19 1/2 Weeks! 3rd Pregnancy Update

It’s hard to believe, but I’m only two short days away from 20 weeks (the half way mark).  Time is certainly flying by with this pregnancy.  With my first son, I impatiently counted the days. With my second son, I was impatiently counting the weeks and reading every thing baby related that I could get my hands on.  (My first two sons are ten years apart, so my second pregnancy was like starting all over again.)  But with the hustle and bustle of taking care of two kids, I find myself losing track.  It has been difficult to slow down and take it all in, too.  On one hand, it is my last pregnancy so I want to slow down and enjoy it, BUT on the other hand, I want it to fly by so I can be done with it already, lol.  I’m so wish-washy. : ) 

My baby bump is bigger this time, too! They say it is normal though when you have kiddos back to back!

 Now I want to answer some of the more common questions that I receive.  (This other blogger did this and I think it’s a good idea.)

When are you due?

Friday, April 20, 2012

 What are you having, boy/girl?
We are having a GIRL! Yay!

Where are you having the baby?

I’m using a midwife at a birthing center in Denton, TX.  I haven’t decided yet if I want to give birth there at the center or in the hospital.  I’m leaning with hospital; considering my experiences with my other labor/deliveries.

Are you exhausted?
Extremely!  I’m so busy and tired that I just want to scream sometimes, lol! : )

Any names, yet?
Yes! We haven’t fully decided, but it is either Rory Lucille or Lucy Elise.

Make Ahead Breakfast-Egg Muffins

Here is a tutorial for a couple of my friends who have asked about meal ideas…ahem…Lori.

This recipe is cheap, easy, and versatile!  You can plop whatever you want into this, like broccoli and cheese.  Get creative!  

 These are husband approved, Sausage & Cheese Egg Muffins.

Yes, these were on a paper plate, so sue me! ;o)

What you will need: 

8 Eggs

1/2 tsp baking powder and Salt & Pepper to taste

Now add your wet ingredients which are: 1/4 of milk & 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil    
Now whisk together
Once it looks like this, spray your muffin pan with non stick cooking spray, then pour it onto your pan.

Now you can add your ground up sausage and shredded cheese to this.

Now just pop it into a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 mins.  


Green Acres

pic source google images

I was told that I MUST tell this story that happened to my hubs and I on Saturday.  I title this:

A Day In The Life Of Green Acres
Before I begin, I have to tell you this important part that will later play out in the events on Saturday.  So let me rewind back to Friday, when we had the wonderful surprise of our washing machine flooding our laundry room floor, which has some sort of hook-up to our septic tank, which made the house smell very. very. VERY. badly.  Did I mention,very?  After the stinky clean-up we had to open up the house to air out, to prevent our noses from falling off our faces.  Then on Saturday, it flooded again! So it was another day that the doors were open.
Okay, so now that you have that in the back of your mind, lets move on with the story.  I hope you find humor in it.  😉
Fast forward through to Saturday night, after a long day of overtime for Bubba, and a long day of dealing with the nastiness of the wash room for me; we finally settled onto the couch and chair, relaxing after a hearty meal.  We have the front door still open in an attempt to air out the house, when suddenly we hear a thud come from the front of the door.  Bubba having the most direct view, quickly yelled, “SKUNK! Shut the front door, quick!”  In a panic, we both jumped up from our cozy seats, me tripping over the coffee table and Bubba tripping over baby toy’s. 
Now, you have to imagine this scenario in your head in slow motion with me yelling, “Noooooo-oooo!”
By the time I slammed the door, Bubba and I looked at each other with an intense stare…waiting.
It only took about three seconds before we sniffed the air and the horrible. nasty. most revolting smell wafted through the living room like tear gas.  As soon as the odor touched our nostrils, we took off running to our bedroom like two little kids, slamming the door behind us, as if this would somehow help.
This is the moment, inside our bedroom, that my inner hillbilly came out.  I thought I buried it long ago, but I obviously didn’t bury it deep enough, because in a rage I hollered, “Bubba! Go get your shot gun and go shoot that son-of-a-bleep!”  (My husbands name being Bubba didn’t help this situation.)

