Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Baby is standing! He's done it before, but he really started standing quite a bit yesterday and loves to show off. He's still taken a step here and there, but I would not call it walking by any stretch. His increased exercise has increased his appetite. It seems he's always hungry yet never tired. This one is not a napper like his sister, but he is good-natured at least. He gets a short morning nap and a longer afternoon nap. He only sleeps in his crib though so if we're out, he stays up. I haven't tested being out all day to see if he'd ever given in and sleep in the stroller. He will nap in the car though.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Mediocre month. I really liked Kingsman despite the fact that I'm a baby about violence in film. I binge-watched Kimmy Schmidt. I didn't love it as much as a lot of critics, but I found it funny in parts. Little Miss really wanted to see Home so we went with Sister and Nephew. It was cute, but it didn't make any list of favorites for me.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
- Fever by Maya Banks (NOTE: This is part of the Breathless series. The order of which can be found here.)
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer Ashley (NOTE: This is part of the Mackenzies/McBride series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley (NOTE: This is part of the Mackenzies/McBride series. The order of which can be found here.)
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (NOTE: This is part of the Narnia series. The order of which is a bit debated. Do you read in order which it was written or published. If you want to explore either, the orders can be found here.)
Monday, April 6, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
This month, Little Miss started Learn to Hockey Skate. She has taken a year off of skating so we were a little worried. Husband took her to Free Skate during a snow day - and it was a good thing. She still needs to gain her confidence back, but she's on par with half the class. The other half is really ridiculously good. The first weekend of the month, we also had dinner with the In-Laws for their birthday.
The next morning, Little Miss and I went and met Brother-in-Law and Nephew at the trampoline park. Little Miss jumped like crazy and had a great time with her older cousin.
The second weekend in March, I went to some of the hockey lesson before leaving to meet a friend at the mall where we had lunch before a movie. It was a really fun afternoon. After, we walked around the mall where I snagged a pair of cheap pants for Baby at Baby Gap. He has a handful of clothes but mostly tops and not a lot in this odd 9 month size. We did practically nothing on that following Sunday, but the weather was horrible so it was a good day to stay inside.
The third weekend in March, we did hockey and then I went to a pot luck with friends (see earlier post in the month). I went to bed early that night. On Sunday, the kids and I went to hang with my mother and had a brief cameo by Sister and Future-Brother-in-Law. We had lunch and hung out and then went to Old Navy for a bathing suit for Little Miss. We made a brief stop at the mall so Mom could buy me these jeans. She was obsessed with these size 0 jeggings for less than $3. She figured I was the only one who could wear them so I must have them.
The last weekend of March, we went to hockey. Then, Little Miss and I met up with Sister and Nephew for a movie. After, Little Miss went to a sleepover with the Inlaws and the other nephew. Poor girl got sick in the middle of the night, but she recovered by Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Husband and I used up some anniversary gift cards and got some take out. I hit up Trader Joe's for some treats (not really treats, but I don't make the visit often so I like to stock up on things I can't find anywhere else when I go). Also, I was introduced to cookie butter. O.M.G. On Sunday, Husband went to hang out with a friend while I held down the fort at home. I mostly kept the baby fed while Little Miss slept off her bug and I binge watched Season 2 of Hannibal. Baby also was a firework of bodily functions so that was exciting.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Tonight, Husband came home and said Little Miss was angry with him. There was some activity after school that we weren't planning on attending. She wanted to participate. He explained that we need advance notice and planning. So, they get in the car, pick up Baby and head home. She gives him the silent treatment the entire time.
Later, Husband joked that she didn't like him, but she protested. I told her that she will be upset with Husband again in the future. She will be upset with me in in the future. She will be upset with both of us in the future. She will be upset with Baby in the future. At that, her head snapped up. She said she would never be mad at her brother.
I felt it was very important to put these words in writing because the day will come when her brother makes her angry. Guaranteed.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Little Miss: How do you spell "UP"?
Little Miss: You pee?!
Little Miss: Get it? You said the "P" word.
She shouldn't give up her day job.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Baby has been standing assisted and taking steps while holding onto a ledge or the couch. Today, he pulled himself up on my leg. He had a block in each hand. Then, he leaned back and stood on his own, unassisted. We were very impressed.
After, I kneeled on the floor and stood him up and he took steps towards me, but then his little legs got tired. We gave him tons of praise, and he was very proud of himself.
It's only a matter of time before his legs pick up strength and he nails this walking/running/jumping.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Husband entered a pool with his friends. I entered my work pool. For fun, we had Little Miss fill out her brackets this year. She really took her time and made her picks like many of the country - totally random.
- She wanted to chose Hampden against Kentucky because it starts with "Ham" and she loves ham.
