Thursday, December 13, 2012

a love letter to my two year old.

my dearest brice,

another year has passed and like the one before it, your beautiful little life has been splashed all over social media for everyone to see.  it is truly amazing how many people have grown to love you without being an intricate part of our every day moments.  you - WE - are so blessed.  don't ever forget that.  EVER.

i cannot even begin to wrap my mind around how amazing these last two years have been.  i'm not quite sure how - or when - it happened, but you are growing into an absolutely beautiful little girl and there is really very little left of that sweet little baby we brought home that made us a mommy and daddy for the very first time...

watching you grow is nothing short of a miracle.  you are so smart (sometimes too smart for your own good!) and you are absolutely hilarious.  you have such a loving spirit with enough sass to keep us on our toes.  your fits are few and far between, but when you do throw one, girl, you make it count.  i can't say i'd expect any less because you are, after all, your mother's daughter.  and i'm so sorry you got the mounts temper...but with hope for us all God blessed you with just enough of your daddy's calm temperment that it may - JUST MAY - cancel it out.  or at least cut it back a bit.

so, what all has happened in your second year of life?

you made a seamless transition in a big move back to oklahoma and never missed a beat when you moved to the big girl bed.  i was so afraid it was going to be a total nightmare when you figured out you could get out of the bed, but it took you a month to do so and you still (THANK GOD) can't open the doors in our house...so for now, you're still trapped.  although you will lay in the floor at your door and SCREAM when you want out of your room, which makes me wonder which i'd prefer...

when we brought home your baby brother, you were 18 months old on the nose and you transitioned into being a big sister so much better than anything i could've ever imagined.  i thank God for his timing and for giving you that nurturing instinct that i'm told all big sisters have.  you will tell mommy when bubba is crying or when he spits, or when he is into something he's not supposed to be.  you have started to wipe his face and take his bottles to him and put them in the kitchen when he's finished.  you really are becoming such a good helper!

one of my FAVORITE things about you is that you are so funny!  i mean really, REALLY funny!


my favorite things you say are:
  • saw saw (sausage)
  • bar chicken (peanut butter sandwich, which took me a month to figure out what you were saying!)
  • no, no, (insert whomever you choose) stop it! (accompanied by a super sassy finger point.)
  • you can count to twelve!  
  • roll call:  you go through anyone and everyone you can think of and ask if they are okay.  
  • pease, tank you, and okay, yes pease (you had a bad habit of replying "okay" when offered something, so i tried to teach you to say "yes, please" instead.  of course, you did your own thing and instead reply "okay yes pease."  and i love it!)
  • you don't sign much anymore (unless you are REALLY upset and can't find your words), which makes me sad, but i'm hoping that will change when bubba starts signing:)

you weigh 32 pounds, are 36 inches tall and rank in the 90% of girls your age.  You have the most beautiful curls that I'm certain God himself must've wrapped those things around his very own finger because they are PERFECT.  Absolutely perfect.  


here are some of your favorite things:
  • mickey mouse (and his entourage)
  • lion king (or as you say: KAYNG!)
  • nemo
  • elf on the shelf book/movie ("alp")
  • grinch
  • shrek
  • despicable me, which has been on the top of your list since you were a year old.  
  • boots
  • diva and moose 
  • christmas trees/lights/cartoons
  • coloring
  • reading books (your faves are pooh, elf on the shelf, lady bug counting book, i see a monster)
  • bathtime
  • pizza
  • chicken nuggets (chicken nugs as you say)
  • MILK.  your world revolves around milk.  
  • chips/crackers in a cup  (has to be in a cup or you freak out!)
  • yogurt
  • pb and honey sammies
  • tractors
  • playing outside
  • your best friends journey and elle

we are so thankful for your continued good health, which is nothing short of a blessing.  you are really starting to learn comedic timing and watching you "joke" is so cute.  you are such a daddy's girl and he gets a world-class welcome EVERY time he walks through the door.  it's darling.  

