Saturday, February 23, 2013


My husband has been a fan of sushi since college.  Me, not so much.  The concept just always freaked me out and I'm not really much of a fish person.  I like shellfish, but that's pretty much it.  So it didn't interest me.  But I am a huge fan of Top Chef, and we realize we're in a pretty good place right now to experience all kinds of foods, unlike where most Air Force bases are.  So we made a pact to try different cuisines, different chefs, different foods with no changes and no playing it safe by choosing something we know we'll like. 

And I was finally ready to take a leap and try sushi.  My requirement was that we start with a really nice, well reviewed place.  I didn't want to have my first bites be bad or mediocre because then I wouldn't be interested in eating it again.  We went to Sen of Japan on a date night and it was awesome!  I told our waiter it was my first time ever (and really T's experience had been limited) and he asked if it would be okay if he just brought his recommendations to us.  Um, yes please! 

The bottom line is, we enjoyed it and now that we're in lent, we figured Friday nights would be a good opportunity to try different restaurants, less expensive and closer to home.  We tried a place last night that wasn't spectacular, but decent.  The amazing thing about it was H liked it.  And used her little kid chopsticks surprisingly well for not even being 2! 

She was having fun just saying "sushi" but a little hesitant to eat at first.  I got her to eat a piece of shrimp tempura that came with our roll and then she was all about it.  We gave her a piece of the roll and she at the rice and the filling.  T even tried to finish it when there was pretty much just the seaweed left and she said "No, daddy.  Down." while pointing to her plate.  She even asked for more, but she's a lot slower than we are and it was all gone, haha.  She did get cookies for being such an adventurous eater! 

Such a big girl!

 I think I like it!

 It was hard to get a shot with her actually using the chopsticks because it was so fast, but she did get quite a few bites with them!

Aaaand she finally notices me taking pictures so she started hammin' it up!

Thursday, February 21, 2013


So H is really into coloring right now.  It's cute.  And when Mingming & Papa were here, they got her some crayons and color wonder kits.  But she started with regular pens and paper which she still sometimes likes to use.

I gave her some to occupy her when I put B down for his morning nap and she was content at her table coloring so I left her go and got on to check my computer.  She comes to the office gate with pen marks all over her stomach.  I should add, we took off her jammies to go potty this morning and she preferred they stay off.  Anyway. . .

H:  Color body. Color body.

Mommy:  Ohhh noooo.  That's not a good idea, baby.  You have to color paper.

*goes back to the table and starts coloring on her paper*

H: color yeg?

Mommy:  No.  If you color your leg, Mommy has to take your pen away.

*pensive look.  swings her arms and accidentally hits her leg with the pen*

H: ooops.  Here, mommy.

*hands me the pen.  I take it*

H:  Fank you, mommy.  

I debated sharing that story, because she is NOT usually that well-behaved.  In fact, I was shocked that my statement of taking her pen away wasn't met with running from me shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!"  But it was too cute and too funny to not share.  She just cracks me up sometimes. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Soldier vs. Inchworm

I know I say this a lot, but it still amazes me how two kids with the same parents, so close in age, can be so different.  B is really on the move these days!  And although he's not officially up on his hands and knees crawling, he can cover a lot of ground.  H did the same thing, and from watching my friends' kids it seems all babies come up with their own way to scoot before technical crawling.

The funny thing is, she was totally army crawl.  She would've survived the trenches. She used her upper body, reached those arms forward and dragged the rest of her body weight forward.  So naturally, like the forgetful idiot I am raising a 2nd one, I waited for him to do the same.  Nope.  He's a little inchworm.  He uses his little fat knees to raise his booty in the air and then launches his top half forward.

We have been trying to get a good video of it, but much like his sister, he doesn't like to perform for us.  And now he's pushing up on his knees and rocking; preparing to do a real big boy crawl already.   So I'm sorry we never caught a good demo of him doing the worm, but enjoy this big boy moment:

I can't believe it's been 6 months.  I can't believe he's eating solids.  I can't believe he's not a baby baby anymore.  But I'm excited at every turn.  I love the toddler stage so much.  Walking, talking, actually listening when we read.  The problem is they grow out of that stage just as fast.  Can't I just keep them little forever?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Baby B is eating solid foods!  We started him on infant cereal at 5 months and he took it like a champ!  I think partly because he took to eating so well and then mostly because I'm not as neurotic this time around, we quickly moved to the actual foods as well. 

 sorry these two are blurry, T wasn't home and I wasn't so steady doing both

The first bites went down with me giving him his paci, after that he started using his own fingers to suck and help him swallow.  Clever boy.  

He started baby food with carrots, which took a lot of mixing with cereal/formula to get him to eat.  Then it was only the first feeding of peas he spit out adjusting to the change.  He's now on pears/apples with cinnamon.  That change was not an issue for him :).  We've got sweet potato, banana & avocado coming up.  Then I think it'll be on to the more flavorful concoctions - beyond choose one food, steam & puree.  

 Bring it on, I'm living up to my shirt (champion eater)

 I got this now, momma. 

I make my own baby food.  Not because I'm a hippie or uppity or think that jarred baby food is evil.  I just have the time.  I wanted to try it when we had H, and it turns out it's not that hard.  That's not to say when we run out of the batches I have frozen and it's time to go to the store and make another 1-2 months worth I'm not all "THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, WHYYYYY CAN'T WE JUST BUY IT????" :)  To do it in batches is a lot of work.  It's pretty much an entire day.  But I think it's worth it.  Jarred baby food isn't unhealthy, but this way it's fresher.  And we've used the jars for convenience when traveling.  But homemade tastes better and like I said, I usually have the time. 

It's not for everybody, but if you're interested in it, give it a try.  I have two recipe books if you need help with where to start. 

Love & Hugs