7qt: Bienvenidos Mateo Kolbe!

~ 7qt: Bienvenidos al mundo Mateo Kolbe ~

I want and need this to be short and sweet, so here come the photos y’all, hope you enjoy.

Sleepy, happy us the next day.  Little man is a total sleeper.  And Giant.  He came into this side of the world at 10 lbs. 8 ozs!  I just couldn't even believe it.  Neither could Anyone else.  He looks like a 1 month old at birth.  Welcome to the family Mateo Kolbe!

1. Sleepy, happy us the next day. Little man is a total sleeper. And Giant. He came into this side of the world at 10 lbs. 8 ozs! I just couldn’t even believe it. Neither could Anyone else. He looks like a 1 month old at birth. Welcome to the family Mateo Kolbe!

He’s here! He’s here!  40 weeks and 3 days.  He came in like thunder 12 days ago, Sunday morning as my husband was on his Air Force Reserve drill weekend, me and the kiddos were nestled at my mom’s; close to the hospital where I was going to have the baby.  Husband made it to triage and I was already 5 minutes apart and at about a 5.  So I had hope that this was the day.  October 5th, 2014, we were about to have our 3rd child.

A super happy little Clare with her Daddy and baby brother.  She just couldn't get enough of him.

2. A super happy little Clare with her Daddy and baby brother. She just couldn’t get enough of him.

The novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots was happening during his birth, so boy oh boy did I as Mama Mary for her help.  I brought this image to my delivery room.  Thanks be to God for Nuestra Madre.  She is my help.

3. The novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots was happening during his birth, so boy oh boy did I as Mama Mary for her help. I brought this image to my delivery room. Thanks be to God for Nuestra Madre. She is my help.

Oh my goodness with all the huge cute.  Babymoon is the best.  Somehow this little man has changed me.   I feel like our family is fulfilled and that God has truly answered our prayers.  We are so blessed that he is here.  Miracle of miracles.

4. Oh my goodness with all the huge cute. Babymoon is the best. Somehow this little man has changed me. I feel like our family is fulfilled and that God has truly answered our prayers. We are so blessed that he is here. Miracle of miracles.

Meanwhile back at the ranch:  big man B is really getting the hang of this building thing.  He amazes.

5 . Meanwhile back at the ranch: big man B is really getting the hang of this building thing. He amazes.

And this girl.  She's always the life of the party.  Especially in her ninja edition clothie.

5.5 And this girl. She’s always the life of the party. Especially in her ninja edition clothie.

Some pre- baby cute I just could not leave out of this post.  I just love this little girl stage.  Love.

6. Some pre- baby cute I just could not leave out of this post. I just love this little girl stage. Love.

Thank you little man, for changing my life.  For changing our family, for giving us more to love, more to know, better ways to grow and be.  I hope you know someday how very loved you are and will always be.  Love, Mama.

7. Thank you little man, for changing my life. For changing our family, for giving us more to love, more to know, better ways to grow and be. I hope you know someday how very loved you are and will always be. Love, Mama.

Thanks for stopping by! (utterly shocked I was able to get this up btw.)

& Be sure to get over to Jen’s for more of the 7qt fun.

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7qt on My Post Due Date Strategy for Happiness.

Uh, where'd my feet go, again!???

Uh, where’d my feet go, again!???

So, I’m teeeerrrrrrible at being post Due Date.  I flipping hate it.  There’s all this talk for 9 months about when baby is supposed to come and so far, no baby has been on time much less early.  So, this time around with little baby #3rd I’m going to *try* a different approach:  being POSITIVE.  What’s that?, you say?  Yes, I’m going to try it on for size, a very large 10 months pregnant size, but try I shall.

40 weeks and 1 day.  Possibly very last pic as a pregnant lady and hopefully last of this poor maternity blouse that has seen a few too many wears.

40 weeks and 1 day. Possibly very last pic as a pregnant lady and hopefully last of this poor maternity blouse that has seen a few too many wears.

I am reminded by my dear friend Kathryn, whom I refer to a lot of Team Whitaker, that I need to relish and enjoy these pregnant moments.  So, here I go, enjoying what and when I can.  These are likely the last moments of being pregnant I will ever have.  At 42, it’s proving to be quite a spiritual, mental and physical challenge, tho I am extremely grateful this pregnancy has been totally uneventful. Thanks be to God.

