Friday, August 29, 2008
Posted by ali at Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Better yet, the super playdate.
Better yet, three two year-olds with rollercoaster emotions for two hours!
We got off to a rough start, but all was made well again when the pudding painting was revealed. Nothing can make peace quite like pudding can. Especially when it's dyed red, green and yellow!
Sebastian mostly ate the pudding. (He loved it...trust me)
Posted by ali at Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Posted by ali at Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I tried my hand at the ancient art of canning. (mostly because i was pressured into it by some super over-acheiving, homemaker friends from church.)
Last year we made peach jam. Easy. This year I upped the ante to canning. Not so easy.
It's just kind of a pain in the derriere...rear end, behind, butt, you get the idea. (i don't think the pioneers would have used that kind of language)
I was told it goes like this: You peel, pit, pack, pour syrup, seal, boil, then wah-la...you've got canned peaches. Well, it isn't that easy.
After a kitchen full of skins, pits, drippy syrup, a dozen dirty pans, bowls, utensils, a wasted naptime (i consider any naptime wasted if I don't enjoy at least 15 minutes of "ME" time), floating peaches, and the stress of hearing the "POP" to indicate a successful seal, I'm just not sure it's worth it...five hours later.
I mean, sure, I do feel a little bit warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I learned a new skill and produced a product, but the other part of me wonders if the $1.20 you pay at the store for a can of peaches just might be worth it?!?!
You can see how Jack feels about the fruits of my labor.
**This post is in no way meant to discount the amazing over-the-phone canning coaches who helped me fumble through my learning curve**
Posted by ali at Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Posted by ali at Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
At any rate, I was trying to be sly and quick because I didn't want Jack to notice, and I didn't want to eat too much because it is Troy's FAVORITE ice cream and he ALWAYS notices when I've had a particularly tempting day. Well, just as I'm slipping the quart back into the freezer, Jack runs up saying, "Mmmmm...Yummy". I quickly tried to ignore him and hide the evidence, but no luck. He is now at my feet saying, "Mommy, share."
Immediately I start to chuckle for two reasons. For weeks we've been working on sharing...to no avail. And now he's telling me to share? Secondly, the kid only says a few words and for the first time I'm hearing, "Mommy, share"?
Reluctanly, (but secretly thinking inside how darling and irresistible he is) I pulled out the carton and shared a few more "samples" with him. We were as happy as clams!
Now fastforward a few days. Today I pulled out the quart for my daily fix. It felt quite empty and light, so immediately I start get to get worked up thinking, "What? Did Troy eat this and put an empty carton back in the freezer?" (it could happen, folks.) Then what do I see when I open the lid?
someone really got me!
Posted by ali at Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
That's the Roney's for ya! They would give you the shirt off their back and maybe even their pants, too!
Well, these same generous friends let our family stay in their Laguna Beach getaway for our anniversary. Yes, we took our kids, but that's because we like being with them. Not to worry though...our terrific friends also found us a babysitter so that we could have a romantic night out. It was fabulous!
So THANK YOU very much, friends!
Check out these pics of Lucy hanging out in the beach house.
Posted by ali at Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Posted by ali at Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Well, Jack got his first "taste" of the extended birthday. His real birthday was last week. Then we threw him a pre-birthday party the week before (mostly because he can't get enough of blowing out candles and singing "Happy Birthday"). And yesterday we had a post-birthday party because my parents were in town.
You can never have enough celebrations, in my mind!
Jack loved hanging out with these kids. They are like siblings to him!
Singing Happy Birthday
Jack got a HUGE set of Geo Trax for his b-day. I bought them on e-bay after our neighbor let us borrow hers and Jack loved them! I love toys that don't get old after a week of use. I'm sure he will still love these 4 years from now!
Here's Jack taking notes on how the "big boys" set up the tracks.
Posted by ali at Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Or when we got to spend the first four years of marriage living in the most amazing place ever?
Posted by ali at Monday, August 04, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
TIMEOUT, young man!
We can't believe you're TWO. Where has the time gone?
It seems like yesterday when we greeted you for the first time. You were a big boy...9.2 pounds, with 8 of it in your sizable head!
The first 6 weeks were rough, but now I know you were just putting me through mommy boot camp. I was clueless and you needed to show me the ropes...FAST!
After that, it was mostly smooth sailing. We just watched you grow.
You breezed through 4 of the hottest summer months wearing protective gear a.k.a. a medical helmet for your torticollis.
We loved watching you reach new milestones!
We were charmed by your sweet smile and zest for life!
We shared some of our favorite places with you!
Every moment of every day we get to learn from you.
You remind us that there is nothing more important in life than family!
You are the best, BUBBY!
We love you mucho, mucho, mucho, mucho!
Happy 2nd Birthday!
(Now quit growing)
Posted by ali at Saturday, August 02, 2008