Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my awesome mom's birthday! I am so excited because I know most of the gifts she's getting and they are wonderful! Caleb's super excited about his Giggi's birthday as well. It means that he gets cake!

Mom,
    I hope you have the best birthday yet! We all love you so much and can't wait to spend the day with you. You make the best granny ever and Caleb is so lucky to have you. Can't wait to see you tonight.

Love,
Me

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Love Him





I am so blessed to have Ryan in my life. It's the little things that make him so absolutely wonderful. We have been so busy lately and haven't had much time together. This morning we woke up early and had our coffee before Caleb got up. It kinda had me thinking all day.

I love him because he knows exactly how I like my coffee and I know how he likes his.
I love him because he puts up with my crazy renovations and gets it done.
I love that he cooks me dinner when I'm exhausted or sick.
 I love how we can be sitting on the couch and he reaches over for my hand just because.
 I love how he is silly with Caleb every day.
I love his patience for mine and Caleb's whining at times!
I love that he holds me when I go to sleep every night.
 I love how we can share a can of black olives together.
 I love how he has changed for me. I love that he wanted to.
I love our projects together.
I love when he goes to the store and comes back with a rose for me.
I love that he'll rub my shoulders in the evenings.
I love that he wants to spend time with our families.
I love him because he's one of the best men I have ever known.

I am literally the luckiest, most blessed woman in the world because he loves me back....


Power of Prayer Sunday - 2/27/11

Today I come to you all asking for prayers for a young family. Kellie and James lost their beautiful little girl Madison. Maddie was just four months old and passed away last week. Please pray for Kellie and James while they go through this very difficult time.



Crystal has been a dear friend to me and I would like to put her out here for your prayers. She and her boyfriend, Michael, have been together for several years. They are looking to strengthen and solidify their relationship with the Lord and as a couple. Please pray for them while they continue down the path He has laid out for them. They are such an amazing couple and I truly believe God has great plans for them!

My aunt, Kelly, has also asked for prayers for her family. One of her daughters has been very ill for quite a while. Jessica found out recently that she has Ulcerative Colitis and has had a terrible time dealing with the flare ups. Please pray for better health for her so she can take care of and love all over her precious little girl!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Feta and Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken


Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Doesn't that look amazing???

Well, that's what's going to be cooking in our kitchen tonight!

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
5 large sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon thyme
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled finely
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I use Italian style)
olive oil
salt
pepper
toothpick (or Butcher String)
green onion, chopped (for garnish)

Directions:

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 55 mins

1 Sauté garlic and red bell pepper, in Olive Oil, for about 3 minutes (just enough to"combine" the flavors).
2 Put aside to cool.
3 In a bowl, combine Feta cheese, breadcrumbs, thyme, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic and red pepper mixture.
4 Toss until well mixed (this will be your "stuffing").
5 Lay a flattened piece of chicken breast on a cutting board or your counter.
6 Put a 1/4 of the above mixture on the flattened chicken breast like you would be making a burrito and roll as tight as you can get it.
7 Secure it with a toothpick or butcher string.
8 Place chicken breast "roll" on a baking sheet (I spray it with Pam so it doesn't stick), brush with olive oil (this gives it a nice golden brown texture), and season with salt and pepper.
9 Preheat oven to 350°F.
10 Cook for about 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 180°F.
11 Garnish with chopped green onion and serve hot.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Family Night....

Hubby and Me......

My two guys!
They were so cute in matching outfits.


Family picture night went better than any of us expected! Caleb and Zoey were such cuties and I just can't wait to get the pictures back. Mom and Dad took us all out to dinner afterwards.

Zoey was so hilarious! She's getting really picky when it comes to eating. Every time Brian, Giggi, or Tara tried to get her to eat a little, she'd shake her head "no". Eventually, she did get hungry and eat!
Caleb did just fine eating dinner.......
With Granddaddy's help, Caleb was covered in food!
We found out he loves beets, green Jello, chicken livers, and popcorn shrimp.
He also ate some of Mommy's salad, meatloaf, mac and cheese, green beans, bread, banana pudding and pie.

We had to change his shirt before we left.
Stuffed!
He went to sleep as soon as we all got back home.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Love of a Garden Tool

We visited Giggi and Granddaddy last night and Caleb got a surprise. He wants to "help" around the house more and Giggi found the perfect solution:

He got his very own shovel, rake, and garden hoe!

He was beyond excited to take them outside!
After Giggi showed him what to do, Caleb "worked" hard pushing the leaves around!



He was so serious!
Even Daddy and Grandaddy played along....

Belle and Caleb are starting to become buddies....
I think she realizes she has no choice anymore!

I just love this "What?" face!

