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Another week of January down. Can’t wait ’til Spring has sprung.
Here’s what happened this week:
Appointments galore! So so many things that I’ve been meaning to do I FINALLY was able to do. I have had the hardest time finding a family doctor, eye doctor, OBGYN and dentist that are walkable distances from my house that are ‘in-network’ with our insurance. BUT, I did end up coming across the ZocDoc app which has been a lifesaver!! Have you heard of it? Basically, I was able to search all the doctors within the ZocDoc database, based on location and insurances they accept. AND THEN I was able to choose dates and times within the app for the following day or two. It’s been so helpful and this past week, I saw the doctor, the dentist, the dermatologist and the eye doctor. PLUS, I made appointments for the OBGYN (for the GYN part…not the OB part 🙂 ) and the Pediatric Dentist for my littles. It is glorious.
Speaking of appointments, I got a lash lift! Basically, a perm for your eyelashes to make you look more awake and make it so you don’t need to use an eye lash curler. It worked so well!! I was legit surprised. It is my happy medium between getting eye lash extensions and doing nothing at all. For all my New Yorkers, I went to this salon in midtown and was really happy with the service. (This is the mascara I wear and love. I get it at the drug store for $9!)
Gordon was at the office this past week working 9-5 and it was wonderful!! Sometimes he works out of his office doing paperwork, and other times he’s given shift work around the city. So within the ever-changing schedule that he is assigned, its nice to feel spoiled with some normalcy from time to time. Haha! Except I must say, we are feeling much more normal with this ‘new normal’ as the weeks go on. It’s been very very helpful purchasing and posting a calendar where Gordon can post his work schedule for the kids to see. Visually letting them know when he’ll be home weeks in advance is really helpful as far as their expectations are concerned.
I did a little recipe testing this past week and it felt so good to be in the kitchen again! Sometimes, I get in the grind of picking kids up from school, running to the grocery store, running to my appointments and crossing off things on my to-do list that I forget I even have a blog. Haha! That’s not 100% true, but this past week it was difficult balancing it all.
I AM working on trying to find a better balance, though I doubt I’ll ever feel accomplished or happy in my balancing skills. There’s always one more thing to work on or one more thing to get done. I take this day to day.
I took Eddie to his Speech Therapy evaluation on Wednesday morning to make sure he qualifies for speech (which he does) and basically made the speech therapist fall in love with him. He’s pretty hard to resist. Haha! She did such a great job helping him feel comfortable and pulled out some of his favorite things, like bubbles and bouncy balls! So starting this coming week, we’ll be seeing her every Wednesday and Friday morning until the summer. THANK YOU to all you wonderful readers who gave us encouragement and recommendations for seeing the speech therapist! SO glad we were able to get to where we are. (We had the hardest time finding a speech therapist who took insurance. I eventually called some hospitals and ended up at NYU Langone who linked me up with the speech therapist we’re seeing now.)
Friday night, Gordon and I went on a date to Brooklyn to try Dellarocco’s. I don’t remember how I heard about them, but I did and we went and by golly it was good pizza. Our favorite part of dinner was actually dessert! Their cannolis were so so dreamy and the filling was RIDICULOUS. So creamy and dreamy. You all must go here for the wood fired pizza (the crusts were so yummy!) but more specifically, the cannoli. Worth every calorie.
Saturday afternoon, Gordon’s cousin and her daughter came to visit us and it was so nice being able to see them and hang out! They live in Idaho and we used to go to their house regularly when we were engaged, first married and right after we had Brooke! (10+ years ago!) We love them so much and forgot how much we genuinely like their company until they showed up. (Another reason to eventually move back to Idaho?! Wishful thinking maybe, but maybe in 10ish years we’ll be back. Haha! Mayyyyybe.)
Saturday night we took our visitors to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I think it has some of the best views of Manhattan, so we went…and became borderline hypothermic because it was so cold and windy. But by golly it was pretty! Haha! It was so cold, my phone stopped working!! So I got one picture.
And, this week I made this pizza, this chicken, this pancake mix (makes a great gift!) and this treat from my site!! What have you been making? I saw quite a few more comments on my Cinnabon’s post. LOVE that recipe 🙂
Here’s what’s coming up this week:
Today (Monday) my kids have no school because of the holiday, so we’re just laying low and relaxing. I’m hopefully going to get around to testing a few recipes to post this week!
I think I’m going to get the Wii Fit for me. I’m like 8 years late on this, but I think it could work well for home workouts? Thoughts?
I’m getting my blood drawn this week from my family doctor. I saw him for a physical and he is amazing. I love love love him and how thorough he seems to be. So, basically because of my age and my health and my fertility issues, he’s checking a bunch of stuff in my blood to get a feel of my health. Have I mentioned how much I love him? And he’s literally one block away.
I’m booking Gordon and my 10-year anniversary vacation this week! Its been a while since him and I have flown anywhere together on a legitimate vacation, so come March, we’ll be in Aruba! I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, so we are GOING and I am so excited. SO EXCITED. Have you been to Aruba? Where should we stay and what should we do? I’m thinking the first three days, I’m just going to want to sleep and sleep and sleep. And maybe eat 😉
I’m also putting together a few downloadable “mom life” PDF’s about kids lunches, cleaning products I like, how to do less dishes, how to look less tired, meal planning, make ahead meals and staples, what I have in my mom-bag, step by step healthy eating, chores by age, check off lists and routines, date night, grocery shopping and more! Would you be interested in a few free downloads? I think I’d be able to do one or two a month. Let me know if that is something you’d find helpful, or other topics you’d like me to cover!!
And finally, at the top of every post, there is a heart icon with a number beside it. That is a way you can ‘like’ my posts. So if you don’t have time to comment, you can press that heart icon to like it! That would give me a much better idea as to what you are liking and what you are not liking. Of course, I see and love all the comments I get, too.
Have a great week, friends!! xo