Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Friday!

Friday, I've been waiting on your all week. It's been a busy week catching up from being out of town all week last week.  

  • Charlotte's first tooth finally broke the surface and is barely peaking out, but it's definitely there! And unfortunately so are all the sore gums and lots of drooling that go with teething. It definitely tugs my heartstrings to see her hitting all these milestones. They are signs that she really is growing up. Oh what I wouldn't give to keep her little forever. 

  • My good friend Ashley was in town from London and she came over for dinner this week. It was so great catching up on all the happy things happening in her life. I love a friend that just dives right in to our lives and is will to help me give baths, read books, and hold babies. 
  • I've written in the past about how it takes a village to raise a family and nothing could be more true. I am so appreciative of all the people in our lives that help us with our girls. It's so nice to have parents that will watch our kids so we can get away, and people like Miss Magda and Miss Kathy that love and teach our kids. 
  • I've been on the fence about purchasing a Clarisonic Mia for a while now. I've heard such mixed reviews that I didn't want to spend $100 on something I wouldn't use. I spotted the Nuetrogena version at the drugstore the other day and picked it up. So far I really like it, although it's only been a few days, and at $11 it's hard to beat the price. I figure if I really like and use this one, I'll consider getting the more expensive version. 
  • We have a low key weekend coming up which is just what the doctor ordered for us. There will be lots of cuddles, movies, and keeping warm. Happy weekend and Lent! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good Eats: Quinoa Taco Bowls

It is a constant struggle in our house to find a healthy meal that everyone enjoys. Everyone I know with kids seems to have the same struggle so I figured I'd share our most recent go-to healthy dinner.

I found the recipe on Inside Bru Crew Life (via pinterest) and had to try it out. It is quick to prepare, healthy and inexpensive as well. A trifecta win for me!



Ingredients
1 cup uncooked Quinoa
1 pound cooked hamburger meat
2/3 cup water
1 taco seasonings packet (1 oz.)
1 can diced tomatoes and chilies (10 oz.)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (15 oz.)
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
chopped lettuce
avocado chunks
shredded cheddar cheese
salsa
cilantro (optional)

Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Place the cooked hamburger, water, and taco packet in a skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Add the undrained tomatoes and rinsed black beans. Stir in the quinoa when it finishes cooking.Place desired amount of lettuce in bowls. Top with 1 cup taco mixture. Add corn, cheese, avocado, salsa, and cilantro. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

I prepare a little differently substituting turkey for the hamburger meat, salsa instead of taco seasoning and no diced chilies (to make it more kid-friendly). I have used refried beans in the past instead of black beans which was a hit as well. 

Enjoy! 



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Apologies

Y'all, it's been too long and I apologize. As one of my besties said these Well Worn Soles have been well worn out. Life has been nuts lately and I feel like I don't even have time to sit down let alone write a blog post!

So what have we been up to? Here are some highlights:

Miss Charlotte got baptized! We had a small family only ceremony to celebrate her big day and dedication. She did great and we felt so blessed to be surrounded by our family. Her godparents live in California and couldn't make the trip so my dad and mother-in-law stood in which was really special.

Love my sissys


We also celebrated Eleanor's 2nd birthday. I can't believe my sweet girl is already two. She's still a tiny little thing, but what she lacks in physical size she makes up for in personality!
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We traveled to Tennessee for Thanksgiving with Stefan's family which was nice and we certainly made some memories with all the cousin and family.


We celebrated Christmas with my family in Birmingham before heading back to our own home to do Christmas Eve and morning. I have to say that this Christmas was one of the most magical yet. And I loved being in our own home on Christmas morning. It was definitely time.





Stefan and I ended 2014 back at the resort that we had our wedding reception. My parents watched the minis while we had a night away. A win for all and great way to ring in 2015!

Gymnastics, birthday parties, and playdates...oh my! We have definitely entered into the stage where are weekends are filled with kid activities. I swear we go to a birthday party every weekend. It is fun but there are some weekend that are so jammed packed that I find myself longing for the simplicity of Monday morning. Crazy, right?







We have thrown a few adult dinner dates in there which help to keep us sane. And last week at the end of a work trip Stefan met me out in San Diego to spend a adult weekend away with some of our best friends.






It seems like we have finally settled into being a family of 5 and are getting into our groove. More adventures to come!!

I'm baaaaaack!



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Race Is On

The race is on figuratively and literally. The race to get back in pre-baby shape.

I'll have to admit that getting in shape after Charlotte has been a bit more a challenge mainly because have struggled to find the time to work out. It's so much more of an effort to find the time than it has been in the past. Thanks to nursing and eating healthy (which is so hard time of year), I've lost most of the baby weight. That doesn't change the fact that I am so very out of shape.

