Thursday, April 30, 2009
I haven't written anything about it in a while, but we sold our house! It actually sold quite a while ago, the weekend before Easter. But, we were waiting on the contracts to finalize before really getting excited about it. Now we have been in the beginning phase of figuring out what exactly we were going to do. We have pretty much spent the past few weekends and a lot of this week looking at neighborhoods and resale houses on the market. As much as I would love to be really close to town, we finally decided last night that we were going to build a new house. We just didn't fall in love with any of the houses we saw, enough to make an offer. There are a few possiblities for lots that aren't too far from town. So, hopefully something will work out quickly in that area.
Now, I have the grueling task of finding us a six month leasing situation until our new house is completed. There is so much on the market right now...when I pulled up leases in a certain price range there were 165+ matches. I know we will find something!
We don't have one box, and I haven't started to pack a thing. So, for the next three weeks we will be in CRAZY packing mode at our house. I was waiting to pack, because I will probably pack a lot differently if we are leasing than if we did just one move. That task along, with switching addresses, turning off stuff, I might be in and out of the blog world until the middle of June. Hopefully we will be settled into our lease and somewhat unpacked by then.
I do have some wonderful pictures from the shower I hosted this week, along with my nephew's birthday party that I want to share! So, I am sure I will be posting those soon!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Potty training is still going great! We are having three and four day stretches where he hasn't had one accident. My parents watched Bradley for us on Saturday, so we could drive around town looking at houses and lots for sale. He did great with them, and used the potty at their house. I think he is really getting the hang of it. It is funny, now he wants his privacy and he doesn't want you to help him or in the bathroom with him at all.
I missed my one year blog anniversary, it was on April 5th, 2008. My first blog post was about Bradley riding around the house in a diaper box. You can read it here. The picture below is from the first post, doesn't he look so little?? Happy One Year Blogging for Me!!!
1 tube of pizza dough, or frozen pizza dough (thawed)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 (5 oz) soft cheese with herbs, crumbled (recommend: Boursin)
1 teaspoon lemon zest, eyeball it
2 cups shredded sharp provolone cheese (found in the cheese section at Harris Teeter)
1 container mushrooms
Preheat over to 425 degrees
Stretch dough out and form a thin round (mine was square). Use a little flour or cornmeal of your hand if dough sticks. (Before mixing the cheeses, chop and saute any of the toppings. I just sauteed the mushrooms in olive oil while I was making the pizza). Mix the garlic, ricotta, herb cheese and lemon zest. Spread the soft cheese mixture across the pizza dough to edge then top with an even layer of provolone. Put cooked veggie toppings over cheese. Bake until crisp and bubbly-brown on top. 18-20 minutes.
I took a picture of one of my favorite cooking tools...the microplane. You can use it to shred cheese, mince garlic, zest, and lots of other stuff. For this recipe I used it to get the lemon zest and the minced garlic.
Happy Meal Time!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
This picky-ness had followed into toddler hood. From that point on, Bradley dictated what he was going to eat. We were down to pretty much the following: peanut butter sandwiches, yogurt drinks, waffles, bagels, and the most important food group...chicken nuggets. I was finding myself cooking separate meals for Bradley, and I hated it. I decided last week, that if I could potty train this child at 2 years and 4 months, I was going to get him to eat better. My goal was just for him to at least try new foods, and eat some version of what we were eating.
On Monday I told him if he tried one of each thing on his plate he would get to watch ONE show on TV. He threw a massive fit, because on his plate was rotisserie chicken, strawberries, peas, and mac n' cheese. He was tantruming so bad, he asked Chris if he could go to time out. I think he knew that it would get him away from having to eat. Well, he finally decided to give it a try. He went around the plate and tried the chicken. He decided he liked it!! He ate it all! Then I told him the peas were green balls, and they were a hit too! He ate so much and did so well, he asked for more strawberries to eat while he watched his show. This was a HUGE breakthrough for us!! Since then he has eaten (and liked):
breaded chicken breast
ham and cheese croissants
Cheers to bribery, Mickey Mouse, and many more happy, healthy meals at our house!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I actually snapped these pictures a week ago when we were in the middle of some major potty training (hence the potty sitting out on the back deck). I bought Bradley some animal bubble blowers, and they are the best toddler toy! He always loves to blow bubbles, but hasn't mastered how to blow them. These were so easy to use, and fun for him! In all of the pictures Bradley is in his undies...so cute!
