Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Day for the Boys

A couple weeks ago The Durham Bulls had a fanfest at the stadium where you could come and check everything out. Mark took Ezra and they had a day for just the boys. They got to check-out inside the locker room....

The dug-out

And explore the field.

Ezra practiced his impressive baseball skills

Taking it all in. 

Catch Dad!

They were treated to a complimentary lunch. Which I think for Ezra meant chips. :)

Ezra even learned how to move the ball with his mind. Just kidding. Ha! It does look that way though.
Ezra had a great time and even scored a cool baseball cap. One of our friends who use to play for the Bulls but, now plays Pro for the Tampa Rays was there and signed Ezra's hat. I'm sure he will appreciate that later.  What a little stud in his polo and cap. Everyone had a great time!

Friday, October 19, 2012

18 month cuteness

I could just eat this boy up with a spoon. Blue eyes, and blonde wavy hair. He's dreamy for sure. 

Sister helped to "make him happy" so I could get a few smiley shots. 


Still none of his infamous cheeseball grin but adorable none the less.

Seriously, what is that look? He's probably thinking, "You girls are crazy!"

Apparently being shirtless makes him happy. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sneak Peak

Dorothy...Coming Halloween 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Take my picture

"Mom, take my picture!"

"Mom, take my picture!"

"I wanna see."

"Mom, take my picture!"

"Take it again!"

So we took her picture. :)  Rapunzel hair and all. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ezra 17 months


I better hurry up before and update Ezra at 17 months before he turns 18 months. Literally this week. I'm not really sure how that happened because it seems like last month it was his birthday. But, apparently the summer came and went. Ezra is talking up a storm these days. Sometimes we will hear a little voice speaking and think it's Emerson talking but, it's Ezra. Ha! His new words include plane, bug, bible, color, hot, water, popcorn, cracker, and cookie. Apparently he is motivated by food. There is nothing like your toddler barreling into the kitchen screaming popcorn. He has been trying new food like a champ and eating much more than I had expected. Recently he has tried fish and loved it! He has really enjoyed my Chicken Butternut Quinoa Stew last week. Something incredibly flavorful you would never expect a kid to appreciate and he did. He also is obsessed with spring rolls filled with cabbage. He is now much to my surprise saying please and thank you. He holds his finger up to his mouth and says, "shhh." Ezra loves to tickle and will hold out both hands and say, "tickle, tickle, tickle." I think it cracks him up more than anything but does love to tickle dogs and babies. He has a such a sweet and tender heart. He gives us so many kisses. When it's time to go to bed he wants to kiss everyone a couple times, then blow kisses on his exit. Even to the dog! He loves playing with his sister and doing whatever she does. He really thinks he is three too. When she has dance on Wednesdays he will push his face against and look so sad that she is having fun without him. He absolutely loves to play outside. Although I dread any kind of playground because of his dare devil tendencies. But, he loves to play ball and push cars around outside. Lately his favorite toys have been the little people farm, and play food and dishes. At the gym he really enjoys the train table. He has even started to show interest in puzzles. After starting to say Mama pretty frequently back in May he now calls me Daddy all the time. I'm not really sure what that's all about. But, needless to say I adore him anyways. He makes me laugh all the time and really is a sweet lovable boy. He answers questions with either an uh-huh, or nah-uh. It's funny to have a conversation with him and realize he knows what we are saying.  Now, if he would just stop climbing onto the furniture we would be golden. :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

I love fall. I really love pumpkin. Pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks are heavenly. But, unfortunately pricey and not so healthy. When I saw a pumpkin spice lattte on pinterest I knew I had to try it.

This is the latte from the Averie Cooks Blog who came up with the recipe.  It has pretty simple ingredients. Nothing pricey. I bought a huge can of pumpkin for $2 at Walmart and I've been using it all week long. I opted out of the milk and got heavy cream instead. Just in case it was decadent enough. My creamy mixture didn't end up staying on top like the picture but it was still delicious.  Here is the recipe. Try it and enjoy not spending $ at Starbucks. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan, Gluten Free)
1. Make coffee (a pot, a cup, in whatever fashion and however you prefer making your coffee.   The stronger the better)
2. Make Pumpkin Milk
1 c milk (I used almond milk but use any kind you want from half and half to rice milk)
1/4 heaping cup pumpkin puree (more if you really love pumpkin)
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend, or to taste
1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
sweetener of choice, to taste (I suggest 2 tbsp agave or 2 tbsp brown sugar or a pinch of stevia to taste; or try honey, maple syrup, etc. to taste)
Optional: pinch of ground nutmeg, ginger, garam masala, cardamom, or other warming spices to taste
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well by hand or blend all ingredients using a Vita or blender
Optional: Warm the finished pumpkin milk mixture in the microwave or on the stovetop (I do a quick nuke of about 1 minute)
3. Pour 1 c of brewed coffee into a mug and pour half the pumpkin milk mixture over the top of the coffee and enjoy.  (Optional: Finish by garnishing with real whipped cream/whipped topping such asCoolWhip or TruWhip; and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon on top)
The other half of the pumpkin milk mixture is for the refill you know you will want.  If you truly don’t want a refill, refrigerate it for up to a few days and use for your next latte, in a smoothie, or drink it as is. As long as you’re dirtying dishes, I always make a little extra for refills or for later.
The spices will not “blend” or entirely dissolve.  This is to be expected and normal.  If this bothers you, this may not the recipe for you and you may want to experiment with other recipes or techniques.
All spices and seasonings are to taste; in this case, mine.  If you want to reduce the spices (or increase them), obviously adjust everything according to your own taste preferences.  Some people may find the amounts I used a bit strong, but I like robust flavors.