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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

17 Weeks

Hello friends! Hope your week is off to a great start! We have been having wonderful Fall days... blustery, rainy and cool! I just L-O-V-E this weather! We are just headed out the door to Target to buy Halloween lights to decorate Robbie's Radio Flyer wagon for Halloween night! He is very excited about trick-or-treating this year!
Thanks Gigi and Bompa Ray for surprising us with this wonderful wagon!
I don't know who is more excited, Robbie or Mommy ?!

I'm 17 Weeks ! 

 I meant to post this on Sunday, but I am just getting around to taking my photo this morning.

 Let's see, on Sunday I was officially 17 weeks into my pregnancy with my little Womb Mates, ( get it roommates ? ) :) . On Friday I had another ultrasound and doctor appointment. I was hoping to find out just who we can expect to meet in about 5 months, boys or girls or one of each! Well of course, these little jumping beans wouldn't hold still and the doctor wasn't able to tell me for sure what each of them are... so we wait another few weeks until my November 12th 20 week ultrasound. 

We do however have names!!! Yay both boy and girl names, 8 names total, 4 boy names and 4 girl names, a first and a middle for each!  can't wait until Nov 12th to share our names!!
Please keep our little ones in your prayers! Everything looked great on the ultrasound, they both had strong heartbeats and the most adorable little profiles! I am defiantly in love! 

Pregnancy Highlights This Week 

Size of Babies: The Christensen twins are each the size of an Onion. 
In fact, last week the doctor told me each baby weighed in at about 6 oz each! That is pretty good concidering most babies at this stage are around 5 oz each. 
The babies are around 5 inches long. 
My doctor joked that each baby is about the size of a baked potato! 

 Babies Development This Week: This week the babies skeletons are changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — their lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. 

Maternity Clothes:Love my maternity leggings from Motherhood Maternity!!!!  

Gender: Not sure just yet! We can't wait to find out who God is blessing us with! We should know on November 12th,  just 14 more days!!! 

Movement: I can feel little butterfly movements from both of these little cuties, most often at night.  I first started feeling them move around 10 weeks. I can feel someone on the left is very active almost ALWAYS and the little one on my right is active, but polite about his or her activity! :) 

Sleep: I sleep great, but I wake-up several times to go to the bathroom throughout the night.

What I miss: I really wish I could have a big hot dog and a large Coke oh and the Deli meet cravings are back!!!

Cravings:  This week I'm craving warm and cozy Fall foods! 

Symptoms: I feel a fullness in my tummy in the evenings. Lots of heaviness in the uterus and lower back pain at the end of the day.

Best Moment this week: Seeing my little twins profiles during my doctor appointment! 

Getting Ready For Our 
Two Peas In A Pod 

We have the twins nursery all painted and ready to go. We have chosen a pale light green to go along with our two peas in a pod nursery theme.

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra 8 oz. #430B-4 Peas In A Pod Interior/Exterior Paint Sample 430B-4U at The Home Depot

I am slightly obsessed with this color, which is actually called Peas in a Pod! 

Two Peas In A Pod - Twin Twins - Custom Nursery Art - YOU PRINT (Digital File) Printable 8x10 Wall Art

I love the above little saying to put in their nursery.
Oh Gigi.... I have a project for you! 

Oh and Gigi, when can we start making this??? 
Time to crochet!! 

I'm having fun collecting nursery ideas for these little blessings. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup 

Trisha's Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe : Trisha Yearwood : Recipes : Food Network

I mentioned earlier that our weather has been very Fallish (again, not sure if this is word, but I'm using it as one today!). We have had spotty periods of rain throughout the day with dark threatening rain clouds and wind. It just feels like a soup kind of a day! My Mom and I love to watch The Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood's show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen. Today, Trisha made this amazing looking Chicken Tortilla Soup and as soon as I finish this post I am running out to the grocery store to gather the ingredients to make this soup tonight! 

What You'll Need 

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Three 14-ounce cans chicken broth

4 cups half-and-half

One 10.75-ounce can cream of chicken soup

1 cup prepared salsa, mild or spicy

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled, drained and shredded

One 15-ounce can black beans, drained

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained

One 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained

2 teaspoon ground cumin

One 1.27-ounce packet fajita seasoning

One 16-ounce bag tortilla chips

8 ounces Monterey Jack, grated

8 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated

1/2 cup sour cream


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and the onion and saute until 

softened, 5 minutes. 

Add the

flour and stir well, cooking for 1 minute more. Add the broth and the half-and-half. Stir in the

 cream of chicken soup, 

salsa, chicken, beans, corn, cumin and fajita seasoning. Continue to simmer over low heat for

 15 minutes.

Crumble the tortilla chips into individual bowls and top with a ladle of soup. Sprinkle each 

serving with cheese and add a

 dollop of sour cream. 

Have a great day and stay cozy! 

( I taught Robbie all about the word cozy this week, what it means and how to use it) . :) 



From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I've been following your blog for a while, and I'm sure I missed where you mentioned it somewhere, but I have a Sweetie Girl who's just a touch younger than your Robert, and I wondered.... is the curriculum you're using one you came up with yourself or is it standardized somewhere? She's 18 months old but loves learning new stuff and LOVES to read, so I thought it might be fun to get some ideas for activities she might like. You can email me at the google account I'm commenting from or leave a comment here and I'll check back, but I'd love more information. Maybe even a blog post about it? :-) Blessings, Laurel

Summer said...

Auntie Judy may or may not have begun a similar knitting project for these little peas in a pod! ;) So cute!!