Monday, December 23, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

I don't know about you, but Christmas came so fast this year that I've had a harder time getting into the "Christmas Spirit" compared to previous years. 

There are a couple factors that go into this:  1) We aren't going to Montana this year which makes me sad but with my work schedule and everything it was easier for my parents to come here.  2) Due to a very busy toddler that shall remain nameless we have limited decorations around the house.  I put the wreath on the door and the tree minus ornaments and that's it.

To top it all off, its just been flat out busy.  Between jewelry shows, work events, company Christmas parties and being crazy busy at work there has been little, if any, free time.

This weekend, however, I got a little more into the Christmas spirit.  Andrew and I went out for my birthday into Seattle where there were Christmas decorations everywhere.  I finally got the giant pile of boxes in my entry way turned into wrapped gifts, the Christmas menu is planned and I just feel jolly.

I wish all my blog friends (and real friends) a blessed and Merry Christmas.  I hope you all feel the love and joy of the true meaning of Christmas. 

Oh come let us adore Him!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Highlights from year 33....

Today marks the 4th anniversary of my 29th birthday.  That's 33 for those of you who haven't had your coffee yet today.

Every year, my birthday seems to arrive faster and faster.  This year was no exception.  Somehow the addition of an ankle biter (I know now where that term comes from as Sawyer literally tries to bite my feet) makes time fly just that much faster.

To mark this day, I've decided to reflect on 33 highlights of this year.

1. 2012 Birthday dinner at Fogo de Chao in DC with AJ and Lauren
2. Making new friends in Parent Baby class
3. Going back to work and remembering why I like it
4. Putting Sawyer in this shirt
5. Travelling to Virginia to celebrate Grandpa Hall's 70th birthday
6. Starting Stroller Strides - best decision ever!
7. Sawyer's first haircut
8. Putting Sawyer in this hat (one of my favorite pictures)
 9. Lots of fun times in the bathtub
 10. Nice summer days at the park

 11. My first Mother's Day - I got a potato ricer so I could make gnocchi
 12. Chopping my hair off.  I'm currently growing it out again but this picture makes me want to chop it off!

 13. Aunt Janet and Uncle Ken coming to visit
14. Sawyer's first Mariner's game!

 15. This romper
 16. Our trip to the Oregon Coast with Andrew's parents
17. Sawyer eating sand
 17. A walk on the beach with my love
 18. Sawyer learning to crawl in Oregon!
19. The Salty by the Sea Mocha from the Green Salmon in Yachats, Oregon.  Yes, it was that good that it gets its own highlight.
20. My cousins wedding in Cleveland
 20. Eating at Michael Symon's restaurant Lola in Cleveland....and Happy Dog!
21. Summer time walks to Starbucks

20. Hosting my first Stella & Dot show with my friend Caroline
 21. The first Hokie game of the season - Sawyer was very excited.

22. Snuggles with my boy
 23. Sawyer's birthday and family photos in the park
24. The whole family coming to celebrate Sawyer's first birthday
 25. Starting Body Back
26. Mom's night out at Canvas Sip and Paint - look what I made!
 27. Sawy'ers first trip to the pumpkin patch!

 28. Playdates with friends
 29. I got some guns!
 30. I bought skinny jeans!
31. Fun times in toddler class
 32. Joining Stella & Dot as a stylist!
33.  Thanksgiving with my East coast family. 
There's many more highlights that I didn't mention but all in all I am a blessed woman.  I have a great husband, a wonderful little boy, a loving family and a loving God.  Hoping the next year brings just as many blessings and adventures.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reality Check

You know when you know something about yourself that needs to change but you choose to ignore it or deny that you really need to do anything about it?

Well, I had a reality check last week.

I have genetically high cholesterol (thanks Mom and Dad).  I was first diagnosed when I was in high school when I played multiple sports and weight 140 pounds.  I was on cholesterol medication for several years through college and grad school but stopped taking it when Andrew and I got married because I was afraid of accidentally getting pregnant (and those medications are dangerous to a fetus).  I ended up seeing a specialist and ironically my numbers were better when I was off the medications.  So I've just kept an eye on things over the years and tried to control it with diet and exercise.

