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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Let the Vacation Begin....

I am am home from work and my vacation can begin (I am off through next Tuesday). As you know we travel and do a fair amount of road trips with the boys - but we are attempting our longest road trip so far beginning bright and early tomorrow. It will be between 8 and 9 hours of driving time with no traffic. We are cheating and breaking the driving up into two days....we will go about 4 hours tomorrow - stop and do some things in that area (and let Brady play in the pool, etc...).


Then we will get up bright and early and drive the rest of the way on Thursday - there are a couple of stops we want to make so we will do that and be to our destination some time during the afternoon (if things go as planned - which they rarely do when traveling with little kids...). We will stay there for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and decide from there what the plans are for coming home.
 
I probably won't be blogging while I am away - so I hope that you all have a great week and I will update you on our adventures when we get back.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ethan is 6 months old....

Well he won't be until tomorrow, but since we are leaving for vacation early Wednesday I don't know if I will get online tomorrow night.

So my little guy is already 6 months...it seems like it has just flown by. He is moving around a lot now - he mastered rolling and is rolling across the floor with very little problems. He he also be scooting around on his back for a while (he digs his heels into the ground and pushes off) and though I haven't seen it yet, my mom said that when he was on his tummy it seemed like he was trying to crawl. I am hoping he waits a while on that one - I am just not ready. Even worse than that...he stands. If I stand him up holding onto the side of is bed, a table (this makes me nervous), standing toy, etc...he holds on and stands and the other day he was holding my hands while standingand tried to let go, now obviously that immediatly put him off balance and he landed on his butt - the problem is that apparently he is adventurous enough to try it. I think I am going to be in trouble with this one. He is not interested in sitting (except when it is time to eat - but that is in a high chair so that doesn't really count) - he can sit there if I put him down, but as soon as he decides he wants a hand in his mouth - it is all over. Most of the time when I try to sit him down he pushes he feet against the ground to stand instead.

In terms of his new foods this month, we have added the following foods to his diet:

- Avocado (he didn't love the texture - even though it was mashed good it would get stuck to the roof of his mouth a bit)

- Plantains

- peaches

- mango

- peas

- pears

- Apricots (he had a little rash after trying them - I am not sure if it was related but we are going to hold off for a bit)

- corn

His favorites - Carrots, Sweet Potato, Banana (seriously he would eat a whole mashed banana if we let him)

Not on the top of his list - Green Beans (though I think he is getting better with them), Avocado (see above)

He is getting ALMOST all homemade food (though he will be getting some jar food on vacation). He still gets green beans and peas out of a jar (see his 5 month post - I worry about the consistency when I make them myself) and every once in a while he gets Trader Joes natural applesause (apples and water only). It is going really well - the five year old is eating mashed carrots (with Trader Joes natural applesause) too since I can't get a veggie in his diet any other way.
 
He is still in LOVE with his jumperoo. He also loves just playing / rolling on the floor. He is grabbing / playing with things more now so he play's with Brady's dinosaurs on occasion now too.
 
and here he is....
 




Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Ethan can play now"

That is what Brady was saying this afternoon (after almost 6 months of calling Ethan "boring") when Ethan was playing with Brady's dinosaurs.  He didn't even seem to upset that Ethan was *sharing his toys* - though he had to pick the one that Ethan was allowed to play with.


Getting to Know You

This is a fun game hosted by Mannland5

* To play..copy the questions..answer them..then come back here and link on up!*



The questions..
1. Do you have a fetish? Shoes and Bags

2. Do you sing in the shower? No

3. Who was your first crush? Honestly - I don't know....I think I had a little boyfriend when I was in kidergarten

4. What do you think is the best manly trait a guy could have?  Trusting (trustworty) and caring are a tie for me

5. Do you sleep naked? No

6. What do you do when (you think) no one is looking? glance at myself in store window or other glass - just to make sure I am looking ok :)

7. What's the first thing you do when you go online? usually check my email

8. Summer is.....?  FUN....One of my favorite seasons.  I love to get out of the house with the family.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

5 year old poop problems

The 5 year old has been constipated - since yesterday...Problem is he tries to hold it in because he is scared that it will hurt.  Last night he peed himself (he has been potty trained since before he was 3) because he was trying so hard to hold the poop in.

