Monday, June 28, 2010

baby shower

Yesterday we celebrated Linden's arrival. It was a fun monkey themed shower and did Linden ever get spoiled. We wanted to have the shower before he came home from the hospital to help keep him healthy. I got to have sneak peak at the nursery yesterday and it almost ready for the lil monkey!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

yummy quinoa salad

I had tried this salad at a girls week end a few months ago and have wanted the recipe ever since! When I went to make it I realized I was missing most of the ingredients and if you know me well enough you know I never run to the grocery store for recipe ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised when all my substitutions tasted just as good. I have the original recipe with my substitutions in brackets.
1/4 cup peanut oil (olive oil)
1/4 tsp tumeric (curry powder)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne (didn't have)
1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock (chicken stock) or water
3 tbsp orange juice (apple juice)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 small red onion, finely chopped (green onion)
1 large red pepper seeded and chopped (green pepper)
1/3 cup dates pitted and chopped (didn't have)
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbsp minced cilantro (didn't have)
2 tbsp chopped peanuts (pistachios)

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add spices and quinoa. Cook until fragrant, about 2 min, being careful not to burn. Stir in stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to very low,cover, and cook until all liquid is absorbed about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Transfer quinoa to a large serving bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3 tbsp oil, juice, brown sugar and salt to taste. Stir to blend and set aside.
To the quinoa, add chickpeas, onion,bell pepper, dates, raisins, cilantro and nuts toss with dressing to combine.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

first performance

Amelia had her first dance performance on Father's Day. She was a firefly and she was adorable. We were lucky enough to have Grandma and Grandpa as well as Grams and Papa in the audience.

Monday, June 21, 2010

date night

Saturday I was lucky enough to have two dates! First, with my husband and then with the newest man in my life, Linden! We were able to hold him for the first time and it was wonderful.

toothless in...

Bellingham! Friday night just before bedtime Dale talked Aiden into the the dental floss around the tooth move.It worked and Aiden lost his first official tooth(he had two baby teeth pulled in October). I love his adorable toothless grin but (sigh) growing up is hard for me.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

everett day

Aiden needed to go for an appointment at the Everett Clinic yesterday. The appointment went well and we will be doing an MRI next week to have a closer work at the vessels in his lower body to see how everything is working. It looks like for now the compression stocking/garment will not be necessary! We like to combine long medical appointments with a lil fun so we checked out the children's museum in Everett. Like every other family that visits that museum we were so impressed and questioned why Bellingham couldn't have done something similar. The kids enjoyed everything but my favorite was the tall and skinny optical illusion mirror. My legs went on for miles and my bum was so cute. I seriously tried to get a picture but it didn't work. After the museum we tried to find a place for dinner and I'm sorry if I offend anyone but I think Everett is the armpit of the I-5 corridor. We settled on take out and found a state park to have dinner. A good day.

Friday, June 18, 2010

'spirited' dancer

Amelia finished her last creative movement dance class of the year. Awards were handed out and Amelia received the 'most spirited' dancer award. Very fitting as she would also receive the 'most spirited' child award at our house.

first grade finish

Yesterday, Aiden had his last day of first grade. He seemed a little down about the whole deal. I don't think he likes change and had really enjoyed his teacher this year. We had our little celebration dinner last night and after opening his gift (a sno cone machine) he seemed excited for summer to start. This morning we woke up and the sun is shining and we have a fun family day planned in Everett. I had asked Aiden a few questions about first grade:

what was favorite subject? art
favorite thing to do at recess? the monkey bars
favorite memory of first grade? when we made silk screens
funniest moment? when Radish (a guinea pig) made a funny noise
favorite lunch? that time I got a 'lunchables' pack in my lunch

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

shake it.

shake it like you got a lizard on one hip and hello kitty chap stick on the other. shake it.

lost and found

Remember how I thought I lost the pictures of Linden from last week? After doing some detective work on my computer I found the missing pictures! He's doing really well and should hit 5 pounds this week!

play day

aka celebrating the end of school by getting as wet as possible!


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