Friday, March 30, 2012

Meatless chicken noodle soup

My mom makes the best chicken noodle soup. Whenever she comes to visit she makes a huge pot of it and then we store it in jars in the freezer to pull out on sick days or I-don't-feel-like-cooking days. What's cool about the recipe is that it was a mistake! Probably one of the best mistakes ever too. I finally got up the courage to make it the other night. Do you ever hesitate to make someone else's recipe? I am always afraid that I won't make it as well and that would really upset me... so it always takes some convincing for me to make another person's recipe. Weird, I know. So here is my meatless  adaptation of Mom's adaptation of Lion House Classic's Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup.

2 tsp. chicken soup base or 2 bouillon cubes
4 cups chicken stock, or water, or broth (I used stock for more flavor)
2 cups chopped carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 bag of frozen peas (16 oz)
1 Family Size Cream of Chicken Soup
1/4+ cup evaporated milk
4 cups cooked rotini pasta

Heat the chicken base and stock/water/broth together. Add your carrots and celery (NOT the peas- yet) and cook until the veggies are tender. I cooked my noodles and then my peas while the veggies were cooking. Add cream of chicken soup and let that simmer for a few minutes. Then add the noodles and peas and evaporated milk (start with 1/4 cup and then keep adding until it's the thickness you want) and let that heat through. That's IT!

Next time I may not use the whole bag of peas... it was a little pea-heavy. But we practically inhaled it! Love this soup!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fun stuff of late

-Writing our wills for Tyler's personal finance class. Actually that's not fun- weird is the word, I think.

-Going to Salt Lake for Abby's bridal shower on Saturday. It was so fun to have a little girl time and Millie was so good the whole time!

-Stopping at H&M on our way home from the shower. I had never been! It was fun. I got two shirts for me and a dress for Millie, but I'm of course going back to return my shirts. For some reason, committing to clothes these days is harder for me than committing to marriage ever was.

-Putting Millie in 6 mo. clothes and seeing that they actually fit her. Uh... slow down kid. Let's stop growing up so fast, okay? She does look cute though.
Oh yeah, that's my new hair

-Running with Heidi almost every day lately! Yesterday we ran along the Provo River and it was gorgeous. I just love the weather we've been having the last couple of weeks. And I'm SO glad we got a jogging stroller!

-Looking at houses for sale in Houston. There are 2 things that make you a legit family in my head: 1. buying a second car, and 2. buying a home. Guess we're on our way to being a legit family!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

You know what is awesome?

I have wanted to be a mom my whole life. There has never been a time where I've questioned that- it's just always been my dream. I so wanted to be the person that some child always ran to, and always would want no matter what. I loved seeing my nieces and nephews and their relationships with my sisters, and I wanted that for myself. 

And now I am so blessed to have it. Millie has been such a snuggle bug lately and it is the best! She always wants to cuddle with me.

Millie doesn't care that I don't have my makeup on yet today, or that I still have bed hair. She doesn't mind that my arm looks really large in that picture, and she certainly doesn't care if/when I decide to stay in my pajamas all day! She just wants me to take care of her and love her. Turns out, that's exactly what I want to do. That's pretty awesome.

Friday, March 23, 2012

My hairs cut

When I used to tell my dad I got/was getting my hair cut, he'd say, "Which one?" So I am going to cover all of them- I got my hairs cut. Tyler says I look spunky again, and it feels great to have a change. I was pretty bored lookin' in the mirror. But I went running with Heidi right after and haven't washed it yet, so no pictures yet. Tonight is date night though! So we will definitely take a picture then.

I'm not going to lie, it was really nice to have an hour be all about me. Sounds terrible, and I hate that it's true, but it is. I would not change for a second that my life now is consumed with feedings and diapers and tummy time and cooking with one hand! I've waited for this my whole life. But I'm learning that what people have told me forever is true- you have to take care of yourself to take care of everyone else. I think that kinda stinks, but that's the way it is. So yesterday was good for that. And I think tonight will be too! I'm excited to go out with Tyler and am so thankful that Heidi is here and willing to babysit. 

But honestly, who wouldn't want to babysit this cute face?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Some random pictures

Hypnotized by the toy on her swing

Tyler read his accounting textbook to her...

First she loved it

Then she realized accounting is boring. Smart girl.

She smiles at everything lately- her angel bear, and especially herself in the mirror!

Tyler loved this position as a baby... turns out Millie likes it too!

Do your cheeks hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?

We're looking forward to beautiful weather this weekend, and hopefully not much to do so we can enjoy it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Good kids"

Growing up, Christmas and my dad's birthday were tough. We kids never knew what we could give to Dad! Every time we asked him what he wanted, he would say something like, "All I want this year is good kids." Because apparently we weren't! Just kidding, I hope. But now that I'm a mother myself, I think I understand my dad's request a bit better. I want Millie to be happy and healthy and good! So when I came across this poem today, it just fit perfectly.

My daddy said the other day
He wanted just one gift.
It wasn't a hat, or a fancy tie,
Or a book or a handkerchief.
"All that I shall want" said he,
"And mother wants it too,
Is to have you kind and sweet,
To keep you good and true."
And so though I'm a little girl,
I'll try to do my part,
Each day to bring this precious gift,
To cheer my daddy's heart.

