Urine+Drano and an iPhone photo dump

I’m here! I’m here!

14 days¬†since my last post ūüė¶ Life has been busy busy… valentine parties, weekends away, pregnancy, a nasty cold and well, just everyday life in this crazy house that I sometimes mistake for a 3 ring circus. This post is more of a post in pictures of our last 2 weeks.

Enjoy!

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Bubble Bath fun. How could you resist these baby blues?

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Valentine’s Day… We take full advantage of any “holiday” around here!

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Even though the numbers on the scale are steadily rising (Thank you, 3rd pregnancy) I am still managaing to get to the gym 5-6 days a week. Thoough my pace has slowed down a bit i’m running about 12 miles a week as well as cross training on the elliptical and arc trainer and as always, Spin and Pilates. Its been tough but I feel so lucky that I have been able to keep up my routine this far (18 weeks tomorrow!).

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Last weekend Will and I were able to get away for a night and went to the Casino. A rare occasion for us, and though I enjoyed it greatly, I forgot that you could smoke in there and being as we stayed in the hotel attached to the casino floor, I came back with the worst cold/sinus problems i’ve every had. I spent most of last week fighting it off, hence the no blogging. I am so thankful for a wonderful husband and great friends that picked up my slack on the mom front while I rested myself back to health.

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This is our last weekend at home¬†before we¬†start¬†soccer and baseball 4 days a¬†week and every weekend as well as many weddings coming up. We have taken full advantage of¬†it.¬†I haven’t seen Hayden without a hat on in well over a month. He even sleeps in¬†it. I’m sure he will be bald by 20 but he looks so darn cute for me to make him take it off.¬†Kash¬†has started crawling out of his crib. Something I¬†was definitely not prepared to deal with yet. It makes for much longer nights!! My baby that slept from 7-7 has now found his independance and is learning¬†about testing his boundaries. Joy!¬†Prayers are welcomed as we embark on this new journey that is the “terrible twos”.

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Ever heard of the Drano Gender Prediction test? Yeah, me either. But my best friend, Lindsey, swears by it and has been hounding me to do it. So, I did.  Here are the details of it:

What is needed for the Drano / Draino Gender Prediction Test:

  • Approximately 2 tablespoons of CRYSTAL Drano
  • Medium glass or glass jar. It is best to just throw the mixing glass away after performing this test.
  • Two to Three ounces of urine, preferably the first morning urine.

Take the test materials outside. Add your urine to the glass jar with the crystal drano in it. There will be a rapid chemical reaction and it is best to stay well away from the glass jar while the fumes are being produced.

When the reaction stops, observe the color of the test.

If the mixture darkens to a brownish color within the first 10 seconds – It is a boy.
If there is no darkening or color change after 10 – 15 seconds – It is a girl.

http://community.babycenter.com/post/a21425405/drano_gender_test

Supposedly, if it turns green its a girl, brown for boy. As you can see in the pics I posted above mine turned green then brown.Confusion/Chaos… Story of my life. I’m convinced we are having another boy but thought this would be a fun thing to try. But, no luck. We find out the sex one week from tomorrow, March 4th. I guess, I can wait that long. ūüôā

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Today was such a gorgeous day here in Memphis. One of the last for a while according to our trusty weather guys. We had a great day outside with the boys. WE CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SPRING!!

I leave you with 2 videos that I cannot get enough of these days. I swear I need to watch them both every morning to remember what this little thing we call life is all about.

Crying yet? I did.

XOXO,

Paige

February Meal Plan

Well hello there, February. 10 days in and I am finally getting around to making my meal and grocery lists for the month. Better late than never, I guess. My kids and husband are about to starve while eating PB&J’s everyday. They actually, may never eat them again:

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case in point.

2013 has been very busy for us so far and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. I noticed when searching my recipes for this month that they are all quick, easy and not more than 4 or 5 ingredients. So, if you are coming here looking for some fancy meals and meal plan…wrong place. With wednesday night church, soccer and baseball season in full swing, I am just lucky if we are all around the kitchen table at the same time most nights. And, let’s be honest, with a picky eating husband and 2 kids, I’m really just happy if I can find something everyone will eat.

