Wanted: Dead or Alive (But Preferably Alive)

Forever In Blue Jeans

Sometimes I feel like I’m never in any pictures. I’ve done pretty well about sneaking into a few, but I’d like to do better. So starting next week on Thursdays I’ll be joining the 52 weeks challenge @ Forever In Blue Jeans, posting a picture of me with my family, instead of just pictures of MM. Think I’ll be able to sneak myself into a picture every week? Tune in starting next week to find out!

cooking & recipes family fun

It's Both New AND Exciting

I made some changes to my menu plan for this month. I’ve been feeling much more into cooking lately, wanting to try new recipes – and it’s awesome. I think it’s my weird version of nesting because I don’t really have any nursery stuff to plan. Anyway, Dan and I were talking this morning about how some of our old stand by favorites just weren’t as exciting any more now that I’ve been trying new things so I thought I’d kick it up a notch, add some more new recipes and have fun while this lasts.

I made even more changes when I got a Vivabox in the mail to review for Momma’s Review. It’s the BBQ box and it has 3 great seasonings from Urban Accents and a gift card to get an order from Omaha Steaks or more from Urban Accents, basically, super exciting. I went searching on the Urban Accents website for recipe ideas to use with the seasonings (I’m not a seasoned chef yet and thus can’t really just wing it when it comes to seasoning) and was just drooling over the possibilities. I added in a few new recipes to my menu plan for the next week and a half so that I can try all three seasonings before my review is set to post. Yes I’m that excited. And I know Dan is going to be ecstatic when he sees all my new dinner ideas. He’s been a pretty happy dinner camper so to speak.

I wonder what will be more exciting for him when he comes home tonight – fun new seasonings and a gift card to Omaha Steaks … or … the fact that Rock Band for the Wii just showed up today, too. At least I’m assuming it’s Rock Band, because the box is ginormous and it’s the only big product I’m expecting, but ohhhhh who knows? We’ll find out when hubby comes home tonight and helps me open it!

Anyway, you can go visit the Monthly Menu post if you want to see all the changes, but if you don’t feel like looking over the whole menu, here are some recipes that are new. I may have missed a couple, but these are, I think, the exciting ones:

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Bump Report: 20 Weeks

I’ve officially hit the halfway mark in my pregnancy! According to, the top of my uterus is about level with my belly button, and I’ve likely gained around 10 pounds (I’ve gained somewhere between 2 and 4 pounds but I think that’s fine since I’m over weight). They say I can expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on.

I think for the first time in this pregnancy, I’m finally starting to chill out a bit. I’ve hit my stride I guess. Seeing BB in the last ultrasound eased a lot of my fears and although I haven’t completely let my guard down, I’m feeling better about things. It’s starting to feel real. I still haven’t had any kicks, but I think I’ve noticed a couple of braxton hicks contractions (either that or I’m just making stuff up). I’ve been keeping “active” these days with my WiiFit doing Yoga and Balance exercises with a tiny bit of step aerobics sometimes thrown in. The workouts are actually getting harder instead of easier, and I’ve a sinking suspicion that’s only going to get worse. I am officially gaining weight now, but nothing extreme so far as I can tell.

According to, BB now weighs about 10 1/2 ounces. She’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana.

(For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against their torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of their head to their bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, they’re measured from head to toe.)

family fun photography

Filling The Frame: Up Close And Personal With MM


This week’s photography lesson at 5 Minutes For Photography is about filling the frame of your picture. Basically that means trying to make your subject (pet, child, product) fill as much of the picture as possible, leaving less background to distract from the photograph. I tried this tactic today using both my husband’s Nikon D40 and my Canon Powershot (you know, beautiful brownie). I actually had an easier time getting my shots with my Canon, I think because it’s a smaller camera, it seemed easier for me to get close to the subject (MM), even if that wasn’t actually true. It could also be that my husbands lens simply gives a lot more room to work around, even in it’s closest zoom than my own camera? I’m not sure of the technical reasons, but there you have it. First I’ll show you some of the pictures I took with the D40:

I love the crispness of these photos and with a little bit of cropping on my computer, I was able to get my desired effect out of them.

But the pictures to follow, that I took with my Canon (though not quite as crisp), required very little cropping, if any.

I think I already have a tendency to fill as much of the frame as I can (my husband does not – he relies almost solely on the crop function), so I actually had to step back and take a picture to compare what I would have gotten (seen above) and yeah – filling the frame really does look much better.

Per usual, my son had a blast with my little “photography exercise” and I enjoyed flexing my creative muscles for a bit. Did you play along on your blog? Let me know! If not, what are you waiting for? Pick up your camera and join in, then link up at 5 Minutes For Mom!