little tin soldier

Apr 15

jump for boy

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michael and i are so excited to share that we are expecting a little boy! he will be the third grandchild (and grandson) for michael’s parents and the first grandbaby for my parents. we weren’t “hoping” for a boy or a girl; we feel very blessed about this journey of becoming a mom and dad. but i must say i am not looking forward to the day he brings lizards into the house to scare me!

dear baby, you already have a menagerie of toys along with a real, live pug. we can’t wait to see you in your wellies one day helping us in the yard or playing in puddles. we promise to kiss you and tickle you and make you laugh as much as possible. love, M+D

lovely tuesday: 21 weeks

oh, oh, ow! just like the doctor ordered, i began to feel the baby over past several days. i ate an ice cream sandwich last night (okay, maybe two ice cream sandwiches) and felt four little jabs of delight from my friend. the baby’s movements occur at random intervals but it’s reassuring for me as a first time mom especially when others may feel their children sooner. one of the most important lessons i’ve learned is that every woman and every pregnancy is different!

many friends told me i’m in the “easy” stage right now and i fully agree. the roller coaster of energy is over and i feel good enough to exercise again. i do prenatal barre at home with suzanne bowen; i like the workout because you can pick the exercises you need like lower body, upper body, or cardio. there’s a woman in the video in her third trimester and she looks amazing i.e. it’s okay to secretly give her the stink eye.

on saturday i went thrifting and picked up an armful of adorable things. i like the old-fashioned sort of clothes kids wore in the 80’s (similar to prince george’s navy jumper or peter pan collar dresses). i scored cute striped bloomers and embroidered overalls from janie and jack for a few dollars each. now you can give me an evil look. :o)

Apr 14

delicious monday: bird’s eye papaya salad

mom, i did it! i finally mastered the art of making papaya salad at home. don’t get me wrong; shredding the papaya is very time consuming. i use a julienne peeler for the job. when you get a craving, you get a craving!

i grew up eating a variety of papaya salad; my mom had her version and her friends had theirs. i remember one woman made papaya salad with so many chilis that it was pink. i tried a bite as a foolish elementary schooler and just about died— it was so spicy.

today’s recipe is one that i make at home, but you can embellish it as needed. green papaya can be found at asian grocery stores; pick one that has unbruised skin and feels firm. green beans are popular additions; i’ve even seen salads with dried, salty shrimp on top. you can buy bird’s eye chili (the official name for thai chili) at asian stores, too, either fresh or frozen. we’re lucky because my mom brings a bag from her garden every time she visits texas!

MATERIALS

MODIFICATIONS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. smash the garlic and thai chili together in the bowl. add the papaya and carrots and gently beat on the pieces, turning everything occasionally with a spatula.
  2. add a tablespoon of brown sugar and fish sauce and a teaspoon of lime juice. mix into the salad. taste a small bite— if it’s not seasoned, add more fish sauce. if it’s too spicy, add more brown sugar.
  3. gently fold in the tomatoes. transfer to a large bowl to share or small bowls as an appetizer.

Apr 08

lovely tuesday: week 20

today we found out the gender of our little one! we’ve been making phone calls to family and everyone is very, very excited. i had a dream last night that i was washing clothes and it turned out to be the “right” kind of clothes— isn’t that funny? now i can call the little one by name especially when i lie awake at night. let me sleep! i’ll share the gender with y’all soon (after i go on my first baby thrifting trip).

the sonogram this afternoon was kind of nerve racking. the technician spent so much time looking, measuring, and labeling and i didn’t know whether to smile or hold my breath. michael was calm and joked, “i can’t tell what anything is!” he made me laugh.

supposedly the baby can hear voices so i expect it to learn the days of the week, months of the year, and all the letter sounds by birth because we sing those songs at school everyday. that’s not too much to ask for, right? okay— i’ll settle for some gurgles and grins.

