Archive for March, 2013

It’s been a busy day around our house!  It’s a beautiful 60-ish, sunny day and we have taken advantage of it!  Chad and kids spent a lot of time outside cleaning up the yard.  I was out there with them for awhile while they rode bikes, but then came inside and acted like a white tornado while Carter took a nap.  I did dishes, cleaned the counters, prepped food for a potluck tomorrow, packed the diaper bag and laid out clothes for church tomorrow, swept the floor, did major clutter control, and washed and hung out diapers.  I also ran to Dillon’s for groceries this morning and already have dinner ready to go in the oven.

It’s a little shocking to me that I had enough energy for all that when I was up so late last night catching up on Aire-Master stuff, workflow printing , paying bills and finishing Season 3 of Downton Abbey.  Then when I finally went to bed at 1 am, Carter got up to play for 1.5 hours.  It was not a great night.  I’m glad that I get to start the week NOT feeling like I’m ridiculously behind on everything, though!


Aren’t they adorable?  I love how Ava and Kelvin are just not phased at all by Carter’s mini-meltdown.  They’re used to it, I guess!

By the way, I got both boys’ suits from Burlington Coat Factory for only $15 each!  Can’t complain about that price!  I wish they could have matched, but the suit I got for Kelvin was literally the only one in his size that wasn’t obnoxiously ugly.  Maybe next year!

This little boy is threatening to make his mama crazy!  He isn’t even crawling yet, but he has started getting into so much mischief!  The house is already kid-friendly, but once he starts crawling, I’m going to have become an obsessive baby-proofer…which might even involve getting new kids furniture nyc ! You know me…always looking for an excuse to shop!

On the particular day that this picture was taken, he unloaded that cupboard no less than three times, yanked almost an entire shelf’s worth of books off the bookshelf, and took all the condiments and bottles out of the refrigerator door twice.  I am in sooooo much trouble, you guys!

Carter had his first bath in the sink a few nights ago.  Technically, he had sponge baths in the sink when he was a newborn before his cord fell off, but he never actually got to sit in the sink.  He typically takes baths in the bathtub with his brother and sister, so this was different for him!

We had offered him a piece of unleavened bread after dinner and apparently he’s not ready for that yet.  He gagged and threw up down his shirt.  That was a NASTY mess to clean up, so I just put him straight in the sink.  You can’t see it in the picture, but the other side of the sink is FULL of dishes, so that’s where he got the spatula from.  🙂

While I’m talking about him, I also wanted to record that he started growling and pointing this last week.  The growling is cute, but the pointing is SOOOOO super cute.  He points to stuff and looks at me for a reaction, so I know he understands what he’s doing.  He also has made up his own signs for “nurse” (tapping my chest) and “all done” (waving his hand side to side in front of him). I need to brush up on my baby signs, because he’s obviously ready and interested!

Yesterday was Ava’s 6th birthday!  How is it possible that I have a 6-year-old now?  Time needs to sloooooow down!

We decided against having a party this year.  We have three kids now and doing three parties a year was just going to be too much.  So we decided we’ll let the kids rotate and do one big party a year (except this year we’ll do two…it’s Kelvin’s year, but I still want to do a party for Carter’s 1’st birthday).  But on the off-years, we’ll still do a small cake and gifts and let them pick what they want for dinner and do something fun as a family.

My plan for a fun family activity fell apart this year, thanks to the weather.  I had planned to do a day trip to Kansas City to go to the zoo, but it was FREEZING.  And Chad had to work.  So we’re going to go to the Discovery Center as a family on Sunday.  Oh, and the gifts?  Only one of the gifts from Chad and I was here.  The others shipped yesterday….on her birthday, even though I ordered them 4 days before that.  Pretty irritated about that, but it will be OK.  She still had plenty of gifts from her grandma’s and grandpa’s to open.

Anyway……enough venting (before you know it, you’ll have me rambling on about employment lawyer San Diego or something!).  She said she had a great birthday, it’s just my perfectionist nature getting twitchy because everything wasn’t exactly the way I’d imagined it would be.

On to some pictures!

We let her pick one gift to open when she got up.  She chose the gift from Grandma & Grandpa with the Kitties….and it was a handmade bag filled with tons of animal puppets!  Let me tell you, those were a hit with both older kids!  They got tons of use yesterday!

Then we had to go to a MOMS Club board meeting and we had baked cupcakes the day before for her to share with her friends.


After she played with her friends for awhile, we went home and ate lunch.  She and Kelvin played with the puppets for awhile and then she opened her gift from Grandma Darlene and Papa Wally.  It was a Hello Kitty dress with matching hair clips.  She immediately had to try it on!

In that picture, she’s also holding the one gift from Chad and I that was actually here on time.  It’s a Fur-Real puppy and she fell in love with that little thing when we were shopping at Target one day.  It barks and whines and spins in a circle and honestly, I don’t see how it’s any different than the two REAL dogs she has, but maybe that’s just me.  LOL

For dinner, we went to Cici’s so she could have her beloved macaroni and cheese pizza (it sounds gross, but it’s really really good).  Since it was her birthday, they let her make her own pizza, in addition to having the pizza buffet.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get any pictures.

Then we went home and let her open her gifts from Grandma & Grandpa with the Kids.  It was a magic set and a butterfly treasure box that she can decorate herself.  I got video, but no still shots, but here’s a picture of her working on the treasure box this morning.

And then it was cake time!

After that, it was time for the birthday girl to get tucked into bed for her first night as a 6-year-old!

Happy Birthday, little princess!  Mommy loves you more than words can say and I’m so thankful that I get the blessing of being your Mommy.  You teach me so much and make me so happy!  I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for us!



