Meet the Sullivans: March 2017

March 24, 2017

Five on Friday

Hey there, and happy Friday!

1. We started Owen in gymnastics this week! A few days before the class I told him I had signed him up, and he was really mad. He said it would be all girls and that he didn't want to and wouldn't do it. I thought he would be excited, but hoped he would change his mind by Monday, but he didn't. I had to bribe him with a promise of Star Wars gummies to get him in the car to go. Well, turns out he LOVES gymnastics and has asked to go back everyday this week! Moral of the story is mommy knows best!

2. Keith and I got to take a Frame Walk of our house earlier this week! The picture above is me standing in the kitchen looking out toward the dining area. We were so excited when they emailed to say it was time for us to see the house. This is something Shea Homes does for their buyers to help include us in the building process. It was kind of neat to see all the behind the scenes stuff that I would otherwise take for granted, like double walls between us and our neighbors to drown out sound, and an automatic hot water button to help expedite hot water to the third floor. This was also the very first time we got to step foot in our actual home and not just the model of it!

The front end contractor showed us around because his job with our home is nearly finished. The water pipe inspection was taking place that day and then installation of the drywall will happen next. The next time we get to do a walk through will be one week before we get our keys!

3. Do you have any recommendations for toilet locks? Luke is very interested in lifting the toilet seats and attempts to either put his hand in the water or throw something in it. We didn't have this issue with Owen, but that's probably because he didn't have a big brother who was always running to the bathroom. Whatever we end up using needs to be something Owen could open himself too. My life is so very glamorous these days, isn't it!

4. These two were a dream earlier this week in Home Depot. They let me browse the refrigerators, washers and dryers and even the flowers. I'd like to say it's all because they're angels, but I also think it had a little to do with the awesome shopping cart we used. I think Luke thought he was on an amusement ride or something.

5. We have nothing planned this weekend, except for getting our taxes done, so I'm hoping to find a little time for some spring cleaning, meal planning and some blogging.

What's on your agenda this weekend?

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March 22, 2017

St. Patrick's Day + Our Weekly Menu

Hello there! I hope you had a nice weekend. As I'm writing this I'm already starting to feel like it was forever ago, which it pretty much was because it's already Wednesday afternoon.

On Saturday we celebrated St. Patrick's Day with family! It's always been a tradition in Keith's family to have a big party of the holiday and now my mom and sister join us too. Everyone has a fun time hanging out, playing games and enjoying each others company, and maybe an Irish Car Bomb or two. ;)

I had the boys dressed in matching shamrock t-shirts (thanks, Old Navy!), but completely forgot to get a picture of them together -- they were both too busy having fun with everyone. We only managed to get Owen to stop playing basketball for a split second to take this picture before he ran back over to play again.

Owen was really into the whole idea of making a leprechaun trap this year, so in the week or two leading up to the day he and I worked on making his creation. I let him take the lead completely on deciding how he wanted to whole thing come together and just helped him execute it with the tape and collecting the supplies, etc.

Luke enjoyed his first taste of corned beef and ate two servings! He's a great eater and it's such a relief.

We got a nice family photo! We've taken one each year for at least the last 5 years and I'm always to happy to have them to look back on. The kids have all grown so much!

Traditional St. Patrick's Day food has really grown on me over the years. I definitely don't cook it through the year, but I always enjoy it on the holiday. I made Irish Soda bread again this year and it was fantastic!

Speaking of food... here is what's on our dinner menu for the week. Nothing too fun or interesting. I bought pretty much everything at Costco, which means there is little to no prep work all week -- hooray!

Monday - Italian Meatballs, Pesto Tortellini and Green Beans
Tuesday - Rotisserie Chicken, Cesar Salad and Brown Rice
Wednesday - Salmon, Asian Salad and Brown Rice
Thursday - Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast over Cauliflower Rice
Friday - pizza!

Hope you're having a great week so far! 

March 15, 2017

Weekend Fun & Our Menu

It's Wednesday morning and I'm so missing the weekend, still. It was a really great couple days with a lot of sunshine, fresh air and time spent with family and great friends.

Saturday morning we hung out at home until heading to Owen's basketball game at noon. Luke napped, Owen played a little Minecraft, and Keith and I took turns getting our workouts in.

My mom, sister and Keith's mom met us at the gym to watch Owen's game. I'm so glad we signed him up and kept him on the team, because he has made some great improvements in his skills and confidence on the court. After the game we grabbed lunch at Whole Foods and went to the park.

A standard Sunday morning scene... coffee and trying to read the Target ad while Luke tries to dive head first into my coffee. This kid is crazy for coffee mugs, and letting him peek into my cup always gets a huge smile!

