My older two kiddos are gone today and the littlest is napping. Writing time again…though I should be prepping dinner and/or in my craft corner working on a little project I have in mind! Ah the joys of what to do with much needed, little gotten quiet time!
So here is a random brain dump….
….I’m craving some newborn time. Big time! I savored DD3’s arrival and newborn days, thinking it would never happen again. Or more so, because deep down, I knew it would fly by. It did. And it will again when #4 arrives! I can’t wait to savor that time again. I’m already mentally letting go of things so I can dive into toddlerhood and newborn days (along with the teen and tween days of course…but they are so much more independent!!) and make the most of every moment. DH won’t have quite as much free-time and we won’t have company coming. I’m fine with that. We didn’t have company here when DD3 was born, and I actually enjoyed jumping into our own little family routine together.
….my u/s at ~20 weeks moved my due date earlier about two weeks! Eeep! Not sure what to think of that. I’ve never had that happen before. I don’t put a lot of stock in due dates. I’m always overdue and induced. But my most recent abdominal measurement at my prenatal check-up does agree with the u/s. So I’m starting to let myself get a tad excited about the earlier due date!!
….a summer pregnancy goes by FAST. Just sayin’. Most complain about the heat but I can’t say it’s bothered me much yet (of course August hasn’t hit yet, nor have I sat through our 4-day church convention!). We’ve been spoiled with a super nice summer so far. A couple hot, humid days, but I just took lots of breaks and kept hydrated.
….enough on pregnancy. DD1 is doing lots of babysitting for one family this summer. It’s been hard to get used to! But she loves it and she is an AWESOME sitter. She always has tons of activities planned and heads up to their house with a backpack FULL of goodies. And she gets paid well for her efforts. Win-win!
….I decorated for 4th of July after the fact. We were not home for July 4th and I miss getting to decorate for it. But it’s a nice summer theme, so I gave myself permission to decorate a bit. I will plan for more next summer!
….DD2 wants to shampoo the living room carpet. Have at it, I say!
…two year olds are the best. I love all their eccentric ways! Currently DD3 loves a mini bumpy Mickey Moush (how she says Mouse) ball from the $ spot at Target!! She even sleeps with it!! Another day it’s 90* out and she wants her clothes off, but a towel wrapped around her because she is cold!?!
…I bought this fun plate and sippee cup at Target. So inspired by a friend’s daycare Instagram photos of the meals she serves. So healthy and fun and the divided plate helps reminds me to serve up more than just a ½ sandwich, but to pull out some fruit and veggies! I’m making up some tuna salad (inspired by my above mentioned friend’s IG photo recently) now for lunch tomorrow. DD3 loves noodles, so it should be a hit with her. About the cup….what mom isn’t on the search for the perfect sippee cup??? I’m liking this one so far. The straw does. not. leak. …yet!
….a few yummy recipes we’ve tried lately. I love all the garden produce and trying new recipes to use them. I have the new Whole 30 cookbook coming from Amazon tomorrow. Not that I plan on doing the plan. We eat fairly healthy and so I’m just simply excited for more healthy veggie recipes! I can’t wait to put my feet up and enjoy my new book…I’ll keep you posted. I saw it at a big box store and should have let myself but it then…you know how it is when you get something on your mind!
Sour Cherry Coffee Cake (we were thrilled to get home from a recent vacation and still have cherries to pick!)
Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie (I didn’t notice until after we ate and loved this that is was from one of my favorite foodie blogs! Served with grilled pork chops and fresh beets below.)
Vanilla cupcakes w/fresh strawberry buttercream (absolutely divine!)
Summer Kale Salad (scroll down her post for the actual recipe!)