Tuesday, April 15, 2014

17 Weeks


How far along: 17 weeks (as of 4-8-14)
Maternity clothes: Yes! 
Sleep: Sleep was very good. I actually took naps on Saturday & Sunday. Sleep is really good right now. My Sunday nap was amazing! I felt like I could have slept all day long. The good thing is after I sleep I have lots of energy & get lots of stuff done around the house. 
Best moment of this week: On Friday I felt little flutters! I felt them after lunch. I chalked it up to gas. Then I felt it again after dinner. It for sure was flutters and not gas. 
Miss anything: nothing this week
Movement: YES!!! See best moment of the week
Food cravings: Caramel rolls! I called my grandma to find out how to make homemade caramel sauce. Oh there isn't anything better than homemade caramel sauce! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week
Have you started to show yet: no
Gender: BOY!
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound on April 21. Finishing painting the nursery. Art painted all the walls. He just has to finish the trim. I can't wait to start putting the room together. 


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bargains

I love a good bargain! I have followed My Frugal Adventure for a couple years. I usually check out MFA prior to my weekly Target trips. I look to see if there are any sales & coupons for items I need. Sometimes if someone is super cheap I might buy it if we use it. 

I bought Art a champion tshirt once for $3. I think it was 2-3 years ago and the tshirt still looks great. He can always use plain colored tshirts. This week I needed dry shampoo. I use Suave dry shampoo weekly. They had it on sale for $2.86 buy 3 get a $5 giftcard. Well I use it anyhow, so I bought 3. I love using coupons, text offers and Cartwheel all at Target to save money. Last year alone I saved over $100 by using the Red Card. I go there as it is, so why not get more money off my purchase. 

This week Target has baby wipes on sale for $1 for the refill packages. Cartwheel is offering 5% off plus 5% with my Target card. Art & I arrived at Target as it first opened. I cleared the shelf of the unscented wipes! After the cart was full I told Art go go go let's get out of here. lol

We have started to buy diapers to stock up. I asked my sister where I can find deals on where to buy diapers. She told me to check out The Krazy Coupon Lady. Rite Aid had a deal buy one get one 50% on Huggies diapers and wipes. I bought 2 packs of diapers and 2 packs of wipes for $20 plus I received $5 in Rite Aid Rewards. 


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us!

Today we celebrate 6 years of marriage! It is hard to believe it has been 6 years already. So much has happened in our lives. I couldn't imagine going through this journey with anyone else. The other night I was thinking how far we have come in our marriage. I am glad we found each other. 


Happy 6th Anniversary to my wonderful husband! Six down and 34 more to go! 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Gender Reveal

On April 5 we went & had a ultrasound to find out if we were having a boy or a girl. I set up a poll to let our friends and family guess what they thought. It was 48% girl and 52% boy. In my gut I had felt it was a boy since the beginning. I had been praying for 5 years for a boy. I just knew it was going to be a boy because why would God give us a girl after all the begging I had done for a boy. lol  The week of the ultrasound I started to question if really was a boy. I prepared myself for a girl. I thought well maybe we will have a girl because then we will have a second. 

The week before the ultrasound I counted Cassie at La Douce Vie Cupcakery  to make gender reveal cupcakes. We planned to tell Art's parents, Amber and Marcus Saturday evening after Amber & Marcus got off work. I thought it would be fun for them to find out after they bit into a cupcake and found pink or blue. 

The cupcakes and cake below were made by Cassie. Vanilla cupcakes with a chocolate gnash center and butter cream frosting. mmmmm they were soooo yummy! The cake was AMAZING! I ate the cake about 4 days after it was made. The center was still very moist and oh so yummy. How cute are those bees? Kaleb thought the bees were candy for him to eat. He took a bite off one of the bees. lol



Amber bit into the first cupcake and saw the center was a BLUE! She yelled I knew it I knew it. Now Marcus you owe me $20. lol 


It's a BOY

We are so excited for our little son to be born! We are busy preparing for his arrival in September!



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 Weeks

* I am getting caught up on my weekly post over the month of April & May. 

