Mom Life (and a nearly 18 month old update)

Y’all, I just want you to know that you have not truly LIVED until you are sitting in the dermatologist’s office, feeding your child raisins one-by-one during what should be naptime as the dermatologist chops a lump off of your ear for further inspection.

But you get through it because You’re A Mom Now.

Anyway, I haven’t written an update about Critter in a while nor have I written an update about this pregnancy and since we’re moving tomorrow, if I don’t do it now, you probably won’t get one until Glitter is here (I sort of kid, but seriously).

This is the pregnancy of weird skin spots, though the dermatologist wasn’t overly concerned about it and thought it was probably a pyogenic granuloma.

Otherwise, I don’t have gestational diabetes.  My weight gain is only tracking a few pounds ahead of pregnancy #1.  Everything hurts, my sleep is trash and in approximately eight weeks Glitter will be here.  HEY.

Since I am not a gestational diabetic I have been keeping up my rigorous diet of sweets.

Critter is the world’s cutest, most rambunctious toddler.

He knows how to make all animal sounds.  He just learned how to climb up on things and it is horrifying.  He still wants to be carried everywhere.  He blows kisses to everyone.  He can eat a half pound of cherries in one sitting and there is no one I would rather pit cherries for.  At his 18 month appointment, he weighed in at 31 pounds and 3 feet tall.  So I have a preschooler who will be transitioning into 4T clothing very shortly.  If I could keep him this age forever, I would because it is precious, but the amount of energy it takes to sustain this lifestyle is simply exhausting so I am enjoying it for what it is.


We Bought A House

There is just a lot going on in our lives right now and much to share (for example, I’d like to recap our last Cabin adventure) but for the time being, we bought a house!

We closed on Thursday, we’ll actually move in next weekend. 

For the time being, we’ve (and by “we’ve” I mean my husband, brother and brother-in-law) have been hauling over things NOT stashed in our storage unit and building IKEA furniture. 

We established a play room for Critter in the three season porch.

He is delighted that he now possesses his own personal ceiling fan!

I’ve been doing my part for the team by loading our freezer up with…meals. 

Related/unrelated: freezer lighting is terrible for photos and our freezer is really small so thank God we have a separate standing freezer that will be operational next week. 

Anyway, I’ve made three Garden Pies and six freeze and dump Crockpot meals: Honey Garlic Chicken, Mongolian Beef and Ropa Vieja. 

Since we’ve only got nine or so weeks until Glitter arrives, and a handful of friends who have welcomed new little ones and are in need of food, my goal is to batch cook every weekend from here on out to make sure everyone is fed. 

Someday we are moving!

Friday Food Round-Up!

I’m just gonna come out and say it – for the forseeable future (AKA until I have time or energy or both), bagged salads are just going to be a way of life and I am not ashamed. They’re $2.49/kit at ALDI and they get vegetables onto our plate. 

Friday – BBQ Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Southwest Chopped Salad

Sunday – Grilled Kalua Pork and Cheese Sandwiches on Jalapeno-Cheddar Bread

Swanky plating right?  Dad made this pork and then I got this awesome loaf of bread from Reed’s and on Sunday they came together. Even Critter enjoyed a half-sandwich. 

Wednesday – Egg and Prosciutto Sandwiches

Usually my solo-artist lunches don’t make it onto the round-up but since I put three slices of prosciutto on this sandwich and it was so tasty and so pretty looking I had to share. 

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Caesar Salad

This was actually going to be a dinner just for me, but then Marcus made it home in-time for dinner so I split the salad and fries in two and added grilled cheeses. Who doesn’t love that?

Thursday – Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Southwest Chopped Salad

Easiest, most tasty crockpot recipe to be sure. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

If you can’t tell, the fact that I’m posting this now means we have been busy.  After packing Critter AND me for the cabin after dinner, I am basically collapsed in bed and moving my fingers to type on the keyboard is borderline exertional.

This week, I forgot to take snaps of one of our own meals!  We had Michelle and Jared for dinner on Saturday night and we grilled brats, corn, roasted some sweet potatoes and enjoyed buttered green beans.

Friday – Pork Roast, Salad, Roasted Root Veggies

I did not have to cook this dinner.

Sunday – Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Roasted Potatoes, Chinese Smashed Cucumbers with Sesame Oil and Garlic

‘Tis the summer of the cucumber salad. Honestly, I wouldn’t waste the time trying to smash them next go round but we would make it again.

