Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Crabby Sandwich

Cute mealtime ideas are easy to find in blog world.  But with Trenton being such a picky eater, I usually don’t make any of them.  Why waste my time and money on something that he won’t even try?

Then I found this cute crabby sandwich at Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons.


This was right up my picky eater’s alley!  It’s a PB&J (with the jelly on the outside), apples, marshmallows (the only part he didn’t eat), and raisins.  He loved it!

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* It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow
* Fun For Kids Friday @ Smile Monsters
* Freestyle Friday @ Happy Hour Projects
* Made By Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction

Friday, July 29, 2011

Down on the Farm

The kids and I traveled down to Virginia Beach this morning to meet some friends at Hunt Club Farm.

My little man was ready for morning feeding rounds!

Hunt Club Farm; petting zoo; Virginia Beach

And so were the goats!


Until Trenton got scared and dropped the bucket of feed!  Some chickens flew the coop and took care of cleaning it up.

Since we didn’t have anything to feed the goats, we went inside their pen to play with them.  Trenton didn’t really want to touch them, but Charlotte was super excited!


Apparently the attention of a sweet little girl doesn’t compare to the smell of more food!


Charlotte took the break from the goats to pose for a couple of pictures.


I love this next picture but hate the fact that Charlotte isn’t in focus.  Grrr…


After we were finished loving on the goats, we went to visit the chickens.  Again, Trenton was not interested.  I was trying to keep up with Charlotte climbing in and out of the coop and Trenton drawing in the dirt, so I didn’t get any good chicken pictures.

Although Trenton hadn’t been too excited about any animals up to this point, he was excited about operating an excavator!


After digging a big hole, we spent some time on the playground.

Then it was off to ride ponies!  Trenton walked right up to Little Joe, the pony that he was going to ride, and said “Neigh Neigh!”  He then turned to me and said, “I talk to horse!”.  He was so excited and was sure that Little Joe knew what he was saying!  This was one animal that he was excited about, and he did a great job of holding on to the pony!


Before Trenton dismounted, I thought I would get a picture of both kids in the saddle.  Charlotte was okay until I let go of her.


Trenton went and played on the playground with his friends while I held on to Charlotte riding the pony.  After two laps, she was a little happier.


This wasn’t quite as much fun as the country living we did with Mimi and Pops, but this will hold us over until we go back to Texas again!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Patriotic Star Garland–On Display

Remember the patriotic star garland that we made using our salad spinner?  Well if you don’t, click here.

Anyway, Jarrod finally got the garland in the mail (it takes mail a LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG time to get to a ship in the middle of the ocean/sea/wherever the heck they are), and sent me a picture of it hanging in his office!

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Jarrod got moved from being the Wardroom/Hotel Services Officer to being the Shipping/Receiving/Stock Control/HAZMAT Officer.  This was the first picture I had seen of his new office.  If I didn’t know it, I’d think he had an office on land somewhere, not a deployed aircraft carrier!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pizza Night

We had pizza night in the Smith house last Friday.  I bought a pizza crust and let the kids go to town topping it.  Trenton did a great job; Charlotte ate everything she was supposed to put on the pizza! 

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I was thinking about making this a weekly ritual in our house…until neither kid wanted to eat the finished product!  Oh well, maybe we’ll try it again in a few weeks with some different toppings. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Halfway There

Today is the halfway point through the terrible twos for this little man!


Trenton can be sweet, loving, funny, smart, and well-mannered, but he can also make me want to pull my hair out!  The thing I struggle most with is making him understand that he needs to SLOW DOWN!  He runs around chasing Charlotte and Bailey, speed drives his car through the house, and runs full speed pushing the dump truck, corn popper, or whatever else he can find.  I’ve tried everything I can think of to get him to slow down (including putting 25 pounds of weights in his car to weigh it down), but so far nothing has worked.  And tonight, Trenton was running around with the corn popper and ran into his sister, giving Charlotte her first busted lip.  Hopefully I can find something that will make him understand that he needs to slow down soon.

Trenton is definitely witty though.  This is what happened last night after I told him to go slower in his car.  Less than two minutes later, he was going speeding through the house again.  I called him over to where I was…

Me: Trenton, can you turn your listening ears on?
Trenton:  No ma’am.
Me:  Why not?
Trenton:  Batteries out.

