Thursday, February 14, 2013

Caleb: 5 Months

Our "Baby Gai-Gai" (the nickname Greg came up with from who knows where), is 5 months old today!

So serious!

At 5 months, Caleb is already growing out of his 6-month clothes.  He weighs about 18lbs.  He is fascinated by food, and gets very, very upset when you eat while holding him and you don't let him taste.  He especially loves taking a drink from mommy's glass of water.  (I think we'll be starting solid foods this month.)

He is very easy-going and he thinks his older brother is awesome!  Sometimes Greg makes him cry, but mostly Caleb just smiles whenever Greg interacts with him (even today when Greg was grabbing his foot and dragging him backwards across the hardwood floor!)

There's a little bitty smile!

 My two handsome little guys!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Finding Nemo (as told by Greg)

This photo of Greg today has nothing to do with Finding Nemo, but people like pictures.  This is us making a welcome home sign for daddy (who gets home from a trip to Texas tonight).  (Thanks Heidi for the finger painting idea - I totally copied you!)

Greg is a talker these days.  When he is not singing at the top of his lungs, he is telling stories.  Sometimes they are nonsense made up from his fertile imagination, but often he re-tells stories from his favorite videos (currently Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, or Finding Nemo).  The way he interprets the stories is sometimes amusing.  I have been meaning to record some of them for posterity.  Here is his re-telling of "Finding Nemo."  (Just in case you get confused, the man with the screwdriver is a dentist, the "purple kid" is his niece Darla, and he got confused somewhere in the middle and was thinking about the Hot Wheels car that he got at the store the other day)

The man go and, and turn on the screwdriver in the mouth and then turn on the screwdriver in the man’s mouth. Yeah.

He lay there and the man go he give Nemo to the kid.  He open the door and he stand up on the chair and he have some cookies.

(He had a cookie?)
And he got a car at the store.  He got a blue car like me got a yellow car and bring to the house.
(What happened to Nemo?)
Yeah.  Dory and the white bird said “Mine!  Mine! Mine!”  And then the white bird said “Mine!  Mine! Mine!”  and then the white bird trying eat Marlin and Dory.  Yeah.
(What about the turtles?)
Crunch.  Crunchy and Marlin is on the top.  And Crunch he is fly- he is swimming and like Squirt he is swimming his own self.
(Were there sharks?)
Yeah.  And the shark, the blue shark be swimming in the water he eating Marlin and Nemo their mouths and eat them all gone.  Yeah.  And biting them.  And they are saying “owie” and they are inside there.  And then the purple kid come and then the purple kid come and then he saw it and he cried.
And that is when the voice recorder on my phone cut out.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

Goldfish in my kitchen

Hello everybody!  It's time for a random blog post.  I believe that I promised some photos of the new house we are living in, and I came through (sort of).  I only have photos for you today of my favorite part of our new home: the kitchen.  It's big and sunny and would you look at all that counter space?  This is one of my happy places, and it's even moderately clean today too!


Today I spent some time in my happy place trying a new recipe while Caleb was sleeping angelically:

 And while Greg was... um... napping?

Alas!  It would seem that Greg is outgrowing naps.  He only takes an afternoon nap about every second or third day.  And the days he doesn't nap he sure is cranky by suppertime.  You can put a child in bed, but you can't make him sleep.  So on the non-sleeping days, we still require him to "play quietly in your room until mom says you can come out" after lunch. 

Anyhoo... I had seen a recipe for homemade goldfish crackers on Pinterest, and decided to try it out.  The recipe was very easy, and they turned out really yummy.  Of course, it's a lot easier (and cheaper) to go and buy a bag of the "fishies" in the store.  But I thought it was fun to make them myself, out of all pronounceable ingredients.  I don't think I'll be making these in PNG too often though.... cheese is too expensive there!

I bought three mini cookie cutters for the project, but I made the fish and the heart out of a soda can (see the instructions with the recipe).

All puffed up and ready to munch.

 The recipe said it made about 7 dozen.  I didn't count, but this is the pile I ended up with.