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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Date Disaster

Rewind to Saturday April 9th
There is no one {other than Mema} that Gabrielle would rather have one on one time with than her Daddy, so she was over the moon with excitement when we revealed to her at the last minute that she was having a date in less than an hour. We rushed to get her showered, blow dry & curl her hair and fancy up in her new "party dress" which we scored on an a.m.a.z.i.n.g clearance sale at Dillard's in Springfield.

A pre-date snapshot taken outside the house.
The weather was perfect minus the Kansas winds.

This is Travis and Gabrielle's 3rd time attending the annual CFL Daddy Daughter date night.

N'hood friend Katie Stegeman & Ms. G - both incredible dolls in my opinion!

Horse and carriage ride around the parking lot post dinner date & dessert
The horses had their tail's braided and "toes" painted in sparkling silver glitter paint. So appropriate for the evenings venue.

Photo opp with Cinderella
As much as I would love to say that this special evening with her Daddy was just that - special - I refuse to lie and say that it was. In all honesty it was more of a disaster. 1st off, Gabi was in rare fashion during dinner being a complete turd. We have noticed a pattern of her acting overly silly when around her friends as a way of drawing attention to herself. She ate NOTHING! during her supper, including her dessert. And here is the best part. She started a fire at CFL! They had tea light candles on each table and she carelessly flipped her napkin onto the candle starting a small fire. Brilliant! When it was time for the date to come to an end she was less than thrilled. She stated "Is that it?" As if she expected so much more from the evening. I had to get the rest of the story from both Travis and my Mom later that evening when I arrived home from my own outing. It turns out Travis and Gabrielle had their outs once home and G picked up the phone to call my mom in tears. My mom is THEE BEST at tending to Gabrielle's sensitivity so as many times in the past Mema came to the rescue. I guess Gabi stormed out the door (Dawson, her constant shadow, followed closely behind). Travis thought she had headed up the street to my parents, which she is not allowed to do on her own EVER. Turns out they waited on the front steps for Mema to come take them for a walk to calm the matters. Mema returned them home at bedtime and all was well. Needless to say Daddy is in no rush to take her out again for a while. We will see how long that lasts cuz' like most daddies he has a soft spot for his little girl :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Meal Planning

I, like many, have a distaste for meal planning.
Can I get an AMEN?
I feel blessed to have a full pantry and freezer due to matching in store sales with coupon shopping, but when it comes to meal planning I often times find myself paralyzed. We have our tried and true meals that I prepare that I KNOW we enjoy and that will get eaten. I received a killer cookbook from my "2nd family" {the Morris's} back in September that has become my go to cookbook for new recipes. Some have been hits, others flops. The lasagna recipe I tried for example. COMPLETE flop. Ugh! I am awaiting an in home tutorial from my g'friend Kiersten.
So, I thought I would share my meal plans for the week and ask that each reader please share one of their favorite go to recipes. Please keep in mind I am the pickiest of eaters so nothing with peppers, olives, mushrooms, large chunk tomatoes or fish.

Swiss burgers & sides
Easy Chicken Bake & crescent rolls
Spaghetti & garlic bread
Roast & Potatoes with beer bread
And this is the new recipe I will try this week:

2-3 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into small pieces
1 28 oz can mild red enchilada sauce
1 8 oz container sour cream
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 4 oz can diced green chiles, undrained
1 12 count package 7 inch corn tortillas

Combine enchilada sauce and sour cream in bowl. Combine evaporated milk, cheese & chiles in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce mixture on bottom of greased 9x13. Layer with 4 tortillas, 1 cup enchilada sauce mixture, 1 1/2 cups chicken, 1 cup cheese sauce; repeat layers one more time. Top with remaining tortillas, enchilada sauce mixture and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Don't let me down blog readers.
Share the recipe love.

