Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I am just super happy that I am 16 weeks and doing well. We had our doctors appointment yesterday and heard the strong, healthy heartbeat. What a relief it is to hear the sweet sound. It actually brought me to tears. So far, everything is healthy and on course. Our next appointment is on September 24 and that is when we will find out what we are having!! YEAH!
I never worried about anything with Abigayl and I seem to be a little more so with this one. So, to hear that the heart is still going strong is very reassuring.
I do not experience much sickness anymore (thank goodness!) but, this pregnancy took it easy on me in the nausea department. I have high energy in the morning and then crash mid morning and late afternoon. I have not really experienced any cravings. So far... so good!
I will try to do better about posting belly pictures. I just didn't start in as pretty of a place as I did with Abigayl. Now that it is expanding, I will take one every 2-4 weeks. (Most likely every 4, when I have a doctors appointment)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Neiman Marcus Bars
1 box yellow cake mix
1- 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 C butter (1 stick)
1- 1 lb. box powdered sugar
1/2 C flake coconut
Beat 1 egg and butter. Add cake mix. Press into 8 x 12 inch pan (I used 9 x 13). Mix cream cheese and 2 eggs. Add in sugar. Add coconut. Spread over cake. Bake in preheated oven at 325 for 45 minutes. Cut when cool.
I hope you all enjoy them as much as Rusty does. They are really good and pretty addictive. If you are on a diet, I maybe would hold off on making them for a little while!
It started off Friday night when I was able to sleep soundly in my big, comfy bed all by myself. Rusty was getting up (far to early) to go fishing and that means couch or spare for him. I was super well rested all day Saturday.
That afternoon I met my friend Kimberlee for lunch at The Pink House. I had never been there and she had told my how WONDERFUL the food was. The Pink House is only open for lunch and tea time. They had the largest tea selection I had ever seen. I couldn't not order tea. I went for the decaf peach tea and then they brought my a huge cup of ice to dump it over (it is still to warm for hot tea).
They have a simple menu but I think everything on it would be out of this world. But, I went for the quiche because it came with EVERYTHING! Not only did I eat a nice slice of ham and cheese quiche but, I also had a cup of... hold on to your pants... broccoli, cauliflower and cheese soup. It was DIVINE, I wish I could eat it every day. Also, the meal came with banana bread and fruit cup with the most amazing pink sauce over the fruit.
Aside from the AMAZING food. I was also in very good company. Kimberlee was my boot camp buddy and I am so happy that we have become friends. I see this Pink House thing happening once or twice a month. It would be a crime not to!
Then, that evening we went to our friend's house, Jill and Tom, where Jill provided us and another couple (the Smiths) with a delicious dinner. She made beef and chicken enchiladas, beans, yummy potatoes, salsa and a chocolate cake! She was a busy woman. It was very good and once again, the company was GREAT. Rusty and I are so lucky that we have been surrounded by so many new, wonderful friends. It has been such a blessing for us both through the last year.
Sunday was great because I spent the WHOLE day hanging out with Rusty. It doesn't happen often and I enjoyed every minute. We had breakfast, we played a couple of penny machines at the casino (they just turned it into a Hard Rock and I wanted to see while it would not be smokey), we browsed and shopped at a couple of places. Then, we came home and cleaned out the cars.
All-in-all, I had a great time with a lot of people I care about this weekend. I am blessed.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Matt and Rusty lived down the street from each other while growing up and Rusty and Matt worked to together for a while. It was really great to get to watch him get married to such a beautiful girl.
I always love weddings. The love. The food. The decorations. The cake. Just such a happy place to be.
Speaking of food, I was quite hungry when we arrived but knew I could make it through the ceremony. Once the beautiful ceremony was over, Rusty encouraged me to go get some food before the line got to long. Well, I am quite shy when it comes to dishing up in front of a bunch of strangers. Rusty went up with me so I could get some food in the belly (I think he was more concerned with not starving the little baby growing in the belly!). I have to tell you all (once again) how wonderful my husband truly is, I was finished with my first plate of food but didn't feel very satisfied; My husband went up and got me another plate! But, I still wasn't full. So, the brave man he is, went up and got is ever growing wife another plate!! All because I was to shy to go up and do it myself.
That little girl standing there with them is SO adorable. She was the flower girl and instead of dropping the flower petals, she through them up over her head so they would rain down on her before settling on the floor. And, she was standing there because she was ready for her slice of chocolate cake!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thank you again. I had a great time last night and it was because of all of you that we were able to laugh and have fun!
For anyone who tried placing an on-line order and had problems, I misspelled the URL. To order, go to:
Click "shop on-line" at the bottom, left of web page
Enter my name (Raychel) as the host
Click on my name when it shows up and follow the directions from there!
Monday, August 17, 2009
1. Oh my, you've gotten SO BIG
2. Are you having twins? (any thing about twins is OUT... unless the person has already said they are having twins)
3. Does your doctor say it's okay for you to be getting so big?
4. Oh.. your really out there!
Basically, anything that insinuates that the person is getting fat. Getting bigger is what you are supposed to do. That is what pregnancy is.
A more appropriate choice would be:
1. Look at the cute belly!
2. Oh... I love the little belly (it doesn't matter how big the belly is... always stick with the words small, cute, sweet, etc.)