Well today we were at Walmart and he was obviously trying to hold it in again.  So we bring him to the bathroom and he wouldn't poop.  Even in the bathroom he was still trying to hold it in.  He was crying about how bad it hurt (nobody told me that as a mom - I would have to be kneeling on a bathroom floor at holding my child on the toilet to get him to poop - GROSS).  Both my husband and I were feeling horrible for him.  We made him stay in there and try for a bit - he was actually screaming / crying.  He finally asked me if he could just go poop in his own house.

Well we weren't going home - we had to stop at my husbands grandmothers house...but that was close enough to home.  So he went in their bathroom (with a bit of prodding) and finally ended up being able to poop.

Poor little guy - he does well with eating fruit but won't eat a vegetable at all....the up-side is that when I told him that eating veggies regularly would make it so that he doesn't have this problem - so he agreed to eat veggies and he ate squash for dinner (it was mashed with some applesause....but that is better than nothing).

He is feeling much better tonight but

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

In a Yellow House Photo Challenge: Black and White

Here's my photo for this weeks photo challenge at In a Yellow House.

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Thoughtless Thursday - Fishing

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Go to Life in the Fulmer Lane to join in the Thoughtless Thursday.

After the day that I have had...a Thoughtless Thursday is just what I need.  My day started with me spilling coffee all over myself at the train station and quickly covering my shirt with water so it wounldn't stain before jumping on the train.  Then work was so crazy that I had my breakfast at 12:30 pm and lunch at after 3:00pm.

Brady went fishing with his friend today (and there daddy's, of course)....

You know you are having a bad day when.....

The high point of your day was spilling coffee on yourself while rushing to the train.
 
I had breakfast at 12:30pm (a cup of instant oatmeal) and am finally having lunch after 3:00pm.
 
Maybe if I keep busy like this every day I will lose some weight :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Family Fun on a budget: Nature Walks

We love to get out of the house on the weekend, but with two little guys we don't have extra money to throw around. I have become very good at finding ways to get out of the house for the day without breaking the bank (also see my "Travel Tip Tuesday" post for vacationing on a budget and general tips for vacationing with little ones).

Brady loves "hiking" as he calls it. I would call it a nature walk more than a hike - but to him any walk in a relatively wooded area is a "hike". This is a perfect thing to do almost anytime of year (except when it is cold, snowy, rainy). It is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise while doing something that your children will really enjoy.

We go to a wooded trail in the town next to our house. Now it is really just a path through the woods - nothing fancy and not difficult at all. Perfect for a little one. We walk, we explore, we climb on logs, we get really close to the stream, we look for animals / bugs / insects and we get really dirty (he usually manages to fall in the mud at least once). What 5 year old wouldn't like to spend a day doing this????

The place we go also has a playground right there and a picnic area....so we can make a whole afternoon out of it too. We bring sandwiches, snacks and juice boxes / waters. We have lunch at the picnic area, we go "hiking" and then we play at the playground. An added benefit is that Brady is exhausted after this and bedtime is usually very easy - since he passes right out.

How do you find a place to go?

Obviously keep an eye open at parks / playgrounds in you area and see if they have wooded area / trails. My real suggestion though (at least for those people in the US)....go to http://stateparks.com/, click on your State and it will bring up the list of State Parks (you can also click on your region from this page to narrow down you search if you choose). From here you will want to start clicking on the various parks - most parks that you click on will list the activities available, many of which will have hiking trails. I have found that many of the State Parks that I have looked at tell you enough about the hiking trail to determine if you will be able to handle it with you little one, but if you are unsure try to research further online. You can look for reviews and other articles in conjuction with the State Park website to be very sure that this will work for you and your children.

What to bring?