Friday, April 15, 2011

3 Months Old

Sweet, sweet baby girl,
How momma wishes she could stop time. I can not believe you have been a part of our family for three whole months now. I don't think any of us can remember what life was like without you. Simply put, we are love drunk over you. You, little miss, complete our family.

At this age/stage you aren't a fan of the pacifier; a good napper; chubby with delicious fat rolls; easily prompted to smile. What you are is a fist snacker/want to be thumb sucker; a fantastic night sleeper (you started sleeping through the night @ 10 weeks); perfectly proportioned; a bath lover; a great conversationalist; a bubble blower; truly thee best baby {OK, so I'm a little biased}
Mommy loves to
  • watch your siblings interact with you
  • see your Daddy fall more and more madly in love with you daily
  • listen to your adorable baby babble and coos
  • snuggle with you every chance I get
  • witness a parents/grandparents ability to expand their circle of love for another child/grandchild
  • relish in the true miracle that you are
McKenna Jane,
You are my sunshine.
Mommy loves you to the heavens and back!

School Carnival/Fun Night

We spent this past Friday night at the elementary school annual carnival fun night. We ate a delicious supper by Two Men and a Grill and then started our rounds to the activities and games. The kids enjoyed:

Balloon creations by the clowns
Gabrielle chose a yellow butterfly and Dawson a red "wiener dog"

Attempting to dunk the principal in the dunk tank

Dart throwing ... we learned our little man is a fierce dart competitor

Jumping in the bounce house and maneuvering their way through the inflatable obstacle course.
Other activities included making a purchase in the glow room, the cake walk, pop bottle ring toss, making a sand keepsake, and entering the raffle drawing (we didn't win - boo!). The school and all those who volunteered put on a super fun event that we look forward to attending again next year.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Getting the Job Done

Technology. It is a beautiful thing.
This is a clip from my IPhone of little miss getting the job done. Listen closely to the 8 - 12 second frame. Remember to pause the music on my playlist (grandparents).

In all seriousness ... the poor baby does this every day. Her little tummy gets really loud and then the explosion comes shortly thereafter often resulting in a change of clothing. I am almost confident it has something to do with my dairy intake. I have noticed a pattern of increased spitting up and tummy distress when I have larger amounts of dairy (such as ice cream uh-hum!). Darn the recent sales on Blue Bunny!
A big thank you to Mrs. Nato for the tutorial on how to embed video to blogger.
And for additional laughs here is a pic I snapped yesterday of McKenna straining yet again.

Adorable onesie by the talented Lizz Selders
Jeggings from Old Navy (EVERY baby girl needs a pair of these)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My March Treasure Book

Each month Gabrielle creates a monthly treasure book at school and brings it home the first part of the following month. She brought March's treasure book home in her backpack yesterday. I always enjoy taking a few minutes to sit down with her and have her tell me in her own words her choices of pictures drawn and so on. I thought some of her works this month were too cute and wanted to share. Here are just a handful of inserts:
Page 1 "JOBS" (charted on a wheel): paleantoagste (palaeontologist), nerse (nurse), computer, vet, juge (judge), fireman, photofer (photographer!), binismen (businessman), mom, dad, artist, chef, Dr., backer (baker)
Page 2 is a drawing of "My Jobs" and she listed below "At home I make my bed, resikcel (recycle), shred papere, wash car"
Page 3 is a drawing of a vet examining a sick frog and below is written "A veterneryin is strange becuzs sume pepel have alegese (allergies) to pets but sume pepel groe (grow) out uve (of) them."
And my favorite which doesn't include a drawing says "Soon im going to alabamae (really we went to Tennesse but her cousins are from Alabama) to see my kuzzinse and im acksidide (excited)."

I love my sweet girl, her love for reading, amazing artistic ability & contagious goofy grin. I love even more her love for Kindergarten, her fantabulous teacher who shares a love for Jesus {and dachshunds} & the cute friendships she has developed over the course of the year. Ugh! I am not ready for the school year to be over. It has been thrilling watching her knowledge expound over the course of the past six months.