I had a physical with my doctor a couple weeks ago to get my cholesterol checked and to check my blood sugars since I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy.  I've worked very hard to get back to pre-baby weight but this weight is still 20 pounds heavier than I'd like to bed.

I met with my doctor last week to go over the numbers in my blood work.  I was a little disappointed.

First, my fasting glucose numbers were 3 points above normal - story of my life people.

My overall cholesterol was borderline high but my triglycerides were normal - yay!

But my most disturbing number was my high sensitivity CRP which measures inflammation and risk for heart disease.    It was ridiculously high.  Given my high cholesterol and family history of heart disease this number scares the crap out of me.

*sidenote, I was coming down with a cold when my blood was taken and since this number can reflect infection, its possible that it was elevated because of that.

Anyway, my doctor thinks all my numbers can go down to normal if I could lose 20 pounds. 

Yep.  Those 20 pounds I've been fighting since college.  Heck, those 20 pounds I've been fighting since I got married!  Those damn 20 pounds.

But, after such a reality check, I'm a bit more motivated to actually make it happen.

I've got the exercise down.  With Stroller Strides at least 3 times per week, and Body Back will resume in January, I'm stronger than I've probably ever been.

Now comes the diet.

My doctor recommended the Ideal Protein Diet.  I've heard (and known people) who have had success with it.  But I just can't get behind a diet plan with pre-packaged food or the cost that is associated with the meal replacements.

So, I am going to try the Dukan Diet instead.  Its very similar (French based diet) that is heavy on protein, less carbs with several phases that gradually introduce carbs and regular portion controlled eating back into your diet. My parents have had really good success with this over the last couple of years. 

We have my work Christmas party this weekend so will get all our groceries and everything after that.  And next week is my birthday and you better believe that I will eat what I want on my birthday which will include a cranberry bliss bar from Starbucks and some cheesecake.  But otherwise, hoping to drop some weight and keep up my exercise and bring those numbers down.

I'll try and keep you all posted on my progress.  I'm feeling motivated to get my numbers back to normal. 

Who's with me?  Anyone tried the Ideal Protein Diet? 

PS  Sorry for lack of blogging.  Things are just busy.  I've got lots of things to catch you up on and some great ideas for some blogging in the new year. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mid Week Confessions - Thanksgiving style

Hi Friends!  Pardon me for lack of blog content.  Packing for a week long trip with a toddler in the middle of a busy holiday season of jewelry shows and a changed work schedule to accommodate said trip makes for not a lot of free time.  Alas, we are here and have officially survived a red eye flight with a toddler. 

So, lets confess shall we?

- On our first leg of our trip from Seattle to Chicago (which left at 11 pm Seattle time) we were across the aisle from a lady who did not look happy to be sitting across from our very cute little boy.  Sawyer was mildly fussy waiting to take off given that he a) was tired since he should have been sleeping and b) was forced to sit still given we had to wait for some maintenance on the plane.  She gave us a few glares.  I wanted to glare right back.  Once the plane started moving, Sawyer crashed and was still asleep 4 hours later when we got off the plane.  I did give the lady a "ha ha my kid didn't bother you at all" look but she still looked not happy as we were exiting so it may not have been Sawyer.

- we are getting ready to eat biscuits and gravy, eggs and whole host of other fixins for breakfast.  I love coming to visit Virginia.  But hopeful to hit the gym soon.

- Sawyer is definitely having some stranger anxiety - he will flirt from a distance but won't get near Grandma or Grandpa.  Hoping he warms up soon since we have several plans later this week to leave him with Grandma while Mommy and Daddy go out.

- I tried on a pair of jeans at Macy's the other day on the clearance rack.  They were one of my favorite brands but I figured they were on the clearance rack because there was some fraying on them.  As I was trying them on I pulled them up in the back and proceeded to rip a hole in them.  I left them in the dressing room and walked out.  I did buy a pair of skinny jeans and two shirts so I don't think Macy's lost any money.

- I did a 10 minute wall sit at my final Body Back assessment.  Not a confession but I had to brag :-)

I hope you all have a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving celebration wherever you are celebrating.  May your hearts and stomachs be full and may you find some fabulous deals on Friday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Working Part Time - The Best of Both Worlds

If you are a first time visitor from E Myself and I - welcome!  I hope you like it here.  To read a few of my favorite posts, go here, here, and here.