Tuesday – Teriyaki Cheeseburgers, Pinto Beans, Fruit, Parmesan-Cauliflower-Bacon Salad, Tater Tots, Corn, Personal Fruit Pizzas

(1) The Teriyaki Burgers were my Dad’s idea based on a burger he ate in Hawaii in the 70’s.

(2) Dad wanted to make pinto beans and then tricked Mom into Sloth-Potting them.  I am glad I am not the only culprit of this!

Thursday – Hot Dogs, Beans, Coleslaw, Chips, Cherries

We had Not Shabbat dinner at my in-laws and I remembered to take a photo!



Someday We Are Moving

Hello, hello.

The countdown is on.  We close on the 13th.  We move on the 21st.  When we make our great escape, we will have been dwelling on the multi-generational compound for nearly five months.

Since pretty much our entire house is in a pair of storage units, there is not a lot of packing that will be done until the weekend we move which is weirdly awesome and anti-climatic all at once.  I’ll throw the clothing/toiletries that Critter and I need into some bags (Marcus has to pack himself, okay?), and then we’ll just haul the rest over for settling.  The other nice part about this is that if we don’t get EVERYTHING moved out of the compound in one weekend, it doesn’t really matter because we can always just drive down the street to get it later that week.

I need to order us five chests of drawers from IKEA because I have no dressers, Marcus only has one, and Glitter has zero.  Shout-out to my brother, who will be building most of them.

Bruce will come to paint the nurseries and the basement before we move in.  We’ll do some very non-glamorous projects (re-doing venting, scraping off insulation, etc.), build a stair off of our deck, and fix some other deck structure issues, hang cordless blinds.  Paint some trim white.

Did I mention we don’t have a kitchen table?  Because we need one of those, too.

What I’m most excited about: Cooking in my new kitchen?  What Marcus is most excited about: Being reunited with our Wusthof knives.  My parents’ cooking knives are terrible.

What I will miss the most: The Laundry Fairy.  Just yesterday I brought my laundry up to the laundry room to do it and when I returned, the laundry was running.  When I returned again, the dryer was running!  Our new house does not come with one of these!  What I will miss the second-most: Having someone else cook me dinner.  What I will miss third most: How easy it was to go on dates together with live-in babysitters.  What I will miss fourth most: full-cable.

Anyway, someday we are (really) moving!


Your Regular Dermatology PSA

Good morning, party-people.

Just some PSAs as you go about your summer.  Most Independence Day weekends I would be writing this from the cabin, but since Billy is not coming home until next weekend, we are staying home and going up next weekend.

  1. Wear sunscreen.  I feel like we are still only becoming proficient at this, but having a toddler that we have to put sunscreen on helps us to remember.
  2. Stop tanning on purpose.  In chairs, in tanning beds, all of it.  It is terrible for you.
  3. If you have never been, now is the time to get yourself a dermatologist and have you skin checked.
  4. If you don’t have a dermatologist and you live in the Twin Cities, feel free to message me and I’ll share the info for mine with you.

All of this because on Father’s Day I discovered a random-as-hell black spot on the pad of my index finger.  I messaged my dermatologist and her office (after calling me) said Yes Come In So We Can See This Too.  It ended up being a small blood blister with an even tinier sliver underneath.  I did not remember getting the sliver, you could not see it underneath my skin, and no one in my family could agree that it looked like a blood blister and not a bad mole.  ANYWAY WE WERE ALL VERY RELIEVED.  AND I HAVE THIS BLOG SO I CAN CONFESS THINGS LIKE THIS TO YOU ON THE INTERNET.

As we all know, I have a history of growing (and re-growing) abnormal moles.  I did not know this about myself until 2014.

Moral of the story: We can all make choices that make us less prone to skin cancer.  If skin cancer is discovered early enough, often times the only treatment needed to cure it is removal.  Going to the dermatologist to have your skin checked is Important.  The End.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Slowly but surely we are getting ready for reintroduction into the wild (AKA living on our own).   Also a week of SO MANY TASTY THINGS. 

Saturday – Ribs, Roasted Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar, Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon from Cravings


Sunday – Mario Batali’s Spicy Shrimp Sauté, Steamed Rice, Asparagus

This is such a delicious and easy dinner and so spicy and delightful. 
Monday – Salmon, Hashbrowns, Salad, Asparagus

I planned this, Mom made this. 

Wednesday – Enchiladas, Black Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice

My meal plan for this evening was the beans and rice. The enchiladas were leftover from Tuesday night. Together?  A feast!

Thursday – Butterfinger Lush


A co-worker brought this in last week, I tried it, and then knew it had to come to girls’ night.  Amen.