May 26, 2016

Sweet Little News...





So I've been pretty quiet around these parts.  We have had a busy spring full of baseball, Hubs job promotion and intense travel, school and maybe one other little thing is worth mentioning...


We are expecting!!!  This is not a drill! I promise it is true and it is a secret we have been keeping since February!  I am due on Halloween and could not be happier.  It took us a while after Bubba was born to feel ready, and we still don't really feel ready nearly 5 years later #letsbehonest, but something clicked in us both around New Years and now the proof is this sweet bun in the oven.
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We are absolutely over the moon about having a daughter.  Bubba has been asking for a baby sister since he was two years old.  I never imagined myself as the mother of a precious daughter and have always been slightly terrified of the notion...but when I saw our sweet babe on the ultrasound and learned we were expecting a daughter, nothing felt more natural and meant to be.  Hubs is already wrapped around her itsy-bitsy fingers.  We are so in love with our sweet daughter already. 
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Apr 27, 2016

Bubba's Playlist



Bubba is quite a fun kid to have around.  One of the many reasons for this is his pretty stellar, and eclectic, taste in music.  He truly appreciates music from almost every genre.  We never really got into children's music and he never really wanted to, with the exception of the Ghostbusters theme song and the Ninja Rap on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  I thought I would share songs that get played in our car on the way to school and ball games every week...




 
1. Long Cool Woman by The Hollies

Bubba has been requesting this song since he was probably two years old.  Now he requests for me to "turn up the bass so he can feel it"  He rocks out to this song and sings every word


 
 
2. Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Everyday by Luke Bryan

This is a newer one that has made the list in the last month.  We listen to this at least three times a day.  Bubba has always loved Luke Bryan since he first heard "We Rode in Trucks"  I think the main reason he loves this song is that he is dead set on going hunting with his Daddy this fall and he loves to fish.  He is a little country boy at heart and loves to be outside in the country exploring.




3. Get Back by The Beatles

This has been an inside joke for my family.  We will just randomly start asking each other "Who's Jo-Jo?  Bubba thinks it is hilarious.  We started doing that after listening to this song when Bubba was 2 or 3.  It is now a regular in our house.



 
4. Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

Bubba discovered Coldplay this winter.  Since we don't have cable, one of the things we enjoy watching is music videos on YouTube.  It can be a challenge to find music videos that are appropriate.  Enter Coldplay.  Not only are they extremely talented musicians, but there is no filth in their videos making for easy family watching.



 
5. She'll Leave You With a Smile by George Strait

Bubba has always been mesmerized by George Strait and has always wanted to be him.  When he has on jeans, boots and a nice button down shirt he always says he looks like George Strait.  Hey, there are far worse role models out there.  George is about as classy as they come.  This is just one of the few songs of his that Bubba loves.



 
6. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

This is a song, and music video, that I made sure to expose Bubba to, and one that he has clung to ever since.  The song has had a profound effect on me.  The video is amazingly beautiful.  When Bubba asks for the song he says "I want the Tim McGraw song with all the different kinds of people."  Hubs and I try very hard to raise him to be humble and kind...towards ALL people, no matter their differences.  We are all brothers and sisters after all.  This song is an easy way to put lessons we want him to learn into words. I love listening to Bubba's quiet voice sing along.

Some other honorable mentions:

Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Drag Me Down: One Direction
Live and Die by The Avett Brothers
Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
The Cave and ANY song by Mumford & Sons
Jackson by Johnny & June Carter Cash

 

I have to say I don't hate his music taste.  If there is one thing we all have in common as a family it is our love and our basic need to have music in our life.  What do your kids listen to?

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Apr 15, 2016

Friday Randoms!




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My son will be 5 at the end of the summer.  He has grown so much in the last year and I am starting to notice that infantile squeaks in his voice are starting to fade.  It is really hard to let go of Bubba the toddler and get used to Bubba the boy. I find myself having to shop on the other side of the aisle from the baby and toddler sections in stores.  I am not ready to be in the adolescent boy section. When did he become a kid with opinions and views on life?  Where did my toddling baby go?  All I did was blink...




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I have been stuck on Tim McGraw's "Humble & Kind" video for several week snow.  The song by itself is amazing, but I absolutely love all of the different cultures reflected in the video...it is very refreshing for the country music genre.  I appreciate Tim McGraw  so much. He seems to have such compassion for all humans.


