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Hello there again!

So Mikey left for training and the blog fell by the wayside.  I thought of it many times, but it seemed like I missed so much that it was hard to start back up again, but the link up today at Kelly’s Korner got me motivated to.

Hello to all those visiting for the first time.  We are a family of 5- Myself, my husband, Mikey, our soon to be 5 month old daughter Magnolia and our 2 dogs, Laney and Slade.  Currently Mikey is completing his advanced training for the army.  He’ll be in Virginia for 6 more months then we will be moving to our first duty station- we are hoping for Colorado, Alaska, or  Germany!

Mikey’s graduation from BCT was great, Magnolia was so happy to see her daddy.  I was scared she would cry because she was only 6 wks when he left, but she seemed to know who he was.

After graduation we headed back to Austin to finish packing up our apartment.  I’m staying in Georgia with my mom while Mikey is in training so my family can enjoy the baby and we can be closer to Mikey and possibly go up to VA for the last month or two of his training.  While in Austin we went to our favorite place- the Driskill.  If you are ever in Austin, they have a great happy hour- there burgers are delicious!!!

I had time to play with my new camera a bit.  This girl ended up with so many Christmas outfits, mostly because of her mommy (that would be me!)

We returned back in Georgia right before Christmas Eve, just in time to celebrate with my family-

 Christmas morning we woke up, opened presents, and had breakfast.  Christmas evening we went to Mikey’s dad and had dinner with that part of his family.


That sums up Mikey’s leave.  It was great to have him home for 2 weeks.






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October in review

October started off with a couple of fun days in downtown Austin, then Mikey leaving for BCT.

Magnolia and I settled down into life by ourselves.  It took a few days to get use to the quite, but now we are great.

Magnolia turned 6 wks old


Then 7 weeks old-

Then 8 wks old-

Then 9 weeks-


Today, the first day of November, she is 10 weeks old!
For Halloween we just hung out at the house and put Mags into a pumpkin

That pretty much sums up our October.  It was hard month without Mikey here, but we are adjusting.  Little Miss is such a blessing to have.  Time is passing by so quickly.  Some days I feel like if I blink she’ll be 18.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from me and my little pumpkin!

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October 28, 2011 · 7:13 pm

Our funfilled weekend

On Monday Mikey left for his army basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Since it would be our last time seeing him for 10 weeks, we decided to have a little lot of fun.

Friday we got dressed up in Austin “dressed up” merely means something other than a tshirt and flip flops and went downtown to the Driskill.  It’s a swanky hotel on 6th street here in Austin.  It has an old money feel to it and I love it.  It’s nice to feel posh every once in awhile.  Whats even better is they make a magnificent hamburger and at happy hour its half price, so only $5. 

oh look, mommy and magnolia have matching triple chins.

After dinner we walked around downtown for a bit.  Magnolia had wide eyes the entire time

Saturday we went to downtown Austin again and went to the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas history.  It was a great museum but had LOTS of things to read.  Not the best for a couple with a small baby and no stroller, but we looked at everything and read what we could.  I would love to come back when we have a whole day and maybe no baby or at least an older baby with a stroller.  We had plans to go to the Capitol as well, but ran out of time.

 Sunday we went downtown yet again.  Brunch is a huge thing in Austin, and one we’d yet to experience.  So we went to the king of all brunches- Stubb’s BBQ gospel brunch.  They have a live gospel band and a buffet filled with yummy things such as brisket, migas, bacon, pecan pie, grits, eggs, pancakes, etc.  It was a little loud, but Magnolia loved it after we put earplugs in.  I think she’s going to be a huge fan of live music, just like her mama.

After brunch we went out in hunt of the cows.  We got about 30 of them, could have gotten more but it was getting too hot to be enjoyable.

There were so many beautiful painted, glued, etc its hard to pick a favorite.   Austin has so many talented artists.

After the cows we went home and got Mikey ready to leave and spent our last night together as a family just relaxing.

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Dear Magnolia- One month old +

Yea, I’m a little behind- what else is new?

Dear Magnolia-

You are now one month old.  You turned 1 month on Sept. 23rd and we celebrated the next evening.  We had cupcakes and bought you two presents- a little black and white board book and a clutching toy.  You love looking at the pictures in the book.

You were asleep the whole time we baked cupcakes.  Around 2 am, we finally got tired of waiting on you to wake up- so we took pictures with you still asleep.  You startled as the flash went off and got frosting all over your feet, but never woke up.

