Wednesday, September 25, 2013

S'mores Cake

I am not an ambitious baker. When I need a recipe for something to take to a party, I tend to google  phrases like "easy chocolate dessert" or "easy dessert bars." One of my favorite go-to recipes is the ol' pie filling cobbler: apple pie filling topped with yellow cake mix and a few tablespoons of butter. Stick it in the oven for twenty minutes, and boom. Done.

That's what makes my even attempting this dessert so bizarre. I... separated eggs? I used the MIXER?? I basically use the mixer NEVER. But it was the birthday of two dear friends, one of them being my roommate, and they are both major dessert lovers.

Go big or go home, right?

I started by paging through Emily's Pinterest recipe board to see if anything caught my eye. What I noticed was a LOT of s'mores-themed recipes. Bars, cupcakes, and everything in between. Okay! S'mores it is!

After looking at a few different pins, I decided that a cake might be the way to go. But despite looking at MANY different recipes for s'mores cakes, I never found the perfect one. So what follows is an amalgamation of several different cake recipes. For ultimate deliciousness.

But nothing too ridiculous. FAR too many recipes called for me to make my own ganache, or other such nonsense. And I love my friends, but HECK no.

This recipe gave me a lot of inspiration, but on the whole it was just too complicated and time-consuming for me to attempt. So the main recipe I pulled from was this one, because it involved a graham cracker cake.

A graham cracker cake??? Who knew such a thing existed? Not this kid.

Now we just needed a little more chocolate. For my birthday this year, my sister made me an AMAZING cake (from this recipe) that was two layers of chocolate cake surrounding a layer of brownie.

That sounds good. A brownie layer it is!

Sunday morning before church I got up and whipped up a box of dark chocolate brownies in a round pan that I prepared with wax paper and a LOT of non-stick spray. It popped right out and I left it to cool while I went up to work in the church nursery.

When I got home, it was cake time! I got out the mixer, separated those eggs like a boss, and got to work on the graham cracker cake. This is, without a doubt, the most high-maintenance cake I've ever made. Mixing the egg whites, adding in the butter and sugar, alternating the addition of the milk with the graham cracker crumbs... it was crazy. But I did it! With only slightly messy results.

When the (super weird-looking) batter was done, I poured it into two round pans, that I had again prepared with wax paper and a TON of non-stick spray. Like, really. A lot a lot. I did not come this far to have my cakes stuck to the bottom of their pans. Heck. No.

So this is where being a SUPER FUN AND BUSY SINGLE GIRL ON THE GO YOU'RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALLLLLLL gets a little in the way. Because from here I had to leave to go to a concert downtown. (And by concert I mean like a symphony, not like One Direction or something.) And my roommate, one of the birthday girls, was due to come home at any minute!

If this were a TV show, this is where there would be a jump cut to these two little graham cracker cakes resting on wire cooling racks on a pink Rubbermaid container underneath my vanity in my room.

Sometimes a girl has to improvise.

I wanted to wait as long as I could to ice the cakes, so when I got home from the concert, I put them each in a big ziplock bag. Then when I got home from work the next day, I was on a TIGHT schedule. I had less than thirty minutes to change for the birthday dinner and build/ice the cakes.

I put the first graham cracker cake on the cake stand and covered it with a layer of chocolate icing. From a can. Not homemade, but it tasted fine to me! Then I added a few dollops of marshmallow cream (again from a jar--what WHAT!).

The marshmallow cream was much stickier than I'd counted on, which led to this lovely look.

Awesome. Well, who cares, because next came the brownie layer, more icing and marshmallow cream, and finally the last layer of graham cracker cake. By this time my hands were shaking because I was seriously running out of time, and I kept running to the sink to wash marshmallow off my hands, chocolate was everywhere... it was crazy. But I got the top layer frosted and promptly covered the whole thing with... a big pot lid. Because I have no cake cover. Hey, I told you I wasn't a baker!

After dinner, we came back home and I immediately set about finishing up the cake. I put a few more spoonfuls of marshmallow cream on top, but didn't really mess with them much so as not to disturb the icing. That turned out to work out GREAT, because in the next few minutes, it got nice and oozy and spread out just enough to look pretty dang awesome.

