Sunday, May 29, 2011

Why my house smells

If you look like this…

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…then you might think it’s okay to do THIS just about every day:

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And that is why my house smells.

Happy Birthday, Tim. I’m really glad I got you that deep fryer so we can also have donuts in the morning.

Getting dressed

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Monday, May 23, 2011

What’s for dinner?

I haven’t posted about food in a long time, but as we’re getting into spring and I have to be even more creative with getting veggies into Linnea, I thought I’d ask the blog world for ideas!

What are you making for dinner this week?

I aim for meals that the whole family can eat (most of; Linnea still doesn’t eat raw veggies like salads) and enjoy. Here’s our lineup*:

Monday: tomato lentil soup with “good bread” (ie a special loaf from the store, not sandwich bread) and melted cheese

Tuesday: community group night—Italian theme; we’re bringing fruit and drinks

Wednesday: spaghetti squash casserole with marinated steak and salad

Thursday: tuna melts with salad and fruit

Friday: cajun-rubbed grilled chicken with swamp sauce (horseradish-y, mustard and mayo-y spiced goodness) and broccoli

Saturday: swiss chard and Jarlsberg strudel with marinated steak leftovers

Sunday: pasta and red sauce with salad, good bread and buttered cooked carrots

anytime snack: oatmeal date bars

 

*This is a particularly healthy week (swiss chard strudel? Who do I think I am?) since Tim fired up his new birthday deep fryer AND I was at the mercy of the camp kitchen at the church women’s retreat last weekend (read: lasagna, churros, tacos, french toast). So we’re making up for lost vitamins and minerals here. But get this: Linnea likes drinking V8! So I always have a little something extra to help us get by!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brought to you by Microsoft

Seem like I’ve been blogging a lot recently? That’s because although this was supposed to be Tim’s first week at home in the evenings for dinner etc since sometime in FEBRUARY, it hasn’t turned out that way, and I’ve spent a lot of evenings alone. (Caveat #1: If anyone creepy is reading this, I have very big muscles and very sharp kitchen knives, and oh yeah, we live across the street from the police station, so don’t get your hopes up.)

Also, before I sound too dramatic, there was a week or two in there where Tim wasn’t working straight until 11pm or 1am (or 4…) and came home for dinner before going back to the grind. But yeah. Since February. Not the greatest spring for family bonding.

(Caveat #2: I am thankful for Tim’s job. I am. But lately they have just owned him {ahem, he’s at work on this Saturday night} and yes I’m complaining about that.)

So, I’m getting out all these things onto the blog that have been rolling around in my head because Netflix or Hulu Plus night after night is just depressing. I know there aren’t a ton of photos to accompany things, and you should see the annals of video we have on our phones and video camera from...well, pretty much from when Linnea was born. Really, you should see them. I’ll have someone get on that.

Aaaanyway, here’s another mish-mash of Linnea stuff/Psiaki life/goings on in K-town.

Brainwaves unite. I have been impressed lately by how Linnea remembers things and makes connections. I don’t read a lot of child development books and I’m sure this is perfectly normal, but I’m entitled to brag about it (and give the grandmas reason, too!) A few days ago we went down to the little marina and looked at the ducks from the beach. I tried pretty hard to keep Linnea from stepping in the water, but there were some super cute baby ducks there, and in the water she went. Of course, that was an “uh-oh,” and I pulled off her socks and shoes and off we went in the stroller to our next activity. TODAY, when we were looking at some picture cards Grandma Mary brought last summer and which I’d stashed away until Linnea was old enough to look at rather than just rip them, she saw a picture of a duck. She immediately lifted up her little foot and said, “Uh-oh!” Seeing the duck reminded her of getting her shoes wet when we were at the beach with the ducks earlier this week. Oh boy, was I impressed!

We also had a talk this morning about teeth when we were brushing ours. She is getting some more molars in the back of her mouth and we talked about how babies don’t get teeth usually until 6 months, so she couldn’t share her crunchy crackers with them—babies drink only milk. Well, this afternoon she saw a picture of a friend’s baby on our fridge, and said “Milk.” Yep, babies drink milk.

She’s been doing this kind of thing for a while but I am always amazed when I witness her little mind at work!

Chiming in. I forgot, again, another FAVORITE word in my list of Linnea-speak favorites. We have a door and window chime on with our security system in the house, so every time the door opens we hear a pleasant “ding-dong.” (Caveat #3: Bring it, creepy people!) For the LONGEST time Linnea has imitated that sound and turned it into the most hilarious little “dut-doe!”. So I guess it’s really more like toddler onomatopoeia than a word. It really is precious though, and I think we have it on film. Lately she has been spot on with the actual “ding-dong,” but Tim and I are trying our darndest to keep her saying “dut-doe” as long as possible. Until her teenage years would be nice.

