Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
If you walked into my house right now you'd probably think it looks fine. But I'm the kind of person who is bothered when my bed isn't made. I feel lazy if I "play" before I "work". I hate leaving the house with a sink full of dishes and a pile of laundry that needs folding.
Every single day I do what I call the necessities. This includes dishes, laundry, and cooking dinner. Those things need to be done each day in order for my family to be fed and clothed. Add to that taking care of Ryan, running errands and spending time with family/friends, and that pretty much takes up my entire day.
I just can't seem to find the time to do all those other pesky household chores. Things like vacuuming (so important now that Ryan is scooting around eating tiny things off of the floor), dusting, cleaning bathrooms, mopping, gardening. I have thought about having a system in place where each day of the week is devoted to one room or activity. But so far this hasn't worked. I just can't find the time or energy.
So how do you clean? Maybe I'm just expecting too much, and it's time to lower my standards of cleanliness.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Unfortunately I was underwhelmed. The flavors were just a little bland, and the squash itself had almost zero taste. Maybe I let it sit on my counter too long?
Squash is one of those foods I really want to like. Do you know what I mean? I have tried eating it a number of different ways and have just never really loved it. There are certain foods that I truly want to like because I know they are healthy. But I just don't enjoy eating them. For me, these include foods like squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, and nuts. Interestingly enough, I also made a recipe this week using apples. Apple Chips! Unfortunately I burned them.
So how about you? Are there any foods that you wish you liked more because you know they are good for you? Do you avoid them or eat them? I am determined to find a squash recipe I love. (Besides butternut squash ravioli. Who doesn't like that?)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Ryan has a new stinky face that he makes all the time. When he does it, he breathes in through his nose, like he's smelling something bad. Sometimes he even throws in a snorting sound. I have been trying to teach him to say "Mama", but he obviously is having none of that. He just wants to practice his stinky face.
Look closely! Did you see his 4 teeth?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Stats and Goals for Week 24:
Lbs Lost This Week: 2
Lbs Lost So Far: 29
Lbs Left to Lose: 1
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
He really enjoyed it the first few days and it kept him entertained next to me while I cooked in the kitchen. But then he started to get frustrated because the toys are attached to the exersaucer. He wants to yank them off and throw them!So now I have resorted to giving him other "toys" while in his exersaucer. Things like measuring cups, magnets and chip clips. Ryan enjoys throwing them across the kitchen and watching me retrieve them for him. He's got me trained well!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Inside-Out Chili Rellenos
6 eggs, separated
1 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb (8 oz) shredded cheese
1 can (4 oz) whole green chiles
Beat egg whites until stiff.
Beat egg yolks in separate bowl. Add in flour, salt and pepper.
Pour egg whites into egg yolks and fold in gently.
Pour half egg mixture into 9x13 inch greased baking dish.
Cut each chile in two and spread over egg mixture.
Sprinkle on cheese.
Pour remaining egg mixture on top.
Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.
We usually eat this with salsa and corn tortillas. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
After a lunch of sushi, I headed over to Whole Foods to satisfy my withdrawal from the beloved store. I used to have the luxury of working right across the street from the grocery store. Ryan fell asleep in his Baby Bjorn as I wandered the aisles and somehow spent a lot of money on not very much food. One of my favorite finds from yesterday was World Baby Foods! I had heard about these from a friend and was super excited to buy a few. I got Lullaby Thai, Sweetie Tahiti, Baby Dal, and Que Pasa Calabasa. I really want to expose Ryan to these unique flavors and spices as early as possible. I will let you know what he thinks!
Going out with Ryan is gradually getting easier for me. Partially because he is getting older and does not cry as much. And partly because I'm just getting more comfortable being a mom. I think my new job suits me well. =)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Stats and Goals for Week 23:
Lbs Lost This Week: -2
Lbs Lost So Far: 27
Lbs Left to Lose: 3
Monday, November 8, 2010
Once he is asleep I wait 5-10 more minutes just to make sure. I slowly lean forward in the rocking chair, but not too far. That would make it creak ever so slightly.
I'm up. I make sure he is still asleep and then turn towards the crib.
I hold him over the crib and begin the descent. I keep him as close to my body as possible as I lower him down. It kills my back to bend over this way but it's necessary.
Once he touches his lamby skin I count to 5 again and then gently remove the arm supporting his body.
I wait for his breathing to slow down, and then remove my hand from beneath his head.
Ever so quietly I put the blankets over him, one at a time.
I creep out of the room, partially closing the door behind me.
As I walk down the hallway I make sure not to step too close to the hall closet, for if I do, the floorboards will creak.
This is how I transition my sleeping baby to his crib.
And every single night he was woken up again within 30 minutes.
And then I do it all over again.
PS: After 3 attemps at getting him to sleep last night, Ryan slept through the night in his crib!! Join me in my celebrating!!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Ryan loves his 5 cousins!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Mommy feels kind of dumb now. My boy can sit up on his own and I didn't even realize it.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Weight: 16 lbs, 10 oz (32%)
Stats and Goals for Week 22:
Lbs Lost This Week: 2
Lbs Lost So Far: 29
Lbs Left to Lose: 1
Monday, November 1, 2010
Pretty soon our stash got low and I sent Adam out to the store for more candy. Then they started coming in groups of 10 and 15 kids. So I handed out only 1 piece per child. Then we ran out of candy and Adam still wasn't back so I gave out chocolate chip granola bars. Right as I was deciding between turning out the lights or handing out honey sticks, Adam arrived back at home with the 1 bag of candy left on Raley's shelves.
We took 1 minute out of the busy evening to take a family photo with our little monkey.
Did you get a lot of trick-or-treaters?