Wednesday, September 29, 2010

organic carrot cake birthday cakes

For Lily's first birthday party last year, I made a carrot cake. Or. Well. Lots of small carrot cakes. I don't remember it being too difficult.. and they came out pretty delicious so I wanted to do it again this year.

The poor kid has basically no traditions in her life- so the one or two that have survived up to this point.. I'd like to keep going. But of course I cannot find the recipe I used last year. I thought I had emailed it to myself.. but I also sort of remember deleting it.. thinking it would be so easy to find it online again. I think it's this one.. Organic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I know it was an organic one (or I used organic ingredients anyway) and I remember the maple syrup in the frosting.

For some reason, Jason actually let me buy a medium sized food processor last week.. I'm kind of excited about it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The holiday season

creepy cloth                vs      this week's holiday aisle at Target

The "holiday season" used to mean Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. New Year's joined in.. and then Thanksgiving started getting in on it I guess. I guess. Where did Halloween fall in this mess? Nowhere. Halloween said "Pssh, whatever! I'm hanging out with back-to-school and the arrival of Fall." And it was fine. However..

Thanksgiving kinda liked what Halloween was doing. Halloween wasn't an enormous holiday. But the more kids were marketed to the other 364 days of the year, the more Halloween become "an event." For kids. And everyone else in this country. Everyone.

Well, anyway. Christmas wasn't happy. Christmas wanted the spotlight. Even in September. Even before Thanksgiving. And Halloween. What's my point? I can hardly even think about Halloween yet on September 27.. never mind Christmas. And yet.. Target already has a full-blown Christmas aisle. As of last week.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

As fast as a speeding Lily

Lily and I have been spending more time outside now that it's actually Fall and not so horribly hot and humid out. It really wasn't that cold out when we went out the other day, but she insisted on wearing her Winter hat from last year and my wireless headphones. She's got a great sense of style.

She ran all around the driveway and yard having a great time. I'm still faster than her (for now), but she's pretty quick for an almost 2 year old. I barely got a shot of her as she ran by.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tantrums are SO last year

Tantrums are so last year?
Well.. if Old Navy says it, it must be true. Ug.. I'm SO uncool. Again.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finding Nemo is so last month


For most of August and into the beginning of September.. Finding Nemo was playing around the clock at our house. Well. At least once a day. Everyday. And then..

Lily discovered Toy Story. And it was all "Nemo who?" We got Apple TV "for" Lily's birthday and if you use the iPad as a remote for it.. once you start playing a movie.. it just loops it. Over. And over. And over.

And that's just perfect as far as she's concerned. Again, like I said about Finding Nemo, at least it's a movie I can tolerate. Watching 100 times. If it was Cinderella. Or The Little Mermaid. Even Shrek.. there'd be no way I could deal with that. Tom Hanks does a good job as Woody.. and even Tim Allen (who I think is pretty annoying) does a great job with Buzz Lightyear.

But, I'll admit it.. it got pretty bad at one point. Toy Story was getting played, in its entirety or in part, like 10 times a day. And when I said "like" 10 times a day, I mean.. seriously ten times a day. After about a week, it was taking it's toll on me.  So, I got Toy Story 2- thinking "well at least maybe we can go to Toy Story five times a day and Toy Story 2 five times a day." Funny. Because that's not what happened.

Six minutes into Toy Story 2, Lily fell asleep.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Take a picture, it'll last longer

A pet peeve that I've been developing over the last 2 years has to do with how almost everyone else in the world behaves. Now, it irritates me when I have Lily in the stroller and no one around me bothers holding the door open for us.. causing me to curse and struggle with heavy doors.. but that's not the real issue here.

My big time irritation comes to standing in line. With Lily. Who doesn't care for standing in line. Waiting. Or being still. When she is in a good mood, dry, well-rested, full, and not thirsty.. she can tolerate it for about a minute before the "fuss" starts to rear its ugly head. And when even one of those things is missing from the equation? Look out.

So.. whatever. I don't feel it's my right as a mom of an impatient toddler to cut in front of everyone else, however..

