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A couple things I forgot to mention

Our little peanut is now in her highchair for meals. Check her out. .She's so proud. I also forgot to mention that the pot for the "biggest loser" at Chris' firm is now over $500. Go baby Go And...last but not least. I snuck in Kate's room while she was napping this morning Hello Angel face...

Big girl

(Oh by the way, this post is referring to me).... Yes, I have finally put my big girl panties on and have moved Kate into her beautiful room in her crib. I have been putting this off forever because I love falling asleep looking over at Kate in her moses basket. Watching her sleep is the most peaceful thing ever. I told myself that I would move her when she turned 5 months. That came and went and I wasn't ready. I prayed and prayed for the courage and for all my fears of her being in her room by herself to go away and to be filled with peace. That happened this weekend. We got Kate all ready for bed, rocked her, prayed over her, gave her good night kisses and laid her down. She did AMAZING! She slept from 10:30pm-6:30am (no peeps). I fed and changed her and put her back down at 6:45am and she slept until 9:30am. Such a good feeling. I have the video monitor right next to my bed which helps. I watched her on there until I fell asleep and didn't wake up once to watch the moni

week 1

So week 1 of "the biggest loser" is done and we are feelin good and looking better! Our grocery bill has also gone down after saying goodbye to all my sweets and extras. Our weigh ins this week: Chris is down 8 pounds and I am down 6. Not bad for one week! We have been really strict with our meals and snacks, we're also working out daily and chugging down the water. I feel encouraged and starting to feel like I CAN do this. I honestly never though I would be the size I was before I got pregnant. I am so close to being there. Once I get to that point, I am not goin to stop. Not going to lie, I did enjoy a couple of sweets this past week. I don't feel guilty about it because I am staying very active and eating very healthy meals and snacks. So week 2 is here and we have set more goals for this week. Looking forward to meeting them and moving forward with this new lifestyle. Goodbye chubby tummy and legs! Oh and Chris and I totally got side tracked the night we were sup

A guide to help get you through the year..

2010 Handbook Health: 1. Drink plenty of water .2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.. 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy 5. Make time to pray. 6. Play more games 7. Read more books than you did in 2009 . 8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day 9. Sleep for 7 hours. 10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile. Personality: 11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 13. Don't over do. Keep your limits. 14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip. 16. Dream more while you are awake 17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you n

Big fat loser

Chris and I are both fat and trying to become big losers. I became inspired last weekend when my mom's good friend was here from Georgia. I spent the weekend with them and it kicked my big booty in gear. I've been needing this kind of encouragement for a while. My mom is already down 5 pounds (since Sunday). We aren't doing a diet, just changing our lifestyle dramatically (since we like to eat bad foods). I went to the doctor last Friday and when I got on the scale and saw my number and flashed back to 2.5 years ago when we got married and my weight then I wanted to throw up. I am 30 pounds heavier now than I was when we tied the know. How gross is that? I remember standing at the altar and our Pastor saying that he wanted to see Chris try to put his tux back on for our one year anniversary. He said it would probably be pretty snug from all my baking. I laughed and thought "yeah right!" I can't imagine trying to squeeze back in my little dress right now! I kno

House updates

I finally got around to taking pictures of the guest bath. It's done! Yahoo! I am not the best photographer but these will have to do. We love how the bath turned out. It's clean, simple and new. Before AFTER

Family Room

I've received a couple emails asking to see pics of our new family room rug. I am so happy with it. I never liked the previous one so I was so happy to see it go. This was my Valentines present. How romantic. It really is though. I love it. This room is still a work in progress. I am trying to figure out new window coverings. Even though the current blinds are only 3 years old. Le sigh, my mind is always going... Soon I will do a home tour so y'all can see where we nest....

