Friday, December 19, 2014

Have a Very Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, hope your holiday is filled with the wonder and magic of the holiday season!  We didn't get professional pictures taken at all the year, so I included my favorite shot of H from Disneyland this year, and a quick photo my SIL took in the backyard.  Hoping to get some better pictures taken for next year!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Breakfast & Dinners

Someone asked the other day what I give H for breakfast.  She arrives at school at 7 am, so her breakfast is eaten when she gets there.  I try to keep it balanced but also simple and portable.  Here is our list of go-to items.  I usually ask her what she wants and give her a choice of 2 different options, depending on what we have available.

toast with jelly
toast with peanut butter
toast with peanut butter + sliced fruit on top (strawberries or banana)
individual oatmeal cup + raisins
blueberry nutrigrain waffle
trader joe's cereal bar
cereal with milk
sliced fruit
drinkable yogurt smoothie
bagel thin with butter or jelly
and sometimes regular PB&J

 her favorite is banana toast with peanut butter

I try to give her some type of carb + a fruit or yogurt to keep it a little balanced.  I use low sugar jelly and the drinkable yogurts with the lowest sugar grams I can find.  (which is actually not that easy, you would be shocked at the amount of sugar that is in the versions marketed to toddlers, way more than the adult)

I usually have the same thing as her, its just easier to make 2 of whatever.  I eat mine in the car on the way to work.  Sometimes I have a Shakeology drink instead of solid breakfast when I am feeling like a fatty.

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For dinner, she eats what we eat about half the time.  I don't really feel like dumbing down my food to make it toddler friendly, so if we are having something she won't eat I will either a) put it on her plate anyway and see if she will try it, or b) whip her up something I know she will like.  That usually consists of a pizza made on a whole wheat sandwich round, nuggets, meat/cheese/crackers, etc.

These are both examples of her eating what we eat, with a few modifications.  I just realized we eat a lot of Mexican type food.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thoughts on a Friday

-Can I send myself a box of Harry and David pears?  Is that acceptable?

-I laughed out loud at a list I saw on Facebook about having an outgoing personality but actually being an introvert.  One of them said "you are accused of being a flirt, which is hilarious b/c in reality you can only stand like 4 people" and that is totally me.

-Most of my problems are really #whitepeopleproblems.  Boo hoo, what should I put on my Christmas list?  I can't think of anything, I need NOTHING!

-We are not doing Elf on the Shelf and I don't feel the least bit bad about it.

-Today my outfit consist of thrifted Dolce Vita booties, thrifted grey skinny jeans and a black top from JCP.  Along with a LV Neverfull.  Walking contradiction of cheap + love of handbags

-Speaking of Christmas, The Husband and I don't do Christmas gifts.  We just don't need anything and are picky so no need to try to figure out what to get each other.

-This weekend is just me and my girl and we plan on decorating for Christmas, eating pizza and watching Annie.  Sounds like a perfect weekend to me.

-H often tells me I'm her best friend, and I secretly hope I always am

Hope everyone has a great weekend filled with Christmas shopping, decorating and snuggles!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Converstions about Christmas

This is what went on this morning at our house:

Me:  (Attempting to get her motivated to get dressed and get going)  Tonight we are going to go out to eat and to go get a Christmas tree!  Doesn't that sound like fun?

H: A tree for Daddy's birthday? (which is next week)

Me: No, actually, I guess the tree is for Jesus' birthday.

H:  Who is Jesus? (What!?  Jesus Loves Me is like her favorite song??)

Me:  Remember, he is God's son, we sing about him at church.

H:  Why are we going out to eat with Jesus for his birthday?

Its a good thing we are not doing Elf on the Shelf, because apparently I suck at communicating how all this stuff ties into Christmas!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Life Lately

It's been awhile since I posted and a few people asked me for an update.  Here is what we have been up to:

At H's request, I dressed up for Halloween.  She had a blast and looked so cute in her Minnie outfit.

We've been to the ranch a few times already, she really loves the outdoors and the Jeep we have there

I went on a girls trip to NYC with my SIL and MIL.  So blessed to have married into such a wonderful family.

eating Magnolia Bakery banana pudding, it was delicious!

