Sunday Lists!

Real quick.. here's a picture of my list.. because I was too lazy to type it out yet that probably would have been a heck of a lot faster lol.

*that says hummus after grapes. apparently my pen ran out of ink mid 'm'

And I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, so forgive me if I'm repeating, but I thought I'd throw it out there since I've had people ask. Under no circumstance does my child ever get (store bought) juice. I say store bought because he obviously gets juice from fruits and I've made him smoothies before. He loves water and milk so that's what we stick with.

If your child (or even you!) is anything like mine, he can't seem to get enough dried fruit. I love giving it to G because not only is it relatively healthy (I only buy organic, sugar free) but it's so convenient and easy to take with you for a snack on the go. The only problem? Stuff is expensive for such a small package, especially when its organic. I decided the other day that my new DIY project would be to make my own dried fruit. I made about 90% of G's baby food and about 98% of the food he currently eats is not processed so why not? I did some research and found this page as my how to:

I'm pretty darn excited about it because it doesn't seem too difficult at all! The only thing is that now I need to get an electric food dehydrator ( because it would make this process so much faster and easier. While I could save the money and just put the fruit in the oven, having to keep an oven on all day with the door partially open is not an ideal situation when you have a 15 month old walking around getting into everything. So the dehydrator it is! I can't wait to be able to get this and start on it. I plan on making all the dried fruit I possibly can! Are you interested in trying it too? I think you should try it =)

Sunday Lists!

(As promised!) Here's my current list for this week's food for Gunnar. I'm thinking some things will probably change or be added but for now this is what I have:

"Main Dish"
Pita Bread
Peanut butter
Grilled Chicken
Noodles w/ Olive Oil
Green beans
Dried Mangos
Dried Fruit
Veggies Fries (they're basically 'chips' but made from veggies)

I Admit It...

I've been slacking on making (and posting) Gunnar's meal lists. Things have been SO hectic the last couple weeks that lunch time has been rushed almost every day. He's still been eating healthy though, except for that one day we had Chick-fil-a. And there's those times where he had to eat lunch in the car because we had to be somewhere so it was a quesadilla or pb sandwich and some goldfish. This week has been a little less busy, but we have had days where we've needed to run around a lot. Today though, we won't be in any rush and he can eat his nice healthy lunch. I haven't planned out what he's having completely yet but I'm thinking some of the left over chili from last night plus some soybeans. On Sunday I WILL remember to post my list for the following week!

Green Fingers

Most moms would use crayons....

we use highlighters....

and green markers...

because it creates this response...

and a slight mess on the face...

but still beautiful scribbles pictures

*if you know anything about me, you know that I have an obsession with highlighters and highlighting things off of my to-do lists (instead of crossing them out... that just looks messy). I'm assuming he's developed a love for highlighters like his mama <3

Gunnar's Growth *Updated!

Birth- 7 lbs 14 oz & 19 in
3 Days - 7 lbs 8.5 oz
5 Days- 7 lbs 4 oz & 19 in
2 Weeks- 7 lbs 15 oz & 19 3/4 in
4 Weeks 6 Days- 9 lbs 9 oz & 21 1/4 in
5 Weeks 5 Days- 9 lbs 7 oz
6 Weeks 3 Days- 9 lbs 1 oz
8 Weeks 5 Days- 9 lbs 8 oz & 22 in
12 Weeks- 10 lbs 1 oz & 23 in
4 months 3 days- 9 lbs 13 oz & 23 3/4 in 

6 months-  11 lbs 14 oz & 25 in
9 months-  14 lbs 2 oz & 26.5 in
12 months- 18 lbs 6 oz & 28.5 in
13 months - 19 lbs 9 oz & 28.5 in
15 months- 22 lbs 9 oz & 30.25 in
18 months- 25 lbs 9 oz & 32 in
2 years- 28.5 lbs & 34.5 in
2 1/2 years-  35.25in
2 years, 7 months- 30.1 lbs 

Hey May Not Speak Words....

but he sure is smart! My son that is, in case you didn't catch that. He has yet to say any words that we can understand, but he "talks" a lot now. All through out the day you will hear "ahh da!" and "ya ya ya ya" and "muh ma muh ma muh ma" and my favorite "mmmm" (which means yummy). Since I made this post, Gunnar has learned so much more! In addition to being able to point to one body part (his head) he now knows where his belly is and will lift up his shirt and show you when you ask.

Isn't that just adorable?  I was so happy to actually get a good video of it the first time around (score!). Gunnar now knows the following and will go get them when I ask/perform the action:

Puppy= his green puppy toy, Scout
Mr. Penguin= toy penguin that goes "wooo hooo" when you hit it haha
diaper. he won't always actually bring me a diaper, but he walks over to where they are
"get out of bed"
"throw the ball"

He also knows when I say "snack time" it means I'll be going into the kitchen to get him some food and he follows and tries to open the pantry. And finally.... he learned how to drink from a straw today! He did it once, and then had some trouble after that, but he does know now that he has to suck in order to get it out. I found an excellent technique online and it seems to really work. We just have to keep practicing so he remembers! 

Days are getting better and I find myself saying "don't touch that please" and "gunnar get out of there" less frequently, if at all. His listening skills are certainly improving and he's well aware of what he is and isn't allowed to do. 

Happy Mother's Day to all Mommies and Mommies 

to be! May your day be filled with joy and gratitude 

for the beautiful blessing God has blessed you with

New Blog!

I finally set up my blog dedicated solely to my photography.

I'm pretty darn excited.

So much so, that I've decided to type that this because it seems fitting.

You should go visit it.

And tell everyone you know.

If you want to,  of course.


All Aboard the Photography Train

Just like over half the blogs I follow, I too stalk the amazing Drew B. at Mom*Tog and amazing doesn't even describe her talent! Everyday this week she's giving away something special. And today, well today is something EXTRA special! It's her UnManual. Oh my oh my how I'd love to get my hands on that! Seeing as I'm still an amateur photographer, I love any and all tips, tricks, and suggestions I can get. I also like re-reading how things work with my camera so using it is second nature. 

Haven't read Mom*Tog before? Well you should! Even if you're not into photography, her blog may sway you towards it =)

On that note, I have some photos of the beautiful Miss.T to post soon!

Fun in the Yard!

This morning Gunnar got to "help" grandma with the gardening. And by help, I mean he grabbed his shovel and "shoveled" anything he could and walked around picking at plants.

Sunday Lists!

(I'm still working on a creative title for this weekly post)
Have you come up with your toddler's list of foods for this week? If so, post a comment with it! If not, maybe you can get some ideas from mine:

bell pepper
whole wheat pasta
string cheese
quesadilla (whole wheat)
peanut butter

My original list had some other things on it, but after this week I've found some additional foods that Gunnar doesn't like. Watermelon, oranges (except the juice), cucumber, and hamburgers are all "I'm going to toss this on the floor because it's gross" foods.