I get excited about things pretty easily.
Every song is my favorite.
Every baby is the cutest one I’ve ever seen.
Most desserts are the best I’ve ever tasted.
It doesn’t take much.
Dave calls me a “divide by.”
I call him a “multiply by.”
This is why we are a good pair.
But I really mean it this time.
These are a MUST try.
Just LOOK at them.
I was pretty sure a Mique recipe wouldn’t let me down.
The testing was a mere formality.
They really are wonderful, you guys.
One more thing.
To all my friends that ask how I find time to blog?
I bake stuff I’d bake anyway.
Then basically shove toys and hardwood floor cleaner out of the way and take a picture.
In the playroom because it has the best light.
It really doesn’t take much.
But back to why we’re here.
They truly are the best ever.
The texture is almost like pumpkin pie.
And the frosting is perfect.
And they are EASY to make.
A winning combination.
She’s almost falling out of her Bumpo she’s so excited about them.
Original recipe here.
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We had a fun and eventful Halloween.
Originally the older girls wanted to be Lego Chima characters.
But we soon realized Lego Chima costumes are a big huge racket.
Since our costume budget is not five thousand dollars,
I would have to make them.
And we all knew that wasn’t happening.
So, please say hello to $12.99 Catwoman and $19.99 minion.
And $9.00 Costco mouse.
Money well spent if I do say so myself.
Ashlyn thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating.
“Hello! Have a nice time!”
She said a variation of these to every home owner in our neighborhood.
I’m eating their loot as I type.
Don’t tell Catwoman.
She started the violin.
Lord, come back soon.
I spend most of my day being sure the dog doesn’t chew up the case.
Baby girl is a brick house.
Letting it all hang out.
I love her.
And her changing table.
Which is always the least cluttered bed at the time in the house.
Third kid and all.
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This Pen and Paint mini canvas.
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I’m making pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing.
They seem quite promising.
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Mommy slept for 47 minutes last night.
Too soon, Lincoln.
She starts junior high next year so I figured it’s time she did her own.
So there you have it.
I like the days when they are unaware.
I’m just going to say it.
I’m a little concerned she might have a slight variation of the Teresa Giudice hairline.
She was gone a whole month.
Don’t let that happen again.
We’re more interesting than Ireland.
There is a trend happening in case you didn’t notice.
She likes him.
Fifth Grade Healthy Choices.
“Chewing tabacco is such a hassle.”
So is spelling, apparently.
And that’s a wrap, folks.
On an ordinary, not-very-exciting Thursday.
Of which I’m quite fond of these days.
At 7:35 this morning I realized it was the first Thursday of the month.
While getting two children ready and out the door for school drop-off.
And nursing and changing a stow-away.
And dropping off a dog who is currently at the vet losing his reproductive freedoms.
And delivering church insurance papers to the school district office.
On 47 minutes of sleep.
And fueled by a leftover birthday Cookie by Design and Sierra Mist for breakfast.
I’m throwing in the Pintertest Kitchen towel this month.
Until someone pins how to make a baby not be nocturnal.
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Even though I didn’t.
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There will be a fun giveaway in November.
If I remember.
We welcomed a special little gift on September 9.
We are overwhelmed at the miracle her life represents.
And that God chose us to be her parents.
And will continue to bless us and stretch us as she grows.
She sleeps quite often.
Except for last night when she decided to be nocturnal.
And eats quite often.
She’s already almost up a full pound from when we left the hospital.
She is mellow.
Her flaky newborn skin is becoming less flaky and more perfect.
Her umbilical cord fell off yesterday morning.
Her smell is my favorite smell in all the universe.
She has long eyelashes and her daddy’s almond shaped eyes.
She has my lips.
She looks like Kayla.
But has Ashlyn’s chin.
She was the smallest of the three girls.
The true baby of our family.
And this is the story of the day she was born.
I was a week overdue.
And had been having contractions for a few days.
So strong, in fact, that we went to hospital on Sunday morning, the 8th.
The nurse checked us in and I was only 2 cm dilated.
The contractions stopped and we walked the halls a bit.
My doctor was not on call that day so they sent us home.
Not before scheduling an induction for 7:30 am the next morning.
This made going home a little easier.
As soon as we walked in our door, contractions started again.
I timed them with an iPhone app.
They were mild and far apart.
We watched the Niner season opener.
My crazy friend Julie drove up from Orange County.
And we waited.
And I stayed up all night.
They got less mild and less far apart.
And by 2 AM, I wanted to throw my phone and that app out the window.
I became worried that I wouldn’t make it until morning.
But I was hoping to avoid the induction.
So I made it a goal to wait until 7:30 and prayed for progress.
I made it.
And have never been so happy to see the sun rise.
Our friend Margaret came over.
She and Julie stayed with the girls and got them off to school and we headed to the hospital.
I had the same nurse as the day before.
Her name was Angie and I loved her.
She rolled out the induction kit as I was having a contraction.
She decided to check and I was 5-6 cm dilated.
