T Minus 1 hour 30 Minutes

Desserts Baked: Check
Coffee brewing: Check
Kitchen Clean: Check
Dishes done: Check
Bathroom clean: Check
Remaining Calm: Check

Only a little over an hour - I better get in the shower lest I greet guests in my sweats!

T Minus 5 Hours

What's Done:

Peanut Butter Bars
Dipped Pretzels
Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
Sugar Cookies

To Do:

Fruit Tray
Cheese tray
Roasted Nuts (which I did have done previously but, er, they didn't last until today. And, FTR, I don't like nuts. ;-))

T minus 6 Hours...

...until our Christmas party!! I have sugar cookies made and iced, brownies are in the oven, chocolate-covered pretzels are in the fridge, and I'm working on peppermint buttercream frosting right now for my mini cupcakes!!

I need to keep working!! T minus 6 hours!

85 pounds!

That's how much I've lost from the day before I had Grant until now. (Pre-eclampsia!!)

Well, some friends of ours from Iowa sent us some pictures from when they visited us last March. I was shocked to see myself in them! So, I thought I'd post it, along with an after picture.

Before: (about 2 months post-partum):

After: (on my birthday)

Future Football Player

Grant must have his Grandpa Hite's athletic football genes in him - look at the way he's holding the ball in this picture - can you say "future running back?"

Took the Plunge!

Matt and I took the plunge and registered for the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon! So, we're committed to training for it - I'm going to try to run as much of it as I can!! Officially registering for it will hopefully keep us committed over the 5 1/2 months. I'll keep you posted on our progress!

GladWare Steam Bags

Have you seen the commercials for these bags? I had a coupon for the, so I bought them. Just today I tried them, and the veggies turned out awesome! I don't know if I'll ever be able to do vegetables in a sauce pan again! Out of the freezer, in the bag, popped in the microwave for 5 minutes, and then perfectly steamed veggies! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Of course, a little cheese on top of them helps! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

What a Wonderful Husband!

Since Matt isn't, ahem, quite as *eager* as I am to watch our wedding video (for the dozenth time! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket), I decided to watch it while I was on the treadmill the past couple of nights.

And, wow! I hadn't watched it in at least a year (even though we do try to view it together on our anniverary). How special it was to watch and relive that day! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Watching it reminded my heart of all of the emotions, anticipation, excitement, and apprehension that went with that day, 5 1/2 years ago. I was so in love, so ready to commit my life to the man of my dreams.

While I was listening to our vows, of Matt promising to love, protect, and provide for me, my heart was overwhelmed. Looking back on the past 5 and a half years, Matt has more than remained true to those vows. He has loved, protected and provided for me more than I ever could have imagined.

He's infinitely patient with me, even when I decide for the 16th time to change the pillows on our couch. He's painted room after room for me, mowed the lawn hundreds of times, killed more spiders than I want to know about, and calmed me down after killing the said spiders. He makes me coffee and brings me home Starbucks when he's out. He gets up with Grant in the mornings to let me sleep when we've had a rough night. He spends long days traveling, with out complaint, to provide for our family. He handles church difficulties with integrity and Godliness.

I knew I loved him on May 11, 2002, but had such little grasp of the depth of character my new husband had. What a man he is, and how I love him!

And, on a lighter note, here's one of my favorite wedding-day pictures.

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Parmesan-Pepper Sweet Potato Fries

I used to think I wasn't a big sweet potato fan - but then I had these fries! Matt and I wanted a good snack, but one that wouldn't blow our diets, so I found these in the Biggest Loser cookbook. They are fan-tas-ic!! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

And, even better - this recipe supposedly yields one serving, but I could easily eat only 1/2 of them and still feel satisfied! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

1/2 pound sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4" sticks
1 tablespoon grated reduced-fat parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon EVOO
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
salt, to taste
pinch of cayenne
pinch of ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450*.

2. In a medium bowl, toss the potatoes, cheese, olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and black pepper.

3. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a medium nonstick baking sheet. (I lined it with parchment paper to help the cleanup!) Bake for 8 minutes. Flip the potatoes and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are browned in spots.

Per Serving:

249 calories
5g protein
49 g carbs (sorry, mother!)
4g fat
8mg cholesterol
7g fiber
238 mg sodium

Operation: Time Change, Day 1

Operation: Time Change
Day 1
0600 hours zulu

In the first night of Operation Time Change, I think Grant was going for a record of just how long his Momma could be awake in the middle of the night. *yawn* I think *I* woke him up, though. :/

His crib alarm went off at 3 am, so I bolted in there to find what I suspected: Grant was sound asleep, just so far at the top of the crib and in such a deep sleep that the monitor wasn't picking him up.

I had to reset the monitor, though, and although I tried to do it as quietly as possible, I think the clicking and the soft beep when it turns on woke him up a little. I went back to bed, heard him make some noise and thought, well, I could just feed him now since I'm already awake. (He usually awakens around 5am to eat). He was almost asleep when I went back into his room at 3:30 or so, and I should have just let him be.

But, I decided to feed him, and then put him back to bed around 3:50. Well, the feeding totally woke him up, and he was *playing* in his crib until 4:45 this morning. He obviously fell dead asleep, though, because right as I was about to go back to sleep at 5 this morning, his alarm went off again. (Which, BTW, is really unusual - his alarm hasn't gone off in at least a month, and then 3 times in one night!)

So, I went back to sleep around 5:15, and he awakened at 6:20 (7:20 to his little body) for the morning.

Needless to say, we're up early and I already have coffee started! For the night I had, I'm really not that tired, thankfully!

Operation: Time Change is for sure underway. I'll let you know how the next mission (read: night) goes. :)

(And, BTW, I don't think I used "zulu" above in the right context - I've just always thought it sounded so cool on military drama shows).

The Cutest Chicken Ever!

Wanted to show off our cutie-pie in his Halloween costume.