Monday, May 16, 2011

Anniversary Yumminess

Grant and I celebrated 4 years as a married couple on May 12th. We have been together for 10 years including premarriage, which is a long time...but those 10 years have been the best I could have asked for. We have learned so much about each other and continue to grow together everyday. I love him so!

We have never been big on fancy anniversaries, birthdays, valentines days, etc. We usually look up the traditional gift and do a gift based on that. This year was plants/flowers. I was expecting Grant to get me flowers, but he was really thoughtful and got us tickets for the concerts in the garden at the Botanical Gardens. I am so excited, I have wanted to go for years! My gift was not nearly as thoughtful as his, but I got him a lemon tree. We have been saying that we have wanted to plant a tree at our home for a while so we will always have this!

For dinner, we did a low key grill out with Rowan. This dinner was my ideal meal. Of all time. Other than a sandwich, my other favorite food, this could be my last meal. We started off with Ina Garten's ricotta toast:

*Mix ricotta with fresh herbs, I used chives, green onions, and thyme. Add lemon zest, salt and pepper. Brush country bread slices with olive oil and grill until toasted. Rub a garlic clove on the bread and spread ricotta mixture. YUMMY! And Rowan ate 2 slices of it!

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Filets

Tomato and Avocado Salad:

*Halve baby heirloom tomatoes, dice avocado, drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper

I eat the tomato and avocado salad a lot for lunch, it is super fresh and fills me up. Im struggling not to overload on carbs this pregnancy considering that is all I crave besides sweets. Avocados offer a healthy fat that make me feel full but doesnt leave me feeling guilty.

We had a wonderful anniversary and if you are wanting something luxurious but dont want to spend way too much $$$$, make this meal!!!!!


We had such a great Easter this year. Rowan enjoyed a couple of egg hunts (both of which had petting zoos) so she was in heaven. She really understood how to get eggs and that there were treats inside. Easter Sunday we went to church, headed to Plano, and then back to Fort Worth for dinner with my family. Funny story about church - the power was out at our church so they moved the service to a banquet room at TCU. We took Rowan in with us since we didnt think they had child care and she really did good. Until the music stopped. Someone sneezed and she said in her normal loud voice, "whats that?!?" A baby cried, "BABY!!!!!" Eventually, Grant took her out after communion ("Yummy!!!! Grape Juice!") but I am glad she got to experience big church for the first time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I love how much Rowan is talking and how we now have "conversations"...

For example:
We were having some quiet time playing in her room before her nap she heard the train "boom" (we live by a really loud railyard where the cars are latching together and it is quite noisy during the day.) Here is how our conversation went:

Rowan: Whoa, train.
Me: Yea, that was loud
Rowan: Train crash
Me: Yea, the cars are latching together
Rowan: Uh-oh, train boo boo
Me: The train is okay
Rowan: Train hurt?
Me: No, the train is okay
Rowan: Train go back doctor?
Me: No, the train is okay, its just getting ready for a long ride
Rowan: Ride train?!? (As in, I want to ride the train)
Me: Sure, sometime soon, we will ride the train
Rowan: No fall off the train
Me: No, dont fall, thats dangerous
Rowan: Yea, get hurt, go back doctor (and then she gets the most pathetic look on her face like SHE is actually hurt and is sad that she is hurt).

I just start laughing hysterically because of her train of thought (sorry for the pun). I cant believe that we are able to carry on conversations together. Some of them...well, alright, most of them are ridiculous...but I love that she is old enough for us to "talk." It just makes me look forward to so many more "talks" ahead.

She starts checking herself over for boo boos and inevitably finds the one freckle on her arm and points to it. This "boo boo" always requires a kiss. Grant and I together probably have thousands of freckles, but our child has one and she acts like it tortures her. It is hilarious! I am anxious to see if her little sister has freckles like we do!!!!!

Rowan at the Rangers

Grant's parents got season tickets to the Rangers games and we went for the first time in April. Rowan loves going. She likes all the colors around the stadium and to cheer and clap on her favorite Rangers players. She also loves her tradition of eating ice cream out of the small baseball hat with Mac. We look forward to many more baseball games this summer and fall!