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17 February 2012

I'll Love You Forever: Make me laugh... in bed.





My husband makes me laugh. All the time. I think I make him laugh pretty often, too. Especially lately. We share the silliness of best friends and always have. I think we always will.

Pardon my explicit honesty in the coming story.
I usually don't discuss happenings in the bedroom. At all.

13 February 2012

Drunken Banana Bread


In Jamaica, a favorite sweet treat is banana bread. This easily customizable loaf is often spiked with chocolate chips, nuts and even dried fruit but in this Irie version, the special ingredient is rum!


2 cups organic whole wheat flour
3/4 cup organic evaporated cane sugar
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted organic butter
2 oz. (2 shots) rum; spiced rum is a plus
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
dash nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup walnut pieces, optional

Butter a loaf pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix butter, bananas, walnuts, egg, cinnamon and nutmeg with a wooden spoon. Lightly mix in baking soda and salt, immediately adding flour afterwards. Mix until just combined and pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for about 55 minutes, checking at 45 minutes with a knife in the center for doneness.
YUM!

24 January 2012

I used some baby money...



I've been saving money from each paycheck for things to buy when we have a baby and I used some of it to purchase something for Peach... she's the baby for now!

11 January 2012

How long is too long to keep up Holiday Lights?


I read this article on a family, the Morgans, who refused to take down their lights at first because Mrs. Morgan loved them, and then out of spite for someone who complained BETWEEN Christmas and New Year's. While I think Mrs. Morgan has the right to keep them up all year because she loves them and  the family is paying their bills and taxes, I don't think doing it for spite is the right reason.
But it sure is kind of funny.
I think you should be able to have lights up all year if it pleases you, but I'm not in a position to point any fingers. Our house is still bedecked with one strand of old school amazingness and a snowman on the front door. To our defense our holiday season just ended on Saturday.
We'll take them down most likely this weekend. But no one has been so nosy as to ask us to do that.

When do you take down your lights (if you decorate) and how long do you thing is "too long?"

10 January 2012

Ideas for a Nursery

Several things have been decided:
  1. Baby will be conceived (Jah-willing) in the last half of the year! YAY!
  2. The office will be the nursery instead of the spare bedroom.
  3. The nursery will be painted the loveliest shade of pastel aqua EVAR.
Source: google.com via HiLLjO on Pinterest


The idea I have for the room is based off of this photo. It is gender neutral but brightly-colored and I really love the more basic feel coming from the rug. I would like a seahorse pillow for the chair instead, like this one from crabbychris on etsy:

Source: etsy.com via HiLLjO on Pinterest


I like the idea of seahorses and I'll tell you why: it is one of the only species to share "normal" gender roles. The female actually does not give birth to the babies; she deposits the eggs into the male's "stomach" and he carries the babies to term and "gives birth" to them.
We just plan to raise to think that neither mommy nor daddy are "supposed" to do X and not X. Shawn and I want the children to know they can do and be anything they want with the body they are born with. I'd love a future female racecar driver, firefighter or stay-at-home mommy. And I'd equally love a future male model, fashion designer or auto technician (like daddy). They will be taught by daily example when they see daddy do the laundry because it needs to be done, and then see mommy do it the next week. No job is 'beneath' either of us; if it needs to be done it gets done!

I found some rugs to emulate the one in the photo above and I have to say, this one is my favorite:



Shawn loves Ska bands and I love them now, too. A really popular thing to see at shows is black and white checkered belts, wallets, shoes, etc. It's only right for a ska baby to have a ska rug in the nursery. The coral is inspired by Shawn, too; I associate him with the color red-orange and it just works here! I love the Behr paint color cool lava for the coral accents and Pittsburgh Paint's Summer Breeze.



MMmm... future mama likes.