Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lizzy @ 18 months


This one needs a brief explanation: I was cleaning out my underwear drawer and throwing them on the bed. I turned around and realized she was using them as necklaces! She got about 9 pairs on before she flipped out and wanted them off.






At 18 months Lizzy...
  • is 21.2 pounds (10th percentile)
  • is at 50-60% percentile for height (i don't have the number with me)
  • has a huge noggin. It's in the 90th percentile!
  • is trying really hard to talk: uh-oh, ta-da, buhr (bird), pooooo (poop), dudu (is Evan's horse, Doodoo), she'll moo like a cow, num-a-num-a-num (is "i want something to eat or drink" and has been known to mean, "i'd like that toy please, brother"), buhbuh (brother), buh (bus-she loves to wait for the bus to deliver Evan to us in the afternoon-she runs up and gives him a hug), Dada (last weekend when he was alone with them, she finally figured this one out. D's so proud), Mama (she's been saying this for a long time, but i'm not bragging or anything), she has words for Gran and Grandma i think Gran is Dan and Grandma is Mah-mah (but she emphasises the first "mah"), meh is still bath and ball, she's really good at repeating the right number of syllables, but not the right sounds. I'm sure there's more, i just can't remember right now. She's trying, that's all that matters. Her bros were talking well by now, but i can't compare, i know. oh! She calls her blankies "dada" cause D always plays the "where's Daddy's bankie" game.
  • loves to help. She took the vaccuum cleaner hose right out of my hands the other day and "vaccuumed" the floor.
  • Has a temper. The boys never threw fits like this one. Again, i'm not comparing or anything... ;)
  • Does NOT like to be belted into the grocery carts anymore. Or the stroller.
  • will run the total opposite direction i want her to go if she's in a parking lot. Joy.
  • LOVES her bros.
  • Will watch Sesame Street. She actually watched about 40 minutes the other day! Oh, she says "momo" for Elmo. She has a stuffed Elmo that she loves. She'll watch some other shows too, but not for long periods.
  • loves her baby dolls (she'll bring me her blankie and a baby and wants me to wrap up baby. Then she'll tote her around and love on her. I've GOT to get it on video), balls, stuffed animals, shoes, her disney princess jammies (yes, already--she points to each one and wants me to name them)
  • doesn't eat much for a day or so then will go to town. She loves pasta and is a HUGE banana fan. Oh, she says "nana". And in turn has trouble pooping. We have to slip a laxative into her drinks. OH, she loves milk too. I've been buying her organic whole since she quit nursing. I think i'm going to switch the boys to organic 2% just to be on the safe side.
  • loves to be outside. Thank God spring is here. Now if it would just stay warm!
  • will pat her diaper (oh, she says diaper and it is pretty clear) when she poops or needs a change.
  • pees so much at night i sometimes have to change her in the middle. Jammies too.
  • loves to pull every single wipe out of the wipe bag if i don't catch her in time.
Oh, there's more, but i desperately need a shower! She's so fun and so full of love and personality! I can't imagine our family without her!

Diana Elizabeth Sapp
18 months old

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

AZ

i left for my Arizona trip (to visit my friend Amy) on Friday afternoon and had two travel companions with me...


here's the view from the airplane. I had a great window seat right behind the first class so i had tons of leg-room. I was shocked when we started descending and all i could see were mountains. Very different from IN!

Then, when we entered Phoenix, all i could see were strip malls and houses, very neatly lined up, as far as i could see. No land! Crazy!

As a side note, i got sandwiched between two people in a middle seat in row twelve right over the wings on the way home and my knees were literally wedged against the seat in front of me. For 3 and a half hours. No fun.

Here's Amy. We met when we worked at the same school before either one of us had kids. They moved out to AZ almost four years ago, right before i had Nate. I got to see her for a little while while i was preggo with Lizzy, but that's it in four years! We spend hours on the phone every other week or so, but it was so nice to see her face to face!

Here's her four year old daughter, Mia. She really liked her prize, my traveling companion.


The other doll went to little Brooke. She's eight months old and such a good baby! She hardly ever makes a noise. I decided it's cause her big sis makes enough for the both of them! ;)

They have cacti in their front yard, so i had to take a pic. I'd never seen a real one. Well, unless it's about 3 inches tall and in a pot.

This is in their yard too. A bit on the phallic side though, don't you think? ;)

And their flowers are blooming. Of course they are, it's already getting up to 90 there!

And yes, i did finally get that margarita i've been craving since January of 08. It was so good. :)


D and the kids did great. I'm not even sure they missed me! (well, D did. He had to take care of them for 3 days!) but the first words out of Nate's mouth were "Where's our prize?"

Lizzy just shook her feet (strapped in her car seat) and smiled.

I thought at least Evan would be excited to see me. And he didn't let me down... entirely. He yells, "Mommy!"comes running with his arms out stretched, screeches to a halt in the middle of the cul-de-sac (he was at our neighbor's house) and said, "what's our prize?!"

