Wednesday, November 18, 2009

All About AJ!

She always skips the #4 when counting.
She loves Caillou, Dragon Tales & The Berenstain Bears.
She recently is afraid of the dark and the imaginary dinosaurs and lions in her playroom.
She loves playing basketball (what she calls bouncing and throwing the big balls around with daddy)!
She LOVES salad - we end each dinner with one and she can eat an adult sized portion easily!
When it's too quiet she is either in the bathroom playing with something she shouldn't, in our room putting lotion all over her face, hands and feet (and I mean ALL OVER), in the kitchen eating sugar out of the dish or playing in the flour from the baking drawer, or she in our room standing up on top of my night stand turning the light switch on and off!
When she is caught doing whatever it is she isn't supposed to be doing she lets out a big and happy "HI MOMMY"!
She watches the Simpsons with daddy every night after dinner - and I must let everyone know that I DO NOT APPROVE OF THIS AT ALL!!!
She is very excited to become a big sister and constantly talks about baby Dylan - she always tells me how much she is going to teach him and the things she is going to help me do for him!
She recently tried to feed her baby cousin Julia a Frito - I literally left the two of them alone for less then 30 seconds and this is what I came back to! I am going to have to watch her like crazy with Dylan!
She calls her music teacher Mr. Goose instead of Mr. Bruce!
She calls Nana (her great grandmother) Banana!
Orange juice (the only juice she ever has and only 1/2 cup each morning) is always called apple juice.
She is very good at being polite - she says please, thank you, your welcome and blesses you when you sneeze!
She loves helping around the house and is my little shadow - she especially loves helping fold laundry, setting the dinner table at night and feeding Marley his breakfast and dinner.
She loves Marley, who she calls MarMar, but most of the time a little too much!
She insists on going with daddy outside each morning and night, no matter how cold it is to let Marley out and do the recycling.
She recently learned the phrase "it's not fair" and uses it every time she doesn't get her way!
She narrates much of what she does all day and frequently talks in the 3rd person.
She likes watching golf with daddy and yells out "in the hole" or "nice shot" and whenever we are watching football, no matter what game it is, she always cheers for the Mountaineers "Let's go Mountaineers" and knows to say "touchdown" when our team scores!
She is easily frustrated, she gives up way too quick and yells "I CAN'T" - we try to encourage her that she can and let her know mommy and daddy are always there to help, but it isn't easy!
She has the worst fake smile for pictures!
She remembers everything and can tell you things like what Uncle Jason does for a living, where Uncle Peter lives, both her and my doctors names, everyone in the family's dogs names, and all kinds of other stuff you only mention once!
She love looking at pictures and pointing everyone out.
She likes using the word "probably" - "We are probably going to class today", "Chris is probably home", "I am probably going to have cupcakes"!
She loves jumping on our bed and messing up all the pillows and blankets no matter how annoyed I get!
She is a daddy's little girl for sure and knows that she always gets her way with him - must be those beautiful blues!
She is funny, loves being silly, has the greatest giggle and has a great sense of humor - just like her dad!
She loves playing with other kids and I know she is going to just love preschool in January!
She loves going "to classes" with her friends Shane & Fiona or going to Mimi's to play with Chris and baby Julia.
She gives me the best hugs and kisses all day long and loves to snuggle with me when watching her shows on TV!
Every once in a blue moon she will let me rock her to sleep and I LOVE IT when she does (mommy's guilty pleasure)!
She repeats and repeats and repeats her questions or statements till she is acknowledged - I guess you would call that persistence!
She loves cooking - now that is MY GIRL!
Pepperoni is her favorite pizza topping.
I could go on and on about the best little girl in the world - I am so lucky and proud to be her mother and wouldn't change one thing about her - the good and even the not so good! She is beautiful both inside and out and she amazes us all on a daily basis! WE LOVE YOU TONS AND TONS AJ!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Little Explores Class Week 9

This week we learned all about recycling! Mr. Barbara brought in a bag of garbage and we decided together if it should go in the regular garbage can, the plastic, bottles and cans bin or the paper bin. Each child then took a turn going up and throwing something into it's proper bin - after each went up, we clapped for them - the kids were SO cute and had big, shy smiles when they herd our applause - it was adorable! Next we made picture frames out of recycled things and then we read a book. Finally we went outside to see a greenhouse made of recycled plastic bottles and then went to see the Environmental Centers bins for recycling - it was really great! Unfortunately we didn't go on much of a walk today - I was kinda hoping a long walk in the woods would maybe start some labor contractions - NO SUCH LUCK!

38.5 Weeks!

This turkey looks about done to me! Come on Baby Dylan - don't make mommy, daddy & your big sis wait too much longer - we can hardly stand the waiting anymore!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Little Explores Class Week 8

Week 8 - Birds Migrating South!

Week 8 we learned all about birds and how they fly south for warmer temperatures during the winter. We made these adorable birds out of toilet paper rolls and feathers and then went outside and on a small hike through the woods to fly our birds around.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Corned Beef & Cabbage Baked in a Beer

1 bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
1 corned beef rubbed with spicy brown mustard
1 head of cabbage cut into 4 chunks
4 carrots peeled and cut up
2 large potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
1 large onion cut up into chunks

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place the corned beef into a Corningware Dish and poor a bottle of beer around it. Cover tightly with foil and cook in the oven for about 3 hours. After 3 hours remove from oven and add the cabbage, onions, carrots and potatoes. Cover and place back into the oven and cook another hour. Remove from oven and baste everything with the liquid, turn heat on oven up to 400 and then bake another 1/2 hour to 1 hr to brown the fat! Awesome & easy all in one meal!

Daylight Savings!

We set the clocks back an hour this morning at 2AM and so we were expecting AJ to wake up at 5:30 AM instead of her normal 7:00 AM...well she did really awesome and slept till 6:30! It was great! We got up and had our normal Sunday family breakfast and then still found ourselves with a bunch of time to kill before football so off to the Turtle Back Zoo we went! It was a awesome morning at the zoo - no lines and got to see & hear a lot of great things! The bears were right up against the observation window - we have NEVER seen them this close - they were rubbing up against the window and almost interacting with us! Next we went and actually got to see the wolves - all summer they are hard to get a look at as they don't love the heat. After that it was up to the farm where we got to see the HUGE working horse up close, see the pig up and actually moving around and eating, hear the cow moo and the donkey eeee aww! We got to see the new Gibbon & Crane exhibits which are really cool - they Gibbons are such great gymnasts! Finally we rode the train - the views were beautiful - it's a little past peak for the tree colors but it was still really nice and they weren't bare just yet! Alex & I are so happy we had that extra hour today to spend as a family - it was really nice - when we got in the car AJ even told us she had a great time at the zoo!