It’s getting a little ridiculous.

On the 10th day of Critter’s first round of antibiotics ever, his fever returned.  And, after another trip to the doctor’s office (on advice of the nurse line) it was revealed the ear infection was going strong in addition to a possible vaccine reaction and also (OMG WILL IT EVER END) very apparent teething.

As the good doctor said, he’s got a lot going on.

We are now going to observe the end of the traditional completely healthy first year by going on a 20 day antibiotics bender.

When I told my family that this was the ear infection without end, my darling brother was quick to respond with the following instruction: Make sure to post on facebook at least twice today, here, just copy and paste this: “UGHHH, another fever on the last day of antibiotics, really?  Any other moms out there with advice for how to bring the fever down??” 

This is only hysterical because if you know me, 100% the time my fever battle plan is to give Tylenol/Ibuprofen and call the nurse line if it seems hinky.  100% of the time this is what I tell other people to do when they leave similar status updates on Facebook.  None of this should be surprising.

Someday we’ll all be healthy again.


Friday Food Round-Up!


Last night, Marcus observed that I hadn’t posted since last Friday.  He’s not wrong.  This has just been a long week.  Critter had a double ear-infection, we were waiting to finalize the inspection contingency addendum on our house and that is just enough, isn’t it?

Here’s what we ate.

Friday – French Stew, Green Salad

Caitlin and Dave joined us for dinner on Friday night and we finally (FINALLY!) made French Stew.  It was delightful.  Caitlin brought salad and brownies.  It was a feast.

Sunday – Simple, Perfect Chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings


Monday – Baked Potatoes with Broccoli Cheese Sauce

I don’t know why this seemed like a good idea but Monday was the last slot on this week’s meal plan and suddenly this sounded like the best dinner.  I made a scratch cheese sauce and used frozen broccoli because it was practical and it turned out quite well.

Tuesday – Risotto and Steamed Asparagus

Risotto is Marcus’ favorite meal so of course I made it for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Thursday – Crockpot Korean Chicken Bowls

I doubled this recipe, used breasts instead of thighs, only used one jalapeno with seeds, two crowns of broccoli.  Honestly, you really don’t need the sesame seeds (though some sesame oil could be nice!).  We will 100% make this again.

Friday Food Round-Up!

So.  This week I made a meal plan.  And then for whatever reason, things just did not go according to plan.  The night we were supposed to make stew, I discovered we were missing the french onion soup.  We had a stray cauliflower in the fridge.  And some orphan mushrooms.

I don’t know how it happened either, but anyway here we are now.  We ate.

Sunday – Grampy Jim’s Ham Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Monday – Crispy Chicken Thighs from Cast Iron Cooking, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes from The Smitten Kitchen, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

Tuesday – Sushi Bowls, Trader Joe’s Chicken-Cilantro Mini Wontons

Thursday -Three Cheese Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta from Cast Iron Cooking


Big Boy Alert!

I am pretty sure that Critter just made it through another one of those growth spurt/leap-things because the Crankypotomus has gone away and we have a very charming toddler in our house.  He gives hugs (or his version of them, anyway) and is starting to cuddle a bit and it is really quite lovely to be around.

  • Critter took three steps today!
  • Critter and I tried out tots yoga at Blooma for the first time two weeks ago.  I would say even though it is for 9 mos – 4 yrs, we probably won’t be back again until he can walk somewhat competently, just because there wasn’t much he could do as a crawler/sitter.  It was more of a song and playtime than actual yoga but still…in a few months, it will be better.
  • I keep forgetting to write this down, but it needs to be captured for eternity: the kid loves spinning wheels.  If it has wheels, my tiny engineer is getting on their level and spinning them to see if they are good wheels or bad wheels and constantly re-arranging the object to determine if there is a better way to get them spinning.  This can go on for 15 minutes if there are a variety of wheels to choose from.
  • He had his first public/real temper tantrum at our Tuesday playdate a few weeks ago.  It occurred because I would NOT let him touch the glass on the gas fireplace that was running and it involved back arching, foot kicking, diving at the ground and many, many tears.  What a time to be a one year old, right?
  • We survived cloth diapering for a year!  At this point, any additional diapering we do saves us money and if we just stop entirely, we break even.
  • Critter’s 12 month appointment was last Thursday.  He is 26 lbs 4.5 oz (97%!), 2’8″ (98%!).  So, still our adult baby!  Less interesting but his head is 19.29″ (98%!).  His 12 month molars are also coming in on top.  It’s a hoot.
  • In the last week we introduced him to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and let me tell you He Is A Big Fan.  He’s also getting much better at eating three meals a day, and I am oddly proud of this.  Probably because I felt like it took him a little bit to “get” food and now he is a tot-expert!

