Feb 23, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup butter {softened}
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats

1 bag of milk chocolate chips {I prefer Guittard}

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch and salt.
  • In a mixer, with paddle, beat together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Then add eggs and vanilla and beat for one more minute. 
  • Add the flour mixture and mix to combine. 
  • Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheets, spacing the dough 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden in color. Remove to cooling racks.

Feb 19, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

I know valentine's Day gets a bad wrap for being overly commercial, but I don't care, I love it anyway.  I always liked putting together Valentines as a kid – and my kids love it, too.  This year was actually kind of funny.  We had some other plans for making class Valentines, but my car battery died and we had to get them made with what we had at home.  Hence a repeat of last years crayons hearts.

I planned an early Valentine's Day date with Sean last week (because going out on V day is absolute bonkers).  We had dinner at Cucina Urbana and then went to see American Sniper (cry fest!!!).  ON Valentine's Day – Sean and I put together some gifts and cards, and then made a "fancy" dinner for the kiddlets.  I've been feeling really guilty about the time and affection I've been giving to my kids lately.  Between all my physical therapy, doctors appointments and the regular household crazy – I haven't been able to give them much of myself.  Hopefully this will make up for some of that lacking love.  Gosh I hope.  Is anyone else constantly wondering if they're messing up their kids?  Oh just me? Ha ha.

Feb 15, 2015

Indy becomes a threenager

There's something all too sweet and all too devastating about babies growing up – Especially when there's a good change they're your last baby.  Three just feels like that big jump from your snuggly baby to a toddlerish child.  Although I love seeing my kids grow up, it continues to freak me out on the daily.  Who gave them permission to all grow up so fast?!? 


Ohhhh, my Indy Bear.  We decided to go with the easy route and skip having a big crazy party.  We just celebrated all weekend long instead.  Sean took all the boys to Sea World with friends, we had a little cake-and-presents shindig (shared with his bestie) and an outing in Balboa park.  I think he was pretty stoked about all of it.  

–Important things about Indy at 3–

  • He loves corn on the cob, lollipops, and hot dogs
  • He likes watching Justin Time, playing Temple Run 2 (he calls it "big monkey game"), and listening to "I love Rock n Roll." 
  • He potty trained himself like a boss.
  • Daddy is his best friend.
  • Demands that Sean gives him the last sip of all of Daddy's protein shakes. 
  • He likes to wrestle his dad and every time says, "You're Hulk, I'm Captain America!"
  • Favorite book is The Giving Tree; and he has the first half memorized. 
  • He insists on saying each and every family prayer.
  • When he arrives home, he immediately strips down to his chonies. 
 Being a threenager is rough.  Clearly. 

 So many emotions when you turn three. 

Feb 10, 2015

Welcoming Brittany's Angel

 A few weeks ago my friend Rebekah approached me about helping with a baby shower for her best friend, Brittany.  These two have been friends since they were little and you can tell that they have a beautiful bestie bond.  They moved to San Diego with their husbands around the same time and I'm so lucky to call them both my friends.  Truly amazing women! 

They have both struggled with difficulty in starting a family, and have endured that trial together.  This fall Rebekah & Ken got news that they are finally expecting a baby (a girl, yay!) and soon after, Brittany & Nathan found out they were going to be adopting a baby girl - A sweet little miracle who arrived "on the wings of angels."  I am SO happy that they are being blessed with the joy of Motherhood together.  Those are some lucky baby girls to have these two as mothers!

A group of ten of us got together to host this shower, and it was really sweet to see so many women willing to help.  Everyone went above and beyond with their part in the party, and thank goodness because I couldn't have done this all without them (I'm finally walking around without crutches, but it's slow and I look like a penguin).  The theme was 
angel wings and I was able to recycle a few things from Lizzy's Angel shower - so that was nice!  

All the hostesses. 
Brittany and baby R.