Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Menu

Here's the plan for what will be gracing the table at Osborn Abode tomorrow-good friends from Ky and now, Pasadena, are coming up to spend the day with us. I'm really missing my mom's cooking right now. I got a roaster from my MIL 10 years ago and I'm using it for the first time tomorrow.
  • Roasted turkey
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • stuffing with raisens and without
  • cranberry sauce
  • sweet potato casserole-Amy's making this and I can't wait to try it!
  • pineapple casserole-another favorite of Amy's that I'm looking forward to
  • green been casserole
  • corn pudding
  • brussel sprouts-saw this on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and the girls wanted me to make it
  • pea salad
  • homemade crescent rolls
  • sweet tea
  • spiced cider-apple cider w/ red hots melted in
  • pecan pie
  • pumpkin pie
  • whipped cream
If you want recipes to any of these, let me know :-) Now. I. Must. Get. To. Work. Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be grateful for...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Journey to 5K

I ran my first 5K on Nov. 7. I think I'm still a little high from the whole experience. Here are some thoughts-

Me and Caleb-after the race we went to Trader Joes and got pumpkin cream cheese and cinnamon raisen bagels for breakfast! Yummmmm-
Me and McKenna, right after the race. The first thing she said to me was, "can I run with you next time?" Later in the day, she asked me where I was going to put my medal. She offered to keep it in her room-
Me and my Love, who got up with me and managed to get all 4 kids ready and at the finish line to cheer me on.
Ok-on to my thoughts-
  • I used the couch to 5K i-phone app. It's a 9 week program that is designed for beginners. At the end of 9 weeks, you should be able to run a 5K, hopefully in 40 minutes. I started running on August 30. I completed week 9 on October 30.
  • The goal is to actually run a 5K. I didn't have any desire to do that. I was just looking for another way to work out-I was tired of the 30 day shred and the weather is so nice here, I thought it'd be fun to learn how to run.
  • On one of my runs, I think I was in week 5 or so, I noticed a banner in town about the Santa Clarita marathon and 5K. It peaked my interest. After reading about it online, I asked Kevin if I could do it. With his encouragement, I registered.
  • No injuries. I had to start icing my shins at about week 6 or so. That's when you start to run 20+ minutes without stopping, according to the program. My legs would hurt in the mornings, but otherwise, I felt fine. No knee or ankle problems.
  • I must admit-1/2 of the reason for doing this was so that I could get a cool t-shirt. I was VERY disappointed when I picked up my shirt the day before the race. bleh...
  • The day before the race, I kept wondering what in the world was I thinking. I'm not a runner. I didn't want to go out and make a fool of myself. I didn't want to trip and fall. Or be last.
  • I woke up at 3am the morning of the race. The race started at 7. I had one goal. Finish without having to walk. Oh, and not come in last. I knew I could do it. I was just so nervous.
  • I trained by myself. Well, I actually trained with Presley and Caleb. I pushed them both in the jogging stroller in the mornings after taking the older girls to school. I wanted to be by myself, mainly so I didn't hold anyone back-since this was my first time. However, once I got to the race itself, I felt very alone. There were sooooo many people and it seemed like everyone knew someone and was in a group. I was all by myself.
  • When I got out of the car to walk to the starting line, my legs were shaking. There were soooo many people there! The 5K alone had almost 1200 people and the marathon and 1/2 marathon started at the same time. In all, there were over 3000 runners at the starting line. Did I mention I knew absolutely no one? Again, I felt way out of place.
  • I saw a lady wearing a KU shirt. She ran the 1/2 marathon. I talked to her and found out she was from Great Bend, small world-
  • a little girl sang the Star Spangled Banner before the race. I found myself wishing I could have sung it...
  • I stayed in the back. I heard the 30 second warning. When I heard the gun I just saw people jogging, we finally made it to the actually start line, then those around me started running. It was sheer craziness.
  • I knew the route, I had run it several times. My biggest fear was starting too fast and running out of steam. I went slower for that reason. Someone next to me had a fancy watch that could tell your pace. I want that watch!
  • you can never hear enough people cheering and cow bells clinging when you run. That alone was totally worth it.
  • I ran. And ran. And ran. Mile 1-check. Mile 2-check. I felt great, but I still didn't want to pick up the pace. I knew the last 1/2 mile had 2 uphill bridges and it was the hardest of the whole course. Mile 3-check. When I came down the last paseo I saw Kevin and the kids-Kevin was cheering me on, while the kids didn't have a clue as to what was going on.
  • When it was over, I felt like I could have kept going. I wasn't tired. I wasn't out of breath. My legs didn't hurt. I found myself wishing I would have pushed myself harder. Oh well. I met my goal-I ran the whole race. And, I didn't finish last!
  • My official time was 33:55. My pace was 10:55. I was happy with that. I came in 576 out of 1180 runners, 253 out of 677 female runners, and 40 out of 91 female runners ages 35-39. I was actually really happy and thought that's about how I trained to finish. Right in the middle ;-)
  • The adrenaline started to wear off in the afternoon and the pain in my legs kicked in. Extra strength tylenol has been my best friend since.
  • I've realized that my diet needs to change if I'm really serious about running. Running this 5K the week after Halloween wasn't the easiest on my candy-filled belly. And, that's all I'm gonna say about that.
  • Now, I'm wondering what's next?
  • I would love to train for a 1/2 marathon. Love. Love. Love. I'm still nursing Caleb and Presley starts to scream at the top of her lungs if I run more than 40 minutes or so while she's in the stroller, so we'll see. I've caught the running bug though, and I love it!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin night!

Here is Presley, my little pumpkin, at Lombardi Ranch, here in Valencia. We went there last weekend and each of the kids picked out a pumpkin. We also saw Kevin Richardson (not pictured) of the Backstreet Boys there. He caught my eye b/c he had a UK hat on. I came soooo close to stopping him to talk, but when we got closer to him, I realized who he was, then I got star-struck and chickened out. Anyhoo....

I love pumpkins! I love the way they smell, I love the way they grow from just a tiny nothing into something huge. I love the seeds. Everything. Tuesday night, we carved pumpkins. Well, most of us. Poor Caleb was confined to the swing for the evening.We read the Pumpkin Patch parable (which we do every pumpkin carving night-love, love, love that book!)
We cut open the pumpkins and got the seeds out. We cut out eyes, noses, and scary mouths. We finished the night by eating struesal pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and grated nutmeg. I used this recipe for the pumpkin pie and tweaked it a little. I didn't add pecans and I cut the flour down to 1/4 c. on the streusal and added 1/4 c. oatmeal to the mixture. Gingerbread coffee and pumpkin creamer perfected the evening. It was such a great night.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Little Man

Caleb James is the other man in my life. I love him so much, words just can't describe. Kevin will always be my #1 love, but this boy comes close to stealing that spot.
He is 4 months old. He smiles all of the time. When he decides that he wants to talk, this boy can talk up a storm! Jibber jabber at the top of his lungs. His sisters are in love with him, too. Presley wants to hold him all of the time. She is such a mommy's helper, always getting his paci and diapers for him. He started sleeping in his crib in his own room last week. Very bittersweet, especially knowing he's the last baby for Osborn abode (did you hear that? the LAST one!) We moved the pack-n-play out of our room over the weekend. Sigh. He's still on a semi-strict 3 hour schedule and he's the perfect babywise baby, like all of my kids were. He loves his swing and bouncy seat, as well as just laying on the floor. I love seeing his face light up when his daddy comes home. People tell me almost everyday at school, how cute he is. I am so blessed to be his mama! Caleb's name means bold, courageous. He'll need that, growing up with his sisters.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lifegroup top 10

In our experience, lifegroup (or small group) is a group of people, usually from church, that meets once a week to do 3 things-1) study the bible 2) serve at church and 3) serve in the community. I would add a 4th, saying that social activities always find their way into the mix. I've never been a part of a lifegroup that didn't have parties together or meet for dinner occasionally.
Kevin and I have been in several lifegroups in the last 13 years of marriage. Our first one was a financial bible study, Crown, and the one we are in right now just finished up a financial study, ABC's of Personal finance. We've been a part of lots of other studies. I just find it interesting that the first group we were a part of and the one we're a part of now are both financial ones. hmmmm...If I had to pick a favorite study (not group-I loved them all!) it would be the DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley. Great study. We've made some lifelong friends though our smallgroup experiences. Since moving to Valencia this summer, Kevin and I have looked forward to joining a Lifegroup (that's what our church calls them). We got plugged into one, and Kevin is leading it. He's such a great leader and facilitator. I love listening to him and gaining insights from him.