On Friday the 23rd we took you to a “well baby” visit since you had not been yet.  The doctor we visited was 84 and his office looked like something out of the 60s- frozen in time.  He checked you over, weighed, and measured you- told us you were perfect, but of course we already knew that!  You weighed 9lbs 6 oz- up 2 lbs from your birth weight and were 21.5 inches long- a gain of 2 inches (grow girl, grow!).  After the appointment we visited Lone Star Kolaches and daddy and I each had a couple kolaches.

Thursday the 22nd was daddy’s last day at his civilian job.  He quit early so he could spend time with us before he left for Army training.  He is going to miss you sooooooo much.  Its really unfortunate that he is going to miss so much of your first year of life- but he is doing this to better our family, so you will never have to do without things you need or want.  Please once you get older and understand whats going on, never forget that.  When you are mad that daddy is leaving or not around- remember he is doing what he has to, to make a better life for us.  Because he loves you and me so much.

Saturday we got up early and went to the Olde Pecan Street Festival on 6th street here in Austin.  You slept through most of it.  We got tons of compliments on how adorable you are.  For lunch we went into one of the 6th street bar/restaurants- Casino El Camino .  Its a dark, dingy hard rock kind of place, but we heard they had good burgers.  Obviously we aren’t going to win any parent of the year awards- but we were happy to see we weren’t the only parents in the place.  There was a family at the next table who had a little girl that looked almost your age.  The music was super loud, but you slept through most of it and when you were awake you stared at the dim light fixtures on the ceiling.

As the afternoon wore on, it got much hotter and we had to dip into stores to keep you cooled off.  Overall it was a pretty successful day.  Our first long major outing with you.

inside the lego lion with Daddy

Cooling Tent- the purple tent made you look red.

On Tuesday we headed out to Whole Foods, which you slept through then when went to the Brick Oven since the sky looked ominous and I didn’t want to drive home in the rain.  Given that you cried through almost the entire time we were at the restaurant, I’d say you didn’t like it much.  That’s okay because neither did we.

Earlier during the week you met another milestone- you peed on someone for the first time.  You were laying on daddy’s chest and the diaper wasn’t tight enough on the corner- so everything ran right out onto daddy.  We both had a good laugh about it.

You make the cutest faces now.  I could sit and watch you all day long make faces

We love you sooooo much sweet Magnolia.  Love Mommy and Daddy

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Dear Magnolia- 4 weeks!

Dear Magnolia,

The longer I have you, the harder it is to remember life without you.  What did I do with all my time?  Just 30 days ago, I never could have imagined how great my love for you would be.  Of course I knew I would love you, but I  could have never fathomed the magnificent depths of my love for you.

Since I missed posting last week-

Your 3rd week of life was mostly uneventful.  You ate, you slept, you pooped and repeated these things over and over.  You made some adorable faces – seriously you are the cutest kid ever and I’m not saying that just because I’m your mom.  You grew.  You outgrew one of your newborn outfits; you fit in the rest of them for now- but not much longer.  You now hate your cosleeper so you sleep in your rock ‘n play or on mommy or daddy- not at night though.   I tried sleeping with you in the crook of my arm and you are such a noisy sleeper I don’t think I slept a wink.  Every time I would doze off you would make a sound and I would be wide awake again.

Your father and I took you out to one of our favorite restaurants.  The hostess had a fit over how cute you were.  We sat your bouncy seat on the table so your dad and I could use both our hands to eat for one.  It was the 18th birthday of a girl at the table behind us, the entire staff came out shaking pennies in hard plastic cups making LOTS and LOTS of noise.  You slept through the entire thing.


For your  3 wk birthday your dad and I bake some chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing and made you a party hat.

We took our 3 wk family pic-


We also took a pic of you in this chair.  I hope to continue monthly so we can have a good record of your growth.

We took some other cute pictures-

Week 4-

Pretty much a repeat of week 3.  Eating, sleeping, pooping, and being cute.  We’ve slowly adapted our days and figured out what works and what doesn’t.  I attempted to use the wrap for the first time and you like it for about 5 mins and then scream.  Hopefully you will get use to it soon because it makes things soooo much easier.  I weighed you yesterday and I think you are about 10 lbs and 21 inches long.  Its difficult to weigh you now because you don’t fit in the bowl on top of the scale anymore.  You have a doctors appointment soon and we’ll see how much you weigh then.

We took you for your first walk in the stroller.  We had to wait until dark so it was cool enough, but you really liked it and it went well.  The only mishap we had was when we were walking through the front gates and the sprinklers hit you.  You got a little wet, but didn’t seem to mind.  Daddy wiped your face off with his shirt and everything was fine.

Yesterday I took you out for the first time by myself.  I got you all ready, feed you, put you in the wrap and started off on our journey.  You seemed to enjoy the wrap until we got inside HEB, the you decided you hated it and were going to let the whole store know.  So I took you out and you were much happier.  Put you back in for the walk home and you enjoyed it, but you seem to have about a 5 minute tolerance rate when it comes to the wrap.

