So, I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to focus on more strength training…and, I’ve actually been doing pretty well!
Well, except for the week that we went to Shreveport for spring break…and then last week, I was sick with some crud, so I didn’t work out at all. So actually I guess it hasn’t been going that well after all. Huh.
But—before spring break, I made an appointment at our YMCA to get logged into the FitLinxx program. Does your gym have this? They basically give you a pin number that you can log into each machine (most of the nautilus weight machines, that is), and then you can track your weights, reps, set, etc. I LOVE this. I’m never going to carry a notebook around and keep track of my workout—I’m just not. But, with this system, most of the work is already done for me. And, it’s really nice to see the progress that I’m making. My progress actually went DOWNHILL at first…but today, I lifted WAY more than my previous visits.
I have it set up for 9 exercises: chest press, seated row, tricep curl, bicep curl, leg press, leg extension, leg curl, ab crunch, and back extension. There are other machines that I use occasionally that won’t figure into the tracking, but this is a pretty nice, basic circuit.
I’m a pretty competitive person, but the person I’m MOST competitive with is myself—so this is a great way to “compete” against myself and track progress at the same time. #winning
Yeah, I still use that hashtag. What?
Anyway, other than getting my workout on (what?), we spent today MOVING. We have movers coming officially on Saturday, but we’ve been moving boxes of smaller things for about a week now. I am SO ready to be in our new house and settled—this has felt like a very drawn-out process!
Lila played in the yard:
(I’m telling you—this kid is ON. THE. GO.)
…while we boxed up things in the garage and kitchen. After a few hours, we were ALL ready to take a break on the porch swing:
Ahhhhhhh. I’m going to miss our porch swing! So many memories were made here—for many months when she was just a wee baby, one of the only ways to soothe Lila was to swing with her. And so we did:
…and she still loves it!
Maybe we’ll have to get a swing at the new house.
Hope you had a great Wednesday!
Somebody turned ONE this weekend!
I really can’t believe it. When I think back on the past year, so much of it already seems so far away—when baby Dylan was born, I couldn’t really remember Lila EVER being that small! Of course, she was—smaller, in fact! But those days just feel so far removed from who she is now:
…closer to a little kid than a baby. My little one-year old!
Of course, even one-year olds need their mamas. Especially when they’re sick:
Lila and I have actually BOTH been sick—one of the reasons blogging has slowed down. Sophie had a cold when we were home in Shreveport, and, not surprisingly, after a week of togetherness, Lila and I both came home with coughs and runny noses too. We visited the doctor, and he said it wasn’t anything more than a cold—no biggie. But it FELT like a big deal when both of us were waking up in coughing fits, multiple times a night. Ugh.
Anyway, we’re on the mend. Lila’s still coughing a little, but she seems to be feeling much better. And obviously feeling a little under the weather didn’t stop her from enjoying birthday festivities. We skyped with my parents, she opened a few presents, and, obviously—she enjoyed a very large cupcake:
Don’t touch her cake. She’ll cut you.
On Sunday, I baked these cookies:
…for a friend who is on bed rest until her baby is born. I can’t imagine—I feel like the only thing that got me through the last month of pregnancy was WALKING!
The cookies are based off of this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction blog, but I changed it up based on what I had. I ended up using:
Birthday Cake Cookies
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups yellow cake mix
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (12 tbsp.), softened
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350.
Sift together flour and cake mix in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Cream sugar and butter together until light and creamy. Add vanilla and egg.
Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until incorporated. Stir in chips and sprinkles. Refrigerator dough for 2 hours (or up to 2 days).
Scoop rounded tablespoons of the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies might still look dough-y upon pulling out of the oven, but they’ll firm up once they’re out.
Delicious! Definitely tasted like cake batter!
Have a great Tuesday!
Sorry I dropped away for a few days. I’ve been busy welcoming our newest little member into the family:
Three Marches ago, we traveled to Shreveport to welcome Baby Sophie:
Then, almost two years later to the T, Ryan and I welcomed our own little baby:
Baby Lila (as you know).
