Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday --- Gratuitius Pics

I haven't posted many pics lately. So here ya go.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

So... Miss Calleigh

We had her 15 month checkup on Nov. 30 (my bday).

It did not go real well.

She had gained no weight, and lost some of what she'd gained. Very disconcerting. Pede labeled her FTT early childhood and we'll be speaking to a nutritionist and having some tests run to rule out any problems.

IN the meantime, I'm keeping a food journal of what she eats, when she eats it, etc.

We've already added in Pediasure. Hoping to try benacalorie soon.

Pray for weight gain. And if you have any good suggestions, throw them at me. (Just remember gluten free, corn free)


Christmas Countdown

As of today there are 18 days left.

What do I have to get done in those 18 days?

Well lets see.

I have to finish:

  • Fabric Paper dolls
  • 2 felt play mats (1 car track, 1 stove top)
  • 1 quiet book
  • 3 fleece blankets
  • 8 cloth blocks
  • 10 lemon sugar hand scrubs
  • 10 bath salts
  • 5 fish in a bag soaps

And that's it, I think.    Crafting has been slow this week, because Calleigh is teething again.  Poor bug.  


A little Christmas Craftiness....

I'm pretty sure the people these are for, won't ever find my blog, so its safe to share!

Last weekend we worked on some christmas crafts and goodies. We met up with Jessica and Andrew, baby Hannah stayed with her grandma, and we worked on a couple gifts.

First up were these beauties.

Caity's are the multi colored ones, while Izzie and Calleigh's were smaller silver balls. I love how they turned out.

I've printed off this poem to attach to them before we give them out as gifts!

Caitlyn's Snowmen

These aren't just 5 snowmen

as anyone can see...

I made them with my hand

which is a part of me.

Now every year at Christmastime

when you deck your halls,

you can look back and remember

Christmas 2010

when my hand was just this small!

Merry Christmas!

Love, Caitlyn (Of course Isabella and Calleigh's will have their names instead!)

While the handprints were drying, we made some salt dough ornaments. We let the kids use cookie cutters to make the shapes they wanted. Some of them, we mixed glitter into the dough before cutting out.

They all turned out super cute!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?

Just that we all stay healthy and have a good time as a family.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
Christmas morning starts whenever the kids wake. They are allowed to collect their stockings when they wake up, but have to wait on gifts for everyone else to wake. Once everyone is awake, we sit down to open gifts. We take turns round robin, with all the kids. Once gifts are all open, DH puts stuff together/puts in batteries, while I make a huge brunch.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
I'd love a Kindle or Nook! And a small gift card to buy books for it!

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
We do a lot of crafting/baking. Mostly using things we already have in the house.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
We played a lot of card games. And of course monopoly. We do a "dirty santa" game every year, even now!

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
Cookie baking/decorating. We read the christmas story on christmas eve. PJs opened chirstmas eve.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?
If we were to leave, I'd go someplace tropical. OR some place with lots of snow.

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?

Wheel of Fortune for Nintendo DS
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for Playstation 3
Kinect Dance Party Bundle


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

5 minutes for Mom's Christmas giveaways


5 Minutes for mom does this yearly. They offer up giveaways for everyone and also provide for families in need (nominated by the general populace)

Be sure to check out the giveaways here But do it quick!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

5 generations on my Daddy's side. How lucky are my girls that they get to know their great great grandmother?

As a sidenote -- She turned 93 the day after that picture was taken!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bento snack

Just a small snack for the girls we had today.

Left Side: cherry tomatoes, carrots, cheese stick

Right Side: goldfish crackers, hard boiled egg, kiwi berries


Wordless Wednesday -- Fun at the Museum


Friday, October 8, 2010

It's been a rough few weeks.

So much going on.

We got Calleigh's allergy RAST results in. We are now Corn Free (for her) and she was also borderline dairy, but so far dairy is not affecting her.

That meant quite a change in her snacks for the day (She used to love snacking on corn kernals)

We go back next week to check her weight and see if anythings changed, if not, we'll probably be looking at some more tests to find out what is going on there. She hasn't really gained anything since 6 months and she's flatlined on the growth chart.

I'm a little concerned, but trying not to be super worried. I've had small girls before.


3 little Bento's

Been a super busy week. Lots to update on, so little time.

Here's 3 lunches from this past week.

1st up is a school lunch for Caity.

She has on the left, orange container of Ranch dressing, Carrots, Grape tomatoes, half a cheese stick.
Right side: Dino chicken nuggets, a Colby Jack dino cheese cutout, and a mini fruit roll up.

