Sunday, March 26, 2017

Oh, Two-dles! || Remington's 2nd Birthday Party

Just like that, we already have a two year old! Well, not officially until later this week... but close enough. Over the weekend we hosted a small birthday celebration for cake and ice cream. The theme was "Oh Two-dles" Minnie Mouse - her favorite!

As soon as people arrived with presents she said "I open it p'ease". Then when she saw the cake/cupcakes she wouldn't stop asking for a bite. She was much more into it than last year. We sang Happy Birthday and she attempted to blow the candles out. It was so cute.

Once the time came, she didn't have much interest in opening presents. Well, that's except for the two horse stuffed animals. She was quite excited about those!

It was a fun day celebrating our little girl! Here's a few snaps from the party...














Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Toddler Talk

Little Miss Remi Roo is learning new words by the minute these days and I have to say it's one of the cutest things I've ever heard. I just love her little voice and "accent". 😍  She also still speaks a lot of gibberish, which I find amusing to listen to her babble as well. Actually, most of the things she says appears to others to be gibberish and I often have to tell someone what she is trying to say. Since I spend every minute of every day with her, I have a better idea of what exactly she is saying.

Funny side note for bachelor nation fans: Remington says "eesss okay" like Juan Pablo. Too funny. 😂 😂

So here are a few daily babbles from Remington (typed as her little accent pronounces them)...

No, no, no Main, dat's mine! - Referring to Mason. Obviously sharing isn't her strong point quite yet.

T'anks Mum. - Anytime I give her something, kiss a boo boo, fill her sippy cup, serve her food, etc. Probably 20+ times a day. Melt my heart. 😍

Awww. Look doze cheeeeeeks (As she pinches ML's cheeks). Hmm... wonder where she got that from?! 😉 🙋

T'ree. Six. Eight. Seven. T'ree. Eight. Nine. - Her counting skills are on point, obviously.

Shhhh. Main's seep. - Referring to Mason sleeping as she holds her finger to her mouth. Side note: she says shhhh and knows she has to be quiet but then two seconds later she'll scream at the top of her lungs. Sigh.

Oh!!! Main's o-wate! - Referring to Mason waking up. She exclaims this sentence very happily and runs as fast as she can to his room and stands at his crib giggling. Often times wanting inside with him.

Oh, t'ere it is! or Oh, t'ere he/she is! - Referring to Mason, the dog, Daddy, toys, Mama, anything and everything.

A'ight Main, say Ah. - As she play feeds Mason with a spoon and empty bowl. Hilarious.

I do it. or I ho-de it (I hold it) - This refers to lots of things - every item I put in the grocery cart, a banana, her snack cup, toothbrush, spoon, etc. Little Miss Independent.

Uh oh, I pooped. I potty. - Refers to tooting and pooping. She refuses to go on the potty with her clothes off but she thinks she has to sit on the potty even when she toots. 😂

Pee-U. Dats yuccct. It 'tinks. (pee you that's yuck it stinks) - Refers to changing her diapers (poopy or not) or her stinky feet.

Pay Din-sairs (play downstairs) - At least 3 times a day she requests to play downstairs and throws an absolute fit if I say no.

Mum sit (as she pats chair) or Sit with Mum - If she wants me to sit down so she can have my food/drink or just to sit in my lap. Or when we go into the pickup she will nonstop say "sit with Mum" because she doesn't want to sit in her car seat.

Oh no, It's mess! - Between her snacks on the floor, spilling her cereal, or throwing her toys all over the living room, she clearly knows she's good at making a mess.

Shhhhew (as she swipes her forehead with the back of her hand) - She does this when she accomplishes something or when her hair is in her face. I'm not quite sure where she learned it but it's pretty cute.

Ninnie and Mehee Moushhh - Referring to Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

Awwww so tuuute! - Tute = Cute. Usually referring to babies, animals, or Mason.

