Monday, December 29, 2008
For those of you tracking my progress....here are new pictures of the belly! The Lord has really blessed me with a great pregnancy so far. I feel great and want to eat all the time! Scott has been really good about feeding me whatever and whenever. He made me brownies yesterday because I had a HUGE chocolate craving.
I am also feeling the baby move a lot more now. Scott got to feel for the first time last week...I cried when I saw how excited it made him to feel our baby. I am so excited about this time and I can't wait to be a mother. It's funny how the Lord prepares us for what we need at just the right time!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
The other day I watched the Martha Stewart show and was quite intrigued by a meal that a chef cooked on her show. The chef was a mother of three boys and did not have anything planned for dinner one night, so she came up with something. It looked very simple to make (unlike most things on her show), so I decided to try it out myself....and it came out great!! Scott and I both enjoyed it and it will definitely go on our "things we make for dinner" list. Below is the recipe and pictures.
2 cloves garlic
pinch of red pepper
1 can whole tomatoes
bread of choice (we used sourdough)
Pour olive oil in saucepan. Pulse tomatoes and pour into saucepan. Add garlic and red pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes. Crack eggs and drop them in tomato mixture. Simmer COVERED for about 5 minutes (until eggs are white). Meanwhile toast bread. Scoop out eggs and place on bread. Serve with side of steamed fresh spinach.....YUM!
FYI...this is the only place you can get this recipe (besides Martha Stewart's website) because it is unpublished! I highly recommend that you try it.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
While they were getting a fecal sample, one nurse was holding Blue down by the head while the other inserted a plastic swab into his anus. Not very enjoyable for Blue as you might guess, but he has endured such many times before. The nurse must have poked him because all of a sudden he was trying to get loose to see what was going on near his rear end. Because the nurse was holding him by the head, he growled/barked trying to get free. She immediately jumped up and said, "He bit me!" We of course apologized all over ourselves, but it was too late. She ran out of the room and alerted the whole office that a "biter" was on the premise. Even more, they stamped his chart in bright red in 4 places reading "Muzzle Needed/Bites." Our Blue, who would never hurt a flea, is now labeled as a biter. So, when the vet came in to do his exam, first he put Blue in a muzzle, and then he whisked him away to a "bigger table" in the back, which I'm sure was equipped with straps to restrain an uncooperative dog. I understand that the vet office probably has standard protocol for such situations, but I'm not so sure that Blue ever bit the nurse. I think that maybe his mouth came open while he was trying to get out of the headlock she had him in because I've literally never seem him bite anything except for our other dog Sarah while they are playing. The other complication to the situation is that we happen to be friends with the vet and go to church with him, so I hated to do anything to insult him. Either way, we couldn't do much about it, so I guess we'll just have to live with a "biter" from now on. The bottom line here, beware visitors to our home, a biter lives here (so says the vet).
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
1. 04/26: Anne's Birthday Party
We traveled to Canyon the weekend of Anne's 27th Birthday. We had a great time seeing the family, and Anne partied like it was 1999. Before the party, Anne took care of all the normal party preparations: compiling CD's for the listening pleasure of the guests and arranging the chairs in the most efficient way possible. Then she blew out her candles. Afterwards, we played guitar hero. We even got to see a dog, a cat, and a guinea fowl eating from the same pile of dog food. What a great birthday. Pictures below.
2. 04/29: A&M-TCU Baseball Game
We were able to attend the A&M-TCU baseball game in Ft Worth. It was a beautiful evening, and we were just glad to be part of the record-setting 4,294 fans (mostly Aggies) watch A&M win in the 9th inning 3-2.
3. 05/07: Jennifer has 2 bulged discs in her back
As some of you may know, Jennifer had back surgery in high school to correct the effects of a cheerleading accident. We had basically a "check-up MRI" because her back had been bothering her more than normal only to find out that she has 2 more bulged discs. The doctor immediately referred us to a neurosurgeon, which we want to avoid if at all possible. So we are going to see Sally and Bill (Scott's aunt and uncle) in Colorado over the Memorial Day weekend so they can work on Jennifer's back. They specialize in neuromuscular therapy. In the short term, this basically means that Jennifer needs to stop running and rely on swimming, biking, and walking for exercise.