Apr 07

2014. arrows and angles. 
arrowwood tunic by maeve. verdugo maternity leggings by paige. leather tote c/o cuyana. madison harding flats. cole haan sunglasses.
i was going to title this outfit “birthday suit” but i decided against it (though it consists of all new birthday clothes). i told michael i wanted two things: breezy shirts that i could wear now and later (as i get bigger) and new mama jeans. i did well, i think!
we had a relaxing weekend. michael cleared the leaves out of the yard and i planted new annuals in our whiskey barrels (i call them hobbit barrels). i’m also on the lookout for lavender and other bee-friendly plants— i like seeing bees in our yard. hope you had a nice monday!
the look | blouse | jeans | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes

2014. arrows and angles. 

arrowwood tunic by maeve. verdugo maternity leggings by paige. leather tote c/o cuyana. madison harding flats. cole haan sunglasses.

i was going to title this outfit “birthday suit” but i decided against it (though it consists of all new birthday clothes). i told michael i wanted two things: breezy shirts that i could wear now and later (as i get bigger) and new mama jeans. i did well, i think!

we had a relaxing weekend. michael cleared the leaves out of the yard and i planted new annuals in our whiskey barrels (i call them hobbit barrels). i’m also on the lookout for lavender and other bee-friendly plants— i like seeing bees in our yard. hope you had a nice monday!

the look | blouse | jeans | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes

Apr 01

2014. roots. 
lucky brand cardigan. la la leaves dress by marc jacobs. thrifted sash. MIA boots.
i la la love this dress. it’s tricky to style in a new way because i’ve worn it quite a bit over the years with various cardigans, jackets, and belts. it’s a great maternity dress because the bubble hem creates a poofy silhouette whether you’re expecting or not.
next week we plan on working in our yard. leaves are still falling in texas! michael will tackle the crunchy brown piles and i’ll root out the weeds and dead plants. i’m brainstorming ways i can garden while sitting in a lounge chair. i’ll let you know how that strategy works out.
if you follow me on instagram, you know that i recently celebrated my birthday. thanks for the b-day love! i regret devouring the cupcakes without documenting them, but food trumps photos (especially if you’re eating for two).
the look | sweater | similar dress | similar boots

2014. roots. 

lucky brand cardigan. la la leaves dress by marc jacobs. thrifted sash. MIA boots.

i la la love this dress. it’s tricky to style in a new way because i’ve worn it quite a bit over the years with various cardigans, jackets, and belts. it’s a great maternity dress because the bubble hem creates a poofy silhouette whether you’re expecting or not.

next week we plan on working in our yard. leaves are still falling in texas! michael will tackle the crunchy brown piles and i’ll root out the weeds and dead plants. i’m brainstorming ways i can garden while sitting in a lounge chair. i’ll let you know how that strategy works out.

if you follow me on instagram, you know that i recently celebrated my birthday. thanks for the b-day love! i regret devouring the cupcakes without documenting them, but food trumps photos (especially if you’re eating for two).

the look | sweater | similar dress | similar boots

lovely tuesday: 19 weeks

wow! it doesn’t seem like i’m almost halfway through my pregnancy. time has flown by since a simple positive test in december. next week we find out if our little one is a boy or girl!

i’ve learned that my energy goes up and down day by day or week by week. some nights i’m content sitting in bed with the kindle and other nights i’m working on school stuff or slowly finishing blog posts. my belly seems to be twice as big as it looked last tuesday!

sometimes i feel homesick and miss our family back east. i feel like we’re going through a big journey and sadly our parents won’t witness very much until our child arrives. but i am thankful for my coworkers (most of them are moms) and all of you in the bloggy blog world. everything i needed to know about a modesty washcloth i learned from indi adams!

i haven’t felt the baby “move-move”— i think he or she has gently poked me a few times. my best friend said she didn’t feel her son until almost 21 weeks so i’m not too worried yet.

should we do something fun for the gender reveal? it will be a long distance reveal for our family. share your ideas in the comments.

Mar 25

lovely tuesday: 18 weeks

hello blog friends! today is the last day of my 18th week. it’s funny because the last time i journaled about my pregnancy, i felt less tired. this time i feel tired again, especially in the afternoons after work. i’m guilty of taking a catnap as soon as sophie is walked and fed.

i’m starting to develop a noticeable bump. my maternity pixie pants fit better and i don’t have to hike them up as much during the day. i can still wear all of my dresses but some of my skirts are too small. coincidentally i bought a new skirt from madewell and my stomach popped out the day after it arrived. boo! but i’ll save it for later.

michael’s mom sent us a bunch of his old school pictures and his baby scrapbook. he was a small baby— five pounds and some change! i was a small baby, too. now i want to make a nice book when the baby is born. good thing i started journaling. :o)

p.s. congratulations to indiana who gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. sending much, much love to your family!

