Tuesday, September 11, 2012


i realize that it's been quite a while since i've updated this blog on any happenings of any real substance around here.  it's been hot and busy and there's been a horrible taste in my mouth that won't go away, thanks for asking.

anyway, for documentary purposes, in case someone ever decides to pen what i'm sure will be an award-winning biography of my life, i will recount a few noteworthy events of the past month-ish.  i don't want there to be a big blank question mark where "august and early september 2012" would otherwise be.

first of all - august is birthday month around here.  not just mine, but my other half's as well.  i must say that birthdays are like a million times better when your child can sing you "happy birthday."  

the practical consequences of so much celebrating means that jack really believes that anytime a candle is lit, it's time to sing happy birthday.  on sunday, i was burning my green apple kitchen candle while cleaning and jack hopped up to the island and started singing "happy birthday."  he followed this up with a "get camera now" directive because he is quite skilled in the steps to birthday celebrating.  (1) sing happy birthday; (2) take pictures of the candles; (3) spit on the cake; and (4) demolish several pieces of said cake.  i admire his enthusiasm and normally i'd be right with him on #4 (i'd be repeating that step ad nauseum), but alas, this baby does not like sugary treats.  or really much of anything.  

which brings me to the next area of update.  pregnancy.  i tentatively feel slightly better this week, though i hesitate in even typing that because i don't want to jinx it.  there are very few things that i like eating, but a pretty exhaustive list would be: bacci's pizza (too bad i live nowhere near a bacci's), broccoli, tomatoes, refried beans and dinner rolls.  i look more pregnant after eating dinner, but mostly i would say i just look a little fatter in general.  while i would like to pretend it's obvious that i'm pregnant and not just over-indulging on food, i don't think it's as noticeable to other people.

this is me and the bump a few weeks ago.  not much has changed since then.  i am looking forward to feeling better and i am pretending that fall is the magical answer to all my prayers in that regard.  a few weeks ago, i just decided it was fall.  i started making homemade soup every sunday and pretending it was autumn.  i really convinced myself so much so that i'd put on jeans and a t-shirt and then be surprised when i stepped outside to find that the temperature was still 90.  

speaking of which, i might start up a sunday soup series.  i've been all about soup and sandwiches for dinner on sunday.  a lazy day where everyone's lounging around and john's watching football goes perfect with soup simmering on the stove, no?  i tried a new homemade broccoli cheese soup recipe last sunday.  it was really good and will be added to my fall soup repertoire.  

in other news, i painted my front door.  the paint color is "tomato red," and i have never seen a pink tomato.  just thought i would clarify.  john and i were having a discussion about whether the door was red or some other color and jack, a color authority, appeared at the foot of the stairs after his nap to proclaim it "PINK."  i am not entirely sure how john was able to manage that, but regardless, i like the new door color and think it a vast improvement over the brown eyesore that came before. 
the before's:

 and the after's:

i think the time of day and the lighting affects how red it looks.  regardless, i'm tickled pink  with the change, thankyouverymuch.

we made a trip to chicago to visit our friends for their annual labor day theme party.  this year the theme was toddlers and tiaras, and john and i tried our hands at playing obnoxious stage parents.

i think we can safely assume that jack does not have a future in pageants or competitions.  while some of the contestants were practicing their talents, jack was honing his skills - which include breaking things and destroying stuff...

no one can say the kid doesn't have S-P-I-R-I-T!

the next day we took a little trip to the zoo and caught the dolphin show.  jack has been randomly remembering parts of the show.  the other day during this bath, he said "dolphin hit ball with nose!" and then he cheered.  even though it was UNGODLY HOT, at least it made a lasting impression on him.

it has been an eventful past few weeks, and i'm looking forward to the OFFICIAL start of fall and, hopefully, some cooler weather.

to kick off this fresh new time, go buy the avett brothers' new album the carpenter.  it was released today.  i am already obsessed.  it. is. so. good.


  1. I love a bright door color and think it looks great. And I think you look adorable pregnant. Finally, I gotta try the broccoli cheese soup.

  2. Thanks, Kim! We have a lot to do to beef up curb appeal, but we're taking baby steps in the right direction! :) The broccoli cheese soup is easy and delish!