Friday, September 30, 2011

An Amazing Week!

Some weeks in your life stand out and this is definitely one of those weeks. Why, you ask. Let me make a list!

1. Basement play room- painted

2. Bathroom-old grout and caulk removed and replaced

3. Slept in every morning

4. Went out to Nuevo Depot Restaurant

5. Laundry- magically done

How? That ‘s the real question and the answer is Bebe Leigh! I call her mom most of the time but I call her Bebe Leigh a lot and I think she likes it. Smile The Bebes (another nick name) played with Rosie and Jimmy from 5-7am every morning. Who does that? She must be a saint. Next up, as soon as the kids were in school or napping she was painting or cleaning or removing grout. Every time I got tired and sat down and took a break, I noticed that the Bebester (should be  her license plate) just picked up her pace. She is the best! My bathroom has annoyed me since we moved in with that black color under the caulk. Now it’s gone! The basement looks so much bigger and prettier and cleaner now. The best part is that she came on Monday and it’s only Thursday so we still have a few days to just have fun.


Thank you MOM!


6. Jimmy was given my nephew’s old (look brand new) snow suit, fleeces, sweaters etc. Tons of money saved! Thank you Janet and Kit and Al (mostly for being bigger than Jimmy so that he can get your old stuff and for not staining or ripping your clothes)!

7. New clothing labels. I just bought some really cool labels that you stick on your kids clothes. The site is They were on the clothes I got from Janet and they are seriously genius. I can never write Harrison small enough on the labels and so I end up writing HAR on the clothes. No bueno. I can’t wait to get them.

8. Next week is birthday week for Marc and then next up, ME! Cheers!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rosie Update!

Rosie is such a stinker! She has been climbing on top of everything.

Photo Evidence numero uno.


Not so bad, heh? Check out photo numero dos.


She climbed onto that box all by herself. She’s such a stinker because she does not know how to get down safely. Sometimes she does but more times she doesn’t.

She has taken 5 steps on two different occasions. Her first steps were witnessed by Marc and myself at the same exact time. It was last Friday or Saturday. She did it again today.

Lastly and most importantly, she got her first tooth! She’s almost 13 months old and she just got her first tooth. It’s on the bottom. I’m so glad she has teeth. Dentures would not be fun.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Timberlee 2011

We had a great weekend in Wisconsin with all the folks below and the one thing we have in common is we all love someone with Down syndrome. 306431_2239888990580_1048694755_2525211_759547_n

I love going and hope we go to stuff like this in the future because it’s just so nice to do fun stuff with the family. When we are home there is just too many things we could be doing or should be doing or whatever and when we are out we can just have fun. We had some rough nights with Rosie but I think the nights will get  better as the kids get older. Fingers crossed.

What did we do? We watched Jimmy do a duet with Laura.IMAG0438

and play jump rope.


Rosie looked cute.


These kids are not shy. Encore!


Jordan (if he had a basketball, a hoop, and Nikes)…or better yet “Just JACK (from Will and Grace)!”


Blue eye girl!


I think we can safely say Jimmy is a walker. He walked so much all by himself and even more with a hand holding onto him. He walks slow and mostly steady! It’s so awesome.


The hayride was awesome for Isa and her bff over the weekend, Tabitha.


Jimmy loved the hayride too. He just looked out at all the trees, grass, corn, soybeans, barns etc. It was cool to watch him take it all in.


Rosie did not have fun. She squealed and squirmed pretty much the whole time. Marc and I just passed her back and forth. Good times for us! Look at that face of joy and imagine the sound of a dragon accompanying it!


We watched Isa scale the rock wall. Her goal was to climb up ten rocks and I think she accomplished that goal.


Marc watched Isa ride a horse.


Whoa horsey!


We roasted marshmallows…Isa is a pro.


Isa and Tabitha chased Julian around (he was an older boy) in the dark. Thank goodness for the glow in the dark necklace or I would have lost her.


These two girls had so much fun together. I think this is their second smore.


The best part of the weekend for me was the talent show. Isa and Tabitha had three acts. First act, swing a jump rope around so super duper fast. They practiced so much. It was HILARIOUS! When they were on stage they asked us not to laugh but it was just so cute you couldn’t help it.

Here the girls are “backstage” preparing to be introduced!


They did a ballet routine. Check out the anguish in Isa’s face.


and here too. I almost cried with laughter.


It was a joy to watch these two perform. Below are the links to the jump rope and twinkle little star act. In my opinion they were the stars of the night.

Marc wanted me to take more photos of Jimmy going to and from school. Here are a few. The first is Jimmy walking down the hall with his teacher to his class.


Here Jimmy is getting off the bus.


He just walks inside! It’s so glorious!


Then he smiles like the cutie man he is and I am forced to take lots of pictures!

