Good Morning Baltimore! 

We arrived in Baltimore at approximately 1am. Cupcake was still awake. We pulled into our neighborhood and saw a family of three deer pass in front of us. My first thought was “Well at least our patronuses have arrived.” (Harry Potter for the win!) 

We set up the blow up mattress and snuggled in for our first night. We awoke to a beautifully sunny day in our new home!

   
  Now to just have all of our stuff delivered… 

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Thank You Dunkin Donuts! 

Our movers arrived on May 19th to pack up our house. I bought them all Dunkin coffees because Connecticut runs on Dunkin’ (and I want to keep my CT pride going as long as possible!). 

They finished midday. We had dinner. We said goodbye to our families and friends and hopped in the car. Chris got stuck with the kitties (who meowed nearly the whole way even though we medicated them!). I had Cupcake. 

We left at bedtime to allow her to sleep the whole way. Observant little girl probably noticed the fact that our home was pretty empty when we left and barely slept. She mostly cried. Except when we stopped at a rest stop. The sweet lady at Dunkin’ took pity on the mom ordering a large French Vanilla coffee (almond milk and sugar, please) at 9pm and offered Cupcake a munchkin. Her FIRST munchkin. 

Mommy, what are you doing to me?

Glazed donut for the win


Needless to say…today’s momming is brought to you by Dunkin’ Donuts.  

Packing Up is Hard to do

Moving is not the the faint-hearted. It’s emotional and hard. Packing isn’t necessarily fast. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate! We relentlessly cleaned out our house prior to our move. We took more trips to Savers to donate things than I can count! We held a giant tag sale. We gave away items to friends and family. We really purged all of our things quite well. 

But my oh my, there still was so much! Packing took us a long time. Cupcake didn’t make it easy to get much done, so we worked a little every day for two months straight. It amazes me to even look back at it all. It felt like it would never get done! 

Living among the boxes became normal.  

stacks of bins…

Packing took us a long time because we wanted unpacking to be easy. We (I) google’d a million tips and tricks to make packing easier. 

Some of it helped (leave your closet clothes on a hanger and cover with garbage bag. Simply rehang in new closet and cut off bag. No need to individually take each item off the hanger!). Some of it didn’t (color-code boxes. You still had to label them and the moving company was more confused by the color-code than if we had just written on it). 

All in all, packing remains a task I’d rather not have to do for a very long time! 

Some other beginning’s end…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. -“Closing Time” Semisonic

Leaving our first home was very bittersweet for me. We had lived there for four years and so much had changed in our lives. 

When Chris and I decided to move in together, my parents were wonderful enough to let us move into my grandparents’ old house. It was the house my dad was raised in and it held so many fond memories for my whole family. Although my grandpa passed away before I was born and my grandma died when I was in sixth grade, that place always made me feel so connected to them. 

Moving into that home with the man of my dreams was amazing. We had not been dating long, but we already knew we would get married someday. Within three months of moving in together, we were engaged. That house saw us move from boyfriend and girlfriend, to engaged, to married. 

It was the home where we experienced medical school and my first years as a teacher. 

It was the home where we decided we were ready to be parents. It’s where I found out I was pregnant. It was the place we brought Cupcake home to. And in a flash, it was time to leave. 

And leaving is hard. 

Leaving is hard because it is not just four walls. This place holds four years of memories with my husband, but dates back to my grandparents. They were the original owners. That house is my family. 

But, a new beginning is ahead of us. So while I am saddened to leave our first home behind, there are so many joyous memories that it will always be part of our story. 

Hello world, it’s me, Momming

Oh my goodness! Life lately has been whirlwind! 

We moved to Maryland. I celebrated my birthday. Cupcake turned 14 months. My in-laws came to visit twice  (I’m so spoiled!). I joined a bunch of groups and met some amazing people. 

I am so happy to be back to blogging. Expect to see many more posts in the upcoming days as I finally move all these drafts to real posts! 

In the meantime, here’s a picture of Cupcake our first morning in our new place! 

  

More on that soon!  

 

May Reflections

As part of my 2015 resolutions, I post my status each month to keep myself accountable for the goals I set for myself!

1. Design 2015 budget goals with husband to reflect past spending and current saving goals.

My goal for May was to make our move as cost-effective as possible. We set a budget and ended up being UNDER by a good amount. Yahoo!

