Sunday, July 31, 2011

Baby Stuff Virtual Shower Continues

Cute clothes from Heather. Thanks so much for the monogrammed outfit and onesies.
Thanks to the Taylor family for all the cute baby items. All of these things will be used when Charles arrives. Especially the disposable changing covers during those early days home from the hospital.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

One Step Closer....Projects Inside &Outside

We have talked of purchasing blinds for the kitchen for awhile. We finally got them. They are now up. Too bad they were an absolute pain to get up and to remove the extra portion at the bottom. It would be nice for products to have better parts and clearer directions. Sorry to complain but really if you spend money that you work hard for it is a royal pain to end up with a product with poor directions and poor parts/design.
The next step is for window toppers. Suggestions are welcome. We are not sure what color to go with.
This is a picture of the other window in the kitchen. It is over the sink. This is the best picture I could get.
Patrick spent many hours trying to dig up these stumps. He broke down and rented a stump grinder. It ended up being much cheaper to rent and D.I.Y. it than to hire someone.We are now rid of the four stumps we had in our yard. We had 2 guys show up and help out and to check out the big yard toy in action. Thanks Jeff and Mike for your help and time!!!This stump needed to be smaller before grinding it. Thanks again to Jeff and Mike for doing this portion of the task since Patrick had stitches in his hand from broken glass. Our yard is coming along quite well. Patrick has been a very busy man working hard to make our yard a more beautiful place.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Eat, Sleep, and Stroll

Our stroller! Charles is going strolling in style. Thanks Mrs. Pam and Heather.
Our High Chair all together. Patrick had lots of fun putting this together. It said no tools required but they were wrong:) Thanks to Andrew, Mandy (my big sister), Tru, and S.S.. Charles is going to get a lot of use out of this chair.
Bibs my sister sent. The one on the left is his LSU bib, and the one on the right speaks for itself.
A cute little outfit for Charles to wear. Thanks Mrs. Autumn and Carlton.
A burp cloth with his initials. Thanks Dana! I will be taking this to the hospital.
A cute shirt from St. John (USVI) that my mom picked up. It says snacks, sand box, and bottles.
My mom and grandma sent me this cute gown for the hospital. I'm packing things as I can so that it is not a big rush when Charles decides to make his grand entrance into the world.
My big preggo belly at 37 weeks. The doctor's appointment this week went really well. I was told Charles probably will not come anytime this week. We both got great reports.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Showers of Blessings

We are so thankful for the gifts and sweet cards from friends and family. Here are the newest arrivals:

A hand held color monitor so we can hear and see Charles when we are in separate rooms. Thanks Chris, Katy, Dustin, Erika, Matt, Jessica, Liz, and Michael.
A boppy, onesies, and burp clothes. Thanks Nita and Christy.

A basket for the changing table, fitted crib pad, and fitted crib sheets. Thanks Mr. Dayton and Mrs. Doris.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Virtual Shower

This sweet towel is from Nita! I can't wait to see my little baby boy in this cute towel. I am just looking forward to seeing him period. We are extremely thankful for all of the wonderful gifts our family and friends are blessing us with during this very exciting time.

Week 35: I am wearing this same outfit in the last belly bump picture. Oh well.... at least you can compare.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Product Review & Recipes & How to....& Books

I must say I love these slow cooker liners by Reynolds. I made some Crock Pot Mac and Cheese and all I had to do to clean up was take out the liner. This is awesome having a black pot for my crock pot since it is not easy to clean. They even put in a few recipes and some look pretty good. I am also going to share a few recipes that would work great with these great liners.
****Maybe they will send me some great coupons or free liners for this post. :)

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Thanks Kathy Davis
1 10 ounce package of elbow macaroni cooked and drained
1 large can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of regular milk
1 tsp of salt
1/4 cup melted butter
12 ounces grated cheddar cheese (save 1/2 cup cheese for topping)
1 egg beaten

Spray the liner just a bit to cover the inside of the crock pot
Mix all ingredients well
Pour into crock pot, top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese
Cook on low for 3 hours and 15 minutes

Continental Chicken Thanks Pat Box
4 to 6 boneless chicken breasts
4 to 6 slices bacon
1 jar dried beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup flour

Put in your liner. Spray the inside lightly. Arrange dried beef in bottom of crock pot. Wrap each chicken breast with bacon and lay on top of beef. Mix soup, flour, and sour cream together and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on Low 8 to 10 hours or High 3 to 5 hours.

Serve with rice & If you make 6 pieces of chicken we have found that using 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup makes the chicken more moist. The soup mixture tastes really good on top of your rice and chicken use it as a gravy.

Now to the how to portion of the post:
How to easily clean your microwave and make your kitchen smell wonderful in the process:

Get a medium sized bowl
Put in Cinnamon Sticks, Whole Cloves, and Whole All Spice ( It is up to you the amounts of each)
Cover above ingredients with warm water.
Place in the microwave and heat for 3-5 minutes causing your microwave to steam.
Wipe out your microwave with a damp cloth.
Enjoy the lovely smell in your kitchen and your clean microwave. You can keep your homemade scent out on the kitchen counter too.

I also cleaned out the refrigerator today with a little baking soda, lime juice, vinegar, and warm water. I used this mixture to clean the walls, shelves, and drawers in the fridge and it did not stink of vinegar because I just used a very small amount. Wipe everything down then dry with a towel so that no streak marks will be left.

I guess I am nesting or something because I keep thinking of things to do and clean. I normally clean but now I am deep cleaning things. Maybe next I will start baking and making casseroles for after the baby is born and we are home.

I have started a series of books and I highly recommend them they are the O'Malley Series by Dee Henderson. So far I am on book 4 of the series and I am already dreading the end of the last book in the series. I have totally gotten to know the characters and as always with a good series you hate for it to end.
The Books in order:
The Negotiator
The Guardian
The Truth Seeker
The Protector
The Healer
The Rescuer

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Baby Gifts

My Aunt Allie is very talented. She stitched these bibs for Charles. They are beautiful.
The coming home outfit. He is going to be so precious even though I know I am biased.

Gifts from his Pop and Mama C.

I made this burp cloth for games and events. Our high school team is the Tigers. I took a dish cloth pattern by Amy-lynne Mitchell and just made it long enough for a burp cloth.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Update through Pictures

So Blogger has had me frustrated. Sometimes pictures will upload and at other times it simply refuses to upload for me. So some of the pictures are from June 27th up through last night. I hope you enjoy.

Pictures from our fireworks:

We enjoyed July 4th with many friends at the Grote's house. We had fun hanging out with everyone, and the food was excellent! Followed up with some magnificent fireworks from Breda that we could see from the Grote yard.

The basement: Patrick has been working on sealing all external walls down in our basement. First- He had to clean the walls with a solution to get rid of all deposits.

Second- Patch any places that needed it with hydraulic cement. He did a little more than was probably needed but it is better to be cautious now than have a mess in the basement from rain. Third- paint on dry-lock wall sealer (2 coats are needed).A good portion of one wall mostly completed.

These are the first steps in getting this room ready to finish totally. At least now when we go down to the basement for a storm the walls will be sealed and the room is clean/organized. The interior wall now has shelving and now I can find things I need better. I am thankful for a husband who likes projects and works hard. The basement is a project that will be done as we can afford to do the necessary project steps, so little things along the way. I will post progress pictures as they come along.

Me at 34 weeks.

The Iowa Cubs game we went to on June 27th: we left at the end of the 9th and they played until the 15th inning. We were able to catch the end of the game when we got back home around midnight. The CUBS WON!