So: the Strategy list.  I’m a list maker.  It’s how I keep my brain in check with the world.

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Eat, drink your H2O, shower and brush your teeth.  Simple enough, right?

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Stay focused on the good stuff like:  our sweet little babe will be here soon; you get to see people get really excited about a new little life, your cute children who are so excited to meet little one, your husband trying to do everything he can to make things easier on you, having a really great hospital you get to deliver at; Delivering in Colorado!; it’s a gorgeous day.

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Remember that God has a plan for me.  And that I am His child and he for realz sent His Only Son to die for me.  Dude.

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I live in a beautiful state in the best nation on planet Earth and that the Blessed Virgin has my back.

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Remember what cool timing it is that there is a Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots that I am participating in right now to promote the culture of Life in Colorado and the United States of America.

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We totally have the name thing down.  Saints- you know who you are- Pray for us! (sorry, not telling until little man makes his entrance.  Tho- if anyone guesses first and middle name, I will personally send you something ridiculous and silly).

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I can do this, I can do this, I can do this, I. CAN. DO. THIS. ~By the grace of God and a little divine intervention. Oh, and chocolate.

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Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, Pray for us.

Entonces, no tienen que tener miedo. YO sólo necesitan tener confianza en el Señor.

Hope to have a baby by next post amigos.  Thanks for stopping by!

Head over to Jen’s for maybe some non-preggo news and good reading.

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Armed Forces Day & ‘Mom’s Night In’ Recap w. pix!

It’s Armed Forces Day!

First I just want to say a heartfelt Thank You to all those who have, do and will serve our American Armed Forces.  It is because of your work, dedication and sacrifice that we can call ourselves Americans today. This may seem cliche, but I believe this to be true and your work is usually the last to get noticed or thanked.  And a special Thank You to my husband; once and always a United States Marine and current Air Force Reserves Tech. Sergeant.  What you do means so much to me and I am so proud to call you my husband.  May God Bless our Armed Forces.

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Tech. Sgt. Falls in a totally rad Humvee exercise

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St. Martin of Tours, patron of soldiers,  pray for us!

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 I decided that I needed to put a proper cap on the #sotg drink tasting since it was such a blast for moms and kids alike.

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Snuggled in Thomas bed.

So, I owe a giant thank you to you lovely ladies who braved liquors that you don’t even like PLUS raw egg whites to help me compete in this totally fun contest for Jen Fulwiler’s book release. I hope that you all go out and get a copy too. This had to be the best excuse to have some ladies over and just have a fun night and let our kids just play like wild things that they are.

Some proof that this so-called SOTG drink was made and enjoyed:

Vim and vigor shake complete with grimace and messy counter.

Vim and vigor shake complete with grimace and messy counter.

I got to be bartender, cuz I can’t do the concoction tasting because  Baby 3rd is 20 weeks!, but I did sip one and verdict is Yum!

The #SOTG North/South Pisco

The #SOTG North/South Pisco

and the recipe again for ‘ya:

El #SOTG North/South Pisco

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1 oz. bourbon

1 oz. tequila

4-6 oz. sour mix (I used the frozen Bacardi Marg. mix)

Egg white from 1 egg

lime wedge

Pour all over ice in a shaker.  (I used this as an excuse to finally buy those large mason jars I’ve been eyeing)

Shake with all the vim and vigor you got to let the egg do it’s frothy, foamy thang

strain into a (chilled) rocks/ champagne/ mason jar/ whatever you like

garnish with that pretty lime and

OLE Y’all!  Happy drinking.

Miss Arron enjoying crazy concoction.

Miss Arron enjoying crazy concoction.

I was so jealous here.  Ima have one of these come October.

And then this little girl stole my kids’ hearts. They were literally fighting over who she belonged to after she left.

Little Miss Sweetie Pie herself.

Little Miss Sweetie Pie herself.

So that was a super fun and easy Mom’s Night In.  Can’t wait to do it again.

I’d love to hear from anyone else who joined the contest fun, or tried this crazy drink, or just for whatever reason.

Ciao!

7ishQT on Drink Contest, Dandelions and Mishaps

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Hey y’all!  We made it to Friday, not that that means anything around these parts, but we did, and somehow this week it actually feels like a Friday for once in a Blue Martini moon.  (I’m pregnant, all I can think about are the lovely blue cheese stuffed olive martinis I cannot have right now.)

