Sunday, February 19, 2012

Picture Project Weeks 29-32!

Well y'all, little Miss Lovebug is sure keeping this Mama on her toes lately! She's crawling so fast that I blink and she's in another room! Gone are the days of playing on a quilt on the living room floor... she'll be off headed for the kitchen the minute i put her down. She talks all the time now, saying lots of new sounds... it's precious! Bri and I about died when we saw her standing up in her crib 3 weeks ago! She pulls up on everything, and pushes our hands away "I got this Mama"... and then she falls over... and then she tries it again. We have a feeling she's gonna be one stubborn little girl! We figured out what her little "sign" meant... when she open and closes her right hand quickly she's saying "I want..." we can't belive how fast she's growing up! Her favorite new food are her Happy Baby puffs... she ate 30 of them in one sitting the second time I gave 'em to her! She also really likes the Happy Baby yogurt drops. She's still loving all the different kinds of fruits & veggies, and she eats them twice a day with cereal. She's been so hungry since the crawling started! This is definitely a first for our little skinny minny! The biggest deal around this house is that Lovebug SLEEPS! After a very long sleep drought, we finally got baby girl to sleep in her sweet little crib with all the handmade bedding her Mama sewed and she SLEEPS!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day... Instagramed.

I know I'm a little late with the recap, but hey- that's what happens when life gets busy, and to make it even easier... let's just admit that iPhone pics are the ONLY kind I take these days...

My Valentine's actually started the Saturday before, when my super sweet Husband & my best friend's Husband suprised us with a Spa Day... it was so very lovely. Fluffy white robes with slippers, being waiting on and massaged, and pampered... I hope there's a spa in heaven.

 I was really super excited for Valentine's day this year, and although I always enjoy dark chocolate and sweet gifties from the Hubby, I was especially excited to share this day with our little family. The night before, I ran to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies to make some quick garland, inspired by THIS Pleated Poppy Post.

The next morning, I made us Red Velvet Pancakes from THIS recipe... they were soo rich, but good, but soo bad for us! The best kind of breakfast I think.

Brian went a little crazy on gifts for Lovebug... we decided that since the "real meaning" of Valentine's Day is LOVE, there would be no harm in spoiling her to death. The best part? He bought a whole box of Winnie the Pooh valentines, just to fill one out and give it to her. He's such an amazing Daddy, and an example of exactly the kind of man I want for her one day.

I got a little cheesy this year and used THIS idea from 30days. I gave Bri a simple, inexpensive gift with sentimental meaning on the :14 of each hour all morning/afternoon. It was a fun way to keep the day filled with celebration!

At 12:14, he opened a box of Mac n Cheese (what he made for me on our 1st Valentine's day when we were 18.) While we ate our oh-so-gourmet lunch, he opened his "big" gift... Aluminum Instagram prints from Postalpix. I'm super excited to show you the display I've got planned for these beauties in his future office! Here's the large 8 x 10 (so mushy, i know)

My gift this year was a beautiful necklace from Lisa Leonard that I will treasure forever! He's seriously the best at giving gifts and ALWAYS outdoes mine... I have to say I love that about him.

After gifts, we got all dressed up headed off to watch his Auntie get married on the Plaza... such a lovely way to spend a day all about LOVE! It was a gorgeous wedding and we had lots of time spent with family and the people we love most!

Have a great weekend y'all!

life rearranged

Friday, February 10, 2012


Is it really Friday again?! Here's our week (acutally the last two) in Instagrams...

Sweet, sweet moment...

14lb 7mo... acting like such a big girl!

Make THESE cookies... you'll thank me.

Sewing pretty pennants for a Women's Conference

Watching Mizzou basketball... that's our girl!

Avacados for dinner... she wasn't too sure.

Peanut Butter Mocha + new Hunter boots = a GOOD day!

Have a great weekend y'all!
life rearranged 

Monday, February 6, 2012

More OREO Chocolate Chip Goodness!

Hey y'all... it's sure been a while since I posted a decadent treat on the blog, and this one sure is a doosy! Remember THIS ridiculous cookie? Well these are their cousin.... and they are so yummy! I'd been staring at the recipe for months on my Pinterest board, and I FINALLY got around to making them. I should have doubled the recipe because they were gobbled up fast! They taste a bit like cookies and cream, but still have that classic chocolate chip cookie goodness... here's what ya need:

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies                                                    Lovin' From the Oven
1 stick butter (room temperature)
1 egg
6 Tbsp brown sugar
6 Tbsp sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 Tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
11 Oreos (crushed up in a ziplock)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grab your mixer and beat the butter & sugar. Add the egg & vanilla and mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients and then add slowly to the mixer.

Stir in the oreos & chocolate chips... it'll be pretty dry & thick!

Now get out a mini ice cream scooper and scoop the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

You'll need a BIG glass of milk and handful of these beauties! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So here's where we're at...

So I've been feeling super blessed recently by all the amazing encouragement that has been all over the blogosphere... seriously everywhere! I posted THIS post, and then it was like every Mommy Blogger I follow posted that they sometimes feel that way too... and it really made me feel good. Some days will be rough... but it's always been WAY worth it all in the end. I also recieved a message from another Mom friend that gave me such peace and encouragement... she COMPLETELY got it, and it was so refreshing.

I feel like I spend a lot of time worrying about what to blog, and writing perfect posts with pretty pictures, etc. Lately I've been feeling like the whole "write down your life" movement is the way to go... so along with yummy food, craftyness, and ooodles of Baby cuteness, I'm also gonna start a bit more talking about the everyday around here. Is that okay with y'all? Because after all... "the path to homemaker extraordinaire" is anything but perfect and I feel like there are a whole lot of Mamas out there who can relate to the journey I'm currently taking.

So here's what's new in the Edwards household...

1. We're sleep-training our little Lovebug. This is the HARDest thing I've had to do as a Mama so far. I've talked to soo many people and read EVERY. SINGLE. article/book/website about the subject. I honestly NEVER want to speak of it again. We're doing it OUR way, and we prayed long and hard about how to get the little chickie some sleep (and us too) and it's WORKING. ThankyouLordJesus.

2. Since I've had a bit of rest... I need to get busy! I've worked out once a week for 3 weeks and I'm pretty sure that's not really going to help me lose the baby weight. So unless I would like to spend approx 1 day at my healthy weight before getting pregnant again... it's time to make it happen!

3. Now that my child actually sleeps, I had a moment (the first in 7 months) where I actually thought "What should I do right now?" It was ground breaking I tell ya! I'm pretty sure the ol' sewing machine is finally going to get some much needed attention and there will be happy projects finally moving from by Pinterest board to getting DONE!

4. We are FINALLY going to start the HOUSE HUNT! It's been 8 months in this "temporary" apartment and I'm sooo very ready to have some space! I've been tripping over toys and baby contraptions and tip-toeing around keeping baby quiet for Bri (while he works from home) and us quiet for Lovebug (while she sleeps) and climbing 3 sets of stairs up to 3 times a day! Although I'll be a bit sad to leave Hannah's first Nursery behind, this Mama is getting EXCITED to find our first house! With 4 moves in 2 years, I DREAD the actual process of moving, but this will hopefully be our LAST move for a very long time.

So that's that. What do y'all wanna hear about next? Any burning questions?