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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Two Months!

I finally got him smiling!

Noah is two months old already! He's such a sweetie. He has started smiling and cooing a lot, though he is not cooing as much as our other babies were at this age. He's a man of few words. :) He lays very still and listens a lot, but he doesn't talk much. He loves to hear his name, and I can get the most smiles out of him by saying or singing his name to him. I have no idea how much he weighs, but we have a doctors appointment this week, so I'll be sure to update with that information when we find out. I'm anxious to see how much he has gained. He seems to be filling out well, and he nurses a lot, so I think that he is doing fine. Though I can't help but be a little concerned about it since we have had weight gain issues right around this age with a couple of the other children.



Noah is fitting into 0-3 month clothes perfectly right now and I just got out some 3-6 month clothes to wash today. He'll be ready for them before I know it! He is completely out of newborn diapers and into size 1. He eats a lot during the day (every 2 to 3 hours or so), but he is sleeping 7 hours straight at night (and another 4 or 5 after I feed him), for which I am thankful! I certainly don't mind getting up in the middle of the night to feed him. I enjoy it (usually!), but a well rested Mama makes for a more alert and more patient Mama during the day. :)



This is a funny picture, but I wanted to include one that showed his dimple. He has one on his right cheek...just like his Papa and big brother. :)

Here is a video of Noah that I took today. Just ignore the fact that I sound utterly ridiculous when I'm talking to him. :)
video

Friday, February 27, 2009

And the Winner Is.....

.....Tami!! I'll send your address to the Vision Forum and they will ship the Witherspoon CDs directly to you. :) Congratulations, and thanks to everyone else who entered!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ending Soon!

Don't forget about the Giveaway that is ending on Friday at noon! Only four people have entered so far. If you are one of those four I'd say you've got a pretty good shot at winning at this point! :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don't Forget....

...to go get some free pancakes today!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Giveaway!

Vision Forum is allowing me to host a giveaway for one of two great products from their website! The winner will get to pick between True Beauty and the 2008 Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy CD set.

From the Vision Forum Website:

God’s Word speaks volumes to the relationship between fathers and daughters. One of his most sacred duties is her protection and preservation from childhood to virtuous womanhood. In these powerful messages given at the 2008 Father and Daughter Discipleship Retreat, speakers Doug Phillips, Scott Brown, Geoffrey Botkin and daughters Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin illustrate elements of this important priority as they explore such topics as how to build the father-daughter bond, true feminine beauty, the Proverbs 31 woman, how to transition from beautiful girlhood to noble womanhood, and how to prepare daughters for marriage. Other highlights include a look at examples of godly, dominion-oriented womanhood from the young pioneer girls of the nineteenth century, as well as the special importance of the thirteenth year in a girl’s life.



With our nation’s legal heritage under attack, it is imperative that Christians be armed with biblical answers to the various law and public policy debates that are raging in our land. In this special Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy conference album, learn from some of America’s leading Christian statesmen, legal scholars, and public policy advocates as they tackle such issues as the Christian foundations of Western law, the legal challenges surrounding America’s border wars, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Second Amendment, defamation in the blogosphere, the battle for biblical marriage, the state of parental rights, and more—all from a distinctly biblical perspective.

To enter the give-away you must do three things.

  1. Post about one of your favorite Vision Forum products on your blog. If you don't own any of their products, then go to their website and list something that you would like to have!
  2. Link to this giveaway in your post.
  3. Come back here and leave a comment so that I know to include you in the drawing.
The drawing ends at 12:00 noon on Friday, Feb 27. Joshua will draw a name out of a hat that afternoon, and if you are the winner you will get to pick one of the above-mentioned products!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Blueberry Waffles, Eggs, Turkey Bacon
Tuesday - The Best Bean and Ham Soup
Wednesday - Dinner at Church
Thursday - Turkey Pot Pie
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit and Veggies
Sunday - Shrimp Stir Fry and Rice (lunch); Fellowship Dinner at Church (dinner)

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Children's Place Sale!


The Children's Place is having pretty good online sale right now! I have some money left over in the clothing budget this month, so I ordered a few things for next year including matching fleeces for the girls and the boys. :) They have $5 flat rate shipping, and if you use coupon code D299HMHG29 at checkout you'll get 15% off of your entire order! Inventory is low, so hurry!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Keepin' it Real

I took all of these pictures and started this post yesterday morning, and then I didn't ever get a chance to finish it. So the photos are a little outdated, but here is how things looked yesterday!

I just saw this on Joy's blog and thought it looked like a fun thing to do. I spent a good part of the morning straightening the house...good timing. :) I've been trying to get the housework done before I check email or blogs, and it has really payed of for me today. My pictures aren't too embarrassing!

1. Refrigerator


2. Closet/Drawer
This is the coloring/craft drawer, which needs to be organized.



3. Kitchen Sink

4. Toilet
This one runs constantly and needs to be repaired, but is still the one that the children use the most during the day. You can see the part that Adam bought to fix it. I'm grateful for a husband that can fix things himself so that we don't have to dish out a bunch of money for a plumber!

