Our Little Poppyseed turned 3…

I apologize that it’s been such a long time since I’ve written… my new job has been keeping me busy and we’ve had a lot of family fun recently–summer baseball games, a trip to San Francisco after my birthday, a wedding in Dallas, a wedding in Baltimore, Julia’s birthday, family photos, etc.11.3.2015(32)



It’s hard to believe, but Julia just turned 3 last month!  They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s definitely true.  Julia is such a bundle of energy and she keeps us on our toes at all times!  She has such a fun, outgoing personality.  She shows a lot of empathy for others–when they are crying, she wants to know why and she tries to comfort them.  11.3.2015(15)

She also has started ballet classes, which she loves.  We are going to continue them into the winter and spring since she’s enjoying them so much and I think it’s a good way for her to use her energy in a creative way.  She loves to read books and I can tell she’ll be the kind of kid who will keep a flashlight under her bed so she can finish a book late into the night.

Last month Julia got to be a flower girl in Leah’s wedding in Dallas… Leah was one of my bridesmaids and she asked me to be a bridesmaid and Julia to be a flowergirl.  The whole day was very stressful since Julia’s schedule was all thrown off, but she looked absolutely adorable and when the time came for her to walk down the aisle and perform her Flower Girl duties, she took her job very seriously! 11.3.2015(25)




She also LOVED the party… she danced the entire time the music was on and she loved playing with the accessories they had available for the photo booth. 11.3.2015(16)


On Halloween day itself, Ken & I went to a wedding.  Our friends Dave & Hilary had a beautiful wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  11.3.2015(8)11.3.2015(7)

Julia didn’t get to go trick-or-treating that night but she did have two different Halloween costumes nonetheless.  She dressed up as a Ladybug for Belvedere Square’s Halloween celebration and then as a butterfly for the Halloween party we had at work.  11.3.2015(17)

11.3.2015(14)For her birthday last month, we had a wonderful Firetruck Birthday Party!  I had been asking Julia for months what kind of party she wanted and she kept saying “a firetruck one!” so I found out about two different places that did birthday parties and we decided upon the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company.  It was truly fantastic–they helped with everything from set up, to entertainment, to clean up.  Julia and her friends had a great time.  They got to ride around on a fire engine, they got to spray the fire hose, they had a little fire safety talk and demonstration and a tour of the whole fire house and gear room.  It was absolutely worth every (tax deductible) penny.  11.3.2015(21)





For the third year in a row, Miss Steffi (Corey’s wife now!) took family pictures of us for Julia’s birthday.  It’s so special that she’s been able to do this for the past three years and I’ll be sad next year if we’re not leaving near them around this time of year.  I love the photos she took… here are just a few!









11.3.2015(2)There are a lot of exciting things coming up in the next several weeks and months… we like to keep things exciting.  Just next week, my parents are coming to Baltimore and they’ll be staying with Julia for several days while we go to Las Vegas for an Ophthalmology conference.  Just a week or so later is Thanksgiving (We’ll be going up to Jon & Sara’s house in New York for that).  The following month, we are going to San Francisco for a week over new years (and we need to decide if we might want to go somewhere for a night or two while we are in town–Monterey is one possibility we’ve discussed).  Starting in the early part of next year we are also going to start house hunting–Ken signed a contract for a job up in Harrisburg, PA so we’ll be looking at houses in that area.  He won’t start until August, 2016 but since we don’t know the area that well, we want to spend a few weekends going up there and getting to know the neighborhoods.  I already have a real estate agent who’s been sending us listings every day (you know I like to plan!)  In March we have a trip to Chicago planned for Paige’s wedding and then in June, Ken will be finishing up his residency!  Ken’s been working so hard toward this goal for such a long time, it’s hard to believe the end is in sight.  We’ll look to move up there in July.  Before then we’ll have to find a new school for Julia (I’ve already been in touch with their JCC) and we’ll need to start making new friends.

There are so many changes coming up for us but this is an exciting time for us and a time of change for our family.  We are looking forward to the adventures we will have in the next several years! 11.3.2015(18)


Fun Weekend & Stitch Fix!

This past weekend was a lot of fun… though it was quite busy!

