It’s been a while – and things are changing!

Whew – we have been busy!  Between visitors, football games and some major life changes, things in the Overholt house have been pretty chaotic.

My grandparents, uncle and little brother visited us a few weeks ago.  My grandparents and uncle have decided they like Wilmington (or maybe it’s Lucas they like?) so much they are moving here for part of the winter.

I’m so excited for them to get to spend a lot of time with Lucas and watch him continue to grow.  I know having them here on a semi-permanent basis will be so nice for him!

The following weekend Lucas went to this first college football game.

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Yes, it wasn’t a Notre Dame game, but he still really enjoyed it!  It was pretty hot and I was really impressed to find that Wallace Wade Stadium has a lactation/feeding area set up for moms and babies inside their press box building.  It was nice to take Lucas into the cool air conditioned building for him to eat.

I also found a great use for a nursing cover, since Mommy forgot the little man’s hat.  Improvising and “making it work” is certainly a major lesson I’ve learned in being a mommy.

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Lucas also turned 7 months!  He’s looking like such a little boy now – gone are the days of him looking like a baby.  He’s hitting his milestone perfectly and I’m so excited to continue watching him grow.  He also had his first Kindermusik class that week!  My little guy LOVES music and he REALLY loved his first class – especially because it was all about Choo Choo Trains!

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We wrapped up our busy few weeks with a visit from my Dad, step-mom and two of their friends!  My dad hasn’t seen Lucas since he was only a few days old and I could tell he was pretty amazed how how big and smart he’s gotten.

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Oh, and that major life change I mentioned earlier – I can’t really talk about it yet, but check back soon for a pretty big announcement!  Darrin and I are really excited to share some big news (and Lucas is pretty pumped as well!).

Any guesses as to what our big announcement is?  The few of your who know, don’t spoil it for everyone else!

A Week in Review!

Whew – it has been a busy week in the Overholt house!

My family has been in town since last Thursday.  My little brother even flew up from Atlanta to meet his nephew for the first time.  They totally hit it off!

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We also had a mini photo session with our awesome photographer, Mel, owner of Aria Images, photog for all of our important moments and one pretty awesome chicka!  She posted a few sneak peeks afterward so I just have to show them off!

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Lucas also went on his first trip to the zoo!  We have a little animal park in Wilmington and we took Lucas to see the animals this weekend.  I’m not sure how impressed he was with the monkeys, but he did take an awesome nap afterward, so that’s a success in my book!

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Finally, I also had the opportunity to meet up with another mom I “met” while pregnant on a Bump group.  Her daughter was born the day before Lucas (even though we were both due a few weeks later) and it was fun to let the little ones meet and to have some face time with one of the women I’ve shared my pregnancy and birth with.

I’ve tried to pack so much into the past five days!  I think I’ve worn the little man out – it took about 30 seconds for him to fall asleep last night!  Sometimes I feel bad doing so much with him but then I think of all the experiences he’s having and that sometimes even a trip to the grocery store is exciting for him.  Every day is such a learning opportunity for him and I’m doing my best to expose him to as many new things as possible without totally overwhelming him.

Here’s one more shot of the little cutie, courtesy of Mel, to end with:

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What was your favorite thing to do as a kid? Do you still enjoy it?

Two Years and Some Enchiladas

Yesterday Darrin and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.

It’s hard to believe that we went from this:

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to this:

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in less than two years!

This was certainly a much more low-key celebration than our 1st anniversary/babymoon, which was a 3 day trip to Charleston, SC.

Darrin surprised me with a new Bible for Women.  I had been mentioning wanting a new Bible for a few months now and was really impressed that he picked up on that.

I got Darrin tickets to a Duke football game for later this month.  I’m super excited to bring Lucas to his first college football game, even if it isn’t a Notre Dame game!

We also went out to dinner without the baby. That rarely happens, and while it’s a treat to spend some time with just my husband, I always miss the little guy.

Our actual anniversary was on the 3rd but because I’m always exhausted on the days that I work we actually spent our anniversary doing a whole lot of nothing – I didn’t even cook dinner.  We ended up having leftovers from the night before.  I didn’t feel too bad though, because Darrin kept saying how amazing dinner was, even left over.  So I figured I’d share our “Anniversary Enchilada Bake” with all of you.

Ingredients:

1 to 1.5 lbs of cooked shredded chicken (I cook mine in the crock-pot with a little bit of chicken stock and spices to taste)

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, grated

2 cups shredded cheese

6 soft taco shells (the larger ones)

3 tbsp butter (the real stuff!)

3 tbsp flour

2 cups chicken stock

1 can died green chillies

1 8oz container of sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Cook up the onions and garlic until soft and let them cool slightly

In a large bowl combine the chicken, onion and garlic mix and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese.  I also added some jalapeno hot sauce for a little heat.  **You can honestly put anything into the filling – we’ve done mushrooms and beans before as well!

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Place 3 tortilla shells into a greased 9×13 dish (I cut one in half to make everything fit better)

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Top with the chicken mixture and then the remaining taco shells

To make the sauce, melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan

Add the flour and whisk to combine and cook about 1 minute

Slowly whisk in the chicken stock and allow to thicken and bubble, usually about 5 minutes

Add the can of diced green chillies and then remove from heat

Stir in the sour cream until smooth

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Pour over the top of the tortillas and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for about 23-25 minutes and then place under the broiler to crisp up the cheese for a few minutes (thanks Rachael Ray for making sure I always brown my cheesey toppings!)

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What is your favorite way to celebrate a special occasion?  Do you have a special meal you like to cook or do you like going out to celebrate?