Little Trip to the Capitol

Happy holidays, ya’ll!!!

This is the time of year where I overstuff myself and swear that my diet starts on Monday..Come to think of it, that is my life in general regardless of the holidays.

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#TRUTH

So, as many of you may know, my family lives in South Florida and my husband’s family lives in New York so every year we alternate destinations for the holidays.  This year it was time to visit New York.  Since none of us has ever been to DC and since we don’t travel much these days, we thought it would be nice to fly to DC before taking a train to NY.  Overall, the DC trip was wonderful but rather exhausting as I am 25 week pregnant and there was lots of uphill walking involved.

So here are some photos…

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We decided to allow her to watch cartoons on the flight to DC and she was completely entranced!  She was drooling and everything.  Mental note to only allow this sometimes.

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We took Penny to the zoo and that was a big hit…she did her lion roar when she saw the lions.IMAG0533_1

We saw the White House then walked over to the National Tree (which was pathetic) and the Washington Monument.  I tried to get my husband to reenact the scene where Forest Gump is speaking and Jenny runs through the water toward him but he wasn’t game. Boo.IMAG0536_1

Obligatory Washington Monument selfie.  I thought about doing something a little more vulgar but I am trying to curb that behavior now that my daughter mimics everything I do. No fun.

We then took an Amtrak to New York where we are currently relaxing.

Penny was not happy on the train ride to New York.  We finally got her to sleep for the last hour of the trip which was nice.

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She looks so angelic, right? WRONG! It took a lot of tears to get her to that point.  The terrible twos is a farce…try terrible one.point.fives.

Peace and love on this holiday, enjoy it people!

All books everyTHANG

Books Mind MOvies

I have been on a MAJOR reading kick lately…In the last couple of weeks, I have read the following books: Circling the Sun, All the Bright Places, Boston Girl and now I’m currently reading The Other Boleyn Girl.  Anyone who knows me, knows I like to read but usually I don’t read this much!  I am attributing it to the fact that the library has had some great Kindle books become available (usually the waiting list is months-long) so I’m trying to take advantage.  #freebooksbitches !!!

As it turns out, I am not the only one!  Penny has been “reading” her books more than she plays with her toys so the other day, we decided to take her to Barnes and Noble, which she LOVED!

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I imagine we’ll be taking a lot of trips to the bookstore and library this winter.

Here she is in action at the doctor’s office:

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What a miracle, my 18 month old daughter can read!

In other news (but also along the same lines), we are trying to make room in Penny’s nursery for another crib.  Currently, we have this bookshelf that also doubles as a diaper changing table up against the window…

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We are planning to get rid of this and put the 2nd crib up against the window so this past weekend we worked on removing the books (hence why it’s empty).  [Eventually, the diaper changing area will move to the dresser.]

I found these great space-saving DIY book ledges online via Classy Clutter and decided that we* would build these ledges!

*By “we” I mean that my husband built and installed the ledges and I painted them (team work, people!).

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There are 3 pictured but we actually built 4 of them.  I was rather pleased with how they came out!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

City rats go to the suburbs

It’s almost Friday!!!!!  I have had a very long week so I am very much looking forward to this weekend.

Admittedly, we do not get out of the city much.  With how bad traffic is around Chicago and the fact that Penelope hates her car seat after 5 minutes, there really isn’t much of an incentive to get in the car and drive.  But last weekend, we made an exception.  We went to Goebbert’s Farm, which was about 45 minutes away (without traffic…on the way home, it took much longer…grrrr).  Everyone agreed that it was worth the trip out there for the petting zoo alone.  Here are a couple pictures from our crazy adventure out into the suburbs.

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In other news, I have actually gotten better about working out and eating somewhat healthy.  I’ve been plagued by headaches this pregnancy and cutting sugar from my diet seems to have helped a little.  This afternoon, I completed the following workout:

Jog/walk x 25 minutes followed by…

3 Rounds of:

wall sits w/ bicep curls x 15
squat jumps w/ overhead press x 15
plank x 40 seconds
Russian Twists x 15
Push-ups x 10
Step-ups x 10

It was one of the better workouts that I’ve done in a while and I’m hoping to keep the trend going into the weekend!

