Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Skinny Orange Julius

I saw somewhere that technically Spring is only 23 days away. I don't think I could be more excited. I can't wait for warm Spring days at the park and long evening walks! It is the only thing giving me hope as we face more ice and snow tomorrow. 

So I am almost 30 weeks pregnant{whaaat?! How is that real?!} and I have to say that this pregnancy has been so much different than my previous two. I feel so good! I have to attribute a lot of feeling great to living a healthier lifestyle, but a lot of it is the lack of stress with this pregnancy.
With only 9 1/2 weeks left, we are starting to really get things together for this little Miss. I forgot how tiny and precious newborn babies are! It's so fun to imagine who she'll be. Mason and Eleanor have such strong personalities and I can't wait to see if she'll be more laid back, or just as strong willed as her siblings. 

For being almost 30 weeks pregnant, I haven't had very many cravings, but the last few days I have NEEDED cuties in my life. I have eaten an entire bag of cuties in 2 days and I'm not sorry. 
This morning I was looking for a different way to get my cutie fix, so I tossed them into my ninja with some vanilla greek yogurt and a splash of milk and a handful of ice, and then it dawned on me that I had made a skinny Orange Julius! 

Skinny Orange Julius:
4-6 cuties Ninja'd and strained(or a cup of orange juice y'all) 
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/4 cup almond, coconut or skim milk
A good handful of ice

Peel your cuties, put them in your Ninja, or blender, pulse until juiced and strain off pulp. 
Or just use 1 cup of orange juice, whatever you'd prefer! 
Add yogurt and milk and blend until frothy and then add ice, blending until smooth. 

I will probably make another one of these babies this evening as a snack after our communion service at Church...and I buy stock in cuties... 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
All My Love,

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Grateful Heart and Meatballs.

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I know we sure did!

Today I am linking up with my sweet friend Emily at Ember Grey for Grateful Heart Monday.
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

On this Monday morning I am grateful for bloggy friends who continue to read my jumbled mess of a blog. I am grateful for my busy life that constantly keeps me on my toes and I am so grateful to be able to choose playing Library with my daughter and Outer Space with my son. I am grateful for this messy life and all of you who continue to be a part of our mess!

Friday evening Matt's mom took the Littles to spend the night{Thanks mom!!} while Matt and I went to a retirement dinner for one of Matt's coworkers. It always feels so weird to attend adult functions and not worry about packing a bag full of distractions for the kids. Dinner was delicious and we had such a nice evening together with other adults.

Saturday we had our Acts and Snacks at our church which is a fun evening full of such talented people! I was so impressed with our performers this year. We have an extremely talented youth group and congregation. It was so fun to see the kids perform their musical pieces! Matt and I performed Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. It probably sounds biased, but Matt is super talented at guitar. We love being able to share our music at church.
Sunday morning we got a call that the special music for the 8:30 service called in sick, so Matt and I were asked to perform again for Worship. We were happy to do so, but it felt a little weird singing Landslide between the Old and New Testament readings. It gives us some incentive to brush up on our Worship songs!

I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening trying to clean my house, which is futile with toddlers, cats and a husband, especially when it is so cold outside and all of the streets and sidewalks are covered in salt and slush. Hardwood floors + Winter = messy.

Since it was so bitterly cold again yesterday, I was in the mood for some comfort food.
I found this recipe for Salisbury Steak Meatballs from Damn Delicious. You should make them immediately. They were like meatloaf meatballs in a fabulous beef stock and onion gravy. Comfort food at its finest folks! Plus, meatballs are so fun to make!.

Seriously, it was like a warm hug.
We ate them with mashed potatoes and peas to round out the comfort meal theme. They would also be fabulous over egg noodles.

I hope you all have a beautiful Monday!!
All My Love,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nursery progress and an update.

Life has been crazy lately folks. We have been busy with setting up our newest little lady's nursery, finishing household projects, gearing up to paint our kitchen cabinets and juggling our busy schedules. I can't even imagine the chaos once our third precious Little arrives! We are taking life one day at a time around here.

It finally snowed on Monday and my Littles were in toddler heaven! They both received sleds for Christmas and they have been dying to use them. Unfortunately the snow was too powdery to sled on our hill, so they had to sled on the icy driveway, but luckily they didn't know the difference and thought it was the best thing ever. I had to bribe them inside with hot cocoa and now they won't stop asking about sledding AND cocoa.

We{read, I, love you dear husband, but to be fair, he did a lot of prep and cleaning} got the nursery painting finished last Friday evening and we have been working on getting all of the baby items out of storage and cleaned.

This is our finished paint job. It's a little dark in this photo since I didn't finish painting until almost 11PM. I LOVE the way it turned out!! The nursery will be Mason's room once our littlest nugget is big enough{sleeping through the night} to share the bigger room with Eleanor, so I only wanted to paint it once. I was looking for a storm cloud grey, and I think it turned out beautiful. Perfect for our Jenny Lind white crib and baby items, and perfect for a big boy with blue and red accents. I hate spending a fortune on paint, so I am so glad to have found this color at Menards. It is Volcanic Ash by Dutch Boy and it was only $19.98 per gallon! We used almost one gallon of white for the trim, middle stripe, bedroom and closet doors and all of the doors and trim in all of the upstairs rooms/bathroom, and one gallon of the Volcanic Ash.
Painting trim and edging was a nightmare, but it's finished, and I love the results.

Also, I finally had a few free minutes yesterday and got our sweet lady's blanket finished! I fell in love with these fabrics and they were 70% off at JoAnn's. Wins all around.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday{ALREADY, yikes} and we had a lovely communion service. This year, I have been thinking about what Lent really means and I have decided that not only in the Lenten season, but for the rest of the year, I will be deactivating my Facebook. One of my New Years goals was to be more present, and one of my Lenten goals is to spend more time in prayer, so Facebook has to go. I am striving for Grace and a more personal relationship with everyone in my life. Don't be creeped out if I ask for your telephone number, I may be texting you since I won't see your Facebook updates :)

All My Love,