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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Daddy's Coming Home!!

Matt will be coming home from boot camp Sunday! Ella Katherine and I can't wait! It has been a long month. I am anxious to see how she reacts upon seeing him. I know he can not wait to have some good food and nice bed to sleep in.

Sick at Grammy's

These are a couple of pics of Ella Katherine at Pappy and Grammy's house in Collinsville. This child loves watching cartoons!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


So today around 1:15, I was loading up the minivan to head back to Jackson from Meridian. Ella Katherine and I were the only ones here. She was napping and I decided to let Gizmo get a final bathroom run while I loaded. He went off in the woods like he always does(we live in a huge pasture). Well about twenty minutes later when he had not returned I was worried. I live in a small town and my mom had rounded up the troops twenty minutes later. We searched for three to four hours all over our land and the surrounding areas. Finally everyone came in and we gave up! About a quarter until five we were all sitting in the family room and Allison Dallas said "oh my gosh, there he is!" Sure enough he came up to the door. He was almost dehydrated and a bit disoriented, but he is a trooper. We believe he got lost and found his way back finally. It is definitely a miracle!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

They Grow up so Fast

Gooey Butter Cake

I know this is an unusually large amount of post for our blog. Matt is at basic training and Ella Katherine is with her Grammy in Meridian. She has her first ear infection and also has a cold. I stayed home with her on Tuesday, but couldn't miss any more work. I am sure she will be spoiled rotten when I pick her up. I say all this to inform you of the incredible boredom you experience when you are alone after having a child and husband around constantly. Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying. I just don't know what to do with myself. I keep going to the nursery to check on the baby and find myself freaking out when she is not in there or listening for her cry during the middle of the night and worrying because I never hear her. So what am I doing with my free time? I have been staying at work late to get caught up and working on this blog pathetically enough. Oh and I have been cooking like crazy. I miss having time to try new recipes. I tried the Paul Deen cake recipe below and I highly recommend it!! I had to give half of it away to our neighbors so that I would not finish the whole by myself.

Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients & Directions:
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Prepare Filling

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Ease of preparation: easy

Fourth of July Sunday

This is the Life!

We are moving to a new tub this weekend. She is outgrowing this one just a bit. This is what she does when you put her in it. Ella Katherine immediately moves herself into this position.

A Glimpse into the Future

Matt is at basic training right now and they have a website where they post pictures of their daily activities. They shaved the poor things hair off on day two. He was the only one who came without his head shaved, so they got him good! I guess I know what he will look like in thirty years when he loses it all! I hope it grows quickly! I thought this was a sweet picture I saw on the site. His sign say " I love you Morgan and Ella Katherine." The website below shows some the things he is doing while there.

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