Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fun giveaway!

Well, I'm not giving anything away...yet, maybe I will another day!

But, I came across a blog doing a giveaway of something I'd really like to win! :) I wanted to share it with you, hoping that if I don't of my friends might be a lucky winner!

Check it out at . She's giving away a really cute swim suit cover-up!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

To the best mom in the world!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I love you so much! Taylor says I'm her best friend now...though, I'm sure we'll have a few bumps and rough times as she gets older. But, I hope that I can still be her best friend like you are mine. I wouldn't know what to do without you.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Things on my mind...

Oh, it's been so long since I've blogged. I guess I've lost the motivation to do so lately. Everything has been going well. I have been staying busy with work, and just haven't taken the time to type up a post after the girls go to bed like I used to.

We had a great weekend--spending time with my family. My sister came to town and her best friend, Becky, was visiting. It was great to see both of them. Becky had not seen Tay since she was 3 weeks old at Ashley's wedding! Ash brought her 2 foster boys with her. This was our first time to meet her newest boy. He's another cute little boy & Ashley is so good with him...she is with both of the boys. I was just thinking in church yesterday (as Ash was tapping him on the head to get him to quit playing with his bulletin like it was a paper airplane!), that when they grow up, I bet they will look back and be so grateful for the great parents that Ash & Seth are to them.

Church has been just AWESOME the past few months. To quote Bro. Fred, I left the Sunday service this week thinking ..."woo! WOO!" :) Powerful, powerful stuff from God's Word. This week he spoke from Luke 13:6-7...a parable about producing fruit. God expects that from us if we are His children. One thing he said was that as a part of the doesn't matter if your the eye, ear, nose, pinky finger, toe, or belly button (well, I added that last one!) are to do your part in the body of Christ. It's interesting because earlier this week, one of my "friends" on Facebook wrote this as her status: "

One of the greatest sins in the church is we have made it ok to sit & do nothing and call yourself a Christ-follower."

That's another "WOOO!" statement! I'm still processing's a strong statement, wouldn't you agree?

Anyhow, we have a new youth/college pastor at our church, and this Sunday I made the statement that I'd like to be a part of working with that ministry. I'm super excited for what God has in store. He's been showing up in a big way lately, and I'm confident He'll do great things in the coming years to build up young people in the church. We need strong young people now more than ever. I've found from experience that if you don't have a circle of Christian friends to hold you accountable, you'll fall for anything the world hands you.

Well, that's about it for tonight. I'll try to post more about the girls later in the week. (Ella turns 6 months old on Sunday...I think I may just cry...why does time fly by so quickly.) I love my girls so much and just want to keep them small.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Recipe to share

Here's a great recipe I tried last week. I've been given lots of fresh blueberries. So, I've found several recipes I'd like to try and will be posting more this week. This one is a Cooking Light recipe from my friend & coworker, Tessie. Thanks, Tessie!

Blueberry Streusel Cake

1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (about 8 cookies)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 TB margarine, melted
1 teaspoon hot water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 TB vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg white
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine blueberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl; gently mash with a potato masher until blueberries are crushed. Let stand 5 minutes. Set aside.

Combine wafer crumbs, brown sugar, margarine, and hot water; stir until well-blended. Set aside.

Combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine yogurt, oil, vanilla, egg, and egg white; stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring until well blended. Fold in the blueberry mixture. Pour batter into a 9" round cake pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the cake; bake an additional 10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.

**Notes: Taylor really enjoyed helping to mash the blueberries with the sugar! :) Also, I used a pie plate since I don't own a cake pan! And, I had to sub applesauce for the 3 T vegetable oil that it calls for. I wouldn't recommend that. I don't think it affected the taste too much, but the texture would have been a bit better if I had vegetable oil.

I hope you'll try this and let me know what you think! We served it while it was still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Kiddo update

Oh, I get so behind on blogging!

An update on the girls...
They are both doing good. Taylor had a cold about a week and a half ago, and then we all had it! It went from Tay to me and we quickly got better, but Ella and Scott are still fighting it. As much as we begged Tay to "keep your hands off your sister!!", it just didn't work! Tay just loves her too much! :)

Ella went in for her 4 month check up a couple of weeks ago & Tay had her 3 year check up. Tay is so funny because she loves to go to the doctor. She's always telling her baby dolls they have to go to the doctor. And, if she gets the tiniest guessed it, she "needs to go to the doctor"!

So, the funniest part of the doctor visit was the weigh-in...generally, not a "funny" part of my doctor visits! But, Taylor weighed in a 26 lb. 6 oz. and my sweet Ella...15 lb. 13 oz.! Taylor is in the 5th percentile for weight and less than 5th percentile for height. Ella, on the other hand, is in the 90th percentile for height AND weight! What a contrast these two are! I get a kick out of Scott folding clothes and holding a shirt up and saying "Is this Taylor's or Ella's?!?". Truly, it's hard to tell sometimes! :) I took Ella to the doctor again last Friday because of her stuffy nose & she was already up to 16 lb. 3 or 6 oz....the girl gains fast! It had just been 9 days since she was weighed in previously.

We've gotten down the exersaucer from the attic for Ella and she LOVES playing in it. I'll have to post a picture this week. She sits up really well, with assistance of course, but she still hasn't rolled over! She's just not happy laying on her play mat for more than a few minutes.

I took Taylor to Cottage Hill Baptist last week to sign up for Mom's Day Out. I think she'll enjoy it, but it will take her going a few times before she feels comfortable. She enjoyed playing in the play area while I filled out paperwork and then we went to see her "classroom". The 2 teachers seemed great, but the kids in the class were so much bigger than Taylor. Really, they were a lot bigger & the teacher even mentioned something about Taylor being so petite! She'll be going to MDO on Thursdays from 10-2 and Meredith will be taking her there & I'll pick her up after work. Another concern of mine is that Tay typically goes down for a nap between 12-1...I'm just hoping Tay can hang out 'til 2 and then take a nap when we get home.

That's about it, for now. I think about blogging all the time, but just don't get around to doing it. But, some of the things that come out of Taylor's mouth just crack me up and I think "I need to put that in the blog!". But, now as I sit here typing, I just can't think of anything in particular! One thing she did do last week...She's always saying, "Watch, Mama. WATCH!" So, I look up and she's dancing (shaking her behind!) and I ask "Where did you learn those moves?!?" and she quickly replies, "I learned it in SUNDAY SCHOOL!!" Hmm...I don't think so!

Have a great week y'all!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Menu Monday 07.06

Hi guys! Here is what we have on the menu for the next week or so.

