Sep 22, 2017

2:38 // Happy Friday

So before I get started on this story I should say this is AM. Two nights ago before Rob and I had fallen asleep we heard Addison talking. We go into the hallway to listen then into her room to discover she had been talking very loudly in her sleep. She didn't seem to need anything and just wanted to go back to sleep. So we headed back to our room.

We go to bed and hours later we are woken up by a loud crash then a scream. We race sans glasses into her room to find her on the floor, her legs tangled in the blankets. She sits up and crawls into Rob's lap and just cries. We tried to figure out if there was anything seriously hurt but she was screaming so much that we didn't really know. Everything looks okay and she was moving okay but it was hard to tell.

It wasn't until she sit back that I noticed blood on Rob's shoulder. And as a parent your heart stops for that split second when you see your kid's blood. She was still upset and rightfully when I saw the gash in her chin.

I carefully cleaned her up and got her a Shopkins' band-aid per her request. I made her smile so we could check her mouth then her eyes to make sure she was all good. And she was. The only damage done was to her chin.

After she accused which pillow caused her to spill out of bed, she went back to bed. But I had trouble settling in and falling back to sleep. I ended up reading for another hour before I could finally fall asleep again.

By the morning I noticed she had bled through her band-aid again which meant another shirt for me to clean up (she was really worried about her shirt last night). But she was in good spirits and told me it hurt a little but it was better. By the time she got home from school it was looking really good.

Poor girl had quite the spill and gave mama quite the fright in the middle of the night. There is not much more jarring then hearing a crash then your children screaming suddenly in the middle of the night.


And there's not much more relieving than knowing that your kid is okay with no emergency room trip necessary. We all survived the night and she's back to her normal antics so everything seems to be all good again. Although there is a pillow right where her head would land should she fall off the bed again. You know, just in case.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Sep 21, 2017

This Time Last Year...

2016 -- Five Faves


I shared some of my favorite things are that point of my life. Well as it turns out those are all still my faves. I could probably add a few new things as well and instead of baby smiles I have toddler smiles now. But basically a year later and all the same. 



I was just into my second trimester and apparently feeling a little better. It's hard to believe I was pregnant two years ago with Connor at this point. It feels like a lifetime ago. I was fighting hormones like crazy and still dealing with morning sickness but I think I was feeling a bit better at this point so that was something. Although fun fact about this pregnancy, I was sick during the first trimester then I was sick every first day of a new week. That includes the day I gave birth which was the first day of a new week. 



We had a busy weekend going to Touch-a-Truck and a Royals game all in the same day. It was a crazy hot day but the kid had a blast although she was completely exhausted by the end of it. 



Oh my cuteness!



I shared my sleeping babes but also a handful of ultrasound pictures of Addison who was still cooking at this point five years ago. 



I guess I wanted to share about some blog changes this day. And apparently I was going simple. 

Sep 20, 2017

How to Boil Water: Skillet Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

Dinner Brought To You By: Julia's Album

Here's What You Need:
2 tbsp olive oil
5 chicken thighs
salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken stock
8 strips bacon (cooked, fat drained off, and chopped into small chunks), divided
5 thin lemon slices
 2/3 cup heavy cream
2 green onions, chopped

Here's What You Do:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Generously season chicken thighs with salt and pepper - make sure to season under the skin too. Add chicken thighs skin down to the hot skillet. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on medium-high head, covered, skin side down, without flipping, checking occasionally, until the skin is very well browned.

Remove chicken from the skillet.

Add minced garlic and a small amount of chicken stock to deglaze the pan and cook the garlic for about a minute. Add the remaining chicken stock (1 cup). Add half the bacon.

Add chicken back to the pan, on top of the bacon and in the chicken broth. Arrange 5 thin lemon slices around chicken thighs - and cook, simmering, covered, for about 20 minutes, until chicken is done and is no longer pink in the center.

After chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet. Remove lemon slices from the skillet - it's very important that you remove them now, do not leave them in the sauce otherwise it will be too sour. Add 2/3 cup heavy cream to the skillet. Bring to boil and mix everything well, scraping from the bottom. Immediately reduce to simmer, add chicken thighs back to the skillet and reheat.

To serve, spoon some of the sauce over the chicken thighs, and sprinkle with remaining chopped bacon and chopped green onions.









So I'm not sure how the rest of my family felt about this meal but it was delicious! I haven't been too into chicken since my pregnancy with Connor so I have been trying a lot more chicken recipes trying to figure out what I am okay with. Apparently I'm okay with chicken thighs - because it's delicious!

I will make a few notes though. I'm guilty of not seasoning under the skin of the chicken....oops....? It was still good. I also feel like the sauce was thinner than it should have been and would have liked it thicker. But it was otherwise really good.

Also a major bonus is that it was super easy. It took some extra time because I had to cook up my bacon first - although if I had been smart I would have baked it instead of stovetop. Oh well. I also didn't completely understand what I was supposed to do with the lemon slices. Was I supposed to put it on the chicken or around the chicken? I have no clue. I think I put them around and felt like it was weird and pointless, but I'm sure there was a point.

Comment below: What is your favorite chicken recipe? 

Sep 19, 2017

August Doodling

I know it's halfway through September and I am just now getting around to posting about my doodles for August. Before I get too far about it, I will mention that I am no longer doodling in my bullet journal. It was just taking up too much room with my to-do lists so I decided to get another notebook that is mention for doodling and handlettering and other monthly challenges. At some point I will get into more details about the notebooks I am currently using. But for now here's a sneak peek at two of my favorite pages from August. I did a photo challenge and that colored pencil picture is my very favorite.


Anyway on to the doodles. I decided to keep doing the doodling challenge because surprisingly I loved doodling. If you know me at all then that is probably quite surprising because I have never been big in drawing. Art class was definitely not my favorite. But I'm trying to grow as a person and all that, so I took this on last month (Read about it here.)

Personally I think I'm getting better at doodling although I still have my rushed or duds. But first here are some of my favorites.


Sandwich - This is not an original idea but one I found and copied online. I think it turned out pretty good.

Sunflower - I even used watercolor pencils which was really fun and I love how this flower turned out.

I think the prompt was double. I had no idea what to draw so I went with umbrellas for some reason and I really like how they turned out.


 Fitness - I also copied this one from online. But I didn't want to go with the traditional weights or equipment and I love this this turned out. Especially in light of the fact that I am terrible at different angles and perspective. I'm working on it!


Toothfairy - She is holding a tooth, not a cloud just for the record. Rob thought it was a cloud but it's not. I took inspiration from a picture online but I have never draw a person before and I'm loving how she turned out.


Gnome - I love him. He's so adorable!

On to the duds or at least my least favorite pictures. There were pictures that I was just completely uninspired or just plain struggled with and often times just gave up and didn't keep pushing to make it better.


Plane - Yeah I hate this drawing. I literally used the word plane to draw this plane and yikes! It definitely didn't turn out like I was hoping. I ended up giving up because it just keeping worse.


Scene - I used my favorite picture from Kennebunkport. Yup, this isn't what Kennebunkport looks like...


Cake....


Rocket - I tried something different and it didn't work. I ended up hating it. Also the inky look is because while putting my pages together for August, I dropped the ink pad on the page...oops

So there you have it. August doodles. I'm pretty happy with how most of my doodles went this month. I dare say I'm even getting better. September is going even better.

Sep 18, 2017

Making the Cut: Moms Into Fitness 28 Day Slimdown

It is time yet again for me to get going on another workout. Truthfully I was really really ready. I couldn't quite finish my last one because I fell during my last week and I needed to take a break to give my body (read knee) a chance to recover. I also had a rough week eating last week. I just couldn't stop eating and it sure wasn't that healthy. 

