Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chile Prayers

Last night we got together with some great friends from church. They have 3 of the cutest little boys ever. It was so fun to play with the boys, eat dinner, play cards, and catch up with some great conversation. It was such a fun night, and it's sad that they had to wake to some devastating news. Ed & Jill were missionaries in Chile and have been back in the States for about 4 years. Jill went to Chile as a missionary and met and fell in love with Ed while serving there. They both continued to do mission work in Chile for years after marrying. They still have lots of family and friends in Chile and earlier today when we spoke to them they were still very worried about the earthquake situation there. They were still trying to contact family and friends to find out details. Please keep the people of Chile in your prayers.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blah...

How do people work all the way until their due date. I'm still 12 weeks away, and things have been kinda rough lately. It's hard to sleep. I can't get comfortable, and when I finally do- Kennedie gives me a nice little love kick to remind me she's there. So, I spend more than half the night tossing and turning. So I "wake up" at 5:30 tired and dragging myself to school.

And now, I'm getting to the point where my lower back is really starting to hurt. I get sharp pains, and then cramping in it. And even though I work out, I get really tired doing little things like shaving my legs, tying my shoes, or going up and down the stairs.

Needless to say- throw in 160 seventh graders and I'm pretty much more than pooped by the end of the day.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

3 Cheese Chicken Penne


This one was super yummy!

Ingredients:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken beasts
  • Italian salad dressing
  • penne pasta
  • jar of Alfedo sauce
  • bag of shredded Italian cheeses
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

MEAT: First thing you want to do is marinate the chicken in the Italian dressing for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Then grill the meat and chop it into bite sized pieces.

BRUCHETTA: Chop tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Add to a bowl of olive oil. Set aside. Picture below of bruchetta:


PASTA: Cook according to directions. Then cover the pasta with the alfredo sauce. Warm.

ALL TOGETHER: Add pasta to the serving bowls. Sprinkle cheese to the top. Spoon bruchetta over the pasta. Add chicken to the top. (Put in microwave for 1-2 minutes to warm if you desire the cheese to melt.)

Finished product:

Pretty simple and yummy!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend

This past weekend started out with these beautiful flowers from my sweet husband. They've been so nice to look at and smell all weekend. Then Friday night we went to some friend's house from church for some yummy Mexican food & fellowship. It was nice to hang out with them because we haven't hung out in several months.

Saturday was a long day... but good and very productive. We can finally say that we are officially registered for our sweet little girl. Even though we made a list before we went (so we wouldn't double register, go clicker happy, or forget something), it was still time consuming and stressful. We registered at Target and at Babies R Us. I feel like we did a good job not registering for a bunch of froo- froo things. I did get get a little excited about the whole "girl" thing and click on a few cutie outfits at Babies R Us, but other than that- we stuck to the list.

Saturday night we went down to the strip. My Tiffany's necklace broke last week and we needed to take it down to the Belagio to have it repaired. While we were down there we walked through the conservatory (one of my favorite things to do), and then walked through the new City Center and Aria. It was really fun because they also had 3 different art galleries free to the public to walk through right now. We got to walk through a photography gallery, Cirque Du Soleil gallery, and a glass/painting gallery. Very cool stuff, but my feet were killing me by the time we got back to the car.

Sunday we enjoyed worship and taking naps!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

27 Weeks

Today marks 27 weeks!! Wow, I can't believe only 13 more weeks and I get to meet my little girl. I can't wait to see what she will look like and to shower her with hugs and kisses!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Office to Loft....

Okay, so one of the fun things we did over our 3 day President's Day weekend was transition rooms in our house. We have 3 bedrooms- our room, the guest room, and the office. We also have a loft that really has never gotten used. We had a couch, coffee table, and chest in the loft, but we rarely sat in there to enjoy it. So... while trying to prepare for Kennedie we thought we'd sell off all the loft furniture on Craigslist to make some money for Miss K's room, and then move our office into our loft. So, Kennedie's room will be the old office.

