Monday, January 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions: Complete

Done with resolution #1. But Resolution #2 needs to be done again. Maybe I should make monthly resolutions.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

For those of you that want the recipe that made Calvin's face so messy, here it is. I got it from the January issue of parent's magazine and it is sooooo easy!

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup water
26oz jar pasta sauce
15 oz part skim ricotta cheese (I don't like ricotta so I substituted cottage cheese once and cooked ground beef the other time. It was too runny with the cottage cheese, but it tasted good. It was just right with ground beef)
1/2 cup shredded carrot
6 lasagna noodles
1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Spray cooking spray on your pot.
2. Stir water and pasta sauce together in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 3 minutes.
3. Mix ricotta cheese with carrots. Set aside.
4. Spoon 1/2 cup sauce mixture on bottom of crock pot. Arrange half of noodles over sauce. You'll have to break them to fit.
5. Layer in this order:
  • Half of ricotta mixture
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • Half of remaining sauce
  • The rest of the noodles
  • The rest of the ricotta mixture
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • The rest of the sauce
  • The rest of the mozzarella
6. Cook on low heat for 3 hours. Remove pot from cooking base. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Then eat.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lasagna for dinner


We had crockpot lasagna for dinner the other day and Calvin loved it! (So did I, but I managed to keep my face clean).

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Calvin learned how to clap and high-five

Look how smart our baby is! He can high five and clap! Sometimes he waves too, but not in this video.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Laughing Video

This video is a bit long, but who can resist a laughing baby?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Feeding the animals

The other day I lined up all of Calvin's animals and pretended to feed them with a spoon. Then I gave the spoon to Calvin and he started doing it too! So cute. Every day he gets smarter and smarter!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thrift store finds

Every time I go to DI I always check the sheets section. The past two times I've gone, I've found some good stuff. I'm planning on using them for sewing something. I just don't know what yet. Maybe I'll make myself some pjs out of the striped fabric. Maybe a matching pair for Calvin too?
This one I decided to actually use on our bed since we have a shortage of flat sheets in our house. Evan thinks that he can get some sheets with jets on them since I got sheets with flowers. Yeah right. He would never spend his money on sheets so I think I'm safe.





Saturday, January 22, 2011

Boxes boxes boxes

Calvin has been climbing into a lot of boxes recently. His toy box, His wipes box,
and his book box.






Friday, January 21, 2011

New Glasses

I got my new glasses in the mail today. After 7 or so years, it was time for a new pair. I like them. And guess what the best part was? They only cost $14.90 or something. Including everything. Frame, lenses, and shipping. Amazing. From now on, I'll likely be buying all my glasses from here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A few thoughts

Fashion:

I went to the mall the other day, and, as happens once every few years, I realized most of my clothes are out of style. So I bought a bunch of new shirts with some Christmas money. The biggest problem is my jeans though. I tried on a few pairs of skinny jeans and decided that I still don't like them. They are too tight around the ankle. Plus I think I may have a little more pregnancy weight hanging around on my thighs and buns than I like to admit to myself.
Gap has some jeans called real straight jeans that look kinda like skinny jeans but they aren't as tight around the ankle. I haven't tried them on, but at $60 each, I see no need to. So I suppose I will have to be content with the one pair of jeans I own that I actually like. Well, I guess two. But one pair are (is?) maternity jeans. I sometimes wear them, but the big stomach part adds a lot of bulk and makes me look fatter than I am.

Design:
Have I ever mentioned that I want my house to look like it could be in a magazine? At least when it is clean anyway. I'm not there yet, but I hope to be someday. I think it is doable (even on a small budget). After all, my major had a huge focus on exterior design. And the principals of design are the same, no matter what kind it is. I used to read a lot of design blogs, but now that I don't have hours and hours to browse the internet while breastfeeding every day, I've had to cut back so that I can actually play with Calvin. Here is my board where I post pretty pictures from Better Homes and Gardens magazine.In case you can't tell, I really like bright colors. I really want to get ahold of some chairs with a similar structure to the yellow one and reupholster and paint them.


Motherhood:


I love being a mom. I really do. Calvin is so sweet and it is so fun to watch him learn and grow. I used to think that being a SAHM would be boring, but I don't get any more bored than I would if I were working. And it is waaaaaay more fulfilling. Having a kid is awesome. But as much as I like it, I am terrified of having more than one. I had a really hard time the first few months after he was born. I don't do well on little sleep. I took at least one nap pretty much every day and went to bed super early. You can't do that when you have two kids. Our original plan was to have 4 or 5. It still sounds good in theory, but we'll see if I can get up the courage to actually follow through.