For my regular readers, I'm honored to be a guest poster on my good friend Elizabeth's blog E, Myself and I where she has been doing a working moms series.  I chose to write about working part time.  Check out her blog for all the other fantastic posts in this series.

Like E, I love my job. I'm a physical therapist.  I spent 7 long hard years in college and graduate school earning my doctorate.  I've since earned two additional certifications in orthopedics and manual therapy.  I still have LOTS of student loans to pay off.  I'm lucky that I work for a great company that I've been with my entire career.  I love my clinic and coworkers, I (mostly) love my patients, and I love what I do.

As we thought about starting our family, I knew that I didn't want to quit my job but I also knew that I didn't want to leave my child in the care of someone else the majority of the week.  I was working 10+ hour days - leaving the house at 7 am and not getting home until 7 pm.  If I kept that schedule then I would only get to see my child for 30 minutes 4 days of the week.  I knew that I would want and need to cut my hours to feel like I was raising my child but still working the job that I love.  Fortunately for me, the healthcare industry and my company allowed me the flexibility to work 20 hours a week (two 8 hour days and a 4 hour day).

Sidenote: I always ask my patients about their job during my evaluations.  Now, more than ever, I phrase the question "do you work outside the home?" because I know how much WORK being a SAHM is

Here are the reasons why I LOVE working part time:

-Its good for me to get out of the house.  Two and half days of the week I get to be a professional, dress in something other than yoga pants, have adult conversation and not worry about nap schedules.

-Its good for Sawyer to be under the care of another person that isn't mom or dad.  Plus, our nanny has a little boy who is 2 months younger than Sawyer so he gets some socialization with others.

-Sawyer gets to see me leave and come home.  I LOVE the gigantic smile on his face when I walk through the door and we haven't had any issues with separation anxiety yet (knock on wood!)

-Working gives me a chance to miss him.  I think that if I was a SAHM I wouldn't appreciate how much I miss him when I am away.

-I don't have to miss out on his milestones and development.  Being home the other four and a half days a week, I haven't missed watching him learn to crawl and walk, knowing his favorite books and foods.  We can do activities like toddler classes and playdates.  We can play peek-a-boo and tickle monster - I wouldn't trade those moments for anything.

-My salary allows us to do the "fun" stuff.  We are blessed that my husband has an excellent job at Microsoft that pays well and offers full benefits.  We would probably be fine on his salary alone.  My income allows us to do things like travel to visit grandparents, pay for my Starbucks habit Stroller Strides classes and toddler groups, and most importantly my Starbucks habit baby sitters so mommy and daddy can have date nights*.

*My husband pointed out that this is a theoretical benefit as we've only had date nights when grandparents have been in town to baby sit.

Sure I have those days when I wish I did one or the other.  There are days when Sawyer is cranky, has had multiple diaper blow outs, pukes on me and refuses to nap when I wish I was at work.  And there are days when I'm overwhelmed with new patients and paperwork when I wish I could just stay at home with my boy.

Life is about finding the right balance.  For me and my family, working part time is the perfect balance.  I know how lucky we are that we even have the option and that I love my jobs - BOTH of them.  Being a mom is hard.  We should celebrate all moms for the job they do whether they work inside or outside the home.  Lets face it, motherhood is much more than a full time job.  There are no coffee breaks or weekends off - just a heavy reliance on the Starbucks drive-through. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weeknight dinners - Chicken Pozole Soup

Its definitely fall in Seattle.  There's a lot more grey out there especially now that the leaves have fallen off trees.  While it hasn't rained a ton (yet), its dark early.  And its cool outside.

On a cold day, there is nothing better than a delicious soup to warm you up.  I originally had this soup at a friends potluck and it was so delicious!  I eventually ran into the girl that made it again and asked her what the soup was called.  I googled (or Binged rather being the good Microsoft wife that I am) a recipe and it has quickly become a staple at our house in the winter months.  Its a great blend of tomatillos, cilantro, garlic and chicken that is low fat and healthy!  We've made a few tweaks to the recipe to add a little more flavor and more efficiency in the cooking process.

