Friday, December 31, 2010

Resolutions

As I sit here watching the tiniest man in my live devour a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, a pear and some Cheerios to top him off ( come on, it says on the box a good source of calcium and Vitamin D) I am reminded that this is the last day of 2010. How can that be? With a new year brings new "resolutions." Now if any of y'all are like me, you can NEVER keep up with them. Last year it was to floss every other day. HAHA, that lasted like two weeks! I hate flossing! But this year, I think I've come up with something more do-able. I made a resolution for a MONTH. That's right, I've only set my bar as high as the end of January. My goal? No baking, no desserts. I'm hoping to cure myself of the need to eat them!

My yearly goal? To run and or walk at least 500 miles. I know that sounds like a lot. But, it's less than 10 a week. When I go on walks, which is pretty often, I usually do a 2.5 mile circuit! So, maybe I can do it. I just need to get me one of those fancy Garmin GPS devises. Birthday, maybe?

My one last goal is to learn my new fancy flash, and camera better. So I'm going to TRY, to take at LEAST one photo a day, and post it to the Pictures section at the top. Now, I want to take pictures of more than just Dylan, but lets me honest, he is the best subject I have around and on hand 24/7. So I'll try, but I can't guarantee anything!
So what are you hoping to accomplish in 2011?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Party Animal!

So even though it was roughly a month ago, here is the birthday party post! Dylan's party was on the 4th, the Saturday after he turned the BIG one! We had a pretty good turn out! Anymore, and he might have been freaked out! Luckily he was great for the whole thing, and didn't mind other people playing with him.

The aspects I was most excited about were his shirt, and his cake. I was so worried about the cake, because I had only given the baker photo's of what I was thinking, I was THRILLED when I picked it up that morning! It really made my day. Not only was it amazingly cute, but it was pretty tasty too!


For food, we had a Mac and Cheese bar, some fancy flavored popcorn, and your usual party going fair, chips and dip, fruit, veggies. All very casual.

It's hard to believe how spoiled Dylan was on his birthday, considering Christmas was right around the corner, ( I'll save that post for another time) but there is certainly no shortage of people who love him!
I know this wasn't much of a post, but y'all are just here for pictures anyway, I'm onto you!
Some of the photo's are compliments of Casey

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Bring it on 2011!



Monday, December 20, 2010

Up&Up.. Thumbs down!

If any of you know me, I'm cheap. Yup, I have very little brand loyalty. There are some things I will flat out refuse to buy generics of them, such as toilet paper, much to the dismay of my husband. He just doesn't understand that if it is thinner, I'll just use more, therefore it isn't cheaper in the long run. Having a baby is expensive. I'll be the first to admit it. But you know? It doesn't have to be that bad. While pregnant I bought two HUGE boxes of Pampers Swaddlers, for 40 bucks a box. What was I thinking. That is the last time I bought name brand diapers for my child to crap in, excuse my mouth! WE switched over to Target's Up& up brand diapers, I love them, they are cute and cheap!

I also received samples of Enfamil from signing up on their mailing list, so when we started Dylan on formula, we used that. After receiving a TON from our Pedi for free, we went to buy it on our own. HOLY CRAP. That's expensive stuff. So what did we do? Switched him to generic Sam's brand. 94 Oz. for $21! A DEAL!

Wipes, they are pretty cheap in my opinion. I mean a box lasted us like 6 months. I'm not kidding. Dylan didn't have too many dirty diapers that required a whole box! But you know, I cheap-ed out on myself and bought the Up&Up. I figured that I liked everything else from them why not. I HATE THEM. They are thin, they don't come out easily ( IE, you pull one, and you get 5!), the bottom ones are soaking so much that I have to ring them out before using them. The only positive I have about them is that they are textured, which is GREAT for scrubbing dried messes off of little hiney's! So of course I bought like the 1000 wipe box of these things, so now I'm going to use them, but next time, I'll spend the extra $2 on Pampers!:)

This is more just a little public service announcement for mom's, I've been very happy with everything else generic that I have purchased, but I wouldn't recommend buying the jumbo box of wipes until you have tried a little pack to see if you like them!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

THE BIG ONE!

Yes, that's correct, Dylan turned one year old * tear*. He is such a big boy now! Let me see, so much has happened since then, I hope I don't get things confused! His twelfth month of life wasn't to exciting in the way of milestones. We started off the month with a sick baby. Just another fever and feeling yucky, he got over it and we had our go go go babe again!

He can now cruise really well! he will walk along the coffee table to get to anything we move out of his way. He loves to throw things on the floor! He is an expert at feeding himself, he is a pretty good eater and will eat just about anything, though you wouldn't know it by looking at his weight! This month we celebrated his first Thanksgiving, and I would have to say he really enjoyed it. I think stuffing was his favorite! He got to spend some time with his Great Grandma, Great aunt and Uncle and his cousin to some power, not sure, it's Adam's cousin! Because it was his first Thanksgiving, that also meant his first ROAD TRIP! We traveled to San Antonio, and lets just say, he was a car champ! It took us 7 hours to get there, apparently we weren't the only one's who thought Wednesday mid day was a great time to travel! He also had to sleep in his pack and play, in the SAME room as us, two things that he hadn't done since he was 8 weeks old! He adjusted GREAT!

He is just a giggily little man, everyone LOVES him in the stores and places that we go with him. I was telling Adam last night, the number of adult men who pay attention to him, and play with him in public blows my mind, women yes, but men, I would never have guessed!

Let me see, wow, this might be the worst month post yet! We've been soo busy, my brain is fried!

So some of his stats:
Weight : 17 lbs. 10 oz. ( not even on the curve!)
Length- 29.5 inchs ( 50th %)
Still wearing 9 month clothes, and will be for a while
Doesn't do much babbling, but is making lots of noises, and "talking" if you will, I guess!
LONG eyelashes. That's what everyone comments on it goes something like this..." WOW, look at his eyes, his eye lashes are amazing... Oh, but mom has those eyelashes too huh?" Me: Yup, and so does Daddy!"
You still will NOT hold your bottle, it's not that you can't, you just won't. I think it's because you know I will!


Now that Dylan is one, we are trying to get him off of formula, and bottles. With him not holding his bottle sippy's are probably a little harder than they should be. He kinda gets it, but doesn't know to tip it back. I've tried the straw ones, but he doesn't get it! Oh well!

