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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Six Month Checkup

I think most people know this from an earlier post, or if you just know me...that I got to share my first pregnancy with my little sister, and best friend. It wasn't planned that way...just worked out and has been so much fun.

Here is a picture that brings back some memories...looks like I swallowed a basketball and I promise...my sister IS pregnant...that's not a shadow on her shiny shirt. This is one of Briggs and Brooks first pictures together...aren't they cute :)



And here they are July 4th all tucked in the nap nanny (for those of you saying.."the what?"..that's the chair they are sitting in). That would make them both about 6 weeks old..give or take a week.






Today was our 6 month checkups and shots...BOO! Briggs did really good and was all smiles until they started messing with him..poor baby :(

Things we are doing now...
  • rolling all over the floor
  • reaching for mommy and daddy
  • crying when mommy leaves the room
  • crossing midline while holding objects
  • laughing out loud
  • jabbering, cooing and gooing
  • can sit up by himself 10+ seconds
  • he has some crazy little scream/squeal he likes to do ALL DAY LONG but I like the sweet little sounds...just saying...he has found his "big boy voice" as his teacher says
  • and of course he gets so stinking cute with every day
  • Our stats today were:

head circum: 17 1/4

weight: 18lb 9 oz (70th %ile)

height: 27 in (70th %ile)


And here is Briggs' older cousin, Brooks (by only one week to the day). We are about to have a big trip to Florida where we will get to play, roll, jabber, eat and hang out....WE CAN'T WAIT!!!

Brooks and his big brother Cade don't get enough blog time..I'll try to do a better job at that..but anyway, today Brooks and Briggs both went to the doctor for checkups. Brooks is doing all kinds of fun stuff just like Briggs. It's been so fun to share pregnancies, birth, and now stories of our babies growing up with my sister. Just wanted to give Brooks some blog time and give his stats from today:

Head circ: 97th percentile (she didn't send me the #)

weight: 17lb 130z (50th %tile)

height: 26 1/4 in (25-50th %ile)





I couldn't put Brooks on here and leave Cade out. So...here are Briggs' older cousins. They are too cute! If they look like they might be kind of REALLY CLOSE IN AGE...well, you're thinking right. They are 13 months apart! Yep...BIG SIGH...my sister definitely has her hands full. But she will be the first to tell you...she loves her boys more than life itself, she is a fabulous mom and even though it's harder some days than others, it's really fun to have them so close together.


And here is another pic of them in their chairs. Too cute!



As you can all see...these are some of the cutest kids...EVER! It's always fun to compare stories, numbers and pictures. As I said earlier..I'll try to do a better job of getting these kiddos some more blog time. I'm sure we will have lots of pics and fun things to share from next week in Florida so stay tuned :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Road Trip

Have you ever wondered what our road trips look like these days? Well thank goodness we upgraded from the Civic b/c there is no way we would have ever fit all this mess in that little car.

Here is what the back of our car looks like...

And here is how to change a diaper on the road...in mommy's lap. Thankfully the little wizzer didn't do anything crazy or we both would have been in trouble.



This is how to entertain a 6 month old when he is delirious from riding in the car for too long. Don't worry folks, we are parked at a rest stop.



Here is another entertaining thing for him to do...let him stand in his car seat and chew on the visor...again...parked at a gas station.

And here is what it looks like when your 6 month old is tired and ready to get out of his seat.


Sweet boy...he couldn't take anymore. He finally gave up and slept for a little bit.


Sweet boy...I will say most of the time he was pretty happy but only because I sat in the back with him the whole time and provided all the entertainment, for the 8 hour trip (that used to be 6 hours..haha).


Our Thanksgiving trip was successful...had a good visit with family and made the whole round trip with only a few meltdowns.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Briggs Update

Even though I'm a few days late on getting this post together...just wanted to share with yall one little boy who has made us so thankful this year. Our lives have changed drastically, but in the best way possible. We love the new addition to our family more than words can say. Here are a few of our recent favorite pics:

Helping mommy shop. He can't quite sit up by himself, so he had a little help with the yarn stuffed in around him. And he was trying to eat the yarn so, in went the paci.