4. 05/08: Water Main Burst
We were driving home to find the main road in our area basically flooding, but it wasn't raining. Apparently, a 16" water main burst, and being a good civil engineer, I grabbed my camera and took a couple of pictures to document our nation's aging infrastructure.
5. 05/10: Amber is engaged
We found out that Jennifer's sister Amber is getting hitched! We are not sure when the wedding is happening, but we are eager to meet Chris at our nephew's first birthday next weekend in Evadale.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
We haven't been up too much lately, just working and enjoying Fort Worth. We've been trying to get our house and yard in order before the busy summer season gets here. Jennifer has been training for her 1st triathlon (Iron Girl in Irving, July 20th), and I've been trying to help her along with her biking and running (I'm no help with the swimming). That has been fun running and biking together along the Trinity River, especially with the beautiful spring weather.
My sister bought us some outdoor speakers for our backyard, and we finally got those hooked up. Introducing Jennifer to the wonderland that is the attic crawl space made the whole experience worth it. If you've ever done it, you'll appreciate the image of crawling through a superheated space that is a maximum of 30 inches high, with nails pointed at your head from above, fiberglass insulation all around that is irritating your skin, eyes, and nasal passages while trying to balance on the narrow end of widely spaced 2"x6"s. Priceless.
We've also got some family birthdays coming up. My sister Anne is turning 27 on April 26, so we are making the trip to Canyon for her party. Our nephew Sam is turning 1 on May 31, so we will be heading down to Evadale for his party as well. Also, Christina Whitaker (May 7) and Christi Fling (May 31) are having birthdays soon.
It's Sunday afternoon now, and Jennifer is taking a nap. We went to church this morning, and then stopped by Central Market on the way home. We had a great lunch on the back porch. All things considered, life is pretty good right now for us. I hope you can say the same for you.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I actually made it to the base, but I went to fast and came off the base and got tagged. OUT!!! Double play. And now I have a scrape on my knee, a strawberry on my side, and beat up hand.
Let this be a lesson to you readers out there (if there are any left): don't slide in slow pitch softball. It's not worth it.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We took a weekend trip to Granbury, Texas to celebrate Valentine's Day. It was a nice getaway because its only about 30 min from our house, but we still felt like we were on a vacation. It was a very laid-back trip....we didn't even take our camera. We just looked around in some of the shops on the square in Granbury, then we saw a movie, and went out to Line Camp Steakhouse. At Line Camp I got by far the best steak I've ever had (Line Camp was included in Texas Monthly's recent list of best steakhouses in the state). Even more, it was an interesting experience because the restaurant was 4.5 mi outside of Granbury and then another 2 mi down a county road. Literally in the middle of nowhere. We would not have known about it had our innkeepers not recommended it. If you are ever within 60 miles of Hood County, it is definitely worth the drive for some great food.
Iron Horse Inn was a special place to stay and we definitely enjoyed it. The hosts Bob and Judy do a great job of really giving the guests an authentic bed and breakfast experience. (Disclaimer: my expert opinion is based upon two (2) stays at B&B's). We stayed in the wine cellar room. It was cool.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Also, we have a slew of home improvement projects that we are trying to get going on our home. At the top of the list is a new roof for our house. We have some hail damage and the recent high winds in the Metroplex have blown several shingles off. We are wading through the insurance process, trying to make progress. Next, we are getting estimates to get the exterior of our house painted. We have some parts of the eaves that are starting to peel, so we are moving quickly on that as well. Then, we are considering new countertops in the kitchen, which will likely happen in the next couple of months. The good news is that we have a weekend trip planned to a B&B in Granbury (Jennifer is uber-excited). To those who we haven't talked to lately, don't give up on us, we're still here, just busy!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
We have officially made the switch to reusable grocery bags. That’s right. We purchased 15 reusable grocery bags on Amazon.com and used them for the first time today. Why did we make this switch? Consider these facts from Reusable Bags:
- Globally, over 500 billion plastic bags are consumed each year (~100 billion in the
alone), and about 4 billion of those end up as litter. US
- Plastic bags are made from petroleum—it is estimated that 12 million barrels of oil is required to supply the annual
consumption of plastic bags. US
- Only between 1% and 3% of plastic bags are recycled—the rest go to landfills or become litter.
- Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
In the end, it was a simple decision because this was a very simple way to help the environment (i.e., better manage God's good earth and its resources) at a very small cost to us.