Wednesday, September 26, 2012

First Step!

I've been a little pre-occupied with planning Easton's first birthday party the last couple of weeks. This party is essentially the size of a small wedding with tiny little details coming out of my...ears. But, in the midst of all the planning madness and in between errands, my little one year old took his FIRST STEP!!

I was on the phone with someone from Joanne's Fabric (getting a stock check, for yet another birthday party prop), when it happened. The guy on the other end of the phone probably thought I was nuts...I yelled, "OH MY GOODNESS, my baby just took his first step!!!!! So, do you think you have those letters in stock?..." Always the shopper, I am.

He did it a few times; the blurriness of the photo proves that he's in motion! On his third go of it, he took two steps in a row before he fell.  I'm so excited! My baby really is [almost] a toddler!

Baby steps, they are so much cuter than regular sized people steps... take ma word for it. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Today is the day. My baby, my tiny little boy is one year old. The last 366 days have been quite the journey for this mama (this year was a leap year, so we got an extra day of baby-hood!). Easton has given me a CRAZY amount of joy. I have nourished him from my own body every single day for a year. I've had the honor of watching him grow and learn.  I have listened to him cry, coo, babble, and talk. I have seen him at his absolute best and absolute worst. He has changed. I have changed. As he grows, our bond will change. It makes me thankful for the time we had, and hopeful for our developing "mama-toddler" relationship. But, before he becomes a toddler, I must give you a tiny recap of some fabulous things from this past year. Here are a few fabulous tidbits about my little Easton...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekend SnapShots

Two amazing things happened at Nana and Grandpa's house on Sunday...

 Easton got to open his first birthday gift (a couple of days early) and, Tony's dad hooked up his 1950's microphone to our amplifier. (It was awesome, and so pretty.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weekend SnapShots!

Last Saturday we spent the day at Tony's parent's house. It was a family affair....

Thanks, Bob Dylan.

Well, last night might have been the most AWFUL night of sleep that I've had with Easton since he was three months old. This baby would NOT go back to sleep he was Up All Night (I love that show, don't you!) The whole night I was going back and forth to and from his room trying to soothe, comfort, and make him shut up. Seriously, nothing worked. I even gave him a dose of baby tylenol. Maybe I'm a bad parent, but he was so upset that I thought he must be sick. Medicating him didn't work either.

Bright and early we rolled out of bed, made coffee, ate breakfast, and started rocking out to Bob Dylan radio on Pandora. I'm so thankful for Bob Dylan. He and the gang (like the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and The Rolling Stones) always brighten up my morning (Easton loves dancing to their music too!) It's sort of, our morning sound track.

One of my favorite Bob Dylan songs.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ben and Kate = CRAZY funny

I just watched pilot of Ben and Kate on Hulu. Seriously, I laughed out loud (by myself) so many times that I can't even believe the show was only 22 minutes. I laughed at least 22 times. That's one laugh a minute, people.

This show has all the makings of a good TV sitcom- two hilarious lead characters (played by Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson), a cute little girl, and two funny side-kicks. With all that funny, what can go wrong?

Watch the full episode before it's September 25th premier, HERE!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Quinoa Salad: Part deux

Quinoa Salad with Corn and Currents
Serving Size: 4-6
Calories per serving: between 175-235

I tend to cook often with quinoa. I just love how easy it is to prepare and how filling it is! I've shared SO MANY of my favorite quinoa recipes, like this one and this one, oh, and this one too....I think I'll keep my quinoa obsession going. Here's one more!

My friend Megan regularly shares delicious and healthy recipes with me. She eats exclusively vegan (God bless her) and always comes up with the most creative vegan meals.

This recipe is AMAZING. I often double the recipe and eat it for three or four days. I hope you enjoy it!

What You'll Need:  
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup domestic quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
1/2 cup dried currants
boiling water
3 ears of corn, shucked
6 scallions, white and tender green parts, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or Italian parsley
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
Pinch of cayenne pepper or cipotle powder
Black Pepper
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 avocados, cut into cubes

 What to do: 
Pour 1 3/4 cups water in a 1 quart saucepan.  Add the salt and 1 teaspoon chile powder, and bring to a boil.  Stir in the quinoa, reduce the heat to low, simmer, covered, for 12-15 min, until the water is absorbed and the grain tender and translucent.  Remove from the heat and let rest, covered for 5 minutes.  Turn the quinoa into a large bowl and fluff it with a fork.  Cool to room temperature.
Put the currants in a small bowl and cover with boiling water.  Set aside to soften. 

