101 in 1001 update!

A whole month without blogging? Well, thanks to instagram you still know what we all look like :) But since I've been lax about blogging I've also been lax about sharing some pictures from my big camera, so even though they don't really go at all, here are a few of my favorite pictures of the boys from the last few months.

We've been semi busy this winter trying out the City a little more and crossing off our list. And I am SO ready for more consistent warm weather to explore, explore without freezing.

16. Visit the Cloisters
Ryan and I went on a day date to the Cloisters and a local coffee shop on a rainy day in March. It's no MET, but fun that it's a part of the MET and since I go running around it all the time (well, all the time except for Dec-Feb) it was fun to see the inside. I have a feeling it may be an annual rainy day neighborhood date.

29. Eat at Chelsea Market
We met up with some friends from Boston in January and I had the most delicious meal from Num Pang. I was even gluten/dairy free that month and it was so, so good. I can't wait to go back and get more, try more food, and check out the antique store there as well.

45. Gluten/Dairy free for one month
I tackled this goal in January and it was a fun challenge. I'm not one for fad diets and although I'm not certain we all need to be gluten/dairy free I do think Americans eat much more processed food than necessary and this goal was a nice challenge to eat more real food and see if my body felt better eliminating these ingredients for a month. It felt good! And I really didn't crave cheese or dairy through the month. It was also a great way to challenge me to find new favorite recipes, fast, budget friendly recipes to add to our rotation.

52. Join a gym
The goal when moving to the city was to finally get a gym membership, to motivate me to work out more consistently. I also really wanted to take group fitness classes more. I loved the classes I took at BYU, especially when Ryan was a student and I had just graduated. But alas, the Y is forever away here so Brittany (our next door neighbor, running buddy and all-around amazing mom) and I joined the Planet Fitness just a few blocks away and it's just what I needed to help me consistently work out through the winter.

81. Buy a couch
We did it! We first were looking at couches, but a little sectional caught our eye and there was no looking back. It's actually the same as my brother/sister in law, and we didn't even plan it. We've got the darker color and they've got the lighter. President's day sales for the win!


How old are you? "Free!"

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Henry turned "free" on Saturday and although the week started out with a stomach bug that involved each one of us, it ended with a low key bang on his birthday. We started the day with birthday doughnuts, he opened presents and played to his heart's content, and then played at a friends house while Ryan and I went to NJ for a quick trip to buy a grown up couch (hurray!). He had chocolate cake, pasta for dinner, and got a little wild around bed time, which meant he had played nice and hard all day.

We love this vivacious three year old. He's getting pretty talkative, loves to play with Walter, loves to make noises, sing, play, move and throw. I'm excited to sign him up for his first formal sport/team this year, I have a feeling he's going to LOVE it. He recently said that his best friend was Walter and he loves our neighbors and friends from nursery as well. It's so fun to see friendships really emerging and playing together happily moments lasting longer and longer.

I present to you, the many looks of "Henry, please can we take a picture together?"


On the new year, and feeling good.


I've gone to bed way too late these last few days, and Walter even woke up last night for an hour and we had to do some sleeping triage with Henry in our bed while we calmed a loudly crying Walter, but these last few days have been heavenly.

I can't pinpoint an exact reason, but it just feels so good. We've got a routine going, Henry is more helpful and I can reason with him a little bit more. Walter is getting bigger, more toddler-like, more boy-like. I feel calmer, and even putting the boys to bed on my own last night while Ryan worked late I was good, in a rhythm, and not completely done/exhausted.

Also, I'm really in love with my boys right now. Not that I wasn't before, but, they're really lovable right now. They're not little robots, but even with their meltdowns or sadness when something doesn't go their way, they're just lovable. 

I don't know if I'm doing my feelings any justice right now by trying to put into words how I feel, but it just feels good. I'm sure this new year has something to do with it, too. My outlook is better, I feel more positive, I've been writing down catchy little life themes to help me get by like 'you have to finish what you start' and 'life is tough but so are you.' 

There was even snow this morning and so we watched a movie, made cookies, played.... It was a good day to be the mama of Henry and Walter today.

++ In 101 in 1001 news, I started my gluten free/dairy free month yesterday so for the cookies this morning we made these peanut butter oatmeal cookies. I made some with chocolate chips for the boys and some with raisins for me, since I didn't have any dairy free chocolate chips in the house. They're easy and yummy and definitely satisfied my baked-goods-because-it's-snowing craving.