Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ants on a Log

Trenton wanted to go fishing at snack time this afternoon, and since I had an extra piece of celery once I cut his fishing pole, I made him ants on a log too.


Celery, peanut butter, and raisins – so easy!  Cream cheese or hummus could also be used in the place of the peanut butter.

Now Trenton normally loves raisins.  I guess that calling them ants might have freaked him out though.  No sooner than I put the ant log on his plate, he did this:


And boy was he proud of his “fish on a log”!

This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene

I doubt that after the havoc that a hurricane brought through this weekend, that the name Irene will be at the top of any baby name lists on the East Coast next year!

Thankfully we were spared any major damage here.  We had some tree limbs down and a lawn full of leaves to clean up plus 20 hours without power, but some people fared much worse.  We are so thankful that we are all okay and there was no major damage to our house/yard.

My mother-in-law was a huge help watching the kids while I was busy getting things ready for the storm and then cleaning up after the storm.  And congratulations to her for making it through her first hurricane! 

We’re now keeping our fingers crossed that the remainder of this hurricane season is a quiet one!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Run with the Cows

You’ve heard of running with the bulls, right?  Well tonight Trenton and I ran with the cows – the Chick-Fil-A cows.

We ran the Run with the Chick-Fil-A Cows Family Fun Run at Port Warwick.  It was a 1/2 mile race.  I wasn’t sure how Trenton would do, but he loved it.

Pre-race with Mommy.

Meeting the cows with his buddies Kendall and Jarrison.

Gotta make sure that you warm up before a race!

We’re blurry because we were running so fast!

Charlotte enjoyed watching the race with her JJ.  She’ll be out there racing before we know it!

Post-race wearing our medals!

The race was great.  Trenton ran almost the whole time (a very slow run), and only walked a few steps.  He wanted to hold my hand most of the way, but he did let go for a while and had some fun running on the lines in the middle of the road.  The numbers that we wore also had our names written on them, and there were people all along the route cheering for Trenton by name!  If Trenton wasn’t the youngest runner there, he was close to it, but there were still people who finished behind us.  I never thought I’d be happy with a 7:55 1/2 mile, but with this little guy running next to me, it was the best 1/2 mile I’ve ever run! 

Natural Disaster Week

It’s been quite a week, and it’s not over yet!

We’ve been dealing with the Great Dismal Swamp wildfire for a few weeks now.  Although the fire is near the Virginia/North Carolina border, we have had a few days where the wind blows the smoke up this way.  And we’re not just talking about it smelling like a great big backyard bbq, we’re talking smoke so thick that it’s like driving through moderate fog.  The smoke has been blowing away from us most of the week, so we’re happy for that.

Tuesday afternoon I was on the internet checking on my mother-in-law’s incoming flight status and checking the weather, when things started shaking.  I wasn’t sure what was going on at first.  I have been through my fair share of earthquakes in Guam (and a big one in Hawaii), but Virginia doesn’t get earthquakes.  Right???  It didn’t take long for me to figure out that yes, this was an actual earthquake.  I jumped up off the couch because a floor lamp almost fell to the floor.  The light above the kitchen table was swinging all over the place.  Bailey didn’t know what in the heck was going on, but didn’t freak out like I expected him to.  And the kids?  They napped right through all the shaking!  The epicenter of the 5.9 quake was about 110 miles from our house, so you can imagine what it felt like here if people could feel it as far away as Canada. 

Now we’ve all got an eye on Hurricane Irene.  As of this morning, the storm’s eye was expected to pass a little east of here, but the meteorologists keep going back and forth over whether the storm is going to move further east away from us, or move west and end up right in our backyard.  I’ve got both vehicles gassed up, batteries, water, and non-perishable food.  If the storm stays on the current track, we should be fine.  We’ll get moderate wind, some heavy rain, and the possibility is there for some tidal flooding.  Our house is on a pond that is overspill for a creek that runs into the bay.  As far as we know the house has never gotten any water in it though – even with Hurricane Isabel that came through in 2003.  Hopefully Irene will continue to move to the east, and won’t be an issue for us.  We’re keeping a close eye on it!

*I just went and looked in the garage at the kit that Jarrod packed: MREs, water, camo gear, pots, insect repellent, flashlights, knives, first aid kits, and all kinds of other survival gear.  We’re ready for anything!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jell-O Oranges


I tried my hand at making Jell-O oranges today.  I got the idea here on Pinterest.  Mine didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as the ones I found on Pinterest, but I’m sure with practice I could get better at it.  I’m not sure when I’ll make these again though since only one of my kids was excited about them.  Trenton touched the Jell-O once with his finger, and immediately decided that he didn’t like it.  Charlotte on the other hand, loved her Jell-O oranges!  I had to hold them for her because I’m sure that she would have tried to eat the peel as fast as she was sucking the Jell-O down!

