Weekend Review!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What a weekend! Long weekends are so wonderful!

Friday, Mom and I took the girls down to Seattle to meet Kimbe, Aunt Kris, and Grandpa for a late lunch at Thrive. Thrive is a raw organic hippy-ish restaurant in Seattle that we just love! Grandpa didn't love it quite so much and asked it the herbs on the table were marijuana..... Brian opted out of going to Thrive... He gets his hippy fill daily at UW so a hippy restaurant would put him over the edge :)

Saturday, Brian and I took the kiddos to the Children's Museum. Kenley LOVES it there and could run around for hours.

The following pictures are evidence that Kenley is seriously lacking in the fear department.

She is a climber!
After the museum we discovered our new favorite mexican restaurant! I can't remember the name but it is on Colby in Everett and they give you a fresh hot tortilla with butter and salsa right as you walk in and they give you refried beans along with the salsa for your chips! Yum!

I have no photographic evidence of Sunday and Monday but Sunday consisted of Barbara coming over and making various vegan desserts with me for the "afterglow" :). We made Chocolate Pie, Chocolate Chip Blondies, and Cookie Dough Balls. Sadly the only one that I can really recommend is the Chocolate Pie. I really liked the pie and I already have a few different recipe variations of the pie floating around in my head that I cant wait to try.

Monday we walked a 5k! The Marine ROTC unit puts on a Wounded Warrior Dash 5K every Memorial Day. We borrowed Amy's single jogger so that we would both have a stroller to push while we walked. We even beat one of the fire teams... though that was partially because they made a wrong turn :). Another "highlight" was Brian tackling a pit bull to break up a dog fight....

Oh yeah and we also had a houseguest this weekend.

I can't wait until next week when Brian finishes his finals so we can have even more Daddy/Husband time!


Friday, May 27, 2011

(Claire hates the scale so this is the best I got)

I took Claire in for a weight check on Wednesday and she weighed 11 pounds 5.8 ounces! That is over double her birth weight and up just under a pound since May 2nd! Way to gain Claire!!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kenley and Claire already love to play with each other! It is so fun to see Claire be more interactive! She is always full of smiles and giggles for her Sissy. Its so weird to think that Kenley won't remember life before Claire. I love that they will always have each other!

I absolutely love that Kenley will let me put her hair in ponytails now!!
Kenleys likes to help Claire roll over...

What I am Pinning...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I am loving Pinterest. Here are a few of my recent Pins.

Tamale Pie... Definitely making this for dinner next week!

Broccoli and Cheese Fritters... Yum! I think I will experiment with a dairy free version!

Ruffly Shower Curtain.... I'm going to try to convince sister to make this for me!

Dinosaur Planters... Hilarious! I love it! I want an Elephant one for my rosemary!

Source: re-nest.com via Keri on Pinterest

Kenley is really eager for her playmate to play with her!


5 months old!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sweet Claire Baby is 5 months! She is still happy as ever! She discovered her feet this month! It is so cute to see those little hands grabbing those little feet!
She really seems to be so much bigger now! I guess that this month was the turning point where I really don't feel like she is a newborn anymore.
All of her newborn clothes are now packed away.
She has rolled over a few times from front to back but has yet to go from back to front.
She still is not a paci girl, she much prefers her fingers. She is so smiley and giggly especially when her sister is playing with her!
As I said in my previous post, her mohawk is growing out. I loved that mohawk :).
She weaned herself off of the shield and is starting to do quicker feedings!

I love you sweet Claire Louise! You are the perfect addition to our family!

Sweet Cousins

Around the yard

You will notice in the following picture that Claire's mohawk is growing out. Now it reminds me of a whale kept in captivity... :(
This is Kenley asking for her eyes... aka sunglasses
I refer to this look as "angry eyes"... aka "Mom, Please get that camera out of my face!"

Days like this remind me why I love living in Washington!


Kenley has been insisting on picking out her own clothes. Usually that includes at least 2 bows, 1 headband, 1 pair of sunglasses, and 2 pairs of shoes.

Claire rolled over! She didn't quite share my excitement...

Child Labor

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kenley is such a good helper! She absolutely loved helping Daddy tackle the dishes!

Kale Chips

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I don't know why I don't make Kale chips more often! They are super easy to make and so delicious! Kale is super high in Vitamins A, C, and K as well as so many other nutrients! The best thing about kale chips is that it is so easy to consume a ton of kale when it prepared this way!!

Kale Chips

1 bunch Kale washed, stemmed, and chopped
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Drizzle olive oil onto Kale and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Massage kale so that the oil and seasonings are evenly dispersed. Bake for 17-18 minutes stirring occasionally. I like to dip my kale chips in ketchup!

Pictures from Legion Park

Tuesday, May 17, 2011