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2014 June » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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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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Jun 062014
 

We knew going into this thing that living in a construction site would be thrilling for Noah. His obsession with Bob and all things construction started pretty early. So, when we can go on a family walk just down the street and “bump” into Scoop, Rolley, and the rest of the crew you can expect this little boy to want to play.

The cabs are locked on these guys (which is for the best:) ). So we settled on just playing around the equipment. DH was close at hand to make sure that Noah didn’t get hurt.

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I know that DH has more on his phone too with some of the other equipment but in each, his face is the same. He loves these things!!! And now that the construction has moved closer to our house (there are 6 houses going up right around us) he gets to see these guys up close and personal.

Jun 052014
 

I remember as a kid how cool it was to do experiments at home on our own as we explored the world around us. It’s still early with Noah to get into some of the more complex stuff but a friend’s post on Facebook made me think of a cool thing to do with him that he’d understand (and it tied in nicely to what they were talking about at school a few weeks prior).

I ordered a kit of butterfly caterpillars from Insect Lore. I’d looked a few others but they were rather pricy. The caterpillars themselves was not that bad you need to do overnight or 2 day shipping so it added up.

When the package arrived it had everything in it we needed to raise our caterpillars into Painted Lady butterflies packaged inside a box that actually contained all the instructions necessary.

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I’m missing the first picture of the caterpillars because I was out of town when DH and Noah set it up but they were tiny!! Skinny little buggers only an inch or so long.

It didn’t take long for them to grow into these 2.5 inch giants! Along the way you could see them shed their outer skin in order to grow bigger.

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After about a week, they started to make their way to the top of the cup and get into the classic J hook shape that indicated that they were ready to pupate. Once in the J hook they molt one more time and then the chrysalis forms. This happened very quickly – overnight for us so we went to bed with J hooks and woke up to a bunch of chrysalises (plural chrysalis? haha)

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I didn’t manage to get a pic of the chrysalis some how – they were in there for about a week. We gave it three days or so to harden and then moved them into the butterfly enclosure where they spent the rest of the week. About 7 days later it was time for them to emerge – they started to do what my friend referred to as “bleeding their colors”. There is a waste byproduct (meconium actually) that exudes from the pupa right before they emerge. That’s the red staining you see around the enclosure. They actually continued to exude that for a few hours after emerging.

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We missed the emerge process too – I went to work and they were pupas and I came home and they were butterflies. Noah was so very excited to see them out and about. He wanted to hold each and every one. I gave them a day or so to dry their wings and then let him stick his hand in the enclosure so they’d sit on him. I really wish I’d gotten a picture of his face…so awesome!

We kept them in the enclosure for a few days to enjoy and then, with Papa and Memaw in attendance, released them one by one in our back yard.

I’d grab one, put it on his hand, he’d say a quick good-bye and wished them well on their way to Mexico (yes, that’s what he said…he said “bye bye, have fun in Mexico”). I later found out that they read a book at school about Monarchs and their journey from Mexico on North so he thought they’d to Mexico too. I love what his little brain retains and applies!!

Anyways, this was a great little experiment to do with him. I actually find myself looking for them when I’m washing dishes (because that’s where they sat on our counter). We’ll definitely do it again next year!! Thanks Christine for sharing yours on Facebook which in turn inspired me to do it.

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