I promise that I will do a separate birthday post! And maybe even do a Thanksgiving day post too, don't hold your breath though!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Family Photos

Back in October, we had a family photo shoot. I didn't want to post the pictures until we had sent out ALL of our Holiday cards. But now that the last batch has gone in the mail, I thought that I could put some of our favorites up. I will put some others in the pictures tab. Make sure to check back on the tabs, as I am going to be working on them soon!;) Enjoy!





Sunday, December 12, 2010

Like I expected!

So Dylan and I went to see Santa! I knew it could be good or it could be REALLY bad. Usually he will just look at something/ someone confused like if he doesn't get it. I KNEW I wasn't going to get a smile! So we waited in line, luckily it was only like a 5 minuet line, to see Santa! He was a great Santa, as soon as he saw Dylan he sanitized his hands, and said " You know he is going to hate me right?" I knew it was a possibility. But let me just say... he HATTTTTED Santa. Like shaking hands, terrified, screaming, hated Santa. Good thing I think those pictures are funny! I know I know, bad mommy. But look... it's adorable right?

Yes, this is a picture of a picture which is why the quality isn't fantastic. I guess Santa won't be stopping by our house this year!;)

Oh and I promise I will do a birthday party post eventually. It's just going to take time, and well, I don't have a lot of that:)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh Christmas... Craft!

Now, I'll be the first to tell you. I'm not really crafty. I'm crafty in the way that I can follow directions. If I see something cool online, I can USUALLY follow the directions in order to achieve the finish product! Which is what happened when I saw a Christmas ball wreath. I would never in a million years have thought to do it myself. But it was easy, and cute, and there are a million different ways to make one. I used the " wire coat hanger method" because well, I forgot to get a foam wreath at Hobby Lobby, and I refused to go back for the 1000th time that week! I bought all my ornaments at the Dollar Tree, so this cost me $12, but it could have been $10, because I didn't use all my balls!:)


Because I didn't really care about placement, I just put all the big balls on, then hot glued the smaller balls in the holes. It worked out pretty well. I do have some colors that are right next to each other, but oh well, I like it that way! There are a ton of tutorials on how to do this online, just google search Christmas ornament wreath tutorial. You'll find a few different ways, and one is sure to strike your fancy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Look!

How do we look. A while ago I mentioned some changes, well... here they are! This blog redesign has been in the works since MAY, yup May! Unfortunate computer problems, then a pregnancy to focus on delayed Amy in completing the design. But here we are. Done. I love it. Just in time for Dylans birthday TOMORROW!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Current Obsession

So Dylan has sort of lost his obsession with shoes. Sort of. He will still chew on them if they are in his line of sight. He has replaced his love of shoes with his love of outlets. Yup. He will seek them out and touch them. It's a good thing we have these super fancy, brand new, building code required child/ parent proof outlets. These are made so that NOTHING but the plug goes into them. They work so well, sometimes Adam and I can't plug things in. I have a select few outlets that I have NEVER been able to get plugs into. Oh well. I figure if I can't neither can Dylan!





10 days until my BABY, is a non toddling, toddler!:(

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tis' the season

No no, Not a Christmas post just yet! Come on people, it's not even Thanksgiving. We will not be doing anything Christmas related until AFTER Dylan's birthday/ party! Just wouldn't be right. So it's the season of, Food and Cold weather. What goes better with cold weather and food than a nice big pot of chili? Yumm. We love chili and cornbread ( Jiffy is the only way to go) in this house. So Sunday, when it was chilly ( Pun intended) outside, I made a pot of chili. But this wasn't any chili, it was Buffalo Chicken Chili. It was sooo good, good thing too, seeing as I didn't look how many servings the recipe yielded and I think I made enough for 12 people. So now we have some stashed in the freezer for a cold day! So without further adu...

Buffalo Chicken Chili



1 Tbsp olive oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 large carrots
3 stalks celery
1 large red pepper(I didn't have one, it had plenty of spice without it!)
5 cloves of garlic
5 Tbsp of chili powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Moore’s Wing Sauce
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 (15 oz) chili beans in sauce (do not drain)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Put chicken breasts in food processor to grind up( This actaully worked really well, I will never buy ground chicken again!) if you can find ground chicken breast, you can use that too. Heat oil and add chicken and cook about 10 minutes on medium heat until no longer pink. Rinse out processor and add carrots, celery, garlic and red pepper and puree. Add to chicken mixture and cook about 5 minutes until veggies start to soften.

Next add the rest of the ingredients, put stove on simmer and cook for 1 hour.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Torture Table

Some of you might know the torture table. Yes, Dylan gets put on the torture table SEVERAL times a day. I have yet to figure out a good way to get what I need to get accomplished while he is on it. A baby straight jacket perhaps? I've tried pinning him with my arm, that doesn't work. I've tried putting it on the floor, but he runs away. I've tried pinning him down with my feet on the floor, he screams and I feel bad. I've resorted to just doing it while he is standing looking out the window.

But what he doesn't realize is, if he would just be quiet and still, the torture would be over. You see, my baby is mobile now, but he doesn't walk. I'm going to burn so many calories a day just trying to get this one thing accomplished. Unfortunately, it's not a once a day thing, it needs to happen several times a day. It's never a short easy process for either one of us. Who knows, maybe one day he'll just get over it.

The torture table= The CHANGING table. Do you mom's know of this torture device I speak of? It's terrible, and I dread having to walk up the stairs to change Dylan. He is crying before I even lay him on his back. Shortly after, he has arched his back and it trying to roll over. Dangerous when you are on top of the dresser. But when I put him on the floor, he can obviously crawl away. Such a predicament!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mom Shoes

First let me say, sorry. It was brought to my attention via Facebook message from a reader that said she couldn't read my blog posts recently because I was using black font on a black background. When I read it on my computer it was grey font, but I went ahead and just changed backgrounds for the time being. So hopefully now, everyone can read it!

So Mom shoes. You know, kinda like the mom haircut, or mom jeans. Being a mom, comfort is numero uno. Unfortunately, I have somewhat of a shoe addiction, but come on ladies, who doesn't? My addiction usually is for heals. Why? I have no idea, since I don't really wear heals. They just appeal to me. Anyway, heals are not comfortable, or safe to wear while toting around a tot, I have fallen TWICE carrying Dylan wearing them. So I have entered the world of flats. You see, I tried to not buy flats for a long time. I felt like they would make me look shorter than my 5'2 self. But recently, I have been on a search for the perfect flats. I mean come on, this year, I actually bought flat BOOTS. Someone is stepping up in the style department.

