Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Doggie Life

I had finally downloaded a bunch of pics off our camera yesterday. I realized I had snapped some really cute pics of our doggies this fall when all the leaves were still changing. I thought I'd post of few for those of you who have never seen them or who haven't seen them in a long time. Hope you enjoy our babies :-)



Monday, January 26, 2009

Knitting Bee

I wanted to share with you my most current knitting project. I took a small break after Christmas was over and am now trying to go through a bunch of excess yarn that I have. Also, I'm hoping soon to start a small store on etsy.com, where I can sell some of the stuff I've been doing, I will keep everyone updated so if your interested you can surf on over there.

This is what it should start to look like:

And this is the yarn I'm going to be using:


In this color:

I hope to get a few more pics posted as I get it going. . .

What I miss most. . .

about Nashville is this :



Dalyn and I had to make an emergency trip to Nashville this weekend. We purchased a house there while Dalyn was in dental school and we had it rented out. Long story short, our renter peaced out on us via email on Friday morning, leaving 8 mos into his 12 mo contract. So we had to go to Nashville to get the house cleaned up and ready to rent again. Previous to this trip I had only been back once. Everyone asked if we missed that house, etc, etc. I never really did until we got there this weekend. It was kind of sad. I do miss the house, Nashville, friends, etc. It was the first place Dalyn and I lived together after we were married and our first house purchase, so there are a ton of cherished memories there. So I guess now I can say I do miss the house and Nashville. But I will say one of the things I missed the most, I snapped a picture of while we were there. I couldn't help myself. This is the sunset from our back patio. Its breath taking!! All in all the trip went well and we managed to get the house rented out again. So it was a very long, exhausting weekend trip but one that was well worth it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snow Days

I've been meaning to post the pics from the little bit of snow we had at the beginning of the week. It started on Monday morning and laid a little bit. We thought that was that but when we woke up Tuesday monring, much to our surprise, there was about a 1/2 inch of snow covering EVERYTHING!! I would've have loved to of crawled back in bed and snuggled for the day but we had surgery at work and my boss is in Japan so I had to be there. So I braved the weather and the roads and basically slid there!! Anyway, I welcome snow anytime! If its gonna be freezing it might as well snow. Here are a few pics. . .

Sampson when it first started snowing

The backyard Tuesday morning


The front yard Tuesday morning

Monday, January 19, 2009

UT Basketball

So Dalyn and I went to our first UT Basketball game the other night. We went to the UT vs KY game. I'm not really a basketball fan at all, but the tickets were free so we said why not. UT lost terribly but we had fun. I wanted to post a few pics from the game. If you haven't been to a game here in Knoxville, you should definitely go, it was so much fun and the atmosphere was great!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Our Appointment

I feel like since I asked everyone to pray for Dalyn and I at our doctor's appt, its only fair now that I update everyone. This will be the third fertility specialist that we have seen over the past 7 months or so. Our first doctor, was great the first couple of visits we had with him and then when we didn't want to follow his suggestions exactly he became a complete jerk. So I decided with such a sensitive subject at hand I needed someone who was a little more sympathetic. Our second doctor jumped straight to in vitro at our first visit. Not something we were willing to try right away. We felt like we hadn't exhausted all our options and apparently he did. So we ditched him. At that point I was a little disheartened. We basically decided to just quit thinking about it for about the last three months. I went in to see my GYN, to see what she thought and she recommended we see the last fertility specialists available to us here in Knoxville. So as you can kind of imagine I was really nervous, so many questions ran through my head. Doctors suspect that I have endometrosis and a blocked flopian tube, so my GYN thought that it would be in my best interest to go ahead and have a procedure done to remove the endometrosis and open the tube. I am absolutely terrified of having to have surgery.

