Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Puzzles & Pie

On Saturday, I took the kids to the library. We really have a fabulous local library with great selections of books, resources, and all sorts of events happening all the time. In the juvenile section of the library, there lots of puzzles on little kid tables and Little Dorrit has recently found an affinity for doing puzzles. When Trotwood was younger, the puzzles at the library were also one of his favorite things and I love seeing how Little D. enjoys them now.
A few months ago, Mr. Rochester's sister moved to Fayetteville and she and her husband recently bought a house. On Sunday, we went over to have dinner with them at their new house. When asking what we could bring to dinner, Mr. Rochester's sister suggested dessert and when I mentioned this to Mr. Rochester, he jokingly suggested that I could bring something lemon. You see, Mr. Rochester is not a fan of lemony desserts. But I love them! Unfortunately, if I make any sort of lemon dessert at home, then I am the only one eating it so I never make them unless we are going somewhere. And this time, I decided to make a lemon meringue pie! Mr. Rochester was a great sport and tried a bite of the pie. 

I can't remember the last time I made a lemon meringue pie, or actually even a pie in general. For most of the year, I feel like Mr. Rochester and I have tried to make healthy food choices which means cookies, cake, and pie don't get made very often at our house unless there is a special occasion. When making the pie, I somehow didn't read the very last sentence of the recipe which said the pie needs to set for 3 hours. Oops. So, the consistency of the pie ended up being a little runny. The pie crust also turned out a little chewy and I think this happened because I was in a hurry and didn't let the pie crust cool completely before adding the filling. 
The meringue turned out great though! I'm not sure how much meringue you are technically supposed to put on a meringue pie but I love it, so I piled it on pretty high. 
We had a great time eating and visiting - my kids just love their aunt, uncle and cousin! We so wish we could see more of our family more often!
And Little Dorrit loved wandering around their backyard. (I love the little dress she is wearing!) One of her favorite things to do is put her "shoes on" and "go outside." 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

All of August

So, here's our August. Trotwood had his first day of second grade. I swear, first day of school pictures are some of the most difficult pictures of Trotwood to get. Apparently, the sun is always in his eyes regardless of where we take the picture.
Little Dorrit is obsessed with shoes. One of her favorite things to do is try on anyone's shoes in the house and then walk around in them. And she loves flip flops! Missing those first three toes on her left foot doesn't hinder her in any way from walking around in her brother's flip flops. She also loves beads. And hats. Maybe she's an accessory girl? 
On Saturday morning in August, we visited the local farmer's market for the first time. 
Trotwood thought this skull at the farmer's market was pretty cool.
Thankfully, August was a pretty quiet month for us! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Happy two years to Little Dorrit!

This past weekend, we celebrated Little Dorrit's second birthday. Over the past year, Little Dorrit's fun and sweet personality has really started to shine through. In fact, I really can't recall the time when she first started showing her personality. Here are a few things about her:
  • She loves books. We have a few shelves full of baby and board books and every day, she pulls out every single one of them and either looks through them by herself or brings one (or more) to us saying "Read a book!" or "Book. Lap" Rarely, can I resist such sweetness.
  • Trotwood is one of her favorite people in the entire world. Honestly, I love to watch those two together. They both just love to play and they love each other. Little Dorrit will dissolve into peals of laughter from just about anything Trotwood does.
  • Little D. is not one of those people who "lives to eat." Thankfully, she is eating more now but sometimes, she still shakes her head and says "No!" when we try to offer her food. If it's not her idea, she doesn't want to have anything to do with it. Honestly, I think she just wants to be in control of what she eats. Currently, her favorite things to eat usually involve cheese: cheese sticks, macaroni and cheese, cheesy puffed corn or cheesy chips. Lately, she has been starting to expand her pallet to include things like fruit snacks, grapes and strawberries. Oh, and for some reason, she calls all fruit "oranges." Don't mind the chewed up piece of beef jerky next to her drawing pad in the picture below. She will often chew up food and instead of swallowing, she'll spit it back out again and say "All done!". And she still drinks from a bottle. She can drink from straw sippy cups and regular cups (this one is still a bit messy), she just asks for a bottle and we still give it to her. I feel like it's more of a familiar and comfortable object for her than anything else. For the longest time, pretty much all her nourishment came through a bottle in the form of Boost formula.   
  • Coloring is one of Little Dorrit's favorite activities. I was so glad when we finally figured out what exactly she meant when she said "Color!" All she wants is a pen or pencil and paper. That's it. No crayons or coloring books. We can just give her pencil and paper and she will be happy as a clam just sitting in her chair at the table "coloring."

  • She loves to go places and see other people. This girl definitely is not shy and loves to talk and to be around other people. If she puts on a shy act, she does it because she knows it will get her even more attention. 
  • Little Dorrit is a very tiny person. Her doctor doesn't seem to be worried about how small she is because she is growing and very slowly gaining weight. But at 2 years old, Little D. is barely 30 inches tall and she only weighs 22 lbs. The other day, her home health nurse told us something about when a person is two, you can double their height and supposedly that is how tall they will be when they are fully grown. I'd never heard that before and I'm not sure if it's a medical thing or an old wives tale, but if it is the case then sweet Little Dorrit may reach the great heights of just five feet tall. Mr. Rochester and I both have some very petite women in our extended family so this wouldn't be too unusual. It is just so different for us than how Trotwood was! Just to be on the save side, we are going to take her to see an endocrinologist to make sure everything is okay with her growth hormone levels.  
To celebrate Little Dorrit's birthday, we carried on the tradition of getting donuts for breakfast. Here's Little Dorrit taking the tiniest bite in the world out of a donut hole. 
And of course, she decided that she wanted something savory instead of sweet and opted for bites of my ham, egg, and cheese crossaint instead. 

When it was time to open her presents, she knew exactly what to do!
All of her presents consisted of some sort of baby doll. All this girl stuff is new for us so we just barely discovered that she loves baby dolls. After opening her babies, she just kept saying, "Hi baby!" over and over again. One of her babies came with a little plastic bottle and pacifier and she loved "feeding" the baby with the bottle. And, funny story, after having the babies for a few days, we noticed that sometimes, she will pick up the baby by its bottom, sniff its bottom, and then say "Poopy."I wonder where she got that from... 

Little Dorrit's birthday ended with a birthday dinner that we knew she would enjoy and eat. Now, I do love to cook but she is so difficult when it comes to food that we just decided to get her a Happy Meal and ice cream for dessert. And see how happy she was? 
It was a great day and I cannot believe it's been two years now. I'm so glad that she is doing so well and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with this little person who brings so much laughter and joy into our lives. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The rest of July

Hello there! It's been awhile. And yes, I seem to be starting out all my blog posts this way lately. So, since my last post, we've been busy. We went to the lake with some friends in July.
And Trotwood held a baby alligator at a petting zoo
Oh, and we dropped in at the Arkansas Treasurer of State where the boys each got to hold $450,000 in cash. Don't they look excited?

We celebrated two birthdays in July: Mr. Rochester's and Trotwood's birthdays. For Mr. Rochester's birthday, we went to a concert and I made a pear almond cake
And one of my very favorite pictures happened around this time - I just love all the smiles in this photo. 

On Trotwood's birthday, we always celebrate with balloons! He loves it and I'm thinking we are probably going to have to implement this tradition for Little Dorrit's birthdays. 

For his cake, Trotwood requested a vanilla cake with strawberry filling. I tried using a Swiss meringue buttercream for the first time and it turned out okay. I still need to experiment with more meringue buttercreams...and just cake in general. 
So that's pretty much our July! I'll do a large post for August next just so we can try and get caught up here.