Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Letters [11.30]

Happy Friday one and all! Today I am linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds for Friday's Letters.


Dear December, Thank you for finally arriving! I was beginning to think you would never get here and we would be stuck in the depths of November forever. I am excited for you and all your Christmas joy.

Dear Davido, You are a rock star. The end.

Dear massage, I am stoked for you tomorrow. The opportunity to rest and relax will be stellar after this long week back at school.

Dear Crossfit Competition, Please do not kill my husband tomorrow. I really enjoy him and would like to keep him around a bit longer.

Dear peppermint, If it were not for your superb flavoring I probably would have lost a few breakfasts along the way. Thank you for settling my tummy every single morning while this sweet baby does her thing in there!

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Odd Duck

I'm going to be honest with y'all, I'm a bit of an odd duck. Who am I kidding, I really am strange. In fact when we first started dating and were navigating the waters of a new relationship, my sweet love looked at me and said, "wow, you are weird" to which I replied, "here is your fair warning". Luckily he found my oddness endearing and decided to keep me around. Today y'all are fortunate enough to hear some of my oddities, aren't you excited?!? Strap in folks because the truth comes out!

I only eat with a little fork
There are two size forks in the drawer, a big one and a little one. I'm sure there are some fancy names for them but I missed out on the cotillion experience so I don't know them. Anywho, I've always been a big fan of the "little fork". Even my husband has learned that if you give me a big fork at supper, I'm going to get up and switch it out for a little one. Yes, I know, it's bizarre.

I have to fall asleep on my left side
Not exactly sure when this one started but for as long as I can remember, I've had to fall asleep on my left side. Sure, I can start off on my right, but if I have any intention of getting some sleep I have to roll over onto my left.

On the topic of sleep, my knees can't touch
Crazy, right?! I cannot fall asleep at night if my knees are touching. Any other part of my legs can touch, but not my knees. In the winter it's not an issue because I can just wear sweatpants, but in the summer I have to get crafty. I usually end up just putting a pillow or blanket between my legs.

Toilet paper 
Yep, I'm about to go there. The toilet paper has to hang a certain way. Now, I'm not going to go around fixing other people's toilet paper (I'm not that crazy, give me some credit here), but I do like it to hang a certain way at our house. Curious which way? With the paper hanging over like so:

Travel coffee mugs
I am very particular about my travel coffee mugs. When you spend as much time as I do drinking coffee, you get to be a bit particular about your drinking vesicle. I like microwavable ones with a thick plastic that can drop without getting dented or messed up.
I'm sure if you ask my sweet husband he could tell you a much longer list, but that's about all I could come up with right now. Now that I've bared my heart and soul and shared my crazy, what are some of your bizarre habits??

Monday, November 26, 2012

19 Weeks

How far along? 19 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  +15 pounds.

Maternity clothes? My sweet mother-in-law took me shopping at a wonderful maternity store this past week and I was able to stock up on some items. Maternity jeans are much more comfortable than regular jeans!

Stretch marks? I thought I saw some and freaked. Then I realized it was the lighting. Whew! Needless to say I'll be doubly applying the cocoa butter now.

Sleep: Still want to do it all the time.

Best moment this week: Finding out what we are having!!

Miss Anything? I missed having a few drinks with the fam this year.

Movement: I'm starting to feel some flutters!

Food cravings: Still chowing down on lots of Mexican food.

Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of soap. I know that sounds bizarre but in the shower this morning I thought I was going to throw up everywhere when I caught a big whiff of Dial.

Have you started to show yet: Yes! It's exciting:-)

Gender: A sweet baby girl!!!

Labor Signs:  Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.

Wedding rings on or off?  On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time with some mood swings in between. The past few days have been kind of rough. For some reason the smallest thing has me about bursting into tears. I will be elated when this passes!

Size of Baby: Peanut is the size of a mango this week. It's crazy to think how fast she is growing!

Looking forward to: Continuing to share our news that Peanut is a girl.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Themed Thanksgiving

We seemed to have a bit of a themed Thanksgiving this year at my parent's house. This was not done on purpose. Let me back up. . .

We arrived at my parent's house on Thursday morning after spending a few days relaxing and pigging out at the Mobleys. Daisy went in ahead of us with a pink scarf to announce our big news. After hugs and celebrations we settled in for more food and visiting. None of us were overly impressed with the Black Friday sales, so we skipped that tradition.

