October 2011Back Home Again: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Christmas Card Swap


Yes, I know that Halloween isn't even over yet, and I'm posting about Christmas...BUT in my defense, this sounds like a really fun activity!

Halloween 2011

Saturday afternoon/evening, Alan, Ewan and I went to our friend Eric's 30th birthday party at Burdette Park. It was a costume party, but Alan and I were both lame and didn't dress up. At least we put Ewan in a Halloween outfit though! Last night, Alan and I took Ewan to Boo at the Zoo. He did a lot better than we expected, although he was seriously perturbed by his costume, not to mention everyone else in costume! His daycare had a Halloween party today, but we decided to put him in his glow in the dark skeleton jammies because we knew there was no way he would go all day with his monster costume on! Tonight, we stayed at home to greet our trick or treaters...however, we had THREE! Talk about lame! Apparently the kids in our neighborhood go trick or treating elsewhere or at one of the Trunk or Treats around town. I guess now we know for next year!

Giving us his monster face

Happy Halloween!

Tiggerific Tuesday!

 Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nine Month Appointment

Ewan recently had his nine month well baby checkup. It was postponed a few weeks because he had an ear infection and couldn't receive his vaccinations. I wasn't able to take him, but this is what Alan reported.

He's 18lbs 3oz and 27 inches. The doctor said he seems healthy, just short and skinny. I don't know about the skinny part, but I can definitely see where he gets his height!

He's VERY vocal - his personality is definitely coming out and he's letting us know what he does and doesn't like. He waves bye bye on occasion and has been trying to pull up for several weeks. Tonight he finally did! We thought we were in trouble when he started crawling...now we're really in for it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


A Food Alphabet Get to Know You

"Borrowed" from Fat in Suburbia

A is for Apple: What’s your favorite variety?

B is for Bread: Regardless of nutrition, what is your favorite type?
Ciabatta or garlic breadsticks

C is for Cereal: What is your favorite kind currently?
Captain Crunch with Crunchberries

D is for Donuts: You might not currently eat them, but what kind do you fancy?
I actually don't like donuts

E is for Eggs: How would you like yours prepared?

F is for Fat Free: What is your favorite fat free product?
Jell-O Pudding.

G is for Groceries: Where do you purchase yours?
Usually Target

H: is for Hot Beverages: What is your favorite hot drink?
Pumpkin Spice Latte

I is for Ice Cream: Pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
Cookies n Cream, with whipped cream

J is for Jams or Jellies: Do you eat them? If so, what kind and flavor?
very rarely. and strawberry

K is for Kashi: Name your favorite Kashi product?
the cereal bars

L is for Lunch: What was yours today?
Cajun Chicken and Beans Skillet. It's a recipe from Taste of Home magazine from years ago

M is for microwave: What is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
soft pretzels or popcorn

N is for nutrients: Do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?

O is for oil: What kind do you like to use?
As Rachel Ray would say...EVOO!

P is for protein: How do you get yours?
I rarely eat red meat, so it would be chicken, beans/lentils and peanut butter

Q is for Quaker: How do you like your oats?
peanut butter oatmeal cookies!

R is for roasting: What is your favorite thing to roast?

S is for sandwich: What’s your favorite kind?
turkey and cheese

T is for travel: How do you handle eating while traveling?
Not well...unfortunately most people can't or won't eat Subway everyday like me

U is for unique: What is one of your weirdest food combos?
Wendy's french fries with a Frosty.

V is for vitamins: What kind do you take?
since I'm still nursing, prenatals

X is XRAY: If we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
Moe's Southwest Grill - it was Taco Tuesday!

Y is for youth: What food reminds you of your childhood?
tuna noodle casserole or chef boyardee spaghetti with ground beef

Z is for zucchini: How do you prepare it?
I love zucchini, but unfortunately Alan doesn't. So, I dice it and sneak it into all sorts of stuff.

Now it’s your turn!  Pick a few letters, maybe that spell your name or your initials, and share your answers.  Or do the whole alphabet on your own blog :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband! I love you!

What Happened to My Sweet Baby?!

Within the past week, Ewan has started screaming and hollering at us if he doesn't get what his wants ASAP. I thought this started after their first birthday?!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Talk About A Great Start

So Alan slid on wet pavement and ran into a guardrail on the way to Buffalo yesterday.
He sent me pictures and the damage isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be after what he described. I'm really glad he wasn't hurt.
But. This sucks. We definitely didn't need this right now.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Perfect Fall Day

You know, when there' not a cloud in the sky, the leaves a changing and it's not too hot or cold? Yeah, today was one of those days!

