Tuesday, October 21, 2014

White chocolate Halloween snack mix

I had this recipe pinned for years (not even joking) and finally made it for our Halloween Hootenanny last weekend! I knew people would bring cookies and brownies and baked good sweets so I wanted to have something that was sweet and easy to snack on. I didn't follow the recipe too closely and that is my favorite type of recipe!

Ingredients- choose as much or little as you want, go through your cabinets and add what you already have! You want the bulk of your mix to be carby (cereal/pretzels) with hints of sweet.

Mini pretzels
Honey Chex cereal
Candy corn
Chocolate chips
Peanut butter chips
Dry roasted peanuts
White chocolate bark

1. Like I said above, get creative with what you use. I used 6 cups Honey Chex, 4 cups mini pretzels, 2 bags candy corn, 1 bag peanut butter chips, and 1 package of white chocolate bark. Use your best judgement.
2. Mix all ingredients, besides white chocolate, in a large bowl. Stir to completely combine.
3. Melt white chocolate in the microwave.
4. Pour over the snack mix and use a rubber spatula to make sure each piece is coated.
5. Spread snack mix over parchment paper and let harden for 1-2 hours.
6. Break into chunks and serve!

In a few weeks you can bust out the red and green M&Ms and make a Christmas snack mix!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Hootenanny x 3

Yesterday was our 3rd annual Hart Halloween Hootenanny and it was a roaring success! Looking back over the past 3 years it is funny to see how the party has changed and evolved. Our first year we weren't even pregnant so it was an adult party that lasted until the wee hours of the morning and resulted in people sleeping on our couches and carb-o-loading the next morning. Last year Ford was a 2 month nugget so we moved the party up a bit and decided to BBQ with friends until after dark. This year we planned the party on a Sunday evening, between 2nd nap and bedtime and there were probably just as many babies and kids as there were adults. There is nothing better than my house being full of kids having fun. At one point I looked upstairs into our gameroom and there were a bunch of girls (elementary age) having a dance party. Life has done a 180 in the past 3 years and I wouldn't change it for the world! By 8pm the house was quiet, Ford was down for the count, and my whole house was clean, vacuumed, and mopped. And my heart was full. We planned the party a few weeks early because next weekend we have our neighborhood Trunk or Treat and then it is Halloween! I think the holidays are just going to get more and more fun as Ford gets older. One of his favorite things to do is walk around with his Halloween treat bag saying "teet teet", trick or treat. Oh and because of his recent obsession with his doctor kit, we went as a family of doctors....Jon and I malpractice docs.

We decided we can never have a baby during the month of October because we wouldn't be able to throw our Halloween party, what a tragedy! It's hard to believe we will have another little cutie to dress up next Halloween (a 6 month old!!!!).

Because Baby H2.0 hasn't been so easy on me, I wanted to make the party as easy as possible. We made hotdogs, pasta salad, chips, and a few treats and served beer, water and lemonade. Our friends brought tons of treats that are glaring at me from the kitchen right now, will power Ruthie, will power! We were blessed with great weather and brought tons of toys outside so the kids could run, it really couldn't have gone any better. 

We attempted a picture of all the "babies" and believe it or not, we were missing a few! 

It isn't a true Halloween unless we have a few kids screaming at the top of their lungs!

And the best part is, we still have 2 more weeks of celebrating Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Baby Hart #2. weeks 0-12

Baby Hart #2 is cooking away! We are so excited to share this news with you guys and I plan on chronicling my pregnancy this time around, just not as in depth as I did with Ford (if you have a toddler, you'd know why). I never thought I would say this but this pregnancy has been harder than my 1st, which was very hard. I am sicker, more tired, worse symptoms...but SO happy and filled with joy. I am so lucky that Ford is such a good baby and Jon is such a hands on dad because I've been able to rest a lot. This time around feels more special. Sure being pregnant with Ford was incredible but there were so many unknowns. I'd see him in an ultrasound and have NO idea what joy he would bring to our lives one day. Now I know. I look at Ford and think, "I really get to have another one of you?!" Growing this baby has been so difficult but sweet and special. Ford is extra cuddly, I think he knows I am pregnant (he also loves finding "the baby" under my shirt). My official due date is May 2nd but we will be having a scheduled C section at 39 weeks, so an April baby, just like my hubby.