So to make a long story shorter, we absolutely loved her!! We both felt like we walked out of there with more information than we've gained from either one of our other doctors. She spend nearly two hours with just us, which has been unheard of to this point. We had an ultrasound done while we were there and she walked us through every last thing we were seeing, what it should look like, etc. I don't want to get into everything she said, because obviously I would like to retain a little privacy but we are going to wait a couple more weeks and then do another ultrasound. At that point if our ultrasound is the same as what she seen the other day, she would like to continue with surgery and then move onto IUI (intrauterine insemination). If things change (which is what we want to happen) then we will start with IUI for a month or two before deciding to do surgery. All in all we don't really have much decided at this point but we feel like we are at a great starting point. Keep checking back in and hopefully I will have another update in a few weeks.

Thanks to all those who prayed for us. I truly feel like God listened and made this an experience that left us with more hope than we've had in a while. Love you all!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Prayer is an effective weapon

First let me say, please bear with me on this post. I have a lot I want to write about and it may become more jumbled together than I hope. Also, note that this will likely be one of the most personal post I've posted thus far. I'm normally not one to share really personal things in my life but I figure might as well.

So about two weeks ago, some of the closest friends we've made thus far in Knoxville, Casey and Jonathan, invited us to attend church with them. It had been quite a while since Dalyn and I had been in church but something we had been wanting to get back to for a while. So we naturally jumped at the opportunity to attend. This past Sunday was our second visit and I must say I'm absolutely at a loss for words as to how uplifting the church is.

For most of you that don't know (which is probably just about everyone) Dalyn and I have been trying to have a baby for almost two years now (a year and 10 months to be exact). To make a long story short, we basically just decided to lose the birth control one month and if it happened it did and if not that was okay too. Well, the narrow-minded me thought that in a few months we'd we expecting a baby. Surprise, surprise, 5 months later no baby on the way. So we decided to get serious. I started doing the normal TTC (trying to conceive) thing, ovulation tests, temp charts etc. So back to making a long story short, here we are almost two years later and we are one of the four couples in the US that will be diagnosed as having infertility problems this year.

So now I'm sure your saying what does all this have to do with each other. This past Sunday I took several notes of the preachers sermon and I wanted to post this (its just small bits and pieces, so it may not make complete sense):

"Prayer is an effective weapon. We face situations or trials that are overwhelming, pray. Jesus said God knows what we need before we ask. Everybody is convicted of not praying enough. We can say things are difficult, one reason might be my lack of prayer. Often the Lord will use your prayers to accomplish his purposes. You have not because you ask not. "

So after going back and reading this I realize how extremely relevant it is in our lives right now. I mean I pray all the time, but I do realize that you can never have enough prayer in your life. So with that said Dalyn and I have a very important and telling doctors appt tomorrow. I've been praying about this for a while now and know that God will answer my prayers. But I think the more people praying the better. So if you are reading this please pray for Dalyn and I for our doctors appt tomorrow. Hopefully, I will have a good update tomorrow on what we heard and decided at the doctor. Until then, I know this is long and probably makes very little sense, but thanks for reading! I love you all!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Knitting 101

So some of you may or may not know that I knit. I have been knitting for about two years I guess. I absolutely love it!! It is a wonderful stress reliever. So I've just recently come to realize that I truly can make beautiful things knitting. I made several scarves for Christmas but one in particular that I absolutely love. I decided I should post pics for everyone else to see. I also decided to post the pattern in case anyone reading my blog knits. Hope you like it!!





Yarn: 1 skein Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in your color choice **(I also added another fuzzy white yarn but you can do it plain)**
Needles: US size 15 knitting needles (10mm)
Note: slip all stitches purlwise with yarn held in front

CO 15 sts.
Row 1: *K3, sl 1; repeat from *, end k3.
Row 2: K 1, *sl 1, k3; repeat from *, end sl, k1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 32″
For keyhole: work first 5 stitches in pattern, bind off 5 stitches, then work remaining stitches in pattern. On following row, work in pattern to bound off stitches, cast on 5 stitches using backward loop cast-on (or desired method), then work remaining stitches in pattern.
Continue in pattern for 15″ , then bind off.
**You can make it whatever size you want, the size listed is just what size worked best for me**

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yummy Goodness

Bruschetta 'n Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

What you need:
-- 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
-- 1-1/4 cups KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided
-- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
-- 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
-- 8 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (2 lb.)
-- 1/3 cup KRAFT Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan Dressing

