Friday, August 17, 2012

The Future's Looking Bright

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might have seen a picture that looks like this...

and this...

We had quite the surprising evening! My brother proposed to his girlfriend at a fabulous dinner with our entire family (and her family as well) on Sunday evening! It is quite the exciting event. It was such an honor for him to ask our entire family to be a part of this event.

He was such the little planner. He set up a special dinner at a winery about 1 1/2 hours from St. Louis. He had his "plan"--where and when for us to be there, where we should be when they arrived. The bride-to-be had no idea that this was going to happen! She thought that they were going to the winery with her family. And SURPRISE! There we ALL were!

She was so fun. There he was on his knee and she said "Seriously? Are you for real??" Um, no. JUST KIDDING!

...and I'm kidding. It was a great evening of celebration.

Fun times in my family these days. One of my sisters is pregnant with her first baby boy. CJ is due to arrive in early October and we couldn't be happier. Actually, I'm over the moon that my children will have a cousin. With my brother getting married, hopefully people can move on from asking me if I'll have a third soon, "are you going for that girl??" and focus finally on some other movement in the fam.

Yay for an exciting future! And weddings! And babies! (that aren't mine!)

Speaking of babies, today, I'm nursing this little one back to health (hopefully)

Little Tate was diagnosed several months ago as a 'severe asthmatic' so anytime he get's sick with a cough, we are on MAJOR attack mode on his virus. We don't want things to get worse like it did last March when he spent 5 days in the hospital for pneumonia.

So, again today, we are hope doing the nebulizer every 4 hours and trying to take it easy. I hope he's on the mend.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. The weather is beautiful in St. Louis and I hope it is in your part of the world!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

When in Missouri

Last weekend, I spent the evening at a memorial service with my family and Mr. Fabulous was in charge of the boys. Much to my surprise, he announced to me that he would be taking the boys to their first "county fair"! I think my comment was, "Are you sure you want to do
that alone??" He was all for it and who was I to get in the way!

So, Daddy and the boys loaded up the SUV and headed about an hour west of our house to the Washington Town and Country Fair.

Maybe this blog title should have been... 'When in Missour-ah!" (us Missouri folks get this!)

The boys reported back that it was more fun than Mommy could have EVER imagined! There was Purina Dog races, hogs for sale (sooo sorry I missed that!), fried-frozen Twinkie eating (fo' real bummed I missed that) and "midget car racing". Although I planned to post a totally annoying video of these little cars racing around a mud track, the Mister's phone erased the video. Make sure to thank his phone some time...

Here are my boys at the fair

I think they might have been the only boys there with matching monogrammed polos with their initials on them! Lolllzzzz!

And here is Trey and a mystery woman riding a strange, yet typical, carnival ride...

These boys had so much fun, they could hardly stand it! Although a bit out of our "norm", I think we'll be going back next year. And I'll be there too! (wink, wink...for the fried twinkie of course! )

P.S. ...okay, so I know I've been MIA lately. Who wants another, "So sorry I haven't blogged" post?!? So, bypassed that and here I am! Leave me a comment to say hi so I will believe I'm not writing all of this for the walls to read! :)

Friday, May 04, 2012

Hello to new friends!

Today, I am participating in Kelly's Korner- Show us your Life series.  If you are new to my blog, hello!  I'll admit there's a bit of dust around here, but slowly but surely I'm getting back to more updates!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 02, 2012


Just popping in for a minute. Gosh, there's been a lot going on lately! I have a lot to catch you up on. That will come this week. But first. While driving to work, I was in a really good mood. Surprising for a Monday morning at 7:15am! HaHa! Anyway, I was thinking about all the recent things that I am grateful for.

So here they are. I thought I'd share.

1. I am grateful that my children are feeling better. There is absolutely NOTHING that is worse than seeing your child suffer. I've seen my fair share of times that they have suffered and it's been TOO often. (That's a blog post for another day, soon). I'm so grateful that everyone is feeling better and we can enjoy being together.

2. I am so grateful that my sister and her best friend invited me on a girl's night this past Saturday. I enjoyed first row seats (yes, you read that correct! :) ) to the Blues Hockey game, a fantastic dinner, and party hopping on Washington Ave and in Clayton. Best of all. I spent $0! Thank you God for wonderful (and generous) friends!

3. I am so grateful for the sweet young girl at the Walgreens pharmacy that urged me to join their prescription savings club. By spending $20/year, I will save $26 every time I fill this one prescription of mine that insurance doesn't cover. So, by signing up, I saved $6 instantly. That's a win in my book! Thank you, sweet girl.

4. I am so grateful for a great preschool/extended care facility for Trey. It is almost too good to be true to have such a wonderful place that is so close to our house. Seriously, we could walk there! He is so happy there and learns so much. So grateful to have found such a jewel!

So, that's that. What are you grateful for today??

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Trey!

It is hard to believe that Trey is turning 4 today! Four years ago, on March 19, 2008, I became a mom for the very first time! I remember going to the hospital for my planned c-section. My mom was going to meet us and she surprised me when she came with my Grandma! She brought my sweet, then 93 year old, Grandma to enjoy the excitement too! I was in total bliss and so happy to be surrounded by my loving family.