Anyhoo, here are my top 10 reasons to be in a lifegroup-
  1. You get to meet people in your church. You may not believe it, but Kevin and I are both introverts. We find ourselves very content with just a few friends. It's hard for us to just go up and meet people and develop friendships. Being in a Lifegroup connects us to others in our church and encourages us to build relationships.
  2. You have something to look forward to each week-Our group meets on Sunday afternoons. Our family knows that Sunday afternoon is taken. No playdates, no football, no TV, no errands. It's lifegroup time.
  3. You gain a different perspective on the bible and in life. As I get older, I'm finding that I really appreciate others with different thoughts than my own. I like hearing about what others gain or learn from scripture. I want to learn what others interpret from whatever book we're reading.
  4. Your kids meet new friends. I loved it when McKenna came home from school a few weeks ago and said, "Mom, guess what? I saw Jenna, you know, from Lifegroup, today. She goes to my school!" Our group has 8 adults and 12 kids. The adults meet in the family room while the kids play in another area of the house, or outside.
  5. I get to talk to other adults. I look forward to visiting with the other women in our group. They're moms and wives, just like me. Because I'm home with the kids during the day, there are days when I don't have any adult conversations until 2 in the afternoon, when I pick up the girls and talk with the other moms waiting on their kids. Lifegroup gives me a chance to visit with great ladies.
  6. There's always food! Like I said, there are 4 couples in our group and it works out perfectly. One couple hosts (opens their home to us), one brings drinks, one brings a salty snack, one brings a sweet snack. Perfection.
  7. Accountability-Kevin and I have talked about needing to work on our budget. We've talked about it for a long time. Now, were in a lifegroup doing a financial study. This week, our homework is to do a budget. Because we are part of a group and we made the commitment to do this study, we'll make it a priority to do our budget.
  8. Prayer-I'm not one to write prayer requests on the connect card on Sunday mornings. But, if there is something on my heart, I'll share it with my Lifegroup. I know they'll pray. I also know that they'll ask me about it the next week. I love praying for specific needs and hearing how God meets those needs during the week.
  9. We're setting a good example for our kids. I want our kids to know that worship and church on Sunday(or any day) is important. I also want our kids to know that Kevin and I love God and each other so much that we want to be a part of a Lifegroup. To grow deeper is our walk with the Lord and to build up our family.
  10. Life is better in a group. I've found that life is easier when you're sharing it with others. When you're in a Lifegroup, you always have someone who has your back. You always have a contact. You always have someone you can call on a moments notice and know they'll help if they can. You always have a group that's up for a party.
Our lifegroup rocks. I'm so thankful for such a great group of families. I'm excited about future studies. Maybe I'm just excited to be done with the money one ;-) I'm excited about going through life with these folks. I know God put us in this group for great things and I can't wait to see what He does in and through us.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here I am!

Ok-it's been a crazy few months. No. Wait. It's been a crazy 12 months. I still find myself thinking in blog titles, thoughts, and posts, but, I am almost never around the computer long enough to type them out. My i-phone has replaced the computer in my life. Email, text, and facebook is pretty much all I need to get through the day.

Anyway, for the first time since Caleb was born (he's almost 4 months old!), both he and Presley are asleep at the same time during the day and I have an hour to myself!!! Can you hear the Hallelujah Chorus in the background? It's blaring-soooooo-on blogger I am.

Let's see, here's a quick recap..
  • We moved to Valencia in June
  • Caleb was born in June
  • Family, family, and more family came to visit in July
  • Avery and McKenna started school in August
  • I started teaching music once a week to some ultra-cool pre-k kids at my bff's preschool in August
  • Family came to visit in September
  • Presley turned 2 in September
  • Presley got very sick, very fast in September. Fever of 104 and a trip to urgent care. Steroids and Tylenol for a few days and she's back to her sweet self
  • The girls had Fall break in October-the beach, Hollywood, down time
  • We've already made some great friends and have had several play dates in the last few months
  • Kevin has worked hard at Fuller during all of these months
  • Life isn't slowing down. Not one bit...
When we are home during the day, I'm trying very hard to get Presley to consistently answer, "here I am" when I call to her. She has a habit of disappearing, usually going in a room she's not supposed to, or opening the front door to get out. Anyhoo, we're working on it. So, with that said, I wanted to tell you, "Here I am!" I'm still here. I still have lots to say.

What's going on now at Osborn Abode
  • My life is consumed by falling in love, over and over again, with Caleb James. He's the cutest little boy, ever. God knew exactly what He was doing when He created Caleb, even though I had not a clue. I am forever grateful to the One who gave me a son.
  • My life is also consumed with being a mom to my 3 girls-Avery is 7 and excelling like crazy in school. She is a great student and she loves her "new" room that she has all to herself. McKenna started Kindergarten this year and is doing so well. She loves school and loves her new friends. She's always up for a playdate and takes her homework very seriously. Presley just turned 2 and is starting to act like it. Gone are the days when I'd call her the perfect baby! She has a beautiful personality and such a sweet spirit. Now, we are working on boundaries and obedience. She loves to go to church and she's always up for playing games and riding her new bike.
  • Kevin and I are enjoying stay at home dates for the time being. Late night Chipotle after the kids are in bed is and may always be my favorite. We are currently looking for a babysitter who's willing to take on our brood.
  • Kevin and I are working (or need to be) on a (financial) budget now that we are settling into life in Valencia. There are (always) unexpected expenses and we need to tweek our ICT budget to include those. Also, now that we have 2 girls in school, we're realizing that going to school (public school at that) costs money. Sigh. In addition to that, we need to figure out a system of chores and allowance for Avery and McKenna.
  • Kevin wrote a great post on debt. In the last 3 years, we've been able to pay off all debt, except student loans and our mortgage. Being free from credit card and car debt is so freeing. We've also been able to save up 6 months of living expenses. I never realized how secure I'd feel knowing we had savings built up like that. Next on the list is to figure out a plan to tackle our student loans, and then, set up a plan/savings account to purchase a "new to us" van (or SUV) in the next couple of years. Talks about money are just like exercise and time spent with God. You don't always like or want to do it, but you always feel better after it's done ;-)
  • Speaking of exercise, I'm trying to lose these last 15 lbs of pregnancy, that I've had since Avery! I started the couch to 5K plan 7 weeks ago, and my life has changed. I've never been a runner. I always thought my knees couldn't take it. But, this plan has proved otherwise. I'm almost addicted to running! Almost. I'll finish the plan in 2 weeks and I'm going to run my first 5K in November. I can't believe it.
  • Our family is still loud. Our family is still chaotic at times. We all love Jesus. We all love each other, most of the time, that is. We are adjusting to life as a party of 6. We are still trying to perfect our daily routine.
Never a dull moment at Osborn abode...Here I am!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Home Sweet Home pt 2

Here is a shot of the upstairs. The hallway has empty picture frames and will display the kids' artwork.
Our bedroom-and Caleb's too, for now-

Our bath-I swore that I wouldn't share this tub with the kids. But, if you see the big yellow baby bath sponge, you'll know that didn't last long...
Avery's bedroom-
Here is the artwork my friend painted for her. She loves it and so do I.

