Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Way Back When-esday: The Shout Sister Edition

It's been a while since I posted about Brooklyn's sweet "Shout sisters." These girls have all grown up together Sunday evenings at our church's Sunday night Contemporary worship service.

They first started in 2005 as Allie and Brooklyn (here age 3 and 1/2 and 4 weeks).Zoe and "Little Allie" came in August 2006 and January 2007. Here are the Sisters in April 2008 (Zoe 20 months, Allie 15 months, Allie almost 7, and Brooklyn 3).

Callie joined the group in July 2008. Here are the Sisters at Callie's 1st birthday party on the 4th of July (Allie 2 1/2, Allie 8, Callie 1, Zoe almost 3, and Brooklyn 4 1/2).

And though it's not the best shot, it's miraculous to have them all in the camera lens. This is the only pic I have with the Sisters since the birth of Reagan in October 2010. Here are (from left to right) Reagan- 16 months, Callie- 3 1/2, Zoe- 5 1/2, Allie- 10 1/2, Brooklyn- 7, and Allie- 5.

Now, of course, we have our sweet Shout boys- Jake, "Little Allie's" brother Kyle, and Zoe's brother Silas, but there's just something about these sisters. They are lucky to have each other and it's so amazing as parents to watch them all grow up together.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brooklyn's Birthday Night

After our day off school and work celebrating by eating eggs and bacon, fried chicken, salad, and chocolate dipped strawberries (thank you, Golden Corral), we ended Brooklyn's special day with dinner with the grandparents and great grandparents.

Brooklyn asked her Gramma to bring her an ice cream cake.

Seven years old? My, oh, my!!!!

Of course, presents were her favorite part of the evening!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Seasons of Love (love, love, love)

I was uploading pics of Brooklyn's birthday weekend when I realized I completely forgot to post a few pics of Brooklyn and Daddy's Father-Daughter dance and Jake's Valentine's party at school.

So in trying to keep this blog somewhat chronological, here you go!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Slow Cooker Sunday: Cream Cheese Mexi-Chicken

That's not its real name, but the author of the blog didn't have one either, so I did the best I could. :-)

Tonight's Slow Cooker Sunday meal was scrumptious! Chad ate it over white rice, and I ate it over white rice in a tortilla, then without rice in a tortilla, and then when I saw each tortilla was 120 calories, I had a scoop on a plate. Each way was so yummy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lucky Number 7!!

Today is my sweet baby girl's 7th birthday. She lucked out and had a teacher workday and I was off work, so we had quite the "Brooklyn Day."

She wanted Golden Corral for breakfast AND lunch, so I bargained for BRUNCH.

Then we ran lots of errands...all birthday related. We had some down time at home this afternoon and Brooklyn asked if we could do her "questions for the internet."

So, without further ado, here is Brooklyn at age 7 (typed by Brooklyn herself):

Favorite color: blue

Favorite food: country fred chicken

Favorite drink: mountain dew

Favorite dessert: cake

Favorite book: Are you my mother?

Favorite clothes: what I'm wearing today

Favorite movie: polar express

Favorite TV show: Good luck, Charlie

Favorite activity: outside

Favorite subject at school: science

Favorite best friends: Mallory and Avery

Favorite song: Victorious theme song

Favorite day: my birthday

Favorite restaurant: Golden corral

Favorite toy: my microphone

Favorite holiday: christmas

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Day

Lots of bloggers post about a day in their life. I never felt the need thinking nothing extraordinary happens, however, when I had a very much "normal" day today, I realized maybe one or two of you can relate. :-) Don't have time to read it all? Just skip to 7:05pm and you can make yourself feel better about your day.

6:40am: Finally out of bed after about three attempts from hubby to get me up and awake. I do not speak until 11 minutes later when I am out of the shower.

6:51am: Emerge from the shower singing with bluebirds fluttering around my head ala Snow White (not really but I am much more social) Find Brooklyn face down in my bed fully dressed, back asleep, and pissed at the world (the apple doesn't fall far)

7:00am: Tag team with Chad to get Brooklyn's teeth/hair brushed; Get myself ready in between

7:15am: Jake still sleeping (it's a gamble every morning) so I run downstairs and get lunch packed, Jake's breakfast in a cup and bowl to go (don't judge), make my coffee, and pack the van

7:30am: Jake's awake; PJ's soaked; Get him changed while watching Little Bear on the bed; Check iron and straightening iron plugs (have turned back around one too many times for these!); Go downstairs and load up in the car

7:45am: Putting butt in car when Chad calls; Brooklyn has dumped her Instant Breakfast on her pants in the school parking lot; I tell Chad that I am already late for a meeting across the state and cannot bring her new pants- check the office, check her ziploc bag in her class, etc.

8:00am: Arrive at Jake's school; Text from Chad received- Brooklyn has clean pants now

8:05am: Jake is dropped off; Today's dropoff was great- happy to say goodbye; Says his usual farewell- "See you at the doctor!" (We had a really sick January.)

