Wednesday, May 26, 2010

You have no idea.....

We had it all planned.
That should have been the first clue that SOMETHING would go wrong.
Well, it did.
Goodness, I'm exhausted, but, I must get some of this out now, so that I'm not completely overwhelmed when we get home tomorrow.

Our journey to Orlando began VERY early Sunday 3:00 a.m. early.  Matt and I are get up and go peeps.  If at all possibly, we prefer arriving places early, organizing our room/luggage, and just get our bearings.  So, we decided to fly out of Birmingham on the 6:30 a.m. flight to Atlanta and then connect to Orlando around 12:30 p.m.  Sounds great, right?  We get there around lunchtime, we don't have to check-in with our conference until 5:30 p.m.  In theory, it was a wonderful idea.

However, we didn't count on having WAY too much fun at Sigga's wedding Saturday night...We knew we would have fun...we just didn't realize that we would get so caught up in the drinks and dancin' ;)   It was a gorgeous wedding and a fantastic party! 
Congratulations to the Sigga and Jeremy!

So, too many drinks and dances later, we brought it on back to Muver's house and crashed.  Well, Matt crashed.  I was too wired to sleep....I hate when that happens!  I was up at 2:45 organizing some things and Matt decided to get up and ready as well.  We dressed Rutledge, packed him in the car and administered his last dose of antibiotic....this is key....

As Matt and I are loading the car, he informs me that he, "doesn't feel good" and that he's "gonna need you to drive."  Wonderful.  I haven't slept and now I have to drive almost 2 hours to the airport.
It was a great start to the trip.

We hit the interstate in Cullman an hour later and both boys were sound asleep.

I was jolted out of my driving transe by the sound of Rutledge gagging....then vomiting, 3 times....all over himself and the carseat.  Matt is also woken by those horrible sounds, turns his head, closes his eyes and starts gagging.

So, I turn my flashers on and pull over on the shoulder of 65South, we were just outside of was 5:15, our flight was at 6:30.  We had about 20 minutes of drive time left as well as parking, check-in, etc.  I was starting to get nervous.

As I pulled over, I was telling Matt what I needed him to do to help me get things back together.  As I openend the drivers door to get out of the Tahoe, it started to roll.....Matt then yelled for me to, "PUT IT IN PARK!"  Disaster averted.

We get to the passenger side of the rear door and open it up to asses the situation.
Its bad.  Real bad.
Matt pulled Rutledge out of the carseat and started gagging again.
I told him that I would handle Rutledge and that he should handle the carseat cleanup.

I stripped the babe down, wiped him down with wet wipes and Chic-Fil-A napkins, and put him in the front seat of the Tahoe and told him not to drive off.

I took his precious seersucker overalls and contained that situation in a gallon size Ziploc bag (of which I ALWAYS travel with several).  I decided to throw that in our carryon luggage because I knew I could rinse it out in the hotel room and hopefully save the outfit.  Four days in a ziploc in a hot car would have made a biohazard.

Meanwhile, Matt was "handling" the carseat.
At first, it doesn't seem that bad....Matt starts wiping things up.  But then, he realized that all of the "liquid" was underneath the carseat cover. 
Evidently, Rutledge had not digested the liquids he had ingested first thing that morning.  He had about a half sippy cup of milk followed by a half sippy cup of water with a little lemonaide mixed in....I don't think I need to go any farther with a visual.

He pulled out the carseat and then removed the carseat cover.  If any of you have a Britax, you know this can be a little tricky because of the straps.
All during the removal, Matt is gagging.
With lots of force.

Rutlege hears his Daddy gagging and then begins to make fun of Daddy by mimicing the gagging....I couldn't help by laugh...really hard;)
It was just too surreal!

Then, Matt became "ill" and Rutledge proceeded to laugh at his Daddy and follow up with more fake gagging.

After Matt's "incident", he "manned up" and continued with his cleanup duty.

I didn't have a towel in the car...something I will start keeping in my vehicle.
We had to line the carseat with a pair of Rutledge's pajamas.
It worked.

About 20 minutes after the initial gagging by Rutledge, we were back on the road.

We arrived at the airport and Matt deposited Rutledge and I at curbside check-in.  I had intended to get our luggage checked in and get our boarding passes, etc., while he parked the car. 
Didn't exactly happen that way.

As soon as Matt pulled away from the curb, Rutledge vomited again.
Thank goodness I had packed 2 extra outfits in our carryon luggage.

Remember, I had all of our luggage, carryon luggage, toddler in a stroller...everything!
I had to clean him up, curbside.
Matt came back, we dragged everything down the curb and checked went fine, boarding went fine.

Both flights were great!
We have a great traveler on our hands:)
He told everyone on both flights, "Hello, people!", "Bye, people!"
Quite the entertainer;)

Here is a pic of our happy camper.

