Tuesday, November 29, 2011

i'm back.....

I am alive and kickin', but not for long in this blog post, because there is wayyyyyy to much I've got to do today and wayyyyyy to little time to accomplish it all!

Thanks for the emails, texts and concerns over my arm. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and prayers! I am getting feeling back, but a couple of my fingertips are still a little "sensitive". We are still investigating. In the mean time, who doesn't like some good ol' cousin time?????????

Around here, my girls can't get enough!

This month has been F.U.L.L!

I should start by saying that the day after we closed the shop, I found myself in Hobby Lobby....in the middle of the morning....alone...wandering.....

If you are wondering why that is so strange to me, it is because I don't typically "wander" in a store.

 I am usually on a mission.

Get in.

And get out.

I was excited and a little sad all at once.

I was there to grab some goodies for the girl's Halloween costumes.

That never got made.

But that's ok.

We were super busy and they were thrilled with the Mario, Luigi, Toad trio that they went as.

the day after that trip to Hobby Lobby, I went by my mom's house after dropping the girls off at school.

To my surprise.

Her house was flooding......

Those little pesky plastic tubing on the back of a toilet like to come loose or break so I hear.

The good news.

My mom was 1 week into her 5 week trip to Africa to visit my brother and family.

The bad news.

My mom was 1 week into her 5 week trip to Africa to visit my brother and family.

Within, 10 minutes we had Performance  (my hero!!!! THE BEST CREW OF PEOPLE!!!!) and then my mom's insurance adjuster (awesome!!) at my mom's.

My brother's and I opted NOT to share this info with my mom while over seas. We knew it would ruin her trip, and she quite possibly would've returned.

Four weeks later and one day before her arrival and two days before Thanksgiving; we had 1200 sqft of her home re-done, with upgraded hardwood flooring and new paint throughout the house.

The hardest part. We had to completely PACK HER HOUSE UP and move Everything, Everything.....did I say EVERYTHING, into storage. Thankfully, she had an awesome insurance coverage. Oh, and did I tell you, it took like 10 minutes for her to notice. Yep, we are that good. Un-packed her and placed every little item back where it belonged, thanks to my many pictures I took before packing and wonderful help from my brothers, friends and family there to unpack and place/hang  it all :)

She was shocked. Thankful we didn't tell her. And excited for the new upgrade.

 We had some good cousin time this month as you can see from above.

So, many of you have asked me....."well, what's it like?, what are you doing with your free time?" Well, honestly, it just started :)

Thinking the Lord gave me something to do over the last month to keep me going strong. I am very Thankful.

And on a different note. It's chilly outside. Last night I made my FAVORITE soup! I love the Chicken and Gnocchi soup from Olive Garden, so last year, I decided I would try to re-create.......


This is what you will need........

add 1 stick of butter to medium heat in LARGE stockpot.

Add 3 chopped Celery stalks, 4  chopped carrots and 1 clove a garlic (chopped)....sprinkle with 1-2tsp of salt and Simmer for 20-25 mins.

Take your Rotisserie Chicken and shred it. Add all of it to the pot.

Add 2 1/2 cans of the LARGE chicken broth.And crank heat to med high and simmer for another 20 mins.

Add your LARGE whipping cream (slowly stir in) and 4-5 basil leaves (slightly chopped). Add your Gnocchi (two packages) gently against the side so it won't slosh up and splatter soup everywhere.

We enjoyed ours with hot ham (left over from Thanksgiving) and swiss sandwiches!! IT IS THE BEST!

 Hopefully, be back soon with a camera full of recipes and other adventures we seemed to squeeze in during this crazy month!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

i'll be back....

A good post is in order, but I have a good excuse for my absence........

We were chillaxin' (as my girls like to say) over the last few days.It was FABULOUS! But during that time I somehow managed to develop a "dead/heaviness" feeling in my right arm and tingling and numbness in my fingertips. So it isn't quite comfortable to propped my arm and type when it feels this way. After 5 days it is still here, so off to have nerve testing tomorrow! Hopefully be back soon, without the feeling of needles as I type!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Nothing to say....

I am lost for words....

Shocking I know. But the weekend has me excited, so I am signing off until Monday! I am one of those people that keep the Pumpkins out until the day after Thanksgiving....it makes me Happy. What about you??

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

short and sweet!

 Short, because I promised a post every other day, but this time change is kicking my butt! I want to go to sleep by 5:30pm!!

And sweet, because a couple of weekends ago, I was apart of giving one of the sweetest people I know a baby shower!

Very pregnant, this couple decided they wanted to find out what the sex was. To her surprise, because baby #1 is a girl, she found out baby #2 is a boy. She was pretty shocked as she thought for sure baby was a girl.

So time to pull out the blue! We handed out "advice" cards for guests to fill out on little boys....I learned a few things myself ;)

Opening baby clothes can be extremely exciting, and you start picturing your little man or princess in the given attire. Yet, this baby shower was different, as in, this was a military couple, only here for 6 mos, limited space/storage. About to move, and has a huge heart for mercy ministries. So, the "gifts" to them, was actually given, with the understanding, and donated in Baby's Name to the local pregnancy crisis care center Wiregrass Hope Group.

This is truly one of the most fun couples I know. They were here several years ago in flight school, so it was a sweet reunion for them to return for a short while.

Because they are super fun, I couldn't shake the thought that this shower needed to be super fun.

Up until two days before I struggled with a fun idea.......and then I had lunch with a group of ladies and one just happen to mention an idea she came up with for a baby shower she gave.......

when I heard the word baby shower, I tuned in. This person, new to my acquaintance, was fun and bubbly, and I knew that whatever she had to say, was not the typical "who got the mustard dirty diaper" game for a prize, kinda' of gal.

I she explained, I got so giddy inside and went straight to Wal-Mart for the supplies.......

Here's what you need:

Fabric Glue
Fabric/felt/buttons/pom poms/ric rac/ribbon
Printed objects on cardstock (for ideas/inspiration and pattern)

(and a big bowl of M&M's for snacking ;) )

We started them with a simple example that literally only took me 5 mins to make......

And then gathered around the kitchen and coffee table.......

 And then, whaaaaalaaaaa.......

(there was actually more, we just ran out of room hanging them up!)

It was the most fun I have ever had at a shower! And the best part......

They get to take a little piece of Dothan with them on their next adventure from people that love them and made this especially for Baby Matthews.

I am taking this idea "on the road" to the girls school. I am in charge of a Christmas Craft.....thinking I could do a lot with fabric glue, t-shirts and 6th graders :)

Good Night y'all!
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