Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
There had to be a post on food, right?
I took out Grandma's china which I like to use for Easter because it's looks like Spring with its light blue flowers. I always use our regular china for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Also, this is the one time a year I can use my Easter egg tablecloth. I've used it every year since college.
Little Miss didn't want any Polish food so she got chicken nuggets and cheese. She was kind of melting down so I was happy if she just sat at the table with us.
For dessert, we had some Polish desserts that Husband baked with his dad. We had nut bread, Babka and chruściki. We were all stuffed but in a good way, not a Thanksgiving way. Back to the grindstone this morning. Mondays are always such a rude awakening.
When we got home, we changed her out of her dressed and into her new clothes. She accessorized herself. We had a nice brunch and then snacked on appetizers before the main course. In between, Little Miss kept us all amused by playing with her toys and running all around.
Below is a photo of our big girl. She made bunny ears in school. She wore them just for one photo, but I can't get over how big she looks.
After the wax museum, we all went to Union Station for a late lunch. Little Miss wanted plain pasta and, by the time I came back with it, she had fallen asleep. She did eat a little and woke up in time to get into a cab and head to the White House. The cousin wanted to see it so we took a cab. Most of the back of the White House was hidden by the Egg Roll setup, but we got to see the front of the White House which I haven't seen in awhile. The weather was absolutely beautiful (NOT) and Little Miss stole my umbrella so I got a tad bit damp.
Later, we made it back to Mom and Dad's house. The kids ate dinner and played while the adults got take out. It was a nice evening, but we all welcomed bedtime! In the morning, Aunt took Little Miss downstairs and gave me some extra sleep which I definitely appreciated. Then, there was a nap and an Easter scavanger hunt. We dyed eggs and made sock puppets. Plus, at one point, Little Miss was in the other room. I thought she was hanging out with Mom, but it turns out, she was having a tea party with the cat. Poor kitty was just trying to take a nap and he was being force fed tea.
Husband came out for dinner with my side of the family and then we head home to prepare for Easter at our place with the In-Laws.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After all of the work last weekend, we had to give the food a trial run to see if it was worthy of company. So, for dinner, we had pierogi and kielbasa.
Monday, April 18, 2011
As I mentioned in the Weekend Update, we made pierogies last weekend - 202 to be exact. Here is a picture-by-picture demonstration of the different steps. First, make the dough. This is Husband's job - the dry ingrdients, the well for the eggs and wet ingredients.
On Saturday, Little Miss woke up and begged Husband to wake up with her. So, he did. He made her breakfast and brushed her teeth while I got to sleep an extra hour or so. It was glorious for everybody. Also, Little Miss informed us that she did not want me to wake up and be with her. Who am I to argue? Late morning, we drove Little Miss to the In-Laws' apartment so we could do some baking for Easter dinner. We went grocery shopping and then started preparing and freezing 202 pierogies. It was a long day, but they came out well, I think. We'll know definitely next week when we eat them (well, some of them).
On Sunday, Husband woke up with Little Miss again. I joined them for pancake breakfast. Then, we got ready to go to Kielbasa Factory to pick up some kielbasa for Easter. Little Miss was given a lollipop (which you can see above) which she loved. When we got home, Little Miss and I took a nap which brought us right into dinner and bath time.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Later that night, I asked her again if she was supposed to say those words and she said "NO, never". Then, I asked where she heard the words again. Sometimes, if she's in trouble or thinks she is, she'll clam up and it takes some time to get the real answer from her. So, she looks at me and says "Nanny!" Now this is definitely not true. My mother rarely curses and, if she does, it has never been that phrase. So, I tell her that I don't think that's the truth and realize that our moment of truth has passed. Then, I immediately call my mother to let her know that she is a bad influence on my child.
Note: all laughing has been done away from Little Miss so she is not encouraged because next time she will know better and will get punished. Privately, I am pleased she used the phrase in the correct context.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Little Miss and I met my friends at Chick-Fil-A after which we stopped in at Coldstone to pick up some ice cream. Little Miss has been enjoying our monthly trip to the ice cream shop to get her favorite blue ice cream. It's Cotton Candy flavored and looks absolutely disgusting, but she loves it. Husband left when we returned to hang out with the guys, but it was a fairly easy afternoon. Little Miss took a nap while Nephew and I hung out. Then, the In-Laws came to pick up Nephew. There was dinner and bedtime. Pretty low-key evening.
On Sunday, Little Miss had some Daddy time and then we head out to my parents' house. Little Miss had some time with the cat who was so good with her. Sister and Nephew metus there later. The kids had fun playing Tag and running around. Then, my mom, Little Miss and Nephew drove to the mall so I could pick up some lipstick while Clinique was having its Bonus Gift promotion. It was definitely a fun day. Little Miss fell asleep going home, but we managed to squeeze in a bath before bedtime.
Then, on Monday night, we went into peek in on Little Miss before heading to bed and found her in the position above. Lately, she's been sleeping in the oddest positions. This is one of the odder ones but not the oddest. She gets very angry if you try to stretch her out so we usually leave her. It's cute and reminds me of how she slept as a baby in the crib with her diaper-covered bottom right in the air.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Behind us, they closed the Smithsonian Metro stop because of the crowd so we decided to walk to the Cherry Blossoms and keep going until we were too cold and wet to go further. I reached that point after a block. So, we crossed the street to the public restrooms. We took a few pictures, Husband used the facilities and we turned around to walk back. While walking to L'Enfant Plaza's Metro station, we decided to take a cab home. Of course, in the cab ride home, the weather cleared up and it was absolutely beautiful (which is evident in the sunny photo below). We got home and relaxed.
On Sunday, I took Little Miss out to get her portraits taken in her Flower Girl dress (shhh, the portraits will be Mother's Day presents). The highway was closed on the way so I had to take a detour. I should have taken note of the sign that symbolized my luck for the rest of the day. We get to the portrait place only 5 minutes late. Little Miss is perfectly angelic until the camera comes out and then she just goes insane. The dress has a bow in the front which Little Miss figured out how to untie. She kept covering her face. At the end, we went to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch, and Little Miss freaks out. I give her my iPod to amuse her while I ate lunch quickly. I got a piece of cake to go and then we went home. I was supposed to go to the grocery store, but Little Miss fell asleep on the way home. Of course, when we got home, she wouldn't nap so I ended up taking her grocery shopping during which she informed the entire store that "Daddy was cranky." That did cheer me up.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I did very little reading this weekend especially when you count the second on my list is a short story that I've been reading off-and-on since last year. Still, both were very entertaining. I think this was Julie James's best book yet. I definitely hope to read more this month. I have a wonderful pile of books to read!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Little Miss has a new trick! She came home today and said she could spell "Mommy", and then she did! I asked her to spell "Daddy" and she said "Q" and then "S". So, the important thing here is to realize she's brilliant and has her priorities straight.