Friday, September 23, 2016

10 Years of Marriage

Happy 10-Year Anniversary Adam! It's hard to believe we've been married that long. And yet it's easy to believe, since we've been together since we were 15 and 16!

It's also hard to believe that 10 years ago today our bags were packed for Hawaii. Man, doesn't Hawaii sound really nice right now??

Over the last 10 years we've lived in 3 different places, had (almost!) 4 kids, and very few fights.

Sometimes I think back to the boy you were at 16 and I can't help but laugh. You've gone from this spontaneous boy who got pulled over all the time in your such a family man. You work hard every day and then come home and help me out with the kids. Life gets so crazy with work and kids that sometimes it's nice to think back....way back. Back to when it was just us. When I think about our life together I don't just think about our 10 years of marriage. I think about the 18 years of memories we share.

(This photo was taken the night we became boyfriend and girlfriend, at Adam's junior prom. April 18, 1998. When this photo was snapped he had already asked me to be his girlfriend, but I had told him I needed to think about it. So technically we weren't a couple yet. A few songs later I answered his question with a yes. And the rest is history!)

I love you so much Adam. I'm so thankful that God joined us together to share this life. Now let's plan a trip back to Hawaii, okay?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Early Terrible 2's

Oh my sweet Jenna. She is 22 months old today but really she might as well be 2.
Before you get the wrong idea, I wouldn't say her behavior is terrible.....but she is definitely showing a lot of signs of being a 2-year-old.

For one, she is getting sassy. She loves to cross her arms, stick out her lips and pout when she doesn't like what I'm saying. She says things like "No MINE!", gets upset if I don't give her the cup she wants, and hates sharing.

Jenna also loves to screech and scream when she's upset. Or you know, when one of her brothers dares to touch her.

And speaking of screaming, Jenna has begun having tantrums. The other day in Target she didn't want to stay in the shopping cart. Since her brothers weren't with us, I decided to test things out and let her walk next to the shopping cart. After she ran away from me and dumped my water all over the floor, I put her back in the shopping cart. Just a few months ago she would have calmed down easily and I could have distracted her. Not this time! She screamed through the store the check out lane, and the entire way home.

I think hanging out with this guy so much is rubbing off on Jenna! And I know this is only the beginning, because in my experience 3 is far worse than 2. Jenna, don't grow up!

Monday, September 19, 2016

17 Weeks and Feeling Big

I wasn't going to post a pregnancy update this week, but I decided to after seeing how my belly popped out this week. What's funny is that I didn't gain any weight at all during the month of August. But over the last couple weeks I have suddenly become really hungry, and my tummy seems to have doubled overnight!
Another new symptom this month is sciatic pain. It is a shooting pain down through my lower back and hip, only on the left side. I had this same pain with Jenna but I remember it went away sometime during my second trimester. I'm hoping this passes quickly. It's usually okay if I stay up and moving, but if I sit or lay down for a while, it can be really painful to get up!

I attended a clothing swap with some friends last week and got some used (new to me) maternity clothes! It feels nice to wear clothes that stretch and allow me to breathe. I am officially too large for regular clothes.

I'm also pretty sure I'm feeling the baby move now. Every once in a while I'll feel a little sharp flutter and I'm almost positive it's the baby. We plan on sharing the gender with everyone soon, hopefully by next week!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Week of Dinners #3

Another week's worth of dinners! Let me know what you think of our recent meals. And please share with me what you cooked! I'd really love some new ideas.

Sunday: Foil Packets made with sausage, potatoes, green beans, salad
I used this recipe for the foil packets. They were so easy and delicious! The recipe called for andouille sausage but I just couldn't bring myself to buy them when I read their sodium levels. I bought jalapeno chicken sausage instead and it was plenty flavorful. In the foil I also included baby red potatoes, onions, green beans, butter, and Cajun seasoning. Threw them on the BBQ for about 20 minutes and dinner was ready!
I also made a delicious salad of mixed greens, strawberries, and feta cheese.
 Monday: BBQ Cheddar Bacon Chicken, Corn, Cauliflower
Adam first made this chicken recipe for me many years ago for Mother's Day. At first glance it seemed like more of a Father's Day recipe....BBQ sauce, bacon, lots of cheese. But let me tell you it is amazing! It was just as yummy this time. On the side we had grilled corn and steamed cauliflower.

 Tuesday: Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup, Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This is one of my favorite soups. It's kind of like a chicken noodle soup, except it's a bit creamy, the noodles are swapped out for cheese tortellini, and kale is added at the end. It's so yummy!  I also roasted some brussels sprouts and topped with parmesan.

 Wednesday: Lentil Tacos, Spanish Rice
I have been wanting to make these lentil tacos all summer long, but I kept putting it off. Tacos are one of Adam and Ryan's favorite foods and I didn't want to anger them with lentils. Haha. To me, lentils are a normal food I grew up eating, but Adam says he had never even heard of them until he met me. So anyways, I finally made them and they were great! They tasted like a combination of taco meat mixed with refried beans. I played it safe and cooked a pound of ground beef to have as "backup". When I made Ryan's taco I used half lentils and half meat, topped with cheese. He took a couple bites and then asked if he was eating beans. I told him the truth and he refused to eat any more. He then proceeded to eat 5 meat tacos. If your family isn't as picky as mine I would definitely try this recipe! Lentils are packed full of fiber, protein, folate, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, vitamin K......they are a superfood!

