Jack the Pumpkin King

In line with the whole “life is never dull” theme, today I took Isla to Chick Fil A for lunch, and literally 2 seconds after she climbed into the play area I get a call from Jack’s teacher. He was wrestling with friends on the playground and fell face-first into an ant bed. Poor guy had bites all over his face, EYE and arms. Ugh, so then I had to literally crawl into the playscape and drag Isla out by the feet- kicking and screaming, naturally. She was pissed.

Anyway, we drove 90 mph to Jack’s school- luckily he’s fine, just a swollen eyelid. Nothing that a little Bendaryl can’t fix.

It looks super sad though, right?

Tonight was our official Pumpkin Carving Night. Jack is hilarious- he wants NO part of the pumpkin guts. All day he kept asking me, “So I’m not touching the inside of the pumpkin, right?”

And our final product:

Pretty spooky, eh?

Well tomorrow the Halloween partying begins- Isla’s class party tomorrow, then our MOPS Halloween parade on Friday AM and Jack’s class party on Friday. Fun, fun!

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Oh Hey Tuesday

We were pretty much completely out of food this AM, so a Costco run was in order while the kids were at school. But first I made a quick stop at my mom’s to hang out with this guy:

So stinking cute. I mean- those dimples??

Costco was thrilling, as usual. I did come across a few new snacky finds- toasted coconut chips! Also I made the mistake of buying the bag of shelled pistachios a few weeks ago and now my family is addicted. And by family, I mean Brian. I originally bought the big container of 100 calorie, unshelled packs but got so sick of shelling those suckers for the kids. I literally had calluses on my fingers from prying apart pistachios. The bag is SO much easier, but it’s like $20. And then Brian eats them all.

Dinner was what you’d call “phoning it in.” Tuesdays are crazy. Here’s our afternoon: pick up Isla from school, rush home to change into ballet clothes, put Isla back in car, pick up Jack from school, rush to ballet… and then today we topped it all off with a trip to Central Market for lunch meat. Anyway, by some miracle I had the foresight to grab a big container of chicken noodle soup at Costco. Has anyone else tried this? It’s in the prepared food section and they make it with their rotisserie chicken.

SO GOOD. Even Isla liked it. I squeezed some lemon in mine and had it alongside  avocado toast with feta. I think it was $10 for a big container (around 60 oz). Not too shabby for a quick, super easy dinner!

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More Fall Fun

I realized the other day that Jack hadn’t seen the Arboretum pumpkins this year. Poor guy- he misses all of the fun stuff thanks to school (I’m not kidding myself… I know he’d MUCH rather be at school than hanging out with mom). Anyway, that’s just where we headed after I picked him up this afternoon. It was pretty perfect because they still had the petting zoo set up from Mommy & Me Mondays, so the kids got to climb on pumpkins AND play with the animals. Plus Gia met us there, so that’s always a win.

For dinner tonight we had those leftover slow cooker paleo meatballs from last week. The kids had them with spaghetti, while Brian and I ate them over spaghetti squash (let’s not count the handfuls of pasta I snagged out of the colander, whoops). I topped mine with a little goat cheese as well:

So I’m trying to make a concerted effort to drink more water. The Insanity workouts have me completely drenched, and I can easily take down 3 (20 oz) bottles of water during the hour-long routines, but then I kind of slack off the rest of the day. When I had that facial last weekend, the aesthetician commented that my skin seemed a little dehydrated. Starting today I’m using my iDrated app (it sends me reminders throughout the day to drink water) and chug-chug-chugging the H2O. I have to admit that I felt less sluggish this afternoon- probably because I was running to the bathroom every 10 minutes? Anyway, just thought I would share to keep myself accountable- and to let you know about that app in case you’re trying to do the same!

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Two Little Pumpkins

I feel like life is finally starting to slow down a little, after the chaos of school starting, lessons, practices, etc. Or maybe we’re just finally settling into a routine? Either way, I looked at the calendar for this week, and for the first time in who knows how long I didn’t feel a panic attack coming on. Just lots of fun stuff. And it’s HALLOWEEN WEEK! My fave!

Brian’s mom was here this weekend, so the kids got a lot of fun Nana time. I’m pretty sure Jack woke her up at the crack of dawn every morning (sorry, Kathy). I don’t know where he got those morning-person genes, but it wasn’t from me. Anyway, we had a busy weekend- MOPS on Friday, my cousin’s baby shower on Saturday, park playdates, errands, taking turns trying to get Isla to nap… I don’t know what’s going on, but sister is FIGHTING her naps lately. I think of the last 7 days, she’s napped 3?

