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2014 July » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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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

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