Thursday when I got home from work I had a Stitch Fix box waiting for me!  SF(7)

That’s always a fun time… this box was not as big of a hit as some of the boxes I’ve received from them… I received a dress, 3 shirts and a pair of shorts.SF(6)


I liked that they included brighter colors (which I’ve been asking for for a while).  Unfortunately, the dress was in a shape that is simply NOT flattering on my body.  It accentuates my belly, which is never a good thing!SF(4)

Two of the three shirts were great and I decided to keep.  First this yellow one (which I’m actually wearing today!) SF(2)

and this blue one:


And then there were the shorts (in the picture above)… they were okay but I’m just not a shorts person.  In the summertime I would rather wear a good sundress or a skirt and shirt.  I just don’t like to wear shorts… so I kept 2 out of 5 items.  The third shirt was a little too small but I really liked it so I actually requested it in a larger size in my next Fix (which will arrive in early September, just before my birthday!SF (If you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix, please check out this LINK and fill out a style profile.  Then you, too, can have your very own personal stylist!)

Friday we had our friends over for Shabbat dinner… I made a salad, Ken made Jambalaya and our friends brought some delicious cookies!  Julia and her friend Noa weren’t exactly on their best behavior and Noa wasn’t feeling so great, but we still had a lot of fun with them.  Shabbat dinners with them have become a bit of a weekly tradition.  We probably do Shabbat dinner together about once or twice a month now.  It’s always fun and the girls get along really well!

Saturday, Ken had to go to a Health Fair, so Julia and I met up with Cat and her two daughters at the Zoo.  Her daughter Eliska is going to be a Flower Girl with Julia in Leah’s wedding in October, so it was fun for them to play together and have some time to get used to each other.  I have a feeling they will be ADORABLE as flower girls, as long as they can slow down enough to walk down the aisle calmly and quietly! 8.3.2015(9)




After the Zoo, we went home for lunch and a nap, and then Ken & I went to the Orioles game while Julia stayed home with a babysitter!  The best part was that the O’s won! :) 8.3.2015(4)


Sunday Ken went to watch the Arsenals match while I took Julia to the new Play Café here in Baltimore… it’s a child-friendly café that serves breakfast and lunch and has a big play area for kids to play in while parents can eat, have coffee, etc. She had a lot of fun and we had a delicious breakfast!  8.3.2015(2)

After breakfast we drove up to York for the rest of the afternoon and for an early dinner.  Julia fell asleep in the car on the way home from York and miraculously stayed asleep as I brought her upstairs, took off her shoes and put her in bed!8.3.2015Next weekend Ken is on call so we don’t have too many plans… hopefully it will be a low key weekend.  Then the weekend after that Julia and I are heading up to New York for Aunt Sara’s sister Katie’s baby shower and then we leave for Florida on Sunday!  Just like last year, when we took a family vacation to Aruba, we are taking a week-long family vacation to Florida this year. We have no plans whatsoever, no agenda, no schedule.  My hope is that we’ll get a lot of time to sleep, relax on the beach and at the pool, play, and just be together as a family with no set plans.


I was feeling very emotional on Monday and nervous about bedtime but Julia surprised me by making bedtime very easy, even without nursing!  I think we had prepared her just enough for this big milestone by talking about it in advance and warning her that bedtime would be different in that she wouldn’t be able to nurse but that we could read books and snuggle and sing songs. And that’s just what we did… bedtime went very smoothly both Monday night and Tuesday night.  I think this just goes to show that Julia was ready for this big step toward becoming a big girl!  Thank you, Julia, for making this easy for us both!

On a completely separate note, I realized that I never wrote about our wonderful trip to Kansas City!  A few weeks ago, our friends Corey & Steffi got married in Kansas City.  As soon as I found out we were going to take a trip there, I got in touch with my friend Sarah (wife of one of Ken’s med school classmates) and asked her if she could plan to be in Kansas City at the same time, since that’s where her parents live and where she grew up. She said “of course!” so we started planning a trip.  Our other good friend was Sabrina (wife of another of Ken’s med school classmates) so we tried to figure out how we could all three spend some time together along with the 4 kids we have between the 3 of us.  Thankfully it all worked out and we were able to have some time together!

So Sabrina, Ken & I flew to Kansas City with the three kids…


Julia & Koren had fun sitting next to each other on the airplane, watching the planes out the window, and watching movies together while we were in the air.  It was also nice that there were 3 adults with 3 kids and all the gear we had… suitcases, strollers, a pack n’ play, etc.

