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Practice Run

First off I just want to state that we are all fine, but we did have a bit of a scare this morning...
On our way to church we had the unfortunate experience of being rear ended while sitting still at a red light. Not exactly how we planned our Sunday morning to go. Thankfully our trailer hitch seemed to absorb most of the impact, but it was still enough force for our seat belts to tighten and my head to be thrown forward.
The woman who hit us immediately got out and apologized – she was swapping out a DVD for her daughter in the back seat at the time of impact. Her main concern seemed to be whether or not she would get a ticket. We were concerned about the shape of our vehicle and what this accident might mean for me since I am 25+weeks pregnant.
Daniel called the police so that we could file a report and I called my OB to see if we should be concerned. Thankfully the lap part of my seat belt did not tighten and the chest part compressed mostly to the left and above my belly. I was feeli…

Veggie Lasagna

Last week my menu plans included this recipe for Slow Cooker Spinach Mushroom Lasagna from The Way The Cookie Crumbles. Unfortunately I bought the wrong kind of noodles and ended up cooking it in oven instead of my crock pot. I also decided to add sauteed squash to the dish and it turned out really well. So, here is my version of Vegetable Lasagna. Bon apetit.
Veggie Lasagna Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients 9 oven-ready lasagna noodles 1 tablespoon olive oil1 zucchini, sliced 1 onion, chopped fine1½ pounds white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced thin2 garlic cloves, minced16 ounces fresh baby spinach1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese1¼ cups (2½ ounces) grated Parmesan cheese1 large egg4 cups (1 pound) shredded mozzarella cheeseDirections Heat oven to 425ºF. Saute zucchini in olive oil, then set aside.Saute onions, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil.Add spinach, cover and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and ½ tsp salt. Heat through, abo…

Porch Fan

Last weekend while I was out of town, Daniel was a sweetheart and installed a ceiling fan on our porch. We eat out there as often as we can and the fan makes a huge difference in how long it is comfortable to sit outside on a warm, humid evening. It also helps with keeping flies and mosquitoes at bay. 

We may eventually replace the other three lights with fans, but for now, having a fan over our outdoor eating area is a real treat.
Also wanted to give a special thanks to Daniel's dad, Wesley. Hopefully the next time you visit I will be in town and we can enjoy a meal under the fan together!


The skinny on the last week is that I have been completely and utterly exhausted and we aren't even to the third trimester yet :(
Being tired may have to do with the fact that I went on a girl's trip to see friends in Charlotte this past weekend OR the fact that I slept on a couch for three nights OR it could have been the house full of kids that did me in {there were always at least six kids under the age of seven roaming around}.
I'm not complaining though. It was great to catch up with old friends and observing kids is always good preparation for the real deal, right? Especially being around boys... I see lots of legos, Star Wars and toy guns in my future. 

The best part of the trip was that almost all of our Charlotte friends had boys first so I heard a lot of great advice from women who have been moms for as long as I have known them.
The #1 thing I took away from the weekend {surrounded by little boys} is that I am doomed to have the toilet seat left up for many years to…


I have been sitting on some exciting news {at least for my family} for the last two weeks...
When I was in Nashville for my friend's baby shower, I stayed at my sister's house. She was a good sister and took me to Target to get a crash course on things that we would need to register for {vs crap stuff we don't need}. 
My sister was the perfect person for me to get advice from because we have similar views on money and what constitutes a necessity {not identical views, but probably closer than anyone else I know}. It should also be noted that she is a saint for doing this since she had just worked a night shift and was totally exhausted.
Anywho, after Target, we went back to her house and were discussing my ultrasound and other things related to pregnancy and my little man, when all of a sudden she asked me if I wanted to see her ultrasound...
It took a second to sink in. My little sister is expecting her second child in February!!! I knew they were thinking about it,…


I am definitely getting big. Thankfully it is just in my mid section though.
I know that we live in the south, but we have officially ruled out: Billy Bob, Bocephus, Bodean, Bubba, Buck, Cletus, Cooter, Dallas, Earl, Horace, Jedidiah, Jethro, John Boy, Rifle, Roscoe, Rufus, Ruger, Trigger, Winchester and Woody.

