Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

It is Tuesday (first day back in the office) and I am not grumpy like I am normally on Mondays. I call this a win.  I had a really good weekend followed by a crazy, traumatic morning, but things are better now.

Thursday  was actually my Friday and started off right with this baby.
 Cake donut with sprinkles.  The way to a pregnant girls heart.

I took Friday off of work to have a long four day weekend and it was definitely worth it.  Walter went to the groomers and he looks handsome as ever.  We had an ultrasound and fluid check with our perinatal doctor.  We found out one of the babies genders, but the other wouldn't cooperate (so hopefully in two weeks we will know for sure what both babies are).  I got my hair done and we went to food truck Fridays.  It was definitely a great day off.
 Check out the bump.
At food truck Fridays in the rose garden.

Saturday was the first Wolf Pack football game of the season.  We got up early, headed to breakfast and then to the tailgate.  This is the first tailgate in a long time where I didn't consume any beer, mimosas, bloody marys or any alcohol.  I just pigged out on all the yummy food.

The Wolf Pack won their first game of the season against Southern Utah.  It was hot, but I loved every second of it.  Next game is this Friday against Washington State.  This is going to be a tough game, but I have faith since it is at home.  Plus we have another amazing tailgate planned.
Butler babies first Wolf Pack game.

We barbequed after the game and kept it low key.  Plus we watched more college football.  I think that is all we watched this weekend.

Sunday we drove out to the cantaloupe festival in Fallon, Nevada.  I have never been, but had always wanted to go.  It was disappointing the say the least.  I expected lots cantaloupe vendors, cantaloupe products and everything just surrounded around cantaloupe.  There was one place to buy fresh cantaloupes, one booth dedicated to cantaloupe foods and then a cantaloupe daquari place.  Everything else was just random crafts, random foods and nothing centered on cantaloupes.  I don't know if it was smaller and not as fun as previous years due to the drought, but we were disappointed to say the least.

But we did turn the evening around with sushi and it was so good.

Monday was spent doing the usual Sunday things...laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and making our delicious homemade spaghetti.  I am really looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today.

So now onto the traumatic night/early morning.  This may only seems traumatic to me and my family, but it got to me.  Around 2 am, I woke up to use the bathroom and Walter bolts off the bed to go outside.  I am thinking, he is like his momma and has to pee, but then I hear him barking loudly.  I took off running to the dining room sliding glass door to get him to stop.  But I see him chasing something, him (or something) yelp, hear some growling and loud barking.  I scream and run to the door that leads outside (the sliding door has security pieces in it and it takes too long to open).  Without thinking, I run outside and chase whatever is near Walter.  It runs to the fence, up the fence and jumps over.  All the while, my husband is freaked out and chasing me.  I don't know what kind of animal got into it with Walter, but it scared me.  It scared me so much that it took me at least two hours after to get back to sleep.  This was after locking his doggy door so if that thing returned, it couldn't get inside.  I hope it was just a cat and not a coyote or raccoon.  Ugh, my dog sure did defend us and his territory, but this pregnant momma always thinks and assumes the worst, so I am a bit worried of the next few evenings.  I hope Walter marks his territory and scares off whatever was near.

On a related note, my husband told me I need to grab the bat next time because we don't know if it is human, animal, etc out there and I need to protect myself.  Instincts ran and I just wanted to protect my puppy, but my husband is right.

I was able to squeeze in another two hours of sleep and then it was time for work.  Like I said, I am pretty surprised I am this cheery this morning. 

So here is to a short work week and then a week away in Georgia, Florida and New Jersey for work.

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oh Hey Friday and Tailgate Food

It is Friday which means link up time with September Farm and my day off.  Don't worry, I wrote this yesterday, so I could sleep in and enjoy a nice breakfast out with my husband.

In celebration of College Football starting yesterday, I thought I would do my five favorite tailgate recipes.  Some are sweet, some healthy and some that are to die for.  Wait, I think they are all pretty top notch.

The best tailgate foods await you...

One.   Bacon Cheddar Chive Muffins for your morning tailgate.  I have made these babies many times for tailgates, work events, etc.  They are always gone within minutes and I get requests to make them all the time.

Two.  Seven Layer Dip.  What I like about this recipe is it is super easy and uses taco seasoning mix.  I know you can create your own, but this is super easy and gone within seconds.

Three.  Oreo Fluff.  What is not to love?  Pudding, cool whip, Oreos and marshmallows.  I could eat this whole thing by myself, but I would probably hate Oreos after.  I love to use Nilla Wafers as my dipper of choice, but others use fruit, Oreos, graham crackers or other cookies.  Make this not only for tailgates, but parties.  Believe me, you need to make this heavenly creation.


