Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Like Father, Like Son

Those of you that know Brent, know that he loves "all things salty." Sadly enough, he does NOT have my sweet tooth...however, Griffin definitely has my sweet tooth and Avery has a mild sweet tooth...but it looks like Graham maybe leaning towards Brent's taste preferences...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our Soccer Star

Griffin is playing soccer this spring - his first experience with "organized" sports. He had his first game on Saturday. I had to work so Brent took all 3 kids...so this blog is "according to Brent"... Griffin had an absolute ball. He ran full speed ahead the entire time. He was pretty aggressive about getting the ball. He scored twice - once in the wrong goal; once in the wrong goal on the wrong field - but he was proud of himself none-the-less! He was thrilled with his "soccer shorts" and his "leg things." He'll be equally thrilled when their team shirts arrive. I think he looked absolutely adorable! Sad I missed it but glad that there are many more games to come.
Coach Chad and a few teammates

after the ball - eye on the prize!

little goalie

Friday, March 25, 2011

Daddy's Little Helper

Brent has been doing a little spring yard work to make the house as presentable as possible for house showings and open houses. Griffin has been getting his exercise by helping daddy with the mowing. Griffin pretty much follows directly behind Brent the entire time! Pretty cute!

(griff's mower has a broken wheel so he has to work really hard to push it!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Savory Crescent Chicken Squares

So I haven't posted a recipe in a really long time...but here is an oldy but goody! (I may have shared this with some of you years ago - I remember making this while living in Birmingham!)

Savory Crescent Chicken Squares

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 TBSP butter, softened
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 TBSP chopped chives or green onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 TBSP milk
1 8oz pkg refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 TBSP butter, melted
3/4 cup seasoned croutons, crushed

Heat oven to 350.
In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and 1 TBSP softened butter. Stir until smooth. Add chicken, chives, salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well.

Separate dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spoon 1/4 of chicken mixture onto center of each rectangle. Pull 4 corners of dough to center of chicken mixture and twist. Pinch edges to seal. (this makes 4 squares with the dough sealed into the center). Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Brush tops of sandwiches with melted butter. Sprinkle with crushed croutons.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

*I use part of a rotisserie chicken. And I normally mix the filling up during naps and then just stuff the dough right before cooking it. The kids love this!*

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekend Fun

One of my favorite things that we have done since we've been here in Durham is having dinner with friends fairly regularly. Its not practical for us to try to go out anywhere and actually enjoy it...so we normally cook out at someones house.

We have already been enjoying the warmer weather and extra hours of sunshine! The Runkle family had us over for burgers and hot dogs this weekend. The kids burned their energy outdoors and the adults enjoyed some conversation!

not sure where this seductive look came from...

griffy boy!

the girls, always in costume!

Graham crawled around and did his own thing - no more baby for us!! And doesn't he look so big???

Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend with the Likes

We took a family trip this weekend to visit our dear friends, the Likes. Creighton and Brent were in residency together in Greenville and then Creighton did a fellowship here at Duke, so we've known them for years. Their children Creighty and Carter are almost the exact ages as Avery and Griffin so they are great playmates. Christa and I helped keep each other sane during the first 2 1/2 years of the boys lives!! We've missed them tremendously over this past year so were so excited to spend a weekend catching up. Thankfully we had wonderful weather and spent our days outside.

Graham had his first experience in the sandbox...and loved it! And he only ate a little sand!

These girls played wonderfully together. It has been so fun to watch them really develop a friendship. They had a blast!

The kids loved this little gator. Griff was a wild driver at first but by the end of the weekend, he was a pro!

Mommy and Graham

tub time!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Eatin' Time!

This little guy LOVES to eat! And he has the cutest face ever. Makes for priceless pictures!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Little Helper

Think I should hire her??

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I almost titled this post "Slacker" - I haven't posted much of anything in forever. I haven't really even thought about posting something. Sorry to disappoint.

I cringe at the thought of even considering myself as being "slack." I feel like I run my butt off each and every day. I consider it a good day when I get laundry done, meals cooked, kids cared for, and maybe an errand run. Life these days has left little time or energy for anything. And I'm tired. Really tired. I realized this morning that I haven't been away from the kids in 16 months. That is 16 months of working all 24 hour shifts. Yikes.

Thanks for listening to my thoughts! On another note, the big kids are doing great. They are in a fun phase and enjoy just about everything. We've enjoyed some great weather lately and have spent hours at different playgrounds with friends. Its nice that they can run and climb and do almost everything themselves - and I no longer have to follow Griff around for fear he'd fall off of something or bite someone, etc!

Avery and Griffin are really "into" their friends and it is so fun to see those relationships develop. They get sooo excited to see friends and Avery makes pictures for her friends on a daily basis. (she'd be heartbroken to know that 1/2 of her artwork ends up in the trash can....she makes oodles and oodles of it!!)

Graham has kept me on my toes recently- his sleeping has been disastrous (thanks to ear infections) but that should be squared away on March 14 when he gets tubes! I can't wait!! Graham keeps me on my toes with his constant activity as well! Thankfully, he is fairly well balanced and doesn't keep a bruised forehead these days. He is cruising around stuff and can walk across the room with his push-walker toy. And he recently discovered the stairs and can shimmy right on up them!

Brent is thrilled to have his first real job lined up and is busy trying to get his GA license and all of that mess. He has a lighter month at work during March and is enjoying that. He is trying to get back into the routine of running and has his next race in April. Brent spent much of February doing projects around the house and getting it ready to sell. We have had it on the market for a few weeks now and have had a few lookers. We are trusting that God has a perfect buyer in mind and will bring them at the perfect time. So for now, we strive to keep this place relatively clean and picked up, which sometimes proves to be a losing battle!!

As previously stated, this mommy is tired and in need of a break...but I am really looking forward to all this next phase in life will bring. I can't wait to settle in somewhere for more than a few years. I can't wait to decorate our house. I can't wait to explore a new area. And I really can't wait to be close to family!! I am really trying to embrace life right now - take time out to kick the soccer ball with Griffin, color pictures with Avery, and snuggle up with Graham. I know these days will be gone all too quickly.

I'll attempt to be a little more consistent in my blogging...but no promises!!!