Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Little Beach Babe...

Well, it's Tuesday and around here that can only mean one thing, it's McKlinky Blog Hop time!!! This weeks theme is "Favorite Kid Photo." This was a toughie cause I love snapping pics of Princess P, and it's hard to narrow it down to just one "favorite." But I guess if I really have to... LOL!!! :-)

Since we couldn't go to the beach this summer, we decided to bring the beach to us (sort of) with the help of our friends at the local photo studio. This was taken when my little bathing beauty was 3 months old, she was just learning how to hold herself up. What you can't see in the above picture is that she is on the verge of a thermonuclear meltdown, I forgot to mention that she HATES tummy time!

Poor baby!!! Needless to say, our session was cut short, LOL!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

McKlinky My Fave Recipe...

Well, looks like it's that time again, this weeks theme is to share your favorite recipe. Those of you that know me, know that the kitchen isn't one of my favorite places. In fact I could probably burn KoolAid LOL! Anyway, since today is my Birthday I thought it would be an appropriate time to share one of my favorite cake recipes with everyone! This is definitely one of the most delish cakes I have ever had the pleasure of tasting-hence the name ;o)

Is It Really Better Than Sex??? Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine the pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.

Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread pudding over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Whip heavy cream and remaining sugar until stiff. Cover top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

3 Things About Me...

Well, it's blog hop time again. I'm a little late this week, but better late than never right??? This week's topic is to list three things about me that you may or may not know, so here it goes...

1. Once upon a time, many moons ago, I was my high school's mascot which just happens to be a "blue gopher." True story, try not to laugh to hard. I actually won several national awards as "Chops" the gopher and was even invited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

2. I make people "glow" for a living. OK well maybe glow isn't the best choice of words, LOL. I am a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, my job is to inject people with radio tracers and take pictures of their insides. :)

3. I can't stand the sound of people crunching on ice. It makes me nauseous and gives me the eeby-geebies in a BAD way! Like worse than nails on a chalkboard, it's THAT bad! I can't even handle too much ice if any in my drinks. My mom has always told me that it's because when she was pregnant with me ice chips were all she could keep down so she was constantly eating them and maybe that had something to do with it, who knows???

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

McKlinky Blog Hop....My Fave Pic ;-)

My sweet baby girl. This was taken when she was exactly 1 month old she's now 5 months, my how time flies! It's one of my absolute favorites of her because I think it screams, "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!"

I'm participating in the McKlinky Blog Hop, and this weeks theme was "Favorite Photo." I was hesitant at first, but I had so much fun blog hopping last week that I figured why not participate? Anyway, thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed The Paisley Patch :)

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mommy Moments That Make Me Smile :-)...

I just love noticing the little things, the details and the little milestones that our sweet girl passes. They seriously make my heart swell up with so much pride.

Here's my Top Ten brag list of her new skills.

With our help, she can pull up to a sitting position from laying down by holding on to our fingers. But she doesn't want to stop there, if we keep on pulling, she will bend her little knees and stand up all cute and super straight. She loves it and will do this 5-10 times in a row before she is ready for bigger and better things. Or until she gets so excited she spits up :(

We bought her an activity jumper thingee awhile back, but have only put her in it sparingly. She has always enjoyed being placed in there for very brief stints but this week she actually played in there! She deliberately rolled the little wheels with her hands and batted at the hanging butterflies. She pushed the sound buttons and touched every single little toy! She even figured out with a little umph she could make herself bounce (imagine that?!?!)

She finally discovered her feet! Her favorite thing to do now is lie on her back and play with them (we're talking for like 30 or 45 minutes at a time). She is completely awe struck by them, it's the sweetest thing! Not to mention it has worked out great for us, because all of this cuteness transpired at dinner time so we actually ate our dinner at a leisurely pace instead of hoovering down our food, Indy-500 style.

She hasn't had any problems with any of her baby food! No matter the flavor, she can handle it like a total champ. She loves it ALL amazingly (so far anyway, haha). This week we tried sweet potatos for the first time and she liked them so much she ripped the spoon right out of my hand and Little Miss Independent started trying to feed herself. And, just to make sure none went to waste, she proceeded to lick her bib. That's my girl ;)

I love it when she grabs at anything..... well except for my hair....I won't have any soon I swear if she keeps it up. I'm already down a couple of necklaces too, but I'll cut my losses, haha. If I pick something up while I am carrying her, she has to hold onto it too. Or if we are playing with toys I will hand her one and she grabs it and it instantly finds her mouth. Cute.

I love that she gets so excited about bathtime. After our sweet potato baby food session, she was bright orange from head to toe, so of course we headed for the tub. Nevermind the fact that she'd already had two baths that day, lol. (Can't wait to get the water bill, j/k) She giggled and smiled and lifted up her little feet and splished and splashed. And then she loves when I gently hose her down with the sprayer to get all the bubbles off before she gets out, she starts kicking and flapping her arms in excitement. I swear in another life my baby girl was an exhibitionist, because when the clothes come off, she lets loose. (Still not sure that this is a good thing or not but...)

Despite all the good stuff that's gone on this week, my little munchkin has been plagued with a bit of tummy trouble :( She's just recently started spitting up and it's becoming more frequent. We have her on reflux meds and a new formula now (cross our fingers that we get some relief). A sidenote, amazingly enough, as terrible as she's felt lately, you'd never know it, she hasn't let it get her down and she's totally been rolling with the punches. We went shopping with Nana on Friday and she had a blast, and get this NO spit up what so ever!!! Coincidence? I think not! It is seeming more and more that she loves to shop!!! Boo-Yah!!!

I can totally see her skipping the whole crawling stage. I realize it's a critical stage of development, but... She has no interest AT ALL in being put on her tummy. Don't get me wrong, she can hold herself up, but she'd rather stand. Since she was about 3 months old, she easily bores of sitting or tummy time and insists on standing and trying to walk (with our help of course). This week while we were waiting for Justin to get home from work, she caught a glimpse of his picture on the computer and practically took off in an assisted sprint right for the screen. It was the craziest thing! No question, she's a Daddy's Girl!

I love finding all her precious ticklish spots! New one this week, her chubby little thighs, don't ya just love em? All we have to do is say "I'm gonna get you," and wiggle our fingers at her and it instantly sends her into a fit of giggles and shreiks. It's the cutest!

and the Number 1 Super Proud Mommy Moment of this past week is......

When Paisley and her Daddy sit in the glider and talk back and forth to one another.
They take turns mimicking each other for the longest time. She loves sitting on his knee while he's bouncing her and making the sweetest baby conversation. The faster he bounces her the louder she gets and more talkative she becomes. She is my little Chatty Cathy. Can't imagine where she gets that from, lol!!! ;)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday America

While spending WAY too much time blog hopping this week and not enough time cleaning house (yuck!) I stumbled upon a blog that had a great message I wanted to share with everyone in the spirit of Independece Day! I couldn't have said it better myself...

Happy Birthday America!

In a July 3, 1776, letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote: "...I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever."

Sounds like good advice to me. I hope everyone will find a minute this weekend to stop and think how fortunate we are to live in this great country. And please say a prayer for the men and women who are away from their families and homes defending us all.

Happy 233rd Birthday America!

Mommy's Little Firecracker!