Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend + What We Ate This Week

We had such a fun, albeit busy, weekend, but it was one we wouldn't trade for anything! The weather was absolutely perfect; those spring weekends in Texas that have everyone working in the yard, sipping drinks on a patio and posting an overload of pictures declaring it the prettiest weekend we've had in North Texas in a while. We did all three! I'm honestly really sad to see this weekend go! 

Walker and I decided to have a spontaneous lunch with Brandon at a little Tex-Mex place by his office. Before we went to lunch, we got to show Walker off to Brandon's co-workers, and let me just say…he got a lot of lovin'! 

…and this is exactly how Walker and I both felt about it being Friday: 

I think I might be going crazy, because I went to the gym {and the grocery store!} on a Friday night. I tweeted that my college self would definitely be LOL'ing at me for that! 

Before I went, however, I had to snap a quick picture of Walker in the Baby Bjorn. I always said I wouldn't be that crazy person who gets one of these things, but alas, I broke down and did. The Moby Wrap just wasn't working for us, and he absolutely loves this thing. It helps us get through "witching hour" every. single. day. 

The little man was up and at 'em around 6:45 a.m. Saturday, so after I fed him, we had play time in our bed until nap time. Before he was born, getting up at 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday was absolutely the worst thing ever, but seeing this precious face and hearing his sweet little laughs make that hour so much easier. Brandon and I just had a cup of coffee and played with Walker, did a little tummy time and enjoyed being together with this sweet boy! 

And excuse my make-up-less self {scary!}, but I had to document that Walker rolled over for the first time - belly to back - on Saturday morning! He was doing tummy time and got so mad that he figured out a way to get out of it: rolling over! I was so happy and excited for him, and he just kept looking at me like, "What?" 

Since we were up bright and early, Brandon and I decided to get a move on things and get started on our Saturday projects. His was to update the yard and mine was to paint this mirror of his grandmother's that his mom gave us. 

As I've mentioned on this blog before, both of Brandon's grandmothers passed away before we started dating, so I never got a chance to meet them. As sad as that makes me, I love having a few of their pieces in our house to remember them by, and Brandon loves seeing them and remembering them in their homes. So, when my mother-in-law asked if we wanted this mirror, I enthusiastically said, "Yes!" It's been hanging in this spot for about two years, and I finally decided it was high time for me to do what I've wanted to do to it since we've had it: paint it. 

So, after Walker's nap, I bundled him up and took him outside with me for some Vitamin D and painting! It was a true Texas spring: cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon. So, the little man hung out in his bouncer while I painted the mirror with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old White

Brandon worked so hard in our backyard all morning and afternoon, and I'm so pleased with how everything turned out! 

We have a small border around our concrete patio that used to house monkey grass, but it had a really hard time growing there. So, he pulled all of that up, removed the soil, added some liner and put a rock border in its place. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I really do! 

He trimmed hedges, trees and bushes; added a door mat...

Planted my basil and cilantro; went to Home Depot for potting soil, fertilizer and pots; planted a pretty arrangement in the big pot from a local "Mom-and-Pop"-type nursery...

Made our yaupon holly tree stand up straight with a little wire...

…mulched all the back flower beds and planted this gorgeous plant…

…and a myriad of other things I'm sure I'm forgetting at this time. Our little "L"-shaped backyard may be tiny, but Brandon has really utilized the space and I'm so proud of him for it! {And I'm glad one of us has a green thumb because it is certainly not me!} 

After lunch, we made a quick Target run, where Brandon insisted Walker have these little baby sunglasses for summer. I couldn't stop laughing at the cuteness! 

And speaking of Target, a quick PSA for all you Diaper Genie-using moms out there: I actually prefer Target's "Up and Up" brand refills to the actual Playtex refills for this thing! They seem to fit better and the diapers go in smoother to me. And, they're about $5 cheaper! Can't beat that! 

Anyway, we spent the rest of Saturday lounging around, and Walker enjoyed watching himself in his play mat mirror, which of course I find absolutely adorable. :)

I finally finished the mirror, and I think it turned out well! I wanted it to be really aged and not quite so "perfect," and I think I accomplished that! It looks great hanging in its former spot and I smile every time I walk past it now. 

Later Saturday afternoon, my friend Liz texted me and asked if they could stop by for a minute, as they were on their way back home from Tyler. Of course we said, "Absolutely!" and had a glass of wine waiting for Liz and a beer waiting for her husband, Chris, when they got here. {Any car trip with two babies deserves an adult beverage, don't you think!?} 

We just hung out on the patio, fed and held babies, changed diapers and just relaxed. I love friends that just come over and fall into the rhythm, and I love just hanging out and loving on babies. 

Liz's oldest daughter, Parker, is such a natural with babies and I had to get a picture of her with Walker! I just adore Parker and think she's the funniest thing ever. After this picture, she said, "Okay. I'm done!" and ran off to play. 

Saturday night, Brandon and I cooked dinner and enjoyed it on the patio, admiring Brandon's handiwork. 

We went to church, and Walker went to the church nursery for the first time! Of course I was super nervous leaving him for the first time, but the nursery workers said he did great, even giving them some smiles! It made me so happy to know he was comfortable with them - and with us leaving him - and he was a sweet boy for them! 

I thought he looked precious in his little Janie and Jack collared shirt from my grandmother, so of course I had to take a picture. Love this little sly grin! 

Walker fought nap time Sunday afternoon, so we finally gave up and put him in his swing all swaddled up. He then gave up, and we all fell asleep for a good hour in the living room. I absolutely love Sunday afternoon naps! 

My aunt then came over to visit, and she had supper with us and just hung out. Walker absolutely loves her and was giving her the biggest grins all evening. So sweet! 

And speaking of supper, here's what we had to eat this week:

I add chicken for protein and swap the olive oil for Balsamic Vinaigrette, but this stuff is amazing. And it's even good the next day {cold} for leftovers! 

These are quick, easy and most importantly: yummy! My mother-in-law was over when I made these, and she liked them so much she made them the next night. 

You would laugh if you knew how easy this meal was! Just pop a few ingredients in the Crock Pot on "low" and let it go all day. You can use this chicken for a myriad of things: over rice; in tacos; in a salad…the list goes on and on! This time, I used it to make quick, easy quesadillas on the stove top. I just use La Tortilla Factory low carb, high fiber tortillas and add a sprinkle of Monterey Jack cheese…then do as we did in college and pop that baby in a pan and let it simmer for a few minutes, flip and do the other side. Easy peasy! 

Since we had Walker's shots this week, we did eat out twice {well, in, since Brandon picked it up and brought it home}, but I'm hoping to cook more this week. 

I hope y'all had a great weekend and have a wonderful week! 


  1. Haha, I am always asked for my Crockpot Chicken "Recipe" and I have a hearty chuckle.

  2. Those baby sunglasses are so adorable!! Love it. And your mirror turned out great too! I'm stealing your fish taco recipe too :) Have a great week lady!

  3. The moby gets easier the older they are. I didn't like it when Madi was little.


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