For my birthday last year, Adam bought me Tory Burch Reva flats. I had heard these are THE most comfy flat there is. Well, maybe it's because I am like an in between size, not a 6.5 but the 7 flips off my heal, but these are not that comfy. Comfy, yes, but walking on clouds? I don't think so. I also have a pair of Cole Haan Nike air flats, that I purchased shortly after Dylan was born. I should have waited. Apparently my feet were fat, seeing as now those are too big. I think a slip stop will help. Note to self.

Along with my search for a comfy flat, I also wanted them to be brown. The above mentioned shoes are black, and a cranberry color. So I thought brown or grey would be good. Do you KNOW how hard it is to locate brown flats? Impossible! I looked at Macys, Nordstroms, Dillards, and several DSW's. Until yesterday, I was at a loss. DSW finally helped me out by bringing in some bronze shoes. Ok, so not brown but close. They are simple bronze shoes. And guess what? LIKE WALKING ON CLOUDS! They are so comfy! I love the brand Me Too. It's my new favorite! Now, I have heard TOM's are great, so of course, I put them on my Christmas list, and hope that I will be able to try those out!

Do you have any suggestions for flats I should try!?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Under the weather...

That's what's been going on at this house. Not much. Dylan was under the weather for the better half of the week, now Adam has a running nose. We all know how men act when they are sick to. Like babies. So... my immune system is now being tested. I can't even tell you the last time I had a cold. The last time I was sick, was 2 years ago, I had the stomach flu, which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Terrible.
Sunday Dylan woke up with a fever, and well he was just being pathetic. Couldn't be put down, didn't want to eat, nothing. That fever remained until Thursday. I woke up telling Adam if he didn't feel better than I would call the Dr. Sure enough, he was fine that morning. No other symptoms so I have no idea what was going on. Even after a few days of being fever free, he wasn't 100% himself. But he's back now. He has been pretty sleepy, so maybe he is growing? That would be good! He needs to grow.

There are a few great things about Dylan being sick. I know that makes me sound like a terrible Momma doesn't it? When he is sick, he'll snuggle, he'll let me rock him, he sleep on my chest, and even better, he'll sit still, I can change a diaper without a fuss. These things are things that my little monkey won't do other wise. He won't snuggle, and diaper changes are once again TORTURE. You would think that I was killing him. I miss the snuggles already. But I'm happy to have my happy baby back!

I know I taunted you guys with big changes. Give me another week, and you'll see what's going on. And no, I'm not pregnant!;)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sneak Peak

I'm not sure when I'll put these up, but here is one photo from out family session! Adam hasn't seen them yet, so I picked one of just our tiny peanut!:) I love him, he did so great, was pretty happy for all the pictures! ENJOY!

Monday, November 8, 2010

OPPS!

Well, with dealing with getting Dylans 11 month post out last night, I screwed up my layout. But you know what? I don't really care, because we have something very exciting coming soon to The Fenny Family blog! So, stay tuned for some fun new things! I'm excited!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ONE more month

11 Months( a little late). One month until my baby isn't a BABY any more. He'll be a toddler, one who doesn't toddle, but you know. This month was a busy month, that literally just flew right on by. It's been a big month. Dylan has really been showing us how much trouble we are going to be in when it is walking and talking. He has such a big personality. He's go, go, go, all. the . time. He never sits still. I guess that's so he can keep his slim figure. He had learned so many new things this month as well, such as going up the stairs when I have turned my back for mere second, playing in the dog water( this isn't new, but is pretty annoying), he pulls up on everything, and I'm terrified of him slipping and bonking his head on the tile, he also started crawling like a big boy! Though he still won't stand all by himself. When I try to stand him up to practice, he flat out refuses. Stubborn boy! It's so fun to watch him learn and take in all the information he receives throughout the day.
He has also learned a new trick this month. He claps on command, or because he sees someone else doing it. I've tried really hard to get it on camera, but he won't do it. He likes making me seem like a liar I think. I promise that he can do it!

He finally has gotten over his stranger anxiety I think. Grandma and Grandpa have babysat several time where we got nothing but happy reports. He still is very unsure when there are large groups of people who look at him and talk to him, he must have inherited that from his Momma. Also, he he apparently scared, I mean terrified, of dogs that do not live in our house.

Dylan also has been really GREAT at finger foods this month. He eats mostly table scraps from our plates, but he is really good at trying new things.He gives everything the once over before he eats it of course. He gives some things the funniest faces I've ever seen. He loves beans, green, black, pinto, any kinda beans. He loves any type of carb as well. he just loves feeding himself. If I let him sit in his high chair all day and eat he would, I'm pretty sure he would be skinny still though, so I choose to do something other than sit in the kitchen during the day.

This month's stats:

17 lbs. with my oh so accurate weighting method.
9 Month onsies- They are pretty big, but they are what I had purchased that was long sleeved.
I just moved you up to 12 month sleepers.
Size 3 diapers
3-4 8 oz bottles with 3 solid meals a day
You got another tooth, you know how 4 top and 2 bottom!
Still doesn't babble all that much, but grunts ALL day!
crawling like a big boy
I don't feel like your anywhere near walking, but I think I'm alright with that. I thought I was ready, but I'll take a few month weeks/ months of you just crawling!

I can't believe the next month post I will post will have birthday party pictures in it. This year has been a fast one. I didn't take too many photo's this month, I hope to do better this month.


I am sure you have all seen that I have no photos in this post. The computer that has my pictures is being a pain tonight, so I had to use my laptop. Which doesn't have photos on it. I tried to link photobucket photo's, but they were all huge. So PLEASE, PLEASE go HERE get your fill of our little cutie pants!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Come and Gone

Another Halloween has come and gone. I have to say, of all the holidays, it probably has to be my least favorite. I don't really like to dress up, and well I don't need the candy in my house! This was my last year of not celebrating it I'm going to guess. We didn't take Dylan Trick or Treating, because well, it would have been stupid to. He can't walk, or talk, or eat candy for that matter. So I would have been trick or treating for me and Adam! I wouldn't have given us candy!;) Though this year we did go to a party.

Our neighbors are a little Halloween crazy. I'm talking people in the neighborhood would drive down the street JUST to look at their house. 8 foot spiders, and bodies tangled in webs, homemade Styrofoam tombstones, gates, lights, you name it, they had it. They even put out a fog machine for last night's kiddos! They have an annual party that we are invited too, last year we didn't go because we had other plans, the Stars game. But we went this year. I figured since they took the time to send out Save the Date cards in July, they were serious!

