A Month with Wade

June 4th, 2014 1 comment

I had little Wade a little over a month ago and what a crazy month it’s been.  I intended on posting pictures the week I had him, which obviously didn’t happen.  I also planned on my hospital stay being more of a vacation involving multiple books, photo sessions, naps, etc.  Well it was nothing like that.  It’s been the most difficult month of my life to say the least.  He is the cutest thing in the world and the boys are so proud of him.  He is not the hardest baby I’ve had, but he is definitely high maintenance and unaware that he is the youngest of 4.  You’d think the noise level in our house would clue him in.  I’ve also had problem after problem with my c-section and finally after 5 weeks am able to move around normally.  We love our little boy to pieces and while our days (and nights) are non-stop, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  He started smiling this week, which makes it all that much better.  All these pictures are from my phone.  Sadly I’ve yet to get out my real camera.  As you can see from the last picture, Wade is finally taking some naps on his own so hoping to get a few more things accomplished soon.














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March 7th, 2014 Comments off

It took me a little bit to remember how to upload pictures it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything.  Once you get out of the habit, it’s so hard to just start again.  We all were sick for weeks and weeks after our Disney trip, had our first staples in the head experience and time just got away from me.  Anyway here are just a few pictures, mostly from my phone.  Some fabulous recipes are posted towards the end if you wanted to skip straight to those.

Back in January, I took a quick trip to Dallas to visit some of my closest college friends.  It will probably be 19 years, give or take a few, before I get another trip away from my boys so I really cherished the weekend and time spent with these girls and their kids.


The boys’ cousin Kamri visited us over Valentines weekend.  Her very brave boyfriend, Taylor stayed with us too.  We had a wonderful weekend and always love having them.  Couldn’t say enough nice things about them both.


We are hoping we stay a family of 5 for another 7 weeks.  My delivery date is set for April 29th, which seems like an eternity from now although I’m really not ready for a baby yet.  My c-section is only 2 days before my actual due date so I’m hoping all goes as planned.  I’m trying to take it a little easier, but it’s hard with these 3 and I’m a bit of a planner/organizer/crazy person so I am feeling the need to get a million things done before he arrives.


We haven’t decided or really even talked much about a name for boy #4. We decided on Ian just days before he was born so we are hoping something comes to us.  Samuel has suggested Ginobili, and Tony, who play for the Spurs in case you didn’t know.  Luke has picked Lebron, Brady Heslip and Usher.  Ian likes the name cry baby.  Not sure any of those will make the cut.  The twins talk about, want to watch and play basketball non-stop.  To say it’s an obsession, would be an understatement.  We can’t wait for March madness, but we need to work on our attitudes and sportsmanlike conduct before the tournament starts.


The boys had 2 snow days this past week.  Our basketball net was frozen, but that didn’t keep Samuel from shooting hoops.  He had his assistant Luke throw a ball after every shot to try and knock his ball lose.  That boy is determined when it comes to all things sports.


We are working really hard at reading.  Luke is starting to really get the hang of it and I think enjoy it.  Ian can’t ever get enough reading, math or science.  That boy loves to learn and asks a zillion questions about everything.


Samuel was given the citizenship award for his class last month.  They had a surprise ceremony for him.  He was embarrassed for sure.  We are so proud of how responsible, hard-working, and kind he is to his classmates and teacher at school.  He “clips up” just about every day and seems to really love school.  Luke loves it as well and never gets in trouble, but I think his listening skills aren’t quite what Sam’s are.


Ian had his last preschool program.  It was cute and he was quite the performer as always.


I’m probably the only person who isn’t sick of winter and dreaming about summer.  The boys all started soccer again so it would be nice for it to warm up some for their games and practices.  I’m just not ready for the heat or school to be over at all.


Ok now for the recipes.  These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are the best pancakes ever!  I know it sounds weird, but trust me.  We always have unused ricotta and lemons, so I gave them a try a few months ago.  Brian usually tackles breakfast over the weekends, but I’ve been beating him to it so we can have these every single Saturday.  They are so so so good!


