Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Good wife, bad wife.

Haha, if this was a game of  "Deal or no deal" I'd be betting all my money on good wife. Joel on the other hand, may be leaning toward bad wife. ;)  Since we've been married Joel has always wanted one of those larger than life Fathead's of his favorite sports player, and ever since he has expressed that desire, I have responded with somewhat of an "over my dead body" attitude (although if he had some sort of man cave, I'd be perfectly fine with it). Well it happened. He found one really cheap-like $8-on ebay, and although I still said no, he got one anyways. Sigh...
I like to think that marriage is all about compromise, so my good wife moment is allowing this monstrosity to  reside in my house. ;) My bad wife moment is that he is forced to hang in the pantry...actually though, I think Joel agrees with me that this shouldn't be allowed anywhere else, although he probably won't admit it.

Bahaha, and I decided if Mr. Anthony was going to take up space, he was going to be useful and hold my aprons for me.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions.

First of all, Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a wonderful day spent with your families. :) Christmas Eve is always a super busy day for me, because I try to get everything done so that on Christmas itself I just have to pop stuff in the oven and enjoy the day. My parents did a really wonderful job making Christmas magical when I was little, and I hope that Joel and I do the same for our kids. It has been fun figuring out what our own little traditions will be over the years. Christmas Eve we have a giant finger food /junk food party (chips & dip, shrimp cocktail-that kind of stuff), read the Christmas story, and the kids open stockings (Joel's family always opened presents Christmas Eve so this was our compromise since I was set on  doing presents Chrismas morning), and the kids get new pj's to wear that night. The next morning we have fruit salad and monkey bread and pretty much play with toys the rest of the day until turkey time. :)
One of my favorite things we do is each year we buy a special ornament that represents something special that happened that year. We only have eight right now, but I love to think of all the memories that will be represented 30 years from now.

Here's what we have so far:


1. 2004-(couple) the year Joel and I got married
2. 2005-(Eiffel Tower) our trip to France
3. 2006- (mobile) Sam's first Christmas
4. 2007- (airplane snowflake) Joel joined the Airforce
5. 2008-(house) bought our first house
6. 2009-(not pictured, Precious Moments baby) Annaleigh's 1st Christmas
7. 2010- (not pictured/cap and gown) Joel gets bachelor's degree
9. 2011-(dog) got our new puppy

This last year was the hardest because nothing really big happened, so I was planning on just getting some beachy ornament since we went to Charleston, but then we got Dallas, so that ended up being this year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a glimpse into my future


This is insane...but this is what car rides are going to look like in a few short months. Three across in my tiny little Hyundai Elantra...I thought it couldn't be done, but apparently it can.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book page wreath

I thought I'd share a little something I've been really busy with the past two weeks! I was planning on making two of these as gifts for Christmas, but it turned out to be a lot more time consuming than I expected (I figured out too late that I needed to make the roses bigger), so someone's getting a late present this year. :( Hubby told me it looked like a beehive which wasn't what I was going for, but I'm hoping my sis still likes it. Believe it or not, this wreath used an entire book!


Suprise?

Not too much new on the homefront! Sam had his Christmas program at school yesterday which was cute (except that parents were talking so loud you couldn't hear parts of it-so rude!).
These past few weeks have felt crazy, what with getting ready for Christmas and the new puppy. (haha, what were we thinking!?) We officially named the puppy Dallas and at first he had to go out 2-4 times a night. Exhausting! He's down to once a night, and thankfully Joel has pretty much taken over puppy duty.
I'm trying hard to cut back my schedule, but it is really hard! I never thought I was one of those people who have trouble saying "no" but I am. :P I guess now is as good as any time to learn.
In exactly one week we find out if we're having a little girl or boy!! SO exciting!!! I know Joel is hoping for a girl, but we're both guessing boy. How obnoxious is this: my husband wants to find out the gender and not tell anybody...I think it's because some girl he doesn't like too much keeps talking about how excited she is to find out, but I'm not positive on that one. I've been trying for months to get him to change his mind, but so far all I've gotten is the "right" to tell family. I'm trying hard though to see his side of things and not just mine! The funny part is I actually wouldn't mind too much not telling people, expect I thought of a really cute way to announce it. I need a better reason than that to convince him though!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Crafts

 I've become a little addicted to pinterest.com (you can see my page here: http://pinterest.com/brinderknecht/) and I decided that this week I actually had to do something about it to justify all my time spent there.Actually, I've already done a few projects like these two:

Sidewalk chalk paint:  1 cup water, 1 cup cornstarch, food coloring

Melted crayon art for the playroom: crayons hot-glued to canvas, then melted with hair dryer


Anyways, this week, I accomplished several crafts and four different recipes. Here's my little review of the craft projects I did, and later on will come the recipes (two of which are definite keepers!).

