Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our Favorite Things Part One; Tow-Tows, Blankies and Smoothies

I'm sure with every family there are things that help make life run smoother. Things that are so useful, you thank Jesus for giving them to you and can't imagine what you would do without them? For our family I was thinking a lot about what items my boys, in their different and unique personalities have been drawn to, in their personal tastes, and being nurtured in our home. In specific order these are what I've come up with.

For Timmy, he has become attached to his Tow-Tow as we call it. I started giving him wet and frozen rags  when he was teething (he got his first tooth at 3.5 months!); and then a little rag to play with as he fell asleep in his crib. I liked it because it was small, easily washed, easily switched out and had an interesting texture. As you would know it, he did get "attached" to it and in specific a 24-Hour Fitness gym towel at about ten months old, if he didn't have it, he wouldn't fall asleep.

One day we went to 24-Hour Fitness and bought two more of his towels. He now has four, so if they get dirty, or we lose one, we have back ups. Or he can snuggle up with all of them at the same time. Whenever we pass that gym, he recognizes the logo and says it's a Tow-Tow store.

With Troy, when I was thinking of what he could get attached to I chose this little flannel quilt hand-me-down from my nephew. I liked that it was a little more "baby" than a gym towel, was small and has some texture.

 It worked! The only thing is, I need to make some more for back-ups because it is getting quite challenging to wash the thing since he likes it for two naps, play-pen time and sleeping! I think I know what my next craft will be :)

Timmy  also loves smoothies! These have been such a life-saver for our family; they  pack in a lot of great fruit and veggies, calories, are easy to make and save me from having to cook for his breakfast, and are thick so that when we pour his medicines into the straw they don't fall to the bottom of the cup. I recently typed up the recipe/method for a friend:

We just fill up the blender and it keeps in the fridge for a couple days!

Fill up the blender half full with frozen strawberries, add a cup of frozen spinach, 1-2 whole bananas, 1 3/4 cups of plain yogurt and then fill it up with milk.
Blend until smooth! :)

We have recently been buying the ingredients at Costco, so they are in bulk, and we still go through them in a one to two weeks.
He uses these cups with a disposable straw so we don't have to wash the straw. Seriously who likes to wash straws??

Also, we have a Sili Squeeze from the  founder who was a Stroller Strides franchisee and sent out trials; it's great to put smoothies in for Troy who can't use a straw yet.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Annnual Ladera Ranch Community Garage Sale Day

Yesterday was our communities huge garage sale. Each  neighborhood is sponsored by a realtor who provides signs and doughnuts and anyone having a sale can be listed on the map. Jessica, Deb, Kelly and I all woke up early, and headed for the gated neighborhoods. It was such a good plan! They started at 7am but we got in 30 minutes early and scoped out some good ones to hit. There were seriously hundreds.  It was misting all morning until about 9:30 when the sun came out. The crowds were insane, and it was better to park on the end of a street than lining up to turn around in the cul-de -sacs. We bought some snacks off of little kids selling them at tables and stands...so cute! Tim and the boys helped Deb's husband Ray at their garage sale. At about 10am the sales were all out of the good stuff, already scavenged, so we called it a day, and met up with Tim.

 Some of my finds :)

We took a picture at Deb's sale but it did not turn out...probably for the better!! While helping Deb pack up the stuff that didn't sell, she gave me some GAP capri's that I had been eyeing for their cute color.
 Free Gap Capris...
 Measure and cut...
 Fold, press and pin...

 Sew and viola! Colored shorts  for free :) Ready for summer...just need ten more pairs.

 Love this quilt and canvas print for Timmy, adds so much color!
 And a cute little print for Troy.

 It was sooo much fun, great exercise and we all got some killer deals!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Timmy Update

Pain free since the Tuesday flare up. Beginning to think it was due to drinking too much water. He drank like an entire bottle of  water in a two hour span, which I thought was great since we were playing outside and it was hot, but he was also saying (when it was hurting) that he ate too much food. So maybe he just had a very full belly of water which pushed up the contents of his little tummy.

Thank you for all your sweet concern!! We cancelled his doctor appointment yesterday and will wait to see a little more if it was an isolated event.

I am very thankful that he seems to be doing better!

And, here's a pic of young blue eyes himself, just because I know you love him. :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Please Pray for Timmy

Pease be in prayer for little Timmy again, as his GERD has flared up yesterday. We are very thankful to the Lord for the relief he has had these past three months, especially with all of big Tim's traveling, it has been a very appreciated grace. Timmy had five hours of intense stomach pain (couldn't even sit up straight) and lost all he had eaten.

We are planning on calling the doctor today, praying for an appointment ASAP. The doctor is very busy but  please pray for an appointment this week.

It is very hard to see your child suffering like this. So much so, that my greatest prayer is just come Lord Jesus. It is very discouraging to have this flare up again as it has caused us to lose hope in the current regimen of five doses and two medicines a day. We may need to add more, and there is still no surety of relief.

