Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WAY Behind with New Addition

I know, I know...I am so behind. This past month and a half have been exhausting getting ready for baby, E starting his new job, this blood type diet, I started a Bunco group, baby coming a week and a half late (UGH!) and finally, the super long healing process from the C-section I didn't want but desperately needed. But after a long a wait, here's Luke Patrick (after my dad) Bailey.



Thursday, September 2, 2010

No More Toys

I don't know why I should buy anymore toys. She doesn't play with them...at all!! All she does is read. She follows us around the house holding books in the air, she reads outloud by herself or we are reading to her almost all day long. Here are 2 examples of what Rach reading out loud sounds like at our house.



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hair Fountain

We finally have enough hair for the "Pebbles" look. And just in time too...that hair was so full of food and playground dirt galore. So now we can pull it out of her eyes.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Our New Friend

If this little guy is going to continue to eat the rodents he finds in my neighborhood and keep them out of my house, he is my new best friend. E loved watching this beautiful bird have lunch on our neighbors back porch the other day. And honestly...I was slightly interested too.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Newest Bailey Diet Fad

E is killing me. As if I don't have anything else to do, he wants to start a new type of diet. The Blood Type Diet. I found the book at a yard sale for a quarter and that's been the most expensive investment that I made in a long time. Now I have to practically throw out everything in my pantry stash (and I have a BIG pantry stash) because "It's bad for my blood type." Shoot me!!
Turns out, every thing that I am not allowed to eat, is beneficial for him to eat and vice versa. So cooking for this diet has been tricky (especially since I am pregnant and we have a little one to feed as well). But never in my life have I ever cooked with the most organic and strangest ingredients ever. (Now you know why I haven't started up What's Cooking Wednesday again...cause no one wants to eat xwhat I have been cooking lately....except E.) Spelt Flour?? Soy Powder?? Rice Milk?? Gluten-Free?? My first try with gluten-free bread (already mixed in a bag) actually turned out well for me and Rach (E can't have wheat or diary products). So we pulled out my neglected bread machine and gave her a test drive. It wasn't bad at all and now I have breakfast for the rest of the week for us girls.

However inconvenient and uncomfortable this change has been, I have to say that we both feel better and we both have lost a few pounds too. While I think a revert back to our normal eating is in our future since we have all come down with sinus infections (frozen lasagnas I made 2 weeks ago), things could always be worse.

However, we have finally turned a corner and have found a few things that will work for us all. I will let you know if I find any good recipes to share.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer Pictures

I completely forgot that I hadn't posted any of these yet but these are Rachel's summer pictures. We went out to this orchard in the wine country of Virginia and it was absolutely amazing. Thanks again Lindsley. We will see you in the fall For Luke's newborn pictures.






Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Exhaustion

Rach is still warming up to the idea of staying in her new big girl bed. Which for the present time, means I up a few times every night when a little person crawls into my bed and sticks their fingers up my nose while I am asleep. Sigh! While last night went well (mostly, because I shut the door to her room, against E's wishes), the three previous nights did not go well so I have been walking around like a zombie for a few days. While today is a little better, I still don't have the energy to get my pictures and thoughts organized, so here are a few pics from our most recent trip home.
Cutting the grass with PawPat
Getting geared up for the coming Auburn football season
There was also lots of water involved in our vacation. I think we got in water of some form everyday. We started with a week at the beach.
The middle few weeks were full of days in the backyard babypool. There were so many more pics of her in the babypool and they were all so cute but they were mostly naked pictures.
Then there were several trips to the splash park. That was the favorite.

Friday, August 13, 2010

L is for Luke

The new nursery wasn't quite the challenge I was expecting. I am a girl and somewhat of a girlie girl at that, so decorating for a boy was something I didn't think I was ready for. But using the stuff I already had, we were able to do the whole room and only had to buy 2 blue storage bins and a blue changing cover. It still needs a few things (like some shells for the glass vases and brown houndstooth fabric for the headboard) but I still have 2 more months to shop for the rest. And, by the way, if you didn't catch the title, L is for Luke.

We kinda went for a seaside theme after I picked a whale for the art above the crib. But I really love the newspaper cutouts of the crab and the fish. One more storage bin of baby stuff (shown on the other side of the bed) to go through and the everything will be sorted. I just wish I was allowed to paint the walls.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's Been a While Old Friend

While I realize it's been quite a while since I have posted, we have been super busy. One long trip home for a vacation and a wedding and our lives got thrown into a crazy tailspin that carried over into our homecoming and has finally subsided for the present time. Quick catch up...

