Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Here is a video from one of our local news channels, WFAAS Channel 8. This was the footage taken lst night from the wildfires. You will see that they talk about some apratments that were engulfed in the flames, well these are actually the condos we stay in. You will see the firetruck backing into a cul-de-sac - well mom and dad's land is the left corner of the cul-de-sac. So this video shows us our worst fear - the land that my parents were set to build their retirement home on, and the condos where we have learned to love as a 2nd home are gone.
If you read this post from a few weeks ago then you know that we were just here. It was a mini-vacation to a place that we love to go. The pictures and video of Emmalee laughing were taken inside the very condo that is now ash. The picture of Emmalee and my mom was taken right in front of their land - land that is now charred and burned.
But today we are also thankful - we are thankful that we didn't lose a home or lose precious possessions like many others lost yesterday. But we are also spending the day in prayer for those that have lose everything and those that do live in the community. We pray that the fires are put out quickly and that the homes currenlty threatened are saved.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The first one we tried was the Buffalo Chicken Thighs. The magazine has the recipe for blue cheese mashed potatoes as a side, but I just made regular ole' smashed potatoes.
This was a really great and easy way to make chicken. It has great flavor, but wasn't too hot. Of course if you like it super spicy you can just add more hot sauce. For us, the timing in the over that the recipe called for wasn't long enough. I had to cook our chicken about 5 minutes longer - so just cut into your chicken before serving to make sure its completely cooked.
You can find the complete recipe here.
here, but I changed ours up a bit.
This pizza had a great crispy crust, and delicious savory, yet sweet taste. Brant and I both agreed that we would definitely make this again! Here is how I cooked the pizza.
1 Tube of pizza dough crust. Cook as directed on the package.
1/2 lb. chicken breast - you can use more, but I just used 2 breasts since there is just 2 of us. Dice the chicken into small pieces, then pan sear it with a little olive oil. Season with a small bit of salt and pepper. Once it is completely cooked, toss it in just a bit of BBQ sauce.
Once the pizza crust is ready, smear the dough with BBQ sauce. Scatter the chicken on the crust.
Slice on yellow bell pepper, 1 orange pepper and thinly slice red onion (I just used 1/2 of a large one). Put the pepper and onion on the pizza. Top with shredded mozerella and sharp cheddar. Brant and I are not huge fans of blue cheese, so I used mozerella and some sharp cheddar for that good"cheesey" flavor.
Bake at 500 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
I cannot tell you how wonderful this pizza was. I insist that you try it, but make it your own. Tell me how you made it and let me know what you think!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Dr. Hull asked me if we had an excersaucer and I said yes, but we hadn't put Em in it yet. She said we should try letting her sit in it because she thought the colors and toys would really stimulate and capture her attention. So as soon as we got home, this momma went to work setting up the Baby Einstein Activity Jumper...and this little girl loved it!
At first she just studied all the "stuff."
But as soon as she realized all of these toys were her "friends," she was thrilled! She just laughed and played.
Dr. Hull also said we could start eating cereal. The past week or so, I think Em has definitely figured out what "food" is. Every time Brant and I sit down to eat she just stares at our food. Last night Brant went to got us a banana fudge sundae. As soon as he handed it to me, Em's eyes got huge and she started grabbing for it. How in the world does my 4 month old know how delicious a sundae is? Oh well, I was just thrilled we got the ok to begin solids.
Here goes nothing!
It seems like Emmalee is doing something new every day. I am really loving this age and watching her develop more and more.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We were going to spend most of the day on the lake, but it started raining about 2 am on Saturday and didn't stop until mid-morning. But considering we desperately needed the rain, we were just fine with it! So, we ate some breakfast and let Emmalee play. She was having fun with tummy time.
Once the clouds rolled out, Granda and I decided to take Em on a walk. We had lots of fun and saw some deer and all kinds of little animals.
But the best sight of all was toward the end of our walk when we saw this 8-point just sitting under some brush. How beautiful is he?
While Granda, EmC and I were on our nature walk, Daddy and Grandad played golf. This is definitely one of their favorite courses to play. It is absolutely beautiful.
