Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Crafting with Friends

Faith and I and our babies went over to Leighann's today to scrapbook. I didn't actually scrapbook but I did make some cards. I also played some Wii fitt :) The babes were all really good, and they all took turns napping. We didn't get a ton done, but it was nice to hang out and craft together.

These are the youngest babies of our Tuesday night small group. They are all about six months apart. We keep saying that we need to get a picture of all three boys together, but usually someone is sleeping, eating or not with us. Today they were actually all awake and together at the same time so we tried to snap a picture.

Hmmmm.... not such an easy task. Here they are:
  • Jonathan: 3 months
  • Grady: 16 months
  • Ethan: 9 months
And the Mama's with their babies. We had Gracy (Faith's oldest daughter) take this after Faith had picked her 3 older kids up from VBS (which was down the street, which was why she was able to come scrap with only Grady). Grady won't be the baby for too much longer... he's going to have a new brother or sister in about 6 more weeks!

Yesterday we went over to my mother in law's house for some swimming and lunch. Matt's cousin Kim was out visiting with her two children, and Heather and her kids came as well. It was nice. Ethan was ready for a nap when we got there. He took an hour to fall asleep and then slept for an hour and a half, so I got to swim by myself :) He didn't end up swimming. By the time he woke up the party was pretty much over. Good thing he doesn't know that he missed anything.

Monday, July 28, 2008

A weekend with our friends

We had such a great weekend. Friday Matt came home from work just a little early and we packed up and booked it out to Nuevo to meet up with the Flores fam. We went to Temecula and went to dinner at South Coast Winery to celebrate Danny's birthday. South Coast is a beautiful place and we got to eat outside on a beautiful patio overlooking the winery as well as a wedding that was taking place. We had declious food, a couple of good bottles of wine, and enjoyed our meal immensley. The boys were very good. It helped that we sat outside. They enjoyed chomping on their cereal and biter biscuits.
The guys. It makes me laugh that Ethan is the only one looking at the camera.

Our table at the restaurant. The weather was perfect.

The Flores Fam
Playing with our boy
This picture cracks me up, what a little ham. That is not a shirt he is wearing, that is a dishcloth that someone made into a bib for me. It's really handy as it keeps his shirt very protected from messy fingers and falling food.
Happy Christian
After dinner we went back to the Flores Casa. We stayed the night in their beautiful guest bedroom. We put the boys to bed and enjoyed some adult time. Unfortunately I was VERY pooped from having been up most of the night before thanks to our neighbor's barking dog, so I didn't last all that long.

The next morning Jolene made us a fabulous breakfast and we immediately started playing Wii Fit, which Jolene had just received for her birthday. I am not a video game person, but the Wii Fit is SO MUCH FUN! We seriously played this from 8:00 in the morning until we left at 5:00! We all took turns and it was just a blast. For those of you who don't know what the Wii Fit is, it's basically a balance board that you hook up to your Wii gaming system, and then you stand on it to do all sorts of games. We skiied, did yoga, head butted soccor balls, hoola hooped, did strength training mooves, did running races, and Jolene and I boxed. There was tons more we did too. All the while we hung out, took care of the babes, and just relaxed.

Around noon we ordered in some pizza. Wii fit is one video game I would actually love to have. On Sunday Matt and I were actually sore from having played the Wii fit so much. I guess it really does do something! Thanks so much for having us over Danny and Jolene!

Sunday Matt and I went to church and then had lunch with the Oates at Panera Bread (and also my mom who happend to be there with her friends too). We then went straight to Matt's parents house and put E down for his nap.n They were out of town but didn't mind us using the pool. Then we relaxed and floated on rafts in the pool for two glorious hours. It was so nice to be able to do that. We used to do that every single Sunday but haven't since having Ethan. After E woke up we got him suited up and he had a blast splashing and kickign in the pool. I'm glad he loves the water so much.

We came home, BBQed some hot dogs, put Ethan to bed and plaed some Boggle. It was a really relaxing day and a great weekend! Now my mother in law is coming over to watch Ethan while I head off to the dentist for my sixth, and hopefully LAST appointment to get my crown put on my tooth.

five words....