family date night

.....I live for these. Time I get to spend with my husband and baby girl is precious. It's very rare that we all have time together right now with Chris being in the middle of tax season. So when he called on his way home from work last night and asked if he could take his girls out for the evening I was all over it. Part of me really wanted to just curl up in bed and have a cozy night at home since I had been gone all day but I knew it would be good for us to get out as a family. We didn't leave the house until 8:15pm and arrived in downtown Brea a little after 8:30. That place is so much fun. SO many fun places to shop and eat and so much fun to walk the strip at night. It was hoppin last night. We walked around for a little bit then did a little shopping (of course)! We hit the jack pot at Old Navy. As I was shopping for some fun new summer clothes for me, Chris was off with Kate shopping for her. He picked out some killer outfits. So adorable. I found the cutest little pink

Spring has sprung

It is down right gorgeous today. Spring is in the air! I love it. Windows open. Fresh air flowing through the house. Birds chirping. Sunshine on my face. Flowers blooming. Sundresses. Sandals. I. Love. Spring. The one down side about it...bugs. I felt like the bug man today. We had bees flying in through the chimney (again!) so I was busy whacking them down with my broken broom and spraying out by the chimney while Kate took her morning nap. After I got the family room clean and bee free I was washing my hands in the kitchen and as I was looking out the kitchen window there it was..a huge grasshopper. Seriously, he had to be a couple years old (do they even live that long??) He was HUGE! Ah! So I let him sit there and enjoy the sunshine until I put Kate down for her afternoon nap. Once she was asleep I went into the backyard in my sun dress with my bug spray that I hook onto my hose. I start spraying our palm trees and flowers to kill any potential baby grasshoppers and poof! Out flys

you got my attention. living in So Cal you would think that I would be used to earthquakes, right? WRONG! I am scared out of my big girl panties by them. I don't care the size, if I can feel's scary. I guess the thing that is so scary about earthquakes is that we don't get a warning. Then the thoughts another one coming? Will I be home alone when the next one happens. You get the point. I'm scared of them. So for my fellow Southern Californians who felt the earth movin and shakin at 4:04am this morning you can bet your bottom dollar that I was petrified in bed. What's crazy is last night Chris and I could not sleep. I was up until midnight tossing and turning (so I played words with my other restless friends) and Chris was awake until 3:30am. We NEVER do that. Just as I fell asleep and started having an awesome dream I was rudely woken up by a rumble and feeling like someone was under our house shaking it. Thankfully it was a 4.4 and no damaged occurred. 4.4 at

our day

Today was beautiful. in. every. way. Kate did really well with the time change. She slept for 8 hours straight, ate and went back to sleep for 3 more hours. Us girls got up around 10 this morning and the dada didn't get up until a little after noon. That's right, twelve o'clock. Must be nice huh? He needed it and it was well deserved. He works so hard for our little family and needed those extra couple of hours. Since we totally missed breakfast we skipped right to lunch and enjoyed it in the backyard over yummy carmel mocha's. Those will make anyone feel better, right? After lunch we packed up the car and drove all of 4 minutes to Yorba Regional Park. It was just what we needed. Fresh air. Sunshine. Blue Skies. The smell of BBQ. Exercise. Good conversations with my husband. A sweet nap for Kate. An all around good time! We had our own BBQ in the backyard this evening. Made the best burgers in town. You could say that we are ready for Spring and it's sunshine. Sad t


Kate came down with her first cold this week. It's so sad. She can hardly breathe out her nose, she sneezes non-stop and her eye water so much it looks like she is crying. We are doing everything we can to get her better and enjoying this snuggle time. It's so frustrating because we have tried so hard to keep her away from people who are sick and haven't been taking her places where there are lots of germs. Oh well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. She has such a great attitude. Never cries (only when I'm cleaning out her nose!), giving us lots of smiles, songs and conversations. I've been keeping her in the "nap nanny" for naps and after she eats to help everything drain. That thing is wonderful. She is napping in it now. Chris and I are also fighting this off. He is home from work today crashed on the couch and I am fighting it along with keeping the house going and taking care of everyone. It should be a rule: moms are not allowed to get sick! It

