Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gone Fishing + My Weekly Meal Plan

Well hello there and Happy Sunday!

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It doesn’t really feel like Sunday to me because tomorrow is a holiday, and a rare one in that Dan and I both have it off work and we have absolutely no plans. Of course that means I am trying to make about 10 different plans in my head.

Should we go to the zoo? Work on the yard? Visit the pool? We will probably do none of those things and instead have our booties on the couch most of the day because I can’t really stand longer than 5 minutes without wanting to cry. However, there is a surprising amount of yard work that can be done sitting down.

The couch is where Dan and I spent Friday night, catching up on some DVR’d TV, watching the Royals game, and severely missing Ina. It had only been 24 hours and we were ready to get in the car and drive 3 hours to bring her home.

Saturday, after I worked in the morning, Ina and I were finally reunited. Then we drove to my grandparents’ farm to get down to business and catch some fish.

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Ina was very proud of her pink “handy fishing rob.”  After we caught 5 fish in the first few minutes the kids got bored until we told them it was a contest.

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Then, every time Ina caught a fish she would yell, “I beat Hallaway.” 

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She’s not competitive at all. 

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We ended up taking the fish we caught to their “new home,” a new pond my dad dug a few years ago. The kids really loved that concept. Then Ina told me she wanted a new home.

I chose not to listen.

Here is our meal plan for the week. It is getting pretty lazy, I suppose better than going out to eat for every meal.

  • Sunday: out to eat for my niece’s birthday
  • Monday: Dan is making breakfast for dinner. Yum. 
  • Tuesday: shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw
  • Wednesday: one pot pasta with broccoli
  • Thursday: Kima Curry with brown rice and roasted broccoli
  • Friday: Dan to grill 
  • Saturday: out to eat or something social

Have a great and safe holiday tomorrow!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Weekends Past

Good morning and Happy Memorial Weekend Friday! Ina is spending some time with her grandparents because I have an early morning meeting today. Last night they sent me this picture of the strawberry pies they made. 

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I told Ina she needed to share with her sister and save Baby Gary a piece. 

Speaking of babies and sisters, my good friend Liz had her beautiful baby girl yesterday! Her name is Paisley and she did nothing but sleep and squeak in my arms for the good part of an hour when I went to visit her. 

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I told Ina that Sadie (Liz’s older daughter) has a new baby sister named Paisley, so of course now she keeps saying that her baby sister is named Paisley too. Of course it is.

Any big plans for this holiday weekend?

Last year we went canoeing.

 The year before that we went camping.

 The year before that we went to the lake (I was 10 weeks pregnant with Ina).

 The year before that we went to Napa Valley and took pictures with random dogs.

 This year we are doing absolutely nothing. Dan has to work, so Ina and I are going to relax and spend some quality time together.

Whatever your weekend holds, I hope you stay safe and have a great one! <3

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Hey hey!

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(Ina and Dan “hiding” from me in the “pallet” they like to build out of 20 blankets every night.)

I hope your Thursday is going well so far. Mine is going great, and as always there are so many things to be thankful for!

I am thankful for the ladies in my small group who threw us pregnant ladies a “sprinkle.” We ate really good food, opened the cutest gifts, and enjoyed the luxury of chatting without wrangling in our children.

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Tiaras and all, it was a lovely evening.

I am thankful that Kim was able to watch Ina during the 20 minute overlap that I would be gone and Dan was on his way home from work.

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Not only did she watch Ina, she brought over ice cream cake. 

No, you can’t have her.

I am thankful for sharpies and their ability to cover the toddler induced bleach marks on my favorite (re: only) maternity maxi skirt. 

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Maxi skirts and dresses are going to be even more valuable to me in the next 8 weeks because yesterday my midwife took one look at my lovely varicose veins and told me I needed to start wearing compression on my right leg. As if having a huge belly and a waddle wasn’t attractive enough, now I get to add a nylon stocking to my look.

But seriously, other than that, my mid-wife said my pregnancy is going perfectly and all my numbers are spot on. So, of course, for that I am super thankful. 

