Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Currently: May

 Hey there! May is moving right along, and so I thought it was the perfect time to share this month's "Currently" post with some little snippets about what's been happening here lately!


Some recent favorites from my Instagram :)
Making: Some little thank you gifts for Henry's teachers in the nursery at church. I've been going a mom's group and a women's Bible study this year and there is a great group of ladies that work in the classroom where Henry goes during those activities and they are so sweet to him! Today is our last day for the year (they both activities stop for the summer and start up again in the fall) and so I put together a little tin with some homemade cookies and a tag with a note from Henry (ha) that says "Thanks for making my year so "sweet!" It may sound really Pinterest-y, but it was actually super simple to put together :)

Cooking: Whenever I need to bake something for any reason, 90% of the time I end up going with chocolate chip cookies. Sure, I like trying new recipes for other desserts and baked goods from time to time, but when I want something I know is going to be a hit, you can't beat a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies! (Plus, the fact that I can literally make them in my sleep doesn't hurt.) I've tried dozens of chocolate chip cookie recipes over the years, and I can confidently say I've found my holy grail recipe that I'll be using from now on. These chocolate chip cookies are perfection, and what's unique about the recipe is that they use melted butter instead of softened butter like most recipes call for. (Since the butter is melted, hypothetically you could brown it to really put them over the edge!) They also call for a tablespoon of vanilla and more brown sugar than white sugar, resulting in a chewy, flavorful cookie. I don't make them quite as big as it calls for in the recipe, so using a normal size cookie scoop I usually get just over two dozen if I make the recipe as is, so I usually double it. Definitely give this recipe a try if you're looking for a new go-to!

Reading: I'm starting to put together a list of books to read this summer, and this one, this one, and this one are all on my list. I'm very open to suggestions though, so let me know if you've read anything great lately, fiction or non-fiction :)

Wanting: Something to do a better job of cleaning our floors. Between a dog that sheds and a toddler that spills, I just feel like our floors are perpetually dirty. I've been thinking some sort of steam mop/vacuum thing may be the way to go, perhaps something like this? Has anyone tried it? Also, I'm pretty sure it's not having a kid that makes you feel like an adult but it's getting genuinely excited about the thought of getting a vacuum :)

Looking: At my Redfin app, even though we don't have plans to move any time soon. We would like to sell our house eventually, but it will probably be awhile before we're ready for that. However, the Portland housing market is crazy. so I just like keeping an eye on what's happening in different parts of town.

Wishing: I knew how to get Henry to eat things other than fruit and carbs. Seriously, meal time is a struggle these days! At the advice of our pediatrician, I just keep offering him a variety of different healthy foods at meal times, and if he decides not to eat it, then that's his choice. Man, it's frustrating though! I swear, some days it seems like he hardly eats anything, but yet every day he seems taller and heavier so obviously he's growing somehow? Toddlers!

Enjoying: Peony season! I know it's a total blogger cliche, but I don't care. They are seriously the prettiest flowers and having a bunch of them in the house just makes me so happy! (Plus they were the flowers we had at our wedding, and that was back before Pinterest/Instagram were even around!)

Eating: My diet so far this pregnancy has been questionable at best, I've definitely been indulging my sweet tooth a little too much! But my current craving for sure is definitely sour gummies! I got some really delicious ones from Trader Joe's recently and then this weekend I was jonesing for some Sour Patch Kids. Luckily, my husband knows my love language is candy and went out and got me not only Sour Patch Kids, but Haribo Sour Gummies too! (Bless him) I'm slightly concerned about my glucose test, so fingers crossed for that in a few months...

Loving: Henry's age right now. Although there are definitely parts that are frustrating, i.e. the picky eating, which I mentioned, and just the general frustration caused by the limited vocabulary at this age, it's also so so sweet and fun! He's becoming so independent and has such a sense of humor, but every now and then he still seems so little. I love seeing him beam with pride when he learns something new and I'm excited for lots of adventures this summer!

Hoping: To make it out to the Farmer's Market soon! Portland has tons of farmer's markets, but I haven't been to any yet this year, so I need to change that ASAP!

Needing: More discipline to get in bed at a reasonable time.
(I type that as I'm up way too late once again writing this post. Whoops)

Feeling: Excited about our 20 week anatomy scan that's coming up soon for baby #2! Since I'm seeing a midwife, they don't really do a ton of ultrasounds, and although I've gotten to hear the heartbeat multiple times, it will be nice to actually see everything and check in on how these bebe is doing! (Not to mention finding out the gender!) Also, it's a little crazy to me that I'm almost halfway through with this pregnancy, yet at the same time, I feel like I still have a long way to go? But I know the summer is going to fly and October will be here before we know it!

Wearing: These white maternity jeans from J.Crew - they are surprisingly thick (in a good way) and relatively flattering for being white maternity jeans. I was thinking about possibly doing a post with some of recent maternity (and non-maternity!) fashion favorites for spring, but since it looks like there are limited sizes left of these jeans, I wanted to share them ASAP for all my fellow mamas-to-be! Also, since white jeans + toddler means they'll have to be washed often, so far they seem to have held up well in the wash!

Watching: Still working my way through SATC (I'm on season 6, my favorite!) and I'm a little sad that it's that time of the year so many shows come to an end for the summer. We've been enjoying Blackish, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Silicon Valley, and Shark Tank lately, but I can't WAIT for The Bachelorette to start next week!

Bookmarking: This post from Cup of Jo - it's got links to lots of great parenting posts!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!

3 comments:

Your sweet words make my day! :)

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