September 30, 2009

Lila's Lovin'

Seriously, the first four months with Lila were ROUGH. Really really rough. But it's all better now! Life is good. She is a very very happy baby. Just looking at her makes her smile soooo big! It's so wonderful! Everyone (including Lila) sleeps in thier own bed at night now, she takes approximately 3 naps per day (sometimes more), goes to bed around 9ish and sleeps until approximately 2am, then until about 6am, then again until about 8:30. It's not terrible!

So anyway, the lovin' part! She knows her bedroom. She knows that it means bed. Whenever we walk into her bedroom now, she looks up, looks around, looks at me (or matt) and then throws her head into our chest to cuddle. Like she's saying, "No, don't put me to bed, just let me cuddle with you". I just love it! Unfortunately the child that couldn't sleep without being held for the first 4 months of her life rarely ever falls asleep while being held now. Now she has to be swaddled really really tightly in order to sleep, with her blanket on the right side of her face and her sock monkey on the left side and her quilt covering her legs (b/c they don't swaddle all that well). She's particular, which can be a pain, but hey, just over a month ago I had to go to bed when she did. I'll take whatever at this point!

September 29, 2009

I'm losing it...

My memory is fading. I don't know whether to blame it on the arrival of baby #4 (resulting in not sleeping through an entire night in 9 months, including pregnancy) or the lack of ovaries. My long term memory is still great, but my short term memory is TERRIBLE. I've been embarrased by my lack of memory more than once. I feel as if I come across as incompetent or, quite frankly, stupid, because of it. I'm just hoping it doesn't get much worse! (But I don't forsee a full night of sleep anytime soon, and there isn't any estrogen returning either...)

That said, I know that I had a GREAT idea for a blog post earlier today, but opted to take a short nap instead of blog (at least my priorities are still in check), and so now the idea has blown away (it's been windy enough to blow my whole memory out the window and across the state... maybe that's what happened), more than likely to resurface around 4:00 in the morning when I'm laying in bed awake after feeding and tucking Lila back into bed. But you can guarantee I WILL NOT be getting out of bed to share whatever it is on this dear blog. So, it will be forgotten again. Oh well. At least I'm remembering to feed my kids (most days... I did forget to give Elliot breakfast last week one day) and shower. The important things.

Enough rambling...
I will show you a cute little headband that I'm in the process of purchasing for Miss Lila:

Its the owl. It's from "Pretty Little Things", find her on facebook and become a fan and check out the other things she's offering. Super cute stuff!

September 25, 2009


Are these not the CUTEST pants? Unfortunately that's a little steep for my wallet, but if somone who is a knitter wanted to make them for her (she's a big 6-12 or smaller just in case) I wouldn't turn them down... What makes them even cuter for Miss Lila is that she actually does sleep with a sock monkey right next to her face where she nuzzles into his face!

September 19, 2009

Because I don't want to forget...

Today is E's birthday! He is three!

For the past few weeks we've been asking him how old he is and he shows up 2 fingers. Then we say, "But how old will you be on your birthday?" And he shows us 3 fingers. So I thought he understood.

This morning I went to give him a big hug and kiss and sing happy birthday to him fresh out of bed! I asked him how old he was and he promply showed me 2 fingers. "No, I said, you are 3 now, today is your birthday!" His eyes got BIG and his smile got bigger. He said "You mean I'm this (showing me three fingers) many now?"

Yup buddy, you are that many now! And I can't believe it, nor do I like it. But I can't stop it. So we'll just not dwell on the fact that soon he will be 13.

Off to get a coffee and then a football game. Nothing says fall more than Pumpkin Spice and Rocket football! OK, maybe apple picking does, but were not doing that yet!

September 17, 2009

Girls & Boys

My girls
and my boys!
These make my heart happy! Seriously.

And, a recipe.

Last week one night we had nothing for dinner, so I made something up. And it was GOOD! and Easy!

I had 6 chicken breast, pounded flat and thin
then I mixed up some cream cheese (8oz package) and some (no measurements) chives (although I will be trying this again with some dill, and I'm sure there are other things you could use, or use just the plain cream cheese)
Spread the cream cheese on one side of the chicken breast and then roll the breasts up securing with a toothpick. If your feeling adventurous you can wrap them with bacon (again securing with toothpick), but I didn't think it needed the bacon (imagine that, me turning down bacon). Pour a can of cream of chicken soup over the breasts in a baking dish and bake at 350(ish) for one hour(ish). Serve! Oh yeah, I sprinkled a few bread crumbs on top before baking, but it's probably not necessary!


I have another recipe to share also, but that will come another day! It's a good one. Stay tuned.

September 14, 2009

That time of year...

Yup, it's THAT time of the year. Time for School Fundraisers! So, just in case you need a magazine, Landon is selling them. The prizes for selling are actually quite good (can you say CASH?), you can renew or purchase new. If interested please email me... lynettebell(at)chartermi(dot)net (replace "at" with @ and "dot" with .)

