The Weekend End

by Lauren on April 26, 2015

It’s the end of the weekend…always a bittersweet time isn’t it?  On one hand, a brand new week is usually pretty promising, but then again, there is a slight sadness that the carefree weekend is coming to a close.  Our weekends lately have been pretty great, and only getting better as we enter into the summer season.

Friday, John had the day off work, so as soon as I got home from working at the gym, we loaded up the babe and went out on a family date. Our first stop was Starbcuks of course.  I had some free drink vouchers to use, so that meant two of the most expensive frappuccinos on the menu.




We had a few errands to run before we met our friends for a beer for happy hour.  Funny thing though, happy hour with a baby is not like it use to be.  First, we had to think of a way to sneak him into the bar.



Lucky for us our disguise worked.  He looks 21 right?

Mommy and daddy got to enjoy their beers….



While the G-man opted for some coconut water and yum yuma.



We had a great day date but had to rush home to put the little guy to bed.  He really doesn’t do well if we screw with his nightly routine, which starts so early these days.

John and I came back with no desire to cook, so we had a brilliant idea of making pancakes for dinner and then passing out on the couch.  What a great way to end a Friday night!

I had to be up super early on Saturday to teach RPM.  We launched our new release, which is great by the way!  I worked for a little bit while I was at the gym, and then came home to hang out with my boys before John had to go to work.

G and I ran to Target and then to visit my dad to wish him a happy birthday!

Saturday night, I was on my own as John worked late, so I put together basically whatever was left in my fridge.



It may not look pretty, but it was so very good! I made sautéed zoodles in an almond butter sauce with chicken and roasted broccoli.  I wasn’t even going to take a picture but then as I was eating it I thought, this recipe is too good not to share.  I got it from Kristin and you should definitely try it too!  Like I said, SO good!

This morning, John had to be at work early (hate when he closes and then opens back to back) so Grayson and I hung out and had breakfast together.



He had 1/2 a banana and an oatmeal pancakes with peanut butter and loved every bite. Well, at least the bites that actually made it into his mouth.  He;s still mastering those fine motor skills.

After his morning nap, we got cleaned up and dressed for church.



Naturally, the moment I pulled into the church parking lot, he fell asleep again, so I spent the first few minutes of the service hanging out in my car until he woke up.



Sometimes, you just can’t wake a sleeping baby. God gets it.

After church, G and I went on a date to Panera so I could grab something to eat before we did our big grocery shopping trip for the week.



I ordered their B-Green Smoothie and a Sprouted Grain bagel with vegetable cream cheese. Unfortunately, I dropped half of the bagel of the ground, but ether than that, this was a great lunch!

G had more yum yuma.



After lunch, we shopped ’til we dropped.  Or at least one of us dropped.  Grayson immediately fell asleep in the car on the way home from the store.

Tonight’s dinner was yet another IGE recipe.  I must have been stalking her blog recently, but really, this girl has so many good recipes.

I made her Ligher Sesame Chicken with cauliflower rice.



Another win!  John and I both loved this.  Definitely put this one in your weeknight line up to make.  It’s quick, easy, and delicious, everything you look for in a weeknight meal.

Now I’m about to spend these last few hours hanging out with my other favorite guy since I didn’t get to see too much of him this weekend.  Hope you guys had a great one!




Grayson Elliot: 7 Months

by Lauren on April 25, 2015

Dear Baby Boy,

Here we are again, another month celebrating how big you’re getting.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was writing up your 6 month letter, and I really truly mean that this time (because I know I always say that).  This past month went by SO FAST and I have a feeling every single one to follow will only go quicker.  Somewhere in between 6 months and 7 months, you started becoming a little boy.  I mean, you are still my baby of course, but in these past few weeks, you have completely morphed into a real tiny human being, really promoting your personality to us and to the world.

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Here is what we’ve found out this month:

You still love to eat.  In fact, you gained an entire pound in just three weeks!  I know this because at your six month check up, you weighed 14 and a half pounds and when I took you back to the doctor for a cold a few weeks later, you were an entire pound heavier.  I imagine you are over 16 pounds now and you just keep growing.  You still fit into most of your six month clothes but I’ve started to buy you nine month clothes and there is no turning back.  I still remember the day I was buying premie onesies for you, so the fact that you are in nine month clothing now makes me want to cry a little inside. Anyways, back to the eating, like I said you adore it.  We started giving you more solid food this month and you gobble it all down.  Lately, you’ve been digging chicken, goat cheese, hummus, and pancakes.  Bananas, sweet potatoes and oatmeal will always be your favorite.  Oh and we even gave you some nut butters to try this month, all of which you loved. You also are finally enjoying puffs.  It took you a few weeks to understand how to eat these things, but you are all about them now. Mommy also started giving you some coconut water, especially when you have a cough or cold and need some extra fluid.  You don’t really like plain water but you LOVE coconut water.

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Oh my goodness do you ever want to move!  You started sitting up on your own this month without needing any help at all.  You could sit up all day.  You also love to roll around, but when you go on your tummy, you flutter your arms and legs so hard and get frustrated when you don’t accelerate forward.  You still don’t quite get the whole crawling thing, but I know one of these days it will just click.  But just because you aren’t crawling, doesn’t mean you’re standing still.  You discovered you can stand up by yourself if you hold on to the edge of something (as long as mommy or daddy is there to catch you because you don’t last very long on your own yet).  And I swear I witnessed you pull yourself up on your own with the ottoman the other day. You haven’t done it since and that’s okay, because I don’t think I’m quite ready for that yet.

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Lets talk about that little personality of yours.  I shouldn’t really say little because you have such a big character.  First, you are such a ham and often crack yourself up!  Daddy still makes you laugh the most and you two are peas in a pod.  It takes my breath away to see the love you have for each other.

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You smile ALL OF THE TIME and at just about anyone that smiles at you first.  You especially love to flirt with pretty girls, but in your defense, they love flirting back with you.

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Along with all of your giggles, you’ve also picked up how to legit whine.  It started out kind of cute, like how a puppy sounds when it wants outside, but now it’s not my favorite thing.  If you are put down and don’t want to be, or we leave the room and don’t pay you any attention, you start to whine and eventually cry until we come and rescue you. You just love attention!

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Whining aside, all of your joy makes up for it.  You have such a zest for life and want to explore every and anything.  I’m not kidding, ANYthing that comes into your line of sight, you reach our and say, “ooooooo” until we give it to you.  Then you examine the item closely for a few seconds before moving onto the next object. Eventually, it goes into your mouth so we really have to watch to make sure nothing bad for you is going in there.

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You come with us everywhere!  We take you out to run errands, you come to work with mommy, you go out to eat with us, you go grocery shopping each week.  You are the easiest baby to take out right now and I pray you stay that way.  We have realized that you don’t like being out past 6pm and we’ve learned this the hard way a few times now.  Since you go to bed super early (6:30pm most nights), you are ready to start our bedtime routine by 6pm.  We always do a bath, read 2 books, bottle and then nurse.  99% of the time, you go right down and sleep until about 2 or 3 am when you get up to eat again.  On most nights, you get up just once, but there are definitely nights where you get up twice.  Oh and you almost always wake up super happy in the mornings.  We love mornings with you!

Oh I could go on and on about how truly wonderful you are baby boy, but I’ll save some for next time.  I know you love getting bigger, but please remind me to savor every single solitary moment with you, because it is certainly not slowing down anytime soon.  I love you with all of my heart and all of my soul.  Thank you for continuing to make me a better person my darling.

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Your Mom


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