Monthly Archives: April 2018

7 Months!

Glitter, honestly I didn’t even realize it until someone asked your age last weekend and your Nana responded with 7 months!

You are such a cuddly, gentle, well-behaved baby. Everywhere we go, you give out smiles and people ask to hold you. I’d say about 40% of the time you sleep through the night, the rest of the time you wake up once at 3 AM. On the weekends, you and I both get to sleep in (in our own beds!) while the boys are up at dawn and I call it Operation Beauty Sleep.

You are an expert army crawler. It is so fun to see you explore the world on your own terms but now, none of Critter’s toys are safe from you! He is less than excited about this most recent development.

You got your second flu vaccine dose (heyyy herd immunity!).

You have eaten rice cereal, sweet potato, butternut squash, banana, avocado and plain yogurt. If I had to name your favorites, they are squash and avocado.

You just started babbling “Dada.”

Now that it’s warm enough, you have gotten to go to the park a few times and have tried the swing! You seem unsure about it, but have the tiniest of tiny smiles.

You have started napping in your crib!

You continue to adore Critter. If he is doing something, you want to know about it.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider gives you the greatest joy.

It’s so crazy to think we are now closer to you being a year old than farther away! We love you so.

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Friday Food Round-Up

Better late than never, people.

Saturday – Sriracha Caesar Salad from Cravings

Lunch.

Saturday – Perfect Instant Ramen

Dinner.

Sunday – Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken, Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread from Cravings, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

Yum.

Tuesday – Breakfast Tacos

Apparently we are in that kind of mood right now.

Miscellaneous – Pizza Braid

Critter helped me make this.

Miscellaneous – No Bake Energy Bites

Honestly, I need to make these without flax.

Drudgery (aka Spring Cleaning)

After last week’s debacle, magically it is spring. There is still snow everywhere (that’s what melting nearly two feet of snow will do to you) but on Friday, Mother Nature hardcore committed to Spring and so we are living that life now.

The sun is streaming through our windows, today, Marcus opened them and we took in the fresh air. We have gotten to go on a couple of family walks (AKA our new lifestyle until October).

AND. Over the past week I have been actioning…spring cleaning? I don’t really know where the energy is coming from but we have three more months until we celebrate a year in this house. It’s not that I see so many projects that need to be done still, it’s more like I am finally awake enough to sort through stuff I should have taken care of at some point during the whole pregnant-packing-moving-packing-moving-having a baby-thing.

I purged a bag of old, ratty clothes from my closet. I went through our linen closet (fun fact: really did not look in there after we moved in and our friends are the one who moved that stuff for us!) and organized it and purged a bag of mystery bedding and items. I tossed out two bags of really old nail polish and other trash from the medicine cabinet.

ARE YOU FEELING THE CATHARSIS WITH ME YET?

Did I also clean out my car? I did. In which I removed yet another bag of trash, a shopping bag full of toys (what?!) and realized the snow emergency box I had stashed in my trunk was actually full of more trash, and a lot of things that had nothing to do with snow.

So, here we are, on our way.

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week, there was a lot of slow cooking things one day so that we could eat them the next. There was also a lot of foraging/leftover eating this week.

Monday – Enchilada Casserole, Black Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice

I sort of just threw this together? And I made an extra one for the freezer? The second one was going to live happily at our house but The Universe intervened and delivered it to a friend with a new baby at home.

Wednesday – Easy Slow Cooker Yellow Coconut Curry Chicken, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Easy. Tasty. Every time.

More Fitness

Hey friends.

Are we tired of fitness posts yet? (Seriously I don’t know, you need to tell me if you are bored dot com by this.)

Also, did I mention that I am in a wedding in two weeks? I am! But that is not why I am working out because let’s be honest, I am one mama of two children, one of them being six months old. This is real life right here.

Because every post needs a picture (otherwise our attention wanders!), here is a snap of our basement workout area.

Complete with beer fridge!

Honestly, moving the hand-me-down green couch out of the basement and not being able to fit the cream couch down the stairs has been a real blessing. It has left us (me) with more than enough room for the treadmill and floor space for yoga and workout videos. Which are apparently now a thing that I do.

Because I am a wild woman, I bought some 2 lb weights last week and those are a thing that I own now.

I also wanted to pop in to share a great workout video I found – this one is some sort of bizarre cardio dance yoga thing that is the most fun ever. I have done it three times and each time it is hard and each time it is a hoot.

If you have any favorite workout videos that you like to do, please share them in the comments!

My Life in Three Pictures

Can I just tell y’all how glad I am that daycare spring break is over (omg nightmare), ECFE two week spring break is over (nightmare), and library storytime hiatus is over (nightmare)?

Critter is deeply happy to be back in his routine. Glitter cannot tell the difference. I, along with my fellow mamas, am so glad to be done for the time being with piecing together a makeshift playdate schedule to keep us all sane.

This weather, you guys. It is killing me. Our across the street neighbors turned on the coordinated, block-wide Christmas light show this weekend in observance of the honest to God blizzard we are having MN. In our city we had a total 15.5″ as of Sunday AM which is…a lot and it just continued to rain from the sky today.

Um, this one is just to remind you I am a live human with a face because like, I don’t post that many snaps of myself on the blog anymore? And I am not a robot? I am just a mom with a mom ponytail! Who put on eyeliner on a Sunday because we had to go to the fundraiser at Critter’s school!

So much Bravo TV. We are in a beautiful, yet precious time of the year where RHOBH, Vanderpump Rules and Southern Charm overlap. This is probably also the time of year where I am actively losing the highest number of brain cells as well.

Friday Food Round-Up!

After last week I was sort of cooked out you guys. Honestly I still am, but we need to eat. My personal chef is me.

Sunday – Slow-Cooker Southwestern Lomo Saltado, Black Beans, Rice, Fried Eggs, Aji Criollo

It was Marcus’ birthday on Saturday, someday we will actually get to go out for a birthday dinner for him. I brought his favorite meal from Chimborazo to him in our kitchen. We loved it. This is definitely a crockpot recipe that takes a bit of chopping but 11/10 will make again.

Tuesday – Breakfast Tacos

Have not eaten these in AGES, will be adding to the rotation.

Wednesday – 90’s Taco Salad

It was weird to have so many salads planned for last week and none for this week so here we are. With a salad. It was The Best.

Thursday – Slow Cooker Asian Pork Chicken with Mushrooms from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Steamed Rice, Broccoli

Marcus really liked this last time we made it so it seemed like an easy enough choice for this week!