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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nichole's Bridal Shower

MY BEST FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED AND I COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED!!

This past weekend I flew to Houston to celebrate one of my best friends. She has found the man of her dreams and they are tying to knot in November. I am so honored to get to be a part of their special day. I am also so thankful that I was able to get away for the weekend so I could attend her Bridal Shower.

We had such a fun and relaxing weekend. When I got in town I got to meet Stephen's mom and we all went to dinner and chatted the night away.

On Saturday we attended the Bridal Shower, went to see Nichole and Stephen's new house and then headed to Nichole's parents house to swim and hang out. Her parents had a shrimp boil and made the most delicious dinner! Thank you Nancy and Dennis for your wonderful hospitality!



All the bridesmaids minus Candice

While I was away for the weekend, Brooks's cousin Jude celebrated his 2nd Birthday, so Trevor took Brooks to the Train Celebration!
Such cuties!

My flight was pretty early on Sunday, so we just woke up and headed to the airport. It was definitely a quick trip, but it was such a great weekend. I loved getting to see and hang out with one of my best friends. I loved getting to meet and chat with Stephen's mom, Kim. I loved getting to celebrate Nichole and the exciting things happening in her life right now. And I loved getting to be around Stephen and Nichole! They are so kind, patient, understanding of each other. I know their marriage will be a true success and they will live happily ever after. 

On top of everything happening in Nichole's life right now - wedding planning/shower/lots of family in town/buying a house/etc, she was SOOOO sweet and got Brooks a Birthday present! Check out this sweet towel that her mom made!
Nichole, I am SO thankful to have you as a friend!! You are the best! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

4-Ingredient Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

I have been on a role with cooking lately, so I thought I would share the ones that were easy and delicious!

I'm a fan of things that are only 4 ingredients!!

So here it is:

Ingredients:
*1 Spaghetti Squash
*1/2-1 cup pasta sauce
*1/2-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
*1 lb. Italian sausage
*Optional: Salt and Pepper
*Optional: Italian seasoning

Directions:
*Set oven to 375 degrees.
*With a sharp knife, cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. **This is hard! I had to have Trevor do it!
*Remove the seeds and discard.
*Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
*Cook your Italian sausage.
*Remove spaghetti squash from oven and with a fork, loosen and separate spaghetti squash strands from shell. Reserve shells.
*Place strands in a bowl and mix with pasta sauce and cooked Italian sausage (and any seasoning you want). Adjust the amount of sauce based on your own preference. Spoon mixture back into the empty shells.
*Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
*Bake for 7-9 minutes of until cheese in melted, bubbly and slightly browned. Spoon and serve directly in shell.

NOTE: Trevor and I made this two meals. We were going to each eat a shell full, but that was a ton of food. So, we split one for one meal and then saved the rest for the next day.

ANOTHER NOTE: I am NOT the best food photographer....so don't judge a book by it's cover! :)


I originally got the recipe here, I just added Italian sausage.

6 Year Anniversary

I used to think a year was soooooo long, but I feel like we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary, I can't believe our 6th has already come and gone.

Here is a recap of year 6:

*We had a baby!! We love you so much Brooks Gabriel Morris!

*We experienced a LOT of 1st since we welcomed a human into the world.

*We started DATE NIGHT every week!

*We went to a drive-in movie at the admiral twin.

*We were featured with Brooks in a St. John ad.

*We took a family vacation to Michigan when Brooks was 3 and half weeks old. He was a rockstar!

*We attended several weddings with Brooks.

*We put our house up for sale.

*We attended some OSU games and Brooks came right along with us.

*We designed our "dream home." We will actually never use these plans, but it was a fun process. We decided to go with a completely different layout.

*We participated in the zoo run. I ran the 5k and Trevor did the 10K.

*We were featured in Tulsa Kids as an ad.

*We saw Cody Johnson at Cain's with good friends.

*Whiskey turned 4.

*We were OSU themed for Halloween. Trevor was bullet, Brooks was Pistol Pete and I was the Spirit Rider.

*We hiked Devil's Den.

*Trevor went on a hunting trip while me and friend drove to Ft. Worth to see another friend.

*We did a juice fast.

*We celebrated Thanksgiving in Kansas.

*We went to Pawhuska and shopped at the Mercantile.

*We made sushi for the 1st time. It wasn't so good! haha!

*We sold our house and moved in with my in-laws.

*Winston turned 8!

*I accomplished my goal of playing guitar on stage at church. O Come to the Altar.

*We dedicated sweet baby Brooks at church.

*We went to an OSU basketball game.

*Trevor designed our house, and then re-did it and then re-did it 7 more times until we got exactly what we wanted. He did an amazing job!

*Trevor went full time with Armor Accounting.

*We had to do a ton of dirt work before we could actually start building our home.

*We were surprised by some amazing news that we were pregnant again!

*We re-did our house plans again since we were adding another family member.

*We attended Bedlam basketball.

*We went to St. Thomas to attend my brothers wedding! Congrats Katy and Wes!

*I turned 29.

*The building of our house finally began!

*We bought a Polaris Ranger - WE LOVE IT!

*Trevor turned 29.

*We found out we are having another BOY!