Really?  I had to turn around so that he didn’t see me laugh!

Trenton has graduated from speech therapy!  When the therapist evaluated him last month, he was at a 3 year old level for his speech.  She found that he was behind in his gross motor skills though.  A physical therapist came out to visit about a week ago, and Trenton will be seeing her once a month.  Trenton “w sits” which has caused his hip muscles to weaken.  We are working on jumping, standing on one foot, and some other exercises and activities to strengthen Trenton’s hip muscles.  We are also having “boot camp” to correct his sitting.

On to potty training!  While we were back in Texas at my parents’ house, we worked really hard on getting Trenton potty trained.  It took a little while and a lot of work, but he is pretty well trained!  He has issues with #2 sometimes, and also still sleeps in pull ups, but otherwise rarely has an accident.  Jarrod told me that since I did so well training Trenton, I should get Charlotte trained too – before he gets home from deployment! 

Trenton is still a picky eater, but he has at least started trying a few new things here and there.  I think he could live off of cereal though.  He wakes up asking for “cereal in bowl of milk” and normally wants the same thing for both his morning and afternoon snack.  Oh well, cereal is healthier than candy at snack time, right?

I love this kiddo so much – even on the days when I think I may wind up more bald than his daddy!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blueberry Day

A cool front dropped temperatures into the 70s this morning (a nice change from the 110 heat index we had earlier this week), so we decided to take advantage of the nice weather while we could.  We drove up to Surry to pick blueberries at College Run Farms

Charlotte isn’t quite old enough to figure out the art of picking blueberries yet, but I gave Trenton a container, told him to only pick the blue ones, and let him go.

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And he (and his sister) tried to go all the way to the corn field!

Once I got the kids back a little closer to where I was, we got to work picking…and eating…

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After Trenton tried a few berries, I told him that the rest had to go in his container, and he could eat more after we got home and washed them off.

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I had given Charlotte a couple of blueberries to try.  Big mistake.  I looked over from where I was picking, and saw this:

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She is sticking a branch in her mouth to try to eat a cluster of not-yet-ripe blueberries straight off the plant!

While keeping a hawk eye on her, Trenton and I were able to pick about a quart of blueberries between the two of us.  I kept hearing Trenton say, “Only pick blue ones.” to himself over and over.  It did the trick because I didn’t have to throw out any of the ones that he picked!

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We had a great time picking blueberries this morning.  Trenton kept me laughing the whole time.  He can’t say blueberry correctly.  It comes out as “boobie.”  So this is some of what I heard this morning:

“I love boobies!”
”Mmmm, mmmm, good boobie!”
”Wow!  Mommy have lots of boobies!”
”I find big boobie!”
”Don’t squish boobie!”

I am so glad I’ll have this blog to look back on when he’s older so I can embarrass him!

We got home right around lunch time, so the kids had to have blueberries with their food.  After such an eventful morning, they took great naps and were ready to make a cake with their blueberries once they woke up.

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We made a blueberry lemon dump cake.  Only four ingredients and super easy to make!

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The kids loved that we were making something with the blueberries that they picked and camped out in front of the oven watching the cake bake.

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The cake finished baking just about the time the kids were finishing up their dinner, so they were excited to get to eat some of this gooey goodness.  So was Mommy!

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The cake was great!  The three of us ate almost half of it tonight!  Now we have to figure out what to make with the rest of our blueberries!

Blueberry Lemon Dump Cake

2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 pkg. lemon cake mix
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix blueberries and sugar together in 8x8 pan.

Pour dry cake mix over berries.

Cut butter into pieces and arrange on top of cake mix.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Want another delicious blueberry recipe?  Click HERE for my Blueberry Graham Pudding Dessert recipe.




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* High Paw – Show Us Your Best @ Best Toys for Toddlers
* Recipe Link Party @ Remodelaholic
* Made By Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Big Red Ice Cream

The weather was beautiful here today, but we got a pretty big rain last night (as we have most nights this week) and now have water standing in our backyard. 

Trenton saw the sun this morning and wanted to go outside.