Someday We Are Moving

Or like, by March 31 because that is when this house closes!

To brief y’all on what happened since January 31:

  • We had photos and measurements taken on February 1.
  • We listed the house on February 2.
  • We had eleven showings on February 3 (8:15 AM – 6:30 PM) so Marcus and Critter were sheltering at Nana and Baube’s house while they stayed away from ours.  We also had some good friends for dinner that night and totally scuttled our nice beef stew plan and ended up ordering Papa Murphy’s because there was literally no time for anything else.
  • We got two offers on February 3.
  • We had six showings and an open house (with 13 groups!) on February 4.  Again, we went to Nana and Baube’s houses because we had nowhere else to go.  We got one more offer and picked one to accept.
  • Today (February 5) we signed the purchase agreement and now we need to make plans to get out of here!

We didn’t end up seeing the letter from the buyers until after we had accepted their offer but reading it, we had so much peace about who is going to live here after us.  We really have loved our time in this neighborhood and in this house, but we are bursting at the seams here.

The inspection should happen in the next week or so – we already had one done in November so that we would know if there were any red flags (there weren’t) so I’m not terribly concerned about this one but it will of course be a relief once it is over.

As to where we are moving next, my parents’ basement.  It is going to be very cool.  We haven’t found The Barbie Dream Home yet (though we have been looking casually since October) so this will be an experiment in multi-generational living!

Friday Food Round-Up!

Happy Friday, y’all!  This week simultaneously felt really long and really fast but here we all are at the end of it!

What we ate from the pantry this week: Turkey burgers, tomato soup.

Sunday – Grampy Jim’s Ham Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Tomato Soup

This sandwich has turned into such a stalwart, y’all.  It is tasty in all ways and despite the number of ingredients, not too insane to assemble.

Monday – Frijoles a la Charra from The Homesick Texan, Texas Sweet Onion Casserole with Rice, Chipotle, and Gruyere, Soft-Fried Eggs

I was not kidding when I said I wanted to make this again ASAP.

Wednesday – Pan Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas, Garlicky Wilted Spinach, Rice

We have not made this meal in FOREVER (read: over a year) because we ran out of harissa. Good news. They sell it at Trader Joe’s now!  This will be back in our rotation.

Thursday – Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers, Oven Fries, Coleslaw 

Pretty simple dinner.

Someday We Are Moving

I feel like…in December?  We didn’t do anything.  But there wasn’t really anything to do.  Until New Year’s Eve.  So basically this all rolls into January.

  • We packed up a TON of stuff that needed to be out of our house so that we could show it.
  • We moved the aforementioned “stuff” to a storage locker.
  • Bruce came and: finally installed a new mini-blind in our basement (the old ones were blue…what?) which makes our basement so much nicer, re-set our laundry room door so that it shut properly, nailed down some different baseboards that were loose, stained some of our window…sills?…frames?, swapped out the light fixture in our dining room.
  • We found out Redfin has a sparkle fund to reimburse you for storage, housecleaning and moving-related updates up to $250. So we will be doing that!  Win!
  • On Saturday we met with our realtor to finalize pricing and some person came and did a Google Earth-style 360-tour of our house. 
  • We visited an open house for a house that was terrible.  And obscenely priced for how terrible it was.
  • Our house is going on the market on Thursday. 

Basically, it’s getting real.  If you could all say a prayer that we sell quickly (we have more than enough time to find New House so I’m not particularly worried about that) it would be appreciated!