Just Like Goober

A working suburban mom, a curious baby boy, and a whole lotta life

18 month slideshow January 30, 2012

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We just got all of the photos from Goober’s 18 month shoot and they are oh so wonderful. Here’s a little slideshow because I’m such a proud momma.


Gabe: Christmas 2011 from Bright Shot Photography on Vimeo.

A big thank you to Kara Proehl of Bright Shot Photography. She worked so well with him and the shots are so amazing. He’s growing so fast, I cannot explain how much I appreciate someone who can capture his personality so well. We will cherish these forever.


Saturday Sentiment- Generational Edition January 28, 2012

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Momma, 1984



Goober,  2012.

I think he’s mine 🙂

Goober photo courtesy of Bright Shot Photography


You Stanky January 26, 2012

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Last night Hubby and I decided to cash in a gift card for Applebee’s that we got for Christmas and head to the mall, where conveniently there is an Applebee’s and one of those mall play areas for the Goober to burn some energy. After dinner we headed upstairs to the surprisingly busy play yard. Hubby and I sat and talked while Goober attempted to break his neck. Your typical Wednesday night, right?

About 10 minutes into playing, I stood up to monitor some crazy gymnastics Goober was maneuvering on the foam mountain. As I’m walking over to prevent a trip to the ER, a little 4 year old boy comes up to me.

“Are you his mom?” He points to Goober


“He’s stanky.”

“Excuse me?”

“He’s stanky. You need to change his diaper!”

Sure enough, he was right. I just got served by a preschooler. Awesome. 


Make Your Own Qdoba/Chipotle January 25, 2012

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This one helps to address To-Do List items #5 (Make dinner from scratch 2x/wk), #23 (Try a new recipe once a week), and #24 (Bring my lunch to work 95% of the time). I love, seriously LOVE, eating at Qdoba and Chipotle. I’m not too picky about which one, but I love the concept: fresh ingredients, quick meal, no fries. If they had an indoor playground for my kid, I’d probably eat there 5 days a week. Which would be no good for my wallet and probably not for that ass shelf I’ve been growing these days. Recently I’ve seen several recipes on Pinterest claiming to replicate that Tex-Mex goodness. Last night I decided to try it myself to see how it compared. I chose to make tacos since I already had corn tortillas, but you can create any of the dishes, tacos, burritos, nachos, etc, with the basic ingredients. Just change your platform (chips, tortillas, taco shells) to change your meal!

First: the chicken. If I would have thought about this prior to 4 pm yesterday, I would have defrosted some chicken or thrown some chicken into the crockpot. Unfortunately most of my dinner ideas occur to me at the last minute. So on the way home I picked up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I know this sort of cancels out the “dinner from scratch” idea, but I did save all the bones to use for stock, so I think that restores me to good standing. I simply shredded the chicken when I got home and threw the bones/carcass (nasty word) into a zipper freezer bag to make chicken stock some other day. Chicken done.

After reviewing several recipes for the cilantro lime rice, I ended up just winging it. I make all my rice in a rice cooker because rice is one of two dishes that always fails for me (the other is pancakes). I threw 1.5 cups of rice into the rice cooker, added the water as specified by my cooker, and turned it on. I used brown rice because it’s all I had. I do wish I had white rice because I think it would have been fluffier, but it was good enough. Once the rice cooker finished doing it’s thing, I threw in about 2 tablespoons of butter to moisten the rice (I don’t think this would be necessary if I had used white rice), a bunch of cilantro leaves and squeezed in the juice of a small lime. Rice done.

While my rice was cooking I opened a can of black beans and a can of diced chiles and heated them together in a small sauce pan. I smashed a couple of the black beans with a fork to make it a little more saucy. Beans done.

Other toppings I put out: shredded cheese, sliced avocado, salsa and sour cream. I heated the corn tortillas by heating a small omelet pan on the stove and then placing each tortilla in the pan for about 30 seconds on each side. You want them to get warm enough that they become flexible, but don’t leave in so long that they start to dry and harden. Dinner done.

I made Goober a regular burrito bowl with out the tortilla since he doesn’t quite grasp the taco concept and Hubby and I each had 3 tacos. I had enough leftovers for a burrito bowl lunch today and there is still some shredded chicken in the fridge.

The verdict: Really really good. It was an easy meal, not a lot of prep work, very filling, and much cheaper than going to the actual restaurant. This will definitely be a repeat meal in our house!


Because I know You Miss the Pictures January 24, 2012

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Here are a few shots of my little man from the past couple weeks. I can’t believe how big he is!

Ice Skating- He LOVED it! Frozen but refusing to come inside  What? You don't ride your toolbench like a horse?  SLIDE!   Whoa.   He knows he's cooler than you


Two weeks January 23, 2012

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Is it possible I haven’t written in two weeks? That’s just sad. January has gone by so flipping fast, it’s making my head spin and I feel like I’m losing track of everything, this blog included. I have such grandiose ideas for things to do, to make, to craft and then all of a sudden weeks or even months have gone by without any progress on my goals, my to-do list, or even my good intentions. I should really work on that.

