Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Two Years.

October 25, 2009

October 25, 2011

It is absolutely amazing to me how fast two years has FLOWN by. How did we live so much of our lives without this miraculous little person?

We have allowed a part of our hearts to live outside of our bodies, and at times it is absolutely terrifying. But we have learned to love like never before.

We are better people because of her.

Love you little Clara, more than you can ever imagine. We love watching you learn and grow, amazed at the little person you are becoming. We see some of ourselves in you, but see that so much of who you are is you and you alone. You make us smile, laugh, giggle, cry, and dream of only the best for you. Keep being you, little one. You are the best you there is!

Love, mommy and daddy

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Foodie Friday - Wild Rice Soup

I love soup. Wild rice is probably my favorite kind… but any kind will suffice.

Of course, I just love wild rice in general… Paul does too. He would eat chicken and wild rice every day if I would let him.
Which I don’t.

I would eat soup every day, but he doesn’t let me do that either.

We balance each other out.

I made wild rice soup the other night for supper, and realized just how much I really love the easy recipe I use. Love it so much I’m going to share it.

If you love easy recipes… this one is for you.

If you love 1 pot recipes… this one isn’t for you. Because it requires 2 pots. Sorry.

In pot #1, make a box of Uncle Ben’s Original Wild Rice per the instructions.

In pot #2, put diced carrots, celery, onions (as much as you want) and enough water to cover. Cook until the veggies are as tender as you like them. (In case you accidentally undercook them, and they are a bit crunchy for your liking, don’t think that they will be tender the next day when you eat the leftovers. They won’t be… and you’ll be disappointed. I know from experience.)

**Ok, so I guess you could make this using 1 pot… but I don’t like to waste time, so I make these 2 things at the same time.**

Once the rice and veggies are cooked, combine them. (into one of the pots… no need to dirty a 3rd pot!)

Then add 1 can of your favorite “cream of” soup. I use cream of celery… but I don’t like mushrooms.

Then add some milk. I don’t really measure… but enough to make the soup the consistency you want it.

Let it warm through.

That’s it.

I told you it was easy.

And it’s yummy too!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Clara. lately.

Clara's vocabulary has just exploded lately! It seems like over the weekend she picked up a bunch of new things... it's like a switch was turned on! She has at least 4 animals sounds that she knows:

Kitty says, "mow"
Puppy says, "woof"
Cow says, "mooo"
Sheep says, "baa"

Chicken says, "cheep! cheep! cheep!"... this one she does only if you say it first... but she dances when she says it.

She has several other words that she uses in context as well:
Baby (meaning doll or blanket...)
Ba Ba (sippy cup or bottle)
side (outside)
She also sings what sounds a lot like the ABC's.

It's crazy what she understands. If you ask her if she's hungry, or if she wants breakfast (or dinner, or supper), she will go to her high chair and try to climb in. If you tell her, "night, night", she'll curl up on the floor like she is going to sleep.

As far as socializing, she is usually pretty quiet and clingy when we are around new people or in situations she isn't used to, but it doesn't take long before she warms up and plays with the other kids or will go to other adults.

If you have made it to the end of this post... I applaud you for reading my bragging! I just wanted to keep track of some of the things she is doing these days.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

...and a quick pic from the weekend... Clara was helping me make brownies!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

Just a few shots from the store this Fall... Clara loves to hang out there!

Clara's First Ponytail!

Ode to the Trailblazer

I recently turned the big 3-0, and Paul decided to surprise me by buying me a new car. Ok, actually, he didn’t buy the car, we will be making payments on it for a while… but it’s the thought that counts… right?

Getting a new car meant I had to trade in my Trailblazer. That was harder than I thought it would be… me and that car have been through a lot!

I bought the Trailblazer in 2006 when I started my current job. While I did pay for my first 2 cars, this was the first one that cost more than $5000 and I had to make payments on. I even paid it off early!

We took vacations in that car. The trailblazer was our “get-away car” at our wedding.

It went in the ditch 3 times, which resulted in 2 new bumpers. I drove through road paint and had to have it professionally taken off.

The trailblazer hauled projects to the State Fair, and brought my little baby home from the hospital.

I’ll miss it.

Good-bye Trailblazer – you were a trusty old friend!

(wow- awkward pic...Paul did one of those, "stand there and smile" things...)

Hello 2012 Equinox. I guess I can settle for you. :)

(even more awkward pic... Paul, we need to work on this!)