Wednesday, October 31, 2012

a little update from my corner of the world

Hey friends, hope this little blog of mine finds you well. I’m been a neglectful blog mama and haven’t been posting as frequently as I would like to, but really…it just means I’ve been out there enjoying life and being IN it instead of writing about it. And I’m okay with that. Today is just some random thoughts, updates, and happenings from my little corner. 

 

First off, Happy Halloween!!

 

You know, I never enjoyed Halloween as a kid. I hated dressing up. I always felt like my costumes were awful compared to others that had the fancy store bought costumes. My family just wasn’t a big Halloween family. I went to college at a school that is known in the state for its Halloween madness- and never once participated. I stayed in my dorm or apartment and watched from a far the craziness that is college Halloween. When John and I moved to our neighborhood we decided we would at least give out candy, so last year was my first year being a candy-giver-outer.  This year, with Landon here, my Halloween excitement has come to an all new level. I even have one little Halloween decoration in my house! Landon will be a monkey, since we call him monkey, monkey head, little monkey, etc. I will take pictures and post as soon as I can! I am just so excited about starting new traditions and experiencing Halloween with my little family of three!

 

Second…do any of you mamas know about Boogie Wipes? Because you should.

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Landon has his first cold this week. Just a runny, snotty nose. But you pair that with teething, and I have one fussy, clingy baby on my hands. The past two nights he has woken up in the middle of the night crying and we’ve brought him in with us to get him back to sleep. While I love those snuggles and wouldn’t trade it for anything, it is so out of his character. He has been sleeping through the night since he was five months old, so for him to require middle of the night attention, my baby must not be feeling good at all! Boogie Wipes have been a huge life saver since he wakes up with crusty-ness on his nose. These are basically just saline wipes, and while they are more expensive than just using regular tissue, they save his skin and probably feel loads better than dry tissue would. They have vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile in them also.  We were given some as a baby shower gift- and today I am so thankful for them.

 

Hurricane Sandy. Do I really need to say more than that? For those affected, I’m thinking of you. I have family on the Outer Banks, and some in Hoboken, NJ. So please be praying for them as they battle the aftermath. Much of our beloved Outer Banks was destroyed. It makes me so sad to think that these islands continue to endure damage from hurricanes and one day, we will no longer be able to enjoy them.  We have experienced some windy and overcast days due to Sandy, which makes me even more aware of those truly being affected by this storm. It is crazy to me that I can see the outer bands/effects  here in NC of a storm that is truly affecting people that live in NJ and NY. Gives you an idea of how massive it really was. I'll probably give Sandy her own post before too long.

 

New Job! Yes…I got a new job…How is that not number one on my list here? Thanksgiving Day will be my last day of commuting 45 minutes, working long 12 hour days, holidays, and weekends. Hallelujah!! There is an Oncology clinic ten minutes from my house. One of my former coworkers contacted me back in September for an open position they had and I interviewed and finally was offered the position last week. This means getting to see Landon every morning and every night, only driving ten minutes to work, NO HOLIDAYS, AND NO WEEKENDS! (I was supposed to work three in a row at Christmas this year, so this came at just the right time!) I’m so thankful for new opportunity, so sad to leave my first adult job and the family I’ve made there in my coworkers, it really is such a mix of emotions.

New Coat…Last year I was a big ol pregnant person this time of year, I wore my coats but couldn’t button them. Thankfully our winter was mild. But this winter seems to be a different beast. With Hurricane Sandy came colder temps and snowfall in the NC mountains already. Normally our first snow isn’t until at least December, if we get any at all. Last night the husband and I went on a date (A REAL DATE!) and stopped by my favorite, Old Navy. I have long been a fan of Old Navy’s outerwear- its cute, reasonably priced, and really holds up well. I’ve been on the hunt for a coat, and really lucked out last night. This little beauty will be under the tree waiting for me on Christmas morning.

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It really is a much more vibrant orange-y/red/poppy color in person, and will bring a little color to a dark, neutral winter!

