Archive | July, 2011

Saturdays off = Fun Days!

23 Jul

Today I have a day off!  I love my job, but every now and then, a day off (on the weekend when everyone else also has a day off) is much needed!

We are having a family fun day, which so far includes making ice cream (2 kinds!), making salsa verde, and wishing it wasn’t so hot so we could go outside and enjoy our ice cream without melting.  Us, not the ice cream.

See, Joel used to make ice cream in college.  It was how he impressed the girls.  Almost 5 years later (almost 4 married), he’s never made me ice cream.  Don’t ask me how he hooked me without using his go-to trick… I guess I didn’t play hard enough to get.  Even though I said no the first time he asked me out.  (Funny, but it seems that a lot of the successful relationships I know have a similar story…)

I always give him a hard time about never having made me ice cream when I’ve heard so much from his old college friends about how amazing it was.  So when I was making our “make the most of the 4 weeks of summer that we will have since law school is a suck on all your time and fun” list, him making me ice cream was at the top!

Like most things we cook/make/bake, we start with a recipe, but make our own adjustments along the way.  We’re not afraid to experiment with a recipe – I think it’s more fun that way.  So when we get to that “perfect ice cream” goal, I’ll post our recipes and tell you what we did.  It’s sure to be a tasty experiment and a fun Saturday.  I hope yours is fun too!


Dear Clara

21 Jul

Dear Clara,

I know that all this walking and toddling around is awfully exciting for you.  It’s exciting for me, too.  But at the end of the day, all I want to do is sleep.  I would really appreciate it if you’d stop crawling around your crib at night and staying awake all hours, ok?  There will be plenty of time for crawling and walking when you wake up.  I promise.

Also, HOW can you still have energy at 4am??  You move all day long, and I cannot understand how you can still want to be crawling around all night.

I love you, munchkin.  I would really appreciate some sleep, though. K? Thanks.


Laundry Room Makeover

3 Jul





So, I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can show you my laundry room makeover.

I can hardly believe that I’m showing you this… the before pictures definitely show how disorganized this space was – it kind of became a dumping ground for cleaning materials, random items, baby things, pool floats, and anything else you can think of.

This is embarrassing… but here’s the before:

As you can see it was a total disaster.  That’s my ironing board set up along the wall, acting as a counter.  Not ideal.

But now, 3 IKEA cabinets, a few hours, and some help from my dad later, it looks like this:


There’s still some organizing left to do, but I think it’s a great improvement!  Even with the cabinets taking up floor space, the room feels bigger to me.

I put together all the cabinets and their innards, and my dad came to help with a few things and he cut the countertop and attached it for me.  He also moved an outlet for me since it was too low on the wall and would have sat behind the cabinets.  The water lines are in a kind of weird spot, so he cut a notch in the far corner for me – near that dust buster – so that they wouldn’t get pinched.

So in addition to the cabinets, I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, and decided to do a row of hooks on the right hand wall.  I was just going to paint a stripe on the wall and put hooks on the stripe, but my mom suggested that I use a board instead, which made more sense, since then I could put hooks anywhere I wanted, not just on a stud.

You’ll still see the nails right now – I’m planning to go back and patch and paint over the nail heads… One thing at a time.










Yay for a functional laundry room!!