Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Drool Catchers

Sissy is a drooler. B.I.G. TIME.
She gets these raw and painful rashes if we don't stay on top of it.
So, I have conceded to the fact that she pretty much needs to be wearing a bib at all times.
I started to peruse etsy for some cutsie little bibs to suit "her" style, (*wink*) and found everything to be fairly expensive.

So, I bought a pattern and made some myself.
I'm very happy with the way these turned out, and wanted to share some pictures!

Friday, March 12, 2010

as the saying goes...

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go!

On Wednesday after mom's group, the kids and I went with my friend Amelia and her kids to Bob's Red Mill. I usually don't go there without my mom. She usually takes Wyatt and I have the baby. Wyatt is very routine oriented. We have traditions and routines when we go to Bob's and it goes something like this:

-Look at the waterwheel
-go inside and order lunch
-go upstairs
-look at the inside of the waterwheel from the window
-go to "our table"
-eat lunch
-lood at the inside of the waterwheel again
-go downstairs
-go potty
-look at grinders
-go shopping
-look at the waterwheel again on the way to our car

Well, we had just finished lunch, and had stopped to look out the window on our way down the stairs. Allegra had been crying because she was H.U.N.G.R.Y. and I was on a mission to "feed the baby". Amelia needed to feed and change Jonah too. So before we shopped, we decided to take them out to the cars and feed them. On our way out the door, Wyatt says, "I hafta go potty--not poo poo just pee". Since that's usually the next thing on our "Bob's Red Mill To Do List" I decided that it was probably more out of habit than need. Besides have you ever tried to wield a heavy baby carrier and drag a toddler around Bob's Red Mill at lunch time?? He didn't sound too urgent, the baby was still crying, so I figured he could wait for a few minutes. (Allegra is a really fast eater)
So, you probably can tell where I'm going with this by now, but we get to the car and I'm fiddling around with my keys. All of a sudden, Wyatt pulls his pants and underwear to his ankles and starts peeing on the sidewalk. He let loose. He really did "hafta go potty". All I could do was stand there dumbfounded, I knew what was coming when I saw the pants go down, but I was completely powerless to stop it. Right there in front of Amelia and her 2 and a half year old daughter Annabelle, Wyatt had dropped his pants and peed on the sidewalk. And then came the laughter. What else can you do? I was so glad he didn't go in his pants. I apologized to Amelia for exposing her innocent daughter...she laughed and said, "Don't worry about it, but you really need to write this down somewhere."

If you haven't been to Bob's should really go. It's a wonderful experience, with yummy food for breakfast and lunch. They bake their bread right there and its only $1.99 a loaf. My mom and I do bread run's every few weeks. We've tried several different kinds, but we always default back to the 10 grain.

This picture is taken from "our table", we love the view.

And Bob...I'm so sorry about your sidewalk!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Big Girl

Allegra has been getting so big lately. Her demeanor has really been changing from being totally laid back, to a little bit more intense. She has not been loving the swing, as of late. She strains with her head to try to sit up, and cries when she can't. The only time I'm able to put her in the swing right now, is if she is sleeping.
So, Jackie let me borrow their excersaucer. Allegra doesn't quite get the complete concept of playing with all of the toys, but she loves that she is upright. I snapped "a few" pictures of her playing in it, and thought I'd share them.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ok...I know that a lot of you have already bought The Pioneer Woman's cookbook...and if you haven't yet... come on, everybody's doin it!!
Well, anyway, she has a super simple pizza dough recipe in it. And since I got the book, I'm pretty sure I've made her pizza dough 4 times.
On Sunday's, we rotate houses with family, and instead of going out to eat after evening church service, we trade weeks to host dinner at our houses.
Well last weekend was our turn, and I made pizza.
I made BBQ chicken pizza and Hawaiian for the kiddos.
We loved the BBQ chicken pizza so much that I made it again for dinner last night.
The beauty of pizza is that once you get the hang of making the crust, the sky's the limit as far as toppings go.
Well, with PW's pizza crust, I just use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook, follow the directions and in about 5 min, I have a beautiful pizza dough to set aside to rise. No kneading needed.

Another trick that I have to staying out of a culinary rut is that I have a couple of magazine subscriptions.
A couple of months ago my FoodNetwork magazine had 50 different pizza variations, and this BBQ chicken pizza looked delicious to me.

Here is a list of ingredients:
-Cooked Chicken mixed with 1/4 c. bbq sauce (I didn't measure, I just got it to a point where all of the shredded chicken was coated and called it good)
(I also put a very thin coat of bbq sauce over the pizza dough before adding all of the toppings)
-Pickled Jalapenos (this would be so yummy without the peppers, but Ryan & I love the spice!)
-1 c. shredded cheddar
bake at 500 degrees until golden. 15 min (PW says 8-10 min but it would depend on how thick you spread your just watch it till it looks done) I also like a thick crust so I didn't divide the dough like she says to do.

While it's really nice to have company over...the nice thing about keeping it all to ourselves...

...we're having it for dinner again tonight!!!!


Friday, March 5, 2010

How Much Is That Doggie...

...In the window??

Next I'm going to try to get him singing "Rita Rita Ronca"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Memory Verses

A couple of months ago, I started working with this little boy on learning memory verses. At first it was great fun for him and he was doing great. Then the excitement started to wane and it became a fight to try to get him to recite them.
We needed something to look forward to, something to bring the fun back into it.
So, I promised him a trip to the Dollar Store and we decided that we were going to make a chart. When it's all full of stickers he get's a special prize. I asked him for a list of the prizes that he wanted. At the top of the list...a music box. (like in Pinocchio)
He's so silly.
Anyway, we are back on track with the memory verses and I don't have to coax them out of him anymore.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scrapbooking Again!

I've started digi scrapping again.
I have been snapping all sorts of pictures of Allegra, but other than her birth announcement that is hanging on our fridge, and our Christmas card...not a single picture of her adorns our humble abode.
I have them in my "shopping cart" at Costco. Just need to actually order them. In the meantime, I have the frames ready and waiting (actually hanging on the wall, with these beautiful strangers smiling back at me).
Anyway, I really want Allegra to have a baby I started a digital scrapbook that is just going to be of her.
The layouts are not extravagant, they are simple and to the point. But I'm having so much fun scrap booking for my baby girl. Here is what I have so far: