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Monday, May 14, 2012

on being a mom

I was planning to write a really sweet blog post about how wonderful my first Mother's Day was. Really, it was pretty wonderful. 

I'd been battling an ugly cold all week and had completely lost my voice by Saturday night. So when J.B. took care of Jake during the night and then suggested I sleep in Sunday morning in lieu of going to church, I didn't argue one bit.
{Granted, as a mom you never really sleep while your little one is awake, but just listening to the two of them through the monitor from the comfort of my own bed was fine by me.}

And before my day even really started, J.B. and Jake spoiled me with breakfast in bed, flowers, jewelry, and a sweet card. 

When I finally did get out of bed, I discovered a giant surprise on the front porch. J.B.'s aunt had a gorgeous hibiscus plant delivered to me for my first Mother's Day {how nice is that!?}

That afternoon we had a great lunch over at my parent's house where even my mom went all out to make my day great. I felt so stinkin' loved and appreciated!

If there's anything I've learned over the past 8 weeks, it's that being a mom is a harder job that I ever imagined. This year, more than ever, I notice all the long days and sleepless nights that my mom put in for the three of us kids.

And honestly, I think my first Mother's Day was a great synopsis of what real life is like. That my husband and family appreciates the job I do as a mom, but even on my "off day" the work is really never done. There are days of angry teething and growth spurts. And other days when you can never give enough snuggles or sweet baby giggles. Being a mom is a 24/7 job, always and forever. 
 And quite frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

{finally asleep...  omg I love him!} 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

baby tummy troubles and a tired mommy

Sigh. Sorry for the hiatus, friends. I've got a sick little dude at home. 

We've spent lots of time at the pediatrician, lots of time at the pharmacy, and lots of time huddled in the corner sobbing {oh, wait, that's just me}. I kid... sort of. 

Poor Jake has some sort of mysterious tummy trouble that we can't seem to narrow in on.
He doesn't want to eat!
{Seriously, is this my child? I looooove food.}
His pediatrician seems to think he has some icky reflux and colic. And I hate that I can't wave a magic wand and fix him. 

But he's still such a little cutie! He's just learning to smile on demand and play and coo at you. 
Oh my heart!!
So my sweet guy is like Jekyll and Hyde. Feeding time - he's crazy. Play time - he's a doll!

Having said that, my blogging time has {understandably, I think} had to take a back seat. But I promise as soon as this little booger is chowing down regularly, I'll be back with what I've been working on lately!

See you soon, I hope!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

sopapilla cheesecake {recipe}

This is an easy, painless dessert. It takes about 15 minutes to make and they're always a hit!

- 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls
- 16 ounces of cream cheese {softened}
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of butter {melted}
- 1/4 cup of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Unroll one of your crescent roll tubes onto the bottom of a 9x13 {ungreased} casserole dish.
{yes, this can be tricky for those of us that are completely uncoordinated, but neatness doesn't really count for the bottom layer so get your practice in now}

Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. 
Spread the mixture over the rolled out layer.

Next, unroll the remaining crescent roll tube over the cream cheese mixture.
Pour the melted butter on the top. 

Combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it on top. 
{At first I thought this amount of cinnamon and sugar looked super excessive while I was cooking. But when I was tasting the finished product, it was just right}

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Allow time to cool and then cut into squares to enjoy!

I like my cheesecakes at room temperature, but you can also eat them hot or cold.