If you are looking for a little entertainment in your life, Bailey has just the thing for you. An "Entertainment 2010" book. Lot's of great coupons for lot's of different stuff. So, if this sounds like the thing for you, please contact me! (FYI, I'm a little uninformed and am currently unaware of the price of this book, it's either $20 or $25, either way a great deal for all the coupons in there, I'm hoping to find out details tomorow)!

Sorry for the commercial interupption, back to the regularly scheduled blog!

September 10, 2009

A good mom I'm not...

because if I was a good mom I would have updated this days ago, with pictures and stories from the first day of school. But the pictures are still on my camera, just waiting to be downloaded. I have a ton of other pictures that I have to get to first. I'm a little bit particular like that, I have to go in order, and in order to get to my own pictures I have to get through a bunch of fabulous clients pictures, which take longer than my own. So, it could be a while until you see those.

But, if your wondering, the first days went wonderfully. Landon was just a bit nervous the night before his first day but made it through without any real incident. He couldn't find his first class, and was just a bit late, but made it through the rest without a problem. He's sick of me asking questions about his classes and has had one homework assignment so far, aside from the reading.

Bailey is adjusting very well. She loves her class and is already talking about new friends, as well as old. I love to see this side of Bailey, b/c I remember all to well the Bailey that had to get on the bus to go to Kindergarten with tears in her eyes (as well as her mom's), in fact I think she was sobbing (I waited until I got home to sob), I vividly remember Matt putting her on the bus, because she wasn't going by herself (and quite honestly if he wasn't there I probably would have taken her home to cuddle with all day), good thing for husbands/dads! Anyway, third grade is going GREAT!

Elliot is bored. I think he's having issues with the kids being gone. He spends a lot of time mad at his brother. Yesterday he didn't want Landon to watch "Wubzy" (which is a whole different story) with him when he got home from school . Totally unlike Elliot. He loves his brother and loves to spend time with him. Hopefully we get past this soon.

I'm pretty sure I never posted this, but LILA IS SLEEPING IN HER OWN BED. Regularly. Days and nights. She has to be swaddled up really really tight, but I don't care about that, whatever it takes. She still wakes up twiceish at night. (I know that isn't a word, but it works for this). Sometimes it's once, but more often it's twice. I try to feed her around 9, typically 8:30 though. She goes to bed for the night then. Wakes up around 1:30 and then sometimes again at 3:30, sometimes not until 5:45 or 6. We don't start our day then we try to go back to sleep, while she doesn't have a problem with that, sometimes I do. This morning I did, which is why I'm now rambing on and on and on...

So, that's an update, without pictures. I would love to share a picture, but it wouldn'tbe of my family, so that's pointless on this family blog.

September 4, 2009


I just entered a comment to be entered to win a laptop over at Pioneer Womans Site. Always entering, never winning. But really with as many entries as she get's per contest I'm in good company. Anyway... just wanted to say that I was blown away to see that there were 33 other comments entered at the exact same MINUTE. Seriously. Maybe one laptop for 2000+ entries isn't enough. Go enter... see what your chances are!

9 hours after the post there are over 10,500 comments... and this thing goes through the weekend. Wonder if I'll win?

September 3, 2009


Imagine my shear joy when I saw a show on the food network dedicated to my favorite food of late... BACON! (Yup, I'm yelling that one).

Seriously, I was in heaven.

OK, so it was staring a very cheesy Brian Boitano. But it's bacon. So that part didn't matter.

And, there were corn muffins. With bacon.
Sounds heavenly!

So, this evening I made them. I baked an entire pound of bacon for these muffins. OK, so it only called for 8 slices. I made 16. Don't judge.

In the end, I WASTED an entire (half) pound of bacon on these muffins. Ewwwwww. And now were out of bacon in the freezer. And I'm sure my husband will NOT be quick to restock. He can't stand that I LOVE bacon. Doesn't think it's good for us. What could be bad about bacon? Mmmmmmmmm!

Ready, set, EDIT SARAH!!!

September 2, 2009

Oldie but goodie

Check these pictures out... oh my how they have grown!

September 1, 2009


And if you live around here you know I'm not talking about the weather. but what could I be talking about then you ask... let me tell you. And no, I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin'... The HOT FLASHES ARE OUT OF CONTROL! I sit here typing and sweating. Yup, sweating. Probably just a bit more than a glisten, not dripping or anything, but good grief! I've loved the 45 degree nights b/c it makes sleeping so much better. For me at least.

I just started reading Crazy Love and there is a section about rejoicing in EVERYTHING. I'm trying, really I am. What about Hot flashes could make me rejoice? I'm failing in that one spot.

Lila is screaming in the backseat of the car on the highway... I'm rejoicing that my daughter has healthy enough lungs to scream.
My sugar keeps going low... I'm rejoicing that technology allows me to know what my sugar is.
I'm completely exausted from my sugar going low... I'm rejoicing that I have a bed to sleep in at night.

I'm making it a game, hoping it will come naturally at some point to rejoice instead of complain. In the meantime if you see me and I'm sweating and your freezing, just know... IT'S THE HOTFLASHES. And hand me a fan! Or an ice cube. Or both.

Update: Doesn't sweating make you loose weight? This is me rejoicing, maybe the sweating from the hotflashes will make me loose weight! Maybe. I'll hold onto the hope.