Monday, July 26, 2010

A Slow Paced Weekend

This weekend was soooo nice. We didn't have anything major on the calendar which allowed us to just relax and hang out together. We woke up Saturday morning and had a HUGE breakfast compliments of Chef Matt. He made us scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, and bacon. Matt likes to cook, which helps me out a lot and I would say breakfast is his best meal! He makes the best pancakes ever! If you can believe it, they are better than Cracker Barrel or IHOP's!

We have been wanting to buy something pink for Brooklyn so after we stuffed ourselves we headed to the mall to do a little shopping. I didn't know it, but Children's Place was having a HUGE sale so we scored big! So big that I ended going back on Sunday afternoon! Just about everything we bought was $1.99 or $2.99! I ended up with two BIG bags FULL of stuff!
Look at all the PINK! Most of it will fit her next summer.

And since the Fourth of July is my favorite, I just couldn't pass these dresses up!

I also had some time this weekend to do a little baking myself.
You see, Jake is a good eater most of the time, but I do worry about him not getting enough veggies. Matt doesn't eat any veggies (ok, maybe some pinto beans) and I am not a huge fan, but I eat them because I know I need to. So I pulled out Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook and made some brownies. Hidden inside them was carrot and spinach puree!

They were actually not that bad! They were more of a cakey brownie, but I thought they were pretty good and Jake liked them too!

Here is the recipe if you want to give them a try too!
(I cheated a little because I used baby food instead of pureeing my veggies)

These brownies fool everyone! You won't believe how scrumptious they are (or how good they are for you) until you make them yourself. Just don't serve them warm -- it's not until they're completely cool that the spinach flavor totally disappears.

Prep: 15 minutes Total: 55 minutes Yield: 12 brownies

Nonstick cooking spray
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup carrot puree (After peeling and trimming the ends, steam for 10-12 minutes and then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
1/2 cup spinach puree (Steam for 30 to seconds, then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)1/2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.
These brownies are low in calories (only 133 per brownie) and saturated fat. They're also packed with 3 grams of fiber (which is just crazy for a brownie!), while spinach and carrots provide two powerful antioxidants that help your kids' eyes stay healthy.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

That's what little girls are made of!
Yesterday was our BIG ultrasound. First off, I was looking so forward to this ultrasound because I love to see my sweet baby moving all over the place and being reassured that everything is OK! Everything looked great and she is growing healthy and strong. Her heartbeat was 152 and it was loud and strong! What an amazing sound to hear!
The other reason why I was so excited about this day was that we were going to find out the gender! Matt was really hoping for a girl this time. I didn't really care. We don't have many girls on my side of the family, so they were all hoping for pink! It didn't take much time for the technician to reveal...

That is was a GIRL!!!

I love this little profile of her face. It shows her sweet nose and little lips!
Let me tell you I am ready to go buy pink! Every time I go shopping I see ALL the girl clothes and I am so excited to be able to finally pick up a few things!
Matt and I knew we wanted to do something fun to share the news with our families. We talked about doing a reveal party, but just how did we want to pull it off?!?!?
So last night we gathered everyone together and gave each person an envelope. In it was a piece of paper with the gender written on it. On the count of three Jake said "GO" and everyone tore into it to find out the answer...
Jake said "GO"!
And everyone yelled out...
I am so excited to have a little girl as a part of our family!

I made strawberry cupcakes with pink frosting along with Hershey kiss cookies with blue M&M's just to keep everyone guessing?!?!?!?

Jake was ready to celebrate his sissy with a pink cupcake...
He will be a great big brother!

And my sweet niece Sophie needs a girl cousin to play with. She is so outnumbered!
My sister Jenny made me a little girly gift to celebrate...
(She made a blue one too...just in case)

We are so thankful for the blessing of little girl! We can't wait to meet her in December!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday FUNday!

Mondays are always fun days around our house during the summer time! First, I know that I have a whole week of summer fun ahead of me and second it means that Jake and I have a day that is spent together! We always have our class at Romp and Roll first thing Monday mornings. We have loved doing this class so far this summer. Each week has a theme, so there is always something different and fun planned for us to learn and do!

Out of all the activities, I must say that this is Jake's favorite. He is content just being at the basketball goal!

Even Daddy gets to join us for the fun sometimes!

The other fun thing that we get to do on Mondays is head to our little town's farmers market.
I wish I liked more vegetables because the choices are endless! Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and green beans are just a few of the choices. My favorite thing to get each week is fresh, ripe peaches! They are SO GOOD! They are so sweet and juicy!
Jake likes to walk around because of course he is outside and there is so much to look at, but his favorite is the train...
You can get a free train ride around the park so this is always a highlight!
I love the little town we live in! There is always something fun going on!
Happy Monday FUNday to you!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

21 Months

So, today is a special day! Jake is 21 months old! I can't believe it! He is growing up so fast! I have had so many people in the last few weeks tell me that he is really changing into a Big Boy and not looking like a baby anymore. He is getting tall and definitely thinning out too. I think that's because he is all over the place and into just about everything!
It is very hard these days to get a picture of him because he is always on the go. He will say "cheese" when I ask him to, but usually it is while he is running on to the next thing!
Somehow, I managed to snap this one pic of him this morning...
Some of the things he loves these days is playing baseball...
Anything that resembles a bat becomes one and the same goes with a ball!
I was in Target the other day looking at sunglasses. They happened to be right next to the umbrellas, which to him looked like a bats. From that moment on that's all he wanted and I couldn't convince him otherwise.
He also loves trucks! When we are driving in the car he points out every firetruck, school bus, or backhoe that we see!
He loves to loop around the house pushing his toy trucks and then of course crashing them!
I have so enjoyed my summer with him so far. I am trying not to think how fast it is winding down because it just hurts my heart. I love the moments we have had singing "Jesus Loves The Little Ones Like Me" together and watching him point to himself and sing with me or, when he wants to read "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" over and over (and over and over and over) as we cuddle in the bed. I always tell people that he is a good boy, just all boy!
He is the light of my life and I love him with all my heart!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Today's Been A...

