7/7/14

Here I Am!

This is a quick update post where I dump a bunch of random cell phone pictures so that I don't forget that things happened. Hahaha. There are a few good quality pictures that I got from my Sister so we have her to thank for that!

Geddy and his cousin Abby! I think they look alike. 

To be honest, we have been super busy lately. We had my sister (who, by the way, I followed around from age 2-16 (I only stopped because she moved out for college at that point)) and it was so amazing. I got to meet her beautiful new baby boy and have conversations with her amazing little girls. We baked and laughed and tried having conversations in between childrens' screaming tantrums. And we giggle and laugh and just "get" each other. I have grown bitter towards the state of Iowa who has whisked my soul sister away from me. It's cruel but life is just like that sometimes. So our weekly phone call conversations will have to suffice until their next visit.

Geddy LOVED the tractor at my Uncle's house. 
Daddy and Geddy on the July 4th.

Then on Friday we got to celebrate the 4th of July with my folks at my Aunt and Uncle's farm in Payson. They have 24 acres of land where they grow all assortments of fruit trees and have cattle and chickens and cats and a dog. They also have a charming front and back lawn where the kids played and laughed and Geddy got to jump on the trampoline (this boy is a born jumper. He is constantly jumping). It was such a fun time seeing cousins and family. Then on the way home, Geddy drank some sprite in the car and vomited TWICE. I have never seen so much stuff come out of his body. It was horrifying. I think his body was overwhelmed from the warm day, the jumping and then guzzling some sprite. It was crazy but he was totally fine. Cleaning out the car and his carseat was a nightmare however, I still shiver thinking about it.

Apart from all the fun family gatherings and parties, things have been really good. Chad is really busy with work and we are enjoying the fun walks with my Parents 3 times a week and staying as cool as possible in this wretched heat.

Boots. 
Sleepy lady pup. 
I found this picture of Geddy pre-haircut and loved it.

Life is good. Things are good. We are happy and content. You would think that with so many fun events going on, that I would take tons of fun pictures but I just didn't really want to. I love having the memories but this time I just wanted to "be" present, does that make sense? And so I didn't stress about the camera, I just went and enjoyed and it was a lovely time indeed.

Happy Monday!

Hil

6/19/14

Happy Father's Day Indeed

I realize I am entirely late to writing a Father's Day post but it's one of those ones where you don't know where to start and the fact that it will lead me to an ugly cry as I write about all the wonderful Fathers.

So, I will keep it brief. Not because I am not overwhelmed with gratitude but because if I don't keep it simple, it will become a whirl wind of emotions and not very fluent.

To all the Father's in my life, I am forever grateful. The role of a Father is a crucial one, I have seen it in my own life and in the life of my son. I am so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Fathers because they are pretty awesome people. Especially you Chad, you are easily one of the best I've ever seen!

On Sunday, we made fruit pizza because Chad loves fruit pizza. And we have found a super easy and mega tasty recipe for it which is a bonus. We hadn't had it in a long time, so it was particularly refreshing to eat it on Sunday.


It was a super special day. And I hope it felt special the Fathers in my life as well, especially my wonderful husband, Chad. He is truly magnificent. And Geddy knows it :)

Happy Belated Father's Day!

Happy Thursday!

Hil

6/17/14

Geddy's First Haircut

***Sigh*** We all know that I loved Geddy's long hair. I am a huge fan of boys with long hair, I like the chill, granola, look of the shaggy moppy hair. And Geddy's was so cute. Mega blond and curly, I was a fan. 


But there came a point a few months ago where Geddy refused to let me comb his snarly hair. Like we would wrestle and cry and even the tangle spray made me enraged (do not touch this kid's hair) and the snarls got so terrible to comb that we decided it needed to be cut. 

So, we took him to a super cute place in Lehi called "Cookie Cutters" (thanks for the suggestion Maggie and Heidi!) where they specifically do kid's hair. They have cool cars that the kids get to sit in and movies for the kids to watch while they get their hair done.


Now, from the beginning we were worried that Geddy would loose his mind (considering he HATES getting it combed or washed). So, we were just hoping for the best. It started out awesome. Geddy loved all the cool cars and even selected one he wanted to sit in but there was a problem from the start. There was another young boy (about Geddy's age) who was screaming hysterically. Geddy did good until he realized the screaming child was also sitting in a cool car seat and our Little Dude lost it. 


The wonderful lady started buzzing quickly and we tried consoling Geddy who kept looking at us and saying "all da, all da" (all done). He started throwing his head back and forth and jumping in his seat. He was ticked. Totally enraged. Finally, Chad let Geddy sit on his lap and I pulled out my phone and let Geddy watch videos of himself (he really likes to watch videos of himself) and he sat calmly while the lady finished his hair. 


It was all moving so fast and I am sad to say, I didn't quite get the curl that I wanted for his baby book but I did get a little one. I wish I had cut my own lock from him before we went but I was nervous about the whole thing and this was the best I could do. But Chad made a great point. He said:

"Hilary, you have taken a million pictures of Geddy throughout his life, you've documented how his hair was just fine."

