Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
We returned to a Jimmy, who was awake, and with a low fever. Jimmy and Isa have both been sick since we have been in Texas with runny noses and croup. I hope they wake up tomorrow feeling better.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thank you Mom for hosting Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful dinner and most of us got a quick snooze somewhere in the house. I got mine on the sofa. My mom was getting ready for everything early this morning and is still cleaning up now. That is some serious dedication! Marc is putting the kids to bed and after that we will join my brothers and root for Texas. I can't believe A&M already has a 7 point lead.
I am thankful for my wonderful husband. I am so lucky to have a man with hair! I am thankful for my two wonderful children. For my little clone, Isa, who looks and acts just like me, but is way smarter and way more good looking! For my little Jimmy, his cute red hair, his one tooth smile, his loving personality, and even his down syndrome. I am thankful for all the people Jimmy has brought into my life, the love I have seen in people's hearts, the wonderful community that comes with having a child with down syndrome, and everything that makes Jimmy, Jimmy. My family is the best and makes me feel like the luckiest woman alive. Thank you God!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Jimmy smiling it up!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Jimmy asleep on Uncle Jonny.
Isa happy watching Princess stories.
Jimmy jammin in San Anton...he wants to be in a Mariachi band!
Monday, November 23, 2009
This morning I went and dug out our DVD player. I asked Isa if she knew what is was. She thought it was a computer and I explained that it was only a DVD player. Then I asked her what we should do with it and she answered, “we watch a movie on the plane.” “we going to
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Mexican Style Pecan Bars (yields about 16 squares)
For Cookie Base:
6 ounces (3/4) cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
9 ounces (2 cups) unbleached all purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoons table salt
2 ounces finely grated bittersweet chocolate (1/2 cup)
For Pecan Topping:
10 ounces pecans (3 cups), toasted
¼ pound (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon table salt
Make the cookie base: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter in the bowl of a food processor (I just massaged it all with my hands because I don’t have a large food processor). Pulse until mixture is well combined, about 20 times. Scatter the dough in a 9*9 inch or 8 ½ *11*2 inch baking pan and press it evenly over the bottom. Bake the base until firm and lightly browned, about 25 minutes. When the cookie base comes out of the oven, sprinkle the grated chocolate evenly over the top. Set the pan aside. Leave oven on.
While the cookie base is baking make the pecan topping. Pulse the pecans in the food processor (or just bang them with a kitchen hammer). In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the dark brown sugar, honey, cream, and salt. Simmer for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in the pecans. Pour the pecan mixture over the baked cookie base, spreading evenly with a spatula. Bake until the filling is bubbling (not just the edges), 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. When you are ready to serve, cut into squares. The bars keep for 5 days…assuming they last that long!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Now some super-duper, wonderful, amazing news…Jimmy has a tooth! It’s for real. No doubt about it! I saw it at Grandma’s house. Grandma ran to get a spoon and did the clink test and low and behold there was a clink. It’s the best. He will be a carnivore after all!
Uncle Tommy came over and made some music with Isa. We also watched Earth together. There are some graphic scenes that I think would have scared the daylights out of Isa so I stood in front of the TV. The craziest scene was when a pack of lions took down a huge elephant. Not exactly kid friendly TV.
To hear Isa's next single mixed by Uncle Tommy, click on the title of the post, Drum Roll Please. Enjoy!
Jimmy has been crazy for adult food. Isa was feeding him Gerber Little Crunchies (like cheetoes) and when she turned away, he would lean, reach for her, grab her dress, and then look up at her like more please. Marc bought him little meat sticks in a jar soaked in some liquid. They really don’t get any grosser. I took a video of him eating it but after the flack I got from posting a picture with vomit I think I will refrain from posting it. The two looks are comparable even though he didn’t vomit. He did bang his head with the meat stick and managed to hit every part of his face with it. He seemed to like those gross *sogged up meat sticks though.
Last night I went to an SFX (St. Francis Xavier) fundraiser, there were 30 vendors stuffed in a gym selling really cute stuff. Next year I will give everyone a heads up. It was very cool and I got nearly half of my Christmas shopping done. Woo hoo!
*my own use of the word soggy…sometimes made up words sound better, add more flare etc!
