Sweet and sour chicken
Pork Chops with Apples
Breakfast for dinner (these are the best pancakes ever!)
We are also eating way too many of these chocolate chip cookies. I thought I had found the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world (here) but I think my cousin's recipe that my mom made while I was visiting during Christmas takes the cake! This recipe makes a huge batch so we keep the dough in the freezer for quick cookies or pizookies. We eat them way too often but I don't wanna stop!
(I took a picture of the recipe at my parent's house and I think that's my sister's doodling and math homework all over it. hahaha)
Jack's food therapy has been a game changer! I am amazed that in just two months, he is doing so much better at trying and eating different foods. Last week, he tried every single food presented to him at food therapy (a ritz cracker, a chicken nugget, a fish stick, canned carrots, canned pineapple, kraft singles, apple sauce, and a sour candy) which is pretty miraculous to me! His food therapist told me as they were finishing last week (she spends about 45 minutes with him and then I spend about 15 minutes after asking questions about my parenting) "Jack is exceptionally bright and knows how to control his environment to get the food that he prefers." I'm pretty sure that was the nice way of saying - he's totally playing you! Whether it's food therapy or parenting therapy disguised as food therapy, I'm so grateful for it and grateful that our insurance covers it! :) I also love having someone else to blame when we're eating - "Sorry, Jack, we have to do it this way because Miss Trisha said so" and then he cries and says that he doesn't like what Miss Trisha said but I'm not the bad guy anymore and he doesn't fight it as much :)
Jack ate an entire bowl of oatmeal (I changed the color of the oatmeal with food coloring a few times to keep him motivated and by the end it looked like barf! hahaha)What I'm reminiscing about:
High school track. I joined the Cornbelt Running Club (of course that's what our local Iowan running club is called ;) and I go to track workouts every Tuesday evening and it has been so hard and so fun and it reminds me of the glory days in high school running in 100 plus degree weather in Arizona :)
What I'm loving:
I'm loving that Jack and David are really starting to play with each other now! One of my friends told me that life starts getting a whole lot easier when your youngest can hold his own in a wrestling match and we are almost there! This is my view most days while I do the dishes - they spend a lot of time together digging in the dirt and playing with rocks:
They are also getting into trouble together:
What we've been up to:
We are enjoying being outside as much as possible! Jack can't stop talking about our visit to our friend's farm last week. He got to ride a horse and gather all of the eggs from the chicken coop.
David didn't know what to think
Iowa is pretty beautiful.
What I'm dreading:
Five of my good Iowa friends are moving this month. FIVE! It was so easy meeting friends in Iowa when we moved last summer thanks to these ladies and I'm going to miss them so much!
What I'm working on:
Our basement - we moved all of our storage to one side of the basement so that the other side is a bit more open and livable. We still want to set up a bed and buy or make a room divider but I am amazed at how much more we play down here now that it doesn't look like a huge disorganized mess. I can't believe we didn't do this before the winter when we really needed it!
Their favorite part of the basement is this ugly little nook. Jack likes to pretend he is working at a drive-thru and cooks up whatever imaginary food I ask for :)
What I'm excited about:
My piranha and doctor who loving sister is on Instagram!!!! She's the best and always keeps life interesting :)
What I'm watching/reading:
GILMORE GIRLS!!!! I had no desire to ever watch this show because when I lived in China, my roommates watched it and all of the fast-talking annoying voices drove me crazy! (Michel, Emily, Sookie, Paris, Jackson, Taylor ----------> all super annoying voices!) but I gave it a shot since it is on Netflix and I love it and think it's hilarious.
I watched Ashlee Birk on Dr Phil last week and I HATED IT!!! Dr. Phil totally set it up to be a face off and it was awful but somehow Ashlee held herself together quite well considering the circumstances. You should read her blog and follow her story - she is amazing!
I am going to start going to book club so that I am more motivated to read and so that I can talk to more adult humans :) This month we are reading Ghost Boy and it's really good so far.
Spencer got this book as a gift from one of his professors at UAB (only in the South! haha) and I started reading it last month. I read the devotional for the day and then the scriptures it references and it has been a great way to start off my days. It's a little different than how I've studied the scriptures in the past and I usually only spend 3-5 minutes reading but it's the most consistent I have been at reading scriptures in a very long time and I'm really enjoying this way of studying!
What I'm listening to:
I am pretty clueless about music but I heard Fight Song for the first time last week and it's my new favorite!
This American Life. I bought the app for $2.99 so that I could listen to all of the archives (my friend recommended a bunch for me to listen to) Some episodes that I really like:
352 - The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar
360 - Switched at Birth
490 - Trends with Benefits
444 - Gossip
What I'm wearing:
I think this is the part of the post where I am supposed to post a cute outfit selfie, but chances are when you read this, I am wearing sweats, sweaty workout clothes, or pajama bottoms (because when I actually wear jeans in the morning, 90 percent of the time I take a pajama break during David's nap time because skinny jeans = misery)
What I'm doing this weekend:
It's a pretty busy weekend - two birthday parties, a baby shower, Jack's soccer game, and a girls night out.
What I'm looking forward to next month:
My mom coming to visit!!!!
What's up with you?!