Archives for the month of: July, 2012

Last night during dinner Owen tried a new food – sweet potatoes! He really seemed to like it! I microwaved a chunk of peeled sweet potato then puréed it with a lil water using the Magic Bullet (I love that thing!). This is only the second food he’s had, but in a few days or maybe next week we’ll try carrots and then maybe squash (or vice versa)!

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Yesterday my dad took my little sister, Jasmine, Owen and I to the Washington County Fair over in Hillsboro. Even though our brother Ben wasn’t able to make it, we still had a lot of fun!

We used to go to this fair every year, but stopped several years back because all of us kids grew up. So going back this year brought back a lot of memories, plus it was really weird that I was bringing my kid this year. My dad doesn’t go on the rides anymore, instead he watched Owen as Jazz and I went on pretty much every single ride. At first I felt bad that Dad was watching Owen, because I don’t want to burden anyone with him, but Dad seemed really happy.

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He doesn’t get to see Owen as much as Jasmine or my mom do, and this was definitely the most they’ve interacted, but Owen seems to like my Dad a lot. I mean, he doesn’t fall asleep in just anyone’s arms!

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Jazz and I went on pretty much all the rides, starting with the fun house:

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We could not stop laughing from the warped mirrors LOL! After going on a ride called the Viper, which made us feel like we were going to throw up, we decided to take a break and look at all the animals in the barn. There were cows, horses, pigs, alpacas, sheep, goats, bunnies, chickens/roosters, and geese. Many of these animals are in a lot of Owen’s books that I read to him, and we always go over the sounds of what each one makes but it was pretty cool for him to hear them in person. He looked so amazed at all the animals that were making noises, especially the pig that was getting washed up and kept squealing lol. At first he wasn’t sure if he should cry or not, but once he realized that everyone was happy then he seemed more relaxed. We even got to pet some of the animals (tho I didn’t let Owen touch them cus he sticks his fingers in his mouth all the time).

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The pig butts look so funny, they look like hairy human butts LOL

Jazz and I were ready for more rides, but after a few I started to feel sick lol but it turned out that we only had two more that we wanted to go on, one being the ferris wheel, so duh I’m gonna push through and go on the last two rides. 😉 We went on the ferris wheel last, and I have to agree with Jazz, it was the perfect ride to end the day with.

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This was one of the few times I’ve felt like my old self. Being a mom (or pregnant) makes it tough to go out and do things on a whim. Everything’s tailored to my little guy. Owen and I saw the Dark Knight Rises Friday day and even just going to the movies is a whole ordeal. Gotta make sure to get a bottle ready and that the diaper bag’s organized and full and bring a toy for him but not one that makes too much noise and make sure we leave early enough incase he needs his diaper changed beforehand. Then, during the movie it’s a game of trying to entertain/feed/make sure Owen’s not making too much noise/keeping an eye on him when he wakes up from his nap (if he naps during the movie) to make sure he doesn’t start wailing, all while trying to watch the movie and hoping that we won’t have to leave halfway through incase Owen starts fussing and won’t stop. Much different from going and seeing the midnight showing like I probably would’ve done if I didn’t have a kid. Last night Jazz was telling me how much it must suck to not be able to go out and just do whatever I want. Yeah, sometimes it sucks, but overall it’s all worth it. There will only be around a dozen+ years of this, then pretty soon Owen will go off and do his own thing. That’s a pretty short amount of time, if you think about it, and even though it may suck at times, I just need to cherish these moments and realize that they won’t last forever. Owen’s the best thing that has happened to me and taking care of him is my number one priority, because seeing a grin on his face, or even just a slight smile, makes it all worth it. 🙂

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I’m so excited! Owen and I have been practicing sitting up and he’s getting really good at it! He is starting to sit up by himself for longer periods of time.

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When he’s in a good mood he gets a smile on his face like he’s so proud of himself!
He’s definitely not sitting up fully and still tumbles over after awhile, but it’s still exciting that he’s starting to reach another milestone!! It’s so fun to watch him because I’ll set him down on the floor, then after awhile he’ll tumble over and start scooting around. Before, I’d set him in the corner of the couch or have him propped up against me during our play time, and that must’ve really helped! His sister, Sarah, has a 10 month old daughter and told me that using the Boppy pillow helped a lot too! Gosh, I can’t believe she’s already 10 months old?!? And Owen’s already 5 months old?! Time sure does fly when you have a baby you’re having fun. 😉

Things that are making us laugh right now:

• Owen keeps blowing raspberries! (With his mouth lol). Admittedly, we’ve been encouraging and teaching him, but he’s getting really, really good at it. And he won’t stop. He gets this look on his face when he blows a really long, loud one like it’s taking all his might and he gets a little red in the face lol! At least people think it’s cute/funny.

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• A while back while I was pregnant, I came across this funny post on how not to raise a baby (I think my friend Emily posted it on her FB). The other day I came across it on a completely different website and found it funny that there were a couple of things that we do lol

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I totally do this! It can be such a hassle to get the nasal aspirator out so I just pick Owen’s out haha eew tmi sorry 😉

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Ummm…

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LOL!