- She chose Butler because (hehehe) it starts with "But(t)".
- She chose Xavier because she has a friend named Xavier. She actually chose them to go to the final game which is a risky move.
After the first weekend, we all took hits, but she's still hanging in there. She made a few fatal flaws so we'll see how she does when it's all said and done. She may in the gutter with the rest of us, but she's very proud of herself and has been following all the games.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
This past weekend, I went to lunch with friends - one made a yummy chicken picante soup, one made a yummy Greek salad. I made a roasted vegetable pesto wrap.
You can find the recipe here, but the recipe makes it seem much more complicated than it really is. The recipe calls for caramelizing the onions in a sautee pan, but I roasted them with the rest of the veggies. Because of an allergy, I eliminated the portobello and substituted black beans which I added to the veggies after they roasted. I bought store-bought pesto, too. The vegetable mixture makes a ton of little wraps. I brought 6 to lunch and we only ate 1 each. I made some more today to bring to my mom's, and we had 2 each. I left her with 4 and have enough to make some for lunch this week. I will run out of pesto eventually. I have tons of veggie mixture though - and that's including sharing the veggie mixture with the baby who loves the sweet potatoes and black beans. Other than the roasting, it takes no time. If possible, I would freeze the ingredients and make the wraps fresh, but I didn't add that much cheese. The wraps got a little soggy so I worry about that during the thawing process. It's really not a big deal to throw them together after the roasting is done.
Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto
Makes 8 to 10 wraps
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homemade
3 large portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1/4-inch thick 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
8 to 10 whole-wheat burrito-sized wraps
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange the sweet potato cubes, mushroom slices, and tomatoes on the baking sheets. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and then spread in a single, even layer (keep tomato slices with the skin face-down to avoid sticking to the pan). Roast for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring several times, until the tomatoes and mushrooms have softened and the sweet potatoes have browned. The sweet potatoes will likely take longer than the other vegetables to cook, so check and remove vegetables from oven accordingly. While the vegetables are roasting, caramelize the onions. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, and when hot, add the onions. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized. Turn down the heat if onions begin to brown too quickly. This process may take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Once the onions are browning and the pan begins to dry, add a few tablespoons of water to deglaze the pan and allow the moisture to cook off. Wipe the skillet clean and return to the oven. When ready to prepare the wraps, warm the skillet over medium-high heat. Heat each wrap for about 10 seconds on each side in the skillet, or until the wrap becomes pliable. Spread 2 teaspoons of pesto across middle of wrap. Add handful of sweet potato cubes, several mushroom slices, and a tablespoon each of caramelized onions, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Close the wrap by first folding in the sides and then rolling from the bottom up, tucking the sides in as you go. Repeat for remaining wraps. Refrigerate for several days, or wrap tightly in foil and freeze for up to 6 months.
To reheat: Heat wraps in the microwave in 30-second intervals, rotating and checking as you go. Alternatively, heat in the toaster oven or oven at 350°F, wrapped in foil for first 10 minutes and unwrapped for the final 5. Wraps are ready to eat when the filling is heated through and cheese has melted. If frozen, allow wraps to thaw in the refrigerator to speed up reheating time. Recipe Notes: Vegetables can be roasted a few days ahead of time and wraps assembled as needed. Experiment with roasting other vegetables, like cauliflower, zucchini, or beets. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the filling for extra sweet and tangy flavor.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Give it up for these lovely ladies, indeed! The elementary school extended day program holds a little show every year. Little Miss and a friend sang Taylor Swift's Blank Space. It's amateur video and I had to compress it to link to the blog so it seems low-res. Many children were intimidated being on stage, but the audience seemed very encouraging and she did great. She was more subdued than she is singing at home, but she said she got better by the end of the song. She's definitely a solo act. She didn't look at her friend once during the performance.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Poor month, but we were trying to keep up with our television. I squeezed in this movie on almost the last day of the month. I thought the movie was decent, but I did like the book more. Hopefully, I'll get to some more in March. I started to watch a movie, but I didn't get to finish so hopefully, I'll be able to finish that one up in March.
- Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is part of the Girls' Night Out series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Play by Play series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (NOTE: This is part of the In Death series. The order of which can be found here.)
Surprisingly, Baby was really great in the snow. He really liked it and giggled even though he's kind of, well, a baby in the cold usually. It must have felt funny to sit in it. He also enjoys wearing his snow suit.
The third weekend of the month, Husband's friend came over. It was cold out so we were pretty happy just staying inside and eating our way through the cold weather. That's pretty much what we did the next day, too.
I'd like to say we had a blast the last weekend of the month, but it was cold again, and we did nothing. On Friday, Little Miss and I went to Family Gym Night where Little Miss wore herself playing basketball, jazzercise and scooter hockey. It was tiring to watch her. Unfortunately, I had plans, but we wisely cancelled due to the ice storm we received. So, we kind of just stayed in and played games. Little Miss did her homework. All in all, it was a nice, quiet weekend.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The love is strong between these two. It's a perfect symbiotic relationship. She loves to be bossy, and he loves nothing more than to please her.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Last Saturday, we had a friend over and, per usual, I waited until the last minute to clean the apartment. So, I was running around like a crazy person cursing that I left it all to the last minute when Little Miss decided to feed Baby. I had to take a break to film it. It kept them both busy for 15 minutes or so while I finished up. So very helpful. I did realize I had the sound option turned off for Vine, but I turned it on this time. I'm not sure it'll work, but you can always follow me on Vine or go to that website to see/hear in all its glory.
Ever since Little Miss and I watched the Golden Globe Red Carpet, she's been asking when the next Carpet is. So, she's been looking forward to the Oscars. She got dressed up in a lace dress I own and put on some crystal jewelry. She drank her milk out of a crystal champagne flute. It was a big, fancy night for her. Also, and I may regret this, we let her stay up WAY too late. She put in her picks for the Oscar pool and got a respectable number correct considering she had never heard of most of the movies and kept trying to vote for "The Theory of Whiplash". She chose a couple of categories correct that we didn't guess correctly. She was absolutely entertained by The Lego Movie's performance and was super happy Big Hero 6 won. It was a lot of fun watching the awards with her, and I look forward to award season with her next year.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Little Miss received her second quarter report card (though I think, at this age, it's still more of a progress report). We should have our parent/teacher conference soon. It was rescheduled to the middle of March. She has done so well. Based on how the grading is done at this age, she has the highest marks she could earn. She's reading at far above her grade level, and excelling in math. She also gets high praise from her Spanish teacher.
She had a growth spurt so she's just shy of wearing size 8 clothes already. Her feet grew 2 sizes. She has stayed the same weight though so she is so super skinny.
Her self-esteem is still the highest I've ever seen on a person. She values intelligence, but she's also still very logical and a very concrete thinker. She's a wonderful mix of "types". She's so girly in some aspects yet so not in other areas. She likes being active, but she also likes arts and crafts. She likes reading, but she also likes randomly jumping (sometimes naked jumping for whatever reason). She's brave in that she loves roller coasters and rides and trying new things, but she hates trying new food and is scared of the dark.
Baby is 9 months now. He's not nearly the chub that his sister was, but he's in the 65th percentile in length and still in the teeny tiny percentile in weight. He is very clingy and cuddly. He doesn't have stranger danger so much as he prefers his mommy and then sometimes his daddy. He has 4 teeth and we believe he's getting more in everyday. Between his teething and a little head cold, he's had a lot of trouble sleeping, but I feel we turned a corner last night. He slept on his own just shy of all night (he woke at 6:30AM which, for some kids, is all night). At that time, he wanted to cuddle only, no food.
He can sit up, crawl and pull himself up to standing. He can feed himself small pieces of food with his fingers though he prefers you to feed him. He loves eating solid food. He has tried almost everything we've given him. I'm guilty of sneaking him table food on top of his baby food. Nothing elaborate or anything he can't eat yet but simple foods like bread, veggies/fruit, rice or pasta. He's not a huge fan of his bottles anymore, but he drinks them. I think he'll be happy when that's over with and he's all onto solid food. I hate to break it to him, but he's got a bit of time left with the bottle.
He loves bath time. He will push his face into the water. He doesn't mind getting water in his face when you rinse him off. He likes to crawl all over and play with his bath toys. Surprisingly, when we were at my parents' house, he also didn't mind the snow and the cold. He laughed when he was in his snowsuit and placed in a snow drift. He didn't try to move, but he gave me big smiles. He loves his toys. He received many for Christmas. I put them all down low or in drawers, and he can help himself to them. He is very playful.
He's still not into his pacifier and only finds self-soothing with his fingers (specifically the third and fourth ones on his left hand). He doesn't seem to rely on his fingers unless he's tired so it shouldn't be that bad of a habit at least. He has no interest in drinking with a sippy cup yet, but we try. He'll drink if we hold it. He doesn't have an issue with water, just doesn't care for the cup yet.
That's pretty much the latest. We anticipate Little Miss will get more into some activity. We took some time off, but she wants to go back to skating as soon as possible. We also believe Baby will be an early walker. I suspect in the next month or so which will put him around the time Little Miss took her first steps, but then she took another 3 months to walk. I think he's going to take his first steps early and then go straight to running and jumping off of things. Only time will tell...
