Sunday, March 31, 2013

What I Wore {Easter}

Do you read Camp Patton?  Seriously funny.  I may or may not laugh aloud alllll the time.  Love Grace's sense of humor.  And her style.  And her hair.  Okay, creepy part over.

Grace is hosting an Easter Outfit link-up, so I figured I'd join in since I made the kids' outfits.  Ella's preschool had a fundraiser last month {well, they have one every stinking month} that involved professional photos.  As a photog myself, there's not much I love more than paying too much for sub-par photos of my children.  Le sigh.  They suggested Easter dresses for the photos, so I whipped up these threads for the kidlets.

This was the best we could do for photos.  It was a balmy and breeeeeeezy 30 degrees, so I'm not sure why we weren't all smiles.  I just wish you could see Ella's dress's so darling.

For Ella's, I didn't use a pattern.  I wish I'd have at least written down how I made it, because it fits her so well.  The gathered neckline and sleeves make it so forgiving!  I'd love to make a few more.  For Henry's tie, I kind of used this pattern.  It turned out really cute, and fits great.  He was quite possessive of it today, so I think I'll make him some more!

As for me, here I am at 12 weeks with the No. 3.

Why am I inhumanly large for just passing the first trimester?  I'll never know.  My body loves to grow, I guess.  My dress and sweater are from Old Navy {dress, maternity}.

Our Easter was great.  We spent the weekend with Nic's fam, and then headed to my parents' after church today.  It was a nice, low-key way to end the weekend.  Ella stayed overnight, and I celebrated by de-junking her room.  She's a pretty serious packrat.

As a side note, I did a variation of Resurrection Eggs with my primary class today, and loved it.  Then they did the same thing in sharing time...sorry kids!  Seriously, though, it was great.  I modified what I could find online, adding Christ's visit to America and also mentioning that He hung out with us on Earth for 40 days before the ascension {should that be capitalized?}.  I'm absolutely crowning it a new family tradition.  Google it and check it out...a pretty cool teaching idea.

Happy, happy Easter!

Camp Patton

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Three's Company

Check out this cute little belly bean!

Okay, this actually takes the award for worst ultrasound pic ever, but it was with the doctor on the little portable machine.

We're super excited!  I'm 11 weeks, and due on October 13th {so sorry abby...they've changed my due date}.  We've been able to have 2 ultrasounds {thank you, crazy pregnancy history} and see the heartbeat twice.

Close friends and our parents have known for a few weeks, and it became 'facebook official' last week. I love that that's a thing now.

Q&A fashion, here's a rundown of the most requested information:

  1. 3!  Wow, are you done?  Honestly, I don't know.  And I'm okay with not knowing.
  2. 3!  Was it planned?  This question cracks me up!  Totally don't mind/not awkward when friends/family ask.  Definitely awkward when, um, my chiropractor asks.  And yes, we wanted a third baby.
  3. How are you feeling?  Pretty gross until this past week.  Hopefully I'm nearing the end of the gross.
  4. Are you finding out girl or boy?  NO!!  And so excited about it!  I've always wanted to be surprised, but Nic never does.  I'm putting my foot down this time.  'Team Green' all the way!
  5. Are the kids excited?  Ella sure is.  She can't wait.  Henry spends most of his time picking his nose and making large messes, so you'll have to discuss that with him yourself.
So now when you see me you'll know I'm not fat...just pregnant!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Favorite Granola

A dear friend of mine {why don't you blog, Lisa?!?} introduced me to this recipe years ago.

It's just so good.

And it's simple.  No stovetop cooking, just dump, stir, and bake.

I made this batch during naptime and Ella and I had a bowl {or five} as our afternoon snack.

8 cups whole oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup dry milk
1 cup honey
1 cup canola oil

mix in roasting pan & bake at 350.  stir every 10 minutes.

I  just bake it until it's brown enough for me.  Maybe 30-40 minutes?  I eat it by the handful, on yogurt, with milk, on ice's so good any way you have it.  If you want to get crazy, add cranberries or raisins.  Adding Trader Joe's blueberry/cranberry/raisin mixture is particularly delightful.


Thursday, March 7, 2013


Here's what we've been up to:

  • Henry broke my phone yesterday.  Shattered the Gorilla Glass.  I thought that was supposed to be impossible.  Well.  I scampered right out and came home with an iPhone 5 and an Otterbox case.  I didn't think I'd be super impressed with the iPhone 5 vs. the 4 that I had, but let me tell you...that is one amazing piece of technology.  I'm not so mad at Henry anymore.  :)
  • We had about 10-12 inches of snow, all in about 12 hours.  It was fun.  And it's still pretty.  School was cancelled that day, and it was Ella's snack day.  She was very sad {and so was I...after having bought enough fruit for the whole preschool}, so we made our snack at home.

  • We went up to Cabela's with my parents.  My little hillbillies had a great day.

  • I've been trying to find some inspiration for decorating the new addition.  I saw these pillows {on clearance!}, and liked them a lot.  So now they're looking fab on my couch.  Oh, and here's the latest and not-so-greatest on the house work.  

  • Henry really loves his Bampa {my dad}.  The other day, Bampa was coming to pick up the kids, and here was Henry, ready and waiting.
  • Lastly, I came across this quote and kind of loved it.  I love being a mom, but truer words have never been said...