- We pack a picnic lunch
- Juice boxes
- Water
- A change of shoes (we usually only worry about Brady) this stays in the car.
- A change of clothes (again, we usually only worry about Brady - but sometimes he figures a way to get us dirty too) this also stays in the car.
- We bring the baby too - so I bring my baby bjorn (you probably don't want to hike through the woods with your stroller)...the diaper bag stays in the car - because....where am I going to change a diaper in the woods anyway.
- A shovel and pail and possible a platic bag (I tend to go for the large ziploc freezer bags) for collecting things...depending on the seasons (and of course where you live) you can also collect items to be used in future art projects...leaves for Thanksgiving placemats - pinecones for christmas ornaments (both of those items can also be used on Christmas Wreaths as well)...

So try hiking / nature walks with your little ones...they will love it and the added benefit is that the whole family gets some exercise too.

















See my other Family Fun on a Budget posts

Welcome Wednesday - What am I going to do with this boy???




I went to wake Brady up this morning and what do I find???? His bed is covered with toy tools and he is sleeping right on top of them.

He must have taken the toys off his shelf in his room wanting to play after we put him to bed...Poor little guy - it must have been uncomfortable to sleep that way all night.

I wanted to take a picture, but I was already running late for my train :(

 


 
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Wordless Wednesday - Exploring



















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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I HAVE A BUTTON - Take Two

I think my button is in working order now.....



My 50th Follower

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who follow my blog and leave me such wonderful comments...and a very special thank you to my 50th follower Debbie....

Travel Tip Tuesday - Make Lists

We are in vacation countdown mode right now. We are leaving one week from today....and we will have the joy of driving about 7-8 hours (that is what it would be with no stops...with the two little guys I am sure that it will end up being MUCH longer).

When I am getting ready to go away I have mutiple lists going at the same time. I keep them together, on the fridge or something, and update them at least a couple of times a day when I am in full travel planning / preparation mode.

Types of Lists:

1.) Children's Items to be packed for the hotel (I keep a list for each of them, because the get too long when combined)

  • Including Clothes (for the kids I pack at least two outfits per day), pajama's, underwear / diapers / pull-ups, Swimsuits / swim diapers, favorite stuffed animal for bedtime (many time this will go in the bag for the car though), shoes, socks, toothbrush, hairbrush, special baby / children's soap that you may use....for the baby we will also include extra bottles, formula, baby food, spoons, bottle cleaner and dish soap. All these items and probably more will be packed into the luggage and stored in the back of the car or be checked luggage if you are flying (this won't include any items that will be needed during the car ride / flight).
2.) Children's Items to be packed for the car / plane

  • This will include toys / games / books for the car for the older guy, some baby toys (distractions) for the little guy, one change of clothes for the older one and a couple of outfits for the baby, possibly a stuffed animal (especially if you are driving / flying at night) and all diaper bag necessities - diapers, wipes, changing pad (unless you want poop on the floor / seat of your car - which is where you will be changing the baby when you stop somewhere the is just too gross for diaper changing), bottles, formula, baby food, spoons, bottled water for baby's bottles

3.) Items to be packed in the cooler

  • This will only be applicable if traveling by car and will include very different things based on the distance you are traveling or if your hotel will have a refrigerator. Here are some of the standard items on our list:
  • Juice Boxes
  • Water
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Crushers
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Sandwich Meat / cheese / condiments
These items should all be "eat on the go" items to decrease the amount of time during stops (especially if you have a long drive)

4.) Clothing Items for my husband and I - we can usually just do one list for the two of us (this will include out toiletries that we are bringing)

5.) Miscellaneous Items

  • DVD Player for the Car
  • Stroller
  • Pack and Play
  • Games for the hotel - though we rarely using them so they just wind up taking up space
  • GPS
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Cell Phones
  • Chargers (for phones, laptops, etc...)
  • Cords
  • Camera batteries
Now, I am sure that I am forgetting things. I don't have my lists in front of me....but you get the point.

To ensure that you are leaving the house with everything that you want / need......MAKE LISTS

Social Parade...

