change is comin’.

10 08 2011

What could be better than this?

I must say, I think I’m going to miss summer. We have a lot of changes coming to our household within the next month! Greta starts Kindergarten. The next week, Miles starts preschool, and I go back to work. Then, at the end of the month, Aunt Jessica is moving to NYC.  While we are extremely excited for her, we will certainly miss having her around and involved in our day to day lives. But, now we will have a great excuse to visit our favorite city!


American + Dane.

10 08 2011

Guess who has joined the blogging world???

Jill, my lovely, talented, newly expecting sister!

Check out her blog:

American + Dane

to read all about her adventures in Switzerland!

(and she is an AMAZING cook)

pesto power.

3 08 2011

I love pesto! So does Joe! So do the kids! It is so versatile. You can use it in place of marinara on a pizza. You can toss pasta in it. You can stuff chicken breasts with pesto and cheese. You can make little fancy appetizers with a baguette, cheese and cherry tomatoes. Catch my drift? It’s just good to have around. The recipe itself is also versatile. The traditional recipe calls for pine nuts, but walnuts and even sunflower seeds (like this recipe) work well.  The original recipe also calls for Parmesan. You could certainly substitute Romano, or for you health conscious folks, skip the cheese altogether.  For you dorky, yet health conscious people, you can use nutritional yeast in place of the cheese. This not only makes your pesto vegan, but adds protein, vitamins and a delightfully cheesy taste.

I love to make the pesto and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Which, really brought back some memories from my baby food making days! This way, you have the pesto frozen into small quantities that are ready to use. I usually add a little fresh lemon juice to my pesto once it has defrosted to freshen it up.


2/3 c. sunflower seeds (pine nuts or walnuts)

5 c. loosely packed basil leaves

1 1/4 c. Extra virgin olive oil

1/2 c. nutritional yeast (parmesan or romano)

8 garlic cloves

Salt and pepper to taste

Pulse nuts or seeds in blender or food processor. Add remaining ingredients and pulse. Store in fridge or freezer…or use right away! Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before using.


Happy Anniversary.

3 08 2011

Happy Anniversary, Joe!

Thanks for 9 fabulous, crazy years!

Love, Schmary

a night at the movies.

31 07 2011

This weekend Greta got to go stay at Mimi and Papa’s! (THANK YOU!!) She is at that stage where she never stops talking. Never.  Kindergarten will be interesting 🙂 It was very nice to have a few days of a much quieter house. This allowed us to really be able to focus on our little man. We don’t get much time with Miles alone (or Greta for that matter) so, we made sure to spoil him a little. I made his favorite lunch. I let him have cookies instead of fruit for snack. And the big deal- Joe and I took him to a movie! The last movie we took either of the kids to was Toy Story 3, so you can see we don’t get to go to movies often. Miles was so excited! We all had a great time, even though Miles only lasted about 3/4 of the movie before he got antsy and wanted to “go up the stairs”.  Next time we will make sure to select an animated film!

As you can see, Miles was much more interested in eating his candy and watching the previews than in bothering with a photo op!

finding the blessing.

26 07 2011

Another fever spike means another seizure. I hate these days.

Every time he has one it is so disappointing. I know what’s in store. Since his seizures last so long, we have been instructed to call 911.  Every. Time.

A trip to the ER means blood draws.  Yet another hospital visit to perpetuate his doctor anxiety.

He seems to catch any bug that other kids wouldn’t even be bothered by.  He seems to get high fevers easily.  His “anti-seizure” medication doesn’t seem to be doing it’s job.  We have to wonder if letting him get sick, essentially letting him have seizures will help build his immune system. Or should we just wrap him in saran wrap and lock him in the house?

But, there is blessing in these days.  We are grateful that he only has seizures as often as he does and not more frequently.  We feel God’s favor when the really good phlebotomist just happens to be working again.  And I cherish those 30 minutes after we had been dismissed from the ER where I got to sit with my 45 lb. sleeping baby all cuddled up on my lap. This is something he would normally never do.  On the drive home, he woke up just long enough to sing a few rounds of  “Oh, my darlin’ Clementine” before dozing off again.  With that simple song, everything is OK.

The rock song.

24 07 2011

“The Rock Song”

by Miles Lee

Row, row, row your boat gently down a stream,

Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary,

It’s a spider dream.