i have been able to see the hand of God working in your sweet little life from the very first day you were born and one of the proudest moments in my life to date is when you started saying your prayers.  we thank Jesus each night for our many blessings and you whisper each name back in your angelic voice that melts me.  there is nothing sweeter to my ears than hearing "jesus" and "amen" come out of your precious little mouth.  

i continually pray that you will come to have a personal relationship with our Savior.  i know you will probably grow tired of hearing this, but i want you to KNOW deep in your soul that there is nothing as beautiful as a close and intimate relationship with Jesus.  there is freedom in the Lord that nothing in this world will give you, even though society will tell you otherwise.  we have been blessed with such an amazing gift that we are saved by grace through Jesus by no merit of our own.  

we know that growing pains will be difficult; scripture tells us that.  the molding and firing process is never easy, but like years past, i'll remind you of our PROMISE that mommy and daddy will ALWAYS be together and we will ALWAYS be here for you.  we are your safe place and although we can't - or won't - always save you from heartache, we will be here to walk beside you through the trials.  i promise.  PROMISE.  

i'm still not quite sure how you are two years old, but what i do know is that you have blessed us beyond anything we could have ever dreamed in a million years.  there are no words worthy of the love we have for you and we are so unbelievably grateful Jesus has given us the amazing responsibility of being your mom and dad.












we'll work on modesty and sitting like a lady in your third year of life:)





We love you, Brice Elisabeth.  Here's to another amazing year...

i will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth i will make your faithfulness known through all generations.  i will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.  {psalm 89: 1-2}



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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

b's mickey party.

as i told y'all a while back, we went ahead and jumped head first into the dreaded theme party...

i have to admit, we may have had more fun than the littles did!  i'll be honest when i say we used a two year old's birthday party as cover for an adult party:)

daddy smoked a pork shoulder from a wild boar and some deer (both he shot himself and he was SO proud of that!) and we of course had hot diggity dogs!  for the kiddos, we got a pink and purple castle bounce house which was worth EVERY penny.  the kids had a blast!!!

my only regret from the day is that i didn't get more photos!  





we have a birthday tradition of a ginormous birthday number every year!  we have such a sweet (and crafty!) daddy to make these for us.  see last year's here.










to make the yarn wrapped two and the balloon two, i purchased a long, narrow styrofoam sheet from hob lob.  i then free handed the shape, cut it out with a steak knife (which works beautifully, FYI.)  and followed up with some sanding to get the perfect shape.  you can see the inspiration (and the uber-simple how-to, of course!) behind the balloon two over at confessions of a plate addict.      







again, our super-amazingly-awesome daddio went to work and make us our huge mickey silhouette!  he cut it out of  some sort of foam insulation sheet from home depot.  





our super-duper yummo mini cupcakes and cake were done by the fantastic bakery at uptown grocery in edmond.  i CANNOT speak highly enough of them!!!  so good, and the best part...cake and two dozen mini cupcakes for $40, including tax!  YES.  YOU.  HEARD.  ME.  $40.  awesome.  










of course, huge SHOUT-OUT to my bff, the cricut!  i couldn't have made all the paper products with out her! 




  









i wish i would've made a point to tell more guests to use instagram.  i was really hoping to have a TON of pics of everyone's kids so i could make an instagram scrapbook...but the ones i did get were great!  



















my sweet mother in law made these darling mickey and minnie hats for the littles.  the boys had buttons and the girls had bows.  so cute.  


in addition to the bounce house, we also had mickey mouse coloring pages and a cookie decorating table out in the backyard.  my brilliant friend cara told me to put the icing and sprinkles in a cupcake tin.  genius, i tell ya'.  GENIUS.
a GREAT $5 investment.
get yours here!
ANNDDDD make sure you go through ebates!



if you have any questions about how i did anything or where i purchased items, feel free to ask!  i would go into more detail about everything, but it appears nap time is over...  :)

oh!  if you want to see the collaboration of inspiration, go check out my pinterest board!  



