Friday, November 15, 2013

A Needed Reminder

It's been slow at work, which is both good and bad.  There is only so much surfing one can do, and even less if you are trying not to buy stuff you really don't need.

So, I catch up on blogs.  I love reading parenting blogs, faith blogs, family life, hair, DIY blogs, really anything that is inspirational.

I have a few favorites, and today, I found two blogs that seemed to be written just for me. 

Finding Joy is a blog that I have loved for awhile, and I know I have shared her stories before.  The one today (linked above) is about the Lonely Mom.  And as small group is diving into a book called Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, this blog post fit perfectly with the reading this week.  The reading was on depression, isolation, and feeling alone.  I felt convicted when i was reading at home last night, and again today when I read the blog.  A lump was in my throat, and I identified with her.  It's so easy to only see the happy stuff people post, and feel like no matter what you do, you don't get ahead, you are falling behind, failing at different aspects of your life, feeling overwhelmed with a life that sometimes seems like it has spun out of control, and taken on it's own course, while you are trying to figure out what direction you are even going now.

And then there is Diana Wrote who had a blog on faith the size of a mustard seed.  How in the bible even the tiniest amount of faith can move mountains, and she is doubting the size of her faith since her sons have died (she has lost 3 infants in the past 18 months).  Her writing is painfully honest, but so so good.  And I compare the faith I have to her life, and wonder if she doubts her faith with all the struggles she has, how little faith do I have?  And her first comment is that her readers are her mountains, and she is moving us.  And it floored me.  We could have mountains we dont even know we are moving.

I have been LOVING the girls in my bible study group.  It's amazing how we have all just clicked and seems like we have known each other forever.  We did a fun night with the hubby's and kids, and there were no meltdowns, or tears (from the hubby's or kids) :)  I'm so blessed to have these women join me and to have them pray for me, hold me accountable, and support me in growing in faith.  Seriously, these women are amazing and I can't wait to see what kind of mountains we can move together.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Copycat Cafe Rio Shredded Beef

Due to a new baby cousin arriving in October, my sister and I combined my nephew, Carson, and Jacob's birthday parties together.  We figured it would be easier for everyone, and save on food costs.  Shauna had wanted to make taco's for Carson's party, so we kept to that idea, since it's something different than sloppy joe's, and is just as easy.

I've had a recipe pinned for awhile that I wanted to try, even though i have never heard of the store it copycats, but the recipes are alway's popping up and look so good.  Plus, it's made in the crockpot, so can it get any easier??

Cafe Rio Shredded Beef


1small onion
2lbs. boneless beef chuck roast
1c. low-sodium beef broth
1Tbl. ground cumin + extra to taste
3-5garlic cloves, minced
1(8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1(14 oz.) can green enchilada sauce
1-2Tbl. tomato paste


Cut the onion into large, chunky slices; place on the bottom of slow-cooker. Place the roast on top of the onions. Combine broth, 1 Tablespoon cumin, garlic and tomato sauce; pour over the top of the roast. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Transfer meat to a cutting board; use two forks to shred the beef. Strain the juices from the slow-cooker, reserving the juice. Transfer shredded meat back to the slow-cooker and pour some of the strained juices over the shredded beef (as much as you prefer). Stir in the enchilada sauce and tomato paste.Season with salt and extra cumin, to taste. Serve in taco shells with desired toppings.

This recipe was a HIT.  I literally had about 2 spoonfuls leftover, which my nephew Collin begged me for, so I sent home with him.  Earlier, he said, "Nikki - can you tell my mom how to make this, her's doesnt taste this good!"  Made me laugh. 

I also made a chicken taco recipe.  I threw some chiecken breasts into another crockpot, added 1/2 packet of taco seasoning, and a jar of salsa.

No photos, as i have not uploaded them off of the camera yet, but i will do that soon, and post a link of the construction cake. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Now I lay me down to sleep....

I pray the Lord, my soul to keep

Every night we pray this before bedtime with Jacob.  And before, I would always wrap up the prayer with praying for Jacob and people we knew.  One of the girls at bible study mentioned that she asks her son what he wants to pray for.  Such a simple thing, and yet was one of those, why haven't I done that moments.

Since then, I have asked Jacob what he would like to pray for.  And because he is a MASSIVE creature of habit, I pretty much know what he will pray for and in what order.

