lovely tuesday: 31 weeks

whew! i can cross another week off our calendar. week 31 had its ups and downs. weepy moments occurred a couple of times during this journey but i was all out of sorts this week. i worried about a lot of random things like going into labor at home to being a good mom to living away from our families to typing up eight weeks of lesson plans. and then i worried more because i was worrying and ended up feeling more anxious.

if i’ve learned anything over the last seven months, it’s that everything i feel or experience isn’t unusual. sometimes pregnant women are super happy and other times you know better than to mess with one. sometimes we might cry over spilt popcorn, or like me yesterday, not being able to paint my toenails.

in other news, we’re planning to use cloth diapers so if you have any brands or advice to share, please do! we will use pampers when he is born and later on when he goes to daycare (unless his center allows the cloth kind). i never thought i would write about diapers on the blog but hey, there’s a first time for everything!


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2014. the thirteen rain lilies. 
have you heard of rain lilies? i had no idea what they were until we moved to texas. they’re delicate white or pink flowers that magically appear in a yard, field, or alley after a storm. scientists call them zephyranthes. gardeners can buy them in pots, but they grow so randomly around the side of the house i like to believe they’re there just because they are.
sometimes sophie and i walk in a misty afternoon and she curiously pulls me towards the lilies and sniffs them. i’m not sure if they have a strong scent or she senses the fresh rain. but she always looks so funny with her face against the flowers that i smile and wish i could capture that moment forever.
when i feel sad or lonely i think of rain lilies and i am reminded that it’s okay to cry. there is always goodness in the world after the clouds part. if a little pug understands, then i should, too.
the thirteen is a personal photo project that documents little things in my life that mean something special. every friday i’ll share a collection of items and a story of their importance.

2014. the thirteen rain lilies. 

have you heard of rain lilies? i had no idea what they were until we moved to texas. they’re delicate white or pink flowers that magically appear in a yard, field, or alley after a storm. scientists call them zephyranthes. gardeners can buy them in pots, but they grow so randomly around the side of the house i like to believe they’re there just because they are.

sometimes sophie and i walk in a misty afternoon and she curiously pulls me towards the lilies and sniffs them. i’m not sure if they have a strong scent or she senses the fresh rain. but she always looks so funny with her face against the flowers that i smile and wish i could capture that moment forever.

when i feel sad or lonely i think of rain lilies and i am reminded that it’s okay to cry. there is always goodness in the world after the clouds part. if a little pug understands, then i should, too.

the thirteen is a personal photo project that documents little things in my life that mean something special. every friday i’ll share a collection of items and a story of their importance.


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2014. make + take: summer camp appliqués. 
materials: wooden embroidery hoops (assorted sizes), fabric scraps, needle, regular scissors, pinking shears, embroidery thread
for the hanger: leather cord, wooden bead, brass washers, fabric marker
back in sixth grade, students took one “exploratory” class each nine weeks to introduce art, woodworking, home economics, and music. i loved art (duh) and woodworking surprisingly entertained me. when i walked into the home ec classroom, i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a blast, too. we cooked a little and sewed a lot (girls and boys). that’s where i learned how to cross stitch.
today’s project is half appliqué, half cross stitch (more like freestyle cross stitching). an appliqué is simply a shape or picture sewn onto fabric. the theme of our baby’s room is “camp [insert his name here]” and i thought campground appliqués would be cute on the wall. first, i stretched leftover chambray/linen fabric across the hoops and secured them tightly. then i cut out the basic shapes of a tent, hedgehog, and fir trees and pinned them to the fabric.
the next part is fun— embellish the shapes with small stitches, similar to cross stitching. i created the hedgehog’s spines and claws using brown diagonal stitches. the trees’ trunks are a neat square of brown stitches. the tent took the longest, mostly because once i got started i didn’t want to stop! the colorful stripes are just back and forth running stitches. secure all your sewing with knots.
after you embellish your art, you may have to readjust the fabric on the hoop by straightening it or pulling it tighter. when you’re finished, use pinking shears to trim the excess fabric on the side of the hoop.
i made hangers for the baby’s art using leather cord. i looped a piece of cord through the embroidery hoop’s hardware and then added small brass washers from an old project. i drew blue designs on beads with a fabric marker (sharpies tend to bleed on wood) and pulled the cord through the beads. knot the top and you’ve got yourself some cute homemade appliqués!

