Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cliff Boy Turns 2!

Dear Radcliff,
You turned TWO yesterday! I can't believe how fast the time has gone. I just grow more and more in love with you every day. Every morning as I wait for you, my lazy bones, to wake up, I get so anxious and excited to hear you yell, "Mommyyyyyyyyyy girrrrrrrrrl!?" When I walk in to get you, I am greeted with you jumping up and down smiling ear to ear. It never gets old! I'm obsessed with everything you do. People say the terrible twos... Sure you have your stubborn moments, but I'm just so in love with you at this age. You truly are a sweet little spirit. You're always worried about Daddy and I and don't want to hurt our feelings. Always keep that trait, okay?! You got it from Dad, and it's what everyone loves about him too. You're passionate, and dramatic, and just have the biggest zest for life. Always stay that way! 
We had so much fun yesterday at your party! You have so many people who love you so dearly, I hope you always remember that! And you're my boy. Always remember that too. I do and will always love you more than you could ever possibly imagine... No matter what! 
Happy birthday, sweetie!
Love,
Mommy Girl

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rad's First Half Overnighter in the Mountains!

We took our first camping trip as a little family over the 4th of July weekend. As we were driving up the canyon, about a half mile from the campground, I kid you not, I saw a brown bear running up the side of the road. I was in shock. I had never seen a bear in the wild before. I stared at it intently as we drove passed and I could have sworn it even looked me in the eye. From that moment on I was a little leery of our camping excursion, especially when we pulled into our camp site less than a minute later. "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a Savi looking at me." Everything in our lives are somehow tied back into Radcliff's books... 

Anyway, here I am typing, so safe and sound we stayed. The bear played it cool with us. 

Rad had so much fun helping Wren set the tent up and throwing sticks in to start the fire. We went on a little nature walk and roasted s'more, after s'more, after s'more. After we moved into the tent to go to bed, Rad was really nervous and kept saying, "I'm scared of bears!" It's so funny how kids hear everything, he had heard my minor freak out on the way up and remembered it once nestled in our dark little tent. Well about five minutes later, I think all the sugar hit Rad and all he wanted to do was laugh and wrestle. Scary bearsies were a thing of the past. He thought it was hilarious being smashed in between Wren and I in our little two man tent. We were all hysterically laughing at our slightly delirious little man. Once he finally hit the hay, he kept flailing his arms and legs out of the sleeping bag and all I heard from then on out were swooshes the rest of the night. Rad would flail out, and Wren would immediately push all his limbs back in so he wouldn't get cold. That Wren, he's a good Dad. So between the swooshing, the images of the brown bear creeping around our tent, and the me having to pee every 45 minutes due to pregnancy (and having more images of the bear pulling me sneakily into the bushes never to be found again), I realized it was 4:00 A.M. and I had still not fallen asleep. I looked over at Wren, and he hadn't either. After much deliberation, we decided to head home to get a little shut eye before my Grandpa's funereal the next day at noon, forgoing the awesome breakfast we were going to make in the morning up there. Wren carried Rad to the car in his sleeping bag and Rad laughed as we buckled him into his car seat in the middle of the night. He kept saying, "Ohhhh! This is funny!" Thank the heavens he went right back to sleep when we got home! 

It really was a ton of fun, despite the minor set backs, and we are excited to do it again! Camping family? I think given a little practice (Tylenol PM and Depends), I think we just could be!  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where's Wren's Crap Gonna Go!? ;)

If there's one thing I know for sure about our bedroom is that it's small, tiny, microscopic even! Okay, maybe it's not that bad. But like, we barely have room for the couple pieces of furniture that's in there and then take our tiny closet into consideration, and things get scarrrry. I don't know if you remember this post, where we turned a bedroom we weren't using into our walk in closet? Well, we have since converted it back to a room and after getting rid of more than half of our clothes, I have somehow been able to squeeze all of my stuff into the small closet in our bedroom (I think there should be an award for that!), and Wren's stuff is now in the closet of the bedroom that used to be the BIG closet. Make sense? Well when the new baby comes, we (me) are going to need to clear Wren's stuff out of that closet so the baby can use it, because that will be his room. This leaves quite the predicament... Where will Wren's stuff go??? ;) I have been looking online for solutions. I will save you (your crap) honey!
How awesome is this wardrobe unit from Revival Bed?
Or this Revival Bedunderbed storage bed frame?
Both of these options would be great solutions to our terrible, first world problem!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Big Boy Bed or Crib???

Now that we are expecting this next new little boy, we are torn between whether to get another crib (what I'm leaning towards), or get a big boy bed for Radcliff. I can see the benefits to both. One thing I do know is, Rad looooves his crib. It's his little domain. He can play in that puppy for a looong time, perfectly content, after waking up. Would it totally uproot his little system by getting a big boy bed? If we do decide to make the transition, I think it would be fun to do it when the baby comes and get a really cool, fun bed like the one above to make that whole time frame of somebody new and foreign coming into his life, cramping his style, seem more fun to him ;)
Do any of you have any thoughts in regards to this? I'd love your input on what has worked well for you family, if you've gone through the same thing! 
The Bedz 'R' Us bed above can be found here! How cute is it!?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mini Zucchini Pizzas

I came across a couple different versions of these mini zucchini pizzas the other day online and I made my own version of em' using what I had. They were so good and since going off gluten, it's ALWAYS fun to find alternatives to dishes that involve bread/crust. They were super easy and quick too, here's what I did!
Ingredients:
-Zucchinis
-Favorite pizza sauce
-Tomato
-Pepperoni
-Shredded cheese
-Seasonings
-Line sliced zucchini on cookie sheet. Brush with olive oil and broil on high for two minutes. Take out of oven, and flip them all over. Brush oil on other side and broil for two more minutes.
-Remove from oven and top with your favorite pizza sauce (I used Trader Joe's Tomato Basil sauce that went really well with it), pepperoni, sliced tomato and cheese. 
-Broil on low for three to four minutes depending on how crispy you like your cheese.
-Top with your favorite seasonings. (I did pizza seasoning and Italian seasoning.)
This is such a fun, healthy alternative to pizza, and really doesn't taste that different. Plus it's a great way to get your veggies in, something I really struggle with! Go try it!