Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March - Solomon Family Recap

I really thought I would blog more this month, but shock! It didn't happen.  I know all mothers/wives feel this way, but I just feel there just isn't enough time to do all the things little o' me wants to do.  Fact - It's 3am right now...instead of trying to go to sleep, I'm typing this blog because I see it as time well spent, lol. 

Here are some of the things I never got around to blogging about for the month of March:

1.  I FINALLY went out with my girls Casey and Jill {on St. Patricks Day}.  The last time the 3 of us had a girls night was December, so it was long over due.  We went to a restaurant by the riverwalk...the food was good, the weather was great, and the company was exactly what I needed.  I can not stress enough the importance of good girlfriends and a mothers/wife's need to spend time with them.  I know there are a lot of parents out there that feel guilty spending time away from their kids, but {for me} I feel like I'm a better mom when I can step away for a night and just be me.  I will always be a mother and wife first and foremost, but I never want to lose myself in the title "mother and wife." 



2.  After Christian had his ear surgery, we had him evaluated about a week and a half later to be aware of his strengths and weaknesses.  To make a long story short, we knew going in what the outcome would be.  As far as his comprehension, understanding direction, motor skills he scored at the age of a 25 1/2 month old.  He scored at the age of a 15 month old in speech development, which we knew.  I felt silly, but after his surgery, I just thought he would be spouting off all these new words now that he could hear...but that really hasn't been the case.  His 2nd hearing test is next week, so I'm not even sure how well he can hear after the surgery.  He says total of about 4 words on a regular basis - momma, car, ball, and more.  He says papa and dada too, but not nearly as much. What he can say and what he knows are two different things...but like any mother, one of the joys of watching your child grow up is to be able to communicate more with them.  I know it'll just take time and I by no means pressure him into trying to say a word...of course my dad thought saying a word 25 times would get him to say the word back - that was a big fail.  After he said it so many times, I swear Christian was avoiding him, lol.  You never want your child to struggle with anything, so this has been a test in patience and faith for me...it's also been very humbling. 


His new shades (that are broken now).  He likes to wear them...probably due to my over reaction when he does..."Lookin' good Christian!!"


He rode on his 1st merry go round.  If you can't tell by that freakin' adorable smile, he loved it.  At one point he got a little dare devil on me and tried to ride the horse without holding on.  He literally threw his hands up in the air.




  Enjoying his new playground set.  We keep this one at the grandparents.  Thank God for the wonderful people in our lives that have given us these things.



Having fun with grandpa


I like this photo :)


This little boy LOVES his grandma.  I never knew my mom could be SO animated until Christian came along.  He thinks she's the funniest person IN THE WORLD.


...AND my favorite picture this month.  He's probably thinking, "I don't care how many times you say the word, I'm not going to say it back...but you keep saying it if it makes you feel better!"  What's the saying...something about doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results? :)  LOL 


3.  The last thing (which is more a paragraph typed in frustration) is the selling of our home. I think the hardest part is having to clean our house at a moments notice because someone wants to come look at it.  This wouldn't be so hard if your home was child free, but a clean home and a toddler just don't go together.  The worst spending hours cleaning and then we'll get a call from our agent saying the people cancelled and will reschedule.  I've noticed we're a lot quicker about cleaning...either we're not puting in as much effort or we've just become that efficient.  The second frustration is even if someone wanted to buy our home, there hasn't been anything come up in our town we would want to buy.  The houses we've looked at have been a crapfest.  This is your home...one of the most expensive purchases you will make...how are you not going to take care of it?  Then you want how much for it?  We could always buy a brand new home, but these new housing editions are creepy.  All the houses are identical and spaced about an inch away from one another and there is no backyard.  I would rather take an older house with some land where our dumb dogs can run around and I can have a garden.   This has been a BIG test in patience.  


We also attended Miss Avery's 1st birthday party over the weekend, but I would like to do a little editing of the photos before I post :) 



To cap off March, we're taking Christian to Sesame Street LIVE.  He LOVES Elmo, so he just might freak out :)




Friday, March 16, 2012

The Color Run! 06/23

The Color Run is coming to Tulsa!  

