Sunday, November 27, 2011

Let the baby proofing begin...

 Between rolling and his new funny scoot, Thomas is really moving these days :) It's definitely keeping me on my toes!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sara and Matt visit!

We've been busy this week, but I wanted to share a quick picture from last weekend! James' sister, Sara, and her boyfriend, Matt, came from MSU to visit us for the day and we had a great time!  We ate Jimmy Johns, played with the bean, the boys played some video games while Sara and I ran to Target, had ice cream at the new Comfy Cow, walked around Frankfort Ave a bit, played the wii, had a home cooked dinner and fresh apple pie and played Bananagrams!  Thomas enjoyed all the attention and his new adorable hoodie that Aunt Sara brought him :)

not bad for an iphone picture :)

We can't wait until they come back again!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Halloween: our little {Clemson} tiger!

Thomas and I spent his first Halloween in SC with my family! Unfortunately, James had to head home early, but we made sure to take lots of pictures so he could see our cute little tiger.  Thomas had no say in his costume, but I am positive he would have chosen to be a Clemson tiger anyway--just to make his mama proud!    I actually bought this last year when I was pregnant on major clearance--worth all $3 if I do say so myself!  We didn't do any trick-or-treating since he can't eat the candy anyway, but we did go over to my brother's house where they set up an awesome tent and gave out hot apple cider, cookies, and candy to all their neighbors!  It was amazing and such a great way to serve their community!

Not really sure about all this....
 Modeling the side-profile
 He had to get into character by trying to eat me.
 Love my brother!
 Oma and the tiger
Thomas was SO zonked by the time we left and fell asleep in the car before we even got out of the neighborhood.  I did get lots of snuggles as a result!
 Jami and Lauren-- Thanks for having us over!
 Daddy enjoying the hot apple cider.
  The set-up...such a great idea!

We had a really great Halloween and in my opinion, Thomas was sooooo, soooo cute!!! But I know, I'm a bit biased.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

splish, splash I was taking a bath...

Thomas got his first bath in the sink while we were in SC.  James took the little ramp {he left early to get back to school} we use to bathe him in the big bathtub and my parents tub is too slippery to have him sit up in it--so I opted for the good old kitchen sink route.  It's generally tragic to his nighttime sleep if we skip the bath and since he was already having troubles, I needed all the help I could get :).  Not to mention, he was super cute and smiley as usual!

It's so funny to watch him try to catch the water.  He can't figure out why he can't grab it when he can see it!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rebekah's kitchen: recent {mostly pumpkin} recipes

I've been in the fall mood and so has apparently everyone else in our city since canned pumpkin is often hard to find!  Here are just a few recipes that I've tried in the past few weeks....

Pumpkin cookies- These came out with more of the consistency of muffin tops than cookies, but tasted absolutely delightful. James scarfed the first batch down!  They had just a hint of sweetness which made them really great for breakfast.  I decided to skip the chocolate glaze since they were great on their own.  I also ended up baking half of them and freezing the other half in individual cookie pieces to bake later. They stuck together a little bit in the freezer, but tasted just as great as making them fresh!

Low-fat Pumpkin bread- Can I just say YUM?  It is delicious and easy to make--not to mention fairly low in calories. I would highly recommend it!!

Pumpkin butter- Are you noticing a trend yet?  This recipe seemed easier than it ended up.  For whatever reason I could NOT get mine to thicken on the stove and I even cooked it way longer than it called for.  I ended up throwing it in the crock pot on low for a few hours with the lid slightly off to let out the liquid and it turned out GREAT, not to mention so much easier. Don't forget to stir it occasionally if you try it. Perfect on toast and probably even better on some pumpkin pancakes! Oh, and my apt. smelled amazing

Taco chicken bowls-  We've had these a few times and really love them!  They are easy {most of the work is done by the crock pot and rice cooker!}, cheap and delicious. Plus they freeze really well, so you can easily make extra and have it again!  