Dog farts are the worst.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dogs and ants

This is one of those posts where I complain, because quite frankly I'm in a foul mood and I want to complain about it. I was kept up nearly all night by the neighbor's barking dog. I would just fall asleep, and then he would start up again. I was seething in my bed. I kept thinking of things to do. I was thinking of looking up their phone number and calling them repeatedly to see how they like being kept up all night (they live catty corner to us and we don't even know these neighbors), I was thinking of throwing poisoned meat over there. I know, that is horrible, but when you are tired and kept up all night horrible thoughts sometimes cross your mind. I was thinking about getting other neighbors to complain to the city with me. This dog barks ALL the time and I've simply had enough.

Then this morning we were greeted with a kitchen and dining room full of ants.


What a way to start the day. I am definitely calling a pest company and I don't care how much it costs. We have got to put an end to this. Seriously, why did God create ants? What purpose do they serve other than driving people insane?

Okay, there you have my whining for the day. I'll shut up now :) I just put Ethan down for a nap and I'm going to crawl back into bed myself. Forget my to do list today, I don't care.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A visit with friends

Yesterday my friend Tawny and her sweet daughter Sammy came over. Tawny and I met in the credential program at UCR. We don't get to see each other often, but it sure is nice when we do :) I set up Ethan's little pool and we let the kids splash around and play. Thankfully the weather was a bit cooler so it wasn't too bad hanging out outside in the afternoon.

Sammy was so cute running around saying her little words and playing with everything.

I was too lazy to put Ethan's bathing suit on, so he's just in a swim diaper. White trash baby :)

E mostly liked to chew on the little balls.
He wasn't very nice about sharing with Sammy.
Ethan was ready for a nap after only about 30 minutes, so I put him down and chatted with Tawny while Sammy amused herself with the pool and with Cookie. After Ethan woke up from his nap we enjoyed some yummy chips and salsa and guacamole that Tawny made.

When Matt got home we had him take a picture of the four of us. It took like 10 tries because the babies wanted down, but we got one good shot :) Tawny got a new camera so I was playing with it for a little bit. It makes me want mine all the more! :)
It was so nice to see Tawny and Sammy. Thanks for coming over Tawny!

Proud to be Standing

Last night we had our weekly dinner with our friends. Jeff and Carmen were so kind to pack up dinner and bring it to the pool at their association so that the kids could all swim. We normally don't bring kids, but James and Faith didn't have a sitter. Since it was at the pool I told my mom she didn't need to babysit and we'd just bring Ethan. He did wonderful and was a good boy all the way until we left at 8:00. It's so nice he is able to stay up a little later now.

Anyhow, we got home and put him to bed and he was so tired, but he decided to play for about 30 minutes. He was just rolling around, talking and playing. After a while I heard him start crying and it sounded funny, so I went in to peek.

I was so surprised at what I found, he was standing up! I called Matt in to see and we laughed. He was so proud of himself standing there, but was unsure of how to get back down, haha. I was surprised because he had never even pulled up to standing in front of me. This morning he did it again so I took a few pictures. I love how proud he looks.

Don't mind the miss matched dirty jammies in this one.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I call this.... big girl sippy cup. Yes, this is mine. It is for people like me who no matter where your glass of water is, you manage to knock it over and spill it making a huge mess.

This usually occurs shortly after you've filled it full of ice and water.

This is also handy when you have a baby who grabs and bats at anything and everything near him and manages to spill your water for you on the rare day that you don't do it yourself.

It's also plastic, so it won't break and shatter glass all over your floor for your baby to crawl in, or for you to step on which would cause a bloody mess.

One great feature about this is that it's double lined, meaning it won't sweat all over your coffee table or dining table. No one likes wet rings on their furniture.

The one question I have is why didn't I just get one of these a long time ago? It sure would have saved me a lot of cleanup.


I think the days of E sleeping until 7:00 are behind us for now. He has decided that 5:30-5:45 is really when he prefers to wake up. He used to be content in his crib and play for a while... not anymore. He cries and sticks his arms out of the slats of his crib like a prisoner. He is starving when he wakes up so I get him and feed him (as long as it's at least past 5:30). Definitely not my idea of a nice time to wake up.

I'm trying to look at the positive side of this forced start to my day. I think I found it... I've been walking everyday :) If he were to sleep until 7:00 I may just decide it was already too warm to go for a walk, but since 6:00 is such a delicious time of morning outside this time of year, I throw my clothes on and go.

