Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Week Recap {part 1}

Monday morning started off with some snuggles from the puppy girl. 

Then Ashley came by and we had a great time catching up! Caroline napped most of the time but got up just in time to get some snuggles in before Ashley had to leave. 

Later Aunt Heather & K came up for the afternoon and a girls night on the square!! I loved watching K giggle at Caroline - they already have the sweetest relationship!! Heather and I of course enjoyed some pie ;) 

We had a nice low key day at home filled with ear/play/sleep/repeat. This turkey had fun playing with her new toy from K and showing off her strength during tummy time! We stayed in our comfies all day and make a quick trip to pick up our groceries before calling it a day. 

We had the best family day today! Originally we were going to go to Shreveport for Thanksgiving but when Elizabeth suggested they just come here we decided that would be easiest and best for everyone. It meant no driving and extra family time with my little family of three which was a win. I made a quick run to Krogers for a few things (but mainly to get my free Starbucks drink!), came home and did some of the coloring pages I had printed out while listening to The Popcast. Matt got up and made us a delicious breakfast. Later that afternoon we headed to run some errands - picking up a new Christmas tree at Costco (it has colored and white lights thus solving all our family problems, ha!), Nebraska Furniture Mart, lunch out + a quick stop at gas log store to do some research for our fireplace. We had such a good day together! We stayed up late and ended the night with some selfies #marriage #tiredparents 

I set up our kitchen table with cards for people to write what they were thankful for, grown up coloring pages + game options! The goal was not force anyone into partaking in anything but to have things available for those who were interested. For the most part we stuck to the goal ;) I loved having these little "stations" set up and it really did lead to some fun family time that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise!

Matt got Caroline dressed and decided since he and I were dressed causally so should she ;) 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's up Wednesday {November}

What we're eating... 
It's an off week with lots of easy random meals since my family is coming Thursday for Thanksgiving! So then obviously all the goodness that comes with a Thanksgiving meal. Last week we had chicken tortilla soup using Heather's recipe and it was so easy and so good. It made for lots of good leftovers too. 
Heather's Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 pound chicken breast
1 (15 oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes mashed
1 (10 oz.) can enchilada sauce (I use mild)
1 medium onion chopped
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 oz.) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into slow cooker.  Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.  Stir in corn and cilantro.  Cover, cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.  The last hour take chicken out and shred with a mixer (*note* this was my first time to shred chicken in the mixer and I was super impressed with how quick and easy it was!). Put back into crock pot and stir.  We topped ours with avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese & tortilla strips!

What I'm reminiscing about...
Last Thanksgiving we were driving down to Austin and Matt told me he thought we were pregnant. I spent the whole weekend wondering if there was a little one on the way and imagining how our life could possibly be changing. We came home Saturday night and the next morning found out we were indeed pregnant! Can't believe that was just a year ago!

What I'm loving...
My sweet mama got me a new pair of slippers which I'm really enjoying on these chilly mornings. It was perfect timing because I had been searching the internet just the week before trying to find a pair of slip on comfy slippers and then when we got to Shreveport my mom had a perfect pair waiting for me! Also loving that we've kept up our gratitude journal for over a month now. Not sure how much longer we will keep writing down what we are thankful for each day but I think sharing one thing we are thankful for each day has become a new daily tradition for us and I love it!

What we've been up to...
We've had some really good family time lately! I feel like we are getting into a rhythm although we still have days that are less than ideal, it feels like things are getting somewhat easier. Also it has been nice to have some social media free days - amazing how much more you talk and connect with your family when you remove all those little distractions on your phone and how peaceful it is to take a step back from all the noise of social media.

What I'm working on...
Getting Caroline on a better napping/sleep schedule! She does great over night + takes a long nap in the morning but doesn't "go down for the night" until around 11 or 12. Which means she gets up around 7/8 and then goes back to sleep till 10/11. I'm glad she's getting some good sleep but makes for a long night and hard to go places in the morning/early afternoon. I'm thankful she's a good sleeper though! Working on putting her down for her naps on more of a "schedule" although it's a pretty loose schedule. Just mainly trying to make sure she's down before she gets overly tired. 

What I'm excited about...
Seeing my sister!! I think I said this last month but now it's only a day away! She hasn't seen Caroline since she was born! Also excited to 'host' Thanksgiving this year - although my mama is bringing all the food it has been fun getting the house all ready for their visit.

What I'm reading...
I wish I was reading more but there just isn't much time for that right now. I do try to sneak in a few minutes to read my ever growing stack of magazines. I'm really enjoying the devotional my sister got me - walking with God in the season of motherhood. Everything is so spot on and really helping me focus my days  

What I'm watching/listening to...
Matt and I have really enjoyed watching The Voice together! I wouldn't say either of us are music people but there is something so entertaining about that show and I love how encouraging the coaches are. Also what would this series of posts be without another podcast recommendation for yall! I had listened to The Popcast a while back but never subscribed. Well that was a podcast #fail. Thankfully Ashley told this week I should start listening and I was re-reminded of all the entertaining goodness. Seriously they are so funny!

What I'm wearing...
It's getting colder so if I'm home it's typically pj pants, a robe or long cardigan + slippers. Perfect comfy winter outfit!

What I'm doing this weekend...
Hanging out with family! Looking forward to having time to rest and not do much but be together. There is a "Home for the Holidays" event on our towns square so we will try to go there to walk around but otherwise enjoy a lot of down time together!

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Celebrating the Christmas season as a family of three! Looking forward to including Caroline in on our traditions even though it will look a little different than years past #lifewithanewborn ;)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Recap

We had a good day with Caroline doing good at her naps and being an overall happy baby! She and I ran some errands before Matt got home. Matt's company was hosting family night at a local minor league basketball game so we headed there after stopping by for a quick dinner at Chipotle. We only stayed for an hour or so but Caroline did great and loved looking around and everything going on!

Matt headed to Oklahoma for the Baylor game and didn't get home till 5am Sunday morning! He had lots of fun with his friends and enjoyed the win, sic em! It was a long but good day of being home with Caroline. We facetimed with a few friends to help the day go by quickly and she napped great again so I was able to start on our year 6 Shutterfly book. I'm only through about 5 days of her life and there are already so many pages. I have a feeling I'm going to set a record for number of pages in a Shutterfly book by the end of this year!

A sweet friend of my mom's made this precious pillow for Caroline :)

Since Matt got home so late (or early!) and Caroline's morning nap schedule was off we missed out on church but enjoyed a really good family day at home together. We watched the Cowboys WIN #finally. Then Matt was on Caroline duty for a while so I could have a break and get in a nice long relaxing bath. I came out to a sleeping baby and a proud daddy who got her to sleep all on his own. It made me smile when he gave me some tips "All you have to do is stay calm, rock her and sing to her" #swoon. We watched a movie, ate some leftovers and it was bath night for Caroline. Exciting stuff right there ;)

How we feel about game day ;)

#1 Dad right there!

Baylor typically hates the bathtub but has decided if she wants any attention at all she might need to rethink her stance on the tub ;)