Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Toddler Fashion

Toddler fashion is the best. When was the last time you felt this good about your outfit?




Thursday, June 18, 2009

Toddler-Adult Translation

"Feek, Mama!" Speaks, Mama! as in Martha Speaks.

"you fink." you think and tell me the answer.

"I need foon." I need a spoon.

"Fwirrel!" squirrel!

"I'm so cold!" Pick me up and snuggle me. I don't care if it's 90F out.

"I need tension." Come sit next to me while I poop on the toilet.

"Here you go! I got the momter!" Here's the baby monitor, I brought it up from downstairs, even though you don't need it up here.

"Next time I listen." Please stop lecturing me. I already had my time out and want to go play.

"I only wub you foh much." I always love you so much.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Weekend "Progress"

What a weekend! Between Friday and Monday we packed in a whole lot of life. It was the first weekend in over a month that we'd all been healthy. On Friday, I attacked the living room with a vengeance and while it's still somewhat less than presentable, I can at least see my floor and walls again!

Other items worthy of note:

The toddler swore at me for the first time. More accurately, she swore in front of me. For all that I was not looking forward to the event, I was suitably impressed that she used the word correctly. As in, "Oh, damn, Maggie dropped her nookie again."

The baby rolled over for the first time. She rolled from her front to her back with a resounding THUD as her head hit the floor. She didn't seem too upset by it. She also didn't see too excited by the achievement. She just stared up at me blankly while I praised her.

Culver's snack pack meal is over 1400 calories, ya'll. If you're dieting, don't eat one unless you plan on not eating ANYTHING else all day. Culver's concrete shake makes up 742 of those calories. YIKES!

AND one final note, the toddler likes to go hiking. We took the family to Devil's Lake State Park and headed up the East Bluff trail. The 2 year old decided to walk instead of ride and she made it all the way up and partway down by herself. That's over an hour of rocky uphill climbing! Go BabyGirl!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sloppy Garden Joes

Another husband-approved dish! This one comes originally from www.babyfit.com. I have made a few small alterations to it, with great success. It has officially been placed on the "make again" list with a recommendation to try it out with various types of BBQ sauces.

Sloppy Garden Joe's Chili
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 8oz. can mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • salt and pepper to taste
1. Sauté onions, green pepper and ground turkey in a pan over medium-high heat until turkey is cooked through. I added a little canola oil to the pan to keep the turkey from sticking since I was not using a non-stick pan.

2. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, garlic, oregano, liquid smoke, barbecue sauce and seasonings and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer until the children are down for the night, stirring occasionally.

4. Serve with cheese, if desired.

Serves 8.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Another Sisters Comparison

Here is Abby at 4 months old.
Abby was wearing size 12 mos clothing at this point.


































Here is Maggie at 4 months old.
Maggie is wearing size 3 mos clothing.

































Despite their obvious differences, I do see some similarities in their faces. They have a similar jawline, although it's hard to see through the double chins! They're both wonderful girls and I"m so happy to have them.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nightly Prayer by A

"Dear God,
thank you for Papa, Nonna, Micky, Minnie. Once upon time I hurt elbow in the morning. Once upon time, once time. Daddy, Mama, Maggie.
Amen."