My Angel...
bruises and all!


Caleb is such a Granddaddy's boy!
They love playing together.




Mom's birthday is coming up and she has asked that we ALL get together and have a picture done.
I guess we'll see how that turns out tonight!
I have a feeling it's going to be a zoo with six adults and two toddlers!
Ryan, Caleb and I are also getting our first official family portrait done as well.
I have the perfect place to display it and I've been working on a frame project for it that I will post about soon.
I am just praying that some small person in our household decides to cooperate with us....


Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday Pics

So happy to see him!
Happy to be feelin' better!

The park we visited...


Getting ready for school this morning....

I just can't stop loving on him today!

Doesn't he look older with his new haircut?

My little cutie!

Still kinda sleepy....

Just one more.....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Night Bliss

Caleb is in bed as we speak. Ryan is sitting beside me on the couch. All is well in our home tonight!

I have never been more excited to have the every day ho-hum stuff going on as I am right now. It is so good to feel well again. It has been a crazy week and I am so thankful it is over. The diaper bag is packed for school tomorrow, the house is (finally) back in order, and we've even had time to sit down and watch a movie.

Gosh, it feels amazing to be able to eat again! Never thought I would say it, but I truly enjoyed eating Arby's tonight with my boys! Ha!

Nana and Pappy kept Caleb for us all weekend so I could recover. We just couldn't wait to pick him up this afternoon. We then decided to take him to the park to walk around a bit and get some much needed fresh air. It has been beautiful around here this week and Spring is in the air! I'll post pictures of our trip out tomorrow at lunch.

Ryan and I decided to simplify our lives tonight. The sippy cup war has been going on in our house for a while now. Imagine this: forty-seven different sippy cups with different lids. Yeah, those are so much fun to match up! We chunked them all in the garbage and bought seven of these bad boys:

We had tried them before with Caleb and he just loved them. Of course, there will be no tossing of these. But they all match!!! No more searching for the correct lid. No more tiny parts to disassemble to clean. Just two pieces to worry about.
 Thanks Heavens!
The biggest thing I recommend from this whole ordeal:
Parents with toddlers need one type of simple sippy and they need to stick with them!
At $7.49 for seven, they are a great deal. We have used them for several months now and they stood up better than more expensive ones. Definitely worth every penny!
We got a whole new set tonight.
I admit it, I am a huge germ-a-phobe right now. His old sippys couldn't get clean enough after this whole stomach flu and we had been wanted to go with the one style.
Goodbye old sippys.
Hello cute, matching sippy cups!


Power of Prayer - 2/20/11

I've had great response to the Power of Prayer circle! If you'd like to link up, please grab my button to the right of this blog. Again, if you are in need of prayer or know someone that is, please let me know! I'd also love to hear about how the Lord is working in your life!

I have two very awesome answered prayers to tell you all about today! First of all, Charity's husband made it through his surgery just fine and is recovering this week! Continue to pray for a speedy recovery for him and thank you for your prayers for this family.

The second answered prayer is more of a true miracle. This young lady has such an amazing story....



I'll let Holly Moreland tell it herself:

"April 15 2010: I slid on black ice on my way to work..they flew me to erlanger and I stayed in trauma unit 1 month. I had a traumatic brain injury broke bone in neck shattered femur broke pelvis in 2 places. Was on life support and in coma...left there and went to sheperd center for rehab in atlanta for a month.....had a month of outpatient therapy after a came home. The lord COMPLETELY healed me beyond doctors belief or explanation. Truly a miracle of God...he is my healer!"
 
I remember watching the news last year and hearing about Holly's wreck. At the time I couldn't imagine someone even living through it. A prayer group was started on Facebook and the story of her recovery spread throughout our community. I was in awe of how God healed her so completely. Thank you Holly for sharing your story with us and praise God you are still here!


Maddy's Mommy needs your prayers again. Remember she's the awesome mom going back to school soon? The poor thing found out recently that she will be raising her daughter alone. Even though God is working his plan for her life, she finds herself a little down and lonely right now. Please pray for her to find strength and comfort in her time of need.

Amanda still needs some extra prayers this week. Her precious little boy, Nicholas, has been dealing with a tough case of RSV. He's having a rough time shaking this. We all hope he gets to feeling better soon! Before I got really ill, I noticed that she posted about Nicholas having earaches and having to have shots this week.

Lastly, I'd like to thank God for being by my side this week while I was so sick. Friday I found myself at the doctor for four hours getting four IV bags. The nurses told me that if I had gone to the emergency room, they would have admitted me since I was so dehydrated. I am so thankful that our families have been here to help out as well. Ryan and I have been truly blessed with a great family. I am feeling much better today and am on my way to getting away from this mess! Praise God!

