Monday, August 23, 2010

Alive!!!

Yes, we are ALIVE;)

I feel like a slacker...I haven't posted since August 9th.
Oh, well, we have had a lot going on and sometimes, that's just how it is....

Rutledge started "school" last week.
I'll do a little post with pics about all that later.
He loves school and its really good for him to have a little life outside of the home and me.

He goes 3 mornings a week from 8:30-12 and its wonderful to have a little time to myself, although I miss him terribly.
Last year he went to Mothers Morning Out, 2 morning every week and it was a good way to get him used to going somewhere before we started his P2 class this year.  Its basically the same as MMO except they have actual "table time" with worksheets and a loose curriculum.  They do adhere to the same schedule each day which is wonderful for my little man child. 

He's had good reports so far with the exception of a little incident on the 1st day of school.....with a tractor.....let's just say that Bubba "hit" a little boy in the eye after the little boy "pushed" Rutledge after some tug-of-war with a tractor.
Not a good start on the first day at the Baptist Church House.
SOOO embaressing.

We went to Arkansas this weekend to visit with Uncle Bob, Muver's uncle, my great-uncle, Bubba's great-great uncle.  Because Uncle Bob is a lifelong bachelor and Muver is an only child, with no cousins on this side of the family, we are all that he has...I think Matt said it best yesterday when he said the we are "his legacy". 

It was definitely a blessing that we were all able to be together this weekend and spend some time with Uncle Bob because he has been diagnosed with Small Cell Carcinoma.  He is 86 years old and has been given, at best, 9 months to live.  When he found out last week, he only wanted to know if he would make it long enough to see "the baby", i.e., our addition.  Talk about heartbreaking.
So, we are hoping that he will make it to that goal.  Its not looking good though.

The positive is that Rutledge has gotten to know Uncle Bob very well in his short life.  His first visit to Arkansas was when he was 7 weeks old.  Talk about a rough trip!  Its about a 6 hour drive (that's without stopping) from Muvers house in Sheffield.  Muvers house is about 3 hours from our house.  Its quite the road trip.  Anywho, we have been able to get Rutledge up to Arkansas every few months since he was born.
Its been good for both Rutledge and Uncle Bob.   

Because I am expecting the new babe in January, I'm thinking I might be able to make it back to Arkansas 1 more time.  It makes me sad to think that we won't be able to see him more, but, we have to make the best out of the situation.

Muver will be driving up to be with him a few days each week until his time comes.
Talk about exhausting and heart wrenching for Muver.
She doesn't want him to be alone.
He doesn't want to come to Alabama.
He hasn't left the State of Arkansas since he went to war....WW2.
He fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

So, Uncle Bob's grim prognosis has been part of the reason for the lack of posting....We have all been a little down about that...But, I hope to be back on the bandwagon this week.

Hope everyone has had a great weekend and that everyone has a great start to their week!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Productive!

I love when my day comes together and I can multitask and accomplish several things.
For example, laundry is my least favorite activity.
I have found that I'm more likely to complete the entire task, i.e. wash, dry, fold and put away laundry all in the same day, if I have another activity to accomplish as well.
Today, that activity was squash casseroles and spinach rice bake for my deep freeze.

I was able to make 4 squash casseroles and 4 spinach rice bakes.
While completing 4 loads of laundry.
And, its not even 11 a.m.!

We had a pretty good weekend.  Muver and Nanny dropped Sessy off Friday afternoon on her way down to Sehoy to help Sister with wedding plans.  Was I ever glad to see Sessy!
Having a teenager around to help with Bubba makes all the difference on a weekend when Matt had lots to accomplish.
Matt had to head down to Eufaula Saturday morning and attend an Alligator Safety Course.....weird, I know.  But, he was one of the lucky few to draw an Alligator tag for the State of Alabama's limited Alligator Season.  If you drew a tag, you had to travel down to Eufaula and take a Safety Course and learn about the can do and can't do's of LEGAL Alligator Hunting.

Apparently, its illegal to bate alligators with small live dogs while legally hunting alligators in the Great State of Alabama.  Disturbing, I know.
But, it must have been done before, or they wouldn't have mentioned it.....

So, all of that valuable information pretty much burned his Saturday.

Sunday, Matt made his breakfast specialty....French Pancakes (recipe courtesy of the Joy of Cooking) with blueberries.  They were amazing, as usual;)

I spent Sunday morning monogramming baby gifts for a baby shower I had that afternoon.
Then, I had to drag Bubba out for his Nursery School Orientation.....followed by the baby shower.

Needless to say, no nap for Bubba.  This is the child that requires a 3-4 hour nap EVERY afternoon.
He was a champ.
He was put to bed at 6 p.m.

Then, Matt and I watched Mad Men.
If you don't watch, you should watch.

Its an AMC original.
WE LOVE THIS SHOW.
This show has restored our belief that GOOD television can be made!
When I say good, I don't mean wholesome, good to watch with your kids, I mean its a good show for adults.  Picture this....1960's NYC, advertising executives, curvy women....its almost like watching how what we see as our "modern culture" was developed...by advertising.
Amazing, simply amazing.
If you subscribe to Netflix, rent the first 2 seasons and start watching.
You will become addicted.

Hope everyone had a good weekend and has an excellent start to their week!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tried and True!