Heat stove top grill over medium heat.  Grill the corn rotating it frequently, until it is evenly cooked about 5-8 minutes.  When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the cob with a sharp knife.  Toss the corn, scallions, and cilantro with the quinoa.  Drain the currants, add them to the salad, and toss again.
In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, vinegar, remaining one teaspoon of chile powder, pinch of cayenne or chipotle powder. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk in the olive oil. pour the dressing over the salad and toss thoroughly. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

baby hair.

Friday, Tony and I decided to cut Easton's hair. We were nervous and excited....

I did my best not to cry. I failed miserably. Almost as soon as those locks started to fall, tears began to roll down ma face. Easton did great! He was a little squirmy but never cried. He took his hair cut like a... toddler. I think the hardest part of this experience (for me) was two fold: he lost just a little more "baby-ness" as his hair hit the floor and his hair cut revealed something I never thought it would...

The back of Easton's hair looks exactly like my daddy's. It's amazing how much Easton looks like my dad from behind- they have the same ears, the calic on the back of their head is identical, even the texture of their hair is the same. He is starting to look like a mini Joe. This is both fantastic and incredibly emotional for me (I literally started sobbing outside the barber shop as soon as I noticed this resemblance). 

Enough about me....

We took Easton to a [proper] barber shop in Willow Glen called Unique Stylez. Tony has been going there for quite some time and absolutely loves the atmosphere. I can envision Easton and Daddy going to get their hair cut on Saturday mornings for the rest of Easton's childhood (and maybe even adulthood) at this place. The men are smartly dressed, it's loud, they have free Twinkies, and you feel like you've stepped into the movie Barber Shop as soon as you walk through the door.

Jim cut Easton's hair. He was dressed in a tie, tie clip, vest, dress shoes, and slacks. What a great example to set for my little guy....he dresses up for his job! I love that!!!!

I wanted so badly to wait until Easton hit two years old before we cut his hair, but it was starting to look like a mullet. I couldn't bare the mullet. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Just Be Cool.

I've been experiencing an uncomfortable level of anxiety lately. I've always been a little anxious, especially when I do something out of the ordinary like travel by plane- but it's been a little overwhelming lately (I even saw my doctor about it).

Maybe my anxiety seems more extreme now because I have a baby to tend to and the stuff that used to make me feel better isn't smoking cigs (yes, it's true- there was a time, not too long ago when I was a smoker). Working out is one of the best methods I have to relieve my anxiety. So, on most days I get out and do a little hike, jog, walk, or Daily Method!

Anyway, I ran across this poster and just had to buy it. It spoke to me. I think I'll hang it in a white frame just above my dresser.

Do you get anxiety? What helps you??

Also, a great article about ten things you shouldn't say to your child about food!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Food is FUN!!

A couple months ago I got some pretty fabulous advice.....

I was having a difficult time with Easton during meals. He seemed completely uninterested in solid food, and I was trying (without results) to get nutrients down that little throat of his. My friend (Jamie) told me, "Rebecca, don't worry about it. A great rule of thumb is 'Food is fun until they are one!!'" Honestly, this little piece of advice helped me so much!

Basically, the nutrition that babies need comes EXCLUSIVELY from breast milk (or formula if your so inclined) for the first twelve months of life, and solid food is just PRACTICE until they hit the age of one!

My friend's advice gave me so much relief. I get to look at meal time as fun- which makes me much less stressed out when he has eaten NOTHING on the plate (and really excited when I see him squeezing blackberries just to watch the juice come out!!)

On another food note: Tony and I work under the philosophy that force feeding is not a good idea (makes sense, no?). So, in order to encourage healthy eating, we put lots of different healthy food options down for Easton to try, and he goes to town (or not).Baby E won't choose french fries if we never put french fries in front of him.....know whattta mean?!?!?!!?

Last night we had BREAKFAST for dinner (that's always so fun, even for babies). I made Easton some oat bran pancakes and blackberries! He obviously loved his meal!! 

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