Sarah’s parents were so amazing to let us all stay with them in their lovely house outside of Kansas City and it was so nice for the kids to have so much time to play together!  And of course it was nice for Ken and I to go to Corey & Steffi’s wedding while Sabrina & Sarah babysat Julia!

Our first night there we went to their lovely Rehearsal Dinner, which was in a restaurant in a downtown hotel: 7.13.2015(40)Julia did amazingly well, especially given that we had been on a plane for much of the day and that her bedtime passed before we even got to dinner!

The next day we went to a farm with the kids, where they were able to check out the chickens, pet the sheep and feed the goats. They had so much fun!


After the farm we went back to Sarah’s parents’ house to relax for the afternoon and then Ken & I got ready for the wedding and Julia stayed at the house to play with the kids!

The wedding was at a beautiful old theater that had been restored to be a wedding venue. It was beautiful and the wedding was just lovely! Steffi looked beautiful and they had a wonderful jazz band that played while they danced the night away.  Ken and I had a great time. 7.13.2015(34)7.13.2015(36)7.13.2015(35)7.13.2015(33)The next day they had a brunch for all the out-of-town visitors at a great restaurant in downtown.  In the afternoon, the weather was a little gross and rainy so we went home for naps and then Ken left that evening for the airport.

We had a few more days to hang out and play, which was really nice… Sarah, Sabrina & I had been great friends during our time in New Orleans and it was so wonderful to have some quality time with just the two of them, to chat, gossip, laugh, and hang out!

We went to the casino one night (where none of us were particularly lucky)…7.13.2015(32)but we still had a great time!

And we took the kids to an outdoor mall to splash around in the fountains! 7.13.2015(31)7.13.2015(30)7.13.2015(29)We also got some delicious Kansas City BBQ and we took the kids to LEGOLAND, where they all LOVED the rides and playing with Legos! 7.13.2015(28)On the way back, Sabrina & I took the same flight home with the three kids, who all did surprisingly well with the long travel day!7.13.2015(27)I’m so glad we were able to make this trip work out–we had a great time visiting with our friends and celebrating Corey & Steffi’s wedding!


Last night, after 2 years, 9 months and 3 days, I nursed Julia for the last time.  I have so many emotions surrounding this important milestone but most of all I’m feeling lots of love… love for Julia, love from so many other moms who have supported me along the way (including my own and Ken’s), love from Ken, and love for our family.  In the beginning, breastfeeding was not easy and I remember thinking, “If I can just get through this next week of breastfeeding, I’ll be happy.” Well one week turned into two, turned into a month, then a year, then two years and then Julia and I were both enjoying nursing so much that we just kept going.

Some kids wean on their own, naturally… around 18 months or 2 years they’ll just decide they don’t need breastmilk anymore and they’ll stop asking for it. The last nursing session comes and goes without really realizing what’s happening. Well Julia is almost 3 and as far as I could tell, there was no slowing down, no end in sight and I’ve been feeling like it was time to give her a little push towards weaning.  We’ve been talking about trying to have another baby (sometime in the not-too-distant future) and I would like to have my body back for a little bit before I become pregnant again and start nursing another baby.  Some mothers feel totally comfortable nursing through a subsequent pregnancy and even enjoy tandem nursing (nursing an older toddler while also nursing a newborn), and while I give so many props to those moms, I did not feel that was something I wanted to do.

Over the past couple of months we cut out the morning nursing session (except for a few exceptions here and there), then we cut out the naptime nursing session (again, except for a few exceptions here and there) and we just continued with the bedtime nursing session.  Well for the past couple of weeks we warned Julia that there would be a day when she would have her last mommy milk.  As much as I loved our nursing/cuddle sessions, it’s time for her to take another step towards independence.  My mom has always told me that our job as parents is to help Julia become independent–to give her the tools and the decision-making capacity to make her own decisions about right and wrong, about safety, etc. and this is one small step towards becoming independent, towards becoming a big girl.  So for the last week we talked about how on Sunday, she was going to have her last mommy milk and that after Sunday there would be no more mommy milk. I think she understood it for the most part because this morning when I asked her about bedtime, I asked what we’re going to do… I said, “we can cuddle and read stories and sing songs, but there’s no more what, Julia?” And she responded, “no more mommy milk.”  We’ll see how she actually does with bedtime tonight.  I’m sure that if she asks for mommy milk I’ll cry my eyes out but I’ll remind her that it’s okay for us to both be sad together but that we can always snuggle, there’s just no more mommy milk. It’s very bittersweet… I’m sad that she’s not my baby anymore, that she’s growing up, that she won’t fall asleep nursing in my arms ever again, that we won’t have any more nursing/naps together, but at the same time, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I want her to grow up, I want her to learn, develop, become independent, and learn to do all the things big kids can do on their own. With time, we’ll develop new routines–for bedtime and for naptime–and with time she’ll learn to appreciate our cuddle time, even when she can’t nurse, and hopefully she’ll still want to take naps with me!