Green Chicken Pozole Soup (adapted from Epicurious)

6 cups of chicken broth
1 large onion - thinly sliced
1 head of garlic*
2 tsp salt
1 rotisserie chicken (preferable Costco size or 2 smaller ones from the grocery store)
1-2 lbs tomatillos
2 jalapeno chiles**
1 bunch cilantro
1 tsp oregano
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
lime wedges

*I like a lot of garlic.  You can use less if you prefer
**I usually remove the seeds from 1 chile and keep them in the other and its a mild spice.  You can adjust spice level accordingly by taking out or leaving the seeds in


Bring 5 cups of broth to a simmer on the stove.  Remove chicken meat from the bones and put the bones of the carcass in the broth along with 1/2 the onion and 1/2 the garlic cloves.  (We also sometimes add a bottle of wheat beer).  Let simmer for 15-20 minutes, then drain solids and reserve broth.

Simmer tomatillos, remaining onion and garlic in sauce pan with remaining cup of chicken broth covered until tender about 10 minutes.  Drain vegetables and puree in a blender or food processor with jalapenos, cilantro, oregano, and salt.

Heat oil is heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.  Then add puree (be careful as it will splatter and steam).  Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.  Stir in 1 cup of reserved broth and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in shredded chicken and remaining 4 cups of broth and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes.

Serve in bowls with a squeeze of lime and cubed avocado.  You can also garnish with additional cilantro, radish, shredded romaine, or chopped onion if desired.

Its also great leftover once the flavors mix.

Bon Appetit!  How do you say that in Spanish?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Take off the backpack

At my Body Back workout last night, my trainer had me put on a backpack with 20 pounds in it.  Ten of those pounds represented the 10 pounds I've lost.  Another 10 represented the 10 that I want to lose next.  With this extra 20 pounds on my back I did a series of exercises:  1 minute of jumping jacks, 1 minute of squats, bicep curls and overhead press (with 10 lb dumbells), mountain climbers, push up and holding a plank.

Twenty pounds on my back certainly made it tough.  Not only because the  backpack hit my back just right to push my pants down and pull my shirt up but because it was 20 extra pounds for my body to lift.

After the first set of those exercises, I got to remove 10 pounds from my pack and repeat the exercises.  They were still difficult (and I still felt like my pants were falling down) but easier with 10 less pounds on my back.

Then I got to take off the backpack, literally taking weight off my shoulders.  It was such an incredible sensation.  As I started in on my third round of the exercises I felt light and free like I could do just about anything.  Each exercise that with 20 extra pounds seemed extremely difficult now felt I could do them forever.  I was light as a feather and man did it feel amazing.

Then I realized there was a deeper meaning here.  Isn't this what God wants for us? 

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" Matthew 11:28-30

He wants to take our burdens, worries, fears and other "weights" we keep in our backpacks and gently remove them from our shoulders so we can be light and free.  He wants to give us rest and energy.  His burden is light if we let him have ours.

What if Andrew dies leaving me and Sawyer on our own?  What if I die and Sawyer grows up without a mother?  I look fat in these jeans.  What if I don't fit in with this group of moms?  What if something goes terribly wrong with our house?  Will I ever pay off my student loans?  Maybe I'm not cut out to have this jewelry business.  Should we have another kid soon?  There's no way I can get the laundry done, clean my house and have everything ready for my party this weekend.

Those are some of my "weights" that I carry in my backpack.  Some are completely irrational and some I give more weight than others.  But what I really need to do is give them all up.  I have to take off the backpack and be assured that God can and will carry them for me....if I let him.

Think of all the time and energy I would have if I didn't have my backpack on?  Just as my body had what seemed like unlimited potential without the extra weight how much more focused and calm could my mind and my heart be if I could just give up the backpack.

So that's what I'm trying to do.  What about you - what weights do you carry with you?  Are you ready to let God take off your backpack?


Monday, November 4, 2013

30 days of Thanks

Wow has life been busy!  We have had something going on almost every day during the week leaving me little time to blog.  Sawyer and I have had lots of play dates with friends and I'm trying to get this jewelry line off the ground (my first two shows are this weekend!).  So, friends, I apologize for my lack of content.  I have lots of stuff to write about so hang in there with me while try and juggle all the stuff I have going on.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love the food, getting together with family and friends, THE FOOD, and of course the black Friday shopping.  The trend on Facebook these days is the 30 days of Thanks during the month of November.  I didn't start this and don't want to seem like I'm just trying to keep up with the cool kids but I did want to share a few things I am thankful for on the blog.