In my quest to come up with a few new meal ideas (specifically f
or my deep freeze), I have taken to trying a few new recipes (from fellow bloggers).
Night before last, I decided to try a Sarah recipe.  Sarah's food blog is Literally, a Spoonful.  The recipe is Stuffed Peppers.  Now, I grew up with Muver's version of Stuffed bell peppers.  The basic recipe is this: 1 lb ground sausage, cooked and drained, add 1 jar of spaghetti sauce and fill wilted bell peppers with mixture.  Top with cheddar cheese and bake until bubbly, serve over rice.  Its good, but, when I saw this recipe of Sarah's, I knew I had to give it a go;)

I love Sarah's food.  Its tasty, simple, nutrient rich and best of all, its economical.  Because let's face it peeps, tightening the grocery belt is important.

I took some pics, but, Sarah's are way better, so head on over to her blog and check out her recipe because its FANTASTIC!

Its Erin and Matt approved!
The only thing is this...bell peppers can be kind of expensive, especially the red, yellow, and orange ones.  I only bought red because they were on sale.  Next time, I will get the regular green because they are much more economical...not as attractive, but more economical.

I followed the recipe with these 3 exceptions:
1.  I didn't have the can of diced tomatoes...but I did have a garden fresh tomato, so, I chopped it and used it and it worked just fine.  I did have the can of Rotel the recipe called for and you definitely need the Rotel.
2.  I did use sharp cheddar cheese but I used the Cabot Extra Sharp All Natural Cheddar Cheese, so, it was white cheddar instead of orange.
3.  I only used 2 peppers instead of 3 because I only wanted leftovers for 2 and because I wanted to freeze the leftover filling and see how it reheated.....I would love to make a couple batches of this filling and freeze for later use;)

So, I linked up the recipe in the beginning of this post....go ahead and print it and put in your recipe file because its that good.
 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Nesting has begun....

Sort of.
I just want to be prepared.
I should have been a boyscout;)

I was medically induced with Rutledge @ 36 weeks.
I had developed Pre-eclampsia.
Yeah, not exactly what I had pictured for my last month of pregnancy.

But, he was a healthy babe, except for a little jaundice.
6 lbs 9 oz 20 inches long
I'm scared to think how big he would have been full term....
It kind of makes me scared to think of going full term with this babe....

Anywho, I don't want to be caught with an empty deep freeze!
See, the plan was for me to transition out of work @ 35 weeks and then be home for the last month of my pregnancy.  I felt like I could accomplish what I needed to as far as stocking my freezer, my pantry, as well as basic necessities like toilet paper and paper towels.

Needless to say, it didn't happen.
My MIL was great and made about 2 weeks worth of meals and froze them for us, but, we got tired of the same thing.  We also had other meals dropped off by friends and that was great.
But, I just wanted to eat what we normally eat.

So, now, I'm really getting my head in the game.
I have been doing a little research on freezer meals.

 Now, I love my freezer, and my deep freeze for that matter.

My goal is to have 2 months worth of nutrient packed meals in my deep freeze.

Now, Matt is VERY handy in the kitchen and we love cooking together.
But, after working all day, the last thing I want him doing is preparing a meal.
I will want his HELP with the 2 kids.

So, because we love to grill, I will have a protein stock in my freezer that he can marinate and grill.
I will also have healthy side dishes in my freezer to accompany said proteins.
I also want to throw in those 1 pan meals where we can just put together a salad or a side of broccoli and be done with it:)

I am going to use the rest of the summer to test some new recipes and old ones and see how they work out of the freezer.
I'll keep you updated.

Also, if anyone has any great freezer meal/side dish recipes, please share!
I have my old standbys but, for 2 months worth of meals, I need to expand my file;)

Keep in mind, the babe is coming in Winter...we eat tons of soup in the Winter months, I have 3 good soups now, Black Bean, Broccoli Cheese, Vegetable.  I would like to add 2 more soups to the file.
I also make amazing spaghetti sauce, which I always make in bulk because if you are going to the trouble, you should just make enough to last a while.

I'll be checking my fellow blogger friends sites for their favorite recipes and testing them out!
My favorites come from Sarah @ Spoonful.  She actually has another blog just for food!  Check it out here
Sarah is amazing!  Check out her blog if you get a chance!

So, any insight that you peeps have on freezer meals would be greatly appreciated:)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sick, again.

Strep throat, again.
We are officially cursed.
However, I'm thinking that maybe we didn't get a very bad strain of it because Bubba only had fever for 2 and a half days.
So, we went to see Dr. Jim yesterday morning and were prescribed another round of antibiotics.
My child has had more antibiotics in the last 4 months than he has had in his life.
But, what can you do?

Strep is Strep and you have to treat it.
The bad thing is, there are MANY strains of strep.
Looks like Bubba is the child that will test exactly how many times you can get strep in 1 year.
This is the 4th time...this year.
Dr. Jim just said to keep doing what I'm doing, like bleaching everything the child uses, sippy cups, sheets, blankets, toothbrush, etc.

Kids are kids, and they touch things, and other kids.
I am convinced, however, that the YMCA is a hotbed for sickness.
Dr. Jim confirmed this....he said crazy workout mamas will bring sick kids just so they can get their fitness on.
Well, no need to worry about that with this mama!
If the babe is sick, stay home!

So, we have been passing the time with our low energy Bubba.
We have spent lots of time watching these...
Muver found these for us in a John Deere dealership in Arkansas.
Bubba loves these dvd's....so does his Daddy;)

Speaking of Daddy, he has been doing an excellent job entertaining Bubba.
They have broken out the Doodle, aka Magna Doodle, several times.
This is Matt's artwork from last night.
Bubba told Daddy exactly what he wanted him to draw and here it is!

Please excuse the stain on Matt's undershirt....do your husbands sometimes do outside work in their undershirts?  The stains drive me nuts....especially the oil stains from the tractors.

So, I have just been nursing my sick child back to health and attempting to keep things straight around the homestead!

How is your week going?
Hopefully, better than ours;)