Monday--Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake, Peas & Carrots
Tuesday--Jambalaya, salad, garlic bread
Wednesday--Chicken Marsala, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Thursday--We'll be eating at mom & dad's house. :)
Friday--scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits
Saturday--ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad
Sunday--hot dogs, pasta salad, baby carrots & ranch dip
Monday--chicken spaghetti, green beans, garlic bread
Tuesday--Tater tot casserole, Sweet Peas

Here's a great recipe that we've tried before & I'm happy to pass along--
Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti
2 cups cooked chicken (I've used just breasts before, too)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimentos, drained
3 cups dry spaghetti, broken into 2 inch pieces
2 cups reserved chicken broth from the pot
1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste
1 additional cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Cook 1 cut up fryer and pick out the meat to make 2 cups. Cook spaghetti in same broth until al dente. Do not overcook. When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients, except additional 1 cup grated cheese.

Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil.)


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Because you won't come back to my blog if I never post anything...!

Ok, so I have a dozen (or more!) other things I need to be doing right now...but, it's been so long since I posted anything here! The month of June just had us going here & there...and staying "busy"!

I came across this on someone else's blog & thought I'd copy it! Because I know you want to know all of these things about me...and you have nothing better to do for the next 15 minutes! Haha! I know better than that, so if you stick with me...I promise to post something more interesting next time!! ...and I'll even post a couple of pictures of the girls! (Why do my pictures always appear at the beginning of my blog. Can anyone help me with this?!?)

What is your salad dressing of choice? honey mustard
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? It's a toss up between San Miguel & Macaroni Grill
What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Mexican
What are your pizza toppings of choice? Ham & Pineapple..or just plain ole pepperoni
What do you like to put on your toast? I prefer a bagel with cream cheese, but on toast it's just butter & jelly

How many televisions are in your house? 3
What color cell phone do you have? crimson
What does the first text message in your inbox say and who sent it? "thanks" from my friend, Laura
Who was the last person to call you? A lady calling me back with her Southern Living at Home order :)

Are you right-handed or left-handed? right
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? adenoids, wisdom teeth & 2 babies! Ha!
What is the last heavy item you lifted? Ella in her carseat! Seriously, have you held her...she's a load!

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? absolutely not.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Nope, I like my name (thanks Mom & Dad).
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Um...only if my children were starving & I needed the money that badly!

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? I wear flip-flops more than anything probably 5 or 6 pair.
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Never
Last person you talked to in person ? Scott
Favorite Month? October...just all the months during Fall, actually...cooler weather, football season, the start of the holiday season, my anniversary ( 6 yrs. this October!), etc.

Missing someone? Yes...I'd love to live much closer to some good friends from college
Mood? relaxed
What are you listening to? Scott playing NCAA Football on xbox
Watching? The computer screen as I type
Worrying about? nothing really at the moment

What’s the last movie you watched? Curious Case of Benjamin Button...a very interesting movie
Do you smile often? Yes.
Do you always answer your phone? embarrassingly...not often. Either I can't get to it in time because I'm feeding someone, changing someone's diaper, giving someone a bath...well, you get the idea. But, I do try to return all my missed calls!
It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it? I don't know anyone who would text me at 4 in the AM and if they did I wouldn't hear it anyways.
If you could change your eye color what would it be? I like my brown eyes.
What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? cherry
Do you own a digital camera? yes, we got one when Taylor was born.
Have you ever had a pet fish? yes, goldfish when I was a child & I had a beta fish in college
Favorite Christmas song? hmm...there's so many. I like "Mary, did you know" that the title?
What’s on your wish list for your birthday? I usually ask for money & then end up spending it on anything but myself. But, I'd really like a pedicure & could use some new clothes. There's some books & CDs I'd really like, too.
Can you do push-ups? I think so.
Can you do a chin up? No way!
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Excited!
Do you have any saved texts? nope
Ever been in a car wreck? no
Do you have an accent? I don't think so.
What is the last song to make you cry? In Christ Alone by Travis Cottrell
Plans tonight? not much! we had tacos for dinner, I straightened up the house, but the girls to bed...I's EXCITING around here!
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? I've had my moments
Name 2 things you bought yesterday. nothing! But, I went to Target the day before & bought plenty!
You ever been given roses? Yes
Current hate right now? Ooh...tough one...truly, I can't think of anything I "hate" at the moment....I hate black olives, does that count?
Met someone who changed your life? yes, most importantly...Jesus
What song represents you? Like I said...I really love "In Christ Alone" right now.
What were you doing 12 AM last night? just falling asleep
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? Why won't Ella sleep?!?!

Oh, wow...that was really long. I doubt anybody read this all the way through! :)

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July! God bless America!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A couple of recipes...

Hey guys!
I just wanted to share a couple of really good recipes I've come across recently--blueberry muffins & banana bread. I'm sure you can find dozens and dozens of recipes for these two...but, I think these recipes are pretty fantastic! I hope you'll try them.

Blueberry Muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar & white sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.
**NOTE** I doubled this recipe to make big muffins. You just fill the muffin cup right to the very top. By doubling the recipe, it made 14 big delicious muffins! :)

Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth. Finally, fold in the sour cream, walnuts and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
This is very, very good. I sometimes sprinkle in just a tiny bit of cinnamon & nutmeg, too.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Menu Monday 06.15.09

Wow! I can't believe it's been so long since I posted here. Last week just flew by! Here's what we have on the menu until the end of the month. I'll be trying some new crockpot recipes--it's just way to hot to cook something in the over for more than a few minutes. We had a great dinner tonight in the crockpot & I'll share the recipe at the end of the post. And, as usual, you'll see some repeats from my previous meal plan because we didn't end up making them as planned before.

6.15--Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken over rice with refried beans
6.16--Leftover Sante Fe chicken served in flour tortillas, with chips & salsa
6.17--Beef, Cheddar, and Tomato Macaroni with broccoli
6.18--Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, with mashed potatoes & sweet peas (This recipe is really yummy, but Scott has requested no more tilapia for awhile after this...he's just not a tilapia fan!)
6.19--Beans & Cornbread
6.23--Quiche, biscuits, bacon
6.24--Spaghetti, green beans, garlic bread
6.25--Barbecue chicken, pasta salad, sauteed zucchini
6.26--Barbecue chicken pizza made with leftover chicken
6.27--Steak, baked potato, salad
6.28--Taco Salad

Ok, so I've got some gaps in my menu...please post any great dinner ideas you'd like to share!
And, here's the recipe for our dinner tonight...


1 15 oz can black beans -- rinsed and drained
2 15.25 oz cans whole kernel corn -- drained
1 cup bottled thick and chunky salsa
5 or 6 skinless boneless chicken breasts -- (can use frozen) (and I only used 3 large breasts)
1 8 oz brick cream cheese -- low fat is fine
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a slow cooker, mix together the beans, corn, and 1/2 cup salsa. Top with the chicken breasts, then pour the remaining salsa over the chicken.