praying for kate mcrae

I hope you haven't forgotten about this precious 6 year old girl who is battling cancer. She just finished up an intense chemo session. She had a years worth in 6 days. Intense! I do not know Kate but she has a very special place in my heart. Oh how I my heart longs to give this precious one a great big hug and tell her how amazing she is. She is one of the little ones I have been on my knees for day in and day out, praying for her healing. I wanted to pass this on for all of you to join us in prayer about.. Her mom posted a pretty big prayer request on the blog tonight... "Quickly tonight we wanted to let you know what is coming up. Kate has her MRI on March 24th. Please be in prayer for these results. To be honest, I can barely even think about it. So we continue to pray for God's miraculous hand to touch Kate. We are praying for an amazing scan that day. And then sometime that weekend we will be leaving for Houston. Kate will have appointments starting on the 29th wi

bathroom update

I totally slacked off on keeping y'all posted on the kids bathroom. It's been done for a couple weeks now and I guess I was so happy that it is behind us and forgot to put pictures up. I don't have any final pics yet but they will be up in the next day or so. Until then here is what we did: tore out the old fiberglass bathtub/shower put in a brand new bathtub and tiled it up to the ceiling all new hardware (oiled bronze) - love it! new paint color (went from green to a dark tan). Now I'm embarrassed we had a green bathroom, didn't realize how bad it looked until we put up the new color. new towels (chocolate brown and white) all new accessories crown molding - so excited about that! We are really happy with how it turned out. It's simple and clean looking. Matches the rest of the house. Here are a couple pictures of some of our helpers... chris & corey doing tile chris and his dad setting the tub And I don't have a picture but my dad was a huge help

She's dancing with the angels..

This precious little face slipped away from her little sick body and into the arms of Christ this morning. Sweet Layla Grace lost her long battle with cancer today. When I heard the news my heart sank, I got a knot in my throat and sat at the computer and cried. Cried for her parents, cried for her sisters, cried because she will always be 2 and cried because I don't understand why these kind of horrible things happen. I prayed for Layla this morning as I do everyday and my prayer this morning was "Lord, if Layla isn't going to be healed here on earth then will you please take away her pain and let her slip away peacefully." Not knowing that she literally passed away as I was praying. I really can't imagine what her parents are going through and the immense pain they are feeling. I can't even go there. It is every parents worst nightmare. No one should have to bury their child. Yet, it happens everyday. As I was talking to Chris about this and going on and on

5 months

This little one is 5 months old. Not sure how that is possible but she is definitely changing and growing up right before our eyes. I don't want to blink because I don't want to miss a thing. Our 5 month old is now rolling over..back to tummy and tummy to back. Steam roller! She is getting good at belly laughs, squeals, chatters, eating rice cereal, veggies and fruits and she has mastered the fake cough. Such a character, complete drama queen! This month she will be moving into her big girl bed. She has been in her moses basket since birth but sadly she is growing out of it. So sad. Time to pack it up and save it for the next babe. Kate is the sunshine in our life. She is our everything. We thank the Lord everyday for making her just for us. She is perfect. So blessed to call you ours, Kate Marie...

This post is dumb

If you don't want to waste your time then stop reading now. I just wanted to share my day with y'all. The 3 of us woke up at 8:36am this morning! Yeah! Well until I realized that it was 8:36 and we had to leave the house by 9am to make it to church on time. I refuse to be the new mom who flys into church late looking like a mess with a baby in jammies. Not going to fly. So Chris and I jump out of bed, get Kate up, give her a bowl of her morning cereal, take turn taking showers and getting ready. Chris got Kate dressed and while I was brushing my teeth like a mad woman I looked at myself and knew something wasn't right. I stared at myself and realized that my sweater was INSIDE OUT! Thank God I realized it before I sat down in church. We were all ready and in the car and pulling out of the driveway by 9:03am. YES! We did it. Chris then calmly asked if I would like to go get coffee. "Coffee?? Are you crazy, I hardly had time to put my shoes on!" He THEN said with a

