Monday, December 24, 2012


I'm baking up some Pecan Balls and making Christmas White Trash (I have no idea why it's called that, but it's good!). Now I'm feeling like it's really Christmas time! :)

Pecan Balls
This is my first time making pecan balls, but I was trying to keep my baking to a minimal this year and these were the one thing Jacob requested. They taste really good, although since this is my first time eating one I guess I'll have to wait and see what Jacob thinks about them to be able to give a good opinion on how they stand up to other recipes! The reason why I've never had one is probably because there's usually multiple chocolate desserts at Christmas time, and yes, I normally go the chocolate route. :) I'll definitely be making these again though, because even without chocolate these are yummy, and they're not too sweet like a lot of chocolate stuff so it's nice for a change. 

As for the Christmas White Trash...
I made it a couple years ago and it was very good, but also very addicting! So, beware if you make it cause you might not be able to stop eating it! :) Plus, it's extremely easy to mix up, and is great for giving as gifts.

 So, I know this is kind of a Christmas post, but I figured I should squeeze in a pregnancy update since I'll probably be taking a blogging break for a bit.
I thought Friday night I was going to have to call up the midwife since I was having a lot of contractions (that were actually pretty painful), but they never got regular so I waited it out and they finally went away. I did do a lot of walking that day and hadn't drank my normal amount of water so that could have triggered it, but I'm just hoping it actually did some work on prepping my body for the real thing....cause any dilating that can get done before going into labor would be awesome!
I feel like I've had more false contraction with this pregnancy than I remember with the girls, so I hope that's a good thing. Of course, I couldn't help getting a little excited that maybe Ella would come sooner rather than later, but I know it's wishful thinking. :)
I saw my midwife today, and everything was looking good. Ella had switched sides, but is still facing sideways instead of backwards, but at least she still has room to move so I'll keep trying to get her to turn the right way. I'm measuring at 36 cm, so I'm still behind, but at least she's growing. I was also thrilled to have not gained any weight they week, but I'll probably make up for it by next's crazy how that works!
I'm also faithfully taking my Gentle Birth/5 Week Formula three times a day now.
This is definitely nasty stuff, but it's only 1/4 tsp three times a day, so I take it and literally gulp down orange juice as fast as I can to try and not taste it. Orange juice doesn't totally take away the taste, but it's definitely better than water or milk! I'm trying to follow the directions this time because with Bethany I never took it more than twice a day, but after an extremely easy labor I couldn't help but wonder how it might have been even easier if I had taken the whole dose the entire time! I'm looking forward to seeing if I have similar results with this labor...I know the midwife I used with Bethany (that recommended I use it) said that she's had first time mom's taking this that couldn't believe that labor was that easy, and after my labor with Bethany I can totally believe it because it was amazingly different and easier than my labor with Abigail! I mean really, I couldn't complain with finding out I was 10cm after I had been climbing stairs two at a time, laughing and talking, and then decided I was ready to just go to bed because I thought nothing was happening! I would definitely love to have a repeat of that. :) We'll see though...every labor is different, but I think this stuff really does help a lot!

Well, I should get back to the rest of my baking. :)

I hope everyone has a very 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sugar Cookie Day

When I was growing up we would make sugar cookies every year, and I always really liked coming up with fun ways to ice and decorate them. I've tried to keep up the tradition since getting married, but it doesn't always work with little kids. I thought about not making any this year, but obviously, I went ahead and made some anyway. :) I figured this year the girls might actually enjoy getting to help ice and decorate them, which they did!
Abigail's cookies.
Abigail did really well and took her time trying to carefully decorate each of her cookies, so I see a good decorating buddy in the future. :)
As for Bethany....
 she did ok icing her cookies, but she gobbled them down as fast as she iced them! I guess I can't really blame her because they are some of the best cookies ever. :)
Of course, both girls decided that licking the knife every few seconds was essential to icing cookies, might be awhile before their cookies are approved for consumption by others! :)

Even though I didn't make a lot of cookies, it seems like a lot when you're icing them by yourself. Plus, once the girls got done icing their cookies they got kind of wild....probably had something to do with the amount of cookies and icing they ate!
As you can see I kept them all pretty simple and didn't do any fancy stuff on them, but they taste good so that's what matters. :)
And, if making cookies wasn't enough I made a 7-layer salad and some chocolate-caramel brownies for a get-together tomorrow.
 So, yes, by the time I had finished all that and cleaned up the kitchen my back and feet were hurting pretty bad. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though. :)

Well, I hope you all have a good weekend! I have another prenatal visit on Monday....yay! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

What I Got Today...

Nursing cover.
Yes, I know a lot of you might be wondering why I'm just now getting one since I've had two kids before. What can I say...I'm behind on the times, lol! I've always just used a blanket tossed over my shoulder, but for this baby I decided it was finally time to have a nursing cover. I'm pretty excited about it too...I mean really, the color is chocolate mint! ;)
I like chocolate colored things (and yes, I do love chocolate, but that's beside the point!), so when I saw this one with the mint green color I figured it would be perfect. Plus, if we ever have a boy I didn't want to be stuck with one too girly looking. :)
I got it from Amazon, and unfortunately they are a little pricey, but I definitely think it'll be worth it and it should last for a long time.
It also has pockets on the inside....
which I didn't realize when I ordered it, but that will be handy for putting a pacifier or nursing pads in while feeding the baby. Of course, I'll have to let you all know how I like it once I get to use it...which will hopefully be in a few weeks, but for now I'm just excited to have something that'll be much cuter than a blanket! :)

Now, I'm just waiting on my Gentle Birth to get here...hopefully it comes tomorrow because I need to start taking it! I'll tell you all about it when I get it though. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Six Years!