I arranged a handful of big marshmallows and rectangles of Hershey'son top, and dusted a small handful of leftover graham cracker crumbs on top. Oh, and I almost forgot, I used a lighter to toast some of the edges of the marshmallows just a little bit. I'm sure if you had an actual kitchen torch it would work a lot better/faster, but I worked with what I had!

The final result:

Boom Shaka Laka.

It ended up tasting WONDERFUL. Incredibly rich, which after sushi was maybe NOT the best choice? But still. Amazing.

Highly recommend.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Baby and a Book: Double Labor.

It's been a monumental summer.

Baby girl joined us on July 13th. She was exactly one week past her due date, but her timing was perfect. If I had a dollar every time I said one of the following in the past 2 months ...

1. I love you too much to keep you in this nasty diaper. Why are you fighting me?
2. It's a good thing you're cute.
3. AGAIN?!
4. If you could talk this would be so much easier.
5. PLEASE wake up and eat some more.
6. PLEASE go back to sleep.
7. Dear God, please help my baby girl to rest.
8. Here comes ANGRY NORAH!
9. I love you SOOO much, kid.
10. Thank you, Father. Thank you.

Everyone is right. This is the hardest yet most joy-inducing adventure of my life. HELP ME. She just woke up early from her nap."WHY ARE YOU AWAKE?" But then I brought her into the office with me and she just looked up and gave me that smile ... I'm hooked.

Norah was the first labor of the summer.

My book was the second. (Clearly I've got a number one fan.)

I've been working on a manuscript for almost three years. Who knew it would take so long? I've been thinking about writing a book since I was maybe 23 years old. I've always known it would be addressed to young women, a sort of spiritual memoir, and a way to greater connect with the audiences that I speak to.

The title of the book is Forget the Corsage. (Big shout out and THANK YOU to a tireless editor and great friend for that title. JORDY-LIZ edits for the WIN!)

The title comes from my unique prom story. I lived my entire high school journey in expectation of my senior prom. I had the dress, the heels, and the perfect hair but I didn’t have the date. At the last-minute, I recruited a friend to accompany me. He was to pick me up at the house, escort me to dinner, and drive me to the dance. He was supposed to bring me a corsage. Instead my date arrived to the dance after 10:30pm. (He had a good reason.) He rushed in to find me standing at the bottom of the escalator that had already delivered my entire senior class to their “Night to Remember.” (I did not have a good reason.) I had waited by myself for over an hour because I was convinced that I couldn’t enter the dance until I had my date and my corsage. I danced to only three songs that night and spent most of my prom thinking, “No one will ever want me.”

Since that time God has laid those words heavily upon my heart. If I truly am a daughter of the King, then I know the response to my own lament. Not only does Christ want me, but also He has given me an abundant and exciting life. His love provides the courage to live adventurously regardless of any dating status.

Forget the Corsage is a reminder to stop waiting for life to happen to us, but instead to go and live life to the full right now. It can be tempting to buy into the lie that real living starts when we graduate, get the perfect body, find Mr. Right, and land our dream job. But the truth is that we are waiting for something that has already been given to us from God: life to the full.

The target audience of this little book is young women. Each chapter begins with a letter to myself at different stages of my life.

"Dear fifteen year old Ginger ..."
"Dear eighteen year old Ginger ..."
"Dear twenty-seven year old Ginger ..."

(You get the idea.)

The letters span from 12 years of age until 27. That's about the target. If I could go back in time and give myself a pep talk or kick in the pants, this book is what I would say.

So which labor was harder? Giving birth to Norah was definitely quicker! I don't know. It's going to be a while before I consider repeating either again, but I am so, so proud of both.

And lest you think this was just one delightful day after another, let me tell you that more tears have been shed from May through September than you can imagine. My husband gets the Red Badge of Courage, the Purple Heart, and THE BEST OF ALL THE THINGS EVER Award for going through these two labors with me. Really, who decides to do both of these things at the same time? If nothing else, I've learned to let my friends and family see my tears. I am REALLYgetting good at apologizing, and slightly better at asking for help.

There's never a dull moment when poop is involved ... and I solemnly swear that this is the last time I will ever mention poop on social media. I give you my word.

