Saturday, February 28, 2015

Holding Down the Fort

Think spring will ever come?  I'm not too sure, but I do know one thing.  If you can't beat em, join em!  After another frigid week, us Glaser's decided it was finally time to just make the best of mean ole man winter's antics.  I finally finally started running again (those spring races won't train for themselves!), Greg got on the trainer, and Rob supervised.  Then it was playtime!  After being cooped up in the house for what seems like weeks, we now have our tried and true "lifesavers" of being cooped up with a toddler in the dead of winter.  Check it out!

Snowed in Sanity  Savers

1.  Bubbles - Is without a doubt, the new "it" word in our household.  Rob loves 'em.  Store bought, homemade (super easy recipes here), doesn't matter.  He loves chasing them, popping them, blowing them, and looking at them.  Such simple pleasures.  And the look on his face (even after 45 minutes of BUBBLE BUBBLES!) is just awesome.

2.  Pajama Jammy Jam- Ok, well, to be honest, we rarely wear normal clothes at home - who doesn't love changing into PJ's when they get home?  But on Sundays, we declare it "PJ day" and Rob runs around all day in his adorable footies.  It's really relaxing to not have to get dressed, and we stay snuggly warm in our fleeces all day.  perfect with bubble time.

3. Brownies- And other baked goods!  So what if my toddler can't turn on the stove?  No biggie.  He is awesome at helping me taste the batter and the finished product!  We don't normally keep sweets in the house, so this is a treat.  We did cheat and use a boxed brownie mix, but we added yogurt in lieu of oil, so ya know, it's practically health food (snorts).

4.  Forts!  This is another kiddo favorite.  He is still working on the logistics of it, but couch cushions and blankets make awesome forts to hide in, chase cats in, and zoo cars around in.  Costs nothing, hours of fun, and giggles to boot!  How can it get any better?

5.  Pip Cleaners n Poms - Another quick n easy fix.  Toddlers are fascinated by shapes and "putting things together".  So I took a 32 ounce yogurt container, punched in 3 different sized holes, and used fabric store dollar bin poms and pipe cleaners.  Rob loves sorting them into colors, putting them in the different holes, then shaking them all out!  Super cheap, fosters learning, and keeps him busy so mom can make dinner!

6.  Cartoon snugs - Cause sometimes watching Taz and Wile E. Coyote is just the way to go.  With a kiddo and a kitt-o all snuggled up on you.  Life is rough.

7. Books - Rob has 3 favorite words.  Book. Read.  Again!  How can you say no to that?  On an average weekend day, we read about 30 books, and I do not exaggerate.  We read from 7:30 in the morning till just before bed.  He loves it.  Recent favorites are Goodnight Gorilla, Put me in the Zoo, and Where the Wild Things Are.  Pretty sure I have the next Shakespeare on my hands, folks.  I LOVE IT.

8.  Indoor Snow - Cause 5 degrees is just to cold to go sledding for a 25 pounder.  So we bring the snow in on a plastic sterlite tote and Rob goes to town with his cars, shovels and pails.  Sometimes we color it.  But never yellow.  Eww.

9.  Pizza Party - This is usually our Friday night go to meal.  I whip up the dough after work, let it set an hour or so, and we have a pizza trimming party.  Greg does olives, I usually do pineapple or broccoli, and Rob does all of the things.  Perfect kiddo food.  Rather healthy when homemade.  Easy clean up.  Win win win.

10.  Frozen - And as an admission of defeat, we finally watched this movie.  In 4 installments, but it does count.  A little too close to home right now, but not a bad Disney showing :-)

What are your winter lifesavers with kids?







Monday, February 16, 2015

White is the New Black

Happy Monday, folks!  How was your weekend?  (Or still weekend if you're lucky enough to get today off?)  We had a wonderful, snowy family weekend.  The drifts are currently overhead, I can't see my deck...but, hey, it's February.  So we.....
played in the snow, and slid down the drifts!
Supported Child labor.  (Hey, he has to earn his keep!)
Then had a red breakfast to top it off!!
 And since we weren't going anywhere, we decided that instead of going to Thailand, we would bring Thailand to us.  My fave restaurant around the east side is Pattaya, which specializes in fresh Thai dishes that are loaded with veggies and completely delicious.  My go to is the Ginger chicken, so I decided to try to recreate it at home - with a serious lack of ingredients.  Oddly enough, simple is best - it got 2 thumbs up from Greg, so I'll take that as a winner, winner Chicken Dinner!

Ginger Chicken for 2.5 (kiddo approved, too!)

