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Monday, July 23, 2012

Eat Ice Cream

I recently realized, that my freezer has more ice cream and popsicles than real food. When it's been 90 degrees more days than I would like to remember, it's sort of a necessity.

It also hasn't helped that my mom recently gave me an ice cream maker for my birthday, I find myself making ice cream when we still have some left in the freezer, or even making several different kinds in one day. It's a little bit addicting, and oh so tasty!

Peach frozen yogurt
The boys have liked helping me decide what kind to make next, and especially love tasting it out when it's finished.

Our favorite so far is cookies and cream. It tastes even better than the stuff in the store. Creamier, and if we eat it right away, the cookies still have a bit of a crunch to them. So much better than soggy cookie pieces!

Cookies and cream

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A window garden

I love Target. And I love Target's $1 section. I can always find some cute things for the kids that I don't need to worry about them breaking in 5 minutes, and that I can throw away in a few months to get rid of some of the clutter. It's cheap and easy fun.

So when I saw these $1 window garden kits, I could not pass them up

I actually got the strawberries for the kids Easter baskets...and then put off helping them with them for a few months, but once I found the cilantro and basil (things I knew I would put to good use!) we made ourselves a little window garden.

Strawberries in the little pots, cilantro on the left and basil on the right
Day 3 and the basil is already taking off!
Nathan playing outside while Anthony works in the garden
Elise and Nathan playing with the wagon
A few pictures of our garden
Tomatoes and corn
Tons of spaghetti squash, cucumbers and zucchini
Peppers, lettuce and onions
Our first cherry tomatoes, we've been getting tons daily since then!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baby Training

I'm pretty convinced this morning that Nathan is trying to train Elise like a dog. 

So far this morning she has mastered "sit" and "stay" and seems to think this is the greatest game ever.

When you think about it, it really makes a lot of sense, my mom has a puppy, and it seems Lily and Elise are constantly in the same developmental stages. Phone calls between my mom and I are mostly us constantly telling Elise and Lily to stop eating things, be quiet so we can hear the other person on the phone, and to stop climbing up on things too high for them.

One place Lily is kicking Elise's butt is potty training, but Lily doesn't wake up and immediately accessorize, so I still think I've got the better deal.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Blogging from the kindle

Ever since I got my kindle, I have been trying to find a way to blog from it. Like when I am laying in bed trying to get Elise to sleep and no one is updating anything on facebook, or I haven't found a new book to read yet. So far I've been striking out...until today!

I discovered splashpad!

Splashpad is an app that lets me connect to my computer from anywhere as long as it is on. In a word, amazing.

When I figure out what I am doing, I've read that I can even post pictures and links saved on my computer. So far I am just happy to be able to type!

Now if only my fire had a camera, life would be perfect.

Look forward to more posts coming soon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Tooth Fairy

I've been avoiding blogging about this, because it still makes me sad, but one day, when everything is fine, I know I will look back and laugh at what a crazy year it's been. So I might as well document it to get the full picture.

The day before Father's Day, the boys were playing in their room. A place I don't usually let them play since all of their toys are in the playroom or living room, and being in there more often than not means jumping on the bed, or dumping out all of their dresser drawers.

After a few minutes, I was just getting ready to go tell them to come out when I heard a scream and both of them crying. They were both crying so hard when I got to their room that neither one could tell me what happened. Nathan grabbing his head, and Noah grabbing his mouth. It was easy to see that Noah was bleeding, so we focused on that first.

Anthony finally got him to open his mouth so we could check where the bleeding was coming from, and as he lifted up his lip, his front tooth fell out on the floor.

My 3 year old lost his first tooth jumping 2 feet off of his bed and hitting his mouth on his brother's head.

I called the nurses line, baby teeth can't be put back in, so no emergency, he just has to be seen by a dentist within 24 hours to make sure there is no other damage. And at 12 on a Saturday, that means immediately. So we called around quickly until we found someone who was open and could see him. he's fine, minus one tooth, we'll just have to wait a few years for the new one to grow in, and deal with toothless Noah pictures until then. It couldn't have been the 4.5 year old who will have loose teeth any day now, it had to be the 3.5 year old who didn't get his first baby teeth until he was 10 months old, and probably wouldn't have lost teeth until 1st or 2nd grade.

So I got to explain the tooth fairy a little sooner than I thought I would have to. I helped Noah write a note, and he stuck it under his pillow. He lucked out that the tooth fairy was so not prepared for this to happen, and only had a $5 bill in her purse. But I figure getting your tooth knocked out must be worth a little more, right?
Silver lining: we hit our insurance deductible in May. All I can say is that I hope this is a year to remember, and we don't have another one like this ever.