So much love for mommy. ;)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Then and Now

March 2008



March 2009




Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Six days...

Four dumps...

and two near vomit-ous experiences later...

we have a gem.


If you have no idea what i'm talking about...read this (i made the link brown on purpose)

And yes...it is the actual gem. Boy, the things i'll do for a blog post.

**there's another new post below this one***

The Case of the Neglected Raggedy Ann

Crime Scene Investigator Report

Case Number: 04-9083
Offense: Rag Doll Neglect
Victim: Raggedy Ann (made by suspect's gran when suspect's mommy was suspect's age)
Date of Offense: February 26, 2009
Suspect: Diana Elizabeth Sapp
Location: Suspect's kitchen floor
Motive: Piece of cheese
Investigator: Mommy
Complainant: Mommy

Report: On the 26 day of February 2009 at approximately 5:30pm, the complainant was fixing dinner for her family when she turned around to find this appalling scene. She decided to do some investigating. It couldn't have been the two boys who could care less about the victim (although they do find it hilarious to pull down victims pants and leave her that way--see Case File 04-0982) because boys were in their room. That leaves only three options: 1. The Dog 2. The Rabbit and 3. The Girl. Using her very high aptitude for reasoning, complainant's initial report lists option number three as the offender. It has been reported that the suspect loves to drag the victim around and ditch her whenever something better comes up. That something better in this case was a piece of cheese. Victim was taken to the couch, via mommy-ambulance and assessed at that time. Victim was treated and released for minor injuries. She's a bit shaken, but kept a smile on her face the whole time. Suspect shows no remorse. It is a cause for concern. Further evaluation is recommended.

Warning: Crime Scene Photos




Snapshot of Suspect
Street Name: Big Cheese



Report by: Mommy, CSI
Reporter's final comments: Don't let that innocent face fool you. Suspect is considered armed and extremely cute.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Extreme Home Makeover

Extreme Home Makeover is coming to Indianapolis! Now, normally that would be exciting info in and of itself, BUT our good friend Scott is one of the head-honchos doing the build! He works for Estridge (the company doing the house) and has been working his booty off getting ready for this. Please pray for him, his boss, Paul Estridge, and the entire company as they work so hard to pull this off for a deserving family here in Indy.

Here's a link to Estridge's Website so you can see Mr. Estridge announce it to the company (this morning, i think) and you can read their blog and sign up to volunteer if anyone is interested! Our home is open if someone wants to come up and help. ;)

Oh, if you watch the announcement video (the second one) our friend Scott is the one in the blue shirt and tie. :)

We're sooo excited!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

New entry

Check our four new faces at Rags to Britches.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Uh-Oh"

The boys each have a jar of "gems" that they earn for good behavior. They get so many, they get a prize...you get the idea.

Lizzy loves to play with them. She'll dump them out, put them back in, sort out the clear ones, carry them around, etc. She has never tried to eat them.

Until today. Successfully.

We were in the kitchen, and i was trying to get lunch started. i caught her with one in her mouth, took it away, told her "no-no. yucky." Was i smart enough to take the rest away? Of course not. All of a sudden, she started freaking out. I knelt down and she was trying desperately to claw her tongue out (ok, not really, but kind of). She wasn't choking, or coughing, just screaming. i immediately knew what had happened. I called the doc and for the first time ever a nurse picked up right away and doc was thankfully standing right next to her. He said as long as she wasn't choking, having trouble breathing or swallowing, all we could do was wait it out.

Nurse said since it was smooth and heavy, it should have no problem working it's way down and out.


So.....add "Feces Analyst" to my resume.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Moments i Live For...

A nasty sinus infection knocked me on my butt since last Thursday, but i'm feeling moderately a part of this world again so here's a post!


These are some of the moments i live for. When i hear sweet giggling drifting into the kitchen, i peek around the corner (you know, just to make sure the dog isn't wearing socks or anything...) and this is what i see. Two little siblings loving on each other.

You obviously can't tell from the picture, but she loves to sit on our tummies (any old tummy will do) and bounce. It's great. Especially after Mexican food. But, thankfully, Evan thinks it's hilarious. That's what she's doing here.



I'm so thankful they love each other. It makes me smile. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Behind the TImes

Ok, so apparently i really need to start watching the news a bit more...er...at all.

Who in the world is Nadya and WHY oh WHY does the chick have FOURTEEN kids??!?!?!?!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Improv Shepherds Pie


So i had a bunch of potatoes that needed to be used, a pound of ground turkey, and some carrots whose sell by date was yesterday. I got in my head that i wanted to do a Shepherd's Pie. Have i ever made one before? Nope. Did I have all the ingredients listed in the 5 recipes i found? Nope. So, i made one up.

Dustin comes home just now, "Wow, it smells great in here." He peeks in the oven and sees the perfectly browned peaks of my pie. "Is this that garlic recipe you were looking at the other day?"

