to get done in the nursery. Hanging things on the walls being the main thing. I need to hunt down some shelves to go over her changer/dresser. Once that is all done I'll post some "finished" pictures. I really wish that it was logical to paint the walls, but with an August move, and her not being due until June, it just seems pointless. Hopefully once I hang things, it will look just fine even with the ugly white/beige walls.

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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Much ado about a dresser re-do.

 Thursday, April 7, 2011

Okay, so I didn't make it back yesterday, but I'm here today. That is pretty good attendance on my part seeing my past record over the past few months.

I'm not sure I ever told you all about the nursery we are doing for little Miss Rafi. First, you should all know I'm a complete girly girl. I love the color pink. Now, Rafi's room is far from pink. We...or well I with the Mr.'s approval, chose to go a different path for our little lady. I am obsessed with the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, and well, all thinks Audrey Hepburn. This obsession became the inspiration for her nursery. So, slightly vintage, black, white, and Tiffany blue was the goal. We wanted something that would grow with her and was classy and elegant. 

Something like this maybe?

Now, I had originally wanted an antique dresser and mirror. We had plans to find something on Craigslist or an antique shop and refurbish/ paint it. I just never could seem to find the exact right dresser, or when I did it was either gone in a heart beat, or well over the price point I was willing to pay. Not to mention, I really wanted something that was going to last her a long time. Lets face it, most of the drawers on antiques just don't glide as well as the new stuff, and there is always the fear of it just not being sturdy enough. 

The one thing I was not willing to compromise on "girly lines". I was fine buying a used (not antique) or new dresser, but it still needed to look like a girl. Yes, I said that an inanimate object needs to look a specific gender. Just go with me here.

This is what we ended up with.
I forgot to take a picture BEFORE removing a drawer.
All this really had going for it was good lines. The color was wrong...way wrong, and it was pretty nicked up. It was cheap however. So we sanded to our little hearts content...and then some.

After lots of sanding. And I do mean LOTS.
We started sanding this sucker by hand. It was horrible. At one point we thought we had sanded enough and started staining the next day. We were WRONG. The stain bubbled up, wouldn't soak in, looked streaky. It was great horrible. The above picture was "Sanding Take 2" after we broke down and bought a hand sander . A word to the wise: invest in a hand sander if you are refinishing a whole piece of already finished furniture. It will save you much frustration and trouble.

 So then we stained. Brian discovered using lamb wool made the process much easier and smoother finish. Two coats later, and 24hrs of drying later, I changed out the knobs for something much prettier than the 'button' looking originals and ended up with this.

Yes, that is a pink changing pad cover.
See what I mean about girly lines? This dresser most certainly looks like a girl and not a boy.

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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Where to go from here?

 Tuesday, April 5, 2011

So once again, I've been MIA. Between our vacation back to Texas and then coming back home to tackle a nursery this blog was the last thing on my mind. I follow lots of great blogs that both inspire me and make me feel like a real loser when it comes to blogging.

Maybe I could jump back in by showing you all a refinishing project hubby and I did together for our daughters room?

I probably need to update you all on the basics of what is going on here too.

  • Brian came home from Afghanistn Feb 9th. 
  • We headed back to Texas on Feb 25th. 
  • March 5th was my baby shower. (Awesome by the way!)
  • We headed back home on the 13th of March. 
  • We spent 2 weeks hanging out around here and trying to get things ready for Baby before Brian had to go back to work. Her nursery is about 95% done...at least in terms of "we are moving in August" done-ness. A few things I want/ed to do are going to have to wait until we are settled in GA.
I am now (almost) 32 weeks pregnant, so in my 8th month. Time is ticking away quickly, and dragging all at the same time. Sometimes I think time needs to speed up so that Miss Rafi can be here in our arms, and other times it hits me (and overwhelms me) that she will be here VERY soon...and we will be responsible for her survival. Ah!

I think this is probably the boring phase of pregnancy. You know your baby is pretty much completely developed and would survive outside your belly (maybe needing some minor medical intervention), but yet it isn't time, and they are just in there packing on some pounds until the big day. I might pull my hair out if my little lady tries to stay in there longer than 40 weeks! I'd actually be pretty okay with her making an entrance as soon as I'm full term...37 weeks. lol

I should probably go ahead and get my hospital bag ready just in case she hears my thoughts and chooses to oblige. I plan on having everything ready to go by the end of the month since I'll be considered full term the start of May. All that is really left is to pack my bag, put her car seat in the car, and set the pack'n play up. I'm still not exactly sure what all I need in my hospital bag though. I should probably call my mother to find out. lol Rafi's diaper bag is already pretty much packed because I was just way too excited after I got the little beauty.

Hum...now I'm off to eat some breakfast and get ready for my OB appointment at 11. I start going every 2 weeks starting today. Yikes! Maybe tomorrow I'll show you that refinishing project and some pictures of the nursery. :)

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.

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