Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Weekend and Some Thanksgiving Questions

How was everyone's weekend?  I hope it was great for everyone.  Here's a little of what our weekend looked like:

Friday night Trev and I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  Every year at this time, we watch one Harry Potter movie a week.  This is mostly because I love Harry Potter. I don't think Trev would care so much if we let this tradition go, but that won't be happening.

Saturday morning I woke up with a stuffy nose. Hoping it was just congestion due to the cold weather, I got up and started marking off the to-do list. We did a lot of cleaning in the morning and then went out to do some Christmas shopping for cousins who live out of state.  Normally we wouldn't do this until after Thanksgiving, but since we need to ship the presents we wanted to make sure they got to where they need to be in plenty of time.
By the time we got home from one store, I was done.  Not only was my nose stuffy, but my throat hurt and I was exhausted. So to bed I went for the rest of the day.

Sunday was my brother in laws fairwell. He leaves on his LDS mission for two years next week. That was a big deal for us and I really felt that I needed to go. I got up and started getting ready and I told myself, and Trevon that I would do my very best to make it, but if I started feeling sick I wasn't going to spread it around. Luckily I felt great during the meeting and was able to support him in that. We went home to change our clothes and grab some chairs for the luncheon  and headed back to his dad's house.  The first few hours there were great, but by 1:00 in the afternoon, I was done again. So we came home and I went back to bed again.
We were invited to go hang with some friends that evening, and the girls really wanted to play with their little girl. So Trev took the girls after dinner and I stayed home to rest.  By the time Trev got home I was even worse. So I slept while he read and then we both went to bed.

Not an exciting weekend. Monday was better though. I didn't have a fever or aches anymore. We took it easy and did a few chores here and there with lots of laying down in between. Thats how the last few days have been. Lots of laying around and working on getting better! Hopefully by doing that, I will feel great by Thanksgiving.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Here are some Thanksgiving weekend questions for you:

Do you have a big family Thanksgiving party or do you keep it simple with a few friends?

  -We have big Thanksgiving dinners and I wouldn't change that at all.

Any other Thanksgiving traditions besides the meal?

Favorite part of the meal?

What are you thankful for this year?
  
 - My family for sure! I don't know what I would have done with out Trevon the last few days. So glad I have him. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 Thoughts for Friday

Today I thought I'd just share some random things that have come to my mind lately.

1. I'm so glad that boot cut jeans are coming back. Mostly just because this means that I can wear good, comfortable shoes with my jeans without looking ridiculous.  The one reason I hate skinny jeans is because they force you to wear un-supportive, uncomfortable shoes all day. I can't tell you how happy my feet have been being able to wear my old running shoes around all day instead of flats.



2. My girls have been ready to kill each other all week. Literally, there hasn't been a day this week that they have not constantly been fighting. M stopped napping almost completely. J won't share the toys...ugh!  I pulled out the old "Santa is watching" threat early this year, (I'm a Christmas only after Thanksgiving person). I'm hoping that it will remind them to be nice. We also have been reading a lot of Llama Llama books. Especially this one. I'm thinking I'll get this one next.



3.  My kids like disney movies a lot.  J watches one for quiet time almost every day.  Latley it's been Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Sometimes while she's watching it and I can hear it in the back ground, I feel like I've been a lot like the beast lately.  Hopefully J doesn't like watching it because she can sympathize with Belle haha. I hope I'm not always the scary mom, anyone else feel that way?




4. We've been talking a lot about flu shots at our house lately.  I hate getting shots and almost never get a flu shot. I think vaccines are fantastic and I believe they work. I just hate getting shots myself. This year the Dr gave us the option to get the flu mist instead, but they were out of it at the time. Well, when they got it back in, we found out our insurance doesn't cover it. The day after we decided to get the flu shot soon, J got the flu.  Just one more reason to make me not want to get one now.  Her flu, luckily only lasted a day. (Let me clarify, the flu is not a throwing up kind of sick. It's an upper respiratory infection.  Meaning stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, achy muscles. So next time you get a stomach bug, don't say you got the flu, you didn't).  Anyway, I'll probably send Trev and M to get a flu shot together because I still don't want one unless someone is making me get it. 


5. We've been thinking about Christmas gift ideas for the girls. I think we have a good idea for what to get J, but M is harder.  She's not picky at all with toys, which you think would make it easier, but it's not because there are so many options. And what do we get her that she wont take J's away from her instead? Two year old toy suggestions are welcome.  She just really likes everything. 

 What's on your mind today?




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Being Thankful

My girls have been very difficult the last week or so.  I'm sure part of it is the cold weather and not being able to play outside as much. Part of it is that I have little patients lately because of hormones and feeling sick. Sometimes, they just will not listen.

With Thanksgiving a week away, I've been trying really hard to think of the positive things. Think of things that make me happy and that I'm thankful to have in my life.

Even though my girls have been going through a naughty streak, I'm still beyond thankful to have them. Even on the bad days, the do some pretty cute, sweet things.

I wish it was still this warm outside!

Even though I hate being so tired and sick, I'm thankful that I am having another little one.