Cover and cook on the high heat setting 2.5-3 hours (I cooked it on low for 5 hours), or until the chicken is tender and white throughout; do not overcook or the chicken will toughen.

Remove the chicken and cut into bite sized pieces (I shredded seems to me that when you shred cooked chicken you have so much more than when you leave it whole...and I like to save a buck!). Add back to the slow cooker.

Add the cream cheese (cut into cubes to melt faster), and turn slow cooker to high heat. Heat until cream cheese melts and blends into sauce.

Serve over rice. Top with shredded cheese.

I really look forward to serving these leftovers in a tortilla--a yummy burrito!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Menu Monday 06.01

Here's what we have on the menu for the next 2 weeks. I'll also post our favorite recipe from my previous menu plan.

Monday--leftover spaghetti & garlic bread
Tuesday--scrambled eggs, bacon, & cheesy grits
Wednesday--Chicken Noodle Casserole, french bread
Thursday--Beans & Cornbread with salad
Friday--Taco Melt with refried beans
Saturday--we have a wedding to attend that night
Sunday--Chicken Bacon Crescent Ring (potluck dinner for Bible study)
Monday--Broiled tilapia parmesan, broccoli, stuffing
Tuesday--Santa Fe Chicken over rice with cheese
Wednesday--Chicken Spaghetti, salad
Friday-Sunday--out of town

Our favorite meal from the previous menu plan was Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken. Not only do I love the simplicity & ability to cook it in the crockpot--the flavor is delish!! Oh, how I love the sauce! We've served it many different ways--over rice, pasta, even biscuits. I normally remove the chicken breasts and shred them up and return to the crockpot before serving. Here ya' go!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 envelope italian salad dressing mix (I use the zesty italian mix)
1/4 cup water
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened (I use reduced fat)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can (4 oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
hot cooked rice or noodles

Place chicken in slowcooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water; pour over chicken. cover and cook on low for 3 hours. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. Pour over chicken. Cook 1 hour longer or until chicken juices run clear. Serve over rice or noodles

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Monday

A fresh start to a new week...

This morning I attended training at the Watermelon Patch. I think I'll really enjoy working there--they have so many fun activities, events, and parties--from laser tag to "girls just want to have fun" to art & cooking, and many more! In fact, I have several business cards which I have been instructed to give out that entitle you to ONE FREE CLASS! Check out their website to see all the classes that are available. Leave me a comment and I'll be glad to get a card to you.

After the training Mom, Mimi, Taylor, Ella, and I went to eat lunch at one of our favorite places--San Miguel. We all love Mexican food--especially Mimi & Taylor. Two people who don't eat much but can really put away some chips, salsa, & tacos!! :) Taylor also loves the music there and was shaking her groove thang in our booth!! Oh, my sweet, quiet, & shy Taylor--what happened?!?! Well, she's still pretty sweet, but she has quite the energetic & funny personality now.

Tonight I headed back to they gym after missing what seems like an entire month from working out. It was good to get back on the elliptical machine, but here it is nearing 11:30 and I'm still WIDE AWAKE! That's what happens when I don't get home from the gym until 9.

Ella had 2 firsts today! I pulled out the doorway jumper that Taylor loved as a baby. Guess what..Ella loves it, too! She's always kicking her legs and seems really strong. She just grinned and smiled at Tay and I when I put her in the jumper. I'm glad to have something I can put her in for a few minutes to keep her happy! After the jumper, I gave her a few bites of rice cereal. I think she loved it! She was starting to fuss since the jumper wore her out & she fell asleep shortly after that so she didn't eat much. But, we'll try again tomorrow. I'll take some pics and post them.

Well, I guess I'll go lay down & hope that I fall asleep soon.
I hope everyone else had a great Monday!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Our weekend...

We had a great weekend with some fabulous weather (finally!). We blew up Tay's swimming pool that Gran gave her for her birthday. She had a blast playing in it. I must admit that I splashed around in it a bit, too! Saturday morning it was so nice before it got too hot.

Saturday afternoon I had a training for my new job. I'll be working a few hours a week at the Watermelon Patch! We've made a plan to go to Disney World in November seems a long ways a way, but I know it will be here before you know it! Tay can hardly wait--she can name all the characters on Disney Playhouse. So, my bit of extra income from the Watermelon Patch will be just fun money and also go towards saving for our big vacation! Tay actually starts Summer Camp at the Watermelon Patch next Tuesday and I know she'll love it.

We had a great morning at church. Bro. Fred preached on "Priorities"--God first, family second, work & other relationships are third. These are based upon God's law as stated in the 10 Commandments--1. have no other gods before me 2. honor thy father & mother, do not commit adultery 3. do not covet, do not steal (honesty & integrity are what God calls us to). It was a great message and something I will consider regarding all areas of my life and how things are prioritized.

After church, Tay went with Scott to eat lunch at Gran's and Ella and I spent the afternoon at Mawmaw & Pawpaw's (with my parents & Mimi, too). My Pawpaw is doing so great after having surgery just 5 days ago--it's amazing! Between my Mimi, Mawmaw, & Pawpaw, I have the best grandparents! I think Tay & Ella are pretty lucky with such fabulous grandparents, too! :)

I will include a few pics from the weekend. The first is a picture of Taylor with a really cute purse & matching hairbow from Gran. (By the way, Gran is selling these if you know of any girly girls that would like one! She has the purses & bows in different colors (the bows have 3 different color ribbons--Tay's is blue, pink, & yellow--it's hard to tell in the pic) and I can send more pics if interested. They are $8 for the pair.) The second is from lunch today at Mawmaw & Pawpaw's house. The third one is actually Ella sleeping when she about 3 weeks old. The final one is from yesterday as I watched Tay swim--see how much she's grown!!
I hope everyone has a great week!! more thing, if you happen to read this before tomorrow (Monday, June 1st) at noon...head on over to Dori's blog to register for a giveaway of Jennifer Rothschild's book Self Talk, Soul Talk. Just leave her a comment & let her know that I referred you there. I found Dori's site through her comment to a post at Beth Moore's blog. Dori seems to have a great blog titled "Your Word is Life to Me". Check it out! :) Maybe, you'll be a winner of the book!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bible study update

We'll be beginning Beth Moore's newest Bible study on Esther--"It's tough being a woman". We'll start with the introduction video next Sunday night, June 7th, at 5:30 pm at my house. We'll have a potluck dinner for our first night, too. Go ahead and purchase your workbook by next Sunday night. You can pick them up at Lifeway Bookstore. I'm thrilled to be doing this study and am excited to get started. Please leave me a comment if you plan on joining the Bible study! :)

Some pics for my Mimi! (To be fair, I have to post a pic of both Tay & Ella...though, Tay looks like she has bunny teeth in her pic!)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Checking in...

