Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Foodie Pen Pal

Another month means another box of goodies to get excited about!


This month, I received my loot from Becky at Skinny Minnie’s Recipes.  (Such a cute blog name!)


The box was stuffed full of great items.  I have made a few pitchers of that refreshing mango and peach iced tea, as Becky suggested.  I am very interested in using the Asian dressing a marinade for chicken. 


The wasabi peas and kale chips are the perfect little snacks.  Lastly, I have been wanting to try Love Grown granola for quite some time now, and it did not disappoint.  Sadly, that bag has already disappeared. 


Thank you Becky for all the tasty treats!

To see what I sent this month, head over to Three Blind Wives.  (I was paired with another pregnant lady this month – this time she even lives in Kansas City!  A great match!)

If you want to participate in Foodie Pen Pals, Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean will hook you up.

In My Belly

Breakfast – boiled eggs and toast.  I new staple when absolutely NOTHING sounds good.


Lunch and snacks – tuna salad (tuna, boiled egg, red  pepper, celery, cucumber, dill pickle, and mayo), watermelon, yogurt, and cucumber.


Dinner – two of my dreams came true at once.  Chessa (my good friend from pharmacy school) has FINALLY moved back to Kansas City and we surprised her last night to take her out to eat at an INDIAN restaurant close by.



Mamma loves chicken tikka saag and chicken tikka masala. 


I am really looking forward to those leftovers!

I can’t tell you how nice it was to just jump in the car and go visit Chessa.  For the past two years we would have had to take a plane, and that takes a little planning.  Welcome back to Kansas City!


After work I walked directly from my car to my bedroom to change into running clothes, but told myself all I needed to do was walk.  After 2 miles I was a little bored, so I ran the last one.  I really didn’t want to do it, but after I was done I was one happy girl!

Thought for the day:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Head for the Cure

After my last (first) 5K, I thought I had thrown in my racing towel for the year and wouldn’t run another race until after Margaret made his / her appearance.  But, I am excited to say that is not the case. 

I am going to be running another 5K – Head for the Cure. 

HFTC 10 year

From their email:

Head for the Cure seeks to raise awareness and funding in the fight against brain cancer. Each year, nearly 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Through fundraising and donations, Head for the Cure is able to donate 90% of the proceeds from events to the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. By doing this, Head for the Cure is working to find new treatments for those diagnosed with malignant brain tumors.

Last year, during the Metro Kansas City 5K, Head for the Cure had 4,000 participants and rose over $300,000. This year marks a milestone for Head for the Cure as it is our 10th year. This year’s race will be held on Sunday, August 26 at 8 a.m. in Corporate Woods. The race is one of the area’s biggest and most fun races, especially for families and groups of friends. It’s a time when those battling brain tumors, those wanting to help beat brain cancer and anyone up for doing something for a good cause can come together to raise funds.

After I read that I jumped at the chance to be a part of something so awesome!  I know that many times I feel powerless when it comes to fighting things like cancer, but small actions like this can add up to make a difference. 

To find more out on their Facebook page, click here.

To register for the race, click here.  FYI – registration is $25 up to August 6th. 

Let me know if  you sign up – Margaret and I are always looking for running buddies! 

Sunday Funday

Sunday flew by.  We made breakfast for my parents, Kauffman, and Hallaway. (And the elephant and the tiger.  Rawr)


Watermelon, zucchini muffins, and Dan’s “garbage” (pretty much a breakfast scramble on steroids).

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Then I packed up the kids, my mom, and grandma and headed to my cousin’s baby shower. 


I thought I would be enthralled in all the presents, as they are obviously more applicable to my life now, but I was a little preoccupied with the children.  Kauffman and I shared some food.


After delivering everyone back home, I got home to a house that smelled like pot roast.  Dan had cooked a feast and invited our friends Ashley and Brady over for dinner. 


I fell asleep watching the Olympics. 

This week is going to be super busy – but we leave for vacation on Saturday, so I hope super busy turns into super fast. 

Thought for the Day:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wedding and a Baby

Last night I went to my brother-in-law’s sister’s wedding. 


It was beautiful, but we were on baby duty (for my niece and nephew) and didn’t partake in many of the typical wedding activities, which in my opinion, was even more fun.


Except for food and cake – I didn’t miss out on those. 


My parents, Dan, and I left early to take the babies home.  Kauffman slept at my parents’ house and we kept Hallaway.  We got home at 11 pm, I rocked her to sleep, and she SLEPT THROUGH THE ENTIRE NIGHT.  I hope she was sending those sleep-all-night vibes to her cousin. 

There is absolutely nothing sweeter than waking up to baby cuddles.  I don’t think I am going to giver her back. 