*We went to Kansas to see my grandma and so Trevor could go turkey hunting.

*We painted chickens at Pinot's Palette. I can't wait to see them in our home.

*I celebrated my 1st Mother's Day.

*Trevor started working for CCK and we are officially not self-employed anymore. (That story is for another day :) )

What a fun year!!! So many firsts with Brooks and such a change of pace since adding a little one to the picture. Life couldn't be any sweeter!

We mixed things up this year because we normally cook dinner at home and enjoy an evening in, but since we are kind of homeless (haha) we decided to celebrate out. I was craving sushi, but unfortunately many sushi restaurants are closed on Sundays, so we went to dinner at Kirin. Trevor then surprised me with dessert and we got Gelato at STG. I must have just been enjoying the evening, because I completely forgot to take any pictures until we got our gelato.


The 6 year traditional gift is Iron. We also set a limit to $10 this year because we have a lot of big purchases coming up, so we thought it would be fun to get creative. It's hard to find something made of iron for $10 or less. Some friends at church helped me and I was able to get Trevor some horseshoes, so I thought it would be fun to get him a horseshoe set to go at our new house. Trevor got me a Rocket Brothers gift card because I have been craving some of their yummy drinks. Rockets are made of iron of course! :)

HAPPY 6th ANNIVERSARY TREVOR!!! The past 6 years with you have been a dream come true! You make life more fun and you truly are my better half! Thank you for always encouraging me, inspiring me and always making me a better person. I will never stop loving you!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Chicken

I am all about easy yummy recipes, so when I come across one that is amazing, I have to share!

This is a recipe I found on pinterest awhile back and for some reason just recently decided to make and it is AMAZING!! It takes about 3 minutes to prep and then 30 minutes in the oven. I like anything that has a 3 minute prep!


INGREDIENTS:
-Boneless skinless chicken
-Basil Pesto
-Tomato
-Mozzarella cheese
-Salad (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
-Preheat oven to 370 degrees
-Chop a tomato in slices
-Spray the bottom of a dish with non-stick spray
-Lay out your chicken
-Top with Basil Pesto
-Top with slices of tomato
-Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top
-Bake for 30-35 minutes

We sliced ours up and put it on top of some lettuce to make a salad. I added a little Lemon Garlic salad dressing, but that wasn't really needed since you have the pesto and tomato juice. You could also serve it as a main dish with a couple side items. Seriously, it's so good!!!

Here is the original place I found the recipe! She even posted a one minute video on what to do specifically!

Brooks is 11 Months!

I cannot believe that in 1 month this sweet little boy of mine will be 1! How did the time go so fast! His personality is in full bloom!

44 Weeks

45 Weeks

46 Weeks

47 Weeks
New things this month:
*We officially have our 2 bottom teeth!! I was beginning to think we were toothless! Haha!
*He loves to crawl and get places on his own. If we try to hold his hands and help him walk, he will bend his knees and collapse so he can just crawl.
*He is finally saying "mama"! BEST SOUND IN THE WORLD!
*He would rather play with tupperware or cups in the cabinet than most toys. Although, if he plays with toys he always goes for the cars/trucks/vehicles of some sort.
*We have cut him down to 2 bottles, one in the morning and one before bed, but other than that he just gets table food. He likes about anything we put in front of him! I'm so thankful to not have a picky eater on my hands...yet!

We had a fun filled month...here is our life in pictures:

Enjoying life on land

Brooks found out he is going to have a baby BROTHER!

May 4th

Soon to be BIG BROTHER!

We traveled to Kansas to visit GG and Great Grandpa. You can read about that trip here.

He's never slept with us before, but since we got to Kansas around 3am, we let him crash with us the rest of the night. 





10 Months 7 Days: Little guy had a rough nap day. Sometimes you just do what you gotta do!

He LOVED shrimp and veggies.
Helping me make some of his birthday decor.

10 Months 10 Days

We love being outside.


Rooster Day Parade



MY FIRST MOTHERS DAY!!! Pregnant-the day he was born-now

Obligatory Mother's Day Photo :)
You can read about my amazing Mother's Day here.

10 Months 14 Days

Playdate...for the mamas! :)
Brooks: 10 Months 16 Days
Ryder: 3 Months 3 Days
Alec: 5 Days

Mayest with friends

10 Months 17 Days


I am so in love with this tiny human!


Funny faces

Brooks is excited to be the big brother! 20 Weeks pregnant!

Little dude just can't stay awake in the stroller!

Uncle Wes and Aunt Katy came to visit!!


Eating rocks.


These towel pictures are MY FAV!!! :)


Best dad award goes to this guy!!!

Somedays you need your dad to take a nap!

You can read about our fun Memorial Day here!

:)

We love pasta!
Drillers Game with our LifeGroup! 
I <3 My Family! 10 Months 29 Days

Our first time in the pool this year! I'd say it was a success!!!!

This one was taken last August!


Fun times with cousins!
Whew! That was an eventful month! I am so excited for summertime and getting to swim and be outside all the time. We are also gearing up for Brooks' 1st Birthday and slowly truckin' along on our new home. Oh yeah, and getting ready for Baby #2! Should be an exciting next couple months!