10 ounces chicken breast, diced
1/4 cup fresh ginger, matchsticked
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp.vegetable oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup each: celery, onion, red pepper (I used cauliflower, which was a poor substitution but better than nothing!)
1 cup brown rice, uncooked

Dice chicken, ginger and veggies.  In a covered container, mix soy sauce, garlic, sugar, honey, broth, and salt and pepper.  Marinate chicken and veggies for at least one hour.  Cook rice according to package. Reserving marinade, saute chicken, ginger and veggies in oil for 5 minutes, add in marinade and simmer for 10 minutes.  Serve over rice.

Super simple and super awesome.  Probably would have done better with oyster sauce and those peppers, but for a snowstorm, it'll suffice!! :-)


Monday, February 9, 2015

And so it goes

Ahh, funny what a week can do.  Un interrupted mileage, energy, ambition, a new house....

damn, what a week.

18 month check up- serious business!
In prominent news, The Glaser clan has caught the plague.  Sore throat, body aches, tummy trouble, yuck yucky mess.  I spent the better part of the week being a blob, poor Rob had the sniffles, and it was just a hot no fun mess,  Rob seems to be doing much better, Greg and I are still sort of hit and miss.  Ahh, well.  Win some, lose some.  I suppose the deathly cold diet does have its perks, as we've lost about 10 pounds in two weeks together.  LOL.  Here's hoping for some feel good vibes soon!  Hand in hand with the death plague, I'm sorry to report that my mile a day challenge has bit the dust.  I was going so strong till last Sunday when I could barely move.  I started to contemplate and Greg goes "Don't even think about it.  You don't even have the calories to work out.

Such a wise man I married.

In other news, Rob had his 18 month check up and passed with flying colors.  As we suspected :-)  He has a few new favorite words - "Done", "More", "Bubbles"  (we have to spell this out now, because if we say it, he will run for the bubbles!  Which is fine for the first 45 minutes :-P) and my personal favorite, "pease".  Smart kiddo- mommy would basically hand him a 10 pound bag of M&Ms and a liter of coke is he turns those big eyes on me, points, and says "Pease, mommy!".  Ahhh, I love that kid!!

It's a dog eat dog world.
In house matters, sadly, we lost the Fairport house.  The sellers opted not to re- sign our extension, which bites, but we are ok with it.  We will continue to market our house for a bit and see what happens, while looking on the East side.  If we don't see anything, we might wait a bit.  We loved that house but have really adapted the :if it's meant to be, it will be" attitude.  It's all good.

And that's about it.  I wish I could say I had some wonderful new recipes for you, but right now it's Popsicles and chicken soup.  I wish I had some cool new workouts for you, but right now it's watching old episodes of American Horror Story (so creepy and horrible, yet amazing)  and Friday Night Lights.

But, on the plus side, it's Hallmark holiday this Saturday, so that's good!  Greg and I are super low key about the holiday, but Rob told me he has something cool planned for Daddy, so I think a day with my boys is just what the doctor ordered :-)

Stay warm and healthy!




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kung Fu

Well, hello snowy Tuesday! Although we didn't get the "storm of the century" downstate like everyone was predicting (seriously, when will people learn not to trust the weather?) it seems as if the snow gods have graced us with the perfect white blanket to serve as a winter backdrop for the end of January.  Ahh.  The commute home was a little rocky yesterday, but overall, no complaints.

When life gets crazy, go for 2 "shboops"
 instead of one!
It's been another zany week at the homestead - a few house showings, some appointments, FINALLY got the car back, and the usual melee o family life.  Still on point with my 27 day running streak (mini bow) and I'm up to 63 miles for the year.  Not on par for 2015 miles, but that's ok.  With a few races now on docket (one half, one trail 12 miler) I'm prepping for some long ass endurance events come summer and fall.  And I couldn't be happier.  I'm filing in events as I go - for some reason, running just calms me down and gets my head clearer than swimming or biking right now.  I think Mind the Ducks did that to me - the zone is just so amazing. I adore triathlon, but with a kiddo, I'm tapping out at the shorter distances this year and focusing more on the long run.  It worked well last year, let's see what happens now!

Another part of training I've been seriously getting into is cross training.  Pilates, yoga, lifting, and Kickboxing.  It stretches me out, strengthens my runs, and helps with sanity (again). Which, with work stress, house stress and family stress is a much needed relief. After all, everyone needs a little kung fu.  Or at least, some fu (tofu, that is.)

This is a super easy stir fry I threw together using the "baked fried" method of tofu.  Check it out!

