December 29, 2011


Yesterday I turned 29 looking oh sooo fine...

Mama - 29th Birthday, 31 weeks pregnant.  Big Brother J - 19 months old, trying to keep up with his mom's belly

The celebrations continued with more family (Aunt Sarah & Uncle Kyle have arrived from Cali, trying to convince them to stay for good!), food (ohh Kanki how I love you), presents, and lots of slobbery kisses.  This morning I continued with cookie cake for breakfast, I just can't help myself.  Party on people!

December 27, 2011

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Jackson had lots of wonderful Christmasesssss this year.  We gave Jackson his present from us before we headed to Wilson to be with our families.  Charlie assembled his first kitchen set, it only took 2 1/2 hours and a 12 pack of Guiness, and it is super awesome.  (I stayed a safe distance away and pulled out the pregnancy card.) For the weekend we headed to Wilson for Christmas with the Farris family then the Winslow family and then to Goldsboro for Jackson's great-grandparents Christmas celebrations.  He was a trooper and did not mind showing off one bit. What a blessing he is.  Merry Christmas!

hmm, a Winslow cousin picture attempt, maybe next year...

Christmas lights, music and a sucker.... perfection

Dinosaur Train!!

It's a ball, it's a ball, it's a ball, it's a ball... (marbles)

December 23, 2011

Christmas Cards

I love getting real mail and that never happens except for Christmas!  There is nothing like a good picture Christmas card.  I attempted to take some cute pictures of Jackson decorating the tree in his pajamas, but then Charlie insisted that if we wanted to win the best Christmas card of the year contest we had to go with this one...


December 22, 2011

nom nom nom

The average person gains 5lbs over the Holidays.  What does this mean for pregnant ladies?  15lbs is ok, right? right??  So what better way to pack on some winter pounds than with Monster Cookies.  These are easy and oh so good.  Throw in some red and green M&M's and you have got yourself some last minute Christmas goodies to take to the family gatherings.

Monster Cookie
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 eggs 
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. white corn syrup
4 1/2 cups quick oats
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate m&ms (red & green for Christmas)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
mix & bake for 8 to 10 minutes on 350

In need of something on the lighter side to take?  Please make this festive salad.  I have made it numerous times and it is a hit!

Autumn Chopped Salad - adapted from Espresso and Cream
6 to 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
4 to 6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (I used Fat Free)
Poppy seed Salad Dressing 
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I used Trader Joe's Fat Free)
I used about a cup of dressing: 70 percent poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette

Both of these are toddler friendly, as in you can make them with one dangling from your leg.  Just remember knives are sharp and the oven is hot...

Sweet Lumber Jack

December 20, 2011

engaging graduates

This past weekend we headed to the mountains to celebrate 'Master' Aunt Ginny's graduation from a school counseling program at Appalachian State, getting a job, getting engaged and just being all around awesome!  We did a lot of eating, relaxing, even played a rousing game of Monopoly.  Nothing beats a good weekend with family and very soon to be Uncle Ben!

December 18, 2011

my elf

1 week till Christmas!
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. -Buddy, Elf

December 16, 2011


I really love to see what new things Jackson picks up on every single day.  Yesterday he noticed his shadow.  It took us a long time to walk to the park with him trying to get rid of that thing...

December 15, 2011


I love a good family tradition.  My favorite was always Christmas Eve.  My family would and still does go to the 5:00 'Children's Service' at our church.  Then we ride around and look at Christmas lights with Christmas music blaring (this was very painful as a child, now I can appreciate it).  We then head home and have a fancy dinner of leftovers or whatever was in the pantry.  For me it was usually Kraft mac & cheese, a Tostino's pizza and more fudge than a girl should be allowed to handle, mmmm.  Then we placed all of the presents from our immediate family into piles for everyone.  We patiently sat and watched as everyone opened family gifts one by one.  It is glorious!  I hope to continue this tradition with our own growing family.
Another little Christmas tradition that I want to start is Santa Train.  We headed over to the NC Museum of Life and Science this evening to ride the Santa Train.  They have craft projects, face painting, hot chocolate and a train you can ride on to go see Santa Clause.  Jackson was still a little too young to enjoy it but I had a good time!

 One cool thing, is look at all of these awesome lights!

 Ahmm someone get me off this dumb train and don't let Santa get near me...

Best part - All you can eat candy canes!!!!

December 13, 2011

snack time

Well look who is good at sharing. Listening, not so much...

December 11, 2011

3rd trimester!

We are on the home stretch over here.  I am starting to get a little uncomfortable at 28+ weeks.  I already have that grunt going on when I get up from the couch or pick Jackson up.  I am also starting to wake-up a lot at night.  Bathroom breaks and jabs in the belly are usually the reason.  Baby boy #2 is moving and grooving and I love every bit of it.  According to The Bump, he is the size of an eggplant.  I have tried to explain it to Jackson but so far he just thinks it is hilarious to find my belly and lack of a belly button.   He said he has never seen an eggplant so big...

December 9, 2011

buck teeth

Jackson went to his 1st dentist visit and so far so good with his teeth.  He let them check his mouth all out and even brush his teeth.  We are going to try and make this more of a habit at home.  We hope he gets his dad's perfect set of teeth and not his mom's missing teeth and cavities.  One thing he has going for him is buck teeth.  I could try and get him to stop sucking his thumb, but I think I would rather pay for braces.

December 7, 2011

yard work

We have had gorgeous warm and breezy weather around here.  For Jackson and I this means more walks, more time at the park, more playing ball, and more feeding the turtles.  For Charlie and Jackson this means getting to rake up the leaves and (finally) mow the grass.  I don't know who is more excited me, Greta or our next door neighbor who rakes his yard every single day.  Cold weather is sneaking in this week, just in time for Christmas!

December 3, 2011

ohh nooo

We came downstairs yesterday afternoon to find this.  I frantically tried to clean up any shattered glass, wipe up the spilled water and yell at Greta (just incase she did it). All the while Jackson got out some snacks and made himself comfortable.  It looks like he is going to have his dad's happy go lucky personality.  I am thankful for that!

December 2, 2011

27 weeks!

I had good intentions of posting a belly picture, but I have taken in a lot of food over the past few days and just don't feel like showing off right now.  The cold weather and Holidays don't do much for this pregnant lady.

December 1, 2011

Oh Christmas tree...

It is December 1st and I was hoping to have the Christmas tree lit up Rockefeller Center style.  We at least have our tree and it is inside the house.  Never mind that half of the lights don't work and 3 ornament 'ballllsss' have already been broken, people are coming over tonight and we will get this thing decorated...
 Ok dada, 1st things 1st,  mama won't let us put them in our mouth...

 Awww yeah this is looking good!

 We definitly have to get more lights

Do I look like Elf on the Shelf?