baby steps

A big step for Chris and I....Kate had her first sleep over without her momma and dada last night. We packed her bags and off to mimi and papas we went. It was so hard to leave her but it was good for us. My mom has been dying to have her stay the night and there is no one else in this world that I trust more than my mom and dad (and Chris of course). I am anal and a freak about some things so we went and made a list of her schedule together, kissed her goodnight and off to Disneyland we went. It was like a breath of fresh air. So rejuvenating! We played around at Disney for a bit and then went over to the "Jazz Kitchen" where we had our first date and also where we went right before we had Kate. My husband is so romantic and had it all planned out. We sat outside and he timed it perfectly so that while we were eating our amazing chocolate souffle we would get to watch the fireworks. And we did. It was beautiful, relaxing and soo yummy! We enjoyed a peaceful night sleep and I

good taters.

Chris and I LOVE to snack! We LOVE chips so I decided to make my own today. These were super easy and so's how to make your own potato chips.. 1. Buy potatoes, peel and slice 2. Drizzle olive oil over slices and sprinkle salt and pepper over them 3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes (or until crispy) at 400 degrees 4. Dab off excess oil and enjoy! -I added Parmesan cheese to ours and then threw them back in the oven for a double cheesy crisp. Mmm! So so yummy! I had to hold back and not pull a Paula Deen by drizzling butter over them instead of olive oil. These are totally guilt free! Dinner was homemade fettuccine alfredo with chicken sausage stuffed with feta cheese and spinach. I try extra hard to make good dinners and do fun things for my husband while he is in tax season. This was so delish.


So, while Kate napped this afternoon I sat down and made this little video. I had no clue what I was doing as it was my first time. The final product brought many smiles and tears, I really can't believe how fast our girl is growing up. This is precious and wanted to share with all of you. There will be many more in the future...and the song...could not be more perfect for her. She is our sunshine and our miracle. Make sure your sound is on...

Kate rolls

Ok, this is not the best video and I don't know why she becomes so shy when the camera is on her but here is our girl rolling from back to tummy!

my girl

After Kate woke up from her morning nap I brought her in our room in her Bumbo chair while I got ready in the bathroom. She watched me the whole time, we had a good conversation and sang songs. I swear, I can't get enough of this face. Ahhh! My cup runneth over!

To all the mommas...

I have a couple new awesome shopping sites that I wanted to share with y'all. Oh my gosh, the cutest leggings EVER! Kate has a couple killer ones arriving any day now. I am totally in love with them....Pics will be coming soon! For those of us who like awesome things at a great here! You have to be fast though, the deals go up at 9am and sell out super fast. I have yet to purchase anything off here because I am one of the slow one apparently. There are a couple of things I would have sold my right foot for but missed the deal. Have fun!

can it really get better than this?

I know I talk a lot about life and how grand it is. Sure, we have our downs but I prefer to focus on the blessings that each day brings. Latly there have been many. Yesterday was beautiful in every way. There is nothing that I love more than being able to stay home and raise Kate and take care of my sweet husband. There is nothing better than this. To share every minute with Kate, catch every smile and hear every squeal is what makes waking up every morning so exciting. We have been spending our days rolling over, reading, singing, praying, taking walks, running errands, playing at Disneyland, eating veggies (squash is her favorite), and taking lots and lots of naps. Our girl is a napper! She needs lots of sleep. Hmmm, I wonder who she gets that from! :) Yesterday she took a 2 hour and 45 minute nap. Amazing. I finally had to wake her up because I wanted to play and needed to run to Trader Joes to make a delicious dinner inspired by Paul Deen. Dinner ended up being wonderful and Kate w