Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
She knows where movies go, and if you give her a little bit of help, she can put them in all by herself. She's such a big girl!
I experimented with a special surprise breakfast of cinnamon apple French toast which was good, but not great. It was a little soggy for both of our liking; in hindsight, I think I would have crisped up the French toast in a skillet before baking it. If you'd like the recipe for this, it's here. Charlotte was definitely a fan, even in her less-appetite-than-usual state. She kept saying, "Bite." :)
The only other event of yesterday was Adam's party at Red Robin. It was wonderful, with all kinds of brothers and sisters in Christ attending to celebrate Adam's birthday. The Red Robin came and terrified Charlotte (only when he came close, from a distance, she was amused), the whole wait staff came and sang to Adam, followed by Jody and her sister Lori singing a special song of theirs and Suzanne finishing off the performances with a strange birthday melody resembling "The Volga Boatman" for those of you who were in the same elementary school music program that I was. :) Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera because leaving the house with a sick toddler, I just forgot it. Oh well.
And today is back to business as usual: dishes, laundry and a still-needing-more-sleep-than-usual toddler. I love being at home. God bless.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
"Mom, I though you said the doctor said my feet were SMALLER than normal!"
Monday, July 12, 2010
...but mostly just Charlotte's. Tonight, we went to a free program at the 419 Library by Tom Teasley, a world percussionist and educator. Here's his website, primarily for my dad who I know will be curious. :) It was sponsored by a group called Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, and it's a very neat program and concept (here's that website too, dad). Charlotte was probably the youngest one there, and I know the onlookers didn't know if she was going to make it or not, but she definitely loved hearing (and jamming to) all of the different instruments. We had a good time also, and even learned a little bit.
We also had our 18 month well check today (even though Charlotte's 19ish months) and it went well. Charlotte was terrified of Dr. Craft which he said was completely normal for her age. Haha. I think her apprehension also might have had something to do with the child across the hall screaming his face off from the time Charlotte and I got into the room; seriously, even the doctor said it sounded like he was doing an amputation, which obviously he wasn't. Charlotte looks good, it's amazing how healthy she is when she's not in daycare, and everything looks fine. The mildly humourous thing, besides the amputation across the hall, was when Dr. Craft asked if Charlotte said 10-12 words. I quickly answered 'yes,' and he said that teacher's kids were usually above the curve when it came to that. When I told Adam this tidbit driving home from the percussion program, we started counting the words she can say (and know what they mean) and we got about 25. Huh. So, on tomorrow's to-do list...save for Charlotte's college...check.
It rained today; not downpour, but nice, steady rain. I don't know about you, but sometimes, rain is just so refreshing. It's been oppressively sunny and hot this summer, and the rainy day today was just soothing.
Oh, and although she didn't need them today, here's a picture of Charlotte's new shades. Please enjoy the fact that they are upside-down. :)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Here's the gang (I'm taking the picture :)): Allison, my mentee, Brit and Adam with Charlotte. Notice that Charlotte still looks terrified, even around people she knows and loves.
After a while of her squinting at me, I gave her my sunglasses. She looked like such a little diva sitting perched in her chair eating her cookies with her shades. :)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I have two recipes to share with you today that I am very excited about. I can't take credit for one of them at all, but since I tried it and it worked, here it is.
Iced Mocha - a small pitcher for the fridge
Pieced together from online sources
Using ridiculously bold coffee, brew 8 cups of water with about 10 rounded tablespoons of coffee. This gave me about 6ish cups of STRONG coffee. I added about 5 tbsps of chocolate syrup, 2 tbsps of brown sugar, 2 cups of cold milk and the piece de resistance: 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. Pour over ice, store the pitcher in the fridge....Ahh! SO GOOD! Seriously, it's like $20 worth of coffee drinks in your fridge.
From GirlTalk blog
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mashed blueberries
2 cups whole blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease both muffin cups and tops of muffin tins around cups. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to butter mixture. Stir in blueberries. Fill muffin cups and sprinkle tops with sugar and nutmeg mixture. Bake about 25 minutes. Cool 30 minutes before removing from tins.
I made these muffins on Wednesday night when Charlotte was asleep and sick and Adam was at church. They are significantly better than the boxed variety I'm used to.
The family is going to Salem Fair today; I'm sure pictures will follow. :)