That same day Izzie had this lunch (She wasn't feeling well, so it wasn't as full)

Top: Chicken nuggets, half a cheese stick, baby carrots, Hand cheese cutout.
Bottom: Cheeze Its, min fruit roll up, and she had a deviled egg too, but she ate it before I got a picture.

Yesterday's lunch for Caity.

Left Side: PB & strawberry fig jelly sandwich (heart shaped), Ausome fruit Apple Stick, some orange fruit nuggets
Right side: Baby carrots, added in ranch after the picture, Various crackers and cheese cutouts. Her initials C, E, and J, and some mini stars.

*She ate it all*

For more fun lunches check out Shannon's What's for lunch


Friday, September 17, 2010

Pecko the Elephant (AKA Our Webkinz Jr. Party)

We were blessed to be given the opportunity to hos a Webkinz Jr. sponsored MommyParty. Thanks to MomSelect and Webkinz Jr. (Ganz)

If you've never heard of Webkinz Jr. you are in for a treat. Webkinz Jr. is an interactive game. With every Webkinz Jr. stuffed animal is a Pet Code to interact with that pet online in a fun game setting. The interactive stuff includes feeding, bathing, and putting the pet to bed as needed. But also playing games with your pet, which in turn teaches your child while they play.

Isabella LOVES the game where you collect acorns as they are falling. It tells you to collect a certain number of acorns and then you are done! It's a great fun way to learn counting.

Webkinz Jr. is designed for ages 3-6.

We hosted our party over Labor day weekend, the same weekend we hosted Calleigh's 1st birthday party! The older kids were thrilled to be included in something as fun as Webkinz Jr. while the baby got to play with her new gifts.

Each child who came recieved the following A Webkinz Jr bag, a Webkinz Jr (5 different varieties), a coloring book, a CD, sticker sheet, info sheet, and 5 trial code cards to hand out to friends.

We also received two craft items. One was beads and string to make bracelets/necklaces. The other was paper bags and construction paper to make paper bag puppets.

We divided the day up into the different parts of the event. Crafts, intro to Webkinz jr, snacks, and then the dispursement of the "goody" bags. Then we let the kids take turns playing the game on the computers. We had two laptops and one desktop computer set up for the kids.

We were sent a short DVD to introduce the kids and parents to the Webkinz Jr. World!

The kids LOVED the crafts a lot. Each one did something different and enjoyed having the opportunity to create to their whims. We had bracelets and necklaces. Some kids used the beads to glue to their paper bag puppets. 

The kids enjoyed watching the games being played and they enjoyed playing their turn. We had a little technical difficulties when our internet went down during the party due to storms, but all of the parents report that they were able to set up their accounts/child accounts once home without problems.

Webkinz Jr. is a wonderful online world and it was easily maneuvered by both my 3 and 6 year old and the other kids.  I think that it makes a lovely addition to other educational activities online.

*Disclosure. We were sent 10 gift sets for the party, plus the Intro DVD, and craft items by Ganz. All words here are my own and I was not paid anything for them.


Quotes from the girls

The big girls were talking in the backseat the other day.  We were coming close to a stop light and I hear the following.

I says "Red light means stop mama"

Cait replies "What does Yellow mean Bella?"

I says "slow down. and Green means go.  What do blue lights mean, Caity?"

Cait says, without skipping a beat "That means you are in BIG trouble"


YAY! More food posts.

I finally found my camera cord! YAY.

So Here's a few lunches to share

This one was from last week, It's Miss Caity's in her favorite Little Mermaid container

Inside the box. Top teir, PB crackers, 4 Chicken nugggets, Chese Butterfly

Bottome tier: Pickle, tomato (garden fresh), Cheese stick, cheerios.

In her LPS funtainer she had strawberry milk.

She ate it all.

Yesterday's Bentos

All three closed up.

Caity's Bento

Left side:
Chedder whales, pickles (cut to fit) and applesauce in orange container.

Right Side:
Italian Chicken and potatoes

She also decided to take a hard boiled egg.

Izzie's Bento

Right side Rice, little butter,
Left side Italian chicken and taters.

She insisted on the rice and I don't argue with her

Calleigh's Bento!

Top of turtle -- Italian Chicken and taters, chopped smaller.
Bottom -- rice with butter, green beans

Green side dish Banana yogurt

Two full funtainers of milk today.

Hello Kitty was used by Izzie, and LPS by Caity. We love funtainers. WE have 3 total, and I want at least 3 more!

The baby got a small cup of coconut milk and she still nurses of course.

Sharing this post with Shannon for What's for lunch, Wednesday!