Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Craziness

We had quite the eventful weekend.  Friday and Saturday I participated as a vendor for the boys' preschool Holiday Marketplace.  I was pretty busy all week making hundreds of cookies.  
 
I made these small round cookies to sell at the show.  They were an easy simple design I could crank out a lot.  

I also did a display of cookies that I have done in the past and customers can custom order. 

I love these Christmas cookies.  I think my favorite is the santa face.  He is definitely my favorite santa face cookie.  

I also love these I did as a sample for a baby shower.  

My table all set up.  This is the first time I have ever done a show like this.  I didn't know what to expect as far as number of people but it seemed like over two days there was a pretty good turn out.  I also had my laptop set up with a slideshow of cookies I have previously done.  I think people really enjoyed seeing the different designs.  

Most of Saturday I was selling cookies at the marketplace while Matt was holding down the fort.  I met up with some girlfriends for a girls night after the marketplace and Matt decided to take the boys to the Spring Hill parade just down the street.  Well after the parade the boys were cold and begging for hot chocolate so they went across the street to get some.  Colton said he had to go potty so off they went to the potty.  Matt was trying to help Colton pull up his pants when his feet came off the ground and he lost his balance and fell face first on the tile floor.  

Matt said he immediately started gushing blood.  He felt so bad and thought he was hurt really bad.  He called me when they got home and I told him to try and clean it up, and put a wet washcloth on it.  He was torn whether he needed stitches or not.  All his teeth were fine but his lip was busted especially right above his lip under his nose.  

I felt so bad for him and couldn't wait to see him when I got home.  My sweet baby boy!  Bless his sweet heart.  

Sunday morning we decided he needed to go to urgent care and get checked out.  The least they could do is clean it up.  The doctor recommend sewing him up to ensure proper healing.  Putting stitches in a three year old is not to the faint at heart, let me tell you.  It took three of us to hold him down while the doctor gave lidocaine, a shot to numb it and apply the stitches.  I hated seeing my baby hurt.  Oh my, I hope we don't have to do that again any time soon.  

Our sweet baby boy with his first stitches.  As you can see he was a sweaty hot mess when it was all over.  I'm just so glad he decided to take him in, Praying now that he heals well with minimal scaring.  

We all took naps when we got home.  And I finished putting out Christmas decorations.  

Hopefully this week will be a lot calmer.  

Thanksgiving 2014

 We traveled to Memphis for the Thanksgiving holiday last week!  It's hard to believe that we have not been to Memphis in over a year.  With Matt finishing school in the Spring, studying for the CPA this summer and moving to Nashville we just didn't make it to M-town.  My parents are both retired so they can come see us more easily than all four of us travel to them.  We are SO thankful they are willing and come see us.  We all hope that since we are a short trip away that we will get to see each other more often.

We left Wedenesday night after Matt got home from work.  It was kinda drizzly and dark and tons of traffic on the road but we were looking forward to the three NOT SEVEN hour drive.  We only had a few small traffic backups but we still made it in three hours.  Whew!  That was so much more bearable than seven, let me tell you!

Thursday morning Matt and my brother Matt got up early to do the 4-miler Memphis Turkey Trot.  I've been doing this race for many, many years so I thought it would only be fitting to do it again this year.  The only difference was this year I walked instead of ran.  My running shoes are put up until after baby girl is born.

We enjoyed spending time with my family on Thursday afternoon.  

I was so excited my mom and I got to do a little shopping for baby girl Sydney on Friday.  We didn't buy anything but it was still fun to go shopping together and have lunch out.  

We enjoyed some relaxing time at my parents house on Friday and Saturday.  

And of course we got to visit our favorite restaurants while in town.  Matt and I went to Rendezvous on a date night Friday night (the site of our first date).  We also went to Huey's and Corky's BBQ.  

We left Saturday morning to head back home.  It was so nice to only have a three hour drive verses EIGHT!!!  The boys passed out about an hour from home.  What a great Thanksgiving.  I am so thankful for my sweet family and so many blessings!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nursery Inspiration

 I have dreamed about a baby girls nursery for a looooong time.  And I have ohed and ahed over little girl clothes and accessories for ages.  

I have been camping out on pinterest and etsy since we found out that we are expecting a baby girl.  Every time I look at girl nurseries I'm always drawn to ones with blue in them.  I blame it on being a boy mom for six years.  I knew when I started looking I wanted something pink and aqua/teal.  