To make the oranges, I cut three oranges in half, hollowed them out, and set the six orange halves in a muffin tin.


I mixed up a batch of Jell-O and poured it in the hollowed out orange halves.  One box of Jell-O was more than enough to fill all six halves.  I even had a little left over.  The muffin tin was a great way to keep the oranges steady and also collected any Jell-O overflow.


Put the muffin tin in the refrigerator to set the Jell-O for 4-6 hours.  Once Jell-O is set, cut oranges into slices and enjoy!


This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow, The Sunday Showcase Child Centered Linky Party @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Little American Idol

Trenton has always loved music.  He likes hearing the same songs over and over in the car.  It has gotten to where we take turns listening to music in the car.  He gets to listen to his kiddie music on our way to wherever it is that we’re going, and I get to listen to my music on the way home.  Trenton likes listening to music on the computer too.  His favorite singer to listen to on the computer is none other than George Strait.  Trenton has good taste in music!

Trenton has really taken on an interest for singing lately.  Last night we talked to my parents on Skype.  They had to leave to go to dinner, but Trenton still wanted to sing a song for them.  Apparently he wanted Mimi and Pops to hear him all the way in Texas!

Tonight Trenton wanted to sing a duet with Mommy.  He sings this one a lot quieter, so if you had to turn down your volume for the last song, you’ll want to turn it back up for this one. 

Some of Trenton’s other favorite songs to sing are Ring Around the Rosie, She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain (he calls this one Daddy Song, and sings that Daddy is coming around the mountain), Leaving on an Airplane (rather than Jet Plane), and Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Rock and Roll from Grease 2 (I sing this song to get us to quit dawdling and get out the door when we’re going somewhere).

I don’t know if he’ll ever be an American Idol, but Trenton’s singing will always be music to my ears!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Octopus Dinner

We ate octopus for dinner tonight!  No, not calamari.  We had hot dog octopuses that Chef Trenton made!

He loved poking raw spaghetti noodles into the hot dogs! 


After making one regular octopus, Trenton made a mutant octopus.  He thought it was really funny to poke a spaghetti noodle through one end of the hot dog and have it poke out the other.


I threw the octopuses in a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, and then they were ready to eat!


Trenton was a little less excited about the octopuses once he had one on his plate.  He actually tried two bites of the hot dog part, but he decided he didn’t like it.  I was happy that he even tried it.  Charlotte was happy that her big brother didn’t like his octopus; that meant more for her to eat (cut into small pieces of course)! 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fishin’ Tales

Trenton went fishing this morning.  He even managed to catch four fish at one time!  I didn’t catch a picture of the four fish at once catch, but I promise it’s not a tall tale! 

Here is Trenton’s first catch. 


Yep, that’s right.  The fish were goldfish crackers and the fishing pole was a celery stick with peanut butter on the end. 

I got the idea out of the most recent issue of Turtle magazine (a magazine that I got when I was little too!). 

Trenton loved catching fish with his celery stick fishing pole.  He even took a couple of bites of the celery and told me that he liked it.  He didn’t like the texture though (a major issue with his eating habits), and kept spitting out each bite he took.

Charlotte didn’t go fishing, but she did eat her fair share of goldfish and did a pretty good job at gnawing on a celery stick.

This snack was a big hit.  Looks like we’ll be going fishing again soon!

This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow, Fun for Kids Friday @ Smile Monsters, Freestyle Fridays @ Happy Hour Projects, Crafts for Under Twenty-Somethings @ Bear Rabbit Bear

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mommy Time

I love my kids to heaven and back, but with Jarrod being deployed, I rarely get a break from my mommy duties.  I came to the realization a couple weeks ago that I needed to find someone to keep the kids on a regular basis so that I can have some “me time”. 

School is starting back up soon, and our regular babysitter won’t be available during the day for very much longer.  So, I started looking into in-home care providers.

We checked out three different places, and I was glad to find one that I was really comfortable with.  She works perfectly for us.  Our schedule is constantly changing, and she is willing to take my kids on a drop-in basis.  I am planning on taking one day a week to run errands, work around the house, and have some down time. 

The kids spent their first day with the new sitter today.  They had a wonderful time!  They both ate good, took good naps, and had lots of fun.  They came home with a picture that they colored together, and Trenton asked if he could go back tomorrow!

