Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Gobble Day!

Jake's preschool threw a Thanksgiving feast for all the kids and the parents that were lucky enough to also attend. It was funny. Sort of reminded me of a low budget Hogwarts feast complete with Capri Sun & politically incorrect attire. Awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving! gobble gobble

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I can't remember being in such a state of the warm fuzzys for a long, long time. My heart is beating like a rabbit. Chloe uttered her first word. A word that will make any woman melt into a big pile of goo, especially when it is the first word that comes out of  her baby's mouth, "Mama". Jake didn't say "Mama" for at least 12 months. I can't really remember exactly when he finally said it, but I do remember that it was waaaaay down on the list of his first words.  In fact, I think "digger" came before "Mama". It hurt, I'm not going to lie but Chloe's making up for my hurt feeling the first time around by making it her first word. What a smart baby.

just had to share this...


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Monday, November 10, 2008

I should not be this excited about pee

Except for the fact that it was Jake's and it was, SIT DOWN, in his potty!!!! tee hee!
This has been a long time coming and harder than I ever imagined it would be. I've been challenged by raising kids so far, but none can compare to this, the behemoth of all challenges. And to those who say, "What's the big deal? My kid just went at 9 months and has been diaper free EVER SINCE.". I say, bite me. The mere fact that he sat down long enough to relieve himself, intentionally, in the potty, is enough to go dance in the street. In my pajamas. It's a small miracle.

For whatever reason, Jake just hasn't been ready. We had tried EVERYTHING to lure him to the potty. Videos, books, 2 different pottys, stickers and even candy and none of them have done the trick. No amount of bargaining or clever persuasion could get him to have a seat. I'd see him focusing on something happening in his diaper and I'd ask very casually if he'd like to sit on the potty to go ______, and he'd scream, "NO POTTY!", and turn his head away to show that the potty and I no longer existed. I've been very patient and understanding that, hey, diapers are what he's comfortable with and as long as he's out of diapers before I have to start buying him the Depends due to his size, we're all good.

I've even tried convincing myself that I like changing diapers. It helps keep me young and nimble. It's easier on long car rides, plane trips and shopping trips. I'm really good at it too. I can clean a, burn your eyeballs it's so bad, diaper with one hand tied behind my back, blindfolded, using one wipe, all in under 30 seconds my friends. Oh yes, I'm that good.

But then.

For whatever reason, he was ready last night. We exchanged a tinkle for 3 Smarties candy. He was so proud and, I would say, probably a little freaked out by my slightly over the top reaction. Did he expect anything less than a impromptu "my son went pee pee on the potty" dance from mommy? What can I say, I was proud too. I'm considering this a promising step towards one less bottom that I have to clean. It was a good day for the family.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Creamy Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup

I'm sick, and this soup is my only salvation right now. This isn't any ordinary Chicken Noodle Soup - It's sort of a cross between Greek Chicken Lemon Rice soup and your garden variety noodle soup. The comforting and healing properties in this brew is undeniable once you take your first bite. Just had to share since this is the season.

3 tbs butter
4 oz. button mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic - minced
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup shredded carrots
1 medium onion - chopped
3 tbs all purpose flour
6 cups of chicken stock or low sodium broth
3 sprigs of Rosemary
1 cup of mini penne pasta or any other pasta
1 1/2 lbs of chicken tenders cut into 1/2 in. size pieces
1 1/2 cups half & half
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
the juice of 1 whole "plastic" lemon juice lemon

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add 1st 5 ingredients and cook until tender (5 min). Add flour and stir (3 min.). Gradually mix in stock & bring soup to a simmer. Add rosemary, chicken and pasta and cook until chicken is cooked through and pasta is al dente (don't worry - this won't contaminate your soup). Set heat to low and allow soup to cool slightly. Mix in half & half, parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Lightly simmer away until served, but be careful not to let boil after half and half is added. Remove rosemary sprigs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008



MORE CANDY!!! please.

Really cute photo of Jake trick or treating 

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I'm still waiting on some photos of Jake trick or treating from my friend Louise... my camera battery died just as we stepped foot on the sidewalk. I'll probably get some posted by Thanksgiving.

Jake and I joined up with some neighborhood friends, Nemo, a fly?, a Monkey, Darth Vader and two witches (including myself), armed with plastic cups and a few bottles of wine, and went trick or treating. Jake took immediately to the task. He didn't quite understand the point of saying "trick or treat" and thought it was much more effective to yell, "MORE CANDY!!!  fank you", house to house. Poor, snotty Chloe stayed behind with poor, cranky daddy and managed the trick or treaters at our end.  Boy, were we unprepared. We had more trick or treaters in 3 hours than we did at our other house during the 5 years we lived there. Trick or treating college students no less... in hindsight, we should've had a separate stash of condoms and Milwaukee's Best for them. 

Three empty king size bags of candy and 2 empty bottles of wine later, it was finally over and we all collapsed. Jake (and I) had made out like a bandit (or pirate). Butterfingers Galore! Even a king size Butterfinger no less. I think I'm going to take my friend Sarah's idea to use the loot as bribery for some loot in Jake's Elmo potty. Even trade don't you think? A Tootsy Roll for a tootsy roll. 

So, even though I complained earlier on the day of Halloween, that night turned out to be a lot of fun.