Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Baby bonanza Twitter party!

It’s been fun to join the “mommy-blog” world of resources. There are some really great bloggers out there who write about real-life stuff that I can relate with. Thank goodness, because Chisum didn’t come with a “how-to” book! I’ve also relied very heavily on my family and my new-mom friends, too. But just with the everyday stuff, it’s nice to know that there are other moms who have gone through it too.

I’ve connected with some other bloggers via Twitter, and one such mom connected me with an upcoming Twitter party that I wanted to share with all of my other new-mom and mom-to-be friends.

They will be asking several questions of those in the party like, "best advice you've received as a parent to be?" and "worst advice?". Best baby gadget you can't live without? Whoever joins in and answers questions is automatically entered to win a $1500 gift card for Young America furniture through Nebraska Furniture Mart. I’m all about that! ;)

Hope you can join me this Thursday, March 27th at 7pm-8pm CST. Use #babybonanza!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hunk of Meat Monday: Pizza Casserole

If you’ve ever eaten at my Grandma Bailey’s house, then more than likely you’ve eaten her famous Pizza Casserole. It’s a family favorite and kids and adults both like.

It’s easy. So easy a Husband can do it. (No Ronny, I’m not suggesting you’re a caveman!). The other night I had all of the ingredients for Pizza Casserole and when he asked, “What do you want for dinner?”, I told him I had all of the ingredients and he willingly said he would make it.

So while I got to spend some more time with our little man, he made my favorite casserole. He doubled the amount of cheese it needed, but I won’t blame him for that!

{Pizza Casserole}

1 (12-oz.) bag wide egg noodles
2 lbs. hamburger
1 onion, chopped
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans tomato soup
1 (6-oz.) pkg. pepperoni
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
½ tsp. garlic salt
Sliced black olives, optional


  1. Cook noodles to al dente.
  2. While noodles are cooking, brown hamburger and onion together, then drain.
  3. Mix soups and hamburger mix together.
  4. Spray a 11 x 15 casserole dish (or make 2 smaller-sized casseroles – this works great in the freezer!) with cooking oil, then add noodles to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Layer meat mixture on top of noodles, and top with cheese.
  6. Generously layer pepperoni slices on top of cheese. (Add black olives if you want – or add other veggies to make it “supreme”!).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.



Monday, March 10, 2014

Chisum–6 months

Half of a year has gone by and we couldn’t feel any more blessed.

Chisum, at 6-months you are:
  • Rolling more
  • Starting to stay sitting up on your own
  • Eating more solid foods and really loving them. (brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, bananas)

This is your, “Mom, I’m-focusing-on-eating” face.
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  • Took your first “selfie” on my phone.

You think “Patty Cake” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” are pretty funny.

Had a fun play date with Morris.

You “blew” through all of your outfits at daycare, and when you came home with big-boy clothes on, you looked SO big! Stay little.

We’ve had some cold days, so we’ve got some great, warm snuggles in. 
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We love playing with you!
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Beauty Swap

I had fun participating in an ag-gal beauty swap through my friend Crystal, over on Crystal Cattle’s blog. Crystal paired me with Jamie (@jamielmay on Instagram and Twitter). Jamie is going to be a new mommy soon, so we had fun swapping pregnancy stories and talking about beauty items that are good for a quick fix. We also decided we are soul sisters when it comes to sewing, quilting and crafting!

And she sent me a rockin’ beauty box.

She totally encapsulated my fast-paced, working-mom lifestyle with these products. In it was: Oscar Blandi hair texture spray (love. – great for 2nd day hair), YES cucumber wipes (again, great for tired nights to wash my face fast – and very refreshing), Insta-Dri (dry painted nails in 30-seconds!), E.L.F. Brush, L’Bri products and Fake-Up (perfect for my tired eyes).

Last night I braved painting my nails (with the polish I got myself when I was shopping for Jamie’s beauty box :) ) after putting Chisum to bed, hoping that he wouldn’t wakeup mid-paint. I heard him stirring some while I was finishing up, and I used the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. I check my phone for a text message and by the time I got to my text, my nails were dry. Ah-mazing. No more smudges or worrying about getting my nails dry before I have to pick up the baby.

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It was so much fun to get to know Jamie through this exchange and I’m glad I have a new friend. So excited to celebrate with her when Baby P arrives soon!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chisum–5 months

Sweet boy, it’s been so much fun to watch you grow!

Months 1-5

Ronny and I had fun taking Chisum’s pictures this month. Of course, Chisum was all smiles because his Daddy was in the room. He was smiling, laughing and kicking his little heart out…

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…until Mommy had to move him.

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Chisum, at 5-months you:

  • Like eating cereal (started on 2/9/14). You didn’t like it when we started earlier, but we changed spoons and you became a fan.
  • Started rolling over from back to front (2/13/14)
  • Helped your Daddy turn 30
  • Love playing patty-cake and row your boat
  • Love bath time


  • Had your first ear infection :(
  • Like sitting at the table with Mom and Dad in your new high chair

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Just a happy little guy! We are so blessed that God trusted us to raise you. We thank Him for you every day and are loving every moment. We love you.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A celebratory weekend

We were so grateful to be able to celebrate Chisum’s Dedication at church and Ronny’s 30th birthday this past weekend.

Chisum was dedicated to the Lord by Ronny and I vowing to raise him in a Christian home and with the understanding that Chisum was given to us by God to do His will. We are so blessed that God chose us to be Chisum’s parents and we honor God for this opportunity.


Pastor Curt did a great job sharing with our church. Chisum just smiled at him and the congregation as Curt walked down each aisle to introduce him to the church and ask for their support in helping us raise him.


Most all of our family came to Nebraska to celebrate with us. Our parents, all of our siblings, my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin, and some close family friends joined us. Since we were going to all be together, we also celebrated Ronny’s 30th birthday (which is today!) with a lunch following church.


The sign I got for Ronny must have been made in China. :) “Happy Bitrhday!”DSC05243DSC05239DSC05249DSC05252

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Four generations.


Thank you so much to our family for making the effort to come – it meant a lot to us!

We praise and thank the Lord everyday for the gift that He has given to us in Chisum. We pray that He will guide us in raising him, that Chisum will love Jesus as much as we do, and that he will find strength and faith through God and seek Him in all that he does.