Thursday, May 21, 2015

Conversations with Little Miss

Little Miss, Captain, and I were walking home yesterday.  Little Miss is literally poking her brother.  He hates it.  He's pushing her away and fussing.  So, I tell her to stop.  He's telling her he doesn't like it.  She says, "But I'm the big sister.  I'm supposed to bug him."  I told her, as a big sister, I understood, but as the mom, I have to tell her to stop.  

And that began an entire evening where she acted like my sole purpose was to ruin her life.

Husband often asks how the two of us will be when she turns a teenager.  I told him it won't be a problem.  One of us won't last that long.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Baby Turns 1!

Baby turned 1.  Ridiculous, right?  As planned prior to his birth, his birthday theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Yes, I have planned next year's theme, too.  Don't judge.  I didn't go all out, and it was super low-key and relaxing.  It was the easiest birthday party I've ever planned.  Here are the goody bags...
More goody bags and the hat my mom made him when he was born.  It still fits him, but his motor skills are developed enough to rip it off his head immediately.  Better picture of the book and hat.
Thanks to a friend, we had caterpillars, signs and butterflies to post everywhere.  I stuck close to the fruits and chose some of the Saturday foods.  I also made some salads to keep the adults filled.   It was a 2PM party so we didn't have the pressure of serving an actual meal.
I printed out all of the weekly photos and placed them around the center column as a giant caterpillar.  It came out better than I imagined.  
We bought an ice cream cake.  Luckily, Coldstone Creamery had one because I waited too long to order one anywhere else.  The smallest Coldstone size was cheaper than the similar size at Baskin Robbins, too, so we all lucked out.  I made the number one and caterpillar out of clay because I'm too cheap to buy it off of Etsy for $40+.  I think they came out cute and came out to be like $3.
It was a great party.  I like to keep them small at this age so it was really just best friends and immediate family.

On his actual birthday, as tradition dictates, I got him an overpriced cupcake.  He was hesitant to eat it at first until Husband put a piece of frosting in his mouth.  After that, he inhaled the entire thing.  He was done very quickly.  While he was eating, he also went to work on the other end and was a giant stinky mess at the end.  Husband chose the diaper end, and I chose to clean up the high chair.  It took us both about 20 minutes to get everything and everyone back to their original shape.
Also, as with Little Miss, Baby has outgrown the nickname Baby.  We've thought about it, and his nickname is going to be Captain.  Husband calls him Commander.  Technically, I call him Captain Crankypants, but that won't keep his dignity intact as he gets older.  It will be appropriate from time to time though.  He'll always be my little baby.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April 2015 Weekend Update

April was the beginning of a very busy time for us.  If we get through to Memorial Day, we can tackle anything.  The first weekend was Easter and the end of Spring Break.  Little Miss had a great Spring Break.  It started with a little bit of sickness, but she rallied and got to enjoy 2 days down in Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.  The next day, she went to Mount Vernon which she has been asking to visit for months now.  That night, we had dinner with friends of mine.  Little Miss hit it off with her kids and asks about them constantly.
For the Saturday before Easter, we went over to Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's for dinner.  We had an early dinner and had a relaxing evening playing video games and watching the babies play.  On Easter Sunday, we hung out at my parents' house for a bit.  We had a relaxing dinner and I brought some cupcakes for dessert.
The second weekend of April was the Masters.  We had hockey that morning and then went to my sister and future Brother-in-Law's for a housewarming party.  My aunt and uncle were in town.  My uncle had yet to meet the baby.  It was a lot of fun.  On Sunday, we (and a billion people) went to see the Cherry Blossoms in their peak.  It was a beautiful, unseasonably warm day.  Little Miss really had a blast though.  Baby was less than impressed, but he was very well-behaved.

The third weekend in April was ridiculously hot.  I went to the Nats/Phillies game for my friend's birthday.  Then, we went to dinner and out on the town.  I'm still recovering, I think.  It was a blast though.  That Sunday, Little Miss had a birthday party for one of her good friends.  

