Grant me patience
to deal with my
BLESSINGS!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Reese Ruby Meredith!!!

Reese was born in West Virginia on November 21 at 11:58 in the morning. She weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long. Isn't she adorable? Reese takes spot number 14 of the grandchildren in the Meredith family!!!


She is soooo tiny!!!!


Look at all of her hair!!! So cute!!!



Oh....fresh from Heaven. What a wonder and a miracle!!! Congrats to Rex and Jeigh for bringing another beautiful baby to this earth life! We love you!




Friday, November 21, 2008

A New Baby in the Family!!!

We are so excited and wanted to tell everyone about the new edition to the Meredith family!!
Rex and Jeigh Meredith just had thier little girl this morning!!!
I am sure she is beautiful!
They named her: Reese Ruby .....so cute, huh?
We are very happy for them and wish them the best!!!
We'll post pictures as soon as we get some!

And no....I am not pregnant! (My IUD still has 3 years left) Though, there are some who wish I was, we promise we won't let you know, even if I were!!! We'll just show up one day and I'll be as round as a watermelon....Surprise!!!!! he he, oh the joys of Motherhood! What a blessing it is to bring Heavenly Father's children to this world (by our own womb, or through another's) and have the opportunity to raise them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Picture Tag!

Picture Tag. You find your 6th folder and post the 6th picture...and tell the story.
This is Anna. This was actually the first time I gave her a "Biter Biscuit". She loved it, but boy are they MESSY!! Anna was a very picky eater, so we gave her anything she was willing to eat, even if she was a yucky mess afterwards!!! At least she wore a bib...unlike her little brother!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

BEST EVER Oatmeal Cookies!

I figured that since my cookies looked so yummy in the pictures, you all would like the recipe and try them out yourselves! Here it is:

1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

(Note: if you don't have nutmeg, you can add 1/4 tsp cloves and ginger, plus the cinnamon...it is really good too! I tried it! And make sure you adjust the recipe for high altitude, they turn out better...for those in Pocatello, Rexburg, Idaho area.)

preparation:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well.

2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Servings: ABOUT 3 DOZEN

notes and cook tips
HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.

variations :

BAR COOKIES: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS

VARIATIONS:
Stir in 1 cup raisins or chopped nuts.
Omit spices; stir in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter-flavored chips.

-I made a dozen plain oatmeal cookies, then I added 1 cup craisens to the oatmeal mixture, made a dozen, then added to the remaining mixture finely chopped apple pieces. With one recipe, you are able to make three kinds of yummy and more healthy cookies!

What are home-made sweet pickles?

I am doing this post to answer some questions about home-made pickles. Russ's mom used to make them all the time, and Russ grew to the point of loving ONLY his mamma's pickles. No other brand would satisfy his taste buds! This is how we made ours...in a nutshell...

We bought 4-5 cucumbers. We boiled a huge pot of water, then put the cucumbers in whole and let them soak. We did that once a day for a few days. Then we pickled them by cutting them up into little pieces, and using a pickling spice and a few other ingredients, made a "brine" where you boil everything together, strain, and pour into your prepared canning jars (that you have to specially make ready too). Russ did it all, but it really wasn't that hard. They actually taste really good, and Russ always has them with his tuna fish sandwiches. We made sweet pickles, so I am not sure how you would do dill pickles, but it was a fun "adventure". It feels good to be able to be somewhat self-reliant. We are finding that just because you want something, it doesn't mean you have to get it at the store. There are so many things a person can make at home!

So....if you are interested in making some home-made sweet pickles, let me know, and I will get you the recipe!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pretty-n-Pink!


One morning, Carter was envying Anna pretty pink panties! He brought them to me, and then with his usual form of communication of grunts and gestures, started pulling off his onesie and tried to put on the panties. Of course, being the oh-so-helpful mother that I am, I assisted my son! Once the panties were secure, Carter was ALMOST content! What wouldn't make the morning even brighter than a ride on a PINK scooter in some pretty PINK panties? Gotta give the kid some credit....he knows where it's at!!! Thank goodness for big sisters too....so Carter can chill on a bed decked out in Strawberry Shortcake, in pink panties, catching up on some good 'ol Pink Princess reading! This kid has got it made!



My last and final comment......"Blackmail....someday!" he he he!
(PS-make sure you all check my other new posts I posted as well as this one!)





A reason to celebrate!!!!

