Sunday, May 31, 2009

More on Ava

I continue to underestimate my darling Ava Nichole. Melissa and Real Live Baby Nathan came over the other night, and she brought her heavy duty jogging stroller for Nick to try out, which comes with these orange safety flags that you can put on the back so that cars notice you. Well, Ava grabbed up one of the flags to play with, and all of a sudden, I notice that she's saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jaw Dropping.

I mean, maybe no one else is that blown away, but I was! She's learning so much at that school! Makes me want to stay here, just so she can keep going.

Almost.

I hurried inside to fill out the form to get on the wait list at the best probability for preschool in CT. They won't take Scott, but at least maybe I can get her in.

Still mesmerized by this whole situation. Dumbfounded, actually.

Old Lady?

So I was watching tv last night, and I landed on VH1, remember that channel? And then I started thinking, wow, this is pretty cool. Which lead me to think you know, when I was in high school, VH1 sucked, it was for old ladies. Pretty neat that they revamped it and now it's so cool. So that was cool for a while, until it hit me. It's the same. VH1 hasn't changed at all, it still sucks, it's for old people, I'm just OLD!!! That's why I thought it was so cool! Oh my goodness. I just can't believe it. I thought I was going to stay cool? That was my plan...what happened?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pics from Shogun the Other NIght

I've been putting my May photos in the photo album and I realized I never put in these pics from Shogun, our family's favorite restaurant! If any of you know what my dad looks like, don't you think our chef looks like Asian Matt? Wow, I was floored when he walked out!


Now, Shogun is a little pricey (thanks Grandma Jane!) but I swear, you haven't seen nuttin till you've seen the Engelbrecht kids eat Japanese food. I literally do NOT understand how they fit the volume of food they eat into their little bellies!

Ava's Bible Verse

So my best friend from college Laura has a little girl about a month younger than Ava (we did BOTH of our pregnancies together, albeit long distance) and Laura posted a link a while ago of little Olivia reciting twenty six Bible verses! I was in total shock and awe, it was amazing! Me and Nick got all down in the dumps, because aside from singing with the Seeds of Purpose cd's, we haven't instilled ANY scripture in our children's hearts. Then we were driving around and Ava was singing every word to Love Story, and it wasn't even ON the radio, so we said, 'we're so stupid, of COURSE she can memorize scripture!' So off to Lifeway we went, and got a fun A-Z scripture and activity book! Which I then left under the crockpot, which was bubbling chicken juice all over the place, so all the pages are now a lovely shade of grease-brown. But you can still read it.

She took to 'A' very quickly, but we're gonna keep doing it all week. One a week, and focusing on remembering the ones from weeks before too. You can't really undestand her here, but I wanted my mom to get to see her! She's saying "ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you. Matthew 7:7"

video

And if you want your heart to just swell with love and admiration, follow this link. And get some tissues ready.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBZIIBebFPA

Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Favorite Recipe

So now that we have three little ones, we never really eat out anymore. We cooked a lot before Warren, but now we literally cook every single meal, so we're having to get a little creative! One of my favorite go-to's for new recipes is Sam the Cooking Guy, he's awesome. It's all super easy, quick, and you don't need a lot of fancy cooking gadgets. That's like, his motto. So I decided to spread the wealth and post one of my to-die-for faves from him. Arika, this is for you :) Quick, easy, and oh so good!


Ingredients
1 10 oz pre baked pizza crust
1 3 oz container pesto sauce
1 4 oz Garlic & Herb soft spreadable cheese (I use Allouette)
3/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese


Steps
Preheat oven to 450
Spread Herb & Garlic cheese over pizza crust
Spread about half of the pesto evenly over top of cheese
Sprinkle parmesan over top of pesto. That's it!
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it starts to get bubbly and a little brown
Cool for a few minutes and then slice into thin wedges
www.thecookingguy.comCopyright © 2009 Sam the Cooking Guy. All Rights Reserved