It’s Tim’s birthday weekend! Dada is turning 26 tomorrow. Being low maintenance as he is in all areas, I planned very little, because to Tim a wide-open weekend is the most relaxing of all. He had his mens’ group this morning, and upon his return I took a sour cream coffee cake out of the oven and we got to have a pleasant little second breakfast out on the warm, sunny porch. It was a fun adventure to take Linnea’s high chair out there and watch the people walking by with dogs and whatever gathering there always seems to be at the church across the way.

Then we went to the park to run and swing and get all sandy, and came home for lunch before Linnea’s nap. She has not been napping well this week, and except for a marathon nap on Tuesday she’s had short ones, punctuated by a night terror on Monday and a nightmare today. That’s probably worthy of a post in and of itself, and it just makes me so sad that I’m not sure I can do anything about it. I just pray over her every time she goes to sleep now (I do that anyway, but now pray specifically against Satan and bad dreams and for peaceful, happy sleep with sweet dreams). I’ve done a little reading on night terrors and nightmares and hope to find some tools to help her dissociate them from her bedroom so she doesn’t become afraid of the room and falling asleep in there as well.

That sad, early end to her nap started a long afternoon without Daddy, who was called back into work at 1:30 and who we didn’t see again until dinner. :( This, supposedly, is the ACTUAL LAST WEEK of crazy ridiculousness with work and then you and I and ALL THE WORLD will learn what the heck Tim and his cohorts have been working on in the software fortress over in Redmond. Friends, let’s hope it’s something A W E S O M E. That would really help the Psiaki team morale.

Okay, back to Netflix. I promise I’m okay. Just tired. And did I mention, I’m pregnant? If you forgot, it’s okay. I sometimes do, too. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

The dog people made me do it

Could you believe it if a sweet little toddler I know told you to “Go ‘weee!”?

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I hope you wouldn’t take it personally.

Cause really, she doesn’t mean it, despite the big grin and hysterical giggles. It’s my fault.

These people were letting their dog frolick a bit in our yard, as passers-by often do, and seeing them through the window I said, “Oh, dog people, just go away! Go away!”

(I don’t like dog stuff in my yard).

So now, many many times a day, Linnea will look at me, or her toy, or whatever, and shriek, “Go ‘weee! Go ‘weee! Go ‘weee!” Sometimes it’s a more sophisticated “Go ‘way!” but there are always lots of silly chuckles involved.

It’s become a funny game between her and Tim when he leaves for work in the morning. Linnea and I stand at the door to say goodbye and in addition to her “see ya,” “yuh-vee,” is always a hearty dose of “Go ‘weee!”

It’s a term of endearment around here. Except for dog people.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Another blog post

Just couldn’t come up with a title for this one, but here are a bunch of random updates!

I never knew toddlers could be so much fun. Tim and I talk all the time about how fun Linnea is. She is goofy and wacky and loud and energetic and messy and particular and a little bit OCD. I’ve said before how she loves getting messy at mealtime, but then anything on her hands is an “uh-oh”. Did I mention she also picks up the tiniest piece of whatever trash on the floor and brings it to me, saying over and over again, “uh-oh! uh-oh! uh-oh!” I don’t know who she could have inherited that from.

Her pretend play has really amped up lately as she is actually pretending things rather than using a toy for its intended purpose. For a long time she has done things like “feeding” her own snacks to her dolly or sitting the stuffed birds around plates on the floor and giving them the play food. The other day she took a piece of chicken at dinner and rubbed it back and forth across the table, saying, “car! car!” I was pretty impressed with that one!

She has a ton more words now. Some of our favorites are

“oh-coo”: “open”, for which Tim now calls her “Count Dooku” (we watched the newer Star Wars recently)

“dowie”: “diamond”

“yuh-vee”: “love you” (I admit we did teach her to say this)

“tankoo”: “thank you”

In addition to the uh-oh alert for messes, she also would mostly rather line up or stack her toys than play with them:

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I also have one on my phone of her lining up chalk on the back patio. She gets frustrated when I take a piece and try to draw with it! :)

 

A Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there, especially both of Linnea’s grandmas! We had a fun mother’s day with a hearty brunch following church, and a surprise chaise lounge and flowers for me. Oh, the lounge chair is wonderful. If only it would get sunny again so I could sit on it.

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Her hair is now long enough to be put in a big girl ponytail. Isn’t it just ridiculously cute? Sorry, but I think so!

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I also think girl jams are the best.

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I’ve been trying to get more creative with food lately for her, and we’ve had some success with more vegetables. She’ll eat the cooked in dishes with lots of flavor like homemade ratatouille, and in soups and stews as well. I figured out putting her tomato soup in a cup yesterday so she could drink it along with her tuna melt.

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It was a little less messy this way!