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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Briggs

I can't believe it has already been a whole year since my little guy was born.  Looking back at my blog has been a good reminder of just how blessed we are to have him here safe and sound.  I had a great pregnancy but things got a little rocky toward the end.

Now Briggs is full of energy, moving all over the place, happy all/most of the time and very fun -loving.   Justin took some pics of Briggs with his smash cake so I could put one on his bday invite.  I know it's a little overboard...but I couldn't pick, so I included all of them :)

Enjoy...















Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Anniversary

33 years ago my parents said these words to each other...

I take thee Rhonda, in the presence of God and these witnesses, to be my wedded wife.  Under the direction of our Lord and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I will dwell with you according to knowledge, I will honor you as the weaker vessel, and as my joint heir to the grace of life.  Recognizing the authority of God and His Word, I will endeavor by the Grace of our Lord, to love you as Christ loves the church and to be to you, as Christ Jesus is to me prophet, priest and king.

I take thee Bob, in the presence of God and these witnesses, to be my wedded husband.  Under the direction of our Lord, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I will adorn myself with a meek and quiet Spirit, as did Sarah to Abraham calling him lord, which is in the sight of God of great price.  Recognizing the authority of God and His Word, I will endeavor to submit myself unto you as unto the Lord, and will so order my life, that our children may call me blessed, and I will find praise in thee.


And now they have:
  • three of the most amazing kids
  • three grandsons who are even more amazing
  • two sons-in-law who they love as their own
  • a dog named Bullet
  •  so many memories with all of the above
  • and are honestly more deeply in love and live out these words in front of all of us.
Love you both...yall have been a great example of what a Biblical, Christ-centered marriage should look like.  I'm thankful for the two of you and the marriage you live out daily!

Flower pot touch ups

 I recently made some teacher appreciation gifts, and got inspired to do some touchups around our house.

This is what I had to start with...


I got out my paint stash.  I have a lot of greens and blues but I didn't have the exact color of green I was wanting, so I had to revert back to elementary school.  

What makes green...well yellow and blue of course.  So I mixed a few colors together and came up with the perfect color of green...


Money saver tip: I started using coffee filters to hold/mix my paint. I have a ton of these things since we don't use them in our coffee pot (we have the basket that holds our coffee grounds).  So glad I kept them.  Now I have repurposed them.


And here is the finished product...


Another angle...


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Banana Brunch Bread

This is by far the best banana bread you will ever eat...no joke!

Ingredients:
1/2 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C mashed bananas 
( I usually have more than a cup of bananas)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C sour cream
2 C sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp soda

Topping:
1/2 C chopped nuts
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Heavily grease 3 loaf pans (I only have two so that's how much I make with this recipe).  Cream butter and sugar until light.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Mix in bananas, vanilla and sour cream.  Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and soda.  Fold into creamed mixture, stirring only enough to moisten.  Make topping by combining chopped nuts, sugar and cinnamon (see picture below).  Sprinkle half of topping on bottoms of prepared loaf pans.  Spoon in batter and sprinkle with remaining topping.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. 

Note: Bread may be frozen after baking (I always freeze at least one loaf)

This is what the topping looks like before placed in the loaf pans and on top of the bread


Here is the finished product...I promise you won't be throwing out any bananas again after you try this yummy stuff.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggiversary

Today is my "bloggiversary".  It's been one whole year since I started this and OH how my days have changed.  I initially started my blog in order to update folks on our medical status while I was pregnant with Briggs.  If you need a refresher...click here.  

That was such a weird and uncertain time with being on bedrest...thankfully, everything turned out great and we got us a healthy baby boy out of it all.  A year ago, my day looked like this.  I thought it would only be fitting on the year anniversary of my blog, to give a little snapshot of what our day looks like now :)

So here it goes...

We start out with breakfast.  
That usually consists of something like a cinnamon raisin English muffin, fruit and milk.


Then Briggs likes to play with his letters on the frig.  
I'm usually busy unloading the dishwasher, washing bottles and cleaning up the kitchen.


Then it's playtime while mommy watches the news and talks to Aunt Abs  (while she drives to work).  Briggs loves to push anything that moves, play at the table by mommy, stack blocks...


We always have to play chase a few times during the day.  
That's Briggs' favorite game right now.
If he looks blury...that's because he is...the kid can move FAST!


He thinks that's so fun and then he comes back to get me...
We do this for at least 30 minutes...it's one of my favorite things during the day too


Time for a walk...we try to head out early before it gets too hot.
On most days we usually have at least one friend from the neighborhood walking with us.
It's pretty funny when there is a group of us, it looks like a stroller gang.
We do a minimum of 2 miles each time we walk 
(we take multiple walks per day)


And...this usually happens before we are done.


While Briggs is napping, first thing I do is have my quiet time.  
Right now I'm studying Hebrews.  If anybody needs some good material, I really like this book.  I've done a few books of the Bible this way.

Since Briggs naps for a couple of hours, I do my chore for the day, clean up, laundry, work out, work on the computer, pay bills, work in the garden, take a shower...until he wakes up.


It's lunch time when little man wakes up.  
He is a REALLY GOOD EATER...the kid can eat more than I do...not a joke!


We do a few more things once he is awake like laundry...
He thinks he is 'helping' me.


Outside is definitely Briggs' favorite place to be, so we have lots of things we do out there, like the baby pool (while I work in the garden)..
We don't do this every day but I'm sure it will be a more frequent thing as the summer gets hotter.


Pretty much every afternoon we go visiting.  We have lots of ladies who live on our street and are retired.  Everybody LOVES to see Briggs coming.  He usually gets passed around between all of them and he is always showing off his new tricks and throwing that smile around
(he is checking everybody out in this picture)


There is an afternoon snack and nap in there somewhere, but I didn't think a picture was necessary.
Once up from his afternoon nap, we usually play inside a little more and get dinner started.  When it's time for daddy to come home, we hit the streets again for a wagon ride.  
Briggs is usually waving at all the cars driving by and all the neighbors outside..


