Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall and Firsts!

This is absolutely my favorite time of year!!!   FALL! 

Did you know we already passed the actual calendar first day of Autumn? Yep... it was a whole week ago. It's okay if you missed it, you can have a party now. Plus, we've only had a few crisp mornings, hence by reluctance to scream from my deck, or blog just yet.  But once I flip that calendar to October tomorrow, it's on!!!

This fall will be an entire new experience because I'm carrying a little one inside of me. Is it possible for me to pass my excitement on to my unborn child? Well... I plan to do everything in my power to make this munchkin love the most colorful, breathtaking, aromatic, and blissful time of year. Decorations will be put up this week, harvest candles will burn, and soon the hubs and I will make our annual Pumpkin run and carve!

Some great firsts I've experienced with this pregnancy include, but are not limited to:

1. First time eating Ramin Noodles as an adult
2. First time falling asleep at 8:30 on a Friday night when I had plenty of sleep the night before
3. First time finding great decaf coffee- TJs house blend, LOTH, and Fresh Market
4. First time I'm unable to suck in my little pooch around my waist
5. First time I've taken weeks at a time without exercising.
6. First time I've ever had people talk to and touch my stomach (even though I don't look pregnant).
7. First time I've had to keep food in my purse, car, and desk.
8. First time I've had fast food since I was a teenager.
9. First time I've not been able to stand salad or most anything that is colored green.
10. First time I've ever had a human being growing inside of me--- that's kind of huge.

Fall Food-  While my taste buds haven't quite turned to the "craving", and I have pretty much stuck to a pasta/rice only diet, I'm starting to expand a bit as I get into my second trimester. Here's a great fall recipe I made yesterday for some Football, Fall, and Friends:

Pumpkin Chili


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
  • 1 (28 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until brown; drain. Stir in onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes and pumpkin puree. Season with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and sugar. Simmer 1 hour.

It was SO yummy!  Happy Fall to All!!!!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Baby Cub!!!

Yep.... the world is going to have yet another Smith! Although this will be the first CubBuster kid. :)   Matthew and I are so excited to announce the expansion of our little family. Baby Smith should appear sometime during the first week of April! I am just grinning ear to ear!

The past three months have been completely new, nothing like we would have imagined. My palate has completely changed, my routine has completely changed, and my outlook on life has also been adjusted.  God is so good though, and we are thankful that our little one is growing strong. With a few "scares," we are thanking God every day for this baby, who continues to fight. 

The craziest thing is that I didn't enjoy coffee until recently! Well, Baby Smith didn't like it, but now I've found some great decafs, along with the occasional enjoyment of one cup of regular. Phew...

More to come on this new adventure, but here's to Baby Smith!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Anything to win

Who knew that my husband would be such a natural at the "Wii - Get up and Dance" game. We had a great weekend filled with friends and food this weekend. Friday night was "speed gaming" at the church with the young marrieds group (an awesome rotation of every possible game-night favorite and then some) and there are no words for how my husband's competitive nature would enable him to get into the somewhat feminine dancing contest. Enjoy... (sorry honey).

 We also cheered on the Dawgs with some friends and tried not to scream during the frustrating first half because their precious  little girl was finally sleeping in the next room.
I ended the weekend with back to back baby showers on two opposite sides of town. The cute basketball bellies were bouncing and the convos have changed now from fashion and friends to diapers and drool. WOW.... I'm getting old.

~Caffeinated Cub

Monday, September 3, 2012

Free & Freedom

Who says you can't find fun things to do for free? Labor day weekend has proven to be relaxing, inexpensive, and free of academia.
Matthew and I went to the "Celebrate Freedom" Concert in Marietta.
An awesome free concert with a bunch of different Christian artists and good ole-fashion fair food and fun!
We just so happen to run into our lovely friends- B and D with their family.
They are champion fair-day fans!
These special children were both saving our "free space" and sitting in a broken chair.
Another great free attraction in the ATL- "The Big Chicken"
While we didn't stop for fried chicken after stuffing our faces with other fair food, we had the option of staring at the big fat fried chicken! What could be more fun than that?
We ended the weekend at Lake Lanier. Another free, fun, family time. Weather was great and relaxation was had by all!  Happy Labor Day!!!