Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby's first golden hour

*Thanks to Daddy for the awesome photos.  Take that, over-priced hospital photographer.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I've got babies on the brain.
I'm scheduled to go in tomorrow morning.
I'm sure there'll be pictures on FB or Google+ as soon as humanly possible.
I don't know when I'll get back to the blog, but I'll make sure we at least get a picture up as soon as we can.
Offer up some prayers for us please.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Brothers/Parenting 101/a lot of doting on my daughter

As the birth date of BB (Baby Brother) approaches, you can be sure I have a lot on my mind.  It doesn't all involved scouring the bathroom tile, turning Lucy's "big sister" shirt into short sleeves, or packing my hospital bag (all of which still need to be done).  I think a lot about brother/sister relationships.  I don't have any brothers.  I have one amazing sister and some great brother's in law (and sister's in law), but it's really not the same thing as growing up with a brother...and really, a little brother.  Are Lucy and BB going to get along?  Will they be playmates or are they too far apart in age?  Will they be lifelong friends?  I just don't know what that's like.  She talks about the baby a lot...she always wants to know what he's "saying" in there.  Usually it's something about being hungry or thanking Lucy for the hugs and kisses.  She is so excited to become a big sister and I am excited for's something I've never done before.  We've had a few discussions about setting a good example and teaching him how to do things...I guess I'll just watch how it all unfolds.

Another thing on my mind lately is Parenting 101.  I was listening to this great General Conference talk by Lynn G. Robbins, from this past Conference and he says, 

"A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?"

I am in Parenting 101.  Lucy's ability to reason is definitely a gift.  It has nothing to do with me.  Of course she has normal 3-year-old moments, but her temperament is pretty even...even if she is a bit bossy.  Maybe I'm an oblivious, doting mother and she's really a monster and I have no idea, but I don't think that's it.  She's a relatively good listener, she's spunky and creative, she is inquisitive and for the most part, pretty obedient...oh, and a dawdler.  She has Tony and I in Parenting 101, she eased us into things...we've said from the beginning that we've been amazingly lucky to have a good sleeper, a good eater, she doesn't care what she wears, she loves everyone and everything she comes into contact with, she always looks at the bright side of things, she makes friends wherever she goes.  "Hi, I'm Lucy, L-U-C-Y, what's your name?"  She isn't intimidated by much and I've learned being in Primary this past month...she is the one with her hand constantly up, having something to say, "Um, excuse me."  When Jen comes to pick us up, Lucy gets to the van door and exclaims, "Your favorite girl is here!"  

I am excited and anxious for what is in store for us as parents.  Will BB introduce us to parenting 505?  I know the next few months are going to be totally nutty and I have been praying for peace, I wanted this right?  I wanted to totally disrupt my life, again, and fit into it another person to love and cherish.  I once heard my Aunt Susie say, "the best gift you can give your child is a sibling," and I am having faith she's right.

Now, off to scour that floor.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

For dinner tonight...

You guys will tell me when you're tired of seeing food, right?  No, you're too polite for that?  Good...cause I'm gonna keep cooking, and you can bet I'm going to keep taking pictures of the food, and posting them here for you to see.

Remember when I posted about how much I loved zucchini in Italian food?  
Well tonight, I made Mel's Skillet Summer Vegetable Lasagna.  
It's super easy and super yum.

The only thing I changed from her recipe was the basil, I didn't have fresh, so I used 1 T dried basil, and I also used a 1/2 t dried oregano cause I love oregano.  And, I didn't dollop on the rest of the ricotta, I just mixed it all in.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lessons from Mud Day 2011

1.)  It is not just a field full of mud.  It is a field full of mud and every child for a 30 mile radius.  
2.) Have a high adult/kid ratio
3.) Bring two for mud and one for after the hosing.
4.) Have a meeting place, you will not be able to distinguish your child from the others once they are all the same color.
5.) If you don't plan on getting muddy, plan on getting muddy.

When we first moved here, I worked at a little consignment shop for kids.  One day, a mom came in buying clothes for her kids for right then, because they were covered in streaky, slightly dried mud.  She told me about Mud Day.  The parks department fills a field full of mud, the kids play, then the fire department hoses them off.  I have wanted to go ever since...that was 5 years ago.  Due to other plans, babies being born and simply forgetting, this was the first year we could go.

