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Sick Day Part Two

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I was going to go home last night and finish two different posts I had in my drafts, but then sickness struck again and now Avery has the stomach bug. She threw up in the car on the way home (you may have seen it on IG) and now we are at home nursing little miss back to normal.

Sutton has the stomach bug last Thursday and has slowly been recovering since then. I think she may be done. Fingers crossed. So now to let Aves get better.

So the point of this post is to basically say I will be back tomorrow with a recipe and hopefully a child that feels better.

Feel free to send wine to Rory and I. We could use it. Ha.

A Snowy and Cranky Weekend

Monday, January 23, 2017

My weekend sort of started on Thursday. We were driving into work and Sutton threw up in the car. We thought maybe it was just a gagging reaction, but were not sure. We turned around to head home and clean and her car seat up, but she threw up again right as we were pulling in the driveway.

We spent the next hour cleaning her and the car up and were not sure what was going on. But once she started complaining that her tummy hurt, we knew we were staying home for the day. My poor Sutton has had some sort of stomach bug off and on every since then.

So Thursday we stayed at home. Rory ran out to grab some coffee and coffee cake and I held down the fort with the little ones. Avery was full of energy and running around at a mile a minute and Sutton was pretty mellow. We didn't do much other than cuddle and watch a lot of Parenthood.
Sick toddler with the stomach bug
Sick, but still wanted to take selfies.
Be Happy cup of tea
Nap time view

I cooked the stuffed shells with a Caesar salad and wine. We spent the evening binging more Parenthood before calling it a night.

Friday Sutton seemed to be in good spirits and better, so we took the girls to daycare and worked. The drive in was crazy due to the storm overnight, but we made it in and no issues at daycare.

I left work early, well earlier than I was supposed to due to a holiday work week. I got my hair done and it felt so nice. My hairstylist was super happy with how my hair grew out. She said this cut was meant for me and she loves how thick and healthy my hair feels. She did a microtrim and color and I was feeling fresh and new. And since Rory and the girls were still at work and daycare, I went and had myself a late lunch at Wine and Cheese Board, one of my favorite lunch spots. I got the usual trio: petite grilled cheese, salad with fruits and nuts and the soup of the day which was vegetable and meatball. Everything was so good.
Wine and Cheese Board Trio Plate

Once I got home, I took Walter for a quick walk since the weather was coming back in. We got in a 30 minute walk right before it started raining which turned into snow.

Friday evening we had salads for dinner and settled in for more Parenthood.

Saturday morning, Rory headed off to go snowboarding (insert jealous emoji here) and my mother-in-law came over to help watch the girls. Around 10 am, I headed out to go to Target by myself, which never happens and to grab some dog food for Walter. While I was out, Rory called me saying he was headed down for the mountain and asked if I wanted to meet up for lunch. Why yes I do. We went to a cafe at the bottom of the mountain where I had another salad but this time with a mimosa.

Rory headed home to relieve his mom of babysitting duties and I headed to Lululemon in search of a sports bra, but didn't have great luck there. Total bummer.

Once I got home, my parents were already at my house to help me watch the girls. Remember the surgery I had a couple weeks ago? Well I can't pick up my girls for 3 1/2 weeks, so anytime Rory wants to go out, someone has to come help me out. It is hard, but we are almost through it.

My parents and I played with the girls a lot during the Nevada basketball game. Nevada lost which was the first loss of the season at home. #sucks

After Rory got home, we all chatted a bit before my parents headed out for dinner. We fed the girls, ordered a pizza and settled in for more Parenthood. I seriously love Parenthood and we are slowly making our way through each season. It is one of my favorite shows, most definitely.

Sunday morning we woke up to some snow and another 14 inches predicted to hit us. Well the predictions were wrong and it was just cloudy and gloomy out until 4 pm when it started to snow again.

We were stuck inside most of the day. Sutton was having stomach issues again and everyone was getting stir crazy. The only time I left was to go to the grocery store. I was supposed to go to my friends going away party, but I had two crazy, cranky and moody toddlers running around the house. I felt too guilty leaving them with Rory when they were a handful. I am not putting this lightly, they were terrors last night and it was just too much to leave a sick Sutton and a crazy Avery with their dad alone. So hopefully I can see my friend before he heads to England.