These hand and footprint reindeer, and handprint trees (the trees I plan to do next year on a canvas with each family member's hand as a row and puppy's print as the star) were really cute. The footprints were a little messy, but nothing too bad!



I also made some salt ornaments: * 1 cup salt 2 cups flour 3/4-1 cup lukewarm water -air dry or oven at 200*
I have slightly mixed feelings on these. The cons: You can see they ended up a little cracked, and they took a really long time  to dry. I first put them in the oven for an hour, and they were still nowhere near being dry, so then they spent two days on the counter drying. Also, I wanted to do a puppy paw print, but the dough was too stiff. My fault or the recipes? I'm not sure, but I will try again because they are really cheap to make, a lot cheaper than the 50 cent ceramic ornaments I've bought the kids at hobby lobby, and at my kids ages, they definitely perfer quantity over quality! Also, I think they'll still be pretty cute once painted by them.



Finally, here are two things on pinterest that I really loved:

This peppermint ball (which I may actually try to make)


I wanted to do a wreath like the second, but for some reason, I couldn't find the small peppermints anywhere at Walmart, so I compromised. This was probably around a $5 project (depending on how much you spend on the bow, I got mine last year for 90% off) and comes together fairly quick. I also decided to just do peppermints on the front (and not the sides/inside) because it was already pretty heavy.

What are your favorite Christmas crafts?



 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A few of my favorite things...

First off, in full disclosure, I am totally ripping off my good friend over at My Lovely Chaos for the idea on this post. Hope you don't mind! ;) I've gotten some really amazing product recommendations from her including my new all time favorite household cleaner- Method All-Purpose Cleanser. I seriously love this stuff! Not that anyone actually needs a reason to go to Target, but I'll make trips specifically to get this. The Pink Grapefruit smells so nice, I would wear it if it was healthy!

This will probably be the one and only time I do this, since I tend to not be very brand loyal...I'm always positive that there is something better out there, but here are a few things that I've decided are worth sticking with. (And if you would please hum the tune to "These are a few of my favorite things" from the Sound of Music, that would be great. ;)

KIDS TOYS:

Playmobil: These are seriously the coolest toys ever. My husband grew up playing with them, and I've been completely hooked since Sam got his first set. They do have tons of tiny pieces (which is part of the fun), so they're not  for very young kids, but even Annaleigh loves these.  I also think they're one of the few toys that grow with kids, meaning Sam will still be playing with his for years. (Btw, Toys R Us is the only physical store that I know of that sales them.)They have everything, so they're perfect for girls or boys. If you don't believe me you can look here: http://playmobil-toys.net/ 
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Dolls:
Like paper dolls without the tears and cutting out!
Alex Bath Stickers:
I bought these over a year ago for $12 at Target. At 1.5 years Annaleigh liked sticking them to the tub walls, and Sam, now 5, likes making awesome cities. The bag they come in is super convinient for storage.


FOOD & DRINK:

Maxwell House International Cafe Hazelnut Iced Latte: I love iced coffee...it's probably my biggest food related weakness. I'm still working on finding a good homemade version that I love, but for now this is my favorite ice coffee mix. I've probably tried every brand and every flavor, and now, this is the only one I'll buy. They run around $2.70 for a box of six, so it's not totally economical, but it's cheaper than buying at Starbucks or even McDonalds.




Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake: I'm going to go ahead and assume that the name says it all. ;)


Simply Asia Ginger Teryaki Stir-Fry Sauce: With chicken and over white rice, this is almost as good as eating out.


Presto Poplight Hot Air Popper:  I'm a popcorn fanatic. This costs about $20, and is cheaper in the long run than buying bagged popcorn, plus it doesn't use butter or oil to cook the popcorn. If I'm calorie counting, I spritz it with a little butter flavored Pan and sprinkle with popcorn salt, otherwise they also movie theater oil that's really tasty.



Haha, well, I had a few other things, but this is taking forever, so I'm going to be lazy and call it quits for today!




