Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
This week's menu plan will be short because we have BIG plans for the weekend that involve no cooking on my part. Those are my favorite kind of plans!!
Monday: chicken quesadillas, Spanish rice, lettuce & tomatoes
Tuesday: Shrimp and feta vermicelli, salad (Will has been begging me to make this again. I sent him to the store on Saturday morning to get milk and he picked up some shrimp while he was there so now I have no excuse).
Wednesday: Baked pizza roll & sauce, salad
Thursday: Garlic pork tenderloin, squash casserole, green beans, rolls. (I am still looking for a good squash casserole recipe, so if you have one, let me know.)
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
This was her ballet costume where they danced to "Put a Little Love in Your Heart".
Dance buddies, Evie and Hannah.
All lined up and ready to go backstage for the first act.
Me and Claire. Claire loved getting to put a little make-up on before the show. I did not love washing my waterproof mascara off of her that night.
Next up was her tap dance routine to "Buttercup". I love the yellow!!
I think we will definitely have more dance classes in the future for this little ballerina! I'm just glad we only have one girl!!!
On a side note, David sat in the auditorium from about 2:30 until 5pm. We brought the portable DVD player to keep him entertained before the show, but he loved watching all the dancing. After every performance he would say "another one, another one" and just grin and clap.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
That brings us to big change #2: the big boy bed. Yes, last night, David said farewell to the crib and moved into his big boy bed that is in the room he is now sharing with his sister. He was pumped about it. And so was Claire. I knew they would love sharing a room together.
He ran to his bed as soon as he finished his bath and climbed right in. He kept saying "my bed, my bed." Mickey and Minnie (his new favorite toys) were there to welcome him.
He was so proud. He laid down and covered right up.
Big cheese for the camera.
Claire was excited he was in her room too. This morning, she asked if he could sleep there again and we told her he would always be sleeping there from now on.
Monday, June 21, 2010
This weekend has been C-R-A-Z-Y and I haven't really had a chance to menu plan (or go to the grocery store). I have to go before tomorrow though because I have a coupon for free blueberries that is about to expire and I cannot pass up free.
This week's menu plan involves leftovers, leftovers and more leftovers. My fridge is full of them. We'll just kind of wing it as I have no specific plan. Oh, and we'll probably go to kids' night at Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday night.
Highlights from last week ...
(1) The Roast Sticky Chicken was divine. Much better than a rotisserie chicken from the store. Plan ahead though ... I made mine 3 days later than planned because I didn't realize it had to marinate in the fridge overnight (after the chicken had thawed) and it cooks for 5 hours in the oven. (This would probably be a better recipe for the fall/winter months.) I had to add a little water to my pan and cover my chicken with foil about half-way through so it wouldn't dry out. It was so good though and totally worth the time.
(2) I found a recipe called Pantry Porkchops and as the name said, I had everything in my pantry to make them (and pork chops in the freezer).
(3) If you have some ripe bananas, try this recipe for Banana-Cinnamon Bundt Cake. (You have to sign in to get the recipe, but it's free.) It was tasty. I would err on the side of less cooking time as mine was a little dry.
(4) Sausage Crescent Roll Casserole ... I might have posted this before, but it is a staple at my girls' scrapbooking weekends. We had it yesterday for Father's Day brunch.
Sausage Crescent Roll Casserole
2 cans crescent rolls
1 (16oz.) pkg. sausage
(8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature
2c. shredded cheddar cheese
Spray bottom of 9x13 (or a little smaller) pan. Put 1 can crescent rolls on bottom of baking dish (if you use 9x13, you may have to roll out a little to cover; seal perforations. Brown sausage in skillet and drain. Combine with cream cheese. Spread sausage mixture over layer of crescent rolls. Top with shredded cheddar. Put remaining can of crescent rolls on top. You may want to roll it out to seal perforations before placing on casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cut into squares and serve.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Accountability is good too, which is why I am posting my goals for the world to see.
Most of the things I want to finish are works in progress just sitting around in my sewing room. I have a sinking feeling if I don't finish them now, before baby #3 rocks our world, they will be worn by my grandchildren and not my own children. Ha!
(2) Smocked insert top/ruffled knee-length bloomers for Claire. I love this pink and green together. It screams summer! I just learned how to picture smock in a class I took earlier this month and I am currently obsessed. Plus, it gives me something to do while I sit around and watch TV at night, which is about all I have the energy to do right now.
I have finished smocking the snail since I took this picture. Like I said, I'm currently obsessed. If you want to smock, but think it is too time consuming, do a small picture window insert instead of the full insert. I only had to smock one snail.
(3) Smocked picture window romper for David. I made this outfit in a class last fall. It's a 2T so I knew David wouldn't wear it until end of this summer, early fall. I smocked the insert in the picture smocking class I took. The outfit still needs a finished collar, sleeves and sides/legs sewn up. The hard part, the smocking, is finished though. (As Martha Stewart would say, that is a "good thing".)
