What a fun thing to write about! Charlie and I met in October 2005. I had recently moved back home from Waco where I had been in a relationship that didn't work out. I didn't exactly know what I was doing when I moved back as things never work out the way you think they are going to:) To just give you the good details first.....Charlie and I met via......MATCH.COM:) I know, we're fun like that!

I had a friend who was doing it and was sort of obsessed. She really wanted me to do it, and therefore a profile was made. I took control of it and was only signed up for the free trial they offered. I went on 2 dates that weren't awful, but definitely NOT the ones! Then, Charlie emailed me. He had told me later he was getting tired of Match (he had been on it a for a year or so) and his subscription was about to be up unless he paid to extend it again. He decided he was going to let it go for awhile, but did one last search in his area. I popped up and he emailed me:) He claims it took me several days to email him back. I don't really remember and didn't do it on purpose. Maybe I was just busy that weekend! I looked at his profile and was definitely interested. He was cute and I liked what he had to say about himself. The question with online dating though is always will he really look like that and is he a big fat liar about his personality. We emailed a ton for a couple weeks. Just question emails and get to know ya type stuff. We had a date set for a Friday night maybe and I remember not having much going on and kinda pushed to move it to that night...Tuesday. I was excited, what can I say:)

We met at Friday's for dinner. We both say we pretty much instantly knew this was a good thing and really could be IT! I met his parents on our 3rd date. We moved in together 3 months later and got engaged the following October. Married in June 07. I never even paid for Match.com, and barely made it through the free trial.

Us on our honeymoon:)

He is truly the best friend, husband, and father I could ever ask for. The love he has for our daughter is amazing and he treats both of us like princesses. We will soon have our little boy for him to be a wonderful role model to. Love you Charlie!

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New Recipe

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Charlie and I tried a new recipe this weekend and it was pretty good and easy! Thank goodness he saved the day though or they might not have been.

I started making them Saturday night while he was on his way home from work. I mixed the ingredients and warmed up the stove and began to cook them. Charlie called and asked how they looked. I told him, "well they don't seem to have the shape and consistency like you would think. Not at all like the picture." He asked, "well did you add this, this, this, etc." I said yes, then he mentioned one more ingredient and it clicked. "CRAP" I forgot that entire ingredient. That would be why these don't look so hot! Ugh, I was frustrated at myself and defeated. Charlie came home and decided they were fixable, and fixable they were. They were yummy. So from one amazing chef to another....my tip for you is make sure to add all the ingredients:)

Now for the recipe: Tuna Cakes....like faux crab cakes and aren't super fishy tasting for those that don't like that taste.

You Need:
2 cans (6 oz. each) light tuna in water, drained, flaked
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken- *this would be the ingredient I forgot:)
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cup water
1 carrot, shredded- *Charlie wasn't a huge fan of the carrots so we did one celery chopped
1/3 cup KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. CLAUSSEN Sweet Pickle Relish-*Also Charlie wasn't a huge fan of so we did mustard.

All of our substitutions turned out fine. So go with whatever sounds good!

1.Mix all ingredients.:) Refrigerate 10 min.

2.Heat large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat. Use ice cream scoop to add 1/3-cup portions of tuna mixture, in batches, to skillet. *( I just used my hand and a spoon for the portions)

3. Flatten into patties with back of spatula. Cook 6 min. or until golden brown on both sides, carefully turning patties over after 3 min.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

There is nothing more that says Texas than Bluebonnets:) We had a photographer take some photos of Savi. She doesn't sit still for a photo to save her life, but part of me loves it because it completely fits her age and personality. She wants to explore and discover. And that's why I love her:)

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Baby Update:)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Charlie and I went to the doctor yesterday and had another sonogram! We are all boy:) He weighs 11 oz. right now. I haven't gotten the sono pics uploaded yet, but we got some great shots. Everything looks good and healthy. Including my healthy weight gain of 7 pounds total since the beginning 109 starting weight. Sheeesshh! lol Savannah came to the doctor with us and did great. She watched the monitor for quite a bit and sat right next to me. We are now thinking about our nursery theme and all things boy! I think we might do Under The Sea theme. Charlie and I seem to have both agreed on that:) I love color, and that theme has some fun pops of orange, yellow, sea blue, etc.

I sadly went through all of Savannah's clothes yesterday and picked out my favorites for her first year. Going home outfit, first Easter dress, first Christmas dress, etc. I plan to make a quilt with a piece of each of these items. Her first year of clothes quilt:) I have no idea how to quilt though....details:) It was a nice trip down memory lane. For all the rest I separated some to sale, and some to give to some friends.

I leave you with my 18 week belly shot:)

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Here are a few of my favorite bubble pictures we got of Savannah on Easter:)

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Toothbrush Princess

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

This morning Savannah was playing with my headbands and decided to try them on. She picked the sparkly one!

My child also has an obsession with brushing her teeth. She gets the tooth brush and says “thank you” to us while holding out the toothbrush. This means wet it and add some toothpaste please:) She will brush her teeth for 20 minutes. With quick breaks of “thank you” meaning re wet the toothbrush please. Lol I’ll enjoy it while she does, as I’m sure there will be a time when she will not like brushing her teeth:)

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Monday, April 05, 2010

As I'm sure all of ya'll are doing. Here is our Easter weekend post with tons of pictures:) I'll try to just pick the best ones!

I ended up getting Friday off, which was so nice! I spent the morning at the hospital visiting my best friends 7 month old son. (Side note: He is precious and could use all of our prayers. He has been in the PICU since Thursday morning when I got a call from my bff crying saying the fire department had called her telling her her son had just received 5 minutes of cpr and was unconscious. I got to the hospital as fast as my work would allow me. He has ended up with a severe injury to the back of his head and needed immediate brain surgery. Things are getting better, but they have a long road ahead. Here is the facebook prayer page with the full story.) After I got home we had Easter as a family since Charlie had to work Sunday. Savi got up from her nap and downstairs the Easter Bunny had visited and left a basket full of fun! We hid some eggs in the house and outside. She was precious and both Charlie and I LOVED it! After all the fun we headed out for a family dinner at Trail Dust. We had such a nice afternoon/evening as a family!

Saturday my sister and mom came over for the neighborhood Easter egg hunt. It was beautiful weather. She got a few eggs and since it was her first group hunt to participate in, I'd say she did just fine. Those little legs just don't move fast enough:) No worries, she had 20 of her very own eggs waiting for her on Sunday at grandma and grandpa's house.

Taking a break to have some chocolate!

We went over to my mom's house for a yummy Easter lunch and then had some fun. Savi did great at her last Easter egg hunt for the weekend. So precious. She tried to carry them all instead of putting them in the basket. HA! Then my parents gave her a bubble machine for Easter. Oh this thing was fun! She loved it. My dad has some better pictures that he hasn't edited yet. But I have a couple. SO cute! What child doesn't love an ample amount of bubbles being blown in your face!

All and all a great weekend. Here is my 16 week belly pic from last week. The lighting in the bathroom wasn't great at whatever time I took this, but you get the idea:)

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