We did get on the lake for an hour or so late in the afternoon. After dinner, Brant, Em and I headed home so that we could be at church Sunday morning. We have an absolute blast. This is definitely one of our favorite "close" vacation places.
But while we were there, Granda got Emmalee laughing. She has laughed for me and Brant before, but she was cracking us up at PK. Here's a peek at Em!
I hope your weekend was a fabulous as ours!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
That's right, my sweet little baby is getting so big and growing up so fast.
I don't really call you my newborn any more because you are growing everyday. You are constantly discovering new things and love to explore everything around you. I cannot believe that four month has already gone by - it seems like just yesterday I was waiting for you to make your appearance.
You are definitely a growing girl. At your 4 month checkup you weighed 13 lbs. and 9 oz (which is the 50 percentile) and you are 26" long (95%). You are still in size 1 diapers and you wear a mixture of 0-3 and 3-6 month clothes, but all of your pj's are 3-6 because you are way too long for the 0-3 size.
You now have momma's milk and formula, and typically eat 5-6 oz. every 4 hours. You have started waking up again in the middle of the night, but its usually just once because you're hungry. As soon as I feed you, you're back to sleep. Momma and Daddy wake you up around 7 in the morning and you go to bed around 9:00. You are a very easy baby to put to sleep because you, usually, put yourself to sleep. At your checkup, Dr. Hull said that you get to start eating cereal. You have had it 3 times now and you love it! You are learning how to eat with a spoon very quickly.
You still love your bath, but you really love to talk and play. You love to watch the TV and Baby Einstein because you think the characters are talking to you. You LOVE to be talked to and to listed to people talk - I'm not quite sure where you got that from. You seem to no longer be content to just lay on the floor, now you want to arch your back and scoot around. You are grabbing at objects and toys, and of course they go straight to your mouth.
A few firsts this month:
- You started taking formula
- You rolled over from your back to your tummy, all by yourself!
- You started sitting in your Bumbo chair.
- You had your 1st sleepover with Granda and Grandad
- You started laughing out loud
You are still one of the sweetest, most content babies I have ever met. Momma and Daddy's love for you continues to grow each and every day. We love coming home to your sweet smiling face and big blue eyes. You are, and will forever be, the light of our lives!
I love you Emmalee Caroline,
Monday, August 15, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I know that I have been completely absent from blogging lately, but life is pretty stressful right now. I told you a few weeks ago that I have just started a new job, and that is going wonderfully. I still enjoy what I do and the hours are so much better. I love getting to spend my evenings with Emmalee. She seems to be growing up so fast. But as soon as she goes to bed, Brant and I are at the computer trying to find our perfect person.
Ms. Regina is Emmalee's caregiver. She is so incredibly wonderful and has in-home care for children. Two of our other dear friends have their children in Ms. Regina's care too. Regina has loved Emmalee like her own for the past 2 months and I have never once had to worry about my daughter's care when she is with Regina. But sadly, Ms. Regina is going back to work in the corporate world. At first, I wanted to be angry, but I couldn't be. She wasn't looking to go back to work - the Lord simply brought her an incredible opportunity that would enable her to provide financially for her family. I understand that - there is a reason I sit in an office all day long - its not because I want to. Its because, as a mother, we do what we have to in order to provide.
So I have never once felt any anger, just sadness...and stress! when I was pregnant, finding Regina was easy because she had an opening, we have amazing recommendations from two families and we immediately connected with her during our interview. But finding another Regina has proven almost impossible. There always seems to be something that I don't like - whether its their personality, their home, the number of kids they are already keeping, or their care schedule...its always something. So then we thought about the idea of a nanny-share with other friends, but then you have to deal with the government and taxes...and that just seems like a headache.
So right now, we have a friend keeping Em until we find something permanent. Mine and Brant's prayer has been that the Lord bring the perfect person for our, and mostly Emmalee's needs. As a mom, I won't leave my child with just anyone.
So Ms. Regina, you will be deply missed, but know that we wish you the absolute BEST for the future!