Wow...who knew keeping up with a blog would be harder than I thought! Well, I'm back and just have a quick update before bed. We're all doing good around here. I can hardly believe Ella will be 4 months old next week. And, guess who's wearing 6-9 month jammies already! Yep, my cutie patootie Ella is growing at a rapid pace! :)

We plan on having Ella and Taylor's pictures taken this week. Looking back at Tay's 3 months pictures, Ella and Tay really do look quite a good bit alike at this age. It's hard to remember Tay's personality at this age. But, Ella is a very smiley baby and loves to snuggle. She makes all sorts of sweet and funny coos and noises.

We had a good Memorial Day weekend, but didn't get to do all the fun things we had planned because it rained off and on all weekend long. But, we grilled Saturday and today and had great food. I love the smell of the grill. Tay is getting good riding her new bike that she got for her birthday. She has a bit of difficulty with watching where she is going though because she is looking and concentrating on her feet so much! Unfortunately, we didn't get to blow up her new pool because of all of the rain.

Tay has also learned how to push her step stool over to turn the light off & on in the bathroom. Yay! This is a big time accomplishment. It gives her a lot of independance which she loves. She really likes to do things by herself!!

Tay LOVES going to Sunday School. It makes me so glad. She's come so far from screaming and crying when we drop her off to running down the hall when she sees her teacher waiting to greet her! Oh, I love it! She talks about Sunday School all week and is very quick to correct me when I slip up and mention church. She says, "No, Mommy! YOU go to church; I go to Sunday School!!"

Ella still hasn't rolled over yet. I say it's because she never lays on the floor longer than a few minutes. This gal likes to be held...all.the.time.!! The batteries on her swing died (again!) this weekend. I thought "Oh, No!!" That's the only way I get a break from holding her during the day!!

We're definitely hoping for better weather this week so we can spend some time outside. Whew, we've been cooped up in the house for too long! I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 05.18

So, I took the week off last week from blogging. Sorry! Once I got so far behind in the week, I just figured I would start over today. Here's what we'll be having for the next 2 weeks. Again, if you see something you would like the recipe for, just leave me a message. And, you'll see some repeats from my previous menu because we didn't get around to cooking every night because of things that came up at the last minute. The beef, tomato, & cheddar mac was a HUGE hit with Tay--she had THREE helpings the first night and asked for it for lunch the next day! So, I'll go ahead and post that recipe at the end of this post. It's so easy to change it up to with different type chopped tomatoes & shredded cheeses. I may do it mexican style next time with rotel and monterrey jack. Yum!

Monday--Lemon Garlic Tilapia, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables
Tuesday--Homemade Pancakes, Sausage Patties, and Scrambled Eggs
Wednesday--Creamy Italian Chicken over Rotini Pasta, Salad
Thursday--Chicken Pot Pie (I'll be making an extra to take to a friend), Crescent Rolls, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Friday--Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Potato, Sweet Peas
Saturday--Beans and Cornbread (from Pioneer Woman's website)
Sunday--Quesadillas, Chips & Salsa
Monday--Steak, French Fries, Salad
Tuesday--Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Salad, Garlic Bread
Wednesday--Tacos, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans
Thursday--Creamy Chicken Noodle Bake, Banana Pudding
Friday--Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Saturday--out of town
Sunday--out of town

Here's the Beef, Tomato, & Cheddar Mac recipe:
Tomato, Cheddar and Beef Macaroni
~*~Sandy~*~ from's Cooking for Your Family Board

1 lb ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 can (14.5-oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 cup water
1 cup elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef with the onions, drain. Stir in the tomatoes, water, and macaroni. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until tender; stir in cheese and serve.

- ground turkey, onion, plain diced tomatoes, chicken broth, whole wheat rotini, and Irish Cheddar cheese
- ground venison, plain tomatoes, smoked paprika, garlic

Friday, May 8, 2009

Favorite Friday

I know I've been going on and on about how great Beth Moore's latest Bible study on Esther is. I've also been following her blog recently and it's great, too!

For the past two weeks, her youngest daughter, Melissa, has been blogging while on a trip with Compassion to Calcutta, India. It has been absolutely amazing & eye-opening to read about her experience there. No lie...I've cried every single day I've read an entry she's written from India! It's just incredible to read about how the rest of the world lives while I feel bad for myself that I can't afford something as small as a pedicure or as big as a vacation or a new car. For goodness sakes, these people are starving, without power, without homes, and without knowing that someone loves them. It breaks my heart. So, I encourage you to check out the Living Proof blog. You'll have to go back just a little ways to start reading about Melissa's trip.

You'll also find posts from Beth and her daughter Amanda. They are sometimes thought-provoking posts, but often they are just laugh out loud funny! I just love this family--they are so REAL!

Anyhow, back to Melissa's trip with Compassion. Just this week, I was reading about Melissa's final day in India and crying my eyes out! Taylor asked me why I was crying and I showed her the picture of the beautiful children Melissa met. I explained to her their situation and that these children needed help. Well, truth be told, I often feel bad for those left fortunate, but never act on it...never really do anything to help. But, this hit me. That same day, as I was in another room I hear Taylor singing. As I near her, she is singing "Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world, Red & Yellow, Black & White, they are precious in His sight, Yes Jesus loves the little children of the world." Of course, I had to decipher a few of the words...but, you bet I got the message! Wow! We sing "Jesus love me" all the time, but I haven't sang this one to her in quite awhile. I was amazed at how God speaks through my own child...right then, I took Tay to the computer and we picked out a child from Compassion's website. We are now sponsoring a beautiful little 5 year old girl, Maher, from India. I anxiously check the mail each day waiting on my packet from Compassion with more information about her. I can't wait to mail her a letter. What a privilege!

Seriously, I am tearing up now as I type just thinking of them. Here's an excerpt from her last entry. If you don't feel compelled to sponsor a child, simply pray for them.

From Melissa:
After playing with our children for about an hour or so, I realized that our leaders were signaling some message to us. Our time was coming to an end. We had been so busy anticipating meeting our sponsor children that for some reason we hadn't even thought about the reality of having to say good-bye to them. As we hugged them good-bye for the last time my heart began to race and I noticed that Manot urgently kept saying something, the same line, over and over again to me. So, I beckoned the translator and I said, "Can you translate what he is trying to tell me?"

He is saying, “Please pray for us.”

