The Name Game: Part Three

Obviously you must have noticed I haven’t blogged in a loooooong time. Well, things have pretty busy around here. We found out that our newest addition is a boy! Also, my middle sister got married! Needless to say, its been chaotic at the Huffman Homestead. But now that things are starting to settle down and we’re {almost} back to “regularly scheduled programming”, we can now announce what we will be naming our newest little guy!

Its a Boy

Before I reveal it, a little backstory…

We knew this time around we wanted a name from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Our girl name was easily decided upon: Eowyn. We love this name because we love the character and what a bad-a she is. Plus, we could shorten it and call Baby Girl, “Winnie”. But, the sonogram showed an “outie” and not an “innie”—ha!

So we started thinking about boy names we liked from LotR. Aragorn? Eomir? Baromir? Definitely not Frodo. But then we realized, “Hey! It doesn’t have to be someone’s name from the trilogy. It can be the name of a place.”

Our little guy’s name is:

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Why Rohan?

The men of Rohan are strong—not just in battle—but in will and valor, full of integrity, and fight for their people against evil. Aragorn describes them this way:

They are proud and willful, but they are true-hearted, generous in thought and in deed; bold but not cruel…

—The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter 2

 

Who wouldn’t want a son like that?! We decided we’d call him Han for short. A nod to one of our other favorite fandoms (and rebellious, scruffy, nerf-herder):

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Jude was easy. I’ve always been a huge fan of The Beatles. When my sister and I went to London after I graduated college, we made the trek down to Liverpool and spent the day on the “Magical Mystery Tour Bus”, seeing all the sites from the Fab Four’s childhood. I mean, I named my dog Pinny Lane for heaven’s sakes! Added bonus: whenever I call him for dinner I can sing, “Hey Juuuuude!”

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So, there you have it! Our little Halfling has a name! And yes, I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea…but honestly, I don’t care. I mean, our daughter is Hermione and our son is Indiana. We couldn’t have a “Bill”. Not only that, but each of their names mean something to us. And that’s enough for me.

 

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Mommy Monday

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Guys. I know I’ve blogged about this before but OMG…my Pregnancy Brain is back. And not only that, its being mixed with a whole lotta Mom Brain as well. So when I saw this new parody from The Holderness Family, it spoke to my soul.

 

 

No lie, I poured coffee creamer in my mug the other morning and then put it up IN THE CABINET. Not the fridge where it belongs. The cabinet.

Imma go take a nap now.

Sooo…This Happened…

Its been a hot minute since I’ve blogged–things have been CRAZY around the Huffman Homestead. And, for good reason:

 

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Yep, we’re adding a third kid to our brood! And honestly, we weren’t even trying. I know some people may get annoyed with that fact, but yeah. I was even on birth control.

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Two Friday nights ago, I had a dream that I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. The next day, the dream kept gnawing at me. I went back and forth.

Should I take a test? 

Nah. There’s no point. You’re not pregnant. You’re on the pill. 

Yeah…But…

I mean, I have to go to the store anyway. Might as well pick up a test while I’m there. 

So I popped over to my grocery store, grabbed what I needed (including a 3-pack of EPT’s) and went back home. I didn’t tell Huff the Hubs because, honestly, there wasn’t anything to tell yet.

I took the test and waited three minutes. When I looked at the test, I could NOT believe my eyes.

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Um. Two lines? Excuse me, but we weren’t even trying! The plan was to try to get pregnant around July/August so I’d have an April/May birth. My mom and sister would be out of school, I wouldn’t have to worry about missing out on my part-time gig at Mother’s Day Out, Huff the Hubs could save up more leave… I mean, WE. HAD. A. PLAN.

Funny thing about plans is, they change. And God had different ideas.

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And yes, all of my kids will have to change up their nicknames on my blog. Looks like Hermione will now be “Huff the Kid”, Indiana will henceforth be known as “Huff the Tot”, and New Baby will be “Huff the Babe”. Looks like I’m about 6 weeks along and I’ll be due this December! So get ready, Internet! There’s a new Huffman about to break into this world!

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Mommy Monday

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Last week we finally had a few days of GORGEOUS weather. After months and months of freezing cold/wind/ice/snow/threat of snow it was actually feeling like spring! I was so excited and so were the kids. We had a few errands to run one morning and when we got back home, the kids were itching to go outside (and I was ready for them to run off some energy)!

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I had a few bags to bring in from the car and kids would NOT stop begging me to go outside. “Not without an adult,” I said, about fifty times. But then I realized: You know what? I can see them perfectly from the window AND the glass doors. I only have a few bags of groceries to unload and put away. Our gate is locked. I’m letting them go outside without me for a little bit. 

I told them to get their shoes, watch out for each other, and stay where I could see them. As I put away frozen chicken and yogurt, I could hear the kids laughing through the screen door I left open and saw them running and playing together. It was so sweet. I had a few moments of much-needed peace and they were enjoying a little independence. I wanted to take a picture from the kitchen, looking out the window, but then I stopped.

I couldn’t post it on Facebook.

I couldn’t show anyone.

Why?

