hi, again.

by Janetha on January 7, 2018

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well hello there! pretty sure I am typing to crickets, at this point.. but here I am. ready to ramble. it’s a new year, and I have a new goal to post twice a month on meals & moves. probably not so much about meals and moves, but more about everything in between. about life itself. and this and that. and maybe even the other. who knows, might not have time.. we shall see.

anyway, if you are reading.. hi! happy flipping new year! 2017 was very good to my little fam and life is great. we are so excited to see what 2018 has in store, I am sure there are many adventures to be had.

so since there is no point it trying to pick up where I left off- I literally have no idea where that may have been- I am just going to dive right in.

fox is almost three and a half and is loving the preschool life. he goes twice a week and it’s his favorite. he loves to sing, read, say his ABCs forward and backward, dance, and work. cleaning, yard work, you name it.. he likes to help out when and where he can. he got a pint-sized cleaning kit for christmas and you’d think it was the best thing ever. he’s such a good little dude.

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stella is just over 15 months and is a full blown toddler now. not sure where my baby went, it happened in the blink of an eye. she has 5-10 words under her belt, her favorite one being, “shoes”. the lady is obsessed with shoes. she brings everyone their shoes to put on. she loves to have us put her own shoes or boots on her first thing in the morning. she’s crazy about ‘em. she’s such a sweet bug and always quick to give kisses. such a joy.

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marsh and I are still plugging away at our day jobs, which is going really well. we love the company we work for and can’t complain a single bit. we try to do a lot as a family on our days off or down time, and actually managed to pack a ton of good times in between october and december. allllll the festive things, I tell ya. it was great.

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as far as moves go, I am back to exercising. I started working out at orange theory fitness in july. I have an 8-times-a-month pass which means I get there twice a week. I have consistently made it there and am happy to say I’ve accomplished all 8 classes every month since I started. a couple of months I even went 9 times, but I had to pay for that extra class and it was something like $20 and I decided I would rather stay home in bed rather than pay another 20 bucks, haha. but! I have to say 8 times a month has done wonders for me. the classes are an hour long and are unlike any type of workout I was doing. they are super intense and really get my heart rate up. the afterburn experienced after each class is awesome, I can seriously tell my metabolism is revved up after going. even twice a week is enough for me to notice a difference in my fitness, and it’s nice to basically be back to where I once was. I would say I have a lot less muscle, but endurance-wise, I am pretty close to where I was back in 2013, pre-babies. I actually kind of like that it’s not a ton of heavy lifting. I was doing a LOT of that back in the day, and this type of workout is a nice change. and it seems very effective, so that’s great. I have had to pull myself out of bed much earlier than I would like to, but the fact that you still pay if you don’t show up to a class you signed up for really helps in the motivation department!

meals are going well. about a month and a half ago I started being more conscious of what I was eating. that was also around the time that I stopped breast feeding, and I realized couldn’t eat the world anymore – ha. and then, for about the past month, I have been in a marco polo group with some friends where we are focusing on eating more body-for-life style. it was actually nice to have some accountability over the holidays. obviously we all still enjoyed the fun food the holidays bring, just didn’t go absolutely crazy. I think starting monday, another group of us will be a little more serious about body-for-life style eating. at least until I head to costa rica- cannot wait for that upcoming trip!

I made a way tasty stuffed bell pepper soup this week. stella even loved it and she’s kind of picky on the food front! it is super simple. here is the recipe.

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ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
  • 2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tb dried oregano
  • 1 tb dried basil
  • 1 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1 cup rice
  • cheese for garnish

directions:

  1. heat a large saucepan with some olive oil, brown ground beef and half the onion. drain and set aside.
  2. heat a little more oil in the saucepan and add remaining onion and peppers. sauté for a few minutes. add garlic and sauté for another minute or two.
  3. add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, and ground beef. bring to a boil then turn down and let simmer.
  4. meanwhile, cook rice separately.
  5. serve a portion of the soup over top a serving of rice. garnish with cheese and enjoy!

this made enough for dinner for two nights, and it was even better the next day!

I am participating in a facebook group that is 40 bags in 40 days. each day, we have an area of the house to clean out and the goal is to have a bag of stuff to throw away and/or donate. whether it be a grocery size bag, ziplock bag, or garbage bag… the goal is to just PURGE. so far, so good. this week we did junk drawers, fridge and freezer, coat closet, media stand, linen closet, and tupperware. I am loving the motivation to get things tidied up, a little at a time!

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I am so excited! my 365-day chatbooks just came.

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I have a separate instagram where I posted one photo of each kiddo that I took each day in 2017. at the end of the year, I printed a book for each of them. I did an 8×8 hardbound book through chatbooks, at they both turned out so nice! I am excited to have them and for the kids to have them when they are old and grown. it’s so fun to flip through the pages and see how much they changed in 2017.

