Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm Blessed

Following along with Gretchen this week for the I'm Blessed series. There are many things I am thankful for this week. I feel like this week God has been trying to tell me to remember all of the blessings He has given to me and to trust Him and His timing not my own.

I am so blessed by the wonderful praise and Pilates workout I have been doing with some lovely women at a local workout center. The class starts off with devotion, then a half hour of Pilates to praise and worship music, followed by some prayer time. It has been such a blessing to come together with other women and praise God while getting healthy.

Along with that I am thankful for my mom's group which meets every other Thursday. It is such a blessing to come together with other mothers and talk about being a mom. It is nice to know that you are not alone and other mom's struggle with the same things you do. This week we talked about not competing with other Mom's, but to come along side one another and encourage!! It has been my goal this week to try to encourage to others.

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband who watches Scarlett when I go workout 3x a week (my new year's resolution). He is such a wonderful husband and father!

I am thankful for a dear friend who has asked me to help her when she gives birth. I am so excited! I love helping women birth and am really thinking about advertising for doula services.

I am thankful that my daughter will now take her naps without a bottle! She just snuggles up on the couch with me and her sippycup  and falls asleep. I love her snuggles! Which I have been getting more of now that her molars are coming in.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Salad Dressing Recipe

I haven't ever shared a recipe on my blog, but this one is to good to pass up! I love salad, but hate that all of the dressings are full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and MSG. I have made olive oil and balsamic vinegar recipes before, but I am not a huge fan of that flavor. I love this recipe and I think it tastes like honey mustard (my favorite dressing). Hope you enjoy!

1 clove garlic minced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard
pinch of garlic salt (or regular salt)
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp honey


Mix together garlic clove and olive oil. Add paprika, mustard, salt and yogurt. Mix together. Add honey and mix. Pour over favorite salad and enjoy!

Sorry I don't have pictures. I am way to lazy for that today!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

You have to be nice to plants!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I DO NOT have a green thumb. I can do gardens and outside flowers, but for whatever reason cannot keep a house plant alive long. Probably because I always forget to water or I water to much. I can never win! 

Mason, my oldest nephew, precedes to go over to my dying African Violet which I admit does need watering and says, "Megan, you need to water your plant."

And Peyton, my five year old nephew, then comes up and says with a sad look on his face, " Yeah, your being  really mean to your plant. It's not nice to be mean to your plants, God doesn't like that!"

I have to say I felt sorta guilty and had to go and water my plant!

Things I have learned since becoming a mom!

1. The bathroom is no longer a place of solitude

The bathroom has always been my favorite place to go and relax. I love long hot showers and baths after a long day. Occasionally I get the bathroom to myself when my husband gets home, but the majority of the time Scarlett is there with me. When I have to go to the bathroom , shower, or get ready for the day she is always right there. I can't even tell you the number of times she has sat on my lap while going to the bathroom, sat in the ergo while I put make-up on and dried my hair, and even climbed into the bath to join her momma (one time she even did it fully clothed!).

2. Your food is no longer your own

No matter what I am always sharing my food. Even when she has just got done eating and I have taken her out of her highchair she comes over and signs "more". I look at her like "Seriously? You just got done eating." But of course you know mom's food is better even though it is the exact same thing!

3. Your house will no longer ever be perfectly clean no matter how hard you try

This has been a hard one. When I was nursing and pumping constantly my house was gross disgusting. I am ashamed to even admit it, but my bathroom went 1 month without being cleaned. It got so bad my husband actually cleaned it! Things are definitely better now and my bathroom gets cleaned a lot more often, but I still have a hard time. Just a few nights ago I had folded two huge loads of laundry and had left them in the basket down in the living room. Scarlett was playing with her toys and I had to run upstairs and get something quick. I was gone for maybe a minute and I came back down to almost every single piece of clothing strewn all around my living room and dining room. How she could make such a mess in less than a minute I will never know. So instead of following her around constantly throughout the day picking up behind her I tend to leave most of it til the end of the day. If I didn't I would spend the majority of the day picking up after her. Can't wait til she can learn to pick things up herself. We are working on it but you can't really expect much from a 1 year old.

4. You develop a strong stomach

When you become a mother no one ever tells you you will constantly be dealing with spit-up, drooling, puke, boogers, poop (well maybe that one is a given) and all other things nasty. This one wasn't to hard for me being a nurse and already having dealt with things far nastier than a poopy diaper ( have you ever seen a stage 4 bed sore- way more disgusting and smelly than any poopy diaper), but it was extremely hard for my husband. I can't tell you how many times he has gagged while changing a diaper. And when we started having to dunk our cloth diapers because she moved to solids, he looked at me like I was crazy. Then I told him how much money we were going to save and he no longer had a problem with it!

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who also has a 1 year old. Somehow we got on the subject of boogers (i think it was because I was telling her if you ask Scarlett where her nose is she picks her nose then decides she wants to pick yours!). She preceded to tell me that that morning her daughter sneezed and she was disgusted by the fact that a lettuce leaf from their supper the previous night had come out! Oh the joy of toddlers!

5. Lots of time to primp is no longer an option and high heels are OUT!

Because you never have time alone and always have a little person hanging at your heels your time to get ready is limited. Before I had Scarlett I didn't spend much time showering, putting make-up up on, drying hair, etc., but it was definitely more time than I spend now! It used to probably take me about 1 hr and now I am lucky if I get 20 minutes.