The next morning we decided to head out and see what was left. Have you ever tried to get nine people out of the house and moving? This was not a simple process. We ended up going in different directions for a bit with a plan to meet up later. The Bed, Bath, and Beyond was having a sale in which you could take 20% off your entire purchase, not just one item. The BB&B in Winston Salem has a HUGE baby selection as well, so we spent some time there. Mama could not fathom how expensive everything was. She kept saying over and over that she just couldn't believe it. Even with the 20% deal, we didn't see anything we needed.

The boy car called and said they were headed to Gander Mountain (a massive camping and outdoor store). Mama scurried us to the car so we could get there quickly. She was on a mission to check out their gun selection. Mama and Daddy spent the next 30 minutes analyzing guns while the Wardlets entertained ourselves with some people-watching and iPhone fun. By this point this preggers mama was struggling. It had been hours since I ate and I needed a nap. Daddy sensed my frustration and as we were leaving he went back into the store to get something he thought would cheer me up-season 1 of Duck Dynasty!

This is when our themed weekend really takes off. Have y'all heard of the magic that is Duck Dynasty? It's the story of the Robertson clan and the multi-million dollar empire they have created around duck calls. I know it sounds crazy. That's because it is. This people are unlike any others that you have ever met. Or, maybe you have, but that would make it that much better! We piled into the den and proceeded to watch three and a half hours of their antics before we got into our own.

Daddy had found out about a local Boy Scout troop that was doing a turkey shoot fundraiser. For $20 you got eight shots at a target. After hours of watching the Robertsons doing the same thing, and making it look easy, we thought we'd give it a go! Who knew David had a secret talent for shooting? He won us an actual turkey! After a few hours of shooting fun, we headed home to watch more Duck Dynasty.

Daddy giving Mama a few tips.

David and Tyler plotting.

Daddy teaching Manda how to shoot.

 Abby even gave it a go!

We're already planning more marathons for Christmas vacation and perhaps a little more shooting. Maybe we'll have our own show a few years down the road!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

It's a. . .

Daisy would like to announce something. . . 

It's a girl!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gender Guesses

I've been all over the internet since we found out we were preggers trying to figure out if Peanut is a boy or a girl. The time has finally come for us to find out!! Here is what some of the Old Wife's Tales have us leaning towards:

Carrying high or low? High
Heartbeat above or below 140? Above
Craving sweet or salty? Salty
Chinese Gender Predictor? Girl
Acne or no acne? Acne
Hair is more full or duller? duller
Morning sickness or none? Yes!
Sleep on your right or left? Left
Carrying the weight in your rear or front? Rear
Headaches or none? Headaches

We have a feeling what Peanut is, but we'll wait until after our appointment to share if our prediction was correct. Until then, y'all will just have to wait on the edges of your seats;-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Liebster Award

I am honored to announce that my sweet friend, Dana at Let's Meet for Lunch, nominated me for a Liebster Award! This award is given to "up and coming" bloggers with less than 200 followers.

The rules:
1. Post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator asked of you
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
5. No tag back (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you)!
11 Facts:
In the Fall, football is life.
I am a sucker for a Peppermint Mocha Latte and will allow myself to drink as many as I want over Christmas Break without even thinking about how bad they are for me!

Our puppy is the princess. . .

. . . but will only be for a few more months. Our first is due in April!

We don't have cable. We watch everything on Netflix or Hulu+.

I love buying people gifts!

North Carolina is the only state my hubby and I have ever lived in.

Date night is super important to us in our marriage.
I would eat a sweet potato every day for lunch if they were available. Side note-I did do this my freshman year of college when the dining hall had them!
I fuss and complain about my "rattletrap" car all the time, but deep down I still love Suzy Subaru.
I always have at least one thing of chap stick with me at any given time.
11 Questions to Answer:
  1.  If you had a free Saturday, what would you do?
  2. What's your favorite "go-to" thing to cook?
  3. What's your favorite book of all time?
  4. What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow?
  5. What's your dream career?
  6. If you could give the 18 year old version of you advice, what would it be?
  7. Of all your Pinterest boards, which is your favorite?
  8. What's your favorite holiday tradition?
  9. Are you a dog or cat person?
  10. What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
  11. What is your favorite season?
11 Blogs:

Monday, November 19, 2012

18 Weeks

How far along? 18 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  +12 pounds. I will weigh again today at the nephrologist. Good thing it's before the Thanksgiving pig out sessions;-)

Maternity clothes? I'm getting there. I almost wore some to work this week but the pants weren't long enough for the shoes I wanted to wear. It's not that I necessarily need them, but they are much more comfy than my regular clothes!

