Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Weather brings....

I absolutely love this time of year! The air is crisp and cool, beautiful colors surrounds me, the leaves start to change. I LOVE IT!! And with cooler weather, brings a cooler home. And what better way to warm it up, than to bake.

It all started with me thinking it would be nice to bake cookies for all the guys that my husband works with. And when I say " All" I mean 22 MEN!!! I'm kind of scared to take on this task, so... I have baked for my family instead :)

I've been scouring the internet, looking for different cookie recipes, and I came across Peanut butter cookies. They sounded perfect! Kyle got home from work early today to my surprise, so I thought it would be the perfect time to bake.

I get on-line to find the perfect recipe. Got it, a recipe of someones grandmother, that everyone in their family loves. So that means it must be good. So I write everything down and go to the kitchen and start to gather my measuring cups, bowls and mixer. As I search the cabinet for the ingredients, I find Hershey Heath bits. Hmm... I look on the back to see what kind of recipes would be good using the bits. And to my suprise, there is a Heath Bit Peanut butter cookie recipe! So I throw out dear old granny's recipe and get to work on the Heath bits. I think I should have stuck with the 1st one. They were okay, but nothing wonderful.

I've also been eying Apple Crips recipes. So tonight when I went to the grocery store, I passed the apples, and they were one sale!! Score. So tomorrow, I do believe while my mom is here, I will be baking some yummy Apple Crips. Yum, I can't wait!!

I'll leave you with this:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

One of those weekends

Wow, oh my gosh, what a weekend!! This weekend was full of a lot of mixed emotions. And it has totally wore me out!!!!

Saturday after Kyle got home from work, we packed up and made our way down to Ratcliff for the weekend. The drive down was amazing, which is a rare thing for me to say. Most of the time while driving down there I am a nervous wreck! The roads are littered with big trucks and people that don't pay too much attention while driving. I have been praying a lot lately that God will ease my mind while driving and to learn to trust the other drivers on the road better. Thank you God for answering my prayers!!! Okay, back to the trip. So we get down there and Nathan jumps right in and starts playing with his cousins ( an amazing site I might add. I love to watch him play with other kids). I'm pretty sure he had a car in his hand the whole time we were there!

So while there, I was visiting with my mother-in-law. She informs me that Grandma is not doing good. She has been battling Alzheimer's. She is currently on the highest dose of medicine and it is not helping anymore. This breaks my heart into a million little pieces. She is the sweetest little old lady I have ever met. Her and Grandpa are still married, living in a tiny little house that they have lived in for YEARS!!! Grandpa Pete still gardens, he was featured in the newspaper last year for his garden. It has always been amazing. But lately is getting smaller and smaller. He is in his mid ninties and recently just quite driving! I almost burst out in tears when I was informed of the news. It breaks my heart to know that she is scared and confused and that she is forgetting who her husband is. And to top all of that off, The Notebook was on last night, and I turned it on just as soon as Noah walked in to Allie's room at the end, and they talk about their love for each other, as they hold each other's hands and join our heavenly Father together. I burst into tears as I watched it.

Fast Forward a few hours later.

This morning as I was waking up, Kyle's dad comes in the house very upset. I don't think I had ever seen him that upset! Late last night or early this morning his bull got into a fight with another bull and lost. He broke his leg and was in so much pain. You see Kyle's parents have a ton of cows on their land. And a family friend has land right behind theirs. He is also a rancher ( with a bull). He was warned not to put a bull in the back pasture because the fence was weak and there was no way it would keep them apart. Well needless to say he didn't listen.

And if you know anything about bulls ( I didn't) their purpose is to breed. Or at least his was. And if a bull breaks it's back leg ( like this one did) there is no way for it to mate ever again. So... bull can't mate, what is good for now? Nothing I guess :( so sadly, it had to be shot. I have never seen anything like this ever before. As sad as it was, I couldn't help but watch. As I stare out the back door looking across the fence and pond, I see said bull try to get up and walk. My heart ached for the bull. As it got to where it wanted to go, a cow came up and stood next to him. Sniffing him and standing there watching over him. My heart ached more. At this point I walk away for a few minutes. Kyle's dad comes in the house and he is talking to MIL about what they are going to do with the bull.

All along I've been wondering how in the world they are going to pick up the bull once it is dead. Well I got my answer. They used some kind of big machine that almost looked like a bulldozer ( no pun intended) and lifted him up on to a trailor. I am not sure where they were taking him. I hope not to the slaughter house. I do NOT want to eat that bull!!! For some reason this one is different than the other cows that I've eaten. Oh my gosh that sounds really bad. I just might stop eating red meat! I was also wondering why they can't just take him to the vet and get his leg set and let him rest in a stall or something till it heals. But I guess they will be replacing the bull with another one soon, and obvisouly you can't have 2 bulls together.

