Thursday, August 30, 2012

Our Week in Meals

I haven't been to the grocery store for quite some time.  However I did have to have Jon make a quick stop this week and pick up cheese and milk.  But seriously, do you really want to cook with old milk? :P


Lunch: I had packed Jon leftovers from the week before (Spaghetti casserole)
And I had the rest of my leftovers from Sunday's dinner with my parents (Mushroom Swiss from Okaboji Grill)

Dinner: Italian Seasoning Chicken* and carrots with baked potatoes
(*Recipe at bottom)


Lunch: Chicken Leftovers

Dinner: Homemade Mac&Cheese, corn, and grapes


Lunch: leftovers

Dinner: Jon had a mix of leftovers and cereal, while I finished off the Chicken from Monday


Lunch: Jon had burritos (from freezer section) and I had leftover Mac&Cheese

Dinner: Honey Mustard Chicken


We are going out of town at some point after Jon gets off work and I have an appointment at 2:30pm.  So lunch is probably to just work on emptying fridge out for the weekend. :)  We are SO excited for this weekend!  Hopefully Jon will get some much needed rest.  Every night and every morning he tells me he's ready for some time off work.  Hallelujah for a three-day weekend. :)  Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!  I'm not feeling the greatest today, but hopefully will start feeling well enough to get a few things done before the weekend. :)

*Recipe for Italian Seasoning Chicken because it is SO easy and fast! (Sorry I have no pictures of my example, maybe someday!)
-Preheat oven to 350
-Place thawed chicken (dark or white meat, I use both, bone-in is okay if that's what you have) on a large jelly roll pan spaced out

-Cut up carrots (I use baby carrots because Jon likes them better raw.)  Place the carrots around the chicken with nothing touching.

-Sprinkle olive oil over it all and then Italian Seasoning

-Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and carrots cooked to your liking.  Sometimes during the cooking you might have to stir around the carrots a bit, but turning the chicken over isn't necessary.

And oh it is so good! :)  I like the fact that it leaves only one dirty dish! :)
I usually cut up potatoes and add them to the pan too, however I wanted plenty of leftover chicken so I made baked potatoes instead, since I don't have two ovens and I ran out of room.  If you add the potatoes to the pan, they can be cut up into bite size pieces.  But if like me space is limited, just remember the baked potatoes need to go in sooner since they take 60-75 minutes to bake. :)

Enjoy!  We sure did! :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Reveal of Baby Kaisand's gender!

Remember this post?  We had a reveal party for our family to let them know the gender of Baby Kaisand.  Now my hubby has allowed me to share with everyone what we are expecting!! :)

So let me do it in a few pictures for some fun.... :)

At the reveal party we had one cupcake that had a certain color of sprinkles inside of it.  It was fun to watch everyone take a bite and look at one another to see if anyone knew the answer....

"We think it's a boy!"
"We're guessing girl!"
And what will Baby Kaisand be....
(My hubby is so excited!)

My sister, Melissa, had the cupcake!  What color do you see??

Baby Kaisand is going to be a GIRL!!! :D  And we are so excited to finally meet her! :)  So glad I can finally say that!  Yeah, now I can say SHE and HER and everything else! :)  Because Mary is going to have a daughter!

Sorry, but the name is kept secret...however some of you already know her first name.  I've shared it before since we didn't want it to be taken before we got a chance to use our favorite girl name! :)

We are SO excited!  Can I say it any more than that?