As I noted in yesterday's post-I didn't take all of the pictures ;-)

Caleb's room-he hasn't slept in it yet, but Presley sure likes to play in it, as you can see.
Avery provided the artwork for his room-
Hall cabinet area-

McKenna and Presley's room-front shot-
McKenna's side-check out the flower lights from IKEA-
Presley's side-

Kids bath-
And, I think that's it. I didn't get shots of the back yard, yet. We have a great garden area with a lot of potential. Neither Kevin nor I have green thumbs, so we are trying to decide what to do.
Next on the list-take Avery and McKenna school shopping!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Taking pictures of our house turned out to be a family project. I won't tell you who took each picture, just know they weren't all taken by me. Ok, this house isn't 100% finished, but I've been hounded by some (you know who you are) to get pix up here so, here goes..

the front porch-
This is the foyer area when you first walk into our home...
...And, someday this picture will hang above the table ;-)

This is the front room, includes living and dining room-aka kids toy room and play kitchen.

The office-
Here is the family room, which is right next to the kitchen, which I didn't take any pictures of-yet.
So, that's the downstairs area, minus the laundry room, bathroom and kitchen. Upstairs pics will be posted tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

If you're in the market for art...

My best friend from my junior high years just opened an Etsy shop. She is extremely talented and full of life. She hasn't changed a bit, since I met her back in 5th grade. Praise God for facebook, and the chance to reconnect.

Her studio is called Pink Moonshine. I just sent her a picture of Avery's bedding and she is going to paint a couple of pieces for her room. I can't wait to see what she does. I'll post pics when everything is complete.

So, if you're ever in the market for art, check out her site. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Caleb James Osborn

I'm in love. So in love. With the boy that's been inside me for the last 9 months. I got to see his face on Friday. I will never be the same. This baby was so unexpected, yet, I already can't imagine life without him. He completes our family perfectly. He's beautiful in every way.

So, we moved from Pasadena to Valencia on Saturday, June 12. Lots of boxes, lots of work. We had a lot of help from wonderful friends. I was definitely starting to feel tired and my ankles and hands started to swell that weekend.

Our first guest came on Sunday, the 13th. Kevin's brother flew in from Dallas on a business trip. The girls had a blast with their uncle Gary. He left Wednesday morning.

Thursday, June 17. My mom flew in from Wichita to stay with us for a few weeks. The plan was for her to help us finish unpacking boxes and get the house in order, then help with the kids when the baby blue was born. We fixed spaghetti for her first night, per the older girls request. And dibs for dessert. Have you tried dibs yet? Oh my goodness, they are so good.

Friday, I had my last ob appt. We went to Pasadena and showed mom the apartment that we stayed in for the last 6 months. I went to see my dr while mom and the girls played at the park. My appt. started as usual. My blood pressure was a little high. The nurse checked the baby's heartbeat and was having trouble finding it. That's never a good feeling. She went to get another nurse. The new nurse finally found it, but it was very low. Within seconds, I was taken to another room, where the dr. looked at the baby with an ultrasound machine. He quickly found the heartbeat and showed it to me, trying to calm my fears. He also said that there wasn't much fluid left for the baby to live in so he thought we may need to deliver him sooner than Tuesday, which was the original plan. They proceeded to take me to yet another room where they hooked me up to a monitor to track the baby's heartrate. I was able to call Kevin during this time and explained the situation as best as I could. After 15 minutes, what seemed like an eternity, Kevin showed up and the dr. explained to us that the baby was fine, but that he was probably safer outside of me than in. So, in the next 3 hours, we drove back to Valencia, made a few phone calls, sent a few texts, and quickly packed for the hospital. Saying goodbye to the girls was hard, but thinking about what could potentially happen later was gut-wrenching. I can honestly say that Friday was the scariest day of my life.

By 5pm on Friday, Kevin and I were at the hospital getting checked in. By this time, the baby was much more stable, according to the heart monitor. Things seemed to be progressing well. It's so interesting. Having 4 babies in 4 different hospitals. Each one is so different. I remember asking the nurse if I could eat after the baby was born. If I knew lunch would be my last meal, I would have eaten a lot more than 1/2 a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Anyway, I just remember being hungry.

I was taken to the OR at 7:30. Kevin had to stay back until I was given the spinal and situated on the table. When Presley was born, he was with me the entire process. Anyhoo, Kevin and the dr. came in about the same time, and minutes later, Caleb James was born! The dr. showed us the umbilical cord, which was tied in a knot! In a knot. The dr. just said it was a good thing he came out. I can't even bring myself to think otherwise. He was born at 7:56 pm, weighing 7 lbs, 7 oz. and he was 20 inches long.

He is perfect. Looks just like the girls, except he's a boy. I remember the feeling of instant love when each of the girls were born, but I think it was more intense this time. I didn't get to eat afterwards. Or the whole next day, for that matter. I wasn't happy. The nurses kept telling me that my dr. was old school and didn't let his patients eat for a day after c-sections. Are you kidding me? I am starving! My nurses, all of them, were awesome-they snuck me crackers throughout the day.

I was able to go home on Monday. Avery and McKenna love Caleb, almost as much as I do. They are always wanting to hold him, and they don't like it when he's sleeping. Presley held him for the first time tonight. He's growing on her. Even Grandma has gotten some good cuddle time with Caleb, in between meals and playing referee with the older 3. Poor Kevin has been so busy trying to get this house into a home, he hasn't had much time with his son. Hopefully that will change soon.

Our family has gone through so much change in the last 6 months. This addition to our family has, by far, been the best. We've just begun the craziest summer ever. Aunt Marla and cousin Reese are coming Sunday. My dad is coming July 1. Girls are going back to Ks with my folks on the 8th. Kevin's parents are bringing them back and staying for a week July 18th. Avery and McKenna start school August 12. Whew, I'm worn out already.

More pictures will follow, hopefully. For now, I am loving on my son and trying to savor each moment with my family. Thank you so much for praying for Caleb's safe arrival. We are so grateful for God's protection over him this last week.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I wonder...

