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Saturday, January 31, 2009

What do you think?

I pulled out my baby pictures to see if Cadence and I share any resemblances or not. Here are some scanned photos of me (sorry that they're not the best quality due to scanning, but if you click on the photo it will enlarge). I am two to three months in these shots.









Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Simple Sayings

Veronica painting her body with laughing cow cheese.

Veronica: "Steak & Pie! steak & pie!"
mommy or daddy: "do you want to read your book with the steak & pie?"
Veronica: "yeah!"
this is her Richard Scarry Busy Book, which has a picture of steak & pie. She was looking at the page and asked, "wuz this?" (referring to the steak). I told her what it was and that daddy's favorite is steak, so now it's one of her favorites.

Veronica had to go potty, so with a look of determination and concentration she went poopoo. After she finished she stood up to see what came out and she said, "Big Poo poos!" "Yes, BIG poo poos," I replied.


Veronica was in this habit of touching Cadence's eyes. One day I had to talk to her about it a couple times. When night time came I was holding Cadence and singing 'Jesus Loves Me' to Veronica. She will say, "Mo Jdezuz," and I'll sing again. Well she went to touch Cadence's eye and I went straight to discipline mode. Then, she blurted, "Mo Jdezuz!?" "NO!" I responded without thinking about what she asked me. Ben started laughing. "What are you laughing about," I asked. "Here's our daughter spiritually hungry for more Jesus and you shout out, NO," he replied.

When going to bed at night Veronica opens up the blinds and says, "Night night Cars!"

When reading one of her books, there's a picture of a sock, which she points out and says, "Sock...Stinky Sock!"

She pretends to open the door and even knocks on the door, then says to herself, "Hello--yeah, bye bye," as if she had an imaginary friend she were talking to.

Here's Veronica after yelling out, "Sweep, Sweep?" She loves to help out around the house.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mohawk...or Ed Grimly?

Dora the Explorer

"Doda? Mow Doda!" says Veronica



I'm not sure when Veronica found out about Dora the Explorer, but for some reason she's quite fascinated with her. She's even more enthralled with Map and Backpack. If you're not familiar with this Latin American little girl who is always going on adventures (while us parents have no idea what her parents are thinking to let their daughter go exploring through jungles with a monkey named Boots), let me give you a recap.

If after your child turns two and you choose to allow them to watch a cartoon...this one is very good, due to the repetition and slow pace of the show. Dora goes on a new adventure with her sidekick monkey, Boots (he wears red boots, hence his name). They always have to travel to three different locations, the third being their final destination. She needs her Map to find out where they're going (Map has a song he sings every time). Here's Veronica saying, "More Map!"


They have to watch out for Swiper the Fox. They always need the children's help to inform them of the fox and say, "Swiper, No Swiping," three times. Swiper responds saying, "OHH Man," which Veronica loves to say as well.

There's always a catastrophe where she needs to get something from her trusty Backpack, who also has a special song he sings. You would think you're watching a bit of Indiana Jones made for kids, ya know without all the violence and guns, but essentially the same.

Once they get to their destination they sing a song together, "We did it, we did it, yea we did it...(I sing this song to Veronica when she does something, but fill in the blanks of what she did--it gets a smile out of her every time)." As you scroll down you will see the sequence of events when dancing and singing to the 'We Did It' song, actually Veronica could really care less about any of the show except the songs being sung.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Two months

Our little Cadence is two months old this past week. She is proving to be our little sleeper. She has a mellow temperament, unless she doesn't get enough sleep (overtired, which we try to avoid).

She smiles all the time. It's cute, because there are times when she's nursing, she'll stop, look up at me and grin. Her smile is very contagious.


She is also talking in her baby gurgle sort of way. She has also been letting out those occasional squeals of delight. Our biggest struggle with her is getting her to go to bed at night, because she will be bright eyes while her parents are dreary eyes. She is super adorable nonetheless, especially with her punk rocker hairdo (it goes like that naturally, no gel involved).






Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cookie Cake for Kids Birthday Parties


In case anyone wanted to make this cake for a kid's birthday party or for another fun party here's the recipe. Also, you could use a buttercream frosting instead of the cream cheese one.

Serves 16

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (I used evaporated milk to not have as high fat content)
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 40 ounces (5 packages) cream cheese, room temperature (you could also use a low-fat cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (I used a bit more than 1/2 cup)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and brown and granulated sugars into mixer bowl; mix on medium until pale and fluffy. Mix in vanilla, eggs, and yolks. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the cream. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. For each of the 5 layers, drop 1 level cup batter onto center of a baking sheet lined with parchment (keep unbaked dough refrigerated). Using a small offset spatula, spread into an 8-inch circle. Bake until edges are pale golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Use offset spatula to reshape circle. Return to oven; bake until edges are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Transfer to wire rack; let cool. Can be stored airtight up to 1 day.
  3. Mix cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in clean mixer bowl on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Spread onto 4 cookies. Stack cookies, placing unfrosted cookie on top. Refrigerate until frosting is set, at least 20 minutes or up to 4 hours. Serve at room temperature. (courtesy Martha Stewart)


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Two years

From this...





...to this!





We celebrated Veronica's second birthday with Ben's family and two of our close friends (both families have older children Veronica's age and younger children Cadence's age). Grandma & Grandpa Scellick were almost not able to make it due to the I-90 pass being closed, but it opened in time for them to make the voyage. Auntie Amber and Uncle Bob made it up too, which was great to have them here with us. Bob had been in Rome all of Fall Quarter, so this was also his first time meeting Cadence.
I was setting out to have a kid birthday party and since Veronica is not at the age where she really has a preference as to what her party will look like, I took upon myself to think about her likes to pattern her party after them. I was originally going to make a Dora the Explorer Map or Backpack Cake, since she loves those two figures from the show. **Sidenote: She rarely watches it, but her only interest is Map & Backpack for the song they sing, then she could care less about the rest of the show. With that in mind, Ben bought her a CD of the Dora songs which she loves more than anything.**

The plans changed and I made her a cookie cake, because she likes "cookwees," as she calls them.




