If you follow along this blog at all, you might have noticed that I’ve been completely MIA the past several weeks. Usually I’m ok with juggling my many hats and can find time to blog, but it has been absolute survival mode around here since late October pretty much–and for a good reason.
We are thrilled to announce that we are expecting another baby in June 2015!
This is the photo I posted to facebook the other day and the caption said something about how 2 out of 3 of them are excited about another little brother or sister. Landon actually is very excited–he just isn’t a big fan of posed pictures. I had to use it, though. Brenna looks like she’s cheering for another girl.
We were very surprised by this news, but ultimately we are nothing but grateful. We’ve always wanted 4–maybe not quite so close in age–but from what people tell us it will be great as they grow older because they’ll be super close.
I can already see it. They definitely love each other. (more…)
I can’t believe Christmas is in one week. Seriously–where has December gone? I feel like the month just started. It’s all been a blur of shopping, wrapping, events, parties, laundry, toilets, cooking, Christmas cards, a baby who only wants to climb up the stairs every second of her life, etc. etc. etc. I’m sure you can relate!
This year I’m doing a little better than last year as far as readiness, since last year we ended up moving two weeks before Christmas with only 5 days notice. It was such God thing, but it was probably the most exhausting couple of weeks I’ve ever experienced.
This Christmas I’ve had a little more time to breathe (as much as possible with 3 kids under 4) and one thing I really wanted to do this year was start some traditions. (more…)
This recipe for Cheesy Pesto Chicken Pasta comes from a pin I’ve had pinned on Pinterest for probably almost 2 years. It was one of my very first pins, actually. I have no idea why I waited so long because it turned out so, so good. Seriously, it’s already a favorite and will probably be on the rotation often.
It is super flavorful (if you like pesto–which we do!) and it’s really simple to throw together on a busy weeknight–or if you have little ones crawling through your legs while you attempt to cook. The kids actually really loved it and asked for more. Usually they’re not quite so eager when it comes to new recipes. My husband also loved it. He’s a big pesto fan to begin with, but the cheesy addition made it really rich and not overly pesto-ish (I like pesto but I wouldn’t say I love it). (more…)
There’s no question about it–I’m still very much in the trenches. My kids are: almost 4, 27 months, and 10 months. However, this past week we experienced a couple of milestones that showed me something I wasn’t expecting.
Even in the trenches, it does get easier.
Often I find myself fantasizing about what life will be like when diapers and bibs are a thing of the past. When I can go to the bathroom completely by myself. When I can eat dinner while it’s still hot without getting up 20 times. When loading up to go somewhere doesn’t take 30 minutes and I don’t break a sweat. When our day isn’t divided into two sections: before nap and after nap.
But then I realized that even in the midst of all these crazy, chaotic, exhausting moments that make up our day, (more…)
The weather has finally started to cool down where we live–it’s now a chilly 70ish degrees in So Cal. I know–we do not know cold. I have so much respect for those of you who are already experiencing snow! But since this is about as “fall” as we get here, it’s time to bust out the fluffy socks, cozy pj’s, hot chocolate, and of course all the yummy soup and stew recipes. This recipe for crock pot New Orleans red beans and rice is one of my favorite crock pot meals.
This is a super hearty, filling, and inexpensive meal. I had never tried it before getting married, but my husband introduced me to it a few years back and I’ve tweaked several recipes until finally landing on this easy variation.
The other day I had planned to make this, so the night before I got all nice and prepared and soaked my beans overnight. First thing I usually forget to do: check! The next morning I got the crock pot out and took a quick glance at my recipe card and realized I hadn’t actually done that yet. And I had all ingredients except for one: an onion.
Now for most people, this is an easy fix. Hop in the car, head to the store, and buy an onion. Not so for me. Going anywhere with my 3 year old, 2 year old, and 9 month old takes a good 30 minutes, and that’s just getting in and out of the car. I basically panicked at the thought of taking my 3 small children to the store to get an onion so I did the only thing I could think of–I posted a desperate plea on facebook.
“Does anyone want to pick me up an onion?”
Motherhood has humbled me in so many ways. (more…)