Sunday, March 28, 2010


today i was going through pictures and i found this one...
our friend shannon took these pictures about two weeks before evelynn was born. rob and mallori had given us these shoes (and a matching onsie) for our baby shower. when we took these pictures we were so impatient waiting for evelynn to come. we couldnt wait to get these shoes on her little feet!

and here she is about six months later (finally wearing the shoes and has since outgrown the onesie)...
to look back at all the pictures makes me wonder where the past eight months have gone!

Friday, March 26, 2010

let it begin!

my dear friend tara is letting me borrow her sewing machine. it looks simple enough. now hopefully i can figure it out. im going to try and make it to joanns in the next couple weeks just to get a little bit of stuff (fabric, thread, etc.) to fiddle with. any easy projects you can suggest i try... after i figure out how it really works of course!
wish me luck!

dinner and dessert

we have been doing really good lately about eating at home. i used to make a menu and shop for two weeks at a time. for the past month or so ive been doing the menu for only one week at a time. that seems to work better for me, plus i dont waste as much produce or skip on the planned dinner because i dont have the right produce at home. i wish i was good at making it for the month...but oh well. we have something that works, thats good right?

anyway, tonight was shredded chicken (from the crock pot) with fries and corn. it was SOOOO yummy. a friend of mine gave me the recipe and its weight watchers friendly (for those of you who are into that). it felt so bbq-ish and like we should have been eating outside. and to top off the night, i made the pb&j sundaes again (not weight watcher friendly!). man, am i in love with those things. they are sooo yummy!

these will make your mouth water!
heres the recipe for the chicken:
  • 3-4 frozen skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 12oz barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup fat-free italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
mix all ingredients in a bowl. place frozen chicken in crockpot. cover with sauce and cook on low for 6-8 hours. shred chicken during last hour.

and here is the recipe for the pb&j sundaes on food network. (the only thing i did different was bought strawberry ice cream instead of mixing jelly with vanilla ice cream.)

bon apetit!

gotta do what you gotta do!

i was making pancakes the other night for dinner and realized i only had one pan. my second pan was ruined when steven made hamburgers in it one day. so i am making pancakes and i still have to make bacon. so i bust out the biggest pot i have to cook it in! i think that means its times to get a new set of pots and pans, since my current ones are starting to lose their coating.

the lovely outcome...and it was delicious!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

a bit of transparency

ive been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. i cant seem to get ahead in my house. trash piles up, dishes pile up, clothes pile up (clean and dirty), and taking care of the baby is never-ending. as soon as i get part of any of those cleaned up, dirty ones comes right on behind to take their place! what the heck! and to top it all off today...the water is turned off for maintenance. grr!!!!!

feel lucky that you arent getting a 360 view of our 3x5 kitchen!
i just want to wiggle my nose and have it all be clean. if only... a big thanks to steven though for really helping me out. bless his heart. he has been doing lots of dishes, but for some reason they just keep coming. together we can conquer them i guess.

aside from wanting to get all this under control i have this longing in my heart to do something semi-creative. i just want to go to michaels and load up on buttons, fabric, scrapbook paper, paint, and glue, and just see what comes out of my little mind. i would also love to look into this art journaling thing. i just dont have the spare $60 to do it...someday.

Monday, March 22, 2010

swings and sun

on saturday we went to the park for bellas first birthday. it was a beautiful day; great for shorts and flip flops. we got to the park and they had those baby swings. once one was free i tossed evelynn in...she LOVED it!

if you listen closely you can hear her giggles and squeals. she had tons of fun. we enjoyed being out in the sun and not freezing. we all got a little sun!
tans here we come!
evelynn and bella

papa, mama, & evelynn talking to bill

Friday, March 19, 2010

spring is in the air!

i am loving the weather now that it has warmed up a little bit. i can now wear my flip flops without feeling crazy cause my feet are freezing! i really dont enjoy wearing socks and shoes. another plus about spring...i can put dresses and shorts on evelynn without feeling like a bad mom cause shes cold! we can now see her rolls and chub in ALL THEIR GLORY!!! im going to nibble her little arms and thighs down! :]
check out those arms! my favorite is her wrist...yumm!!!!!
thigh rolls make me long as they are on evelynn! :] let me know if you want a little nibble...i may be willing to share!

if you look at my st patricks day post youll get another glimpse at her lovely arms and legs!

new tastes...

when we were in california my mom bought evelynn some of those gerber snacks. she bought the apple strawberry star things. yesterday evelynn and i were hanging out and i thought id give them a shot. so i put one of my hand for her to check out and perhaps grab...

so she eventually got a grasp on it with both hands and touched it to her lips...

then since she didnt eat the one i offered her, i ate it. they are delicious! i only had a few and remembered they were hers! im thinking of getting some for myself! ha!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

happy st patricks day!

happy st pattys day from all of you!

every year when this day comes around i sit and wonder what it was really all about. so i went to wikipedia! heres st patrick and heres the day. enjoy!

(evelynn was in a little funk, hence no smiles...)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


slobber and snot! dont like either of them! evelynn acts like im ripping her face off whenever i have to wipe her face. she hates it; i never realized just how strong she is. but im not about to let her lick up her snot...gross! help me Jesus!!!

so far we have two bottom teeth! they started cutting in last saturday, march 6th! this has been the bridge i was waiting to cross with nursing. lets see how it goes... :]

Monday, March 15, 2010

past due...

so we went to cali for what should have been six days and turned into nine and a 1/2. i need to get back on the ball. there is so much to share!

i shall get on it soon...once i get my house under control!

catch you on the flip side!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

thanks a latte...

so heres a struggle of mine. i realized the other day that i feel a bit weird about the whole tip jar thing.
i dont mind tipping but heres my dilemma... so at a coffee shop, you put together my drink and hand it over. i dont feel it necessary to tip for that. its your job. i dont get tips from parents for wiping their kids snot or changing their diaper (much more tip-worthy on my scale i guess!).

just my rant for the day. anyone else struggle with this? or have a reason that makes it more reasonable to always tips? help!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

bloggin' with mama

blog time and baby girl woke up from her nap, so she finished up blogging with me.

then papa joined typical mendonsa fashion (evelynn doesnt quite have it yet!)
ok heres a normal that she knows where to look

obsessed...not at all!

yes please! love this bag...

i think i have found my halloween costume for this year! :]

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actual readers!