Carson is TWO!!

Okay so i know it’s been forever since i have blogged about anything really.. but Carson turned two last week so of course I had to document it!

CAUTION: TERRIBLE TWOS AHEAD

But seriously, how in the world do i already have a 2 year old on my hands?! This past year has flown by and I can’t believe we just celebrated his 2nd birthday! Carson has been 2 for exactly a week now and to be honest its been a pretty rough week. Carson got a nasty cold and is still fighting it. Thankfully, I think he is on the mend but, oh man, is he super needy when he is sick! We have been quarantined to the house and have watched “pooh’s great adventure” probably a 100 times by now. The humidifier and Tylenol has been our friend the past few days and this mamma is ready for a date night. But needless to say, I am enjoying all the extra cuddles and trying to soak it all up!

We had a really low key party for Carson’s birthday and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are so lucky to have so much family around us, so that when we do have a get together it is practically a big party! Carson was spoiled, as always, by all of his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. So I am pretty sure we are gonna need to rent a storage unit after Christmas for all of his toys! Since Carson had a low-key party, we decided to take him to Zoo lights, as a present from us and he loved it.

Even though his party was pretty small, we still decided to go with a construction theme, since his favorite thing right now is building stuff and trucks. I made him a “dirt cake” and stuck some gummy worms and little bulldozers on his cake. He loved it and those little trucks are still his favorite thing to play with! Dollar store for the win!

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Carson is looking more and more like a toddler everyday and although I’m sad we are leaving the baby stage, I love watching him grow and learn new stuff everyday. Not gonna lie though, I am pretty nervous for “the terrible twos” and secretly hoping he somehow skips it altogether!

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My mom took these photos of him a couple months ago, but i thought they were to cute not to share! He looks so grown up!!

Christmas Pictures 2016

We didn’t get many Christmas pictures taken this year, mostly because taking a picture with a 2 year is near impossible, but we did manage to get a few! I am absolutely loving this time of year and am soaking up every bit of it with Carson. He is at such a fun age and watching it all through his eyes makes it all the more magical. We have been trying to add in more of our own Christmas traditions this year, so we have started going through an advent series. I am really excited to start incorporating that every year and teach Carson the true meaning of Christmas.  This time of year is just simply the best, SO SO thankful and blessed! Love this little family of mine!

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Carson’s Baby Dedication Day

Yesterday, was Carson’s dedication day at church. It was a great day and we had so many friends and family there with us as we dedicated Carson to the Lord. Ever since Carson was born I knew I wanted him to be apart of a baby dedication service. Baby dedication to us means that we as parents are publicly, before the church, promising to raise our son in the love and admonishment of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. In the Christian faith, we believe you are not saved until you profess Jesus as your lord and savior and call on him to be apart of your life. We know that dedicating Carson does not insure his salvation but rather a pledge to raise Carson up in the biblical truth. We hope and pray that Carson will one day accept Jesus into his heart and will be a light for him. Carson’s dedication yesterday was kind of an eye opener like “wow, we are really doing this!” God has entrusted us with this precious gift to help grow, nurture and love. What an amazing and overwhelming thought! Our prayer is that we will help lead Carson to walk with the Lord and that he will love the Lord with all his heart.We are so blessed to have such amazing family, friends, and church members that will come along side us as we raise our son. It was such a special day and one that we will always cherish as parents.

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This wasn’t taken yesterday, but my sweet sis-in-law took it a couple weeks ago and I just had to share! He looks so grown up!

“Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Labor day weekend!

You know it was a good 3 day weekend when Monday night rolls around and you feel rested, relaxed, and ready to take on the rest of the week. And that’s exactly how Jordan and I felt, it was the perfect weekend. We didn’t have to much planned and even enjoyed a relaxing day up north with family. These are the times that I want to look back and remember. Carson has been a lot of fun lately and is constantly making us laugh. It was a great weekend spent with family and friends. We also were able to get some projects done around the house that we have been wanting to do for a while now.

On Saturday, i woke up bright and early to get in 10 miles before it got too hot. Saturdays are usually my longer run days and I have been really enjoying it. Having a couple hours of peace and quiet is therapeutic for me! After my run, I came home and made some protein waffles and got cleaned up. Our whole family decided last minute to take a trip up north to Prescott so we quickly loaded up the car and were on our way!

