Thursday, January 29, 2009


Hello blog readers,

This post is especially for my cousin Michelle in Japan who wants to know all about what Adalie is doing now. This includes eating, walking, crawling, talking, hair, teeth, etc. she basically wants a post on everything so here we go....

Adalie's typical feeding/sleeping/play schedule @8months old, written from her perspective:

7:30am - Wake Mommy up with happy noises and giggles from my crib, get my wet diaper changed, drink 4-6oz formula and then I get to play in my exersaucer while Mommy drinks her coffee and watches the news

8:45- I am hungry again so Mommy makes me 3oz of whole wheat rice cereal mixed w/fruit

10am- I am sleepy. I think I will nap for 1 1/2 to 2 hours

12pm- I am ready to eat 4-6oz and play play play. This includes Mommy reading to me, a ride in my jogging stroller, Baby Einstein videos, swinging, tummy time (which I hate), stacking blocks, and playing with other fun electronic toys that annoy my Mommy when all the noises are going at one time.

2pm- Hungry again! I usually get another 3oz of rice cereal mixed w/ a veggie.

3pm- I am exhausted from playing. I think I will cuddle up with my lovey (a pink blanket) and sleep for 2 hours or so.

5pm- I am up and drink another 4 oz of formula. Then I usually go the Y with my parents and stay in the nursery while they work out. I love the nice ladies and I really enjoy watching the big kids play.

7pm- I get my last solid meal of the day! Usually a veggie or meat mixed w/ rice cereal and formula.

7:30pm - Time for me to get ready for bed. Some nights I get a bath, other nights I don't need one so we read books and listen to calming music.

8pm- Lights are off, music is on and I am tucked into bed. Tomorrow I get to wake up and do it all again!

New things I am doing:

Holding my bottle, sitting up on my own very well, scooting BACKWARDS on my tummy. Waving hi and bye. Saying, ba-ba, ma-ma and da-da.

Things I am not doing yet:

I still am not crawling. I still don't have teeth or enough hair for a bow.

New pictures to come SOON!

What's for dinner tonight?

Hello to all the busy wives and mothers
out there this post is for you,

If you are like me then you are constantly asking yourself what should I cook for dinner tonight? I feel immense pressure (brought on by myself) to cook healthy, economical and tasty dishes at least 5 nights a week. I also am a person who gets bored with making and eating the same food week after week which brings me to the point of this post. I challenge you to share 2-3 of your favorite recipes on your own blog as I will do below. This will be a great way to find something new to add to your recipe inventory if we all participate. I am looking forward to cooking and eating your recipes very soon :)



***This one is a quiche that is wonderful for breakfast, lunch or dinner:

***This one is super easy and quick! Yummy pork chops.

***This is my all time favorite pasta recipe, it has a bit of a spicy kick to it which I love!

***I am not a huge meat eater so I like this eggplant dish as a main course with a side salad but it could also be a wonderful side dish.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

2008 in review quiz- taken from Liz's blog

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Gave birth to a beautiful 5 pound baby girl!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I think I did pretty well with keeping it.... the resolution was to not let the laundry pile up and stress me out.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, Claire and Celia.... both had handsome baby boys.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, several.

5. What countries did you visit? Didn't make it out of the country.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More patience, worry less.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 4th, James graduation from USAF pilot training; May 20th, Adalie's arrival into the world!!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Growing and delivering Addie, of course!

9. What was your biggest failure? Not being able to breastfeed past 8 weeks.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Plenty of "illness" if morning sickness counts!

11. What was the best thing you bought? My GPS navigation system, no more getting lost.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Huh?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? What?

14. Where did most of your money go? I have absolutely no idea....

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Having the Addie Bug with us!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Anything by Taylor Swift.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? thinner I am not pregnant!
c) richer or poorer? Poorer, making more but spending more it seems

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Relaxed

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worried

20. How did you spend Christmas? With James family in Palm City, FL.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes, with the new little souls in my life.... Jack, Sammy and Adalie.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, West Wing Reruns

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? huh?

24. What was the best book you read? The Shack

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? nothing

26. What did you want and get? A healthy baby GIRL

27. What did you want and not get? Nothing, I am really content in all I have.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? I don't have time to go to the movies.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I went to a nice dinner with James, Celia and Tim, I turned 24.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? more time

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Maternity clothes, wooo hooo, sexy.

32. What kept you sane? James and Claire

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I like following them all.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? The election

35. Who did you miss? Claire and Erin

36. Who was the best new person you met? Adalie Cavanaugh Darlson

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Live for the moment, you never know how much time you have left.