Friday, May 22, 2015

#nelsendays weeks 19&20

What a great two weeks it has been! We are loving the warm, but not too warm, days with hardly any rain. We've gone outside to play or walk just about every day and I'm loving it! Hoping these Spring-like temps can hang on as long as possible!

Day 128:
Ryan and Tally have mastered the art of selfies... Matt's still working on it. ;) #overheredaddy

Day 129:
A morning walk, an early lunch, and a trip to Costco. I love Saturdays. And yes Tal came too. After being gone for a week he's jumping in the car every time we leave so we take him with us whenever we can. :)

Day 130:
Mother's Day. I love this boy so much. Being his mama is the best gift I've ever been given.

Day 131:
Our attempt at recreating our pool days from the week before with a mid-afternoon "swim." It wasn't quite the same, but I did enjoy the view. ;)

Day 132:
We have a pretty solid routine lately of walking at the park and then playing on the playground. These sunny days have been the best!

Day 133:
We love open gym! And Ryan says hey. The hand rarely goes down.

Day 134:
Look closely and you will see that Tally is sucking one of Ryan's pacifiers in the background. Tally, our golden retriever who has always acted more like a child than a dog, sometimes gets jealous during mealtime because all of the attention is on Ryan (you know, the actual child in our house). So he usually goes to find something of Ryan's that he knows he's not supposed to have and will peek his head around the corner and stare at me with whatever it is in his mouth. This is purely for affect because when he doesn't get the attention he wants, he drops whatever it is and dramatically plops on the floor with a sigh. This particular stare down lasted for 3-5 minutes during breakfast. Oh. Tal. You are one funny pup.

Day 135:
End of the year performances and presentations at Noah and Maddox's school! Love these boy so, so much!

Day 136:
Last Saturday evening we went to a Leukemia Awareness Fundraiser that Matt's boss organizes every year. Ryan got to experience his first taste of blue grass music and was super excited when he figured out he could clap while swinging. ;)

Day 137:
Last weekend we went to visit Matt's grandparents one last time on their blueberry farm before they move to a smaller home. We have so many memories at that house and farm and on that front porch! We will miss visiting them there!

Day 138:
Baby man boobs and crossed feet. :)

Day 139:
On Tuesday morning, we took a trip to the new Avalon development in Alpharetta where they had a kids' play area with characters and songs. Ryan got to meet Batman, play, eat... and when it was all said and done, he CRASHED. The bottom left picture was taken about two minutes after I put him in the stroller. Sweet boo. He transferred from the stroller to the car to the crib without waking up. I still can't believe it happened. Even his sweet little waving hand was exhausted. :)

Day 140:
Matt left work early on Wednesday of this week and surprised Ryan and Tally at the park. Tal's face pretty much sums up how they both felt when he showed up- haha!

Tomorrow morning we head out for a week at the beach with Matt's family. We can't wait!

Have a great weekend friends!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mexican Lasagna

My sister gets all the credit for this recipe. It is one of the many delicious recipes I have in the recipe book that she made me as a wedding gift. Yeah, she's pretty great. :)

This recipe is perfect for a crowd or for freezing leftovers for later.

And Ryan, at almost 10 months old, has eaten is twice now and loves it!

1lb. ground turkey or beef
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 bag of tricolor peppers, chopped (I buy these)
olive oil
2tsp chili powder
1tsp cumin
2 cups salsa (I use Jack's from Costco)
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
8- 8in whole wheat tortillas
1- 16oz container sour cream
4c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Pinch of sugar to taste

I'll be honest, I am not a chili powder or cumin fan, but I love this dish!

Brown meat and drain. Sauté onion and pepper in olive oil. Add meat to onions and peppers. 

Stir in chili powder, cumin, salsa, beans, corn, and sugar. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Spread a layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 13x9in baking dish. Top with 2 tortillas (side by side), 1/4 of the sour cream (spread across the top), and one cup of cheese. 

Repeat steps four times, until all ingredients are used.

Cover with foil and bake on 350 for 45 minutes.

Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes to allow cheese to brown slightly. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review: What Alice Forgot + Weekend Wrap-Up

One of my goals for May was to read What Alice Forgot.

I LOVED this book. I got so into the characters and the storyline. I even talked to Matt about the plot as if there was a chance we could experience the same circumstances. It really got me thinking!

The basic premise is that the main character, Alice, has an accident and can't remember the last ten years of her life. What she realizes though is that she is apparently a completely different person than she was ten years ago based on how everyone responds to her and acts around her. 

During the book she has to put the pieces of her life back together and figure out who she wants to be going forward.

I was wishing there was a sequel when I finished it. But I did start reading another one of Liane Moriarity's book The Husband's Secret and I'm loving it too!

Both books are apparently being made into movies, so if you like reading books and then seeing the film versions like I do, you should definitely check out both of these books!

I'm not sure yet what I'm going to read after The Husband's Secret so if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

In other news, this weekend, we went to visit my family in Monroe and see Matt's grandparents at their house in Social Circle one last time before they move. 

