Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sweet Sunday - According to my Lame Phone Pictures

 August 25th - 31st

What did we do this week?

Pulled ourselves to standing.

Fell asleep while mama read Harry Potter.

Crawled out of the nursery.

Clapped every 3 minutes.

Ripped up magazines.

Played hand puppets with great grandma.

Made messes.

Got into the old VHS collection.

Repeatedly crawled under the coffee table and hit our head.

Contemplated life over zucchini.

Chased Baxter around.

And, had an all around fun time.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Taste: This is one of my all time favourite recipes. It is a great classic to pull out whenever, but it is also easy to make for a crowd with all the hands off simmering. It freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time or freeze half for later. The meatballs are tender, and the sauce is perfectly thick. It is just plain delicious.
Amount: Serves 4 - 6.
Time: 2-3 hours.
Source: Annie's Eats.

Ingredients:
for the sauce -
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz tomato puree
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water (or more)
for the meatballs -
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, divided
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb ground beef
for serving -
  • spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top
Directions:
To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion to the pot and saute until tender, 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato puree, tomato sauce, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and sugar, stir until combined. Add water to thin out the sauce to your desired consistency, I swish the water in both the can of puree and sauce to get the residue out before adding it to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for at least 2 hours.

To make the meatballs, in a bowl combine 1/4 cup bread crumbs with the milk and let sit for 10 minutes. In the meantime add the remaining ingredients to a large mixing bowl. When the soaked bread crumbs have set for 10 minutes add to the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into about 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce. Cover and let simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 45 minutes.

Cook spaghetti and top with sauce and meatballs. Garnish with grated Parmesan, if desired.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Monthly Things - August

I am so jealous of anybody that mentions how chilly it is on the occasional morning or says there is a nice coolness to the night air. Yeah, I bet that is lovely isn't it? I go outside and it feels like somebody threw a wet blanket over me. Enjoy your slow trek towards Fall while I sweat to death. Unless you are in Florida like me, then high five! Lets go to Disney!

My bestie, for 13 years now (I had to do the math twice because really that long?), had her baby girl this month. She looks just like her momma with a nice head of dark hair. Or, at least that is what I see in pictures because I haven't actually seen her yet. Silvana stop bogarting the baby. And, my cousin-in-law (is that a real thing) had her baby boy this month too, just a couple days apart from Silvana. He, however, is in California so a bit far for a quick visit, but at least his momma posts tons of photos. Aria told me she wants a California cousin play date sometime soon though! Congrats to both new (exhausted) mommas!

Does anybody remember those pastel gel pens? Are those still around? Remember how they never wrote well at all? I still have a box full of them that I don't have the heart to throw away. I am pretty anti-pack rat, but for some reason I don't like to get rid of pens. All the back to school vibes in the air make me want to get pens. Nothing beats a pretty bouquet of pens on your desk.

[ 1 ] I saw a link to this long list of summery recipes, things to do, crafts, party ideas, etc. I thought it would be good to reference in the future when Aria is a wee bit older. Good stuff Martha, good stuff.
[ 2 ] I love caving. I've never done anything like this, just the cookie cutter cave tours you can take here and there. But, it certainly would be incredibly frighting and awe-inspiring. Although maybe don't watch The Descent beforehand.
Image via Kevin & Amanda

[ 1 ] As a kid I wasn't plugged in to technology all the time, and not because it wasn't available (I'm not that old) but because I liked to do craft type project. Now I'd probably go nuts without my laptop and the internet. But, sometimes you really do need a break from technology. Lost in Travels has some good ideas on what to do when you take a technology vacation. And, I think it will be important to make sure Aria can entertain herself without a bunch of electronic devices too.

[ 1 ] Forts are the best. Forts made of pillows and backs of furniture and sheets. I like the other kind too, the kind that are old and you can walk around in. Ohdeardrea's little lady Marlowe's fort is pretty fabulous. Gets me excited for fort building with Aria.

[ 1 / 2 ] If you don't read My Baby Birds you should. She has some great posts. #1 talks about the idea that after you have one baby you should be old hat when the second, third, etc comes along. Sure you have a better idea about what you are getting yourself into, but no two babies are alike. You shouldn't feel like you have to be a baby pro when #2 comes around, and she has 4 adorable girls so she can tell you what it really is like to have a whole troop of little women. And, #2 is a list of the lessons and  gems of wisdom she wants her girls to know. Some of them are funny, and some of them make me want to hold my baby tight as long as I can.