November 1st - I am thankful for Stroller Strides - a group of great women to share life with and get healthy with.  Joining this group has been one of the best decisions I have made.

November 2nd - I am thankful for my job - I love what I do and am so blessed to work for a company that has been flexible with me in my transition to motherhood and letting me work part time.

November 3rd - I am thankful for my church.  I love Creekside.  I love the people there, I love the staff, I love our new worship director and love that we have a community of people that love us and love Sawyer.

November 4th (today).  I am thankful that on this day my husband was born.  I could not be luckier in the man I have found to be my life long partner.  He is my best friend and the love of my life.  He provides for our family, he loves our little boy like no other, and is a steadfast follower of the lord.

I will try and keep up with this list through the month :-)

I have a couple great soup recipes I want to share with you over the next couple of days so hang in there with me!

Here's a cute picture of my boy as an apology for my lack of blogging - its his fault - he takes up all my time :-)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Hashtags

Hi Friends!  There's no confessions link up this week so I figured we could do some hashtags instead as I've got lots of random tidbits to share.

- I realized the other day that you can actually see muscle definition in my arms!  I've never had buff arms but all those planks and push ups are starting to pay off!  #checkouttheseguns #buffmommy #Ifeltveryawkwardtakingthispicture


- I had two pairs of Citizen of Humanity jeans that I FINALLY took to get fixed at the cleaners (one had a small hole that needed to be patched and the other needed to have the button fixed).  I tried both of them on and while I could get them buttoned, they were certainly not comfortable to wear. #motivationtolose10morepounds

-While trying on said jeans, I realized that I can no longer wear super low cut jeans.  After I tried on my Citizens, I put on my Lucky Sofia Bootcut jeans - they are A) cut for a more curvy figure and B) specially cut to have a higher rise in the back.  They button just below my belly button and well cover my c-section pooch and are so comfy. My skinny jeans are also from the Lucky Sofia line.  #Imnot21anymore #momjeans

- I've been tracking my Stella & Dot Sample order and it should arrive tomorrow.  I. Can't. Wait.  #ChristmasinOctober

- Have you discovered the Polyvore site?  I've seen it a lot with my Stella & Dot business - you can create your own fashion or home d├ęcor looks like the ones you see on Pinterest.  I'm slightly addicted to creating stuff especially with Stella & Dot jewelry.  #justwhatIneed

Fall Look
Isn't this a cute look for fall?

-Sawyer has officially learned to clap.  Before if you asked him to clap he just crossed his arms and touched his elbows.  Now he puts his hands together and looks so proud of himself.  #hestoocute

He loves the bubbles at toddler class

That's all I've got for today.  Hope you all are having a great week!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I've got cabbage in my bra...and I'm wearing skinny jeans

I've got cabbage in my bra...and I'm wearing skinny jeans.

Two things I never thought I'd say (or type). 

They are also completely unrelated.

Lets start with the cabbage.  Sawyer is officially weaned and the milk bar is closed and shuttered.  Its been over a week since he's last breast fed.  He's taken to bottles of cow's milk without blinking an eye.  My boobs haven't gotten the message yet.  Since I weaned down over a 3-4 week time frame, I figured my body would just get used to it.  I was good for a day or two, started wearing normal bras again.  And then it started going downhill.  I started getting so sore especially where my underwire hits.  So, I called my personal lactation specialist (aka my mother in law) who suggested I put cabbage leaves in my bra. 

Surprisingly it worked!  I'm still a little sore but the cabbage helps. Now if I could just quit leaking....

Some moms say they miss breastfeeding once they are done.  Me?  Not so much.  Its very freeing to not have to worry about pumping enough milk to for the days I work.  I get my lunch hours back at work to talk to my coworkers or actually catch up on paperwork.  I can easily be gone for several hours without having to worry about getting back to feed him.  Andrew can put him to bed while I cook dinner.

It really hit home though when I started sterilizing and boxing up all my breast pump supplies and feeding stuff.  I realized my boy is not a baby anymore.  That made me more sad than anything.

