Friday, January 31, 2014

5 on Friday

Happy Friday! Let's get to it.

I stumbled across this blog a week or so ago and can't stop thinking about Kilee's hair. I love the style, ombre coloring, everything! It doesn't hurt that she's also so freakin cute. I want to get my hair cut like this and try the ombre look again, but probably a little more subtle.

I am loving colored skinny jeans on Jack. I ordered him a red pair from Baby Gap this week when they were having an additional 50% off sale items online.

My friend got Ben this Ninja Turtle bath towel for his birthday and it is so soft. If I didn't think he'd get upset I would totally use this for myself. 

A couple of weeks ago a Chick-Fil-A opened up about 30 minutes from us. I've eaten at one a couple of times on vacation and when I visited my sister in Georgia. Now I might get some slack for this but... I don't think it's anything super special or delicious. It's definitely better than a lot of other fast foods and I like being how polite they are, but it's not so good that I would sleep outside in a tent in -10F degree weather to be one of the first people to get in. Oh yes, people did that. LOTS of people. 

I started reading the Wife After God devotional and am doing "online discussions" with Kate and a few other ladies. I was so excited when Kate suggested this since I've been wanting to do a devotional and discussion for a while now. I'll let you know how it goes.

What do you all have planned this weekend? We're supposed to be celebrating my MIL's birthday on Saturday, but with snow and ice on the way we may be staying inside and snuggling in our pjs. Whatever you do, have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Lego Themed 5th Birthday

Ben is definitely my child. He began thinking about the theme for his 5th birthday months in advance. We went through a long list of contenders... Ninja Turtles, Regular Ninja's, Scooby Doo, Superheros, Avengers, the list goes. But as the months drew closer, it become clear that Legos would be the official theme. In the past 6 months I've stepped on hundreds of them in the middle of the night and J's wanted to simultaneously cry and cuss while trying to put together a car with 1,000 tiny pieces.

This was the first year the party wasn't at our house and the first year that he's invited people other than family. The party was at a gymnastics place where kids got to climb, tumble, roll, and run around like crazy for an hour. After playing we had pizza, cake, and Ben opened presents. Everyone had a blast, especially the birthday boy.

Jack got to hang out on the mat for a few seconds before all the big kids got there. All of that sitting must have worn him out because he slept through a good chunk of the party after that.

Both the kids and adults loved this huge foam pit.

J tested out the rock wall.

Lots of people tried to get to the top of the rope and ring the coveted bell. 

Each year we have a local bakery (the same one that made our wedding cake) make Ben's cake and they didn't disappoint. 

A little excited and a touch shy as everyone sang happy birthday.

Another successful party!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

5 Years.

Our wild, smart, funny, lovable Ben. Today you are 5 years old. I can't believe it's been 5 years since you completely changed our lives. 

This past year you've grown and changed so much. You still love to learn and ask all the questions. You excel at writing, coloring, and drawing and you love art and doing projects. There is always several pieces of art in your cubby when I pick you up from school. You are starting to read sight words, and can count well past 100 although you mysteriously manage to leave a whole section out when playing hide and seek :)

I know how excited you are for Kindergarten and you told us you're most looking forward to not having to take naps.

You're a great sleeper and have only woken up once to Jack crying in the middle of the night. You're also a pretty good eater and you LOVE to be active and outside. You have more energy than any one person should have, but I wouldn't trade your spazzy little self for anything!

You often say things that someone 2 or 3 times your age would say and you do it so matter of fact. 

I know I've said it a million times, but you're such a great brother. You are very protective and within seconds of Jack crying, you're running to comfort him. 

Happy Happy Birthday Big Boy! We love you.
Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Sunday + New Blog Design

Just wanted to stop in and say hi! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ben had a great 5th birthday party and has opened and played with every.single present. You can imagine the state of my house.

Here's a sneak peak at the birthday boy blowing out his candles. Full birthday recap post to come this week!

You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. Audrey over at Miss Audrey Sue Design created this fabulous new layout and I am obsessed with it! You can find her here on ETSY or here on her website. And y'all, she is FAST. It took her less than 24 hours to get back to me.

And since it's now midnight, I need to get my behind to bed. Here's to a great Monday!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Easy Cheesy Sausage Quiche

I love a good quiche, but I've avoided making them in the past because they seem so time consuming and hard to make. Luckily this recipe is both delicious and requires little effort. I scoured the internet for the tastiest, easiest recipe. and when I didn't find one I came up with my own. 

What You Need:
-1 pre-made frozen pie shell 
-3/4 lb sausage (I used spicy, but use whatever variety you like)
-5 eggs
-1 cup heavy cream (to lighten it up use half & half)
-6 slices of Swiss cheese
-1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Brown the sausage in a large skillet. While the sausage is browning, beat the eggs and cream in a large bowl then set aside.

2. Tear the Swiss cheese slices in half and layer them in the bottom of the pie crust. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the Swiss. 

3. Once the sausage is cooked, drain and wait for it to cool slightly before adding it to the egg and cream mixture.

4. Pour 1/2 of the mixture into the pie crust.

5. Top the sausage with the remaining Swiss and cheddar cheese then add the remaining sausage mixture.  

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

5 on Friday

This 5 on Friday is going to be a little different and is devoted all to Ben since he's turning the big 5 on Wednesday. 