The book is for sale at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Westbow Press

(In case you are wondering - The baby is not for sale.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Her Space

Nothing like a five-month hiatus between posts to keep you on the edge of your seats, right? (I can blame it on pregnancy brain and you just have to believe me.) I thought I'd return before life gets any crazier! My first-born is due in just two weeks, and I think I'm finally ready to share some of my favorite details from the nursery.

We are keeping the name a secret, so there are a few spots that you won't see on the tour. We decided that since we were announcing a girl on the way that we would at least keep something "just for us." We've only settled on her first name as of THIS week. I feel like the change is dramatic. I love talking about her by name rather than just "the baby" or "baby girl." Prayer times are sweeter when I'm praying that she would inherit and personify the meaning of her name.

*Important note: I need to give several shoutouts throughout this post. We've utilized two different Etsy shops thus far and couldn't be happier with the art they've sent us!

Without further ado... Her Space.

Here's the before shot. Yikes. After we married, I moved into D's house and this little guest room became a dumping ground of sorts. It felt like we were cleaning that sucker out FOREVER. Some of the treasures have made their way to a new home only in the past month. We made a February deep clean a priority so that we had a fresh start when our parents came to help paint and ready the room.

I've been planning on using Peter Rabbit as a jumping off point for a girl nursery for years. When I was really little, my grandparents gave me a Wedgwood set of Peter Rabbit dishes from their months spent in England. I didn't want giant decals on the wall, just a base for colors and a unifying theme. As you will see below, we ended up with soft blue walls, green bedding, and pale prints and white for the accents. My goal was crisp, clean, and feminine. I'm so pleased with the results.

I have to mention the bunting in the pic! With the help of my mother-in-law, sis-in-law, and the sewing machine and genes from my own mom - I made them! This was my first big sewing project since being in costume practicum in college. The basics came back after we finally figured out how to load the bobbin on my machine. I picked up the inspiration for this mobile of sorts from Pinterest. Here's the blog post that ultimately gave me a direction for the project.

The three prints you can see in these photos are all from a fabulous little shop on Etsy: Printable Wisdom. I love that I found a native Texan who was so willing to work with our changes and ideas. She was super speedy, affordable, and talented.

I selected Psalm 139:14 for one of the prints. I've been memorizing all of Psalm 139 throughout this pregnancy as a way to combat sleeplessness and the worries that hit me around 5:00am. They usually start with, "HOLY HECK - I'M HAVING A BABY." As soon as my heart starts to flutter I begin, "O Lord, You have searched me and you know me..." and it's an immediate soother. I'm printing the entire passage out to take with me to the hospital.

D spied this quote and fell in love with it, 

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

~ Emilie Buchwald

We hunted through pages on Etsy trying to find a print of the quote that we liked, to no avail. So, we turned to Ashley at Printable Wisdom and she custom created yet another design for us. We found another piece she had made with books and just went from there. D is so pleased with the result!

The print was the perfect addition to our little reading corner. Baby girl already has quite the library and I cannot wait to dive in. Thank you to so many wonderful lovelies who have contributed to her literary education already!

There are a few things to point out in this little nook.

1. On the edge of the dresser you can spy a stuffed Peter Rabbit. My mom gave us Peter about 3 minutes after we discovered our little one was going to be a girl.
2. You can see my childhood Wedgwood set on the white shelf displayed proudly with a copy of Peter Rabbit from my mother-in-law and a very special version of The Tale of Tom Kitten that belonged my Uncle Kendrick. I'm so thankful to have it in Baby Girl's room and to be able to tell her all about her missed and loved great-uncle.
3. The print that's super tiny on the shelf is this one from Trafalgar's Square Shop on Etsy. Also a super great shop to work with! (I purchased one with a redheaded little girl with fingers crossed. Who knows, one of her grandmothers is a redhead!)
4. Check out that gorgeous quilt on the recliner. It's handmade by that redheaded grandmother - who I believe will henceforth be known as Nana. :)
5. The bunny in the recliner was actually my favorite stuffed animal from childhood. I am not a fan of stuffed animals. I don't know what to do with them, so it's amazing that any of mine survived. But Mr. Rabbit was destined to be part of this room.