The party is costume required, so we pulled out what we had. Remember the Beaux Arts ball?
Well, we were 20's inspired. The costumes that some adults come up with is hilarious! I wish I had taken pictures. We had lots of smurfs, thing one and two, some gladiators. All in all it was a great time. Lots of food, they rented a restaurant grade margarita machine. I mean come on. Party time!




Everyone was asked to bring a "Horror d'oeurves", so I did what I do best and baked. I made cake pops, you know, like the ones Bakerella makes? Though mine were not NEAR as pretty as hers, but they were a hit, and everyone loved them. I made them red velvet to go with the bloody theme, cheesy I know, but oh well. I also decorated them like mummy's and placed them on a Coffin made out of Styrofoam. I was inspired by the neighbors! We had a great time, got to talk to some of our neighbors that were also there, as well as just get away!

Now some might be wondering about a baby sitter. Well since it was just next door, we put Dylan to sleep and wandered over there. Our monitor will get reception with the video up to about 3 houses down. IT was the perfect place for a party, we could drink and not worry about driving home, and the dogs were our babysitters!;)


Tomorrow my baby turns 11 months, hopefully I'll be able to get a post out. He is into everything and can't turn my back for more than a minuet before he is eating something he shouldn't. He might actually be just a puppy!;)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Perplexing pumpkin patch*picture heavy*

This past weekend we ventured out to the pumpkin patch. Lets just say, this year was kinda silly. Dylan couldn't have cared less about the pumpkins, he was concerned with the Hay, the other mom's with cameras, the dead stems of the pumpkins, and well, his new girlfriend.

Me being the smart one I am, tried to make it out to the patch before his nap. See, he's only been taking one nap a day, around 12, lasting until about 3, so I knew I wanted to go before. But of course, they don't open until 10! Anyway, he fell asleep in the car on the way there, so Adam and I decided to get some food. That nap lasted about 3 minuets, and when he heard the drive thru guy, his eye's popped open.




Once at the patch, the photo frenzy begins. I do believe this is the FIRST photo shoot in his entire life ( since he can smile of course) that I haven't gotten ONE smile out of him. Dylan, you see is an observer. Anything new, he inspects fully, then decides if he wants it or not. So we let him play with the pumpkins for a minuet before trying to sit him next to them to snap some cute pictures. He wasn't having any of it. He was looking at the other mom's trying to get their kids to look at them. Now thinking about it, we should have just switched cameras. Their kids looking at me, my kid looking at them. Would have been genius! So after a few failed attempts, probably 100 pictures, we moved over to the row of pumpkins you could take home.








This is where Dylan found what he wanted. Dead pumpkin stems. The kid loved them. He crawled around and collected them. Putting one in his mouth while having two in his hands. I'm serious, WHEN do they stop putting everything in their mouth? So that photo opt was a bust too. Maybe the hay stacks?


Oh no, Dylan wanted to look like a farmer. In the mouth went the hay. But hey, pun intended, we now know he isn't allergic to hay. he was crawling around in it, eating it, rubbing it all over himself! So one last chance for a good photo, the place they had set up with scarecrows and hay. Dylan fell in love. So of course, no good photo's with smiles looking at the camera. I was just there to catch he and his girlfriend in action.














Oh well, maybe next year.

Monday, October 18, 2010

An uphill battle


I think everyone has something that they consider an uphill battle. For me, it's my house. No matter how much I clean, my house is never clean! I could vacuum 3 times a day, and there would still be dog hair all over the place. Yes, yes, I know, I have three dogs, I should expect it. But it's ridiculous. No matter how many times I run the dish washer, there are still dirty dishes on the counter, because well, I HATE to unload the dishwasher. There are always dirty clothes, sheets, dishes, dogs, you name it, we've got it, it's always something.


Adam and I are not dirty people, I would say we are messy. Our home is not unsanitary, just there is crap everywhere. Having a baby does not help either. I can get the living room looking clean and tidy while he is taking a nap. He wakes up and destroys it. Toys( dog and Dylan) everywhere!
So I'm coming to you, how do you keep your house clean? I feel like I clean ALL. THE. TIME. I don't want to clean all the time. I like to take naps, and since my lovely son has decided one a day is plenty for him, it kinda limits my nap times!:) Do you have a weekly schedule? Daily?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Whatever day Menu

Well this week, I don't really have a menu. I desperately need to get to the store, but seeing as 3 days out of this week, we already have dinner plans, it really doesn't motivate me to get there.

Last night, Dylan and I joined Daddy at his soccer game, as well and grandma and grandpa and aunt Laura. It was an early game, 5:30, so we went out to eat at the Main Street Bistro afterward.

Tonight, we have a wine and chocolate cake tasting charity event. Just so that we won't eat cake before hand, we are going to Supper Salads for something quick and light before hand.

Tomorrow night, we are going to the Capitol Grill for a 6 course tasting dinner, which will be accompanied by 6 different glasses of wine as well.

So of course anything that I make for dinner this week is going to pale in comparison. But this weekend I think I'm going to make some meals to freeze. Truth is, I'm lazy. I prefer to take a nap while Dylan is napping, not make dinner. So, I figure while Adam is around I can stock up.

So, I'm going to make...

Meatballs, lots of meat balls, so that I can make many things with them.

Smothered Pork chops. I've made these before, just not frozen them


Enchiladas

For snacks, I'm thinking of making...




And for some breakfasts:

Pancakes, little ones, Dylan sized ones.

Breakfast burritos- A staple in our house. I try to make them often, they are just easy and filling!

That is what is on the agenda for this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Crib Saver

One of the many things that I love about Dylan's crib is that it can be 3 different beds. Most cribs these days can, once he needs a big boy boy, we will turn his crib into a toddler bed, then when he is a REALLY big boy, it will be his full sized bed. Lucky kid, I didn't get a full sized bed until I was 16! Anyway, so we( I ) chose a nice masculine one, that I thought he would like for many years to come. A lot of people I read about, give the crib to baby number two, then buy #1, a new toddler bed. Nope, Baby #2, will be getting his own set of furniture. I picked this one out for Dylan. Anyway, since this bed will be around for a while, I thought that it should look as nice as possible.
Enter in Dylan's new trick. STANDING up in his crib. Do you know what standing up equals to him? EATING his bed. The very first night he learned he could stand up, he just stood there and screamed. I knew he could sit down, so we let him cry for a little while. After what seemed like forever passed, he was still crying so I went up there. He was gnawing on his bed. His tiny little teeth had begun to scratch the rail. I wasn't very happy.

