Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Okay, here is my potluck post, which means I tell you about a little of everything going on, and to start it off, I'm supposed to say what I'm eating. Well I'm not eating now, dinner is over, the kitchen is clean, and the baby is asleep on the kitchen counter right in front of me. Tony is outside with Todd doing who knows what. What we did have for dinner was BBQ ribs, (real for the boys, fake for the girls), summer squash, and rice. Really quite delicious and super easy, which is why I am in love with my crock pot lately. I don't know why I never used it much before. I guess because cooking a meal in a crock pot for one seems kind of silly, but since my dad is here staying with us I have 2 people who eat meat to cook for. I cooked dinner in it yesterday too. It's so awesome because I can get it going mid day while the kids are napping, and then by dinner time it's done and all I have to do is make a salad or vegetable. So if you have any good and easy crock pot dinner recipe's send them my way.

The patio is coming along nicely, but still a long way to go. We have a finish date in mind, the last weekend in August. My mom and step dad are coming up and we are hoping to have Bella's baby dedication that weekend, I'm hoping the patio will be done by then so we can use it to have everyone over. My dad says "it'll get done", and then adds "or it wont". So I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Bella had her 4 month doctor appointment the other day. She weighs 15 pounds, which isn't surprising at all. What is surprising, is that Anthony weighed 15lb 2oz on his 4 month check up, and he was so skinny and she is so NOT skinny, I guess being an inch and a half longer makes a big difference. She is such a good baby, for me anyway, everyone else thinks she's difficult, but when it's just her and I, there is hardly any fussing. Most of the fussing during the day comes from Anthony, he is very jealous of his little sister, and has no problem letting me know that. I try to give him as much attention as I can when she is napping, but sometimes that just isn't enough for him. Bella is still sleeping through the night thankfully. She usually wakes up around 8 every morning, and by 10 she is ready for a nap again, which sometimes is as long as 4 hours, but usually more like 3. She takes a couple more short 1 hour naps later during the day, and goes to bed around 10pm. She hasn't rolled over or done anything worthy of baby book documentation other than smiling, which I guess is a good thing, cause I still haven't gotten her one.

Anthony is so cute and fun these days.
His favorite thing is to be outside. He has about 5 different transportation type toys he can ride on in the driveway (car, scooter, truck, tractor, and wagon. He likes his car the best, whenever I get the kids out of the real car I always get him out first, and before I can even get Bella out, he is in his car ready to go. He also really likes to play in his sandbox, which is great for him, but I don't like the fact that there is sand all over my house, he is always tracking it inside with him. His toys in the house are collecting dust, cause we hardly ever play inside anymore. Oh well, I guess they will be like new again this winter.

If your wondering how the NO SWEETS thing is working out... it's not.
But he loves pizza.And he really loves cucumbers. You have to listen closely, but at the very end of the first video he says cucumber. On the second video he says it right away, and then again at the end.

Today we went to the beach which was quite challenging I must say. I had way too much to carry. Thankfully my sister Rachael decided to join us and she helped me carry all our stuff. Anthony didn't want to go in the water at all, he only wanted to play in the sand, so I guess we can just stay home and play in the sandbox, it's a whole lot easier that's for sure.
I packed Tony's lunch and brought it to the beach so we wouldn't have to waste time eating at home. That turned out to be a bad idea. Poor kid had sand on all his food, and a sea gull stole his cheese stick. I also discovered it's best to put the sunscreen on at home so it can dry before he gets sand stuck to him.

I know there is more to say, but I'm getting tired, so that's gonna have to be it for now.


Sarah said...

I love the look on his face biting into the pizza! It helps if you squinch one eye!

Kristin said...

i was looking forward to hearing how the beach went! i'm glad you survived! :)

Rachael said...

Yeah, I thought you were pretty crazy for even considering going to the beach by yourself!

Pretty cute with the cucumber, Tony!

Tina in CT said...

That patio is going to be gorgeous. I did not realize that it took such an amount of time. You're lucky you're father is doing it as it will be even better than if you'd hired a local mason.

I bet Todd is happy to have another carnivore in the house visiting. Is there such a thing as non-meat ribs?

I was hoping you and the kids were coming with Rachael as we would love to meet you and the kids. Another time...

Elle J said...

Had to check in before I left for vacation ... Your brief but straight to the point writing about your beach experience brought back similar memories. Amazing how much is needed for wee ones on a beach. :) Crazy, but fun.

Love your photos. And I like the look of your patio ~ that will be great!

PrincessGreen17 said...

I love Tony's face when he's gnawing on the pizza-he is too cute!

Kathy said...

Wow, that patio is going to be great! It makes it even better that your dad is building it for you - you know he'll be sure to do a good job for his daughter! :) Can't wait to hear all about the get togethers and cookouts you have out there.
You're so lucky that Bella sleeps through the night! I really hope our little girl is a good sleeper, unlike her big brothers were (it was close to 8 months before they finally slept all night).
The pics of Tony are adorable. He is such a cute little guy.
I absolutely agree that it is much easier to apply sunscreen BEFORE the beach. We usually reapply there too, but it's so messy!