And now, almost exactly a year after Lila was born, we have a NEW baby entering the family:
Apparently we love our Easter babies.
Baby Dylan’s birth was EXTRA special because…I got to witness the whole thing!
My sister got an epidural with Sophie, and was totally planning to get one with Dylan too—no natural birth for her! But, when her doctor checked her for her final appointment, he realized that her platelet count was low. Then, when they checked again on the morning that she was induced, the levels were STILL low, which meant…no epidural.
Katherine was freaking out a little—after all, she’d had NO plans to do it naturally, and so she hadn’t really studied up on any sort of natural childbirth “tips” or reading material—not that the reading material really preps you for it anyway, ha.
But, I gave birth myself with no meds only a year ago, and Ryan and I took extensive classes on natural childbirth techniques—breathing methods, relaxation techniques, what to expect with all of the different stages, etc.—and so I offered to help “coach” her through the childbirth.
(SO happy to be giving birth with no meds! Ha. Not really—she was PISSED! )
What an experience!! It’s very different being on the “coach” side of the hospital bed, rather than in the bed yourself. I certainly wasn’t jealous.
All of the things we’d learned in our classes and from our doula came rushing back to me, and I was able to help coach her through contraction after contraction—although, I must say, she would have been FINE without me—she was a pro!
Her labor started around 7am when her doctor broke her water, and by 1 pm, we were welcoming Baby Dylan into the world:
9 pounds!!! He’s a big boy! Which only makes my sister’s natural birth even MORE inspiring!
The birth of a baby is ALWAYS special, but I was so touched and honored to be a part of this one. It’s something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
Welcome, sweet Baby Dylan!
Hi friends! Today is our first day of spring break!
<cheers> <cheers> <cheers>
We’re hanging out in Shreveport this week. My sister is due to give birth—well, TODAY, actually! Today is her due date, but no sign of the baby yet—I’m hoping that we get to meet him by the end of this week!
I wanted to get this post up in time for Easter:
We’re having a little family birthday party for Lila at the end of this week, even though her actual birthday isn’t until April 7th. Since it’s going to be so close to Easter anyway, we figured we could just make the party bunny-themed—pretty easy, right?
I got the idea for this carrot garland after seeing a few different examples on Pinterest. Perfect for a bunny-themed party…or just for Easter.
I picked out a cute orange fabric:
…and used a simple carrot pattern to cut out the fabric shapes:
…then sewed the carrots together and stuffed them with a little bit of craft stuffing:
For the “leaves,” I used wired ribbon, which made the leaves really easy to shape:
Then, after putting the leaves into the carrot, I secured them with a ribbon:
…which I wound around the top, tucking the ends under.
To make the garland, I just picked out lacey, crocheted border ribbon, and secured the carrots with plant wire:
Ready to hang, and perfect for a bunny birthday!
Hope you have a great Monday!
Our weather has been crazy lately—perhaps you have experienced this too?
Tuesday was all sunshine and beautiful spring weather:
…so we worked on our dog-toy throwing skills in the backyard.
Today, on the other hand, is sunny and COLD. And tomorrow, we’re supposed to get rain and SNOW.
When I thought spring had officially sprung, I came up with the idea for this pasta dish using avocado and asparagus, two “warm weather” foods:
Alas, by the time we had the meal last night, the temps had gone down to the forties. Oh well—it WAS delicious, and, in retrospect, would have also been quite fitting for St. Patrick’s Day—so much green! I’ll have to remember this for next year.
The sauce was the real star of this dish—kind of unusual, but SO tasty. For the avocado “sauce,” I mixed:
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 oz. cottage cheese
garlic salt to taste
…in the food processor until smooth. This was so good! I think it would even be good as a dip or sandwich spread—it was pretty thick! And if you wanted to thin it out some for the pasta, you could definitely add a little pasta water to it.
As you can see, we topped our pasta with the avocado sauce, and then added asparagus and parmesan cheese.
Off to get some stuff done—have a great Thursday!