Lastly, how could I turn down her excitement yesterday when she said "Esss snowing! Go ow-side?" 😏




Thursday, March 9, 2017

One Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice



I was searching for something to make for this weeks meal plans and I came across this one that is one of my long time favorites passed on from my Mama! It can be served alone, on tortilla shells, or with tortilla chips. It only has 6 ingredients, you only have to dirty one pan, and I love Mexican dishes! (I didn't count the water as one of the 6 ingredients because that's something we all have on hand)

Ingredients:

• 4 Chicken Breasts - Cut into bite size pieces or shredded, whichever  you prefer
• 1 pkg taco seasoning
• 1 C Salsa
• 2 C Rice (uncooked)
• 1 can Black beans (rinsed/drained)
• 1 C Mexican Shredded Cheese
• 2 C Water
• Optional - sour cream, green onions, and additional cheese or salsa

Preparation:

1. Cook chicken. (I cook mine in a little EVOO and water)

2. Drain any excess fluids from the pan from cooking the chicken

3. Add taco seasoning, salsa, and water to the pan of chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

4. Add rice, black beans, and cheese. Return to a boil.

5. Cover and cook on low for 5 minutes.

Serve on tortilla shells or with a side of tortilla chips and add some additional toppings such as sour cream, salsa, or green onions if desired.

What's your favorite and/or easy go to Mexican dish?!



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Remington's 2nd Birthday Wish List

It doesn't look like I'll be able to pause the clock much longer before we officially have a two year old! In less than 25 days to be exact.... I'm not quite sure how it is even possible. It seems like just yesterday Remington was born and then turned one in the blink of an eye. #babiesdontkeep

We definitely aren't having a big birthday bash like we did last year. Heck, it took me a ton of some convincing to even get Michael agree to have a small birthday party! So later this month, we'll be having cake and ice cream to celebrate our sweet girl with our families! As much as I'd love to be planning a big ol' adorable pinterest inspired party, I am happy to celebrate our sweet girl in any way we can!

I hesitated to gather some gift ideas for our soon to be two year old because truly - she doesn't need anything. You'd know that if you seen my toy filled living room, the play area in the basement, and her room. However, since everyone keeps asking what she wants, I decided I would gather some ideas of things that would be the most useful. Not to be confused with the fact that we are beyond thankful for any generous gifts she receives!



Learning activities - Such as ABC Blocks \\ Shapes Puzzle \\ Stroller Cards \\ Shape Sorting Cupcakes \\ Art Easel \\ Coloring Supplies \\ Books

Bath Toys - Boon Water Gears & Bath Pipes \\ Bathtub Crayons and Color Bath Drops

Outdoor ActivitiesSplash Pond Water Table or Waterpark Play Table \\ Gazillion Bubble Machine \\ Sand table such as this one or this one \\ Sand Toys \\ Mesh Sand Bag \\ Chalk

Misc -  Native Shoes \\ Play Doh Tools \\ Summer Clothes \\ Shoes \\ Mega Blocks \\ Gift Certificate to the Zoo

Is there anything else that would make for a great birthday gift for our soon to be two year old?! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February + Update on Breastfeeding

In true cliche fashion - I can't believe it's March already! At the end of the month, we will have a TWO year old! Say it isn't so! 😅 😢

February was a pretty busy month for me considering I've been a homebody since Mason was born while battling PPD and anxiety. Thankfully, I've been feeling better (most days) and having Michael home on layoff allowed me a little time to myself (much needed). As much as I dislike admitting that I need a break from the kids, it's definitely good for all of us. In addition to Michael and I's first weekend getaway, Mason turning 6 months old, and taking a day trip to Frankenmuth, here is a few other things that's been going on in our neck of the woods...

We had a few showings on the house (first in months). Had two offers. Accepted one offer. Only for it to fall through due to financing the day before the inspection was scheduled. Another huge bummer with our experience of selling this place. We're planning on starting some renovations soon that will hopefully help sell the house this year. Fingers crossed.