I am thankful for Dan’s newly acquired meat smoking abilities - on a grill no less!

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Yesterday he smoked chicken breast stuffed with swiss cheese and ham, served with broccoli and potato, I could eat that every night of my life. 

I hope you have a wonderful day! What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Decreasing that Morning Stress

Good morning!

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About a month ago, Ina was going through a tough phase in the morning. Everything was a fight from the second she woke up to the second I walked out the door at Danielle’s house. She didn’t want to get dressed. She wanted to hold the milk while I poured it. She didn’t need to go potty. Um, well, maybe she did...

I chalked most of it up to her being a toddler until one day Dan was off work and getting her ready to go somewhere and everything was going smoothly. Ina put her clothes on with little argument. She agreed to what he packed her for breakfast. She went potty when he told her to. That night I asked him what he did differently than me. What he told me stung at first, but then I listened.

He said, “Racheal, you are always so stressed when you leave the house. When you are stressed, it makes everyone around you stressed. I think Ina feels that stress and it makes her in a bad mood."

Stressed? I didn’t think I was particularly stressed in the morning. However, once I started thinking about all the things I try to accomplish before leaving the house, I realized that I needed to calm it down.

Here is my mental checklist in the morning:

  • Make coffee (always first)
  • Read bible and pray
  • Write blog
  • Check email
  • Balance budget (yes, I do this daily and am slightly obsessed)
  • Clean up the kitchen/start dishwasher
  • Do a load of laundry
  • Pack my lunch and breakfast
  • Pack Ina's breakfast
  • Get myself ready (this is actually pretty minimal these days)
  • Get Ina ready (sometimes her hair is combed)
  • Prep what I can for dinner
  • Call into a meeting a work (and remember to put my phone on mute so my co-workers don’t hear my singing Itsy Bitsy Spider)
  • Get Ina’s bag packed with extra clothes, blankie, and milk cup
  • Get Ina in her carseat in a good mood

No wonder I feel stressed! Sometimes I only have an hour and a half to do all of that. So, I started to change things up a bit.

I almost always pack Ina’s bag and my lunch the night before, along with making sure the dishes are done and the kitchen is clean. We lay out our clothes before we go to bed. Sometimes my blog post doesn’t get written that day. Sometimes I read my bible and pray during lunch. Sometimes Ina doesn’t have a spare change of clothes in her bag. 

Also, more importantly, I now make it a point to spend at least 10 minutes with Ina cuddling or reading books when she wakes up before I have her start getting ready. It really calms me down in the morning and I think it helps her ease into the start of her day.

These changes resulted in a huge change in Ina’s morning. She still insists on doing some things herself and although sometimes we don’t see eye to eye, we aren’t arguing over every single thing. 

How about you? Any tips on getting out of the house without pulling all of your hair out? 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Things Ina Says: 2.5 years

I was driving her to daycare one morning, (silently) thinking about the next time I needed to pay Danielle.

Ina: Momma, give it to Danielle

Me: What honey?

Ina: Momma, you need to give the money to Danielle

Me: Creepy


In the shower, watching the water drain off her hair, “Momma, my hair is peeing!"


We were playing puzzles and Ina looks up at me and somberly says, "Momma, I don’t want you to get killed."

I looked at Dan and told him we needed to get my life insurance squared away. Also, i blame Disney.


Me: Ina, why are you in a bad mood?

Ina: I’m not in a mad mood, YOU are in a bad mood!


When Dan’s parents came over one day, after five minutes of them being in the house.

Mom, when are these people going to leave?


One morning we were discussing how God made people to look different. Different colors, shapes, sizes, etc. 

Me: See - God made you with blue eyes and blonde hair and me with brown eyes and brown hair.

Ina: Aw, your eyes and your hair match! Brown! And you have brown teeth!


While playing outside, she noticed some neighbor kids were playing in their back yard, not acknowledging us in any way, she yells, 

Hey! We don’t want to play with you!


