Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CPE & New Experiences

Nick is about two months into his CPE program.  CPE stands for Clinical Pastoral Education.  The program is a series of four 6-month-long units and each unit consists of classes once every other week (for the most part) as well as 200+ hours of being the Chaplain on call at a few area hospitals.  This is such an incredible opportunity for Nick and another avenue for learning, which he loves to do.  Once he completes the four, 6-month units, he will be a certified Chaplain.  His nights on-call consist of being on call (imagine that) from 5 pm to 8 am, providing support for whoever may need it.  Some nights he might be paged off and on the entire time and some nights might have zero pages.

These next two years will be full of many eye-opening and difficult experiences, but overall this is a incredible opportunity for Nick and I'm excited for him as he furthers his education and faces these new challenges.  I admire him so much for the work he does.  He is able to provide support for families and individuals during some of the most difficult times in their lives.  God has gifted him greatly in this area and we know that He has placed Nick in this position to bring glory to Him.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Flea Market Fun

A few weekends ago we decided to take a drive through NW Arkansas and do some flea market/antique store shopping.  This area is full of these kinds of places and we had a blast going to each place!  Here's what we came away with:

A wine rack for our kitchen.  We're not big wine drinkers, so this is really just a decorative piece.  (I don't remember the price)

A cool basket.  Right now it's above the kitchen cabinets, but I haven't really intentionally decorated up there, so who knows where this might end up. (I think like $2-3)

Some puzzles for Caleb.  He loves them already! ($2 ea)

A cabinet for the kitchen.  We moved our microwave over here and put some of those bulky small appliances inside.  It's helps save so much space! ($60)

Nick got a fishing pole rack for all the fishing poles ($15). 

And an old window thing (it was $2).  I think I may paint it white and hang it on a wall somewhere.

Also, not pictured: a fall wreath (I LOVE FALL!!!) for $4, a Christmas wreath (I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!) for $4 or so, a cute little wooden duck for Caleb's room ($3), and a few Christmas gifts we can't reveal until after Christmas!!

Overall it was a great trip, a fun day spent with my hubby and Caleb, and some good buys!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Caleb - 9 months

My little baby turned 9 months last week!  Can't believe it already!  Here are the stats from his 9 month checkup (and no shots! - at least until the one-year dr visit):

Length: 29.5 inches, 75-90 percentile
Weight: 20.9 lbs (or 20 lbs, 9 1/2 oz, not sure exactly how that scale worked), around 50th percentile
Head circumference: 18 inches, just above 50th percentile

Here's what our little man has been up to during his 8th and 9th months (yes, I realize I forgot to post about his 8th month, but we'll just roll these together):
- pulling up to standing in crib, pack n play, tub, couch, etc. - he's so big and strong!
- crawling everywhere. and fast! (it's amazing to me how he can spot a teeny tiny little piece of something on the floor from a ways away and zoom right over to it and automatically have it in his mouth! - keeps us on our toes!)
- talking a lot more
- takes steps w/ mom and dad's help
- trying so hard to say "ma" and "da" (we think he almost said "da da" the other day, but I'm not sure it's baby book material yet)
- laughing more - what a sweet sound!
- sleeping great
- loves bath time
- loves our new puppy Boone, in the cage, but still a little unsure when he's out in the open
- getting into everything, and I mean everything!
- tell him "no" and he smiles or giggles
- size 3 diapers, but will move up to size 4 when we run out of 3 (which will be in just a few days)
- 12-18 month clothing
- goes through bibs like crazy (spit-up, drool, you name it!)
- loves to eat (baby food, puffs, little baby yogurt bites, and the doc said we can start introducing table food!)
- acts shy sometimes
- squeals in happiness (especially in restaurants - his timing is great)
- loves his blanket & musical bear/dog that puts him to sleep
- is content to sit and play w/ toys most of the time, but he sure doesn't like to be alone!  :)
- loves to watch the dogs
- clapping on his own (this is so much fun!)  - see video
- smacks his lips

I realize these pictures are not the greatest.  It's hard to get a wiggly, roly poly 9 month old to stay still for more than 5 seconds. 

And yes, this one is upside down, not sure how to turn it, but he it's probably the best one, so just stand on your head for a hot second.

Please pay no attention to the little owie on his nose.  We had a little fall and it is all cleared up now!  Mommy feels bad enough...

These are his 8 month pictures I never got around to posting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sopaipilla Cheesecake

This is a really easy dessert and is so delicious and mouth-watering that I think I'm drooling just writing about it.  This recipe was mentioned on a blog I follow, Thrifty Decor Chick, as one of the things she has "pinned" on Pinterest.  Now, I have not entered the world of Pinterest, because I know I would probably spend too much time on it, so I will just live vicariously through other people who post their "pins" on a blog.  The recipe is originally from the blog My Yellow Umbrella, which I checked out to get this recipe and found out from some snooping around on her blog, that strangely enough, she is from Wichita and the same photographer who took our engagement and wedding photos took her engagement photos recently. 