Sitting like a big boy :)


My two guys...this picture melts my heart.


Playing in his little standing toy...he likes being up off the ground now.


A seriously LONG car ride to N Louisiana. He was sweet MOST of the time...only a few meltdowns.


Geaux Tigers! Briggs and Mommy eating with Daddy in Homewood.


And finally...our little man at Thanksgiving...in his turkey outfit. Gotta love that little face.


We have so many things to be thankful for and this little guy is definitely one of them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Smoothie

Thought I would share my new breakfast recipe. Even though it looks like a lot of ingredients, it really isn't as bad as it looks and only takes just a few minutes.


Ingredients:
orange juice (however much you want to make it as thin or thick as you want)
1-2 T lime juice
one serving size of whey protein powder
4-5 frozen strawberries
4-5 leaves spinach
1/2 avacado
1/2 banana

Just put all that in a blender or...my favorite...the magic bullet and blend up. Then drink it :)

This what it looks like before blending...

And this is what it looks like after.... I promise...it's really good!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our New Frig

I have posted before about our FABULOUS Mother's Day Out teachers! Go here to read all about them. We can't say enough about how much we LOVE Briggs' teachers and the school where he is two mornings a week. And as you can see below..they do such cute stuff with him that, as a parent, is something I will treasure always.

Here is Briggs smiling with his happy little self. People ask me...is he always that happy...yep, pretty much. Unless he is hungry or tired, he is smiling. :)

Even with bilateral ear infections, the doctor couldn't believe how happy he was...that's my baby!


Can you guess what body part they made the pumpkin from?...his booty!...thought that was hilarious. And then of course the stems are from his feet.


Happy Thanksgiving yall!


Then a tree with is little toes as the leaves....

I love this picture....little chunker...with his bald head. We are thinking ONE DAY we might get some hair


And I had to put this one in there. They were trying to get him to smile for the picture above and he was tired and hungry so this is the face he gave them...I crack up every time I look at it. It's hard to see...but he is poking that bottom lip out big time. Ha!

And just a sidenote...I love the fact that they thought to print this for me. I mean...how cute is that face and something I've been trying to get on camera but every time he does this pouty face I haven't been able to get my camera fast enough. That's what I'm saying about his AWESOME TEACHERS!


And now...I'm "that" mom, with my frig covered in all my baby's artwork, but I LOVE IT. Funny how things change because before I had a baby my house was all neat, organized and everything had a place. We still try to be kind of in that spectrum but as you can see by our frig...things have changed a little. But I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Encouragement Can


Have you ever felt discouraged, sad, frustrated, or just need a little encouragement in the Word? Or..have you ever wanted to memorize more scripture and don't know where to start?

Why not get an Encouragement Can. It's a can filled with 20 scriptures on a little card that is great to hang on your frig, bathroom mirror...wherever is easy to see during the day and give you a little encouragement. There is also an option to add 20 additional scriptures for $3 on Marriage and Family, Salvation, God's faithfulness, Worry & Anxiety or Psalms. The can costs $12. Now I know some you crafty people could just make this yourself...OR...you could support my friend and order it from her :)

*SPOILER ALERT*

Here is a little teaser of what you will get inside your can:

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, ' says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10

Just a little glimpse of what you will be getting...SEE...don't you feel encouraged already :)

Seriously, this is a great little idea and once you're done with your encouragement can, it's a great thing to pass along to a friend who might need a little encouragement. So, if you're looking for a different kind of Christmas present, this might be just the thing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Omelet

This "recipe" isn't really earth-shattering or anything. Just thought I would switch it up a little...this is some stuff I had in the frig and threw together to make a REALLY YUMMY omelet.

