30 December 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 30

30 weeks seems crazy. 75% done - only 10 weeks to go! That is... not really all that much time until we get to meet our little girl. She's been kicking and moving like crazy lately, although not yet to the point that it keeps me up at night. I understand that's coming. Andy is pretty excited for her to "come out and meet Dad." :-)

Here now are this week's photos:

In other news of the week, we had a lovely time celebrating Christmas with our families. Christmas Eve was spent with the Rinderknechts, then Christmas Day my parents came over for a late brunch before we all headed over to my cousin Sarah's house to celebrate with the extended Elvecrog family. Some photos:

The Rinderknecht tree.

Our tree. 

Lucy was fascinated. 
Our brunch guests. I was enjoying a "Momosa" - ginger ale and orange juice. Not bad, really. 
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and I have to work. But we'll be heading over to Chez GZMoohoo for the festivities as per our former tradition. Who knows, someone may even blog about it.

23 December 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 29

This whole baby bump series has been pretty fun - it's giving us an excuse to actually take pictures of my growing bump, which I think I'll really appreciate in the future. Plus, it gives each week a sort of milestone moment. So, without further ado...

In other baby-related news, we've made a few more additions to the nursery. As reported by GZMoohoo, we have taken possession of the heirloom rocking chair and it has found its place:

We are going to be ordering new cushions in a dark lavender sort of color.
 Another new addition is this decorative item, ordered from a store on Etsy:

Not the best color, but it's lavender with pink heart and text. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
So things are coming along in the nursery pretty well, I think. And Lucy loves the new chair.

16 December 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 28

Welcome to the 3rd trimester! It seems crazy that we're at this point already. I just got back from a wonderful dinner with my friends Jill and Maren who both recently gave birth to their own baby girls. It was great to catch up and to get some advice from them on what is coming my way. Baby Girl Rinderknecht will be here before we know it, I'm sure. Less than 3 months to go!

Here are this week's bump photos:

The sweater is another excellent purchase mom and I made on our shopping spree. We had so much fun.

This weekend promises to be super fun and exciting. On Friday, we're headed to a 7pm showing of the new Star Wars movies. I was excited before I saw the overwhelmingly positive reviews that came out today. Yay! Then on Saturday, my friends Chris & Elissa are hosting their annual all-day Game of Thrones watching marathon. Festivities begin at 11:30. I look forward to it every year. Andy tags along too, even if he isn't a huge fan of the show. He does like the food, beer, and socializing aspect, however. Hard to argue with that. 

Lucy would of course prefer that we stay home and spend all day with her instead. 

13 December 2015

The Hills are Alive

... with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears

So in case you can't tell, mom and I continued our theater going outings today, with a trip to St. Paul to see The Sound of Music at the Ordway. It's one of those movies that I have seen probably a million times - it never got old as a kid, and it's still good today. How much of that is due to nostalgia is up for debate, but I am not the only who likes it, so... Anyway, we started out with brunch at the fabulous Meritage and then walked across Rice Park to see the show.

The quasi required photo of F. Scott. I wonder who gave him his scarves?

Mother and daughter at intermission.

The Grand Staircase

Rice Park after the show, all lit-up. It would be prettier with some snow.

We had a wonderful time, and I was able to resist the urge to sing along. It was interesting to see the changes made from the stage production to the movie - some of the songs are in different places, and a few were left out of the movie entirely.

Andy got to spend the day at home with the cats. I am sure they were on their best behavior.

09 December 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 27

Another week, another baby bump photo! We are fast approaching the 3rd trimester (!), which seems crazy to contemplate. Slightly less than 3 months and baby-to-be will be here!

Both of these shirts are actually pre-maternity items. This may be the last time I wear them for a while.

In other news, we've been preparing for the upcoming holidays at our house. Also, I got a new phone on Tuesday, yay! It takes excellent photos, particularly of our Christmas preparation:

Also, fairly decent photos of the cats in a rare friendly moment:

They sat that way for a much longer amount of time than I would have thought possible.

02 December 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 26

It seemed a shame to abandon this series at the end of BEDFAMM, so here now are today's photos of the baby bump. I'm wearing comfy clothes and I've been to the gym, so I'm looking a little less than my usual camera ready, but the bump is still pretty cute on its own:

Plus, it's kind of fun to see how much I've changed since the last time I wore that shirt. She's definitely growing in there. 

While he was at it, Andy took some photos of the cats. He "didn't want them to feel left out."

He's in his favorite spot.

