Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Enchilada Casserole

1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Pkg. Taco Seasoning
8 oz. Tomato Sauce
1 lb. Velveeta Cheese
1 Can Rotel
10 Flour Tortillas

Brown the ground beef. Add Taco Season and tomato Sauce; simmer 5 minutes. Melt Velveeta Cheese and Rotel tomatoes over low heat, stirring often. While cheese is melting, spoon 1/10 of meat into each tortilla, roll up, and place in casserole dish. After cheese has smooth consistency, pour over top of filled tortillas.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until hot.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Today's Not Me! Monday was brought to you by MckMama. So hop on over to her blog and see what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I did not watch every documentary shown about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson this weekend. I also did not watch 2 hours of MJ videos last night, while my husband was frying fish for our dinner. This was not a completely absurd thing for me to do considering I have never been a huge Michael Jackson, nor Farrah Fawcett fan (that part is true, honestly I am not a fan of either).

I did not go crazy on a jar of Clausen Kosher Dill Pickles this weekend, giving foundation to the rumor about pregnant women and pickles.

I also did not buy TWO boxes of 24 count Popsicles (yes 48 Popsicles) at Kroger last week, because I wanted Popsicles so badly and was sure I would eat both boxes rather quickly, only to eat 3 of them since the day I bought them.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Random Thoughts

Hey Y'all! I am still here. Just haven't had much new to say. It's been at or over 100 degrees here for the past week or so, and it's just been miserable...it's not helping my mood any. Not to mention I can't even remember the last time it rained.

In pregnancy News. I am still exhausted, nauseous, and over all irritable. I am 13 weeks and 2 Days today. Apparently my baby is the size of a peach and weighs about an ounce today. It's little fingerprints have formed and it's little body is trying to catch up with the size of it's head. How fun is that!!

I have a slight "bump" now. I am hesitant to take pictures yet, because I had gained so much weight before I got pregnant this time and because if you aren't very familiar with my appearance before hand, I only look fat not pregnant...but I promise as soon as I have a definite "pregnant belly" I will start posting pictures.

I have had "beach fever" lately. I desperately would like for Bill and I take a vacation to the beach before this summer is out, but the funds are limited, not to mention the time I am already having to take off work for doctor appointments and maternity leave this year, it would just seem a little excessive to take off for a week this summer.

Bill is working on a new endeavor...can't say much more than that at this point, but just pray about that with me. It sounds like a very good opportunity, and we are both very excited. It's only in our minds right now, we just have to make it a reality. Sorry to be so vague, but that's all I can be now.

I hated to hear about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson passing away yesterday. The first thought that ran through my mind was I hope they got the chance to know Jesus before they stepped into eternity. However, I can't understand all of the hoop-la that is going on with Michael Jackson's passing. Really, he was just a man.

Work is going alright, some things have changed around here, and I haven't had my hours cut yet. However, it does require me to work out of both our offices (which isn't a bad thing at all). I am kind of enjoying the change of scenery from time to time.

My sister is getting so cute with her little pregnant belly. I just love it, and can't wait to get a belly like that myself. She can feel the baby kicking strong and moving around now. It's so cool...even though little Harvest is shy around her Aunt Heather (I haven't been able to feel her kick yet).

Let's see....anything else???? Guess that's it for now...hopefully I will start feeling more like posting again soon. I have got to get back to my Tasty Tuesday's and Wacky Wednesday's.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Yes Ma'am!!!!!!

Now, I really wish I weren't so exhausted...because this news story really irritates me more than I have the energy to say today!! I would just like to know when it became derogatory to call someone Ma'am or Sir. I was taught from the time I was able to talk, to respect authority figures by calling them Ma'am or Sir. I really don't care if she apologizes or not, because those forced apologies are never sincere. But Honestly, when we can't even say "yes Ma'am" to someone in this country without being berated for it, something is severely wrong. It's a sign of respect Ms. Boxer!!! Probably something your mother should have taught you!!

Story from Fox News

She may be a lady and a senator, but don't expect an apology from Barbara Boxer for making the distinction to an Army brigadier general this week. Aside from a briefly worded statement about a "friendly" conversation she had with Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh after dressing him down for calling her "ma'am," Boxer remained silent Friday in the face of growing calls for her to apologize.
Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, was testifying during a hearing before Boxer's Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works when he summoned the audacity to call the California senator "ma'am."

