Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Father's Day Art Project

I thought it would be fun for Hanna to make Father’s Day paintings for her both Grandpas.

I thought Daddy might like one too but we needed Daddy’s help on the project so the surprise was ruined.

Finger painting definitely requires a 2 to 1 parent to child ratio. I think had this not been the case, I would have been covered in paint and there would have been no photographs :)

Hanna wasn't sure about this at first and tried to escape
The works in progress
Daddy assisting our budding artist :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband! 
Hanna, Morgan and I are so luck to have you in our lives.

Happy Father's to a loving Dad, Father-In-Law and Grandpa!

Happy Father's Day to a great Dad, Father-In-Law and Grandpa!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Potty time Privacy?!?

I remember growing up my Mom always used to say that when I became a Mother one day I would understand what privacy in the bathroom was. I would always laugh at that.

I’m not laughing anymore!

When Morgan was a puppy I would bring her into the bathroom with me when I took a shower. It was my way of knowing where she was and that she wasn’t destroying anything. I’d put the trashcan on top of the toilet and she would lie on the rug in front of the tub.

When Stephen and I started dating he found this strange. He didn’t understand why Morgan always wanted to be in the bathroom with him when he showered. Now, it’s routine. If she isn’t in the bathroom with you, she is laying outside the bathroom door.

But now there is a new kid on the block. She takes control of the bathroom with her toys and clothes. She insists on being in the bathroom with me every time I’m in there. I try not to laugh when she comes to watch me go potty. I tell her what I am doing. I don’t know if she comprehends it but I tell her anyway. She knows that when I brush my teeth it is time for her to brush her teeth. She knows where the drawer with the brushes and hair clips are. This drawer can entertain her for quite some time.

Gone are the days of long relaxing showers (unless Daddy volunteers to play toys downstairs while I shower). Gone are the days of not having an audience while I go potty. Gone are the days of standing in front of the mirror and not having to worry that someone is going to swipe the blush brush.

As frustrating as it can be sometimes, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Is this my naive-ness talking because I am still a fairly new Mom???

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

I take no credit for this recipe.  It is all Rachael Ray.  Say what you want about her but this you have got to try!

Cubano Mac and Cheese

1lb whole wheat elbow pasta
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock
2 cups milk
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup yellow mustard
3 cups Swiss or Gruyere cheese, shredded plus extra for topping
1/2 cup pickles, chopped
1 lb thinly sliced deli ham, chopped
1 handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring it up to a boil to cook the pasta. Once at a boil, add some salt and the pasta and cook it just shy of al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a medium-size skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter melts, add the flour and cook about a minute. Whisk in stock, milk, hot sauce and yellow mustard, and bring up to a bubble. Stir in the cheese in a figure-eight motion, reserving enough to sprinkle on the top of the casserole, until it's all melted. Fold in the pickles and ham, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

When the pasta is done, drain it well and combine with sauce. Transfer the mac and cheese to 4 individual ceramic ramekins and top each one with a sprinkle of shredded cheese.

Place the ramekins onto a baking sheet and toss them under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese on top, 2-3 minutes.

Ok - for me, I don't use the parsley and I make it in a 9x13 because it's easier.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Memorial Day 2010 Part 2 :)

On Memorial Day we got up and ready to go to the parade in town.  Stephen is usually in the parade but decided to skip it so that he could go to the parade with us.

We stopped to pick Grandma and Roxi up on the way. Roxi is Grandma and Grampa's dog (incase you were wondering)

I love piggies with bows! :)

This is Hanna's giving you her best
"Yo! Don't mess with my pink buggy!"

It was so hot that the township committee was giving
out free ice pops. 
(Ok, free isn't the right word...in the long run, I still paid for it)

When the parade was over we went back to Grandma and
Grandpa's to play in a wicker basket....

...and the kiddie pool :)

We hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I have a problem...

..with caffeine.

Growing up there was only one soda product allowed in our house. My Dad used to say “No Coke. Pepsi” and this always made for fun at family gatherings when we brought our own soda to the Coke drinkers home.

