Monday, June 29, 2009

#175 - Baby O's birthday dinner

It's been a busy week. Baby O turned 1! We had 2 celebrations, one on his real birthday with Oma & Opa and one this past weekend with all the family and friends.

On his real birthday we had shish kabobs. And I got the best BBQ marinade from here. I tweaked it just a little because I didn't have lemon pepper.

BBQ Sauce:

1/2 cup ketcup
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 T vegetable oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons pepper

Marinate the chicken (up to four breasts) in the sauce for at least an hour or so and then grill on low.

I will totally make this again.


Monday, June 22, 2009

#174 - I don't know if they are all true

But thought this was interesting...

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

............Now you know everything

Thursday, June 18, 2009

#173 - Look a Likes

At different times, people have told me that Baby O looks like the characters above. I think he looks like Jack Jack.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

#172 - morning walk with baby O


This boy has never ending energy, so Pepe and I take him on lots of walks down our street. We usually can't get very far past our driveway because he is so enamored with all the rocks and sticks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

#171 - Free Passport Photos

My sister, Kar, needs to get her passport renewed. I tried to take some photos of her, but she couldn't get her facial expressions right. This photo is my favorite...it's like she is saying, "what, why won't you let me into your country?" Then, I took it to the extreme and turned the photo green.

Wanna make your own passport photo? Go here. It's really easy, just remember to click on the "do it yourself" option and "download for free". You can then print it at home or send it to walmart/costco. If you do the latter, you'll have to re-save it as another title for it to work.

Monday, June 15, 2009

#170 - Part 3 (of 3) Gettysburg

So the last leg of our trip, we went to Gettysburg. I can't believe that I'd never been before and we live so close. We got there after the museum closed, but it was sort of fun to be there at night on the battlefields and imagine how it must have been during the Civil War.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

#169 - Newman's Own Sweet Enough


This is my new favorite cereal and Baby O's too. Huge fan of any thing Newman's makes (they donate their proceeds to charity), plus the only ingredients in this cereal are rice, wheat, sugar, strawberries, salt, barley and vitamin E (and a whole bunch of other vitamins).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

#168 - life in comics


My life feels like this right now.

Never thought there would be a comic to fit my life to a t . . . but it couldn't be more spot on :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

#167 - sportin new shoes


Since my sister Kar has been here, she's inspired me to wear different shoes besides my black crocs. Red and pink are now part of my wardrobe colors.

Here's a picture from our walk tonight after the crazy rain storm.


ps...one year ago today, we picked up Baby O's crib (just saw it on my calendar)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

#165 - Part 2 (of 3) Chocolate World


Yep, on my day off this week, our second stop was Hershey's Chocolate World. (first stop here.) Loads of fun and it was free.

There's a free ride that takes you on a chocolate tour. Think Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland Ride meets Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The ride has this super loud music with lyrics like, "eat chocolate, it's the best chocolate in the world, chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate...yum, yum, eat, eat" or something like that (brainwashing). They even spray chocolate smell into the air.

After the ride, they let you out into a massive store of chocolate and candy. Yikes! Here's a couple more photos:

Kar, my sister took this cool photo.

And part 3 of our adventure is coming soon, here's a hint:

Friday, June 5, 2009

#164 - 60 year old baby outfit


Baby O's Opa wore this over 60 years ago. His mom (aka Baby O's great grandma) made this and it is even more adorable in person. It has thin cream/brown strips and is made with a thin linen. I love how it crosses in the back and how it shows off his baby legs.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

#163 - Feliz Cumpleanos Casi!


Dear Casi,
Happy Birthday or should I say, Feliz Cumpleanos! You're a wonderful sister. Here's some words to describe you:

young (you're still in your 20's, i'm jealous)
pretty
fun to talk to
energetic (i need your energy with Baby O)
funny
happy
trustworthy

I hope you eat lots of quesadillas today!

Love you,
me

ps . . . Fred Rogers called and is wondering if you lost your kitty?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

#162 - Part 1 (of 3)- Intercourse, PA

No, this is not a 3 part post on where babies come from . . .. . . rather, I took a last minute day off from work and jammed 3 big trips into one day. Here's the first part of the trip with my sister, my brother, his wife (pregnant with Baby O's first cousin on my side of the family) and Baby O.

We went to Intercourse, PA, yes, that is the name of the city.
It's a small Amish town.
We went to Intercourse Pretzel Factory, got a free tour and learned how to make pretzels.
Next, we went to Kitchen Kettle Village. My favorite store was the Jam kitchen, they had over 80 jams you could sample. I ended up buying rhubarb jam, low sugar raspberry jam and these cute cookie cutters.
stay tuned for part 2 of our trip . . . here's a hint:

Monday, June 1, 2009

#161 - uncooked tortillas . . . why can't i find these anywhere?

When my sister flew out here a few weeks ago, my mom sent her with a package of uncooked tortillas from Costco. They are so good and remind me of the Cafe Rio.

I need to make this.
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