Meet the Sullivans: June 2012

June 29, 2012

This Week According to my iPhone

I'm constantly trying to capture our days with my iPhone camera, and while they aren't the best quality, it is great to have photos while we're on the go. I'm already toting around a 16+ lb baby boy, a carseat, diaper bag and stroller--I don't want to add huge-dSLR to that list!

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  1. Tuesday night we stopped into Diddams before meeting family for dinner and bought a few little things we thought Owen might find fun. One of them was a blue and silver pinwheel. I had read somewhere that someone's baby was entertained in the car by a pinwheel blowing in the wind. Owen seems to enjoy watching it blow when I roll down the tea window. Anything to make car rides happier + peaceful. 
  2. The sunflowers in our backyard are really growing! They were planted from seed around Easter--and look at them now! It has been so fun watching them grow. Each day they grow a little more---just like Owen! 
  3. I made a blueberry-peach cobbler this week and it was wonderful! I should make more desserts using fresh fruit! Mmm. Will share recipe next week! 
  4. I was making a salad for dinner this week and realized we had no salad dressing--and it was too late to get to the store. I did a quick Google search and found a recipe for a Low-Calorie Creamy Balsamic dressing and I just happened to have all the ingredients--now, when does that happen? I'll share it next week. 
  5. How cute is this boy? We went shopping this week (don't we always?) and when he woke up so sweet and happy. He just chilled there in his stroller with 3 of his fingers in his mouth. Could eat him with a spoon! 
  6.  If I had to do one of those "Things You'd Be Shocked to Know About Me" type articles in a magazine the fact that I am a fan of any and all zombie movies and shows would top that list. I cannot watch murderer movies, but zombies I am totally okay with. Anyway, we watch The Walking Dead and Keith has been reading the graphic novels and so he always knows what will happen next, which makes me mad, so I've started reading them too. They look out of place on my bedside table next to the baby monitor, lip balm and wedding photo. 
  7. I bought this adorable dress this week and I can't wait to wear it. Finding something I'm excited to wear doesn't happen terribly often these days, so this is awesome. We're going wine tasting tomorrow with friends and I'm hoping to wear it! 
Happy weekend! 

June 28, 2012

My Household Binder

A few months ago I decided to make a Household Binder, and I am finally ready to share my finished product. I wanted to make sure what I had going would work for me before I shared what I've put together. Mine is inspired by similar binders seen on Honey We're Home, Blue-Eyed Bride and According to Nina. I love getting and being organized, so this was a fun project! Everyone's binders (or notebooks) are a little different, and it is so fun to see how each person puts theirs together. Before heading out to buy all the supplies I needed to make a list of all the "things" I wanted from my binder. I wanted a place to keep recipes and a list of groceries we need to re-stock. I wanted somewhere to keep all of our bills, and I really wanted to keep all my to do lists together instead of having random pieces of loose paper float all over. 

After I brainstormed for a bit I came up with the categories I would use for my tabs: Daily, Blog, Gifts, Owen's Corner, Projects & To Do's, Bills & Budget and Recipes & Groceries. I'll explain them in more detail below. 


After deciding on my categories I made a quick trip to Target for all of my binder making essentials: 
  • 3-Ring Binder 
  • Index Dividers with Pockets HERE
  • Clear Binder Pockets HERE
  • Page Protectors
  • Needlepoint Rolling Ball Pens HERE
  • Post-it Ultra Page Markers HERE 


I also purchased a few personalized printables from I Heart Organizing on Etsy. Above is the first page in my binder: The Cover Sheet. I picked a few other printables I was sure I would be putting to good use ($3 each) to help me complete my binder. You can also buy the whole shebang for $40. 

Here is a list of the printables I purchased:  
Jennifer Jones makes such cute printables and they were so quick to send me my product via email. I would definitely work with them again, especially because they so graciously fixed a little layout issue. 



In the front of my binder I have a clear pocket to keep pens, Post-its and notepaper. It really saves time to have all of these items in one place and right inside the binder instead of having to go hunting for a pen or paper. This way I can get right down to business!


Under the Daily tab I keep a check list of the chores and tasks that need to get done each day. I feel so much better when I know I've checked these off my list each day. I'm laughing that I put "wake Owen" on my to-do list, because I don't think I have ever had to wake him--he is the one who usually wakes me up daily!

