Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

Y'all-let me just say that getting these weekend wrap-up posts on the blog and published has felt like a chore recently. I know in the future I will be grateful to have these to look back on, so I keep plowing through, but yeah-these have not been high on my priority list! BUT, we have had some good weekends and we are creating lasting memories of our last few weekends as a family of three!!! 

Last Friday night Lilly was adorable!
We headed out to the high school for a cross country dinner fundraiser as soon as I got home from work. We were so impressed by the dinner too, it was delicious! Lilly of course didn't eat much but she had a blast running around and getting to see her sitter Miss Camille outside of the normal times she spends with her! We even got to see her little friend, Tucker from Camille's house too! We headed home around 7 for bath and bed-this Momma was swollen and very uncomfortable! 

Saturday morning we made egg pie for breakfast and just kind of relaxed for a little bit before getting ready and walking to the farmers market. Our farmers market is pretty nice for a small town and we enjoy going whenever we have a chance. Stephen asked if I wanted to walk or drive, and since it was still cool outside I thought we should walk. Lilly chose to ride in the wagon over her stroller and then we were off. We enjoyed the walk and the shopping for farm fresh veggies, but it might have been too much for me. I was sore the rest of the day-boo! After our walk we rested and hydrated at home before walking over to visit our neighbors who welcomed a new baby boy a few weeks ago. It was the first time we met their new addition and he is just precious! I really can't remember Lilly being so tiny, and it's hard to believe that we will have another baby so soon! Very exciting! While we visited with the parents and baby, Lilly played happily with their daughter who is a little older than her. I see play dates happening in our future! Maybe while I am on maternity leave? It sure would be nice to have some adult interaction some days! :) We ended the day with a bath time photo session in black in white, because I love black and white bath photos! 
She stole my lemon water-and always wants whatever I am drinking, but rarely what Stephen has. Why is Mommy's better!? 
First time holding and eating a banana like a big girl. Why do I feel like she is ready for kindergarten now? Growing up SO fast!!!! 
Where is Lilly??? 

Sunday we went to church, but Lilly and I spent the service in the nursery. We started out in big church, but I was so hot and uncomfortable-I knew I could not sit on the wooden pew for an hour or longer so I took Lilly out with me. As it turns out, a good friend of mine was working in the nursery (she has triplets!), so we were able to chat about Mommy things and catch up. It was good for my soul and just what I needed! God is good! After church we went through McDonald's for lunch because Liam was wanting it! :) Lilly had chocolate milk for the first time and hated it. Go figure! We spent the afternoon getting things done for Liam's arrival-we brought the swing up, washed the 4oz bottles, got the car seat up and ordered replacement parts for it, and I baked! I can't remember the last time I baked so I was pleased! I made a egg pie for this week's breakfast, mini pancakes for Lilly and brownies just because! Oh, and I wore Lilly while doing some of this because she was needy and wanting Momma. I wasn't sure how this would work, but the pressure she put on my lower back felt SO GOOD. I was sad when she wanted out to go play, ha! 
Obviously, Lilly enjoyed playing with all the baby things! 
And this last picture isn't from this weekend (it's from Tuesday), but I can't get over it. Lilly's "cheese" face just about kills me-so much cute. Love her! 
And that was our weekend in a nut shell! We hope that you all had a wonderful weekend as well! 

On this weekend's agenda is a full day in Fort Wayne while the van gets worked on. We were planning on going to the zoo, but I am getting nervous about walking around the zoo all day...and it's going to be HOT. Maybe we will do the zoo in the morning for half the day and then head to the mall and stay inside in the afternoon? I bet we could entertain Lilly for a couple of hours at the mall thanks to the play place, the carousel, and the book store! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recipe: Taco Macaroni Skillet

This is one of our favorite one pot meals, and last week after posting about it on IG I was asked to share the recipe by several people. I adapted this meal several years ago-I think during our first year of marriage-from and like I said, it's become a favorite in our house. In fact, Lilly LOVES it. That girl likes some spice in her life! 

Taco Macaroni Skillet
1lb ground beef (I have used turkey before or a 50/50 mix of beef and turkey)
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes in juice
1 can Rotel 
1 package of taco seasoning
1 small onion
1 1/2 cups of died pasta (macaroni, penne, anything will do!)
2/3 cup evaporated milk 
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, colby jack, Mexican-anything will work!) 

Brown beef in large skillet, drain and rinse meat before returning to skillet. Add in onion, water, tomatoes, Rotel, and seasoning. Cook until mixture comes to a boil. Next, add the pasta and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and let simmer while stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (timing depends on what type of pasta you are using). Once pasta is tender, stir in evaporated milk, remove from heat, and stir in  half of the shredded cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese over-top and add diced green onions and/or cilantro if you choose. Let stand for 5-10 minutes for the sauce to thicken before serving. 

This meal is one of those that is even better leftover after all the flavors have blended-so feel free to double up and enjoy for multiple meals! We like to use this one as a freezer meal as well! If you choose to freeze you don't want to add green onions or cilantro at the end, and after cooking allow to cool to room temperature. You can spoon mixture into freezer safe casserole pan or freezer bags (we choose freezer bags) and pop into the freezer. To serve, allow to thaw and just reheat in the microwave and top as you wish with green onions and/or cilantro before serving. 


Baby #2: 33 Weeks

How Far Along? I am currently in the 33rd week of pregnancy. I am a little behind on these updates, as I will be 34 weeks tomorrow! 

Size of Baby? Liam is the size of a pineapple according the baby center. Not sure about his weight, but he was weighing in a little larger at my last ultrasound. My belly measurement is right on track though, so that's good...and surprising to me since I feel HUGE. 

Maternity Clothes? Duh! I am still loving my maternity shorts and tank tops, oh and maxi dresses. I could live in these things alone! I did have to size up and get a new bra last weekend (same cup size), it was just too uncomfortable! 

Gender? Bundle of BOY! 

Movement? Holy cow, yes. He is still one active little man. I guess that means he still has plenty of room! I think he may have flipped and is no longer breech-we will see. All I know is that the unbearable pain I had in my ribs for the past three weeks has nearly vanished. So thankful for that! 

Sleep? Eh. I would love to sleep, but my body just doesn't let me. If I do get to fall asleep, I am up multiple times to use the restroom. I don't understand how I can drink water all day long at work and pee maybe 3 times, but then I'm up 5 times (seriously, last night!) during the night. Not fair! 

Food Cravings? I am over the beef craving so it seems. Now I really want anything-no specific cravings. Oh wait, I forgot I craved McDonald's last weekend...I guess that counts! 

What I Miss? At this point, I am missing a lot of things. I am missing energy, sleep, being able to bend over, being able to just do things-like clean the house or get in/out of the car easily. I try to be a positive person most of the time, but the last month of pregnancy is apparently hard on me. Don't ask me how I am doing because my answer will probably not be positive. Sorry to be negative Nancy. 29 days until delivery!!!! 

Symptoms? Exhaustion, back pain, ligament pain, mood swings...I could go on! 

Looking Forward To? DELIVERY! And getting the car seat installed-maybe this weekend! I think that's the last thing we need to do-other than pack hospital bags! 

Best Moment This Week? Every day is a good moment because we cross a day off of our countdown!