Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaching Judah to spit into the sink

Tonight I decided to try and teach Judah to "spit into the sink" while I'm brushing his teeth. We've been using the training toothpaste that's alright to swallow but, I want to start using regular toothpaste so, he needs to learn how to spit.

Well, I was showing him how it's done and apparently I am hilarious when I spit into the sink. The boy almost fell over laughing every time I showed him how to spit.

He tried and let's just say that our bathroom mirror is a little um...... dirty. I'm sure he'll catch on!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Paisley Rae is 3 months

Happy 3 months old, sweet Paisley! I am so thankful that you are my little girl and that I get to be your mommy! You are developing the cutest little personality.
You love to smile and you are starting to laugh sometimes. You are ticklish. When I put my hair on your face, it makes you crack up and I love your little laugh.
 I don't know how much you weigh because you haven't had to go to the Doctor any time recently. You'll be weighed at your 4 month appointment. You wear size 3-6 month clothes and you still wear size 1-2 diapers. You nurse every 2.5-3 hours and you get distracted very easily. I always worry that you aren't eating enough but, I guess you'd eat if you were hungry. You just are interested in what's going on around you, especially everything your big brother is doing.

You've slept a few 8 1/2 hr stretches but, for the most part, you still get up to eat once or twice a night. You put yourself to sleep for bedtime and naps usually without crying at all.

Today you were laying on the floor with a few toys hanging over your head and you were grabbing the toys and trying to pull them to your mouth. It may be silly but, I am so excited that you are starting to be able to grab a toy.

We LOVE you!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rainbow Cake-How To

A few weeks ago, the Pioneer Woman had a food photo contest. Someone entered a picture of a rainbow cake that they made and when I saw it, I knew I wanted to make one for Judah's party. His party was a Mickey Mouse theme and although it didn't really fit the theme, I thought it'd be fun for a kids birthday party.

So, I googled "Rainbow cake" and came across a recipe featured on Martha Stewart's website. The recipe can be found HERE. I called my sister to see if I could borrow some cake pans from her and to see what colors of food coloring she had. With her purple food coloring and some colors that I already had, I had all the colors that I needed. Hooray! Time to make the cake!

Judah's party was on Saturday. I like to try and be prepared so, I made the cake on Thursday. Actually, I made the FIRST cake on Thursday. Step #1 in the directions says "Brush six 9-inch-round cake pans (or as many 9-inch cake pans as you have, reusing them as necessary) with shortening. Line bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper; brush again and set aside."

Well, I thought that I could just grease and flour the pans well and that would be good enough. Wrong! I put 4 pans of cake into the oven and I couldn't get any of them to come out of the pan in one piece.
So, I tasted the chunks of cake that came out of the pans (yum!) and then scraped the pans of pretty colored cake into the garbage can. I'm not sure if my trash can has ever looked that colorful! I did my dishes and decided to try again on Friday.

Round number two........

I traced the bottom of 6 cake pans and cut out 6 circles of parchment paper. I followed the directions this time and it worked great. I also baked the cake ONE cake pan at a time. The first time around, when I baked 4 at a time, they didn't seem to bake evenly. They turned out so much better when they were baked individually.

Making this cake and coloring the cake batter was so fun. I just love the colors. Please excuse these pictures, they are all from my cell phone. I was sending them to my sister while I was baking because, she's nice and she cares. :)
Here's the orange, right out of the oven.
Green and purple, cooling on racks.
Yellow, ready to go into the oven. Orange and red-waiting to get put into a cake pan.
Green and blue-ready to be baked.
I let them cool for a few hours and then I made the butter cream frosting from the recipe. First you make a Filling & Crumb Coat. You frost the cake with it, then the cake chills for at least 30 minutes. Then you make a frosting and frost the cake. The directions explain about the 2 butter cream frosting's.

I'd never made a butter cream frosting before. Holy cow, it calls for a lot of butter. For the cake, the crumb coat and the frosting, you use a total of 8 sticks of butter. Isn't that crazy!