Babies!!!

If you are Facebook or Instagram friends with me, you saw the news that Penny is going to be a big sister!

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She can hardly contain her excitement!

In order to try and prepare her, I bought her a little baby doll and she will not put it down!!…above is exhibit A and below, exhibit B

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Maybe this means she’ll love her little brother too?? I doubt that, at least at first.

Anyway, when I picked Penny up from daycare a couple weeks ago, they told me that she LOVES the arts and crafts stuff.  This made me feel like a terrible parent because I absolutely never do crafts with her but we’re trying to change that.

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She looks like she’s having fun, right?

Last weekend we went to the Lincoln Park Fall Fest then dinner with 3 other couples and their kids…it was a bit crazy with so many kids but we all had an awesome time!  Once again, I failed with the picture taking so I only have 2 low quality pictures to show you…hey, it’s better than nothing!

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I mean seriously, do the pictures get any worse than that?

Outdoorsy

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I think that is my favorite meme ever because it summarizes my personality quite well.

Lately, we have been trying to take Penny to do “outdoorsy” things while the weather still permits.

My mom came to visit last weekend so we took her to the park and had a nice walk around the shops in our area.

Hi mom!

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We’ve also been out bike riding and to the various splash pads throughout the city.

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what we’ve been up to…

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#BlameItOnTheSugar

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Penny’s new thing lately is that she insists on eating with utensils.  It makes mealtime real messy but it’s also good to know that she’s making progress toward being a real human being with proper manners.

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Have you noticed that I haven’t talked about my workouts whatsoever?  That’s because they have been mostly non-existent.  I am really working toward changing that.  I have struggled to get myself out of bed in the morning and going to the gym after work means missing precious time with the little lady noted above.  Next week, I am going to try to start a routine where I do a run/workout DVD (taking a total of 20-30 minutes) Tuesdays and Thursdays after work then go to the regular gym Saturdays and Sundays.  Wish me luck!

I hope you guys have a fab weekend!

Why I don’t do New Year’s resolutions

The last time I did a blog post was approximately 1 year and 3 months ago…WHERE DOES THE TIME GO!?!?

I typically never ever do New Year’s resolutions but this year, i decided to give it a go.  My 2015 resolution was to…wait for it…get back into blogging.  Haha, it only took me 9 out of the 12 months to make it happen!  And that, my friends, is why I never do the New Year’s resolution thing.

So, let’s jump right into it, shall we?

As you can imagine, I have mostly been consumed with raising my 16 month old daughter.  I seriously had no idea how difficult and wonderful it would be to raise a child, what a ride!

These days, she loves her dad, the beach and getting into EVERYTHING!

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I have noticed that I am actually the absolute worst about taking pictures.  We took a family vacation to South Carolina for a week and the only picture I took was that terrible one above of her squinting at the beach.  I am really trying to get better about taking pictures because I know that if I don’t, I will regret it later.

I hope every one has an amazing long weekend!

Checkin’ in

 

 

 

Welllll, it’s been about 5.5 weeks since I gave birth…SO! let’s take a gander at my progress, shall we?

 

1 week postpartum // 2 weeks PP // 5 weeks PP

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As you can see, there is not much change between 2 weeks and 5 weeks.  I will say that I am having some trouble losing the weight — it’s not coming off as easily as I had hoped – who woulda’ thought?!?!

Therefore, I have decided to start really start watching what I eat (i.e. counting calories, #barf).  So here’s a look at what I am eating in a typical day…

Breakfast is either oatmeal with a banana and apple or eggs with turkey sausage and avocado

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Lunch is almost always a sandwich of some sort

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Dinner varies but on this particular occasion, I had steak fajitas with corn and salad

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Because I am still breastfeeding, I am constantly snacking and I am trying my darndest to keep it healthy around here

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Hopefully all this work will amount to some REAL progress soon!

In other news, the baby is…a HANDFUL!!!  People always tell you how hard it is to have an infant around and let me tell you, these people are not lying (as I type this, Penny is screaming bloody murder because I put her in her crib)!

Here she is at 1 week and 1 month…

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Side note: people allllways assume she’s a boy even when I put her in a dress!

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#mysonhasavagina

Enjoy your week, folks!