Sunday, October 31, 2010

Menu Monday

This week I am going to use things that I have in house.  I did not buy grocries this week.  I tend to buy them every other week instead of everyweek.  I will buy the essentials like milk, yogurts, and lunchmeat everyweek but found I spend less if I go every other week.
Tuesday: Summer Sausage and rice
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Friday: Pizza

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thankful Thursday

With Thanksgiving coming up I want to focus on one thing that I am thankful for every week.  This week I am thankful for a blog.  I know it sounds funny but I love to look to it for craft ideas.  The crafts that are on this site are ones that are adorable and practical.  The site is .  Go and check it out!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Mallorie and her Great Grandpa Koetiser - I love how they are looking at eachother!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday Tip

Tuesday Tip

Because I work third shift my schedule is a lot different than everyones I know.  When I wake up the last thing I want to do is make dinner.  That is why I love to use my Crock-Pot.  Even though I love to use my crock pot I hate to clean it.  That is why I love Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

I was a little worry the first time I tried them.  I did not know if the food would cook the same.  But they are amazing.  The food cooks the same way and when it comes to cleaning you do not have to soak the pot and scrub it... all you have to do is lift the liner out and throw it away. I think they are truly worth every penny.

New Friends

New Friends

I have know Heidi since I was three years old.  Her family moved in two doors down from where I lived.  We have been friends ever since.  In Janurary we went out to eat for my birthday and I was going to tell her that we were expecting.  but she beat me to the punch.  Heidi told me that her and her husband were expecting in the begining of October.  So I then told her that I was going to tell her the same thing but we were due mid September.  We were so excited to be due only weeks apart.  Heidi and her husband found out that there were having a boy.  He was born exactly one month after Mallorie.  Bryce was born 10/13/10.  the other night I went over to see him again and I brought Mallorie.  It was so cute to see them together.  I can not believe how big Mallorie looks next to him. 
Bryce was 7 lbs. 7 oz. when he was born.  So Mallorie had 2 pounds on him to start plus a month to grow. 

I can not wait to watch them grow up together! 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

I absolutely love this picture.  She looks so sweet and peaceful!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Menu Monday

Monday - Hot Dogs on the Grill with Baked Beans and chips
Tuesday - Taco Soup
Wednesday - Chicken Lasagna
Thursday - Sloppy Tacos
Friday - Out for eat

I am going to try a weekly menu.  I have tried it once before but it did not work.  I am hoping that it will make shopping easier.  If you have any tips let me know! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010


IT'S A GIRL!!!!!

Mallorie May Koetsier
9 lbs 13 oz
21 inches long

On September 12 at about 1o'clock in the morning I started having contractions.  I labored at home until my husband got up for work at 4:15.  I then told him that he would not be going to work today and that it was time to call the doctor and head to the hospital.  When we got to the hospital at 5:00 they wheeled us up to my room and started to get me comfortable and hooked up the the monitors.  When they checked me they found that I was already 8 centimeters dilated.  They hurried to get the anesthesiologist in so I could have the epidural.  I labored for a while without the epidural.  Then I got the epidural and was much more comfortable and was able to relax, sleep, and "enjoy" laboring.  At about 10:00 a.m.  I was fully dialated and I started to push with the contractions.  My Doctor was at the office seeing other patients but would be up to deliver in a few hours.  I had two amazing nurses, Julie and Megan, with me and helped me with the pushing.  At about 11:00 my doctor came up and saw me and checked how far along I was and how far the baby was.  She had a meeting scheduled downstairs so she told the nurses that if they needed her they could page her otherwise she will be back in about an hour.  Just after noon my doctor came back up and they started to fill the room with all of the equiptment needed for delivery.  I saw the joy on my husband's face and I knew that it was getting close.  The scale, the warmer, and a large table full of towels, tubs, and a lot of tools were in the room too.  I pushed with every contraction.  I was so tired at this point becasuse I had not slept since the night before and I had not eaten anything since dinner the night before.  Between contraction I would keep my eyes closed and rest and I think if it was not for the next contraction I could have fallen asleep.  I did not feel any pain.  I could feel my muscles tighten at the top of my belly with every contractions but that was it.  At 1:20 p.m. the doctor told me that the baby was getting stuck on my pelvic bone and that I could keep pushing for the next 40 minutes and be the same place that we are now or she could use the forceps and get the baby out with the next contraction.  I looked at my husband and he nodded.  I told the doctor to use the forceps.  She then put the forceps into place so she was ready.  With the next contraction I started to push.  As I push she pulled on the forceps and I could feel the the presure of the baby coming out.  It was the most amazing feeling.  She put the baby up on me and asked my husband, " What do we have daddy?"  and he said, through his tears, "It's a girl!"  They then rubbed her to get her to cry.  She let out one big scream and then just laid on my chest, bright eyed, and looking around.  She was perfect!!!  They then took her to clean her better, check her over, and get her weight and length and dress her.  The doctor asked the nurse " so how big is this little girl?"  The nurse told her, "9 pounds 13 ounces."  I asked "9 pounds 3 ounces?"  and the nurse replied "No, 13!"  My husband then got to hold her for the first time.  I am so glad that I had a camera close because I never want to forget the look in his eyes when he really looked at her and held her for the first time. 

Once we got her home we introduce her to our dog, Carter.  I think it was love at first sight.  Carter is very protective of her.  When she crys and we are not in the same room he will come and get one of us.  Also when we had visitors come over to see us and to meet Mallorie, Carter would lay in the middle of the living room  and look at the person holding her and would not take his eye off of them.  We are trying our best to give him the same amount of love that we did before and to keep things same for him.  He is doing really good with her.  I can not wait for her to get older and to play with him.  It will be so cute.

I recently did a one month photo shoot with her.  She was in a good mood so I thought I would take advantage of it.  She is changing so much already!