Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A few little things...

1. I have dropped 10 lbs!!! And might I add more quickly than the hubby! Although the enormous amount of Mexican food I consumed today probably didn't help! Now I just need to keep it off!!!

2. I love love love all the babies being born!!! It makes me giddy and oh so excited to go see another little babe!!! They are so sweet and darling!!! Four if my friends have had babies in the past couple weeks and another is due in a few weeks!!!

3. Who doubles their weight in three months time???? MY CHILD!!! :) he is already 16 lbs!!! Insane I know!!! He has the cutest chubby cheeks!!! They jiggle when we go for walks in the stroller! Hehe

4. I'm growing my hair out and right now it's the longest it's been since I was five years old!!! I'm quite proud that I've gotten it this long without chopping it off! Don't get me wrong I love long hair it's beautiful and I'm quite fond of the way it looks on me so far but the problem is that it is seriously annoying! If I don't have it up in a bun or up in some way it gets all over the baby while we are doing feedings! It hangs in my face while we play and he's starting to pull it!!! Eek! So therefore I never wear it down which is so sad!!! Eventually I will cut it but I want to be able to donate ten inches to locks of love before I do so I've got a ways to go! :)

5. Speaking of hair and getting hair cut, when I was in high school I got my hair cut pretty short and I loved it....however my dear great aunt (who is the most opinionated woman I've EVER met in my entire life) said to me....

A-"What did you do to your hair?"
Me- "I got it cut!"
A- "Did a blind person cut it?"

She also has a lovely souther twang and I do her impersonation very well! While I was she told me that my clothes were too tight around my belly and then leaned over to the person who sits beside her in church and said "I just despise when these pregnant girls wear clothes that show off their bellies!" (my outfit really wasn't tight) I no longer take the things she says to heart and while I was pregnant I was much more sassy than normal and I would banter back and forth with her! Normally I respect my elders by not saying anything at all but there were a few times while pregnant that I let my hormones get the best of me! (like when I told her I was going to the beach at 7 months pregnant and that yes I was going to wear a bathing suit on the beach and that it was going to be a bikini! Then wen I got back from the beach I told her my belly was nice and tan.... I do believe she was mortified! (When I told my grandma her sister what I said she just laughed hysterically!)

But she is seriously comical if you don't take what she says to heart because then you get your feelings hurt!!! I love her dearly but she is definitely an old fashioned set in her ways opinionated lady!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Light Up The Sky

You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky
To show me You are with me

And I, I, I can't deny
No, I can't deny that You are right here with me
You've opened my eyes
So I can see You all around me

So tonight as we were on the way to the in-laws for dinner I couldn't help but think of the song Light Up the Sky by the Afters! The sky was brilliantly illuminated with such beautiful colors!!! Since the hubs was driving I got to take pics with his fancy phone! They certainly don't do it justice but you'll get the idea! There were brilliant blues, purples, vibrant oranges, pinks, bright yellows and a few other colors! It was so pretty!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


This picture just makes me chuckle!!! I love his never ending array of facial expressions!!! He's always coming up with a new expression cutter and more amusing that the previous!!! When we took this picture he was as happy as a clam without any worries but then he just gave this hilarious tough guy face and had his hand in a fist and I just couldn't resist posting this picture as opposed to the one of him smiling!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Worst Chicken Pot Pie....EVER

I like to think that I USUALLY make a pretty mean chicken pot pie! It can hold its own with some of the best in my opinion! It's also super pretty with a lovely crust and the veggies and chicken peeping through! It looks like a real pie with two homemade crusts and lots of veggies and chicken! I love it and enjoy making it, however when we were having lovely meals brought to us by our awesome family and friends when the little mister arrived one of them was a turkey pot pie! It was really good and the hubby exclaimed that he liked that this chicken pot pie had more gravy and just one thicker top crust! So with that being said I should have asked for the recipe and saved myself the trouble of messing up what could have been a good chicken pot pie!

One of my biggest mistakes was that I should have cooked my potatoes before putting them in! Everything else was pre cooked so why did I not pre cook them??? I have no clue....it just didn't even dawn on me to cook them first! Secondly do not...I repeat...DO NOT put cinnamon in your chicken pot pie! It tastes TERRIBLE!!! Why did you even put cinnamon in the pot pie you ask? Well that is a fabulous question...see the cinnamon is beside the cumin in the spice drawer and I was going to add a hearty few dashes of cumin which we love on chicken and instead I grabbed the cinnamon and gave numerous hearty dashes of cinnamon! I mixed it all up, took a huge whiff and scrunched up my nose (cause you know I do that frequently)... What was that I thought to myself why does my chicken pot pie mixtures smell of cinnamon??? So to try to correct my horrid mistake I added in cumin and a few other savory spices to "help it out!" It didn't work!

Then I decide that since the baby needed to eat and I didn't have time to make a thick flaky crust i would use some pre made crescent rolls and just roll them out on top! That way it would be thick and flaky and taste like crescent rolls mixed with chicken pot pie! Well I didn't realize that the crescent rolls would cook so beautifully on top and then be gooey and uncooked on the bottom!!!!