Listed below are some of our favorite dinners we’ve had recently.   Crazy as it is, none have beef.  I have a few new fish recipes we absolutely love that I’ll post soon. My camera has been collecting dust lately, but my cell phone has over 800 pics on it right now.  Too lazy to post the recipes so I’ll just include the links.  All are from the same website and are super easy and very delicious.  Hoping to get back to posting more recipes soon.  I’m on a mission to get my freezer stocked full over the next couple of weeks.

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice 


Spicy Sausage Pasta


Crispy Shrimp Pasta 


Thanks for reading and happy Friday!

A & P’s 50th Anniversary at Disney

December 28th, 2013 3 comments

My in-laws are soon celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Instead of taking a trip by themselves, they wanted to take the whole family to Disney.  It was really fun and of course totally exhausting.  Anything with our boys is.  Thanks Arlie and Pat for wanting to celebrate with us.  Hope you aren’t regretting it.  Brian’s mom even road a roller coaster and stayed at Magic Kingdom until midnight with us.  Don’t know many 70 year old grandma’s that can do that!  We are all recovering from pink eye, strep and a lack of sleep for 5 days so I’ll just post some of my favorite pictures from our Christmas at Disney.  IMG_2129












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Another Baby Boy

December 13th, 2013 3 comments

I’ll be honest, this pregnancy has totally stunk!  It’s been so much harder than my other two.  I went back and forth with thinking maybe I was having a girl, but I never really believed that.  I had talked to many moms whose pregnancies got progressively worse, which is the case with me.  I’m technically considered of “advanced maternal age” and I’ve felt like that every single day.  I had my 20 week ultrasound appointment yesterday and we quickly found out we are having our 4th (and last) BOY!

My first thought was, darn and my first words were “Seriously? You’ve got to be kidding me!” I didn’t say this because I’m dying to have a girl, because honestly I’ve never thought I’d make the best mother for a daughter.  I don’t put a seconds thought about what my boys wear, I don’t like pink, glitter or princess anything.  I would rather be on a soccer field or basketball court any day than a dance recital and I am literally the worst crafter and party planner.  I know a lot more goes into having a daughter and not all girls are into that, but I just love almost everything about raising boys.  I was also a total brat as a little girl!  :)

My concern was that Ian will be my middle son.  My second thought was, Ian will hopefully have a buddy.  My biggest hope for all of them is that the 4 of them and their families are close throughout their lives.  I envision the twins always being closer, just because they are inseparable and always have been.  I hope Ian and this little guy develop a relationship similar to that.   He asks more questions about the baby and is way more interested than I thought he would be.  We have a church group at our house every week and he takes such an interest in the little ones now.  I worry about him way more than I need to.  He is definitely the most secure and has never seemed bothered by being left out even a little bit.  They all seem thrilled with another boy and even the sweetest little girl wasn’t going to calm them down!

Anyway I really wasn’t disappointed.  I had this exact same 20 week ultrasound 7 years ago with my twins on this exact same date.  It’s easy to remember because it was my grandmothers birthday and it was a horrible day I will always remember.   They did find a minor issue with this babies kidney (dialated ureter), but it does seem very minor, especially compared to Samuel’s diagnosis.  I’ll get another sonogram next month and will stay off of the internet.

This little guy will hopefully be the perfect addition to our very loud and energetic family!


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Our November

December 3rd, 2013 Comments off

I can’t believe November has come and gone.  Besides Luke’s asthma scare, it was a great month.  Sam enjoys shooting baskets after school until it gets dark, which is only 30 minutes later.  This boy is obsessed with all things sports.


Ian is going to start doing occupational therapy.  His fine motor skills are a bit behind so we’re trying to catch up before kindergarten starts next year.  I try to get him to play with play-doe as much as possible.


We flew to Kansas for Thanksgiving and had a great trip.  I expected the airports to be a nightmare, but they weren’t all that bad and we didn’t have any delays.


You never know if there is going to be a blizzard in Kansas, but this trip the weather was awesome.


It makes such a difference when the boys can get outside.


Lots of soccer time in the gym after a day of traveling.