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Friday, November 30, 2012

red and her wolf.

i have to admit, i had so much fun with our halloween this year.  unfortunately for my children, i am THAT mom...and as long as i am able, i hope to have my kiddos go as a coordinating entourage each halloween.

i feel sorry for my husband in that i LOVE holidays.  all of them.  my mom always did such a great job of making each and every holiday special - some more than others of course - but all of them were special.  my sweet mom was kind enough to help me navigate my way through making my own pattern and sewing the cape for b's costume.  yet again, it was confirmed i am a PITIFUL seamstress.  blah.

i'm also proud to say that these costumes were only about a $30 investment for both, which was great seeing as how we were having a certain little two year old's birthday three days after halloween (i will NEVER have a party that close to halloween EVER again.  EVER.)


















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Friday, October 19, 2012

party fee-vah!!!

well howdy there all you sweet darlings that read my blog!  i have to say that i DRASTICALLY underestimated how neglected the blog would be once little man joined our party...

anyway, party fever has hit our house and i never in a million, BAJILLION years thought i would be excited about a theme party.  to be quite honest, theme parties make me cringe.  i loathe them.

a few weeks ago, one of my very best friends amanda sweetly suggested that i should have a classy mickey party for b.  my initial instinct was that she had lost her mind and apparently didn't know me as well as i thought.  well, she pinned some pretty cute stuff to b's party board...and i was officially bit by the mickey mouse bug.  the next day, my sweet husband also reminded me that this is her party, not mine and mickey mouse makes her precious little world go round.  thanks for the golden-corral-sized-dose-of-conviction.  i hate it when he does that...

my biggest fear is that it would turn out super cheesy, but after spending some time in pinterest land, i realized i'm not the only one that dreads the ever-looming theme party and found some pretty fabulous mickey and minnie ideas!  you can check out the board so i don't bombard you with 5895048093 images.  

as my wheels got to spinning, i of course contacted my MOST favorite photographer in the history of the world (not to mention another one of my most amazingly wonderful best friends!), ashley thompson.  besides being one fabulous lady, she totally gets me.  i very rarely give her much direction and somehow she always gets it perfect.  always.  

so, here's what she whipped up for me:




invites via ashley thompson



i'm so super excited and i CANNOT WAIT for brice to see her house transformed into the mickey mouse clubhouse!  she is going to flip!!!

but, between now and then, we also have halloween...which hopefully will get a post.  at this point, i'm not promising anything.  these bambinos keep me busy!  






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Thursday, June 28, 2012

he's here!

welp, we are officially a family of four.  i can't believe it's been almost two full months since graham joined our party!

this go around was definitely different than with brice.  the entire pregnancy was much easier, which may be contributed to the fact that it wasn't 1000 degrees out...or that "supposedly" boy pregnancies are easier.  once again, i hold true to the fact that i DO NOT enjoy being pregnant, and i am not ashamed.  i love my babies, but being uncomfortable and waddling around while fighting down the fire-breathing-dragon that has manifested itself in my chest is no bueno.

any hoo...

graham's actual due date was may 13th, but i was hoping - and praying - we wouldn't make it out of april.  april came and went.  awesome.  at my 37 week appointment, i was dilated to 2 cm, and effaced about 50%.  this TOTALLY freaked me out because with brice, i basically went from zero to sixty, so the thought of walking around with the trap door open sent me into a tizzy.  the following thursday, we were a 3...and the week after that we were a five.  A FIVE!  i have never even heard of anyone walking around dilated to 5 cm.  i knew he was going to fall out, and it would probably happen at target.

friday night, may 4th, i started feeling different.  the baby was definitely having a dance party, moving much more than normal, and all of the sudden, he calmed down.  i felt the need to go pee (which is the norm at almost 39 weeks) and i thought my water broke.  of course, just like with brice, daddy had gone out and had kind of his last hoo-rah, so i got the joy of waking him up and telling him i thought maybe we should go.  my greatest fear at this point was that we wouldn't make it to the hospital in time to get an epidural and i didn't even want to take the chance of that happening.  seeing as how i had been a five for at least two days, that was a very reasonable fear!

