Archive for February, 2012

  • Sweet and Saucy

    Date: 2012.02.28 | Category: Food, Friends, Life, Me, Style | Response: 14

    It started with a suggestion.

    After all, Cassie cooks all the time and it was only natural that she start a cooking blog. So I told her she should do it. And somehow I ended up volunteering to help set it up and then all of a sudden it was a joint blog and cooking project. I have no idea how I got bamboozled into it, but I’m really happy I did.

    I enjoy cooking and baking and find myself doing both more than ever these days since going out to eat has become rare treat. There’s the added challenge of feeding a kid who eats table food now and not being ok with her eating Taco Bell every night. Oh how we’ve had to change our eating ways!

    Cassie and I have very different approaches to doing things. I am a planner. I like lists. I like to know what needs to be done and what’s coming next. I needed a blog title, a satisfactory URL and operating plug-ins. Cassie is more of a “grab life by the horns” kind of gal and just jumped right in.

    You would think that would be problematic, but it worked. If it wouldn’t have been for Cassie, I would have dragged this thing out over who knows how many months before finally launching it. And while I was meticulously planning categories and print buttons, Cassie was cooking and posting recipes up on the blog. She got me going and I made sure it was all orderly.

    So here we are with the aptly named “Sweet and Saucy” blog. My sister planted the idea for the name in Cassie’s head after labeling her “saucy.” I think the two of us are a little bit of both. I bring the southern flare and she brings the northern (though let’s just be honest here, we all know southern food is better – except for those perogies, those things are amazing). Just joking! Sort of.

    We really hope you enjoy our blog and all the love we’ve put into it. Share it with your friends, print off recipes and let us know if there is something you’d like to see added!

    http://www.sweetsaucy.com

  • Baby Book Worm

    Date: 2012.02.27 | Category: Baby, Books, Home, Sarah, Style | Response: 8

    My girl loves books. And I’m not just saying that to prove how intelligent I think my little monkey is. She really and truly loves to flip through their pages and point to things and push buttons. While I would love to attribute this to how she watches me read, I know that’s not true either. I rarely read a bound book these days, instead relying on my Kindle, and even then after she’s gone to bed.

    Sarah has developed “favorite books,” ones that she goes to over and over. And while I’d love to tell you it’s a list of classics like Goodnight Moon, in reality she prefers books that make noises or have textures.

    Here are her current favorites:

    1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Ok, so this one is a classic, but the board book has all the little panels with the holes punched through the food items the caterpillar eats through. This means Sarah can flip through the different sized panels and shove her finger tips in the holes. It’s great fun.

    2. Touch and Feel Books. All of them. Every animal has a different texture from fuzzy chicks to spongy pig noses. After she studied me rubbing my fingers over all the textures, she finally grasped the idea and does the same, squealing especially over the border collie page. If we find one with orange tabby cats in it, the squealing will have no end.

    3. My First Colors. This book has no weird textures, but it has tons of bright colors and each of those little squares around the edge is cut out and easy to turn. She will flip through the pages of this one from beginning to end and back again. Over and over and over.

    4. God Made You Special. This book has a button that plays a silly song that she can push over and over AND a mirror. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “God Made You Special” as sung by Larry the Cucumber. At least 137 times. Would you like me to sing it to you? The mirror totally makes up for the repetitive song though because Sarah will stare at herself in it, giggle and give herself kisses. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

    5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town. This is one of those Hallmark Recordable storybooks. My grandmother got it for her for Christmas. So naturally I recorded my voice reading the story. The book conveniently adds music with my voice. Sarah thinks it’s the best thing ever while I get to hear my Southern twang echo across the house any time she wanders over to the book and opens it up. Note, if you get this, lock it after you do the recording, otherwise your immature husband may or may not record lewd things when your back is turned, only for you to hear it as your infant daughter opens up the book and dies out laughing. Not that that happened to us or anything.

    *Not a sponsored post.

  • Stomp

    Date: 2012.02.23 | Category: Baby, Home, Mark, Sarah | Response: 18

    You know what’s great about being 10 months old? Even though your dancing looks like you’re stomping on bugs, it’s still totally adorable.

    Also, this “almost walking” business has us on the edge of our seats all the time. Periodically you can hear Mark or I yell, “Look! Look! Look! She’s about to… OH… oh. Nevermind.”

    What a tease.

  • Fat Tuesday

    Date: 2012.02.21 | Category: Baby, Family, Friends, Health, Home, Sarah | Response: 11

    It’s Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras as we call it in these parts). It’s the day of revelry before the 40 day season of Lent begins. And in the spirit of both seasons, I have a few things to share with you.

    First, Fat Tuesday.