Stretch marks? I thought I saw some and freaked. Then I realized it was the lighting. Whew! Needless to say I'll be doubly applying the cocoa butter now.

Sleep: I used to be a total side sleeper, but for some reason I've been doing better on my back recently. Unfortunately my growing girth means I need to stick to my side. We'll see how that affects my sleep. . .

Best moment this week: Actually having people tell me I look pregnant!

Miss Anything? Nothing stands out right now.

Movement: I'm starting to feel some flutters!

Food cravings: Mexican seems to be the craving of the second trimester while Japanese took over the first trimester. This baby is just making it's way around the world;-)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular. I'm feeling a lot better than I was earlier!

Have you started to show yet: Kind of. It depends on what I wear.

Gender: We find out on Wednesday!!!

Labor Signs:  Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.

Wedding rings on or off?  On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time with some mood swings in between.

Size of Baby: Peanut is the size of a sweet potato according to How appropriate considering Thanksgiving is this week!

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender and sharing it with all our family over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Panthers Game

At the start of the year I created a 30 Before 30 List of tasks I wanted to complete before I turned 30. One of the items on the list was to attend a professional sporting event. You'd think this would be something we do regularly with two professional teams in town, but it's hard to justify when the teams don't have much to write home about. Just being honest here! Well, last Saturday evening our friend, Scott, called David and offered us two extra tickets to Panthers game against the Broncos. It was made even better when we confirmed our friends from Raleigh, Steve and Caroline, would be coming into town for the game.

Sunday morning we made our way downtown for a few hours of tailgating in the gorgeous North Carolina Fall weather. We munched on some Bojangles (a North Carolina MUST) and played cornhole while we readied ourselves for the game. It was great to catch up with Scott and Tiffany (and Scott's sweet mama who joined us as well!) and Steve and Caroline before the game.

A little before kick-off we headed down to Scott's awesome seats behind the Panthers' end zone. We had an incredible view of the field and game. The only thing that could have made the game better is if Cam Newton had decided not to be a big baby and actually play the game. The good news? We got to see Peyton Manning play!

Despite the pitiful loss it was an awesome game and we are grateful for such great times with great friends:-)

View from our seats

Greatest tailgating game invented.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cinnamon Squash

It's that time of year again. The time of year when our farm box includes a delicious type of squash each week. We tried this for the first time about a month ago, and have made it many times since. In fact, when I attempted another squash recipe David asked for this one again!

1 large butternut squash, cubed
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 400. 
Toss the squash with the maple syrup or honey and oil. 
Stir the salt and ground cinnamon together. 
Arrange the squash in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. 
Sprinkle the cinnamon-salt mixture over it, and then roast it stirring once, for 35-40 minutes.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday's Letters [11.16]

Happy Friday, folks! Today I am linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds for another edition of Fridy'as Letters.


Dear Peanut, I am SO excited to find out if you are a he or a she next week! Then I will finally have an excuse to start buying you precious little things:-)

Dear conference week, You about killed me this year. I don't know if it was all the bookings or the fact that I am preggers and exhausted, but I am pooped. I will definitely be getting a good night's sleep tonight when it is all over!

Dear readers, Any avid readers out there with suggestions?? I am looking for a few good books to dive into over Thanksgiving Break and am welcome to any and all suggestions.

Dear movie theaters, Please do not sell out of Twilight tickets. I would really enjoy getting to see the final installment of the Bella-Edward-Jacob drama ASAP. Want to save a couple for the Mobleys?

Dear Duck Dynasty, Thank you for the ongoing laughs and great things that come from your show. I am officially hooked and will be catching up as much as possible over break next week. Keep up with the crazy!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Repeating Question

To cut or not to cut, that is the question.