We decided that the vomiting was induced because I had given him that last dose of antibiotic on an empty stomach.
I can't believe I did that to my baby:(
I had the best of intentions but didn't think about his empty tummy.
Note to self and other mamas:
Give the babe something to put on his stomach before antibiotics
At home, I had always made sure he had his morning milk cup before his dose.
I just wasn't thinking.
Lesson learned.

More to come!
I just had to get the 1st leg of the journey out there!
We are having a blast!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010


We are headed to the Happiest Place on Earth.....

Oh, yes.  We are going to Disney World!
We will be attending the Community Bankers Association of Alabama's Annual Convention!

No, I'm not insane.
Yes, I have a 2 year old.
Yes, we will pace ourselves and won't try to do too much with a toddler.
Its going to be fun!
So, I don't know how many people read this thing....But, please pray for us as we travel and as we travel with a toddler.
He has never been on an airplane and I'm a little nervous about flying with him....

Less than a week after returning from Disney, we will be headed down to Orange Beach with Matt's parents, brother, sister, respective spouses and children.  Its Sweetie and Pop's 40th Wedding Anniversary and what they wanted was for all of us to be together at the beach for a few days.  So, that's what we are doing!

Its going to be a little hectic around these parts!
I'm taking the laptop to Disney and OB, so, hopefully I will update as we go along and not be stuck with a ton of posting once we get back!

Rutledge had no idea who Mickey Mouse was until 2 weeks ago.  Matt decided that we needed to turn on the Disney Channel and introduce him to Mickey's Clubhouse.
He's hooked;)


I can't help but braaagggg.

                                      So, my favorite TV show is Antiques Roadshow on PBS.
I know.
You may ask, aren't you too young to be into that kind of thing?
I was born an old lady.

So, last summer I went nuts over these chairs I found in an antique shop in Perry County, more specifically, E. Earl's Antiques, Marion, AL.

There were 4 of them and I really really really wanted em'
I came home talking these chairs UP.
The best husband in the WORLD calls Ms. Earl and goes into negotiations.
He bought them for my 29th birthday and surprised me with them....
I walked into the house one afternoon and they were set up!
I screamed....a lot.

So, this is what we know about the chairs, information from Ms. E. Earl.
1.  Chairs are circa 1840
2.  Chairs are in the Gothic style (but which Gothic style?)
3.  Ms. E. Earl bought the chairs in the early 1980's in Mountain Brook, AL at an Estate Sale.  She had them in her home for over 20 years and then sold them to a local realtor who gave them to her daughter.  The daughter was leaving Marion last summer to attend graduate school at Emory.  She was pairing down possessions.

This is what we found out but we want to know more.  If they really are from the 1840's, are they foreign pieces or made in the United States?  What kind of wood are they made of?  Matt suspects walnut.  We just want to know anything about them because we think they are beautiful.

A closeup of the carving on the top of the chair.

The chairs are upolstered in embossed leather.  The leather is cracked a little on 2 of the 4 seats.

The carving on the feet of each chair is an acorn...We love these details.

So, after these chairs were in our possession, I knew I had something that I could take to the Antiques Roadshow.  I told Matt I really wanted to go and he told me to find out their Road Schedule and if there was a location that we could easily drive, that we could do it!

Well, Antiques Roadshow announced their 2010 dates and locations about 3 months ago...I signed up for the random drawing of tickets for Biloxi, MS.
I got an email today that said WE WON!!!  2 tickets!!!  And, each ticket holder gets to bring 2 items for appraisal.

I'm absolutely tickled;)
So, we may find out that our chairs are very valuable or we might find out that they are reproduction pieces of you know what;)  Who cares?  I love the chairs, we got a great deal on them and the experience of attending the Roadshow will be soooo fun!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The mushrooms....

Mushrooms in Red Wine

Get ready for the compliments, peeps!
This is a winning recipe.

I'm making this recipe with 16 ounces of white button mushrooms but feel free to increase or decrease as needed.

16 ounces mushrooms (button, crimini, bella, etc.)
2 Tablespoons Butter ***no substitutes!
2 Tablespoons oil (I use canola or olive or both)
1/2 teaspoon of salt (add more to taste at the end, if needed)
1/2 cup red wine (I used cabernet on this evening, but you can use whatever full-bodied red you have on hand)

Feel free to use a large skillet, I used a large pot on this particular evening.
On medium high heat, like in between a 7 and 8 on my stove, melt the butter into the oil.  

Add mushrooms, stir to coat in melted butter and oil.  Add salt, **adding salt at this point will help the mushrooms release their water.  You need the water to release so it can evaporate and make tasty, non-slimy mushrooms.

Add 1/2 cup red wine.

Again, stir to coat.  See how it looks a little purple in there?  The mushrooms haven't started to cook and release their water, so you can't really see the wine very well.

After a few minutes, the mushrooms start to cook down and release their water.

See the reduction beginning?  After the water is released from the mushrooms, it starts to evaporate and make a yummy sauce.  You need about 5 more minutes at this point.

This is the finished product....Amazing!!!

We love to top steaks, burgers and pizzas with these delectable mushrooms.  They also make a fantastic side dish. 

