Wednesday, September 28, 2016

what's up wednesday

Linking up :)

What we're eating this week:

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - honestly, I wasn't knocked out about it. I probably won't make it again.

Pioneer Woman's Mac and Cheese - I also wasn't too crazy about this. I can't nail the texture of homemade mac and cheese, apparently. But I will admit it was better leftover than it was the day I made it.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa - this is on the agenda for tonight.

We are also planning on having pizza on Friday and then chicken paprikash and quinoa salad this weekend.

What I'm reminiscing about:

This picture just showed up in my Timehop from 3 years ago and I can't even believe it. We still haven't gone apple picking this year and hope to do it soon. This little guy has been an overall great big brother to Edith and is over the moon about the new baby. He still asks me about it every day.

What I'm dreading:

The newborn stage. I think I am in the minority here, but I do not particularly enjoy this stage of life. I am always way too tired to appreciate it (or really even remember it). I mean, I love a cute little squishy baby as much as the next girl, but I do not love the unpredictability of life, the childbirth recovery, the lack of sleep, etc.

I am also not looking forward to the weekly OB appointments. My doctor is still in Akron which is a solid hour from where I work and about half an hour from home. All that driving gets to be a bit much to just pee in a cup and have your blood pressure taken, but I understand why it's necessary.

What I'm working on:

Nesting! I started my fall mantle on Monday and I am almost done with it. I told Jon I needed him to dig out my Halloween decorations, but for the most part I am trying to keep the mantle generic fall themed so I can leave it up for November as well. I also want to start packing my hospital bag because at my next OB appointment I'm getting a growth ultrasound and I just want to be prepared in case something crazy comes of it.

What I'm excited about:

Baby Turkey's arrival. It's a mixture of excitement and extreme trepidation, but now that the nursery is done it's mostly just excitement.

What I'm watching/reading:

The only books I really read these days are children's books. We just bought this and this for Halloween and really like them. We also got this from the library and Edith loved it - she requested to read it twice in a row. This is one of Elden's favorite library books right now.

As for watching - we have been binge watching Parks & Rec on Hulu and are partway through season 4. The series started off slowly but after about 4 episodes we were totally hooked. I love Ron Swanson and Jon loves Jerry. We have also resumed watching The Goldbergs and New Girl.

What I'm listening to:

Mayday Parade - on repeat (still).

What I'm wearing:

This is a source of contention for me. I had an appointment yesterday and I am currently up 31 pounds this pregnancy. That's not horrible except the amount I've been averaging each week puts me on a trajectory to gain somewhere around 40-45 pounds by the end of this pregnancy. Also, 90% of my maternity clothes are from my pregnancy with Elden so the elastic is kind of shot and with the rapid weight gain things just aren't fitting comfortably. When I saw the scale yesterday I admittedly cried a lot. I told my doctor I was having a body image crisis and he talked me off the ledge. He also suggested I go to Gabe's and just get some grandma pants with the elastic waistband since I told him maternity clothes are a racket. There's a reason I kept him as my doctor once we moved :) One purchase I did make recently are these underwear (since my non-pregnancy underwear were getting too tight in the hips) and GAME. CHANGER. I will never go back. I love them. Highly recommend for maternity underwear or in general.

What I'm doing this weekend:

Our small group is going to one of the family's farm on Saturday for a fall party! There is going to be chicken paprikash over a campfire, as well as s'mores and hot dogs for the kiddos (plus other side dishes and cider/hot cocoa). I think the kids will get a kick out of it so it will be really fun to experience with them. We are also going to attempt some pictures of the kids with my friend, Amanda, if the weather permits!

What I'm looking forward to next month:

October is one of my favorite months of the year. We will be celebrating mine and Jon's birthdays (since his is just 4 days after our due date) with our families. We will also be celebrating Edith's birthday on the 21st. I'm getting another ultrasound to check in on Baby Turkey. And finally, trick-or-treat. Elden decided to be a skeleton so we got face paint and these PJs (I'm too practical to drop $20 on a costume - this way we can get more out of it) for him to wear. Edith is going to be a flamingo so I got her this little costume on eBay for $6! Now we just need to pray the baby stays put until at least November 1 so I can actually go with the kids...

What else is new:

Just the house projects we tackled last weekend! I'm starting to try and slow down a bit since my body is really starting to scream at me for overdoing it. 


  1. Homemade mac n cheese is tough. I honestly started getting a good rue going, and then I improve and do tons of my favorite cheeses, otherwise I feel like they can be really bland. And you are not alone on dreading the newborn stage. I love both my babes, but my little guy is almost 5 months and I find myself wishing a few months away because he is just not content and hates being confined in his 'baby body'. They are special days, but they are tough!

    1. I think this was my third? attempt at homemade macaroni and cheese and all 3 have been blah. I guess roux is not one of my spiritual gifts ;) And 5 months is hard! I think my favorite age so far is somewhere between 10 months - 15 months. They are so sweet and have such fun personalities but haven't figured out they can test their boundaries with you yet ;)

  2. If you want to try the mac and cheese again, I have a super easy, super unhealthy recipe. All you need is slices of colby jack cheese, Velveeta, butter, milk, and macaroni. In a 9x13 glass pan, alternate rows of colby jack and Velveeta sliced thin. Slice 1.5 tablespoons of butter and spread across the bottom of the dish. Add 8oz (half a box) of cooked macaroni on top. Again, alternate rows of thinly sliced colby and Velveeta on top and another 1.5 tablespoons of butter. Pour about half a cup of milk over the top (should fill half the baking dish). Bake for about 25 mins at 375. This is the only decent baked mac and cheese recipe I've found and the only one the husband and kids will eat. :) You can also add another layer of macaroni and another layer of cheese on top to make more (that's what the original recipe called for, but it was too much for us... though, now that everyone eats it, I may start making it this way.).

    1. Maybe I'll try again with this recipe! It can't be any more unhealthy than the Kraft mac and cheese I buy!