Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Has anybody else had these? Apparently they get worse w/ each subsequent pregnancy (never had them w/ the Bean), and they are supposed to come and go, although mine have not went anywhere! Fortunately the doc says they are very uncommon after 20 weeks, so only 3 more weeks to go, and hopefully they'll stop b/f then!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
We lost again!! There were only two entries in the dumb Smockingbird contest, and the other entry won! Ok, so it was pretty darn cute, and it was harder to make than mine. I've decided not to enter anymore until I have a worthy entry. That will probably be never, as I like to make easy things b/c they are fast and I only sew during naptimes. At first it was fun just to see the Bean "published", but now my competitive side is coming out and who likes to lose?
Let's see...I guess that's it for now even though that's a pretty boring post!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
This is the Bean as a Bama Cheerleader for Halloween and our neighbor Harrison, who was born on the exact same day as the Bean! And his mom and I never met until after they were born! Harrison was a clown.
Roll Tide! We got this costume for FREE from my mom's sewing friend. She gave it to the Bean for her b'day.
The Bean and her good buddy, Ian. Ian is our neighbor also and his mom and I walk together all the time. Ian was a pumpkin.
Yes, the Bean has a dirty face. We were just finishing dinner (spaghetti) when Ian came by.
For Halloween, we went to the B'wood fall festival. There wasn't much the Bean could do, so we strolled around and people-watched w/ our friends Jessica and Annie. It was too cold to wear our costume to the fall festival, but we wore it Halloween night as we greeted trick-or-treaters. RR said that all the kids thought we were lame b/c we gave out Teddy Grahams. They'll probably skip our house next year!! (I would have! There was this one lady in our neighborhood growing up who always gave out popcorn balls or candied apples, and we never wanted to go there. Bring on the chocolate!) We had about 8 trick-or-treaters, which I thought was pretty good! The night ended w/ a bang, as our little cheerleader was running around the house like a banshee and fell on the coffee table and bloodied her lip. Ouch! But a minute or two later, she was up and running again, so none worse for the wear!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Speaking of groceries, this pregnant lady is getting hungry. I think I'll go rustle up a snack. :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Bean is going to be a Big Sis! We are expecting baby #2, due on May 28th. That makes me 9 weeks along. The Bean and Peanut (what this baby shall henceforth be called on this blog until future notice) will be 21 months apart. I have been feeling great, and we are very excited! We told my family this weekend. We had planned on going up there anyway to watch the AL game on Saturday, but we also suggested that we all go out to dinner on Friday night. So we to a little Italian place (Hence the phrase "pesto cheese" in my pics...not the best choice of background, I guess...I'm sure all you photographers are ashamed!!) in my hometown. We thought a fun way to tell them the big news would be to let the Bean "tell" them, so we had a shirt monogrammed for her that said "Big Sister" on it. We put a bib on her so nobody could see the shirt when we first got there, then we unveiled it and told her to "tell" everyone what her shirt said. Of course, everyone was excited about the fun news!
For those of you who don't know, it took us 30 months (2 1/2 years) to get pregnant w/ the Bean, and only 2 months this time, so we praise God for this sweet blessing! We are so thankful!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
The cake, done in colors to match their polka dot outfits. They also had matching small round cakes to destroy themselves.
The Bean pummelling her cake w/ her hat. She ate it at first, but mostly played w/ it and beat it to death w/ her hat. :) We made the hats also - very easy. You can't see it in this picture, but I also made them matching bibs w/ the cupcake applique.
The Bean opening her presents...this is one of the few pics we got of her opening gifts b/c she cared more about the rocks surrounding the pavillion.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday: Horseradish Flank Steak (a la Super Suppers) and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Tuesday: leftover steak w/ salad and garlic bread
Wednesday: Double Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes, green beans
Thursday: Italian Mini-Meat Loaf, baked potatotes (This is the best meatloaf recipe I've ever had, and I like it better in mini-loaves...it doesn't seem as old-fashioned and icky.)