Sorry for the delay in explaining my last asterisk but it was referring to Wes and other guys from the MTV show, the Ruins. A lot of the guys on the show use steroids and it's so gross and obvious and they talk about it pretty openly. Wes is very athletic and was not expected to be on the show. When they found out, they mentioned they would have used a higher dose of the steroids. Marc and I listened to a Bill Simmons Podcast from ESPN talking about it and it was pretty funny. There was no winner. Maybe next time I will hit on a topic normal people know about.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
At playgroup today Jimmy tried to pull his body up to a train table. I was very impressed. I haven’t seen him do that before. He was holding his entire body up for at least a second. I think he will be crawling very soon!
It's 8pm and Isa is still up. hahaha, I better walk by again!
So I just went by Isa’s room and she is sitting next to her castle and she tells me that blue Cinderella is sick (said with a heavy emphasis, SICK) and she needs medicine. “She has a boo boo that is very very hurt.” She then showed me how all her princesses are sleeping in sparkly shoes in the castle so they don’t get scared. She put blue Cinerella’s daddy with her so she can get better and not very SICK. We will be giving her a band aid in the morning. I hope she recovers quickly. :)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Cute mustache and tie cupcakes!
The mommy who planned this wonderful shindig, let’s call her Mr. Man’s mommy, did such a wonderful job decorating for the party. The themes were ties, mustaches and Mr. Man…cause every 3 year old is a mustache trimming, tie wearing, Mr. Man!
I was so impressed. Every party I throw has the most basic theme of all, dare I tell you?...my theme is party. Sometimes I even have matching cups and plates but that is pretty rare!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Mama and Isa decorated the castle. It is so beautiful.
Every time I walk into the kitchen I am beaming with pride.
This was all accomplished while the entire team, Jimmy included, were wearing pajamas. Saturdays are wonderful!
Friday, November 13, 2009
picture of him.
Not a huge surprise but last night Jimmy came down with croup. 2am! I was up with him till 3:30 and now all I want to do is sleep.
In the early evening yesterday, Marc and I went to Isa’s school for parent-teacher conferences. There wasn’t a lot to talk about…I mean she is 3, so she either likes school or she doesn’t. They labeled Isa as a happy girl. That made me feel good because sometimes, when I lose my cool, I wonder if she will be scarred for life.
Today started out so great. I cut up watermelon for 22 kids, got Isa off to school, came back, worked out, showered, worked on the business plan, fed Jimmy, and picked up Isa from school. After that things spiraled downhill quite dramatically. Isa and I had a serious fight. She cried, I yelled demanding that she stopped crying, essentially we both lost that fight.
Then things started looking up, we accomplished a few things, got Jimmy a birth certificate (I have no idea where the original went), went to the store, returned, Jimmy napped, Isa watched TV, I took a short nap, and everyone was peaceful till dinner time.
Back downhill, Jimmy vomited all over himself, Isa refused to eat the best dinner ever, homemade chicken pot pie, I told her she would have to go to bed with no food (she accepted…not a good plan), so then I told her she had no choice and would not be allowed to leave till she ate her entire bowl, she did, got both in the bathtub, both out, and fed Jimmy a second dinner.
The best part of the day occurred right before dinner when I got the proofs from our last family photo shoot. There are some really good ones in there and I haven’t even seen all of them.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I would like to have a word with the croup virus. Could you come at a more inconvenient time? Why do you always strike without warning after 10pm when the doctor’s offices are closed? Go away, be gone, and don’t come back. You piece of you know what!
The nice thing about Isa being sick, although she has been perfectly fine since she woke up, is that we are forced to be homebound, cancel all plans, and chill. This week has been action packed busy and now we can just relax.
This evening we, the conspiracy team, are checking out a sweet location for the coffee playhouse. I wonder what we will call this place…feel free to throw out some ideas. If we pick it, you will definitely have bragging rights!
*if you get the reference you will win a prize. Marc that doesn't include you.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Yes, Leticia is pregnant! Porfin! jk! It will be great to have some Wittig cousins. She is due in June, 2010! Woo hoo:)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The weather was awesome today, 70s and sunny. Marc took Isa out to play at the park while Jimmy napped and I read. Then later in the day Marc took both kids on a bike ride. Jimmy in the buggy and Isa sitting on the bike seat…giving me a little more time to read my psychology book.
I am currently reading about psychological disorders and it’s kind of scary because I feel like I am a little bit of all of them. I am hoping that makes me a well-adjusted, "normal", human being. I think of myself that way, but there are lots of disorders where the person is clueless, which is extra scary! Please don’t tell me if I am one of them, I prefer to live in blissful ignorance.