after about 15 minutes of discussing if we should go and a hot shower for daddy, we called our sweet friend marci who lives around the corner to come stay with the soon-to-be-big-sister.

when we got to the hospital, i was dilated to 6 cm and my water had not broken.  apparently i had a false alarm at the house...anyway, i was admitted under "observation" and was indeed having regular contractions.  HALLELUJAH.  we were finally getting this kid out!

about 4:30 a.m., i got my epidural and they started a bit of pitocin.  about 7 or so, my doctor came in to check.  i was dilated to an 8 and my water still hadn't broken, which is when i truly realized every pregnancy and delivery is so different!  she broke my water and we were off to the races.  well, not really. our babies have large heads, so we had to do a bit of maneuvering to get him to drop on down, and once i rolled over on my belly, then we were moving...i started pushing about 8:50 or so and at 9:05, he was out!  woo!

now, we knew this kid was going to be big, but when they weighed him and told us 9lbs, 11oz, everyone, including our doctor, was shocked!  PRAISE THE LORD this kid was a week early.  that could've been bad news bears.

so, there you have it.  not nearly as entertaining as the first go around, but he's here and he's awesome.  and he's huge.  :)

just for fun...here graham is at a smushy 37 weeks.

here he is at ten days!  



asher graham thompson
may 5th, 2012
9:05 a.m.
9lbs 11oz, 21 inches

bryce, kristen, brice and graham






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Friday, March 30, 2012

hip hop happy Easter!

like i mentioned yesterday, i have about four on-going projects, one of those being my easter banner!  i finished this little guy up today, so i figured i'd share some of the Easter cheer going on at our house. 

i have to say that behind Christmas, Easter is a close second on my favorites list.  my mom always did Easter up at our house and the Easter bunny still visits us:)

the only thing missing is my fresh flowers! 


i hope you all love the iphone photos.  the computer i use to upload my dslr
images is SO SLOW and i didn't feel like messing with that today. 
so sorry the image is over-exposed...



 









alright, so here's the quick how-to:

you need a cricut.  i LOVE the cricut.  seriously...and i don't really even know how to use it!  i cannot even begin to express my thanks to our good friend ginger who is letting me baby sit this amazing thing:)

i chose 3 different scrap book papers that were on sale 50% off at hob lob, making this little dude even cuter since it only cost me a whopping $4! 

the outer and largest layer is a 7" 32S from the accent essentials cartidge.  i tried to line of the paper in different positions so each one would have a slight variation, although to be honest, it probably didn't make a lick of difference since it's covered by the next layer. 

the second layer is a glittery paper and it required a higher pressure and blade length than the prior paper.  also, glitter paper pretty much damages all the adhesive on your mat, so be cautious of that.  (i'm sure there's a way to remove it, but i haven't taken the time to do that.  this layer is a 4 3/4" 32S from the same accent essentials cartridge.  i used a regular ol' glue stick to stick the first and second layer together. 

the letters are 3" from the plantin' school book cartridge.  to adhere these, i used mod podge, only because i have absolutely no idea where my elmer's glue is.  since the second layer was glittered, a liquid adhesive was necessary. 

punch a hole on each side of the piece and attach it however you'd like.  i used scrap fabric i had laying around.  i have two little grosgrain and sheer ribbon bows on the end to hide the nails i used to hang, but i'm not so in love with them, so don't be surprised if they don't last long:)

the time investment was about an hour and a half, but that was because i had no idea how much the glitter was going to slow down the process!

and just for the sake of reminiscing...

brice after church on Easter last year. 
she was just learning to sit up on her own!


i hope you all are enjoying the Easter season.  this may be one of my favorite times of year not only because of the beautiful weather, but because it is yet another year i am reminded of the amazing sacrifice our Lord Jesus made for us. 

hope you all have a hip-hop-happenin' Easter:)