Boxer immediately interrupted him before he could answer one of her questions.

"You know, do me a favor," a clearly agitated Boxer said. "Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?"

"Yes, ma'am," Walsh replied.

"It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you," she said.

"Yes, senator," he answered.

But Walsh was following military protocol, which advises officers to use "sir" or "ma'am" when addressing anyone higher than them on the chain of command.

When asked whether Boxer would offer an apology, her spokesman, Zachary Coile, referred to a statement released Thursday.

"Senator Boxer called Brigadier General Walsh earlier today. They had a friendly conversation, expressed their respect for each other and talked about how they look forward to working together to protect our communities from natural disasters," the statement read.

The Pentagon refused to jump into the fray.

"The matter was between the two and we have nothing to add," Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in a statement to FOXNews.com. The Veterans of Foreign Wars supported both Boxer and Walsh and downplayed the exchange.

"The general is 100 percent correct in responding to members of Congress with "Sir" or "Ma'am. The senator, on the other hand, is also correct, though probably everyone now agrees that this should have been handled differently, if at all," the group said in a statement. "There are far more important issues facing America -- from national security to the proper care and treatment of veterans, military service member and their families -- and this difference of opinion in salutations is not one of them."

But the National Republican Senatorial Committee tried to take political advantage of the incident by collecting signatures on a petition reprimanding Boxer.

"All of our military men and women deserve more dignity than to be on the receiving end of condescension and disrespect, especially at the hands of our elected officials," the organization wrote in an e-mail.

12 Weeks and Prayers

So I keep hearing that things are suppose to get better by the 12th week of pregnancy, right??

I am so extremely exhausted, and still having horrible food aversions. I am 12 weeks and 2 days, so what gives?? I go to work, come home, some nights I might cook dinner (although my poor husband might disagree with that statement), then shower and go straight to bed. There were a few nights that I have actually been in bed before 7:00!! That is highly unusual for me, but lately that has been the norm. I am not complaining mind you, I will endure anything uncomfortable that is thrown at me, because the end result has been so long awaited. I just wish I could get that burst of energy everyone talks about during the second trimester so that I can get some stuff done around my house...There is so much to do and so little time to do it.

Switching gears....

I wanted to take a minute to ask everyone to pray for Stellan, he is in the hospital again. Check out MckMama's Blog for the latest details.

Also, a friend of a friend is in need of a miracle right now. Aimee is a friend of Nichole's family. Her family is in need of a miracle, her 28 year old brother suffered a stroke yesterday. I am not sure of the details, but I know things have taken a sharp turn for the worst today and the doctors aren't giving him much of a chance. They are going to do surgery (again not sure what type of surgery) but they are telling the family he is likely to not make it, they believe he is possibly already brain dead. Please be praying for this family, they need a miracle!!

Psalm 94:19 (NIV)
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Friday, June 12, 2009

I have a secret...

Today I am 11 weeks and 2 days pregnant! I was going to wait until I was officially out of my first trimester to "announce" because of my loss last year. However, some crazy things have happened in the past 2 weeks and I just couldn't wait any longer....I am way too excited (and nervous, please keep praying for me)

I decide to document everything, from the time I found out I was pregnant until now, in draft form so that I wouldn't forget anything. Also, the end of the post explains my recent tweets and break from the blog. I was having a few problems, but all is well now, Praise the Lord!!

Positive home pregnancy test

5 weeks and 6 days
Remember when I posted this post about the way I felt on my due date?
God is so amazing, he allowed my first OB appointment to be on my due date. He took a day I thought was going to be one of the worst days of my life, and turned it into pure joy. I went to the doctor today, they did blood work to check my hormone levels, which were great. I also talked to the OB Educator who took down all of my medical history and gave me lots of magazines, info packets, and forms to fill out. She also scheduled a sonogram for 5.19.09. I will be 7 weeks and 6 days which is exactly how far along I was when I found out I lost my baby last time. I am a little apprehensive, but I know God is in control!

Side Note: Bill went to the doctor with me....he thought the forms were "a little personal"....I am thinking "Babe, things are about to get a lot more personal that THAT!" Ha!

