Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bountiful Baskets

So I have been participating in Bountiful Baskets and want to make sure all my blogger friends know about this fantastic coop. You get 50% fruit and 50% vegetables all for a great price. You are not buying them so to speak though you are contributing and you get a lot and some stuff you might not normally buy but is so fun to find recipes for and try.
This week in my regular basket I received sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, grape tomatoes, asparagus, grapefruit, oranges, bananas, pineapple, and pears. So wonderful.
Then I added an extra veggie pack this week that was Italian themed and it had lemons, yellow onions, red onions, green onions, eggplant, zucchini, garlic, parsley, and three other herbs I am still trying to distinguish!
I am so excited to add all of this to our everyday diet and try some new things. I will share any recipes I try that are new and delicious and if you have any that you want to share please do.
If you haven't tried Bountiful Baskets please check out their website and place your contribution for a basket. www.Bountifulbaskets.org
YUMMY
Sent from my Blackberry

Friday, March 30, 2012

Strawberry Tart

A treat for my husband! A little dark on the edges but still looks delicious, YUMMY!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why Be Married...

So we are taking a detour on my second March for Babies Story. I promise it is coming the author just needs a little time, which when you read it you will understand.

Until then I am sharing a wonderful post by Patty Newbold. Her story is not typical but it is courageous and heartfelt and her blog is inspiring, well though out, and honest.

Please enjoy... Why Be Married? For the Anchor

Monday, March 19, 2012

March of Dimes: Post 1

I have a couple of posts that are in support of the March of Dimes, March for Babies campaign. I have participated in the March of Babies since my babies were months old, I love their organization and everything they have done thus far to prevent premature birth, birth defects and any parent from having to plan a funeral for their infant.


The first post is....


The story of my girls, oh how I love them so.


To find out at the age of 21 you are going to be become an unwed mom is not a statistic people dream of for themselves. I was no different when I first found out I was pregnant I panicked, cried (ask Ashley), and was scared out of my mind. What the heck did I know about being a mom let alone when I had just officially started my wild and reckless years, I had only been 21 for a couple of months. Yet here I was about to tell my boyfriend that we were expecting, oh yes I said we because this was as much his responsibility as it was mine.  He took it rather calmly maybe it was the atmosphere, he was playing pool leagues when I told him, no I couldn’t wait for him to get home I was in a state of panic and it was a national emergency. See I was a wreck the world revolved around me and I didn’t know what to think about this whole thing. However we stayed together, we were definitely keeping the pregnancy so let’s move forward. We told our families they took it well and then it was on to the doctor’s office.  That wasn’t so bad some blood drawn a million questions, but I made it through. Next step the ultrasound.


Now here is where the real shock set in. We didn’t know what to expect it was all foreign to us. But there I sit waiting for the guy to just get started already because I swear I was about to pee my pants (if you have never had an ultrasound or gone with someone else you have to drink like a gazillion gallons of water beforehand). The tech was really nice asked a couple of questions then started, then stopped, he said he needed to grab another set of paperwork and would be right back. Ok that was a little weird but what the heck did I know. He came back and we start again except this time he says, “Here is Baby A” wait for it wait for it “and here is Baby B”. Yeah my baby daddy almost passed out cold he got as white as the hospital walls and had to sit down. I said, “Are you serious”, now this is a theme in my life when you really shock me, ask baby daddy when he asked me to marry him eight years later those same words exited my mouth as I started to cry. I am not good on reaction when there is a surprise. Back to the news it took almost a whole day to really sink in, baby daddy didn’t say a word the rest of the ultrasound and dropped me off at work without a word and then called three hours later to check on me to see if I was ok, funny I was more worried about him as I thought he had gone mute. Well after that surprise and shock wore off I am sure nothing else major could possibly happen. We had life to attend to, moving into a bigger house, buying a car with 4 doors, and just general day to day living. Well 32 ½ weeks came and I had an appointment and at that appointment my blood pressure was way high so bed rest was ordered. One week later on follow-up appointment I get news preeclampsia + hypertension = high risk pregnancy and you are going to be hospitalized to see if we can get this under control. No such luck because I stressed out major when they said hospital and I think that definitely did not help my blood pressure. The air flight to Great Falls was not as fun as one might think when you are taking Magnesium to stop contractions and forced to lie down, I was sick to my stomach the entire flight and to add insult to injury baby daddy drove there and beat me, really people. Well we get there and I get introduced to the best doctor in the entire world Dr. Key he is AMAZING!! He gets everything under control and tells me I should be discharged in a day or two as long as everything stays on track. SWEET!! Well that night Baby A had other plans and my water broke, oh yes my babies were coming 6 ½ weeks early. Not in the cards not in my plans, their nursery is not set up and all I can think is they are going to be way too small. But Dr Key says no better place to have them and here we go.