Splish, splashin', puddle jumping, cuddle up and get a good book kind of day...and that's just what we did. We had plans for a few friends to come over and go to the pool, but after learning of the forecast, our plans had to change. We have been in much need of some rain, so it was a welcome sight.
We did get to play outside this morning and actually got in some yard work just before the sky opened up!
We heard lots of thunder rumbling and saw some lighting and got lots of rain which made for a great nap time! While Jake napped I was able to work on my Bible study. I am about half way done with Beth Moore's study of Revelation. I am meeting with a group of girls on Thursday nights throughout the summer and boy have I learned a lot. I might just have to complete it a second time because I know I have missed things!
To go along with my study, a while back I ordered her lecture series on Revelation. I decided to listen to them again to help me through some of the tough chapters. It has been so good!
After nap time was over I took Jake out to the cul-de-sac where we spent some time jumping and splashing in all the puddles!
It didn't take long before Jake's neighbor buddies, Max and Leo came out to join us!

All three boys of course had a super fun time getting wet!
It turned out to be a great rainy day after all!

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Jake Size Project

One of our favorite outside games to play is Cornhole! If there is a family get together, a beach outing or just a cookout...the Cornhole boards go with us. We store these ginormous and heavy boards in our garage, but every time Jake and I would go out to play he would want me to get them out so he could play with them. This was not always an easy task! So Matt had the brilliant idea of making a set just his size! Matt has made several sets for friends and family members so why not make a kids size set?!?!?!
So the boys got right to work...
They had to buy the boards and measure them just right...
Sand them down to make them smooth...

Of course getting a little messy with the paint was a must...

And yes...Matt even sews the tiny beanbags using a sewing machine...

Finally the finished project...

A huge success and loads of fun! And a lot easier to pull out and play!
Jake loves them!
Thanks Daddy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Just Hanging Around

It's another HOT one today. I heard someone say that it is supposed to be 101! We had to play outside first thing this morning before it got to hot. We of course hit the pool right after!
Now, we are just enjoying "hanging out"!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Let Freedom Ring!

What a GREAT weekend we had celebrating our country's freedom! We started celebrating early Saturday morning with our small town's annual parade. This year was kind of special because the grand marshall of the parade was the family of a recently fallen soldier who was right here from our community. His name was Chris Barton and and he was just 22 years old.
We all waited patiently for the parade to begin. We were ready for the music, the floats, and of course our bags were ready to catch as much candy as we could! My sisters, brother, and nephews joined us for the all the patriotic fun!
A picture of the gang before the parade began!
We have been coming to the Harrisburg parade and festival for several years now, but of course Jake didn't know what to expect! Let me tell you though...he LOVED it! He watched each float pass by and couldn't get enough of the firetrucks, motorcycles, and police cars!
Corban and Riley loved catching all the candy and t-shirts that were being thrown out to the crowd!
We have been having some HOT weather lately with little to no rain and this weekend was no exception. Matt showed Jake a new way to keep cool. Of course he wanted "more, more"!!!
After the parade finished up, we loaded up and headed to the festival where there was games, vendors, and plenty of food!
Here are Matt and I taking a quick break in the shade!
We strolled around the festival for a little bit and then headed home for some lunch and a nap! Everyone was hot and tired!
After we rested up a bit, we had some of our friends, the Rhodes, over for dinner and we all went back to the festival. They have a little boy just a little bit older than Jake. The boys had fun taking in all the fun!
All the boys...
Reid, Jim, Jake and Matt. Look at Jake covering his Daddy's eyes. Ha!
Sunday we kept the celebration going with a cookout at my mom's house. We all got together for grilled pork chops, pasta salad, corn on the cob, and watermelon!
Everyone had so much fun swimming in the pool and playing corn hole!
As the sky grew darker, we brought out some sparklers for all the cousins to enjoy!
Jake loved staying up late and joining in the firecracker fun!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My New CD and My New Friends

So I woke up this morning while Matt and Jake were still sleeping to catch up on a few things. I hopped on the computer to check e-mails and a few blogs I like to read. The other day I saw that Nicki from Three Girly Girls was doing a giveaway. I usually don't participate in giveaways, but I thought why not??? So I entered and to my pleasant surprise I WON! I am so excited because it is a CD with 26 Scriptures put to music so that kids (or anyone really) can easily hide God's Word in their heart. I have always loved to memorize Scripture and feel that it is very important. I will say I am not that good at it, but this will be very helpful. I don't have any kid CD's yet so this will be a great start to my collection! Thanks Nicki!

Today I hosted a July 4th luncheon for a few of my new friends and neighbors. We are so lucky to have such a great street of people and TONS of kids. I didn't get any really great pictures because I was pretty busy hosting and keeping an eye on all the kiddos, but everyone had a blast! We had lots of pizza, fruit salad, chips, and lemonade!

This is Jake saying "cheese" for the camera.
For dessert we had red, white, and blue popsicles and these festive cookies!
All the kids had fun playing while all of us mommies got to chat and get to know one another better! Such a great afternoon!