Friday, November 25, 2011

A Bug's Life...

As I scrolled through recent posts, I realized that Bug hasn't gotten much screen time recently.
So, I'll just fix that for you!
She's great!
Easily Distracted.
Still dancing.
A Great Big Sis!

(she decided to introduce him to Mama Mia! early :) )
She's fun to talk to,
and loves "girl dates"
Oh, and she's been sewing...
and getting more and more fashion savvy!
Heaven, Help US!
You just can't help but love this girl.
She's the most happy, positive person I know!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Pie...

Ace decided this year that he wanted to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
No problem, I think to myself, easy peasy, it comes in cans!
But no, Ace then goes into great detail about getting pumpkins and scooping out seeds.
So...we made it a day!
Here, I present to all of you...
First, we got our pumpkins, cut them up, and scooped them out.
(Hubs and I helped out with the cutting...
for obvious reasons)
Then we put it on a pan and baked it.

While the pumpkin was cooking, we moved on to our next project.
Now, I was taught "Old School" by the amazing Granmother...
no need for that fake stuff when you've got Crisco, flour and a glass of ice water!
 I went over the basics,
we measured everything out,
and Ace went to work with the dough cutter...
 My Joy Boy did it great!
Then he rolled out the dough...
I helped him with evening it out and putting it on the plate,
then demonstrated the finer points of Granmother's edge crimping...
 He's a fast learner!
(in full disclosure, we didn't quite bake it long enough and ended up having to steam it after we peeled the skin to get it soft enough to puree)
While we baked the crust, we moved back to the pumpkin...
 We loaded it up in the food processor
and pureed away!
This is what we ended up with...
In went our other ingredients...
(Can't believe he kept posing!)
in the oven it went!

While baking,
I took a minute to scoop up the extra puree into small servings to use as baby food later!
I've been researching baby food making lately.
Anticipating that Carlos will be another big eater :)

Ok, back to the pie...
It turned out great!
Ace took it to Thanksgiving Dinner at church Sunday night...
It was a hit!

I am so proud of my new baker!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

5 months

Carlos, you are 5 months old!
Gram can't believe it, and neither can we!

You have grown into quite a mover and grabber...
Oh, and gnawer too!
You constantly chew your hands, or other peoples hands around you...
and Oh, the drool.

At your last Dr appointment you were 
15lb 12oz (50th%)
27in (95th%)
You're probably going to be tall!
You are wearing 3-6 and some 6-9mo clothes
(mostly bigger pants for the extra length)
We are still squeezing you into size 2 diapers
(we still have 3 unopened packages, but may soon pack those up for Bec and move on to 3's)

You have had many firsts this month.
You had surgery :(
Your first (hopefully of many) World Series
Your first Halloween
(Uncle J-Rod snuck popcorn in your monkey!)
Your first Balloon Festival

You were mesmerized by the lights!
You've also, much to Daddy's great delight, tasted your first "real foods"
It was hard to resist with a face like this...
Then there was all of the begging and the infamous Dr. Pepper Dive!
So far you've had rice cereal and bananas,
and there's no going love your food!
You are so happy!
You smile, and laugh and cackle all the time.
We love you so much!