 

Okay..that’s all for now. The little snotty booger woke up from his nap. Smile

Happy Wednesday y'all and Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

the best news I’ve heard this fall

Last fall I decided to take a dive and try my first pumpkin spice latte ever, and like the rest of the coffee drinking world, I was instantly hooked. I may be late to this little pumpkin spice bandwagon that hits every October, but I can’t seem to get enough pumpkin goodness. However, I refuse to pay four dollars for Starbucks, and I live 20 minutes away from the nearest one. No bueno. So, I was super excited to purchase pumpkin spice creamer at the grocery store. Less than four dollars for the whole bottle of creamer versus four dollars for one drink? Yes please. Last night I was grabbing a couple things for dinner and as I got to the creamer section I picked up a bottle of this goodness and thought “Man, it’d be nice if I could buy a ton of these, freeze, them and then enjoy it all year long instead of having to wait for October every year.” So I did what any girl does when she needs to know something…I googled it.

 

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The conclusion?

Yes.

This liquid creamer yumminess is completely freezable. That means, pumpkin spice in July if you so choose!

There are a couple ways to go about this:

1. You can just stick the whole bottle, as is, into the freezer and leave it for when you’re ready to use it. Allow it to thaw 1-2 days before use in the refrigerator.

2. You can treat it similar to homemade baby food, and freeze it into ice cube trays. Then you could unthaw portions of the creamer instead of all of it at once.

 

 

So ladies, I don’t know about you, but this was pretty much the best discovery ever. I might just have to head to the grocery store to stock up. We might need a whole separate freezer when they release the holiday/Christmas creamers!

 

PS. Did y’all know there is pumpkin spice cream cheese now? Holy yumminess.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Landon / Ten Months

In advance, I apologize for the photo overload in this one! We took Landon’s fall pictures, which I shared a few of here, but like any proud mama I can’t resist another opportunity to share this cuteness.

 

Excuse me if I fall asleep during this post, little monkey, because this month you have flat worn your momma out.

 

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At ten months, you weigh just under 18 lbs and are 27.5 inches long. You are in nine month clothing across the board and size three diapers. I have loved getting your winter clothes together, you look so cute all bundled up and in your plaid shirts and jeans. Such a little man all of the sudden.

 

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You are cruising and crawling and constantly on the go! It seems like one day you were learning how to pull up on things, and the very next you were cruising around like a champ.

You are a great eater, and getting better with self feeding/finger foods. You have learned that you really love grapes, and we have to watch you so you don’t pack your mouth like a little chipmunk. You also will eat anything off of my dinner plate, so you’ve tried all sorts of new foods that way. Your favorites this month have been the tried and true sweet potato, grapes, and any fruit. You used to like zucchini but all of the sudden aren’t so fond of it.

 

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You love books, cars, and your push-car. We ride to get the mail everyday in your little car, and you wave your arms and love it.

You learned to wave, and it is absolutely the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. You melt my heart when you raise your little hand and wave. When you are riding in your stroller you just wave at everyone that walks by.

 

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You have discovered the Tupperware cabinet, and pantry, and I can always count on you to make a mess of the kitchen with those two things. You also discovered the dog bowl…gross.

We went to New Bern, NC to visit Aunt Becky and Uncle Tommy and enjoyed the seafood festival.

 

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You went to two fairs this month- the Dixie Classic, and the State Fair, and loved them both. Your daddy and I love experiencing these things with you, and watching your reactions to the sights and smells.

 

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Each night after I put you to bed, and wander back upstairs to check on you and it just amazes me how you are growing and changing so quickly right before me. You seem so much more like a little boy lately than a  baby, and that just makes my heart ache. Maybe it’s the anticipation of your first birthday, or maybe its that you are developing such a little personality. Whatever it is, it is such a joy to watch and experience. You are my greatest blessing, sweet boy.

 

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My cup overflows.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

just call me little susie homemaker

I’m not sure what it is, but something about this time of year really brings out my “little Susie homemaker” side. I want to cook, bake, organize, and enjoy all things home-y. Last night I must say, I even impressed myself. I’m typically not the best in the kitchen but you see, I have a new friend. Her name is Pinterest, and she's helped me step up my kitchen game.  I thought I’d share our super easy, super scrumptious dinner AND dessert. That’s right, I made dessert. See, I told you it was impressive. The first recipe is from my sweet friend Beth at work, dessert is courtesy of Pinterest.

