Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scenes from Fall

Killian's First Pumpkin Patch

Killian feeds the chickens.

What is that crazy chicken doing?

Bunny Rabbit!

There's a kid riding a horse!

Picking pumpkins.

Killian Bakes Me Pumpkin Bread



Killian's First Bonfire


Killian's First Jacuzzi

16 Months Old: Letter to Killian

Little Killian,

This month you have grown in many ways.

About a month ago you started signing for "More." Usually it is food that you want more of. Sometimes it is more Sesame Street songs. Your dad and I love how you can communicate this with us. The weekend you started signing "More," we went to Trader Joe's and you had a cookie. You really enjoyed the chocolate peanut butter cookie and when you were done, you started signing "More" so persistently and earnestly. It was such a cute moment. Of course, your face was covered in chocolate.

Although your vocabulary is limited right now, you know how to "show me what you want." You love to grab my hand and lead me places. We love hearing your little voice when you do talk. This month you started to say "rock rock" for the rocking chair, "lock lock" for when we play "take the keys and lock him up, my Little Killian," (our variant of "London Bridge is falling down") and "hop" for your favorite Sesame Street song with Kermit the Frog, the "Do Wop Hop." And of course, I love it when you say "Mom Mom Mom."

Every morning right before you leave for school with Dad, you always give me a nice hug. This month you have wanted to hold my hand when we walk together. You have been sleeping well at night in your new (queen-sized) bed. Usually in the early morning (5:00 am or so), you join us in our bed. Even though this usually results in you kicking one of us in the head or stomach, I secretly love hearing your little footsteps on your way to our room. You love to snuggle when you get into bed. I have been cherishing these days with my Little Killian.

You really love going to the Economous' house on the weekends. You get very excited when I say, "Do you want to go to Papou's house?" All your aunts and uncles love you so much and look forward to your visits. They get such a kick out of all the little things you do. Sometimes we call Julie just so you can hear her voice over the phone. She sings to you, and you smile. Tina and Luke commented recently how they love that when you laugh sometimes you actually say the words, "Ha Ha!" just like a little kid.

You have been enjoying school lately. You love the sensory table and the playground. Sometimes when I pick you up, you lead me outside to the playground and then you don't want to go home!

You've started to make a funny face this month - a kissy face. You know it's funny when you do it!




Sunday, October 17, 2010

Killian Plays Cornhole

Or as Mike says (because he's a family man), "bean bag toss." For some reason, the game is referred to as "cornhole" around here.

Killian showed us a much more efficient way to get the bean bag in the hole.

Run Run Run


It's running weather! And by the way, I'm 19 weeks - almost half-way there!

I've just started running again since I got pregnant. I didn't run at all with Killian's pregnancy. (I exercised, but for some reason, never attempted running. I also wasn't really into running right before I got pregnant with him.) But this time I've vowed to stay more active.

Once the nausea lifted a few weeks ago, I started taking water aerobics classes at the Y. It feels really good to be in the water, but water aerobics classes are just kind of... lame. They don't do that much for me physically. I'm going to start swim lessons in a few weeks. (Yes, I don't really know how to swim.) I think I'll enjoy going to the pool more this winter if I can actually do a few laps instead of awkwardly moving around the pool with water weights.

I had been trying to work out daily, but you can only do so much yoga in front of your TV without getting completely bored and stir-crazy. It finally dawned on me - there's no reason why I can't run! Women do crazy things like marathons when they're pregnant. So I'm appreciative for this cool weather and being well enough to get out there and get my blood pumping!

Hooray for Fall! (And Happy Crocktober!)

We have been enjoying the cooler weather. Not that it's been especially "cool" -  just not scorching hot. The past few weekends we've gotten the crockpot going in the morning and then have come home in the afternoon to some warm, yummy food.

This is one of Mike's new favorite recipes. So easy.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
2.5 lb pork roast
1 bottle (14 oz) of your favorite bbq sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup of salsa

  1. Put the pork in the crockpot. Cover on Low for 10-12 hours or High for 5-6.
  2. Remove the pork from crockpot. Shred the meat with 2 forks. Pour out any liquid from crockpot. Return pork to crockpot and add in BBQ sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and salsa. Cook on High for 1 hour or on Low for 2 hours.
  3. Serve with hamburgers buns. 

Makes 8 servings.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010