Thursday, May 31, 2012

What IF Part 2

So our ultrasound is TOMORROW!!!!  It got moved up and I am so thankful!  I can not wait!  So as long as baby cooperates we will find out if we have a little boy or a little girl joining our little family!  I figured I better get on What If Part 2! 

What if its a girl:
Name: Michaela Lynn
Nursery theme: I'm going to call it Happy Owls.  I love the bright colors and I think the owls are fun!!

The room has blue carpet and since I'm thinking I want to be frugal and not change it this set will work out well!  I also want to paint the room that bright punch color in the bedding.  Jake isn't too thrilled about this but I think it will turn out amazing!

Crib: This will be the same if its a boy or a girl!
We already have a dresser and a lower dresser (that will be used as a changer) that we will be repainting to go with this crib! I love the idea of reusing some old furniture! Plus it used to be my grandmas set so that means a lot to me to get to have it go to our new baby! This is what we want to paint it to look like:


I just love the 2 toned effect! So this is what the dressers we have to work with look like now. Totally doable. Just will take some time.

Rocker: I'm so totally stoked that I will get to reuse my rocker from my nursery for this new one! It is in great shape. I will probably repaint it to go with the dresser/crib theme. Right now it is just white with a vine painted along the top. This is the rocking chair cover I want to get:


So that is just a little bit of my what ifs "if" its a girl!

Until Next Time!  (And hopefully the big reveal!)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What if Part 1:

So all this baby stuff makes my head spin!  I love it...  the planning, the looking at little clothes, the nursery sets...  That being said I could never wait till the baby was born to find out what we are having.  (Well, since that option to find out is there I could never wait)  I am counting down the days till we find out actually...  46 days...  Seems like forever!  Anyways, I thought I'd share with you some of my what ifs!

What if its a boy:

Name:  Michael Jacob

Nursery theme:  Some sort of racing.  I don't want black and white checkers everywhere.  I want baby still represented!  I think I found just the set:

I love the colors.  I love the cute way the animals are "racing"!  The room already has blue carpet in it so it would work out perfectly!  I would probably paint the walls the green that is in the car and grass.  Love it!

Crib:  This will be the same if its a boy or a girl!

We already have a dresser and a lower dresser (that will be used as a changer) that we will be repainting to go with this crib!  I love the idea of reusing some old furniture!  Plus it used to be my grandmas set so that means a lot to me to get to have it go to our new baby!  This is what we want to paint it to look like:

I just love the 2 toned effect!  So this is what the dressers we have to work with look like now.  Totally doable.  Just will take some time.

Rocker:  I'm so totally stoked that I will get to reuse my rocker from my nursery for this new one!  It is in great shape.  I will probably repaint it to go with the dresser/crib theme.  Right now it is just white with a vine painted along the top.  This is the rocking chair cover I want to get:

So that is just a little bit of my what ifs "if" its a boy! 

Until Next Time!

Friday, April 27, 2012

I was MIA

So I obviously have been MIA!  I thought about the blog and how I wanted to write...  I just didn't...  I want to get back at it again... 

Since I've been pregnant... 

~ I haven't menu planned.  I just couldn't follow it.  I couldn't eat things that were planned out for me.  I didn't have the energy to make the planned items.  I also couldn't stand the thought of food after about 3:00.  I never had morning sickness.  I have late evening food thoughts making me gag sickness...

~ I haven't done any of the 52 week organization.  My kitchen has been slightly messy since I had it all organized.  I feel awful about this but alas I have been too tired to do anything about it.  Overwhelmed really at the thought of cleaning out toys and getting a new nursery together...

I am 13 weeks pregnant now.  I am finally getting into my 2nd trimester.  I am feeling a little better and getting over the late evening sickness.  Baby seems to be doing well in there!  I am so anxious to find out what we are having.  We will not find out until mid June which is killing be because I will be 21 weeks I believe!  Chrissy is very excited now about her new sibling and wants to buy baby stuff all the time.  I have to keep reminding her that we do not know what it is yet and we should wait.  She then agrees...  I have already started saving items to my amazon wish list for the nursery.  I will share items in a following post!  One for if it is a boy and one for if it is a girl...  We have been calling the baby - Baby "M".  Why?  Because it is the first initial for both the boy or girl's name!  (I'll have to share our reasoning behind that later!)

So here is my 12 Week "belly" shot... 

Until Next Time!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Menu Monday

Its Monday again!  You know what that means...

