Recipe {Chicken Enchilada Casserole}

photo & original recipe (which i modified a little)

I guess I am on a recipe sharing roll…but this is another REALLY easy and really tasty meal.

When it comes to cooking, “easy” is my modus operandi these days.

I am so un-inspired to cook in the summer. I just want to eat fruit all day long. Most days that IS all we eat…fruit and salad with some sort of meat on top. Usually meat that I grill because our oven makes our house dang hot. And it is already eleventy-zillion degrees outside…the A/C needs all the help it can get!

It just so happens that these last 2 recipes happen to go in the oven…which is partly due to the fact that we are out of propane for the grill and party just random.

Anyhow…long story short! This recipe was very yummy, came together in a few minutes, and would easily feed a crowd…

{Ingredients::}

1 pkg small corn tortillas (white or yellow – whatever you prefer – I used yellow)

3-4 C. chicken, cooked & chopped (I used the leftover chicken from these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos which I made recently…I probably used about 3-4 cups of chicken because it is what I had. You could do it with less and be fine)

1 can Fat Free Cream of Chicken soup

1 can Fat Free Cream of Celery soup

1 (16 oz) Fat Free sour cream (again, I used the whole thing but I am sure it would be good with only 8 oz)

1 can Rotel, mostly drained (I used mild b/c regular is a little spicy for Hudson.)

1 tsp (or more) cumin

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 C shredded cheese (I used colby jack. Cheddar or pepper jack would be good as well)

{Directions::}

Preheat oven to 425.

Mix cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, sour cream, rotel, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

In a 9×13 glass dish spread about 1/2 C of the sour cream mixture.

Now, get your tortillas. Dip them in water before you put them in the baking dish…I just ran them under the faucet. After you get them wet, layer the tortillas on top of the cream mixture.

Then add a layer of chicken.

Then sprinkle some cheese.

Then repeat…tortillas…cream…chicken…cheese…tortillas

You could probably do 3 layers…I was lazy and only did two. Make sure to end with tortillas.

At this point I still had some cream so I put it on top of the tortillas and then added cheese.

Next time I will use up all the cream on the previous layers and just top with cheese so it’ll be a little crispy on top.

I sprinkled a little extra cumin on the top because I like it.

Bake at 425 for about 20 minutes…until heated through and the cheese is nice & bubbly.

Yum.

We had this with…you guessed it…fresh fruit.

It would also be delish with a big spinach salad.

Recipe {Pizza Rolls}

I made these for dinner last night. I found the recipe on Pintrest (my new addiction), and it is originally from this blog (I used her pics because they are great and I didn’t take any).

They were SO quick, easy, and good!! It is a fun & different way to do pizza. You could really jazz up the recipe with different toppings & cheeses but I just kept it plain-jane last night.

This would be great party food. It would also be really fun and easy to make with kiddos.

{Ingredients}

1 can refrigerated pizza crust (I used Pilsbury thin crust)

*you could also make your own crust but i wasn’t in the mood yesterday*

garlic powder, salt, italian seasoning

shredded cheese (I used mozerella and pepper jack)

toppings (I used turkey pepperoni – you can find it at Kroger with the regular pepperoni)

sauce for dipping (I used Ragu Sweet Tomato Basil)

{Directions}

Pre-heat your oven to 425.

On a lightly floured surface (cutting board, wax paper, parchment paper) unroll the crust.

Season with garlic powder, salt, and italian seasoning (or whatever you want).

Sprinkle on the cheese (make sure to get it all the way out to the edges) and your toppings (i.e – pepperoni for us last night).

Starting with a short end, tightly roll the crust up into a log.

Slice into 1″ sections and place on a lightly grease baking sheet (or if you’ve got it, place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and put the slices on that. Clean up takes all of 5 seconds that way!! Yay!).

I sprinkled a little more cheese on the tops of the slices & a little basil.

Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.

Serve with sauce for dipping.

Easy peasy! 

20 & 21 weeks

 {current}

Pregnancy Highlights for the Week: 21

How Far Along: 21 weeks.

Fruit/Veggie: Carrot.

Size: Owen now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long from head to toe.

Baby changes: His eyebrows and eyelids are present, though he won’t be able to open his eyes for several more weeks. His skin is growing more opaque as fat cells start to grow and prepare for fat deposits. His bones are hardening and his sleep-wake cycle is beginning to develop.