5. Favorite Shoes
I'm not really into shoes. Whatever is cheap and comfortable works for me. I usually don't wear shoes in the house, and since I'm home almost all the time, fuzzy socks are my favorite "shoes"!


6. Favorite Room
The kitchen/breakfast room is probably my favorite area of our house. Of course I spend a good chunk of time in the kitchen, and we eat most of our meals here together. I like the bay window and all of the natural light. Oh, and the floor. :)


7. What My Kids Are Doing
Noah is snoozing
Joshua and the girls are looking at a book together.

8. Laundry
I've got 6 loads of laundry spread out around the house! Here's a pile waiting to be folded...
...a pile waiting to be put away
...a load in the dryer and one waiting to be washed
...another load waiting to be washed and one in the washer!

9. Self-Portrait
Complete with new glasses. My head has been feeling much better. :)

10. Dream Vacation
I don't generally think of where I'd like to go on vacation. I'm pretty much good with anywhere as long as it's with Adam and the kids. We wouldn't mind a short trip away by ourselves (with Noah too, of course),
especially since our 6th anniversary is coming up in April, but I don't think either of us could stand being away from Joshua and the girls for too long. :) If I had to choose a "dream vacation" it would probably have to be somewhere in the mountains in Colorado. Maybe at this Bed and Breakfast?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Visits


We had a fun visit with "Grandma in Kansas" over the past several days! The children really enjoyed the extra attention and I was able to get several things done while she played with them (like give the refrigerator a good, long-overdue cleaning). We went shopping at the mall one day and the kids had a ball playing on the indoor playground. Here are a few pictures from our visit with Grandma.


This is how Hannah smiles every time we take her picture now. :)


Speaking of visits, we had a not-so-fun visit to the emergency room today. We were doing some school this morning and Joshua leaned forward on the writing part of his desk, flipped it, and gashed his head on the corner of my desk. He was screaming and had blood spurting out of his head, which was a little alarming, to say the least. I put pressure on it with a towel and got the bleeding to stop, but it was pretty deep and was gaping and I thought that he might need a few stitches. I called the pediatrician's office and they told me that they don't do stitches (why in the world not?!?) and that I'd have to take him to the ER. So I did and we were there for almost 4 hours. My Mom met us there, which was a life saver. She took the girls to McDonalds to get some lunch while Noah and Joshua and I waited. He ended up getting three stitches and he did great! He didn't cry once and he lay perfectly still while the doctor sewed him up. One of the nurses asked another nurse what medication she gave him to make him sedate. They didn't give him anything...he was just being really brave! He (and I) weren't able to eat lunch while we were there, so we stopped at Chick-fil-A on our way home at 4:00 and got him a kids meal (which was a treat for him!) and some chicken fingers for Mama. I restrained myself and didn't get a milkshake, although I really wanted one. :) Needless to say, it's been a long day.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Fajitas
Tuesday - Dinner with Adam's dental school classmates
Wednesday - Dinner at church
Thursday - Vegetable and Red Lentil Soup, Bread
Friday - Thai Peanut Noodle
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Brined Turkey Breast w/Gravy, Suzy's Mashed Red Potatoes, Glazed Carrots with Bacon and Onion, Bread (lunch); Leftovers (dinner)

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Joshua!


It's awfully hard to believe that Joshua is 5! I'm so thankful for my boy. He's such a sweet and compassionate big brother and he's a great helper to me. There's something about the way a boy loves his Mama that is different from girls. I'm not saying it's better, but it is different, and I like it. :) We're having the birthday celebration on Saturday, so I'll have more pictures then. But here are a few for now, including one of our trip to get Bruster's ice cream today!

Joshua at just a few days old

"Grandma in Kansas" is here for a visit!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Excuses

I've been having some really bad headaches, and looking at the computer makes them worse, so I haven't been posting much lately. It's a combination of grinding my teeth at night and wearing really old glasses. But hopefully both of those things will be fixed soon. Adam is making me a night guard. :) I don't have this problem when I'm pregnant. For some reason my jaw pain (I have some minor TMJ issues) and teeth grinding just don't happen when I'm pregnant...probably hormone related. Just another good reason to have more babies! :) And I have an appointment to have an eye exam this week. I haven't had my eyes checked since I was pregnant with Abigail, so I'm sure I'll have a new prescription. My glasses (the ones I've had since I was in high school) broke right before Noah was born, so I've been wearing a cheap back-up pair that I think is contributing to the headaches. So after I get those things taken care of I expect I'll feel like a new woman and I hope to resume my regular blogging!

Here are a couple pictures from our trip to the park yesterday. We went with some good friends and had a picnic. The weather has been really nice lately...highs in the 70's and sunny. I'm not a big fan of cold weather (don't laugh. :) I know that some of you are experiencing much colder weather now that I ever have here in Georgia!), so I am enjoying the warmth.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Stew


I made a new recipe this week that I think is definitely worth sharing. Joy (my sister-in-law) and her family gave me this cookbook for Christmas, and it is great! I've tried two recipes so far and there are a few more on my menu plan for this month. The other one that I made is called Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken and it was very tasty as well. I'll share that recipe another day.

