Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The perfect gift for baby or toddler Northerners!

I received one of the besties Christmas cards the other day, and her new baby boy had on a hat like the first picture (in green and blue), and I immediately called to find out where she had gotten the darling hat.  She led me to this website, and you better believe that SYT will be getting a hat from there.  Now the question is, do I get it for this year or do I just order one for next?  Also, do I do the first design or the second?  And, which colors?  Red and navy?  Green and navy?  Navy and white?  Red and white?  Hmmmm.......any feelings one way or the other, ladies? 

Don't you think this is also the cutest idea for gifts for northern babies?  Let me tell you, I would have loved to receive one of these as a baby gift!  I will definitely be sending these to a few people I know once they have new little ones!! 

Monday, December 27, 2010

My favorite Christmas present

My little buddy learned to crawl!!!!!!  Pictures (tons of them) to come!  Just wanted to share the news.  He literally went from nothing last Thursday to now being able to motor forwards about 6-7 feet at a time.  His biggest motivator this weekend was a cheeze-it that fell to the floor!!  Ahhhh...... motivated by food, just like his momma!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas- can't wait to read about them!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

NYE outfits

Looking for a last minute outfit for NYE??  Here are a few I've found that I am loving!!

All of the above from Talbots (and all are on sale!)
(isn't the skirt phenomenal??  Add a crisp white button down, black heels, and tons of pearls!)

Black tie worthy dress from White House Black Market.  I can't show the back here, but it's definitely worth a click over to check it out.  The back makes the dress.

Velvet pants from BR

Dear Kate, love the bow!

A lot easier on the wallet (Payless)

A light smattering of sequins from Nordstrom

Satin menswear pjs from Victoria's Secret if your plans are more of the stay at home variety

Add a fun faux fur piece of outerwear to keep you warm
and you should have a great night on the town!

What are you wearing?  What are your plans? 
(Fill me in ladies, for my night will probably be sitting home by the fire with my boys and, if all goes well, a great bottle of champagne!)
(But if I were going out I would definitely, without a doubt, be buying the skirt above!!!)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all!  Saying a prayer that it's a wonderful day for you and your families and that your heart is brightened and your mind is refocused this day of all days.

Thanks, Dad, for the wonderful photo above!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hark now hear the angels sing
A new king born today

And man will live forevermore

Because of Christmas day

(Lyrics from one of my favorite, sweet Christmas Carols, Mary's Boy Child)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pondering the wonder of birth

We are told in today's text that Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Webster's Dictionary claims that pondering is "to think or consider, especially quietly, soberly and deeply." Perhaps it was the dark of night or the foreignness of that place that created wonder. Perhaps it is always true that, after the pain of labor and delivery, there is a necessary pause to be amazed, overwhelmed, even intimidated, by what is to come. If so, tonight the world is welcomed to wonder and ponder in our hearts what this new birth of creation means for us and eternity.

O God, your ways are so wondrous and surprising that they exceed our grasp. So grasp us in the embrace you bring to the world through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

John Martin Mann

Seminary Pastor, Luther Seminary

Luke 2:1-20 (NRSV)

1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.

7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:

11 "to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;

18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Is there any mother out there who doesn't ponder deep within her the wonderous gift that is a newborn and the ability our bodies have to produce such a gift, such a blessing?  It is amazing to produce another life and to know that we have a responsibility to the world with that life.  We may not be raising Jesus Christ, but, like Mary, we should treasure our babes and ponder the future that they hold. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Eggnog Trifle

Please tell me you are going somewhere where you are required to bring a holiday dessert in the next two weeks.  If so, get thee to a grocery store to pick up the ingrediants for this dish.  It's beyond delish!!!

Jessica  posted about this (amazing on it's own) Eggnog Pound Cake, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to attempt this one.  It just screams holiday.  Well, I made a double batch and since I had more than I needed, I decided to experiment a bit for a dinner party we were having.  Ummmmm.....so this was my first dessert without a recipe, and, thank goodness, it worked!!

So, if you're interested, make the loaves as described above, buy yourself a trifle bowl, and let's go!

Slice the Eggnog pound cake in half lengthwise, and then slice into one inch strips.  Layer the first set of strips into the bottom of the trifle bowl. 

Fold together one container of marscapone cheese, one cup of eggnog, and powdered sugar until you get the level of sweetness you desire (I ended up doing over 2 cups).  Place in the fridge for 2 hours to help it thicken up again.

Take a quality semi-sweet chocolate bar (I used Ghiradelli, but Valharona would be wonderful too) and use a vegetable peeler to shave it down into chocolate curls. 

After the eggnog mixture is chilled, layer that onto the poundcake, then do a layer of the chocolate curls.  Do this all over again with poundcake first, then the eggnog.  I then whipped a small container of heavy whipping cream with sugar and did a layer of that and then added the chocolate curls to the top.  You could easily just add cool whip if you wanted. 

