Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sweet Sunday

June 23rd- 29th

Oh hey, guess where we went this week? Did you guess the zoo, because if so you would be right. We have a membership, and it is close.

 But, Turtle's Godfather joined us this time. And, it rained.

 Turtle fed the deer, whom her Godfather called Clementine. Who am I to question it?

Turtle on a turtle! There is a nifty playground at the zoo that Turtle is a wee bit little to take advantage of, but it provided a photo opportunity.

More fun in the water too - with her new polka dot swim suit from her Godmother.

Turtle is very helpful when we vacuum.

Watching How To Train Your Dragon on the floor with dad.

Playing on great grandma's bed.

 I randomly decided to pop the Rock and Play out so that I could take a picture to compare now to December. It isn't that far in the past but memories of her so tiny and sleepy and floppy are pretty vague. It is cliche but time really flies, and they grow up so fast. Sniff*

We have had a vocalization leap this week. Before Turtle would blow lots and lots of raspberries, but starting just a handful of days ago she can now babble something that sounds like blub/blug and dadadada. It is the cutest thing to hear.

She was playing on the floor, and she slowly rolled and wiggled her way under my foot rest and proceeded to play with the throw blanket. Who needs toys?

Turtle isn't that into books yet, but she will let us read to her a few poems or a short story before getting bored.

Just rolling around on the floor in her patriotic outfit.
The hubs really enjoys having his picture taken.

 Turtle lights up when she sits on her dad's shoulders.

We hadn't been to the beach in a few weeks, because ugh it is so damn hot here, but Turtle was all smiles on our walk along the shore. It was also uncharacteristically chilly, who knew?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Taste: Sweet, creamy, and with a little crunch of salt. I think this is a perfect dessert for the Fourth of July or anytime over the summer. It isn't heavy. It is airy and refreshing. Basically, it is just super good. Chris was a little weary of trying it because jello with strawberries in it...I dunno. But, after he tasted it he claims it as his favourite dessert I've ever made, and I had to talk him out of a fourth helping.
Amount: 9x13 dish full, serves 12-24 depending on size.
Time: 5 hours, including a 3 hour chill and 1 1/2 hour rest.
Source: Brown Eyed Baker.

  • 2 cups pretzels, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 pkg (8-serving size) Strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 qt. (4 cups) strawberries, sliced
Stir boiling water into dry Jell-O mix in a large bowl until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours until thickened.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix pretzel crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Set aside until cooled completely.

Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and milk until well blended. Gently fold in Cool Whip. Spread over completely cooled pretzel crust and refrigerate until ready to use.

After the Jell-O has thickened somewhat, stir in sliced strawberries. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours until set. Cut into squares and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Monthly Things

I apologize for a lack of posts this week. I have been blessed with a terrible headache for three days now. Basically, I just haven't felt like thinking or looking at words. Or, moving. And, Turtle has decided that diaper changes are the worst thing ever and consequentially screams the whole time. Thanks, kid.

June is almost over. The 4th of July is a mere week away. Unfortunately the hubs has to work so we don't get to do anything overly exciting. And, I don't have any idea what we will end up doing. What I would love to be doing is going to the Magic Kingdom for their fireworks show - you can't beat that.

Um, I have an almost 7 month old. You think I wouldn't be so surprised each month, but no. I just realized that she is closer to 1 year old than she is to the day she was born, and has been for 25 days. 24 days? I suppose I should start planning her birthday...well, concrete planning since I have been daydream planning it since before she was born.

Without further ado, this month's things...

