*15 Months*

8:38 PM



Age:  15 months

Stats: 22 lbs 4 oz

Sleep:  Sleeps through the night... except for the 2nd week in January when she got 4 molars at the same time.  No one got much sleep that week.  

Clothing: She's growing out of the 12-18 month pants we've bought her.  She's so tall.  However, I technically have no idea how tall she actually is other than she's the exact height as our dining table.  

Favorite Foods:  Pizza, turkey, roasted red pepper humus, veggie straws, poptarts, meatballs, mandarin oranges, Pirate's Booty, all-beef hotdog wieners and cucumbers.

Favorite Activities:  Turning the pages in her books.  Playing with straws.  She knows where my stash of paper straws are in the pantry and she loves to get in there and pull them all out; one by one.  She likes to brush her hair.  Also, climbing.  We can't keep this girl off the kitchen table. (It's so hard to be consistent when they do it over and over.)  We simply have to redirect her attention to something else and we have to do this about 20+ times a day.  Putting together puzzles and playing in the tupperware drawer.   Her new favorite thing to watch along with George, Kipper, and Pooh is Emmy and Max from Dragon Tales.  She absolutely LOVES the dragons!  We think Zak and Weezie might be her favorites.  (She waves and giggles at them mostly.)  She's also known to sit through an episode or two of HGTV. 
  
Favorite Things:
puzzle  :  snack cups  :  banana  :  humidifier  :  book  :  pop-up toy

Funny Things I Do:  Cutting her eyes to Daddy when I tell her "no, no" as if to say, "he'll say yes".  Sometimes when she stands up she'll just stand there with her arms dangling down and her back humped like a little monkey... so cute.  She makes the best faces.  She has realized lately that she has a tongue and she'll stretch her mouth open as wide as she can and stick her tongue out.  It's hysterical looking.  (But then she tries to take her tongue out of her mouth.)  And she still loves putting random things on her head and it leave us in stitches... clothes, blankets, headbands, and lately, plastic plates.  

Other Milestones:  Walking around toys and furniture one-handed.  Standing for longer periods of time.  She understands "Come here" and "No, No".  She has started using a spoon the right way.  It no longer gets slung across the room like a comet with a yogurt tail. She also "pretends" that she's eating by smacking her lips together when she's playing with her toy spoons and forks.  

Highlights

What a month!  Juliet got to see snow for the first time.  It did snow last year, but we didn't take her out into it.  We stayed inside where it was warm and cozy.  I remember getting "the call" last year saying that we wouldn't have school and I was so excited to get a day home with my baby.  This picture was taken that night.  Crazy to think it was a year ago.  

Last year


This year



Having fun at Pappy's (New Years)


Shopping for houses


Making coffee


Walking with Daddy


Being silly in pigtails


Went to sleep in her pirate hat



Complimentary Foods for Lunch, Dinner, & Dessert.

9:36 AM
Over the past two days, we've mostly stayed inside because of the 2 inches of snow and slush that's frozen on the roads.  However, we did find a pizza place that was open yesterday... Made for a fun napkin lunch while we all unthawed from playing in the snow outside.  To keep from going crazy, I whipped up a few recipes to compliment some foods we had leftover in the fridge. 

 Let's start with dessert, because... why not?  Thursday I made some cream cheese frosting to go on top of lemon pudding that I made earlier in the week.  I wish I would've had some limoncello to add, but no such luck...  


LEMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 pkg of cream cheese
1/4 c of sugar
*you can also you powdered sugar or brown sugar*
1/2 Tb of fresh lemon juice 
*or vanilla if you don't want it to have a lemon flavor*
4 Tbs of milk
mix all ingredients until creamy and pipe.
add to cupcakes, cakes, puddings, or cookies.


 Friday for lunch we had wedge salads and I made an awesome dressing to go with it.  


WEDGE SALAD DRESSING
1 c mayonaisse
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 c sour cream
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp distilled white vinegar
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
wisk all ingredients together and 
add to wedge salads, caesar salads, pizza, or veggies.

Saturday we had hamburgers and I've always wanted to find a great roasted red potato recipe.  I've tried several, but none had the taste I wanted.  I combined two recipes here to make a brand new one... and I think I'm on to something!  


ROASTED RED POTATO WEDGES
6-8 red potatoes cut into wedges
3 Tbs of flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
*for seasoning I used Zoe's Kitchen's Spice of Life seasoning*
(We use it on so many things... burgers, steaks, veggies, etc.)
If you don't have access to Zoe's Kitchen's seasoning, you can add in 
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley flakes

Add all ingredients into a plastic bag and shake.
Line baking sheet with foil and cover foil with olive oil.
Bake at 450 for 20 mins
Take out and flip all wedges.
Continue baking for another 20 mins. 

Sorry, you've probably all gained 5 lbs just from reading this post... sorry!  Enjoy the last day of the weekend and hopefully the "Sunday blues" won't set in for a least a couple more hours.  









Valentine's Day Prep & Big News!

9:25 AM
Relax, I'm not pregnant.  The big news is that our house went on the market Monday night!  Ok, well it's big news for us.  We're not sure where we're moving to, but we're excited.  (More like half scared/half excited.)  We've lived in this house for 3 years.  That's 3 years of memories: holidays, graduations, parties, bringing home baby, etc., so it'll definitely be hard leaving her behind as we go on with our lives.  There really isn't a specific reason for selling other than the market is really good right now... that and the fact that we're completely out of our minds for moving- again.  Honestly, we would rather be in a different part of Charlotte; closer to Joey's work, church, and the city.  We've been looking for another house for the past 2 months and now that our's is for sale, we can start thinking about offers, paperwork, and all that fun stuff.  Our first open house is tomorrow... keep your fingers crossed!


On another note, I had to rip down all my Christmas decor really fast before we left for PA, (we met Joey's family there for New Years), so that our realtor could do a showing, and as always I was sad to see it all go.  Since we've been back, I've been sneaking a few pink and red things around the house...
Moving can't stop us from having some holiday fun!  Juliet's not impressed with the new Valentine's decorations...  Ha, that face!


She is going to love all the valentine stickers and glitter this year, for sure.  Last year we bought her a little mailbox for her highchair that we could pack all of her goodies into each year.  Here are a couple of my ideas for this year!  

tights  :  book  :  pillows  :  lights

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to a new year!  Ours has been pretty busy and hectic with our PA trip, trying to keep the house tidied and tour-ready with a 1 year old, and cleaning out the house of junk so we can start thinking about boxes, 
labels, packaging tape, and bubble wrap! 

Speaking of moving, I will leave you with one of my favorite moments from Friends.  (It's between this one and Ross's leather pants episode.  "The lotion and powder have made a paste." Hahahaha!)  Joey and I always seem to work in the "Piv-aaat" moment some time during the process of moving.  Chandler get's me every time.   Have a great weekend everyone!