Monday, July 28, 2008

Twins Fishing - 17 Weeks

Twins fishing... and maybe catching, too!

We're just over 17 weeks! We're just over 5 inches, our skeletons are hardening and fat is starting to form, and we have one-of-a-kind fingerprints now!

And guess what! This week we find out what GENDER we are! Back Thursday with the news!!!

Any guesses?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Pregnant Camping

Well, cabin camping... it's much more comfortable that way!

We still love getting out there where the phones and computers don't work, but trying to live in a tent while in our second trimester with twins just doesn't work. So we roughed it in style at the Pete Blodgett Cabin up in the Dartmouth Second College Grant.

These cabins in the grant - this is the second cabin we've stayed it - are set in an idyllic northern New Hampshire woods (look up Errol, NH... then go north of there!) that are virtually untravelled, as the road is closed off by a gate. At four hours from Boston, this is the perfect getaway for us.

The cabins have running water piped from nearby streams, propane stoves and propane-powered refrigerator/freezers, and wood stoves - although we didn't need them because it was warm enough! All the comforts of home!

It was beautiful while we were there after some first-night thunderstorms. Warm but breezy - which helped keep the mosquitos at bay...

We plan on bringing the twins up here for years to come, to fish the native trout streams, hike the trails to the many peaks, and unwind from twin city life - which can be very trying.

We fly fished - and Stacey caught her first Brook Trout on the fly!

Stacey's keeper trout... that we didn't keep. All fish were released safely!

Headed home to relax.

Mike even caught a smallmouth bass on the fly. The smallmouth bass are starting to make their way up the river and some NH Fish and Game people were working nearby, catching and tagging the bass to study their migratory habits. We got this guy safely in a bucket of water and brought it over to that crew to be tagged and released.

One of the bridges across the rivers that run through the Grant area...

Moon-set over the cabin.

Fishing Profile Lake in Franconia Notch on our way back to Boston.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Twins Playing Ping Pong

Passing the time...

At 15 weeks now, we're the size of naval oranges - about 4 inches long!


Our legs are longer than our arms (finally!) and - although Mom can't feel it yet - we are squirming and wriggling like crazy.

All of our major organs are now formed, and so are our eyebrows and fingernails! We can grasp, squint, frown, grimace and maybe suck our thumbs! Also, our ear bones are forming and we can start to "hear" what's going on around us. So watch your mouth, Dad!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

I cannot take credit for this recipe... but I can take credit for stuffing it into my mouth! My sister-in-law, Laura, made this wonderful concoction for us during our visit to Rochester this past weekend. Considering how hot and sunny it was, this ice cream cake served as a nice cool treat.

Line a loaf pan with wax/parchment paper for ease of removal. First layer is ice cream sandwiches... yep, the pre-made kind you ate as a kid - or perhaps still eat! Then goes a layer of heavy cream which has been whipped with some sugar. I usually use confectioner's sugar when I whip cream, but I'm not sure what she used. You could also go lower fat with some low-fat Cool Whip if you so desire.

Then another layer of bars, then more cream... I suppose you could go another layer, it just depends on the depth of your pan! The top layer should be the cream topped with smashed up Heath bars! Let this set in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Lift out with the paper when you're ready to serve!

Thank you Laura & Drew for hosting us this past weekend - hopefully I didn't drain your pantry of food! And here are our nephews, Brady & Jack! Jack is extremely excited to meet the babies in my belly - he named one of them Pirate. I'm not sure where he got that one!