Sunday, July 31, 2011
So mom and I decided to get together and make soups to freeze for dinners and lunches. Yea, odd when it's the middle of summer...but soup is a perfect start to a meal especially when trying to lose weight... so we came up with a plan, gathered our recipes and i shopped til i dropped...lol. We prepared for this all week so come Saturday (yesterday), we were ready. I got fresh vegetables where i could and frozen for the rest. We did find out that no matter how much planning goes into something like this, there is going to be mishaps... for one, we only had 1 very large soup pot...and that was going to be for the Ham & Bean soup since beans swell. So now we have 3 other large pots... and a roaster...ok, the roaster would be perfect for the chili... the other pots for vegetable and the potato soup... except for... i made so much vegetable there was no way it was fitting into just those 2 pots... luckily that was about the time the chili got done and we washed it out and dumped ingredients into there.... perfect... 5 hours later we had 4 dinner size servings of soup for each family and several helpings of each soup for each of us for lunches... all packed and ready for the freezer... and because i got so ambitious with the potatoes, mom had enough to make her special potato salad, a treat for all the hard work...my right hand index finger is bruised at the side from the knife, the skin of that same finger is off the knuckle and a blister on the underside of same finger... and a cut on my left thumb...ouch...lol... but looking at all that food, ready to heat and serve...so worth it... next time...i'll wear gloves...lol. Of course, just spending time with my mom was great...and since we were working and cooking, the kids didn't bother us much...lol... love how that worked :) We are already planning on doing another day with our favorite family casseroles....
Ok, I guess since i am hopefully making your mouth water, i could share the recipes we used :)
Vegetable Soup: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Ham & Bean Soup: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Cream of Potato: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ok, if you have read my blogs or are in one of my teams...you know...i'm pretty darned excited about being a grandma...lol... and even that might be an understatement... but, being caught up in the excitement of it, i never really took the time to let it fully hit me... i mean... i'm gonna be a grandma... well...that realization hit yesterday at the baby shower... and i'll be honest... it took my breath away...i mean... me.... a grandma... i thought i was ready...but am i?? i will be a big part of his life...but that means, i will be instrumental in his growth...yea, the parents will be the main ones of course...but i will also have a big part... as did my parents with my kids... will i be a good grandma? will i be able to handle an all nighter when dd2 needs to rest? will i have the energy to spoil him as rotten as he deserves to be :) just thinking about it makes my heart flutter... i know parents go through this right before baby is born...but truly, i never expected to go through this??? to have these doubts about my grandmother hood...i've been wanting it for so long and now i'm worried about it?? oh come on....really?? lol. i do know i won't be a perfect grandma, just like i was not a perfect mom...but i do know that the baby will know his grandma loves him...that he has a place to run whenever he needs it...all he has to do is call 1-800-GRANDMA and with his parents permission, i'll be there... he will know how to have fun and how to laugh...in this family, that's a must...lol... he will have a grandma that will play games with him and color with him...and hey, i'll be right there when he wants to swing... or play in the water... and since he is a boy... he may just find me right beside him in the mud helping him get dirty...lol.. and when he is here, he may just wake to find his grandma over his bed praying for him... and even if he doesn't wake up during the night...i'll still be there... praying...praying for him...and praying for me...that i will be the kind of grandma he needs me to be. My hope and prayer to my little bundle of joy is that he knows his grandma loves him.
Ok, now that I am crying...lol... the baby shower was terrific... laughs and tears... the devotional my mom did provided both... we had a good time and a healthy lunch... and baby has all the things he needs when he enters this world..well...all that is except a crib...lol...which we are still looking for that perfect one... the one we wanted was a roll down side and all those have been recalled...so...we are still looking for that next perfect one that is just waiting for us :)
Saturday, July 09, 2011
I have always been one of those people that can see a glass of water and truly see it both half full and half empty... an optimist with real life experience... i could drive my crazy because of this... though, trust me, he was the exact same way...lol... i can have hopes and dreams, but also realize that it could and most likely will be different than i had expected... but yet this one is still a shocker to me... Since dd2 has gotten pregnant, we have been absolutely thrilled... i have been wanting grandbabies since before my own kids were even thinking of marriage...lol... and dd2 has been wanting kids way before she should of... so when she did get pregnant... oh the joy...and yea, there were those people that advised she not get too excited..and in the beginning, we were on pins and needles... i having had a miscarriage before, and my dd1 having a miscarriage and not being able to get pregnant again... well, yea, we were scared... once the baby started moving, we let all those thoughts go... i mean... the scary part was over... though we also realized that anything could still happen... we tried not to think of that... so when they started testing dd2 for blood clotting disorders...i just knew she was going to be ok... i mean, just because her grandmother and i had blood clots last year was just coincidence... then that proverbial bomb dropped... she has Protein S disorder...which means her blood can clot faster... they say it's genetic, not hereditary... so not sure what that means for my mom and i... but this could be very serious for dd2 and baby... in fact, from what i have read thus far, there is a higher chance of babies being still born... though a couple reports said that they do usually try to induce labor a couple weeks earlier to prevent that... unfortunately, it is so rare, that it is hard to find much information on it... i do know for sure that her OB had said that if she did have this disorder she would have to go on heprin shots... she will see a specialist on Monday and will hopefully know more...
If you do happen to know anything about Protein S, please let me know what you know... i have googled it and read all that but am also looking for real life people who know something about it.
Also, please keep dd2 and baby in your prayers... she of course is scared... she doesn't do shots well anyways...but of course will do anything for her precious baby... but needless to say...we are all scared.... We know it's in God's hands, but being human, as we are, there is that part of us that still fears the worse...BUT we are hoping for the best.
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