Friday, July 29, 2011

The Bears Protect Me

Peek a boo! I see you!!
Davis has been on a teddy bear kick this past week. We take them in the car, set them at the dinner table, and all around the house. It is beyond adorable! And yes, he is still of course very attached to his blanket! We are not past that yet. At bed time, he has to be surrounded by all of his friends. He is so covered with stuffed animals, that his face is barely showing. Cute?!? Very!!!

I love, love this picture.
And he's outta there!!! (Yes, there are FOUR stuffed animals) This was a battle I felt didn't need fighting. Go for it, Davis!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Super Nanny Is My Friend

As mentioned before, Michael's niece is staying with us for the summer. Maybe I was expecting dancing around the living room all day, doing each other's hair, but who was I kidding? Seeing as how we aren't having dance parties all day, some rules and structure had to be implemented. So what did we do one fun filled Friday evening? Well, make a house rules and chore chart, of course.

Having a nine year old in the house, for over a month already, makes me feel like I'm being tested for what is to come down the road. Although I don't have a girl, the awesome tween drama is giving me enough insight to make me want to hide in the closet. Never fear! Super Nanny is here. If you have been hiding in the closet yourself, and don't know who Super Nanny is, please come out and google her. We started putting Davis in time out and starting discipline with him at an early age. Is it working? Well, we shall see. So why not use her rules and structure for the nine year old.

Coming up with the house rules was actually a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I thought I was going to be spitting out about 20 rules off the top of my head, but when it came down to it, I kept stalling. Breyonna was shockingly excited to make a house rules board, and I feel it was because we included her in it. We came up with the rules, and she got to write them on a posterboard, then decorate it. If the house rules are broken and/or not done, she does not get freedoms. "Freedoms" means no fun stuff such as playing next door with her friend, allowance, swimming, etc.

We also have a chore chart that we have started for her to follow daily. This includes such chores as make your bed, straighten the bathroom, and shower daily. It never occured to me that I would have to remind someone to take a shower everyday. Since I'm no longer nine and realized people don't like the stinky person, it is now a chore. For each chore, she gets a star, and then gets rewarded at the end of the week with either allowance, or a fun activity.

I know what some of you are thinking. How hard can it be? She's just nine! Well, how hard can a two year old be? He's just two! Exactly! But if you know me, then you know that I stress over the little things and need to be smacked with some patience.
I know one thing is for sure. Davis is going to have massive withdrawls and such a hard time when he realizes she is no longer here. We really have been having such a fun time. Sunday Spa Night, homemade pasta night, painting. A lot of painting! I have a little Picasso on my hands!

So for now, I'll roll with the punches and still dance around the living room in my own dance party!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

I Love The Terrible Two's

Being a parent is a skill of strength. It is also a good comedy act that requires improvisation tactics that you may not know you had. If you can act like a good parent, and seem like you know what the hell you're doing, then just go with it. Nod and smile, people. Nod and smile. Just don't let the little one in on your secret and you should have a little more time to kill. Once things are smooth sailing for just a little big, BAM! That boat has sunk and you are on a new ride. Where this ship is taking you, you have yet to find out. It may be a pretty calm ride, or you may just want to yell, 'MAN OVERBOARD' as you fling yourself off! Now being a parent of a toddler requires all different skill levels as this is a whole new territory. I for one, am not the most patient person on this earth, so I must up my skill levels. You are now creeping into, oh crap, what the heck just happened here, territory? If there was a rewind button to get that sweet little baby back, I'd be pressing it with full force. Seeing as how the Man upstairs decided against this, we have no choice but to trek on through this fun little game. Talk about a test in itself!

I, myself, am now smack dab in the middle of the 'NO' phase. At first, it is so cute that your child has learned a new word. Gosh, you're proud of him. Isn't he becoming so smart? You show this new skill off (for a day) then beg for it to stop. Then the days go on and the weeks pass by, and everything, I mean everything, is NO! Do you want breakfast? NO! Do you want to go outside? NO! Do you want to keep being the spawn of satan? NO! (Well at least that one was good!) Do you want to keep saying no? NO! You're awesome, kid! Keep up the good work. So now I wonder, maybe instead of every single time I have said no to him, I should have come up with another word? Maybe use the word yikes?!? At least every five seconds he would be screaming YIKES! and it wouldn't be so piercing to the ears.

So, I leave you with this. My son loves to say NO so much, that he is now saying it to his toys. Have I mentioned that I LOVE this phase?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Little Bookworm

I love that Davis still LOVES reading. Even by himself. He babbled along to the book, making different noises and talking along to himself. It is so precious.

He looks like a big boy here :(

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Have A Picky Eater? Pizza Never Fails!

Growing up, my grandmother would always try to find sneaky ways to make us eat our fruits and vegetables. Of course, at the time, we had no idea. Being that pizza was and still is one of my favorite foods, pizza never fails! Disguise it with anything, and you have a meal that no kid can turn down. Well, almost no kid.

Here is a twist on the traditional chicken pot pie, perfect for kids and adults. Use a slightly larger ramekin for an adult size portion serving and serve it with a side salad; or make it in a smaller portion for kids and serve with veggie sticks or other side.

~6 servings~

Pizza Pot Pies

3 cups sauce (store bought of any brand is perfect!)

2 cups diced roasted chicken

2 cups broccoli cut into small, bite size pieces

***I had frozen mixed veggies and put them in the food processor. Harder for the picky eaters eye to find***

1 1/2 cups diced mozzarella cheese

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds purchased pizza dough (one can of Pillsbury will do the trick)

1/3 c olive oil

6 tbs freshly grated Parmesan

Special equipment: 6 (10 oz ramekins)

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, chicken, broccoli mixture, mozzarella, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Divide the chicken mix evenly among the ramekins. Roll out the pizza dough 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick, and use a paring knife to cut circles that are 1 inch larger in diameter than the ramekins. Set the circles of dough over the edges of each ramekin. Brush the pizza crust with the olive oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Cut a small slit in the top with the knife. Bake until the pizza crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Remove and cool slightly.

These turned out delicious and were loved by the whole family!! If you make this, you'll have to tell me how it turns out :)