Saturday, April 19, 2014

An Amazing Blessing {FREE Pack And Play}

Sometimes when you least expect it, God shows up and provides an extra special tremendous blessing to you! Sometimes when those awesomely unexpected blessings some along, we don't even recognize them or acknowledge them! This post is an acknowledgement of an awesome blessing we were given recently.

When Matt and I registered for gifts before Mason was born, we decided we wouldn't register for a Pack and Play because we had plans to put Mason in his crib from the beginning. We live in a small duplex and there just wasn't a ton of room for one. After Mason was about 3+ months old, we realized it might be a good investment to have one for traveling this summer, etc and for future Morgan babies. 

I wrote a quick post on Facebook that I was looking for one to purchase second-hand if anyone had one they wanted to sell. A few people said they would check at home, etc. Matt's grandmother in PA e-mailed and said she would look at an upcoming yard sale to see if she could find one but we asked her to wait since she wouldn't be able to know if the one she purchased was a recalled one. 

Several days after my original post, I received a message on Facebook from one of Matt's cousins. I won't say names here because I didn't ask permission to disclose that. In her message, she said she had a Pack and Play that she had used but it had been recalled. She had never called to get a new one after the recall. She was certain she could still do that and she asked if I would be interested in it if she could. UMMMM...heck yes! Seriously, I was blown away. Not only were were going to get a Pack and Play BUT we were going to get a new one. And not only were we going to get a new one but we were going to get a FREE new one! AH!

It came in the mail last week and we are in love. Is it possible to be in love with a Pack and Play? ;-)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mason: Week 24 {Photos}

**Side note: I do not refer to him at 24 weeks old etc. He is simply 5 1/2 months, etc. I just keep these as Week 23, Week 24, and so on, so that It's done weekly. **

Day 162: This kid loves his Grandmom

Day 163: Mostly naked and happy as can be! 

Day 164: A little afternoon walk; we wanted to stay longer but oh, the pollen! 

Day 165: Mom's Monday morning cleaning buddy! 

Day 165: A little light reading :)

Day 166: Hey Cutie! 

 Day 167: Trying to sit up like a big boy! 

Day 168: Applesauce for the first time! He actually liked it! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos {A Book Review}

Mom Seeks God is a book I reviewed through Litfuse Publicity Group. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and thought that Julia presented some great points and ideas about how to pray as a Mom. She was open about her past experiences when she first became a Mom and even as her children grew. She realized quickly that she had to be diligent in praying for her family especially her children BUT she also had to learn to be flexible so that she would be able to add it into her schedule. I think I will enjoy this book even more as Mason grows and life gets busier and fuller. I'm looking to re-reading this book eventually! 

Check the link below to find out how to enter a giveaway for a Kindle HDX and to learn more about Julia's book! 

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Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood itself is a spiritual discipline and can be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

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Matt and the Pasta Extruder

Matt's been wanting a pasta extruder/maker for a long time. We hoped to save money for one to attach to our Kitchen Aid mixer but they are quite pricey and this just didn't seem feasible. Since Matt's birthday was approaching when we were discussing, I mentioned to Matt's parents that he wanted one. They thought it was a great idea and they delivered! 

Matt's parents purchased him a pasta maker/extruder, ravioli presses and a pasta stand! He was in hog heaven! 

On April 4th, he pulled this sucker out of the box, prepped it and made us some homemade linguini! 

Y'all! It was sooo delicious. After eating this and Matt talking about how easy it was to make, I'm not sure I ever want to eat boxed pasta again! To go with the pasta, Matt made a semi-homemade pasta sauce. He used a can of plain tomato sauce, added basil, garlic, ground sauteed sausage and some heavy cream. Oh my word!

We hope to do a picture tutorial soon! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Family Walk {April 2014}

The weather has been so nice! We took advantage of it on this day and went for a little walk. How cute is this fella in his hat?!?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Someone got to...


On April 4th after trying to wait as long as possible, we got this baby boy some food! We had decided before Mason was born that we wanted to try to wait until 6 months if possible to give him food. Until about a week ago, we really thought that was possible. Then, this little guy started fussing when he would see us eating, staring us down when we took a bite, and opening his mouth every time we did. We decided to go ahead and start. He is able to hold his head up and sit upright in his booster seat so we didn't see a problem with it. We introduced oatmeal first and will plan to stick with this for a couple of weeks (from April 4th) and then go from there.

These pictures are from my iPhone because I wanted a few pictures of Matt feeding him, too. 

And a little video...