Now, that's Sam the Cooking guy saying that he uses Allouette. I personally use the Laughing Cow Light Garlic Spread, it comes in a circle of eight soft wedges, and each wedge is less than one WW point! You can buy pesto next to spaghetti sauce, and seriously, only use three ounces. First time I did it, I used four and it was way too overpowering. In his book, he says he uses it as an appetizer, but we eat it for dinner, with some veggies and a salad. If you cut it into eight slices, it's five points a piece, which is a little high, but totally worth it!
Check it out! If you were wondering how much longer until Harry Potter Six...now you know! Let me just say something right quick. When I learned all those years ago that they were going to make Harry Potter Seven into two separate movies, I seriously considered boycotting. If they were that desperate to make 450 zillion dollars, instead of just 449 zillion, I sure wasn't going to give them my ten bucks (well, twenty, really, because I would need to go to TWO movies). But that lasted about an hour. Probably the longest hour of Nick's life, poor guy. Then I decided that it wasn't going to make much of a statement. How do you subtract ten bucks (or even twenty) from 450 zillion? So I caved, and got excited again. And Half Blood Prince, as well ya'll know, is about my alterna soul mate, Professor Snape. Sigh. Good thing I met Nick first :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Farm Fresh Anticipation

First of all, what a hard day of work! I was swamped all morning, which is rare for me, and I made a ridiculously simple mistake, which, unfortunately, is not quite so rare. So imagine my delight when I finally sat down for lunch, opened up my grocery store flyers, and found the Best Deal Ever at Farm Fresh.

Do I need seven more boxes of cereal? Probably not. Will I be going to Farm Fresh after work to get them? Absolutely!

Let me just give you my game plan. You ready Mom? A bunch of Kellogg's is on sale, two for five. I have a bunch of leftover Kellogg's coupons from two weeks ago, because the size boxes on sale were smaller than the coupons would allow. They're DOLLAR coupons! So today only, they'll double to TWO DOLLARS! I have exactly seven, plus a coupon for some chips ahoy. And that's how I know God wants me to have this cereal! The numbers are perfect because....if you buy eight of these particular items, you get five dollars off INSTANTLY!

Let me break it down. Eight items at two fifty a piece is $20.00. Seven one dollar coupons double is $14.00 off. The cookies coupon is only .55, which will be $1.10, bringing my total to $4.90 plus tax. You see where I'm going here? I don't know what tax is in VA (how can I not know this?) but let's just assume it's five percent, bringing my total to $5.14. I can't wait to see the look on the cashier's face when I get out FOURTEEN CENTS to pay for seven boxes of cereal and a box of cookies!

The cookies are for the kids. Hopefully, I have enough self control not to eat the entire bag in one sitting. I did really really good with the last two boxes of thin mints, so I have high hopes.

This is my life now. Getting my excitement from bargain shopping. Wanna know what fourteen divided by eight is? 1.75 That means each item I'm gonna buy is 0.017 cents. Man, I'm excited!

Pray for Me

So all of you who know me know what a worrier I am. When Nick and I first got together, I was out of control! I was to the point where, if I didn't have something to worry about, I was literally SICK with apprehension! I was worried about not worrying! Seriously? That's just not healthy! Naturally, I was drawn to Nick's beach bum attitude, and I think I've cut down a lot (maybe a little) on my worrying. Then I started my Beth Moore studies, and she goes on and on about how worrying is a sin, so then I cut back even more! Thanks Beth!

But alas, I am once again wrought with worry. Ya'll know how long we've been planning to go to the Seattle area. And me personally, I've been trying to get to the Pacific Northwest ever since I was a little tiny thing and my dad took us on a vacay up in the Redwood National Forest. I just fell in love ya'll! Mom, I know you don't understand it, but that's where I belong! I truly believe that that's where I'm supposed to be!

So I guess when you're in the real Navy, they do something called 'playing the slate.' The nurse corps does not do this. So Nick's 'slate' came up for where we'll be headed after his school in CT, and there are only five positions for Bangor!!! Granted, I have no idea how many people are 'playing' this slate, but five just doesn't seem like enough! I'm loosing my breath just thinking about this.

So now we have to decide how to play it. Obviously, we ask for a spot in Bangor. Duh. But you have to tell these detailers your second, third...on and on up to SEVENTH pick! There are seven possibilities! That's a LOT of worry!

So Bangor is the most important, but being on a boomer is a VERY close second. Almost a tie. See, with boomers, they don't do six month deployments. They do about three months in, three months out. And it's almost set in stone, so it would be easy to plan Baby Engelbrecht #4. And the only other place that has boomers is King's Bay, GA. I do NOT want to go to GA!!! We didn't start our life together in the Navy so that we could get stationed in the exact same environment that we already live in! So for my vote, GA is number six on the list.