I am definitely starting to feel more movement. Mostly late at night as soon as I lay down to go to bed {lucky me}. Last night there were some serious acrobatics occurring in my abdomen. Daniel has still not experienced the kicking.

10 pounds gained so far. This actually brings me up to my pre-pregnancy weight from last year {after we moved to Alabama but before I started a regular exercise program}. The weird thing is that weighing a certain amount in normal life verses weighing that same amount while pregnant is a totally different experience. Example: Pre-pregnancy I could easily get in and out of bed. While pregnant trying to roll over to get out of bed {or…

Tuna Noodle Casserole

There are very few recipes that I repeat but every once in awhile I get a craving for something that I really love to eat – maybe pregnancy is making me crave old comfort foods?
Tonight I decided to make a homestyle Tuna Noodle Casserole that I used to make when Daniel and I were newlyweds. It has tuna, elbow macaroni, shredded cheese, cream of celery soup, celery and onions. 
Sometime in the last 8+ years I have misplaced the recipe. Tonight I looked through all of my cookbooks and cooking magazines. Then I googled the ingredients that I remembered. All to no avail. So I made up the dish as I went.
Notes to self: In the future use less noodles and more tuna {recipe below takes this into account}. Also I found the dish to be a bit bland – either I used to cook more bland meals or I needed to add more salt and pepper. Maybe dry mustard would kick it up a notch?
I still can't believe my original recipe has disappeared – I guess that is a by product of rarely cooking the same thing twice…

Not What I Expected

Have you been following along at A Cup of Jo as various women share their experiences of working and balancing motherhood? It has been a fascinating read.
More than anything it makes me realize how much my life has changed in the last year and how much more it will change in the year to come.
July 16th of 2010 was my last day at my job. Daniel and I had finally sold our house and it was time for me to join him in Chattanooga. It was bittersweet. In the days that followed, I handled the closing of our house, loaded what was left of our things into the car and drove Sophie and myself to Tennessee.
It was time. Daniel and I needed to be together again.
I always thought I would somehow manage to work at least part time and still be a mom. I never expected that the economy would fail so terribly. That we would end up moving to a tiny town in rural Alabama or that I would pretty much exit the work force before the age of 30. I didn't expect "keeping house" to be my main priority…

DeSoto State Park

Daniel and I have been itching to go hiking, but the south is WAY TOO HOT in the summer to hit the trails {especially if one of you is pregnant}.

Yesterday we had a cold front move through that cooled things off tremendously. It was in the 70s this morning and we decided that if we wanted to hike in July, we better find a place to go.

We wanted to stay within an hour's drive of our house, but this seriously limited our hiking options. 

We decided on a waterfall hike in DeSoto State Park. Namely because it was featured in Backpacker Magazine and had received a rating of 4/5 for scenery on

I think we are spoiled because the best we would have rated this trail was 2/5. 

To be fair it would be the perfect place to go mountain biking – lots of old growth trees and well groomed trails without a lot of technical parts {Daniel won't let me consider mountain biking right now... I can't wait for spring to get here}. For hiking, this trail was a disappointment.


Sweet Tooth

I don't know if it is pregnancy or the fact that it is summer, but I have seriously been craving sweets. Especially recipes that utilize fresh fruit. Over the past several weeks I have been incorporating homemade desserts into our weekly menu and I haven't been disappointed. They may not be great for our waistlines, but they sure are yummy.
Blackberry Cobbler Daniel gave it 4.86/5 stars
We ate it with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt and it was delish. Recipe from Pioneer Woman {via Three Many Cooks}
Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Daniel gave it 4.96/5 stars I loved this and think it was even better as leftovers.
Recipe from Pink Parsley
Homemade Strawberry Gelato Daniel gave it 4.63/5 stars
Excellent use of my ice cream maker. 
Would be great with any kind of berry.
Recipe adapted from Apple A Day
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Daniel gave it 4.45/5 stars Unfortunately a lot of the pineapple juice was lost when I flipped it.  I also think I needed to cook it a bit longer.  It was good, but could…

Greeting Cards: Cold Beverages

With the heat of summer upon us, cold beverages make me happy. 
Give me frosty mug 
Filled with A&W
If you got ice cream 
Make it a double scoop...
*This is the seventh in my series of twelve "I Love You More" cards 
that I have designed and will be posting throughout the year.

