Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Aaaaargh! Spiders!

Today, was the second day of bug week. I asked Aiden which bugs he wanted to talk about this week and he chose spiders for today's activity. I know that spiders aren't bugs exactly, but they are similar enough for me!

We went to the library after morning preschool and checked out six different bug books. Aiden has already decided that we will be doing dinosaurs next week. He sat in the floor and looked at a book of dinosaur skeletons while I searched for all of our bug books. I can't wait to be able to take him to see the actual skeletons at the Natural History Museum! He is going to LOVE it! Anyways, back on to spiders...

I am terrified of spiders, a fact that Aiden is well aware of. So when we found, Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks, I thought it would be perfect for us. Unfortunately, I didn't read it first. The spider in the story wants (and gets) to become the family pet. I really hope Aiden doesn't get any ideas from that book!

We then made a very non-scary handprint spider and had a special spidery snack.

The ingreedients for our yummy spider: oreos, pretzel sticks, red hots, and icing (to make eyes stick)

Stop! Don't eat them yet!

My spider example

Working Hard

Aiden's spiders

I Love how he concentrates so hard on painting his hand!

Aiden asked to give it red eyes since we used the red hots earlier

Our final "happy" spider

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

In honor of the warmer weather, I decided that Aiden and I would do some "Springy" activities this week. Today, we read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and then made a ladybug of our own.

While I was getting everything ready, Aiden was running around acting crazy! He stripped down to his underwear. What can I say, it must be a family thing! (see today's earlier post) Then he found the glitter and asked if we could use it on our activity. I'm so proud of him for coming up with a creative idea all by himself!

He was so excited about using the glitter that he threw the spots on the ladybug as quickly as he could. Saying, "Is it time for the glitter now?!"

He said, "That is way too much!!!"

Our finished bug!

Where have I left my Brain?

I have always heard of "pregnancy brain" but don't remember being affected by it with Aiden. This time around, oh my goodness! I hope I can blame all of this scatterbrained behavior on pregnancy. If not, I'm in serious trouble!

Well, today during my lunch break, I did a short workout and then showered. I was feeling really sick after getting out of the shower and thought that eating a couple of crackers might make me feel better. So, I went into the kitchen wearing only my underwear and a camosile top. I then stood at the table and made a couple of peanut butter crackers. Once I had finished eating, I grabbed my jeans and got dressed. That's when I finally looked out our glass door....

Oops! There were a group of young college guys standing on their deck directly across from us. My first thought was maybe they didn't notice. Then I thought oh, no! If I can see them, they can see me. And yeah, they were completely gaping. Guess they haven't seen many pregnant girls standing in front of a glass door eating crackers in their underwear! No one is EVER outside during the middle of the day and it didn't even cross my mind that the blinds were open. Oh my goodness! So embarrassing!

Another Healthy Recipe

My bloggy friend, Fancine is hosting a giveaway on her blog. To enter this giveaway, she has asked for a healthy recipe. She is getting ready to start a healthy blog and I can't wait to see it! I am all about keeping my family healthy! Anyway, I thought I would share one of my favorite healthy recipes here.

Costa Rican-style Snapper with Pineapple, Black Beans, and Rice
3/4 c uncooked long grain brown rice
4 Tbsp orange juice
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pinch (about 1/16 tsp) sugar
4 snapper filets (I sometimes use talapia)
1 3/4 c medium salsa
1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 c chopped pineapple
1. Preheat oven to 4ooF and cook rice according to package instructions.
2. In a large shallow bowl, combine orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, 2 tbsp cilantro, garlic, and sugar, plus salt and pepper to taste. Add snapper fillets and marinate for 15-20 minutes.
3. In a 3-quart baking dish, combine rice, salsa, beans, and 1 tbsp cilantro. Place snapper over mixture, overlapping fillets if necessary. Spoon remaining marinade over fish.
4. Bake uncovered until fish is cooked through and oaque, about 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cilantro on top and serve.
Makes 4 servings (about 466 calories, 10 g fat per serving)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Stay at Home Saturday

I have been feeling pretty yucky all day and didn't really have the energy to leave the house. That's really rare for me because I get sooo bored staying in one place!

Last night after Aiden's program, Matt came home and Aiden watched him play Guitar Hero. As soon as Aiden got up this morning, he asked me if we could play. He wanted me to play with the guitar and he got his drum from his room. It was so cute and he had a blast! Matt came downstairs and said, "I wondered what you all were doing. It sounded like you were building a house."

Aiden with his drum and keyboard. He loves music!

I'm not sure if you can see it in this picture, but Aiden got a huge "boo-boo" on his left cheek. Last night, he opened the door and our dog got really excited and ran out pushing the door back right into his face. It was terrible! And we were supposed to have pictures made this week...

I was cleaning out the refrigerator and saw that our blueberries had dried up. This made me think about a gender test that I read about on BBC. It's called the Blueberry Test. Since I was bored and would have to throw the blueberries out anyway, I thought I would try it.

You boil the blueberries for 5 minutes.

You're then supposed to wait until it cools and remove some of the juice. You then add an equal part of urine to the juice. If it stays blue, it's a boy. If it turns green, you're having a girl.

I poured the juice in a plastic cup and it was so dark. There is NO WAY that the same amount of urine would turn that green! I just don't see how that's even possible!


The Blueberry Test says, It's a Boy!

Although I think this is a pretty bogus test, it did agree with the results from the other two tests. Maybe I AM going to have another little boy!