The next day, we made a trip to Buy Buy Baby to buy a protector. Now, they have those gummy ones that stick on, but they didn't have very good reviews, and honestly, I didn't want to stick something on there, that might, when i pulled it off pull off wood or something. So I went for the ugly option. But hey, they have tabs to hold toys!


But you know what? It has been a crib saver. It might not look very pretty, but I can assure you, Dylan's bed will only have a few little teeth marks on it. I highly recommend anyone, who has a baby, to invest in these, or put them on your registry. They make them for the side rails and the back rail, but he is too short to reach the back rail, and well, the side rails will be gone when it goes to a full sized bed, so I don't care about those!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Adventures of Babysitting- The Finale

So this is the conclusion of our babysitting disaster. Not sure what I'm talking about? Check it out here, and then this one.

We left off with Louie being trapped in our hallway, that we don't have.

So once we get done with the Rangers game, of course they went to extra innings, Adam and I both RACED home to save this poor girl from our house. We get inside, and see that this man had really trapped Louie. He had pushed a couch against the opening, put our unused baby gate up, then topped it with the cushions from the couch. Louie wasn't going anywhere.

I took Sue home, all the while apologizing profusely. She pointed out which house mystery man lived in. Which was a relief, because she actually went to school with their daughter, so she did NOT in fact wonder to a bunch of other doors, which made me 100% happier. On the way home, she told me about it all.

Me: " I'm really sorry about all of this, I had no idea you were afraid of animals."
Sue: " I was doing fine, until the cat JUMPED out at me. Luckily, my sister friend was out in the street playing, so I asked her if she could come put the cat in the office. But you know, that cat is SMART. She got out. She put her hand under the door, and pulled the door open."
Me: "Oh no, I'm sorry."
Sue: "Its Ok, my sister's friend just put her back."
Me: Oh well great, again sooo sorry for all of this. Goodnight."

Needless to say, she received double her babysitting fee, and we learned a very valuable lesson. SCREEN babysitters ,not for Dylan, but for our poor dogs!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Adventures of Babysitting- Part 2

So the story continues. If you don't know what story I'm talking about, check it out here. Just a little warning too. This part could get long. There was a lot of dialog that went on.
So we left off with Sue calling us about the cat. Adam hangs up the phone, and we continue trying to find a parking spot. While, I admit it, kinda giggling about the phone call. We get to the game, are enjoying it, and Adam's phone rings again.

Sue- "Hi Adam, sorry to bother you again, but the DOG GOT OUT."

Adam- "The dog got out?"

Me- "Louie got out?" I think at this point we had all established that Louie had in fact gotten out of our bedroom, and terrified the poor baby sitter.



Sue: "What should I do?"

Adam: "Well, if you can try to get him to go outside in the backyard that would be good.I PROMISE you he won't hurt you."

Sue: "I'm outside right now. Do you mind if I ask someone to come over and put in outside."

Adam: "Nope not at all. Let us know how it goes."

Sue: "ok bye"

( All of this said while we were in the Ballpark at the Ranger's game. So Adam couldn't really hear all that well.)

Some time passes and Suzan ( Adam's mom) asks us if we have heard back from her or anything. She thought that we needed to call and check on her. So Adam calls her back and lets Suzan talk to her, since really she is the one who knows her. Suzan comes and gets Adam and they are gone for probably another 5 or ten minuets.

Adam comes back, and tells me this. "Apparently she didn't know anyone in the area, so she goes and starts knocking on doors." It's 10:30 people. We know a few of our neighbors, but not well enough that we would bother them with putting our dog outside! So right then, I was a little concerned. But anyway, Adam told me she found some guy ( we didn't know what house he was from, but he was someone we didn't know) and he talked to him about Louie's temperament and told him what to do. So the guy was in our house, trying to wrangle our dog outside.

Some time pasted and we didn't hear anything, finally the guy called and told us he couldn't get Louie outside, or back in the bedroom, so he closed him in the hallway. That's all fine and good, but WE DON'T HAVE A HALLWAY THAT CAN BE CLOSED!

Stay tuned for the finale!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Adventures in Babysitting- Part One

It has been brought to my attention that I have left you guys hanging, with the suspense as to why the babysitting experience was a disaster. So here it is. The names will be changed, other than Adam's of course, so really, just the babysitters name. She will be known as, Sue.


So, it starts out with us needing to find a babysitter for our little man, because his aunt, um... BAILED on us, just kidding Erin. Kinda:) Anyway, Suzan suggests this girl, Sue that goes to their church. She is the oldest of 6, or possibly more kiddo's so she has had LOTS of experience with babies. I knew we just needed someone who would play with him for an hour then put him to bed, and not mind the constant screaming that was going to occur. Damn separation anxiety. So, when I got the OK that she was available we were set.



I have already locked up Bailey and Gator in their "houses" because, they are a little hyper and rambunctious so I thought that it would be easier to just get them out of the way. So, she gets to the house, rings the door bell, and before I can open the door, she very nervously asks me if I can put Louie up.Our sweet fat little Louie. Well Louie doesn't have a crate, so I put in him our bedroom. He was none to happy about that either.



I proceed to give her a quick rundown of what to do, as I was running late, so I said by and took off. It wasn't but maybe an hour later that Adam's phone rings. The conversation goes a little something like this.



Sue: "Hi, Adam sorry to bother you, but I didn't know you had a cat, and I'm wondering what I should do with it, because, well... I'm afraid of animals." In a very nervous voice again.
Adam: " Well, you can put her in the bedroom"
Me: " NOO Louie is in there"
Adam: " Oh well you can put her in the office and close the doors."
Sue: " Where did the cat come from?"
Adam: " I don't know, she was probably just wondering around the house"
Sue: "Oh, ok, well I'll put her in the office. Are you sure the dog isn't going to get out of the bedroom?"
Adam: " As long as you don't open the door, no he shouldn't be able to get out. "
After this conversation, I'll admit, I was a little amused that someone could be so terrified of cats. Especially our cat, who probably had nothing to do with her. I'll conclude this segment of "Adventures in Babysitting" at that. Stay tuned for what happens next. TRUST me, you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

T-Minus two months



Can you believe it? I can't. My baby boy is ten whole months old. Two months away from being a year old. Oh man, oh man. This month has gone by so fast, as I say with every month I suppose. Time never slows down. Dylan has done so many new things this month. It's amazing to look back just four weeks to see how far he has developed. The month started with our pediatrician telling us he was developmentally delayed because he didn't do things like stand next to furniture, or bend over. Well, that day I was determined to prove our Dr. wrong. We practiced standing, and well to my amazement, he COULD stand. We never stood him in his crib. That wasn't something I wanted to teach him. If he wanted to stand up in there, he would have to learn to himself ( which he did, today as a mater of fact). But our boy is growing up every day, and every day is a new adventure.




