Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Last night we made the most delicious dinner. I have to apologize because now I cannot remember where I first found this recipe. I have the original source, but I’m thinking it was on a blog I read to start with – so I’m sorry if I’m not giving credit. Anyway, this was so super easy and so good. And we have leftovers to throw over quinoa tonight.


We’re talking so easy that Annabelle helped me with it so we had a nice warm meal ready for when David got home. I love that Belle continues to love cooking with me. It’s so much fun.


We had it with some whole wheat pasta and a spinach and kale salad. Delicious! Annabelle wasn’t the biggest fan of the pesto so I shredded hers up and added it to her pasta and I don’t think she noticed it as much.


She has gone from being a picky eater to eating almost anything we put in front of her. I have a couple of theories on this. We are working on limiting any snacks between meals. I think she has a better appetite. When she does snack, it’s something light and healthy like a rice cake or a handful of cereal.


We are encouraging her try more things. I was having anxiety over the fact that she was eating mac and cheese and chicken nuggets almost daily! But I was scared to serve her anything with too many spices. Now we just don’t offer her the chicken nuggets and it turns out she loves flavors! She ate every bite of what I was worried would be a too spicy burrito.


We also bribe her. If she will try two bites of something like pesto chicken, then she gets her greek yogurt at the end of the meal (this is what she thinks dessert is and we want to keep it that way!). I like that she’s getting to be old enough to reason with in this way.


This is a relief to me not only because I feel like the things she’s eating are healthier, but because it means I’m not making two meals all the time – one for her and one for us.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Snack Post Again

I know I post way too much about food. Just stick with me for a few more months.


This week I have been taking some pointers from my girl Annabelle in the snack department. Every night she asks for yogurt and applesauce. I decided this is a pretty healthy snack for me to try too. So this week I have actually been eating the two together as one snack. I will see if she likes the combination tonight – usually she eats them separately.


I have been using vanilla greek yogurt and blueberry applesauce. Last night, Sister #1 gave me a jar of homemade applesauce though so I will be switching to that yummy treat.


Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

26 Weeks

The last 4 weeks have been a whirlwind. We have been on the go nonstop. I love it because it’s making the time until we meet our little angel fly by, but it also means that the time with Annabelle at this age is going too fast.


This pregnancy is just so different than mine with Annabelle because with Annabelle I would work all day, go home and take a walk with David and Bo, workout or do yoga, and relax. This time, I rush out of work so I can get to Annabelle as quickly as physically possible so I can rush her home to start our evenings as a family. I have this constant fleeting feeling that I want to soak up each and every second with our little family of three (plus Bo of course).

Annabelle is hilarious. David and I both tell her daily that she is our best little friend. I think she is the smartest, funniest, and most beautiful baby to walk this world. I am serious. She constantly amazes me and cracks me up. She loves bugs, her dadda, and talking about her family members. All day she likes to talk about our family members and whether they are at work or night night, and every night her prayers consist of saying “more” while I go through our family members’ names and prayers. The funniest thing she has been doing lately is joking with us though. She loves, loves, loves “noonoos” or noodles. And she always reminds us that they are hot. Well then she goes on to her other favorite foods and tells us they are hot – yogurt, applesauce, cheese. And when we say “noooo, those are cold.” She says “noooo, hot!” and cracks up.


See, another difference between this pregnancy and Annabelle’s is that this baby isn’t even getting a post without Annabelle commentary strung throughout. J That’s okay though, I just know they are going to be the best of friends.


Back to this pregnancy. I am 26 weeks along today. I have had a few appointments lately and everything’s perfect. I passed my glucose test, have gained 18 pounds, and my health and the baby’s health is perfect.


The only complaint I really have is that I have had the worst heartburn. I don’t really remember this with Annabelle. It is so bad that sometimes it makes me throw up. It’s crazy.


I am still throwing up quite often too, which is different than with Annabelle. I’m pretty sure by this far along I was done getting sick with her. It’s not every day, but every couple of days I still get sick a few times in the morning or throughout the night.


We are pretty sure we’ve settled on a name for this little one. It’s funny because even Annabelle seems to agree. Any time we’ve asked her what the baby’s name is she says Yellow or Purple. When we say, how about X, she says “no, no, no, Yellow.” But in the last few days we’ve asked her about this one specific name and she tells us “Yeah!” So I think it’s going to stick.


I can’t believe I’m almost to my third trimester already. Here’s to meeting this baby girl soon, but at the same time slowing down time!


Monday, September 8, 2014


This weekend we were able to go to the IKEA friends and family opening in Kansas City. I actually had never been to an IKEA so I’m so excited about one opening here.


We took miss Belle with us, and she’s still not the absolute best shopper, so I was a little bit distracted. I think she had a great time though!

I had the intention of grabbing lots of items for her new big girl room, but had a hard time focusing on much other than trinkets I could grab as we rushed by since she is on the go every minute.


I did pick up a couple of things that I absolutely love!