June is really all about getting settled into our new town. I will be looking into different grocery stores in the area to try and determine how I can feed my family healthy foods that are affordable.

2. Go to the gym (or workout at home) a minimum of four days a week.

Big no, unless you count packing as a workout, and then it is a big yes haha.

3. Reduce my PR of a 9 min mile pace to an 8 minute mile.

I completed a 7:57 mile in April. This goal is complete!

4. Try one new recipe a week and blog about it.

Big no. Now that we have moved, we have a BEAUTIFUL gas stove. I am SO excited for all the new recipes I will get to try in the upcoming weeks!

5. I want to continue nursing Cupcake through 2015, unless she chooses to wean earlier.

Check! Still going very strong. This girl shows no sign of being ready to wean anytime soon. She still nurses at least once a night (often 2x) and so many times throughout the day I can’t keep count! I still nurse pretty much on demand, so I am pretty confident that we have awhile left! 🙂

6. Visit my grandma every week before our move. Call her every week after we move.

Break my heart into a million pieces. This was a check, but oh so very hard saying goodbye to her when we left. I think I saw her three times in a four day period. She was so sad. I was so sad.

7. Text/call/email a different friend every day to keep communication open.

Check!

8. I will cut my monthly consumption of soda.

My goal for May was no more than three 8-ounce servings a week. One week I was unsuccessful, but the others I was way below.

For June, my goal will be about a monthly total. I will have no more than 10 8-ounce servings of soda in June.

9. Subscribe to FlyLady Emails. Complete tasks to maintain clean and decluttered home.

Did not complete emails in May due to moving. My goal for May was to declutter through the moving process and did we EVER.

Our moving company gave us an estimate of how many pounds of stuff they thought we had. We had three quotes from moving companies that all put us within a small range (impressive how similar they all were actually). We then set out to have multiple tag sales, donated dozens of boxes of household items and clothes and threw out a ton we no longer could use. We managed to come in at 3000 lbs LESS than anyone estimated! Wahoo!!!!!!!!! I consider this a check just for that!

My June goal is to resubscribe and start tackling tasks in this new home!

10. Reduce time spent watching TV

My May goal was to only watch something I have on the DVR (unless another major news situation pops up). This will reduce TV time by eliminating the time I spend watching commercials. This was a check!

As a family effort to reduce TV, we significantly cut back on our cable subscription. We now only get a handle of channels (mostly news stations and PBS). The one problem—somehow our company decided to gift us with FREE HBO! What a temptation. Admittedly, my husband and I quickly got all caught up on Game of Thrones (my favorite!) and started to watch The Wire (how could we not, now that we live in the Baltimore area?!).

My goal for June will be to limit my TV to the following items:

  • News (no more than 30 minutes a day)
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Wire
  • Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (an episode if its a rainy day for Cupcake)

11. Post progress each month on the above goals. 
Check! 

Right about now I am wishing that I had not made it a goal to post my status, because May was terrible. April was bad enough, but May just was terrible. Now that we are FINALLY moved into our new home several states away, I feel like I can get back to blogging and the goals I set out for myself. I cannot change the past; I can only change the future. Here is recommitting myself to these goals for the remainder of the year!

Simple Chili 

It has been so crazy around here lately! We moved to our beautiful new home recently and have been busily unpacking. One of our favorite things is our new gas stove! Unfortunately, it is only new to us, and we inherited a broken oven. So, we have had to rely on many recipes that do not need an oven to complete. 
Trying to set up and restock a whole kitchen without an oven has left us to many nights of our favorite easy meal: chili! Although we have many different recipes for chili on rotation, this is the easiest. It can be prepped in no time and tastes delicious! 

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef

1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes (keep liquid)

1 6 oz can tomato paste 

1 15.5 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed well) 

1 small onion, chopped

2 stalks large celery, chopped

1 t each cumin and chili powders (can add more to taste) 

Directions 

1. Brown ground beef in large pot. Drain fat. 

2. Chop veggies (or ask sweet husband to do it)

3. Add vegetables to pot with ground beef. Add diced tomatoes, beans and tomato paste. Mix in seasonings. Stir well and bring to a simmer. 

  
4. Simmer chili for 15 minutes. 
Now that we’re starting to settle into our new place, I’ll finally be able to return to the blogging world! I have so many things to share in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!