Sunday, November 30, 2008
But, as can be expected on Turkey Day weekend....we ATE and ATE some more and then we ATE some more! It was fabulous!
Dannie & Nate hosted Thanksgiving at their place in Maryland and it was a wonderful afternoon. We had to step up cooking a few steps as the turkey decided to cook about 2 hours quicker than anticipated! We drank beers and wine AND ate pie, fudge, turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed taters, sweet taters, rolls, and I'm sure I'm missing food...from Thursday!
We played lots of Guitar Hero. :-)
We also enjoyed a Lights and Trees festival on the Maryland state fair grounds with Mike, Susan & Seth (some friends of Dannie and Nate's and their one year old son). We found some sheets, books for ONE DOLLAR each, towels that will hang on our oven (as Q enjoys taking towels off so often) and Mike bought me a pretty new necklace with 2 pendants for my upcoming birthday.
After the festival, we headed to Mike & Susan's for some Red Robin take out and Q got to play with LOTS of new toys. It was fabulous. She enjoyed herself...despite how desperately exhausted she was as she only took a short morning nap and snoozed for about 5 minutes in the car.
Photos will come as soon as I locate my camera...some bags have yet to be unpacked!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
So, once I get time to sort through photos of dinner, desserts & presents, I'll post photos.
For today, though, we have a video of Daddy and Q playing before bed last night.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We've had another great day. Photos on the way.
She wanted nothing to do with opening her presents...we tried to get her excited. Then one of the first ones she opened was a ball and we couldn't get her mind occupied enough to keep opening! She loved all the clothes she got, trying to put them on as she pulled them out of the packaging.
We hit up Grimaldi's and The Chocolate Room for dessert. YUMMY for Auntie Jen, Grandpa Joe, and Mom...Q was just happy so many people were smiling at her! She did enjoy food too.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I really wish there was a FAO closer as Q is showing she's as happy as a kid in a toy store! So many toys to play with here! Above is the story time throne and below is the play kitchen set. She REALLY enjoyed the play kitchen...maybe Santa will have to buy one for her this year . . .
We're halfway through the third visit of the past 2 weeks.
And we're tired.
But Q has 'survived' two afternoons out on the town. We left home at about 11 yesterday, headed to music class, then it took us OVER TWO HOURS to get to Manhattan (yay not knowing about our stop closures for the D...and well, since there were people on the track, the train was moving at about 20% speed through Brooklyn). We ate lunch at some place that claims to have NY famous cheesecake (all places seem to claim that) and then walked the south side of Central Park to the MET...only to find out the MET closes at 5:30...and we got there at 4:15. So we warmed up, shopped the mini-gift shop and out to window shop on Madison and 5th Avenues. We were still stuffed from lunch, but picked up some sandwiches at about 8:30 to eat on the subway ride home (that only took about 45 minutes). And today was great too, getting out about noon again after Q's morning nap. We took a water taxi tour around parts of town on the water and headed to get BBQ and then to the MoMA (free admission).
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Time to lie down for awhile and try to get some shut eye. There could be some busy hours ahead of me!!!!! (someday soon!!??)"
OH, I did not realize how true those words would be.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
YUMMY cookies that have FRUIT and are pretty low in sugar (for cookies at least)!!
Beat 1 c sugar, 1/2 c butter, 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce, 1 c VERY ripe banana, 1 egg.
Add/JUST incorporate (blend in) 2 1/2 c quick oats (I did 2 c quick oats and 1/2 c cooked "raw" oats), 1 c flour, 1/2 c chocolate chips, 1/2 t baking soda, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t allspice.
Bake at preheated 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Our oven usually bakes fast and I found 12-13 minutes was perfect. I think the extra moisture from the applesauce slowed the baking process.
The recipe calls for frosting too, but I think they're plenty sweet with the applesauce, banana and chocolate chips. The chocolate chips were my addition too, not in the original recipe. And the original recipe calls for 3/4 c butter and no applesauce. So, I was pretty excited when the cookies turned out! With Splenda instead of sugar, these cookies would probably kick bootie for those of you really watching the sugar intake.
And Q approves...of course she loves, bananas, chocolate, applesauce and oatmeal...so why wouldn't she love them all smashed and baked into a cookie?!?!
She needed to eat her way to the present...but she DID get that ribbon off herself!
Union Square Station
Best Buy Mobile (that one's for you Tim!)
Scott and Beth were like, 'what's best buy mobile?' and I did not have an answer for them. What is Best Buy Mobile?
Sunny to dark and dreary in just a 30 minute subway ride!
And our experience at the MET
Saturday, November 15, 2008
On the way home we stopped at Nathans for hot dogs, chicken strips, and clam sandwiches. Yummy! Twice in one week...I'm becoming a big fan of this place. Unfortunately the fog and rain made it a yecky morning and we couldn't see the ocean, so we continued home to get the kids some naps.
We then headed to FAO on 5th Ave and Mike met us there after work. We then headed to what we thought was going to be a good BBQ dinner across town...to find out it was an hour wait. So we headed back uptown for Indian. I found out I like Indian food and curry! Q didn't appreciate it, though, at her morning feedings and pretty much refused to eat until about 9 this morning...when she got her cheerios, peaches, pears and bananas.