This months meals (with recipes):

Margaret’s Chicken Recipe – It’s just that, an excellent chicken recipe from Will’s Aunt Margaret. Recipe to come.

Smothered Pork Chops (Recipe found here: http://www.campbellskitchen.com/Recipes/RecipeDetails?recipeid=25085&fm=internal_search )

Broccoli Cheese Soup (Recipe found here: http://www.familybalancesheet.org/2011/11/broccoli-cheese-soup-slow-cooker-recipe.html ) I cut this recipe in half.

Crockpot Cheese Tortellini (Recipe found here: http://littlefellows.blogspot.com/2011/11/best-crockpot-meal-ive-tried-yet.html and photo credit)

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Spaghetti

Tacos

Wofpack Specials (Recipe found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/gottoberecipes/jan12.html )

Homemade Pizzas – Sometimes I make our own dough, but this month I am just buying the premade kind. The boys like to do cheese and pepperoni while will and I like to do chicken and peppers and any other yummy stuff we have laying around. It’s always a family favorite dinner night.

Crockpot Chicken and Sweet Potatoes (Recipe found here: http://www.igobogo.com/Portal/featured-articles/crockpot-chicken-and-sweet-potatoes-recipe/ )

Mamaw’s Salmon – My grandmother made the best Salmon. I will post recipe soon.

Thank God its Sunday AND my father-in-law is in town. I’m dragging the husband to the grocery store with me sans kids. Happy Mama!! ūüôā

XOXO,

Paige

Pickles, a Luncheon, a Blackout and a Memory

Friday’s Workout:

Ran 1.07 miles on TM

1% incline 6.0 speed

averaged a 9:22 minute mile

Music: Rolling in the Deep (Adele) , As Long As You Love Me (Justin Bieber), Hold Us Together (Matt Maher)

60 min. Pilates class

Shoes: Adidas Marathon 10

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PICKLES!! I have turned into a pregnant cliche. I am craving pickles like never before. I didn’t eat the typical “pregnant stuff” with the boys so having this intense craving for pickles is very new to me. I finished off a whole jar on Friday (15 pickles for myself with the husband eating 2). I’m sure there are plenty of things wrong with this but it gave me comfort in the fact that they are 0 calories.

Saturday:

No workout – Rest Day

As most of you know by now, my cousin is getting married! YAYYY!!! I have been traveling a lot lately for showers and such but this past Saturday’s shower was by far my favorite. A sit down luncheon at The Gallery Restaurant in Merigold, MS with a McCarty Pottery shower to follow. HEAVEN!

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McCartys ‚ÄĘ 101 Saint Mary Street ‚ÄĘ Merigold Ms. ‚ÄĘ phone: 662.748.2293

http://www.mccartyspottery.com/

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I didn’t snap a picture until after I had already downed the homemade vegetable soup. Delicious.

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The lunch was almost too pretty to eat but tasted even better than it looked!

mccartys-chocolate-cobbler-8750Homemade¬†Chocolate¬†Cobbler to finish things off. Yes Ma’am.

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After the lunch and shower we were able to go across the street to the McCarty store. Walls and walls of McCarty Pottery. Pinch Me.

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If you ever find yourself in the Mississippi Delta, add this place to your to do list. It doesn’t disappoint.

From a nice Luncheon surrounded by pottery to a quick trip back to Memphis for a 1 and 3 yr old birthday party. Just another day in the life.

Sunday:

After church and lunch we headed to the park to meet up with one of our favorite families, The Baker’s. The men and boys hung out at the park while Courtney and I went for a nice 3 mile run/walk.

Ran 2.02 miles against the wind

19:02 minutes averaging a 9:25 minute mile.

followed by a 1 mile walk back to the boys

It was such a pretty afternoon yesterday and we both enjoyed the conversation much more than the run.

(Shoes: Asics.*below*  Not sure the details on these but they are my favorite outdoor running shoes. I will get the info and update soon.)

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My scratches that I got on our run. Completely self inflicted. ūüė¶ But¬†I’ve¬†enjoyed complaining about it to Will.

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The boys sliding at the park. Smiles all around!