 

 

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We Spent some time by the lake and Roxy decided it was a good idea to go swimming and chase the ducks!

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The Whole gang with Katy the selfie taker :)

We had a great time up north even though it was just for a few hours!

On Sunday morning, we went to church and then decided to do some projects around the house. One thing that we have been wanting to do for a while now is fix our front door. We had a ugly security door on the front and I’m not sure why it has taken us this long to take it down and paint our front door, but that is what we did and it turned out even better than i thought!

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After working on the house all day, we were wiped and decided to grab a quick dinner at the habit and called it a night!

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Monday we pretty much did nothing. Which was perfectly ok with us. We went to the gym in the morning, did a little cleaning, and did some baking of course! I made some Healthy peanut butter cookies that I plan on sharing here soon. All in all, it was a great weekend and feel so full of thanks going into the week ahead. Now that labor day has come and gone, we are so ready for fall and all the exciting things that come with this season!

Cashew Butter Protein Balls

We have had a huge jar of cashew butter sitting in the fridge for the longest time now and im not really sure why! I forgot there for a little while how yummy and slightly sweet cashew butter is. I have been wanting to make some protein balls for a while now to have before or after workouts or as a quick snack at work. So i decided why not make some with cashew butter? Seriously, so good. I even have it for dessert most nights because it tastes like a sweet and salty cookie!

Here is what you will need:

  • 5 Tbsp. of Cashew butter (I used Sprouts brand, salted)
  • 1.5 tbsp. of milled  flaxseed
  • .5 scoop of protein powder
  • .3 cup of steel cut oats
  • .5tbsp of Manuka honey (any honey will do, but manuka honey has really great health benefits)

Add a couple tablsepoons of water or unsweetened almond milk until reached desired consistency. Makes about 10 balls.

Okay, I am totally aware of the fact that these look like turd droppings but I promise they make up for it in taste!

Nutrition facts: 80 calories, 4.5 Fat, 6 Carbs, 3.5 Protein

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Protein Applesauce cookies

These cookies are perfect for when you want something a little sweet, but don’t want to totally blow your calories for the day! These are so easy to make and the best part is you can eat the whole batch for under 250 calories! If you have ever wanted to eat a whole plate of cookies, now is your chance! Now if your expecting these cookies to taste like nestle tollhouse cookies or your grandmas homemade chocolate chip cookies than your in the wrong place, but I think they are pretty tasty and definitely help curb my 3 0’clock sweet tooth! Since I am now counting Macros, this recipe makes it easy to get in a few cookies without totally blowing my carbs for the day!

Now, go make these cookies!

Recipe (serves 1):

  • 2 Tbsp. of powdered Peanut butter (PB2)
  • 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp. of stevia in the raw
  • .2 tbsp. of baking powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. of unsweetened applesauce (give or take depending on desired consistency)
  • .5 Tbsp. of fat free sugar free chocolate pudding mix (this can be omitted, but I think it makes it taste a little yummier)

Mix all ingredients together and roll into 1 inch balls on cookie sheet and bake for 5 min. at 350 degree. Makes about 7 cookies.

Nutrition info:

Calories- 247

Fat-4.5

Carbs- 27

Protein-30

Enjoy!

 

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Carson ~20 months~

Carson is now 20 months old, which means he will be TWO in 4 months! 4 months!! Thats crazy, time is flying by and before i know it i will have a 2 year old on my hands. Nevertheless, Carson is in such a fun stage right now. He is so expressive and brings so much joy and laughter to our lives. Don’t get me wrong though, we are in full tantrum mode and there are definitely some not so fun days. Its funny how i always thought i was a patient person, but Carson is continuously showing me I am the furthest thing from it. Carson has such a sweet and sensitive heart and I love that about him. He gets his feelings hurt pretty easily and is always so aware of the feelings of others around him. He always seems to know the perfect time to flash that silly smile of his and it instantly lifts my spirits. Life would be pretty quiet around here without him.

