Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Avery - 2 Months

This past Saturday our little girl turned 2 months old. It's just amazing how time flies so fast.

Avery is...
1. Smiling, laughing and cooing so much.
2. held her head up for the first time off the floor during tummy time on her 2 month birthday.
3. finding her hand quite often and enjoys sucking on it, especially during tummy time.
4. waking up only once at night. most of the time.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Scenes From the Weekend


(Avery turned 2 months)

(new a/c unit, that's our old one)

(thrift store shopping for Halloween costumes)

(potty training with Cohen, not that successful)

We hung out at the Abuelito's home grilling out and playing in the pool.

(learning how to take photos)

(Jason's mom buries her compost, then these pumpkins grew. she also had
a tomato plant grow)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

When I was pregnant, patiently waiting for Avery's arrival, I was brainstorming ideas of activities to do with Cohen. I knew we wouldn't be going out as often in the beginning like we had been, so I wanted to come up with some fun stuff to do with Cohen. One of those ideas was baking/cooking. Last Friday my mom came over to hang out with us and I thought that that would be the perfect time for us to try this out for the first time. Plus it was nice to have her there to take pictures!! I had bought all the ingredients to make pumpkin bread and so are adventure began. Cohen was extremely interested in helping out. I knew he would be since he has showed interest in helping me cook dinner.

I let him crack some eggs open. Which I then had to remove some eggshells.

I let him measure and pour some ingredients. Which I then had to add a little more because some of it didn't make it into the bowl.

And I let him use the electric mixer, which he thought was too loud. I think I will definitely keep this as an activity we do together. And try my best to make it a weekly thing.

Pumpkin Bread


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin


1. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of two 9x5x3-inch, three 8x4x2-inch, or four 7-1/2x3 1/2-x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a very large mixing bowl beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs and beat well; set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add flour mixture and water alternately to sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 2 loaves (32 servings).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Brother...

...is finally home!! Well, just for 15 days. But it is such a great feeling. I went over to my parents last night to see him and it was so surreal. I wanted to cry, but then Mike would have made fun of me, so I didn't. It was so good to see him. He seemed so grown up. And cute! Cohen was shy at first, not remembering him I suppose, even though he's seen pictures. He eventually warmed up to him and they had a lot of fun together. This was also the first time he was meeting Avery. She was very tired. But was happy for a little bit. Just enough to get a picture and then she wanted to eat.

On another not...I cracked open an again last night while making lasagna for dinner and there were two yolks! Twins! Hopefully that's not a sign for the future. lol.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Scenes from the Weekend

This weekend we had a pretty relaxing time. Just family and time with friends.

Friday night we went out with our Engaged & Young Married's Group to see a movie in the park. They were showing Monster House, a cute animated Halloween-ish movie. Cohen didn't really well with the movie. This is only the second movie he has watched and he was pretty attentive. Even when he got a little 'scared' he would still want to watch the movie. It was really cute. Avery was really good throughout as well. A little into the movie I had to feed her, so she pretty much just slept the whole time. A cool front also came in the evening. It got down to the mid 60's and it felt so good.

Saturday we just bummed it around the house after Jay's football scrimmage. We opened up the windows, did a little cleaning, and relaxed a lot.

Sunday evening we decided to head out last minute to the pumpkin patch. We go every year as a tradition and it was extra fun this year having Avery with us. Avery was taking it all in until she quietly fell asleep. I did try and get some pics of her...but she wasn't all that interested. Cohen ran around the whole time, throwing pumpkins, which we had to end, and trying to make new friends. He tried to pick up a few big pumpkins and would exclaim "too big". By the end he wanted to get a small pumpkin, so we gave him a dollar and taught him his first lesson with money and goods. It was really cute.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Dad!!

Happy Birthday to the best Dad and Papi ever!

Scenes from our Long Weekend

This past weekend Jay was gone for nearly 4 days. It was going to be the first time I was alone with the kids for an extended period of time. I was not looking forward to it. But we survived. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it may get (I tend to be quite short on patience lately, I blame it on bad sleep patterns). Though I don't look forward to having to do this again.

(playing at the park)

(Art Festival)

(welcoming Daddy Home!!!)

(finally getting a smile on camera, hanging out at The Abuelito's)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Enjoying 80 degree weather

The kids and I spent another wonderful day enjoying God's beauty. We headed out to Leu Gardens with some friends for story time and a stroll through nature.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Scenes From the Weekend

Florida has officially entered Fall! I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself. We've been blessed with high's in the mid 80's and lows in the 60's. So we have been doing our best to take advantage. This past weekend was the busiest we have had in a long time. It was filled with baby mohawks, lots of banana bread, friends, and family.

Saturday we went to a friend's baby shower, toured the new Amway Center, the home of the Orlando Magic, and went on our first post baby date.

Sunday was all about family. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather and headed down to the river walk for some fun in the sun.

And we ended the night giving Cohen a much needed haircut.