Monday, February 28, 2011

My cute person

Drew is such a fun kid....he's always in a good mood, always up for an adventure and loves being with people. He's such a treasure, I'm so glad he's mine :)

This morning he told me he needed "surgery" which I later found out was "emergen-C" bahahaha.

The lego picture I took was from last week when we had an "at home" date.....I was so bored from hearing about legos for over thirty minutes that I started taking pictures. I mean its amazing whats in his mind but seriously!! I thought we were just sitting down for some chocolate milk together!

He is also very into his garden like his daddy, its adorable. He pulled all the weeds, broke up the ground and planted all the flowers with very little help, so cute.

I could go on but I won't bore you, he's my "heart-boy" as I call him who I am in no hurry for him to grow up.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Omg Retro!

Check out what I thrifted! Retro pots! Perfect for my kitchen :) Yay!

Look at the flowers on the pyrex, soooo sunny and cute !

So glad mom taught us how to thrift.....I also got three dresses, a pair of jeans, a cute yellow shirt, dress shirt for matt annnnnd a vacuum! Score!

Of course, even though I inherited the thrifting gift from mom, I STILL feel strange using a coupon at the Goodwill! ha! oh well, I still do it, not worries, mom, just feel like I'm jipping the place :)

Although while I was shopping I found at least ten things that I was like "oh cute", and then "oh wait, thats mine that I just donated" bahahaha.....


Southwest Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Nothing like a bowl of tasty hot soup and fresh sourdough bread on a cold evening

2 T butter
1c chopped onion
1/2c chopped red pepper
1 chopped jalapeno
1 can green chilies(I use 1/4c fresh )
3T flour
1 1/2 c milk
1 1/2 c chicken broth
1 1/2c Southern style hash browns
1/2t salt
1tsp cumin
1 can corn
1lb peeled deveined shrimp or chicken
2T fresh cilantro

Melt butter in Dutch oven over med heat add onion pepper and jalapeno saute 2 minutes until tender and chilis add flour cook 1 min. Stir in milk and nest 5 ingredients bring to a boil then turn down add shrimp cook until done and remove from heat Serve with cilantro as a garnish on top. Enjou

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hot Hair, It's worth it--Nicole

I'm huge, but I'm hot. I'm about 1 week away from a baby, I look like I have a basketball in my shirt. I'm not joking, look below. Last night I was at the mall waiting for an elevator (cause I sure as heck am not taking the stairs) and a little girl came out with her mom, looked at me then looked at her mom and said, "Wow Mom!"

But did that hurt my feelings? Am I bothered by the ridiculously stupid and insensitive things people say to you when you are 9 months pregnant? Of course not. Because I have hot hair. It's long, it's highlighted to perfection (thank you Michelle) and I make it a point to actually do it cause it's worth it and I have super cute headbands to accessorize it. I mean it's not like I can have some stylish outfit or something since I need to wear tennis shoes all day so I don't need a wheelchair by the end of the night.

So if you were considering spending an ungodly amount to have hot hair, I say do it. It's worth it. Especially for all you mommies between sizes and babies and not exactly sure what you're "pre-birth" weight actually was and if you'll ever fit back into those jeans (you probably won't, just buy new ones) just go for the hot hair, it's the best ever.

And why don't I have more pics of this hot hair. Well Lyla and Georgia for starters. And who really wants a picture of yourself when you're super pregnant of your big belly? My mom and...exactly. And for all of you people who want to see a "preggo pic" here it is in all of it's HUGE glory.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Baby Predictions!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I thought that it would be fun for everyone to make their prediction on when Nicole is going to have her baby so...

Please respond in the comments or email me and I'll post it on here. You must include day, time, and means in which she is going to get to the hospital.

Mine is Monday March 7th at 1:32pm, and i think that she will drive herself to the hospital and Jonathan will meet her there :) ~Timarie

I guess Tuesday, March 1st at 10:47am and I think that Jonathan will driver her but that they will stop at Starbucks on the way ~becky

Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:30 a.m. Jonathan will definitely be driving me there, I will have gone to labor in the middle of the night.
You can never go wrong with good hair, I say its the spice of life! Wherever you go, there it is (profound, I know). They say "its whats inside that counts" but I totally disagree....I don't have to stare at your insides....but I do have to stare at your hair!

haha, jk :) but on a serious note, hair is hard and who has time for it? I'm here to show you how to go from "death on a cracker" to "movie star madness" in just 20 minutes!