I was able to talk to Timmy a little last night about the hope we have in Christ. That He is coming back soon, that he will give him a new tummy, because He loves us.

"The Lord is near to the discouraged" Psalm 34:18

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday Date Night

Sunday after church we had our friends over for dinner and they watched the kiddos so we could have a date night!

The moms and kids went  to the playground while the dads BBQ'd hamburgers.
 Claire  and  Troy on the swings.
 Timmy and Corbin playing monster trucks.
 Ms. Jessica being the baby whisperer. Troy LOVES her.
 Fun times!
While Tim and I were gone Jess got a cute shot of Troy.

 Tim and I played almost 3 full sets of tennis and rallied for a bit, in total two hours of play. So much fun, and we are so thankful for time to spend together.

 After tennis we went to LIONS and got milk and dessert.

We brought back cookies and milk for these little kids!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Another Saturday Night at the Park

Timmy calls it "jumping star".

 He's falling from heaven!

 Ooh happy smooch.

Ballerina legs on the swings.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

When I first had Troy our sweet friends Bonnie and Jack from church brought us this soup for dinner and I was hooked. Bonnie got the recipe from another woman at church and I've seen others ask for the recipe, I'm telling you, it's great!

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes,
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
7 corn tortillas
vegetable oil
I  bought a whole chicken, cooked it in the crock pot the night before and then shredded it.

Chop the onion.

Chop the parsley.

Throw all the ingredients in the crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Brush the tortillas with oil on both sides, cut in strips and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until crunchy.

Marriage Conference

Our church, Faith Bible in Ladera Ranch holds a yearly conference on a specialized topic. Last year it was parenting (which was EXTREMELY helpful for us) and this year it was marriage. It started on Friday night with a two hour session and then Saturday was six hours. It was just lovely, white lights strung and pretty flowers and cute decor, great food and excellent preaching. We are so thankful for the high schoolers who volunteered to do child care!!! Can't say enough about their sweet help!! The speaker was a Master's Seminary professor and doctor in theology, and just unpacked God's word in so many verses, explaining how we are to love each other, especially in marriage; how God loves us!! Going  back to Genesis, Exodus and New Testament in Ephesians, so much scripture and so much practical application. Our marriage love is to be faithful, loyal, reverent, respectful, holy, truthful and content. Thankful for the speaker, Dr. Irv Busenitz wisdom!!

Playing while everyone gets lunch :)

 Sitting on the lunch tables with Megan and Garret Rice :)

 The Rice's LOVE THIS FAM!

 My family enjoying lunch  and talking to sweet friends :)

 Me and Troy having a Citron day.

 We won a $25 gift certificate for having  the shortest engagement (three weeks).

 Troy finally fell asleep for a little in the nursery, he went strong and grumpy  until about 1pm, bless the nursery volunteers hearts :)

 Timmy adored the bounce house and "school" with his friends.

So nice! :)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Timmy's Schooling and Warm Weather

Sunday after church and a baptism lunch we went to Disneyland. Our passes our soon expiring so we are trying to go as much as possible.

We  love Carsland...I especially loved this hippie tent's colors.

We planned on getting soup in bread bowls in California Adventure and we bumped into my family. My Grandma is a retired school teacher and we were able to talk and she gave me a lot of practical advice for teaching Timmy during his "school" time.

 After dinner in California Adventure we went to Disneyland to meet  up  with Tim's siblings and our nieces. Some sweet lady volunteered to take a family pic for us.

This week, at the great council from my Grandma, I made some new goals for Timmy's school:
1. Match and identify lower case letters
2. Rote count to 20 (his13 and 14 sound the same and it messes him up)
3. Right/left (especially when reading), first/last, less/more (measurement)
5.Bead stringing
6. Using glue
7. One hour of reading every weekday
8. Letter sounds

She also said that for each hour in school, it should take three hours of preperation and planning. Since my goal time with Timmy is  twenty minutes, I have been planning for one hour.

This week we have done some fun art projects to help him remember the letter sounds for A-D
We also got him safety scissors and glue; he loves to use them!! I try and do his school when Troy is sleeping for his first nap, and then I want to spend more time reading to Troy.

We've been enjoying the WARM weather this week; up to 85 degrees yesterday!!

At the water park grassy area with Daddy after work.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday Night at the Park

Last year we got Timmy his Strider bike with hopes that he would be enjoying it as much as he is now!! This week he's been going down some hills for the first time and loving it!

Troy likes to watch from the warm comfy stroller

Love my handsome hubby, with his brown freckled eye :)
 Sarah Sperry looking like a Spring flower :)
 And yours truly, in a big comfy jacket that I originally bought for Tim. But he rejected it, saying "Here comes Grandma!!"