Home…Upstairs!

I realized recently that while I did write a blog post about our home, I failed to ever write a follow-up post with pictures of the upstairs. I love these kinds of posts forΒ 3 reasons. 1- if any of you are anything like me, then you agree that it’s fun to snoop around and see what other people’s houses look like. 2- not all of my friends and family are able to get up to visit us, so this helps them feel like they’ve gotten to see how we live and peek into our boys’ world. 3- it’sΒ a virtual keepsake so I can always look back and show our boys what their house looked like when they were little.

With that being said, here’s the rest of our home. And, apologies to Chris who may have mentioned that I overshare πŸ™‚

Starting with our bedroom- kind of a kid free zone. Not kid free, as in they aren’t allowed in there, just kid free in that we only have pictures of Chris and me in there.

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Like how I cleverly cropped out our treadmill?

In addition to pictures of the 2 of us, we have song lyrics (“You & Me”-DMB) and quotes that are meaningful to us.

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The master bathroom- super big deal because our Lititz house did not have a bath tub in the Master bedroom and it always bummed me out. Please excuse the cheesy mirror selfie. There’s no good excuse for that.

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The “bump out” area of our Master. I use it as my little office corner. It’s my happy spot…and where I’m sitting right now.

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Ok, so I guess if you count the laptop photo, there’s technically pictures of the kids in our Master bedroom.

 

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On to the boys’ bedrooms…

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Brady’s room…With Nolan playing on the floor. Typical.

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Brady’s little transportation themed art gallery- all work he brought home from pre-school.

I love all the things in his room that have special meaning- the blanket that my step-mom made him, the Mickey that my mom sent him before one of our trips to Disney, the train picture that we got from the Lancaster Train Museum.

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The rocking chairs that my Grandma Dot got each of the boys. I love that we have little memories of her all around the house but especially in each of the boys’ rooms.

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And here’s Nolan’s room. It was impossible to get pictures of this room without playing going on. So, it’s a pretty real life snapshot.

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Chris picked out so many of the special things in this room- The “34” lamp (Nolan Ryan’s baseball number!) and an autographed Nolan Ryan baseball on the dresser.

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And the boys’ bathroom. Tidy for now. Let’s check back in ten years and see if it’s still picture worthy.

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Then down the hall…

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More of Brady’s artwork.

To….the laundry room! A random thing to post, but it’s my first time owning a house with a laundry room. That’s kind of a big deal, right? Plus, I should mention that the window in there gets a pretty sweet view of the sun setting over the golf course at night. It makes laundry just a tiny bit more appealing.

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So now I think the only thing I haven’t posted is a picture of our guest room (Chris’s office). Come stay with us and you can see that too! It’s still not 100% how we want it, but it’s getting there. 5 months have passed since we moved in, and we’re still loving it/ finding projects to complete in it. I suppose the projects will never end, but seeing as I’m kind of a project loving girl, that’s alright with me.

Thanks for taking a peek into our world!

 

 

Asian Noodles {Farmer’s Market Finds} – Kids Cook Monday

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On Brady’s last day of school, Nolan and I enjoyed our last little bit of one on one time together by heading downtown. We spent the morning exploring the Science Museum and hitting up the Farmer’s Market again.

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Sometimes I have an ingredient in mind that I’m searching for when I go to a market, and other times I just go see what looks good and come up with a meal based around what I’ve found. This week I spotted some snow peas that looked tasty and decided to make some yummy Asian noodles- kind of a spin on Lo Mein.

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Lots of goodies at the Hilltop Farm booth that day. The snow peas just spoke to me!

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Brady helped me get our Snow Peas prepped for our Asian Noodles. He washed them up and then snapped the ends off each one (tasting a few along the way.) Even Nolan wanted to test them out! Slowly but surely I am getting that kid to try healthy foods…

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Here’s how we made our “Asian Noodles.”

Ingredients:

1/2 box Spaghetti Noodles (we used whole wheat)
2 cups Snow Peas
1 cup shredded carrots
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 Scallions
1 Tb. Sesame Oil
3 Tb. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Salt, Pepper, and Red Pepper Flakes(optional) to taste

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Steps:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt liberally and cook noodles until they’re just tender.
2. In a large pan, begin to sautee mushrooms and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes.
3. Add carrots and snow peas to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes if you would like it a little spicy.
4. Drain noodles and add to veggie pan (once veggies are tender).
5. Add Sesame oil and Soy sauce to the large pan.
6. Toss all together with thinly sliced scallions.

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You can always add a little more soy sauce if it seems to need it, so I recommend putting it in slowly and taste testing as you go. (You can’t take it out once it’s in!) Another option is to use Chili Oil in place of Sesame Oil if you (and your kiddos) can handle a little more heat.

