Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This is my life

 And this is what my little man has been up to lately:

At his one year appointment he was 21.3 lbs, 28.5 in tall, and his head circumference was 18 in. 
He had his first big bleeding boo-boo, he sliced his finger while flipping over our scale, he took it like a big boy and I think I cried more than he did. 
he LOVES to go up and down our stairs, the only problem is that he usually wants to go down when I want him to go up, and he want's to go up when I want him to go down...nothing a little puff bribery can't solve!
He is starting to repeat a lot of things I say, the first clear word being "dirty" I couldn't help but chuckle....seriously, of all the words I say he chose "dirty". :) 
He also says his own version of "I love you," "thank you" "good job"(he usually whispers this when he turns the lights on and off) "mama" "dada"and "doggie".
He is starting to point with one finger vs. four fingers (to be honest, this kind of makes me sad, I loved it when he would tuck his thumb under and point all 4 stubby little fingers at what he wanted)
When asked what a lion says he will respond with a whispered "ar-ar" he says it so soft and sweetly.
He loves to sign "more" and would sit in his high chair all day long asking for more cheerios if I let him...the kid has a bottomless pit for a stomach!
Speaking of eating, he is not a dainty eater and can usually clear his tray in about 5 seconds flat.  I am always worried he will choke because he likes to "chipmunk it" as my brother-in-law says, meaning crams his cheeks full of food and will continue to shovel food in until it's gone....usually two fists at a time...and for the record he has never choked (knock on wood).
He still will have nothing to do with meat....perhaps we have produced a vegetarian.
Blocks are currently his favorite thing to play with, he LOVES to knock down towers, and fill and dump out his block box. 
Actually I think cell phones and remotes may trump his blocks. While my in-laws were watching Cole while we went on a date they let him play with their cell was all nice and dandy...until he figured out how to turn it on and call people....they took it away and tried to distract him.  we came home maybe about 45 minutes later, and the first thing he did when I picked him up was start pointing to the counter where the phone was hidden and saying "dah, dah" (which means I want that!). He doesn't forget or give up easily.
Yes, he is extremely persistent.
He also has mastered a toy similar to a shape sorter that makes music.
Cole definitely has a love of music, while playing he always keeps several music making toys close by and will continually push buttons to make music at all time.
Recently he has started trying to hum along and will do a little bob up and down dance.
He likes to dance on command.
I sing to him before he goes down for his naps, and lately he has started to hum along with me, it is so precious.
I think he is in the process of dropping down to one's been pretty hit and miss lately. I mostly try to just pay attention to his cues and will put him down for a second nap if  he acts like he needs one.
we are working on weaning and he currently only nurses right before bed and first thing when he wakes up.
He is getting stronger and stronger on his feet and will walk with a walker and holding onto my hands, he will also stand for a little bit on his own.....but still very much prefers crawling.
He is still my little sidekick and likes to be by my side constantly, I am trying to encourage him to be a little bit more independent. Usually when I do this, I will find him in a corner "reading" a book.
he is beginning to get a definite opinion about what he likes and doesn't like.
Currently his biggest dislike is getting his diaper changed. I spend more time staring at his bare buns in the air and trying to corral his octopus-like arms and legs that sometimes by the time I get the diaper back on I am done and he is this is the final outcome.

I suppose it could be worse.

Good thing he is so gosh darn cute! 

All in all he is growing and changing everyday, I love seeing his little personality develop.  We have our moments but for the most part he is extremely easy-going and such a loving little boy. My favorite is still when he crawls over and nestles up next to me for "snuggies and lovies". 
I could give him snuggies forever...I have a feeling that too will come to an end one of these days. So for now I will soak them up as much as I possibly can.

Monday, November 28, 2011


We have been busy here eating lots of good food, sharing lots of laughter, hanging with dear family and soaking in all the blessings life has to offer.

My in-laws were kind enough to drive all the way from Portland to join us in Boise for Thanksgiving this year. Both Kyle and I were very excited to host our first holiday together, but with that excitement also brought along some pesky little nerves. I enjoy cooking ALOT and will try many new things but for some reason the turkey has been the one thing that I have hidden from my whole life.  It's big, it's slimy, you have to pull necks and stuff out of the cavity, and visions of a dry-as-bone-Griswold turkey danced in my head. Well, I decided this was the year I was going to conquer my fears, I used this recipe for the turkey.  And for the most part it turned out pretty good...a little dry for me, but nothing some good gravy (thanks to my sweet mother-in-law) couldn't fix. I couldn't have done it without her help, she calmly talked Kyle and I through the cleaning and preparing the bird. 

