Aug 272014
 

So I have a number of crochet projects that I’ve started in the last few months but haven’t shared.

The latest two have been hats for a very special diva who’s starting chemo in Sept for a recurrence of a brain tumor. She’s going to be bald through the winter so she’s needs lots of hats to keep her head warm and as a 9 year old they need to be uber stylish!!

The first one was just a basic beanie with a cool big wooden button
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The the second is this butterfly hat. Excuse my mug in there…it was the best way to show the butterfly on the front. The hat’s actually too small for me but it has a nice stretch:)
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The other things I have started but not finished are a granny stripe blanket for us here at home. It was unintentional but I ended up picking the colors from my alma mater, good ole MUC (I still can’t bring myself to use UMU).
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A ripple baby blanket that I’ve decided will go to the church for the prayer blankets project – it’s lap sized.
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And a random blanket that I was using to test stitches – it’s a pretty gold color that I finally found more yarn to match so I can make more progress. If nothing else it’s a great texture blanket for photography. I don’t have a picture of it though.

The kids have also asked for hats (once they saw the ones I was doing for Bella) so that’s on my list too. Plus, I have the yarn purchased/stored for two more blankets at least.

I think I have a problem:) haha…

Aug 252014
 

So, as predicted, last week was pretty much a total FAIL in following the menu. I figured it might be with what was going on. So, there are some repeats this week because I really wanted to try them but didn’t get around to it last week.

This week should be better and I’m committed to getting back on the clean eating wagon – I’m all kinds of sluggish because I’ve been lax about what I’m eating.

Dinner:
Mon: Turkey Tacos with Black Beans
Tues: Pasta and Sauce (momma’s out so daddy’s in charge)
Wed: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
Thurs: Sriracha Salmon with Asparagus
Fri: Pizza

Lunch:
Mon: Pesto Chicken Sandwich with mozzarella
Tues: Sesame Chicken Salad (with Carrots and Edemame)
Wed: Out
Thurs: Egg salad in a tortilla wrap with watercress
Friday: Out

Aug 202014
 

The theme of this vacation was “seize the moment”. With a bit of unpredictable weather on the docket (it was supposed to rain every day we were down there), we took every non-rainy moment to get out and do things. We even took a few rainy moments to play on the beach (we were getting wet anyways).

In the end, we had amazing weather a vast majority of the week. The skys were a bit overcast but the humidity was low and the air temps were moderate so it was very comfortable. We took the hottest day of the week and drove down to Nag’s Head figuring a few hours in the car would allow us to avoid some of the heat. It worked. We had a great day stopping at Jockey’s ridge for a bit and then continuing on to Nag’s Head.

The rest of the week was filled with early morning beach trips, lunch time naps at home and then afternoon pool sessions or biking around the neighborhood we’d figure out dinner and then take a walk on the beach for sunset. I don’t think we could have asked for a better week (maybe a better house…but we weren’t in it much and it had a pool so that made everyone happy)

These pics are from one evening down at the beach. DH and I took the kids for a walk to find shells and I dragged the big camera along. I’m so glad I did!

(and it looks like I mixed my watermarks again…oh well..)

I have a bunch of pics from the rest of the days but need to finish working on them but right now I’m working on two crocheted hats for a very special little girl!!:) I’ll share those in a bit.

Aug 182014
 

This week has the potential to be a total FAIL on the following the menu part. I have co-workers in from out of town and as such may end up entertaining them. I tried to plan the easy stuff for those days so that DH can just follow along. We’ll see…

Also, it appears that this week’s menu is not low carb because I’ve planned pasta twice in one week. Oh well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The rest of the week is better.

Lunch:
Mon: Left over Artichoke Lasagne
Tues: Out
Wed: Out
Thurs: Chicken Pesto Sandwich (with Left over chicken)
Friday: Left over Spaghetti Carbonara

Dinner:
Sat: Hamburgers on the Grill with Sweet Potatoes and Veggies
Sun: Artichoke lasagne
Mon: Sesame Grilled Chicken with Roast Broccoli
Tues: Salmon with Citrus Ponzu Sauce and Brown Sugar and Asparagus (Mama’s out entertaining – DH can handle this I hope…otherwise it’s pasta and sauce)
Wed: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
Thurs: Spaghetti Carbonara
Fri: Out

Aug 132014
 

To catch everyone up – 90 (well…101 as of this writing) days ago, I started the Bikini Body Mommy challenge with a few girlfriends. The workouts were 20 min, 6 days a week and alternated between HIIT Cardio and Strength Training. The premise was that you pushed yourself hard for those 20 min and gave it everything you had and while the calorie burn was not huge, over the week it adds up. Combine it with clean/smart eating and you have a recipe for weight loss and improved health!