After coffee and breakfast we packed up for the beach. We met our friends at Redondo beach in Half Moon Bay for some tide pool exploring and mimosas. The tide was way higher than I've seen it before and the water from the waves was making it really far up the beach. Our things almost got washed away a few times. It was the perfect weather and all the kids were happy, and the mommies had mimosas, so all was good!

FYI the hike down to the beach is a tough one if you plan on taking a trip down there yourself. We could only bring the necessities because we needed to have our hands free. 

After the beach we stopped at Sacrilege Brewery in downtown Half Moon Bay for lunch. Keith and I were super excited to see that they had three beers from Fieldwork Brewing Co. because they're opening a beer garden just blocks from where our new house is! On the left is the Super Cell (a double IPA) and the Saw Horse is on the right, both IPAs. The good news is the beer was fantastic, but I had Chilaquiles and they were just so-so.

After lunch Keith and the boys and I wandered around Main Street in search of an ice cream shop. We were kind of surprised that there wasn't a single ice cream store to be found. While we didn't find ice cream we did see a few other neat things... 

We walked through the outside of Oddyssea, which we've checked out before -- there are so many cute little crafty things for kids (and grown ups!) to make. I loved these mini-terrariums!

Owen and I loved these succulent letters! I think I need the "S" for our front door!

It was fun playing tourist in our own area. So often we drive through on our way to the beach or Pumpkin Festival and don't bother to check out any new places. I'm so glad we tried a new spot for lunch too!

Later after we got home I made a trip to the store for a few things and decided to make carrot cake for dessert! We love sweets in our family, but Keith and I try to only have them on Sunday evening, so when we do indulge I try to make it a good one! I used this Incredibly Moist and Easy Carrot Cake recipe and it was everything it claimed to be, although next time I would definitely double the frosting.

Speaking of recipes here's what's on my dinner menu for the week:

MONDAY - Cobb salad

TUESDAY - Roast chicken & roast veggies with brown rice

WEDNESDAY - Spaghetti squash & meatballs with roast broccoli

THURSDAY - Green chile chicken enchiladas with green salad

FRIDAY - takeout


After dinner and baths we put the boys to bed. They have been increasingly silly at bedtime lately. Luke likes to walk around in circles and spin himself around until he loses his balance. Owen thinks it's hilarious and tries to join in. They remind us of Donald O'Connor performing "Make 'Em Laugh" in Singin' in the Rain! Once they get the sillies it's hard to calm them down because they just feed off each other. 

After the boys were in bed Keith and I collapsed onto the couch to watch The Walking Dead and eat some carrot cake. It was heavenly!

Well, that was our weekend, and now we're about halfway to the next one already! Hooray!

March 14, 2017

Luke is 15 Months!

Our little Luke is growing bigger and bigger each week! Here is a little bit about him and all the ways he's changing.

Stats: Height - 31.5 inches (63%) Weight - 23lbs 5oz (59%) Head - 19.29 inches (95%)

Eating: You love food and sometimes I'm surprised (happily!) by how much you eat! Breakfast is usually scrambled eggs, oatmeal, avocado, pancakes, banana, cereal etc. For snacks you'll usually have some kind of pouch or try to eat what Owen is having. You recently discovered Goldfish crackers, and you're hooked. For dinner you'll have what we're eating plus some avocado or sweet potato, etc.

You love milk! You drink a bottle of milk right when you wake up in the morning and then a few smaller ones throughout the day. I've started cutting your whole milk with a little water because you love to have lots of bottles throughout the day.

Sleep: You're usually us 1-2 times through the night. If you wake up 2x then you usually sleep in later, but there is never a guarantee. You take 1-2 naps based on what time you woke up in the morning. Your naps are usually 2-3 hours long if you take one nap, and then if you take two naps each one ends up being about 1 1/2-2 hours. You wake up cranky after naps, unfortunately! Sometimes when you wake up in the night I think you've been having bad dreams because all you want it to get out of your room and you cry and scream until we go downstairs. Once we're on the couch downstairs you calm down and fall asleep on me, and then we go back up to your room.

Health: Last month you had another ear infection (or the same one that never went away) and the doctor gave you Rocephin, a shot given over three days, that helped the infection go away. You've been a pretty happy guy since then. After you started to feel normal again Daddy and I marveled at how much we missed our sweet, happy baby boy! We are so glad to see you feeling more like yourself again.  

This morning we took you in for a hearing test, and found that your ear drums are barely functioning because of all the fluid in your ears. It looks like you will definitely be getting tubes very soon, but we won't know for sure until we see your ENT, who we are waiting to hear back from.  

