Thursday, October 18, 2012

Recent happenings

It's been a smooth week around here which has been great & I seem to be getting out of the strange funk I've been in.  Not sure why I've been in a mood since I really have no reason to be.  I've just been noticing that I'm irritable, tired & uninspired lately.  I told Mike that I feel like I'm running on a treadmill... I just keep running & running & there's no end in sight.  Maybe it stemmed from the rut I was in at work.  After going to a conference on Friday with fellow RDs, I seem to be more excited about heading to work in the morning.  In the clinical nutrition world, there's absolutely no reason to become stagnant so brushing up on skills or learning new information is so important to me.

I've been cooking up a storm lately!  I roasted some purple & gold potatoes on Sunday, served along side turkey burgers & a tossed salad.  Since I'm going to be done breastfeeding in about a month, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to eat well so I don't pack on the pounds as I stop.  I'm seriously going to miss that extra allotment of calories!  I'm also joining a gym soon & I plan on working out three days a week.

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I cooked up some Crockpot Bolognese sauce yesterday which was excellent!  We served it over spaghetti squash instead of noodles which I've never done before.  It was really good & saves about 180 calories per cup.  So yummy.  Click here for the sauce recipe & here for the spaghetti squash recipe.

Cam & I hit the park on our way to pick Reese up from school yesterday.  We played Queen Mommy & King Cameron as we pretended that each tower of the playground was our castle.  We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves which was awesome.

Reese was so happy to see us!  This is a picture of her that I took from my cell over my shoulder as she laughed at her brother while we sat at a red light.

Since the poor gal barely naps at daycare, I laid her down as soon as we got home & she was asleep in seconds! Had I not picked her up early, she would have never taken a second nap.

With less than two weeks to go, we're gearing up for Halloween!

Although Reese did go trick-or-treating with us last year, this really is her first Halloween.

I was exactly 38 weeks pregnant with my little pumpkin last Halloween. Instead of being a pumpkin again, this year she may be dressing up as a sunflower.  Lauren was sweet enough to pass the costume down from Taylor, but I'm not sure if it'll be too warm for the still toasty Florida weather.  I'm considering just getting her cat ears, putting her in a black outfit & drawing whiskers on her face to keep things cooler & easy.

No, this is not a picture of Cameron, it's some little boy I do not know.  However, this is the costume Cam will be wearing this year.  He's on a huge Mario kick, so he'll be thrilled to wear this bad boy.  He doesn't know the costume shipped to our house today because if he did, he'd want to wear it non-stop.  I'm not crafty enough to make him a costume & I'm far too cheap to spend a lot on something he'll barely wear, so it's cheapies for the little guy!

Anyway, tomorrow is Friday & we're officially bringing back Perno Pizza Friday!!!  We used to make our own pizza every single Friday, but it's been ages & ages since we've last done it.  I typically like to cook up a fancy pizza with goat cheese, figs, arugula, etc, while Mike prefers something classic like sausage.  So we'll have to take turns each week to keep things fair.  Well, hope you're all having a great week!

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  1. Miss you guys! But it sounds like things are going well. :) I hear you about costumes being too hot for the kids on Halloween. We are actually all going to be bears. I bought headbands with bear ears on them that came with bow ties, and then I got Sophie a brown onesie, and brown and pink leggings to match the brown and pink in the ears! I can't wait to pass out those hot dogs this year with her!! :)

    1. We miss you too & can't wait till we can do a get-together at our house.. we'll have to set something up VERY soon!!

      Bears are such a cute idea! We're lame so we never dress up together!

  2. Mmm... I wish I was a cooking kick but our weekday evenings have been very hectic so there's been a lot of soup, salad and sandwiches around here. I plan to do some cooking tomorrow and stock up my freezer, Reserves are running low! Our homemade pizza nights have been far and few between too. Sometimes we use these premade pizza crusts called Mama Mary's. They are similar to Home Run Inn crust and save a lot of time and mess.

    I'm not surprised that Cam is going to be Mario. He loved those beanies we got him for his bday! The girls are going to be ballerinas. I have spent hundreds of dollars on dance costumes over the years, we might as well use them while they still fit! Reese will be adorable in that sunflower costume! Maddy was a rose bud her first Halloween remember? That costume was too warm too, but we took her treating in the mall which was air conditioned.

    1. I hear ya, Mel... we go through spurts with cooking, but seem to be in a good groove with our current cooking schedule. I really only end up cooking big meals on Sundays & Wednesdays. We mostly do leftovers on Monday & Thursday & something quick on Tuesday. Whatever works, right.

      Oh yes, I definitely remember Maddy's rosebud costume.. too cute!

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