Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My New Skill!

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Such fun!

Christmasy pictures

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Look what I found! Yes, he got removed after this...he's not allowed there...he doesn't care!

Adam and the Santa hat

Olga's paradise

Trying to Stand!

Andrew wants to move so bad!

Christmas Decorations

We put up Christmas decorations - Adam just loves them! I love Christmas and am ready to get into the spirit. What I really need is SNOW - this rain we are having is NOT helping.

We are staying home this year. While we'll miss our family, I'm also very excited for a quiet Christmas at home. I think Adam will be able to really understand some of it this year! And Andrew will be excited because he is.

I've been trying to avoid getting too caught up in Christmas shopping and actually am pretty much done. I am having fun doing photo gifts for family though!
Adam with the tree
Our house
Look what I found! Great Grandma sent these old ornaments (they are yarn and things like that) for the boys to play with. Adam always does and Andrew now is!
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Helping Daddy put up the tree
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Helping Mommy decorate - he's only broke two so far and one was "fixable." He loves checking out the tree!

Andrew's 6 month check up

Andrew is now 29 1/2 inches long and 20 lbs, 9 oz - a big boy! He's 80th in his height and 95th in weight. A big boy! I think he's going to outgrow 12 month clothes soon!

Adam, at about the same age, was 28 3/4 inches and 19 lbs. So pretty much the same length, but lighter. Andrew is definitely bigger.

Andrew is also VERY close to crawling...I'm in so much trouble! Andrew did get 4 shots today, poor baby, and the doctors says to start veggies. We are just starting on solids.

Andrew's into the toys!

Andrew is seriously interested in everything now! Especially things that his brother is....or that he shouldn't have!

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Adam uses these sticks for "fighting" - just another thing to keep away from Andrew! Pretty soon though they can have "wars." :)

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

I can get it!

Andrew is starting to move - he more pushes and shoves himself around than anything. This isn't the best video, but this is like try 15! He was NOT cooperating!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Andrew's Big Boy Tub!

Andrew got to move up to the big boy tub!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a great holiday!
Adam keeps getting out of bed for some reason...this is how we found him this morning, at nap and now again...we put him back the second two times, already being on to him.
Andrew and Great-Gramma
Adam and Great-Gramma

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

We are doing Thanksgiving with Dave. We had a good drive up, save some traffic issues on 23 N. Its sleeting now, but hey, we're here and safe!

Andrew's tub in PaPa's sink - he had a blast! We actually are ready at home to move him to the "big" tub, so this is a good transition.
This was clean when we arrived....Adam has arived!

Andrew

Look what I've got!
I want out! I don't think this will last much longer....

Can I get this toy?

Granpa's Phone

Adam watching cartoons on Grandpa's Smartphone. This took my father about an hour to figure out, but Adam sure thought it was cool!

GG Trip Videos

Dad put all the videos together into one if you want to see them all.

Toy Baby!

I just love it when babies start getting interested in toys and things . Andrew is into everything now!

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Socks are edible, right?

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving

I'm cooking today for Thanksgiving as we are going up to Dave's. My coleslaw is done and in the fridge. I'm currently taking a break from my pumpkin cheesecake as I forgot to pull out the cream cheese and it needs to soften at least a little before I try to whip it into shape. I'm also bringing rolls, but haven't decided it I'm making them here tomorrow morning or at Dave's tomorrow night. Dave has to work until 8 PM (and again on Friday...Home Depot is crazy with the holidays!), so we are going to wander up there tomorrow.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Andrew's First Cereal

Andrew got his first "real" food today - rice cereal. He didn't really know what to do with it, but that will come. The doctor was firm on 6 months for him (I think because he's such a big boy) and I was waiting for his 6 month check up, but it got moved again (this is now the second time they've called to reschedule us...this has never happened before to us and then twice on one appointment!) so I just did it as I think he needs it. I'm really hoping it will help at night as he's been backsliding a little on that - I think because he needs more.

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Attacking Mommy's Boyd's Bears

Adam was playing with Ray's little men (I liken them to grown up GI Joe - you role dice to see who shot who first). He gets my Boyd's Bear down and starts attacking it! I think his daddy put him up to this!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Busy

My parents were here for 3 weeks (as you can tell from pictures) and we've been very busy. We started with Andrew's baptism and then went to CT for a week. Definitely a lot in less than a month. The boys are exhausted - Adam more so than Andrew (who doesn't yet get what all the excitment is for). We are planning to veg for a few days, but then its Thanksgiving! We are joining Dave for Thanksgiving, but he's working pretty much all but Thursday, so we are probably coming back on Friday, so hopefully will have some quiet days.

Adam is talking so much more now - I think having his grandparents here helped push him because they didn't know all his nuances like we do. Andrew is sitting up so well now plus he's really into grabbing/playing with stuff now.

I don't like to discuss Christmas until after Thanksgiving (which is a holiday I personally love as its all about family to me), but I have started to think a bit as Mom and I did a little planning before she left to keep her from having to ship anything (we got an awesome deal on snowsuits, which the boys will be getting from their grandparents, boring but necessary as both are ready to outgrow their current ones (of course I don't have the right size for Andrew from Adam as they are off seasons)).

