I am a true southern girl who grew up in Tennessee but now live in Ohio. I am married to my best friend Matt. I am a mom to two beautiful and sweet boys, Ryan (born June 2009) and Colton (born June 2011). We have two adorable doxies named Annabelle and Gracie. I enjoy baking and decorating cookies and cakes. I love Jesus, sweet tea, Tennessee Football, SEC football, date nights, working out, my amazing church and spending time with my family.
I'm linking up again (a little late) for 5 on Friday!
1. That's how you eat a hushpuppy!
Colton and I had a fun lunch on Friday at Uncle Bud's Catfish. It was yummmmmy! Colton loved their huge hush puppies. He was so funny! I think he ate at least three of them. They were great and their catfish was awesome!
2. Pumpkin Cookies
I made some fall pumpkin cookies to take to my new MOPS group. Gotta build up my business here! They were a big hit and everyone loved them. I love how people say "wow, and they taste good too". Love that!
3. Potty Training Update
So I haven't updated really about Colton's potty training journey. We did the three day potty training and I'm happy to say he quickly got the peepee down, the poop was another story. I remember Ryan being the exact same way. It took a little longer than three day to get number 2 down.
After about 3 weeks of trying to ease his fear and get him to poop on the potty, he FINALLY got it. Last weekend he went both Saturday and Sunday (only took about an hour of us sitting in the bathroom) and on Tuesday he went #2 at school! Wow, big doings!!! I was so proud of him! Since then he has gone #2 without us having to sit with him and goes right away on his own. Hallelujah!!!! It's so awesome not having any diapers and two kiddos potty trained!
4. My New Obsession
I picked up this snack randomly at Kroger and I am completely obsessed with it. I love caramel corn and chex mix and that's exactly what this is, a yummy mix of the two. I might have eaten the whole bag in two days!
5. Family Pictures
We are having family pictures done this weekend. I am excited and nervous. The weather should be great! I'm always nervous that everyone will behave, look at the camera and look good. My new friend Diane is taking our pictures and I cannot wait to see her magic.
I made this BBQ chicken in the crockpot for dinner tonight and it was relish! It was super easy, only took 4 hours to cook and the whole family loved it! We ate it on sliders but you could eat it just as is if you wanted to. We will definitely be making it again!
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Easy and delicious Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken.
3 large bone-in, skin on chicken breasts about 6 pounds (I used skinless boneless chicken breasts)
2 tablespoons of all-pupose steak seasoning
3 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 cup of BBQ sauce
Create 3-4 large foil balls to fit in the bottom of slow cooker.
Remove skin from chicken breast, and season each with steak seasoning and brown sugar.
Arrange chicken breasts on top of foil ball, and pour BBQ sauce over.
Cook on high for about 4 hours, or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. It’s important to use a meat thermometer as cooking times will vary!
Chicken breasts can be served whole with juices from slow cooker poured over, or shred chicken and pour the slow cooker juices back over.
The boys don't have school on Mondays so I try to schedule something fun! We went to the gym in the morning and since we were in Brentwood I decided we needed to try out McDougal's Chicken. My friend Tiffany first told me about McDougal's and I've heard their chicken tenders are awesome.
So the boys who usually devour chicken tenders but they barely ate any and mostly ate fries. They were really good shoestring fries. It was a fun experience and they boys had a good time.
After lunch we headed to get some pumpkins and mums for our front porch. (Why cannot they not both look at the camera at the same time and smile?) My friend Laura face-booked about this amazing little farmers market in Franklin that has affordable pumpkins and these gorgeous huge mums. I was sold. The boys loved picking out their pumpkins.
I feel like our front porch is finally ready for fall! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year!
Whew, today has been a doozy. I am worn out and headed to bed as soon as I hit 'publish'. I'm glad to get back into Five on Friday's. Here is what is going on around these parts!
Annabelle is our 9 year old mini dachshund who is our first baby. She is the sweetest dog and we love her so much. Unfortunately we were not feeling that love last night when she threw up about four times and a few more times today. After she got sick while we were gone this morning I knew something was wrong. We don't have a vet here yet but I have a college friend that lives close by who also has mini doxies, so I called her for a referral.
We headed to the vet this afternoon and I am happy to report that our sweet Annabelle is 100% healthy and fine. Whew, I was SO relieved. I was really worried something was really wrong like kidney failure or something like that. The vet gave her an anti-nausau shot and some meds and sent us on the way. I can sleep tonight knowing she is just fine and was probably just a tummy bug.