The Spanish rice was my first time making homemade Spanish rice. It was easy and delicious! I used this recipe.

Thursday: Mahi Mahi, Sweet Potato, Green Beans
This was a box of pre-marinated Mahi that I picked up at Costco, and it was pretty good!
On the side I baked a garnet yam for myself (regular potatoes for Adam), and topped mine with butter salt and pepper. I also cooked some green beans in boiling water and then sautéed in a little butter and garlic. I thought they turned out great!
Adam showed off in the kitchen after dinner and made some "Christmas Crack" as a special treat. It's just a layer of saltines, topped with a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar, and then topped off with melted chocolate. He added mint chips to one side. Yum!

Friday: Baked Spaghetti
Ugh you guys!! Okay, spaghetti is one of my favorite foods, and always has been. I kept hearing about "baked spaghetti" and I was intrigued. I wondered if it was simply spaghetti that was then baked in the oven? After doing some scientific research on Pinterest, I decided there are many variations of baked spaghetti. Many recipes called for cream cheese, which Adam won't eat. I finally ended up making a big pan of spaghetti, and then mixing in some parmesan and mozzarella before baking. The result? Ehhh just okay. I'm not sure if it's a pregnancy aversion or the specific type of sauce I used, but I just wasn't in love with this. Have you ever made baked spaghetti?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baby #4 - 16 Weeks

I had my 16 week doctor appointment today to check on baby #4. Here are my stats, and then we'll get to the good stuff!

Blood Pressure: 96/52
Total Weight Gain: 7 lbs

I commented on my low blood pressure but she said not to worry, it's only bad if it's too high. We talked about my frequent, daily headaches. She felt bad that she couldn't offer any great remedies, so I'll just continue to chug the water and take Tylenol as needed.

Then things got exciting! She did a quick ultrasound and asked me if I wanted to know the gender if she happened to see it. I said "sure!" and a few seconds later I found out the gender. What's funny is that I had a dream last night about what I was having, and my dream was correct! I'm going to keep the results a secret for a little longer. She did say she was only 85% sure, so we will know for certain next month at my 20 week ultrasound. Until then....any guesses?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our Thrilling Life

Adam and I were joking the other day about how we've become really boring. We never go out, we go to bed early, and our days are filled with work, cleaning, and kid stuff. I'm sure a lot of people would look at our life and call it dull and boring. Let's take yesterday for example.......

Our Sunday started out in a really exciting way! We all slept in until the late hour of 7am, and Ryan was no longer throwing up. YES!
The morning continued with the exciting tasks of dishes, crafting, and pressure-washing the mud off the back patio (don't worry, we used the hose on the boys). Fun times!

I felt like I won the jackpot in Las Vegas when I got our week's worth of groceries for only $117.

Who needs to go out to eat? We feasted like kings at lunchtime on homemade cheese pizza.

Organizing a room and putting it back together after my kids destroy it is always the highlight of my day! Thrilling, I tell you.

We went on a family bike ride and had a little brush with the law. We trespassed and entered forbidden property. Ok, there were no police around but we felt pretty naughty!
 My family's reactions to the dinner I served them sums up our day. Excitement all around!!

Boring? Who's calling us boring?! After thinking back over our day I'm realizing our life is pretty darn exciting! And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Friday, September 9, 2016

What I'm Reading #3

Here is the latest roundup of books I've been reading lately. There were a couple really good books this time, and one in particular that I absolutely LOVED!

Call The Midwife

This book takes place in the 1950s in London's East End slums. I really enjoyed reading the experiences of midwife Jenny. The descriptions of the awful conditions that women endured back then made me appreciate the place and time I live in! I only wish the book contained more actual labor/delivery stories. Overall an entertaining read!
The Perfect Suspect

This was a great little mystery that was very easy to read. Right from the beginning you know who the killer is. The question is, will they get caught? And who else will get hurt along the way? If you like simple mysteries you will love this one.

The Amish Midwife's Courtship
I think I've mentioned that I sometimes read Amish fiction. I like reading these books because they just make life seem so simple. My mom read this book and passed it along to me. While this wasn't the best Amish novel I've read, it was fun to read and a nice change of pace from some of the heavier books I read this month.

The Nightingale
This book was so good. SO GOOD. Definitely one of the best books I've read in a very long time. As in, I stayed up late and got up early to read it. As in, I didn't even want to put it down to take a shower. The Nightingale takes place in France during World War II. It is a heavy, serious book that will stay with you for a while after you finish it. Read it!!!

The Martian
Okay, so I am typically not a science-fiction kind of girl. I just don't like reading about things that could never happen. But when my friend recommended this book and I read the description, I was intrigued. The main character goes on a NASA expedition to Mars and ends up being stranded on the planet all alone. The entire book details how he keeps himself alive and attempts to get back to Earth. I did find myself skimming over some of the scientific mumbo-jumbo because that' just not my thing....but overall it was a really fun story to read.

The Matchmaker
This was an entertaining read that I read pretty quickly. What I didn't love about this book was the topic. The book centered around infidelity and illness.....two things I don't generally love to read about. I have read another Hilderbrand book, The Rumor, and that one also addressed infidelity. Maybe that's a theme among her books?

What good books have you read lately? I need new recommendations!