Good morning, and happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. I’ve enjoyed the gorgeous temperatures, the changing leaves, the long walks with family and friends, and all the baby snuggles.
It’s hard to believe Bugs is a little over five months now. Where is the time going? I understand why many of you have told me to enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast, and oh my gosh, have you all been right!
Although I pray he never wants to play football (that sport scares me, and I’m manifesting tennis mom), we always watch football on Sundays! Kyle is an Eagles fan, so we make a snack board or chili and watch the game together. I usually get bored by halftime and sneak out to Homegoods or Target.
A few weekends ago, I met up with Caitlin! We did some shopping and lunch. It was so nice to get together and catch up on everything! We did lunch at Reid’s, I had a salad with salmon, and we split some french fries and brussels sprouts.
Right now, we have been going on multiple walks a day. If I have difficulty getting Bugs to take his afternoon nap, I’ll put him in the stroller and walk him. He falls asleep instantly. Even though I like to get tasks done around the house while he naps, a walk is so good for the soul! Leo has enjoyed all the extra miles he’s been getting. Most of my breakfasts these days consist of eggs, avocado toast, and protein shakes. Sometimes I’m in the mood to cook, but I need to improve. I’m going to head to the grocery store today and pick up some chicken to make my almond flour-crusted chicken pesto parm for dinner tonight!
One of my guilty addictions lately is these pumpkin cream cold brews! I try only to get one or two a week, but I love grabbing one and going for a walk. My PT is right next to Starbucks, and it’s so hard to resist in the afternoon!
The neighbors are doing a Halloween decorating contest in the neighborhood, so we’ve been loving all the fun decorations to look at on our walks. People are so creative!
I have all the changing table stuff and Bug’s clothes in my office nook. We are doing a little remodel in his closet, so I’ve forfeited my office for the time being. It’s pretty convenient to have his clothes downstairs.
The morning views are stunning. Yesterday, we had an Eagle sitting on our tree in the backyard, which was breathtaking! I told you, same breakfast, different day! I may have a future coffee buddy. He’s always grabbing my coffee cups, which I need to be extra careful about now! He’s at the stage of just holding and grabbing everything. It’s cute.
I tried the Applegate spicy chicken nuggets last week, and they were pretty good! I want to try to make a homemade version of these in the airfryer.
I switched it up and made some whole-wheat waffles! I made a giant batch with simple ingredients and stored them in the freezer. They are so good when you reheat them in the toaster because they get so crispy.
I’ve been going to PT for two weeks now for my knees, and I’m hoping they start feeling a bit better. We are working on strengthening them to help prevent fluid from building up in the baker’s cyst. I explained a bit more in the last recap blog.
I met up with one of my good friends and her son at Ilios for a lunch break after PT. This restaurant is my absolute favorite. The food is always consistently good, and the owners are always so kind. I’m so happy their restaurat is thriving here in Fort Mill, and if you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend trying it out.
I went from eating eggs or Applegate chicken nuggets every night to having turkey sandwiches. Turkey sandwiches are definitely on my top favorite foods list. The only thing this one was missing was bacon! I use the Daves Killer Bread, mustard, lettuce, harvarti, honey roasted turkey, and avocado. I love adding jalapeño cream cheese and bacon now and then.
On Saturday, Kyle and I took Bugs out for lunch at Ilios. Twice in three days? Why not?? I had their seasonal salad with chicken, hummus, and pita bread, and we ordered baklava to go. 😋
And after lunch, I had a pumpkin cream cold brew! We took Bugs over to the park to swing, and he loved it.
Another football Sunday!
Lately, Leo and Bugs have been bonding so much. Leo usually ignored him, but recently he can’t get enough. He lays next to him on the play mat, sits by his highchair while eating, and sits under the swing when he’s in the backyard, and it’s cute because Bugs somehow knows to “rub” him. He loves the dog’s fur. Even Tux is obsessed and will come over and start licking him in the mornings. I love that they have bonded on their own time.
While the boys watched their football game, I made copycat pink sugar crumbl cookies, and they were almost identical to the actual cookies but even better. I used The Fresh Cooky recipe, and I recommend trying them out! The pink sugar cookies at Crumbl were my favorite, but every time we ordered recently, they came almost entirely raw, and they changed the recipe, so they didn’t taste the same. The Fresh Cooky recipe is SOOOOOOO good. I’ve already made them twice now.
I had a few doctor’s appointments on Monday, so my mom came over to help watch Bugs. We went on a long walk before I headed out, and my dad started building a swing in the back!
HE WAS OBSESSED!!! He starts laughing to the point where he can’t breathe and sometimes will never fall asleep on the swing. It’s fun to go with him and swing while the dogs play. Fresh air and being outside is so good for babies, and it always puts him in a good mood. I put the swing details in my amazon shop!
We painted the swing Juniper breeze! The best way to start the day!
Questions for you!
- Do you decorate for Halloween or Fall?
- Have you purchased mums yet?
- I need easy dinner ideas. What do you love lately?