Friday, June 29, 2012

Ew! These are the moments....

Yesterday was one of those days.  One of those days when I fell in love with Griffin all over again.  The kid wowed me all day.  He was hilarious, had me roaring on the ground, belly-aching laughing.  He was sweet, gave me countless kisses whenever I asked for them.  He was a good one year old, he ate good meals, took good naps and impressed the heck out of me with his incredible love for reading books and hearing stories.

So just before bed, we went through a handful of his favorite books and then I remembered one he loved that we hadn't read in awhile.  I dug out "Yummy, Yucky," and we began reading.  These Leslie Patricelli books are great, except for the fact that in "Yummy, Yucky," Griffin has not only eaten all of the "yummy" things but most of the "yucky" things as well.  And in "Yes, Yes, No, No," he has done all of the "no, no's" which is also a word he now says and it is hilarious (most of the time).

After we read, we got into the bathie and not 10 seconds in, he's trying to eat/drink the soapy bubbly water.  So I quickly got back into my "Yummy, Yucky" mode and said, "EW!  Soap is yucky!"  He immediately started saying, "ew!" and we went back and forth, "Ew!...Ew!...Ew!...Ew!"  All the while, laughing hysterically.  Thankfully the ipad was sitting on the floor at the bathroom door from it's job as rain machine during his naps, so I got a quick clip.  This clip doesn't do justice to the fun we were having and hilarity of the situation, but it will have to do in my making a mental memory of this day and night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mini-Mower

Griffin has now advanced from single words to phrases.  His first phrase, "dada mowing."  He says it first thing when he wakes up, in hopes that dada will mow that day.  He also says it anytime we enter the garage, because that's where the mower is.
Once a week he is delighted when dada does in fact mow, and I use that time to clip his finger and toenails.  It's the only thing that will keep him still enough and distracted enough to do it.  He loves to practice on his own mower.  He knows how to put in the gas, start it up and push it along. 

He also hears them when we're out in the backyard.  Thank goodness for summer and neighbors who mow regularly, because in a crabby moment we can usually find someone mowing to get him on the happy track again.  I hope he still loves to mow in about 10 years.....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I scream you scream...

....we all scream for ice cream!  Well, everyone but Griffin around these parts.  I swear he's not even my son....the kid does not like ice cream!  I mean, it's probably a good thing in the end if he doesn't like ice cream, it is a pretty fattening habit:).  But for now I'm just chalking it up to be "too cold."

Well, Nate and I like ice cream and since Nate isn't too big on cakes, I decided to make an ice cream cake for his birthday last week.  Maybe a little selfishly, since I would get to reap the benefits of an ice cream cake as well.  I was a little nervous since the good 'ole DQ makes a pretty good ice cream cake, but with the right ingredients I might be able to match it....

So here's what I got:
 I mashed the Oreos in a bag, though next time I would use my cuisinart.  And since it wasn't perfect the first time, there will have to be a next time soon to remedy that....
Then I scooped a layer of vanilla ice cream to cover the Oreos. 
 I let it sit out at room temp for a little bit before this step so that it was easier to spread.
 Then I smoothed the ice cream as best I could without stirring up the Oreos underneath.

 Next, I poured a layer of hot fudge and then another layer of Oreos.  I don't have a picture of this since the fudge started melting the ice cream, so I just popped it into the freezer for about 4 hours.

But I do have a picture of the other member of our family who loves ice cream (or lickers at the end of my ice cream).  He admiringly watched my awesome baking skills, and politely asked for a lick.
 So I gave him one.  I promise I didn't reuse that spoon.
 When it all came out of the freezer, I added another layer of ice cream and topped it off with cool whip.
 Then I got out my mixing bowls....
 And made some colorful cool whip frosting...
 In very high tech icing bags or whatever the real bakers call them.
 I tried to make balloons like I remember there being on my birthday cakes, but the strings were too thick. 
 Griffin and dada blew out his 2 (+27) candles....
...and we cut the cake!

It was pretty delicious....especially if you like love ice cream fudge and Oreos.

 and we all had a pretty happy day for dada.  We sang happy birthday about 10 times since Griffin loves the song so much.

And the countdown to 30 begins.....



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dada's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing fathers out there.  Especially those that are amazing to our family.  The great grandfathers, the grandfathers and the father.  We are so blessed.


Grandpa Dan....
 Gampy Ian.....


 And Pa.....
 And especially Happy Father's Day to the father of my little Griffin, Nate.  I am so blessed to be able to raise Griffin with a father like Nate who is so wonderful with him, so patient, playful, encouraging, loving, and adoring of our baby boy.  And wow does Griffin adore him.  Happy Father's Day Chumma!