30 November 2015

NaBloPoMo 2015: The End

And here we are once again at the end of our month-long blogging adventure. This particular year was bittersweet without my Uncle Jim, but I know that he's glad we continued the BEDFAMM tradition. Ultimately, I still had fun, particularly with all the throwback posts. As per usual, I will be going with my traditional wrap up post, links to my favorite posts from each year:

NaBloPoMo 2015
Paris 2010: The Elevator Series
Pregnancy Photo Shoot
History of November 23rd

NaBloPoMo 2014
Saturday in St. Paul
Oakies and other stories
TJ and Cats
Eight Months Ago Today

NaBloPoMo 2013
Answers, Part One
Answers, Part Two
Rock Band with the P-Ster
Thanksgiving Wrap-up

NaBloPoMo 2012
Pannekoekun Huis
70 Years!
1996 Ford Taurus
New House: Part 6A

NaBloPoMo 2011
Day 1: Leaves!
Calvin the Video Star
Cat Ownership 2.0
Dance Your Cares Away

NaBloPoMo 2010:
Turkey Day
Stuffed Squash
Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
Beauty of Fall

NaBloPoMo 2009:
Turkey Day, Part 2
Old Friends
Day 5 - A YouTube Clip
Moon in the Morning

NaBloPoMo 2008:
Pasta Carbonara
A Day in the Life
Yes We Did
88 Years Young

NaBloPoMo 2007:
Les Aventures de Domo Kun
Sunday in France
A 10 Hour Day
A Month of Posts - Day 1 - The blog post that started it all.

And of course, it's not a blog post without a photo of a cat:

A little blurry, but I caught him before he ran away. :-)

29 November 2015

Baby Prep: Part 7 of ???

Given that today was really our fourth day off work in a row, it seemed like we should at least try to do one productive thing with the weekend. It can't all be eating and relaxing all the time, now can it? In that vein, we had picked up some packages Chez Gzmoohoo yesterday - new window treatments for the office and the nursery!

Here is the before:

These blinds got mangled during the break-in, so it was time for something new. 

The transparent curtains and blinds semi-destroyed by cats were just not going to cut it in the baby's room. We needed something relatively cat proof and that would block out more light.
And the after:

A huge improvement - cordless blinds that the cats shouldn't be able to mangle. I hope. The set downstairs are a slate gray color.

The nursery got those same blinds in white, plus some room darkening/heat saving curtains in a pretty gray pattern that goes perfectly with the crib.
The pattern is a bit hard to see on those curtains, so here's a link to them on Bed, Bath, and Beyond's website. Pretty, right? Now there's just some actual decorating to be done in there, and purchasing of stuff and we should be all set. Fun!

The cats were typically lazy today, as is their prerogative. 

She likes naps. And that blanket, for some reason.

28 November 2015


My main activities for the day have been outlined elsewhere online by Mr. Moohoo. We had an excellent meal of leftovers at their house this evening, as well as some great conversation. Plus, we got to bring some of the leftovers home with us! Score. I love Thanksgiving almost as much as they do, although not enough to prepare it on my own time.

Aside from the trip to Chez Moohoo, we had a pretty lazy Caturday around this house. I got some work done on the holiday cards we'll be sending out (watch your mailboxes next week sometime) and Andy took full advantage of the Caturday theme:

Two out of three of them were enjoying a nap.
So all in all, an excellent day and there is still one more day of weekend left!

27 November 2015


Today was an extraordinarily non-blog worthy sort of day. The biggest excitement? A badly needed trip to the grocery store as one cannot live on Thanksgiving leftovers alone. There was also some napping/lounging with the cats, and starting a new book my mom lent me. None of those things make for particularly good photo opportunities. Instead, I'll share a few more photos from yesterday that didn't make the original post.

The former kid's table, now acting as a staging area for desserts and other sides.

Prep work in full swing. 

The Jim memorial.

My version of the two-pregnant-ladies photo. I'm very excited for our daughters to grow up together.

The other dog, Mimi, who thinks I am one of her best friends.
Sorry, Mimi, my cats will always be way more cute than you:


26 November 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015

We woke up this morning to the first serious snowfall of the year, although not so serious that it looked like it was going to cause any driving inconvenience. Just serious enough to be pretty, so that this was the scene when I arrived for my first Thanksgiving celebration of the day:

Preparations were well underway, of turkeys both actual and slightly more abstract:

Andy and I enjoyed a lovely meal and great socializing with the Miller/Flaherty group. It was bittersweet with Jim, but I absolutely know he was there in spirit.

From there, we headed over to the big city to the west for a celebration with the Rinderknecht's. Sadly, I only got a few pictures of the dogs...

Rubio wearing his squirrel sweater. Ideal in winter so he can go outside and chase the real thing.
We had a lovely day with all of our family. The cats on the other hand were just super lazy:

25 November 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 25

In all previous NaBloPoMo marathons, I've had cranberry bread prep of some sort featured on Thanksgiving Eve. And indeed, that is what I have spent my evening doing. See?

Mom and I were super successful as per usual - she may have even exclaimed that it's the best ever. Our loyal tasters tomorrow will have to judge for themselves. I only had a small sample before leaving their house and it did seem quite excellent.

Today is also Wednesday, which means it is time for a baby bump update, here in the midst of Week 25. Plus, fashion show!

As someone at work said today, I am definitely starting to look pregnant. You don't say? Now it's time for a quiet evening at home before tomorrow's festivities. Lucy is looking forward to it, I think.