Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
She has a very cool giveaway going on over at her giveaway blog - The Southern Belle Baby Giveaways. Up for grabs is a 5x5 custom pet portrait by Linny Fish Designs. Check out some of her work:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Good news is that I finally finished the Christmas 100 miles. So now I'm on to the Birthday 250. Just over 2 months left ... oh my!
I don't know about you, but my kid is P-I-C-K-Y. He's come a very long way, but I'd still like to be able to get some healthier things in him. He's a big fan of "bars" (granola bars) and while they're fairly healthy, they're still full of preservatives and what not. I'm far from afraid of preservatives and stuff that's in our food these days, but if I can make something healthier, why not? So when I came across these on the almighty Pinterest, I decided to try them out on the munchkin. Friends, they are delish. He loved them, I loved them. It definitely tastes like you're eating something that's bad for you. But at 90 calories each, they aren't too bad.
The original recipe can be found at Food Doodles and Oh She Glows. I changed it up a little bit. Next time, I think I'll only use one banana and maybe a little more cereal. And I also think I'll do twice the dried fruit and no chocolate chips. Another variation I've seen has coconut sprinkled on the top. YUM. Make them your own and enjoy!
Frosty No-Bake Granola Bars
2 large overripe bananas
1 cup oats (I used a little more because it was the end of the container)
1/2 cup crunchy cereal (I used bran flakes)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup(or any other sweetener you use) (I used honey)
2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp dried cranberries or other fruit (I used raisins)
2 – 4 tsp cocoa powder (I used 3 tsp)
Mash the bananas, then add the maple syrup (or honey), peanut butter, and cocoa powder. Stir in the oats, cereal, chocolate chips, and dried fruit. Put cupcake liners in a muffin pan and press mixture in each tin. The recipe makes 12. Freeze for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I really don't enjoy bath time. Not my own, although you may think so with as infrequently as I shower these days. But that really is just a lack of time. And not baby bath time. That's pretty straightforward, very easy, and they're blissfully calm in the tub.
It's Brennan's bath time. I love that boy with every ounce of my being. But by the end of the day, I'm tired and my patience is warn thin, he is whiny and wild, and that, my friends, is not a good combo. I know, it's supposed to be a time where I can enjoy him and we can play with duckies and give shampoo mo-hawks. But honestly? I don't like it. In fact, I kind of dread it.
Sometimes I wonder if it's because the only time I do bath time is when I've been home alone all day and Brian isn't home by bedtime. Bath time is usually their special Daddy/Brennan time while I tend to the twins and clean up the house. So on the rare occurance that I actually have bath duty, it's usually because Daddy is working late and the kid resembles Pig Pen from the Peanuts. And after an entire day of being home by myself with my boys my nerves are usually shot. When it's convenient, I'm more than happy to have Brennan join me in the shower, but that's not usually practical in the evenings when I'm home by myself with the kids. And I LOVE to do our bedtime routine after his bath. But I honestly can't stand bath time. And you know what? I'm OK with that. It's Brian and Brennan's special time. And while I'll fill in when need be, I'll let them have their time together most nights.
I love my boys more than life itself; most moms will tell you that. But there are women out there who would never admit that they need time away from their kids. I'm not one of them. I love being home with my boys every day. But with 2 infants and a toddler, it's a very busy day. And I know my limits. I think that it makes me a better mom to acknowledge my weaknesses and focus on my strengths. The fact that I don't enjoy every tiny aspect to motherhood doesn't make me a bad mom; it makes me human.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
You know how when you start to smell poop and you have multiple kids in diapers you start sniffing butts? And the first one you check is positive, so you change it, but you still smell poop? And you're not sure if it's just in your nosehairs or if someone else actually went so you check the next one and he did it too? So you change him and you still smell it and your positive it's just in your nosehairs but you check the third one anyways and he went too? So you change him and now you're convinced that the stink has permeated your brain and that's all you'll smell for the next 3 days? Then you go outside to take the trash out and the smell goes away, but hits you like a brickwall when you walk back into the house?
Helllooooo scented candles.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Beckett and Kiernan had their 4 month appointment with the pediatrician yesterday. The pediatrician was very happy with their development. They are definitely growing quickly! Here are the specifics:
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Operation Lose the Twin Weight, or more easily written as OLTW, is still in full effect. Well, that still should really be a back. I gained a few pounds while back in Michigan, but come on, we ate ham and cheesy potatoes for like a week straight. But those few pounds are gone again, simply by returning home and eating like normal again. Brian and I are both using a Calorie Counter app on our phones to track our food for the day, which helps tremendously. We can scan the barcode on the packaging of what we're eating or do a quick search for it, and even save it as a favorite meal. This comes in handy as I usually eat a bowl of oatmeal (with raisins or half of a banana mixed in!) for breakfast and a sandwich or wrap for lunch. It's nice to be doing it together too. Makes you think twice before dipping into Brennan's "nums" (M&Ms) because you know you'll have to record it.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
No really. I'm not sure. Because those 31 days were a total blur. I tried getting ready for Christmas early, I really did. I had great aspirations of handmade gifts and holiday fun for the first Christmas that Brennan would kinda "get". I'm not sure why I thought I could pull that off when I am so consumed with taking care of children and maintaining a (semi) clean environment for them that I can barely keep my master bathroom from looking like a truck stop. Then there was that whole "how the heck am I supposed to get in the Christmas spirit when it's so hot outside that I have to turn on the AC because I'm sweating too much while putting up my tree?!" phase. Take that, add a dash of hearing "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" on the radio and you get a bawling, blubbering mess of a me.
But eventually I pulled myself up by the bootstraps, told myself to do it for the kiddo, and figured out that if I waited til after dark and cranked up the AC I could *almost* trick myself into believing that it wasn't hotter than the surface of the sun outside. So all 3 of the trees went up, hubby threw some icicle lights (ha!) on the front of the house, and we watched our kiddos stare at the lights in delight.
We were also lucky enough to have our friend Heather and her little man join us for a few days. She was a HUGE help around the house and Brennan and her little B had a blast playing with each other. When they left, we had 17 ... SEVENTEEN ... meals in our freezer and some cleaning projects that were starting to make me tick accomplished. What an amazing friend. Seriously.
A few days after they left, we hopped on a place and headed for the mitten. And when I say "hopped" I mean strategically executed a very carefully and methodically planned out process of getting 2 adults, 2 infants, a toddler, 2 carseats, a stroller, and crap-tons of luggage from the long term parking lot, into the airport, and onto the plane. Seriously, we amazed ourselves with how well it went. The next 10 days were a blur of parties, presents, and slobbery grandma kisses. The twins first Christmas was a great one, spent surrounded by family and friends. And their baptism on New Years Eve was beautiful. We're so blessed to be able to have my Dad baptize them. When all was said and done, we decided that it was a great trip, but we were glad to be home again and not living out of suitcases. And when we head back again in June, we'll be all the more experienced.
Then I sat down to write a blog entry and realized that it's now January. And it's a new year. And my babies are 4 months old and smiling and drooling and (mostly) sleeping through the night. Holy balls. You think time flies with your first child til you have your second (and third) and realize that it actually travels at light speed. Now if I could only figure out a way to keep up...