Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I took Mac to the park a few weeks ago and attempted to film some playing...

And promptly fell on my rump.

Luckily, I managed to film it.

I thought because of the CRAZY amounts of snow, you might enjoy seeing some greenish grass.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow Days

After listening to my complaints all winter, the snow gods finally took pity on me and we had TWO snow days last week.

It was a wonderful week.  We had Monday off anyway, so I only worked TWO days last week.  I don't know how I'm expected to return to work for five full days this week, but I think I'll survive.

Mac and I played hard. Toys were EVERYWHERE because I flat out didn't care what the house looked like.  I mean, seriously--when you're in your pajamas at 3pm (after working out and showering before the kid woke, thankyouverymuch), you really don't care if there are 500 toys in your living room.

I was trying REALLY hard to limit TV time, so we even busted out the finger paints.

He lasted about 30 seconds before this happened.

But in the end, I am the proud owner of this beauty.

I even gave Mac a new toy that I had been saving for some future holiday (maybe Easter?).  It was on sale and I had picked it up right after Christmas.  We're not usually fans of giving Mac presents for no reason.  Our house is small and I have enough problems with clutter when we limit his toys...but I figured TWO snow days in a row is a reason, right?

I also spent his nap time doing very important things, like texting my sister about what color to paint my nails.

And then sending her a picture of the final product.  Because, obviously, Lindy CARES about my nails.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meal Plan Monday!

I'm unnaturally excited about it, and I'm not really sure why.  Maybe I just enjoy cooking.

Sunday:  Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas, Salad.  I made a HUGE batch so that I could freeze some, because I seriously love these things.

Monday: BBQ Salmon with Corn and Green Beans

Tuesday: Mini Meatloaves with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots (from a cookbook... no link)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: We're going to the Fox to see Book of Mormon!  Mom and Grandma are coming to babysit--I have a frozen pizza, vodka cream pasta, OR some potato soup for them. They choose :)

Friday: Leftovers or BBQ Chicken Corn Soup (didn't eat last time)

Saturday: Hanging out with friends, so we'll probably grab something take out.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Baby Mullet

We're having a snow day today!  It's been steadily snowing since about 9:20 this morning with short bursts of sleet.  Here's hoping everyone stays safe.

As promised, here are some pictures of Mac's new haircut/mullet.

This was right after his bath last night so we got the full impact of the baby curls....and, objectively, it IS a mullet.  But a darn cute one, right?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

President's Day

Monday I had the day off of work and it was glorius!

I woke up at 6:15 (nearly 2 hours later than a normal day), ran 4 miles, and showered before either David or Mac were out of bed.  I love getting that done before others are awake.

Mac woke up with a little snuffly nose, but acted fine and didn't have a fever so we decided to go about our plans.

We met our friends Ace and Rochelle at the Science Center, where Mac loved the Discovery Room between meltdowns.  And my meltdowns, I mean literally melting the the floor in a sobbing heap whenever I told him no or tried to redirect him.

Sigh.  Thank goodness he's cute.

After that, we went and got a much-needed haircut.  This was Mac's first haircut without David coming along and I decided to just go to GreatClips.  Alone, I told the stylist that I wanted to save the curls in the back.  I think he looks amazing, but David has been arguing that Monster Man has a mullet.  And, really, he does...but it's so cute! 

I'll try to get better pictures tonight.

After that, we headed home for a much-needed nap after lunch.

Seriously, that kid needed a nap.

Then we went to target...because I am AMAZING at finding fun engaging activities for my child.  And we needed some things.

Mac's final activity of the day was his last swimming class.  Mac received a certificate, which I'm pretty sure just certifies that he didn't die.  But man... that kid loves the water.  No fear.

I finished up the evening by going to my Core Group through church.

It was a great day--one that I keep describing when trying to convince David that I should be a stay-at-home mom :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Meal Plan Monday!

My freezer is looking a little pathetic, so I made some meals I could also freeze this week.

Sunday: Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells
Monday: Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili (David really liked this but requested that now I call it Creamy Chicken Soup because he can't manage the massive name)
Tuesday: Book Club!  We're having Brinner so I'm making a quiche and trying out a wine smoothies.
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Telluride Black Bean Tortilla Bake
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Potluck!  I'm making Ravioli Lasagna

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This video is a couple of weeks old, but I couldn't resist sharing it with you. 

Mac LOVES crayons.  He wants to carry them around and try to eat them all the time.  It's kind of cute, but Mac has unfortunately lost free-range crayon privileges.  I came home one day and found crayon on the door, 3 walls, and the refrigerator.  Now, my budding artist only gets to color when supervised or strapped into his chair.  Don't feel sorry for him--it's still at least once a day.

Also, the music in the background is from a children's music app on Pandora.  I have no idea who or what is singing, but Mac likes the station.  I'm just grateful that it wasn't the REALLY annoying song about not biting your friends.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Sunday: I had planned on doing Sweet Potatoes, Chicken, and Kale, but I had a DE-LISH piece of cake at a birthday party and decided that I wasn't hungry for a "real" dinner.  We scrounged on some leftovers.

Monday: BBQ Chicken Corn Soup (I had scheduled leftovers for this night, but I'm thinking I should make something--thank goodness for backup meals!)

Tuesday: Lemon Pepper-Shrimp and Ceasar Salad

Wednesday: Mushroom-Barley Risotto, Salad

Thursday: David's favorite meal, Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, Asparagus

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Out to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mac and I went to the park yesterday (highs were close to 60!).  I love going to the park with him.  We usually walk a mile loop before he gets out to play--and I had the genius idea to turn on my kid's Pandora station while we were walking.  He enjoyed himself SO MUCH more.

When we got to the slides, he surprised me by going down feet first.  I'm fairly certain he wasn't doing that last time we went to the park together.

 He also REALLY surprised me by going for the big kid's slide.  I don't know if you can tell by the pictures, but on this equipment there are a few steps, a landing with a "little kid" slide, and another higher landing with the "big kid" slide.  Mac watched another boy go up the the higher level  and then just did it.  It. was. amazing! 

Seriously, the kid has no fear.  I don't have any pictures of the big kid slide because I was busy worrying about his safety... soon, though, I might feel confident enough to take a picture.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Sunday-- It was the Super Bowl!  While I don't care for football, I do enjoy socializing and eating.  We had a few (read: 3) friends over and I went a little overboard on cooking.  We had deviled eggs, buffalo chicken dip, three-bean turkey chili, homemade chex mix, a cream cheese peanut butter chocolate chip football, and a veggie platter.

Monday--We're eating leftovers.  I mean, come on.  Did you see what I cooked on Sunday?

Tuesday--Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas, Southwestern Salad

Wednesday--Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore, Cooked Carrots

Thursday-- Freezer meal, likely Telluride Black Bean Tortilla Bake


Saturday--My parents are coming to town, so we're going to either eat out or order in.