I’m so proud to say that I made it through the entire 90 days without missing a workout. Last day of the challenge was the day we were driving to the beach so I actually finished on Sunday. But I still finished strong! It actually felt weird while we were on vacation to not be taking the time each night to tune in and sweat (no fear – we did enough during the day between boogie boarding, walking, running, and bike riding to make up for it).

My last week of the challenge my nutrition was all over the place so I think the final numbers could have been better but there was steady progress (and then I went on vacation and indulged a bit which erased some of that progress…*sigh*)

By the scale I’m down about 7lbs since I started this and here’s how the inches stack up. Not a huge change from day 75 to day 90 but from 1-90 there was quite a bit.

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I missed my calf measurement in that table but I lost an inch there too!

Sadly, I don’t have after pictures because we were at the beach (and I didn’t think to ask anyone to take my pic…*sigh* the life of a photographer. Always behind the camera, never in front)

So, now that this is over I’m left with “now what?!” -itis. There is a 3.0 coming in the new year plus she’s re-releasing 2.0 come September. I personally have to get on the half marathon training program and will continue with a mini challenge that was posted during the lull between 1.0 and 2.0. Bottom line, I’m not stopping here. I have another 5-10lbs that I’d love to lose and this seemed to work well for me so I’m gonna keep on doing it!

Aug 112014
 

So I missed posting the meal plan for last week because we were at the beach. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t plan though. We went to the beach with a full menu planned – both lunch and dinner. We stuck to it for the most part (because I worked in ample “eating out” options) but did cook at home at least 1/3 of the time (and I’d say 90% of our lunches were at home). So, I only gained 3lbs while at the beach (thanks to an ample supply of margaritas and daiquiri mix).

This week is a “getting back into the swing of things” week. I have not made it to the grocery store yet so the earlier meals are based on what I have in the kitchen. Hopefully I can get out to the store tomorrow.

I’m also going to skip sat/sun most times since we’re out and about and have no idea what we’re doing.

Dinner:
Sun – Pizza
Mon – Pasta and Sauce (crockpot bolognese that I’ve frozen)
Tues – Kung Pao chicken with Zoodles
Wed – Out (we’re running around this evening to appointments)
Thurs – Sweet Honey Salmon with Asparagus
Friday – Chicken Corn Chowder

Lunch:
Mon – Out
Tues – Banana Sushi
Wed – Chicken Pesto Sandwich (just chicken breast shredded with Kirkland Pesto mixed in, a little water cress and some mozzarella and we’re good)
Thurs – Spinach, Strawberry, Goat Cheese, Pecan Salad (with Edamame)
Friday – Salami Wraps (just salami, mustard and cheese – no bread)

Jul 312014
 

I’m still in denial that Lia turns 2 today! I was browsing through my phone pictures and found ones of her just a few months ago before we moved and she was a totally different little kid. She still had many baby qualities that have all but disappeared now. Plus her hair has finally grown in some (that makes such a difference!) and her little personality has just continued to evolve and grow. She’s so funny.

I’ve always said this before but she’s a fierce little munchkin. She’s intensely funny and always trying to make you laugh but will turn on a dime and scream if you don’t do it the way she wants. I remember it being kind of like this with Noah except his turns were atomic and generally lasting vs. hers can be reversed with a slide of hand or a big bulldozer.

“Me too”, “I don’t want it”, and “I do” are her favorite phrases these days. Always wanting to be included in what’s going on I now realize why my parents were so big on being fair – we probably wouldn’t let them get away with anything else. If Noah has a pretzel, Lia has to have one too. And she will be considerate and ask for one for him if she gets to it first. (she always asks for a smoothie for bubba when I hand hers to her.)

Poor thing didn’t get a proper party because we’re heading to the beach the weekend we would have held it so we’re taking her out tonight and have a cool Minnie Mouse candle (because she’s kind of obsessed with Minnie Mouse). Our plan is to throw her something while we’re at the beach – cake and all. Just a few days late. Next year she deserves a big bash!!

