Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Prep

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I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year. It's something I've done in the past but this year, I thought it would be fun to blog about my process, schedule and recipes. I've blogged about Thanksgiving in the past but it has been a few years and a few things have changed along the way.

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Last week, I finalized my menu, recipes and schedule. I keep my schedule on Google Drive because once you have a good schedule, you can keep using the same one with a few tweaks every year. I also keep my menu and recipes on Google Drive for quick reference. 

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Tomorrow I start in on my Thanksgiving Day preparation. I'm excited to cook with Molly and a little nervous about doing this with two small children. I know if I stick to my schedule then everything will be ok or else it will make for a hilarious blog entry.

Happy Thanksgiving


Forty Eight Weeks with Chicken Nugget

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Maggie's new activity is to roam the house with a play bowl and play felt food grasped in her hand. She likes to put the food into the bowl and take it back out again, over and over. Sometimes the felt food is replaced by a lego block. The joy on her face as she does this is so wonderful. 

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This week has been a terrible week for sleep around this house. Maggie is still waking up once a night and migrating to my bed. She did sleep through the night in her pack and play one time this week and it was so nice! 

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We celebrated Molly's 3rd Birthday on Saturday and Maggie had the best time following the older kids around. As the kids were running in circles around the room, she was toddling along behind them, full of giggles. Both kids were totally worn out by the end of the party. It was a great party. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Eleven Months with Mag-Pie


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Dear Maggie,

Today you are 11-months old and you are so very awesome! This month you stopped crawling and started walking full-time. You love walking everywhere. You spend most of the day walking from the kitchen to the living room to the bathroom to the den to my bedroom, over and over again. 

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This month you went on your first plane flight for your first visit to Hawaii after celebrating your first Halloween. It was a month of firsts! You loved Hawaii and you loved Halloween. The plane, eh, not so much love for that. 

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You are still sleeping in our room but not 100% because we want you there but instead because your sister is a hellion and keeps waking you up whenever we try to have you sleep in your crib in the room you share with your sister. 

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You were the cutest little crab at Halloween! The perfect sidekick to your sister who was a Mermaid. I'm already plotting your costume for next year. Maybe your sister will be the sidekick! 

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You are eating so many more foods. You pack away more food than your sister and it is impressive! You are not into straw, sippy or any other kind of cups. You like bottles and that is that. The problem is I'm cutting you off in about a month so this month we'll be focusing hard on getting you to drink out of straw cups (or something else). 

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Your first birthday is coming up QUICK and I've already started plotting the celebration. I can't believe that a year ago, you literally burst into our lives with great drama. We are so blessed to have your smiling little face in our lives. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Forty Seven Weeks with Chicken Nugget

Maggie - 47 Weeks

I realized that Maggie is almost a year old! I remember being so sick of being pregnant at this time last year but also not quite ready to have a newborn in my house. It's been a roller coaster of a year! Maggie burst into our lives and nothing has been the same since. 

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A switch has gone off in Maggie. She used to be the easy child but is now bursting with energy. She walks everywhere. There is no crawling. She wakes up with a bright smile and keeps us laughing with her giggles. 

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She loves to be involved in everything and plays with Molly's play kitchen way more than Molly does. We have been potty training Molly which means Maggie has spent a ton of time in her favorite room of the house, the bathroom! She thinks eating toilet paper is awesome (ewwww!) and loves sitting on the potty next to her sister. Seriously these two crack me up. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forty Six Weeks with Chicken Nugget

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Somehow I completely neglected to take a chair photo for Maggie this week. I think we got lost in enjoying our last full day in Maui. Maggie sure had a grand time on our trip to Hawaii! 

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Maggie thrived this past week and I feel like we saw a huge change in her. She went from this sorta walking, mostly crawling baby to this full-fledged toddler who walks everywhere. She's also amped up the food intake and lowered the bottles. 

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Maggie tried all sorts of new foods and found most of them to her liking. We were surprised at her love for Asian noodles. We had quite a few meals with different kinds of noodles and she dug them all. The Singapore Curried Noodles at Red Star Noodle were a HUGE hit. 


We also discovered the Maggie finds water to be awesome! She would get so excited when we would go down to the pool or beach. And just like her older sister, Maggie is also a huge sand eater! Those diapers were not pleasant. 

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We took Maggie on quite a few adventures, from an underwater boat ride to a tropical plantation. I feel like Maggie really got to experience Maui. I hope this is the first of many visits for her. 

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One thing that Maggie did exceptionally well this past week is sleep! Of course it was in bed with Scott and I but she slept so well. It allowed us to rest up some. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Wednesday Links from Around The Web 11.12.2014

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All Dressed Up For Mars and Nowhere to Go This is fascinating. I was enthralled reading about people who are willing to give up everything to go on what is most probably a deadly mission to Mars.

J.K. Rowling wrote another Harry Potter story - The story of Dolores Jane Umbridge

Self Care, in Theory and Practice I used to be so good at this but lately I'm struggling hard.

Finding Joy in the Process I can learn a lot from this post. Sometimes the process, the journey provides the most joy.

Maintaining a Long-Term Blog This was an eye-opening post and really made me think. What keeps you going on a long-term project?