If you have never cooked a fresh mushroom before there are a few things to remember:
1. Mushrooms have a lot of water in them, so don't add any water to your pan!!
2.  Don't stir too much because you want some good color on  your shrooms:)
3.  If you don't like or don't have red wine, use the same recipe and procedure to get delicious sauteed mushrooms, they are equally delicious!
4.  Salt is important for flavor and to help release the water in the shrooms.  I have found that adding a little salt in the beginning helps release the water but also doesn't overpower.  Too much salt and your mushrooms won't taste like mushrooms!  A little salt enhances flavor, too much salt masks the flavor and does a lot of damage to your kidneys!!!  Not to mention, isn't great for your blood pressure.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A good Sunday

                                                          Sunday is a good day for family.
Its also a good day for fishin'
Matt and Uncle Pep haven't been able to fish all Spring because of being so involved in the rent house.
They really needed a break!
So, Matt called MeMe and Cam and asked if he could bring Uncle Pep out and go fishin'
Of course, it was fine with them, so we loaded up the family truckster, along with myself, Rutledge and Clayton and took off to Sehoy.

It was an overcast day with a nice breeze, perfect for wettin' a hook!

While the big boys fished, the little boys went swimming!

Just a talkin'!  This looks exactly like Matt and Uncle Pep....toooo cute!

Whoa, Bubba!  Clayton looks pleased that Rutledge is about to take the plunge!

After a good hour of swim time, the big boys decided to play a little ball.

Clayton stood sooo still and watched the big boys.

Rutledge was busy with other things...
I saw Meme's jaw drop and heard her say, "what the heck is he doing?"

This is what he was doin'
Playing nekid' and trying to ride the skateboard.

It was decided that he needed a tutorial.

I love the looks of sheer determination in their profiles!

One good push!
No, that's not a live deer in the far left of this photo.  Its a deer target for the little boys.  When Rutledge saw it Sunday, he started snorting and grunting at it.....his Daddy was so proud.  He does have really good doe and buck sounds;)

It was a fun day!
I think that's pretty evident by these faces;)

Happy Wednesday!

His first fish!

He really is growing up now.
Yesterday, after Daddy arrived home from work, the 3 of us hopping on the golf cart and headed down to "fish camp". 
This is a place on the farm that Matt and Uncle Pep have made into little boy and big boy heaven.
Basically, there is a metal shed, grill, sink, picnic tables, swing set and a fire pit.
Everything that a real man needs!
They did a little dirt work and  made a road.
Fish camp!

This is a pic of the boys following Matt into the pine trees....headed over to fish camp!

Too cute!

Casting on the right side of the luck.

Casting on the point.

Success!!!  He called Rutledge over to reel the bass in!
Of course, Cousin Clayton and Lily joined in because its just more fun that way!

He knew just what to do....look at that little hand just a reelin' it in!

Quite a catch for Bubba's first fish!

He didn't want to kiss it...I don't blame him one little bit:)

Then, Matt had to get one on the line for Cousin Clayton!

Matt tells Clayton to reel that sucker in!

I LURV this pic.  Is it not precious how Rutledge has his hand on Clayton's back???

Look at that whopper!
Great job Clayton!
The competition begins;)

It sure was a tough afternoon on the farm yesterday.....:)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tractor Pull, part 2

I thought these little metal tractors were too cute!

We saw lots of antique tractors!

I loved how the little old men had their folding chairs in front on their tractors:)

Then, it was time for the main event...the tractor pull!
Matt and I had never been to a tractor pull before so this was a new experience for all of us:)
This is the announcers tent.

This is a pic of Mr. John Carter, a bank customer.  If you are in the need of landscaping and or sod services, don't hesitate to look him up!  This pic was taken when John was backing his tractor up to the huge thing he had to pull.

I thought it was hilarious that there was a man riding on the trailer....with his arms crossed;)

Mr. John got goin' and sailed right on by!

When he drove by, I realized that there was not 1 but 2 men riding on that trailer!  See the guy on the very end?

My child was mesmerized....he was also very sleepy at this point in the day.
Daddy and Bubba.

Uncle Pep and Clayton.
I think the big boys were as happy as the little boys to be watching the tractors;)

We let Bubba walk back to our tent and he stopped by some other peeps tent because they had some bluegrass playin'!  He started dancin'...
He feels the music!!!

My sweet boy.

There was a lot of sitting around and waitin' going on until the judge's results were announced.

Excuse me?  Why is he so adorable? 
There was a lot of smoochin' going on....

                     Clayton brought out his prize from Bass Pro Shops....lime green rubber worms.
Guess who wanted to play with some?  Guess who wasn't givin' em' up?
Rutledge was hollerin', "Green Beans, play with Green Beans!"
I guess he associates long green things with green beans!

He managed to swipe one before long;)

That's one tired Bubba.

                                     It was a splendid day at the Tractor Pull and BBQ Cookoff!

We won 1st place in CHICKEN!!!!
Whoop Whoop:)