Saturday, December 20, 2014

Favorite things Book club

I hosted Book club this week aka girl's wine was SO fun, we talked way too late, ate too much, indulged in some vino and did a favorite things exchange…here is the table and menu:)

Crescent wrapped Brie
Hearts of palm salad
Main dish:
Boursin Mushroom chicken 
Mint poke cake

Crescent wrapped brie
  • 1 jar apricot preserve
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 6 ounce round brie


1. Preheat oven to 375 (according to crescent roll directions)
2. Roll out crescent roll dough on cookie sheet 
3. Spread apricot preserve generously over dough
4. Place brie in center (you don't have to remove outer casing but you can if you'd like)
5. Wrap the dough carefully around the brie crimping edges 
6. Bake according to crescent roll directions approximately 15 minutes
Serve warm with apples and crackers

Chicken with Boursin Mushroom Sauce
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Boursin cheese (Garlic and Fine Herbs)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Dry your chicken breasts with paper towels and season well with salt and pepper. Flip them over and season the other side.
  2. Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until brown and turn over, about 5 minutes. Flip over and reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook about 15 minutes more or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees. Transfer to a plate and cover with tin foil to keep warm. Add the mushrooms and butter to the pan.
  3. Add the shallot and cook until it begins to soften, about a minute.
  4. Add the wine to the pan and scrape up all of the bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the wine cooks almost all of the way out.
  5. Take the pan off of the heat and whisk in the Boursin cheese and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook egg noodles according to package. Chop chicken into small pieces. Mix together the chicken and noodles. Pour the Boursin sauce over the chicken/noodles.
  7. Serve warm
Adapted from Baked Bree
Mint Poke Cake


1 Devil's chocolate cake mix (eggs, oil, water per box instructions)
1-14.5 oz sweetened condensed milk
1-12.8 oz jar Hot fudge sauce
1-10 oz package Andes Mint chips
1-16 oz cook whip
1/2 tsp mint flavor


1. Bake cake according to box instructions. Allow to cool
2. Poke holes in cake evenly across entire cake using end of wooden spoon. 
3. Pour can of condensed milk over cake fling hold.
4. Heat hot fudge in microwave about 30 seconds  and pour over cake. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Andes Mint chips over entire cake.
5. Mix cool whip with 1/2 tsp mint flavor and spread over fudge/Andes mint layer
6. Top with Andes Mint chips
Refrigerate at least 4 hours then serve.

Doing a favorite things exchange was so fun…I am so thankful for sweet friends and girl time!! There are so many ways to do a favorite things party. We chose to bring 1-$15 favorite things gift and do a gift exchange where each person unwrapped or could steal a previous gift up to 2 times….I purchased flameless candles with a timer from Target…one of my faves…similar here

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Week in review

Ha I know its Thursday and I should probably just skip this post but I just can't I have photos and news I must share...haha...I'd like to blame our sweet boy, computer issues, and a storm knocking out our internet.

This boy loves to be snuggled from sun up to sun down but in particular from 8-10 pm we stay like this most nights rendering me rather useless...I don't feel guilty at all...I will hold him like this at night until he won't let me anymore...I'm sure I'll pay the price and maybe I already am but they are only little once...

Monday...we had Cayson's 4 month appt then met Mimi and Popi at The Galleria...we were all in a fog as mom just had her CT scan. The week of her scan is very emotional and anxiety provoking....but..
Praise the Lord...her scan was clear...she is truly a walking miracle. We are so incredibly thankful for an incredible, healthy Mimi...

This girl has been ALL about her daddy lately...helping him fix the TV so she could watch Mickey Christmas

This boy and this smile...

He is SO mesmerized by phones/lights/TV

He pesters big brother pestering...and he wonders why sometimes he drives her crazy;)

Saturday we had a girl's date to see the Nutcracker and eat dinner at the delish was SO nice to get out and be able to visit

This girl is in love with all "pwity" things...may be time to pierce her ears:) She has done this more than once all on her own...My fear is one falling into her ear

Love, love my days off with these 2

This boy woke up with his first tooth Sunday...say what?!
My Sunday naps cuddled with this boy may be my have

Mesmerized by Elsa..she now sings "Wet it go"...and that leg...doesn't look normal..

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Friday, December 12, 2014

25 months-Isabella

Hello sweet toddler...I cannot even believe you are officially 2 much less on your way to 3. 

Trying to remember and capture all that has happened in your last month...I need to start keeping blog notes. Ha! You are still such a joy...we are having to really begin disciplining and mommy prayers for wisdom all the are our strong willed...bossy girl...everything I read means you will be a future leader and driven...I'll take it but for now it makes discipline necessary and sometimes hard...

You are too cute and know exactly what you want and when you want it...if this is interfered in any way often because we don't understand exactly what you want it can end in tantrumville...we have really initiated time outs that seem to work don't like to have to face the wall and honestly hate getting in cuddle and pat my back after time out...spanking does not work for you at least are confused by it which I totally understand...we tell you not to hit so it is not the best answer for you at this time...if you get in trouble by mommy you want daddy vice it begins...

You are such a joy and light...the pictures below exude that...these are from our family session at the end of October and I am in love...more to share are hilarious, sensitive, loving, caring and SO independent and determined...I think you might be just like your momma....

You are my best friend...seeing you smile, giggle and have a blast brings me SO much joy...I can't imagine experiencing life without make EVERYTHING more exciting...simple things like shopping at Target have gotten 1000x better if thats even possible..

You still love, love your brother thought the jealousy has increased a bit with mommy returning to work this want me to have nothing to do with him when I get home...I don't blame you one bit..but we are working on this....

These cheeks, these curls, leg rolls, and smiles are almost too much for my heart to handle...

