Friday, March 25, 2011

Yoga's Getting More Difficult

My aunt recently posted some pictures of her vacation yoga practice. She looked strong, calm, and downright amazing. Looking at her pictures, I got curious about what I look like these days during my morning yoga practice, especially since a few of the poses have gotten slightly, difficult. I asked the Mr. to snap a quick picture and when I saw it, I knew it was just too good not to share.

This is the ‘bridge’ which requires me to push the ever growing Belly towards the ceiling and then hold it up there. Its supposed to help strengthen my back and my ‘push’ muscles. Lord knows I’m all about good push muscles!

But for you, its for entertainment purposes only.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two Beautiful Mommas-to-Be

I’m super lucky: I get to share my first pregnancy not just with the loving, excited, and totally involved Mr, but also with a close friend who is just as pregnant. As in, our projected due dates are two days apart: mine very end of June, hers very start of July.

There is something to be said about being able to share this experience with another first-time mom who I was already close to before we both got pregnant. We’re wandering into and through body and lifestyle changes for the first time, together. And while our pregnancy couldn’t have been more different from the physical symptom side – she’s had none of my nausea or food issues and I’ve been a great sleeper in significant contrast to her continued insomnia – we share many of the same emotional experiences: hopes, fears, confusions, surprises, and the immense responsibility of naming (let alone raising!) another human being.

Thankfully we’ve been able to visit each other three times during our pregnancies. As great as email, facebook, phone calls, and skype may be, there is nothing better than sharing a time zone, couch, and good gab. Hopefully we’ll continue to share our friendship and our pathway through motherhood for years to come.

Until then, we compare bellies. If I may say so myself and for the both of us: we’re two seriously hot mommas-to-be.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Little People Bring Big Changes (Part 1 of Many)

We’re only a few months away from our little worm’s arrival and he’s already causing big changes in our home: furniture changes. First we moved one of the desks from our office and into our living room. Surprising to both of us, the desk fits well into the room and is a comfortable working place for me.

Then we – okay, really the Mr. – put together a set of drawers together for the over 60 pounds of clothing we already have for the little one.

Isn’t it fascinating how little people bring such big changes even before they’re breathing fresh air?


Friday, March 18, 2011

The 3 Step Kill-a-Cold Program

I’ve got another cold and, since I’m still growing our little worm, medicine is out of the question. Which is actually okay because the best way to deal with a cold doesn’t have anything to do with meds. It’s the 3 step kill-a-cold program:
1. Homemade chicken soup
2. Sleep
3. Beautiful & happy things

The chicken soup must be homemade - nothing canned is going to work. Even with a cold, its super easy to make. For two-three days of chicken soup-based meals, you‘ll need:
  • Water
  • Two chicken legs (with both the thigh and the leg) with the skin still attached
  • A few carrots
  • A handful of small, fresh potatoes
  • Two large onions
  • A few pieces of garlic
  • Salt and pepper

1. Fill a large pot with the amount of water you want for your soup
2. Boil the chicken legs in the water until they are cooked all the way through
3. While the chicken boils, cut all the vegetables into small pieces. I like my soup chunky, so I leave the pieces bigger
4. When the chicken is done, remove them from the water - save all the water! - and let them cool shortly
5. Throw all the vegetables into the water
6. Strip the meat off the bones and cut the meal into smaller pieces
7. Add the meat into the water and vegetable
8. Salt and pepper to taste
9. Let the soup simmer until the potatoes and carrots are soft
10. EAT!

Once the chicken soup is ready and you’ve had at least two big servings, climb into your bed and sleep. Not on the couch - in your own bed in your bedroom with the windows darkened and the electronic stuff (that shouldn’t be in your room anyways) off. Sleep until you wake up, eat some more soup, and then sleep some more.

In the limited time when you’re awake and not eating homemade chicken soup, add a few beautiful things to your environment. Like music you enjoy, fresh flowers, a happy movie, and a loving partner or friend.

It will still take a few days to feel totally healthy again but it will pay off better than any package of cold medicine. I’m about 12 hours into the 3-step-kill-a-cold-program and I’m already feeling a little bit better. By Monday I bet I’ll be back to myself again.

Now to figure out how the 3-step-kill-a-cold-program will work with little ones…


Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome to the Real World: Lucky's Taproom and Eatery

Today, February 11, 2011, is a special day. Today is the day when my youngest uncle welcomes the world into his dream, Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery.

Lucky’s is “The Oregon district's [in Dayton, Ohio] latest addition to it's impressive list of pubs and restaurants. Lucky's is owned and operated by Andrew "Drew" Trick…and boasts a classic menu offering standard or vegan eats…a full bar, complete with 14 rotating taps that will change often.”