Today marks one month since I've nursed Mason. The little bugger wouldn't stop biting while nursing and I just couldn't deal with that. I feel bad that I "gave up" so easily, but I just couldn't find another string of patience in my bones. Since then, I've been pumping and bottle feeding. Which I said I wasn't going to do... but here I am doing it anyways. It wasn't so bad when Michael was home from work because he would help take care of the kids while I pumped. But now that he's back to work, I have to really plan around the kids schedules. Which means waking up at 5am to pump before they wake up and staying up after bedtime to pump after they're asleep. My afternoon session depends on the kids... either when they nap or while they are content playing. Often times is interrupted by a screaming child or someone doing something they shouldn't be. Needless to say, pumping isn't easy on top of taking care of two kids and I'm not sure how long I'll put forth the effort. Within the last week my supply has dropped so rather than dip into my freezer stash, I decided to supplement with formula rather than quit all together for now. (This article is so true - it doesn't have to be ALL or NOTHING with BF). I've been mixing a pitcher of formula and then adding an ounce to every bottle. For now, it's somewhat working out and I'll continue to try my best to provide BM for the baby. Just for clarification, I am not against formula - I just don't want to spend the money if I don't have to! As of now, I'm saving us roughly $200 a month which honestly we couldn't really afford. I sometimes wonder if I should go back to trying to nurse, but hot damn, the thought of being bit again (and again and again) just doesn't seem worth it!


Mason has graduated from the baby tub and now both babies get their bath together. Which is nice for me to only have to do one bath time and "kill two birds with one stone"!

Remington and I went to the farm to bake sugar cookies with Aunt Joann. She loved using the mini rolling pin and the cookie cutters. She also loved eating the dough and I had to stop her from shoving handfuls in her mouth!

Mason had his second haircut! This one was a little more in depth considering we went to my Mom's salon this time, plus we cut a lot more off overall. His first haircut was more like a bang/ear trim. He did good sitting still! Remington of course got jealous when I was holding him so Daddy had to finish holding him.


I confess... we don't really celebrate Valentine's Day in our house. However, we did wear red/pink and take a somewhat cute picture of the little ones. I have to admit, it amazes me how people treat this holiday like a mini Christmas morning for kids.

We've been trying to spend some time outside as much as possible when it's nice out. I've taken the kids on a run a few times which has been refreshing (contrary to my hips killing me afterwards). Remi loves being outside and definitely has no fear of getting dirty. Mason isn't a huge fan of the fresh air/wind blowing in his face. He gasps for air and snorts. It's so funny.
 



My Mom asked me to be the maid of honor in her wedding! She gave my sister and I some delicious cookies to pop the question. Her and Greg are getting married on August 18, 2018! I assumed I would be a bridesmaid but I definitely wasn't expecting to be her MOH! So I'm super excited for that!


I've been able to take a few hours to myself twice this month (thank you Michael!) and I was able to catch up with a couple girlfriends! One night a group of us went out for dinner and drinks. This group of us has been friends for nearly two decades!! Another day a group of gal's celebrated Meg's baby shower! It's always nice to catch up on some girl time.


Overall, it's been a pretty good month! Looking forward to what March brings us (hopefully warmer weather!) and celebrating Remington's 2nd Birthday!

💕 Julie


Monday, February 27, 2017

Links + Loves

It's been a hot minute since I've linked some things I'm lovin' and since I typically only write about my babies, I thought I'd change the pace a little. 😉

But first, how about this mild winter weather that allowed me to get my first outdoor run of the year in the books already?! All four of us (dog included) enjoyed it!



+ My go to mascara has been this or this. But for some reason after being pregnant with R, my eyelashes changed and I needed something to make my lashes longer and fuller. I tried out the younique 3D fiber mascara and didn't really like it, not to mention it was $35. Long story short, it's been probably 8 months since I bought mascara (hello no makeup mom life) and I decided to go back to my MK fav plus try out the primer for the first time. I've been really happy with it!

+ I'm doing very poor at my meal planning goal so far this year... However, I have made a little effort to make a few new recipes that I've pinned recently. Such as Amanda's Cheeseburger Macaroni.

+ With starting the reno/update in our house soon (I think), I've been looking at all sorts of tips and before/afters on pinterest. As much as I'm dreading the cost and all the work, it's pins like this one that look so awesome I can't wait to see the end result of ours! More importantly, we are hoping a little update and kitchen expansion will help the house sell!

+ I purchased a new cool mist humidifier for Remi's room a little over a month ago (we had one similar to this and I loved it at first... until it started getting moldy and was so hard to clean - no thank you) and so far I really like it. It's filter free, it holds a large amount of water, it has three night light/projection options (R loves the stars), and I can diffuse oils on the vapor pads. I also came across this tank cleaner which helps kill any growing bacteria rather than put it in the air. I never knew such a thing existed!

