We see you!

1.  We had a beautiful Thanksgiving at my sister’s home in Cheney last Thursday.  Obviously have been waaaaay to busy to blog since then, woopsy… we’ve been busy eatin’ all that damn turkey and turkey noodle soup my Mom made for everyone.  It was delish.

2.  Two turkeys:  oven baked, the “traditional” turkey, and a deep fried the “southern” way turkey.  Both were delish!

{Josh and the 2 turkeys}

{simply love this little boy}

3.  I made the infamous pumpkin cheesecake and an apple pie for dessert.  (My nephew, Jackson, helped me do the baking, so, the cheesecake was a little lumpy, but both desserts were eaten up anyway and they were just the right sweetness after a freakishly large dinner.  Gotta love Thanksgiving and the 16534 different sides that accompany it!

{Thanksgiving 2011 photo-dump}

4.  We see you!  Finally, sweet Kellan’s two bottom teeth have appeared and are poking through.  They are shar little buggers, and they gave him a painful day yesterday.  Thankfully he is doing much better this morning.  Although I love his gummy smile, it will be nice to see his mouth of pearly whites soon enough.

5.  Kellan is scooting backwards!  He gets up on all fours and pushes himself back.  He also does the “rocking motion” but then stops and sort of falls down on his tummy.  I can’t believe it!  Soon he will be crawling… good thing I already bought the baby gates.  (We have two sets of stairs, so I needed one to keep at the top and one to keep at the bottom.)

6.  Horray, Noel gave Callum (our dog) a bath!  He smells so darn good, as good as a dog can smell anyway, and he is strutting around our house all proud like “check me out Mom!”  Animals are funny creatures.

7.  Christmas shopping has started in this household  I am all done shopping or the Mathison side, and now just have 3 more gifts for the Ross side.  I started early (mid-November), so that way I could actually enjoy the holidays and not stress out over buying and wrapping all the gifts.  I usually get anxiety over this every year, so this year, we are going to avoid that! 

8.  Noel and I are heading up to Mission Ridge (a local ski lodge) this coming Sunday.  We are so stoked!  Last year I was pregnant, so we couldn’t go, but this year, we hope to make it up there at least a few times and enjoy that powder!!

9.  Our beloved Canucks are not doing so well this season (so far).  I hope they can pull it together and hopefully make it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012… we shall see…

10.  I believe it is now time to buy Kellan a bigger carseat.  His feet are hanging off the ends of his “infant carrier” and he feels pretty darn heavy, that’s probably cuz I have him on my hip 99% of the time, but none-the-less, I will venture out today and see what I can find.  The “3 in 1” Graco brand carseat is what I am looking for, so hopefully I can score a sweet deal one. 

Chow bellas!

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I love him.

My sweet lil’ boy started his sickness on Sunday.   It is now, Wednesday, and he is doing so much better.  This wasn’t without hard work (by my part) and an extremely large amount of patience.  He would simply cry.  And cry.  And cry… for no reason.  Kellan is not a crier.  He usually just hangs out, plays with his toys and is a mellow little dude.  So this crying stuff, I was not used to, AT ALL.  We made it through the hard part (I think), and he is doing much better.  On Monday (his crying-fit day), his nose was runny, his nose was stuffed up, plus Noel discovered two bottom teeth that are white, but have yet to push through.  Even eating did not calm him down.  He would turn away, lose interest, and anything I did or tried was not what he wanted.  This part of being a Mommy is the most difficult.  Not knowing what your baby wants from you.  Noel ended up coming home on Monday to help me with Kellan.  This is rare for him to do, but I felt like I was running into walls from hearing Kellan cry all day long and felt like I needed my hubby!  He always makes things better, even when he has no idea he is doing it.  I love him.

I do not like it when I feel sick, but I can cope and learn ways to handle it.  With a baby, they cry because they have no other way of dealing with it.  Crying because he is hungry.  Crying because he wants to be held.  Crying because he no longer wants to be held.  Crying because he needs to burp but can’t.  It is sad.  I wish they could talk at this age, or maybe even just when babies are sick.  Reply with a courteous yes or no.  But, it is sad.  I have been trying to do anything and everything for him and he is just not happy.

Thankfully yesterday, he pulled a 180 and he was back to being a happy little guy.  I am thankful for this.  The unknown was pulling off my patience cap slowly but surely.  So, after using Vapo-Baby-Rub, a nasal solution spray, Tylenol, and IB-Profen he is much better.  I was willing to try anything, and luckily my secret combo of these items has worked.  Super Mommy!

