Thursday, January 6, 2011


I have in the last year found my love of food blogs. Every day I look at what the blogs I follow post, not only on their site, but on Facebook as well. I'm been posting on Facebook what I'm making for the week or the day and have had many of my friends start cooking more and following the same blogs I do.
My goal is to each week post what I'm made and how they turn out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

And baby makes 4

I woke up on Oct 30th very emotional that we were going to miss our playgroups Halloween party because Dave didn't want us too far away from the hospital. After seeing my tears he changed his mind. I wasn't having contractions and felt fine so we went. Dylan ran around for 2 hours while I got to stand around chatting with my friends. We decided to grab Philly Cheese steaks for lunch and of course I wanted the roasted garlic and peppers. When we got home I rested for a little bit while we watched football.
Around 9:30pm it felt like my water had started to break. Nothing major so I didn't tell Dave until I knew for sure. Minutes later I told him that I thought my water broke. We called L&D and they said to come in or rest at home for a little bit. I rested as my contractions started to come. Around 11 is when we needed to call someone to watch Dylan for us. Our friend Jeri came while my sister started her long drive here.
We arrived at L&D and after an hour or so we were put in my room. After many hours of contractions and an Epi I was able to get some rest.
At 2pm Oct 31st I was fully dilated and was able to push. The Midwife said it was most likely be 2 hours of pushing and she will check back in 45 minutes to see how I'm doing with the nurse. After 15 minutes of pushing the nurse called the MW back saying she didn't have 2 hours. After 30 minutes of pushing Parker Eppler West was born. Due to me having a fever and Parker having a very hard time at birth he was in the NICU for our stay at the hospital.

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's been a looong time since I've posted

It can't believe that it's been a year and a half since my last post. So much has gone on in that time that I don't know where to start. So I'll just update you on the two major things.
1. We are proud to be home owners now! Dave and I started the process of buying a home. We got preapproved and went out looking. If we wanted to stay in the San Ramon area we would have had to buy a 2 bedroom condo and have an HOA to pay every month. We decided to take a look at Livermore and Brentwood. Livermore homes were too old and didn't have air conditioning which was very important to us. The thought of Brentwood and being away from our friends upset me, but once I realized that we would be moving just 45 minutes away and that we are giving our family a better future I felt better. We looked at a ton of house, fell in love with a few and finally had one offer accepted!

2. We started looking at bigger houses not realizing our family was going to be getting bigger. On Feb. 25th I had received a big fat positive on a pregnancy test! We were going to have a baby! We were able to move into our new home on Mother's Day which was special since it was just what we needed for our growing family.

My pregnancy had some complications. Gestational Diabetes, the small chance of Down Syndrome (Thankfully it was a false positive) and round ligament pain which got worse and worse.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I do anything for my family and friends. Lately my family has asked me to make some treats for either work or a party.
My sister Katie is having a luau this weekend. She had plenty of desserts but wanted a center piece for the table. I went to Micheal's picked up my supplies:

As I work on the grass skirt I realized that I needed more green icing. So I started adding some brown to the skirt instead of using it for the coconuts.

Simple, right?
I added the bikini top is done before placing the doll on the skirt.

Now the finishing touches! Katie loves the color purple so I picked up some purple silk flowers. Using a toothpick I put a hole int he foam so that the stems would stick.

Placing a flower in the girls hair was the finishing touch!

Monday, June 8, 2009

How does one learn?

How does one learn to be a SAHM? Is it something that comes naturally? Did you learn from you mom?
Growing up I knew that I would want to be a SAHM just by watching my mom. My mom was great at her "job". Yeah, okay she had her soaps that she watched, but I have my Law & Order. Our house wasn't spotless, but she took care of our house. Dinner was always prepped to be cooked or already cooking by the time my dad got home. She was there to pick us up from school, drive us to soccer practice, playdates, the mall and more. She taught us about chores and if you make a mess then you clean it up. We lived on a farm so there were days that she would be on the tractor in the back, cleaning out the barn, stacking firewood, or whatever else needed to be done. There were days that she was on the computer working on the 4-H newsletter, Green Valleys Elementary newspaper, or working on some sort of database.
Thinking of all the stuff my mom did I realize I don't do half of what she does. I guess I need to get my butt in gear! LOL

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Our little secret

When you just don't want to go to the park, but need to burn some of that energy your toddler has what do you do?
Me, I go to Super Franks. Oh what a great place! Today we went with a few girlfriends. We were able to sit and chat while the kids played. Super Franks is an upscale Chuck E Cheese. Way better food, Starbucks coffee and a ton of great toys for the kids.
So hubby knows that we are out all morning. He knows that Dylan is getting exercise and is with friends. He's tired enough to take a nap.
So for $9.50 Dylan got to play for 3 hours and I had a soda. $22 fed 4 kids, 3 adults for lunch.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Relaxing weekends

As a SAHM we are running round all day from the moment our children wake up, we beg and pray for naps (Some days we just don't get one) and then count the hours until bed time. We have a fun time with our kids, but we are constintly on the go. Toddlers attention span can be short so most of the time us SAHM's need to keep things interesting for them.

I was lucky to have hubby take Dylan out on Saturday so that I could "rest". I had a migraine, but had so much that I needed to get done. I expected for the boys to be back 2 hours later, but they were gone ALL day. I got my long list done, watched some Tori and Dean, baked for my princess cake and rested. I enjoyed my time allow, but missed my boys. I'm always with Dylan. I missed his, "what's that?" and the sound of his little feet running round.

When Hubby and Dylan returned from playing all day I wanted to have Hubby relax. Instead he ran out to get "beer" and when he returned he had picked up sushi for dinner. He thanked me for all I do with Dylan. It touched me so much. Here Hubby had Dylan all day and he's thanking me. So totally backwards, but okay.

As a SAHM we don't think that others around us notice what we do every day. We don't think our spouses are aware of all the tiny tiny things we do. This weekend I realized Hubby does notice all those little tiny things I do.