Sunday, May 15, 2016

And just like that, we’ve been a family of three for nine months. Phew!

Having Ellis in our lives has brought us so much joy.

It’s definitely something different than just happiness, because it’s not all smiles and giggles all the time. It’s deeper and more complicated. I think that’s how joy is most of the time.

I actually started writing this post at the six month mark, but never got around to finishing it:P Soooo after three months of not blogging, here it is! Ellis’ birth story<3

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Evening: We planned to go out to eat for dinner after stopping by a going-away party for some friends. I was feeling a bit more pressure than usual in my lower abdomen, but felt pretty good overall. We ended up staying at the party a little later than we intended and didn’t leave until 7:00 pm. By then it was raining and once we got on the highway, I felt like I needed to be home asap. I didn’t even care about getting dinner. I was feeling really antsy and just wanted to get off the roads. 

Mr. Torres knew that something was up when I was completely uninterested in dinner and made the call to get all of our birth-day stuff ready to go before we went to bed…just in case! Continue reading

Rainbow Baked Sweet Potatoes

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

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There’s a sweet potato under there! I promise!

This recipe has been making frequent appearances on our weekly menu lately. It’s just one of those meals that uses ingredients that we almost always have on hand, comes together easily, and is super delicious! 

I know that I’m technically missing a few colors of the rainbow, but you could definitely add some chopped purple cabbage and an orange bell pepper to round it out:)

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

Verdict: The only negative about this recipe is all the chopping of veggies that has to be done. However, that works okay for us right now because I’m able to pre-chop everything during one of Ellis’ naps and then the only prep I have to do right before dinner is heat up the chicken (it’s usually pre-cooked in the freezer). I cook the sweet potatoes in the crockpot during the day, so I don’t even have to turn the oven on! 

Rainbow Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cheese (basically any kind), shredded
  • 1/4 cup purple cabbage, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ranch yogurt sauce (1/2 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 Tbs ranch dressing mix)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut sweet potato length-wise and place on plate.
  2. Add toppings to taste.
  3. Top with salt and pepper and ranch yogurt sauce.
  4. Enjoy!
http://www.omandnom.com/entrees/rainbow-baked-sweet-potatoes/

Eleven Weeks In

We’re still alive and well down here in H-town (aka Houston) (aka land of burning summer heat) (aka city of “it’s too hot to go outside unless you’re swimming”) (aka okay, I’ll stop now)!

Ellis is now 11 weeks old<3

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Every picture of this sweet boy is my favorite! I’m such a mom.

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