{sweet lil’ boy}

flap-flap-flap

They are at it again!  So, I wake up, walk to Kellan’s room and see on the floor some gray things, I pick one up and to me, it looks like dust or something, so it didn’t bother me (I simply thought, we need to vacumm today, dang!), then I nursed lil’ boy, put him back down for another 2 hour snooze-fest and walk downstairs to get my morning coffee and cherry scone, and I hear something.  A flap-flap-flap… I look up and see a bird in my kitchen.  He was flapping his wings trying to get outside my kitchen window.  I high-tailed it outta there, ran up the stairs and woke Noel up and told him there is a bird downstairs and you have to get it out.  (Noel is staying home today, he is sick… lord help us…)  So he casually walked downstairs, I kept telling Callum and Braden (our dog & cat) to “GET THE BIRD!”, Noel looked at me puzzled and I looked at him like you better be gettin that damn thing outta my kitchen hunny.  So he slowly walked over to the bird, caught it with his hands, I opened up the slider for him, and he let it go outside… it was like he was gracefully letting a dove out into the free world.  What the heck?  He does things like this so effortlessly and I manage to look like a scared little girl.  Thank goodness he was home to protect me.  But seriously, why do my animals catch objects then release them in our home?  So, that bird was inside my bedroom at some point during the night, trying to escape, probably landed on my head or something while I was sleeping, oh god.  I can’t even think about it too long or it will gross me out.

Kellan did not sleep through this, would you?  So I got him up for the day and we are managing to have a great afternoon together.  I had to go to the store and buy Noel some sick medicine and some other ingredients for a creamy-artichoke-spinach dip that I am making for my sister in law’s birthday party on Saturday evening.

Cheers to having a beautiful Thursday my friends.  If you ever need someone to catch birds for you, call my hubby up.  He will take charge and get that damn thing outta your house for you!

{check out that hair tuff}

staaanky

As I sit and burp Kellan waiting to hear him burp, I hear something else instead.  THRAAAARRRP.  The smell starts lingering immediately following the noise explosion.  I remove my arm from beneath his butt and look down at my forearm covered in a mustardy-brown smear.  Thank you.  Now, I did not expect this today.  My boy is an every other day pooper, and since today was supposed to be his “off” day I was startled when this happened.  But let’s embrace it, shall we, and horray for him pooping once yesterday and once today.  As I carried him upstairs to his changing table, I noticed that his pants were soaked in it as well.  So I had to lean his upper body against mine and hold his tootsies in my one hand so I wouldn’t smear it around more.  I layed him down on the changing table and took off his socks (they would get destroyed by the poopy if I left them on while attempting to change his diaper and entire outfit).  As the socks come off his feet, they are damp as well.  The poop had made it all the way down to his toes.  YES!  Now the question comes to mind, “Do I give him a bath?”  I was going to, but then remembered that his poops usually just shoot out the side and there is little or nothing in his diaper.  So… no bath was my final answer.

I pulled off his pants and his thighs down to his toes were all poopy.  I started using wipes to clean him all over and once he was clean I un-velcrowed his two diaper satchel things and behold, more poop.  The bath was not necessary, so I am glad I vetoed that idea.  But there was a need to change his entire outfit.  Which we did.  The smell was staaanky but I am glad he took care of business.  I am soaking and then going to wash his outfit (it is too cute to throw out, but sometimes I do throw out his poopy-drenched clothes)… and then we will be good to go for the rest of our afternoon together.

Mommy loves your stinky butt!

snazzy pads

1.  It’s just about snowy weather here in Wenatchee!  There has been frost on the tops of the homes in our neighborhood for the past few mornings.  I am getting very excited for the first snow-fall.  I wonder what our little K-man will do?

2.  We have not one, but two roadtrips this month!  Destinations:  Osoyoos, Canada & Cheney, Washington.  Hallelulajah!  I love roadtrips.

{Osoyoos, British Columbia}

3.  We are driving up to Canada to spend three days watching my two brothers in a hockey tournament.  Noel, Kellan and myself plus my Dad, Mom, Lachlan and Conlan… I can’t wait!  Plus, Noel will get to look at a bunch of new hockey goalie gear and hopefully purchase some as well… it will be a good trip indeed.

{Noel likes these old school pads, I am not too sure about it… I like the new snazzy pads.}

4.  Cheney roadtrip is due to Thanksgiving.  My sister’s family lives there and we hardly get to see them (maybe once a month, if that) and so we will all be caravaning over there to spend the holiday with the Hill family.

5.  Our dog, Callum, needs a bath PRONTO!  It’s just gross.

6.  Lil’ boy did just dandy with the “fall back” boohah, thank goodness.  It didn’t even faze him.  In fact, it’s currently 9:45am and I am just starting to hear him stir in the other room.  What a good baby he is, I just love my little angel boy!