Over the last few weeks, I've wondered many things.
  • I wonder, if we still lived in KS, if people would come up to me and ask questions about my pregnancy. You would not believe how many people approach me, especially when they see the 3 girls with me. They usually comment on one of 2 things-they'll either say how well behaved the girls are (which is always the best compliment a mom can hear) or they'll ask me if I'm finally having a boy. Lately, it has happened every time I go out in public. No kidding. At Lowes, at Target, at Ralphs, at the library. Everywhere.
  • I wonder if this baby is really going to stay inside of me until the 22nd. I have this awful fear that my water will break or something, and I'll have to have him sooner. If I can just make it 'til the 17, I think I'll be ok. My mom is coming then. In my mind, even the 22nd seems too soon. I just can't believe I'm going to have another baby.
  • I wonder if, in this next house, we can keep the clutter down to a minimum. I hate clutter. You might not know that, by looking at our home. But, I really do. I'm so tired of seeing school papers, coloring pages, and junk laying around. I am determined to keep this next home clutter free.
  • I wonder if Avery and McKenna will be able to make some friends this summer, before school starts. They need friends desperately. In the 6 months we've been here, they have each made about 2 other friends. I'm praying that there are some girls their age in our neighborhood, and that we'll be able to meet them before school starts.
  • I wonder how Presley is going to adjust to all of these changes. Her world is so crazy right now. She moved to a new bed, she'll start to share a room with McKenna in the new house, she'll have a new baby brother soon. Lots of changes. And, I'm afraid I won't be able to pick her up to comfort her after I have the baby. Silly, I know-but I'm already sad about that.
  • I wonder how Kevin will adjust to commuting to work. It will be a 30-40 minute ride each way. I think it may turn out to be a good time for him to prepare/de-compress before and after work each day. I'm secretly hoping he'll be able to work from home more, maybe one day/week or something. We'll see. We've gotten spoiled living so close to his work these last months, I'll miss having him come home for lunch, and visiting him at his office.
  • I wonder how we'll adjust to living on a budget again. We've had a very loose budget since we've moved here. And, that's about to change real soon.
  • I wonder if we'll grow to love this home as much as I already love it in my mind. I have longed for a place to call home for 6 months and, now that the time has come to finally move in, I find myself second guessing everything. Isn't that crazy?
  • I wonder how things will be different, once we get settled and find a routine to fit our family. So many changes ahead. So many thoughts in my head. And, I have almost no control of anything.
  • I just wonder what tomorrow will look like. And the next day. And the next day...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Good Eats

I tried a couple of new recipes last week that I wanted to share. I read this cooking blog, almost every day. She has some great recipes. I made peanut butter and chocolate chip muffins-they were ok, the girls loved them, but Kevin and I didn't think they were any better than any other muffin. Then, I made the oatmeal breakfast bars. These were sooooo good! I mean, really good. I need to make a double batch and keep some in the freezer. I miss freezer cooking. I miss the comfort of knowing there are meals in the freezer that just need to be heated. I'm anxious to get into my new kitchen and start cooking again. Oh, I still cook here in the apartment, when the stove actually works, that is.
I only have about a week from the time we move into our house until baby blue comes, so I've started making a list of what to make for the freezer to have postpartum. My mom is coming, so I know she'll cook, too. In fact. McKenna has already said she wanted Grandma to make gumbo when she's here. I miss my mom's cooking. I miss my mom even more. 3 1/2 more weeks...!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Last Sunday at church, I saw 3 different newborns. They were so tiny, so perfect. My heart melted. Then, all of a sudden I thought, OMG that's gonna be us before we know it. Holding a baby. I think this kid is going to come sooner than I want. I know he's coming. 5 weeks from today. There's a small part of me that's really getting excited about it. But, most of the time, I'm still trying to admit that I am, in fact, pregnant. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that we'll be a family of 6 soon. This pregnancy was just such a huge surprise that it's taken me this long to adjust and realize all of the changes ahead for our family. I think Kevin has been in denial, too, from his blog post last week. He has his own stuff going on, and didn't even mention it.
Last week, we found out that we have to have the baby in a different hospital. I've been in touch with this hospital, and, let's just say, I'm hoping to not have to stay there for the full time allotted after a c-section. The lady spent 10 minutes telling me how great this hospital is and that it is considered a small town hospital. Um...that's not really what I want to hear. She also said that the hospital was built in 1972 and was the first hospital in the state to have dads stay in the room with the mom and baby. Because of this, the rooms are quite small. In fact, after boasting about letting dads stay, she quickly said that they usually don't b/c of the small space. Great...And, because of the way the rooms are laid out, the showers are located down the hall. NOT in the hospital room. Are you kidding me? Is that even legal? I am suddenly dreading this delivery more and more with every thought. Never in a million years did I think that by having a baby in California, that I'd be stepping back in time...I am soooo not thrilled about this.
Just give me the percocept that I've been looking forward to getting and let me recover at home.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

June 22, 2010

That's the day our son will be born. That's the plan right now anyway. However, nothing in the last 6 months has gone according to plan, so we'll see. I had an ob appointment yesterday, he said the head is down, but hasn't dropped yet. He started looking at his calendar and gave me 2 dates. I chose June 22. 6 weeks from today. I can't believe it. He also asked if I had registered at the hospital yet. I told him no, but the nurse was getting me the forms to fill out. He casually mentioned Verdugo Hills hospital. Um...What??? I thought I would deliver at Huntington, the only hospital in Pasadena. Apparently not. My insurance is only covered at Verdugo Hills, in Glendale. Nowhere have I seen this in writing. I've looked online, in my coverage book, on my insurance delivery approval sheet, everywhere. I called Cigna this morning, and, sure enough, I need to deliver at Verdugo Hills. AAARRRRGGGHHH! Much worse thoughts are in my head, believe me. It would be nice if me and my type A personality would have known this sooner. So, today, I'm trying to process things differently. I need to find this hospital, which, according to my i-phone, is 15 minutes away. The good thing is that this is 15 minutes closer to Valencia, where we'll be living when he's born.

My dr. has been telling me to travel, shop and have fun the last several appointments. Yesterday, he told me I needed to slow down and rest more. Um....ok-Yeah...right. We're moving in 4 weeks! I did follow his orders last night, I fell asleep before 8:30. Poor Kevin is usually on his own with the girls after supper these days, especially if I don't get a quick nap in the afternoons. Today, the nap is a priority, since LOST is on and I have to wait until 9pm to watch it.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Date Night!

So, Kevin's folks have been wanting to come out to California to visit us, pretty much since we moved here last December. We've been putting them off, simply because we don't have a home yet and didn't want them to have to stay in a hotel. My MIL emailed me a few weeks ago, asking if they could come out for a few days and watch the girls, so Kevin and I could have a date. They were really missing their grandkids. Um...Ok...Yes, please...

I can't tell you how excited I am for tomorrow night. May 7. Our 12 year, 11 month anniversary. Kevin and I are going to the Melting Pot. After that, I don't know-maybe walk down Paseo Colorado, maybe see a movie. Frankly, I could care less. I get to spend time with my husband, without my kids. I love my kids. I spend time with them 24/7. I am apart from them on Sundays for an hour while we are in church, and I usually try to go get groceries without them once a week. Otherwise, I am with them. All of the time. Don't get me wrong, this is my dream. This is really what I want. To be a stay at home mom. To spend time with my kids. Really. I'm just ready for a break. To be alone with Kevin and not having the girls compete for either of our attention. I honestly cannot wait. I bought a new outfit. I painted my nails. I feel like I'm back in college, I'm so giddy.

We both know having 1 date night in the last 6 months isn't a good thing. We've just been in a difficult transition period. Hopefully, we'll find some good babysitters once we move to Valencia and make it more of a priority. We do have a plan to take a trip together that I'm already looking forward to. Sometime in 2012. It will be our 15th anniversary, and I won't be pregnant or nursing, promise! I'm thinking Hawaii...

Our pastor, Rusty, said something during his message last Sunday that stuck with me. He said, "You are the only legitimate source of romance for your spouse." This is so true, and I'm still processing what it means...