I had a great day too.  I was able to get a haircut, pedicure, pick up my repaired computer, and do some shopping all before I came home to do some cleaning.  But the best part of it all is that I feel refreshed, less stressed, and ready to be the best mommy I can be!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Spaghetti Play

Take a look at this fun colored spaghetti that we played with this afternoon!  I found this idea on my new favorite website, Pinterest.  If you haven’t checked the website out yet, you should.  It’s awesome!


Anyway, while the kids were eating their afternoon snacks, I cooked up a batch of spaghetti.  Once it was finished cooking I drained it and tossed it with some oil.  I then separated the spaghetti into four different bowls and colored it with food coloring.  I tossed it all in a rubbermaid container, and we headed outside to play.

Trenton was a little cautious about the spaghetti at first. 


I brought a couple sheets of paper outside in hopes of doing some spaghetti painting.  Apparently I tossed a little too much oil in with the spaghetti because only oil came off on the paper.  Trenton didn’t seem to mind and kept throwing the spaghetti onto the paper.  Bailey liked it too!


*An unexpected benefit of adding too much oil to the spaghetti was that no one ended up with stained hands!*

It wasn’t long before Charlotte wanted to know what was going on.  She was not at all interested in playing with the spaghetti.  She just wanted to shove it in her mouth as fast as she could! 


After seeing Charlotte scarfing the spaghetti down, Trenton decided to try it too.


He touched the noodle to his mouth and then decided against eating it.  Trenton doesn’t eat any pasta (a sensory issue), so I was just happy that he was playing with the spaghetti and touched it to his mouth.  Little did he know that today’s playtime was also a sensory activity!

We will definitely be playing with spaghetti again!  I’m just hoping that this doesn’t translate into bad manners at dinner time!

This post is linked to:
* It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow
* Freestyle Friday @ Happy Hour Projects
* Fun for Kids Friday @ Smilemonsters
* Made by Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction 

A Jarrod Spotting

The ship’s facebook page does a great job of posting pictures and/or videos almost every day of life aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. 

We’ve been watching closely and finally got a glimpse of Jarrod (from the back) in this video.  He walks through at the 1:00 point in the white shirt and khaki pants.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hooray for Good News!

I took Charlotte to see doctors yesterday and today.  Thankfully we got good news all the way around!

Yesterday we went to Charlotte’s pediatrician for a growth check.  Because the doctor was worried about her lack of growth at her 15-month check-up, she did not want to wait until the 18-month appointment to see her again.  Here are Charlotte’s stats from yesterday’s appointment:

Weight – 22 pounds, 4 ounces – 28th percentile
Height – 30.25 inches – 25th percentile

Dr. Altman would like Charlotte to be back closer to the 50th percentile (where she was at her 12 month appointment), but is very happy about the progress Charlotte has made.

Today we traveled down to Norfolk to CHKD.  We started off in radiology for Charlotte to get an ultrasound.


We didn’t have to spend too much time in the waiting room before we were called back.  Charlotte HATED the ultrasound.  Thank goodness it didn’t take too terribly long.

After the ultrasound, we headed upstairs to the kidney center to meet with Charlotte’s nephrologist.  Charlotte had fun playing in the waiting room, and we were called to the back fairly quickly.  She got a bag put on her to catch a urine sample, and then we were left to wait.  And wait.  And wait. 

Charlotte decided to try to get everyone’s attention.


No one paid attention to her knocks.  I’m sure they would have if they would have seen the cuteness on our side of the door!

She soon grew bored with the toys and books.  There were a couple of kids books in the room, but Charlotte’s favorite was a book of postcards from the National Zoo. 


It was almost lunch time by the time Dr. Restaino came in to talk to us, but it didn’t take her too long to give us the good news.  Charlotte’s kidneys are growing normally.  She will need another ultrasound in six months, and will stay on her prophylactic antibiotic at least until then.  Our hopes are that we won’t have ANY reason to visit the children’s hospital before then!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Birthday Cake Card

We have been to birthday parties two weekends in a row, so it should not have come as a surprise to me that Trenton asked for birthday cake at snack time this morning.  I told him that it wasn’t his birthday yet so I didn’t have any cake.  Trenton then told me that he could go to his friend Eden’s house for birthday cake.  Eden’s birthday is in the winter. 

Trenton wound up settling for his usual bowl of cereal for a snack while I went in the garage to sift through my craft supplies to find something to use to make a birthday cake. 

After Trenton finished his snack, we got to work.  This is what we came up with:


I cut the pieces out of sticky backed foam sheets, and Trenton helped me stick them on to a 5x7 sheet of cardstock to make the cake.  He was so proud of his work!

These would be great for birthday cards or birthday party invitations.  And they are definitely cheaper than store bought cards!  If you are giving one as a birthday card, you could even match the number of candles on the cake to the recipient’s age (for young children).

Happy Birthday Cake!

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