Friday, March 26, 2010

Crazy

It has been a bit of a nutty week around here. Nutty but fun. We've been busier than usual which is actually nice. I just can't believe that there are only 10 days until my "Blog Event." When I put the countdown up there I thought it was so far away and now it is nearly here. I am excited!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day



I finally had a good reason to make these:



The inside:



I used the recipe for Whipped Cream, Cream Cheese Frosting from AllRecipes. It was exactly what I wanted; light and fluffy and not too sugary. I was thinking-wouldn't these be fun with black and orange for Lu's birthday? I always have Halloween on the brain. Where can I get black food coloring?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Slow down...I'm not ready



...is exactly what I want to say to Lucy.

Today, during Lucy's nap, I was doing my afternoon exercise routine. I heard her door make a sound and immediately my adrenaline started pumping. I screamed in my head, "please let that be the wind!" Sadly, it was not. Lucy waltzed out of her room and proclaimed, "Momma, I'm awake!" I was stupefied. So, I did what any mother with her priorities straight would do: I made her lay on the couch watching Nemo, while I finished my workout.

After dinner we converted the crib to a toddler bed and as it got closer to bedtime I become more and more anxious. We went through her normal routine, put her in bed and she stayed...for a little while. She's only come out once, but I'm interested to see how this will work in the morning, at nap time, (if there still is a nap time) and bedtime tomorrow.

I've been thinking about my readiness as a mom lately. When Lucy was a newborn and I was feverishly studying, What to Expect the First Year, I knew exactly what milestones were next and couldn't wait to help Lucy achieve them, smiling, rolling, blocks, etc. Now, I am doing the reverse; I need a pause button. I was reading an article on Potty Training and it mentioned parent's readiness...I realized, Lucy shows all the signs of being ready but I am the one who is freaked out. I have a suspicion that this is just going to keep happening. Lucy will be ready for new things and I'll be clinging to the vestiges of her baby blankets. Oh, Lucy...stay little.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rocky Road Fudge

I made this Rocky Road Fudge for my Young Women.
If you love marshmallows like I do, this recipe is a must.



Ingredients:

1 Bag Chocolate Chips (I used milk)
1 can sweetened and condensed milk
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (could use other kinds of nuts that's just what I had)
3 cups mini-marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

line a 2-quart, oblong baking dish with aluminum foil. Apply non-stick cooking spray.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir, then microwave an additional 10 seconds at a time until the mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Fold in nuts and marshmallows. Pour into prepared pan, refridgerate until hardened. Remove fudge and foil from pan, turn upside down on clean surface, peel off foil and cut into desired amount.

Oh, and I got some photography tips from this funny, crafty lady...just look at the difference:


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kids Toys

Cover of "Players in Pigtails"Cover of Players in Pigtails

Why is it that a lot of kids toys resemble real-life objects having to do with, what us adults would call, chores? Yesterday, Lucy and I were out for a walk and a little boy was playing in his yard with a toy leaf-blower. Seriously? A toy leaf-blower? He was using it correctly, pretending to clean up the yard. What satisfaction can come from that? I have been thinking about it for a while, how girls get kitchens and boys get tool benches...a part of me thinks, "well, it'll be good practice I guess," but another part of me is disgusted. Can't we just let kids be kids? Lucy does have a kitchen and a little baking set and dolls with a doll bed and stroller-which she loves, I'm not raising a feminist here, (I don't think) but I do want her to know she can do whatever she chooses and there'll be no judgment from me. It warms my heart that she loves to play catch and Bakugan and blocks over frosting cookies...I guess I feel like she has plenty of time to figure all that out---just be a kid and fly with the Tinker fairies.

On Monday we went to the library and I got a book out called, "Players in Pigtails," by Shana Corey. It's a children's story about Katie Casey, a girl who played for the AAGPBL (think "A League of Their Own,"). I was reading in the car to Lucy and I was getting choked up. It was a beautiful story about empowerment and overcoming stereotypes.

"There were farm girls and city girls, tall girls and short girls, girls from far away and girls from down the block. But no matter what they looked like or where they came from, they all had one thing in common. They all loved Baseball. Katie had never felt so at home."

So, last night Tony came to bed late because he was up playing video games with his brother. I asked him which game they were playing and he said something about being a sniper and then running to hide. It sounded a lot like games little boys might play as a kid. I thought it was so funny that as kids, we're given these "toys," to teach us what our roles should be and then we go to school and get a job, etc., and then in our free time-we just want to be kids again.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Guy's Groupies



Grammi, Lulu and I went to see Guy Louis and Gemini at the Penn.

It was awesome.

My obsession with this children's singer is bordering on unhealthy.


Friday, March 05, 2010

2010 Mom Awards



Rave reviews:

"Four stars to the amazing ensemble cast."

"Amazing food, great laughs, a feel-good kind of evening."

"Best Mom Awards of 2010."

"Moms light up the night."

"The Moms make you laugh and cry at the same time."

"Some of the year's best performances."

Thank you to everyone for making it such a fun night.


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Padawan

I think I've mentioned how my little girl is very well rounded. When it comes to play time activities she is undiscriminating; she will play dolls, kitchen, princess, blocks, army guys, bakugan, anything. I wholly attribute this to her cousins with whom she desperately tries to keep up. So, why should I be surprised at the following conversation between father and daughter:

(Lucy crying in bed in the middle of the night)


Dad: Lucy what's wrong?

Lucy: There's Monsters gonna get me.

Dad: You're going to be okay, right?

Lucy: Yeah, I shoot 'em. I got a lightsaver (saber).

Monday, March 01, 2010

Some happy thoughts

Sun CatcherImage by ecstaticist via Flickr

It was sunny today for the first time in recent memory. I loved it. I opened the windows and welcomed some fresh air. It really helped clear my head and soul. And-Google acquired Picnik! Two of my favorite things coming together-I can't wait to see what changes they make.
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