Sunday, November 16, 2008

I don't know if lizzie wanted me to post this, but I guess that's what happens when she gives me access and tells me I should start posting things to the blog. You'll have to ignore the initial talking, I was getting geeky w/ the guy, talking about the new ultrasound technology and asking why they don't capture to DVD or hard drive instead of VHS (yes, they still record to VHS).

Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's a....?

Friday, November 07, 2008

19 Weeks

So it seems the baby has decided to 'pop'.  This past week marked the first unsolicited belly rub.  I actually didn't mind, I thought I would.  I think it makes me feel better that people can tell I'm pregnant and don't just think I ate too much lunch.

And next week marks the half way point for the pregnancy.  And the ultrasound.  So next Thursday we will make sure all is going well with the baby, and we'll get to see what it is.  As in boy vs. girl, just in case you were confused by that.

Mike and I went to Body Worlds today, the museum exhibit of plasticized bodies in various positions.  They have a whole section on we got to see what our baby looks like now, and I was amazed at how big it was.  It's like a real little baby, just small.  That sounds contradictory, but really, as I was looking at the display I would look down at my stomach and think "that fits in there?".  It just didn't seem like there was enough room....But if you're in Salt Lake, I highly recommend the Body Worlds exhibit.  It was amazing.  I think it goes until December.

And on another note, I will be attempting to make my own maternity jeans I'll have to let you know how that turns out.  

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Domestic Assistance

So, I'm not sure if it's because I'm pregnant or if I'm just trying to be a better wife in general. But I've been trying to make dinner (or at least have dinner planned) more regularly now. Hmm. Maybe it's a winter thing, who knows.

Well, one day while perusing blogs as I normally do I happened upon a website that plans these meals for you, on a weekly basis. I was a bit skeptical at first (because I think I'm generally a skeptic about everything) but after spending a few days looking at their site, and reading some reviews around the web I decided to go for it.

So this website is called Relish! and it basically emails you once a week. You log in, look through the list of 15 or so options for the week, then pick the 5 you want to make. After they're picked you press 'print' and it prints out your grocery list, and the recipes for each entree and side item. Each on it's own page. It's amazing. Seriously.
So the first week I was blown away thinking...okay but it's going to be a million dollars and it's going to take forever to make and you're going to need a bunch of random stuff, etc. And the first week was a little more then we usually spend on groceries, then I learned you can have the recipes created for only 2 people, and then we were right on track. (you can also pick 4, 6, or 8 if you prefer) And all the meals can be made in about 30 minutes for the most part. Some requiring a little morning prep like marinating or throwing things in a crock pot, but never more then about 10 minutes or so.
To be honest, the recipes aren't anything you couldn't find on your own, but i'm a bit lazy and don't have the creative energy to look through 5 cookbooks to pick out 5 meals to make that week. If I'm expected to do that we usually just have cereal...or a frozen burrito if it's a good night.

So, I just thought I'd share this bit of lovliness I found and use daily. My grocery store trips are shorter, and my husband makes dinner now. He's of the mindset 'if you tell me what to make i'll make it'. So now I'm ultimately spoiled with shorter grocery trips and dinner when I get home. It's heaven. Definitely worth the $35 for a 6-month subscription.

And to be fair, the only downside is we tend to have random leftover ingrediants that we usually throw away. Like a 1/2 can of beef broth.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happy Halloween

Halloween this year was quite mellow for us Saltsman's.  I had a quazy intention of doing something, but instead just hung out at home with a friend and handed out candy.  I must say, I am impressed with the amount of trick o' treaters we had this year.  Usually it's maybe 4 kids total, but this year we had over 10 groups of kids.  Meaning, about 40 or 50 kids :)  We finally got rid of all that candy...

My husband loves the holiday.  It's his time to pull out the favorite mullet wig.  So, as in previous years, he was a rocker.  In this pic he's filling the tires on his bike to go hit the town with some friends.

On another note, we did carve pumpkins a few days ago... the pictures aren't great, but i noticed the vast change in our house between them.

You'll notice the picture on top the trim isn't done and the door is hideous.  But, the lovely picture on the bottom has painted trim and a lovely new door.  We're pretty excited.  I know it won't look like much to the untrained eye, but Mike and I are quite pleased with the progress so far.  But the conversation always ends with something like 'so now all we have to do is.....'
No matter what, I think we will forever be doing things to this house...

oh, and that's griffin in the front yard with the beady eyes.  And notice the wrinkling of the pumpkins.  It's amazing the sun damage that can occur in only a few days.

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