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The new guy

Long story short: we got a new puppy.

Now the long story:

The logical smart side of Joel and I said that we should probably wait a few years to get another dog. Obviously we didn't listen to ourselves. For a while we've talked about what our second dog would be. We had two really bad experiences with rescue dogs (probably in main part because our kids are so young) so we knew for sure we wanted to start with a puppy. After our experience with Hailey we also knew that we never wanted the breed or size to be an issue again. So small, but not too small, and one known for being really good with people and kids. So after a lot of research that's how we ended up choosing a mini-schnauzer.  We've never actually owned one or even known one before. (A bonus we found out after choosing is that they hardly shed!).
I personally think the all white ones are the cutest, they just happen to be kind of rare, and because of this are usually the most expensive.  We found a breeder who didn't price on color so the one we got was cheaper than most, and was also only two hours away, which was closer than the others we found. We were planning on waiting to get him on Christmas, but basically, we would have to drive down there to put a deposit then again to pick him up, and the guy said he wouldn't hold him without a deposit, so  I drove out the very next day to get him to save ourselves a second four hour trip.
The kids had no clue, so we made a treasure hunt for Sam, with the final clue being him sitting in a basket in the garage. They were so suprised!

Now we just need to work on a name and potty-training!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Non-stop

I have pretty much been non-stop crying the last three days. We've come to the conclusion that Hailey has to find a new home (this conclusion based on the fact that she's not allowed to move onto base with us). Joel has finally stopped asking me why I'm crying every time I randomly burst into tears. Hailey has always been kind of a hyper-active dummy (the trainer we were working with told us that she's high-strung and high-energy for a GS, and GS's tend to be high-energy, high-strung dogs) but even so she's always been my baby. It's really upsetting not knowing where she'll end up or how her future owners will take care of her. Ack, I really love my baby girl, but short of sending her to a $2,500 doggy bootcamp, there is really nothing we can do now. :(

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rich Chip

 I thought today I'd share my very favorite cake box mix cake out there with you. This cake is amazing...so amazing that I only make it when we're having company over or I have to bring a dessert to an event. It's so good, I don't actually want the whole thing sitting in my fridge tempting me. I think part of the reason it's so good is that the person who first made this cake sat down and thought of all the ways to add calories to a cake mix. The cake iteself is so good though that I don't add frosting (although sometimes I sprinkle on powder sugar), so maybe in the end the calories even themselves out. ;) I do plan on one day trying the recipe with a Devil's Food mix instead of a yellow cake...I'm sure that would be amazing. I took a picture of mine (how do you like my new Walmart plates?) but trust me, it tastes better than it looks!


So here's the recipe and the link to the website it's from!

Vanilla Rich Chip Cake


Ingredients:
1 package (18 1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup miniature chocolate chips 


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just to moisten. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

2. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan.

3. Bake 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar or drizzle with Vanilla Butter Glaze (recipe follows), if desired.



Tips:
Test Kitchen Tip: To prevent chocolate chips from sinking to bottom of pan, reserve 1 tablespoon of the dry cake mix. Toss chocolate chips in dry cake mix before stirring into the batter.

Vanilla Butter Glaze: Mix 3 tablespoons butter, melted, 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons water and 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract until smooth. Let stand 3 minutes or until thickened. Makes 1 cup.




Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Weekend away and baby bumps

Well, the weekend was a lot of fun! The only problem was that I actually messed up the location a little, so we weren't close to Savannah, which sadly meant no all you can eat Paula Deen fried foods. :/ The hotel was nice, but it was a little chilly, and the place I chose was a little too up-scale in a way. It was a little lacking in character, but the beach was close and we were alone! It even worked out really nicely with daylight savings-we actually got to sleep in that extra hour!! I think next time we'll stay close to home...haha, oh I forgot, I told Joel that we were going to fly a grandma over for our 10th anniversary and go somewhere tropical. But other than that we'll try not to spend so much time in the car.
I loved the Spanish moss

In other news, I am officially pronouncing Annaleigh POTTY TRAINED. Exciting, and definitely in time, which is nice. Let's see...I'm also quickly passing from looking like I ate to much to looking like I'm pregnant. With my first, I kinda just looked fat for the longest time, so I appreciate actually looking pregnant...although depending on what I wear, most people would still not say anything at this point.
Here's me right at the start of the pregnancy, and then again at 11.5 weeks, so I'm even bigger by now (that was almost a month ago!)
 They are my last non-maternity jeans I can fit...I just can never wash them again. ;)

And this is a little random, but it really is crazy to me...between those two pictures, I actually weighed a pound less in the second. How in the world is that possible? I don't know. I can't figure it out. Joel thinks I'm making things up.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seven!

