Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Sweet Little Chick

Miss Karrington Paige

She's a 2 year old extraordinaire. The coolest chick around. It takes a lot of patience and consistency to bring up a girl of her will. She has a very strong personality and will do great things for the kingdom of God. We love, love, love her! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Prize31 - Christmas Blessings

Prize31 is the blog for the women's ministry of our church. This is where I started my blogging experience and have enjoyed being able to not only share what God is speaking to me and teaching me, but I get to read what He is doing in the lives of other women on a daily basis. Each month we are given a theme and this month's is Heart Tugs. What tugs at your heart? What are you passionate about? We were able to write about an event, a story in the news, a personal story, etc.
If any one really knows me, they know that I love the Christmas season. I use the word season, because I believe that it should be celebrated and rejoiced in season form. I could come up with a huge list of things that I love about the season, but there is really not time for that. Stop by Prize31 today and check out the top reason on my list.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Read my Bible

Bible reading has been a usual part of our bedtime routine for over a year now. Anton and Karrington have developed their bedtime routine: Karrington and daddy pray, he tucks her in and then reads her Bible.
She is still reading out of one of the really simple kid's Bibles, but is learning a ton.
Tonight when I was tucking her in, I prayed, she prayed, and then she informed me (really demanded of me)  that I needed to read her Bible. (I love this!) We read about David and Goliath. As I read, she told me that David was brave and he obeyed God.
It was so encouraging to know that she is understanding what we are reading. She is getting the basics and will have a stronger foundation for that.
We read completely through her Bible about every 10 days, so we are in the market for a new children's Bible. We've received a few recommendations, but if you have one that you really like we would love the suggestion.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My First Pinning Success

If you haven't tried should!
I've found a new addiction and love getting new ideas and recipes.
Tonight I made the Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars that I pinned to my Recipe Box a few days ago. Delicious! and extremely easy! Give them a try.
Now I have to figure out what to try next...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Breaking News...

Breaking News...
Our little family has begun an adventure toward adoption.
There isn't a for sure situation yet, but we have seen a couple of doors open and close. Each one leading us closer to little chick #2. I don't have any elaborate details to share. Just simply that we are open and willing, and ready.
We are very excited to see what God has in store for us. We know that His plan is for us to open our home and welcome a little baby and we are extremely excited. Adoption has already been a big part of each of our lives and even before it became our only option at having another baby it was in our hearts and spirit. God has a great way of getting you ready for the journey to come.
We have a great support system in place with family and friends but openly welcome prayers and encouragement.
Keep checking in for details on our growing family.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bargain Hunter

I love a good deal. Who doesn't?
For the past several years, my sister in law over at That Mama Gretchen, has raved about the Just Between Friends sale. She has attended in the Portland area, but I have not been so fortunate seeing as I live several thousand miles away.
This past spring she found a bargain on Salt Water Sandals for our little Karrington. Sandals that regularly run around $35-$40, she found for $4 and they still looked brand new.
I discovered, shortly after her glorious find, that Lubbock has its very own Just Between Friends sale. I cannot speak enough good things about the treasures that might be found at one of these sales. In anticipation, I waited for the day to come when I would be able to find bargains that I could brag about. 
Here is my bragging moment. At the Lubbock JBF sale, I was able to purchase 4 complete Gymboree outfits. I also purchased a brand new pair of hot pink Stride Rite shoes, a pink Little People airplane and 2 Clifford books. All for $40. Those of you have shopped for any of those items know that you don't escape without spending a pretty penny. The great thing is, these things don't look used at all. I was able to pay bottom dollar for things that look practically brand new. Not too shabby. 

Notice the fab hot pink shoes
 After getting my treasure home, I ventured over to one of my favorite stores to buy some ribbon. Hobby Lobby just happened to have all of their ribbon marked down 50%. New clothes in tow, I was able to buy ribbon for all new bows for under 10 bucks. Below are my creations.

My mother in law bought this dress at the
Portland JBF sale last year.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Little Life...Big Picture

Keep the bigger picture in mind.
I keep telling myself this as I go throughout the day. 
Parenting a little girl can be a huge challenge and I want to make sure that I do the best that I can. I know that my best is only going to be better if I listen and follow the guidance and instruction that God gives me. 
This is what I ask for on a daily basis and I know that He answers.
Today's obedience will teach her to listen to the direction God gives her in the future. 
Today's modesty will teach her to respect herself and not serve as a distraction for others in the future. 
Today's bed time prayers will teach her to be thankful, to ask for forgiveness and that she can go to God for anything. 
I am sure that there are other areas we are working on right now, but these are our priorities. This list is sure to grow as she does and I believe that God will continue to give us wisdom and understanding. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Birthday G-Pops!

Happy Birthday to G-Pops!
Today the patriarc of our clan turns...51 and we would like to wish him the happiest birthday ever.
Tonight we will celebrate with fried chicken and waffles.
This meal was one discovered while traveling to Las Angelos, CA. Though is sounds kinda weird, there is something to say about the sweet and salty and all of that grease.
We will also partake of delicious Texas Sheet Cake. If you've never tried it, you should! I place the recipe below, just in case.

