Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Monday

It's been awhile since I did one of these...  But, I've been watching what I eat, and menu planning is key.

Monday-- Chicken and Sundried Tomato Pesto, green beans, noodles (for the rest of the fam, spaghetti squash for me)

Tuesday--Taco Salad

Wednesday--South Pacific Chicken (coconut, lime, jalapeno), cauli-rice, mixed veggies

Thursday--Little Cheddar Meatloaves, potatoes, steamed broccoli

Friday--Night out, Maddie has her Millennial Choir Concert so it might be Taco Cabana

Saturday--Carrie's Curry Chicken, rice or cauli-rice and peas

Sunday--Beef stew

Friday, March 20, 2015

Flashback Friday

2011 Salt Lake City
Hoping we can go back this summer for my grandparents' 65th wedding anniversary!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Household Happenings

We haven't done anything major on the house lately. There's lots of little things left to do though, like putting the shoe mold back on.  I did get the kitchen painted which was on my list.

And we moved Amelia into her crib in my closet.
I thought the transition would be horrible because she has always loved sleeping all nestled into someone's back and she'd never fallen asleep on her own--I'd lay there for naps and bedtime pretending to be asleep while she conked me on the nose and played around.  It was very time consuming and Wyatt would never stay away long enough to actually get her to sleep so I knew we needed a change.  Plus she was waking up in the night and nursing her was not putting her back to sleep.  It was party time.  I was exhausted and resentful and thinking this was really no life to be living.  I spent all my time trying to get the littles to sleep. And even though I don't really do cry-it-out, I needed to do something.  
But it took her no time at all (and minimal crying) to sleep in her new bed.  
Buuuuuuuut she still wakes up 2-3 times a night and wants to nurse, and be rocked (for hours, I swear).  It is still exhausting, maybe even more so since I have to wake up more. I don't know what to do.  I'm fine with nursing once in the night if she goes back to sleep but I can't spend all night in the rocking chair.  I'm so tired.  

Which is why I frequently nap in Wyatt's bed.  Usually I'm asleep and he's still playing...

And changing topics, we had snow a couple weeks ago!  Quite a bit for Texas, I'd say.  Of course school was cancelled and we had fun playing in the sun and snow.  It was Wyatt's first time in a snow suit and those 2 boys were in hog heaven.  I enjoyed throwing snowballs at the kids.

Found this on my phone.  Nice, Maddie.

Here's the new paint (gray).  It's a Sherwin Williams color (useful gray?) but all their grays have such horrid unmemorable names I can't remember it.

  And here's a little corner of the kitchen I finally put together after getting it painted.  I love hooks so much.

 Thrifted chair with some extra Ikea pillowcases over it.  I plan to paint it.  

 This is mission San Jose built by Will.

 The naughty sleeper.

This last Saturday I took the girls to BeautyCon.  It was an event they begged me to take them to so we bought tickets at the  beginning of the year.  All their favorite you-tube beauty/lifestyle bloggers in one place.  And the promise of make-up vendors and givaways and swag bags.  Of course I was dreading this beyond belief: 1. I hate crowds, 2. I hate people, 3. I hate You-Tube 4. I hate makeup.  Ya. Not my thing. But the girls were so excited.  Still I tried to have a positive attitude.  I thought maybe someone there could sell me an amazing miracle makeup product and I'd be beautiful.  But the whole event was L-A-M-E.  Hoards of overly made-up women standing in lines in a cave-like warehouse.  Lines everywhere, longer that football fields and you didn't even know what they were for. No signs. No workers.  No vendors.  I felt bad for the girls.  

 But they endured the line to meet their online BFFs Brooklyn and Bailey so they were satisfied.  
And we left. 

Funny Amelia climbing stairs.  That girl has no fear.  She can go down, but is usually squealing and waving and not paying attention.  She makes me nervous.  But you should see her at the playground!
 Darth Baby.  
 She said her first word (uh-oh) this week and also calls me mama now.  She is such a cute little girl.  
So there you go. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Break Mini-Vacation: San Antonio

We took a little trip to my hometown for a few days.  Since Tyler has split days off, we fit our fun between Sunday and Wednesday.  The drive on Sunday was rainy and traffic-y.  I hate I-35.  Before we got to Austin we decided to veer off the main freeway and wander down via 281.  It was so fun to drive into town that direction, more my part of town.  We stopped by the temple even though it was Sunday night and gates were closed and told the kids about the night when Tyler and I ate a picnic dinner on this hill and said what a perfect place for a temple it would be.

  Then on to the Hotel.  We got 2 rooms at a Hampton Inn and that worked pretty well for our large family.  I bought myself a book to read (that is a true vacation!) and I really enjoyed it, though sad--staying up way too late to finish it.  
 Monday was a rainy, dreary day making our plans to walk everywhere a bust.  We headed to the Mexican Market which is one of Tyler's favorite spots. I bought Amelia a sweet little dress of course. Since it was pouring down and you really can't complain about rain in Texas, we drove over to North Star Mall.  The kids never get to go to a mall since I normally despise them, but I have a soft spot for NSM because I spent a lot of time there as a kid.  
 Finally the rain abated and we walked to the Riverwalk and took a boat tour of course.  We meandered around and ended up at the Alamo.  We did not go in because the lines were long and kids were hungry.  I figure it's not going anywhere....

 Tuesday we went to Sea World.  I'm glad we went that day since it's the only day the sun came out even though it was still coolish.  

 Wyatt LOVED Shamu and whispered to me "Me want that guy"
Elle and Maddie rode the roller coasters. Elle is an addict after her first ride.  Will rode one too, and takes after his parents (not fans).
 It was a really fun day.

 This girl loved watching the shows.  Such a sweetheart.
 Penguin selfie.

After Sea World, we had a too-quick visit with my oldest friend Susie and her family (so fun), dinner at Kneaders (yummy but crazy with a toddler) and a drive-by my old house and neighborhood.

I found these behind the bed in our hotel room when I was searching for my cell phone.  I had a good laugh and left them there.

 Wednesday Tyler took the older kids up the Tower of Americas and I hung out with the littles outside.  

 Sorry Maddie looks like a weirdo.
They loved the 4-D movie.  Tyler said it was major Texas indoctrination.  Made him glad we live here :)
 I dug these mid-century air vents.
 San Antonio is such a beautiful city.  I'm so proud to be from there.  The downtown is so neat and they keep working on it to make it even better.  

 After that we drove to the 2nd Mission on the trail: Mission San Jose.  Now, I admit it.  I had never been to The Missions.  It was so interesting and beautiful.  Even though it was cold.  

 Whatever this plant is, it smelled so good.

 I loved this blueprint poster and hoped they sold it in the gift shop.  Sadly, no.
 That was the only mission we made it too, because, once again, everyone was hungry.  I will definitely go back to these and rent the bikes and visit them all.  

And last, on the drive home we popped into Magnolia Market for all you Fixer-Upper fans.  It was packed and Wyatt was screaming hysterically so I glanced around and we left.  

  It was a great fun, fast trip.  We survived the hotel sleeping and the car ride but I'm not in a hurry to leave again.  San Antonio is such a special place to me but it was so nice to come back to our own home!
So glad to be in TEXAS!