I love this bedding and almost positive this is the bedding I want for sweet baby Sydney.  I love that it not only had pink and aqua but also green.  I don't know if we will paint her room or not but I love the aqua.  I love the paint colors in our home and don't even want hang anything because I have to put a hole in the wall.  I will get over it eventually, ha!

I love love love this monogram over the crib.  

I love a hand painted canvas.  The boys each have one and I love them so much.  


Friday, November 21, 2014

5 on Friday

So I'm linking up for Five on Friday today!

1.  Thanksgiving Feast Day 1

It's been a festive week around here.  Both boys had their Thanksgiving Feasts at school.  Yesterday was Colton's big day.  His class dressed up as Pilgrims.  
James Alden enjoying his turkey dinner.  

Colton with his sweet little classmates.  He loves his teachers Miss Beth and Miss Gay.  
Sadly he didn't eat much food.  He's had a runny nose the last couple days and tonight I could tell he just didn't feel well.  Bless him!  Hope he wakes up feeling much better in the morning.  


2. Thanksgiving Feast day 2
Today was Ryan's Turkey day feast with his class.  He's been talking about it all week.  His class dressed as Native American.  His Indian name was Runs Fast!  Perfect for that boy.  He never slows down.  

Ryan with all of his class and teachers.  He has the best class this year and awesome teachers.  There are nine boys and only two girls - Elsa and Anna, isn't that ironic, ha!

I was privileged to get to go to both events this week and spend time with my little pilgrim and indian.  


3.  Turkey Day Cookies
I made these cookies this week in preparation of Thanksgiving next week!  I love these adorable pumpkin pies and this is my favorite turkey!


4.  Thankful for great friends
This is Ryan and his friend Nikell from school.  Ryan talks about his school buddies all the time.  His teacher told me recently that you would never know that Ryan is a new student in their school this year.  That made my heart so happy to hear that.  He is adjusting well and loves, loves school, his teachers and especially his new friends.  


5.  It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my people.  We don't have much on the agenda and planing to hang out in pi's tomorrow, make pancakes in the morning, finish decorating the Christmas tree and organize the bonus room.   I love this time of year and spending quality time with the people that I love the very most.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

22 Weeks and a baby name

So it's been a while since I've done a pregnancy update.  It's funny how things change when it's your 3rd baby.  We are thrilled and so excited for this baby but pregnancy the third time around definitely takes a back burner.  I'm a little busy taking care of two little boys, a husband and two weenie dogs.  

I'm 22 weeks and my belly and our sweet baby girl are growing rapidly.  This pregnancy is moving along.  I am feeling pretty good.  Still doing my group fitness classes at the gym but by 2 o'clock when we get home, I am exhausted and ready to sit down and rest.  

I'm sleeping pretty well.  Baby girl seems to wake every morning when I do.  I'm feeling her movement more and more each day.  I feel her mostly when I sit down.  

I don't have any specific food cravings.  Honestly nothing really sounds good most of the time.  The only thing I can't get enough of are these watermelon flavored sour gummies I found at Kroger.  I've been taking prilosec daily so thankfully I don't have any heartburn.  

Ryan and Colton are incredibly excited and talk about the baby all the time.  They love to put their ear to my belly to see if they can hear the baby.  Colton says he can hear the baby crying.  Ryan loves to tell me how he's going to be a big helper when she comes.  

Baby girl officially has a name.  We've had a girl since before Ryan was born.  

Sydney Deborah 

Her name is Sydney Deborah and we will call her Sydney.  We both fell in love with the name before we even had Ryan.  We've been holding on to it for a long time.  Deborah is after Matt's mom who passed when he was thirteen.  

I ordered these two pretties on etsy a few weeks ago and they came in the mail today. I was soooo excited when I saw them.  They are SO pretty.  The pink one is a long sleeve gown with bow headband and the other is a short sleeve onesie.  I'm obsessed and in big trouble.  Rather Matt is in big trouble.  


We are pretty excited about our sweet baby girl Sydney.  Now we are ready to start counting down til when we meet her.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Five on Monday

So I had every intention of doing Five on Friday but the day just got away from me and by the time I sat down on Friday night I was exhausted!  So today I'm gonna do a Five on Monday!