Tuesday Night Tofu (serves 2)

1 block extra firm tofu
2 cups string beans, diced
8 ounces whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sesame oil
pepper to taste

To prep the tofu - dice into triangle cubes.  Lay flat on a dish over a towel.  Wrap towel over tofu, place in fridge with a gallon of milk over it to press out moisture.  Let set for 1-2 hours.  Mix soy sauce, garlic, honey, pepper (I used 1 tbsp) and one 1tbsp of sesame oil in a container with a lid.  Add in tofu, let marinade for at least 30 minutes.  Place tofu cubes onto a baking tray lined with foil and bake at 400 for 30 minutes, then broil at 500 for 5.  In the meantime, add in remaining oil and onion to saucepan, saute.  Add in green beans, cook until softened.  Cook pasta until al dente, add to beans and onions.  Pour in marinade (since it isn't used on meat, it's safe!) and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Plate pasta and veggies, top with tofu, and serve!

Even Rob approved.

But not as much as he approved of the pudding for dessert.
Smart kid.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'

mmmm....cocoa pudding.
And here we are.  It's the middle of January - Christmas is over, resolutions have bee road tested and either failed or become routine (Hey, I did well with 2 outta 3!) and...what's next?  Well, for some of us lucky kids (don't hate) we do get today off for MLK Jr day.  So that's nice.  And what better to do on a cloudy Monday than to go through your pictures, do some organizing, a snowy run, and settle down with a mug of cocoa and a trashy magazine?  Mmmm....nothing.  I adore my child.  But I also adore a daycare day when Mommy doesn't have to work!

So, deer update - it seems as if my car was a hot mess.  It's been at the spa for a week and they *hope* it will be done by Friday.  Being a one car family has been rather interesting - juggling daycare, work, running errands, etc.  I don't think we could do it long term, but thanks to my awesome daycare and super flexible amazing boss, we have made it work.  Also, hats off to my mom for doing pick up drop off a few times!!  I'll be changing my comprehensive for sure in the winter - seems as if there is only a $7 difference between a $200 and $500 deductible, which would have been much easier to swallow.  If you live in a deer filled area- check your comprehensive!  That's what they go for when it's an animal run in.  Damn deer.

Save now, play later!...or...both.
On the ole $$ money front, Greg and I have been looking at our finances in 2015.  We read an article in one of my magazines on saving $$, and one of the suggestions was to think about how your decisions today affect your 80 year old self.  And to give that self a name and to refer to that self as an actual person when you're holding that $150 pair of jeans or $6 latte.  Well, we happen to be talking about Back to The Future at the time, so...we will be looking at our expenses through the eyes of Lorraine and George.  We are so classy.  And Lorraine says I don't need two phones anymore, so as of February 1 we are downsizing our cell plan and getting rid of my phone.  I'll still have google voice, so my cell can ring to my work phone or Greg's phone, so I won't lose the number entirely (which is awesome, I have a great number!)  But for two people that use the phone as little as we do, it makes a ton of cents.  Roughly 7,000 a month, exactly.

House front - we've had some second showings this week and are fully expecting a non contingent offer this week.  Fingers crossed.  We did enjoy that at their end of visit survey last week they thought the house needed some work but was priced well.  This weekend it was excellent in showing, still needed some work, and is now overpriced.  LOL.  Funny how the housing market "turns" like that in 8 days....

Running - Still going strong!  Signed up for a spring race and am getting back into double digit training.  Love winter running (when its between 25 and 40.  I am such a wuss).  19 day running streak - 63 miles to date.  Woohooo!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jump on It

Hey there kiddos!  Hope all is right in your world.  It's cold and snowy here, but its the pretty kind of snowglobe snow that actually makes you glad you live in NY.  And I'll take that on a Monday!

Well, it seems 2015 has gotten off to a decent start.  I haven't broken any resolutions yet (waahooo 12 days in I know!) and I've managed at least 1 mile running a day since January 1 :-) - up to 38 miles to date, which is chump change for some but I usually only run 3 days a week so I'm cool with it!

On the house front, we had another open house yesterday.  Seems we have at least one couple that is super interested - it's the third time they've seen the house and they brought a tape measure this time, lol.  Of course, they still have their house to sell, so it's a moot point, but it's kind of nice.  It's been a busy week for showings and we would be excited if we could get some non contingent offers!  As I've said, Greg and I are taking it one day at a time and for what it is - if we don't move, we don't move.  So the real question is, what do you do with an 18 month old for two hours on a cold Sunday?  The indoor playground, of course!  There's a really cool super big play place in fairport called "The Sandbox" and for $7 you can play as long as you want (we stayed 2 hours).  They have bounce houses, slides, play kicthens, roller coasters, a tree fort, and a light up Dance, dance! floor.  Rob had a blast....and so did Greg and I (don't let the seriousness here fool ya).