Four.   Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread.  If you are like me and most of America, then you love pizza.  I could eat pizza everyday and never get tired of it.  I found this recipe to be satisfying without buying a ton of pizzas to bring to your tailgate.  Though I may make two batches depending on the size of the tailgate.

Five.  Bacon Wrapped Smokies.  One of my friends made this dish for a party many years ago.  Now I find that more people have made these, had them or have heard of them.
 image via Pinterest

Ingredients:
1 Package Lil Beef Smokies (Hillshire Farm is my brand of choice here)
1 1 lb. package of bacon (I like the thicker cut, but most will due)
Brown Sugar

Toothpicks
Cookie Sheet

Instructions:
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Line cookie sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
3.  Cut your bacon into twos or threes depending on the thickness of the bacon.  I find that thinner bacon can wrap three times and thicker twice.  Test one out and see what works best for you.
4.  Wrap your lil smokie with the bacon and secure the lip with a toothpick.  Place on cookie sheet with tooth picks facing up.
5.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Once the bacon starts to golden up, I sprinkle brown sugar over the smokies and bake for another 5 minutes.  The sugar should carmelize and the bacon should finish cooking in this time.
6.  Let cool (if you can) and enjoy!

I hope you make one or all of these to enjoy at your next tailgate or party.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

15 Weeks

Wow, I can't believe we are almost to the half way point and we may find out the gender(s) tomorrow.  We have an appointment with our perinatal doctor and he said there is a good chance we will find out the genders tomorrow.  Please babies, show us your goods.  Momma wants to make those names more concrete, figure out nursery plans and call you by your names.

I will have a picture to update on this post, or tomorrow since my husband couldn't take one this morning for me.  And I am too impatient to wait to post this.  You can finally see the bump in its glory.

So let's get to these babies...

How far along: 15 weeks, 1 day
Babies are the size of a: Avocado/Apple.  Babies are 4 1/2 inches long and about 2 1/2 ounces each.
Maternity Clothes:Not yet.  Still rocking my normal clothes.
Stretch Marks: None, but my belly is growing at an alarming rate, so I am a bit worried.
Sleep: My pregnancy pillow arrives today.  I hope sleep is glorious from here on out.
Symptoms: Bloody noses, allergies, backaches
Best Moment of the Week: The rib cook-off.  Babies ate a lot of ribs!
Movement: Not yet.  Let's get moving in there babies.
Cravings: Fruit and fall foods.  Bring on the pumpkin pie, cider donuts, pumpkin spiced lattes, soups, etc.
Gender: Hoping for a boy and girl.  I hope they cooperate tomorrow for their ultrasound.
Belly Button In or Out: In half way.  My belly button looks very awkward.
Wedding Ring on or Off: On and actually looser.
Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: Thankfully I think I am past the morning sickness phase.
What I Miss: Beer.  I wanted a beer while watching football...nope.  And another at the rib cook-off, but nope.
What I am Looking Forward to: This weekends first Wolf Pack game of the season.
Labor Signs: Not even close.
Nursery: I have so many ideas.  I just need to know the gender(s).  I can see shopaholics anonymous in my future.
Emotions: Feeling way more happy that my bump is more of a bump and less like a beer gut.  Plus I am a way happier person after a good nights rest.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Weekend Update

I didn't take any pictures this weekend.  Heck, I don't even remember the last time I posted something on Instagram.  So bad with pictures lately.  But we did have a good weekend that flew by too fast and also meant a lack of sleep for me.  The belly has really popped which is making it harder and harder to sleep at night.  Que my need for a pregnancy pillow.

I caved yesterday (instead of writing a blog post) and bought myself a Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow with a jersey cover.

I can not wait for it to arrive.  Come on amazon, throw this momma a bone and get her here ASAP.  Luckily, I slept like a baby last night.  I only woke up once and my husband said I am so sassy and happy in the morning when I get a good nights rest.  YES.I.AM.

This weekend was spent taking naps (I got two in this weekend), going to a 21st birthday party (before her big drink fest that evening), watching the Niners game (finally won a preseason game), drafting my fantasy team for one of my leagues, cooking dinner (finally) and buying some amazing yoga leggings from Victoria Secret for the Fall and this ever growing belly.  Oh and a new bra.
These except in black on black.  Long enough, comfy and not see through.  Big time score.

Oh and that bra I mentioned, super comfy.  I am not ready to go full on maternity style just yet, so I opted for a pretty Victoria Secret bra.  But the kicker was, I went from a 34D to a 32DDD.  My husband loves it, the lady standing behind me in the dressing room said to embrace it, but my lord, these babies have gotten HUGE!

