Monday, July 28, 2014


Oops! It's been a tick, hasn't it?

The past two weeks have been jam packed with summer fun, both for the kidlets and for those with crows' feet. A favorite friend's bachelorette party sent us southbound {thirty-five} {we were headed down the roooo-oad} to our favorite city, and we love Austin so much, we just stayed a piece after the festivities were over. 

We missed E to bits, but we were thrilled to spend so much time with family and friends. Also, I've had margaritas on three separate occasions, and I have adult conversation coming out the wazoo. Life is grand! 

Back to life, back to reality maƱana, but I do have the best damn sugar cookie recipe in the universe to share {maybe you like yours in phallic formation... or maybe not}, as well as photos of some pretty stellar digs here in ATX! 

{perhaps not the best teaser photo...}

Stay tuned...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday musings

I reeeeeally meant to get those Hey Ho Hiking posts I mentioned previously together this week, but, um, First-World-Vacation-Hangover-Problem-Alert: I kind of forgot what it's like to parent 2-under-3 all day by myself {that would be, in a word, exhausting}. 

Perhaps I'll bore you with more talk of mileage and day-pack checklists next week.  Until then, how's about some randoms that are currently floating around in the ol' noodle?


I usually save all my virtual book club chit chat until the end of the year, but I can't stop thinking about Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun. I devoured it in two days, and I keep going back to highlighted passages on my Kindle.  The concept is familiar -- a would-be "zombie" apocalypse -- except the zombies are insomniacs {which, HORRIFYINGLY, is kind of an actual thing}.  I tend to think the phrase "hauntingly beautiful" is overused and obnoxious as all get-out in book reviews, buuuuut... Calhoun's prose is hauntingly beautiful in many places.  I will warn you... I was underwhelmed by the ending. It just... kind of... ended?  But I give this one a really solid 3.5 out of 5 stars for the journey {screw the destination}, especially if you're a fan of the Walking Dead and the like. 

I wasn't going to buy any rompers for L this summer, because we are embarking on potty training very soon, but these pineapple print rompers from Old Navy were way too cute to pass up.  There are snaps in the seat for easier squatting access, but I'm sure they'll end up getting us into a pickle at some point.  Oh well, beauty is pain, and fashion is urine-soaked.  {That's how that adage goes, yes?}

Always life-long lover of horror flicks, I started in on the classics at a young age.  The Shining was my Gateway Drug, and I probably spent the better parts of my eleventh and twelfth years scared shitless from my latest Blockbuster rental.  As such, this NPR piece on Richard Dreyfus' kids' reactions to Jaws as adults had me chuckling into my coffee, as did the full transcript of their self-interview on Mother Jones. 

raspberry chia overnight oats

I started making these raspberry chia overnight oats for breakfast, and they are really quite tasty. Bonus Points: Healthy! Easy! More Bonus Points: Overnight oats seem to be all the Pinterest rage, so at least your breakfast can be trendy, even if your Mom Shorts aren't.  {And when I say "your" there, I really mean MY}. Subtraction of Bonus Points: I've been adding a dollop of Extra Crunchy Jif to mine, instead of the prescribed raw almond butter.  Addition of Subtracted Bonus Points: Jif makes me much less of a smug asshole.  Neutral, Real-Life Points: My breakfast bowl looks like this: 
Food Stylist I am not. 

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Speaking of Pinterest and food, I made these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars as a dessert tag-a-long for a New-Mama-Meal this week, and they were ridonk-good.  I usually think "no-bake" recipes taste like butt {also? how hard is it really to turn on your oven and bake something? you've already mixed and assembled ingredients... baking is the no-brainer step}, but these got rave reviews {both from the recipient and from, um, me.  had to test those suckers out before I sent them off into the world alone}. 

Gratuitous Baby Photography:

And my all-time favorite, simply because every other minute of the day the situation is reversed...

I asked L yesterday what she thought Brady would say when he could talk. Her response? "Sister! Stop hittin' me!" 

I think she's clairvoyant. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Brady: 3 months

Butter Biscuit --

You've spent the past month becoming a teeny tiny actual person with such a sweet personality!  Even though we still call you The Concerned Citizen, you smile and coo and chuckle all the time; when you wake up, it's almost always with the biggest grin on your face, as if to say "HEY! I know you! I'm SO THRILLED you're here!" 

You really are such a content little guy -- you are still perfectly content to be carted around to all your sister's activities and our family adventures. I'd say you are happy and calm 85% of the time. The other 15% can feel a bit like a Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde Moment -- you can pull a total 180 on us, and it can take a good while to calm you down {hopping in the shower with me is usually a highly successful last resort}. Most often, the source of your frantic exasperation is being tired + hungry + witching hour. You also really hate being hot {tough break being born in Texas, bud}. We really can't complain much, though! 

Speaking of no complaints, you are my champion sleeper! We put you to bed around 9:30 or 10pm and you sleep straight trough the night until 6:30 or 7am. MAGIC.  Daytime naps are a bit trickier {and I realized at the beginning of this month you weren't getting near enough snoozing in during the day -- oops}, but if we can get you to sleep, you'll sleep long and well. You tend to be happiest when you have two long naps {3ish hours each} and then a little catnap in the evening. This isn't always feasible if we're in and out of the car with errands and such. You do love snoozing on me in the carrier as well as in the swing. You still sleep swaddled in the RNP at night. 

You are still an excellent and efficient eater. You've also found your hands this month and become a paci fan {after much prodding from me}. The Wubbanub is your jam, especially your Bevo Wub; we often find you cuddling him or sucking on his horn after you've had your fill of the actual paci. 

You are SO long! Your sister really chunked out at this age, and while you've got a few rolls working, I think the chub just keeps getting stretched! Almost all of your 6 month sleepers and rompers are too tight at the snaps. 

Your eyes brightened up this month. You also lost the vast majority of your dark hair. You still have the George Costanza / Friar Tuck stripe in the back, but everything growing up top is blond or maybe light brown...might you end up a tow-headed toddler like your mama was?

You have the funniest tickle spot on the side of your belly. If we catch it just right, you giggle excitedly and pull your legs up to your chest and kind of twist sideways. I can only compare the reaction to that of a puppy who's getting its tummy scratched just right. 

This month, you traveled again to Waco and spent 17 days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. You were an excellent plane traveler, happily snoozing, eating, and observing throughout both flights. You loved hiking in the cool morning air {snoozed through nearly ever minute of our treks in the Beco} and kicking in the grass at the concerts, festivals, and parks we visited. 

You are simply the best, little nugget. I can't wait to see what next month brings! 

xo, Mama

3 Month Stats
- Diaper Size: 3
- Clothing: 6 to 12 months, depending on brand 

3 Month Likes
- snoozing in the Beco
- swing, with the birdies on
- piano playmat
- RNP for night sleep 
- looking at faces; "talking"
- belly tickles 
- Wubbanub, especially Bevo
- sitting and standing upright 
- white noise machine
- showers with Mama

Nicknames: Biscuit, Butter Biscuit, Brady Back Ribs, B Boy, Buddy, Concerned Citizen