How far along: 10 weeks (as of 2-18-14)
Maternity clothes: not yet
Sleep: I could sleep all day long. I have days where I sleep amazing, but once a week I have a rough night.
Best moment of this week: On 2-21-14 I had an ultrasound. The baby is measuring right on track. It was flipping all over the place, waving it's arms & legs. I just LOVE seeing that little booger moving around. 
Miss anything: nope
Movement: not yet. I can't wait!
Food cravings: chips & guac
Anything making you queasy or sick: every day I feel sick. some days are worse than others. It just depends on the day. I will think of certain foods & feel like I am going vomit. Luckily I haven't yet
Have you started to show yet: only my boobs lol
Gender: we don't know yet
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: moody!
Looking forward to: March 10 when we have our NT Scan. I can't wait to see the baby again. 



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

16 Weeks

Each week I have saved weekly posts of my pregnancy. I don't want to forget a week! I will be posting them a week behind each Tuesday when my weeks change. I will also post from week 11 to week 15 over the next few weeks. 

How far along: 16 weeks (as of 4-1-14)
Maternity clothes: Yes! I finally retired one pair of regular jeans. I haven't gained much weight at all. My shape is changing from all the bloating. lol 
Sleep: I have been sleeping great! 
Best moment of this week: Our gender reveal ultrasound! My reaction was priceless. 
Miss anything: nothing this week
Movement: Still haven't felt anything. I am expecting it any day. At night I will lay still trying to see if I can feel anything. 
Food cravings: Brownies & ice cream. The wonderful thing with my cravings is I will have it once and I am done except with Mexican food. Art said he is going to come out a Mexican. lol
Anything making you queasy or sick: Someone brought me some salad at work this week. Just the smell of the dressing made me ill. 
Have you started to show yet: My mom asked if I am carrying this baby in my boobs. lol 
Gender: BOY!!! Oh I am soooo excited to have a son. I wanted a boy sooooo bad. 
Belly button in or out: in
Wedding rings on or off: on 
Happy or moody most of the time: edgy this week
Looking forward to: feeling movement, telling my staff, painting the bedroom and just enjoying being pregnant. 


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

For This Child I Have Prayed!




When we first got married I felt it was important to wait a year before we started a family. We started trying to have a baby right a few months after our first anniversary. I've blogged about our struggles quite a few times. 

It has been a struggle for almost five years. We have an army of children waiting for us in heaven. I always picture getting to heaven & nine little kids jumping up & down excited to see me. Each of those babies I had hopes & dreams for. I prayed for everyone of them. I cried every time we lost one. The hurt I felt over every miscarriage was just so deep. 

There have been times I just couldn't understand why I had to go through so many miscarriages. It was so frustrating to me that women on drugs, abusive parents and teenagers were cranking out kids. Here am I begging God to just give me one baby. 

Then 2013 came along with a whole other set of struggles. There was a time I considered never having children because of cancer. I struggled with is it fair to put a child through this burden? A wonderful doctor at UCSF told me move on with your life, have children & enjoy life to its fullest because something else other than cancer will probably take me. This started a whole conversation between Art & I. We decided to go for it & try to have a baby. 

I have dreamed of the day I would get to make this blog post. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby BOY. I  due September 17. 

Two reasons I believe I'm pregnant. 

1. God heard my prayers for 5 years. He put me through so many trials. I've really tried to learn through those trials. The miscarriage in October 2010 is what made Art & I start going to church. I'm not sure we ever would have gone to church if we hadn't been through that trial. 

I read this verse the first part of 2014 & I just started crying. Elisabeth was considered barren, but God gave her a child. I clung to the second verse when I found out I was pregnant. Nothing is impossible with God. It got me through tough days when doubt would set in. 

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:36, 37 KJV)

Prayer it works!  My parents prayed for me over 33 years ago. Around 28 years ago I started praying for a brother or sister. Four years later we got Lacey. 

For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: (1 Samuel 1:27 KJV)

2. I truly believe my thyroid cancer was causing the miscarriages. The doctors can't confirm or deny it. My gut tells me this played a HUGE part in my struggle. 

The blog has suffered majorly since I've been exhausted and sick. I am not complaining but happy to have these symptoms. 

I will write about telling our family, nursery ideas and weekly pregnancy posts. I have waited my entire life for this moment in time. I couldn't wait to get married as a little girl just so I could have a baby. I've wanted to be a mom since I can remember.