Mushroom Barley Stew
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 carrots)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 cup dried wild mushrooms, broken into pieces
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
5 cups vegetable broth

Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots ad garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Place in crockpot. Add barley, mushrooms, salt, pepper and thyme. Stir in broth. Cover; cook on low 6 to 7 hours. Adjust seasonings. (Tip: To turn this thick robust stew into a soup, add 2 to 3 additional cups of broth. Cook the same length of time.)
I'm actually a little surprised that I decided to make this particular recipe because it sounds rather boring, and I don't care for mushrooms. But it looked very healthy and I found reduced mushrooms at Kroger, so it was inexpensive to prepare. It turned out to be really good! I added the extra broth as it was a little too thick for my liking. I cooked it for 8 hours overnight, and the barley turned out to be a slightly mushy, so I think I'll try it for 6 hours next time. It's definitely a keeper though, and I'm sure I'll try to fit it in one more time before soup weather is over. The picture of the stew above is actually a photo that I took of the cookbook. I forgot to take a picture when I made it.

I took this picture today from our back deck. If you click on it you can see Adam and one of the children at the park. It is a two-mile round trip walk to the park, but that's because you have to go all the way around the lake to get there. If we could walk across the water it would only take about five minutes. I thought it was neat that I could see them playing when I walked out the back door. :)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

"Choys"

Rosalie inspired me in this post to work harder at getting the children involved with the housework. I have been including them in some of it for quite a while, but I tend to underestimate what they are capable of. So I decided to start having them do almost all of it with me. Everything takes so much longer when I have "help", but it is more fun and they are learning! Abigail is very enthusiastic about doing her "choys" (chores). She even told a stranger in Sams the other day that she's three and she washes the cups for Mama. :) I've taught her how to unload the dishwasher and stack everything neatly on the counter. I was trying to oversee three different little workers this morning and walked out of the kitchen for a few minutes to direct the laundry folders. When I came back in she had decided that it would be easier to sort and stack the silverware on the floor! She's a funny little girl and she has quite the imagination. Last week she took forever to unload the dishwasher, and as soon as she was done she said, "Now may I please go see if there's an iguana in the family room?" Knock yourself out, Abigail. :)

Joshua is not quite as thrilled about housework as the girls are, but he likes to wipe the kitchen table and sweep the floor. Hannah's jobs are washing windows and keeping Baby Noah happy (which involves talking and singing to him, but NOT touching him. She likes to show him where his eyes are by poking them, and it upsets her that he doesn't like it). Speaking of Hannah, she calls Noah "Beans". Right after Noah was born Adam said that he looked like a bean when he was all swaddled up, and Hannah apparently liked that. If he's in his bouncy seat she'll walk up to him and say "Hi, Beans!", and if he's in his bed sleeping she walks around saying "Beans?" until I tell her where he is. :)

Noah's job is to melt his Mama's heart, and he's really good at it! He just smiled at me...his first real smile...and it made me get all teary-eyed. Postpartum hormones. :)

Probably actually sweeping more with his jeans than the broom, but that's okay. One thing at a time. :)

My table wiper.

Washing cups

Hannah skillfully executing one of her other jobs...standing around looking cute!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Monday - Mushroom Barley Stew (this tastes a lot better than it sounds! I'll post the recipe later), Homemade Bread, Cheese
Tuesday - Spaghetti, Salad, Bread
Wednesday - Dinner at Church
Thursday - Chicken Noodle Soup, Bread
Friday - Chicken and Rice, Green Beans, Bread
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Simply Delicious Pork, Carrots, Applesauce, Bread (lunch); Sandwiches, Fresh Veggies and Fruit (dinner)

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Cheese!

Adam stumbled upon a great deal at Kroger last week. They had 8oz packages of Kraft cheese on sale for $1.99, and if you bought 10 then you got $5 off. So that's $1.49 per package, which is really good. It gets better though. There was a coupon dispenser by the cheese that had $.75 off of one coupons in it. So he ended up getting them for $.75 each!! We did this five times, so we have 25 pounds of cheese in our refrigerator! I'm going to grate a lot of it and freeze it for later. We really like cheese here, so I was excited that Adam found this bargain. I had been paying almost $5.00 per pound for the Walmart brand (and rationing it!), so $1.50 per pound sounds great!

Free Food!


I just found out from Money Saving Mom that Denny's is giving away a free Grand Slam Breakfast to every customer tomorrow from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m.! I called the restaurant here to make sure they are participating, and I didn't even have to ask. The man that answered the phone said "Will this be take-out?". I told him that I was just calling with a question, and he said "Yes, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.". :) Apparently they've had a lot of people calling. I'm planning to go for an early lunch. Adam may be able to meet us there, which will be fun!