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
It was a good movie month. I wanted to catch some before the Oscars. I went with friends and family and basically anyone who would go with me. I enjoyed all of them to some degree. This will probably balance out with February during which I'll be lucky if I rent a movie. I also counted Togetherness even though it is a series on HBO. I won passes to see the first two episodes in the theater so it counts as a movie - a short movie that is later viewed on television, but it still counts if I got to sit in a movie theater and smell popcorn.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (NOTE: This is part of the Outlander series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Turn and Burn by Lorelei James (NOTE: This is part of the Blacktop Cowboys series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Broken Open by Lauren Dane (NOTE: This is part of the Hurley Boys series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei James (NOTE: This is part of the Blacktop Cowboys series. The order of which can be found here.)
The second weekend in January, Husband had to go out of town. So, the kids and I laid low. We had a blast, cleaned a bit. I cooked some new recipes. It was nice and low-key.
The third weekend in January was ridiculously busy. We started by having the In-Laws over Friday night for Mother-in-Law's birthday. The next morning, Little Miss had a birthday party and painted some pottery. Straight after, we drove to the trampoline park where Little Miss had a blast, and I felt every single year of my life. We then met up with friends for frozen yogurt. When we got home, I immediately fell asleep.
We bought Little Miss Big Hero 6 for Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, she asked Husband what he bought her. He said he bought her Big Hero 6.
Little Miss: No, Mommy bought me the movie. What did you get me?
So, when we went to dinner, there was a gift shop. Husband bought her (and Baby) a stuffed bear so she wouldn't be scarred for life that he never bought her a Valentine's Day present.
Friday, January 30, 2015
It was Sports Day at school. Little Miss wore her hockey jersey. She told Husband that she was going to wear her hockey jersey because the Jets "were a little bit bad." Then she paused and said, "And by a little bit, I mean a lot bit."
Well, that's a solid argument that meant no response.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
His top teeth are coming in, and it is making him more fussy than when his bottom teeth came in. So, his sleep has just started getting back into the routine after being very erratic. He eats less formula per day, but he has embraced solid food - finally. He has liked almost everything we've given him from table food to baby food to food I've pureed for him. He didn't care for the green beans or peas, but the second time he had peas he liked them. Maybe the second time will be better for the beans. As with all children, he prefers the sweeter fruits and vegetables. He will drink from a bottle, but he likes to take a break. Both kids are slow eaters which tries our patience.
I suspect he'll walk early, but he's not quite there yet. Little Miss took steps at 10 months, but she didn't fully walk until 14 months. We'll see where he falls, but at the rate he's going and the amount he loves standing, it'll be soon.
Health-wise, he's doing very well. Eventually, he'll need his little tag on his ear removed surgically, but that's minor (maybe not to him, of course). His bottom should be an issue of the past by his first birthday.
He's a social guy. He loves attention. He loves Love LOVES his big sister. He won't sleep if he's out and about. He doesn't like to miss a thing. So, that usually tuckers him out, but he will sleep in my arms if we're out and will sleep in the car but prefers his crib. He's gotten really good at hanging out in his crib, too, though he prefers when we pluck him out of it, of course.
Monday, January 19, 2015
- Blood Magick by Nora Roberts (NOTE: This is part of The Cousins O'Dwyer series. The order of which can be found here.)
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman (NOTE: The other related book/sequel is Where She Went.)
- Show Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair (NOTE: This is part of the Masters of the Shadowland series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Unbridled by Beth Williamson
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- Take Me to Paradise by Olivia Cunning (NOTE: This is part of the Sinners on Tour series. The order of which can be found here, but it has not been updated to include the latest novella.)
- Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Play by Play series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery (NOTE: This is part of the Fool's Gold series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is part of the Lucky Harbor series - the last one! The order of which can be found here.)
- Covering Kendall by Julie Brannaugh (NOTE: This is part of the Love and Football series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is part of Lucky Harbor series. The order of which can be found here.)
- The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane (NOTE: This is part of the Hurley Boys series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Hope Burns by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Hope series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is part of the Jackson Girls' Night Out. The order of which can be found here.)
- One in a Million by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is part of Lucky Harbor series. The order of which can be found here.)
Let's see. Husband and I rented Neighbors for our anniversary. There wasn't anything out at the time or the one movie we wanted to see wasn't local or at a convenient time. Friends and I had been long-awaiting Gone Girl since we read the book years ago. I'm glad I snuck in Big Hero 6. I had no big desire to see it, but Little Miss wanted to so we went with Sister, her fiance and Nephew. I cried through the whole thing. I enjoyed Mockingjay more than I expected to as well. So, I haven't been watching as many films, but I've been pleased with what I have seen at least.