Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Kraft Foods website is also awesome and features many of the same recipes as the magazine ... I found my favorite spinach artichoke dip recipe on that site (http://www.kraftfoods.com/). Their recipes are typically really easy but still have lots of flavor. And if you want to tweak them a bit - if, say, there is an ingredient you aren't fond of - it's really easy to do because the recipes are so simple.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
In light of this story, I am reminded of my favorite Christmas book (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) and one of my favorite Christmas movies (A Charlie Brown Christmas). Both speak to the true meaning of Christmas ... helping others out and taking time out to really appreciate and enjoy the people around you. I love giving gifts because I feel like it is a way to thank people for being in my life and for all they do for me and my family throughout the year. Too often it seems like we as a culture try to get the biggest and best gifts when really it is the thought behind the gift that matters most.
I'm sure I'll be writing more about my feelings about Christmas and this time of year as we approach the actual holiday. It is one of my favorite holidays (right up there with Halloween ... gotta love dressing up) so I have a lot to say about it. Each aspect of the holiday, from Santa to the tree, means something different to me. And I know my feelings might differ from others, so I'd love to hear what people have to say about these topics.
I hope tomorrow is a better day.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Second, I am thankful for my husband. He is a wonderful man, a fantastic father, and my best friend. We've had a couple rocky spots as we have transitioned into parenthood, to be sure, but it is all worthwhile in the end. And I am thankful that he has a good job; in these uncertain times we are very fortunate, and I feel extraordinarily lucky that I am able to stay home with our son.
For all our family, friends, health, and wealth I am thankful. Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
And eventually, I'd like to start a tradition inspired by something my dad always did with my sister and I. Every year the three of us would go out and buy toys for Toys for Tots. It taught us how important it is to give to those less fortunate than us and that giving can be fun in and of itself. It is so important to me that my son value these things as well.
Of course, there are traditions that are just about spending time with family ... like cutting down the Christmas tree with my parents and sister. My son, at only twelve weeks old, will be joining us on our annual outing this Sunday. He'll be in his little baby carrier all bundled up, wearing his super cute aviator hat my sister made for him (pictures will be posted of it soon ... no worries). We usually spend at least an hour wandering around in the cold debating which tree will be perfect for us this year, having a snowball fight or two, and cracking wise the whole time. Every year we say we're going to agree on a tree faster than the year before, but it almost never happens. Then we take the tree home and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation while we decorate it.
My husband is allergic to pine trees, so our family tradition is hunting for the tree in the basement and bringing it upstairs in pieces. Not as typically romantic a picture of putting up a Christmas tree, but it's ours ... and we are warm and dry the entire time. Oh, and the lights are already on our tree - can't beat that. And instead of Christmas Vacation, we watch Elf as we decorate our tree. With our son joining us this year it will be even more special! I can't wait.
As you can see, I'm all about traditions. What are yours?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
That is, until we got home. He started to get hungry, so I fed him and he ate with his usual voracity. Then afterwards we decided to put him to bed, so he and I went upstairs. But as I laid him down to change him and put his pj's on, he started crying this terrible, frantic cry. Typically, he loves his changing table, so I knew something was up. I picked him up and his cry got a little less frantic. My husband came upstairs when he heard the crying, and we both deduced he was probably having gastro-intestinal issues. We endured his frantic cries while we changed his diaper and got him into his pj's, then I offered to try to calm him down.
With his room ever so softly lit by his moon lamp, my beautiful baby boy and I bobbed in a wide oval across the carpet. As we walked, I told him how much his daddy and I love him, how long we waited for him, what a miracle he is, and how our world is better with him in it even though it wasn't perfect for him or me at that moment. Then he burped a nice, deep burp. I brought him off my shoulder and saw that he was still wide awake, so I cradled him in my arms and shushed him. We swayed back and forth together for a few minutes when it happened; my beautiful little boy, with his eyes half closed, smiled. It was a brief smile, but it was like he could feel how much I loved him and would do anything for him.
And it was the best part of my day.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
And speaking of diaper disposal, I just LOVE the Diaper Genie II. It is sooooo easy to use and really does keep most, if not all, of the smell out of the air. Again, both of these conveniences are not necessities, but they certainly do make a mom's life easier.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As I mentioned in my first post, I plan on telling you about products I like. What I didn't say is that most of the products I like do just what my dishwasher does when it is in working order ... they help make things run a little more smoothly in my life. The first product I would like to write about are Eddie Bauer wrinkle-resistant shirts. My husband wears these shirts for work almost exclusively because they look nice, are comfortable, and don't have to be drycleaned or ironed. As long as I get them out of the dryer while they are still warm, they come out wrinkle-free; if I forget to get them out while they are warm, all I have to do is start up the dryer again for a bit and they are again splendidly without wrinkles.
While these shirts are by no means a necessity (I could just as easily get him other work shirts and they would be just as nice), they make my life so much easier by eliminating a step from the laundering process. And for that I am SO grateful.
Once I figure out how, I will be putting pictures up on this blog ... so stay tuned!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Then it dawned on me. In the ten weeks I have been a mother and three years I have been a wife, I may have learned a few things. Nothing earth-shattering, of course, but who knows ... what I have learned may be of use to someone else. So I guess I'll write about what I've learned about mothering (tips, tricks, useful products, etc.) and wife-ing (ditto).
And who says a blog has to be about answers ... I have A LOT of questions. I'm a new mother, a relatively new wife, and a homeowner. I have a million questions running through my brain all day long ... am I doing this right? are my boys happy? what should I be doing here? what's that smell and how do I make it go away?
Along the way I plan to post pictures of products I like and people I love (which, of course, includes my beautiful son) since people love pictures ... and since I got a new camera for my birthday a couple weeks ago and can't stop taking pictures.
Tomorrow I'll start with a normal post. For today, I'll just end it here and wish you a wonderful afternoon! Hope you enjoy my slice of a beautiful life.