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 🙂 

 

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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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