What you'll need:

A VERY large round-brush (it has to be metal so that it will heat up and the air can pass through, Target $5.99, the biggest one there)
One Clip
A hairdryer
Flat iron

Step 1: Let hair air dry until only the roots are wet and the ends are damp.

Note: This shortens the process by about 20 minutes and keep your hair from being fried. I suggest jumping on the trampoline for ideal dampness. If you don't have time to air dry, turn your head upsidedown, use your hair dryer about 6 inches away and go nuts for a few minutes.

Step 2: Clip almost all of your hair back except the bottom layer.

Common R-B mistake: Trying to dry too much at once. The top gets fried, the bottom is still wet, and all of your fullness is at the bottom, not the top. Nightmare.

Note: Work in thin layers, small pieces. Its worth the time to be hot :)

Step 3: Wrap your hair around the brush using your dominant hand, with the hair dryer about 3 inches from your head on the highest setting, blow your roots, AND ONLY YOUR ROOTS dry, pulling the hairbrush out and scooping the hair back up about 3-4 times until the roots are dry.

Common R-B mistake: Trying to "straighten" or "form" the hair. The root of your hair is what gives you volume and dictates how your hair will fall. It should always be styled in the opposite direction of how you want your hair to fall (aka, if you want your bangs to fall to the right, they should be blown to the left).

Note: Don't worry about the ends of your hair, we're trying not to fry them and we can shape them later with the flat iron.

Step 4: Work in layers remember to pull hair OUT and not DOWN

Note: Press the "cool" setting on your dryer for the last run-through of each piece, this cools the hair and sets the volume.

See! You're halfway done!

Step 5: When you get to the crown of your head, start pulling UP and not out for maximum volume (and we do want maximum volume ladies!!)

Note: The MOST important place to get this right is the top-back of your head where it will show the most. This is the flattest spot for most hair (where one day you will start to bald, hee hee, talk about a danger zone!)

Step 6: I like to round my bangs forward but some do it back, your preference, just remember, up up up!

Okay so now that your arms are about to fall off and you're about to pass out from heat exhaustion, you're done with the hair dryer! Buuuutttt, you still look like a hot mess. So now that your roots are under control, its time to "form the ends".

Note: If you have shorter hair, this step may not be as necessary but usually helps to smooth out and make it look "finished".

Step 7: Section your hair off again, like we did at the beginning. Gently run the flat iron over each section of hair from the MID-SHAFT down, do NOT start at the top, you're only working the ends here folks.

Common R-B mistake: Straightening too much and taking away all the volume you just created.

See the difference? The right side is unfinished and the left looks smooth and nice?

The end. Now you have hot hair to go pick up your kids from school and do laundry. bahahahahaha

Well its better then doing my laundry looking like death on a cracker! :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bath and Bedroom re-do!!!

Which then of course led to much needed cleaning out! :) Aw it feels so clean and refreshing now!!!

Hawaii Pictures... finally :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cuteness x three

Just went I think they can't get any cuter this beautiful picture arrives in my mailbox!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sunrise Psalm 113

I have always considered myself a sunset girl. Mornings were not my favorite. Now that I awake around 4:00 am I look forward to the sunrise and I am reminded of Psalm 113:3-5 "From the rising of the sun to its setting; the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is high above the nations and his glory above the heavens! Who is like our God, who is seated on high,who looks down on the heavens and the earth ."
What an AWESOME GOD and what a privilege to be His child and to begin each day with His new mercies. My heart delights in Him and His Word and is filled with joy as I sing "From the Rising Sun" What a great song! Thanks Jonathan and Ryan

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sending HUGS and KISSES from Grammy!

Just finished decorating this tee shirt for an up coming baby shower and was thinking of all my little treasures and the one to Come "Baily" I was overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for the awesome family God has given me. HUGS and KISSES to all of you!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

30th Anniversary!

Thirty Years ago I married my best friend ! We have grown up together now we will grown old together if that be God's will. So thankful for His grace in our lives. The best is yet to come!

California Valentines!