Weight:27lb and holding strong
Length: not entirely sure but she’s sprouted a bunch based on the marks on the walls we’ve been making. I’ll have to measure later.
Head:big…haha. I don’t think it’s changed much actually.
Sleep: Still needs rocked to sleep:( It’s actually quite the process now. She starts on the floor reading books, playing puzzles and then asks to be rocked. It’s tough because she’s so big now and has trouble getting comfortable. Although I still secretly love her snuggles.
Eating:anything and everything still
Milestones: Has really started to talk now. Stringing words together to make primitive sentences etc..

I do have pictures to share but they’re on the other computer and I’ve just not had the time or energy to fix them and post. Hopefully soon!!:)

Jul 282014
 

This one is being done on the fly! We were out all weekend and I didn’t get to sit down like normal and plan things. Instead I took a 10 min trip to the grocery story with Noah and tried to pick things up that I think I can make into something good.

Lunch:
M: Out
T: Banana Sushi
W: SkinnyTaste Spiralized Cucumber Salad
R: Chicken and Spinach Salad (with left over chicken)
F: Out

Dinner: (skipping Sat/Sun since we were out and about)
M: Pasta with Crockpot Bolognese
T: Pork chops with grilled nectarines
W: Thai Chicken Skewers with Sriracha mayo
R: Chili (or something with ground turkey)
F: Pizza/Out

Jul 262014
 

Pinterest is my go to when I’m menu planning. I spend hours pinning food to my mmmmm… board (I think I may have a problem)…I pinned these a few days ago and immediately had to try them. So, while DH was out doing something, Noah and I whipped them up and OMG…I’m in love!!

The Skinny Pineapple Angle Loaves are really simple – like 2 ingredient simple and are so tasty. I used a muffin pan because I don’t have the brownie loaf pan she talks about and they still worked out great (although I got 29 cupcakes vs. the 24 loaves that she got). That makes each cupcake less than 1 WW point (MyFitnessPal clocked them at 13 cals/cupcake?!).

It’s REALLY hard not to eat like 10 in a sitting!!

Jul 242014
 

This backyard is living up to our hopes for sure. Noah and DH have camped out a handful of times and now that we have the play set we pretty much spend every evening out there before dinner (and often times eat dinner on the picnic table under their playset).

These pics are just a few from this past weekend. DH went off to play volleyball so the kids and I rounded up a bunch of toys and headed out to the tent to play for a bit. It turned into a pool and slip and slide session pretty quickly after (after Lia pointed to the pool and said “pool – outside – please”..how can you deny that?)

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Jul 222014
 

I’m really glad I stretched these out because this box was a home run too just like the last one:) While this is affordable, I’m not sure my budget can handle a full box more often than every few months and if Gillian keeps hitting it out of the park that’s what we’re looking at.

So, before we get on to the fashion show, a little about Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a style profile online, schedule your fix and wait for the package of goodies!! Try everything on in the comfort of your own home and keep only what you want. Use the pre-paid envelop to mail back the rest (if anything!!) and that’s it.

A few details:

  • There’s a $20 styling fee, which is used towards your order
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give to your stylist, the better your fixes get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you’ll love. I highly suggest hooking up your Pinterest style board to your profile as well.

Lastly, if you want to sign up use this link. (Full disclosure, I get a referral bonus if you use that link. You can too once you’re signed up and share with your friends!)

Now, on to the fashion show. I actually broke out the tripod and tried to do these myself. You’ll see my little helpers in there periodically because it seems that the only time I can get them to sit for a picture is the only time I would rather they occupy themselves otherwise.


#1 Level 99 Andrea Abstract Print Linen Shorts

I wasn’t real sure about these out of the box but once I found a shirt (which is horribly wrinkled) and the shoes I really started to dig it. Not something I would have bought for myself but that’s why I love Stitch Fix – they open you up to new ideas and styles.

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#2 and #3 Honey Punch Sifaya Chevron Print Dress and Street Level Juno Small Folded Clutch
I LOVE this dress. Stress L-O-V-E!! It fits perfectly and can be dressed up or down. I had flat sandals and my Lisa Leonard necklace on for dinner the other night and it was perfectly casual. In the pic I switched to heels, a dressier necklace and the hot coral clutch and it would be appropriate for a date night or a night out with the girls.

