Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 2011

April has been a fairly great month, filled with birthdays, beaches, and tornados...oh my! LOL

April 2nd- Jenna is now 6 months old. She sits and rolls all over the place. She is now saying
"da da" and all other sorts of sounds! Here's a few pics I took for her 6 months pictures...

April 3rd- We held Ash and Addy's birthday parties together at Kidzart. The kids drew a picture of a fish and they all did extremely well. Now to start planning Bean's 1st B-day in Oct and Cooper's in Dec  and then we can start all over again LOL Now remember, these are fish... Addy's, Cooper's, and then Ashleigh's drawings/paintings are below...

April 6th- Ashleigh officially turned 8. The years are just flying by at this point! We took her to Olive Garden ( her choice) and I figured they would do the whole clapping and singing thing, but they just stopped doing that! So they sent out 2 waiters to quietly sing Happy Birthday to was so weak LOL

April 16th- We experienced our 1st tornado! We did have tornado watches/warning all day and they said it was highly possible. It was super windy, and I decided to let the kids skip their nap and play outside while they had a chance to before the storms moved in. Little did I know I should of had them suck up all the TV they could before the power went out LOL

At about 3:00, Bean woke up from her nap and we were watching the weather while I gave her a bottle. The lightning and thunder had started, and they were warning us that at about 3:30 or so we would want to take cover! It was really exciting, especially for someone who has never been through anything remotely dangerous. As soon as we were about to head to the bathroom, the power cut, so we rushed in and waited. It was really quiet, so Paul snuck out to get a peak outside. He ran back in a few minutes later saying that the clouds had started to swirl. It was still extremely quiet. Once the news radar on our cell phones said the storm had past, we came out of the bathroom.

I was slightly disappointed! I had sat in a 1/2 bath, with 6 people, and nothing happened. I mean, thank goodness nothing did happen, but a little noise would have been nice. But when we looked outside, we quickly realized just how lucky we were! Still thinking of those that were affected during our tornado, as well as the most recent string of tornados, especially in AL. Here's a pic of the street right down the road from us...

April 23rd-25th-For Easter weekend, we decided to take the kids to Myrtle Beach. The weather was great and we all had an awesome time. Paul got a nice sunburn while sitting by the pool watching Ashleigh (brought back memories from our honeymoon)!  It was Jenna's first experience in the sand and I think she had a fantastic time. I am so happy that we live closer to the beach now.

April 27th- The kids found a turtle outside in our driveway! The were so excited. I figured it was a small box turtle, which is what we would typically see back home, but when I looked out the window I was pretty shocked at how big it was. He moved fast too!

April 29th- I decided to make a new recipe. Cooper helped me mix all the ingredients and put it all together. It turned out to be very good! The kids even ate it after a little enforcing LOL I may actually add this to one of our meals that the kids will actually eat! The recipe is below, but I did make a few substitutions...instead of soy, I used Worcestershire sauce and I didn't use nutmeg or celery salt.

Baked Chicken With Pineapple

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 chicken breast halves, skin removed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups pineapple juice, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


Mix together flour, salt, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and nutmeg; dredge chicken in seasoned flour mixture. In a heavy skillet brown chicken breasts in melted butter. When chicken is golden brown, transfer to a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Combine pineapple juice, soy sauce and sugar; mix well and pour over chicken. Cover tightly with foil and bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until chicken is tender, about 30 to 40 minutes longer, basting with pan juices several times. Serve sauce with the chicken, if desired.
Pineapple Chicken Recipe serves 6 to 8.

April 30th-  Today we started our garden! Paul and the kids tilled the area and we went out and bought the fencing to keep all the animals out. They are so excited to have a garden. Ash's comment of the day,  "Whew, I am glad I'm not a farmer...this is hard" LOL Hopefully it will produce some vegetables for all the hard work they put into it!
Hope ya'll had a fantastic April as well!

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