Even though I don't want to do all the chores on our list, I'm thankful that I have a home to clean and a family to cook for.

What are you thankful for?

How do you remind yourself to count your blessings instead of complain?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Picture-less Update

Hey everyone, I just wanted to pop in and say sorry for the lack of new posts. Thank you for sticking with me through the last few weeks.

I've been very low on energy and have had a huge to-do list.  I'm hoping to still post on here as often as possible. I'll stop in even just for a quick hello and update a couple of times a week. More if the energy comes back soon.

For today's update:

It's snowing here today, all day. Part of me hates that because, as we know, I hate the cold. But it's also been nice to help me get in the holiday spirit. And since we have several holiday parties coming up and Christmas shopping to start, holiday spirit is really needed.

It's been a productive day but exhausting.  Starting out at 5:30 this morning, I was up and getting ready for the gym. The class was awesome, as usual and left me feeling ready to tackle the day. Then I got home and got myself cleaned up. And that ambition to tackle the day left me.

I finished the laundry, made some bread, let the kids play in the snow and then had an early lunch so we could go to the grocery store.  I forgot the ice cream...the one thing I forgot, and it happens to be one of the most important things. Now it's quiet time, that means I can lay down and hopefully get a little nap so that I have energy to make dinner tonight. This pregnancy thing is rough sometimes.


So it's been a productive day even with the lack of energy. I just keep reminding myself that soon the energy will come back, but it will bring a bigger baby bump with it.


What have you gotten done today?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy Cooking: Book Review

Growing up we never had cable (and I honestly never cared that we didn't). So when we got married, and we started renting our own place that included cable, I was pretty quick to think it was fun to watch certain channels. One being the Food Network. Giada at home quickly became a favorite. She's Italian and she cooks a lot of great italian dishes, as well as a lot of other fun, healthy stuff.

When we had J and we moved into our current place, we have cable once again.  J really loves watching "the cooking show" which is Giada, when I make dinner.  It's almost a daily thing that she asks to watch it. And while sometimes I say no, I don't mind her watching stuff like this in hopes that it will peak her interest in cooking dinner every night for her future family.




So I found this book and I took the chance to receive it in exchange for an honest review.  When it came in the mail, I flipped through it and was not disappointed. It's beautifully done and there are thousands of amazing recipes in there and a ton of great pictures to go along with them.

I do have to say that some of the recipes take a little longer and a little more work than others. And some recipes use ingredients that I don't keep in my home.  So, if you're not a wine or coffee drinker, be prepared to substitute.



I can't tell you how many times I've looked through this book and wished I could just make that food appear on a plate in front of me. This pregnancy has left me with little energy to cook good meals.  However, last night I did make her chicken parm, and while I'm sure it's better when she makes it, I didn't have fresh herbs and grape oil, so it didn't turn out as amazing but still good.

This book doesn't give a ton of really clear instructions. It uses words and cooking terms that I'm sure make sense to professionals or more experienced cooks.  There are some words that I have to look up to find out exactly how to do that.



All in all, this is a pretty good book, I plan on using several of the recipes out of it.  And along the way it will be a good learning experience.


Do you have a favorite Food Network Star?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Five On Friday

So, this time for Five on Friday, I'm going to use it as a little explanation.  I've been a little bit inconsistent with the blog lately. Here are a few reasons why:


1. This is the main reason I've skipped the blog a couple of times recently.  We are excited to be expecting #3 in June!


There are several reasons this has effected my blogging. One of which is that it's really hard to blog about life when you're keeping a little bit of your life secret. (Or a big part).  We went to the Dr Wednesday and everything looks great! 

2. Because I've been pregnant, I'm also exhausted. And sick.  With my first two pregnancies, I didn't have much of a morning sickness problem. But this time around it's all I can do somedays to come out of the bathroom. Aside from that, the only time I get to nap is when the girls do nap/quiet time. That's usually when I blog. So the blog has to take the back seat for a while.  

3. 

This is a huge inconvenience to have to wear.  I got Tendentious for the first time around a year ago. Normally I can take an Advil and be ok. The inflammation would go down and it wouldn't be a problem anymore.  It flared up again early this week. Because I'm pregnant, I can't take Advil. So I wear this brace and ice it once in a while.  It makes everyday life a little more difficult but hopefully it will be better soon. As you can imagine, it makes typing, writing, driving, changing diapers and a lot of other things tricky. 

4.  Because I'm pregnant and feeling sick (mostly in the evenings) I've struggled to get out and run. And I've been able to do that a little more recently. But because of this, I've been brainstorming some options for working out this pregnancy. The goal is to keep running as long as possible. But there needs to be some wiggle room and some adjustments to my running schedule. I've considered picking up another gym class, starting beach body coaching, just sticking to the normal routine and lots of other things. The decision hasn't been made. I'm still working on pros and cons. But you'll know when I've figured it out. 

