Friday, September 25, 2015

Peter // 10 Months

This little big guy is 10 months old! He loves crawling everywhere and chewing on everything. This week he ate a corner off one of my books, plus half a playing card. :( He dances to music, or any rhythm at all really. (I've caught him swaying to the sound of the clothes dryer.) He knows how to throw a ball, and he's just starting to say "dada," although usually it's whispered. He does NOT like getting his nails trimmed, or being alone even for a second! He loves being outside and watching bugs fly around. He's excited to go to Florida tomorrow!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Peter // 9 Months

I really can't believe my little guy is already 9 months old. But alas, it is so, and I have a first birthday Pinterest board already created so it must be true.

This was a big month for Peter! As if crawling and sprouting two teeth weren't enough, he now spends more time standing than sitting, he learned to clap and wave, he's experimenting with talking, and he rocks back and forth to music. His favorite game ever is peek-a-boo, and just last night he learned to "hide" in his pack-n-play when Chris says, "Where's Peter?" and then JUMP up and smile so Chris will say, "THERE he is!!!!" :) SO fun. 

We got family pictures Saturday night by the lovely Jessica Shae, but while we wait for those, here are a couple of the good ol' iPhone-in-the-front-yard kind. :)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

recipes worth sharing

So I have a secret. Or rather, I had a secret. Because a couple weeks ago I finally got brave enough to voice it through the din of a hundred kids eating lunch and people trying to run a garage sale. 

"I wanna be a food photographer." 

And out of all the people in the kitchen at that moment, one person responded. She is younger than me. She is an aspiring photographer. She said, "It's too hard." 

And with that, the tiny puff of wind in my one sail quietly flitted away. So. I guess it's too much to hope for to not only make a recipe, have it turn out, and then take breathtakingly gorgeous pictures of the results. I must content myself with sharing links and OTHER people's beautiful pictures. And you know what, after seeing this picture,
I think my laziness would prevent me from ever getting that artsy.


If you're like me, you shuddered when you saw "Kraft" at the top of the page. But it's only a recipe. I made it with organic chicken, tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, and broccoli. You can always do whatever you want. ;) This yummy dinner was very easy and tasted like a dish from Olive Garden. That's always the goal. 

The old favorite, but in the Crockpot, so you barely have to do anything. Woohoo! 

I recently got two pounds of blueberries from a friend running a co-op, and I had the usual blueberry panic. What on earth am I to do with them? I rarely bake and I couldn't eat them fast enough just by themselves. So as usual, Pinterest saved the day and I tried the first random recipe I came across. This coffee cake is super good. I'm blogging right now to distract myself from eating it all gone.

This recipe. Oh my goodness, it's good. It has actually nearly replaced my childhood favorite meatloaf recipe I got from my mom. (Who got it from Taste of Home, but yeah.) I love the addition of potatoes and carrots, because your whole meal is basically taken care of in one pot. This is a very big fave.

{enter sarcastic closing remarks here}

Friday, July 17, 2015

Peter // 8 Months

This has been such a big month for Peter! This month he started officially crawling, AND he has two tiny teeth coming in on the bottom. He is now eating a bunch of solid food: bananas, pears, sweet potatoes, mango, and peaches. He will not touch avocado, and I don't blame him. :P He's outgrown all his 6-month stuff, and some of the 9-month stuff. So he's wearing 9-12 months size and I'm scrambling to find stuff to keep him cool and happy. 

As you can see from the picture above, he just graduated from his (way too small) bath chair to his inflatable ducky tub! This thing is awesome and Peter loves it! Bath time is now splash time as well. :) This month he started his first mimicking thing: he'll start slapping the table if we do. :P (Yeah, I know. So productive and educational.) The magic of Sinead O'Connor's "Only You" no longer works when he's inconsolable. :( Now he likes Birdy's "All You Never Say." Whatever. If it makes him stop crying.

We just booked our anniversary trip to Sanibel Island, FL - where we honeymooned - and we're bringing Peter with us! It'll be his second time in Florida, and we are super excited to be able to show him the very unit we rented three years ago. So much fun ahead!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

more Peter pics

Two of our friends captured these pictures on their nice cameras. I'm always thankful for higher resolution pics of my little guy! ;P

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Laura's Shower

A few weeks ago, my best friend Meghan and I had the honor of hosting our best friend Laura's wedding shower. It was my first time putting something that big together, so I definitely learned a lot about list-making and organization, but it was SO fun to work with Meghan and pull it off. Pardon the phone quality (or lack of). I was just glad I remembered to get a couple pics before it was all over.

Thank God for Pinterest. 'S all I'm gonna say. 

I also learned a lot about burlap. A lot. For instance, did you know that burlap stinks??? Or that it makes you itchy? Or that it shreds and keeps on shredding if you let it? And that it's barely ironable? 

She got a LOT more than that, I promise. 

Best friends for 20+ years! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Brookfield Zoo

For Peter's Christmas present, my mom gave us an Unlimited Family Membership to the Brookfield Zoo. Yesterday was the first day we got out there, and we were so glad the weather was perfect! It was Peter's first zoo trip, and even though he fell asleep half-way through, I think it was still a pretty momentous occasion. :)