So last week I didn't follow my plan that great!  Opps...  I did however eat items in the house so I didn't really spend too much extra money!  So some of these items are going to be a repeat from last week...  I am going to include recipes for some things that I thought I had linked last week and didn't...  OPPS!  That was brought to my attention later in the week by a friend!  Sorry!!!

Monday:  Lasguna

My mouth is watering thinking about this!  I had this on the menu last week but I accidentally bought tomato paste instead of tomato sauce so I couldn't make it...  That made me sad!  LOL!!!  Here is the recipe for it:

Hope you can read that!!!

Tuesday:  Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchilada

Campbell's Soup recipe!  Amazing!  If you haven't tried it you should!!!

Wednesday:  Mongolian Beef

I credit my love for Mongolian Beef to pregnancy with Chrissy!  I couldn't get enough "hot" food.  I am so sad because the restaurant I would get this at closed and I was left with no Mongolian beef...  Until I found this packet!  I will admit that it is not hot but it is super easy and very very yummy!  I am going to experiment this time with some chili sauce I found in the isle where I get the seasoning packet and see if I can spice it up a notch!  Oh I can not wait till Wednesday gets here! 

Thursday:  Italian Wine Chicken

This has been on the menu for weeks and kept getting pushed off.  I'm not sure why.  Lack of motivation I guess.  I am going to premake it on Wednesday so Thursday morning I only have to throw it in the crock pot and turn it on.  This way I will not have to think about it and there for will not push it off another week!

This was on a previous Menu Monday but in case you missed it here is the recipe:

4 Chicken Breasts
1/4 cup white wine
1 pkg of good seasons Italian salad dressing mix

Brown chicken.  Place in crock pot.  Sprinkle with salad dressing.  Add wine... 
Cover and cook on high for 6+ hours. 

I usually then serve it with noodles and pasta sauce.

Friday:  Movie Night

Saturday:  Chicken Squares

Jake's favorite food!  They are pretty awesome I will admit!

Here is the link to the recipe.  I was going to post my original but its quite torn and looks very "loved"...  LOL

Sunday:  Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

 This was pushed off from the previous week.  I didn't feel like cutting up all of the vegetables.  I know...  Slacker!  Well, I have it on the menu again this week and this week I'm actually feeling it...  So I can't wait to make it! 

Here is the recipe:

If this is too small to read click on it and it will make the picture bigger for you! 

So there you have my meal plan for the week!  I wonder how much my groceries will be this week because I am pretty low on EVERYTHING in the house! 

What are you having? 

Until tomorrow!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Big Sister Craft

So as you have found out we are expecting #2 in October!  We are still over the moon about our little surprise!  Anyways, we had to come up with an idea to tell our parents! 

Well, it worked out to our advantage that my godfather's wife, Beckie, had her birthday on March 1st.  Since she was still in Arizona and wouldn't be back till the 2nd we decided to do a dinner with my parents, Jake's parents, and Beckie and Rich ("adopted" grandparents!) Friday night.  Then we would go back to our house for cake.  Jake and I planned to have Chrissy run downstairs with a "big sister" shirt and see who notices first!

So we went online and looked at some shirts that we could get...  these are a few that we found...

So to get one of these shirts here in time for our announcement we would have to pay an arm and a leg!  So what's the next best thing...  Actually not sure why I didn't think of it first?  If you guessed I make it myself you would be right on!!!

So I didn't take pictures of the process.  I know bad me!!!  I got all the supplies at Hobby Lobby except for the shirt.  That I got from Target.  Make sure you wash and dry the shirt before applying the iron transfers. 

So here is the end result:

Here it is on Chrissy:

Not the best picture but you get the point!  She insisted she hold her bouncy balls in the picture and I wanted her to hold still so I let her! 
I am soooo happy with the way it turned out and I actually like it better than any of the ones I could have gotten online or in a store!!  It's also handmade so it is special too.  A keepsake! 

Until Tomorrow!


So we came back from Arizona and low and behold I am exhausted!  I couldn't keep my eyes open Monday afternoon and Chrissy and I just laid in the living room and napped off and on!  I felt like I was coming down with a cold.  Not feeling right.  Sinus stuff. 

Tuesday, still EXHAUSTED even though I slept really good the night before.  I took Chrissy to school and went to do my normal weekly grocery shopping. 

