Saturday, June 23, 2012

She Swims and He Cooks!

Hello again!  We are home from our beach mini-vacation.  Even though it is always hard to finish a vacation, it was actually nice to be home.  It was nice to be in our own beds!  We were in sort-of close quarters on our trip, so it’s nice to have more space!

Since we’ve been back, we’ve been fighting the swimming battle.  Sadie actually started swimming at the tail end of last summer.  However, we didn’t get to swim as much as I would have liked over the summer.  So we have had a rough start to swimming this summer. Every time Ryan or I would go to get her to practice, we’d get a lot of whining and crying.  “I Caaaaaaan’t do it, Mommy!  I’m SCAAAAARRRED!”  Luckily, we had booked some lessons with a great swimming teacher.  After 4 lessons, we’ve turned a corner.  Today at our pool, she swam and swam.  We honestly couldn’t get her to stop.  We even got her to jump in the water and then swim!  I was a proud mom today!  Check it out:

And here she is swimming back to the wall.

We decided to reward her with fro-yo afterwards.  She gobbled it up and then this is what happened next:

 Sadie Sleeping

We know how to wear a kid out.

Sometimes I like to do look-backs.  Here’s a little look-back from the end of last summer.

She has come a long way!  I’m really excited that she is swimming so well in June, and we still have a lot of time to keep practicing this summer.  I can’t wait to see how she is swimming in August!

One other great thing that happened is this fabulous dinner that the hubby made for us yesterday!  I was very surprised when Ryan said he felt like cooking.  It took a little while for him to decide on WHAT to cook, since there are a lot of things I am not eating.  The conversation went like this:

Ryan: I saw this thing in a magazine.  You use a pouch of mashed potatoes…

Liz: I don’t eat potatoes in a pouch.  It’s too processed.

Ryan: Oh yeah.  What else do you not eat?

Liz: Grains and wheat especially.

Ryan: What about pasta?

Liz: No, honey, that’s wheat,

Hehe.  It is weird to try and explain the Paleo way of eating to other people.  I do eat some dairy (like fro-yo occasionally and sometimes cheese but not that often) but for the most part, I am close to Paleo.

So after some thinking, Ryan cam up with his own idea for dinner and he did a great job!



He sauteed some onions and peppers in EVOO on the stove while grilling some steaks.  He seasoned the steaks with salt, pepper, and some McCormick hamburger seasoning.  When the steaks were done, we topped them with the onions and peppers.  I would not have thought to do this, but it worked really well.  Very delicious!  He did a great job and was very proud of himself!  It was very nice to sit back and relax and have dinner just appear!  :)  Thank you, hubby!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!


  1. Loved the swimming videos. Made me think of Dora's days (years) of lessons. As far as I know, she is still a guppy! Bless her.

  2. Loved seeing the little mermaid videos!  So fun to watch our baby swimming like a little fish!

  3. Love seeing that sweet (big) girl swimming!  Glad she'll have the rest of the summer to keep practicing!  Feel free to post videos of my niece any time! :)  


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