Exercise:

I am awesome. I've been doing one of these workouts every day 5 times a week:


Granted, I've only been doing them for a week and a half since I took a break to be sick during just about the entire month of December and the beginning of January. But still. For someone who hates to exercise, I'm sure enjoying these sore muscles. My goal is to strengthen my lower back muscles so I stop hurting them all the time and to look awesome.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The solution (at least for now)

After I wrote that post about the oven, Evan realized that it was driving me crazy and within a few minutes, he thought of a solution to the door opening problem. Can you tell how it works from the pictures? I thought about trying to explain, but it was too hard.



We are still keeping the dishwasher in front of the oven while it is on so Calvin doesn't burn himself, but I haven't been using the oven much since I got a Crockpot cookbook for Christmas. Awesome.
Oh yeah, and while we are talking about appliances, Calvin has started putting his magnetic letters inside the hole in the (portable) dishwasher where the water tube comes out. We are going to have to take the whole outside off to get them out. So I guess he isn't getting them back anytime soon. Haha.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Swimming Lessons

Calvin and I started our swimming class tonight. It was pretty fun. There were lots of moms and babies and even a few dads. All the babies look so cute in their swim suits! Calvin didn't like the water at first and was a little scared the whole time, but when we got to chase the rubber duckies he smiled. Hopefully he'll get more used to it and have even more fun next time.

The hardest part is after we are finished I have to get both of us dressed and keep Calvin from running away. I think that is why people take swim classes in the summer. Then you can just wear your swimsuit home and change there.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Calvin's Birthday, Part 4: The banner

I made this banner for Calvin's birthday out of felt and ribbon. We'll probably be using it for every birthday from now on.

Friday, January 14, 2011

HELP!

I'm pretty frustrated right now which probably means I shouldn't be writing a blog post, but oh well.

One of Calvin's favorite past times is opening and slamming shut the oven door. I've spent hours looking for something to baby proof our oven with no luck. Most ovens have locks on them already so it isn't an issue, but our oven doesn't and all the devices I've found either won't fit on our oven or they have terrible reviews that say they don't work. Plus, our oven gets really hot on the outside so any lock we do get has to be heat resistant. We've been putting our portable dishwasher in front of the oven, but our kitchen is tiny and that makes it impossible to get anything done in there and drives me nuts. I've even called the Wymount office and asked them if they have anything or any suggestions. They don't.

Here are my options:
1. Use a fridge lock and just never use the oven so the lock won't melt.
2. Tie Calvin up.
3. Let Calvin play in the oven.
4. Keep the dishwasher in front of the oven and either eat out for every meal or slowly go insane while cooking in a tiny kitchen with a toddler clinging to my legs.
5. One of you will provide me with a solution that actually works.

In other news, I've started working out again now that I am finally not sick. Thanks to my friend Jillian, my arms were so tired that I could barely control a squirmy Calvin in Babies R Us while he was throwing a bit of a tantrum. Guess what we were doing there? That's right. Not finding an oven lock that will work.

Bookworm

Evan gave me a photo album for Christmas and here are some pictures of Calvin looking at it.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Done with resolution 2

I mopped the floor on Saturday. But guess what. Our water heater broke last night so we had the maintenance guy come fix it after hours, which was nice of him. But his shoes were really dirty and now I have to mop the floor again.

So I'm off. Have to do it before Calvin wakes up.

The tunnel

We made a tunnel with the couch cushions and Calvin had a lot of fun playing with it.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Calvin's Birthday, Part 3: The balloon

Evan's parents gave Calvin a balloon for his birthday. Here is a video of him playing with it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Calvin's Birthday, Part 2: The Cake

Here are some videos of Calvin eating his birthday cake. He didn't know what to do with it at first, but once he finally tried it, I think he liked it.




Monday, January 10, 2011

Calvin's Birthday Part One: The Presents

Calvin's birthday was last Thursday and we had some family over for a little birthday party. We had Hawaiian Haystack for dinner because it has a lot of Calvin's favorite foods in it. Then he opened his presents, or ran around while I mostly opened them for him.

This is about all the helping he did.


Man, opening presents is a lot of work!

Evan's parents gave him a crocodile that rolls across the floor. He really likes it.

We gave him a panda hand puppet (not pictured) and a train.
Calvin's cousins were pretty excited about this toy.

I think Calvin wasn't so sure he wanted to share.



I like this picture. Look at how they are all sharing!

Dinner tonight...

Dear Crockpot,

I know that I very very loosely followed the recipe. And on top of that I added in some potatoes for baking. Please make our dinner turn out okay anyway. And please don't be really hard to clean because I forgot to put a liner in.

Your friend,

Shanna

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Years Resolutions

1. Don't eat candy. At least for January.
2. Mop the kitchen floor.