Have a blessed week!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Caleb's 15 Month Appointment

Have mercy! We have a tall boy on our hands. When Caleb went for his 15 month check up, they weighed and measured him. We can't go with an accurate weight since he had been sick, but lately he's been around the 26 pound mark. Caleb is also 32.5 inches tall! He's in the 95th percentile...still! I asked Dr. B if it was an indicator of Caleb being tall when he's older. Since he has been tall since birth, Dr. B told me that we can pretty much assume he's going to be a big guy! I have no idea why this makes me so thrilled, but I am so happy! Caleb is now measuring the size of a two year old. He does have molars coming in, which he shouldn't be getting until 18 months. He almost has a mouth full of teeth!

Caleb runs a little now and can walk backwards. He says a lot too! Dr. B asked if he was talking much and I replied, "He never shuts up!" It's the truth too! He's a very verbal little boy. He says: Mommy, Daddy, Giggy, Ga-Da-Da (Granddaddy), Nana, milk, more, kitty, baby, puppy, easy, happy, night night, yeah, nah, huh?....there's probably a couple of more I'm forgetting. Ryan, my mom, and I really "get" what he's saying right now. The most surprising thing right now is that he understands a lot of what we tell him. I can ask him if he wants something and he can go right to it. He's started to point at things he wants a lot too.

Caleb loves playing. He's learning how to throw. And he tries to color. His biggest thing right now is helping around the house. He loves the concept of using a broom and vacuum! He's going to make his future wife very happy one day!

Caleb got a "little boy" haircut this week as well. I'll post pictures as soon as we can. The lady who cut his hair said she just couldn't believe how well he behaved. He sat in the chair by himself and held my hand the whole time. It was too sweet!

I Truly Wish...

that I had some fabulous home project completed to answer for my absence the last couple of days. Sadly, I don't even have a completely tidy home at the moment. Ryan, Caleb, and I have been sick with the stomach flu. As soon as Caleb got better, here came Ryan, and as he was on the mend I got it too. Praise God we all three didn't have it at the exact same time! Now, my mom also has it and as of yesterday afternoon poor Miss Zoey started with it.

I do admit that it was possibly the most effective crash diet/weight loss ever...I lost a grand total of nine pounds in a day and a half. Pretty stinkin' miserable...

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Boy That Stole My Heart....

Someone was really excited about his new Cars couch for Valentine's Day!

He's had it for a couple of days already. It's difficult to hide something of this size!

Caleb had his first virus yesterday and this was what he fell asleep in while watching Fantasia.
I discovered that Caleb really enjoys that movie...

Yesterday Caleb was sick most of the day. Poor Nana and Pappy had the fall out from that mess....
When we got home, he was so snuggly. I had called his nurse and she recommened Pedialyte, rest, and no solids until eight hours from the last time he got sick. Then he could only have bland foods until we hit the twenty-four hour mark. Needless to say, Caleb was starving when he woke up this morning. Lucky for me that he adores saltine crackers. Giggi has him for the day today. He'll get plenty of love and attention for sure! Tomorrow is his fifteen-month appointment and a hair cut. Yes, we're brave.

Caleb was so excited to get this from Nana and Pappy for Valentine's Day:
While riding in the car this morning, Caleb was clapping his hands and kicking his feet!


Last night as we were watching a movie together, I realized how long I had been waiting for that moment. When I was pregnant with Caleb I dreamed of having a little boy to snuggle up to and watch a movie. At the time, it seemed like the sweetest thing in the world to me. To tell you the truth, it was. That was his Valentine's gift to me....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Power of Prayer

I think I'm going to try something new on the blog this week. I want to start a prayer circle. Many friends in my life need some extra prayers right now and I'd like to pass the word. If you have someone that needs prayer or you do yourself, please let me know and I'll post it up the following Sunday. Just email me or post it in the comments section. I would even like to know the answered prayers in your life, so if you have something awesome happening let's shout it out to the world!



Please, grab the button and tell your friends!
If you link to my blog, please let me know so I can thank you.

Please continue to pray for Tripp! If you've been following me, you may remember I mentioned him here.

Caleb's daycare lady has had terrible back pain and trouble for several days now. She has several little ones that are going to miss her on Monday and Tuesday, so please pray for Jenny.

My best friend, Jessica, has lost a dear pet this weekend. She had her kitty for almost 12 years and has had a terrible weekend coping with the loss.

My cousin, Amanda, had a procedure on her back where she required injections. She is going through a lot of pain and has been out of blogging comission for a bit. She has a precious little boy and needs to heal quickly in order to spend lots of time with him!

