Monday, March 25, 2013

Cooking Machine

It has been a very lazy weekend for us at the Holleran house and its just what we needed. Finally this afternoon I was getting a bit stir crazy so I started cooking. I ended up with two delicious meals, chicken and veggie enchiladas for dinner tonight and broccoli salad for my lunches with week. I love cooking big meals on Mondays because  then I will have leftovers for the whole week and I don't have to cook after work, which is awesome! Here are the recipes, yum!

Meal #1 Chicken and Veggie Enchilada Cassarole

2 large shredded chicken breasts
1/2 white onion
1 can black beans
2 cups salsa
1/2 bell pepper
1 small can of green chilis
1 jar of enchilada sauce or green chili (I used green Chili)
corn tortillas
cheddar cheese

1)  Preheat oven to 350
2) shred chicken breasts (I cooked mine in the crock pot all day with salsa, water and taco seasoning so it was very easy to shred)
3) combine chicken, beans, green chiles onion, bell pepper and 1 cup of salsa, and season to taste (used salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder and cumin)
4) Layer tortialls, chicken mixture, 1/3 green chili and cheese, then again tortillas, chicken mixture 1/3 of green chili and cheese then final layer should be tortialls the rest of the green chili and followed by cheese
5) bake for 40 minutes covered, then 20 minutes uncovered


Meal #2 Broccoli Salad

2 large heads of broccoli rinsed, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
6 strips of bacon, crumbled
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup of raisins

1) combine, broccoli, onion, bacon, sunflower seeds and rasins
2) mix dressing: combine sugar vinegar and mayo, mix until smooth
3) pour dressing over broccoli mix and stir
4) refrigerate a few hours before serving.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Im a working mother and wife

Today was a really rough day for me as a working mom. I find myself jealous of those people who have a set schedule 8am to 5pm and they get to leave at 5pm every day. My job is only done once all the tasks are done for the  next day, and sometimes that is 5pm sometimes it could be 6pm, 7pm or later. As a working mom who only gets to see my little dude a few hours a day during the work week this is  challenging not to mention how little I see my husband these days.

I find myself wishing that I had one of those jobs that ends at 5pm no matter what, or even being one of those super cool moms who juggles a demanding job and being a great mother and seems totally happy in both places. But I have come to the conclusion I am not one of those moms. As much as I do like working and as much as I love the the field that I went into, I just like being a mom and a wife more. I get so much more satisfaction from reading Harold and the Purple Crayon over and over or chasing that little man around the house to get pants on  him, or preparing dinner for my husband than I have ever gotten in a single days work.

Being a working mother and wife is an amazing struggle any one who tells you otherwise is wrong. A dear friend of mine explained it to me perfectly tonight, when I called her for some mom to mom talk. She said that when you work, you feel like a bad mother and wife, when you leave work early to take care of a kid you feel like a bad co-worker its a no win situation. When Elliot was born Ted and I made the decision not to put Elliot in day care, we wanted him to be with us as much as possible or with a family or friend when that wasn't possible. That means that Ted and I work opposite schedules which leaves the two of us with less time together.

As much as I wish every day that I was at home with Elliot and Ted, I know that's not really an option;  Ted and I need both incomes to support our family. And I am grateful that I have a good job that pays well enough to cover our bills and where I really like the people I work with. I am still holding out for the day that I actually would rather go to work than stay home, or I don't spend the day wondering what Ted and Elliot are doing. I am hopeful that there will be a day that I accept being a working mother rather than constantly hoping to win the lottery so both Ted and I can stay home. I know that being away from family is something that mothers and fathers struggle with every day, but I wonder if that feeling ever fades. Is there a magic age where it gets easier to be away from your family? where you get used to seeing them less? Part of me hopes that day never comes, the other part of me ...well I'm not sure. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hair Cut

I really want to write tonight but I lack the words. So tonight I will just share a picture of my day.

Today Elliot got his first hair cut, Ted and I pinned him down in his high-chair, and i must say we did not do the best job. But it was so much fun! There will certainly be touch-ups going on tomorrow, if we can wrangle him, if not he might be a bit uneven for a little while.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sisterly Love

As I have mentioned before we recently moved in next door to my parents which also means we moved in next door to my little sisters too. They always keep things interesting for sure.Living in Fort Collins one of the things I felt like I was missing out on was seeing my little sisters grow up so its great being close to them now.

I take the two older girls to school every morning on my way to work which gives us a great chance to catch up. And all the girls  love to come over and help with Elliot, which is so great to have them entertain him, he loves his aunties! They also call me to ask if they can come over and clean my house or poop scoop the yard, my answer is always YES!!!!! Having them around is really awesome.

Tonight my parents went out and the girls came to spend the evening with us, they argued for 15 minutes about to watch after Elliot went to bed, and still couldn't decide what to watch. Ted came in with what I thought was a wonderful suggestion... Pete and Pete (one of our favorite shows from when we were kids). The girls were reluctant when they saw the outdated clothes the characters were wearing but  soon the room became quiet and the girls  really got into the show.  I love being able to share the things that I loved when i was a kid with my little sisters!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sweet Kisses

This afternoon as Ted was getting ready for work Elliot and I sat down to watch  The Lorax on Netflix. Elliot is usually not very interested in TV but sometimes when he is teething a little TV calms him down. Elliot pulled himself up on to the couch with me and we hit play.

Elliot climbed off my lap and plopped himself down right next to me and we started watching. Not 30 seconds later he stoop up on the couch and walked right over to me and gave me the sweetest kiss, just like he had seen daddy do a minute before. My heart melted. Then Elliot did a face dive back into the couch and watched The Lorax for about 2 minutes. Then once again he stood up and walked across the couch and planted another sweet kiss on me! It was the most adorable thing I could hardly contain myself!

Elliot did this over and over for about 20 minutes, until he got hungry again and then a little terror came out until I fed the little monster. Those 20 minutes were by far the best in my day, its moments like those that make all the hardships of motherhood so very worthwhile.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

LIfe on the mountain

Its been about 6 weeks since we left our life as suburbanites. There are definately convienances we miss but there are so many benefits I think are WAY BETTER!

1)  my view consists of trees, elk, and on occasional car
2) living next to our family! they are awesome
3) just a 20 minute drive from Denver (feels like worlds away)
4) Brother and sister in law live just across the mountain  (cool for more than one reason)
5) We knew more neighbors here before we moved in than we had met in 3 years at  our old place.


1) Grocery store is 7 miles a way rather than 1, (but its all highway so it doesn't take long) 
2) the closest liquor store is outrageously expensive (we have learned to stop before we climb the mountain)
3) the closest gas station is way more expensive than the average place..we have  quickly learned to get our gas down the mountain.

Bottom line: we live in the mountains and we love it! I think this was the best move we have ever made! lets hope we have many more years.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Elliots adorable

Since I am getting back in the swing of this stuff,  I thought  I would post some pictures of the cutest little man in the whole world!

Here is one of Elliots very first pictures

 just two months old.... gosh he was so cute in his little overalls

 One of my favorite pictures of the little guy, 4 months old
 Such a happy little man, I think he is about 4 months old here too
 He loves reading! he really is his fathers son
 Elliot's first Thanksgiving 10 months old!
Super cool dude! Already a year old!