A mix of busy and lazy

This weekend was a mix of both busy and lazy. All in all it was a good weekend.

FRIDAY

I worked a half day on Friday and had intentions of being productive during Liam’s nap however I was lazy and watched One Tree Hill. Eventually I got to working on the kitchen a little.

My mom hosted a Wildtree party in the evening so I headed to that while Joe and Liam had a daddy and toddler evening. The party was fun and the food was really tasty.

SATURDAY

In the morning I had my Zumba class. It really felt good getting my workout in knowing how busy the day ahead was going to be. Joe had hockey in the morning also so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house.

Then it was home for me to play with Liam and shower for the day after a sweaty workout. Shortly after Liam went down for nap Joe got home and I was off to the high school. I volunteered to work concessions at the high school dance team competition. It was great because my sister in law Erin and best friend Annie were also volunteering at the same time. I made a lot of walking tacos!

I was able to stay and watch a few of the dances after my time slot was up. It was fun to watch.

Then it was home for a mommy and Liam evening because Joe had to go to a hunting banquet. We decided to go to the pool in town and meet Liam’s cousins Kam and Luke. Liam really didn’t enjoy the pool much but warmed up to it a little eventually. The exposure was good but probably not something we will do again very soon.

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After Liam went down for the night I watched some more One Tree Hill and headed to bed.

SUNDAY

After a busy Saturday we had a super lazy Sunday. We spent pretty much the whole day lounging and playing with Liam.

We did have a protein pancake and egg brunch at home which was really good. Then we all took a family nap. Joe was not feeling well and Liam always naps so they both have excuses but I was just tired and wanted a nap.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening was super lazy. Joe had a hockey game in the evening so he headed to that while I put Liam down for bed and watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats France!).

It was nice to have a lazy Sunday and a busy weekend otherwise. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Fun and warm winter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a fun weekend that was pretty busy. The weather was actually really nice for January so we were able to spend some time outside.

FRIDAY

I was home Friday during the day with Liam and had a pretty lazy day. I did do some food prep and a little cleaning but other than that Liam and I just hung out.

In the evening before Joe got home I decided to take Liam outside. I took him in his swings and he had so much fun. He was giggling which made me giggle. So cute!

We had burrito bowls for dinner and then spent the evening relaxing and watching This is Us which is my new favorite show. We are finally caught up now so that is exciting.

SATURDAY

We spent our morning together and then it was off to Zumba for me. It’s nice to get a morning workout in on Saturdays.

Once home we did some cleaning and organizing. Then my friend Breanna and her husband TJ came over. Breanna wanted to show me the Rainbow Cleaning System and demonstrate how it works. I agree to do this and honestly it was amazing but out of our price range. However, it was fun to spend the afternoon with them and hang out for a little bit after the demonstration.

Then I met some friends out for dinner. Joe stayed with Liam for the evening. After dinner we all went to our best friend Jordan’s golden birthday celebration. It was decorated super cute and was fun to get together with friends. Happy Birthday Jordan!

SUNDAY

We went to church in the morning which was really nice. We really fell out of routine after Liam was born and so it was nice to be back. Plus Judah and Liam are so cute!

Then we headed to Joe’s parents for the Packer football game. We went early so Liam could go down for his nap there.

The game started at 2 and it was almost like Liam knew that because he woke up from a very short nap at around 1:30.

Joe’s parents were having a big party for the game and set up the “Lambeau experience” with a TV outside. It was super awesome! Liam and I spent some time enjoying the experience before we headed inside to watch the rest of the game. It was too cold to have Liam outside the whole game.

He had some fun playing with the balloons. He liked that they were floating so he enjoyed pulling them up and down.

Although the outcome of the game was not in our favor, the food and the company were great.

It was a lot of action and chaos at the party so we were all exhausted and spent the rest of the evening lounging and chasing Liam.

Weekends are so great and so short so I hope you enjoyed yours and have a happy Monday!

