Tuesday, March 31, 2009
His words now include: ball (bah), mama, dada, dog (doh), bye bye, row (whow) and whoa. He uses the word "whoa" a lot and always in the right context (like if he pushes his car & it goes really far, his eyes get wide and he says "whooooa!!") I'm pretty sure he's saying "nana" for banana, but it's not all the time yet. He does know exactly what a banana is and will run to them an point if you even say the word!
We had a nice weekend visiting the fam....my mom turned the Big 5-0 last week, so we celebrated her birthday with dinner and cake. Happy Birthday Mom! :) (If you see my mom, tell her she looks more like my sister than my mom, it'll make her day!)
We had great weather on Saturday, so we were able to play outside for a bit...Jake enjoyed roaming the yard & getting to use the swing that's at GG & Pappy's house.
Gracie got a haircut...she was looong overdue and was quite the shagmuffin. Here she is, Extreme Makeover: Gracie Edition.
We were also able to visit our friends Jenn and Tim, who live in Washpa now as well. Jake spent the majority of the time terrorizing Jenn's dog, Noah.
While the weekend was fun, this upcoming weekend we have a lot on our to-do list trying to get started spring cleaning!!
This is our favorite recipe so far:
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 cup ranch dressing
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 oz Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1 cup shredded mozz cheese
1 16 inch pizza crust
-Preheat oven to 425
-In a medium bowl, combine the cooked chicken, melted butter and hot sauce; mix well.
-Spread ranch dressing over pizza crust, then top with chicken and shredded cheese.
-Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly (about 5-10 minutes)
*A funny note about this recipe, it was the first time Jake has had Frank's Red Hot (we need to get him ready for the upcoming Buffalo Chicken Dip season!) and the kid couldn't get enough! He shoveled it into his mouth so fast, even though you could tell it was hot for him, he was drooling everywhere (more than usual) but loved it!
This week's recipe: Margherita Pizza-YUM!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Mom: So Kelly was talking this morning about her dogs and they did the funniest thing....
Me: (running through my mom's list of friends & not coming up with a Kelly) wait, mom...who is Kelly?
Mom: um...you know. Kelly Frey....on Channel 4.
Back to the story...Jake's school had a "Spring Fling" event tonight that showcased their artwork from the past few weeks, had a bake sale, etc...and promised a Book Reading by a local celebrity. We were hoping for maybe a Steeler, but I must say, I was pretty excited to see Mike Clark since I knew my mom was such a fan. Much to Brian's dismay, I marched up to him after the book reading, introduced myself and asked if he would mind posing for a picture with Jake. I'm happy to report that he was more than happy to do this, had Jake slap him high five then asked if he could hold him....he wasn't even fazed when I told him Jake might rub snot and drool all over his nice suit :)
I thrust my kid into the arms of a stranger, look of terror on his face, while I dug around for my camera. It's not the best picture, but I was bound & determined to get the shot:
"MOOOOOOOOOM!! I don't care who this man is & how much G.G. loves him, get me away from him!!"
Overall, a successful night. I managed to get the picture to show my mom & get Brian out of there before he started quoting parts of the "Anchorman" movie. I could tell he was just dying to start saying things like, "I look good...I mean realllllly good." I am proud that he managed to control himself, very impressive.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Then came high school...and the required reading lists of books. Sure, we had to read some stuff in middle school, but I don't remember it being quite as much as high school. There were times that I resented having to read some of the stuff....like I said, I liked to read, so the required reading sometimes interfered with my personal reading choices! But in hindsight, I am happy and grateful to have read so many books in school. There were some that I didn't care for (The Good Earth) and others that I have read over again as an adult and still love (To Kill a Mockingbird).I've heard a lot of people say that you don't get anything out of high school english class, it was a waste of time, they learned nothing, etc....but I disagree. If anything, I think it helped to continue my love affair with books and introduced me to some that I would have never picked up on my own, but ended up loving after having to read them for class.
All of that being said, fellow bloggers should consider yourself tagged...I want to see a post with your favorite books of the past! Childhood, tweens, required reading....whatever you want to include.I listed some of my favorites above already, but other faves include (in approximate chronological order and I'm stopping at the end of HS):
-Sideway Stories from Wayside School
-Harriet The Spy
-Nancy Drew series-Trixie Belden series
-The Secret Garden-The Pigman
-Flowers for Algernon
-The Diary of Anne Frank-Romeo and Juliet (if anyone from my HS is reading this, do you remember having to act this out in Mr. Perry's 9th grade english class???)
-Their Eyes Were Watching God-Wuthering Heights
-Catcher in the Rye-To Kill a Mockingbird
That's all I can think of off the top of my head and I'm sure I'm forgetting some good ones...so be sure to include them in your list :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Monday, March 2, 2009
*He says dog, which sounds like "doh" but we know what he means.
*He likes to climb onto and into EVERYTHING (ok, so he didn't actually crawl into the hamper himself, but it's a cute pic)
*His new favorite food is lasagna...he ate the same size piece as Brian the other night (and if you've ever seen Brian eat, his portions are not small!) then he was still eying up our plates.
*He knows what a truck is and will bring you one (or two, or three, or four) if you ask him.
*He can feed himself with a spoon if you fill it up and hand it to him, he almost always gets it in his mouth...he tries really hard to scoop up another bite out of the bowl, but doesn't quite have the scooping motion down yet.