Winesday Wednesday 8/26/15

Happy Winesday Wednesday, friends!

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This week has been a bit rough- Wes has been a tad more fussy than usual, the smoke from the Washington fires has kept un indoors and my mom busted her glasses. So that’s fun. It’s a good thing there’s wine.

And it’s still pinot noir for me. So delicious. My mom actually picked up a couple bottles of Mark West which she said is her staple ‘bring over to other people’s houses’ wine. Good choice, ma!

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From the website: A pleasing mix of black cherry, cola, strawberry, plum, and soft tannins. PAIRS PERFECTLY WITH: Juicy cheeseburger, grilled salmon,or Thanksgiving with all of the fixings.

In my opinion, I think it’s a great wine on its own! But now that I read the description which includes a cola taste, I can now pick it out and see why it would be a good pairing with a hamburger. Crap, now I want a hamburger.

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Now if only Wes would take a nap…..

What are you drinking this week?

Weekend Recap

Friday

  • Stopped by another quilt shop in Calgary for my mom then headed to Chinook mall to wander around. My mom bought me a pair of really sweet pants. WINNING.
  • Wes got some goodies in the mail from his Oma (Tyler’s mom). The kid drools like a fountain so the extra bibs were great to get!
  • We all headed to Lowe’s and Bass Pro to get some stuff, but left empty handed. We had dinner at the food court before heading home.
  • It was the one year anniversary of finding out I was pregnant with Wes. And I thought I just had the stomach flu! Haha

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Saturday

  • We drove to Drumheller and went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. (aka: DINOS!)
  • Stopped at Home Depot on the way home and managed to get exactly what we needed from our unsuccessful trip the day before. (A ceiling fan and some stuff for the smoker Tyler bought)
  • Ordered pizza for dinner and watched Fast and Furious 7. Holy shit what a terrible movie.

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Sunday

  • Mom made maple muffins. YUM
  • Lots of boring chores were done around the house. YUCK
  • Tyler made another AMAZING dinner.

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In the 2 weeks my mom has been here, we’ve been able to check off quite a bit on the to do/to see list AND there has been a ton off hanging around the house time. I’m also still doing the 21 Day Fix workouts and will be incorporating a couple of spin classes in the next couple of weeks before leaving for NY. I might do a recap of the workouts since a few people expressed interest- my thoughts on this and the EXTREME program are a bit scattered so hopefully I’ll be able to get it out in a somewhat cohesive post.

Ok, I’m tired. Tell me something random in the comments!

(PS: sorry for not responding to any comments on previous posts. I read them, I promise! Just haven’t found the time or energy to respond. Lame excuse, I know.)

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Winesday Wednesday 8/19/15

Hi friends, happy Wednesday!

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Another quick drop-in this week to share what’s been on my cocktail menu as of late. Right now, my go to is pinot noir. Weird for the middle of summer, I know. But it’s the easiest to drink (excuse me, *sip*) when I have the baby, plus it pairs well with a lot of the meals we’ve been having. And ummm… my mom wanted it when we were at Costco. Can’t say no to that!

The best pinot noir we’ve had since she got here has been Kim Crawford. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but it was SO tasty and didn’t need to breathe at all once opened. (We wouldn’t wait for it that long anyways!)

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From the website:

These grapes are from some of our favorite cool-climate vineyards on New Zealand’s South Island. We’ve used a wide variety of clones and rootstock, along with a mixture of soils and microclimates to ensure a balance of flavour profiles and exceptional quality.

This wine is enticingly aromatic showing notes of dark cherries and strawberries. Partially aged in French oak barrels for the alluring complexity of well integrated oak and fine silky tannins. Aged in a mixture of French oak barrels and tank for five months. Superb with herb-crusted lamb, mushroom risotto or all on its own.

We had another pinot noir with lunch out in Banff today as well which was tasty. I paired mine with salad and my mom ordered breakfast. Totally acceptable to drink wine with eggs and toast.

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What are you drinking?

Weekend Recap

Well, I waited too long again to do a weekend recap because I have no idea what we did this weekend. Hell, I don’t even remember this morning. I have been pretty sucky at taking pictures this week so even those aren’t helping to jog my memory. Here goes…

Friday: I made pancakes for breakfast and my mom made a cake (totally a belated bday cake and it’s my FAVORITE). We wandered off to Winners to shop then headed to Cochrane for a quilt pattern my mom wanted to pick up. Plus, we wanted to browse the shops, have lunch, and enjoy some local ice cream. Slight change in plans once we got there- my mom got her pattern but we couldn’t really hit up many of the shop since they weren’t stroller friendly. Also, some NASTY clouds started to roll in and we didn’t want to get stuck on a patio in the rain so we opted to head home for lunch. After a quick nap on grandma, us adults had pizza for dinner then hit the hay.

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Saturday: We had to get up super early because Wes had an 8am appointment for his 4-month shots. Stupid me for booking an appointment at that time because we actually had to wake him up. GRRRR. He ate pretty quick, and we headed over and got the whole thing done in about 45 minutes. He cried when he got the shots but quickly calmed down and slept for a few hours on TWO different occasions throughout the day.

Afterwards, I attempted to take photos of Wes for his 4 month update then we went to Costco. It was also my last day doing the 21 day fix EXTREME and I celebrated with a beer. (OK, two beers). And fajitas. Because….well, fajitas are delicious.