So, after selling off all the loft furniture it was time to repaint the loft to prepare it to become our new office. Now our loft has 3 walls- two of which were brown and one was orange- so not going to work for the office. If you remember our cute office (click HERE) then you know we just did a makeover on it a year ago. Well.... as cute as it was, lime green was not going to work out in the open in our loft. So, we kept it all the same except we painted the walls Gobi Desert (from behr paint)- a khaki. I actually think I love it more now then before. You don't realize how busy the lime green actually was until you see it in a calming khaki.

Pictures:

Old, cute, fun, lime green office (soon to be Miss K's room):


Old loft colors without furniture (already sold on craigslist):




New, khaki, subtle office/loft:






I love this room so much now because it is actually getting used, and it's really cute now! (I'm sorry I don't have a picture of the loft before with all the old furniture in it.)

We also primered over the lime green to get ready to paint Miss K's room. That will be a job for this weekend or next, or next.... or whenever we get around to it!

So here is Kennedie's room for now.... no lime green & primer on the wall & painting materials still sitting out waiting for the job to get done!

I can't wait to tell you what we decided on for her room decor! I want to wait until I have something to show for it. I'm just so excited about it!
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

An Echo in the Darkness- Mark of the Lion Book 2


Okay... so one of the things I've been wanting to blog about for a few days now is the second book in the Mark of the Lion series: An Echo in the Darkness. (Go HERE to read my review on the first book if you missed it.)

This book was so GOOD!!! I really couldn't put it down. The other book took about 100 pages to get into, but this one I was hooked at the beginning. (Don't try to read this one without reading the first one though- it won't make sense.)

So, the story continues with Hadassah, Julia, and Marcus. You only think Hadassah is not apart of the story anymore after book one, but she is!! It goes on to chronicle her life as Azar, meaning Helper and how her life once again becomes intertwined with the Valerian's life- even though they don't know it.

My favorite part of this book follows Marcus's story though. It shows how he wrestles with his love for Hadassah and then comes to know the greater love of the Lord. Beautiful, amazing, awesome story line with Marcus.

Julia frustrates me alot in this book, but I'm glad that her story was apart of the mix still.

I can't say enough positive things about this book. I'm afraid to keep typing because I don't want to give to much away. Even though this book is fiction, I feel like it's helped me in my spiritual journey to draw closer to God and to be bolder in my faith. I love the encouragement that it has provided for me.

I am patiently waiting for the 3rd book in the series to arrive at my house.... I ordered it early last week, and I can't believe that I don't have it yet. I can't wait to start it!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Redbud Giveaway!


Hey yall! Head over to Redbud- Sharon is doing a blog design giveaway!!

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Lots to Tell....

Okay... I've got tons to blog about this week. I'll save that for later though. Lantz and I are going to use cloth diapers. We've heard alot of positive things and it's something we think we can do to help save money & the environment. There are tons of easy and affordable brands out there... which is a big problem. How do you pick? Just didn't know if any of you fabulous readers out there had any insight. I'm not sure if you use cloth diapers, or if you know someone who does- but I'd love to hear any advice that you may have on the subject.

PS. They say that 12 cloth diapers & inserts cost just about as much as one month of disposable diapers. They say that cloth diapers can save you anywhere from $1500- $2000 PER KID depending on when your little one potty trains. With us... this seems to be calling our name. So yeah.... any advice when trying to decide which ones to use?
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday Night= Date Night

Last night was a GREAT night! Lantz surprised me with a wonderfully planned evening. Lantz picked me up from school and took me straight to get a prenatal massage. This was not only an awesome surprise, but very relaxing. The lady was really able to work through my lower back pain to relieve some pressure. It was great!!

Then, Lantz surprised me by taking me to the movies to see.....

This was my favorite part of the night!!! Last weekend this movie came out, and I've been excited about it for awhile. I read this book about this time last year, and I LOVED it! See my post about it by clicking HERE. To this day it is still my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. Believe it or not I was pretty satisfied with the movie. Of course the book was better in alot of ways, but I think I may have enjoyed the tweek that they added to the end of the movie that wasn't present in the book. Either way, you should totally read the book and watch the movie. I don't think you'll be disappointed with either one. (I'm not going to give you a summary of the movie, cause you can get that by reading my post over the book- HERE.)

