Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Lauren had a great first day of school. No separation issues (can't quite say the same for the adults involved.) She had a great lunch and enjoyed all her classmates. She'll even learn all their names soon!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Sometimes no matter how cute you are there are people who mistake you for a boy. Wear something white or blue, or anything "not pink", and people start assuming things. Well, the girls have an answer. Bows. We may need to glue them on or use tape, but the girls are convinced. Bows.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The girls got a clean bill of health and a full round of shots today at the doctor's office. The tale of the tape showed Miss Julia way out in front on the growth chart: 90th percentile in weight and length. Miss Ella was at a petite 50% weight and 75% length. The place Miss Julia really showed her power was in the post-shot crying department. Even the doctor was impressed. Miss Ella just called her a crybaby.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Later everyone else had their share. Keli recommends complimenting it with a tall glass of milk - it is very rich!
Lunch was at Babe's Chicken House. As soon as we rolled into Old Downtown Carrollton we could smell the biscuits cookin'. Babe's standard fare is all the veggies you want (salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn) followed by one of six of their meats (fried chicken, smoked chicken, pot roast, chicken fried steak, chicken fingers, and catfish). We ordered everything but the catfish for everyone to eat family style. The table was full!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Of course we made sure to include a history lesson in all the events we do with the kids. We were able to identify most of the flags at the park, but needed some help from Wikipedia on a couple:
1b) Spain again
3) Mexico (declares independence)
4) Republic of Texas
5) United States of America
6) Confederate States of America
5b) United States of America again
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
After dinner we retired to Piccomolo for some Gelato. Once again Lauren picked the best flavor with her Orange Cream. Miss Ella and Julia got in the act as well as mommy gave them little tastes of her Mint Chocolate Chip.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Then we brought them home. At some point our wrapping got lazy. And Miss Julia became more rambunctious by the day. We had to move her upstairs to a separate sleeping room with one person watching them because she made so much noise in her sleep. Pretty soon she was sleeping on her side, on her tummy, or sleeping while swimming with her arms. We thought a lot of it had to do with her reflux. We were wrong!
Little babies like straightjackets. There, I said it. The other night Miss Kris came over and showed us a real tight wrapping technique and it did the trick. No more moving. No more sighing and gurgling. Just pure sleeping bliss.
Now 3-4 nights in a row of 6 straight hours of quiet sleep, followed by a feeding and back to sleep for another 3-4 hours.
Thank you Kris.
And apologies to the baby sleeping gods and the NICU nurses. We won't let you down again!
Friday, August 1, 2008
1) After your trip downtown to an aquarium, stop at the Farmers Market
2) Buy blueberries (you can buy other fruits and vegetables if you'd like, but don't forget the best stuff!) (OK, we did also get some cherries to make Cherry Garcia ice cream Sunday night!)
3) Get Cousin Ruth's pie recipe
4) Have Grandmommy make the pie (she always makes the best ones!)
5) Enjoy with vanilla ice cream, whip cream, or both if you can talk your Dad into it. (Miss Lauren couldn't this time!)
Cousin Ruth's Blueberry Pie Marietta Noel
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 T. lemon juice
2 T. butter
pastry for a double-crust pie
Combine all ingredients except the butter. Place bottom pastry in pie pan and fill pie shell with the blueberry mixture. Dot with butter. Cover pie with top pastry and pierce with fork to vent. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Makes one 8 or 9 inch pie. Use your own favorite recipe for pie crust. I make my own using a recipe from a very old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.