  • Cooking "with" me in the kitchen. Luke loves to be held while I cook anything and he likes to watch steam rise from the stove. He's a huge fan of steam!
  • He loves his brother! When we pick Owen up from school Luke always tries to squeeze his way through the door so he can find O and sit in his lap. 
  • Books! Currently he loves Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, Good Night Moon, all the Baby Touch & Feel books we have and the My First Colors & Shapes books. 
  • Dogs and birds. 
  • Riding in his Cozy Coupe. 
  • Being held upside down. 
  • Going to the doctor, which he's had to do a lot of in the last 3 months.  
  • Being taken away from mommy. 
Says: He says "mama", "dada", and some semblance of "hi". He also tries to sing-a-long when we sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.  We know that you would probably be saying a lot more if you didn't have so many ear infections and so much fluid in your ears. We're hoping the tubes will fix that :) You also

Favorite toys: Kitchen toys, Minnie & Mickey's Mouse, blocks, balls, the Cozy Coupe, his broom and pretty much anything Owen is playing with! Loves to play outside. Loves to splash in water. Really loves getting to play in the sand box! 

Does: You wave "bye-bye" when someone says goodbye to you. You clap along to "If You're Happy and You Know It". You like to dump blocks / balls / anything out of containers and put them back in again. You love being read to and always want to sit in the reader's lap. You walk with confidence and can almost run now. You're a biter, unfortunately, and use it as a way to get attention or attack your brother when you want him to give you something of his.

Dear sweet little Luke,

We love you so much! You're such a fun, sweet and happy boy, although you still have a little spunk in you, and you're not afraid to let your feelings be known. You're such a joy and a seriously great snuggler!

xoxo, Mommy

March 13, 2017

Boy's Spring Style with Carter's for Kohl's

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included Carter’s clothing as compensation. #playallday

Spring is right around the corner, my friends, and boy are we ready for it! I'm tired of the rainy days, all the time spent inside, and I am especially tired of all the winter weather clothes -- I can't wait for the bright, crispness of springtime clothing!

When dressing Luke and Owen my first concern is always that the clothes they wear are comfortable and conducive to play. While I always want them to look nice and pulled together I also want them to feel free to run, jump, climb and play in the dirt in whatever I put them in.

Each season when I buy new clothes for the boys I make sure we have a variety of play clothes that can be mixed and matched. This way even if I don't lay clothing out for them, and someone else gets them dressed (like Daddy!), they will still have an outfit that coordinates. The easiest way to make sure we can easily mix and match their clothes is to center the color choices around 3-4 colors, and of course, buying from the same clothing line can help with that too.

When I shop at Carter's I know I can pick a few main outfits and then supplement them with other pieces like t-shirts, cotton shorts and zip up hoodies that match the same style. Luke's little outfit is part of a little Mix & Match collection, so I was able to buy a few other pieces that work with what he's wearing.

If it were up to Owen he would probably spend everyday in sweatpants and a character tee, and most days I oblige because I want him to feel proud of what he's wearing and have some control over the way he is dressed, but every once in a while I insist on dressing him in the clothes I like.

He is a pretty easy going guy though, and happily puts on what I set out for him, especially if he gets to match with his brother. Let me tell you, it is hard to find matching and coordinating clothes that fit both my 5 year-old, who wears 6T, and my 15 month-old, who wears 18 month-old clothes. Not many brands make such cute things that I can coordinate in both boys' sizes. I'm so glad Carter's does!

Are your kids in need of some cute springtime clothes? Carter's is having a great sale that you don't want to miss! Starting 3/17 through 4/2 you can get $10 off a $40 purchase with promo code KIDSALE10!

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March 10, 2017

Friday Five

Hello, and happy Friday! My big goals for today are to make the boys pancakes for breakfast and make it to the gym. It's supposed to be a rain-free weekend, so I'm thrilled! Here's my five...

| O N E | Owen helped me decorate for Easter earlier his week and really took charge. He had some great ideas about putting eggs all over the place, but I convinced him it might be smart to keep them out of Luke's reach in in some kind of container. He obliged! I think his favorite piece of decor were these cute little rabbits. He said they're his "pets"... we need to get this boy a dog!

I forgot I had made these cute yarn eggs last spring, so that was a nice surprise when we opened our Easter decor box. They were really easy to make and I LOVE how they turned out!

| T W O | Owen's class had a field trip to the fire station this week! I totally remember hearing they do this in Pre-K when I toured the school years ago and I have been looking forward to it for Owen ever since. 

I knew it would be sooo much fun for him! One of the fire fighters opened up some time for questions (a pretty brave thing to do with a room full of 4 and 5 year-olds!) and O had the chance to ask a couple questions ... he wanted to know why fire fighters have fire dogs and how do fires start. Apparently the fire dogs were used back in "olden times", those are O's words, to help keep the horses who pulled the fire wagon focused and alert. 

