Friday, December 17, 2010
Little Miss Aubrey is also finally back to acting like herself again. She cut another tooth this month. She loves to bop to music. She is quite the explorer and gets into and climbs on top of things we never had to worry about with Tyler. Of course she loves all things off limits and howls for the telephone. She has started holding her play phone up to her ear and babbling into it. She is quite the little "talker" and her favorite "word" is Dada. She plays the game of handing something to you, then getting it back over and over. She is usually an early riser, while we have to wake brother Tyler as he loves to sleep in. She is on the run makes a beeline for whatever she is after, often shrieking with delight. However, she is very opinionated and if she can't have something she will let you know how she feels about it. She is also more opinionated about food than I remember Tyler being. She still prefers finger foods to baby food. If we have any fuzz, small rock, paper, or other such small speck of something on the floor, it inevitably finds its way into her mouth. She is mischievous with the subsequent mouth sweeps and lets you know that she doesn't want to have it taken away with sly grin and a firm bite. She loves to carry a sock...yes, a sock... around and shake it exuberantly.
I'll probably think of more things that I have left out. But I wanted to remember how she is changing...even though I don't have pictures to post for now. Hopefully soon! :)
After a few minutes he said, "won't it be weird if we just drive around and don't buy anything?"
I told him I didn't think so.
A few minutes later he said, "won't other people think we're weirdos if they see us just driving around looking at lights?"
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
On my friend, Michelle's, recommendation I had previously purchased Bag Balm for the occasional diaper rash. (It's originally meant for cow's udders - hee hee - and is only found at Walgreens around here). It does not sting, and works really well. I developed a true appreciation for it this week!
One positive of the faucet ordeal is that I LOVE my new faucet. I didn't know how much I could appreciate a faucet that works...and doesn't randomly turn itself off...or leak for that matter :)
Another plus was that I got to enjoy lots of snuggling, rocking and loving on my baby. (That's what I kept reminding myself of when I was up rocking Aubrey in the middle of the night). I'm so glad they're both feeling better!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
How did she already get to be 10 months old? The little Love has been changing so quickly, as babies do, and it's a lot of fun.
She has responded to the word "no" and quickly stops what she is doing. I appreciate this, knowing how soon this will change. I'm also glad that she immediately responds because she is a fearless little monkey and can be found climbing (under and onto) all sorts of things when you look away.
One of her favorite spots is under the table. Which is fine, as long as she doesn't stand up to bonk her head...or crawl under the chairs and get stuck...which seems inevitable.
She has been doing a lot of pointing to parts of our faces (and loves to "honk" our noses), as well as her own.
She started walking a couple of weeks ago. She's still unsteady and doesn't walk too far. If there's something she is really interested in, she gets farther. Here's a brief video I took tonight.
And we'll end with a little dancing with Aubrey from Saturday morning. She loooves music! And Tyler likes to share the limelight as you will see. (You, lucky you, also get to see our lovely stand-in for a gate in front of the stairs. We resorted to this lovely arrangement (since we don't have a normal staircase to put in a gate), after she forced our hand by making it up several stairs when we weren't paying attention - and all the way up several times when we just wanted to see how far she could go while we were right there...silly little monkey).
Friday, November 12, 2010
Slow Cooker Tamale Pie
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp pepper
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ½ oz) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn, drained (I used about 1 ½ cups frozen white corn)
1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
2 green onions, chopped
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
1 pkg (8 ½ oz) corn bread/muffin mix
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Mexican cheese blend
Sour cream and additional minced fresh cilantro, optional (but recommended) ;)
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the cumin, salt, chili powder and pepper. Transfer to a slow cooker; stir in the beans, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce, onions and cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through.
In a small bowl, combine muffin mix and eggs; spoon over meat mixture. Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream and additional cilantro if desired. (Which, I thought was a pretty tasty addition but I love both sour cream and cilantro)!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
But, I digress. That is not what I was hoping to post about. It seems that our little Aubrey-Pawbree has been changing so much lately. I think she's been going through a growth spurt and suddenly seems longer. She likes to sit on her knees and bounces, stands up and sits down, "wrestles" us and is usually exploring and moving.
Within the last week, if I'm looking away and she wants to see what I'm eating or saying or perhaps just wants to look at me, she firmly takes my jaw with her hand and turns my face toward hers. I'm rewarded with an inquisitive look or a big smiling grin. Like this:
Melts my heart. This picture was taken a few days ago. She has cut both top teeth since this was taken, so we have two little white nubbies to look at now.
She has been grinding her teeth together, seemingly testing out the new feel in her mouth. She's making expressions like this quite frequently:
Kind of makes her look like she's trying to be tough.
I don't know if teething is why, but this week, it's been hard for me to convince her to eat much off of a spoon. She certainly prefers finger foods. She has either refused to open her mouth, or just starts spitting it back out. She does the same thing with Tylenol...this is a little frustrating as it results in a sticky mess down her PJs.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The good news - Aubrey took her first steps yesterday. Some more today. A few at a time. Hoorays can be heard through the house! :)
Here is a video of the first launch. Tyler is first seen picking of burs (or stickers as they call them here). Then he launches it before the end of Wayne's countdown, thus the "What!?" from me. :)
I found it very difficult to film these rockets. We took lots of video...most of it is beautiful blue sky. :) Here is a video Wayne shot that captures it a little better.
Saturday, Ted and Sue came to watch Tyler's soccer game. Then they watched the kids so we could go see The Social Network (which I really enjoyed), then stayed for dinner.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What doesn't make me smile? Wayne is pukey sick. Boo. Perhaps he got this from Aubrey. Hopefully it ends with Wayne. As I write this I feel queasy. Oh psychosomatic brain of mine. :)
Surprisingly I got some things done tonight. Even a tire rotation and oil change. Thankfully the kids behaved themselves while we were there.
I have lots of pictures to post from last weekend. But I'm too tired again tonight to upload and post them. I promise I will...soon!
Is it really only Tuesday? Ah well, I'll be back soon, as promised.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Aubrey was content to watch the action from her stroller
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
"How did she know that green is your favorite color?"
Tyler (with sincere excitement): "Yeah! And how did she know last time that yellow is my third favorite color?!"
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We started out with a hayride (or hay-rack ride as they call it in Kansas) to a "pumpkin patch" and to feed the goats and a llama. There were new baby goats that had just been born that day. They were adorable!
Tyler was pretty nervous about feeding the goats. It took a little time for him to gather the courage, so this was a bit of a triumphant moment.
Tyler's favorite was playing in the big piles of hay.
Tyler took a ride on the "cow train" which was a gator pulling these little cars. Soon after this picture, it looked like a swerving cloud of dust. It took a few wipes to clean up his face after he got back.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Anyway, the little lady is already 9 months old. How did this happen? Her personality is blossoming all the time. She's babbling a lot, experimenting with that little voice - getting louder, growling, and mostly saying "dadadadada" all day.
(Thanks, Aunt Lynette, for these PJs. Tyler wore them and they're still in great shape)! :)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
He was thrilled to open Lego sets from Aunt Rachel and Uncle Hollins and then from Grandpa and Grandma.
Meanwhile, Aubrey was crawling around...
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wayne, with Abe, Leo, Ollie and Tyler
Waiting their turn on the go-karts.
No, I don't know what he's saying. :)
Blowing out candles on his chocolate Spiderman cake.
This was my first attempt at fondant. I tried marshmallow fondant, but I think I added too much powdered sugar, which made it a bit dry. So, I think I'll seek out advice if I try it again. But the cake tasted good, and Tyler didn't mind the flaws, so all in all, it worked out just fine.
Excitement as he is opening presents.