Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Happy Friday!

I’ve been totally MIA this week… I promise to be back on the regular next week.

First, though, my sweet blogging friend Tif over at Bright on a Budget featured me for her Tour Around Blogland. So awesome! If you’re visiting from that, Hi! If you haven’t visited Bright on a Budget, go now! She always puts together great outfits using such affordable pieces!!

Anyway, it’s been quiet this week because we’ve been on vacation in Colorado!

Here are a few highlights from this week:

Cup of Tea at the Rocky Mountain National Park

We went to the Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday. Elizabeth and I continued the tradition of pictures by national park signs that my dad started oh so many years ago!

Beautiful mountains at the Rocky Mountain National Park

Beautiful scenery at the park! Leaves changing, crisp air, bright blue sky! Pictures just don’t do it justice.Visiting Focus on the Family with Cup of Tea

My favorite visit was to the Focus on the Family headquarters and a trip to the Adventures in Odyssey section! If you’ve never heard of Adventures in Odyssey, it’s a kid/family radio program that has been around since the late 80s. I love it! Still listen to it! You can catch up on episodes here. But, as you can see from the picture, I was the only one excited to be there.Great play area at Focus on the Family

They had a great kids play area that let Elizabeth get her wiggles out!!Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

We also visited Garden of the Gods. It’s so beautiful.Air Force Academy Chapel

I have never visited the Air Force Academy campus before. I’ve only done a drive by before. So it was nice to actually see it all up close!

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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Menu Monday!

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Hey y’all!  Happy Monday!

Let’s get on to the menu for this week!  For more information on how I menu plan, look at this.

Monday:
Roasted Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas
(Adapted from this recipe)

Tuesday:
California BLT’s

Wednesday:
Kale, Black Bean & Avocado Burrito Bowl
(From CookieandKate.com)

Thursday:
Vegetarian Meatballs
(Recipe here!  3 weeks in a row! Yikes!
Plan to make several batches to freeze this time)

Friday:
Haystacks
(Our version of build-your-own taco salad)

Saturday:
Out to eat

Sunday:
Stovetop Mac & Cheese
(Made this last week – so good!  Recipe from here)

*Grocery store this week: Trader Joe’s

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Hello hello! Hope you all had a glorious week!

First up, before we get rolling, I am so excited that we are only 3 weeks away from the Fall version of the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge! I’m already starting to go through my clothes to figure out what I’d like to include in the 30 items. If you’d like to catch up with my last challenge, start with this post.

If you are interested in joining in with me, I’ll be kicking off with my choices on October 2! Prepare yourself!

Onward!

1. Seriously, these last two weeks felt like 5 weeks, and I’m pooped. It seemed like every personal event, work deadline, major blog series and church commitment coincided with this week. I’m just trying to get to Friday night, y’all. I mentioned on Wednesday that I was just failing at blogging, left and right. Your comments were just so sweet and encouraging! So thank you! I consider blogging my hobby, but I have so enjoyed making friends through this!

2. I got 2 new shirts from Boden, and I’m just so excited to wear them in the 30×30 challenge! Although, I posted on Instagram that one of them had a not so Mommy Friendly tag. Le sigh…

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3. Elizabeth turned 11 Months yesterday! Yippee! She has decided to celebrate by getting a cold. Poor thing! Which meant she wasn’t enthused about taking her pictures…

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4. It’s finally starting to feel like Fall around here (early Fall, anyway). It’s been cooler and we’ve had lovely rainy days. Even when it was warm, the humidity felt lower. I even got a small glimpse of Fall on one of our walks!

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5. I signed up for the Mug Swap over at But First, Coffee, and was lucky enough to get a chance to swap with the hostess, Kallie! I received mine earlier in the week. She sent me a 2 mug set and some Autumn Tea that smells like Autumn in a mug. Not to mention its a flavored tea that’s a black tea. A rare thing!

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Anyway, that was my week! It felt like a lot of grumbling. Sorry about that! (vacation is coming… vacation is coming…)

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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Elizabeth’s 11 Month Update

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Well, my sweet little girl is already 11 months! This time last year, I was waddling around the house. The nursery was pretty much set, I had washed all her clothes, and I was just trying to rest.

Not to mention reading up on how to care for a baby! (I realized I had read tons about labor signs, what it was like to go into labor, etc, but nothing about basic baby care!)

But now we’re just one month away from her big 1 year celebration! I have GOT to get it together and start planning this party….

