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po-dunk ohiya

Credit for the photo. Do you see that it's a solar tent? For the first time in 8 or so years of knowing each other, my husband and I will be willingly camping outside in a corn field together tonight. We are playing mud volleyball tomorrow with about 6 teams in po-dunk Ohiya, tamurra. (got that?) It's our 4 or 5 year playing mud volleyball, which includes tapping the keg/cracking a beer open at 7:30am or so. We basically drink all day, bake in the sun, play v-ball, play cornhole between games and drink more. It's a good time and we are literally in the middle of no where. We also wash off in the creek that they dam up just for our use. It's good country fun! Don't fret. I'll have pictures to post upon our return. Enjoy your weekend!!

Food From Friends: Tzaziki

Tzaziki


Ingredients:

4-5 cloves garlic - fresh minced (this will depend on how strong the garlic is! You can start with 4 and add more at the end, but remember it will get stronger as it sits in the refrigerator.)

2 medium Cucumbers

3 cups yogurt

2 tbsp vinegar ( I prefer White)

1/8 cup extra virgin Olive Oil

1 teaspoon crushed dill





Step 1: Preparing the Cucumbers:

peel the cucumbers but leave just a little green for color, cut them in ½ long ways and remove the seeds.

Use a cheese grater and grate the cucumbers, then put the shreds in a strainer salt them well, squeeze out all the water (repeat at least 2 times. I let it sit for about an hour the 2nd time then squeeze out the water)

Step 2 : The layering

Start with the cucumber (mix after each ingredient is added) then add the yogurt, dill, garlic, and then alternate between the vinegar and the Extra virgin Olive oil. (taste it as you layer it) let it sit overnight in the fridge.

Garnish: with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and black kalamat…

4 days late

I can't believe I'm actually writing this post.

Yesterday, I was 4 days late.

Aunt Flow hadn't showed any signs of arriving. My body just felt normal. I wasn't bloated, I didn't have any back pain, I wasn't crampy and I wasn't a raging bitch.

I was just normal.

Nothing was bothering me and honestly was starting to think that something finally clicked. I was starting to think about what we did differently this time verses the last (33 cycles) to make the difference.

There have many times that I've worked myself up so much that I can't wait to test. It's just makes me crazy and it's all I can think about it. When this happens, my husband always says, just wait. Wait until you are actually late.

So this week, when I was one day late, I was like, no big thing... I'll just wait another day. Then that day went by and the next. Before I knew it, I was really 4 days late and I almost couldn't even work up the nerve to actually test. We …

i have four fingers...

EtSy.LoVe of the week

Counting Zoo, orange and yellow, from milkmoonkids shop that would look completely darling in my perfect nursery.


yes, please!

Isn't this just darling? It would be great for parties, showers, family cookouts and other gatherings throughout the summer! I imagine that it would be great for sangria, iced tea, or lemonade! Reasonable price too!

precessional...

I love it!





so far...

Yes, I know that I have my journey written to the right on my blog, but I wanted to spell it out for those that are new visitors and may not of taken the time to do so. So, here's a quick run down of what we're done so far...


* We tried for 14 months on our own (starting in 9/2006).

* Talked with my OB/GYN about complications and why things weren't working.

* Had an HSG and an SA with my OB and all were normal.

* 3 months later started Clomid with my OB and did two cycles.

* 5 months later had a laparoscopy for endo and they found nothing.

* My OB said she couldn't do anything more for me and sent me to the RE.

* 1 month later I had a consult with my RE.

* 5 months later, scheduled my Post Coital test and other blood tests with my RE. Double checked my thyroid as it was elevated for their liking.

* 1 month later had a morphology test done and showed a 1% defect.

* Followed by my first (tamoxifen/trigger hcg shot) IUI, followed by 2 others (clomid (50mg/100mg)/trigger …

Food on Friday: WW Fruit Dip

Weight Watchers Fruit Dip

1 container of Fat Free Cool Whip

1 big box (or two little) Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding mix



Let Cool Whip thaw for about 1 hour. Mix in pudding mix. Use mixer until it looks well blended. Serve with fruit. Strawberries are best, fruit dip tends to slide off melons.



Serves 10



WW points: 0 points.




sleep schedule

All I know is that if I'm up at this hour, I should have a baby that needs fed or I should've just gotten back from a vacation from across the country. NOT because I have a whiny cat that developed a new sleep schedule while we were on vacation.

This shit has to stop. I can't get up this early for another week!


hawaii

Not the island...

