Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Dear Nathan (3 years old)
How is this even possible? My heart, my love, my little baby. You are 3 years old! Time flies when you're having fun - it's so true. Since you came screaming into our lives, time has gone so quickly. When I think about the last three years, I can't help thinking the next three years are going to go just as quickly. Then you will be 6. And then three more years and you will be 9. It's almost too much to bear, to think of you growing up so quickly. To think of you being 6, or 9, or 12... or 21. It's scary and sad and exhilarating all at the same time.
I can see pieces of the you that you are going to become - and that person is remarkable. The way you look at me with such love. The way you are so gentle with your brother and with the dogs. The way your eyes and nose crinkle when you're being funny or smiling your giant cheesy smile. Your brain is amazing. Having conversations with you, hearing your jokes, the unbelievable comments that come out of your mouth, are some of my favorite things in the entire world.
You are, and always will be my heart, my love, and my first baby. The boy who made me a mother. The sweet baby who nuzzled your face into my chest and the big, bold, boisterous boy who crawls up into my lap and lays his head on my shoulder. And when you are 6, or 9, or 12 or whatever, I want you to know you can always come to me. You can always trust me. You can always tell me whatever is on your mind. Because you are my boy. And I am your mommy. Today, and always.
Happy birthday, little love.
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
I just sauté some minced garlic in a pan, then throw the stew meat in there to brown. I use the big package that they sell at Sam's. Brown it, then throw in slow cooker with some baby carrots. Seasonings can be anything you like. McCormick makes a seasoning packet for beef stew that I used before we got married, but Jon doesn't care for it, so now I just throw some spices in there. Usually some garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, etc. I make sure it is covered with some sort of liquid - either beef broth or water, and put it on high for 4 hours. I then cut up half an onion and 4 small potatoes (peeled). Cook for 3 more hours on high. The stew meat is falling apart by this time. The carrots are nice and tender and so are the potatoes, without becoming mush.
I serve it with some kind of bread, usually French or Italian with butter and garlic or Italian seasoning, but even regular wheat toast works. That's what we had the night I took this picture because I forgot to buy a fresh loaf of bread, lol.
Super easy and very good.
If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it in the comments!
Thursday, September 03, 2015
I have no idea what my starting weight was in the first pics. I know I am down 5 pounds since August 1. I'll take it. And I'm going to keep it up. 120 pounds left to lose. And I am determined to do it.
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