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And the results are in...

*insert shocked face here*

Holy crap, we made a baby girl. 

Despite all signs pointing to another boy and my own mind trying to convince myself it was a boy, and this admission I made last week, I am indeed baking a little baby girl in there.  I can do this, right?

I'm pretty darn tootin' excited and now feel like I can get things more underway.  She's looking healthy and right on point so far which is fantastic.

Stay tuned to see how things progress with baby girl, aka "Tater Tot"!

Besides a healthy baby, what do you want?

What?! How can I possibly answer such a selfish question? Ah, but I'm going to. I'm going to be honest with myself and all of you in the blogosphere. 
I want a girl.
There I said it. Whew. 
I have a certain family member of mine has expressed their desire for a girl and I'm offended by it and want to scream, as I say so often to my boys, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!"  But I am just as guilty of having a desire for a girl too.

Why is that so hard for me to admit? Oh wait, silly me, I know why...guilt. Gulp. You aren't supposed to chose right?

I LOVE my boys more than the moon and back, but I just want to give a crack at trying to raise a girl and all the insanity that surrounds it.

I know I'm crazy.  I mean I barely get my own ass out the door looking decent and I want to curse myself with someone who'll want their hair done too and probably fret over what to wear every morning just like I do.  But, if you know me, you know I *m…

A week of Anniversaries

Forever the dates that occur this week are engrained in my heart and soul.  For both good, sad, and a little in between.

First the good...

Eight years ago was our wedding and while that doesn't seem that long ago we've managed to cram quiet a bit in there.  2 houses, 2.5 kids, and tons of trips fill my memories.  Probably like most brides, I tried to live in the moment of that day but it still is a bit of a blur to me which is funny considering I spent more hours planning it and fretting over font sizes than I'd like to admit.  We got married just on the cusp of digital photography too so our pictures are good, but not the amazing quality I've seen to day of wedding or have been lucky enough to capture of my minions.

Unfortunately, on our actual anniversary date this year we were both cursed by the stomach flu, but hey I'll take losing 6 pounds in a weekend as a bonus present (ps--they've made their way back).  We're planning on heading out for an overnight …

The BIG ultrasound is almost here!

Last time I was adamant on being team green.  How in the hell did I accomplish that I'll never know.  Even more spectacular was that my husband knew and I didn't.  He did a phenomenal job keeping it from me for 20 weeks and I managed to only have one or two outbursts where I thought he had spoiled it for me.

Well this time I can't wait.  I was originally thinking we'd keep the gender a surprise for both of us for another two weeks until my birthday, but I don't think I can wait that long. 

So which way am I leaning?

Pink = 1% because I feel like have been on my period for 19 weeks straight with all the PMS attitude that accompanies it, I mean only my veins being pumped full of extra estrogen could cause that right?
Blue = 99% because I'm pretty sure my husband doesn't know how to make girls and this is by far the easiest pregnancy I've had so far. *knocks on wood* Stay tuned for results!




"Fried" Pickles - A pregnancy cliche

I get a little excited when we go out to eat and I see pickle chips on the menu. So when I found this recipe on Pinterest I just had to try them out. 

Baked "fried" pickles
Source: theculinarycouple.com on Pinterest


Ingredients
1 jar pickle slices, preferably the oval dill pickles for sandwiches2 eggs1/3 cup flour1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce1 tsp hot sauce1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp Cajun seasoning (or "hot" chili pepper seasoning)1 tsp pepper1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbsRanch dressing + hot sauce for dippingDirections
Turn oven broiler on high.In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and flour. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and pepper. Mix well.Place panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Dunk each pickle slice into the egg mixture, than dredge it in the panko bread crumbs.Place coated pickles baking sheet and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place pan in the middle rack of the oven. Broil for about 3 minutes on each side.Serve…

Running For A Cause...My Health & Sons

This weekend I participated in another color run only this time I had a special partner, my son.

It was special to be because if you've read any of my Slimming Me Down series here, you know that I've struggled with my own weight and self esteem issues.  This post shows where I was about 2 yrs. ago.  I'm mentally in a better place than that now even though I'm pregnant and the scale is going up up up.  Bake baby, bake.


I hadn't reached my goal weight before this pregnancy, however I was working out regularly and am ecstatic to proclaim that I've completed four, yes 4, 5K races since May.  2 of which I was pregnant for.  So what might be a small step for others is a major accomplishment for me.  And better yet, I like them, I really like them!

What made this race so very special to me was that my oldest did it with me.  My parents both suffer/ed from weight related health issues and never once did we ever do anything active as a family.  In fact, the running jok…