Here’s what she has been up to this past month!

Height/Weight | I have NO idea what she is. I feel like we haven’t had a doctor’s appointment for so long. (I guess that’s a good thing, right?)

Routine | Elizabeth’s routine is same old, same old.

  • 7:00am – Wake up and bottle
  • 7:30am – Play time!
  • 8:00am – Breakfast time
  • 8:30am – Continue to play or Bath time
  • 9:00am – Morning nap
  • 10:00am – Wake up and bottle
  • 10:30am – Play time! Or errands.
  • 11:30am – Lunch time
  • 12:oopm – Play time!
  • 1:00pm – Afternoon nap
  • 2:30-3:00pm – Wake up and bottle
  • 3:30pm – Small snack
  • 4:00pm – She plays while I start dinner
  • 4:30pm – Dinner as a family
  • 5:00pm – Play time!
  • 6:00pm – Get ready for bed, and a final bottle.
  • 6:30pm – Lights out and asleep!

Sleeping | Elizabeth is going through phases where she seems like she’s dropping her morning nap, but then she goes right back on track. But other than that, she’s quite the sleeper. I sure hope this continues!

Eating | She loves to eat! I’m surprised by how much she’s packing away.  She has 3 meals a day, and drinks about 6 oz. of formula with each meal. I’ve stopped making her formula in a bottle for 2 of those feedings and am instead giving it to her in her straw cup.

I’m thinking we may also try to give her some real, full milk in a few weeks, just to see what she thinks. Truly, I think she’ll gobble that up. Her favorite foods are cheese (sharp cheddar, feta, mozzarella, doesn’t matter), cheerios, black beans, avocado, eggs, and any fruit (except banana). She also tried those veggie sticks recently, and she loved them!

Sizes | I think I have officially packed away all of her 6 month clothes. And all of her 12 month clothes that looked huge on her last month now fit well. I thought I’d be moving her up to size 4 diapers, but I think we’re good for another month.

Milestones | She’s developing a little personality, no doubt about it!

  • She’s gotten so fast at pulling up to stand. But walking isn’t all that interesting to her.
  • Elizabeth loves being upside down. She’ll even do a downward dog type move. Hilarious!
  • She is becoming a little mischievous one. She knows there are things that she shouldn’t do, but she looks right at me, smiles, and does it anyway. A little stinker :)
  • I also think she does things purposefully to make me laugh.
  • Elizabeth also knows how to shake her head no. At first, I felt bad because I thought I was saying no too much or something negative like that. BUT I think she just started shaking her head back and forth to watch the world spin, and we started saying “no no no” in response to that. Now, when she hears no, she shakes her head around.
  • She loves to clap!
  • She clearly understands what I’m saying. A few days ago, I had her little stuffed monkey sitting next to her. She was looking at a book and I said “Would monkey like to read your book?” and she placed the book on the floor in front of the toy. Then she patted my leg, which I interpreted as “please read this book to us, Mommy!”. My heart melted.
  • The play tunnel I bought at Ikea has become such a great toy!
  • She waves hello, good bye, and good night.
  • Elizabeth learned how to stick her tongue out this week. It’s hilarious!
  • She loves feeding me her food. It was cute at first, but then I got a half eaten Cheerio in my mouth. Gross.
  • Along the same lines, she can hand things to you if you ask.
  • Her gabbing is intense!
  • She still seems to be a little shy when you first take her to a place with lots of people/kids, but she quickly warms up.
  • Elizabeth had her first “baby sitting” experience this week. I started a new Bible study, and there was a baby sitter there. So I dropped her and ran. Apparently she was a ham the whole time! Yay her!

Now, like last month, she was nearly impossible to photograph!!

Elizabeth 11 Month Bloopers

At least we got one decent shot in the bunch :)

Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the last month!

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Can this week be over yet?

I had planned to share Elizabeth’s 11 Month update with you today! But yesterday she had 0 naps, we ran many errands, and mom was just…. done.

Today, she has a stuffy nose and isn’t her usual perky self. And we don’t want a repeat of pictures like last month.

I also am annoyed that I haven’t gathered all my materials for my planned See it! Pin it! Do it! challenge. Grr.

So, today’s basically a blogging fail.

If you need some entertainment, head on over to Instagram or check out some of my past videos.

Or commiserate with me in the comment section. Actually, that may be more fun. Misery loves company :)