Roasted butternut squash-  This was absolutely delicious and we will be having it again this week with some grilled chicken and green beans!  James is not the biggest fan of squash, but LOVED it and so did I.  I skipped the olive oil and just sprayed a little pam on the squash to cut calories.  It turned out SO good.  The texture is more like a home-fry than a squishy squash which pleased my husband :). My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

I'm also trying this chicken pot pie soup this week and possibly this potato soup next week {my friend Beth says is great!}-- I'll let you know how it goes!


Monday, November 7, 2011

jen's baby shower: part two

Jen's shower had the perfect mix of friends and family and everyone was so generous!  Many friends sent presents even though they couldn't make it, leaving Jen with an awesome pile of gifts to get ready for her new daughter :).  Each time she opened a gift, she had to answer a common pediatrician question written by the guests.  Some of her friends {also being pediatricians!} tried their best to ask some off-the-wall questions!  It was fun to hear all the answers and crazy things people ask! :)

I'm so glad it went so well and most importantly, that Jen had a great time!  Love you, sister, and SOOOOO excited to meet my niece in just a few months.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

An afternoon at the park

We're lucky.  Our apt. complex has a fabulous, large playground that they just re-landscaped to make even more fabulous!  Yesterday, we decided to try out Thomas in the swing.  He did almost cry once, but we pushed him a little slower and smiled a lot and he was just fine.  He just sort of sat there, but I think he will at least grow to like it :). Thankfully, James has an iphone so we could capture it!

I know that soon Thomas will really enjoy having a great playground so close to home!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

sweet baby shower: part one {decorations!}

So many weeks and details went into planning Jen's baby shower {not to mention lots of finding ideas on pinterest} and it turned out just perfect!  Thanks SO much to everyone who helped make it a success by providing a place to have it, food, and awesome presents for my sister!!!

I decided to go with a green, orange and yellow theme since we didn't know the sex of the baby when we started the planning-- not to mention it was perfect for fall!  We had it at my sister's friend's house {Thanks, Miranda!}.  She has such a cute place and it was the perfect setting for the shower!  I didn't take a pictures of the invites, but Miranda sent out these from  They were adorable!

For the cupcakes, I made flags using these free printable labels on white cardstock and attaching toothpicks to them.

I also made a diaper cake.  If you ever make one, the key to keeping it together is using a paper towel roll up the center!  There are tons of tutorials for doing this that you can google to get ideas!  

As a "guest book" I bought Happy Birthday To You! by Dr. Suess book and had everyone write inside the cover.  I wrote this poem as instructions.

For beverages, we had Chickfila lemonade and hot apple cider. yum!

Mom and I {but mostly mom!}  made our party favors {idea courtesy of pinterest} using double stuff oreos with a lollipop stick dipped in white chocolate and decorated with green chocolate.  The tags were stamped with a "thanks so much" and tied with white ribbon. They were adorable and delicious!

I painted this box to use for one of the games.

This banner was made out of scrapbook paper and ribbon.

Here's the delicious spread provided by lots of friends and family! 

There you have it!  A fall-ish baby shower for my sweet sister and her new baby girl!  Additional posts and pictures to come!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Vacation: SC

We've been out of town--enjoying time with family in SC, an awesome baby shower for my sister and Thomas' first Halloween!  I have lots of pictures to share over the next few days :)

Thomas got lots of snuggles in with his aunts and uncles, oma and papa, and his great-grandmas!  He also had his first boys time out while all of us gals were at the baby shower.  And even though he didn't adjust well with his sleep while we were gone {yawn!}, I got lots of rest with all those people willing to watch and play with him!
meeting great-grandma F

Uncle Jami is funny!

ALWAYS moving.

eating puffs :)

Wish they all came home with me so I could do this EVERYDAY!
I'll be posting shower pictures and Halloween ones soon!  Glad to be back :)