Friday, October 23, 2015

A long weekend with family {An overdue recap}

Hey heyyyyy!  Sorry I've been MIA for a while.  We've had a sick mama and sick baby on our hands. Max had a cough about a month ago (doctor said it was viral and would clear up on its own).  It went away, but then I started coughing.  After 3 weeks of feeling like I was going to cough out my tonsils, I went to the doctor, who prescribed a Z-pak.  Unfortunately, it didn't really help and I kept feeling icky throughout the entire 5 days of the antibiotic.  My cough is still lingering, but it's getting better. Max woke up snotty and congested last Wednesday with a nasty cough again, and when his symptoms continued, I took him to the doctor on Friday.  Turns out, he had his first ear infection (I noticed he was sticking his fingers in his ears on Thursday).  He's been on amoxicillin (the yummy pink stuff that I remember fondly from my childhood) for a week now and he seems to be feeling better.  Thank goodness!

Another reason I've been missing is because my mom and sister came to visit last Friday through this Tuesday, so we've been soaking in all the grandma/auntie time.  We love it when they come to visit, but the last few times they've come out here have been short, rushed, and taken up by a big event (like a first birthday party or a baptism).  For this visit, they were here for 5 days, and we had no big events to prepare for or celebrate, so we got lots of quality time with our favorite Ohioans.  Max recognizes them more readily each time he sees them, which warms my heart.  It's hard being so far away from such key players in our lives.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here is a monster photo dump from our long weekend with Auntie and Grandma!

On Saturday, we went back to the vintage barn sale that we visited the last time they came out.  I only bought a print for Max's room, and my mom bought a vintage storage box.  And this was the only photo I took.  Max loved looking at the horsies with Auntie.

On Sunday, my sister and I made some Halloween-themed cakepops.  This is her Snapchat photo of the fruits of our labor.  Mom helped, too.

We had Victor's family over for a ham and cheesy mashed potato dinner Sunday night.  Max was supporting our Bengals all day...still undefeated!  #whodey

My sister's goldendoodle, Mya, came along on this trip, and Max was one happy camper.  He snuggled up with her, gave her hugs, and even tried to blow raspberries on her belly (he only tried that once since he ended up with a mouthful of fur).  She is so gentle with him and I think Max could sense that she was much more welcoming than Kenny is of him.

Kenny was more jealous that Mya was paying attention to Max instead of him.  He's very leery of Max.

We played around with Mom's selfie stick.  They're pretty fun.  My sister is holding a piece of Kraft singles cheese in her hand there.  Our dad always had Kraft singles and saltines as a snack.  We enjoyed some with Ritz crackers.  Max is a fan.

Eating breakfast before Mom and Sis shoved off on Tuesday.  We were very sad to see them go, but we'll be together again for Thanksgiving!

Here are some pics my sister took during this visit.  Max loved having two of his favorite gals in the house. We had an epic dance party Monday night and Max showcased some of his new moves...mostly squats and spins.  My mom got some great video of him busting a move.  I love that my baby loves to dance!

What these photos don't show is a toddler who has learned how to throw some pretty epic tantrums. Who taught him this?!

Hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Oh Hey, Friday! | 5 pictures of my kid

Well hello there, Friday!  I thought you'd never get here.  I love the weekend!  Although, now that I'm a stay-at-home mommy, weekends are really just more of the same old thing around here...except we get to hang out with Victor during the day.

Max and I had lots of fun over the past week.  Here are some photos of what we got into!

This was last Friday after we had dinner out with Victor's parents and some family friends.  Max was a rockstar and inhaled his chicken quesadilla and some guacamole with no fuss.  During his pre-bedtime bottle and 15-minutes of Sesame Street, he pulled me in for a snuggle.  Melt my heart, why don't ya?!

On Monday, we painted.  I learned my lesson since the last time we painted...only 2 colors are necessary.  Any more and you just get a brown, ugly finished product.

Max kills me with his silliness.  He comes out of his playroom sometimes and cracks me up with whatever combination of toys he has with him.  This time, he rolled out on his Batmobile with his jingle bells and his tambourine.  Ready to jam.

Max pulled these blankets onto the floor, then grabbed his dump truck and nuzzled down for a snuggle.  Because why wouldn't you cuddle with your dump truck?

Max learned a new trick this week: climbing on top of the coffee table.  Thankfully he hasn't tried it since this photo was taken on Wednesday.  I sent this to my mom and sister and they commented on the "state" of my house.  Max is a hurricane.  He tears up the foam mats and empties the cabinet full of bibs, burp cloths, and diapers in the playroom daily.  He removes all the tupperware from the Lazy Susan cabinet (the only cabinet in the kitchen without a childproof lock) and scatters it all over the floor while I make dinner.  We put a lock on the pantry door because he kept bringing us cans of Sprite, bottles of barbecue sauce, and boxes of pasta all day.  Nothing is safe!

Hope you all have a splendid weekend!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Scarf Swap!

I have to admit, I'm terrible at accessorizing.  I am such a creature of habit and wear the same accessories every day--the only jewelry I wear are my engagement and wedding rings and the diamond earrings Victor got me for our 1-year wedding anniversary.  I have lots of other pretty earrings, statement necklaces and scarves, but I rarely wear them.  

In an effort to overcome this fear of accessorizing, I thought I'd partake in Astleigh and Rachel's Scarf Swap.  These fabulous ladies matched nearly 20 different bloggers with a scarf swap partner, gave us instructions to shop for a scarf for our blogger buddy and mail it out by the end of September. Now we're all linking up today to share our scarves that we received!  

Amy send me this beautiful scarf and a lovely handmade fall-inspired card!  Girlfriend is talented!

The former teacher in me loves the apples on the card!

I LOVE this scarf, Amy!  The colors are just my style!

I actually wore the scarf last Saturday!  I love the ball fringe around the edge!  It's an infinity scarf, which I love!  Thanks so much, Amy!

I sent a scarf to Carri, a photographer from Virginia who takes lovely photos and recently got married!  I loved exploring her blog to get an idea of her style!

It was so fun to participate in this little swap!  Thanks for organizing it all, Astleigh and Rachel!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Recipes That Rock | Roasted Broccoli

One night each week, I make salmon, steamed broccoli, and quinoa for dinner for our family.  It's a big hit with everyone, especially Max.  He LOVES salmon, and he's started to come around to the quinoa, as well.  He still needs convincing on the broccoli though.  

Steamed broccoli is yummy and very good for you.  But sometimes that gets boring.  I wanted to do something a little different last night, so I pulled out an old favorite recipe for roasted broccoli that I haven't made in a few years.  And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

"Better Than Steak" Roasted Broccoli
(this is what the original recipe claimed.  You be the judge)

I don't remember where I got this recipe.  But it's great.

  • 4-5 pounds broccoli (or 2 large heads), cut into big florets, thoroughly dried
  • Olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Be sure broccoli florets are completely dried.  Place on foil-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Toss broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Slice or mince garlic cloves and toss with broccoli. 
  5. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until "crisp-tender" and the tips of some florets are browned.
  6. After roasting is complete, remove from oven and zest/squeeze lemon juice over broccoli.  Add a bit more olive oil and 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese.

When I made this last night, I omitted step 6 and it was still delicious, but I do think the lemon juice and cheese give it an extra little something.

Give it a try!  I'm sure you won't be disappointed!