But the pizza.

I love it when my co-worker orders it and offers me a piece, even if I don't really need it. I especially like it when it doesn't include cinnamon and almonds... yuck!


Yes mama...

Hells to the yeah...


purple rain

Okay, it's not raining but I am wearing purple today. Today's outfit probably cost a total of $20.



Green scarf: a gift (FREE)
Tank: Kohls ($5.99)
(purple)Skirt: Marshalls ($13.00)
Flips: Old Navy ($1.00)

Okay, so $19.99 as the total. That's pretty good.

Do you love it?

EtSy.LoVe of the week

I have already made you aware of my love affair and because I just can't stay away, I'm going to be posting as much as possible weekly a love for the week.

This week's love is:




The Butterfly Teething Toy, from the littlealouette shop.

Food From Friends: WW Pumpkin Pie

Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pie

1 sm can pumpkin (not pie filling…pumpkin)

1 small boxes sugar free fat free instant vanilla pudding

1 and 1/3 cup skim milk

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 low fat graham cracker crust



Low fat/low cal cool whip for top of pie.


From our WW leader.


Happy 5th Birthday Toby!!

This picture is from his 3rd birthday celebration and I hope to capture more during this year's birthday. Toby joined our family when he was 2 years old in 2006. We adopted him from a friend from high school who was getting a divorce and no longer able to care for him. He's been a great dog, very affectionate, loves the human touch and anything outside. He's also a huge fan of riding in the car, taking trips and especially trips to Uncle Buddy & Uncle Red's house {my parents home}. He likes going there so much that we literally have to carry him out of there because he doesn't want to leave.



This picture was when he played with the frisbee with my brother for 30+ minutes. He was worn out... look at that tongue!

So cheers to Toby and his 5th birthday! We hope to have many more years together with you! Lucky for you, you'll be on Put-In-Bay for your birthday celebrations this year! What dog wouldn't love that!!!

bumble bee & ladybug

Just wanted to send a little love out to Christy at Chicy Creations and her super cute items on etsy.



Check her out! She was super easy to work with and I can't wait to receive my items!



I ordered the headband in red with a white gerbea and red stitching, a tutu in red & white as well as the bumble bee & ladybug clips. I'm super excited to give these to a friend who had her baby 9 weeks early last Friday! It will be perfect for her football outfit.




water birth

If and when things happen for us, I would like to believe that I could accomplish something like this. It seems really natural and controlled, however I know that I would probably chicken out.

I've watched a number of water births on TLC's Baby Story show and always thought that it would really neat to experience it like that. Unfortunately, it's not a common practice in Ohio so I don't think I'll have that option. Plus, as my husband would say, "I'm not into that hippy sh*t." Well there you have it folks.

What are you thoughts on a water birth? Would you do it? Have you done it?

Lastly, I love the idea of a doula. I just love the idea of one person, aside from your husband, being there for you 100% throughout your labor. They know what you want, they know what to do without requesting it and they will be there no matter what time or day it is. They won't leave because their shift is over and they will be there to calm or ramp you up, whatev…

Food From Friends: Classic Creme Brulee

CLASSIC CRÈME BRULEE

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Warm a small pot of water on the stove. (for the water bath)
4-6 individual oven dishes

In a saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups whipping cream, 1/2 cup milk, 1 T. vanilla, 1/4 cup sugar. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

In a bowl, whisk together 6 egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar. Add cream mixture to yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return pot to stove and cook on a low heat until just slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour into dishes. Set dishes in a 13" X 9" pan, fill with warm water half way up sides of small dishes. Bake for 40 minutes (for small dishes) 50 minutes (for larger dishes) or until set. Take out of water bath and cool slightly. Sprinkle top of each dish with 1 tsp. brown sugar and place on a cookie sheet under broiler just until bubbly. (I make these a lot of time the day before.)

From my boss.

oh to be handy & thrifty...

I went to reTAGit Monday on my lunch break with my husband. I've never been there before but I know that I'll be back now that I've been. It's like goodwill meets craiglist in one spot. They do consignment, buy things out right and they will do trades as well. It has a lot of junk but someone will love it, right?

While I was there I was searching through their framed pictures, not only for a picture that I would like but for a frame that I could re-finish and love. I didn't have any luck. I did find a picture of a choo-choo train that was pretty cute... I didn't buy it because I wasn't confident that I would be able to clean it up, refinish it and put it back together in working order. So I passed.

