Sunday, June 27, 2010

Me and my two loves

I think that I am finally coming out of a fog of being a parent of a newborn. I am venturing out of the house more which requires a whole new logistics when you have a preschooler and a infant. I have to say it is a lot easier doing it with help than by myself. But I am learning and know that many mommas have done this before me. So I am encouraged that I will learn the tricks.

This past week Mickey has been going to swimming lessons and has completely enjoyed it. I can't post pictures because I am not allowed to take them until the last day of class. Do you know how difficult that has been for this photo taking momma? Extremely. But it allows for less distractions for my little girl so I will go along with it.

This morning while getting ready for church I asked my hubby to snap some pictures of me and the cuties. I am so glad that the did. I really liked how they turned out. He also got a picture of Nate smiling. I have been trying to get one of him and his cute little grin but I have missed it. So I was very happy to see that Jeff was able to get it done. So I thought I would share those with you.

Nate

Me and kiddos

Me and my 2 cuties
Photobucket

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Empanadas

One of my favorite things is my mom's homemade Empanadas. I just love them and they are always a treat. One my mission to learn these recipes and be able to make them for my own children. I asked my mom this week while she was visiting and helping me to show me how to make them. I am so glad that I did. So I thought I would share with you, you know in case you want to venture out and make these for yourselves. =0) Oh and Dave, this post is for you.

You will need 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Now in my mom's words add 2 big spoonfuls of crisco. What is a "big spoonful", the picture below will show you.

IMG_5406

If you are my mom you will mix up those ingredients with your hands. If you are me and your hands are older than you are and have arthritis in them, while I use a pastry cutter. You mix it until the mixture is kind of crumbly. Now get a cup of warm water. You will want to add the water slowly and mix it in until a big ball of dough is formed. I did not use the full cup of water but I can't give you an exact measurement as you will just need to add and see how it feels.

Now for the filling part of the recipe. You are going to want at least 5-8 apples. Not tart apples like you would use for apple pie so go for a Gala apple. (hope that is what they are called) or a red delicious. Peel them and grate them. Once you have that put them in a soup pan and add a little water to it and put it on the stove and turn to medium heat. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste (I think it was about a cup of water to 10 apples). You don't need to cook it long on the stove just enough to get everything to come together about 5-10 minutes (you don't want to make applesauce). It should look like this....

IMG_5408

You could also add some canned pumpkin to the mixture, again just add enough to taste and add some more sugar and cinnamon. The next step is to take a strainer and add your apples to it and strain out the juice. You don't want a wet mixture when you add it to your dough.

IMG_5409

Now take your dough and make a small ball and roll it out and place a spoonful of the filling into it. See below...

IMG_5410

Fold it in half and seal the sides crimping them together.

IMG_5411

IMG_5413

Or you can go to wal-mart and get the nifty little gadget that my mom brought me "empanada maker" that allows you to roll the dough out like you would do for cookies. Then cut it out like you would cut cookies out and then put the dough on the press and add filling and press and it is done. So much easier, but I didn't take pictures of that. This is "old school" like my mom would say.

After you get a cookie sheet full. Brush melted butter (or egg wash) on top and add cinnamon sugar mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown. Then eat and enjoy!

IMG_5416

They make a lot but sure are yummy. Hope you enjoy!

IMG_5422

Photobucket

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day, Jeff

daddy and mickey swimming

My children are blessed with a great father. Mickey is truly his princess and he is her prince charming. I think that if she had her way she would grow up and marry him. She is very attached to him and more so lately with all the changes in her life. I love that when he is on a business trip that he calls home before bedtime and talks just to her. Then there are those extra special times when she gets to see her daddy on the computer.

Nate already has his daddy wrapped around his little finger. Daddy loves on him, takes care of him, feeds him,and overall can't wait to get home and hold his little man. I see those two being two peas in a pod.

Today we went as a family swimming. Nate really slept through the whole event. But hey he was there. Yesterday, Mickey and Daddy went swimming and they just had to bring me back today to show off a bit. Mickey wanted Daddy to show off jumping on the diving board. Boy she was an excited little one when seeing her daddy jump!

Daddy was excited to show off his girl Mickey who was fearless in the water. They are both great water bugs. I just enjoy them both. All in all we had a great Father's day.

Jeff, we love you and appreciate all you do. We know that husband and father are the two most important jobs in your life and it shows. Thank you for your sacrifices you make for us. I very much appreciate the sleep you get me when you are home. Love you!!


IMG_5389

IMG_5390
Photobucket

Friday, June 18, 2010

JessicaSprague.com's 3rd birthday

Somehow I stumbled onto Jessica Sprague website and I am so glad that I did. I have been on a journey at her site. I started off with a free class that taught me some basic Photoshop Elements skills which I had been wanting to do for a long, long time. Then I took a couple of paid classes. One of which I made my first ever scrapbook and it was all about me. I enrolled in a class on photo restoration but I haven't finished it yet... something about giving birth to Nate sort of put that on hold for the moment. But the best thing about her classes is that I have access to all the materials and her lectures handy whenever I want to go back and refresh my brain or like in this case put on hold for a few weeks (months).

