Sunday, September 30, 2007
I didn't get a chance to write my Simple Pleasure yesterday since we were in Union City. When I was little we would stop at a little fruit and vegetable stand on Glendale and buy fresh sweetcorn, cucumbers and tomatoes. Mom, Aunt Miki and I were in Kalamazoo on Saturday evening and we went to a little fruit and vegetable stand. I LOVE them. I love fresh, locally grown produce and can not wait to have my own garden. The same goes for Farmer's Markets. I really enjoy seeing all the different kinds of produce, and the people who buy it. This weekend I found some Concord table grapes. I was so excited! I love to suck off the skins and swallow the seeds and then squish around the insides. I love the smells of fresh apples, fresh strawberries, etc. Tony's parents introduced me to a new breed of apple, Honey Crisp. They are so good. They are tart, but sweet...just how I like them, kind of like a cross between an really good Granny Smith and with the sweetness of a Golden Delicious.
Aunt Miki and I.
This weekend Tony's Aunt Miki hosted a baby shower for me at her home. It was so nice. She had such good food and Tahmee planned a very funny and very gross baby shower game. It involved melted candy bars and disposable diapers. Grandma Patty made a beautiful sweater for Lucy. My own Grandmother was really special to me, she passed away last year and she was really good at crocheting and knitting and I thought about how excited she would have been to make things for little Lucy. It was really touching to receive such a special and heartfelt gift from Grandma Patty. Everyone was so generous. Lucy is going to be one well-dressed darlin'.
Posted by Anna at 10:27 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Today I went to school to facilitate a discussion for Pageturners and it was the first time I've been to school where I was visibly pregnant. Usually when I'm on campus I can blend in with the younger students and they're usually shocked to find out I'm married, etc. Now, with the belly, I felt like a freak! I am far from the "bubble" of Provo where it's normal for mom's to go to school. I felt like I totally stuck out. I also noticed that as far as the fashion of today, I am definitely not cool.
Posted by Anna at 7:57 PM
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I've had several requests from out of town friends for pictures of the belly. To me, this means, "we want to see how fat you're getting." In the last week I feel significantly more bloated, and my shoes are not fitting quite right. My face looks a little puffy and my fingers are a little "sausage-y." That being said, I haven't had a day when I've really wanted to be photographed but today I was dressed up for church and so I thought it would be a good day if there was going to be one. I hope you enjoy these photos. Lucy's kicks are a bit more forceful and she's getting a little cramped and is now taking up the space once occupied by my lungs.
Posted by Anna at 10:35 PM
It is extremely rare that I come across something that prompts me to say the above phrase. I am a very very hesitant shopper, a penny-pincher, and frequently suffer from bouts of buyer's remorse. If I am shopping for myself I fill my arms full of "things," and by the time I'm done I walk out of the store with nothing. When it comes to other people, I have no problem. I'm always thinking of things I would love to give someone as a gift or something that I know they would like...but for myself it's not so easy. However, yesterday I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond getting a gift card for my cousin. This store can be somewhat dangerous for the gadget-oriented in our household because kitchen gadgets are especially hard to resist. I went straight to the counter where I knew they kept the cards to avoid having to look at anything else (hoping my gadgeter would follow). I was finished with the transaction and turned around to say, "Now, where did my husband go?" He had gone off to look at this and that, but luckily hadn't ventured into the aisles, he was just looking in all the bins near the registers. As I was coaxing him towards the door something caught my eye. There was a small display of what looked like baby socks. My first reaction was, "oh how cute, baby socks." Upon closer inspection I saw that one of them was purple with little green apples on it. Babies+Apples? Could it get any better? At this point I was still ready to leave the socks there. Then upon even closer inspection I noticed the "had-to-have-it" factor. It was a change purse! I like to pay with exact change. Tony calls me "Grandma" anytime we're at the store and I say, "wait, I think I have 47 cents" (which I proceed to count out, even if it's mostly pennies). The other thing he laughs about is that I keep my change in a resealable sandwich bag. It's getting a little old and nasty, but I don't have a wallet and since I'm a fan of the change I don't want to have to dig around at the bottom of my purse. He keeps encouraging me to buy a little change purse and because of the fore mentioned problems with purchasing anything for myself I continue to use the grodey baggie. So...babies+apples+change purse. I had to have it.