© Cheree Moore


This morning my yoga instructor told me that I finally looked pregnant – specifically that it looked like I had a basketball under my shirt. I sure feel more pregnant these days.
My biggest {continued} problem is trying to get a handle on my heartburn. Women that eat tons of food during pregnancy – I don't know how you do it. Just the thought of food gives me heartburn. Drinking water gives me heartburn. The only time I don't have heartburn is in the mornings {I don't know if breakfast is easier on me or if my morning workouts make me feel better}.
My OB told me to try Zantac or Pepsid before she wrote me a prescription for something stronger. I think I am going to need something stronger. Zantac did nothing for me. Tums work, I just have to eat a lot of them. I have bottles all over my house – in the bathroom, on my nightstand, in the kitchen, on the coffee table AND in my car. I couldn't survive without their chalky goodness. Daniel and I need to buy stock in Tums.
We a…

The Battle of the Pony Tail

Since we are having a boy, I don't foresee this particular battle in my future...

My sister, Angela, was gracious enough to let me photograph her trying to "fix" Izzy's hair for church {and is even allowing me to post the photos online}.

Someday, Izzy may not be appreciative of this evidence of her little personality.

Robert, my brother-in-law, would have been fine taking Izzy to church with crazy hair, but Angela insisted on trying to tame it into a pony tail.

Izzy was having none of it!

What 2-year-old wants to have to sit still for any amount of time? Much less to get her hair done when she could be playing???

52 Books: Book 32

Book 32 on my list was The Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg. This book is a compilation of short stories {articles really} that were written as an ongoing segment in the New Yorker and the New York Times over the course of many years. In this book, the stories are categorized month by month and take you through an entire year of rural living. 
I think the book is best read in bits and pieces since the stories are written over an extended time period and don't necessarily relate to each other. They also cover different locations so at times it can be confusing.
Overall I enjoyed the writing. I related to much of it since I currently live in a rural area.
Excerpts from the book: Everyone reaches for fullness in summer, but the fullness that most of us know best belongs to the memory of childhood.
When you take on a property... you leave traces of yourself with every decision you make... In twenty years' time, a self-portrait emerges, and it exposes all the subtleties of your characte…

Sharing the Pregnancy Experience

This weekend I had the privilege of attending one of my closest friend's baby showers...
Kristalynne and I have been friends for almost two decades {wow} and we are both expecting our first babies this fall {one month apart}. It has been such a joy to be able to keep up with her via the internet and I am looking forward to learning {alongside Kristalynne} how to be a parent.
I spent Saturday morning running errands before meeting up with Kristalynne for lunch and a pedicure session. Kristalynne's mom and mimi were there, so it was extra nice to catch up with them as well. 
During our pedicure, we discussed all things pregnancy related. Kristalynne is 4 weeks ahead of me and has decided not to find out her baby's sex. The guy doing my pedicure asked me if I was having a boy. Surprised that he guessed right, I said "yes." Then he looked at Kristalynne and asked if she was having a girl. She laughed and said that she didn't know. It will be interesting to find …

Blacksmith Bistro and Grill

After a day of errands {including finding out the sex of our baby}, Daniel and I decided to grab dinner before we went our separate ways for the weekend.
We decided on the Blacksmith Bistro and Grill in St. Elmo. We have been wanting to go here for a while, but never managed to get around to it.
Thankfully it wasn't too busy when we arrived. The hostess told us to go to the bar and order. The bar tender proceeded to tell us all of the drink specials – after which Daniel told me that I must not look that pregnant to be getting the scoop on drinks. 
Daniel decided on a grilled Salmon Burger topped with a Fried Green Tomato and a side of Onion Rings. It boggles my mind that Daniel HATES tomatoes but for some reason really likes fried green tomatoes... I decided on the 'Shroom Burger, topped with Hickory Smoked Bacon and a side of Fries.
Daniel's salmon burger was good, but he said the fried green tomato could have been better. The onion rings were delish {we split them}. My …

The Big Questions???