Thank you for all of the suggestions about potty training at preschool. This morning went really well! I didn't let him have his sippy cup on the way to school, and we went to the bathroom right before school started. He did really well, and didn't have any accidents. Hopefully, this is a pattern and we are officially done with diapers. I would have hated to put him in pull-ups at school, after all of the hard work we have done at home.
In other Bradley news that I have been meaning to blog about...this child just loves to sing! He has been singing, "Old McDonald" all of the time. It is so cute! He just says, "Moo Moo here, Moo Moo here, Moo Moo here, EIEIO" It is hilarious! I keep trying to get some video of these amazing singing skills, but he just wants to look through the view finder of the video camera. So, I have his little voice singing the song, but no picture! Other favorite songs to sing right now are: "The Wheels on the Bus" "Row Your Boat" "Ring Around the Rosey."
He also loves to sing his ABCs. It just makes me smile!! We have been working on the ABCs for a while, and he would only go to the letter G. Well, a few weeks ago he was playing with a leap frog toy, and when the ABC song came on he sang right along. Chris and I were making dinner and just stopped dead in our tracks, because we hadn't ever heard him do that! We started clapping and celebrating! He also loves the show "Super Why" and will run around the house yelling, "SUUUUPER WHYYYY" while singing the ABCs. I really need to get that on video!
It is just so fun to see him getting so independent and wanting to do things by himself. At home, he doesn't want you to come to the bathroom with him. He says, "I go by MYSELF, Mommy." And he does! It is amazing how much they change in just two years!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
We are finally back to normal this week, back to work and preschool. Unfortuneately Bradley had a hard time with potty training while at school yesterday. He has to ask the teacher to go, and walk down the hallway to the potty. I came to pick him up, and he was wearing different pants. So, I knew that wasn't a good sign. I have been really happy with the little preschool he goes to on Tuesday and Thursday morning, but the potty issue has been a little dissappointing. I felt that they weren't 100% supportive. As soon as I started telling his teachers about his potty training, they told me that a lot of children regress at school even when they are fully potty trained at home. They said they would give him one more day (tomorrow) in underwear and then he might have to go to school in pull ups. I really don't want to do that, I feel like it is confusing to be in a diaper two mornings a week. Thoughts? Suggestions? They said that he kept asking to go to the potty and would do a little bit. But, he just seemed more excited about flushing the potty. So, I'm not sure what to do. My sister suggested bringing in our potty and putting it in the bathroom. I thought that might be a good idea. We'll see how tomorrow goes!
Monday, April 13, 2009
This holiday weekend we got to take an amazing trip to the beach with Chris's whole family. It was so much fun to have everyone together and be at the beach too! We had some great weather, and a little bit of rain. We spent quite a bit of time down by the water, playing in the sand. The water was like ice! Bradley got to be the center of attention for three days, which I know he enjoyed. Grandma even brought him his own Easter basket and special goodies. I took a bunch of pictures on Friday when the weather was beautiful. We took a two mile walk down to Avalon Pier. Bradley loved watching the people fishing, and even got to see them reel in a few fish!
Here are some of my favorite shots:
Quality time out on the porch swing!
The whole crew relaxing in the sand
The walk to the pier was pretty far, so Bradley got to ride on a few shoulders!
I can't wait to go back this summer, Bradley was so into the beach! He wanted to play in the sand, but he was still a little afraid of the water. Thanks Grandma for organizing the troops, it was a great time! We miss you all!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I'm not sure who it is??
But he is a little over two years old...
He doesn't seem to make a sound ....
That's when you know it is time to go looking for him!!!
(is this what they mean when they say, "Terrible Twos"??)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Well, I was going to post about; bubbles, potty training, two year old mischief, etc...but a phone call can put everything into perspective.
When your mom calls and says that your Dad is in the hospital your world changes. I first say, "My Dad?!" I guess in the past two years after losing three grandparents, I am used to my Mom and Dad referring to their parents being hurt or sick. I wasn't sure who she was talking about? Once it sunk in that he was having chest pains and shortness of breath, I started to get worried. My Dad doesn't like to admit that he isn't feeling well, and he doesn't willingly go to the hospital unless he is feeling really bad.
Thanks to my good friend Katie for watching Bradley this morning, I was able to go and visit him for a little while. They have decided to discharge him this afternoon and he will have a few more doctor's visits in a few days. But, until then I am just keeping everything in perspective. I am Thankful for all of our blessings...family, health, and happiness.
We love you Pop Pop, Get Well Soon!!