I have very strange cycles and tend to miss months every so often so I think I just pushed off the date in my head.  So I am not sure what made me realize that I was "late".  I worked up the courage to get a pregnancy test because even though I'm 30 I still feel odd buying one.  I decided that since every time I usually buy one its negative and I hate myself for spending the money on them I went to the dollar store and got one there.  I didn't want to take it because this is what usually happens to me...  I'm late, I buy a test, I take the test, its negative, and the next day I start.  I was going to wait to take it so I wouldn't waste the money even though it was only a $1 this time.  I know cheapskate me!  LOL!!! 

So anyways, I take the test later.  I do what it says and the directions say results in 3 min.  So I'm sitting there playing with my phone and I swear to you not 1 min later this is what I see:

So of course I call Jake...  I said I think this is saying I'm pregnant?!?  Well, I couldn't believe my eyes!  REALLY!!!  So we had to go out and get the digital one because could we really trust a $1 store test...  LOL


So there you have it!  SURPRISE!  We are in shock!  Since my cycles are such a mess we believe we are having an October baby!  I am hoping they give me an ultrasound soon so we can confirm that!

So many of you might be wondering why we are so surprised...  We tried for over a year to have Chrissy and ended up on fertility treatments to get pregnant with her.  This time we just played it by ear.  We weren't trying but we weren't stopping anything.  Its been over 4 months probably more like 6 that we've been doing that and nothing happened.  I was just under the impression that we would need help again.  We were shocked and blessed with this miracle!  Overjoyed!!! 

Until tomorrow!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Shamrock Wreath

Long time no blog...  I know, I know!  I'm back and promise I'll get back on track.  I just realized this morning I must be way behind on my 52 week organization!  Yikes!  Afraid to look at what I missed and what I have to catch up on!

So anyways, I decided this week it was about time to take down my Valentine's Day decorations...  I know I'm totally slacking!  I needed a new wreath for the back of my front door though...  Off to the dollar store I went! 

Here is what I got:

I got 4 packs of cut out shamrocks and a wreath form.  I already had the mod podge as you've seen from other posts!

So I started off by covering the edges of the form.  I did this my overlapping the shamrocks so nothing was showing.  I also only used the non glittered ones.  No particular reason just my preference!

This was super tricky to keep them from sliding around and sticking to the form.  If I had to do it again I would probably use a different glue but I am at a loss as to what I'd use so I can't help you on that! 

Once I went all the way around I moved to the inside...  For this I precut the shamrocks to fit the inside perfectly. 

Once I let it dry a little bit I trimmed the shamrocks that were on the front of the wreath so I had a flatter surface to start applying the glittered shamrocks on.

I did 1 layer of shamrocks and really thought it was turning out great!  I wanted a little more though so I added another layer!

I need to take another shot of this at a different angle.  I took this as I was running out the door so it isn't the best picture!  I really like the way it turned out though!

Total Project Cost:  $5

Did you make any shamrock wreaths?  Now to start thinking about Easter....  HUM....

Until Tomorrow!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Menu Monday

Well, I'm back from the warm state of Arizona...  I already pre-planned my weekly meals so I won't have to think too hard this week for planning.  I actually have a lot of the ingredients too so I should make out well at the store!

So I know you want your mouth to water with all the yumminess I have planned:

Frozen Pizzas  (I know I know this isn't fun, but since I just got home this morning I do not want to think about cooking tonight!)
Jake eats Home Run Inn Sausage and Pepperoni

I eat Gino's Deep Dish Cheese. 

Crispy Cheddar Chicken
I've blogged this one on a previous Menu Monday!  It was amazing the last time we had it.  I wished that I had made more that time so I will definitely be making more this time!!!  If you haven't tried it yet you should!

Juicy Hamburgers and Homemade Fries

This has been on a previous Menu Monday too!  We do eat hamburgers and fries often but I make them at home so they aren't fast food bad for you! 

This was on a Menu Monday a couple of weeks ago but I didn't have a picture and a recipe.  So I took a picture of it that time and here is the recipe.  Its more of a mock lasagna but it is from an old weight watchers book so it shouldn't be too bad for you!  I also made this Thursday's meal because I can premake it on Tuesday (my day off work) and Jake can just cook it so it is hot and ready to eat when I get home!

Movie Night

Italian Chicken with Provolone Cheese and Smashed Potatoes

No picture.  I will have to take one when I cook it.  Super easy though.  Marinate chicken breasts in Zesty Italian Salad dressing, grilled, and when cooked through top with Provolone Cheese and let melt.  Smashed Potatoes were featured previously on a menu Monday!  Another recipe that if you have never tried you should!!

Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
This is a recipe from a dear friend and it is sooooooooo good!  Another old weight watchers recipe. 

What are you having this week for dinner?

Until Tomorrow!