Alan, Ewan and I went to Mayse Farm Market today. We went through the corn maze and took a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, where Alan and I picked out our pumpkins. I absolutely loved watching Ewan experience this for the first time. Alan made fun of me, but I almost started crying because I can't believe how big my little baby is getting. He's not really such a baby anymore! This time next year he'll be running around with the other little kids in the straw maze.

We couldn't get Ewan to look straight at the camera, all he wanted to do was bang on the pumpkins!

I bought some apples and I now have not one, not two, but three apple pies cooling in my kitchen. I also bought some apple cider. There's nothing better than freshly pressed apple cider. Makes me miss the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne every September. Maybe next year we can take Ewan up there that weekend.

Now all I need are some mums and my own personal fall festival will be complete!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Busy Week(s)

We've had a busy week here. Yesterday we had my brother and sister-in-law, and their son over for dinner. I made marinated London broil out of one of my Mediterranean cookbooks, roasted broccoli, green beans and couscous. Yummy!

The recipe for the London broil is as follows:
1 c dry red wine (I just use a red table wine)
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cloves
salt & pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together, then pour over London broil. The recipe calls to put the meat in the oven, but I just put it in a large saute pan with a lid and flip it every 5 min or so until its cooked through. The wine mixture reduces down and creates a nice sauce. Every time I've put it in the oven, the meat tastes wonderfully, but the wine mixture is burnt to my baking pan.

Jay was having a blast with Ewan's toys. It was so cute to see Ewan try to play with him. The little guy wants to play with kids older than him so bad, give him a few months and he will be right in there with them!

Tonight, Rachel and Eric invited us to meet them at the Slice for dinner. I had been thinking about seeing if they would like to go tonight all week, but they're going on vacation soon so I figured they would be busy getting ready. I guess great minds really do think alike afterall! It was nice to get the kids together. Ewan is able to interact and play with Anya more and more. I love being able to see all the new things he figures out.

Saturday, we're going to the pumpkin patch, something I look forward to all year. I LOVE fall, especially October. Pumpkins, apples, corn mazes, hayride, bonfires...I love all of it! We went to Linvilla Orchards in Aston, PA last fall, but I was 7 months pregnant and didn't get to enjoy it as much as I normally would. I absolutely cannot wait to share with Ewan the wonder that is fall!

Sunday is Megan's bridal shower in St. Louis and my mother-in-law and other sister-in-law are driving here, then I'm driving us all to the shower. The boys are staying here and ordering pizza and watching football..I'm glad they all get to spend time together, but I'm so glad I don't have to be here for that!

Then, on Monday, Alan is leaving for the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference in Buffalo, NY. He'll be gone all week, meaning he'll spend his birthday in New York. I guess that means he doesn't get his dreamsicle cake this year! (j/k! he'll just have to wait til he gets back)

Then, our actual anniversary is October 24. Not sure what we're going to do yet, but it'll probably be low-key since we just took our trip to North Carolina. After that it's Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Mary's wedding, my 30th birthday (ahhh!), then Christmas, New Years' and Ewan's birthday...where has the time gone?!

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Poor Little Man!

So Ewan threw up tonight. And, I mean THREW UP! He's never done that before and it scared the crap out of Alan and I. He seemed fine before so I don't know what happened, if he ate something that didn't agree with him (breastmilk, lil crunchies and apple-peach oatmeal - all things he's had before) or if he's come down with something. Once it was over and we gave him a bath, he seemed fine. He's asleep now, but I'm keeping an eye on him though to make sure he's ok throughout the night.

However, in true Holly fashion, I Googled infant vomiting and am now somewhat freaked out. I really hope he's ok.

Tiggerific Tuesday!

 Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Get to Know Me

I found this through Fat in Surburbia. And we all know I can't resist a meme!