[ 1 ] If my manifesto on cloth diapering (here and here) isn't enough, here is somebody else's manifesto on cloth diapering. I don't think I researched any other baby thing more than cloth diapering. So many choices, so confusing, so simple once you do it yourself.

[ 1 ] I love this shimmery black dramatic eye makeup tutorial. It is a must have look for around the nursery or when you are sitting on the couch watching your almost 9 month old pull herself up on the coffee table. Maybe not. Still pretty.

[ 1 ] I find the title of this post to be hilarious: The 10 People I'd Like to Give Paper Cuts to Today.

[ 1 / 2 ] Yes. People are too judgmental, but it seems to run rampant with mother's. It would be much better if we applauded and stood behind other peoples' choices even if they are different from our own. Spread around love and support rather than sneers and snoot (I think I made that up) (no, I didn't...snoot - thinking that only your way is the right way, or looking down your nose at people) (stick that in your dictionary and smoke it) (snoot is such a cool word). Unless it is putting a child in danger keep your two cents to yourself.

[ 1 / 2 ] Some people have all the talent.
Image via Love Taza

[ 1 via 2 ] This article and the post that mentions this article have been circling around in my mind ever since I read them. The article's title is "The Day I Stopped Saying 'Hurry Up'" - "I was a bully who pushed and pressured and hurried a small child who simply wanted to enjoy life." and "Pausing to delight in the simple joys of everyday life is the only way to truly live." I just absolutely love this, and absolutely must remember this when life gets hectic. Live in the moment rather than in the future. If you are hurrying to get somewhere you are losing out on the present moments. It just feels so refreshing to let yourself go at a child's pace. [ 2 ] This post fits right in too. Julie from the girl in the red shoes talks about trying to do it all. It just isn't possible to do it all. Figure out what you value the most, like being with your kid and healthy meals, and focus on what you can do. So what if the furniture needs dusting.

[ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 ] Recipes I've recently pinned! #1 - Some of the prettiest cocktails I've ever seen. #2 - These pops make my mouth water. #3 - This salad looks so light and refreshing during the summer. #4 - When I saw this biscuits I instantly wanted to make them. #5 - Um cinnamon roll sugar cookie bars, yes please.
Image via Cooking Classy

Things got extra busy this month when Chris took a second job - he has to do both old and new for insurance reasons until the start of the year. So he keeps busy with work and the little sleep he can get, and I keep busy hanging out with Aria. I clearly have the better deal. Who could ask for better company? But, I've had less time to sit on my rear and read. So the only book I managed to get through this month was James Rollins' Map of Bones, which I mentioned I wanted to read in July's Monthly Things post. I liked it a lot more than the first in the SIGMA series Sandstorm, so I think I'll get my hands on the third when I also get my hands on some extra time.
Image via goodreads

Chris and I got out to see City of Bones, which I read earlier this year. And, while I liked the movie it definitely follows the book quite loosely. The actor that plays Jace is kind of sort of not at all attractive, which is always a bummer. Although Magnus Bane is rather yummy. Just saying.
Image via IMDb

I talked my grandma into reading the first two books in Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy (1/2)(the third is not out yet), and now I really want to read them again myself. And, I might end up doing just that around Christmas since the third doesn't even have a publication date yet.
Image via goodreads

You know what songs have been in my head all month? The Little Mermaid ones. You are welcome. I honestly think Chris is ready to kill me. Aria doesn't seem to mind though.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

End of Summer Baby Style Steals

All of the fall, winter, and warm weather gear is taking over the stores. And, to make room for the new the old goes on sale! End of the season shopping is a great way to pick up staples for next year at a lower price. Especially for babies, and kids. They don't stop growing. Nothing you have this summer will fit a baby next summer. So, if you have to buy a whole new wardrobe you might as well do it economically. Not only online but in the brick and mortar stores too.

Although since you are shopping the seasons leftovers if you find something you love snatch it up before they run out of the size you need. How many times have we learned that one the hard way?

