Monday, November 12, 2018

Current Favorites and Current Events!

In my last post I talked about wanting to write another "current favs" lists or a post similar to this one I wrote in 2013. It's funny because in 2013, I wrote "Go Sox" because they were in the World Series then! It must be something about this time of year...woooo!

With that reminder, I wanted to keep you all posted on what I am into these days.

1. What I'm Watching:  House of Cards, A Million Little Things (thanks Mack) and ALL the Pats games. We just hosted a few friends over yesterday because they finally had an afternoon game...







2. What I'm Listening To:  I just finished a podcast called "Missing Alissa" by Ottavia Zappala.I am also listening to the Conspiracy Theories podcast, which is nice because it's a bunch of different stories and you don't really need to keep up with it. Also, Chrissy suggested "A Killing on the Cape" and it was really good. Other blogs/podcasts of interest that are on my "to listen" list are here.





3. What I'm Eating:  As much as I try to keep my protein intake up, I fall off pretty often. Therefore, I have been making every effort with "clean eating" and making dishes with lean proteins and veggies. I do indulge in lots of pasta dishes, but l am lately limiting it. I also started doing some "intermittent fasting" suggested by a coworker at work. I am drinking black coffee and crave sugar a lot less now. A great "clean eating" weekend dish is Shakshuka. It's perfect for this time of year. It is weight watchers friendly if you omit the bread. I LOVE it! And you can make it different levels of spicy for your crowd. I am also digging raw ahi tacos - they are awesome. I blogged about it over the summer .




4. Current Events:  My alma mater, Pepperdine University, has been going through such tragedy and turmoil these last few weeks. First, there was a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks where a Pepperdine student was shot and killed. That was preventable. And it was tragic.  I was also notified via email that there has been a shelter in place at Pepperdine due to the wildfires in the area. A few days ago, my friend Nicole (who also went there, a few years before me) said that the fires were 0% contained. I think it is up to 15-20% now. However, it is nowhere near safe. People are losing their lives and losing their homes. If you can or want to donate, you can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2138691656447958/10100272002152875/ . *Photos below are from instagram.





5. Past favorite blog posts:  While searching for pics/posts about Pepperdine, I found this post from 2015. It made me super happy and reminded me what I love most about my blog. I love the positivity, I love the memories, and I love to be reminded of how I felt and where I was in my life at different stages. It's funny for me to read "we are so happy with these two little boys" because now we have THREE! I cannot even for a second think of life without Cal, but reading that post reminded me of what life was like back then. I know it wasn't a long time ago, but I loved reliving it.

2003:


2018:
* Photo cred Kristin Zukowski 

Time is just flying by!  All for now!

xo,
Shaz

PS Flashback photo from 2015. I see ZZ! :)




Sunday, November 4, 2018

Halloween Fun without Jimbo :(

Even though I already wrote about the Woburn Halloween Parade, I wanted to recap our Halloween and trick or treating for a bit - and also do another one of those posts of what I'm up to these days. Way back in 2013, I wrote this post about what shows I was watching, the music I was listening to, things I was eating, etc.  I cannot believe that was FIVE whole years ago, almost to the day. That is unreal to me. It also makes me SO happy that I have my blog to look back on, the things I did and how I felt at the time. It's pretty much my online journal that I share with the world. It may also be really cool for the boys to see when they are older. I hope they aren't embarrassed or mad, and I wonder what the internet will be like when they are my age...

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do a list of sorts again Plus, Chrissy suggested it haha, so maybe I'll do that for my next post. But first....Halloween:

We again went to my parents neighborhood and saw some old friends and neighbors. It was fun. Caden wasn't feeling well, so my Dad brought him back to my parents house and he went to bed early. Conor and Cal had a blast. Chrissy took tons of videos - maybe I'll post one if I can. Here is Auntie Lindsey rocking Auntie duties at my parents house! Trick or Treat!!




PJ Masks was a popular costume this year I guess lol.


We had some sicknesses this past week - of course, while Jim was in China. Caden had a pretty bad case of hives - they were ALL over his body. He mostly had them on his face/chin/ears, and then his lower back. He was so itchy. I felt terrible for him. And this all happened before Halloween - so before all the candy and nuts, etc.  I tried to give him some extra snuggles and attention.



Do you guys remember when I wrote about the toxic synovitis he had?? I feel like I talk about it all the time, but it's worth mentioning here. I personally think Caden is very affected by viruses. So I think he had a decent cold, which then resulted in hives coming out as he was getting over that cold. And #twinprobs, Conor then had the exact same hive about 48 hours later (ok, maybe not as bad). 

Caden:



Conor: 



We ended up going to the doctor's office to see Cal (haha another Cal!) and she did an allergy test just to be safe. And of course, hydrocortisone and benadryl for days. Can anyone see some familiar faces in the picture (in the picture) below? :)


What do you do when your kids are sick, you're stuck inside and your husband is away in China/Los Angeles for over a week?  You go to the Halloween store and buy everything on sale, DUH!! So we celebrated "Halloween Part II" in the Phelan residence. And I must say, it was quite fun!! Ha.







Also - bragging moment: I crushed Learn to Skate yesterday.  I was so nervous to put on all their gear by myself, but I think I did OK. Only one coach had to re-do Caden's skates while on the ice (lol). No biggie.  My Dad also graciously stayed at my house with Cal Pal so that was a HUGE help. Thanks, Dad!!!!


Another few "what do you do when Dads away" moments:

1. Dollar store slinkies!!! Wooo!


2. Wii Fit! They absolutely loved this last night. I did too! It was honestly a ton of fun.


Well again, I hope everyone enjoyed your Halloween. We sure did - and our Part II, too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xo,
Shaz


Woburn Halloween Parade 2018!

Another successful Woburn Halloween Parade and Halloween in general in the books!  For those who don't remember reading about a Halloween parade, here's the 2016 recap.  Woburn's Halloween parade has been going for 64 years - hosted by the Woburn Lions.

My cousin Doug lives near the parade on Main St, so we all met up at his house first.  Chrissy, Linds, me and the three boys were the characters from PJ Masks - Linds was Luna girl, Chrissy was the night ninja, and I was Romeo. Conor was Catboy, Caden was Gekko, and Cal was Owlette.



This is what we were going for...



We met Mickey Mouse!


And Olaf!!!  Thanks for the pics Jodie!










Before we left for the parade, we made an apple pie:


And we also prepped some veggies and threw a turkey in the oven. I love making the turkey dinner prior to leaving for the parade. That way, when we come home, we have a nice hot meal after freezing at the parade for hours! Haha honestly it wasn't even that cold. Some "Nor'Easter" we had that weekend, huh??




In true Caden and Conor fashion, they opted for some cereal instead of turkey dinner....


I'm going to write a follow up post on our trick or treating adventures on Halloween! Hope everyone had a great time!

All for now...
xo,
Shaz