Monday, August 24, 2009

our little daddy's country girl

These pictures are deceiving, she can't actually walk yet but it's fun to see how fast she is growing!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

6 months!

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!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

what a diffrence 6 months makes

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

‘Cause it won’t be like this for long

It won’t be like this for long

new recipes to try

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
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.