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

I know I know, the name sounds amazing and fancy. We live in the BBQ capital of North Carolina. When I say capital, I mean we host the annual NC Barbeque Festival. Yep. Be jealous.

This recipe was super easy, and super yummy, and I didn’t have to smoke a single pork shoulder. Good thing, ‘cause I have no clue how to work that smoker hubs got for Christmas.

Here are the ingredients…prepare yourself, its a lot.

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
One bottle barbeque sauce of your choice (I used some cheapo honey hickory something or other…)
1/2 diced onion
whole wheat hamburger buns

Place chicken in crockpot, pour over barbeque sauce and let cook for 8 hours on low. When you have about 3 hours to go, I pulled each chicken breast out onto a plate and shredded them with a fork. Then put the shredded chicken back into the crockpot to continue simmering in the sauce. I also added the diced onion at this time. Then when you’re ready to eat, pile it on a bun and enjoy! So good. So easy. And makes a ton of food so there are plenty of left overs! We enjoyed ours with sweet potato fries.
I didn’t take a picture :( But here’s one that looks almost identical to what my dinner looked like:

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Dessert was a whole other story….this one I found on Pinterest, but it is originally from Deep South Dish.

Apple and Cream Cheese Dessert
(which really just tastes like a yummy apple pie.)

Ingredients:
1 can large cresent rolls
1 can apple pie filling
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 c sugar (I cut the amount in half from the original recipe)
a dash of vanilla extract
1/4 c butter
cinnamon
brown sugar


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Grease an 8x8 pan, and then lay half of the cresent roll dough on the bottom of the pan.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a separate bowl, then spread on top of the dough.
Pour apple pie filling on top of the first two layers.
Cover with remaining cresent roll dough.
Pour melted butter on top, and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350.

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Husband says both dishes were winners- he went back for second helpings of both, and he is not an easy one to impress.


I would definitely make both again. They were easy, cheap, and filling. Not to mention, our house smelled incredible!



Friday, October 12, 2012

weekend getaway / new bern, nc

This past weekend we took advantage of one last warm, gorgeous North Carolina weekend and ventured to New Bern, NC. My sister and her husband live there now, so we were so excited to stay with them for the weekend and let Landon get loved on by his Aunt and Uncle. It was also the weekend of the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City. We used to go every year when we were in college. I love the little vendors, the food, the boats coming in off the water. I’m a sucker for festivals and fairs!

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wandering the New Bern waterfront and lunch at the delicious Persimmon’s 

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my stroller rider…he is so content cruising around!

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passed out in the stroller, munching on a hush puppy, and listening to Gloriana

So thankful for quality time with my sister and brother in law, and for one more warm, sunny weekend near the water before colder weather comes our way.

Fall Photo Shoot

I have been seriously slacking on taking pictures of my little guy over the past couple months. But I knew I had to get my act together for a fall photo shoot!

I plan on using some of these pictures for his 10 month post in the next week or so, but I couldn’t resist sharing some of them today. We had these grand plans for what the day and photo shoot would look like, and like always, plans don’t always go the way we hope. I read about this great pumpkin patch near us, and convinced John to come home early so we could take Landon to the pumpkin patch, take some pictures there, get some pumpkins and move on to our next location. However, when we got there there was no patch. Great. So we bought our pumpkins and decided we’d go ahead to the park where we were going to take Landon’s pictures. Or so I thought.

You may remember our maternity shoot last October. If not you can revisit it here. I planned to take Landon back to that same spot, with the same set up, and do his fall photo shoot to mimic our maternity shot a year ago this month. Well, the park was closed. So we improvised and found a different park that was open later, with a gorgeous little pond. I love how these turned out, and even though it wasn’t what I planned, it worked out okay!


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I really hope y’all won’t mind seeing more of these in his 10 month post…because I have waaayyy more to share.


Happy Fall Y’all!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

fair fun

As I mentioned earlier, Sunday we ventured to the Dixie Classic Fair. Landon LOVED the fair, and was so content cruising around in his stroller, taking it all in. He especially loved the tractors and the animals, boy stuff! I got a few shots of him on the tractors with John.

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Love that little boy….