They had some great pieces that I think I need to find homes for but not something I need right now. I'm so envious of thesethreeprojects. Aren't they just beautiful!!!!

weak

{This is just a reminder that I'm not always as strong as I lead on to be. I am weak. I don't like it when I am but it happens. It's these fucking hormones that us women have that drive us crazy sometimes. It's no ones fault and I'm not pointing the finger at anyone, even though it might appear that way. I've had opportunities to do more advanced procedures, we just can't afford them. With all of that said...}









Would someone please pass me that damn water? Seriously, you are all drinking it, enjoying it and laughing with happiness while doing so, but you aren't sharing!!!! What's the big deal? You can get pregnant without any errors or hiccups or with little treatment and I'm still sitting here 2 months shy of 3 years of trying and I can't do it. I just want a little bit, just a little taste and I'll give it back. Or maybe I'll share it with someone else?!? Who are you to judge?



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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, I can't…

Another one you'll {hopefully} love...

Since I got such a great response last week, I thought that I would post again and try to post once a week an outfit that I feel I should bring attention too. Hopefully these will keep Stacy & Clinton away and not attrack them. I'm venturing outside of my comfort zone more and more, in hopes that I don't look so bland. Honestly a lot of my style changes are thanks to Ann Taylor Loft... I just love what they have to offer and if you switch things around a little you can come up with some awesome outfits.

So, for today, this is the outfit that I put together:

As posted on The Working Closet the site/group that I learned about from t.w.i.t. a little while back, above you have:
Shirt (orange): Ann Taylor Loft $9.99
Vest (dark denim): Ann Taylor Loft $4.88
Dress Pants (grey, Julie style): Ann Taylor Loft (maybe) $19.99 (in the spring)
Shoes: Steve Maddens, Chocolate with ruffle on toe $24.99
This my friends is yet another outfit that I'm sure my husband would probably not c…

One Lovely Blog

My friend, Steffany over at Sassy Times, awarded me this "One Lovely Blog Award" and I couldn't be more happy to be receiving it today.  Thank you Steff.
Steff is a great blog friend that I met through a string of other bloggers.  She has also jumped on the band wagon of  Grace in Small Things and she's loyal to posting her graces daily.  I haven't posted them in weeks and I need to be better about it.  She also has a super cute daughter that she's lucky enough to spend her days with and all of her adventures.  She has such a warm and welcoming way of blogging and she makes you feel like she's been your friend for years without evening meeting her.
So, on with the award...
The rules, simply they are, if your nominated, you have to post on your blog and nominate 5 others.
And, now for the nominees:
Hope In Virginia
A Day in the Hay
Tubeless in Seattle
Your maybe not so Average Twins-After-Infertility Blog
Where's Baby?
All of these woman amaze me.  In one form o…

Food From Friends: Cap City Meatloaf

Cap City Meatloaf

This is the original cap city recipe that was printed in the Dispatch. I have changed it a bit to make it a bit more reasonable and easier, plus I'm not a huge mushroom fan. I do make the bbq sauce exactly as is. That is the best part of this recipe! However, I use 1 lb of ground beef and then I use 1 lb of pork sausage like Jimmy Dean, or just a whole pound of ground pork. I don't bother with the 4 oz of veal.

Meatloaf
1 lb ground beef
4 oz ground veal
10 oz ground pork
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp chopped fresh sage
2 1/4 tsp minced garlic
2 1/4 tsp heavy cream
3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups shitake mushrooms
2 TBS diced white onion
1 TBS olive oil

BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 1/4 tsp molasses
6 TBS brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp cider vinegar
6 TBS water
2 TBS honey
1 TBS fresh orange juice
1/4 tsp black pepper

To make …

THE outfit

Again, one more follow up from my Bueller? post. This will leave one question unanswered with the hopes of the answer to come out some time next week.

What is your favorite outfit and why?

Today, I'm sporting a new dress/belt combo that has currently raised to the top of the line in the "my fav outfit" category. First of all, it's a fun color, it has a great ruffle around the neck line, with the belt under my bust line it creates a totally different look and the tank is just so the girls don't fall out. The color is great because it can be accented with almost any color. Today I'm sporting the turquoise necklace that I go from my Premier Jewelry party a could weeks back. The dress was actually given to my by one of my co-workers and the belt is Vera Bradley and I purchased it at the sale for $1.00. WOW! I think this whole outfit cost about $25 because the necklace was free, the dress was free, the shoes were about $24 dollars and the belt, as I just said, was …