Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now it's back into the swing of things to get ready for Christmas!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
If you register to win, be sure to mention where you heard it cause then...we BOTH win!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I am thankful for this recipe book today. Just this past week the ribbon that was glued to the front of it fell off. And I was sad. This book is something that I treasure, not only because my sister made it for me but because it holds (secret!) family recipes that have been passed down for several generations. On the first page of the book, Christy wrote me a little note that says, "no matter what people say, I know you will be a wonderful cook!" I guess at the time there was some speculation on whether I could cook something other than Ramen noodles.
Most of the recipes are ones that I have almost learned by heart--the Corn Souffle recipe my grandmother always made at Thanksgiving. The Buckeye recipe we make at Christmas (it gets doubled every year so that we have enough to get us through March!) and the Poppyseed Chicken recipe that is on the monthly rotation of menus in both of our houses. Along with these, Christy included recipes that she used to make for her children when they were small; simple recipes that were easy to throw together when time was limited. Everything from drink recipes, main dishes, vegetables, pasta, breads and desserts---they are all in there!
I too have started a collection of "my favorites" that I hope to pass along to my daughter when it is time. I'm sure by then the recipe book will have doubled in size, but what a treasure to share with her!
PS. This idea would make a great gift if you have family recipes to pass along to someone who is getting married soon or moving out on their own. She printed the recipes on card stock and then decorated it with embossed stamps of different designs. She used the rings to bind the book together.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
On another note, I am beginning to look for some good parenting books. I will be getting a copy of Babywise, but wanted to see if anyone else had any good recommendations...I would love to know what you enjoyed and what worked for you!
Monday, November 10, 2008
On Friday, we went to Gigi's Cup Cakes. Oh so good! They have a 2 page menu of all the different kinds from Wedding Cake to Nutty Butty--the icing is about about 3 inches thick! We picked up a few....well 8!
Mike was so happy when I showed up with a chocolate one for him!
On Saturday we headed to Opry Mills, a big mall that has some outlets in it. Jessica wanted to do some shopping and I was on the lookout for some good bargains for baby clothes. Jessica thought she looked silly in this hat, but she has so much style, I think she can pull off almost anything!
Meanwhile, 1985 called and they said they want their sunglasses back. Christy and I couldn't believe how much all of the clothes resemble what we wore growing up. I knew I should have kept those leg warmers and the sweater with the rainbow hearts going across the front! We made sure Jessica didn't see us taking this picture, otherwise she would have been mortified!
For a mid afternoon snack as were walking through the mall, we stopped at the Apple Barn Store and Restaurant and had ourselves some warm apple fritters with fresh apple butter. Oh so good!
Here's Jessica with our the kitten. We decided to name her Georgia. Mike and I have both liked the name. There is absolutely no significance to the name, other than we both like it. I think she is going to stick around. The left over tuna I gave her today after my lunch might have sealed the deal.
On Saturday we went did a little more shopping and I was able to find a few things for the baby. Then that night we headed to Mike's school where he teaches. Every fall they put on their fall musical. This year it was The Sound of Music which happens to be one of our favorites. The students did such a great job!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I fixed this for dinner the other night...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It's a GIRL!
She is growing and is healthy and strong! I felt her kicking this morning before we went to the doctor and I was a little scared that she would end up in a position where we wouldn't be able to find out, but she kept on moving and we were able to see for sure that what we have been calling "the baby" is now fondly called "she" or "her."
She is measuring "perfectly" according to the doctor. We do have pictures but don't have access to a scanner anymore (it was at my work) so I can't post anything. I might resort to taking a picture of the picture because we got some really good shots of her. She has her hands in front of her face in one of them and she looks like she is praying.
Mike is beside himself. So am I. We couldn't be anymore happy, anymore blessed or anymore thankful for this little girl that is inside of me.
Thank you Jesus for this baby!
PS. Two of my most favorite people in the world are coming this weekend for a visit!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
So far in my family there are 3 votes for girls and 1 for a boy. I don't know what my nephews think, although, I know they are excited because my nephew, Ben, asks Christy everyday if we have found out yet. Me, I have no clue....I really don't have a feeling either way. I just want to see that heart beating away!
Along with our excitement, there is some anxiety as well. This appointment is scheduled at the exact same time in my pregnancy when my water broke with the girls. It also happens to be at the same time of day and same day of the week. It's so interesting how you remember those details. Thankfully, my doctor and ultrasound tech have relocated so we will be going to a new building and a new office. That alone puts me at ease (somewhat).
We are so hopeful and so excited for Tuesday to get here, but would certainly appreciate your prayers.