Remember to size for warmer weather, and when in doubt bigger fits much better than smaller so go up a size if you are unsure. Florida has a slight advantage because it is warm all the time. Aria was born in December and it was t-shirts and shorts weather. If something summery and super cute goes on clearance but only in her current size, it doesn't matter she will probably outgrow it before it gets too cool to wear it anyway. This is not something to be jealous of by the way. I am dying over the corduroy baby pants and long sleeve dresses that Aria won't get any use out of until January...if then. Sigh.
summer styles for baby girl at clearance
 [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 ]
Oy, this jumpsuit with the heart on it is already gone. But, I'm much too lazy to redo this picture, sorry not sorry. I thought it would be perfect for Valentine's Day 2014 too. But, this anchor top is too adorable. Love nautical.
summer styles for baby girl at clearance
[ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 ]
Don't forget the next 4th of July as well, #3 in both the above pictures are navy blue.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Because, I am!

I am a total college football fan at heart. I am a Blue & Orange Florida girl, even though I went to CU - home of Ralphie. I never even went to a Buffs game. While I don't feel much of a connection to CU sports, I do feel a connection to the campus itself and the buildings, Hale anthropology in particular. The CU campus is always on those top beautiful campus lists, and it lives up to its name. And, Hale looks like a castle with doors hiding spiral staircases and tricky to find hallways. It was definitely a picturesque place to learn...and I've gotten way off topic.

So, point. I love college football, but don't follow pro closely. I don't have A team, and I could tell you the teams I don't like better than teams I do like. For example, I hate anything in Texas or Georgia. I do like me some Manning brothers though. But, I'll root for almost any team with a cute QB or that nobody thinks will win. And, I have a fondness for the Denver Broncos after my stint in Colorado, especially now that Peyton joined the mile high team. I oddly enough don't like any Florida pro teams.

But, this year I decided to jump into pro football by joining a lady blogger league. I know next to nothing about Fantasy Football. And, you know who else knows just as much about it as I do? My husband. He was no help whatsoever. Our draft was last night, and it went something like...um he isn't on a team I hate, okay I pick him.

Here is how that panned out:
RB - Trent Richardson
RB - Montee Ball
QB - Peyton Manning (duh)
WR - Wes Welker
WR - Antonio Brown
WR - Jeremy Kerley
TE - Kyle Rudolph
DEF - Baltimore
K - Matt Prater

6 bench spots that I picked on a whim.

Yahoo! Sports gave me a D+. How rude. I'm totally going to win. Okay maybe not, but I think it will be something different to do this football season while I cheer on my college guys. I can see what all the fuss is about. Chris doesn't watch football, or any sports for that matter, so I have my fingers crossed Aria will get the football fan gene from me.


Care to check out the other ladies in the league?
#1. Nadine from Back East Blonde
#2. Allison from AllisonMaeB
#3. Charlotte from Happy Running Accountant
#4. Kailagh from Love Always, Freckles
#5. Kristyn from Chits & Giggles
#6. Lauren from Method to my Madness
#7. Lauren from Bound by Love
#8. Megalin from My Random Lovelies
#9. Nichole from Treasure Tromp
#10. Sami from Sami's Shenanigans
#11. Sheryl from Belly Buttons and Bows
#12. Courtney...that's me!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sweet Sunday

 August 18th - 24th

This week Aria had a pretty exciting milestone. She took her first trip to Disney property! Nothing as serious as hitting up the Magic Kingdom, but we did go to Downtown Disney. We were in the area for some outlet shopping, and couldn't resist stopping by.

Mainly because we were starving. The outlet malls in Orlando are nuts guys. We tried to grab a quick bite in the food court three times. There wasn't a table in sight, or even a cluster of chairs to be snagged. I'm not really a fan of shopping myself, but add 40 billion tourists, a stroller the size of a Hummer, and a kid that was only content in said Hummer-stroller for half an hour and it is a nightmare. Oy. So, after what felt like 16 hours of shopping, and not shopping for me mind you, on merely breakfast alone I was drained. But, as soon as we got out of the car at Downtown Disney, where we found a killer parking spot by the way, that fatigue just melted away. Disney is my happy place.

