Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I was a bit surprised just how long it took to select the perfect puppy. We were there for 2 hours playing with the dogs. Well okay, to be fair Lisa only took an hour to pick out her puppy and the dog breeder took another hour going over the proper care of the new puppy. Lisa left with a big 3 ring binder packed full of CD's to listen to about raising/training the dog, and pages of instructions, references, certificates, and just about anything she could ever possibly need and then some. And of course the contract. Yes there is a contract involved in getting a puppy from this particular breeder. There are certain things you have to agree to, and one of the interesting clauses in the contract is that at any time she feels the dog is not being treated properly she has the right to repossess the dog. It all seemed a bit extreme to me, but I guess it's good to know the pup came from a good home. I'm pretty sure she got more instructions on the care of her new puppy than I did at the hospital when I had Tony. I also think, that if people were screaned and educated before being allowed to have babies as much as Lisa was to get a puppy, we'd have a lot less babies in the world.
The 3 she had to choose from.
It's a good thing they were all spoken for or I may have been tempted to bring one home too.
Every boy needs a puppy. Now we just have to convince his Daddy of that.
The lucky puppy, known as multi pink to the breeder. She named them by the color of their collars. I think Lisa is going to name her Emma.
Brewster thinks of her more as a girlfriend/lover than a playmate. He kept wanting to hump her. We will have to work on that, but he is fixed so no worries its all safe.
Oh and in case anyone is wondering, these Rottweiler puppies are from Germany which makes them far superior to American bred Rottweilers (according to the breeder), because they are tested on many levels at the age of 2 (personality, temperament, health etc) before they are allowed to breed, which gives them very good odds of being a great dog. So I am not worried about little Tony being around a big Rottweiler dog. I think they will be just fine together, especially since they will grow up together. Both Tony and Emma get to go to grandma's during the day when their mommies are at work, so they will be spending lots of time together. I kind of feel sorry for Grandma right now, she has her hands full with a baby and a puppy.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
The toys came in the mail a few days later while Tony was napping and I was so excited, I set them all out for him on his new little play mat. When he woke up I brought him downstairs to check them out. I must say, I think I was more excited than he was, but he really liked the wooden hammer, and everything he picked up he put in his mouth.
So if you have any good suggestions for places to toy shop, I'd love to hear them.
Here are some pictures of him checking out the new toys.
This little eggplant toy he got at my baby shower, and I had forgot about it till the other day when I found it in his closet. He is just a little young for it now, but in a month or so he will be able to climb up on it by himself. He is a bit scared that he might fall over. I was a little scared too as I let go just long enough to snap the picture.
This weekend Francie came over and took a few more pictures of Tony. I'm so glad she does this for me. I was really good at it [dressing him up and taking pictures] back in the beginning, but now I just let Francie do it. She is better than me at it anyway.
I thought this picture was so cute. When I showed it to Todd he was more concerned about the fact that we put him in the dirt and let him put a dirty tomato off the ground in his mouth. He's just a tad bit overprotective.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Here is Katya, her Russian daughter, modeling an apron for the ETSY store. One of the items from her store, it says coffee in Russian.
Okay, here is the links you should check out:
The store: Simple Wishes
Rachael's post about the Simple Wishes grand opening, and how you can win a free gift from the store.Last Christmas, Rachael's friend Kate, who lives in Russia, bought all the gifts and delivered them to the children, you can read about it HERE.
And last but not least, visit my sister Nat's ETSY store too, because she indirectly donates to Rachael's ETSY store by making, painting, and firing the pottery. So while her store is not all for charity, it does help pay for the pottery and supplies she donates to the simple wishes ETSY store.
Anyhow, this year things are going to be so much easier and faster because my father in law bought an electric tomato saucer. He's been talking about getting one for a few years, but I never thought he was serious, until this arrived at his house the other day. I couldn't wait to take it out of the box and put it together. I think it is for professionals, because the directions were minimal on assembly and there were no directions on how to use, so I just had to figure it out. I took it home the next day to my house to try it out. Granted he didn't buy it for me, he bought it for himself, but I sort of just helped myself to it, with the intent on making him a few batches of sauce in exchange for letting me use it for all my sauce making days ahead.
I had my sister Francie come over to help me, she was pretty excited to try it out too, until I told her the sauce wasn't for us. But she agreed to help anyway, knowing that we would soon be making sauce for ourselves.