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And, just because I feel she kind of got left out of this post, here is a cute one of Rosie. She climbs into and out of everything. She tries to walk but her legs give out. She tries though with no fear. I fold the clothes and she throws them out. We make a great team!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

He just grew up!

Wow, Jimmy’s a big boy. He got a fresh haircut, some new bigger clothes, and some legs that are meant for walking to school!


If only I could have taken a picture of us walking into the school building. He held my hand and we slowly went in. He’s going to be a walker PHO REELS! The picture above is Jimmy with his teacher and his music shaker. We listened to the top 40 on the way to school. He was shaking it. He just wants to be ready to rock out at moment’s notice. :)

Labor day weekend was the weekend of Jimmy standing on his two legs above and beyond any other three days that we have seen him in his whole three year old life.

Check him out playing soccer!


He can’t actually kick the ball while standing up by himself but daddy can help him do that!



He’s taking a breather.


He is also dancing standing up. He will beat his arms and shake his head like a crazy dancing fool! It’s fantastic.


Yes, it’s my first day of school! I can’t wait. He signed school all morning.


I love this picture. Jimmy’s expression cracks me up.


I love these two kids. What will Rosie and I do without them? BLOG!



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Marc’s a coach

Marc is coach of the Blue Birds. He does a great job and the girls have improved so much from last week to this week. After the first game (and seeing the girls get beat…even though no one is keeping score) he started two a days. Ha! Just kidding. But, wouldn’t that be crazy funny? They play great defense. Isa scored a goal and has prevented a few goals on the other team. It’s so fun to watch.

Look at him encouraging her. “Yes, you can wear pink shorts, you look fabulous!”


Working on passing.


This is a ball.


Jumping Jacks! There is nothing cuter than five year old girls doing jumping jacks.


Yea, I played awesomely!


It’s hard to see but Isa is trying to cut off this girl. She was such a great defensive player.


Rosie’s Store! Visa or MasterCard?


I bought it!


Soccer is the best!

Busy in the kitchen…

First off, the iced lemon soup was no bueno. Since then, I have made Green Chili Pasta, Green Beans al Pesto, Baked Halibut in Sour Cream, and West Haven Cake.

The Green Chili Pasta was good and easy. The hardest step was making the bacon, draining the bacon juice and then measure a 1/4 of the cup to put back in the pan to sauté all the other ingredients. Besides the first step, you pretty much just open a bunch of cans and throw it in. Next time I will make it with a spicier pepper.

Green Beans al Pesto was also good. The kids did not like the pesto so I rinsed it off and gave the kids plain green beans. It calls for 2-3 lemons. I think when in this situation in the future I will always put in the smaller amount. I tend to over-lemon.

Baked Halibut was good and expensive.  I ordered the halibut without looking at the price…I won’t make that mistake again. The recipe was super easy and could be done with a cheaper white fish and would probably taste about the same. I think I over cooked it just a tad. The kids ate it up though.

Westhaven Cake might be the best thing ever. It looks absolutely amazing. It’s made with dates, which made me a little less excited about it, but it was delicious! I left it at my in-laws but I’m pretty sure it’s all gone now. It was 92% gone when I left. I had two big pieces. Yummy. The dates sit in boiled water till it cools and then you puree it before you put it in the cake mix. It ends up being a form of sugar. You put chocolate chips and nuts on the top of the cake and sprinkle it with powdered sugar once it comes out of the oven. It was so good. Marc has requested it for his birthday. Thank God because I really want to make it again!


And there’s more food being made! I have had bruised feet for the last week with all this standing on hardwood floors for hours at a time. I’m not meant to be a chef.

After School Smoothie was a yummy success for me and Jimmy. Isa didn’t like it for some reason. It had all her favorite fruit in there. Who knows!

Gazpacho soup was so good. It felt so healthy, and it had a little kick to it. The kids didn’t like it too much because of the kick, but I thought it was fabulous and I will eat it all up. Now I can say I like one cold soup!

Crawfish boil. Marc and I made the crawfish together and it was fun to see the live critters swim in our sink. Marc asked Isa if she wanted to eat one and she said she did—that kid will try almost anything.  Isa thought they were cool and tasty. We made a tarter sauce and an orange sauce for dipping. It was easy peasy and fun.

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Here’s a video of Isa eating some crawfish.  Jimmy is down on the floor somewhere making a toy sing him ‘Old MacDonald’ over and over, but just ignore that part (also ignore Rosie making sounds like a baby dragon… her favorite thing to do):


Creole Zucchini – I loved this dish and so did Marc. It was basically butter plus flour plus a can of stewed tomatoes and some spices. I might try baking it for a shorter time next go around since Marc hates mushy zucchini. They weren’t mushy to me. It was a super easy recipe and tasty.

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Finally, I made some fried apples. The apples were fried in butter and sugar with a touch of vinegar. Yummo. Yes, I stole that from Rachael Ray.


I have a long way to go before making ALL the recipes in this book but it’s gonna happen.