Monday, November 17, 2008

Solid Foods

Has it really been so long since I've posted anything on here?? So sorry!

I made up some eggless meatloaf for dinner the other day, along with some oat biscuits. I got to thinking "Hmm, Alex might like some of this biscuit, there isn't anything in here he's allergic to" (that I know of, anyway!) so I broke him off a few pieces, and he loved it! I then decided to give him some of the meatloaf, since our doctor is wanting us to give him more protein/meats. He loved that, too. Twice I had a spoonful of mashed up sweet potatoes ready to go into his mouth, and he completely ignored the spoon and, instead, shoved more biscuit and meatloaf into his mouth. Ajay got a kick out of it, too, and decided to help feed his little brother. Here are a few pics of that nights mealtime.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Past

Ajay's Halloween costumes of the past....

Halloween 08 - Bumble Bee (more pictures in Trick or Treat post):

Halloween 07 - Cow

Halloween 06 - a "boookmark"

Halloween 05 - A pencil (hmm, looks familiar):

Trick or Treat!!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Lisa and Ellie came by this morning to give us a little peek of the lil gal in her costume. So I got the boys dressed in their costumes and we took a few pictures. Ellie is 3 months old today, and Alex is 9 months old today.

The little Sweet Pea, the Bumble Bee, and the Pencil, then all three together:

We grabbed dinner out tonight - turns out, at Chipotle, if you were wearing aluminum foil, you got a free burito! (from 6-10pm) I didn't know about it, but happened to be there right at 6. When it was my turn to order, I asked the girl behind the counter if I could have some foil, and she gave me some! I put it on my wrist like a bracelet, and I got my free food! Awesome! Anyhoo, these next shots were taken after we got back from picking up dinner, before putting Alex to bed. He didn't get to go Trick or Treating with us, but I don't think he minded. (I'm a piece of paper)

Ajay was SOOO excited to go Trick or Treating tonight! He kept asking all day if it was time to go yet. It was rather cute, tho... we passed a highly decorated house on the way home from Chipotle, and we told him we'd come back to that house later so he could go ToT'ing there. He informed us he couldn't go there, because he didn't know the people who lived there. Thank you Halloween Barney for making him aware of strange houses - and impressing upon him the need for flashlights. See? That big purple dinosaur is good for something! Ajay also insisted on carrying the flashlight (which matched his bee costume - yellow and black!) So he walked w/ the light, while I carried his treat bag (yellow!). Then when we got to a house, we said "let's trade" and he took his goodie bag, and I held the light. Here are some pics after we got back from ToT'ing. (Once we got back, he enjoyed helping Daddy pass out DumDums to the people who came to our house).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Alex is on the move

The lil guy is figuring out how to crawl. He made his first crawl-type movements while we were visiting Natalie. He was playing with his Godmommy, and I guess he just really wanted the toy she was rattling at him. Today he practiced some more, and I got it on video.

While we were visiting, Ajay and Parker had a go on Guitar Hero. Ajay also got to play baseball on the Wii, and Biju knocked me out playing Boxing. I think we'll have to get a Wii - its fab!

And while I'm in here, I wanna say congratulations to Elissa on the birth of lil baby Lola. She's precious!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pumpkin Painting

Time for more crafts! Ajay wanted to paint the pumpkin Biju bought for him, so out came the paints (not the washable kind, either! eeks!) The pictures speak for themselves.

I helped paint a little bit, too.

Then Ajay wanted a newspaper hat.

And here are a few of Alex. The sweet potatoes on his face match the color of his diaper!

Ah, and one more of Ajay, waiting for Lisa to pick him up and take him to the zoo - waiting with his car seat and his packed picnic lunch. Alex and I didn't go, because the poor lil guy just wasn't feeling well.

Back later with pictures from this weekends adventures!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Making Fingerpaints

Ajay had been asking for quite some time to do some fingerpainting. However, the storebought tubes we had had turned runny and weren't worth using. I had a few different recipes, and decided to try the flour route. The others called for clear dishsoap, which I didnt' have, or bar soap, like Ivory, which I didn't have. I'll give the recipe at the end of the photos.

Ajay helping to prepare the flour and other ingredients.

Playing with the measuring cup while the concoction cooks.

Adding the food coloring, tasting the food coloring, mixing the food coloring...

All the colors together

Enjoying the fruits of our labor

Here is the recipe. I'm going to try some other recipes after I pick up the necessary ingredients - I wasn't exactly thrilled with the way these turned out, but overall, they weren't that bad.

Homemade Finger Paint
2 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
2.5 c. cold water
2 c. boiling water
Food coloring

Mix 2 cups of flour with 2 teaspoons of salt. Add 2.5 cups cold water. Stir until smooth. Gradually add this mixture to 2 cups of boilng water. Boil until smooth and thick. Add food coloring, then stir until smooth.
***This recipe did not say to refrigerate, but I learned the hard way. Be sure to stick leftover paints in the fridge, and use, I'd say, within the week??

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A new post!?

Okay, I"m making myself write a quick post because it's been almost a month since I've put anything new on here. There are tons I want to write about, and when I take pictures, I think "this will go on the blog" and then I don't get around to it.
I have to say, I've been on the computer a lot less lately. Lisa got me sucked into Stephanie Meyers "Twilight" series. I read book 1 in a week and book 2 in a week, and am now on book 3. It should take me longer, as I'm trying to pace myself. I need to be sure I get other stuff done around the house, too! Besides, think of all the crafting stuff that is suffering as a result of my reading!
Whats that? You want to see something crafty? Okay. I'll post a pic of something I've done recently. I made a pair of pants for Alex out of an old turtleneck. I plan on taking the sleeves and making a pair for Ajay, too, but that means I need to put down the book (and not be on the computer). (Here is where I got the directions to make the pants) - instead of doing the elastic waist, tho, I used the neck of the turtleneck.

The fun thing about pants being so easy to make - I've made 2 for me!! Thats right, I've taken some nightgowns I had from India (I'm not really a nightgown kind of gal, give me pants anyday - er - night). I just followed the same premise, just in a larger size! They are super comfy. I've made two pair, and can't wait to make the third. I want to cut the sleeves off the nighties and sew them onto t-shirts, to make a matching pj set. I'll try to remember to take pics of the 3rd pair of pants in the making, to show you how it all works out.
Okay. Its late and I need to get to bed before Alex wakes up. I just wanted to add a little post to say I haven't forgotten this blog exists, and I will come back to post more. Afterall, Ajay and I made finger paints a couple weeks back, and I have to share pics of that!! Ciao for now!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cloth Diapers - Pinning vs. The Snappi

I let Alex go coverless a little while today. The kid went through 4 diapers in 1.5 hours! 2 fitteds, and 2 prefolds. I tried pinning the prefold, as I was afraid he would somehow get the snappi undone, which would allow the diaper to fall off. I, however, am not practiced in the art of pinning. I pricked myself pretty good w/ the pin, enough to get a drop of blood, and the diaper was left too gape-y. The next change, I went ahead and used the snappi, and it was so much better. Faster, tighter, and no, it didn't end up coming off somehow. I guess Alex is still too young to fiddle with it enough to make it come un-done. I took some photos to compare.


(Yes, I realize I need to let this one have a little sun time to get that stain out.)


BTW - I'm getting ready to sell my size small diapers, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, let me know and I'll talk w/ you about them!!