Dan: Racheal, can you hand me the R-E-M-O-T-E?

Ina: No Momma, I want it!

Me: What do you want?

Ina: The L-M-N-O-P!


Danielle: Good morning Ina, how are you?

Ina: I’m still grumpy


Me: Ina, did you just toot? It stinks!

Ina: My toots and Daddy’s toots don’t stink. Momma’s toots stink.

Me: Excuse me! Who told you that?

Ina: Aumlette! (giggling)…..He can’t talk. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Meal Planning [5/17]

Good morning and Happy Sunday!

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I hope your weekend is going fantastically so far. Our’s has been lovely.

We met some friends for dinner at a new-to-us Mexican restaurant close to home, which was amazing, on Friday night. 

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Saturday we relaxed, did some yard work, and then headed out to Kauffman stadium to watch our favorite boys in blue play. Today is chalk full of stuff too - I love weekends!

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Here is my plan for the week. Dan works over Memorial weekend - whomp, whomp, but that isn’t going to stop us from enjoying some type of activity on Monday, which he has off. 

  • Sunday: small group - someone else is making dinner
  • Monday: chicken fried brown rice with steamed cabbage
  • Tuesday: leftovers - the ladies in my small group are having a “sprinkle” for those of us who are pregnant-we almost outnumber the non-pregnant ones
  • Wednesday: Dan’s smoked chicken with roasted green beans and sweet potato fries
  • Thursday: slow cooker chicken with almond butter sauce with carrots and green beans and quinoa
  • Friday: leftovers or out to eat
  • Saturday: some to celebrate Memorial weekend. 

Have a great week! <3

Friday, May 15, 2015

Warby Parker Glasses (Help?)

Good morning and Happy Friday!

Whew, last night was a rough one for me and Ina. She kept on whining/moaning “Momma, Momma” every few minutes until 2 am. I tried to coax her into telling me what was wrong or taking some ibuprofen, but she wasn’t having any of it. On top of my new cold and the finagling it takes to make my growing belly/back comfortable, let’s just say I am very thankful for my cup of coffee this morning.

On to something more positive. Have you heard of Warby Parker?

It is an online based glasses company that offers affordable options ($100 for frames + lenses). An added benefit is that they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need every time you purchase a pair. They also have excellent customer service that has helped to give me the information I need to submit a claim to my insurance company to get the $100 back. 

The glasses I wear now are WB and I bought them when I was pregnant with Ina and they are still going strong. Dan also recently ordered a pair from here and love them. 

So how do you buy glasses from a web-based company? It is pretty simple, actually. You go to their website, pick out 5 pairs of frames you want to test out, and they send you the frames within a few days. You try the frames on, decide which ones you like (if any) and send them back with their pre-paid packaging. 

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You are not obligated to pay anything if you don’t like their frames, and if you want to try on 5 more you are also more than welcome to - they have a lot of choose from. 

If you find the frames you want, you send them a valid RX, and your new glasses will be mailed to you in a few days!

I wasn’t going to post pictures of myself in the test frames after a long night of no sleep with unkempt hair and no make-up, but then I realized that this is the state I will likely be in whenever I do wear these glasses. So, here you go, we are keeping it real today.

Also, I apologize for my atrocious lack of selfie taking skills.

Bensen in Greystone -meh

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Arthur in green spruce- I love the green color

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Beckett in stripped evergreen - whoa

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Sims in coral - Dan likes these the best. I like the shape, I don’t know about the coral color. It might be a little outside of my comfort zone. Also, I think they look pretty similar to my current glasses.

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Vaughn in Eastern bluebird fade- I really like these because they are different, comfortable to wear (a wider frame), and I love the way the frames are two-toned (brown on the top and blue on the bottom). But, looking at the picture, they kind of make my eyes look small. 

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What do you think? Do you like any of them better than my current pair?

Thanks for the help and have a great weekend!

FYI-Warby Parker doesn’t know who I am or that I have a blog - I just really liked my experiences with them and wanted to spread the good word.

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