Five Things Friday – May 12
I am 34 weeks pregnant today! AH. WHAT. I’m opting out of a bumpdate because I still have no good belly shots of me. A good belly shot would require me finding a shirt that covers my stomach, but is also not covered in peanut butter stains or holes. I cannot wait to go shopping after this baby is here.
Exploring Our Surrounding Areas
One of my favorite things we did this week was go to this little nature garden in our neighboring city. I packed the kids up and took them to the mall to buy some summer clothes, then we drove over and had a picnic at the garden. We brought our own food, and found a picnic table. Sophia ate at least half of what I brought (for 3 people). Girl can put down some food.
Micah cheesing it up with flowers in his baseball cap. He asked me to take a picture of him sitting on EVERY rock.
I am trying to make it more of a goal to get out and explore areas within an hour of where we live. I have lived in Oregon most of my life and have never even been to Smith Rock or Crater Lake. I know, I’m the worst. I want to make sure my kids appreciate where they are living though, so more adventures (until baby gets here) are sure to come!
My sister captured this gem where it looks like Micah’s trying to wrestle Sophia to the ground. In reality he was trying to get a hug. He still has a lot to learn.
Tuesday night I started experiencing really bad cramps, along with consistent Braxton Hicks contractions. I was putting Micah to bed and winced in pain. Micah lovingly laughed at me and asked why my face looked like that… sweet boy. Don’t worry, he was concerned when I told him it hurt.
The pain and contractions lasted through an episode of Better Call Saul and until I fell asleep. I’m hoping this means my body is preparing for this girl to come earlier that her sister or brother did! Micah was 1 day overdue, Sophia was 8 days overdue. I’ll gladly house her as long as she needs, but I’d feel comfortable giving birth at 37-38 weeks. *Fingers Crossed* (Also, can we just talk about the genius that is Better Call Saul? I feel like I need a whole blog dedicated to that show and Breaking Bad. I can’t get over it.)
I am giving you all the link to this glorious recipe (click above). I still don’t own Chrissy’s (yeah, we’re on a first name basis) cookbook Cravings, but I’ve checked it out from the library on multiple occasions and honestly there isn’t one recipe that has failed me. It is the funniest cookbook I’ve read, and she makes what one of my friends called “good food made trashy”. And that is meant in the best way possible. Think pork chops crusted in crushed up Stove Top Stuffing, and Split Pea Soup with crispy Hot Dogs. Every pregnant woman’s dream.
This recipe though, definitely falls on the classier side of the Chrissy Teigen spectrum and is delicious. My husband requests it at least every other week, and it’s really the only way I’ve found that I like cauliflower. I’m looking at you, cauliflower rice. If you like that, you are lying.
Keurig Rivo Machine
My husband’s sweet cousin read my blog post about wanting an espresso machine for the third baby, and SHE CAME THROUGH. She sent us a Keurig Rivo, Ghiradelli sauces and coffee pods for the machine. I’m waiting on the pods to come, but have already dipped into the Ghiradelli caramel sauce because.. caramel. I’m so excited to try and review this machine, and am so blown away by the generosity in my family and community. You guys rock.
$400/month Grocery Budget
Dan and I recently went over our budget (or lack thereof), and decided that we are sick of being in debt. I have a pretty hefty amount of student loans still (go Ducks!), and Dan and I are ready to pay those off ASAP. It’s amazing how heavy of a burden debt feels like! Part of our plan was to cut food and household expenses (including toilet paper, paper towels, plastic bags, etc.) to $400/month. We realized part of the reason we were spending so much every month was that I was going to the grocery store almost daily and spending at least $40-$50 every time. That’s close to $300/week! So I have been trying to stick to around $100/week to feed our family of 4.
This has been a challenge, but honestly it has been more fun than anything. I started following some frugal blogs (like this one — one of my favorites!) and learned that $400/month for food is still a high amount. I am definitely still learning and making mistakes in my grocery shopping/budgeting but am super excited to learn more about it and get out of debt fast!