Monday, October 20, 2014

Fun on the Farm

The boys and I met my MOPS group at Gentry's Farm Pumpkin Patch today!  The farm is close by in Franklin.  

The farm was great and had so much for the kids.  They had playhouses, tire swings, a fun corn maze for kids and all kinds of animals include chickens, roosters, turkeys, lamps and cows. 

The boys loved looking at the chickens and roosters.  

One of their favorite activities of the day was this trough full of corn.  

They had the best time filling up these water bottles with cups and funnels.  I think we should just get them corn, water bottles and funnels for Christmas.  They could have played there for hours!  

They also had a hayride.  The boys loved it and loved seeing the cows and calfs.  

We finished up our morning with a picnic lunch with our friends.  It was such a fun day on the farm.

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 on Friday


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.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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
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Serves: 4
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
  1. Create 3-4 large foil balls to fit in the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Remove skin from chicken breast, and season each with steak seasoning and brown sugar.
  3. Arrange chicken breasts on top of foil ball, and pour BBQ sauce over.
  4. 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!
  5. Chicken breasts can be served whole with juices from slow cooker poured over, or shred chicken and pour the slow cooker juices back over.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Funday Monday

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!

Friday, October 10, 2014

5 on Friday

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!

1.  Annabelle 
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"  

3. Scandal
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.)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

16 Weeks

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!  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MOMcon 2014

Last Thursday I left my house bright and early and drove three hours north to Louisville for the MOPS MOMcon 2014.  I’m apart of an organization called MOPS Moms of Preschoolers and our yearly convention was this past weekend.  About 3,000 women, moms, descended upon Louisville to find some rest, rejuvination and encouragement.  It definitely accomplished all those for me and more.  

I got to Louisville about 9:30 and picked up my best friend at the airport who was flying in from Connecticut.  This is our 3rd convention together.  It’s become our yearly girls trip and we LOVE it and count down the days.  Rachel and I met waaaay back in junior high on the very first day of 7th grade.  Our lockers were next to each other and she rode my bus in the afternoon.  We quickly became friends and have stayed close, even though the hundreds of miles inbetween us.  

I was excited to pick her up and begin our fun and exciting weekend.  We dropped our stuff at our hotel and grabbed some lunch.  Our firnedship is so neat that we always just pick up right where we left off.  She is like the sister I never had.  We know more about each others family than maybe even our spouses.  It’s a unique friendship and one I cherish so much.  

We registered, walked around shopping at the marketplace and finally made our way to our first workshop, Emily Freeman’s Living the Try-Hard Life!  Uhm YES, we both agreed we needed this.  I think every mom, at least most, try to be that super mom that has it all together, everything in place, perfect kids and look super cute.  We all know it is not obtainable but we still strive for it and beat ourselves up when we don’t measure up to our own expectations.  Can I get an Amen?  

We finished our night with dinner close by and the opening general session.  

Friday morning I started out my morning on the elliptical.  I did that both days and so glad that I did it.  It made me feel so good to get my workout in before my day started.  

Melissa d’Arabian, Food Network Star and Host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinner was our guest speaker at our morning session.  She was so cute and fun.  Obviously her thing is eating and cooking healthy and having a healthy lifestyle that is God honoring.  She talked about how we need to be on God’s agenda, not ours and the rest will fall into place.  

Friday Jennie Allen, author of Restless and founder of the IF:Gathering spoke at our first general session and she was amazing.  We got to meet her after the session and she signed our copy of Restless.  

My favorite workshop on Friday was by Lisa-Jo Baker called When Your Anger Scares You.  At first when I saw it I thought “I’m not an angry person” and then I read the description.  It was about losing your temper with your kids  and overreacting in situations.  There are more times than I would like to admit that I have yelled at my kids and gotten angry with them.  Of course with Preschoolers they can be difficult and try your patience but Lisa-Jo gave awesome insight in to how to handle that anger and be a better mom in those situations.  

One of my favorite speakers over the weekend was Shauna Niequiest, who is an author and speaker.  She spoke on Saturday morning in our general session about community and what it mean to walk well together with others.  I’ve heard her previously speak on comparison and it was SO good and insightful.  Too many times I find myself comparing my life and myself to others instead of CONNECTING with them.  Being in a new city with all new people and surroundings I want to invite everyone I meet to come over and have dinner.  I have yet to do that but it’s definitely going to happen soon.  

I also did a workshop Saturday afternoon called Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by David Thomas.  It was awesome and full of great information about raising boys.  He is the author of a book with the same title and I plan to order it on Amazon like stat.  Boys are so full of mischief, adventure and imagination.  I want to cultivate all those things in my boys including becoming men of God.  I can’t wait to read his book.  

Our last session on Saturday with probably my favorite of them all.  Angie Smith, author of a blog called Bring the Rain.  She is so transparent, warm and witty.  I immediately fell in love with her and totally want to be her best friend.  She lives right down the road in Franklin and part of me wanted to go up to her afterwards and ask her to coffee.  I thoguth that might sound a little stalkerish so I refrained.  But I loved her story and just how real she was about her day to day struggles with fear, anxiety and living in the moment.  One of my favorite quotes from her was “God did not call us to be perfect but he did call us to believe HE is perfect”!  Ah, good stuff.  

It was an amazing weekend and one I won’t soon forget.  I came away with so much insight about being a better mom and wife.