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Two days until we leave on a two week road-trip. No, I’m not stalling, I’m just waiting for the laundry to dry. I was stalling yesterday when I made cookies and this afternoon when I was eating them , and after the kids went to bed when the ice cream just had to be eaten because you just can’t come home to freezer burn ice cream, you just can’t!

In the meantime…

I found my Care Bears PJ’s!!! and they fit Maiya! I swear I remember wearing these as a kid, and no I could never have imagined that one day I would have a memory of my own daughter wearing them. How crazy is that? Very vintage with her pj’s and blankie that was Clint’s when he was a baby. I turn 29 soon and I wasn’t feeling too bad about it until I realized that I was dressing my daughter in roughly 27 year old pj’s and thinking it is the cutest thing ever. So not a cool mom move. Just wait until you see her in my old Mackinac Island sweatshirt!

Sloppy Joes!

We LOVE this recipe. I am not kidding. LOVE is an understatement. You wouldn’t think Sloppy Jos could be memorable, but I disagree. The leftovers are even better. Let me tell you, these are not the leftovers that get lost in the dark corners of your fridge.

You can make this extra healthy by using lean ground turkey, doubling the red pepper and even adding grated or pureed carrot and serving it on a whole wheat bun (or crazy healthy-whole wheat pita) or you can go all out and use ground beef, top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve on a toasted onion bun (still pretty healthy). I recommend using a food processor to chop all of the garlic, onion, and veggies. Totally not necessary, but sure makes the process quicker.

Mason loves these, but gets very upset when I call them Sloppy Jos. I have to backtrack and promise that it is not the “sloppy” version. “You know Mom only makes the “Not-So-Sloppy” kind.”

Sorry, no picture this time. I always make this meal in a hurry and haven’t remembered to take a pic yet.

Not-So-Sloppy Joes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (I use at least double)
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper. Sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef and brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cinnamon. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 12 minutes.
  4. Spoon onto the buns. Sprinkle each with the Cheddar and top with a dollop of the sour cream.
The recipe is from RealSimple. I think their website and the majority of the recipes and tips are REAL AWESOME.

What? Mason isn’t two? MAIYA is two?! Seriously, where has the time gone? I still talk about being pregnant with Mason like it was yesterday and then when he was a baby-oh man that lasted forever. And then next thing you know it we go into warp speed: Mason is turning two, by the way-I’m pregnant!, Clint is going to China, it’s gonna be a girl!, by the way we are moving to Colorado-in two weeks, oh my back hurts, oh boy my back hurts, “you are in pre-term labor, two months too early”, oh shit, bedrest, hello Oprah Box Set, we have a baby!, it’s the 4Fords, what the hell am I doing?!, allergies, voodoo, Maiya is 1!, she can walk, she can talk, count to 14, taekwondo?! Holy crap, Maiya is two!

I have been trying really hard to live in the moment and soak in the amazing experience it is to be a parent. I swear, the harder I try to freeze time, the faster is goes by. I mean, just in the time I have procrastinated writing this post Maiya has transitioned from her crib to a toddler bed, pooped on the potty, and started taekwondo. Slow down!

Here are some pics from her birthday almost two months ago. Maiya requested “wear hat, eat cake.” “on Maiya’s birthday, get backpack.” and “pizza!”

The cutest thing about her being two is that she has started talking about herself  ALL  the time. “Maiya found Maiya’s blanky on Maiya’s bed.”

Wagon! (Don't tell her it's from Craigslist!)


Maiya wearing Maiya's backpack


Grandma Ford's Super Awesome Birthday Cake



Birthday Breakfast and Birthday Crown, made by Mason and Mom

Zoo Trip-That Canadian Goose really thinks he's a Pink Flamingo!

Me and my baby 🙂

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