Excellent point my darling.

I LOVE his little ears. 

Although I will always miss those sweet, angelic, blond, curls, I feel totally confident that it was time to cut his locks. And I am SO happy with how handsome he looks now. And I love that I get to see his little ears. They remind a little bit of Chad's and so it's like a sweet surprise that I get to see them everyday. Plus, the low maintenance is really appealing.

RIGHT after he got it cut.

I will say that his haircut has aged him like 3 years. I had so many moments when we got in the car after the haircut where I thought "who is this big boy?". And then looking at Chad with a sad face because he is so BIG. And the last few days, I keep looking at him and thinking just how much I love this kid. He is beautiful and bright and happy. The haircut has shown me just how much he has grown and changed and it has made me ever so grateful for this beautiful child. 

And of course, I forgot my camera. When I get nervous about things, I get a bit flustered and that means I forgot the camera. Thanks anxiety, you're the best. So, pictures from our phones had to do. 

After it was over, the place gives the kids a balloon and a sucker. Geddy was so happy about that red balloon. He didn't even remember what happened only moments before. He kept look at us and saying:

"Ba-yoon, ba-yoon!" (Balloon)

It was a special day for us and one that Geddy will probably never remember. It seemed fitting that we had this little family moment the day before Father's Day. It was special to us. 

Peaking around the camera. 


Happy Tuesday!

Hil

6/16/14

Peppers and Sausage

Last week, we had these amazing Bratwursts that we needed to use up. They were an awesome quality and definitely the kind of thing we wanted to eat but maybe get a new recipe to try them in. 

I have always been curious about peppers and sausage. I have seen people make it and have them with noodles or rice and so I started my hunt for a tasty recipe. As I was searching, I found that it's common to put them on a hoagie or bun and I knew that was what I wanted to do (because sandwiches are ALWAYS the answer). 

I found this recipe and was pleased with the simplicity but the freshness of it as well. It's hard because I sometimes find recipes that seem a little too complicated than I desire OR that requires me to buy a bunch of ingredients that I may never use again. 

Via

Chad loves to cook so he was the one who made it. I didn't get pictures because I didn't know if I would like it yet so the photos used here are from the original site. BUT, I was shocked with how perfectly it looked compared to the pictures. It looked the exact same! So we knew we were making it correctly. 

We used italian seasoned bread and put plenty of provolone on it then topped all of it with the peppers and sausage. Holy cow it was goooooood. I was so pleasantly surprised, blown away, really. Best of all, it wasn't terribly difficult. Hurrah!

Via

If you are looking for a good recipe to try, I would seriously suggest this one. 

We did tweak the ingredients slightly so I will add our exact recipe below (they are really similar though).

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Italian sausage links
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into 2 to 3 inch long strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 2 to 3 inch long strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced into slivers
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced into small pieces
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp of dried oregano
  • Salt to taste

METHOD

1 Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan that has a lid. When the oil is hot, add the sausages and brown them slowly. If they sizzle and crackle too much, turn the heat down. You want a gentle browning, not a sear. Cook for several minutes, turning them occasionally so they brown on all sides. When the sausages are browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
2 Increase the heat to high and add the onions and peppers. Toss so they get coated with the oil in the pan and sear them as well as you can, stirring every so often. You want some blackening. Once the onions and peppers soften, sprinkle some salt on them. Once you get some searing on the onions and peppers, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
3 Add the tomatoes and oregano and stir well to combine. Add the sausages back in. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the peppers are soft the sausages are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
I can't wait to make this again, totally worth it. 

Happy Monday!

Hil 

6/11/14

I Love Food

It's no secret that I have a fond place in my heart for food. I get giddy about going out to eat and look forward to my meals everyday.

But I recently realized something that kind of broke my heart.

I don't like to cook.

I love to bake but cooking dinner each day is just not appealing at all. Luckily, my hubby really enjoys cooking and is good at it so on days where I am not doing a crock pot meal, he will usually come home and make dinner. It's terrible, right?!

And it's a strange relationship I have because I love to eat it the food but preparing it is such a buzz kill.

It's odd.

Anyway. With it being hot out (which makes me want to cook all the less), I have been really thinking about what I eat each day because McDonalds for lunch everyday is really not gonna work. (Jokes)

And let's talk about the fact that I am not a Salad person. You will never see me order a salad at a restaurant (unless we're at Cafe Rio and it's got meat, beans, rice, a massive tortilla and a wild amount of dressing). It just seems like such a shame to waste a meal on a salad. BUT, as I grow up, I realize that Salads are in fact a healthier choice than Steak and French Fries (but I will always love you steak!).

So, blah blah blah, here is some food that looks good on Pinterest but that is also, fairly, somewhat, kinda, healthy.

Salmon--via
Pizza--via
Asparagus Orzo Yumminess-- via
Fancy Quesadilla--via 
Loaded Cobb Salad--via

Now, is there anyone out there that has a story about how they disliked cooking but learned to like it? I really want to love cooking but am failing so far.

