Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And then he was 1...

There are so many things going through my head right now about this last year. So many things I didn't know when Logan was born and so many things I sure wish I had known.

I didn't know:

I could function survive on so little sleep
I could love something with all my heart and soul
How much he would increase my love for Lee
That I would end up with night vision
I would sleep for nearly 3 months on the sofa or the guest bed
I would cry so much, sometimes while he cried too
How very little I knew about how to keep him alive
That when he would smile I forget all the things making me sad
That I would ever in a million years need antidepressents
That I would fail at breastfeeding
That his laugh would make me laugh too
I would never sleep past 6:30 again

I wish I had known:

That it really does fly by, that people don't just say that
How great it would be after the dark days
To hold him all I could because he won't want to be held forever
How crazy I would be about shopping for baby clothes/toys/books/anything baby related
That all the little things don't matter whatsoever

Logan is everything we could ever have wished for. He is funny, silly, loving, playful, and curious.

Logan - we love you so so much and we are so proud of you!

*His check up is on Thursday so I will have stats and milestones for you then!*


Monday, November 28, 2011


This year Thanksgiving was about the Turkey:



It was about Pumpkin Bread to snack on...
And calling the plumber for your sink...
Thank you, John Moore
It was about babies first Thanksgiving:

And of course... the food

And cleaning up the food...

Thank you Dwyn for washing dishes and Thank you Donald for washing Logan!

I hope you all had a wonderful day...

Is anyone else sick of turkey?


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I am Loving Wednesday

Now that I am 30 31, flirty fatty, and thriving tired - I figured I need to start taking better care of my skin.

Recently, for my birthday, my sister in law got me a gift box at Kiehl's and thus started an addiction.
First there is the facial cleanser:
I have been a clinique snob for years when it comes to face products - but this has changed my life. I have very fair and freckly skin. This has made it so that I barely have to wear makeup. I don't get those big break outs once a month anymore. Love it.

Then I follow it up with the cream:
This is divine. It only takes a little bit and your face feels silky.

For those awesome crows feet smile lines around the eyes:

 I have been using this for about a week and I am really like it. Right now I am still on the sample because the price tag freaked me out...

When I do wear make up, I have been using this:
 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It's light and airy and does just enough to even out skin tone.

My new favorite body cream is:

Silky, very light scent, amazing.

So, gone are my college days when I never washed my face with more than water, put Lubriderm on my face as a moisturizer, and put that white Clearasil stuff on a zit.

Being old is hard..

And expensive.

Not to mention the Kiehls Store is next door to the Williams Sonoma in the shopping center. 

For a little pick me up, hop on over to Shabby Apple. They are having an AMAZING sale.

Women's Dresses from Shabby Apple

Little Girls Dresses from Shabby Apple

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friends!


Monday, November 21, 2011

My thanksgiving menu

I am so excited about Thanksgiving this year. I am super Thankful for Logan (of course) and I wanted to celebrate by hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year.


Last year, I was super pregnant and only about a week and 1/2 from a scheduled induction so I didn't do anything but show up and eat. So this year I wanted to take on more of the cooking.

We are having our meal at 6pm, which may be odd since some eat at 1 or so. I want so badly for Logan to eat with us so I scheduled it at a time when he will be hungry and happy.

Here is what I am in charge of:

Turkey - which I am brining.
From Williams Sonoma
I have read up on Pioneer Woman on how to ensure your brined turkey isn't a salt lick.

Then while it is roasting I will baste it with this glaze:

from Williams Sonoma

Just in case the drippings are still super salty and I need some help, I grabbed a jar (or 2) of turkey gravy base:
from - yes - Williams Sonoma
Oh wait, we need something other than Turkey?

I am also making:
Steamed green beans
Mashed Potatoes (made with my secret recipe)
Apple Crisp (from Barefoot Contessa, but it's much like this one from PW)

From Others:
Sweet Potatoes
Fruit Salad

Broccoli Cheese casserole


My game plan is to get up and make the potatoes right away and then I can just put them in the oven to heat up before we eat. Otherwise I just need to rise the rolls and prep the crisp while the turkey roasts all day.

