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Life never goes as planned. I had such good intentions of keeping up my blog while my hubby was deployed, and I was pregnant. It’s been one heck of a ride. I have more time now though, and I can’t wait to share some of our recent experiences. For now, I just wanted to introduce you to the littlest of our bunch. I haven’t thought of a good nickname for him yet, but he’s too adorable not to share. Not to mention, I wanted to share how much Blue Eyes and Snow White have grown. 🙂

My sweet baby boy

My sweet baby boy

Blue Eyes!

Blue Eyes!

Snow White

Snow White

Brothers!

Brothers!

Snow White loves the baby

Snow White loves the baby

The Mommy who Cried Labor…..

its a girl
As the time draws close, I feel like a new mommy again. I can’t remember the hiccups and pains that I swore I’d never forget. Blue Eyes was by definition an easy pregnancy. The biggest problem I had with him was that I had a hip pop out of place and nobody told me I could have a chiropractor put it back into place. So for the last trimester, walking was extremely painful, but having puppies and a hubby who worked at night, I walked through the pain. Little Miss is different though, I have a ton more of those annoying Braxton Hicks. Sometimes I can time it down to where I start to think “uh oh, this might be it.” But as soon as I go to call my hubby or wake him up, or whatever, next thing I know they have disappeared again. Talk about feeling like the boy who called wolf, or in my case the mommy who cried labor.

I find myself panicking at the things that need to be done still. I have a babysitter for Blue Eyes, at least until my family can come…. and I have a couple friends I know who would be willing to be backup, but I’m still nervous. Blue Eyes has never spent a full night away. I know he loves the people who offered to watch him, but what about bedtime? Or not really bed time, it’s more of the waking up in the morning. He did well with my little sister, Bing; but Bing has a similar temperament and personality to me. Plus we look a lot alike. Once he realized she was good he spent weeks looking for her after she went back home.

My house is a disaster zone. Between hubby trying to finish his school, and me trying to finish mine, nobody ever has time for basic cleanup. We struggle to even get the dishes done some days. It’s starting to bother both of us. I did manage to get most of the clean clothes folded today. A major improvement from the laundry basket they’ve been living in. The puppies got their summer haircuts and BIL is back from seeing his son. SO I really shouldn’t be worried right? Well there’s still a dozen things on my mind.

I need Hubby to re-stain the dresser in the garage so I can get little miss’s clothes organized. Thank goodness for a sister with a little girl. I haven’t had to buy any clothes unless I just couldn’t resist. Blue Eyes needs the too small clothes removed from his closet yet again. I swear he’s growing too fast, he’s already over 32 inches tall! But he’s so skinny we have to get those pants with the draw elastic in them. SO out go his clothes. I need a nice big container for those. Hubby isn’t ready to get rid of them yet because we are undecided on how many kids we actually want.

Oh and that mommy hospital bag? I have to laugh at the idea. I read post after post, and blog after blog on what I would need. Yeah, I ended up sending hubby home a couple times to take things that were pointless and get things we needed. I remember being grateful for my own shampoo, my own pillow, and a blanket since our hospital is always freezing. He also had to bring me a baggy pair of sweats and a hairbrush. Anything else, forget it. I don’t care that my newborn pictures look like hell. It’s my little family, and I could care less what others think.
This time we have been looking at a “big brother” present that’s “from the baby”. People keep telling me to get him a baby so he has his own to copy mommy, but I’m not sure if that’s how we’re going to go. I have no problem with him having a baby, but he likes stuffed animals a lot, and he loves books. I’m thinking maybe just a couple of his favorites and then food. lol our little boy sure loves food. Anyone have ideas on what works with introducing a new sister to that young of a baby? Blue Eyes will be just over a year and a half when his little sister arrives.

Pumpkin Scones and Paramedics

My youngest sister has applied to the community college about three blocks from my house. Considering I live the furthest from home, I’m excited about the idea of my sis coming to live here. Bing (old old nickname.) has been struggling to figure out what she wants to do. I remember the feeling. It seems like you have every option in the entire world, how on earth are you supposed to pick one? And then everyone has their own opinion on what you should do. As helpful as people trying to be, it can make the options worse. You become afraid that you’ll end up disappointing someone.