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Thursday, March 29, 2012

chicken nuggets...and yes we're still here!

holy cow i have been BUSY lately!!!  on top of being busy, i've entered into the miserable stage of pregnancy, which is extra fun with an almost-17-month-old who keeps me going non-stop.  i have about four projects going on right now that will - in due time - be featured on the blog, which i'm hoping will be sometime within the next week.

in the meantime, here's a quick recipe that has become a FAVORITE around our house!

surprise, surprise, i found this recipe on pinterest and as part of my on-going resolution to ACTUALLY MAKE stuff i've pinned, i added this to our frequent meal rotation a month or so ago.  as you all know, i very rarely follow a recipe to a t, so i'll give you the original recipe from skinnytaste.com if you want to see how she did it originally:)

baked chicken nuggets:

  • 16 oz (2 large) skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bite sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp panko
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray (she uses Misto)

preheat oven to 425, spray baking sheet with olive oil spray.

set up your breading stations.  one bown with the olive oil, another with the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan in the other. 

season the chicken with s and p, and toss in the olive oil.  cover with the bread crumb mixture and put them on the cookie sheet, lightly misting them with the olive oil spray. 

bake about 8 - 10 minutes, then turn. 

VOILA!  easy, peasy. 






i do WAY more than two chicken breasts.  these things freeze beautifully and are a super, duper easy lunch for brice...or her daddy:)  if you intend to freeze them, i would leave them just slightly under cooked so you can reheat them in the oven.  they taste MUCH better that way than in the microwave. 

i put the salt and pepper in the bread crumb mixture to save a step and have also added a little chili powder to mix it up.  last time, i actually forgot the parmesan cheese and they were still amazing.  just play around and see what your kiddos - and you! - like!!



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Thursday, February 9, 2012

white chicken "chili"

another day...another soup.  i didn't even notice until i sat down to write this that we apparently have been on a soup kick lately. 

anyway, as part of my project:  organization i have continued on with my pinterest - found meals, and this was another hit at the thompson hizzy. 

now, i am going to apply the term "chili" to this recipe only because that's what the original source says, but honestly, it's much more like a tortilla soup in my opinion.   

and i apologize for not taking some wonderfully glamorous instagram photos for you all to drool over.  i realized after i sent the last of the soup with the hubs today for lunch that i didn't get around to it.  woops. 


ingredients:  
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO 
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
    • she uses a rotisserie chicken and shreds it. 
    • since i am on a super-tight budget, i used 3 chicken breasts, cubed them, sauteed in the EVOO with s & p, oregano, cumin, a little chili powder and anything else i felt like sprinkling in there.  doing it this way, i made the entire recipe for less than what a rotisserie chicken costs.  boo yah.
  • 2 cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 box (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste  (i use coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper)
  • 1 lime, juice



get ta' cookin': 

  1. in a large stock pot, heat your EVOO, throw in your chicken, season and sear. 
  2. add the onions and cook until they are almost translucent
  3. add the lime juice and green chilies.  i like to let everything simmer here for just a minute.
  4. add the beans, corn, cumin, oregano and broth. 
  5. stir and bring to boil, then reduce your heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 
  6. serve however you'd like!
    • i added some sour cream, colby and monterey jack cheese and tortilla strips.  i forgot the cilantro at the store, otherwise it would've been on there too:)

super-dee-duper easy "chili" and this is one of those soups that gets better as each day passes!  even better news:  SUPER low in calories, high in fiber and protein!  (just omit the sour cream, cheese and chips...) 


my only complaint is that this recipe doesn't make a very big batch...so next time i'll probably double it:)

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Friday, February 3, 2012

year end wrap up.

i cannot believe this is the THIRD year end post since starting our blog...or that it took me three days into february to get last year's wrap up posted...sheesh! 