One c-section later and I have two beautiful baby girls. Kaleigh Diane 4lbs, 10oz, and Lauryn Jean 5lbs, 4oz, so tiny, needy, precious, and so perfect.  They have to stay in the NICU for an undetermined amount of time, as they need to do be able to eat on their own, and maintain their body temperature and weight. The first couple of days went pretty smooth then Kaleigh decides to pull out her iv a trillion times and they end up placing it in her head, yeah walk into the nursery to find your baby with a line in her head and you might freak out too. Lauryn is a fighter she is the bigger one and she has decided that this place is not for her she isn’t sticking around so she starts to grow and is doing great. Kaleigh has another setback and  gets a blockage in her intestines, this starts the tears on momma, they explain that they will try to unblock it with medication and if that doesn’t work they will have to do surgery. Surgery on what she is smaller than my cat what the heck can you do surgery on, I was a mess. A nap for me and some time to collect my emotions and I was up for whatever they had to do so I could bring both my babies home. And thankfully that medication worked it was a blessing and I was so thankful.


Just a couple days old

Those 3 weeks in the NICU changed my life, and the March of Dimes had everything to do with that. I wouldn’t change a thing about my pregnancy or my birth experience because without all that I don’t believe I would have heard of the March of Dimes, or at least wouldn’t have ever really known what they do. It is an amazing foundation and I pray that one day there are no children born too early, no children born with birth defects and no parents who have to live thru burying their baby.

1st day of 3rd Grade

Please join our team for March for Babies 2012, if you would like to join us to walk please do so if you can’t but can help us reach our goal of $500 that is greatly appreciated.


This link will take you to Team Infant-Tree, and thank you to Ashton and his fellow Marines for their help with our team name. We love it!!



Another post will be coming next week from my cousin her story is much different than mine and she is much stronger than me.


Thanks




Brook

Monday, March 12, 2012

Give me an "A"

And maybe an "R".... Oh yes it is true we have more pictures of the GARAGE!!! If you can't tell I am so excited, this has been a long time coming. I believe we have been living in our house for 6 years now and have never had a garage and my husband's office has always been across town, now he will be a few steps out the front door and we will not be sweeping snow.  A lot of hard work has gotten us this far and a lot of great friends and family.  My dad and my father-in-law have been two terrific helpers they ROCK!! And we have great friends John, Phil, Sean, Nick, and of course Pat.  Without all this help who knows what letter we would be on :)

Last weekend it was the standing of the walls and I thought I was going to burst with excitement...

Walls Beautiful Walls

Well this this weekend they rolled trusses and sheeted the roof and I am so excited I have perma-grin :) :) :)



Beautiful
 Oh yes I am loving this adventure for our family it looks like 4-6 more weekends of garage fun and we will have two little girls in their own rooms and two vehicles parked in their new house. Oh Yeah Baby!!!

Side note: I forgot two weekends ago while Shane was finishing building a wall this is what our very supportive girls were doing in the backyard.

Smores.... YUMMY

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cheers

To the newest married couple in our family..

Happy First Anniversay Ashton & Alex!!!

 One year ago you joined together in front of friends and family and have been enjoying the journey of marriage ever since.  You have had some hardships but have come out stronger and I am so happy and proud of both of you.  Alex you have kept Ashton on his toes, and Ashton you keep Alex grounded or is that the other way around, whichever way it is, it works.

The journey over the last year has had ups and downs, but with even the most difficult of the downs, you two have stuck together.  You as a couple are stronger than when you started this journey and your families have been mended and are standing even stronger behind you.  Not everyone was able to make it a year ago, so for those who weren't and those who were there, here is that fabulous day one year ago in pictures. ENJOY!!


 
Semper Fi

The Vows

Sealed with a Kiss

He Signed :)

She Signed :)

The Cake

 
The Cake Covered Couple
 
Mr & Mrs Ashton Clark


Wishing you...A house full of sunshine, Hearts full of cheer, Love that grows deeper each day of the year.

Supermom, Superwife, Superhuman, nah not so much

I used to love this term and maybe even if I am being honest with myself wanted to live up to that dream.  The dream that you can do it a...