Because honestly I was thinking Jon would really want us to have a boy so I was really hoping for a boy.  However as the pregnancy went on and before we could find out, he told me, "I really hope we're having a girl."  :)  aww okay! :)  That is just too sweet.  Now I am so excited to see how he takes care of her.  Jon is such a gentle, kind hubby and he will be so sweet.  She will DEFINITELY be a Daddy's girl! :)  Looking forward to hearing her say Daddy! :)  When he comes home from work....awww can't wait to see her reaction! :D

Well, now you know!  Pictures of the nursery will come.  However I need to unpack all the wonderful gifts we've received from the showers this past weekend.  We are such fortunate people to have such loving family and friends.  Now the fun part begins. :)  As soon as I receive the pictures from my mom's camera I'll have a post to share about the showers.  Until then....I'm going to enjoy my gifts and thinking of my precious little daughter! :)

Love you all and thank you for patiently waiting to find out. hehe ;)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Opening up my heart {guilt}

Something is always pulling at my heart and I don't know why this is such a struggle for me.  I'm getting really open with all of you with this post, so be prepared.  If you don't want to hear everything Mary is thinking then you might want to just stop reading now.  However I have fully decided to share with you everything and in the end there is so much rejoicing!!

Okay, for the rest of you crazy people who like to know what I'm thinking and decided to keep reading (other than my hubby who has no choice). :P  I have always put guilt on myself based off of what I know and what I should be (doing).  I write myself a "to do" list to make myself feel better, but all it does it help my mind get organized.  Which is sort of a step to help me out.  If you know me at all I'm a list and follow a routine sort of gal.  I like to know what to expect and get shaken when things happen and my plans get changed.

I like to know what to expect, what can I say?

Obviously there are moments when the unexpected happen and usually those "things" don't bother me.  Because "those things" are a way.  I can just expect my hubby to not come home at the exact same time every night and not get overwhelmed with his dinner getting cold.  I can just expect that I'll be five minutes late to everything if my pregnancy hormones decide to act up and I can't get ready as fast as I used to, and not let that get in the way of feeling guilty for it.  ('s that issue I have.  I feel guilty.)  If I know pregnancy causes me to take more time to do every possible thing, why can't I plan ahead for that?  Because you seriously can't.  And I just have to accept that.

We moved into this wonderful three-bedroom apartment early June and yet STILL have boxes to go through and organize and put things away.  Do I feel guilty?  Oh yeah!  I thought by now it would be easier since my morning sickness has died down big time.  But no such luck.  Do I have the ability to do anything about it?  No.  And yet, I feel guilty.  As of now we have my organized pile of things on the living room floor of things that need put away.  I emptied a basket of clothes that I had at my parent's house in a dresser for when Jon and I would stay there for the weekend.  (One-bedroom apartments just don't have as much space to put all that stuff.)  The piles are still waiting to get put away.  (One of them being clothes I might be able to fit into once I'm pass this pregnant stage.  One can hope, right?)

Wasn't kidding when I said even our living room needs help now.

However I can be excited that the other day I did accomplish a few things from what needed done to organize our apartment.  Our bookshelf looks nice.

Decorating the top can always come later.  Bottom shelf is for kid books. :)

I went through our papers in the living room and they are in organized stacks out of the way (mostly things for the hospital and info we need for the upcoming weeks).

But no matter what....I can't get EVERYTHING I would like done.  I wanted all this "stuff" done before Friday.  I don't see it happening!  Jon had to work 10 hours on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday so that definitely put things on hold for us.  I can't keep up with the kitchen.  (If you use all your energy cleaning the kitchen you never get anything else done and vise versa.  Heck, I was excited today I accomplished a shower without gag coughing!)

"The Nursery" Doesn't it look ready for a baby?

Our guest bed, filled with things I still need to work on (filing cabinet)

Guests come on over!  We have a room for you! ;P

So yeah, I feel guilty.  Why can't I just suck it up and do it and feel winded and nauseous in the process?  Who cares, at least it will get accomplished, right?  Wrong.  I have a human being growing inside me.  I can't bend over hardly ever.  I have to continue to rest.  This is what Mommy's do right?  Rest?  Eek!  Guilty!  That guilt feeling returns....however will I seriously feel better once this baby arrives?  No. I won't get anything else accomplished but cuddling and feeding a newborn with the lack of sleep and all.  Oh gosh!  The guilty feeling will continue for ever.....

However I don't want this little one growing up with a Mommy who feels guilty all the time.  I don't want this little one to have the same issues I do.  So how do I work on this?