I suggested that we go eat at Raglan Road because Irish pubs are our favourite. They even have Irish dancers, who come out every hour and also pop over to each section of the restaurant to get the kids involved. I'm not sure Aria noticed the dancers on stage, but she loved the shoulder sitting and the hand clapping.

On top of finding a sweet parking spot we also managed to squeeze in before the dinner crowd and got a perfect table with enough room for the stroller and high chair. Disney knows just what you need after an overcrowded shopping experience.
Aria decided she wanted me to hold her food for her half the time. I think she found the food to be too tasty to waste time with hand eye coordination. Check her out digging into the rib, which were my faves off the appetizer sampler by the way.

 This was hands down Aria's best restaurant performance to date. She sat in her high chair without a complaint, she tried everything on the table, the only peeps she made were happy ones, and before the food came she entertained herself with the kids menu. Now that is some Disney magic right there.
Plus, the food was so good. I got the Shepherd's pie, and Chris got some sort of meat medley along with the appetizer sampler. We were stuffed, and Aria devoured herself some bangers - they definitely were her fave. Oh and that chocolate beverage is a Bailey's shake, yum!

 We meandered a bit, took a few photos, but mostly we ate and headed home. We timed leaving with Aria's bedtime so she would just sleep on the way home. Ha. She screamed for at least 20 minutes before passing out. I guess we left the magic back at Downtown. I thought we were in for a fight going down again in her crib when we got home, but she curled up and passed out immediately. Phew.

Chris and I wanted to get Aria the B. Zany Zoo for either her birthday or Christmas. Apparently we have no patience. I think she is still a little young for it, and has a hard time getting to the top bit because she isn't pulling herself up yet, but it is a fantastic little toy. I think as she grows she will get more and more use out of it, heck I still have fun playing with those beads on top.

I'm pretty sure this is something great-grandma taught her. She sticks her tongue and out wags it back and forth over and over while making an ahhh sound. It is more funny when she does it silently, I look over at her and her tongue is just wagging back and forth.

Aria helps me feed the animals and gather up my laptop from the bedroom in the mornings. She stole my cord this time and was shaking it for all she was worth.

Maybe this is just a typical baby thing, but I think it is super cute how Aria sits with her little legs crossed practically all the time. She is a little lady, a onesie-less little lady.

Aria has been working on crawling for a while and she seemed like she was stuck on the crawl twice, flop, roll, sit, repeat for-ev-er, but this week she has actually legit crawled a few times and started to tri-pod some too. So, the baby gate is now in place. Nothing is safe. She had a blast banging the hell out of these candy canes while Finding Nemo was on the other day.

 Aria always proof reads my blog posts, and helps me pick out her favourite pictures too!

On an end note, I dropped my camera and done broke it. I can't even blame the baby, she wasn't anywhere near me. But, man I am so bummed. Aria learned how to clap right after I broke said camera and I haven't been able to document it yet! She starts off slowly clapping and then gets into it but ends up missing her hands and instead is waving her arms like a mad woman. And, yesterday we went to feed the ducks and ended up with a swarm of turtles and a few dive bombing seagulls (and thankfully, no geese). All things that need photographic evidence.
I'm not sure how next Sweet Sunday's post will look - it might look like a day off, who knows! Anybody have camera recommendations?

Friday, August 23, 2013

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

sweet potato recipes
Taste: I am not normally a fan of sweet potatoes, they are kind of meh in my book. However, this recipe is so good it changes me opinion. I love the shredded BBQ chicken on top and the soft sweet potato on bottom. The combo is win, a messy win. It is a little something new to put on the table that isn't super involved. Plus, if you have kids, being able to eat it with their hands just adds to the appeal. Aria dove right in. I did too, but Chris ate his with a knife and fork. To each their own.
Amount: Serves 8.
Time: 1 1/2 hours, plus an overnight marinating. Most of that is hands off cooking time, the prep and plate is relatively quick.
Source: My favourite shredded BBQ chicken - The Comfort of Cooking; inspiration and sweet potato - Confections of a Foodie Bride.

