Five on Friday

1. Zachary was up all night crying. I’m still not sure why. I’m assuming his teeth. I have definitely been taking the sleeping all night thing for granted. BIG TIME.

2. Had such a good night last night with a good friend, catching up. Girl, it’s been WAY TOO LONG since we’ve hung out- just us two.

3. After that, Zach and I started our fire pit outside and spent the rest of the night, talking about life, drinking wine and roasting marshmallows… all while cuddled up under a blanket. One of the most memorable nights of our marriage.

4. I’m finally going to an oral surgeon today about my jaw. I have had TMJ probably my whole life, but my jaw finally slid out of place more than a year ago, and has been that way ever since. I’m so ready to be able to bite into a giant burger– but just hope the process of getting there isn’t insanely painful.

5. We’re leaving for Guntersville, AL tomorrow, to spend some quality time with Zach’s beautiful grandmother, Flora. That lady is AMAZING.

**Someone sent me a message this week, saying how much they appreciate my recipes, so here’s another one I tried this week. Anne-Camille, thanks for this one too! What would I do without my cooking buddy??:)

Jenn— If you’re wondering where the rice was, you’re not mistaken. I forgot it.:)

Green Chili Enchilada Soup

4 chicken breasts, cubed (raw)
1 lg can Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1 sm can chopped Green Chilies
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
I c. cooked rice

Combine all ingredients except rice in crockpot. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours. Last hour put rice in. Serve with flour tortillas or tortilla chips and cheese.

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Anne-Camille Collins - February 21, 2011 - 12:42 am

Woot woot!
Love you girl!!! :)

Mandy Collins - February 19, 2011 - 5:42 pm

I LOVE your fire pit! How romantic!!

Melissa - February 18, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Cuddling with Dustin and talking about life is my most favorite thing to do with him too! Have fun in Alabama!! We’ll miss y’all tomorrow night!

Jennifer - February 18, 2011 - 3:31 pm

It was fantasic without rice! And maybe I should have stuck around for the fire….. :) LOVE YOU!

My Best Friend’s Baby

I’m not sure how my best friend that I used to stay up with all night long, watching movies and giggling about boys is now a mom of four.

FOUR KIDS, JO! It doesn’t seem possible.

I stopped by today to cuddle on baby Charlie, and of course, I snapped a few pictures while I was there… including this one of all four kids.

They don’t know it– but they pretty much hit the jackpot when it comes to parents. And I’d have to say, I think Mom and Dad got pretty lucky too.

A few pictures I grabbed of Charlie….

And these two sitting next to each other were just too much to resist. They’re 7 months apart, but I think they look like they could be twins. And I love that they both love to suck their middle fingers, although I couldn’t catch them doing it at the same time.

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Joanna - March 9, 2011 - 4:10 am

JUST NOW SEEING THIS POST!!! haven’t checked my google-reader since he was born! lol! thanks for the sweet words, my friend! LOVE YOU!!!! you did an amazing job…i love how you can just stop by and shoot some pics, and i these gorgeous pics are the end result! DAAANG!!!!

@ ms shack- thanks so much…i think that about papaw, too. charlie is the only one of mine he wasn’t able to hold here on earth. fitting for him to get to carry his name. mamaw has a special connection with this little boy, already. he’s a special one, for sure. :)

@ laurie- thanks! and thanks for your precious message you sent me the day before he was born. means so much that you were thinking of me at that time.

@Kristen…thanks! I just sent you an email the other day saying just that…i’d LOVE to see you guys next time you are in town!! we’ve missed you, too!

KristenR - February 18, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Oh Joanna, I’m so excited for you. Four perfect and beautiful babies. What a blessing! I miss you so much and hope we can get together next time we’re in town. I can NOT believe how big they are!!!!! :) Ella looks TEN! Anyway, congrats again. Lovely pics, E. YOU TOTALLY deserve an award for that first one. I mean, seriously. ALL FOUR KIDS LOOKING AND SMILING! Holy Moly!

laurie - February 15, 2011 - 9:15 pm

Yay!!! Welcome to the world baby Charlie. :)

Mom - February 15, 2011 - 2:38 am

Jo – Charlie is adorable, just like his namesake. I miss your grandfather and I can only imagine how he is smiling in heaven knowing that his name is being carried on by such a cutie. I love the pics of Zachary and Lilly. They are so cute together.

