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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pivot!

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You better believe I'll be the first one to shout out "PIVOT" on Friday!

Sooooo, it turns out moving isn't easy. We haven't even gotten to the actual part where we perform the act of moving yet and I'm shot. It's especially not easy preparing for a move when you have a 10 month old underfoot - literally.

How/why do we all accumulate so much stuff?! I don't think of myself as a hoarder at all, but there are certain things I hang onto for "sentimental" reasons and I just don't have the heart to throw away. Surely you've all been there. Half of it really is junk that collects dust and takes up space. I so badly want to simplify our lives, but is now the time to be doing this "life cleanse"? 

It stands to reason that you should re-evaluate each item before you pack it to bring it to the new place. "Do I use this? Do I need this? Have I even touched this in the past few years? Will I miss this?" I'm not only talking about those "sentimental" items. There are also questions like "Do I need 27 chapsticks? Will I ever use this body spray that brings me back to my senior year (and not necessarily in a good way)? Let's be real - will those shorts ever fit again?" These things are stressing me out, taking up too much time....and after all of it I'm hardly throwing much away anyway. 

So, should I ditch this strategy...just throw it all in a box and deal with it when I unpack? OR should I just get settled in the new house and deal with it in my own time? So many questions!!! What did you do? I'm open to any pointers on the entire packing and moving process! We're at the point were I need a serious game plan! Let's do this!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Who can even THINK about cooking this week?

So that may be an exaggeration. Obviously we have to eat, and it's best I plan it now so it's one less thing to worry about later. I can't believe I'm even going to share this pitiful version of a weekly meal plan with you all...
Tonight: Stovetop Turkey Meatloaf with green beans
Monday: Not cooking
Tuesday: Rotisserie chicken and the rest of the green beans
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday: Tacos
Friday: Moving Day!!! If I have to guess, I'd say we are having Subway for dinner!

As if things aren't crazy enough over here with packing for the big move, I go back to work tomorrow. If you're thinking "why didn't they just move before Steph went back to work?" just know I tried....oh, how I tried to time this better. This is life, you can't expect perfect timing. One plus is that I do have Friday off of work, so Ella will go to the sitter and come home to a brand new home! Now THAT is going to be fun!

Speaking of the babes, she obviously knows something is up. She's been so whiney and clingy and well...a hot little mess if I'm honest! I think in addition to our lives being in a total uproar right now, she is also experiencing that yucky low-grade teething fever (everyone tells me that's a thing). She just isn't herself, hasn't been all weekend. After all this chaos it will be so worth it, but it's tough doing work around the apartment when all she wants is our undivided attention. My poor baby! Maybe this nap is just the refresher she needs? If not, I'm pulling out the big guns - Baby Einstein marathon!!! I use it for emergencies only!
Just a recap:
Thursday, we received final word that we were closing on Friday around 1:00. It really got down to the last minute. Friday, we closed on the house! Once those keys were in my hand I didn't want to let go. I also wanted to spend the day just laying on the floor in the family room, but there was WAY too much stuff to do. I'll have to take a raincheck on that! Yesterday, we bought curtains and an area rug. Stephen hung blinds in all of the bedrooms. We also cracked open a bottle of champagne and did some major packing. Today, Hubs just bought all of the paint and we made a day by day "game plan" leading up until Friday. Busy, busy - as you can see! 

In between packing, I'm also somehow going to make a giant batch of baby food for Ella. We are running low on fruit! At this rate she will be eating beef stew for breakfast. I better get on that! I hope you're all having a nice weekend. Ours is anything but relaxing, but I know it's going to pay off real soon! We're almost there! Yesssss!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eight To Ten

Hello Friends! Summer vacation is coming to an end for me and I can't help but feel a little blue. Yesterday, every second of free time was spent compiling all of the videos on my cell phone into this fun little montage. I've been meaning to do this for a while now, I figured the end of summer vacay would be the perfect way to reflect on how much she has changed over the past two months. So my break didn't truly start until about mid-June, but even in the past month being home with her I've noticed such a drastic change. 

It's as though she has gotten taller, her hair has grown and her face has gone from chubby little baby face to the face of a toddler - all before my very eyes!!! In addition to the obvious physical changes, she's been hitting those developmental milestones faster than I could document them all! We are on the brink of walking people....WALKING!  

While I was pregnant, I remember resisting the urge to roll my eyes by the time the 100th person told me "they grow up so fast". Now I find myself speaking those very words...it's so cliché but SO true! Here's the video that I put together yesterday of months 8 through 10. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Green Chicken Stew {For Baby}

This is one of Ella's favorites. Sound familiar? Yes, she has a lot of favorites...the girl loves to eat! What's better than (or just as good as) a crock pot recipe for grown ups? Duh, a crock pot recipe for babies! This is really easy to just throw together, let it cook all day, toss it in the food processor, and then freeze massive quantities!

Ingredients:
1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
2-3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup green beans
1 chopped zucchini
1 chopped celery stalk
1/4 onion chopped
1/2 peeled and chopped russet potato

Directions:
1. Put all the ingredients into a crock pot.
2. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4.
3. Puree in food processor.

*I can not for the life of me remember how much this made...if I had to guesstimate, I'd say about 6 - 8 four ounce containers. Can freeze up to 3 months. 
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