Anyway, lots going on and I wish I had taken more pics. We did take a walk to the pumpkin patch tonight and I managed to snap a few while we were there.

No one ever looks at the camera. Ever. I give up.

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Flaming Cheese

Jack was home today because of parent-teacher conferences (his went great- all good things!). He had fun hanging out with Nana, then we took him to lunch to celebrate his good report. I LOVE having special time with just Jack- I know I’m completely biased, but he’s just the sweetest, easiest kid. Love, love, love. I also got to take him to his playgroup’s Halloween party while Isla napped.

Can you spy my little Captain America? These are the best kids- he’s about to age out of our early childhood PTA, and it made me tear up a little that this will be his last playgroup Halloween party. Why can’t they stay little forever? Is that too much to ask??

Tonight we tried a new local restaurant: Flaming Cheese Saganaki at Greenville & Forest. I LOVE Greek food and have been wanting to try this place since I heard about it a week or so ago.

Started with the avgolemono soup:

Perfect balance of creamy chicken + lemon. I should have gotten this and a salad… buuuuuuuuut, couldn’t resist the mezza combo:

Holy geez. Hummus, tzatziki, feta (GIANT wedge of feta), pita, kalamata olives, veggie dolmas and sausage. I ate maybe 1/4 of it and the rest is in my fridge for lunch tomorrow. Brian had the lamb shank special and really liked it, and his mom had the Olympic platter (lots of gyro meat, chicken souvlaki and sausage) and said she enjoyed it too. We shared the baklava for dessert:

Give this a try if you’re in the area!! So good- we need more restaurants like this. The employees were very sweet, too. OH and they do have a good kids menu, in case that’s one of your determining factors (like ours).

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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My Helper

Today started out a little rough- I took Isla to run a few errands and she was WILD, then proceeded to climb into the middle of a rack at Carter’s and take a massive dump. After that we were driving through the parking lot and I clipped a curb, taking a chunk out of my hubcap. Not awesome. Oh and Isla didn’t nap today, so you can take a guess at what’s happening right now. How ’bout I just tell you? She’s currently running around like a crazy person, wearing a tutu over her clothes and disassembling all of the Halloween decorations that I put up TODAY. Oh wait, now she wants to help me.

Playing with my dad in the yard tonight… have I mentioned that Baba has an injured back? I’m sure this helped.

For dinner tonight I made paleo crockpot meatballs. Instead of beef, I used ground turkey. I also substituted jarred pasta sauce for the diced tomatoes/basil/garlic. Instead of 1.5 lbs of meat, I used 2- 20 oz packages, and it made a TON of meatballs. Hopefully these freeze well…?

We have parent teacher conferences tomorrow for Jack. Is it weird that I’m actually pretty excited? It’s like REAL school now.

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That Kid

We’re going to have a house guest this week (Brian’s mom), so pretty much the entire time the kids were at school I was cleaning the house. Ugh, nothing like a morning spent cleaning to make you realize that your house is disgusting and needs a professional organizer STAT. How do we accumulate so much stuff?? I blame the kids.

Anyway, after all that I was not about to mess up the kitchen tonight… so we grabbed dinner at Cedar’s:

Isla was cracking me up today. We got to ballet early and had a few minutes to kill in the car, but the sun was bothering her eyes. I handed her an old pair of my sunglasses and she turned on the sass:

Seriously, that child makes me crazy but she is FUNNY. I picked her up at school today and her teachers informed me that she had been repeatedly pulling her pants down and dying laughing all day. So yeah, I have THAT kid. Thank god she doesn’t know how to get her diaper off or we would have been in real trouble.

Off to fold 150 loads of laundry…

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So I set my alarm for 5:45 this AM to squeeze in my first Insanity Max workout (full disclosure: I snoozed until 6:15). Sweet baby Jesus, I thought I was going to DIE. For pretty much the last 10 minutes all I couldn’t get up off the floor. Hoping it gets easier…?

Tonight our brother in law, Mike, was in from South Carolina on business. We were looking for seafood and ended up at Dive in Snyder Plaza. I haven’t been there in forever, but their ahi tuna wrap is one my favorite meals. LOVE the coconut rice and the dipping sauces (soy and sweet chili):

We also tried the kale Rockefeller oysters. I wish I had snapped a pic because they were outstanding- it sounds weird, but the kale, parm and bacon on top almost tasted like spinach dip. I’m normally not an oyster fan, but served like this? Yes, please.