Seriously, can one heart take it? That’s what nine-year-old Manot was trying to tell me. After all the gifts I had brought him. After all the food we had served him. After all the fun we had. This was his one urgent request:

“Please pray for us.”

I assured him through my tears that I would never ever stop praying for them.

That was the last verbal exchange we had before we said good-bye with oversized lumps in our throats and then we waved and waved and waved. I can’t count the times they looked back at me. They hung out of the window of the van, and we blew about a million kisses back and forth. As the van started to move, I felt my heart sink.

Will I ever see them again?

Will they make it?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bible Study

Sunday was our last week of studying Esther. Like I said last week, I've enjoyed it SO much! It's been quite awhile since a study has impacted me as much as this one has. The lessons were so practical and applicable. A few key points from it, I'm sure I'll remember always.

I spoke with one of the co-facilitators of our study about getting a group of young women together this summer to do the study. So, I've already put a call in to the church office to get the DVD lessons from them. I'm so excited to get started again...I'm having withdrawals!

I've spoken with a few friends who are interested in doing the study already. My hope is to start in June. So, if you are interested in doing the study with us, just leave me a comment! If you've never done one of Beth's studies, she can be in depth and there is a commitment to doing daily homework lessons--but, it is SO worth it!

Be praying for a location for us to meet for Bible study. I have a few places to check out before we decide.

Also, be praying about getting the word out for the study. The message of the Esther study is so great & I think that so many young women could really benefit from it. If you'd like to see what it is about, you can check it out at .

Weight Loss Weigh In

Well, I've only made it to the gym once so far this week. :( When I don't make it to workout, I automatically start feeling frumpy. It's amazing how exercise just makes you feel better about yourself whether you are losing weight or not. So, I hope to be able to go to the gym Fri. night & Sat. afternoon to make up for my lack of exercise this week.

Strangely, I weighed at the gym on Monday & was down 5 lbs., but weighed today at Mom's house...and I was up 2 lbs.! So, who knows! I wouldn't doubt that I was up 2 lbs. after celebrating Tay's birthday for about a week! We had pizza, cake, & then a big lunch after Ella's dedication. I've been eating more than usual with all the celebrating!


"Best Friends Forever!"

Ella loves sitting up like a big girl in her Bumbo seat!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Toddler Tuesday

Whew, we had a busy couple of days!

Last Friday, we took a trip over to the Dauphin Island Estuarium. We're so fortunate to live so close to beautiful sandy beaches, though we rarely go. I had connections through one of the great nurses I work with to get us a special tour! We went with a few friends from our playgroup and had a great time! The kids loved it. We saw fish, baby alligators, turtles, snakes, octopus, crab, frogs, and lizards. It was a great learning experience, too. The kids got to "pet" the snake, turtles, and crab. We also got to see many of the animals being fed, too. It was a great trip. Tay loved being outside there, too. The weather was beautiful and she definitely wants to go back to the beach sometime. For a day trip, Dauphin Island is a great place to go.

Saturday was Tay's birthday party at the Watermelon Patch. Oh, we had so much FUN! It made me so happy to see her so happy! Nana, Poppy, Mimi, and Gran were there. Aunt Ashley, Seth, and Cruz attended. Aunt Shelli came and brought Emma Kate and Hadley. From our playgroup, Miss Hannah came with Parker and Miss Julie brought Cole. The kids wore themselves out! :) I promise I'll get my pictures developed soon & will be able to post pictures.

Sunday we had baby dedication at Luke 4:18 Fellowship. It was a very special morning. We were so honored to have Mawmaw, Aunt Cheryl, and Uncle Harold drive over to celebrate with us. The poor nursery workers probably had their hands full with Tay, Cruz, and Emma Kate all in there together! :) Mom & Dad, Ash & Seth, and Shelli & Mrs. Robinson attended church with us. There were 3 other babies dedicated in the service. Though Ella was the youngest, she certainly wasn't the smallest--love my chunky monkey! Ella did great and didn't fuss or cry at all during church. Afterwards, we had a delicious lunch at Mom's house. What a great day spent with family! I'm so thankful for them.

We were exhausted yesterday after a weekend full of activities! So, we've taken it easy so far this week. Tomorrow, we'll be going to the Exploreum and have a playdate planned with a few friends on Friday.

I'm really enjoying the time I have to spend at home with my girls and doing all sorts of fun activities together!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Menu Monday 05.04

In the past, I shared my weekly menu plan with you. Typically, I don't do it this way. I prefer to make my menus from paycheck to paycheck. This way, I spend all I need to in 1 trip with only an occasional trip back to the store for fruit, milk, bread, etc. So, here is our meal plan until next Friday. :)

Monday--leftover rotisserie chicken & potato salad, with a garden salad
Tuesday--mini taco bowls with chips & salsa (for Cinco de Mayo!)
Wednesday--barbecue chicken in the crockpot with coleslaw and corn
Thursday--pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs
Friday--grilled pork chops, baked potato, sweet peas
Saturday--out to eat
Sunday--dinner at Shelli's for Mother's Day
Monday--hot dogs, french fries, coleslaw
Tuesday--beef, tomato, and cheddar macaroni with green beans and garlic bread
Wednesday--red beans & rice with sausage, corn bread
Thursday--beef stew with biscuits
Friday--lemon garlic tilapia, mashed potatoes, salad

If you are interested in any of the recipes above, just leave me a comment! The lemon garlic tilapia will be a new recipe for us to try. The beef, tomato, & cheddar macaroni is a great kid-friendly meal that you can put together quickly and uses ingredients that I usually have on hand. And, I love the red beans & rice recipe--one of my favorites! I'd be glad to share if you'd like, it's just too time consuming to post the links for all of the recipes. Sorry! :)

I can't wait to post tomorrow's "Toddler Tuesday". We had such a fun (but busy) weekend with Tay's 3rd birthday party & Ella's baby dedication at church. I'll try to post some pictures this week, too. I am AMAZED at how fast Ella is growing!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

another random post...!

Too much to catch up on...

Another busy week has gone by! Seriously, is Ella almost 3 months old & my first "baby" Tay is 3. I've actually been a bit sad over it the past few days. Wow; they're growing up so, so fast. Not that I want any more kids, for sure, but it makes me sad that I can't do it all over again. Oh, how I love my girls. They're my heart.

Not much to post regarding this week's menus! It's been over a week since I've been to the store.'s what we'll be eating this week. Just leave me a comment if you want a recipe! I'm really not doing much cooking, actually!

