Saturday, March 14, 2009

Boy, have we been busy around here! My mom left today and we got more done in the time she was here than Jason and I could have done in a month! We got the office moved to one end of our living room, painted the baby's room (mom did the painting), organized my scrapbook stuff, sorted through lots of books and got a big box ready to donate to the library and some to send home with my mom, shopped for baby stuff, put together the nursery (crib, changing table and storage cube organizer). We also did some organizing in the kitchen, put up a shelf above our new office area, added some storage above the washer and dryer and in the attic above the garage (Jason did that). We finally got our master bathroom cleaned (thanks, Mom!), moved a bookshelf into some of the extra room in our walk-in closet, cleaned out our coat closet, and vacuumed and steam-cleaned some of the carpets. We also got lots of little projects done that had been on my "to do" list for months. Boy, that feels great!

Thanks Mom! You just left today but I already miss you! I know you're ready
to get back to your own house and routine and work but we sure miss you here!
Glad you're coming back in 2 months. We can't wait!

P.S. Thanks so much for the new bread machine!!! I'll use that baby more than any other kitchen gadget I have and you know that's saying a lot! :)

I cooked a lot of my favorite recipes while mom was here. I figured it was a good chance to do one of my favorite things...cook for someone I love. Over the course of her visit I made:

  • the Tyler Florence chicken enchiladas w/rice and beans
  • a glazed lemon cake
  • several loaves of country style white bread
  • BBQ ribs in the crockpot, mashed potatoes and veggies
  • quiche
  • pancakes
  • meatloaf, mashed potatoes and veggies
  • artichoke chicken pasta
  • my favorite cake - Yellow cake with milk chocolate icing
  • grilled chicken
  • BBQ chicken pizza and pepperoni pizza w/mushrooms and olives
  • Club ranch paninis with ranch dip and veggies
  • spicy broiled shrimp, spinach salad with warm bacon dressing and parmesan bowls

    • It might sound like all we did was work and eat while she was here and that's partly true. By the end of the day we were all so tired from all that work that it was a struggle to stay awake to a respectable bedtime. By the time 9:00 rolled around, we were all thinking "Good. Now's not too early to go to bed. I'm exhausted!"

      I had so hoped to get to take mom to D.C. while she was here. I am very disappointed that we didn't get to go. The first part of her visit we were so busy getting stuff checked off our list of things to do that we didn't do much of anything else. By the second part of her visit, I was having lots of back pain and some Braxton-Hicks contractions and was kinda afraid to get that far from home and do that much walking. I didn't do any heavy lifting or climbing ladders or anything like that. (Well, OK except for that one brief minute I climbed the ladder with Jason right behind me so I could peek at all his hard work in the attic. But that was only for a split second to admire the flooring he put up there...I was very safe I promise and I won't do it again, OK?) I'm still having a lot of back pain but I am taking it easy and sitting down a whole lot more than before and the Braxton-Hicks have stopped for now.

      Only 9 more days until we find out if Baby2 is a boy or a girl. We've got boxes of Easton's outgrown clothes stacked up in the newly painted yellow room all ready to be washed and hung up if we're having a boy. Or we'll wash much less of them (just the yellow and green unisex stuff) if it's a girl. Either way, we'll be thrilled. I just really want to know who's in there!!!


      Jen said...

      Amy, how exciting that you're about to find out if you've got a boy or a girl inside there causing all that chaos! It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your mom and that list of foods you cooked sounded like it came straight from a resturant menu...a really good resturant! :o)
      Keep up the resting! As you probably remember...once you're little sweetie'll be busier than ever! love and MISS you!!

      mandy said...

      Email me the recipe for the shrimp and spinach salad sometime. Those look really good! Thanks!