Saturday, February 27, 2010

Here are some recent pics of Jordan...

Now that she can roll onto her tummy and back again she loves her tummy time! Today she actually rolled over to our coffee table and started opening and closing the dvd drawers! Uh oh! Time to start childproofing!!!

Jordan's first Valentine's Day! It looks like she was asking for a nice valentine's hug but I know that truth... she wanted to suck on the camera.

Jordan isn't satisfied with her own toys... she must have daddy's!

Play time with daddy. Right before her video debut (refer to Wednesday's post.)

I love her in that big fluffy hat! My little eskimo baby!

Hanging out with Mommy before getting ready for bed.

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's... Foodie Friday! That's right! My awesome friend Kely had a great idea to collect some meatless recipes for Lent so I decided that I would post a new recipe each Friday until Easter. All the recipes I post will first be tried at home... Sprigg tested. Sprigg approved.

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup

1 package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini
2 cans reduced sodium condensed tomato soup OR, as a healthier alternative, 2 cups tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups milk
2 cups half and half cream
1/2 cups chopped oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan, romano, pecorino, or other italian cheese (buy an actual block of cheese... it's SO much better than the pre-shredded)

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a pot with a lid, combine the soup, broth, milk, cream, tomatoes, and seasonings. Stir frequently until heated through. Drain tortellini and add to soup. Stir in cheese.

This recipe is about as easy as it gets! We loved this soup and hope you enjoy it too! May God bless you and yours this Lenten season!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In today's Gospel we hear Jesus say "If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him."

I've heard this reading a million times but it held a new meaning for me as I read it today as a new mother. It made me think about how much time and energy and love I put into taking care of Jordan. I think about her all day, make sure she is fed and happy, make sure she takes her naps even if she doesn't want to, make sure she is still breathing when her nap has gone long. =) It's a beautiful gift to experience so much love but I've also never worried so much in my life! I realize now why my parents always worried and still worry about me.

It's hard to imagine a love greater than this but that is what Jesus was trying to say. If I, who am imperfect, can love that little baby so much, imagine how much God, who is perfect, loves me! That's intense! God thinks about us when we're not thinking about him, wants what's best for us when we just want what we want, wants to enter into a relationship with us when we are more concerned with our other relationships. It makes me feel sad. It makes me think "how could I neglect a love like that?" It's like those cheesy chick flick movies (which I love, btw) where the best friend has always been there for the girl, knows her better than anyone, loves her even... but she wants the jerk! How often do we pick the jerk over the great love?

This Lent I am trying to love God more. To love Him at least as much as I love my family even though I know I need to love Him even more than that. I hope this Lent, more than anything else, brings with it a better understanding of how much God loves each one of us because... what wouldn't we do for the one's we love?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We took this video a couple of weeks ago but it didn't turn out quite as we planned. Sean was rolling Jordan onto her stomach and back onto her back and she was cracking up. So, we grabbed the camera to try and capture some giggles. It turns out we were the ones laughing! Poor little Jordan!

Needless to say she got a nice bath afterwards. =) Meanwhile, we are still working on catching her laughing! Once I can get it on video I will be sure to post it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SNOW!!! I know a lot of people are sick of it at this point but I love it and, surprise, surprise, don't get to see it much here in Texas. I had no choice but to take Jordan outside and let her play. Ok, so she really is too small to do much playing but I think she liked looking at it! She is too cute for words...

PS- Jordan is 5 months old today!!! What a big girl!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I love cupcakes. In fact, I love all things with sugar. It's a problem. I found this bookmark at Barnes and Nobles the other day that says "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake." When I brought it home my husband agreed that it was made for me.

I don't really know what I plan on blogging about. It should be a mix of my little girl Jordan, craft projects, design and cooking. I like everything. I have tons of projects in the works so if you're looking for a little inspiration or just passing the time this isn't a bad place to start!