The Lillenbergs

The Lillenbergs

Monday, August 29, 2016

Scarlett's 3rd Birthday

Can't believe my little princess is THREE!!  She's a complete joy and it
was so fun to celebrate her special day.  We had a little "under the sea" themed
party that was fun and super simple.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beckham's Home-ONE: Party Details

Even though Beckham doesn't officially turn one until Sunday,
we decided to have his party early since my parents and brother's family would be in town.
It was such a blast!  I told myself that after Scarlett's birthday I never wanted to do a huge
deal for a first birthday again, but then the time rolls around and I see all these ideas and things just start snowballing!  I had a love/hate relationship with this party planning-It's so much fun but feels so good to have it all over with!

I didn't think that boy's parties would be as fun as girls, but I loved his baseball/all-american theme!  There were soooo many ideas it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.

 Hall of fame with all his monthly pictures.  Apparently he hasn't changed his looks at all in the last six months haha
These were my favorite- popcorn cupcakes.  It was a long process but with the help of my family,
we cut lots of marshmallows to look like popcorn!

These Twinkie "corndogs" with icing Ketchup were another of my favorites.  So easy!

 I was pretty proud of my cake!  My mama helped teach me how to do those blue smear dots and I loved the effect.

 Party favors with root beer, cracker jacks, peanuts, and Baby Ruths.

 Rice krispie treats with white chocolate

 Beckham had a blast digging into his cake!

 It was so great to have my family here to celebrate with us!

 Scarlett and her besties lovin on some cupcakes.

Thank you to everyone for coming!!  And to my family for all of their help!  Happy early birthday sweet Beckham!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Confessions of a junk food junkie: Week 2

 Not gonna lie, this week was rough.
The initial excitement of getting healthy wore off a bit and my cravings were in full force.
It also didn't help that Beckham and Scarlett took turns getting sick so it put a major pause on going to the gym.  I'd try some days after they went to bed, but by then I'm so exhausted that exercise
is the absolute last thing I feel like doing.
BUT, I'm still trying!  And although I caved a few times with some jellybeans and a piece of cake that my generous friend graciously tempted us with (how can you say no to a 30 layer crepe cake?!)
I still consider it an improvement from before we started.
I'll just try harder this week!

So like I said, sweets are my downfall.  So I had to find something to satisfy that craving without being too horrible for me.  I found this froyo bites recipe and they're so yummy!
Especially with it getting warmer, these are so refreshing and the perfect size for a little snack.

I didn't cook as much this week because we had lots of leftovers and salads (our favorite, we never get sick of them).  But we tried this new Twice Baked Chicken Fajita Sweet Potato recipe. 
It was good, not my favorite though :)  I'm still trying to develop my taste for sweet potatoes.  I used to hate them, but now I'm coming around.  Especially to sweet potato fries!

 K, I realize that cereal is not the healthiest food.  But compared to Fruit Loops and Captain Crunch, I consider this an improvement!  Baby steps, right?  I love my spinach smoothies but sometimes it's nice to have some substance.  I just discovered this cereal.....and oh my gosh.  I think I floated away to tropical cereal paradise heaven....if there were such a thing.  SO good!!  And since we were out of milk, I used almond milk and it was delicious and I felt like I was being healthier ;)

Ha a lot of our food looks like a pile of brown with avacado on top.  Basically!
These were quinoa bowls, esentially turkey tacos without the tortilla.
One of our new favorites, it's going to be on our regular rotation.  I feel like I can eat a lot without a lot of guilt!  I'm a huge fan of ground turkey, I think it's just as yummy as beef.

If I were to do this next recipe again, I wouldn't put the zucchini in the foil wrap with the chicken, they just got super mushy.  But the chicken was delicious!  Caprese chicken foil wraps.  It's stuffed with mozarella, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil.  Yum!

This is a recipe I found a few months back and it's by far one of our favorites.  It's super easy, quick, and refreshing.  Kind of a new take on chicken noodle soup (which I hate).
Lemon rosemary orzo soup.  Basically add lemon to anything and I'm all in.

I was hesitant to even post a body pic cause I feel like I didn't change at all, and may have even gone backwards in my quest for healthy body/toned muscles.  But that's exactly why I'm blogging, to document my journey, through the good and bad, and to hold myself accountable.
Here's to a better week next week!!

But then I went and lifted today with Chris and actually saw the beginnings of results and was pretty excited. I THINK those are itty bitty muscles!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

11 months

Our little stinker is 11 months old! (a few days ago)
He was pretty sick and miserable for a little while, but now that he's back to normal,
i'm reminded again of what a complete sweetheart he is
and how obsessed we are with him!
These photos are getting so hard to capture, he's on the move nonstop.

Well, he STILL has no teeth.  Holy cow.
I thought with how sick he was that that's what was going on, but still nothing.

His favorite activity is eating everything that Scarlett leaves on the floor (playdough, hair elastics, dried up raisins) and sprint crawling to the bathroom if Scarlett leaves the door open and climbing all over her potty.  He's a curious one!
But he's also pretty dang content to just hang out and go along for the ride.
He's happiest being outside, going on stroller rides, and watching his big sister play.

Oh that little dimple :)

My brother and his family came for a surprise visit and Beck loved hanging out with his cousin Ryker!  They're only a couple weeks apart but Ryker is taller, has more teeth, and is walking haha.

We had fun celebrating his first Easter!

I came in from getting ready and he got in the toy box all by himself and took the liberty of throwing out every single toy.

Probably my new favorite picture of all time- love these sweet boys of mine!!

He loved his first baseball game!  It convinced me to make his first birthday a baseball theme party.

Ha, I'm probably a horrible mom for sharing this, but I can't get over how pathetic and miserable he looks.  I went to a doctor's appointment and when I got home, Chris was cleaning him up from puking all over himself during his nap.  Poor thing!
Beckham, we couldn't love you more and you make life so fun!  Happy 11 months, sweet boy!!