As we were getting ready to leave, I told Ryan that we were going to Nonna and Papa's house, and when Tally heard me say "Nonna" he jumped up from his bed and flew into the car. Tally is crazy about my parents and they are crazy about him, but he's not allowed inside the main part of their house (where we would be) so he wasn't going to come along with us this time. The picture on the left is Tally thinking he's home free and coming along, the picture on the right is when he sees Matt coming to get him back out. hahah- poor Tal. 

I took this picture while I was sitting in the back with Ryan and talking to Matt about how Ryan's teeth are coming in. Sweet buddy has some big, gappy chompers on the top and two tiny little chicklets on the bottom- ha! And the whole time I was talking to Matt about his teeth he was just grinning at me from ear to ear. Love this little cheeser and his toothy smile!

Ryan with almost all of his cousins! We found out that my step brother and his wife are expecting a boy in November so there will be 5 boys and 5 girls on my side of the family for Ryan to play with!

After leaving my moms, we drove out to Social Circle to see Matt's grandparents and visit their house  and farm one last time before they move. They have lived in this house and operated the blueberry farm there for over 40 years. I still remember my first visit 14 years ago when Matt and I were dating.  So many sweet memories there!

They're not moving far away so we'll have lots more memories at their new place! And the new owners are going to keep running the farm so we'll be back to pick each summer. :)

Hope you all had a great weekend!

And don't forget to let me know if you have any good book recommendations! Thanks, friends!


Friday, May 15, 2015

May's Mid-Month Confessions

We're baaack! It's time for another round of Mid-Month Confessions. If you're new to this link-up, each month Elizabeth and I share our confessions from the month and encourage you all to do the same. Sounds a little crazy but we see it as a way to take the pressure off and laugh at our less-than-perfect moments from the last 30 days and/or throw out a thing or two that's been weighing on our minds. And we usually get a good laugh out of reading what y'all write so that's always a bonus. ;)

You can read mine below, check out Elizabeth's here, and link-up your own at the bottom of this post! Remember, you only have to add your link one time and it will show up on both Elizabeth's and my blog. If you don't have a blog but want to get a confession off your chest (or make us feel better about ours ;) ) feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below our posts!

Ben & Jerry's Salted Caramel Core Ice Cream

I shared this new addiction in my April's Favorite Finds post. But what I didn't share was that I ate the entire pint in two sittings. The first night I showed impressive self-control (rare for me when we're talking about pasta or ice cream) and had maybe an 1/8 of the container. Which means the second night was an intense session of ice cream binging. I'll blame in on the fact that we were watching Scandal and I lost all track of how many bites I had eaten. This is why you don't eat ice cream out of the carton.

I think I've addressed on here at least once that I have a few- for lack of a better word- anal tendencies. I like my labels in my fridge and pantry facing out. I like my k-cups all facing the same direction in their little drawer. I like for everything to have a place and don't like keeping things if they don't have a purpose or an often-enough use. I'm more likely to give something to Goodwill too soon than hold on to something for too long. But what I don't think I've shared is that I like straight lines. I like for things to be lined up, linear, straight, squared off if it fits with whatever I'm straightening. So this confession... which has turned into about 7 different confessions if you're new around here... this confession is really about our faucet.

I had it installed with the handle in front instead of on the side and always line up the faucet part so that it's directly in the center.

When our contractor was working on our house, he would intentionally angle the faucet on the side over one of the sinks because then he knew if I had come by the house or not (because the faucet would always be straightened if I had visited). HA! He didn't tell me this until he caught my straightening it mid-converstaion with him one day. I actually didn't even realize I did it until he pointed it out. 

So I think I'm a little nuts, but there are worse forms of nuttiness, right?!

We had a landscaper come out this month to quote us on some work that we'd like to have done in our yard (one of my May goals as a matter of fact) and because I had been texting back and forth with him and my mom on a few things, I accidentally mixed up my messages and sent this text to our landscaper:

"When you get a chance, can you send me your favorite picture of Ryan sticking his tongue out?! There were some really cute ones of you two!"

Thankfully I realized it soon after and was able to explain that Ryan is our son and the text was for my mom. Whoops!

And for your viewing pleasure, here's the picture I was referring to :)

Twice last week I tried to unlock our house door with the unlock button of my car keys and thought both times, "Why is this not working?!" 
Somebody get me an extra Starbucks or an extra couple hours of sleep please.

Justine joined us for Mid-Month confessions for the first time last month, and when I clicked over to read her post, I loved seeing her sweet bio. She wrote about having three girls (6, 4, and 2) and a baby boy and wrote that anytime someone comments on her hands being full, she replies, "Full hands, full heart!" This just got me. Yes, I am gooshy and emotional, but if I'm honest, the thought of 4+ kids sounds insanely amazing. Who knows where the Lord will lead us, but a big family sounds pretty crazy fun.

That's all for this month! Now I want to hear what YOU have to share! Link up your Mid-Month Confession posts below, or, if you don't have a blog, leave your confession(s) in a comment below this post. We'd also love for you to paste this button somewhere in your post- just copy and paste the HTML into your post. Just the button will show and clicking it will link back to each of our blogs.


Thanks friends! Hope you guys have a great weekend! We're heading to a new park Saturday morning, a fundraiser dinner and silent auction Saturday evening, and going to my parents' house and Matt's grandparents house in Monroe and Social Circle on Sunday afternoon. It should be a good-kind-of-busy weekend. :)