(4) Ava top and skirt for Claire. Isn't this fabric just gorgeous? I think so. I may need to make something for myself out of it! The white fabric is kind of sheer and has white on white stripes in it. Do you think they make this pattern in adult size? They should.
(5) This will be a short romper. How old does that pattern look? Believe it or not, it's still in print! I smoked this insert in September 2008 when we drove to Orlando. Oh my word ... it's about time I did something with it. I hope to make this into a 2T (I can't remember what size I blocked the insert) and it will probably be saved for the baby to grow into since David has more clothes than he needs right now. I might let him model it for you when it is finished though.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
(1) Will's company laid off 28% of its employees yesterday. We have known this day was coming for about 6 weeks now and we both really felt at peace about whatever happened. But, as the date approached, we both became much more apprehensive and starting having doubts. Will was supposed to get the call from his boss between 9-9:30 yesterday morning and I was taking Claire to preschool and driving to work during this time. I was about to hypervenhilate in the car!
Well, Will called me at 9:28 and both he and his business partner Chris got to keep their jobs. We were both crying on the phone! Once we finally learned the outcome, we were overcome with emotion.
Both of us had really tried to pray for God's will in this situation. Of course, the comfortable, easy thing would have been for Will to keep his job (especially since we are about to have our 3rd child), but we also knew that if Will lost his job, God would take care of us. He would have bigger and better things in store for us. We were confident in this ... until about 9am yesterday morning. Satan can really use doubt and fear to draw us away from God.
One of Will's favorite versus that he clung to through this ordeal was this ... I Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
A verse that really spoke to me during all this was from Habakkuk 3:16-18: "Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior." (One of our pastors preached a wonderful sermon about this a few weeks ago, which was very timely for our situation ... God's timing is always perfect.)
Here is their family of four, ready to grow to five.
I nabbed these pictures off Courtney's FB account. We are so excited to meet baby Coston in person and so excited for this sweet family! Congrats!!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We are so sad to see them go ... they are such a sweet family. We wish them the best as they get settled into their new home in St. Louis. We hope they will find their way back to Tennessee in a few years!
Will's cell phone is always good to entertain the kids when we need them to be still.
Holly, me and Colleen. I have known Holly for years and met Colleen when she moved here through Holly (they went to high school together in Florida).
On the dance floor with the kiddos. Claire was content just to stand there and clap, but David had a grand old time running around the entire dance floor. He was hard to keep up with.
Colleen dancing with some of the girls.
Colleen and Claire. Colleen has been doing Claire's speech therapy for about a year now. Claire is crazy about her! Another reason we are so sad to see them go ...
David and Will ... still playing with the cell phone. Will kept taking pictures of the two of them and David thought it was the grandest thing in the world to look at the picture afterwards.
Monday, June 14, 2010
David has now figured out that he is not supposed to tee-tee in his underwear. And he can hold it for a good long while. He still just doesn't love going on the potty. He will do it though. Especially if it means he gets to flush the potty when he is finished.
When we potty trained Claire, she was at about the same place on Day 3. She had stopped having accidents at that point, but still wouldn't voluntarily go unless you just sat her on the potty and made her. (Or filled her so full of fluid that she just had to let it out.) It was really on Day 6 that she realized ... hey, Mommy is giving me a Hershey Kiss every time I use the potty ... I'm going to go every 5 minutes and eat a whole bag of chocolate. (After that day, we revised our reward system.)
I have gotten really frustrated with this boy over the past few days. But he is just so sweet and he constantly reminds me of that. Like yesterday, he was playing with Claire's stuffed Mickey Mouse (which he has now claimed as his own) and he was putting Mickey on the little potty and giving him milk to drink from his sippy cup. Then, today, he went a got a sucker from the bowl on the kitchen counter and brought it in to show me. I told him that he could not have a sucker unless he put more tee-tee in the potty. He kind of put his head down and ran off and I got up to chase him. He was running back into the kitchen to put the sucker back in the bowl just like I told him to.
Will gets to stay home with David tomorrow. He is off tomorrow anyway. Hopefully, after that, we can go back to our regular routine, diaper free.
And I promise not to write anymore potty talk.
Day 3 tally: accidents (1); tee-tee in potty (5); poo-poo in potty (1); dry pull-up at YMCA (1).
Has another week already gone by?? This has been a quick one. It makes me tired to think about planning our menu for the week this week. I'm going to try and make it without going to the grocery store, although I am going to have to swing by for some milk. I'm going to start buying 3 gallons at a time instead of two. We go through a gallon in about 2 days flat and I hate going to the store just for milk because I don't always come home with just milk!
Tuesday: Kids' night at Chick-Fil-A
Wednesday: Chicken Crispitos, spanish rice, salad
Friday: Gail's pork chops & rice, steamed broccoli
Saturday: I think we will eat out this night ... or order pizza. It's too hot to cook!
Sunday: Father's Day ... plans still up in the air with family so I will have to figure this out later in the week.
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