Monday, July 25, 2011

The end of an era?

For quite some time now, Connor has been great about going to bed.  After dinner, he would run to his bath (or shower), play for a while and not complain when it was time to get out.  Sometimes he even told me it was time to get out!  After getting jammies on, he'd run out to give daddy and sissy a hug and then race me to his room, giggling the whole way there knowing he was beating me to the rocking chair.  As energetic as he was getting to his room, he settled right down with stories and would often chatter for a bit before falling asleep, but never complained.  (One night, he was doing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in bed...cracked me up watching him on the monitor!)

Well, the past couple of nights have been more of a challenge.  I think he realizes that it is more fun to stay up and play with mommy and daddy than to go to bed!  He has objected to a bath/shower after dinner, wanting to play some more.  It's hard to resist when he wants to do his ABC puzzle!!  Tonight, though, he saw the iPad after dinner and wanted to watch Gabba.  I had to pry it out of his hand!  No bath tonight, but once I got his jammies on him, he did his normal routine thankfully!  I just hope this isn't a sign of things to come!!

On another (very random) note, I just noticed that we are in the double digits on the countdown to #2!!  Crazy...

Because a post is no fun without a picture or two, here are a couple of recent pics from an evening playtime.  He always wants to bring an item or two from our house to Julie's and vice versa.  Last week, it was a river rock from her front bed border.  Usually, he forgets about the item within a couple of minutes of getting home, but this evening he didn't.  He took it out back to play with him!!






Jenni

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I scared of the pit!

When Connor turned 18 months, he joined a Toddler Gym Class at a local gymnastics center.  (This was the youngest age allowed, as it is a semi-structured class...not just free play!)  He loves class and it's amazing to see how much he has improved in the ~6 months he has been doing it.  We went to a Saturday class since I work during the week, and I was sad when summer started because they don't have the weekend class anymore.  However, Miss Julie has so graciously offered to take him...not once, but TWICE a week!  This is a big deal because it's tiring on the adult trying to keep up with all his activities!  He loves to talk about class...the bars, the beam, the trampoline, the slide.  There is one thing he is not fond of, though...the pit!  You know...the place where they have all the foam blocks.  He is scared of it, and he'll tell you this multiple times of the day.  Out of the clear blue, he'll say "I scared of the pit" or "I cry pit!"  Not sure why he hates it so much or if there is anything we can/should do to help him get over that.

Here is a picture of his class at their end of year ceremony when the spring class ended.  (I don't want to be a creeper and post pics of kids I don't know, hence the soccer ball faces!!)  I was totally the mom who didn't bring my camera to their last class...I had no idea there would be a ceremony!  Anyway, I asked someone before we left if she would mind emailing me a group pic.  I should have asked her earlier because she said she would have taken more pics of Connor!  Turns out she is a local photog, too!



Jenni

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just like Daddy...

Connor and I got home from our morning run the other day, and he insisted on getting into Daddy's running accessories...Garmin, headphones and Ipod!  Not the best picture, but I wanted to get one quick before he moved onto his next adventure!





Jenni

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sick as a dog

I have never known where the term "sick as a dog" comes from.  Well, now I do.  Our poor pup has struggled with allergies in the summer since we moved here.  Her skin gets all itchy, and she has ended up with a couple of ear infections last summer and this.  Well, last Sunday night she woke Clay up during the night shaking her head and pawing at her ear.  Before this, she has never shown any discomfort from an ear infection.  Clay looked at it the next morning and it looked pretty bad - red, swollen and crusty.  So, we made an appt for her first thing Monday morning.  The Vet said it looked pretty terrible and was very swollen.  So, they took a culture of her ear mess and we just found out yesterday what it is...a staph infection that is resistant to many antibiotics.  So, we have to change her oral antibiotic, change her ear drops, she has to go in this week to be sedated and get a deep flush done on her ear and finally, she has to get a bath once a week.  That will probably be the worst part, as she is not particularly fond of baths!  Plus, we have to leave her sudded up for 30 minutes...Looks like we might be taking walks with a soapy dog!

I can tell in her eyes she doesn't feel quite right....


A couple of the little man just because.  I love his expressions in these...


Our not so good attempt at a self portrait!

Jenni

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What's for dinner?

Connor and I made dinner on Tuesday and it was yummy, healthy and pretty darn easy.  He is all about helping mommy and daddy these days.  He knows where his stool is and always wants to be in the middle of the action when you are doing something in the kitchen.  Sometimes it makes meal prep time a lot more messy and takes longer, but it's totally worth it.

Anyway, here is the recipe we made:  Spinach Lasagna Rolls:



Perfectly portioned individual lasagnas. This is one of those family friendly recipes everyone in your home will love. A great way to get your kids to eat spinach too. I personally find one to be filling for me, served with a garden salad on the side. My husband can easily eat three.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 9  Serving Size: 1 roll  Old Points: 4 pts  Points+: 6 ww pts
Calories: 224.9 • Fat: 5.1 g  Fiber: 3.4 g • Protein: 13.0 g • Carbs: 31.5 

  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 15 oz fat free ricotta cheese (I like Polly-o)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Rollcarefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.

To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.
(www.skinnytaste.com)

This is the second recipe I have made from this site and both have been delicious.  I have already picked out a couple more I want to try!  What are your favorite recipes or sites with recipes?  I am always looking for healthy and easy meal ideas!

Jenni

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hey Clay...LOLLIPOP!

I didn't talk much about my brother's wedding in the last post.  It was held Friday afternoon, and Clay officiated the event.  He did an excellent job and it was a beautiful ceremony.  I wasn't sure how Connor would do sitting there.  Thankfully it was outside and there was a river running because Connor was very chatty during the ceremony!  During the music when everyone was walking in, he was dancing in his seat. Then he started saying "Hi, Daddy!" and that sort of thing as soon as the music stopped and the talking part of the ceremony started.  So, Mommy, armed with goodies gave him a lollipop thinking that would keep him quiet.  Well, that backfired just slightly as he started telling his daddy he got a lollipop..."HEY, CLAY....LOLLIPOP!!"  He said this over and over.  Thankfully only my parents were in front of us and the row behind us were my brother's friends who also had young kids.  I turned around at one point to kinda apologize and had to laugh that all the kiddos on that row had snacks, too!  (c:

Oh, and to see even more pictures from the wedding, check out the sneak peek from Kelly HERE!

Back to Connor...he is such a chatterbox these days.  This morning, he came running into the kitchen saying "I need hugs!"  I obliged, of course.  We joke that he likes to state the obvious, as he is always providing commentary to what you are doing or what you have.  "Daddy get dressed."  "I have FINGERS!"  "I have shoes!"  He loves to point out things while riding in the car...PoPo and ambulances are his favorites.  He also is very neat...insists on having napkins during meals.  He will often ask for more than one because he wants a new one each time he wipes his hands.  We are working on that!

In other news, Baby Caswell #2 (still unnamed...) is growing and very active.  He has become quite the little wiggler the past couple of weeks, which I love.  I could just sit there and stare at my belly when he is kicking!  I haven't been very good at documenting with belly pics, so here is one just over 23 weeks.  Oh, and I went to the dr. recently.  Everything looked good - heartbeat was great!  They measured my belly and said I was measuring a week or two ahead.



Jenni