When I started working in restaurants I made the switch to Coke. It was more because that the restaurants I worked in served Coke products. Now I can’t stand the taste of Pepsi. It is too syrupy to me. I wonder what I was thinking drinking it for so long. I guess it was because that was what we had in our home when I was younger.

At my bridal shower nearly 3 years ago, we received a Keurig coffee machine. I didn’t drink coffee unless if was iced with caramel from a popular coffee chain. I liked using it for hot chocolate and tea though. We registered for it mainly because it would be great for serving coffee when we have guests.

When I was pregnant I drank a can of soda a couple of times a week. There are just some meals where soda just goes nicely. I still didn’t drink coffee and I really didn’t drink hot chocolate. Something about a hot drink and being pregnant that didn’t go well together for me.

Shortly after Hanna was born a friend came to visit and brought me this warm concoction of hot chocolate and cappuccino. It was heavenly. I started to get it occasionally at the local convenience store. Then I ordered pods for the Keurig to start making it at home. I eventually started experimenting by mixing hot chocolate with French vanilla coffee. I started to think that it was the chocolate flavor that was making it so good. At the same time the ratio of hot chocolate to coffee was decreasing in favor of the extra boost of caffeine. It’s straight coffee now. It only took me a year to get there!

Now I am both happy and sad to report that not a day goes by that I don’t have a cup of coffee. It’s like I can’t function without it. Some days (who am I kidding…Most days) by lunch time I am dying for more caffeine and need soda. It’s bad. I feel like my teeth hurt after.

The sad part I don’t even get the caffeine burst of energy I used to. It’s like I am immune to it.

It stinks.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

This seriously is one of my favorite recipes. I discovered a love of sauerkraut when I was pregnant and lucky for me, 17 months post delivery, and I still love it!

Chicken Reuben in the Crockpot

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 pound bag sauerkraut, drained and rinsed (you may want more, it all depends on your personal taste)
4 slices of swiss cheese
1 1/4 cup thousand island dressing
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (optional)

Place chicken in crockpot. Layer chicken with sauerkraut and cheese. Top all of this with the thousand island dressing. Sprinkle with parsley (optional).

Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

I find that if I start it in the crockpot at noon, by 5 or 5:30 it is done. And it always smells so good, that by that time I am ready to eat it. All.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Dress Up!

I have a girly girl on my hands!

Mommy got a belt with shorts she bought and while Mommy doesn’t particularly love the belt, Hanna does.

Hanna loves my sweater too!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Memorial Day 2010 Part 1 :)

On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend we headed out to visit Grammy and Grampy.  Of course since the weather was warm and the pool was open, we were bound to find our way in.

Ok, by "we" I mean Hanna and her Daddy.  Mommy wasn't ready to brave the swimsuit. 

Hanna modeling her patriotic bathing suit

Grammy had a swim jacket for Hanna. 
It was all good until she actually had to wear it in the pool...

Hanna and Daddy practicing what they learned in swim lessons.

Daddy loves his Hanna B. Nanna :)

Grampy being silly!!

Such a cute little girl!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Reality Check...

Reality really sank in last week.

I look at Hanna and she wasn’t a baby anymore.

She was a running, scraped knee, non-stop talking toddler.

When did this happen?

Why do I feel like I missed something?

I don’t miss the baby part as much as I thought I might.

I don’t particularly care for the tired toddler with an attitude though.

But I do love having kisses blown my way.

I love doing “cheers” with our drinks at dinner.

I love watching her climb into or onto something new and then flashing me with that "oh so proud" smile.

I love that the diaper bag is getting lighter as the convenience of stopping to get something for Hanna to eat is AWESOME!

I have noticed that I am more tired then usual. I think I might take the lack of sleep thanks to a newborn over the exhaustion from chasing a toddler.

Ok so I’m lying about the last one…..I love every minute of being Hanna’s Mommy. I wouldn’t change anything about her or our time together.