Monday, August 31, 2009

Meal Plan

Meal Planning Saves Money! Don't believe me? Try it once! You'll be surprised. 

All you need to do is figure out 5-7 meals for the week to cook from home. You buy everything to make those dishes, plus snacks, etc. that you need and you save a ton of money. Plus you have leftover to eat as well.

Here's our meal plan for the week:
Chicken & Rice Casserole
Quesadillas & Mexican Rice
Homemade Chili
Omelets & Turkey Bacon (We love breakfast for dinner!)
Homemade Strawberry Mixed Wheat Pancakes & Turkey Bacon 
Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Steak, Corn on the cob & Carrots

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My little Stinker!

He had me crackin up. Half of the shots his mouth is open . He's been talking up a storm lately. He speaks so strong and quick, he almost sounds German!


And...
Joel got froze tonight. Which means the state is making him work a double shift because they need him. So to help pass the time I edited some old photographs, which are now new favorites! It's amazing how much you learn in a year.







Do the robot!

Here's a few videos from our trip to NC last week.  We hung out with my oldest sister and her family most of the time.

We found Zoie, my niece, walking around with these boxes on her legs that she stole from the kitchen trash.  She had me cracking up.



And here's Jack's 1st flight to NC.  
We had to wake up at 3:30 am to catch our red eye and once the jet engines turned on he was out.  I tried to wake him to give him a bottle for his ears, but he wasn't having it.  I kid you not, I checked his pulse.  He was like a drunk person.  And this kid is a serious light sleeper.


Jack's 1st time at the Atlantic Ocean!  
Did I mention how much I no longer care for the ocean?  At least while Jack is in the "must put everything in my mouth" phase.  It was not fun for me.  Not to mention the bath following was disgusting.  Sand in the butt crack, sand in the ears.... sand everywhere! 



And Jack's 1st time on the pier!  

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tips for Flying with a Baby

So, while on vacation I learned many lessons at the airport, maybe it will make your next flying experience a little more enjoyable!

1.) Bring a bottle for take off & landing.

It will help with your little one's ears.  Also bring a snack.  The swallowing action helps the ears. 

2.) Bring the car seat, even if you don't buy a seat for your child.  

It's safer for take off and landing and they have a place to sleep!  Jack was considered a lap child but was able to sit in his car seat on the flight there and home since it wasn't a full flight.  When you check in, ask if it's a full flight and explain that you have a lap child but would like to use the car seat if there is a seat available.  The lady at the counter changed our seats so there would be an empty seat between us.  The man at the gate also did this for the flight home.  Oh, and both times they put us at the very back of the plane, I'm talking last row. 

3) Buy a car seat cover/gate check bag.

Even if you're checking the seat.  They have a strap and make carrying the seat around through the airport much much easier!  I bought one for $15 at BabiesRus.

4.) Ask for a plastic cup when the flight attendant is serving drinks.  

Our American Airline flight attendant gave Jack a plastic cup and he was so happy and into it until we landed!

5.) I don't recommend traveling alone with a baby.  

My husband was traveling with me, but if you do have to travel alone ask about a special pass so a friend or family member can help you to the gate.  If this is not an option, ask someone to help until you reach security.

6.) Bring an umbrella stroller.  

They're lighter and easier to fold up... and as long as you have a normal large plane you can store it in an overhead bin.  If you're on a regional jet, you'll probably have to check it due to space.

7.) Don't forget the gate check tag for your stroller or car seat if you plan to drop if off at the entry way by the plane! 

 They're usually sitting at the desk at the gate.  Ask for one if you're not handed one.  And be sure to fill out the info. on it.

8.) Remember where you parked.  

I always remember because I use to be a flight attendant but my parents didn't know where to go to get on the shuttle or the lot they were in.  In Columbus, they are by colors... (red lot is long term, blue is short, etc.)  So make sure you figure that out!  

9) Security will allow you to bring bottles of water/breastmilk/mixed formula through.

 I had bottles of water and they had me open them and they waved a small white tester over it.

10.) If using a car seat, place it by the window.  

It's safer there.  In the event of an emergency, the car seat could be blocking you from moving by quickly.  You have to unbuckle your child and then try to squish by the giant car seat.  

11.) They have changing tables in most Lavatories. 

Ask the flight attendant where they are located, so you're not walking all the way to the front for nothing. 

12.) You may need a seat belt extension.

For the car seat.  I would just ask for one when boarding and passing the flight attendant.  He/she will bring you one if they can't grab it at that very moment.  And if you happen to not need one, just hand it back to the flight attendant while he/she is doing checks before take off.

