We finally have internet (FOURTH Comcast visit since moving…sooo…third time is not the charm). Meaning this post is semi-current! [Depeding on how long it takes me to write and publish]
Where to begin! It has certainly been a crazy April. But I have to back up to the end of March first. When we said goodbye to our (rental) house and moved 2 minutes south.
We moved here when P was a mere 3 months old and now look at him! Almost walking and ready to take the world by storm.
I was in a salad for lunch phase – the above has kale, goat cheese, avo and strawberries and the below has spinach, dried cranz, carrots, avo, and goat cheese.
I had several others very similar to these always with a snacky carb on the side, like chips, crackers, or rice cakes.
No such thing as moderation when it comes to Costco bags of tortilla chips. They are freakin’ addicting as all hell. Damn you salt. Why you gotta taste so good!
Despite appearances, he is NOT stuck in this photo. He enjoys crawling over the non-door side of his car so much that he stops half way over and plays with the balls that go in the holes. Upside down. NBD.
I went home for a day to honor my favorite teacher (turned vice principal) who won the Citizen of the Year award in my hometown. I can think of NOBODY more deserving. She is truly the essence of everything good and she radiates love and warmth while keeping rambunctious kids in line. She left such a huge impression on me that I have stayed in touch with her long since middle school. I chose her as my sponsor for my Confirmation and she attended my wedding. I love her and was so happy to attend the ceremony. It was also a monumental night because it was the first time neither Kyle nor I did Patty-cake’s bedtime routine! We’d been doing the bottle for a week (started after returning from Oz) and it was going so so. Luckily, my sister is a pro. P loves her like crazy and I knew she’d be the perfect one for the job. And it went great! He cried a bit but not much and then slept through the night while I wined and dined with my mom at the event. I had a million different emotions as I left that evening. Bittersweet for sure. Baby steps for us both.
The next day I drove back to Davis and went to town packing up our house. Kyle was away for the weekend so it was on me to TCB. I treated myself to sushi, chocolate and Roscato (the trifecta of my dreams).
By the way, packing with a 13 month old is no easy task! I had to do it in short bursts while he was occupied or napping and then store everything out of reach. The first pic is all the contents of our pantry (JUST the pantry!).
We decided to got the DIY route with this move (we’ve done so many I feel like a pro), so aside from large furniture we did it mostly on our own.
I took tons of trips like this. Car packed, baby in tow. Thank goodness the houses were close to each other! It took a lot longer than it should, but not as long as I thought. Obviously we were not super efficient because I was working around P’s nap and food schedule (as well as my ability to load and unload the car).
I did the toy room first in the hopes that he’d be self sufficient there so I could get things done, but he found the stairs to be way more entertaining.
Fabulous. Baby gate from amazon on the way!
[Empty] home sweet home.
My last breakfast in the old place – thank goodness for frozen quick breads!
My mom came and helped me on Sunday and we did a TON, including the whole kitchen and mega cleaning.
Kyle returned on Monday and that’s when sh!t got real. We spent the first night in our new place and stayed up way too late making towers with empty boxes.
So worth it. Progress pics…
Just pinch me.
Breakfast for the wee one.
Breakfast for mama.
Then back to unpacking. That’s pretty much how the past weeks have gone.
The weather was poopy for a while, but then it decided to be spring for reals and it has been gorgeous ever since.
On the plus side P and I got to rock our raincoats that we bought for Australia but never wore.
Sandal weather. I love it.
I transplanted my chard from the old place and it seems to be doing okay. Only time will tell… In the meantime I have sunflowers and tomatoes going strong.
Too many meals were from the WF/Co-op/Nugget prepared foods section and I was just ITCHING to get back to cooking. Which I have! And I love! But can we talk about the fact that the Davis Whole Foods has paleo labeled items?
Looky looky! The return of tempeh!
I made this mustard tempeh salad which I plopped on greens. Then added P’s leftover peas because why not?
It was a totally random dinner but it was quick and easy and that’s all that I cared about since I had a date with the garage shelving unit on the agenda.
The reason I’m back on the tempeh train is because I am no longer nursing P. 🙁
It was a sad day but I have LOTS of breastmilk stored up still so that’s a small comfort – even though I really miss the special one on one time that nursing gave us.
I gave P some hemp seeds in his oats a while ago and he didn’t have a reaction so I made hemp milk and added it to some other eats of his to see if he liked it (he did). Then he drank it plain. So now I’m making it and giving him 50/50 breastmilk/hemp milk in the morning and at bedtime.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t go through the hassle of straining it, but the seed particles get stuck in the nipple of the bottle so I use a cheesecloth in a strainer and that makes it all silky smooth.
He sucks it down like a champ.
And now I’m in a hemp phase. I sprinkle some on avocado rice cakes with a bit of nooch…mmmmmm…fave breakfast of the moment.