Saturday, August 30, 2014

ST Intros: meet Amanda!


I'm a member of the Anderson MOPS Hospitality Team this year! 
This is my 1st year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
last year was my first year attending MOPS & I fell in love.
Having awesome mom friends
who can share struggles, accomplishments & memories is the best!
I joined ST to become more involved in this wonderful organization!
I have two kiddos - Mattie Grace (age 2) & Mollie (age 1m). 
The last book I read was "12 Hours in 12 Weeks," a book about
getting your newborn to sleep.
Yes, I recommend it... although I have to be honest in saying
I'm not actually following it... :)
I love anything by Nicholas Sparks... LOVE the happy love stories!
I watch Frozen probably every other day & it's great... just maybe not every other day!
Romantic comedies are my favorite!
My fav restaurant is El Patron! I almost always get a beef burrito & cheese quesadilla. Oh, & definitely cheese dip or guacamole! YUM.
The last song I sang was "Jesus Loves Me." It's Mattie Grace's favorite to sing at bedtime... I sing it softly so I can hear her trying to sing it. SO sweet! 
In the last week, I've realized that I should just not even try to plan
because when it doesn't work out, I get stressed out...
take every day as it comes, especially when you have two young children.
My favorite childhood celebrity was Mariah Carey. Loved her!
I've been meaning to order my wedding pictures!! We have been married almost 4 years & I haven't even gotten my bridal portrait yet. Can we say slack?!? Ha.
My favorite time of day is 5:27pm! 
That's when the husband gets home from work. 
Weirdest thing I've ever done?
I once got on stage at a drag queen fashion show in NYC...
& no, I don't think I was supposed to :)
My favorite dessert is ice cream! I never feel bad eating a bowl of ice cream!
My fav song lyrics are:
don't worry 'bout a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright!
My favorite thing about MOPS?
the relationships for sure! You can't beat it! It's so great to have mom friends 
in the same place in their lives as you...

Friday, August 29, 2014

ST Intros: meet Crystal S!


I'm the Anderson MOPS KITCHEN MANAGER this year! 
This is my 3rd year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
I've enjoyed serving mamas in Anderson, so I'm back for another year
with these lovely ladies!
I have three kiddos - Sarah (age 11), Jackson (age 9) & Grayson (age 4).
I have two favorite movies... "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" & "50 First Dates"
I love comedies!
My favorite restaurant?
I love any food I don't have to cook! 
My least favorite chore in the world is laundry! It never ends...
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time? 
That's easy! I would be laid up in my bed with yummy snacks & some HGTV!
My celebrity childhood crush?
I have always loved George Clooney... & I'm still faithful to him :)
The last song I sang was "Jesus Loves Me"... I sang it
on the elevator VERY LOUDLY when all the kids were arguing at the beach this summer!
In the last week, I've realized that school is starting &
it's about to get REAL again!
I've enjoyed being with my children this summer... I'm sad to see it come to an end!
I've always wanted to learn to play the piano.
My favorite time of day is morning! I love my coffee &
it's a new beginning to a new day!
My fav snack is Bugles & french onion dip.
My favorite thing about MOPS?
You guys! 
I love to serve Anderson moms!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ST Intros: meet Katie!


I'm responsible for the Anderson MOPS Records & Registration this year! 
This is my 2nd year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
I joined ST to invest in the lives of other moms with little ones.
This stage of life is HARD & going through it alone isn't an option.
I'm thankful for this community of moms & look forward to serving them this year in any way that I can.
I have three kiddos - Avery (age 4), Landon (age 2) & Addilyn (age 6m).
I'm currently reading "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God"
by Lysa Terkeurst. I definitely recommend!
It's encouraging & challenging at the same time... she's a fantastic author!
My favorite restaurant is Chuy's....
it's a Mexican restaurant in Greenville. Super yum!
I like the enchiladas...
My least favorite chore in the world?
Bathrooms! especially with a newly potty-trained little boy! gross! ;)
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I would definitely nap!
The worst place to be stuck waiting?
The doctor's office!... you usually have a sick child with you, or your well child is surrounded by sick ones...
My celebrity childhood crush?
Ben Affleck. 
One word... Armageddon!
In the last week, I've learned that it's way easier to let my 2-year-old son pee outside than to clean up the bathroom after him. See above comment about my most hated chore. HA!
My favorite time of day is between 1-3pm,
cause my babies are napping & I get some quiet time :) 
My fav dessert is Blue Bell ice cream. YUM!
My favorite thing about MOPS?
Walking through life with other moms with little ones! It's great to know that I'm not alone when I feel like I'm the only one who messes this up.
Anderson MOPS is a great source of encouragement for me!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ST Intros: meet Megan!


