Hello everyone! Happy May! Now that we’ve wrapped up April, I wanted to pop on and do my little monthly chat with you lovely people. I wish you could sit across from me and we could chat and catch up in person, preferably with a large glass of icy whipped coffee in front of us (have you seen the whipped coffee trend?? Have you tried it?? I like it, but it’s SUPA rich).
This has been such a wild month, such a wild time in general. I feel like for my whole life I’ll look back on this coronavirus quarantine time as such a strange and interesting experience! At this point, 7 (or so?) weeks in, this really just feels like our new normal. I am VERY excited to get back to being able to run errands as a family (a weird thing to miss, right?), go to church, meet with my moms groups, and hang out with friends like normal, but until then, we’ve kind of gotten used to this!
Easter was…different…this year, for obvious reasons! We couldn’t go to church, which was a huge bummer, but we streamed it from our living room. Which went about how you’d expect it would go with two toddlers, but we made it work the best we could 😂.
We did a little Easter gift basket, made a craft or 2 throughout the week, and of course did an Easter egg hunt! We taught Ford about the Easter story as best we could with him being a tiny little guy, and we watched a few little toddler YouTube videos about it. The little detail that stuck with him the most was that “Jesus needed help carrying His cross. So a friend came and helped Him.” For some reason, the part of the video where the man came and helped Jesus carry his cross was the fact he grabbed onto and kept repeating 😂. I love toddlers. At one point he said, “And his friend came and helped him. And it’s going to be so fun.” Welllll….maybe not super fun Fordy, but I see where your mind is at 😂. So cute.
But also look at Colt’s bunny ears. Does that kill you or what?! He’s presh.
Baby Girl Prep!
We’re really getting close! I’m officially in my third trimester as of last week. We’ve been building up our clothing collection so she has enough to get through the first few stages.
I’ve worked on some decor for her nursery – it’s going to be white walls, a pastel rainbow mural across a corner of the room, a natural wood crib and changing table, and other rainbow decor + greenery. So now we’re in that phase! We need to buy a crib, changing table, and rocking chair. So we’ve got some big purchases coming up!
I’m not one of those women that enjoys being pregnant very much, even though I am SO grateful for the ability to be pregnant and think it’s such an amazing miracle. But my hormones turn against me 😂. However – I couldn’t be more excited to meet our **daughter** – still feels so crazy and alien to say that after 2 boys!!
Outside, Outside, and more Outside
The key to keeping my two little boys happy is the sunshine and outdoors. Especially my one year old – he’s your stereotypical little boy and just wants to sprint and wrestle all day 😂. He gets very cranky if you try and coop him up inside all morning.
So we have a great fenced in back yard that they play in a lot, but their main love is running up and down the sidewalk on our street/cul-de-sac with their sidewalk toys (i.e. little trikes, push cars, etc).
We just ordered a 2 pack of baby sunscreen on Amazon yesterday if that gives you an idea of the amount of time we spend outside – haha – but it’s good for all of us! Sunshine is good for the soul. (And mood.)
We got a little back yard playground!! This was a GIANT project to build, and as I type this I feel like it sounds like I helped a lot…I did not. Seth built this 99% by himself, and it was a giant ordeal. They love it, though!! Specifically the swings. What’s better than your very own swing set??
Photographed is a spontaneous hug that I magically captured with my phone on said swing set. Love.
Speaking of Projects…
Have you guys been tackling home projects while in quarantine, too? We embarked on quite the project journey this month. Ignore this horrible picture and messy background, hopefully you can still get the point. We pulled off the door frame that used to be here, repaired the drywall (still in that part of the process now), and are going to finish that up, paint it, and then install…drum roll…big, beautiful, sliding barn doors! We are building the doors because they are like a thousand dollars…whew.
This room previously had french doors and we were using it as an office. We are converting it to a downstairs guest room because the upstairs guest room will now be a third nursery!
Hopefully it’ll look awesome.
A fun little situation happened last week here. Seth was in a meeting, I was on a zoom call with one of my mom groups, and the boys made their way quietly upstairs. I was like “Hey…at least they are playing independently together without my help and having a good time. What’s the worst that can happen?”
The worst in this situation turned out to be pulling every single item of clothing out of both their dressers, throwing them all over the upstairs, dumping an entire bottle of sunscreen into a little bucket and spreading it all over each other, the walls, the carpet, and everything else upstairs, and then repeating that with a bottle of toothpaste.
Oh. My. Gosh. I was so mad. It was one of those humbling learning moments where I was not quite as patient and calm as I should have been and had to sit down with Ford later and tell him that “I’m sorry, mommy isn’t perfect, sometimes she gets upset and isn’t very nice, but I’ll keep trying to be the absolute best mommy I can be to you and Colty. Sometimes I’m going to make mistakes and have to apologize, but I love you soooooo much. Do you forgive me?” to which his response is always such a sweet little “Yes” and nod.
Now I lovingly refer to it as sunscreen-gate and have protected every upstairs room except the playroom with baby proofed door handles. It is now toddler-safe, so they can venture. I LEARNED MY LESSON. A eerily quiet toddler isn’t a good sign unless their area is totally toddler proofed, especially when I yell “Hey Fordy!” upstairs and his response is “Be quiet mommy! Be quiet!” 😐
On the Blog in April
We had some yummy stuff go on the blog in April!
- Blackened Salmon Bowls with Mango Salsa
- Instant Pot Mojo Pork
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Dairy Free)
- Mongolian Beef Meatballs
- Peanut Lime Shrimp Curry
- Grilled Spring Veggie Panzanella
All so so yummy! My favorites from the whole month were the Creamy Tuscan Chicken (SO GOOD), and the Panzanella – my fave fave fave salad.
What to Make in May
What’s in season?
I hope you guys are hangin’ in there right now. I know things are bizarre and different and hard. We can do this! Things WILL go back to normal eventually, we just need to make the best of it right now while we’re in it.