Best Moment this week: Hudson has been such a ham this week…he makes me laugh so hard…so hard in fact I just about peed in my pants! Not cool.

Gender: Sweet baby BOY – Owen Paul

Movement: I am feeling him move a lot more these days.

Food Craving: Nothing off the top of my head.

Sleep: Same as below {see week 20}

Symptoms: Nothing really new.

What I am looking forward to: I love this part of pregnancy, I really do, being able to feel him more and share that with Jordan.  I am also looking forward to Hudson’s birthday next month…though I can hardly believe he is almost a YEAR! I am loving this stage with him!!

Photo from 21 weeks:

P.S. See that cute little face in the left corner of the pic? Nope. We didn’t get a dog…that is Baylor…he belongs to Jordan’s folks but is living with us for a while because they are out of town. Hudson loves having him stay at our house 🙂

{last week}

Pregnancy Highlights for the Week: 20

How Far Along: 20 weeks

Fruit/Veggie: Banana.

Size: Owen weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the length of a banana. (We’ve hit the point of measuring from head to toe now!)

Baby changes: He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first poopy diaper.

Best Moment this week: Jordan got to feel Owen kick finally!!

Gender: Sweet baby BOY – Owen Paul

Movement: Little guy is getting stronger and stronger! Jordan felt Owen kick for the first time this week. I can see my tummy move when he kicks if I am laying down & still.

Food Craving: Cobb salad with honey mustard dressing. (I mean, I’m not specific or anything…)

Sleep: So so. Gotta go to the potty a lot. I’ve been really hot at night, even with the fan blowing on me…hormones. I’ve been having crazy (and often scary) dreams. Not cool.

Symptoms: Sore feet & ankles. Not swollen…just sore. Hubby is sweet and rubs them for me at night.

Photo from 20 weeks:

Date night

Its “date night in” tonight with my favorite person in the whole world!!

(As opposed to “date night out”)

Sometimes putting the little man to bed & staying in = the best kind of date!!

For us tonight that means this for dinner::

…because I had a coupon for a FREE appetizer. Hello chips & salsa 🙂 It’s been a while. I’ve missed you.

So I suppose “technically” Jordan did go “out” to get our dinner…but…don’t hold it against me. It is still “date night IN”.

And we are going to finish watching the last two episodes of this:

Man, I have really enjoyed watching this mini series! It is HARD to watch – yes – but SO well done!! I’ve really loved it. We started it for-EV-er ago and never finished…so I am excited to wrap it up.

Mostly I am just excited for commitment-free night in with my hubby.

🙂

Yay date night.

{How to:} save some dollars on diapers

photo from google images

Ok. For those of you Mommas or Daddys looking to save some dough on diapers…here is my current “best deal.”

{Note: this is only for those of you who use disposable diapers. If you cloth diaper…leave a comment because I’d love to talk to you about it. I’m considering making the switch when Owen is born.}

I currently buy diapers on Amazon and it has really saved us some cash!

Here is the back story on our diapering situation…if you don’t care and just want the facts about how I save money…skip on down friend!

Hudson wears size 3 diapers. I am just going to do all my examples with size 3’s because it is what we use and too complicated to break the savings down in all the different sizes. So if your baby is in 3’s – hip hip hooray for you – because I am doing all the price comparison work for you!

Hudson wears Luvs. I think I said before that I used & loved Pampers in the beginning (size NB and 1) but after that I started using less pricey brands and have been completely happy with them.

So, I’ve tried Pampers, Huggies, Target brand, and Luvs…and here is my opinion from our experience.

Luvs are to Pampers what Target brand are to Huggies.

The fit of Luvs & Pampers are VERY similar. The fit of Target brand and Huggies are VERY similar.

Luvs & Pampers fit BEST on my skinny boy who is always on the move.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

Ok. Here is the money saving info::

At Wal-Mart::

A box of Pampers Cruisers size 3 (222 count) is $50.00.  {$0.23/diaper}

A box of Luvs size 3 (234 count) is $39.97. {$0.17/diaper}

At Target::

A box of Pampers Cruisers size 3 (222 count) is $52.99. {$0.24/diaper}

A box of Luvs size 3 (108 count – this is the highest count I could find) is $16.99. {$0.16/diaper}

At BabysRUs::

A box of Pampers Cruisers size 3 (160 count) is $41.99 {$0.26/diaper}

A box of Luvs size 3 (204 count) is $35.99 {$0.18/diaper}

At BuyBuyBaby::

A box of Pampers Cruisers (186 count) is $43.99. {$0.24/diaper}

I couldn’t find Luvs listed online, they may carry them in the store. I’m not sure.