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We love this meal because you can use just about any vegetable you have on hand. The snow peas worked great because they were just a little sweet to help balance the salt of the soy sauce. And the scallions (also a market find!) brighten the whole the dish up.

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Another perk of this meal, is that you can totally eat it cold too. It makes for a tasty side dish or can be substantial enough to be a meal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer’s Market Inspiration!

I’m loving this Spring weather! We have had some gorgeous days with perfect temperatures and today was one of the best. Nolan and I took the opportunity to go downtown and check out the Raleigh Farmer’s Market. It just started back up recently and I couldn’t wait to get back down there to see what was new this year, eat some tasty food and let Nolan jam out to the music. (I should note that he also really enjoys the free samples.)

They close off a portion of Fayetteville St. and set up right between the buildings.

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We got some gorgeous scallions from the Wild Onion Farms booth. (locally grown & organic!)

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Nolan was pretty into testing out the different waffle and granola flavors.

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And I couldn’t quite leave without stopping at La Farm Bakery for a baguette.

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Mmm it’s carb heaven.

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Our Farmer’s Market finds!

We decided to use some of our market goodies to make a snack. We also used some of our herbs we’ve been growing to make these yummy “Scallion and Herb Cream Cheese Cucumber Sandwiches.”

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Brady helped cut up our scallions from the market while I chopped up some basil, thyme, and parsley. We mixed them all in a bowl of softened cream cheese and a little lemon zest and salt.

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Here’s our bowl of creamy goodness!

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We spread the Scallion Cream Cheese mixture onto some slices of our market baguette and topped each one with a thin slice of cucumber.

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These were so light and refreshing. They’d make a delicious appetizer or finger food for a party.

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The fact that some of our ingredients came straight from local farmers and bakers, made this snack that much tastier!

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Crunchy, creamy, and satisfying!

 

 

Strawberry Yogurt Pops- Kids Cook Monday

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It’s strawberry season here in Raleigh! Recently we went to a farm by our house to pick a wholeΒ ton of strawberries (and there may have been some tasting along the way.)

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Strawberry goatee! Clearly someone was doing more tasting than collecting.

We enjoyed our strawberries on strawberry shortcakes made with lemon poundcake (yum!), and smoothies, and just eating them plain, but I decided to use some for our first attempt at homemade popsicles. One of my besties, Lindsay, sent Nolan a popsicle kit for his birthday recently, so this was the perfect time to try it out.

These were extremely simple to make and with 4 basic ingredients they were a much healthier alternative to store bought pops. Brady did most of the work for this recipe. Here’s how it went down…

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Ingedients:
About 2 Cups of Fresh Strawberries
1 container of Greek Yogurt (we used Vanilla)
About 1 Tbs. lemon juice
About 1/4 to 1/3 cup of honey (sweeten to taste)

Steps:

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Add strawberries, yogurt, lemon juice, and honey to blender. Blend until completely smooth. Taste test- Add more honey if needed.

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Pour fruit mixture into your popsicle mold. Set in freezer for at least 4 hours.

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Use a little warm water to loosen the popsicles out of the molds, and then enjoy! The boys sure did.

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Thanks for the sweet gift, Auntie Lindsay! I’m sure we’ve got a lot of popsicle making in our future this summer. So easy, and so yummy!

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Mommy/Smith Boys weekend

This past weekend my hubby went back home to Texas to visit some old friends and family. It was a much needed trip, but unfortunately it came on the heels of him being away for work, so me and my little guys had a real nice stretch of quality time without daddy. And by that I mean, I had to get pretty creative to come up with fun stuff to entertain them so they wouldn’t spend all weekend looking at me saying, “When’s Daddy coming home?”

As a teacher, I loved lesson planning, so I was up for the challenge of planning some engaging activities that went beyond watching Paw Patrol and playing in our front yard. I’m not saying we didn’t do that too, but it was a long week/weekend so I needed more in my arsenal. Here’s how we spent our time…

Friday was a rainy day, so we spent it trying out a new game, playing with shaving cream, and going to the mall.

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Sweet Brady was obsessed with this fish game!

When all else fails, play in the kids area and eat Chick-fil-a at the mall.

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Straight from my bag of old teaching tricks…kids LOVE shaving cream!

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On Saturday, we had gorgeous weather. It was the perfect day to check out the Museum ofΒ Life Science in Durham. Or as I now like to call it,Β the Disney World of Durham. Good gosh, this place was amazing for kids. We were there all day and could have stayed longer! Thank you, thank you, thank you, toΒ whoever created this place.

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Train selfies!

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On Sunday, we got up and made banana muffins together.

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Then we went to the airport to watch the planes take off and land, and of course, pick up Chris!

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We went straight downtown from the airport for a food truck rodeo.

And blissfully, Chris will be working from home ALL week this week. Woohoo!

I loved my one on one time with my boys, but it always feels better when our foursome is back together!