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#4 Sweet Rain Adriann Racerback Hi-Lo Floral Dress
This is a little more romantic than I normally wear but it fits well and was so pretty on that I just had to keep it. It’s got a cool short liner with the longer chiffon over top. Paired with a pair of gladiator sandals (which I don’t actually have…) it would be perfect for a Saturday afternoon out or add my normal platform sandals and it works for an evening out too.

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#5 Renee C Francisco Crochet Detail Tank
This was the only one that I did not love when I put it on. The cut was nice but the material is so light and skin colored that I struggled. However, my opinion has been changed. I put a pink tank under it and paired it with my Navy shorts and it actually worked really nicely. Not one of those shirts that goes with anything but with the right thing it’s cute.

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So that’s it! I asked Gillan for shorts this time around and she delivered. This next fix I’ve asked for a skirt instead of a dress (or along with a dress) so we’ll see what they come up with. My next fix isn’t until September so I’ll have a bit of a wait (but the skirt will be a fallish skirt I hope!)

One thing to think about, if you’re on the fence – Stitch Fix is great if you have an event coming up and need something to wear. Just tell them what the event is and what look you’re thinking about wearing (formal? casual? beach wedding? cocktail party?) and let them style you! I think I may do that for a Nov/Dec fix so I have something for the work Christmas party.

Jul 212014
 

So things don’t always go as planned. Saturday night dinner was a no go. I forgot to actually buy the ribs when I was a the store! It worked out for the better though, we ended up with friends over during dinner and didn’t actually eat until very late.

Lunch:
Sat: Chorizo grilled cheese with potato salad
Sun: Sammiches (momma at book club)
M: Sweet Potato Taquitos Left overs
T: Greek Cucumber Salad
W: Left over spinach tortellini salad
R: Quinoa Veggie Rolls
F: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Ribs with corn on the grill
Sun: Black bean and sweet potato Taquitos
Mon: Pasta and Bolognese sauce
Tues: Chicken, Spinach, Tortellini and Peppers Salad
Wed: Salmon with Grilled Nectarines
Thurs: Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Friday: Pizza

Jul 182014
 

So, I’ve been following the Bikini Body Mommy program for 75 days now without any big misses (I think I outrightly skipped 2 workouts but only on days where I’d done something else active – like run or bike) and it’s showing!

As of day 75 I’m down almost 10.5 inches and 6lbs which is huge for me since up to this point I tried everything and could not make that scale budge. The progress is slower than I’d like (of course) but yesterday was a turning point for me. Mainly because people outside of my immediate family noticed and commented on the changes.

We have 15 days left and it all culminates in a beach trip for the family! Totally didn’t plan it that way but it works out well. I’ll actually be at the beach for final weigh in and measurements so I may have to do them before I leave – a day shy of the real ones.

Starting Measurements:
Chest – 36
Waist – 33
Hips/Tush – 39
Thigh – 23
Calf – 15
Bicep – 12

75 day Measurements:
Chest – 33.5 (-2.5)
Waist – 29.5 (-3.5)
Hips/Tush – 38.25 (.75) (so excited to see this move)
Thigh – 21 (-2)
Calf – 14 (-1)
Bicep – 10.75 (-1.25)

Trying out the new bikini in this last set of pics!!

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Jul 142014
 

We’re off to a good start – Saturday and Sunday went as planned!:)

Lunch:
Sat: At the pool
Sun: Cold cut sandwiches
Mon: Feta and Cucumber Salad (had to substitute, no english cucumbers at the store. I’m having left over chicken over spinach with a sriracha mayo dressing)
Tues: Banana Sushi
Wed: Taco Lettuce Wraps
Thurs: Out
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Salmon with Roast Broccoli
Sun: Thai chicken skewers with Ranch Asparagus spears (Hidden Valley Ranch powder with some EVOO) down at the lake with s’mores for dessert!
Mon: Pasta with Crockpot Bolognese
Tues: Tacos
Wed: Salmon with Zucchini Fritters
Thurs: Pizza
Fri: Dinner out (Outback!)

Jul 072014
 

I was going to put 4.5 but he’s not quite there yet and a lot can happen in 2 months!!