You’ve all seen the inappropriate pictures of her sitting on our kitchen island helping me cook. She loves to help me with breakfast and dinner and I love this time with her! The sitting on the island part doesn’t seem all too safe so I’ve been excited about a stool tall enough for her to be able to stand next to me. This one was a great find!!



Before we went I knew I was interested in this cute lamp.http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90194447/


But once we got there and I saw it in person David pointed out that the cord didn’t seem too safe. We are wanting her big girl room to be a place where she can play on her own at times without having to worry about dangerous things. I quickly decided this one should wait until she’s older.


We did find the cutest little safety plugs that double as nightlights! I think she will love her big girl room illuminated in pink for bedtime. We bought two.



You know miss Annabelle had to head straight to the first baby doll she saw. I actually think this is not the cutest doll, but she grabbed her (actually two of them) and carried them around from the minute we got there until it was time to go. She is such a good little momma. She has been playing Ring Around the Rosy with her and sleeping with her ever since.


This isn’t a big deal to most of you, but the item I grabbed for myself, colorful straws. I have to drink smoothies out of a straw and they are so much more fun when they are colorful. Annabelle loves it too!



The only item David grabbed for himself? $2 slippers. Seriously. We are weird. Straws and slippers and baby dolls.



We are so excited about the IKEA though and will definitely be back when it’s time to do some more decorating for Belle and Christmas shopping.



Football Food

We have had the busiest and best weekends lately! I don’t remember the last weekend we were at home, and this one was no different except we came home Saturday night and stayed in for the big Chiefs home opener.


Since we decided to stay home for this one, I wanted to still pretend we were there by making some of my favorite tailgate foods.


I ordered our favorite meatballs from Heartland’s catering, made this yummy recipe I found on a cute blog for chicken parm bites (http://www.lambertslately.com/2012/10/tailgate-food.html), made a classic staple of buffalo chicken dip, and threw a box of brownies together. We had some friends over who all brought yummy snacks too.

It would have been the perfect Fall day, except the Chiefs didn’t win…We aren’t really talking about that though.


What are some of your favorite tailgate foods?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Library Again

I went back to the library today to re-check out a couple of books and pick up new ones. I haven’t quite finished my current book, Golden State. It’s really good, but I keep falling asleep in the evenings when I’m reading. I’m almost done but knew my hold on the new one ended today so went ahead and checked this one again and grabbed my new one! I can’t wait to finish this one and start The Hurricane Sisters over the weekend.

I also did something funny and re-checked one for Annabelle. I never know what she’s going to like, but she has absolutely loved this Quick Duck! book. She giggles and giggles on each page. I figured out most of that is because David does funny things and tickles her when he reads it. No wonder she always wants him to put her to bed. I hope she likes the next two I grabbed too.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Flowers and Hormones

This morning I had a little but of a bad morning. I hate to even say that because it was because of a very silly reason when I know people who had, in fact, the worst morning of their lives. 

My morning was upset by a leader in a meeting asking me in front of others if I was "due any day now."

Anyway, I held it together until later when everyone started asking me if I was okay and if I was embarrassed. Yes, I am embarrassed. And yes, my hormones are crazy and I'm tired and pregnant.

Anyway, I am trying to keep in perspective a couple of things. Although it's not really "any day now," soon enough I will be holding my daughter and not thinking about whether or not someone thought I was fat four months earlier:

And I have the most wonderful, adoring husband in the world, who somehow, even if I look nine months pregnant when I'm five months pregnant, makes me feel beautiful:

Do you think I cried more when the leader asked me that question or when my husband showed up to work with these? 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Oh boy - now I might be changing my mind! I was flipping through my magazine over lunch and might go back to old trusty. Purple! Maybe I should do purple walls with my coral sheets and yellow and green accents!


Belle'a Room

This weekend I am going to get some of the boring things completed on Belle's new room so I can get on with the fun things!

I need to do the following (without wine which is what I usually use to get through lame projects):

- remove the wallpaper border
- clean out the closet to prepare to move Belle's things in. Currently we have gifts and gift bags stored there.
- tape the trim off (my least favorite part of painting) 
- assess what paint supplies we need

Then the fun begins. I already bought one set of sheets - just plain coral - and a white bedskirt. We are planning to paint the walls light turquoise. I have grabbed about a million samples.

I want to use more blue than green:

I saw this darling little bird feeder in HGTV magazine and think it might be cute in a corner of her room.


And I will definitely be on the lookout for all the yellow accessories we can find. She still requests yellow outfits each morning and proclaims that our baby girl's name is Yellow. 

Here are some cuties I found on H&M

Sweet girl.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Remember when I used to post about books I'm reading? That was fun. I think I will pick it up again.

Right now I am halfway through this summer read:

It has been really good. And just how one of the reviews warns, it's been hard to put down. It's a quick read.

And I received this email this morning! One of my favorite things to get in my Inbox.

I can't wait to go pick this one up!

