Sunday, November 30, 2008


I am so thankful for him and him and her

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

looney tunes

By the way, when I post a pic of food I always make Derek wait to eat until I get just the right picture. He thinks I am looney tunes! Derek waiting for food? Can you imagine how nuts he thinks I am?!! But I am totally normal. All of you take pictures of your meal before you eat right?!!!


Lots to report today, first of all a couple recipes. This is what we had for supper last night - White chicken chilli and naughty cornbread, yum!!
White chicken chilli:
1 large jar great northern beans, drained, 1 medium onion, chopped, 1 Tbs. olive oil, 1 tbs minced garlic, 8 oz chopped green chilis, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 6 cups chicken stock, 3 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts, 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese, salt, pepper and sour cream to taste.
Saute' onion in olive oil. Add garlic, chilis, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Saute' 2 minutes. Add beans, chicken stock and chicken. Simmer until heated through. Add 1 cup cheese, salt and pepper. ladle into soup bowls and top w/ more cheese and sour cream.

Naughty cornbread:
1 box yellow cake mix, 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix, 5 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 1 1/3 cup water, 1/2 cup butter - melted. Mix all together and pour into muffin pans (I used 1 miffin pan and 1 pan that makes 4 mini loaves of bread). Bake at 350 degrees until knife comes out clean (muffins about 15 minutes, loaves about 30 minutes). Serve warm with butter. Soooo good! Jack wants me to make these every day :o)

This picture is of us girls before Emma's very first shopping trip to Chicago. What a day!! We were all shopped out. Emma was so good. She needed more clothes - actually she has all the clothes available in the Quad Cities area so we had to trek to Chicago. He he hehe!!!!!!

My little climber figured out how to climb up on the stools at our kitchen island, now we really are in for it! So she insisted on eating her lunch up at the counter like the big kids.

Also, our house got painted this week so we have been very busy putting it all back together. I'll post pictures soon.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I am so excited! Our first holiday get together is this Saturday - can't wait! Not too excited about the Christmas tree this year though with the little monster. With Jack we just put all the ornaments up high on the tree but I think Little miss thing will figure that one right out. We are in for it!
Have a great week!
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

more pictures

ok-on that last post The first pic wasn't supposed to be on there - you all got a bonus! Here is Emma doing a puzzle with Aunt Darcey, and then Jack and my friends baby Aiden and then the little brute being sassy!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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The little climber

I am really going to try to post more often, really! I am just so busy with my little brute and my big smarty pants! Emma has learned how to climb on the kitchen chairs and then up onto the kitchen table - she is so proud of herself! Look at the second picture - "ut-oh, Mommy caught me! I'm so cute though I will get away with it!". And of course she is so stinkin' cute what can I do but to get my camera and encourage her?! See, 3rd pic "You know you think I am a cutie mommy!!". So, now for the brute part - oh and please excuse the messy house in the pics, we are painting this week - so I watched my friend Jesica's baby Aiden and Emma was so jealous. It was like the WWF around here! She just wanted me to have nothing to do with him. She also kept saying "baby" over and over. He has on a little headband to mold his head and it is a good thing - for protection from the little terror. She was trying to get it off and I think she would have loved to be able to just pick him up (by his helmet!) and "love" on him like she does her baby dolls! I still haven't quite figured out how to post pictures in this blog so I will add a few more on another post of Jack and Aiden. Jack on the other hand was so good with Aiden, he just wanted to sit and hold him - such a sweet boy.
Tomorrow Emma is going on her first shopping trip to Chicago! - with Grandma, Aunt Darcey and Mommy. So excited! What will Emma wear? Hmmm....she has no clothes :o)
Jack is going to stay home and "help" Grandpa Chris paint.
Emma has sid something new - GRANDMA! You can only imagine how excited Christie was - Emma even said "hi Grandma" on the phone to her!
She is also nodding her head yes and no - too smart.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008


Here are some pics of our Halloween. What do you think of Derek as a Hobbit? Everyone thought he looked younger in that wig - think he should wear it all the time?!!!!!! Jack was so hyper, little too much candy! He loved doing his Ninja moves. And look at my little flower, precious. She left the hat part on too, I was surprised. I think she knew how cute she was. After trick or treating we went to a party at out friends house - the costumes were hilarious! I will post more pics later of that. Well, I am off to church. Derek left early for Sunday school and called - we forgot to turn back our clocks - duh!!!
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