Smart and Trendy Moms

This is my second time being a party of the Social Parade at Smart and Trendy Moms.

To participate.

•Follow the blog in the first spots FanPage. I will follow all on the linky! All blogs participating must post about Social Parade and have a link in their POST to their fan page.

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•Follow as many as you like commenting on their POST as you do so they can follow back!

•If you do not make a post and link that up, it is unlikely that someone will search around for a post to comment on.

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Follow me back Tuesday - My baby is rolling

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I am participating in Follow me back Tuesday


Ethan was at my moms house this morning and when my husband got there Ethan was on the floor rolling around.  He has been going tummy to back for a while now and has been trying really hard to get from his back to his tummy.  He has been getting stuck on his side, not being able to figure out what to do with his arms....he figured it out.  He was rolling back and forth on the floor when I got home from work tonight.

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Add your blog to the list ( only have to add once )

Grab our button & the link code to post on your blog

Start to follow as many blogs as you would like ( make sure you leave a comment so they can follow you back )

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

I HAVE A BUTTON

...ok so as you know I am new to blogging...I just created a button.  Can somebody come grab it and make sure it is working???

Thanks....

Semi-homemade pineapple cupackes

At times I am lazy when it comes to baking...I know I am not the only one - so take a look.

I made these for Brady's family Sponge Bob birthday party...and they made a HUGE hit.

What you need
  • Butter cake mix (whatever brand is you favorite)
  • Butter and eggs for the cake mix
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Store bought (or home made) cream cheese frosting
  • Food coloring
How to prepare
  • I take a box butter cake mix and prepare based on the box directions, except I replace some of the water with the juice from the crushed pineapple
  • Fill the cupcake tin about 1/2 of the way
  • Put a small amount of the crushed pineapple in the middle (the amount you want to include will be based on you taste)
  • Top off with batter
  • Cook following box directions (usually about 20 minutes)
  • Once cupcakes are cooked and cooled, split the cream cheese frosting into a few containers...add a couple of drops of food coloring and mix
  • and then frost
These are so simple - and alternatively you can add the pineapple right into the batter if you don't want to take the extra step to layer into the cupcake tin.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Sponge Bob Cake for today's party

We had Brady's family birthday party today...I will post more on that later.  He wanted Sponge Bob (same theme as his friend's party last week).

My husband made both cakes -

The cake for last week


This weeks cake

Photo Challenge - Blue

This week I am participating in a Photo Challenge at The Paper Mama.

This weeks theme is Blue - so he is Ethan....In his BLUE swing - with his BLUE shirt and his big BLUE eyes.


















The Paper Mama

Friday, May 14, 2010

Awards....

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Thank you to Just Keep Smiling for giving me my FIRST blog award

Now I am passing it on to some of my favorite blogs...

7 THINGS ABOUT ME:

1.) I love my boys
2.) I love vacation (we are planning our next trip right now)
3.) I love finding ways to vacation / enjoys time with my family on a budget
4.) My favorite shows are flip flops
5.) My favortie time of day is feeding Ethan his bottle right before bedtime - he is so happy and sleepy at the same time
6.) I hate cooking - though I don't mind baking
7.) I have a slight (or some may say severe) addiction to coffee

The rules...


1. Thank the person who gave you this award

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to other bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (in no particular order...)

4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

PS...get your button by right-clicking on the badge and save it to your computer. Use your usual pic hosting site to make it happen! Wear this badge proud!!

Some of my Favorite's are:
1momjustsaying
Big Smiles For Mama
Perfectly Ordinary Day
Style by Mommy
In The Kitchen With Audrey
Motherhood and Toddlerhood
The Activity Mom
These are the days of our lives...
Mom is the only girl
Kyndalls Smile

It's Friday....



