Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Feels Like Home is giving away two Nintendo DS games - Zenses Ocean & Zenses Rainforest.
Frugal Mommy has a bunch of giveaways going on. They include a Fit Yummy Mummy Giveaway, a Boogie Wipes Giveaway, a giveaway for an awesome AmieJ Designs bag, and a giveaway to try some Funky Monkey Snacks!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Well, to start things off, I have some pics of the mischief the girls have been getting into the past couple of weeks. They are quite a team these days. It is nearly impossible to keep up with them! Ava is in to everything she can get her little hands on! She's walking everywhere now which opens up a whole new world of possible messes for her! She and Lily are so cute when they play together, though. Although, Lily has been having a more difficult time lately being nice to her little sister (mostly because Ava is always into her stuff)...
Lily decided to "wash" Ava's hair with the bubbles from their bath. They both had all kinds of bubble bath on top of their heads.
Lily got a calendar in her Highlights magazine that her Great Grandma Ginny sends her. It came with stickers to put on special holidays and Lily promptly put them all over her legs.
Ahhh, bath paints...
And here is a picture of the super cool kitchen the girls got from Grammy and Pa:
And the super fun couch form Mimi and Grandad. The girls are having a tea party :)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
#2: Lily put KY Jelly in her hair...she said she thought it was shampoo...and, she insisted Ava take one with her.
#3: Major diaper blowout by Ava. Get her in the tub look over at Lily who is peeing her pants. When we asked Lily why she was wetting herself she said, "So I can take a bath."
Lily: Daddy, what's that?
Daddy: I don't know, Lil.
Lily: Maybe, I get it for Christmas.
She doesn't even know what it is and she wants it! What a stinker! So, a few minutes later, I decided it was time to remind her what Christmas is really about...
Mommy: Lily, do you know why we celebrate Christmas?
Lily: Because we all poopy! (She is all about the poop humor these days)
Mommy: No, Lily, we celebrate Christmas because that is when Baby Jesus was born. It's not just about presents. It's a special day because it's Baby Jesus' birthday. Did you know that?
Lily (in a very little voice): No, I didn't know that.
She sat and though about that for a minute and then came out with this:
Lily: I not want Baby Jesus to come to my birthday party, just baby Emery (a friend of ours).
Niiiice...what a sweet little girl I have...
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Corn and Crab Chowder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced *I used 3, cause we like thicker soups and such*
2 ribs celery, chopped * I used 3 or 4*
1 medium yellow onion, chopped *Again, I used a bit more*
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced *I used some sort of Southwester Corn mix that had the peppers already in it, but it would probably be better with an actual pepper or two*
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning blend
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock or broth *I used chicken broth and some shrimp stock that we made, it probably would have been really good with some crab stock, from the crab shells*1 quart whole milk
3 cups corn kernels, scraped fresh from the cob or, frozen kernels *I used frozen, and probably a bit more than that*
8 ounces cooked lump crab meat *We had fresh crabs that Nate caught, cooked, and shelled for me*
*I also added a cup or so of shrimp*
Heat a deep pot over moderate heat. Add oil and butter. As you chop your veggies, add them to the pot: potatoes, celery, onion, and red bell pepper. Add bay leaf to the pot. Season vegetables with salt and pepper and Old Bay seasoning. Saute veggies 5 minutes, then sprinkle in flour. Cook flour 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and combine. Stir in milk and combine. Bring soup up to a bubble. Add corn and crab meat and simmer soup 5 minutes. Adjust the soup seasonings. Remove bay leaf. Ladle soup into bread bowls or soup bowls and top with oyster crackers, hot sauce and sliced scallions.
We also got our tree put up before we left town. I know, it's kind of early, bet we are only here for like 2 weeks in December, and I wanted to be sure the kids got to enjoy the tree. Lily had so much fun helping me decorate it. She kept asking if we could do it again!
On Thursday, the girls and I headed over to my Mom's first thing in the morning before all the eating fests began. Lily got to make butter with Pa. She had so much fun and stuck with it for quite a while! Then, she got to help Grammy with some Thanksgiving baking. That kid loves to cook!
Later that day, we headed to Nate's grandparents house, then to see my Dad, Nana, Tara, and Tara's mother and grandmother in Palm Coast. Tara's mother got the kids some really cute gifts that they both really loved!
Okay, last thing...this is from this morning. Silly Ava climbed into the toy bucket and was chilling with her head against the coffee table and watching Backyardagains. Gotta love the propped up foot! Oh, and she's walking now! Officially! Yay! She will try to walk and then crawl once she falls, but it is a first step towards not having to carry her around all the time anymore!