Saturday, December 3, 2011
My Week (or so...)
We went to see Santa in the Old Mill District (Bend, OR)! They have huge Lincoln Logs and Legos to play with while you wait...and every nook and cranny has scenes set up so you can take lots of pictures with your kids (or nephews). They even got to meet the bog guy and let him know what they want for Christmas!
Anyone notice their matching hats? I crocheted those for them and the baby even has a matching hat! However, the baby's hat won't fit for too much longer...it is a tight fit now!
Nephew #3 is really liking the idea of having a baby brother! He is still thinking about him as that abstract "thing" in Mommy's tummy though for the most part. He came back to Spokane with me for 3 weeks, even though he knows the baby is "real", I don't think it has sunk in yet...even though he tells me daily that he's talking to the baby at night while he sleeps.
Even an awesome aunt like me can get "baby glares" when using the flash on the cell phone...he was not happy about the bright flashing lights! He looks a little beat up here...the red around his eyes id from being born! My sister delivered this one with only 2 pushes!
And on Monday...I was headed back to Spokane with an almost 4 year old in tow! I forget how different traveling with kids is. It normally takes me 7.5 hours to make the drive, with #3 along though...9.5 hours! And really, I only made 2 stops I wouldn't have made without him (McD's to play for about 10 minutes on the big toys and a park next to the highway for another 20 minutes)! All potty stops were in and out, no playing around! The difference is that I normally don't have to take the time to get someone else in and out of a car seat....those things are evil.
I got out one of our potted Martha Stewart trees (that I got on Clearance in January last year), added about 10 super small ornaments to the already decorated tree (I have 2 red "words", peace & joy, 3 tiny silver packages, and 3 glass (maybe plastic) 6-pointed stars in green, along with a tiny stuffed santa ornament and the small white bear in gold ornaments all on the tree). The "topper" for the tree this year is a bow with a bit of plastic holly and berries stuck to it. This came off the very first Christmas present that my other half every gave me! Not that the bow is all that important...it's just an interesting detail. It actually came on the gift his work gave him (a big hinged wooden box with a clock on the front of it) that he turned around and re-gifted to me (we hadn't been dating too long, 5 months or so). We do still have the box too...it sits on the floor by our television in the living room to hold all the remotes we don't "need" to have sitting out all the time. The snowman next to the tree is felt with a wire running up from a flat base so he's sturdy. A stuffed Santa in Blue on a sled...a small train set going around the tree...and another stuffed Santa behind the tree! The Santa that you can't see here is in a metal sleigh (planter) that is stuffed with a couple of red kitchen towels (so they don't sink beyond sight). Santa is sitting in the back of the sleigh with a giant (to him) stuffed bear (ornament) leaning out the front of the sleigh. In Santa's lap (and hanging from both hands) are piles of brightly wrapped packages! Of course, the packages are really blocks of styrofoam wrapped in bits of paper with ribbons and bows (and again, ornaments), but it looks really cool! There is also a strand of "mini garland" piled in the sleigh as well, it's gold and the beads are about the size of small peas. I will get a photo of it soon!
Last but not least...there are two things I haven't mentioned on the table (an old desk by our front door that I covered with a sheet from my fabric scraps). First is the gold box. That was a gift from someone...it came full of bath products, you know the kind...they sell them by the truckload at this time of year! Right now it had a pile of old photos in it (waiting to get scanned into the computer), but I figure it can also hold cards (assuming we get any). And lastly, the white tree in the bottom left corner! That was crocheted by my Mother! It has green and red beads threaded onto the yarn to look like ornaments. This is one of my favorite decorations! It is simple...I like simple.
The weekend has started off with trying a new recipe for low-carb pancakes! Coconut Flour ones (found here)! These were awesome! Next time I will make a double-batch or better so I can freeze some, between the three of us we ate all 12 of them!
I love my little pans...they really make things like pancakes so much easier to cook! The two on the bottom of the burner are a set (sold in 2-packs nearly everywhere) and are the perfect size for mini-pancakes and fried eggs! I always cook with the pair...I start the pancake or egg on the right and when it's ready to flip, I flip it into the pan on the left! These had enough butter in them that I only had to add about 1 teaspoon of butter to the first pan and they all just slid right out of the pan! The blue pan on top needs a mate...it is slightly larger (fits 2 eggs perfectly), but it was perfect for cooking 5 tiny apple slices in! Also, I had all three pans going on a single burner on the stove...bonus! Anyone who has tried to flip a low-carb pancake knows it is not an easy task! This is why, in my belief, that low-carb pancakes nearly always come in "dollar pancake" form! These pans, the red set anyway, make perfect 3-inch across pancakes with no worrying about getting a spatula under them!
That brings us to the last few items! First...I went shopping! I really needed jeans that fit right! Trying to fit into my size 26/28 jeans without a belt, duct tape, and craft glue just wasn't cutting it anymore! And with the cold weather, the pull-ons where just too thin! Even my "skinny jeans" were fitting loose and are a thin material. I was actually able to get into the pretty pair of jeans I bought before surgery today! I have a funky "high up" fat blob...it sits above my jeans, I have no idea why...but, it gives me a very funky shape at the moment! Anywho, with coupon in hand I went to Lane Bryant today in search of a new pair of jeans and a body shaper (Spanx). I wanted to try the new T3 jeans, they have the "make you look thinner" panel in them! I did find a Spanx thing that I thought would work with a new dress I have, but the fit was "funny" and I just wasn't comfortable with my underwear having a "flap system" that I was supposed to urinate through! It looked like a vagina. Also, at $88 for a single piece of clothing that was meant to not be seen...it was a little steep for me!
As for the jeans though...oh my gosh! First of all, the fit is great! They sit higher up on my waist and have a spandex-like material in the band so there is no "butt gap" going on! Then there is the size...I have been swimming in my size 22 "skinny jeans" so I started with 2 sets of size 20 jeans (in different styles). Both were too big! I liked the way the T3 jeans looked better so it was back out to grab the next 2 sizes down (they were actually huge on me)! The size 16's could not be zipped, but otherwise looked awesome when buttoned...the unzipped pant look is "in", right? The 18's feel a bit loose on some places and a wee tight in others, but they look and feel great overall! Also, I am so psyched to be out of the "20's"! Ideally, I'd like to be in a 10 or less when I'm done losing weight...but I'll settle for just not having to shop at stores like Lane Bryant (not that I don't love their clothes...but I'd really like to be able to shop at "normal" stores!
We got 2 loaves of "Smart Carb #1", which has only 1g net carb per slice! I also got two loaves of Cinnamon Raisin Bread with 2g net carbs, one loaf of Sourdough, which has 4g per slice (so we will savor that one at one slice at a time), and a loaf of "Mana from Heaven" with 2g net carbs. I had a slightly carby lunch because I made myself a PB&J! However, I scrimped on the PB and the J...1 Tablespoon of Skippy Natural (Chunky) Peanut Butter for 4g net carb, 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Marionberry Preserves (5g net carbs), and 2 slices of bread (2g net carb for both)...11g net carbs for lunch! Breakfast was about 5g net carbs (we don't count the carbs from sweeteners, cream, or eggs so that cuts down the pancake carbs to about 0.5g per pancake if my estimates are right). We still aim for roughly 20g net carbs a day, so that leaves me with about 4g for dinner. I can handle that since dinner is either going to be mac & cheese (all eggs and cream and cheese) or breakfast "pizzas" using sage pork sausage as a crust.