Mar 20

2014. make + take: road or sky. 
materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, needle, scissors, embroidery thread, vehicle figurines
i am kind of obsessed with making sorting mats. i use them often in my classroom for math and science activities. for extra durability, i sewed two sheets of foam together to create each mat and used felt to make the scenery. as part of our community unit we discuss jobs and different vehicles and i thought it would be fun to play with them on a miniature road or sky. i cut roads, houses, and trees for the “road” mat, and the “sky” mat only needed clouds and a runway.
the little vehicles are part of a safari toob collection. they’re one my favorite brands of plastic figurines along with schleich, a german company that specializes in lifelike animals. i should make mats for dogs and cats next, don’t ya think?

2014. make + take: road or sky. 

materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, needle, scissors, embroidery thread, vehicle figurines

i am kind of obsessed with making sorting mats. i use them often in my classroom for math and science activities. for extra durability, i sewed two sheets of foam together to create each mat and used felt to make the scenery. as part of our community unit we discuss jobs and different vehicles and i thought it would be fun to play with them on a miniature road or sky. i cut roads, houses, and trees for the “road” mat, and the “sky” mat only needed clouds and a runway.

the little vehicles are part of a safari toob collection. they’re one my favorite brands of plastic figurines along with schleich, a german company that specializes in lifelike animals. i should make mats for dogs and cats next, don’t ya think?

Mar 14

“i still believe that above all things physical, it is more important to be beautiful on the inside— to have a big heart and an open mind and a spectacular spleen.” — ellen degeneres

Mar 12

2014. overall winner. 
maison scotch blouse. destructed overalls by kensie jeans. swedish hasbeens super high clogs.
oh my goodness. it’s been forever since i shared an outfit post. sunshine has finally returned, and i took the opportunity to wear overalls. yes, overalls! i wore overalls constantly as a teenager with roxy tees and big sweatshirts. i thrifted a couple pairs last year but they never fit properly (blame my long torso and legs). after seeing indiana in her cute overalls, i caved and bought new, full-price overalls. the verdict? i love them.
if you’re interested in overalls, mine are by kensie. they’re not maternity overalls; i sized up for a looser fit. plus they’re a little stretchy. i’m 5’9” so they’re a tad bit short, but they look fine with a heel. i also like that the straps are long enough for tall girls.
like most men, my husband is bewildered by overalls. oh well. he already put a ring on it.
the look | similar tee | overalls | shoes

2014. overall winner. 

maison scotch blouse. destructed overalls by kensie jeans. swedish hasbeens super high clogs.

oh my goodness. it’s been forever since i shared an outfit post. sunshine has finally returned, and i took the opportunity to wear overalls. yes, overalls! i wore overalls constantly as a teenager with roxy tees and big sweatshirts. i thrifted a couple pairs last year but they never fit properly (blame my long torso and legs). after seeing indiana in her cute overalls, i caved and bought new, full-price overalls. the verdict? i love them.

if you’re interested in overalls, mine are by kensie. they’re not maternity overalls; i sized up for a looser fit. plus they’re a little stretchy. i’m 5’9” so they’re a tad bit short, but they look fine with a heel. i also like that the straps are long enough for tall girls.

like most men, my husband is bewildered by overalls. oh well. he already put a ring on it.

the look | similar tee | overalls | shoes

Mar 11

lovely tuesday: 17 weeks

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after my initial appointment in january, the doctor’s office gave me a slew of magazines and books, and most of them recommended keeping some type of baby journal. i thought, baby journal?! i have enough trouble updating the blog on a daily basis. but i tried. for a few days i wrote or drew in a hardcover journal. then i forgot for a week and felt guilty about the empty pages.

i decided to journal via the blog, and today i’ll share the first official entry. y’all will keep me accountable, right?

this morning i had another check-up and listened to the baby’s heartbeat again. some moms say it sounds like a galloping horse; it’s a whoosh-whoosh kind of noise. i secretly think it sounds like sophie’s low bark when she wants something but we won’t give it to her.

i wear paige maternity jeans and tee shirts a lot. the weather has been unseasonably chilly and wet, but with the time change, i’m looking forward to afternoon outfit photos! my bump is small; i get a lot of “you’re pregnant? really?” comments.

we haven’t bought anything for the baby besides a little pair of velcro cowboy boots (perfect for a boy or girl). i made a wish list with basics like a portable crib, swaddle blankets, and changing table. when we find out the gender, i plan on thrifting tons of clothes!

so that’s about it. maybe michael will take me out for a cheeseburger this weekend…