The holidays are freakin’ coming!

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The holidays are coming.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE FREAKIN’ COMING!

We already breezed pass Halloween & Thanksgiving. And now it seems that if you didn’t already jump on the Christmas train, you will be left behind.

At least that’s how I feel.

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Pictures of the Boys and Chicken Noodle Soup

Lots of pictures of the boys and a chicken noodle soup recipe!

Tickle attack early Saturday morning:

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Hanging out at Gramma’s house. Daycare was closed and Gramma graciously offered to watch the boys along w/ Auntie Ninang.

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Cool arial shot of the boys (I stood on the master bed)

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Thank goodness the ceiling fan still entertains them. They were super fussy w/ me and once I threw them on the bed, they looked up and stared… and stared… Jer even raised his hand in an attempt to reach the fan.

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“Say it ain’t so!!!” The boys have officially taken over our family room. I thought we could be strong and enforce what is “off limits” by applying the behavior therapy techniques I’ve learned in a previous job (basically it’s like training a dog!), but not only are we inconsistent, it is TIRING! This situation is temporary anyway as we finish preparing their playroom. It’s great that they are contained, but the downfall is that we have hardwood. We don’t mind them crawling around on the wood, but they are slowly pulling themselves up and it would be tragic if they fell backwards. Thus, constant supervision is necessary. We know we can protect them from everything, which is why we let them roam around and figure things out, but OUCH! Wouldn’t want them to take a big blow to the head.

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Last baby update… Oh, Jer. This is what he does with his bottle – he shakes it above his head until his face is full of milk drops. Then I’ll take away his bottle because I assume he’s finished. Then he reaches for it and tries to drink more. What a crazy boy!

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Our drying area looks a lot different than a couple of months ago. What was once a ton of pump parts and smaller bottles is now a bunch of bigger bottles, food containers, mesh teethers, straw cups, and utensils!

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Random update: Jamberry nails are pretty cool. I was skeptical at first because I’ve never tried the Sally Hansen sticker nail stuff, but WOW! Jamberry nails stayed on my hands for over a week! No chipping or peeling, whereas regular nail polish, even with a few coats and a top coat of course, would have chipped after day 3! With all the hand washing and use of my hands, Jamberry seems like the way to go. (This post is NOT sponsored – LOL!)

wpid-img_20140713_223240.jpgChicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock (I used Costco’s organic chicken stock, no salt added)

1/2 cup dry pasta

1 celery stalk,

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 cup peas frozen

Onion

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Wash and dice celery.

Wash, peel, and dice carrot.

Dice onion.
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Cook chicken broth on high heat until boiling. Add all remaining ingredients and return to a boil.

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Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, puree or put in food processor for a bit. The boys are old enough now that we don’t even need to puree. As long as the pasta and veggies are soft enough to squeeze between your fingers, they are soft enough for a baby to gum (chew without teeth).

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See more recipes here! I also started an “adult” recipe page, mostly to see for myself the recipes I have tried and been successful with.

Things I’m Reading These Days

First, pictures of the boys, of course!

The boys & papa accompanied me to Ulta yesterday. They were very well-behaved and Adrian was even very sociable and cute, making the ladies in line behind us smile.

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The toe grabbing is just so adorable.

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Jer was almost not having it, but he made it through the short trip. Thanks, Jer.

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The boys are sorta getting the idea of their Sophia teethers… They’re getting really good at grabbing toys and items in front of them, and even better at putting them in their mouths. How we are going to keep up with cleaning and sanitizing everything, I do not know. But I also hear it’s good to not be such a germaphobe because we’ve gotta build up that immunity!

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The things I read these days seem to be 99% baby- & parent/motherhood-related, 1% everything else. I wish I could read more current events, new recipes, fitness and running blogs,  even celebrity gossip. However, I am still in survival mode. I’m still trying to navigate the chaotic world of parenthood, while juggling work and a household. Thus, I continue to gravitate toward anything on raising babies and being a parent.

Luckily though, since returning to work full-time last month, I am ever so slightly transitioning into a new mode. I’m happy that I am finally going from fighting to survive to learning to thrive. I may not be ready to go for a run again or throw a party, but I’m cooking again (yay!) and getting back into old routines, which makes me feel like I’m finally enjoying myself as I wade through the waters of parenthood, compared to when I was fighting to barely stay afloat.

When I stumble across a great read these days, I send an email to myself with the link and then save those emails to a folder for blogging inspiration. It was a great idea until the folder started to grow and grow and I never found the time to write. So today I realized that I would be happy with simply sharing each link I’ve saved so far in order to spread (what I think is) the goodness and move on with my (blogging) life!

Parenthood and Raising Children

10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included) | Kari Kampakis

This post is a pretty much a big “NOTE TO SELF!” I know some of these things are not quite applicable until later on, but it’s nice to have a glimpse of what is ahead.

Our Montessori Home | When Hippos Talk

I never completely understood what “Montessori” meant. This blogger does a great job explaining – complete with pictures!

I Signed Up for This | Mrs. Gore’s Diary

This post caught my eye because I wrote something with a similar name, although the title suggested the exact opposite. This post written by Mrs. Gore was honest, humble, and true. After I read this post again, I look forward to reading the follow up.

