Make Me Happy

I’m not a complicated person. Give me three things and I am a happy girl:

1. A clean house,

2. A napping baby, and

3. A big mug of coffee (or Diet Coke, or wine… depending on the time of day, of course.)

Throw in a couple magazines and I’m pretty much blissed out.

But today? Today I had ONE of these. My house looks like holy hell and Jack napped for a grand total of about 20 minutes. Things started looking slightly up when I found this at World Market:

Sugar-free Pumpkin Pie coffee syrup! I can (kind of) get my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice fix every day without shelling out $4! Hooray :)

Breakfast was yogurt with a chopped plucot and fresh blackberries, chia seeds, walnuts and honey.

The Arboretum ran a special through the month of August where admission was only $1 (it’s usually $10). It’s been hot as balls, though. Today being the last day, I decided to suck it up and head over- I figured Jack would enjoy the change of scenery and I could get some cute pics of him amongst the flowers. My mom met us there, which explains this photo:

See that crap on his forehead? Nope, not an unfortunate birthmark. Lipstick.

A few more shots from the morning:

It got REAL warm out there, but Jack was a champ. I can’t really say the same for my mom and I. I couldn’t get in the car and crank up the AC fast enough.

Jack was up at 7:45 this morning (early for him), and that plus the 2 hours outdoors made me anticipate a looooong nap. Um, not so much. I rocked him for FORTY FIVE MINUTES while he laughed, squirmed, tried to shove his pacifier in my mouth, and generally waged war against sleep. Finally I got him down, carefully laid him in the crib… and five minutes later he was up and ready to party.

What. The. Hell.

Needless to say, lunch was quick and to the point:

Chickpea salad with olive oil, lots o’ lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh parsley.

Tonight Brian’s sister was in town for work, so we met her for dinner at Blue Fish in Las Colinas. I love Blue Fish (and sushi in general) but have kind of avoided it since Jack was born. Sushi restaurants seem kind of “adult” and I guess I was just afraid that he would scream like a banshee and disrupt the whole Zen vibe… but he was a perfect little angel, ate his dinner, loved on Aunt Maggie and flirted with the waitress.

My share of this platter = Alaskan Roll (fave) and Tuna Roll.

Brian’s at a fantasy draft right now, so I finally got Jack down (he’s already been up twice since I started this post) and now, NOW I’m going to have that glass of wine and watch some Teen Mom.

I guess the house cleaning will just have to wait…

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0 Responses to Make Me Happy

  1. Patty Barteau says:

    Heather, remind me what chia seeds are and what’s the benefit? Your mother and I talked this afternoon about your Arboretum adventure. She said she was POURING sweat. The thiings she does for her daughter and grandson!! :)

  2. Erin says:

    PUMPKIN PIE SYRUP?! I need to track this down stat. Being able to make my own pumpkin-flavored coffee could seriously help my budget this fall. ;)

  3. Emily says:

    I missed Teen Mom last night! Hope to catch it on reruns today–ahh the joys of being a stay at home mom, right? :-)

  4. Michele says:

    lurker here. I LIVE for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Do you have a recipe that you use to make yours or do you just use it as a flavoring?

    • heatherwlu says:

      Hi lurker!! :) At Starbucks I usually just get an Americano and ask them to add the flavor syrup (it’s cheaper than a latte, and when I dump in my usual overload of half and half, it pretty much tastes the same). At home I just add the syrup to my cup before pouring in the coffee- but be careful, I just added too much syrup and my coffee is grossss.

  5. Evan Thomas says:

    Those pictures are adorable.

  6. Tammy says:

    Heather, What would we do without you to find us these cool food items?
    Pumpkin Pie syrup. YES! AND sugar free.

    Cutest picture EVER of Jack with his Gia. LOVE that expression. =)

  7. Joy says:

    I love Jack’s one raised eyebrow look-I predict he will win over the ladies with that one!

  8. Hayley says:

    Oh my gosh, he has to be the most adorable little boy I have ever seen. And no, I’m not just saying that. Seriously. He just keeps on getting cuter and cuter. :) I always thought I wanted girls, but your handsome little guy is making me reconsider.

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