Life Updates and Big News

We got back from Boise on Friday because I had a doctors appointment that I had already rescheduled once. Friday was not our day. Anything that could go wrong went wrong.

Good news though…MMR got a job that starts next month. The countdown to moving has begun. No big deal, we only have every. single. detail. to figure out. Moving in the winter will not be fun. There still is a four foot snow pile and the rest of our driveway is a giant mud pit. It’s all good and whatever is suppose to happen will happen, I just need to remember that.

Speaking of all things falling into place…We also have exciting news to share.

Rylee is going to be a big sister!!! Our addition will be here at the end of August and we could not be more excited! Tuesday I have a post going up talking about all the details. I promise Rylee is excited. She was pouting because we put the gate up at the top of the stairs, #toddlerprobs .

PS how cute is this top?! It’s from Gray Anchor Apparel obviously and I wore it in our announcement photos. I hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday!

 

Valentine’s Day Window

Happy Friday! We are taking an unexpected trip to Boise this weekend which is definitely needed. We are having some major cabin fever going on. I wish I could say it was going to be all for fun. We are starting the moving process! Wish us luck this week that the stars align and that the next time we “head” to Boise it’s for good!

Today I am sharing this week’s craft project. You can read about what I’m doing on Friday’s this month in this post. This project consisted of some LOVE letters and a paper banner, keeping it nice and simple. The project was completed for less than $25 so it’s budget friendly as well. I can re-use everything next year, plus I got way more construction paper for future projects.

LOVE Supplies:

  • L O V E letters
  • Paint
  • Brushes

 

I got everything at Wal-Mart. Sometimes I have a hard time finding the perfect size at our craft stores. This time around Michael’s only had huge or really small letters. Since I was already at Wal-Mart I decided to pick the paint there too. I am obsessing over matte pink. The brushes I had at home from some previous projects.

LOVE Directions:

  • Paint letters

How is easy is that? I love painting things like this. When it comes to picking out decor for the house I will 9 times out of 10 pick to paint it myself. Everything in Rylee’s room besides her crib and our futon I painted.

Banner Supplies:

Banner Directions:

  1. Trace heart template. I ended up with more hearts than I needed so now Rylee has something to play with.

2. Cut out hearts.

3. Using needle and thread string hearts together. I started threading through the left side of the heart so the thread ended up behind and came out the right side.

It was really hard to snag a picture in front of the window, but here it is:

Our Weekend Was Fun…NOT

I had big plans for the weekend, shopping, basketball games, relaxing, running. Guess what?! None of them happened because the stomach flu ran rampant through my tiny apartment. Thursday night Rylee started puking right before she went to sleep. She puked about 4 times and then woke up in the middle of the night super hungry. We let her eat some cheerios and then she fell back asleep. Trying to get your toddler to eat the BRAT diet is a joke.

Friday she was totally fine. We played it safe with breakfast, let her have PB&J for lunch and then took our chance with dinner and she was still totally fine. Moment of weakness…I splurged on dinner and had take out. WORST DECISION EVER. Saturday morning around 3 AM I was up with full blown stomach bug. KILL ME. I literally think this sickness is a weapon of mass destruction. I couldn’t do anything but moan and cry. Finally Saturday afternoon I felt a little bit better to try water and pedialyte.

Trying to spare Rylee from getting it a second time MMR took her for a ride which ended with her projectile vomiting all over herself on their way home. MMR called to tell me and I told him that wasn’t a funny joke at all. DOUBLE KILL ME. I started panicking because MMR had sanitized the kitchen and her toys so why was she getting sick again?! He kept her away from me all morning and kept her out of the bathroom I was using. The one good thing about this nasty illness is once you are done getting sick and can keep water in you, you can actually start functioning as a somewhat normal person.

I started to clean the bathroom I was using and kept asking MMR if he felt okay. He claims that’s what jinxed us. Sunday morning around 3 AM (the witching hour) MMR now had it too. Since I still felt really blah a couple days after I thought it was totally acceptable to let her watch Frozen four times.

I chalked it up to my house being so small. We live in like 700 sqft so there is no running or hiding. There was just no way to stay ahead of it. I’m still cleaning today because I am 100% paranoid I will get this again. I texted my mom last night and told her about my nightmares and that I would consider abandoning all my belongings if I got sick again. I would even consider getting a stress fracture and wearing a boot again before getting the stomach flu.

Today I am still relaxing with little Miss today, and doing some extra cleaning. If you need me I will be soaking my hands in lotion.

 

February Projects, Weekend Plans & The Best Post Workout Meal

It’s finally Friday! Does anyone else feel like this week just dragged? Tomorrow we are going to a basketball game and I’m pretty excited. I can’t believe its taken 4 years and MMR graduating to get us to a sporting event. EDITED: I wrote this post yesterday during nap time and last night Rylee was up puking. Watching a toddler get the stomach flu is one of the saddest things to watch. We’ve made it 12 hours without any sickness so I think we might be in the clear! So the basketball game is TBD.

