Monday, June 30, 2008

Favorites Monday

Sleeping on my back - Oh how I miss it...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

We won!

That's right, Tyke brought his A-game and won best look-alike. He won us a $50 gift card to PetCo... Okay, I guess he won himself a $50 gift card to PetCo but still! Go Tyke!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Favorites Monday

Pina Colada Slurpees - I actually know all the 7-11's downtown by weather or not they stock my flavor. It's actually about 90% pina colada and about 10% cherry right on top. The Indian guys who always work the one by my house probably know me as the "pregnant pina colada girl" and thats okay.

Tiger's Blood Snowies - I'm really not meaning to go with a theme here but slushy summer drinks are really at the top of my list right now. Tigers Blood Snowies are an actual summer-only treat whereas pina colada slurpees are usually available all year long. So they're a little more special. YUM!

Air conditioning - The A/C at my work was out today. It was such a horrible experience, esspecially while pregnant. It made me appreciate the conveniences of modern technology. I heart A/C!

Smiley babies - My neighbor Melissa's baby, Issac, is the smiliest baby I've ever known. Maybe I've just never caught him on a bad day but he just seems happy all the time. He always gets so excited whenever he sees me and just grins and makes gurgly, happy noises.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Imogen Heap is amazing

How can you not just smile at this face...

We are dressing up Tyke as Flava Flav for "bring your dog to work day" at CHG. I found this picture and just couldn't stop laughing! Of course, pics of Tyke all dressed up are still to come so get ready...

love, ali

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer update: I grow stuff!

It's summer! You know it's arrived when you get into your car in the afternoon and it's so hot you can't breathe. But that's okay because the windows roll down. One thing I'd like to do this summer is go back to Seven Peaks. We had so much fun! Here are some of the highlights:

Zach looking sweet in his new shirt

Showing up all the 13-year-olds at the rope swing (nice tats, pops!)

Being brave, and yes, he did all the slides without me... lucky!

And finally, us being awesome...

So yeah, summer is amazing. Especially at Liberty Park. That place comes alive in the summer.

There's always something going on and yet I can still seem to find a secluded spot or two to let the dog off the leash. It's an oasis in this city for sure.

I'm growing...

... tomatoes! This is a crowning moment in my life. Zach can attest to the fact that I was born without a green thumb (unlike my Grandma Tate who couldn't destroy a plant if she wanted) and I am constantly killing plants. The only other plant I've managed to sustain for more then a few weeks is this sweet bamboo plant my cute neighbor Melissa got me from IKEA. It's fool proof because all ya gotta do is make sure the rocks stay covered with water. But now I've discovered the pride and joy that comes from growing your own vegetables. I can't wait to eat them!

I'm also growing a baby! His name is Frankleberries. He makes sleeping rather interesting. Luckily I have purchased an awesome body pillow for pregnant ladies called The Snoogle. Zach always tries to steal my Snoogle and it's a constant battle to keep him from falling asleep wrapped in it's cuddly goodness.

Also, I've discovered why pregnant women waddle. I always feel bad when I see a huge pregnant lady waddling away but sometimes they just can't help it! And for me it doesn't even have to do with size. My pelvic bones just ache like a mother after I've been sitting for a while and walking funny is the only thing that keeps me from yelping out in pain. Another un-fun thing about being pregnant is charly horses. I've only gotten one a couple of times in my calf but it's the most awful pain you can imagine. Today I woke up at 4:00 am to a shooting pain up my leg that shocked me out of a deep sleep. It only lasted for a minute or two but it was enough to cause me to cry out and wake up Zach.

But all aches and pains aside, I'd say I'm having a really easy pregnancy. Whenever I tell people my due date is September 1st they always make some comment about how I'll be pregnant during the hottest part of the year. But honestly, I am grateful that it's been complication-free thus far. I've known so many people who have had issues even getting pregnant or have had horrible pregnancy experiences. So just the fact that the baby and I are healthy is good enough for me. And I'll try to keep my trivial complaints to a minimum.

Love, ali

Let the madness begin

I am married to a man who sets goals. Zach is constantly challenging his staus quo. It's one of his most endearing qualities as a huband/provider and I'm sure soon to be daddy.

The only problem with being married to someone who's so awesome at bettering himself is that I am often enveloped into his hair-brained ideas of becoming a better human being (damn his charisma *shakes fist*)

So this time "we've" decided to go a month without television. That's right: NO TV. That means no news, no Rachael Ray, no King of the Hill and no reruns of The Office or Scrubs.

I'll admit, I was skeptical at first. I am one of those people who likes the TV on while I get ready for work and usually the first thing I do after work, besides letting the dog out to potty, is flip on the TV so I don't feel so lonely until Zach gets home. I like the white noise it makes in the background and the way my mind is numbed while at the same time entertained.

But, as in the past, I've come to appreciate the method to his madness. Today is only day two and already there is a difference in my life. Rather than plop down in front of the tube I'm forced to entertain myself in other ways. I'm reading a great book (Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer) and I may even walk my puppy at some point! I also got my camera out to snap some photos of my newly budding tomatoes (this event will have its own post as this is one of the first plants I've managed not to cause a slow and painful death).

