Friday, July 31, 2009

17 weeks+3 days=4 Months!

I can't believe that my baby is 4 months old today! She is getting so big, and she is so smart. She has learned that with mommy pushing her in the stroller, she won't cry because I won't get her out just for crying. But when Daddy walks by she cries almost immediately because she know daddy will rescue her from the torture device we call a stroller, and or car-seat. She is laughing out loud, with a HUGE Smile that makes me melt. She can hold a babbling conversation with mommy.

She amazes me with how she sleeps. She is now sleeping in her bed mostly throughout the night. She has a routine that she loves, and expects. We get her ready for bed, I nurse her, and put her to bed, and pray for her. No fuss, she knows what to expect, and she likes it that way. She gets that from her daddy. She goes to bed between 8, and 9pm, and will sleep until about 6am, and I feed her again, and then wakes up between 8, and 9am.

Jon and I are enjoying her so much right now, she is so much fun, and it is hard to imagine life without her. I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with her. I am so thankful for that! Adah has a doctor appointment, on Tuesday, with shots, so we are really not looking forward to that, but she is such a trooper. The last time she got shots, 5 minutes later she that the "what shots?" attitude.

She is doing so well, and I am so thankful that she is so healthy. Everything that we went through to get her here was so worth it, and I will always be marveled at how God protected us, and how he has helped us grow through the processes of pregnancy and parenthood.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Call Me Cheap

I just came across the .99 cent chef blog. I am very aware that food product are a good deal at the .99 cents store, so to see him make full meals out of the items is pretty cool. There is even a recipe for krispy kream doughnuts. But just like the store, there are some recipes in there that I would never want to eat, let alone make.

Check it out, its worth the read!

Rice That Makes Me Say Yummo!

We (as a family) went to a jr. high bible study/ BBQ that Jon is leading. I was so excited because the family that was hosting the study, decided they wanted to bless the kids and get carne asade to BBQ! I was supper excited and wanted to help out and bring something. So I decided to make rice.
I knew I wanted to make my mom's Spanish rice, but I also wanted to try to make a cilantro lime rice that I had at the cheesecake factory. I looked at a few different recipes, and decided to just come up with one on my own. I was really pleased with the results and decided to share it with you all.

Spanish Rice

1 stick of butter
2 cups of instant rice
a sprinkle of garlic powder
1 4 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 tsp. of chicken bouillon granules
4 cups of water
1 half can of corn
1 handful of a small noodle (shells, or elbows are good) *optional*
Cheese to top

Melt butter in the skillet, then add rice and brown. Once rice is browned sprinkle garlic powder, then stir in tomato sauce. Stir in water, bouillon, and noodles and cover. Stir occasionally. Once cooked, stir in corn, and cover with cheese.


Cilantro Lime Rice

2 tablespoons of oil
2 cups of instant rice
2 teaspoons of bouillon granules
4 cups of water
1 bunch of cilantro
2 cloves of garlic
splash of olive oil
squeeze of lime

Heat oil in skillet, add rice and brown. Once browned, add water, then bouillon cover and cook. While cooking, in the food processor, add cilantro, garlic, olive oil, and a squeeze of lime. Blend until the consistency is smooth. Then fold into cooked rice.

Note: Both recipe's can easily feed family's of 8 each. So if you want a smaller portion just half it.


Got a case of the Mondays

Generally I love Mondays, and I have never really understood why people are not fans of Mondays. Even when I was working, I didn't love going back to work from a nice relaxing weekend, but I did love getting back into the swing of things. Now that I'm not working, I look at it as a chance to catch up on housework that has been neglected over the weekend. I even has a list (in my head) of things to accomplish on a Monday.

