Sunday, February 22, 2015


Hello, all!

Sorry for the radio silence over here. It's been caused by three things:

1) Jesse's been super busy, so we haven't done a lot that was interesting (he's been writing a massive 35 page paper to submit to a journal, as well as doing research for a professor and interviewing for summer internships!)

2) I'm in that super pregnant stage (38 1/2 weeks!) where I desperately want the baby to get here, but also know that she could very well be a week late (like Niko) and we could still have awhile to wait. This means that I'm simultaneously planning on having a baby tomorrow OR in 3 weeks, which sort of makes me crazy.

3) It's also just that time of year where we're just waiting out winter for fun things to happen again!

I guess we have done some stuff--game nights with friends, a potluck dinner with law school families, a move night with friends, celebrating valentine's day (with delicious sparkling cherry cider and german chocolate) and that sort of thing. But I didn't take pictures of any of it, so basically it didn't happen ;)

Something I DID take pictures of that I've been occupying my time with lately is some crafting! I'm trying to come up with a lot of projects to keep me from sitting around waiting to go into labor (because that just makes me cranky). Here's some of what I've done so far.

1) Dyed old, stained white onesies bright pink for little girl!

(In case you're wondering--yes, the drain in my sink is semi-permanently stained pink also. I need to take some bleach to that thing soon...)

The result:

Honestly, I was hoping they'd turn out a little more magenta than hot pink, but I'm alright with it. I also died that pile of fabric there to the left, which has since been transformed into a pair of newborn pants and some headbands!

2) Using embroidery to update one of Niko's old jackets:

I found this jacket when going through Niko's clothes to see how much of it Little Girl could wear. I like it just fine, except for how unforgivingly brown it is, so I decided to free-hand a little ombre embroidery to liven it up. I'm super pleased with how it turned out!

3) Putting elbow patches on Jesse's holey sweaters:

So apparently Jesse has excessively pointy elbows, because lately we've been discovering all sorts of holes in his sweaters and shirts where his elbows have worn a hole straight through ;)  I found a great tutorial on making elbow patches (link here!) and decided to fix them up so he can still wear them :)

Sewing up the old hole:

After stitching some faux-suede on:

Also, the above photo was super hard to take because the sweater was sitting on my lap and my giant belly kept getting in the way:

And, lastly, a silly blurry photo of my very, very pregnant self:

I'll maybe try and post some more before February is all done, but, being real with you, I'm pretty sure 95 % of the time I'm going to be sitting around grumbling about still being pregnant. So maybe I'll spare you that and post again when Little Girl decides to grace us with her presence ;) 

Also, wish us luck in picking a name! It's been incredibly hard this time around and we haven't settled on one yet. Ack!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snow day

Over the weekend we got a massive 15 inches of snow in just over 24 hours! I've been a lazy mom this winter (also, we haven't gotten that much snow!) and we hadn't been out to play in snow at all this winter, so when this snowstorm hit we just had to go out and play in it! 

Unfortunately for Niko, the snow was a little deep for his short legs (mine too!).

We made the best of it though!

To try and show you how deep the snow was: see the drifts behind the cars?

It was pretty cold out, but luckily I have a built-in heater growing in my belly so I stayed pretty warm :D

Not long after we went out, we came across these little bulldozers clearing the snow off the sidewalks. 

We were only out for about half an hour before poor Niko's fingers got cold and he asked if we could go inside. But we made some snow angels before we were done!

Funny story: I fell backwards into the snow to make this snow angel, and fell through a good 8-10 inches of powder before stopping! It was so deep that I could barely wave my arms and legs to make the snow angel, and then it was hilariously hard getting my giant pregnant body back out of the snow :D

The view from our back window, just to show you again how deep this was:

Also, we wake up to this gorgeous frozen winter landscape every morning and I love it!

Awhile after we came in, Nikolai wanted to dig in the snow some more so we sent him out into the backyard to play. (Don't worry, we put gloves on him later!)

Needless to say, he really enjoyed himself :)

We snow day-ed it up right later with grilled cheese and tomato soup, and then tried our hands making snow cream:

It wasn't my favorite (we just used sugar and milk with snow instead of sweetened condensed milk, because we didn't have any) but Niko sure liked it :)

Happy snow day!