Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Today I said goodbye to good friends of mine, the Lundys. They are leaving Ohio tomorrow to head to Kentucky. The moving truck is in front of their home, packing all their belongings and they will spend their last night in the first home they purchased.
For me, it's bittersweet. I am excited for the opportunity they have in Kentucky, but I will miss them. Meredith and I have gone through a lot in the past five years of knowing one another. We got married, bought homes and started our families. Those are huge things that happen in your life and we were there together.
Meredith and I met at work. She and her then boyfriend moved to Ohio. I was engaged and shortly after got married. She and Kevin then became engaged themselves and they started the wedding planning process. It was great to be a witness to all the chaos I had just endured myself. When her time came, I was there to witness them exchange vows. Meredith even wore my veil!
Glenn and I had been in our first home by then and I was pregnant with Ryleigh. They bought their own just one town away and became pregnant themselves. They came to watch Ryleigh when she was a few months old, but being a first time mom, we stuck around and had dinner with them. Kevin hadn't yet been exposed to a baby and there were tons of questions. We helped them as best we could and grew excited for Brendan's arrival. Once they came home, Meredith had her first time mom jitters and called me on Brendan's first night. I went over, calmed her nerves and reminded her she could do it. And she has very well.
Meredith has been here to celebrate birthdays and the homecoming of my second. The past couple of years we've had playdates, sharing stories of mommy woes and the common bond of traveling husbands. I feel blessed that I got to hold her new son today (cute as button and just 4 weeks old). It was my first time and I am sure not the last.
I went through their home today to see all the packed boxes, Brendan's first big boy room and the nursery one last time it became real. I went to say goodbye to Kevin, who gave me an enormous hug and my tears started to surface. I then turned to Meredith to give her my finally Ohio Hug and we were blubbering messes. I walked down the stairs to say goodbye to her mom. And before I left, Brendan came running up to me. I picked him up and he gave me the best hug. I gave him a kiss on the check and reminded him to be good to his mama. At this point, I had to leave because the tears were streaming.
My thoughts are with them today as they pack up to start their new adventure. I know tomorrow I will be excited for them but today I am just sad. Sad to see such a good friend go. I will miss you Meredith and your family. I promise I will see you soon and call you often. You call me when you need me for anything! I promise I will be there in a flash.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Him: It wasn't that bad there were some 'guy' moments in it.
Me: I really do appreciate it, though.
Him: It isn't the worst chic flick date I've been on...
Me: (Hmmm do I even ask...) What was the worst date?
Him: I went and saw Beaches.
Me: (Uncontrollable laughter) Are you SERIOUS?
Me: That's BAD!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sidebar Note: I just noticed on this pic if you look really close at my nose you can see one of my scars (from pesky basil cell skin cancer... got it removed 4 months before my wedding). It is where the natural line of your nose meets the bridge. Can you see it?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I know the why, I live with Germ 1 & 2. They are cute and all but I am considering shipping them out of here until the thaw of spring. Isn't there a place where the little germs can run around, play in the sunshine, wipe their noses on something other than my shoulder and sleep through the night? If you're willing to adopt my germs for a short period...say till May let me know. They don't eat much. As you know Germ 2 is fine with Cheerios. Germ 1 loves the all dairy diet: cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs and sticks of butter. She does like the occasional gold fish cracker, her brother's puffs, PBJ, pasta (no sauce as we need to be like our older cousin) and anything else from the grain family. And if she's having a good day she will eat fruit (bananas, grapes, apples, raspberries, blueberries but no peaches). But don't buy one of those fruit items because it will surely go bad because that isn't the fruit she wants that week. And if you ask her what fruit she wants she will lie and it will go bad. They don't clean after themselves unless you make a big to do game over the whole thing. Germ 1 doesn't mind using a tissue but finds her finger easier. Germ 2 hates tissues and will knock you out with his head swinging. They both love to sleep but Germ 2 will only nap if a princess movie is on or if she is being driven around in circles. Make it a big circle because she usually can figure out where she is and it sometimes takes a bit of time. She will ask where you're going so tell her no place special and you just need to look at something (but don't tell her it's her eyelids closing you're looking for). So any takers on the Germs?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Chicken Cacciatore with Cremini Mushrooms (Crock Pot Recipe)
1 whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces, skin removed (except wings)
8 ounces of cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled plum tomatoes in juice, drained, broken up
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup of dry white wine as Sauvignon Blanc
1 celery stalk thinly sliced
1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 sprig of rosemary or 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary, crumbled
Coarse salt and pepper
1. In a 5-quart slow cooker stir together chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, flour, wine, celery, onion, rosemary, 2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
2. Cover; cook on high setting until meat is tender, 4 hours. Do not lift lid of slow cooker while cooking. To serve, discard rosemary sprig.
I didn't take a picture because I was starving when it was finished and was feeling pretty bad. It was very good and my husband gave it a 4.5 out of 5! They suggest serving it with brown rice (which I did and it was good).
Make this one! It is super easy and very tasty! Thanks Courtney!
Hope to make a new recipe next week when Glenn is home.