So, the next few days will be great and packed with fun. We're planning a trip to the beach, we'll get to eat out, the girls are excited to swim in their hotel pool. Just to have family here, even for just a few days, will be so nice!

ok, your turn. When was your last date night and what did you do on it?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I was very excited to Redbox at Ralphs last week for the first time. That was one, of many, things we missed about Kansas. A redbox on every corner. Since then, we've canceled our netflix subscription, and have watched Princess and the Frog and Blind Side. Highly recommend the Blind Side. It was soooo good.
Moving on to food-here's what's on the table this week-

  • Taco Salad, guacamole, chips
  • Honey mustard pork chops, garlic butter rice, corn on the cob, and blackberry crisp-blackberries were on sale for 99 cents, so I bought 3 containers. And, I think I'm the only one who likes blackberries.
  • Chipotle-you should know this by now...
  • Pesto Mozzarella chicken, potatoes, salad
  • Breakfast for supper-don't know what yet, maybe biscuits and gravy and fruit...
Kevin's folks are coming on Thursday for a couple of days. Kevin and I are going on a date on Friday! I'm so excited, a whole blog post may be devoted to it. Our last date was November 20, 2009. Not that I'm keeping track or anything...Anyhoo-our meals, and my cooking may be sporatic the rest of the week, not that I mind :) I am planning a Mother's day breakfast-peach french toast and breakfast casseroles, fruit salad, and whatever anyone wants to eat that morning.

I'm also starting to plan a batch cooking day, so we'll have plenty of meals after blue comes. I can't decide whether to do it now while here in the apt. or wait until after we move. Probably after we move, to break my new kitchen in and not have to transport so many freezer meals. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Once a Month Mom posted her summer menu and there are several recipes I want to try.

Presley is sitting next to me on the couch and keeps saying, "hold you?" which really means, "hold me" so I'm off of the computer for some cuddle time with my favorite 19m old!

Music to my ears...gone bad

So, in yesterday's Target ad, Kevin saw that they had the Dyson vacuum he's been eyeing on sale, with a $150 gift card with purchase. I didn't know he was that interested in it, until I got a text at 11:30 from him, asking if I wanted to go to Target over lunch. Are you serious? He's asking me if I want to go to Target? Um, yes, please!!!!! I never hear those words come from his lips. Ever. So, I jumped on it and we all went. All 5.8 of us. At this time, my mind is racing, thinking of how I can spend a $150 gift card. Do I buy clothes for the family, diapers, home decor? My thoughts are endless...
No vacuums in stock. They didn't even have a floor model. Weird. You might think we just came home. Oh no. We left the store with a frog humidifier and $30 worth of sunscreen for the family. Side note-I took the girls to the park this morning and Presley got pink in a very short amount of time. Not the purchase we planned on, but I'm not complaining, yet.
So, we go home and eat a quick lunch, I get online to see if that vacuum is at any other Target in Pasadena. While I'm on the computer, Kevin finds the vacuum on his phone for, get this, $150 LESS than Target's price with the gift card. Kevin gets perturbed and decides, if he can get it online with free shipping, there's no need to get it at Target. What? But, I already spent that gift card about 4 times in my head! AAAARRRRRGGGGHH!
I've had a couple of hours now to settle down and realize how misleading Target's ad really is. I thought there was a law against marking things up in order to have a sale. Maybe not in California. Oh well. Maybe next week's ad will have something good in it...

Friday, April 30, 2010

the Power of Oprah and other things that really don't matter...

So, Oprah's doing this big campaign to get people off of the phone while they're driving. Ok, I get it. I even agree with it. My issue is that she did a big show today where different cities were shown all signing her pledge and basically bowing down to Oprah, saying their cars would be no phone zones, all because she said to. I'm not sure about the other cities on her show today, but LA was represented and it's against the law in CA to use your phone while driving. I'm not signing any pledge from Oprah, I signed a pledge when I got my CA driver's license. These idiots on TV displayed total disregard for the law (apparently) but because they had an opportunity to be on Oprah, they signed a pledge. Are you kidding me? Alright, getting off my soapbox, now. Oprah just annoys me...or maybe it's all of the people who worship her that annoy me...

Moving on-It's been a rough week of parenting at Osborn abode. Avery's been fine, except when provoked by McKenna. She is still working on self-control and just ignoring her sisters. I think McKenna is just now acting out b/c of the move and transition (something I went through in January and February and most of March) She talks about Wichita a lot, even Abby. She's overly whiney, and reverts to screaming and moaning when things don't go her way. Kevin says she's just a middle child. Maybe I should read a book about that. hmmm. Presley is just testing her boundaries. This week it was trying to climb to the top bunk in her big sisters' room. Lots of time-outs, tears, and "sorry, mommy." And then, we repeat the scenario 5 minutes later. Very frustrating. I'll be so glad to get rid of those bunk beds. They were good for us and served their purpose the last 3 years, but I'm done. Miraculously, the girls have been good in the evenings, so Kevin probably thinks I'm losing my mind and making all of this up. Oh, well.

I read somewhere that I am supposed to be keeping track of the baby's kicks in the morning and evening. I should feel 10 kicks within an hour, both times of day. All I can say is, this kid kicks me 10 times in about 8 minutes when I finally slow down and count. He's all over the place. It feels like there's an alien in my stomach! I'm well aware that there will come a time when I will miss feeling these kicks, but that's hard to comprehend right now.

Tonight, it's movie night at our house. We are watching Princess and the Frog and eating CPK delivery. I can't wait for CPK-Sonora egg rolls, yummmmmm Tomorrow, the girls are going to a birthday party. I must say, I'm a little jealous-they're getting pedicures and manicures at this party! It sounds so fun. They are so excited and I'm excited for them. And jealous. Maybe I can sneak a trip to Crate and Barrel sometime this weekend. That might make up for it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday and my favorite breakfast

For the last few weeks, I've been fixing this breakfast for myself. The rest of the family usually prefers something sweet in the mornings. I've been craving savory. Baby blue must love this stuff. It's so simple and it tastes so good.
In a small skillet, add a teaspoon of EVOO and then add a handful (I don't measure, just throw some in) of frozen potatoes O'Brien (those are the potatoes with peppers and onions mixed in) and cook for a minute or so. Then, add 1 slice of ham, chopped. After the ham and potatoes are cooked to your liking, add one egg and mix together, until the egg is cooked. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and serve. So good.

Here's what we're eating the rest of the day and week.
  • hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, fries, and salad.
  • Chipotle-because it's Tuesday and the baby wants it...
  • pancakes, sausage, fruit
  • spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
  • Sally's Chinese chicken salad
  • Taco Salad
Breakfasts-see above for mine, otherwise it's cereal, yogurt, toast, fruit, etc...

Lunch-leftovers, sandwiches, repeat...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Paula Deen!

A few days ago, I found out that Paula Deen was doing a book signing at a local store here in Pasadena. I immediately thought of my mom, and how much she would like a signed book by Paula. There were several rules that followed-only books bought at that store, no photos, only 1 book per person, etc. I was a little nervous, because I was afraid she might be a totally different person in real life, compared to the southern belle she is on tv.
I was so wrong! She was wonderful. The 3 seconds I got to spend with her were divine. She talked to Avery and McKenna, even wrote their names in one of the books-which was against the rules :) I begged Kevin to come and help with Presley and try to take a picture while we were in line. Paula even talked to him and when she saw that Presley was part of the group, she jokingly asked us if we knew how "that" happened (the whole having kids thing, it's a question we get asked a lot out here in Ca).

We arrived at the bookstore at 5:30 (signing was at 6) and there was already a long line outside of the building. She came at 6 and spoke for a few minutes about the book, which is a decorating book written with her assistant. That's the pic at the top of this post. Then, she went inside for the actual signing. By 6:30, we were talking to Paula! It was a great experience. Just like the time we met KU Basketball coach, Bill Self.

