Friday, August 31, 2012

Let's Go, Vols!!!!

Sweet friends, it's a big day in our household. Today kicks off the Tennessee Volunteers' football season! As usual, we are decked out in our Orange and White for the beginning of the season. Fall is in the air and football parties are all around. I stinkin' love Tennessee football! I swear it's in my blood...I have generations of family that have pulled for the Volunteers. My favorite part of it all now is sharing it with my sweet boy.

Caleb was rockin' the whole work goggles thing this morning...

Then he started showing off by giving kisses...wonder where he learned that one.

I believe he's been watching his daddy too often!

Look how much he and I have changed in a year...Wow, right?!?


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Leaving Thomas

I've slowed down quite a bit this week. As soon as I did, I noticed my sweet boy has really grown out of the baby stage. It's just plain over... Saturday we spent time around the house. He's all about playing in his fort bunk bed right now. 

I took him swimming that afternoon and he was jumping into the deep end of the pool! I swear that boy is so fearless....Ryan had him trying to dive by the end of the day. We truly believe he'll be swimming by this time next year. 

Caleb started "school" at church this year and instead of taking his sweet Thomas the Train lunch box he had to have a Batman one. Seriously could not live without it...

And he picked out Spiderman shoes. Of course we wouldn't wear anything without a super hero these days...He was so very proud of his new stuff. He wanted to show everyone!

He was strutting around ready for his day!

When did he gets this big?? 

We've sadly left Thomas behind and stepped up to super heroes. It's pretty depressing to think he's grown out of the cute baby things, but it's also exciting that he's growing into an active, hilarious child! Ryan and I have both commented off and on how much we are enjoying this stage he's in right now. There's never a dull moment. We're constantly cracking up at the crazy things he's saying and the looks he's giving. 


Friday, August 24, 2012

Chicken Lasagna Alfredo

I had a few friends on Facebook ask for the new recipe for Chicken Lasagna Alfredo. My sweet husband is part Italian, but absolutely hates red sauce. In the history of our relationship together, I have never made lasagna and that's just plain sad! I decided to switch things up a bit and try something he actually would eat. He liked this so much that he went for three helpings and Caleb asked for seconds!

Don't freak out on me! This is a lot of chicken, but I'm using shredded chicken in several meals this week. Plus, we are also taking dinner to a couple of sweet friends who haven't been feeling well lately. I used one pack of chicken for my lasagna and it made two 8 x 8 pans. 

When I boil my boneless, skinless chicken breasts I flavor my water will bouillon cubes. For this large batch of chicken, I used two cubes. I also began cooking my lasagna noodles. 

When my chicken was cooked, I put it in my stand mixer to shred it. Instead of taking absolutely forever to shred it by hand, this way takes just a minute. 

Next I added my Alfredo sauce to the chicken and mixed it all together until it looked like this:

I won't bore you with the details of assembly because it's just like making a regular lasagna. I spread a little of the Alfredo mixture in the bottom of both pans, topped that with my noodles, spread a layer of ricotta cheese and just kept on layering. Before putting it in the oven, I spread shredded mozzarella on top...

Bake the lasagna at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes and enjoy every bite!

I cannot promise this is a low calorie meal designed to help you lose weight but if you need some amazing comfort food, here you go!


Thursday, August 23, 2012


Last night was Caleb's first night back at Puggles! It's our church's version of Awanas for 2 and 3 year olds. He was so excited to go. We tried it a couple of times last year, but he just really didn't take to it very well because he was a little young at the time. This year was a totally different story...He loved it! He was so excited to tell me all about it when I picked him up. Then he wanted to call all the grandparents on the phone and tell them about it too. 

I was able to get a few quick pictures before he took his Puggles shirt off..

This little boy is so wild and energetic! I wish I had half of his energy...

This was from his first day last year...

He has changed so much in a year. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

High and Dry

Ryan and I finally got to haul our Chris Craft out of the water for some much needed service work! We are beyond excited to see the transformation. While the boat is on land, Ryan will be hooking up the new transmission, installing a new coupler, and working on the bow rails that were damaged in the tornado. Hopefully she will get her new name, registration numbers, and striping as well. She's going to undergo some dramatic changes and we are just thrilled! We really enjoy getting to work on the boat while we are on our lunch breaks. After everything is complete and she's back in the water, the Chris Craft will be buffed and waxed to make her look shiny and new!

This was the first time I'd ever watched our boat being hauled out. In the past I've always giggled at the anxious boat owners watching nervously while their own boats were in the slings. Now, I truly understand what they go through. Ryan was actually the one who hauled ours out of the water and I trusted him to do it one hundred percent. Still didn't mean I wasn't a little nervous...

I actually got to help by holding the bow steady. I was able to take just a quick picture of the process. The travelift reported that our Chris Craft weighs 7100 pounds. 

I just love this picture! I thought the lift would completely dwarf it, but the Chris Craft looks pretty big here. 

You can see the bent bow rail in this picture. Ryan is fortunate enough to know just how to fix it!

Moving to the stand which will be "home" for a bit...

Our travelift is one impressive piece of equipment. It is remote controlled and absolutely amazing to watch in action. 

You can really see how bad that bow rail is in this picture...


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Back to Three

My stepkids went back to their other home on Friday, so we spent some time this weekend readjusting to life as a family of three. We went to dinner Friday night at Buffalo Wild Wings and Caleb tried his first wing. He loved it! 

He was all about taking pictures with Mommy. 

Saturday morning we all slept in which was unusual. When we got up, I checked my phone and noticed our real estate agent had called. Turns out we had an hour before our house was showing. We scrambled to get ready and get out the door! To kill some time, we ate breakfast at Waffle House. We got Caleb a chocolate chip waffle and it was hilarious!

I have no idea how he ended up with chocolate on his face, arms, knees, and shins...

He ate every single bite!

We had a much needed hair appointment for Caleb and he was super excited!

We decided to go quite a bit shorter this time and Caleb loved it! It was just too cute...

We ate lunch at McDonald's and he was just so in awe of Ronald. He climbed right up and sat on him.

Saturday evening, I went to a wedding shower and this is what I wore:

I seriously need to get rid of some tan lines. I had to document that I did actually look presentable at least once this weekend! 


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