Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
so...I actually did two posts. Because my kids are much more endearing than talking about my cooking/eating habits! Read yesterday's post with some random updates on the kiddos. AND here are some pictures of the cutest boys I know (I'm allowed to say that on my own blog, right?)
Cbug is quickly catching up with his "big brother" in size...and in his own mind, he's pretty strong, too! Now as for walking, that is another story. Don't get me started on the dramatic act this boy puts on when you try to get him to take a step on his own.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
KJ is definitely getting closer to 3 than 2. He is totally into rationalizing things and can argue with the best of 'em. Our favorite/least favorite KJ phrase is "well, i was JUST...." 100 times a day. He also has a very tender heart. He does not like for anyone to be sad or be left out. He can be seen comforting friends in tears in bible class or asking strangers at the playground to play. This morning he was drawing a picture at the table. I asked him who he would like to give it to. He said "Um, I think the lady that doesn't have any paper". Over the last couple of months we've given gloves to people that didn't have any and toys to kids that didn't have any. I guess that was on his mind. I asked where the lady that didn't have any paper was and he said "At church". Ummm, ok (I hid the paper).
OH, and random note... KJ calls our GPS the "nice lady". WE are not sure how this started, but is presumably because of her nice accent and fact that we frequently call the stranger at the grocery store or in the mall "the nice lady"...I guess in his mind, GPS lady is a stranger and seems friendly enough. We usually play this game with him where we say "which way should we turn now" and he says right or left. But after we got the GPS for Christmas he now will occasionally, instead of answering, say "maybe you should ask the nice lady". Thanks for that reminder, KJ.
We got to see Baby Sister via sonogram again at our last appointment. She looks very healthy and was, once again, curled in an angelic little ball as comfy as could be. WAY different than sonograms with the boys where you had to catch 'em quick to get a picture. Here's hoping this will say something about her laid-back personality. Haha. She does have a name and I'm so thankful that she will not be named in the delivery room like Cbug. Its not really fair, though, because I've basically been working on a girl name since about 2005 (when we found out we were pregnant the first time). Like the boys, I'll not be posting her real name here. Ask me about it, though. I LOVE it!! KJ and Cbug's "blog names" just sort of seemed easy, but baby sister's hasn't quite come to me yet. Any suggestions?
That's it for randomness. Pictures following shortly.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I thought it would be good to put together a list of resources. I'm slowly gathering them as I go on this quest for menu help. Here are a couple of my current go-to's.
I love the Cooking for Slackers blog. It is a fairly recent discovery for me, but you must try it. I love that she puts up two week menus so you get some ideas and her menus always have a pretty broad range of selections. The meals are all fairly family friendly (but not always diet friendly). I also love that she provides recipes for each item. The recipes are categorized in the sidebar so they are easy to find. Best part, she usually has a review about whether her kids liked the dish or not. Last night we tried this baked ziti recipe and it was absolutely delicious (and nearly as good today for leftovers at lunch).
A couple of other great resources for quick and easy meals:
Ask Tara at "My Life". She sometimes puts recipes on her blog, but if you know her you should just talk to her. She is great about coming up with easy and kid-friendly recipes to pass along. Check out her recent update on croissant pizzas. YUM! She's also good at menu planning in advance.
Her sister also has a recipe blog "In the Mood for Food." I haven't tried any recipes from it yet, but I can certainly get on board with the title...and everything looks yummy.
Anyone else have any good suggestions? Provide me some links and I'll make a list to share. The links should have recipes that are EASY and require less than 1 hour to prepare, do not require any ingredients I can't pronounce or can't be found at my local grocery store, and should be kid friendly.
Thanks for the help!
Monday, February 2, 2009
I loved spending time with all of our extended family and wouldn't trade the memories of having so many loved ones gathered around for anything. That said, though, my very favorite part of Christmas was the special time that we spent with just our little family of 4 (and 1/2). Here are a few glimpses into our family time and some of our traditions.
Tradition #4- Before bed:
I love Christmas pajamas. Aren't they adorable (even if the wearers would prefer to wrestle instead of pose).
Almost ready to go to sleep, first we just need to leave a treat for Santa. I had it on good authority that Santa wouldn't mind eating one of the leftover Christmas cupcakes instead of a cookie this year. KJ picked the perfect one, then we left a note.