In honor of Paula, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes of hers. It's her chicken and rice casserole. LOVE IT!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Here is a link with more info about Real Life Church and their first building. If you scroll down to the end of the post, click on the link for the pix, then look through the pictures, you'll see Avery in pic #53, singing, I think. Her new BFF is one over from her, in the same dress :)

I can't remember if I gave the history of how we got to RLC. Back when Kevin and I lived in KY, I taught music at an elementary school. One of the teachers there, Lorrie, was a friend of mine, and her husband, Rusty, was a pastor at Southland Christian church in Lexington. We both had our first kids, daughters, during the same year. Not long after, they followed God's call to move to Valencia, Ca, and have been at RLC ever since. Ok-fast forward 6 years...when Kevin and I were thinking about moving to CA, I looked up Lorrie, via Facebook and we were able to reconnect. Fast forward another few months...after moving to Pasadena and trying to find a home, our realtor suggested that we look at Valencia. I immediately contacted Lorrie about visiting RLC and finding a home there. We attended RLC the first Sunday in December and new we had found our church home. I am so thankful God planned for us to be in this church. It has been a bright spot during this transition from Ks to Cali and an answer to our prayer for a great family church to call home!

Lazy Monday

We are all still sick-I took Presley to dr. on Thursday and she was diagnosed with a common cold. A COMMON COLD. I've had a sore throat, severe at times, for 8 days now. I want to go to a dr. but I'm afraid she'll say the same thing, and I'll have wasted money for nothing. I'm so tired of being sick. Even more so, I'm tired of my kids being sick. Presley is doing much better, though. Avery isn't so bad, and McKenna has good days and bad days. Kevin started coughing again this morning. ARGGGH-make it go away!
So, the girls and I are watching Movie Time Monday on Disney-Jungle Book 2. Actually, the girls are watching and I'm messing around on the computer. Looking for appliances and furniture for our new house. Shopping with 3 kids isn't fun. I've tried to do most of the research online, before we load up the kids for yet another adventure in search of washers and dryers. I think I know what we want, with the exception of mattresses. Man, mattresses can get so expensive! Kevin and I have no clue what to look for, but we always seem to like the ones with the biggest price tag. Anyhoo, it's fun and exhausting at the same time.
Church was incredible yesterday! It was the first Sunday in the new building. I must say, I felt a little guilty being so excited, even emotional, since we've only been going to RLC for a few months. The church is 9 years old, and this is there first permanent home. But, this church has been the best thing about moving to CA, many weeks, it's been the only good thing about being here. The girls love this church and Kevin and I can't wait to get involved in a life group as soon as we move.
So, today is a lazy day for Osbornabode. Watch a movie, rest, try to feel better, repeat...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On hold...

I feel like my life is on hold right now. I mean, I still do laundry, I still feed my family (most days), I still change diapers and home school Avery and McKenna. But, I feel like life is on hold until we move into our new (to us) home. That's when things will move. Fast. We plan to move sometime around June 12. Unless God has other plans, Baby Blue will come 10 days to 2 weeks later. Then, family will start coming to help, visit, take the girls back to KS. More family will bring the girls back to Cali a week or so later, hopefully. Then, school will start. I'm already thinking, where has the summer gone?
So, they say here in SoCal that the allergies are their worst in 10 years. Lovely, just in time for my husband and kids to experience it. Kevin, Avery and McKenna have already dealt with horrible allergies. A few days ago, Presley and I started having the symptoms. Presley, however, much worse than I. I feel so sorry for her. She's grown out of the stage where when she's sick, she just wants to be held. Now, even though she's sick, she drives me crazy. She's testing her boundaries, she's whiney, and she absolutely hates it when I wipe her nose, which is every 3 minutes. Her eyes are matted shut in the mornings and after naps. Gross. I think her allergies have turned into an infection.
We've made it this far without having to see a dr, with the exception of going to urgent care on the weekend a couple of times. A few weeks ago, I changed the girls PCP to a dr. up in Valencia that was recommended to me. We haven't gotten their insurance cards yet, so I spent most of the morning on the phone with Cigna, trying to figure out to do what to get Presley in to see someone. Why can't anything be uncomplicated? Geesh-after multiple phone conversations, Presley has an appt. on Thursday. And, I'm not leaving that office without a prescription, either for her or me!
Fuller has an art show this afternoon and Avery and McKenna each did a painting for an exhibit. So, we are headed there shortly. I'll try to post pix of their work tomorrow. They're both so excited!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Offer accepted!

We found out over the weekend that the offer we made on a house in Valencia last week was accepted! I am so excited! We won't move until June, however, because the family living in the house now have kids and want to finish the school year. The house is perfect for us, so we'll wait. It gives us more time to shop, and save money, I guess. We are going to move the girls' bedrooms around-Avery will have her own room, which will double as a guest room. McKenna and Presley will share a room, and I'm getting rid of the bunk beds-I'm so sick of changing the sheets on that bed! Kenna will have a twin bed and Presley has a toddler bed, currently in storage. And baby blue will take the nursery furniture.

So, with the move coming about a week or so before blue comes, I guess I'm keeping the ob/gyn I've been seeing. I thought I'd be able to change, but, after a few tries, it's not possible. So, I'll still have the baby here in Pasadena. I'm ok with that. I'm trying to be, anyway. Now, I need to get started on all of the logistics, changing pediatricians, enrolling Avery and McKenna in school for next fall, figuring out insurance. Kevin and I have been trying to figure out if we should get earthquake insurance, some of our friends have it, most don't, though. The deductible is crazy high, so I don't know about that, yet. And, we'll need to purchase a decent car for Kevin. The list goes on and on. My main concern now is trying not to annoy the heck out of Kevin with all of my thoughts, ideas, and questions.

In case you're wondering, we didn't celebrate at Cheesecake Factory. Kevin came down with horrible allergies over the weekend and it just didn't happen. Maybe for Good Friday or something...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Made an offer and trying not to think about it...

Since we moved here last November, we've looked at around 15 houses, took a long break from house hunting, tried in vain to figure out the CA real estate system, and narrowed down a potential neighborhood. On Wednesday, we looked at a house that could possibly be our home. We made an offer. Now, we wait. We won't know anything until Monday, most likely. I'm trying not to get emotional over this and think about it all of the time. That's easier said than done. I can't think of anything else. I'm so excited, and anxious, and nervous. I have a peace about this situation, which is different from most decisions I agonize over. I really want this house, it's in a great location, 2 blocks from the elementary school Avery and McKenna will go to next fall, it has room for our growing family and all of the junk we have. It may even have room for us to buy more junk :) It's also close to our church. It has a great kitchen and office area. It has a decent backyard, by CA standards anyway. No pool, but our HOA pool is just a few blocks away. Truth be told, I was a little wary about having a pool. I wanted one, but there just is a lot of risks and responsibility. Maybe when the kids are older...
So, this house is perfect for us. Like I said, I'm trying so hard to not constantly dwell on it. If we get it, great! We'll celebrate by eating out at Cheesecake Factory (haven't cleared that with Kevin, yet though) If we don't, I know that God has another house we'll call home soon. Maybe we can eat at Cheesecake Factory anyway and call it comfort food!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Last night's meal and easter concert

Last night, we had grilled chicken kabobs with red onions and orange and red peppers. They were delicious. McKenna made the marinade all by herself. Here's the link to the recipe. I will definitely be making this again. I also made a pasta salad and fruit salad to go with it. And, I made hawaiian bread in the bread machine that totally didn't turn out. The yeast must have been bad, because it didn't rise and tasted and looked like a brick. Sigh. Here's the pasta salad recipe. I got it from my cousin, Julie, when we were back in Ks for the wedding.

16 oz, penne, cooked
2 cucumbers, sliced very thin
1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
1 c. water
3/4 c. white vinegar
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 T mustard
1 T accent
1 T parsley flakes
2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Wait until the penne is cooled a little, then mix all together and keep in fridge. So good.