Ingredients:
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, halved
  • olive oil
  • green onion, chopped - for serving
  • red onion, chopped - for serving
  • BBQ shredded chicken
For the BBQ shredded chicken:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 cups favourite BBQ sauce

Directions:
For the marinade, combine the olive oil, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and ginger in a large lidded container. Add chicken and rub spice mixture all over. Marinade for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

When ready, preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the marinated chicken in a baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through. Let the chicken stand 5 minutes then shred. A quick trick to shredding chicken is to place it in the bowl of your stand mixer and shred on low for a few seconds. If any pieces are still too big after a few seconds shred those with a fork, you don't want to mix for too long or your chicken will be very fine. Heat 1-2 cups of your favourite BBQ sauce in a sauce pan over medium low heat, then stir it into the shredded chicken until your desired ratio of BBQ sauce to chicken is achieved. I prefer mine light on sauce.

Lightly brush olive oil over the cut halves of the sweet potatoes. When the chicken comes out of the oven bump up the temperature to 425 F. Bake the halved sweet potatoes for 30-35 minutes.

Serve the chicken on top of the sweet potato halves, with red onions, and green onions sprinkled on top.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sleep Habits

I'd just like to preface this by saying what worked for us won't necessarily work for everybody. Babies are different. Healthy sleep habits are a good thing to cultivate, but take time and patience and in general adapting game plans to fit your unique baby and situation. These are just things we did that worked for Aria, and that you might to like to keep in mind if you are working on sleep habits.

There are approximately 4,200,000 books on how to get your baby to sleep through the night! I didn't read any of them. But, I did read a few how to not kill your infant by being a moron books and my favourite, Bringing up Bebe. So, these are things I picked up from those books or mommy forums or other mommies or just what came naturally.

#1. Routine - Routines and a schedule are what won Aria over to longer predictable naps. Before I tried to just follow her cues and let her sleep when she was tired, but she never did. Or, she would just all of a sudden crash without so much as a yawn. And then she would only sleep thirty minutes tops. So, I started trying to get her to nap twice a day - one mid morning and the other late afternoon. At those times each day I would put a fresh diaper on, nurse/rock her to sleep, and then put her in the crib. After she got use to that I took away the first nap's nursing (because it wasn't a time she normally ate) and I would instead hold her and read before putting her in the crib. It took a few weeks, maybe a month, of letting her fuss and cry in the crib before she could put herself down. Now when 10:30 rolls around, I change her, dim the lights, pull out a book (we are reading Harry Potter #1 right now) and read maybe three pages before she is nodding off, and then I lay her down. She curls up on her side and more often than not falls asleep without a peep. Her body is use to naps at that time, and when she sees me pull out the Harry Potter she knows it is nap time.

#2. Self-soothing - I mentioned it a little above, but I think it is super important to let your baby fuss and cry. Even starting around one month I would wait 1-3 minutes before going to Aria when she woke up at night. I didn't let her go any longer than about 5 minutes until she was 5 months, and that is when she transitioned to her crib and decided she didn't want to sleep through the night any longer (she had been since 9 weeks old the majority of the time). And, let me tell you it is hard. So much harder than I ever thought it would be. I would hear her cry and every fiber of my being was calling for me to go to her. But, I would restrain myself for 10 minutes. That is the magic amount of time I arbitrarily deemed long enough. Then I could go in, pick her up, calm her, rock her, etc until her breathing returned to normal before putting her back down. Rinse and repeat for as long as it takes. I didn't want her to not be able to fall asleep on her own, that is just not fun for anybody. It took her a little over 2 months to really be able to self-soothe. The first month was the least fun though - she woke up multiple times at night and sometimes it would take an hour of 10 minutes increments for her to fall back asleep. But, now she can go down for her nap without making a fuss or wake up at night and put herself back to sleep just fine. As a side note, the video monitor made it a lot easier to not go in when she was crying because I could physically see that she was just fine.

#3. Digestion - This is something I specifically read in one of the books that was written by a pediatrician. It said that it is good to let your baby have time to empty their stomachs. You don't need to nurse in the middle of the night past 3 or 4 months as long as baby is getting enough to eat during the day and is growing at a normal rate. Because Aria started sleeping through the night pretty early on, I would still nurse her on the nights when she did happen to wake up. Mainly because it was easier, and I am just plain lazy. I didn't cut out night time nursing until a week after her crib transition, which was again at 5 months. Because she was in a new space I wanted to make sure she knew I was there for her and that everything was okay, so the first week in the crib I went in whenever she cried (after a few minutes, definitely not ten yet) and would nurse her back to sleep. After that week was up I stopped the nursing (my boobs were not happy), and started letting her self-soothe (the whole ten minute deal mentioned above). Nighttime feedings become habit instead of need. Now she nurses purely during the day, and has since started solids too (and I haven't once had to feed her a banana in the middle of the night!).