One big silly family

Monday, March 19, 2012

Not much

Getting Millie's shots on Thursday was so sad! I hated pinning her arms down while the nurse pinned her legs. The worst part was Millie looking straight up at me when she started crying... "Why aren't you stopping this??" It was awful. She slept for a few hours and then cried the rest of the evening. Poor thing. But Friday morning she woke up (after sleeping for 9 hours straight... SO nice) seeming to feel much better. Her legs are still bruised though- I hate that.

Last week we had some seriously gorgeous weather- Millie and I went for a walk every day and I even used the jogging stroller for what it's made for- a jog. Big stuff. I met up with my friend Kim and her baby  Payton one afternoon and we walked around Nelson's Grove a few times. It was so great to catch up! I guess technically we could call that Millie's first play date. Or mine, since I probably enjoyed it more! Yesterday we got dumped on though... the ground looks like it should have looked for the last few months. Need I remind you again what month it is, my weather friend? Good thing we're supposed to be back in the 60s later this week.

Also, we had pizookies for dessert with Heidi and James yesterday. It'd been far too long, and they were amazing. I feel like we have to invite someone over to justify making a yummy dessert like that. Seems like we need to do it more often, in that case! 

This is what our Monday morning is lookin' like:

I'm impressed that we caught that smile using the photobooth app... Looks like someone is enjoying being lazy as much as I am!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

As promised

Some pictures of Millie in her blessing dress.

Love the bow  on the dress... and her "chill" pose
I love the bottom of the dress

She drools/blows bubbles all the time now!
Millie looks so old to me in these pictures! It's crazy how quickly she's growing. She's getting her first round of shots today... I have a feeling it's a waterproof mascara kind of day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A name and a blessing

We had a great weekend! Tyler blessed Millie Mae in church on Sunday. We were so lucky to have lots of family come to our Sacrament Meeting and to our apartment afterwards. It was such a special day! Tyler gave Millie a beautiful blessing, and the testimony afterwards was so great. The Spirit was so strong and I was near tears the whole rest of the day, just feeling so happy and blessed. We felt so much love and support from our family and friends. After the day was over, we counted how many people came... there were 54 people squished in our apartment! It was quite the party. Thanks again to those who came and brought food and partied with us.

I was pretty heartbroken after all the craziness was done and we looked at the pictures from the day... they are pretty awful. Of me anyways. I need some sunshine and hair help and lots of other things. So please look at these pictures with your eyes half-shut. Thanks.

She was an absolute angel during the meeting, and this captures the rest of the day.  Poor girl was pretty overwhelmed with all the attention!

This doesn't even show everyone that was there... it was crazy fun!

 It was one of my favorite days ever. Both of our families came from Houston- I think they won the distance prize!

I want to take some better pictures of Millie in her dress... she looked beautiful!! But these will have to do for now. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2 month stats

Millie had her 2-month checkup yesterday! I was so excited to see how much she has grown. She has gained almost 3 lbs since her 2-week appointment and grown 2 inches! 

Weight: 11 lbs 14 oz, 79th %ile
Length: 23.2", 81st %ile
Head: 39.5 cm, 73rd %ile
*p.s. does anyone know why they measure length and head circumference with different units? I find that pretty annoying. 

She's our little heavyweight! I love it. Millie was smiling like crazy for the doctor, and even showed him how she can roll over when he put her on her tummy! She made this mama proud, for sure. 

Things I love about Millie at 2 months:
-We can get her to smile almost anytime, even if she's fussy
-She is a morning girl- so happy in the mornings!
-Millie loves bath time, and always crosses her legs off to the side like this:

-The way she leans on her arm when she's propped up on my shoulder

-Her favorite song is "I Am a Child of God"- it soothes her every time we sing it and she cries when we switch to a different song!

We just love our Millie Mae! My week's mission for this week was accomplished... found her blessing dress! Can't wait for Sunday!

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Sunday stroll

We're kind of in love with our stroller, and have been dying to take Millie for a walk in it! So since the weather was so nice yesterday, we jumped at the chance to use that bad boy.

Poor girl was sweating when we got home... but at least she wasn't cold!!

Did you know jogging strollers come with leashes now? We just had to test it out. And it was pretty awesome.

Millie enjoyed her abbreviated tour of Provo. I can't wait until it's consistently warm outside and we can go out more often!

To do this week: find a blessing dress for Millie! We are so excited to have family coming in for her blessing next Sunday!

Friday, March 2, 2012

A day in the life of Millie Mae

Millie is typically very awake around 5 in the morning... awesome. So sometimes I just bring her into bed with me and let her talk and entertain herself while I catch a few more minutes of sleep. She's super happy in the mornings, so that's when we do most of our tummy time and playing!

Her baby legs often end up looking like flare jeans that are too long...

I sneak in a shower while she's napping
What a little diva! I laughed so hard when I found her like this
We spend the afternoons cleaning, reading, and running errands if we need to.

We make dinner and wait semi-patiently for Dad to get home. Millie's going to be a daddy's girl, I'm sure of it. It's pretty adorable.

Throw in some feedings and naps and that's basically it. What a life. It's tough being a baby, isn't it??

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Family lovin'

Kurt and Heidi came last week and Heidi is now living with us! It was fun to have Kurt here for a few days- it was the first time either of them had met Millie. 

Possibly one of my favorite pictures ever!

Such a fun weekend! We love having Heidi here with us. Millie's cousin was born last night! Lindsay had her baby, and Kim will anytime. So exciting!! 

Also, it's just hilarious that we are getting lots of snow starting now. Really? That's enough. You had 4 months to dump as much as you wanted, but the time is up! 

Great, now I'm talking to the weather like it's a person.