With Juliana definitely, for sure, for sure, being our last baby, I’ve found myself reveling in the little everyday moments with her more than I seem to have done with the other girls.
Early on, I would patiently nurse her for what felt like hours, simply because I knew it was that last time I’d ever nurse my baby. And maybe I was possibly hiding from the other kids and enjoying the quite. We’d rock and rock late into the night in the same glider that sat practically untouched in a corner when Veronica was little.
As my littlest baby continues to grow and grow (way too quickly), one of my favorite parts of our day remains bath time. Especially with Juli, this daily task is one of those that I most look forward to, as I know these days will soon come to an end. We take care of the washing part first, so that afterwards, we can play and splash for as long as her little heart desires.
Baby Dove is a trusted part of our bath time routine because it works gently and effectively to clean little ones from tip to toe, while also providing much needed moisture. With this season being the coldest and driest we’ve ever experienced, getting as much extra moisture as we can is important! Even my older girls continue to use Baby Dove products in their showers, because I know the gentle cleansing and rich moisture is exactly what they need as well!
As much as I love bath time, I also love having a partner that I can share these moments with! John was deployed for many of these early moments in Veronica and Adri’s lives. Having the opportunity for him to create these memories while he’s home is important to our family.
We love sharing even the smallest task, such as helping get our little ones dressed and ready for whatever is next!
Things didn’t go so well at the Apple Store over the weekend, but my computer is in working order again! The guy at the store had to restore my MacBook to factory settings, so we lost all of our files. The one positive aspect to all of this is that it feels like I’m working with a brand new computer!
After the hard drive failed in this thing last summer, we took it to an authorized Apple fixer. While that guy was able to save my files and install a new hard drive, the computer never really ran the same. Files were so slow to open and save. This whole thing feels like a blessing in disguise. Sort of?
At least now I’ll be able to organize all of my clip art and downloads before they get out of control.
I’ve been neurotic about backing everything up to the external hard drive. Learn from my mistakes, people!
Today is the first day in a while that I’ve been able to send all three kiddos to school. I’ve been using the time to get shit done. Earlier this week we had a weather day because of ice in the road. Last week, Adri was dealing with her sickies and stayed home a total of three days. And now I’ll have Juli on Friday and Monday, because the preschool on base is closed due to the 4-day weekend.
As we sloooowly inch closer to our PCS this summer, I’ve already begun prepping. There’s a rather extensive purge list in my notebook that I’m hoping to tackle day by day. Some things will be easy, like the collection of vases that I’m emotionally attached to.
Seriously. I’ve held on to a little pink vase from Adri’s birth and some random Valentine’s one that John got me years ago! I came to terms with donating those before we move. John happened to bring home another vase this morning that I’m going to have to hold on to for the next 10 years though.
Please tell me I’m not the only crazy one like this!
At the excellent suggestion of a friend, I’ll be sending a bunch of old baby clothes and blankets to another friend who is pregnant with a girl. She’s even naming her baby Julianna. Donating to someone I know helps me feel less like I’m dropping my memories off at Goodwill or the thrift store.
Wow, what a week it has been! I’ve had a sick kiddo at home and a computer that decided to not boot up after I attempted to upgrade it. I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited about the weekend as I am today!
I’ve been using our backup desktop in the meantime, but it’s nowhere as convenient as the laptop. With the laptop, I type or edit photos in between meals or while the kids watch TV. We’ve got an appointment at the Apple Store for tomorrow and I’m hoping they can at least save the files from the MacBook Pro. I finally invested in an external hard drive, so I’ll be be backing things up way more frequently!
If you don’t have an external hard drive, I HIGHLY recommend getting one like yesterday! I got this one (affiliate link)! After extensive research, and learning that Mac products need external hard drives that are formatted for Mac computers, it was my top choice (there’s an identical PC version). It’s also sold at Walmart, but the 2TB was about $10 cheaper on Amazon.
2TBs! I don’t know if that’s a tetra or a terra or whatever. What I do know is that I did a TimeMachine backup to the disk and then also copy and pasted ALL of my files to the disk just to be sure, and I still have 1.82TBs left. For $70, I’ll consider that a win!
The highlight of this week has been our meal prep. I honestly had so much fun in the kitchen with John on Sunday. Having our breakfasts and lunches ready to eat and dinner mostly prepped has been a huge time saver!
While I suspect typical meal prep shouldn’t take too long, we put in about 5 hours in the kitchen. Altogether, we ended up with five breakfasts each, five lunches for me, and 10 lunches for John.
