Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Modesty...

Can I be honest with you for a second?  Can I tell you how I cringe when I see how girls dress now a days?  Can I tell you how old I feel confessing that to you?

Let me be the first to tell you, there were a many of mornings when I was in high school sitting at the kitchen bar eating my cereal before school and my dad sent me back upstairs to start over.  What I was wearing was unacceptable.  Ya'll, I had to dress like "an old lady" when I was in high school... it was so embarrassing!  My dad would not let me wear mid drift or show cleavage (okay, I didn't have any).  I had to beg him to let me wear a bikini.  Short shorts and mini- skirts, forget it!  So when I moved out and could make choices on my own, I made some short skirt and wanna be cleavage choices.  Whatever.

When I met Frank and we started dating and were trying our darndest to honor the Lord in our purity, he told me that my, SUPER CUTE, mini skirt had to go.  He said, "no sex, no skirt" and gave me that "look" that he gives when he's serious.  Bust, first my dad now my future husband.

Now I have little ladies.  Ya'll, they are so pretty it takes my breath away.  The thought of someone looking at them makes my angry vein pop out.  Frank and I have to protect them, no one else will.  Nor will anyone fight for them like this crazy momma will!

Bathing suits are out... have you seen them?  If not, go walk through the baby section and look at those tiny things... it's criminal.

Can I tell you how sick I am of my husband having to put his head down every 2 seconds while we are out in public?  It's maddening!  He wants to have eyes for his women only but these women are running around with their boobs hanging out, too short shirts to cover their hiney's.  I want to scream... Dressing up for a fancy event does not entitle you to have your boobs hanging out, a night on the town is not your get out of jail free card to dress like a hooker.  I remember I took my dad to this gala at our church one year.  This girl was there and her cleavage was so bad and she would not leave us alone that my poor dad kept his head down the whole time.  I felt so bad for him.  I'm sure my friends thought he was a werido or was asleep... no no, he was trying to keep eyes for his wife only.
* Yes I said "hooker" and "church" in the same paragraph.

So what?  Let me tell you, these Robertson women will be protesting Vogue, In Style and baby gap this year and be wearing a one piece.  Well, for the unforeseeable future.  We will teach our little people that their bodies are for their future husband and that beautiful cleavage that they will get one day, it is for him also.  Those long legs that they both have are for modest shorts and appropriate length skirts, their male friends need to be respected by dressing this way.

So go ahead and laugh at us, as we are playing on the beach modest, I'm totally okay with it.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Birthday...

My friend Tiffany gave birth the other day... yes my friends are giving birth almost weekly around here!  Ya'll, it's scary.  Without totally violating their privacy and telling a story that is not mine to tell, can you please pray for them?  Little Guy is in the NICU at one of the best hospitals in the country.  His care is the best of the best.  I don't understand totally, but in lamens terms, he has pneumonia and is on a breathing tube.  His little lungs need help breathing but mostly he needs our prayers.  I know our Maker WILL heal him.   I truly believe that we are not given more than we can handle, but right now, this is a lot.  

This little family is in a crisis and they need us.  They need us to intervene for them, pray for them, take them a meal, hold their toddler, pray with them, cry with them, hold their hand and serve them the way that we were created to do.

We went to the hospital to visit momma last night, we got a babysitter.  The babysitter did not charge us.  Today we went down to the hospital to sit with the momma and daddy after they put in the breathing tube.  Another friend watched our kids for free.  Ya'll, we are so blessed.  This story is not about me, but I can just tell you this, the last few days, I've held my babes a little closer, had a little more patience and cried a little more.  

If you would like to help this sweet family out, please email me at abbeyalden at gmail dot com and I can get you in touch with the family.

love love.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lesson of the week.

A few years ago, Frank and I moved into an apartment and were forced into what we thought, at the time, was real adulthood.  We had to buy a washing machine and dryer.  haha, that made me laugh.  I was leasing apartments at the time (and with out totally violating this guys privacy) let's just say that we inherited his washing machine!!!  It was free and totally legal and he said it was okay.  What a blessing.  At the same time, we had a contest at said work and we each won a $250 visa gift card.  Frank happened to find a matching dryer to the said washing machine for like $150!  Double portion, anyone?  Yes, please!  So the washer and dryer have been good to us with no maintenance needed, at all.  They have cleaned up some gross stuff.

Well, the other week I was in the middle of laundry day and the thing broke.  It wouldn't drain.  I was sick.  I knew we would have to pay for it, it wasn't the pipes like before.  Everywhere I called was going to be at least $100 just to get them to come out and look.  I remembered I went on a mission trip with this guy that repaired appliances... I stalker called him for 2 days.  He tells me he's sick and can't work.  I lay hands on this washing machine, I kick at it and then apologize immediately that I didn't mean it!  No luck, it won't drain.

For 3 days we have no washing machine.  We cloth diaper, you can imagine the panic that is starting to seep in.  My friend saves the day and tells me I can wash the poo in her washing machine.  It takes all day but she did it.

Dang, this is a long story.

Frank comes home after the second trip to another friends house to do laundry and works on it for 2 hours.  The culprit... Miss Francie pants christmas sock.  It was mangled in the motor.  Darn those little socks!  They gave me a heart attack!



Moral of the story has 2 parts:
1.  When in doubt (or broke), get your hubby to look at it first.  If you do not trust him, just go away and drink wine and shut up.
2.  Wash socks in a lingerie bag.



Monday, February 20, 2012

A recipe...

So you know I have this addiction that I have to monitor closely or I will spend all day on there.  It has this sick way of thinking that you can be super creative and organized.  In reality, I burn myself every time with the hot glue gun and my "craft time" looks like my one year old did it- true story!