Last night as we sat down to nurse for the last time, I asked Ken to take a picture of us.  I love this picture! 7.13.2015I think it shows all the emotions I was feeling at once… joy, love,  happiness and sadness… She was giggling, being silly as she often is before bedtime, and was playing little games with my hands.  Ken and Julia did their bedtime routine… “Goodnight, I love you, I’ll see you in the morning.  Sleep well, sleep tight.  Feel daddy’s scratchy beard? Hug, kiss, squeeze! And now it’s time for Mommy Milk! and night night!” and then she nursed.  She was so exhausted after a busy day at the Orioles game so she nursed on one side, asked for the other side and then fell asleep nursing.  I stayed in our chair, holding my sleeping baby for a few extra minutes as tears rolled down my cheeks and then I put her down in her crib and said, “Goodnight, I love you and I’ll see you in the morning!”

And now we move on to the next stage and the next big milestones… potty training and transitioning to a toddler bed and then a big girl bed!

Weekend in Hershey & Influenster

This past weekend we had a lovely family trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania!  Ken had a conference to attend at the Hershey Lodge, right next to Hershey Park. Our room was paid for and families were invited, so Julia and I tagged along. We arrived in Hershey around 7:30 Saturday morning and had breakfast with Ken at the conference and then Julia and I headed out for a Mommy & Julia adventure!

We started out by going to Chocolate World, where we went on the free ride and then we went through the “Make your own chocolate bar” attraction, which Julia loved!  It was a little hard for her to be patient and I think a more hands-on experience might have been slightly better for a kid her age but she still enjoyed picking out the ingredients of her chocolate bar, watching it go through the assembly line, designing the wrapping for her bar, and seeing the finished product! 10583839_10100784611194725_4838650433672094208_n




After Chocolate World, we went over to ZooAmerica, a Zoo that’s connected to Hershey Park. It’s a zoo with a different concept… all of the animals are indigenous to North America, so they had some elk, a wolf, a Black bear, lots of different kinds of birds, snakes, frogs, etc. 11110984_10100784668425035_8281113989463291931_n

After the zoo, we grabbed some lunch, picked up some new swimmies (since I had forgotten to bring Julia’s from home) and we went back to the hotel for a nap.  11287107_10100784805086165_1657865251_n

After nap we went swimming at the hotel, though it seems as though Julia has forgotten all the awesome swimming techniques she learned in her swim class 2 years ago… she was scared and really didn’t like going under the water.  I think our lesson that we learned was that we need to take another swim class with her!  We might look into taking another one with her this summer at the Owings Mills JCC.  22787_10100784804896545_7403442302899429428_nIn the evening there was a lovely banquet for the attendees of the conference, and Julia came along with us! There were a bunch of other kids there, too, so we set them up with iPads at a special kids table.

The next morning Ken went back to the conference starting at 8 AM, so Julia and I decided to head to Hershey Park! She had been on a few kiddie rides at Hopkins’ Spring Fair a couple months ago but she had never been to an amusement park before or on any big rides… she had a ball!  She went on a few kiddie rides first, which she loved… and then I found a little roller coaster she was allowed to go on if I went with her. She loved it! Before the ride was over, she said, “Again Mommy!” We ended up going on it four times in a row! 10423815_10100785368067945_9151077215191627845_n





We also went on the ferris wheel (this was her first time on a ferris wheel!) and I found one bigger roller coaster that she was allowed to go on with me. The first time we rode, she was laughing the whole time, and then she shouted, “It’s not scary mommy!” We ended up going on that one three times in a row too, before heading back to meet up with Ken.