Cozumel 2017

This last week we went on vacation to Cozumel Mexico with my parents and for part of the time my brother Blake. The weather was mostly sunny and beautiful all week. We had so much fun and there is so much that we did in just one short week that it will be hard to write about all of it without making this post super long. So I will bullet some of the things we did each day and include some of my favorite pictures from the vacation. There are even more pictures on my camera and my mom’s camera that I could share too but these are just a few from my phone.

SATURDAY

  • 2am wake up -couldn’t sleep any longer
  • 2:15am -COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE
  • 3am wake Liam -he wasn’t happy about it
  • 3am head to the airport
  • 6am flight -Liam slept most of it -yay!
  • Arrive at our resort at 12 -find out check in isn’t until 3!
  • Change into our swim suits and jump in the pool
  • Spend the rest of the day poolside and checking out the resort
  • Joe, Dad, and Blake head into town to check out the grocery store.

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SUNDAY

  • Coffee and gym -yummy mint chlorophyll water provided
  • We spent our morning poolside until Liam’s nap
  • Poolside during Liam’s nap -thank goodness for monitors!
  • All the staff and guests loved Liam
  • We taught Liam to say “hola” -so dang cute
  • Packer game -they had it going in one of the lounge areas and there were a lot of packer fans
  • I committed to a night out with my brother Blake and it was great. We went to karaoke and spent a lot of time chatting

MONDAY

  • Beautiful sunrise -we are on the sunset side of the ocean so it was cool to see the sunrise through the trees
  • Breakfast outside with an ocean view -beautiful -we walked the beach after -Liam was not a fan of the sand.
  • Poolside all day!
  • Joe, dad, and Blake went snorkeling
  • Liam enjoyed a non-alcoholic pina colada -loved it
  • We watched an amazing sunset
  • Market in the lobby -mom and I bartered for some rings—it was crazy
  • Caribbean dancers -mom and I were able to catch a glimpse of the show waiting for our rings

TUESDAY

  • Liam finally sleeps in and is more in routine
  • Coffee and Gym
  • Joe and I were able to have breakfast together while my parents took Liam
  • Poolside while Liam takes a long nap
  • Floatie park with Blake and Joe (mom and Liam watched, dad was scuba diving) -definitely got a sinus rinse when Blake slipped and took me down with him haha! so much salt water!
  • Beautiful sunset
  • Dinner at el Patio which was the Mexican restaurant at the resort -very good

WEDNESDAY

  • Last morning for Blake -heading home
  • Another pool day (spent a lot of time by the pool because that is where our monitor reached and Liam hated the sand haha)
  • Tried to take Liam swimming in the ocean -he wasn’t having any of that.
  • After bedtime we played cards with my parents on our balcony -it was so nice and fun

THURSDAY

  • Coffee and exercise again! (wanted to stay kind of in routine)
  • Joe and I enjoyed the adult only breakfast restaurant again while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool day again -Liam finally enjoyed the water again and had fun swimming
  • Liam had a rough nap -could be all the sugar the grandparents pumped into him while we were at breakfast hahaha!
  • Another amazing sunset
  • Fire show -we thought Liam would love it but it scared him a little -poor guy
  • We tried to play cards again but it started to sprinkle so we called it a night

FRIDAY

  • Our final full day
  • We had coffee and did our final adults only breakfast while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool all day! We called it fry-day Friday because we all wanted to get as much sun as possible
  • There was a wedding at our resort so we watched a little of that -so pretty
  • One final beautiful sunset
  • It was Mexican night at the resort so they had a Mexican buffet that was really good and then later a Mexican show that my parents saw a little of
  • Cards again with the parents after Liam went to bed

SATURDAY

  • One last breakfast with our ocean view table
  • Pack and leave the resort at 9am
  • Flight at 11:55am
  • Land at MSP around 3pm and Blake picked us up around 3:30
  • We stopped at Jersey Mike’s to pick up subs and ate them once we got to my parent’s house
  • Picked up Marley
  • Home before 6pm —time to relax

We had such a wonderful vacation. The weather was amazing, Liam did so well, and we were able to enjoy our time together as a family. It was hard to leave but it felt so good to be home!

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017!

Happy new year! Sorry this post is a day late. Joe and I both had work off yesterday so it was an extended weekend for us!

