Thursday, September 15, 2011

{so...who does he look like?}

As a new mom I get this question a lot:
"So who does he look like?"
Then the person will stare in puzzlement at the baby, then at me, then at baby, then at Hubby...
and most of the time they decide:
"Oh, he looks like his Daddy!"
{ that because they are both males???}

Whenever I get asked this, I always think: 
Is this a trick question?
'Cause he is less than two feet tall and mostly bald,
barely opens his eyes
and drools a lot.
To me he looks like a typical baby
and not much like either of us.

Oh I know what these well-meaning folks mean...
whose features does he have?

My answer is usually:  
"I have no idea."

So to better prepare myself for the next time I'm asked,
I decided to dig up some pictures...

Here we all are as newborns
and then at a few months old:





Hmmmm...I think...
he looks like both of us???
I'm still confused.

You be the judge.

Much love,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

lemon scallops with asparagus

Raise your hand if you are trying to eat healthier! 
Anyone? Bueller?

Well, although I can't cut too many calories due to breastfeeding, I can still slip in a very healthy, low cal, low carb supper in here and there!

{Disclaimer: One serving of this is only about 200 calories.  My hubby ate a full plate and immediately asked what else he could eat.  Might want to serve with a side of rice or warm bread if you aren't trying to get rid of post-preggo belly slim down.}

You will need:
1 lb of sea scallops
2 lemons - plus extra lemon juice if you want it really me
olive oil
1 lb asparagus 
1 md red onion
salt and pepper
basil {fresh is best...but if you're cheap like me and not serving to guests then dry is fine}
***Recipe originally found on - many other delish, low-cal recipes there!***

1. Take one lemon and cut length-wise into four sections.  

2. Remove the peel with a sharp knife from the lemons and cut the peel into thin strips.  Set aside. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and reserve for later.  Make sure to remove the seeds.

3. Rinse and trim the ends off your asparagus.

4. Cut the asparagus stalks into thirds with your kitchen scissors.

5. Cut your red onion into wedges.  Aren't red onions beautiful???
6. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat, then add the asparagus and onion.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 7. Sautee until you get a nice hint of brown on the onion and asparagus, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes.  
I'm not left-handed...but like how I tried to get an action shot in there for you?  :o)

8. Set the veggies on a serving plate and cover to keep warm.

9. After rinsing and pat-drying your sea scallops, throw them in the pan over medium heat with another tablespoon of olive oil, 3 or 4 fresh sprigs of basil {or a small palmful of dry,} and the lemon peel.  Add the lemon juice you reserved and douse it all in even more lemon juice if you're really sassy.
 As you can tell, I was!

 10. Cook the scallops in the hot oil mixture until opaque.  Make sure to turn them once.  Season with salt and pepper.

 11. Remove pan from heat.  Using a slotted spoon remove the scallops from the lemon mixture and serve on top of the asparagus and onions.  Garnish with lemon wedges {remember that 2nd lemon?} and fresh basil leaves, torn and sprinkled over top. 
 I wish I had done that.  Just use your imagination. 

PS: Make sure you have mints or gum handy after eating this.
  The onions are divine...but not if you plan on kissing anyone.  Sorry Hubby!  ;)

L * O * V * E

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

month two: {the many emotions of mac}

My baby is turning into a little boy before my eyes.
He's getting fat.  He's sleeping through the night.  He smiles at me.  He "talks" to me {or trys to} instead of just crying.  He holds his head up {in a wobbly sort of way.}
I am completely in awe of the changes happening every day.
I feel so blessed to be able to witness them.

He also has a wide array of facial expressions.
{He gets that trait from his dramatic mama.}
Here are a few:










{really amazed!}

And that was all in a matter of 5 minutes.


Happy two months Cormac!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

{fairytale...sort of}

Today we've been married four years.
When I first met Hubby the first thing I noticed was his smile -- a wide, confident grin with dimples.  Oh, and that amazing superhero chin.
The second thing I noticed was his shirt, which boasted the words:  "I'm Easy"

My brain told me: "Run away!"  My heart said:  "Hmmm...there is something about this guy. I don't want to like it...but I like it!"

We fell in love pretty quickly.

I can honestly say I never loved anyone else.  Never pictured marrying anyone else.  Never met anyone else that I wanted to have a family with.

He was, as they say, the one.

But sometimes, even when you meet the one, it takes longer than expected to end up married. I never thought it would take six years. We went through various breakups, several years living in different states, and lots of things we had to work through.  Our "fairytale" was not, despite the shirt, easy.
But it was worth it.

Dear Hubby - Thank you for these four years of marriage...and the six before that we spent journeying towards it.  May we continue to laugh together, pray together, adventure together, and grow our family together.  Love,  your Wifey


Some of my favorite photos of us together:

One of our first dates. 
{taste of minnesota} 
Already doing the annoying kissing poses!  Yes!
{I love that we are both totally okay with p.d.a)
Even at age 20, it was love!  
Even early in our relationship, I learned many important skills from doing a beer bong:
Wait - that didn't work out so well.
 {my first and last attempt at the beer bong}
We have had so many fun nights out that I can remember...
...and others that are a leeeeetle fuzzy:
...and some that I'll never forget - ever!

I love that this pic is mostly chin...
...but I guess we have quite a bit of "chin" between the two of us, wouldn't you say?

I have never met anyone I could feel so comfortable with -- truly my best friend:
I know we'll always laugh together...
and accidentally coordinate our outfits:
I'm glad to have started a family with you...which began with our dog... being blessed with this little man:
 And lets not forget, four years ago today,
the best day ever...
Here's to many more chapters in the fairytale -- 

L * O * V * E