Apartment Tour and a Surprise!!

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Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

Today, instead of a recipe I’m sharing a tour of our little, light filled apartment…with a bit of a surprise at the end. It’s a temporary space while we figure out where to find our footing in this beautiful Northwest city. Be warned, there are a lot of pictures.

Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

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Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

Hungry Girl por Vida Apartment Tour + Surprise!

By now, you may have noticed the clues as to what the surprise in the title is…Sean and I are having a bebe!! I have been SO EXCITED to share this with you all. I could seriously burst. Our babe is due in late July and he’s a boy! We were totally convinced we were having a girl–simply because everyone we are close to have girls and it was just on the brain. We, along with our friends and family, are so excited to welcome a baby boy into this clan of girls. This week I’m officially halfway through my pregnancy at 20 weeks, the baby is looking great and is super active in his cozy space. His kicks and stretches are getting stronger, we even saw him hiccup (and pee! which totally happens in there, apparently. HA!) during our last ultrasound, and he’s a healthy little guy. We truly could not be more excited.

A little background, I’ve always wanted to be a mother.  As a couple, we’ve always wanted children to be a part of our future, it’s one of the things that we knew from the start and that fueled our attraction for each other. We also wanted to finish school, get married, and live a bit of married life before we began this journey. Also, honestly, I harbored a lot of fear that it might never happen for us. With good reason, that I won’t get into right now, I didn’t trust my body and its ability to conceive and carry a baby. So, we put it off for several years. Sean was ready years ago, but my fears kept things on hold a little longer. Then, a few months before I turned 29, I got the fever and I couldn’t shake it. It kept me up at night and I could feel that proverbial clock ticking. I made an appointment, consulted with an obgyn who guided us on maximizing our fertility, and 5 months of temperature taking, calendar tracking, and lots of tears and stress later I was pregnant. It was such a relief that even when the first trimester symptoms of extreme fatigue and nausea hit, I welcomed them…even in the midst of the holiday season eat-fest.

So, basically, this is a dream come true and I have been absolutely BURSTING to share this with you guys. I mean, it’s a BFD to me, and so are all of you.

Just a little note: I know that while it may have been stressful and fearful to embark on this journey for us, I know a lot of couples have it much, much harder than we did. And some even have it easier. I’m not trying to compare or in any way diminish the experience of others, I just want to share this joyful time with all of you.

 

Thanksgiving 2012

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Thanksgiving 2012 was a totally new experience for Sean and I. We’ve never really spent the holiday separated from friends and fam before. I was a litte sad at first, but then I realized we could pretty much make/do what we wanted ALL DAY LONG. That realization turned things around and we had a pretty amazing 2-person feast with leftovers for days. We didn’t have to worry about anyone elses tastes or preferences, or even worry about having a timely meal.

We began the day with sour-cherry champagne cocktails (sour cherry juice boiled down with a vanilla bean and some sugar, reduced by half to make a syrup, plus champagne) and ended it with too many pieces of pie. 

Instead of breakfast I made a cheese and fruit plate–there’s some port cheddar and some super aged (deeelish) gouda. I set the table with our wedding tablecloth–a gift from Sean’s BFF and best man. BFF/Best Man brought us that cloth all the way from Ecuador, PLUS he brought me some palm sugar that he harvested with his own hands. Major. My mom sent me early-Christmas in the form of golden flatware. I am obsessed.

Since we were celebrating couple-style, I wanted to do something festive in regards to being thankful, so we wrote each other cards–that’s what you see on top of our plates. Sean always writes me the sweetest notes, I always write him goofy-crazy ones.

I nuded up part of our turkey by picking it’s skin…it was just so crispy-good! It couldn’t be helped. Those are pumpkin-herb rolls and they made the best leftovers sandwiches. I love pumpkin  but I hate pumpkin pie…that last photo is the top of a black-bottomed banana cream pie: shortbread crust, ganache, bananas, brown-butter pudding, and so much whipped cream…SO GOOD.

This year was different, but great. I got to lounge around with my best pal AND eat AND drink, it was totally merry.

A Photo A Day: Week 29

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1. July 15–Lunch 2. July 16–Megan and I went to an event by Cooking Matters 3. I told my BFF I’d take a photo of my Birch Box. It was a good one!

4. July 18–Sean surprised me with those Hello Kitty napkins. 5. July 19–Coconut Crumble!  6. Outfits for the niece-lettes. 7. New dress, about to go for a stroll.