This weekend they are celebrating the 3rd birthday by doing a blog hop. I think that it is a great idea and you get to pick up some great freebies along the way. So I thought I would let you digital scrapbookers in on the secret and also those that want to get started know of a great place to get started at. Hope you head over there and check things out. And while you are there sign up for her next free class... I know that you will sure enjoy yourself. :)







Photobucket

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

I had a wonderful day with the best family, MINE! My dear hubby took over kid duty (like he does when he is home) and let me sleep in. How wonderful is that?? Even more wonderful when you realize that there is never a day when I am a morning person. So when I get any extra sleep in the morning it is the greatest gift ever!

Mickey and Daddy picked up my cake today from a local bakery. YUM!

bday cake

This was a marble cake and Mickey thought that they were going to put a marble on top. We put candles on it and Mickey helped me blow out the candles, because you know that she is the best candle blower outer that there is.

We ate at Olive Garden which was yummy. They just opened in my town and I am very happy about that. This is actually my second time to go since my dear friend, Sarah, took me there on Saturday. We had some kid free, adult girl time. But today was my family and it was so nice. Mickey introduced herself to everyone.

We came home and I opened up my gifts a GPS and popcorn maker. Now I can eat popcorn that I don't burn on the stove... and I won't get lost when I am taking the kids to whatever activity we go on. Yay! Mickey also gave me a treasure. She wrote her name on a birthday card that she picked out. Now that is a treasure.

All in all my day was great. It was low key but really, that is just what I wanted and needed at this time in my life. What better way to spend your day than with your hubby and your two kiddos? I can't think of anything. I mean just look at these two cuties and spending my birthday with them being a family is the greatest gift ever. I am truly blessed with my life.

IMG_5261

IMG_5284

Photobucket

Friday, June 11, 2010

VBS

This week was the week of Vacation Bible School. Mickey enjoyed herself and looked forward to going everyday. It was fun to see her come home each day and to hear her stories and to hear the songs that she was learning through the week. She was sad today when she realized that tomorrow we would not be going back to VBS.

Mickey VBS

Mickey and teacher
Mickey with her teacher and her two kiddos

Tonight marked the first time that as parents we went to a "kid function". It was pretty neat to see our daughter up there showing us what she has been learning. She was very proud and very much the performer. I have uploaded the two songs performed. At the end of the first one you can see her enjoying the applause. On the second one you will see her do her dramatic finish. Silly girl. Hope you enjoy. And, yes, that is my kid that is turning in circles on stage.





Photobucket

One Month

I can't believe that on Tuesday, Nate turned 1 month. How did that happen? We went to his one month appointment to get him all checked out and he is doing fine. He now weighs 11 lbs and is 22 1/4 inches long.

one month

Nate is a calm baby who loves to sleep. But I have to make sure it is not too quiet or he will wake up. For him to sleep well, we need a healthy dose of Mickey noise. I was amazed one day that I put him in his crib and it was quiet. Guess what he kept waking up. I then moved him to the living room, where Mickey is singing at the top of her lungs. Nate slept really well. Go figure!

Nate is finding his voice and will let himself be heard when he is uncomfortable or is tired or hungry. Funny though his voice is not as loud as Mickey's was. His biggest struggle lately is waking up. It takes him awhile to really wake up. He just struggles and would rather stay asleep but hunger is waking him. He is just a cutie and the whole family has fallen for him. I think that he is a keeper, don't you??

Photobucket

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Prince has arrived

Children have vivid imaginations and with that they create friends that will often join them on their journey. I think that I was a little unusual as I had a whole family. I had an imaginary mom, dad and little girl. They were not a friendly family, I got a long real well with the little girl not so much with the parents. I would randomly tell people that "My mom didn't like them".... meaning imaginary mom but these poor people that I told this did not know I had a whole imaginary family. My poor real mom had a lot of explaining to do.

Yesterday, Mickey was telling me that she needed to get ready for her prince because he was going to come and take her to the ball. I smiled and told her she looked pretty as she tried on all her pretty princess dresses. Then sometime in the evening before we went to bed the prince arrived. I didn't know he was here until she told me that the prince was here and they were going to the ball. She danced in the living room (where the ball was). Then it was time to get ready for bed and what did I find?? Prince was staying the night. I had to brush his teeth and they both put on their pajamas. She told me that prince and her (her named changed to Cinderella) were the same age, four. And when they grew up they were going to get married. Oh and I was the Queen and the King was out of town on business.

This morning we woke up and Mickey told me that Prince was still here. We all ate breakfast together. They got dressed up again and he has been hanging out all day. Somehow, I think that it he is going to be staying for a little while. It is too cute as she makes room for him and asks for things for him. Right now, she is satisfied if I give her pretend things for Prince, but I think that is going to be short lived before she requires real things for her friend.

I guess I should be happy that it is one friend and not a whole house full, right?

IMG_5191
What she wore in preparation for the Prince to come

IMG_5201
Dancing with Prince in her Pj's

IMG_5205
Prince and Mickey sharing a chair for WonderPets
IMG_2678
Dancing this morning in her dress
IMG_2682
Mickey's dramatic end to her dance
IMG_2683
Waiting for momma to tell her & Prince a story

IMG_5195
Nate sleeping through it all



Photobucket