Archive for April, 2013

Break out the alec bradley cigars …it’s time to celebrate! Introducing Miss Lilly Evelyn…my newest niece.  She is my brother Daniel and sister-in-law Jessica‘s third little girl, born just a week ago!  I’m so excited to meet her in a few weeks…I just want to squish her a little bit.  🙂  Even though I have to wait awhile to see her, I’m going to be packing up my newborn cloth diapers in the next few days to mail off for her to wear.  I can’t wait to see newborn fluffy bum pics!


I made a delicious cabbage soup tonight.  Even the kids ate it…Kelvin loved it and Ava tolerated it, which is a big deal for my picky girl!

Crockpot Cabbage Soup

1 pound browned ground beef or turkey
1/2 small head of cabbage, shredded
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
32 ounces beef broth
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dill weed

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot.  Add enough water to cover the ingredients.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

I didn’t do any baby sign language with Ava or Kelvin, because they learned to talk very young and it seemed pointless.  I think I may have to with Carter, though…and not because I don’t think he’ll talk early (after all, the boy’s a genius, he’ll probably invent some sort of updated electrosurgery generators or something someday. LOL).  Because he’s making it up on his own!

He has started signing “all done” by waving his hand side to side in front of him.  He does it quite a bit, whether he means that he doesn’t want more food, doesn’t want to be tickled anymore, is done playing, etc.  A few nights ago, he woke up while I was in the shower and Chad had to take care of him.  He’s a Daddy’s boy, but not at night.  It ticks him off royally to see anyone but Mama at night.  So he was not happy to see Chad there and he said, “Dada” and then did his “all done” sign.  I wish I would have been there to see it….so cute!

I posted last week about how Carter was slowing down his weight gain.  Well, lest you think the little guy is wasting away, I thought I should post this picture from tonight so you would know that most of the chub is still intact!

I have a feeling that his slowing weight gain is just a result of him being more mobile now…he’s scooting on his butt all over the place!  🙂

My little beanie-baby (Carter) has finally slowed down on his weight gain.  You wouldn’t know it to look at him because he’s always been big (he started out way ahead at 10 pounds, 11 ounces), but he has only gained a few ounces in the last couple of months.  For the record, he is 22 pounds, 5 ounces now (according to the breastfeeding clinic’s scale).

Since he began seeing his new pediatrician, he has gone from the 96th percentile for weight to the 82nd.  Like I said, though, he’s still huge for a 9-month-old, so they’re not worried about it.  I remember Ava having the same issue around 9 months, too.  Plus, he’s been scooting a lot, so all the being-active is probably burning lots of baby fat (and Mama fat too….Mama doesn’t have time to do anything but chase Baby anymore….pretty soon I’m going to have to get a free audiobook download because I don’t even have time to read anything anymore!) It really doesn’t bother me that he has slowed down and will probably still fit in the 12 months size clothes I bought him for summer!


…don’t mix very well!

Oy.  I’ve spent the last few days dragging the kids in from outside to do their school work several times a day.  Not that we do a ton of school work (Ava is in kindergarten and Kelvin is in preschool), but Carter provides lots of interruptions, which the kids interpret as lots of opportunities to sneak away outside.

Never mind that I provide plenty of park time, bike riding time and hanging out in the backyard time.  It is never enough when the weather is warm!  And because I feel the same way, it is even harder for me to pull them back inside!

While we were in the drive-through at the bank this afternoon, I was messing around with my phone’s camera.  I had just figured out how to use the “front” camera instead of the main camera, so I decided to try it out on my little cargo.  I didn’t tell them I was going to take a picture, but Ava noticed just as I was about to take it.  This was her reaction.  She’s such a little clown!

My little people all dressed up for the Last Day of Unleavened Bread!  I took about 10 pictures, and this one was the ONLY one that turned out good.

Unlike this one…

Look familiar?  Same pose, different clothes!  LOL

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