We watched football all day even know the games were super boring. Seriously boring. But at least we know who is going to the Super Bowl and who I am rooting for. Go Falcons!!!

I was supposed to have dinner out at the going away party, so I had to make due and break out the frozen potstickers for a quick and simple dinner for Rory and I. Glamorous right?!

We watched more Parenthood while the snow kept falling and falling.

We woke to about 6 to 7 inches and had to shovel at 5 am. We were told to come in a little late and take our time on the roads, so we did that.

Now we are at work and the girls are at daycare.

How was your weekend?

I am linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.


Confessional Thursday

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's Thursday which means it is time for Confessional Thursday. Many of you ladies said you love having the link up, so we will keep it. Grab the button, confess and come back here to link up.

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/ that people who order complex or "high maintenance" drinks at coffee shops bug me. I don't mind it at Starbucks because I see and hear it so much, but if you are at a local shop and you order a high maintenance drink I will give you the stink eye. Needless to say, my husband got the stink eye a couple times from me this weekend. He ordered a "high maintenance" drink from the local coffee shop and they forgot to make his order. Then when they realized it, they took forever to make it because someone had never heard of it. Ugh.

/ that I am making it a priority to schedule at least one date night a month. Last year we got lazy towards the end of the year, but we have already had two date nights this year! Reconnecting with my husband and getting back to the basics is what it is about. It is the foundation of your relationship.

/ that I love and hate this age in the toddler stage. I love it because my girls are starting to talk up a storm, but hate it because sometimes they still don't know how to articulate something to us, so they get frustrated and cry/kick/scream. I wish they could tell me what they wanted instead of throwing a fit. #momproblems

/ that I got this post done early which is saying a lot since I haven't been on top of my posting game lately. I blame January and the New Year.

/ that I am really jealous of my husband getting to snowboard while I can't. I know it was my decision to have this surgery and I have to wait it out. But why did mother nature decide to dump all her white stuff this month instead of next month or the month after. January is usually drier and seasonally warmer. Ugh. Jealousy is ugly, but I have it right now.

/ that I got really mad at my husband last week over.....ice cream. Yep. I never eat dessert, ok I rarely eat dessert and I wanted ice cream. I told him I was going to have some that night and he went and took basically the last of it leaving a partial scoop. I buy him ice cream all the time and he eats it all the time. When I say I am going to have it once in about three months (or more), lay off the ice cream. So glad I got that out. Ha.

/ that I fell into a rabbit hole of weight loss surgery IGs and so much more. So crazy to see transformations and how hard it was lose the weight. I was intrigued by them and now I just can't stop. It came up in my explorer and once I clicked one, it led to so many others.

/ that I was blog reading and saw cupcakes and now I can't get cupcakes out of my head. And I am too lazy to bake some tonight. Ha.

January Currently

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I had a totally different post in mind for today, but I didn't get all the photos taken for it, so that will have to wait for another day (soon). So in the meantime, I am going to do a January Currently.

What We are Eating This Week

Monday - Date night sushi
Tuesday - Vegetable Tortilla Stew (from my Cravings cookbook)
Wednesday - Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Stuffed Shells with a Caesar Salad
Friday - Slow Cooker Ribs with a BBQ Sauce from Kansas City, Rice and a Salad
Saturday - Some Sort of Take-out
Sunday - Dinner at The Depot for our friends going away party

What I am Reminiscing About

Seeing my best friend for the first time since June.
When we left for date night and Avery said, Bye Guys. She loves saying Hey Guys when she walks into a room.
The amazing sushi we had on Monday. Seriously this new place was soooooo good.
College days and the impending move of one of my best guy friends.

What We Have Been Up To

Going on date nights, being snowed in from three massive storms, having surgery, celebrating my girls turning 2 and cooking in my new kitchen!

What I am Dreading

This next snow storm heading our way this weekend. It means another weekend inside which means stir crazy toddlers. I love the snow, but keep it in the mountains and not on the valley floor.

What I am Working On

I have a posts coming your way featuring the cutest custom print for my twin girls. I searched for sister and twin quotes and customized it to my liking and to my girls. I can't wait to get it framed and put up in their room. I am in love and it is in pink and gold....the theme of my girls room. Stay tuned.

