Tuesday, June 21, 2011

6 Months Pregnant

Okay so it's been 6 months since I posted of our pregnancy news... having a toddler on board sure does make it a little more difficult to be as organized with all the pregnancy updates as I'd like to have been.  This pregnancy has definitely been different as my pregnancy with Mack was quite a breeze.  This entire first trimester was spent being nauseated from day 4 until about week 13.  At week 10 we had a scare when I started spotting and had lots of cramping.  I was told to take it easy (ha, with a toddler... well I did the best I could).  Everything turned out fine though! At 18 weeks we found out we are having another BOY! His name will be Parker after my dad and I'm so excited to get to pass on his legacy (I'll have to share that story another time).

Well I'm currently at 27 weeks.  Definitely feeling the round ligament pain, leg cramping and constant back and hip aching.  Parker is weighing about 2 pounds and measuring an estimated 14 1/2 inches long.  He moves constantly, especially when I want to sleep.

Since we are having another boy it makes a lot of things easier.  First off we are leaving the nursery as is and just moved Mack into a new room (we were blessed with a really nice bunk bed that the boys will be able to share when Parker is big enough).  We won't need much but we did register for a few things at   Babies R Us.  One of our youth sponsors will be hosting a diapers and wipes shower with the girls of the Youth group at the end of July and the Pastors wife is having a small get together for myself and another girl who is on staff at the church sometime this fall with just the staff girls/wives.  We are so blessed!

Sorry, no pictures this time, haven't been keeping up with them but I'll try to get out a couple more post before this little guy gets here:)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Well it's been a little while since I posted a Cooking with the Crump's... this time it was the youngest Crump (Mack) and myself preparing this evenings meal.  Here are a few pictures of our fun in the kitchen.

Test tasting the shells
Shells with the stuffing 

It was amazing!

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells


  • 1 (12 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed (I prefer shredded)
  • 1 onion, chopped (I omitted the onions)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs (used italian bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Separate shells and let stand, so they are not touching, on waxed paper or foil.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, combine chicken, onion, egg and bread crumbs. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Season with oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Stir in three-quarters of the shredded mozzarella and cheddar; cook until cheeses melt.
  3. Fill shells with chicken mixture, using a tablespoon, and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover the shells with the tomato sauce and top with the reserved cheese. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mack - 17 months

We've always had a structured routine with Mack's bedtime consisting of putting on his pj's, brushing his teeth, reading a story to him, praying and then rocking him until he fell asleep.  This process could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and you just hoped you could get him down in his crib without waking him.  So we decided it was time he learned to put himself to sleep.  We kept with the routine minus the rocking, we simply put him in his bed.  The first night he screamed for about 20 minutes (although that was a lot less than we had anticipated), the next night he cried for about 2 minutes and by the 3rd night he laid down and waved bye-bye.  

Mack's increasing vocabulary keeps a smile on our face as he tries to mimic things we say.  He is now saying around 30 words, signs a few words and understands most commands or instructions.  

We took our first little family vacation just Mack and us - it was so much fun! We went to San Antonio... ate good food, went shopping, visited the SA Zoo, the Children's Museum and even got to visit with some friends.  Mack did an amazing job traveling, staying in the hotel, sleeping at night and being on the go.

Still working on the potty-training but not pressuring Mack.  He's definitely showing more signs as he frequently will want to sit on his potty chair or goes and gets a diaper when he needs to be changed.  

Well the joys of motherhood keep me busier than I can keep up with therefore there are so many details I wish I could recount but I let the pictures tell the stories once again...

Reading with daddy

Feeding daddy cheesecake

Hanging out at our hotel in SA

Bass Pro Shop

Children's Museum in SA

Milking a cow

Helping daddy paint the fence

Brownsville Zoo


Mack and Fenix Johnsen

Daddy needs my help 
Does he bite?


First nap in his big boy bed

Loves his little brother, Parker!

Hopefully another post is coming soon as we're already  nearing the end of 18 months!