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I am going to do it again this year.. and for as many years as I can! I think I also want to start doing regular chatbooks, since I do zero form of scrapbooking. I still am working on putting together and printing both of their monthly letters I wrote from the first years of their lives. it’s a work in progress!

well, truth be told, this blog post is short but it took over four days for me to find time to type it, haha. life is busy. life is good. I will try to check in here more often. my goal is to get two or three posts in each month. I really enjoy blogging, I just don’t have time to do it like I used to!

happy new year!

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Qs~

1. do you have any goals for 2018?

2. any fun trips coming up?

xo. janetha g.

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one year old.

by Janetha on September 22, 2017

in stella

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dear stella,

one whole year has gone by since you have joined our family! i cannot believe you are one. i cannot believe you are closer to being a toddler than being a baby. but that’s okay, i will always and forever be calling you my baby. you may not like it, as the baby of the family i always complained about it as a kid, but now it’s kind of nice to know i was the baby. and you are our baby. always and forever.

let’s just start by talking about the BIGGEST NEWS of all. you can walk! yep! you figured it out just two days before your first birthday… and we can’t even believe it. you are so happy and excited to be walking, and very, very proud of yourself. rightly so! it is so cute to see you do this little cowboy-ish walk. you still prefer crawling, as it gets you from point A to point B much faster, but you definitely like to practice your walking quite often. i am sure you will be running around before we know it.

your one year checkup went great. you are ticking off all the boxes and are healthy as can be. you are 19.5 pounds, which is in the 45th percentile for weight. you are 28.5" tall, which is the 25th percentile for height. your head is 18.25" around, which is the 85th percentile for head size. you have the cutest, round belly and a teeny, tiny bum. your feet are long and slender and your nose is as cute as a button, with the benson ski slope shape. you’ve got your dad’s olive skin and beautiful brown eyes. your hair is getting so long! it gets tangled in the back and you hate to get it brushed out. your eyebrows are expressive as ever, and you have lots of teeth already in and more coming in. three on the bottom, four on the top, and who knows what else will pop through in the near future!

the funny thing is, while you are growing and changing every day, you still look exactly like you did as a newborn! fox looks like a completely different person when we look back at his newborn photos. but you haven’t changed. i mean, you have.. but you haven’t. you look the same. just bigger. with more hair. it’s the funniest thing. and you are oh, so adorable.

you have definitely taken a leap in your brain development since last month. you are such a smarty-pants. you will sign to us when you want more, or when you are all done. you shake your head "no" (all the dang time!) and will nod your head "yes" in approval. but more often than not, when you are happy or approve of something, you will scrunch your nose up and smile REAL big and stare at us with your approval. it’s the best thing, ever.

you are quite the light sleeper, so we have to be pretty quiet during your nap times or night time. you prefer to sleep on your belly, with your bum sticking up in the air. you are a little stink bug. you are taking two naps right now, but neither of them usually last very long. you have been napping in your crib in your room, though, so that’s good! as long as you have your zipadee zip on, a soft blanky lining the crib, and a few binkies nearby, you are pretty good to sleep in your crib. you also like to sleep in really, really dark rooms.. so sometimes daytime naps in your room can be a challenge, and we will resort to having you sleep downstairs in the dark "nap room". you are still waking up about once a night on average, and i will get up and nurse you for a bit. you are good to go right back down. you are going to be a very sad lady when i stop nursing you.. i am kind of sad just thinking about it. although i will not miss the nipple biting that has become somewhat of a game for you.

you love to eat! you actually are not a huge fan of pouches or any type of baby food or snacks. you much prefer to have whatever the rest of us have. that’s fine, for the most part. you love raspberries and meatballs the most. you are a big fan of noodles, watermelon, string cheese, mini bagels, and yogurt drops. you handle a sippy cup like a champ and are OBSESSED with la croix (sparkling water). if you see any of us with a can of la croix in hand, you go bonkers until we give you a sip. it’s pretty hilarious.

you are a chatter bug, and are quick to say "haaaaiiii!" to anyone and everyone. you wave hello and goodbye. you love to play patty cake. and peek-a-boo. you love to clap. when we ask, "how big is stella?" you raise your hands to the sky, and we say, "SO BIG!" it’s the best. you love to give kisses (open mouth ones, mainly) and hugs, and love to lay your head on someone’s chest when you are sleepy. you are obsessed with going outside, and will dart to any open door so you can get out there to explore. you love to sit on the porch out front.

