Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ice Cream...

My boy...his sweet tooth is as big as mine.
I can see that in the years ahead that I am going to have to seriously hide all sweets if I am ever going to get any.
(this was his first ice cream cone. there was chocolate ice cream all over his person and the floor around him. he was in total bliss.)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Out in the yard...

Why is it that yard work is, well, so much work? I guess that's why it is called yard "work" and not yard "party." The same story that has been playing out at our house each Spring since buying this house is in full swing. Although a bit late this year, due to a wet Spring and slowness on my part...the mulch needs to be weeded and turned. We have lovely stretches of flower beds that we had put in when we had the lawn done, but we have not had the money to landscape them yet. So that's were the turning and weeding comes in...
turn, turn,
chop, chop, chop (with the trowel)
You get the idea.
It does have this lovely organic, earthy smell that I love. David cranked it out for me last year since I was pregnant...Sweet Man.
I have been doing it all by hand with a trowel, because it looks so much better, but, it takes forever. I have been working on it while the babies nap or after they go to bed. Thank goodness for baby monitors. The last 15 foot stretch was completed last night in almost total dark. I wasn't about to quit just because that sun decided to set, I was going to finish. The thought did pass through my mind that the neighbors might wonder if maybe I was burying a body, especially since David has been gone the last few days on a business trip...they might just wonder and call the police. I mean, really isn't that usually what digging after dark means?
"Honest officer, I'm just trying to finish turning my mulch..." That actually sounds kind of suspicious. :)
Mosquitoes by the way, have absolutely no trouble doing their work in the dark. My arms and legs are testament to that.
I have done some planting, although my vegetables are looking kind of weak. My tomato plants don't seem to grow much despite all of the affection I lavish on them. The beans, peas, and pumpkins that I started from seed a mere two weeks ago are doing much better. So that's where you will find me each evening...watering my veggies and flowers. I know, I know, they say to water in the early morning, but, I just can't seem to get that routine down. After all I have oatmeal and coffee to make and babies to hug and kiss each morning. So I go out and I water at night. I also planted three Day Lillies that are lovely. I think that a cricket has taken up residence by one of them which makes me smile. By the way, did anyone else find Jiminy Cricket annoying as a kid? I couldn't stand watching Pinocchio because of him, or am I the only crazy one?
OK. I'm done with the rambling...for now...

Friday, June 26, 2009

My new favorite thing...

David got me a Kindle DX for Mother's Day. I had gone back an forth for awhile about whether or not I liked the idea of a Kindle, I mean in general. I felt that I would miss the tactile feeling of a book and of physically turning the pages and the smell, there's nothing like the smell...and I do miss these things to some extent. Now, other then the physical touchy-feeliness, I don't at all miss the trying to remember what page I am on, despite a side-table drawer filled with bookmarks. Plus, my fingers have always been causality prone to paper-cuts and I am happy to report that I am now paper cut free. For that my index finger and thumb are thankful. I love how I can search books right from the Kindle and then download them in mere seconds for much, much less the cost of their paper-bound cousins. The text is crisp and clear with a built in dictionary for understanding those laborious words that aren't in my vocabulary.
So despite all of my efforts to resist, I am in love. Although, I do hope that I am now not a player in the death of books and bookshelves...I may have converted, but, I'm not entirely crazy.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wake me up...

I needed a cup of coffee this morning, strong and dark. Usually Elijah sleeps a solid 10 hours straight with no wake ups. But last night starting at 1:30 AM and continuing on until he wanted up at 5:15 AM he was awake about every hour. It was one of those nights where nothing I could do was right and he let me know it. This age is wonderful, but so hard too...the meltdowns can happen without warning. I have read that 2 years olds are like that, but also that year 3 can be hard too. Is it one or the other? Or is there a chance that I will be on this roller coaster for two years? I pray a lot...for patience, for the grace to be the strong Mama that he needs, to stick to my guns when I say no and that it will pay off in the future...and for endurance, yes, I need that too. Much of the time Elijah has such a sweet nature with a servants heart... he loves to help with anything.
We made pancakes yesterday morning and he loved it...although a little meltdown happened when the mixing was done. You just can't reason with a 2 year old and they just don't understand the concept that over-mixing pancake batter results in sad, flat pancakes...he just wanted to keep mixing. And who can blame him? It's fun!
Speaking of pancakes, I have been wanting to share my favorite pancake recipe for awhile...they are easy and yummy and they puff up when you cook them.

Featherlight Yogurt Pancakes
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup yogurt (I use what I have either plain or flavored)
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl combine milk, eggs, and yogurt. Stir in butter. Pour liquids into flour mixture, mixing just until dampened. Pour 1/4 cup batter on hot greased griddle for each pancake.
Makes 16 pancakes or so.
Adapted from the Favorite Brand Name Recipe Cookbook
Let me know if you make them and what you think. I make a big batch and then use them throughout the week for breakfasts or freeze them for future use. They do freeze nicely.
Now I must go hug my persnickety 2 year old.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Snacks and help requested...