 
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My 30th birthday is next Friday.  I don't know how to feel about turning thirty.  I have to say, right now I am not loving the idea.  So many amazing and wonderful things have happened in my twenties.  I met my Husband when I was 20, graduated college at 23, got married at 24, had our son at 25, got the job I had been working towards for three years at 28 and we bought our first home at 29.  Of course, all the way through my twenties we struggled through many things...many very challenging situations, but those aren't the memories that stick out.  Funny, when I look back all I see is rose-colored goodness.  Here's to hoping 30 is rose-colored.


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Hubs and I binge-watched The Ranch on Netflix over the last two weeks and we are so bummed that we have finished the season.  Last week, Bubba stayed with his Nana for two nights during his spring break.  So for the first time since having Bubba we had two weeknights to ourselves. Naturally, we literally Netflixed and chilled...not the same equivalent of what the young kids define that term as.



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I have not read a book for pleasure in probably two years.  I decided to start reading The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.  Laugh all you want, but I love those kind of stories...no matter how simply written...Love conquers all.  One of my favorite things to do is read a book before I see the movie.  I am nearly done with the book and then am going to have to wait until May to see the movie.  I will be watching to movie alone because if I make Hubs watch it with me he will mock it from start to end!



I hope y'all have a great weekend!
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Apr 13, 2016

Southern Belle Strawberry Farm


Last week Bubba was on Spring Break.  I took off a couple of days to hang out with him during his break.  Tuesday, we decided to go to a Strawberry Farm called Southern Belle Farms in McDonough, GA.  It was quite a drive for us, and there are strawberry farms much closer to us, but this was the only one that opened the day we could go.  We were there for their opening day of the season.

When we arrived at the farm we decided to go pick strawberries first.  We wanted to check out the competition and get going so we could pick the best berries.  Bubba was really into it as he loves all things farm life.  He wanted to pick every berry, but after some coaching he began picking only the deep red and plump berries.  He may have sampled one or two to make sure we were on the right path...



 

Once we finished picking all the berries we needed, we stopped to admire the fruits of our labor (no pun intended!)



Strawberry picking is actually quite a workout.  The plants were not completely filled out yet as it is the very beginning of the season, so we had to do quite a bit of walking to get enough good looking berries to fill two pails.

After picking our berries, Bubba wanted to check out the animals and play some of the activities provided at the farm...I wish I had a tenth of his energy...



Finally, Bubba was worn out and ready for some sustenance...So we splurged on homemade strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake.  The shortcake was the best dessert I have had in years.  It was absolutely dreamy and the setting only enhanced it.



I had almost talked myself out of going on this trip with Bubba because it was quite a drive over there and it was just the two of us.  I am so glad I pushed through the doubt, because I will cherish the adventure with him so much.  It is so nice to go do things with just Bubba.  Of course, we would have loved to have had his Daddy with us, as he would have loved every minute of it, but I believe all parents need to go on solo adventures with their kids when they can.  It is a great way to get to know the person your child is becoming.  I have frozen a bunch of the berries and plan to make my own strawberry shortcake and ice cream.
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Apr 12, 2016

Chia Seed Power Bites



 
I see a lot of recipes for energy bites on the interwebz.  They all vary from each other in slight ways, but in general include a nut butter and oats.  I grew up eating a version that included peanut butter, wheat germ, honey, sunflower seeds all rolled together and then rolled in powdered milk.  They were so delicious. This weekend, I raided my cabinets to see what I had on hand to make similar power bites.  Bubba was right there to lend a helping hand.
 
Chia Seed Power Bites
1 & 1/3 C of Rolled Oats
1/2 C Peanut Butter
1/4 C Honey
2 T Chia Seeds
1/2 t Cinnamon
1/2 t Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 C Dried Cranberries (I used Ocean Spray 50% less sugar)
 
1. Combine all ingredients except the dried cranberries.  This part will require some arm stamina, getting everything really well combined is a bit of a task, but worth it.
 
 
2. Then add in the dried cranberries, ensuring they are distributed throughout the mix.
 
 
3. I used a melon baller to equally portion out the bites, I used my hands to create perfect balls before placing the bites between pieces of parchment paper.
 
