Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Year Of Style

The 90's were an unkind decade for fashion. We all agree on that vital point. But I found this book by Frederic Fekkai that proves it wasn't all bad. Granted, it was published in 2000, but you might recall that we were all still in intense recovery from the previous decade.A Year of Style is a fabulous book, going through each month of the year, and giving tips on skin and hair care, makeup, health, wardrobe choices, and activities for each one. The bent toward simple elegance is highly appealing, (hey, he's French, after all!) and much of the advice is very achievable. Check it out at your library or order it today.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


On St. Patrick's Day, we went in to my midwife's appointment, and after the preliminary testing and paperwork, we got to see our new little person for the very first time. The midwife's assistant had kind of a hard time getting him* to cooperate, but after a couple attempts, we could see the little beating heart on the screen. With legs kicking and hands flailing around, Ridge insisted that he must be "dancing." The only thing the little M. seemed self-conscious about was his face. We got a couple glimpses of it, and a half-decent photograph of his profile. I'll scan and post it as soon as I get the chance.
With my lack of horrendous symptoms, sometimes I almost forget that I'm pregnant, but getting to see our baby was really special, and made it quite a bit harder to forget. :-)

*we don't plan on finding out little M.'s gender, but in the mean time, I don't very much like calling our baby "it" or "he/she." So I'm using male objective pronouns. If the baby turns out to be female, believe me, we will love her just as much!<3

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to Moi

We celebrated my birthday yesterday, since Ridge works today. First, we slept in- no alarm going off at 5:30! Then we just sat around, played a couple games on Miniclip (yes, we are so mature) and then he let me open my present.
*sigh* I have wanted a pair of Danskos for years, no joke. And he got exactly the color and pattern that I wanted. He put them on me and they are soooooo comfortable! They will be perfect for making my pregnant arches and toes happy all year. He also let me take my pick of Smartwool socks at Sportsman. :-) I'm a tightwad with most stuff, but my feet are a big exception, and does he know it!
We had paninis for lunch at a chocolate shop in Whitefish, and found a great car seat for the baby! We spent a long time walking Whitefish, then went to the Kalispell Library, (leaving with a stack of books) the Kalispell Antiques Market, and got mochas at Colter Coffee. Before going home, we had dinner at Thai Palace. ***** (that's five stars) Back home, I took a long, relaxing bath, we watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and went to bed early.
It was a great day, and tomorrow I get to see my friends and family, which will be lots of fun too!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Upon Another Year

"Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
~ C.S. Lewis ~

Being eighteen really has been wonderful, and I am looking forward to what God has in store for us in my 19th year. Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family. For you all I am grateful.
(don't ask why I chose the little laughing kid. it just made me smile)

Wee Bit of Me

{one} what color is your kitchen?
since it's a rental, the walls are white, but I like sprucing it up with bits of apple green and cherry red
{two} do you have a good luck charm?
probably my Pampered Chef Mix-n-Scrape

{three} do you prefer to write with a pen or pencil?
always pen. especially Uniball. I love that smooth ink and perfect color. (black)

can you use chopsticks?
I usually only use them at HuHot or Genki, but I've gotten a lot faster with them lately

{five} do you prefer baths or showers?
baths so I can relax, showers to feel clean and energized

{six} what is your favorite salad dressing?
I prefer Ranch, but also really like sesame, and balsamic vinaigrette

{seven} can you sing the alphabet backwards?
I've wasted my time in many ways; that is not one of them

{eight} do you have any allergies?
not a one

{nine} crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
crunchy for my toast, creamy for recipes

{ten} have you ever hitch hiked?
I haven't; hope I won't have to, either

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


This April, Ridge and I are going to see Fernando Ortega in concert! We have both been fans of his music for years, and have been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time. And now, along with my family, we will finally be going to his concert in Spokane! After that, we are heading south to Moscow to visit Rayia & Jonathan. We had so much fun with them in November, and can't wait to see them again!

Here are the lyrics to Fernando Ortega's song, Sleepless Night. These words have helped me connect to God in times that it seemed there were no words to encompass what I was feeling, and it is one of my favorite songs.

Another sleepless night
I'm turning in my bed
Long before the red sun rises

In these early hours
I'm falling again
Into the river of my worries

When the river runs away
I find a shelter in your name

Jesus, only light on the shore
Only hope in the storm
Jesus, let me fly to your side
There I would hide, Jesus

Hear my anxious prayer
The beating of my heart
The pulse and the measure of my unbelief
Speak your words to me
Before I come apart
Help me believe in what I cannot see
Before the river runs away
I will call upon your name

Jesus, only light on the shore
Only hope in the storm
Jesus, let me fly to your side
There I would hide, Jesus

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Some Good Knits

After reading Laurel's post, I was inspired to post on my favorite knitting books. I have been primarily a self-taught knitter. I was taught to cast-on and knit stitch, and everything else has been a very slow process of learning from books. These have been the most helpful.

Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. I'll be honest: pastel yellows, pinks and greens make me want to puke. These doable designs are rendered in soft, earthy- yet still infant like- tones, and merino, cashmere, and cotton, instead of nasty acrylic. Currently in the works: shell pink "Matinee Coat."

Ridge bought me this one on our honeymoon. Written by Joelle Hoverson, of Purl Soho, there are lots of cute, practical designs in here, and they all seem to be intermediate level knitting. Can't wait to try the baby socks!

And lastly, a fabulous book for those who would like to try socks. Although I still don't have them perfected, trust me, they are much easier than they look.
Happy knitting!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Love Yoooooooou!

Dearest Spring,

I hope that you haven't forgotten all the lovely times we've had together, and I wish you would give some indication that you are coming soon. The snow and gray clouds here have become so dull, and I am longing for the excitement of your warm breath that brings all the soft grass and flowers back to our land. It's so wonderful every year to see the baby calves out in the sunny fields, and to place bare feet on the ground once more. Oh! And the fresh smell that lingers in the woods after your gentle rain is something no one can ever forget!
I want to watch the brown beds raise buds, and then stalks, and then the beautiful plants. I miss all the colors and smells of the flowers, and the the budding promise of Summer's fruits and vegetables. I can't wait to bask again in the sunshine, and to walk down the lane and find all the little hidden wonders that it brings to life.
Please don't forget to visit us. I hope that you will be here before long.
with love and anticipation,