He can now pull up, he pulls up on everything. He LOVES to climb. I see lots of stitches and casts in our future. He is a boys boy. Wants to climb on the couch, on the "blueberry", which is a giant bean bag in his play room, the dishwasher door, our legs. If he is on the couch, he wants off. Sadly he doesn't know that he needs to go feet first though. No, he hasn't fallen yet.


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This month we also tried finger foods. He loves him some puffs and yogurt melts. At the beginning of the month, he was great with feeding himself bites of food we were having. Then he started protesting, so we went back to purees, I think he is slowly but surely liking to feed himself again. I also learned, he loves mashed potato's and chocolate shakes. I guess he is my kid after all!

One of the negatives of our little fella this month is the dreaded separation anxiety. He loves his Momma and Daddy. If we are not in his sight. He cries. Which makes it very difficult for anyone but us to hold him, baby sit him, entertain him. I hope that this is a stage he will grow out of soon.

Speaking of babysitters, we had our very first non family babysitter on Friday night. It was a DISASTER. It was such a disaster, I think it will need its own post. But lets just say, a babysitter who is terrified of animals, isn't a good one for the house with 2 large dogs, 1 crazy dog, and a cat!:)



So Dylan's stats this month are as follows:

16.5 lbs
He is long enough now for his feet to rest on the footrest on his high chair. *tear*
Wearing 6 month clothes. Though we did upgrade him to 9 month sleepers because his feet were bursting out of the others!:)
He can pull to standing on anything.
Still doesn't babble a whole lot. Though he CAN say mama, dada, nana. It's just a very rare occasion for him to talk.
He is eating 3, 8 oz bottles a day. Sometimes that's a struggle. There are so many other important things to do.


He has 5 teeth. finally he will stop looking like a little vampire baby. Though I'm kind of grown to love those little fangs.
He also will give High Fives, but won't wave or clap. He has priorities, and being cool is one of them I suppose.


Lastly, with only two months to go, Mommy has started planning a birthday bash. I have already placed my order for a custom made celebration day t-shirt. Daddy has roughly designed invitations. We have picked out gifts. We are getting there. Mark your calendars. December 4th with be the day. I can't wait. Not only is this party for him, but also for Adam and I. Hey, we SURVIVED being parents for one whole year. I think that's something to celebrate. And no, I'm not the crazy birthday party lady that will be spending $2,000 on a party and inviting 50 people. We just want it to be our friends and family. It should be a good time. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure you'll be hearing more over the next couple of months.



Friday, October 1, 2010

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

An old wives tale that I learned of when in Philly was the Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit. Apparently, if you say that on the first day of the month, before you get out of bed, you'll have a lucky month. I don't do it, but apparently I was the only one who hadn't heard of it. Nordstroms even carries a brand under that name!

Seriously though, how is it already October? I'm pretty sure that I will be saying that with November too, because I have so many things on my calendar for this month, it's ridiculous and I know it's going to fly by.

We have got a garage sale this weekend, as well as a Ranger's game tonight. Next week, I'm going to a card making class with Adam's mom and sister. We've got Shrek the Musical. A chocolate cake and wine charity event, a dinner with wine pairing that Adam's mom bought at an auction. Our family photo shoot, and a Halloween party to round out the month. Seriously y'all, that's the most I'll do in a long time! On top of that, I've started working on Dylan's birthday bash. How is it possible it's only 2 months away? I'm also thinking of doing a holiday cookie exchange party, sound fun? So I'll have to do some research on that!

I'll try to keep up with the blog, but as you can see, I'm lacking in stuff to write about. Other than Dylan that is.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Appreciation

I am a lucky one.

Many think being a "Stay at home Mom" is play dates, shopping, lunches, and naps. Though I do do those things occasionally, it's not a regular thing. Lucky for me, my husband knows better. Having Adam be unemployed for the first 7 months of Dylan's life was a blessing actually. He got to see how hard it was. He never once said that I don't do anything during the day, because he was there to see that wasn't the case.

The day of a stay at home mom is just as tough as a day at the office. Granted, it's a different kind of tough as Adam and I say. His work is mentally draining, and mine is often physically draining.


Taking care of an almost toddler is hard. It only gets harder the older he gets. He wants to move, he wants to play, he doesn't want to take naps, he needs to eat, he needs to be changed. He is a demanding little man. But not only do I have him to worry about but I have to keep up the house. This includes but is not limited to; doing the dishes, laundry, washing the THREE dogs, cooking, and cleaning.


What sparked this post was this weekend. Usually Adam and I switch off weekend days. Like I'll take care of Dylan on one day, and he gets the other. So that way we each get a day where we don't have to worry about him and can get things done. This weekend Adam sort of got stuck with both days, oops. Sunday after he put Dylan down, he came into the kitchen, hugged me and said " Honey, I appreciate you, that kid is exhausting."

You have no idea how great it was to hear that. Not that he ever accused me of sitting on my bum and doing nothing all day. But he got first hand experience that taking care of Dylan is tough!! But you know what? As cliche as it is, I wouldn't change anything. I am sooo very fortunate that I am even able to stay home with him, and I don't ever take that for granted. I love seeing every new little thing he does. Every day is a new adventure.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Menu

Alright, so I guess this is actually false advertising. We haven't thought of a menu for this week. Tonight, we had some spinach and cheese stuffed shells, which were yummy. But I'm not sure what we're going to be having this week. Friday night we will be out because we are going to the Rangers game.

