Thursday, May 14, 2015

A (Belated) Letter To Our Little: 11 Months

To my precious Kennedy Harper,

Last Friday marked your 11th month. We are now on the fast track to your big 1 year milestone.

How in the world did we get here.


You are busy busy busy and will only sit still if I give you my iPhone, paper, turn on Curious George, or feed you cottage cheese mixed with avocado.


You still love your doggies and now make an "ARF!" sound when you see them.

They are still very committed to helping you eat your meals.


Your crawling skills aren't pretty, but you get to where you want to be.

If an inch worm and a seal had a baby, I would imagine that you would mimic each other getting from place to place.

You also have a new found love for strawberries, which makes you smell like cotton candy all the time.

I don't hate it.


You bring me so much joy, even on the darkest of days.

This last week was the hardest, most painful week of my life.

Last Monday night, we lost your Pawpaw...my Daddy.


He bought you this beautiful yellow dress a few weeks ago, just because.

He loved you so much.


You were the twinkle in his eye, sweet girl.

He snuggled, cuddled, and kissed you every chance he got.

He pursued you and desired a relationship with you.

He wanted to support you and see you succeed.

He loved watching you grow.


He loved buying you little stuffed animals and frilly dresses.

He never let me eat the raw stuff during our weekly sushi dates when I was pregnant with you.

After you were born, he came over almost every week to see you and play with you while I gobbled up the hot lunch he always brought me.

He protected and couldn't get enough of you.

You were his "Little Finkie".


It is incredibly hard not to mourn the moments that we will miss out on now that he is no longer in our lives, but I am thankful that he knew you and you knew him.

I am thankful that I was able to see him love you unconditionally.

I am thankful that your Pawpaw was the best version of my dad I have ever experienced.

I am thankful that we have a Daddy, a Pawpaw, in the King whom we serve.

Thank you Lord, for allowing us these sweet moments with Pawpaw. You are faithful when my faith is weaning and you are strong when I can't seem to pick myself up.

Happy 11 months, to our Little Finkie. You are loved more than you will ever know.

"I am God, and there is no one like Me,
declaring the end from the beginning,
and from ancient times things which have not been done,
saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
and I will accomplish all My good pleasure."
Isaiah 46:9-10


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Family Monday: Food, A Hard Run, & My Sugar Addiction

Hello friends! 

How was your weekend? Ours was filled with great family time, way too much food, and a really hard run.


My wonderful mom watched our little peanut last night so I could go on a date with this guy. We have a new restaurant in our 'hood called Local Pour, so we decided to try it out at the last minute. It was AMAZING. The food, drinks, service, atmosphere, everything was top notch. 

I just love one on one time with this guy and crave time with him. We don't get to go out just the two of us very often, so when we do it is quite a treat!


Another weekend nom worth mention was this golden platter of goodness from Raising Cane's. We were out running errands on Saturday and around 1:30 decided that we needed some midday fuel. With a very sleepy baby in the car, we decided to forgo nutrition for something quick and delicious and this stuff did not disappoint.

Sometimes you just gotta go for the fried stuff :)


Speaking of food that is not so good for you, my sugar consumption is out of control lately. Between the Easter holiday and just my overall obsession with baking almost every day, we have cookies, ice cream, candy, you name it at our house right now. 

It is crazy how addictive sugar is! 

I truly feel like I would have to lock myself in my room with only sugarless food items for a week in order to truly give up sugar. How do people do it??? Ugh...life goals.


But on the upside, we have been giving our BOB a run (literally) for it's money lately! This little gal LOVES to run and I could not be more thankful.


I have said it here 1,000 times that running is most definitely my happy place, but there was about a 10 minute period yesterday when it was SO NOT my happy place. I was huffing and puffing while pushing this little 20 pounder UP and a hill, INTO a headwind. For about a mile.

Holy miserable pants.

Major points to all the mommas out there who jog while pushing a double stroller. I can't even wrap my head around that situation.

Anyway, Happy Monday sweet friends! Thanks for popping in! I hope you have a great week and know how much you are loved! Let's go love on people!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Letter to Our Little: 10 Months

To my precious Kennedy Harper,
 
You are officially 10 months old. I truly feel like I blinked and another month went by.


Everyone told me that life with you would fly by but I really had no idea how fast it would go.
 
Pretty crazy.

You are still our super sassy but incredibly cuddly Kenny. I must admit, I kind of like your sassy side because it confirms that you are indeed my child.

Your Mumzy continues to remind me that I am going to have my hands full, but I think daddy is really the one who will have his hands full.

You love to eat on your own and have a tiny meltdown everytime I try to help you, but I get it.
 
No one likes to have sweet potato and broccoli shoved in their face.
 
Your daddy always "flies" your food to you, which you think is awesome and now try to fly things to yourself all the time...including your monthly milestone stickers that have no hope of staying on anymore.


You are standing up all on your own as long as you have a backboard to bounce off of and step your feet like a champ when we walk with you.

We breezed right over that whole taking a bottle thing, so why not breeze right on over crawling, too?

You now have a keen interest in the monitor that hangs on your crib and we crack up while watching you wiggle and roll your way down the length of your bed, determined to reach your prize.
 
You would have done great on Legends of the Hidden Temple if you were a 90s kid.
 
You are waking up in the middle of the night less and less for snacks, which is both very exciting but a little uncomfortable for both of us. You wake up now with your diaper sagging down to your knees and my boobs feel like cantaloupes.
 
But hey, I'm not complaining.
 