FRIDAY

I had the day off Friday and was able to work out, run some errands, and clean the house.

Joe got home from work and we spent the evening playing with Liam. Then once Liam went to bed we were able to finish the original Gilmore Girls series. So good! I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. We didn’t want to start the first episode yet because it is 90 minutes so we watched This Is Us episode 2. We can’t wait to get more into that show as well.

SATURDAY (NYE)

After spending my morning with Joe and Liam it was off to teach Zumba for me. It felt good to get a final workout in for 2016. Once I returned home it was play time with Liam.

During Liam’s nap I was able to shower and get ready for the days events. I had a really busy day planned. (last year and this year pictures..he is growing to fast!)

After Liam’s nap we headed to his friend and our neighbor Keaton’s house for his golden 1st birthday. The theme was little golden books and it was adorable.

The birthday boy was loving the attention and having so much fun. It took Liam a little while to adjust but he had fun too.

They were adorable on Keaton’s little toy train together.

The birthday boy enjoyed his cake and dug right into the frosting. Of course the guests encouraged him to get extra messy by saying “oh no” and his response was putting his hands on his head. So dang cute!

After the birthday party I headed to the cities to be reunited with my college friends. We were celebrating NYE in our Canadian tuxedos (all denim).

Shout out to my friends Jerry and Lauren who hosted the gathering at their beautiful home with their beyond cute puppy Bennie.

It was so much fun to get the crew back together and spend the evening playing games and catching up.

SUNDAY (New Year’s Day)

Joe and Liam made sure to call me bright and early in the morning and get my butt on the road home. I packed my things and said my goodbyes and headed home.

Once home we headed to brunch with Joe’s parents and Kameryn and Luke. I had a BLT egg sandwich with avocado ranch. It was pretty good!

Then it was back home for naps for the whole family. It felt good to get some extra rest.

Our driveway was super slippery with ice so Joe went outside to salt. I bundled Liam up and we headed outside to get some fresh air too. Liam fell on the ice instantly (but gracefully) and was too cute. He loved salting the driveway with dad and running around outside.

Joe has been waiting to get his Elk antlers from his hunt in September and they finally arrived at his parent’s house so we packed up after dinner and headed there to check them out.

Joe was very proud as he should be. And Liam didn’t mind either.

The kids all rushed upstairs to play on the bunk beds. Liam had fun pretend jumping on the bed.

Then it was home for Liam’s bedtime and the Packer football game. I barely made it 30 minutes into the game before I fell asleep on the couch. I was so tired. However, it was a Packer victory!! YAY!

I hope everyone had a wonderful NYE and that 2017 brings you more joy and more happiness!

Christmas 2016

We had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family even with our unexpected illness. Warning: long, busy weekend equals lots of pictures!

FRIDAY

I had the day off so I got to spend some extra time with my little guy. He was having a rough morning so we were able to cuddle up on the couch and take a nap together. It was the best.

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I made some protein balls for a quick grab and go healthy snack for the weekend and also peeled a pomegranate for the dishes I had to prepare for Saturday. I wasn’t sure of the best way to peel a pomegranate but thank goodness for youtube! It was much easier than I thought it would be.

My closest high school friends and I always have an ornament exchange Christmas party. Liam and I took some pre-party pictures!

Friday evening was the day we decided to have the party because our friend Amanda who lives in D.C. was going to be in town and has missed the last few years. Molly hosted the party at her parent’s house which is so beautifully decorated for Christmas. We had soups, salad, and side dishes. It was a fun evening together with the girls.

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Joe played in the alumni hockey game Friday night. He said it was a lot of fun.

SATURDAY (Christmas Eve)

We spent the morning hustling and bustling around getting things ready for Christmas Eve at my aunt and uncle’s house. I made this delicious fall fruit salad a coworker of mine had made for a work party. I also made the cranberry and pomegranate bruschetta I made for Thanksgiving.

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Liam and I took some selfies in front of the tree. It is hard to keep him focused these days!

We took family photos in front of the tree and headed out around 12.