This girl stayed home with her Dad and Rocky while the big girls ate their way through the city

Donuts on Thanksgiving morning with her bestie, Caleb

But most of all I am so very thankful for my wonderful life.  Everyday I am thankful for my family and my happy little home.  As someone that has struggled before, I have truly never been so happy in my life!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Operation Self Care.....Don't get old and fat

B and I had a long talk on the way home from CS this past weekend.  We do some of our best talking in the car.  We don't listen to the radio, we mostly just talk about all the things going on that we never have time to sit and have a real focused conversation about.  H will sleep or watch movies and is a really good car rider, so we have time to chat and get things accomplished.

One of the things we talked about was aging and general appearance/body maintenance.  We both try to take pretty good care of ourselves.  We use face products, wear sunscreen, eat healthy 80% of the time.  But eventually that alone is not going to be enough.  I don't think I will deal with the aging process well - I am kind of vain.  So I am taking some active steps towards caring for myself.  My twenties were all about career and marriage, the last 3 years have been all about H and being the best mom I can be.  I feel like I am in a good place with life and family and career so I am going to focus on me for the next little bit.  Hopefully without dropping the ball on those other areas.

First up, teeth.  I don't have yellow teeth but they aren't super white.  So I am starting a round of Crest Ultra strips and will report back with results.

Second up, face.  I signed up for a monthly facial/massage program at a spa super close to the house.  They have extended hours, and if I don't use something that month I can pass it along to Blake.  My plan is do do a facial every quarter, get 4 massages a year and pass the other along to B.  Because a guys gotta maintain as well!

Last on the list, body.  If you know me or ever read my blog you know I don't work out.  Never really have, don't enjoy it AT ALL.  But diet alone has not been enough lately to maintain my weight, and I am a few pounds more than I would like to be.  And gravity is going to start to pull things down quickly, so I am going to start working out.  My plan is to do the Beachbody T25 work out.  25 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  B even offered to do the dishes at night so I can concentrate on my workout.  8:30 PM is not exactly the prime time for me to work out, but it is the only time I have.  So I am going to commit to it for 70 days and see if I look better and feel better about myself.  Not that I feel bad, I just don't feel great.

So folks, that is my plan.  I am not really that great at sticking to anything, but I am going to try my best this time and will report back on my progress.  Before and after bikini photos not included.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thoughts on friendships as an adult

This is a topic/post I roll around in my head a lot and debate on if its worth writing about.  But its been on my mind more lately, so I will just throw it out there.

In general, I would say that friendships have always been something I struggle with a bit.  Mostly girl friendships, there have been a few guys friends over the years that I connected with fine.  I really did not like high school all that much.  I never felt like I had a crowd, a group to call my own.  Stuck between my goody-goody friends and that crowd that partied.  For the record, I did not party in high school.  To me the risk far out weighed the benefits.  I could not wait for college and the opportunity to do my own thing, find a more diverse group of friends I could call my own.

I ended up joining a sorority in college, and mad some really close friends.  But a few things happened towards the end of those 4.5 years and some of those friendships fizzled out.  Turns out we had a lot of fun together while we were there, but that fun did not transition well into being a grown up.

Its been 11 years since I graduated college and I can count my close friends on one hand.  I have lots of medium-close friends, but only a couple of people I regularly keep in touch with.  Part of the problem is that we live about 3 hours from the major cities where most of our friends moved to after college.  Part of the problem is that as a working Mom, I work, commute, and hang out with my family.  There isn't a lot of free time to do girls nights, happy hours, book clubs, etc.  And I am usually fine with that, as somewhat of an introvert I enjoy time at home with just my family.

But every once in awhile, pictures on Facebook of girls supper clubs and girls weekends really get to me.  I don't really have that type of group, 5-10 girl friends that get together monthly while the husbands watch the kids.  My friends are scattered, different places, from different periods in my life.  Its something that does make me a little sad, but I don't really do anything to fix it.  I don't want to join Junior League.  I don't have time for Mom's groups.  And quite frankly I sometimes have trouble connecting with SAHMs.  Not that there is anything wrong with staying at home, its just that our lives are very different.

I am hoping that when H starts elementary school, or when I don't work and commute as much, that I can work on building a closer network of local friends.  But maybe that is not possible, I know some of has to do with me and my personality type.  And the other day as we approached the park in the stroller, H said to me, "Mom I don't want to play with the big kids at the park, I just want to play by myself."  So apparently she is a little like me, because sometimes I would just rather play by myself too.