Monday, August 18, 2014


My original post was all typed out when I read through this blog post and changed my mind. My original post was about the amazing Lilly Pulitzer sale going on now – and I’m not saying you shouldn’t stop by and browse for some Christmas gifts, I’m just saying, I found this one more interesting.


There is a blog post going around that quickly made me tear up in a good way. Especially when I found it by browsing my husband’s Facebook page. (I don’t have Facebook but every once in a while I get on his to see what I’m missing out on – which is usually nothing.) My sweet husband rarely posts, so when I saw that he shared something I knew it must be good.


This great man lives this article, let me tell you. I’ve never met a man more full of joy and more content and excited about his family than this man. And I’m the lucky one to spend each day with him. I fell a little bit more in love with him when I saw what he took the time to share on his page.


Read this post instead of mine if you get a chance today:http://momastery.com/blog/2014/08/11/give-liberty-give-debt/


My favorite line is her closing: Today I shall keep my perspectacles super-glued to my face and feel insanely GRATEFUL instead of LACKING and I will look at my home and my people and my body and say: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THIS IS ALL MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH, ALL OF IT. Now. Let us turn our focus onward and outward.  There is WORK TO BE DONE and JOY TO BE HAD.


Thank you for sharing, Momastery. Here's some of my joy to share from this weekend:

Annabelle dancing in the rain:

Annabelle being comforted by her amazing dad (on our probably dated kitchen counter) because of a skinned knee - aka "howie"

Cousin time, cousin time, and more cousin time:

Have a joyful day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Another Food Post

Bare with me. I'm 22 weeks pregnant so this is yet another food post. 

My husband grilled steaks for me tonight. I am always red meat crazy only when I'm pregnant. He had to work late and I seriously was dreaming about the steaks all day. 

To distract myself I made salads with green peppers from my neighbors garden, radish, carrots, cranberries, and almonds and then these yummy twice baked sweet potatoes. I am obsessed with sweet potatoes but David is just okay with them. Even he loved these though! 


I actually didn't have pecans but that would have been a tasty touch.

I forgot to take any pictures of our wonderful meal - forgot, or quite possibly just didn't have time because I was dying over the steak.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Our little public library is my happy place. Last night I took Annabelle to a literacy event there and she had a blast coloring, playing play dough, playing with puppets, and dancing.

Then today, on my lunch break, I ran by to grab one last summer read and a few books for her. I try to take her with me to pick out books as often as I can, but usually she doesn’t have the best time. She’s not a quiet girl and the library is not so conducive to her favorite behaviors (those being running, screaming, singing, and talking about babies).



Too soon?

Monday, August 11, 2014

22 Weeks

I have really been trying to cherish this pregnancy and not wish away the time, but it’s so hard because we are so very excited to meet this baby girl. I am already more than halfway and feeling better. I’m still very tired and thinking that at any point I should regain my energy. It’s really hard for me to be so tired. I am always on the go and feel like I’m being lazy, but I cannot stay up at night. After work and spending time with our crazy and fun little Belle, I am exhausted and falling asleep on the couch by 9! I’m not kidding. My husband is amazing. He works all day, picks up all the slack with the household chores, and has unending energy with our daughter.

I do feel much better and have for about 4 weeks. I am still vomiting every few days, but nothing like earlier in the pregnancy or with how I still felt around this time with Annabelle. I have been either walking or using the elliptical instead of running in the last ten days, because on my last run I really started having some weird pains. I’m sure it was nothing, but it scared me a little bit so I decided maybe I need to try something else – maybe this little girl doesn’t appreciate the jogging because I haven’t had those pains or tightening when walking or using the elliptical.


I haven’t had crazy cravings and I haven’t been as hungry as I was a few weeks ago. I have to admit something silly though, I truly have been craving and missing having a drink on the deck with my husband. I am not a big drinker or anything, but in the summer and early fall especially, I miss putting Belle to bed and having a glass of wine or a beer with David. I know this is a ridiculous complaint, but I really do look forward to it!


Even though I’ve been so tired, I cannot sleep great at night. I’m already feeling uncomfortable and toss and turn. This is way too early for this to kick in. I’ve been telling myself to buck up since I have at least 4 more months of this!

I am wearing maternity pants and shorts, but I'm still squeezing into my non maternity work dresses because I hate buying expensive maternity work clothes. As you can see though, I can't keep that up much longer - they are getting a bit too small for this growing bump.

Other than missing the booze and sleeping on my stomach, things are going great! We think this is my last pregnancy so I am trying to remember each and every detail. And I don’t want to wish it away because by the time this little one gets here, it will mean Annabelle isn’t an only child anymore and that she is 2 years old! Let me tell ya, Annabelle is going to be the BEST big sister. She is baby crazy! I love thinking about these two together.


And we might have picked sweet baby girl’s name this weekend! Although, we thought that a few different times with Annabelle and then didn’t truly pick hers until the day she was born so we will have to see.


Happy Monday friends!