Friday, July 30, 2010
We had some dinner guests this week, of the American variety, and since it's been hot and I was trying to plan out what to make that involved anything but turning on the oven or stove. For dessert I planned ice cream and was trying to think of a way to spruce it up. Then I remembered these babies, cookie dough truffles, and thought why not make little balls and freeze them and add them to our ice cream. The result?
Where there's a will there's a way!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Here she is......
I absolutely love watermelon, so this time of year here is blissful. I could eat it exclusively for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately watermelon has been given me heartburn recently:( But I'm willing to suffer through the heartburn, it's that good.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
On our trip to the grocery store this week he was so excited as we picked out the fruit (imagine lots of jumping up and down and giggling).
He did a great job cutting up the bananas
The final result..... A very proud little boy
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wow that seems like a long time, but in reality it's flown by. I cannot imagine journeying life beside a better person.
When I look back at our wedding pictures it's crazy how young we truly were. We were just kids, we've learned so much since that day 8 years ago, and still have so much learning to do. That first year was fun, but it was a learning year. We both have so many great memories of our first apartment, a tiny one bedroom married student housing apartment. When I think about it, most of our fun was just learning what it meant to be married.
It's been fun Mr. S, and I love being your wife, you continually inspire me to be a woman of excellence. I long to be a jewel in your crown.
Your (Kryglaya) Wife;)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The baby seems healthy and was measuring a week ahead of schedule and unfortunately we found out I have excess amniotic fluid again. My heart certainly dropped at hearing that news as I'm at risk for preterm labor again. We were praying for an uneventful end to this pregnancy. After talking with our doctor she feels like it is very likely we will have the same problems this time around, considering my history and the polyhydramnios. The good news is we'll closely monitor things from home, get frequent ultrasounds and pray our little hearts out that this baby does not try to come early.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I spent some quality time with my sewing machine this weekend while my guys either slept or played (my husband truly rocks). I stayed up way to late but made a huge dent on my list of things to sew before our next little guy arrives. I can't wait to show you guys our stroller revamp, it's half done but I need some more fabric to finish it, which involves making my own bias tape. I had planned on ordering some fabric but after some Etsy hunting I could not find a place that would ship internationally that sold both of my favorite selections I instead used this fabric this I picked up at IKEA.
Monday, July 19, 2010
So how do you convince a head strong little guy to take a nap other than make him run laps around our building all morning long? On the days he's not super tired I usually get one of two responses "don't want to"……..or "how bout I just play in my room" (which really means I have no idea how to do this and so every 2 minutes I must come out and tell you something very important.) Any suggestions? We'd love to hear them.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
This is my last year in my 20s, I really don't mind birthdays or getting older, but it's weird to think next year I'll be starting a whole new decade. Something about 30 makes me think I should feel more like an adult. I'm not sure when that will ever happen maybe it's when I hit 30, I'll let you know when I'm there. You would think that having a child, and living in another country far away from your family would make you feel like an adult. There have been adult moments in my life, like when we talk about financial stuff like our retirement savings and investments, buying furniture, or a car, but for the most part I guess it just hasn't hit me yet. I may just always be young at heart.
I love to make big deal out of birthdays, and my family usually made a big deal out of birthdays too. When we were little we were woken up to our birthday song, I can just hear it now, "This is space command to zoom, all systems are go for a message to Erica." Marvin's family is more low key about birthdays, there is usually a cake and a present, but it's not a big production (I like that too). It's been a little strain for both of us when my day comes up. Marvin's always worried he's not going to do something I like, but he's learning what will make the day special, and I'm learning how to communicate what would make it special. This year he did well! I got to sleep in, which is worth it's weight in gold. I love sleep! Marvin also made breakfast, it's the first time in our almost 8 years of marriage where he's ever made pancakes. They were yummy, and did I mention he did the dishes too? Now that's Love. What I loved about my birthday this year was that about every 3 minutes all day long Calvin would say, "Happy Birthday Mommy."
A friend of Marvin's showed him this little hole in the wall restaurant that serves something other than the normal restaurant foods here, but you have to ask for it, they don't tell you they serve it. They have some middle eastern dishes like hummus and falafel that are a wonderful change from the ordinary restaurant foods typically served here. It was YUMMY. After our meal we went back to our apartment and enjoyed the fruit pizza Marvin made and we ended the evening playing games with some friends. It was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing what this last year in my twenties brings. In Calvin's words, "Bring it On."