Julia was so exhausted after our day at the Park that she fell asleep and slept pretty much the whole way home! 11358680_10100785400103745_1520629275_n

I have one other exciting topic for you… remember how I told you about Influenster? Well after filling out a few more surveys on their site, I was chosen to receive another VoxBox… this one had coupons for Weight Watchers Ice Cream treats! I got two different kinds: 11301563_10100782795184025_1590035688_nand


They are both delicious! They are fairly low calorie so you don’t feel guilty eating them, they are chocolatey and delicious so they satisfy that late-night craving for something sweet. I highly recommend them! They had a number of other flavors available as well but these two were the ones that jumped out at me from the freezer section of our local grocery store!

Of course I need to let you know that I received these products free for testing purposes. If you’re interested in testing out products for free, go check out Influenster and sign up!

It’s been a while…

I apologize that it has been so long since I last wrote a blog post. I started a new job back in February which keeps me much more busy than my previous job did and therefore leaves me much less time for blogging.  I do miss blogging though, so I hope to get back into it a bit now that I am settled into our new routine. I am now working full time, whereas I was part time before.  But it’s all good… I’m enjoying my new job immensely. I enjoy the company of the people I work with, I find the work challenging and interesting and find myself using my education and training more than I have since law school. The company I’m working for prides itself on being very family friendly so if Julia is sick, I am free to bring my computer home and work from home. If I need to take a half day to go to an event at school, I’m encouraged to do so. Almost everyone works from home on Fridays so I have started doing that too. It allows me to do housework in between calls and run errands during lunchtime. There is also much flexibility in the hours I work. I’m required to do 80 hours in a two-week pay period but I can spread those hours out in a way that makes sense for me. The company also allows people to tele-work if it works for them and the project they’re on. Basically, it’s an awesome company and I’m very happy!

Since this blog isn’t about me though, I’ll give you more of what you came here for… Julia stories!

Julia is officially 2.5 now and she is quite the 2.5 year old. Ken & I comment on an almost-daily basis about how funny she is and we frequently tell each other that this is definitely the best age yet (though we find ourselves saying that about every age). Julia never (I repeat NEVER) stops talking, until the moment she goes to sleep at night. She asks lots of questions and is so curious about the world around her. She makes up stories for us (that always involve someone falling in the mud or the water) and makes up games that often involve being a monster or a lion. One of the things I love most about this age is that Julia finds such joy in things that us adults would never even notice. She LOVES finding the moon in the sky each night and proudly declares, “I FOUND THE MOON!” She also loves to find things that match… the other day she was dressed up in a new red, white and blue outfit from Bubbie & Zaydie while we went to visit Fort McHenry. Julia noticed that her outfit matched the “Oh Say Can You See Flag” and was very excited about that fact. Since Ken showed her the joy of Dandelions, she loves to find them and blow the flower into the wind. She has a huge vocabulary and often surprises us with words we didn’t even know she knew.

Here are a few recent pictures of the little munchkin:







Some of the things Julia has been into lately are animals… we visited the zoo yesterday with her and joined as members so we can go back regularly now that the weather is nice! We are also members of the Aquarium, which she really loves. Her favorite things to see at the Aquarium are the dolphins, the one clown fish (which she always calls Nemo), and the jellyfish. She also has gotten very into princesses now that she’s seen Frozen, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She refers to every dress as her “princess dress” and often announces that she is a princess. Whenever I wear a dress she says I look like a princess too. She has her girly side but she also loves to play with firetrucks and her doctor kit. She always gives us checkups (which usually consist of having our eyes checked and giving us lots of shots). Julia is very outgoing–she loves to sing, loves to dance, loves to run and jump. She is so happy and smiley and only occasionally pretends to be shy (but she usually warms up to people within a matter of minutes). She is truly a joy to have as a child. Of course she has her moments when she drives us nuts and frustrates us beyond measure but we love her so much and she teaches us so much on a daily basis!

Sticker Chart

Julia has started showing more and more interest in the potty but recently she’s figured out that asking to sit on the potty will get her out of whatever she doesn’t feel like doing at the moment, so if we’re in the middle of getting ready for bed she’ll ask to sit on the potty to delay the inevitable.  I decided that we should start using a sticker chart as an incentive… so now she gets one sticker for going #1 in the potty and two for going #2.  2.9.2015(6)

We only started using it on Thursday and it’s already gotten quite a bit of use!  Friday night at Chabad (we went for Shabbat dinner), Julia used the potty there twice so she got to put two stickers on her chart for Friday.