Weight:  24 lbs  (15%ile)
Height: 35  inches (50 %ile)
Head: 18.5 in  (31%ile)

Diapers: Size 3 (soon 4:))

Sleep: 7:30 pm-8:30 am

Shoe size: 6-7

Clothes size: 18-24 months

Teeth: 16 (all but your 2 year molars)

Eating: switched to 2% milk thankfully found some with DHA so I made the switch:) You don't seem to even notice

Milestones:  finally jumping with both feet opposed to the adorable gallop;)

New Words: too many to count... talking in 3-4 word favorites...Yes sir, "Let it go", Elsa, Where'd .... do?, Say hi, iPad, morrow "tomorrow", be wight back

 "Shake, Shake", Yes maam, No maam, Mine, Cow, Airpane, gaff (giraffe) knee, elbow, sad, happy
 Bess you (bless you), I wuvie (sweetest words ever spoken), caw (car), trees, pwity (pretty), fowers (flowers), car, mine (not good haha), touw (towel), bubba, Ashe (asher)
Buddy (for brother), yuggy (yucky...maybe one of my favorites ever), siwwy (silly), fish ( cutely said "Dadda fiss da poo" aka daddy fix the pool when mommy said it was broken since part of it popped), boo boo, Hoe momma (hold momma-when you want me to hold you), sh-icken (chicken)
"We here"-in the cutest, most excited voice:), knees,  Poo poo, potty, pee pee, Aunt Haha, Sasha, Gigi, "Shew-wee"-stinky diaper, boo boo, car, big-(used in context of big Minnie, big car), twuck, tee-tree, fowers-flowers, Poo-Winnie the Pooh, Cackles-crackles, "Pay"-play, Pool, swim, car, Wose-Rose, Mon-come on, Boon-Balloon, "Where dit do," "Isabellella," Mimi, Holt, Chaille, button, apush-push, Mon-c'mon, bapples-apples, ano-milk, rahr-lion sound, Mininie"-Minnie, "Side"-outside, Zo-Zoe, "Pees"-Please, sock, Baa "what a sheep says," tato "thank you," shoes, "nack"-snack, momma, dadda, dog, Dixie, Uh-oh, Der it is (there it is), Ho, ho, ho (santa says), Whooo, Whoo (owl says), Woof woof (dog says..sounds more like whoo:), Maci, Baby, Cheese, More, Bailey (the Ellis' yorkie), paci, No, "Wa iz zat?"Abby (the Law's dog),  up, out, water, lion says "rawr," frog, potty

Shots today: Hepatitis A, Flu mist 

How are you possibly 2!?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

4 months-Cayson

Oh hello sweet 4 month old!! Where did my newborn go? Momma went back to work this month. You have done great for Mimi. You boycotted the bottle for about a week resulting in some tears from you, tears from momma (worried you weren't eating and dumping breast milk is NOT fun), but you have finally realized that if you want food while momma is working you will take a bottle...You guzzle it no problem now

You got your first horrible cold this month from your sissy, by the amount of snot I suctioned from you both I'm guessing it was RSV... thankful for no ear infection with didn't eat well at all for several days resulting in you falling off your growth curve which didn't surprise me..I tried to give you a pep talk that you were going to have to weigh in this week but it didn't help..crossing our fingers you pick up soon or weight check in a few weeks it is :/

You have discovered your hands and feet and are a drooling monster these days!! You are SO incredibly smiley and interactive these days! You love to be talked to and giggle at your sister like think she is the funniest is SO incredibly precious and sweet..I pray daily you and your sissy have an incredible relationship.

We finally were able to switch you to Prevacid..thanks to sweet friends who told us about generic compounding sans are finally a HAPPY baby...we have our occasional moments but you are finally feeling are also getting stronger which is also love to sit up and love your Bumbo..if we lay you down you immediately start getting an ab workout trying to sit up..

You haven't slept well this month thanks to the infamous sleep regression and cold from h.e.double hockey stick...momma is ready for us both to get some sleep...some nights are better than others....I'm at least getting my exercise going up and down the stairs...reaching for positives here;) plus I'll take the still nap well and prefer to be held...don't blame you...

We are still forcing the pacifier love it when you are tired...I am that mom that has babies that don't like pacifiers but then are forced to like them...I believe in them..haha...they help with reflux, soothing love it when you are sleepy for sure...

I was just telling you today how much I needed you...your smile, your cuddles, your giggles...there is nothing sweeter...thank you sweet boy...we love you lots

Your schedule is still all over the place but it is also kind of the sameish;)
3-5:00 am-nurse
7 am wake up
7:30-8-nurse, play
11:30-nurse, play
2:30-nurse, play
6-nurse, play
10:00-nurse and bedtime

Our photo session was a little was rainy/cloudy/foggy for days...and you were recovering still but at least we got a few cute ones:)

Weight:  14 lbs 2 oz ( 18%ile)
Length:  25 in (35 %ile)
Head: 16.3 in (36%)

Diapers: Size 2
Longest stretch of sleep: 6 hrs 3 min
Clothes size: 3-6 months
Shoe size: 1

1sts: Thanksgiving, parade (2nd 5K)

Milestones: Sitting up in bumbo

Shots today: Prevnar, Rotateq, DTaP

Happy 3 months sweet boy!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa 2014

Santa visit went about how I expected this year...Isabella is scared of anything dressed up and life sized these days...and of course Cayson did great..we tried  having Cayson go first so Santa would seem less threatening, then we tried just a rocking horse in front of Santa and she clung to Santa tricked her by me jumping in the pic then setting hr down and running...there was tears before and after the perfect pout..and momma was sweating...heres to hoping next year is easier...though Cayson will probably be the one in tears!!

Him giggling though...

Momma was not prepared to be photographed

And the pout!

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