Cut what? My hair. I may have lost some of you with that right there, but I'm sure others of you are nodding right along with me. It seems that every time I cut my hair short, I love it for a few weeks. Then, I get impatient with it and began to wish it longer again. So, I start the dreaded process of growing it out and getting past that "awkward" stage. You know the one in which your hair does nothing that you want it to do and everything you don't want it to do. I finally get it to a long length that I like, then I decide it looks flat and dull and cut it. The exhausting cycle starts over.

My hairdresser likes my hair short. She's right, it does look more polished that way, but there is just something about having long hair and being able to do more with it. It's easier to throw up into a pony or whip into a braid. You can do all sorts of fun things with short hair, but it's just different things.  

Here are examples of my hair at each length:



What are y'alls thoughts?? Two separate Christmases, two separate styles/lengths. I have an appointment scheduled for Saturday and I'd love some input before I head in there!

Monday, November 12, 2012

17 Weeks

Not necessarily a "bump" photo, but it was taken yesterday!

How far along? 17 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  +12 pounds. In my defense I was wearing my "clodhopper" clog and a jacket when the nurse weighed me. I wanted to ask for a do-over but David wouldn't let me. I'm hoping the next appointment doesn't have such a big jump!

Maternity clothes? Not yet but I'm thinking it's going to be soon with the ways my clothes have been fitting.

Stretch marks? I thought I saw some and freaked. Then I realized it was the lighting. Whew! Needless to say I'll be doubly applying the cocoa butter now.

Sleep: Still sleeping well and not feeling as exhausted as before. I'm tired, but it's a different kind of tired.

Best moment this week: Hearing Peanut's heartbeat at our 16 week appointment. It also sounded like he/she was swatting at us.

Miss Anything? Nothing stands out right now.

Movement: Not yet, but I should start feeling him/her soon.

Food cravings: I managed to devour Mexican twice this past weekend.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular. I'm feeling a lot better than I was earlier!

Have you started to show yet: Kind of. It depends on what I wear.

Gender: Only a week and a half until we find out!!

Labor Signs:  Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.

Wedding rings on or off?  On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time with some mood swings in between.

Size of Baby: Peanut is now the size of an onion. Kind of ironic considering the heartburn onions give me!

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender and sharing it with all our family over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sauteed Red Swiss Chard

Ever heard of red swiss chard? Neither had we. That is until Barbee Farms gifted us with some in our farm box. It reminded me of bok choy so I went ahead and prepared it the same way I would bok choy. Very simple and very yummy. Hope y'all enjoy!

red swiss chard, washed
olive oil
minced garlic

Cut up swiss chard. Even the stems!
I typically roll the leaves up and slice them. Makes for good bite sized pieces.
Warm olive oil in skillet on stove top.
Add swiss chard and garlic. 
Saute until stems are tender.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Letters [11.09]

Happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds for Friday's Letters.

Dear tickle in my throat, What are you doing? You know darn well I do not have time for you to stink around. Not to mention the presence of Peanut prevents me from taking any medications to get rid of you. Please just skedaddle on out of here. Please?!?

Dear winter temps, Well hello there. Wasn't expecting to see you for quite some time. Any particular reason you've arrived so early after doing a great job staying away for so long?

Dear creative minds, HELP! We're trying to think of a creative way to share the gender of Peanut with our families at Thanksgiving (since we are finding out the day before!) but we're having trouble. Any suggestions??

Dear Veterans, Thank you so much for your service. Far too often we get caught up in our worlds and forget that our world is what it is because of your sacrifice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Monday, November 5, 2012

16 Weeks

How far along? 16 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  +4 pounds as far as I'm concerned. I've decide I'll just leave the weighing up to the professionals;-)

Maternity clothes? Not yet though some items are getting snug.

Stretch marks? I thought I saw some and freaked. Then I realized it was the lighting. Whew! Needless to say I'll be doubly applying the cocoa butter now.

Sleep: Love it.

Best moment this week: We were just randomly sitting on the couch watching TV and David said how excited he was for Peanut to be here. My heart about burst out of my chest!

Miss Anything?  We went to the Renaissance Festival and they had pumpkin-flavored beer almost every time I turned around. At least it seemed like it. Think it will still be good if I buy it now and drink it after Peanut's arrival?? Ha! I wish.

Movement: Not yet, but I should start feeling him/her soon.

