Friday, April 29, 2011

Peaceful


Pictures can be deceiving

It would appear that this sweet little baby boy is quietly enjoying his afternoon nap when in fact he is grunting, straining, moaning and making all sorts of locker room noise.

Because he isn't fussy and rarely cries I'm not sure if there is a problem or if this is just the way boys sleep.

We have swaddled and unswaddled, given gripe water and mylicon, heated the belly bag, placed him in his car seat, swing and any other contraption around and still.....the end result....more of these awful noises.


Has anybody experienced this with their little one? Any suggestions?

If I need to hop on one foot while nursing I'll try it if it might get my boy to stop grunting.

- One Tired Mama

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Graphic Onesie {DIY}

Boy clothing..... where to start? It's just not as easy to put together a boy outfit that reflects personal style as it is a girl. I mean...I'm all about basketballs and lizards I just don't want it to be our only options. I started thinking of ways to make unique clothing and  began searching the internet for ideas and the use of silhouettes and freezer paper kept jumping out at me. Because he will be in a onesie for awhile I kinda went crazy with this idea and had so much fun doing this project.

* I'm not crafting yet, I did this before Baby E's arrival.

I'm not the first  person by any means to use fabric paint and freezer paper but I'll walk you through how I did it.

Supplies:
Freezer paper
Fabric Paint
Blade pen
Iron
Paint brush
Onesie



Step 1
Print off your image in the size that's fitting to the onesie or shirt you are using.


Step 2
Lay a piece of freezer paper over the image dull side up and shiny side down. The shiny side is what will adhere to the clothing so make sure you have the image in the right position.


Step 3
Using a razor blade trace the image cutting out the parts you will want the paint to show up on. If there are areas that are white in your image then you will want to leave the freezer paper in tact so the paint won't get on it, thus allowing the white shirt to show through.


Step 4
Place shiny side down onto the onesie and iron in place. Make sure you iron all the details down well so it seals it from the fabric.


Step 5
Using a small paint brush, paint onto the fabric. Allow to dry and paint 2 or 3 more coats. Make sure you have enough layers on it to endure the life of a favorite onesie. Or you could do 1 layer if you want it to quickly fade and have a vintage look.



Step 6
Allow to dry for at least 48 hours. Once it is completely dry slowly peel away the freezer paper and reveal your image.

Step 7
Put it on an adorable baby.



*This project would also work well on pillows, bags, towels....and pretty much anything you want to customize, so it's not limited to baby gear.

*I also think you might be able to adhere the freezer paper to a cricut and let it do the hard part for you. I'm not an owner of a cricut so I can't speak from experience but it's a thought.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Part II

Sometimes it's the most unlikely picture that ends up being a favorite. I can have a vision in mind and it doesn't always pan out but when I look through the pictures I've taken I find one that captures real life in a way I wouldn't have in a posed picture.

This was the theme of the day. This girl was running all over the place. Like seriously running non-stop.




1 Mississippi


2 Mississippi


2.5 Mississippi

3 Mississippi

4 Mississippi

4.5 Mississippi

5 Mississippi



Easter Celebration

Saturday we were invited out to Tara Farms for an Easter celebration. We were so excited to get out of the house as a family of four and celebrate Christ our risen Lord. Little Miss had a blast running around the beautiful open garden, playing with friends and hunting eggs.

We are Blessed!















Her clasped hands melt my heart every time.


Haley at the The Muffin Top made these cookies. Aren't they ridiculous? I kinda felt guilty eating them....but I got over it real quick.



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tropical Carrot Cake

I'm sad I won't be making carrot cake this Easter because this recipe is AMAZING! If you want to try a new carrot cake I highly reccommend this one.It has a unique flare that makes my heart go pitter patter. It's so good that when my friend Alli had set the to-go box containing this cake on the roof of her car, and drove off leaving the cake on an old dirt road she turned around and salvaged the remains.

This recipe is from the Rather Sweet pastry chef Rebecca Rather the Pastry Queen.