A. Age - 29
B. Bed size - Queen
C. Chore you dislike -pretty much all of them!
D. Dogs - I do not like dogs. At. All.
E. Essential start to your day - eating breakfast
F. Favorite color - pink, followed closely by turquoise
G. Gold or silver -solver

H. Height - 5'3"

I. Instruments you play(ed) -clarinet, flute, saxophone, piano, bassoon
J. Job title -Architectural Historian
K. Kids -a son, 9 months
L. Live - Evansville, IN
M. Mom's name - Anne
N. Nicknames -Hol
O. Overnight hospital stays - three, two gallbladder attacks and giving birth
P. Pet peeves - Stupid drivers

Q.Quote from a movie -
R. Righty or Lefty - Righty

S. Siblings -none

T. Time you wake up - depends on when Ewan wakes up. usually anywhere from 5 AM to 6:30AM

U. Underwear - bikini
V. Vegetables you don't like - acorn squash, sweet potatoes
W. What makes you run late - If i'm late, then something's wrong
X. X-rays you've had - chest, ankle and foot
Y. Yummy food you make - pretty much everything haha - i'm known for my cooking skills
Z. Zoo animal favorites - penguins, polar bears, monkeys, komodo dragon

Meal Planning

On another note, I'm really getting back into meal planning again. I know I've said it before, but I've started picking out several recipes from my cookbooks each week and making them. I used to rarely eat processed foods and basically ever since Ewan was born that's all we've been eating. Which has definitely contributed to my weight gain! I swore to myself that I would lose the weight I gained during pregnancy and not gain a bunch like my mom did after I was born. Well, guess what? While I did lose 40 lbs within a month of Ewan being born, I have gained about 15lbs of that back, which totally freaks me out. I know I'm not the skinniest girl to begin with, but I am close to the highest weight I've ever been and I don't want to go there again!
Ok, I will get off my tangent...The meals I've planned for the week include:

Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Quiche - I've never made a quiche before, but I made this last night and it was yummy.

Summer Vegetable Pasta - we had this tonight and it was AWESOME!

Tarragon Chicken - I've made this once before, a long time ago. From what I remember, it was pretty good.

Chicken and Beans Skillet - I keep eyeing this in my cookbook, so I decided to make it. Plus, I love Cajun food.

Gnocchi with sun-dried tomato alfredo - An old standard that Alan loves

Probably the best part of cooking is the fact that there is so much leftover to freeze for later!

If anyone wants any of these recipes, let me know and I will post them.

Yes, I am a Dork!

So I'm watching Kim Kardashian's wedding on E! at the moment. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is my secret (ok, not so secret now!) reality show that I love to watch. For the most part, I think reality TV is awful, but I really like this show for some reason. I think it's because they're so ridiculous that it is entertaining.

More Followers?

I've decided that I want some new followers on my blog. So, I found this blog hop.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

North Carolina Pics

Lake Lure from our resort

The summit of Grandfather Mountain

The Mile High Suspension Bridge

Chimney Rock - the same day we went to Grandfather Mountain, no joke!

Lake Lure from the top of Chimney Rock

Art Deco in Asheville


Anniversary Trip 2011

Last weekend Alan and I went to North Carolina for our anniversary. We stayed at a resort on Lake Lure, which is the area where Dirty Dancing was filmed. I swear I recognized some of the locations too! Lake Lure is in the mountains near Asheville and while it is a resort area, it is fairly isolated.
We got there Friday evening and after we checked in, spent a relaxing evening at dinner on the lake. The food was ok, but the view was awesome. Saturday we drove about an hour north to Grandfather Mountain.When we got up there, IT WAS SNOWING!!! And, it wasn't just flurries, it was accumulating on the trees and the roads were getting a little slushy in places. When we got to the top of the mountain, it was like a blizzard. High winds, snow and absolutely freezing.There is a pedestrian suspension bridge above a gorge at the top of the mountain. Needless to say, we didn't go across. We got outside and it was so cold and windy that there was no way I was gonna do that! The best part is that by the time we got back to where we were staying, it was a gorgeous day, sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky.
Sunday, we went to Asheville for the day. The Asheville Urban Trail is a walking tour through downtown that highlights historic areas. Sculptures created by local artists are also at each stop. Asheville has a lot of Art Deco architecture, which was really cool, but the town itself was a little too artsy for me. We followed the Urban Trail, then did a little shopping.
Monday, we went to Biltmore, which was what I was looking forward to the most, besides Grandfather Mountain. Biltmore was awesome. The house reminded me of Harlaxton in a lot of ways - Alan actually told me to stop comparing it to Harlaxton LOL! I visited the Biltmore Winery while I was there so now my wine rack is stocked back up.
We left early Tuesday morning to drive back to Louisville to pick up Ewan before heading back to Evansville. While it was a short weekend away, it was a good one. I wish we could go on vacation more often!

Friday, October 7, 2011

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