Thursday, January 26, 2012

Non-baby related Life Updates

Okay, so what else has been going on with the Austell's besides all this pregnancy stuff? LOTS! Here is the latest.

So track season at Briarcrest has started up, and my husband and I are both coaching High School Track! SO FUN! Kent is so hard core and SO obsessed with track. He is LOVING training the guys, especially his two brothers. I have always had a passion for running, and hanging out with other girls with a passion for it too is so awesome. This month is sort of pre-season training, so not all the track girls are practicing yet since winter sports are still going on, but we have a had a lOT of girls turn out, and I have LOVED working out with them! Some have never done a sport before, some did cross-country and have been running miles and miles each week, so they are way in shape. But almost all of them have never done track before. And me...well, although I did track in junior high, I ran cross country and then did basketball and soccer in high school. I sort of ran track one year at Wheaton, but more so just trained with the team and didn't want to compete. So i don't feel like my track experience is very strong at all. However, i DO love high schoolers, running, and working out, so I think this will be an awesome experience.

The Briarcrest girls team has NOT been strong in the past. The head coach I'm working with said it was basically a club team, and lots of girls did other sports at the same time so they didn't come consistently. This blows my mind, because track was always a huge deal at my high school. So, he says it's a building year. I'm okay with that! I have no expectations, no clue what I'm really doing, but am giving it to the Lord and hoping the girls have fun and get a lot out of it. One thing I know, they WILL get in shape if they're working with me! :) Lots of senior girls came out, and we are having a sleepover next weekend to bond and get some vision for this year. They are so awesome and will be great leaders of the team.

I'm still training a few teachers after school 3 days a week and am LOVING THAT! I'm hoping after the baby comes, maybe I can get some more clients and train out of our house! We need some more equipment and are planning to rip out the (new) carpet in a room upstairs and make it into our workout room. We'll get some big mirrors, a dumbbell rack, and I'd love to get a TV/DVD player so we could do workout videos up there too. I'm so excited for that! If I have that, and a jogging stroller, I think I will survive being a stay-at-home mom. :)

Still love teaching my bible class. We've are talking about the last week of Christ's life all quarter, and the kids are asking great questions. It will lead up nicely to Easter and hopefully be much more meaningful to them with a deeper understanding of what he did for us. The coolest news is that we had RUSH week (R U SEEKING HIM) last week which is like a spiritual emphasis week. An evangelist came and spoke for 3 days and over 40 middle school kdis accepted Christ for the first time! Many of them don't come from Christian homes (ironic since it's a Christian school) and so it was the first time they really heard the gospel. Lots of kids also rededicated their lives to Christ. So PRAY that their passion for the Lord grows and that they can pursue him, get involved in church, bible studies, and accountability groups. I offered to lead a bible study for the 6th grade girls, so we'll see if that turns out. But regardless, I PRAY the fire doesn't die and that they make some real changes and see growth! SO EXCITING!

We are still trying to make friends and build community here in Memphis. That's our biggest void, having deeper friendships, accountability, and real life on life. We sure MISS our Fellowship Community in NWA, but know the Lord will provide that here as well. One awesome thing was that we had dinner at our pastor's house this week. We LOVED getting to know him and his whole family, and hope to have an older couple disciple us and teach us how to be godly parents, husbands and wives! So pray for that for us as well! THANKS for reading!