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Preschool Musical

Tonight was Aiden's Preschool Spring Program. He just recently started going to this preschool (for 3 hours on MWF) since my grandmother can no longer watch him as much. He is extremely shy and since he is still getting used everything, I really wasn't sure how he was going to do during his performance. But he did an awesome job! During the Christmas program at his old school, he was supposed to be standing in the back row and he sat down where no one could see him and he refused to stand up! Tonight, he actually sat on the stage and sang along with his friends! I was sooo proud of him!
The Whole School. The theme was Community Helpers

I know this picture is a little dark, but it was the best I could do from my seat. Aiden is sitting in the middle of the front row.

No, I couldn't understand a word they said either! But they were cute! And we did get programs with the words of each song. Aiden is sitting on the very end of the front row.
Being Silly!
Aiden and his friends were mail carriers. They each painted a white tee shirt and wore a sash. (I think they were supposed to be presents that were being delivered. Their tee shirts said, To: You

Aiden's Preschool crafts. All centered around the mail carrier theme.

I LOVE this one!


The scene: Playing outside with sidewalk chalk
Aiden: Is meat good?
Me: Yes. Eating a little bit of meat is good for you.
Aiden: Monkeys hate meat.
Me: (to myself) Where did that come from?!

The scene: It's 4:45 and we just finished an art project. When Aiden stays with my grandmother, he eats dinner at 4:30.
Aiden: Mommy, are we going to eat today?
Me: Of course!
Aiden: I need to eat now! I'm really hungry.

The Scene: Driving Aiden to my grandmother's house after preschool.
Me: Did you know that when we move to Washington D.C., Mommy will get to stay home with you every day?
Aiden: (with a HUGE smile) I like that. That will be great!
Me: We'll be able to do activities every day and go to the park and the zoo.
Aiden: That will be neat! The lions and tigers and bears and leopards might try to eat us!
Me: (to myself) Oh no, not again! I thought we were over the whole getting eaten thing!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rainbow Fish Activity

I found this cute little project on my bloggy friend, Kati's blog, Country Girl, City Life. As soon as I read this post I knew I just had to do this activity with Aiden!

I cut out the fish outline while Aiden was playing with drawing with markers. It took awhile because I'm not the best drawer! The first fish looked more like a whale. While this wouldn't have bothered Aiden in the least, I had to keep trying!

We then went to the library and checked out Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. When we got home, we read the book a couple of times. Aiden LOVES reading!

Our glue didn't want to pour, so I let him paint glue on his fish. He thought that was great.

The lighting was terrible and not a single picture came out!

A Finished Rainbow Fish
When he was finished with Rainbow Fish, he spotted the "whale" and said, "Let's make him a friend!"

I gave Aiden a bowl of sequins. And instead of picking each one up and arranging it (like I would have done) he just dumped the entire bowl out onto the fish!
And then he painted over the sequins with more glue...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Seared Salmon with Mango Salsa and Avocado Recipe

This post is for MyWorld! In one of my posts yesterday, I mentioned that I made this for dinner last night and she requested that I share the recipe. I try to cook pretty healthy and get most of my recipes from Women's Health magazine. I just checked out their website the other day and discovered an awesome healthy recipe finder which I am going to be using a lot!

1 ripe mango, pitted, peeled, and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper, seeded
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno chile pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 wild salmon fillets (about 2 pounds, 1" thick)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups mashed avocado

1. To prepare the salsa: In a small bowl, toss together the mango, bell pepper, onion, lime juice, mint, chile pepper, and salt. Cover and chill at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

2. To prepare the salmon: In a large shallow baking dish, combine the lemon juice, paprika, and salt. Place the salmon in the dish and flip to coat both sides. Marinate, covered, for up to 1 hour in refrigerator.

3. Remove the fillets from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the fillets for 15 minutes, turning once, or until opaque. On each of 6 plates, place 1/3 fillet of salmon topped with 1/2 cup salsa and 1/4 cup avocado.

When I set his plate in front of him, Aiden looked at it and said, "Is this my dinner?" He made a face, but proceeded to eat every bite! When he was finished, he said, "I don't like that too much." Hmm... He never eats all of his meal... So, I'm trying to figure that one out!

Wordless Wednesday

How many times do I have to say, 'We don't run with sticks!" Seriously!

Join Kati at Country Girl, City Life for more Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Sunny Day

Today is supposed to be the last warm, sunny day that we're going to be having for awhile. The forecast predicts rain, rain, and more rain. Ugh! So Aiden and I spent most of the day outside enjoying the sun!

First, we played with sidewalk chalk and sidewalk paint. Aiden actually managed to empty all 3 bottles of paint today.

Then Aiden decided that he wanted to play with Kenai, so we went out in the backyard.

Here is Aiden's stick collection. He is very proud of it! And although our dog loves sticks, Aiden has taught her that these are off limits!

But he does share with her sometimes!

(We actually had to change clothes because it was so warm!)

We then went on a 3 1/2 mile walk and then it was time to make dinner.

Tonight, I made seared salmon with mango salsa and avocado. It took forever! The icky stuff on the side is the avocado. It was supposed to go on top, but Matt isn't a huge fan and requested it on the side...

Aiden painted and played with play doh while I cooked. At one point, he was being really quiet and I looked over at him. He was naked and had blue paint all over his arms and legs. What am I going to do with him?!!
It's been a fun day, but now I'm exhausted! Matt surprised me with a copy of the Twilight movie, and he said that he would try to watch it with me tonight until it got too boring!