So I had uncooked potatoes, a nasty savory-cinnamon gravy and a gooey crescent roll top!!!! So it was terrible!! Next time I'll either get the real recipe or stick to old faithful....why fix what isn't broken right??? Oh well better luck next time!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I have been in denial the past two weeks about my sweet baby boy growing up.  He's getting too big too quick.  Not only has he completely outgrown his bassinet but I've refused to move the bassinet out of our bedroom in the hopes that maybe he will shrink and just possibly fit back into it?  He is also such a big boy now and is sleeping without being swaddled!  Two weeks with only swaddling one arm, then a few days of only swaddling his torso and now nothing...nada....zilch...he is an unswaddled sleeper!  I am impressed at how quickly he transitioned to sleeping without being swaddled!  He seems to love it and is able to freely move all around in his crib!  He does a 90 degree turn in his crib every night!  Its quite amusing how active he is in his crib!  I do believe he's going to be a crazy sleeper like his mama! :)

He also is starting to drool and blow bubbles which I'm told is an indication of teething????  TEETH??? That's not possible!  He's only three months old!!! EEK! However according to my mom I cut three teeth in a week at four months old! 

Sitting together in the same chair....I know shocking!!!

Such a ham! :)

Also its official...I am not going back to work!  I'm not sure if I've mentioned that on here but I'm super excited about staying home with this sweet little man!  :-)  I know my hubby is a bit nervous about it as he is also in the process of starting his own business venture but I'm sure we can make it!  I have faith that everything will work out just the way God wants it to and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be able to raise my little one without having a daycare worker or a family member have babysit him all the time!  Its going to be an adventure the next couple of months but I'm looking forward to it!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Little Teddy Bear

We took these pictures tonight before walking to my parents house!!! Doesn't he look darling all bundled up in his Teddy Bear Snow Suit!!! I just love how cuddly he looks in it!!! Does anyone remember those Anne Geddes Baby Bear Dolls that were popular a while ago? Well that's what these pictures remind me of! Every time we put him in one of these suits I think of these dolls!!! I think I might have had one as a kid....now I've got a real live version!!!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Honey Mustard Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

I wanted to share my Honey Mustard Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Recipe!!! Its phenomenal if you like Honey Mustard, Sweet Potatoes and Chicken! We have now included this recipe in our list of favorite that we will eat frequently! Plus its super easy!

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup creamy honey mustard salad dressing (Or you can make your own honey mustard dressing...I've done both and it turns out great either way)
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon leaves


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place chicken, sweet potatoes, and onion in 13x9" pan or a jelly roll pan. Combine garlic, salad dressing, and dried tarragon and brush half of this mixture over chicken and vegetables. Roast at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes.  Remove pan from oven, stir food. Brush remaining honey mustard mixture over chicken and vegetables. Bake for 20 more minutes until chicken is done/no longer pink and potatoes are tender.  Depending on the size of your chicken you may need to cook it a bit longer!   
Its pretty amazing and I hope if you try it that you enjoy it as much as we do!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Things you should know!

1. Spit up has become a part of my daily wardrobe! I wear it proudly and with great style! Some days I wear it on my shirt which is the usual place people wear spit up, other days I wear it on my pants and then on really good days I wear it in my freshly washed hair! It goes best in the freshly washed hair!

2. I have 3 more pounds to go in my weight loss challenge against the hubby! We are pretty close and he only has 3 to go too!!! I'm struggling with wanting to devour every piece of sugar in our house!!!

3. I am doing this great devotional/workbook and I I've already learned a ton of things!!!

4. I learned you can make a chai at home for quite a minimal amount of money compared to buying one at Starbucks or some other coffee hut! Which I'm super excited about!!! It doesn't taste exactly like it but it's close enough for me! I bought Tazo Organic Chai tea bags (20 bags for $3.99) and brewed the tea into 6oz of milk & 2oz of water! I added some vanilla creamer and a bit of sugar and voila....a cheapskates version of a chia latte!

5. My little...large munchkin has outgrown almost all of his 3 month things and fits into all of his 6 month things!!! Ahhhh so crazy how big he's getting!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Too Stinkin Cute!!

That baby...the one right there in that picture...is too stinkin cute for words!  He is my little munchkin we have so much fun!  Our days are comprised of feedings, hanging out, reading books, singing songs, cooking, cleaning and folding more laundry than imaginable!  We also have a play date at least once a week with some of his fellow little people!  It has been a blast being a mom!  He is also a champ at sleeping!  He goes to sleep between 9:00-10:00pm and then wakes up between 5:30-7:00am to eat and then goes back to sleep until 8:30 or 9:30!  Today was one of the 9:30 days!  :-)  Needless to say no one needed to tell me twice to sleep in too! 

Yesterday we had a 4 year old little girl come visit us for a few hours during the day!  That was so much fun!  We got to play school bus and farm we also rode tricycles and fire engines in the basement and had some really insightful conversations about friendships!  While I was changing Parker's clothes this was our convo...

J- "He has blue eyes like me!  That means we are friends!"
Me- "Well I have green eyes so what does that make me?" 
J- "Mommy has green eyes too so that means that you are girls." 
Me- "You are a girl too!"
J- "Yeah."

Love the logic at that age!  So funny!  :) I have done lots of cooking this week and it has been amazing!!! I love to cook and I have had a blast entertaining and cooking!  On Tuesday we had some great friends over and had honey mustard roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and onions, salad, green beans, homemade bread and chocolate toffee crunch cake!  While they were visiting we watched Courageous which is a great movie if you haven't seen it!!! On Wednesday we had both sets of parents up for dinner and my grandma and we had some amazing lasagna, green beans, garlic bread and some left over cake!  It was great fun!  on Thursday I made veggie enchiladas and cookies for my friend/her family that had the preemie! Overall it was a great week and I will definitely post the recipe for the chicken dish as its so easy and quite amazing! Hope everyone's week is fabulous!!!