Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I have so much to blog about our Christmas Season. We had a wonderful trip back to Utah and I have so many pictures to share. I will hopefully post that all soon!

As for today, we are starting the 3 day potty training. I feel like I have no idea how to potty train at all. Sam is 2 1/2 and we are out of diapers so I think its a great time. Well that and I have been reading about it for months :)

So the 3 Day Potty Training basically says no internet/tv/phone or other distractions while you focus on your toddler... so farewell for a few days. WISH US LUCK :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

It's a GIRL!

We are so excited to be expecting another baby girl. Samantha told us all along it was a girl. Nic and I both thought it was a girl as well, but the majority of our family was convinced it was a boy. I am so thrilled to be having another girl. I love having one girl already but its an added bonus that I already have clothes for this baby. We love the name Brooklyn and we are still searching for a great middle name to go with it.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brown Family Peanut Butter/Chocolate Fudge

If you are from Pennsylvania, you love the combo of peanut butter & chocolate (yes, that's a fact). One of my favorite Christmas traditions from growing up was making fudge as a family to give out to our neighbors. I can still picture my dad beating the mixture and all of us waiting to add our ingredients.

I finally got my own Jif Cookbook a few years ago (they are very hard to find). I wanted to keep the tradition of making this fudge with my family and I was determined to make the perfect fudge. Since my mother-in-law is an excellent cook she helped me do a lot of testing last year. Our main objective was to get rid of the grainy consistency. She taught me a lot about making fudge and I think I finally got it.

Sam and I had fun starting our holiday baking today.

A couple fudge tips from Char (MIL) & Jenny (Sister)...
  • Do not scrape the sides of the pan! Biggest learning thing for me.
  • Let it cool for just a minute before adding pb, chips, & vanilla at the end
  • If it's not completely set up, put it in the fridge

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday Night:Exploring Reno

We went to Reno to do some Christmas Shopping on Friday.
 Ok, this Barnes & Noble is so out of control huge.
 They had a Polar Express Storytime so we took Sam to it.
 The conductor came over to Sam and sang to her, he found us afterwards to tell us how cute she was (we already knew that ;)
 This picture still has Nic and I laughing. This little girl was walking around with Sam the whole night. When it came Sam's turn to sit on Santa's lap she went up there with her. Her parents didn't even pull her off while I was taking the picture. So here is Sam, Santa, and a some girl!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Baby #2

What is your guess...BOY or GIRL??

My family's predictions so far are...

May 3rd
weight: 8lbs 2oz
length: 20"

born Mother's Day (May 13)
7lbs 15oz, 20"

May 11th at 7:36pm
8 lbs 10 oz.
21 1/2 inches long

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Tree

First year getting our tree on our own (without my FIL's truck). Turns out our car works just fine. Extra bonus, Christmas trees are like 1/2 the cost here compared to at home.

 Sam loved helping Nic with everything

I am really miss my fireplace when it comes to decorating. We made it work.
I love having the tree up in the house, it's one of my favorite parts of Christmas