Tropical Carrot Cake


Ingredients:
For the cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
4 large eggs
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
1½ cups canola or vegetable oil
½ cup cream of coconut
1½ cups peeled, shredded carrots
1½ cups diced pineapple (fresh or canned)
1½ cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped and lightly toasted
For the frosting:
4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
5½ tbsp. heavy cream
5½ tbsp. cream of coconut
¾ tsp. salt

Directions:
To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line three 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper, and grease and flour the sides, tapping out the excess.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Whisk together to blend.  In another mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, oil, and cream of coconut.  Whisk well to combine.  Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated.  Add in the shredded carrots, diced pineapple, flaked coconut and macadamia nuts.  Fold in gently with a spatula until evenly incorporated.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating the cakes 180 degrees and from top to bottom racks (and vice versa) halfway through baking.  The cakes are finished baking when golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool the cakes 5-10 minutes in the pans, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth.  Add in the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.  Beat 1 minute more, until smooth and fluffy.  Mix in the heavy cream, cream of coconut and salt until smooth.
To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a cake stand or platter.  Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting over the top.  Top with another cake layer, and more frosting on top of that.  Place the final cake layer on top.  Use the remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of the assembled cake, reserving up to 1 cup for detailing if desired.

She is love

Nonnie left yesterday.
I cried all day like a scared little girl that got dropped off at her first sleepover.
I know I can make it on my own but there's a comfort of having your Mom around.
I say Mom because that's what she is to me. Technically speaking she is Matt's mom
but the more we go through together the more I love her.
She is comfort to me.
She is Love.
She is nurturing.
She is sassy.
She is giving.
She is patient.
She is funny.
She is precious.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blogger Help {New Format}

When I started this post last night it seemed like it would be pretty simple...that is until I made one wrong click of the mouse and totally botched up my template. I've been working on getting it back to the way it was and have come across a few bumps in the road. I have a feeling these bumps can only help me stumble across yet another tool to make life easier, right?

Anyways, moving on to the post. I have noticed a lot of bloggers still using the old format. If this is what your seeing, then your using the old format and life in blogland is hard and time consuming. Pictures take a hundred years to upload and when you put them in your post your hoping that long code is the right pic.


Here's what you need to do to upgrade to the new version.
Go to Design
Click on Settings - Basic


Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see:
"select post editor"
Click "Upgrade editor"
and then restart your computer.



Once you have restarted your computer your format should look like this:

  
Run your mouse across the new tools to become familiar with them.
Click on the picture icon, to the right of the "link" icon. This will bring up the new image uploader.





Lifes about to get easy!!
Simply browse your images, that you can actually see and upload them. You can even upload multiple pictures at a time. The images will have a blue border around them. You can deselect the image by clicking on it and add each image as you go or highlight them all and add them all at once. 





Once you "add selected" image into your blog post you can enlarge the image size by clicking on the image and selecting a new size.



Enlarged

Now, if your image is cut off once you enlarge it you will need to expand your margins. If anybody would like me to walk through that one I can just let me know.

I hope this helps. I wish I would have done this post a long time ago had I known so many of you were still using the old format. 
All I can say is...thanks blogger for not letting your peeps know about this.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Praise!

Were praising Jesus for getting good lab results on baby boy's jaundice level.  So very thankful for this healing and no more needles for a while.




Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunbathing

Our poor baby boy has jaundice and we've been doing everything we can to kick it so we don't have to go back into the hospital.




We also had our first visitors this weekend from the Aunt's.




Little Miss is still in awe of her little brother and loves to hold him and give him kisses.




This little boy has proven to be different from our baby girl. He grunts, toots, wiggles and poops all day long.


Last night we all had our first night of rest with only the typical feeding interruptions. It felt so good  to get sleep in 2-3 hour increments. I know Nonnie was thankful for the rest too, we have worked her to the bone. During the day if she isn't cleaning the dishes, laundry and kitchen she's either chasing a 2 year old or rocking a baby. We are so thankful for her and couldn't do this without her.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Homecoming

We came home yesterday afternoon eager to begin our life together as a family of four. We were so anxious to get home to Little Miss and help her adjust to this new life. So far things are going well. She is loving on her baby brother with kisses, blankets and story time. It's precious to watch her want to include him in everything we do, including drinking her water from a sippy cup. I'm sure there will be many situations I will have to redirect and I wouldn't want it any other way.