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Happy Birthday Elijah

I thought he would never…

  • Stop crying
  • Stop breast feeding
  • Say “mama”
  • Ride facing forward in the car
  • Turn one
  • Walk
  • Stop talking about Elmo
  • Stop obsessing about trash cans and Oscar
  • Turn two
  • Stop obsessing about sharks
  • Drink out of a cup without a lid
  • Use a fork by himself
  • Stop obsessing about Jonah and the whale
  • Buckle himself in his car seat
  • Move out of the nursery
  • Turn three

Today we celebrated Elijah’s third birthday (a bit reluctantly for me).  About two and a half  years ago age three seemed like and eternity away.  Elijah was an extremely fussy baby.  Then all the sudden he was three.  He told me he is not my baby anymore.

We had a great day as a family.  Elijah came downstairs to a decorated kitchen.  Throughout the day we put candles in waffles, pineapple pizza (Elijah’s favorite) and shark cake (when you are three, all you care about is candles).  He had all four of his presents opened before 9 am.  We tried to space it out but he couldn’t stand it.  Steven told Elijah we could do anything he wanted.  Elijah wanted to go to Target and buy a dragon toy (that he has had his eye on).  And he wanted to carry it out in a Target bag.  Easy enough!

Heres a few pictures of his day (disclaimer: he did wear clothes when we went out, he just really into being free of all clothing constrictions when we are home).  Happy third birthday Elijah, we are so proud of you!

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Yesterday morning Elijah came up to me and said, “Mommy, I fwushed a pwastic bag down da potty.”  I replied, “What bag?”  He said, “Da bad you jus threw in da twash.”

I went to inspect the potty, flushed it, and everything went fine.  I told Elijah never to do that again.  I thought we had avoided a disaster. The toilet was used normally all day.  I was wrong.

This morning Elijah came to me and said “Mommy,dares poop in da potty and it won’t go away.”  Yep.  he was exactly right.  I called a plumber.  They told me they couldn’t get out here until tomorrow.  Not acceptable.  I called another plumber.  About an hour and $85 later the plumber fished the grocery sack out of toilet.  I decided not to let Elijah watch so he wouldn’t get any ideas. 

He “pwomises” not to put anything but his poop, pee and toilet paper in the potty.  I hope he does put his poop in the potty today.

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Birthday Celebrations

July 028 Today Elijah took whale, shark and dolphin cookies to share with the kids in his mother’s morning out for his birthday.  He “helped” me make them last night.  It even became a family affair because Steven helped me ice them after Elijah went to bed.

When he woke up this morning.  He was mildly excited to see the cookies.  Sometimes I think I am more excited about celebrating his birthday than  he is.  Today, I was wrong.  Before we had to leave, I went upstairs to get dressed.  I came down to find Elijah ready to go, with his shoes on, and a tote bag on his arm with the cookies stashed inside.  He looked at me and said “I am ready to go mommy.”  That was the first time he has ever put his shoes on without being asked to do so.

By the time the cookies made it to school, several of them were broken.  I don’t think 2 year olds really care.  When I picked Elijah up I asked them if they sang Happy Birthday to him.  He said, “Yes, and I sang too.”

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Cousins Part II

I did take a few pictures at the house.  Elijah and I got each cousin a floaty to take to the pool.  Don’t you wish you could have ridden in the car with the kids and the floaties?  Oh yeah, and this was the closest I could get to everybody looking.  Of course, neither of my kids were.

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My sister, Emily, and her kids came this week for a visit.  We had a great time.  Elijah played really well.  He even shared pretty well.  The kids enjoyed the park and the pool.  Of course I didn’t bring my camera but Emily did. Here is a picture of the kids at the park.  Notice Graham is holding his leg up.  He didn’t like sitting in the grass.


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Conversations with Elijah

Conversations have been getting pretty interesting here as Elijah begins to really think about things.  Sometimes I don’t think I can answer why one more time.  I usually end up saying “because they just do.”  Its like my answers aren’t good enough.  So here are some conversations we have had lately…

At the gas station…

E: Why do we have to get gas?

Me: Because cars need gas to work.

E: Why?

Me: Because they just do.

E: But why?

Me: Because cars eat gas like people eat food.

E: Do whales eat gas?

Me: No.  Whales eat krill.

E: But some whales eat people.

Me: Not really.  Some whales eat fish and seals and dolphins.

E: But one whale ate Jonah.

How could I forget???

After school yesterday…

Me: Did you play outside yesterday?

E: We pwayed the instruments.

Me: Really?  What instrument did you get?

E: I didn’t get da cymbals.

Me: Oh, what did you get?

E: Just da pwain old sticks.

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Parmesan Encrusted Chicken with rice and broccoli

I know it has been forever since I have posted a recipe.  I have kind of been in a cooking slump this summer and have been bored with all my dishes.  Monday night I made a delicious dinner that was fairly easy.  A few weeks ago I wrote a post about providing home cooked meals without getting frustrated.  I want to add a tip: Don’t try to cook everything from scratch.  Do one “home made” dish and two easy side dishes.

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Parmesan encrusted chicken topped with goat cheese, spinach and cherry tomatoes, herb and chicken flavored brown rice (Success packet), broccoli with Italian dressing and mozzarella cheese, and canned crescent rolls.

