Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween party FUN!

Jake getting mummified
We just LOVE Halloween! Well at least Jake and I do! I cannot say the same for Millie who is terrified of it all at age 2 :)
Donut eating contest

Being silly


Homemade root beer!! Yummy!

A little snacking!

Jake and Millie

Family photo opp!

A hearse is a hearse of course of course!

We were a little scared to stand near this:)
We thought someone might jump out!


My little Kitty and Luigi!

What a great party:)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

~Pregnant skeleton~

I have been trying to decide whether or not I would dress up this Halloween? I always want to because I LOVE Halloween, but I didn't feel like spending a ton of money.

I Thought and thought about something fun I could do with my baby bump. I thought about painting it but Brad is out of town and so without his help I really couldn't swing that creation on my own.

As I was looking at Millie in her skeleton pajamas the light bulb went on! A PREGNANT SKELETON!!!

I would like to pretend I had a brilliant original idea but when I googled it as usual it became less original....Someone had already thought it up! (of course!)

But I was ok with that because I really can't draw so I needed some ideas to look at.

The work began! I found some images, drew it on freezer paper, ( I had never heard of this but WOW, I am hooked now!) cut it out, ironed it on, painted my design, pulled it off, fixed a few areas, and there you have it!!! My cute costume this year!!!! I am TOTALLY proud of my artwork!

Draw what you want on freezer paper

Cut out with the best tool on the planet!

freezer paper magically sticks!

Paint pattern

I made the lines a little more crisp with black paint.... And painted the toes that were to little to cut.
Wallahhh!! I must say, I am PRETTY STINKIN' proud!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

BOY oh BOY, do I need HELP!

I have big issues with many boy names I have seen or heard these days. Personally I don't like the made up names and I really don't like long names ending in -son for my kids.

I would like something that is not too popular but is common enough that people aren't continually asking...What is it?
I love the old fashion names coming back again such as Millie for a girl. I'm not sure you can do that too successfully with a boys name. Or can you?  If this baby was a girl her name would have been Maggie.

I do like nick names and feel like if you have intentions of calling your child the nickname let's just name them that...

I'm diggin' the one syllable names such as Jake for a boy.
I like a strong masculine name that is cute for all stages of life: Baby, kid/teen and adult!
You know, one that sounds strong/athletic/smart! (I feel like Jake does just that!)

I have a Jake. (Not too popular, but it's been around.)
I love the name Jake! And that's what it is, just Jake.

I have a Millie. (Rare, making a comeback, again a name that has been around.)
After my grandmother Mildred, but everyone called her Millie. So we named her just Millie.

I'm not concerned with a middle name or our last name and how they sound with the first name chosen. At this point I am worried we will not have a name at all, so trying to mesh sounds with the other two names seems pointless.

Brad has the same thoughts that I have. We have a VERY short list of names that could be considered.

It's a VERY short list!  We're not even sure on any of those names, they were just "ok" names that didn't offend us! We  TOTALLY need suggestions!

I'm afraid our child will be nameless;)

I know we still have a little time but if I don't actively search, I know I will go to the hospital without a name!

Make sure you give me names you're ok with me taking if I like it:)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Creative Soup Bowls!

I just love, love, love fall! I feel my creative side kick into FULL GEAR this time of year!
Try this fun idea! Your family will love it, any kind of soup will work!

Buy some fun looking pumpkins, cut the tops off, take the seeds out, bake, scrape out the baked goodness then add that goodness to a soup of your liking. Finally, after your soup is made use the gutted pumpkins as bowls:) Fun, creative and yummy!!

Cream cheese, chicken, veggie soup.
(recipe I used tonight)

2 tablespoons butter
1 red onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 stalks green onions
1/2 cup diced carrots (about 2 regular carrots or a handful of baby carrots)
4 cups chicken broth
2-3 potatoes, peeled and finely diced (I like to leave the peels on potatoes, I used yellow, red and purple)
1 cup milk (I used cream, why not! Any kind will work)
4 tablespoons flour
1 (8 oz. package) regular or light cream cheese
2-3 (about 1 pound) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
pumpkin meat

In a large pot, melt the butter and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, until the veggies are slightly tender and the onions are translucent. Add the chicken broth and potatoes. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. In a liquid measuring cup, vigorously whisk the flour and milk together until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the soup, stirring quickly, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until the soup begins to thicken slightly. Stir often to ensure the soup doesn’t burn. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave until it is very soft/melty. I usually place the unwrapped cream cheese on a plate and microwave it for one minute at 30% power. I like it really, really soft so it doesn’t leave lumps in the soup. Add the cream cheese to the soup in small tablespoon-size pieces. Let the pieces sit in the soup and warm through then whisk or stir the soup until the cream cheese melts and mixes in well. Add the cooked chicken and pumpkin meat, heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

What's the difference?

Mickey with Minnie

Mickey with bird
Huggies come with two designs....

Millie REFUSES to wear the ones with birds on them....So now I have about 50 diapers she has a complete fit over if I even suggest she wear them. She is only wearing diapers at night so I'm not sure why she cares? I changed her in the middle of the night last night and she INSISTED I turn on the lamp so she could confirm that it was not the bird one!! Silly little Millie!
(p.s) I have decided I HATE Huggies. She leaks almost every single night and wakes up to be changed. ANNOYING need to use them up.

PuMpKiN craft time!

** Close your eyes mom... This is part of your birthday gift:)**
Bend dryer vent into a circle and tuck into the other end

spray paint color of choice
Add a little Spanish moss, a cinnamon stick, and some ribbon
and Wallahhh you have a cute decoration (3 for about $10)
Perfect for fall!

* side note... I used a 8 foot piece of duct at walmart for $7. I found a 20 foot piece on Amazon for $10.
so I can do 6-7 pumpkins for the price I did 3. Order from amazon!
But you'll probably need some more paint:)


Millie and Mommy playing with the camera!
 Millie's favorite thing as of lately 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

22 weeks

22 week belly!