One thing I'm learning with motherhood is...eating is a thing of the past. I kind of have to grab something when I can and keep moving most of the time. And I don't always have time to throw something like this together, but I will say...I've learned to multi-task and lots of times I'm cooking an egg while I'm washing dishes or fixing a bottle...I might have to eat it later when it's cold, but isn't that what microwaves are for :)


So all I did was throw some mushrooms, spinach, grape tomatoes, salt/pepper to taste and a little cheese on an egg. I was actually loading the dishwasher while I was making this. I just dumped everything on the egg in the skillet and after a few minutes, flipped it over. Very yummy! I know it might take longer than opening a granola bar package, but if you cook it while you're accomplishing something else, it doesn't feel like it takes quite as long. And you're being productive at the same time. I mean...I had to load the dishwasher anyway, so why not have an omelet as a reward when I'm finished :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Do It Yourself - Pottery Painting

My friend Amy (pictured below) has a tradition she started when her little boy, Brayden (also below) was a baby. She started going to this fun place...Do It Yourself Crafts, in Homewood, AL. Its a place that has tons of different plates, bowls, cannisters, ornaments...you name it, they've got it. You pick out whatever you want to paint on and the rest goes as follows:

Once you have picked the item(s) you want to paint, then you have to decide on your design. There are books with examples of past projects or there are finished pieces of pottery sitting out that can help inspire your creative side. Amy and I opted for doing Christmas plates and a few other items for me that will remain disclosed until a later date...Christmas presents for family members...who read this blog :)

I will say...at first I wasn't a fan of doing a Christmas plate. I went in thinking I wanted to do something not so specific to a holiday...but the lady who works there swayed me otherwise. She said she does a Christmas plate with her little boy every year and she loves getting them out to serve things on at the holidays. So anyway...here is how our day went.

There wasn't anybody else there so we pretty much got one-on-one attention. Here is Brayden getting his little foot painted.



Brayden using his fingers to do the Christmas lights around the edge of his plate...couldn't get a smile b/c he was concentrating :)


Brayden's finished product...


And now it's Briggs turn. First she painted his foot...(and I just gotta say...look at those rolls on that fat little leg...MMM...LOVE IT!)


And we just smooshed (is that a word?) it on the plate...it was a joint effort to get it exactly in the right spot without him wiggling too much...


Here he is working on something with his hands...I promise to show the finished product later..like after Christmas...b/c it is TOO CUTE! :)

I will say...Brayden is two and Briggs is 5 1/2 months....so it was interesting to see how we got to the end product. They had different techniques for the different ages, and the ladies working there were very helpful.



Here is Briggs final product. We opted for a reindeer with just his feet since he is so little...

Overall...it was a really fun experience and hopefully a place we can continue to go and make keepsakes and memories for years to come. Thanks for inviting us Amy and Brayden!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Two Bean Minestrone


1 can (15 oz) dark red kidney beans, drained
1 can (15-16 oz) garbanzo beans, drained
1 bag (1 lb) frozen mixed vegetables
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
1 large vegetarian vegetable bouillon cube
1 can (11.5 oz) vegetable juice
1 C water
1/2 C uncooked elbow macaroni
6 tsp refrigerated basil pesto

Spray 3 to 4 quart slow cooker with cooker spray. In cooker, mix all ingredients except macaroni and pesto. Cover, cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours. Stir in macaroni. Cover, cook on low setting about 15 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender. Top each serving with tsp of pesto.

This is a great winter dish. I haven't ever been able to fine the vegetable bouillon cube, so I just leave it out and I have found it takes a little more water. So when I add the pasta (which I just use what I have...like this last time I had some penne pasta and it was yummy in this dish), I often add a little more water to help cook the noodles. And I usually add more like half a bag of pasta...helps stretch the recipe further. Enjoy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

E-Mealz

Don't know if this meal looks appetizing...but it sure was yummy when Justin and I had it last week. On top of that, it was VERY easy to make. All I had to do was cut up potatoes, onion, sausage and open a can of green beans, then cook in the crock pot all day. Easy...right?

Well this is an example of a meal that is provided by one of my new favorite websites...E-Mealz. It costs $15 every 3 months. You choose the store where you shop and the size of your family. The website does the work and creates meals and a shopping list for you based on sale items for that week.