16 weeks

Hey guys! Here is my baby update!
How far along? 16 weeks (and 5 days)
Size: an avocado, 4.6 inches, 2.5 ounces.
(How did it go from the size of a naval orange last week to an avocado this week? To me it looks like it's shrinking! They need to get these food measurements right...)
Symptoms: The obsessive sneezing has calmed down. I am starting to feel more normal, so that's nice!
Weight Gain? 3 pounds
Maternity Clothes? none yet, but I did buy some stretchier black pants for work and looser fitting shirts! And anyone with extra maternity clothes, I'll be needing them soon! Pass em on!
Sleep? Not sleeping great. Don't know why.
Movement? I MAY have felt a weird movement a couple nights ago, don't know for sure, but I got super excited. It was a like little air bubbles. I'll let ya know if it happens again, but they say it's possible to feel the baby already!
Food Cravings? Not really. I think I've been a little hungrier than normal during the day, but my stomach fills up fast so I need to eat small meals more often.
Anything make you queasy? I still can't really drink/smell coffee or eat mint gum for some reason. Two of my most favorite things! 
Gender? We find out in 2 weeks! Gender reveal party at our house, Febuary 9th! We are PUMPED! 
Fears: CHILDBIRTH. Lord, help me. I've watched '16 and Pregnant' lately and literally get sick to my stomach watching them give birth. I hate hospitals, hate drugs and needles and doctors, and feel sick just thinking about it.

Also, this is weird but I am so overwhelmed about registering for all the STUFF that we need (way too many choices. I'd love advise) and thinking of how expensive it all is worries me. Look forward to: finding out the sex of the baby! Picking a name and then starting on our nursery! AND I can't wait to really feel the baby KICK!


What I've made lately 
Found these recipes on pinterest of course, and this meal turned out to be one of our FAVORITES! We LOVE Greek food and haven't found a good place around here yet. So I made greek chicken and homemade flat bread (although I just found a recipe for actual pita bread today, so i'll try that next time, but that flat bread was AWESOME!), tzatziki sauce and falafels. The falafels were dry, not very flavorful so I won't put that recipe on here. We also had veggies and hummus. OH.YUM. So try out these recipes asap!


Chicken Gyros (Found here)



For the chicken:
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 Tablespoons)
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 

Directions:
To prepare the chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Whisk together until mixed well. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour. 
Cook the chicken as desired, either in the skillet or with the broiler. Once the chicken is completely cooked through, transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into strips. Heat pitas. Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and sliced onions. Serve immediately. 

Tzatziki sauce:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil 

Directions:
Shred the cucumber or chop in food processor. Wrap in a towel a squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. 

Flatbread (Naan) (Found here)
2 tsp dry active yeast
1 tsp sugar  
1/2 cup water  
2.5-3 cups flour  
1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 cup vegetable oil 
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1 large egg

STEP 1: In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Stir to dissolve then let sit for a few minutes or until it is frothy on top. At that point, stir in the oil, yogurt and egg until evenly combined.

STEP 2: In a medium sized bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour with the salt. Next, add the bowl of wet ingredients to the flour/salt mixture and stir until well combined. Continue adding flour a half cup at a time until you can no longer stir it with a spoon (about 1 to 1.5 cups later).

STEP 3: At that point, turn the ball of dough out onto a well floured counter top. Knead the ball of dough for about 3 minutes, adding flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking. I ended up using about 3 cups of flour total. The dough should be smooth and very soft but not sticky.

STEP 4: Loosely cover the dough and let it rise until double in size (about 45 minutes). After it rises, gently flatten the dough and cut it into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a small ball by stretching the dough back under itself until the top is smooth and round.

Step 5: Heat a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Working with one ball at a time, roll it out until it is about 1/4 inch thick or approximately 6 inches in diameter. Place the rolled out dough onto the hot skillet and cook until the under side is golden brown and large bubbles have formed on the surface (see photos below). Flip the dough and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Serve plain or brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with herbs!

Seems complicated but it's really not, it is SO worth it! 

14 week update (posted a couple weeks LATE)