2014. make + take: summer camp appliqués. 

materials: wooden embroidery hoops (assorted sizes), fabric scraps, needle, regular scissors, pinking shears, embroidery thread

for the hanger: leather cord, wooden bead, brass washers, fabric marker

back in sixth grade, students took one “exploratory” class each nine weeks to introduce art, woodworking, home economics, and music. i loved art (duh) and woodworking surprisingly entertained me. when i walked into the home ec classroom, i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a blast, too. we cooked a little and sewed a lot (girls and boys). that’s where i learned how to cross stitch.

today’s project is half appliqué, half cross stitch (more like freestyle cross stitching). an appliqué is simply a shape or picture sewn onto fabric. the theme of our baby’s room is “camp [insert his name here]” and i thought campground appliqués would be cute on the wall. first, i stretched leftover chambray/linen fabric across the hoops and secured them tightly. then i cut out the basic shapes of a tent, hedgehog, and fir trees and pinned them to the fabric.

the next part is fun— embellish the shapes with small stitches, similar to cross stitching. i created the hedgehog’s spines and claws using brown diagonal stitches. the trees’ trunks are a neat square of brown stitches. the tent took the longest, mostly because once i got started i didn’t want to stop! the colorful stripes are just back and forth running stitches. secure all your sewing with knots.

after you embellish your art, you may have to readjust the fabric on the hoop by straightening it or pulling it tighter. when you’re finished, use pinking shears to trim the excess fabric on the side of the hoop.

i made hangers for the baby’s art using leather cord. i looped a piece of cord through the embroidery hoop’s hardware and then added small brass washers from an old project. i drew blue designs on beads with a fabric marker (sharpies tend to bleed on wood) and pulled the cord through the beads. knot the top and you’ve got yourself some cute homemade appliqués!


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lovely tuesday: 30 weeks

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look, ma! we’ve made it to the thirties! i took the three hour glucose test last wednesday and i cannot tell you how glad i felt at the end! during the test i was tired, hungry, and nauseous all at once. ugh! but i wasn’t the only mama in the room; there were at least six of us doing the same thing. i’m happy to report that my results were normal.

we ordered our crib and i spent saturday cleaning and organizing the guest room. we store our winter coats and linens in that closet and i rearranged everything to make room for baby clothes and diapers and leave hanging space for guests. i couldn’t help but marvel at the size of newborn diapers. they are teeny tiny and smell like baby powder.

i got this crazy idea last week to paint thin arrows on the wall of his room— that didn’t get far. it is impossible to get a perfectly straight line. so i scrapped the project and i decided we’ll paint one of the walls dark blue. by “we’ll” i mean michael will paint and i will watch because we make a great team. :o)

stay tuned tomorrow for a cute nursery craft!


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"when i speak of home, i speak of the place where— in default of a better— those i love are gathered together; and if that place were a gypsy’s tent or a barn, i should call it by the same good name."

— charles dickens


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2014. blue and pink. 
lush maxidress from tj maxx. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. bamboo sandals. son of a sailor necklace.
happy monday! i spent the weekend in this comfy outfit i.e. i wore it to the grocery store twice (doubt anyone noticed) and sat on the porch sewing things for the baby’s room (check back on wednesday for a post). i understand why so many mamas love maxi dresses; they’re soft and easy and with the right accessories they look sophisticated.
are you watching the world cup? we watched some games; michael comments on the matches in an british accent and i point out players wearing the same shoes (i like the bright yellow cleats the best). we’re not rooting for a particular team; it’s just exciting that millions of people around the world huddle around the television doing the same thing. maybe i’ll cheer for germany today, the home of haribo gummies!
the look | similar dress | necklace | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes

2014. blue and pink. 

lush maxidress from tj maxx. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. bamboo sandals. son of a sailor necklace.

happy monday! i spent the weekend in this comfy outfit i.e. i wore it to the grocery store twice (doubt anyone noticed) and sat on the porch sewing things for the baby’s room (check back on wednesday for a post). i understand why so many mamas love maxi dresses; they’re soft and easy and with the right accessories they look sophisticated.

are you watching the world cup? we watched some games; michael comments on the matches in an british accent and i point out players wearing the same shoes (i like the bright yellow cleats the best). we’re not rooting for a particular team; it’s just exciting that millions of people around the world huddle around the television doing the same thing. maybe i’ll cheer for germany today, the home of haribo gummies!

the look | similar dress | necklace | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes


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2014. never say never. 
printed romper from tj maxx. lotte clogs by loeffler randall.
last year if you asked me what i wouldn’t wear as a pregnant woman, “romper” would have been one of my responses. typically expecting mamas visit the ladies room more often and a romper isn’t the easiest item of clothing. also rompers tend to be too short for me. lo and behold i found a breezy navy romper at tj maxx and brought it home. the ruffle and pattern camouflage the belly and the length is perfect. i wore it with a cardigan before the temperature shot up.
while we’re on the subject of never saying never, look at my hair! this is the shortest cut i’ve had in probably ten years. i wanted a simpler cut for the summer and i was growing increasingly embarrassed of my long, tangled hair every time i went to the salon. plus my hair will be out of reach of tiny hands (at least for awhile). if i know anything about babies, i know they love grabbing your hair!
the look | similar romper | shoes

