Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wrapping up a Soccer Season

Aliah had a great soccer season this year. Thanks to a good coach and some extra practice on her part, she made significant gains in her skills. She even scored a few goals. We are very proud of her.
Soccer. . . or the Rockettes?
Yessss, another goal!!!!
The obligatory line up for the "googame, googame, googame, googame" high five

It All Comes Out in the Wash


To: My daughter's Cubbies Teacher
From: the last person on earth to win domestic engineer of the year: Annabelle's Mother
Re: Annabelle's Cubbies Book

Annabelle cannot recite her verse tonight at Awana. We didn't work on her verse at all this week.

"Why," you say, "Annabelle always knows her verse and her sister's verse every week that she comes to Awana?"

Well that's because me, being the overly zealous mother that I am, accidentally washed her Cubbies Handbook. And since I have a heavy duty high efficiency washing machine, all that came out of the laundry resembling a Cubbies handbook was this:

It was a load of darks. Now the once dark clothes are various shades of gray. This used to be my favorite (H &M) black shirt:
The good news is:
1) Once again, my kids were reminded that Mommy makes mistakes
2) My four year old forgave me

A Little Too Much Candy

Whole Grain Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

Happy Halloween!

To be festive, I made these Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes for breakfast (mine with maple syrup and fresh pineapple on the side):

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup multigrain hot cereal (I used quick oats, uncooked)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
3/4 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  1. In a bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, multigrain hot cereal, and baking powder.
  2. In a second bowl, beat eggs and combine with milk, pumpkin, yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry, being careful not to overmix the batter. Fold in pecans (I left the pecans out of the kids' pancakes).
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Bubbles will start to form in the pancakes. Cook until the edges of the pancakes start to look dry, and a bubble popped near the edge holds its shape. Flip the pancakes over, and continue cooking until the other side is golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil to the griddle if necessary. Stack the pancakes on a plate and keep warm until serving. For larger batches, keep pancakes warm in a single layer on a cooling rack positioned over a baking sheet in a 300 degrees F oven (150 degrees C).
Jack-o-lanterns for the kids:
They quickly became just pumpkins as soon as they were placed in front of a child. Who can resist gobbling up chocolate chips for breakfast?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Photo Shoot Take I

It was unbearably cold at our first photo shoot. So we just concentrated on getting a couple good pics with our whole family. My dear friend Heather came the next day to do an individual shoot with the girls when it was warm out. Can't wait to see them!

Daddy is about 30 pounds lighter than our last family pic a year ago, and he didn't look to shabby then:

My Latest Project: Sneak Peak

A work in progress. . .

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Let the Sugar Rush Begin

The Halloween parties started today. Party number 1: Annabelle's preschool class. Her teachers were monkeys jumping in the bed, and the principal (not pictured) was the doctor- "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"At first, Violet seemed concerned about everyone's attire. I guess she did not realize that she looked quite ridiculous just like everyone else:Annabelle the unicorn helping Violet tell about her costume "Biwet a peatot"
Aliah the hybrid monarch:

Party #2 was given by Baker students. Aliah posing with her friends Emma and Addy with a very scary warewolf:Mmmm- I like Halloween Mom, lots of cookies and candy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Why am I so Happy?

Well, first off, my baby is using the potty, the BIG potty that is. (Somehow it is just so liberating when all of your offspring put their bodily excretions in a place where it can be flushed away). I will move on.

Secondly, the girls got a Halloween care package in the mail from their adopted Aunt Melissa in NYC. . .
and it had something for me in it! Trader. Joes. Dark. Chocolate. Mint. Disks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My friend Heather was super impressed (can you tell by the look on her face with Melissa's home made card:
Thank you Melissa for being so thoughtful, are the best. Can't wait to see you in June!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Look Who is Almost a Member. . .

of the Big Girl Panty Club!
Violet "made" some significant progress in potty training this weekend, so today she had her first taste of being a member of the Big Girl Panty Club. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we may be selling those candy-colored diapers soon.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

One Very Scary Pumpkin Head!

The girls' favorite fall book is "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything." In this book there is a very scary pumpkin head. We did a few Halloween crafts today, and one was carving our own jack-o-lantern.
Annabelle turned her deep green colored pumpkin into a trick-or-treating kitty, which just happens to look like our very own cat Roxy. Violet stuffed and painted a paper bag to make a pumpkin.
Annabelle with the very scary pumpkin eyes:
Aliah with the very scary pumpkin mouth:
Violet, wanting to do what her sisters do. This lasted about 2 seconds before was overcome by the putrid smell of fresh pumpkin and she said "Ewwww" and threw it on the counter.
More pictures of our very scary pumpkin head to come!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just a Typical Morning of Oneriness

"No, no Violet, don't play in the dog water!"

"No, No Violet, don't eat dog treats!"

"No, no Violet, don't color on your wall!" (She saw me sketching a mural on her wall, IN PENCIL, and thought she would help, IN PERMANENT MARKER)
"No, no Violet, don't put the cat in the trash can!"

"No, no Violet, don't walk on the counter!"

"No, no Violet, don't eat raw meat!" (notice the bite marks)
"No, no Violet, don't give your bear a bath in the toilet!"

It's no wonder the day care provider isn't returning my calls. Violet's reputation precedes her.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Write a Caption

After the pumpkin patch, I took my friend Michelle and her son out for lunch at Applebee's for her birthday. Aliah brought her camera and snapped some pictures.
Okay all of you quick-witted blog readers, who can come up with a caption for the following picture?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

We had the most beautiful day yesterday for our pumpkin patch trip we took with Annabelle's class. Hay rack ride:
Out in the field:"Found one!"
Carving tonight!

It's Nearly Impossible. . .

to get a good picture of your three young children posing in a special setting and looking like they are having a good time. First off I start yelling the offending child's first and middle name, "Violet Grace, look at Mommy!" Then the oldest child tries to help by turning the offending child's head toward the camera. The results in screaming and attmepted biting:So the oldest child resorts to pointing and the camera and yelling and the offending child, which results in more screaming:
So I yell at the oldest child, which results in a grumpy face. But look, now the youngest child is looking at me (because I am no longer yelling at her!)
I finally give up. Then the middle child pipes up, "Mommy, I was looking at you and smiling the whole time. Are you going to give me a treat?"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Rabbit Lives On

I was downloading pictures from Aliah's camera that she took at the parade from yesterday (I didn't get to go to the parade with her) when I discovered that she took pictures of a red Rabbit convertbile. Ah, brings back memories of cruising around town in high school with my friends. Big bangs and Boys II Men blaring on the radio, those were the days.

I was so lucky to have a "cool" car, thanks Mom and Dad!

What was your first car? Do you get nastalgic if you see that kind of car driving down the road?