But then I think about my skinny jeans.  I never though I could pull off skinny jeans being blessed with a pear shaped figure.  But I had one of those shopping days.  You know, the one where you find super cute stuff to try on and it all looks good on you and makes you feel skinny. (Granted, I have officially lost 10 lbs since starting Body Back in July)  I really wanted to buy some riding boots and needed skinny jeans to go with them.  So I tried on this pair of Lucky skinny jeans and I thought I looked pretty decent.  So I bought them. 

I have to admit - I kind of love them.  I may actually buy another pair.

Not only are they super stretchy and comfy but my hems don't drag on the ground and get wet.  So far I've only worn them with flats (which look cute) and I'm really excited to wear them with my new riding boots.

What about you?  Anything you thought you'd never do or say that you've done lately?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

Growing up, we never went to a pumpkin patch. Our pumpkins usually came from the grocery store. I don't know if it was a time thing since both my parents worked full time or if there just weren't any pumpkin patches in our town. It didn't matter though because we always had fun decorating them. They didn't have these fancy pumpkin carving kits like they do today - it was all about drawing your face with a marker and cutting it out. My parents role was to make sure we didn't cut our fingers off. Mom toasted the pumpkin seeds while Dad helped carve. Good times.

Where we live now, there are LOTS of farms that have pumpkin patches including one that is about 2 miles from our house. Of course, that would have been too easy so I didn't pick that one. After consulting with some friends, I decided to go to Stocker farms in Snohomish WA which is about a 30 minute drive north east of where we live. We had so much fun! We got there early so it wasn't too crowded, they provided wagons or wheel barrows and the pumpkin patch itself was free (as opposed to the pumpkin park which had lots of kiddy activities - that was $10 per adult. We figured Sawyer was too young to really enjoy or appreciate that so we skipped it). Sawyer loved riding in the wagon and touching the pumpkins and we had fun taking pictures and watching his cute face. I definitely think this is a new family tradition.

Could this kid get any cuter?
Look Mom!  Its a big pumpkin!
This one is more my size.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mid Week Confessions

How is it Wednesday again...and October?  Time is just flying by recently.  I saw on Facebook that there's only 75 days until Christmas.  What?!?!

Anyway, lets confess shall we?

- I have a pimple the size of Everest on my chin.  It was one of those you could feel coming for a couple of days.  I swore that I would leave it alone and not mess with it to avoid making it worse.  Then this morning I tried to pop it.  And now it looks even worse.  Seriously - its like I'm 15 again.

- There is a new mom who came to my work out class - she introduced herself and said her son's name was True.  My first thought was "do you have another one named False?".  Yes I judged.  Again, its like I'm 15.

- This morning I was making egg whites with turkey sausage and cheese for breakfast but I felt like something sweet.  So I put a little syrup in it.  It was surprisingly delicious.  I swear I'm not pregnant.

- BIG NEWS!  I am launching a new business as a Stella & Dot Stylist.  I was introduced to Stella & Dot earlier this year and hosted my own show in August.  I love love LOVE their stuff and have decided to sell it on my own.  Partially because jewelry parties are fun but also because then I get a buy more jewelry.  It could be a dangerous cycle but I'm ready for the ride.  I'm sure I will be posting more.

-I was drinking my latte this morning while trying to check facebook on my phone and keep an eye on Sawyer.  I didn't have the spout lined up with my mouth and ended up pouring my latte on my shirt.  Apparently my multi tasking skills are slipping.

- I gave Sawyer a haircut the other night - it wasn't my best work but to my own credit I had a moving target to work with.  That poor kid is going to be the geeky kid at school with the crazy haircuts that his mom gives him.

That's all I've got.  Hope you all are having a great week!  Don't forget to check out E Myself and I for other blogger confessions!

He's seem mommy with too many of these cups....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Weeknight Dinner - Fish Tacos

In my house - especially on work days - I am a huge fan of quick and easy dinners.  I found a recipe on Pinterest for fish tacos and it has quickly become a go to dinner that is easy and delicious.