So, without further ado, here is the recipe you've all been waiting for:

Sopaipilla Cheesecake

*I halved this recipe and used a 9x9 pan and it worked great!
3 cans pillsbury butter crescent rolls (I halved this recipe and it only took 1 can of rolls, but I didn't realize I had gotten the extra big ones)
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter (melted)
Cinnamon & sugar

Unroll and spread 1 & 1/2 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. 

Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

 Spread mixture over crescent rolls. 

Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.  

See how easy that is??  It only takes a few minutes.  Delicious!!!!  Dig in and enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My favorite things: 2nd edition

1.  Iced coffee
I have recently started following the Pioneer Woman's blog and I am in love with it.  She is totally legit (I know, this word is totally a fad and overused and here I am using it...proudly.) when it comes to all things food and cooking and in this case, drinks.  Here is her iced coffee recipe and I am completely hooked!  I make a fourth of the recipe at a time and it usually makes about 4 mason jars full of the coffee concentrate.  So delicious on these HOT summer days. 

***Disclaimer: This is Pioneer Woman's picture, not my own.  :)

2.  Coffee ice cream
Apparently I'm into coffee and cold-related things.  My mom has made this coffee ice cream pie that is to die for (I'll make it and post a recipe someday) and I've been dreaming about it all summer long.  I just never could find actual coffee ice cream.  I mean, Walmart had mocha mudslide, but that wasn't gonna cut it for me.  I wanted the real deal.  I hopped on over to Harp's (the grocery store here in town) and found the goods.  I looked and looked and stared at the shelves of ice cream - drooling at all the flavors (it was the hottest day of the year, mind you) - and just had to have it.  Finally, I spotted one beautiful, lucious carton of Blue Bell coffee ice cream.  Oh my.  I grabbed it up and didn't look back.  I did happen to make another one of the Pioneer Woman's recipes, Frozen Cappuccino Cups with the ice cream last night because I had everything on hand and wanted to try it real quick.  Let me tell you, DELICIOUS! 

***Disclaimer: This is Pioneer Woman's picture, not my own.  :)

3. Air conditioning
Thank you Lord, for allowing me to live and work in a place that has air conditioning.  I don't take that lightly.  As you all know and have been experiencing, we have been having some ultra hot days around here.  Like melt-your-face, no-sense-watering-anything, I-think-these-sweat-stains-will-never-go-away kind of heat.  I am so grateful to have a working air conditioner.  I guess I wouldn't have made it in the olden days, the covered wagon would not have cut it.  Also, I'm a natural born fall girl.  I live for the fall; for crisp, cool air; for winter and snow; for the feeling of the holidays; for fall/winter decor; for all the yummy holiday treats; for cool weather and warm blankets, hot drinks; football; crunchy, colorful leaves; I could go on and on (obviously).  How many days til fall? 

4. My cowboys
Love, love, love these pictures and the memory that goes along with them.  Nothing better.

5. Oil absorbant sheets
To soak up the glimmer (sweat) and oil that comes along with the hot weather.  It gives you a refreshed feeling.  I got this little pack of 'em in a freebie giveaway bag from the new Ulta store in Wichita at New Market Square.  

6.  Reading blogs
I probably spend way too much time reading blogs (as I'm sure my sweet hubby would agree), but I love it.  I don't think I can really explain it, but I love having a glimpse into other people's homes and lives.  I love having a way to connect and stay in touch with other people I don't see very much.  I love having a common bond with other women who are going through the same things I go through and thinking the same things I am.  You can see a list of my favorites on the right side of my blog.  

7.  Emptying boxes
Now I have to clarify this.  I love the feeling of seeing the bottom of a box, meaning it is empty.  I don't love the process of getting to that point.  But, last week, we finally emptied all the boxes in the hallway and it couldn't feel better!!  We never realized how wide our hallway was until a few days ago.  Small victories...  :)

These are a few of my favorite things as of right now... 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Roaring River & Visit from the Braschler Men

A couple of weeks ago, Nick's dad and youngest brother came to town and we took a day off work to head up to Roaring River for some trout fishing.  It was a beautiful day and we all caught some fish!!! ...I think I was the only one who didn't limit out, but that's alright with me!  Caleb had fun sleeping and playing with the rocks. 
We also met the Braschler grandparents there for lunch and Aunt Sherri and Kayce stopped in too!  It was a great day in the outdoors with wonderful family.