Thursday, December 31, 2009

Why am I so excited about this? / New Years Recipe

I don't know why I got so excited about this, but I did. I have to confess that I always thought I would have all boys because that is what I wanted, but little girls are so much fun! Her clothes are so cute, the girly toys and everything about her is amazing. The Lord definitely knew what he was doing and we are so blessed with our little one!

One thing I had been looking forward to since day one, is doing my little girl's hair. It was a struggle, but one day before school I was able to get her hair in pig tails. I had forgotten about how excited I got until I was looking through my pictures for my previous blog.

Trust me, this was not easy.. she said several times.."mommy, hurts". I wish you could hear how she says hurts (she doesn't say her "r" good).. it is cute. We both survived and with the help of a lot of hair spray we got pig tails. {Don't worry, I won't turn into one of those Toddlers and Tiaras moms.}

Here was the result...

Now, how cute is that? I hope you have a wonderful New Year! If you need a recipe for your party tonight, here is my favorite dip...

Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip

7 slices bacon
1 Tablespoon Bacon grease
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup half-and-half
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

-Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Remove bacon from skillet, drain on paper towels and crumble.
-Place garlic in hot bacon grease. Cook and stir until soft, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place cream cheese and half-and-half in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until blended. Stir in bacon, 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease, garlic, blue cheese and chives. Transfer mixture to a medium baking dish.
-Bake covered in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
-Serve with warm crusty bread.

It is so good, even for those who are not huge Blue Cheese fans.

Be careful and have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Miss Me??

I actually have a few faithful friends who have asked me to start blogging again. We are a couple days away from the New Year and I promise to not go three months again without updating this blog on my exciting life:).

Wow.. how time has flown. I went out of town and the Holidays happened. I have not written about so much that has happened and I am disappointed with myself and will try to get caught up. This blog is mainly for me.. and my terrible memory. I want to remember this amazing time in my life with my babies and my best friend.

A recap of the past few months.. and pictures to follow...

September is a blurrrr...

Half of October was spent in Florida on the beach... celebrating my Grandma's (mom's mom) 80th birthday and having a fun "girl's weekend" with my friends from college otherwise known as "feminazis". My husband was so sweet to let me go home for so long!

November was busy for me and my little store ( getting ready for the holidays, doing shows etc. We also went to Missouri to celebrate an early Thanksgiving with Justin's family (I am such a dummy and forgot my camera). Then my aunt and dad came up to NC to spend Thanksgiving with us.

December.. wow it went by in a blink. I can't believe that Christmas is here and gone. Kate loved it. She opened up all her gifts (very slowly).

Now here comes January 2010... we are expecting Child #2 - a little boy in March and we are SO EXCITED and SCARED!! Seriously, I don't know how I am going to handle 2 kids, but I know I'll figure it out.

Here are some pictures of my precious little one.. over the past three months...
Kate and Silas at our party for the FSU / Miami Game. He is the cutest little boy and truly a miracle. He has been through several surgeries and is the happiest baby I have been around!

Kate swinging at Beckham's birthday party. She loves to swing.

Kate with my mom and grandma at the beach.

We spent Halloween at my uncle's house. Kate dressed up as Tinkerbell. That look was the look on her face the entire night.. I could not get one smile out of her...I guess she was taking it all in.

My cousins Katie and Chris took Kate around the neighborhood. My uncle's neighborhood was definitely the place to be. They had over 500 kids for Halloween. I had never seen anything like it.

Kate made a costume change into a Buccaneer Cheerleader. October in Florida = HOT! Here she is with her Papa (my dad).

Kate with her Princess Pumpkin.

Kate picking out our Christmas Tree.

This is a little recap for now... more to come later. Thanks for being a part of our little life.