So, I found out that the Jonas Brothers are going to perform for the easter services at Saddleback church this year. I so want to go! The services will be at Angels stadium. When I told the girls, McKenna just about lost her breath, she was so excited! Our church is doing multiple services, so I know we could hit them both that weekend. If I can only talk Kevin into it...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

  • Spaghetti, salad, cheesy garlic bread
  • Grilled chicken, penne pasta salad, homemade Hawaiian bread
  • Chef Salad, bread
  • Breakfast for supper-french toast, bacon, fruit
  • Sweet and Sour meatballs, rice, corn
  • Green chili enchiladas, chips, salsa, black beans and corn
Breakfast-cereal, waffles, yogurt, granola, banana bread, fruit,
Lunch-tuna salad, sandwiches, leftovers, chef salad,
Snacks-granola, yogurt, cheese, crackers, fruit, almond butter, gorp, popcorn, carrots,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Avery's account of the quake...

Last night we had a earthquake. it was a little bit scary. But it lasted about 10 seconts. My Dad said well that was fun! Earthquake means a sudden violent shaking of the earth, caused by a shifting of the earth's crust. I was in bed when it hit and I felt my bed vibrate. I ran to Mom and Dads room and we watched the news.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Our 1st Quake!!!!

So, last night was pretty much like any night at the Osborn abode. The girls went to bed. McKenna got up multiple times during the night saying she was either thirsty, scared, or couldn't sleep. The last time she got up was around 3. Kevin got her a drink and I went to the restroom (for the 3rd time since going to bed), a pregnancy side effect that I'll be happy to say goodbye to. We all went back to sleep. The next thing I knew was my bed was shaking, the blinds were moving back and forth and my heart immediately started beating faster. Kevin jumped out of bed and ran into the girls room. Avery was already getting down from the top bunk. McKenna and Presley were still sleeping. Avery came and got in bed with us, while I turned on the TV, my heart still racing and my mind trying to process what just happened. It was such a weird feeling, the earthquake lasted only 5 seconds, max. It was like my brain knew what was going on, but because we were sleeping, it took my body longer to respond. A few minutes after I turned the TV on, the breaking news team appeared. A 4.4 earthquake. At 4:04am. The center of the quake was about 25 miles South and a little east of us. Avery, Kevin and I were all wide awake. At 4:15am. And, then, we all said we were hungry. Kevin caved first and got a bowl of cereal. I was craving pancakes, but waited until 7 to fix them. Avery stayed in our bed, she and Kevin fell back asleep. I found myself out on the couch watching the news coverage. One cool thing about this is that all of the smart people who study this kind of stuff are based out of CalTech, which is in Pasadena, so there was a lot of news coverage from Pas. One comforting fact I learned was that SoCal is not capable of having a large earthquake, like Chile experienced, simply because the fault line isn't as long as the one in Chile. The one that happened this morning is considered normal.
At least for tornadoes, we have some warning. I think that's what caught me/us so off guard. We were sleeping and felt helpless.
Avery's first school assignment this morning was to write in her journal about what happened. If she gives me permission, I'll post her account later. She's such a good writer, especially for a 7 year old.
3 things came to mind this (early) morning-
  • We need to have consistent family training for earthquakes. I want to make sure the girls know exactly what to do.
  • I need to have an emergency kit available. I don't quite know what will go in it, but the tv people said we all need one, so I'll put one together. I assume batteries, water, flashlight, the usual, etc...
  • When I fix a big breakfast on a weekday (like the pancakes I fixed this morning), I also get stuck having to clean the kitchen afterwards, because Kevin had to go to work. There's a big pile of mess calling me name. Sigh.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The search continues...and Menu Plan Monday

After a break from house hunting, Kevin and I are finally ready to start up the home search again. There are some more standard sales on the market, so hopefully we'll find a home before blue comes. Oh, I hope so. I just can't imagine having a baby in this apartment. I also went to Crate and Barrel for the first time over the weekend, and now, I can't wait to shop! Wow, that store is amazing! I could go there everyday and just look for ideas. It's my new favorite store.
Made my 3rd trip to Trader Joes this weekend. Going without a list was a huge mistake, and blow to our budget. But, I snagged 2 things that will be regular purchases from now on, if not weekly purchases-pomegranate seeds and kettle popcorn. OM Goodness, both were so good!
Here's our menu for the week-
  • Chef salad-Avery fixed the meal last night. All. By. Herself! She was so excited...
  • Hamburgers, homemade fries, salad
  • pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
  • Homemade pizza, fruit and veggies
  • Slow cooker chicken, potatoes and carrots, salad, Hawaiian bread
  • Chipotle?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Granola and homemade bread

My favorite breakfast is homemade granola with yogurt and fresh fruit. I could eat that every day. I've tried to make the granola on this site, and I burned it. And it smelled really gross afterward. This is Paula Deen's recipe. It is simply the best. I usually tweak it a little, depending on what I have on hand. I always buy the green Kroger box of granola with out raisens in the cereal section. Yesterday, I made it and forgot we didn't have coconut and wheat germ. It tastes much better with the coconut. I also add craisens, instead of cherries. And I omit the walnuts. Actually, yesterday at Ralphs, I found a trail mix in the deli section that had almonds, raw cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. I bought the container and added 1/2 a cup of so to the granola after it was cooled and it was really good. Still wished I had coconut, though. Again, go here, make it, and enjoy!

I got my new breadmaker last week. I found this site and it has a ton of recipes. I made this garlic bread first, and it was very good. Even a few days later, it was good. I made some raisen bread (from a recipe booklet that came with the breadmaker) over the weekend, and it burned. It was so bad, I could have given it to the girls to play kick ball with. I chose the medium setting, so, next time, I'll choose the light and see what happens. I'm planning to make some hawaiian bread this week, from a box, so, hopefully it'll turn out.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ob update and Menu for the week

Today, I am in my 24th week of pregnancy. It's still hard to believe at times. I didn't gain any weight this month, which is surprising, because I'm starting to feel big. My blood pressure was 100 over 70, so that's good. And, baby blue's heartbeat was 141. My dr. informed me that I have fibroids, which isn't a huge deal, just another chance for him to remind me that I'm old. Geesh, he makes me feel was I'm 65 and pregnant, instead of 35.

Our menu this week is pretty hodge podge. I'm fixing some meals, but we have so many leftovers and odds and ends that need to be eaten, so our menu looks like this...
  • leftovers-homemade pizza, take-out from Chevy's
  • Soup-I know, it's been on the menu for 3 weeks now and hasn't made it to the table yet, thank goodness I still have everything in the freezer and/or pantry, I'm making it tonight, no matter what
  • Chipotle for Kevin and me-the girls can have leftovers, cereal, sandwiches, etc...back in Ks, we had a habit of eating Chipotle during LOST each week. It's been harder to do here in CA, since Lost is on at 9 instead of 8. Last week, I fell asleep during it, so I'm determined to stay awake this Tuesday. So, Chipotle it is. And, maybe a nap in the afternoon.
  • Breakfast for supper-ham, cheese, and broccoli quiche, fruit, yogurt
  • Cavatini, salad, garlic bread-will post recipe, soon
  • Maybe CPK??
  • Leftovers, leftovers, leftovers...
I made a batch of granola yesterday. Last night, Avery said, "I just can't stay away from this stuff, it's so good!" I'll post the recipe tomorrow-

