Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August


I am 26 week pregnant now and almost in my third trimester. I am way excited to have baby boy here and be done with pregnancy. I love feeling baby boy kick and seeing my belly move when he squirms around. He is incredibly active and I never really have to worry about it if I felt him because his movement is pretty constant. On the downside, having a pinched nerve in my back was more than I bargained for and can be pretty painful at times. The doctor suggested some exercises and getting an exercise ball, but also said that it could go away or just be like this the whole time. The exercises help a little, but not much. I thought it might be going away around week 24, but it came back shortly after. Apparently laying on my nerve is just super cushy. Other than that, I am just hot and tired most of the time and really, really looking forward to fall!


Lately, I haven't really seen Cade much... or really the entire summer. He was gone for a month at field training and the rest of the time he is one the river. He generally gets up in the morning before I wake up and I leave for work before he gets home and he is asleep when I get home. Right now he is finishing up the season with his last Cataract Canyon trip before moving up to Salt Lake this weekend to start school.



I am really excited to move into our new, oldish apartment. Although it isn't as nice as our old apartment, it will be a lot closer to campus which will be nice for Cade and will hopefully allow me to make some friends. Since I am pretty pregnant right now Cade and I decided it would be best if I stay in Moab and work for another month or so before moving up to Salt Lake. I will be going up for a week to help him move and then going back probably every other week to see him and go to doctors appointments. I'm kind of sad that we have to be apart again, but I think it will help me keep my sanity to still be working and having a little extra money will be nice-especially with the baby coming.

Other than working, I have also been sewing a lot and doing random projects like painting furniture. Unfortunately, there is only one place in Moab to buy fabric and it is expensive and only has a small selection. On the bright side, I have forced myself to use up some old fabric that I have had for a few years which is kind of refreshing. Although, I can't wait to go to Salt Lake and buy some new fabric to make more things for baby boy.

We still haven't decided on a name for the little rascal yet. I told Cade I feel like I need to see him before I  we make a choice and he thought that was kind of weird, haha. We are both really excited for him to come join our little family though.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Apricot Jam


Apricot Jam is one of my favorites! A neighbor offered to let us pick all over her apricots because she didn't want any of them, gasp! Crazy, I know! So we picked a few buckets full and made some freezer jam. They weren't the most flavorful apricots I've had. My grandparents are much better. Although, when mixed with a bunch if sugar they really aren't too bad ;) We made like 70 cups of jam though so Cade and I are set for at least a year.

Jam Recipe

1 and 2/3 cup fruit, puréed and diced
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp instant pectin 
 
Mix fruit sugar and lemon juice. Let stand 10 minutes. Add pectin to mixture, ladle into containers and let stand 30 minutes. Store in freezer up to a year. 

*If making a lot of jam, only double or triple the recipe and do additional batches seperately. Combing too many batches will cause the jam not to set.  

Weekender Bag

This is the Amy Butler Weekender Bag I made for my sister-in-law, Anikka, who just had a baby to use as a baby bag. It was such a fun project and overall I think it turned out pretty cute! I am excited to make a few more after I finish a couple other projects I have started. 

The picture is kind of terrible, as I took it last minute while packing my car. I noticed later that the handle came detached as well :( 

The pattern was pretty way to follow and I didn't have too many issues with it. The pattern doesn't include the patchwork though so I browsed blog land for some tips. It really wasn't difficult, mainly just time consuming. I also added some pockets on the inside, which I highly recommend because the bag is huge. now that have made the bag, I also recommend adding Velcro or buttons to the main pockets to keep them closed. I will definitely do that next time.
 
It's a great bag though and I highly recommend making one. I'll try and take better pictures of the next one I make. 

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