***You can find a link to all the printables I used at the bottom of this post.


In the Blog section I keep a Blog Topics Schedule for the week, which helps me stay on top of all the things I want to blog about. I also keep magazine, newspaper, etc. clippings in the folder so when I find something I want to blog about in the future I know just where to find it.


Also in this section there is a list for Blog Ideas / Topics so I can write down any ideas for future posts, or events I want to remember to document.


In the Gifts category I keep a Gift Giving Log that reminds me of gifts we've purchase and ones we still need to buy. This is helpful because I can reference it the next time I buy a gift for someone to make sure I don't give them the same gift twice.

I'm also using the same printable to keep track of gifts we've received that I can check off when I've mailed the thank you note--there is nothing worse than forgetting to write a thank you note!


In Owen's Corner I keep all things pertaining to Owen! The pocket is filled with papers that would otherwise be lost in a drawer or get thrown out. I also keep a sheet of paper for things I want to remember to purchase for him. This is also where I can keep ideas for his 1st Birthday Party.


Under the Projects & To Do's tab I keep my list of tasks I want to get done and projects that need to get done around the house (need to add clean out the garage to this list!!). I also file DIY or craft instructions here for projects I want to accomplish.


I haven't used the Bills & Budget section as much as I thought I might. We bank online and use online bill pay, but this seemed like something I should have. Maybe I will use it more in the future?


The Recipes & Groceries section gets lots of use! This is where I keep my schedule of meals for the week, shopping list and the recipes I've decided to make. It's helpful to have all the recipes in one place so that when it's time to make dinner I don't have to go searching through my Recipe Binder for whatever I'm making. I keep them in page protectors to keep them from getting splashed when I'm cooking. I also keep an envelope to hold any coupons I can use for the week. **I need to do a post all about how I menu plan each week--adding that to my To Do list!!**


I'm not that into clipping coupons, but if I find one for something we buy often I make sure to keep it.  created this envelope. You can get the document for printing it down below.


In the back of the binder I keep two clear pockets. The green one holds coupons of all sorts--from Bed Bath & Beyond to Erin Condren to Safeway.


The purple envelope holds mailing labels, cute labels and stickers from Erin Condren, stamps and a few Thank You notes.  

I really enjoyed putting this together and I love having everything in order and easy to find! 

I've created a file of all the documents (and a few extras too!) that I used to create my binder. You can click HERE to download, print or save the documents for your own use. 

June 27, 2012

Hello, I'm Vlogging! {Stop and Smell the Roses}

I'm vlogging again! I'm linking up with House of Rose today for Stop & Smell the Roses where we're asked to share something that is making us happy this week or something we're thankful for. 

Stop and Smell the Roses
This week I am happy that I almost have my wedding and engagement rings back in my possession and back on my hand! 


Stop by House of Rose and check out the other vlogs today! 

June 26, 2012

Smooth & Suppple

Costco isn't the most glamourous place to find a good wine (neither is Target for that matter!), but when  you have a baby in tow you really really value any one stop shopping opportunities. Owen was asleep in the stroller, so we really took our time picking a good wine for Sunday night. 

We love a good red, and this one did not disappoint. We sampled Malbecs before at a wine bar, but had never purchased one ourselves before-- they're spicy and fruity all at the same time. Delish! 

Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2009

winemaker's notes:
Deep red color with hints of purple. Expressive on the nose with notes of ripe black fruits, violets, and tobacco. This wine has round and sweet tannins, ripe red fruit and figs followed by a long finish. Made with 100 % Malbec.

a few facts: 
Wine Enthusiast gave it 89 points.

Described as smooth and supple.

From Argentina, South America.

Sold at Costco, World Market and Wine.com

14.6% alcohol by volume

Around $15 a bottle.

critical acclaim: 
"The 2009 Reserve Malbec spent 12 months in first and second use French oak. Expressive aromas of sandalwood, exotic spices, mocha, cherry cola, and assorted black fruits lead to an elegantly styled, nicely proportioned, plush Malbec that will perform optimally from 2013 to 2021. It, too, is an excellent value."

our thoughts: 
We both enjoyed this wine and would buy it again! I liked the spiciness and bitter mocha flavors. 