I've stopped putting the milk in the pantry and the ice cream in the refrigerator, so we basically all win when we get a full nights rest :)

In two months you will be one year old and I hardly know what to do with myself.
 
I treasure you, sweet girl. You fill my heart with more joy than I could have ever imagined. I love you so much it hurts.


Happy 10 months, Kenny girl. Your mommy and daddy think you're pretty great.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Family Monday: All Over The Place

Helloooo beautiful people! Happy Monday!
 
We got in a little late last night from a family dinner at my grandmother's house and I kept thinking, "oh that's ok because it's only Saturday...".
 
There is nothing worse than thinking it is Saturday when it is really 9pm on a Sunday night and real life starts back up in 10 hours.
 
This upcoming 3-day weekend can not come fast enough!
 
Ok, so a little update on the fam. This post is all over the place, so my apologies.

 
Feeding ourselves is in full effect over here. Well, the DESIRE to feed ourselves is in full effect. I swear if this child could utter the words, "NO I DO IT", I would hear it about 100 times a day. Miss Independent, right here in the flesh, folks. The second I try to help her with anything, she crinkles her nose and makes an "EEEHHHH!!!" noise...so that's fun. But, I really can't complain. When my pediatrician told me at her 9 month check up that she can pretty much eat whatever we eat now, just in smaller bites (duh), it was music to my ears.

 
And speaking of eating big people food, this child cannot get enough of this chicken salad. I have been making a batch of it weekly and she always gobbles it right up rather than painting me a picture with it on our walls...which equals success.
 
All it is is two cooked chicken breasts (I sear them in a pan over medium high heat with a little olive oil, put the top on, and turn the heat to low so they cook throughout without burning), 1 can of rinsed and drained chickpeas, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 avocado, juice of 1/2 lime, salt, pepper, and a dash of garlic powder. Mix, mash, and eat! We like it in a sandwich or with crackers, but I keep catching myself just eating it straight out of the container by the forkful.
 
Definitely encourage you to make this!


Ok, so let's talk about the fact that this man spent this past Friday night...after a long day at work...steaming my new curtains. I think we need to take a moment of silence to fully appreciate this moment.
 
You guys. That.guy.
 
He knows what blesses me.

 
Something else that blesses me to my core is Saturday morning brunch.
 
We began our Saturday at Fieldings with runny eggs on top of freshly baked English muffins, perfectly ripe avocado (mostly eaten by my little avocado muncher), and an un-pictured bourbon glazed donut that was pretty life changing.
 
It's the only way to start the weekend.

 
Our Saturday afternoon was spent at our local crawfish boil and guesses are that this little gal felt right at home. When she wasn't lounging in her stroller like a boss, she was making friends and trying to help other 9 month-olds teethe by putting her hand in their mouths...which always makes for a good time.

 
I also ran by our NEW Whole Foods (Hallelujah) for diapers and dryer sheets and of course came out with 3 bags filled with random things I "needed". One of which being this artisan almond milk called Malk. The ingredients are purified water, organic almonds, vanilla, organic maple syrup, and Himalayan salt. That is it! At $7.99/bottle I was a hesitant to buy, but the little chickadee has taken a recent liking to almond milk, to the purer the better!

 
We rounded out our weekend at my grandparents house for dinner and some splashing in the still very cold pool. Kennedy didn't seem to mind, though, and kept trying to dive in head first.
 
I think I am going to have one very active water baby on my hands this summer :)
 
It was also very fun seeing my sister! She is training for Ironman Texas in May, so when she's not working a full time job she's either in the pool, on the bike, or logging those running miles. A busy gal, this one. Love her so.
 
Happy Monday, sweet friends! You are loved!
 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Foodie Friday: No-Bake Cereal Bars & Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

 It's Foodie Friday! Let's start with these no-bake cereal bars.

I got overly excited in the cereal aisle a few weeks ago and accidentally bought plain organic o's instead of the honey nut ones. So rather than tossing a whole box of bland cereal, I decided to whip up these bars and I am so glad I did!


These cereal bars are delicious and could not be easier to make.


This recipe makes 12, so I put a few out and froze the rest. Great for breakfast or a snack!


No-Bake Cereal Bars
(makes 12 bars)

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups plain whole grain cereal (I used Organic O's from HEB)
  • 1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used raisins and dates)
  • 1 cup unsalted nuts of your choice (I used mixed nuts)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cereal, dried fruit, and nuts.
  2. In a saucepan, whisk together the coconut oil, sugar, and honey and cook over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil and keep whisking for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Pour sauce over cereal mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and pour mixture into pan.
  5. Press down firmly into pan to set the bars.
  6. Allow bars to cool completey before cutting, or place pan in the refrigerator to cool.
  7. Remove bars from pan by pulling up the foil and cut into 12 bars.


Ok, next up is this Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! 


I am 100% addicted to sugar in general, but mainly ice cream.

I have seen this "banana ice cream" trend pop up all over the blogging world and am embarrassed that it took me this long to try it. You guys...this is SO good.


I was very skeptical, but this legitimately tastes like a frosty. I strongly encourage you to make it if you have a giant sweet tooth like me but want something a little healthier because you eat sweets every day of your life.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
(makes 1 serving)
Ingredients:
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk (add more for a creamier texture)
  • 1 Tbsp almond or peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Blend together banana, cocoa powder, almond milk, and nut butter until creamy.
  2. Stir or blend in chocolate chips. I blended them in so there were little chocolate pieces in every bite :)
Happy Friday, loves! Enjoy!


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