2014. never say never. 

printed romper from tj maxx. lotte clogs by loeffler randall.

last year if you asked me what i wouldn’t wear as a pregnant woman, “romper” would have been one of my responses. typically expecting mamas visit the ladies room more often and a romper isn’t the easiest item of clothing. also rompers tend to be too short for me. lo and behold i found a breezy navy romper at tj maxx and brought it home. the ruffle and pattern camouflage the belly and the length is perfect. i wore it with a cardigan before the temperature shot up.

while we’re on the subject of never saying never, look at my hair! this is the shortest cut i’ve had in probably ten years. i wanted a simpler cut for the summer and i was growing increasingly embarrassed of my long, tangled hair every time i went to the salon. plus my hair will be out of reach of tiny hands (at least for awhile). if i know anything about babies, i know they love grabbing your hair!

the look | similar romper | shoes


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lovely tuesday: 29 weeks

i don’t usually say this, but i’m glad this particular week is almost over! on friday michael came to school and helped me pack up the classroom for the summer. i don’t know what i would have done without his help. towards the end of the day i felt exhausted, overwhelmed, and overcome with tears. it’s always difficult wrangling everything in the room into neat stacks and piles. it’s even harder with a little person inside of you and you’re constantly worrying if you’re overexerting yourself. fortunately we got everything squared away, and i dedicated the past few days to relaxing and more relaxing.

in other baby news, i failed the one hour glucose test by a few points, making a retake mandatory. i am kind of annoyed because i can’t eat before the next test and i hate getting my blood drawn! my score is also “normal” according to some offices but my doctor retests anyone who is a little (or a lot) over. after talking to friends and doing some research, i learned it isn’t unusual to fail the first test; about a quarter of women miss the cutoff score and find out they’re fine later. hopefully i’m fine, too.

i haven’t worn many maxi dresses during my pregnancy but now that it’s summer in texas (ridiculously hot), they’re on the top of my shopping list. i’m looking forward to a nice summer at home making crafts, blogging more often, and getting the house ready for our boy. i can’t wait to meet him!


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lovely tuesday: 28 weeks

oh my goodness. i almost forgot to post a journal entry— school is winding down and i just realized it’s wednesday (not tuesday). our little boy’s movements are stronger and more consistent; i think he moves around the whole day now! i had a doctor’s appointment on monday and i took the famous glucose test (it checks for gestational diabetes). i explained it to michael as “drinking orange soda and sitting around for an hour.”

we also got spoiled (big time) with a wonderful care package from the team at 4moms. they sent us one of their awesome breeze pack and plays, taking one item off our baby gear list! we plan on using it in different rooms of the house to keep an eye on him as he naps, and later when he gets bigger, as he rolls and plays!

i feel huge lately. tonight i tried on some of my favorite dresses and they would not zip up due to my belly and expanding rib cage. doh! i may just spend the summer in any sort of stretchy clothes eating watermelon.


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delicious monday: sweet and spicy fajitas

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it’s been awhile since i posted one of our meals— as if we’re not eating (i could eat several times a day). we filled the past two weeks with trusty suppers like thai curry and roasted chicken and light lunches like italian salads and soups. today’s recipe is one of our favorite real simple meals; i never thought of using sweet potatoes in a tex-mex dish until i found it.

the original recipe suggests dressing the tortillas with sour cream, but michael and i prefer (and loooooove) pico de gallo and sliced avocado. you can also serve the dish with regular salsa and it would be just as good. take my word for it— this isn’t our first rodeo with these yummy fajitas. enjoy!

MATERIALS

  • 1 1/2 pounds of tenderized skirt steak
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into triangles
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh pico de gallo
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper for seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. view the full recipe here.

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lovely tuesday: 27 weeks

hello there! i hope all of you had a happy memorial day. we spent most of the long weekend wrangling the baby’s room. his rug arrived on thursday and we found a dresser at pottery barn outlet on saturday. then i found a great headboard for a guest bed at pier 1 on a whim. i can’t believe our luck! we might have a “real” nursery by the end of the summer.

this week i fell asleep on the couch a few times. i’m getting things ready for the end of the school year and trying to prep materials for a sub during maternity leave. on top of that, kindergarteners are not easily convinced that they must go to first grade. they keep asking me, “but why?” and i reply, “next year i will have new friends!”

i had a cold for several days and sneezed constantly. fortunately the sneezes and the runny nose skipped town on saturday (maybe due to the massive amount of rain we got). i’ve been feeling better and the flowers in our yard look great, too. tomorrow marks the beginning of the third trimester. hooray!


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