Having Kyle's parents with us just reminded me again of how thankful I am to have such amazing in-laws and how I look forward to many more holidays together.  One of my fondest memories of the weekend was our ongoing card battle of hands and feet (I think that is the name of the game).  Nothing like a good competition to bring a family together! Just for the record,  I totally made up for my shameful loss on the first fact, I think I just might have dominated at some point,the at "some point" being the key phrase here. :) Anyways, who's keeping track?

Here is a recap of the wonderful day....

Fresh out of the oven.

The Hot Butcher

The Thanksgiving Spread
Some Bubbly Apple Juice
Staring down the food and waiting....

The mashed potatoes were his favorite, the turkey was ejected.
Helping daddy work off the turkey!
See? Helping, tough job.
Yay! We did it! Thanksgiving Success!

We have so much to be thankful for this year.  I owe it all to my Lord and Savior who has provided beyond our wildest dreams, without Him we would be nothing, have nothing, and would not be able to experience the peace and joy that He has graciously bestowed upon us.

As I sit here I am reminded of one of my favorite verses as a child:

Psalm 100:1-5

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
 2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

My prayer is that we will continue singing this within our hearts, even when life gets crazy and out of control (as it undoubtedly will). And that those we are surrounded by will see God's faithfulness and love so that they too will be able to "Give thanks to Him and praise His name".  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

this will warm your tummy

Holy smackaloni! So I have the most wonderfully tasteful recipe to share with you today. The weather has been dropping and dropping this week which makes me yearn for warm, comfort in a bowl food. I don't know what made me stop and do a double take at this stew recipe, I usually can't stand the very thought of stew. Perhaps it was the fact that there was no cheap red meat included. Whatever the reason I am sure glad I went out on a limb and simmered up a pot.

Doesn't that just look cozy? I really need to learn how to style my food better to make it look more appetizing.....but the truth is, by the time i am done cooking I want to eat, and then I don't feel like fiddling around with the leftover food to make it look pretty. Perhaps someday I will learn. Until then I will keep drooling over other bloggers pics such as this one from Picky Palate. Besides, I don't have cool spoons, napkins, or those anthropology glasses. Sigh.


If you are looking for the perfect balance of hearty and healthy, this stew has it all! I followed the recipe almost exactly except I added a bit more liquid, used poached chicken breasts, included some dried rosemary, and a little extra seasoning for good measure. It reminded me of a different take on a chicken pot pie, but without the pie.....until I added....BISCUITS!  I decided to make them last minute and am totally glad I did, they rounded out the meal and were dreamlike quick!

The recipe originated from Cooks Illustrated which means that it has been tested and approved multiple times. And I should also mention they are now "Kyle tested and approved" as well.....whooo, good thing.

The only thing I did differently was I chose not to brush them with melted butter, I prefer to cut them open and smear it on the inside.....but do as you wish.

Best Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
Yields: 12 biscuits ( I only got 11)

You need:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 stick + 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • parchment paper
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Melt the 1 stick butter and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter and the buttermilk, and stir until clumps form.
  5. Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients until just incorporated and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Using a ¼ cup dry measure, scoop out and drop 12 balls of dough onto the baking sheet (this is easier if you spray the measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray).
  8. Bake until the tops are golden brown, about 14 minutes.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack.
  10. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter and brush the tops of the biscuits with the butter before serving.
Notes: This recipe is from the November-December 2007 issue of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine.
You know what would have made last nights meal perfection? If I would have served this for dessert...

Oh yeah, you can't go wrong with a warm apple crisp topped with vanilla bean icecream and caramel drizzle.  I would make this every day if I had a never ending supply of apples. You can find the recipe here Apple Crisp. Great, now I am craving a bowl like mad......Enjoy Friends!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Urgent Diagnosis

So I totally had one of those over reactive mom moments this past weekend.  I feel like I have done pretty well this past year keeping a level head and not getting overly worked up over minor issues.  While I hate to admit it, I have to credit most of that to my husband. When I dial up he tones me down....

