Saturday, October 31, 2009


We received a notice today that Christiana's finalization hearing with be on November 12th! We are so thrilled! We will have a lawyer representing us in Florida and we will be sworn in via telephone in the presence of a notary.

Hopefully, the fact that her name was spelled wrong on the notification documents doesn't mean it was spelled wrong on the other court documents. Otherwise, we might just have to give up and concede to calling her Christina.

No, not really!

The Noodle Dance

We're not sure why but the mention of noodles for dinner inspires this dance every time. This time Amanda was standing on her helping chair and had to get down to do the dance. She is a silly girl!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wanna see the new do?

I love my long hair and I like to keep it long for my hubby, but...

It takes a little time and a lot of aloe vera gel to make it look nice. Usually it is up in a large, heavy bun out of the way of dirty diapers and baby spit. During a season in life when I don't feel very good, having a short, fun cut makes me feel less frumpy when I have to get everyone out of the house and don't have the time or energy to fuss with my hair.

I decided to go big and get enough cut so could donate it. I tried to donate my hair when Tony was two but he got into the pony tail and pulled it all into a terrible mess. Here's the pony tail we cut off. I'm keeping it hidden from Amanda until I can get it mailed off.
So, are you ready to see the cut?
How about a little more?

Okay, now I'm just playing with the camera!

Here's the back.

And finally the front!

I really like it and it feels great. It ended up being a little shorter than I was expecting, but it will grow back soon enough. Especially since I probably won't have much time for hair cuts anytime in the near future.
Today, I had to leave Tony in charge of the girls because Mike couldn't get away from work. As Amanda was throwing a fit when I was leaving he begged me, "Please can't you take her with you?" She was happily watching Sponge Bob by the time I came back so he must have survived. Christiana was still sleeping like I expected.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

3 1/2 Months to Go!

Say good-bye to the long hair! I have a hair cut scheduled for Tuesday!
Remember last year's fall photos here and here? Things look a little different this year!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Gotta Love Minnesota!

Amanda was delighted to wake up and see snow on Saturday morning. She loves her winter clothes and couldn't wait to get outside to play after breakfast. She doesn't know it's only the beginning of October and it really should snow until at least the end of October!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Balanced Meal

Oats, eggs, cheese and cherries. You would consider that a balanced meal, right?
I was craving some cheese cake the other night but I can't eat store-bought because there is always wheat in the crust. So, I perused and found this simple recipe. I made a crust with ground oats, butter and sugar and baked one without a crust.

1 lb. cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1/8 tsp. vanilla


1/2 pt. sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

3 tbsp. sugar

Cream the cream cheese. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well. Pour batter into a 9-inch greased pie plate. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.

Combine topping ingredients and pour over pie to within 1/2 inch of edge of the plate. Allow topping to firm in refrigerator at least 4 hours (overnight is best).

I added cherry pie filling after they had chilled overnight. I sampled a piece of the crusty cake before going to bed and was a little disappointed because it wasn't quite the right texture. But by the time I got up with the baby again, it was perfect!

The crustless cake took less time to cook than the one with crust. Here it has been cooling and collapsed and the crusty one is right out of the oven and still puffed up.

Because my crust was so thick, I only put the sour cream topping on the crustless cake, but the flavor is much better with the topping. Vanilla yogurt would make a good topping, too.

The crustless cake is definitely quicker and easier to make but without the oats, I can't consider it a balanced meal. :)

I am still dealing with food aversions and the need to eat frequently so my silly rational is based on the fact that this was a food that I liked, was balanced with protein, fats and carbs, and only gave me a slight stomach ache. I'm going to enjoy it while I can because I plan to go dairy-free for nursing Christiana in February, but more on that later.