Posted by Anna at 9:06 AM
Yesterday I had a really really great day. I was able to complete some projects I had started a while ago, and some projects I had merely started in my head. I love running errands on Saturdays. We went out to breakfast to get the day started right. In the process we found THE BEST omelets in town. It was really more of a scramble than an omelet, it was Tony's, he let me have a few bites. I ordered French Toast which was also superb as you can tell from the picture.
After Breakfast we went to IKEA where we purchased some curtains to put up in our living room and bedroom. We had bought the rods a while ago and were debating over whether it would be more cost-effective to purchase the ready-made curtains there or to make them ourselves. After pricing out fabric for both areas I quickly realized that it was going to be a lot less to purchase the curtains from IKEA, they were only $14.99 for two panels 57"x98". Tony worked on putting them up while I worked on some craft projects I had started a long time ago.
The brown panels in the bedroom give a little more privacy to someone who might be in the shower, and allows someone who might still be sleeping to be spared the blinding light in the eye.
Last year, mom and I went to the Antiques Mall at the Erie Street Market and I found these great old photographs. We sat in this booth for over an hour looking at all the funny and endearing old pictures. We talked about what their lives might have been like and how did they end up in these baskets for $.10 a piece? Shouldn't they be in an album somewhere? I had this idea to collect pictures of children and somehow make a collage out of them. I'm always having these great crafty ideas but don't always follow through. Well, then about a year later, Mom and I went to IKEA and we bought some little frames for the pictures, and here we are five months later with what I think is a cute arrangement of little girls. I am going to put them up on Lucy's wall. I think they are charming.
The other craft I did is also for Lucy's wall. I got the
idea from this really cool blog I found called "A Little Hut."
She had all these cool paper-cut crafts and I thought
I could do something like that and this was the result:
We had fun running errands and simply spending time together. I love a Saturday night where I feel a little tired from all the work and fun that was had that day.
Posted by Anna at 8:25 AM
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Simple Pleasure Saturday today is an ode to my laser printer. It is one of the best investments we have made. We bought it about a year ago, rather inexpensively from Costco's website. It is a Brother HL-2070N Series. It works beautifully. It has a network card so I can print from my laptop anywhere in the house to the printer. It prints extremely quickly, 20 pages per minute. The best part though, is that it has gone through 3 semesters of school and countless primary lessons and we haven't had to replace the toner. It is black and white so we retain an ink-jet for color and photo printing, but the little Brother has paid for itself in ink savings. It is one of my favorite gadgets...and in this house, that's a tall order.
Friday, September 21, 2007
My brother-in-law told me about this website. If you upload your picture it will match your face with different celebrities. Sometimes the outcome is pretty funny. You'll have fun loading different pictures of yourself, friends and family.
Who do you look like?
Who do you look like?
I'm always looking for yummy, easy recipes and this dessert recipe is both. I found it on one of my favorite websites:
|Cream Cheese Squares|
| Submitted by: Ann|
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 143 members
| Prep Time: 10 Minutes |
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
| Ready In: 45 Minutes |
Yields: 24 servings
"Refrigerated crescent roll dough is layered with cream cheese and cinnamon sugar to make a quick and tasty treat."