Monday--Chuck E. Cheese for Tay's birthday
Tuesday--Baked Spaghetti
Thursday--Chicken Dressing Bake
Friday--if Scott doesn't work in the yard, we'll grill thick cut pork chops marinated in Dale's (so yummy). If he does work in the yard...I'll have to think of something to cook inside!
Saturday--Tay's birthday party--we'll have pizza
Sunday--Ella's baby dedication lunch celebration--I'm making zesty barbecue chicken in the crockpot, coleslaw, chocolate chip pie, and banana pudding. Mom is doing baked beans & Mrs. Robinson will bring potato salad. Yummy, a good barbecue lunch! Poor Ella, she can't even enjoy it! :)

Catching up with my girls...
The girls and I stayed busy over the weekend while Scott was in 'Tega. On Saturday, we tried out a ballet for tots class. To tell you the truth, it was very disappointing. I'm not sure we'll go back. We actually walked out in the middle of it. Then, we went to a birthday party for a sweet little boy from the class Taylor was in at daycare. The only unfortunate thing was that it was at a park...which typically is a fantastic thing! But, I had Ella with me & it was very hot. So, I couldn't juggle holding Ella in the heat & watching Tay play on the equipment. I feel so badly sometimes when I can't do what I used to with Tay because I have to hold and take care of Ella. For the most part, Tay does so well and is so patient with me and Ella.

We had a huge day on Monday for Tay's 3rd birthday! It started with a trip to the Eastern Shore Center with Shelli & Emma Kate. We were so glad they came with us. Tay had a BLAST playing in the fountain!! I loved watching her. Then, we had lunch at Chic-fil-a and the girls played there, too. After a long afternoon nap, Gran picked us up & we celebrated again! We went to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner. What a day! Tay is so excited to be 3. :)

Well, the weight loss has really stalled the past few weeks. Truthfully, I'm rather glad it's stall and not gone up! After all the celebrating, pizza and cake, etc....I'm surprised! Plus, I haven't been able to work out as often since we've had so much going on. I only have 3 more months until I return to work (wow!) and still hope to lose at least 15 lbs. by then so I really need to get moving.

As for my Bible study, this is our last week of Beth Moore's Esther study. It is bittersweet. I have really, really loved it and am so sad for it to be over. What a journey. We started this study just 6 days after Ella was born. Two key points I will always remember from this study and wish for everyone to know for themselves: My God loves me. My God is GOOD. Just these 2 phrases have really changed my perspective. I'm so thankful. I hope to be able to share and do this study with a group again.

To share a "favorite" this week, I want to point you to Beth Moore's blog at This week, Beth's daughter Melissa, is in Calcutta with Compassion International and has been writing about some amazing things she's seen there. It has brought me to tears!

Ok...well, what an assortment of things have been covered in this one post! The girls keep me so busy & I'm usually holding Ella. So, I thought I better get all my blogging in when I have the chance!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where did the week go?!?!

Wow, I can't believe tomorrow is Friday...ALREADY! The first two days of this week were spent holding Ella for nearly 48 hours straight! I don't mind doing that typically, but I got absolutely nothing done for 2 whole days and felt like a complete couch potato. Mom & Dad were so great to watch the girls for us Saturday when we went to A-Day, but they said they had to hold Ella all day or else she fussed. This is not typical around here! She's normally totally content napping in her swing which gives me some free time. But...sure enough...I had to hold her A LOT the first few days of this week. (This also made blogging difficult (actually impossible!).

When I went to the gym Wednesday night, it had been nearly a week since I had worked out. I was feeling totally frumpy & didn't want to weigh in but I remembered my commitment to do so on the blog. Thankfully, I hadn't gained any. Whew! I'm still feeling rather frumpy though since I haven't been able to work out as frequently this week.

Tomorrow we are hosting a birthday playdate for Taylor! She wants a Mickey Mouse birthday party, so we'll get a Mickey Cake for her party at the Watermelon Patch next weekend...but, we're keeping this playdate simple. We'll be serving hot dogs, chips, and rice krispy treats (I'll stick a candle in one for her to blow out!). It will be a pink theme--pink plates, pink rice krispy treats made with strawberry marshmallows, tortilla chips with pink dip (salsa & sour cream mixed together) and I'll made a pink dipping sauce for the hot dogs (ketchup, mustard, & mayo mixed together). All this topped off with pink lemonade! The funny thing is...there will only be 1 other little girl from our playgroup attending...the rest of them are BOYS! Oops! :)

We used our new Kirby vaccuum cleaner to shampoo the carpets tonight! It turned out really well considering how terrible our carpets looked!!

After getting the abdormal results from Ella's newborn screen done in the hospital, we received a letter about 2 months ago saying they had collected "insufficient amount of blood was collected" for her repeat newborn screen done in the doctors office. I have to be kidding! After the situation with the cystic fibrosis testing, I surely thought we were done with the newborn screen. Well, here we are & Ella will be 3 months old next week. Yesterday, we got another letter in the mail saying we needed to bring her in for the newborn screen guessed it..."insufficient amount of blood was collected"! Oh, man! So, I guess I'll need to take her back for that again.

Scott is leaving for Talladega at 6 in the morning. I don't like staying home alone, so the girls and I have a weekend slam-packed with activities!

Mom and I are responsible for bringing refreshments to our Esther Bible study. We really went back and forth trying to decide on what to prepare. Mom is going to make a spinach salad with mandarin oranges, almonds, feta cheese, and poppy seed dressing and a fruit trifle. I'm sure both will be delish! I'm making a pasta salad and chocolate chip pie.

We only have 2 more lessons of our study. I have enjoyed it so, so much. Along with the Ester study, I've been listening to Beth Moore's online study from the website I posted awhile back-- There are just so many things God is teaching me through both studies. This week, as I was listening online, Beth was teaching about holiness--that we are to be holy. God calls us to be holy. You might am I supposed to be holy!? The only holiness within us comes from the Holy Spirit, nothing of ourselves. So, you must be filled with His Spirit. Another thing that hit me, I actually laughed out loud when I heard this, was that we are called to "other than this world"--set apart. She said we are called to be the "Others"! Now, if you're a fan of the show Lost, you might get a kick out of that like I did! I've really been praying about and thinking about what that means to be an "other". I've also been thinking about how I can best minister to others. I want everything I do, everything I say, and every way I behave to point to my Lord Jesus.

Sorry this post was so random, there was just so much I missed out on writing about this week!

I hope to be more consistent next week. I hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

photo fun...

A quick post for my Mimi because I promised! :) I'll post more later...I've held Ella for nearly 48 hours straight so I haven't been able to get much done around here!! She's been clingy, but I can't complain--she's a sweetie for the most part! (These photos are all taken with my camera phone, so please excuse the poor quality!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Back to normal!

I'm so grateful that after such a rough week last week, things are back to normal around here. I was scared that Tay was trying to give up naps when she was so fussy last week...but on Monday & Tuesday she napped for 2 1/2 hours & today she napped for over 3! I can't tell you how important that quiet time means to me. It's important to her, too. She has had such a different attitude & perky personality this week!

