Hey everyone! So we survived! Made it to and from Scottsdale in one piece! Here is a little recap of our trip.
1. The airport: Babies need a LOT of stuff, so getting the stroller/carseat/bottles through security was not an easy task and thank God Ryan was there to help. Who knows what I will do when the day comes that I travel alone. And while Evie fussed in the security line a bit, fortunately I had people all around me who felt the need to make up their own theories about why she was crying. “Hmmm..she must be hungry!” or “Poor thing- she’s in the real world now!” Well, if you all are such experts on babies, then YOU calm her down. In the meantime, I’m going to focus on getting everyone to the gate.
2. The plane: I sat in the window seat with my hooter hider and made sure Evie was well fed during take-off and landing, just like everyone said. In between, she slept happily on my chest while I sweat and maintained a very uncomfortable position lest I wake her. (She screamed for the 30 seconds that Ryan agreed to take a turn, so that ended abruptly.)
3. Hotel: The weather was absolutely perfect, and I was reminded of how different you feel with a humidity of ZERO (not to mention the wonders it does for my hair). I will say, though- it was by no means a “vacation”. Nope. No siree. As I am reminded every Saturday morning and every Sunday night: I don’t get a break. The afternoon I imagined sitting by the pool turned into thoughts of “I think it’s too hot for Evie so I guess I’ll go watch baseball” (I do not enjoy watching baseball for the record). We did get a babysitter Friday and Saturday nights, and while I cried on my way out the door Friday night, it worked out well and I had two nights of guaranteed clean clothes since there was no one to spit-up on me.
All in all, it was so nice to have a change of scenery, but I will definitely think long and hard about taking any expensive vacations in the near future. Grandma’s house it is!
Getting back into my groove in Atlanta and in the mood for fall, I decided to make some pumpkin bread. And yes: I cheated. I bought the mix from Trader Joe’s a week ago, thought it was delicious, so I bought it again but decided to spice things up a bit by throwing in some peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate chips
1 box Trader Joe’s Pumpkin bread and muffin mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
12 oz chocolate chips
I simply mixed all of wet ingredients with the boxed mix and stirred in the chocolate chips last of all. Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Hope you like it! xoxo
For the Evie stalkers, here are a few of Evie (and fam) lately:
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