Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 23-29, 2011

This past week came and went so quickly that looking at these pictures now it seems like a month ago rather than a week ago that all this took place. Monday morning we woke up to frost covered trees and rooftops. Even a warm weather gal like me has to appreciate that kind of a scene.

Monday afternoon a special package arrived all the way from Cyprus. It was addressed to Baby Preslee. Emersyn couldn't wait to open it. Uncle Robert, Aunt Haley, Gabe, and Owen sent this darling Activity Book for her! Emersyn spent the afternoon playing with it so she could show Preslee all the ins and outs as soon as she arrives. Thanks Robert and Haley!

On Mondays I try to prepare all of our dinners for the week. Here is the bottom shelf of our fridge stocked with yummy meals that are ready to heat and eat!

After I got done cooking, Emersyn had a special treat for me. She cleared the dining room table and used it as a stage for her ballet recital. I sure love that girl.

There is a little snow hill in our front yard and every day after Jaxson gets home from school he climbs it and then dives into the snow. Even after repeated begging from his mother to please not cover himself in snow right before he comes in the house. Oh well. Boys will be boys.

I hit the jackpot this year! Jaxson and I loooove Cadbury Creme Eggs and are always a little sad when Easter is over and the eggs are put away until next year. Well, this year Wal-Mart started selling them in January! That's right. 4 whole months of gooey goodness!

Emersyn recently opened up a small doctor's office right in her bedroom. She is both secretary and doctor. Here is where you check in and state your illness. Today Grandma Clayton needed her nose un-stuffed.

Over here on the bed is where Dr. Emersyn will cure you of anything and everything.

My poor pigs have been in serious need of a pedicure for quite some time. Due to my very large belly, this is nearly impossible to accomplish. I finally broke down and decided to go for it, so Emersyn and I soaked our feet and painted our pigs. Emersyn even does her own painting now.

All finished! Side note: my feet are not typically this fat. I have started to retain some water. Not pretty, I know.

My super cute friends Bailey, Tricia, and Kassie threw me a baby shower. This is the darling invite the girls made!

The yummy refreshments!

Bailey and Tricia.

Tricia and Kassie doing up the tasty punch.

I received so much fabulous stuff! Preslee isn't even here yet and she is already spoiled rotten.

Jaxson spent Friday evening with some friends and he came home wanting to teach Keith a game called Ninja Destruction. It was hilarious. You rub your hands together and say "Ninja Destruction." Then you jump into a ninja pose. Then something about trying to hit each others hands, but not moving your feet. It was fun to watch.

I will sure miss the day when my little E doesn't leave me notes like this anymore. It says" You Are My Only Sunshine Mom. From Emersyn"

Another picture Emersyn made me. She loves to draw, color, and write.

This week I did a dog themed date! I made some puppy chow and left it in this canister with a little invite for Keith.

We played Walk the Dog. Yep, it's a kids game, but we had fun. I won.

We had some delicious greasy hot dogs and fries from Five Guys Burgers. Did I mention I won the game?

Then we shared an ice cream sundae out of this here fancy dog dish. Don't worry. I scrubbed it good after Harley ate his dinner. Just kidding. It's brand new. We were gonna watch Marley and Me, but at the last minute I decided I just couldn't do it. Why do all the dog movies have to have sad endings? Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, etc. Instead we watched The Office. No dying dogs.

Jaxson appears to be dying in this picture, but I assure you he is alive and well. Saturday mornings I make a list of all the household chores that need to be done and then we divide up the list and everyone pitches in to help get the cleaning done. Jaxson is a mighty fine bathroom cleaner, laundry doer, floor sweeper, average vacuumer, duster, and trash emptier. Here he is scrubbing the stupid cracks in my dining room table. NEVER buy a table with decorative cracks.

Emersyn cleaning the windows.

I have had a crazy sweet tooth lately. Late Saturday night I was craving German Chocolate Brownies like my mom makes. So, I made some. Then I ate almost the whole pan myself. Over several days, of course.


3 cubes butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 t vanilla
1 cup milk

Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.


1 cup canned milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 cube butter
1 t vanilla
1 3/4 cup coconut (I only had 1 cup, but that wasn't about to stop me. They were still delicious!)
1 cup chopped nuts

Combine first 5 ingredients in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until boiling. Continue cooking until thick, about 10-12 minutes. Add coconut and nuts; stir well. Spread over cooled brownies.

Also this week:

Tuesday I had a doctor's appointment and my c-section was scheduled for Valentine's Day at 1:00!

Emersyn also had a doctor's appointment Tuesday for her kindergarten shots. I can't believe she is old enough for kindergarten. I am so glad we are having another little one cuz I don't think I am ready to be done with this stage of my life just yet. She is in the 32% for weight and 17% for height. She may be small, but man is she cute!

Friday Keith and I turned in our license application for my in home preschool! We had our fingerprinting and background checks done and are now just waiting for the various inspections to be scheduled. I am getting pretty dang excited!


Christopher and Glenna said...

We played the ninja game at Girls Camp two years ago. It was hilarious! And we have decorative cracks in our table too....and yes, it's not a smart thing to do. I love the table though, so I guess cleaning the cracks is worth it. You're gonna have a Valentine's Day baby!!! Yay!

Tricia said...

For starters, I STILL can't believe you didn't watch the movie! And next, how 'bout you take that double chin picture of me off your blog? Mark learned how to play the ninja game on the trek. He could be some good competition for Jaxson. And lastly, keep the recipes coming. I LOVE when you post them on your blog for me to copy. The brownies look especially yummy :)!

Danny & Crystal said...

I always LOVE to see your blog posts! I think I'm just going to steal of your dates--you always have such good ideas! That's so fun that you & Emersyn painted your toenails together--It'll be fun when Bryndee is old enough to do that! The picture of Jaxson scrubbing the table totally cracked me up--what a character! Good luck with all the preschool stuff, that is exciting & good luck with the baby next week--I wish we could be there to help out though :( I can't wait to see how adorable she is! We love & miss you all!

jared said...

Always good to see momma clayton and Shels-a-bell. Such a happy family! Good luck with the baby! LOVE the name!