...and the plan is to be on the Train at 2:20 (at the latest) - we have half day Friday's at work, but it never really happens.  If I can leave by 2:20 that is three hours earlier than the EARLY train (that I rarely make) and almost 4 hours earlier than the one that I usually take....If I am out at 2:20 I will be happy.
Then to Walmart to buy the decorations for Brady's family party tomorrow, maybe an early dinner out with the boys and then home.  My husband is making the cake tonight (I love that he does this - not only does it save us money...but I don't have to do it - he is much more creative than I am anyway) and I will probably do cupcakes...
Right now I am thinking pineapple and coconut with cream cheese frosting (similar to pineapple upside down cake but in cupcake form) and some other fancy cupcakes.  I will probably end up with normal (out of the box) pre-made frosting ones...My ambition seems to decline as the day goes on.
The best part....we are having the party at a restaurant and not our house - so no last minute crazy cleaning needs to be done tonight in preparation for the party.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Social Parade....

Smart and Trendy Moms

I am joining the Social Parade...

To Participate -
Write a Social Parage post on your blog and link it at the Smart and Trendy Moms blog...and then start visiting other blogs.
I hope eveyone who stops by likes my blog - since I am new to blogging (only about a month and a half)please leave me some feedback.

Enjoy the Parade

Wordless Wednesday



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Travel Tip Tuesday - Weekend Trips

In almost all family's at least one parent is working if not both. This most likely means a limited amount of vacation time...and of course you want to be able to save at least some of that vacation time for school vacation days, snow days, when you children are sick or when they have school plays, concerts, etc...

This means being creative with the time that you do have and one very easy way to do this is to plan weekend / overnight trips. Honestly we do it all the time. We have even gotten it down so that we could do a spur of the moment - wake up and go - on a Saturday morning (of course that was with one child, we haven't attempted it with two yet).

There are a few ways that you can plan this -

First of all...are you planning in advance (weeks, months, etc...) or are you planning last minute within a week or so? This will determine the best resources for planning your weekend.

If you are planning in advance -

Go to the websites of the various towns / cities that you would like to visit and take a look at their calendar. They will usually have a calendar of events right on their website that will clue you in to when would be the best time to travel there. If you are trying to stay within a budget, plan a trip when there are smaller / local events (craft fair, music on the town green / beach, kids festival) these are events in which you won't find a lot of people traveling from out of town to attend. The events can still be an enjoyable part of your weekend - but you won't have the added crowds or increased hotels costs that you may encounter if there is a Weekend Music Festival, a big name band playing a concert or other large events that may draw a crowd from out of town.

You will also want to plan / research what things you can do in that area that aren't too time consuming.  On a weekend trip it is hard to do an amusement park because it will take a whole day.  If you can find some things that will take a few hours (children's museums, parks, state parks, small fairs / festivals, etc...) you will be able to have a much more relaxed weekend.
 
In addition, when you are planning in advance be sure to spend some time looking up hotel prices and price shop the hotels.  In doing this be sure to read hotel reviews to ensure that when finding a cheaper hotel you are getting all of the amenities that you are your family want / need.  There are some great hotels that you can find for a relatively low price but again you want to find out as much as possible about these hotels to ensure that they are really the best value for your money.  Sometimes we also take the opportunity of a one or two night vacation to spend a little bit more than normal on a hotel room.  Since you are staying for a shorter period of time the cost doesn't add up as quickly and so you may want to take this oppostunity to spend a bit more for your room.
 
If you are planning a last minute trip
 
1.) Look for local last minute deals online. You can search any of the travel sites (expedia, travelocity, etc...) for last minute deals in your area. We usually stay within a couple hour drive from our house because you don't want to spend you whole weekend in the car.


2.) Use the Roomsaver guide / website (also see my "Roomsaver is my money saver " post). Pick one up and look through it for destinations that are close enough for a weekend and figure out where you will find the best deal. In the Roomsaver guide you will see that some hotels will say that you will need to add $20 for a weekend night - just be aware when you are looking at the prices to also take a look at the fine print. I will say that even adding the $20 to the price on weekends seems to get us a better deal than other sites or calling the hotel directly.