What mom can't feel happy about this? The only thing that would make me happier is if I could get Carter to wear a bib....and actually believe that this feeding himself thing is really going to last! The last meal we had as a family, I recall still shoveling food into Anna's mouth, and she is three years old! It's amazing I ever get any food in my own mouth between keeping Carter from throwing half the contents of his meal on the floor, getting the other half of his meal into his mouth, catching with great talent the bites he spontaneously spits out, getting "this" from the refrigerator, getting "that" from the pantry, "I need a dwink pweeze!", blowing on all of Anna's food that is always "Too Hot!", telling Anna to sit in her chair and stop playing around and eat her food....then threatening her with, "If you don't take a bite, I am going to put it up your nose!!!", next thing I know, Carter is climbing on his seat, then onto my lap, then back into his chair, then throwing a fit because I refuse to let him climb around anymore......meanwhile, Anna is now pleading for that "dwink pwwwwweeeeeze!! It takin sooo yong mom....I tant wait!!"....and that's all just during ONE meal....two meals and a few snack-times later and "Whew!....I only have a lifetime of feeding my kids left!" Go Mommy!!

video

So this is what we've been up to...

Trick-or-Treating! Anna was a bumble bee and Carter was a pumpkin.
Anna had to show grandma and grandpa's new kitten Shadow her costume.
I sliced my pinkie finger while doing the dishes. The cup broke while my hand was inside. Two words: Dishwasher PLEASE!!!

Inhaling some vapors. "Whoooooo!"
I think this one inhaled a little too much of that "vapor"!! She's a special one, eh?

Laughing.....look at those cheeks......hmmmm....I could just eat him up!!!!
Pouting......no one does this better in our family than Anna!

This is my specialty....baking! These were oatmeal cookies, oatmeal & craisen cookies, and oatmeal, craisen, and apple cookies.....oh, seriously, they were the BEST EVER!!!!!
Eating up the BEST EVER cookies!
Here, have another one!

Crying....very LOUDLY.....Carter does this best in the family! Actually, he doesn't really cry so much...he just yells! He is becoming quite the little stinker!
Wonder who Carter learned how to be such a STINKER from? Hmmmm...hard to say!
Definitely not being a STINKER here!
Just "chillin".....as a mom, I love these quiet moments!
Russ's most prized possession....his very own home-made sweet pickles. Yum!

Friday, November 7, 2008

All in an Hour...

This afternoon, while Anna and Carter took a nap, I was able to do all of this:

Cleaned up the living room
Cleaned my bedroom...I even made the bed
Washed the dishes
Swept the kitchen floor
Cleaned the bathroom (toilet, sink and floor)
Emptied the trash cans
Took out the trash
Ate a chocolate chip cookie
Read my friends recent updated blogs
Did a little blogging of my own
Did some paperwork
Read a little
And had another cookie!

I consider myself the ULTIMATE mom today! Hmmm, and people think we have it easy!

Gordon B. Hinckley said,
"Sacrifice is, and always has been, the essence of motherhood"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Craziness in October!

This month has been filled with activity for us! Let me tell you all what we have been doing this October!

Anna has graduated from sippy cup to big girl cup! I love the sippy cups with the lids because they create less mess! But, all good things must come to an end! I took Anna with me to the store and she got to pick out her own cups. She picked some red plastic ones and a red, green, and pink cup with a built-in straw. (Carter loves them!) So, we are proud of Anna moving on in her big girl ways, and dealing with the ocassional messes that come with it!

Our next accomplishment: Anna has been Pull-up free since this summer. She can usually go all night long without having to go to the bathroom, so I can now almost sleep soundly through the night again! Anna has had some accidents here and there, but for the most part she is accident-free! Hurray! I found that the best way for success is no drinks at all after dinner. We always remind Anna that her last drink is at the dinner table and she gets no more until morning. There were a few nights where I gave in and gave her a little drink, and guess what? She always wet the bed! Not only is drinking fluids at night bad for potty-training, but it is also bad on your child's teeth. We learned our lesson the hard way with Anna when she was younger. I would give her juice at night...ahhhh, I know, what was I thinking? So, Anna has parts on her teeth that have de-calcified, and so if we do not stay in perfect step with her brushing habits, it could mean bad news in the future! Our kids are learning now that water is their best friend!

Speaking of teeth, Anna had her first dental check-up this month! We talked it up to her for a week and when the day came, I was a little nervous about how Anna would react. Amazingly, she did AWESOME! She thought the chair was "so cool" and she got to watch cartoons while the hygenist cleaned her teeth. Anna felt very important too, because she got to wear sunglasses because the lights were too bright! She picked strawberry fluoride and bubble gum toothpaste. She got a bag that she kept calling her "special prize bag" and it had a new whale toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and flosser. She also got a coin for being so good, and she got to put it in a toy dispenser and pick a "prize". She picked the one with braceletts! (and she had to tell all the family about it afterwards!) The dentist wasn't too concerned about her teeth where there was some de-calcification, and told us to brush night and day and keep an eye on Anna's teeth. They noticed that Anna has an under bite already, and so we are in the process of getting approved with Anna's insurance to have a chin strap for her that she will wear at night, to slow down the growth of her bottom jaw, so the rest of her face can catch up! (unfortunately, this under bite problem runs in Russ's family...Russ had a bad problem when he was young, and his little sister Chels had to have some major work to fix her mouth!) Did I mention that Russ is NOT going to be a dentist? It's a shame!

