Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sisters

Can you tell I'm just a little excited about having 2 girls close in age? I bought these outfits for my girls while we were on vacation. It will be so much fun to see them all dressed up in them! I am planning to make them each a bow to match. We continue to stand amazed at what all God has done for us this year. When I had those 2 miscarriages last year I was so afraid that my desire for Grace to have a sister close in age just wasn't going to happen. Well, it is going to happen and this time it will be in Gods perfect timing! I feel so blessed...

Psalm 37:4-5
Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Only 6 more weeks!

So hard to believe it is that close. I have officially started nesting I think. This weekend Daniel worked on the girls room while I cleaned out and rearranged things in our bedroom. I always tend to do that in late pregnancy! I clean out, organize, and rearrange. So funny how I always get the urge to do that when I am close to giving birth. I actually felt really energized after church today and wanted to go hiking. We did a short hike on the Dragons tooth trail in Salem. The boys did really well and wanted to go farther. Sissy rode on Daddy's back in a backpack and seemed to really enjoy herself as well.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Our new niece

WElCOME TAYLOR ANNE BAILEY! 8lbs. 2 1/2 oz. 21 inches long
Wow, God answered our prayers! Lauren was 5 days overdue and scheduled to be induced this Tuesday if Taylor didn't come. Daniel and I were suppose to go home to VA on Sunday but since Lauren really wanted me here for the birth we decided to stay one more day and pray that Taylor would come naturally before we had to leave. The whole family had lunch together on Sunday and nothing appeared to be happening. A little later Lauren took a little bit of castor oil and then Lauren, Paola, Grandma, and myself decided to go to the mall and walk to see if that would help any. She did begin having some mild contractions during the afternoon but we still weren't sure if it was the real thing. We came home and walked some more and Lauren continued having mild contractions. Lauren and Michael headed home a little later and left Joseph here so they could get prepared to head to the hospital. They got there about 9:30pm and called for me to go ahead and drive up there. All the men stayed home with the kids while I drove mom and I to the hospital. She was already dilated 5-6 centimeneters by the time we arrived. Things moved very quickly and Taylor was born at 11:03pm. It was a beautiful birth! Lauren did it completely natural and did such a great job. It was my first time to ever see a baby be born. I am always the one in labor and can't enjoy it or observe anything! It was so special. I am so thankful God worked it out for me to be there for it. As you can see Taylor is a beautiful baby with fuzzy blond hair.
A very proud Uncle Daniel and Aunt Lindsay!
Uncle Daniel

We are so happy for Michael and Lauren!
Aunt Paola and Aunt Lindsay visiting Taylor this morning! Friday Night. Paola and Grandma both got pictures sandwiched between the 2 pregnant women. These were our last photo's pregnant together.




Grandpa did a great job entertaining my kids while Daniel was gone so I could stay with Lauren. I can't believe he already has them shooting bows and arrows! Their pretty good!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Recipe of the Month ~ Protein Bars

I know I have not faithfully published a recipe every month on here like I intended but here is one for September! Several people on Facebook saw a status update about me making protein bars and wanted the recipe. I actually got the recipe I use from my sister, Lauren Bailey. She got the recipe from a co-worker several years ago when she worked in a beauty salon.

Protein Bars
2 c. chocolate whey protein powder
1 jar natural crunchy peanut butter
2 c. old fashioned oats
2 c. honey (I sometimes use less)
Melt peanut butter and honey together in microwave for 1 minute. Stir well and then add in the oats and protein. Mix thoroughly and press into a glass 9 x 13- inch dish. Cover and chill in refrigerator for several hours and then cut into bars. Keep stored in refrigerator with lid on. These will keep a long time.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Re-cap of Summer 2009 ~ August

I already posted some pics of James' 4th birthday party but here is his birthday dinner on his actual birthday with just our family.

Daddy with the birthday boy

Bubby loves anything made with oreo's so I decided to make him a "Dirt Cake". As I figured...He LOVED it!

The Rich Family Reunion in Emory VA.
The oldest set of Rich brothers! PawPaw and Uncle Neel. Our boys, Isaac and James are the youngest set of Rich Brothers.
Nana
left to right: Cousin Kathy, Daniel, myself, Uncle Macon and Aunt Teresa.
Sissy ate a ridiculous amount of watermelon:-)


Blueberry Picking
In Early August we decided to spend a day out in the country. We started off with a picnic on the Appalachian Trail in Craig County and then went Blueberry picking at a Farm close to the trail. It was a really fun day! We picked lots of Blueberries to take home and freeze since we love eating them in our Pancakes. The kids really enjoyed this day. We let them take their Easter buckets to put their Blueberries in.
This pond was right next to the Blueberry Bush's. I just love this picture of our children!

Re-cap of Summer 2009 ~ July

Here are a few pics of the 4th. followed by some pics of everyday life below.
This is Isaac and Grace participating in a show at the Salem Fair. They were adorable!

We love to eat on the 4th! Don't you? Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and homemade ice cream are among our family's 4th of July favorites:-)
After we ate we took the kids to the River in Radford to watch the Big fireworks show. Afterwards Daddy and the boys set off small fireworks in the road in front of our house while Sissy and I watched:-)

Everyday Life
I realized one day in July that I never take pictures of just everyday life in our family so I took a few pics at dinner one night. Yes we do let our boys run around with no shirts on when we aren't going anywhere:-) One of our favorite main dish's that does not require much trouble on my part. Roasted chicken and potatoes with fresh herbs. The kids actually like it. I don't have time to make time consuming meals anymore and I often turn to my quick roll recipe made out of whole wheat. This is what our kids dress like when they pick out their own clothes:-) Isaac is wearing winter clothes in July and James is wearing Isaac's clothes which are too big!

Re-cap of Summer 2009 ~ June

In June I took the kids to the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke with a group of friends from church. We all had a great time. Here is some of our group waiting for the train ride. The kids were so excited:-)
I feel so blessed to have Godly friends with children close to the ages of my children!

Trip to GA
Also in June Daniel and I took a Real Estate Asset protection class in Atlanta and left the kids with Grandma and Grandpa. After the class we all went to Johns Creek to let all the grandkids play in the water and eat water melon. We had a great time! The guys left to right, Josh, Michael, and Daniel.
The girls left to right. Myself, Paola, and Lauren.
All the kids with Uncle Michael

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPS!


We are at Topsail Island this week on our family vacation but we just wanted to take a minute to wish a very special Pops a Happy Birthday! We wish we could celebrate with you but hope this has been a great birthday for you anyway. We love you VERY MUCH!
Love, Daniel, Lindsay, Isaac, James, Grace and Mercy

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mercy

Several people have started asking me what we will need for Mercy so I thought I would post a link to her registry http://www.target.com/ . Go to baby registry and type in Daniel Rich or Lindsay Rich in the name box and it should bring it up. Some church friends are going to host a shower for her sometime in October. That will be great since this will be our first shower for a girl!