Try to relax and most people will be helpful and understanding!

That's all I can think of right now, but if anyone wishes to add to the list feel free to list your tips below!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back from Vacation




Here's the reason I went down to NC, to capture the renewing of vows.  They did them at sunrise so the sun would be over the ocean (since it was the East Coast).  Many MANY more photos to come!





Sunday, August 16, 2009

Oh Baby!



So, tonight at the party I pulled my sister away and did a few early maternity photos for her baby shower invitations.  We're sending them out in a week or two... she's only 15 weeks so not much of a belly, so we went with a different idea!  I took this photo in the ally behind my parents house.  Not to bad for a 5 minute shoot? :) 


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Jack's 1st Vacation

So!  We're flying down to see my sister & her family this week.  It will be Jack's first vacation and our first time going somewhere as a family. 

I'm excited and also a little terrified.  Excited because it's a vacation, and terrified because Jack will be a lap child on the plane, because he's the "I need total silence to nap" kind of kid, and because I've never traveled with a baby before!  You would think I would be a pro since I use to be a flight attendant, but I am still anxious.

So we leave Wednesday morning, which means I have only have Tuesday to pack because tomorrow my mom is throwing me a birthday party (yes a birthday party, she loves me, lol) and then Monday Joel is taking me out for my birthday since he had to work on my real b-day. 

So today I went on a shopping spree to make sure we'll be comfortable and hopefully happy on this trip and I want to make it as stress free as possible!

Here are the items that are going to make that happen:

chocolate kids deluxe umbrella stroller 
(we currently only have a big bulky one that would need to be gate checked)
This Chicco Caddy Hook On Chair
(because there's no way I'm trying to feed an almost 11 month old in a stroller)
And this for the carseat 
(So it doesn't get all dirty if it has to be gate checked.  
I'm hoping for a free seat next to us but if not we'll have to gate check it.  
By the way they only sell a solid black style in stores)

My sister has a packnplay so that's one less thing I will need to bring!  We're also going to the ocean!  YAY!  Another first for Jack.  Okay I'm starting to be more excited than nervous :) 

(all items from babiesRus)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Velvety Vegetable Cheese Soup


Velvety Vegetable Cheese Soup

Another family favorite and actually pretty healthy.

 What You Need:

1 package (16 oz) frozen broccoli or equivalent of fresh broccoli

2 cans (14oz each) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth

¾ lb (12 oz) Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, Cut up

 

Make It:  Place vegetables and broth in large saucepan; cover.  Bring to boil on medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 min. or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in Velveeta; cook 5 min. or until Velveeta is melted and soup is heated through, stirring frequently.

Yield: 6 Servings

Happy Birthday To Meeeeee!



I am officially 22 years young today.

Hm... I don't feel any older, but I do feel as though my body is catching up with my mind.  

So I don't have any fabulous plans to go get wasted like most people my age, but I do have plans to get my hair cut in the morning and later my friend Katie is coming to babysit Jack while my mama takes me shopping.  Joel has to to work so he's going to celebrate with me on his next day off- Sunday/Monday.  

We'll probably go to a nice restaurant and go see the movie that I've been wanting to see.  I don't need anything fancy... I don't even need a cake!  Donuts will do :)  And of course a kiss a from Jack & Joel.  Nothing is better than an open mouthed kiss from my baby boy.


[photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/krisatomic/2916306201/]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

that'll show 'em!

I reported skyride.com to the Better Business Bureau.

ha.

I'm holding onto the hope that they will actually care about their reputation.

Here's the story...
So I purchased sky diving tickets over two years ago.  Well, the date that they expired was during my pregnancy.  I called customer service to book Joel's jump and ask to have my ticket transfered to a friend's name so I wouldn't be throwing all that money down the drain.  

The lady on the phone told me she could grant me an extension and that I could use my jump after I gave birth.  She told me her name and extension # and told me call back next year and she would schedule me for a summer jump with Joel.

So here I am... trying to book our jump.  They're saying there is no record I called.  I have the woman's name & extension # and I said I didn't even ask for an extension, she just gave it to me.  And I said my husband would have just jumped without me... and that he didn't because we were waiting because of what the customer service lady told us.  They said too bad.  We're out $436.90.  For NOTHING!

I've called so many times, they're horrible at answering the phone and returning calls.  I'm just so angry and feel helpless :( 

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jack's 1st Birthday Invitations!


Yes it's two sided.  I'm having them printed through my printing company I use for photography.  They always do an amazing job and ship super fast.

