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October 26, 2011

Cottage Cheese, Please

My daughter may have inherited her father's love-for-cottage-cheese gene. She could eat this for every meal! And she is very good at scraping the bowl clean with her spoon.


Then she picks up the bowl and asks me for "more." 


October 25, 2011

Fun with Glowsticks in the Bathtub

I can't take credit for this activity. I found it on pinterest. And I am grateful I did. I put some glowsticks in the bath with Rachel the other night and she loved them. I also had fun with the neat colors. We will be doing this when we go to Georgia with my niece. Glowstick bracelets are $1 for 15 bracelets at Michael's. They are perfect for the tub.



October 24, 2011

Pirate Princess Birthday Party

Rachel went to her first birthday party (other than cake and ice cream with family)! Rebecca was celebrating her 3rd birthday and after a day without a nap, Rachel went to the party and was in pretty good spirits. It was great to see all the kids running around and having fun and to visit with some old friends.

Here is the birthday girl!


Rebecca had a pirate/princess party. You can view the super cool invitations (made by yours truly) here.  Rachel selected a princess costume to wear. 


Reece shows off his crown. 


Hanna gives me her pirate face!


October 20, 2011

Shopping Trip

Rachel recently discovered she fits into her shopping cart. But she hasn't figure out how to get out of it yet.


October 13, 2011

Just Another Sunday

Sunday Funday Picture for my Loyal Readers. 

Here is my daughter, playing "dress up" as best as she can:

Stocking Hat
Cape we easily and quickly made out of her dad's old tee shirt (find the instructions here)
Mom's black belt - wrapped around her body twice
and she's chewing on an "icee" or frozen teether.


Go Tigers 2011

My husband is a HUGE baseball fan and he religiously watches and listens and keeps track of every Detroit Tiger's baseball game. As most everyone knows, they are in the running for the championships this year. Unfortunately I don't "follow" baseball, so I won't even attempt to tell you what they are in the running for.

We were invited to a party at a friend's house to watch the game and decided to take our daughter. I did feel bad she was the only kid there, but she's terribly good and it gives me an excuse to get my drinking husband out of the basement and home at a semi-reasonable time because our daughter needs to get into bed (Can you tell who does the driving? It is my choice, though, because I see how he feels in the morning and I'd hate to waste a perfectly good Sunday being comatose due to self inflicted adult beverages). 

I recently sorted through my daughter's closet and found an outfit that she hadn't worn and it was a tiger's outfit! So I grabbed a turtle neck and tights from her wardrobe and made it appropriate for the tiger's party-It was on a cold October night. Rachel loves to say "Go, Tigers" and she is very familiar with "baseball" and says it whenever she sees it on TV, in a book about baseball or an English D.



October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Patch 2011

It may have been a tad early to go to the pumpkin patch, but it WAS October (although it was only the 1st) but I was worried if we waited until another weekend, we wouldn't find the time. My husband tentatively has two trips planned in October - a week in Germany and a week in Georgia - so I jumped on utilizing the empty calendar space to visit the little pumpkin patch and pick out pumpkins for Halloween. Naturally it was a dry but windy and blustery day. (The following weekend it was in the 80s!)

I also jumped on this opportunity to invite my little sister since we'd be in her neck of the woods that day. She came home with me and her and her cousin carved pumpkins while I worked on boiling and baking the seeds while Rachel napped. We'll carve Rachel's pumpkin another time.

The pumpkin patch is on a farm so we get to take advantage of seeing the animals. Rachel LOVED the animals. It looks like she is crying in this photo, but she's laughing at the goats. The goats were her favorite, although she did enjoy checking out the pigs, horses, cows, chickens and bunnies.

Here's my little sister sitting on a pumpkin and posing with the "farm dog."



I planned to put random dots on my pumpkin with the apple corer, but soon realized I made a smiling pumpkin! 

Boiling the seeds!

Here is my pumpkin seed recipe in case you are interested. I found this in a newspaper years ago and have always used it. 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Heat oven to 400.

Collect & Clean seeds. Boil in salted water for 15-20 minutes. You will see the seeds start to turn "gray." This is the water absorbing into the seeds, which is important for the recipe. Drain seeds and spread onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt or other flavorings if desired (cheese, garlic, ranch, chili powder, etc.)

Bake 10-20 minutes checking halfway through and pay close attention so the seeds don't burn. Sometimes I flip the seeds, sometimes I don't.

Cool and enjoy!



October 07, 2011

Spontaneous Water Park Adventure

Over Labor Day this year, it was CRAZY warm one of the days and then BRUTALLY cold the next! We took advantage of the 90 degree weather and went to the Aquatic Park in Lansing. I love going to this park and the last time we had been there, I was pregnant with Rachel!

The zero entry pool is the best, the Rachel really enjoyed the splash zone. I literally took over a hundred photos and I think this one is my favorite:



October 05, 2011

Relaxing with Dad

One night after work Rachel and her dad were playing in the bedroom. I was asked to check it out and brought my camera. Rachel was imitating her dad relaxing on the bed before he changed out of his work clothes.


October 01, 2011

40 Years Together

40 years. Can you imagine where you will be in 40 years?

2011 marked the 40th Wedding Anniversary for my parents. Since I consider anything past 10 years a "big deal" in today's society, my sister and I surprised my parents first with the arrival of my sister and niece in Michigan, then with a party! It was a tad challenging getting everything coordinated, cooking in a motor home, and not letting the secret slip, but we pulled it off and it was a huge success!

Avery and Rachel riding in the motor home.


My sister enjoys the co-captain chair. (I purposely pieced this one together so you can see how awesome this seat really is.)


We spent some time at the beach even though the wind made it chilly. Rachel just wanted to smash her dad's sand castles.

I cannot take credit for this, I saw it on Pinterest and had to copy it with a touch of my own personalization.

Although I can take credit for the cupcakes and desserts. 


And the scratch pad party favors. 


The only surprised photo I have of them is this one (thanks to Aunt Marcia).


Some of the original wedding party was there!