Thursday, September 27, 2007

My "little" Big-Guy

Wyatt had his 4 month appt and shots yesterday. Here's his stats:

Weight: 18lbs 4.5oz (93rd percentile)
Height: 27 inches (95th percentile)

He was a little ouchie last night, but ibuprofen helped him sleep. I estimated he was around 17lbs, so I was a little off. Evelyn weighted 16lbs at her 4m appt. Looks like it will be time to move him out of the infant carrier soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Book Review and a Recipe for Green Tomato Salsa

Last Bite - A Novel of Culinary Romance by Nancy Verde Barr
I picked up this book at the library based upon the title. There's plenty of food references (aka. don't read this on an empty stomach) and some light hearted romance. It's the story of 29 yr. old Casey and her job as an executive chef for a national televised morning show. She stumbles into romance with an Irish chef at a near-bye restaurant. This is a fast, entertaining read that will inspire you to check out a few cookbooks.
(And here's a new recipe to use up all those Green tomatoes you have left in your garden)
Green Tomato Salsa/Relish
makes approx. 8 cups
8-10 Green tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 large onions diced
2 large sweet red peppers, cored and diced
2 granny smith apples, cored and diced (leave skins on)
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 c cider vinegar
1 Tbsp sea salt
2 jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
large bunch of cilantro or parsley chopped
Combine first 8 ingredients in a stock pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 1 hour. Add cumin and fresh herbs. Use a hand blender or food processor to lightly chunk your salsa. Puree to desired consistency.
Ideas: Use with chips, tacos, burritos. Add a few scoops to soup base. Serve over grilled chicken or pork. Mix into rice for a side dish.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

29 goals for 29 years!!

Happy Birthday to me. Here's my To-Do list for the next year:

1. Try a new recipe every month
2. Exercise regularly
3. Create a family scrapbook
4. Give up my daily diet coke
5. Become more organized
6. Keep the kid's scrapbooks up to date
7. Make regular "Dates" with friends
8. Volunteer to help and organization or event
9. Make a new friend
10. Read more books by authors I don't know
11. Donate unused items/clothing
12. Research presidential candidates
13. Help a friend/family or neighbor in need
14. Read food labels before buying
15. Create more relaxing/recharging moments for myself
16. Think before I snack
17. Take a moment to enjoy my children everyday
18. Do something special for my 5yr anniversary
19. Find a new way to manage stress
20. Educate myself how to lead a greener life
21. Memorize Neil's cell number
22. Give blood
23. Write more letters
24. Eat less processed food
25. Be proud of myself
26. Attend church more regularly
27. Appreciate my husband more often
28. Recognize special dates in other peoples lives (bdays, anniv...)
29. Try to be more positive in nature

I've already started working on a few of the easy ones :o)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Evelyn's first bad word

I knew this day was coming. I knew I couldn't prevent it. I didn't know that I'd laugh when she used her first bad word. Luckily neither Neil nor myself are big user of obsenities. We hardly ever utter the "s" or the "f" word. I am however an offender of the "c" word. (Crap) I must have uttered it some time during my conversation with a credit card company this morning. When I put Evelyn in her highchair for lunch and served up a PB&J, she takes one bite and says, "Holy crap Mommy, this peanut butter and jelly is delicious". I started laughing and she kept saying, "holy crap...holy crap...crap...crap...crap" Let's hope she got it out of her system.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Let there be Rice Cereal!!!!!

Wyatt had his first taste of Rice Cereal this morning and I actually think he liked it! With Evelyn we started around 4 1/2 months and for the first few weeks it was just as much coming out as going in. Wyatt seemed to be more ready with his "chewing" of the spoon and not so much came out. I have a feeling he'll be a big eater just like his sister.

We'll stick to rice cereal for the next month and then try avocados. (Yum, Yum)!!!!

James Page Blubber Run

Saturday morning we ran our first race as a family in the James Page Blubber Run. The 5k is sponsered by James Page Brewery and it's a silly race where costumes are encouraged. Neil and I ran the race 5yrs or so ago and loved the crazy theme. This year we ran it with coworkers and dressed up as a "Brew Choo-Choo". The double running stroller was the engine, I was the conductor, we had cars made up of beer ingredients and a "keg-boose" on the end. What a blast!

I think it took us about 45 min to "run", due to some "breakdowns" that the train had. The only bummer is that the beer line at the end of the race was too long for us to wait around in. The brawts were awesome!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

World's Largest Baby!

Just had to post this picture of Wyatt in Evelyn's doll crib. Wyatt thought it was funny and liked the little mobile. Evelyn didn't like her little baby brother playing in her new birthday toy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wyatt's Baptized!!!

Wyatt was baptized this past Sunday! He has the honor of Uncle Ryan as his godfather and Auntie Laura as his godmother. The service was very nice. He slept through most of it until the water was poured over his head. He let out a few angry cries and then settle down and listened to the priest. We had a nice luncheon at our house following the mass.

She's Two!!!!

I can hardly believe Evelyn's already 2 yrs old. Where does the time go? She turned 2 on August 27th and we had a quiet celebration here at the house with her grandparents and "yellow cake" (requested by the b-day girl). The phone was ringing off the hook all night with her relatives and friends calling to wish her a happy birthday. She loved it.

We had a pool party for her on Saturday and there were 11 little ones in our backyard. The weather was beautiful and Evelyn loved having everyone here. (The only downside is that she had a little head cold and everyone else in the house caught it too.) The good thing is that she didn't want her "guk" while she was sick and hasn't had it for the past 5 days. This maybe goodbye to the pacifier! Good timing!