Eeeep!! I am so excited!!! It's Joel and my 7th anniversary this weekend, and as part of his gift, I'm kidnapping him and taking him on a suprise overnight trip to Savannah. Best of all?? No kids!! Honestly, I am very impressed with myself for not spilling the beans. I am an AWFUL secret keeper. I had to make one clandestine phone call and when he asked me who it was I started to  laugh hysterically. It's bad. :P I eventually told him that I was asking Michael to come over Saturday morning to babysit, so we could go to breakfast together. I am pretty sure I have pulled it off though, mostly because we  have several things planned to do this weekend, so it's actually not the best weekend to be running off. I love it. I didn't get all the details planned out until yesterday, but my last minuteness actually paid off, because I got a really nice hotel at a great price ($80 after tax!). Gotta love hotwire!



Here's a picture from the hotel. I know their pictures are always way nicer than the reality, but the beach is very close, and that's all I want! (Although it's only going to be in the high 60's so too  chilly for swimming) We always go as budget friendly as possible (without the possibility of getting bedbugs) so Joel will probably freak out at first when he sees we're right next to the ocean. When we visited Charleston $80 got us 35 minutes away from the beach.:) It took me forever to decide whether to go three hours south to the beach or three hours north to the mountains, but the beach won me over. I decided mountains would be a fun change for the kids if we decide to do that later. Now all I have left to do is make a few hard decisions, like "do we go to Paula Deen's all you can eat buffet, or not?"

**And babe, if by some freak chance you decide to start reading my blog, you better act suprised!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat?

After a lot of debate on my part, we decided to let the kids go trick or treating on Halloween this year (well, technically, they went Friday). I know it's not something that most people would spend any time debating, but since Joel and I were never allowed to celebrate Halloween, it was a little tricky for us. I understand why many Christians choose to have nothing to do with the holiday (random side note, when I was little, my dad-then a police officer- was attacked when he tried to break up a group of Satan worshipers doing some ritual). Growing up, I understood why we didn't, but lets face it, there's really nothing more fun than dressing up and getting free candy, so every year was a little disappointing. :P  So anyways, long story short we let the kids go this year, with the understanding that we don't "do" the creepy parts of Halloween (ie, witches, demons, ghosts), sort of like churches have harvest festivals. I don't know if that makes sense, but at least in my mind, it's all very reasonable;) and the kids had tons of fun. Here are a few pictures of my cuties :)
Sam, one of the Transformers
Annaleigh, a princess fairy
my favorite picture!! I was telling Sam to act strong and Allie jumped in with this. So cute!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Busy mess

Busy mess. Those two words describe me perfectly right now. There is so much going on, and I'm not keeping up with it all that gracefully. Oh! But one huge blessing is that my morning sickness went away the week we moved. Sam started his new school on base Monday. He says he likes it and is having fun, and he has another really great teacher which is wonderful. I feel a little bad about the fact that he's already on his second school in the first semester of kindergarten, and there will be plenty of other schools in the future if we stay in the military. I was thinking the other day that Sam has already lived in five different states...so far all the changes haven't been a problem, but I'm sure it will get hard the older he gets. (Actually I know it will, I went to over 12 schools growing up).
Annaleigh loves our new house (which by the way, is really nice, and one day when I'm not so busy or messy I'll take pictures). She goes around saying things like, "I like the new house" all the time. The first time she saw our car in the garage was hilarious. She thought it was so fantastic that there was "a car in the house."  Bedtime is about a million times better...I can't even describe how much nicer it is to put them to bed now. It's lovely. Annaleigh hasn't been in her own room for several months now, so when I started unpacking all her old things, it was like Christmas for her. She didn't remember any of her stuff, and she is in love with her room. I've made a strict "no toys in the bedroom" rule (besides lovies at night) so I'm hopeful that things will stay neater this way.
Here's a picture of Lou's room. The only room in the house ready to have it's picture taken:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Matthew 11:28

Please keep my family in your prayers please. I lost an amazing aunt this week. The funeral is tomorrow, and it hurts that I cannot be there with my family. She is the second daughter my grandmother has lost in four years to cancer...the second sister my mom has lost...the mother of my cousin who is expecting her first child the same week as me. I praise God that she is in Heaven with Him now and no longer suffering, but my heart breaks for all those left behind.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Monday, October 17, 2011

In and out

Friday night I asked my brother-in-law if he would be willing to wake up with the kids Saturday morning since Joel and I haven't been able to sleep in on the same day basically since Sam was born (we take turns sleeping in every other Saturday) and he agreed. I was so excited. The kids usually wake up around 7:00, and Saturday morning I woke up at 6:50 starving to death, I couldn't fall back to sleep, and the kids actually slept in an extra 40 minutes. I found it all really annoying, lol! The bright side is that my morning sickness has pretty much gone away, so that's a huge blessing.
I don't know if I mentioned this, but Joel's other brother and his wife are actually the ones buying our house, and Saturday all their stuff arrived (they were told it takes 2-4 weeks, and it got here after about 1). Thankfully they have way less than we do, but it's nuts in here. I should take a picture. We have a pretty small living room and it currently holds two huge couches and two recliners among other stuff.  I know I said I was feeling kind of sad about moving, but now it's just like, "get me out of here!!!" I'm also looking forward to getting my box of maternity stuff, because I was sure I wouldn't need them this soon, but I am definitely pulling out the fat pants as soon as we get to our new home. I haven't gained any weight, but I'm pretty big already. My stomach muscles must be shot. :P

I've been trying to do less blog posts recently because I feel like they are becoming progressively more whiny, but it just feels so good to whine, so thanks for bearing with me. ;)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sold!

Yikes! We are officially living in someone elses house!! A lawyer came over today and we signed everything over. Next Friday we move out and start a new chapter in our life. I'm excited about our new place and not having so much responsibility, and a playroom for the kids, but at the same time we had a really great time here.  Sam will start a new school on base, and hopefully that goes well. We really didn't make money by buying (we basically broke even) but we'll be getting a nice enough check in the mail sometime soon, which is always fun! Joel dropped out of school for the year, and today was his last day. I think it's going to help a ton, because he is always so so busy, which of course makes me busy too.  He's only one credit away from being half-way through his masters degree, but we both  need a break right now.

Pj parties and prayer

Sam had a pj party at school this week. We'd already packed most of his pj's away, but he was excited to wear his Toy Story shirt, and especially happy to get to bring Buddy, his favorite stuffed animal with him. Sam is loving school. A lot! It makes me really happy for him, since I debated so much about what to do with him this year. The only thing that he's ever said that was kind of negative was actually the other day. I was making his lunch, and whenever he has pudding or applesauce I throw in a Take N Toss spoon which are just small colored plastic spoons, and he says, "Can you please not put a baby spoon in my lunch anymore? The other kids tease me." Awwww! I felt bad but I had never thought of it looking like a baby spoon (haha, I even put them in Joel's lunch box which I'm sure he loves). So now i make sure to give him a "real" spoon. :)
Since I'm on the subject of Sam...I found out the other day that he has been praying for me to feel better at church for the last few weeks. He is just the sweetest little person. Love that boy! He's also still praying for a sister, which I think is just adorable. I'm sure it will be really easy to convince him that a brother would be fun if that's what we end up having, but since we don't know yet, I'm glad he still wants another sister.
ready for pajama day!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Grown up...

Well, our decision (that really big one I wasn't very specific about) was made. It really really hurt making it. It's so hard because we have so many things to consider like what's right for the family member and what's right for our family. I think that we made the right decision, but it was really hard because I know that it hurt someone I love a lot. Sometimes I doubt myself, thinking things like, "how can something that hurts so much,  be the right thing to do??" I guess it's tough love or something, but it stinks, it's the kind of thing that makes me wish that I wasn't a grown up and I could just hide under the covers and pretend I'm five again.
Haha, I've been really upset the past day because of this mess and at church this morning someone asked me how I was doing (in the generic 'how are you' 'I'm fine' kind of way) and I totally started crying and telling them that I was fine and everything was great all at the same time. I actually did that twice today! It's not that I don't want to share my problems, I just didn't want to get into a complicated story and emotional mess at that time. Lol, Joel told me I am an awesome actor and definitely had them fooled. ;)
It also made me think about the article I read recently about how facebook actually makes people depressed because they think other people's lives are so much more awesome/better than there own is (since people tend to only post stuff that's exciting or good news). I definitely wouldn't say that facebook depresses me, but it's interesting to think about!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quick fix

I need help. Or a bacon cheeseburger. Probably both. I've spent the last ten minutes looking through the Wendy's website, and am literally crying right now. What a mess. Joel just made dinner for us too, which is extremely rare, very sweet, and I didn't eat a thing because I felt sick, but now I'm crying over cheeseburgers.

Ack, okay, I thought I'd share one of my favorite "quick" dinners. I don't really do frozen meals or hamburger helper, but this is what I have in place of those. I love it because it's really good either hot or cold, and there is no meat cooking involved. Usually we eat it hot the first night, then have it as a pasta salad side another night.

Hot or Cold Salami Tomato Basil Pasta
-Boil one box penne according to directions
-drain and mix in the following:
-3/4 cup Italian dressing
-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
-2 chopped tomatoes (more or less depending on how much tomato you like)
-1 package hard salami chopped
-1 tablespoon dried basil (although fresh is always better if you have it!)
-mozzarella
other things I have tried and loved are artichoke hearts and black olives.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Playroom

Haha,
Ok, I have decided to stop telling the internet world about how insane I am. ;)  Instead, I'll share a few plans I've been working on in my mind for the new playroom we'll have once we move. We haven't decided what we're going to do once this little baby comes as far as room sharing goes, but at least for now we'll have an extra room for a couple months. Since we may not always have that room, I'd like everything to be kind of neutral so that baby can just move in there (well, also because it's for both a girl and boy) so I'm thinking lots of bright colors. I also like the challenge of working on a budget. I haven't picked one yet, but I will soon. I was able to do Annaleigh's nursery for under $115 dollars (including bedding for a twin bed and the crib!) Here's a picture I found on pinterest that I love:

And here is one other thing that I'm definitely planning on trying with the kids:
crayons melted with hairdryer!




Monday, October 3, 2011

stuff

Joel got to kill his very first snake. We found it living under my flower pot. It was at least two feet long and really fat, so it was a big guy. The good thing is it didn't look like any of the venomous snakes found in GA. It looked something like this:

Our house packing is going well despite the fact that I feel lousy just about every minute of the day. We've been throwing all the boxes and stuff in our old playroom, and it's getting pretty full! Annaleigh is almost potty trained! We just have to get her to go #2 consistently in the potty and she'll be ready for undies full time (minus night time of course). Actually, she is in undies full time already, except when we go out, and I'll probably keep doing that for a while. Also, our drug dealer neighbors moved out of their house, so that's always a plus in my opinion.

And finally, Joel and I have a huge "thing" (sorry, I know it's not descriptive) that we have to decide on about the care of a family member. It is potentially a very big and very long task, although I'm not entirely sure...which makes the decision harder since we don't know exactly what we are getting ourselves into. We have to figure out what the right thing to do is. Being a grown up can be a little overwhelming sometimes. I feel old and tired just thinking about it...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If...

I'm not feeling very orignial these days. Stole this from a blog I follow...

If I were to get pregnant...well, I am!

•If I could have any job in the world…this might seem a little random, but maybe own a nursery (the plant and flower kind). It just seems so peaceful.

•If I had a day to myself...unlimited amounts of sleep.

•If I could get married all over again…There is no question I'd marry the same man over again! I'd probably have eloped though if I knew what a pain the wedding itself was going to be.

•If I could live anywhere in the U.S...Hawaii? I don't care, I like moving around.

•If I were to have more children...I'm currently pregnant with our last (planned, haha) baby. Never say never. ;)

•If I could have any talent in the world...I wish I could sing really well. I also wish I could learn how to use my new sewing machine!

•If you met me in real life...you would probably think I look tired.

•If I went back to school...I'm not sure. Healthcare or counseling, I've got to figure this out one day.

•If money were not an object...I would travel Europe in style.

•If I could meet one celebrity...hmmm, I don't care too much about celebrities. How about George Bush? Haha, or it might be interesting to meet Katie Holmes and Suri to see if they're as crazy as all those tabloids in the grocery aisle claim they are.

•If I could shop at only one store for the rest of my life... Target?

•If I could choose an animal/pet...I need to get my crazy dog under control first, but I'd like another dog one day.