The crisp air feels wonderful. I get my blood pumping and wake up. I get to see the sun rise over the mountains. Since it's summer there aren't as many people out and about. No buses going to pick up kids for school. No moms frantically trying to get their kids somewhere on time. It's much quieter, and I have to say that I do enjoy the time. As long as I get to bed at a decent hour (that means before 10:00 for me), I can handle getting up at 5:30-5:45.

The one time I definitely do not want to get up at 5:45 is on the weekend. How come babies and kids don't come with snooze buttons, or know somehow that it's the weekend and they need to give their parents a break?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Funny faces and injuries

If you look really closely you can see one of the huge blisters on E's feet from scooting.
Mama the paparazzi is at it again. Ethan was making funny faces.

On Friday Ethan took a digger face first into the carpet. He skinned up his nose pretty bad. He's resilient and it is getting better, but it looks so sad. The same day he also scooted into the doorway, the wine rack and a wall. I'm sure this is the first of many more self inflicted injuries.
Here is a video clip of Ethan scooting yesterday. I'm telling you, he gets faster every day.

A yummy, smokey Saturday

This weekend we decided to try out our new smoker. We chose to do a whole chicken for our first smoke. Matt prepared a brine in the morning and let it marinate for a few hours. He then rubbed it down with a mixture of lemon pepper, rosemary, paprika, and salt. Around 1:00 he got the smoker fired up with some apple wood and then put threw on the bird. This was a big bird... around 5 pounds (from Costco).

It smelled really good. It reminded me of camping and made me wish were in our favorite camping spot in San Simeon.
The weather was really nice (a lot nicer than it has been), and so we enjoyed hanging out outside part of the time while the meat smoked. We had anticipated it taking around 4 hours, but Matt didn't keep the fire quite hot enough, and the bird was extra big, so it ended up taking closer to 7.

We filled up Cookie's little pool for her to enjoy. I use the term pool lightly here because really it's just a plastic bin filled with water. Ethan thought it looked like fun and scooted over to it from the grass. He started splashing in it so we just took off his shorts and set him in it and let him play. He thought it was great and had so much fun giggling and splashing.
Here is a video clip of him playing in it:

Here is Cookie while Matt was preparing the bird.
This was during bath time. The bird was still smoking. Cookie likes to hang out with us wherever we are.
So we put her in the bath with Ethan. It was funny. She just stood there.
Then she decided she wanted out. This picture makes me laugh because she has three paws out of the water and only one paw in it.
We put Ethan to bed and had to wait a bit longer for the chicken to get to the right temperature. We were salivating at this point. It smelled SO good. Finally around 8:00 the bird was ready. It was well worth the wait.

Here is our finished product. Delicious smoked chicken, sweet potato french fries sprinkled with rosemary salt and dipped in spicy ketchup, and fresh squash courtesy of Matt's parents. I had never made sweet potato fries and they were so yummy. I used my mandoline to slice them, and they ended up being a bit thin. Next time I make them I'll just cut them by hand and make them thicker.
This was seriously the best chicken we had ever had. It was well worth the wait. It was tender, smoky and just delicious. We will be making more of these for sure.

While we were eating Matt threw a salmon breast on the smoker. Today for lunch we enjoyed smoked salmon salads... they were delicious. We'll definitely be smoking more meat around here. I think the next thing we'll do is tri tip or a pork butt for some pulled pork.

Friday, July 18, 2008

easy, cheap and cute!

I came across this on a website and just had to share. It is such a cute yet easy and cheap decorating project.
This person cut some styrofoam into 12x12 squares, then used some 12 x 12 scrapbook paper to cover it. She covered edges w/black card stock. So easy, and cheap! I am trying to think of a place I could do this in my house.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