Today we found out we are having a little boy. It was a moment I won't ever forget. I always had little boy dolls and wanted boys. I screamed, clapped and then cried when they said it's a boy. It was worth everything over the past 5 years for this very moment! I would do it all over again if it brought me right here to where I am. God is good! This child is truly a miracle and I thank God for this baby every day.  

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Blurrrrrrr

It is getting harder & harder to take pictures of Kaleb. He is on the move! He is soooo much fun. I really like this age. On Saturday he was playing peekaboo, bubbles, digging in dirt, running around, jumping on the couch, dancing to music. Kaleb is talking more. One of his favorite words is ca ca. lol When he was playing in the dirt he kept yelling ca ca. I just cracked up laughing. He refuses to say Mimi, but says Andpa. 


Right after this picture the toy was put away when he tried to hit Sammy. He thinks it is funny to kick Sammy too. Sammy doesn't find this entertaining. 


Kaleb kept flinging his arms around, falling on the floor and jumping around. Art was saying hallelujah, praise Jesus and Kaleb was cracking up laughing. He kept going thinking it was funny. 

Kaleb loves to watch Thomas the Train. He asks to watch woo woo. When the train blows the whistle he says woo woo. So cute! This is probably the only time he will sit down for more than 2 seconds. He will sit down for the show until the end of the show music comes on then it is dance time!



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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Potato Burgers

I recently made these Sweet Potato Burgers for dinner one night. They turned out really yummy! Plus they were super easy to make. I doubled the recipe and made 5 burgers. I think I should have made them a little thinner. The centers were still a little mushy. I didn't make the yogurt sauce to go with it. 




Ingredients

Burgers:
  • 1 small White Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 large Sweet Potato (peeled, diced)
  • 1 large clove of Garlic (crushed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of Sweet Corn
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of Kidney Beans (or other type of bean)
  • 6 tablespoons Breadcrumbs (careful not all breadcrumbs are vegan)


"Yogurt" sauce:
  • 1/4 cup Plain Soy Yogurt
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Oregano


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 435F (225C) and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Heat Olive Oil in a fry pan on medium heat. Add onion, sweet potato, and garlic and saute for 3 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes until sweet potatoes are soft.
  3. Remove pan from heat and place sweet potato,onion,and garlic into a medium sized bowl. Add spices and mash ingredients together. Set aside for 10 minutes until cool enough to handle.
  4. Add corn, beans, and breadcrumbs to somewhat cooled sweet potato mixture. Mix well with hands and form into 4 large or 6 medium sized patties.
  5. Place on parchment paper lined baking pan and bake for 15 minutes on one side, flip, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. While burgers are in the oven make your yogurt sauce by combining yogurt with spices to your taste. Start with a little of each spice and slowly add more until sauce is to your liking.
  7. Remove burgers from oven, serve on buns with onions, tomato, lettuce and sauce, and enjoy.




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Friday, March 28, 2014

OOTD Inspiration

On Tuesday is Pinspiration on a fashion board I am on. Sometimes this can be fun looking for inspiration on how to use current items. 


Blazer: Jcpennys
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Old Navy


Shirt & Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: DSW

Inspiration came from fellow blogger Kellys Reality


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Menu Monday

I am planning to pull out the crock pot this week. I love using that thing! 

Ribs & roasted red potatoes
Chili - I will cook dry beans in the crock pot. I have frozen tomatoes from our garden I need to use. I will cook the beans one night. I also want to use some beans for a taco salad for lunch.
Sweet potato burgers - Art will not be a big fan of these lol
Salmon & Asparagus
Tacos

I am planning to use the black beans with lots of meals this week. I haven't been very good about meal planning lately. The freezer is pretty low on stuff. We have a 10 pound turkey taking up lots of space. Maybe I will cook it for Easter although I like ham for Easter. The thought of just cooking a turkey and taking it off the bone sounds like a marathon. 