I am in love with how colourful Song of Style's dress is - I want. The Dapper Bun's pink skirt and black top combo is perfection, great details on the top. Beauty and Bows' skirt is simple and cute, but scratch the bag. Glitter and Grace's t-shirt is too funny - Turtle's Godmother would rock it.
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image via Glitter and Grace

Second paragraph...enough said.
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Baby Stuff - Little Baby Garvin's tiny furry chair is awesome, I want one in my size...and a matching one for Turtle of course. From Wise Baby, love #7 the wooden teether in the shape of a state but #2 the blabla doll creeps me out. Under 'loves' from Strawberry Swing and Other Things, that water table is now on my list of things Turtle needs next year.
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image via Little Sapling Toys

Clever! Ohdeardrea's activity bags to open while mom and dad are away, smart. And, curling your lashes with a spoon? Who knew.
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image via The Beauty Department

Some of the recipes I pinned this month. I keep seeing banana pancakes, and I am dying to try them - if I ever remember to not eat my bananas. Polenta for breakfast? I am intrigued. Turtle loves zucchini, I bet she would love these stuffed ones. Creamy baked 4-cheese pasta, yeah that so has my name all over it. How could you go wrong with a spiked strawberry lemonade?
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image via Inspired by Charm

Good thoughts, good advice on My Soul is the Sky. I love, love, love this quote over at The Bauble dept. - "The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea" - Isak Dinesen.
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image via The Bauble Dept.

I love home designs, and remodels, and that window seat with stained glass, the coffered ceiling, and that blue and white striped rug.
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image via Honey and Fitz

This did not help me with my itch to take Turtle to Disney at all.
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image via The Art of Making a Baby

I finished reading Dan Brown's Inferno, and it ended up being my favourite of the four - just as I predicted last month. Since then I've been slowly working my way through Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. I am only on the 3rd, but they keep getting better - writing wise.
 image via Goodreads

I've been loving this song by Icona Pop all month. It is so damn catchy and upbeat. Perfect for diaper changes, I'm telling ya.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sweet Sunday

 June 16th - 22nd
Our walk went so well last week without the infant car seat popped into the stroller that we took it to the zoo sans car seat. She was so much happier. She can look around and watch everybody, so she didn't fuss to get out after a few minutes.

I'm not sure Turtle saw this pretty lady, but she was hanging out nearby.

 Last time Turtle wasn't a fan of the chilly water. This time we did a loop around the zoo first so she was hot enough to enjoy the refreshing water. Success!

All cooled off and happy. 

I finally remembered to bring my camera over to Turtle's Godfather's house.

Turtle loves the puppies - Delilah and Yoda. Yoda couldn't resist giving kisses. He was a slithery sneak about it too. Turtle loved the heck out of it though.

We are spending a ton of time on the nursery floor now that there is some space to sit. I feel like we go in spurts. When we got the bumbo, all we did was sit in it. When she was big enough for the jumperoo, all we did was play in it. Now all we do is hang out on the floor. Makes for boring pictures, here let me show you another 20 floor pictures...

Little tongue.

Trying to climb onto my lap.

I reorganized all her clothes and tried on all her hats to see what still fit. I'm not really big into baby accessories, but I about died from cuteness overload when I put this little headband on her. Plus, her face on the right cracks me up. I was knocking on the laundry basket, and she went slack jawed.
I think she enjoyed her first chicken paprikash.

Turtle's Godmother came over for a visit, and Turtle decided to take a little over a 2 hour nap. Something completely unprecedented. And, she has been going an hour and a half since then. Who is this kid? And, on top of longer naps she has been taking two predictable ones a day. I don't even know what to do with myself. Obviously Silvana worked some voodoo magic, thanks!

Oh see, we went in the jumperoo some too. It is even up to the 2 position, aka a little bit higher. But, she needs a little cushion to jump. So she is growing into it.

The dogs hang out with us on the floor sometimes too. Lizzy is so chill. Turtle was trying her best to take a bite out of her back and then tail, and Lizzy couldn't have cared less. She didn't actually nom on her though...just pulled and grabbed. We're working on 'nice puppy'.

 When Turtle's Godmother came over, she came bearing gifts - this super precious polka dot dress and bathing suit, and we all know I love polka dots!

I couldn't resist adding this one in. She looks so damn relaxed. Legs sprawled, belly sticking out, laying down, casually chewing on tags. By the way, she loves chewing on tags, but she finds the actual tag on her taggie blanket to chew on instead of all those other tags...picky.

 "Now go do my bidding, minions!"

Aunty Laura gifted Turtle this Pride & Prejudice babylit book for Valentine's Day (I think). We'll have her reading the full version in no time!