The Color Run 


Doesn't this look like so much fun???  My sister in law and I created the team
  Milkshake Runners
...you know because we bring the boys to the yard, LOL.  So far we have 14 team members...the majority from our awesome Zumba class.  I'm so excited!

Check out some more photos:  The Color Run Photo Gallery 

Life is too short to sit around, if there is an opportunity for you to have some fun, take it!  

Have a great weekend friends :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Pinterest Project} 30th Birthday Sucker Bouquet


I pinned this a few months ago just waiting for someone to turn 30 :)  Well, the time has come - my friend Jill has joined the {not so exclusive} club 30. 

Sisterstuff Blog



So I made my own version.  Instead of tootsie pops, I used Blow Pops.  Get it? 30 BLOWS...ha!  It really doesn't blow, but when you're inching closer to the 3rd decade of your life, everything about it sounds OLD. 



Happy Pinning!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Christian's 1st Surgery

Last Thursday, Christian under went his first surgery.  To make a long story short, Matt and I noticed his speech wasn't developing.  Normally, I try not to compare him to other kids, but I just had a gut feeling it had to be something more than he just wasn't ready.  I bypassed the pediatrician and made an appointment with an E.N.T (ear,nose, and throat) doctor.  Come to find out both ears were full of fluid and had been there for awhile.  I always thought fluid build up was caused by numerous ear infections and Christian has only had 3 (granted they were all double ear infections).  So, we scheduled him for tubes and removal of his adenoids (which would also help with all his sinus infections).  He mentioned his tonsils are quite large, but he's too young to have those removed.



His surgery was at 8am, but they wanted us there at 6:30.  Surprisingly, we were able to get him up, diaper changed, and dressed without him really waking up.


Him and dad so sleepy.


He really was a trooper.  He's always so cooperative when doctors are poking and prodding :)  He's been through it enough.


Our failed attempt at a photo together :)  


He wasn't aloud to have any food or drinks after midnight, so this is his hungry/thirsty face.  I make the same face when I'm hungry.



Watching a little TV, LOL


This is right after they gave him some medicine to relax him before surgery.


Someone's feeling good :) Ha!


It was the funniest thing watching him all loopy.  This medicine would have been handy when he had colic....just sayin'.



Off to surgery.  The nurses were so sweet and understanding...and how awesome that they take the kiddo's in a wagon to make it a little more fun?  He was able to take his blanket and kitty :)  Seriously, if you're concerned about your child's ear, nose, and/or throat, I recommend Dr. Vaidya from Southcrest.  The nurses called the next day to check on him and to make sure we were doing OK.  

After surgery -

Coming off the anesthesia was not so good.  Once they were in surgery they noticed he had an ear infection AND a sinus infection, so they gave him antibiotics intravenously.  He kept trying to take the needle out of his hand, so we had to hold his arms down until he calmed down.   That was probably the worst part.  

The day after, he was already doing better. We planned a fun day for him which I'll blog next time. 

It was his first surgery, so naturally I recorded some footage. :)  *Sorry teenage Christian, but did you expect anything less from me?  It's FUTURE BLACKMAIL.  Yes, that IS the kind of mother you have. :) *

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{Pinterest Recipe} Cabbage Rolls

For whatever reason, I've been wanting to try cabbage rolls for a few months now.  I heard there is a local steak restaurant (Jamil's) that serves them as appetizers, but when do we have time to have a nice dinner date these days? *sniff sniff*  So, I went on allrecipes.com and found a cabbage roll recipe that had the most positive user reviews.



Ingredients:
  • 12 leaves cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
Sauce: 
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain.
  2. In large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, ground beef, salt, and pepper. Place about 1/4 cup of meat mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cabbage rolls.
  4. Cover, and cook on Low 8 to 9 hours.





I prepared it the night before and just put it in the frig. The next morning before we left for work , I set the crock-pot on LOW for 10 hours.  

My conclusion:

They tasted like mini meat loaves wrapped in cabbage....so pretty good :)  I think they would make a good little side dish if you're having a dinner party.  


Changes:


I think next time I might add some garlic, diced/crushed tomatoes, and double up on the sauce...and after reading some of the reviews, I might try making them in the oven next time (350 degrees for an hour in a casserole dish).  They say it tastes better.  