Veronica is a very tactile sort of child. She must touch and fully immerse herself in her world, which is why I typically have to change her clothes at least twice a day. So what better way to encourage this but have a playdoh activity. I made grape koolaid playdoh, cherry koolaid playdoh, and a plain green playdoh (no koolaid--see recipe below if interested). I'm pretty sure the kids liked it. We had a small dance party led by Auntie Amber to the Dora soundtrack of course.Sorry no dancing pictures, but here's a cute one of Cadence & Auntie!



Veronica had a few favorite presents, particularly her shiny pink shoes. She is totally my daughter, because I love shoes. I love how no matter if you gain weight or lose it--you still wear the same size. Plus, shoes really do make the outfit. Sunday morning when I said, "Veronica let's put your shoes on for church," Ben was pulling out her brown shoes, but Veronica went over to get her sparkly shoes.

She also received a doll bed. As she was opening it she stopped, because she wanted to play with something else; however, her friend Adri was intrigued by the present. So I asked her if she wanted to help Veronica open the present, she nodded with delight. Adri was much more excited about the doll bed that she helped me set up and started putting a baby to sleep. Later on her friend Gavrie put the doll to bed and Veronica came over, pulled the baby out and put in her BaaBaa. Then, all of a sudden you hear this loud, "NOOOOOOOO!" from Gavrie's mouth. He wasn't pleased with the turn of events.

We also saw Gavrie working on his gentleman skills by handing a piece of cake (that he could have eaten first) to Adri. We gave out each of the playdoh for Veronica's two friends to take home as favors, along with the recipe. It was a good day!


Koolaid Playdoh
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 packets of koolaid
  • 3 Tb vegetable oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add oil. Add water and mix together. Knead the dough and add more flour until it isn't sticky but pliable. Store in a container to avoid drying out the dough. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Little Doggy




Veronica received a little doggy magnet from Grandma & Grandpa Scellick for Christmas. She hasn't paid much attention to it until two days ago. Here's the scene:

Ben, Cadence, and I are sitting in the dining room area while Veronica is running back and forth between the kitchen and dining/living room. All you could hear is her talking, shutting a cupboard door and running back out to see us. She would repeat this over and over. I went in and peeked my head around the corner and I saw that she had been putting her little doggy on the top shelf of the cupboard and saying, "night night dawgy." I told her we needed to get ready for bed and suggested that doggy go night night as well. This brought on a whole new idea...see below.
Part One (continue with Part Two)

Part Two


You would think that was it with the story, but the following night long after Veronica had fallen asleep with me alone in the kitchen putting dishes away, I opened up the cupboard to find this picture.
I appreciate how her imagination continues to grow with her play!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Multi-tasking & growing

Oh the joys of being a mother of two--it takes more hands than I have to get everything done. The past couple days were spent being able to bask in taking care of one child, which was a breeze compared to the new life of two. Cadence & I went to AZ to visit my family (both brothers, sister-in-law, dad, mom and new baby Lucas--my nephew), while Ben and Veronica stayed home doing all sorts of fun things.


Uncle Willy taking pictures with niece Cadence

Happy Mama Adrienne with cutie Lucas

Grandpa Soto enjoying his granddaughter

Uncle Andrew meets Cadence

Cousins


Cadence has been such a good baby so far. She sleeps well, eats well, poops & pees well, smiles well, and loves her family well. This changed a bit(meaning the sleep part) while in AZ and I'm currently not sure if it was the change or if she's entering that hump of being more alert. You would think it would have happened prior to seven weeks--right? So, I'm currently working on getting her on a nap & bedtime schedule (Ben is also working on it), because she has been super crabby the past three days and this mama can't hold her all day to keep her comfortable, even if she has the sweetest smile for me.
Here's Cadence holding her head up very well, not necessarily the funniest video, but neat to see her accomplishing this feat (she was holding her head up for at least a minute before filming):



Then there's the whole messy eater thing--her name is Veronica. She is my tactile girl. She loves getting her hands fully immersed into whatever it is she is doing (she gets that from me as I am still like that). I like that quality in her, except it gets kind of old when you've cleaned the booster seat, tray, table, floor, sticky hands, face and occasionally the hair over 1,000 times to date (serious about the number). I can say she makes meal times that much more interesting. She can use her spoon but she prefers her hands. In fact, today she was closing her eyes while using her hands, because I think she thought that if she closed her eyes I wouldn't know she was using her hands.
I'm also shocked at how fast she grows. In the Fall she was wearing a size 5 1/2 shoe and she's already wearing an 8 size shoe. Grandma Scellick got her all these cute dresses at Goodwill and garage sales, which she's already outgrown. I tried this one on her and it was too short in the sleeves and hem, but she looked so stinkin' adorable in it.


One of Veronica's new interests is to go around the house naked. She is complaining being in any clothes, especially diapers. I think this is the signal to start using training pants exclusively while at home. She's doing so very well in them. She lets us know when she has to go pee pees--so proud of her. **Sorry no naked pictures allowed!**

Nana & Grandpa Soto gave me money to get something for her birthday, so we got her this tent/tube crawling contraption. The tube attaches to the tents. Here is Veronica enjoying a snack in her tent, along with her beloved blankie, BAABAA the lamb and books.