2. Homemade Pizza
I've made homemade pizza a few times but I thought today it would be fun to let the boys make their own pizzas. I gave them each a ball of dough and showed them how to flatten it out. I added the sauce and they got to add the cheese and toppings. They LOVED it and had so much fun. Ryan said at dinner "mommy, do you know who makes the best homemade pizza? Me"
So I am totally late to the party but I started watching season 1 a few weeks ago. I'm on episode 4 of season 2 right now. Oh my word I am completely obsessed and want to bing watch for hours. I might have even wished to be sick in the bed over the weekend just so I can stay in my pi's and bing watch Scandal. Any other Scandal watchers out there?
4. Cinnamon Muffins
Ryan and I made these cinnamon muffins yesterday and they are SO good. The recipe is from Pinterest. I will have to post it next week.
(I had to add this picture. I had to take the boys to the store with me on Tuesday and it was quit the adventure. The boys were excited to be my helpers, at least that's how I convinced them to be good. It was a madhouse and I felt like everyone in the store was staring at us. But I had to laugh and just enjoy the moment. Even thought it took my twice as long I know I will look back on these moments and smile and laugh. They really are so cute.)
5. Pumpkin Patch
Right now it is pouring rain outside, there are tornado warnings and it rained all. day. long here BUT we are planning to visit the pumping patch tomorrow with some friends. Matt thinks we will get rained out but I'm determined to not let the rain ruin my perfect pumpkin patch day. I'm hoping that the storms blow over and we can still go.
(Another photo I had to add - this cutie pie had school pictures done this week. He was so handsome and I'm totally loving his new shirt. I'm thinking the boys will be wearing them for our upcoming family pictures.)
So it's been a crazy few months! Our lives have changed so much in just the last month. We have sold a house and bought a new house, Matt finished the CPA (hurray that is done, way to go babe and finish strong with an average of 95%), Matt started his new job in his new career and we are joyfully expecting our third little baby. It's been exciting and stressful!
We are doing well here in Nashville and still getting settled but it is feeling more and more like home every day. I LOVE this town and loving our new community. It has been hard though starting all over with friends, doctors, neighbors, school, even good places to eat though that is the fun part about moving is finding your new favorite restaurants.
We have always known that we wanted to have three kids. It's always been something that he wanted and when we had Colton we knew we weren't done. Many people would ask us if we were done or if we were going to try for a girl and I always said we definitely want another baby but we shall see what God has in store. We were so heartbroken this past January when I had a miscarriage. We know that God works for the GOOD of those that love Him and know that it was His plan. We don't know why, and never will, but we trust Him in his perfect timing.
The summer of 2014 was just plain stressful! Matt was studying and taking the CPA, we were trying to sell our home, buy a new home and coordinate a move that we weren't exactly sure was really going to happen. Even though we had been "trying" I had joked that I would be shocked if we got pregnant before we moved.
By July I was getting frustrated that I was not pregnant. I got pregnant with both of the boys right away but these last two times it was taken many, many months. I know there are people out there that wait for YEARS to get pregnant and my heart aches for you as I know you want more than anything in this world to have a baby. I cannot even imagine!
In late July I knew I was a few days late though I was not convinced I was pregnant. Matt was set to take his hardest CPA in 10 days and I didn't want to stress him out more than he was so I picked up a test at the store and planned to take it Thursday morning. I took the text and to my surprise the second pink line appeared. I was ecstatic and beyond thrilled. I kept the news to myself until after Matt's test then told him that night. He was equally thrilled and excited.
Because of my history I have been so nervous this time around. I saw my Dr. in Cincinnati before we left and he confirmed my pregnancy with an ultrasound and a good fluttering heartbeat. I was so relieved but still cautious. I set up an appointment to see a new doctor here in Nashville and I saw him at 12 weeks. I was SO relieved to see a wiggling baby with a strong heartbeat of 147 on the ultrasound. He said everything looked great and I was measuring right on schedule. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! SO so so thankful!
I have been feeling pretty good. I was really tired the first few weeks after we moved. I'm sure that was from the move itself and from first trimester exhaustion. The last few weeks I feel my energy somewhat back. The boys still wear me out and by the time we get home from school I'm ready for a nap. I don't nap often but I'm definitely doing more resting in the afternoon. I've only had a few times of nausea and sickness. A little more than I had with the boys but overall not too bad.
My next appointment is Nov 5 (I'll be 20 weeks) where we will find out the gender and get an overall health check on the baby. We are beyond thrilled and excited to welcome this sweet baby into our family in March. We are hoping for a girl but would be equally blessed with another boy! God knows ultimately what is best for our family! We are just praying for a super healthy baby!