Tuesday, August 30, 2011

20 Months

You weigh 23 lbs.

You eat three meals a day, and a ton of snacks!

You go to sleep at 7:30pm and get up around 6:30am. You are taking one nap a day. The nap routine is a pain right now. You are fighting the nap, but YOU WILL NAP!

You are wearing mostly 18 month clothing now. You are currently in a size 5 shoe, but I just bought a 6 for the fall.

You wear a size 4 diaper during the day and a size 4 overnight diaper at night.

You love to "mow" the sidewalk. You love to be outside. You love CARS, TRUCKS, and TRACTORS. You are just crazy about vehicles. You want to read about them, drive them and play with them.

You have started saying "plweese" and it is so cute. Sometimes I have to remind you, but other times you will just say it.

*Warning: picture overload

Sick baby watching Elmo.

Tent building in the living room. Look closely and you can see a baby JUMPING off of his fire truck on to the chaise. Crazy baby!

My pants are on the floor....Greyson trying to keep his new pants up.

Sleeping from Springfield to Columbia.

Watching Elmo

Loving the SAND BEACH at the lake & wishing we could have one.

Splash pad fun.

Sick baby.

Wrapping up in the Daddy's wires and then getting mad about it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

I halved this recipe because I wasn't sure if I would like it. Well, I loved it. We all did. Plus, it was even better as leftovers. I will definitely be making the full recipe next time.

Recipe from: MyRecipes.com


1 (2.1-oz.) package fully cooked bacon slices
1 (16-oz.) container sour cream
2 cups (8 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup sliced fresh chives
2 teaspoons hot sauce**
Garnishes: cooked, crumbled bacon; sliced fresh chives; freshly cracked pepper
Serve with: waffle fries**

Microwave bacon according to package directions until crisp; drain on paper towels. Cool 10 minutes; crumble. Stir together bacon and next 4 ingredients. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours before serving. Garnish, if desired. Serve with crispy, warm waffle fries. Store leftovers in refrigerator up to 7 days.

**I only used one teaspoon of hot sauce and that was more than enough. Also, I served these the first day with waffle fries and the second day with plain kettle chips. Both were good.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Baby Boy

Dear Baby Boy,

This past week has been a struggle. You've been fighting your naps and crying when you go to sleep. Between the sobbing and hiccuping you cry "Mama, Mama, Mama". Day before yesterday was the roughest day we've had in a while. You were so cranky, tired and just mad at the world. I was having a rough day because you were being so difficult. You cried and then I cried. You hit your head on the floor and I wanted to hit my head on the floor. It was just bad. That afternoon we were working on your flash cards and up came the goldfish. Instead of saying, "goodish" like you usually say, you said "Elmo, Elmo". It took me a second, but then I realized that you were talking about Dorothy, Elmo's goldfish. It was so cute. That moment whisked away the bad day.

Those sweet little moments fleetingly come and go. The kisses that you always want to give and the way you say "Mama" are my favorite things right now. Even on our bad days, you can always cheer me up.

I love you.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Creamy White Bean and Avocado Wrap

These were amazing! We've made them twice and have only had the recipe a few weeks. Try them!


2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons minced red onion
4 8- to 10-inch whole-wheat wraps


1. Whisk vinegar, oil, chipotle chile and salt in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, carrot and cilantro; toss to combine.

2. Mash beans and avocado in another medium bowl with a potato masher or fork. Stir in cheese and onion.

3. To assemble the wraps, spread about 1/2 cup of the bean-avocado mixture onto a wrap (or tortilla) and top with about 2/3 cup of the cabbage-carrot slaw. Roll up. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut the wraps in half to serve, if desired.

Recipe from Kitchendaily

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Weekend

We had a fun and busy weekend. We took Greyson to the water park here, made cookie dough pancakes, and lowered his crib. I caught Grey trying to climb out of his crib on Friday, so Luke had to lower the crib to the last setting.

Just general life going on...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Balsamic and Blue Cheese Nachos

Find the full recipe here.

Basically, you layer kettle chips and blue cheese twice in an oven safe pan. Bake at 350 for about 5 mins. Spread a balsamic glaze on the top and you are done. These were awesome. Definitely a keeper!

**The recipe called for a bottle of balsamic glaze, but we made our own.

Recipe for Glaze

1/2 C balsamic
2 T honey
3 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped

Bring all ingredients to a boil. Simmer until syrupy, whisking often about 15 min.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chuck E Cheese's

We took Greyson on his first trip to Chuck E Cheese's last friday. He loved it. Well, he loved it as long as you didn't put tokens in the rides to make them go. He was quite a cheap date. He just wanted to sit in all the cars. He did like throwing the basketballs in the goal. We did spend tokens on that. I didn't think it was going to be a fun outing with all the other kids around, but I actually had fun.

He loved Bob.