Claire's Baby Shower

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Our Church threw Claire and Jayne Rothenberger (1 week younger than C) a baby shower two Saturdays ago! What a blessing! I honestly was not expecting the church to throw us a baby shower since she is our second girl born so soon after Kenley. They really gathered together to bless us!
Jolie Hall made the cake! She is amazing! When I was pregnant with Claire she used to tell me how great I looked. Trust me she always made my day! If you see a pregnant woman today, tell her how great she looks! It will make her day!
See that coffee punch in the corner? I love that stuff. It has sugar in it... I had a sip...
Esther organized a craft of painting onesies for Claire and Jayne! It was such a fun project! I love crafts and I definitely got engrossed in making a onesie for Jayne!
Claire slept for almost the entire shower. She looks so sweet when she sleeps.

Obviously Kenley loved when I grabbed her to take a picture with me. :)
My Sister and My Mom were about to come to the shower too! Look! Mom's eyes are open in a picture!! It only took 3 takes :)
How sweet are those tutu onesie decorations?
And how sweet are the precious babies in the tutu decorations!!
They weren't too happy about Nadene and I putting the tutus on them. I want to add funny captions to this photo!
I love this picture of their tutu-ed buns! Isn't that quilt gorgeous! A sweet lady from church made Claire and Jayne each a quilt!
Thank you sweet church family for blessing us!

Rainbows and Randoms

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I like Rainbows. This one went all the way across the sky. Isn't God's creation so amazing?
Little C.Lo is starting to smile! We have yet to capture the absolute cuteness on film but here is a sort of smile picture. She is also starting to lose her hair. SAD! I love her dark crazy hair!
Cal loves Kenley. Kenley loves Cal. Bonus... He is wearing a UNC shirt :) I don't know whats with the Army hat though! Her Marine Daddy will have to set him straight!
It seems Claire and I have come down with a cold so I am going to try my darndest to kick it to the curb before this weekends Youth Retreat!! I am really excited to get to go! Especially since the theme is Soli Deo Gloria which is what our senior years snow retreat theme was!! Class of '05 represent!

James & Kenley

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Carruthers boys came over to play tonight! After a messy dinner of fettuccine alfredo, green beans, and kiwi the two blondies were ready for a bath!

Who will get the shark?!?

( I LOVE the following sequence! )
Daddy, you missed a spot in J's hair!
Dont worry James, I'll get it for you!

I will have to capture some pictures of the brunettes tomorrow night!!

Look what just arrived!!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3 Months Old!

ClaireBaby is 3 months! She has just started to smile at us this past week!

Her face totally lights up and she looks completely like her Daddy when she smiles.

The first time she smiled, she was looking at Kenley! That totally melted me heart!

I think she may be the slowest nurser ever! She nurses for about an hour at each feeding.

She is like clockwork with her 4 AM wake up.

I quit eating dairy and have seen a huge improvement in her spitting up. It is so hard for me to cut out dairy so sometimes I slip up and have some. When I do slip up, she lets us know. So for now I really need to be stricter about the no dairy. Hopefully the dairy thing wont be something that she has to deal with forever!

She is such a sweet baby and she really loves cuddling with her Mama which I love!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Potty Training Here We Come!!

High Flyer

Saturday, March 19, 2011

If you are our Mothers, our Fathers, our Grandparents, or our Goodfellows, You may want to avert your eyes from this post. You have been warned :)

Kenley loves when her Daddy throws her up in the air! Today I was able to capture some of this fun Daddy Daughter time!

When our Silhouette Machine finally comes in the mail, I am totally making Kenley a shirt that says "High Flyer" upside down!!

Walking with the Sarr's!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Daddy Daughter Date Day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Auntie Kimbe!

PB & J

Yummy PB and J for lunch!

Okay Mommy, get that camera out of my face!
She has totally been doing those eyebrows lately when she is mad or annoyed. It cracks me up!

Lets Talk Smoothies

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Since going sugar free (and mostly dairy free) I have been drinking a ton of smoothies. It is likely that I will burnout my blender fairly soon.

I always add spinach to all my smoothies. The taste of the spinach is undetectable and it gives me that green veggie boost that my diet needs. If I have it, I also usually add Spirulina powder to our smoothies which makes them extra green and even better for us. If I am having a blah day a smoothie almost always brightens my mood, I am convinced that it is due to the spinach!

I have three favorite smoothie recipes on rotation in our house right now.

1. Strawberry Pineapple- This one is definitely all of our favorite!
Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Pineapple
Fresh Spinach
Coconut Milk

2. Coconut Blueberry- This smoothie is inspired by one that I had at Thrive
Frozen Blueberries
Fresh Spinach
Spoonful of Coconut Butter
Coconut Milk

3. Carob Raspberry- My newest creation born out of a desire for chocolate :)
Frozen Banana
Fresh Spinach
Frozen Raspberries
2 Tablespoons Carob Powder
1/4 cup uncooked Oats
Coconut Milk

Do you have a go to smoothie recipe that is your favorite? I am always up for trying new smoothie recipes!


Friday, March 11, 2011

- Ripe Bananas are gross... But bananas with a green top part are delicious... Especially with Peanut Butter.