At Diapers.com::

A box of Pampers Cruisers (222 count) is $51.49. {$0.23/diaper}

A box of Luvs (234 count) is $43.99. {$0.19/diaper}

Finally:: At Amazon.com

You gotta sign up for AmazonMom and Subscribe&Save to get the deal but both are F-R-E-E to sign up for and you don’t get spam or anything…AND you get free 2 day shipping.

A box of Pampers Cruisers size 3 (222 count) is regularly $52.99 but if you are a member of AmazonMom + Subscribe&Save the price drops to $37.09. {$0.17/diaper)

A box of Luvs size 3 (243 count) is regularly $37.99 but as a member of AmazonMom + Subscribe&Save the price drops to $26.59 {$0.11/diaper}

Ta Da!!!

If you know of a better deal please let me know!!!

Happy saving!

🙂

These are a few of my favorite things {Part 1: 0-6 months}

I have decided to catalog my favorite baby/kiddo stuff.

I am going to do my best to recall the things from Hudson’s first year that I would say were “totally worth it”, “would definitely use again”, “must haves” and maybe a few, “are really really nice to have if you can”.

I figure I better do this now before I completely forget!

Hopefully this will not only help me as future babies (hi Owen!) come along, but I am hoping this will also be beneficial for you new Mommas out there who stumble upon this blog…as some tried & true items that worked for us.

Caveat #1: your list of “must haves” may look completely different than mine  – and that’s ok! Whatever works for you and your little ones! I am not saying my way is the only way. Its just what worked for us.

Caveat #2: If you are a boy you probably don’t want to read this post. I’m going to talk about breastfeeding quite a bit. FYI.

So, with that said, here we go::

First off: this isn’t a product…it is a blog: http://kellymom.com/. This was SO SO SO helpful for all of my breastfeeding questions! It is super easy to navigate and very evidence based.

1. Lansinoh “Soothies” Gel Pads.

If you plan to breast feed, these are AMAZING for the first 2-3 weeks of sore nipples.  You can buy them at Target or any drugstore.

2. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream.

Again, if you are breast feeding, I like this better than the Medela Lanolin, it isn’t as sticky, it smells better, and it just plain worked better for me.

3. Johnson & Johnson Disposable Breast Pads. 

You can buy these at Target…for some reason they aren’t carried everywhere. These worked the best out of all the kinds I tried & they are really comfortable. They NEVER once leaked. (And they are cheaper than a lot of other brands).

I’ll definitely use these in the beginning with Owen. This next time around I am going to buy & try some reusable, washable nursing pads once we get into the swing of things, so I’ll let you know how that goes. 

4. Medela Pump In Style. Medela is what we use at the hospital where I work, so it is what I know, I’m sure there are other good brands out there, but I really like this pump & I know it is going to last.

Now…a nice pump is one of those things that is really nice to have, but not necessary if you are a stay at home mom. You could definitely get by with a less expensive pump if you are just occasionally pumping for date nights, etc. Or borrow a nice one from a friend.

However, if you are working and HAVE to pump…I say spring for a good one if you can…because pumping isn’t much fun and you want to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible!

If you use a 20% off coupon at BuyBuyBaby or BabysRUs and watch the sales you can get a pretty good deal.

5. Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (for newborn & size 1).

I think these are the best diapers for newborns…once Hudson was in size 2 we switched to Luvs (which I LOVE), but in the beginning these are my most favorite. Stick around and I’ll tell you how to get a rockin’ deal on diapers and wipes!!

6. Triple Paste. When it comes to diaper rash, this stuff is gold. Seriously. It works SO well. It is pricier than a lot of other creams, but if you look around you CAN find a coupon and it is seriously worth it in my book!!

