(Raegan must be in league with me on my Turn-The-TV-Off-Already-And-Do-Something-Outside campaign. lol)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I wish I could have gotten the very first time she got out of the chair on video, because she wasn't really sure what to do and basically face planted on the floor. She was not too happy about that one, let me tell you. :)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Raegan has taken a few more steps since Monday, but she's a smart girl and very aware that crawling gets her where she wants to be a lot faster still. There have been several times that she has let go of what she's been holding onto, taken a step or two, then dropped down sloooowly to the ground to take off crawling. When she gets in a couple steps she starts giggling like crazy, like she's saying, "Holy crap, holy crap, I'm doing this." She's getting a lot better at standing on her own, because I see her standing up against furniture without holding onto it, and standing alone for a couple seconds without dropping.
Raegan has gotten into a bad habit of waking up around 4:00 every morning this week. She's none too pleased when I change her diaper and put her back in her crib, but we're not going backwards to nursing in the middle of the night again. Hopefully she'll break this soon and we can go back to full nights of sleep.
Today while her and I were coming home from the store I had to pull over because she had pulled one arm completely out of her carseat strap. I put her all back together then got back in and took off. Raegan assumed I was letting her out, and she was none too pleased with me. She would say, "Mama" then growl (and not her growl to be funny - her angry growl!) She was making it pretty clear what she thought of me! lol
Zane is doing a great job of getting himself up and moving every morning before school. He doesn't poke around hardly at all anymore, which is good, because now that I have to get myself and Raegan both ready I don't have time to prod him anymore. I guess he makes up for it by poking around when it comes time to do his homework after school! And he may not be a fan of practicing his trumpet, but he sure is getting really good at it. Next month we start doing fundraisers for his high school field trip to Disney World (assuming he stays in band that long). The director said the trip is very pricey and even 6th graders should think about participating in fundraisers, so we'll be selling cookie dough, etc. next month.
I have only a few pictures to share. See above where I talk about being so busy. :)
Monday, September 20, 2010
This mama may or may not have cried for just a second, because my baby is not a baby anymore.
What a wonderful Monday this turned out to be!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Oh my gosh, I LOVE swinging!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
yields 30 cupcakes
Graham Cracker Crust
1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 - 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. cocoa
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 c. milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. boiling water
Marshmallow frosting (see recipe below)
Finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
-Heat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with paper cups.
-Combine 1/4 c. sugar, graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in small bowl.
-Spoon 1 T. of crumb mixture into the bottom of paper cups. Press crumbs firmly. Save remaining crumbs for top of cupcakes.
-Top crumb mixture with several chocolate chips.
-Bake crumb mixture for about five minutes, or until edges are firm. Set aside.
-In large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
-In another bowl, combine eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir until well blended.
-Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix on medium speed with electric beaters for about 2 minutes.
-Stir in boiling water. The batter will be very thin. (Like ridiculously thin - you're going to think you've done something wrong because no cake mix is ever this thin. But it's okay, trust me!)
-Fill prepared muffin cups about 3/4 full (about 1/4 c. of batter).
-Bake for 22-25 minutes. Cool completely.
yields enough for 30 cupcakes
2 1/4 c. marshmallow creme (about 8 oz) - this sucks, because most marshmallow cremes come in 7 oz containers. True fact.
1/2 c. shortening
1/4 c. water
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
-Cream together shortening and marshmallow creme.
-Beat in about half the water, followed by half the powdered sugar.
-Add the remaining powdered sugar and enough water to bring frosting to a smooth, spreadable consistency.
Assembling the cupcakes
1. Spoon a small amount of frosting onto the center of the cupcake and spread towards the edges with a knife. This frosting is very soft and will run down the edges of the cupcake if you use too much.
2. Sprinkle frosted cupcakes with graham cracker crumbs and chocolate sprinkles.
3. (This is my own addition) Warm in microwave for a few seconds before you eat. Mmmmmm......
