Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rest in Peace, babygirl.

sweet little layla grace, you accomplished more in your short time on earth than most people would ever dream of. you've made me look at life in a different way. while i am deeply saddened that you are gone, i am so thankful you are no longer suffering. have fun playing with the angels, babygirl.. and watch over your family. lord knows they will need it.

gone from this earth, but NEVER from my heart.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Recap Sunday

this week was pretty busy! i was sick monday and tuesday, so late tuesday morning i went to the doctor's. they did a throat culture to make sure it wasn't strep. it wasn't; just a viral bug.

tuesday night, i went to a lia sophia opportunity night. i have decided to join this fabulous company and can't wait until my starter show & to get my kit to start doing shows of my own!

wednesday night, we just relaxed and had a movie night.

thursday night, my sister came over and watched aubrey while we went out for dinner at american joe's.

friday, i went to christina's house for her lia sophia party. after, we went out for drinks & dancing, which was fun. we're pretty bummed that we didn't get a chance to do karaoke, but next time for sure!

saturday [yesterday!] was fun! jeannie came over again so we could go to the movies. we were going to go thursday night, but by the time she came over it was too late for us to go see one so she said she would come over so we could go this weekend. we saw alice in wonderland in imax 3d and it was pretty good!

today, it is absolutely beautiful outside. i'm trying to get keith to come to the park with me & aubrey, but he is saying it's going to be too crowded. we are also going to go to walmart and get a new trash can and some dirty clothes hampers. we've had our trash can since we moved in here in 2007 and it's starting to smell, and the hampers we have are the mesh ones and they are all ripped and tattered. i am also going to look for magenta-colored shirts for the blood drive my friend, chrystyana, and i are doing in honor of layla grace. this guy that works downstairs from the place i used to work designs t-shirts, so after i buy them i will give them to him and he's going to put "team layla" on the front, and then on the back we're getting our names with the number '2', baseball style (because layla is 2 years old). i'm also having one made up for aubrey so that will be cute! i can't wait to get her "layla" dress in. it is absolutely adorable, and $10 from the sale is going towards layla's family for her medical bills, so it's for a good cause.

hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cook-With-Me Saturday!

whenever we're in the mood for chocolate chip cookies, this is the recipe i always go by. they come out so yummy and are super easy to make!

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
[makes 3 1/2 dozen]

1 cup of shortening or butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups rolled oats
[before you start making the cookies, make sure you don't have instant oats! the first time i made these, i accidentally got instant and when i took the first batch out of the oven, it looked like one big cookie because they all formed together!]

1. preheat the oven to 350ยบ
2. in a large bowl cream shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. add eggs & mix thoroughly.
3. combine baking soda, salt and flour and stir into creamed mixture.
4. add oatmeal & chocolate chips and stir until well blended.
5. drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet & bake for 15 minutes

Friday, March 5, 2010

Grateful Friday

this week, i am thankful for...

my little sweetpea. she is 8 months old today!! i don't even want to begin to think where the past 8 months went.

i'm also thankful for all the extra "help" i got in the kitchen today while making rice krispies treats!

hope you all have a lovely weekend!

[ps: i totally had this typed out on friday and right before i posted, my computer froze and i forgot to come back and post it!]

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Must-have Thursday!

this week's "must-have" is:

i found these on etsy and fell in love! i am currently waiting to hear back from the seller to see how stretchy they are so i can order them for aubrey. it says "newborn" crochet hat, and they are priced by the dozen@ only $20.99! if these will fit her for a while and i can choose the colors i want, i am ordering them asap! i fell in love with these when i saw miss layla grace [laylagrace.org] wearing them. i should really learn how to make them, but for now i'm happy just buying some.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Memory Wednesday

this is me on easter last year, at just about 7 months pregnant! since we're all getting in the easter spirit here, i figured it would be appropriate :) we don't really celebrate st. patrick's day since we aren't irish, so i use this month to prepare for the easter bunny, especially since it's the first weekend of the month this year!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday Love!

when i did our grocery shopping yesterday, i came across this. i love green tea, i love ginger ale. this is perfect! i was really excited to get home to try it and when i did, i wasn't disappointed. good job, canada dry!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wordless Monday

Anniversaries, and V-day, and babies, oh my!

can you all believe that it is already march?! february just came and went so fast, i barely even knew it was here. it was a pretty busy month for us, between our one-year wedding anniversary, valentine's day, and last but definitely not least, the birth of my first great-nephew! WARNING: this post is going to be very picture heavy! :D

the last time i posted was, *gasp*, the 12th of february. we have a lot to catch up on, don't we? go on and grab a cup of coffee. i'll wait for you.

are you cozy? did you grab me a cup? extra cream, 1 equal please :)

alright... and here we go!

our anniversary was the 7th. of course, it landed on superbowl sunday so we spent it at my father-in-law's with the family. i can't believe how fast a year flew by. though, with being in the last half of my pregnancy, giving birth, and then raising a newborn, you could see where it all went. we've had some ups & downs, but they say that the first year is the hardest and i think we did a damn good job, especially with being first-time parents on top of being in our first year of marriage.

valentine's day was fun, although aubrey was getting over a tough cold. you could tell she wasn't feeling 100%, but she still gave me that beautiful smile for pictures.

i spotted this precious moments card at hallmark and didn't think twice about grabbing it. i love precious moments and collect the figurines so it was perfect! her eyes are all red from her rubbing at them :(

and here, ladies & gentlemen, is what my daughter's personality is turning out to be:

what can i say? she got it from her momma :)

sigh, still no teeth!

now it's time to introduce to you the newest addition to our family! my niece, carina gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on february 23rd at 5:25pm. he weighed 8.5lb and was 21.5" long! this makes me a great-aunt & keith a great-uncle!

mommy & baby

my sister, dawn. the proud nana :)

we are so blessed and thankful to welcome this gorgeous little man into our family! unfortunately, they live in virginia so we haven't met him yet.. but we are very excited to! congratulations, carina & mike!

i'll leave you off with some random pictures!

last sunday, i cooked a big ham dinner and my mother & my in-laws came over. i decided to let aubrey feed herself some mashed potatoes and squash :)

all of that eating must have worn her out, because this was her 10 minutes after her bath:

in an effort to update this blog more, i am going to have each day be a "theme", similar to grateful friday:

wordless monday - just pictures, no words (i will be making a post piggybacking this one with some pictures!)
tuesday loves - a post of things i am especially loving this week.
memory wednesday - a memory, whether it be in picture of writing form.
must-have thursday - a post with things i feel that i *must have*
grateful friday - what i am grateful for this week.
cook-with-me saturday - a recipe that we love
recap sunday - a recap of what we did this week

of course, i will also post here & there about whatever i feel like talking about, along with the theme for the day.