"Nope."

"Did you find another recipe?"

"Nope. I wung it."

"No recipe?"

"No. Does that worry you?"

He shrugs it off and sits down to a pile of Shepherd's Pie and garlic bread.

"Hey, this is really good."

"Did you doubt my ability?"

"Of course not!"

Hmmm......I'm doubtful ;)

So, it's a do-over in this house and i needed to write it down before i forget.

Improv Shepherd's Pie

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 pound baby carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
4-5 medium Idaho potatoes (Idaho makes the best mashed potatoes, in my opinion)
1/2 stick + 2 Tbsp butter (not margarine)
1/4-1/2 cup milk (i used lizzy's whole milk)
2-4 tsp (to taste) minced garlic (i use the refrigerated kind)
1 tsp (or more, if desired) McCormick's gourmet burger seasoning
salt
pepper
paprika

Fill large saucepan with water. Place on stove over high heat to bring to boil. Peel and cut potatoes into quarters and place in water. Boil until soft, about 20 minutes.

Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. While butter is melting, cut baby carrots into halves or thirds. Place in skillet with 1-2 tsp minced garlic. Coat carrots with butter and cover. Let carrots saute/steam for about 20 minutes or until tender.

Add beef or turkey, burger seasoning, another tsp minced garlic, and some salt and pepper to carrots. Cook meat until no longer pink. Add peas. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until peas are tender.

When potatoes are done, drain and place in mixing bowl. Add 1/4-1/2 cup milk (to desired consistency), 1/2 stick butter, about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper (to taste). Beat with a mixer until there are no lumps.

In a 13x9 inch casserole dish (mine is an oval, but about the same size) place the meat mixture and cover with potatoes. Use spoon to form several peaks with potatoes, if desired. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until potatoes start to brown. If desired, turn oven to broil and broil about 3-5 minutes to really brown the potatoes.

Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Yum!

Comfort Food

*There's a recipe for dessert BELOW this post that i started before i posted this one*

Since it's still so stinking cold outside, i thought a recipe for some great-warm-in-your-belly- comfort food would be helpful to get us through the last weeks of winter.

This is from my aunt Melissa and i have no idea where she found it, but i'm sure glad she did!

Chicken Poppyseed Casserole

*2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crumbled
*3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (i slowly boil mine over medium to low heat for 20 minutes or so)
*2 cans cream of chicken soup (cream of mushroom or a combo of the two works too if that's all you have on hand)
*2 Tbs poppyseeds
*1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine (butter is better)
* 1- 8 oz carton cream cheese, softened
* 1-2 cups broccoli, if desired (i'm thinking a cup of broccoli negates the calories in the butter!)

1. Melt margarine or butter in saucepan on stove. Pour in poppyseeds and crackers. Stir to coat and set aside.
2. Mix rest of ingredients (except chicken) in a separate bowl. Stir in chicken.
3. Line 13 x 9 inch casserole dish with 1/2 cracker mixture. Pour in chicken mixture and top with remaining crackers.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

This is one of our fave recipes, BUT the leftovers aren't great (the crackers get soggy) so cut the recipe in half if it's just serving 2 or 3 people)

Strawberry Stagecoach

(Photo of actual dessert taken by my friend Beth)

A friend of mine had her birthday this weekend and we (D and i ) attempted to make her favorite dessert, the Strawberry Stagecoach from Tumbleweed. i think it turned out pretty good. I combined two different recipes and did the strawberries on my own (all i did was add sugar) and then doubled the recipe. They were wolfed down, so they must-a tasted pretty good. So, i thought i'd share. This is a great spring time recipe. Maybe if we all make it-spring'll come faster? ;) I'd even take above freezing temps at this point. The wind chill is 1 degree this morning. Bleh.

Biscuits from scratch

3 cups all purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Toss with a fork to combine. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream and vanilla in a liquid measure. Make a well in the center of the flour and and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 9 even squares and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet.

* i took a detour from the recipe at this point and "rolled" (or dipped, i guess) each biscuit in sugar (the stagecoach is sugar coated) and then baked them. *

Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. *i only baked mine about 13-15 minutes. When i baked my test biscuit following the orgianl recipe's baking time, it burned ont he bottom. May have just been my cookie sheet though. I think i'll put them on parchment paper next time, then bake. *

Makes 9 biscuits. (Adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine, July 2003)

Sweetened Whipped Cream

For 2 Cups whipped cream:

Beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp granulated or powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in chilled medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.

(from Betty Crocker's Cookbook, Bridal Edition)

Strawberries

2-3 pounds strawberries

1/2-3/4 cup sugar (to taste)

Cup top off strawberries and thinly slice. Put in medium bowl and toss with sugar. I lightly mashed them with a wooden spoon to make more juice. Let sit in fridge about 20 minutes before serving.