- I want to try this Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Recipe... There is no sugar in it!

- I am becoming more and more desperate for Claire to sleep through the night...

- My Sister got a job at Anthropologie! I am really excited about that because family members get a discount too!! I have my eye on these bowls...

- Sister also bought me a watch! She is really nice...

- I am sick of having tons of trash... So we are going back to cloth diapers...

- I need to give up dairy so that Claire will have less reflux... I like milk... Giving up dairy is way harder than giving up sugar...

- Kenley is giving me a run for my money... Disciplining children is hard... Its such a mind game...

- At Titus 2, Kim Y. was telling us ladies that when she had little babies she would keep her Bible open on the counter all the time... so that when she would get a quick minute she could go to the Word and it was readily available to her all the time... I think I am going to start doing that too...

- We need to have a garage sale ASAP... I am so tired of clutter!

Okay that is enough random for one morning! Have a good Friday!

Little Mama

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Yesterday Kenley decided that her baby needed to be nursed while Claire was being nursed! She is too funny!

The ABC's of Me

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I have seen quite a few blogs doing this ABC's of me thing and I thought it would be fun to join in!

A. Age: 24!

B. Bed size: Queen, though one day I would like a King so that all of our kids can crawl into bed with us for story time!

C. Chore you dislike: Taking out the trash.

D. Dogs: Sadie (Goldendoodle) and Tyson (Boxer). We also sort of have Pepper (Dachshund) and Moxie (Fox Terrier). Though all four live in my parents house and are basically theirs now.

E. Essential start to your day: Nursing Claire

F. Favorite color: Gray

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5 foot, 1 inch. That is 11 inches shorter than Brian!

I. Instruments you play(ed): Flute for 2 weeks in 5th grade and Piano for half of a quarter in college. What a quitter! :) I so extremely unmusical!

Kenley, however, loves playing with Daddy's guitar! It reminds me of August Rush!
J. Job title: Wife and Mommy.

K. Kids: Kenley June (19 months) and Claire Louise (10 weeks)
L. Live: Tulalip, Washington

M. Mom’s name: Karol Louise

N. Nicknames: KerBear. Brian almost exclusively calls me Babe, I am usually caught off guard when he says my actual name.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Haha I am sure if you have been reading for any amount of time you know all about my hospital stays :). If not check out July/August of '09 and December of '10. I also had an overnight stay when I got my appendix removed. I was 19 and married, but they put me on the pediatric floor. Haha, I remember waking up to cartoon bears on the walls and then later in the day Santa came to bring toys to all the sick kids. The newspaper even came to document it. Embarrassing.

P. Pet peeves: When milk gets on my hand while I am nursing Claire. Gross. She is a sloppy eater so it happens a lot and it bugs me every time!

Q. Quote from a movie: I am not crazy about movie quotes but my favorite TV quote is Erin from The Office. "Like the cow moo'd yesterday" HAHA I love Erin!

R. Righty or lefty: Righty

S. Siblings: Kimberly Lynn/Linn (19)

T. Time you wake up: Whenever I hear a crying child

U. Underwear: Yes? I don’t really understand this question. But I do know that it is a necessary part of my wardrobe.

V. Vegetables you don't like: Cooked Greens. Fresh Spinach in my smoothies? Awesome. Cooked Spinach? Mushy and NASTY!

W. What makes you run late: Lately it has been having to change Claire's outfit again because she has spit up on it.

X. X-rays you’ve had: I cant really remember but this one is my favorite because it is so unique. I love how you can see little baby Claire inside of me!
Y. Yummy food you make: My favorite comfort food is Cresent Roll Chicken. Yum I want that now! But alas the crescent dough has sugar in it. :(

Z. Zoo animal favorites: I haven’t been to the zoo in forever! I remember always loving the Polar Bears when I was little.

Roast Chicken

Friday, March 4, 2011

If you want to feel like a rockstar housewife, then I suggest you make this Roast Chicken!
1 Whole Chicken (about 6 lbs)
2 Tablespoons Butter (more if you dare)
Salt and Pepper
1 Lemon
3 Large Garlic Cloves
4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme, plus more for garnish
6 Onions, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2 inch this slices and then separated into rings
1 Bag Baby Carrots
1 Bag Fingerling Potatoes

1. Let chicken and butter stand at room temp. for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove plastic pop up timer and other gross stuff from the inside of the chicken, discard. Tuck the wing tips under the body (to prevent them from burning). Generously season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper.

2. Place the palm of your hand on top of the lemon and pressing down roll it back and forth on a hard surface several times. Pierce the entire surface of the lemon with a knife. Using the large side of a knife gently press on the garlic cloves to open slightly. Insert Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme into the chicken cavity.

3. Spread your onion rings, carrots, and potatoes all over the bottom of a roasting pan. Place the chicken on top. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen twine.

4. Spread the entire surface of the chicken with the softened butter. Season generously with salt and pepper.

5. Roast until skin is crisp and deep golden brown and the juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork about 1 1/2 hours. Stir veggies a few times during cooking to ensure they don't burn. Insert and instant read thermometer into the breast, then the thigh. Chicken is ready when the breast or thigh reaches 165 degrees. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Daddy's Girl

Thursday, March 3, 2011