The big questions are…

“Is our baby healthy?”
“Are we having a boy or girl?”

Lucky for us, today is the day that both of these questions get answered.

Up until now Daniel and I haven’t spent a lot of time being anxious about either of these questions. I mean there is nothing you can do but wait. And regarding gender, it’s not like a puppy that we get to pick out.

Sure Daniel wouldn’t mind a little boy that will love to play with legos in a few years {really this would just be an excuse for Daniel to explore his inner child}, but there is nothing to say that a little girl wouldn’t love legos just as much…

And maybe there is a small part of me that dreams of a little girl that would be a little mini me like I see with my sister and her daughter, Izzy. But having a mini Daniel would be just as good…

In all reality we could end up with a girly girl that we are clueless about or a boy who hates legos

So, without further ado…

The answer to question #1:
Baby Moore is healthy, weighing in at 1…

Other Priorities and Things We Should Probably Discuss SOON

Besides outdoor life, here are the other things on our mind prior to having our first born...

We have also discussed whether we plan to use cloth or disposable diapers. This conversation stemmed from blog posts by Young House Love, Bower Power and The Organ Family. Mostly we agreed that our frugal selves are all for cloth diapers. Reality suggests we will use both – i.e. we aren't going to drop our kid off at a church nursery or with a baby sitter and insist they use cloth. *Update: We used cloth diapers for the first 1.5 years ago) and it was one of the best decisions we made.
Things we have yet to discuss: Baby Names – we are waiting to find out the gender before we put a lot of energy into this... *Update: We eventually decided on a name – Jack Grayson
The Nursery – besides agreeing which room will be used, we haven't put any thought into this since gender is an important factor.
Registering for Baby Crap Stuff – not really on our radar. I don't think either of us …

Getting Our Priorities Straight...

Things we have discussed regarding our baby: With our first child due in four months, we have had a few things on our minds...

Introducing Our Kiddo to the Great Outdoors
Thanks to Outside Magazine's June issue with a focus on raising active kids, we got some answers to questions we had been discussing {read Outside Magazine's questions/answers in green}.
How soon can we take our baby hiking/backpacking?

Photo of Daniel and I on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire (2011)

You can pretty much march out of the delivery room and onto the trail if you are so inclined. Just realize that the logistics are greater the younger the child.

*Update: First hiking trip. Jack was 5 months old.
*Update: First camping trip. Jack was 18 months old.
*Update: First hiking trip with two kids. Isaac was 3 months old. Jack was 4.5 years old. 
*Update: First camping trip with two kids. Isaac was 13 months. Jack was 4.5 years old.

How soon until we can go on bike rides?

Photo of Daniel after we biked …


My Pregnancy By The Numbers...
152 prenatal vitamins taken.
128 days until our due date. 117 days of heartburn. 84 shots in my belly. 84 miles ran. 28 yoga classes. 21 kickboxing classes. 14 days of craving sweets {in normal life I prefer salty}. 8 pounds gained.
4 visits to the OB. 3 days of severe back pain. 2 times that I have potentially felt kicks.
2 days until we learn the gender. 1 half marathon completed. 0 days of morning sickness.
I feel like I look much bigger in person than what these photos are conveying... 
maybe that is just a self confidence thing???

On a separate note, I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday {since I have been taking my weekly preggo pics on Wed, it seemed like a good fit}. 
Leggings from Walmart. Shirt from Tar-jay. Chacos from REI.

52 Books: Book 31

Even though I have been slacking on writing my book posts, it has not been for a lack of reading. I was actually reading three books at once over the last couple of weeks and book 31 is over 600 pages!

Book #31 on my list is Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund. First I must confess that I have never read Moby Dick and since reading Ahab's Wife, I decided it would be prudent to read the American classic by Herman Melville as well {it is currently on my night stand}.
Since I had not read Moby Dick I had no idea of what to expect from this novel. Having read the overview on Goodreads, I have to admit that some of the meanings and connections to the original novel were lost on me. Having now read the first three chapters of Moby Dick, I can say that the new narrative blends perfectly into the old {so far}.
This novel introduces us to Una when she is a girl. Written from her perspective, it weaves a story of a girl growing up in unusual circumstances who eventually finds herself running…