Eating

Carson has always had a good appetite but does seem to be more picky now that he is getting older. Some days he loves chicken nuggets and then the next day he wont even touch them, *sigh* but hey, that’s life with a toddler. Carson loves to eat fruit and will never turn that down. His absolute favorite are blueberries and grapes. For protein, he really likes to eat cold grilled chicken. Yogurt, cheese, graham crackers, lara bars, mac and cheese, avocados, healthy cookies, and hot dogs are also some of his favorite things to eat on a daily basis.

Sleeping-

Thankfully, Carson sleeps great at night and will usually go to bed around 7:30 and sleep in until 6:30am. Naps still aren’t always consistently on time every day but he usually will take about a 1-2 hour nap in the afternoon and will cat-nap here and there in the car. He sleeps with his little stuffed bunny every night 🙂

Playtime-

Carson loves playing with his toys and will grab our hand and pull us to his toys to come and play with him. Still trying to get him to play by himself more and more, but it does seem like the older he gets the more he will sit and play with his toys. He loves playing with trucks, cars, boats and legos. He also really enjoys reading books.

Church- 

Carson enjoys going to church and does really well in the nursery. I love watching him play and interact with other kids his age. It is so cute! They blow bubbles, sing songs, color, and dance to the hokey pokey every sunday (his fave)

tv shows-

I don’t really have a limit right now on the amount of time Carson watches TV, but he probably watches a couple episodes a day of a certain show and will usually play with his toys with it on in the background. This is usually the time when I can clean the house or do whatever else needs to be done because it holds his attention so well! His absolute favorite show is daniel tiger, but also enjoys watching bob the builder and Cars.

Favorite things-

Visiting family, daniel tiger, cookies, playing outside, airplanes, going on walks, his stuffed “bunny”, dancing, singing songs, reading books, and doing the hokey pokey.

dislikes-

Riding in the car, being told “no”, naps, and whenever I try to clean his face.

 

 

Carson had a well check a couple weeks ago and is as healthy as can be (praise God)! He received 4 shots and did great! He got a lollipop afterwards and all was right in the world again! He weighed 26lbs at the office and came in around 43% on the chart for his height. And of course his head measurements were in the 80th percentile range. The Boys got a big head! But, We are so blessed to have such a healthy and growing boy!

Carson can be really shy sometimes but is also so outgoing and loves to wave and say “hi” to everybody when we are out and about. The “climbing stage” and hitting is in full force right now and honestly some days it overwhelms me SO MUCH. I second guess my parenting and question if I am “doing it right”. Just trying to take it one day at a time. It is not easy, but I sure do love this boy and am so thankful for the joy he brings to us.

 

The MANY faces of Carson…

 

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Shiplap wall/home renovations

 

Man, I’m really slacking at keeping up with blog posts. Life has been pretty busy lately, but the good kind of busy! The days that I am home with Carson, I feel as though I cant turn my back for two seconds. Take this morning for example, I was doing the dishes and I turn around to find my son with a mouth full of cotton balls. Like, where does he even find this stuff!?? So as you can imagine it can be difficult to find the time to write a full on blog post.

Even in the midst of all the craziness going on lately, we have still managed to find a few things to fix up around the house, so I wanted to share a little bit of what we have been up to. Little projects like this make us so excited and to our surprise were super affordable! Jordan and I have been wanting to do a shiplap wall for some time now, but we weren’t quite sure where to do it. We finally decided on our living room wall, because it is one of the first things you see when you walk into the house. Now although I was the one who originally begged said we should do a shiplap wall, I must give major props to my awesome and hard-working hubby. He was the one that came up with the measurements, pattern, and hard labor. And as it turns out our living room is slightly slanted, so some of the cuts at the bottom were totally random.

For the wood, we decided on maple plywood from Lowe’s. Which we are extremely happy with! They were even nice enough to cut our wood into 6inch x 8ft strips for us!

Our typical Friday nights..

Once we got all the wood, paint, and supplies we needed, we got straight to work. Jordan worked on this project for most of the day on Saturday, but was done early enough to go play a round of golf. So it was definitely only about a days worth of work.

Not the best picture.. but this is BEFORE:

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In the middle of the process..

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After all the wood was up, we decided to paint later on that night after Carson had gone to bed. We used a flat white paint.

