Friday, December 31, 2010

FO: Sock Monkey Pants!

I know I say it every time... but aren't these the cutest yet???

They are for my friend Whitney's 2nd baby boy, Max... who is now about 5 months old. Ooops!

Better late than never, eh? And I'm really hoping they fit right! They are 100% wool, so they can be used as a diaper cover, but they are so cute that they can hold their own with or without a cloth diaper underneath, I think!

FO: Christmas Stocking #4

Auntie Debbie came to town for the holidays (more on that later), and even though I denied her request for a stocking of her own at first, I couldn't follow through on my grinchy ways. :) So she got her very own fair isle stocking! And ironically it's the only one that I finished 100% with lining... maybe that'll be next years' Christmas deadline project.

I was very sly and woke up at 5am to come out and put it on the mantle so that she wouldn't know and it'd be a surprise on Christmas morning. It worked - she was so sleepy that she didn't notice when I asked her to turn on the fire place, or for the first 20 minutes we were all out there! I had to ask her if she liked her surprise on the mantle before she realized!

Deb's stocking

The fantastic foursome!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What a Flirt!

We always knew that Joseph was a bit of a ladies' man, but he is really turning on the charm lately! Today we walked by a cute teen aged girl and he looked her straight in the eye and said "Hiiiiii". I just burst out laughing. The next guy walking by must have thought I was nuts.

8 Days Old, Already a Ladies' Man

Wassup, lady?

Here, I'm sharing my napkin with you! See how much you mean to me?

Friday, December 17, 2010


Words are starting to come fast and furious! I've added a little area on the right of the blog to help keep track. I'll update there when I can.

Sweet Dreams

Joseph slept till 7:15 this morning! A first, and it was fabulous.

The end of a nap the other day on the couch with Mama

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Joseph has another word! Nice! He even uses it at appropriate times. I think he gets it from me. Time to start watching what I say. :)

What do you mean, what's the word? It really is nice!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Word!

It's been a long time since I could report a new word, but today T.J. and I both caught him asking for his bus! Pretty awesome. Hopefully this is the beginning of a word-splosion!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh Martha!

Oh Martha, watch out. I'm on my way to becoming you (hopefully without the stay in jail... though it'd give me lots of time to knit).

Yesterday I made melted snowman cookies for my mom's group cookie exchange. They turned out so great! I am not all that excited to eat them, as they are just sugar cookies with marshmallow and royal icing, but they are AWFULLY cute.

Basic idea:
1) bake sugar cookies
2) top (sloppily) with royal icing
3) soften marshmallow in microwave and plop them on cookie
4) decorate with colored icing
5) try not to crunch them all on delivery.

I can't put my arms down!

Maybe not quite that bad, but we were bundled up yesterday for our morning playground playdate! It was about 32 degrees, so I had Joseph in baby legs, pants, a shirt, heavy sweater, winter coat, two pairs of mittens, and a hat. Whew!

Sorry the photos aren't more exciting... Mama was trying to stay warm, too!

He's getting his very own coupe for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa Monn - I think it'll be a hit!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another round at the doctor's office

Against my better judgement, I went ahead and scheduled the weight check appointment the doctor wanted. The appointment was today, and we had some marginal improvement from last time.

Joseph's up to 20.6 lbs, still at 32.5" tall and 18.5" head circumference. He's finally "legal" to turn in the carseat (though we have no intention of turning him anytime soon - check out this link, or google "extended rear facing" and watch some videos if you want more info.

His weight curve is looking better (on the exponential upswing) but his height and head now look stagnant. I'm not particularly concerned, because I think last time his weight was stagnant and the other two were OK. I hear some kids only grow one way at a time - out or up.

Of course, the doc, whose job it is to worry, ordered more blood tests. After the torture of last time, and how he was already screaming bloody murder from being placed on the scale I was loathe to get more bloodwork done. But we sucked it up, and Joseph was amazing! He didn't even cry at all and he had many vials pulled! I was so proud of him. The awesome nurses from last time were there again, and they were equally great this time. We'll see if anything comes up on the bloodwork. If it comes back normal, he wants us to see a nutritionist instead.

After all of that, we went and got pizza and ice cream for lunch as a treat. He almost got a gigantic stuffed dog at Costco as a guilt gift from me, but I tried to be reasonable. And by reasonable, I mean I already have my eye on something else that he'll like better. :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Another Lunchtime Photo Shoot

Why am I always taking pictures during meals? Because the best lighting in our home is there! I don't even need a flash or slow shutter to get pics in our eat-in kitchen!

"What is the meaning of life, anyway?"
"Pardon? What do you mean 'I'm so silly'?"
"My what?"
"Oh this? This is my napkin hat."
"I thought it was obvious. Sometimes I wonder if you are one card short of a full deck, Mom"

No, son, just one year short of a full night's rest. Those expressions were worth it, though.