7. Travel Wipes Case. I have a plain jane plastic one, not a trendy Paul Frank one. It holds enough wipes for a day out and doesn’t take up a ton of space. This is much nicer than toting a big honkin’ pack of wipes around (unless you are changing multiple children’s diaper very frequently and will be gone for a long long time) because lets face it – if you are a first time mom – your diaper bag probably already weighs 900 lbs and is full of things you “cannot live without” 😉

8. The First Years Breast Flow bottles.

These worked great with Hudson. He transitioned from breast to bottle and back to breast very easily. I think it really helped that I introduced a bottle really early…like within the first 3 weeks…his latch was spectacular & he was nursing great so I wasn’t worried about any kind of confusion. The latch onto this bottle is really similar to a breastfeeding latch. I’m a fan. The nipples are a little bit of a pain to clean, but I think that is the case with ANY bottle.

I also used these Medela bottles (I receive a few when I bought my pump) and I like them as well…but we use the Breast Flow primarily.

FYI – Back in the day, after breastfeeding was really established, Jordan would give Hudson one bottle/day and I would pump that feeding. Hudson would also get a bottle when we went on a date. When I miscarried/got pregnant again with Owen my milk supply dried up…I think there was just too much going on with my hormones…so Hud has been exclusively bottle fed since then. I had planned to continue to breastfeed but unfortunately it just didn’t work out. So, if you were wondering what bottle feeding while breastfeeding looked like for us…there ya go.

9. Chicco Key Fit 30. I love this carseat. It is incredibly safe, very very easy to use, and fairly light comparatively…though they are all HEAVY with a kiddo inside! We are just now moving Hudson out of it & into a bigger convertible seat because he is about to be too long. We got two bases – one for Jordan’s car and one for mine – so we could pop the carseat into either car without having to un-attach and re-attach the base = super duper easy.

10. A playmat. I love this one by Infantino.

It has a button on the top that you twist and it folds up which saves lots of space when storing it. The colors are bright and fun and gender neutral. Hudson played on this every day until he was crawling and tired of it…he loved it!

11. Bumbo. I am a fan of the Bumbo chair. It was really nice when he was working on head control. It worked really well for us because Hud was a smaller baby…I know it isn’t as awesome for bigger babies because the leg spaces can be too tight on chubby legs. I wouldn’t call this a necessity…but I liked having it.

12. Large Swaddle Blankets.

I had some from Target’s DwellStudio brand. It is SO hard to find blankets that are big enough to swaddle well! Most receiving blankets are WAY too small. The point of swaddling is to keep baby contained & tight…and if the blanket is too small it isn’t going to happen. I am going to purchase some of these Aden+Anias Muslin blankets for Owen, because I hear they are awesome (and they are BIG)

FYI – I practically swaddled babies for a living working in the NICU (not really, but it IS something I have done hundreds of times) it can be tricky to do well if you’ve never done it before,  in which case you can try one of these Miracle Blankets, they take a lot of the confusion/work out of it. 

I swaddled Hudson until he was 5 months, he was ready to transition out of the swaddle about the time he was starting solids, and rolling over and pushing up. Then he was in a sleep sack like this for…I forget how long…until it started getting hot I think.

13. A few good toys. Despite popular opinion, you don’t need much to entertain your baby! You mostly just need yourself! But here are a few other things that we really enjoyed {I am going to put all these under the same number}

A. A bag of links. There are different colors & textures. If you hook them together and shake them they make noise. They don’t take up a lot of space. Practically they are useful for attaching other toys to carseats, playmats, etc.

B. A rattle. We had this one & Hud really liked it. It was easy for his little hand to hold & not too heavy.

C. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes. Hudson LOVED (still does love) this toy. He would watch the lights play in rhythm to the music over and over and over and the music selection is great.

D. White on Black & Black on White books. Any B&W shapes/pattern books are good. I especially love these books by Tanya Hoban – they are GREAT and perfect for baby’s development. They unfold accordion style so they are easy to set up in the crib or on the floor next to baby to look at. I found a bunch at our local library. Hudson would look at these for LONG periods of time.

E. Jittery Jungle Pals. These are great for attaching to the carseat so baby has something entertaining to look at. They are also fun to play with because there are different textures to feel & the make fun sounds. One foot will have a bell, one a rattle, one ear will crinkle, one will be silky…etc.

14. Some good music. These are two of my most favorite  albums for little ones (and big ones). They are mostly all scripture and absolutely minister to my heart when I hear them over the monitor or as well play or Hudson would nurse. Plus, I love having scripture playing over him, I know as he grows it will be an easy way for him to learn the Word.

A. Hidden in My Heart. These are beautiful lullabies. I can’t tell you how much they calmed my heart & led me into worship. Here is the link for the site you can listen the album, download the MP3 version, or order the actual CD.

