Go Heels!

I forgot to include in my post from this morning about how ready we are for the NCAA basketball tournament finals tonight! Although the game starts way past his bedtime, Henry is excited to cheer on his team. He is very proud to be a Tar Heel. We have all had fun watching basketball this year. Other than Carolina doing so well, my favorite part of March Madness has definitely been that my bracket is doing better than John Eick’s🙂

Rollin’ on the River

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A mere month ago, John and I had a long conversation in which we wondered if we should be worried that Henry wasn’t rolling yet. We decided not to worry about it. Well, in the past week and a half I guess he decided he was ready to get rollin’. And, believe it or not, our rolling baby has now become a stomach sleeper. YES! The same baby who used to despise tummy time now sleeps on his belly! I was certainly startled the first time I found him asleep that way🙂

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We have also been enjoying the beautiful spring weather with lots of runs and long walks. Henry is now big enough to be in the front of the stroller (instead of in the carseat attached to the stroller), which takes off a lot of weight. This has made running much more enjoyable for me. This past weekend Henry, Lucy, and I went for a long run in our neighborhood. I have really gotten back into running the past couple of months and it feels great. To me, there is nothing quite like the feeling after a good long run.

Here are some pictures from Easter Sunday. John had the day off and we had a wonderful day as a family. We went to church together, had some friends over for lunch, and enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon.

This afternoon Henry and I are going to hike along the Haw River with some friends. Chapel Hill has so many cool spots to enjoy being outside. It is one of the many things I love about living here!

Henry’s 5 Months + Life Lately

Good Morning!

We have had lots of fun things going on in the Eick household lately!

Henry turned 5 months a couple of weeks ago! We were on vacation when the official day came around so I took his pictures about a week later. What a cutie!

He is loving most fruits and vegetables we feed him, his jumper, playing with his mom and dad (he thinks John is hilarious), reaching for toys, and tummy-time!

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I’m so excited to say we officially love and have a lot of fun with tummy-time. I think in the next couple of months tummy-time is about to morph into crawling. His arms are getting so strong! I can’t wait for him to start crawling. I know, however, this will be a game-changer. Baby-proofing here we come!

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John had his week of vacation and we went to Turks and Caicos with my family. It was so fun to be in warm, tropical weather and to spend time with grandparents and Aunt Libby. Most of all it was fun to have John with us all the time for a whole week. He works so hard and deserved such a relaxing week. We had a blast!

Henry even took a nap on the beach!

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“Beach naps are the best!”

John and I also enjoyed a date night. It was so nice to have uninterrupted time together!

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Yesterday was John’s birthday! He had the day off so we had lots of fun relaxing and spending time as a family. We ate some pretty good food too! We started with French toast for breakfast. After church we ate at Fig and Honey, one of our favorite spots for lunch. And we enjoyed a delicious dinner of pork chops, mashed potatoes, and broccoli (as requested by the birthday boy). To top it off we had Carrot Cake for dessert. John and I always make carrot cake for one another on our birthdays. We use John’s mom’s recipe, and boy is it delicious! Henry and I are so blessed to have John in our lives. He cares for and loves us both so well. He is SUCH a good, loving, and fun dad and husband. We love you, John!

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Frick and Frack :) 

 

Slice of…Chicken Burrito Bowls

We had lots of fun with our friends Caleb and Maya for dinner this week. Sharing a meal with friends is one of our very favorite things to do. I made burrito bowls and we enjoyed them with salad, chips and guac, and beer.

The key to a good burrito bowl, in my opinion, is good chicken. I marinated my chicken in lime juice for about an hour and then rubbed it with spices before cooking. I had bowls with the toppings of: of sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo (that I bought from Lowe’s foods), black beans (see recipe below), and cheese. We put everything over Spanish rice. I think it was a hit!

Henry had green beans. Things got messy🙂

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Here are my recipes for the chicken and the black beans:

Burrito Bowl Chicken

Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

Limes

2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Garlic Salt

1 Tbsp Cumin

Dash Crushed Red Pepper (or more if you want to add a bit more heat to the chicken)

Directions:

  1. Marinate Chicken in limejuice for about an hour.
  2. Cut chicken into strips. You can use whole chicken breasts if you want to cook on the grill (this chicken is deeeelicious on the grill!)
  3. Combine spices and cover chicken.
  4. Sautee over medium heat in skillet until cooked (about 8-10 minutes).
  5. Enjoy!