The new diet that we’re doing gives suggested eating times as well as portions. The most time consuming part for us was probably weighing and distributing the food to each box. As time goes on, we should get a bit faster. I’m not complaining though, because otherwise, we would have likely just been sitting on the couch. Now, we’ve got our healthy balanced meals ready to eat!
I’ve been lurking in Keto Facebook groups for a year or two now, but finally took the plunge into low carb eating! The Keto diet is strange. It works by cutting out carbs and having your body run on fats. You maintain a low carb/high fat diet, and your body does the work.
No milk or bananas allowed, but bacon and cheese are perfectly acceptable. I know it sounds crazy (John still isn’t convinced), but I’ve seen it work for hundreds of people! Surprisingly, people also claim to see drops in their LDL cholesterol, as well as positive changes in diabetic conditions.
What drew me to this Keto/low carb way of eating, was the ability to not have to workout, but still lose considerable weight. I’m lazy. I have the hardest time finding the motivation to go to the gym. While I wouldn’t mind going for a run around the neighborhood, I have no desire to do so in the freeze temperatures we’ve had lately.
Being able to lose weight by eating a cheese burger with no bun? Game on!
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Carbs
First and foremost, I was ecstatic to lose 7 pounds in the first week! I’m about two weeks in now, and the number continues to drop! Eating this way is HARD (as I imagine most diets can be) but seeing the pounds slide off, keeps me motivated!
I literally eat eggs, bacon, and cheese for breakfast in the morning, while losing weight! On Friday night’s we’ve been having pizza crust made out of CHEESE and egg with more cheese on top! It’s actually good!
I’ve suddenly found a burst of energy I never knew I had. Even after staying up until 11pm, I can wake up before the sun, to get the girls ready for school without dragging my feet. I actually get stuff done during the day and am not exhausted by sundown.
Carbs are in everything! Even celery is surprisingly high in carbs. Not high, high. But high for a damn stick that tastes like grass+water! Most juices and even milk are off limits on a low carb diet. To keep things easy, I’ve been sticking to water with a drop of lemon. I’ve swapped out my iced coffees for chai tea with a splash of heavy cream. I can’t drink black coffee, so I don’t even go there.
I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to track my carb, fat, and protein intake along with calorie goal daily. Sticking to the suggested serving for whatever it is I’m eating makes it easiest to calculate and track. The app also shows me how many calories I have left for the day.
Holy cow! I realized I was eating WAY too much before. I’ll admit, there are some nights that I go to bed without my stomach feeling completely satisfied. It’s gotten better though! I’ve noticed myself getting fuller faster, which certainly isn’t a bad thing!
It’s been tough, but seemingly worth it. After two weeks, I’d say I have a better idea of what I can or can’t eat, but still the MFP app is essential.
Beer doesn’t work with this diet, but bourbon is ok. Thank God, for Kentucky! LOL
It’s kind of expensive. I’ve spent a shit-ton on bacon, eggs, and cheese lately. We’ll go through an 18-pack of eggs in a day and a half. The low carb flours and sugars and significantly more expensive than regular white flour and sugar.
Will I eat this way forever? NO! I miss cake and we actually are planning to start a more balanced diet with some meal prep. We’ll be putting together our first set of meals on Sunday, then using the Superbowl to pig out before we start eating right on Monday.
Valentine’s monster heart brownies that are so cute, it’s scary!
Need a special treat for an upcoming Valentine’s event? These little monster brownies are the perfect easy dessert! In case you haven’t noticed, I’m seriously digging the monster theme this year!
Just like the Valentine’s the girls will be passing out in school, these can be customize to look however you’d like! I love playing with food!
To start these guys off, you’ll have to bake some brownie. Annny type of brownie works (as long as it’s semi-strudy), so feel free to keep it simple with a box mix! I did!
Once the brownies have cooled, use a cookie cutter to cut out your shapes! No heart cookie cutter? These are a great option or just use whatever shape you have in your kitchen!
Then, using a Wilton #233 tip, gently make some fuzzy monsters! The nice part about this is that it doesn’t have to be perfect and you can just dab the frosting on pretty quickly!
To finish the brownies off, add an eye or two or five, to create your own unique monsters! My favorite thing about all these recent monster crafts, is being able to just play with different fun eye combinations!
Thanks to Oriental Trading for teaming up with me and providing the materials in this post!
Hellooo, from Snow Day 7 here in the greater Fort Knox area! I wanted to pop in real quick with this FUN little craft that the girls and I made on a snow day for Valentine’s Day! Today is actually only the 5th snow day of the year, but it’s been a week since the girls have been to school.
