Thursday, June 23, 2011

"C" is for Convenience

For those that "follow" other blogs, I found a really helpful tip from an iheartfaces post.  Previously I read all of the blogs I followed one of two ways: 1) by clicking each post link from my Dashboard individually, which opened a new tab or 2) reading them in Google Reader, by expanding or collapsing each post, which still didn't take me to the actual blog or allow me to see all of the formatting.  Neither option was ideal, so I followed this tutorial on iheartfaces, and reading my blogs is much faster and easier now.

Here's a summary, if you already have a Reader account:

1.  Go to Google Reader Settings
2.  Click the "Goodies" tab
3.  Scroll down to "Put Reader in Bookmark" and drag the "Next" button up to your toolbar.

Now you can click the "Next" button from your toolbar at anytime, and it will take you through all of the unread blog posts for any blogs that you follow.  iheartgoogle.

Monday, June 20, 2011

"C" is for Challenge

Photo Challenge | Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

I snapped this photo of my son in our back yard after he finished playing in the pool, hence the little water droplet under his chin.  My husband held him up in the air, and the sky and our redbud trees made the perfect backdrop.  When I emailed the photo to my mom, she immediately noticed the reflection in my son's eyes: it was my husband holding the baby with me taking the photo over his right shoulder.  I love the detail of my little angel in this pic.

Visit iheartfaces to view more photos or enter one of your own!

"C" is for Cards

Friday night we were enjoying playing cards on the patio with my family, and Tully started getting in on the game!  He sees high contrast colors, so the black/white and red/white cards were perfect "toys" for him to practice his fine motor skills.  It was an exciting moment, and I immediately thought, "We're in big trouble when he can actually get a hold of these cards!"

I love watching my little boy develop new skills every day.  Link up with Marie at Pouty Pink Princess to share what you're loving this summer.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

"C" is for Centennial

This is my 100th post!

Tully turned 2 months old this week, so we went to the doctor for his immunizations (not fun!) and well check-up.  Grammy posted pics from the visit on her blog here.

weight 11 lb 14.5 oz (53%)
height 23.75" (74%)
head 15.4" (29%)

So he's happy and healthy with long legs and a bean head!

My angel
Here are a few more pics that I'm loving this week:

Taking a tummy break while Grammy and I try to get the perfect 2 month photo shot.
So funny and always moving!
My little nerd in training.  Thanks for the bib, Laura!
Baby pool time.  Staying cool on a summer afternoon.
Zach relaxes poolside.
Snuggling with daddy.
Link up with Marie at Pouty Pink Princess for more Summer Luvin'!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"C" is for Cones

Did you know pine cones opened and closed depending on the weather?  I didn't!  Our neighbor has a pine tree with TONS of pine cones.  For some reason they didn't fall off last year, so there are at least two years worth of cones on her tree this year.

Tree with too many cones.  Hard to see them, but there are too many!!

It was raining the day my mom took this first photo, and it was warm and sunny when I took the second pic.

Closed                                                             Open
From wikipedia:

"...cones are open when dry and closed when wet. This assures that the small, wind disseminated seeds will be dispersed during relatively dry weather, and thus, the distance traveled from the parent tree will be enhanced. A pine cone will go through many cycles of opening and closing during its life span, even after seed dispersal is complete. This process occurs with older cones while attached to branches and even after the older cones have fallen..."


Monday, June 6, 2011

"C" is for Car Seats

Did you know kids are now supposed to be in rear-facing car seats until they are two?  My pediatrician mentioned this to us when we interviewed her back in March, and she posted a blog on this topic in April.

"On March 23, 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their guidelines for car seats to make car travel even more safe for babies and children. They are now recommending that children be placed in rear facing car seats until they are two years old..."

Read her blog post here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"C" is for Control

THIS is what I'm loving this summer!  They make my heart go pitter-patter.  Here are my boys during tummy time working on Tully's head control.  Isn't Zachry cute getting in on the action?

Link up and share your Summer Luvin' every Saturday this summer with Marie at PoutyPinkPrincess.


(Sorry I'm a day late, Marie!  The photo was from Saturday though!)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"C" is for Curry Chicken Salad

This is the chicken salad recipe John and I have been living on for the past two months.  My mom made it when she was helping with Tully, and it's been a staple in our fridge since he was born.  She doesn't measure anything, so most items are "add to taste."

Curry Chicken Salad
Makes ? servings.
Prep time: 15 minutes.
Cook time: 0 minutes.

  • 1 can diced pineapple
  • 1 can chicken breast
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled and diced
  • red grapes, halved
  • celery, diced
  • walnuts, chopped
  • mayo
  • curry powder

Drain pineapple.  (Make sure you get all of the juice out by pressing pineapple in a strainer, or the chicken salad will get runny.)  Drain chicken.  Add pineapple, chicken, eggs, grapes, celery, and walnuts to a bowl.  Stir curry powder and mayo together in a separate bowl.  (The curry will stick in clumps to the other ingredients otherwise.)  Add curry/mayo mixture to bowl with chicken and stir.  Refrigerate.  Serve with crackers or as a sandwich.
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