Monday, September 29, 2008
#2 I've been requested to give my gender guess. Alright, here's the lengthy version.
I hate being wrong. Really, I do. So this is hard to me. :)
My complete "mommy instinct" is that it's a girl. For real. I feel quite confident in it. I have a lot of little differences in this pregnancy so it's made me wonder, could it be a girl or just simply a different pregnancy? I have no idea what to expect with a little girl, but I would certainly love to experience both little boys and girls. However, ever other part of me says it's a boy. I can see RJ and I having all boys. I love little boys. They're sweet, wild, crazy, sweet, and just plain weird. I have to also say that I seriously love dressing a little boy more than I could have ever imagined. From skulls to ties. It's great. I love the responsibility of raising a man, even though it's a bit overwhelming at times. If it's a boy, Henry would have a little brother and I would love that. If it's a girl, Henry will have someone to help him master his sensitive side and someone to torture for life. That's great too. Either way would be awesome!
So you see, if it's a girl, I can say.....I was right! I had a feeling it was a girl!
And if it's a boy, I can say.....I was right! I knew it was a boy!
Thursday, RJ and I said goodbye to Henry at around 9 and left for Minneapolis. We started off at the Aster Coffee Shop by the stone arch bridge. One of the many places I love about that city. It's so beautiful! Then it was off to Uptown to our favorite bookstores and used clothing store. A French film matinee at the Edina theatre and the Edina Creamery for dessert. Supper at the Convention Grill and then to RJ's aunt and uncle's house to visit and get some rest. It was a perfect day. We made great decisions and enjoyed every bit of it. When we have so many favorite places to go and only get up there once or twice a year, it's really hard to decide on what to do! Friday morning we headed over to Grand Ave in St. Paul. Had breakfast at the Amore Coffee and walked up and down Grand. I love this area also. It was a gorgeous day for walking. We got a baguette for lunch and then headed to meet our friends at IKEA/MOA for some shopping before the conference started. The Desiring God conference was great. We heard awesome sermons by some incredibly passionate speakers. I am planning on listening to them all again! I'm sure I'll blog about things I learned in the days/weeks to come....
After the conference on Sunday we all headed to Stillwater for lunch and then RJ and I said our goodbyes and went back to Chatfield to see our little boy whom I missed so much! It was so great to have alone time with RJ. SO great. Really, quite amazing. My favorite part of all of it was just walking around, talking without being interrupted, and just good, free fun. But 3 1/2 days without little Henry is a long time. It's our longest in fact. When we left today, RJ's mom repeatedly thanked us for leaving him there and asked when we're doing it again. How's that for an open invitation????
I'm off to bed, folks. RJ has the day off tomorrow as well so I need to be rested up for a party-good time in our good ol' city.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I've got a busy afternoon filled with busyness and getting stuff done and hoping Henry takes a monsterous nap. I won't be blogging again until next week. Hope you all have a great week!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I was in a Bible Study a couple of years ago with some great gals, and we've finally decided to start 'er back up again so the gang is coming over tonight. Should be a good time.
Alright, more baby talk later. Happy Monday and Happy Fall!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Black Bean Chili
8 ounces bacon (about 8 strips) cute into ½ inch pieces
2 medium onions, chopped fine (about 2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, cut into ½ inch cubes
2 tbl fresh garlic or 1 tbl garlic salt
¼ cup chili powder
1 tbl cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 lbs 85% lean ground beef
2 cans (16 oz each) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 can (28 oz) tomato puree
1. Fry bacon in large Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, about 8 minutes. Pour off all but 2 tbls fat, leaving bacon in pot. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, and cayenne; cook. Stirring occasionally, until veggies are softened and begin to brown (about 10 minutes). Increase heat to medium-high and add half the beef; cook, breaking up pieces with spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining beef and cook, another 3 to 4 minutes.
2 Add beans, tomatoes, tomato puree, and ½ tsp salt. The chili at this point is very thick. If you like it that way, then just bring it to a boil and then reduce to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Otherwise, add tomato juice to get to the right consistency for you; (I add a good 4 cups or so) bring to a boil and then simmer. Beef should be tender and chili dark, rich and thick. Adjust seasoning with salt.
This ode neither rhymes nor has any attributes that would attain to a normal ode, but here goes.
I once fell in love with a man who lived in Minnesota.
I'd drive hours to this state, very quickly, to see this very man.
I once woke up at the crack of dawn to surprise this man at Northwestern College without having a clue as to where I was going. I figured St. Paul couldn't be too big.....
