I'm moving...

...at least in cyberspace.

TJ has redesigned his website and in the course of the redesign we decided to add me as a contributer to his blog since I don't post here all that often. So if you want to see Allen updates or find out what is going on in our lives please visit TJ's website.
Allen at 2 months


More Pictures

I've been told that I have been remiss in posting pictures of my handsome son. He is now coming up on 4 weeks old. He seems so big to me, but I'm sure he is only a little over 8 lbs. He is becoming much more alert and is awake for longer periods of time. We are positive that he smiles in response to us and spends a great deal of time taking in this world.


New Baby

As my baby ticker points out, the baby should have arrived. Though only 5% of babies come on their due date, mine wanted to make it close. Timmothy Allen Draper III was born at 12:28pm on August 16, 2006 - just one day after his due date. He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Brand new baby

Less then 2 hours old.

One day old

Three days old


Eating my words

I remember when I was younger and my mom and sister would fix bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwitches, I would declare in no uncertain terms that I would never go through all that work just to make one sandwitch. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them, I just didn't think they were worth the work of toasting bread, frying bacon and slicing tomatoes. Well, I've had to eat my words. Tonight is the second time that I have made bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwitches since I got pregnant. I claim that it is all due to my pregnancy cravings, but I must say that I enjoyed them immensely.

In conjunction with my cravings for BLTs I also had a craving for zucchini casserole today. This is my grandmother's recipe so I apologize for the approximate amounts. I usually just guess each time I make it. I also usually forget to put on the buttered bread crumbs and it still tastes wonderful.

Harvest Fresh Zucchini Casserole

1 med. zucchini, sliced
1 large tomato, diced
1 med. onion, diced
3 slices bacon, crumbled
cheddar cheese
buttered bread crumbs

Layer vegetables in a baking dish. Dot with butter and salt to taste. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Top with buttered bread crumbs. Bake covered at 400 deg. for 20 min. Uncover and bake for another 10 min.



Pregnancy Update

As you can see I added a pregnancy ticker to my blog. I had wanted to do it for a long time, but I couldn't figure out until recently how to get it so it was above the posts instead of imbedded inside one. It really wasn't all that hard once I figured out where to put it in the template.

Anyway, I'm 36 weeks along and really looking forward to meeting this little guy. Being down to my last four weeks is a little amazing. August 15 still seems like so far away, but I know that it will go by quickly. As of next Tuesday, I will be able to have the baby at home, so I will feel better once we past that landmark. Though I show no signs of going into early labor, I still worry about it. I really don't want to have to go to the hospital if I can avoid it.

I've been feeling fairly well. As far as being in the third trimester is concerned. I can get pretty uncomfortable, but nothing that is really hard to handle. I feel like I have a lot of energy. At least until about 8 or 9 at night and then I just want to crash.

I still have a bunch of sewing projects that I would like to get done before the baby comes. Currently I'm working on a baptismal gown. I'm hoping to get that finished up today. I'll post pictures when I can. The other projects I want to complete are:
  • baby sling
  • baby quilt
  • 2 crib sheets
  • nursing dress
If I get these all finished in time, it will be a miracle.


Our new car

After looking for a new car for about a week, we found one that was perfect. Well, "perfect" in the used car sense of the word. Until then we had been making due very well with TJ's Ford Ranger truck and my Ford Escort. Unfortunatly, we had to take my car in for repairs and the estimated amount was in the vacinity of $3000. Thankfully, we learned the advantage of having a car for almost 5 years and knowing what and what had not been replaced in it. Thus, we knew immediately that some of the repairs "needed" sounded highly questionable. Planning to take the car back to Peoria to have some of the repairs seen to we decided not to have anything repaired at that shop.

However, this event got us thinking. The Ranger was a '93, my Escort was a '94. Since my car was a 2-door neither of the vehicles are very convenient for a car seat. Though, my Escort gets 35 mpg, the Ranger is a gas hog. Not only does it only get 22 mpg, but it also requires premium gas in order to work right. At this point in time it costs nearly $50 to fill the truck up with gas. After much deliberation (it was a big deal for TJ...he had done alot of work on the truck), we decided we didn't really need a truck and so we should get rid of it and get a newer car (with four doors). Thus the quest for a late '90s model four-door sedan in our price range. We also narrowed it down to prefereably being an Escort (we have had great success with my Escort).

After test driving a few cars, TJ decided that he didn't really want to settle for less than a manuel transmission, thus, our pool of choices was narrowed down even further. Thankfully, the Lord answered our prayers by providing a '97 Ford Escort in excellent condition. It was a four-door and a stick. What more could we ask for? Since it was at a dealership TJ had decided beforehand what trade-in value he would take for his truck. TJ didn't think there was any chance they would offer what he wanted for the truck...but praise the Lord, they did and we drove away with a newer car that gets better gas milage for a difference of only $1,300.

Unfortunatly, as with any used car, there have been small things that needed repaired on it. It needed new tires (which greatly improved the drivablility of the car), an alinment, a tie rod, spark plugs, air filter and the last thing to fix is some little valve that has to do with emissions. But despite this we have been very please with the car so far. It gets 35 mpg so we are hoping that we will see an improvement in our monthly gas bill (which lately had been getting out of control, due to the truck and rising gas prices).

Now that we have two Escorts it is a little hard to get used to not call my old Escort "the car." Since all we have is cars now, that could be pretty confusing. In hopes of getting out of that habit we were thinking we would call the old car "the old busted" and the new car "the new hottness." What do you think?


Can you believe that?

It has definitely been a very good first year. I've heard it said that the first year is the hardest. Hmm, not sure if that is true, but if it is then that is great. Looking forward to the rest.