    In the spirit of indulgence and revelry, I’m pleased to announce that Cassie and I have been working on a very special project that revolves around our love for food, more specifically our love for making good food. Our very own joint cooking blog is currently under construction and will be coming to your computer screen very soon.  Expect a lot of pictures of things that will make you want to eat yourself into a coma and our commentary on cooking (and other things that happen to get in the way while we cook). We’re still hammering out design and set up details. But the big reveal will be soon I hope!

    Now onto Lenten sacrifices.

    You guys, I really am a fairly healthy eater. And while I struggle with the foods my co-workers like to temptingly place before me, for the most part I do a good job. However, since I had Sarah I have woefully neglected my exercise. It’s true that scooping up an 18-pound baby over and over and lifting her over your head multiple times does provide a form of exercise, but I’m talking about the kind you have to make a conscious effort to do. There have been several legitimate stumbling blocks, primarily working full-time and caring for a (usually sick) infant. But, my sacrifice this Lent will be time. I am going to make myself rise at 6:00 a.m. and stick to the routine that fitness instructor Cassie is creating for me. Plus, Cassie will be checking in on me every day and she intimidates me, so I’m going to do it. I’m also going to give up chocolate because I need to for a while. Both will be real and good sacrifices (So please pardon me when my upcoming cooking posts lack chocolate. I’m sure Cass will make up for it).

    So wish me luck with all endeavors above. I’m going to need it.

    P.S. A video of Sarah waving by popular demand.

    P.S.S. Please ignore all the junk in my house.

  • Ranty

    Date: 2012.02.18 | Category: Baby, Family, Friends, Health, Life, Mark, Me, Sarah, Work | Response: 21

    This is a rant post. It’s a ranty sort of week. It’s been stressful and there’s been way too much king cake available for stress eating (but it’s so hard not to stuff my face when it’s only available for like three weeks out of the year and omg sweetened cream cheese filling. Also, Lindt’s Valentine’s chocolates). Ahem. Anyway I sort of feel like a ticking time bomb this week and every little thing that is off kilter or just annoying is about to set me off.

    So, a list of things that make my head explode this week:

    1. Sarah has double ear infections and is on her third antibiotic in less than a month. Fortunately after discussing the cost of the last antibiotic with her pediatrician *cough*$168*cough* we made sure to get on a generic brand this time.

    2. Sarah has also been coughing all. night. long. Not only am I in agony because I can’t wave a magic wand and make her feel better, but it’s also keeping all three of us up all night. How did I ever do this when she was a newborn?!

    3. Also, we have a standing appointment at the pediatrician’s office every other Friday. I seriously wish I were joking here.

    4. The mention of the words “ear tubes.”

    5. The number of people who have told me “I told you she was going to get sick in daycare.” Yes. I know. Rubbing it in right now? Not a good idea. I may say something back to you that might make you not want to be friends with me anymore.

    6. The HHS debate. I’m not going to voice my opinion on it here, but it has become a daily part of my job and it is consuming a lot of my working hours .

    7. The word “ombre.” Yes, I know they use it on Project Runway when referencing fabric shading, but if you use the term to refer to a child’s birthday theme I might puke. The word you’re looking for is “gradient” and I can do it in InDesign or Photoshop for you in less than five seconds.

    8. Knowing my child needs to stay home for a week to get better for a while and having all my sick time used up. Also the guilt that comes with begging other people to watch my child when I would give anything to be able to do it myself.

    9. People who drive under the speed limit. Especially this one driver of a black BMW who seems to leave for work and take their lunch breaks at the same time I do.

    10. The fact that they destroyed Fairfield Avenue, left a gaping hole in it for a month that screwed up traffic and then finally fixed it with a giant road bump that threatens to take out my front bumper each morning.

    11. It’s Mardi Gras and it’s too cold and wet to get out to the parades.

    12. How long it takes Scramble with Friends to load.

    I know things could always be much worse and I don’t mean to make light of much heavier situations. And there have been a lot of good things this week too that cheered me up including Sarah figuring out how to do a forward roll on her own (I guess she’ll be a gymnast), Mark bringing home a bottle of wine after work today, Cassie putting together my kickass Lenten workout program out of the goodness of her heart and Susan stepping up and volunteering to spend her one day off to keep Sarah even though she’s got the pregnant pukes. I have a lot of amazing people in my life and I am thankful for all of you for helping me get through this mess of sickness.

  • So Embarassing

    Date: 2012.02.15 | Category: Baby, Family, Sarah | Response: 18

    Today, when Mark went to pick Sarah up from school, he walked into the room and her back was to him. She was interacting with her teacher and having a fantastic time, so Mark pulled out his phone and started recording.

    I don’t know which is funnier, how much she’s interacting and enjoying herself, or her reaction when she suddenly spies dad and realizes that he sees her having fun at school. You’re not fooling us kidd-o, we know you love it there.

