Monday, April 30, 2012

Big Boy

Andrew in his toddler bed - what a big boy! But he looks so tiny.....

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Out for a walk and a playground

We went out for a walk and ended up at the local elementary school playground playing
This is where Adam will go to 1st grade if we are still here - Carlin.  Ravenna actually sends all kindergarderns to one school so he'll go somewhere else for that first year - I know - WEIRD.  I'm thinking I agree....
Adam is quite good now at climbing these bars and even doing the balance beam thingie.
 Playground fun!

Holding Hands

The boys holding hands - Adam likes to "help" Andrew cross the street or a parking lot! He also will "herd" him for me to bring him back. Andrew is pretty stubborn though - Adam doesn't always win!

Cheeto Hands!

Andrew's Cheeto hands!

Cookie Eaters!

The boys eating cookies that Mommy just made!

Scrapbooking

I spent Tuesday night at a friend's doing scrapbooking.  I was working on Adam's scrapbook - made some nice progress! These are my favorite pages/layouts.
Alaska Trip (September 2011)
 Adam's train ride - I'm really happy with this one!
 Adam's learning - I was happy with this!
Adam's learning page - I printed off various things he could do

Adam

 Adam's artwork from the school's celebration of learning - this is a dinosaur according to the card with his quote on the placard.  He also notes that the clouds are in the sky!
 Adam's picture of Olga
 Adam napping - we've actually been having some success - hopefully it will continue as he REALLY still needs about an hour nap.
Adam's slippers - he found these last week and is currently fascinated!  They've been sitting his in closet for awhile...now they are exciting! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Boys

Adam was trying to convince Andrew was big (he wanted to play Sorry with him) and so was lining him up back to back to show me!

Grown just a little!

 Adam - just over a year old
Adam - 4

I want the camera!

Bookmark

Isn't this a cute bookmark? It was made to go in a card you give - I made it at card making class last night.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chicken Dijon

I made this on Sunday - yummy! Ray just adored this! I'm working on more chicken crock pot recipes and this one was definitely a success!

Chicken Dijon
Modified from The $7 A Meal Slow Cooker Cookbook

***Needs a crock pot***

4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1 (10 oz) can condensed chicken broth (this said "container condensed chicken soup" - I used broth, you can pick another version)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water

In a 4 quart crock pot, combine all ingredients except cornstarch and water. Cover and cook for 6-7 hours or until chicken is 165. I put the chicken in the CP, then the onion/carrots on top. Then I whisked the remaining ingredients together and poured over the chicken and veggies.

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Add to CP. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve over noodles (I did egg noodles) or rice. So cook this while the cornstarch is in. Mine never thickened as much as I would like, I think honestly it night need to be thickened on the stovetop if you really want a nice thick sauce. Using a cream based chicken soup would also make thicker, but I knew Ray would prefer the broth (and he loved this).

Serves 4.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Adam's New Blanket

Adam found this no-sew kit at Jo-Ann's almost a month ago (we actually bought it in MI) and I got a good deal with my 40% off coupon so I got it. He's been begging me to make it ever since, but I needed the hour or so it would take without Andrew because I knew he wouldn't leave it along while I was cutting/tying and unfortunately work is always an issue during his nap. Ray took Andrew with him to get something from the office so I could make this.


Cutting the fringe - it even had nice lines to follow - I like easy!

Finished blanket - Adam is thrilled and took it to bed with him tonight!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The boys at almost 2

Can you tell them apart? How much do they look alike do you think?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

So true....

Our backyard makes our house so much bigger...I hate it when I can't use it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Malls

Okay, so I've written before that malls can be very helpful for parents, especially when travelling. Around here, though, I've seen an annoying trend. As we all know malls are floundering and many are remodeling, try to garner back popularity. Okay, fine....but what that seems to mean is catering to teenagers and taking out all the family stuff! We had a really nice mall with a great playland in North Olmstead (Cleveland area) that had a couple of game-type stores, a bookstore....and first all the stores we liked went away and now the playland! They moved the food courts...which now has less choices and all more fancy (read: not kid-friendly). They did keep nice kid bathroom/nursing areas, but that's it. Where the old food court was is now empty and I think they are putting in a movie theater so not helpful! I'm am SO disappointed in them (read: won't be back). Another mall did a huge renovation and while there were tons of moms with kids in strollers, they choice not to add anything even remotely kid friendly (stores or playland).

So we found a new mall in Youngstown that still has a playland and actually stores we like....so Akron/Cleveland, you are dead to us......

