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Showing posts from March, 2011


With Sprout's arrival on the horizon and Spring quarter about to start, I had a big choice to make for this quarter.  To go back or to not go back? 

Basically, the only thing standing in my way was the fact that Spring quarter ends around June 11th and my due date is June 4th.  I feared that if I got a nasty professor (which I really haven't yet) that wouldn't let me finish early or at least let me have some flexibility on my due dates for projects and tasks, then I wasn't going to be able to complete this quarter. 

While I'm fully aware of how far along I am and how much I'm going to have to do to prepare for this baby, but what's one more thing in the grand scheme of things, right?


If I would've done that, I would've probably survived but then been super stressed about everything else that I wasn't making time to do.  Plus, I've been a A & B student since coming back to college and the last thing I'd want to do is to make …

Homemade Butter

We didn't churn it the old fashion way, but we totally made homemade butter!
My friend Mattie, read about this yogurt making class that was going to be held at the local Whole Foods, it was free, had an interesting topic and was supporting a local company... So we signed up!  Mattie, Amy and myself were all off to learn more about yogurt.
After we attended the class, we found out that Mattie's aunt had attended a couple weeks prior and she wrote a great little review of the class, over here.  Warren, who lead the class from Snowville Creamery was sharp, knowledgeable, friendly, fast passed and excited to share info with us about his products.  It was a great class and would highly recommend not only taking this class but buying their products.
From the class, we learned a lot about plain yogurts, keifr, making butter and Snowville products in general.  While we had the products and knowledge to make yogurt at home, we felt much more confident about making homemade butter, so …

Sprout | Being Here.

Getting here, wasn't easy.

Getting here took us over 4 years. Four years that we struggled through and hated almost every moment of... but wouldn't take back for anything.

Getting here meant a lot of money spent on fertility treatments, doctor's visits, time away from work, and fertility doctors and we will never get those things back or have a baby as a result of them.

Getting here, took thousands of dollars with a doctor that never had a procedure work on us, the way they were intended.  Not to mention the countless test that proved that nothing is wrong with our bodies.  It proved that we didn't have anything standing in our way, except for potentially 2% (but I think that was just a buffer to make us believe we did have something standing in our way).

Getting here was one of the most emotional things that we have ever had to live through.

Being here (from other people's perspective) has changed us and more specifically changed our relationship with one another.…

Sprout's Route | Week 29

How am I feeling? I'm doing good.  I still have heartburn, my back still hurts from time to time and my bra situation (while improved) is still not 100% perfect. (Emma, if you are reading... the bras you suggested are the ones that I had purchased and now I just have trouble keeping them clean.  So thank you!)

Body Changes {new for this week}: I've noticed over the last 2 weeks and forgot to mention this, but my belly button is starting to stretch out and become more and more flat.  I also noticed this week that my linear line is starting to show up too.  I read a few weeks ago where it should've showed up then but I really didn't start to see it until this week (around Tuesday).  I'm also not experiencing any {knock on WOOD} stretch marks!  I'm lathering my body up with Palmer's Body Butter everyday and I hope that it continues to help prevent them.  Who knows.  Outside of those things, I'm still growing like a weed and feeling him move like a CHAMP.  …

Happy Spring!

Below is an email that I copied almost verbatim to share with you.  These pictures are just unbelievable and I couldn't pass them by without showing you most of them.  Makes me want to go to the Netherlands...
Happy Spring!
At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious Technicolor patchwork. Yet far from being a child’s sketchbook, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season. With more than 10,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of these delicate flowers, the Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of giddy colors as the tulips burst into life. The bulbs were planted in late October and early November, and these colorful creations are now ready to be picked and sold as bunches of cut flowers in florists and supermarkets. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant b…


I'm not a mom yet, so those that are may think this is a total waste, but I see it over and over again and just think that it's a great idea.  When I first saw these, I thought... "Well, those are probably better for mom's of toddlers..." but as I got to thinking about it, I don't think it matters what age they are.  It's way for you network and be prepared for adult interaction... even when a pen isn't near by.

So, with that... Mommy Calling Cards/Business Cards.

This option is made by Claudia Curti Designs and I love that they come in a little tin!  This makes it much easier to just throw them in your diaper bag/purse and run.  I think they're pretty cute too!

These come from Sara Tams' Shop and I think these would be better suited for a toddler because of their character that appears on them, but still super cute!

These are great!  In my opinion VERY useful!  Who doesn't need a calendar and who doesn't love this layout!  I think thi…

Sprout | Confession

I have a confession.

I have a TERRIBLE sweet tooth.  It was bad beforehand but I would just manage it because I knew that in order to not end up 300 lbs, I'd have to just eat in moderation and not keep it in the house.

Since being pregnant, we have a candy jar in the house that almost always has peanut M&Ms in it, we have ice cream in the freezer and if we don't we go out and buy it.  I have candy in my drawer, the girl next to me has a basket of sweets and I cannot stop.

It's not just any sweet either.  It used to be fruity things.  Now it's just anything that is peanut butter and chocolate.  I have this peanut butter with chocolate chip ice cream from UDF that is just dreamy.  I enjoy a baby snickers from time to time and I would NEVER pass up a Reese cup! 

Since I'm spilling me beans about this, I might as well tell you that I also have a sweet tooth for those flavored Tootsie Rolls!

I'm a mess.  I need to stop and I need to replace these sweet with fru…

Sprout | Home Depot

So, our weekend started off great!

Friday, my sister and my mom came over to start on a project that I've been wanting to accomplish for the nursery and I finally had all of my ducks in a row.  We were cutting, sewing and ironing and before long, we had the finished product.  It looked great, we were happy, but when we put it all together, it was too long for where we wanted to mount it.

We thought that we could pull it a part and start all over or we could just buy something bigger to mount it on.  So we went with the latter thinking we could find something bigger and it would just work out.  Sunday was our day to do that...

Saturday, as you read below, was a great GREAT day!

This is where it gets nutty....

Saturday night, as I was asleep and S was still up (because he doesn't find sleep like I do...). He woke me up out of a dead sleep to tell me that he was researching our baby boy's name (just to pass time on his iPhone and make sure that we weren't missing somethin…

7 years

I posted a quick witty update on my facebook this morning and then I found myself in tears because it's exactly how I feel.

"7 years ago, I married the funniest man around.  7 years later, he still has me laughing, daily.  I love you, S.  Happy Anniversary!"
I wouldn't say it any other way.
And, to celebrate we did a lot.  We're not huge on the whole jewelry smoochy mushy romantic stuff.  We just did what we like and we enjoyed every moment together.  As I begin to put this post together, I realize that we have turned into the stereo typical old married couple...
Yesterday, we started off our day with Lowe's for a return, Giant Eagle for some gift card purchases, Kohl's for some Red's onesies for our little guy, then we were off to PetCo for a new bone for Toby-dog, from there we went to Target to just browse... Then we went off to Mr. Sushi for a absolutely fabulous lunch and we cannot wait to go back!  Seriously, it was dreamy!  Then we walked aroun…