Thursday, April 30, 2009

I really should be doing something else . . . .

Rules (if you want to waste some time, too):
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search (
b. Using ONLY the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Mosaic Maker. Change rows to 4 and columns to 4 (
d. Save the image and post it!

1. What is your name? Hilary
2. What is your favorite food? Sushi
3. What is your hometown? Charlotte, N
4. What is your favorite color? green
5. What is your favorite movie? Sense and Sensibility
6. What is your favorite drink? Strawberry margarita
7. What is your dream vacation? Mediterranean cruise
8. What is your favorite dessert? angel food cake
9. What is one word to describe yourself? tall
10. How are you feeling right now? overwhelmed
11. What do you love most in the world? my husband
12. What do you want to be when you grow up? a martha stewart
13. Favorite Hobby? cooking and baking
14. What kind of books do you like? Historical fiction
15. What’s your favorite sport? Volleyball
16.Where do you work? at home

Monday, April 27, 2009

Son-Father fishing

Fishing seems to a traditional Father-son bonding experience. For whatever reason, Dad and I never did much of that when I was younger. It's probably due to all the various sports activities we baseball and basketball kept us pretty busy on weekends. Ever since graduating from college I've really gotten into fishing and now I've gotten Dad into it so the roles are somewhat switched!

Anyways, Dad and I were able to take a trip up to Stone Mountain State Park ( and do some trout fishing on some of their well stocked catch and release streams. We also took his Mini Cooper which was a blast to drive in the mountains.

This was his first time fishing with his new fly rod that he got for his birthday and he learned pretty quickly and caught a decent sized Brook Trout about 8 inches long.

Later in the day I finally landed a 12 inch Brookie.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring is here . . . .PLAY BALL!

Baseball is not only THE national pastime, but it's quite possibly the Baumgartner Family pastime as well. My Dad's family nearly lives at the baseball field during the spring and summer months . . . I'm looking forward to Zach's first t-ball team with much anticipation =)

All that to say . . . you know spring is officially here when you go to your first baseball game. Greg and I got to go see the Charlotte Knight's play on Saturday with a group of college students from Mission 28. We had a blast! The weather was perfect. We got a foot long hot dog (yes, Dad, Knight's stadium now serves foot longs . . . ), some nachos, and a drumstick. Greg caught a foul ball (1 of 3 that were hit pretty much directly to us, next time he'll bring his glove, haha). Our team won 2-1 with a fantastic home run hit out of the park. And there were fireworks at the end. Couldn't have asked for more.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

This past week I got an Amish Friendship Bread starter from my mom . . . I'm rather excited about it as I love baking, but it does bring back some memories of trying to pawn off - I mean generously give - the starters to my very small circle of friends as each batch multiplied every 10 days. I've since learned that you can freeze the starter if you need a break and that you can turn a spare starter into a loaf of bread instead of giving them away. Plus, Mom found this great website with many variations on how to bake with the starter so you don't get bored of the same sweet bread (the 3rd page of variations is what I'm looking forward to the most)

I'm on day 6 right now and looking forward to my first loaf this week!

Oh, yes, the whole point of the this post . . . Please, please, please let me know if you would like a starter and I will make sure you get one =)

Friday, April 10, 2009

25 weeks

I seemed to have popped . . . =) I'm definitely wearing maternity pants all the time now (until about a week ago I was still able to use the rubber band trick to give me some extra inches on my jeans) but I'm still wearing mostly pre-pregnancy shirts. With the empire waist style of shirts being so popular and my belly being on the smaller side still, it's been working really well. But I'm realizing that may only last another week or so . . .

Zach is quite active and Greg's able to feel him move a lot more now, which is super fun for me. I get to feel him move all the time which is truly amazing, but there's just something about watching Greg's face when he feels his son kick his hand. I'm quite certain that the extra pregnancy hormones add to the emotions of those moments, too =)

From What to Expect: Your baby is about nine inches long and more than a pound and a half in weight this week. And don't look now (as if you could), but your baby's skin is turning pinker as small blood vessels form under the skin and fill with blood. Lungs and nostrils are also growing at this stage of fetal development.