June 25, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake

We love Strawberry Shortcake at our house! Keith and I even considered trying to have one as our wedding cake, but after meeting with our baker we learned that would not work. The whipped cream would melt and the strawberries would leak through and be a total disaster. We ended up with a delicious tiramisu cake instead. 

Anyway, Strawberry Shortcake is so easy to make and whenever I see those large gorgeous strawberries at Costco I want to whip some up. And that's just what I did Sunday afternoon! Strawberry Shortcake is a great recipe to take to a dinner party. There is no heating required and you can easily take the strawberries and whipped cream in some tupperware. It's a crowd pleaser! 

Strawberry Shortcake
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Ingredients:

Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cream, half and half, or milk

Filling:
2 pounds fresh strawberries
1/4 cup - 1/3 cup granulated white sugar (or to taste)

Topping:
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1 - 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar (or to taste)

Directions:

Scones: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Whisk together the egg, cream and vanilla extract and add to the flour mixture, mixing just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix the dough.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat or roll the dough into a 7 inch (18 cm) round. With a 3 inch (7 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream. Bake for about 15 -20 minutesor until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack.

Filling: Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Place about one third of the strawberries in a large bowl and crush them with a potato masher or fork. Add the remaining sliced strawberries, along with the sugar. (The amount of sugar used will depend on how sweet the berries are.) Set aside to macerate at room temperature for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Whipped Cream: Chill the bowl and whisk in the freezer for about 15 - 30 minutes. Place the cream and sugar in the bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. The whipped cream can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few hours.

To serve: Cut the scones in half and place the bottom half of the scone (soft side up) on a dessert plate. Top with some of the strawberries and whipped cream. Place the top half of the scone on the strawberries. Top with whipped cream and a few more strawberries. If there is any juice from the strawberries, drizzle a little over the top of the scone. Serve immediately.

Serves about 6-8 people.


Recipe Source: Joy Of Baking



June 22, 2012

Our First Vlog

Hey everyone! Here is our first (and impromptu!!) Vlog! 

Please excuse my lack of make up, outfit and hair. Also, please excuse that there is not a real point to this first vlog of ours. Owen just looked so cute (even though I do not), that I had to share!

Happy Friday!

Skinny v. Middle

Spotted at Target:


Middle Sister brand makes its own margarita similar to Skinny Girl? They call it Mischief Maker Margarita. Skinny's is $13.99 while Middle's is $17.99.

I'm wondering if the Middle brand can compete with the ever popular Skinny Girl in the margarita market, especially with the higher price point.

Hmm... Well, I guess I'll just have to conduct a taste test with a few friends to find out!

Have any of you tried the Middle Sister brand margarita?

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Location:Target

June 21, 2012

Brain Dump

1. I am praying I don't have jury duty today. I have to call in at 11:15 to see if I'm needed. My mom is going to watch Owen at her house. I don't like leaving my little boy, but I am kind of okay with going since it means I might have a little time to sit and read, blog, etc. Is it lame I'm looking forward to that?

2. If I do have jury duty I plan on catching up on the many books I am reading all at the same time. No wonder I'm barely making any progress with any of them! 

3. Yesterday we got together with three of my friends and their handsome babies. I've been friends with these girls since elementary school and high school and we've remained very close, which I am so thankful for. Isn't it neat we all have boys?



4. I'm dying to order my 2012-2013 Erin Condren Life Planner. There are so many fun designs, but which one should I chose? Chevron, Candy Lace, or Mod Floral? I've also got to order my gift labels too! Decisions, decisions. 

5. The weather here has been so strange. In the last week we've gone from cold and overcast to extreme heat and back again. Today it's cold and winter like. What gives?

6. Owen and I have been going for hour long morning walks each day for the past week. We're missing our outing this morning since the weather is cold and I had to get us packed up to head to my mom's. It feels so good to get out of the house first thing in the morning and get some fresh air. I love checking out the other homes and gardens. Our neighborhood is full of hills, so I'm hoping all that climbing will do something fabulous for my legs! 

