These little sliders were so good and seriously took like 10 minutes to assemble. That’s what I’m talking about after a long day! I have never actually bought roast beef from the deli counter before this recipe, and I feel like I have been missing out on a really great sandwich option. PS: don’t scrimp on the quality of the roast beef! I bought the good stuff and it made a difference in my opinion. And as normal, I edited this recipe more to our tastes aka less butter and salt.
Well it’s been a little while since I’ve been on the ol blog.. Ok it’s been 4 months.. way too long I know! A lot has been going on around here these days. Brian and I are expecting our second son, Brady, in October. Rhett is growing and so much fun these days! Honestly I think that’s part of the reason I haven’t sat down at the computer lately. It’s way more fun to head to the pool or play outside with Rhett. But at the same time, I miss blogging. For example, when I make a fabulous French dip recipe that needs to be shared with friends for the good of everyone 🙂 Seriously, I’ll post it later because it was so so yum!
All that to say, I’m hopefully going to be more consistent with the blog again (cross fingers) at least before Brady Beam arrives in October 🙂 Yay! Here are some pics from Father’s Day 2017.
Guys, pretend it’s Wednesday, ok? Because this post did not make it up yesterday..
Today I’m linking up with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel for What’s Up Wednesday where we answer these questions:
What we’re eating this week..
Turkey Burgers, Chicken Alfredo, and a failed Thai chicken recipe.. let’s not get into that one. I never can make good Thai food. I just need to stick to going to my favorite Thai restaurant and leave it at that rather than wasting all the money buying the random ingredients needed for the Thai food.
What I’m reminiscing about..
This time last year when I was waiting for RBB to arrive. I was due on January 31st, but he didn’t want to come until February. It was a sweet time of waiting but also hard when everything about a new baby is so exciting!
What I’m loving..
My new scarf from my sister! I’ve wanted one of these for a while because they looked like the perfect nursing cover too. Thanks Hay 🙂
What we’ve been up to..
Party planning galore for Rhett’s Beary First Birthday.. betcha can guess my theme!
What I’ve been dreading..
One year old shots. Ugh I hate them! I know they are necessary, but I feel terrible when he has to get them.
What I’m working on..
A giant bear cut out for Rhett’s party? Basically anything party related is what I’m working on. I do realize that it’s silly to go to so much trouble for a 1 year old, but I just love planning parties. It invigorates me!
What I’m excited about..
See above 🙂
What I’m watching/reading..
I’m wrapped up in an ebook right now called Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which obviously was not written by Jane Austen, but it’s really good! I’ve also started The Selection by Keira Cass, but can’t seem to get into that until I finish reading about Caroline Bingley.
What I’m listening to..
I’ve been listening to Bethel’s cd “You Make Me Brave.” Fun fact for you all, I went to my senior prom with the guy who is now the drummer for Bethel. You can see him in this video of my favorite song off the album, “Anchor.” Also, Bing Crosby. I love Bing. Especially his Irish tunes like “MacNamara’s Band” since McNamara is my maiden name.
What I’m wearing..
Currently living in these leggings.. They work for lounging, going for a walk, going to the gym, or going out. My poor husband would probably like to see me in something other than athleisure these days haha.
What I’m doing this weekend..
We have dinner at my friend’s house on Friday night, nothing planned for Saturday (yay) and a big event at my church on Sunday.
What I’m looking forward to next month..
Rhett’s birthday party, seeing our families, and Valentine’s Day of course! Hmm which reminds me I need to decorate for Valentines Day.
What else is new?
I got a new planner from Plum Paper, and I’m really excited to see how it compares to my Erin Condren. I’ll have to do a post comparing the two planners when I really start to use it. We’ve had a couple of really nice days here so we’ve been taking Rhett to the park. It has been so fun! He has been loving the swing and really just being outside with Bear.
When Rhett was about 6 months, Brian and I were pretty tired parents. I was still nursing Rhett through the night whenever he woke up which was about 2-3 times a night. I know that’s not terrible compared to some babies, but I was just over it. So then I read some about sleep training and talked to some friends and tried to implement pieces of what they told me to do, but never quite had it all together.
