Monday, August 30, 2010

9 Months

On the 25th Dylan turned 9 months old. Today we had him at the doctor for his wellness visit and here is how he measures up. He is 24 pounds, 8 ounces - 90%, he is 30 inches tall - 100% and his head was in the 65%. Couldn't love my big boy any more! He got two shots and was a champ. Since he has been on a recent bottle strike I was a little concerned about the amount he was getting - the Dr. assured me that as long as he got 12 ounces a day he'd be fine - great - now I can stop force feeding him his bottles and can cut back! Oh and he finally holds his own bottles - woot woot!!!! Dylan has two bottom teeth and is teething pretty hard with 4 top teeth. He is now able to crawl backwards pretty well and he is starting to try to pull up on things. He also can scoot a little like AJ did to get around. He can stand while holding on to something for a bit and he takes some steps when we hold his hands up and walk with him - he is a lot more flat footed and not walking or standing on his toes. He loves his play table and loves sitting in his green chair at it and he pulls up to stand from there! Recently we are all about the mohawk and he looks adorable! He eats everything - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pancakes are his new favorite things. He LOVES ice cream and had his first cone this month. He gets very upset if he sees his sister with dessert and him with none! He is does SO BIG, claps his hands and yells YAY and bangs on the floor to do bam bam - it's adorable how happy he gets with himself and how you just know he wants you to do it along with him! We love you D man and can hardly believe you will be 1 year in less then 3 months - crazy!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Julia's 1st Birthday

We all had such a great time celebrating my niece Julia's 1st Birthday this past week. Tuesday, the 24th was her actual birthday and we all invited over for some pizza, salad, coke (which was super awesome since Alex & I hadn't had it in FOREVER) & ice cream cake! Today was her big bash and it was tons of fun! Julia looked super adorable in her cup cake top and flower petal tutu and there was a magician, face painter, balloon guy and a candy bar! The brunch food and all the deserts were delishious and we had so much fun! Happy Birthday to the cutest little 1 year old - thanks for all the smiles this past year!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

News Paper, Coffee & Corn Muffins!

AJ has the cutest little routine when we go to my mother's house - the two of them walk outside down the driveway to get the paper, when they get back in they share a morning cup of coffee and a Thomas Corn Muffin with butter (and some grape jelly on Mimi's). AJ's coffee is of course very milked down but she loves drinking it out of a real coffee mug just like Mimi does. Recently I have to give Dylan a pice of corn muffin too so he doesn't feel left out - and just like the other two, he loves it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Last Day of Camp

Sad to say that today was the last day of camp for the summer! I will be glad to have my AJ to myself for a few weeks till school starts up again (which she LOVES too) but I know she will miss it! She loved camp and had so much fun doing all the fun activities they had to offer. She tie-dyed, she cooked, she made bracelets and necklaces, she did all kinds of art projects, she swam and played in the sprinklers and on the jungle gyms, she had pizza lunches and a pancake breakfast with her friends! Thank goodness we have lots of stuff coming up to keep us busy till the start of school!

Here are a few shots of her all ready for the last day...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pig Tails & Sippy Cups

2 important milestones have been reached in the Matrale house hold - AJ's hair is long enough for adorable pig tails and Dylan can use a sippy cup all by himself - not the normal kind that babies first start off with (he still has no clue what to do with those), but the big-kid straw kind! Hey - whatever works!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Antipasto & Calzones

1 tub of ricotta
1 egg beaten
few leaves of fresh basil chopped
few sprigs of fresh parsley chopped
ground pepper
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
some cut up pepperoni
1 store bough ball of pizza dough cut in half
whole wheat flour for rolling our dough
olive oil for oiling pan and brushing

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ricotta cheese, egg, basil, parsley & pepper in a bowl and mix.

Roll out each half of pizza dough over some flour to about a 1/4 inch thickness.

Lay rolled dough on oiled pan. Top half of dough with the ricotta mixture, 1/2 cup of mozzarella and some pepperoni.

Fold over the other half of dough over the top and seal the dough together. Brush the tops with some olive oil, poke with a few holes on top and cook for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve with some delicious antipasto and you have yourself a yummy tummy meal perfect for a Sunday!