5. Sometimes it's nice to take a break.  Sometimes what you need when you're feeling stuck is a day or two off.  Since this blog is more of a hobby than anything (I have dreams and hopes it would be more someday) it's not something that I'm forced to work on or that I have to do.  If I want to keep this blog running, there will be days off here and there.  Thanks for sticking with me for this long! I'm hopping that the energy will come back soon and will bring the focus and drive back with it.  


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What are five things you're thinking of today?


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Our Halloween

Halloween. Guys, I feel like I sorta dropped the ball on Halloween this year.

First were the costumes.  We are usually pretty good about coming up with fun and good family costume ideas.  J's first Halloween, she was a ghost and we were ghost busters. J's second halloween she was a bear (I've mentioned before how I wish I would have had her be Ellen DeGeneres). M's first Halloween they were a cat and mouse. Last year we were Rockford peaches. This year was a struggle.  I really wanted to have the girls be birds, J didn't want to be a bird. She wanted to be a princess. And, yeah, she's a little girl and the princess thing is going to happen. But, everyone dresses up as Elsa or Ariel or Cinderella.



Anyway, she won.  She was Cinderella and M was the fairy godmother. Trev and I opted out of dressing up.

So we bought J her Cinderella dress, and we made a make shift fairy godmother costume for M out of an old Cinderella dress, a glow stick wand, some miss matched wings and a head band. It works.


The week of Halloween got here and we realized that we hadn't even set up our Halloween decorations. So the Tuesday before, we got them out and set up a few, but not all. I didn't want to have to take the time to set them all up to take them down a couple of days later.

But even though I dropped the ball a little on those things, we still had a great Halloween.  We went to the annual skeleton soup party at my grandma's house. That's always a lot of fun for the kids and a great way to make sure they eat before they trick or treat. Although, all M ate was a cookie and a little bit of a sandwich, and J just didn't eat.



The best part about Halloween was, of course, the trick or treating. We invited some friends to come with us this year and we all had a great time. Usually, I spend this time at home handing out candy. I always thought it was a little lame to just leave the bowl of candy out, but that's what happened this year. And I was happy I went. Although, I was a little worried about some punk kids coming and taking our bowl or braking it like they did to my sister.

Parents, if you let your teenage kids go trick or treating (our limit was always 12 years old) then please talk to them about be respectful to everyone else and their property. There is no reason to ruin someone else's holiday by breaking, vandalizing or stealing their stuff. Seriously. Little twerps.


Anyway, all in all, it was a good Halloween. And the girls were happy with what they were dressed as. That's what matters.


What did you dress as? 

What age did you stop trick or treating?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Workout Guest Post

Hey guys, today I'm sharing a workout post over on My Little Sunshines blog.   Hop over there to see it!

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Garth Brooks Concert

This is a huge deal.  Thursday, October 29 2015, at 7:30 PM I marked one huge thing off of my bucket list.

One of my earliest memories is driving down to Lake Powell with my family in the car and Garth Brooks on the radio.  Ever since then, I was hooked.  We used to watch all of the epic Garth concerts on TV (fire, guitar smashing, rain on the stage, Jumping and running around...) and wish we could be in the audience. And it quickly became a goal and a dream of mine to be there.

I was pretty sure these dreams were crushed about a decade ago when I heard that Garth was going into retirement and wouldn't be preforming like that anymore.  It was more than a little heart breaking. (I'm sure I sound super extreme right now.) A glimmer of hope came after Trev and I got married and realized that Garth Brooks still did concerts, just more intimate concerts, in Las Vegas. Tickets were $500 a piece and certainly not in a newlywed's budget.

But then I heard something on the radio one day. Garth Brooks was coming back. He was doing a world tour again! It was set for 2015. The thing is, that was more than a year later than I'd heard the announcement, and when Trevon wasn't nearly as excited about it as I was, I'd totally forgotten the news before this year came.

About a month ago, I got a text from my sister saying that he was coming to Utah, and tickets were way cheaper than usual. In fact, they were completely affordable.  The next week, I got a call from my sister, WE WERE GOING TO GARTH BROOKS!



So now that I've set that tone, Garth Brooks was a huge deal. On Thursday, I picked my sister up at 5:00 PM. We stopped at Zaxby's for dinner (which was really yummy by the way) and then headed to SLC to pick up our friend, who bought the tickets, and to head to the concert.

Traffic was insane, and it was rainy. But it didn't bother us for one second. We were all too excited to care about lousy weather.

Garth delivered the concert we'd been hoping to see for the last 20 years. He made the comment at the beginning that he hates it when a band comes out with a new album, does a concert, and only sings those songs at the concert. He wanted everyone to know the songs and to sing a long. So he stuck to his old stuff. He sang too many of my favorites to mention. And the entertainment he gave was exactly like what it would have been in the beginning.




If you made it this far, thank you for staying with me while I gush about this experience. It was a dream come true. I wish I could go again, and maybe someday, if he keeps this touring stuff up, I will go again. But I'm happy that I was able to go. It was exactly what I'd hoped and expected it to be.



Now I am off to take a much needed nap while the girls are doing quiet time.

Do you have a favorite artist that you've dreamed of seeing in concert?

Are you a country music fan?