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

football and fairs

Nothin’ says fall like football and fairs.

 And this weekend we got our dose of both. Saturday we headed to Greenville to cheer on ECU vs UTEP. The game didn’t start until 7pm, and part way through the 2nd quarter we evacuated the stadium due to bad weather coming through. After about an hour and a half wait underneath the stadium, we headed back to our seats to finish cheering on the Pirates to a victory in the pouring rain. It was so. much. fun. Something about sports in the rain is kind of fun to me, and this was no different. Dressed in our best rain gear we had, we sat through all four rainy quarters!


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Team coming on the field, waiting out the storm in our sweet looking rain gear, and me and John during the game. Go Pirates!


Sunday, we headed to Winston Salem for the Dixie Classic Fair.
 I was really excited to take Landon and let him experience all the lights, smells, and animals. He loved watching all the animals, and just took it all in. Him and John got to enjoy the tractors together too, which John loved. I love watching the two of them together. Landon is so lucky to have a daddy like John, and the bond between them is so special.

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Riding on dad’s shoulders, prize winning pumpkins, and the ferris wheel lights. love.

I took more pictures from the fair, which I’ll share in another post. These were just the iphone shots.  I love fall, and love everything that comes with it and all of the fun and experiences- And its only the beginning!

Happy Fall Y'all!


Show and Tell / Favorites

1. Tell us about your 5 favorite memories in your life.


. Landon’s birth: I’m pretty sure I don’t need to elaborate on this one. Motherhood has changed me and made my life so full…that experience, all thirty six hours of it, brought me my greatest blessing.

. Our wedding…actually our honeymoon after the craziness of the wedding! That week I fell more in love with my husband, it was pretty perfect. Perfectly relaxing, and perfectly us. Just the two of us. One of the rare times when I had 7 days of no interruptions and nothing but quality time with my husband.

. My high school weekends at Windy Gap with Young Life  Younglife has been a huge part of my life, and really shaped my faith as a teenager. One of my best memories is going to weekend camp in the mountains of NC. I can’t really think of a time I felt closer to God.

.Our Weekend in NYC Two years ago, John and I took an impromptu weekend trip to NYC two weeks before Christmas with my sister and her then boyfriend. It was an awesome. We saw the sights, saw Elf on broadway, and just took in all the city had to offer. For whatever reason, it really is one of my favorite memories ever. Going to the city was on my bucket list, and I loved everything about it. I loved that the whole weekend we didn’t use a car. I loved the energy of the city. I loved the Christmas craziness.

.playing softball growing up. I played softball for almost fourteen years and gave it up right before I went to college. The softball field was where I really grew into who I was as a person. Playing gave me confidence and strength and for that I will always be grateful. I really struggled with fitting in growing up, but on the field it didn’t matter. And the girls I played with accepted me for who I was. Looking back, softball really changed who I was, and brought me out of so many insecurities I struggled with. Secondly, my dad was my coach, and I will always be grateful for his dedication to me during those years. He never missed a game, woke up at the crack of dawn with me to drive to tournaments, and loved every minute of it. Those years as father and daughter impacted me in so many ways and I am so so grateful for a dad like him. I hope to have the same relationship with my kids.


2. Show us 3 of your favorite beauty products.



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Bare Minerals Loose Powder/Foundation : I have tried cheaper versions of this, but I keep coming back to it. I normally don’t splurge on beauty products and am a strict drug store buyer, but this is the one thing I will spend money on. Plus, it lasts forever.

Its a 10 Miracle Leave in Product: makes my hair silky smooth, and really fights the frizz and fly aways.
Burts Bees Chapstick- I’m addicted.


3. Tell us what your favorite TV shows are to watch.

Greys Anatomy, any of the Real Housewives , and Revenge


4. Show us 2 of your favorite pictures.

The first one I took at the beach this past August…I love everything about it. I love the depth of field, I love the color, I love his sweet self. Its one I’m really proud of.
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This second one I didn’t take, but we had taken by our friend Kim Overcash when Landon was three months old.
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5. Tell us your favorite things to do during "me time."

Blog, Photography, cook (or learn to cook), catch up on my shows, oh…and waste time on Pinterest. Can’t forget that one. :)


 
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