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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend {2011}

This Memorial Day weekend turned out to be a lot different than last years. You can read about last year's fun here & here.

The weekend got started off with a trip to the ER on Friday night. Without going into too much detail Ben had a lot of swelling in his umm, boy region. Poor thing kept saying my pee-pee hurts, my pee-pee hurts. 5 hours later we were sent home with lots of meds and no real reason for the swelling. 

Saturday morning we woke up to find Ben's hands, feet, and face were all swollen too. Poor little guy could barely see out of his eyes. At this point the E.R. nurses were becoming fast friends. We left again without an explanation and even more medicine. By the afternoon the swelling had gone down and Ben was back to his normal self.

Sunday we helped my sister unpack lots of boxes and by help I mean I unpacked boxes while Ben played with the dog.

Sunday night a group of friends got together at my parent's house for a little engagement party luau which will get it's own post. 

A trip to the airshow was planned for Monday, but after learning the air show actually ended Sunday(whoops) and finding out that the medicine Ben is on does not allow him to be in direct sunlight, we ran some errands and just hung out around home.

Hopefully next year's Memorial day weekend will involve planes, the pool, and zero trips to the hospital.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vegetables and Donuts

This past weekend went way too fast, as they always seem to do. 

Friday night we hung around the house and soaked up some quality family time. Once Ben was in bed J and I watched The Tourist.
After debating over what movie to watch for 20 minutes we settled on this not expecting much especially since it had less than 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. Surprisingly we both thought it was pretty good. Especially the ending. You have to keep watching until the end.

Saturday was reserved for clearing out the forest of weeds that decided to make their home in our front flower beds. And to keep those pesky plants away, I topped the bed off with a nice layer of mulch. Is it bad that I was so sore the next day? What does that say about my workouts....or lack there of?

Saturday night a group of us from work enjoyed frozen drinks on a patio and then had to go next door to the quaint Irish pub next door and devour some of the best pizza. I'm drooling just thinking about it now.

Sunday morning was filled with donuts and frantically trying to plant things in our garden before a storms rolled in. 

J found the cutest kit in which you plant the seeds in little soil packs and once they sprout, you transfer them to the ground. Hopefully in a few short weeks we will have an assortment of different peppers and tomatoes as well as some sunflowers and marigolds. We might also get suntomatoes or merripeppers thanks to Ben's slippery little fingers when dropping the seeds in.

Next weekend my sister officially moves back from Georgia and we are all so excited! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers with Joplin

Last night only 240 miles away from us, an F4 tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, MO. Over 100 people were killed and most of the town was destroyed including St. John's Hospital. Please pray for this town and all those affected by the horrible storm.

To find out how you can help click here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Random Mid-Week Thoughts

Last weekend J and I went to a wedding reception of two of his friends from high school. They got married in Jamaica, and had the reception a few weekends later. Since it was in J's home town we stayed the night with his parents and in the morning we woke up to this. Dog and Baby. Both captivated by a squirrel. 

I love orange juice with snacks like popcorn or pretzels but not so much with breakfast. Anytime I fly I get orange juice in a cup of ice.

Do you ever have those days where you have grand dreams of getting tons of things done only to realize you accomplished hardly any of them? Today was one of those days.

We celebrated our engagement with some of J's friends at a hibachi restaurant. Ginger salad dressing? Um, yeah. I could drink that stuff straight from the bottle. 

I wish a lot of my friends lived much closer.

My sister is moving back home in a week and a half after living in Georgia the past 10 years. 

Despite the fact that swimsuit season is just around the corner, I cannot for the life of me seem to get motivated to work out. wtf.

There are about a billion new recipes I want to try. If only I had time to actually make them. Beef and Broccoli stir fry anyone?

I can't spell broccoli. There should be two i's.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nuggets of Wisdom

Whether you agree with their politics or not, you've got to admit The Obama's make a darn cute couple. Here are two of the First Lady's refreshingly honest, not so secret "secrets" on being with POTUS.

On marriage: You have to really really like and respect the person you're married too. It's a hard road. Don't expect it to be easy. Melding two lives together and trying to raise others and doing it forever is a recipe for disaster. There are highs and lows, but in the end if you can look him in the eye and say I like you, that's the key. I stopped believing in love at first sight. You go through that, but when it gets hard you need more.