Sometimes I sit and stare at him and wonder where this little man came from. His face is thinning out and showing more maturity (but those big eyes still get me..), he’s more sure on his feet and doing more complex things motor skills wise. He can assemble legos, smaller puzzles, use my mouse, and find his own movies on the Netflix interface.

Then there are the days where the 4 year old shines through and the tantrums and attitude are rampant and the toy ransom bin grows in toy population. Those are the days that I’m reminded that he’s still a little boy who has a lot to learn about the world around him.

Sometimes it’s easier to think in bullet points:

  • 42 inches
  • 40 lbs
  • wears 4T, 5T and 5yr stuff and a size 11(!) shoe
  • played summer soccer, signed up for fall soccer (so he can do spring t-ball:)
  • can write his name, the word zoo and many of the other letters.
  • can count to firty (30) without help. Give him the 10′s beyond that and he’ll go to 100
  • wants to badly to read so he “reads” to me all the books he has memorized (which is a surprising amount)
  • picks out his own clothes and dresses himself, shoes, socks and all.
  • Loves elk-milk (oatmeal!) and camping with daddy in the backyard
  • Is into Legos, Ninja Turtles, Super Why, Wild Kratts, Bubble Guppies and Barney to name a few
  • can remember EVERYTHING! This kid never forgets I swear. He even remembered, 2 months later, that yellow and blue make green!
  • He wants to help with everything! Cooking, cleaning, yard work, painting, even my exercising he sits there and cheers me on. “Good job mommy! You’re working hard!” comes from the peanut gallery.

    I love his sweet sly smile when he’s trying to will me to do something he wants and his ability to try to negotiate for that sweet treat after dinner. Just last night he realized that he made a bad deal by agreeing to eat 100 carrots and backed his offer down to 5.

    His giggles as daddy chases him around the house and the screams of “you can’t find me” which totally give him away. How he and Lia will hold hands over their seats in the car – especially when she’s upset (she HATES the car ride home from school).

    With each day that passes I swear that this is the most fun age. In reality they’re all fun for different reasons and I’m trying like heck to pack away those memories in the vault so that I never forget them. If that doesn’t work then we’ll have lots of pictures to remind us:)

    Jul 072014
     

    Last week went pretty well. A little out of order but in the end we made what I’d planned.

    Here goes this week – including the weekend that has already passed:)

    Dinner:
    Sat: Burgers/dogs, cucumber salad, potato salad
    Sun: Out – I’m tired of cooking
    M: Pasta and sauce (with spaghetti squash)
    T: Grilled Pork Chops with Mango salsa
    W: Steak and pepper Shish kabobs (prep and marinate the night before)
    R: Salmon on the grill with Asparagus or Broccoli
    F: Pizza or something out

    Lunch:
    Sat: Left overs from all the picnics
    Sun: Sandwiches
    M: Spinach, sprout, mushroom, chickpea, carrot, edemame
    T: Banana sushi
    W: Out
    R: Steak salad with shish kabob left overs
    F: Out

    I had to laugh – I had a full grocery cart before evening making it past the veggie section of the store. I do 90% of my shopping on the outer walls of the store and at least 60% of that is the veggie section so luckily the rest fit with a little creative placement. We love our fruits and veggies here!

    Jul 052014
     

    My IG and FB friends (which is probably most of you that read this…) have already seen these but I figured I’d save them here too…

    Saturday morning, while daddy was out mountain biking, we decided to take a walk down to the lake for a picnic. Well, I shouldn’t say “we”. I came downstairs to find that Noah had pulled everything together for “sandwiches” and insisted we take them to the lake to eat them – it was 9:30am at this point.

    Since DH was out and the weather was nice I figured “why not” and so we packed up some PB&J’s and the blankets and off we went. We spent a few hours down there just enjoying the quiet and chatting with some of the neighbors that came down to enjoy the lake too.

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    Jul 032014
     

    I walked past the front door this past weekend and saw this strange white belly looking back at me from outside. Upon closer inspection it was a little tree frog stuck to my side light. Never to miss a teaching moment I grabbed Noah and Lia and a box top and off we went to check it out (and get it out of the baking sun).

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    It took me a few min to catch him but once we did he stayed relatively settled in the corner of the box. Noah just wanted to poke him and then feed him.