Then I heard about a sleep trainer that some friends had used, and since we were desperate, Brian and I both agreed to give her a shot. I’ll be really honest here, after meeting with her I was disappointed. It seemed like we were doing everything wrong and that is sometimes hard to hear. I also didn’t want to hear about how I needed to get R on a consistent nap schedule so he would sleep better at night. I liked my freedom of doing what I wanted and pushing his naps to whenever was convenient for me. But I decided to take her advice and give it a shot.
We started out trying to stick to her schedule, but some things were just not going to work for us like a 7 pm bed time when Brian doesn’t get home until after 6 pm every night or a 6 am wake up when mama does not want to start her day that early. After getting Rhett on a schedule that works for us and sticking to it, I’m happy to say it works! He has been sleeping through the night, and I couldn’t be more proud of him and thankful for 8 hours of continuous sleep! He takes two naps a day and although he still cries some before going to sleep, it’s so much better than it used to be! I’ll outline his basic schedule below:
RBB’s Sleep Schedule
Wake up any time in between 6:45 am – 7:15 am Wake up and nurse Breakfast Go to the gym or play at the house
Go back down any time in between 9:30 am – 10:00 am Nurse Rhett with lights on while awake Read a book Put Rhett in his crib to put himself to sleep (usually still takes about 10 minutes to fall asleep)
Wake up any time between 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Wake up and eat a snack or lunch if it is after 12 depending on how long his nap went Run any errands or play around the house after lunch
Go back down any time between 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Sometimes I’ll nurse him again before this nap if he didn’t eat very much for lunch, because he tends to sleep longer if he is more full. Read a book, change diaper, and put him in the crib awake
Wake up any time between 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eat a snack while mom preps dinner Play until Brian gets home around 6 pm, nurse, and then eat dinner
Bed time routine starts at 6:45 pm or 7:00 pm with bath time Nurse before bed with lights on and Rhett fully awake Pass off to Dad for Bible reading and prayer before putting Rhett in his crib fully awake. He will sometimes cry for a little bit and other times not even cry and put himself right to sleep. It’s amazing!
Ok so this is what works for us. I really think you have to find what works for you, but I loved how the sleep lady gave us a full schedule of this is what you need to do and stick to. It was easy for me to read books and say “no, that doesn’t apply” or “I don’t like that,” but when someone comes to your home and tells you exactly what you need to do, it’s harder to say no to those suggestions.
Some other suggestions she had:
make the room pitch black
keep the air between 71 degrees and 73 degrees
3 hours wake time between naps (don’t go longer than 4 hours or risk over tiredness)
less than a 45 minute nap doesn’t count
do a dramatic wake up (lights on, windows open, sound machine off) after every nap/sleep
use a loud sound machine (Marpac) with a constant white noise
get an air purifier
Gotta tell you we didn’t do all of those. I try to stick to what we can, but I wasn’t buying more black out curtains to make the room pitch black during the day after spending too much money on the PBK ones I had to have. Also, after 5 consecutive days of him waking up after 35 minutes or so into his afternoon nap, I gave up on making him go back down to hit the 45 minute mark. It just wasn’t working. And once I stopped stressing that 45 minutes, he naturally fell into a routine of sleeping more in the afternoon so it all worked out anyways 🙂
Once again, this is what worked for us. I’m so glad I gave up my freedom of doing what I wanted and stuck to the schedule, because now I reap the benefits of sleeping through the night. It is life changing for me! I hope some of these tips might help you too.
So let me start this post by saying this is not part of my “No Sugar January” life right now. But I did make this pie quite a bit over the holidays, and it’s always a hit. This is my Aunt Leslie’s recipe that has been in our family for years. You know the old cook books that were typed by hand and sold at your church fundraisers with recipes from all the ladies at the church? This recipe is in that book and yes, I stole my grandma’s church cook book like that since no one sells them anymore 😉
And excuse my picture quality as I had to use a candid I snapped to send to the family, because I do not have the self control to make a chocolate pie and not eat it myself in No Sugar January.
1 nine inch unbaked pie shell
3.5 tbsp cocoa
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 can evaporated milk
Melt butter in a large bowl and mix in sugar. Once it is thoroughly mixed, mix in the cocoa until the mixture is smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla and lastly the evaporated milk.
