Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I just think the Lord has a sense of humor.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
It was just so much fun putting toppings on the pizzas that we ended up with loads of different kinds. We used mushrooms, olives, pepperoni, ham, red onions, and pineapple chunks...I told you there was a lot! We left off the cheese, of course. While they were cooking, I gave a fun little lesson on how we're grateful to Heavenly Father for giving us our bodies which help us do lots of things, like taste nummy pizzas. We finished off by singing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, which Ezra got very into (as he does with most songs).
After the lesson, the eating began. Ezra loves pizza, although he insists on stripping the slice of any toppings. I've had lots of people commend me for "trying" to eat pizza without the cheese, but it's actually really good. You know how sometimes you'll dip breadsticks in pizza sauce at pizza parlors? Well, eating cheese-less pizza tastes a lot like that, only you get the added bonus of toppings! What's not to love? It's also a bit crunchier, which is fun in it's own way.
Ezra takes his pizza-eating very seriously
Georgia kept trying to eat the camera
Overall, it was a great way to spend the evening and gave me the motivation to try to keep up with regular FHEs. I have to hand it to my dear husband, the pizza-making was all his idea. I would definitely recommend it to everyone with little ones, we had a ball! Have a fabulous day!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yes...it really is that bad. If anything, the picture's a little flattering.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Sophia-gorgeous, just gorgeous, but again much, much too common (#1 out of 100 on the last list I've seen)
Alice-this name is growing on me (must be those darn Twilight books:P). It's different without being unrecognizable. It might be a little Brady Bunch for some people, but I think it'll be making a come-back.
Emmett-One of my all-time-favorite boy names. I'd use it in a heartbeat, but Spencer says it reminds him of the football player. Very classic without being common...sigh.
Emily-very classic and pretty, but too common (#8)
Xavier-despite what one might think, this name is not as unusual as it used to be. It's presently #67 on the list. I still think that in everyday use, however, your child probably wouldn't have another one in his class and it would still be considered "unique".
Arthur-kids get teased easily enough without having a name that tapes "kick me" on their back. Even the cartoon aardvark is nerdy.
Samuel-definitely stands the test of time, but a bit common. It's definitely being used less these days (only #54 on the list). I'm a fan, although I don't think I'd ever use it.
Owen-incidentally, this is actually Spencer's middle name and his grandfather's name, so we might just end up using it somewhere sometime. It's definitely rising in the ranks (#40), but is still not "common" yet.
Lucy-this is easily one of my very favorite girls names. If I can get over my alliteration aversion, I'll probably use it. It's #85 on the list, but one doesn't actually seem to hear it that often yet. Some people might think it's a little too "old lady"-but that hasn't stopped me yet!
Thanks for listening to me rant on my favorite topic. Feel free to give any of your opinions in the comments. Hopefully I haven't offended anyone...if I have, I'm sorry. Have a fabulous day!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Whitney, Spencer, and Georgia on her Blessing Day
Georgia was born on May 26th, 2007 at 7:25am after 24 hours of labor (the first 12 were merely uncomfortable, though). She was 7 lbs 6 oz and had beautiful dark hair and bright blue eyes. She was a really easy-going infant, and hasn't changed much since.
My beautiful baby girl
Mom and Georgia enjoying some quiet time togetherGeorgia loved to be held right from the start and would get mad whenever we put her down, whether she was asleep or not. She loves her big brother and always has. When she was little she'd smile at him when he walked in the room and now that she's older she'll laugh at his antics and follows him around. Georgia loves when he tickles and plays with her, although she doesn't love it so much when he covers her with blankets or tries to sit on her. Overall though, they're just the best of friends!
Ezra telling Georgia about all the great things in store
Ezra and Georgia posing for the camera
Georgia's always been pretty active (even in-utero), trying to keep up with big brother Ezra, so were weren't surprised at all when she started to roll over at just under four months and crawl at six months. She hasn't taken a break since.
Georgia movin' and shakin'
Georgia is just such a happy baby! She very much a Mama's girl and gets upset when I'm out of her sight (that includes 3-5 times a night:P). I like to call her my "hip baby" because it seems as if she's always attached to my hip! She's always smiling and giggling at the world. She's brought so much joy and laughter into our home that I can't even imagine life without her anymore. Our family just wouldn't be complete without her! In sum:
I've got sunshine
On a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside,
I've got the month of May.
Well, I guess you'll say
What can make me feel this way?
Talkin' 'bout my girl.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Ezra and his cousins, Cooper and Greyson, enjoy a spot by the fire
Spencer with Ezra and Georgia in their festive PJs
Christmas morning started off with a bang a little after 7:00 when we opened presents. Ezra got a tricycle and he hasn't been off it since. Spencer surprised me with a road bike and we can't wait for the weather to clear so we can start riding. Before then, however, we can ride indoors using the new trainer that I got Spencer for Christmas.
Ezra's ready to roll!
My spiffy new bike (please ignore the ugly brown paneling and carpet:P)
Georgia loves her new towel from Mimi!
We spent New Year's Eve and Day at Granddad and Mimi's too. We had loads of fun playing games, eating good food, and talking, talking, talking (as we Holyoaks are prone to do:). I made some fabulous coconut shrimp and for the benefit of all my admirers, I've included the recipe below...have a fabulous day!
Easy Coconut Shrimp
1 c. flake coconut, toasted
1 pkt. Shake 'N Bake, extra crispy
1/4 tsp. each curry powder and ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 lb. fresh or thawed frozen extra large shrimp, cleaned
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine coconut, Shake 'N Bake, curry powder and red pepper in shallow bowl.
Dip shrimp in egg, then roll in coconut mixture until evenly coated on all sides.
Bake 10-12 min. or until shrimp are cooked through (if shrimp are pre-cooked, then just heat through). Serve with chutney, sweet-and-sour sauce, or pina colada dipping sauce.