Basketball was by far my worst sport.  Luckily the rest of Brian’s family rocks at basketball.


The tiny town of Coldwater, Kansas opened up a bowling alley.  It was really fun to get to do that one night after Dave’s pizza.


Can’t wait to see everyone again in 3 weeks at Disney!!


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Ian’s On Thanksgiving Day Video

November 24th, 2013 2 comments

I spend a lot of time at Luke and Sam’s school, but not much time at Ian’s.  He had his Thankgiving program on Friday and it was so cute.  Surprisingly the music teacher told me ahead of time that he might end up being the loudest and he most definitely was.  I couldn’t believe how much of a performer he was.


He usually hates me recording videos of him, but he was pretty proud of himself.  Here is a cute little video of him singing one of the Thanksgiving songs.

On Thanksgiving Day

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Everyone Can Love A Wedge Salad

November 21st, 2013 Comments off

My absolute favorite salad ever is a wedge salad.  Brian isn’t a fan.  His absolute favorite salad is a Cesar salad.  If you guessed that I’m not a fan, you would be correct.  He has to compromise sometimes and eat a wedge salad if I’ve made one for dinner.  I’ve been craving them more and more so he just has to start enjoying them more and more.  I think he likes this version if I put a little less blue cheese on top.  Obviously I haven’t really asked him.  It’s kinda all about me and what I want to eat these days. I could eat this with every dinner.  If you aren’t a huge wedge salad fan, give this a try with this simple homemade dressing.  It really makes all the difference and takes 2 minutes to prepare.  If you are one of those crazy people that don’t like blue cheese, just add a little bit and try it again.  Maybe you’ll come around.  My twins are finally on board with blue cheese.  I knew if I just kept sneaking it into their salads they would like it.  I’m still working on Brian and Ian.  It’s my goal for them by the end of the year.


For the salad itself I prefer iceberg lettuce, obviously not actually cut into a wedge, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocados, topped with blue cheese and crumbled bacon.

Wedge Salad Dressing

Serves 5
Meal type Condiment
From book The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook


  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper


Whisk together dressing ingredients until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.

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Soccer, Halloween, ER Visit and 10 Extra Pounds

November 7th, 2013 1 comment

Our fall soccer season has ended.  Luke and Sam’s team ended with a loss of course, but their team improved so much and it definitely hasn’t set my twins back at all.  It was hard for me to see their team so outmatched every week, but there weren’t any tears and all the players had such a great attitude.   I’m pretty sure Ian wants to play again in the spring and the twins are already asking when it starts back up.  Luke and Sam definitely got Brian’s competitiveness.


This year was our first year to trick-or-treat in our own neighborhood and it was a blast.  Our neighborhood is always the place to be, which is hard for a hermit like me, but I really enjoyed this holiday.


Now on to my sweet Luke.  This guy started coughing on Sunday and right away we did a breathing treatment because I knew his asthma could turn into a problem soon.  The next morning after another treatment, he seemed ok and went to school.  He came home that afternoon and a few hours later I took him to urgent care.  He was quickly given an oral steroid and we were told to hurry and get him to Vanderbilt ER.  We even talked about taking an ambulance, so I knew it was really serious.  Brian called our neighbor and they let Sam and Ian spend the night.  Don’t know them super well, but I know they are fantastic, trustworthy people.  The boys willingly went and said some sweet prayers for Luke.

Took about 3 hours to be seen in the ER.  Such a nightmare.  Of course over that time period his O2 sats got worse.

Finally I got a doc to come listen to him and they quickly put us into a trauma room and got him started on treatments.  They did a chest xray and found pneumonia immediately.  They monitored him for several more hours then we went home in the wee hours of the morning.  We saw his pediatrician the next day and developed a more aggressive plan for his asthma.  We are going to take him back in a few days, hopefully to hear that his lungs are better.  They still sound awful, but hopefully with lots of steroids, antibiotics and round the clock breathing treatments he will be fine.   This is the second time he has had pneumonia/asthma attack this year.  He doesn’t have the kind of exercise induced asthma, but when he gets something as simple as a cold, it gets very serious for him.  The pollen here might be problematic for him too.  Samuel had pneumonia this summer, but so far he doesn’t show signs of asthma.  Their little lungs just never got developed like they should.  We will probably see a pulmonologist for both asap.