Food cravings: Greens. I can kill a bowl of spinach or collards in record time these days.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Morning. What started out as "evening sickness" has made it's way to the beginning of the day. I now wake up and ask myself what the least offensive food will be and try to eat that for breakfast. I've gone through a lot of toast.

Have you started to show yet: Depends on what I wear. A few of my students have started commenting on my bump! On a side note, they all think I should name it after them and have begun forming arguments as to why. It cracks me up!

Gender: We'll find out at our 18 week appointment-only two and a half more weeks! Any one have any creative gender reveal ideas?? We're finding out the day before Thanksgiving!

Labor Signs:  Nope.

Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.

Wedding rings on or off?  On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time with some mood swings in between.

Size of Baby: According to the bump, Peanut is the size of an avocado (as I type this I enjoy a little Wholly Guacamole, no offense Peanut). He/she can now hear and recognize our voices!

Looking forward to: Our 16-week appointment on Monday and hopefully seeing Peanut on the big screen:-)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Renaissance Festival 2012

I spend the first nine months of the year waiting for the last three. So many stellar things occur in these few months that it's hard to cram it all in there. One of my favorite activities is the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

We've been every year since we got married, and I went almost every year before that when I was growing up. Every year is better than the last. There are always new foods, drinks, shows, and acts that make it even more exciting. This year will definitely be remembered, though, because for the first time in all these years we were called on from the audience to participate in a show!

We decided to stop by Don Juan and Miguel's show when we got there because it was just getting started. We'd never seen it before and it looked interesting. They started with some silly jokes and did a few cool tricks with whips and swords that were very impressive. Then, they started in with the audience participation. As soon as Miguel started walking down the aisle I knew we were in trouble. I stupidly sat on the edge of the aisle and wore a bright pink fleece. It's like I was begging to be called upon to be embarrassed. He asked me a few questions and made jokes about defending my honor. It was actually a lot more fun, and a lot less mortifying, than I thought it would be!

We then wandered around the festival and took in a few more shows before devouring a turkey leg and spinach artichoke bread bowl. David also insisted we stop at every single sword/axe booth to admire their wares. My sweet husband does this every year, but has yet to buy one. I've contemplated surprising him with one for Christmas, but that means he would insist on displaying it somewhere in our home and I'm not quite sure I'm ready for that step! A few pictures from our day. . .

Medieval Neo
The jacket and hat alone would set you back over $1000!

Don Juan and Miguel!
 Bagpipes show

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Roasted Acorn Squash

I didn't know acorn squash could be used for anything other than decoration until it showed up in our farm box a few weeks ago. Not quite sure what to do with it I took to the internet to hunt for a recipe to use. There were a few fancy ones out there that I knew would take more time than I was willing to dedicate to the task at hand. Listed below is what I came up with off of a few others. Let me know what you think!

1 acorn squash, cut into fourths
olive oil
sea salt

Preheat oven to 400.
Put squash pieces, skin sides down, on a lightly oiled baking dish.
I lined it with aluminum foil to aid in clean up.
 Sprinkle with salt. 
Bake squashes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. 
Remove from oven, and brush each slice with butter. 
Put back in oven for another 5 minutes.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's Letters [11.02]

Happy Friday one and all! It's a great day to link up with Adventures of Newlyweds for another edition of Friday's Letters. . .

Dear gas prices, Why, oh, why is it that every time I finally stop to get gas you drop the prices the very next day? I try to put it off as long as possible, but without fail you always seem to beat me. It's just not fair (said in childish pouting voice). Want to be nice and give me a good price every once in a while?

Dear Renaissance Festival, We are very excited to come enjoy your little bits of crazy this weekend. Everything from the delicious food (I see you, roasted turkey leg) to the hysterical shows (Tortuga Twins!) keeps us coming back year after year. Can't wait to see what new stuff y'all have in store this year!

Dear November, Welcome! I am so excited you are here. You bring a month of holidays off of school and time spent with family and friends. This year you are also bringing us the news of what Peanut's gender is-hooray! Make yourself comfortable and stay awhile.

Dear students, I know you've had a crazy week with a Teacher Workday on Monday, Halloween on Wednesday, then Clubs and a dance today, but it would be greatly appreciated if you weren't crazy today. I understand that any disruption to your routine often has adverse effects, but this tired teacher would love it if nothing out of the norm happened today. Appreciate it!