B. Seeds. Here is the link for the Seeds website. How I love these! There are six volumes. We listen to them all the time. It has really helped ME hide the Word in my heart as I remember them throughout the day!

15. A white noise machine. This works wonders to help with sleeping! We have this little Honeywell Mini Tower Heater. The first setting is just a fan/white noise. The 2nd and 3rd are space heater settings…we use this in the winter in each of our bedrooms, we keep our heat pretty low at night. They are really safe (our firefighter friend recommended them) and they have adjustable thermostats so they don’t just run all the time. We use Hudson’s year round as a white noise machine.

I am sure something like this little guy would work really well too though:

So there you go! 15+ of my favorite things for the first 6 months! I’ll try to update this if I think of more or change my mind about things when Owen is born.

11 months

Sweet Hudson boy, you are 11 months old today. I can hardly believe how quickly we are approaching the one year mark! Every day with you is such a joy.

You are so much fun right now. You are almost completely a toddler, walking virtually everywhere. You will occasionally still crawl, but rarely, maybe once or twice a day. You are an explorer. You are bold & adventurous. You are quite the ham 😉 and bring much laughter to our house. Your laughter is contagious. You give the sweetest kisses. You have started bringing me a book or toy and climbing into to read or play together.

You love to figure out how things work. You will sit and open & close doors and cabinets; take lids off & put them back on; put things in & take them out of a container over and over and over. You love to wrestle with your daddy – to do anything with daddy really. Read a book. Work in the yard. You name it…you are daddy’s no. 2 fan! (because momma will always be no. 1).

You love to play with your trucks & cars. Your touch & feel farm animal book is still your most favorite – you will sit and look at it for a long time. When you get to the page with the pig you will wrinkle your nose and snort – you are learning so many new things.

You have 3 teeth now, 2 on the bottom and 1 on the top. I don’t know your measurements, we’ll find out next month at your 12 month appointment. You are still tall and skinny. You eat a lot of table food – sometimes as much as momma – but you go-go-go all day long. You still eat 3-4 bottles (6-8oz each) a day. You sleep from 7pm-7am and take 2 naps, one morning and one afternoon. Usually one is 2 hours and one is 1.5 hours. You are starting to manifest a little separation anxiety. Sometimes you wake up at night crying and the only explanation seems to be that you get scared, we hug, kiss and rock you for a few minutes and then you go right back to bed. You cry when I drop you off at class on Sunday mornings but only for a few minutes. Sometimes you cry if someone else tries to hold you, even someone you know well, especially when you are tired.

We cannot imagine life without you Hudson Mark & are so thankful to the Lord for the gift of your life!

He thinks this is the best game ever…absolutely no fear. 

18 weeks + 19 weeks

{belated} Pregnancy Highlights for the Week: 18

How Far Along: 18 weeks (on July 9)

Fruit/Veggie: Bell Pepper.

Size: He is about 5.5 inches from the crown of his head to his bottom. (They don’t measure from head to toe for a while) He weighs about 7 ounces.

Baby changes:  His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born.

Best Moment this week: O’s kicking has been more noticeable this week, though still more subtle than I remember his brother being. Jordan says…maybe this baby will be super chill, totally unlike our firstborn who is either a) in constant motion or b) asleep.

Gender: Sweet baby BOY – Owen Paul

Movement: I guess I already covered this one 🙂

Food Craving: Hmm…my cravings totally depend on the day. So right at this moment…really really cold ice water. Also, sausage balls, probably because I made them for a bridal shower this weekend and the leftovers are lurking in my fridge. Also, ironically, bell peppers…I love red & orange peppers + ranch. Mmm!

Sleep: Sleep is extra good because I busted out the Snoogle this week. When I was pregnant with Hudson I thought this contraption was over-rated, but Jordan got it for me as a gift sometime during my second trimester and then I ate my words.

Goodness gracious this thing is comfy!!! Even now when my belly is not big, it helps support my lower back & keeps me more comfortable at night. I love it. Although I am really glad we have a king sized bed because it takes up a fair amount of space.

Symptoms: No big news to report, I’m feeling good.

What I am looking forward to: We go see Dr. G on Friday and we’re doing our 2nd trimester ultrasound!