The homework paid off.
She yelled at me for not coming in sooner.
We happily said goodbye to the induction kit and hello to my best friend, the anesthesiologist.
I got an epidural right away and then we waited.
Family and friends came in and out.
We chatted and passed the time quite peacefully.
They all went to lunch while I rested.
She arrived fast.
Which I was thankful for.
Dr. Diaz barely made it in time.
At 2:10 pm I started pushing.
And at 2:54 pm we welcomed her into our world.
A world that will never be the same.
Family and friends came in to meet her.
They were as overwhelmed as we were.
Checking her fingers and toes.
And her sweet squishy face.
Rejoicing that she arrived safely.
And was healthy.
A little bit later, Margaret and Kim brought the big sisters in to see her for the first time.
They brought her tulips.
“Because of her name, mama.”
Ashlyn asked if she was a doll.
Kayla wanted to know when the umbilical cord would fall off.
They are smitten and sweetly obsessed.
We all are.
We love you, Holland Joy.
You have been prayed for by so many.
You are a gift from God.
We are so grateful for your life.
And we can’t wait to see you grow.
I read last week that pineapple starts labor.
And I need help, people.
So I decided to sift through my pinned pineapple desserts.
And I found one.
I present to you Pina Colada Bars.
They are quite delicious.
And easy to make.
Even when you’re crazy pregnant.
I made them on Tuesday.
And had some for breakfast on Wednesday.
And will probably do the same thing tomorrow.
To get this party started.
My pictures are not the best.
Because nothing I do at 40 weeks, 2 days pregnant is the best.
You should see our laundry.
Original recipe here.
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Due date is here.
And she seems very cozy.
And not very concerned that I’m not.
So I’m assuming it will come and go.
The girls started school and have settled into a nice routine.
They love their teachers and we’re looking forward to a smooth, fun year.
Ashlyn is adjusting to her mainstream first grade class effortlessly.
She loves having her own big desk and dry erase board.
She also ordered hot lunch for the whole year by mistake.
Over 800 ladies exchanged fun little surprise packages.
Natalie sent me this.
I sent Jaime this.
And ran into Kim at the post office while doing so.
So that was fun.
And now have two new blog friends.
And a cute purple mug.
And cute straws.
And a pennant stamp.
And a cute hankie.
I love blog friends.
And purple mugs.
And fun extras.
Thank you, Natalie.
Baby or no baby.
Pintertest Kitchen is THIS Thursday.
I made a no-bake pineapple dessert.
Because it’s 5000 degrees and I read yesterday that pineapple promotes labor.
So I’ve been eating it like crazy.
But I don’t think it’s working.
Zero contractions and my tongue has acid burn.
Consider this your friendly reminder to come back on Thursday and link up.
And Holland, consider this your friendly reminder to SHOW UP. Period.
My tongue hurts.
Dear Baby Girl,
We are anxious to meet you.
Your due date is 6 days from now.
As of yesterday, you were the size of a mini-watermelon.
But you feel more like a gigantic watermelon that wins the contest at a redneck fair.
You are active.
Especially at night.
Sleep is scarce.
But I think it’s God’s way of preparing me for your first days.
Not months, though, ok?
I want you to know about life before you.
These last days of summer.
Our life preparing for you.
I want you to know how much your church family loves you.
So many ladies came to welcome and celebrate you.
“Ready to Pop” was the theme.
Pop Rocks for favors.
And a full brunch spread.
They prayed over you.
Over our family.
You are more blessed than you know to be born into such a loving and kind church.
These women have so much to teach you, Holland Joy.
I can’t wait for you to meet them.
We went to Disneyland without you.
Sorry about that.
Blame Nan and Pops.
Technically you were there.
We also went to Legoland.
Your older sisters are currently obsessed with Chima Lego toys.
At first I thought a house full of small plastic blocks would mean an end to my sanity.
But actually they have kept them busy most of August.
And they are the only thing in the house the dog has zero interest in chewing.
Well, that and his chew toys.
Thank you, Chima.
Get it together, Lincoln.
Your sisters shared a shake by the seashore.
Kayla says she’s ready to share with another.
Ashlyn says: “So many girls!!”
Daddy says amen to that.
We also visited some of our favorite So Cal friends.
Friends you are going to love, Holland.
Friends who can’t wait for you to be the seventh little silhouette in a crazy bunch.
Your family and your Nana’s amazing friends love you, too.
Susie hosted a shower for you.
It was such a lovely afternoon.
With the women of our family.
And women who are like family.
Yummy steak and salmon.
Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert.
Beautiful, thoughtful gifts.
So many adorable outfits.
You are spoiled, little girl.
And better dressed that your mama.
Let’s just say you won’t be wearing the same outfit twice.
School starts for your sisters tomorrow.
They said goodbye to summer with one last swim.
And Lincoln got a rough first haircut.
He’d like some time before your arrival for things to grow out a bit.
We can’t wait to kiss your face, baby girl.
We hope it’s soon.