Tomorrow I'll be making Dylan some dinners, maybe his peas will give me some inspiration!;) Gotta love pureed peas and cauliflower! Hopefully I'll update this tomorrow with a more thought out menu!!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Teething, Maybe

Anytime that Dylan is being a pill, or running a fever I blame his teeth. Usually I suppose, I'm wrong. I had been saying since about 4 months that he was teething, and his first pearly whites didn't show up until about 3 months later. This last week, I'm pretty sure something was wrong with my baby in the teeth department. You could just tell they hurt. If I bumped them with a spoon while he ate, he would scream, big crocodile tears would come out of his eyes, he just wasn't a happy man. From about Tuesday to Thursday, he was running a low grade fever and just not happy. I couldn't put him down, or he would whine. I can't stand whining. But Friday, my little man was back to himself(with no new teeth of course). Happy to report, that we've had a fun weekend also.


Saturday we went to eat with grandma and grandpa, made a yummy cake, and played and today, we've gone on a walk, and racing around the house in his car. Our neighbors stopped us on our walk and told us how fast time goes, and that their oldest was turning 17 tomorrow. I can't image him turning 17. I know this first year has gone so fast, he'll be 17 before we know it. Makes me sad. Their advice was also to remember these baby stages, because when they are 17, you'll need too so you don't hurt them!;)


We have lots coming up in the next few weeks, we are going to a Ranger's game, going to a wine and dinner pairing at a fancy restaurant and going to see Shrek the Musical. Now... I just gotta find baby sitters!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Once Again...

Maybe I should call it, " Whatever day menu's" Lol... this week is going pretty quickly. Monday night/ Tuesday morning, Dylan woke up 3 times. Now, I'll tell you, he has slept through the night since about 8 weeks. Maybe woken up at night like once or twice since then. So I'll tell you, I was not a happy camper when my poor baby was up THREE times on Monday night! Then yesterday, he started running a fever. I'm pretty sure it's those top two teeth, because for the most part, he feels alright. He is playing and happy, just a little fussy. He managed to sleep though the night last night and is down for a nap right now, so everything must be good! So... on to our menu this week.

Monday ( Wednesday) Menu:

Burgers ( we ate these last night at 9, so we had a bag of chips with it. Healthy right?)



roast beef sammies, with the left of pot roast

Spinach and ricotta stuffed shells

So nothing too exciting this week. Now I've gotta go clean!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Aunts are funnnnnny...

Sometimes, you'll do anything, even look stupid on video, for the sweet sound of baby laughs.
On Friday, Dylan thought Aunt Erin was the funniest thing he had ever seen!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The LIST

Well since I can't seem to sit down and write a good post , not that I have much interesting to write about, i thought that I would do a list.


1. I finally made myself a camera strap slip cover. It's not perfect, but it looks pretty cool.

2. Dylan is starting to pull up on the furniture, but has been a very needy baby the last few days. I think it's teeth, but hell, I ALWAYS think it's teeth

3. I got his clothes today that I ordered from old Navy, his sweater vest and sheriff shirt are too cute for words.

4. I'm just booked us a family photography session for the end of October. Our first professional pictures. I hope to make this an annual event! ( Dylan will be wearing sweater vest mentioned above)

5. I have been a reading fool. I finished one book last night ( book 10 of Sookie Stackhouse) and am starting a new one tonight

6.I am running in my FIRST even 5k race on the 25th. I don't think I'll be able to run the whole way. I have a mental block that says I can't do it, so I always stop and walk. I think it's because I think I can't do it, because I haven't ever done it!

7. I have already started thinking and planning Dylan's first birthday party.

8. Getting Dylan to eat is an everyday struggle that wears me down. Ever. Single. Meal.

9. I for once have already started buying Christmas presents. I am proud of myself, though I know I will have to buy last minuet things Christmas Eve.

10. I joined a 20 somethings mom's group. I have RSVP'd Yes, to two events next week. Hopefully I'll make some new mommy friends!

11. After 2 months, I finally went and introduced myself and Dylan to my new across the street neighbor.

12. I'm so excited about what I'm getting Dylan for his birthday, I want to order it now, but I know I can't because I'll give it to him early!



I think that is all the random things I can think of now.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Late Again... Monday Menu

Well, once again, Monday slipped by me. Not that I do anything to important, but we were out and about running around yesterday! So this week's menu, was made mostly by Adam, because he did the grocery shopping this weekend ( it was a treat, he even took Dylan, so I had the whole house to myself for like 2 hours!!!)
You might also notice a few repeats, its not because we liked it so much that we are having it again, but more because we didn't get around to having it when I originally posted it. With Laura being in town, we've eaten out like 2 week, which is nice, because I can't seem to keep ahead of the game with a clean kitchen.:)

Mushroom Quesadillas from our Lourdes Castro cook book. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good Mexican one, very easy but interesting recipes.

Beef Stroganoff ( with left over mushrooms, and some of the 50 lb bag of pasta we have from Sam's.)

Creamy Taco Mac- I grew up on hamburger helper. I introduced it to Adam. It's really bad for you. We haven't had it in years, hope this is good!

Mushroom soup- Because we STILL have mushrooms, maybe I got a little carried away with the mushrooms!

I need some help with veggie side dishes, I am pretty good at getting a main dish, it's just those sides I have trouble with. Anyone have some interesting things to share?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reality Teachings...

As my son sleeps, you would think I would be doing something productive like, cleaning, doing laundry, taking a shower, reading, organizing, but alas, I'm catching up on my Real Housewives. I watch pretty much all of them but the Atlanta one. So imagine my excitement when I saw that there is a Beverly Hills one coming!! In all seriousness though, I am learning from watching these. Two lessons have been learned.

1) DO NOT EVER PUT ANYTHING IN WRITING. These women, particularly the crazy Danielle from New Jersey, seems to put everything in writing, then back tracks and says" I didn't write that? If I did, I didn't understand what I was saying or answering. " My mom always told me never to put anything in writing that I didn't want someone to see, or call you out on. This show really proves that.

2) Take care of your self. These women for the most part are in their early 40's late 30's but look as though they are 60. I gave up on fake tanning a long time ago. Not only because of the whole skin cancer thing, but well because it's terribly aging on the skin. I like when I go places and still get carded ( with a baby on my hip I'll remind you) or when people guess that I'm like 18. I suppose that might be because I'm a little " vertically challenged" So with that, I started using a retinol cream on my face at night, to combat wrinkles. Since I don't wear makeup but once in a blue moon, I really need to make sure I do not look terrifying without my makeup on. You know, like those people who you see without it, and then now why they MUST go to the gym to workout with makeup on?