And watch the parade.
And drink cider.
And eat pumpkin bread.

Super excited Logan will get to eat Thanksgiving with us at the table like a big boy.
And then 4 days later turn 1.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Feeding Hungry Man Logan

Now that Logan is ALMOST one (not yet!) Feeding him has gotten more and more interesting.

First - no more bottle. If you put the bottle near him he screams or he grabs it and throws it on the floor.
Ok, kid.

Second, he loves to feed himself. He will eat just about anything you put in front of him, but especially spaghetti. So I don't know if it was him giving me the spaghetti craving when I was pregnant, or if I passed my love on - but this kid HOOVERS spaghetti.

I know he is not quite one yet, but we have already switched to milk. Specifically, this one:
When he doesn't drink much milk in the day, I supplement with pieces of cheese and a yogurt. I also pour a little milk on his apple oatmeal in the mornings.
When time isn't on my side, I have cans of soup in the cupboard. I just drain the water and put the contents on his tray and he goes to town!

For now, he prefers the Nuby No Spill sippy, with or without handles.
Otherwise, he is content eating whatever I can scrounge up, even when out to eat!

And if it's shrimp and avacado, well of course it's just fine!

Any other tips/ideas on feeding a one year old?

In other news -here is what I have been eating on Weight Watchers.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I wore Wednesday

Last week we had the first truly cold snap of the year. I used this as an excuse to break out the leggings, boots and socks, and a scarf and sweater.

Leggings: Target. Socks: Target. Boots: Steve Madden

Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft. Sweater: Target

I also stole one of Lee's shirts to be cozy in while home playing with Logan.

And then 3 days later it was 80 degrees again.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fatty Fat Fat Fat

These days I feel like a fatty fat fat heffer.

So instead of wining about it, it's time to do something about it.

When I got pregnant with Logan, I was 140 pounds. I wasn't really that happy about it but it was what it was.

When I delivered him I was 163 pounds.

Then, on maternity leave, I lost 30 pounds and I was so proud of myself for getting below my pre-pregnancy weight and for getting closer to where I should be.

Then I started going out to eat for lunch every day at work.

I stopped going for a walk everyday with Logan at the park.

I started drinking a good amount of wine.

Hello - now I weigh about 145 pounds.


At 5'-1", I should weigh more like 110 120 pounds.

So my goal is to try and lose 20 pounds in the next few months. I realize it's holiday season. But I can look at those 2 big foodie days as cheat days.

When my dress didn't zip for Ben and Katie's wedding, I cried. I put on a small Maternity Dress
(um, this one actually)
16 weeks

and got online in the car on the way there and joined Weight Watchers.

Exercise seems near impossible but I am going to make myself put Logan in the stroller and go for a walk 2 days in the week and both days on the weekends, weather permitting. A 30 minute walk has to be better than no walk at all, right?

When I see photos like this, I like to blame my favorite thing in the world - PMS:
When I look at this photo, I don't see the candle or the scarf... I see the tummy bulging over my pants because I wasn't thinking about sucking it in. You know what? It may have been PMS, but that's not 100% the issue...

Pregnancy did a number on my midsection. Again, instead of an excuse, I am going to do something about it.

Even if that means all my flex points each week go towards wine...


Monday, November 14, 2011

Nutcracker Market

For the third time in 4 years, I took off work and went to the Nutcracker Market.

Don't worry, my boss understands. In fact, she was with me!

This is something people travel from all over to go to. It's basically a Christmas Decorating / Chochtky explosion.
Arial shot. No, I did not take this photo..
It's booth after booth after booth of stuff.

Stuff like:
Texas Tree Decor, of course

Sparkly Stuff

Wine Tree Decor (yay!)
Useless stuff:
They sold these tights with feathers to stick out of the top of your boots. Why? No idea.

 There are also very very very interestingly dressed people:
She just needed some boots and feathers...
Also funny stuff:
Oops, I adopted another cat! My daycare lady needs that shirt

There are interesting people....

Donald got a lot of compliments on that hat...

I bought a ton of shit few things, but my favorite of them was this:
Now I want to decorate for Christmas so bad!