Today we headed to "Otto" an Italian restaurant owned by Mario Battalli (spelling probably awful) and it was AMAZING. We enjoyed a 2 hour lunch during a foggy, wanting to be rainy afternoon. When we got out of lunch the sun was shining and it was about 70 degrees. So we thought, hey, let's go to central park. by the time we got there, it was foggy and on the verge of darkness for the night. But we enjoyed it anyway for awhile and decided to hit up the MET for awhile. Well, Q and Ted both needed to be changed and fed. By the time that happened, we were all too tired to walk a museum so we headed home. Still no rain. We got home, and no lie, about 5 minutes later it started POURING! So, we made it the whole day relatively dry and warm! YAY!
It's been a great weekend so far. No stories too great or exciting. Lots of photos to search through...will try to post tomorrow. Teddy is ADORABLE. I can't believe babies stay under 12# for longer than a month (he's 3 1/2 months). And he's such a happy baby unless he's hungry or gassy...he's ADORABLE. He was awake most of the day and he loves the subway, people, and food so far! OH, and Eggo...kept his eyes on him for a few minutes today!
It'll be sad to see them go, but we have tomorrow yet...who knows!? Tomorrow will be cooler so we'll see if the kiddo's will cooperate as well as they have been so far. Like i said, I'll try to post photos in the morning. For now, I'm exhausted!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
She's loving watching this on play back. Bet all your kiddos will enjoy it too!!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Anyone have suggestions as to what to do with her crazy hair? It needs a cut but I can't bring myself to pay $20 for it! She's getting as adorable as ever. When she puts paper in her mouth...she'll look at you and smile. If you say "yeck" or "ick" she'll take it out and hand it to you (thanks to Grandma Judy!!!). If you don't catch her, it goes down the hatch. She shares her sucker and cheerios if you ask nicely and open your mouth. She's still a ham for the camera...but won't hold 'poses' very long. She was riding her walker toy (one seen here) like a scooter yesterday zooming across the floor with both hands on the seat, one foot on the bumper and the other foot was pushing her along....it was awesome! She's still not sleeping through the night. And she definitely has some Irish temper in her...the fits she can throw when she's not getting what she wants....earplugs wouldn't help! I guess at this point I'm glad there are no downstairs neighbors to 'worry' about as she drops herself to the floor in fits of temper more times a day than I can count. Aunt Mary Kay bought her a new toy ball that sings and rolls (v-tech wonders) for her birthday and she LOVES it...I have photos I'll have to post later. It also says "bye bye" when you leave it alone for awhile and she'll clap and wave when it says "bye bye".
She's growing up so fast!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'm trying to decide if I need a footstool too. I think I'd rather have a nursing stool than an ottoman. I can get a nice chair with no ottoman...or get a little less quality of chair with the ottoman.
I can see the ottoman being a play toy for Q more than a nice footrest for me...which means pinched fingers to come! :-) And I can't see it being helpful for the few months (hopefully) of breastfeeding I have left. Whereas the nursing footstool...could still come in handy for that purpose....
Suggestions? What do you have?
Grandpa Chuck was getting to spend his birthday at his son's wedding (Happy Birthday Grandpa Chuck!!!).
Dannie and I would soon be headed to church to change into our dresses and wait for the photographer to arrive. We sat there for awhile and we signed the marriage certificate (yep, it was all signed and official before we said our vows!!). When the photographer arrived, the flowers were on their way yet, along with the rest of the wedding party. So, we got many the photos of me and Dannie and my family in the "ready to go" room behind church.
I was still nervous. Twitching, pacing...I get that way. However, once the music started, after my Dad and I started down the aisle again (forgot I was getting a different song than the wedding party and we walked early!!), all those nerves and jitters vanished. I saw Mike up at the alter and the smile was plastered onto my face for the rest of the day and night. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face if I tried. I was as happy as I had ever been and Mike and I were getting MARRIED!
My girls were wonderful and gorgeous in black,
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I also got a nice shot of some drunks walking down the street towards the game....
And NHL without a fight?! Especially in Jersey....
Then there was this cute couple who love the camera....
And no night of Grandma babysitting is complete without the sleeping shot! She had a death grib on that baby monitor! Q seemed to be a good girl for the night, but didn't drink much. I'm trying to kill time anticipating her waking up starving any minute...knowing me the key to sleeping through the night is by not nursing her at night!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
But they got to go to the Hello Deli and buy a diet dew from Rupert G!
I think it made Grandma Judy's trip out here so far! She's been having a great time so far . . . and even making it out the door relatively quickly in the morning.
They spend the entire day in NYC yesterday touring on a bus, visiting the Met, spending some time in Times Square and ending up at "Mama Mia" on Broadway...so they got home LATE and they were out the door around 9:30 again today. They're die hard tourists, I'll tell you what!
Tonight we're off to the Rockettes CHRISTMAS show, I know, but it should be a good time. Mike's going to stay home with Q, so I may try to head out earlier if she's cooperating. Although she is napping now which means that she will probably not be napping later. Overall, I'll need to get out by about 2:30.