• My little sister made some more memes of Owen a while back 🙂

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Remember a while back I wrote this post about funny pics? Well I have more to share!

A while back I pasted pics together of Owen and then something that looked like him in the particular picture. Think of a spin off of Totally Looks Like. Here’s what I came up with (sorry if you’re seeing them for the second time around, Facebook friends!). 😉

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The church we go to, Solid Rock, has a total of seven gatherings every Sunday, split up at three different locations. Every year they hold an event called One where all locations meet up for one gathering at one time. Yesterday the three of us went to One over at Hillsboro Stadium, and to say the least it was very impressive, and so amazing to see how many people attend Solid Rock.

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The above picture was not taken by me.
There were activities for kids, a BBQ, the sermon, then a concert by the church band. It was so much fun! We all had a great time.

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I had three favorite parts of the evening:
1. Jose Zayas, the lead pastor at the Sunset location, did a quick speech before leading us in prayer about how we’re one community, one church, how there’s one God, and overall how we’re all one – across the city, the state, the nation, the world. Sometimes there are moments at church where you can feel that every single person listening is connecting, understanding and agreeing with what the pastor is saying. That was one of those moments. It’s really amazing.

2. My second favorite moment was when I picked Owen up from the nursery. As the woman handed him to me she kept saying how good he was and how adorable he is! Maybe they say that about all the kids, but it really made me feel good because she seemed so honest. My fear is that they’ll say “he fussed the ENTIRE time!”or “he made all the other babies cry!” or simply “please don’t bring him back.” LOL I always ask if he played with the other kids and they usually say something like “no not this time, but he wanted to!” or “he didn’t play, but the other babies went up to him and wanted to play with him.” This time she said something like “he played a little but wanted to cuddle more.” At least he played, even though it was a little!!

3. My third favorite moment was going back to our seats and listening to the band play. One of my favorite things to do is to sit and chill with Dan and Owen (if Owen’s in a good mood lol). Whether it’s watching a band perform, going to the park and watching the boaters go by while sipping on gin and tonics, or going to Starbucks in the morning and people watch. Being able spend time with my two guys and sit, talk, smooch, laugh, people watch, and not have to be anywhere is one of my favorite things to do.

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As I posted last time, the West Linn Old Time Fair is happening this weekend, and yesterday the three of us went over to the park to check it out again.

This time we went to the car show,
Some of my favorites:

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Look! It’s a transformer lol

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Some of the insides of the older cars were pretty cool looking

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I like how the front of this car looks, with the hood open it almost looks like a bird opening its beak

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I love how these old Oregon license plates look!

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I’m not sure if you can tell from the pic, but the color of this pickup was so pretty, a sparkly purple – I’d buy it as a fingernail polish lol

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We watched the Clackamas Community Band perform,

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I played bingo (LOL! The prize was $20!) and then we watched the Portland Water Spectacular Ski Show.

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This guy was water skiing on a ladder on top of a plain piece of plywood….crazy!

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Then when we got home, we tried to give Owen some oatmeal but because his naps were messed up due to it being the weekend, he was not interested at all.

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Lol that’s possibly the saddest picture I’ve posted of Owen, so I’ll add another pic to end this post on a good note:

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I love his chubby little face so much! Even when he’s crying and spitting oatmeal everywhere. 🙂

Last night we went to West Linn’s 56th Annual Old Time Fair over in Willamette Park. I never even knew this took place until I saw them setting up the carnival rides!

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Since Dan won’t go on the rides with me, I can’t wait until Owen’s tall old enough to ride them with me. 🙂

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Besides the rides, there were many booths with people selling their crafts, advertising their business, and also many yummy food vendors.

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There was the typical fair food (cotton candy, caramel apples, popcorn), but there were also booths from local restaurants selling things like artisan pizzas by the slice and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.

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We kept passing a booth that was selling humongous elephant ear looking things. They had a huge line, it seriously seemed like everyone was either eating one or getting one. Dan noticed that it was the Lions Club – they were “lion paws”, not elephant ears. They smelled so good and technically the money’s going towards a good cause…so naturally we got one and shared it. 🙂

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Then we listened to a band play for a while and just sat, talked and people-watched.

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It was a nice way to spend our night – I’m really looking forward to the water ski show today and tomorrow! For the schedule and more information about the fair, click here. Overall I think we all had a good time. 🙂

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So a few days ago I was looking for new recipes to try out and came across this one from Giada de Laurentiis. Besides it looking yummy, I wanted to try it for a couple of other reasons – I have a bunch of dry beans that I’ve been wanting to use, I love basil, and I also love Giada!! Seriously, watching her show is so uplifting for some reason.

Anyway, I made a few adjustments to the recipe, so here’s my version.

Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
Salad
1 and 1/2 cup frozen corn
1 16oz bag dried black beans, cooked
1 mango, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 an onion, finely chopped

Vinaigrette
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Salad
In a medium bowl, mix together the corn, cooked and cooled black beans, mango and onion.

Vinaigrette
In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice, balsamic vinegar, basil, and cumin. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well. Refrigerate for 1 hour, and toss again, before serving.

*The longer the salad sits in the refrigerator, the more the flavor will soak in.

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