•If I could go on a trip right now...someplace warm and tropical and with an ocean.

•If I had to choose between a house cleaner and personal chef...my first thought is house cleaner, but I would probably be ashamed of my messy house and have to clean it before they came, so I'll go with chef.

•If I had the option to get plastic surgery…plastic surgery wouldn't fix it, but I'd change my thumbs. I don't have Meagan Fox's figure but we do have the same thumbs.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Party of Five


Well, it happened! All the parents have been notified, so I am happy to announce that I am pregnant! (I'm not telling everybody until after my next ultrasound, but I figure if you care enough to read my boring blog, you deserve to know, haha.) Sweet baby #3 is due April 30th. It's funny how much different this third pregnancy has been. For one thing, I don't even know where "What to Expect When Your Expecting" is. I'm pretty sure I read it three times through by this time with both Sam and Allie. Not that I'm an expert or anything, it just turns out I actually know what to expect. Second, April doesn't seem that far away. Trust me, I am very excited to meet this one, but nine months (well, 7 now) doesn't seem as long as the last two times. Maybe it's because I finally understand how much work those tiny little babies create. ;)  I was going to say that I haven't bought anything yet, but actually, I did get those two cute shirts for the kids to wear to the hospital. :) In December when we find out the gender, I plan on buying:                                 or:


Haha, and I think this is cute, the day after I found out I was pregnant I started cleaning the living room and pulled out the vacuum (I usually skip vacuuming on the weekends, and Joel was like, "um, is this some sort of nesting?" Apparently he thought I only vacuumed every two weeks or something and I was "going crazy." With two kids and a dog, the weekend is definitely the longest I go. I was proud of him for knowing what the term "nesting" means though. ;)









 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Great big internal sigh.

Why is it so hard to break bad habits and so very easy to lose the good ones? Last month when all our guests started arriving, I started to feel busy, which I was, but at times like that it always seems the first thing to go is reading my Bible and spending time in prayer. It makes me a little sad, but that always seems the first thing to go. Not facebook or any of the other non-essestials that I still manage to find time for. Maybe it's because I like to do it a certain way (no children, please) or maybe it's some other reason.
Regardless, that's the way it is. I found this quote last night by Charles Hummel, "We live in constant tension between the urgent and the important. The problem is that the important task rarely must be done today or even this week. Extra hours of prayer or Bible study can wait. But the urgent tasks call for instant action-endless pressure every hour and day." Ahh, so true.
Anyways, yesterday I was wondering why I was feeling so overwhelmed by every little thing. Yes, life is busy and hectic and a little stressful right now, but not so much so that I should be feeling the way I am now.  Not that I should be constantly ready to snap at everybody. Then it hit me, when is the last time I asked God to help me? The last time I spent time in scriptures, or remembered that life is not about what we do, but who we are? I hate to admit that it's been a while. I've been doing a lot of doing, but not a lot of being.  I decided to start immediatley back up, and found a book that I bought months ago meaning to read.

Awesome book (It starts off with the story in Luke 10:38-42, not suprisingly). I've read the author's other "Mary" book and loved it.  Anyways, a few verses from my reading last night that stuck with me:

Ezekial 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

History and life lessons

This past weekend our family went on an overnight trip to Charleston, SC. What a gorgeous city! The first day we spent at the ocean and the next we went to a museum and got to tour an aircraft carrier and a submarine. It was pretty awesome.  It's about a 3.5 hour drive, so not too bad, but far enough with kids. It was worth it though!
on the deck

seriously, how does something so big and so made of metal float???

We were only on the submarine for ten minutes or so, but the tight, tiny spaces made me feel crazy. To think that people lived on those things for months on ends is pretty amazing.
USS Clamagore
Sam in one of the beds. There were six to a room.


In totally unrelated news, I finished out my third week of helping with the GAP class at church today. It's been an interesting experience. Looking at these ladies, I realize how incredibly different my life would have turned out had I never learned to read, finished school, or even just had a different family life and how difficult that life would be now. "Funny" is definitely  not the right word, but I've also realized (well, actually I've always thought people needed to calm down, but that's a different story) anyways, I've realized the whole breast vs. formula debate is kinda funny because there are 8 week old babies out there with orange soda in their bottles. I thought that was crazy, but apparently it's pretty common. Yikes. Can you imagine? 
 
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