Wednesday, July 29, 2009
These delicious moist cookies are worth sharing. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com when i was trying to get rid of some oatmeal and spoiled bananas. I brought the cookies to our home group and they were a huge hit! These cookies are really easy to make and super, super moist and a bit cake like. They don't last to long in our household!
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 3/4 cup of shortening
1 cup of white sugar 1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp of baking soda 1 cup of mashed ripe bananas (i add more)
1 tsp of salt 1 3/4 cups of rolled oats
1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg 1/2 cup of walnuts(optional)
3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
~Preheat the oven to 400 degree F.
~ In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda,salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cut in the shortening until almost no lumps remain. Stir in the egg and bananas. Mix well. Finally, stir in the oats and walnuts if using. Drop by the spoonfuls 2 in apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
~Bakef for 12-15 mins, or until edges are browned. Remove and cool immediately on a wire rack.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
~ Jack is walking! Yep, walking. He toddles around the house like he is big stuff now.
~ Jack likes his accessories. That is right, i said accessories. We have this little plastic links bag half full of links that he carries on his shoulder every.single.day. He puts it on multiple times a day and walks around the house with it. He also likes to place things over his shoulders. We have a few cat toys with a string and mouse hanging at the end. Those go over the shoulder and he walks around. Anything will do though. Monitor and cord, game controls. This habit is not my favorite. I make sure it is never actually wrapped AROUND his neck and he is closely monitored. I have taken this off so many times, yet it never matters. Around the shoulders they go.*
~ My eat anything from a baby food jar and reject all table food baby is now rejecting his baby food and leaving this momma at a loss of what to feed him... What do 1 yr olds eat anyway?
~ At his 12 month appt, he weighed in at a whoppin 18lbs 140z. 5% for weight, 80% for height. The issue? No idea. The kid eats, a LOT! Well, that was till he decided he was too cool for baby food, thus the panic of "Is he eating enough?!"
~ He still nurses 4 times a day. No interest in NOT nursing. I still get up with him around 5am to nurse. Is that normal? Who knows. He will only sleep 8-9 hrs before he eats. There is no 20 min crying for this little guy. He goes on and on and on till he is feed. I promise.
~ He is my little chatterbox these days. His vocabulary has grown from Mama and Daddy, to Osc (the cat), this, that, well more like "dis" and "dat" and shoes. He likes shoes. I have no idea where he got that from ;) He talks all the time, i just have not yet been able to translate it...
~ I have successfully gotten him into a good two nap schedule and been on it for awhile. This is a big deal for my "I never want to sleep" baby. Count your napping blessings if your child never gave you any issues on that. Count them.
~ Jack now cries when i leave him in the nursery. Not too sure if i am o.k. with that. My oh so social child now realizes that i am Mommy and realizes when i leave. That is a good. The crying. Not fun at all. He is now getting a little bit shy with strangers, a little tiny bit.
~ Jack has mastered the sign " All Done". He ignores the rest, but uses "all done" for everything. Done eating? All done. Tired of the carseat? All done. Done with being in the shopping cart with mom? All done? I'm singing a song to him and he is over it? All done.
~ I love love love making Jack laugh. He laughs so hard and it is so cute. It really is a highlight to my entire day. It is priceless.
~ I love little things about Jack. I love how he is so expressive. His little face tells a million stories. I love his little baby belly that sticks out, even when the rest of him is little. I love when i pick him up, he puts his arm around my neck and twirls my hair. I like when he kisses the puppies in his books, but especially love when he kisses me! I love his Eskimo kisses. Let's me honest, i love everything about him!
Mommyhood is a wonderful, challenging thing. A friend asked my husband if having a kid was like getting a second job. Silly single boy. Having a child is like getting a full time, part time and overnight job. But it is the greatest, most rewarding and fulling job i have ever had!
Here is my littel guy walking around with his man-bag and his cat toy...silly baby.
Friday, July 17, 2009
We came home and promptly slept all of Sunday away. It was much, much, much needed. I will be very happy to stay home for awhile and just be. I feel blessed to have been able to travel so much, but i am ready to enjoy a bit of this summer. Maybe take a break and not travel again till September...maybe.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday night, Ryan was playing his guitar and just thinking about his Grandpa. He felt like the Lord told him not to worry, that he would be the first thing his Grandfather saw. We did not know he would leave us the next day. The grin on his face told us everything. He finally got to see his Jesus, who he had faithfully be serving for many years.
We will greatly miss our Grandpa Jack. He was Ryan's support and cheerleader in life. Ryan could always count on his Grandpa to be cheering him on, no matter how many mistake he would make. He was loved by all, and not one person could ever say a bad thing about him. He lead a peaceful, quiet life yet was a dynamic prayer warrior.
Because of Jack Sturtevant, my mother, grandparents and aunt came to know the Lord, as well as Ryan's mom and family. What an amazing spiritual heritage to pass on to our son. Our prayers is that my little Jack will live a life committed to the Lord and to follow in his great grandfather's footsteps. We have yet to see all of Jack's influence and prayers acted out. There is so much more to come.
While we will miss his smile and kind words, we know that we will see him again. There is great comfort in that. He was an amazing, wonderful man and i loved him dearly.
Here is Grandpa Jack checking out little Jack's "Sturtevant" toes. He certainly loved his little name sake.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In honor of his first birthday, Jack has decided to revert back to his old newborn sleeping patterns. He is out like a light from 8am till 3am... than the nightmare begins. He is up and crying on and off non-stop till 7am. He will not be comforted, rocked, have his back rubbed, or just fuss it out. He refuses. He will go on for hours.The ONLY thing that will put this boy to sleep again is nursing. He is teething, so that could be the culprit... but he will not sleep from 3am on.... let's hope he gives mommy a birthday present by sleeping through the night again.
Also, i have been tagged by Mrs. W to do a little about me thing... She did two of them, but i am combining them together.
favorite artist/designer: Marc Jacob, Chloe(bags) and Christian Louboutin(shoes)
I love to create using: my camera and editing
what inspires me: Telling stories of how Jesus changes peoples lives
most inspirational city: Kampala, Uganda
ideal weekend off: a trip to NYC with family and friends
favorite color: Green
favorite musician: (of all time): ummmm... Coldplay
favorite movie: Gone with the Wind
favorite song: of the moment.... How He Loves Us by John Mark McMillan
favorite song lyric: see above
If I could have any other job it would be: Photographer
I wish: My son would sleep through the night
What was I doing 10 years ago?July 1999: I was working at KFC/Taco Bell and waitressing. Probably about ready to start Soccer practice
What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? Get ready while Jack naps, Drop Jack off and go to Chiro appt, Re-edit Ituha's My World at work, Find something for dinner, go to Target and Babies R Us for birthday presents.
Snacks I enjoy: anything sweet.
Things I would do if I were a billionaire:Pay off all debt, including my family. Support lots and lots and lots of kids all over the world. Travel the world. Buy a huge lake house that my family could go to any time they wanted. Get a good personal trainer.
Places I have lived:Utah, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Virgina
Jobs I have had:Waitress, Leasing Consultant, Television Producer
O.k.. Now, lets learn about some things from these other wonderful ladies.
Crystal from La Buena Vida
Sarah from Jason and Sarah
Sarah from NashVegas Clores
Jaime from Our Life...Complete
Tiffany from McClain Clan
Tag, you're it!