Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On My Own

Wow I really am missing my husband.  It's a lot of work taking care of two kids alone.  Now I know what he has been going through while I've been traveling for work, (poor guy).  I really can't complain at all about my kids, both are behaving very well while their Daddy is away for work.  Jean has had her moments, but I don't know of any 2 year old who hasn't had their moments from time to time.  Charlie is doing remarkable well considering he is starting to get some more teeth.  Poor guy was a wreck on Sunday night, since then he has been a real trooper.

With Bill out of town this week I'm haven't had a lot of time to do any scrapbooking, so no new photos of the kids in this issue, (sorry)  I'll make it up next time.  Over the next few weeks a couple of the designers I create layouts for are releasing some new kits, so that means more photos of the kid-o's.  (Although these photos will probably all be from last Halloween since these kits are Fall/Halloween themed and it's just too darn early to go pumpkin picking.)  I promise that I will update this blog with new photos soon.  If it's a good weekend I think I might go and take the kids to the park or something like that (perfect photo op!)

I will have to say I really love the Fall!  I love how the nights get cooler, and I love the colors.  It's such a beautiful time of the year.  I can't wait to take the kids out to pick their pumpkins.  Charlie had to sit it out last year since he was only a couple of months old, but Jean really enjoyed it.  She really loves the little gourds (Bill and I normally have to buy a couple of them for her to take home and play with).  I am also all geeked up to take the kids out "Trick-or-Treating".  I know they are still pretty young, but I think it's so much fun to dress them up.  As I mentioned in my previous post the kids are going as Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  I do have one fear, and that is with Jean.  She's so hung up about Mickey I'm scared she won't want to dress up like Minnie.  Case in point, I took Jean and Charlie out shopping with me and Bill's mom and sister on Saturday.  While at Kohl's Jean took note of a pair of Minnie Mouse PJ's.  My mother-in-law held them up for her (to see if she wanted them), and all Jean could say was "Mickey".  We left the store with a pair of Mickey Mouse pajamas for her (yes they were boy PJs) I only hope Charlie is a Mickey Mouse fan, at least that will be one set of pajamas we can use for both kids.

Until Next Time...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Charlie is 1

It's official Charlie is now 1, (well he's been 1 for about a week now).  He was so adorable eating his first birthday cake.  He was very tentative about digging into his cake, but he seemed to like it.  I finally finished the scrapbook pages I made of his 1st birthday.  What do you think of them?  (Page layouts were created using Sahlin Studio's Football Page kit, and snippets, found at http://www.the-lilypad.com/store/product.php?productid=6303&cat=0&page=1)

With the arrival of Charlie's birthday also brings the arrival of Fall.  With the Fall comes some of my favorite things.  First off Halloween is just around the corner, I already bought my kids their costumes, they are going to Minnie and Mickey Mouse!  They are going to look so cute!  Along with Halloween and trick or treating comes PUMPKINS.  Yet another fun family outing that I am looking forward to.  And finally Fall means comfort food, yummy!!!  

On the topic of comfort food, I made my favorite Fall casserole last night for dinner, it was sooooo good!!!!  I got the receipt several years ago,  but I don't remember where I got it from.  If you are looking for a fast and filling family meal for this Fall time season try this Sausage and Broccoli casserole.

Here's what you need:

10 ounces of cooked chopped broccoli (about 2 cups)
1 lb of bulk Italian sausage (I use mild sausage)
5 oz of seasoned salad croutons (about 3 cups)
2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (10 3/4 oz) of condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted
1-1/3 cups of mild
2.8 oz can of french-fried onions

Cook sausage until meat is no longer pink, (drain fat)
Combine Cooked sausage, cooked broccoli, cheddar cheese and croutons & transfer into a 2 quart greased baking dish.
In a separate bowl combine eggs, soup and milk & pour over sausage mixture.
Bake uncovered in a 375 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes.
Sprinkle with french-fried onions, and bake an additional 3-5 minutes.

Pictures Taken By ME!!! YUMMY

Not only is this a good meal, but it is also a budget friendly meal.  This makes 6-8 servings, and when I buy everything on sale I can make this family friendly meal for less than $2.00 per severing.  Yes that is right less than $2.00 a serving!!!  Now that's a great meal!!!

Keep checking back here for new fall friendly receipts, I think I'm going to make a sausage stuffed acorn squash in the next couple of weeks.  

Until Next Time....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Another Summer Memory

Hi to all my friends out there.  Once again I found myself thinking about this past summer and how much fun I had.  Here is a page I did of my son and husband up north in August.  They had so much fun.

I used a free template from Sahlin Studio for her September Challenge, you can find it on her blog site here:


Using Sahlin Studio Page Template (September Challenge)
Using Sahlin Studio "Summer Camp" Page kit

Only one more day before my little man turns 1.  Wow I still can't believe it.  It's hard to believe that just a year ago I was at home preparing for my upcoming scheduled c-section.  So much has changed since my husband and I were blessed with our son, (of course all of the changes were for the better).  Kids grow up too fast, at least I have my pictures to remind me how small they once were. 

Until Next Time....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Summer Memories

Sigh.... Summer is officially over.  With the start of September Fall is just around the corner.  It's now very dark when I wake up in the morning to get ready for work, and it's getting dark by 8:30 in the evening.  Unlike last summer (when I was on bed rest) I had the chance to spend a lot of time outdoors with my children, it was great.  I loved every moment of it.  I have a few favorite moments and was lucky enough to catch them on film (um.... well... digital film that is).  Here are a couple of the summer memories that will last forever.  The first I have scraped before, but it was so precious I had to scrap it for a second time.  It is with Jean and her cousin sharing an ice cream cone.  It was sweet how Jean would take a lick and then hold it out for her cousin to take a lick.  The second layout is of Jean and one of her favorite summertime activities, blowing bubbles.  Just the other day in the check out line at Kroger's she saw a bottle of bubbles and said "bubble" as she pointed in that direction.

Using "Remembered" by Simply You Simply Me Designs

Using "Blowing Bubbles" by Karen Diamond Designs
So this leads me to my question, do you have a favorite summertime memory?  It doesn't have to be from this summer.  If you have one please feel free to share I'd love to hear it.

Now with the summer over it's time to think of important Fall like things, what am I going to dress my kids as for Halloween and what am I going to bring to Thanksgiving dinner!!!!

For all my scrapbooking friends out there if you like either page layout I created and want to take a closer look at the kits here are the links to the stores.

Remembered page kit by Simply You Simply Me:

Blowing Bubbles page kit by Karen Diamond Designs:

Both of these page kits are brand new, just released!!!!!  I love them both!!!

Coming up for my family this week is a very special event.  I blogged not too long ago about my son and how I can't believe he is almost 1 year old.  Well that special 1st birthday is on Friday!!!!  We celebrated with my family up north this past weekend, he loved his cake, and opening his gifts.  I have photos and am looking for the right kit to scrap his special birthday.

Until Next Time...