leap year snow day




It is snowing right now in Southern NH! Yes, this is worth mentioning because we haven’t had any snow for over a month. And suddenly we are in the midst of a snowstorm that may drop 6–10″ of snow in our area. It is a wonderful, welcome change to see the snow falling outside as I write this.

And that is really all I have to report. I’m nesty. Reading up a storm and prepping for my upcoming birth this spring. Pregnancy is still amazing each and every day. I am filled with gratitude. My body is still growing and expanding. Very content.

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finally, some winter weather in new hampshire




It has been a blustery, cold, icy, snowy, gray last few days. We finally got more than a dusting of snow here in southern New Hampshire. Granted, we only got a few inches of snow, but it is rare and strange for it be mid-January and for there to be so little accumulation on the ground. Our last snow of note was in October, when we had that crazy storm that dropped 10″ right before Halloween and caused massive power outages and tons of downed trees and limbs. Since then, the weather has been uncharacteristically mild.

So I permitted myself to get a little giddy about some snow and ice. And I used it as an opportunity to snap some pics…. with our NEW CAMERA…. finally…. yeah! Happy Winter!
snow grass

icy branch

icy bushes

raised garden beds

The garden beds are sleeping soundly.

snowy steps

It’s a little bit slippery out there.

driveway needs plowing

And of course the plow missed the end of our driveway by several feet. Time to shovel!

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halfway hike




The weather today was amazing. Mid 50s! It was warm last weekend, then freezing this week, and now warm again. Perfect day for a hike and a little visual documentation. We’re halfway there, baby!

20 weeks

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kick-start the new year




2012 is officially here! We got a little present on New Year’s Day morning… our first kicks from the baby! Yeah!!!

I’ve felt her mini roller coaster flip flops and minnow fish nibbles inside of me for a few weeks now, but she decided to make her external presence known on Sunday morning. And right at the halfway point in my pregnancy, too!

Experiencing the baby kick is the coolest feeling! And I got to share it all right away with Craig. We’ve known for a while that she’s a wiggly worm—she tends to scoot away from the heartbeat doppler during my prenatal checkups with my midwife. At our 18-week ultrasound, she was dancing all over the place, moving her legs back and forth and waving her arms above her head. She’s been kicking on my right side low down for the past two days. I have another checkup this week, so I’m hoping my midwife can help me better orient her position and what parts she is poking me with.

It’s such an amazing affirmation to finally feel her on the outside! Especially since I spent the first few months of this journey in complete disbelief that I was actually pregnant. I didn’t have morning sickness, and I didn’t hear her heartbeat until 13 weeks. So I used to joke that I wasn’t actually pregnant, just ridiculously hungry all the time. I had to rely very heavily on faith that there was actually a baby growing inside of me.

Well, last night she decided to get all riled up and kick right as I was lying down to go to bed. Oh, she’s definitely in there! It would just figure that I’ve got a night owl percolating. Like mama like daughter! I don’t mind though. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep with a smile on my face.

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top 5 awesome things about 2011




Happy New Year to you!

I hope that you have had a relaxing holiday season and are ready to kick off a happy and healthy 2012. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the amazing things that I am very thankful for in 2011. Here are my top 5:

5. Home Improvements Galore!

2011 was the year that we finally busted through… making the leap from doing just home maintenance projects (oh that we are verrrrry good at) to doing some real honest-to-goodness home upgrades and improvements. Things got rolling back in May, and because my camera broke, I never got around to posting finished pics. So here’s a sampling.

We refinished our downstairs hard wood floors in the dining room and living room.

dining room floor before

living room floor before

entry way before

entry way after (looking into dining room)

living room after

living room after

The we installed a new ceiling fan in our living room. This required new wiring.

ceiling before

uncapping the old wiring and gas pipe. yikes.

Updating the wiring and new ceiling fan installed!

We also tackled re-painting the living room, painting the dining room, painting all the window sills in the house, and adding an accent wall color going up the stairs.

accent wall: copper mountain color sherwin williams zero voc paint

And we repainted the exterior and interior of our screened-in porch.

porch interior before

porch after with new furniture

4. Traveling and Trips!

We were extremely fortunate in 2011 to return to Europe! I loved traveling in Europe for our honeymoon in 2009, and I have been eager to go back ever since. I was lucky enough to tag along on another one of Craig’s business trips to Munich, Germany in early February. We had a blast exploring the city.

I also went on a solo travel adventure, taking the train from Germany to Italy. It was my first time traveling alone outside the U.S. and it was the most incredible experience. You can read more in depth about my trip here and here and here.

Verona, Italy - new street on top of old street

In July we made our annual trek north to Maine to spend two weeks on Mooselookmeguntic Lake.

Loons on Mooselookmeguntic Lake

We vacationed on the lake with my parents, sisters, and their kiddos, staying in a large cabin that we’ve been renting for many years. We ate well and drank well. Craig and I lounged, read books, swam, biked, kayaked, hiked, and lounged some more.

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Saddleback Mountain.

And in September, Craig and I took a lovely trip to the ocean, just an hour away from where we live. I had been longing to dig my toes into the sand.

3. This Year’s Garden: Cultivating from Seed and Growing Organic, Heirloom Vegetables

This year I grew the vegetables and herbs in my garden from organic seed… with the exception of my tomatoes and celery. However, I choose all organic, heirloom tomatoes this year from a local nursery. It was so much fun to try out new varieties of plants.

First came the radishes.

And then baby spinach and lettuces.


This was the first year that I planted in somewhat tidy rows in my raised beds.

Cilantro, sugar snap peas, garlic scapes

Crazy heirloom tomato bed

Mortgage lifter (heh heh) heirloom tomato

Green zebra heirloom tomato

Carrots and celery

We pulled the last of the carrots on Thanksgiving morning to make a dish!

2. We Welcomed Lily to Our Family!

We finally got a cat in August! Lily has completely transformed our household, keeping us in stitches every day. She’s cuddly, funny, silly, fairly chatty, occasionally likes to playfully bite, and refuses to take a good picture. Aside from a particularly hard-to-get-rid-of bout of worms (she was found in the wild before she came home with us) and one icky urinary tract infection, life with Lily has been wonder-filled. You can read more about Lily’s story here.

Lily just has a way of always looking pissy in pictures.

She’s actually really quite charming and loves adults and kids.

She likes to cause mischief... messing up our tree skirt.

Or attacking my aloe plants.

Lily loves hanging out on the screened-in porch.

Yeah, Lily is one striking, very cool cat. We dig her immensely.

And… now…

1.) Top Most Awesome Thing About 2011…

We are expecting!!!

I’ve been pretty busy since the end of summer… working on a very special, very important project. Our daughter is due in May, and we are so delighted! And a bit daunted at times, but mostly holy-crap-over-the-moon excited.

Here’s to a new year, new adventures, and adding more goodness and abundance to the plenty!

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