Anyway he is doing better and we are so thankful for him.  He has really been a trooper through all of it.  Thanks for your prayers for him!!


I am starting to finally feel like myself, only a much fatter version.  I know it probably doesn’t look like it in this picture, but I am putting on the pounds.  I guess third time around and being mid 30′s doesn’t help.  Might be the bags of chips I’m eating every week and the couch potato hours I’m racking up.  I really don’t like being pregnant.  Only 5 more long months to go!


I tried Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie since it’s one of Luke’s favorite foods and OMG it was amazing.  Definitely make your own crust.  It’s so worth the mess and time I promise.  One of the best meals we’ve had this fall. Luke really hasn’t had an appetite, but he gobbled it up.  I’ve been stressed all week, which means I’ve been back in the kitchen.  Hopefully I’ll have some new recipes to share soon.

So excited for tonight’s game against OU!!  Sic Em Bears!!

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Kamri’s Visit & Some Amazing Pumpkin Bread

October 20th, 2013 1 comment

Brian’s niece Kamri came to stay with us for her fall break last week.  I was finally feeling better, the weather was perfect and she is such an absolute delight to be around.  Totally sounded like I’m 80 just now.  We had the best week with her here and just think the world of her.  Whenever we go to Kansas, there are literally 20-30 family members, which is always so much fun, but it’s hard to spend one on one time together.  This week was just what I needed. I don’t get a lot of girl time at my house.  Kamri’s faith and her attitude are so inspiring and she lives such a full life loving and honoring Him.  Ian spent a lot of time with her too and did he ever become attached.  Our boys have some pretty amazing cousins!





I made some pumpkin bread before she came.  Sorry Kam, it was literally gone before you even got here.  The boys loved it and I am eating non-stop.  I also owed a neighbor a favor so took her some.  We didn’t eat 4 loaves in 1 day, but we probably could have.   I’ll have to get some in the mail to her because it is amazing and was totally meant for her.  I have no self-control these days!


Pumpkin Bread


  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 2/3 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9x5-inch loaf pans. I used 2 8x5 pans and 2 mini loaf pans. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and oil. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and then stir it into the wet mixture. Add pumpkin and water and stir until combined. Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Bake 9x5 pans for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I baked small loafs for 45 mins and the larger ones for 1 hour. This bread freezes well. When cooled, cover with plastic wrap, then foil & freeze until ready to eat.

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Family of SIX & First Time At The Ryman

October 15th, 2013 7 comments

I think most have heard by now that we will become a family of SIX at the end of April!  We are excited, especially the boys, but this pregnancy has totally stunk so far.  I have felt awful for 7 weeks now.  I keep thinking any day now I’ll start to feel better.  I’m still doing my best to cook dinner, but I feel the absolute worst around 5:00.  My food aversions are many and cooking/eating beef or chicken really makes my stomach turn.  Almost everything I cook these days involves bacon/pasta.  We’re ordering lots of pizza and Ian and I consume lots of Taco Bell bean burritos.  Hoping to get back to posting recipes soon.


Brian and I finally went to The Ryman.  We saw one of my most favorite bands – The Lumineers on Saturday night.  We had no idea what to expect and I was totally blown away!  There are big name concerts it seems almost every night here, but we’ve been holding out for The Ryman.  I wasn’t feeling wonderful, but it was by far one of the best nights I’ve ever had.  The entire show was well over 3 hours, which is a long time to sit on church pews.  I still loved every minute although Brian probably thought it was a little long.  He didn’t really get into Dr Dog, one of the opening bands.  While The Lumineers played, no one sat down for even a minute.  The Ryman only seats about 2ooo, although it feels like a much smaller crowd.  It’s a very intimate setting  that’s completely about the music instead of a big production.

Anyway it’s was an amazing experience and if you ever come to Nashville, I highly recommend it.  Stubborn Love is my favorite song.  Here is what it was like for us.





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