Wednesday, December 24, 2008
If you did not receive a Christmas card, please accept my deepest apologies.
You may direct all hate-mail and disgruntled comments to mirmandy27(at)yahoo(dot)com. Please remember to include your address so we can avoid this situation in the future.
Otherwise, have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2009!
Posted by Miranda at 4:44 PM
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We spent Azalea's first Thanksgiving in Idaho. It was a nice quiet dinner with my parents, brother, grandpa, and aunt. I loved the fact that it was like any other Sunday dinner, except it was Thanksgiving so we had to have massive amounts of food.
Luckily for Azalea, she is all about the table food these days so she got to eat what everybody else was eating. I also discovered that the majority of food we eat on Thanksgiving is pretty much baby food consistency...mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, jello...apparently we're not big fans of chewing on this particular holiday.
We decided to give Azalea a chance to manage her own portions with the mashed potatoes. She took this opportunity to cram the biggest fistful of potatoes possible into her mouth. She was not pleased with the result.
By the end of the meal however, she had figured it out and spent a good while banging her plate on her tray signaling that she would like more food to go into her mouth.
Now that we're home we realize that we have effectively trained Azalea to beg. If we sit down in the living room with food she's at our side as fast as her fat little legs can get her over to us smacking her lips and giving us the "whatcha eatin'?" look. Keep in mind that we don't allow our DOG to beg but do we allow our baby?...you betcha.
Posted by Miranda at 11:29 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Also, I never told you about our costumes! Nate and I dressed up as Juno and Paulie. Because teen pregnancy is awesome.
Okay that's all. I'm happy now.
*Photos By Ben
Posted by Miranda at 8:05 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
What! Hiking in November? You betcha. The weather was beautiful and rumored to be in the high 50s. There was a tiny bit of snow on the ground and everything looked gorgeous. I love you Colorado. (I love you too Miranda)
Azalea was a freakin' champ on the hike. She sang and talked in her carrier and didn't get fussy until it was time to turn around and go back. I thought I would be able to pack her on the hike since I carry her around all day right? right? Ummm...no. Turns out carrying her while you're walking around the house is somewhat different from walking up a rocky slope. I gave her to Nate about 10 minutes in.
Fortunately, Ben provided us with some shreds of evidence that I was actually there. Yeah, I know what you all were thinking. I sent Nate and Zayley off for a hike while I stayed home eating my homemade muffins. Well Ha! Here I am!
And here I am again!
Thanks again for the motivation and the pic Ben.
Posted by Miranda at 9:32 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Voting takes place during the month of November so don't delay. Besides the voting you can eat some of Happy Cakes WONDERFUL cupcakes. Remember, Tuesdays are $2 days! The winner of the photo contest gets TWO DOZEN cupcakes you guys. That's more than enough to share right?
Posted by Miranda at 3:32 PM
Friday, November 7, 2008
Posted by Nate at 3:19 PM
Friday, October 31, 2008
Also, sometimes I don't like getting my picture taken.
Posted by Miranda at 11:07 AM
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Anyway, you may notice a few changes to our blog background over the next few weeks. Unless you read our blog with a feed reader which I'm assuming most of you do.
Please don't mind the mess. And no making fun of my lack of html/css skillz.
Posted by Miranda at 10:46 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Assessment of Traditional and Novel Membrane Processes for Recovery of Cooling Tower Water in Geothermal Power Plants
Posted by Nate at 11:58 AM
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It seems like when I have bad days, I lose all ability to cope with Azalea's evening neediness. And yes, contrary to popular opinion, Zayley does cry and demands face time in the evening. I've learned that I have to consciously tell myself the morning after a bad day that "today is a new day." Otherwise, the fact that Zayley is crying first thing in the morning would probably set me off just as quickly as it did the night before. So far, it works wonderfully. Also, taking pictures of my baby's nasty cookie face helps a lot too. Seriously, how did she get the goo to look like a goatee?
So don't worry about work, mom. Come to Denver and eat cookies with Zayley instead! In the meantime, I'm taking applications for somebody to keep my blog updated. I just don't have time. The pay is...well, the pay is not good.
Posted by Miranda at 7:52 PM
Monday, September 22, 2008
Azalea's mouth is wide open whenever she plays with Izzy. We're not sure if it is just because she's excited or because she actually contemplates putting EVERYTHING into her mouth. Even big fuzzy alive things.
After she had played a while, Azalea puller herself to a stand on Izzy. Yeah, you read right. I was in just as much shock as you so I didn't get a good picture of it. Oh well, it wasn't the first time anyway. The first time was yesterday in church...on her carseat. Whew...here we go.
Posted by Miranda at 8:54 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I couldn't be bothered with a decent setup for these photos...I had to get Z in that thing and take pictures FAST. Of course you know there will be plenty more pictures to come...in better light, with actual posing, and adorable baby tutuness.
Also, these pictures should quell any suspicions that Azalea does not in fact LOVE the camera. One flash and she's workin' it.
The card inside said the tutu came from Tiffany Wheeler at The Maddie Patch (which is a shop on ETSY). Clearly, Tiffany is a genius in the baby tutu design arena. It's highly likely that I'll be purchasing from her in the future.Also, nobody needs to worry about buying any more clothes for Azalea. She'll pretty much just be wearing this as long as it fits.
Posted by Miranda at 2:27 PM
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I recently gave up the rules of introducing new foods to Azalea. You know, the ones that are like,
1. Wait 2-3 days between new foods that are introduced.
2. Introduce vegetables before fruits (which Neve will tell you doesn't work anyway)
3. I don't remember the other ones that I'm not following.
I pretty much give her whatever I can grind or smash up. No don't panic...I'm not giving her peanuts, egg whites, or cow's milk...I know better than that. But since Nate and I don't have any food allergies, our pediatrician (currently one of my favorite professionals in the whole wide world) gave us the go ahead to be a little lax in our feeding habits.
I tried to drag my feet on introducing solids to Azalea, truly I did. But she was insistent. She was grabbing food off of our plates, eating peas ecstatically, and smacking her lips whenever I ate in front of her. Neve finally laid the smack down and said, "Miranda...she's ready to eat solid foods. You should feed her something." Fine.
Oh how I love sticky messy baby. No seriously, I do. I strongly believe in babies making messes.
All in all, another successful evening meal. For those of you who are curious, Azalea also enjoys eating: avocados, bananas, peas, sweet potato, plums, oatmeal, cupcake frosting, limes, paper, cell phones, and your finger.
Posted by Miranda at 7:07 PM