Thursday, 20 December 2012

highchair and corn dogs.

Two completely unrelated things, but the former enabled me to do the latter... kind of.
We opened the big box that was under beside our little tree since it was a practical gift.
The Boon highchair - I'd say she approves.
So she happily ate played with Sophie for a little bit while I made corn dog muffins
for a potluck Christmas party.
You may or may not know that my artery-clogging-guilty-addiction is corn dogs (& funnel cake).
I will without a doubt get one if I see it at the carnival, amusement park, restaurant... really anywhere, but I draw the line at making deep-fried-dough-covered-hotdog-on-a-stick at home.
So the "healthier" alternative were these muffins.
I used a corn bread recipe and added hotdogs (all natural).
And cheese.
Cause cheese is delicious on everything.
And jalapeƱos in a few of them as well.
Ok, who am I kidding (especially not myself...) they are definitely not as delicious as the real thing, but they were pretty good.
Even if they came out a little bit dry because a certain supervisor decided that she did not want to supervise anymore, and was demanding that she be entertained.
Ketchup is mandatory. 

Friday, 14 December 2012

holly jolly.

Our big little girl (as confirmed by the paediatrician once again at her 6 month visit), sitting on top of her very big gift, beside out little tree.
More interested in Santa though.
Happy weekend! 
Hope you're done your holiday shopping.  The mall is a scary place right now...
We finished our Christmas shopping in an extremely timely fashion this year. 
(thank you internet)

Since becoming a parent, tragedies involving children have become infinitely more emotional. 
Tonight, I am indescribably thankful as we hug our healthy happy girl extra tightly, and put her 
safely to sleep in her bed.
My thoughts are with the community of Newtown CT.

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment.  We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear"
~Nelson Mandela~

Saturday, 8 December 2012

the fifth.

And just like that, she is 6 months old.
The craziest
most exhausting
most sleep deprived
most exciting
6 months of our life.
Sitting like a big lady.
Mama likes that big fluffy butt and she cannot lie.
Roll on to tummy.
Hang out there until I get tired.
Yell at mama to fix the situation (cause I don't quite know how to roll on to my back).
Roll right back on to tummy.
*repeat all day
Pretty soon she's going to be crawling and we're going to have to Bean proof everything.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

such is life.

Trying to fix Bean's sleep schedule,
missing my mama's cooking,
keeping SP quarantined due to some unknown stomach bug,
and running on 3-4hrs sleep/night.
Yup, back to reality and our family of three.
Three weeks with jiji and baba went by too fast and Bean learned a lot of new "tricks" while we were away.
Rolling over (occasionally if she feels like it).
Sitting by herself and loving it (even though she slowly starts to topple forward - that big head of hers,
full of brains).
A new high pitched giggle that doesn't come out very often, but we all go crazy over it when it does.
And generally a lot more chatty.

Some highlights from the fun times.
Learning to roll over with jiji.
Doesn't always work though.
Trying out the exersaucer.
"Whatcha doin' in that little thing papa...?"
Sitting like a big lady.
Filling papa in on all of the fun things she'd been up to.
Being musical with baba.
(just realized that she's in the same jammies in all of the pictures expect for the last - she wore more than 2 pjs... in fact, half of the large suitcase coming home was filled with her new clothes)

And then she flew home like a champ.

Monday, 19 November 2012


What the heck is a Matryoshka...?
 What the...?
 Ok, so there's two?
So three then...
H.O.L.Y. Crap.
 I don't trust these guys.

I know you won't laugh at this for the next 3 days like I did,
but hopefully you'll get a little chuckle out of it on your Monday morning.

Friday, 16 November 2012

hello from out west.

Yes, I have been slacking off.
Bean and I left poor papa to work and flew out west to see jiji & baba.
Being fed by your mama is a glorious thing,  no matter how old you are,
even when you've become a mama yourself.
Kudos to my girl for being so good during the flight, even though we were stuck on the sold out plane for an extra hour (totalling about 7 hours in that tiny seat).  Thank you Edmonton for all that snow/ice.
A small kudos to myself for fitting everything into one carryon and managing to hold/feed Bean without exposing a nipp to the large dude (2 large dudes) sitting next to us.  
Oh, and for managing to change diapers in the ridiculously small airplane bathroom without any accidents.  We barely fit.  Seriously.  I can't imagine being in there when she gets any bigger.  
*lip sweat*

Bean is getting so much attention and hugs from the grans, we may be in trouble when we go back home and she realizes that mama has to do more than just play and hold her all day...
We'll just enjoy it for now though.

Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, 5 November 2012

gettin' mah craft on.

I've wanted to put Bean's name up on her bedroom wall for a while, 
but haven't been able to find anything that I liked.
So I decided to make it.
I bought plain wooden letters from the craft store, and painted the sides with acrylic paint.
The first picture was after one coat - I did two.
And yes, the cookie was a necessary part of the process.
I traced the letters on scrapbook paper and cut them out with an exacto knife.  
One letter I did in green as an accent colour, the rest I used two different patterns and made them into stripes (hello I have a stripes addiction).  I tore the sheets by hand because I didn't want it to look too "clean", and glued the strips back into the stripe pattern before tracing/cutting.
And then good ol' Mod Podge.
A little Mod Podge on the letter and two coats on top.
Et voila.

I have too many things that I want to make and not enough time...
I also wish I had a sewing machine... and a serger... a glue gun... a staple gun...
None of which I have room for in the house but that's neither here nor there.

In other news, the lady is 5 months today.
**insert cliche rant about how she's growing up too quickly**

Thursday, 1 November 2012

embrace the camera.

Yup, it's Thursday.
To celebrate our 2nd anniversary and our family of 3, 
we had some pictures taken by the lovely Camilla who also did our wedding photos.
It was nice to be in front of the camera for a change. 
(looking clean, presentable, and NOT in sweatpants...) 
Lady was totally not in the mood to smile and was putting on her best 
"serious/occasionally pouty model face". 
 She was cute anyway.
Okay, I think you've been subjected to enough family cheesiness for one day.

**Photos by the fabulous Camilla Pucholt