Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Atlanta, GA

I visited my good friend Caroline a few weekends ago in Atlanta- it was an excellent girls trip (sans baby responsibilities!). Caroline knows all the good places to eat in the city because she always has to wine & dine her clients for her job (in corporate furniture sales). It always makes me think of the tv show Mad Men- always taking clients out to eat.

She took me to this place called the Gun Show. It was so packed. It was all hipster fancy food combinations, like corn and smoked blueberry glaze, so obviously I was all over it. The food was seriously so good- the first item on the menu was my favorite, which is crazy because look at what huitlacoche really is- but the restaurant was so loud! Ms. decorator Caroline was saying they had all hard surfaces (no carpet, hard chairs, bare walls) so the sound just bounced all around.

It was a beautiful weekend.

Monday, June 8, 2015


I filled up a bunch of water balloons the other day for a church activity- and both Ella and I loved it. She liked to chew on them until they popped in her face (?!) and there is something weirdly cool and fun about popping the balloons on the sidewalk.

It was such a hot afternoon the other day and Ella was begging to go outside, which I didn't want to do because I didn't want to sweat. But, we went out, and I made it bearable by bringing us both out Popsicles. Ella was so cute eating hers- I should've taken a picture but my hands were so sticky and I'm lazy.

These days, I still take Ella for a stroller walk in the morning to get her to nap. She doesn't just go to sleep in the crib for naps, and again, I'm kind of a lazy parent. I rather like the stroller situation really, a walk is nice for me. But now that its getting hotter... we'll see how it goes.

The Mouritsens are going on the annual Park City trip this upcoming Sunday-Wednesday. Its always fun, and I'm looking forward to it. We'll go to the hotel pool, hang out and play cards, and I want to go down the Alpine Slide this year as I've never been.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teeth & Swimsuits & Steps & Nursing

Ella got two little bottom teeth, oh, about a month ago. And today, I can feel the top two!! but you can't see them yet. ALSO SHE HAS SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT THE LAST TWO NIGHTS AND IT IS A MIRACLE. Before, I was waking up once or twice, feeding her a bottle, changing her diaper if need be, and then putting her back in her crib, which she would do peacefully maybe... 80% of the time. So lets hope by writing about this I'm not jinxing it.

I stopped nursing a while back. Ella was between 9 & 10 months. I wish I would have done it a bit sooner even, 6 or 7 months maybe. She just would snuggle after eating a bottle, and it was so fabulous, she never did that after nursing. PS I still have milk that will come out a little, and I'm a confused why. When will that go away?

Speaking of, a post baby body is hard to put in a swimsuit! I bought this one from Target thinking the ruffle would hide all my insecurities. And it did, when the swimsuit was dry. But the weight of the water on the ruffle caused the cups to roll down. So, I'm trying again with this high waisted bikini bottom and this zippered top. We'll see if it's enough coverage... and if they're the same color...

Also, Eleanor started walking! You can only see one bitty step here, but I've seen as much as 4 steps in a row. Since getting her teeth, she's really taken a liking to pacifiers too. Maybe it's like a substitute for a teether? i don't know.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Juice Cleanse

I've always been so curious about juice cleanses. Do they actually work? Will I really have more energy from drinking a bunch of vegetables? and most importantly- obviously -will I lose weight? 

Here's my thoughts if you'd like to hear:

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Spring Game

Per Brent's request, we went to the Spring BYU Football Scrimmage Friday night. Brent gets to see all the players, see them warming up and testing out their stuff. He even went early to get the players autographs! You know, to give to his 10-year-old nephew (who's obsessed with sports, naturally, as a Mouritsen). I liked it. What I liked was the spring weather and the warm evening light on those peaks!

Also, my parents came to visit last week. We had such a good time.

Please come back!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soup, Crying Tip, & Ella

A Panera classic made over for a creamy yet lighter Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Soup! You won't miss the heavy cream and butter in this delicious recipe!
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I found this healthy version of Cheddar Broccoli soup, and it is delightful. I was pretty worried about using almond milk at first... but its delicious regardless, and it cuts down the calories quite a bit to use it instead of regular milk.  I also used reduced fat cheddar cheese- still delicious.

On to 9 month old Ella...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ella: 8 Months

Girlfriend is 8 months old tomorrow, on Jan 19th.

She doesn't have any teeth yet! which is a little unusual from what I read. But, she does:
-sit up real well, only sometimes falling over
-pick up cheerios to eat with her thumb and sweet little finger
-army crawls
-goes from laying down to sitting up on her own
-claps her little hands
-pulls herself up to stand every now and again
-takes two naps a day, and for the last week or so, they've been a bit longer, sometimes 2 hours. Which always feels like an unprecedented luxury. But, unfortunately, she still wakes up once or twice a night.

She is moving a ton. Its a tricky business to change her diaper, she'll roll over in a hot second. I try to convince her to stay still with a toy, but its about 50-50.

She seems to rather like her "Pat the Bunny" book Brent's mom got her for Christmas. It has a fuzzy little bunny for her to touch, buttons for her to rattle, you know, blah blah. For toys, car keys and my watch are a no-fail.

We shared a moment the other day. I was feeding her peaches and telling her how delicious they were, and she was just laaaughing, and then I was laughing at her, and then she was laughing at me- you know, real bonding time. It felt like we were real friends for a minute.

The last few days she seems to get a bit slap happy when she's tired. She'll kind of cry, and then laugh real hard at something, and then cry again. Quite cute stuff.
The other day, I finally weighed 145 lbs., which is what I weighed pre-Eleanor. It was an excellent moment. But of course, I ate some pizza the other day at a friends house and now I weigh 149... but it'll go back down I'm sure... right? right?!

Also, I recently realized Ballet West holds adult ballet classes closer to my house so maybe I'll wander over there some time.