Lucky’s is also a lot more: a dream birthed into reality, a nod to a beloved man, a belief in self and the future...and quite importantly a good place to get a baloney sandwich. And – try not to get jealous here – the Steinbach clan was among the first, if not the first, to eat one inside of the Lucky’s walls.

Congrats to Drew for making his dream come true. May we all follow in your footsteps towards our own dreams. We’ll be raising a glass with you as soon as possible.

Everyone near Dayton – be there or be square!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Furry Family

My sister Little One and her hubby have been quite busy over the past two years setting up their family. They’ve gone from a family of three to six. Six, that’s just crazy, especially since we’d only met one of the little ones. But during our trip, we got to meet the entire crew.

Meet Ninja, the Queen of the family

Thor the teaser/tormentor

CoCo the friendliest

And finally, Diamond, the largest

They’ve totally got their hands full! Think our little one will be easier than their pack or not?


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Good People Galore

Last week the Mr, the worm, and I crossed the ocean to visit friends and family, celebrate two baby showers, and shop, shop, shop, and shop some more. We succeeded in every respect, mainly because of others’ generosity.

This blogs feels a bit of an Oscar speech because there are so many people to thank: my parents for hosting both parties; my sister for spending about two days shopping with me; my mom and my sister for giving me a crown not once but twice (finally confirming my princess status!); my brother for introducing us to Jersey Shore; our family and friends that were generous with their time (a number of people drove 4+ hours to spend the day with us) and their gifts for the little baby (we carried home almost 60 pounds of gifts, not including the fabulous cake, food and drink we couldn’t take with us); and much more that I don’t time for because the photo montage and orchestra music is coming up.

The First Baby Shower, with Friends from Pittsburgh and Detroit

The Scientist was the first to unsuccessfully aim my princess status.

Mr. Pittsburgh and my mom.

My crown, the Mr.'s crown, Chelle Belle and her man.
Yummy foods, especially the rice krispies.

The whole pack of friends!

The Man was the second to try to steal Princess status. I got tired to the chaos and promoted myself to Queen.

Totally handmade hat by the Scientist, sweetness!

From Mr. Pittsburgh - who else?
 Everyone at both showers drew on onesies/bodies...except to see many of those starting in late June!

Yes, sis has that many awesome nail colors.

The two pregnant ladies got very tired.

The Second Baby Shower - with Family from Dayton, Maryland, and St. Louis

The fabulous cake made by my talented cousin.

Two lovely ladies.
All the ladies in the family.

Ladies that I've known my entire life.

I got my crown for a second time!

The Mr. also got a crown.


Little One.

The Man and our Colorado Girl.

At the second baby shower, we played a few games. Goodness occurred in the form of pictures (thanks for playing along everyone!):

My two cousins - the Cake Magician and Ms. Alabama (above) - were the absolute winners in charades.

Mexican mama and papa.

Bubby with far too many pieces of toilet paper ... sorry but you just had to be there.
My nana made a lovely blanket, with paisley, of course.
Really, we weren't sure: for the baby or for the Mr.?
A good amount of the crew.

An exhausted dad-to-be with the balloons he wasn't keen on giving up. They almost made it to the airport with us (okay, not really).


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thank God for Carnival

Its carnival!

For the non-initiated, carnival is a week of last-minute partying before Ash Wednesday arrives bringing along weeks of party-free Lent. Although most people don’t celebrate (is that the right word? I’m sure my nana will let me know) Lent anymore, few who grew up with carnival allow this opportunity to pass by without joining in on the costumes (some clever and some bizarre); the small and large parades with or without floats but always with drunken participants and by-standers; and the wild parties that last until…well, I don’t know because I’ve always left before they were anywhere near the end.

For the Record: The Mr. grew up with carnival and he’s been known to complain when more than a handful of the parties tried to end when he was still going strong. Opposites attract, right?

Which brings us to the point – thank God for carnival because it gives us pictures of the Mr. dressed up as none other than Captain America.

Does it get any better?


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

The Mr. made a new friend during our trip to US: a horse. I can’t say it was love at first sight on either side:

but with a little get-to-know each other time,

and a small amount of instruction for the Mr.,

both the Mr. and the horse got comfy and by the end we even got a smile from everyone involved.

Turns out strange friendships aren’t unknown in the barnyard.

In case anyone is interested in what an electric fence shock feels like, the Mr. can provide a detailed description. This is him a minute after he confused the fence with a guardrail and got a real shock.

Thanks to Little One for the riding lesson!

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