Our current favorite snack.
Graham Crackers with Nutella.
You might notice a certain little boy back there enjoying it.
We have it at least once a day...I sometimes sneak one after that certain little boy has gone to bed. I love him, but sometimes a Mama just doesn't want to share. They're really nice accompanied with a glass of cold milk...chocolate and milk are just supposed to go together.
Now, things are going well here at Stay at Home Central, but, I am struggling with how to keep Elijah busy. How do you keep your little ones busy without parking them in front of the TV? What's your go to craft, snack, activity? I am up for all kinds of activities, they can be messy, I just need some new ideas...help? Anyone...?

Monday, June 22, 2009

A little note...

David,
Thank you for being such a wonderful Daddy...
For getting Elijah ice cream when he does the big one...
For teaching Evelyn how to do air kisses...
For the patience and love that you show them everyday...
I love you oh so much...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Painting...

I love to see Elijah doing things on his own...to see him enjoy creating.
I pulled out some paints and brushes that had been moldering in a box. Some were dried out, but many were still good and I let him go to town.


He mixed paint colors and brushed...getting it under his finger nails and a little bit on the table too. But, it's just a faux wood laminate top and is easily wiped down. I know that it's because I am his Mama that I see brilliance and beauty in each piece, where many might only see smears of paint. But, that my friends is a Mama's prerogative. That's how we encourage our children, by being their number one fan and letting them try new things. When Mama cheers it's got to be good right?
Woo Hoo...lets paint some more!

In our neck of the woods we have pretty rocky soil...David and I have pulled out lots while working in the yard...next Elijah and I are going to paint a few to put in the garden. The world can always use more color don't you think?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Smarty Pants...


That girl...she's sharp. Like a tack, so sharp she is.
Last night as we ate out grilled avocado cheese sandwiches (so good), she sat in her high chair watching and "talking" to us. She had consumed her dinner earlier and was just being her normal happy self. David did air kisses to her and she proceeded to do them back. We laughed and clapped and she kept doing them. She scrunches her face up, purses her lips together, then smacks her lips and then smiles BIG...over and over.
She picks things up quickly...and crawling? She's not so interested in that, but standing? She would do that all day..walking is what she wants to do most.
Uh oh, she going to be mobile soon...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Very Belated Birthday Sewing...


This a a very late birthday gift that I got into the mail yesterday. It has been finished for awhile and actually ready to mail...sometimes getting to the post office is the hardest step. Why is that? But, now it is on it's way to it's intended. She doesn't read the blog regularly, so hopefully she will receive the box before she sees this post.
It's a table runner made with a heavy weight linen, appliqued with squares of purple calico. I also threw a couple of green squares on there too for some pop. I lined it with a super soft white cotton from a vintage sheet that I had in my stash. It came together pretty quickly and should go perfectly with the gift recipient's dining room decor (I hope).
It was fun to do and I have several ideas of how I can change and mix it up in the future. I think I am going to have to make myself one.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cali and back again...

My first official week of being a stay at home mama was spent living it up in sunny California. David went to work and I went to play...
I am in love with palm trees...seriously.

We did get to spend some nice alone time together however. Nice restaurants and whale watching were just a couple of the things that David and I were able to do together.


The ever allusive David...he is adept at avoiding the camera.


He did oblige me for one shot while out at sea...
How cool and dashing is he???


There's a blue whale there...can you see it???
I bet you can. They were being a little shy, just showing their backs and blowing air. There were no grand displays of jumping as I had hoped, but, was still a good show none the less.
We ate several lovely meals by candlelight on the water.


I was ever so close to Disneyland. One afternoon I ventured to Downtown Disney. I ate biegnets and shopped in the Disney store (I have a little one that adores Cars).
One of the highlights of the trip was getting to meet and spend the afternoon with Leslie.
Oh what fun it was...antiquing in Orange County and lunch (yummy pasta for us both) at a cute little cafe. The fellowship did my heart good and to finally meet one of my oft talked about blog buddies was a gift. Here's the proof...
Thanks Leslie for schlepping me about in your (cute) minivan. I so appreciate you and getting to spend those hours together.
Then it was home to this...
Hello my beauties...yes, I missed you too.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Break...

I didn't mean to be gone so long...
We have been on a little vacation.
I was doing a bit of this...
It was tough...yes.
I will be back with pictures and stories tomorrow.
I hope ya'll are having a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 1, 2009

The truth about...well, poo that is...

I find myself saying "oh, he's just two."
I say it to our sitter.
I say it to David.
I say it to myself.
It's not that I am letting him get away with murder...no. Loving discipline is my goal. There are just certain things that I didn't know I signed up for...
...like trying to talk said two year old into pooping in the potty and not in his pants.
Just re-reading the above sentence amazes me in its truth...Wow, I never saw this phase coming.
I tell myself that this too shall pass and I won't still be having to sit in the bathroom with him playing name that animal sound when he is 16...he's just two. He is learning. He won't always throw fits, cry and carry on about having to...well, you know.
I am consoled slightly to think that someday he will read this and be horribly embarrassed...
yes, I am that wicked. And that's why I keep this blog. To remember the good, the bad, and the ugly... and boy this is ugly.
By the way, Wednesday is my last day at work. On to this next adventure...bring it on.