Tuesday, March 31, 2015

weekend highlights {not what I planned}

I was so excited to take Mia to her first Easter egg hunt of the year, but mother nature had other plans for us when Mia woke me up in the middle of the night Thursday (or I suppose it was the early morning hours of Friday) with a fever of 103 and a nasty cough :( Poor girl! It always breaks my heart when she's sick! So we took it easy on Friday with lots of stories, cuddles and some shows, but she just couldn't kick the fever. I wasn't feeling too bad about cancelling with our friends on the egg hunt because of obvious reasons.... until I discovered there was an Easter bunny there for photo ops (hello? I love me a good screamin' picture of Mia!), mini ponies for the kids to ride (Mia would have DIED from excitement) and so much more! Kids man, they ruin everything! I'm kidding, I'm kidding ;) I'm just glad Mia didn't understand what she was missing out on!
Mia's fever didn't break until Sunday evening after a heavenly 4 hour nap! So of course we celebrated by throwing together a tiny egg hunt in our back yard! Mia loved it and tore into every egg to eat the candy before putting them in her basket. Obviously she remembered this from last Easter, ha ha!
 Egg hunt Arizona style.... rocks everywherrrrre!
We had a full day planned on Monday to make up for all the fun that Mia missed while sick (way to give her time to recover, right?) We went to the zoo first thing in the morning and Mia was so happy to run around with us in tow! Once she got her "monkey George" fix (obsessed much?) she really stopped caring about the animals and wanted to play in the water. She was the happiest, squealiest, nakey baby (she did have her bracelet and diaper on, HA!) at the splash pad! When Eric and I couldn't handle the heat anymore we tore Mia away and went out for lunch. After running a couple errands on the way home, we changed clothes then headed to the pool! Did I mention that the high was 97 (all freakin' weekend?!) so give us alllllll the water activities! Once again, Mia was in heaven! After the pool, I showered Mia while Eric grilled our dinner, and it was like pulling teeth to get her out of the shower! She is such a water lover- it's a good thing we moved to Arizona where we will be escaping to the water often!
I never want the weekends to end but this week will seem short because work has finally slowed to a normal pace and three day weekends are officially the norm for this fam! I can't wait to celebrate Easter with my little family + an extra day with the man we love most!

Monday, March 30, 2015

I have to admit...

It's no secret that since moving to Arizona Eric has worked his little hiney off, and we haven't seen much of him. Since moving to Arizona, I also no longer work. I used to work one day a week at the salon while my parents watched Mia and it was the perfect set up! It got us out of the house, I got to enjoy some adult time/my creative outlet/a break, Mia was spoiled rotten by her grandparents and had the chance to miss me. It was the perfect balance for us all and Mia never really favored either parent when we all were together.
Well, since moving to Arizona Mia has turned into a stage 5 clinger when it comes to daddy. I totally get where she is coming from because she is stuck with me from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes down for the night, and she was lucky if she got to rock and read a story with daddy before bed. At first I totally loved the clinginess because she wanted Eric to do everything for her, not me, so I finally got a break on his one day off each week. But some thing's changed in the last couple of weeks and it's totally hurting my feelings to watch Mia freak out if Eric leaves her in the room with me for even one second. We have been seeing a lot more of Eric these days (hallelujah!) and it's painfully obvious that Mia could care less about me... at least that's the way it seemed. Blame it on hormones, blame it on the lack of "me" time, blame it on the big changes we've been experiencing these past couple of months... I don't know what to blame it on but I went a little cray one night and shouted at Mia that she was hurting my feelings. I was on her side for crying out loud! I did every little thing for her and she instantly forgot that the second daddy walked in the door. Sweet Mia grabbed my face, gave me a smile and told me "luh yoooooou!" and gave me a hug. That's when I knew I was losing my freakin' mind and it was time for a break!

Thursday night I finally got my first real break since our move two months ago. That may not seem like a long time to many, but when (Mia and) I were used to the weekly breaks, this was definitely long overdue. I attended a church activity celebrating the Relief Society and it was so uplifting for me! It was just the spiritual enlightenment I'd been craving! Then a new friend and I ran to Target where we shopped until they basically kicked us out :) It was such a good night full of yummy food, girl time, etc. Later, Mia woke me up at 3am with the most pitiful cries and a fever of 103. I gave her some medicine and rocked her for a long time as she asked me to sing song after song, until she fell asleep in my arms. I don't even know how to explain how good I felt rocking my sick, sleeping babe and the feeling of content I felt in my heart. Being her mom is the greatest blessing I could ever ask for, and while we are a little overly obsessed with Eric in this house, Mia still needs me :) I felt so rejuvenated after my short time away from home and I swear I'm a whole lot less crazy now, ha ha!
I never realized how important "me" time really is for my sanity, and the sanity of my whole family before now. So in an effort to ditch the crazy side of me that obviously exists (please tell me I'm not the only one?!) I will definitely be making more of an effort to break away from the people I love most for those little moments of selfish me time... because in the end, it's really not selfish at all when I return to the people who love (and now miss) me most, feeling happier than ever to give them all that I've got!