The sermon on Sunday gave me a HUGE relief.  I felt like I could breath again. (And I will add here I'm so happy we found a church where we leave with applications from the sermons!  It's such a relief to find a good Bible-preaching church!)  But anyways, during the end of the service, I looked over and my husband was asking for a Kleenex.  He had tears in his eyes.  We both got something COMPLETELY different out of the sermon on Sunday, but we both got something that relieved us from legalism.  Hallelujah!

The passage was about the Sabbath day and keeping it holy (Matthew 12:1-21).   However Pastor Randy focused on GRACE not GUILT when it comes to keeping up with that commandment.  He really focused on being careful of the danger of man-made religion.  Wow, was that SO helpful!  He also mentioned the four signs of legalism:
1. Legalism demands conformity to an extra-biblical standard (adding Scripture).
2. Legalism reduces the true meaning of Scripture (check out Hosea 6:6)
3. Legalism values possessions more than people.
-Here he stated a story from when they first got their new building.  He made signs to tell people not to bring food or drink/coffee into the place of Worship, because he stated, "Honestly I was afraid of the spills!" (As he was mentioning this I was eating apple slices.)  Then he said one morning he saw a newcomer see the sign and burning his throat drinking up his coffee so he could come in to worship.  That's when he realized...Where do you draw the line?  We already are putting laws down for newcomers on what we accept for Christians in our place of worship.  He quickly took all the signs down and encouraged people to come in with or without their food and drink!  He said his love for people should be more than any other "thing."
4. Legalism condemns those who do not conform to standards.

I was so encouraged by this!  A "perfect parent" isn't one who has it all together...or even their house (or apartment) all together.

Embrace the TRUTH of the Gospel (grace)!!!
What are the four signs of gospel-centered Christianity? (four signs of GRACE):
1. Gospel puts human need above man-made rules.
2. Gospel recognizes Jesus' authority to interpret the law.
3. Gospel says it is right to do good especially on the Sabbath
(I am not submissive to my boss, but to my God.)
4. Gospel reveals God's amazing love for people.
Isaiah 42:1-4

The Servant of the Lord

42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen one in whom I delight; 
I will put my Spirit on him,
    and he will bring justice to the nations. 
He will not shout or cry out, 
    or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, 
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. 
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 
    he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
    In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

What a relief!  I can throw that "to do" list out the door and not feel guilty.  I can love God, my husband, family, and friends without feeling guilty I have not lived up to a standard.  By GRACE I have been saved!! :)  And so have you!  And tears in my hubby's eyes he could tell you that too! :)

Didn't keep my breakfast down this morning (8.22.12)
so I'm pretty excited I got the dirty dishes accomplished today!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cinnamon Biscuits

This baby REALLY loves anything from the bakery.  However that's just not going to be able to happen all the time!  But if you have any donuts let me know, I'll be right over! :)
Cookies, brownies, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, donuts, muffins, bagels.... mmmm it all just sounds SO good! :)

I've been craving cinnamon rolls and donuts for many weeks now and I do all I can to walk past the donuts when I run to the grocery store.  However I do have a recipe from middle school Home Ec class.  Cinnamon Biscuits!  Yumm! :)

Just buy one of those processed, good to the last bite, flaky biscuits from the fridge aisle.  Place them on a baking sheet.

In a bowl melt 1/2 stick of butter and add 1/3 cup of brown sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon.  With a spoon poor the yummy mixture on the biscuits.  It is good for some of it to slide down on the sides for extra yummyness.  Put in oven for 8-10 minutes on 425 degrees.


They have a similar taste of cinnamon rolls (minus the icing), so it helps my craving get taken care of (for the most part).  They are super fast and easy and not bad for clean up at all!  I'm so glad I kept those recipes from that class, I actually use most of them in my cooking now! :)
For example: Cheesy crescent rolls, fruit smoothies, french toast, and orange julius.