1.  Turning the big 3-5
My birthday was on Thursday and I turned 35.  It was a great day.  The boys had school so Matt took me to lunch!  It was great spending time with my honey.  I enjoyed all the sweet phone calls, text and Facebook messages from such sweet friends wishing me a happy birthday.  

I ordered a birthday cake from Puffy Muffin.  I have heard they have the most amazing cakes in Nashville!  I just got a small cake since it was just for me and my people.  I just told them to do a white cake with fall colored flowers.  I was stunned when I saw the cake.  I think it's the most beautiful cake I've ever had.  My only regret is I didn't order a bigger cake, ha!  It was as delicious as it looks!


2.  Go Fish
 Last week I took the boys shopping for our operation shoeboxes.  It's one of my favorite things to do with the boys this time of year.  We discussed how this shoebox was going to a little boy and a little girl who doesn't have a lot of toys and that this shoebox may be the only thing he/she will get for Christmas.  The boys had a great time picking out things for their shoebox.

While we were at Wal-Mart I picked up a Go Fish card game for Ryan.  He loves games and I thought he would love it.  Well I was right and he is completely obsessed with the game.  He begs to play all the time.  I've enjoyed playing with him in the afternoon while Colton naps.  Best $2 i've spent in a while.  


3.  Baby it's cold outside!
It has gotten super cold here so we busted out the flannel pajamas.  (Thankfully no snow like the 5 inches Cincinnati got overnight!)  The boys look adorable in matching pajamas.  


4.  Birthday Dinner
To celebrate my birthday we took the boys to dinner Saturday night.  We went to The Pharmacy in East Nashville.  I have heard they have the best burger in town and a pretty trendy place here in Nashville.  It was really yummy and the best part was the chocolate milkshakes after our meal.  As you can see the boys agreed!


5.  It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
And this happened when we got home after dinner.  Our previous Christmas tree decided to bite the dust last year when over half the lights burned out so we got a new tree this year.  I am VERY happy with our new tree and cannot wait to decorate the rest of it.  It looks so beautiful!  Ryan has asked every day when are we going to put the ornaments on.  


So that was the end of our week and our weekend!  
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Apple Pie

Ryan and Colton love the book Amelia Bedelia's Apple Pie.  We always read it this time of year and they always laugh and enjoy the book.  At the end of the book there is an Apple Pie recipe.  

I LOVE apple pie and decided we needed to make one, this week!  Ryan helped me make it on Monday and let me tell you!  It was one very delicious apple pie!  Probably the best apple pie I've ever made myself.  I think we will have to bring apple pie to Thanksgiving in a couple weeks!  Here is the recipe is your want to try it.  (I did not use this crust recipe as I just bought already made Pillsbury dough from Kroger)


 Amelia Bedelia's Apple Pie

Crust
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp  cinnamon
2 sticks cold unsalted butter cut unto small pieces
1/2 cup very cold water 
1 T white vinegar

Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl.  Add the butter and cut into the flour thoroughly until the mixture resembles course crumbs, using two blunt dinner knives or a pastry blender.  Sprinkle the mixture with very cold water and vinegar.  Mix this until the dough comes together and shape into two flat circular disks, wrap each disk separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.  

Filling:
8 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (any variety except Delicious)
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 T unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 lemon

Putting it pie together:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes. Put the dough disks between two pieces of plastic wrap, and roll them out into two circles, each about 10 inches in diameter.  Peel the plastic wrap off the top of the first circle of dough.  Turn the dough, top side down, into a 9-inch pie pan, and peel the remaining plastic wrap off the dough in the pie pan.  Add the apple mixture to the pie pan and dot the top with butter.  Squeeze the juice of the lemon half over the mixture. 

Peel one piece of plastic wrap off of the second dough circle and place it, top side down, over the apple mixture.  Peel one piece of plastic wrap off of the second dough circle and plat it, top side down, over the apple mixture.  Peel the remaining plastic wrap off of the pie dough.  Pinch the top and bottom crusts together at the edge of the pan, and form a stand-up edge on the rim of the pie pan.  

Cut 4-6 vent holes in the top of the crust (each vent should be about 1 inch long). Bake the pie in the center of the oven at 400 degrees for an hour, or until the pie is golden and the juices are thick and bubbly.  Cool completely before serving.