I can't say Lucy loved it but I think she had some fun (I should probably take a Xanax before I go because I had mini anxiety attacks when I'd lose sight of her in the crowd) and I think we'll try it again next year with some experience under our belts.

Monday, July 11, 2011


I took a break from the organizing.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This weekend

I'll post about the kids room when it's done.  Whenever that is. 

Yesterday, Jen, Lu and I went to Art in the Park.  It was hot, but fun.  It was good, hot, fun.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sneak Peek

Today we're switching Lucy's room from Lucy's room to Lucy and Baby Brother's Room.  
I can't believe I'll be putting Lu's baby bedding away. 

Should be a fun and tiring day.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Hungry? Your mouth is watering, isn't it?

Remember when I said I wouldn't make pizza again because it was always disappointing?
Well, Pillsbury saved the day.  I tried a refrigerated, ready-made crust and it turned out great. I used the thin crust version because I that's how I like it.  I even rolled it out a little more to make it a bit thinner.  Then I just turned up the edges before topping.

Caramelized Vidalia Onion (I used half of a medium sized onion)
3 Chicken Tenders or 1 Chicken Breast
Original KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce
Fresh Mozzarella (we didn't use homemade but I can't wait to try)
Fresh Cilantro, chopped (if desired)
Garlic Powder
1, ready made, life saving, Pillsbury pizza crust.
Olive Oil

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spoon a little sauce into a small ovenproof dish, lay chicken down on sauce and smother the top of the chicken with more sauce.
  3. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the sauce is getting good and brown and chicken is cooked all the way through. When you take out the chicken, turn up the heat to 500.
  4. Drizzle about a tablespoon of oil on your cookie sheet or pizza pan.  Roll out the crust, turn up the edges and sprinkle with garlic powder or whatever seasonings you like.
  5. Slice Mozzarella super thin and arrange on the crust.  One 8 oz. package was enough for this size crust but I did add a little additional shredded mozzarella cause I like it extra cheesy.
  6. Slice the chicken into bite size pieces and arrange on the crust.
  7. Sprinkle onions on the crust (you could do them raw but I love the flavor the caramelization gives).
  8. Drizzle on a little more sauce if desired.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the crust is brown and cheese is good and bubbly.  I set my timer for 5 minute increments and check periodically.
  10. Before serving, sprinkle with cilantro.
  11. Eat, enjoy, and then wish you'd made two.

**First made by PW, then tweaked by me.**

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Picture Parade

Lucy ran out to one of the Vietnam Vets for a hug.  He scooped her up and gave her a kiss.
I hope she could feel the love of her Papa wrapped up in those arms cause I'm sure he was there.

Genny does not like sirens.

I love the parade.

I love a birthday boy

Happy 8th, Spencer!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy 4th

I'm looking forward to our festivities today, parade, party, pool...
having gratitude for the joy of my freedom.

Thank you 
to all those who serve and all those who sacrifice.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

South Haven

ah...twins, much?  They have the exact same smile.

The Farmer's Market, where I sampled some pizza bread that I'd really like to try to duplicate.
The angel in the middle said,

"The evening is coming in
sun sinks to rest
The birds are flying
home to their nests
caw-caw says the crow
flying over head-it is
time little children
were going to bed"

I found some Ohio love in an antique store.

We walked around downtown a little more and I saw a doorway that said, 
"Ducy's General Store, upstairs."
I took the stairs.
Then there were more stairs.
And then more stairs.
I thought the lighting was beautiful.

In this store, I found an antique chenille bedspread, much like the ones my Grandma had on her beds.  
I bought it.  It was a steal.

Then Clementines...
I could eat those onion rings pretty much every day.  And then get a prescription for Lipitor.

I LOVE that the store next door is called, "Oh my Darlings," and has cute kids stuff.

Then it was off to my favorite part...


 This little guy was so sweet, despite being sick and tired, he managed to have
some fun and show us his million dollar smile.  
The day before we celebrated his first birthday-but I'll post it on his real birthday.


Until next year, South Haven...when we'll be bringing a one year old with us!
Only four weeks left.