The chicken:

  • Heat skillet to 350 degrees pour about 2 tbsp olive oil in pan (I use an electric skillet so I can do all pieces at once)
  • Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally (this makes them cook faster)
  • Beat two eggs in a bowl
  • Pour about 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese onto a paper plate, add about 2 tsp pepper, mix together.
  • Dip chicken in eggs, then into parmesan cheese, place in the skillet
  • Let them cook for about 8 minutes on this side (do not constantly flip over and over.  Just leave them.)
  • Meanwhile, finely chop about 2 cups of fresh spinach (you can use baby or regular, just chop fine)
  • Slice a few cherry tomatoes.
  • Flip chicken, top with goat cheese (don’t leave this out, its the best part, I always wish I had added more).  I just crumble it like feta and cover the top of the chicken.  Then top with spinach and tomato.
  • Cover the skillet and let it cook for about another 8-10 minutes.  (If you are worried about the chicken being done, you can put a thermometer in it.  It should be about 180 degrees.)

The Rice:

  • Follow directions on the packet.  I usually cook two for our family.

The Broccoli:

  • Chop broccoli into small pieces.
  • Place in glass dish.
  • Pour about 1/2 cup of Italian dressing on the broccoli.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella and sprinkle a little parmesan on top too.
  • Cover with a glass lid or with plastic wrap.
  • Cook on high in the microwave for 6 minutes.

A few extra thoughts:

  • When you buy the goat cheese, just get the cheapest, 4 oz packet.
  • If you buy a big bag of spinach, later in the week you can have a spinach and goat cheese salad.  We like ours with almonds, bacon and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Sometimes I buy a big loaf of French bread from the bakery, slice it open length wise, butter it and slide it in the oven for about 8 minutes.  This is great too!
  • You can do the same recipe for the broccoli but use Greek or balsamic dressing for a little change.  You can also use asparagus instead, just cook for only 4 minutes instead of 6.
  • I went back through my old posts and found several recipes that did not get put in the category.  So there are some more recipes under the categories in the side bar, including my favorite recipe in the whole world, my Nana’s meatloaf.
  • Ok, let me know if you try this or any others!
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  • I still have not found my keys.  I am wondering if objects fall under the missing persons rule where if you don’t find them in the first 48 hours your chances of finding them get slimmer and slimmer by the minute.
  • I had a question about where to purchase the Dripsticks.  You can go here or just Google “dripstick” to find the cheapest prices.  We got ours in Myrtle Beach at a toy store.
  • Last night our church staff and almost 800 Elevators turned out to our newest venue, McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte.  It was so much fun.  I would put it up there with our Cricket and Dominate events.  The layout of the auditorium allowed for the most amazing, excited atmosphere.  This was such a fresh burst of energy in the middle of the summer.
  • We are still trudging along with potty training.  There have certainly been ups and downs.  Yesterday had a really high high, and a really low low.  Elijah kept his pull up dry all morning at church.  This is huge for him because he tends to forget that toilets exist when out in public.  On the other hand he pooped in his little plastic booster seat while we were eating lunch at home.  No he did not have anything on to catch this poop.  Yes it was possibly the most disgusting thing I have ever experienced.  Ever. Even though I sterilized the seat, I have yet to allow it back at my dinner table.  I don’t know if I ever will.
  • This week baby Graham had his nine month check up at the doctor.  He is in the 25th percentile for his weight and 75th for his height.  I guess thats why everyone tells me he is a big baby.  I don’t really see this, but apparently his height is average for a one year old.
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I recently tried wearing bronzer, and I must say that I am officially addicted.  One of my favorite shows to watch when nothing is on (and I have secured the remote) is What Not To Wear on TLC.  Not only do I love the transformations but I love the tips.  I firmly believe that what you wear can cause an optical illusion that can work magic.

One of my favorite parts is when Carmindy does the make-up.  For years I watcher her talk about bronzer.  She puts it on every face and while she is doing it she says something like “Now you want to apply it to your cheeks, forehead and nose, the places where the sun kisses you.”  Then she says to apply your blush right on the apples of your cheeks.

So I got some free bronzer with one of those product bags and decided to give it a try (I new exactly how to apply it).  I loved the look it gave me.  Since then I have gotten several comments about how bright my face looks.  Last week I had the staff wives of Elevation over (our husbands are all on an Advance–Elevation never retreats) and one of them told me that my face looked bright in our family pictures.  I told her it was the bronzer.

So here is Carmindy’s suggestions about bronzer.  She has a book out called The Five Minute Face.  And if you don’t use bronzer, you really should try some!

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The case of the missing keys

A week ago tomorrow my keys mysteriously disappeared in my own home.  I have such bad luck with keys.  About a year ago, I would keep my keys on a table that was within Elijah’s reach.  It took me two times of plundering through his toys for two hours at a time before I found a new place to put them.  I always keep them out of reach, in my purse.

About a month ago, I lost my keys at Target.  They literally fell out of my purse.  I have no idea how that happened.  I had to replace the key fob once on my old car and once on our new car (both just quit working, no it wasn’t the battery).

Well, last week I hosted a party for all of our staff wives and their kids while our husbands were on Advance.  My purse got moved to the floor at some point, then I saw it and moved it to the dining room.  The next day, I went to leave the house and couldn’t find my keys.  Luckily, Steven had left his here, so I thought it was no big deal and that they show up later.  Well here we are, six days later and still no keys.  I have looked in drawers, toy bins, diaper bags, dumped my purse out and covered every inch of my car (just in case I was absent minded) and still no keys.  I have also contacted everyone that came and asked them to look in their stuff to see if a child may have placed my keys in their bag.  No luck.

I am holding out for a while before I replace my car key and key fob.  But I just know that as soon as I do my keys will show up.  This is such an American thing to say, but it feels so odd to actually stick my key in the door to unlock my car (seeing as though we only have one key fob).  For now my key ring looks like I haven’t a care in the world, its just a single, lonely key on a pink butterfly keyring. 

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