36 Weeks! Holy Mighty I only have 4 weeks left!!
P.S. Does it look like I have dropped? The ladies at the office think I have.
HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!
I need your help. I need suggestions and ideas about things to pack in my hospital bag. I want to get it all finished up and organized but I want to know what real moms have taken in their bags, and not what dumb books keep telling me to take. So if anyone has anything they wouldn’t go to the hospital without please tell me. And please be brutally honest about things I for sure need!
This is my brother Clint and his cute family. Little T is only 4 months in these pictures and he is already 18 pounds of pure awesomeness! He is very smiley.
Here is T chilling on one of our breaks.
Could you just die at this next picture??
So this next serious of pictures is my favorite. This is T and his trusty dog Dory. Trying to get them to pose together was fun, and here is the proof. In this picture Dory was being yelled at for not paying attention. The look on T’s face is EXACTLY the same look his dad gets.
Now they are both being told to pay attention. One by mom and the other by dad. Too bad mom and dad were not standing next to each other.
Ok now they are all perked up and ready to go.
A little more relaxed now.
So glad it’s over.
T and his dad look so much alike. Ralph is a good dad and you can just tell how much he loves his boy.
Again I found the recipe here. They seem to have good easy recipes. This one was AMAZINGLY good. I mean I could eat it everyday of my life, but I love crisp anything. It was super easy and so yummy. I would rather eat this than pumpkin pie. It says to serve with whipped cream but we did vanilla ice cream instead. I’m not kidding, SO good!
Remove 1 cup of the cake mix for use later in the recipe.
Mix the remaining cake mix, 1 stick of melted butter and 1 egg in a bowl. Pat into the bottom of a 9×13 cake pan.
In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, milk and spices. Pour over the cake mix mixture.
Combine remaining cake mix, 3/4 sugar mixture, and stick of room temperature butter in a bowl. Mix until sort of crumbly. Crumble in small pieces on top of the pumpkin mixture.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 minutes or until it doesn’t jiggle and has a nice caramelized brown color.
Serve warm with a spoonful of whipped cream.
So you know that Friends episode, the one where Rachel moves out so Chandler can move in? I love that episode and it pretty much sums up how I am feeling right about now.
It is definitely the end of an era for John and I, and we are moving into a new era. No more last minute date nights with no planning involved, no more trips to the big city where we can spend all day and half of the night shopping and eating out and just being alone together without another care in the world. No more free nights away to wander the bookstore looking at magazines and stopping for treats on the way home, I mean we can have those, we will just have to pay a babysitter.
So in a sense it is the end of an amazing 8+ year era for us. We love hanging out and just being together, and we always have. We have never needed to have other people around to feel like we are doing something on the weekends, we have always been able to just be alone with each other and feel perfectly happy and content.
Now that is going to change because we have a little tiny boy who is coming in a few weeks to crash our party, and while I can’t wait for him to come, there is a part of me that is sad. A part of me that is going to miss the wonderful, blissful alone time that I was able to spend with my husband for so many years. And while I have prayed, cried, and begged for my small boy for many years, I am getting a little nostalgic about our child free past.
So I have made a plan, and this is it. I am going to go out with a bang. Every weekend until baby comes John and I have plans to spend time alone together, just the 2 of us, hanging out and doing our favorite things. Watchings movies for hours in bed, going to the bookstore, going out-of-town to eat at a fun restaurant, shopping at random times of the night. We have it all planned out and I can’t wait. It will be a fun last hurrah for us. So if I don’t answer my phone much on the weekends, or text, don’t be offended. After the baby comes and we settle into a new normal existence we will answer calls and texts again, I promise.
Here we are last Friday ready for our date night. John took me to see the theater production of The Crucible.