8:15am: Arrive at work; Run upstairs and print agendas for a meeting I am leading in Hickory; Run back downstairs; Load in car with co-workers; Hit the highway; Start drinking my coffee

9:50am: Arrive in Hickory for 10am meeting

10am-2:15pm: My department meeting (insert lots of Girl Scout work, conversation, discussions, ideas, doing awesome things here)

2:30pm: Back to the highway; Check email on way home (No fear- not driving.)

4:00pm: Back to office; Meet with a staff member; Check a few more emails

5:30pm: Left office; Get Jake; Hear lots of false stories about what he "did" at school- potty, for example

5:35pm: Call Chad; The usual "Please start dinner...I'm on my way home" call; Shocker- it's a Pinterest recipe!

6:00pm: Home and pick up where Chad left off in dinner preparation; Tag team with Chad in dishwasher unloading, reloading, laundry changeover, table setting, snack refilling, Yo Gabba Gabba finding

6:30pm: Dinner's ready; Get Jake to call Brooklyn for dinner (super cute)- "BROOK-A-LYN, DINNNNNNERRRRRR."

6:35pm: Dinner's done (Not really but it feels like 5 minutes of sit down time)

7:00pm: Dinner's really done; Chad and I draw straws for kitchen clean up vs bath time

7:05pm: Jake's bath time; Because of a bit of a "bottom problem" this week, poor kid has a baking soda bath; I soap him up, let him play for a while and then pull the drain to let him play a few minutes longer while I get PJ's and diaper ready; Go back into the bathroom to find Jake standing and two nice "Presents" waiting in the drained tub (insert gag reflex here); Take Jake out to dry him off and clean the rest off his bottom but when I turn around to grab toliet paper, he takes off running; Jake runs to his favorite place to hide- behind my pants hanging in my closet. With his bare butt; On my cream-colored carpet; With his bare, DIRTY butt

7:10pm: Start screaming for Chad; Find the carpet cleaner

7:10pm: Carpet cleaning commences

7:20pm: Brooklyn takes a shower in our bathroom; Says hers was gross after the "Presents"; I don't blame her.

7:55pm: Take Jake to bed; Jake reads me "Moo Baa La La La" for the first time all by himself; I melt and forget about Fat TurdsDay 2012.

8:10pm: Jake done with four books; Goodnight prayers and he's putting himself to sleep. Rockstar kid. I don't take that for granted.

8:15pm: Tell Brooklyn goodnight; Chad takes her upstairs 15 minutes early (she lost 15 minutes tonight for some stunts last night at bedtime)

8:30am: Make my evening coffee; Eat two Russell Stover chocolates standing at kitchen counter; Read back label of package; Say "screw it" and eat one more anyway

8:35pm: Settle on couch with laptop; Start answering 65 emails that I received today while in my all day meeting; Watch The Bachelor and The New Girl while working; Now starting to doubt the content of emails sent- better check them tomorrow morning at work

9:30pm: Wrap up emails for the night; Check the latest news on Facebook and settle down to compose this blog while its all still fresh; Finish watching Desperate Housewives from Sunday night

10:45pm: Show's done; Blog's done; Bedtime!

10:47pm: Forgot that we still have to pack lunch tomorrow for Brooklyn and the laundry needs to be switched over.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jake takes on the local Children's Museum

While Brooklyn was at the circus last week, Daddy & Mommy took Jake on a mini-date to the Children's Museum.

He was a doctor's receptionist...

A pizza maker...

A construction worker...

A grocery store clerk...

A backstage lighting director...

A camper...

A Lego Champion...

And a homemaker...

So many careers, so little time! We will have to go back again really soon.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Good Hap"pin"ings

I'm still working on a good blog post title, but here is my latest edition of "what I have been doing with my Pinterest obsession."

I've become quite obsessed with organizing my Boards. I have pinned so much that I am having trouble finding recipes again, so I started a new Board ("Coming to a kitchen near you") where I post the recipes that I have already bought ingredients for, just yet to be made. And my "Check It Off" board has been frequently used by others since I include my comments on what I think of the recipe. Honest feedback, y'all.

If you are not on Pinterest, then everything I have just said probably sounds foreign and crazy.

But whether or not you are on Pinterest, anyone can enjoy the following recipes that I really enjoyed the last two weeks...

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Taco Soup (for the Slow Cooker- holla!)

Tater Tot Casserole

Sour Cream Chicken

Parmesan Tilapia

Taco Pizza

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Breakfast Ring (Good for breakfast, but GREAT for Breakfast for Dinner!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What'd ya say, Jake?

YouTube Video

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Forgot to Post Field Trip Post

Just wanted to post a few quick pics documenting Brooklyn's first trip to the WS Children's Museum with her 1st grade class.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Special Time

Brooklyn recently finished up First Communion classes at our church. She will receive First Communion at our evening contemporary service (Shout) in a few weeks.

At her final class, she helped make Communion bread...

And then they practiced taking Communion.

Which even included a small sip of wine (!)

[She was not a fan of the wine and said she would do grape juice from now on.]

They practiced both "traditional" (kneeling around the altar) and "contemporary" (standing in line for intinction).

Just another reminder that my sweet baby girl is growing up!


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