The world is just so kid unfriendly anymore and it disgusts me - we were all kids once! Kids being kids shouldn't bug anyone - they were kids once!

Sausage Wonton Cups

We got to a big game night at a friend's house once a month. There are lots of small children involved and its lots of fun. One family recently got a new job and moved and the wife was an awesome cook and always made a nice substantial appetizer for our potluck. We'll definitely miss her cooking...and her of course! Adam really liked the daughter who was about his age!Anyway, I've been working on some appetizers that I can bring to replace what we lost. Most everyone else brings more sides/desserts, which are fine, but don't really make a meal. So this is my first experiment and I'm quite happy - yummy, fairly easy and should help make it more of a meal as it does have some meat in it. My biggest issue will be transport (you'll see why), so I think I might actually do all the prep (make the inside, bake off the wrappers), then actually assemble and do the last few minutes of baking there.

Sausage Wonton Cups
Modified from Taste of Home

1 lb sausage (they used turkey sausage and broke up 4 (4 oz) links...I just used a pound of regular sweet Italian sausage (pork))
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp basil
24 wonton wrappers (my package came with a lot more, I'll probably do at least a double batch next time)
1 cup (4 oz) Italian cheese blend, shredded

In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink, drain. Stir in tomato sauce, garlic powder and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered from 8-10 minutes or until thickened.


Meanwhile press wonton wrappers into mini muffin cups (so 24 to a sheet) coated with Pam. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned (make sure to pay attention to edges as you are stuck with the shape once cooked).
So here is where I'd "break" when transporting it. I don't want to have to refrigerate as that makes the wrappers (which are crispy after cooking) soggy. Still yummy, but lose that crisp that most people like. I could wait on the wrappers as well, but I also don't want too much prep work there....I "think" I can transport as is...we'll see!


Spoon sausage mixture into cups. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-7 minutes more or until cheese are melted. Serve warm. As a note, these actually are really good to eat without a plate as while the outside is "crispy" the bottom stays soft from the filling, which means it doesn't fall apart while eating!
Makes 2 dozen.

Chair...

I told Adam not to stand on his table and to sit on the chair....so he put the chair ON the table and then sat on it....boys!

Super Grover!

We found the cut out and instructions (pretty bad ones honestly...although good cut out) at Sesame Street and Adam wanted to make it (and has been wearing it, just didn't get a good pic of him in it).

Train Tracks

Adam brought down some train tracks...and then rather than get more, began improvising....

Really?

So we didn't get much of anything all winter...and now this in April? Really? It is already all gone, but still....I wanted this months ago!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Relay for Life

We are doing Relay for Life in June with a group from our church (St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro). We are hoping to raise $300 as a family (we are having both boys walk with us) in honor of Ray's mother, who fought breast cancer.

If you are willing to help out the American Cancer Society, please consider contributing to our team effort!

Cards

We did mostly Mother's Day and Father's Day cards at my last card class. I didn't post them all as some are still "secret!"

Mother's Day - see those "doilies?" SUCH a pain in my tush, but pretty! See the instrument we used was supposed to die cut all the cut outs so they just popped out....not really...there was a lot of swearing involved!
Aren't these adorable? Just like suit jackets!

Adam's First Time Skating

I took Adam skating for the first time yesterday. He'd been asking for awhile, but I had to get a baby sitter for Andrew so I could take it and scheduling is always complex with kids! Anyway, he made it around the rink once, mostly holding on to me, sometimes the wall. He was done about halfway, I made him finish the lap. He'll get it eventually!


Monday, April 09, 2012

Parenting Wish List

I saw this "wish list." I definitely want autopilot! And sizes are SO crazy! I also want all places that cater to kids to actually HAVE restrooms that work with kids. For example, if you have a kids menu you need a changing table! New rule!

Cleaning with a Toddler

This is so why I clean their rooms on T/R when Adam is in preschool!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Fun


Adam dying eggs!

Our eggs - Dad helped do the two color one

Andrew finding eggs in backyard

Adam's new duds

Adam with his Easter basket

Adam finding eggs!

Checking out his eggs!

Andrew with his basket and lawn mower!

Andrew's new bubble gun...which never worked...we so have to discuss this with the Easter Bunny....

Water fight! Adam got water guns and it was too cool for outside so we had a fight in the tub!

Playground



Andrew scraped his leg up a little (see below...really just a little!) coming down a slide and was pulling up his pant legs for a kiss!

Adam made it across!

He also made it all the way up and down this!