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

OOTD


Gingham Button Down: Old Navy
Sweater: Nordstrom Rack
White jeans: Old Navy

Leopard Cardigan: Old Navy
Pink T: Gap
Jeans: Old Navy


Jacket: Burlington Coat Factor
Green T: Gap
Jeans: Old Navy


Cardigan: J Crew
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: NY & Co
Shoes: TJ Maxx



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Friday, February 28, 2014

Selfish

I have been thinking about writing this blog post for awhile, but just haven't taken the time to put the words down. I feel selfish at times because I am glad I am the one with all the health issues. I don't really worry about my health that much. There are times I get concerned. I do worry after blood tests or scans as I wait for the results.  I do cry or get upset. I allow myself to have those moments then I move on. I have learned to let myself cry or feel hopeless. Usually it lasts no more than an hour and it is gone. Other than tests time I don't really worry about it. I just know I will be fine.

One day I was thinking I am so glad I have these ailments and not my husband, parents or sister. I would be worried sick if it was them. I feel bad at times because I know they worry. There are times I make a groan or say ouch. Art will usually turn to me immediately asking what is wrong. He wants details about what is wrong. Sometimes it is just simple things like I laid in the same spot to long and my body is sore. Everyone has those issues. 

My main problem is fatigue. I don't feel I have ever bounced back after surgery. I have been soooo tired for a year. I have had numerous issues which would cause fatigue. I am just not use to this. Prior to surgery I was working out 5 days a week, running around the office working like a crazy person, I would come home and do stuff. Well I feel all I can do is just a couple things a day. If it is a work day I go to work, make dinner, make lunches for the next day and lay on the couch. Forget anything else being done. Days off I will do laundry, clean a little and rest. It is frustrating to be this tired. I am 33 not 83. I am slowly learning to listen to my body. I have actually gone home from work early often. I have been working from  home as much as I can. 

Possibly the reason I don't worry so much about my health is because I just know God will take care of things. I told one of my doctors I don't plan to go anywhere and he will be dealing with me for another 50 years. He will retire long before I plan to die. I also think medicine is going to find some type of cure for my ailments. 




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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Sister!!!



Today Lacey turns a quarter of a century. It is hard to believe 25 years have gone by. Lacey has brought our family so much happiness. She would crack us up as a little kid with the crazy stuff she said. There are still statements we use. When she was around 3 she was complaining how hot she was and that her leg pits were sweating. lol We still talk about our leg pits. 

I am so thankful to call her my sister! I love you! I hope you have a fabulous birthday and year 25 brings you all the happiness you deserve in life!!!
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Crack

This is my new crack! It is delish on pretzels, toast, waffles, by the spoonful. It is super delish! Try it out! Or don't try it if you are easily addicted. 




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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives

When I was off work I watched the Food Network daily. I have always liked watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I really get excited when I see Northern California places. Well in the past month I have gone to 2 places. Let me tell you the food is just as amazing in person as it looks on TV. 

Art and I went to Pacifica one weekend. We left early on a Saturday to get in line at Gorilla Barbeque. You have to get there early because they make so much food and when it's gone it's gone. We were the first people waiting in the parking lot. 




We ordered one brisket, sausage and ribs along with mac & cheese and coleslaw. The above picture is maybe a 1/3 of the meal. We split one meal. We eat ate and then had enough for another meal. The brisket and ribs were amazing. I wasn't a big fan of the rice & beans. It was very plain to me. The mac & cheese was delish! It has a crush of Gold Fish crackers. mmmmm

The next place I suggest going to during the day. It is NOT in the best part of San Francisco. 
Show Dogs on Market. It is a couple blocks from Union Square right by some lovely strip clubs. The people in the area are a little shady. Luckily I went with someone from work. We walked rather quickly those 2 blocks. 

I am known to take people to sketchy parts of town or sketchy hotel rooms. Ask my mom & Art about my terrible hotel room picking. 

Back to Show Dogs. They had the most amazing strawberry lemonade and blueberry basil soda. I haven't ever tasted anything like the blueberry basil soda in my life. They also make milk shakes with beer. That sounds 


Polish Dog with onion rings below


Italian Dog with fries below


Show Dogs also makes all their own sauces. 
I would go back to this place, but I would take Art with me. I think we might go on a Saturday sometime soon. He was VERY jealous of my adventure. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu Monday

Menu for this week

Orange Chicken & Fried Rice - from Trader Joes
Bratwursts & Fries with gravy - from Trader Joes
Pizza 
Breakfast
something out of the freezer. Art really wants that freezer cleared out. I have been trying to clean that thing out, but it has been slow. He wants it cleaned out, so we cake 25 pounds of sausage to fill up the freezer. 



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