Russ and I celebrated our fourth year anniversary this month, on the 23rd! Everything that could have gone wrong on the day of our anniversary went wrong, and so we joked that we sure won't forget that one! Our day was pretty much miserable! But by the end of our date to Craigo's we pulled through and ended on a somewhat more happy note! This is a testament to us and all of you other couples out there, that you can even have BAD days on your anniversary, of all the cruelty in the world, and still come home at the end of the day, having long endured the unpleasant things, and say, "Sorry, I can be better." Sometimes, marriage is not only about the good times, but also about how the two of you can get through the rough times. Russ and I love each other and we have committed ourselves to a lifetime together and an eternity to come. You gotta work hard for that celestial mansion up above! As perfect as we would like our lives to be, we are far from perfection, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate the good days right along with the bad days. I have been married four years and by golly, it has been joyous and bliss, lovely and fun, crappy and stinkin hard!!!!, frustrating and madening as all get-out! I have been my best self and my worst self, I have cried many tears, laughed so hard I couldn't stop crying, jumped up and down in excitement and in anger, strangled pillows, slammed doors, rolled my eyes and even stuck out my tongue a few times! And this is what I'll say to the next 75 years of marriage, "Bring it on!"

Of thoughts about life and marriage, we went to Twin Falls to celebrate my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary! It was great fun! My aunts and uncles planned a party for them in the new church by the temple (which is stunning!) and all of my grandparents children were there! That was a first in a LONG time! My grandparents are amazing! They raised their own children and then raised me as a teenager, and are now raising my little sister Haylee too. I LOVE my family and I am the person I am today because of the influences of my grandparents!

We celebrated Halloween in Twin Falls too. Anna was a bumble bee and Carter was a pumpkin. We went trick-or-treating with my aunt Jenny and her kids. It was fun and surprisingly enough, Anna forgot about her candy when we got back to Nanny and Grandad's house! While we were there, Carter was feeling under the weather, and woke up Saturday night wheezing and coughing. It sounded just like the croup. I slept on the floor in the office where we had Carter sleeping, and he woke up every 45 minutes gasping, crying, and coughing! It was terrible! To me, it sounded like he was barely breathing at all! So, at 4 in the morning, I took Carter to the emergency room in Twin Falls, where he was given a breathing treatment and then an oral steroid to reduce the inflamation in his airway. He kept most everyone up at my grandparents house that night, so we all stayed home from church trying to re-cooperate! There is nothing scarier than a bad case of the croup!

Along with out travels to Twin Falls I got to attend my cousin's baby shower. Hillary is my age and we grew up together mostly attached at the hip! We were the best of friends...and sometimes the worst of enemies too! Hillary is having a boy in January and we all all so excited for her! It was fun to get to see my mom's side of the family and laugh and joke about all of our labor and birth stories!

Along the way to Twin Falls, we had to make stops in Pocatello, too, where Russ has had dental work done on his mouth! He got an infection under one of his caps, and so had to have a root canal, temporary cap, and will have a permanent one put on in two weeks. Did I mention Russ is NOT going to be a dentist? I did! Oh. Still...what a shame! After we re-cooperate from the loss of about $1,700, I have to go back and have a wisdom tooth removed! And what about dental insurance for those who make under the poverty level?

Along with with all the other events that have happened, I was doing the dishes one evening and happened to be in a foul mood, when the cup I was washing broke with my hand inside it! So...me being mad at Russ and trying hard to give him the cold shoulder (which I am told I do quite well) my pinkie finger got sliced open and started bleeding. Russ, much to my dismay, (because I wanted very badly to punsih him and keep ignoring him all evening) rushed to my aid to stop the unstoppable bleeding! Anna was VERY concerned and kept asking me if I was okay. We quickly got a bandaid on my finger, and then I wrapped it in a rag and held it above my head for most of the evening until it stopped bleeding enough that we could get another bandage on it! The best blessing about it: I didn't have to do the dishes for a few days while my finger healed! Did I mention that you use your pinkie finger for more things than you could imagine?

Well, we have had a crazy month and I now have the task of downloading all my pictures too that go along with everything! So, stayed tuned for lots of pictures! I had better go now, for Russ just left the room with pillow in hand because of my endless typing! Men just don't understand the world of bloggers! Who needs sleep when you can blog? Anyway, good night to you all!