Friday: Cheesy Ham Chowder (Super good soup, and the leftovers are just as good! RR loves this stuff.)
Money saving grocery tip: plant fresh herbs! I planted a little herb garden this year to see how I'd like it. (RR laughs at my calling it a garden...hey, it's a container garden!!) I used to only occasionally use fresh herbs b/c they are expensive, but it is really cheap to plant them yourself and then you have an abundance! I only planted basil, oregano, and rosemary, and I used them a ton and will definitely do it again.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Some of you have asked me to post new outfits I've made...I will do that soon if I can get any good pictures of the Bean wearing them. She likes to grab the camera more than stand still to model the clothes.
Also, some of you have asked about the progress of the Grocery Experiment. I'll update on that soon, I promise!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
A - amiable...I feel like I can get along w/ just about anybody. I take after my dad; he says he can talk to a brick wall.
M - moo cow...that is what I feel like nowadays. There is way too much jigglin' goin' on. After having a baby, even if you lose the pregnancy weight, it seems like nothing is quite as svelte as it used to be. And I really don't know that I would have called myself svelte before, so I'm really in trouble!
A - active...I like to be involved w/ lots of stuff. I don't like to just be sitting around not accomplishing anything. For instance, if we're watching TV, I'm also writing thank you notes or sewing buttons on an outfit or reading a book during commercials (or the whole time if it's a ball game). Sometimes this drives RR crazy though, so I don't do it all the time. :)
N - neat...I like things nice and tidy. I organize my closet by colors and sleeve length, I make the bed every morning, and I don't like clutter. Now clean is a different story...I've learned to be clean b/c I live w/ a clean freak.
D - diligent...I see things through to the end. I am not a quitter. I am sort of a steady plodder. I'm not the fastest or the best, but I am responsible and will get 'er done.
A - athletic...not!!! I pretty much could care less for sports. I don't like to watch them on TV, and I certainly don't like to play them. I only exercise to keep myself from becoming an aforementioned moo cow, and I only do that if I have to. I have been known to say the following: Running is of the devil. You should only run if you are being chased, and even then, a brisk walk may be appropriate.
Now for the tags...I am tagging Lauren Goessling, Kari Russell, and Holly Hubbard! (Allison, you are going through the alphabet as it is, so I figure this is a little redundant for you.) You're up!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Also, since many of you have asked, the b'day party went well. There will be a full post about it later, but since I FORGOT TO BRING MY CAMERA, I am waiting on my mom and sister-in-law to make me CD's of their pics. That's what happens when you pack in a hurry!! Another oops!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Update on the walking: the Bean has taken as many as 6 steps by herself, but that's it so far. :)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Monday: taco salad with homemade salsa (see archived post)
Tuesday: roast chicken, roasted potatoes, rolls
Wednesday: meatloaf, baked potatoes
Thursday: chili dogs, oven-baked fries
Friday: RR & AC will eat leftovers...I'm going on a retreat!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
So, onto the topic at hand: are grocery coupons worth it? Well, I decided to get an 8 week subscription to the Sunday paper to find out. The subscription cost me $10, or $1.25 per week. The first trip to Publix I saved $7.55 in coupons, and another $22.57 in BOGO sales for a total savings of $31.12. The second trip to Publix I saved $13.23 in coupons and another $9.32 in BOGO sales for a total savings of $22.55. The biggest bargain so far has been using a 75 cent coupon on a BOGO Nature Valley granola bars, so I got two boxes of granola bars for only 67 cents. (Publix doubles your coupons every day up to $1. I.e. if you have a 50 cent coupon, they'll double it to $1, but if you have a 55 cent coupon you only get 55 cents off.) Obviously, the paper easily pays for itself. So no matter where I shop, I am now a believer in coupons. Even at Wal-mart it would've saved a few dollars.
So far, so good. Next I am going to try out Super Suppers. Erin and I are signed up for next week. I'll keep ya posted.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Ok, so this is not a hairstyle pic per se, but Cousin Evan paid us a visit the other day, and this pic was just too cute not to post. The Bean was so excited about her visitors. (Uncle Drew, Aunt Marianna, Mimi and Grandpa were also here.)