Starting next Friday I am going to do a round-up of some of the craft projects that I have planned. First up is a Valentine’s Day “mantel”. The term mantel is used loosely, I don’t actually have a fireplace in this house, but I do have that great picture window with a shelf/ledge.

MMR and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. I love flowers but they die too quickly in my care, and I eat chocolate way to fast. So this year I told him the only gift I would think is acceptable is this…if you wish to send them my way I will gladly send you my address.

Back to my mantel/weekly craft round up. All of the craft projects are budget friendly and super easy. One thing I struggle with is getting ahead of myself when I start a project I want to share. I realize halfway through the project that I have zero pictures of what I have been doing. I’m a visual learner so pictures of things really help me. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

My planner self is looking forward to crafts in March and I think it will be dedicated to Rylee’s birthday. Last year everything was done so last minute. Not this year!

In other news, yesterday’s workout helped loosen up my calves but left my shoulders feel really sore. I think I have the extra push ups I added at the end.

You know what the best post workout recovery meal is? Chili that you have been smelling all day. Chili is my go to meal in the winter. I love it so much I’m going to share the recipe with you.

My Husband’s Chili

  • 1lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1lb beef stew chunks
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (I buy oregano and basil seasoned ones)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 large green pepper diced
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (I omitted this this time, I had too many earlier in the week)

Prep: Combine in crockpot: beans, tomatoes, soup, and water and stir. Add onion and green pepper, stir. Dump browned beef and stew chunks into crockpot. I add the stew chunks raw, they turn out much more tender this way. Sprinkle garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, mix well. Cover with lid and let cook for 8 hours on low. ***If you like your chili thinner add more water.

It is seriously the best chili I have ever made. I have also mixed the beans up by adding black beans, chili beans, any kind of beans!

I hope you have a great weekend and we will see you all on Monday! Cross your fingers that the sickness does not plague us this weekend!

 

 

Things around here

So I’ve been going through a little bit of an identity blog crisis over here and decided to change things up a bit. To be honest I’ve been ignoring this corner of the internet because of writers block, lack of motivation, yada yada yada. Truth be told I haven’t been running. I haven’t been crafting. I haven’t been taking pictures of anything. Seriously, if we did a phone dump right now it’s full of “PITCHERS MOMMY, PITCHERS”; aka Rylee running around with my phone taking pictures of nothing.

This space of mine I felt needed a little facelift. Off an on I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it myself, or spend as little money as possible. I looked into paying someone to do this for me and “get serious” so I could make my money back, but I don’t have that kind of motivation or bank account for that. I was patient and dug and dug and found this amazing theme on ETSY for less than $5.00 SOLD. Plus it came with instructions, wait what?! Yes, it came with a step by step guide on how to customize all the things I wanted. This designer spoke to my soul.

So please bare with me while I tweak colors and add some things to my sidebar. If anything drastically changes I’ll let you know. These last few weeks I have had some brainstorming sessions to try and come up with fresh content. Starting tomorrow I will post “the craft of the week”. I’ll go more into detail tomorrow but the first on will be my Valentine’s “mantel” that will go live the first Friday of February.

My workouts have been lacking creativity lately so I will work on jazzing those up and sharing as well. I started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends that we moved away from so I will still want to include some of our day to day. Not going to lie, we have been doing a bunch of nothing, there is so much snow here and not much to do when it’s 20 degrees outside.

Since this post has been word heavy thank you for sticking around. Like I said, there has not been much going on here but I did make it to the gym yesterday. Back story: I forgot my key to get into the gym here in Moscow while we were in Boise for SIX weeks. I contemplated getting another one but it is $75 and I can think of a million other things I can spend that kind of money on. I figured it doesn’t snow much in Boise I can run outside, and workout at home. JOKE ON ME…Boise has had the worst winter since 1985. Snow was/might still be piled everywhere. Sidewalks didn’t get plowed, roads barely got plowed. Lesson learned Ally, lesson learned.

I walked on the treadmill then did some upper body work and calf raises. When I woke up this morning I couldn’t even straighten my legs. Today at the gym I will complete the same workout again this afternoon and hopefully I will be less sore tomorrow.

It turns out MMR is good at doing hair. I keep begging him to teach me his braiding ways but he claims, he just does it one time and doesn’t remember how he did it. Rylee’s hair was really cool yesterday. I seriously sat and stared at it trying to figure out hoe he did it! She is getting really got at sitting still so we can do her hair and keep it out of her face.

Since there is so much snow here we went down to Lewiston in hopes of finding some warmer temps and grass. We had grass, but not warmer temps. We stopped by our favorite store and Rylee had some fun in the animal section.

I’m going to leave you with the cutest most delicious treat ever. Fun fact, I hate apple skin. We found these apples at the store and they are the perfect size for Rylee. I tried to peel them one day and I butchered the entire apple, so MMR came in to save the day and peeled me the perfect apple.

PS – see Frozen in the background. It’s Rylee’s fave movie. We have watched it six times since Monday. I can recite every song and am working on the dialogue. Looks like I should audition for Frozen 2.

How do you like the new page??

What content would you like to see more of? Less of?

What is going on in your neck of the woods??