The first time was a bit messy and a little trial and error to get the process down. Luckily it was the day before my housekeeper came, so she cleaned up the mess for me the next day. Anyway, I had to stand on a stool to feed the tomatoes in because the sauce machine was so tall, and we had to put the pot on top of boxes to catch the sauce underneath the drip pan. So Francie washed the tomatoes and I fed them into the machine. It made the sauce super fast. The way I have been doing it for the last 3 years is with a plastic hand crank saucer that suctions to the counter top and by the end of the day my arms are killing me. This is much easier and faster.After you have a full pot of sauce you bring it to a boil and let it cook down for a bit and then ladle it into hot jars. I first washed the jars in the dishwasher, then put them in the oven at 175 degrees to keep them hot. This saves you from having to process the sauce in a hot water bath. HUGE TIMESAVER! (thanks for the tip mom)Each jar gets a teaspoon of salt and a few basil leaves and then the rims wiped clean, a hot lid put on and that's it. Just wait for it to pop so you know it seals. It usually takes an hour or so for the lid to pop. We made 18 jars the first night, and then the next day we did it again, and made 36 jars in just 2 hours from start to finish. This is how my father in law likes his tomatoes, he prefers to flavor it when he makes it. I prefer to make the sauce ready to eat before canning so all I have to do is open a jar and pour over noodles. So when I make my sauce it will take a little bit longer. But still the saucer is going to save me tons of time. Today when Todd was home for lunch I said something about how the sauce was for his dad and he said "what? your not keeping it for yourself?" I said no, I like to flavor the sauce before canning so it's ready to eat. He said "Oh, I thought you finally figured out that this [the way his dad does it] is the way your supposed to do it." I guess he is partial to his dad's sauce recipe. I haven't tried it because it has meat in it, but if it's anything like his vegetarian eggplant sauce he makes (which I am trying to convince him to give me, so I can make a big batch and can it), I can't say I blame him.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
WARNING: UNSETTLING VIDEO
Sorry, I know it's a little gross, but I thought it was too funny not to share.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Yesterday I was running with my friend Amber from work and my sister Rachael who are both running the race as well. We were just running along, chatting as we ran when all of a sudden Rachael yelled out "snake!" Sure enough there was a big black snake curled up on the road just a few feet in front of our path. Good thing someone was paying attention because Amber was headed straight for it with the stroller.
Since I knew we would be running for so long, estimated 1 hour 40 minutes, I decided to go during Tony's nap time so that he could sleep in the stroller. He had other plans, he wanted to look around and take in the scenery, surprisingly he stayed awake the whole time and didn't make a peep, other than the occasional happy squeals here and there. He is such a good running partner, he never complains, and all 99 miles I've logged so far he's been right there with me in the stroller. Since he had stayed awake the whole time, shortly after we got home he was ready for a nap, and so was I, so he went to bed, I took a shower and went to bed too and 2 1/2 hours later I woke up very stiff and sore. I am happy to report that today I am feeling much better. Next time I will remember to stretch a bit after a long run.
So now if I can just keep up my training for the next few weeks, it will all be over soon and I can go back to being a slacker. Seriously I don't know what I was thinking when I agreed to do this.
I worked night shift last night at the small ER I work at as agency once in a while, a full moon of all things and guess how many patients I saw in the whole shift? Just one. Yep, that's it. The rest of the night I caught up on all my blogs and surfed the web trying to stay awake. I swear, I don't know which is harder, staying up all night and working, or staying up all night and working but not really working because there aren't any patients. I tell you it makes for a very long night when you just sit and watch the clock and yawn. This is the second weekend in a row I worked a shift like that, with little or no patients, they are starting to call me a good luck charm there. Unfortunately that good luck doesn't follow me to my regular ER job.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Also the Olympics are on, and oh how I love the summer Olympics, especially the swimming, gymnastics and diving. I'm looking forward to the women's gymnastics tonight. And, the county fair is this week and I have to take Tony to his first fair. I heard they have vegetarian corn dogs and funnel cakes so I can't wait to get one or two of each, I am running 10 miles on Friday, so it's okay Right?
Oh and one more thing I want to share, Tony has slept through the night for the past 3 nights. No night time feedings and no pacifier checks. I hope it's a new trend for him and not a fluke. Yeah for 10 consecutive hours of sleep! And it only took 8 months to get there.
And... I know your not supposed to start sentences with the word And, and I do it frequently, so sorry if it annoys any of you grammatically correct people out there.
Friday, August 8, 2008
When I was shopping at Trader Joe's they offered him a balloon or stickers, I said "no thanks, he is too little." But the girl was insistent and tied a balloon to his stroller and he loved it, played with it all day while I was shopping in Chicago. He isn't that happy in this picture, but it was taken at the end of a long day without a nap.Here Daddy and Tony are showing off their cool shades. Too bad he wont keep them on, they are so cute on him.Here are his 6 month professional pictures. I had to take a picture of the pictures and then crop them so the quality here isn't as good as the real things, but you get the idea of how cute they turned out.
Friday, August 1, 2008
They got a tour of the farm on the gator, which was a big hit. Jacqueline was super excited to pick vegetables, but not so excited to eat them. She even thought the green beans were magic, because when you pick them they are purple and turn green when you cook them. She still didn't want to eat them though.
Chewing on a green bean made Tony very happy.
Rare moments when we get to see Todd. It has been so hot here that he has been really busy at work.
We made some time to go to the beach with my sister Rachael and her kids one day. I was trying to tell Jacqueline that Lake Michigan is just like the ocean, the only difference is...
We managed to squeeze in a pedicure after the beach, and Katya, my niece, came along to play with Jacqueline. Then Kristen, came over later, and the three girls had a sleep over at my house.The next day we did some swimming.We kept Tony up past his nap time at the pool and he fell asleep. Unfortunately it didn't last long and we had to head home.
Of Course we had to feed the cows. They have a big bin full of day old bread for feeding the cows, ironically it is all hamburger buns, funny huh?
Playing at home again.
Then we went to Chicago for the second half of our trip. The highlight of our time in Chicago was going to see Cirque Shanghai Gold. It was a great show. Kind of like Cirque Du Soleil, only way cheaper and maybe not quite as impressive, but still very very good. Here are a few pictures.
We did a few other fun things in Chicago, and witnessed an impressive thunder storm from the 28th floor which was pretty cool. It was neat to look down at the street and see the pouring rain and watch the crazy people caught in the rain trying to run for cover.