Monday, February 28, 2011

Clarins vist, Andrew turns 2, Play date with Dylan, Cooking, & Oil update

This week and weekend was filled with fun.
Addy and Sara Clarin visited us for a few days. We took them to all our favorite spots. The girls played so well together. Giada was telling Addy everything she should be doing. So the only thing she did was prove to me she does listen and just ignores me! :) "Addy go to your mom and put your clothes on", "Chew good, one at a time" I could go on and on...Sara and I would just laugh, it was pretty funny.

The weekend felt long, we got a lot done and did some playing with friends. Giada enjoyed Andrews birthday party at the gymnastics place.
Slides, hippity hop, even jumping into the foam off the BIG mountain!

Birthday boy!

Saturday we ended up playing with the Kerns. The kids got along great, even held hands to the park, too cute! It was a fun night of visiting- thanks for having us over.
(Even if we invited ourselves)

Sunday Linds and I decided to recreate some recipes from our cooking class. We forgot to take a picture of the final product but it was delicious. Homemade pasta tastes so much better. We have a few tweaks to make but overall a success. 2 kinds of pasta and a roasted red pepper salad. Yummy!! We had a little helper from time to time. She enjoyed oiling up the peppers.

Giada has been saying funny things lately, below are a few.
-I told her it was time to go upstairs, she answered "I don't think so mom, sorry about that"
-Anytime we use the olive oil now she calls it "Nonno's oil" because she saw him pumping it into the big tanks one day
-We sing nursery rhymes all the time but this one always makes me laugh...It's raining, it's pouring, (she always sings the last word in the line) the old man is snoring (snoring like Matt and Pops)
-We practice with all the shapes, and I love how she says octagon, it's more like oc-a-gon, she thinks its my favorite shape and always tells me so, but it's only my favorite because of how she pronounces it. Once she gets it- it's no longer the favorite :)
- Sleeping has been going pretty well, and I try to not get her out of her room before 6, she is an early riser! But one morning recently it was 5:15 she sounded super awake but I was trying to stick to my guns. Then she says " Mom do you hear me?" I had to laugh and gave in and got her out.
- Some mornings when we come downstairs she talks to Sydney right away, today it was "Sydney you're up, I miss you I love you"
-We rarely use time out, but lately if she does something she puts herself in timeout and goes to sit down. So that isn't really going to work for a punishment, she doesn't mind it and just sits there.
-"I want to hug brother in my belly button" She is very sweet to him so far. Wants to kiss him, hug him, put blankets on him
-She calls Mike "Mike" from time to time, but started calling me "Jules" I don't like it and make her call me "mom" :)
-Giada had been given some mini m&m's from someone, so I was giving her them from time to time. I had them sitting on the console, thought she couldn't see them. So I asked if she wanted a red or green one she said, " No mom, all of them"
-Giada's hair is getting long and tangly, she doesn't like me to brush it, so we have started
de-tangler cream, it's working well.
-She also let me cut her nails a couple times sitting still, making progress! Usually I have to do them when she is sleeping.

Oil Update
This is what we were up to a few weekends ago - bottling our flavored oil. Lusty lemon, Bountiful Basil and Hot Virgin Jalapeno oils are being labeled this week. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What Giada's been up to...& belly pic!

Nicole and I took the kids out to the ranch one day to play at the lake and visit the cows. They always ask about the "moos" as Dylan calls them. Giada loves the cows and wants to get as close as she can to them, and plays with the barb wire- this kid usually has no fear!!
For Valentine's Day Mike got Giada a kite. The weather was perfect for us to take it out for a test drive last week. She loved it and said it "was going to high in the sky"

Nana got Giada this stroller for Valentine's Day and she LOVES taking Fancy Nancy on walks. She has had this doll since she was an infant and its a new favorite!
Sunday we had a long play date with the Diehl girls while the boys watched the All Star game. The girls play so well together. Giada gave Peyton MANY hugs and kisses....not sure if she was enjoying them all, but Peyton's always a good sport!
Giada has always been so nice and sweet to her pets....until now. She has started growling so LOUD at Max he just runs off. So I had to capture her actually being nice to Max, but of course she kept purposely closing her eyes when I tried to take the picture.
Giada is into hiding these days. Her new spot is this little corner in the laundry room. She sits on the medicine balls, and hides there, waiting for us to find her. Now that we know the spot it's not so hard, but she doesn't say anything so you have to watch her sneaky ways these days.

18 weeks! Appt today. This picture does NOT do the belly justice, they never do. But I must look a lot bigger than last week because everyone's been commenting
"Whoa you look pregnant now"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine's Party & Play date

Quite a few years back we had a Valentine's Party for our local college friends. Well... this year it was suggested by good friends to have it yet again. This time we added some local friends too, and before we knew it we were at max capacity and had to stop the list! Yikes, but good times had by all! Everyone contributed delicious appetizers, Mike grilled the tri-tip perfectly, everything was yummy, the drinks were flowing and the karaoke was LOUD! It was a long night of singing...or listening on my part. With sober ears you can really tell who is tone deaf(Meyer) and who can sing well(Linds)! I always forget Kernal rocks it on the rap songs!! I finally got home at 4am with a house full of people. Good times- thanks for coming out!!


Delicious Mini Cupcakes from Kim Duke's Old Vine Bakeshop!
You know when you try on an outfit at home and you think....this doesn't look too bad. And when you are pregnant this comes up more often then normal with a limited wardrobe. But I liked this dress, now I see the pics and I look like an animal printed blimp!!! Yikes, everyone was too nice to tell me....or hopefully they were too drunk to notice!

Some snapshots of the night. Thanks KR for being the photographer!

Even Vetter was there!
And the funniest pics of the nights go to the Kanters! Aaron is always making jokes...
Jenny's a good sport!
Kristen "fake" touching the belly!
And we had a big jar of M&M's for guessing....and Hilder was caught cheating!!
I think hands down Meyer is the best karaoke singer....any objections?
Or maybe he just sang the longest?? I finally got him off the mic at 3:30!!
Happy Valentine's Day from Giada- the new tilted smile!
Giada helped Mike plant my new tulips!
Play date with the Mettler's and Manna's- neither Giada or Cooper would smile for my pics!
Cooper wanted to hold her hand on the way to lunch - too cute!