My advice? Either make a bucket list and pick one, or a pros/cons list. Unlike our other sister (we’ll use her hiking nickname Walkie Talkie), who knew what she wanted to do since middle school, I didn’t know either. Upon making a decent bucket list I just picked one and ran with it. When I got bored with that one, I started the next. Here I am almost eight years laters, and just now finding the thing I really really like. But on the plus side, I have a wonderful husband and family I never would have had without some of my bucket list.

Here’s the thing Bing is smart. I mean really smart. She’s been talking about becoming a paramedic. Tough choice. She’ll have her hands full with school, but it will be nice to have someone around who has the same bizzare sense of humor that I do. Plus it’d be nice not to be so overwhelmingly outnumbered by men. Hubby, BIL, Baby Blue, Blackjack, Domino, Bear & Gamble…. yep, I’m really outnumbered.

Explaination of the picture? Bing likes to cook. Yet another talent she has. When she was little, she was winning baking contests against 18-year-olds. One year she made me a chocolate cheesecake for my birthday. Not many people her age would have attempted it, let alone make the best cheesecake ever. When I started talking to her this morning, she mentioned it was tea party day with Walkie Talkie and blue eye’s adorable cousin, baby brown eyes

. Here’s where the pumpkin scones come in. I was absolutely jealous when she mentioned that she was making them. So she sent me the recipe. Maybe I’ll be able to learn more than just some simple peanut butter cookies. It would be nice for Baby Blue to spend some time with one of his aunts too. We live so far, that I feel horrible we don’t make it home as often as I’d like.

Bing’s Pumpkin Scones

via http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/10/27/starbucks-pumpkin-scones/

Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones

Yield: 6 scones

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 15 min

More tender and delicious than the original…

Ingredients:

SCONES: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 cup canned pure (unsweetened) pumpkin 3 tablespoons half and half cream 1 large egg 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

PLAIN GLAZE: 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted) 1 tablespoon milk (any kind)

SPICED ICING: 3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted) 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (any kind) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg pinch of ground ginger pinch of ground cloves

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.  Give it a light dusting of flour on top of that.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (through ginger).

3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half and egg.

4.  Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut butter into the dry ingredients. Continue cutting until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. (You may also use a food processor for this step. Pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs).

5.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then form the dough into a ball. The dough will be wet, but if it seems super sticky… just go ahead and sprinkle a little more flour into the dough until it’s easier to handle.  Remember, you want it to be somewhat sticky, and that’s okay- but you also don’t want it to stick to the baking sheet.  Pat out dough onto the lightly floured baking sheet and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle that is about 9-inches long and 3-inches wide. Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal squares. Cut through the three squares diagonally so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough.  Gently pull the triangles apart, leaving about 1/2-inch space between each one.

6.  Bake 14 to 16 minutes on prepared baking sheet. Scones should begin to turn light brown.

7.  While scones are cooling, prepare plain glaze by whisking ingredients in a medium bowl.  Mix until smooth.

8.  When scones are cool, use a knife to cut them apart and then pull them apart so that they are ready for glazing.  Use a brush to paint a coating of the glaze over the top of each scone.

9.  As the white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing by whisking the ingredients in another medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle this thicker icing over each scone (or brush it on) and allow the icing to dry before serving.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Top Secret Recipes)

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Puppy Chow

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From Journaler to Blogger

A walk in the woods

Ever feel like you should be writing something important? Something epic, or maybe something that will change someone’s life. I’m not really sure today is the day for that, but I feel like I SHOULD write today for some reason. Baby blue wasn’t ready to get up from his nap, I gave him another bottle and let him drift back up. The dogs are napping yet again as well. So I’ll take a few minutes to write. No it won’t be life changing. And no it won’t be inspirational. But I HAVE to write today.