Photographer Captures Beautiful, Loving Glimpse Into The NICU | Huffpost Parents

I can’t believe how much I miss the NICU. Being a parent in the NICU has certainly given me a newfound hope, inspiration, and admiration for all people – parents, family members, friends, nurses, doctors, and most importantly, BABIES – who have ever had their lives touched by the NICU. I regret more than ever not saying yes to photographs in the hospital. It’s true that I was too busy and stressed about the babies’ health that I just passed up the opportunity. What’s worse I that I learned Kaiser does full on photo shoots these days with babies! But luckily we were given an amazing opportunity to capture the boys during their infancy and I will cherish those pictures forever.

 

Being a Mother

31 Days to Becoming an Organized Mom | Mommy Kudos

More than half a year into our kiddos’ lives, we’re ready to tackle those pesky home projects that have been put on hold for far too long! Before starting, we need to get our house back to a functioning, beautiful environment. Home maintenance alone is such a challenge. Laundry-food prep-dishes-tidying… it’s a never-ending story.

A Breastfeeding Story: Breastfeeding Through Leukemia | I Am Not the Babysitter

Wow, this post inspired me. I cannot wait to write about my own experiences with breastfeeding.

Dealing With Working Moms Guilt, Whether You Love or Hate Your Job | About.com

I sure did type things like “working mom,” “feeling guilty with kids in daycare,” and “dealing with mommy guilt,” to name a few. I think I may have shared this other link on a separate post, but the lesson learned is that no matter what your situation as a mother, you are doing your best and that is more than enough!!!

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons | Team Studer

Growing up with a sister meant I grew up in a household full of women. It was nice to read about things I have to look forward to now that I have been blessed with two baby boys.

50 Things Moms Need to Do for Themselves | Elephant Journal

I agree! Now the challenge is finding the time to actually do these…

A Love Letter to the Father of My Child | Elephant Journal

This letter really resonated within me. Becoming parents surely changed our lives, but the relationship I share with my husband is still #1.

 

The 1% that is non-baby/parent related

Ben & Jerry’s Nails It With New Core Ice Cream Flavors | Huffpost Taste

There’s ALWAYS room for ice cream! MUST. TRY. THESE. ASAP!!! See? I’m not 100% baby/parenting…

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Did you see how long that list was? This is why I can’t even try to blog more often than I do. I spend a good amount of my time reading other amazing blogs and good stuff!

I wish I could devote an entire post to each link above, complete with all my thoughts and comments, but no can do. This gal has to keep on moving along!

Outta my mind… be back soon!

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I don’t need five minutes, I need at least five days! It’d be great if I can make it back sooner. Hope you’re enjoying the new year!

Here’s a pic of my monkeys in the meantime… they are growing so fast! Can’t wait to share all the things they’ve been up to this past month… I am behind on my monthly update!

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JT (left) and AJ (right)

Surviving the Holidays: Do less stuff

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Just be. Be warm, be fuzzy, be slightly squishy. Be in the moment, be on the couch sniffing the baby’s head, Be Still.

Do less stuff. 

This article written to Mamas of Littles during the holidays was a very nice reminder of what counts this holiday season.

As much as glitter and gifts are on my mind, it’s about spending time with loved ones, especially my little ones.

It’s about cherishing these moments that sometimes slip through the cracks of Black Friday shopping and Christmas plans, the decorations to be hung and cookies to be baked.

Of course I want to make this first Christmas for the boys memorable (for us and for them to look back on), so I’m looking forward to snapping photos and dressing them up.

But instead of feeling frustrated or stressed about my mile-long to do list, I’ll simply do what I can and not sweat the rest (ahem, maybe one or two glisten drops, but I promise at least no throwing a fit).

I’ll pray more, give thanks more, and love more.

Why The Hungry Runner Girl Rocks

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this video with you yet, but it’s always better late than never. The video was part of the husband’s gift to me for Christmas 2012. Remember me sharing the other gifts he got me? 😉 Anywho, knowing I was a growing fan of The Hungry Runner Girl and that I was really getting into running last year, the husband actually contacted HRG and she was sweet enough to create this video along with awesome words of encouragement to run. Thanks again, hubby, HRG, & HRG baby for making my day!

Funny story actually – while the hubby was contacting Janae to create the video, I was actually talking to Janae via e-mail AT THE SAME TIME! I had a blogging format question for her and she was helping me out, while also just chatting it up and talking about fun random things with me back and forth in various e-mails. Little did I know (ok, I didn’t know at all), the husband was telling Janae how funny it is that I was telling him all about how Janae is so cool and I love her blog and blah blah blah, all the while he was preparing the video. I find out later from Janae herself that she found it pretty funny, too.

So, if you don’t know by now exactly WHO this Hungry Runner Girl is and WHY she is amazing, go check out her blog now! If you do, you’ll find out yet another amazing reason why she rocks. She’s doing a Garmin 10 giveaway! Go check it out and enter now – it’s super easy. This is an awesome GPS watch for tracking mileage and she is giving away a purple one, which is the newest color it comes in. Remember my pink Garmin 10? I sure love that thing and would NOT mind at all having it in purple!

See ya next time… Quick update on the bump… it is seriously growing growing growing!!! I will be back with a new bump pic and more details on how things are going. Until then, here is my “hint, hint, nudge, nudge” that you won’t want to miss some surprising news in just a few days…

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Are you a fan of certain running, healthy eating, or other personal blogs? Who are your favorites?

What’s the current weather like where YOU live? Still wintery, almost spring, full-on spring?