First we pray for B (his blanket), Baa (his stuffed sheep) and Nuk.  We pray that they bring him comfort and peace during the night to help him sleep.

May God guide me, through the night

Then he wants to pray for Dada.  And I help him "pick" what we pray for, good day at work, safe travels, more play time, etc.

Next, comes Momma.  (yea, i know, i rank 5th...)  Again, I help pick, but mine is usually for patience.  Can never have too much of that with a toddler....

Then it depends.  We thank God for the blessings of books, Mo's (motorcycles), 4 wheelers, trucks, and anything else he can think of. 

I will usually wrap up the prayer for specific things for friends and family, new baby Avery has been a popular one this week, and when I say "In Your name we pray" Jacob starts chiming in with "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAmen".  I love it.  Sweetest part of our day.

We read the same books for bed, and a favorite is "God's Little Lamb" which is sang/read to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep.  J LOVES this book, and his new thing is to sing "baa baa" throughout the book, and then giggle like a madman when we say it at the same time.  :)

After books, we pray, then sing songs.  I always sing "You are My Sunshine" and every night Jacob interrupts me to ask "one more?"  at least once during the song.  And I have to say "yes Jacob, we will sing one more after this song" otherwise he keeps asking.  Song number 2 depends on how late it is, and how much patience i have...  Sometimes we do "All God's Children", "Jesus Loves Me", one of his all time favorites Revelation Song  or Forever Reign.  It's my favorite thing, cuz he just SNUGGLES right in, and we rock.  Believe me, i was not blessed with a singing voice, but J doesnt care about that.

After we wrap up rocking and singing, as I stand up, he reaches to touch his own back, and quietely says "Back?". His way of asking me to rub his back when I lay him down in his crib for a few minutes before I leave the room.  And I say yes every night.

And wake me with the morning light

Monday, September 30, 2013

It's Confirmed

Riding "Big Baa" he did NOT want to get down
My child is odd.

This weekend we were out an about as we went to Woodbury's Big Trucks (with only a couple melt downs), the Afton Apple Orchard (PACKED!!), Afton's art fair, and hung out at home. 

When we do these little side day trips, I bring snacks with for J, because I've realized he's a lot like me.  If he's hungry, he gets crabby.  and quick...  So to help avoid meltdowns, and to keep the Holy Trinity items at bay as long as possible.  If you are unaware as to the HT in our house it is:  B (J's workd for his blanket), Baa (his stuffed sheep) and Nuk (if you dont know this, I can't help you).  Everywhere we go, they go.  Church, store, Target, Grandma's, a walk, they go.  They can stop tears in no time.  But, as it gets closer to Nuk's depature date (which is not set, but eventually), we try to keep the 3 items at a bare minimum.

Anyways, as a result, I keep food around as much as possible.  Cuz if does get angry/cranky, then he is DEFINETLY acting like his daddy, not his momma!  :)

A go to item tends to be the food pouches (of either applesauce, or a fruit/veggie combo) or our version of trail mix.  Our version just tends to be whatever we have in the house.  Goldfish, cheerio's, life cereal, pb or cheese crackers, but there are 2 items that are ALWAYS in there. 

Nope, not chocolate.
Not nuts.

Raisins and yogurt covered raisins. 

Seriously, this kid LOVES raisins.  He asks for them, and will pick out all the raisins before he eats anything else out of the trail mix.  Who does that??  Usually that's what is left from trail mix, along wtih the peanuts.  Cashews - gone.  Peanuts - hangin out with the raisins. 

I was reading a babycenter blog about handing out candy for Halloween, and people trying to think of other things.  A few comments were about how useless it was to do boxes of raisins, because they just get tossed, and no one likes them. 

Well, send them our way.  Apparently, J did not get that memo, and prefers raisins to chocolate.  (Just add some dark chocolate too, for me!)

Pickin some apples

No idea what that face is about
Hangin out in the bucket
Giving "Baa" a kiss
Big boy hanging out under the snow plow
He does love pumpkin cookies though.  A lot.  :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My First Quilt Tutorial

I have gotten into sewing over the years, and although my fabric stash comes no where near my aunt Debbie's, it's getting up there.  I buy stuff with no real purpose in mind, if it's on sale, or just too cute to pass up.  I also have a few bought for stuff I know i want to do. 