One of my friends from high school is starting a new stage in her life and needs confidence right now! Maddy's Mommy has made a huge decision to follow God's plan for her life and return to school! Please pray that things fall into place to make this all work out for her.

A friend of mine's husband is having back surgery in the morning at 8:00. Please send out some prayers for Charity and Brent! He has a severe ruptured disc and it is very serious.

Last, but certainly not least, please pray for my friend, T.J.. Her mother has found out that she must survive her fourth battle with cancer. This week the doctors found another tumor. Pray for healing for her mom and strength for their family to go through this again.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Show Us Your Life: Beauty Secrets

Kelly today is doing "Beauty Secrets"! I laugh because after my week of working on the bathroom, I barely scrubbed all of the paint off my body and throughout my hair! I came to work yesterday with splotches of paint in my hair. Yep, nice....

I do have a couple of things to share that I just adore:

1. Mary Kay Foundation is a MUST! I love the coverage.... it doesn't make my skin shine. It matches my skin perfectly as well!

2. While preggie with Caleb, my skin went nuts! I stayed broken out and it took it's toll over time. I just have to have Mary Kay's TimeWise® Even Complexion Essence. It has done wonders for evening out my skin tone. It's not a thick goo, it goes on smoothly.

3. I moisturize with Oil of Olay. I have used it since college and I just can't imagine switching it up!
4. As far as makeup goes, I use a lot of Avon products in lipstick, mascara, and eyeshadow. I like a lot of choices!!!
5. Finally, I must smell awesome so I spritz on my new favorite fragrance that I have fallen for:

Estee Lauder's Beautiful

There ya go....that's the stuff hiding in my bathroom drawers!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

No Greater Joy Mom

I have been so blessed today! It brings me so much joy to read a blog and see how passionately someone lives for the Lord. I have found one today....No Greater Joy Mom.

Stop by this blog when you have a moment to read their story. It will melt your heart and encourage you to surrender to God's will even more. My prayer for today is that I can follow the path God takes me down with as much grace and enthusiasm as the lady I've read about.

God Is So Good

I've thought a lot about my faith and where I'm heading. Does it not still amaze you how God is such a forgiving, loving God? I don't deserve His love or forgiveness, but He has always provided for me. The Lord has given me a healthy, happy boy to love, a roof over my head, and a good hearted man to walk through life with. Life is not always full of happiness, but I have an awesome God to guide me through the tough times.


I've always told Ryan that we are going to have one heck of a testimony to tell. We're a work in progress, but we're definitely getting there! The thing I cherish most right now isn't the crazy, spontaneous things we do together, but the daily Bible study we have begun.


We all get so busy with the every day happenings in life. Just take a moment give God praise for the things He has done in your life.

Master Bath Project - Part One

Yesterday I had the opportunity to stay home and accomplish a project I have been dying to get finished. Until this project there were two rooms in my home that had never been painted since we moved in. The previous owner brilliantly painted all of the rooms in the house either flat pea green or urine yellow. Oh, yes he did. I can officially say that there is only one pea green room left in the house. I will never understand why someone used flat paint throughout the home. You can't clean it. It looks horrible. Oh, wait! I do know why. It semi-hides some huge wall issues....

See all that behind the shower head???
Someone who should NEVER pick up a putty knife got ahold of it....
Seriously? Duck Tape????
Aye Chihuahua!

This is my before picture.
I am so ashamed to show these, but I told you guys I'd be honest!
Needless to say this bathroom has been out of comission for a while....
Ewww......

This is what I found when the mirror disappeared....
We definitely have a poor lighting issue as well.
So, I broke out the Kilz and the paint....
This is going to be much easier to clean!!!

I found this medicine cabinet several weekends ago and just knew it was perfect for this job!

It really was a steal!

I would love to tell you the color of this paint, but I just can't!
It's a Custom Wendy Color....
I took the dark brown from Caleb's bathroom and mixed white in....
Milk Chocolate Awesomeness!

After patching the walls correctly and prepping them for paint, I finally finished at about 11:00 last night.
I actually had to build the wall up over the shower. Someone did not patch it with the right thickness of drywall. It now looks a million times better! I think when I was telling Ryan what I was doing to it, he started second guessing my tackling this project while he was at work. When he got home and saw it, he was fairly surprised! Go me!


I was worn out and remembered to take a quick picture of it with my phone.
I will take better ones when everything is finished tonight so please forgive me for the poor quality!
I am really loving where this is going!


I'm decorating this bathroom for my hubby. I can promise there will be lots of Tennessee Vols decor....
This past Fall, Ryan and I purchased an awesome UT print from a local artist and I cannot wait to finally get it up on the wall!

I plan to wrap this project up this evening after Caleb goes to bed, so tune in tomorrow for the finished product!



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