you put everything and anything in your mouth. we have to watch you closely because it is hard to keep the house baby-proof with fox around. he has his gear all over the place, and of course you want to have whatever is his.. and you want to put it in your mouth! but the good thing is, fox is a great big brother. he is very protective of you, and if you put something in your mouth that should not be there… he either asks you to take it out or tells me or your dad about it. and the awesome thing is, you gladly take whatever it may be out of your mouth and hand it over to us! sweet little lady.

you really are just the sweetest. you love the dogs, especially penny. probably because she is just your size. you love to put your arm around her and lay your head on her back. it’s so cute. you always want to be held and you will give us a big victory grin whenever you get picked up. you love to play in empty boxes and love to climb on anything and everything. you are so curious. you are always wondering what fox is up to, and are quick to copy him. you are such a sponge. the bond I see growing stronger each day between the two of you just melts my heart. he loves you so, so much and you think he is the greatest person in the world. I hope you both love each other this much forever and always!

we have had lots of fun adventures this past month! we went to wheeler farm and you loved looking at the animals and basking in the sunshine. you were able to sit on one of the farm porches with fox, stevie, and molly like a big kid! we went to silver lake a couple times. once to walk around the lake with our gang, and another time to take our family photos with jordynn. you loved picture time and loved your birthday smash cake even more. although we did have to show you how to smash it and convince you that it was actually an edible cake. you were a little skeptical.

you went to your first state fair! the first of many, let me tell you. we never miss a year. you absolutely loved going down the big yellow slide! you were also happy to try all of the fair food – especially the peaches and ice cream. i can’t blame you.. that’s the best food at the fair.

on your birthday, you woke up to a room full of balloons, which you were very excited about! i took the day off and we went on a shopping spree with nana sue! fox came along, too. since you decided to start walking, we had to get you some shoes. you needed some new clothes since it’s getting colder, so we got some cute pants and cardigans and hoodies for you. you loved shopping basically ’til you dropped! we went home and you had a nap, then the celebration continued with presents from me, fox, and dad – a slumber sloth, some clothes, books, magnets for the fridge (since it’s the perfect height for you) and a few toys. your big gift was a wagon! dad put it together and then fox pulled you around in it at the church next door. you LOVED it! then we went to tony burger’s for dinner where you devoured your dad’s shake. it was the perfect day.

we also celebrated your birthday with a party the next day at nana sue’s and papa randall’s. we were going to do it at the park, but the weather took a turn for the worse and it was windy, cold, and rainy. it all worked out and we had such fun at your first "stellabration" with your family and friends! we had two kinds of soup (chicken noodle and nana sue’s stew) and scones, salad, rolls, and cupcakes! you loved getting sung to and weren’t too sure about eating a cupcake. you really liked opening gifts and got excited when opening each one. you are such a fun and funny lady.

stella.. how are you already one? i keep replaying the last year in my head, and can’t believe it went by so fast. maybe it’s because we have done the baby thing before with fox, and knew what to expect.. or maybe time really just speeds up the older i get. whatever it is.. i am not a fan of how quickly that first year of yours went by! but i must admit it is always exciting to see you learn and grow, and the changes you make each day make my heart burst. you are so cute, clever, and charismatic. you make life awesome. you are seriously a dream, my little lady. happy birthday to you… and many more.

love, your momma

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eleven months old.

August 22, 2017
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dear stella, i am in denial as i write this.. but you are eleven months old. that means your days as a baby are numbered, and it makes my momma heart ache a little. ok, maybe a lot. you are the most delightful baby, and i know you will be the most delightful toddler (well, […]

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three years old.

August 21, 2017
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dear fox, three whole years have gone by since the day you were born. i can’t even believe it. you have been so excited to tell everyone that you are THREE! you hold three of your cute, chubby fingers up and exclaim, "hey guys, i’m three now!" it is pretty exciting. you wanted a pinata […]

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ten months old.

July 22, 2017
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dear stella, ten months old! my tiny human, how are you already in the double digits? i am really in denial, this has honestly been the fastest year of my life. the fact that your birthday is right around the corner is unbelievable. you are a very, very mobile little lady. you crawl so dang […]

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nine months old.

June 22, 2017
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  dear stella, you are NINE months old. how in the world did that happen?! you’ve officially been on the outside longer than you were on the inside. these months are flying by way too fast, much faster than pregnancy went, haha.. and you are changing so much each and every day. this past month […]

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eight months old.

May 22, 2017
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dear stella, you are eight months old! you are the biggest you have ever been. and also the littlest you will ever be again. it is a very sad thought, because you are just growing up right before our eyes and we can’t even stop you. i keep telling time to slow down, but it […]

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california dreamin’.

April 28, 2017
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I am pretty sure every time I post about a cali trip, I title the post, “california dreamin’”. it’s fine, guys. also, did you notice how I haven’t posted a real life blog post in months and months? it’s also fine. I am so flipping busy these days! as I am sure you guys are.. […]

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