Sunday was our six year wedding anniversary.....
it doesn't feel like it's been that long!
Being married to Jacob has been the best thing about my life.
He makes me laugh all the time...even when he's not trying, and we have so many fun memories that still make us laugh!
We leave little notes...
Pretty sneaky (#5 &6), but I got him back! :)
 in random places to surprise the other person....sneaking it onto lists is a pretty fun way to do it. :)
I wrote, "I love you the Most" in the shower one time to surprise him (which it did!), but what was suppose to be a wipe off crayon wasn't so he got to look at it for a long time! Of course, I hid the crayon so he wouldn't find it. :)
And since this is my blog I get to write it all the time for whenever he reads it!
I love you the MOST, Jacob!
I love being married to you, and you are the best friend I could ever have!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I started off the day not very motivated, but I figured I should wash the breakfast dishes and then sit down for awhile.
Well, I washed the dishes and then for some reason decided the top (and outsided) of the fridge needed to be cleaned off. At some point, while I was doing that, I figured I might as well clean out the inside of the fridge too. By then I was on a roll so I went ahead and cleaned out the cabinet next to the fridge, and then moved on to our big cabinet (you can't see it in the picture, but its to the right of the freezer). 
So, here's the finished look. :)

 I should have taken a picture of the inside of the fridge, but I haven't been to the store in a week, so it's looking pretty bare....especially once I went through and threw a bunch of stuff away. Can I just say, "I love throwing things away," I mean, it really clears up so much space and makes things look so much cleaner!

Of course, while I was cleaning that section of the kitchen, I was also washing the sheets and blankets from the girls beds since that hadn't been done in awhile. It looks much better...
I just wish it could stay looking like that.....but, that's highly unlikely. :) What you can't see from this picture, is that all over one side of the mirror is covered in princess stickers....yep, and I have no idea how to get them to come all the way off. Lovely.

But, I didn't stop there, I asked Jacob to pull out all the baby clothes. I thought about waiting until tomorrow to get started, but I went ahead and reorganized the box, washed a big load of all the newborn stuff, and got it folded and put away! :)

Yep, I'm pretty pleased with everything I got accomplished today, and even though my back isn't feeling the greatest, I'm glad I got so much done. Maybe tomorrow I'll take it easy....after I go to the store. :)

I hope you all had a good day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thanksgiving Break Fun!

I know I'm late posting some pictures from our Thanksgiving with my family, but I'm finally doing no complaining! :) Of course, I didn't get a picture of the kitchen full of food (yes, I was filling my plate and my stomach as fast as I could!), but trust me it all looked and tasted amazing!

So now, just enjoy some pictures of the kids and some of the fun....

The cute and adorable Logan(my nephew)!
Paige & Eden(my niece & cousin) playing in the leaves.
Logan & "the real photographer" Hillary (my sister).
Kaden & Logan (my nephews).

There was even game-playing in the pantry! :)
Lots of playing with toys happened.

There was also a lot of dancing and being silly that was video taped, but they'll probably just be added to our family videos so as not to embarrass some people! :)

While we were all home, my mom and sisters were all able to go out for our "girls coffee time," which was as fun as usual...although, I'm sure we tend to be a distraction to other people with all of our laughing and talking, but they just don't know what they're missing out on! :)
We did have the exception of one boy tag-along, but he was a cutie so we didn't mind!
He got tired of girl-talk though, so he ate cookies. :)
 I didn't get pictures of everyone while we were out, but I did get a couple of some of my sisters....of course, I have tons of crazy, silly pictures, but I'll refrain from posting them!
Hillary & Kayla
Hillary, Kayla, Janessa, & Adalie (4 of my 6 sisters!).
 It was definitely a fun little break, and it was awesome to all get to be home together...just a few more weeks and hopefully we can have a repeat! Hurray for Christmas/New Years break! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pregnancy Update

Well, I had another prenatal visit with my midwife and time seems to be going by faster now that I'm seeing her every two weeks. In two weeks we'll be down to once a week visits since we decided to do another two weeks this time....we're getting closer though! :)

Little Miss Ella is leaning towards being posterior, and boy was I feeling it last night when my back was killing me! I seriously felt like an old person when I would get out of bed to use the bathroom...ugh, not fun. Hopefully she turns herself around soon so it gives my back a break. I already deal with (what we think is) Costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the cartilage around my ribs, and it causes really horrible rib pain, so combining the fact that my ribs hurt no matter which side I lay on at night, and the back pain, makes for difficult sleeping.
Other than the sleeping situation, I've been feeling pretty good though so I shouldn't complain too much! :)

I'm measuring at 33cm, so I'm definitely measuring behind since I've only grown 2cm in the past month, but the midwife said that a lot of the time when the baby is posterior it can make you measure smaller too. I'm still guessing I'm around 35 weeks, but no matter what we're getting down to the finish line!

She's staying very active, and evening time is definitely her favorite time to do crazy acrobatic stuff, which can be very entertaining.....although, occasionally she'll surprise me with some power kicks which make me randomly jump. :)

As for staying busy this week, I'm planning on going through the baby stuff and washing it up, so that should take up some time :) Plus, at some point during this weeks, or next week, we'll probably start doing some Christmas decorating...I don't know who is more excited, the girls or me!