I'm the Anderson MOPS MOPPETS Curriculum Manager this year! 
This is my 1st year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
I am super shy & decided to do something WAY out of my comfort zone. I've been coming to MOPS for about 4 years now,
so I thought that it was time to get more involved & get to know some moms a little better!
I have three kiddos - Caleb (age 7), Nathan (age 4) & Lily (age 1).
My favorite books are the Circle books by Ted Dekker.
My favorite movie of all time is "The Princess Bride."
I can quote every line!
My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden. And it's really just for the salad & breadsticks... yum!
The last song I sang was "If You're Happy & You Know It"... obnoxiously loud...
anything to keep a one-year-old happy.
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I would read or do something crafty.
My celebrity childhood crush?
I was a closet Backstreet Boys fan
(all of my friends were into hard rock or country)...
In the last week, I've learned to watch out for ceiling fans when getting into a bunk bed!
My favorite time of day is 8:00 pm (kids bedtime).
Don't judge.
My fav dessert is ice cream. I'm addicted to ice cream.
Most random thing I've ever done? In high school, a friend & I camped out on a hotel balcony in Chamonix, France (a valley in the French Alps)
because our roommate was snoring very, VERY loudly. It was summer, but the temperatures were still near freezing!
My dad has influenced my life the most... 
he has struggled with his health since he was very young... has been through type 1 diabetes, heart surgeries, a kidney transplant, hospitalizations, & more health issues than I can list. Through everything he has experienced, he has always put his trust in God for healing
& never wavered in his faith. He just keeps on going & it always amazes me!
My favorite thing about MOPS?
I love the camaraderie with other moms & the feeling that we aren't alone
in this crazy time of life. I always look forward to meetings & hey, you can't complain about 2 hours of childcare!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This recipe is from Megan, who writes, "... will never buy store-bought ever again. YUM!"

Megan used this sauce as a marinade for chicken, then made a stir fry with zucchini, broccoli & fried rice. You could also make a teriyaki burger or teriyaki chicken & noodles. Sounds so tasty!

The Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced (I only had ground, so I used a little less)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine. You can substitute sherry with a pinch of sugar, but I had neither... so I just added a touch of extra honey)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tsp cornstarch

The Directions:

Mix water & cornstarch. Heat all ingredients in saucepan to boiling, then reduce heat & simmer for 4 minutes.

Megan used this sauce as a marinade for chicken, then made a stir fry with zucchini, broccoli & fried rice. You could also make a teriyaki burger or teriyaki chicken & noodles. YUM!

ST Intros: meet Jayla!


I'm a Anderson MOPS MOPPETS Room Manager this year! 
This is my 1st year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
Last year was my first time joining MOPS
& I absolutely loved it! 
I really just loved every part from the yummy breakfast to the fun craft!
I could see that it was a lot of work to put these meetings on,
so I decided to join ST to bless other mamas as I was so blessed last year. 
I have two kiddos - Luke (age 2) & Micah (age 1). 
I recently read "The Damascus Countdown" by Joel C Rosenberg.
I would definitely recommend the whole series... very suspenseful with a sweet love story intertwined.
I'm also currently reading
"Don't Make Me Count to Three," which is really great!
My favorite movies are "While You Were Sleeping," "Bourne Identity Trilogy,"
& "What About Bob?"
I love old diners & if French Dip is on the menu, I always get it! 
The last song I sang was some Hebrew worship song... probably louder than my family would have liked :)
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I would call my sister, play a game with my husband or take a bath.
My celebrity childhood crush?
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JTT)!!
I've been meaning to learn sign language.
My favorite time of day is the mornings... I'm most alert!
My fav dessert is chocolate anything!
Most random thing I've ever done? I lived in Kenya for a year when I was 19.
My favorite thing about MOPS?
I love being able to relate with other moms & to know that I'm not alone in this wonderful adventure of being a mama!

Monday, August 25, 2014

ST Intros: meet Crystal M!


I'm a Anderson MOPS MOPPETS Room Manager this year! 
This is my 1st year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
I felt led to step up & join & I'm happy I did! You all are such an amazing group of women... glad to be a part of it!
I have two kiddos - Kylie (age 3) & Isaiah (age 19m). 
My fav movie is "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken." Yes, I would recommend it!
My fav restaurant is Sullivan's! Love to go during lunch & order the Monte Cristo. YUM!
The last song I sang was "Our Great God" this morning with my kiddos...
Loudly, of course!
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I would
play piano, draw/sketch, paint, sing, dance, exercise... but I probably can't do all that in 2 hours. lol
I guess I'll go with singing while playing the piano.
In the last week, I've learned that God is doing something new in me (Is. 43:19)
My celebrity childhood crush?  JC from N*Sync. Totally wanted to marry him!
I've been meaning to learn to quilt.  
My favorite time of day is during the afternoons when my kids are napping! Also love late night because I'm a night owl. 
My fav snacks are graham crackers with peanut butter, 
grapes with cheddar cheese,
& carrots dipped in fresh squeezed lemon juice. YUM!
Worst place to be stuck waiting? An elevator! I got stuck once & that did it for me... I now take the stairs everywhere I go!
My favorite thing about MOPS?
Meeting other moms, building friendships, having fun, learning from each other...
we can't do life alone!