I’ve heard a lot of flack about bloggers lately. I’m not sure why, but it seems like the fact that they are willing to share parts of their life is “a waste of time”. Or that they should be doing something more important. Here’s the truth. I’ve been a journaler since I was 8. That’s boxes and boxes of journals that have been filled and are currently sitting lovingly in my garage since I haven’t the nerve to go back through them or the nerve to throw them out. I have taken the time to write through my feelings, and days. Through joys and sorrows, confusion and anger. I have written because it gave me a sense of sanity in a world we can’t always control.

My parents thankfully have always encouraged privacy and therefore I knew if I left a journal out it would not be read by my siblings, or by the whole world. But the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve realized I don’t need pure and utter privacy anymore. And sometimes the situations I go through are exactly what someone else needs to hear. That someone is going through the same thing and here’s how they are doing it. Maybe my life can be a light to one person. That something I’ve lived or breathed will make a difference to someone else. Maybe someday I’ll go back and give you a little of my past, but at the moment, the present is enough to handle.

Remember when myspace was the thing? It was the original facebook. Well I had to request that they send me my password this week. I had fun going through old posts and photos. When I’m done I will delete the account, but for the next few days I’ll probably mull through my past. While I was musing, I ran across old photos that made me smile and remember some time or other where life was good and I enjoyed every minute of it. I thought maybe you’d like to see a couple of them.

Before Hubby and I ever dated

Alternating the Universe

Why is it that you finish typing something, and as soon as you go to hit the publish button, you inevitably delete it. Mr. Blue eyes is happily muching on a cracker and alternately smashing it into the blanket I layed down. He’s happy, and for a teething baby that’s a rareity. He’s got his bottom front teeth, and the top one is starting to come in. He’s chowing down on these crackers like they are water. I feel bad, but I tossed him another one like I would to my pups who are sitting waiting for me to tell them he’s done and they can eat the scraps.

I talked to my dad today and my family dynamic is most likely changing permenately. Out of respect to my parents I won’t go into detail, but it is the reason my little brother took an unexpected vacation up to my sister’s and I’m slightly jealous at the fact that both of my sisters and my brother are all together and I’ve got school. As for my parents, I hope the time will help them sort things out. I wish I could be there a little more, but it’s hard when you live so far and can’t drop things to go.

Other things going on? Well my house is still burnt to a crisp. I’m supposed to look at some house colors since we have to paint the new siding. The Insurrance came the other day, so all we are waiting for is the quotes to fix it. So some of my hubby’s friends are going to come over and help get some of the damage cleaned up. This could be interesting.

School starts back up tomorrow. As usual I slacked off on the homework over spring break and who knows if Mr. Blue eyes is going to let me do anything beside pay him more attention. I know you would think Cosmetology wouldn’t need a lot of homework but how many times have you ended up with a bad haircut because they didn’t know what they were doing? Or dyed your hair, only for it to turn orange or green? Or even had acrylics that damaged your nails when they came off? I’m really trying to learn as much as I can so that I don’t make those mistakes. Plus I really enjoy it. I may have been an air traffic controller in the military, but I love this a whole lot more.

Speaking of military, hubby had to drive out of town today to pick somebody up from the naval hospital an hour away. We have one here so I’m not really sure why they were so far, but whatever works. He’s putting in an officer packet, so a lot of spare time has to go to errands like this right now. His command has screwed that up a little bit, so if they won’t help him get the rest of his interviews he’s just going to finish up his degree another way and submit a package. I know there are a lot of crazy terms in the military, so if you ever get confused let me know! I’ll try to clear up terms and what things mean. It’s crazy, but you do get used to the language. And then there is the difference between branches. My hubby is in the Navy, my sister and her husband are Army officers and my hubby’s brother is reserves. It can be confusing, so I’ll try to use the generic terms.

Well Mr. Blue eyes is finished with his crackers and the dogs are seeking them out like an easter egg hunt.

With everything going on I feel like my head is spinning. It looks like I decided to write just in time. I’ve always been a good writer. I’ve kept a journal since I was eight. It’s a way to sort thoughts and keep yourself in check. I know I’ll have some family and some friends on here, so please please don’t take offense to what I say. this is my way of sorting out life. But like I said, Who had time to think?

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”  ―    Apple Inc.

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