I think this is going to be Owen's new favorite fun fact to share!

| T H R E E | This Paleo Chicken Pajita Bowl is one Pinterest recipe I keep making again and again, so I thought I'd share. How often do you try a recipe from Pinterest and have it turn out terrible? So it's nice to hear from a real person when one turns out right, right? I always worry if it's "enough" for Keith, but it always ends up being filling and satisfying.

| F O U R | I bought a pair of white jeans about a month ago and still haven't been brave enough to wear them. It has been a long time since I've felt like rocking a pair of white pants and I'm still not sure I can. I think they look good, but I just don't know if I can keep them clean! My kids are messy and I don't exactly live a life of leisure -- there's a lot to clean around here. Anyway, they fit so well and are super comfy, so I recommend them if you're looking for a cute relaxed pair of white denim!

| F I V E | I'm looking for a good charcoal mask. I've seen some friends try a couple on social media and some of these masks look down right terrifying! I don't mind something a little harsh, but I don't want to feel like I'm peeling my skin off my face unless it's really worth it. I did order this one off amazon because the reviews seemed pretty good, but it won't arrive for weeks, so in the meantime I'd love to hear if you've tried one? What can you recommend?

That's all from me! Have a great weekend and don't forget to turn your clocks forward on Sunday for daylight savings!

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March 6, 2017

This & That

Hey guys! It feels like forever since I've blogged. I think I posted once last week and maybe once the week before? I keep meaning to, and wanting to, but then I just never find the time. Last week was an exhausting one. Luke and I both had colds, which meant neither of us were getting much rest during the night, which resulted in a cranky toddler and tired mommy. Anyway, we're feeling better now so I've popped in to share a little bit of this and that.

A couple weeks ago we celebrated my sister Kathee aka Dinny's birthday! We went out for Mexican food and came back to the house to play with the boys and have cupcakes. I can't believe my kid sister (remember the commercial for that doll? I used to sing the theme song to Kath and she hated it :) is 32 years-old, mostly because I still think I'm 32 most of the time! Happy birthday, Kath!

Owen got a giant T-Rex kite at Costco a few weeks ago and we took it out one day to give it a go. We all got a good laugh trying to fly the big ol' thing, and Luke and Owen got a good workout chasing after it. I had to look up directions for flying a kite, because I was sure we were doing it wrong -- guess flying a kite isn't something you always remember how to do like riding a bike. We managed to get it up in the air for brief moments, but I don't think it quite lived up to Owen's expectations of what kite flying would be like!

What's new with Owen? Well, he got a handsome haircut last week and I think I finally know how I like his hair. I've played with different variations of cuts over the years, but still find it difficult to style. He has quite a lot of hair, so much that when I try to wash it the water runs right over it like a horse's hair, and it is kind of crazy in the morning. He has a little cowlick in the back (you can see it in the next photo) and someone finally clued me in with the tip to let it grow out rather than cutting it all short.

Owen is really into telling and hearing stories. He loves being read to, having us make up stories for him, telling us his own tales and recently we picked up some books on tape from the library. He has really enjoyed listening to them in the car on the way to school and sometimes at home. It's a great way to keep him entertained while I'm busy with Luke without handing over the iPad. Do your kids have any favorite books on tape?

Last week I decided to start letting Luke play in the sand at the park. I've been holding back because I didn't think he was capable of being in the sandbox without trying to eat the sand, but he did quite well. The amount of sand he ended up with in his hair and other places was minimal, and he was THRILLED with all the sand toy fun, so it was well worth the mess. I remember when Owen started playing in the sandbox and it was such a fun little activity for him.

Nothing much to say about this photo other than when I look at it I feel very fortunate! 

This is the extent of my spring decor at the moment. I don't know if it's just me but I feel like I can't go all out with Easter until after St. Patrick's Day. Although, I did buy a bag of Cadbury mini eggs (my absolute favorite!) and have proceeded to demolish them with little to no help -- Owen had a handful or two. 

These are awful pictures of me, but I really wanted to share about the workouts I've been doing. A mom from Owen's 2's class from a few years back does these HIIT challenges on Facebook and I decided to join for the month of March and give it a try. She posts a new workout each night for us to complete the next day and each one is only about 20 minutes, which is totally doable for me. Luke hasn't been happy at the gym lately, so this is a way for us to both get what we need. 

I'm able to do the workout while Owen is in school and Luke just plays around in the family room and kitchen while I go through the sets. 

For accountability we take a photo at the end of each workout and share it with the group. So far in the last week I've completed 5 of the workouts plus one or two of my regular sessions at the gym. The group has been an awesome motivator for me to do a little, although pretty challenging, workout each day!
Keith and I went on a date, at night (gasp) on Saturday to O's preschool auction night. I don't actually remember the last time we went on a date at night, and I think it may have been all the way back in December, like last year. It always feels easier to go out during the day and not have to worry about someone else bathing and putting the kids to bed for us. Anyway, it was a lot of fun! We bought raffle tickets, had a few drinks, danced, and bid on a few things until it was past our bedtime.

So that's what's been going on with us lately!