Pour into the unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the pies are mostly set. They will not completely set up, but you don’t want them to be sloshy
Well it’s been way, way, way too long since I’ve been here. So what have we been up to?
a trip to Dallas to visit my sister
sickness (seriously for 2 months)
a bomb falloween party
sleep training with a professional
pies, pies, and more chocolate pies (recipe soon)
baby’s first Christmas in Texas
Christmas pt 2 with the other side of the family
New Years goals (one of which is blogging)
So here I am! back on the blogwagon.. get it? 🙂 I may try to back track and post about my Dallas trip (so much fun) and about my falloween party because I made the cutest spider taco ring, but we shall see.
Rhett is finally over the sickness aside from a runny nose, but goodness knows he could catch something again next time we are at the gym. We’ve been sleep training him and that has been so nice to get to sleep through (some) nights. He doesn’t have it down pat, but I’m actually loving the schedule and routine that it gives our days.
I can’t believe I’m going to have a one year old next month!! This past year flew by! Cheers to a new year! Happy 2017!
RBB had his first trip to the zoo last week. He had a good time for the first bit, but then got kind of tired and cranky. It happens to the best of us. We actually heard the tiger roar! It wasn’t at all like I expected a tiger to sound. The flamingos were feisty and the sea lions were super active. Overall, it was a great trip with friends 🙂
This weekend my sister and brother in law came to visit us! We didn’t plan too much with the weather being so hot, but still managed to hit the pool, the mall, and chow down on some Mexican food and Andy’s custard.
On Sunday our cousins had to leave early so we visited our friend’s church to hear him preach. He did an excellent job speaking about our identity in Christ. After that we went to the country club for brunch and let me tell you it was delicious! This kid is grabbing at everything! He might have managed to throw 4 spoons on the ground.. Ooops.. I just ordered his high chair and we are going to start some solid food this week!
Wow it has been forever and a day since I’ve updated this little blog. A lot has been going on in the Beam household. I have a 5 month old who rolls and sits up like a big boy, but has no desire to crawl yet and also refuses to take a bottle. He is happy as a clam with mom, but not so happy if mom is not around. So due to these factors, I have quit my job that I have been at for the past 6 years. It’s a bittersweet decision, but I know it is the best option for Rhett.
So now I’m a stay at home mom! I’ll be trying to figure out a new routine and finding my new normal. I’m excited to get back to the gym and to get my house whipped into shape. Meal planning is now going to become the normal as is updating the blog with DIY projects, baby updates, and other random goings on. Thanks for following along!
Sunday will be my first time to celebrate Mother’s Day as a mom, but honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. I’m torn between being so excited and wanting to post a sappy post about how much I love my little schmoo and this new mom life, but not wanting to do that because I know the pain some people feel on this day. Yes, they probably have a wonderful mother to celebrate, yet their heart is hurting because they are not yet mothers or they are mothers to children who will never walk on this earth.
Last year, I lost a baby and went through surgery to repair my Fallopian tube in January. You would think by Mother’s Day in May, I would have been over it, but I wasn’t. Mother’s Day was even harder, because it seemed like the support I had at the time had forgotten that I lost my baby; that I was actually a mom too, but my baby was in heaven. Don’t get me wrong, I did have a caring husband, family, and friends, but it was still hard for me. Looking back, it’s almost like I expected my friends and family to know the hurt I felt, but that was an unrealistic expectation for me to put on them.
Should they bring up my loss or will that make me an emotional basket case? Should I stand when they ask the moms to stand at church? Do I pretend like losing my baby was no big deal, and I’m completely fine now? Should I forget about my first child because he was only 7 weeks old when his heart stopped beating and 10 weeks old when he left my body? I don’t want to forget the pain or the fact that I am a mom to two babies, but only one is with me on this earth.
I wonder if God allowed me to walk that path so I would be sensitive to others who are hurting. These women, who have lost babies or are walking through infertility, are close to my heart. I pray for these women regularly that their babies would come soon. I pray especially that when they see a pregnancy announcement or sappy mom post on social media that they will take heart in knowing someone cares and is praying for them.
So here’s to you: the mom in the making, the mom whose babies are in heaven, the mom who doesn’t think she can make it through the toddler stage, and the mom who is sad because her babies have all left the nest. I thank God that He is with us in the happy times and in the hard times. I pray that on Mother’s Day this year you would be sensitive to those around you and not take for granted the blessings you have been given. Happy Mother’s Day!
Special thanks to my mother who was there for me when I lost my first baby and when I brought my second baby into this world. I truly couldn’t have done it without her love and support. I love you mom, and appreciate you so much more than I ever did before Rhett joined our family.