The Christensen's slice of family life in a rural small Iowa Town
Welcome to our Family blog. We are currently living in Iowa Falls, IA.
We hope that our everyday things will brighten your day. It is my hope that this blog will be a way to communicate to our family and friends. I also hope that once we get more free time I can communicate fun things going on in our world, new recipes and crafty things I have done as Chloe will allow me too.
Chloe is 27 inches long and 15.11 lb! She changes daily. She makes new sounds ever day and finds new things to keep her attention. It's so fun to watch her grow, she will talk and talk to her toys and her animals on her mobile, it's so cute to watch her after she wakes up in the morning. She is starting to sit up all on her own and is getting very good at it! it's amazing how fast she has grown up! My favorite things that she has learned to do is to give me her Chloe kisses, as shown in the picture of Chloe and me, I never knew how great it feels to get kisses from her!
Wow, can you believe that 6 months ago was my last night of sleep before I had Chloe! So much has changed I don't even want to start that list. I do want to say that my life has been changed in so many ways that I had to think about "who" I am. I know you might say something like "is she on something?" Why do I have to define myself? The last couple months have been stressful, if I could give any one advice it would be do not move 2 times within a six month period and have a newborn. So with this new life (moving twice and having a newborn) I have been a little stressed which means "grumpy Lisa"
Gary is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. However he told me to "get over myself and stop being so grumpy" to say the lest I was more grumpy. :-)
So with all this stuff I had to undo my grumpynes. I decided that I had to redefine myself. So as a happier and not stressed Lisa this is what I have learned in the last 6 months:
1. is there any rules for being a mom, and a wife? NO! I felt that it was my obligation to do all these crazy things to the house and for myself that I forgot that all our family needs is to be safe and clean and for Chloe nurtured. 2.We are suppose to be happy! We were not put here to complain or to think negative, although we (I)do a lot it's a breath of fresh air when you try to think positive, your outlook on the world is so much better, and really if it isn't going to matter in the next ten years WHO CARES right? 3. Being a mom has brought so much more meaning in my life when I remembered the responsibility that I have to raise my children the way I want them to be raised then the way the "world" would raise my children.
So after only 6 months, Chloe has grown so much, But for me I have became someone who knows What I want and Who I am, a proud mommy.
one of the songs that have helped me through this last 6 months is:
It wont Be Like This For Long
He didn't have to wake up He'd been up all night Layin’ there in bed listenin’ To his new born baby cry He makes a pot of coffee He splashes water on his face His wife gives him a kiss and says It gonna be OK
It won’t be like this for long One day soon we'll look back laughin’ At the week we brought her home This phase is gonna fly by So baby just hold on ‘Cause it won't be like this for long
Four years later ‘bout 4:30 She's crawling in their bed And when he drops her off at preschool She's clinging to his leg The teacher peels her off of him He says what can I do She says now don't you worry This’ll only last a week or two
It won’t be like this for long One day soon you'll drop her off And she won’t even know you're gone This phase is gonna fly by If you can just hold on It won’t be like this for long
Some day soon she'll be a teenager And at times he'll think she hates him Then he'll walk her down the aisle And he'll raise her veil But right now she's up and cryin’ And the truth is that he don't mind As he kisses her good night And she says her prayers
He lays down there beside her ‘Til her eyes are finally closed And just watchin’ her it breaks his heart Cause he already knows
It won’t be like this for long One day soon that little girl is gonna be All grown up and gone Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by So, he's tryin’ to hold on
I love to try new recipes especially when I have an awesome kitchen with awesome appliances. So here is the first of many new favorite recipes I found and loved making and eating. Please tell me if you tried it, they are both great for a casual get together. Both are pampered chef recipes, but I have made it so anyone can use what they have in the kitchen.
Pepperoni Pizza Twist Great for an appetizer or for supper.
1 pkg. (3.5oz) pepperoni slices diced 2Tb. fresh parsley or dried parsley 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese 2Tb. flour 1 garlic clove pressed 2 pkg. (11 oz) refrigerated french bread dough egg 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 2 Tbl. fresh grated Parmesan(1/4 cup if it's not fresh 1 can pizza sauce
Pre heat oven to 375 dice up pepperoni. snip parsley. In a mixing bowl combine pepperoni, parsley, mozzarella cheese, flour and garlic, mix well. place bread dough seam side up on smooth side of a cutting board. Slice each loaf lengthwise, end to end, cutting halfway through the cent of loaf. Spread open flat. Lightly sprinkle additional flour evenly over dough using a flour/sugar shaker. Roll dough cross wise creating a 4-inch width well down the center of each loaf. Spoon half the pepperoni mixture down down center of each loaf. Gather up edges over filling, pinching firmly to deal. Place loaves seam side down in an "X" pattern on a large square bar pan.Cris cross ends of dough to form a figure "8" keeping ends of the dough 1 inch from edge of the pan and leaving two 1 1/2 -inch opening in the center of the twist. Separate egg white. discard yolk. Beat egg white and Italian seasoning mix. Lightly brush over dough using a pastry brush. Using a bread knife cut a 3-inch slit in each of the top sections of the twist to reveal filling. sprinkle/ grate Parmesan cheese over loaf. Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.
Cheesy Chicken Tortellini Bake Cube Cooked chicken and refrigerated tortellini makes a quick comforting casserole.
Pasta Mixture 1(16 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce 1 pkg. Refrigerated cheese filled regular tortellini (use 2 Pkg. if you need to serve more than 3 entries.) 2 chicken breast (about 1 1/2 cups) cubed chicken 1 cup milk 1 cup water 1 can of green beans (use fresh peas or broccoli if wanted) 2 Tbs. snipped fresh basil or 1 teas. of dried basil. Crumb topping 1/4 fresh Parmesan cheese 2 Tbl butter, melted 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
Per heat oven to 400. For pasta mixture in a medium/large sauce pan mix all ingredients to a boil. Meanwhile, for crumb topping grate parmesan in a microwave safe bowl, mix in bread crumbs and add butter. Microwave until butter is melted. Spoon Pasta mixture into a oven safe casserole dish. spinkle crumb mixture on top. bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sides are bubbly and topping is golden brown. Yield 3-6 servings.