To get back into the swing of things, here’s some bullets of random stuff. Because transitions are hard.

  • Goober is talking so much my head is exploding. Hubby and I are astounded daily by the things he says. Particularly by the regular use of things that sound like full sentences. This is extra difficult because he still talks a lot in Toddler Babble, but sometimes he will sound so close to the real words that we’re left wondering if he’s saying a full grammatical sentence or if we just need our ears checked. I mean, he’s 19 months old. 19 month olds don’t speak in grammatically correct sentences. They should be working on two word pairings at best. So when we hear “ Iwanmy BLANKIE,” we’re not sure if we’re hearing a sped up toddler version of “I Want My Blankie” or if it’s really “Babble Babble Babble Blankie!” So I’m having an internal battle between my Practical Educated in Child Development self [“19 month olds don’t use sentences. It just sort of SOUNDS like a sentence. He must be mimicing speech, but with babble”] and my Obnoxious Parent self [“My baby is a GENIUS, somebody call MENSA!”]
  • While I haven’t gotten too far on that to-do list, Hubby and I have started doing a little walking in the evening on the treadmill. We moved it in front of the tv in the basement and we watch our show (Burn Notice) on Netflix while we take turns walking. I’m hoping to build my endurance up a little more before I attempt another round of Couch to 5K (Some day, damn it!) Currently I’m speed walking at a 4.0 for about 30 minutes. If anyone has any suggestions on how to avoid shin splints, I’d love to hear them. It seems to be unavoidable, even when I’m not running. Grrr.
  • Speaking of working out, now that we did our basement revamp, I’d like to break my long ignored Wii system back out and start using this program again. Once upon a time, that thing kicked my ass and I’m in significantly worse shape now, so I’m guessing it’ll kick it harder. I’m thinking about getting a Zumba program also for Wii, but I’d like some reviews first. Does anyone have anything like that that you love or that worked for you. I’d prefer something Wii over just a video. I need the interaction and feedback.
  • In keeping with #20 on my To-Do List, (Be a better housekeeper), Hubby and I tackled some long neglected things yesterday, including our bedroom (our typical reaction to our own messiness is to just shut the door), scrubbing out the refrigerator (disgusting), and using the self clean feature on the oven for the first time (shameful). My kitchen feels so luxurious now!
  • I’m considering trying to convert my BumGenius cloth diapers from velcro to snaps myself. I found this set of pliers and snaps and this tutorial and now I just have to take the leap. I need to do it, my velcro either needs to be replaced or converted, and it just seems silly to do another round of velcro when I know it’ll wear out in a year. I’d love it if someone could tell me about their own experience with converting!

So that’s what I got. Hope everyone had a good weekend and that everyone has a great week!


Weekend Wrap-Up January 9, 2012

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This weekend the family and I mostly stayed in. Goober and Hubby both have the same cold, full of snotty noses and hacking coughs. The most annoying thing about colds when you have children is the havoc they play on your social life. As a single adult, once you get past feeling cruddy and you’re left feeling reasonably well, minus the red nose and an occasional hack, you know how to navigate public places. Don’t shake hands or share beverages, maintain personal space, wash hands frequently, avoid quiet events (theaters, libraries.) You spend most of your time with other adults who can see and understand that they should keep their distance from you and your life goes on as usual. Life with kids is an entirely different can of worms. As you spend most of your social outings with other people who have children, when your child has a cold, consider yourself exiled. You bring with you a two and half foot tall bundle of microbial germs who has no concept of personal space or hygiene. You are now a parent’s worst nightmare- a tangible representation of unpaid time off, sky high co-pays, cabin fever, and incessant whining. Even your best friend will hang-up on you if you suggest bringing your rhinovirus infected offspring to a play date. The catch-22 is that your kid feels GREAT, WHEEEE! They want to go OUTSIDE, play with FRIENDS, and generally spread their joie du vie everywhere they can. So what if they slime it up a little, they’re fine MOM! They don’t think that extra naps and couch time are good idea, no thank you.

So that’s what our weekend revolved around. We missed two birthday parties in order to keep our friendships intact. The weather was nice though, so we still went out and did stuff. We hit two playgrounds on Saturday and did a little sidewalk chalk on Sunday, as well as a lot of playing inside.

Turtle Park Big slide

The Hubby and I finally(!) took down the Christmas tree and decor last night. We rented a Redbox after Goober went to bed and I went through my Christmas tubs while watching that, weeding out decorations I don’t really like or use to donate to Goodwill. The Goodwill bags are in the garage and all the Christmas paraphernalia is properly packed and stored for the next 11 months. It’s a relief to have it out of my hair and have my regular house back. Now I get to start thinking about how to rearrange our living room, since our television went downstairs with the basement makeover. I’m not sure if it should be a playroom, a reading room, or some kind of conglomeration of the two. Have any of you taken the TV out of a main living space? How do you use that space now?