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Speaking of drinks, are you partaking in the Jen’s fun #sotg  book release contests!?  I hope so, cuz I love me a good competition. And Eep!  tonight is the deadline, I totally thought I had until manana, pero, no.  Today is it folks.

Husband and I came up with a -to-be-taste-tested-by-non-preggos-later-hopefully delicious- and contest winning- #sotg drink.  Phew.  I sent my Top Secret Recipe to one hilarious and you all knew her before I did; Kelly of  This Ain’t The Lyceum for a video making!

That’s me gasping at that generous offer.

Anyway, to finish this post I gotta Giant list of crap to get done today and that lawn ain’t gonna mow itself.

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(image courtesy of www.undertheyewtree.com – and didn’t use this but you should also try the real deal Pisco Sour, it’s amazing)

El #SOTG North/South Pisco Drink Recipe you all have been waiting for!

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1 oz. bourbon

1 oz. tequila

4-6 oz. sour mix (I used the frozen Bacardi Marg. mix)

Egg white from 1 egg

lime wedge

Pour all over ice in a shaker.  (I used this as an excuse to finally buy those large mason jars I’ve been eyeing)

Shake with all the vim and vigor you got to let the egg do it’s frothy, foamy thang

strain into a (chilled) rocks/ champagne/ mason jar/ whatever you like

garnish with that pretty lime and

OLE Y’all!  Happy drinking.

[tried to insert hilarious drink making vlog here, possibly rivaling Kelly’s (good luck with that Victoria), it’s gonna have to wait.]

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This past weekend, I was able to get down to Colorado Springs with kids for some family fun.  Husband is training, placing 3rd in a state-wide shooting contest, doing cool AFR stuff; so we made the trek.  I made it longer by making a much needed pit stop at my Mom’s.  My husband was so sweet and did everything to make my day a lovely one.  Thank you babe!

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Mishap #1:  I simply Had to get those dandelions mowed down cuz there was probably a storm a comin’ and I didn’t know if our city would make good on their promise to charge us an arm and a leg to spray them themselves before husband got the chance to deal with them.  Our city, it’s my least favorite thing about living here so far.  I don’t like this term, but nanny state totally fits here.  And for some reason, I felt this was fitting:

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Mishap #2 Start the car after 1.5 hours of dragging the lawnmower around the lawn and truck decides not to start.  Luckily there were some nice farmer guys doing another neighbors lawn who jumped the battery.  Phew.

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Mishap #3:  It started to snow.  Hard.  Like sideways 1/4 mile visibility kinda snow.  On Mother’s Day.  And I forgot socks for me. Husband to the rescue again.  Phew.

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Did anyone ever tell you in your whole life that it is a TERRIBLE idea to take a toddler to a movie, at an actual movie theater?  That kid can sit and watch her some Daniel Tiger or Dora or some stupid movie, yes, I’m a terrible Mom, but a real paid-for flick.  UGH.  Just- don’t- do- it.  Unless you want this to be your life:

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dandelions

These guys.  Aren’t they pretty?  Well;

Ooooooooooh boy. I have to give a Major Mea Culpa to my neighbors whom I have been a hatin’ on for at least a week for this dandelion thing. I just talked to the city to get a “preggo extension” on the whole Nuisance Code mess. It turns out that the City of Sterling has been walking around our neighborhood, literally, to see who is in violation of this horrible dandelion EPIDEMIC. I mean, those dandelions, you Seriously have to watch them, they could kill a person.
So, to my unwitting neighbors, I am so sorry for all the glaring, talk behind your backs  and general mean thoughts in your direction, I apologize.  Not that you will ever see this crazy Catholic Mama blog, but still.  Plus, there’s confession. Phew.  Now I turn the death glares to you, dear stupid city.  Which is childish, I know, but give me a break.

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I think that’s actually 7, so that’s what Ima do this week.  Gotta change somebody’s little dipe then get all bedazzled for my #SOTG drink taste test Mom’s night In fun.

Happy Friday, can’t wait to read more over at the Fulwiler place!

And major congratulations to you Jen for writing and  getting this book out!  I am so very looking forward to some time to read it!