We had a delicious meal with prime rib and yummy side dishes. I tried really hard to stay on track with my healthy eating goals and did really good with the meal.

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We had family time in the basement with presents and fun pictures before we headed to church.

After church we went back for evening appetizers. It was challenging to eat healthy at this time but I didn’t do terrible. Everything was so yummy! (Liam was obsessed with my Grandpa’s cane).

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Then we headed home to get Liam to bed. And then all was quiet throughout the house until….I got the FLU! Around 8 or 9pm I was struck by the flu and it continued into the night until around 2am. Joe and I renamed this day as Christmas heave 2016.

SUNDAY (Christmas)

Joe got up with Liam and I got up too because it was Christmas day and Santa came to visit. I felt terrible and so tired but that’s what moms do (right?!?).  I even got the most horrible picture of Liam and I in our Christmas jammies. At the time I thought it was a decent picture but looking at it now I look terrible and like I got socked in the face.

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Liam was slightly interested in his presents but not entirely. He wasn’t big on opening them but liked the toys once he saw them.

Then….the flu struck Joe. He began to feel worse and worse as the morning progressed.

We put on our adult pants and headed to his parent’s where we spent Christmas morning with them and opened gifts. His sister also had the flu. It was a quick visit and out the door for us but not before getting some cute pictures of course.

The rest of the day was spent at home. We had to miss Christmas at Joe’s parent’s house with his mom’s side of the family. We were so sad to miss it but neither of us could function. The hardest part was being a parent when we both were so sick. Thankfully Liam naps during the day and so we both were able to get some rest in especially since I was up most of the night.

MONDAY

Joe and I were both feeling much better. I had intentions of making Christmas protein pancakes on Christmas day so I decided to give them a whirl this morning. The first few did not turn out as I expected but I got better the more in made. Next year I will need to add a star at the top. Joe and I were able to eat a little but not much however it was good to get something in our stomachs.

Then it was Christmas time at my parent’s house. Joe and I were mostly just feeling tired with a little bit of a cautious stomach at this point. We had a meal of steak and crab to look forward to and Joe wasn’t going to let the flu stop him. It was delicious but I kept my meal small and couldn’t even eat everything on my plate.

Then it was present time. Liam loved his “digger” from Nana and Bumpa. He pretty much sat on it while we opened all the presents.

He got a new hat which he wasn’t entirely into keeping on. He also got some new farm animals and a Mickey Mouse from Uncle Blake (he is hugging it in the picture on his “digger”).

Liam had some fun with Blake and also the cane was back so that was a hit again.

My parents loved their canvas print from Judah and Liam. They needed one of the boys so now they have one.

Then it was story time with Bumpa. These boys sure do love their Bumpa.

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We really had a wonderful day even though we weren’t feeling 100%. And we are so thankful that Liam stayed healthy through our sickness.

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to cherish your time with friends and family.

Freezing and fun weekend

This weekend was incredibly cold (-22 degrees on Sunday) and of course we were so busy. I had a lot of things to do but all went well and we had a really great weekend.

FRIDAY

Friday was the beginning of a big snow storm. It started snowing in the afternoon and ended up snowing until late in the night. It was so pretty but didn’t make for the best driving conditions. Slow and steady!

I didn’t have to work Friday and Joe ended up hitting a deer on his way to work so we both ended up being home. Joe spent most of the morning figuring out insurance and fixing his truck.

He was home in time for lunch which allowed me to go to the gym during Liam’s nap. I was happy to be able to get a good workout in before the weekend.

After Liam went to bed I went out with my friends Molly, Tyler, and Adam. We had a good night chatting and playing darts.

SATURDAY

This was a really busy day for me. There was a lot of snow when we woke up so Joe plowed the driveway early in the morning.

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I decided I was going to the gym. I was supposed to teach Zumba but with the snow I wasn’t sure anyone would show up. Nobody did except Molly so we did a shorter Zumba class.

Then it was quick home to shower and head to my mom’s for our annual cookie bake. Liam yelled for his “bumpa” as soon as we got there.

Liam was able to make some cut outs with Grandma.