One of my random posts

  • Matt got home late last night. Yippeee! I'm so happy to have my hubby home. I miss him so much when he travels. He is pretty tired. We'll probably just be laying low and relaxing this weekend.
  • My mom and Beth got us a smoker for our anniversary. We're looking forward to smoking some meat. I think we'll start out with a chicken and then move onto some tri tip or something. Thanks guys, that was really thoughtful of you!
  • The ants around here this year are seriously driving me INSANE!!! I even had them get into Ethan's dirty hamper because there was dried food on his clothes, argh. We have sprayed and sprayed and set out traps, but they keep coming. This is the worst year yet. They keep coming in through my baseboards. I might break down and hire someone to come out to try to get rid of them.
  • Poor E has two blisters on one of his big toes from scooting so much. He uses it to scoot himself and has his other leg sticking up in the air. One great thing about his mobility... he is much more tired and is napping GREAT. I can handle chasing after him when I get to have three nice breaks a day. Yesterday I cleaned the house during his first two naps. Yay for a clean house :)
  • I have gotten my booty out of bed and gone walking for 40 minutes three mornings this week. E gets up at 6:00, I nurse him, then head out the door for a walk while it's still cool. He enjoys just sitting in his stroller sucking on his binky, cuddling with his teddy, and taking in the scenery. My goal is to get back into decent shape, hopefully loose a few pounds, and to just feel healthy again.
  • My drink of the summer: Starbucks skinny grande iced vanilla latte with a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top. I could honestly drink one everyday, but I'm trying to limit myself to one or two a week as they are pricey. To save money I make them at home too with my espresso maker and sugar free Torani syrups :)
  • I love blue cheese, and especially Gorgonzola. I eat it on salads and it tastes so yummy with steak.
  • I am about halfway to a new camera. I am saving for a Cannon 40D, a lens and a bag to go along with it. It's slow going, but someday I'll get there. I do several mystery shopping jobs a month, so that is my "fun money" that I have been saving.
  • I found this article (blog) about CFL lightbulbs. Interesting. Perhaps they're not as great as everyone thinks.
As soon as E wakes up we are off to Costco. My list is huge, which means my bill will be huge too :( Stay cool and enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mr. Scooty McScoot

Silly title, I know. Here are three little video clips of Ethan scooting yesterday. It's nothing terribly exciting. I'm really not kidding when I say that he gets faster everyday. Today he's already faster than yesterday!

I can't remember if I mentioned that he is now saying "da da". He doesn't know what it means yet, but it's his new favorite thing to say.

Oh, other exciting news.... today Ethan sat up on his own twice (from the crawling position). I am quite happy about this as it will make my life easier! When he wants to sit up I won't have to come help him out.

We spent the night at my mom's last night and Ethan did great. It was Cookie who drove me NUTS. She is obsessed with trying to be friends with my brother's new kitten and the other cat, and I seriously wanted to chuck her into the green belt next to my mom's house. She would not leave those cats alone, and she was wining constantly. Arggghhh.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Our anniversary and Ethan's scooting

Matt and I had a great anniversary. Matt took me out on Saturday and I got to buy a few little odds and ends that I had been wanting. I got a nice wood cutting board, a mandolin slicer, new kitchen rugs, and a pedi egg. Have you seen those pedi eggs? They are so great! Without sounding gross, they get all the rough skin off your feet, it works so well! Matt says it's just a cheese grater for feet, which I have to admit is kind of a good description.

My mom came over and babysat on Saturday night and we went out for a nice date. We ended up going to The Melting Pot (thank you Krista for suggesting it!), which is a fondue restaurant. We had such a fabulous time. We had our own little private booth, and we loved the food and the atmosphere. We had a delicious 4 course fondue meal which stretched out over 2 1/2 hours. It was a really romantic dinner. Here is a picture of us before we left:
Ethan can pretty much get anywhere he wants now. He is getting faster and faster at his scooting. Sometimes he gets up onto his knees, but then hasn't quite figured out how to crawl, so he flops back down to his belly and starts scooting. He is into anything he can get too.... especially the dog food and chords. I'm slowly putting things up as the need arises.

One of Ethan's new favorite things is to get under his exercauser. I think he must have been reading about how his friends Jacob and Maddie do that and decided to jump on the bandwagon.

I took Cookie to get her shots today and surprisingly we were in and out of there in 15 minutes. I was quite pleased. Later this afternoon I'm heading back over to my mom's for taco night and spending the night. I rented the Other Boleyn Girl, which I still have not seen. I read the book a couple of years ago and loved it. I've heard the movie isn't as good (which always seems to be the case), but we're going to watch it anyhow.