Other than that?  Not a ton going on.  Rob seems to be enjoying toddler (and has shown us his awesome verbiage - we are up to about 30 words so far!!) and our little family is doing well.  I've decided to jump into some marathon training - there are a few races this year that will require some pretty decent mileage, so I'm easing in.  I ran 3 times a week last year, and I'm not sure that was enough to help me out on race day, so I'm relying less on the mileage and more on the time/days on my feet.  Still frigid cold and hard to get motivated, as there isnt anything big on my calendar until April, but I think it will help in the end!  Otherwise, it's wintery January in full swing in NY, which means a few things - expect more crockpot recipes coming your way, and also maybe some savings/budgeting?  Sky is the limit!  If there's anything you'd like to see on the ole bloggie, feel free to comment or email me at raeglaser@gmail.com  Mwah!

Edited to add - after I wrote this yesterday, I ran out to the store to get a few things and a deer jumped on my car on the way home.  I am ok, the car is not.  Meh.  Why must I think of creative prophesizing titles to posts???  LOL

Monday, January 5, 2015

18 months - Its a....TODDLER!!

18 months - Its a....TODDLER!!  



Well, if it wasn't official before, it sure is now.  This morning we dropped you off in toddler, buddy. TODDLER.  You are getting so darn big - every day.  Seriously, what happened to my baby?  Oh, right.  He turned into the BEST BIG BOY EVER!!

So, it really is a big day.  18 months old, and starting in the toddler room for daycare.  I

dropped da 
'bear (cause he's always my bear!) off this morning, and, admid tears (mine....Rob just looked at me as if to say "Hey, ma, whit being a whiny baby") I left him with his big boy friends.  Nah, just kidding.  I did get a titch wistful for my baby, but it is so. damn. much. fun to watch this kiddo grow that as he went off like a shot I laughed in delight right with him!  But, down to brass tacks here...it's time for another kiddo update (been awhile!)

At 18 months....

Size:  You clock in at 27 pounds and 33" tall.  According to my scale, that is.  You're right smack in the middle of the charts for everything (except intelligence, of course - you are off the charts in that one!)  You fit right into size 18 months, except for that tummy that sometimes prefers 24 month clothing :-)  Diapers - size 4 still.  Hopefully up to 5's soon - mommy has about 900 of those ready to go :-P 



Likes: Oh, you love all of the things!!!  Sledding, sliding, swimming, the ocean, blocks, cars, the kittehs (your favorite words are KIT-TEY and Meb!), reading stories!  (We average about 7-8 stories per day because you LOVE READING!) and still - snuggles with mommy and daddy.  You've graduated to the big boy crib (oh what a struggle!) but you still adore snuggling with Mommy and Daddy in the big bed when you wake up at 6....or 5....and we are ok with that :-)  Sometimes you let us sleep till 7:30!

Dislikes: Being strapped down.  hah.  What a shocker!  You love the car but hate your carseat.  You love to eat but hate your high chair.  We finally moved you to a big boy booster seat which is MUCH better for you!  

Sleep: Pretty much nailed this one.  You take a nap for about an hour or two each afternoon and go to sleep about 8pm.  You wake up most mornings about 6, then snuggle with us for about an hour.  When you're teething or not feeling good, we let you sleep in the big bed, and everyone is happy for it :-)

Eating: Oh, kiddo.  You eat all of the things.  You adore your veggies and fruit.  Not as big a fan of meat but you still eat it.  We finally weaned you (so sorry it was NOT your idea but Mommy called that one) and now you drink out of a big boy cup and everything!  You are getting pretty awesome with a fork and spoon and we all love mealtime!

Milestones/Firsts:
Running - you are a speedster!
Stairs - You can climb up and down them!
Pointing to body parts and recognizing words - you can tell us about Kitty's, stars, cars, and most of your body parts!  You are learning to tell us about potty time, too!  
Words - Right now you have about 30 words and are learning more every single day!  We are really trying to watch our cursing.....lol

Best Moment: Christmas morning.  You had such a blast with Santa gifts and your energy was priceless!!  So much more fun this year.  We all had a blast!

Looking Forward to: Learning more from you every day!  Toddler crafts, sledding, snow play, the Easter bunny.....awww, I can't wait!  Love being your mommy!!!