Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A bit about me:)

Since I've been totally neglecting the blog lately, I thought that I would ease myself back in with a fun little ABC Q&A:)  I admit that I was reminiscent about high school while filling this out, but who doesn't like to be brought back to their adolescence every once and awhile:)

A. Age: Twenty-Nine

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike: Putting away laundry!  Ugh I despise it!! I don't mind washing it but folding it and putting it away takes me FOREVER.... seriously I procrastinate until i absolutely HAVE to fold them.

D. Dogs: Love em, but I hate how much they tie you down!

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, yogurt and granola!  And a kiss from my kiddies:)

F. Favorite color: Aqua or Royal Blue

G. Gold or silver: Gold, Silver washes me out!

H. Height: 5' 4''

I. Instruments you play(ed): Piano and violin

J. Job title: Wife, Mommy, Homemaker.

K. Kids: Jacob (2) and Charis (10 months)

L. Live: Bought a house in Dartmouth this June!  We love it we're a 5 minutes drive from anything we need:)

M. Mom’s name: Mom

N. Nicknames: Suz, Suzie, Suzie-Q

O. Overnight hospital stays: 1 night for each kid:)

P. Pet peeves: Unfortunately too many:)   When people turn every conversation back to themselves, dishes being put on the counter instead of the dishwasher, when other parents only want to talk about what your kid is/isn't doing yet

Q. Quote from a movie: None really...

S. Siblings: 2 (a younger sister and brother)

T. Time you wake up: When the kids do?  Usually 7-7:30

U. Underwear: Yes, I wear it.

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Mushrooms

W. What makes you run late: Usually Adam;)

X. X-rays you’ve had: Lots....

Y. Yummy food you make: Pesto Pasta, Lasagna, Lots of yummy baking:)

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Monkeys:)

(Some Christmas Cuties:)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow!

We had our first official snow fall yesterday and it did not disappoint!  I think by the end of the day we had over 30cm!  We canceled Jacob's speech therapy and took full advantage of a good old fashioned snow day:)  

We headed over to Carolyn and Geoff's (man it's great having family close enough to walk to!) and built some snowmen.  Jacob was more interested in knocking his down...  boys ;)

A.  all bundled up to play in the snow!

Auntie Carolyn and J.  I think he has a radar for pregnant people and wants to prepare them for a new baby by carrying him everywhere.  I hate to break it to you buddy, but there's a slight weight difference:) 

How did you all spend your first snow day?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

7 Months

Charis you are 7 months old (well technically you are 7 1/2 months but I'm late getting these pics up:) You are growing and changing so much everyday!  I feel like I'm constantly saying "When did you learn how to do that?"

You are still the most extroverted little girl!  You want to smile and talk to everyone who sees you.  You'll let other people hold you but you prefer it if Mommy or Daddy are in eyesight:)  You started waving Hi and Bye this past month and love to wave at people when you see them.

You are sitting like a champ and prefer to sit up over any other position.  You'll go on your belly, but so far you don't seem to have any desire to crawl, so I'm counting my lucky stars, because you will be BUSY when you do!  You are on the go all the time when you're sitting or being held!  You do not like to be still!  These day's your Jumperoo is your favorite place to play.

You are still a great sleeper and a great eater!  You sleep a solid 12 hours every night (7-7) and usually take 2 solid 2 hour naps a day!  That has been a huge blessing to your father and me.  

You are now eating 2 meals a day of solids and so far the only thing you haven't loved was green beens.  We started you on chicken last night and you gobbled it down in a few minutes!  Your newest food obsession is Cheerio's, you go crazy for them!

Your favorite toys right now are your lovie (you sleep with it every night), your stuffed animals (you talk to them the whole time you play with them) and anything you can chew on!

You and Jacob are really starting to interact more and more, and he loves to kiss you and make you laugh.  It always warms my heart to see you both sitting in the playroom laughing together.   You just think he is the best thing ever!  Mommy and Daddy hope you will be great friends growing up!

Your 7 month stats are:

Weight: 17.5 lbs (65%)
Height: 27 inches (80%)
You are in size 3 diapers
You wear size 6, 9 6-12month and 6-9 month clothes

Here is a comparison of you and your brother at the same age:

Mommy and Daddy love you so much sweet girl!  You are just a joy in our lives every day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

It's not secret to anyone who knows me that I LOVE Christmas!  The tree decorated and lit up, Christmas carols playing in the background while sitting in front of the fire place sipping an eggnog coffee....  ahhh that is what I consider perfection:)

It is purely out of respect for Adam that I haven't already decorated the whole house, he's insistent that nothing having to do with Christmas is to be seen around the house until the first Sunday of Advent (I may have snuck in some Christmas music with the kids while he was at work though).

All of that being said, I'm not ashamed to admit that I have been scouring the internet for a great online store to buy our Christmas cards from for quite some time.  Recently I was browsing through my blog reader and I came across some AWESOME Christmas card mock ups.  I quickly headed over to the site (http://www.tinyprints.com/) and I literally have 20 different styles saved in my favorites!

Well I don't have the time or patience to show you ALL of my favorites, I thought I would show you a few incase you want to head over there and check out the awesomeness yourself!

Here's a few of my fav's:

I love the simplicity and elegance of this one!
(How cute is that little girl by the way?)

I think this one would be super cute for a fun family card!

I think this one is my favorite so far.  I can never just chose one picture as my favorite so this allows a little varity, and I love how bright and fun all of those little trees are! 

So for all of you looking for some really cute Christmas cards for your family go check out the Holiday line over at Tiny Prints, I'm positive you won't be disappointed!  Also if you order today you can get 25% off your order, which is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me:)

***I was given 50 free cards for this review, but all opinions expressed on this blog are strictly my own!  You all know me if I find something that I love I just have to share it with everyone that I know:)****

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jacob is 2!!

