25 May 2012

Mr. Smiley is 3!

Today is my little man's third birthday! His such a special kid in our family. We love him to pieces! At first when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday he said, "Green!" since green is his favorite color. But once we started talking about what he wanted for his birthday he changed his mind to a Spider-Man cake. I wasn't sure I'd be able to accomplish the task, but I thought I'd do my best. I looked on Youtube for videos and found a great one that I could get ideas from. It was very helpful. So I set out to make my first fondant cake. Up until now my cake decorating skills were polka-dots or as Big Sister wanted last year the number 7 made of marshmallows. Making and decorating cakes is not something I can say that I'm good at. My cakes always come out either too moist or just fall apart in my hands.

So I knew that I would need some help and enlisted my dear old friends on Facebook. They gave me good advice and I used Julie P.'s cake recipe. SO easy! It came out perfect (and I'm sure it tastes great too). Then I made homemade buttercream frosting (for the first time) and that was super yummy and easy! I never knew buttercream frosting was so easy to make and use. I don't think I will ever buy frosting again.

Anyway, I won't bore you with the details, but here is what I made (and some cute pictures of him I took last week). I have to say based on what I've made in the past, I'm pretty proud of myself. I hope Mr. Smiley knows how much we love him!

A few things about him:
*He loves the color green
*He loves his green blanket
*He loves the Iron-Man Armored Adventures show on Netflix
*He loves Spider-man, trains, balls, riding his bike, laughing, snuggling, reading books and watching Basketball

We love you Mr. Smiley! Happy 3rd Birthday!

22 May 2012

On Guacamole

The other night we had some friends over to play games. During the nightly conversation the husband asked us how we like our guacamole. He said he had found a new guacamole recipe that he was excited to try because he never seems to make good guacamole. I didn't ask him what was in this recipe but now I'm curious.

I've grown up eating guacamole my whole life. Burritos or tacos for dinner without it? Never going to happen. My kids love avocados--when they were little I would feed it to them straight out of the skin. Avocados are something we eat a lot of. The other day I made a burrito and just put sliced avocados on the top. Over the years I've made a lot of guacamole too. I've added lots of spices and things like green onions, regular onions, cilantro, tomatoes, salsa, or sour cream to liven it up. If I am feeling like putting things in my guacamole I prefer some green onion and cilantro. But I have to say that I prefer my guacamole pure.

All I do is mash up the avocado and just sprinkle some salt and a little pepper in it and to me that is the perfect guacamole. That's how it was on our steak fajitas tonight and boy were they delicious! I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority though so I wonder, how do you take your guacamole?

20 May 2012

Falling off the wagon

Remember my goal about eating healthier? Yeah, me too....

I am embarrassed to say that I pretty much fell off the wagon this week. I have been eating junk up the wazoo. Actually it started last week. I was having a major crappy day and made a batch of peanut butter cookies and ate way too much dough before I even cooked them. Seriously though? Best day I've had in a long time. Those cookies were delicious! I thought I might be having a little PMS already (usually I am PMS free for around 8 months after having a baby) since I was an emotional wreck as well but that wasn't it. I think I just needed some serious sugar that day. Since then, it's been harder to say "I'll eat that later." In fact, I haven't said that to myself at all. It's been more of a "Yes, please!" I won't go into detail about how I've indulged myself because that would just be cruel. Let's just say it's been super satisfying.

I have been making sure I get plenty of fruits and veggies though. I've been drinking a smoothie every day with strawberries, blueberries, banana, vanilla Greek yogurt, almond milk, carrots, kale and spinach. They are super yummy and even Mr. Smiley loves them!

I'm not really sure why I'm writing this, because I really don't want to get back on the wagon right now...I know that sounds terrible. Maybe it's so you all know I am not always awesome. I still want to try to eat healthier, but eating cookies and drinking homemade hot chocolate before bed has been super fulfilling lately. In fact I think I'll go eat a cookie right now and then go to bed. Good night....

18 May 2012

The answers!