I am really excited for the rib cook-off tomorrow and the first Wolf Pack football game this weekend. I am definitely getting used to this Fall transition.

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking Forward To Fall Link Up

Another glorious Friday is here which means the weekly link up for Oh Hey, Friday.  Today my link up is all about the things I am looking forward to in the near future.

One.  Next week bring the Best of the West Rib Cook-off.  This is one of my favorite local events of the year.  What's not to love?  Ribs, corn on the cob, ribs, beer (oh wait, none for me), crafts, sweets and loves of barbeque food.  The cook-off goes from Wednesday to Sunday and I am usually there at least twice, if not three times.  It breaks the bank, but you can't get enough of the 24 vendors from around the world.  And since I am pregnant this time, you better bet I am going to eat more than my fair share.  I read yesterday that I need to consume around 175 grams of protein a day during the second trimester of being pregnant with twins.  This isn't an easy feat, but with the rib cook-off, I will get more than my fair share of those 175 grams.
 Best of the West Rib Cook-off Ribs via

Two.  Nevada Wolf Pack football starts in 8 days.  I have my Wolf Pack gear ready, my new tailgate recipe to debut and I am dying to show these babies what their future holds.  Many, many football games in their future.  I absolutely love Fall and football season.
 
 via

Three.  Fantasy football.  I have my first draft tomorrow and another one in a week-ish.  I am super competitive and have a love/hate relationship with fantasy football.  Why did I pick Tom Brady last year when I hate the Patriots and Tom Brady...because I wanted to win.  Well Tom Brady sucked and disappointed me.  I love to watch every game, but hate rooting for players I hate when I HAD to draft them for fantasy points.

Four.   Our baby moon.  After some advice from friends/family, we are going on a baby moon.  My husband has never been to Seattle, so we are thinking that is one of the two places we will go.  We don't want to travel (fly) 5 hours somewhere, so we decided the west coast is our best option.  Seattle is an amazing city.  I love it there.  Been many times, but my husband has never been, so that is part one.  Part two is Portland.  We have friends who live in Portland and love Oregon, plus there are VooDoo donuts there (another thing my husband has never tried) and this pregnant woman wants her donuts.  Now to figure out the timing.  I can't wait!

Five.  We are finding out the babies' gender(s) very soon and I can't wait to start planning their nursery, adding gender specifics to my registry and creating the perfect little haven for these two.  I am dying to buy all the pinks and/or blues and snuggle all the cute clothes these two will wear.  Aww baby love at full force today.  Any guesses on what they will be?  Team pink or team blue? Or both?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

14 Weeks

I am finally in my second trimester and hoping all the horrible parts of the first trimester start to dissipate.  I am ready for more energy, hopefully more sleep, a cute bump and finding out the genders.  I am also in full force research mode as to baby items, nursery, delivery, types of twins, things I can do to help go full term for twins and new exercises.  I can't believe I am already 14 weeks in and less than six months, we will get to meet these babies.  Life is going to change.

When did you go on your baby moon?  Did you go on one?  Suggestions?

Ok, let's jump into the weekly baby update...
 (still working on my husband properly capturing the bump)

How far along: 14 weeks

Babies are the size of a: Beet/Lemon
Maternity Clothes: I bought one pair of maternity leggings and a shirt from Gap this weekend, but haven't worn them and still rocking my old clothes.
Stretch Marks: None, but my belly is growing at an alarming rate, so I am a bit worried.
Sleep: Ehh.  I get up to pee every couple hours, it's hot and I am uncomfortable.  Guess I might give in to the pregnancy pillow and unisom if this doesn't help.
Symptoms: Sleepy
Best Moment of the Week: Spending a long weekend in San Francisco for our first anniversary.
Movement: Sadly none.  Come on babies, let momma feel you.
Cravings: Fruit and lots of it.
Gender: Hoping for a boy and girl.
Belly Button In or Out: In
Wedding Ring on or Off: On
Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: Thankfully I think I am past the morning sickness phase.
What I Miss: San Francisco food
What I am Looking Forward to: Football
Labor Signs: Not even close.
Nursery: Still up in the air
Emotions: Feeling pretty happy though Monday's seem to not be my friend, so I am usually crabby that day.  I need something to make Monday's better.  Suggestions?
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Wedding Anniversary Weekend Recap

I am back from my anniversary trip.  Boo. Please take me back to San Francisco.  The weather was pretty nice (other than the massive amounts of fog in the am), the company was amazing, the Giants, the food, the shopping and the city walking.  I just love San Francisco.

Friday my husband came home from his work trip and I couldn't have been happier.  I was dying to see him.  Just dying.  Plus he could take over dad duty on taking care of our pup.  He is a cuddle monster when one of us is gone, so it was nice to have my husband back to share the puppy love.