Ben's birthday kicks off tomorrow with a Lego themed party. This is the first year that the party isn't at our house and it is so nice to not have to deep clean the house, make a thousand Pinterest crafts, and make a bunch of food. His party is at a local gymnastics place that has a big foam pit, rock climbing wall, and of course all the typical gym equipment like a balance beam and bars. After playing, we'll head to the party room where we'll have pizza, cake, and open presents. And they clean up!

When J and I first had Ben I felt like we were just babies ourselves. I think we've grown up just as much as Ben has over these last 5 years. 

I don't think one day has gone by where he hasn't said or done something that makes us laugh. He is so smart and wise beyond his years but also crazy. Wise and very crazy.

As much as we laugh every day, we also have many days where he tests our patience. He is one of the most spirited children I've ever met. He's smart and loves to learn and ask a thousand questions. He can be hyper and loud and have very selective hearing at times, but he's also extremely sweet and loving and sensitive. 

From the minute we brought Jack home he's been the best big brother. And he has yet to ask if we can take him back to the hospital so I think we're in the clear.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jack: 7 Month Update

Sweet Jack. You are officially over half way to being a one year old. This last month you started doing SO many new things. Your personality is coming out more than ever and I'm starting to see glimpses of how you may be as a toddler.

You're still as sweet as ever and all your daddy and I have to do is look at you and we get a big ear to ear grin that melts our hearts.

Just like last month, these monthly photos are getting harder and harder to take as you are constantly trying to grab the camera. And this month you want to crawl right off the chair. 

A few days after you turned 6 months old one of your little bottom teeth finally broke through and the second one followed soon after. Your little teeth are adorable and combined with your chunky cheeks and smile I just want to smooch you all day. With teeth came your ability to try new foods and you have yet to meet a food you don't like. You get baby food fruit and vegetables at lunch and dinner with oatmeal at dinner as well. You also get puffs as a little snack and you've gone from grabbing a hand full and shoving your whole fist in your mouth to starting to use a pincer grasp.

You've tried just about every baby fruit and vegetable that Gerber makes and you like them all. As far as real table food you've had little bites of mashed potatoes, peaches, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, cheese, yogurt, and bread. You do great at "chewing" and using those two little teeth. You take 6 oz bottles every 4 hours, sometimes 5, and get a sippy cup with water during lunch and dinner. You've gotten pretty good at holding and drinking from the sippy cup and you don't do too bad using an open cup with mommy's assistance of course. 

I wish I would have written down your weight and height at your 6 month well child check up, but I had a mommy fail and forgot. I do remember you are in the 50% for weight, 75% for height, and I think 80 or 90% for head circumference. 

You're still in Size 2 diapers and wear 6 month, 6-9 month, and 6-12 month clothes as well as some 12m sleepers for the length. It won't be too long before I'll have to put away the 6 month clothes. You wear a size 2 shoe and have so many shoes already, but most of them are still too big for your little feet. Out in public shoes are starting to be more necessary since you've taken a liking to pulling off your socks and/or trying to eat them.

Your sleeping at night is still pretty much the same. You go to bed between 7:00-7:30pm and wake up for the first time between 10:30-11:30pm. You get a bottle and I change your diaper then it's back to bed until you wake up again anywhere from 1:00-3:00am. You're usually up for the day between 7-7:30am. I've considered trying the Cry It Out Method, but I'm not quite ready to do that yet. One thing that has gotten better this month is nap time! You now have pretty consistent nap times with the first nap at 10:00am and the second one at 2:00pm. Sometimes you'll take a little power nap around 4:30pm, but we don't let you sleep past 5:00pm. You're also napping better in your crib instead of requiring that someone holds you. 

Bath time is still a hit and you've discovered your man parts :) You also like to suck on the wash cloth and can throw quite a fit when I don't give it to you.

Speaking of fits, you've started to let us know when you want something, whether it's a toy or our attention, by letting out a loud shrill or a big grunt. You also make these sounds if you're in your high chair and you've run out of food. We've started working with you on signs so you can use those instead of screeching. You also imitate our actions including blowing raspberries, clapping, and banging your hand on the floor.

You've mastered sitting unassisted and will sit for long periods of time. The biggest accomplishment this month is that you're crawling! You've only managed to go backwards so far, but man are you getting fast. You can also get from the sitting position to your belly or all fours. If you're sitting and playing on the floor and I go to another room, when I come back you're all the way across the room. Your room has been baby proofed for a while, but I'm not looking forward to doing the rest of the house.

You still love to chew on Sophie the Giraffe, but you've lost interest in your play mat. Who has time to lay on a mat when you can crawl! You're also officially too big and heavy for your swingOther toys you like include your Exersaucer, cloth and board books, alligator ball popper, connectable rings, light up piano, and let's not forget the remote and my iPhone. We also bought you a Johnny Jump Up. You've been in it once and didn't know quite what to think, but I have a feeling it will grow on you.

This month also brought lot's of new sounds and babbling including "mmmm"-but I haven't heard "mamama" recently. 

With each day that you grow bigger, Ben gets more excited about you actually playing with him. This month you "played" numerous times in the fort he built you. He drapes a sheet from the chair in your room to the closet, and you and him sit or lay under it with his lantern and laugh. It makes me so happy that you have each other.

We love you so much sweet boy!