{where has my baby gone!?}

This morning Beckam climbed out of his crib. 
By himself.
He opened his door and walked out with his blanket in hand and paci in mouth. 
There was certainly a sense of achievement written all over his face.
I, on the other hand, may have died a little on the inside.
Where has my baby gone!?
When I asked him to sit down at the table for breakfast, instead of climbing into his chair in which I buckle him in, he proceeded to take over the chair that Brody sits in.
It doesn't have a buckle on it, obviously.
Perhaps he is trying to tell me something?
"Stop confining me MOM!"
Because let's face it... big boys don't say "mommy".
So, my dear child... if you are on board to be a big boy now, how about you stop pooping in your pants, mmmk?



{oh hey, friday | my week}

I have a very nice camera.
And 91% of the time, I use my phone to take pictures.
Today's post... all phone pics... which I try not to make a habit of.
For obvious, blurry-ish, reasons.

Before you get to see those though, write up a post of your own!
Grab the html above, put it on your post of any five things, and link up below!
Karli and I LOVE all of you gals!

1. | I'm not sure if you saw my post from Monday, but I'm going to be attending the Live Bachelor Finale on March 9. 
It is pretty pathetic how much this excites me.
I have had more notice than when I went to the Premiere, so I have been planning my outfit a little more.
Here is one option:
Leather tuxedo pants, deep-v pink top, statement necklace.
I will probably choose 5 other outfits before I go.
With the amount of thought I'm putting into this, you'd think I was going to be the star of the show.
Like I said, pathetic.

 2. | Last Friday I informed you all that I needed to do some better meal planning.
I am happy to say that I was successful.
I made the sweet potato nachos. Yum!
I also made a pizza with cauliflower crust. Delish.
And I tried one of those one pot pasta dishes last night. So good.
Now I just have to keep up this momentum.

3. | The wind has been whipping around here lately.
This shouldn't surprise me, but I hate it.
Keeping my wild boys entertained inside all day isn't always easy.
Today, we did some finger painting in the bathtub however.
Not only did they LOVE it, but it kept them busy for well over an hour.
And then they cleaned it... and themselves up.
Side note: Beckam just discovered bubble beards.

4. | This week gymnastics started up for my boys.
Brody did it last year, and was beyond excited to do it again!
He did great.
Luckily, he is a by-the-books type of kid, and I know that he can follow directions, because I had to do Beckam's class with him.
He did great also.
And now he thinks that our couch is a gym mat.
He is fearless, and bound for the Olympics, or at least a concussion.

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{i'm going to be famous | round 2}

So, remember that one time that I got ridiculously crazy/happy when I was able to go to the Live Bachelor premiere and red carpet?

Well... prepare yourselves, because guess who's going to the LIVE BACHELOR FINALE!?
This girl.
And I also coerced my farmer to go.
When I found out, it was basically the happiest day of my life.
Except of course my wedding day or the day I birthed my children into this world.
Regardless, I'm excited.
And my farmer... well, he's just about as excited as he was for his and Brody's train party.

So, last time I was able to meet a ton of people and get us awesome seats.
However, if you recall, Chris Harrison didn't do his interview with me like planned.
My goals for this go around are as follows:

- Is there such a thing as a VIP pass? If so, I want it. I mean my farmer and Chris are basically the same person. They need to meet, and chat about their farms, and I need to be the third wheel.

- TV time. How about that interview Harrison!? Doesn't America want to know what it is really like to be a Farmer's Wife? No? Whatever... an interview would still be stellar. 

- No pit stains. I'll bring a washcloth again to pat my sweaty pits dry when I get nervous about the possibility of meeting anyone or getting any screen time.

- Uber? I don't think Director Ken Fuchs will have to come to my rescue this time and be our chauffeur. Especially with my farmer along to protect me from night life freaks. Perhaps we will park close or figure out exactly how Uber works. 

