50 Things of Happiness

1.  Family and friends

2.  Sunshine

3.  Shoes

4.  Sugar

5.  Running

6.  Thunderstorms

7.  Caffeine

8.  Reading

9.  Ice Cream

10.  Organizing

11.  Swimming

Take me out to the ballgame.

Two of my 32 while 32 items were to:  1-go to a Diamondbacks MLB game, 2-eat a churro dog.  I have seen the churro dog around for awhile, and last summer we foolishly walked right past the churro dog stand while at a game, and I vowed I would never do that again.  Sometimes being healthy is dumb.

So this weekend I knocked both things off the list!

So the Churro Dog. I actually got the Churro Dog 2.0, a newer version with Oreo crumbs.  I cannot say no to Oreos.

Let me introduce you...

The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro sitting inside a Long John chocolate-glazed donut, which is then topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces.

The new dessert features a churro rolled in Oreo cookie crumbs in the middle of a white, iced long john donut topped with three scoops of vanilla yogurt, strawberry topping, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and more Oreo crumbs.

I think I waited in line for 20 minutes, but it was worth the experience.  Then I felt like Moses getting back to my seat, because a pregnant woman carrying a churro dog was like parting the red sea, which was really nice because I had visions of dumping it all over my baseball shirt.

Might I point out the caloric value of 1050.

Nobody else got one, but they had their fair share of MLB food.

We sat nosebleed which are really fun seats to sit in and you get a great view of everything.  Like the Diamondbacks winning!

We left a little early because B3 was half asleep, but we had forgotten they were going to do fireworks, so that's a bummer!  Since it was so hot this day (115), the roof was closed until after the game, which I know James was really happy about getting to see it open up.

My one regret is not going down to see the organist.  I had intended to, but then forgot!  James, did you go down there?

To pool or not to pool?

That is the question!

Our first home had a pool and it took up so much of the yard, which was totally fine until we had a mobile toddler who needed some yard to play in!  I would take him around the corner to the park which was fun, but sometimes it'd be nice to just let him out to play in our own yard.

We fenced the pool around B3's 1st birthday and it was never an issue as far as him being able to access it.  We turned on the security system to chime when the doors/windows open, had a high security handle on the sliding door, and then the pool gate.

So two of the reasons we want to move is for 1-a bigger play yard, 2-a bigger garage.

We're closing in a couple of weeks on a new home and it has a fun yard but no pool (it does have a community pool) so we're not sure what to do.  Do we put a small one in?  Wait until the kids are all older and just use the community center for now?  We're about to have baby #2 and no matter how hard I try, my attention will always be divided from here on out and pools can be scary!

But it's soooo hot in the summer and it's soooo nice to be able to flop into your own pool without packing up a ton of crap or getting dressed up to acceptable standards.  ;)  We used ours almost every single day in the summers, especially in the evenings when the sun was going down and the water was warm, Ben and B3 would swim while I made dinner.  I liked to flop myself in the water with a book during naptime too.  They make for great gatherings, and make summers bearable and less cooped up feeling.

I started a Pinterest board of small pools and despite nobody putting covers on their pools (they are all fenced here and I think it's because pool covers heat the water up), if we built one, we could include a pool cover that you can walk on, like the one above. I think that might alleviate some of the fear of having multiple kids.

Or is it not worth it right now, that is the question.  What is the right answer??

27.5 Weeks - Passed my glucose test!!

My age: 32

How far along: 27 weeks 6 days today, tomorrow is the 3rd trimester!

How big is baby:  Close to 15" and about the size of a head of lettuce.  2-1/4# or so.

What have you been up to:   We're getting excited about a new house and new baby and all the changes that will happen this summer, and it's been nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel!  Work has been a little slower again and the temperatures have SKYROCKETED so we've got some cabin fever, but at the same time I have had a hard time finding the energy to fight the heat and go somewhere, so I've been reading more and working with Bentz on some things he's been learning.  It's pretty amazing how they soak up everything they see/hear.

Exercise/Activity Level:  Could be better, I am still so leery this pregnancy and I wish I wasn't.

Maternity clothes:  95%

Stretch marks:  None yet.

Belly Button:  It is really stretching.  Borderline record stretch, probably going to be an outie this time.

Sleep:  Pretty good.

Best Moment of the Week:  Celebrating Father's Day was fun, and we saw Cars 3 this weekend with my fam, which Bentz seemed to like!

