If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fisher Price Little People

Last week I heard that the Fisher Price Little People had their 50th anniversary. I don't like the new little people. Not as cute. I love the old actual "little" little people who are bald and have their hair painted on. They're also perfect for a little person to stick on their finger. They were discontinued because of a choking hazard. Well guess what, we all survived playing with them and there are plenty of choking hazards. Of course I'll save these for when our baby gets older.

Anyhow, I decided to browse craigslist for some vintage little people. Well I scored. This woman who lived about 15 mins away was selling all of these for $50. I did some research on the internet and found that some people were selling just one set for just that. They were going for up to $60 and $70 bucks just for the airport on ebay. It was a steal so I jumped on it.





Now when my friends bring their own "little people" over, they'll have something to play with:)

Happy Holi

If Jared and I didn't have a birthing class on saturday. we would have went to Happy Holi. They put an event on a Stanford campus every year. You get very colorful and dance. We'll take the baby next year!

I went with my friend Sara a couple of years ago. Part of my hair was pink for several weeks after.

*Can you tell I'm getting scanner happy and scanning in lots of old photos? I've just been feeling nostalgic lately.

Monday, March 30, 2009

60 more days...

A couple of weeks ago Jared wanted to make a chain of how many days we have left until the baby comes:) 60 more! Hopefully fewer.

Friends in town from Texas!

My friends were in town for their siblings wedding in Fremont. I knew them at BYU. There was a little clan of us and they all married each other.

Jen and Steve (currently reside in Virginia working mysteriously for the government, met freshmen year, did missions and then married) Jared and I, then Kristen and Michael, (live in Texas, we all lived in the same apt. complex Michael and Steve are brothers and lived together then) ...Michael and Kristen have 3 darling kids, with one on the way a couple of weeks before mine. She is a super duper fun mom and is always doing fun activities with her children.

I hadn't seen them in so many years it was like old times, except with kids in the room playing legos and bigger bellies:) (Except for Jen's.)

Kristen is having her 2nd girl. She already has 2 boys.

Yes, Steve still is a goof.

GoKarting with Kaching

Last Monday Jared went GoKarting with his coworkers from Kaching. I went along and took shots. Unfortunately I don't have the best flash on my camera and the place is dark.

Jared was #19 for the first round.

You can barely tell but Jared won the first round. He had some competition the second time around and came in 2nd.

Jared (far right) and his co-workers.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Giga Ball

I think this would be super duper fun! I went Zorbing in New Zealand once and this is similar. We're totally getting one for our kids.

Found here at Target.

Still Standing

Jared brought home these beautiful gerber's last Friday. They were a little bit fallen over but that was to be expected by these daisies. Then the next day when we woke up they had perked up. Since then, almost a week later, they are still standing on their own. HOORAY! Spring is here:)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Library Card Catalog

I really want an old library card catalog to organize and label my art supplies. I search everyday on craigslist for the perfect deal. I think it's going to take a couple of years to find the perfect one that isn't too expensive.

Another Friday night date:)

While in Switzerland Jared and I really lived the high life and were always out doing things or traveling. I don't know if it's because I'm pregnant or what but we're perfectly happy just staying at home and hanging out now. However, we are trying to take advantage of our remaining childfree days and get out on a Friday night date every once in a while.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Clementine Cake

I made this cake the other day. It is so good! I topped it off with whipped cream and clementine zest. But, I think the next time I make it I'll add a clementine glaze (1/4 C Clementine Juice mixed with zest and 1 C powdered sugar poured over when hot.) Also, check it at about 25 mins and then every 5 mins. It cooks fast. It's so delicious. So so yummy. I was skeptical at first but it really is delicious and easy.

Clementine Cake
Adapted from Nigella Lawson

4 to 5 clementines (about 375grams/slightly less than 1 pound total weight)
6 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (225 grams) sugar
2 1/3 cups (250 grams) ground almonds
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

Optional: Powdered sugar for dusting, or for making a glaze

Put the clementines in a pot with cold water to cover, bring to the boil, and cook for 2 hours. Drain and, when cool, cut each clementine in half and remove the seeds. Then finely chop the skins, pith, and fruit in the processor (or by hand, of course).

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Butter and line an 8-inch (21 centimeter) springform pan with parchment paper. (I used a 9-inch, it worked fine.)

Beat the eggs. Add the sugar, almonds, and baking powder. Mix well, adding the chopped clementines.

Pour the cake mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 50 minutes, when a skewer will come out clean; you might have to cover the cake with foil after about 20 to 30 minutes to stop the top from over-browning.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool, in the pan on a rack. When the cake is cold, you can take it out of the pan and dust it with powdered sugar. I made a glaze of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of clementine juice because I was convinced the cake would be too bitter. It was not neccessary. Nigella says the cake is best on the second day, but ours never made it that long.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Addicted to Water

I drink so much water everyday. Mostly because I'm addicted, but also because it's good for my skin and the baby. Anyhow, over the past month I've also been addicted to swimming. It literally takes a load off. I always grew up swimming since we had a community pool in our neighborhood. But, I didn't do it competitively until my Junior year of HS. I started out in track but after being fed up with shin splints and the coercing of several friends I switched to swimming. I enjoyed doing the IM (fly/back/breast/free) as an event. I always had a really great pike start, but when it came to the breaststroke I got behind. I just don't have a good breaststroke. I still do it because it's great for my thighs.

