Friday, June 24, 2011

tokki watch: eighteen weeks

Eighteen Weeks

It's the little things that make you so sweet,
like how you grab my hand with both of your small ones with all of your strength and bring it to your mouth
the way you giggle at the ABC's and "doo!"
how you fuss when I'm out of sight
how your ear acts like a stamp on my arm when I hold you
your frustrated face when that mobile giraffe is always just out of reach
your adorable Puss in Boots eyes
like how you gag sometimes because of your finger but you don't learn and do it again
the delight in your eyes when you wake up in the morning and see me and when Daddy comes home.

piyo piyo boy
piyo piyo boy

How do other moms not post a billion pictures of their little ones? I'm trying to practice self-control but I must indulge family (hi grandma!) and Mommy loves sharing!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Over the Weekend

We got a new car! {Mini Countryman Cooper S} I'm in love.

mini countryman cooper s
mini countryman cooper s

We went to Tare's company picnic which had a Country Carnival theme. We didn't do much there but next year, when tokki is a bit older I think we'll have a lot of fun in the kids' areas. tokki was asleep in the carrier the whole time. :)

Aera Country Carnival
Aera Country Carnival
Aera Country Carnival

Aera Country Carnival

How was your weekend?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Father & sonFather & son
Father & sonFather & son

Tare,
You've taken to fatherhood so naturally, just like I always knew you would. I'm grateful and so blessed that you're the man you are and tokki and I love you so much.
Happy first Father's day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

tokki watch: seventeen weeks

Seventeen Weeks

My little baby,

I can't believe it has been almost a year that I've dedicated weekly blog posts to you. I look forward to taking pictures of you every Thursday morning and wonder how you could be growing so fast.
These posts are my little love notes to you and I hope you'll enjoy looking through them when you're older.

Seventeen Weeks

This week: you reached 17 lbs, you rolled over for the first time, you drooled excessively with your fingers (and everything else in reach) in your mouth, you played with (pulled on?) Aji, and you sang along with Mommy to good music.
buddies

the process of waking up
I love you I love you I love you.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Recipe Recommendations

I've been cooking a bit more these days, been feeling inspired by all the deliciousness I see on pinterest I guess. I had to share these two recipes with you because they are goooooooooood. And easy=fast which is awesome when you have a little baby that wants to be held a lot!

Food Blogga - Southwest Roasted Yam & Caramelized Onion Tacos
*I added avocados and it was amazing. You could probably add bell peppers or whatever else you want in your tacos and it would be great and still really easy and quick 30 minute meal.

Oh She Glows - 15 minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
*Seriously creamy, healthy, so fast and perfect when you don't have much else in the fridge.

(I'm sorry I don't have pictures, I made it when I was hungry and there was no time for pretty pictures, just eating!)
Please cook it, devour it, and come back to tell me you enjoyed it. :)

Any recommendations for me?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New layout & Things I Love

If you're on a reader, click on over and check out my fresh new summery layout! :) (Thanks B!)

and just to be random, here are 7 things I love right now!
01. Pinterest... I finally just asked someone to invite me to pinterest since the wait list was not getting back to me since a long, long time ago and I absolutely love it! It's simple, it's a bunch of beautiful images, and it's all in one place on the web for me to browse and collect onto my own boards. I've been on it all day. :) Are you on it? Share your username with me!

02. Walks at the park... After Tare gets home from work, the whole family heads on over to the park to take a nice long walk before dinner. It's been helping us to get moving, get some fresh air and enjoy the unusually mild & beautiful weather.

03. Express jeans... Now that I'm a new size I need new jeans and low rise just won't cut it. I need something to hold me all in and Express has the nice mid-rise jeans to do it. I didn't know it was so tough to find affordable mid-rise jeans though.

04. Baby laughs... My son is laughing every day and it's the happiest sound that brings a smile to my face. If baby's laughs make you smile too, take a look here!

05. Summer dresses... flirty, fun, and so easy to get dressed & feel pretty!

06. Dinner on the grill... 'nuff said.

07. Colorado... My home state which we will be visiting in a few months! Wee!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Takoyaki at Home!

I recently purchased a Williams-Sonoma Ebelskiver pan with delicious takoyaki (octopus balls) in mind. If you haven't heard of or seen takoyaki before, it's a Japanese street food that is basically batter cooked with octopus, fried tempura batter bits, red pickled ginger, and green onion topped with takoyaki/okonomiyaki sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, bonito flakes, and seaweed flakes.

After the first flip...
Takoyaki
After the second rotation...
Takoyaki
The necessary finishings...
Takoyaki
The completed awesomeness!
Takoyaki
Takoyaki

It was so much easier than I expected following the recipe and flipping the batter in the pan. I cannot wait to make these again and try out some different fillings and sauces!

Have you had takoyaki before? If you haven't, it's definitely worth trying! If you happen to have an ebelskiver pan too and would like to try it out, this is the recipe I followed. I made do without the red ginger and substituted the fried tempura bits with fried onion bits and it turned out fine. Made 10 balls.

Friday, June 3, 2011

tokki watch: fifteen weeks

Fifteen Weeks

My handsome little man,

How you've grown! Sometimes I look at your newborn photos and just can't believe you're the same baby here in my arms. Somehow your cheeks keep getting chubbier and Mommy's favorite pastime is kissing them all day. Mwah mwah mwah!

My, how you've grown!

Tummy time has been so much fun these days! You're holding up your head like a champ and I swear you're trying to crawl already. You're strengthening your leg muscles for sure by standing up on Mommy & Daddy's laps all the time.

tummy time

Can I please stop time? I want to hold onto you the way you are right now forever ♥. Your giggling and babbling is pure joy!

Mommy loves loves loves you oh so much!