To my sweet baby boy,

Jacob, the last two years have brought so much joy to our lives.  You are just the most unique, special little boy.  

The last year we have seen you grow from a baby into a little boy.  You are passionate, sensitive, stubborn, gentle, kind and loving.  You love to be silly and laugh, and every time you see your Daddy you just want to play and wrestle, and you just laugh so hard the whole time. 

You are a little weary of new situations, and are still pretty attached to Mommy, but once you're comfortable you warm up and have a great time.  This year you have done swimming lessons and gymnastics.  You love the balance beam, and you LOVE the water.  

This year has brought a lot of change for you.  In April you became a big brother at 17 months.  Your Daddy and I have been so impressed with how you have handled this role.  You are so loving and gentle with Charis.  You hug and kiss her all the time, and every time she gets a little rough with you, you just gently move her hand off of you.  I can tell you will be such a loving protective brother to her! We also moved for the 4th time in your life this year (WOW!) and I really hope this is the last move you have to go through for awhile!

You love animals, trucks, puzzles, music, anything artistic (coloring, painting, chalk), reading, trains, and pushing everything that has wheels.  You would love it if you could eat snacks and play outdoors all day!  

You are really not a big talker yet, but we started speech therapy this month and I'm SO excited to start hearing you speak!  This Mamma can't wait to hear your sweet little voice talking.  What you lack in words you certainly have no problem communicating in other ways!  You are a smart little cookie and understand so much it alway's amazes me! 

I can't wait to see what this next year brings, and pray that as we enter the "terrible twos" (it should be noted I think we've been there for awhile;) your Daddy and I are able to parent you with truth and grace and raise you to be the man that God has created you to be!



2 Year Stats

Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 36 inches
Diapers: size 4
18-24 month clothes and 2T 
Food: ALL fruit, broccoli, pasta, cheese, most meat, chili, quesadillas, and any snack food you can get your hands on:)














Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy 6 Months Charis!

Sweet baby girl how did 6 months fly by so quickly?  I swear we just had you!
I love this age so much and think the last month has been the most fun yet!  You are starting to really develop your little personality and your Daddy and I can't wait to see you grow into your own little person:)

So what have you been up to this month?  
You have really started chatting a lot this month.  You are constantly saying mamamama and dadada.  I know it doesn't mean anything yet,  but it is so nice to hear:)  You love to giggle and blow raspberries and it is pretty rare that you just sit silently! 

You are such a great sleeper - you take 2-3 naps a day for 1.5 - 2 hours and sleep 12-12.5 hours at night.  That being said this week between teething, your 6 month growth spurt and having a wicked cold you've been waking up around 5am every morning starving!  Mommy is secretly hoping you go back to 12 hours soon, we've been spoiled by good sleep!  

You are still rolling both ways and have started rolling to get to where you want.  The other morning I went to get you and you had rolled over and pressed your mobile to turn it on.  I came in and  you were just laying under it watching it go round!  You also can sit up pretty well on your own.  You tip over every once and awhile, but over all I can leave you on your own for pretty long periods!  You are alway moving! Even when you're on your belly you start flapping your arms and legs around as if you're trying to figure out how to get moving somewhere!

You still have just 2 teeth on the bottom, but I have a feeling it won't be too long before we see some more!  You are chewing on everything.  Right now your favorite things to chew on are your Sophie, and a mesh feeder with an ice cube in it.  We also started you on solid food last week and I have to say for all the begging you were doing for our food, you're not overly interested in yours!  You tolerate apples, pears and sweet potato, and you really do not love carrots and rice cereal!  You're too cute when you eat, after every bite you pop your thumb in your mouth and suck your food down.  It's too funny!

You are taking 4 - 7 ounce bottles a day, and you do best drinking them in your room, otherwise you are just too nosey to care about eating!

You are growing into the sweetest little girl and your Mommy, Daddy and brother love you so much!  We all just light up when you are in the room!  

We're looking forward to the next 6 months and watching you grow!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yummy Goodness

 So in light of my wonderful postpartum body struggle, it only seems fitting that I read as many yummy dessert recipes on the internet as possible right?  I mean there's no calories in a picture:)  I thought I'd share a few of the yummiest looking ones with you all in case you are in a baking mood:)  And if you are and feeling like inviting me over for a taste test, all the better!


If you think chocolate and peanut butter are a to die for combo like me this is for you!

This is acutally a Kraft recipe, so should be pretty easy!

what you need

12 NUTTER BUTTER Cookies, divided
2 Tbsp.  butter, melted
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup  PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp.  vanilla
1 tub (12 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
2 squares  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

make it

CRUSH 8 cookies; mix with butter. Press onto bottom of foil-lined 9x5-inch loaf pan.
MIX next 4 ingredients with mixer until well blended. Whisk in 3 cups COOL WHIP; spoon 1/2 cup into small bowl. Blend in melted chocolate. Spoon half the remaining cream cheese mixture over crust; top with layers of chocolate mixture and remaining cream cheese mixture.
FREEZE 4 hours or until firm. Invert onto plate. Remove foil, then re-invert dessert onto serving platter so crumb layer is on bottom. Coarsely break remaining cookies. Top dessert with remaining COOL WHIP and broken cookies.



You know that when you see a recipe that has over 1800 5 star reviews that it must be good:)  Plus it's Paula Dean, need I say anymore?  I'm thinking of bringing this one to our church's Thanksgiving potluck this Sunday, so I'll let you know if it's as yummy as everyone says!


  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.