This Monday is totally different. With its twists and turns, I knew I was not going to get anything close to housework done so I hightailed it to my parents house to enjoy the "non-clutter," and maybe enjoy the pool. I knew that my Mom and Sister would enjoy seeing Adah too!
Last night we got the baby to bad just fine, and decided to rent a movie. Before the movie started we got the exciting news that some of our nearest and dearest friends, Dirk and Alicia, are expecting their first baby. So Alicia and I had a nice chat, and then Jon started the movie. I knew this movie was not the greatest, because some friends (including my sister) said it was stupid, and weird. Non-the-less, we watched it, and it literally scared me to death. The whole idea of the whispering people that the kids could hear but the parents could not is what scared me. So I went to bed with that on my mind.

I slept pretty good, and went to feed Adah at around (what the clock said) 2am. I thought it to be odd because Adah consistently wakes at 4:45, and I finish feeding her around 5, but I just went with it. Then a few hours later she started crying to I went in to get her, the clock said 7:28. That was a little bit early for her, but again, I went with it. I started to feed her when I heard Jon yell, "it's 9:02!" He ran out of bed and jumped in the shower, and got himself completely ready in 20 minutes.

Then later in the day, Jon called and told me of some other things that we have been working on that fell through. So needless to say, we have had a not so fun Monday, and to top it off I have a cranking headache. But, I am happy to report that through all the things we have been going through, Adah has been an angel.

Hope you have a better Monday that I have!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summertime Blues

 I think I can speak for everyone and say that I am so over summer and this 106 degree temperature thing! When we had our nice cool June gloom, I did not complain, I was hoping it would last all summer. Bu, now I cannot escape the heat. A few examples would be:

Feeling like I can't escape the heat.

Feeling like it follows me into a cool house
Not even swimming makes me feel better
Going to the beach is not as enjoyable with an infant because I freak out about the                         sun exposure with her.
It's simply NOT FUN!

 On Sunday, I ad the great idea to go to first (7:45) service to escape the heat, but I, not being a morning person, decided to go with my usual plan of going to third (11:45) service. I got Adah in the hot car, blasted the air conditioning, and tolerated her screaming the whole time. When got into the parking lot parked, and I prepared to get out of the car, open her door, open the trunk, get the stroller out, put her in it, put our stuff in it, and get to the court (the overflow building) as fast as possible. I did all that until I looked in the trunk and the stroller was not there. We forgot to put it back in the trunk after a beach trip last week. 
 So, I got back in the car, turned it on, and lost it. Royally! Some may call me a wimp, but the stroller is a HUGE tool to make church going successful. Not to mention, I had nothing to cover her head with. So Jon came and rescued me, and I had a good cry and went home.
 I am just saying, this heat really messes with your head. Had this been a normal 80 degree day, I would have sucked it up and scooped up all the stuff and the baby and went in. 
 I guess I am going to just have to dream of those wonderful Autumn days to get me through the summer, or take a vacation to a cooler climate. 

 How are you dealing with the heat?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wedding Invitation

  Roberto is a talented graphic designer that designed our wedding invitation. He is Jon's friend from CBU, and they have stayed connected via text, facebook, and myspace. One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the invitation. Our wedding was Fall themed, and Roberto did such a great job in setting the scene for that.

 When Roberto told Jon that he was going to pop the question, and how he was going to do it, we both knew that they were a fun unconventional couple. Roberto popped the question via Twitter. I don't know all the details, but I do remember it was cute, sweet and creative.  So knowing the story behind their engagement, I was delighted to see their wedding invitation. I thought it was so cute and creative, I wanted to share it with you all. 
The front is the story of how they met. 

Inside, is their story continued, with wedding information.

I loved this part. 

It is so unconventional, and I love it!

The End.

New Pictures

 I recently dusted off my Cannon SLR camera, and put it to work on Adah. It was really fun to play with it again, and my subject couldn't be more cooperative.
I just love those cheeks!

My Mom just loves those feet.

I love that smile!

And those eye!

This pictures reminds me of one we took of her days after we came home from the hospital.

Couldn't help but get one of Chloee.

Daddy's hand is my favorite to chew on.

The flash was a bit much, but she gave me a great smile.

She loves Chloee.