Lantz even had little snacks from the dollar store for our movie.... I love how he totally thought ahead!

Finally, the last stop on our surprise stop was....

I love The Cheesecake Factory!!! This is one of my favorite restaurants. It is so yummy. We always split a appetizer, main dish, and slice of cheesecake.... I love that we always do this and that it's really become a tradition. The funny thing is is that we always order the same appetizer- thai lettuce wraps, and we always order the same cheesecake- chocolate coconut cream cheesecake... oh so good! We do however always get a different main dish. Last night we got the Pasta Da Vinci. This was a great dish, and I would totally order it again. I really liked the flavor to it. But.... of course the best thing about this place is the cheesecake. If you've never had the chocolate coconut cream I would totally recommend it.... it is by far the BEST!

So yeah... I had an amazing night last night.... not just because of all the great surprises, but because I was with the love of my life. Lantz always makes everything better.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

26 Weeks & Miss K's Valentine


Above you can see where the belly is at 26 weeks.... I feel like I get a bit bigger every day. She's become quit the little kicker lately.... maybe we'll sign her up for karate.

Also, today in the mail Kennedie got her first Valentine! It was so exciting to open a card and present with her name on it. Her "Momma D" & "Cowboy" (my parents) mailed her the sweetest little granddaughter Valentine card and the cutest little pink outfit with a matching hat. They were both a huge surprise & super adorable! Check out the photos below:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Belly Button

So.... I'm pretty sure my belly button is going to pop out any day now. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I don't think I want it to, but at this point I don't think I have a choice. Yuck.

Oh, my groin still really hurts. Why is this not a number one thing that people mention about pregnancy? This may be my number one "pain" with pregnancy thus far.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Catalyst Teen Night

Friday night we had 22 of our teens over for a night of fun times. Lantz smoked a brisket all day and so we got to enjoy brisket sandwiches and Marie Calender's pies. ( I love MC coconut cream- amazing!) The kids played Rock Band, Wii, Jenga, and hand & foot. It was alot of fun! Here are some photos of the night:

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Easy Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:
- 1 & 1/2 pounds- 2 pounds of ground hamburger meat
- 1 large can of refried beans
- 1 small can of red enchilada sauce
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1/4 cup of chopped onion
- cheese
- 4 tortillas

Directions:
Cook hamburger meat with onions. Add taco seasoning. In a separate dish warm up refried beans to where they are mushy and will spread easily. Pour a tiny bit of enchilada sauce down into dish so tortillas won't stick. Put two tortillas down into dish. Spread 1/2 of beans down. Spread 1/2 of meat mixture onto beans. Pour a little enchilada sauce over meat. Put a little cheese down. Repeat: Tortillas, beans, meat, sauce, cheese. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Life in Ruins

Last night we rented a really cute movie! This movie is definitely not going to win "movie of the year" or anything, but it was a great rent. I laughed so hard in this movie, and even teared up in some parts.

This is about a girl named Georgia who moved to Greece to work in the history department at a college there, but they ended up cutting her position. So to pay the bills she becomes a week long tour director that travels to different places in Greece. She is miserable at this job and frustrated that she always gets the "rejects" of customers while her coworker always gets the better "people," bus, and places to stay. This is a story of her finding love, learning how to relax, and bonding with a group that she never thought she would.

So cute! If there is nothing else at the rental place that tickles your fancy you should try this one out.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

25 Weeks



Today marks 25 weeks for Miss K & me. I can't believe I'm only 15 weeks away from holding my sweet little girl.

I stayed home sick today. I'm just not feeling up to par. Kennedie kept me up from 1:30 - 3:30 am last night. Then, I woke up with some allergies (I think). My nose has been running all day and I've been sneezing like crazy.

But, somethings made today pretty special. Lantz brought the mail in and Kennedie got some fun presents from her Aunt Feather (my sister, Heather). She mailed two of the most adorable burp rags I've ever seen in my whole life! Her roommate, is Anna (shout out to Anna who is a faithful reader of mine!!), and Anna's sister-in-law made these for my sweet little princess! I can't say enough how much I LOVE them!!! They are the first thing we've received with her name embroidered on it. Check the photos out below:



Today was also really special cause my mother-in-law came into town too! I'm so excited to spend some time with her over this weekend. She's going to hopefully help me start to organize my ideas for Kennedie's room.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I think I may have it...

