Friday, September 30, 2011

I'm a New Proud Aunt!

Jackson Paul Braschler was born on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm.  He weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz and was 20 in. long.  Robyn and Tyler did awesome and are recovering wonderfully!  Welcome to the world, Jackson!

Jackson with his Nana.

...and with Aunt Val :)

...and Uncle Nick

The beautiful momma!  She did awesome!

Sweet little family.  :)

Sisters-in-law  :)  I'm lucky to have a such a great SIL!

Nick thoroughly enjoyed wheeling around in the wheelchair that was in the room...I have no words.

There are his eyes!


So precious.

Robyn's first diaper change with Jackson!  She did great!

Welcome to the world, Jackson!  You have a whole lot of people who love you very much!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hearty Potato Soup

In the spirit of fall weather, I have been making lots of soups.  They're my favorite.  I'm sure Nick is already sick of them, but he better gear up, because I could eat them all the time! 

Here's one of my favs, and a recipe from my dear ol' mom.  :)  Thanks Mom!

Hearty Potato Soup

1 stick butter
8 oz. french onion dip
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans of milk (use the cans from the cream of chicken soup)
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked (save some grease)
1 onion chopped
2 celery ribs
10 potatoes, cubed (or 1 pkg frozen hashbrowns)

Fry bacon in large pot.  

Set aside bacon.  Using a small amount of grease, saute onion & celery.  

Also, it doesn't hurt to have a cute, sleeping baby to keep you company.  :)

Add butter.

Then soup.

And the two cans of milk.  

I thought I had the dip in my fridge, but turns out it was this.  Nick's Aunt Sherri gave it to us when they moved as they were emptying their fridge.  Still worked great!

Add the dip. 

Add potatoes. 
 I usually choose to use these - they taste the same and are way faster.  And I work full-time so these are super helpful. 

Bring to a boil and simmer.

Add chopped up bacon.

Yum!!  Now dig in and enjoy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Weekend Celebrating 50 Years

Over Labor Day weekend we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Nick's Grandma & Grandpa Braschler.  50 years married together and still going strong!  It is such a great honor to be part of a family with that kind of legacy.  We are blessed far beyond what we realize with the legacy our families have left/are leaving.  You can read about the great heritage of marriage in this post.

We stayed with Mamaw in Springfield, MO this weekend and most of our activities were in Branson.  We had so much fun spending time with family and truly are grateful for each and every part of our family. 

Saturday afternoon was the 50th anniversary celebration.  Here is the beautiful couple: 

(and don't you just LOVE that cake?!) 

These were some other cute lovebirds... (Nick's cousin Kayce and her "friend"...)

There was lots of good singing had by the Braschler family and so many nice words spoken about Grandma and Grandpa. 

After the party, we headed to Golden Corral with all the family and friends (probably about 50 people).  Grandma B. has 2 brothers and 1 sister from Minnesota who were there with their spouses and we even got a special visit from Barbara Fairchild (who is a good friend of the Braschlers).  Caleb enjoyed getting lots of attention and table food all weekend.  :)  Poor kid isn't spoiled at all.....

Sunday morning we went to the church where Todd & Claudia were married and where Nick's Papaw served as the minister and Todd was the music minister.  That afternoon, we headed to Branson to watch Todd compete in the 3rd Annual Gospel Sing-off at the Sight & Sound Theater.  Wow, he did an amazing job that brought me (and most of the audience members) to tears singing "O What a Savior" and "I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy" and was the only contestant to get a standing ovation.  He placed 2nd in the competition and we enjoyed watching all the other acts as well. 

That evening, we headed to Lambert's (home of the throwed rolls) with my family and ate more food than I'd like to admit to.  Nick and Dad had to prove their "roosterhood" by actually finishing the Rooster-sized (16 oz.) chicken fried steak meal.  And I have to say they did it.  They are officially "roosters".

Apparently I don't know how to rotate these pictures...

There's the big ol' rooster sized country fried steak.

Dad's last bite!

Happy plate (or skillet...).

Nick's last bite!

Another happy skillet. :)

The roosters.

Monday we got to sleep in a little and the boys headed out to fish and Claudia, Mamaw, Caleb and I were going to head down to the Branson Landing outdoor shopping mall, but missed a turn so we decided to go to the theater where Grandma B. works and where the Braschler Music Show used to perform and hang out with her for a little bit.  Then, we met the boys and my family at the White River Fish House at the Landing.  It is a beautiful and very fun restaurant!  It was a rare moment because Caleb had all of his grandparents and all of his surviving great grandparents in one spot!  There were definitely some pictures taken. 

Caleb with all of his surviving "greats".

With his "greats" and "grands".

With Nana & Grandpa Braschler and Grammy & Grandpa Goetz

The whole gang!

Outside, Caleb, Jake and I blew bubbles and enjoyed the beautiful weather!  After this, we headed back to Mamaw's, packed up and headed home.  What a great weekend!!!

We also celebrated my dad's 50th birthday, what a great 50 years it has been!!!!