Archive for October, 2007

Jumpin’ Giraffes!

October 31, 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Happy Halloween!

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Baby you’re amazing

October 29, 2007

I think it’s probably hard to find a parent that doesn’t celebrate a milestone in their child’s life. For some, it’s walking…that marks the beginning of something new and special. The first word is something that parents long to hear. I guess that sometimes when kids are teenagers, parents wish there never was a first word…but you get my point. Children are full of new. Everything is new.

I’m not going to go overboard and say that Ben is the most unique and special child on earth, but I will say this: it means something when you watch your child struggle. I don’t just mean for a couple of weeks. I mean for months. I mean to watch your child really struggle with a new skill. It’s a process. At first they want nothing to do with what they are being taught, what they are expected to do. They just don’t get it. Then they get cranky, because there is no reason that this should be so important…this little thing…sitting, rolling, whatever it is. But one day….one day you watch your child get it. You see that they understand how incredible it would be if they could only DO THIS. And that is magic. And then you see them want it…you watch them really want to master what you are trying to teach them. And sometimes it takes a long time to get where you’re going.

Nothing means more than watching skills come from struggle. Nothing will ever be sweeter to me, nothing in this world, than watching Ben reach his milestones, because I watch him struggle to get there, and I see how long and how hard it is to get him to do something.

So today, when Ben sat alone. Unsupported. No pillow, no hand…when he sat up on his own in this great big world for TWENTY MINUTES, it was hard not to cry. But I was at school with him, so I tried to hold back. But it was hard.

so look at where we’ve come in just two short weeks

Let’s get going already

October 28, 2007

6 things that make me happy

October 20, 2007

Jackie tagged everyone on her friends list, so I’ll play. I like to remind myself that happy is good. 🙂

1. Autumn…pretty trees, blue skies that are somehow different from blue skies in other seasons, and nice crisp air. Even when it’s warm it’s crisp. I love Fall.

2. Sleep. I highly value sleep, and a good night’s rest these days is a little scarce. Getting good sleep makes me really really happy.

3. Being a homebody, within reason. I like to have a day at home to knit, cook, and clean with Scott and Ben every few weeks. We call it “lying low” for a weekend. I love just hanging out together at home with nothing to do. Not all the time, but in small doses it’s lovely.

4. Good coffee. In large doses. I’ll be back to this soon enough, I’m doing okay without it right now.

5. Riding around in my car, windows and sunroof all open, good music, no hurry. Lots of singing. Company optional.

6. Ben. I know, it’s obvious, but the kid makes me delirious with joy, mostly because he is so darn happy all the time, and it’s contagious. You can’t possibly be grumpy when greeted every single morning with smiles and chuckles.

Fall in full swing

October 18, 2007

We’re growing!

October 14, 2007

Ben is feeling much better, thanks for all the well wishes. 🙂

I’m just posting a quick update. For weeks now, we’ve known that something was brewing with Ben, he’s eating more, laying low, sleeping more….he’s getting ready for something big.
Maybe this

Hot Man

October 10, 2007

Poor Ben is sick, has been sick for a few days now. We thought he was over this, I kept him home from school on monday and then took him today. Tonight his fever was back and he was all lethargic and sad again. I feel bad for him, because you can just tell he feels all icky. We’ll do a few more days of laying low and see if that helps.
I will probably call the doctor tomorrow just to make sure we are doing all the right things with him, but I don’t think there’s too much more to do other than letting this thing run it’s course, making sure he gets lots of rest and keeping an eye on his temp to make sure he doesn’t run a fever consistently for too long.
I miss my happy guy. 🙂

My current obsessive worries

October 10, 2007

Baby-related

October 9, 2007

Just had to share. I have started the process of stocking the freezer for when the baby gets here and neither Scott nor I want to cook. Tonight I made LOTS of stuffed peppers, put them in foil casserole dishes and froze them. We had veggie stuffed peppers for dinner, and they were really good. Here’s the recipe:

1 small onion
1 lb mushrooms (I used white, next time I’ll use shitake or something with more flavor)
1 pkg. frozen spinach (or one bag fresh, I would say)
1 c feta cheese
3 cloves garlic (we like garlic, use less if you don’t)
tops of peppers, diced

will fill 3-4 large or 6 small peppers. I used red peppers, but green is fine too.

Saute the onion and garlic in Olive oil (I don’t know how much, I always just dump some in the pan) over medium high heat. When the onion is translucent, dump in the ‘shrooms. You will saute/sweat this until the onions carmelize and the mushrooms are soft and cooked…5-10 minutes? Add the diced peppers (see below). As this is cooking, make sure the spinach is totally defrosted and squeeze out excess moisture. Add to pan when the onion/’shroom mixture is done, and stir to combine and warm. If using fresh spinach, chop roughly and add to pan a bit earlier so it will thoroughly cook down. You’ll have to play with it, I used frozen, so I’m not sure of the timing.
Transfer to a bowl, mix with feta.

As you are doing this, cut the tops off of the peppers. Reserve the pepper bit around the stem, dice this, and add to the spinach/onion/shroom mixture as indicated above.
Seed and rinse peppers, blanch in boiling water, place in a casserole and stuff. Bake at 350 for about fifteen to twenty minutes.

This is not my recipe, but it was in my recipe folder and I”m not sure where it came from, so I can’t give credit. But please don’t think I made this up. 🙂 The other peppers I made were stuffed with either cous-cous, italian turkey sausage and tomatoes; or yellow rice and ground turkey. All will be delish in december!!!!

Happy eating!

Quick like a bunny…

October 8, 2007

I know I haven’t posted about the buddy walk yet, and there are some pictures at the end of this post, finally. The day was really fun, but long. The last I heard our parent group had raised over $50,000 and we estimate there were over 600 walkers (that was from pre-registration only, I think, and there were lots of people who just showed up to walk…). Our team, Ben’s Buddies, raised close to $1400, and we had (I think) 25 team members who showed up to walk. Thanks so much to everyone who donated, We Randalls appreciate it so much. I showed up at the walk early to help register walkers, and that just flew by. Before I knew it I was getting calls from Scott saying “where are you, everyone has left!” Fortunately someone was able to take over for me and our team got underway. Ben fell asleep during the walk (not suprising, seeing as it took place during nap time). I”m happy to report that even seven and a half months pregant, I did the whole walk and didn’t suffer any long term effects. Okay, I was a little …. a lot …. tired the next day, but that’s to be expected. I”m walking and making a person, people.

Things last week were, mercifully, calm…finally. We had water (after having a new well drilled the previous week). We had no guests and no playdates. Just school and time to work on getting Ben back on schedule. unfortunately, the upshot of all that time off is that Ben has been sick this weekend….diareah, low energy, then yesterday he woke up from his nap with a 102.2 degree fever which continued to go up as we called the doctor. Poor guy. A little tylenol and a cold washcloth on his neck brought the fever down. I think he’s fighting some kind of flu-ish bug. He’s better today, though still really tired and not hungry. We’re just watching movies and lying low. A good thing to do during a 90 degree day in October (!!!!!). It is just scary to see your kid have a fever. Ben had some trouble breathing, he heart was racing, eyes glassy…just scary for Scott and I. I”m glad he’s on the mend.

While I tend to the wee sick one, you can look at some pictures: