Monthly Archives: September 2011

Messy Eating

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Left to himself, this little man is a messy eater.  I suppose it doesn’t help that it’s a juicy peach I let him have.  Most of the time when he eats I don’t let him touch the spoon and I feed him nice and fairly clean.  Sometimes I let him have at it and know that it will be bath night right after dinner.  What’s not to love about this face?  Such a sweet kid.

Jazz Festival

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On Saturday, Hubby was bored and decided we needed to go on a family walk.  So we packed up the boy and headed out.  When we go on walks we normally go on campus and walk around.  This particular walk was exciting because we ran into a Jazz Festival.

This was a lot of fun.  I love seeing all the booths set up with things for sale, I love gathering ideas for things I know I can make myself.  I did buy one thing for my halloween costume.  You’ll just have to wait and see.  We’re not great at dressing up, but we’re doing something.  I need to start mass making things so I can set up my own booth and sell what I make!  How do I sign up for that?  This booth was full of wood with sayings on them as well as picture frames.

The top part that says “PLAYROOM” would be super cute for our someday play room.  Easy to make; just adhere painted blocks onto one solid piece; add vinyl letters.  Scuff if desired.  So much fun.

 

This sign “Go Jump in the Lake” was done several ways; but this frame was my favorite.  So tempting to buy.  (Like I need any more frames in my house!)  I figured I could make this too.  It’s also only applicable if you live near a lake, which we may not always live near.

I also got my picture taken with President Obama and wife…ha ha ha.  I didn’t know they were so tall.  Nice cardboard cut outs.  We really do only live a matter of blocks from his home in Chicago.  Not as joyous as you might think.  Whenever he’s in town they block a lot of roads and it’s harder to get around.

 

Thanks for the walk dear I hope we run into things like this more often.

My Fail

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A friend of mine gave me this cute “Family” blocks some years ago.  I’ve displayed them on my bookshelf ever since.  As I was re-arranging my living room and cleaning things out; I sort of didn’t want this any more.  I guess it was the colors or something.

Then, as it sat out, Hubby started to play with it and formed it into this:

I then wanted to keep it.  It now sits out on our piano as “My Fail” instead of “Family”.

Having it say “family” is great and all, but it seems so formal, so perfect.  Like I’m creating this perfect home.  If you’ve seen my home off guard, then you know that dog hair is everywhere, toys are strewn about the house and the bathroom could always use a wipe down; as well as dishes out in the kitchen.  Letting this sign read “my fail” seems more real.  I’m not perfect and this is a reminder that nobody is perfect.  For some reason, it helps me to not judge myself and recognize that I will make mistakes, but we just keep going and keep trying.

Cry It Out

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C1 has sadly been sick 3 times in the past 4 months.  Just a simple stuffy nose; which turns into a horrible sounding cough.  This last sickness he didn’t have a fever, so that’s good.  I feel bad when he’s sick and cuddle him a lot more than normal, especially when it comes to going to sleep.  He cries and I hold him.  See, when he cries it breaks my heart and I want to be there for him, and by holding him, it puts my heart back together and calms him down.  Because of this though, C1 has gotten use to sleeping in  my arms.

A couple nights ago, C1 kept waking up crying.  We would hold him until he went back to sleep, except, when we went to put him down again, he would instantly wake up crying again.  He needs his sleep, but so do we, we cannot hold him all night long.  So, again, we instituted the ‘cry it out’ method of getting him to sleep when he needed to; without taking up all of our time.  We decided that nap time is at 9am and 1pm and bed at 7pm (he wakes at 7am).

Day 1, we put C1 down for his nap at 9am.  He cries, and cries, and cries and cries.  15 minutes in, it’s breaking my heart, and I can hardly stand to hear him cry, I want so bad to go rescue him so he can get the sleep that he needs.  30 minutes in I peek in on him (still crying) and just watch him; desperate to rescue him.  50 minutes after we put him down, he finally falls asleep.  My heart is not only broken, but in pieces.  My poor boy.  That was hard, and I wasn’t looking forward to afternoon nap and doing that all over again.

1pm comes, we put him down for his nap.  He starts crying.  Ugh.  My heart can’t handle him crying like this.  I try to clean the house or something to distract myself from him.  Luckily this time, he only cried for 30 minutes before falling asleep.  It must be working, he’s figuring out that we will no longer rescue him and that he just needs to sleep.

Bed time comes 7pm (I’m out at a Women’s Conference); Hubby puts him down for bed.  I’m glad I wasn’t home, I just love to cuddle my boy.  Hubby said, it took him about 15 minutes to fall asleep.  Sweet, our time is being cut in half each time!  C1 did wake at 11pm; where hubby held him trying to feed him; but that didn’t work.  I went in at midnight; lay him in his crib to feed him; he ate, cried for a bit and went back to sleep.

Day 2 nap time; 9am.  I put him down and he cries.  I pray it doesn’t take an hour or even half an hour like yesterday.  He cries for 6 minutes and he falls asleep!  YAHOO, it’s working.  1pm nap time again.  We had a linger longer after church, so we got him down a few minutes late, but still it’s 1pm(ish).  It took 15 min. for him to fall asleep.  Not too bad.  Bedtime on day 2; he’s been quite fussy between dinner and bedtime.  He’s not eating very well, so I’m not sure what’s going on with him.  Bedtime only took 5 minutes though.

One questions though.  Every Sunday our church services start at 9am.  What do I do?  Do I keep him home for his nap and then go to church when he wakes up; arriving very late?  Do I let him skip his morning nap every Sunday?  Do I force him to sleep at church once we arrive?  How do  you handle nap time during church?

C1 has the funniest position to sleep in.  He sleeps on his stomach.  I know, NEVER let your child sleep on their stomach; but there is no way of preventing it.  Before I even lay him down all the way he’s rolling over.  I just accept it.  He also like to be on his knees; which means his bum is up in the air.

Things to clue C1 in that it’s time for sleep:

*We try not to feed him right before going down; we don’t want to associate food with sleep

*we read him a book for cuddle time

*we sing him a song

*we lay him in his crib, and simply walk away

*when he wakes, we go get him right away

*we are excited that he’s awake and praise him for taking a good nap

Homemade Cheese Crackers (Goldfish)

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I made some goldfish crackers today.  Except, mine look like stars, not fish.  I was pleased to learn that these are not that hard to make and don’t take that much time.  The most time consuming thing was using a mini cookie cutter to make the bite size.  You could also just use a pizza cutter and cut out square ones (like a cheese-it).  I first found the recipe HERE; where she even shows you how to make your own fish shaped cookie cutter out of a soda can.

Goldfish Cheddar Crackers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour (can use whole wheat for healthier alternative)
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 8 ounce(s) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese (around 2 cups). Note: you can experiment with other cheeses. Some people have tried this and loved the results!
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

Mix the dough:

  1. Pulse the flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder together using a food processor.
  2. Add the butter and cheese, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Pulse in 3 to 4 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and only enough so that the dough forms a ball and rides the blade.
  4. Remove, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes or up to 24 hours

Bake the Crackers

  1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside
  2. Roll the dough out to 1/8th-inch thickness, using flour if necessary to prevent stickiness.   (If they are too thin, they will not puff up as much. If they are too thick, they will not be as crispy.)
  3. Cut out as many crackers as possible.
  4. Place them on the prepared baking pans.
  5. Bake until golden and crisp (13-18 minutes).
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough and scraps.

They are best when completely cooled and the next day. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Punch them out.

Place on baking sheet (I put mine fairly close together).

Bake and enjoy.

 

 

Five Guys

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Five Guys Burger and Fries just opened up in our neck of the woods city.  It was one of the restaurant Hubby and I would pass around town and said we should go to, so tonight, we went.  We had to walk there, taking the long way around, so as to burn off extra calories for what we were about to eat.  The menu looks similar to In N’ Out Burger; simple with only a few things on it.  The food, was good.  I wouldn’t say the greatest, but I’d eat there more than once.  Hubby compared it to Steak N’ Shake.

On our way home it started to hail, then it turned into just a lot of rain.  Lucky for us we ducked in a CVS looking for ice cream when it started, so we didn’t get wet.  Yummy Date Night.

Oh, and Hubby fell in love with their soda machine.  He talked about someday having a soda machine in our basement (along with a popcorn machine and other such fun things).  He now wants This kind of soda machine.  It’s new.  It’s digital.  It’s pretty cool.  You select the type of soda you want; Sprite, Coke, Fanta, etc. then it gives you flavor options; cherry, strawberry, lime.  It was pretty sweet.   The picture isn’t the best.  I was kind of embarrassed to take a picture of a soda fountain.

 

My Two Front Teeth

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C1 has 4 teeth already.  I read in a book that the top teeth don’t come in until 8-10 months.  He’s had his since 7 months, and getting more.  C1 is teething again.  It seems as though once they start poking through, they all want to come out.  I thought and read that the process took longer, but C1 is just growing teeth like crazy.

Poor guy.  It’s hard to see his top teeth, let alone get a picture of them, so he sort of looks like a horse.  Is is just me, or does it look like his teeth are coming from the front of his gums instead of down the bottom of them?  It’s hard for me to tell which ones will come next.  To me it looks as though it will be his fangs, but there should be another tooth to come in before the fang ones.

My opinion, C1 is growing up and maturing so that C2 (child 2) can come into the picture.  Nothing as of yet, but as always I look forward to becoming pregnant again.  Oh, how I love my sweet boy.