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We managed to watch Hot Pursuit before going to bed.

Sunday: Again, not a super exciting day to round out the weekend. We had sausage and eggs for breakfast, I took Wes for a long walk around the neighborhood, and we ate ribs for dinner. There may have also been some wine involved, but I’ll chat about that on Wednesday.

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Wesley Arlo- 4 months

Already? And yet, I feel like I’ve known him forever. Crazy.

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I apparently did a crap job of makeshift weighing him at home last month, because both his 4 month doctor appt and 4 month shot appointment confirmed he weighs 17lb 12oz. He’s about 25 inches tall and has a LARGE head. We have him in size 3 diapers and most clothes are 6 months (sleepers are 6-9 mo, depending on the brand).

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He pretty much doesn’t nap during the day. If he does, it’s while we’re in the car, or about 30 minutes after feeding on my lap. I’ve tried to get him used to his afternoon nap in his crib which is slowly getting better and better- he calmed down in about 10-15 minutes and will sleep anywhere from 15 min-1 hr. Bed time is 9:30 and he loves to have his milk from a bottle before going to sleep.

If he only has a few of these short naps, he gets pretty cranky in the late afternoon and our evenings are spent doing “Wes Management’. Although, I think that’s synonymous with a little thing called ‘parenting’. Throw in a beer here and there and it’s pretty doable.

He sleeps through the night until 7:45-9am and has put himself back to sleep on a number of occasions. <–GOOD KID.

He is super drooly and sucks on either three of his fingers at a time or his thumb. He loves going for his thumb in the tub because it’s wet and makes a loud suction noise. And yup, he still loved his baths. He will stare at himself in the mirror or splash like crazy the entire time and doesn’t get upset when we go for his face or ears.

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He has DEFINITELY found his voice and is getting his floor exercise in on the regular. Lots of screams and shouts and giggles and jumping jacks while he’s on his mat.

Wes has also started to grab for things, put said things in his mouth and rotate his head to constantly look at what’s all around him.

His eyes are turning brown! Yay!

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One of my favorite things about him from this month is his eating technique. He either looks like he’s telling my boob a secret or that he ‘literally can’t even’. (aka: hand on top of his head as if eating is actual WORK)

The boy NEEDS to move at all times. I think I’ve probably spoiled him because I hold him all the dang time and he screams bloody murder when he’s first put on his mat or in any of his seats. Except he loves being on his changing table and often gets pretty talkative and kicky.

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I’ve bought him a few more toys which he loves. But then again, handing him a blanket or a burp cloth seems to be equally exciting.

His is now officially a dual citizen! It’s really not that much paperwork, but I’m glad that it’s all done and we won’t have to update either passport for the next 5 years.

We’ve been working on tummy time and he’s now more comfortable being on his belly, but that noggin is still a bit too big for him to hold up for any extended period of time. He rolls from his back to his side a lot and props his legs up on the arms of the playmat, so I’m assuming we’ll see some flipping soon.

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We’ve taken him out for a few nights and he is wonderful- always pleasant to be around and pretty content for the most part. It’s probably due to the fresh air and different scenery. (I get it, the living room is getting pretty BORING to sit in all the time. Although, the thought of going back to work in April makes me want to vomit.)

All in all, it’s been super fun this month to see him start to develop some motor skills and a bit of a personality. Which reminds me, my fart noises have rubbed off on him and that’s the only sound he made for a good 2 days straight. Also, real farts. THE SMELL!

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Wesley Arlo- 1 month

Wesley Arlo- 2 months

Wesley Arlo- 3 months

Winesday Wednesday 8/12/15

Happy WW folks!

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Quick little check-in here. My mom is in town and I’m enjoying hanging out with her and Wes (and Tyler!)

I’m still on a cider kick, and Tyler brought home a can of Crazy Beard Wild Apple Ale (I will call it a cider, but it’s actually a malt beverage) From the website: Crazy Beard is actually a malt beverage, made from malted barley specifically. The natural apple flavour is, of course similar to many ciders, but less sweet. Crazy Beard was crafted to have the initial aroma and taste of a cider but the finish of an easy drinking beer using the power of hop extracts. We say, it “Cuts like a cider and lands like a beer.”

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beer can isolated on a white background; Shutterstock ID 110513867

The aroma of this beverage is ON POINT. It seriously smells amazing and I think that was a huge contributing factor in its ease of consumption. Well that and it tasted pretty awesome- way better than how you normally think a malt beverage tastes. It doesn’t leave that hairy feeling on your teeth and has a real smooth finish.

Crap, my mouth is totally watering for one now.

If you see these on the shelves of your local liquor store, I definitely recommend you give it a try!

PS: Sorry for the really short post!

PPS: What are YOU drinking lately?!!

Weekend Recap

This is going to be SUPER boring.

Friday: Took Wes for a REALLY long walk in the morning before it got too hot out. Ended up going about 5 miles and wound up just hanging around the house for the rest of the afternoon. Pizza for dinner and an episode of True Detective before I fell asleep.

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Saturday: Family trip to Costco the went over to a friends house for the evening.

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Sunday: Went to Tyler’s football game. It was HOT and BUGGY and it was in the middle of an industrial park so it was not stroller/walk friendly. Epic chicken kebabs for dinner and a butt-ton of laundry.

I have really sucked at taking any photos that do not include Wes. Must get on that.

I am tired.

I am sore.

The end.