Monday, April 27, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Monday - picnic w/ sandwiches, fruit, and chips after softball practice
Tuesday - out after swim lessons
Wednesday - lamb chops, pasta salad and potatoes
Thursday - chicken wraps
The weekend we will be in and out so no plans for those days.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kitchen reorganization

Here are some pics from my kitchen reorganization. Some of the before pics aren't too bad but the layout just wasn't working for me. I am short and can not reach the top shelf without standing on something so I wanted to move things around to make it more user friendly.


This is by far the worst cupboard. It is poorly designed and just a pain to deal with.

DURING: I pulled everything out of the cupboards and grouped it together on the floor and table.


It's still not perfect, but it is definitely better.

Now like things are together and I put all the stuff I use the most on the bottom and the seldom used stuff on the top. It feels so good to get it done. Hopefully I will be able to get some more stuff organized around here soon.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I completely rearranged my kitchen cupboards today. I have before and after pictures to post, but not feeling like it tonight. They weren't really messy, but the layout wasn't working for me any more. And I got rid of a bunch of stuff that I never use. I am in serious organization/declutter mode.

It has been rough around here lately. My dad is having some health problems and I'm worried about that. Then my uncle passes away last night. He was my mom's brother and while we weren't really close he was still my uncle. This is the second uncle I've lost in a year. Hopefully things will start looking up soon.

Jeremy is taking some vacation time next week so we can get some yard work done and just little things around the house. I am hoping to take some time to sew too. I have a few small projects that I need to get finished up before I start anything new. I have a little brown and pink quilt that I am eager to start. First things first though, I have to clear off my table and find some space to work.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Birth survey

1.Were your pregnancies planned?
The first two were, but the third was a definite surprise.

2. How long were you married at the time of birth?
Cody: 1 year 6 months
Cooper: 4 years 6 days
Colton: 6 years 9 months

3. What were your reactions?
I was excited for each, but nervous and scared in different ways. With Cody I was scared because he was my first and I had no idea what was going on. Cooper I was worried about how Cody would react and how I would handle two babies. With Colton I was shocked and just worried about how my body would handle it since I wasn't in the best health.

4. How did your spouse react?
He was excited for all three. He has always wanted 4 kids so it great for him.

5. How old were you?
Cody: 23
Cooper: 25
Colton: 28

6. How did you find out you were pregnant?
Cody I was feeling really tired, but we were in the middle of moving so I didn't think much about it. I took a test when we got settled and I realized I was late. Cooper we had been trying so I just kept taking tests until it was positive. Colton I had irregular cycles so I had no idea I was late. I took a test on a whim and was shocked it was positive.

7. Who did you tell first?
Jeremy all three times. Then the parents and sisters.

8. Did you want to find out the gender?
Heck yes. I am a planner and there is no way I could wait to find out.

9. Due Date?
Cody: September 26, induced and born on September 3o
Cooper: March 7, born March 15
Colton: December 1, born December 5

10. Did you have morning sickness?
Yep, all three times. It was horrible for the first three months.

11. What did you crave?
I craved french fries with all three. There were some random cravings, but mostly it was french fries.

12. What irritated you the most?
Anything and everything at times. I wasn't a very nice pregnant woman. The last time was the worst. You looked at me wrong and I would jump down your throat.

13. What was the child’s sex?
All boys.

14. Did you wish that you had the opposite sex of what you were getting?
Nope, I love my boys. I am sick of people asking if we are going to try for a girl.

15. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy?
Cody: 35lbs
Cooper: 30lbs
Colton: 25lbs

16. Did you have a baby shower?
I had two showers with Cody and one with Colton.

17. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy?
Nope, none during the pregnancy. I had some complications after delivery with Cody.

18. Where did you give birth?
Cody: Lawrence & Memorial hospital, New London, CT
Cooper: Wentworth-Douglas hospital, Dover, NH
Colton: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY

19. How many hours were you in labor?
Cody: from start of pitocin to finish was 5 hours
Cooper: 3 hours
Colton: 6 hours

20. Who drove you to the hospital?
Jeremy all three times. Cody was induced so no big rush to get there. Cooper I didn't believe I was in labor so it was a shock and he will never let me forget it. Colton I had a doctors appointment and went to the hospital from there.

21. Who watched you give birth?
Jeremy and which ever doctor/midwife and nurses were there.

22. Was your baby delivered the regular way or by c-section?
Natural all three times.

23. Did you take medicine to ease the pain?
Nope, none, nada

24. How much did the baby weigh?
Cody: 6lbs 11oz
Cooper: 7lbs 7oz
Colton: 7lbs 14oz

25. What did you name your children?
Cody Lewis
Cooper Frederick
Colton Dale

26. How old are your children today?
Cody: 5 years 7 months
Cooper: 3 years 1 month
Colton: 4.5 months

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Life has been getting away from me lately. I haven't had time to sit down, never the less write a blog post. I will think of all kinds of things to write, but never have the time. Hopefully things will get better soon, but I'm not holding my breath because I would probably pass out from lack of oxygen.

I started Weight Watchers online again last week. I have lost count of how many times I have started this program. I've always had good luck, but then I get lazy and stop counting and gain everything back. Jeremy is doing it with me this time so hopefully it will stick. I am really trying to focus on making life changes, not just losing weight. I lost 5 lbs so I am excited to see the scale moving.

I have been pretty stressed out about some family things going on lately. Happily it looks like things are looking up on all those fronts so maybe my stress level will even out soon.

Other than that the boys are growing like weeds. I will have to do a picture post soon. Colton goes for his four month appointment this week. These four months have flown by. It is crazy to think he is four months old already.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Taco Chicken Packets

I love packet cooking. It is so nice to not have a bunch of dishes to clean up. We do it a lot in the summer because it is perfect for grilling. Of course here in NY it isn't quite grilling season yet so I did these in the oven. They still turned out really yummy. I got the recipe from the Kraft foods website. Check them out. They have a ton of yummy recipes.

Taco Chicken Packet

4 chicken breasts (about 1 lb total)
1/2 lb red potatoes sliced really thin
4 tsp taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
3/4 cup Mexican blend cheese
4 large pieces of aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out all four pieces of foil on table or counter. Spray lightly with non stick spray. Place potato slices evenly on each piece of foil. Place chicken breast on top. Sprinkle 1 tsp of taco seasoning on each chicken. Distribute salsa evenly into all four packets. Sprinkle cheese over top. Create packet out of foil by pulling up long sides and crimping them together. Make sure that you leave some space between the top and the food or it will stick and burn. Gather up the small ends and crimp tightly. You want to make sure that there aren't any holes. Place on baking sheet and cook for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is done. Let cool a few minutes and enjoy.

I will try to add a picture later today when I get a chance to download pictures.