Week 4
We found out we were pregnant extremely early, 3w4d. I had Mom's Night Out with my mom's group on Wednesday August 20th and I really love the margaritas at the restaurant we were going to (Maudie's for you Austinites). We had been trying to get pregnant for a few months unsuccessfully (more on that later) but just to be safe, I decided to take a pregnancy test knowing I was to get my period a few days later. Lo and behold, a cheapo Dollar Tree test showed a faint line so I grabbed an EPT test from my cabinet and it said Not Pregnant. I sent a group text to a few of my girlfriends to get their take (funny how I was an iron vault for a month with Ford and told no one baby #2 is a tad different). The verdict was... I was pregnant. I told Jon Ford had a new word and when he asked what it was I said "big brother!"....I tried to film it on my phone and right after I said big brother, it stopped recording because I was out of space. Fail. I took two more tests on Saturday August 23rd and both the line and digital tests were positive!



4 weeks

4 weeks

Week 5

Felt great, no complaints, just letting the fact that I was pregnant again soak in! I feel like my body said "ahhh I know how to do this" and my belly instantly softened.

Week 6

We told my family over Labor Day weekend at the Lakehouse. It was perfect, my parents wanted a picture of all of the kids so we were standing in a group and they counted to 3 and Jon said Ruthie's pregnant! I started getting sick at 6w3d and immediately got a prescription for Zofran. Since then I have been taking it 2-3 times a day and throwing up every other day or so.

Week 7

Our whole family got the tummy bug this week! Tummy bug on top of pregnancy sickness didn't fare well for me and my body took a LONG time to recover. Post tummy bug Zofran started backing me up which is very common but I never experienced it with Ford, despite taking it until 33 weeks. I have never experienced extreme constipation and it has been so painful. I take a prescription stool softner at night and Milk of Magnesia during the day.

Week 8

We had our first doctor appointment at 8w2d and saw our little nugget squirming around inside of me! It was very surreal and emotional. It was so special knowing we know what is to come. Heartbeat was high and everything looked great! We discussed my plans for birth, medication, gender scans, etc. I actually switched to the doctor who delivered Ford and I am pretty much obsessed with her.

We sent this to family and friends, Ford is going to be such a great big brother!

Week 9

Jon and I enjoyed our first baby-less trip to NYC and had the time of our lives. Sickness and constipation were rough this week but I am so happy and filled with joy that we are baking another baby! I also fell way behind on bump pictures, poor baby #2.

Week 10

I am so thankful for a baby who sleeps so great and plays so good on his own because I am EXHAUSTED. From the second I wake up, I feel like someone sticks me with a needle and drains my energy. Ford and I get out of the house after his morning nap and I have been taking a solid 1-2 hour nap in the afternoons... not to mention getting 9-10 hours at night. Constipation is horrible and so painful. Ouch. Growing a baby is hard work! Also, check out that bump.

Week 11

We got to see our baby again this week! We went in for the Nuchal Translucency test and growth scan and everything looked great. Heart rate was 172 (girl??) and we did the Panorama blood test so we should know the gender of our baby next week! I found out I have a small hernia under my belly button (explains why it was still popped out) and will get it repaired during my next C section, phew. I am still down a couple of pounds because of sickness but I am definitely growing. I lost weight after I stopped breastfeeding in July so I don't really know what my starting weight was. I have started doing the rubberband trick with my jeans because they either 1. don't button or 2. are extremely uncomfortable when I can button them. Maternity pants are right around the corner!

I am 12 weeks tomorrow and I told myself I am GOING to take a bump picture! Chasing a toddler around most of the day is kind of time (and energy) consuming. I can't wait to share this journey again with you guys. God is has been so faithful and loving during this time, to Him the the glory.

Weeks 0-12 with Ford

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