Anyhow, no matter what, rain or shine I'm in the pool every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. It feels so great. I just do 7 sets of 12, which ends up being 1 1/3 miles. Since the sun has started to come up earlier now it's so beautiful to swim with the rays shining through the water. I am back to smelling like chlorine again.

Al the other girls on the swim team would lather up with self tanner for proms to cover up their tan line. I flaunted mine.

Senior Prom

Junior Prom

Expecting Mother

When Jared worked at Google I remember seeing the "Expecting Mother" parking in Mt. View. Then when we moved back from Switzerland and he left Google and I got pregnant I was a little sad not to be able to park there whenever I'd go to pick up Jared from Google or meet him for lunch.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I visited Google to do a usability study...and low and behold, there was one "Expecting Mother" parking spot left. I jumped on it:)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tea Parties are always fun!

I found the tea party photos and with some extra effort trying to view them my genius husband fixed it for me.

I love tea parties. My friends and I had one in High School after the prom so we could wear our prom dresses again. I couldn't find the photos. For one of my bridal showers my friends gave me an "Alice in Wonderland" tea party. Then when I left Switzerland my other friends threw me a "Very Merry Un-Birthday" tea party. (I've got great friends everywhere!)

Anyhow, the weather was looking great so I invited some of my new friends (and one cousin) and their kids to have a tea party at my house. After finding a time (w/ pre-school and nap schedules) we started planning.

I got up earlier than usual (6am) to get in my morning swim and then made scones and got things ready. The day was beautiful!

My cousin Emily and her cutie pie!

Dana and her little one who live down the hall.

Sarah and her precious munchkin.

Kirsha, and her baby was chillin', well not really chillin' but hanging out with lots of movement on the floor.

We set the kids up with their own tea set.

All in all it was a success, despite the several escape attempts by the three year olds. They actually made it out to the street. No one fell off the balcony or cracked their head open on one of our sharp corners. Yes, we have established that our place is definitely not baby proof. But we still have a while to worry about that!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tea Party....and stupid technology

I had some friends over for a tea party. It was a beautiful day. I had beautiful gerber daisies. I took beautiful photos. Then technology messed everything up in the loading process. This is the only photo salvaged from the camera...unless my personal genius can come home and fix everything like he always does.

Rainbow on the wall from the prism that Heather gave me in HS that put in the window of every place I move to.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Raspberry Cream Scones

Here's the scone recipe that everyone has been asking for. Enjoy!

Raspberry Cream Scones
from Food to Live By by Myra Goodman

Makes 8 Scones

2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 Cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp for topping
1Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp grated lemon zest
¼ tsp salt
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into bits and chilled
1 large egg
½ Cup heavy whipping cream, plus 2 Tbsp for the glaze
1 tsp pure almond extract
¾ Cup fresh raspberries of frozen (unthawed) unsweetened raspberries

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly butter a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
2. Place the flour, 1/3 C of sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine well. Add the chilled butter. Using a pastry blender, or 2 knives, blend the butter into the mixture until it is crumbly and well combined.
3. Place the egg, cream and almond extract in a small bowl and whisk to combine well. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until just barely combined. Gently fold in the raspberries. Do no over mix the dough or the scones will be tough.
4. Turn out the dough, along with any loose dry bits, onto a lightly floured work surface and pat into a disk about 1 ½ inches thick. Cut the dough with a knife into 6 pie shaped wedges and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
5. Brush the scones with the remaining 2 Tbsp of cream and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar.
6. Bake the scones until they are golden brown and firm to the touch, 15 or 20 mins.
7. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and let the scones cool about 10 mins. Serve the scones warm or at room temperature. The scones taste best the day they are made.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Reading to the little guy.

Jared's been reading to the baby...well my belly. He really likes it, both of them. He kicks and flips around. Actually he does that a lot but, especially when Jared's around. He really likes his Dad. I don't blame him. On Sunday Jared read him Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss. He's a fan!

Old vs. New

My mom bought a new Apple laptop. It's so sleek! Her's is on the left. Ours is on the right. It's been through a lot. We have the older version of the Macbook Pro. It was Jared's old work computer from Google. I like our keyboard better.

One day about 4 years ago Jared set the laptop on top of his car after work. He drove off with it still there. So, they are both silver and it was probably a long day at work so who could blame him for forgetting. Anyhow, he drove over the freeway and did a loop (about a mile) and then it flew off. Since he had shut it down, the hard drive was intact and it STILL WORKS!

(notice the nice shots of my mom;)

My mom's has a nice internal magnet for it to stay closed. Ours doesn't close. You have to set something on it or lie it upside down. But if you lay it upside down the power cord doesn't really work...it got dropped while watching a movie on it in Austria. We had it propped on a garbage can...

You can't put cd's into it. But you can get the internet!

It is slowly dying, we can't bring ourselves to pull money out of savings to buy a new one...since we do have a desktop. My mom's probably weighs about 5 lbs less.

Google didn't want it back when Jared left....I wonder why;)