I'm impressed! Those of you that played really know my kids! I'm embarrassed to say some of these actually stump me. Anyway here are the answers. The first collage I couldn't update so the answers are below:
1. MS, 2. LS, 3. LS, 4. BS, 5. BS, 6. MS, 7. LS

 Since only three of you played you all win a prize! I'll be contacting you!

11 May 2012

And now for a game

It's kind of freaky how similar my kids look. They come out looking almost identical and while the first month or so they have their own distinct look, they morph back to look-alikes as they get a little older. I have made 5 collages with pictures of each of the kids at the same ages. The game is to properly identify all the pictures. In case you forget my kid's names are Big Sister, Mr. Smiley and Little Sister. The three people with the most correct answers win a cool prize that I have yet to determine.

If you want to play just put your answers in the comments or you can email me too at flipflopmamablog at gmail dot com. I will leave this open until Friday May 18th!

Birth to one week old
One month old
Two months old
Three months old
Four months old

10 May 2012

Can I Get a Do-Over?

This morning has not been the best. I would like to erase the last 2 1/2 hours and just start over. Can I do that?

It started with me waking up to the sound of crying at 7. You know the kind where someone is really hurt, not just upset about something. T-Bone got out of bed to check up on it because I was sandwiched between him and a sleeping baby who got up to nurse at 6 and then promptly fell back asleep. Sometime during that hour I must have laid wrong, because I twisted a muscle in my neck and it really hurts. Back to the crying...Turns out Big Sister pushed Mr. Smiley off her bed and he hit his head. They both share a room (since we live in a two bedroom) and have a trundle bed. The trundle is made of 1 inch thick wood and you guessed it, Mr. Smiley went forehead first onto the trundle. Not the best choice made by Big Sister. She commonly doesn't make the best choices. It's a good thing that T-Bone went in there or I'm sure I would have laid into her. Luckily there was no blood--only a giant 1 inch goose egg in the middle of his forehead and he recovered pretty quickly. Yeah, that's gonna leave a mark.

Moving on to later when I doing Big Sister's hair. She wanted pig tails I gave her a small pony tail on the side (because we were running late and I still needed to put my shoes on) and so tears ensued. Lots of tears. I hope one day I understand how her brain works. I have such a hard time dealing with her reactions most of the time. I got frustrated, spoke more harshly than I should have and we left for school in a huff. Not before Mr. Smiley would refuse to wear shoes or a sweatshirt. I cannot get that kid to wear anything but shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops. It's a good thing we live in San Diego and it's Spring. So we left for school with him un-sweatshirted and un-shoed on a chilly, foggy morning. Big Sister didn't get a sweatshirt either and was shivering through half of the walk.

While walking I was thinking and praying how I could make the mood between us better because I hate sending her off to school when we are both upset. Seeing her shiver gave me the idea of giving her my sweatshirt to wear.  I gave her my sweatshirt and there was an instant transformation. She was happier and reminded me of a story where I gave her my sweater over a year ago at the beach. I was really surprised at how such a small act could make a big change. I guess it really is the little things they remember.

To finish on a happy note, the smoothie I made today was delicious, a problem I have been having ever since before Little Sister was born seems to be finally improving and the sun is out now. Let's the hope the rest of the day is better than the first 3 hours!

09 May 2012

4 months old!

Little Sister turned 4 months old today. She is such a light in our family and we are so lucky to have her. She smiles all the time and has just begun to giggle. I try so hard to get her to giggle because it's the best sound in the world. Sometimes she will and sometimes she won't though. She has been sleeping great up until the last couple weeks and now she wakes up once or twice a night again. She also will cry in her sleep. Last night I was watching TV and heard her crying but when I went in to check on her her eyes were closed and she was just whimpering and "crying" like she was talking in her sleep. I hope she doesn't have bad dreams! Luckily after the 5 week old event, she hasn't rolled over since. I'm hoping she just takes her time. I'm not eager to have her moving around just yet. She loves to be held, suck on her fingers any way she can and kick her feet. she's just noticed them but still can't reach them with her hands. I love watching her little concentrated face wondering what those things are! Here are some pictures from the last month.

Little Sister with her two Grandmas