 

Easy Black Beans

Ingredients:

15 ounce can Black Beans (undrained)

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic

Dash Crushed Red Pepper

 Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes (or until onion is cooked).
  3. Enjoy!

 

We are headed out of town today for a week of relaxing and together-ness at the beach. I can’t wait!

This guy will officially be 5 months this week! I can’t believe it!

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Mindfulness Morning

I have been trying to write this post since Monday morning (for a “Mindfulness Monday” post), but this week has been crazy, so instead this is a “Mindfulness Morning” post.

I have always enjoyed having something to look forward to. This is not a bad thing. However, I think it is important to be thankful for the present moment. So often I catch myself placing all my focus on how many hours we have until John gets home or how many days are left until vacation. A slice of the mindfulness pie is living in the present moment. Here are some things I am going to be doing to work on that:

  • Put my phone/technology down and enjoy the beautiful life I am living.
  • Focusing on breathing is another part of mindfulness. Taking a deep, cleansing breath is so important in times of stress. I am going to work on taking that breath and using it to focus on what I am thankful for at that very moment. For example, when Henry has a meltdown in the car: instead of driving like a maniac to get home, I am going to try to remember to take a deep breath and be thankful we got out of the house to have some fun!
  • Having a quiet time each day to focus on thankfulness. This is something I have gotten out of the habit of lately. I am constantly asking the Lord for things. He has given me so much to be thankful for, and I want to remember to take time each day to thank and praise him for that.

I am excited to practice these three small things this week!

We had a great weekend. My dear friend Natalie was in town and we had all sorts of fun! Some Henry highlights were:

  • His new jumperoo. Endless entertainment for every Eick!

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    “This thing is great!”
  • We finally bought and enjoyed Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.
  • His size three diapers arrived. How is time flying by so fast?
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  • Beeeeeautiful weather here in Chapel Hill meant we spent lots of time outside on walks or just hanging out on the front porch!

Tonight we are having some good friends over for dinner and I am making burrito bowls! They are so easy and are always a crowd pleaser. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

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Time Flies

Whew! I can’t believe it has been two weeks since my last post. Time really flies! The past couple of weeks have been a mixed bag. We have had some super fantastic days and some tough days. Henry got sick for the first time-no fun. Thankfully, he is on the mend. Instead of dwelling on the tough stuff, I’m going to focus on all the fun things we have been doing lately!

  • We have had some quality time with John! As I have said many times, Henry loves his  Dad so much. This month John will be on consults (aka he gets weekends off) AND he has his one week vacation coming up in March. Can I get a round of applause?!

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    It may time for bed, but Daddy’s home so let’s play!
  • I have been jogging more consistently. What a difference regular exercise/endorphins can make! I have joined a training group for a race this in Chapel Hill. It has been fun to have accountability and other people to run with.
  • We had fun taking some mirror selfies before church🙂mirror
  • I have been intentionally taking some time to relax. One way I have been doing this lately is to try to have D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time during one of Henry’s naps. I am currently reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a really fun book and is one that totally takes me away each time I read it. An added bonus is that the cover glows in the dark!
  • Henry is now big enough to be front-facing in our ergo carrier. He stays entertained for longer, meaning I can get more done around the house. Victory!facing front
  • I have been enjoying Lucy. Since having Henry, Lucy has sometimes been an added stressor. I have felt guilty for being easily annoyed by her. But taking care of Henry has felt so overwhelming at times that I have not had any energy left to play with Lucy. Lately, however, Henry has been absolutely obsessed with her. He watches her every move and LOVES it when she licks his face and hands. His love for her has helped me remember all the great things about our sweet pup. Thanks Henry!
    Please notice the tummy time occurring in each of these pictures. Way to go Henry!

Sometimes taking a moment to focus on (and write down) the positive things in life can help us maintain a good attitude. Isn’t that wonderful? Today, we have Kindermusik, we are hoping to go for a jog if the rain will hold out, and tonight we have small group. I’m thinking about making Skinnytaste’s Minestrone soup for dinner.

4 Months Old

Twins
Twins!

Henry is officially 4 months as of Monday! He just keeps getting more and more fun. His little personality is shining through even more than it was just a month ago. He is one cool kid!

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Some things I am loving about Henry lately:

Henry is curious. Henry has awakened to the world around him. I love watching him get excited around other babies or when we go outside. He loves looking at new things.