Friday, March 2, 2012

{Pinterest Recipe} Low Cal Pumpkin Bread

Anyone have this pinned to their Pinterest Board? 



Well, since I'm making an honest effort to cook healthier dishes, I thought I would give this one a go.  It's just been pinned so much! I think you all know i LOOOOOVE pumpkin anything and with this being low calorie, it was a win, win...yeah? :) 

So here goes!


Batter:
1-1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 whole egg
3 egg whites ( I used egg whites from an carton - 3 tbsp = 1 egg white)
1 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. Stevia Cup For Cup sweetener (I used Truvia)
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg

Cream filling
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese ( I used fat free and couldn't even tell)
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 T. all-purpose flour
2 egg whites
1 t. vanilla extract


*Preheat Oven for 350


You'll mix the pumpkin, applesauce, egg, egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer.  In a seperate bowl, you'll mix the flours, Stevia, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg.  Then slowly mix in the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture.

For the filling, just mix all the filling ingredients together with a mixer until creamy and smooth.


Instead of a loaf pan, I used a muffin pan.  If you want to use a loaf pan, grease 2 8x4x2" loaf pans.

Divide half of the batter between the two pans. Pour half of the filling in one pan and the other half in the second pan and smooth with the back of a spoon. Top with the remaining batter.


Mmmmmm...these came out sooooo tasty.



If you love pumpkin as much as I do and you're feeling a little bad, I really recommend this pumpkin spice butter to put on top while the bread is still hot. GOD - BLESS - AMERICA It was SO SO delicious. 


Thursday, March 1, 2012

What a Crazy Week! My Teacher Husband and Mothers Intuition

You know, my husband doesn't have what most people would consider a life threatening kind of job - he's a  teacher.  Most people think the most he deals with is your typical high school drama...he said, she said kind of stuff, but it is much more than that now.  Teachers aren't just educators... they deal with child abuse, teen pregnancy, violence all on a daily basis.  The scale of which I feel teachers are under appreciated is tremendous. There is also the potential for this:

Rumored Threat of School Shooting


I thank God this didn't come to fruition, but I couldn't help but think - what if?  So, I immediately said these words to my husband,

"I know you and I know you would try to be a hero...DON'T BE THE HERO!!"  I'm pretty sure I yelled it in his face. I know my husband though and he would just do whatever it took to keep the kids safe.

450 out of 1175 students stayed home from school yesterday in fear of a school shooting and as a parent I would have kept my child  home too.  Uh, I would have tried to keep my husband home if I could have!

My husband wasn't at school that day.  Not because he knew about the potential shooting, but because we had to take kiddo to an E.N.T appointment.  Christian is almost 2 now and I feel like his speech isn't where it should be for his age.  At first I thought maybe I was just comparing him to other kids, which I try never to do, but I just had the gut feeling something wasn't right.  He follows direction so well, he's doing well on his colors, etc.  So to make a long story short, we bypassed the pediatrician and made an appointment with a specialist.  Mothers intuition paid off.  The doctor said he has quite a bit of fluid in both of his ears and it looks like it's been there for awhile...also in his left ear he has built up ear wax ("i clean his ears all the time!"  but the doctor reassured me it was nothing I could get to)  which is another reason he's having a hard time hearing.

We have scheduled to have tubes put in his ears for next week along with removing his adenoids.  He said his tonsils are enlarged as well, but he's too young to have those removed.  I know this is a basic 20 minute surgery, but it's the first time he'll be under anesthesia so naturally I'm a little worried.

So this is what they will do:




I'm just glad we caught this now. It just makes me wonder how he's been hearing the last few months.  Does it sound like we're all under water?




After his ear appointment, him and Matt had hair appointments.  Well, the girl they normally go to moved to a new salon...a Paul Mitchell salon...a TRENDY salon.  We walked in and all the hair dressers were decked out in all black and the music was blaring.  It was very Zoolanderish..




Christian sat there like a big boy with almost his own "blue steel" look fitting right in!  He was so chill.  Then when Brittany was done she whirled him around for everyone to see, it was so cute.


I just love this kid





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