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Monday Musings & Rubber Boots

Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

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Nana C and Grandaddy (my parents) safely arrived late last night. It took every ounce of self-control for my mom not to sneak in Kamden’s bedroom but I’m sure she’ll be standing at his door this morning waiting for him to wake up. I’ve been telling him for days, preparing him, for the excessive kisses he’s about to get from Nana!

We had another uneventful weekend where we stayed home and watched it rain … again. But, not to let the rain damper our spirits, Kamden is now an official Hutchison because he has his own pair of boots. Of course, because he is a true Hutchison, he wears said boots with shorts and a t-shirt. That is common law in these parts.


Also common law, when you are outside and wearing your new rubber boots, is finding the greatest stick ever and poking at tennis balls. Who needs fancy and expensive toys or electronics when you have the great outdoors and balls from the dollar bin at Goodwill?


Finally, when you ask your 17-month-old toddler if he likes his new boots, he runs toward you and your camera with the biggest and greatest “cheeeeeeese” grin. My cup runneth over for this here child of mine.


Finally, because today is Memorial Day and I am forever grateful to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation and protecting my personal freedoms, I say, “Thank you.”



In between your family barbeques and holiday shopping, please take a moment to remember the true heroes and reason for Memorial Day.


Awards Day at The Little Gym

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since Kamden started going to The Little Gym! What happened to my chunky monkey? He’s now a little boy.

Kamden at TLG one year

Before the awards presentation, Kamden and his Birds buddies got to show off the skills they’ve been learning to friends and family. Kamden loves using the P (parallel) Bars to climb.

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He climbs onto the balance beam by himself and goes “feet first” to get down.

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Kamden LOVES flipping on the floor mats or over a bar …

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And climbing onto a big mat and reaching for the bar himself, then hanging like a monkey! (The little girl in the back is obviously exhausted from all of the strenuous activity and taking a much needed break.)

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Kamden loves climbing up the foam steps onto the tall balance beam and thanks to Miss Jayln for being nearby to spot him as he walked across … Mommy was obviously busy taking pictures!

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Kamden’s lovely lady, Miss H, prefers to crawl across the balance beam.

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This boy obviously loves his weekly class at The Little Gym – look at this smile!

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At the end of class today, Miss Karen presented her Birds with medals for successfully completing the spring semester. Kamden is so proud of his medal he wore it in the car on the way home and while we were outside playing before naptime. We also sent this picture to Daddy at work. We are so proud of you, Kamden Alan!

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This summer, Kamden will graduate to the Beasts class. We love The Little Gym and encourage everyone to visit for a free class – tell them Kamden sent you!


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Monday Musings

Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

monday musings

Can we press the “repeat” button for the weekend?!

Kamden and I dodged the rain to have a photo session with Becky. This woman is the peanut butter to my jelly and I love her to pieces. She even let me play with her new fancy-schmancy camera. And she took some AMAZING Mommy & Me photos of Mister Curls and I. Seriously, do we look like twins or what?! Our hair is out of control.


Kamden went to the zoo for the first time on Saturday, when the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas hosted donor appreciation day at the Fort Worth Zoo. He was impressed the first five minutes and then he was over it. We walked in front of tigers and he’d point to birds in the air. He could have seen a young giraffe but he was more interested in the squirrel on the sidewalk. Oh well, at least he saw the elephants!

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Sunday was spent at church, on the couch for a Sabbath Siesta, and outside enjoying the great weather. We’ve had a ton of rain but Kamden doesn’t care.

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Nana C just called and said she and Grandaddy E are coming to Texas next weekend. We better get busy cleaning and tidying up!


Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole // Three 31 (a blog)

This is not the healthiest meal I have ever prepared, but it’s one of the most flavorful, easiest to prepare, and brings back a lot of memories of my childhood. My mom makes a delicious “tator tot casserole” with ground beef, onions, cream of mushroom soup, and sliced button mushrooms layered between Swiss cheese slices. I like mushrooms, don’t get me wrong, but if Husband was going to try this new dish the word mushroom could not be mentioned. Besides, I like the simplicity of my version and it couldn’t be simpler to make. With just six ingredients, this cheeseburger casserole can be on your table in less than 45 minutes.


*serves 4-6

1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can low-sodium, reduced-fat Cream of Chicken soup
8 cheese slices, such as Velveeta, Cheddar, or Swiss
Frozen tator tots

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onions in butter until translucent, about five minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease from pan before stirring in soup.

Pour ground beef mixture into an oven-safe baking dish and top with cheese slices.

Arrange frozen tator tots in a single layer on top of the cheese.

Bake 30-40 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown, and cool at least 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cheeseburger Casserole // Three 31 (a blog)

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Finish This #71



I like eggs …

scrambled with cheese or in baked goods. I do NOT like deviled eggs or hard-boiled eggs or pieces of egg in anything. Yuck!!!!!!!! Just the thought of those rubbery white pieces of egg makes me want to gag.

I think I’m going to barf now.

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Prompt for Week #72
The last thing I misplaced was …
I found it …

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Monday Musings

Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

monday musings

What a glorious weekend!

For the first time in seven weeks (SEVEN WEEKS!), there was nothing on the calendar. No baby shower, no family fun day, no portrait session, and no arts festival. I love going and doing and experiencing and having fun, but it’s nice to stay at home all weekend and do nothing. Of course, with the severe storms and torrential rainfall, we had to stay inside. It was the perfect Mother’s Day weekend to me.

For Mother’s Day, Husband and Kamden gave me exactly what I wanted: a card.

A beautiful tribute to mothers, in whatever season of motherhood you’re in.

Did you read my big announcement about Sweet Jesus Ministries over the weekend? I am so excited about this opportunity to write for the Lord.

Three things you probably didn’t know about the Proverbs 31 Woman.

The next time I need to make an appetizer for a large crowd, I’m baking these bacon pimento cheese cups.


Exciting Announcement!!!!!!

I am excited to finally tell you about Sweet Jesus Ministries, an online community for worship, study, and fellowship, and another place for me to write about my faith. Sweet Jesus Ministries is the product of Jan and Cristi answering God’s call on their lives to write and inviting me to be a part of their team. Please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Fertile Soil Conditions

I can’t wait to hear what you think about my first post and Sweet Jesus Ministries – have a great weekend!



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