Thursday, January 28, 2010

Goin' to the Hospital...

And I'm goin' to have a baaaaaaaaby!!!

Hello friends!
This morning, at 6am, Penny and I checked into Labor and Delivery! I don't travel light...

I'm all hooked up and ready to go...

So, in a few hours, I will be holding my precious Penny!! I can't wait!! If she's anything like this little one, we'll be golden!

Say a quick pray for me and I'll update soon!!

(pics with my phone... boo.)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sweet Freedom!

Lucy loves to be outside!! Running free and discovering cool things around the neighborhood. We go outside, everyday. Its good for her!

Photos by Yia Yia :-)

Snow Bunny!

Christmas Eve brought a blizzard. Yes, a blizzard. An honest to goodness, white out conditions blizzard; blanketing the city in white! It was so pretty, unless you were attempting to drive in it... The 1 mile journey from our house to Yia Yia and Papou's (my parents) for Christmas Eve dinner only took us 25+ mins. It was blinding, I tell you!!

We had snow on the ground for the longest time, I can ever remember... Nearly 2 weeks!! I was going a bit stir crazy as I didn't want to go traipsing around in 8 inches of snow 9 months pregnant with a toddler. However, Yia Yia was able to make it over one day to snap these incredible pics of Lucy... My little Snow Bunny!

One Year + One Month

Lucy Olivia
At 13 months she:

•Is 31.5in and still 22lbs!
•Still has 8 teeth! 

•Sleeps 8pm - 7am straight, every night! 
•Puts herself to sleep every night... What a big girl!
•Takes 2 naps a day! One 3 hr nap at 10am and a short 45 min nap at 5.
•Not a fan of eating, really. There's entirely too much to do to mess with eating right now... Silly.

•Her favorite thing in the world is Cheerios... and crackers... and bread - She loves her carbs :-)
•LOVES Dora! She got her very own "backpack" and thinks its the coolest ever.

•Takes her Dora doll where every she goes. 
•Has perfect rhythm. I'm not even joking. Its kinda crazy!
•Favorite new oatmeal - Peach and puree and oats.
•Loves her puppies. She says, "Hi Chune (June), hi Cashie!" all the time!
•Loves to steal cell phones, hold them up to her ear and sa, "Hi Dada!" and "Bu-Bye!"
•Has decided that walking just doesn't get her around fast enough... She runs now.
•Still loves her binky, but is less dependent on it now.
•Feeds herself now. I'm not sure how much actually gets in her mouth, but it sure is cute!

•Loves to play with other kids! She is sooo social... I wonder where she gets that :-)
Talks up a storm - she says: Dada, Yaya (Yia yia - grandmother), Mama, Upup, Yah, Uh-oh, Hi, Ok, Dogays (dogs), Bye bye, Yeths (Yes), Baba (bottle), duck, WOW and tank you (thank you), bah (binky), luve you (love you), and pri-tty (pretty), - Her new words are Shooooes (shoes), Paants (pants) Chune (June), Cashie, NO!, and SH*T! (my biggest Uh-oh as a mom, so far...oops!!) Quite the vocabulary, this one!
•If you hand her something she will say, "tank youuu!"
•Has come up with her own language - She is constantly babbling, its adorable!
•Sings when she's eating something she likes - the louder the singing, the yummier the food!
Loves to dance! She stops everything to dance to any song that comes on, even commercials! 
•Will throw her sippy cup on the floor and shout "UH-OH!"
•Waves HI! & BYE! to everyone - She's very polite!
•"Backpack" has a lease, how handy! So she now gets to walk everywhere! Its hilarious!!!
Still wears 12-18 month clothing and is up to a size "4" infant shoes
•Is wearing size 4 diapers.
Loves to read books - she loves Priddy Books: Alien Al, Charlie Monkey, Rusty Robot.
•Has developed a new love for her blankey!! She carries it around with her everywhere!
Is the prettiest, smartest, happiest, friendliest, most loving baby in the world!!

We are SO lucky!!
Love you so much little monkey! You are 13 months old!
I can't believe how big you are :-)

Monday, January 18, 2010

A word to the wise...

Toilet seat locks are a great idea.
Photo by YiaYia

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Today's Special...

Fried Hippo!

(Taken with my phone, sorry!)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Because you asked so nicely...

... (over on Megan's blog) I will share my Pizza Dip recipe with all of you! It might be 1000000000 calories fat free, so make with caution, you will eat too much of it :-)

*Please note that I do not use measurements... SO sorry. Never cooked like that, never will! So these are guessimates... My "measurements" are in ( )!

Pizza Dip

1 8oz package of Cream Cheese
1/2 of a 15oz. tub of Ricotta Cheese
1/2 c. of shredded Parmesan Cheese (a handful)
1 14oz. jar of Pizza sauce
1 1/2 c. of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (enough to generously cover the top)
1/2 of a medium size white onion - chopped
1 medium size green pepper - diced
1/2 c. of chopped pepperoni slices (a handful)
1/2 Tbsp of crushed red peppers
1 6 oz. can of sliced black olives (optional)*
Fritos "Scoops"

• Pre-heat oven to 350°
• Saute the onion and green pepper in a bit of olive oil- set aside
• Chop the sliced pepperonis - set aside
• Mix together the cream, ricotta, and parmesan cheeses in a stand mixer (or by hand, but I'm lazy and the mixer is so much easier!)
• Smoosh the the cheese mix in to the bottom of a 9 in pie dish
• Pour the pizza sauce on top of the cheese and spread evenly
• Sprinkle (generously) the mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce
• Add the onions, green peppers, and pepperonis (and olives) to the top
• Place in heated oven and bake for 25 minutes
• Shake some crushed red pepper on the top
• Serve with Fritos Scoops and ENJOY!

* In the picture above I did not add the olives, because Megan is not a fan! It is delish either way!! :-)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Holiday Highlights - Christmas Morning!

I hope all you had a fantastical Christmas!! We had the best Christmas of my whole life! It was truly magical! I know that the holidays from now on are just going to get better and better!!

I am really behind on my holiday fun posts, so I'm going to try and catch up over the next couple of days... Hang in there with me :-) I am still getting pictures from my mom from various events over the past few weeks so, as I get them, I will post! These are not in chronological order... Sorry!

Christmas morning was A-MAZING! Kyle and I were up early at 7:30... Lucy, not so much :-) We made ourselves some hot cocoa and watched the dogs play in the 8 inches of freshly fallen snow! Finally around 8:30 Lucy decided to wake up... And thats when the magic began!

Lucy was so ready to tear into those gifts, she had been trying to do so for weeks! Just like her momma, can't wait to open presents!! She would tear off the wrapping paper and say, "WOAH!" then move on to the next one. She LOVED everything!!! Here are some cute pics form the morning! (My big camera is ill, so I had to use my little point and shoot, sorry!)

Merry Christmas, little Elf!
 Nursery Rhyme Time! She LOVES this book!
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!
OHH! We love Baby GAP! Thanks Santa!
Momma's bestie sends to coolest clothes!

After opening up all the gift at our house, we bundled up and headed over to YiaYia and Papou's (my parents) house to see what goodies awaited us there! Pics to come soon!!!