Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy first birthday, sweet girl.

I'd like to preface this by saying that tears are streaming down my face as I try and come up with the words to describe how much Chloe has changed my life. I want her to read these letters in the years to come and feel the emotion behind them. I want her to read them when she is a momma herself and know exactly the kind of overwhelming sense of pride and joy that I feel every single day when I think of her. I write these letters as a reminder of all the milestones she has met. But sometimes I write them just to tell her I love her in as many ways as I know possible. This particular letter is just that. Attempting to find the words to encase this profound emotion. Today, I celebrate the birth of my first born. The sweet girl who made me a momma. And while the celebration will be very bittersweet, I know that there is just more good to come. There is so much more. Happy Tuesday, friends. Hope today is as good for you as it will be for us.

My dearest Chloe,
One year ago today, I was sitting in a hospital bed experiencing every different type of emotion I could imagine. I was terrified, anxious, excited and completely unable to imagine this amazing journey that was about to begin. I was wheeled back into a freezing cold room where we would finally meet, face to face after nine long agonizing months. And let me tell you what sweet girl... that is, and will always be, the most glorious moment of my entire life. You made me a momma. You made me your momma. You chose me to mold you and guide you through life. I am so grateful. I can never tell you I love you enough. I can never get enough of your sweet kisses. I can't ever get enough of you. You are so bright, Chloe. I am in awe of you more as each day passes. You now identify things using the appropriate word and this blows my mind. You're walking around like you've been doing it your whole life. You just stood up one day and took a step. No coaching, nothing. All you. I ache for the days when you relied on me completely but I am so very proud of you. You're so independent. So those moments when you embrace me are that much more special. 
We have moments of magic together. Where it is just you and I enjoying each others company and I live for them. At those times I'm able to view the world through those big blue eyes, and I'm telling you... life is good, my love. It is so good. I can say, without a doubt, that this has been the best year of my life. I am both stronger and weaker because of you. And you know what? That is perfect. I want the very best for you in your life. I want you to be happy and confident. I want you to see the good in people and I want you to achieve everything you set your mind to because I know that you can. I promise to love you with every ounce of my being forever. I promise I will work my hardest to be the best mother I can be. You are the most beautiful, special thing in my heart and I hope you always remember that.

Happy birthday, baby girl.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Six days.

In six days, Chloe will turn one. She will have been in my life for an entire year. Teaching me love and patience in ways that I never imagined. I find myself struggling with stupid details for her birthday party on Saturday. No one is going to notice if the blue streamers and blue plates aren't an exact match. It isn't about the cake, the presents, any of it. It's about how she's changed our lives in this past year.  I wrote her the final letter in her first year tonight with tears streaming down my face. It is the end of the first year, but we will celebrate the joy she's given our lives. I'll post pictures of her party. Mismatched plates and all. More to come next week. Until then, happy wednesday friends.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tator tot casserole

Hey guys! I thought I'd share my tator tot casserole recipe with you since everyone has a slightly different way of doing it. I don't really even measure anymore, I kind of just throw it all together. Most recipes call for a few cups of tator tots, but I line mine up and tonight I counted 44 total covering my dish. Up to you how much or how little you want. Let me know if you make it and what you think.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can(10.75oz) cream of celery soup
  • 40-50 frozen tator tots
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 slices colby jack cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • Sprinkle of garlic powder
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  1. Brown ground beef and onion; drain. I use 85/15 because you want a little bit of fat when you're browning meat. If you use anything with a lesser fat content, just throw in a little olive oil.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. That's a total estimate. I just shake the bottle until I feel there is enough in there. You may want to add more or less depending on your taste(or none at all!)
  3. Add your seasonings. I use garlic powder, and Tony Chacere's cajun seanong. 
  4. Stir in can of cream of celery(or whatever soup you prefer) in with the ground beef.
  5. Add 1 can of corn or whatever vegetable your family enjoys. This will get your veggies in AND make your dish look brighter.
  6. Spoon mixture into baking dish then add tator tots on top, bake at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  7. Throw the cheese on top and once it's melted you're ready to dig in! 

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Welcome to my new internet home. I've decided that this blog is going to include everything in my life. Makeup tutorials, my sweet daughter, recipes, everything. I'm excited about this blog. I hope you enjoy!