Thursday, February 26, 2009
SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE BARS
2 (8 oz.) cans crescent rolls
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
2 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Press 1 can crescent rolls into the bottom. Blend the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla and spread over top of dough. Put the second can of rolls on top of the cream cheese mixture. Melt margarine and add the other cup of sugar and teaspoon of vanilla. Spread over top layer of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the top.Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly and bottom crust is slightly brown. Cool, slice and enjoy!
Note: You will definitely need to go running after this one!
Why was it a great game in my eyes? MU stepped up, despite losing James in the first few minutes of the game and hustled and just looked STRONG. I think the Eagles of Crean's day would have gotten completely deflated after losing such a key player, but with new coach Williams, things continued as normal. Let's hope we can finish the rest of the season strong. It's sad that we are losing our top 3 senior guards, with not much of a bench to back up to for next season, but my buddy, Jimmy Butler is looking good, no?
Watching MU this season has been such a joy for me as it reminds me just how much I love Marquette students. When I went to Marquette, our team was lousy and no one went to the games. It is such a different atmosphere, now. I love the silliness and enthusiasm and downright bright dry humor displayed by today's student section. The big rotating heads with random pop culture icons, the student dressed up as Chewie from Star Wars wearing a MU basketball uniform, and lest I forget the Marquette Snuggie costume that was in the stands last night. Nice!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Can I just express my gratitude for hand me downs? I went through sacks of clothes from JM's two boy cousins this morning and we have such adorable spring and summer clothes coming on. If he must grow up, then at least he will be doing it in plaids and stripes.... I love how boys clothing is so timeless. Cousin Evan's clothes are from 5 years ago are still just as cute. JM is wearing this madras shirt today from the Evan 2004 collection and it makes me want to go out and pick daffodils and order personalized Easter baskets and get out the seersucker. Yay for spring!
I am making a huge sacrifice for lent: Facebook. It's going to be really hard, but I guess that's the point. I've prayed about it and I think this will be good for me. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For the record, we are starting to think that our little guy may have a Dennis the Menace thing going on. That is, he is so innocent, but just a little bit naughty. 1. I walked into his room today and little monkey was jumping on his bed. He's only 9 months old! I really hope that he can't jump over the top rail, but I imagine it would be pretty hard to do. 2. We were at the Monogram Lady today buying baby gifts and he pulled over a large display of wallets, much to the chagrin of the ladies who worked there. 3. Yesterday and today, he speed crawled with no diaper on across the floor giggling because I couldn't catch him. Naughty naughty! Love him.
Monday, February 23, 2009
2-22-09 park pics 001
Originally uploaded by our "nut" house
We are the worst about taking family pictures. Sadly, these days we rely on the Charismatic Minimalists for the majority of our portraiture. Gotta get better about bringing the camera on our outings!
Anyway, we joined Sea and Que and R. for a little midday hike on the greenbelt yesterday. Fun times!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I found Catalog Choice, which lets you pull yourself off of mailing lists and promised that I would follow up to tell you if our mail volume went down. Well, it did. A lot. For about 6 months. Now, we are getting them again, so I had to resubmit our requests. Apparently you have to really try hard to stop the mail clutter with these people. Isn't life hard enough? Jeez.
If you want to curb your junk mail, check it out.
I am not sure how to make this stop. This has been happening for a while now and he'll break it for a few days with giving him just a little water, then start again a week later. Is it his teeth? Suggestions are welcome!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Our lamb is growing up. He barely fits in his 9 month clothes anymore and is constantly doing new things. Some of his favorite current pastimes include: being pushed or pulled on a little car or wagon, standing (for some reason getting him to sit is hard sometimes now), being pushed on a swing, eating (his favorites are spaghetti and meatballs that I mash up in the blender, cheese, yogurt and i swear you could easily win his heart by giving him a bowl of bananas), exploring the cabinets, screaming with glee, crawling, and touching buttons on remote controls and phones. When you get down onto his level and imitate him, play peek a boo or put your face close to his and kiss him loudly, he will laugh and laugh. If I am laughing and holding him, he will laugh, too (guess he wants to be a part of the joke). He loves being read to and will listen intently for longer than you'd think. Just yesterday for the first time he pulled himself up to standing on the dishwasher (such a nice boy, he wanted to help me unload) and this morning I heard him crawl into the bathroom and went in there and he was standing up holding on to the bathtub. Crazy! Lately, he is a bit more defiant in that when I put him down for bed, instead of laying down and going right to sleep like he used to, he now springs right back up and sits in his crib, "unwinding" for a while. His vocabulary is still pretty limited. He says dada, baba and just yesterday said mama. All day I kept saying, "Mama?" to see if he'd do it again and he'd look at me with a blank stare. He said it again today, but I don't think he knows what he's saying quite yet. I am surprised he doesn't say Bella, for as much as he delights in Bella the dog's every move. Bella is quite smart to be afraid of him! She remains gentle with him and licked his face this evening, but smartly went running when he tried to join her in her dog bed.