    He turns out to be a Grey tree frog and they’re quite common around here. Especially around areas where the grass has recently been disturbed (which makes sense since they just dug out the lot next to ours…).

    After we learned all about him and checked him out thoroughly, Noah and I walked down to the treed area in our backyard and looked for a good bush to release him into. We found a nice shrub with strong branches, a little sun and a little shade just incase he wanted one or the other.

    I checked back a few hours later and he’d climbed up higher into one of the bigger branches and settled into the place where the branch joined the tree. I figured he was waiting out the daylight and biding his time until his family started calling back to him in the evening.

    He was gone this morning when I went out to look. I hope that means that he found his friends.

    Jul 022014
     

    kayak ride that is…the only other time she’s been out is when she was in my lap while my dad paddled. This time we suited her up, distracted her with cookies, and she and DH took off for a lap around the lake.

    She really enjoyed it I think. She didn’t try to get out or climb around. In fact, she seemed to just relax back into the life jacket and almost take a snooze. I don’t blame her, it’s quite peaceful out there.

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    Click to enlarge this one – her face is awesome!!!
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    What was even cooler is that one of the neighbors had just come off the lake in their kayak and let me take Noah out with me so all 4 of us were paddling a the same time. So awesome!!!

    Jul 012014
     

    (so this is one of those posts that you can chalk up to the baby book/diary aspect of this blog. There are things I don’t want to forget but probably are boring drivel to the rest of the world…bear with me:) )

    Just like her brother Lia’s gone from nonsense babble to actual words and sentences almost over night. In the last two weeks we’ve had an explosion of communication from her.

    We still get our fair share of just plan babble but there are more and more real words mixed in there to a point where we actually know what she’s saying.

    This is a pretty good list. I know I’m missing some and she adds a few new ones every few days. I’m just so happy that she’s finally starting to communicate better with us. Now if I could only get her to go to sleep on her own.

    I ride
    I walk
    I go
    Big Truck
    Bubba hit
    I don’t know (I no no)
    Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, Fresa, Apple, Bread, Uvas, Water, Shake, Moothie (smoothie)
    Memaw, Papa, Tucker
    Chicken, Goat, Horse, Cow, Goldfish, Snake, Meow, Macie, Bug
    Pants, Shirt, Socks, Shoes, Pull Up
    Princess
    Mommy, Daddy, Bubba, Lia
    Up, Down
    Bulldozer
    Snack (nak)
    Sippy, Fork, plate, bowl, spoon (poon), cup
    Mickey Mouse, Minny Mouse
    Baby, Lambie, Makkie (Blanket)
    Brush (tooth brush)
    More/mas, me, mine, me too
    Yes/No
    potty, pee pee, yucky, poopy
    I love you
    please, thank you, bye bye, night night

    Jun 302014
     

    This seems to be the only thing on this blog that I can be consistent with:) This past week kicked by butt for some reason. Nothing big, just lots of little stuff I guess. Plus it’s so incredibly nice out these days that we stay out way into the evening and totally mess up bed time. Eh..oh well…enjoying life and living in the moment:)

    Here’s what’s on tap this week:

    Lunch:
    Sat: PB and J Sammies
    Sun: Book club so the kids ate at Subway with daddy
    M: Shrimp and Spinach Salad
    T: Out
    W: Out
    R: Thai spinach salad
    F: 4th of July!! Picnics x2

    Dinner:
    Sat: Hotdogs on grill
    Sun: Low country shrimp boil kabobs (with corn and potatoes)
    M: Left overs/scrounge since momma has an appt in the evening
    T: Teriyaki Salmon with Broccoli
    W: Honey Lime Chicken on the grill with quinoa
    R: Pizza most likely
    F: 4th of July!! Picnics x2

    Jun 232014
     

    Another week, another menu. Last week was a total fail on the lunches. I ended up working from home a few days so that threw things all off. Regardless, it’s nice to have the menu there when I need it.

