Wednesday, May 29, 2013

photo dump

Photo dump... enough said...
 Spring Break in Dallas
 Sunny Afternoon
7 Months

First trip to the beach! 
8 Months and counting... nugget will be 9 months on Friday. Where has the time gone?!
After a fun weekend with the Carters and this dip I'm worn out. I kinda can't believe we didn't take a single picture. However a video was made, which is totally ridiculous, but I'm sure you'll see that soon.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

i have a blog?

I'm pretty sure I forgot I had a blog. Well here is a little recap and photo explosion. 
I was trying to wait till Jewel was 6 months to start solids, but we could tell that she needed the go ahead at about 5 1/2 months. We weren't going to make her starve wait... so we brought on the avocado as her first food. She wasn't really sure about it at first, but then loved it! Now she has had quite a variety of butternut squash, banana, sweet potatoes, green beans, & pears. Thanks to we're ready to move onto the next phase of 6-8 months soilds. I know I'm probably weird, but I actually don't mind making her food myself. So far, we pretty much keep all of that in stock anyway. 

 Not to sure...
 Please don't spit that out...
 Not too bad!

On her 6 month Birthday (whoa, half a year) she earned her wings. We flew to Georgia to celebrate Katie and baby Smith. 
I'm so excited that her little nugget will be here in less than a month! It was so fun to be with so many friends that we haven't seen in awhile, and that you've know since you were 12. We should probably all live closer to each other, so we don't just see each other when life changing things are happening! 
A fun night on Roswell Square. It snowed a good bit that day. It didn't stick, but it's probably the only snow I'll see for the year!
Thanks to Aunt Christi, J now sits. Leave to a Pediatric PT to get her to have milestones in a day.

 A mirror to focus on
 Little converse, a cardigan, and you belong to us... shut it. 
Happy half a year! (3/1/13)

Monday, February 11, 2013

my sweet valentine

It's official baby J is a little over 5 months, but here is our sweet little nug at 5 months wishing you and yours a very Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

thank you. love, your sweet tooth

I will go ahead and say I'm sorry for this post to those of you that have made New Years resolutions. 
This past weekend we had some friends over to just hang out and have dessert. I always feel like you have to serve or have dessert at any gathering after 7:30pm. I know, dumb rules, but a rule I live by. I came across this blog, and I'm now convinced that I will use it anytime I need a dessert recipe. I made this on Saturday...
Good heavens. Meet Brownie Pudding. I had to make sure it was safe... so I had some... it was dangerously delicious. Then I decided that we might need a little variety, so in honor of my husband loving Butterfingers he got this...
He was over joyed. You can get the recipe for these here

Now that I've totally indulged your sweet tooth, here is a great alternative for Shrimp Scampi the healthy GF way. I was inspired by my dear friend, Hannah, to use Spaghetti Squash, and thanks to her we had something pretty delicious. Aaron loved it, but did inform me he could tell I didn't use butter. I'm not surprised by his observation, but glad he still enjoyed the experiment!

SSSS (Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi)


  • spaghetti squash (about 3lbs), halved lengthwise
  • tablespoon plus 2 tsp EVOO
  • small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth will do
  • tablespoon fresh lemon juice plus 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350*. Place the squash cut sides down on a baking sheet, cook for 30 min. Let cool, then remove the seeds.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp, vegetable/chicken broth and lemon juice and cook, tossing occasionally, until the shrimp are firm and pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and parsley; remove from the heat.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2 months in a post

Oh I have a blog? Man... I hate to say what so many say, but I've been busy. A fun busy though! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. There is so much to be thankful for this past 2012. I can't wait to see what the Lord has planned and in store for us this coming year!
 Little J at 3 months
 A year ago on 1/1/12 we found out that we were pregnant with this nugget and here she is now... 
4 months and counting!
I really wanted to share all of the great photos that Britney took for us for our Christmas card...but that ended up being a little much with all of these!
Jewel was pretty much over it by then, but at least Brit, Levi, J and I were able to snap this pic together. 
Merry Christmas from all of us in GA! The dogs sort of made it... Biscotti is laying down at Amanda's feet.

 One of my favorite moments was surprising Aaron with a Banjo. Thanks to my sweet brother I was able to find this one. Thanks again Nate!
 This was the Christmas of the puffy vest. Pop, Patti, Aaron, and Jewel all got puffy vest for Christmas. Seriously. Do you have one? Step on the trend.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

a snap shot

Here is small glimpse of Jewel's newborn pictures. Our sweet friend, Britney Smith, did an amazing job!

Today I finished my first half since Jewel's arrival. Woohoo! Glad to see these 3 at the end... Jewel is holding the camera. Well sort of, more like her stroller!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

quick recap

Guess who came to town....
 Linnae! Yay!

It was so great having her here. We had a girls weekend while Aaron was at a Worship conference in Jackson Friday & Saturday. It's amazing how a weekend with one of your best friends just rejuvenates you! You know what I mean?

 This is kind of sad, but this is our first photo together since the hospital. Better now than never!
 The "who face"
How can you not love this face?! My sweet Biscotti.