Well, I made it through my first trimester, PRAISE GOD. Here is the official pregnancy update that Sarah Autry passed along. I'll try to do this every few weeks.
How far along? 14 weeks
Size: a nectarine (gotta love the fruit measurements!) 4 inches long. 
(Baby will double in size this trimester. Whoa mama!)
Symptoms? Well, I have had to pee a LOT more the past few days, which is quite annoying. Especially in the middle of the night. Also, after I eat, I feel SUPER full, very uncomfortable. Still some headaches but not as bad. 
Weight Gain? 1.5 pounds so far. That will change shortly!
Maternity clothes? none yet
Sleep? Sometimes it's a struggle
Best moments so far: I think Christmas in Chicago was a huge high! Being around my family was SO refreshing, and having them excited for me and supporting me was great.
Miss anything? I can't run like I used to, Not nearly as much energy as before. Sleeping without waking up to pee 3 times a night. Sushi and wine. Not that I drink much at all, but just knowing I can't makes me want it.
Movement? I can't feel the baby move yet! Heard the heartbeat today so it was reassuring to know he's in there and is healthy! 
Food Cravings? Fruit. I always love fruit but even more so now, it just always seems to sound good. So we have been stocking up! Also, chips. For lunch every day, I chow down on chips.
Anything make you queasy? I still can't really drink/smell coffee. Mint gum bothers me. Any super strong smells, ew.  
Gender? NO clue. I hear people say they have a 'sense', but I just don't yet. I took a quiz on 'parent's.com' and it said, "Could go either way!" Ha, so that was helpful. But we'll find out in a month! WOO HOO!
Belly Button in or out? Still in. UGH I do not look forward to that thing poking out!
Wedding rings on or off? On-no swelling yet
Happy or Moody usually? Well, now that the nausea is passing, I am in a better mood for sure. Looking forward to what they call the 'honeymoon' trimester, energy, excitement...BUT, I do of course get moody on occassion. Not sure if it's more than usual. :)
Look forward to: finding out the sex of the baby! AH! This will make it MUCH more real and personal, AND I can't wait to feel the baby KICK!


No belly pic. It really hasn't grown since the last picture, so it's no fun to post it.


So there's your update! Here is a blog I found amusing and helpful for any pregnant peeps out there. www.pregnantchicken.com


I just finished a Karen Kingsbury book my mom got me for Christmas. I LOVE Karen Kingsbury and get SO into her books and series. My FAVORITE book for all you readers out there is called The Atonement Child. READ IT! Or at least buy it to read on your next vacation. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Baby Bump!


Finally! I can officially say I have a bump. See the post from 9 weeks to compare.



I'm 12 weeks and 3 days! 
SIZE: baby is as big as a plum! We are almost through the first trimester! WOO HOO! 
SYMPTOMS: I am feeling MUCH better (besides this darn cold that won't go away) as far as nausea. Even my migraines have been better the past 2 weeks! Still mild headaches but I can't complain! Weird symptom- I sneeze ALL the time! (unrelated to my cold, I promise).
CRAVINGS: Nothing too crazy, but I definitely have my appetite back. Ate lots of cookies over Christmas and other fun goodies but pretty normal.

To celebrate my bump, I baked :)! I wanted some breakfast items on hand for us with school starting up in 2 days knowing I don't have as much time/energy to bake then. Hope you try them out!


Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used splenda)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries (about 6.5 oz)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted butter or margarine
Directions:Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. 

In a medium bowl, 
mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and applesauce. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.  Gently fold in blueberries.
Pour batter into 12 lined muffin tins and bake at 325° for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes. 


I found this recipe here and think it's a GREAT healthy way to start your morning. Delicious with a glass of milk! We will see what Kent says. : )


The next muffin I made was a 


Strawberry Banana Muffin found here.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
*I substituted half the white flour for wheat

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Position rack in center of oven.  Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and mashed banana. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.
  4. In another large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Fold in the berries, making sure they are coated with flour.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake until muffin tops are golden and just firm, 20 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.
These look delicious and Kent may like these better because they aren't as heavy and 'wheaty'. But I lOVE baking so even if he doesn't love it, more for me! 

LAST DAY of our break tomorrow. NOOOOOOOO! I can't complain because most people don't get 2 weeks off for Christmas. Oh the perks of teaching! We have had SUCH a good break, caught up on some sleep and have had plenty of lazy days. After a great New Year's celebration with Kent's best friend, Josh Germany & his awesome wife Brittany last night, we slept in and worked out, then had Kent's sis, Jenna and her boyfriend Kyle over this afternoon to play cards. I won't tell you who won. :(  
Thanks for reading and celebrating the bump with me! 
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