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I have been searching for some plain shirts but haven't had much luck. When I was at the grocery store last week randomly there were two blue shirts his exact size just waiting to be turned into something that matched his shorts. So I finally gathered a few free minutes to sew and spent some time making my child some matching shirts and shorts. It felt good to finally send him to bed in something that matched, weird I know.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
When we asked Calvin what Pooh looks like he said that he is "a green and white fish." He's quite a talented little fish, that requires no water to survive, but I'm pretty sure his appearance changes some too. What a fun stage!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 08, 2010
1. Chicken Packets
2. Chili Verde (slightly modified)
3. Chinese Honey Ginger Chicken
4. Maui Wowee Chicken
5. Cuban Blackbean Chicken Salad topping
6. Teriyaki Chicken Burgers
7. Chicken Salad
8. Korean Beef Bulgogi
9. Gyros & Pita Bread
10. BBQ Meatballs
11. Taco Meat
12. Hamburger Patties
13. Shredded BBQ Beef
14. Stuffed Pizza Rolls
16. Chili Kolaches
17. Bean Burritos
18. Pizza Dough & Sauce
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
It was so much more fun to cook with another person and by the end of the day I was so tired and had some killer cankles. I am excited to just pull out a meal and not have to worry about prep work for dinner. I'm also very excited about doing fewer dishes this next month!!!! Each meal was roughly around $8.00, which is pretty average here I've found, so I don't think it saves us any money, other than making sure we don't throw away any ingredients, but if it saves us some time I'm all for it. Most of these meals will give us enough for leftovers too!
After talking about how the day went we decided we had to change a few things next go around:
We will DEFINETLY preparing fewer recipes that involve dough. This month we tried to do a lot of recipes that would help us not use our ovens this summer so we baked, and baked, and baked some more, so we would not have to do it later. For the first 2 hours I was constantly making some sort of dough, and most of that dough also had to be filled with something, so that was VERY time consuming.
Also we need to recruit a dishwasher. At the end of the day after Calvin went to bed, Marvin became our dishwasher, it was very nice. Also it will be much easier when we don't have to bring hot water in from our bathroom. Right now it's summer and the hot water is off in our building, thankfully we have a hot water heater to heat water in our bathroom or else this would not have been fun. This type of cooking produces a LOT of dishes, I'm not going to lie that part stunk.
If we want to do make this many meals, we need do more prep than we did, we tried to chop everything ahead of time, but had a few things that I thought could have been done before we got together.
Also it will be good to figure out which containers would work best for what ahead of time, and label them. I'm very bad at figuring out what will fit in what. Since Ziploc bags are hard to come by in our part of the world we tried to use as many containers as possible. We both ran into problems towards the end with not having enough containers to fit what we needed. It also took a lot of time to stop and label stuff, so we either need to have our labels ready or know what containers will fit what.
I highly recommend getting a good night sleep before a mega cooking spree. We both stayed up late doing our prep work which made for some tired girls going into it.
Overall I'm glad we did it and I'll certainly do it again, the benefits highly outweigh the negatives.
Monday, July 05, 2010
His response most of the time when he's agreeing to our suggestions, "Ya Sure."
When we ask him to do something and he's stalling doing it. He's quite clever and will usually say:
"But I have to asked you something." Which is usually preceded by not a question but something like this "memmer when we were are the abc house and ......... yes that was hun (fun)."
When playing he'll suddenly gasp and say.... "I have an idea, ya that'd be a good idea."
"Daddy want to wesle (wrestle) me."
"Pooper Groger." When describing his Super Grover underwear.
Saying "bring it on" when playing "soccer ball". (His daddy taught him that one.)
Every morning he's excited to get dressed and choose which "team" he's going to be for the day. As he looks at his shirts he'll say, "maybe be green team, no blue team, ohhhh mommy stripe team, cool." If anyone else is wearing the same color shirt as he is that day is obviously on the same team as him. (Can you tell he LOVING the world cup lately?)
Anytime either of us leave, he must run to the door give us a kiss and say "I wowve you too."
Such sweet gifts! We truly love this verbal stage.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
The 4th of July is a holiday for me where strangely enough I get a little homesick, even more than Christmas. I have such fun memories of spending the 4th on my grandparents farm. It isn't anything but your typical 4th of July celebration, but the smell of fireworks and bug spray open wide the floodgates and the memories come a flowing. It was a day where we could play (we still do), get dirty, eat lots of yummy food, be around our cousins, and do a lot of laughing. I still love it, and it was fun the past two years to be a part of it. Here are some things I will miss this year:
- Hearing my grandpa pray for the gratefulness of those who have given their lives for their country. Knowing the sincerity of his heart and hearing the pain of losing his own brother in WWII in his prayer. (His generation understands how much freedom costs and I'm so thankful to learn that from him.)
- My grandma's kitchen instructions. I love being in the kitchen and doing what grandma tells you to do and how she thinks out loud. I can just hear her "Now Erica.........."
- The commentary on every firework that is shot off from my mom and aunts.
- Grandma's peach pie.....so heavenly
- Catching up with family.
So even though our 4th may look a bit different this year, we have so much to give thanks for. Living in a different country makes us appreciate our upbringing and heritage. We are thankful to be from a country who has the ability to help so many around the world, and where freedom is not just a word but a reality. Truly blessed are we!
Friday, July 02, 2010
Please go away! You've made our life fun this last week, I will give you that, but you have forgotten that Calvin is still figuring out the potty thing, and it's hard for him to make it quickly to the potty when he needs to, especially when he is in pain. Although my vocabulary grew this week because of you and there are a few words I will never forget like stool stample and poop, you need to make a quick exit from Calvin's body. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to check out the medical clinics here, but we'd rather not go back. Your 7 day stay has been long enough. We hope to never see you again.
Our WHOLE family