What I am Excited About

Let's see, I am excited about: seeing Matt before he moves overseas, hearing the new words my girls are learning everyday and getting my hair done on Friday.

What I am Watching/Reading

The Bachelor and let me just say that I love all the drama. Corrine is such a B. I am watching The Affair, but this season is just sort of weird. I can't stand Helen anymore. I hope it turns around for the better. Grey's is back this week and I am excited. Last season sucked, but this season is better. I just can't stop watching it. Been watching since season 1. Still making our way through Parenthood and loving it.

I am reading What Shew Knew (it's on sale for $1.99) and so far it is good. I am almost half way through the book.

What I am Listening To

Nothing new really. Just the same old stations on Pandora.

What I am Wearing

I bought a few more sweaters this weekend at the Gap sale and I am super excited to wear them. They were all under $20 each with free shipping. I couldn't pass it up. I wore my new Pearl and Monroe sweater this weekend and it is so comfy. So in love with it.
Pearl and Monroe Lace up Sweater

What I am Doing This Weekend

We have a going away party, getting my hair done and probably staying in the rest of it with the impending massive snow storm headed our way.

What I am Looking Forward to Next Month

Next month brings my travel to Mississippi and Louisiana for work. It also brings my sisters birthday and Valentine's Day. We never went big for Valentine's Day, but now with children, we use it as an excuse for date night. But we usually go near Valentine's Day, not on it.

What Else is New

I have a countdown for vacation and we are at 58 days. I can't wait. I am walking at the gym (until I am cleared to work out again) and getting in shape to wear a bikini again. I am also scoping out bathing suits for my girls. So many stores have Spring and Summer stuff out already. It's only January. But I need to shop for some stuff for Mexico, so I will take it.

Not much else going on in the Butler household.

Don't forget to link up tomorrow for Confessional Thursday!

I am linking up with Jenn.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Another weekend in the books and a long one at that. We were pretty busy even though we didn't have much planned.

I worked on Friday while Rory went snowboarding. To say that I was jealous is an understatement. The only redeeming part was the mountain had low visibility so it wasn't an epic day, but still a great day. Or so I heard. I did see the lines were insane and something I am glad I missed.
Mt Rose Ski Resort

Friday afternoon we hung out with the girls and then I headed off at 5 pm to happy hour with Stacey. We hadn't caught up in awhile and it was so nice to have one on one time with one of my favorite ladies.

Saturday morning we hit up breakfast and lazied around the house most of the day. We did manage to do some cleaning. And take selfies.
twin selfies

Sunday morning we hit up breakfast again and then went to the mall to burn off some energy. The girls were getting a bit stir crazy being inside so much with all this crazy cold weather, so an outing was needed. We walked around the mall a bit, but mostly hung out at the play area. The girls were very shy at first, but opened up after 5 minutes and had the best time playing with the other kids there.
Walter the chiweenie

We soon headed home and put the girls down for a late nap. After the girls woke up, we played some more, did some reading and were just being goofy. At 4:30, my sister came over to watch the girls, so Rory and I could head out for a happy hour dinner to see Nathalie. She was only in town for a few days as it was a birthday gift from her husband. So thank you Nick for sending Nathalie our way. We had wine, many appetizers and the best conversation. Rory headed home at 7 so he could relieve my sister of babysitting duties, but I stayed until 9 pm.

Monday morning we made breakfast at home, did some cleaning and then headed out again. Cabin fever was at a high for the girls, so we decided to run some errands. We had things to return to Home Depot and Lowes from our renovation, so we did those and picked up a few things from Lowes. We were hungry for some lunch, so we hit up bbq. I was beyond stuffed after lunch, so we headed home for some naps, but not before stopping to get a Starbucks pick me up.

The girls napped and I headed to the grocery store to stock our near empty fridge. Then I took Walter for a walk. This was huge for me since I haven't been able to workout or go on walks since surgery, but now I can. I got home from the walk and not much later the girls woke up and wanted to go for a walk. So we bundled up and headed out again. It was the first time we had sunshine in over a week.