On fidelity: I never worry about things I can't affect and with fidelity...that is between Barack and me, and if somebody can come between us, we didn't have much to begin with.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day {2011}

Besides this present

We also got to spend time with all the great mom's in our lives. We spent Saturday visiting J's side of the family. Lucky for me, maybe unlucky for him, J's grandma busted out all his baby pictures.

That hair!

We also got to see our sweet niece who is getting so big.

Ben was pretending to sleep and J's aunt would rock him. It was precious.

Sunday was the day. We told all our family and friends except for my parents who we were eating lunch with that afternoon. When we got to the restaurant I blatantly begin pointing to things on the menu and it took my mom a few minutes to realize what I was doing and what she was looking at. She got very loud:)

After our late lunch we headed over to my parent's house to open gifts and hang out.

It was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend.
Monday, May 9, 2011

Yes!

5 years ago I met a man who would forever change my life and this weekend I said Yes to forever. 

We couldn't be more excited!
Friday, May 6, 2011

Zoo Day

Ben's school was closed on Monday and I decided to take a much needed vacation day. I had promised Ben the whole week before that I would take him to the zoo and of course as the day arrived, it was rainy and cold. But not wanting to disappoint a two year and his love for animals, we braved the cold, bundled up, and headed out.

Ben did so great on the 2 hour car ride. I told him the zoo was far away and occasionally he would look up from watching Stewart Little to see if he could see the zoo. By the time we arrived the rain had passed minus a few sprinkles.

It took a lot of convincing that these seals were not real and I'm still not 100% sure he believed me.

One fish, two fish

We've been to the zoo twice before, but this was the first time we've gone to the children's petting zoo. They had lots of cute animals but why is it that the goat is the go to petting zoo animal? Has anyone else noticed that?

While on the train Ben reached over and grabbed my hand and said, "Love you momma." Melted my heart.

The Meerkats were a highlight of our trip considering MeerKat Manor is a huge hit show in our house right now.
Somewhere in my parent's house is this same picture of me sitting on this exact monkey.
Monday, May 2, 2011

Mississippi Mud Brownies

This recipe comes straight from Duncan Hines and uses a box of brownie mix as it's main ingredient so it doesn't get much simpler than that. 

What You'll Need:


What to Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease bottom of 13 x 9 inch pan.
  2. Combine brownie mix, eggs, water, and oil in large bowl. Stir with spoon until well blended and spread in a pan. Bake at 350 °F for 27 to 30 minutes or until set.
  3. Spread marshmallow cream gently over hot brownies. Place frosting in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power for 15 to 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Pour frosting over marshmallow cream. Swirl with knife to marbleize. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Weekend Recap

This weekend was pretty relaxing and filled with much needed family time.

I participated in the first Mid-MO Walk for Autism organized by Ella's Hope. It was a great walk with tons of activities for kids to participate in.

We also celebrated my dad's birthday and Ben helped with blowing out the candles.

I tried out a new recipe, Mississippi Mud Brownies which you can expect to see on the blog soon.

An Easter Miracle

Besides His miracle, we had our own little Easter miracle this year. Ben sat through the entire Easter service in church. It probably helped that it wasn't a typical sermon and consisted entirely of music from the choir.

After church we ate a delicious lunch at my parent's house and Ben took part in his first egg hunt of the day after immediately changing into comfy pants the minute church was over. That's my boy.

We also decorated eggs. And by decorated I mean I tried to avoid getting splashed with dye. 
Every year I tell myself I will get creative in decorating the eggs. And every year my creativity seems to peak at writing our names. 

Even Ben's face seems to be saying, "My mom's egg decorating skills are lame."

And in true holiday fashion, we headed over to J's aunt's house for Easter with his side of the family.

Looking at all the Easter basket goodies you would have thought it was Christmas.

Of all the Easter goodies, of course the 98 cent bubbles were the favorites of all the kids.

And unfortunately for Grandpa who was trying to rest, Ben also loved the drums.

Hope you all had a happy Easter!