Good sleeping behavior won't happen overnight. Aria was and is a really great sleeper overall, but it still took about 7 or 8 months to fine tune her sleep habits. She slept through the night early on, but it took a while for her to stop fighting bedtime and she didn't take actual naps until she was 6 1/2 months old. To break out of a bad sleep habit I would stair step down to using a crutch instead of trying to go cold turkey. It is a learning process, not only for baby but for mom and dad. Maybe instead of a routine your baby is happier giving cues, play everything by trial and error. The above three tricks/tips/techniques/etc are just what worked really well for Aria. And, they aren't anything particularly revolutionary, but knowing about a tool and putting a tool into practice are two different things. I wanted to share my experiences with the above three - literally everything I read in a book about teaching your baby to self soothe said oh I did it with my baby and it only took three nights, and for Aria that certainly wasn't the case. But, we stuck with it and she learned and getting a full night of sleep rocks. A baby that can sleep makes for a happier baby as well as a happier mommy.

Need anymore ideas to help out with healthy sleep/nap habits? Try sound machines, black out shades, making sure the temperature is around 74 F, a slightly later/earlier bedtime, add 5 minutes each time you have to go in and soothe (10, 15, 20, etc), give him or her a breathable blanket to hold, vacuum (no I'm not kidding), tell them it is time to take a nap/bed every time.

Now that I put her great sleeping habits in electronic ink she won't sleep for a month just to spite me. She did decide to get up half an hour early today.... blogging is so risky, guys.

Also, Aria has yet to teethe, so I'm pretty sure everything is going to fall to pieces when that lovely event takes place too. But, we have our foundation and being in pain at night is completely different from not being able to fall asleep on your own.

Okay, one more note, when you hear your baby crying in pain you can tell. Basically your heart stops and you've never run to the nursery more quickly in your life. That is not the time to let them self soothe. Aria has done it twice. I can't remember what caused the first one, but the second one was because she got her leg stuck in the crib slats.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Do You Smell Something Funny?

Good evening! I've been trying to get this little video clip out all day, but haven't had two seconds to rub together. Now that Aria is peacefully slumbering I can get around to embedding, typing, and publishing. I wanted to share a super short video of Aria snorting for a lack of a better word, it is really more like an over the top nose crinkle sniffing type thing. So cute, and she has been doing it all the time for a few days now. Get ready to smile.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sweet Sunday

August 11th - 17th

First of all, this was not my idea. Chris grabbed a beach towel and took Aria outside to sit in the hot Florida summer heat. I stepped outside to tell them they were nuts, but when Aria saw me she started crying and reaching for me. Well, there is just no resisting that. For the record, it wasn't so bad in the shade. Plus, baby belly giggles make you forget about the temperature.

 This one was my idea though. We took a morning walk around Erna Nixon park down the street. We all looked like we took a swim by the end though.

Mine, mine, all mine. That one too.

 We took a drive over to Crane Creek for a picnic lunch one day too. And, it was pretty nice in the shade of the bridge. The walks from and to the car were killer though.
I think Aria looks like a little southern belle in her outfit and bonnet.
And, there was even a kitty (that I had to take a picture of for Aria's godmother, Silvana).

 Somebody is perfecting her roll, crawl twice, sit, repeat movements. Next thing you know she is across the room getting into trouble, and collecting dog hair on the way.

 Apparently the prime time to feed the birds at the pond is in the morning because they all flocked over, even the ducks waddled over. It was all fun and games until the friggin geese came over too. I really really don't like geese - no regard for personal space, toe biting, hissing, attack geese.

 For some reason I thought this was a good idea. Oh I can put the cloth diaper bin on the floor because it is heavy enough for Aria to pull herself up on...hm the lid doesn't actually stay on...I'll just turn it over...oh right it just pops up that way too. But, she had fun making a mess of them.