Happy Wednesday!

Hil

6/10/14

Summer Goods

So, this week isn't going as smoothly as hoped. Chad is still dizzy and still nauseous. And I believe I am experiencing some food poisoning but not the same thing that Chad has. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH US? It's comical how things are.

We are at the point where we think "this is our life now, let's just accept it".

I know, I know, I sound very dramatic. This too shall pass and blah, blah, blah.

Geddy is taking a nap right now so I am going to watch some Law and Order and day dream shop for a while. Ready? Let's do this.

So, this is what I want to wear the entire Summer:

Loose Fitting Dresses:
I am hugely against Summer. Okay, that's a bit rash. I am not a fan of Summer. You don't see me at the pool much or wearing shorts and a tee. I like layers, I like shade, and I like to stay cool. The sun is a lovely thing in short increments but when you sweat just going from the car in the parking lot to the store, it's really unpleasant to me. I am a huge fan of comfy dresses during the summer because, hello, one layer and no waste band!

Such pretty colors. 

Harem Pants:
In recent years, I have realized that I don't find jeans very comfortable. They don't breath very well and are restricting. Light weight, flowy pants are just the trick. And luckily they are pretty on point, trend wise.

Basically, I want to be able to wear pajamas in public while still technically looking "appropriate". It's a dream come true!!!


Shoes. Just Because:
There really is no rhyme or reason to these shoes I have selected other than they are fierce and I want them.

These slippers are fabulous. I feel like they are going to be like the new "Birkenstock Craze" that's been going down. I could be vacationing in the Hamptons with these classic leather "sandals"(?). They are kinda sandals. Classy as ever either way.


These are waaaaaaay too lovely not to write about. The contrasting patterns and fringe on the heel, scrumptious! They would be highly charming with a pencil skirt.


Last but not least, these are super fierce. Interesting and eclectic, these heels would add to any outfit, dressy or casual.


Okay, that was fun. Now back to reality.

Happy Tuesday!

Hil

6/9/14

What Day Is It?

You guys! We almost died last week! Or it felt like we were dying.

Last Sunday, Geddy got a fever. Chad and I were both so sympathetic and worried like normal parents get.

Monday and Tuesday: Chad was feeling seriously under the weather. But he was worried about missing work because he has been so busy there so he decided to push through.

Wednesday: Chad has become soooo ill and Geddy has developed a frightening cough (Chad stays home from work). Perhaps Croup? We didn't know for sure. We continued to keep an eye on it but he was acting really happy and challengingly energetic.

Thursday: Chad is still soooooooooo ill (stays home again). Geddy is acting good but still coughing. My allergies are bothering me and I am growing weary from caring for the sick humans around me.

Friday: Chad is still soooooooooooooooooo-oooo-ooo-oo ill. Stays home from work for the third day in a row. Terrible cough, fever, nose stuff, the works. He is so frustrated that he decides to go to the Urgent Clinic at our Doctor's office. I stay home in, what I thought, was an allergic haze but later find out, it was in fact not due to allergies. I start to get sick and we both feel like we are dying.

Saturday: Chad is on medication and improving which is good because I am dead on the couch so he now has to take care of me. Geddy is energetic and happy but still gets grumpy and has the cough.

Sunday: Chad starts to feel dizzy and nauseous. I continue to be a snot monster and wish death to come. Geddy is still energetic and happy but coughing. We realize that Chad is having a bad reaction to the medication the doctor prescribed, hence the dizzy and nausea.

So THAT, was our week. It was complete madness. There were several days where I thought "what day is it?" and "have I showered today".

Today, however, I woke up feeling much better. My nose is a stuffy mess BUT that is much better than the snotty/runny mess it was before. I was fairly certain my nose was going to fall off on Saturday because it was so raw from me rubbing tissue on it so much. OUCH. I had to sleep with vaseline on my nose in order to survive. And how about those nightmares? I get weird nightmares when I am sick. For example:

I dreamt that I was joining a band with a bunch of Jr. High kids and the hip drummer said that because I couldn't play any instruments, I had to sing which is one of my biggest fears so, yeah. That was stressful.

AND if you saw me sometime last week, I probably had toilet paper stuffed up my nose. Girlfriend needed to jam the snot. So what.

Today: I have disinfected everything. Washed all of the bedding and dirty, snot covered, clothing. It has been an outrageously successful day. And it's shocking how much better I have felt. Although, I find myself getting the weird sweats when I push too hard. You know how that is? Like, when your body is like "slow down, you're still sick!". Plus we have already gone to the park today and sat in puddles (that was Geddy doing the sitting in puddles thing).

A little blurry but still cute.

ANYWAY.

I would like to thank all of the friends and family who provided priesthood blessings and brought over dinner and took Geddy in the afternoons so Chad and I could lay on the couch watching MythBusters and drinking Gatorade for HOURS (I will never think of Mythbusters the same after this experience).

So yes, we are grateful. Last week was rough but we recognized just how crazy blessed we are.

Happy Healthy Monday!

Hil