Rach is HUGE!! She loves books and can't get enough of them. She "reads" out loud all day long. I have no idea what she is saying but she is very passionate regardless. Lots of mornings at the playground, afternoons in the baby pool and slide on the backporch, and evenings falling asleep in her new big girl bed keep her exhausted. Speaking of her new big girl bed, my mom came up and spent a week with us and helped us put our house together since we are planning to settle in for a while. This included making a new big girl room for Rach and turning her old room into a "BOY'S" nursery. Pictures of the nursery later on...I don't want this post to be too long.


Me and E did some refurnishing ourselves with new bookshelves in the dining room (it's needs some decorating but their up and thats what's important to me), a huge garage cleanout, new upholstery on our ottoman (that had been attacked by an orange sharpie...Thanks Rach), setting up a makeshift office for E in our spacious laundry room, a new storage bin for toys, and a new dresser and mirror.

More pictures and updates to come...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's a Boy!

Well, it's gonna be...


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This Week in Pictures

SO Tired...so pictures will have to suffice! Also, Thursday morning...We find out if it's a girl or boy!!

Saturday we found some Leap Frog letter magnets at a yard sale for one of our neighbors and got an awesome deal.
All I have heard for the past few days, is "A...A...A...A" because Rach would rather walk around the house with the magnet in her hand pushing the button than listen to the song!


We learned how to color this week...and when I say color, I mean how not to chew on crayons!

She has finally decided to make friends with Maggie. She like to sit in Maggie's chair and bring her toys. It's even funnier to feed her the vegetables and meat off of her plate!! Lots of disciplining going at my house over that!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Couch Potato

I told you yesterday that I have a walker now. What I didn't tell you is that I also have a climber!! She can climb all of the towers at the playground, the stairs, the rocking chair and, of course, the couch. The couch seems to be a favorite though...As soon as she finishes her milk and gets a clean diaper in the morning, she grabs some toys and heads for the couch.


We also have a new, first word besides mama and dada...she likes to tell Maggie to "GO!" Or she grab ahold of my hand and says "GO!" because she wants me to walk with her.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I'm a Fainter!!

Why E can't be in charge of taking our kids to get their bloodwork taken care of, I will never know. He has a stomach of steel and can take anything. Me, on the other hand...not so much. The sight of blood is a little too much for me. In fact, when I went to get all of my pregnancy bloodwork done, I passed out in the chair and had to be fireman hoisted over one of the techs shoulders and taken to a bed to lie down. Yeah...it's that bad!!

But Rach has had the "results of an upset stomach" for about 8 weeks now and we can't get rid of it. After changing her diet and her milk several times trying to check for allergies, samples were taken and bloodwork needed to be drawn.


Round one of bloodwork didn't go so well. They weren't able to get enough blood to do one of the three tests that had been ordered because she was screaming so loud and so incredibly tense. So we tried again this week and they were very successful. We sang and talked throughout the whole thing and she was fairly calm. She was rewarded with a pink bandaid wrap and some new Elmo stickers and then mom and dad got her a new play doctor kit for having such a rough week (because vaccines were needed too).

Did I mention she's a walking maniac these days??? I think she's carrying her play syringe and the little instrument that checks your ears.

What's Cooking Wednesday - Pavlovas

Funny name...easy dessert! 3 ingredients plus whatever you want to put in there and 5 minutes and your dessert is ready to put into the oven. If you're looking for a dessert to make for company, this is a great one and you will really want to make it the night before because they take a while to bake. They are so cute and the mixing possibilities are endless as are the topping possibilities.


This recipe came from Cooking Light and was originally topped with Lemon Curd and Rasberries, however, my mom quickly turned her nose up at the thought of Lemon Curd (I don't think she's ever tried it though) so we added some vanilla and a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the meringues, topped them with chopped up Nilla wafers before cooking, then added some chocolate mousse and strawberries for the finishing touch. They were amazing. Go home and try them today. I guarantee you already have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.

Pavlovas

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher-for-Passover cream of tartar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Toppings of choice


Preheat oven to 250°.

To prepare meringues, cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw 4 (4-inch) circles on each piece of paper. Turn paper over; secure with masking tape.

Place cream of tartar and 4 egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.

Divide the egg white mixture evenly among 8 drawn circles on baking sheets. Shape meringues into nests with 1-inch sides using the back of a spoon. Sprinkle evenly with nuts.

Bake at 250° for 1 hour, rotating baking sheets after 30 minutes. Turn oven off, and cool meringue nests in closed oven for 2 hours. Remove from oven, and carefully remove meringue nests from paper.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Yard Sale

Saturday all of neighbors and myself had a huge block party yard sale. And when I say block party...I don't think I stayed at my house long at all! I was at all of my neighbor's yard sale seeing what they had and buying cookies and lemonade from their kids! E had to head into work all day but before he left, he set Rachel up like a champ in the garage. She got a porta-crib, blanket, pillow, babydoll/paci, and portable tv from the car complete with a new Blue's Clues video. She stayed in the crib and watched movies all morning long until nap time. The whole yard sale went over much easier than I ever thought it could.


