Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mowing the Lawn with Dad!

7 months

So I took these on her 7 month bday a couple of weeks ago but have just been lazy posting them. She is doing great!!! She is starting to sleep through the night and in her crib!!!!! She is eating solids but only fruits....can't seem to get her to like the veggies. She is in 6-9 month clothes and size 2 diapers. She is sitting up pretty well but can't do it for a terribly long time yet. No teeth yet.

Monday, June 20, 2011


We headed to Montana yesterday for our summer vacation. Cliff's parents rented a house for the week. It was a four hour beautiful drive and the kiddos did great. Cliff's parents and sister had to drive 20 not as fun for them. We are loving it so far. Very relaxing. It is pretty cold right now but it is supposed to warm up which will be nice because there is a pool for the kids. We are going to a train depot today which I'm sure Aidan will love. Later this week we are heading to the lake and Glacier National Park. Lots of pics to come but for now I will just post pics of the house.

Main Living Area

Master Bed and Bath

Basement with a guest room and bath.

Cliff and I's room next to the kids.

Kiddos Room

Bonus Room area above the Garage

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Playing Catch Up

This week has been pretty hectic so instead of several short blog entries I will play catch up with a long one. First off....I don't think I mentioned that I started nannying again a couple of weeks ago. It is just Wednesday thru Friday. I didn't know how I or the kids would do going back (it's the same family), but we have been loving it. Aidan is playing so well with Jack and both kids have been sleeping well over there for nap time which was something I was worried about. I am there 8:30 to 3:30. Cliff changed his hours and now goes in at 8 instead of 9 so that he is home by 4 right when I get home which has been AMAZING! He takes the kids for an hour and I am able to cook supper and still have it ready by 5:30. This will go until the first week of summer. I still am seeing clients on Mondays, which is Cliff's day off, and have Tuesdays at home with just me and the kids.

Here are a couple of pics I took of the kiddos over at the VanVoorhis's house.

The weekend went well. We got a baby swing for Ryla and she has been loving it. We always just put her on a blanket in the backyard so it has bee fun to have a special spot for her. She loves it. One afternoon she she had me push her for 40 minutes. Lots of fun.

On Friday night, I had some of the girls from the youth group over for a sleepover. It was so much fun. We ordered pizza, I made sushi, we watched Ever After and had them take a spiritual assessment inventory that helped them learn more about what their spiritual gift is. Cliff made french toast, eggs, and bacon for us the next morning....YUM.

I also was able to make a lot more recipes this past weekend. Ryla has become obsessed with a mixed berries recipe. It has raspberries, blueberries, bananas, and her rice cereal in it. I was surprised to see a recipe for a 4-7 month old that has berries in it but she has had no allergies yet.

We gave Aidan a bath on Sunday and I gave him a window marker to play with in the tub.....Lesson learned.....Window markers are not the same as bath marker and they stain your white grout blue.

Yesterday I gave Cliff the first of his father's day presents. He had the day off so I packed the kiddos up and went to my friend Natalie's for the day. He had the whole day to himself to do whatever he wanted. Of course Cliff chose to be productive and clean and organize the garage, but if it is what he wanted to do with his time than that's great. We had fun at Lucas and Natalie's to. They live on base so we took a little walk to show Aidan the airplanes. He loved it!

Finally, a baby update. Everything has been a little crazy with this third baby. Since I was on birth control my body was not prepared to carry a baby due to the pill I was on. I have done 4 blood labs now and my doctor has seen that the baby is doing well but my progesterone levels are low. My doctor says that he needs to get these levels up or I am at risk of a miscarriage. So I am on progesterone pills since last Wednesday. I just got a call from him and he said that all my levels now look fine and he wants to see Cliff and I for our sonogram appointment tomorrow. This means we will finally have a due date and God willing a healthy baby. I will let you know how the sonogram goes tomorrow.
On another note....I have had the typical all day sickness that I usually have with pregnancies but it just seems harder now that I have two kids. The progesterone pills are also making me sick. The side affects are nausesness and drowsiness....LOL. I only have to be on it until I am 11 weeks along......So hopefully that will go by fast.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Potato and Cheese Dinner

So Ryla has gone through most of the veggies now which means I was able to try out a recipe from my new cookbook.

I decided to go with the Potato and Cheese Dinner recipe. I think it turned out pretty good. I gave it to Ryla last night for dinner and she really enjoyed it. Here is the recipe.

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 Potato, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp milk
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp grated cheddar cheese

Heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Fry the onion until soft about 5 minutes. Add the potato and heat gently for 1 minute.

Add the milk and water and stir and mix. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.

Puree by pushing through a sieve or by using a blender. Add more water if a thinner consistency is preferred.

It made her about 7 servings.

Monday, June 6, 2011


When they say that birth control is 99.9% affective....That .01% should be taken very seriously. With that being said.....We are expecting Baby Mullen #3 early February!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

How we spent our Saturday..

5:00 A.M. Wake up call from our darling daughter.
5:01 A.M. Crawled back into bed and fed Ryla
5:05 A.M. Tried to fall back asleep but Ryla's coos keep me up.
5:45 A.M. Put Desperate Housewives on in the living room
6:00 A.M. Aidan begins to sing from his bed (apparently his 7:00 wake up time is not happening today)
6:01 Wake up daddy.
7:00 ish Aidan pretends to be a Lion

8:45 Everyone showered and out the door for Starbucks and the Farmers Market
9:30 Arrive at the Farmers Market after getting lost twice.
9:37 Aidan picks out his fruits for the week. (cherries, blueberries, and raspberries)

10:15 Head home and put little girl down for her nap
10:30-12:00 Play outside on "My Park" and marvel at my Farmer's Market goods...

12:00- Nap time for Aidan
12:00- 2:00 Laundry for me...Yardwork for Daddy
1:30 Ryla up
2:00 Aidan wakes up screaming uncontrollably
2:01 Call Cliff for reinforcement
2:05 Realize that Aidan had a nightmare and believes there are "SCARIES" under his bed
2:13 Daddy says he is going in Aidan's room to kill the "scaries". Aidan screams because he doesn't want his Daddy to die.
2:15 Crying has finally stopped because Cliff has gotten his BB gun and killed the "scaries" under the bed.
2:20 Aidan help Dad mow the lawn and Ryla and I go on our 2 mile walk.
3:00 Aidan plays with his new sprinkler toy.

3:30 Daddy/Daughter time
5:00 Ryla takes second nap/dinner/Thomas the Train/Make Grocery List
6:30 Feed Ryla, Cliff takes Aidan to the store to get groceries.
7:00 Ryla down for the night.
7:40 Cliff and AIdan back with groceries.
8:00 Trying to get Aidan off of "His Park" so he can go to bed.
8:03 Aidan falls off swing

8:03 and 30 seconds Aidan is fine and playing with Luther

8:05 Check on baby girl

8:10 Aidan reading a Bible story and says his prayers for bed

8:45 P.M. Cliff makes us coffee drinks and we get a couple hours to ourselves before resting up for "Graduation Sunday" which Cliff has to preach for.