Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dreamy Day at Point Reyes

Once upon a time there was a girl that dreamed she would one day marry this handsome, kind, intelligent prince.  They would live where they wouldn’t have to deal with nasty cold weather and eventually would have a little girl that would melt their hearts.  On the weekends they would gather up some of their closest friends and take day trips to the ocean.

Before hitting up the ocean they would go to a small quaint town and go through shops and get lunch from one of the best cheese shops ever (she’s not exaggerating when she says this, Cowgirl Creamery is truly one of the best).  While perusing they would also make sure to provide their sweet girl with as many opportunities to see doggies and if she was lucky enough, pet one or two.

Once they got to the ocean the weather would be absolutely perfect, not too cold but not too hot and just as importantly no wind so their food was sand free!  Next stop, what they were looking forward to all day, off to see the Point Reyes Lighthouse.  This lighthouse would be located along the coast with the most amazing views and to make this girl’s day that much better than it already was, they would even see spouts of water from whales in the distance (this girl goes gaga over whales).  The sun was so bright it was hard to look at the water, but at the same time, it brought warmth and more awe to the view.  Now in this fairytale the many steps (300ish) back up to the trail wouldn’t affect her because she was in that good of shape (wink, wink).

The truth is this girl’s dreams in a lot of ways have become a reality.  This day really happened for the most part and this girl feels beyond blessed…beyond blessed.  All that being said this girl’s life isn’t perfect, on the way home she about lost it mentally because her sweet child wasn’t so sweet on the car ride, she has many worries and uncertainties, bad days and often feels like she could be a lot better wife and mom.  But she is so thankful for days like these where she is reminded how great life on this earth is and seeing glimpses of Heaven.  This girl hopes you take time for fun and have these fairytale days as well!!

Here are some photos of the day if you care to see.








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The 52 Week Project


DSC_0139 a portrait of my kid, once a week, every week in 2014

Nola has been able to get onto the sofa for awhile now, but recently she’s mastered all chairs in our house.  This looks innocent enough, but the kitchen table chairs have been a struggle.  Eyes on her always these days!!

18 Months!

It’s hard to believe our Nola girl is 18 months already!  These past 6 months went by so quickly it’s freaking me out that I only have 16.5 years left, eeeck!!  This age CJ and I are loving and though there are quite a bit of temper tantrum’s to handle, there are much more fun playing and laughing going on.  Here’s a handful of things Nola’s been up to.

– Nola stops numerous times while eating and folds her hands to pray.  We cover a lot of things we are thankful for!

– Nola’s love for dog’s continues to grow.  You can see from this post here.

– Nola is starting to play and interact with her friends rather than before just playing separately next to each other.   Same with story time at the library Nola now listens to the stories and participates.  It’s so amazing watching her grow!

– Depending on the mood, Nola is willing to try and say any word we give her.

–  If Nola is sick of us talking she will shush us.

– We got this travel magazine in the mail and going on a week now, Nola can page through and look at the photos for hours!

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I am so thankful to be this cute girl’s mama!  And since time is going by so quickly, Nola I promise to play, read and dance with you as much as we possibly can!

#31 Weeks and a recipe for Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

There is a lot going on this week! We are looking forward to our co-ed Alice and Wonderland-themed baby shower on Saturday which is being thrown by my wonderful boss, Cindy, and my dear friend, Linda. I can’t wait to see our totally male orthopedic surgeon friends decorating bibs!

Oh, snap!

Oh, snap!

This Sunday, Missy and I are also going to be (for once), standing on opposite sides representing our cities as the Seattle Seahawks face the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship! The Seahawks have been doing phenomenally well this year and the city seems to buzz with excitement whenever they play as we inch closer to the Superbowl. I’ve never seen anything like it, but it’s certainly fun to watch. Seattle has only been in one Superbowl before, but has never won. Wouldn’t it be fun if the city played in their second during our last year here?

#31 Weeks

#31 Weeks

I’m also 31 weeks! We are chugging along. To try and remember this time in our lives, I’ve been trying to keep a weekly pregnancy journal to record the journey. Here is this week’s entry:

31 weeks (wk 1/13)
Baby is the size of a: Coconut!
Total weight gain: 22 lbs
Maternity clothes: Oh yeah, tops and bottoms at this point
Stretch marks: Nothing I can see yet
Sleep: A little more disrupted, some insomnia, she likes to kick in the middle of the night when I start stirring. She is an early morning baby, God help me.
Best moment of this week: My parents coming into town for our baby shower Saturday!
Miss anything: Sleeping on my back, I am surrounded by pillows these days so I can remember to stay on my side!
Movement: She’s starting to roll in there, and I’m beginning to feel what seems like little hands or feet. It’s a crazy feeling.
Food cravings: Oranges and fruit juice
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: The bump seems to grow every day and I think I’m carrying lower now
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Our baby shower Saturday!
Thoughts to Baby: Hi Baby Girl, we heard your heartbeat again on Monday which was so comforting to hear because it is still very strong. Your measurements are good and the doctor says we’re progressing nicely. Let’s hope your delivery will be smooth too! We are so looking forward to celebrating you with our friends and family at the shower on Saturday! You’re already so loved!

Lastly, here is a soup recipe that I tried this week which was really yummy, healthy and yet still tasted decadent (thanks to the oxtails). I really love anything Ina Garten makes! She never fails me.

Yummy yum yum

Yummy yum yum

Rich Beef Barley Soup 2010, Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
2 hr 20 min
6 servings


1 tablespoon good olive oil
2 pounds beef oxtails (some reviewers suggested beef short ribs if oxtails were not available)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks)
2 cups (1/2-inch) diced carrots (4 carrots)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup (1/2-inch) diced celery (2 stalks)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
3 bay leaves
10 cups canned beef broth
1 cup pearled barley


Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset. Add the oxtails, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until browned all over. Remove the oxtails with a slotted spoon and reserve.

Add the leeks, carrots, onion, celery, and garlic to the fat in the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until the vegetables start to brown. Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen string and add to the pot along with the bay leaves. Return the oxtails to the pot and add the broth, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Discard the thyme bundle and the bay leaves, and skim off the fat.

Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the barley. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, drain, and set aside.

When the soup is ready, add the barley and cook the soup for another 15 or 20 minutes, until the barley is tender. Depending on the saltiness of the stock, the soup might need another teaspoon of salt and some pepper. Serve hot, with or without the oxtails.

*Cook’s note: I also cubed, browned, and simmered a small beef chuck roast to add in the soup as well because Nick likes his meat and there wasn’t a lot of meat on the oxtails.



The 52 Week Project

2/52 DSC_0023 a portrait of my kid, once a week, every week in 2014

Nola is all about discovery and mischief right now.  Going through drawers is one of her favorite things to do.