I am so ready to see my sweet little Owen!! 🙂

…and the other night I randomly dreamed during our sono they told me he was actually a girl…so…I kind of want to make sure it is really Owen in there 😉 

{current} Pregnancy Highlights for the Week: 19

How Far Along: 19 weeks (on July 16)

Fruit/Veggie: Heirloom Tomato.

Size: He is about 6 inches from the crown of his head to his bottom. (They don’t measure from head to toe for a while) At our sono last Friday he weighed about 9 ounces…which is right on track…this kiddo has measured {exactly} like they expect for a due date of Dec 10, 2011 every time we’ve seen him…but like he’ll really come out on that day! I’m betting/planning to be late again…my babies like to cook. Then if I’m not {and I’m at least 38 weeks} we can all do the happy dance together!

Baby changes: Sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. He can hear our voices now…isn’t that fun?! His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting {I hope he comes out with a bunch}. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid protect it. {Seriously, BabyCenter. Ick. Re-write that paragraph. I do not want to think about “pickling” and “my baby” in the same context.}

Best Moment this week: Getting to see Owen last Friday during our sono. It adds so much more real-ness & excitement.

Gender: Sweet baby BOY – Owen Paul

Movement: Noticing more & more squirms. My suspicions were confirmed during my sono…I’ve been thinking that I’ve noticed his movement less that I did with Hudson, remember? Well…I have been wondering if part of the reason is the position of my placenta. See…with Hudson, my placenta was posterior (which is a fancy way of saying “in the back of my uterus” so his kicks were a lot more noticeable even early on). This time around my placenta is anterior (which is the opposite of “posterior” meaning it is in the front of my uterus). So Owen has more to kick through and is harder to notice/feel. He is also harder to notice because I’m pretty busy chasing his brother around these days 😉 

Just in case you wish for me to use the word “placenta” even MORE  times in this post {wink} here are a few more random facts: my placenta could still move to a posterior position as my uterus grows. And last but not least, nope, the position doesn’t really affect labor & delivery at all. Not unless we are talking about placenta previa … which we are thankfully not!

So there you go! All you wanted to know and so much more, right {wink wink}. Sometimes the nurse in me just can’t keep quiet.

Food Craving: Fruit. When it is a bajillion degrees outside all I want to eat is fruit.

Sleep: We had one of those LONG weekends and sleep has been hard to come by. Not as in “I can’t go to/stay asleep” but as in “Seriously? It is already time to get up? Didn’t we just get into bed?”. Then I worked Sunday night and let me tell you…I really worked. I haven’t worked that hard in a long time…partly because I don’t go to work very often…but my assignment kept me especially busy!

Symptoms: I’ve had some round ligament pain and quite a bit of SIJ discomfort as my body is loosening up and stretching out & little guy is growing. Nothing terrible. Just a little annoying. My body pillow + some lower back/core exercises have really helped though.

What I am looking forward to: I am hoping Jordan will be able to feel our little squirmy guy some soon! Speaking of Jordan, I am really looking forward to some time with my hubby this week…we haven’t seen each other much recently. Wah!

I am also SUPER excited to see the final Harry Potter sometime this week!!! I’m a nerd…I know.




{belated} 4th of July pictures!

I found my camera transfer cable this morning! Just when I was about to give up hope. Yay!

So…here are the much belated July 4th pics.

We got some frozen yogurt at a place nearby our house…it was Hudson’s first time to have fro-yo & he was a big fan. We hadn’t ever been to this particular shop but it was SO good and cheap! Some places really price up their yogurt…but not this one. We will definitely go back! This was a fun 4th of July treat…perhaps a tradition will be born…

They are always so happy when I bust out the camera…

The kid has focus.


Then we went over to Liz & Kevin’s to celebrate with out home group friends. We were not only celebrating the 4th but also Mr. Andrew Cummings birthday…isn’t that fun that his birthday is on the 4th of July?? I would love fireworks on my birthday 🙂

This is Andrew & his wife Jan. We are super blessed to have this couple in our life! (a) they are about as cool as it gets. seriously. i’m amazed they are friends with us. (b) they love our kiddo like crazy…and the feeling is mutual…Hud adores them.

We got to see a pretty great firework display basically from Liz & Kevin’s backyard.

I was a little worried that the sound would scare Hud but we were far enough away that the “booms” were not crazy loud and he really seemed to enjoy watching all the sparkle-y lights! He is his Momma’s boy…

This is my favorite! I love my boys.

Why am I up so late?”

So there you go! Happy 4th of July everyone.