“It’s too wet to play in the yard today,” I told him.

To which he replied…

“It NOT raining!”

Gotta love those two year olds!

I knew I had to figure out something to keep this little boy and his sister busy so that we wouldn’t all go crazy.  While they were both down for their afternoon naps, I got out everything I needed to make one of my favorite childhood sweet treats – Big Red Ice Cream.

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The recipe is extremely easy, and the kids had a blast making it.

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And their favorite part was getting to taste the ice cream straight out of the container!

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Big Red Ice Cream

6 12-oz. cans Big Red
2 14-oz. cans Sweetened Condensed Milk

Mix soda and sweetened condensed milk together and freeze in ice cream freezer.

How easy is that?  And super yummy!

This post is linked to:

* Recipe Link Party @ Remodelaholic
* Made By Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction
* Show and Tell #62 @ ABC and 123
* Fun for Kids Friday @ Smile Monster
* High Paw – Show Us Your Best @ Best Toys for Toddlers

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Moose on the Loose

My kids have a new favorite book: Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin.  We checked this book out at the library last week, and it was an instant hit.  Trenton asks me to read the book at least four times a day, and every time I finish reading it, Charlotte says, “Again!”. 

When I found a cute little moose snack at Disney Family Fun, I knew that I had to make one for the kids.

So yesterday while the kids were down for naps, I got to it.

My little moose turned out so cute!  Trenton was really excited about it.  Charlotte just wanted to read the book again!


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* Read. Explore. Learn @ JDaniel4’s Mom

Saturday, July 2, 2011

What a Day!

Wow!  What a day today has been!

Both kids slept pretty good, and we were up, full of breakfast food, and ready to get out the door to Wal-Mart by 8:30.  I thought this would be the hardest part of my day.  I don’t really like going to Wal-Mart on a normal day, but I was sure that lugging two kids with me on a busy Saturday morning was not going to turn out good.  I was pleasantly surprised though.  We beat the weekend crowd to Wal-Mart, and the kids were really good.

We got back home, got our loot unloaded, and the kids started playing with their toys.  While they were occupied, I decided to run upstairs to grab my laptop and bring it downstairs to catch up on email. 

That’s when the day took a turn for the worse.

I tripped coming down the stairs.  Crash!  The computer hit the floor.  Uh oh!

On the bright side, at least it was a computer I dropped and not a kid!

I brought the computer in the living room, opened it up, and powered it up.  It came on, but the screen was shattered. 

Best Buy here we come!

I bought the extended Geek Squad warranty when I purchased the computer, so I knew whatever was wrong with it should be covered.

I loaded the kids back up in the car, and we were off to Best Buy. 

Problem was, Best Buy wasn’t open yet.

Oh well, Once Upon a Child, one of my favorite stores is right across the street, and it was open. 

We killed a little time, and then headed back to Best Buy.  We got there right as they opened, so thankfully the Geek Squad line wasn’t long.  It still took over 30 minutes for me to get checked in to get the computer sent off to be fixed.  The tech said that as far as he could tell, the only issue was the shattered screen.  There could be more problems, but we wouldn’t know that until someone took a more thorough look at it.  I could expect to get my computer back in 3-6 weeks. 

I had the kids in a Geek Squad car shopping cart.  It kept them occupied for all of about 5 minutes.  Then they got sippy cups.  Then a magna doodle.  Then they managed to squirm out of the seat belts and try to climb out of the cart.  Ughhh!

I was very happy to be done with Best Buy for the day, but I needed something sweet (and a snack for the kids to keep them at least somewhat quiet on the drive home).  I thought about Starbucks, but it was far too hot for that.  There was a McDonald’s right around the corner, so I decided to get a chocolate shake for me and a chocolate chip cookie for the kids. 

I ordered our food, and I was informed that they were out of ice cream.  At 10:45 in the morning.  The kids got their cookie, and I was left without a milkshake.

Oh well, there’s a Chick-fil-A on the way home.  I like their milkshakes better than McDonald’s anyway.

I pull into Chick-fil-A pumped about a yummy oreo shake.

Dang it!  There is a line of at least eight cars!

Well, I’ll just have to order a margarita with lunch!

