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Lately

Last Thursday Logan turned 2 officially! We took donut holes to daycare so the kids could all celebrate together and everyone told Logan Happy Birthday. After daycare, he had his 2 year checkup with the doctor and he’s doing great. The doctor was really impressed at how well Logan is doing. Logan showed off and pointed to all the body parts he knows (his eyes, ears, mouth, elbow, hair, etc). Logan is 36.5 inches and grew almost 3 inches since his 18 month appointment! Holy cow! He’s 96% for height.

After the doctor appointment we went out to dinner to Mike’s Drive In in Oregon City. Michael and I got burgers. Logan got a corndog! And he loved it. 😀 He did so great. He had a great day.

In other Logan news, he might be ready for a big boy bed. Which is both exciting and scary for this mama! He’s starting to try and climb out of his crib. And he’s tall, so it’s easy for him. OY.

On Saturday (after the gym), we met some friends at Sokol Blosser for the spring pick-up party for members. It was so much fun and we were really glad we were able to hang out with our friends. We hadn’t seen them in awhile and it was nice to catch up.

The Sokol Blosser party is very nice. We were there in October with some other friends. When you first get there, you get a glass of their sparkling white. Love it!

The place was packed. There was a bunch of food–yummy smokey steak with chimichurri sauce, polenta, roasted veggies, toasted chickpeas, salad, salami, cheese, crackers, olives. All of the food was really tasty and it was enough for a light lunch while we did our tasting.

After the party, we decided to stop at one other place none of us have ever been to: Stoller. The venue was gorgeous! It was huge. I guess in one section they were having THEIR spring pick up party for members. We went to the tasting room. It was a huge, cool venue with lots of room. The place was packed so we walked to the back tent. The tent area was huge and had nice tables set up and it was heated and comfortable. The wine tasting was at your table, so that was nice.

It was a really nice Saturday!

On Sunday I decided to give my pressure cooker a test run in the “slow cooker” setting. I was hoping that I could get rid of my crockpot if this worked well. After my swim, I got all the stuff ready and put it in the pressure cooker. I had a packet for the “country rice” and used frozen chicken tenderloins.

I used the slow cooker setting on my cooker. Then I ran some errands and stuff and when I got back I checked it and realized that it was already cooked! It was like 2pm and I had thought I set it on “low” for 7 hours but at the 4 hour mark, everything was all cooked. BUMMER. I was kinda irritated because then I had to just put the food in the fridge and reheat it for dinner. Which is fine, but not ideal and not like my crockpot. So….I guess I can’t get rid of my crockpot yet.

The dinner doesn’t look pretty, but it was really flavorful. We had salad with it. Yum!

Anyways, any ideas on the slow cooker setting for the instant pot?

March Goals

I did pretty well in February with the goals I set out for myself. I am going to continue the squats (modified) and organizing the house. I recently spent a few hours going through stuff in the garage and sorting stuff, getting rid of things, recycling a bunch of empty boxes we were hoarding for some reason…they weren’t even good boxes! So I am slowly and surely making my life at home a little more cleaner and simplified.

There’s a bunch of stuff I still need to go through to figure out if we are going to donate or sell it. For example, cleaning the garage I found two giant boxes of puppy pads from when we got Bella (ahem, a few years ago now) and never used because she was potty trained! Why do we still have these?!? So I sold them! I took an entire carload full of stuff to Goodwill to donate. Usually I give stuff to the Vietnam Veterans but I wanted the stuff gone asap so I just drove it to Goodwill. It felt so good to get rid of things!

We have other stuff to donate but I think we need to call Habitat for Humanity. We have an old medicine cabinet that is still pretty nice, some other house construction stuff…it seems better to donate that stuff there.

Now, on to March:

1 ) No Desserts Monday – Thursday Nights

This one is going to be HARD. I have such a sweet tooth. But I really need to reign it in. I was under so much stress with some stuff that’s been going lately that I was really out of control with eating chocolate at home. It was bad. I gained a few pounds in the last two months as a result (2 since December). DAMMIT.

So I am going to make a valiant effort to not eat sweets during the week. Wish me luck!

 

2) Register for a few 5k Races

There are two 5k races I want to sign up for with the Portland Parks & Rec $5 5K series.I want to register for those and I may look at some other races for this fall. I think it would be fun to do the Halloween Run Like Hell 5k. That was my first race ever (many years ago). It might be cool to do it again!

 

3) Drink 80 ounces of water every day.

I’m hoping this will help me with some of the issues I’ve been having: dry winter skin, feeling dehydrated, maybe it will help curb my appetite a bit.

I currently drink somewhere between 24 ounces and 40 ounces at work and I drink a sparkling water with lunch and dinner. But I can definitely be doing better.

 

4 ) Learn how to use my new Pressure Cooker!

I am SO excited about this. I have a bunch of recipes I’ve been saving to try once I got one. I am especially excited about making hard boiled eggs. I’m also curious about making soups and stews. If you have a favorite recipe, let me know!

 

QUESTION: What are your goals for this month?