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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 1 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Visitor!

Last week my dad came to visit us from Oklahoma!! I picked him up at the airport on Tuesday and he stayed with us until Saturday afternoon. I knew what he wanted to eat and cooked lots of great meals for us. We went to the mall where he bought a few gifts for us, then Friday I drove him north to Lake Ontario to see one of our favorite parks.




Some of the gifts he got us!


This one is copper coated aluminum where one side is a griddle, and the other side is a grill!


The weekend before, I took my friend Stephanie with me shopping and I found an amazing pair of my first skinny jeans!! I may go back and get a second pair.




I finally got around to cleaning Brad's old car seat and getting it ready for Jacob! Nick got it all fitted and adjusted, then installed it in my car. Jacob loves it of course! 


I ordered two new canvases of the new family pictures I took, and got them in last week. I'm very happy with them and can't wait to hang them up!


I managed to get our Christmas decorations up before my dad got here. Half of them are still boxed away simply because we don't have the room here. We also decided to put the baby tree up because we know Jacob would cause trouble with it... Hopefully next Christmas we'll be in our Victorian house and can decorate like crazy!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving in New York

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! This was our first one as New Yorkers. I cooked up a traditional feast for the 4 of us and we spent the day relaxing in our PJs. I did try a few new things however!

This was the first time I used a dry brine on the turkey. It's basically a salt and spice rub, then you leave the turkey open to air in the fridge for at least 24hr. I cooked it in a bag as usual, and it was so good!





Other things I made include mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls, stuffing, deviled eggs, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce. Two other new things were corn casserole and a pumpkin cheesecake! The cheesecake was the perfect blend of cheesecake and pumpkin pie.


We missed our family and their company, but I know they all spent the day together and are not alone. We are on our own now and are making new memories and traditions together. I can't help but dream that next Thanksgiving we might be in our Victorian house!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fun Autumn Days

We got our first New York snow! It was lake effect snow and all around us they got several inches--some got a couple feet! We only got about 1 inch but Brad still wanted to get out in it. He managed to make a couple snow balls!



Jacob is growing quick and keeping me on my toes. He's in to everything and full of energy. He loves to chase the cat and wrestle with his brother.




Bradley has his first "girlfriend" Delia and they sit together on the bus. She is one grade below him. She came over to play for a few hours and they had a fun time.


Brad got invited to another friend's birthday from his class. It was at a local bowling alley and he had a great time bowling with the other boys. We might all go check it out together later on!


I think I have everything ready for Thanksgiving! Even though it's only the four of us this year for the first time, I'm still cooking all if the traditional fixings. I'm mixing it up just a bit and trying a couple new recipes. It will be here soon!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Crock Pot Chicken Rice and Veggies

This is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for when you don't know what to cook for dinner! The best part is that you throw the chicken in straight from the freezer. You can modify it any way you want to accommodate what you have on hand.

2-3 frozen chicken breasts (or thighs)
1c frozen peas
1c halved baby carrots
1/2c white wine
1c water
Salt+pepper to taste
1 box Uncle Ben chicken wild rice


First you put everything except the box of rice in the crock pot. Cook on high for 4hr, or low 6-8hr.


1hr before you serve it, remove the chicken and shred. Put back into crock, and also add the box of rice and seasoning packet. Stir to mix and replace lid. If you had it on low, then turn it up to high for the last hour.


Taste before you serve to see if it needs any more seasonings. Yum! I had originally added more water which left extra after the rice cooked so I added a little white rice and that fixed it. 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Amatuer Photography at the Park

Last Sunday we had the most beautiful weather (in November!) so I decided to snag a tripod for my camera and attempt the ultimate selfies! I've dabbled a bit in photography for others, but of course it is much trickier to take good photos with myself in them! Our local park by the creek was a perfect setting and I was very happy with the outcome.










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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Super Easy Buffalo Pasta


This recipe is a great one that I threw together for dinner because I didn't have much else in the fridge! It is perfect to try for your first "Buffalo" dish, or if you're just looking for a new recipe. It is meatless so it works as a side dish, or as your entrée on vegetarian night. Most of these ingredients are already in your pantry!

8oz (one brick) 1/3 fat cream cheese
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/8c hot sauce (or more for spiciness!)
1tsp paprika
1tsp garlic powder
Dash salt/pepper
1/2c ranch OR blue cheese dressing
12oz box rotini

First start a pot of water boiling for the pasta. In a deep skillet on medium heat, place cream cheese +hot sauce +diced tomato with juices. Slowly wisk together until smooth. Add spices and stir occasionally. When pasta is almost done, add the ranch to the sauce and mix, then stir in pasta and serve!

In my picture I used elbow mac because that's all I had but rotini would be a better fit for the creamy sauce. This dish is great because the ingredients are common, it's not too spicy, and it's semi healthier with the low fat cream cheese and tomatoes!
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Scenic Autumn Road Trip

Today we decided to go on a road trip south to see the fall foliage and some towns that had never been through before. It was cloudy and rainy but I still managed to capture some of the beauty of our new home! We headed down south toward Boston, NY and touched on the NW edge of the Allegheny Plateau. The towns down there were so picturesque!





Thursday, October 27, 2016

Catching up With Lots of Pictures!

Somehow 2 weeks has passed since I blogged and a LOT has happened in that time! We are all keeping busy and enjoying the beautiful autumn weather here. I'll try to touch on all of the outings we've had and show you some pictures of our fun.
 
One of the last "nice" days we had I took the boys to a local park for them to run around in the sunshine.
 




On a weekend day that was windy I left Jacob at home with Nick and I took Bradley back to the park to break in a new kite! After a few minutes and a little help, we got it all the way extended and watched it fly high.




 On a sunny Sunday my new friend Stephanie came with Bradley and I to a pumpkin farm in Clarence, NY. It was so much fun! We went on a hayride to the pumpkin patch where we each picked out our own pumpkin, then Brad got to go on a pony ride. There was a petting zoo, and afterwards we all got fresh cider and donuts to snack on.














Last Sunday Stephanie invited Bradley and I to her friend's fall party in Lake View, NY on the shores of Lake Erie. Brad got to wear his costume for the first time (a lion!) and we all took our pumpkins to carve them. We all had a great time and the weather was perfect for an outdoor party. Besides a pumpkin carving station, there was also a bonfire with smores, Halloween music, a huge bounce house, and tons of delicious food! So much fun!








After that party we came back home and got settled, then for dinner Stephanie came to our house to babysit! Nick and I were granted a rare treat of a date night out on the town!! First we went to a delicious Italian dinner in Little Italy at Como's Restaurant in Niagara Falls. Then we headed south to Buffalo for an 80s horror movie at a classic 1920s theater! It was so beautiful there, and we are constantly amazed by the beauty, culture, and history in our new home.



After a few months of having a super wiggly front tooth and LOTS of battles to let us pull it....Brad finally lost one of his upper teeth! It came out shortly after dinner and he cried lots because he thought it would hurt....alas it did not! The tooth fairy came that night and all is well.


The weather is starting to get chilly here in Western NY, but that doesn't stop me from getting some fresh air and enjoying the sunshine when it peaks through! Yesterday the high was about 40 degrees outside so I dug the winter coats out of the closet and took Jacob on a long walk thru the neighborhood. It was fun and surprisingly he did not pull his mittens off!


We are all very excited about Halloween on Monday, and anxiously awaiting our first snowfall in NY! November will be here soon and we are loving life!


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