    Lunch:
    M: Out
    T: Banana Sushi
    W: Thai Spinach Salad
    R: Greek Cucumber salad (We did this for lunch this weekend – AMAZING!!
    F: Out

    Dinner:
    Sun: Steak Filet with Asparagus and Red Potatoes
    M: Zoodles with Shrimp
    T: Pizza/Out
    W: Spaghetti Carbonara
    R: Salmon with veggies
    F: Pineapple Chicken Quesadilla

    Jun 212014
     

    Almost as soon as I finished the last blanket – wait, I’m not finished, I haven’t woven all the ends back in, oh well – I started this one. I hadn’t intended on starting one so soon nor was this the one I had planned on but it just happened. I was at my mom’s and we swung by Joann and this yarn was the softest they had and in pretty colors – oh and on sale:) So I grabbed a bunch of skeins and set off to do another blanket.

    I’ve been waffling between a chevron stripe or a granny stripe for my next project. Given that the last one took me so long, I wanted something fast but still pretty. The granny stripe won out. I’m good at that stitch and it goes up fast. Which is good since I’m doing this full sized – each row takes about 30 min to get through.

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    I was actually much further along when I realized that I botched the ends of a few rows and had to rip out 4 or 5 rows back to fix it. Talk about heart breaking. But, I’m back to where I was before the rip out and I love it! Like I said, it goes up quick but since I’ve not had a ton of time the progress is slow. I’ll get a row or two in every few days.

    You can look up any granny stripe and they’re pretty much the same pattern. I used this one in particular to get started. I’m looking forward to seeing it progress and ultimately finishing it. I already have my next two projects lined up:)

    Jun 192014
     

    Those of you that have me on IG will have seen these pics already. I had to share though because ever since Noah was born I was looking forward to this moment.

    As a child we were always pinning towels on our our shirts and pretending to fly. Something about having a cape was so magical and powerful. We were reminded that we could not indeed fly but that never stopped us from trying. So, when Noah asked me last week to tuck a towel into his shirt for a cape I swooned:) He’s to that age now and I love it.

    I loved it even more when he asked me to make him a cape like Batman. My sewing skills leave alot to be desired but for him, they are perfect! So, after picking up DH’s fathers day present we ran over to JoAnn to pick up some fabric (I told him I’d make a ninja turtle tie blanket too so we needed that as well).

    He insisted on a black cape and I picked the yellow for the liner (figuring I could use the yellow left over to make the Batman insignia for the cape. Thankfully all the prom dress material was 40% off so I grabbed a shiny black fabric that had a nice drape and the yellow matching fabric.

    I didn’t have a pattern so I was just eye balling things. I figured a yard each would suffice (in the end .5 to .75 would have been just fine too). Then I did a quick look up on line to see if I could find a pattern for the neck area. I combined two or three ideas and out came this:

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    Folding the fabric in half, I drew the one half of the design on the material and cut. I made the cape just under 30 inches long so it wouldn’t drag on the ground (even though Batman’s cape is to his ankles).

    Then taking the right sides of the material together, I sewed the perimeter and left my self a gap to turn it then once right side out sewed a top seam to finish it up. All in all it took about an hour to put together.

    The hardest part was figuring out how to attach it around his neck. I didn’t have any velcro and he wasn’t going to wait for me to get some so I used a Kam snap I had left over from converting diapers. I think I’ll replace it with velcro later for safety but for now he’s happy and we just keep a close eye on him when he wears it.

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    I still have to do the Batman emblem on it for him but he’s not pressing me on it and I’m okay with that. I’m not quite sure how I’ll do it:)

    In the end what matters is that he loves it and has so much fun in it! My next problem now is that Lia wants one:)

    Jun 172014
     

    On Costco Snacks…

    N: Can we go to Costco for snacks (as we drive by Costco on our way out of daycare)
    Me: No, I forgot my card, we can’t get in.
    N: Okay, well, we’ll go home and you can get your card, put it in you pocket so you don’t lose it and we can go tomorrow.
    (tomorrow – rather, this morning)
    N: Mom, did you get your Costco card?
    Me: No buddy, haven’t grabbed it yet.
    N: Well get it and put it in your pocket so you don’t lose it. We need to get snacks from Costco after school.

    On getting wood:
    N: Where’s daddy going?
    Me: He’s going to get wood to build the shelves.
    N: He’s going to Costco?
    Me: No
    N: He’s going to Target?
    Me: No
    N: Grocery Store?
    Me: No
    N: HOME DEPOT! He’s going to Home Depot! I wanna go!

    On anything that I don’t let him do:
    N: You never let me do anything ever and ever!

    On eating his cereal:
    N: I ate ah-hundred cereals and I’m gonna get big and strong and have a big belly.