I quit a job at Sticks that I'd only had for 2 months, without having another job, and moved to this state so I could be closer to this man.
I spent the first 8 months of my married life with this man there.
Then we moved back to our home state just south of Minnesota. (And Sticks eventually hired me back!)
I always love to go back to Minnesota with this man that I love.
It has so much more than that stupid, big mall. Yes, it's fun to shop there, but seriously, there's so much more.
I love driving by our old, somewhat cruddy, first apartment and neighborhood in St. Louis Park, baby!
I love going to Uptown and Lake Calhoun.
I love going to Punch Pizza, The Edina Creamery, and The Edina Grill.
I will always have a slight fascination with the state of Minnesota.
And I will always love the man who introduced me to it.
This morning, I walked in to get Henry from his crib and he had thrown his diaper out and was in his little birthday suit. The first time, folks. Thank goodness it wasn't dirty, though I'm sure that's coming quickly....
More interesting posts to come tomorrow and then it's a week long break from this here blog world....
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
totally looking like a 5 year old
totally keeping an eye on the neighbor's cat
Monday, September 15, 2008
The weather is going to be gorgeous this week! I'm happy to see the sun again. I liked the first one or two gloomy days, but as much as I love fall, I wasn't quite ready to see summer be completely gone.
Well, I hope you all have a great start to your week!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm painting a football themed room this afternoon. I love painting little girlie rooms, but it's always fun to do some major boyish stuff too.
Gee, guys. My gender vote count is 50/50. Duh. I could have figured that one out. :)
Rumor has it that we're going out to eat at Latin King this evening with some family. I hope the plan sticks! I've been wanting Italian food and I've only been to Latin King once and it was years ago. I don't really have any cravings, but if I see a certain food or read about it, I must have it or I will not survive. Yesterday it was Spinach and Artichoke dip. Now it's puppy chow. So here's a great recipe I got from my friend Jenn. I've used it a ton. It's so good!! (and easy)
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1 cup artichoke hears chopped (1 can)
½ cup frozen spinach thawed
8 oz cream cheese
½ c grated Parmesan cheese
½ t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
¼ t salt
1/8 t garlic powder
Boil spinach and artichoke hearts with 1 cup water in small saucepan over medium heat until tender. Drain excess water. You may need to squeeze it out so the dip isn’t runny. Heat cream cheese in a small bowl for 1 min until soft. Add spinach and artichokes and stir well. Add remaining ingredients and combine. Serve warm with crackers, chips or bread.
RJ's cousins are putting together a Charlton Family Cookbook for Christmas. His family is full of good cooks/bakers, so this is going to be amazing. I can't wait!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
It's been a great week so far. I'm feeling really good and although a nap still does me good and I'm in bed awfully early, I'm feeling some energy come back. Could it be the 2nd trimester feeling goodness people talk about? When I was pregnant with Henry I was working 10 hour days plus overtime so if I did have a burst in energy I certainly didn't feel it. Anyways, it feels good. My appetite and love for food isn't back to normal, but that's fine with me! It will be soon enough.
Have a lovely rest of your Tuesday! I'm heading off to a MOPS meeting tonight and then it starts next Friday. Can't wait!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Henry was so clingy to RJ this weekend and would barely come to me. It was pretty sweet to watch how obsessed he gets with his daddy. Tonight we've enjoyed an especially goofy child and now I'm listening to Henry while RJ gives him his bath. Good stuff.
I love weekends spent doing things spur of the moment and getting out and doing as much as we can as a family. It was fan-tabular.
I will be 13 weeks on Wednesday so to celebrate I let myself have some caffeine. Oh, how I've missed you, Coke!
My very talented and gracious friend, Alisa, redid my website. Check it out. Isn't it the coolest?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The cemetery across the street from the park. Creepy and beautiful all at the same time.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Alright, enough of that.
The weather today makes me absolutely giddy. I can't wait for Fall!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Don't you wish you could go back to when your babies were real little just to give them a squeeze? I barely remember Henry as a baby. He was not a cuddly fella and wouldn't let me just snuggle with him, but he's making up for it lately by sitting in my lap a lot more and giving lots of hugs.
Today is going well considering it's the "day after" a vacation. Those days can be touchy! As long as I don't mention the word daddy so that he doesn't run to the door crying, we'll do okay. He gets so attached to RJ after a long weekend. It's sweet.
Monday, September 1, 2008
We have nice, free weekends until the end of Sept when we're heading up to MN for the John Piper conference. Can't wait!
Cheers to Labor Day.