Moving on! Keep following the wall to the right from the reading nook and you will discover the most lovely curtains that only took 4 1/2 hours to iron. You heard me. Baby Girl better love those waterfall curtains.

Last stop is half of her library and what will contain some toys in the future. That fabulous rocking bunny is from Little One's Uncle Ross and Aunt Lauren. (Poor kid. She is going to love rabbits and then someone is going to have to hand down the awful truth that her mother is severely allergic to rabbits.) Let's see, you can also spy some Peter Rabbit details - prints from Amazon, squeaky toys from my Aunt Kathy, a fun tea seat from my cousin Hilary, and so many other wonderful gifts from friends and family.

We cannot wait to meet her and show her this space we've dreamed up and created just for her.

Can't. Wait.

Friday, February 22, 2013

6th Annual Oscar Picks

All of your wildest dreams are coming true! It's time for my predictions for the winners of all 24 Oscar categories, so get excited because I am never, ever wrong!*

(Previously: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.)

Best Picture: I personally thought that "Zero Dark Thirty" was the best film of the year--better than "Lincoln" and miles ahead of "Les Miserables." And while I certainly enjoyed "Argo," I just felt that "Zero Dark" was a better movie top to bottom. Better script, tighter storytelling, and more engaging all-around. However, "Argo" has a ton of momentum behind it right now, and at this point I think it's the only movie that will be capable of going all the way.

Best Director: Apparently the Academy does NOT allow write-in votes, so I guess that means that Ben Affleck really won't be winning this one, despite picking up Best Director at the DGAs, Golden Globes, Critic's Choice Awards, the BAFTA's, etc. etc. If it's not him, then surely it will be Kathryn Bigelow, right? Oh wait- she's not nominated either! Awesome. In that case, I feel like Steven Spielberg is the most logical choice in a field that has already bungled its nominations.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis will make history on Oscar night! He's going to be the first person to win THREE Academy Awards for Best Actor. That's never been done before! So three for you, Daniel Day-Lewis! You go, Daniel Day-Lewis.

Best Actress: If it weren't enough that Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee (9!),  she is going up against the oldest ever Best Actress nominee, Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), who will be turning 86 the night of the show! Too bad neither of them will win. Don't be too sad, though, because Jennifer Lawrence will be winning. And she gives the BEST acceptance speeches.

Best Supporting Actor: Everyone in this category already has an Oscar, and I don't think I'd be surprised to see ANY of them win. It's super hard to call, but I think I'm down to Robert DeNiro and Tommy Lee Jones. And I REALLY want to say it will be Jones, but when I close my eyes and try to picture the award being announced, all I can hear is the name Robert DeNiro.

Best Supporting Actress: I can't imagine a scenario where Anne Hathaway doesn't win. (And I'm sure she can't either.)

Animated Feature: I still feel so let down by the terribly uninspired and by-the-numbers "Brave," despite its stunning visuals and outstanding voice cast. I think "Wreck it Ralph" has a lot of support and could pull out a win, but "Brave" is the more conventional choice, so I think most Academy members will be voting Pixar.

Art Direction Production Design: (Confession: it took me way to long to figure out that they renamed this category. Cool.) I think it's a toss-up between "Les Miserables" and "Anna Karenina." I  feel like they are just neck and neck. But at the end of the day (no musical pun intended), I think I'll choose "Anna Karenina" because of all the envelopes they pushed by creating virtually the entire movie within a theater.

Cinematography: If it's not "Life of Pi" it'll be "Skyfall." (But it'll be "Life of Pi.")

Costume Design: Costume Design tends to be one of the easier categories to predict, purely because the Academy loves to honor extravagant and over-the-top designs. Following that logic, Sunday's winner should be "Anna Karenina."

Film Editing: The winner will be William Goldenberg. Predicting that much is the easy part. What makes it complicated is the fact that Goldenberg edited both "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo." In the past I've just gone with the Best Picture winner for this category, so I'll stick with that strategy and just pick "Argo."

Makeup and Hairstyling: It'll be "Les Miserables," but not for Anne Hathaway's hairstyling, amiright???? #oscarburn

Original Score: I actually haven't noticed much buzz about any of the nominated film scores, but the little I have heard has given props to "Life of Pi."

Original Song: "Skyfall," y'all. Just go ahead and give Adele all the things!

