Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Just engaged! Niagara on the Lake - February 2009

Our first picture together, Brooklyn Brewery

Mohawk Point Vacation - Joe hearts Elizabeth

Halloween 2009 - The Statue of Liberty and a NY Ranger

Joey's first pumpkin!

Our first Christmas tree together

One year ago today I married the most wonderful man in the world. That day marked the beginning of something that I knew would be amazing, but never knew exactly how amazing it would be.

I have made many mistakes in my life, but one thing I got right was marrying Joe. If that is the only thing I ever do right in my life, it will have all been worth it just to spend my life with him.

Joe and I met through an online personals website. I had just moved to New York City and everything was new to me. I had a new life, new surroundings, and new people - but very few of them I knew very well. I can still remember the first moment I saw Joe. I hurried down the stairs of my apartment and swung open the door, not realizing that Joe was waiting for me on the outside stairs. I looked down and I was met with the biggest, most beautiful smile - and there he was! I'll never forget that moment as long as I live. We had a fantastic, 6 hour first date! We still frequent the coffee shop that we visited that night; it's one of our favorite spots. Our second date was to a local brewery, where we sampled some great beers - something we both love! After that, we were inseparable. It's been almost 3 years since that first date, and I will cherish every moment, always, and every moment that is to come.

When I think about our first year together I think of all the wonderful times we've had, and I can't help but think of what the future has in store for us. I never dreamed I would be 6 months pregnant with our first baby on our one year anniversary, but here we are, and there's no denying the little life inside me. All the special times and memories we've had together this past year, and to know that it will only get better makes me eager for the future and grateful for all the blessings we have had.

As a wedding gift last year, Joe presented me with a small book of poems. The book has no author listed, no copyright date, and is rather old. However, the poems it contains are beautiful and are cherished by me. The book is titled, "To the Lady Whom I Love". A small poem on the first page is so sweet, I thought I would share it, as well as one other poem that I found very fitting:

"The language of my heart

is written in this book

Mark how strong my love is

When in it thou shalt look"

Also, another poem:

A Love Song

Laugh not, nor weep, but let thine eyes

grow soft and dim (so love should be)

and be thy breathing tender, quick,

And tremulous, whilst I gaze on thee

And let thy words be few or none;

But murmur, such as soothe the air

In summer, when the day is done,

Be heard, sweet heart, when I am here,

And I - Oh! I in those soft times,

When all around is still and sweet

Will love thee more thousand times

than if the world were at thy feet.

Happy Anniversary, Joey! You are my dream come true.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some ginger, for my snap!

I finally got some energy! Enough to make dinner AND complete not just ONE, but TWO baking projects tonight. For dinner - chicken, broccoli, rice casserole. For dessert - some gingersnaps for my little ginger snap!

I've been feeling a bit nauseated for the past week, and a friend of mine - Brannan, from The Pregnant Vegetarian told me that ginger sometimes helps - although, despite drinking several litres of ginger ale, the bubbles did not seem to help. So, I figured I would try my hand at some homemade ginger snaps, recipe courtesy of a friend of mine and re-posted here for your enjoyment. I'm crediting Emily Jansson for the fabulous recipe, and for sharing it with me and a group of women this past Christmas at a cookie exchange party held at our home here in Brooklyn.

The recipe makes a delicious few dozen soft ginger snaps. And, they are delicious. I am not a huge fan of ginger snaps, but these just melt in your mouth.

Emily's "Williamsville" Ginger Snaps

¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses (light or dark)
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg. Beat. Add flour, soda, and spices. Beat until smooth. Roll into small balls. Dip half of each ball into granulated sugar (don’t press down).
Place on greased cookie sheet, leave as balls – don’t flatten. Bake 7-9 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

On a side note, I won't jinx myself by saying anything more than this - I was able to make these, eat a few, and also bake a loaf of bread. So - here's to ginger!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

21 weeks and counting!

Well, we've made it half way through! While I'd like to be celebrating with champagne, I'll sip the ginger ale instead - especially considering week 21 brought some unwanted nausea.

Overall, this pregnancy has been quite easy for me, and I've been saying how spoiled I've been. However, it seems like that's all changed this past week. On Thursday I was hit with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Then, the nausea continued for 2 more days, before semi-subsiding today. Not only was I hit with this wave of terrible nausea smack dab in the middle of my second trimester, but the complete and extreme fatigue that accompanied it, was also not welcomed. There I was, puttering along, looking forward to finishing up a very, very busy primary season at work - proud of my accomplishment of getting through it whilst pregnant; and WHAM - the blah feeling hit me like ton of bricks!

So, I woke up this morning determined to feel better - even if my body wasn't ready to - I was ready to! I slept in a bit (until 9:30!), I took Avery on a nice, slow walk, I made my regular morning breakfast, I did some light stretching, and finally I logged online to work on some blogging and do some online shopping and browsing. While that might seem like a "do-nothing" kind of morning, with the way I've been feeling it was exactly opposite of that. So, I am feeling a bit better; although that constant nauseous feeling is still lingering about.

Also on today's agenda - a short walk to the bakery to pick up some pizza dough and some light vacuuming and tidying up.

Finally, I can't forget to mention all the "movement" that's been going on. Constant kicking, punching, and jumping! I really do have an active little boy in there! We like to joke that he's practicing for his career as the "fighter" hockey player; skating around in my tummy and throwing some kicks and punches in there for good measure. I must say that the movement is a lot different than I expected. I thought for certain that it would feel "clear", like bumping your knee on the coffee table and you know exactly where the pain is. Baby movements for me feel more like a radiating "swish" of movement, but quick, like that snap of a finger. That's probably the worst description ever, but it's how it feels to me. I am going to take a guess that that's not always how those movements are going to feel. I suspect that the movements will become much more "clear" and distinct, as the weeks progress. Still, since we will not have another ultrasound for another 10 weeks, I am glad that he is moving around and letting me know that he is here to stay - even if it's in the middle of the night.

I am fast approaching a trip to Buffalo and being a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding. I am so excited to be in the wedding and to be present for such an event; but oh BOY can being pregnant and being in a wedding cause some serious concerns. When she asked me to be in the wedding, I was not pregnant. I agreed, and ordered my dress 2 sizes to big, just in case. SO glad I did! The wedding is in 13 days and my bridesmaids dress fits PERFECT, except for a hem too long and a bust too long, but at least it fits perfect in the waist - and with me only gaining 5-8 lbs in the last 20 weeks, I was surprised that it fit and didn't need to be taken in. Still, I am glad it fits and will fit for the wedding, and so excited to be seeing friends and family. Also in the plan for my trip to Buffalo - a baby shower! I am SO excited about this as well, not so much for the gifts or yummy homemade food, but mainly to see my family and friends! Mom is headed back from England, and Aunts and cousins are headed from Florida! I couldn't be more excited to see my family, especially during this special time in my life.

On the agenda for the next few weeks - RELAX, have fun, and enjoy a beautiful wedding, a wonderful shower, and a few nice days off! Signing off now with my latest "bump" pic!