Both Ray and I are already deep into thinking about next term. I've been writing calc lecture notes - they are finally done! Now I have just tedious stuff left - necessary, but boring and not requiring a lot of thought. It has been an incredibly busy fall for us and I'm looking forward to a quiet Christmas at home.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Finished Kitchen Backsplash

Dad finished the backsplash by sealing the grout today. I took a picture with out and then with all my stuff

Andrew and his grandparents

With Grandma
With Grandpa

Storm Door

We put in a new storm door (you can take it out and put in a screen door for summer)

Adam and Grandpa taking off the old one

Preparing the new door
Finished new door

Playing with a hanger

This the dressing room at Christopher and Banks - Andrew was giving his opinion! Andrew was so happy when he found a hanger - he was obsessed with it!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

I made these tonight. They were okay, but I wasn't too impressed as I didn't think they were all that chewy and I like chewy.

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
Modified from Cooking Light [I get holiday cookie recipes emailed, this was one]

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2/3 cup dried tart cherries [I didn't really measure, this was a container of them from my grocery store]
3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips [here either - a handful...I also wouldn't recommend this...there is already enough chocolate and I'm a chocolate person.]

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture. Beat just until combined. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

French Onion Beef

I made this this week. It was okay, but not great.

French Onion Beef
Modified from Pillsbury's Pot Pies and Casseroles

1 1/4 lb boneless beef round steak [I used more than this...I did 6 big chunks...see later in recipe]
1 pkg (8 oz) mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, chunked
1 can (10 1/2 oz) condensed French onion soup [I did dilute, so I added one can of water]
1 pkg (6 oz) herb stuffing mix [it called for 10 minute stuff....never heard of it...I used the regular 5 minute stuff]
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup mozzarella, shredded

Spray slow cooker. Cut beef into 6 serving pieces. Layer 1/2 beef, mushrooms and onions and repeat. Top with soup.

Cook for 8-10 hours on Low.

Mix stuffing, butter and 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Place stuff on top of beef mixture, turn up to high and cook for 10 more minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and let it melt.

Servings 6 [I didn't think so - we had 4 adults and Adam and barely had enough],

If I were to do this again, I wouldn't put in the stuffing - that was strange. This would be better as sandwiches in my opinion and I already have a good French Dip recipe. We didn't have enough meat and too much toppings.

Anyway, the meat was good and a good day to get rid of so-so steak meat.

Potato and Canadian Bacon Chowder

I got this recipe from Amy - my mother and I loved it. The guys put up with it.

Potato and Canadian Bacon Chowder
Modified from WeightWatchers

2 cups potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 large carrot, diced

1 cup onion, diced [they used leeks, which I don't like and I always have onions]
1 medium garlic clove, minced

4 cups chicken broth [fat-free if you want]

1/2 cup uncooked barley

1 piece bay leaf

1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed

1/4 tsp black pepper

4 oz Canadian-style bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1/2 cup evaporated milk [fat-free...what to do with the rest of the can? Pumpkin Bread!]

2 oz half-and-half [fat free]
In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, leek, garlic, broth, barley, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and bacon; cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Stir in evaporated milk and half-and-half; heat through, uncovered, about 10 minutes.

Yields about 1 2/3 cups per serving.

Playing with Daddy

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Playing Cards

Andrew playing Grandpa's cards - he liked to eat them! We had to give him "pretend" cards....he knew though!

Kitchen Backsplash


Grout's in
Close up of tile/grout

New York City

On the Sunday before we left CT, Billy and I went into NYC for the day. Our cousin, Eric, took us. We went by train from New Haven (a fun new experience for us) and got to come into Grand Central Station. We then walked to the USS Intrepid with a stop at Times Square (have to say that was not what I expected). The Intrepid was really cool! I so recommend that if you are in NYC. Then we did the Empire State Building and went up to the 86th floor. We then took a cab (NY cabbies as as weird as they say!) to South Street to have dinner. Finally we came back and saw Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's before heading home. It was a fun experience and we got to see some of Manhattan.
St. Patrick's
Rockefeller Center tree - see all that scaffolding as they are putting it up? I guess they take all the limbs off it and put them back on! Crazy, huh?
South Street - that's the finanical district behind us
Anti-aircraft guns on the USS Intrepid
SR-71 on USS Intrepid
USS Intrepid
Times Square

Adam and Moose Antlers

This is at my aunt's - Dad brought these from AK. She HATED them. One of his buddies there took them.

Walker Fun!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kitchen Backsplash

Dad is putting in a kitchen backsplash - I think its coming out really nice! As you can see, he has great help!
Adam helping out in the sink
Andrew "supervising"
The backsplash - this is still "in progress"
Adam distracted....

Finished Bathroom Vent

Ray painted while we were gone.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Only a Two Year Old!

So it's in the 60s, but I still have no want to stick my feet in the pond....but Adam thinks its awesome! I think it looks cold.....

CT Pictures

Uncel Billy and Andrew
The boys with their grandparents

Adam checking out the pond with Grandpa

Beach Pictures

Mom and Emily
Mom
The boys
Andrew
Me and the boys
Grandpa, Jennie, Adam, Grandma, Andrew, Auntie Em, Uncle Billy
My parents