She’s still not able to tell us before she needs to go so at this point we still need to ask her if she’d like to sit on the potty but if we ask at the right time (or put her on when we know her diaper is dry after a nap) then she’s actually able to go.  We’re in no rush to actually potty train her because we don’t feel inconvenienced by diapers in any way but it’s nice that she’s starting to be excited about it!


2.9.2015(9)Ken was on call this weekend so Julia and I spent a lot of time together keeping ourselves occupied (I cannot wait until Ken’s test is over and done with in a few weeks so we can have family weekends again).  2.9.2015(5)

Saturday morning we went to the Frozen-themed storytime at the bookstore that’s close to us… Julia wanted to stand right in front to see the pictures and she loved that they had cookies and milk as a snack! 2.9.2015(8)

After storytime we came home for lunch and naptime.  At home our special treat for Julia was always that she got to have “Mommy milk” at naptime and nap in Mommy & Daddy’s bed but nursing to sleep for naptime has been interfering with her naps at school so we decided it was time to find a new naptime routine.  I’m so glad that it was a fairly easy process both days this weekend… Julia took naps both days without nursing and without too much of a struggle! 2.9.2015(4)

It means I actually get some time to myself to get stuff done, read, relax, nap, or do whatever I feel like doing.  It was lovely!

In the afternoon we watched Frozen together before going over to play with a friend and have dinner at her house.  2.9.2015(7)

Sunday morning we had Julia’s music class and then our afternoon plans got cancelled so instead we went on a loooooooong walk and stopped at the playground since the weather was a bit nicer yesterday afternoon!  Julia had fun on the swings for a few minutes and then played in the sandbox for a good 45 minutes.  She was “making birthday cakes”!  2.9.2015(3)



After the playground it was time for dinner, bath and bedtime!  2.9.2015

I don’t like to talk about my work on this blog since it’s a personal blog but I do just want to mention that I am about to finish up at my current job and start a new job in a couple of weeks!  This is my last week at the job I’ve had since July 2013 and it is certainly bittersweet to be leaving.  I’ve been working part time the whole time I’ve been here which has been really nice with a little (fairly needy) toddler but I’m looking forward to taking on new challenges and learning a lot at my new (full-time) job, which I start 2 weeks from today.  Next week I’m taking the whole week off and doing things for myself–a bunch of gym classes, a movie in the theater, some fun reading at a coffee shop, maybe a little bit of shopping for myself (need some new professional clothes for my new job!) and possibly a nap or two in the afternoons :)

I’m sure there will be a steep learning curve and it will be stressful as we figure out what it’s like to have two full-time working parents in a family of 3, and how to handle our new schedule and Julia’s sick days, but I’m looking forward to making this transition.


Super Bowl Champions!

This past weekend was a wonderful one!  We got babysitters two nights in a row so we could go out by ourselves and the Patriots won the SuperBowl!

Friday night we went to our friends David & Hilary’s new house!  They bought it fairly recently and wanted to show it to us now that they’ve unpacked their boxes.  It’s really nice–has a lot of wood, nice architectural details, and the kitchen is really nice!  It’s a little too small for us with one 2-year old but suits them really nicely.  They’re also walking distance from the restaurant we went to for dinner, Clementine!

Saturday morning we took Julia to Orioles FanFest!  It was very very very crowded and a little too overwhelming.  She got to meet the Bird: 2.4.2015(11)

and got a balloon bracelet made while she was waiting in line! 2.4.2015(10)

After the part in the Convention Center we decided it was just too crowded to try to do anything with Julia so we walked over to the Stadium where they were giving tours of the Orioles Clubhouse!  During regular tours you’re only ever allowed to see the Visitors Clubhouse so it was really neat to see the Orioles side!  We saw the cubbies/lockers where they keep their stuff.  Adam Jones had laid out his stuff across three lockers for people to see.  2.4.2015(6)

and we got to see where the Orioles practice their batting skills: 2.4.2015(7)

Then we got to go out into the Orioles dugout and even onto the field (not the grass) to take some pictures!  2.4.2015(9)


Julia was definitely starting to get tired and grumpy by that time so we went home for lunch and her nap.  In the evening we had a new babysitter come over to play with Julia and then Ken & I went out to Corey’s gig at Midtown BBQ.  2.4.2015(5)

Sunday morning I took Julia to her music class, which she is really enjoying, and then in the afternoon we went to watch the SuperBowl!  It was a knuckle-clenching game but ended just the way we wanted it to!  Julia had fun working on some arts and crafts that were set up at the kids table 2.4.2015(3)

and she liked putting on temporary tattoos and eye-black: 2.4.2015(4)

She also got to try on a Bledsoe-signed helmet!2.4.2015(2)

2.4.2015I left with Julia right around half time to get her home and in bed and then I watched the second half of the game on my iPad at home.