How much did I make? Enough to cover the amount I spent getting everything ready, the bassinet I bought from my neighbor for the new baby and plenty of books for Rach.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's Cooking Wednesday - Granola

E has an obsession with granola. And not just the oats and honey kind. It's got to be 100% quality and the man eats on this stuff nonstop all day long. He was eating me out of house and home because a good quality pack of granola is not cheap. He would take a bag of granola to work and then come home and have another bag for snack. Then after dinner, I would see him munching on another handful. My grocery shopping was having trouble keeping up with his need for a healthy snack.

Luckily, I noticed that The Happy Housewife was making homemade granola for her family. I thought to myself, "Self, if she can do this, you can do this!!" So here we have the first few versions of the Bailey Family Granola. You can almost hear my wallet cheering because its way cheaper and better for you to make it yourself than buy it. Oh yeah...did I mention it takes 3 minutes to make and 10 minutes to bake? Who doesn't have and extra 15 minutes a week and most of these ingredients in your pantry instead of buying boxes and boxes of this stuff! Another plus is to add local honey to work to combat seasonal allergies.


So far, we have made several varieties:
-Peanut Butter
-Dried Blueberry Apple
-Cinnamon Raison
-Currant (pictured above)

This week, I plan to make one more batch and I am going to try dried pomegranate-chocolate this time, as this is the last week of a 9 month project he's been working on...lots of brain snacks needed to make it through this week!! One more project to finish and then we can lead a normal life!! (why are you laughing?? I'm sure I could handle a normal life!?!)

Regardless of whether you think I could handle a real life or not, here's the recipe from The Happy Housewife:

Granola


  • 3 cups dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ


First melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey and salt and briefly heat with the butter. Turn off the heat and add the oatmeal and wheat germ. Stir.


Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet. Spread the mixture out evenly and bake it at 375° for 10 minutes. It will be a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container.


***If you want to try the Peanut Butter version, add a 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter to the pot while you heat the butter and honey. Then add a tablespoon of cocoa with the oats and wheat germ. You will have to cook the granola for a little longer in the oven. (I cooked it an extra 5 minutes but it still needed a little more.)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sesame Street Results

I don't think it even mattered that she had no idea who any of the characters (besides Elmo) were in the show, she danced and clapped and screamed at the cast of the USO's version of Sesame Street Live the entire time we were there. While I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't sitting on a gym floor in maternity skinny jeans, the length of the show was perfect and allowed me to still have her in bed by 7:30, which was AWESOME!!!

Here are the pictures from our fun night...Thanks Carol for the tickets and the ride!!




Friday, April 23, 2010

We Are Home!!

After spending ALL weekend cleaning house and grocery shopping and doing laundry, I am finally done playing catch up on my household duties, plus a few extras that required help from the maintenance department. What were those extras, you might ask. Well, let's just say that I have bird poop all over my laundry room that needed attending to. Yes, I said it. Bird Poop!!


I have a three time offender who likes to crawl through the outside dryer vent and then peck her way through my inside dryer vent to get out. Then she goes insane trying to get out of the laundry room which makes Maggie a little crazy too. Then we have to repair to dryer hoses and clean up the poop. Sigh! Why me?? As if I don't have enough to do these days.

But we are home and put back together nonetheless (and a little under the weather) and will try to stay current online for a while since there are lots of exciting things coming down the hatch in the next few weeks...E's graduation, the sex of the new baby, our next job assignment, a new walking toddler, spring pictures with Lindsley, new furniture and cheapo projects around the house that I have been putting off that I am looking forward to sharing with you all.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's Cooking Thursday - Fruit Smoothies

Need a new morning "pick me up?" Tired of coffee or are working towards cutting out the caffeine? Now that warmer weather is here, why not try a smoothie? We used to make them all of the time (back when I didn't have to go to work until 11am) but those early mornings slip away from you and speed becomes a greater ally than actual nutrients. So simplify your life by doing all of the prep work on the weekend.

Take all of your frozen ingredients and put them into individual serving bags so you don't have to measure out so many different ingredients every morning. Now you have minimized half of the work and just combine and blend. There is really no fuss because you can throw the blender parts in the dishwasher and throw your delicious smoothie into a to-go cup and head out for the day.


Here is my personal recipe and it makes about 2 - 2 1/2 cups so there is plenty to share.

Fruit Smoothies

5 frozen peach slices
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
5 frozen whole strawberries (because they are cheaper whole instead of sliced)
5 pieces of canned chunk pineapple
2/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup fruit juice

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. You may have to stop blender and stir the mixture once or twice to breakup the chunks.
Makes about 2 cups.