Monday, May 18, 2015

What's Been Happening??

Just a few pics to sum up life lately...

I'm not very good at the pumping business, but Ace has had a few bottles in the past few weeks just to get him used to them. I know I really need to get more stockpiled, but I'm just not ready to think about that...

Granny got an iPhone! This is BIG, my friends!!

Ace's Baby Dedication was very special as we committed to raise him up in Christ in front of our family and friends.

Mackaylan was the star of the show in her church musical, and she was ecstatic that Mrs.Parsons was able to come! She continues to go to LFBC for GAs and Children's Choir. I felt awkward about it at first since we attend The Well now, but she has grown so much in her walk with Christ this year and I attribute it in part to these two programs!

Granny and her 5 grands on Mother's Day!

I was spoiled on Mother's Day with lots of goodies! I am so blessed.

Ace went to his first baseball game on Monday night. Im sure he will be Eli's #1 fan for many years to come!

Yesterday Ace and I were able to go on Mackaylan's field trip to the zoo. We had a great time and it was even more special when Mackaylan told me she had a really fun time and she thought it was because I was there. :)

This morning I'm all snuggled up with this cutie even though I need to be doing laundry and geting ready for my doctor's appointment. I just have a hard time putting him down. Being #3 I am easily reminded that the days may seem long at times, but the years are short! I am cherishing every minute! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Life Lately

The past few weeks have been full of family time. Nursing a newborn makes getting out and doing much difficult. However, we are beginning to settle into a routine  (esp in the mornings) which makes running errands and getting out into the world a bit easier. It's still surreal that we have another member of our family,  and it's a boy!!

Ace turned a month old last week.  He is such a sweet baby. He pretty much just rays and sleeps,  but he does have a fussy time in the late afternoon.  He had gained 2 lbs at his one month doctor visit and had grown one inch.  That puts him at 10.28 lbs and 22.25 inches. He still eats about every 2 hours at night, but he is beginning to stretch that out this week. And, of course, he gets more kisses than any other male on the planet! This Sunday will be baby dedication and that is always a special time.

The girls enjoyed helping me give him his first real bath. I was amazed because he didn't cry at all. I was a little worried about doing it without Mickey being home, but he was a champ and just sat there and looked at us girls like we were crazy!

He also made his first trip to Target last Friday. He slept the entire time which made me one happy mama. My mom and I were able to peruse the aisles and get what we needed (and a few things that we didn't need!) It was fantastic!

I must admit I had a big mom fail when it came to Easter baskets, but I think I redeemed myself on Saturday with "Saturday Surprises." The girls got a few things they needed like socks and PJs and a few fun items as well. Ace got some burp cloths and a mirror to put on the seat in the car. They were definitely surprised and I loved seeing the smiles on their faces as they discovered what was in their baskets. Fun!

So, that about sums it up.  We are busy loving on a new baby and counting the days until school is out for the summer. I hope you are all having a great week. :)

What a Wednesday!

"Horse country." A nickname given to the area in which we live in the upstate. Every spring there is a BIG horse race in our town called the Block House Steeplechase. People from all over the southeast flock to the area fornrhis event.  It's like our own little Kentucky Derby. Tailgating. Floppy hats. Sundresses. Fun. This year our small town celebrated this event with a horse parade through town featuring the Budweiser Clydesdale Horses!! People came and lined the streets from near and far. Traffic was backed up onto the interstate trying to get into town! So much so that the Clydesdales were a bit late to the event because they couldn't get get through. Needless to say, It was crazy fun!

We usually always watch parades at my parents, but for this one we watched with Mackaylan's friends uptown.

Before the parade began, you could go to the designated area to see the horses up close.

Along the way we stopped for froyo!

I couldn't believe all of the people.  I knew it was going to be crowded,  but was not expecting thousands of folks!  It was quite a task to eat an icecream cone, push a stroller, and try to weave our way through the crowd, especially with a group of giddy 10 year olds.

Small town living. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

BTW... Thank you, Kim for letting me use your pics of the Clydesdales. Of course my phone died right when the parade started! ;)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tasty Tuesday

Don't let these past few posts fool you... I am not a "Betty Crocker." I do enjoy cooking at times, but only if it's quick, simple, and delicious. That's not asking too much is it?!?

Last night we went to my inlaws for supper (which we do every Monday) and I wanted to contribute in some way so I offered to bring dessert.  I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I knew right away that it fit the  criteria listed above, and I had all of the ingredients on hand. You can choose any type of frozen fruit or pie filling so it is also a very versatile recipe. Last night I used strawberries, but want to try it with apple pie filling next. Yummy!

So, without further ado, below is the recipe. Let me know if you give it a try.  :)

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter, softened
Frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray the bottom of a glass baking dish.
2. Spread out strawberries in the dish.
3. Use a fork to blend the box of cake mix and butter together. It will make a "crumble."
4. Dump the "crumble" mixture on top of the strawberries and spread out.
5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
6. Serve with vanilla icecream or Cool Whip!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday Favorites

Well, three weeks in to this new baby thing,  I am beginning to feel more like myself.  He is still eating about every two hours,  but I am slowly seeing a schedule begin to take shape.  The girls started back to school from their week off and I have enjoyed having the one-on-one time with my little buddy!

Have you heard of the Netflix original, The Unshakeable Kimmie Schmidt? It is hilarious! Besides some of the language, it is a relatively clean show and will make you laugh out loud a lot! Several bloggers that I visit regularly were raving about it and after one episode I am already hooked.  I usually watch an episode a day when I am nursing and need a little pick me up!

This week I also finished a book that you need to read immediately. Yes, it is that good! I was familiar with Boo Mama through her blog,  and this book did not disappoint.  Given all we have been through over the past year with the move to Raleigh, move back home, new job for me, new church, new house, and now a new baby...I really believe that home IS where my people are. We are so blessed to be surrounded by people who love us and we get to do life together. This book actually deserves its own post so I can share all my highlighted sections...maybe I'll get to that soon. ;)

I snapped this picture the other night as I was putting the girls to bed. Mackaylan always chooses what she is going to wear the night before and places her outfit on the floor (right next to a chair I might add!) Anyway,  I have been working with Lydia to pick out her outfit as well in order to make mornings a bit easier.  After she decided what she was going to wear she was quick to take it to Mackaylan's room (where she has been sleeping) and putbher outfit right next to KK's. It was just a sweet moment that I want to remember.

Ace had quite a few firsts this week.... His first time taking the girls to school, his first time to the District Office, his first time to Bucket Group, and his first time to Bilo. Whew, a busy week for a little man!

So, there you have it.  A few of my favorites from the week. Now, let's see what the weekend has to hold.

Happy Saturday!