I think Lantz and I may have a nursery idea nailed down. This is something that I've stressed about now for a few months, but I think I got it all figured out today. I think it's the right thing because I keep getting more and more excited about it.

I'm not going to spill the beans just yet cause we've technically just "decided" it over the last few hours.... but once it's a bit more finalized and I do some shopping and looking around over the next week I'll let you know! Thanks to all of you who linked to Cassie's blog (if you didn't link your ideas or nurseries up to hers there is still time... people like me would appreciate it). I really enjoyed looking through all your nurseries and suggestions. I also liked all the "craftsy" ideas you had, and the suggestions on saving money. But clue number one is that it's not like any of those that are linked there. :)
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

um... pain

So, my inner thigh- groin area has been hurting for several weeks. ???? I guess my body is getting ready for the birthing? Crazy, I've heard alot about pregnancy, but no one informed me of this pain.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

A Voice in the Wind

A few months ago I finished Francine Rivers book Redeeming Love, and I LOVED it. Click HERE to read about it if you missed that post. Anyways, I had several people recommend Francine Rivers' series The Mark of the Lion to me. So, over Christmas break I started the first book in the series A Voice in the Wind. I wish that I could tell you that I picked it up and just whipped it out.... well, that didn't happen. I'm not going to lie... it took me about 100 pages to really get interested and figure out exactly who the characters were. You may ask, "Well, why in the world did you keep reading it?" Great question. I trusted the opinion of the ones who recommended it to me and I wanted to know what they saw in the book. Let me just say that I'm glad that I kept reading it. This book was really great, and I love that it's a series and I get to keep reading about the characters journeys.

If you can get through the first 100 pages, then I know you'll love this book too! It's got 4 main characters: Hadassah, Atretes, Julia, and Marcus- if you just focus on these four and don't get bogged down in all the other names then the story will come together easier for you.

Okay, so short summary: The setting takes place shortly after Jesus' death, burial, and ressurection (some of the disciples are still living) in Rome primarily. Hadassah (about 16 in age) is in Jerusalem when her whole family dies. Rome conquers Jerusalem and she is taken into captivity. She is sold into slavery and begins serving a very prominent family in Rome- the Valarians. She serves Phoebe and Decimus Valarian who have 2 children: Marcus and Julia. Julia is about the same age as Hadassah and Marcus is about 21. Hadassah is quickly assigned as Julia's personal servant. At the same time that Rome conquers Jurusalem, Rome conquers Germany and Atretes (Germanian) is taken into captivity and sold into slavery in Rome as a gladiator.

The book follows the story of these 4 characters and eventually all the stories seem to intertwine together. The best part of the book is the religious aspect of it. Hadassah is a Christian and yet everyone thinks that she is a Jew. It is a criminal offense to be a Christian, and so she does not correct people when they assume that she is Jewish. She struggles to be vocal about her faith and try to share the gospel with the people who she serves and has grown to love. The Valarian family worships stone gods and think that Hadassah's "stories" are entertaining and yet don't think much else of them as far as spiritually. It's so interesting to watch Hadassah grow in her own faith and it was encouraging to me as I was reading.

The love story that also starts to develop between Marcus and Hadassah is very beautiful. I won't give much away on this one.

It's also interesting to read about Atretes as a gladiator and what he had to endure. It was especially neat for me to read about him fighting in the colosseum since we were able to visit it while in Rome this past summer. Here is a picture from our trip in honor of the book and time period:


The books ending is kinda a cliff hanger. None of the story really gets "resolved" or answers some of the questions that it presents. So... that's why you have to read the second and third ones I guess to get the rest of the story. With that being said, I started the second book and look forward to discovering what happens to these four characters.

This series is quickly becoming a favorite! It's a must read (just hang in past 100 pages- it'll all start to come together)!
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