So, Bubba grabbed his shot gun, loaded it and headed outside in search of this critter.  Yes, I just said critter.  I’m living on Green Acres, remember?
After about five minutes of being outside, I hear Bubba screamin’ my name.  I scurry to the back screen door, “What is it?”
“It was Kitty!” Bubba said.
Bubba goes on to explain, waving his hands around for extra emphasis, “Kitty was sprayed by the skunk in the face.  Her eyes are all swollen shut, she’s foaming at the mouth and she has snot strings down to her chin!  She is all wet, too.”
I’m sorry cat lovers, but I couldn’t help myself.  I laughed my ass off.  That’s what she gets for trying to sniff another animals butt.
At this point, between our laughter, Bubba rounds up Nate to help hunt this skunk.
I can’t tell you how much time went by before I heard my grown husband frantically hollering like a little school girl from outside.  I freaked out because I have only heard my husband scream once in our marriage, so I know he must be in some sort of trouble.  By this time, he is screaming for Nathans help, so I know something is up. 
Rushing to my husbands rescue, I quickly set the baby in his crib and I run through the kitchen to hall door that was closed in an attempt to seal off the stink.  Unfortunately for me, my fat dog was laying behind that door, so when I opened it, it was as if I had hit a brick wall.  This brick wall, aka my dog, caused me to eat the door with my face and jam my big toe so hard against the carpet that it rubbed off my nail polish.  I actually had a moment of panic thinking my nail had ripped off, but it wasn’t, thank God. 
Trying to move past my now panicked dog, I trip over her in the hallway.  Ticked off at this point I told her to be still and I hobbled outside to see what in the world this ruckus was about.
Now next to my husband and annoyed, I asked “What’s wrong with you?”
He goes on to tell me this:
Well, I was laying here on the ground looking at Kitty (she had crawled underneath the house with the skunk and Bubba was laying on his stomach with a flash light trying to coax her out.) when I felt something wet hit my face. 
I freaked out and jumped up screaming, “I’ve been sprayed in the face! I’ve been sprayed!”
—Now you have to imagine that my husband popped up so fast, you would think there must have been a fire lit underneath him.—
With Bubba’s face crinkled up like a prune, he screams for Nathan.  “Nathan! Nathan! Quick, SMELL MY FACE!”
Nathan is laughing so hard, he can barely stand up.  He tells Bubba, “Calm down Dad!” 
“No Nathan, smell my face!”
“Dad! It’s just water from that leaky pipe.  It happened to me too!”
I’m in tears writing this, just so you know.  Funniest thing ever.
After I laughed so hard and nearly peed my pants, I think to myself,
So Folks, this is what happens when you take a couple of suburbanites and move them to the country.  They temporarily lose  their marbles in situations they are not accustomed to being in.
I hope you enjoyed my story and even chuckled a little bit. 
PS- Just in case you were wondering about Kitty, she is doing just fine.  Her eyes were red in the corners and very stinky, but she pulled through.

Fall Decor

I was looking for a cheap fall decor project I could do for about $2. So I bought this glass holder for .97 cents at Wal-Mart and $1.88 for the scented candle, also from Wal-Mart.  

The little acorns were gathered by my wonderful, PATIENT son, Nathan.  He tediously went into the yard and picked them up from the ground, One. By. One. What can I say except that he LOVES his Mama! ;0)  He makes me happy : )

**Side Note**

I had originally planned to use my dead corn stalks  from my garden that couldn’t survive through our horrible summer this year.  
I was going to hot glue them all around the glass and then wrap a couple of strings of yarn around it, but the corn stalks were moldy…yuck.

It’s A Girl

My morning teetered on the verge of disaster. Things just were not going my way! But all of it was blown out of the water when we found out we were having a baby GIRL!! After two boys & this being my last pregnancy, it is such a blessing to be having a girl. It is what we were hoping for to complete our family! Woot woot!
I’m taking name suggestions! So far we like Rory Lucille.
Here’s some photos:

Halloween 2011

 This year, I teamed up with my friend Hillary and her kiddos for trick-or-treating.  We did a lot of walking and had a lot of fun! I can’t wait for next year to roll around!

 From left to right: Scout, Nathan, Lane, couple of Haliee’s friends, Grayson, H. friend again, Haliee as the cop, and a couple more of H. friends.  LOL.

 This is Nathan and Scout again…


All three of us together

 This is Bubba and Nathan at the Reindeer Manor Haunted House in Red Oak, Texas.  They had a blast.

These were also from the haunted house…