Anyways, I do like to get on there for some good recipes.  I have not been disappointed yet.  I found this one, Taco Chili.  Now let me tell you, I married a texan.  If you do not know one, they are all the same; super proud to be one and will tell you they are one within 30 seconds of starting a conversation.  They are also super picky when it comes to their brisket and chili.  So I was really nervous to make chili.  Frank stopped entering chili cook offs here when, one year the winner had macaroni noodles and vegetables in hers.  He said she won the stew cook off.  Whatever.

So I made it and crossed my fingers.  I had in my mind that he would hate it and make fun of me for the rest of my life.  I was praying that we could work it out in marriage counseling that we would have to have following.

He liked it and so did my sister and dad.  Annabelle ate two kid plates full, that is a lot!!  We killed a whole crock pot full.  I served it with jiffy corn bread and cheese.

Is your mouth watering yet??  Here it is:

1 or 2 onions, chopped.  We love onion, so I did 2.
1 can of black beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 small can of corn
1 can of diced tomatoes with chills
1 can of tomato sauce
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 package of chicken (it called for breast but I used strips. whatever)
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

Add everything except for the chicken and cilantro.  Lay the chicken on top of the mixture.  Add to the slow cooker for 6 hours.  Ours was ready after 5.  30 minutes before serving, but the chicken in the food processor along with the cilantro and chop up.  Add back to the pot.

Make a pan of corn bread.

YUM YUM YUM!  Sorry I don't have a picture of this goodness.  Enjoy.  You can thank me later :)


Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Emily is here!  If you don't know her, you should.  She is seriously, the best sister ever!  So here are some photos to hold you over till Monday :)

We went to Taco Boy for my belated birthday celebration... sans babes {grin}

We found daddy's ear protective headset thing...


Annabelle kept asking for us to put them on her, she thought it was funny.  Emma Kate didn't say either way, so we took advantage of her not being able to talk.


Yes, I take pictures of my children sleeping.  I know they will think I'm a weirdo when they are older, but I don't care.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The "T" word...

Teenagers.  We don't say it, we don't acknowledge that it will happen in about 12 years but we definently are taking notes for the inevitable.

The other day, AB and I were having a snack, I left her to grab something and came back to this... it's a preview of teenager Annabelle.  It may not be that bad after all.  And by the way, she is really playing baby games on my phone.


It's all things she loves; sippy cup, lovey, iPhone, paci and a snack!

Don't worry, Emma Kate was not left out either.  I dressed her the other day and got a little carried away... meet teenager Emma Kate:

It's all things a teenager wants; leggings, boots with the fur and an embarrassing cardigan your mom makes you wear for when it's cold.

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Happy Heart Day!

Since I just shared my love story a few days ago, I won't bore you with it again... but here is another love story.  A love story that happens every day in our little 4 walls.  Love that happens with four people that are a little obsessed with "making out".  Enjoy.



























Hope your day is filled with lots of kisses and love.



Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stupid, if we said that word.

Do you ever have those moments where you have a light come on in your head?  Or you have something happen and you think that you might be stupid, literally stupid?  That happened today.

So I was getting really frustrated with cloth diapering and the constant fight I was having with the smell of um, ammonia.  I was racking my brain, calling guru's off the internet asking them 9 million questions and talking to friends to figure out what I am doing wrong.  I know AB is not a super heavy wetter... what the heck?!?  I would pull them out of the washing machine and they would smell like nothing and then when I would pull them out of the dryer, BAM, knock your socks off!!  Or I would walk into AB's room in the am and smell it.  I was stripping those things like every other day.So frustrating!

Well, our washing machine broke (don't be confused, there is a relation!).  I already spent one whole day at a friends house using her washing machine and dryer.  So today I loaded up our two loads and headed to another friends.

I was standing on my head pulling laundry out and she had one of those bounce bar holder things attached in the dryer but not the bar.  I asked her why she didn't use it and that she should.  She told me she did until they started cloth diapering.

I started yelling, are you kidding me?!?!  We have one and I swear by it!  That is what has been wrong the whole time.  You can not use dryer sheet, fabric softener or any other goodness on those things.  I was told that but forgot and it's such common knowledge that no one ever asked me or was I thinking!  It now makes sense that they would smell fine out of the washer but then get the funk back after the dryer.

Oh Abbey, your brain is a scary place to be sometimes!

Happy Saturday!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kathryn Hart Designs

So I started Kathryn Hart Designs shortly before Emma Kate was born.  It didn't really take off and I now know why.  There was enough on my plate with having a baby, moving and getting settled.   We are now settled, well the best that is going to be, and I'm chomping at the bit to get back to sewing.  I am relaunching Kathryn Hart Designs with a bang!

But first, what is Kathryn Hart Designs?
I custom make nursing wraps, burp cloths and car seat tents.  I already have fabric, but if there is something that you want, then just email me and we can figure it all out.

Why did you start it?
When I was preggo with Annabelle, all we could afford for a nursing wrap was this handkerchief size wraps that were too thin and really small.  The other stuff was way over priced.  You should be able to cover yourself and your child in style for a reasonable price.  Amen?  Amen.


Let's see some goodness!









Car seat tent.

Car Seat tent, how it looks on an infant chair.

Another view
Here are some fabric samples that can be made into wraps, tents or burp clothes!
Burp cloth fabirc













To kick this off, go to my easy shop and order!  If you don't see something that you like or want, email me at abbeyalden at gmail dot com and we can get something that will work perfect!  Want a monogram added, just let me know!



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