Like most Sunday evenings we dined at my in laws house. They always prepare a wonderful feast and have a ton of toys for the kids. Tonight was roast beef with potatoes and a fresh salad with a homemade dressing. Oh and homemade bread, sliced perfectly, wonderful...just wonderful!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Today I spent a lot of time waiting in line for the H1N1 shot for Isa and Jimmy. It was kind of fun since I saw lots of friends. Being a good friend myself, I went to the end of the line after seeing my friend Emily who arrived after me. That made my wait at least 100 people longer! Ok, maybe it was like 30 people longer, but I heard Emily tell someone it was only 20 people and she needs to respect! haha! Marc came a little later with the kids and we waited and waited. I hope in a month that we will be able to get the second round of shots.
After that, Marc took Isa to a birthday party at a friend’s house. Isa and a little boy Jack played a classic birthday party game, the one where you see how many times you can grab the same toy and cry about it. They both won. They had fun anyway and got to hear a lot about how it’s best to share toys.
Later, Marc and Jimmy and I walked along with Isa as she road her bike to Papa and Grandma’s house. Isa told us the names of all the squirrels we met and shared little bits of information about each squirrel’s personal habits. For one, “this one is bhaati, he like to run on the pavement. He is not scared of me” for another one “her name is deenty, she climbs to the top of the high tree”. There was even one who was her best friend and liked to climb into houses, but I forgot her name.
On the ride back home from Papa’s house, we had a leaf hunt. Isa’s idea, and a very slow way to get home, but we found lots of yellow and red leaves. Isa loves the red leaves. Jimmy just loves being outside and watching Isa ride her bike.
Friday, November 6, 2009
This morning Isa and I were having breakfast together…Cracklin Oat Bran cereal. Isa calls them the squares with holes cereal. We were talking about what she would take to school for show and tell when BAM she slapped her hand on the table, removed it, and then said, “I got it.” “It was a bug, Mommy.” It was a bug indeed. I’m glad she will be helping me in the future with our bug problem in the kitchen!
Jimmy had two firsts today. The first one will be disapproved of by a few of you but I am proud of this accomplishment. He cried when Baby Signing Time was over and I turned off the TV! He is so into it and I am so happy because he will learn lots of great signs and will be able to communicate with us. Marc and I are big advocates of the TV…especially when it’s educational.
His second first, is kind of gross, he pooped in the bathtub. Unfortunately, Isa was in the tub too and not aware of what happened. I told Isa, “Isa get up, Isa get up now, STAND UP ISA!” She just swam around oblivious to me till she finally realized and finally got up. Jimmy thought it was hilarious and smiled proudly every time I asked him if he pooped in the bathroom. I will spare you the photo!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I just think this is the kind of place that you can be a stay at home mom and working mom at the same time. I might be super naïve but it would be soooo cool. Jimmy would get to know so many locals and they him. I think the community aspect of it would be beneficial to everyone in the area.
Location seems to be the toughest part of the puzzle. Where is there parking, foot traffic, square feet, and visibility for one low price? If you have any ideas please let me know!
Today it seems possible. Tomorrow it very well might not. That’s my big secret. Cross your fingers!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Isa took a yoga class at the gym. She learned the child pose, tree pose, cobra, and had a great time. Afterwards she was very insistent on us going to Jimmy Johns for dinner. We have done that twice and now she will ask for it every time we leave the gym. Err.
It’s times like that I wish I could go back in time and be a little less annoying for my parents. I remember trying to rationalize going to the dollar theatre over renting a movie with my dad. There is no real rationalization to that because I have 4 bothers and renting is always cheaper but I tried and my brothers tried. We must have been real pests.
Jimmy is still refusing to drink just about everything. Marc even made chocolate milkshakes and he said no by spitting it out and swatting the cup and spoon with his hand. He ended up a very dirty boy.
Once again everyone is asleep, although Marc is not in bed, he is on the sofa “watching” the World Series with his eyes closed.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
PS Jimmy and Isa are both doing great. :) Marc is working late but should be home soon. Now it’s time for So You Think You Can Dance! My favorite show of alllllll time.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I love to give this boy tons of hugs!
All's well that ends well and Marc, Isa and Jimmy are all asleep. Marc is pretending to watch the World Series but he is totally snoring. I want to take a picture of him but he might kill me and I want to live a bit longer.