31
May

Aquarium…here we come!

Aquarium

I was so excited to take the day off from work on Emily’s actual first birthday so we could be together doing special things the whole day.  When I was thinking about what would be fun for Emily, the Baltimore Aquarium came to mind.  She is finally old enough to appreciate looking at all the fish, and it sounded like a fun adventure for her birthday.

Emily excels at the whole stranger anxiety thing that babies have going on.  She started early at 3 months, and at almost 14  months, the “stranger danger” is still going strong. People are welcomed into our home with blood curdling screams of terror (so nice).  This always makes me a little bit nervous when we go out, but when we got to the aquarium, Emily did great.  In fact, I think she enjoyed the people watching more than the fish watching.  The funniest thing she did happened in the darkest areas of the aquarium.  In the Baltimore Aquarium, you start at the top of the building and wander down ramps that go past huge tanks with sharks, and fish, and other ocean creatures.  It is fun because you can look all the way down form the top to the bottom of the building.  Anyways, this area is pretty dark to really highlight the tanks.  I guess the dark helped our shy little girl come out of her shell, because every time we would enter a dark area, she would suddenly start talking in the loudest voice we had ever heard come out of her.  It was hilarious.  I know we were getting looks from people wondering who this kid was that thought the dark, quiet areas of the aquarium were the best place to really start babbling at the top of her lungs, but it was great to see Emily just having a good time and come out of her shell.

Goofball

Her favorite part of the aquarium (other than the dark) was the jellyfish. She loved watching them float up and down under the black lights. Mesmerizing.  If only I had a tank above her crib, maybe she would be content to just stare at the jellyfish when she wakes up in the middle of the night.

Jellyfish 1

Jellyfish 2

Looks like she had a fun and busy day…

End of Day

Category : Baby
8
Mar

What?!

Emily is 11 months old today, which means I am in full birthday planning mode (not to mention freakout mode because how could my baby already be on the verge of one year???).  Of course I will have all of the details for the party after it happens, but here is a sneak peak…

Peter Rabbit

Birthday Wreath

Flower Ball

I still have a lot of details to figure out, and I have to keep my perfectionist side in check because your baby only turns one once and it would be easy to get stressed out while trying to make it perfect.

Happy last month of your first year Emily!

Emily 11 months

Category : Baby | Entertaining
4
Mar

I made it to the finish line!

Whole Living Challenge

I made it to the end of week three, and I have to say that the transformation in my eating has been really good.  I feel like I am back on track with healthy eating and limited sugar intake.  I have lost a few pounds too.  I am definitely planning to keep a few of these recipes in my regular repertoire. Here is my review of the food for Week Three:

Category : Food and Drink | Recipes
2
Mar

Love, Love, Love!

I am obsessed with my runaround bag.  I got hooked on the blog Noodlehead because I asked one of my friends who also sews/quilts what sewing blogs she likes and this one was at the top of the list.  When I saw her pattern for the Runaround Bag, I immediately wanted to make it.  It took a while to choose the fabric I wanted to use, but I finally settled on this one (Amy Butler Midwest Modern Martini) for the exterior with a gray interior.

Midwest Modern Martini

I love gray and yellow together.  So I picked my fabric and got to work on it during my last few weeks of maternity leave.  I have been using it for almost 8 months now and I love it!  It is the perfect size for all my junk belongings.  This was my second attempt at a bag and first attempt at a zipper pocket, so I am pretty proud of myself.

Zipper Pocket

Check out that zipper action!

Runaround Bag

I like the bag so much I decided to make one for my sister for her birthday.  When I got to her house she saw my bag and commented on how much she liked it (isn’t that the best when you get a gift for someone and they randomly mention how much they like that thing or want it and you are secretly jumping up and down on the inside).  Here is the bag I made for her:

Runaround Bag Sister

Even Elmo (aka my niece) likes it!

Elmo with Runaround Bag

Category : Sewing
25
Feb

Tofu is in the House!

tofu

So I am feeling good and I have lost a few pounds (so exciting!) and the food is tasty, but I am still finding a lack of motivation for the third week of detox.  I do find myself occasionally thinking about eating a giant burger, but I can resist that.  I think I just don’t want to put in the effort of planning the next week, which is a slippery slope to eating junk.  Good thing I decided to blog about this so I feel like I have to plan, otherwise I might be getting off the Whole Living train right about now.  So here we go. The third and final week…

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Snacks

Category : Food and Drink | Recipes
24
Feb

Two Weeks and Feelin’ Good

Whole Living Challenge

Week two was much easier than week one.  My overwhelming afternoon sugar cravings have greatly diminished and I feel like I have more energy (could also be because Emily is sleeping better).  So here is what I liked and disliked from Week 2 (I had more leftovers than expected so I haven’t tried nearly as much as I thought I would for week 2):

Category : Food and Drink | Recipes
18
Feb

Fish is in the House!

I am pretty excited to add fish, brown rice, and quinoa into my diet!  This week looks promising.

Whole Living Challenge

Fish is in the House!

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Snacks

Category : Food and Drink