That being said, I really am grateful to be married to such an ambitious guy. He's constantly thinking of ways to better himself as well as our relationship. Whenever people ask for my advice on marriage which, lets face it, isn't very often, my usual response is to marry a good man. Luckily I took my own advice at the ripe old age of 19 and I've never looked back.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fat-hers day

We had such a good fathers day! My little brother, Mitch, was the youth speaker in my parents ward so we went to see him speak. He is such a good speaker! I've seen him speak multiple times and he keeps getting better and better. He always makes the audience laugh, just a smart kid.

After church we went back to my parents house for lunch/early dinner. We had a roast that was really fatty because my dad loves the fat. I know! Sick! But I guess on Fathers Day he gets his way.

After dinner we played Scene It and watched golf. Then I had an awesome nap and Zach finished some homework.

It was a great day. Not only did I get to spend it with Zach but also my fam-damnly who I love dearly. I am feeling very grateful today for my family. I'm a very lucky girl.

Shower for Katie

On Saturday my mom, sister and I threw a bridal shower for my cousin, Katie. It was a lot of work but SUPER fun! Complete with fruit salad, chocolate strawberries and presents galore. A good time was had by all (or at least I'll be telling myself that for years to come). Here are some of the highlights:

Me, Mattie and our mommy

A beautiful album for a beautiful bride!

Possibly my favorite present of the day

Making funny faces

Pointing out that Frankleberries is the only guy
in a room full of hot young ladies

Mattie being silly with the punch

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Favorites Monday (on Tuesday again)

Nesting - Okay, I guess technically it's not nesting (although Zach did ask me if that's what I was doing). Every once in a while I get a HUGE rush of productivity. Sometimes it lasts for days, sometimes for a few hours. I was super productive all day today! I cleaned my house and hung some pictures I've been meaning to hang. I put all the baby stuff in the basement and organized the majority of my pictures for scrapbooking.

Scrubs - Oh boy, I love Scrubs with all my little girl heart. It makes me laugh and more importantly it makes Zach laugh. It's a really super big laugh that makes him embarrassed and it gives me such a rush.

Acrylic toes - I dont mean this as an advertisement but they rock! They last forever and they look amazing (give me a call and I'll give you a deal! You won't be sorry).

Friday, June 6, 2008

I'm domestic!

I don't mean to toot my own horn but...


I don't have very many recipes but the ones that are my own creation are awesome. So I thought I'd share one so you can see how much I rock at life. I am making these little delights for me and Zach's totally free date night today:

Ali’s Burritos

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 finely chopped jalapeño

¼ bottle of chili verde sauce

1 can of cream of chicken soup

2 tbsp taco seasoning

2 tbsp sour cream

1 can black beans

1 C frozen corn

1 big squirt of lime juice

1 tsp cumin (or more)

4 burrito-sized flour tortillas (wrap in damp towel and microwave for 20 secs)

1 lb cooked/shredded chicken

Grated cheese




Sauté the onion in EVOO over medium heat until tender. Add jalapeno and garlic, season with S&P and sauté a few more minutes. While that’s cooking heat a small pan and add the chili verde sauce, soup, taco seasoning and sour cream. After a few minutes add onion mixture to soup mixture. In the now empty pan add frozen corn and black beans. Season with S&P and cumin. Heat until hot. Add a squirt of lime juice. Fill each tortilla with some shredded chicken and some bean mixture and a little sauce and cheese. Place in baking dish. Cover burritos with remaining sauce and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins at 350°. Garnish with tomato, avacado and more sour cream.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wedding bells

Saturday was an amazing experience. One of my best friends from high school married his high school sweetheart. The vows were so beautiful, the dress was exquisite and the feeling of love and support from the friends and family gathered for the occasion was overwhelming. As soon as Nicole started down the isle tears started flowing down Ian's cheeks and I too was wishing I'd thought to bring tissues.

For part of the ceremony a few in the wedding party read some poems/quotes. This was my favorite from the Velveteen Rabbit:

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

If you are only around the two of them for a moment you know the kind of love they have for each other. They are both kind, gentle souls. I don't keep in touch with a lot of the people I spent my angst-filled teenage years with but I've always felt so blessed to have a friend like Ian in my life.

I believe it takes more than luck to be successful in life and love and Ian and Nicole are two people I know will make it. Here's to a long and happy marriage! Love you guys!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Favorite things Monday

Dr. Terry, my OB - I've never met a more pleasant individual. I feel totally relaxed around him. He calms my fears and makes me feel confident about my pregnancy and the birth at all times.

Peeling off peely sunburn - I know that's kind of gross and I'm trying REALLY hard not to but I just love it so much!

Scene It - My parents got an X-Box 360 for Christmas and Scene It was one of the games that came with it. My mom usually wins but I still love playing that game with my parents and siblings.