just like previous years, 2011 was pretty good to us.  although there were less "major" events as a family for us, watching brice master all her developmental milestones was pretty amazing.  seeing as how i post EVERYTHING about her on facebook (and sometimes the blog) i will save you all the monotony of going through the first time she rolled over, sat up, crawled, walked...shook those precious little bun buns...you know, things like that:)

we took our first major mommy-daddy vacation to see two of our FAVORITE people, liz and mitch, tie the knot in napa.  we were gone for ten days...and towards the last part of the trip we were both so ready to see our little love bug it was all we could hardly stand!  early on in our marriage, bryce and i made the commitment that we will ALWAYS have a mommy-daddy only trip.  even if it's only a weekend getaway, we think it is EXTREMELY important to remember that we are - in fact - still bryce and kristen...not only mommy and daddy:)

moose escaped...and then we found him after a week of anguish.  definitely NOT a highlight of the year! 

miss priss turned one and being able to share such a fun milestone with our family was fantastic!

we also found out that our family would be growing!  when i first found out i was pregnant with bt2, i was TERRIFIED.  and that is not an understatement.  how in the world am i going to love another child as much as i love brice?  am i robbing time with her, short changing her in any way?  again, the Lord showed His grace and mercy by preparing my heart for the arrival of our new baby boy this spring...and i cannot wait to kiss his fat little cheeks and snuggle him!  the thing i am most excited about is watching these children with my husband.  i know he acts like a hard ass, but he is the most amazing and tender-hearted father i have ever seen.  he is not afraid to be gentle and loving, but will lay down the law when needed.  i know without a doubt he is my perfect match.  his strengths are my weaknesses and he builds me up, encourages me and loves me unconditionally...especially through the miserable pregnant mood-swings (also known as nine months of grouchy!).  to tell our family and closest friends we were expecting, my sweet husband made the most precious dvd of brice's first year and ended the slideshow telling everyone she is going to be a big sister!  (although it didn't happen in 2011, finding out we are having a little boy was so exciting!) 

i would have to say the biggest event in our lives this year was definitely the move back to oklahoma. i truly struggle putting into words how amazing it is to be HOME. there is a feeling we have when we're in oklahoma and there are no words to describe the feeling of home... 

looking back, the "theme" of our family for 2011 is grateful.  trying to wrap my head around how the Lord loves us and cares for us is nearly impossible, and we are so grateful for our blessings. 

over the past year, we have gained wisdom and are really learning how to be a fruitful family unit.  the first few years of marriage can be difficult and throwing a baby into the mix (joyfully!) creates new demands and obstacles that we as a husband and wife have had to learn to manage.  we have really mastered becoming a team and are setting healthy boundaries so we can manage our family as we feel led.

over the last months of 2011, i truly felt the conviction to be completely TRANSPARENT in my walk with the Lord, in motherhood, in womanhood...in my life in general, so i'm sure there are those of you out there that think i share everything and that nothing in my life is private (although that is not true!).  i have truly felt the conviction that there are other women and young mommies out there that are struggling with the same things i am.  if i share my walk - my struggles, my triumphs - it may just be a tool God uses as encouragement or wisdom for someone else who may need to hear what the Lord has put on my heart.  i want to rejoice with my friends, cry with them, build them up, and hold them accountable...and i am so thankful the Lord has blessed me with women who do the same for me. 

2011 brought me a deeper understanding of what it's like to have freedom in the Lord, and i am working on a daily basis to focus on the big picture.  my eternal footprint on someone's spirit is much more important than mopped floors or the perfect dinner party...

so, there you have it.  2011 was pretty fantastic and i know this next year will not disappoint:  our first niece, madeline anne, just arrived and my cousin kevin is getting married this summer.  our family is growing and i know 2012 will be full of love, laughter...and diapers.  LOTS of diapers:) 

i'll leave you with a few of my favorite pictures from 2011:


pouty face!  two months.


four month old happy girl.


a's - giants game in san fran.


nine months...after my mamarazzi class!



rah oklahoma!



running around at the pumpkin patch.



i hope you all stop and thank the Lord for the blessings in your life and actively invest in the future of your family.  live - and love - with intent.   


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