I made the easiest cake for Ava’s birthday tomorrow! It was inspired by this cake, but I tweaked it a little bit.  I think it would have been cool to do “Sconehenge”, but unfortunately my time and energy did not allow for that.  Ava wouldn’t have understood it anyway, so it’s just as well that I used vanilla wafers.  🙂

Anyway, it was so super easy.  I decorated the whole thing with a fussy baby, so that tells you how quickly I got it done!  I didn’t even have to smooth the frosting, since it’s supposed to be grass….in fact I roughed it up a bit!  I wish I’d gotten the wisps blue-er, but I added too much color and didn’t have any more white frosting, so it will have to do.

Ava has no idea what the cake is going to look like, so I’m so excited for her to see it tomorrow!


My original plan for this week included heading to Kansas City to go to the zoo on Thursday.  The weather decided to throw a wrench in that plan, though….the news was predicting highs in the 30’s and possible rain/snow.  So we decided to go today (Tuesday) instead…after all, the forecast predicted a high of 57 and sun.  I packed up enough “stuff” for three kids for a day (I almost thought I was going to have to see if someone Got Briefcases for me when I wasn’t looking. LOL We needed a LOT of bags to pack all that stuff!) and made a picnic lunch to take along and we were off!

Unfortunately, as you can see from this picture, we were in our winter coats, so it was not quite as warm as predicted!

In fact, it was downright freezing and even started snowing toward the end of our visit!

The kids still managed to have a lot of fun, even though a lot of the animals weren’t on exhibit because of the cold temperatures.

Carter spent the entire time (except lunch) bundled up in the Boba.  I kept him toasty warm with Baby Legs, a sweater knit by Grandma with the Kitties and a hat knit by Grandma with the Kids.

One of my favorite parts of the zoo was the kangaroos.  They were free range kangaroos….no fences or anything!  This one was eying me up and one of my friends joked that it saw Carter in the Boba on me and thought it was a baby kangaroo.  🙂




It may be late (it’s after 10 now), but better late than never, right?  I just don’t have time to blog until the kids are in bed.  I guess I should probably write and publish it on Sunday night, but there’s only so much thinking ahead I can handle at one time!  🙂

The Weather:::
Crazy!!  We had 87* one day last week, we’re in the 50’s now, and we’ll be in the 30’s with a chance of snow by the end of the week.  Spring, please come quickly!

Right now I am:
Watching the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars.  Missed that show…I wish it was on year-round!

That I need to finish up the post and start folding laundry.

On my reading pile:::
Keeping Faith

On my tv::: 
Dancing with the Stars
Downton Abbey Season 3 (technically this is on my computer, since I bought the season instantly on Amazon)

Favorite Blog post this week (mine or other):::
How A Mom Showers

Something fun to share:::
We have a busy week this week, including a certain little girl’s SIXTH birthday!  Slow down, time!

On the menu for this week:::
Corned Beef & Cabbage, Steamed Broccoli, Dinner Rolls
Baked Sausage Stew, Cauliflower Rice
Teriyaki Chicken, Fried Rice
Homemade Pizza, Veggie Dippers
Chicken & Stuffing Casserole
Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup
Dinner Out for Ava’s Birthday
On my to do list:::
(This is what was on my list this morning)
Fax tax form to CPA
Upload Carter’s professional pics to have them printed
Deep clean playroom
Clean freezers
Clean kids’ stuff out of van to prepare it for getting vacuumed later this week

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
A Brave cake for Ava’s birthday.  Next week I plan on making more busy bags for the kids’ church backpacks.

Homemaking Tips:::
Nothing is coming to mind at the moment
Looking around the house:::
It’s QUIET!  As much as I love my kids, they are LOUD and I look forward to the {usually} quiet nights!

From the camera:::
My little Batman playing with Duplos today while I cleaned in the playroom.

Photo: Little Batman!

On my prayer list:::
A family in our church who just lost their 17-year-old son.  It was not unexpected, but hard nonetheless.
Bible verse, Devotional:::

Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior – Isaiah 43:1-3

Most people think of bland, unseasoned food for babies.  Those foods are best to start with, but I’d always assumed that I should wait to start “people food” (haha) until my babies were over a year.  Carter is proving me wrong, though!  A month or so ago, he decided he loved cauliflower rice.  I seasoned it quite a bit, so I was surprised.

I was really surprised today, though!  I made leek soup and since it’s a smooth soup, I gave Carter a taste.  I didn’t expect him to like it because I seasoned it pretty heavily.  But he loved it!  He finished my entire bowl (and there was quite a bit left).  The soup had some dairy in it (I had made a roux to thicken it up a bit), and he’s OK with dairy now, but I’d still prefer to avoid it for the most part until he’s over a year.  So after dinner I made him his own pot of soup that’s dairy-free (I used olive oil instead of butter to sautee the leeks and garlic, and didn’t make a roux).  I gave him a taste and he still loved it, so I put a bowl in the fridge for him to eat tomorrow and froze the rest in ice cube trays to heat up in the days ahead.

I’m looking forward to adding this to the rotation of homemade baby food I already have stashed in the freezer.  It’s so nice (especially on days when we want to get out because it’s actually warm enough to think about needing pool heat pumps ) to have food in the freezer that I can get out to thaw in the morning and feed to him later in the day.

Side note…I’m also looking into getting some reusable squeezable food bags for him because he LOVES the disposable ones.  More on that later…

…It’s cold again!  What is up with this?!

On Friday, it got up to 87!  We went to the zoo in the morning, and then went to Sonic for lunch and the kids played for over FIVE hours!  It was amazing!

And today, our highs were in the 40’s or so!  Apparently, spring isn’t ready to stick around yet.  🙁

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