What a difference a year makes!

Or maybe not... the pants still fit! Yey for wool and it's stretchy goodness! Courtesy of Tante Teresa

December 2010
January 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

New November Video

There are some new video clips up - go check it out!

November Video Clips

Friday, December 3, 2010

Playdate Fun

Today we went to this super awesome indoor play center with our mom's group. Joseph and I *both* had a great time!

Just like the Olympics, right?

Let's play "sit on Mama's lap"

Baby? What baby? No baby here.

On the Balance Beam

Bouncy time!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Visit with Santa

I am a mean, mean mama. I know someday I'll laugh at this picture, but I feel just a wee bit sad from the event today. It took him almost 10 seconds to get that first scream out, he was so upset.

So sad. So classic.

Santa has a twinkle in his eye, though. Ha!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

FO: Knit-a-palooza

We had intended this weekend to be full of house projects, but since we did not close on time (grr) I turned my attention to more noble pursuits: finishing my baby-knit list.

Unless you are new to the blog or have short-term memory loss, you know that I had about 487 new babies to knit for this year. OK, slight exaggeration. But my excel spreadsheet (yes I know, nerd) shows 16 babies. Good grief!

I've spent nearly the entire year behind on baby knitting. Luckily I aim for larger sizes, so hopefully no one will receive a too-small item. (If you do, just jam it on them for 30 seconds and send me a photo! I'll never be the wiser!)

The good thing about these nature-imposed deadlines is that I really improved my knitting this year and had tons of fun with new friends. My knitting looks better than ever! The sad news is that I had to give it all away! So I'm declaring 2011 the year of knitting [mostly] for me (and my men)!

Without further adieu, here's all of my progress from this weekend!

Snug little sweater for Miss Shelby (needs buttons still)

Flirty Cloche for Clara
Still need to sew on the flower...

Cable pom hat for Baby Roberts
Baby Tate's faux cable hat
In the works... an eyelet sweater for Emma

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're thankful for all of our family and friends, who are such an important part of our lives!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Caught with his pants down

Everyone gets caught with their pants down, from time to time. It happens to poor Joseph more frequently than most, though, since he's got such a skinny bum!

I found him like this when I came in from another room. Being the incredibly mean mom that I am, instead of helping him I ran for the camera!

This was with a cloth diaper. Can you imagine if he wore disposables???

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sleep, baby, sleep

We've been having issues with Joseph's sleep since the time change. He typically goes to bed around 7-7:30 and has been waking up around 5am. According to things I've read, he should be sleeping in total about 13 hours a day at his age. His naps are not consistent, and range from 1.5-2.5 hours (1.5 being the norm and 2.5 being an awesome exception).

I think on average he's been getting about 12 hours of sleep every day. I'd like him to get more, but I'm not sure what to do. Currently we're doing some "controlled crying" in the morning, and I'm hoping that'll get him up to 11 hours overnight (and at least till 6am for mama and daddy's sakes!).

I'm considering moving his bedtime to 8pm, but he tends to wake up at the same time in the morning regardless of how late we push bedtime. On the other hand, I don't want to be unrealistic by thinking he can consistently sleep 11+ hours overnight (from 7:30-6:30 ideally).

Any ideas from the parents out there? He's 20.5 months old. Is his bedtime to early? Expectations too high? Is this just a phase we have to ride out? He crashes quickly at night at his current bedtime and is usually exhausted by nap time since he's up at 5am.

Hot Date

Joseph and I went out to breakfast on Friday to The Flying Biscuit. It's a GREAT place to bring kids. Food comes out fast, there is lots to look at, and they have crayons, of course.

We had a delicious breakfast, and Joseph did awesome. He played with the crayons, drove his cars around the table a bit, and had fun looking at all the big trucks zooming by outside. He used his manners and did not break any plates by banging his fork (which has happened at home). He even ate a fair amount of food! Success all around.

Mama draws the best shapes

"Dah" = Green Triangle, don'cha know.

"Oh, look, another truck! I think that makes is 537 now"

Can't you just hear him saying "ooooh wooooow"

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Not Quite Subsistance Farming

Joseph and I went down to the garden to clean it out some, and check out the carrots we planted in September. There were only a few survivors, and mostly they were just tops and roots - no carrot. We did get one, though!

Needless to say, I'm thankful for farmers markets and grocery stores.

We do have a TON of arugula, though!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beef Stew

If you're looking for a yummy fall meal, look no further! I made beef stew (based on my dad's "recipe" for venison stew) and it turned out AWESOME

Jen's Beef Stew-pendous!

1 lb stew meat
1/2c flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2c canola oil
1/2c dry red wine (cabernet sauvignon)
32 oz beef broth
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 lb mushrooms
5 russet potatoes
2 roma tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves

Heat oil in a big heavy pot over med/high heat. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in shallow dish. Dredge meat and put in hot oil. Sprinkle any additional flour in on top of the meat when you are finished dredging (helps build the rue). Brown meat on all sides, remove with a slotted spoon.