Of course Grandma gave him a cookie to try and he loved it. He was nice enough to share with me too.

I had to get some cute Christmas pictures by the tree too.

We had to leave before Liam’s cousins made it to make more cookies. They did a good job finishing up the sugar cookies though!

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We went home to put Liam down for his nap and then I had to finish getting ready. My friend Adam’s mom passed away and I went to her visitation at 1. It was very sad and my heart goes out to the entire Nirmaier family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Then I had to go back home to finish getting ready for Joe’s holiday work party. He got dressed up fancy and headed to Minneapolis after dropping Liam off for a sleep over at Joe’s parent’s house.

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Minneapolis at night is so pretty. I just love looking at the big city.

We went to Ruth’s Chris Steak house for pre party appetizers and drinks with Joe’s work department. I was able to meet the people he works with and socialize.

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Then it was off to the Hilton for the party. The venue was beautiful and there were so many appetizers. Everything was so fancy.

Then it was time for dinner. We both had steak and lobster as the main course and it was so good.

I even had some coffee post dinner. I also tried the dessert. It wasn’t my favorite but it sure looked pretty.

After dinner there were several people who spoke and then mentalist Oz Pearlman who was on America’s got talent in 2015 (and took 3rd) performed. He was incredible and so hard to believe how good he was.

Then we decided to head home. It was getting a little late and we had an hour drive. It was definitely nice to sleep in our own bed. It was a very fun evening and a great date night.

SUNDAY

Joe and I were able to sleep in since Liam was at Joe’s parent’s house. It was nice to get a few extra hours since we were out late. Once we were up we were ready to get our little man. We headed out in the freezing weather to bring him home.

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We decided to go back to his parent’s house to watch the Packer game and have dinner. (Liam is eating a banana and loves to take huge bites haha).

Then it was back out in the cold to head home for the evening. It was nice to be home and settle down a little before starting the week again.

It was another busy weekend but it was spent with the best people! Have a great week!

Cold winter weekend

We had a pretty low key weekend. The weather was cold and snowy and we spent a lot of time inside relaxing. Liam started to get a cough and runny nose so we ended up taking it pretty easy.

FRIDAY

My daycare was closed so Liam ended up spending the day at my mom’s while Joe and I were are work. When did he become so independent??

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After work we had Liam’s cousin Kameryn over for a sleepover. She was so excited. We had spaghetti for dinner, play time, and then after Liam went to bed we had popcorn for a snack.

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We had some fun with snapchat too.

Joe went to meet up with some of his guy friends once both kids were asleep so I spent my evening watching Fuller House. That show just makes my heart happy.

SATURDAY

Kameryn got up at 6 so we spent the morning watching cartoons and drinking our morning smoothies/shakes. Liam ended up sleeping until after 8am.

I taught Zumba in the morning and then once I got home Joe had to leave for hockey. Kameryn got picked up a little before 10 and so the rest of the day was just me and Liam.

During Liam’s nap I cleaned and finally finished decorating the Christmas tree.

Joe came home and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and hanging out. Liam was a little cranky from not feeling well. However he did feel good enough to share his blanket with Marley.

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We watched Gilmore Girls after Liam went to bed and we are on season 7 now so almost done!

SUNDAY

We decided we wanted pancakes for breakfast so I made us gluten free protein pancakes and they were really good! I will share the recipe soon!

Joe decided to plow the driveway and then plow my grandparents driveway in the morning. When he got home I went to the gym to get a workout it (I needed it) and Molly met me there.

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After workout I ran to the new Aldi and it was amazing. I already love Aldi but this one was nice and big and I loved it!

Then it was home the rest of the day. Liam had a really tough day with his cough and not feeling well so Joe and I took turns trying to make him happy.

I made a chicken tortilla soup that was pretty good and made some protein thin mints that were delicious.

Liam got a bath to try to clear his sinuses and then bed time. We watched more Gilmore Girls and called it a night ourselves.

For the most part it was an uneventful weekend but it was good. Now just hoping Liam starts feeling better.