(I tried to post a few different pictures so they'd be different than the ones I've shown in the past)

So, here we are in the Year 2012. What is Trey up to, you might ask? Well, a LOT!

For the sake of documentation, here are a few things that Trey loves:
-Disney Cars ....and the movies. 1 and 2. And yes there is a difference. And he can tell you the difference!
-Toy Story
-Chick Fil A (definitely prefers it over McDonalds! And I'm happy about that!)
-Clifford the Big Red Dog cartoon and books

Here's some funny things that Trey has said:
-When he was trying to say "a few days ago", he would say "a couple days a week". It went like this-- "A couple days a week, I went to school and we had a St. Patricks Day party!" I was really confused at first, but then I started understanding what he was saying!

-He ALWAYS tells me (or his Daddy) that "I'm your best friend!" and "I love you!" It is so sweet!

-Speaking of sweet, he says a lot "That is SO sweet!" (like in the precious way). One day we wer talking about my Grandma Maude, and he said, "Awe, she is SO sweet!" It was hilarious!!

We have several fun things on the agenda for Trey's birthday. First, he will bringing Pizza to lunch for his class! Instead of bringing cupcakes or the likes, I'll be delivering pizza for lunch! How fun is that!?! Then, after school, we'll be going to Chick fil A for dinner, a little play time and cookie cake!

Trey, Mommy loves you to the moon and back! :)

Looking back...
2011-(so, um, kind of didn't post last year for Trey's birthday. Blame it on his 3 month old brother! But THIS is as close as I got!)
2010- Here and Here
2009- Here and Here

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Menu Planning

I can't believe that Tate will be 15 months old. Time has flown by! In the last several months, we have been in the transition stage for his meals. He definitely took me by surprise when he completely rejected table food! I was stunned! Trey was NOTHING like that. Thus began our experimentation with every type of food possible and me turning in to a short order cook. Ugh. Those months were no fun. I thought I was the only mother on the planet with a 13 month old that still ate Sprout baby food pouches several times a day.

Luckly, things have gotten better and Tate is 100% eating table food. And a lot of it! :) As everyone in our family can eat the same meals, I have been doing quite a bit of cooking now. It was such an important thing when I was growing up to eat as a family at the dinner table. Because I was raised in that manner, I wanted to have the same principles for my children. Life does get crazy and sometimes we have to run thru the Chick-Fil-A drive thru, but at least 4 days a week, I'm cooking dinner at the table.

I have seen throughout the blogosphere about menu planning but had never given it a thought. Honestly, it just seemed like something a very organized mom would do. A mom with PLENTY of time on her hands. Well, let me tell you...I was surely mistaken.

One Sunday, I decided to meal plan. And I'm serious, my life (and my wallet) has never been the same! :) The absolute #1 reason why meal planning is so great is because it saves a boat load of money! I had NEVER even thought of that! So on this monumental Sunday, I planned out my 5 meals for the week, wrote my ingredients that I would need, added a few other staples on the grocery list (milk, bananas, cereal bars) and headed to the store.

My grand total for my entire week's shopping? $85.00. For one week. For a family of 4. People, I die. As in, that is so unbelieveably less than I have ever spent for a weeks worth of groceries! In the past, I'd buy WAY too much, buy a mish mosh of things that didn't go together and at the end of the day, I had a fridge and pantry full of food that couldn't possibly be paired together to make a decent meal. So, from then on. I was hooked!

I've tweaked my process, adjusted my budget and now I plan for 5 meals to eat throughout a 7 day period on a budget of $100/week. Someweeks I go overbudget. And some weeks, I am under. It's almost like a game. Like a puzzle to figure out what I can do to stretch my dollar and make a really good dinner! (For you number crunchers out there, our budget of $100/week can be calculated to $3.57/day for each of us. That is obscenely crazy. But it works! ...not taking in consideration if we go out to eat. ...which we do. )

The kicker for me is that I have to cook on the weekend or prepare the night before. On weekdays, I walk in the door at 5:30pm. My children cannot wait for longer than about 20 minutes for dinner. So everything is made or prepped the night before or the weekend before. Then I pop it in the oven or re-heat and serve. There definitely are things I cannot serve during the week becuase it takes too long, but I just save that for the weekend.

Nowadays, I'm looking for good recipes. I've been through a lot already and we certainly do have our favorites, but make sure to leave me a comment with a favorite recipe or link--I'd love to try it!

Here's a few things that have been on my table in the last month or so...
-Poppyseed Chicken
-Italian Beef in the Crockpot served on French Bread
-Venison Meatloaf (no joke-out of this world amazing!)
-Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs
-Broccoli, Rice, Chicken Casserole
-Sweedish Meatballs
-Baked Talapia
-Rigatoni in Rose sauce
-Roast in Crockpot

I hope this might have encouraged you to try out meal planning. If not for the budgeting, take a minute to sit down with your family for a nice meal. I know it's a keeper in my house!