Deglaze the pot with the wine. Cook for about 30 seconds and add the beef broth. Add all the veggies, the bay leaves, and the beef into the pot, and bring to a simmer for 1 hour. If you are rushed for time, just cook till your potatoes are done. But it'll be better if you simmer longer.

Serve with some Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day!

Have I mentioned how dang CUTE Joseph is?

Probably not, as everyone is now referring to him as the toddler terror. Ha!

Here are some adorable things he's been doing:

1) When he's nervous around other people, he'll squeeze his eyes shut so he can't see them (and presumably, they can't see him!)

2) He laughs when he burps (or farts) and has been trying to make himself burp

3) He's sitting in his crib right now having a conversation with his Seahorse. NOT crying. OMG.

4) He can touch his head, shoulders, knees, and toes (though not fast enough to go along with the song)

5) He loves giving his bears and babies hugs and kisses

6) Whenever he sees something exciting he says "Ooooh Wow!" That's about 10,468 times per day.

7) Helped pick up toys at storytime yesterday without making a new mess

8) Helps me do dishes (or at least, squish bubbles)

9) Helped clean up his [purposefully] spilled milk

10) Gives me kisses on request - always followed by an unsolicited hug!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

High-Cal Food Chronicles: Doctored Milk

One of my friends mentioned doctoring milk with a little bit of heavy cream. I've put cream in other things (like eggs), but this is super easy!

2T added to 8oz of milk adds 100 calories and 11 grams of fat! Of course, 3.5 of those are saturated. Hopefully I'm not setting Joseph up for early heart disease.

You never can win, can you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

When I Grow Up

I want to be just like my Daddy!

Wearing Daddy's golf hat

Filling Daddy's shoes is a big job!

You can see how tired he was from the time change! We're still up at 5:30am, but much improved after spending most of the week at 4:30am!

FO: Christmas Stocking #3

::cue music singing from the heavens::

Here are the details:

Stocking #3!!! This one will be Joseph's

Closeup of the bird motif... I wish the beaks were darker. I'm gonna see how I like them this year. I can always redo them with a darker yellow or orange later.

All three together! Now they "just" need to be blocked, lined, and names stitched on.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


2,158 is the number of calories in the organic vanilla ice cream I made today. And 158 grams of fat.

It supposedly makes 5 cups, and serves 8.

We'll see. Ha!

Here's the recipe I used (modified from this Williams Sonoma recipe:

3c heavy cream
3/4c sugar
6 egg yolks
1.5 tsp vanilla

Heat cream until just before a simmer. Meanwhile, mix egg yolks and sugar until lightened. When cream is hot, temper by slowly pouring cream into sugar and yolk mixture while beating quickly. When about 1/2 is in there, pour the whole thing back into the pot. Reheat while constantly stirring until it coats the back of a spoon - about 5 minutes. Chill 3 hours. Pour into running ice cream machine and churn for 30 minutes. Try not to eat too much while you are putting it into a freezer safe container. Wait one hour. Consume.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

All he needs is a tin cup.

Not crying, just waiting for parole.

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen....
Nobody knows my sorrows.

Little Apartment in the City

The other day, I channeled my inner pioneer. In the morning, I hosted a bread making playdate, and taught 9 of my mom friends how to make bread the easy way (google "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes per Day" if you are interested). I made the equivalent of 9 batches of dough the night before (which took 25 minutes to make - I said it was easy!) and spent the morning before they arrived baking. We had 2 loaves of wheat, 2 boules of white, a coronne of white, a loaf of french bread, and 2 focaccia. I sent the last piece of dough home with a friend to make a pizza.

Nom nom nom
Cole was stoked that he got to take the pizza dough home!

That evening, I started peeling apples. Peel, peel, peel. Chop, chop, chop. I ended up with my 8 quart stock pot completely full of apples! Cook, cook, cooked it down, and blended it with my stick blender. Then I used my new hot water bath to can them! I ended up with a little over 4 quarts of applesauce. It was a little time consuming because of all of the steps, but the actual prep time wasn't much - maybe 25 minutes of peeling and chopping. The whole process took me a couple of hours. Next time I won't use an entire tablespoon of cinnamon, though - apparently 1T for a gallon of applesauce is a bit much. Still tasty, though! T.J. and Joseph are already digging in!
First 4 jars - all of them sealed!

I finished out the evening by continuing work on my knitting - Joseph's stocking... Gotta get that done so we can decorate the new house! Closing is 2 weeks and a day away!


It was a fun mix of old world turned new world activities. Joseph had a great time playing with his buddies, too!

Joseph was doing laps babbling and laughing - it was uber cute.

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