The kids (all three of them) with Uncle Mike after dinner. So fun to get to see him!

Off to collapse in bed… hope everyone had a good Monday!

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Weekend Recap

Hey guys! Sorry that I missed posting on Thursday. I’m part of our early childhood PTA’s “Wine & Design” group, and we had one of our meet-ups on Thursday. I expected to be home around 10… annnnnd walked in the door after midnight. We did more wine-ing than designing. Whoops.

We had a really great weekend! On Friday we were all exhausted, so we ended up just ordering Thai delivery and watching Scandal. Saturday was spent doing the usual errands/birthday party runaround, then that night I headed to 20 Feet for a birthday dinner for 2 friends. Love that place! I had the salmon special, which consisted of udon noodles and julienned veggies over baby spinach, topped with peanut sauce and a grilled salmon filet. Delish.

Today I finally got around to redeeming a gift certificate that Brian gave me for Mother’s Day. I headed to Hiatus Spa for a massage and facial. Heaven!! I upgraded to the deep tissue massage, and man, it hurt SO GOOD. I had no idea that I had so many little knots in my neck and shoulders (or maybe I did… one for each of Isla’s epic tantrums. J/k, j/k). Anyway, I need to figure out a way to make millions so that I can get weekly massages. I would be such a nicer person.

I took essentially zero photos this weekend. BUT on Thursday I had a fun lunch date with my dad at Stampede 66, Stephan Pyles’ modern Texas cuisine restaurant. It was my first time to eat there and I had heard great things.

I started with the quinoa salad and loved the avocado and “puffed” cherries (freeze dried?). And it was so pretty!

For my entree I had the vegetarian chile relleno, stuffed with heirloom beans, red peppers, onions and pumpkin sauce, served over rice and topped with cheese:

It was good but didn’t blow me away. My dad ordered the fish special, which was grouper served over either pumpkin or sweet potato puree, with an apple-onion chutney. SO GOOD. I think he felt sorry for my sad plate and gave me half of his entree. Sweet dad.

For dessert we ordered the warm gooey brownie, which apparently comes with a tiny Dr. Pepper-Snickers ice cream float. Somehow we ended up with the berry cobbler instead, but at that point we were in a hurry and didn’t have time to wait for them to make another dessert. So, so sad. The cobbler was fine but a little too bread-y. I’m still a little heartbroken about that mix-up.

So all in all I thought it was good, but I guess you just need to know what to order (and that’s what Yelp is for, right??).

Tomorrow starts the 2nd, harder/crazier month of Insanity. I’ve been majorly slacking this week so hoping that these new workouts will give me some motivation! And hopefully not kill me. Here’s Jack (and Chloe) doing my workout with me on Friday, haha. We need a bigger living room:

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Costco Find

Just a quick little post tonight. Brian’s been working insane hours lately so tonight we grabbed dinner at Chuy’s before he had to head back to the office. It’s been a tough week- between the Ebola craziness, kid tantrums (and from JACK today- what the heck??) and pretty much never seeing each other, we needed some chips and salsa for fortification. Seriously, Chuy’s chips and salsa may be my favorite ever. And their tortillas, too.

Tex-Mex aside… I wanted to show you my latest Costco find. It’s these little cranberry almond chicken salad cups. I think they come 8 to a package, and they’re only 150 cals each. Plus they’re made with Greek yogurt, so you get a little protein boost.

I’m kind of obsessed. Lately I’ve been having them with Trader Joe’s plantain chips, and it’s pretty much the perfect lunch (meaning delicious AND only takes 2 seconds to prepare). Win!

Hope everyone is having a good week! I’ve been going to bed too late and then snoozing through my alarm, meaning that I end up having to work out during nap time- which is no bueno. The last thing I want to do with my solitary hour of quiet is pop in an Insanity DVD. I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a little burned out. This is “recovery week”- meaning the same Core Cardio & Balance DVD for SEVEN DAYS in a row. And then next week is when the crazy hard, hour-long workouts begin. I’m excited for the new workouts but also pretty apprehensive (and dreading the extra 20 minutes).

Ok, enough rambling. The point of all that is that I’m going to bed. Night!

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