So I was ready to get going again. This workout is one that I have never done before but it's another Moms Into Fitness so I was so excited. I actually got this one while I was still in the knee brace last winter and dreaming of being able to workout. So I'm excited to finally get to it. 

This one is a four week program. The first two weeks you do the Shred and Cardio HIIT workouts every other day with Friday being Core & Flexibility. The second two weeks you do Arms and Buns, Legs and Back every other day and still with Core & Flexibility on Fridays. 

Shred


I actually really liked this workout a lot. It was very little cardio but mostly all strength training. I like how simple her moves are but how effective they are. It's a good workout all around. I felt like I didn't waste my 28 minutes of getting up early (mostly) to do this one. 

Cardio HIIT



Hello cardio! When she does cardio she is serious about cardio. It's nothing insane as far as the moves are concerned but you are definitely exhausted about the end of the workout and definitely ready for some water. But you can always count on her workouts to burn some serious calories and to not feel like you have wasted your thirty minutes of exercise!

Core & Flexibility 



I love and hate this one. Core is tough because apparently mine is all kinds of weak. But really it's the flexibility at the end that I have mixed feelings about. I love all the stretching. My leg (the one that I had knee surgery on) always is so tight so it feels so good, but let's just face it I'm not a flexible person. Sometimes it's on the brink of painful because my entire body is so tight. So like I said I have mixed feelings about this one because on one hand it feel so good with all the stretching and on the other, it just isn't fun and sometimes even hurts as I work out the tightness in my muscles.

Arms



My arms were shaking through this workout. Even after two weeks of this one (although I only did it twice total) I still had to take breaks. By the last time I only took like one break and pushed through all the shaking and muscle fatigue because I knew it was the last time I would be doing it. Honestly I should have been doing that all along because that's the way to see the change in your body but I didn't, so lesson learned and next time.

Buns, Legs & Back



My legs felt like jelly after this workout. I even struggled to walk but I took that as a good thing. This was an awesome leg workout, which is exactly what I need with my knee still recovering. I definitely felt like I got the best workout on my knee that I have gotten in a long time. I was actually the most proud of myself throughout this workout because I pushed through all of it without stopping and was able to complete it and feel like I got a killer leg workout. I definitely felt it for days after and was all kinds of sore.

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Overall, this was a good workout. The program was short - only four weeks. And I know what you are thinking I do this five days a week and that equals 20 days and not 28 like the title says. You could add in an optional Sunday Runday each Sunday but I chose not to because I don't run and quite frankly I still can't run since the knee surgery. So it was only 20 days for me. But I felt like I got an awesome workout and I felt awesome after doing the workouts even if I had some motivation problems getting started. Once I completed them it was definitely worth it.

I only ended up missing one day with this program because I was sick and cardio just wasn't going to happen. But unlike many moons ago when I would feel guilty for missing that day even if I was sick or couldn't do it for a completely excusable reason, I don't feel guilt about it. I shouldn't so I think I'm really growing as a person.

Anyway, if you want this check this workout out for yourself, you should go to momsintofitness, and you can sign up for her streaming program to get all her workouts or like me just buy the download and there you go. Either way, this was a quick program and each workout was under 30 minutes and a good burn and sweat!

Comment below: What is your current workout? 

Sep 15, 2017

My Favorites of Summer // Happy Friday

Truthfully I don't have a ton of pictures from this summer because we were just busy. When you are spending your summer packing up your house then unpacking your house, you just don't have a lot of time for much more. But I do have some favorite pictures from summer and now seems like the perfect time to show them off since I love me some gorgeous kiddos and an easy Friday blog post!


























It's really been an exhausting summer with all we had going on. It wasn't that we had a bunch of activities and such but just completely changing our lives and moving and all that is just hard with two kids - actually it's hard without the kids too - but it was worth it. Overall, it was a good summer though. But I am ready for fall. It's my favorite season after all and I'm looking forward to all that comes with it!

Comment below: What is your favorite memory of summer? What are you looking forward to most about fall? 


Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!
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