Some funny & sweet things out of her mouth this week...
At dinner one night, "Mmm...this is TASTY!"
"Jesus is in my heart...but, not in Allie's heart!"
"When the bad men hit Jesus (while reading the Easter story), they went to TIME OUT!"

Ella is still being her sweet, smiley self! I got some really cute pictures of Tay "holding" Ella yesterday. I'm just amazed at how much Tay loves her; it's so precious.

Today, we went to Megan's house for Charlie's 2nd birthday playdate. We had a great time. Taylor kept saying all afternoon that she had fun at "Megan's house!" The weather was awesome & the kids played in the backyard. The party was a "Cars" movie theme and Megan had made cupcakes. Tay was able to take home a little "Tow mater" toy!

On Friday, we have a playdate planned at the Environmental Center. I haven't been there since I was in elementary school, so I'm looking forward to going. I'll take pictures and post them here soon. We'll be having a picnic lunch there, too!

Tay starts her "Ballet for Tot's" class this Saturday! Unfortunately, Scott & I will be going to Tuscaloosa Saturday for the A-Day, Poppy will be taking her to her first class! :) Won't that be cute! Tay's little buddy, Elizabeth, is taking the class, too. So, I hope she does fine without me for the first week.

Oh, I just realized that I hadn't posted Ella's 2 month stats: 12 lb. 6 oz. & 23 inches long!! Woo-hoo! She's in the 90% for weight & 75% for height. Too cute!

Weight Loss Wednesday

Well...I've committed to weighing in & posting my results here...but, I'm a little disappointed now that even after 2 weeks of working out at the gym...I can't seem to get the scales to budge! I still need to drink more water and will try to commit to that this week. Is there anyone else that is trying to lose weight--what are your goals? how are you trying to lose it? Let's encourage each other!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Savings Saturday--on a Tuesday :)

Here are some deals I'll be taking advantage of this week:

Walgreens reportedly has all of their Easter candy 50% off. Hershey's Kisses are usually priced at $2.50 a bag. So if your store has the Easter Hershey's Kisses 50% off, that makes them $1.25/bag. Buy 4 bags for a total of $5 plus tax and then submit your receipt for the April EasySaver $5 Hershey's rebate (#25) to get these for free after rebate.

Buy 1 Colgate Max White or Max Fresh Toothbrush at $3.49, Get $3.49 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Chapstick 100% Naturals or True Shimmer Lip Balm or Butter (.15 oz) at $1.99, Get a $2 Register Reward (not advertised in the weekly ad, but is reported to be a monthly deal)
Free after Register Rewards


Buy 1 Colgate Enamel Protect, Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste (6 oz.) or 360 Sensitive Toothbrush at $3.99, Get $3.99 ECBs (Limit 2)

Buy 1 Softsoap Scrub Body Wash (18 oz.) at $4.99, Get $4.99 ECBs (Limit 1)


Market Pantry Fruit Snacks (3.8 oz.--located near the registers)--$0.89
Use $1/1 Target coupon
Free after coupon

Dole Salad (6 oz.)--$1.19 at some stores
Use $1/1 Target coupon
$0.19 each after coupon

Target coupons are great because you can print and use as many as you want! They can be found here.

These deals are courtesy of Money-Saving Mom, a great site with many more deals than I have listed. It's a great resource for saving money and is a big help to me.

All out of order...

I'm not quite following my schedule of daily blogging, but I wanted to let you know of one of my favorite websites that I've come across recently. It's one place media --home of free Christian radio. I love it! There are so many speakers/teachers and on so many different topics. I love listening to it while I'm cooking dinner, especially my favorite is Beth Moore! I hope you'll check it out.

I'm back!

Whew! So, last week was ROUGH! But, thank goodness my sweet Taylor is back to her normal self! Therefore, I didn't get much blogging done last week since I was usually holding either her or Ella...or both of them!

Here are our dinner plans for the week:
Monday--spaghetti/garlic bread/green beans
Tuesday--pork chops marinated in Dale's/macaroni & cheese/sugar snap peas (this is a repeat from last week since I didn't get around to making it then, so we're having it this week...not much cooking with a very fussy 2 year old last week!)
Wednesday--pancakes/scrambled eggs/sausage
Thursday--taco soup/tortilla chips/salad
Friday--buffalo chicken pizza (another repeat)
Saturday--Scott & I will be in Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game!
Sunday--barbecue chicken/baked beans/pasta salad...we're having friends over to watch the A-Day game on TV...yes, Scott's that excited about Bama football!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Well, I spent most of the day holding Taylor & Ella. Tay's 2 year molars are coming in and it's been very painful for her. So, I didn't get a chance to post about my experience at the Living Proof Conference with Beth Moore. It's nearly 11pm, so I'll hopefully be able to set aside some time tomorrow to do that.

Here's some pics I took with my phone today...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weight Loss Wednesday

Well, the scales didn't appear to budge this week! I only made it to the gym once last week because we had something going on every other night. But, so far this week I've done better--Mon. 30 min. on the treadmill at home & 30 min. on the elliptical machine Tues. & Wed. at the gym. My friend, Megan, wants me to join her for an early morning cycling class...but, I'm scared! :) Hopefully, I'll work up the nerve to do it soon.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Toddler Tuesday...more like Tantrum Tuesday!

Thus far, we've had a difficult week! Taylor stayed up late for a couple of night's over the weekend and missed a nap or two which always makes the days a little more complicated! Today, she complained of her tooth hurting. I was scared at first that she may have a cavity, but I actually think she's getting a new molar in. Poor thing...she's been crying about it all day. I scheduled her for an appointment at the dentist in the morning. This will be her first cleaning, so I hope it goes ok.

Ella will be going in for her 2 month check-up tomorrow afternoon and will get a few shots. Between the teeth cleaning for Tay & Ella getting shots...we could use some extra prayer for tomorrow! I can't wait to find out how much Ella has grown. It's amazing how fast she's growing. We got a note that she needed to have her newborn screen done...again! So, they'll draw blood for that, too. After the results from the hospital came back abnormal for CF, I'm praying this will come back just fine. Ella smiles quite often now & we just love it. She's all gums!

I'm so pleased with how well Tay is doing in Sunday school. I bought her some shiny white shoes for church and she wears them all the time. They have a tiny bit of a square heel and she likes the way they click on the floor and says "Look mom, I'm a LADY!" She's so funny. The Sunday school teachers tell me how sweet she is which just makes me beam. They wear her slap out though! She comes home and goes straight to bed and sleeps for hours without even eating lunch first!