So!  I've never been more excited... these turned out perfect (well to me)!  I'm so proud :)

I started around 5pm and have been working ever since... yes it's now almost 2am!  At least I won't have to worry about it anymore, I've been thinking about it for weeks.

We also did a small photoshoot today in the front yard today.  The last pic (11 months) was from today.  I have yet to give Jack a haircut and it was all floppy so I decided a mohawk would look better than a comb over. 
So designing his invitations really gave me the validation that I COULD open an etsy store and could possibly be good at it.  

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Not Me" Monday



So, I'm pretty good about sweeping and making sure Jack doesn't put the teeny tiny bits of crumbs he finds on the floor in his mouth. Well, not that good I guess.  

I never thought I'd be the person saying "my son ate this or that." I caught him trying to eat a fur ball (from the wool rug we have) today, and awhile back... he almost ate a live spider.  Yes you read that right.  And one time... toilet paper.  We keep the bathroom door shut & even have a lock on the toilet seat but sometimes no matter how much you clean or child proof your house it doesn't matter.  It's inevitable.  Makes you wonder all the scary, gross things you probably ate as a child.  *shiver* 

Saturday, August 8, 2009

So I've been thinking...

I'm really considering opening an esty store.  I've got some great ideas, and I might just run with them.  I've already been designing invitations through my photography business, but I thought why not through esty too?  I could do photo invitations, and send them the digital file for a set amount, and it would be their choice on where to print.

Digitally deliver... how simple is that?

I also have another idea that I might run with... but I'm keeping that a secret :) 

I'm actually pretty excited about this! 


Where's Jack?

Jack loves to play peek-a-boo.



Jack hasn't had much interest in television, which is just fine with me.  Until I turned it on one morning and he didn't move an inch.  I'm not saying it's a great thing, but I thought he looked so cute.  Like little Forest Gump :)   You know, when they both sat down together and their head tilted to the left.  He didn't even notice I was there until I said his name.



I saw God today.

You know that song by George Strait?

"I saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk
pushing up through the concrete
like it was planted right there for me to see
the flashin' lights, the honkin' horns
all seemed to fade away
in the shadow of that hospital at 5:08
I saw God today"



Well, I didn't see God, but we did see Grandpa :)  This was growing through the concrete at my grandma's house.  My cousin took this photo.  She said it was grandpa.  And if you know my grandma at all, you'd know she has the most BEAUTIFUL flowers and flower beds bigger than most people's yards.  This was the perfect way to get her attention. 

I saw Grandpa today :)


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

(Healthy) Ultimate Sloppy Joes

This is a GREAT recipe!  Everyone I make it for loves it :)  And they're not lying because they always go back for seconds!Ultimate Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:
Serves 4

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (I actually forgot to add this and it still tasted great)
  • 5 whole wheat hamburger buns
Set a heavy-based pot over medium-high heat and add a 3-count of olive oil. Add onions and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent. Add ground turkey, season well with salt and pepper and brown well all over, breaking it up with a wooden spoon—about 7 to 10 minutes. Add ketchup, mustard, cayenne, brown sugar and tomato paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Finish with a splash of apple cider vinegar and season it once more before serving on toasted whole wheat hamburger buns.

Monday, August 3, 2009

It's a BOY!

We (Jack, Joel & me) were invited to my sister's ultrasound yesterday and we got to find out the sex at 15 weeks!  I was right, boy!  I've never seen the 4D kind before, it's so weird! lol... good weird.  They had a huge room with a round couch for family and chairs behind that.  We filled the whole room.  There was 14 people in there not including the ultrasound tech!  I can't wait to meet the little guy, Jack will only be a year older so they'll be close I'm sure :)

Here he is!  My nephew.



Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops

I made these last night and just ate one for breakfast and they're pretty good.  I was hesitate to share this recipe because I wasn't sure how good it would actually be.  It's simple and can also be a good healthy snack. 

What you'll need: Plain low-fat, Yogurt, Plain Granola, and two Bananas.


Peel bananas and cut in half. Insert Popsicle stick into each banana, dip in yogurt and roll in granola until well coated.  
*I found that rolling wasn't that easy, the granola did not stick that great.  Sprinkling the banana with granola is easier.*  
Also as you can see below, the banana isn't exactly covered completely with granola, that's okay though... it still tastes great, and if it was covered I think it would have been too much granola.


Freeze in Popsicle trays until solid—a few hours or overnight.

 Enjoy!
There was an error in this gadget
Blogging tips