Baby Andrew all grown up

Each year, Andrew and I get family pictures. We have started this since Andrew was only a few months old

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(fist pump haha)

I would buy LOTS of pictures, especially wallets to pass out. Of course, I bought way too many, but I never got rid of them. So I decided to put them in a book and I thought I would share them  :)

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Some pictures were with his dad, just me, and all of us together. Now, his dad still comes, we just don’t take pictures all together.

~2 months~

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~1 year~

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~18 months~

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~2 years~

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~3 years~

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~4 years~

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~5 years~

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~6 years~

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~7 years ~

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~8 years~

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I went crazy a few years with pictures, but I am so glad to have these. And looking back at the tiny baby boy he was just a few years ago is incredible. He is growing up so fast!

Question for you:

Now what color for year 9…. Andrew was thinking red

 

 

Easter Brunch 2014

Easter this year was pretty amazing! Great weather, great family, great food. I think this year was also pretty special. Not only was I diagnosed with kidney cancer, but my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer (the same day I had surgery) Needless to say, our family had a great time just being with each other, laughing, and bonding :)

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Andrew and I started our morning with a small egg hunt and his Easter basket.

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(He got a watch, a new book, a airplane toy, and a few small treats)

Then an Easter breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and bacon

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Even Andrew’s new friend joined us :)

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We then headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for brunch. With our delicious treats with us

Then it was time for the egg hunt

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They got them all within a few minutes

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Not too shabby

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A great day :) Andrew and I then went home and went on a small bike ride. I am in love with this weather!

Question for you:

How was your weekend?

 

 

Easter Treats

This year, Andrew and I wanted to make a special Easter treat for our Sunday brunch with my mom’s family. Of course, we headed to pinterest for some ideas. We had a brownie mix to use up, so we just searched Easter Brownies

Here are a few that we liked……

~Easter Cake Pops by Diary of a Preppy Mom~

Easter brownie pops

~Easter Eggs by Simple Cindy blog~

Easter Brownies....so easy to create!

~Skinny Easter Eggs by Skinny Taste~

(use brownies instead of cake)

Easter Cake Balls made w/ Chobani Greek Yogurt!

~Andrew and I decided for these brownies~

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We didn’t have a brownie pan that baked in small squares, so we used a flat baking sheet, let them cool, and then cut them.

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It worked perfected!

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Then all you have to do is use icing

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And then an egg on top

They used malt ball candy eggs, we used chocolate M&Ms :)

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We also handed extras out to neighbors, and they were raving about them! And they were super easy (we might just need to make these next year :)

Question for you:

What are you doing for Easter?

Brownies, cupcakes, or cake?

 

 

Healthy Living: Week Two

The end of the week has definitely turned out better than the beginning! getting hit with the GI bug while have a pinched nerve was a big blow. I was not handling it very well. I think I am just SO over being sick. I would pay MONEY to feel good and have a sweaty workout haha. But I took it easy, and had MANY days of just laying on the couch. It payed off, and my stomach is doing great, and the pinched nerve only bothers me when I’m sleeping (maybe a new pillow??)

~Healthy Eats~

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Finally eating real food, and tomorrow I will have a yummy Easter treat :)

~Healthy Activity~

Only two small bike rides with Andrew. Getting well was my only goal this week :)

In getting well, I used a Groupon that was going to expire next month for a massage! It was exactly what I needed

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~Healthy Home~

Small projects make me happy. A new Spring Wreath

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Articles I am loving this week:

Sorry no new info this week! I am just now catching up. I read my favorites first ;-) So I should have some good ones next week

 

Question for you:

What did you do that was “healthy” this week?

What I Ate Wednesday: Real food again

After days of being sick, my stomach is FINALLY coming back to normal!!! I am also trying to get away from carbs. When I am sick, the things I find appetizing are zup, ice cream, and bread. This bug was bad news, I even lost my appetite completely. And that is NOT like me haha

~Breakfast~

Egg Pancake (2 egg + 1/2 banana) + Bacon and of course Coffee

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~Lunch~

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, green beans and a leftover crab Rangoon

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Jello for dessert

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~Snack~

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~Dinner~

Ribs and green beans

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Cookie Dough Ice Cream for dessert :)

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I am so happy the GI bug is gone, and now I just need to get some more fruits and veggies in there.

Question for you:

What do you like to have for dessert?

How do you get in your veggies

 

Spring Wreath Making

I started this blog last week, but with everything going on (aka me not leaving my bed), it took the back burner. Now that I have moved to the couch, I am able to get a few things done haha.

ice for my neck

ice for my neck

On a serious note, I am feeling better today. After about a week, things are starting to turn around :) Now to come off the jelly and bread diet haha

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With time off from work, I made a list of what I wanted to do around the house. There are big and little odds and ends I have wanted to complete. I know that I wouldn’t be able to do a ton, but this way I had the list for when I was feeling 100%

One of the projects was a Spring wreath for the front door. Of course, saw it on pinterest

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It was super easy, and with a Hobby Lobby coupon, it wasn’t too expensive!

I bought a couple bouquets of flowers (instead of one stem with one big flower~money saver!)

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I cut each and stuck them in the wood wreath to make them look like one large flower.

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I think it turned out great! And it brought some nice weather :)

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I also had a buddy that was helping me

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Question for you:

What is your favorite part of Spring?

Do you like to do crafts for your house?

 

 

Hitting a bump in the road

Well it’s been a bumpy week. I am now finally able to lift my head off the pillow without the room spinning for a good 5 minutes, so this will be fast! haha

Two weeks ago, I was feeling great! I was trying to get out and about, and may have overdone it. Last week, I pinched a nerve in my neck. This was sending shooting pains down my arm and back. While dealing with that, I was hit with the GI bug that has lingered for a few days now.

It has been a very difficult few days. I keep saying “I just want to feel well!” I want to be able to do laundry,or take Andrew to school. I hate that I am missing things with him. He asked if I could play basketball, and can barely make breakfast without getting lightheaded.

The amazing thing the past week, is how grown up Andrew is! When I was I sick all night, he helped make his breakfast, his lunch, and got himself all ready for school. Makes a momma proud :)

I am also excited that in just two weeks I will be back to work! I miss my friends at work and the babies! (just not sure how those 12 hour shifts are going to work….)

But before that, my younger brother will be getting married! I still can not believe it, but could not be more excited for this.

So I have A LOT to look forward to these next weeks, even though  had to vent a little. Hey, recovery is not ALL about the good. Now I just have to rest and GET BETTER!

Off to bed~