Labor Day at the Beach

September 1st, 2014

I LOVE Labor Day! I definitely don’t want to see summer go, but I’m starting to look forward to fall. Every year, around this time, I get SUPER excited for all things fall… cool nights, apple cider, apple picking, leggings and boots, and comfort food! It’s even more exciting since Turner’s been born. It means time to think of Halloween costumes and plan his birthday party! But, before we wish this summer away, we will continue to enjoy it while we can.

I had to go out to Dewees Island on Friday and Saturday to check some renters in, so we didn’t get much family time. But we DID celebrate yesterday. We went to church in the morning, then came home for nap time, then hit the beach! Surprisingly there was NO traffic! I was hesitant to go to the beach for fear of spending more time in the car than on the beach. Not the case!


Turner’s favorite part was throwing wet sand all over the place. He was cracking himself up! I’ll take that over him eating it like last summer!


I love holidays with our little munchkin. He makes them so much more exciting! He definitely helps me live in the moment and not wish time away! Happy Labor Day!

Weekend Fun

August 18th, 2014

Turner is finally starting to feel better after a week of snot sucking and crap naps. Stew is battling a sore throat, undoubtedly from Turner licking his fingers and shoving them in Stew’s mouth. And I am working my hardest to avoid getting whatever they have! We did, however, manage to enjoy our weekend despite the sniffly noses!

Friday night, Stew and I had our new members class at church. My mom came to babysit so we could turn it into a little date night. So we went downtown to Taco Boy for an early dinner. The class was actually a lot of fun. I love our pastor. It was nice getting to know him on a personal level. He’s amazing!

Saturday morning we had part two of our class. We finished up around lunchtime and came home to put Turner down for his nap. After nap time, we hit the beach. It was a quick, but much needed, trip. We haven’t been to the beach at all this summer! It’s really a crime when we live 5 minutes away. So, now that it’s almost September, we vowed to come to the beach every week, even if it’s for a quick jump in the ocean!




We had a blast at the beach. Turner LOVES going in the ocean. It was hard to get him out. He was not a happy camper when we left.

After we cleaned up and put Turner to bed, we had some friends over and just hung out. It was perfect. So relaxing and just what we needed. The wine didn’t hurt either.

Sunday morning, we went to church as usual. Then we actually met another couple we adore for brunch! Turner was so good. I was surprised because we were pushing into his nap time. But, honestly, when there’s food involved, Turner would do just about anything.

That night, we had Sunday Dinner at my mom’s. That’s always awesome. Turner loves going to Gigi and Paw Paw’s house. As soon as we pulled in, we were greeted by one of the ducks. Turner was so excited and started chasing him around.


We had quite a social weekend. Usually I like to spend the majority of my weekend in pajamas on the couch. Maybe it’s the “end of summer” threatening us, so we decided to live it up. Either way, it was great! I hope you’re enjoying your last days of summer too!

Sick Day

August 12th, 2014

One of my best friends just pointed out that I’ve been MIA in social media lately! I’ve just been so busy and haven’t really had anything that exciting to write about! Luckily, Turner just puked all over the kitchen floor, which at least gives me something to write about!

We had our morning as usual. We started with our daily snuggle in bed with milk and coffee. Then, We came downstairs a little earlier than usual. I had to be at the gym by 8:15 to co-teach a cross-fit class with one of the trainers. He wanted to throw a little yoga into his mix. Awesome! Then I had a yoga class to teach at 9:15. Then a lunch meeting on Dewees Island.

I was at the stove around 7:30, cooking our eggs, when Turner threw up everywhere! I thought maybe he just choked on his water. Nope! It just kept coming. Poor little guy. His face was priceless. It was like he had no idea what just happened. I immediately stripped him down and cleaned up the kitchen. Then all he wanted to do was lay on me. Fine by me!

After a little while, we went into the living room to watch music videos (Turner’s favorite) and snuggle on the floor.

He got up to walk around and then round two. Luckily, I had a giant bowl ready and waiting. The awesome thing about Turner is that he’s SO happy! I don’t know anyone who can laugh and smile between throw ups! Just this guy…

Let’s hope this passes quickly! I hate when he’s sick. Luckily my mom is coming over around 11 to watch him while I go to Dewees. He loves his Gigi. She’s the only one I feel ok leaving my sick baby with! Hope your Tuesday is off to a better start than ours!

Dippy

August 4th, 2014

Turner and I just finished our coffee and milk in bed and walked into the office for my usual morning organizing. Before we go downstairs for breakfast, I always spend some time wading through emails and planning out what needs to get done while he plays with his toys and Skippy (a.k.a. Dippy) the cat.


