Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010 in Summary

Lili spent the morning in her cat costume, primarily because I colored a cat face on her and so she was excited to wear the costume. She got sick of it around 10am and decided she'd put on some other dress up clothes instead (an angel). We eventually convinced her that because it was snowing, the cat costume would be a better choice because it was warmer.

So, after a dinner of pizza and more birthday cake (because we needed more sugar before going out for... sugar), we headed out trick or treating with friends. I'm sorry I have no pictures of the friends' costumes, because they were stellar, but we filled our trick or treat bucket and Lili has declared that next year she would like to just buy treats and stay home. She takes after us - efficient!

Mira only lasted a couple of blocks treating until Keith brought her home and put her to bed. I'm told she was wired. Must be all the sugar!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Mira, you are one year old today. I am amazed.

Here's how we celebrated your first birthday...
A normal wakeup time, followed by a breakfast of pancakes and blueberries. As usual, all you wanted were the blueberries.
A quiet morning at home with a lot of playing and trying for a nap.
Lunch, and then going to the Halloween Festival with Mama and Lili. This is just the start of your day being intertwined with the holiday. I hope you like costumes (and candy!)
Then, home, and an unusual family nap from 3:30-5:30.
We had a Mira friendly dinner of tortellini and green beans. As usual, all you wanted were the noodles.
You got some fun presents! A walker wagon, a ball drop toy, and a picture album. You loved all of them, and especially the picture of Lili making a very funny face.
A walk around the neighborhood (to look at the Halloween decorations).
Carrot cake, the same as Lili had on her first birthday. You had two peices.
And a late bed time (due to the family nap).
We had a wonderful, calm birthday day with you and are so glad that you are part of our family.

Here are a few things I think of your first year...
I will never forget how loud and how long you screamed when you first came out. And it seems like it didn't stop for at least 3 months. We are happy you have such a big personality, but those first months were long and hard. Your face when you cry now looks exactly the same as your crying face when you were first born. And now I can kind of laugh about it. At 6 months, you started to make our life easier and really show your expression. You have so many funny faces and you are so good at communicating with us. You have always loved being outside. Always, even from the beginning, going for a walk would always calm you down. You love to dance, and jump. You call yourself "dada" and we laugh at that so much that it is now one of our family jokes. You and Lili get along so well, you love each other, take care of each other, and make each other laugh. You love to talk, and it is never quiet around here when you are awake. You didn't love nursing, and you love to drink from a bottle. You love your blankie and your pacifier. And taking a bath. You know how to say "poop". You love getting dressed, especially putting on your socks and shoes. Dogs are your favorite animal. You are very opinionated. Your favorite things to eat are blueberries, noodles, and avocado. We let you eat ice cream when you were seven months old.
You are smart, and beautiful, and I love you.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Look who's walking!

Mira took her first 3 unassisted steps yesterday! I am very excited.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

P**p. It's a Four Letter Word.

As a new parent, you are prepared to be innundated by p**p. Babies p**p all the time, they say, and it's true. What you might not be prepared for (I wasn't) is that your life can quickly spiral down into the depths of revolving around p**p.

What do I mean? Well, this is my life. I have a baby on day 9? 10? of diarrea. Which in itself is a handful. I'm told by the doc that it can last up to two weeks. So it is, and I can (barely) deal.

Throw in a preschooler who won't p**p, and you've got me over the edge. Who does that? Who purposefully holds in their p**p until they can no longer even sit down? Lots of little kids, apparently. It's a fear thing. It's a control issue. Whatever it is, it is absolutely horrible to see your kid in such discomfort and not be able to help.

So what have I learned... My kids can really put me in a tizzy. Lili is far more stubborn than I originally thought. I really need to work on teaching her to externalize her feelings. And I wish prune juice came in juice box form.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Supermarket Fail.

Hannaford, how could you do me so wrong?

First, you were out of lasagna noodles. Any and all. How is that possible?

Then, no chicken. I don't mean no chicken at all, but I do not need to buy the 5 lb pack of chicken breasts. All I needed was your basic single family pack. And there were none.

Apples? Empire apples anyone? Hello? Beuller?

And my favorite brand of Mozzerella. The kind that is easy to shred. Nope. The tag is there, but you've put Polly-Ohnoyoudidn't in it's place.