I served this for guests (a little scary since I hadn't tasted it at all!), and it went over so well!!  I'm sorry I don't have it written down in true recipe form, but it's really not all that complicated, and if you have any questions about it, let me know!  I'd be glad to answer questions.  It is seriously delish!  The Eggnog pound cake has such a good flavor and is very moist on its own, but in this form, it's even better!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calling a size 6!!

Pretty please order this dress..............................................I love it, I want it, I unfortunately am not a size 6.

Ralph Lauren Blackwatch Plaid Strapless Dress

Let me know if you do get it, pretty please!!  I'll be drooling from afar!

Edited to add:  It exists in a 2 and a 4 for the same price, now go!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

6 and 7 months

Today Spencer turns 7 months old.  Holy cow!  I absolutely cannot believe how fast the time has flown.  In fact, being the slacker (aka crazy busy) mom I am, I didn't do a 6 month post, so I'm doing both today!

6 months:

Spencer weighed 19lbs  ozs and was   inches long.  He's easily meeting all his developmental milestones.  He is sitting on his own, saying one consonant (of course it's "da"), getting up on all fours, putting everything in his mouth, and babbling like crazy.  He loves, loves, loves sweet potatoes and bananas!  He really does not like apples and peas.  He recognizes us when we pick him up from daycare and gets excited to see his favorite teacher.  Diaper changes are often a struggle and we had our second ear infection this month- ugh!

7 Months:

(Holy Cheeks, Batman!)

At his ear recheck apt, he weighed about 19lbs 14ozs.  He's now rocking back and forth on all fours and crawling backwards (which really frustrates him!).  He can stand up at the edge of a table or a piece of furniture if we put him up there.  He can get from sitting to all fours and back with little difficulty.  He continues to say "da" all the time, absolutely no "ma".  He did do a "buh" once, but I haven't heard that repeated.  The other day in the car when I was singing a Christmas song, he definitely was making singing-like noises in his carseat.  My heart totally melted!!  He still loves sweet potatoes, but is much more tolerant of his green beans and his peas.  He is actually getting finger foods into his mouth, though it takes one or two tries. 

That's my little buddy for the past two months.  Love him like crazy!!!!

Christmas jammies!

Here's my almost 7 (!!) month old in his Hanna Andersson Christmas jammies.  I can't believe my baby is this big.  His face is starting to thin out and it's making him look SO old already.  Gulp!  I wish I had a picture with his little Minnetonka slippers on with these pajamas- it's TDF cute, ladies! 

Did you get Christmas jammies as a child?  I love HA because you can get them in all sizes to match, so I'll probably do matching pajamas for all of my (future) babes (until they grow old enough to know what they will and won't wear!).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas presents for the babe

This activity cube is SYT's Christmas present from B and I.  It has gotten rave reviews online, and I've seen some that are very similar elsewhere (Orvis and one of the art museum mags) for significantly more (like upwards of $150!).  It's a perfect height for him to pull up on as he learns to stand, and the twirly alphabet on the side will keep him entertained for awhile.  I cannot wait to give it to him on Christmas! 

My dilemma?  How am I going to wrap the darn thing with those wires on the top???  Just a huge gift bag?  I was kind of hoping for wrapping paper so that he could actually tear into it, though a gift bag may be better as all the wrapping paper is going to end up in his mouth.  Hmmmm.....any suggestions?

What are you getting your under 1 year old for Christmas? 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Florida for Thanksgiving

WARNING:  Heavy photo post ahead!

The three of us went to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving to visit B's parents and brother, sis-in-law, and three kids.  His other brother and his wife also flew down from Columbus.  It was weird to celebrate Thanksgiving, which I consider a "cold" holiday, in 80 degree weather, but once I got over that, it was a fun weekend.  (Okay, the other part that was not fun was watching Michigan get pummled on the football field)

We ate a lot, ran/walked around the neighborhood a lot, shopped a little, talked a ton, and played with the little ones.  Everyone seemed to have a good time hanging out together, and it was nice to not have to bundle up so much!!

BYT and SYT at Sawgrass- SYT's first golf course!

B's brother and nephew

Spencer's first bite of melon- really more of sucking than biting

SYT and Grandpa



SAT is the cutest!

Twins!  They just turned 6!

Family pictures on the beach

PGT- she's 7 1/2

B's family

Oldest brother, wife, and kids

All the grandbabies

Middle brother, wife and soon-to-be baby (they didn't find out either- we can't wait for March!)

Grandma, grandpa and kiddos

SYT in the ocean for the first time

Could have been a Christmas Card contender, but B thought his hair was too crazy!