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AFTER:

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We are so pleased with how everything turned out and how cheap it was to do it! With supplies, wood, and paint the overall total was around $125. We were (and still are) so in love with this wall that we even ate dinner in there for a few nights afterwards! This is probably my new favorite room in the house! One thing I also love about this room is that everything in it is either from goodwill, something we made, found on the side of the road and fixed up, or was a hand-me-down(the couches). The only thing we paid full price for in this room was the rug and pillow cases, which were both from Ikea. Okay, and the TV, we got that at Target. lol

We also added some shelves to our spare bathroom for some extra storage and to be able to keep things up high that the little man shouldn’t get into (stuff like cotton balls). This little project was super easy and only took a couple hours total. Total cost for these shelves were super reasonable and came out to be around $30 overall!

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Carsons’s mama

I think I have a love/ hate relationship with these kind of posts. You know, the kind were I actually let my feelings out. But in a lot of ways, it’s therapeutic for me and feels so good to just jot it all down sometimes.

In all honesty, there are somedays it’s really hard being a mom. It can be tiring taking care of somebody that clings to you all day long, eats your food(carson freaks out whenever he sees me eating and immediately thinks he should be eating too), and somehow manages to put every crumb of everything in his mouth. Most days, it feels like the only word that comes out of my mouth is “no”, “no, don’t touch that”, “no, don’t go in there” and so on. There are days were there are so many other things I want/ need to get done. Things I want to cross off my to-do lists and goals I wants to pursue. But somedays, most days, I feel lucky if I can just get a load of laundry done. In fact, some nights I feel like a heck of a wife if I have a nice, home-cooked meal on the table.

As I was reflecting this morning and remembering all the stuff I needed to do today. I felt a sudden peace, and as though God was just telling me to enjoy being Carson’s mom today. Now of course, most people, atleast I would hope, enjoy being a mom or dad, but I mean really, truly enjoying the day to day grind. Even the not so fun and messy parts. Because most of us know, life with a 1 year old can be pretty messy, literally.

Even though the day to day can sometimes seem daunting, I feel so blessed to be Carson’s mama. And even though, there are many things I want to accomplish, none of them will EVER compare to the joy and satisfaction of being a mom to my son. Being Carsons’s mom makes me so happy and all these little to-do lists and goals can sometimes get in the way of truly enjoying what’s in front of me. Now that doesn’t mean, I shouldn’t pursue things or never get anything done. But I think it’s important to sometimes take a step back and realize that somedays the only thing I might get done is just a load of laundry and that’s okay.

So for today, I’m clearing my schedule and starting with a fresh mindset. Resting in the fact, that I don’t have to do it all in one day and that its okay to take a step back sometimes. I’m realizing that once in a awhile, It’s alright to “take a day off” and just truly embrace the time and place God has called me to be in right now. So my goal for today is to enjoy and embrace motherhood, to love and cherish my little one, to be patient and kind to him, and if I just so happen to get the dishes done in the process then great, but if not, then that’s ok too.

 

I love being this boy’s mom!





Jordan’s birthday weekend/sedona 

I have been a little absent here in blog land, but the past few weeks have been filled with the stomach flu, birthdays, and little getaways! So we have been pretty busy to say the least. January is always a crazy month, but thankfully Jordan and I were able to get away for the weekend to celebrate his birthday in Sedona! We love Sedona and always have such a great time when we are there! We drive up there probably atleast twice a year and try to stay in a different area each time that way we can explore all of Sedona.

This trip was a lot more relaxing than our last trip to Sedona and that is just the way we liked it! We stayed at the Southwestern Inn, which was pretty nice and the staff was really friendly. They made great recommendations for hiking and places to eat! On Saturday, we ate brunch at the coffee pot, which was so good, and then for dinner we ate at the Barking Frog. Which was also really delicious and they have a great happy hour! We watched the Cardinals game for a couple hours there and feasted on some yummy chicken nachos.


  
  
  


  

We woke up early Sunday morning and had a nice breakfast at the hotel and then headed out for some hiking!


  

It was a great weekend away filled with food, hiking, shopping, fudge and of course the cardinals game! I wouldn’t change a single thing! Happy birthday to my Jordan! And of course, as always, we couldn’t wait to come back home to our little man!

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