Other Eats

Breakfast was a 2 egg, zucchini, potato, pepper, onion, and cheddar scramble with a small side of watermelon and the Olympics. 


I had a bowl of cereal for lunch and was starving when we were going from the ceremony to the reception.  Dad to the rescue with his vehicle’s never ending supply of peanuts. 


Now I am off to a day filled with family fun!

Thought for the Day

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Peter Pan

I have been fighting growing up for quite some time now, so when I was choosing shows to see this summer at Starlight, I knew Peter Pan would be great. 


My mom and I had a date while Dan celebrated one of his friend’s birthdays.  She had a strawberry daiquiri


and I joined all the little kids dressed up like pirates and Tinker Bell in having a giant blue cup of sugar with a lemon in it. 



I love Starlight because it is outside and allows me to not only enjoy a great show, but also the (usually) beautiful weather. 


Unfortunately, the heat and the salt in the pretzel added up and I started getting swollen feet and a little antsy in my seat after the intermission.  However, the end was worth the wait. 

Peter Pan, played by Cathy Rigby, a former US Olympian, flew over the audience doing flips and throwing out glitter.  Awesome. 

Cathy has led a very interesting life – Olympian to sports broadcaster to Peter Pan.  You can read about it here

Other Eats

Breakfast – peanut butter and oatmeal from my work’s cafeteria


Lunch – left over taco salad sans jalapenos.  (Note – the heart burn finally subsided around 10:30 – hallelujah!).  Plus a cookie that Dan brought home for me.  Such a sweetie. 


I also had a bowl of cereal in between work and the theater. 

Friday was a rest day.  No Blue Bell for this girl. 

Thought for the Day:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feel the Burn

I woke up at 2 o’clock this morning and thought I was having a heart attack.  My chest felt like it was on fire, right underneath my left collar bone all the way up to my neck.  I almost woke Dan up when my reasoning kicked back in and I realized it was probably just heart burn.  Thank goodness I had read about how many pregnant women have heart burn, or else I would be writing this post from the ER. Ha. 

Over half of my patients have heart burn, and I have always treated it as something minor.  Well, not anymore.  That pain is legit.  I could barely focus on my computer trying to figure out if I could take the lone sample of heart burn medication I had in my medicine cabinet.  I finally found I could take it, and also drank a little bit of milk.  After an hour or so I finally fell back asleep, but I still feel not-so-hot this morning. 

I know that pregnancy can cause heart burn because the higher levels of progesterone cause the stomach muscles to relax.  But guess what can also cause heart burn?  Fresh garden jalapenos. 


It is going to be a long summer without those in my life. 


But, I will do anything to not feel that way again.  Goodbye spicy food – see you in January.


We had a monster taco salad last night for dinner. I put some frozen chicken in the crockpot and covered it with what remained of Dan’s leftover salsa, then added oregano, cumin, and garlic salt.  It cooked on low all day and when I got home I was welcomed to an amazing smelling house.  Then all I had to do was prep the tomatoes (red and yellow), red beans, avocado, corn, red onion, and jalapenos and we were good to go. Until 2 o’clock in the morning.  

Other Eats

Breakfast was light, and not so good.  I won’t buy this brand again.  FYI – Noosa > Greek Yogurt > Wallaby ~ regular yogurt.


Lunch + snacks – leftover sour cream noodle bake, cantaloupe, and Greek yogurt.


Dessert – strawberry cheesecake Blue Bell


I slept in yesterday and didn’t have time to run before work.  However, when I got home I immediately changed my clothes and hit the treadmill for a 3 mile walk while finishing Insurgent.  The ending was great – I am sad there isn’t even a projected publication for the 3rd book.  Sigh.  I guess it is time for a new book.  Any good suggestions?  I have heard that The Violets of March and The Night Circus are both good. 

Thought for the day:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blue Bell Challenge

After Dan and I finished our dinner on Tuesday night he gave me a mischievous look and said, “Let’s go get ice cream.”  Before I knew it we were at the grocery store standing in front of the Blue Bell section in the ice cream isle.  We stood there for at least 5 minutes debating which flavors to get and finally decided on Pralines, Pecans, n’ Cream and Strawberry Cheesecake. 


I think we made pretty good choices, but this made me wonder if I was missing out on an even better flavor.  Dan and I have now challenged ourselves to try every flavor of Blue Bell ice cream this summer.  I know – super tough challenge.

