Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

365 Love letters week 17 (april 21-28)

ready or not... here comes the first in a big line of catchup posts :)








Wednesday, June 27, 2012

flashback

I was eating lunch with little d, and MiL Darsi told me to "stay right there" and snapped this picture of us before showing us the photo from 20 something years ago with her and Mr. D :) love it

(a belated) make it monday: Mager's Jerk Chicken

I am only about 2,345 photos behind on this blog...
and catching up would be much easier without a little guy skiddoo-ing around the house. :)

On my free (nap) time, I've been cooking, baking, researching recipes and oh, a lot of eating.

My favorite thing we tried this past week was from my old roommate's blog.
Andrea was always making incredible meals for herself when we roomed together while the rest of us were too busy stuffing our faces with swiss rolls and easy mac (*cough*), so when she posted this on her blog, I knew it was no joke.

20 minutes prep, 12 hours marinating, 30 minutes grilling, and all of it was gone in about 15 minutes.
Even little d ate his bit and wanted more more more! The pictures don't even do it justice.
-1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, stemmed (Andrea used the habanero chile, we couldn't find one so we omitted it entirely)
-1 bunch scallions (also known as green onions, who knew?), cut into pieces
-2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
-1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
-2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
-1 tablespoon ground allspice
-2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
-2 tablespoons lime juice
-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grill
-3 and 1/2 - 4 lbs chicken pieces
-salt and pepper

1. In a food processor, puree chile, scallions, garlic, thyme, brown sugar, allspice, soy sauce, lime juice, and oil. In a large zip-lock bag, toss chicken with sauce. Refrigerate at least one hour (or up to one day). --I marinated mine for about two hours and found the taste to be spot on. Next time I'll try one day.

2. Heat up your grill and grill baby grill on medium-low heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper; grill covered, until cooked through, 45-50 minutes. --My grilling time only took about 30min.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just love Sundays

Sunday's have been historically somewhat of a nightmare in this house (as well as the last two houses we have lived in). What can I say? Three hours of church is hard for a little one, especially when it interferes with naptime.

Thankfully I think for the time being I have mastered a formula for keeping little d's tantrums to a minimum. Taking him for a run in the morning right after breakfast seems to make him happy a mellow him out, at least for the morning. The last few weeks we have been making our run over to the horses at a nearby barn, one of his favorite spots. No horses today, but the snake and rabbits we found did not dissapoint. Sure, weekends are hard without our regular schedule of eat-gym-eat-play outside-nap-park-eat-bedtime. But slowly we are working our way into a Sunday routine. I'm sure a post nap family walk will be added in there soon, as long as we can stand to move in the humidity. And it's making me love Sunday's once again like I did pre baby. :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Reason #5 why I love being a mom

Little d to me this morning: "owww my mouf hurt! Mommy dis (kiss) it?"

Then runs off to play catch with the cat.

Boston Celtics and Taking a toddler to Fenway Park to watch a Red Sox game

Sometimes, as I live here in Boston I need to pinch myself to make sure this is real life.
In real life, people do not get Boston Celtics playoffs tickets handed to them. For free.
And get free babysitting on the side.
 Pre-game excitement.
 We actually went to a couple of Celtics games this year, compliments of a really nice family in our ward as well as a pretty awesome FiL, and each one was a blast.
I love getting to actually sit and watch a basketball game with Mr. D, like we did when we were newlyweds. I love going to games because it doesn't matter if the house is a wreck and needs cleaning, or little d's upset and needs my attention because they aren't at the game. All I have at a game to focus on is basketball and Mr. D. I can count on one hand how often I have been able to sit and do nothing and watch a game at home with Mr. D since little d's birth.

 They won that game. Too bad we couldn't make it to the other games because obviously we were the C's good luck charms. So I guess I should apologize to KG for them not making it to the Finals.
 And then memorial day rolled around and the stars perfectly aligned: little d took a good early nap, Mr. D did not have work, the Red Sox had an afternoon game and we had 8 tickets. Boo yeah. First Red Sox game for our Red Sox baby.
 Of course Wally had to come.

 Little d even made a little friend, all the way from Connecticut.
 LOVED these seats. Perfect weather, quick game.
 In case you don't remember, Wally is the Green Monster.

 If my dad taught me anything about baseball watching, it's that you should usually have one snack per inning. Makes the games more exciting.


 We even splurged and spent the $8 to get little d a strawberry ice cream in a baseball cap, which was promptly covered in sprinkles and m&m's and devoured by the three of us (four, if you count Wally).

 When I looked up "taking a toddler to Fenway Park" I was shocked with all the nay-sayers. Everyone said DONT DO IT!! WASTE OF MONEY! Please. Little d has been interested and watching baseball since last year, and at this point we are just feeding the obsession. We tell him who the player is that is up to bat, and he screams "HOME RUN!" every time the bat connects with the ball. We were lucky to actually get a few home runs, to which little d would gladly and eagerly recap exactly how the bat hit the ball and how high the ball flew into the stands.
 The one thing we did not do (that I wish we had done before going to the game, but it was last minute so whatever) is teach little d "take me out to the ballgame," which is currently his favorite song. So I'm also working on teaching him "sweet caroline" before his next game, which I am eager to take him to, but you know, no plans so far. We'll see how the summer treats us.
 All that baseball watching made little d SUPER eager to try out the sport again, after seeing it in person. He is quite the impressive hitter, although his batting average has gone down since going out to utah and being more excited to mimick the sound of the bat crack than actually paying attention to the ball. No matter.

 He makes for good entertainment either way.

 Poor KG. Since he never got to make it to a C's or Sox game, little d decided to get a little artsy fartsy with him the other day.

 I'm pretty sure he didn't appreciate getting water painted on, but that's his problem for lacking in the opposable thumbs department. He did like drinking the water once it was spilled, though.
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