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Another new skill that Raegan has picked up in the last few weeks is nodding. Sometimes, it seems like she's actually agreeing with what you say. She also nods a lot during meals, kind of like to say, "Oh yeah, this is good stuff!"
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tooth #7 is slowly making it's way in on the bottom, second to the left. You can see the white bud right now, but I would expect it to poke through soon. I wondered if Raegan wasn't going to have another one come through soon by the way she was chewing on her finger all weekend.
Raegan adores peek-a-boo. First I cover myself with the blanket and she pulls it off, then I cover her and I pull it off. After doing it a couple times, she will put the blanket up against her own face after she pulls it off me, like she's telling me it's her turn. And she'll get real still and just giggle while she's waiting for me to pull the blanket off her. We did it for a good five minutes tonight, and it's just so much fun!
Yesterday was a horrendous day at work. Since this is a public blog, I can't really say anything, but trust me that it sucked. After we got home Zane was doing his homework and Raegan was sitting in her high chair eating a snack. I kind of leaned my face against the tray of her chair and she started feeding me some of her puffs. Not my favorite food by far, but she thought it was hilarious and who can resist that? Then we went out on the deck and played with the water table for awhile and played on the trampoline. Definitely a much better way to end the day.
Zane had his first playing test in band last Friday. They have to individually play a piece that the whole band has been practicing. In front of the director and the whole band. Yikes! Zane brought home his scoring sheet today, and he got a 100%! Awesome!!! He also got progress reports for three of his classes today, and he has A's in all three of them. He has a 99.14 in social studies. Good grief! :) But then on the other hand, he has a bunch of assignments missing in art because he failed to tell us he needs a specific type of folder to turn things in with. Sometimes, that boy....
Monday, September 6, 2010
Since you probably can't read it very well, here's what it says:
Saturday, September 4, 2010
She gets a big kick out of drinking out of that cup and crawling around with it in her teeth so it covers her face. That's what she's laughing about in both videos. Goofy girl!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Zane is doing really well in middle school so far. We were kind of worried because of his huge lack of organizational skills, but he seems to be doing well so far. He's only had one late assignment in the last three weeks, which is excellent for him. I took a peek at his grades online and as of yesterday he has all A's! He's never had a problem with understanding the material, it's just remembering to get everything done and turned in.
Soccer practices started this evening. We're doing something new this season since Zane is too old for YMCA sports. He's going to play on a middle school (6th, 7th and 8th combined) team through Parks and Rec. Luke said there's only a couple other 6th graders on the team, but I figure that will be good for Zane. Apparently there was a kid at the skills assessment last week who was over 6 foot tall. How do kids get to be that tall when they're in middle school? Jeez.
Zane has finally decided he wants a haircut. All I can say is thank the good Lord Almighty. He needed one about 2 months ago. :)
Raegan has slept through the night for almost two weeks now. She usually wakes up between 5:30 and 6:30 every morning. If it's closer to 5:30 I put her back down after she nurses and get her up around 7:00 to get dressed and walk out the door. I don't know if she was just really tired from her birthday party this weekend or if she's really playing hard at child care, but she's been in bed before 8:00 every night this week.
I'm slowly starting the weaning process. I've taken out the nursing in the late afternoon after we get home by giving her another snack as soon as we walk in the door. Today she ate a 4 ounce container of strawberry yogurt in one setting. And still ate a good supper. Next week I'm going to have Angela stop one of her bottles during the day. Slow and steady....
Raegan is a climbing machine! Today she climbed up on top of her Little Mermaid push toy and proceeded to climb up onto the couch. It seems to me like she can probably take off walking any time she chooses to. I think she's still just a little nervous about letting go. :)
We've been enjoying the much nicer weather. Last night we put the water table out on the deck and played in it for awhile. Tonight we went on a long walk. I hope that fall is here to stay! I can't wait to take the kids to the pumpkin patch next month! Fall is seriously my favorite season.
Well, that's about all in our neck of the woods for now.