+ I've probably mentioned it before, but I love the Gentle Baby YL oil. It smells sooo damn good. I used it as a moisturizer with both pregnancies (and currently). I use it on the babies as a moisturizer. I diffuse it almost every night. I also rub it on ML for his gas issues. Plus, there are a lot of other uses for it as well!

+ This summer I will definitely be needing some comfortable "mom appropriate" clothes suitable for chasing two little ones around... more specifically a swim suit and some shorts. I am not really a fan of one pieces for myself because my bust is not proportionate to my lower half... which means one size never fits me overall. So I'm thinking a tankini?! this one, this one, or this one aren't too bad. I like these, these, and these shorts. Any shop suggestions for more options?!

+ This article - "Can we quit feeling like we need to justify all aspects of our parenting?"


What are you linkin' + lovin'?!

💕 Julie

Monday, February 20, 2017

{First} Overnight Getaway

Well friends, I did it. I left the kids overnight for the first time to go on a mini vacation (besides a hospital to give birth). It was kind of nice to getaway however I can't say I'll be rushing to do it again anytime soon.

"Get a night away from the kids" they said. "You'll get some much needed sleep" they said. Lies. Lies. Lies. I slept worse being away from the kids than I do when I wake up 47093742 times a night at home with Mason.

Anyways...

Michael and I went to the tip of the state (almost to the UP) to go snowmobiling on a charity ride called the Grace Performance Snoblast. The last time I participated in one of these rides was in 2010 and the last time I rode a snowmobile was 2013 (due to being pregnant during the winter of 2014 and 2015). Needless to say, it was a tad bit over due for some fun on the sleds. Plus, Michael has never done a big group ride like this before, so it was a new experience for him!

As I mentioned a couple posts back, I was pretty nervous about leaving the kids. Thankfully, they seemed to have survived just fine (better than me obviously!). I don't think my MIL would have told me of any problems even if there were any knowing I would freak out and drive home immediately. The not so funny thing she did share with me when we got home was that little miss Remi decided to climb out of her crib one day. Thankfully, we haven't had another one of those episodes.

Brief recap before an iPhone photo dump...

Thursday, Feb. 9th - In the afternoon we headed north. We left during naptime which was slightly easier to leave and not have to hear R scream (because she does anytime I leave her). Although after the fact I felt like a jerk for leaving and then having her wake up to someone else at the house. With a couple stops, it took us about 5 hours to arrive. We stayed at the Crooked River Lodge. It was a very nice place! We checked in and then attended the "Check in reception" party. Mom and Greg arrived shortly after we did so we visited with them for a few before we headed to our room to catch some sleep.

Friday, Feb. 10th -  The ride began at 9am. We had breakfast in the hotel lobby and I pumped. Michael went out to get our sleds ready around 8. Of course mine wasn't starting, but he eventually got it going. We hit the trails. Made a few stops for fuel, lunch at Moosejaw Junction (plus a pumping session for me) and then one more stop at Clyde's for drinks. Made it back to the lodge around 5 with just enough time to pump, get ready for the evening, and get on the shuttle to a restaurant for dinner. I pulled the old lady card and chose to go back to the hotel by 9 so that I could try to get some more rest. Key word: try.

Saturday, Feb. 11th - The morning began the same way as Friday... We hit the trails again by 9am and headed toward Mackinaw City. Our first stop was around 11am at Breakers on the Bay. Michael blew a belt shortly before that so he was late to getting there. Then we continued heading towards Mackinaw City for lunch at Dixie Saloon (and a pump session). Made one more drink stop at Ed's bar before we arrived back at the lodge around 4:30. Got ready for the evening before the group (85 of us by the way) was picked up by buses. We went to a very nice dinner and reception party where they did raffles and thank you's to the sponsors. After the dinner we headed to the casino in Petosky. It was just after midnight when we got back to the lodge and crashed!

Sunday, Feb. 12th - We got up bright and early so we could head home to our babies!

Overall, it was a decent little getaway just the two of us. Considering it was busy non stop and I didn't sleep well, I definitely didn't come home rested like I had hoped. The biggest thing is, I did it and we all survived just fine! So maybe next time I won't be so anxious about taking an overnight trip! 😌