Friday, July 29, 2011
When I picked up Annika from school yesterday, I noticed her nose was stuffed up. I pointed it out to her and she agreed that she was congested. I then said, "It looks like you have Conor's cold, huh?" To that she replied, "No. I have my own cold. Conor still has his cold."
Nothing like a three-year-old to put you in your place.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Annika's empathetic colors showed like you wouldn't believe last night. She was very concerned about Buca. She sat next to him and repeatedly told him what a good boy he is. She also yelled to me every time he moved a hair. "MOM!!! BUCA'S SHAKING AGAIN!!!" was her mantra. I had to then demonstrate the difference between his shaking and him moving because of his increased panting. (I'm sure Candid Camera would have enjoyed that one!)
At first, I thought Buca was past his shaking, but alas, I was wrong. (See, Eric? I can admit when I'm wrong!!!) Buca started shaking again (not as severely as previously) and cried when he stood, walked, or tried to lay down. I knew we needed to trek to the vet. So, I got the kids and Buca in the van and off we went.
Fortunately, we didn't have to wait too long before Buca could be examined. The vet agreed with me that he was favoring his hind right leg, and suggested we keep an eye on him and keep him quiet. If he continued to have issues, she'd put him on an anti-inflammatory.
He did OK during the night, but not great. So, we're now going to start the meds to see if that helps. Fingers (and paws) crossed!!
The cake is a chiffon cake that is split, drowned in simple syrup, and filled with pastry cream and strawberries. One key is the strawberries must show along the outer edge of the cake. In order to have the strawberries exposed along the edge, I lined the springform pan sides with Saran Wrap (which proved to be the hardest part of the challenge) and then placed the strawberries and held them in place with the pastry cream. When I make the cake in the future, I think I'll wrap the pan with parchment paper instead of Saran. After allowing the cake to set for a few hours in the fridge, I removed the springform side and was thrilled to see the cake kept its form ... and looked mighty pretty.
Jana of Cherry Tea Cakes was our July Daring Bakers' host and she challenges us to make Fresh Frasiers inspired by recipes written by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson in the beautiful cookbook Tartine.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
That's what I get for asking questions that have obvious answers!! :)
Monday, July 25, 2011
Conor is our little book worm. His favorite books are ones that he can respond to. For example, he really enjoys "Barnyard Dance" by Sandra Boynton because he likes to clap his hands and stomp his feet when the book commands him to do so. He also likes books that have animals so he can practice his animal sounds. I can listen to him practice his animal sounds all day long. I adore our smart boy's sweet little voice!
Week 3 of swim lessons was a hit... mostly because Annika got a new pair of goggles and loved being able to see while underwater. Like in the weeks past, she was the first to volunteer for just about every activity and had an absolute blast while in the pool.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Conor impressed his doctor with his vocabulary. At this stage, kids should know at least 3-6 words. He blows that number out of the water. His knowledge of animal sounds and animal names alone is beyond double (if not triple) that number. (Such a smart boy!!)
During our wait between being triaged by the nurse and waiting for the doctor, Conor had a great time hanging out in then exam room wearing only his diaper and us reading "Barnyard Dance" by Sandra Boynton. That's his favorite book and never fails to make him laugh and dance around a bit.
Next stop ... 18 month check up. All aboard!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!
Nom! Nom! Nom!
Conor knows to say "Cheese!!" when having his picture taken.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
I love his little boy more than words can describe ... rice nose and all!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Prior to yesterday, neither of our kids had ever had a Slurpee, so this was an experiment in whether they would even like them. When I picked up Annika from her school, I told her that we were going to get a treat on our way home. When she asked what it was, I said, "We're going to get Surpees!" She got VERY excited and replied, "WHOA!!! A Slurpee??? WOW!!!! What's a Slurpee?" The best description I could come up with was a "frozen yumm drink." That's all she needed .... she was hooked on the idea.
7-11 was PACKED. Who knew free Slurpees would be such a draw? I got both kids a drink and let them try a sip to see if they'd like them. I was a fool for thinking there was a chance they wouldn't like them. A fool, I tell ya!
In order to keep the interior of the van from turning sticky and Smurf blue, I confiscated the Slurpees until we got home. That didn't go over well with Conor (see below). He was HEARTBROKEN that I took the cup. Only when we got home and he was strapped into his high chair , wearing a bib, and happily scarfing down his drink did the tears subside.
Monday, July 11, 2011
He was sporting a cross between a shag and a mullet ... neither of which were what wanted for his overall appearance. So, Jan (aka our hair goddess) went to town on Conor's hair. Mind you, he's one and has no idea how to sit still. He sat (I use that term loosely) on my lap, bounced on my lap, and jumped on my lap while Jan transformed our baby into a little boy.
In a matter on minutes, Conor seemed to age considerably. Still our sweet little boy ... just not quite as curly and shaggy.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I found it really funny that she was much more afraid of the pre-lesson shower (she had never seen a wall of showers before) than she was of participating in the class. She (no shocker) was completely at ease in the pool. She was the first to volunteer for the class activities and had no qualms about sticking her face in the water, trying to float, and kicking her feet. To say our kids love water is an understatement and Annika proved that (once again) today ... as did Conor who was quite miffed that he couldn't get in the pool with Annika, so did his best to stay happy stomping in the puddles in the walkway around the pool.
Our little swimmer
Floating like a starfish
Practicing floating on her back
Conor amusing himself with the puddles
Friday, July 8, 2011
To take advantage of the warm temps and sunshine, I packed up the kids and we headed to Carkeek Park/Beach for some summertime fun. Carkeek is our go-to beach during the summer; it is close, usually not overrun with people, and offers a gorgeous view. We had a blast! The kids loved exploring on the beach, digging in the sand, throwing rocks into the water, and playing with their beach toys. We had an added bonus of getting to watch a few people who were wind surfing. They had these big kites that they used to pull themselves along on specialized surf boards.
Annika taking on the wind
Fun in the sand
Thursday, July 7, 2011
One of these little reminders happened a couple of days ago. Annika successfully cut her own pancake and required no help from Eric or me. To the outside observer, it might seem to be a "no big deal" event. For us, though, it was a great achievement for our little girl, who now likes to proclaim "I can cut my food by myself ... all ... day ... long."
Working on the knife/fork balancing act
Back for another bite!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
About a week ago, Annika brought this song home from preschool. It has quickly become one of our favorites just because of how cute she sounds when singing it. Yes, we're biased, but really ... who wouldn't find this to be one of the cutest things ever??
"Don't forget In-stralllll-ia!"