A Trip Back in Time…

Dear Jake,

While you were still in my tummy, I took you to a New Kids on the Block concert. Your daddy didn’t want me to take you, but I knew it was something you needed to experience. We took it step by step. Although the boys are grown up…and their outfits aren’t the same…it was still just like old times. Girls showed up with their crimped hair, leggings, and Units. You would’ve been so impressed. It really was the Right Stuff. We even decided to change your nursery up a bit and add some old school posters of Joey and Donny. Keep on hangin’ tough in my womb…we can’t wait to meet you!!

Love,
Mom :)

I apologize for the poor quality of pictures…they were all taken on my phone. And really, there was too much screaming and jumping around going on to really get some quality Kodak moments…

Traci & Sheila

Mallory & Joanna

Cara & Erika chilling until concert time

Before we knew what we were really in for…

Well, you can’t see anything…but you can just IMAGINE!

And for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

I discovered the CAMCORDER function on my phone Saturday night. God bless Samsung. I’m so excited to share this little jewel with everyone. For all of you who couldn’t make the concert…listen closely…you might hear some “Ohh oh oh oh oh……..Hangin’ Tough…..” in the background…

Ode to the Shop-Vac

I realize it’s a little late for a “what we did last weekend” post but you know what? It’s my blog. I’ll do what I want.

Last Saturday morning it was Anderles v. Garage!

Our garage was a mess. I’ll just give it to you straight. Both of us are guilty of chaotic organization. Meaning…we know where everything is…it just might not be in the most sensible spot. (Did I mention the paintbrushes that were in our pantry?) A robber would’ve had a terrible time locating valuables besides the TV and the cars.

So it was hot…it was humid…but we did it anyway. I started off the morning with a “garage cleaning” cheer (how else was I going to get Seth on board??) and off we went. Let me stop right here and say what a wonderful invention the Shop-Vac is. We’ve had one, it just doesn’t get used nearly as often as it should. But I went to town! We cleared everything out of the garage, threw out things we hadn’t used in 1+ years, put everything in its appropriate places and got all that grass, dirt, mulch, trash, etc off the floor.

Seth tried to stop me when I started shop-vac’ing the lawn mower and, you guessed it, the shop-vac itself. But I couldn’t stop. It was addicting. I was like a kid in a candy shop. I wanted it ALL clean. Everything spotless! And that handy contraption will suck up anything! Probably even the dogs if I wanted it to. Shame on me.

Anyway, here is a picture of our completed project. Probably doesn’t look THAT impressive to some of you, but believe me…when you’re limited on storage up in the attic, there’s nowhere else to put this crap these treasures.

Look – I can even open the door on my car without hitting the wheelbarrow now! Jake is going to be so GLAD we got this done. It’s probably the first thing he’ll comment on when we make it home from the hospital. So son…you’re welcome.

On Sunday, we had a BBQ with our church class. It was quite a different scene from last year. As you may remember, we’ve had something of a baby boom. And when I say baby boom, I mean it. I think we counted 12-13 babies that have been/will be born in 2009? And don’t worry, we’re already racking them up in 2010. I guess, similar to the shop-vac, it’s addicting?

So here is just part of the group…I thought it was so funny to look in the pool and see the massive amounts of floaties. Good thing those swimming diapers don’t leak. For the most part…

We had a fun time catching up with everyone, dining on hamburgers and hot dogs, and eating some yummy desserts! We are so blessed to have such great friends and a wonderful support group. Daily affirmation that we’re right where we need to be. God is so good! Thank you Gary & Tami for hosting all of us!!

And that my friends, is pretty much it in a nutshell. This weekend is sure to bring some classic pictures, as I will be attending my first NKOTB concert (7 months pregnant mind you…watch out teeny boppers!). If anyone has any extra paraphernalia from the 80′s let me know. We just might need it.

You Can’t Sue for Stupid.

Check out THIS article. How ridiculous.

As my husband said, “You shouldn’t be allowed to sue for stupid.”

Agreed.

He continued with, “I will lose confidence in our court system if she wins. She exhibited gross negligence by walking and texting at the same time.”

Guess that business law class last summer session paid off, eh??

I am definitely not guilty of ever walking and texting. I make sure my caboose is firmly planted in a chair before ever whipping out that keyboard.

Brick Walls and Nesting

…as in, I think I’ve run into one.

I have been exhausted this week! Yesterday I even took 2 naps. This is pretty untypical Mary. Food hasn’t been that appealing…I’m falling asleep while watching TV…it’s like my first trimester all over again.

Joy.

I am going to see My Sister’s Keeper tonight with Jessie & Andrea although I am boycotting it in my mind. I happened to discover the end of the movie which is NOT AT ALL like the end of the book. I hate when movies do that. What’s the point? Yet, we’re still going because it’s gotta be a good movie still…right? Plus, I have no other excuse to eat milk duds in the dark.

