Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jumbled Thoughts

Yesterday, I saw another mommy blogger post on Facebook, "What do you spend on average per child for Christmas?"...and I was shocked by the answers.  Most people commented that they spend an average of $200 - $500 PER CHILD.  I was floored! Who has that much money to spend per child for a holiday???  I didn't comment because you know how much we budget per child??.......$25-$30.  That's our budget per child.  And our kids are perfectly happy and content.  We have the set budget, and whatever can fit in that amount is what they get.  So it could be one gift, like LEGOs, or it could be 3 smaller gifts.  It would cost us $3000 if we spent $500 per kid for gifts!!  Now, I honestly don't care what you spend on your kids...I just didn't realized it was that common to spend that much. 

I'm fairly confident this baby girl will arrive within the next week.  Midwife visit yesterday showed effacement and dilation.  Today I'm feeling extremely moody, cranky, stuffy, crampy, and Teylie has been quiet.  I have a stuffy nose with a sore throat from post nasal drip...which I get before labor.  I also get these moods where I just want to be left alone.  I am SO cranky, it's ridiculous!!  I am trying to not be...but it is very hard.  My back and lower belly ache so much!!!! Mary said Teylie is also in a -1 station so she is definitely getting ready to come. 

I cannot wait for Black Friday....because my husband lets me play Christmas music and put up my Christmas decorations!!!!!!!!!  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm Back!

So, I finally got a new laptop!! I budgeted one in this week, and found a nice one for a great price!  I bought and returned 2 devices in 2 days...before finally finding the right one!! (the Walmart electronics guy had no idea what he was talking about, and I ended up buying another tablet...which is considered a mobile device.  The Chromebook I got at Target isn't compatible with most coupon printing software...so I couldn't use it for the very reason I bought it in the first place!!!)  I ended up getting an HP with Windows 10, and I am loving it so far!

This means that I can now post blog posts with pictures and all kinds of other nice things again!! So stay tuned! Thanksgiving is coming up, and our baby's birth looks like it will be in the near future.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Our newest Baby Sortwell

I posted about our 20 week ultrasound that showed we are expecting a girl.  We have finally figured out her name!!!  Now, it took us a while because we had a first name, but the middle name we had chosen just wasn't working with it.  Our brother's first wife's name was Kaeli Ann...and we discovered she kept his last name (Sortwell).  She isn't a very nice person, so we didn't want our daughter's name to be SO close to hers.  But we were pretty set on the first name.  In order to make it work we decided to go with my mother-in-law's  name, Robin.  So, our daughter's name is...

Teylie Robin Sortwell

Hey There!

So, I still don'the have a desktop or laptop computer, but my tablet rebooted itself and works much faster so I can post from there.  I can' figure out how to upload pictures, though.  Just wanted to let you all know I'm still here.  I post from my phone onto my Facebook page, so click the Facebook icon to the right and follow me there!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Our Newest Baby

This week I am officially at the halfway point in this pregnancy!!  And yesterday was my mid-term anatomy ultrasound.  I was able to drop my oldest 5 kids at a friend's house, and my mother-in-law, mom, and youngest went to the doctor's office. 

What I love about the place I'm going to is that the neonatologist I am under (while being seen by midwives) does my ultrasounds.  He is the formost 4D ultrasound doctor in the area, so he does things quickly and efficiently.  What used to take me an hour with the tech at the other place took 20 minutes with him!  He also asked if we were finding out the gender, to which I said "YES"!! 

I had this feeling I am carrying a girl, although at my last check up the heartbeat was 140-150s which is what my boys were, so I waivered a little.  But the past week I felt a strong girl 'vibe'. 

He checked my cervix to see if there was a change indicating preterm labor.  Everything looks great and sealed tightly shut!  So then, he went straight to the reason I was so excited.  He asked me first, "What do you think you're having."  and I said, "I think it's a girl."  He took a look and said,

"Looks like the girls have it!  It's a girl!"

Fionna is just over the moon excited to be getting another sister.  Kayson was super disappointed at first, but today he is feeling much better about it. 

Now, Bram and I need to find the perfect name for our little girl! All we know right now is her middle name will be "Ann" after his Nana Brow.  (his Nana Jones' middle name is "Anna" which is pretty cool!) 

She was shy.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I Love having a Garden!!

Seriously...is there anything more amazing than seeing plants you've planted and watered, and weeded yield their fruits???  AGH!!!  It is SO very exciting to me!  I checked my plants today, and I have tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, blueberries, strawberries, spaghetti squash, jalapenos, cabbage, broccoli, and potatoes all growing at a great rate!  I even picked some bell peppers that were ready.  Here are some then and now pictures...

Monday, June 19, 2017

THM Recipe: BBQ Bacon Chicken {THM - S}

I came up with this recipe on a whim.  I was craving BBQ flavor and bacon.  There are a few on plan BBQ sauces you can buy in a store.  I'm sure you can find some on Pinterest as well.

BBQ Bacon Chicken
(Print This Recipe!)
Serves 6-8


1c. Any on plan BBQ sauce.  Mrs. Criddle has a great one here
6-8 chicken breasts
6-8 slices bacon (I used thick cut)


Preheat oven to 400.  Trim fat off of chicken.  Cut each breast in half width-wise.  Coat chicken in BBQ sauce.  Wrap once bacon slice around each piece of chicken.  Spread more BBQ sauce on each piece of chicken.  Place on a greased baking sheet or roaster pan. Put into the oven and bake 30-45 minutes.  When internal temperature is 160, flip chicken over and broil for a minute or 2, to crisp up the bottom of the bacon. 

Or, You can heat up a grill and grill them!