Archive | October, 2010
30 Oct

Let’s go boys, shift’s started, work to be done. We’re FIREMEN! No time to dawdle, let’s GO!

Alright, where’s the fire?

Phew, that’s done. Time for a breather…

Wait a second, what’s that I see over there yonder????

Damsel in distress!!!! STAND BACK LADY, I’LL SAVE YOU!!!

Phew, you’re just fine lady, I’ll just hold your hand for a minute until you’ve caught your breath. Just breathe and smile…

Everything’s okay folks, just let me take care of this…stand back please.

Okay, let me just survey the scene, make sure no one else needs my help.

Lookin’ just fine here.

Let’s go boys! After all we did this morning I’m ready for a drink…a round of milk for the whole crew!

one last stop…just going to see my girl before lights out at noon…

Phew! What a day, I am exhausted!

Home sweet home at last.

Shoes off, shirt off, no saving anyone now. I had a pretty crazy day at work, I just need a few minutes to chill out with my wheels okay mom?



28 Oct

This is the scene on our coffee table most days. During this time that I can do what I wish around the house as George will be occupied ‘parking’ his cars, making them turn ’round the corner’ and backing up ‘beep-beep-beep’.  Sometimes an hour will go by and he is still intent on parking his cars in an exact position.

If I dare to even scoot a car/truck/tractor/trolley over by an inch I am immediately repremanded that “NO, TRUCK PARKED THERE, MOVE MAMA!!” Yikes, we are most definitely in the “demanding voice stage”.  There have been many mornings when I walk out of our room in a sleepy-haze when a sharp, annoying pain in my foot rudely snaps me out of my slumber-mode.  When I move the little jeep or tractor that I have stepped on thinking it is leftover from yesterdays’s play George comes charging out of the living room, his ears tuned in to the slightest sound of one of his vehicle’s wheels moving out of place. Back it goes into it’s specific position in the traffic line of cars.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the little guy, but if I follow the little ant-line of cars down the hall to the ‘parking lot’ I will spot the top of his blonde head…

Focused and concentrating on the task at hand. A sweet, quiet moment.

mama owl mask

27 Oct

George loving this book…

inspired me to make this today…

George loves this book that Grammy gave him…I love these little golden books too. He’s at the stage now where he is telling his own little story about what is going on in the book. Love listening to his stories when he doesn’t know I’m there eavesdropping!

So I believe this little book is where the little man got the idea for what his mama is going to be for Halloween.

George has Halloween all figured out this year.  He knows what to say (“turkey-treat”), he knows what he’ll receive (“candy treats”) and he is not scared of the decorations outside the homes (said in a reassuring voice…”no scare me Halloween, no scare me”)

He has also decided not only what he will dress up as, but what the rest of the crew will be too.

Daddy will be the Trolley Man.

Mama will be an owl.

Grammy will be a ghost.

So today while he slept and I talked on the phone to Kristina, I made my costume.

I think I saw this idea in a Better Homes Magazine…so quick and easy to make. I will take any excuse to create some sort of craft!

I only spent $2 at Joann’s for these feathers and mask, I already had the felt in my scrap pile.

I made the eyes a little bigger on the mask, then glue-gunned lots of feathers to it.  Next I cut out the eyes and the beak from felt…

then glued the eyes and yellow felt triangle for the beak on top of feathers.  That’s it!

This would be a fun thing to add to a dress-up box after I wear it trick-or-treating (perhaps if i crouch down a little lower I’ll get candy to0?!?).  It reminds me of Mr. Dress Up’s box full of amazing costumes. I used to always want one of those boxes…perhaps this will be the first addition for George!

Uncle Shannon, Jelly Beans, and Airplanes landing

24 Oct

Wow, it has been quite a week. A wonderful whirlwind of activity.  Shannon and Jamie arriving, visiting, outings, catching up, sleepovers, treats, picking up Grammy at the airport, and a get away to Las Vegas with Shannon, Jamie and Travis while George had fun at home with Grammy.

George has been on cloud nine not only getting lots of love and attention, but also because often when there is family visiting that means there are special ‘candy treats’ tucked away in a suitcase and ready to be shared.  “Uncle” Shannon (as G calls her) loaded up her suitcase with about 4 lbs of ‘Dare’ Jelly Beans and Ju Jubes that one just cannot find in the U. S. of A.  George was happy. I was happy.

What I love about having family visit is just having them part of our daily life.

Watching some Thomas the Train together…

Baking together in the kitchen…

and just hanging out…

Such a great time with Shannon and Jamie and feeling a wee bit melancholy that their annual visit has come to an end.  It’s always such a great trip to look forward to and we had such a blast with them in Vegas (I’ll have to post those pics later). As they fly home now to Canada I know they are ready to see James and Jordyn and get back into their daily routine.  Thanks for a great time sis!

So after a weekend in a city full of over-stimulation of lights, noise, non-stop action and a 4 1/2 hour car ride home it was such a treat to come home to a clean house, fresh flowers from the market,  homemade soup ready for dinner, a warm gluten free cake and cookies and lots of activities around the house that George and Grammy did over the weekend…thanks Grammy! A wonderful weekend for everyone!

company’s coming!

18 Oct

Yahoo…it’s October which means time for Shannon and Jamie’s annual California/Vegas trip.  Sure love when family comes to stay with us.  Time to fill the fridge and do some baking. Thought I’d try this Flourless Chocolate Cake…inspired by the chocolate souffle served with coconut ice cream that the ‘private chef’ served us on Friday night.

This was really easy and quick to make, and it can be baked up to 2 days in advance; refrigerated and brought to room temperature before indulging in.

– 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan

– 1/4 cocoa powder, plus more for pan

– 1/4 cup heavy cream

– 8 oz chocolate (I used bittersweet choco chips)

– 5 large eggs

– 1 cup granulated sugar

– Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and dust with cocoa powder.

– In medium saucepan, heat the butter with heavy cream over med-low heat until butter is melted.

–  Add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat; time for a taste test.

– In medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and cocoa powder; whisk in the chocolate mixture.

– Pour batter into the pan and bake until puffed and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Don’t poke with toothpick like I did, will deflate the nice-looking puff!  Let cool in pan for 1 hour.  Run a knife around the edge of cake before unmolding.

Serve with this…

Now just try and hold off from any nibbling while waiting for the company to arrive. George and I didn’t have quite enough willpower…I’ll blame it on George.

saturday morning

16 Oct


Yikes…is it morning already? Travis, it’s still dark out…what time is it?



Hey Travis, wake up.  George wants you to make him some oatmeal.


George, don’t you remember that we had a night on the town last night? How about Georgie sleeps some more, just like daddy.


How about a little “Thomas the Train” on the computer George? Doesn’t that sound good?



Friday night

16 Oct

A night on the town for Travis and me. George was excited to hang out with the babysitter and play trains while T and I headed down Sunset to Beverly Hills for a dinner party. Figured I needed to strut in my heels tonight! Sure is fun to dress up once in awhile!