I’ve also scheduled Operation: Garage Clean-Up for this weekend. I’m trying to sound super pumped about it!!! Our garage definitely needs it. Even though we can’t fit two cars in there, I still don’t like to pull in having 80 million bags of top soil…a wooden Halloween witch…the Christmas tree…random other messes, plus a framed 8×10 of Sam & Sheila’s prom picture* in plain view.

*We love White Elephant gift exchanges!

Seth is not as happy about the nesting that has been happening around the Anderle household. An item of particular contention is the massive kitchen cabinet/pantry reorganization that Kim helped me with last weekend. She is a LIFESAVER. You would not believe how inefficiently I had arranged my cabinets and drawers. Now I have plenty of room for bottles, sippy cups, kids stuff, etc and MORE! It was also helpful to clean out the pantry. Kim made several comments during the process, such as:

-Wow…you got a lot of CRAP for your wedding

(yes, we’re highly aware)

-Wow…people gave y’all way too much A&M stuff!!

(again, yes, we’re highly aware)

It was about time to clean out some of the stale cappuccino mixes I’d bought at the Nutcracker Market in years past. You know…things that look so good you can’t resist…then you make one or two mugs and move on. We also discovered a spoon in an old jar of marshmallow creme.

It’s amazing the treasures you can find.

Back to the point of my story. My husband can no longer find anything in the kitchen. He helped me unload the dishwasher earlier this week. Big mistake. I appreciate his attempt at patience but it took him about 5 cabinets to find the correct resting place for our measuring cups.

Mostly because they’re in a drawer now.

But this is all very BENEFICIAL for our future family. And after we tackle the garage…we will tackle the master closet.

Don’t even get me started on that…

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

1 lb chicken breast, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups grated monterey jack cheese or Mexican blend cheese, divided
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilis
Chili powder
Cumin

1. In frypan, cook chicken and onion together in oil over medium-high heat until chicken is just done. Add chili powder and cumin to taste.

2. Divide cooked chicken evenly between 10 tortillas; add 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese to each tortilla. (We shred the chicken first but that’s a personal preference!)

3. Roll enchiladas and place seam-side down in 9×13″ baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan; stir in flour to make a roux; stir and cook until bubbly; gradually whisk in chicken broth then bring to boiling, stirring frequently.

5. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and green chiles; pour sauce evenly over enchiladas.

6. Top with remaining 3/4 cup cheese (baking dish may be double-wrapped and frozen at this point) and bake at 400° for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce near edges of baking dish is bubbly.

I Think They’ll Lift the Burn Ban…



Ah, the beautiful sound of rain! Seth thought today should be declared a national holiday. As you can see, I’m still stuck at home. Our heroic neighbor Jeremy is out there saving the trash cans from an early death. Gotta love how people work together.

I originally titled this post “Famine to Flood?”. Then Seth told me famine was a lack of food, not rain.

Whatever.

Don’t they sorta go together anyway?

Less than 100 Days…

(insert panicked face here)

Maybe you didn’t catch that. LESS THAN 100 DAYS! This is so weird. And honestly…I still don’t know if it’s hit me that there is a PERSON growing inside of me. But I am nearly to my third trimester and luckily I can still move. I think back at the beginning of my pregnancy I thought I would be bedridden and too big to function at this point. Thank goodness I was so naive. :)

I feel fine and everything seems to be going great! We can see a lot of movement from the outside of my belly which is just unreal. I thank God everyday that He’s given us such an incredible blessing! I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks and will start seeing him every 2 weeks until month 9. Again…weird.

So here I am at 26 weeks:

I finally decided to buckle down and find some decorations for Jake’s room. And it looks like it’s going to require some DIY work since the lack of baby boy decor in the stores is just depressing. Guess now is as good a time as ever to engage my inner creative genius…

(insert another panicked face)

In the meantime, PLEASE continue praying for Baby Noah. His heartrate remains the same and mom is still in the hospital. They are considering releasing her but will continue weekly monitoring as long as the high HR remains consistent. I know they are tired, frustrated, emotional, and depending on God more than ever. And we can all play our part by praying!

Orange Crush Ice Cream

(a.k.a. Heaven)

1 liter orange crush
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 small can of crushed pineapples, drained

Mix all 3 ingredients and pour into your ice cream maker. Prepare as you would with other homemade ice cream. Hopefully most of you aren’t cranking the handle anymore.

We make this ice cream every July 4th (does 3 times make it a tradition?) and it is YUMMY! We may or may not have polished off the entire container of ice cream this weekend.

So good, so refreshing, and definitely something the kids would love too!

Mercy Me!

For the first time…in the history of our dogs…they did not wake us up this morning.

I almost panicked when my eyes opened. Sun was streaming in through the blinds. I hadn’t set my alarm, because really, what’s the point? I was almost afraid to look at the clock in case the sun rose extra early today. But I took the chance.

It was EIGHT O’CLOCK.

For the first time…in the history of our dogs…I had to wake the dogs up.

Ah, I love them!!