We got back in time to do a few things and then my in-laws headed over to hang out with the girls. Rory and I went to West Elm to cash in our rewards for some pillows, a dish for our soaps, sponges and things around the the sink. We also picked up a wine candle.

Then we headed out for sushi. I haven't had sushi in FOREVER and we tried a new place. It was really good. Like amazing. We were able to catch up and have a date night. So worth it. Then we snuck over to the outlets to look for some basketball shoes and anything else that peaked our interest. We got home at 7:30 and the girls were fast asleep. We watched some HGTV and then settled in for the Bachelor. Rory fell asleep midway through. I watched the whole thing and wow. So.Much.Drama.
Hinoki Sushi
Chef's special. Almost too pretty to eat.

And that was our weekend. How was yours?
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Friday Favorites

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's Friday and we have another long weekend ahead. Cue the happy dance.

I think we might have a break in rain/snow/sleet for a couple days and I am hoping we can get out for a few walks or just get out. The girls were so cooped up last weekend, it was rough on everyone.

But let's get down to Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. My best friend is coming into town tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited. I am hoping to be healed enough to go out with her and others tomorrow night, but time will tell. Otherwise, we will have to meet up for brunch or happy hour. I am just too excited to see her. She is the one we were supposed to visit in Oklahoma back in October before our flight got cancelled. It is also her birthday weekend!!!

TWO. So I got a lot of interest in questions on chemical peels. While I have only experienced a few of them, I am a believer in them. When I get a facial and chemical peel, my esthetician puts a solution on my face. (Each time is a different concentrate. And no he does not get close to my eyes, so you don't have to worry about them burning your eyes.) He uses either a cotton round or sponge and applies it all over my face. He lets it sit there for about 2 to 3 minutes and then he carefully wipes it all off and then uses a hot towel to get the rest of it off. He then usually puts on a masque and lets that sit there for 10 minutes. He always finishes up with a heavy moisturizer and tells me to keep my face moisturized for several days.

Your skin may peel or flake a bit, but that is part of the natural process. No you shouldn't look like Samantha did in Sex and the City.

Chemical peels help lighten sun damaged skin, wrinkles, reduce fine lines, treat acne and help make your skin look fresh and glowy.

THREE. I am wanting to buy all the cozy sweaters I can get my hands on. I bought one this week from Pearl and Monroe, the lace up tan sweater. And I have had my eye on three different ones on Mindy Mae's Market, but they are ALL sold out in my size. I did snag a long sleeve from there though. I blame it on the snow, but really, I just love being all cozy. I usually change into my cozy lounge pants and a sweater every evening when we get home. Home body much.

So I am searching for cozy sweaters. Send me the links to your favorites.

FOUR. The snow gods must have heard me because we got out of work early yesterday. It may have only been an hour and a half early, but it makes the drive home so much easier.

FIVE. Thank you all for your concern on my surgery. It wasn't a big surgery and I am healing and I hope to talk about it in the near future, but know that I am ok.

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Karli, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Confessional Thursday

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wow I am late to posting today. I blame it on the snow. The massive amounts that keep dropping with no end in sight. My favorite mountain got 25 inches of snow between yesterday and this morning. Wow. Just wow. That about 12 feet of snow from this storm.

Anyways grab the button and link up below.

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/ that I am hating the snow. I always want it to snow, but when it snows in the valley and I have to commute to work in it, I hate it. I fear others driving in the snow, not really myself. People don't take precautions and speed and end up hitting someone else or in a ditch. I have kids in my car, so stay far far away from me.

/ that I had a surgery last week and it ended up being a lot more recovery than I thought it would be. Still recovering and have a long way to go.

/ that I was rooting for Clemson in the Championship game and I am soooo happy they won. I don't have any beef with either team, but I don't want Alabama to win. Nope. Not again.

/ that I am loving all the NFL playoff games. Super Bowl will be here before we know it.

/ that with all the snow comes snowboarding, but not when they close the resorts down and the roads to the resorts because too much snow. #avalanche
Kirkwood Ski Resort

/ that I miss doing Confession posts and I am not sure anyone else wants to do them anymore. Do you?

/ that I am hoping for a early let out because it won't stop snowing. At least 4 inches and counting. Can't stop, won't stop.

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