7. Keith and I have been drinking green smoothies with/for breakfast this week. I heard on The View last week that it will make my skin as beautiful as a babies, and they taste great too! I've been using my pink drink cup thing with the straw but I'm excited for my new ones from Zulily to come so I can use those too! This week we're having a spinach, pineapple, coconut water and peach blend. Next week we'll try something new. Any suggestions?

Well, that's all for now. Wishing you all a happy Thursday!

June 19, 2012

Owen is 5 Months!

Dear Owen,
This week you turn 5 months old! Wow, time is flying right by us! I love you more than I can even express. My heart has stretched and grown so big because of the love I have for you. You are the light in my days and nights.



Check out the dimples on that adorable boy! 


Stats: You are one heavy boy, but I'm not exactly sure how much you currently weigh.
Clothes: You wear mostly 6-9 month clothes these days. When its warm you spend the day in a tank top onesie that has shorts.
Eating: You are nursing every 3 hours during the day and close to that during the nights too. Sometimes we give you a little formula before bed in hopes you'll sleep a little longer.
Sleep: Sleep has been rough this month. For the first three weeks you were up what seemed like every hour or two. You did great for a few nights, only waking once, but then you learned to roll from back to tummy, which wakes you up. We think the turn startles you, but you seem to like sleeping on your tummy when it doesn't frighten you. And also, you've kind of become a snorer!
Activity: We bought you a new jumper this month because you tried you friend Nico's and loved it. You jump and jump and jump and jump in that thing! You rolled over this month and now whenever we put you down you roll right on to your tummy. You also discovered your feet and love to eat them as much as you can. You're still into standing assisted on the kitchen counter, the carpet or wherever you are.









-We've been going on morning walks for the past week. You enjoy the sights and usually fall asleep before we make it to Starbucks and stay asleep for the rest of the walk home.
-You've started to teethe a bit, which we know because you have been drooling buckets and love to chop and bite anything in your reach.
-The dog aka Rocky is still your most favorite source of entertainment.
- You smile so so big at anyone who pays you attention and have the most adorable dimples.
-When I'm home alone with you I put you in the bouncy chair in the bathroom while I shower and get ready. You love this because it means I'm going to sing to you and play peek-a-boo with you by popping my head out of the shower every few minutes. You giggle and smile each time!
Owen I can't believe that my next monthly post about you will be your 6 month birthday! Oh geez, I'm feeling sad even thinking about it. I love you to the moon and back, baby boy!
xoxo,
Mommy

Lately

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-I bought Keith steaks from Schaub's at Stanford Shopping Center for Father's Day. We BBQ'd them with friends Saturday night. They were fantastic! I'm going to try THIS copycat recipe really soon--I will, of course, let you know how it all goes. 

-The scent from this plant reminds me of summers in the neighborhood I grew up in. I love walking past them on our morning walks. 

-We bought a giant thing of strawberries this weekend. Don't they look gorgeous? If I had the need for a dessert I would make THIS Pioneer Woman cake again with all those luscious berries. 

-Owen is looking giant lately. I swear he seems like he is no longer a baby. He's 5 months this week and I promise to get his five month update up soon. 

-Per Keith's request I made Buffalo Chicken Wraps Monday night for dinner. 

-My mom watched Owen Friday afternoon so I could run a few errands. I stopped for a quick lunch at The Melt. I had "The Classic" which is sharp cheddar on white bread with tomato basil soup on the side. It was great and I'll definitely go back. They also sell those adorable Sophia champagne cans with the cute little pink straw. It was hard to resist not ordering one! 

-I'm kind of obsessed with Skinnygirl Margaritas and I'm curious about the White Peach flavor. Has anyone tried it?

-Owen and I joined our friends at the pool on Saturday while Keith was at the hospital. There was a live band and lots of families. We had the greatest time and Owen was so tuckered out afterward! 

June 18, 2012

Summer Salads

When Summer finally rolls around all I want to make for dinner is salad. We love main dish salads and they're pretty easy to put together. I've pinned a few recently that I want to make sure I get around to making this summer. 
1. Tomato-Chicken Salad from Southern Living 2. Crab, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing from Cooking Light 3. Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberries from Williams-Sonoma

We made a great and incredibly simple summery salad this week, and I wanted to share since we were both totally impressed with it!
Cherry Tomato, Avocado & Grilled Corn Summer Salad with Grilled Chicken

1 package cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise 
2 ears of corn, grilled and stripped
1 avocado chopped
4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1. Marinate chicken breasts in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Mean while heat your grill and prepare the corn. Grill chicken and corn.
2. Chopped the chicken into strips and strip the corn off the cob.  
3. Toss corn, avocado and tomatoes together. 
4. On each plate top 2 cups lettuce with half the tomato/avocado/corn mixture and half the chicken. 

