Summer’s around the corner.

The weather has been interesting! 4 snow days within the past month, and yesterday was 83˚ outside. I’ll take it! In the spirit of summer, I preemptively purchased a water table for the kiddos. It came just in time for the warm weather! I’d been using a makeshift tote full of water and toys. The kids loved that too, but this is much easier!WatertableCollage

In other news, I just got a gym membership with one of my BFF’s here. Our sons are the same age, and they play really well together. We’ve been going to classes in the morning, and then coming back to the house (either hers or mine) for the boys to play and us to work. It’s been great! Anyway, the gym is ridiculously nice and has a spa-like feel. Steam room, whirlpool, pool, cafe, daycare, etc. I’ve been working with a personal trainer the past month, too, and I’m happy to say I already see results in my muscle tone. Win!

We also had a wonderful visit from Nina last weekend. We had fun going out to eat yummy food, going to the dog park a couple times, and playing Cards Against Humanity. McKenzie and Bennett loved seeing her! McKenzie was especially sad to see her go. ninaCollage

And I also wanted to mention that Winston’s been such a fun addition to the family! He’s so goofy, talkative, cuddly, and outgoing. He walks around the dogs without issue, is so calm even when Bennett harasses him, and loves to cuddle up on our laps. He really loves to be around people. ♥winston Collage

Dana P. - March 13, 2015 - 10:29 am

So happy to see you are doing so well!! :)

Delicious Bernaise Sauce in Under 10 minutes.

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I love a good sauce, and recently I’ve been addicted to this one so I thought I’d share! It’s not “good” for you, but it’s SO. DANG. GOOD. On steak, eggs, salmon, asparagus, etc. You get it—it’s yummy. Anyhow, you can whip it together really quickly because it only needs 4 ingredients. And a blender. I’m not fancy or patient enough to whip it by hand. Anyway, it’s delicious and you should try it! Mmmmmmm…

EASY BERNAISE SAUCE (makes 6 servings, easily doubles for 12 servings)

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 4 egg yolks (save egg whites for breakfast!)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine OR cooking sherry (whatever’s available)
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar OR champagne vinegar

BLEND 15-20 SECONDS until incorporated. SERVE. ENJOY. If it separates for some reason, add another egg yolk and blend again. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

**DON’T MICROWAVE TO REHEAT or the egg yolk will cook and solidify.** To reheat, place storage container/bag in hot water or double boiler until soft & lukewarm. It takes time to re-liquify. Again, enjoy!

kelsey - February 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm

so do we just heat this on the stove orginally then?

Meet Winston!

Meet Winston (or as Jon calls him, “Kitty Winston”), the newest addition to the family! We picked him up on Valentine’s Day. ♥ It might seem like it was out of nowhere, but I’d been thinking about it for awhile. I’ve never had a cat.

We were initially thinking of getting a kitten so it wouldn’t have any bad habits, but when we found Winston we  Jon knew he would be a great fit for the family (he instantly loved him).

He’s 5-years-old, and the sweetest cat ever! He’s great with dogs and kids. We rescued him from Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, a no-kill shelter here in Fayetteville. His previous owner passed away, but it was a “hoarding” situation: he was one of 27 cats and 6 dogs—so he’s no stranger to living with other animals. He couldn’t care less about Logan and Cali sniffing around, which is great! Although, they’re a little jealous. He’s also very outgoing and social, and already uses his litter box like a pro (no accidents!). He happily cuddles and purrs in our laps for hours. Just today, I found him snuggled under the blankets on McKenzie’s bed. I could be happier with our choice to adopt an older cat! =)

Winston

Bennett is 1½!

It was Bennett’s half-birthday on Feb. 6th—I can’t even believe he’s 1½! He’s getting so big. *tear* I think this age is a lot of fun, though. He’s learning everything so quickly! Some of his favorite things to do are:

  • Push cuddles the monkey around in a stroller
  • Play with big sister, McKenzie
  • Copy Momma & Daddy
  • Cause trouble
  • Bring people their shoes and try to put them on
  • Help throw things away in the garbage
  • Cuddle his Georgie Bear
  • Read Curious George. Over. And. Over.
  • Point at birds

He’s also gotten very good at making animal sounds (ie: What does a dog say? Woof Woof! What does a horse say? Neigh!). He also likes to point to body parts and say them. (In the pic below he’s saying “belly button.”)

We had his 18 month appointment last week and he was 31¾ inches long and 22lbs. He’s 50th percentile for height, 15th for weight (still adjusting for his 6 weeks prematurity). And sometimes I swear he looks bigger when he wakes up from naps! The other day he slept 13 hours. I wish I could do that. He has 4 teeth on top + two of his top molars have popped through, and two teeth on the bottom. He’s such a smart, fun little dude—but he’s a handful. He likes to break stuff and make messes. All boy.

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McKenzie also rocked her “Bat Project.” She had to present her diorama in front of the class. She knew all her facts and scored 33/30, getting all her extra credit! She did it all herself, we were so, so proud of her. ♥ They even put it on display near the front entrance of the school! Did you know North Carolina has 15 species of bats?

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Jon and I also discovered that our neighbor’s daughter is a wonderful babysitter, so we took full advantage and went on a date this weekend! =) We found a new-to-us, delicious restaurant here in Fayetteville. SO. GOOD. Our new fave for sure. The atmosphere was fun and young, there was a live band and everything. The food was delicious and fresh. We had fun just talking and hanging out! I definitely foresee many more dates there in the future. Hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Weekend!