Yum yum yum!
Let me know if you try them!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Labor & Birth Classes

I've been wanting to register for birth classes that are available to us for free, but wanted to discuss the options with Jon first.  Honestly, I don't feel like I need to take too many classes because I'm pretty aware of how labor and birth plays out.  Now each labor story is different, so you really can't plan for ANYTHING.
eek!  Did you know I'm a planner?  I even think ahead before I get ready for the day what order in which I'm going to do everything.  Yes, I'll be one of those routine moms. :)

Anyways, I've seen labor in person about six times, and each one was different.  However I was never the one in labor so it would be helpful to go to classes to work on different ways to breath, stay relaxed as much as possible, etc.  But mostly I see the birth classes benefiting Jon, which means it will benefit us both. :)

I haven't had the ability to chat with Jon about the classes at all (thanks to the video game he rented from the library last week), so I went ahead and just set up the two that I know we have time for before the baby comes. :)  Unfortunately one of them is only available on his birthday. :(  So we will chat about that tonight.  I feel as if I will have a late baby, but I don't want to cut it too close.  So our due date is September 25th and I signed up for the next available birth classes (Sept 13th & 20th).  Well, at least the information will be fresh in our minds! :)

This time of year is so hard to plan things because there has just been so much going on.  We haven't been available for the other dates for birth classes.  They do allow both classes on a Saturday called a "block class" but we will be out of town that weekend.  At least we will get the basic classes available before the baby comes!  Looking forward to this next step in our lives.  I can't believe it's already coming up!  Less than six weeks until our due date!  Wow!

We have so much to get done until then!

The to do list continues....but won't it continue even after the baby is born? ;)

Looking forward to when we can get the nursery all set up!

Before next week this is our priority list of to do's:
-Finish organizing our filing cabinet.
-Going through our storage boxes in the nursery and clearing out that room to prepare for baby stuff!
-Organize our living room (bookshelf, baskets, papers)
-Finish cleaning the office/guest bedroom (the closet has plenty of items that need to be either thrown away, given away, or listed online)
*I have gone through this closet once before but needed Jon's help with the stuff that is his.  Plus I have a computer that we don't need since we have Jon's.  But we are going to clear off all my stuff, and then we're giving it to Jon's mom.
-Prepare the guest bedroom for visitors.  Get the bed and dresser ready for my mom to stay when she helps out after we have the baby!

Future to do's before baby arrives:
-Prepare for hospital (bags packed, lists for Jon)
-Freezer meals & large grocery shopping run
-Deep Clean apartment
-Have all of baby's items ready for when we return from hospital
-Go on our last date before we need a sitter :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Our Master Bedroom Furniture

Today we have finally received the last pieces of our bedroom furniture that we purchased in May and was supposed to receive in June.  Remember this post?  That gives a little more insight into my thoughts on this whole adventure.

While I am typing this, the two men are installing the last of our bed pieces (headboard and storage drawers).  I'm so excited to finally have all of our pieces to our bedroom furniture.  It is such a blessing to finally have it all. :)  And it only took three months since we purchased it.  There was lots of misunderstandings of the whole thing with the company it is from and poor Homemakers has had to come out four times to give us each piece to our furniture.

First delivery was our dresser and nightstands.  The dresser we are using as a changing table and dresser in our nursery (since it's long and shorter).  The second delivery was our "bed" and I asked them where our chest was and he said, "this is all I was told to deliver."  Oh the post I linked above is after that day of discovery.  The third delivery was the chest (but the company had made a mistake with the rest of our bed pieces and wouldn't have it in for another month or so).  Today is our final delivery for our bed pieces...aaah... :)

In a few weeks we will receive our recliner which is also our nursery rocking chair. :)  In the future when we have no babies we want a chair that looks nice with our living room furniture.  Can't wait to take pictures of our nursery once we get it all settled!  You know I will post some ASAP.  This weekend is the to do list since Jon and I won't be traveling anywhere.  We will stay here in our apartment and work on going through our storage boxes that are stacked up in the nursery currently.