Directions:
HEAT oven to 350°F. Mix tomatoes, 1/2 cup cheese and basil in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix; stir just until moistened.
PLACE 2 chicken breasts in large freezer-weight resealable plastic bag. Pound with meat mallet or side of heavy can until chicken is 1/4 inch thick. Remove from bag; place, top-sides down, on cutting board. Repeat with remaining chicken. Spread chicken with stuffing mixture. Starting at 1 narrow end, tightly roll up each breast. Place, seam-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with dressing.
BAKE 40 min. or until chicken is done (165°F). Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 5 min. or until melted.

Monday, January 5, 2009

I couldn't help myself

So as I'm sitting at work today, I decide to dream for a new car. Funny, I know. The next car we get is Dalyn's but I figure it never hurts to wish. I know most of you have seen the new VW comercials for the Routan vans. Long story short they have this thing where you can build a baby. Basically, you upload a picture of you and your husband and it builds a look a like of what your child may look like. I couldn't resist trying it out, so of course I could resist posting the picture. Here's what baby webb might look like whenever there is one. The only thing I can question is where the brown eyes come from. Dalyn and I neither one have brown eyes, so that's interesting!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

More recipes

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
What you need:
--2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
--garlic powder to taste
--3 tablespoons vegetable oil
--1 cube beef bouillon
--1/4 cup hot water
--1 tablespoon cornstarch
--1 small chopped onion
--2 large green bell peppers, roughly chopped
--1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
--3 tablespoons soy sauce
--1 teaspoon white sugar
--1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker.
Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.


Chili
What you need:
--2 pounds ground beef
--1 onion, finely diced
--3 cloves garlic, minced
--1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
--2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
--1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
--1 cup water
--1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
--1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans
--2 tablespoons chili powder
--1 tablespoon ground cumin
--2 tablespoons white sugar
--1 tablespoon salt
--1 teaspoon ground black pepper
--1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
**I love beans so I normally add some northern beans also**

Directions:
In a large stock pot lightly brown ground beef, and drain if needed.
Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent.
Add tomatoes, diced tomatoes with chili peppers, tomato sauce, water, kidney beans, pinto beans, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes and then serve.


Cake Balls
What you need:
--1 (18.25 ounce) package cake mix
--1 (16 ounce) container prepared frosting
--1 package chocolate chips (white, dark or milk)

Directions:
Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended. (I allow mine to cool to the touch at least.)
Melt chocolate coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the chocolate cake mixture. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set. (I don't dip my balls I just drizzle the choc. over top of them)
Check back often for more!!

A few recipes we love. . .

So after some inspiration from a friend who posts great recipes on her blog I decided I have some great recipes I should share. Some I've just run across and some I've stolen. I've also been meaning to post several from Christmas that everyone begged for, so here they all are. . . .

Mexican Casserole
What you need:
--1 lb. ground sirloin
--1 can Rotel (I used mild)
--1 can cream of chicken soup
--1 can chicken and rice soup
--1/2 package of Taco seasoning mix
--1/2 bag of tortilla chips, crushed
--1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place crushed tortilla chips in botton of casserole.
Brown ground meat and drain. Add Rotel and both cans of soup (don't drain anything). Add taco seasoning mix. Stir and heat through until bubbly (about 3 minutes). Pour mixture over crushed tortilla chips.
Cover with cheese and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly delicious!


Cheesy Chicken Simmer
What You Need:
--2 tsp. oil
--4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
--2 cups frozen broccoli florets
--1 can (10-3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup w/ herbs
--1/4 lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
--2 cups instant brown rice, prepared as directed on package (I actually steam my own, but whatever you prefer)

Directions:
HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 7 min., turning after 4 min.
ADD broccoli, soup and VELVEETA; mix well. Simmer on medium heat 7 min. or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF).
Serve over rice.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

What 2009 supposedly has in store for us. . .