Our friend Keri was driving down from D.C. to go visit her son in North Carolina.  She was going to take a detour to come meet the kids and me for lunch.

After we get home, the kids are playing and being cute.  I go to grab my camera to snap some pictures. 

Crap!  The card isn’t in my camera.  I left it in the broken computer that I just dropped off at Best Buy!

I called Best Buy, and they found the card and told me they would hold on to it.  Looks like we’ll be making another trip to Best Buy sometime soon.

Keri calls around 11:15.  She is still 45 miles north of Richmond stuck in traffic.  Since she’s lost so much time in traffic, she is going to drive straight to see her son and will meet up with us on Tuesday on her way back to D.C.

I’m looking forward to seeing Keri on Tuesday, but man I was needing a margarita!

Next I go to grab our old backup laptop.  It is 5 1/2 years old and pretty slow, but it can make it through the next 3-6 weeks.

I open up the drawer where we keep it, and it’s not there.

Where could it be?

Jarrod uses it from time to time, so I ran upstairs to look in his dresser.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I pulled out my phone and emailed Jarrod.  (I had already emailed him telling him about the computer incident.)

“Where is the old laptop?  It’s not in the drawer where we normally keep it.  I looked in the bedroom too.  Where else could it be?  You don’t have your laptop PLUS the old laptop with you, do you?”

By now it was time for lunch.  I got the kids fed, and Charlotte had a blowout diaper while eating. 

Clean up on aisle 4!

FINALLY it was naptime!  I took Charlotte upstairs, and 30 minutes later, she was still crying. 

I bit the bullet and took Trenton upstairs, put him down, and went and grabbed Charlotte.  Charlotte and I came back downstairs to try to catch a nap on the couch.

We had been asleep about 20 minutes when my phone started vibrating.  I recognized the number as one that Jarrod calls from. 

{Whispering} “Hello.”
”Hi, Jenny.”
”Did you get my emails?”
”Yes, and I didn’t want to answer.  I have the old laptop.”
”What!!!” {A little too loud} “shhh, shhh, shhh”
”The CD/DVD drive on my laptop is broken, so I brought the old one along too so I could watch DVDs.”
”I see.” (Again Charlotte starts squirming.  Jarrod is getting off easy.)  “Just email me back.  I gotta go.  Bye.  I love you”
”Bye.  I love you too.  Sorry.”

Jarrod emails me back again apologizing for taking the backup laptop.

Now we do have a desktop, but the thing is really old (in computer age) and a pretty big pain in the butt.  We haven’t used it in 2 years.  The wireless doesn’t work on it, so getting on the internet is hard since our modem and router are upstairs and the desktop is downstairs.  The only reason I haven’t gotten rid of the thing is because I haven’t finished taking all of my old files off of it.

Anyway, Jarrod tells me to just go back to Best Buy and buy a new (cheap model) computer to have as a backup.  Not to even mess with the headache known as the desktop computer.

Okie dokie.

I’m not looking forward to taking the kids back to Best Buy, nor am I looking forward to dropping the money on a new computer, but I am looking forward to not having to be without a computer the next 3-6 weeks.

The kids wake up from naptime pretty happy.  They have snacks, play a while, and then we head upstairs for an early bath time.  After baths, they play some more, and then we come downstairs for a quick dinner.

We’re heading out the door after dinner, and Trenton asks where we’re going.

“We have to go back to the computer store.  I have to get the card so that I can take pictures, and we’re going to get a new computer.”
”I good, get cookie at McDonald’s"?”
”Sure, if you are good at the computer store, you can get a cookie at McDonald’s.”

Why don’t I bribe this kid more often?  He and his sister were little angels at the store!  I got my camera card and bought a new computer without any trouble.

Trenton and Charlotte were happy to have cookies for a second time today.  And this time, McDonald’s had ice cream!  Not as good as a margarita, but not too shabby.

It was almost bedtime for the kids by the time we got home.  They played a while, we read some books, and then I put them down for the night.

I got this new computer set up and working, and then made a yummy looking dessert to take to a cookout tomorrow (where I WILL have a margarita!).

Now it’s time to hit the sack….and pray that tomorrow isn’t quite as eventful as today!