Because they might judge me. They might write mean comments or say things to other people about me, calling me a bad mother. 

Yep, you read that right. I was too scared to take a picture of my OWN children in my OWN backyard playing without me for a few minutes because I thought I’d catch flak for it from someone.

Do you think any of our moms thought twice about letting us play in the backyard by ourselves when we were kids?

Nope.

We had monkey bars, a trampoline, and a POOL. My parents would say, “See ya!” and shut the door behind us as my two sisters and I ran outside to play. They knew we’d take care of each other and if we got hurt, well…we got hurt.

That’s when I realized something: these are my kids. And I’m going to raise them how I dang well please. I saw an amazing quote on Instagram the other day: “It is not my responsibility to make you comfortable with the choices I make for my family.”

Mic drop.

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Eventually, I went outside and joined my kids. I chased them, we laughed, we played on the swings, and blew bubbles. I’m not so naive that I think there is no danger, even in my own backyard, to leave my kids outside without supervision for too long. All in all they were maybe outside for 10 minutes. Probably less. But I decided that I am not going to feel guilty about letting them have some independence so I’m not a huge ball of stress. If my kids go all day without eating any fruits and vegetables well that’s just the way it goes. They may skip a bath a few days because they just won’t calm down and Huff the Hubs and I are just too exhausted to deal with a Shamu-show-like experience in the bathroom. And there may be days that they watch more television than I would like so I can catch up on housework. But ya know what? These kids know they’re loved, they know they’re cared for, and they know they’re safe.

So cut yourself–and other mommas–some slack, mmmkay?

Mommy Monday

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Guys. Its here. Its finally, FINALLY here!

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Well, technically its two days away, but SPRING IS HERE!! I wore flip-flops today, people! FLIP. FLOPS. Do you know how happy this made me? Not only that, but I went outside and didn’t get hypothermia! Its like I can feel the weight of winter melting off me!

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I know that spring is going to bring seasonal allergies and we’re all going to be red-eyed and snot-nosed, but right now I DO NOT CARE. I am just so happy that winter is FINALLY going away!

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Are you happy spring has sprung?!

Try It Tuesday

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The other day, I was picking up a few things at Walmart and I passed the gluten free section. I like to stop and look because my mother-in-law and a good friend of mine both have Celiac and whenever I see new, GF products I like to mention it to them.

 

One item in particular caught my eye. It touted that it was not only gluten free but vegan, non gmo, and grain free! Plus, it also had spinach hidden in it! Intrigued, I grabbed a pouch and tossed it into my basket.

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I was super excited to try these and test them out on my kiddos. I followed the instructions and baked those puppies ASAP.

When they first came out of the oven and cooled for a few minutes, I tried one.

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I wasn’t too impressed.

Huff the Hubs and Huff the Tot, however, LOVED them!

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Kid-approved!

 

It wasn’t until the next day when I tried a brownie without heating it up that I saw what they were talking about.

 

HOLY MACKEREL, THESE THINGS ARE DELICIOUS!

I think they just need time to cool, settle, and let all the ingredients “mush” together for a bit. I will absolutely be buying these again!

 

A few things I’ll do differently next time:

~Pour them into a bigger pan than an 8×8. The package said to bake them for 20-22 minutes. In my 8×8 pan (like it recommends on the package) it took 45 minutes and the middle of the brownies were still gooey.

~Add in 1 tablespoon Enjoy Life chocolate chips. The reason I say this brand is because they are still allergy-friendly!

~Make them without the intention of eating right away. These brownies were sooooo much better the next day. Next time I bake them, I’ll keep that in mind.

 

This company also makes other mixes too, such as carrot cake, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and a bare muffin mix (meaning you can add ANYTHING to them to make any kind of muffin you want!).

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Mommy Monday

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Last Wednesday officially kicked off the Lenten season. Lent is a time where those from the Catholic church abstain from something (chocolate, sweets, etc.) during the forty days before Easter, commemorating when Jesus withdrew to the desert to pray and fast. I’m not Catholic, but this year I decided I wanted to try and “fast” from something for 40 days. I’ve done this before and it did NOT end well.

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Let’s just say I made it all of three days. This time, however, I started a few days earlier than Lent and stopped drinking Diet Dr. Pepper and replacing it with unsweet iced tea (sweetened with a natural sweetener).

One of the reasons I decided to give up this particular drink was because of the negative health affects of the drink. But I also wanted to give up something I felt I “couldn’t live without”.

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In addition to giving something up for Lent, I saw a neat post on Facebook that suggested adding something that’s good for you to each day leading up to Lent. For example: go for a daily walk, add a serving of vegetables to every meal, or drink 8 glasses of water. I’ve decided to add “exercise breaks” to every day.

Last week I added 50 burpees a day.

It was not fun.

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This week, I’ll add 50 jumping jacks a day. The next week I’ll add something different and so on and so on.

I think this will be a great way for me to not only make a concentrated effort to stick to my Lenten goals, but also to have moments throughout the day I can stop and think about this very important season while doing something good for my health.

What about you? Are you fasting from or adding anything to keep the spirit of Lent? Share in the comments below!