And then...we wait anxiously for daddy.  Briggs knows when we go out in the wagon, daddy will be home soon.  He keeps looking at the end of our street waiting, waiting, waiting...
And then we hear the rumble of daddy's truck.  All the old people LOVE to watch this go down...they all watch out their windows or watch from their driveway, it's pretty funny..like it's the highlight of everybody's day (including mommy).

As Justin comes down the street, Briggs gets SO EXCITED...he starts smiling as soon as he sees the red truck, waving his arm all big boyish, squealing out loud...it's the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Then daddy pulls on the side of the street to pick up his co-pilot. Briggs helps him drive (only a couple houses down) and they back the truck up the driveway...I mean look at this picture and how much this little boy loves his daddy...heart melting now!

And the rest of the day is just eating supper, playing with daddy, bath time, we usually take a walk as a family (another 2 miles) and then bedtime.

As you can see, life is very different these days from a year ago, but I LOVE my life...then and now. Briggs has brought so much joy and I'm so thankful to be at home with him.

I think that last picture captured perfectly how much Briggs adores Justin.  It's so sweet to see my husband and little boy together.  I'm so thankful for how Justin loves us and provides for our family.

Even though being at home with Briggs is a very challenging and hard job, it's the best job I've ever had and so rewarding.  My heart is so full and we have so much to be thankful for.  I cherish the time I have with our little boy, as he is growing up right before our eyes. 

So that's a snapshot of our days at home and what fun days they are...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Money Saver - Old Navy

I wanted to share this money saving tip.

I recently went to Old Navy and bought a few things with my leftover birthday money.  Then went back a few days later with a friend and saw the items I had purchased were on sale. 

If it's within 14 days of your original purchase, you can take your receipt back to the store, they scan it, and you get $$$$$$$ back!  As simple as that...


This is how much I got back today...which was a nice surprise b/c I was thinking I was only getting $7, but instead I got $15.84. 

Don't know about you...but I don't mind spending the extra 10 minutes standing in line to get myself a little cash.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Muffins for Mommy

I have bragged on Briggs' school before.  They are so thoughtful and are always doing fun stuff with him.  For Mother's Day they had a time called "Muffins with Mommy". 

When I dropped him off at school, there was a reception in the lobby for all the Mommies...


It was a little chaotic but lots of fun...


Me and my little man sharing our muffin and that's where Briggs gave me the  Mother's Day present he made me (with a little help from his teachers)


That's my present all wrapped up with our muffin before Briggs made a HUGE mess, but he thought it was yummy...which is all that matters :)
 

When we finished eating, I dropped him off with his teachers.  He loves them so much, he goes strait to them and waves bye bye to mommy.  Makes me happy and sad all at the same time.


And this is the present Briggs made me.  He is so creative at one year old :)
 

Monday, May 14, 2012

My 1st Mother's Day

What a difference a year makes...

Last year, I looked like this...
Just for the record..this picture makes me tired just looking at it :)





And this year...


I had such a fun and relaxing day.  Justin (and Briggs) did good and made me feel special all day.  Justin made my coffee in the morning, let me take a long nap, Briggs took a really long nap, we watched a movie, went to church and my guys took me out to dinner.  They each gave me a card, some candy, lots of kisses and hugs, and this new rug...



 My in-laws were in town and tried to take us to the Olive Garden for dinner on Saturday but there was a long wait, so we had to go somewhere else.  They gave me a gift card to go some other time..DATE NIGHT :)

 I have such sweet family and friends.  One of my dear friends sent me a card for my first Mother's day (THANKS CELESTE), my parents and then my two guys.  


I just wanted to share what my dad wrote... "Hope you have the best most relaxing day.  If I was there, I'd wash all the clothes, cook all the meals, clean the entire house and take care of Briggs...so you could rest and relax all day.  Since I can't be there would you ask Justin to take my place"
 Oh Dad...always makes me laugh.

And here is the cutest kid I know. 


Oh how full my heart is this Mother's Day.  I feel so grateful to the Lord for blessing mine and Justin's life with Briggs.  He is such a joy and I LOVE being his mommy!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

This is my first official Mother's Day.  What a special day and I'm so thankful to be able to take part in it.  It has also given me a very different perspective on this day for my own mom and how much I appreciate her.

Just a little shout out to my mom...

Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made to raise all three of us (me, my sister and brother).  You are such a great example of how to be a loving, caring, sometimes a little bit crazy...mom. Seriously...you always know the perfect words to say when I need advice or just need an ear to listen.  I've loved seeing you blossom into your role as Rah-rah..which I always knew you would be a fabulous grandma.  You taught me so many things in life and most importantly you always guided and grounded my heart in the truths of the Lord.  For everything you have, are and will do...I am thankful to call you mom.

I love you

And I also wanted to give a shout out to Justin's mom...G-maw.

You raised a precious, loving, caring, and God-fearing son.  He didn't get that way on his own and I've been around long enough (10 years) to know how much you have done for your kids and husband.  You are a precious woman, a heart of gold and we are so thankful for you too.  You are a fabulous mom and grandma.  We love you!


 Briggs and I decided to make something special for my mom and Justin's mom.  I know how much I love it when Briggs makes me things, so we figured we would keep with the tradition.

The green hand is Justin and the pink is mine.  Then we put Briggs' hand print in blue on top.  It was a little tricky now that he is so active, but with a group effort..we got it done :)


And the inside we wrote personal notes to them. 


We love you both have a great day...we love you both!