Liam is 15 months old

So since Liam turned 1 year old I felt monthly updates were not necessary however he has grown and learned so much since then! He has a big personality, gentle heart, and is all boy that is for sure! There is a lot to say about his development so this is a long post! Below is Liam at exactly 12 months and this morning at exactly 15 months.

Growth/health
Liam had his 15 month check up today and is doing great! He weighs 22.2 lbs (40%) and is 30.5 inches (25%) tall. His head is 46.5 cm (41%). He is continuing to grow and is staying for the most part really healthy.

In this past 3 months we did have our first battle with an ear infection. He got it right before Thanksgiving and was put on his first antibiotics (insert sad emoji here). He bounced right back though.

Sleep
Liam has been sleeping through the night from around 7-7:30 bedtime and will sleep until anywhere between 5:30-7am. When he wakes up he lays quietly and waits for someone to come get him (we don’t let him get out of bed until 6am at the earliest).

Language
Liam can say many words now. He also has his moments where he will repeat anything you say but he decides when. He says mama, dada, grandma (nana), grandpa (bumpa), Marley, milk, blankie, nigh-nigh, bye, hi, hello, Annie (na-nie —he thinks everyone is Annie lol), spoon, big buck, banana, Joel or Joe, uh-oh, no, thank you, eye, nose, cheers, and I’m sure so much more that I am missing! He says some other things kind of unclearly but we as his parents understand him most of the time. Some of those words include book, diaper, bubbles, snack, bird, and more. I truly am running a blank on all the things he says!

Liam has also mastered many animal sounds, especially farm animals. Joe taught him what an elk says as well and he is good at that!

Movement
Liam is running all over the place. He is unstoppable and so fast. He can climb, bend over, walk backwards, go up the stairs and down (supervised). He gets on his tippy toes to reach things he shouldn’t and loves crawling under the dining room table.

Liam can wave bye and hi, blow kisses, clap, stomp, kick, “jump,” dance, spin, give high five, give knuckles (pound), point, throw, and I’m sure there is more. His new trick is the spinning round and round. It’s so cute.

Food
When Liam turned 1 he switched to whole milk and the transition went smoothly. We mixed half breast milk half whole milk for a few days and then went to straight whole milk. He had no reaction to it at all. We also ditched the bottle when Liam turned 1. Liam has been drinking from a sippy cup since then. The transition to that was really easy as well. Once we switch to the sippy cup we also decided no more milk right before bed (just at dinner time and that was it for the evening). Again to my surprise this didn’t phase Liam at all (as I thought he might wake up earlier because he was hungry) and he actually slept better than he has been.

Liam is a great eater most of the time. He love bananas and would have one every meal if it were up to him. We have learned if we give him his vegetables first he will eat them. He pretty much loves any food he is given and we do our best to make sure he gets vegetables, fruit, and protein in each meal. He now insists on having a fork or spoon with his meal and does not want help using it. He is pretty good with it though!

Teeth
Liam now has 6 teeth (3 on top and 3 on bottom). He had 4 teeth for the longest time and in the last month gained 2 more! He has been drooling like crazy so I am guessing there are more to come.

Loves:

  • being outside (when it isn’t too cold)
  • spending time with his dad
  • spending time with either of his grandpas (they are his favorite!)
  • being around other kids
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • cooking in his play kitchen -stirring
  • pretend driving cars
  • running all over the place
  • playing with his hockey stick
  • being chased by or “getting” his mom and dad
  • reading books
  • throwing things down the stairs
  • bath time
  • Marley

Dislikes:

  • getting his face wiped
  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still
  • seeing Santa
  • snow

I’m sure there is so much more that I could share about everything Liam has learned and is doing from the past 3 months but this is what comes to mind right now. It is amazing how fast this little man is growing and learning.