My doctor called me back this afternoon, they want me to come in Thursday for an early sonogram. Not because anything is wrong, but she wasn't involved in the decision to wait two weeks for my first sonogram. My doctor didn't want to wait that long. I am a little excited and ALOT nervous.

6 weeks and 1 day
Mom went with me to the Sonogram appointment, Bill had to work. We heard the baby's heartbeat. It was a wonderful sound. I almost let fear get the best of me in the sonogram room. That is such a place of pain for me. I almost closed my eyes, I can't say I truly enjoyed it until I left and got in my car and realized the sound I heard was MY LIVING BABY!

Baby's Heart Rate was 99 BPM
Measuring 5weeks 3days (but I think she miss-measured she is new)

6 weeks 6 days

Let the morning all day sickness begin!! Be careful what you wish for, I told my mom last night I wish I would get some morning sickness so I would know that my hormones were working at the proper levels. Sheesh, what was I thinking!! I have been so sick this afternoon, I have literally put my head down on my desk at work. I feel horrible!! But strangely enough I am thankful for the sickness!!

7 weeks 6 days

Had my 2nd sonogram today, every thing looked great! Nichole went with me this time, Bill was extremely sick and couldn't go. I was VERY disappointed that he didn't get to see our baby today, but was so excited that Aunt Nichole and Grey got to see his "girl friend" (at least that's what we are are hoping for). We would like a girl, but will be elated with whatever God chooses for us... Guess I have to wait another 10 weeks to find out what that is.

Baby's Heart Rate was 161 BPM
Measuring 7weeks 5days (thats more like it, I got a more seasoned tech this time)

8 weeks

Zofran is AMAZING, I was finally able to eat last night!! It was wonderful. I had 2 bowls of Chicken Rotel (Chicken Spaghetti) and I even ate Arby's for lunch today. I haven't been able to eat much at all, other than fruit, since the morning all day sickness started!

9 weeks
Wondering if the heartburn will EVER go away! The nausea is fading. But the food aversions are horrible. I can't eat much meat at all, NO CHICKEN, it just makes me ill.

10 weeks

Started bleeding today, I completely freaked....I got to the doctor's office as soon as they opened. They did a sonogram as soon as I got there. They wanted to make sure the baby's heart was still beating and it was measuring on track. I have never been so scared in my life. Once the appointment was over and everything checked out alright, the baby's heart rate was 171 bpm and was measuring right on track. I wasn't dilated, so they sent me home to rest until my appointment next week. After the roller coaster of emotions I need the rest.
One good thing that came from this was Bill was able to be with me to see our baby this time. This is the first time there has been any movement in the sonogram, the baby was wiggling and moving around like crazy, it was the sweetest thing EVER. Bill was completely amazed!! I think he is already hooked!

10 weeks 6 days

Appointment went well today. I can go back to work tomorrow. They were trying to hear the heartbeat on the Doppler, but the baby wouldn't cooperate. My doctor said "she must be a girl because she wants her picture taken" LOL...so she sent me to sonogram. I was terrified waiting for sonogram. Then I saw it's little heart beat on the screen just beating away. It wasn't moving as much this time, it must have been as sleepy as mommy (Wink). Everything checked out great and I am finally off "house arrest" things are definitely looking up. I have another appointment in 4 weeks.

The picture quality isn't that great on this one. I had "the new girl" again and she doesn't seem to take very clear pictures. She is very sweet, and I like her, but she is the one that took the first picture too and they weren't great either. I think she just isn't as experienced as the other two ladies.
Heart Rate 173 BPM
Measuring 11 weeks and 2 days

Oh and just a quick tip for being on bed rest with your first child: DON'T WATCH TLC!!! I am very terrified of labor now!! The epidurals, and such!! Geezie Weezie, why would they show that on TV!! It's enough to make you change your mind about this whole situation. I am excited about being pregnant, and SUPER Excited about bringing a new baby home with me....the labor part however, not so much.....Stupid Eve and her dumb apple!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Corn Fritters

½ Cup Bread Flour
½ Cup Self-Rising Flour
2 Tbs. Milk
1 Tbs. Melted Butter
¼ Cup Frozen Cream Style Corn
2 Tbs. Sugar
1 Egg
½ Tsp. Baking Powder

Mix: Milk, Egg, Butter, and corn. Stir in dry ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoon-full into hot oil (350 degrees) fry until golden brown.