I'm not trying to be rude, but I am so tired of hearing how big I am and I don't want to hear it for the next 5 months. In all honesty, I don't know how many times I'll be able to hear it before I explode at someone with this pregnancy. I felt like a punching bag when I was pregnant with Abigayl.
Would you walk up to someone who has gained 10 lb and say, "oh my, you've gotten big!", I don't think so.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
If you are unable to make it but still would like to order something, you can follow the directions below:
Click on "shop online" at the bottom
Under option 1, enter my name to search for me as the host
Then, follow the instructions from there!
I ordered a few of their gadgets at a party a month or so ago and absolutely love everything I have used so far!
On an absolutely different note, I have only gained one pound since I have been back from Alaska! I am so happy that my walks with Katie have helped me keep the weight gain to a minimum. I would prefer not to have to lose 45 lb. this time around!
Anyway, I hope to see those of you who can come on Tuesday.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thank you Carrie. You are such an amazing, selfless friend and I thank you for all that you do for me.
Please everyone, go check it out.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Katie and I started walking on Thursday and that afternoon I completed so many tasks around the house and I was even able to get some of the front porch painted. I have been feeling pretty good the last couple of days and I think being active has really helped. Not only is it great motivation to get things done at home but it will (hopefully) help keep my weight gain to a minimum!
Having a husband that is so great helps me a great deal. He is so reassuring and wonderful. I'm just blessed to have the friends and the family that I have to help support me when I'm down.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I know that I don't make it any easier on him either. Since I returned home from my trip I have been EXTREMELY emotional, some days not feeling well, very tired and for the most part, useless (except for the whole growing a baby thing).
Rusty never criticizes that the house hasn't been cleaned or that I forgot to thaw out the meat for dinner. He reassures me when I feel bad that the house isn't cleaned or dinner isn't ready. He puts up with a lot from me and still chooses to love me each day (or so I hope!).
Last night is a great example of everything I have just wrote about. I had a VERY tough day yesterday. I was missing Abigayl A LOT and very emotional. I didn't feel well all day and I did not get much done around the house. When he got home he hugged me and did his best to comfort me. Then, he made dinner! It was such a relief to not have to cook last night. It was incredible to have him step up and tell me to go sit and that he would handle dinner.
He grilled hamburgers and fried up some zucchini and it was the best meal. He did such a fantastic job. I am so thankful to have a husband that can support me in every way. God is good and he blessed me with a wonderful man and a great marriage.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Next up on my to-do list is painting our white shutters black and hopefully Rusty will finish the entry soon so that we can have a completely new look for our house.
Before flying to Alaska, I had an over night layover in Seattle to visit my friend Erin. While I was there she and Bryne, her boyfriend, took me back to Brown Bag Cafe (which I wrote about here). This time I stayed away from the cinnamon roll french toast because I knew it wouldn't hold me over with it being all carbs. So, I opted for an omelet and a side of corn beef and hash. It was very good and very filling. For the rest of the day, we walked around the mall and just hung out, it was nice not feeling like we had to cram a bunch of stuff into one day.
Erin is so sweet and took me to the airport nice and early for my 6 am flight!
In Alaska, mom and I walked the coastal trail 3 times while I was there. The distance varied from 1.5-3 miles each day depending on how I was feeling. We also swung into Nordstrom for a browse and a jean hem.
We headed down to the Saturday market for some killer shrimp and I finally talked them into giving me the gist of the recipe. Now, I just have to try it at home until I get it "perfect". Once I do, maybe I will share with you!
There was a lot of playing with the kids and we even walked them down to a park to let them play for a while. One night, Darrin and Rachelle took us all out to eat at a REALLY good Chinese buffet. The food was AMAZING! I told Darrin I had been craving Chinese and boy did he deliver!
All-in-all I really had some great family time while I was there. It is the most time I have spent with Darrin in a long time. It was nice to get to hang out with him and the family.
Then, it was back to Seattle for some more Eri time! Erin picked me up and we headed to Taco Time for some yummy crispy burritos... SO good! We took our lunch down to the Kirkland water front and had a little picnic by the lake. After that we took a walk and reminisced about high school. We spent many summers laying on the docks in Kirkland. Lake Washington and the Kirkland area are so beautiful. Before leaving Kirkland we went to her dad's to say hello and visit. It is always so nice to see her parents. I practically lived there when I was in high school... I'm glad they put up with me then and I'm glad they still are willing to see me now!
That evening Bryne and Erin treated me to a Mariner's game. Let me tell you about the greatest seats I have ever sat in. We were 4 rows from the field, on the first base line and 40 feet from all of the Mariner players in the dugout! AMAZING! What a day to forget to grab my camera... I was not a happy camper. It was a blast though.
My last day of travels (or so I thought) ended with lunch with Joyce (Erin's mom) before Joyce took me to the airport. It was such a nice time getting to visit with Joyce. She has always been like a second mom to me. My trip was made perfect getting to see all of my family and all of my second family, all in one trip!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Off we went for a one day 4-wheeling adventure with the whole family. We went to Knik, which was only a 45 minute drive from Anchorage. Thankfully the weather in Knik was far better than Anchorage! We drove out of rain and into sunshine!
Josh went with his mom and dad