I have been sad all day long. I was trying to talk to my mom about it today, and almost burst into tears again. I don't like to cry in front of people, so I had to stop myself and leave the room. I'm not sure what my problem has been lately, but I can't seem to shake it. I've also been dealing with this over-whelming sense of fear or something. I'm not quite sure what is or why I'm feeling this way. It mainly creeps up on me at night. I pray that God will ease my mind, and that always seems to work. But I'm getting tired of it.

I think I'll be making a call to the doctor soon to see if I can get any happy pills, that may be what I need right now!.

I'm taking the first step now to getting back my happiness. I'll leave you with something good.

It was great to see Nathan with his grandparents this weekend. We haven't been down in months ( because of Kyle's job) so it was great to see him reaching to them, getting into things like he had been there every weekend or something. He was comfortable, which makes mommy comfortable.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

That thing you do.

So it has been a little while since I have updated and I thought I would update on the latest things that Nathan is doing!

Since turning 1 it seems like his vocabulary has doubled! Everyday he is learning a new word or words.
The List:
Map( yes my son likes Dora the Explorer. I think it is mainly because of Boots!)
What's That
No No
Thank you

I'm sure there are a few more, but hey its 11:08 pm and my brain is a little foggy right now.

He has also started walking in the past few days. Leading up to this HUGE milestone were a few little steps here and there... and then one night... BAM!!!! I was holding on to his hands and let go and he just took off! One of the most cutest moments yet!!!! He still prefers to crawl, and why not. He can get around much faster on the trusty ol' hands and knees. I give lots of credit to one of his new toys from his birthday... behold

His (great)cousin's Jeremy and Kristen bought this for him, and he LOVES it!!! It has really helped him learn to walk correctly ( he liked to walk on his tippy toes before) I highly recommend this Train!

Another AMAZING thing he has started doing.... get this... putting away his toys!!!!! I hope this continues, well, forever!!! And he has taken a huge interest in his books now which is wonderful. He must get that from his daddy!

He loves music! I recently put Kyle's keyboard in his room and loves to turn it on and play with all the different effects on it. He loves to dance anytime he hears music, which i love!! He shakes his little booty and smiles!!! Ohhhh its just so darn cute!

I am hoping that all these wonderful little quailties continue through life. And if f I have say, which i do cause I'm the mom :), they will!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Here's to one amazing 1st year!

Dear Nathan,

Wow, we made it son!!! We made it a whole year together, and prefectly healthy (well one little ear infection) and happy too!! My dear sweet baby boy, you have made mommy and daddy more happy than you will ever know. We have loved every minute since you came into our lives.

Mommy and Daddy have been looking back at pictures of you, from when you were just minutes old to pictures of you learning to sit up on your own and so many more. You amaze me every day with something new that you have learned. It is such an amazing thing to see you go from this little itty bitty baby that was so helpless to this sweet adorable little boy that loves to do things on his own! Watching your face as you learn new things is priceless.

You have been such an amazing little baby. You now (that mommy actually takes you out :) :)love going places, seeing new people and doing new things. No matter if you have had a nap or not, you are willing to shop and be out, and i love that!! I see other kids that scream and cry,but not you! You are an excellent child and i love you even more for that. God couldn't have given us a better child, for that we are truly thankful and feel very blessed.

When it comes to being a mother, there are no trophies handed out for changing the most poopy diapers or getting peed on the most, but you, little bubba, when you crawl up to me and wrap your little arms around my neck and look into my eyes, that.... surpasses any trophy i could ever recieve. It melts my heart into a puddle of mush everytime you stop what you are doing and come hug me. Thank you for letting me know I'm doing a good job.

Well little turkey butt, this has been one of the best years and it is all thanks to you. Thank you for bringing such joy to each day. For putting smiles on our faces and filling our hearts with joy and laughter. We are looking forward to see what type of little boy you are going to be. I have a feeling that you will be a silly, sweet, mellow boy with a slight wild side and a love for music and animals. We shall see, and love you just the way you are.

Mommy and Daddy love you very much.

Happy 1st birthday baby boy!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Starting over

I know no one reads my blog, but I've decided to start over with it. Try to keep up with this on more of a daily basis. A whole year has gone by and I've not really wrote much about Nathan. This is going to change, and I've also decided to start scrap booking each month of his cute.adorable,silly, life.Precious memories need to be captured in pictures and in writing.

Well here's to pretty much a whole new blog!!

Happy readings :)