Our Trip to Naples

Last week, we flew down to Naples (Florida, not Italy, though we did have Italian food one night) where my father and stepmother live for part of the time.

I kind of had it in my mind that Alexander, being 16 months now, would love the beach and the pool.  Umm, he was mostly interested in eating his snacks.  And sand.  But not the water, at all.

Naples beach

(PSA – babies with super small feet, Toys-R-Us has cheap water shoes.)

Really not a water baby.

Screaming pool

Crying pool

Crying pool2

But after a while, he got used to it.

Ball pool

And I got to live out my fantasy of my little boy enjoying the water on vacation.

Family pool

Though he still was mostly interested in his snacks.

Beach club

Sunglasses.  You’re doing it wrong.

We also had a nice dinner at the Ritz on the ocean.  Check out the view from our table.

Ritz view

Lee dad

Even though Alexander wasn’t the water baby I’d hoped for, we still had a great time.

Tastes Like Taco Bell

I made these tacos last night and Jason said they tasted like Taco Bell.  I think that was supposed to be a compliment!

Tacos

Boca and Bean Crunchy Tacos

adapted from Mommy I’m Hungry

1 bag Boca Meat Substitute
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 16 oz can fat-free refried beans
8 oz tomato sauce
1 cup shredded mexican cheese
12 hard taco shells

Preheat oven to 400.

While oven is preheating, spray a large pan with cooking spray and heat Boca meat (from frozen) on medium. When meat is defrosted, add spices and mix together for about a minute.

Add tomato sauce and refried beans to meat mixture and stir to combine.

Fill taco shells with boca/bean mixture and place upright in 13 x 9 baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

 

That Time I Tried Stitchfix

I ignored the hype for as long as humanly possible until I just couldn’t go a minute longer without a mystery box full of clothes shipped to me.  So, I bit the bullet and joined Stitchfix. (<— referral link)

If you don’t know, Stitchfix is an online personal shopper type dealio.  You fill out a style profile and they send you five pieces of clothing.  It’s $20 but the $20 can be applied to any of the clothes.  Here’s what I got:

Kut from the Kloth Deanna Skinny Jeans ($78) in Navy and Skies are Blue Pacheco Ikat Print V-Neck Top in Black ($48)

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We’ll start with the jeans.  They were so comfortable!  They were extremely soft and stretchy and just felt good.  They might be a tad on the long side though.  I liked the shirt enough but I didn’t love it.  I might have loved it if it was $38 but for $48, it was just a little meh.

41Hawthorn Filbert Abstract Striped Henley Blouse in Blue  ($58)

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I really liked this in the box, but when I tried it on, I hated it.  It just fit terribly.  It was tight in my stomach and nowhere else and made me look pregnant, which I’m not.  The material was also a little weird.

Market & Spruce Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top in Teal Green ($48)

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This was too big.  And apparently wrinkles very easily.

Bay to Baubles Hillcrest Mixed Media Chevron Necklace in Brown ($28)

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This was cute but I feel like I can get something really similar at Charming Charlie for half the price.

So out of everything, I only ended up keeping the jeans.  The experience was fun though and, much to Jason’s chagrin, I’m looking forward to my next shipment.

Memorial Day Grill Out

We had our friends Emily and Brian over last night for a grill out.  It’s so much easier just to have people over than to go out to eat these days.  Plus, being Memorial Day weekend, we kind of had to grill.

Dinner

I googled, “best turkey burgers” and this recipe was the first site that came up.  Fine by me.

Turkey burger

With it, I made avocado potato salad. Avocado instead of mayo, yes please.  Emily and Brian brought fruit salad and these spinach cheese squares that were very good.

Cheese

It was warm out but the mosquitoes hadn’t taken over yet (or the bug spray in our yard worked.)  We listened to music and drank too much wine (or maybe that was just me) and had a really nice evening.

Long Week is Over

This was a trying week.  Some sort of doctor’s appointment for me or Alexander almost every single day.  And all three of us got sick.

We had Alexander’s GI appointment on Tuesday.  The doctor (who I thought looked like my father – I see a ton of people in the world that look like my father, it’s very strange.  I digress.) suggested that we do a food diary for three days and they’ll have a dietician look at it and make recommendations.  He also seemed to show a lot of interest in the genetic testing we’ve done and how we have another appointment (in Sept, ugh) to revisit the issue.  I know genetics is not this doctor’s specialty but basically he said that Alexander has some idiosyncrasies that if they were on their own probably would be nothing, but the combination of them could suggest something bigger.  Same thing his doctor says.  It stings to hear it from someone else, someone who’s never met or seen Alexander before.  He looks fine to me.

Alexander book

I mean except for the fact that those are 6 month clothes he’s wearing and he’s 16 months old.

What does my gut say?  It says there’s something going on.  I’ve had a lot of time to process this (hello giant question mark looming over our heads for almost two years) and while he’s grown into his giant eyes some since he was an infant, he’s definitely developmentally behind and I can’t ignore that.

Anyway, we still don’t know anything and that was an incredibly long-winded way of saying we have to keep a food diary.  And give him Miralax for painful poo issues.  So that’s fun.

Moving on to myself.

Splint

I have De Quervain’s Syndrome.  That’s what Google told me it was before I went to the doctor but I decided that since I’m not actually a doctor despite good google skills, I should probably let a professional check it out.  It’s basically tendinitis in the tendon that goes from your thumb to your wrist.  And you know what it’s usually from?  Holding a baby.  Really.  (or texting, actually)

They gave me a cortisone shot in my wrist (more fun!) and told me that would kick in and help.  And I’m supposed to wear this splint when I can for two weeks.  It’s not very comfortable.  It’s hot and heavy and I can’t type in it so I end up taking it off a lot.

So yeah, it was as difficult week.  But it’s over.  And it’s a 3-day weekend.  And I’m having a new coffee.  (I like for my coffee to taste as little like coffee as possible).

Smores coffee

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