Texas Sheet Cake

Preheat oven to 400F

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
Dash of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
Combine and mix in a large mixing bowl

1 stick of butter
1 cup of water
½ cup shortening
3 ½ TBSP cocoa
Combine in saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over flour and sugar mixture and mix

2 eggs (slightly beaten)
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Combine and add to other mixture and mix all together
Pour into large greased (spray with Pam) cooking sheet.
Cook for 10 minutes
Ice while hot

Chocolate Icing:
Combine in saucepan:
1 stick butter
3 ½ TBSP Cocoa
1/3 cup milk
Bring to boil and add 1 lb. of powdered sugar. Add 1 cup of chopped nuts (if desired). Pour on cake while hot.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This mom's tips for packing

This post is a sequel to yesterday's tips for flying. When traveling with an infant or toddler, packing can always be a fun and/or challenging experience. There's always one huge questions that runs through my mind...WHAT AM I FORGETTING? I have found that it is less likely to forget something if I sit down and mentally go through my day. As I go through my day mentally, I write down everything I use for Karrington. Depending on where you are traveling, the list can be lenghtened or shortened. Of course, if you are going somewhere extremely rural, make sure that you take everything you might need and a little more. This will make for one large bag, but in the world of children (in my opinion) it is better to have too much than to run out!
If you are going to visit family or anywhere there is a Target, then you should be fine if you forget a few things. A good thing to remember is that if you are going to visit family, then you will probably have the ability to do laundry, so that might cut down on some of your packing. Also, make sure that you put a few extra outfits for baby in your carry on. You never know when there might be an accident...babies are so unpredictable (all the moms smile).
Things that I always pack:
  1. Babies favorite night time CD/music
  2. Bottles/Sippy Cups (no more than 2, because you should be able to wash)
  3. Diapers (although you could buy these when you get there, but sometimes it is not always a for sure on when you can get to the store)
  4. Babies favorite toy and books
  5. A jacket
  6. Everything baby might need for bath (your preferences on soap, shampoo, and lotion might differ from what's available)
  7. 1 set of clothes for each day (this equals to be 2 sets of clothes for each day 1/2 the length of the trip, you'll most likely have to do a load of laundry).
  8. If there will not be a washer available, pack 2 pairs of clothing for each day you will be gone
  9. Babies favorite snack. Stores are different around the country, so I like to make sure that I will have this on hand.
  10. In our world, family pictures are inevitable on most trips, so I always pack like colors for Anton, Karrington, and me. (just a thought)
Happy traveling!
And as before, if you have a "never forget" item, please comment. Us moms need all the help we can get.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This mom's tips for flying

We are counting down the days until Uncle Dominic, Aunt Gretchen, and Cousin Jemma touch down in Lubbock for a nice long visit. Jemma just turned 1 (on Sunday) and we have a stack of presents for her, not to mention all the hugs and kisses a loveable neice can imagine.
In honor of their upcoming trip, I thought that I would put together a few tips that I've learned in my travels with a small child. Karrington flew for her first time at 16 days and has flown regularly ever since. Everytime we fly, she is in a new stage of life, so everytime is a lovely new experience.

Tips I've learned from flying with a newborn, 3 month old, 9 month old, 12 month old, 18 month old, and 2 year old. Everytime was different...happy trails.
  1. Window seats are your friend. Even though dad likes to sit on the the end, he will find after one flight, that it is much easier to keep a baby/toddler contained if he is on one side and the wall/window is on the other.
  2. Make sure you have plenty of snacks/drinks. A hungry baby/toddler is not a happy one and an unhappy baby/toddler makes for a stressed out mommy.
    1. You can take drinks through security as long as they are for a baby/toddler. Make sure they are in a container that can be tested and in the required Ziploc baggie.
  3. Bring a few books and toys. AND don't pull them all out at once. Make sure you are able to keep a few surprises handy for the last few minutes on the airplane.
  4. Make sure you have whatever your child need to sleep...pacie, blankie, bunny, doggie. Whatever it is, you want to make sure its in your carry on and not your checked bag.
  5. Personal DVD players are worth the money...believe me! 2.
  6. You cannot pack enough diapers and wipes in your carry on. If you think you have enough, throw in a few extra.
  7. Take offs and landing are hard on little ears, so make sure to have a sippy cup, pacie or nurse during that time. If baby's asleep, don't wake him/her up. He/she will be fine! (didn't your mom ever tell you not to wake a sleeping baby?)
  8. Utilize your iTunes, especially if baby needs some music to go to sleep. I tuck my phone between me and blankie and let the music do its job.
  9. Try to sit around other people with children. Most likely, the angry fliers will not sit anywhere near you, especially if there are multiple children in the area.
  10. Don't get stressed. Babies sense stress and it will only make the situation worse. Remember, you will probably not see any of those people ever again.
Happy flying!
Please comment if you have a tip or something you've learned in your flying/traveling experiences. We can always use the info.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sing to Me

My sweet girl loves to sing! This warms my heart to no end. Tonight's song...
The ABC's
Every single letter gets announced, though not with greatest clarity. She know all of them though and even ends the song with "now I know my ABC's, next time won't you sing with me."
Love it!
It makes me puff up in pride. I am on proud mama with the smartest 2 year old in the world.