Wanna Be Like Dad

Apparently my kids want to be like their dad.  I can’t say I blame them.  I mean, I think he’s pretty awesome.

SweetPea trying on Dad's shoes

SweetPea trying on Dad’s shoes

I have to say, I particularly love this next photo.  Dan captured a similar photo of SweetPea and me sleeping in identical positions when she was only a few months old too.  It’s kind of precious.  So I was really excited when I saw the boys sleeping like this.  I had to, just had to take a picture.

Bub imitates Dad even while sleeping

Bub imitates Dad even while sleeping

 

Due Dates and Other Such Nonsense

Well, today’s my due date.

And all signs are pointing to my still being pregnant tomorrow.

Yay.

I have, however, decided to do some “research” on natural ways to induce labor.  Pretty much, I’m going to tell my husband that anything I like will help speed the process up.

Yep, mini french silk pie blizzards help women go into labor.  Barbecued hamburgers also have been known to help.  Back massages, too.  Watching partners vacuum and mop is great for inducing labor in the pregnant woman.  Rereading favorite books can also be beneficial when trying to speed up the laboring process.  Sleeping in and being served breakfast in bed is almost a surefire way to get labor going in a high percentage of women.

Am I missing anything?

Little Glimpse

Let me start by saying that yesterday was my anniversary.  One year!  But as my husband says, it feels like a lot longer 🙂

me and mine

We got Nona and Grandpa to watch SweetPea and we went out for a fabulous meal.  Then we came home and watched 2 (not our usual 1) episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  We’ve a very exciting crew.  But it was fun.  And I got lots of snuggling in.  Which made it a very good evening as far as I was concerned.

Mostly though, I think you should check these little videos out.  They’re hilarious.  Hilarious.

Mongolian Beef, Add the Veggies

I stumbled upon this recipe about 2 years ago thanks to Pinterest (most of my recipes come via Pinterest these days).  It didn’t take too long to decide to make it.  And so I decided to make it.  But then, when it came time to actually make it, I was tired…and pregnant…and tired…so my then fiance made it for us!  I can’t tell you how much I love loving a man who knows how to cook 🙂 .

It only took one taste and we both agreed that this recipe was a keeper.  If you want to see more recipes that I’ve made and decided to keep check out my Pinterest board “Tried and True.”  I promoise, everything on it is good!

Of course, we needed to change it up just a bit.  And that pretty much meant that the next time we made it we added a giant pile of sauteed veggies to it.  And then we had it.  Perfection on a plate (or a bowl…the sauce is a little runny).

Ingredients:

2 tsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup brown sugar
vegetable oil, for frying
1 lb flank steak (or some other cut…we usually get a much cheaper cut of meat, just because we have to watch our pennies…but we once splurged for a nice flank steak and it was SOOOO good)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 cup of broccoli florets
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
any other vegetable that you think sounds amazing
2 green onions, chopped

Directions:

Sauce:

Heat the 2 tsp vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over med/low heat.  Add ginger and garlic to pan.  Stir for about 60-90 seconds then add the soy sauce and water before the garlic burns.

Add brown sugar to the sauce.  Stir until dissolved.

Raise heat to medium and boil sauce for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.

Remove from heat.

Meat and Veggies:

Slice the steak against the grain into 1/4 inch, bite size pieces.  Coat each piece with cornstarch.  Let meat sit for 10 minutes.

While waiting for the meat, heat some vegetable oil in a large skillet.  Saute all the veggies you’ve chopped (except the green onions).

In another skillet heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in med/high heat.  Add the beef.  Let it darken on one side.  Then turn it over to the other side.

Move beef into the skillet with all the veggies.  Stir so things cook evening.  Add sauce.  Cook until meat is cooked through.  Add green onions.

Serve over quinoa or rice.  Try to stop eating before your belly hurts, it’s hard because the food is so dang good.  At least you got some veggies in there 🙂 !

Here are all the pots/pans on the stove top.  Yes, it does take a few dishes to make this dish.  But trust me, it's so worth it!

Here are all the pots/pans on the stove top. Yes, it does take a few dishes to make this dish. But trust me, it’s so worth it!

Everything in one pan becoming a delicious concotion of veggies, beef, and sauce.

Everything in one pan becoming a delicious concotion of veggies, beef, and sauce.

All served up!  I forgot to make rice or quinoa, so we just went for it.  And it was still amazing.

All served up! I forgot to make rice or quinoa, so we just went for it. And it was still amazing.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

I love getting flowers,
What about you?

I used to say I didn’t like flowers.  That they were a waste of money and then they died.  But I love having flowers in my home.  Let me repeat,  I LOVE having flowers in my home.

There is just something so bright and cheery about a room with fresh flowers in it.  They always draw my eye and bring a smile to my face.

I also love having a husband who for no reason at all, occasionally brings me flowers.  It’s better than the guy who brings flowers on birthdays, Valentine’s, and anniversaries.  I never expect the flowers, I’m just completely overjoyed when they appear.

At least until they die and start emitting that rotten flower smell.  But until then, I love having flowers in my house.

An Honest Woman!

We’re married!  All official like.  For realsies.  Want proof?  Read Look and weep.

Image

Oh wait.  That doesn’t prove a thing.  That’s just me and my girls.  And pizza.  Gotta have pizza.

Image

Did I mention he’s a flaming red head?

Image

That’s my dad.  He was nervous, maybe even more than me.

Image

Yes! He’s mine, ladies.  Go find your own goofy red head.

Image

The best best friends a girl could ask for.

Image

My favorite people ever.

Image

We don’t like to laugh.  At all.  Ever.

We have a lot more pictures.  But I guess I’m done showing off the amazing people in my life.  And not to be mean, but you probably wish you knew some (or all) of them.  They’re pretty incredible.  And they managed to take what could have been a very stressful day and made it magical.

Those of you that have been married are probably saying, every wedding is stressful.  But let me tell you what, I think (and I might be going out on a limb) that our wedding may have had a few more stressors than the average wedding.

First, 3 days before the wedding (keep that number in mind, 3 days) and our venue was evacuated for smoke due to the encroaching forest fire.

Second, 3 days before the wedding we had to find a new venue, and then we had to replan an entire wedding.

Third, in 3 days!

But, let me clarify, when I say “we” had to find a new venue and then “we” had to replan a wedding, I’m somewhat misleading you.  Only one of us (being my husband and I) had to find a venue and replan a wedding.

And it wasn’t me!  I was at the hospital doing a clinical for school (whoop, whoop!) and when I got home I was informed that our first venue was evacuated…and that Dan had already booked a new one, gotten tables, chairs, and linens, and everything else that needed to be gotten.  I looked at him, and said, “good.”  Then I went downstairs to study. I emerged in time for a Bachelorette party and continued to celebrate/not stress about the wedding for the rest of the weekend.

And here we are, almost 2 weeks later.  Still married.  Still awesome.

(Oh what the heck, one more photo…I just want to show off my amazing husband…can you blame me? 😉 )