Friday, March 27, 2015

blame it on Easter

Well, I went ahead and talked about Easter yesterday so now my brain only wants to think about all things Easter. So here's the most random 5's I can think of, that all have one thing in common... Easter!

Easter baby! Last year we spent Easter with our Brinkerhoff family and had the BEST weekend! Mia was such a little pro at finding the Easter eggs! Gosh, I love me a good #flashbackfriday! These memories and those shades are totally doin' it for me right now, ha ha!

Easter candy! Tell me I'm not alone when I think that Easter candy is the BEST candy?! Gimme all the jellybeans, cadbury eggs and stale peeps! Speaking of stale peeps... remember when the Huffington Post referred to my blog? Probably the lamest thing ever to be recognized for on HuffPost, but still a lot of fun to talk about :) ha ha.

Easter colors! I love all things springy, pastel and pretty! Easter time is the perfect excuse to wear all things pastel and girly! I'm livin' it up as much as possible through my wardrobe (when I actually get ready, lets be real here) and Mia's!

Easter plans! I was feeling a little bummed to be far from family for Easter celebration but I was determined to make it a special holiday for the 3 of us at home. Well thanks to family and friends who live on the opposite side of the valley from us, we now have the FUNNEST plans and I am looking forward to playing hard all Easter weekend long! But I'm taking Mia to her first egg hunt of the year in our little community tomorrow! Hopefully the kids don't kill each other trying to get to the eggs, ha ha!

Easter bunny and photo bombs :) Happy (flash back) Friday, my friends!!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easter goodies

Eric and I have been having a lot of fun brainstorming the perfect Easter basket gift ideas for Mia! We definitely don't plan on making the basket a big deal as we want to focus on the real reason for celebrating Easter- Christ's resurrection- and last year we created a perfectly simple basket for Mia! This year we are basically giving her things we were already buying for her so her basket will be a bit more "plentiful" than in the years to come. But we figured we could get away with it now since she is an only child, and she won't remember this to compare in years to come :)

1 is found here. We were at a friend's house a couple weeks ago and Mia played with a tea set for the first time with her little friend and goodness, our hearts melted! She was absolutely in love with it all and couldn't even part with it to eat dinner :) So we bought this already and will probably throw it in her basket... leaving no room for anything else, ha!

2 is found here and here. Am I the only one who thinks little girl nightgowns are as dreamy as the actual dress ups these days?! I fear that if we introduced these nightgowns to Mia, she would never wear any other clothing... ever again! Ha ha! We will probably wait until summer and let Mia pick out her first nightgown, but we are mighty tempted to sneak one in her basket!

3 is found here. Mia is pretty obsessed with puzzles these days and the animals just scream spring time to me :) I don't think I would be able to resist snagging a new puzzle if I could find the perfect Easter/Spring peg puzzle!

4 is found here. You guessed it! These have been bought as well! I'm the kind of mom that thinks homemade finger paint is the BEST idea, but is far too lazy to actually go through with making our own. So Crayola to Mia's rescue ;) ha ha! I'm saving the finger paint for this summer when it's just too hot to go outside anymore (we are already getting pretty darn close- it's supposed to be 97 degrees on Saturday. kill me now!) and need lots of activities to keep us from going crazy inside :)

I am getting so excited for Easter! I can't believe it's a week and a half away! Let the Easter fun begin!!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BBQ Meatballs {that taste like candy- sorta}

It's been awhile since I shared a crappy photo of delicious food so I figured this is perfect timing to share a new recipe! I'm not really sure if it's possible to make a picture of meatballs look appetizing, but I am sure that I didn't nail it if so ;)

I first tried these meatballs at a Halloween party years ago and I immediately asked for the recipe from our friend, Lindsay. I'm not really into meals like meatloaf and meatballs where the meat is the main focus, but this homemade sauce is to die for! Seriously, these are irresistible! These are great served as the main course meal, make them mini sized and throw them in a crock pot to keep warm during a party, etc. The possibilities are endless but trust me, you WILL want to eat these all the time and share them with all your friends!

BBQ Meatballs
1 1/2 pound Ground beef
1 Egg
1 cup Quick Oats
6 1/2 ounces Evaporated Milk  (I just use a small 5 oz can and it works great!)
1/2 Chopped Onion
1 tsp Salt (I don't add the salt)
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (I usually mince half a garlic clove instead)
1 tbsp Chili Powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Roll into balls and place in a 9x13 pan.

The Sauce
1 cup Ketchup
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Minced Garlic
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
1 tbsp Liquid Smoke Flavoring

Mix together then spoon on top of meatballs. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. Enjoy!!
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