Tay had her first haircut today! I'll post pictures when I get them developed. She did very well and sat really still! The girl cut off about an inch and it's really going to help to make it look thicker and emphasize her cute curls in the back!

This morning I took the girls to the library for a Pokey Little Puppy special storytime. The librarians made puppy headbands for the kids to wear and read 3 or 4 books about puppies. They showed a carton about the Pokey Little Puppy and then the guest of honor arrived. Tay was pretty uninterested until the dressed up "puppy" walked in and the she was excited! She got her picture made with him and was pretty upset when he "had to go home"! They gave us puppy coloring sheets and cookies and juice.

Friday we're having an Easter egg hunt with our playgroup. She had such a good time hunting for eggs last year. I'm bringing rice krispy treats made with pink marshmallows and will use Easter cookie cutters to cut them out in shapes. I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures! Leesburg is having an Easter egg hunt Saturday afternoon, so we'll probably go to that one, too.

Alright, Ella should be waking soon for a bottle so I better be getting it ready. When she wakes up, she's ready to eat NOW! :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Menu Monday 04.07

Hmm...what to make for dinner this week? I have a freezer, fridge, and pantry full of food...I just need to figure out what to do with it. :) This is one reason I'm a big time fan of menu planning before grocery shopping. I always go to the store with a list & a plan! Otherwise, how do you know what you already have and what you need? Also, you'll never be stuck at home with a meal you can easily put together. So, let me take a look at what I've got and make up my weekly menus for you here.

Monday--Chili with cheese/crackers/leftover banana pudding or chocolate chip pie for dessert
Tuesday--leftover chili
Wednesday--pork chops marinated in Dale's seasoning/rice/salad
Thursday--Crockpot creamy italian chicken/pasta/pea pods
Friday--Meatloaf/mashed potates/sweet peas
Saturday--Buffalo chicken pizza
Sunday--Easter lunch at Lori's house--I'm bringing mac and cheese

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A few days off...

I am leaving tomorrow afternoon for an overnight trip to New Orleans for the Living Proof Conference with a friend. I am so excited for this trip! It will be my first time leaving Ella overnight so I'm a bit anxious about that, but I know she'll be in good hands.

I started Beth Moore's newest study Esther 7 weeks ago with some ladies from Luke 4:18. It has been a wonderful experience being in Bible study again. I'm still working on setting aside special time each day for my quiet time, but I am so thankful for all that God has shown me through this study. I look forward to what I will be hearing this weekend.

I'll post an update later in the weekend when I return home.

Weight Loss Wednesday

A new title...Whatever Wednesday is now Weight Loss Wednesday for the time being! Though I've already lost 25 lbs. in the past 2 months since having Ella, my goal weight is 20 lbs. lighter. I hope to be able to do this within the next 4 months, although I wouldn't be disappointed if it took me by the end of the year. I want to set a realistic goal!

I turn 30 next February (how can that be?!?!?) and want to be in great shape & healthy. I know that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight so I want to take care of this issue now.

Keep track with me as I track my weight loss over the next few months. Posting this here will keep me accountable!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Toddler Tuesday

Well, here I am behind in blogging...again! It's nearly 11pm and I'm filling in at work tomorrow, so this will be quick!

We've been having a good week here. We went to the Exploreum this morning on a playdate. Taylor had such a good time. She's loves playing with her little buddy, Parker. I wish you could here her say his name...she says it with the funniest northern's so strange! They chase each other around all over the place! It never fails that Taylor falls asleep in the car on the way home from the Exploreum since it's a 20-25 minute drive. Luckily, she took a longer nap when we got home and I was able to rest a bit too with Ella.

We are going to Chuck E. Cheese tomorrow night to celebrate Taylor's potty training. She's so excited--3 of her favorite things--Chuck E., pizza, and games! Mom and Dad are going with us.

We are hosting a playdate at our house on Friday morning. I think it will be a lot of fun. It's a smaller group and the kids are really close in age and play so well together. I'll be reading from the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The book I have includes a CD with a couple of songs to go along with the story. So, we'll listen to that and do a simple craft. I'll also have some sugar cookie dough and will let the kids cut out cookies with some new Easter cookie cutters I purchased this week from Target.

I need to get a new photo card and will try to take some pictures of the girls to post soon! Ella is growing SO fast! I will be taking her for her 2 month check-up next week. Wow!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Menu Monday 03.30

I'm already behind in my blogging! Even though it's Tuesday, I want to backtrack and start with Menu Monday.

  • Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup, garlic chiabbata bread, ice cream sandwiches
  • Tuesday: Baked Omelet, fried potatoes, and strawberries
  • Wednesday: We're having a sweet friend, Jenniffer, over for dinner & will be serving Baked Ziti, french bread, salad, and chocolate chip pie
  • Thursday: We're going to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate Taylor being totally potty-trained (no accidents!) for one month. Way to go, Tay!
  • Friday: I'll be going out of town for a Living Proof conference today and Taylor is spending the night with Nana, so Scott's on his own to get dinner wherever he wants! I think I will make some of these Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins to take with me when I go to the conference.
  • Saturday: Our sweet neighbor is bringing us enchiladas for dinner as a post-baby gift. Thanks, Laura! We'll be saving it for Sunday lunch since my sister is in town and we'll be eating dinner with my family. I'll be making banana pudding to share with my family.
  • Sunday: Enchiladas from Laura

I have to tell you that I've made the Baked Ziti a few times already & it is FABULOUS! It makes a lot and I can usually get another casserole out of it to freeze for another meal.

Keepin' it simple...or is it, really!

As a means of keeping my blog organized and ensuring that I post regularly, I'll be designating the following days in this manner: (yes, I probably am a tad bit OCD!)

  • Menu Monday--I'll share with you (recipes included) what we'll be having for the week.
  • Toddler Tuesday--I'll be writing about my girls, of course.
  • Whatever Wednesday--This will be a free write about whatever I want to!
  • Thoughtful Thursday--I'll reflect on what God's been teaching me this week.
  • Favorite Friday--I'll share with you some of my favorites...websites, books, music, movies, etc.
  • Savings Saturday--I love a good deal! I'll be blogging about deals for the upcoming week.
Let's hope I can keep up with all of this! I'm thinking that's why I wasn't successful before because blogging was so random; I didn't know what to write about!

Robinson family blog...take 3! goes...! My girls are growing up so fast & I want to be able to remember all the great memories we are making in our little family. I've tried a couple of times in the past to start a blog and have been unsuccessful. If at first you don't succeed... try, try again! The purpose of this blog is

  • a scrapbook for my girls to look back on
  • a way to keep in touch with family and friends
  • a way to keep my life "organized"
  • a way to write down what God is doing in my life