Monday, August 6, 2007
Monday: not cooking...RR has a meeting at the church, and I am going to a Super Suppers tasting (Anybody tried that??? Would love to know your opinion on quality, taste and price.)
Tuesday: BBQ baked potatoes
Wednesday: manicotti (will freeze 1/2 for later), salad, garlic bread
Thursday: chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes (will freeze a second pot pie for later), rolls
Friday: homemade pepperoni pizza
Saturday: good 'ol Hamburger Helper...yes, that's right. RR LOVES the stuff and likes to have it pretty often. He calls himself a "quantity eater", not a "quality eater." He does not like stuff that includes "fancy" ingredients like capers or artichokes or most vegetables!!! :)
Sunday: pork tenderloin, green bean casserole, leftover mashed potatoes (a very easy and extremely tasty rub)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
- taking stuff out of drawers or baskets and throwing it around (this can occupy her for quite a while!) The evidence is above!!
- anything Mommy and Daddy are eating
- walking around with her push toy
- clapping her hands
- going for strolls
- being outside
- being around people, especially her Mimi, Grandpa, Uncle Drew, Aunt Marianna and Cousin Evan
- Daddy coming home each day
Things the Bean doesn't enjoy:
- the top 0' the morning diaper change
- going to the nursery
- baby food (she wants to feed herself!)
T'hings I enjoy about the Bean:
- her toothy grin (8 teeth so far!)
- sweet (and sometimes slobbery) kisses and hugs
- snuggling (very rare nowadays)
- baby babble (especially mamamamamama)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
To copy the blog ideas of others, here are some things I'm enjoying right now:
- white chocolate frappe from Seattle Drip drive through in Homewood...to DIE for!
- using all the gift certificates from my birthday
- sewing clothes for the Bean
- having my computer back!!
- so you think you can dance
- afternoon walks w/ my neighbor and friend Erin (you're back in town - yea!!)
Here are some things I'm not enjoying:
- the Bean waking up early again (we went through a blissful two weeks of 7 am to 7:30 am...ahhhh)
- the ongoing embroidery machine debacle!!
- the extra poundage I need to lose (the white chocolate frappes do not help in this department)
Monday, June 25, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I don't feet weird at all about turning 30. Maybe I'd be more reflective or whatever if I didn't have a baby, but taking care of her doesn't leave me much time to think! What I've thought most about is how blessed I am...what wonderful friends and family God has given me. God has been very good to me for the past 30 years, and I am thankful.
I am however, getting my hair colored on Friday...more gray showing up every day! I may be 30, but I don't have to look it! :)
Thursday, June 7, 2007
1 10 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 tomato, chunked
1/2 small onion, chunked
3 green onions (w/out scallions)
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 lime (just the juice)
salt to taste
2 slices jalapenos (or more to taste)
Use food processor or blender to mix everything together until smooth.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I thought, what a great picture of my relationship with my heavenly Father. I try to stand up to Him in defiance, but He gently puts me back where I should be and is infinitely patient with me. What a great God we serve!!
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. ~ Psalm 86:15
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
As for our trip, the resort was fabulous. I slept in, ordered room service, laid out by the pool, ate like a queen, watched movies w/ RR, read two books, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The food there was awesome.
Now, not to disappoint anyone, but I didn't take any pictures! (I should be ashamed, I know.) Either I couldn't find someone to take the pics when I needed them, or RR wanted me to wait, or I forgot my camera, etc. (You can, however, click here to see where we stayed.) But regardless, I have beautiful memories in my head.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Using this method is great b/c I rarely forget to write anything down, I rarely miss anything at the store and have to backtrack, and I know what's on the menu for that week at a glance. And just in case anyone wants to know, I didn't come up with this idea. I stole it from someone else. :) Use the list I linked to or type up your own and customize it to suit your needs. Maybe there are other grocery nerds out there like me who will like the system. And happy grocery shopping!!