As soon as the guys leave I'll finish organizing our bedroom and take pictures so I can post them for you all to enjoy!  Looking forward to it!!  I think the bed will look so nice once the headboard is up.  It's been so long since I've had a headboard!  I think headboards are so nice to have.  Especially now that I have our room decorated.  All that is left is to hang up our curtain I bought at Target during my crazy one-hour visit last week.  It is a dark blue (navy) color to match the pillows.

Before the guys left he mentioned that we still owed $500(and something).  I was speechless.  My parents paid for everything up front.  That's just how they are...better to pay it all then have to deal with multiple payments.  The computers say different.  Apparently the mistake of not realizing at first that we DID purchase the bed with the storage and everything makes us have to pay for it all over again?  Since the payment is under my mom's name, I had them contact her.  She has told me they emailed her and it said false info about how it was all paid.  Oh joy joy joy!  Life is filled with mumble jumble.  That's all I have to say.

But until things get straightened out I'm just going to admire how it all looks. :)


First delivery: dresser and nightstands

Second delivery: Mattress with nightstands

Yeah for a headboard! :)

Looking from the door to get into bedroom
Bed-Nightstand-Bathroom entry-Chest
(Notice fan on far right?)

The Before picture showed our dresser, remember we put that in the nursery for now.  We are using the chest for our clothes.  There are drawers in the bottom of the bed.  I can't wait to fill them and have our apartment feel more complete!

My mom just texted me, "This is almost hilarious if it wasn't driving me crazy."
Apparently they still think we owe them money....

Hope everyone is having a good week!  Time for me to go get some organizing done. :)  Oh, it will feel soo so good!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pregnancy Blessings

As months have gone by I've learned some blessings of pregnancy that I will try to remember when it comes time to allow myself to try to get pregnant again and go through that awful 24/7 morning sickness all over again.

Here's the blessings I've come up with so far...

-Movement: being able to feel the baby move is just one of those amazing God-things.  A human growing inside me is by far the coolest thing ever.  Such a miracle.

-Eating: Once the sickness went away, I actually got a chance to enjoy food again.  Those months of sickness has helped me enjoy the months of being able to enjoy food again!  Nothing like finishing off a watermelon or cantaloupe all to yourself. :)

-Other's Admiration:  It's a joy to have others recognize your pregnancy and be delighted about your newest addition to the family. :)

-Daddy-to-be's enjoyment:  It's such a wonderful experience to see your husband watch your belly in delight as the baby moves around.  He also likes to feel the baby move from time to time.  He can't wait to meet the little one. :)

-Family Support:  It's been a blessing to see how the family has responded.  Helpful when I was really sick and encouraging us all along the way!

-Next Step: I've always looked forward to this next step in my life.  I'm so excited to be someone's Mommy.  I know it's a big job, but I know with God's help Jon and I can be the best parents that we can be if we just lean on Him.  We're both ready for this next step in our lives.  And I like this stay-at-home mom thing. :)

*I would include the hardships that come along with pregnancy, but that wouldn't be any fun!  I'm sure there are more things to add to this list.  But I should probably go do some laundry and get dinner started!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Honey, I'm home!

I love it! :)  The joy that comes when your husband walks in from being gone all day at work....

He always looks good!  When he opens the door I see him dressed up for work but ready to get into t-shirt and shorts to hang around the house.  He sets his stuff down and starts to snack on food.  (Yes, even if dinner is almost ready.)

Some things I've come to grip about with this whole "honey coming home after working many hours to provide for us"....

-He doesn't necessarily want to hear about your day right away, but that doesn't mean he doesn't care about your day.

-He appreciates it when the couch and living room table is cleared off.  He feels a lot better and clutter-free for the evening.

-He appreciates a home cooked meal, and the ability to have left overs for his lunch the next day.

-"Snacking" beforehand is normal.  It doesn't mean he doesn't appreciate it when you planned and prepared a meal for him.

-He likes it when you pack him a lunch for the next day.

-He enjoys it when we can use natural light for our apartment rather than using our light bulbs (saves energy).