The frosting was harder to make than I thought it'd be. You have to beat it for soooooo long. It turned out really yummy though. I spread the crumb coat on the cake like the directions explain and after the cake chilled, I piped the frosting on. I love piping frosting, it was so fun! Here is the finished cake:
After the cake was done, we kept it in the garage in a plastic container until the party. The frosting calls for so much butter that I was afraid it would melt if it was room temperature for too long. Keeping it cold seemed to work really well.
Now I'm kinda sad that my cake making experience is over, for now. I had so much fun and I can't wait to make one of these cakes again!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Judah turns 2

Tonight, I'm sitting here reflecting on what an amazing and fun day it was. Judah had his 2nd Birthday party today and he had the best time. We've been talking about his Birthday party for awhile and he seemed like he was really looking forward to it. This morning when he woke up to our house decorated in "Mickey Mouse", he was so excited. He said "WOW!!! It's Mickey Mouse!" As the party started, he was dancing around because he was having so much fun.
We served lunch and we had: Homemade macaroni & cheese, turkey wraps, crackers, chips, veggies and fruit salad.
The house was full of energetic little boys but, it didn't feel overwhelming. I was SO proud of all the boys for how they got along and played so well together. Here is a fun picture of my Dad sitting and eating with some of the boys.
For me, the best moment of the party was when we were singing "Happy Birthday" to Judah. In the middle of the song, he started clapping and saying "it's fun!!!!" It blessed me so much to see how he loved having everyone sing to him. I literally almost started crying.

We had chocolate cupcakes with Mickey Mouse toppers on them. As you can see, Judah loved his.
We also had a rainbow cake that I made. I got the idea from a picture that I saw on the Pioneer Woman's blog. It's a Martha Stewart recipe and I had a blast making it. It took forever to make and I actually had to make it twice because I messed it up the first time. It was so worth it though. I think it turned out really pretty and it was so yummy.




Judah's sweet friends gave him some of his very favorite things. Trains, legos, fire trucks and tractors. He is so blessed!I am so proud of my little 2 year old and the person he is becoming. I'm also so thankful that we have such sweet friends and such a great family. I pray that Judah will always have special friends in his life.
Happy Birthday, Judah! We love you!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Baking for the party


Today I've been baking, in preparation for Judah's Mickey Mouse party. I must say, I'm having a great time. Baking these cupcakes and then frosting them was super fun. Now, it's time to bake the cake. I hope it turns out!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mommy's hot rod

This morning I headed out with my little ones to finish getting all the supplies for Judah's 2nd Birthday party. I am getting so excited! I am doing a Mickey Mouse party for him and I hope he has a blast.

It's so strange to think that my baby is almost 2. It has gone by so fast and he has changed so much over the last year. Unfortunately, he is beginning to have quite the attitude sometimes. He is having little tantrums and it can be really difficult and frustrating. He's just being a normal kid but, it's challenging me as his mom! He has the sweetest heart though and the things he says just crack me up! As we were getting into our mini-van this morning, he told me our van is "mommy's hot rod"!!!

As I get ready for his party this week, I'm taking a break from my crazy organizing projects. Here's Judah exactly a year ago:
Here is Judah yesterday, playing with play dough.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Love Languages

A long time ago I read "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. It is such a great book. It talks about how different people feel love in different ways. There are 5 specific love languages.
#1 Words of Affirmation
#2 Quality Time
#3 Receiving Gifts
#4 Acts of Service
#5 Physical Touch

I think the book was written specifically about the love between a husband and wife but, I feel like knowing someones love language can be useful in a lot of different relationships. Lately, I've been thinking about how it's important to know the love language of my children. Of course, Paisley is too young right now for me to tell what makes her feel the most loved but, it seems like Judah's love language is quality time. Spending quality time with Judah goes a long way. His attitude is better, he is happier and I can tell it makes him feel special. His love language might change as he gets older but for now, I need to remember that quality time is extra important for him.

My husband's love language is different than my own so, I forget to show him love in the way that makes HIM feel loved. Without even knowing it, I show my love in the way that makes ME feel loved.

What is your love language or what is your child's?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Organizing- Day 6

This morning we had a fun play date with a MOPS friend and her adorable son. It's always so fun to have friends over and it's good for helping Judah learn how to share! After they left, both of my babies went down for a nap and I contemplated what my project of the day should be.