When I have 2 or 3 items, the person in front of me has 10 or more items (or is returning things), Lily is starting to get fussy (or I'm holding her).. then what is the harm to at least offer me the opportunity to cut in front of you? I understand that people are in a hurry sometimes and that's okay by me.. but really are 100% of the people I get in line behind in a super duper hurry? That seems like really weird odds.

It's even more frustrating when I have only a few items, Lily is in full freak-out mode, and the person in front of me with 35 items keeps turning around and turning around and turning around and turning around. To staaaare. At me. And my tantrum-having toddler. In the almost 2 years I've been a mom and have taken Lily out for (practically daily) errands.. not one person has EVER offered to let me go in front of them. Not one.

I don't expect everyone in the world to be so observant of the needs of others, but again, the odds of me getting behind the world's most oblivious people 100% of the time seems a little too unlikely. What goes through these people heads? Honestly. I really wonder.

Most of the time they probably think 'huh, that sucks' or 'why can't she handle her child?' or maybe 'I wonder if I stare at her long enough, her kid will be quiet'. I can't be sure, none of them have ever said anything to me. But people sure do like to stare. All ages. All genders. Stare stare stare. Like they've never seen a frustrated toddler standing in line before.

Now, I never let Lily get to the point where she's screaming like someone is chopping her leg off (I take her out of the store before that happens- you're welcome).. but there's been crying, whining, throwing things, trying to climb out of her stroller/the shopping cart, etc. No one seems to care.

Am I just too considerate? Like.. maybe if I let her scream like I'm taking a saw to one of her limbs, then strangers left and right would be letting me sail through the checkout line? Man.. I just can't do that. To my daughter. Or the people around me. I know better I guess. Just wish all these other people I share this piece of the map with did too.

(on a side note: I complain about this stuff to my husband all the time and last night he told me that, that day, he had let a pregnant woman with a little kid get in front of him in line. See? Sometimes our spouses do listen when we complain!)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Up close and personal with some fireworks.

Every once in awhile the neighbors set off fireworks in their backyard. Like. A lot of them. And on random occasions. In some ways it's kind of cool to have a personal fireworks show, but in many other ways it's really not so cool. Like.. eventually someone's house is going to be on fire.. just hope it's not ours. (That should be a once in a lifetime event, and I've already got it crossed off my list.)

It's honestly pretty loud standing so close to fireworks like that going off. A few weeks ago, I caught the third and final "set" of the evening on video..

Monday, September 6, 2010

Stuff we do

Go to Hasbro..
This is the lobby at Hasbro. How cool is that? Where a regular lobby would've had magazines.. Hasbro had comic books laid out.

Eat Crazy Bread..
This is where I had my first Crazy Bread in about.. 10-12 years? How was it you might be wondering? It was delicious, thanks. I ate the entire bag myself and did. not. share. with. anyone. Not even cute little sleeping toddlers strapped into their car seats in the backseat.

For the record..

1. I'm not aware of any blood relation to the witches from the Wizard of Oz.

2. I apologize for thinking that preparing and heating up food was called cooking; I have an old dictionary..

3. I am not evil.

4. For the most part, I do not have issues.

5. I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from UVA/UVB and to kept the sun out of my eyes. Sometimes so people can't see I'm crying- but mostly it's the sun out of the eyes thing.

6. I do not think I'm Kate Gosselin, I do not imitate her, I don't even watch her show. I watched the first few seasons of it because I thought the little kids were cute, but the older ones sometimes come across a little bratty. I can appreciate that KG wants her kids to eat as organically as possibly and is a coupon user, like myself. But other than that? Sorry, not a KG impersonator.

And now you know.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

today looks a lot like..

Right now the toddler is watching Finding Nemo for the second and a half time today. And I have no choice but to sort of watch right along with her.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie. And there are way way way worse things we could be watching (500 times). There are a lot of cute parts in this movie and I have several favorites. One of them is near the begining when Nemo first goes to school. Right before the little fish are daring each other to touch the "boat".. the little octopus gets startled and exclaims "awww, you guys made me ink!" (Also, being a vegetarian.. I find the vegetarian sharks to be amusing)

Ya.. this is my life.
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