- Have a blast. Even if you don't see anyone or get seated in the very back of the studio, this experience is seriously so SO fun. 

Stay tuned for more info. 
And don't forget to set your DVR's for The Bachelor on March 9th.
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{oh hey, friday | killer recipes}

I need to get my sh stuff together.
I'm talking about food.
We have been so busy lately, that the last thing I think about is what we are going to eat for every meal of the day/week.
Luckily my best gal/neighbor Karli {and co-host of today's link up} blogged recently about meal planning.
She also did up a real nice free printable that I'm in to.

You could say that I'm inspired to get a little more creative with my cooking.
We certainly need to mix it up and get out of this current monotony of meals.
So today, I am sharing 5 killa recipes I'm anxious to try.

If you follow me on instagram, you will notice that we are having ourselves a very warm winter.
It was 60 degrees and beautiful yesterday {my apologies to all of you covered in snow}.
This sandwich reminds me of warm weather, and that is exactly why I will be making it as soon as possible.

Cooking for a family when there are food allergies and picky eaters involved is tricky.
Luckily, this recipe will please everyone in my family.
Get in my belly.

Brody doesn't love meat, but he does love rice. 
And these chicken tenders look like they'd go real good with some rice.
They also would be great as leftovers to toss onto a salad. 
I think we've got a winner.

If only I could eat this picture.
Toss some guacamole on that baby and we have ourselves a meal.

Generally I like to spend approximately 5 minutes of prep time for a meal.
That usually doesn't happen, but when I find a recipe that is healthy and has very little preparation involved, I am sold!

Do you have any healthy and delicious go-to meals that you'd like to share!?
Send them my way!!

And now... you know the drill.

Grab the html above, put it on your post of any five things, and link up below!
Don't forget to meet some new bloggers on this fine Friday too.
Happy weekend.



{train themed party}

A couple of weeks ago two of my main guys had a birthday.
What better way to celebrate than with a big ol' party!
Brody is REALLY into trains lately,
and, well... my hubby, he likes to make everyone else happy.
So, he was also REALLY into trains for the day.

Honestly, they both wake up extra early every day and build the best train tracks I've ever seen, while Beckam and I are still snoozing, so it was quite fitting. 

I kept things pretty simple.
For entertainment I brought all of Brody's trains and let the kids go at it.
Surprisingly, they were very entertained.
The cake helped too.

Brody picked the menu, which consisted of pb&j sandwiches, fruit, pasta salad, popcorn, animal crackers and Oreos. I also threw in some veggie cups for health reasons. :)

I had gotten used to making tractors cakes after the past few years, so this train cake threw me off.
I think I pulled it off though!

I used electrical tape on yellow plates to look like a crossing, and
I also busted out some photoshop paper products which added some fun elements I think.

Take a look at the party via this major photo dump.

Train parties are where it's at!
If you are interested, feel free to ask about where I purchased something.
I'm an open book.



{a farmer's valentine}

Valentine's day was pretty epic.
No I didn't get flowers or chocolate from my busy farmer.
BUT...we did get to go out on a kidless date.
Say what!?
Let me break down our night for you.

- We drive into Boise where my farmer has a mild freak out from the "traffic" at the parking garage.
- Head to restaurant to find out there is an hour and a half wait time.
- No thanks.
- Go next door to a super delicious pizza place.
- Burn my mouth on said delicious pizza.
- Head to movie theater.
- Drive around looking for a place to park for 20 minutes. Seriously.
- Calm my farmer from another freak out caused my ALL the people. 
- Pick a new movie since we are now late to original choice.
- Buy all the popcorn.
- Kill time by going into 50 Shades of Grey and loudly eating popcorn behind a group of ladies.
Additional nodding of head and saying, "mmmhmmm, mmmhmmmm" for the win.
- Head to The Wedding Ringer and laugh lots with my love.

I'll pass on the flowers for more nights like these.

What did you do!?

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