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Henry’s happy squeals make my heart burst. When he gets really excited he lets out a shrill squeal of delight. It makes me SO happy!

Henry snuggles are the best. I just love it when he is in a snuggly mood. This usually happens around bedtime🙂

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Henry puts everything in his mouth. It seems like only yesterday that we were excited because he was looking at and tracking dangling toys. Now he is grabbing them so he can chew on them.

 

Some things Henry is loving lately:

Henry loves his toys. Within the past month he has learned how to hold, play with, and chew on his toys. It is so fun to watch him entertain himself. He loves his Nuby Keys and Stella the bunny!

Henry loves the changing table. He is always so playful and happy on the changing table.

Henry loves playing “airplane.”

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Henry loves his high chair. He is so entertained by playing with his toys on the tray, and being up high so he can look around!

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Henry loves his dad. There is nothing better than watching Henry’s face light up when John walks through the door.

 

Works in progress:

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Tummy time. Will this boy ever find tummy-time enjoyable?

Naps without being swaddled. We are currently one arm swaddled, one arm free. Hopefully we will be completely unswaddled by next month!

Eating with a spoon. We are having so much fun practicing eating. Right now, Henry is just eating rice cereal, but it will be fun to introduce him to different foods over the next month! Currently, most food ends up on his bib.

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Hair. The boy is balding. But he is also growing tiny, blonde, new hair. Someday he will have a nice full head of blonde hair.

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Board Books

5 awesome board books

We have been enjoying our board books around here lately! Reading to Henry has started to get even more fun because he actually looks at the pictures and reaches out to grab the book. Board books are great because they cannot rip. They are also the perfect size for Henry to hold on to.

Here are some of our favorite board books:

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Scherrtle
    Little Blue is such a fun book to read out loud, and the illustrations are wonderful. We often read this one a few times in a row!
  2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by none other than Dr. Seuss
    We love practicing the alphabet with the silly sounds of Dr. Seuss’s. We of course add Henry’s name to the “H” page!
  3. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
    The repetition and alliteration in this book make it a blast to read. I get pages from this book stuck in my head and catch myself singing them throughout the day. My favorite is, “buried in berries what a jam jamboree!”
  4. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
    This book is hilarious and silly! The brightly colored illustrations really catch Henry’s eye.
  5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    I remember my mom reading this book to me when I was little. Eric Carle’s illustrations are truly beautiful. This book helps us practice counting (it’s never too early to start🙂 )
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This picture makes me laugh so hard for some reason!

A Big Day

Yesterday, my 15 pound, 1 ounce, 25 inch long boy:FullSizeRender

Had his four month appointment at the pediatrician.

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Sat in his high chair for the first time.

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Practiced with his new red spoon.

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“I’m not so sure about this thing!”

Had his first taste of rice cereal. He liked it (I think)!DSC_0800_2

Had lots of snuggles and TLC after those yucky four month shots.

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Needless to say, we were tired (and maybe a bit grumpy) after so much excitement. All three of us slept like babies last night🙂

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Slice (or scoop) of…Poppyseed Chicken

Great news! The groundhog did not see his shadow yesterday! So, it looks like Spring indeed is on it’s way-hooray!

Poppyseed chicken is one of my all time favorite recipes! It is so easy to make. I often serve it with quinoa or brown rice and a green veggie or salad. We had it for dinner last night and I was too ravenous to remember forgot to take a picture-oops!

Poppyseed Chicken

Ingredients:

3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 can cream of chicken (I use 98% fat free)

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 sleeve whole wheat ritz crackers, crushed into small pieces

1 tablespoon poppyseeds

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350, then:

  1. Combine chicken, cream of chicken, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and garlic; place in a casserole dish.
  2. Melt butter and combine with crushed ritz crackers and poppyseeds. Pour evenly on top of chicken mixture.
  3. Cook until bubbly, about 25 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

Our day yesterday was not only filled with yummy food, but also lots of fun activities. Henry and I attended our first Kindermusik class– we both loved it! We finally made it to the grocery. We got coffee with friends. And we made it to nursery playgroup at church. It was a busy day. Henry was such a trooper! Our bedtime story was Goodnight Moon. We love this book!

Uncle Hugh, the birthday boy, gave Henry this great bedtime story for Christmas. Happy Birthday Hugh! We all love you very much and are so thankful for you!

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