We have found (and purchased) frozen panko crusted fish (either cod or tilapia - we like both equally) at Costco.  A box is around $11 and has several meals worth of fish.  Throw them in the oven for 20 minutes and voila! you have crispy fish filets that are wonderful on their own with a little tartar sauce.  But, they transform beautifully into fish tacos - combined with a tangy slaw, creamy cilantro lime sauce and a warm corn tortilla and you have perfection on a plate.

Here is the recipe (adapted from No Food Fights)

Cabbage Slaw:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp salt

I package of tri color slaw
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Dissolve sugar and salt in red wine vinegar and pour over slaw.  Its a small amount of dressing and a lot of slaw but it is plenty.  Stir in the cilantro 5 minutes before serving.

Cilantro-Lime Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 TBSP chopped cilantro
juice of 1 lime

Combine all ingredients in small food processor or blender until smooth.


Cook fish according to package directions.  We have found that 4-5 pieces of fish (depending on their size) is enough for 6 tacos or 3 per person.

Heat corn tortillas in a pan over medium high heat for 20-30 seconds on each side.

Place fish on tortillas, top with cabbage slaw and drizzle lime cilantro dressing over top.

*the recipe makes slaw and dressing for a several servings.  We will usually do this at least two nights during the week if I make the slaw and dressing.

If you make them, be sure to invite me over so I can test them to make sure you did it right.  Seriously.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

12 month update

Sawyer turned 12 months old last week!  In case you missed it, we had a special photo shoot for his birthday that you can see here.  But we also had to get the last of the numbered onesies.  I had these custom make for me bySharon at Watching Me Grow.  I highly recommend her shop.  She has gender specific or neutral sets and I had her make ours custom in Virginia Tech colors.  I can't believe we are in our last onesie.  But its a good thing - Sawyer is not about sitting still these days so taking photos this month was near impossible. 

Sawyer had his 12 month check up with Dr. Irwin and weighed in at 23 lbs 12 oz (75th percentile), was 30 1/2 inches long (75th percentile) and his head size was holding steading in the 50th percentile.  He's still in size 4 diapers but I think we will move up to 5s on our next order.  He is wearing mostly 12-18 month stuff mainly for length.  Its a good thing most pants are elastic or have adjustable waists.

Developmental milestones
Sawyer has taken independent steps!  He took a few here and there but the day after his birthday we got a good 5 or 6 and he has been doing this relatively consistently since.  He definitely is standing more on his own.

He has gotten his two top teeth in and appears to be working on the next two top ones.

Lots of jabbering and sounds and he knows to look for his puppy, mommy, daddy and his high chair when we say its time to eat.  

We are officially transitioning to cow's milk and so far so good.  My plan is to wean down gradually  starting with day time feedings.  I have fed him here and there mainly for my own comfort and still do the first and last feedings of the day.  He doesn't seem to have a problem with cow's milk so far.

Otherwise, he eats anything and everything you put in front of him.  His favorites are blueberries, string cheese, cheese puffs, and Mum Mums (rice crackers).

Better.  We did some sleep training and he actually started waking up less at night and can now put himself to sleep.  We no longer have to rock him to sleep (he doesn't really like it anymore) rather we just put him in his crib and he puts himself to sleep (sometimes that means he plays for 20 minutes before hand).  He's still an early riser - usually wakes up around 5:45 am.  Since his 12 month shots he's woken up screaming in the middle of the night a couple of times which has not been fun.  Hopefully this subsides quickly.

Likes and Dislikes
His new favorite toys are the push popper toy and his xylophone - both which were gifts for his birthday.  He will play with either of those for long periods of time.  He still loves his puppy dog and chases Charlie all day long.  He likes to empty his toy bin and clean off the coffee table.  At this point he's not really a fan of diaper changes or getting dressed because it means he has to lie down and be still.

All and all we are well on our way into toddlerhood.  He is a milk drinking, near walking, jabbering little boy who is constantly on the move and all about discovering new things in his world.  We have started a Toddler group this fall which is a structured play time once a week where he has lots of friends his age and we do Stroller Strides several days a week.  He is usually a pretty happy boy with abundant smiles and laughs.  I can't believe he is a year old.  Time has gone by in an instant.  Here is a recap of all his month pictures.

Here are a few other pictures from the last month.

an attempt to make him sit


He was very excited for the Hokie game

at the doctors office when he had a fever for a couple days

Baby Mum Mums make everything better