Things I’m Loving this Valentine’s Day

1. I’m loving all the notes I found around my house this morning. My man is amazingly thoughtful.

2. I love that he gets to come home to me every single night. We’re not perfect and I don’t try to pretend to have the perfect marriage. BUT- what I do know is that he makes me laugh regularly. He encourages me to the be the best version of myself. He loves me for how I am. He works hard for our family and then comes home eager to help out and spend time with us. He is a GREAT dad. I can only hope he feels as loved by me as I do by him. I love this man.

3. I L.O.V.E.D the time I got to spend with this girly this weekend. I love that my house still spells like cotton candy from her cotton candy perfume that she likes to spray all over the house. I love that I still have Valentine Day signs hanging all over my house from where she made them and then hung them around. I love that we got to give each other makeovers this weekend. I love that when we had to say goodbye, she hugged me and wouldn’t let go. I love that I have tears in my eyes as I type this. I LOVE this girl.

4. I’m loving my Valentine’s Day with this little man. I love our days together and cherish them with all my soul.

5. I’m loving that I get to get my hands on this little man today.

I can’t believe my bestie is a mom of FOUR!

Hopefully, if my son cooperates, there will be pictures to come soon.

6. I’m loving our new family photo.

7. And lastly– I’m loving that I get to have leftover birthday cake with my coffee each morning. Yep- I said it. Judge if you have to. It’s one of my favorites parts of throwing a party.:)

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Mom - February 15, 2011 - 2:35 am

I love this post. I am so thankful that my daughter married a man who not only loves her, but makes sure she feels it.

Zachary’s First Birthday Party

I’ve had such a fun time the past few days planning and crafting Zachary’s first birthday party. Zachary loves books, so I thought it was fitting to do a Dr. Seuss theme.

We had green eggs and ham, Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes, lots of fish for “One Fish, Two Fish…,” some beautiful cookies and a beautiful cake. Here are a few of the details.

We are so blessed that Zachary has so many people in his life that love him, which is why we had a HUGE party with lots of people there. It meant so much to me to see my son surrounded by SO much love. He has no idea how much God has blessed him.

On another note, I have to thank several people. Sara, thank you for the beautiful cookies. You are SUCH a good friend. Tori, thank you for basically moving in with me to help me get everything ready, not to mention running errands. You are my rock. Mom and Jennifer, thank you for picking up the cake and letting me boss you around while we set everything up. Melissa, thank you for taking ALL the party pictures. I will be eternally grateful. Oh, and thanks for the firewood.:)

Jenny, thanks for helping me clean up, letting me steal your butter, for donating your Dr. Seuss hat, and loving our son so much. We are blessed to have you in our lives. Mandy, thank you for the dishes and the boa. Our photo booth was much better because of it. Katie, thank you so much for donating your tent with the balls in.

Seriously- we are SO overwhelmed with the generosity of the people in our lives.

Here are a few candid shots from the party. The girls decided they wanted to do a smash cake like Zachary did. I think they regretted it after they did it.

It was such a nice day outside, so I set up a mini photobooth in the backyard, and Melissa was sweet enough to take all these pictures. I love our friends and family!

Tami and Dan– we missed you so much. The Dr. Seuss theme made me a little sentimental, as I knew we was always a favorite of yours (Dan). I can’t wait to celebrate next year with you guys. We love you.

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Mandy Collins - February 15, 2011 - 5:06 pm

Liz, you did an amazing job on this party! Such a cute idea and you went over and beyond to make it so incredible!

Julie Torregrossa - February 14, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Precious, precious and fun!! Love it! Happy Birthday to your little man! He’s blessed to have such a sweet and creative mama! :)

Melissa - February 13, 2011 - 4:58 pm

You have definitely set the bar for kids parties! That was probably the cutest one I’ve ever been to. The photo booth was such a hit. Of course I didn’t mind taking the pics! I know the importance of LOTS of good pics! Ha! Now, I want a photo booth set up at all our parties.

Mom - February 13, 2011 - 3:25 am

It was a great party! The only thing missing was Dan, Tami, Zeke, Kaiyah, and Sierra. Next year, guys – next year. Liz, you did a great job pulling it all together. I had a blast!

jenn - February 13, 2011 - 2:40 am

One of the best 1st birthday parties I have ever seen! Fabulous job!