More Friday Favorites

My blog has been ALL over the place lately, but tis life right now.  A list of Friday Favorites, or should I say Friday ramblings, now that the day is almost over...

 1   Hot air balloons.  They don't really come out as often in the summer, so they're a treat this time of year.

 2   Barring anything disastrous happening in the next month, we have agreed with both our buyers and sellers on things to be fixed per the inspections, so we should be moving in next month to our new home!

 3   Which brings me to #3, being able to redecorate the new place.  This is going to be a longer term home than the last one, so we are going to put money into changing the color palette to a more modern gray feel.  We have been taking notes at model homes and matching paint swatches, so as soon as we close we'll have the place re-painted before moving in.

 4  After wearing ours all the time, baby boy got his own sunglasses.

 5  I teeter between trying to eat clean and realizing that I really should just give in to cravings right now and eat clean this fall (that brownie thing is still going on).  In my eat clean moments, omelet avocados:  fill holes with egg mixture (eggs, onions, pepper, etc.), bake 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Obviously my presentation could use some work.

 6   Since Ann Rule passed away in the last couple of years, one of my 32 while 32s was to find a new true crime author, and I have:  Caitlin Rother.  I am only on a second book of hers, but I enjoy the way she presents the story and I burned through Dead Reckoning.  I hope she starts rapidly knocking out books.


I've mentioned we use the app YNAB to track every penny we spend (it's the BEST budgeting app ever and you need it in your life!), so whenever we spend money, we immediately log the amount and select a specific category for it to come out of (household, restaurants, groceries, Bentz, etc.).  The great thing about this is it makes you think twice about making dumb little purchases at the gas station, etc., because you know you get to literally see it pull money out of that category for the month, and it really makes saving money easier!

Brings me to a YNABby story.  Father's Day is coming up which I purposefully waited until last night to hit up a store and grab something for Ben, and I figured I would just not log it in YNAB for a couple of days cuz Ben probably wouldn't notice until he re-balanced the app w/the bank account this weekend.

Like, not even 15 hours later...
Ben:  Do you know anything about a charge $x.xx from *store*?
Me:  Um.  Yes.  It was me.  I didn't log it on purpose...
Ben:  Oh.  Oh hahaha sorry.  :P

What do married people do for holidays and such??  Besides say, "hey don't look at the bank account for a couple of days."  I had a different yet similar story last year.  I am just bad at surprises.

 8   To my delight, I found selfies on my phone from my two year old.  Kids are SMART.

The other week he asked me to make him a cracker with berry eyes, and it made my day with how much it made his.

Sure love this boy.


Have a happy Father's Day weekend!

Living in the NOW

Lately I've had a really hard time living in the NOW.  It's been all about:

...when we'll get into our new house.
...when we can get the nursery ready for baby boy.
...when this baby will be in our arms.
...when I can get running again.
...when I can get my body back.
...when my family will come to visit.
...when the monsoons will come.
...when the holidays will be here.
...when the weather will be perfect again.
...when I can drink Monster and Crystal Light.
...when the weather is better for play dates.

It's silly, really.  One thing I have learned since having a baby is that life goes by in the blink of an eye, and we really should treasure every. single. moment.

For us,...
-All the one on one time with sweet little Bentz we get every single day!

-Feeling baby boy kicking me all the time, especially at night when I get up to go to the bathroom (man, they really are born on opposite schedules aren't they?).

-All the family drives we take to get out of the apartment on the weekends, which usually end up with delicious treats and fun conversations.

-Going to bed as a family!  (We literally all sleep in our guest bed that we moved into the apartment).

-Getting gobs of sleep every night.

-Living in a beautiful area and having access to a pool for these 121 degree days (yes, 121 now...that's crazy).

-Having mostly open schedules and time to hang out in the evenings.  I know this will one day reverse.

-Enjoy dressing my bump even though I feel so massive this pregnancy.  I am lucky to have this chance.

-Make many memories that Bentz will hopefully soon start to remember for a lifetime.

Between the stresses and things life throws at you, it really can be pretty dang grand.  Mostly due to the people in it.

But it's a dry heat.

There seems to be a time in June where we go from unseasonably nice (high of 90 yesterday!) to insane, and fast.

Usually I get a little excited for the hype of the #s, but we hit 105ish already this June and it made me swell!  I can only imagine what 118 is going to do to my pregnant body.  Have mercy on my compression sock sweaty self.

Bring on night swimming and cold treats.

And monsoon season which the news said starts Thursday.