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Quick hits and apple crisp

  • So, we had steak last night, and, from the way McKenna acted, you'd have thought it was Christmas. After every bite she exclaimed, "this is the best steak ever!" She loved having her favorite meal. Avery, on the other hand, hates steak and dined on corn and a breadstick. She didn't pout, though. Of course, she knew what was for dessert.
  • This move has really brought our family closer together. We enjoy being with each other. Sure, I would absolutely love to have a date night. Kevin and I haven't be out sans kids since mid-December, when we went Christmas shopping FOR the kids. But, there are those rare nights when I'm awake even after the kids are in bed, and we're able to have in home dates. It's not the same, I won't lie, but it's better than nothing. Homeschooling Avery right now has been great for our home life, too. She and McKenna are closer than ever, and now that Presley is able to play and talk more, their relationship is growing, too. Because of the tight space we live in, we can't just go and do our own thing within our apartment, so there has been a lot of compromise over what movies to watch, what games to play, who's doing what in what room, etc...We're a close-knit family, and I like it that way.
  • The little boy in my tummy kicks a lot. He's a very active baby, and I'm so looking forward to meeting him. I'm starting to have lots of feelings of guilt from when I first found out I was pregnant. To say I was shocked and even sad would be an understatement. I cried. All the time. I just couldn't see how another baby would fit into our plans. At the time, I thought it was one of the worst things that could happen. Now, I'm so ashamed of thinking that way, and I'm hoping the pain and guilt will go away so I can just enjoy the rest of this pregnancy without constantly beating myself up about past thoughts.
  • So, that was a little deeper than I meant it to be. Oh well. On to the recipe. It never fails. 15 minutes after supper each and every night, McKenna asks if we can have dessert. Most nights, the answer is, "sure, you can have some fruit or yogurt." That doesn't get the greatest of reactions from her, though. Last night, I knew we had the stuff to make apple crisp, so that's what I made, with Avery's help.
  • Let me say, for the record, that I love having my kids help me in the kitchen. I want to teach them how to bake and cook. However, the kitchen we are in right now is so not good for family cooking. This has been a struggle, because the girls still want to help, and I find myself saying, "wait until we get a home with a better kitchen." After 3 months of saying this, I can't hold them back much longer.
Apple Crisp-

This is adapted from the fruit crisp recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I make this several times in the winter months. It's easy and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. I can make this after supper while Kevin is cleaning the kitchen and it's done by the time the girls are finished with baths. Leftovers are so good the next day, too.

5 cups of peeled and sliced apples-I use Granny Smith, 4 apples usually work great
4 TBSP sugar

1 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon

1 stick butter

Mix the apples and sugar together and place in a casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Combine the next 4 ingredients and pour over the apples. Melt butter and drizzle over oat mixture. Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

weekend recap and menu

Why do weekends always go so fast? We had probably the best weekend since we moved. I was still really sick on Friday, but by Saturday, we all felt much better. We went to LA with some friends to the California Science Center. The kids had a lot of fun. We found a great place to eat lunch back in Pasadena, then went home and vegged the rest of the day.
I woke up this morning with news that a friend of my niece's passed away after battling cancer for 4 of his 7 years on this earth. I can't imagine the pain this family is going through. So very sad. I've thought a lot today about my nieces and how they are dealing with a tragedy most adults can't even handle. The comfort in this horrible situation is that Carson is with Jesus now, and he is completely cancer-free.
We went to church for the first time in 3 weeks. Oh, it was so good to be in church again. Finally, our family healthy and ready to worship. We had a guest song leader that was actually a worship leader at the church we attended in Ky. A great service, followed by a great lunch-Olive Garden! We are just starting to enter the phase where Presley isn't fun to eat out with, but today she was great. Loud, but great. Made a trip to Ralphs up in Valencia before heading back to Pasadena. No creamer there, either. Sigh.
And, here's the menu for this week-
  • steak, baked potatoes, green beans-McKenna didn't get this last week and her whole face lit up today when she saw the steaks in our grocery cart.
  • breakfast for dinner-waffles, fruit, eggs, and bacon
  • the soup I was supposed to make last week, but didn't get around to it-
  • chicken fajitas, queso, quacamole, chips
  • spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
  • Dinner with friends on Friday!
  • Leftovers

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Some things on my mind right now...
  • If you visit our apartment, you will most likely be greeted with one (or more) of 3 scents-ant killer, clorox, or the gas smell that constantly seeps from our stove.
  • I'm so tired of being sick. I was hoping to escape the gunk that has gone through our family. No such luck. Moms don't get sick days. Thankfully, Kevin takes over as soon as he comes home from work. I feel like a zombie. A zombie who can't breathe. The girls are feeling much better, so that's a good thing. Hoping Kevin won't get sick.
  • Avery and Kenna learned about how and where the Olympics started today in school. They even made up their own ice skating routine-Kenna was the skater and Avery was her coach. They did a great job!
  • Avery got her first Junie B. Jones book today. Toothless Wonder is the title, go figure. If you're my fb friend, you know Avery lost a tooth on Monday. The tooth fairy didn't come that night and she was devastated. Her tooth still had some blood on it, so she decided to clean it in the bathroom sink. You know where this is going. Kevin told her not to, that she'd drop it down the drain. Less than a minute later, Avery is crying and screaming. Kevin tried to get it out, instead, he broke the pipe. Now, there is a bucket under the sink and we're waiting for maintenance to come fix it. If fixing our heater in a timely manner is any indication of when they'll be here, they'll come in about 3 days. Our heater pilot light went out over the weekend and they showed up today to light it. It's been a chilly few days. Now we have a nice warm hallway, where the heater is. Nice.
  • Oh, the tooth fairy did come last night, thank goodness. Avery got $4 and was so happy this morning.
  • I would love to know what our neighbors above us do during the night. It never fails, they are so loud, between 12:30 and 5am, to be exact. I could swear they were re-arranging furniture on Monday night. I can hear everything that goes on up there, the toilet flushing, the tv, the drum set, the vacuum. All of it.
  • I got some money for my birthday from my parents, and I spent it today. I used to have a bread machine, but I never used it so I gave it away several years ago. Now that I'm home, and I actually have the time to use it, I really want one. I found a refurbished cuisinart bread machine on Overstock last week and ordered it today. It had really good reviews so I'm anxious to try it out. I almost caved and bought a toaster, too, but I didn't. I've had our current toaster since 1994. It works, but not well. You can put bread in and never know what the outcome will be. We also really need a 4 slot toaster now. Maybe for Mother's Day...hint, hint...
  • Not having an ice maker and having (or having to remember) to make your own ice is really only fun for the first day or so.
  • Kevin got his diploma in the mail this week. So, it's finally official. I'm so glad that chapter of our lives is over. I still catch myself thinking, "I wonder if Kevin will want to write tonight."
  • Presley can count to 13. Seriously. She doesn't do it on purpose, she just randomly starts counting. Or, if you start counting, she'll finish it or continue it with you. She's brilliant! She still loves Mickey Mouse, but is starting to like Dora more and more. She's growing and changing so fast. Some days, I can't imagine having a baby in the house with 3 other kids running around. It's gonna happen before I'm ready, that's for sure.
  • This little boy is so lucky to have 3 big sisters who already love him so much. Every time we go to Target, McKenna picks something out that she "knows" her little brother will just love. Today, it was a set of stackable toys.
  • I signed up to get Target texts and was able to use my first coupon there today. Target sends me a text every Sunday with a list of electronic coupons. If I buy a certain product, I just let the cashier scan the text on my phone and the coupon shows up on my receipt. I saved $1 on Kraft cheese today.
  • Easter candy is now at Target. Not a good thing. We bought enough to stock Kevin's office and a little for our home. To make matters worse, the section is right next to the baby section, so we'll see it EVERY time we go there.
  • Only 2 more days 'til Friday...always a good thing!