It was like any other morning. Me, typing away, Turner playing and jammin’ out to some music in the background. Turner was awfully quiet, so I turned around to see what he was up to, and I saw this…

This poor cat! She just lays there and lets him use her as a pillow. It’s so cute! Once he realized I was taking his picture, he looked up. Big mistake! Skippy shot out of there like a bat out of hell!

It was so hilarious! I had to share :o I hope your Monday is off to a great start!

Sunday Funday

July 28th, 2014

As I mentioned in my previous post, Stew and I have been insanely busy. Yesterday was the first day we were both off in months. It was great. We started the day by going to church together. I’ve been going it alone since he was working on the weekends. It’s always nice to have a second set of arms!

After church, we came home and had lunch. Then I ran out to get some groceries and run a few errands. We even got the family together for Sunday dinner at my mom’s! It’s always awesome to see them.



Every time the family sees Turner, I feel like he has changed. He looked like such a big boy running around my mom’s house and playing with everything in site! He loves going to her house. She knows exactly what to do to excite him.

Turner’s favorite part of Sunday dinner, aside from spending time with family, is the food! He is such a good eater. I can hardly keep up with how much he wants to eat!!

That picture pretty much sums up my life: cook, eat, eat some more, nap, cook, eat, repeat. Turner is turning into quite the hilarious kid.

I always love the weekends. But I especially love when we get to enjoy it as a family! Such a fun day!

So Much Happening!

July 25th, 2014

The past few weeks have been INSANE. We have been going a million miles a minute. I finally am able to catch my breath!

Some of you may know I was the Executive Director of Dewees Rentals right here on Dewees Island. Well, a few months ago, I was talking to my boss, and she was throwing around the idea of selling the rental business. I was surprisingly ok with it. I wasn’t worried, because my Rodan+Fields side job would generate enough money that I could really be a stay at home mom! I mean, that would free up my time, A LOT, to focus on Turner and Stew (and me, in theory).

Well, after lots of talking, crunching numbers, praying, and more talking, I decided that I would take over the business! This all happened in the past 3 weeks. I’m really excited about it. The best part is, I can still do it from home! Stew was the one who really helped me make the decision. He’s a contractor which makes getting things repaired much easier! He said he’d go out there and do any maintenance he could! So, needless to say, he’s been out there every weekend for the past month. The dust has finally started to settle and things are getting back to normal.

I had a breakfast meeting this morning, but Stew was off (finally). So, when I got home, we were able to enjoy some family time! It’s been far too long since the three of us spent a full day together. It was amazing. We didn’t do much, but the lack of doing was refreshing! It was stormy which is the best when you have nowhere to be!

After the rain slowed down, and Turner woke up from his nap, we went for an early dinner at a pizzeria around the corner. It was delicious! I talked to the owner and told him how much I loved his pizza. Turned out he was the owner of a pizza place in the tiny town I’m from in NJ! No wonder I loved it. Turner was a big fan too.

We came home from dinner, grabbed the dog, and went for a walk. Felt good to get back into our little routine.


As I read Turner The Kissing Hand before bed tonight, I was so overwhelmed with love for this little ok giant person. It feels like yesterday that he was this pudgy blob that couldn’t communicate. Now he’s such a smart little boy! He talks so much and is such a little creature of habit. It’s amazing watching someone develop and learn right before your eyes! I thank God for him every.single.day and want to make the best life for him!

4th of July Festivities

July 4th, 2014

I LOVE the 4th of July. Basically, I love any reason to dress in color-coordinated outfits and drink out of festive straws.

This morning, we decided to have a last minute BBQ in the afternoon. Leading up to that, our day was pretty low key. Since Stew was off from work, I went to the gym in the morning and then hit the grocery store for a few things (that may or may not have included s’mores ice cream sandwiches). It was surprisingly empty, so I was in and out!

When I got home, we all had some lunch, and then Turner napped. Stew and I cleaned the house and did some laundry. Once Turner woke up, around 2, we hit the pool! I love having a pool in our neighborhood. I get very grumpy in traffic, so we all win this way!

We came home, got cleaned up, and prepped for the BBQ! And by prepped I mean Turner ate peanut butter crackers and looked out the window waiting for all of his friends to show up.

Stew’s brother and his wife came over, along with my friend Toni, her husband Jason, and their son Andrew (Turner’s bestie). Side note: If you’re wondering why Turner has a headband on, it’s actually a belt that he likes having tied around his head. His alter-ego is better known as “Rambaby”.