In these instances I suggest a place you have been to and are familiar with.  When you are planning a last minute weekend away and aren't spending too much time researching hotels or what activities you can do in that area - it will benefit you greatly to go to a place that you are familiar with.  You will know what hotels you like that are in your price range (and you can price shop those places through the ideas noted above) and you will have an idea of weekend friendly activities that you can do as well.
In any case make sure that you will have a relaxed, enjoyable weekend.  It is never fun to try to cram so much into a weekend that you feel like you have had no time to relax, especially when you have to be back at work on Monday.

Also please take a look at my other Travel Tip Tuesday posts

What is it with 30???



Everyone is either getting engaged, married or having babies. 
 
I tuned 30 this past November and since then all of our friends have been busy -
 
Two weddings this summer
Four engagements (two of the couples have been dating since college)
Three friends that are currently pregnant, along with six friends (at least) that have had babies over the past year (including me).
 
So what is it with 30???

Monday, May 10, 2010

Only a Mom Would Know....

...and not say anything until later!

Cup of Tea

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.  I was maybe 3 years old, and someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift.

It was one of my favorite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water.

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.  My Dad made her sit quietly in another room, so mom could watch me bring dad the cup of tea, because I was so cute.

Mom waited, and sure enough, I came walking down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy. Mom watches dad drink from the tea cup.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know...) - 'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?'

I got this as an email and I don't usually pass them on my I thought that some mommy's may get a little laugh.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Sponge Bob birthday party

What a great way to start my Mother's Day weekend - we had my little guys 5th birthday party (for his friends - family party is next weekend) on Friday afternoon at Chuck E Cheese.  Initially I didn't want to do a Chuck E Cheese party (have you ever been there on a weekend?? It is out of control) but Brady really wanted it there so we decided to do a Friday afternoon when it would be less crowded.  He is in preschool until 11:30 so the kids all came after school.

My mom picked Brady up from school and brought him to the party so that we could go early and set up.




















When the kids arrived they played for a little bit.  Brady was dancing with my 9 year old cousin (he didn't have school that day)


and then this is him riding the virtual rollar coaster with one of his best friends


Then it was time for pizza and to meet Chuck E Cheese























They played some more and then it was time for cake

We had a great time and he had so much fun with his friends.  Now on to getting ready for the family party next weekend.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I hope that you all have a wonderful day with your family and have a very special Mother's Day.

It is hard to top my first Mother's Day - Brady was born the day before and we spent a wonderful day (even though we were in the hospital) getting to know our amazing little man.  He turned 5 yesterday.  I am excited to celebrate my first Mothers Day as a mom of 2.

Here is Brady (day 1)
















My First Mother's Day - Brady (day 2)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

5 years ago tonight...I was WAITING to meet my little man

...and I still had a lot of waiting to do.  They sent me in for induction (one week late) at 1 in the afternoon and by this point (about 9pm) I was just wanting to have him.  I was still feeling great though - wasn't really having painful contractions and only a little bit of pressure when I was up walking around.  I still had a long way to go

Finally at 11:45 in the morning on May 7th Brady was born.

Tomorrow my little man will be celebrating his 5th Birthday.  He is bringing Sponge Bob cookies to school and then after school we are having his birthday party (for his friends) at Chuck E Cheese.  We are doing Friday afternoon because I just could not go there on a weekend - to crazy for me...but that is where he wanted to have it.  Sponge Bob is the party theme he wanted so my husband is making a sponge bob cake tonight (along with the cookies he made earlier).

I can't believe how fast the last 5 years flew by and I can't believe that in a few short months he will be starting Kindergarten. 

I am having a sad / happy moment as we speak - my little man is growing up.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Why I Love it Wednesday - wholesomebabyfood.com

When we went to Ethan's 4 month doctor's appointment the doctor said he was ready for food.  He was eating more than 40oz of formula a day and was doing well with all of the milestones that they like for your baby to meet prior to starting food.  In addition, he was 17lbs 2oz by this point. 