I feel like you can never start too soon to take care of yourself. I'm really trying to get into a routine of moisturizer and brow waxing, massages, manis, pedi's, because that is something my mom never did, and I want to make sure that I have some "ME" time. Adam has golf, I have Mani's and Pedi's!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Team Dylan *Edited for enlarged picture*

I'm changing teams. How about you?



Edward and Jacob have nothing on Dylan!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nine is Fine

Nine months. Wow. This month was a fun one. It was our first time being home without Daddy for the whole month. Dylan and I have managed to get into a pretty good routine. Though he still hasn't figured out that Mommy would like to sleep a little later. I suppose if that's the only complaint I have, well then we're doing good. Dylan has gotten 100% better at army crawling, but hasn't mastered actually crawling. He practices every day though, but his pinkie sized arms, they just can't hold his weight up yet. We have also been practicing standing. Building muscles. I have some pretty funny videos' for you of some "toys" he found this month.

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Call me a bad mom, but I refuse to buy him toys now, because well, I know when he is 2, there will be crap all over my house. So I'm keeping it MY house for now!


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So this months stats:
16 lbs- off the curve... no obese child for me!
28 inches long

You are still a sleeping champ. You're even getting better about being out past your bedtime, which is nice for going out for dinner!! You take 2 naps a day, though for a few days there, I thought you had decided one was plenty. I'm glad that was just a stage. You can stay up without being cranky for about 3 hours.You are still wearing 3-6 month clothes though I did just have to buy you 6-9 sleepers because your feet were crammed. You are eating( not without a fight) 24 oz, via three 8oz bottles, and eating solids 3 times a day. You are exclusively in the high chair now when we go out. You love the mirror. There is a good looking baby that looks back at you!You are a ham, everyone loves you. Random people will stop us when we are shoping just to talk to you, and tell mommy how adorable you are. ( I even had one lady say..." Awww, you got a cute one... I've seen some really ugly babies lately!" haha... crazy old ladies!)You still army crawl, but are working really hard on crawling. You have a new tooth. It's up for debate which one it is. Aunt Erin and Daddy think it's a canine, I think it's the lateral incisor. We shall see. But no front top teeth yet. You love puffs and yogurt melts, and can feed them to yourself now. You love shoes, and feet, especially shoes with feet in them! You can stand up next to the couch and table now. You even tried to climb up on the couch, it was a big FAIL though. See...( it wasn't as bad as it looks here, I promise)


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Dylan, you are still the light of our eyes. Your such a happy baby. Daddy looks forward to coming home just so he can see your happy little face. I'm pretty sure you laugh more when he gets your from your nap than you do all day. Playing favorites already I assume. I can't believe you are almost a year old, seems like just yesterday we brought you home. We love you Monkey.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Where does time go?

I really didn't even realize that I hadn't posted in over a week until this morning. Time is just zipping right on by. We've been busy, I guess. It's either, shopping, lunch dates with Aunt Erin, grocery shopping, dinner dates with grandma and grandpa or just hanging out in our PJ's, Dylan and I's day just seems to slip between my fingers. I'm going to be combining this with the Monday menu, I've already been very pleased with the two meals I've made this week, so hopefully I can keep it going.


Can you believe it's September? Tomorrow my baby boy turns NINE months old. Talk about time just slipping by. He's been up to a lot, so hopefully, I'll be able to put a post together with pictures, video's and is tales tomorrow. His Aunt Laura just came home from NYC, so I would venture to guess you'll be seeing him with her in some pictures the next few months, before she makes her way to her new home. Sydney Australia... speaking of, I should get Dylan a passport, better yet, I should get Dylan's birth certificates;)


So Monday Menu... on Wednesday!
Beef and Broccoli Orange Stir Fry- This was yummy, I accidentaly put to much flour in it so it was a little dry, but had great flavor. I also used whole wheat pasta instead of soba noodles!


Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches- One of my favorite things in Philly. I wasn't a huge cheese steak fan. But these were yummy. I used Franks Red hot instead of the wing sauce. Though I'm sure they are the same thing!


Stuffed Peppers- I got a recipe from an old friend from high School. We will have this with a loaded salad.


Wild Mushroom Quesadillas- From a cookbook we have. Along with a black bean salsa recipe I got from my neighbor!


A non dinner item I made this week was S'mores Granola Bars. So NOT healthy in any way, shape or form... but DELECTABLE!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Menu

This weeks menu is pretty worldly. We have planned cuisine from all over. With much help from my husband, we have put together what we feel like is an exciting week on the food front. Most of these are recipes out of our cookbooks, so check back for recipes as I post them throughout the week.

-Smoked Brisket with coleslaw

-Fresh Corn Soup topped with Roasted Corn Guacamole with a side of Smoked Chicken.

-Crab Tostadas with Quinoa

-Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce with a fresh green salad

-Sloppy Bombay Joes and something on the side, no idea yet though... maybe some green beans
Because we have some smoked chicken left over, probably like quesadillas and black bean salsa or something. We smoked a brisket and some chicken breasts yesterday, can you tell?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Friends with Exes

Possibly it's because Adam and I have been together since we were 15, and didn't really have time for "serious" exes. But not being friends with our exes would mean trouble for us. Oh yeah, wonder why I'm writing this? Two words, Teen Mom. Yes I know, I know I shouldn't watch such quality television, but I do. Every week. Catelynn and Tyler for those who don't watch it, are the couple that gave their baby up for adoption, and remained together. Maybe it's because they remind me of Adam and I ( aside from the whole teen pregnancy thing) but they are my favorite couple. Long story short, Tyler isn't happy with her that she was talking to her ex boyfriend via the telephone, and requested her phone records to see how often she called him. In the end, she gave them to him, but he threw them away. ( good boy) So this leads me to our exes.

If Adam and I didn't talk to our Exes we wouldn't have very many friends. Before Adam, I had one serious boyfriend in Jr. High. 8 Months, that's a LONG time in Jr High. Adam had a few in elementary school, none really to count as serious girlfriends.

If I couldn't be friends with my ex, We wouldn't have a best friend. Adam wouldn't have had a Best Man. Dylan wouldn't have a Godfather. I wouldn't have gotten flowers when my mom died.


If Adam couldn't be friends with his ex, I wouldn't have had a Maid of Honor. I wouldn't have someone I could count on for girls night( when she is in town). I wouldn't have a Mommy friend to check with when I have questions about Dylan.


If I had to put money on it, I would say that Adam and I benefit from being friends with our exes. Our exes make our lives better. They are some of the best friends anyone could ask for. Thanks for being in our lives Andrew and Becca!