Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cookies with Santa

 Last weekend, we enjoyed Cookies with Santa at Charlie's preschool.  We were very excited to go to a function at her school!  Besides drop-off and pick-up, we don't get much interaction with her experience at preschool.

The children all sang Christmas carols to kickoff the event.

 While waiting to see Santa, we decorated a "cookie" (really an Oreo that we brought from home because we knew she wouldn't be able to have a cookie due to her egg allergy), put together a bag full of Reindeer Food, and made an ornament.

Charlie promised us that she would sit on Santa's lap this year (post coming soon about this over the past couple years) and she would be brave. As soon as it was her turn to go up and talk to Santa, she wouldn't get close!  When we told her she needed to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, she backed in, inch-by-inch, slower than ever lol!  She told him she wanted juggling balls for Christmas which was a new one for Derek & I as we hadn't heard that one yet.

Leni went to Santa just fine!  This made Charlie get closer to Santa :)

All Leni wanted to do was look back and stare at Santa!

 Such a fun experience we were all able to do together!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tasting Dinner

A couple weeks ago, we attended a tasting dinner at a local wine bar, 20 Brix.  It was sponsored by a California winery, Rodney Strong.  The most exciting thing about the dinner was creating a cabernet blend all based on your tastes and preferences at the end!

We LOVE our 20 Brix!  Derek and I do date nights here quite frequently.  Especially on retail wine nights :)

Menu included:
1) Bone Marrow Whipped Butter
2) Beef Fat and Red Wine Braised Conger Eel
3) Tilefish Migas
4) Braised Kentucky Lamb Belly

This bone marrow whipped butter dish was super delicious.  Maybe even the table's favorite dish of the whole night.  The strawberries with the charred broccoli greens pesto paired so well together!

We learned a lot about Eel that night.  When eel is on a menu, it is not typically the long slithery animal you normally think of.  Rather, it is almost like a grouper...think huge!  This dish was a huge hit.  And not to mention the chorasco sausage was out of this world!

This was my favorite dish of the evening!  It was full of mexican flavors, which are my favorite! 

And overall, this was the least favorite dish of the night.  The lamb was pretty fatty and the onion overpowered the rest of the flavors.  Still, Chef Paul never disapoints!

This was the most exciting part of the dinner...the blending of the cabernets we tasted throughout dinner.  Derek's Mom & I went with a pretty similar blend and Derek & his Dad did something similar.  We all ended up liking the boys blends better...go figure!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Leni- 6 Months!

All 9 month clothing

So thankful that we are all good in this area!  

Still pumping :)  I eliminated a pump right at 5 1/2 months and am down to pumping 3 times a day.  As soon as I did this, my supply took another nose dive.  Right now, we are supplementing 10 onces a day.  As long as I can keep up that supply, I'll continue to pump a little longer.  I'm starting to look forward to being done though!

We have turned a page with solid foods.  After feeding her mashed potatoes at a restaurant, she discovered she loves food!  

Wow, this month brought lots of fussiness and crying!  All in the evenings.  If Leni, does not have her cat nap, then she requires all hands on deck.  If mommy or daddy are not the ones giving her that attention, it is 1000x worse!!  Thankfully the past week has been night and day different.  She is her super happy self and smiling right up until her last bottle.  Even going out to eat is easier now too!  Still crying before every nap, yuck!

This is another category that I'm so thankful for!  Another amazing month of sleep!  Leni goes down for her first nap around 9:30.  Wakes up at 11:00 and the back down for her other nap around 1:00.  The cat nap is all over the place depending if we are home or out and about, but it is usually sometime between 5:00-5:30.  Leni is in bed on or before 7:15 and we get her out of bed in the mornings at 7:30am.  This month, she has been waking up every morning around 5am and chatting up a storm.  She falls back asleep until we get her :)

Play time in bouncer, play mat, and jump-a-roo.  Leni loves being held.  She especially loves watching her sister or talking to her.  Leni is a rolling machine so I would say that she's a fan of rolling everywhere.

Leni still has stranger danger, especially when she is tired.  Leni does not like to be left in a room alone...she likes her company.

Rolling around like crazy, sitting up by herself unassisted, noticing her feet, and so much more engaged and laughing!

Other Thoughts
This month brought so much changes!  The lights are on upstairs and everything is clicking together for Miss Leni!  She is so interactive with us.  It is fun to have her mimic us and hear her try to talk.  This month Leni discovered yelling and is so loud now haha.  A lot of the time, she is just testing out her voice, but now when she cries, it is at a much louder volume!  The drooling also increased so much this month!

 And always love a good comparison :)


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Barnyard Party

Our little Charlie turned 3 on November 2nd.  We threw her a barnyard party at a Farm here in Cincinnati.  We decided to do parties every other year so I was excited to plan something this year!

The kids had a great time running around, petting the animals, and having cake!  We loved having all the family and friends help us celebrate Charlie's birthday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween Recap!

This year we had a monarch butterfly and a bumblebee :)  I wasn't originally planning on dressing Leni up since she goes to bed so early.  But on Monday morning I woke up and felt really bad I didn't have a costume for her.  I ran to Target and they had the cutest bumblebee costume that actually matched Charlie's polka-dots.

Charlie LOVED trick-or-treating.  She was gone for 1 1/2 hours!!!  I stayed back and handed out candy/hung out with Leni.  Our cul-de-sac camped out on the street with fire pits, table for the candy, and a keg of course.

Of course I cannot get a picture with both girls smiling at the same time!  I should probably get used to that, right?

This was at the end of the night when all Charlie wanted to do was lay down and eat candy :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

We took the girls to a pumpkin patch for the first time :)  This is something that seems to be the norm for families and I was feeling some mommy guilt for not taking Charlie!  There is a farm right up the road with lots of fun fall things.  We checked out some animals, looked at all the pumpkins, and took a hay ride.

This picture cracks me up.  I asked Derek to put Leni in one of the holes and this is what I got, ha!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Filter Fun!

I'm so late to the Snapchat world, and technically I'm not reaalllllyyyy on it as I downloaded it just for the fun filters.  Charlie and I spent at least 30 minutes playing around with it.  So much fun!  Especially to see these little ladies with the filters, ha!

And then I meant to include these on Leni 5 month posts, but here are a couple fun collages.  The first one is of Leni & her changes!!  Look how grown up she looks.  I expected these changes from 1 month to 3 months but I'm shocked to see the difference between 3 and 5 months!  The second collage shows Miss Charlie on the left and Miss Leni on the right both at 5 months.  They look a lot alike but there sure are a lot of differences too!