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
|1.||Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.|
|2.||Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.|
|3.||Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crisp and golden.|
|ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2007 Allrecipes.com||Printed from Allrecipes.com 9/21/2007|
The only thing that could make it better (in my opinion) would be to add tart, thinly sliced apples between the cream cheese mixture and the top layer of dough.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This weekend I went up to East Lansing to visit Wendy. It was kind of weird being back at MSU. It was nice in a nostalgic sort of way...but at the same time seemed really foreign to me. It was a game day and so EVERYONE was wearing green and white (except me...in pink) and it made me think about how I really don't have an affinity for the Spartans. I went to school and worked there for a year, I have a lot of friends and family who graduated from MSU, but I have never felt like it was my school. We went into one of the stores that preys on the families of incoming freshman and alumni and carries loads of MSU items to decorate every facet of your body, home or vehicle, and while there I saw a little Spartan onsie, hat and booties, and I thought to myself...I'd rather have one that said "Cougars." I didn't go to school there, work there or even visit campus all that often but as far as Universities go I have a deeper sense of belonging at BYU. Sorry Ocelots.
Posted by Anna at 9:07 AM
But I do want to show off the latest addition to our gadget family. For once, I am the one in the family with a new phone. I usually get whatever comes free with our plan, but this time...it's all about me. I got the V3 Pink Razr and I've named it Miss Piggy for obvious reasons.
Posted by Anna at 8:52 AM
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Saturday's are special days where anything goes. They can be lazy, do-nothing days, or exciting, adventure days...I love them. This Saturday marks the start of Simple Pleasure Saturday. I realized the other day that it is the simple things in my life that make me the happiest. So this post is dedicated to something simple that brings me joy.
Thursday night we went to Sam's Club to buy shampoo and conditioner. I like a 2-in-1 product so that I can feel like I'm skipping a step in the shower. I looked over all the choices and the only option for such a product was Pert Plus, and while I like Pert Plus because it reminds me of my dad, I didn't really want that kind. So, I splurged on the giant bottle of Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner. Pantene has been my favorite brand of shampoo since the 8th grade when we got a sample in the mail and it resulted with wonderfully silky hair. It is a bit expensive though so since we've been trying to be more responsible in our budget I've been experimenting with other brands, Sauve, Head and Shoulders for occasional dandruff, I even tried the Meijer-brand of what they thought was Pantene. I've notice that my hair has been a little less manageble than usual, a lot more flyaways, and harder to brush but I chalked it up to pregnancy. Thursday night I was so excited I took a shower when we got home from Sam's. My hair was so silky and smooth the next morning. I couldn't believe what a difference it made. Someone once told me that Pantene makes your hair so smooth because it leaves it with a waxy coating, she said it in disdain, but I don't really care. Waxy coating or not, I love Pantene.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
This is the best shot I could get of the bully in our fish tank. He was not happy to be photographed. He has the opposite of SAD. When we leave the tank light on too long he gets really aggressive and chases the other fish. I have also included pictures of the other fish cowering in fear. I think they're planning an insurrection.
Posted by Anna at 5:09 PM
It's been a month since I brought home these beautiful babies from Mrs. Graye's Greenhouse. They're very happy and thriving well...in these photos you'll see a "Goldfish Plant," which is growing a baby goldfish, and a Hawarthia, also known as a "Zebra Plant" but it is a different species than what you may be used to. It's chlorophyll-poor, so parts of it are clear and you can see all the cell walls...of all the times I wish I had an electron microscope. The other is called, "Baby's Tears," and kind of looks like a Chia-pet, it's so fun and grows like crazy!
Posted by Anna at 12:03 PM
I know it's really late but I thought I'd put up some pictures I found in the camera. These are from the Fourth of July and Spencer's birthday. I got up early and went to the first parade in the country, it was early, but it was worth it. I cried three times. Patriotism really gets to me---or maybe it's the hormones.
Lucy loves to tickle her Mommy. She moves around like crazy and sometimes she gets into all the way over to my side and she really works her magic in my most ticklish spots. I call her the tickle monster. I tell her that I'll get back at her...and so will her Daddy...if she's anything like me, she'll love to be tickled. So mabye she's just trying to get the tickle fight started.