March 22, 2015

Claire's Frozen Princess Party

Claire was adamant that she wanted a Frozen Coronation party this year, so that's what she got! We had it at this little party palace near our house, and she loved it! She probably would've loved it even more if she hadn't been hopped up on cold medicine...sigh. It was a fun little party and the princess was treated like royalty, of course.
























CLAIRE AT THREE:

Favorite Color: Pink!
Favorite Toy: Mermaids
Favorite Outfit: Rainbow shirt
Favorite TV show: PAW Patrol
Favorite Movie: Hook
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Snack: Goldfish
Favorite Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly
Favorite Snack: Goldfish
Favorite Breakfast: Breakfast bars, yogurt, and egg sandwiches 
Favorite Book: Pinkalicious
Favorite Animal: Mermaids
Favorite Song: Tangled song
Favorite Thing To Do Outside: Play at the Park
Favorite Drink: Lemonade
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Best friend: Momma, Graham, Jackson and Jade
Favorite lovie for night time: Mermaid
Favorite Dinner: Mac'n Cheese
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? 
A mommy and drive a pink car! (So maybe she'll dabble in MaryKay?? hahaha) 

You can't make this stuff up!!! #dying 

March 20, 2015

Hello, Spring


In case you haven't checked Google today, it's the first official day of spring!! I seriously love spring. As far as seasons go, I really love all of them! I especially love the beginning of each season. That first crisp fall morning...the first time I hear Christmas songs each December... that first hot summer day at the beach... but I just have a soft spot for SPRING! Easter is in spring, our sweet Claire was born, my birthday is in April, the weather is actually enjoyable to spend outside but not too insanely hot yet, the flowers are blooming, the grass is getting green again, and down here in Texas, pool season officially begins! Even our town is called Spring. What's not to love?!


Another reason I love Spring?? Spring Cleaning. I don't think there's anything better than a sparkling clean, organized house. And nothing stresses me out like my house being a wreck. I'm also in the mode of redecorating the house. After being here almost 2 years, I think I finally have an idea of what I want each space to look like! Spring cleaning will be the perfect way to clean the slate. I made this checklist for my spring cleaning this year. Call me crazy but it seriously makes me happy checking those little white boxes. Here's hoping I have an organized house by Monday!!




March 19, 2015

Three!!!


On March 19, 2012 at exactly 11:44 am you came into the world!! Since that minute, you have brought nothing but joy to our lives. You are such a blessing, sweet girl. Claire means "illustrious, bright, clear" and you are most definitely the light of our lives. I pray that you grow to have the light of Christ with you, and shine His light to all who know you. We thank God for you every day, sweet Claire. You are all I imagined, hoped for and prayed for in a daughter. Even down to your gorgeous deep brown eyes. We love you, Claire Bear!!!

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY!!!!

You at Three:

You are such a great talker, you've been speaking in full sentencing for a year now! Although, recently, you've been pointing at things and grunting, but when I tell you to use words, you'll say something like "Momma, can you please get me my baby doll from my room?" Haha. In short, you're a complete mess and I think you love being the baby of the family.

You are so funny!!! You love to make us laugh, you are always doing a goofy dance, or singing a princess song. The crazy faces you make are hilarious, and you can be a bit dramatic, just like the rest of your crazy family!

You are NOT potty trained yet. You were doing so great, and even going to school in panties, but after a bout with a stomach virus, we're back to square one. Your times, up though because mommy will be taking away the pull-ups in the very near future! When I told you you'd be in big girl undies when you turn three, you looked at me and said "Mmm, I don't think I want to turn three." Oh, Lord!

You love princess movies, and barbie Rapunzel! You love playing with your dolls, and I'll find them in the middle of the living room or on the couch covered up with blankets often. Such a good little momma :) You'll also hand me one of your babies and tell me to "shush" them, so cute!

You know ALL the colors, can count to 18 consistently, you can dress yourself and put your shoes on.  You love to wear your Anna Coronation dress, and will say "Momma, can I play dress up at your house?" So funny! Your favorite food is cupcakes, and your favorite colors are pink and purple!!! You love lipgloss, nail polish and all things girly.

Graham, or Bubba as you call him, is your best friend. You love him so much, but he does make you cry a lot! But he loves taking care of his little sister, and you love him a lot. Y'all sleep in the same bed every night, until you both make it down stairs to our room, that is.

You are so tender-hearted and if we get onto you about anything, you pout and say "You're mad at me." It's pretty ridiculous. You know how to work the system.

You love to sing, dance, color and you have a great imagination! You play really well by yourself a lot, and can keep yourself entertained.

We can't wait to see everything you learn this year, and more of the little girl you're quickly becoming!!! You're a big girl, now!!



NEWBORN

ONE

TWO


THREE!!!


March 2, 2015

Monday Meal Prep


Julia Child would've loved me. Just sayin'. 

When I was pregnant with Claire I started doing a Weekly Dinner Menu. I loved it! It made my week so much easier and saved me a ton of time, money and stress! I loved not having to scrounge around for dinner ideas at the last minute.

Last week, we ended up eating out more than usual and I don't think I cooked once. So over the weekend, I decided to do a meal plan and maybe even designate each day of the week for a particular meal, and just switch up the recipe for a little variety each week. :)

Here's what I came up with:



My plan is to just use this as a template, and switch up the recipes and meals each week! 
Here's what we're having this week. Almost every meal is something that is tried and true, so it should be pretty easy to stick to this meal plan! Here's hoping my family doesn't starve this week, and I get extra wife and mom points. ;) 


Tuesday: Chilean Sea Bass Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce, Quinoa, Steamed Veggies


Thursday: Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries and Salad

Friday: Make Your Own Pizza Night

Saturday: Steak Fajitas, Rice and Black Beans



How do you meal prep for the week? Any favorite recipes I should add to my weekly rotation?