Congratulations to the New England Patriots, SuperBowl Champions!


Big box!

Yesterday was an exciting day for us when we got home from work/school!

First, there was a big box from Gagee that contained a sweater for me, two sweaters for Julia, some new books and some presents from one of my mom’s Girlfriends.  My mom made me this sweater which matches with a sweater that she made for Julia!  NE2


This weekend we’ll try to get a picture of me & Julia in our matching sweaters!

One of the sweaters my mom made for Julia is a bit too big for right now (it’ll probably fit her in a year or more.  But the other one fits her perfectly right now and matches with a hat my mom made her a few months ago.  Julia was excited to try on her new sweater from Gagee today and she wore it to school, too! 1.30.2015



Second, my Stitch Fix box surprised me by arriving several days early!  It wasn’t scheduled to get her until Monday but arrived yesterday afternoon, so that was exciting to see when I got home from work! SF11

This time I requested the same Stylist I had for my last Fix because I felt like she really got my style and what I was looking for and she picked out some fun pieces for me.  SF7

This time there was a particular pair of pants I had seen on other blogs that I wanted to try out so I requested those pants and I also requested a bag.  Here’s what she sent this time: SF10

In case you can’t tell, it’s 3 shirts, the pants I had requested and a necklace.  I was glad she sent the pants but I was honestly a little disappointed to not get a bag.  It turned out okay since I loved the necklace but I would have liked a bag to try out.

I tried everything on myself first but wasn’t really able to get great pictures… here’s the necklace: SF9

and one of the shirts: SF8

but I really had to wait until Ken was free to help me take better pictures.

The sizing on the pants is very funny (according to another friend who got them in one of her Fixes) and so they were so small that I couldn’t even put them on.  That was disappointing, to say the least.  But here were the three shirts: SF6



The first one I didn’t love.  I liked the color and the pattern, and the style was nice but the fit was a little funny since it was tight across the chest and the upper arms and I didn’t like that it was see-through so would require wearing a cami under it at all times.  The other two shirts I liked a lot… the black one with the studs is nice because it can really be dressed down (with jeans/skinny pants) or up (with a skirt or dress pants) and I like the material and the fit.  And the sleeveless shirt I just love.  It’s a nice silky material in front with just a plain black back.  It fits perfectly and is just really lovely.  I paired it last night with the necklace and really liked the way they looked together! SF3

So needless to say, I decided to keep the blue shirt, the black shirt and the necklace.  Because of the $100 I had in credit from friends signing up for Stitch Fix, I only ended up having to pay $30 total.  That’s a pretty sweet deal for 2 nice shirts and a necklace! :)

And today for StitchFix Friday, I got all dressed up for work in a black pencil skirt with my new shirt, new necklace and a black blazer… here I was this morning looking like a professional Lawyer/Mommy!  SF2


And the third exciting thing last night was that we made our 6th Blue Apron meal!  BA5

Ken was on top of his studying last night so he was able to help me with the cooking… first we got all the prep work done: BA4

and then while I took care of some other things around the house, Ken started cooking up the gnocchi!  The recipe has you boil them first to cook them, and then has you saute them with butter in a pan to crisp them up a bit and bring out their delicious nutty flavor.  So that was Ken’s job: BA3


After the gnocchi are nice and browned, you add Brussels Sprouts, Red Onion, Thyme, Lemon Zest & Lemon Juice, along with some Parmesan Cheese.  The end result was absolutely delicious!  This is definitely a dish we will make again.  It was quite filling but this recipe made just enough for the two of us for dinner.  Some of the recipes seem to make leftovers and some don’t, but honestly that’s okay cause we don’t need leftovers from every single dinner! BA

I’m sad that we’re not getting another Blue Apron shipment tomorrow but we decided to skip it this time because the recipes didn’t look all that appealing to us.  We’ll be just making recipes from our own collection this week and then next weekend we’ll get another Blue Apron shipment.

Looking forward to a nice weekend of fun and football!