I occasionally see moms out wearing ridicuclously high heels while toting children around. And truthfully I am in awe!! The other day I wore high boots and by the end of the day I thought my feet were going to fall off and my hips were going to give out. Toting a toddler around on your hip all day while wearing heels is not my idea of a fun time! I trully don't know how those other women do it. Give me my tennis shoes or flat shoes anyday!

6. You learn to keep the toilet paper up and the toilet lid down

I don't know how many times I have forgotten to put the toilet lid down and end up finding toys, a whole roll of toilet paper, or even my toothbrush once (That was a Target trip day to get mommy a new one!) in the toilet! Scarlett is fascinated by the toilet and anything with water in it (my poor dogs only get water when I remember to put down their dish for a moment). Another fascination is the toilet paper. She has ruined more toilet paper rolls than I can count by throwing them in the bathtub or toilet. So the moral of the story is that I have learned to always put the lid down and always put the paper up!

Things change when you have children and each stage is different. Even though I may not always get to have the bathroom to myself, eat in peace, have a clean house, or time to get ready; I know their will come a time when I will miss these days. When I will wish I had my little toddler to tote around and take baths with me! So today and hopefully everyday I am going to try to enjoy all the little things!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Scarlett and Daddy playing

A prayer

Dear Lord, Help me to remove from my mind every thought or opinion which You would not sanction. Every feeling from my heart which You would not approve. Grant that I may spend the hours of the day gladly working with You according to your will. Help me just for today and be with me in it; in the long hours of work, that I may not grow weary or grow slack in serving You; in conversations that they may not be to me occasions of being uncharitable; in the day's worries and disappointments, that I may be patient with myself and with those around me; that I may be generous and loyal, so that when the day is over I may lay it at Your feet with it successes which are all Yours and its failures which are all my own, and feel that life is real and peaceful and blessed when spent with You living inside of me. Amen

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An Oklahoma Christmas: Part 3 ( Fort Worth, TX)

 Just love this picture because of Scarlett and Chris.

 Family Picture

 Family Pic #2

 I LOVE my Hubby!

 We took a small trip down to Fort Worth, TX to visit the Stockyards. It has tons of cool little shops and amazing restaurants. I LOVE southern food! Probably because a lot of it is fried and not good for you :) It also has museums and even a cattle drive through the streets occasionally. We didn't get to see it this time but it was still lots of fun!

 With Grandpa and Grandma

 On the train, which actually runs from the town my parents live in
 to the stockyards. We just hopped up for the picture, but maybe one day will actually ride it.

 Sitting on the saddle

 She loves Grandma!!!

 She just wanted to run. Daddy had to keep her from the street,
which she was NOT happy about!

 There she goes!

 Playing with Dad!

 Her few moments of sitting with Grandma!

 My parents. Aren't they a cute couple!

Another family picture

An Oklahoma Christmas: Part 2

The second installment of our Oklahoma Christmas. These pictures are from Christmas eve and Christmas day!

 First taste of Lutefisk! It is must since we are Norwegian.
We actually had to bring it down from MN with us since
they have no clue what lutefisk is down there. And guess what?
She actually liked it! A true Norwegian girl!

 Her FAVORITE thing to do is color!

 Daddy even let her color on Mommy's present! 

 The Family (Dad, Mom, Morgan my brother's girlfriend,
and Cody)

 He will dislike me for putting this up, but here is a goofy
pic of my brother Cody!

 Opening a couple of presents on Christmas eve

 She got this ADORABLE apron from Grandma to wear
when she helps Momma bake!

 She was way more interested in her spoon than the present!

 She wanted to hide the spoon underneath the wrapping paper.

 Finally she decided to open it!

 Yay! Puzzles. Another favorite!

 Back to coloring!

 Got bored, so of course she decided to climb on Momma's
present. Good thing it wasn't breakable!

 Lots of open mouthed and long kisses! 

 Christmas morning. Of course back to coloring!

 A new sippy so we can start making the transition from the bottle!

 Her new favorite toy. A $3 phone!

 Let's see whats in here

 New hair clips!

 More learning games!

 Back to the cheap phone!

 Of course the phone is way better than the more expensive
rocking horse!

 Stopping for a snack. Seriously she eats little bits all day.
If she gets crabby the best best is to give her a little bit of food, 
then she is fine.

Okay I guess I can ride the rocking horse. But she 
wanted it to move like the car my sister gave her!

An Oklahoma Christmas: Part 1

This year Chris and I decided to take a trip down to Oklahoma to visit my parents, who winter down there. We were very excited and nervous on how it was going to go traveling with extremely active little Scarlett who does not particularly like the car unless she is sleeping. Because of this reason we decided to travel through the night. Besides Chris and I being exhausted the next day, all went well.
Sleeping in the car! Of course she pulls her socks off! You can see one on her shoulder.

Hanging outside with Daddy in 60 degree weather!

Petting Grandpa's horse. I think she is going to be an animal lover because
she cannot get enough of them!

On to the next horse! Momma was more nervous than Scarlett.
I kept worrying they would nip her. Funny how you worry about
those things when you become a mom!

Of course she wanted to go off on her own!

But it's always good to come back to Grandma's legs for comfort!

And she's off again!

Walking to Dad. Surprisingly she did really good over
the uneven ground and in too big of shoes. I had to put
them on her though because they matched her outfit:)

Playing with Dad!

Ever so curious!

I just love this photo!

And this one too!

She LOVES her gramps!

She is just to darn cute. Don't you just want to 
squeeze her?

Grandpa's legs are pretty safe too!

Of course she LOVES Annie, my parents dog. Dogs
are by far her favorite!

She had so fun outside and would sit and whine by the door until 
we took her outside again. I am in trouble this Spring! She
will never want to be inside!