updated family photos

Sep 25, 2009

ok. maybe not the best of Nora per-say but cute nonetheless, right?


Steph's Pick - the Miracle Blanket

Sep 24, 2009

I've always loved my sleep. Although I am a morning person and some might argue that "morning people" can't possibly love sleep, I really do, especially now, dream of getting more sleep. However, gone are the days of naps in the middle of the afternoon and going to sleep at 9:00 pm and waking up at 8 am.

Upon Nora's entrance into the world my entire life was flipped upside down in many ways. One of the major ways was the amount of sleep I was getting. Like many new mom's I was anxious to hear any advice about how I could get Nora to sleep through the night. One of the specific suggestions I took was to swaddle her from day 1. This worked great the first few weeks when she slept so much and so soundly. But the minute she got a mind of her own and started fighting with our swaddle jobs we knew we needed a better remedy. I tried a bunch of the swaddle's from Target and Babies "R" Us but none of them did the trick. She might sleep well one night but the next we'd awaken to her grunts and crys as she escaped the swaddle and was hitting herself in the head.

Enter Miracle Blanket. Some might remember
when we ordered it. Call it a fluke or not - but the first day we used this thing our little princess slept from 10:00 pm (dream-feed) to 6:30 am. I couldn't believe it!! Alan awoke that morning and said (and I quote) "It really is a miracle!"

So here's to sleeping past 3 am and a $30 miracle!


more visitors...

Sep 23, 2009

we already miss you two. come back soon. pretty please :)


Steph's Pick - ♥ peanut butter cups ♥

Sep 18, 2009

Have I ever told you how much I love peanut butter and chocolate? Well - I do!! I stumbled across this unbelievable cake and have been dreaming of the perfect occassion to make it. One of our friends fondly calls me his "treat-master." His birthday is in a couple of weeks. I figured what better time to try out this recipe? I'll have to let you know how things go. Until then... you can bet I'm dreaming of pounds and pounds of peanut butter cups.... :)

Delicious! YUM!


Nora's Announcement

Sep 15, 2009

Here are a couple more photos from Kim Bee (http://www.kimberlybee.com/).


two months

Sep 14, 2009

weight. 11 lbs, 10 oz (75%)
height. 24 in (95%)
head. 15 in (50%)

thanks Nealy for the headband!


something new

Sep 12, 2009

you know you're an adult when a new set of these make you giddy... :)


Steph's Pick - Calzones

Sep 11, 2009

Everyone has staple recipes that they use over and over again in their homes, right? If not, you should! Calzones are one of the things that Alan and I LOVE to make at least a couple times a month. They work great for a dinner and a movie night (that is if you're staying in). The Pizza Crust recipe (compliments of Nealy - which by the way, if you haven't checked out her blog, you totally should - she has some awesome idea's on it) and the Calzone recipe below are awesome!

Pizza Crust
3 cup flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp garlic
1 1/6 cup water
2 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp italian seasoning

Heat water to tepid; add sugar and yeast. Add remaining ingredients and knead 2 minutes. Let rise 30 min in warm place (ex: turn over on for 1 min then off).

Toppings: Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms, peppers, etc... Here's your chance to get creative
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Italian dressing
Parmesan cheese
8 oz can pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degree's.
Combine ingredients (meat cooked if need be) and add just enough dressing to moisten (2 Tbsp. should be plenty). Divide dough into 4-6 pieces. Roll and stretch each to form a 6-7 inch circle. Spoon filling on half of each circle, leaving 1/2 inch border. Fold other 1/2 over to form a 1/2 moon shape. Crimp edges with fingers to seal tightly. Cut a small vent on top. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes. Brush with Italian dressing and sprinkle with parmesan and bake another 3-4 minutes. Serve with cups of pizza sauce.


Lots of Visitors

Sep 7, 2009

I've always really appreciated the people God's put in my life, but I never knew really how much I would appreciate my family and friends until after Nora's birth. All of our family and friends stepped up to the plate in a big way - many of them flying in after her birth to help for a few days. All of these people came with helping hands, lots of love to give the baby and eager hearts. Here's to willing servants and loads of extra kisses.

Note: You may notice that I have a picture of my best friend's husband, Nate, but none of Jess. No - Nate didn't come without Jess. I just didn't get a picture of our little girl with Jess :(
AND - we still have more visitors (believe it or not). My good friend, Nealy, and her little one, Callie, are coming in a couple of weeks. Nora's grandpa, Ray, will be here in October along with two sets of Nora's great-grandparents in October and December.


Steph's Pick - A Photographer

Sep 4, 2009

Many of you have heard me rant and rave about my favorite Phoenix based photographer, Kimberly Bee. She took my maternity pictures and was kind enough to also take Nora's newborn pictures. The above photos are just a few that she took. (I'll post more later).
As you can see - she's AWESOME! If you're from the Phoenix area (or coming to Phoenix sometime) and are looking for a photographer - please do check out Kim. You won't be disappointed.


now a Top 6 List

Sep 2, 2009

So... Allie so graciously reminded me of another "First" that she thought I just had to include in my previous "Top 5 Nora/Mom Firsts of the Week." Not sure how I could have forgotten this... I'll attribute it to "new mom brain."

Without further ado..
6. First Major Blow-Out in Public
Last Thursday, Nora and I decided it was time to get out of the house and run a quick errand. Because I had a gift card to use at Babies "R" Us I thought that would be the perfect place to go. We got all ready to go and had gotten situated in the cart, ready to do our shopping, when I heard some serious Rumble down Under. :) I obviously knew what was happening and thought to myself, "Well, hopefully it's not too bad and I can pick up a few things real quick and head home." (I know - I'm a bad mom) Unforunately that was not in the plans for either of us as I soon saw Nora's onesie change to a whole new color.
At this point I knew I needed to make a beeline to the bathroom. Now you know you're a mom when you find yourself wondering what the changing table conditions will be :) I had high hopes as I thought Babies "R" Us surely would have nice accomodations - boy was I wrong!
So I took my screaming little baby into the bathroom to try and clean her up as best as possible. Of course she proceeded to kick her little legs through the mess making the clean up even worse. After at least 5 minutes of clean up (note: although clean, Nora was still screaming) I finally got her in her new diaper and onesie and in the carseat. And to close out the event, after one minute of being in the car seat, she had one of those nasty curdy spit-ups. What a great outing!!! So much for a clean onesie :)

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