We had so much fun! Since it was last minute, we did BYOMeat and a side to share. The men grilled while we hung out with the kiddos.

I love any excuse to celebrate. 4th of July is among the best. No drama, no gifts, no cards, just fun! Now that we got all of our partying out, it’s time to be old people and grumble about the fireworks that will undoubtedly keep me awake all night! Happy 4th!

Beet and Black Bean Burgers

June 30th, 2014

The doctor said this day would come…Turner would become a picky eater! I usually have go-to recipes on hand, but lately I’ve been SO busy that I haven’t had time to prepare. So it’s been eggs and waffles for breakfast, peanut butter sandwiches and fruit for lunch, yogurt and his favorite almond meal muffins for a snack, and whatever we are eating for dinner (or another peanut butter sandwich, don’t judge)!

Now, don’t get me wrong, this kid is CONSTANTLY hungry and could eat me under the table. But I refuse to give him junk to fill him up. I want his meals to be filled with protein and even those sneaky vegetables too! The only way I can do that is to plan ahead. I always sneak things like spinach and avocados into his smoothies. But when I have an hour to spare, I like to take whatever I have on hand and whip up “burgers” of some sort (and by burger I mean anything I mix up and shape into a patty). This week I scoured the fridge and pantry for anything I could turn into a healthy “burger”. These beet and black bean burgers are a winner!

I started by cooking some quinoa. While that simmered, I sautéed onions, shredded carrots, and diced ginger root. I pulsed the beets and sautéed veggies in the food processor a few times to break them up. Side note about the beets, I used the steamed and peeled baby beets in the fridge section at Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen them in several grocery stores.

Once the quinoa was finished, I added a cup of cooked quinoa and the black beans to my food processor and pulsed a few more times. I let that cool slightly so it wouldn’t cook my egg! Then I added in the bread crumbs and egg and processed for a few seconds to form a “dough”.  I used an ice cream scoop to form patties and seared them on either side until crisp on the outside and warmed through, just like a burger!


I served it up with a little BBQ sauce and a bun. He actually eats the bun separately, but for us grown ups, I took a picture of the burger and bun together! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy!


 

Beet and Black Bean Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  3. 1 8 oz package steamed and peeled baby beets (in fridge section)
  4. 1/2 onion, rough dice
  5. 1/4 c shredded carrots
  6. 1 tsp fresh ginger, rough dice
  7. 1/2 c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  8. 1/2 c bread crumbs
  9. 1 egg
  10. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa in the chicken or vegetable broth according to package.
  2. Sautee onion, carrots, and ginger in 1 Tbsp olive oil until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine beets and sauteed vegetables in the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  4. Add 1 cup cooked quinoa and black beans to the food processor. Pulse to combine. Let cool slightly.
  5. Add bread crumbs and egg to the food processor and pulse for a few seconds, until dough forms.
  6. Heat a large sautee pan to medium-low heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of olive oil (about 1 Tbsp).
  7. Using a standard ice cream scoop, form patties in your hand and place on the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, or until crisp.
  8. Flip and cook for about 3 more minutes, until crisp and warmed through.
  9. Set patties aside to cool. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Barnes and Noble Trip

June 23rd, 2014

The other day, Turner and I needed to get out of the house. He took a super nap, and I got a ton of work done. So, I thought I’d treat myself to Starbucks while he played with the trains at Barnes and Noble. Best idea ever.



He played for a little while and then went exploring. We wandered all around, reading a few books in our travels. Then he parked it at the little table where we read about dinosaurs (and flirted with older women).

He sat across from his little lady friend that he made. He was staring and her and laughing at her the whole time. I can see my future now. Lock up your daughters…


Turner used to be so shy. Now he’s such a ham wonder who he gets that from. I love my little guy so much. He makes every day more exciting! 

Father’s Day

June 16th, 2014

I remember when I told Stew I was pregnant. He was so excited, and a little nervous. He was nervous he wouldn’t be a good dad. He never had any experience with babies. But I knew the second he held Turner in his arms, he’d be perfect. He’s just that kind of person.

I must say, Stew is an amazing father. He is so loving, gentle, and supportive. He’s the most selfless person I know. The more we grow together, the more I appreciate and love him! Turner feels the same.

My mom and stepdad hosted a little Father’s Day celebration at their house last night. It was perfect. Mom made homemade meatballs and spaghetti. All the men were super excited about that, especially Turner.

We always enjoy getting together with the family. But it’s extra special when we have a celebration. It was a nice and relaxing day. The perfect way to celebrate all of the amazing fathers in our lives!