Oh yes.....the junk drawer. It was quite "junky". Doesn't just about everyone have a junk drawer in their kitchen? You know, the drawer with the pens, rubber bands, cell phone chargers, pads of paper, misc. keys and many other random items. Well, ours used to look like this:



The first thing I did was totally empty the drawer and wipe it out. Then everything that didn't belong in there went back to where it belongs. There were a lot of Judah's markers and crayons that go in his coloring box but, I had quickly stuck them in there when he was done coloring. Some things went into the garbage, a few things were set aside to ask my husband about.


While I was working on it, Paisley woke up. She played on the floor and chewed her hands while I finished.

After:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Organizing: Days 4 & 5

Today I made up for not working on anything yesterday. Actually, I worked on lots of stuff yesterday but, not my organizing project. So, today I tackled the top of our refrigerator and our coat closet.

I've always considered myself a fairly organized and clean person but, when I started this project, I realized just how messy our coat closet was. I guess I just never really thought about what it looked like and yikes, it needed some help!

Here's what I did:
Step #1 Use matching hangers. I took everything off the hangers and got the white matching hangers from our bedroom closet and re-hung everything on matching hangers.
Step #2 Go through all hats/scarfs/mittens/jackets and put any we don't need into a bag for the thrift store.
Step #3 Find cute containers to put hats/scarfs/mittens into. I searched around my home and couldn't find any containers so, I called my mom to see if she had any extra baskets that I could use. She brought me the ones you'll see in the picture. They are too small but, they will work until I get bigger baskets. Now, I'll be keeping an eye out for the right baskets.
Before: (embarrassing!)


After: (Better but, I still need new baskets)As far as organizing the top of the refrigerator goes, it was more a project of just de-cluttering it. The top of our refrigerator has been a place to hold awkward shaped appliances that we don't use frequently enough to have on the counter. Clutter bothers me so, today I made it my mission to find a home for these things that is out of my sight.

It's amazing how you can actually find "homes" for things if you really try. I thought our cupboards were already pretty full but, after a little rearranging, I was able to put all of these things away in cupboards. Hooray for a clutter free refrigerator top!
Before:


After:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A MOPS Morning

This morning we had MOPS. Honestly, it was one of those mornings where I felt rushed leaving the house and I was wondering if it was even worth it to go. I had set my alarm to get up early before Judah and Paisley woke so, I'd be ready to go by the time they woke up and I could just focus on getting them ready. Well, I hit my snooze. Actually, I turned my alarm off. We made it out the door only a couple minutes late but, it was very rushed.

It was worth it to go. It was Spa Day and there was lots of time to just visit and hangout. When I dropped Judah off at his class, he did his normal freak out but, when I came to pick him up, he was happily walking around with a big teddy bear tucked under his arm. He looked up at his teacher and said "bye bye!". She said that he was really good and I feel really proud of him. I'm so proud of the little boy that he's becoming. Sometimes I feel the most proud of my kids when I see them in a different setting rather than just at home. Seeing Paisley hanging out across the room in the arms of another lady or seeing Judah playing at MOPS just makes my heart happy.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Getting Organized-Day #3

Do you ever do something that's just so much fun that you're practically giddy while you're working on it? Maybe you dance around a little or talk to yourself slightly because it's so much fun. Well, while I was labeling these containers, that's how I felt. Maybe that's weird........

See, we buy a lot of bulk foods but, I don't like having my cupboards full of plastic bags. When everything is in a bag, it's hard to see what you have, it's hard to have things neatly put away and it's also messy to use.

For awhile I've been saving our pickle jars and apple sauce jars. If you just wash them out, they work great for storing bulk foods! I got a label maker for my Birthday and it works great to label just about anything. Having the foods in a glass jar makes it pretty self-explanatory as to what's inside but, wheat berries and brown rice look the same so, it's better to have things labeled. Plus, I like how it looks.

I didn't take a "before" picture honestly because I forgot but, here's the after picture of the labeled containers. Just imagine all these foods in plastic bags with twist ties.

Now they're all ready to be stored away in the cupboard! Thanks for the ideas on what to organize. I'll use them all except the garage....that's my husband's job. :)

Out & About

This morning I headed out with Judah and Paisley to go do some grocery shopping. I can honestly say that I think I often enjoy them the MOST when we are out. We always have a good time! Sure, getting out of the house can be a touch chaotic but, we have fun in the grocery store. After we shopped Fred Meyer, we sat in our mini van and I nursed Paisley before we headed home. I always wonder who is going to see me feeding her and think that I'm going to drive away without her in a carseat. I would NEVER do that but, I just wait for someone to say something to me.

