Summer Lovin'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

S u m m e r   2 0 1 6...

Is anyone else so ready for summer?  I guess selfishly I'm ready for my husband to be off work for 3 months.  We have an incredibly busy summer ahead, but a crazy fun summer.  We have 3 weddings in June, 2 trips in July, Alex has a bachelor party in Kentucky, I have a bachelorette party in Herman, MO, and a wedding in August to complete the summer.  Sheesh, I'm a little tired out typing that, but all are fun so it'll be great!
We are going to have a new norm for our weeks starting next week.  I will be picking up one day of work a week to pick up overtime hours and to keep my skills up.  Alex will be painting 3 days a week and all of us will have Fridays off for family time.  I am so excited.  Weekends get soooo busy so it'll be nice to have Friday's to do fun things like take them to the swimming pool for the first time, introduce them to different parks in the city, and maybe even visit the zoo towards the end of the summer.  
Floor time is the best time.
All dressed up and no where to go!  I love that all their fun clothes are starting to fit!  Like I said, B is wearing 6-9 month clothing and E still fits into 3 month but is more 3-6 month...

M e a l   P l a n n i n g...

Does anyone else find this term so intriguing, yet so hard to attain with little ones?  Especially with 2 babies at home.  I stay home with them during the day but finding solid time to cook is hard.  With house chores, laundry and time for me to eat something throughout the day, I feel like before I know it, it's 5 pm and we are figuring out dinner.  I've thought of trying to plan the week's meals out on the weekends and get the shopping done and then having it all set but its easier said than done.

I'm a big fan of quick and easy, as I'm sure some of you are too.  Something we have been doing lately is pork tenderloin, in the microwave.  Yep, I said microwave.  I got a Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker (see picture below) and it's been a life saver with these quick meals.  I seasoned the pork tenderloin with a dry BBQ rub, but you can use whatever rub or seasoning you like.  Next, you throw the pork tenderloin in the baker with a tad bit of olive oil in the bottom.  Toss the entire thing in the microwave for 20 minutes and it's ready to cut and serve!  I normally do a bag of veggie steamers or a salad on the side.  It's a very healthy and quick meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes.

B a b y   U p d a t e s...
So they are still sleeping through the night! Hallelujah!  I physically feel better during the day and I feel like the babies wake up refreshed and ready for the day!  On a new note, Bennett has decided he is a tummy sleeper like his momma.  One night I went in the room before bed and found him on his tummy.  Like a lot of new moms, I freaked out a little and flipped him back onto his back.  Not 3 seconds went by before he flipped back over to his tummy.  We did this dance for about 10 flips before I stopped myself and thought, if he can roll, he might prefer sleeping on his tummy.  And from that night on he only sleeps bottom up and it's the cutest thing I've ever seen.  I still sometimes just go in and listen to him breathing to make sure he's okay.  He always is.

Girlfriend knows how to accessorize.
This rattle could be his favorite toy.  Besides his binkie... which isn't really a toy.

It's so great to see them interacting with their toys and really hanging onto them.
I have a feeling that the day we decide to ditch the binkie, it'll be a rough day.

Those eyes! EEE he is just too cute...
Angel Baby 
She's gonna break a lot of hearts...
Have a great weekend everyone! See you next week...
Lauren, E&B


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