Wednesday, March 20, 2013

William Scott

I've been needing to write for so long now but keep getting distracted. I have several recipes and stories to tell later but now I must brag! I'm an Auntie again! My big brother, John, and his wife, Ginger, welcomed thier third son to the world today! Meet baby William Scott:
7lbs 10oz, 21inches, and completely beautiful!

Mommy and her baby boy

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Past Week

It's been over a week since Wanda came to live with us and since I last posted. Here is the time in pictures:

Teaching Elora how to coupon
Kindsbach Cave behind our house
Play time with Nana
Me and my girls
Like mother, like daughter (Hayden)
Beautiful days to go on a walk with Nana
First time having lunch from a German McDonald's
Hello Kitty hat I made for my friend
My bestie Meghan's baby bump. Baby Harper is due April 4th.
My box hair dye gone wrong
My great friend fixed it for me

Pork Chops & Gooey Butter Cake

Crock Pot Pork Chops

  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • one 103/4 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce1 small can mushrooms (drained)
 Brown pork chops in skillet. Place all ingredients in crock pot. Simmer on low for 5-6 hours.

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

  • 1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, & butter and beat together. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey. After it cools, lightly sprinkle cake with powdered sugar.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

36 Hours

My mother-in-law, Wanda, will be here in about 36 hours. Am I freaking out? Yes, but not why you would think. Elora and I both have had a stomach virus the past couple of days. In turn, my house has become a huge mess. I was hoping to have the house "perfect" for her arrival but it'll just look "lived in", I guess. I hope I can just get rid of the cooties by then.

Me and my sick Squishy

I am glad to have Wanda coming to stay with us. I love my MIL dearly and cannot wait until I have her company. Being alone over here has set my depression in to over drive. Hopefully having a familiar face will bring me out of my "funk".

The upside to the "funk" and sickness is that I'm now 1.5lbs away from my pre-baby weight. Definitely not the way I wanted to get there but non the less, I am there. Now I need to stop being lazy and actually exercise. I miss running and want to start back up. It is a great way to exercise and clear my head. Problem is that I have all these "plans" to exercise but, like I said, I'm lazy and make excuses. With more free time with Wanda being here, I will run out of excuses of not having time to workout so I MUST do this! It's time to stop complaining about my "too big" thighs and "c-section shelf" and do something about it.

Suggestions and encouragement are welcome!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Another Day in the Life

Thank goodness for social media and being able to sell random crap that you do not want anymore. No more do you have to wake up before dawn, set up tables, pull out junk you no longer want, and sit/stand all day in front of your house waiting for anyone willing to buy the things you no longer want/need. We have the Internet for that now!
Good news is that I've sold some things. Bad is news is that I've bought a few things. At least those things that I bought where clothes for Hayden as well as a two bed sets. Now my three year old, whom I swear has grown at least two inches since we moved here in December, has some thing to wear this coming summer. And my mother-in-law will have somewhere to sleep when she comes next week and I have another bed for any guests that decide to visit us.
Now, with it being said that I have been selling items from my home, I have a story about one transaction from today. All day long I have been online setting up meetings for people to come take things off my hands and, for the most part, I wrote down when they were coming and for what. I took a break to take a shower and no later 30 seconds after I turn on the water, there was a knock at the door. Hayden comes in the bathroom to tell me a lady is at the door. I figured it was the German Jehovah's Witness woman from a couple days ago coming to try to "save me" again and I told Hayden to ignore the door. *Another knock* Then it occurs to me that Germans ring the buzzer, not knock on the door. So I ring my hair and throw a towel on and peek out. Definitely not the Jehovah's Witness woman. I take my changes and open the door to find out who the younger woman at the door was and gave her a shock of seeing me in a towel. She shyly tells me who she is and says that she is here for my dress. After a couple apologies from both of us and her trying hard to not look at me while I'm dripping wet in a tiny towel, she's out the door with my old dress and I'm $10 richer.
I wish I could say this was the first time something like this happened, but as my luck goes, it wasn't. Probably won't be the last time either.

On another note, I saw something that I haven't seen in two years. My scale showed 128.5lbs! I'm FINALLY getting closer to my pre-baby weight, which took 14 months to get this far. After Michael pestering me for weeks to stop drinking soda so I would lose the weight I kept complaining about, I did. Well, I have had a couple drinks here and there in the past two months but not the 6 cans a day of Mt. Dew that I use to have. Maybe he was right...maybe...