While we sat there in the parking lot, Judah had a snack and pointed out all the trucks and buses that drove by. He is such a good boy to sit in his carseat and patiently wait for me to feed his sister. I love them both so much and I'm so glad we have fun while we're out doing errands.

One thing I like about going shopping in the morning is that the stores are full of moms, small children and older people. The moms give each other understanding smiles and the older people are usually some of the kindest people you meet.

I took a break from the daily organizing posts over the weekend, to be kind to my family. Are there any areas in my home that you'd like to see before & after organization pictures of?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bumbo Baby

Paisley also wants to be in the sitting up position so, today we thought we'd pull the Bumbo out of storage and see how she did. Well, she really liked it and she did great holding her head up.


She was pretty happy sitting there but for the most part, she has been pretty grumpy today. I'm not sure what's going on but, she just hasn't been very content and it's been challenging for me. I'm hoping it's just because she's had a stuffy nose and that it'll pass soon. Tomorrow is a new day!
The weather man is calling for snow later this week and I hope we get a bunch. I'd love to go out and make a snowman with Judah and then get all cozy inside afterwards.
Both kids are in bed.....time to relax.
Goodnight!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Getting Organized- Day #2

The thing that I organized today is truly just for me, my makeup drawer. No one sees it and it's looked the same for so long.....a big mess. I don't wear a lot of makeup these days and I don't take the time to "enjoy" makeup like I used to. Pretty much since I've had kids, I just open the drawer, use the same things everyday (or none if we just stay home), and then go on with my business.

Today I cleaned it up a little. I washed my makeup brushes, threw out some old stuff and changed out the containers to hold things. The first thing I did was wipe out the drawer with a scented lavender wipe, a sample that I already had. It made the bathroom smell amazing while I was working and it also cleaned really well! Then I found some pretty tissue paper and lined the drawer. For me, getting more organized is NOT about going out and buying new containers and stuff. Of course that's fun to do but, I want to get more creative using things that we already have at home.

Throwing out old makeup is so important. While I was going through my stuff, I came across an eye cream that's supposed to make the area around your eyes look brighter. Well, I tried it on and the area around my eye is indeed brighter.....bright red! And bumpy. And warm. The cream was way too old. Throw out your old makeup!

Here are the before and after pictures. I've decided that this project is already super humbling. Showing the before picture is embarrassing!
Before:

After:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Getting organized

I like to organize but really, there is only so much time in a day! Moms are busy. We have so many daily tasks such as taking care of our children, fixing dinner, keeping our house under control, running errands, cleaning, laundry, spending quality time with our children (this is different than just taking care of them), trying to fit in a little "me" time, spending time with our husband and trying to be a good friend.

I often feel torn on how to spend my time. Thankfully, my kids usually take a nap at the same time. Sometimes the first thing I want to do after they are down is just simply eat lunch, get on facebook and catch up on blog reading. But, there are also dishes to be done or there is dinner to be made. There is cleaning to be done that I don't want my 2 year old "helping" with. I like to make dinner during nap time as often as I can because it helps the evening to go smoother.

Today I read a little blog entry about organizing a bookshelf. You can find it here. Something like this is so practical and doesn't take much time. I organized our book shelf in our living room and although it's not dramatically different or amazinly gorgeous, it makes me feel good! Just doing a little thing like this everyday can make a huge difference on how organized our home is. Here are the before and after pictures of the bookshelf.
Before

After

I'm going to start trying to organize just one small area of our home everyday and blog about it.
Now it's time for me to go wake and feed my sleeping babe......

Sunday, January 2, 2011

These Booties

Back when Judah was just a baby, when the thought of being pregnant again wasn't in my mind, when Paisley was known just to God, I picked up these booties. They were at a MOPS clothing exchange and I thought they were just too cute to pass up. I brought them home and stuck them in the bottom drawer of Judah's dresser just in case we ever had a baby girl.

Today, my sweet girl wears these booties. It's amazing to think that I picked them up when I didn't even know if we'd ever have a daughter or if we did, what our daughter would be like. To me they look like they were hand made. I wonder who made them and what little girl they had in mind when they did the stitching. Also, because they are used, I wonder what little girl wore them before Paisley and what she is like.

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