Original Screenplay: I'm torn between "Django Unchained" and "Zero Dark Thirty." I really could see it being either of them. However, the winner of the Writer's Guild Award has gone on to win the Oscar in eight of the last ten years, so based on that information, I'm going with "Zero Dark Thirty."

Adapted Screenplay: Oh my gosh. THIS CATEGORY. I mean, I'm not losing sleep over it or anything. BUT. Stick with me: first we have "Lincoln," a movie adapted from the very popular "Team of Rivals" by TONY KUSHNER. Then you have "Life of Pi," a book that was thought to be unfilmable until David Magee came along. And finally, there's "Argo," who could get a big bump from winning Best Picture. And I really thought that if I just kept talking about it, I would have my mind made up by the end of this paragraph. No such luck. Okay then, well... "Argo," won the WGA, so I think that pushes it over the top for me.

Sound Mixing: One of the biggest stories to come out of the making of "Les Miserables" is the fact that they recorded all of the song performances live on set, a feat that should be rewarded with an Oscar.

Sound Editing: There's a chance that "Skyfall" could win here, because they, you know... had sound. But I think that the seriously overlooked (in my opinion) "Zero Dark Thirty" will get some love here.

Visual Effects: I mean... it's visual Effects. And it's "Life of Pi." Boom. Done. 

Documentary Feature: I will be seriously shocked if anything other than "Searching for Sugarman" wins this one.

Documentary Short: It seems like everyone expects a different film to win in this category, and given the touchy subject matters (dying children, homelessness, cancer, OLD PEOPLE), it's not particularly surprising that each one is garnering some support. In the end, though, I think the odds are with "Open Heart."

Foreign Language Film: They'll miss out in the Best Picture and Best Actress fields, but this category is where "Amour" wins all its money back!

Animated Short: If you've seen "Paperman," you won't be surprised to hear that pretty much EVERYONE is pretty sure that it will walk (float?) away with the gold this year.

Live-Action Short: The buzz is all about "Curfew." Maybe I'll actually watch it! Hahaha just kidding.

*Just not even a little bit true.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Main Squeeze

Be still your heart. A POST! I'm making all of your GALentines dreams come true.

It's happy times around here as we prepare for my sister-in-law's upcoming wedding in March. It's going to be outdoors in Phoenix and it is going to be fabulous.

I pulled forth every ounce of creative and crafty energy in my body and helped throw her a bridal shower this past weekend. We had a lovely time and I am happy to say, thanks to Pinterest, we had a theme with coordinating decorations.

I started by selecting this spring green invitation from BrenaBee Designs on Etsy. So pleased with the end result.

After this point I commenced in some mad pinning and web searching before deciding on a citrus for the shower. So many cute ideas. In the end I could only put a few into action.

We had a brunch with monkey bread, scones, fruit, cookies, and little ham sandwiches. You know the pin. SO tasty. We served up Trader Joe's Italian Blood Orange Soda, Orange Juice, hot teas, and coffee. Who knew the tea would remain untouched? It was even cold that day... like in the 50's. That's frigid here.

Add in some life-long family friends and neighbors and you have a delightful way to spend a Saturday morning.

Mother of the bride and the beaming bride...

The girliest bunch of girls you ever did see. Where's a ball we can go kick?

This bride would rather clean her chicken coop than be the center of attention. For real. Wedding showers are not her idea of a swell time. But I am proud to say she did swimmingly well with all of the attention and girly-girl-ness! We all did.

Lauren is a kind, adventurous, tender-hearted, witty, urban-farming, veterinarian who has fallen for her perfect match. I am so happy for the joy they share now and the love and promise they will share for years to come.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012 Favorites

My Three Favorite Books of 2012

3. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing
This book was absolutely fascinating. I just couldn't get enough of Ernest Shackleton's expedition and couldn't believe all of the hardships he and his crew went through being stranded for nearly two years (!) during their failed attempt to reach the South Pole in 1914. I really enjoyed this one.

"'It's hard to realize one's position here,' Macklin wrote, 'living in a smokey, dirty, ramshackle little hut, with only just sufficient room to cram us all in, drinking out of a common pot, and laying in close proximity to a man with a large, discharging abscess. A horrible existence. But yet we're pretty happy.'"