I really wanted to be able to make his baby food so I started looking online to figure out what to do / what to make.  In searching around the internet I came across wholesomebabyfood.com and I love it.  The site includes tips for making baby food, tips for storing baby food, food charts / menu's for various ages and tons of receipes.  Honestly, they show you how easy it is to make food for you little one and a lot of tips and techniques to help you save time too.

For the most part we are still trying single foods for our few days at a time to ensure no allergies, but Ethan was very gassy when I gave him plain squash...so I will be trying this recipe with the hopes that adding something to the squash will make it less gassy on him.

Brown Rice with Apple and Butternut Squash Purée - (4)6 months+

1 squash - acorn, butternut or other winter squash

1 or 2 cups cooked brown rice

1/2 cup applesauce

Cut acorn or butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds

Place halves face down in a pan and cover with an inch of water

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” out of the shell

Place squash "meat" into your choice of appliance for pureeing

Add cooked rice and applesauce and blend

Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

They also have a blog that I follow http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/news/.  They have a bunch of great receiped for feeding you little ones.  They even did a special Cinco de Mayo menu, including Avocado Mango Salsa and Mom’s Mexican Rice. 

I highly recommend checking out this site and the blog.  It will really show you how easy making food for your baby can be.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Travel Tip Tuesday: Check out the prices on Jr. Suites

When traveling with your children you have the akward time between their bed time and when you would normally go to bed. Since you are all crammed into one room it is hard to watch tv or even read a book because your child / children are trying to sleep.


My tip to remedy this situation...Check out Jr.Suites at your hotel. Really I would suggest looking at all of the various room types and selecting the one that fits you and your family best - but we have had really good luck with these Jr. Suites.

What is a Junior Suite - It honestly depends on the hotel.

At one hotel we stay at their Junior Suite has two floors - it still only includes one bedroom, but that it upstairs so you can put the children to bed and go downstair to the living room and watch tv / read a book and still let you little ones get some much needed rest.

We have stayed at other hotels that have a half wall that blocks off one side of the room from the other. Though they will still be able to hear the TV or see the lights that you may have on, it is less distracting to them and for the most part they are blocked from whatever you are doing and it allows them to get some sleep.

A third type of room that we have found is one with two bedrooms - connected by a small walkway wich is where your bathroom is. This is another good option because it will be similiar to a home environment in which your children have their own room that they go to for bed time. Especially, if you are trying to get your little one to sleep in their own room / own bed at home...a week at a hotel can really set you back if you are all sleeping in the same room - this option allows you to be in the same room and still gives you the availability to continue encouraging the sleep behaviors that you have been working on at home.

Having said all of this, there are times when a suite or larger room is out of our price range, so we stay in a standard hotel room and we can make that work too. I do recommend checking the other room options though, we have found, on many occasions that the bigger rooms don't really cost that much more than the standard rooms and you will all be much happier in a larger room.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Our Weekend

We had a super busy weekend...

Saturday morning my husband and Brady got up early and went to a Fishing Derby.  Ethan and I got up and headed over there for the last half hour or so.

From there we went to a local beach town and walked around, looked at the boats, enjoyed some music and some cute little stores.





Then on Sunday we went to the Duck Race.  They have this event where you buy a bath tub rubber duck with a number on the bottom.  They dump all of the ducks in the river and the first 100 that come through win prizes (from a trip to Disney to LCD TV to local baseball games and more).  Beyond the actual race they have a bunch of games / activities for the kids.  We had a great time and saw a bunch of friends that we haven't seen in a while too (we were able to congratulate friends in person on an engagement, on the birth of a baby and on a pregnancy).

Ethan was so tired by this point...


Then we went for ice cream / italian ice before heading home

When we got home the boys played outside for a bit before dinner

Bradys Quote of the Day

Brady and my husband were talking about football...and Brady said

"They won't knock me down because I have a lot of skills."

Saturday, May 1, 2010

We gave in and got the mini van

....and I never thought I would say it, but I am happy about it.  We didn't go with a new one....we decided to go used and got a great deal.  Low miles and cheap.  It is in really good condition too.

I never thought I would want to have a mini van - but I am excited about having so much room.
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