After leaving the park we made a quick stop by Courtney’s Grandmother’s house to pick up this little chunk of heaven:

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Is your mouth watering yet?! I had text CB a few weeks back telling her how much I was craving one of her¬†grandmother’s¬†homemade pecan cakes and her precious grandmother made me one. My friends rock!!! I also picked up a jar of her homemade sugar and garlic marinated pickles while we were there. AMAZING!! I tried prying the cake recipe out of her but it was one of those oh its so easy I don’t even measure recipes. We will get it out of her one day…i’m determined.

Seems like there was something else important going on yesterday besides running and cake. Oh yeah, The SuperBowl/BeyonceBowl. You pick. Having two Memphians to root for, Micheal Oher Рalso a former rebel HOTTY TODDY and Morgan Cox, we were going for the Ravens. ( http://wreg.com/2013/02/03/mid-south-players-shine-in-super-bowl-spotlight/ ) Looks like we picked the right team to cheer for!

Let’s be honest, not having a dog in the race, so to speak, I was really just watching for the commercials and my girl Beyonce. The commercials disappointed me a bit as I wasn’t blown away by most of ¬†them but that halftime preformance was the best I had seen in years. Flawless.

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photo credit: justjared.com

Destiny’s Child.. WHAT?!?! Icing on the cake. Perfection.

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photo credit: digitalspy.com

After the big performance, was the big blackout. Please explain to me how during ¬†the biggest televised event of the year, the lights go out? Shouldn’t they have thought about this?! I would be really interested in knowing the ratings numbers before vs. after the blackout. As for me I took a bath and a phenergan and “blacked out” haha. I asked Will if the Ravens won during one of my many nighttime bathroom trips. He said yes, I slept peacefully.

Our SuperBowl Spread:

Cocktail Wieners

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1 lb cocktail wieners
1 cup bbq sauce
1 cup grape jelly

Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hrs or place all ingredients in large pot and cook on low for 1 hour.

Skinny Pimento Cheese

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Recipe posted here: https://sanityamongstchaos.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/skinny-pimento-cheese/

White Rotel Dip

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Block of Cream Cheese

Can of Rotel

1 lb. Breakfast Sausage

I brown the sausage in skillet on the stove top. Drain. Return Sausage to pan and add softened cream cheese and Rotel. Let simmer until creamy or desired consistency. Serve warm with Fritos or Tortilla Chips.

Hot Bacon and Swiss Dip

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1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. Mayo
4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. green onion slices
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled

Mix all ingredients together. Bake on 350 until Bubbly.

Serve with Ritz.

We snacked so much yesterday afternoon that we just skipped dinner altogether. oops.

Today’s Workout:

Ran 1.0 miles on TM

1 % incline 6.5 speed

averaged a 9:15 minute mile

Music: Free To Be Me (Francesca Battistelli), Run For Life (Melissa Etheridge), Call Me Maybe (Carley Rae Jepsen)

60 min. Spin Class

40 min. Core Ball Class

Shoes: Adidas Marathon 10

On a slightly different note, I can’t write a whole blog post on February 4th without mentioning my precious Mamaw Dixie. Today marks 5 years at around this exact time that I am typing that she went to be with the Lord. I miss her every single day. Unless you knew her, words cannot possibly explain the impact she had on this world and all those that she touched in it. You can choose to be sad or ¬†you can choose to be happy. Today, I choose to be happy. Happy for the memories, Happy for the times I did have and Happy for the¬†privilege¬†not only to say that I knew her but to live in her legacy.

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2 Corinthians 1:5-7
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

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She was so excited to become a “Great-Grandmother” . During my 36 hours of labor that went well into the midnight hours, she did not leave that hospital. The picture below was taken around 4 in the morning when we finally got to meet our sweet Hayden Alexander. She kept telling him I am your “GREAT” Grandmother, saying GREAT louder than the rest. She was so proud.

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Hayden and I talked about her this morning, I was telling him how much she loved him. Though my kids may never know her, I pray that they will know her in memory. In that sweet 5 year old voice all he said was “Mommy, she was pretty. Can I have cereal now?” Yes, yes she was bud and yes, you can. ūüôā May your day be filled with the¬†innocence¬†of a child.

“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

P.S. I’m working on my February Meal Plan. Look for it this week.

XOXO,

Paige