November 2011

Happy Birth-iversary

November 18, 2011

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(This post was written yesterday)

November 16th is a big freaking deal around here.  For two reasons.

#1–The Prime Minister officially entered the “terrible two’s” today.  (Even though he’s been showing signs that we might have already been experiencing something of that “terrible” sort mixed in with all the cuteness for a while now).  Turn back the clock two years and I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I was 7 days over my due date and had to go in to the hospital to be induced on November 15th.  The drugs they gave me didn’t work and so my labor didn’t start until 8-9pm on the 15th and the little buddy arrived at 5:47 am on November 16th–which leads me to…

#2–Four years ago today, we decided we’d take the plunge together and start this whole family business for ourselves.  So yeah, two kind of big events for us. (This is the first year where I think we are really starting to look different from those people in the picture.  Maybe it’s having a 2 year-old.)

*photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat

I’m grateful for both of these great guys in my life.  And since I’m sure no one wants to see a monthly chronicle of our marriage, I will leave you with some of my favorite PML pics from his two years here on Earth.  I will warn you, it might make you baby hungry…I know I am.

Brand new baby…

Landon 6 weeks

2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months photo by Mimi Karsh Narducci

Landon 6 months photo by Aaron Draper

7 months

8 months

9 months

10 months

11 months

12 months by Aaron Draper

13 months

14 months

15 months

16 months

(For dance geeks…contra-check!)

17 months

18 months

19 months


20 months

21 months

22 months

Same day–still makes me want to cry…thank you Rod for suggesting we use a “1″ WITH THE CLIPPERS! (sigh…)

23 months

24 months

Oh boy that haircut really made him grow up.

A few milestones: (which I realize are probably going to sound very braggy…I apologize)

  • He talks in sentences.
  • If he really wants to get my attention, he calls me “Hilary.”
  • He demands that Rod kisses me every time he leaves for work. (or else he cries)
  • He’s very reasonable, as long I explain things to him in detail (and he’s not in a full blown tantrum).
  • He has a puzzle of his name and knows all the letters. (not in order, yet)
  • He yells really loud in public bathrooms so he can hear his echo.  All the strangers lo-oove that.
  • He’s big into “helping.” He helps with the dishes, making eggs in the morning, and putting on his clothes and seat-belt and then usually cheers or high-fives afterwards.
  • He says “thank you” always. (high kick!)  And if he wants something really bad (like fruit snacks or a toy) it’s usually “Please, thank you, you’re welcome” all at once.
  • His friends are really important to him.  He would rather be hanging out with Luke, Noah, Diego, or Colton over almost anything else.
  • He loves samples at Costco (who doesn’t?)
  • Going to football games this fall was his favorite thing to do.  He would always yell “Go DOWNY!” or “B-Y-U” anytime anyone did anything, even though we never went to a BYU game.
  • He sings songs and knows the words to so many it usually surprises me.
  • Loves his tumbling class, Little Einsteins, Leap Frog, trains, trucks, cars, football, dancing, and will usually try to do sun salutations with me anytime I do yoga.  I think I’m on track for a Renaissance man.  I just need to work on his foreign language skills…(jk)…

As for our celebrating…that’s for another post…this one has been a monster.  Thanks for indulging me.


Butternut Squash Dal

November 16, 2011

As I mentioned before, I’ve been trying to eat extra healthy before the holiday gluttony begins.  To update you on how that little “cleanse” is going…it’s going ok.  I did have a few chocolate chip cookies and indulged with some treats that Annie made over the weekend, but for the most part as long as [...]

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Magazine Spread

November 15, 2011

Remember that LA trip I took a few weeks ago and then didn’t blog about it?  Here is one blog-worthy moment I almost forgot to post (Sorry about blurry  Iphone pics…) I was staying in my friends Mimi and Mike’s guest room in Hermosa Beach.  Rod and I attended their beautiful Palm Springs wedding last [...]

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A few weekend randoms

November 13, 2011

Guess who’s turning 2 this week? My little buddy is definitely a little boy now. Landon and I both woke up a little sick with a head cold this morning.  Drat.  However, it’s been a nice day of snuggling and laundry. We cannot get enough of these… He would seriously eat 20 if I would [...]

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What I Am Eating To Cleanse After Halloween

November 9, 2011

I’ve been doing a bit of a cleanse since I overdosed on sugar during Halloween. My goal is to have 60% of my plate veggies with the rest split between adequate protein, carbs, and good fats.  I’m also limiting dessert to the occasional square of dark chocolate/piece of fruit for the next week and then [...]

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Trying to be thankful this month…at least a few times.

November 8, 2011

  Source: via Hilary on Pinterest   I saw this little challenge on that new, amazing vortex of social networking craftiness called Pinterest.  Since we’re already a week into November…I’m a little behind. I’ve been having a hard time getting back into the swing of blogging since the whole LA trip a few weeks [...]

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Harvest Soup

November 2, 2011

There is something so therapeutic and nostalgic about making soup.  Both of my mom’s are really great cooks and they make wonderful stews, so maybe it’s just the positive feeling from childhood that makes me love standing over a warm pot of stew when the weather starts to get cold.  Since sugar has been getting [...]

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Halloween Fun

November 2, 2011

Yesterday, we welcomed November by eating harvest soup (recipe coming this afternoon) and looking for discounted Halloween decor.  I’m not too gifted in the interior design department and my house is really bare when it comes to cutesy holiday stuff.  I haven’t really cared too much about it until I realized how much my son [...]

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