Every week, the website publishes a menu with 5 meals paired with a shopping list that is arranged in the layout of the store you pick. I write all over my list b/c it only has what you need for the meals and I shop for other things at Publix. As I said before, the website uses the sales for your store to create the menu and shopping list which is also cost efficient. It's definitely worth a try, at least for 3 months ($15). Now...you do have to actually use it to get the bang for your buck. It does help you eat at home as a family more and brings variety to your diet.


I might only use two or three meals out of the list b/c even though we have picked the plan for 2, we can usually get 2 nights out of whatever I cook. Which I like b/c that means I don't have to cook every single night. Sometimes to save a little more, I might substitute a few ingredients with something I already have stocked up from sales.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Date Night

Can anybody guess why we might all be dressed in LSU clothes? That would be because Justin and I left our baby for a whole night...went to Tuscaloosa...and watched the Tigers barely pull out a win against Bama! It was a hard thing for me to leave Briggs for that long...but we left him in very capable hands. So, here we all are dressed in our LSU clothes...ready for the game (couldn't get my little buddy to smile b/c he had just woken up).


I have heard stories of when first time moms leave their babies...I tried not to be "that" mom...but there were a few things I couldn't help but do. To make it easier for our babysitters and then to give me piece of mind... so here was my prep work...


Dinner for Celeste and David (babysitters). Since they were going to be here all night, they had to eat...right?

All of Briggs food set out so all they had to do was mix it up and feed him...


Everything written down just in case they had any questions...which was a good thing I did b/c I DIDN'T HAVE CELL RECEPTION DURING THE WHOLE GAME!!!!!...stupid AT&T!


Entertainment for the night...what else...movie and popcorn


And original plan was for them to spend the night b/c it was going to be such a late one...so I had their bed all ready and a gift bag of goodies b/c they insisted we don't pay them...(they did get to go home though b/c we got home at 12:15, which was 11:15 since the clocks got turned back)


Here are Briggs' awesome babysitters. I can't even express how wonderful these precious friends are to us..."Uncle" David and "Aunt" Celeste. I wouldn't have left Briggs with just anybody and I honestly wasn't worried about him. I just hated leaving him for so long...but we did have a good time and it looks like Briggs did too. When I realized I wasn't going to get cell reception, I had a little FREAK OUT moment. But the fact that I knew Briggs was with these two smiling faces, and the friends we were with, were able to call out with their cells. I did call and check on him a few times...only 3 which I think was pretty good considering... :)

But when we got back to the car and my phone was able to receive messages...I had 21 waiting for me and Briggs' whole night documented. I didn't include all of them but here is a little glimpse of how much fun Briggs had while mommy and daddy were gone...

He had just gotten finished eating...and was just hanging out with Aunt Celeste and Uncle David.

Doing a little work with Uncle David...


Went for a walk around the neighborhood..his favorite thing to do. It was his naptime...so he fell asleep at the end and they laid him down for a little snooze.


Playing in his exersaucer...notice the cushion under him so he can touch the ground...GENIOUS!


And now I'm sure you can all see the sleepy eyes...he was ready for bed and all snuggly in his pj's.


And here are mommy and daddy at the football game. It was a fun night...I will say...the Alabama fans were, for the most part, really nice to us. Good thing...since we were surrounded by them for the whole game! We only had one guy get upset we were shaking our pom-poms and started yelling at us, and one thing got thrown at us when we won...but most of the fans genuinely congratulated us as we were walking out. We had good seats and got to do a few cheers and dances with the LSU band since we were sitting close to them.


And here we are...Ben and Jennifer...our friends we went to the game with (notice THEIR thumbs up and OUR thumbs down). It was funny...b/c the crowds were insane there...so there were many times we were all holding hands. Ben was leading (b/c he knew the way), Jennifer was holding onto him, we (me and Jennifer) were holding hands, and Justin was holding onto me. One Alabama fan asked me and Jennifer..."Are yall still going to be friends when this is over". OF COURSE!...IT'S JUST A GAME PEOPLE! But I am glad we won :)


And to finish off a fun weekend...Justin and I woke up and made a celebratory breakfast...chocolate chip pancakes and eggs...YUM!