Saturday we got up bright and early, haha, not really.  But we managed to make it out of the house at a decent time, drop off our pup at his grandparents house and head to the Bay Area.  First stop, Chick-fil-a in Roseville.  Total guilty pleasure.  I don't like fast food, but I enjoy some Chick-fil-a once a year.  Once we got into the Bay area after massive amounts of traffic, we dropped my car off at my husband's aunt and uncles house (to save some money on parking).  We took an Uber car which my husband has never done before and he was impressed.  So much cheaper, cleaner and better experience than a cab.  Then off to Bart.  Oh the things you do to save some cash.  Worth it.

Once we got into the city, we checked in our hotel, dropped our bags off and went shopping.  This girl needs some new clothes, but shopping while pregnant is not fun.  Everything I want, won't fit in a few months and everything I need is UGLY.  Ugh.  I am sure this made my husband just love shopping with me.

We were pretty excited to go to Sotto Mare for dinner that night.  We got ready, walked the mile uphill and then were met with disappointment.  There were 38 people ahead of us and they weren't taking anymore names.  But parties of two could not make a reservation.  Que pissed off pregnant lady and her husband.  I have enjoyed Sotto Mare in the last year.  My husband has been iced out two times in a row.  So not happy.  Plus they were super rude.  Not cool.  So we ventured a block away to Firenze By Night.  They had good reviews on Yelp and could seat us within 15 minutes.  Sold.  We had a melon and prosciutto appetizer which was really good.  I also had the gnocchi with a tomato cream sauce.  It was really good.  Perfectly cooked pillows of pregnancy happiness.  I could eat that everyday.

Sunday was the big one year anniversary.  I gave my husband the treat card and he loved it.  He loved our personalized and sweet it was.  Plus he was overwhelmed by the things I wrote in it (the part with his vows).  Total success.

Since it was a day of indulgence and a celebration of us, it was off to brunch at Mymy.  A cute little spot in Nobb Hill that serves a unique menu.  I got the Banana Blueberry Souffle Pancakes and they were heaven on a plate.  Plus a side of hash browns.  Gotta get a good base for all that walking my husband had us do that day.  17,500 steps by the way.
Husband got a garlic shrimp benedict that looked amazing, but I was too busy eating my heaven to notice.

Then we walked a couple miles down to AT&T Park for a Giants game.  I thought Hudson was pitching, but it ended up being Lincecum.  He pitched 29 pitches in the first inning alone.  I was quite nervous for him, but through the hot sun, the light breeze and the perfect day, the Giants beat the Phillies.
 The best baseball stadium, AT&T Park
 Our View
 Pre-game
 Post game happiness
 Final Score 5-2 Giants
 Delicious shared lunch at the park.  Who knew I could venture away from my go-to garlic fries.  This stir fry bowl was heaven!

After the game, we walked back to the hotel and shopped along the way.  Then it was time to shower and head to our romantic anniversary dinner at Frascati.  We again opted to walk to dinner (only a mile away) and we walked through a gorgeous part of San Francisco, Russian Hill area on Hyde Street. 

My husband surprised me and wore his wedding socks to dinner that night.  It's the little touches.  For our wedding, my husband picked out socks for himself and his groomsmen (since he loves colorful socks).  He saved them for our anniversary dinner to wear again.  I love the sentiment behind it.
Left: Wedding Day Right: First Wedding Anniversary

Dinner was everything we hoped for and more.  We loved the fact that they discourage phone usage in the restaurant and want you to focus on each other.  So sadly we didn't take any photos.  We just ate our hearts out.  We had the burrata caprese salad (one each) with pistachios.  I need this in my life daily.  My husband went with the Pork Porterhouse with mustard spaetzle.  I went with the Filet Minion with potatoes, roasted veggies and a sauce from the heavens.  Both dishes were beyond our expectations.  Definitely one of my favorite restaurants EVER.  So amazing, delicious, heavenly and perfect.

We opted out of dessert so we could walk to a little ice cream shop down the way.  We both got a giant scoop of ice cream on a sugar cone and walked the city.  It was a perfect night.  Best anniversary EVER.

Monday we slept in and it felt so good.  Then we ventured off to breakfast, checked out of our hotel, made the journey back to our car and then did some shopping and lunch in Walnut Creek.  We stopped at Ikeda's on the way home to pick up a pie and share some of it with my in-laws for watching our fur baby.  He was spoiled while we were gone and probably didn't miss us that much.

And now I am back at work, wishing we were still in San Francisco, and dreaming of our next vacation.  How was your weekend?  What did you do for our first wedding anniversary?