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
An absolutely lovely story set on a post-World War II English island. Compelling, sweet, heart-wrenching, hilarious, and perfect. I wanted walk along the Guernsey shore with Juliet, cook with crazy Isola, and sit quietly with the darling Dawsey. And most of all, I wanted to emulate the courage of the bold and daring Elizabeth, one of the most thrilling and inspiring literary heroines I've ever encountered. A must-read.

"I'm sorry I can't send you my notes on Charlotte and Emily--I used them to kindle a fire in my cook stove, there being no other paper in the house. I'd already burnt up my tide tables, the Book of Revelation, and the story about Job."

1. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
I am having trouble finding the words to describe exactly how enthralled I was with this book. This true story of the unbelievable experiences of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini in the Pacific during World War II is gripping, entertaining, brutal, unimaginable, and ultimately (somehow) uplifting. Hillenbrand has created such a fleshed-out world, full of an amazing amount of statistics, background information, and vivid descriptions that bring this astounding story to life. I cannot recommend it enough.

"Awed to silence, forgetting his thirst and his hunger, forgetting that he was dying, Louie had known only gratitude. That day, he had believed that what lay around them was the work of infinitely broad, benevolent hands, a gift of compassion."

My Three Favorite Movies of 2012

3. The Avengers
I saw "The Avengers" three times in the theater, more than any other this year. This movie was so entertaining; I had an absolute blast every time. It's fast-paced, engrossing, and, most importantly, hilarious. Thumbs up.
"That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn't notice. But we did."

2. Safety Not Guaranteed
I got two copies of The Artist for Christmas. I plan on exchanging one of them for Safety Not Guaranteed. What an interesting, sweet, funny, and unexpected little film. Put it on your Netflix queue.
"Stormtroopers don't know anything about lasers or time travel. They're blue collar workers."

1. Pitch Perfect
I've seen this movie five times and I am far from tired of it. So well-made and so FUN. Endlessly quotable, great characters, awesome musical numbers, a completely swoon-worthy guy, and... I don't know! I don't know what else to tell you! It's number one on my list, so that should be enough to convince you. GO WATCH IT.
"The Sock-a-pellas, proving it doesn't get better for everyone after high school."

My Three Favorite Events of 2012

3. Trips, particularly to New York to see NEWSIES, but also two insanely fun trips to Galveston with friends, a college roommate reunion in St. Louis, and a week-long stay with the family in Phoenix over Thanksgiving. Unreal.

3b. But seriously, Newsies. The best show I've ever seen ever. Boom. I said it. I still dream about seeing Newsies (as recently as last night). Somehow I still can't seem to properly express how incredible it was or how much it meant to me that my friends and family sent me to New York to see it for my birthday. But it was an amazing, amazing experience. I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it.

2. Moving in with my roommates. I was alone in my apartment for five years, and I honestly really enjoyed living by myself. But then the opportunity to move in with friends came along, and I'm so glad I jumped at the chance. Living with Emily and Lacey has been encouraging, hilarious, comforting, refining, and SO MUCH FUN. It makes all the difference, having people to come home to. To grocery shop and cook with. To watch"Pitch Perfect"  and "The OC" and "Chopped" with. (Oh my word, so much "Chopped." We love it.) Living life alongside these girls is SUCH a joy, and I feel constantly blessed to live with such kind and FUN people. We give out (figurative) roommate gold stars for doing dishes, go see movies in our pajamas, text each other about what the cast of Newsies has been tweeting about (honest to goodness), and make homemade marshmallows JUST BECAUSE WE CAN. I'm having the time of my life.

1. CIMI-BABY. YOU GUYS. MY SISTER IS GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!!! We found out on Christmas morning, and I might have let out an ear-splitting scream. Maybe. I'm just so excited!!! Right now the baby is the size of a lemon, or maybe an orange, depending on which pregnancy site you go with (PICK A FRUIT AND STICK WITH IT, Y'ALL!). But by July 6th, it will be a real live baby. And I will be the most rockin' aunt that ever rocked aunt-dom.

A BABY, you guys. An adorable, tiny little bundle of a crazy cool kid. It's going to be amazing.

I can't wait.