While I was on maternity leave, I was able to go for walks and do Pure Barre, which I love. But since being back at work I have really settled into a workout routine. I feel like I've finally gotten our morning routine, and life routine really, more manageable and am able to start running again. 

That leads me to the race. I've decided to train for a half marathon starting in January in order to run a race in April or May. Right now though, I'm training in order to be able to train. You need to be able to run three miles comfortably and right now there is nothing comfortable about a three mile run. Ha. 

I had forgotten how much I enjoy running. I love have a few minutes to myself to just thinking about everything or nothing at all.



I've also starting doing some weight training, but am not very knowledgeable about weight training. I basically do the same arm and leg exercises all the time with really no rhyme or reason. The only time I've really lifted weight was with a trainer a few years ago and I didn't pay much attention to the method behind his madness so I'm trying to learn now. There are so many websites about weight training out there. Who knew?!? Any suggestions of a beginner plans? I just looking for something quick and easy to execute. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall 2014 - Catch Up

I want to get back into blogging but feel so behind that I'm not quite sure where to start. I figured a little recap would be good for catching up and starting anew.

Here's a quick round-up:
  • We went to Louisiana to celebrate Stefan's dad getting married. Sheryl is the perfect addition to the family, and it was a beautiful and very sweet wedding. We also got to see all of Stefan's siblings which was a treat because it's hard to get 7 kids in the same place at the same time!
  • We then went to Texas to see Stefan's aunt and uncle on their pecan farm. Let me just tell you, it was simply gorgeous. Their land backs up to the bay, and I've convince that a pecan farm has to be one of the most beautiful types of farms. Lush trees as far as you can see in perfect rows. We had a great visit, and the girls absolutely loved riding the gator!












  • We had a big Halloween at one of Audrey's best friends houses but only after our traditional first stop at GG's house. We had such a great time that I forgot to take many pictures. Cinderella, the lion and our little ladybug all had a great time trick-or-treating and eating way too much candy.


  • We also had a little playdate with our boyfriend Tanner and taught him all kinds of bad habits.
     
  • I got to spend some time with my aunt at my Michelle's house. My aunt was on her way to Hawaii, and we sent her off with a warm chili meal and lots of baby snuggles. I also loved seeing my sissy and her cute little bump. 
  • This past weekend, my parents took the big girls so we can spend some time with just Charlotte. As much as I missed my big girls, I loved being able to give my undivided attention to Charlotte. And one baby is so easy in comparison to three. (I wish I knew how easy one was when I had just Audrey. I should have gone and down more!)

    Charlotte's first visit to the beltline! 
  • Work Work Work...as everyone else starts gearing up for their Christmas shopping, I'm gearing up for lots of extra hours at the office. But that's life when you work in ecommerce especially when online shopping is supposed to be way up this year. I just had to keep swimming a few more weeks. 
As you can see we've had a family and friend filled Fall so far. Just the way I like it. Now we are gearing up for more fun, family, friends and festivities as we head in to the holiday season! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Charlotte: Four Months

I've been pretty bad about blogging lately (again). But I feel like things are finally starting to slow down around here with my return to work, girls settled into their new routine and just life overall.

I'm here to tell you that Miss Charlotte is four months old! It's hard to believe that these months just keep flying right on by.


Sleep
Charlotte goes down at 7:30 and wakes up around 6:30 with a dream feed around 9PM. 
I will forever and always be a huge believer in Babywise. I know it's a bit old school, but I have followed their schedules with all of my girls and they all are great sleepers...and I've never had to let them cry it out for more than 10 minutes. 


Eating 
Every three hours during the day and getting around 6oz each meal. She's definitely well fed and has got the rolls to prove it. We are still working  through some gas issues with her poor little system, but it's slowly but surely getting better. 


Loves
Her mama! This little girl is a mama's girl and really doesn't want anyone else. I've started referring to her as my attachment because she is constantly in my arms or on my lap. She also loves being held facing outward so she can see what's going on. I hate to admit but she seems to show a pretty strong preference for Audrey and smiles so big at her. Eleanor absolutely adores her little sister but she "loves" a little too hard.


Hates
Charlotte is not a fan of getting into her car seat at all. Once she's in she is fine, but those first few minutes she'll let you know how she feels. Charlotte also seems to scare really easily and sudden movements really upset her (she definitely gets that from me...I've always scared easily which is why you'll never find me in a haunted house). 


Other Notables
Keeping with the tradition of our traveling circus, Charlotte visited Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas this month. She also drove through Mississippi, but we won't count that as a state visited. 

We've been working through some little health issues that have required us to spend more time than we would like in doctors offices. I have become extremely thankful for good health insurance and great doctors. I know that everything is going to be just fine and may share more as we know more and feel comfortable, but I never knew how important it was to really like and trust your pediatrician until these last few weeks.




Charlotte is such a sweet smiley little addition to our family and we are so grateful that she's ours! 

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