    On eating all his fruit:
    N: Fruit is healthy right?
    Me: Yes, fruit is healthy.
    N: It’s gonna make me super big and strong like daddy.

    On Lia and Potty training:
    N: She’s not tall enough to use the potty. I’m taller and can use the potty, she can’t.
    Me: But we have the little potty on the floor.
    N: But that’s for babies, she’s not a baby either.

    I could go on and on with these. He’s a riot of stringing together various conversations and pieces of information.

    Jun 162014
     

    Somehow we made it to Monday again in the blink of an eye. Last week we did pretty well following the menu for dinner. For lunch..well, let’s say that my co-worker is really persuasive about going out for lunch…

    Here we go for this week:

    Lunch:
    M: Veggie Sushi (already blew this – worked from home and had mac n cheese)
    T: Banana Sushi
    W: Thai Spinach Salad
    R: Out
    F: Out

    Dinner:
    Sat: Grilled BBQ Chicken, corn and broccoli
    Sun: Filet Mignon with red skinned mashed potatoes and corn
    Mon: Tacos with Black Beans
    Tues: Chicken Corn Chowder
    Wed: Salmon on the grill with asparagus
    Thurs: Leftovers – they’re taking over the fridge.
    Fri: Out/Pizza

    Jun 092014
     

    So as part of my new “pattern” I’m making more of an effort in sitting down on Saturdays and making up the meal plan for the week. I figure since I’m putting forth the effort, I should share. I’m always looking for inspiration and have found it many times on others peoples blogs.

    I’ll include recipes where I have them. Many I’m just making it up as I go:)

    So here’s the plan for this week:

    Lunch:
    M: Mason Jar Pesto chicken and spinach salad (No recipe, just spinach, veggies, pesto and a little EVOO and Rice Vinegar)
    T: Thai Spinach Salad
    W: Quinoa Veggie rolls
    R: Out with co-workers
    F: Banana Sushi (banana and peanut butter wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla)

    Dinner:
    Sat: Roast Chicken with something out of the pantry…lord knows what yet.
    Sun: Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sammies with Grilled Corn on the Cob
    M: Chicken Veg Soup (using left over roast chicken)
    T: Salmon and Grilled Peaches
    W: Clean Alfredo
    R: Fish Tacos with mango salsa
    F: Pizza

    Jun 082014
     

    Lia’s always happiest when she’s creating a mess. A mess with paints and she’s in heaven. So one morning I covered the table with newspaper, gave her a bunch of white construction paper, a set of water paints and a brush and she was off.

    She was having so much fun and ended up sitting and painting for over 30 min which is amazing given her attention span. Now I just need to string up the wire display line so that we can hang her masterpieces.

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    Jun 072014
     

    So, just over 30 days ago I started this Bikini Body Mommy program with a few of my old high school friends in an effort to shape up, change my lifestyle and loose a few pounds.

    The program consists of 6 days a week of short high intensity workouts that alternate between cardio and strength. They’re generally under 25 min which is totally digestible when the only time you have to do them is after the kids are in bed – at 9:30pm!

    They have check in’s every 15 days so I figured I’d share some results because well, evening training for a half marathon didn’t make my weight budge but this..this is working!

    Starting Measurements:
    Chest – 36
    Waist – 33
    Hips/Tush – 39
    Thigh – 23
    Calf – 15
    Bicep – 12

    30 day Measurements:
    Chest – 35 (-1)
    Waist – 31 (-2)
    Hips/Tush – 39 (0) (which is as expected, I don’t carry my weight there…I carry it in my belly)
    Thigh – 22 (-1)
    Calf – 15 (0)
    Bicep – 11 (-1)

    I’m trying not to focus on the weight aspect of this whole thing. Muscle weighs more than fat right? Although I can’t pretend that I don’t care about the scale number – I do..alot! I’m just trying really hard not to focus on it. That said, from the time I started this to day 30 I’m down 4 lbs. 4lbs in a month isn’t bad considering it’s always hardest to lose that last 10 right?

    I can’t believe I’m going to share these because they’re terrible but the do show a small difference which I’m hoping after the next 30 days will be an even bigger difference.

    (ignore the messy basement and horrible look on my face…selfies after you busted our butt for 30 min are not exactly the most flattering pictures)

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