Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Day-to-Day

Years from now, I want to be able to look back and remember all the little things about my kids that made me smile.  As it is, I’m lucky if I can remember what happened this morning.  So…instead, I’ll put it out there for the world to read, just so someday I can go back and read for myself 🙂

-Devon loves to brush his teeth.  And I don’t mean he enjoys it when we offer it up.  I mean that he starts yelling and reaching for his toothbrush any time he sees it.  Tonight, while he was brushing his teeth before bed, Aaron helped him get the top teeth/gums and he giggled constantly.

-Chloe is obsessed with her baby and her pretend friends right now.  She wet her bed for the first time earlier this week and blamed it on her pretend friends, because they were in bed with her and if she got up, they might cry.  She didn’t want to tell me she’d wet her bed, but when she did tell me, she said, “Don’t worry though. I cleaned it up with my tissue.” Not so much, kiddo – but she tried!

-Devon still isn’t walking, but he’s a crawling, climbing machine!  He’s a big fan of climbing up the stairs and he definitely doesn’t need any help – or so he thinks.  He kept slipping the other day, so I had my hand gently near his bottom. He wanted no part of it!  He kept whipping around and trying to push my hand away.  He also loves climbing into chairs/beds/couches, but he still doesn’t get the whole ‘you can fall off the edge’ idea.  Earlier this week, I let him fall out of the rocking chair in our playroom (where there’s a padded floor).  He whined for a few seconds, then climbed right back up. Apparently he learned nothing.  Oh boy – what a boy we have on our hands!

-For about 2 weeks now, Chloe Mae has worn some variation of this outfit: tank top, shirt, pants and skirt.  And I don’t mean she’s picked a few from that list. She wears all 4 every day.  Tonight, she was very concerned, because there are no more tank tops in her drawer, so she didn’t know what she’d wear tomorrow. I said something to Aaron about seeing undershirts that we should buy for her.  She whipped her head around, “What mommy?!”  When I explained what I was talking about, she asked if we could go buy some tomorrow morning.  (Don’t worry – I figured out a get-up with a dress for tomorrow that she thinks will meet her standards!)

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Pros & Cons of Fall

At first glance, I’d say I’m not a fan of fall.  I can honestly say I don’t like winter, even after spending 27 of them in Iowa, so with fall being the gateway to winter, I’m usually not too excited about it.    This morning was the perfect example of why – we were  supposed to do a 5K, but with the temperatures being in the 20’s, the kids and I did not brave the weather.  We bundled up and waited inside while Aaron ran.

Then the day warmed up a bit and the kids got to play in the leaves with cousins.

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And for dinner, we had homemade bread and tried a new soup recipe. (recipe below)  I’m happy to say, the whole family liked the soup and we have plenty left over for another couple meals and some in the freezer – definite success!  So, now I’m reconsidering my stance on fall.  Yeah, yeah.  Winter will still come.  But I might as well enjoy the benefits of fall until we get there!

Italian Sausage Soup


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth, low sodium
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans great Northern beans, undrained
  • 2 small zucchini, cubed
  • 2 cups spinach – frozen, leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package tortellini
    1. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, brown sausage with garlic. Stir in broth, tomatoes and carrots, and season with pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
    2. Stir in beans with liquid and zucchini. Cover, and simmer another 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
    3. Turn on low heat, and add spinach and tortellini.  Soup is ready to serve after 5 minutes.

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An evening in the life…

After work tonight, I picked the kids up and we headed over to Noodles, where we enjoyed a free dinner.  We got to try their new BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese.  (It was pretty good – I could have done without the french fried onions on top…)  Aaron was with his running group, so it was just the kids and I, but with mac and cheese for dinner, they didn’t give me any trouble 🙂

On the drive home, I decided it was too nice of a night to go home and play, so we called Aaron and he met us at the park.  It was gorgeous and the kids continued to be happy and content while playing.  I was especially pleased when Chloe moved to a big girl swing (which she normally likes, she just wanted a baby swing because Devon was in one) when a smaller girl – 18 months-ish – started walking towards the swings. She moved so that the smaller girl could have the baby swing if she wanted!

When I got home and was unloading the bag from the sitter’s, I found this:


Chloe wrote me a thank you note.  It was a great way to round out a wonderful Tuesday night!

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