-He likes it when I smile.

-He appreciates it when I'm careful with the budget.

-He really enjoys it when we are able to go outside once in awhile and enjoy each other's company outdoors.

-He likes to watch TV shows on hulu together, during dinner (normally).

Remember that post, way back when we lived in Ames about the $4 shirt?  I'm thinking about that right now as I sit here finishing my dinner and typing this post.  Currently he is eating off and on from his plate while playing a video game he rented from the library last week (Friday).  He gets it for one week (for free which he is totally excited about).  This video game is on his wish list, so he's enjoying playing around on it a bit to see how much he truly does enjoy it.

Time to go get myself some more dinner....yumm it's good! :)  Baby Kaisand I think agrees. :)

Here's a link to the recipe of our dinner tonight:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Target is never a quick errand

No matter what I have going on I can always spend at least an hour at Target (maybe even longer) if I want to.  However I think it comes down to never knowing exactly where everything is when I have those random things on my list.

If I just go there for quick couple of things it's usually not too bad.....

However.  Today was different.

I had a list of things I had to double check for my baby registry (nothing better than seeing it in person to match colors)!  Unfortunately what I needed wasn't found. :(

And also in the process of trying to pick out curtains (for the nursery and other bedrooms), I came across some that MIGHT just match the nursery.  It is so tough though when you are trying to figure out what will work the best when you can't lay out all your possible color options.  I found some I liked for the master bedroom, and hopefully hubby can hang them up tonight!  They are a navy blue color so hopefully it will work nice with our pillows.  Right outside our window is the air conditioners which is not too cool.  However the curtains I found are supposed to help with energy saving and lights and sounds.  Bonus.

I had a couple other random things I wanted for our master closet to help organize our stuff better.  However I couldn't find either of them, I had found them online so apparently they just didn't have them in the store.  I'm one of those people that like to try to keep as many things off the closet floor as possible.  So our shoes are on the shelf in the closet, however we need to make another shelf.  Apparently girls keep too many shoes or something like that.

I also want this:

Our closet has those exact white wired shelving on the top so it would work PERFECT!

Then my hubby needed me to pick up some storage bins for our garage.  We are going to store some things on shelves in our garage here at the apartment.  So the nursery can start looking like a nursery and not a storage room. :)

You can see why we desperately need curtains!

But of course before all that random shopping I stopped by the $1 section.  Couldn't help but pick myself up a magnetic shopping list pad and a bag of animal crackers.  yumm... enjoying them now actually. :) (After all that shopping of course I needed a snack.  Ahem, the baby needed a snack!)

And then I had to pick up some random things for my make up and bread.  Ugg.  I have had my toenail polish on for MONTHS.  Months I tell you.  No joke.  Which isn't normally a big deal for me but I can't reach my toes anymore.  So I got some nail polish remover.  Maybe I could get my hubby into helping me with my toenails. :)  And yes, bread.  We are completely out.  We like bread.  :)  Jon and I go through a loaf in about a week.  Usually.  But that might be because I have it for breakfast about every morning.  But I also ran by this aisle that had the Annie's organic mac & cheese for $1 each so I grabbed a couple of those.

yumm :)

I also saw some bottled water at a good price so of course gotta go for that as well.  I find it better to freeze bottled water and put it in fridge night before we travel somewhere or if I know I'm going to be out running errands or something all day.  Better to have water for the baby in this heat.  Plus it's nice to have it on hand so we're less likely to make those quick stops to get a soda when we are thirsty while driving and away from home.

Yes, it feels funny buying water when we have a faucet.  However I think our water tastes funny.  And it's SO MUCH better than buying a random drink for about $2 than it is to buy a 24 pack for $4.

And that is my crazy, long trip to Target.  Yes, someday I might have to deal with a crying baby and unhappy toddler.  However I've done that before!! :)  I was at Target with a baby and a three-year old.  I went grocery shopping and got some birthday gifts.  It worked.  I have some funny stories from it actually....just ask if you want to hear it.