    This video made my day. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Won’t you…

    Date: 2012.02.14 | Category: Baby, Family, Holidays, Love, Sarah | Response: 8

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope yours is full of love in every way, shape and form. Oh, and eat a chocolate for us, ok?

  • 10 Months

    Date: 2012.02.11 | Category: Baby, Books, Dogs, Home, Photography, Sarah | Response: 12

    Here we are again. 10 months old. And what a busy month it’s been.

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    Early on this past month, Sarah learned how to wave her entire arm to say hello and bye bye. She especially loves to wave that arm while she’s sitting in her high chair. She’s also started saying “ma ma” all the time. Ma ma is eating it up!

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    She has gotten proficient at using her four teeth to chew. She loves Happy Baby organic puffs. If she sees us getting the container out, she’ll hop up and down until we give her some. Her teeth have also served her in eating table food. So every night for dinner, she gets a little of what mommy and daddy are having, which always includes a protein and a veggie. Daddy’s spaghetti is her favorite!

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    Our little girl never stays still for very long. She’s figured out how to escape the baby gates in the living room, shoving one aside and shaking the other so violently that it comes loose and she can escape.

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    She’s also developed an attachment to her blankie. She’s always loved to rub her face on soft things, but now blankie can soothe her when she’s fussy. This is especially important as separation anxiety has kicked in full force. Any time we’re around people she doesn’t know, Sarah clings to me with every fiber of her being. School drop offs have become especially difficult. She has moved up to the bigger babies class though, and her teachers there have been wonderful. She cries now when I start to leave, but handing her blankie seems to make it much easier.

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    Separation anxiety has also made her more snuggly. I’m so used to my baby who wants to go nonstop, so to have her want to cuddle with me is wonderful.

    We also had another month of illness. This past month saw a light case of pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, pink eye, ear fluid and more snot that I want to remember. This also meant lots of trips to the pediatrician’s office with all the finger sticks, chest x-rays and nose swabs that come with it. We’re holding out for the end of March when all this is supposed to get better.

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    She continues to love books, especially ones that makes noises or have textures. We’ve taken to packing them in her diaper bag as an easy source of entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, one of her favorite things each morning is to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Veggie Tales on daddy’s phone with him while mommy gets ready for work. As soon as I put her in our bed, she crawls over to daddy, perches on his shoulder and eagerly awaits her show.

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    And to cap off this amazing month, Sarah took her first steps last night. Four unassisted steps to get around mommy and daddy who were standing between her and her toy. Despite attempts on our parts to get her to repeat it, she has stubbornly stuck to crawling. It’s obviously much faster and easier. I should probably be thankful, more mobility means more trouble.

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    I am so impressed by our growing girl. She’s constantly observing and learning. I know this next month will show us even more amazing things as she continues to develop. Happy 10 months Sarah!

  • Who are you?

    Date: 2012.02.07 | Category: Baby, Health, Me | Response: 31

    We’re recovering (sort of), though the plague has now creeped into Mark’s face and my nephew has bronchitis with double ear infections. It has been a very warm winter this year, and we’re theorize that maybe it never got cold enough to kill all the bad germs.

    It’s kept me busy and exhausted, but I’m happy that I’ve been able to take care of everyone.

    And since any post I might make would list the varying degrees of illness of my household (not exciting), I want to use this post to find out more about you!

    I know I have regular commentors (who I love) but I want to know everyone who is reading!

    So tell me: Who are you? Where do you live? Do you blog? What’s your favorite book?

    We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

  • Guilt

    Date: 2012.02.03 | Category: Baby, Health, Me, Sarah, Work | Response: 14

    It’s times like this, after my daughter has been sick week after week, after I’ve caught it and been laid out for three days, and then she catches it again with pink eye in BOTH eyes with fever… that I just want to hold her little coughing body to me, stay in the house and never take her to daycare again. I know it’s building her a killer immune system, but it really doesn’t stop the agony of sick that has been going on for so long.

    The guilt of not being there for her every day is compounded by the guilt of missing so much work to take care of her and myself. I’m torn and frustrated and just want it to get better.

    I love my job. I love what I do, but I hate subjecting her to the sickness and not being there for her.

    I wish there was a way to make it all better.

    We go to the doctor again for the fourth time in three weeks tomorrow. I’m on a first name basis with the lady at the receptionist desk and even the daycare director felt bad when she had to call me about the green goop pouring out of baby girl’s eyes today.

    Working moms tell me it gets better after the first year, but Sarah’s ongoing sick seems excessive (though I know it could always be much much worse). I pray that’s the case, because right now I feel like I’m working to pay co-pays.

    Sorry for the pity party, it’s just been a rough few days/weeks/months with all this.