But, to make things more interesting, I am going to make a deal with myself.  I can only have Blue Bell for dessert if I run or walk at least 3 miles that day.  I know I shouldn’t be rewarding myself with food, but motivation is motivation and I need some.  Plus the calories burned during 3 miles is about 1.5 servings of ice cream, give or take, so even Steven, right?  (I am probably going to look back on this post when I am trying to lose all my baby weight and think “Really Racheal?  What made you think that was a good idea?”)

Protein Packed Day

I had so much energy yesterday and soon realized it was probably because I added a lot of protein to my diet. 

Breakfast – 2 egg, pepper, onion, tomato, and cheddar scramble with hot sauce and cantaloupe


Lunch and snacks: – leftovers from the night before,  grapes, yogurt, and cottage cheese with tomato (From our garden!  So proud!).


Appetizer – not so friend okra (click *here* for the recipe)– this was good, but you have to REALLY like okra.  This okra was from my grandpa’s garden and the seeds were so big they added an interesting texture. 


Dinner – a childhood favorite – sour cream noodle bake (click *here* for the recipe).



I ran 3 miles while reading again, but really the only thing on my mind was the Blue Bell I would get after dinner. 

What I Should be Thinking:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

19 Weeks: Ode to Maternity Clothes

Why oh why did I wait so long to wear maternity clothes?  

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We were allowed to wear shorts at work today if we donated $5 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in support of our Team in Training Employees. (Shorts and donating money to a good cause that has to do with running?  Best $5 ever spent.)


As I don't own many "work appropriate" shorts, I decided to take a peek in the tub of maternity clothes my sister gave me.  I found these shorts, pulled them on, and my life is now changed.  These are so comfortable and stretch right around my growing belly.  No buttons or zippers, just a stretchy material to pull all the way up to my armpits. They remind me of pajama jeans, but I don't care.  I plan on buying maternity clothes even when I am not pregnant.  Now my secret is out.

While I was digging through the tub I found so many other cute options.  Then, last night my friend Aubrey (who had her baby a few weeks after Jessie) dropped off another huge tub of clothes.  I cannot wait to try them all on.  I seriously feel like I just went shopping for the first day of school and have a ton of options for the next few months.  

Other 19 week updates:

  • I am feeling Margaret move all the time now.  It is weird how something could have changed in the baby so fast that one day I didn't feel anything, and 3 days later I feel it every 20 minutes.  This might sound weird, but the movement makes me very aware that there is another hollow part of my body that I am not used to being there.  I am sure I will miss that feeling when Margaret continues to grow and my uterus becomes less hollow.  Although this is really exciting, I now have something new to worry about.  I will randomly start to worry if I haven't felt the baby move in a few hours.  Again, this is probably the least I will worry about this baby for my entire life. How mind blowing is that?
  • We have an ultrasound next week!!!  I think Dan is pulling some strings at work so he can come and I cannot wait!  We will get the "blinded" information on Margaret's gender then, but aren't going to actually find out if it is a boy or a girl at our gender reveal party, which I am planning for later in August.  Such a long time to wait!  I hope I don't try to un-blind anything.  Hehehe.  Right now I am thinking boy and Dan thinks girl. I want to do all of the other "old wives' tale" tests first.  
  • Vegetables are back to sounding bleh.  I thought I was over that?  Except for broccoli.  Broccoli sounds fantastic.  
  • I am starting to feel slightly uncomfortable when trying to lie down and sleep.  Dan says he can't really tell a difference by how soon I start snoring, but I think there is a definite delay.  
  • Someone actually saw me and touched my belly!  When I met my friends for dinner on Saturday night, Brady (who hadn't seen me in a few months) gave my belly a nice and sturdy pat.  I was so excited, but I tried not to make too big of a deal out of it and freak him out.  What I wanted to do was jump up and down and tell him he was the first one to "touch" the baby and give him some sort of prize.  
  • Yesterday I was buying a watermelon at Whole Foods and the girl at the register made a comment about how big it was and said, “This can be your baby.”  I told her I already had one growing and patted my belly and she gave me this weirdly uncomfortable look like was sorry she had said something wrong.  Poor thing. 

In My Belly

Breakfast – last of the cereal


Lunch – grilled chicken on wheat and fried zucchini.  I am now motivated to make the faux fried version at home. 


Afternoon snack.


Dan is a genius in the kitchen. I laid out chicken for dinner and asked him to come up with something good. He found a jar of Alfredo sauce in the pantry and said he was making Cajun pasta.

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Also in the mix – celery, onion, Anaheim peppers and a red pepper from our garden. 

Dessert – a late night Blue Bell emergency trip to the grocery store. 


I ran 3 miles for the first time in at least a week and a half while reading Insurgent – the follow-up to Divergent.  It was challenging, but not too hard and I LOVED the endorphin kick at the end.

Thought for the day

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