For example: The night I went into labor he was fast asleep and I was pacing back and forth timing my contractions. When they got to be a few minutes apart, I woke him up.....much to my despair, instead of flying out of bed and rushing around like a mad man gathering our hospital bags and such  (you know, like in the movies....) Instead, he calmly rolled over and said, "maybe you should lay down and wait it out awhile longer." can probably guess how well that went over. I'm sure there was some hormonal-about-ready-to-pop attitude and threats of him having to deliver the baby in our own bed if he wanted me to "wait it out awhile longer".  It's all a little hazy.....

It was a precious moment.

But in Kyle's defense he heeded to my attitude and calmly loaded up his whale-of-a-wife and drove to the hospital while I cried on the phone to my mom saying "I can't do this, it hurts....I'm done!"

Bottom line, I'm a weeny in the midst of pain and I tend to dramatically over react in certain situations. And my husband doesn't. Which I am extremely thankful for...otherwise I'm sure we would have paid more visits to the ER and Urgent Care this past year that would have all been completely unnecessary.

Here is what happened Sunday night:

My usual happy-go-lucky little boy went from this....

To a red-faced, feet-kicking, bottom-of-the-belly screaming little being.  Kyle and I passed him back and forth trying to soothe him but he only got louder and more persistent.  we offered a bottle, food, infant Tylenol, books, singing, peek-a-boo's....and nothing, I mean NOTHING was phasing him in the slightest.  Finally, out of desperation I said I'm taking him to the Urgent Care.  Surprisingly Kyle agreed. Our little boy was completely out of character and I wasn't about to "lay down and wait it out".

We loaded him up, drove two seconds to the Urgent Care and carried him in. And would you believe the moment we sat down to check-in he started smiling and flirting with the Medical Assistant.

Then he started belching.

So take a wild guess what the diagnosis was?  Gas.

Yep, we took our kid to the Urgent Care for gas. I think he actually enjoyed the experience and thought it was cool...he played with the doctor's stethoscope, laughed when they took his heart rate, loved the crinkly paper he sat on, waved and smiled to the pretty girls as we left hanging our heads in embarrassment.  Oh well, when all was said and done at least I could go to bed at night knowing that there was nothing terribly wrong with our precious baby.  Would I do it again, absolutely...I would rather be the over-reacting mother bringing her baby in for gas than to not do anything and be regretful of it later.

So yes, I will be that kind of mom and will work on holding my head high in situations such as this.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Momified week

I just realized that I have neglected my blog for several weeks now and the truth is I had better things to do....and perhaps I couldn't get my pictures to download because I am very bad with change....especially when it comes to new computers. My darling husband helped me get squared away, so I'm officially back!

My mom came to visit! So of course I dropped everything so I could truly enjoy every moment with her. We tromped all over Boise and I was able to show her some of my favorite spots around town.  But I think we most enjoyed laying low with coffee in hand and some yummy treat in the other. And of course Cole LOVED having his Nana's undivided attention. I absolutely melt with how delighted my boy gets when he is around his Nana.  In fact, he enjoyed her so much that he refused to go down for his afternoon nap all week long. I suppose in some crazy way he knew that his time with her was limited and he was determined not to miss a minute of it. I don't blame him, she is pretty darn special.

She has since left us to head back home, and I am now pouty and sad and more homesick than I was before she even came.  So in honor of my mom I am going to heed to her suggestion of dedicating a post entirely to my menu for the week that she was here.  I tried to make a very diverse menu as I know my mom likes to try new was a little like a tour around the world as we sat down for dinner each night.

Mom, this is for you......

Snack:  Pumpkin Scones
(Source: Sweet Peas Kitchen)

(Source: Eating Well)

(Source: A Farm Girls Dabbles)

Ummm....this soup is A-Mazing!
(Source: Skinny Taste)

(Source: All Recipes) 


Mom watched Cole and Kyle and I got to go out on a DATE NIGHT!  Thanks Mom!

(Source: Good Life Eats)

This tastes like eating dessert for breakfast, and it's healthy!

 Then I kissed my mom good-bye and proceeded to mope around the house all day....alright, fine....I'm still moping and counting down the days until I get to go home for Christmas. 

Love you mom!