He drools constantly and goes through numerous bibs every day. He also continues to leave his mark, with spit up spots all over our carpeting. When does this teething thing end? Our sweet boy gets quite discontented with the teething and has been this way for a few weeks now. I sure wish they'd all get in. Right now, he has top and bottom four completely in, one on the top halfway, and the other top middle one just broke through. His gums are all swollen and I'm starting to think that I might have to get some Orajel, even though most peds don't recommend it. The poor thing. His non-teething personality is so much more pleasant. Don't get me wrong, he is still easygoing, but for the past two months, everytime he has a tooth, he is hard to please and gets bored after about 10 minutes in one place, so I have to move him all around the house all day long to keep him happy if we are at home. I really hope I'm not spoiling him, by keeping up the constant entertainment. We continue to have opportunities to "get out" and see people every single day and JM seems to appreciate this as much as I do. We are mostly at home, but a single outing to meet someone for a walk or coffee once a day is really nice. I am thrilled with the ladies that I've met via the Meetup playgroup, the St. T playgroup and the Nest. We continue to love our music class. We are not bored. At all.
We are still breastfeeding quite a bit. I am not ready to stop and cringe thinking about Mexico in a little over a month. I might be bringing the pump!
pics: with his new sandtable (thanks Nana and Poppa), in his new 'big boy' pajamas (waaaaah!), standing up on his own for the first time
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
I will try to post more than once a week.
God has blessed me lately with a lot of things to do. I feel like I am coming into my own with my new life as a stay at home mom.
Just this week, I had my first coffee date with a cool lady from my meetup mom's group.
And, we went to our first playgroup through the church mothers group.
I am working on my "mom networking" trying to make new friends.
JM is a mess. He must have a tooth coming in, because he's been waking up in the early morning hours, ready to party. He was screaming bloody murder at 4:30 this morning... and this was after I caved and fed him when he woke up at 3:30. Generally he sleeps from 7-7 and wakes up at 4 to eat and goes back to bed. I know I need to break him of the 4am feeding, but I just don't have the wherewithal to do it. He seems to be doing okay during the day, but I have to constantly keep changing things up for him. He gets antsy very easily after about 10 minutes of playing with something. In the past few days, he's been using his knees more to crawl and has started pulling himself from sitting to knees.
We may be taking a trip to Mexico in early April and leaving the wee one for 5 days with Mimi and Grandpa. Whereas the thought of reading a book on the beach and drinking a pina colada to accompany my guacamole and chip breakfast is extremely applealing, my heart is already breaking a little bit for the thought of leaving John Michael and even more over the idea that this could be the end of our breastfeeding relationship. He will be 11 months at that time and I cannot imagine pumping down there... I think I've mentioned this before, but I hate pumping more than anything and I'd have to find an adapter, so part of me thinks the timing of this trip could mean it's time to stop.... We'll see how I feel in April about the feeding thing, but I guess more than anything I am saddened about the idea of going away and the thought that he might have to live without me for 5 days, which I know is really egocentric and prideful. It's going to be hard to leave him, even with his trusted grandparents. Since I don't want to be one of those parents who never takes a trip away from their child, and all of a sudden has never left their side for 3 years (which now that I am a parent, I can see how this becomes easy to do), I guess we may as well rip off the proverbial band aid and see how it goes. Either way, I know the economy is crap, so hopefully this is the right decision to make all around. Whether or not we go, it's fun to make plans.