I was in a purse/bag kick for awhile, and although I love me a new purse, I was getting tired of doing them.  And after tackling an Amy Butler pattern for diaper bag, on my own (aka, no help from Jen) I realized I could do more than just bags.

Jen made Jacob a gorgous quilt for my baby shower.  This girl put time into it.  And it was her first quilt.  That girl has talent.  I realized that I will need to up my game when they decide to have a baby, and so I should start working on that now. 

I made a quilt for my soon to be born niece.  The first on the Posey side.  I actually did it without a pattern, although I'm sure that is obvious.  It is like a playskool, my first ______, except quilt version.
It was fun picking out the fabric, all girly and baby.  I actually had made Bailey a purse for her birthday a few years back, and had some leftover fabric from that, which i was able to incorporate into her baby girl's quilt.  Like Momma like baby right?

I had the baby word fabric from Jen, which was from Jacob's quilt, so Baby Girl Posey gets something from her momma and her cousin.  The other fabrics, purple dot, owl, pink side, was actually from Target and was for receiving blankets.  The backing was the minky pink from JoAnn's that is just so soft.

I started by cutting all the fabric, by far the most time intensive part I think.  The width was the the length of the receiving blankets, and then i did 3.5 inches for the width of each strip.  I cut 15 strips, 4 of the purple dot, 4 of the pink, 3 of the purse fabric, 2 brown baby, and 2 owl.

Start cutting away
 After pinning the pieces, I started sewing.  1/4 inch seam, matching right sides together.  I wanted the quilt to be wider than receiving blankets, so I stitched together all except the 4 pink pieces, in the following order:
Purple, Purse, Baby, Owl, Purple, Purse, Purple, Owl, Baby, Purse, Purple
You can view pics farther down to see a visual.
Starting the block sewing

 First 3 strips done!
 Here is the finished strip sewing, also a visual for those who want to see the pattern.
 Next, I attached the pink strips to the outside where I wanted them.  They meet in the middle since I was using the length of the recieving blanket for this.  Even though a seam in the middle, it works out well, and adds texture.
I then stitched the oustide pink strips to the quilt, again matching right sides together and 1/4" seam
 Next, came the batting.  I went a bit overboard on the batting, because this was My First Quilt, and it didn't seem "fluffy" enough to me, so I did two layers.  You only need one....

I cut to the size of the quilt and pinned it down to the wrong side of the quilt.
 At this time, I also cut the oh so soft pink minky fabric for the backing.  I pinned this to the other side of the batting, so it looked like a quilt (almost) at this point. 

After pinning the batting and the backing to the front of the quilt, I stitched a 1/2" seam around the entire quilt.  Don't worry about the edges, that's what the binding is for!
Sorry for the blurry edged picture...
 After, I added the premade binding (in white).  It took two packages, bought from JoAnn's. I pinned, and then stitched as close to the inside quilt edge of the binding in matching thread.
All DONE!!
 Here is a view with the backside also.
 I opted to not stitch across the quilt.  I had debated on it, but due to timing, it just wasn't going to work with the shower coming up.

Can't wait to meet Baby Girl, who is due to arrive next week!!

Morning Photo Session

We recently did a photo session with Ilisa of Ailts Photography.  She has done lots of sessions for us since I was pregnant, but I love how these ones captured the "true" Jacob.  She came over for a couple of hours one Saturday morning and followed us as we did our normal thing.
One of my favs, signing Johnny Appleseed for prayer time at breakfast

So serious, still watching Ilisa
I love his face when he's snffing flowers

It is rare when we pass flowers with out Jacob sniffing them

Look at me climbing the stairs!

Love the colors

"where's Jacob??"


Jacob's FAVORITE pic, he had to bring to daycare with him one day, carried it around and everything

He really does ride the tractor and 4wheeler on a daily basis

Trying to do family pics

Hard work pushing the tractor up the hill

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunshines & Smiles - Summer Catch Up

Getting comfy on the waok

Taking nieces to get mani/pedi's for their birthdays

Washing the tractor (daddy was so proud!)

Playdate for both J and mommy... :)

Chillin on the way to the state fair with Momma's glasses and the tractor trader

New store that opened in Afton LOVE IT!

First day of Early Preschool (best photo i could get...)

Mumford and Sons Concert with Jess & Jen