Now you won't believe this, but we didn't even use dressing and it was so good. Super healthy too! 

June 17, 2012

Buffalo Snack Mix

Happy Father's Day!!! 

Keith loooves buffalo anything, so as part of his Father's Day gift I made him some Buffalo Snack Mix. I used this Betty Crocker recipe as inspiration. I added a bit more hot sauce to mine and would add even more next time. I have to warn you, when you pull this out of the microwave the hot sauce fumes might make you choke a bit because they are so spicy! 
Here is what you'll need: 
Buffalo Snack Mix
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
4 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups Parmesan-flavored crackers (I used Cheez-It Duoz, which is cheddar and parm crackers)
2 cups pretzel twists
6 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce (I used Frank's, which is the best)
1packet ranch dressing mix
2 teaspoons celery seed (I used some celery salt since that's what I happened to have)

Directions
1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, crackers and pretzels; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in hot sauce and seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.

2. Microwave uncovered on High 4 to 5 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

I bought this container for under $6 at Target and used card stock, a craft punch and some ribbon to personalize it. Keith loved this snack mix!

June 15, 2012

Simpler the Better

There is no better compliment to a fresh summer salad than homemade dressing. I have a few favorites I like to make often: The Best Salad Dressing is great on a Cobb and an "everything salad" (which is when you throw everything and anything you like into your salad) and Kevin's Healthy Caesar Dressing goes great along side a pasta dish.
When I make my own dressing I like to make enough to last us a few times, which then begs the questions of what is the best way to store the dressing?


We were given this Oil & Vinegar Pump Bottle from Crate & Barrel at our engagement party years ago. I used it a few times, but ended up tossing it (sorry, Kath!). It leaked and it was just too difficult to clean. Plus, it could only do oil and vinegar.
Well, that was over a year ago, and more recently I've been looking for a better solution to my how to conveniently store homemade salad dressing dilemma...and where do you go when you need something? That's right, Target!





Target did not disappoint! I found this Lifetime Brands Salad Shaker at Target for only $3.99. Such a steal! It's simple design is so easy to clean (just rinse and put it in the dishwasher) and it even has measurements and ingredients printed on the bottle for a few simple dressing recipes. 




Sometimes simple is just better. 


June 14, 2012

Splish Splash

We took Owen for his first swim this week! He loves his baths, so we were pretty sure he would enjoy the pool too. Luckily for us we were right! 

I love Owen's beach towel! My mom bought it for him and had it personalized with his name.

We of course slathered him with sunscreen, put him in swim diapers, trunks, a swim shirt, and a water proof hat. We had glasses too, but forgot to put them on in the rush. We lasted about maybe 10 minutes before our little fishy got tired of it. I think maybe the wet t-shirt felt weird on him?

We hung on on the lounge for a bit and he enjoyed watching his Dad in the hot tub. We rinsed him off in the shower and got him dressed in dry clothes. He feel asleep so easy on the ride home and napped for 2 hours!

First Swim = Success!

June 13, 2012

Recipe: Peach, Mango, Pineapple Sangria

I made this sangria Friday night for our BBQ celebration on Saturday night. It was the very best sangria I've ever made. It reminded me of a lighter version of a Mai Tai. It was refreshing and went down so smoothly!

The really great thing about sangria is that it is so versatile. You can add whatever fruit you like and mix it with your favorite wine to create your ideal concoction. I quadrupled the recipe to accommodate our large group. I was able to find a mix of frozen peach, mango and pineapple chunks at Costco. I also substituted the pineapple juice for R.J. Knudsen Coconut Pineapple juice.

Peach, Mango, Pineapple Sangria
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Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe if making for a larger group.
  • 1 bottle chardonnay (or another white wine)
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup mango chunks, frozen 
  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 3/4 cup peach chunks, frozen
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice (or another similar juice)
Combine first three ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and refrigerate until chilled.