So I'm not much into believing in horoscopes, although I somehow always find myself reading mine when I have a chance. So this morning when I got onto the computer, the first thing that popped up on Yahoo was a thing to see your 2009 horoscope prediction. Of course I couldn't pass it up. For those of you who don't know my b-day is May 20 and I'm a Taurus. So I thought I would post my horoscope for those to read. . . .

It's time to celebrate yourself, Taurus! You are pouring yourself into your life’s mission and rejuvenating yourself with abundant thinking, which attracts great things to you. You're diligently creating a public arena where opportunities will emerge for you to be a teacher or messenger. Engagements for speaking, writing and sharing your thoughts will open up. Other people will be inspired by your enthusiasm and insight, and will support you in accomplishing your goals.
Taurus’s excitement radiates more than ever this year, bringing with it a magnificent energy the world has been lacking. As you embrace the power of your heart and spirit, you are allowing yourself to transform and align with a universal energy source. You discover the space for your creativity to flow and abundantly bring the truth of your being into the world. Your focus on your connection with a higher purpose brings out the best in you and refines your self-expression.
You appreciate all the expansive shifts that are taking place in your life, and you are learning to break up routines and old patterns of rigidity. This allows you a new level of awareness and acceptance of your ultimate purpose. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning. Express your truth and you will advance. You will find avenues to bring your talents and belief systems to philanthropic endeavors. By the end of the year, you will be able to slow down a bit and find more time to enjoy the new you that you have created
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So once I've read mine I always go back and check Dalyn's. Dalyn's b-day is August 5 and he is a Leo.

In 2009, you find yourself connecting with people effortlessly as your warm-hearted actions are acknowledged and radiated back to you in a way you've never experienced before. The confident joy and happiness you freely give to others gives you the innate ability to be productive. For you, kind actions are the way to transformation and success.
This is a perfect time for proud Leo, because you have the desire, drive and power to help society. You realize there’s work to do, and you'll give a helping hand wherever you can. You are ready to align yourself with a higher level of awareness, and exhibit a regenerative attitude is about reaping the harvest by submitting to the larger purpose. What you are able to give to others directly reflects the transformation happening within you.
Your heart is in the right place, and you are likely to accomplish all that you set out to do this year. You're developing excellent skills in your own personal transformation process, and you are ready to make the conscious decision to be the best you can be. You feel secure, and the beauty of who you are shines through easily and effortlessly.


Sounds like Dalyn and I are both going to go though transformations in our life this year. I can only hope great things are to come!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas with The Webbs'

I have so much to write about Christmas I don't even know where to begin. Dalyn was on call until 7 am Christmas morning, so we spend Christmas eve in Knoxville. It was sad because we missed several family Christmas parties but it had to be. We opened our Christmas to each other Christmas eve night. Not something that would normally be allowed but we were going to NC early Christmas morning and didn't know if we'd have time. I got a Red Sox hat, a willow tree, several Christmas ornaments and a couple of knives from William Sonoma. Dalyn got a journal, a pair of Oakley safety glasses, Marley and me book, and an umbrella.

We got up about 7am Christmas morning and headed out for NC. Our plans were originally to return Christmas night but we decided to stay through the weekend since we had nothing else to do. We ended up taking the dogs, which they love because they can run free in the mountains. We had Christmas breakfast with Dalyn's mom and dad and opened our presents from them. We got loads of cloths and a ton of other stuff. We then went to visit with my grandmother in the nursing home. We spend about an hour with her. Then we went to my aunt and uncles to have Christmas with my mom's family. I got lots of clothes and an external hard drive for my computer. Dalyn got a GPS system. We then went to my dad's and spent the remainder of the day with him. Wow, just typing that reminds me of how tiring Christmas day is. Dalyn and I also ended up racking up enough money from everyone to get a treadmill and we both got new Blackberry Storm phones.

We basically just spent the next couple of days with family and friends. Its hard not living next door to family, you feel like you never see them enough when your there. We did get to see some friends that we hadn't seen in almost a year. It was great to catch up and see them again. Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and come back home. Sad to see Christmas come and go so fast. We had a truly blessed Christmas and realize how lucky we are to have such great friends and family!