And really. All your salmon looked gross. Making me work out a new meal plan on the fly is not nice.

And to the dirty old man who patted Mira on the head: Do Not Touch Other Peoples' Babies.

I'm never shopping on a Monday morning again.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Present for Simon

You know I don't like to go to a birthday party empty handed.

You also know that I like to make handmade gifts.

So when we were recently invited to a birthday party for one of Lili's preschool friends, I just had to do something. Mostly I want Lilian to know the value of giving to others and I also want her to be able to make something for her friend and see the value of that. So I took a note from some sewing blogs and did something super easy.

Bought a plain shirt from the thrift store, and sewed on cut out peices of kid friendly fabric to personalize it. Lili chose what the cut outs would be, and arranged them on the shirt, and I then sewed them on (I took the liberty of centering her design on the shirt, but she is indeed pattern focused and made the "up down up down up" pattern on her own).

So even though we were instructed to not bring gifts... I guess I don't think this counts because it's clothing and I "made" it with Lili. Think of it as a wearable card, OK?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Waffles

It's fall. It's October. We have kids. And that means one thing: Pumpkins. Everywhere.

And since we are not big cereal eating people, what better to do than make a (huge) stack of pumpkin waffles? Yes.

Pumpkin Waffles

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (King Arthur!)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Sift together the (above) dry ingredients in a big bowl

2 T plain yogurt
2 cups milk
1 egg
2 cups pureed cooked pumpkin (or squash - butternut, acorn, etc)
1/3 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup brown sugar

Combine the (above) wet ingredients in a blender until well puree'd

Stir together the wet and dry ingredients and cook according to your favorite waffle iron's instructions. Makes 12-14 waffles. Totally freezable.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bumblebee Pants (ReFashion!)

I have been seriously itching to sew. It doesn't help that I've been reading a lot of sewing blogs lately, and recently there was a "Kids Clothes Week Challenge" that was giving me a lots of inspiration.

Add to that a clothing swap and I just couldn't NOT sew this week! There's something about free clothes (aka free fabric) that makes it so easy to start snipping without guilt.

This time I took a women's knit T shirt (I think it was mine a few swap cycles ago!) and a diaper cover up that had no matching dress and cut and sewed it into a hip pair of pants for Mira!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fickle Costuming

Can I make a costume for my fickle 4 year old in less than 2 hours? Yes. Yes I can.

Lili was, for the longest time, going to be Dorothy (of Oz) for Halloween.

Then, a couple of days ago... "I wanna be a Leopard for Halloween!". "No! I wanna be a cat for Halloween!".

So here we go, because I do not have it in me to buy one or make a full blown costume. And she cannot change her mind again, okay?

cat headpeice, elastic wear "paws", brown turtle neck with fur belly, brown pants with fur legs

and fur butt and tail sewn on.

Did it almost break my sewing machine? Yes.
Is it well sewn? Heck no.
Is it functional for one Halloween? Yes sir.
And you know what? She could wear a paper sack and still rock it. My brother did!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Vacation, Part 1

We're back from a many-day many-place vacation and I'm semi-recovered. I've been reminded that I haven't been so great about posting lately so I'm going to use the vacation as a little blog fodder.

Part 1 took place mostly at the Jersey City Hyatt, which is a pretty great hotel on the Hudson River, overlooking the Manhattan Skyline. You can even see the Statue of Liberty from there and so it was a pretty spectacular place to be for a couple of days. We were there for a wedding on Keith's side of the family, and Lilian had the honor of being the flower girl.

Have you ever been in a bridal party? I had no idea the greuling day that was ahead of my little four year old. She was amazingly patient through 4 hours of pictures and waiting and all after an exhausting day traveling down to the city. I was beyond impressed with her ability to make it through the day and walk down that aisle without even a rehearsal. We just told her what to do, and she did it (to the best of her ability - I think forgetting to drop petals until halfway down the aisle is totally forgivable).

It was a beautiful and fun and funny wedding and wonderful to spend time with family.

towards the end of pictures, she's hungry, and tired, and dealing with it well

just before the ceremony? her face says it all...

she loved posing for pictures!

The visit was nice, but the drive in and out reminds me that I am SO not a city person! Traffic is totally my enemy.