7.  We have got two birthdays to celebrate this month.  My sister in law, Leah’s birthday is on the 15th and my brother, Lachlan’s birthday is on the 27th.  Lachlan is turning 18 years old!  What the heck?  I feel like they are getting older and I am staying the same age.  I don’t feel older, except my bones crack every morning and it takes me forever to get my butt up off the floor sometimes… hmmmmm.  None the less, I am thrilled to be part of their lives, and being a big sister to Lachlan and watch him grow up makes me smile inside.  My heart loves my brother (all 3 of them) and the bond we have as “brother-sister” is something no one can experience unless you have it.  (It’s sorta hard for me to describe, it’s just a feeling…)  I can’t wait for Kellan to have siblings, and experience this type of love.  It truly is amazing.

{Lachlan just steppin onto the ice}

8.  Kellan is doing the tri-pod figurine.  All you parents know what I’m talking about, but let me fill you other newbies in… this means that he is on his tummy, legs are curled/bunched up (so he is mainly on his knees) and two arms and head are face down… he looks like he is gunna crawl but just keeps on pushing his little legs and goes nowhere.  The reason being is because his head is pushing into the ground and he is not moving his arms.  He might be crawling soon, once he figures this out.  Every night the three of us hop on our bed and practice crawling… he is a master at rolling over.  But only one direction.  He just rolls and rolls and rolls.  We are guarding the three sides of the bed that he could potentionally tumble down off of, no worries, but it is fun for Noel and I to “ooooh” and “aaaaah” at our little roller boy!  I love these moments.

9.  Lil’ boy can now eat meats.  Does this sound alarming to you?  It does to me.  We can now mix up whatever food we are eating for dinner and give it to him to eat.  This is just wierd to me.  He eats breastmilk/formula every 2-3 hours and he now eats 4 “freezer ice cube’s” of food each and every day.  So, to add meat to this is just odd to me.  He is only 7 months old people.  We will slowly incorporate this new trend into his diet, but for now I like things just the way they are.  Period.

10.  The hubby forgot his lunch today.  Oh lordy.  Kellan and I will be making a trip into town to give him his lunch in a little while…

sorta winging it

Shame on me.  I completely forgot to share how Kellan did with carving pumpkins.  He thoroughly enjoyed himself.

I think that the cold feel to the inner part of the pumpkin felt nice on his gums.  Who knows if he is teething or not.  That white speck went back under, so who can really tell?  It is laughable though, because as first time parents, we are just sorta winging it.  We don’t know what to expect, so we just roll with whatever happens.  But, Kellan did love carving the pumpkins.  We just sat him in his highchair so he could get a good look at what Daddy was doing to those orange things and once Noel cut out the eyes, Kellan was ready to start chompin down on those things.

*****

We did not get very many trick or treaters on Halloween.  I am assuming this is because it fell on a Monday.  Therefore all our neighborhood children were doing their homework or sleeping.  We usually go through three bags of candy, but this year I don’t even think we finished one bag.  (I am eating the remainder of the candy… I shouldn’t be, but whatever.  I can’t just throw it away.  That’s good money spent… I have to justify.)  We put on Kellan’s monkey hat and he loved seeing all the children in their costumes.

It was a nice, quiet yet eventful evening… next year will be very different… lil’ boy will be walking running towards the candy-givers, hopefully I will be pregnant, and Noel will be running after Kellan telling him to “slooooow down buddy”… ahhhhh, what will a year bring us?

scent of autumn

After recieving many messages about this pumpkin cheesecake I made for my husbands birthday, I figured I better share it with you all.  Here are the ingredients and directions to make this spectacular cheesecake.  I must say, I prefer it over regular cheesecake, and now I lke it even better than pumpkin pie… plus it will fill your home with the scent of autumn.  A smell that is divine!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (you can use low-fat graham crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted salted butter

Filling:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature (you can use a reduced fat cream cheese or fat free cream cheese if you are health-conscious)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (you can use Splenda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:

In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.  *I kept mine in the fridge over night and it turned out just great.  Then I added some fresh powdered sugar on top, and it looked beautiful!  Also, know and be prepared for the “rising” of this cheesecake.  Usually cheesecakes flatten down, but this baby rises!  No worries, this is supposed to happen.

 

Enjoy this dessert and have a slice for me too.  This will pair well with some vanilla ice cream or some homemade whipping cream as well.  Or even a cup of coffee in the morning time.  Who says you can only eat sweets for a dessert?  They are wrong, my friend.