 
4. Store in fridge for up to 4 days.
 
 
Bubba loved making these and loved eating them on the day we made them...have not been able to get him to try them since...Not exactly sure why...but he absolutely loved them on day one...so these are kind of Bubba approved...kind of...I liked them better after they sat in the fridge for a day...These are delicious and convenient for an on the go breakfast.  A few of these can fuel you through lunch!
 


Have a yummy Tuesday!


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Feb 25, 2016

Confession






I don't know that I have ever participated in Jessica's weekly confessions link-up.  It seemed fun, so here goes...



I confess that I still use a monitor for my 4 year old son...To be fair, I am severely hearing impaired, which leaves me in constant fear that I will not hear him when he needs me at night.  I know I need to start retiring the thing, but it has provided such comfort over these last four and a half years!


I confess that I truly believe the sole purpose of a mantle is to hang a pretty banner...

I confess that Bubba loves Luke Bryan's song, "I See You"...and knows all the words...It's a little strange to hear him sing "Roll in the bar, me and my crew." At 4 years old, hopefully those words don't really come out of his mouth until he is 21!



I confess that I desperately wish I could watch The Bachelor...We cancelled cable a year ago and it has been the best decision ever...but I miss the days of watching the Bachelor when it actually airs instead of hearing about it through social media...



I confess that I judge people in the next stall, while in the ladies room, by their shoes or their feet (if wearing sandals)...I always try to guess what they might look like...many, many times...I am dead wrong.


Lastly, I confess that I tell my son YouTube is broken or won't work when I don't want to watch what he wants to watch on there...We love YouTube, we watch tons of music videos and Jimmy Fallon (two of Bubba's favorite things) but Bubba also loves to watch people play with toys...Im not jokingHobbykidsTV will be the death of me!!!


Happy Pre-Friday, Y'all!

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Feb 19, 2016

The Friday Five







1. Over the last few weeks I have been whittling down my friends list on Facebook to almost half of what it was before.  I had about 1000 friends on my personal FB page.  Crazy, right!? I still had people on there that I had met one time at a college party my sophomore year at Auburn.  While I am sure they were and are perfectly nice people, I didn't really want to share my life with them.  No offense.  Facebook has a bad habit of making people think they are friends with a thousand people when in reality they are just stalking a thousand people...just sayin...


2. As a child, I loved going to see the Ringling Bros circus.  I actually hated and feared parts of it like the cannons because of how loud and jarring they are...but I fell in love with the huge and majestic elephants.  It wasn't until later in life I learned about the long history of their mistreatment in circus shows.  So I had told myself I would not support Ringling Bros Circus, or any circus, If I could help it. Not until they removed elephants from their act...well that day has come as they have decided to retire them a year and a half early!!  Looking forward to supporting Ringling Bros in the future.



3. I made four new recipes this week, all of which were outstanding and will be on our family's regular meal rotations:

I made Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes using deer meat and they were outstanding.  So good I forgot to take a picture of them.  Bubba ate three sliders in one sitting they were so good.  



Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Chicken Fried Rice

I took a tip from Jenn over at Little Baby Garvin who cooks a bunch of chicken breasts in the crock-pot on Sunday then shreds and freezes them in meal portions so she can get one out as she needs it for each meal.  This worked like a boss for us!  I put 6 large chicken breasts in a slow cooker with a box of chicken broth and a bunch of garlic powder and cooked on high for 3 hours.  I then shredded the chicken and put them in ziploc bags to freeze.  I had enough for meals all week.  I saved the stock I cooked them in and reused it in our Greek Lemon Chicken Soup and it was perfect.

4. Last Friday the wonderful Hubs delivered flowers to me, at work, for an early Valentine's gift.  Not only did he bring me flowers, but he arranged the flowers himself!  Hubs is truly one of the greatest men on earth.


5. Today I am going to see the bestie in Auburn! I will get to love on her sweet son who is about 9 months old.  I am looking forward to seeing their new home as well as getting to traipse around Auburn again.  Planned stops: Chicken Salad Chick!  Meanwhile Bubba and the Hubs are going camping with their besties.


Happy Friday, y'all!  We are so close to being done with February!  Ready to be back in the spring and summer months!  I leave you with a picture of our handsome Bubba.



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