Note: Sangria is best when made in advance so the flavors can marinate together to create an excellent flavor!

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks.

June 12, 2012

Father's Day Gift Ideas

This is the very first Father's Day in which I get to celebrate Keith as the dad we now him to be! If you know my Keith you know he was probably born to be a Dad. He loves kids, and they love him--perhaps because he can still channel the little boy he used to be? He is a better dad to our son than I could have ever dreamed he'd be.

Anyway, I'm excited to celebrate this holiday with him for the first time and I've been doing some shopping for gifts to give him from Owen. *Keith, if you'r reading this you must know you're not getting all this loot, maybe just a few things, but you don't know which so don't think I've spoiled the surprise!
1. Beer Making Kit from The Brooklyn Brew Shop I bought this for Keith for his birthday this year and it was so fun to watch him make it over the weekend. The beer takes 4+ weeks to ferment, so I can't vouch for it's taste yet, but this kit comes with great tools and the website has a video to help you understand the process. All the tools are reusable too!
2. Brew of the Month from The Brooklyn Brew Shop I've always wanted to be part of a cheese of the month club and I think any many who considers themselves a beer coinesuer would enjoy a beer of the month club too. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
3. Schaub's Fred Steak from Schaub's Meat Fish and Poultry at Stanford Shopping Center This steak runs about $14 lb., but it is the best steak you'll ever eat in your life. If you're not nearby you can get this recipe for the marinade for the steak, which claims to make it just the same as Schaub's does.
4. Personalized Pub glasses from Red Envelope I just love these, and Keith did too. They were easy to order and made my husband happy. I think that makes them a great gift, right?
5. A Professional Shave Has your husband / dad ever had one of these? My hubby hasn't and I think he'd enjoy it. I think of it as the male equivalent of getting a pedicure; not totally necessary, but worth it!
6. Beer Making Book by The Brooklyn Brew Shop A nice addition to the beer making kit and pub glasses!

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads! 

Rolling, rolling, rolling

Owen has been trying to roll over for a couple weeks now. Up until early last week he had been able to get himself about 98% onto his tummy but would get stuck flat on his stomach with one arm pinned underneath him. Two nights ago I went into his room to help him get back to sleep and found him on his tummy. Now he's rolling over like a pro! He still gets kind of angry and upset once he is on his stomach, but it almost seems like he can't help himself. 
Last week I snapped a few cute pictures of him working on his new skill. He is so proud every time he does it. As you can see in these pictures he gets a little side tracked by eating his toes as he's trying to make it.

The new skill kind of messed up our sleeping since Owen would roll over in his sleep, which would wake him up and scare him. Poor baby. He is getting used to it, and when he successfully rolls to his tummy or side he sleeps comfortably like that for extra long!

Isn't he just the cutest? I just adore this boy!

June 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, Keith!

We celebrated Keith's birthday this weekend with family and friends. Keith's birthday always means the beginning of Summer to me and the start of warm weather fun and BBQs.

 Unfortunately Keith had to work on his birthday, but was still able to make it home in time to open a few presents before everyone came for the BBQ. Our son is a ham.


Owen and I gave him a Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Kit from Williams-Sonoma, a new wallet and a set of 4 customized pub glasses.

I made a wonderful Sangria that I have got to share with you later this week. It was amazingly refreshing!

 My sister is so stylish and does such a great job "stacking" necklaces, doesn't she?

 Owen bouncin' in the. best. toy. ever. (Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumparoo) and hangin' with his cousin Natalie.

 We were so busy having fun I really didn't take many pictures. I pretty much have "before" the party photos and end of party photos. It's kind of a tradition to have a Coldstone cake for Keith's birthday party. This year we went for the cookie dough. There is still a slice or two waiting in the fridge!

 I'm a sneaky wife and bought trick candles!


 It was a really fun, albeit exhausting party. We're lucky to have such wonderful friends and family!

And the morning after:


This is Keith making his Summer Wheat beer. It took 6 hours to prepare! The solution for sanitizing is super scary, so Keith made himself a little make shift mask to protect his eyes and face. He looks funny, huh? I just had to get a picture to share!