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta

I found a super yummy recipe on Pinterest that I made for thanksgiving that I have to share! It is super easy to make and doesn’t take too many ingredients. It was a huge hit at my thanksgiving and was requested that I bring it to Christmas as well!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh (or frozen) cranberries, washed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Serrano pepper (more if you like spicy, less if not)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4-1 cup pomegranate arils or seeds (reserve a few for garnish)
  • finely chopped fresh basil for garnish
  • cream cheese (low fat, softened)
  • crackers of your choice

Directions:

  1. Place the cranberries, sugar, and Serrano pepper in a food processor (I removed the seeds from the pepper first)
  2. Pulse on and off several times until the cranberries are coarsely chopped. Don’t over-process.
  3. Add basil and pulse a few more times. Not too much, you want the basil bits to be visible in the relish.
  4. Transfer to a storage container and add pomegranate arils.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to use.
  6. Place cream cheese on a serving dish and spoon relish over the top until desired amount is covering the cream cheese.
  7. Garnish with extra pomegranate and basil on top.
  8. Enjoy over your choice of cracker.

**I advise halving the relish ingredients because I ended up with lots of leftovers.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I did. It is bursting with so much flavor that it is hard to stop eating it once you have started. ENJOY!

This recipe was adapted from: Andrea Tabler at Tabler Party of Two

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 2016

This weekend was an unexpectedly busy one but was also a lot of fun. We were able to get a lot done and spend time with family.

FRIDAY

Joe’s hockey team had a game right after work so I picked up Liam and we spent the evening together. Liam was quite cranky (I blame his teeth!) so I had to get creative to keep him happy. Snapchat always seems to do the trick (at least for a little while)! Then it was bath time and bed time for the tired and cranky boy.

Joe got home and we watched some Netflix and headed to bed.

SATURDAY

Joe and I woke up and had some coffee and watched a little TV while we waited for Liam to wake up. Liam slept until almost 8am! I got to see him just as I was heading out the door to teach Zumba.

After Zumba I had to take a quick shower and get ready because we were going to get our Christmas tree. We had to take a family picture before heading out.

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Also, Liam was being such a love bug when I was taking pictures with him. So cute!

My parents met at our house at 10am and we headed to go pick out and cut down our Christmas tree. Since it has been warm and wet the tree farm paths were so muddy. We were lucky to have a truck. We drove around and found the perfect spot to pick out the tree we wanted.

We walked around a little bit but we liked the first one we saw and my parents found one close by as well.

We took family pictures in front of our perfect 2016 Christmas trees.

Of course we bring a chainsaw to cut down the tree… Liam was pretty entertained by it.

We loaded up the trees in the back of the truck and went to pay and head home to set it up.

 

Once we got home it was time for Liam’s lunch and then nap time. Then it was time for me to go shopping with Joe’s mom. I need a cocktail dress for Joe’s work party and she was helping me pick one out. I ended up finding the perfect fun dress and matching shoes. I can’t wait to wear it!

I didn’t get home from shopping until after 4pm. Then we had my parents over for pizza and the Badger football game. It was a great first half. My parents left at halftime and I was exhausted and ended up falling asleep on the couch and then moving to the bed a little after that. Unfortunately the second half of the game wasn’t as good as the first.

SUNDAY

Joe decided to go hunting in the morning so me and the little man snuggled. As it got lighter outside I realized it had snowed and was still snowing! Liam was not excited about it at all. I showed him the snow and he cried.

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Then Joe’s parents wanted to do Christmas pictures with the grandchildren and then brunch. We were able to get one really good picture out of the 20 some we took. We had a good brunch and Liam ate like a champ!

Then it was nap time for Liam and time for me and Joe to do some work around the house. Joe plowed the driveway while I put some lights on the tree. We watched some of the Packer football game as well.

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Joe’s hockey team had a game at 2:30 which was a decent enough time that Liam could finally go. We had to wake him up from his nap but he woke up in a good mood. We headed to the rink and Liam was happy about it. It was Liam’s first hockey game that he was able to know what was going on  (he went to one when he was tiny!).

Liam was so interested in everything that was happening. Especially watching the Zamboni. He sat on my lap almost the entire game which is crazy for my super active little guy. Towards the end he stood up and walked around a little bit.

Then it was home to make some chili and relax the rest of the evening. I’m so happy with how our Christmas lights look at night from the outside. So pretty!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and have a great week ahead. It is supposed to get chilly so bundle up and stay warm!