The third weekend was the baby's birthday party.  I'm in denial that he is 1.  That will be a separate post.  That Sunday, Little Miss had ANOTHER birthday party for a friend.  Afterwards, Little Miss and I went to The Melting Pot for dinner together.  I had a Living Social deal that expired so I took her as a treat.  She was great at the restaurant and eating, but next time, I'm thinking we'll just do the chocolate.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Movies Watched in April 2015

  1. Muppets Most Wanted
  2. Maleficient
To be honest, I have a little of Maleficient left, but I plan on watching it tonight. I'm glad we rented Muppets Most Wanted. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as fun as the previous. Slow movie month, but it's the beginning of a very busy Spring. Hopefully, with a few good ones in May, I can pick that up. I have a few on DVR waiting to be watched, too.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Books Read in April 2015

  1. Still the One by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is part of the Animal Magnetism series. The order of which can be found here.)
  2. Love After All by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Hope series. The order of which can be found here.)
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Hard Knocks by Lori Foster (NOTE: This is part of the Ultimate series. The order of which can be found here.)
In preparation to the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird, I did a reread. I really enjoyed it this time around. I'm curious to see what the sequel will hold this summer. The others were romances to help come down from The Nightingale and balanced out To Kill a Mockingbird.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Week 52

Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 51

Monday, April 13, 2015

Week 50

Thursday, April 9, 2015

So big!

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

Movies Watched in March 2015

  1. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  3. Home
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

Books Read in March 2015

  1. Fever by Maya Banks (NOTE: This is part of the Breathless series. The order of which can be found here.)
  2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  3. Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer Ashley (NOTE: This is part of the Mackenzies/McBride series. The order of which can be found here.)
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.)
The Nightingale really ruined me for other books.  I almost wanted to reread it, but it made me too sad.  So, I read some romances that I had collected but not read and now have been reading some Classics.  Currently, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird for example.  I do highly recommend The Nightingale if you're looking for a WWII novel set in France.  Good stuff even if it is a bit heartbreaking at times.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 49

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Week 48

Friday, April 3, 2015

Food, Glorious Food

Baby loves to eat.  He was slow to take to it, but he loves it.  He hates feeding himself.  He just looks at me and then looks at the food like, "OK, go to it!"  I've been trying to get him to feed himself more.  He will eat his snacks - Puffs, Cheerios, the occasional piece of meat.  I get that fruit is slippery and some of the softer foods are harder to grasp, but he doesn't even try.
Last weekend, I put him down for awhile to give it a go.  He ate some, but he stuffed his face and then choked.  I let him figure out what to do, and he did get better.  I slipped him some food once in awhile, too, to make sure he was eating instead of just smooshing it all into the tray.
He mostly swept it all to the floor.  He seemed upset by this.  At least, it was accidental.  Little Miss used to drop her food to the floor.  I'm sure he'll learn that trick eventually.  In the meantime, it's time to break out the tarp again.  Good thing I kept it from Little Miss though I keep joking that I'm going to put it beneath Husband's chair.
Eventually, I gave in, fed him some food, and then just took him out to have his bottle.  This is the very excited face he got when he saw I was cleaning up and the exercise in torture was over.  I have a suspicion, he knew he'd hold out longer than I.
At the end of the evening, he had a challenging diaper, but then there was a bonus one that didn't leak but it just was a scene out of a movie.  He kept rolling and kicking, and he just had the mess everywhere - on his feet, on his hands.  I was positive that he was going to eat it.  I cleaned him off, but I just felt like he was never going to be clean again so I just ran a bath and plunked him in it.  It was quite the end of the day!  Good thing he's so darned cute.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Little Miss has been enjoying Learn to Hockey Skate.  We don't feel like they're doing too much with her, but we'll see.  I don't get to be as much of a spectator as I have been in the past as Baby doesn't like to sit and watch or hang out.  He likes to be on the move.  I usually walk him around.  Last weekend, he ate an entire fruit cup.  His favorite was, surprisingly, the pineapple.  
 We have another month to go so we'll see how much Little Miss progresses.  She enjoys it at least.  At this point, that's the most important part.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March 2015 Weekend Update

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 babies are ridiculously cute - as are all the older cousins.  Baby doesn't sleep when he is outside of his bed or car so he stayed awake the entire evening entertaining everyone.  He gets slightly fussy, but it's not too bad.  He did some pretty good sleeping when we got home.
 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

Spring Break!

This week is Spring Break... for Little Miss.  As she said, she has Spring Break, but I don't because I have work.  So, she went to Williamsburg with my parents, Sister and Nephew.  Sister has been great at sending pictures and video and, so far, Little Miss has allegedly been a good girl for them.
From what I gather, they kept her fed with pizza and she pet a horse.  She's such a brave girl.  She also loves horses.  It amuses me that she won't pet a dog, but she's always gone up to horses ready to pet them.  Luckily, she's been around tame horses because she only has a healthy respect to dogs and cats, not to horses for some reason.  I should take her horseback riding eventually.  

Week 47

This was a tough week.  He's always on the move.  He wanted to grab the camera or only look at his sister.  One of the puzzle pieces he is holding is his favorite.  Whenever he is home, he carries it around with him everywhere.  He will shriek if you take it away from him.  He's not dependent on it though.  He sleeps without it, eats without it and can leave it at home.  However, when he's allowed to roam and play, that's the first thing he grabs.  He empties his blocks and scatters them everywhere and goes straight for the train puzzle piece.  He never even plays with his blocks.  He just scatters them.

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a Perfect World

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

The Humor of a 7 Year Old

Little Miss:  How do you spell "UP"?
Us:  U-P
Little Miss:  You pee?!  

aughter erupts.  

Little Miss:  Get it?  You said the "P" word.  

She shouldn't give up her day job.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Big Day!

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

March Madness!

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.  

  1. She wanted to chose Hampden against Kentucky because it starts with "Ham" and she loves ham.  
  2. She chose Butler because (hehehe) it starts with "But(t)".
  3. 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 Day One, she is tied with me at 13 - which is 5 ahead of Husband.  We'll see how it all plays out.  I don't think she has good long-term chances, but it will be respectable no matter how it plays out.  Her goal is to get more than 7 (which she's already done) because then she will have improved upon her final score in the Oscars pool.  

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 
Olive oil 

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

So cute!

Little Miss was trying to give Baby a kiss, and I was trying to capture it, but Baby is too aware of cameras and is too much of a ham.  He was having none of it.  Just wants his close up.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We're not an Irish family or a family that owns a lot of green, but I dug some out.  Little Miss thinks her shirt is too blue/green, but it's the best we could do.  She has a necklace, a bracelet, and a crown.  I think she's covered.  Baby has his shirt and bib.  Little Miss protests his bib because he's not Irish so I reminded her that she isn't either.
 Then, Little Miss begged for a selfie so we made that happen.  She also told me I didn't have enough green on and pinched me.  She's a strict one with the rules.

So big!

This is Baby's favorite thing to do.  We've done it with him, but the Inlaws do it with him all the time.  He just is so proud himself for the interaction.  He's constantly waving his hands up in the air.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Week 46

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Big Show


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.

Week 45

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Week 44

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Movies Watched in February 2015

  1. The Fault in Our Stars
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.

Books Read in February 2015

  1. Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is part of the Girls' Night Out series. The order of which can be found here.)
  2. Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Play by Play series. The order of which can be found here.)
  3. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (NOTE: This is part of the In Death series. The order of which can be found here.)
It wasn't a big month for me. I needed light after Outlander last month, and I continued on that streak and read all quick, fun romances. We all got a touch of a cold so there was more exhaustion than reading though.

February 2015 Weekend Update

February was a good month and, as always, flew.  Good golly, February went by quickly.  The first weekend, Little Miss and I did Bingo Night at her school on Friday.  She won a game and had great fun with a couple of classmates.  The next night, she had a sleepover at the In-Laws' apartment with her cousin.  
The second weekend was Presidents' Day weekend.  My office closed early on Friday so we took advantage of that and went to Maryland.  My aunt, cousin and his girlfriend were there and got to meet the baby for the first time.  The kids were showered with gifts.  The weather was bitter, bitter cold though.  We stayed in and played on Saturday, and the couples went out to dinner on Valentine's Day, but we were stir-crazy by Saturday.  Sister, Brother-in-Law (to be), Nephew, Cousin and his girlfriend and Husband, Little Miss and I all went bowling and to the arcade.  It was a lot of fun and nice to get out.   
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

Faux hawk

This guy has crazy hair

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.