I would also sort of like to go to Guam if we can't get Bangor, but that's a fast attack, which means six months out, plus all the little piddly underways whenever they feel like they need them. That sucks! But it's Guam. But if we put Guam second, what if they say 'hey, this guy doesn't mind Guam, let's just send him out there' and they don't even consider giving us Bangor? That would double SUCK.

So, pray for me. I know it's not my decision, that God is in control, but still. I believe that the Lord helps those who help themselves. Remember that story where the guy is on his roof in the flood, and all these boats and helicopters try to rescue him, and he says no, God will save me, then he drowns and when he gets to heaven, he asks God why God didn't save him and God says 'I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you want?' I don't wanna be that guy! So I want to pray, and pray often, about this HUGE decision! I don't want to worry about it. Please pray for guidance for me, and for Nick, and peace of mind that once we've decided how to 'play' it, we'll have done all we can. We'll have accepted help from those boats and helicopter!

Here's what I'm thinking.
First: Bangor
Second: Guam
Third: Pearl Harbor
Fourth: Groton
Fifth: Norfolk
Sixth: San Diego
Seventh: Georgia

But we have to work which type of boat (boomer vs fast attack) and which actual job Nick wants! There's Eng, Weaps, and Nav. He wants Eng, I always thought weaps would be cool. That was Viggo Mortenson in Crimson Tide. And he says if he does get stuck on another fast attack, he wants to be Nav. Ugh.

But we're not doing this until we've exhausted ourselves with prayer and we're SURE that we're asking for what God wants us to ask for!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Zoo Day

Today we headed out to the Virginia Zoo with the cousins. Not much to blog about, so here's a bunch more pics.

And no, we didn't forget about Dub. This is how he spent most of the day....

Until he got a rude awakening!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pungo Strawberry Festival

Well, Nick's mom and baby sister Kim are visiting from southern Florida, so we all packed up and headed out to Pungo for the Strawberry Festival. I don't remember it being so crowded last year! We had a great time anyway though, and we got more strawberries than we'll ever be able to eat! Here's about a hundred pics...I just couldn't narrow it down!








Here's the best shot of the day! I've been thinking about getting one of those fancy five hundred dollar cameras, but seriously? If I can get this shot with my little point and shoot, do I really need to spend the money? What a cute baby!!













Here's a few of us on the carnival rides.













Me and my favorite accessory...my Moby wrap!!!









Still dressing my boys alike...











And finally, the strawberries.








So how would you finish off a hot day picking strawberries and playing with your cousins? This is how Ava Nichole did it in style! And mama had one too!

War Eagle!

We start 'em early here at the Engelbrecht house.

Friday, May 22, 2009

WW Update

So, I lost 3.8lbs this week! I think it had a little more to do with the fact that I was sicker than a dog on Saturday, but hey, I'll take it wherever I can get it! That means that I've hit my first major milestone- five percent of my initial body weight!!! Isn't Weight Watchers awesome? I've lost nine point six pounds, which I'm rounding up to ten since I wear jeans and sandals when I weigh in. Ten pounds looks a little something like this...
Or like Ava, when she was two months old. I'm so excited! I have a long long ways to go (why oh why did I gain fifty pounds with this pregnancy?) but at least it's coming off! Hooray!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ava Nichole

My dear darling daughter...ohh, Ava. I'm not sure when it started, but that child just thinks it is HILARIOUS to see what she calls a "tire on the back of the truck." I'm not sure if it has a real name, but you get the idea. Depending on her mood, she will shriek with laughter and point and clap and make all manner of incredible noises when she spots one. And ya'll, she can spot them from what seems like miles away! She sees them in driveways, four lanes over on the interstate, turning corners, behind us- if there is one out there, rest assured, Ava will let us know! Isn't that just perfect? Let's remember how great it was to be little, when a tire on the back of a truck was the coolest thing you'd hope to see that day.

Some Group Shots

Have I mentioned that I'm at work? You know what that means...new pics on the blog!

We put Warren in the big tub with the big kids...not such a great idea

And some of just Baby Dub. Look at this silly face he's making!

And Scott is still treating his vacuum like a beloved child. I try not to react like it's the strangest thing in the entire world, but come on! HE'S FEEDING THE VACUUM A BABY BOTTLE. Goodness. At least he knows how to love on something. That's good. Right?