Things are bright and dry today, so I’m hopeful for school tomorrow! We still have plenty of snow, but most roads have been cleared and there’s no additional snow in the forecast! YAY!
Later today, I plan to try making snow ice cream (prob not a great idea, since I’m trying to work on a lower carb diet). But in the meantime, I want to share our little Valentine’s craft that we worked on a few days ago!
The girls and I did this one together and had so much fun! There are literally hundreds thousands MILLIONS (billions?) of ways to create these little monsters and coming up with variations was the best part! I ordered all of my supplies from Oriental Trading (yay for not having to leave the house)! PLUS (!!!) you can order cardboard tubes from them, if you’re like me and terrible at remembering to save your paper rolls!
I started this little project by folding in all the ends of the tubes. I just used my thumb and pushed down on opposite sides of the tubes to that each end would close.
While I did that, the girls started putting together their little Valentine monster faces. Using the foam hearts and googly eyes they glued them together in all sorts of fun layers and combinations. Once I was done with the tubes, I started making some monsters of my own!
V discovered that when you put the points of two hearts together, you get a little bow! So cute!
To finish the project, we added feather “hair” with a dab of hot glue, then another dab of hot glue to stick the masterpiece to the tube! We’ll be filling these babies up with Hugs & Kisses (you can even get these from Oriental Trading) and sending them off to school!
We’re nearing the end of the day. The miniature humans are anxious to go outside and equally quick to return indoors to warm. Outside adult human contact has been minimal. Food supply is running low. The roads have been plowed, but remain icy. School once again is cancelled tomorrow.
I actually braved the outdoors this evening for a quick trip up the road for some basic groceries for dinner. The main roads in town are pretty easy to drive, but maneuvering through our neighborhood was a challenge! I am SO glad we decided to buy a new vehicle with 4 wheel drive.
I drove by the girls’ schools on the way to the grocery and it didn’t look like either of them had been plowed. It looked like there were lots of smaller side roads around the school that were frozen over too. Hopefully, they can get salted or something in the next day or two, so the kids can get back.
Because of snow days, they’ve basically had a month-long winter break! It’s sort of a bummer, because these days will end up being taken out of summer break.
As a kid, I remember having a handful of hurricane days each school year. I don’t think they ever actually made us make up those days though. Kentucky sounds serious though. I guess we’ll see come May 23.
It looks like base will finally be open though, so I’ll be sending Ju to preschool with John in the morning. We are so bad at sticking to a routine with her, so a few hours with Mrs. R will be good for her!
Oh, and can we talk about the cause of all these days off for a second?! The snow!!
The girls have been having a blast playing outside! They really like to get into the snow and make angels or throw snowballs at each other, so the outside fun doesn’t always last long. They’re usually in a hurry to get inside and warm up by the fire.
We got some more last night, which flattened out the areas the girls had been playing in and made everything smooth again. It’s so pretty when it just blankets the area evenly.
I am in love with it! I don’t even mind the cold so much when there’s snow! It’s so beautiful to look at and fun to walk through. It has been SO powdery soft. I’m obsessed! Seriously!
I am also not the person who has to shovel it and do whatever other preventative measures there are for snow, so that explains that. Although, John did teach me how to scrape the windshield this morning. Fascinating things you learn at 30, after living in a tropical climate your entire life.
Another new snow experience is Caesar having tail issues. Apparently the cold can cause limp tails in dogs? Something to do with that muscle or something? Freaking weird. But, we’ve been having him take it easy for the last two days, and it seems to be improving.
I hope everyone is staying warm!
How are you keeping busy with snow these snow days?
I know, I know. I’m a bit behind. I feel like my year has started out slowly, and that’s ok with me!
John and I rang in the new year alongside his mom and our oldest and youngest babies. The middle one was asleep on the couch by about 8:30, as per usual. At midnight, we gobbled down our 12 grapes for good luck and wandered off to bed.
Last year, with us being 5 hours behind in Hawaii, we were able countdown early with a replay of the ball dropping. Not so much this year. Plus, the kids actually know how to tell time now.
For this year, I didn’t bother with resolutions or choosing a word. Instead, I made a list of goals, and will work towards those! By writing them down in my planner, I feel like I’m already ahead of the game!
To help me keep my goals and planner organized, I made up a new sheet of printable stickers. Actually, I made two. This sheet was the second go around, because the first sheet was just BAD. This one turned out PERFECTLY, so I’m not even mad.
The colors are sort of what I picture for New Years, but the patterns also included Xs and Os, along with little hearts for Valentine’s Day too!