I have no cute pictures of your 4th  week because the batteries died on wk 3 and we didn’t replace them.  No worries, daddy bought some new one this week so week 5 will be well documented.

We love you so much.

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Menu Plan Monday – Sept 12, 2011

I did this on my old blog, but when I changed jobs and Mikey and I started working completely different schedules most days I got away from it.  The result was consuming more fast food.  Even though Mikey is leaving for training in a couple weeks, I’m going to try to continue planning weekly menus for myself.

We stocked the freezer before the baby,  so many of these will be freezer meals or have at least some elements from the freezer

Monday- Pesto Chicken Pizza–  we pull precut and seasoned chicken from our freezer for this.  For the chicken seasoning we use seasoning salt, pepper, a chili blend, a bit of onion, and garlic.  Once the chicken is thawed I just throw it in a pan on medium heat with some olive oil.  The chicken is also great in pastas, salads, etc.  For the pizza we pretty much follow this recipe minus the pinenuts (for costs sake)

Tuesday- Boneless Buffalo Wings and Fries-  We use THIS recipe for the breading and we usually play around with different sauces.  I think we’ll be making THIS sauce this time, it’s one of my favorites.
Wednesday- Lil Cheddar Meatloaves and Macaroni and cheese – I premake and freeze the meatloaves so all I have to do is pop those in the oven.  The mac and cheese is from a box- Central Market Whole Wheat Organic- so yummy and slightly healthier than the blue box

Thursday-  Spinach/Parmesan/Chicken Pasta- My own creation.  I cook up some whole wheat penne noodles (or any other noodles I  happen to have on hand), while the pasta is cooking I use a skillet and olive oil to cook some precut seasoned chicken.  Once everything is done I drain the pasta, pour it into the skillet with the chicken, add a cup or two of shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh spinach and mix it all together.  quick, easy, and somewhat healthy

Friday- Honey Garlic Crockpot Chicken w/ brown rice

Saturday- Lemon Chili Chicken– we have this ready in the freezer.  I’ve cooked it on the grill before and the bits that I could taste the flavor on were good, it just didn’t seem to hold the flavor very well.  I’m going to try cooking it in the crockpot this time and see how it turns out.  I will probably shred it and eat it over a bed of noodles or rice.

Sunday- free day

Though it may not appear so, we do eat veggies around here I usually do not include those in the plan as I really don’t think those out ahead of time.

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Dear Magnolia- 2 wks

Dear Magnolia,

You are now 2 wks old- actually 2 wks and 2 days.  You are about 19.5 in long and 8lbs 6oz- you’ve gained a whole pound since birth!  Time sure flies.  On one hand it seems like it was just yesterday we brought you home from St. Davids, yet, on the other it seems you’ve been with us forever.

Your 2nd week of life has been largely uneventful.  Due to our only vehicle with air conditioning breaking down, you and I did not leave the apartment the entire week.  You didn’t seem to notice.  I think it was some sort of record for me, I can’t think of a time when I’ve stayed in the house for 3 days straight, much less an entire week.  This past week you’ve eaten a lot, slept more, and had some mornings where you refused to go to sleep for 4 hrs straight.  You are overall a good baby and only fuss when something is wrong.  Sometimes mama and daddy have trouble figuring out what that is.  Hungry? Tired?  Too hot?  Too cold?  Sometimes you just need some downtime to yourself, as we discover a couple nights ago.  After you fussed and cried for 20 mins and we ran through the list of what could be wrong, I finally just sat you down in the swing.  You immediately stopped fussing, I didn’t even have to turn the swing on.  I guess we all need a little alone time sometimes.

One of your favorite things to do is sit out on the porch with mommy.  Sometimes we just sit, others I rock and sing to you.  You like sleeping (especially on mommy or daddy’s chest)  and eating and the music I play for you.  You don’t mind diaper changes much- you cry until we have the diapers and clothes off of you, then you are happy and content.  At least until we have to put a diaper and clothes back on and then you fuss again until you are fully dressed.

This week you had your first bath.  Daddy and I were both expecting you to scream- loudly!  We were both wrong, you seemed to love it.  You just relaxed and floated in the water while daddy held you and mama washed you.  You really are a chill baby most of the time and its wonderful.

Being lowered into the water, you aren’t sure what to think at first!

Daddy giving you a sniff and a kiss to make sure you’re all clean!


All clean and ready for bed, wearing the onesie Mommy and Daddy tie dyed for you on one of our date nights

We are so happy you are ours, Magnolia.  We love you so much.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

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