I will definitely have some fond memories of this place. We used to go quite regularly before kids. Having a place with great food and drinks within walking distance from our house was awesome. When they started Sunday brunches it was also awesome. Our regular waitress was actually the first one to suspect my pregnancy with Locutus when my regular drink order (Pear cider in the bottle) suddenly changed to a mocktail.
Sadly after kids arrived our opportunity to go to pubs diminished greatly. When we did go, the quality of food and service had declined so we don’t really feel as though we’re missing out on much lately. I’m hoping that a pub will open within a reasonable distance of our new house by the time the boys are old enough to stay home on their own.
Get the impression that our current culture is a little food obsessed. Though it may be just because I’m so not into food, that the flood of gluten-free/non GMO/homemade/paleo pins, posts, recipes and articles out there just gives that impression.
Don’t get me wrong though, I love food! I just don’t like having to select it or cook/bake with it. I can do it, I know how, but I’m not very good at it. My own fault really, since I know that all it takes is practice.
And as a parent my food disinterest is even more problematic. Lately I’ve been hungry ALL. THE. TIME. I’m also one of those people who tend to get quite “hangry.” Which makes the task of parenting even more difficult and me a more difficult parent.
Now I also have the responsibility to get two little babies fed too. The baby food is fairly straightforward. Been there, done that, worked out a pretty good system to follow. But add in a whimsical toddler with a penchant to steal my food, and my hard task just got harder.
For the next year or so, I’m going to be needing to do even more of the cooking and meal prep so I really need to find something that will make it all easier. Got any tips, advice, or easy delicious recipes for me?
A while back I read about this Kickstarter by Espionage Cosmetics that wanted to create a line of geeky nail wraps. I was immediately intrigued. Nail art is getting more and more popular, but the designs sometimes just don’t speak to me. So when I saw the chance to combine my geekiness with my femininity I jumped on it.
The first design I tried were these Power Ranger designs that were added to my order as random freebies. While it was a little finicky to apply them I think they turned out really well (especially considering I started with a sleeping baby in my lap and ended while evading a curious toddler). This is definitely much better than I could do with polishes and cheaper than a salon. Next time I have to remember that my index finger is more narrow than my middle one. Definitely looking forward to applying more designs to coordinate with our theme parties or other special events. Plus, I may pick up some of the ones I see at drug store when they go on sale too.
One of the most adorable baby abilities is how to look cute while curling your feet up and grabbing them with your hands. Seriously, try it as an adult and you’ll see it’s just not the same level of cute. Anyway, Bean has really enjoyed doing lots of that this month and has also learned how to pull his socks off. So while Locutus is busy stashing hats and mittens into little boy black holes, Bean is busy doing the same with baby socks.
We’ve started trying some solid foods. He’s liked sweet potato and peas but was less impressed by the carrots. Like his big brother, he seems a good eater already, though enjoys chewing on the spoon most of all.
Breastfeeding is going great still too. Things have balanced out a lot in terms of supply and demand and his gas issues have been alleviated a bit.
Bean is getting a lot more active! He loves to roll from his back to his tummy or try to sit up. He’s also recently started standing on his feet and doing a bit of bouncing and foot tapping/stamping. I’m thinking when we move, he might enjoy a little jolly jumper time.
Despite a lot of drama, fussing, and crying, none of Bean’s teeth have broken through yet. Several little white peaks can be seen along his gums, but he’s yet to have an entire tooth erupt through his gums.
Bean is definitely a mouth baby! Now that he can grab things and is starting to be mobile (he may even be scooting soon) I’ve really got to watch when I put him down or when his brother is around that there aren’t any small things that he could choke on.
Now that our condo is sold it’s really nice to be a bit messy and spread out again. We’ve been able to set up his play pen now and soon we’re going to see if he’ll use that to sleep in. It’ll have the advantage of putting him out of arm’s reach of Locutus, so we might have a shot at some naps that don’t involve the Ergo carrier.
Walked: 20 km
Wheel of Time audiobooks: n/a until the computer with the audio files gets unpacked in April
Books read: 1 – Emma by Jane Austen
Sewn: 0 until April in the new house
Half the month we were still in super-clean house-for-sale mode. I’m really pleased with how much walking we’ve done though! Looking forward to getting back to sewing and crocheting though!
I finally got around to asking a couple of friends who are smarter than me about fitness (PrototypeMMeh and BlackGryphon) what I should do to get back in shape with my ab separation. Their first bit of advice was to learn to love planks.
Which is not actually hard for me. I already kind of like them. But to help get back in the daily fitness habit I’ve joined a 30 day plank challenge. If you follow along with me on Fitocracy, twitter, or Facebook you’ll probably see some updates there about my progress.
I prepared this post, along with a post about us not moving a few weeks ago. i figure since all subjects are now removed and deposits paid that it’s time to post it.
Here’s a list if things we’re looking forward to:
- We’ll have a yard for the boys to play in
- There will be a lot more space inside for all our hobbies (craft room and arcade)
- We’ll have a larger entertaining space for even better parties (first one will be an unpacking party)
- Benevolance will finally be living with his grand piano again
- We won’t have to deal with a Strata anymore
- We’ll have a dedicated workout space again
- There will be space for the boys to ‘hang out’ with all their friends when they get older without us having to give up all our space
- One car in a two car garage means space for tools
If you follow me on Pinterest I’m sure you’ll see even more specific ideas of the plans we have for this place.