Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pillow please!

I went in to get Elly from her morning nap the other day and this is what I found! She started out "longways" on the other end of the crib, barrel-rolled to the other side and made herself a nice little pillow out of the bumper pad. This has now become her favorite napping pastime! Well...that AND grabbing the little fairies by their little toes and giving them a good shake. I guess that means it is time for the mobile to go. She loves that thing so much, that I have been putting off taking it down. She will be sad to see it go, but mommy would be even sadder if she walked in to find the overpriced, Pottery Barn Kids mobile, snapped in half with dead fairies strewn around the crib ;)

I'm just chillin' in my crib

Hmmm...which one of you will go first? That new TOOTH I have will make it easier to rip you all apart!

**You read right...I found Elly's first tooth this morning (bottom left)! She has been a little stinker the past few days and we had a feeling that a tooth may be making an appearance :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

HARVEST Moon Festival

I stand corrected from my last post...It was the Harvest Moon Festival, not the Full Moon Festival, that we enjoyed last weekend with Nana! I actually don't have any pictures from the festival itself (oops!) but I do have some from the fun filled day. We started our day at my parents house, where my mom had an oldie but goodie "new" (gotta love the neighborhood garage sale!) toy for Ellyson! She was quite intrigued by the loops, climbs and falls of the oh so pretty beads. She looked at, studied and grabbed them, but inevitably she did all that she could to make sure they ended up in her mouth :) We made our way to the square in downtown Granbury, where we walked around the tents and of course bought a few teeny bows for our teeny girl. We then made our way to Hank's for a little lunch. I enjoyed a turkey sandwich, my mom enjoyed her BLT and Elly...enjoyed her toes AND her new found freedom in a restaurant highchair!!!! She looked at, studied and grabbed the straps, but inevitably she did all that she could to make sure she got her mouth on it...Eeeeewwwww! Oh the oral fixation of this girl!

Mmmmm...the orange ones taste like pumpkin pie! toes taste like chicken!

How do I best go about getting this in my mouth? I bet it tastes like the flu AND cold virus all rolled into one!
*time to break out the shopping cart cover from Auntie Caroline! This mommy is one HUGE germ-a-phobe!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

7 months

It's a little late, but here it is..Elly's 7 month blog post! I don't really have much new to post on. Cutie girl is really starting to show that personality of hers! We have lots of giggles and LOTS of talking. The speech therapist in me, notices every sound that comes out of her sweet little mouth. She will ramble on "da, da, da, ga, ga, ta, ta, ba!" With such excitement I inform Kris, "Listen! She is using her bilabials...alveolars...velars!" He looks at me like I am a crazy lady. I tell him, it's a speech wouldn't understand :)

Check out my bow! It's actually in my hair...and stays in place!

**Stay tuned for pictures from the Full Moon Festival we took in with Nana last weekend! Elly had a big "first" moment during our lunch. You will have to wait to see what it was :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple Pie anyone?

I have had a few requests for my yummy, yummy apple pie recipe! it is (with the appropriate credit of course!).

Before I got married, my mom's dear friend, Donna Christman, threw me a bridal shower out in Granbury. One of their friends, Connie Angel, gave me the most wonderful gift...her favorite recipes! The 'Harvest Table Apple Pie With Delicious Crunchy Nut Topping' was one of them. It has now become a staple at the Berry/Coyle holiday's!

Pastry for two pie crust

6-8 medium apples
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3 T sugar
3 T melted butter or margarine
1/3 C Karo Blue Label Syrup
1/4 C brown sugar
2 T flour
3 T Karo Blue Label Syrup
2 T softened margarine or butter
1/4 C chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Prepare crust.

Fill bottom shell with peeled and sliced apples. In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, sugar, margarine and Karo syrup. Pour over apples. Cover with top crust and bake for approximately 30-35 mins. or until crust is brown and apples almost tender.

Before removing from oven, make topping by mixing brown sugar, flour, syrup, margarine and nuts. Pour over top of hot pie when removed from the oven. Place pie pan on a larger pan or foil to catch topping that may run off. Return to oven for about 3-5 mins. or until topping is bubbly.

Makes 1 (9 inch) pie.

Hey mom! I think I'm ready to try some apple pie!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Yoga anyone?

Elly decided to do a little yoga before breakfast the other day. Maybe she will be a cheerleader! Back to breakfast...Miss Thing has become quite the little eater. She will eat just about anything I scoop up on her little ole' spoon! She has tried a little of all the basics, and even some not so basics. The girl chowed down on some asparagus (pureed of course :) ) the other night! We went for round number two on avocado, and had a little better experience this time. "Better experience" meaning, at least she didn't throw up like the last time we gave it a whirl. I just can't let the avocado go without a fight. Oh well...all the more for me I guess!

I can do yoga AND suck my fingers. SOOOO talented!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rock and roll

For a few weeks now, Elly has been trying to figure out the whole "up on your hands and knees" thing. She would push up on her hands, fall back down, then pull those little knees up under her. She couldn't quite figure out how to do both at the same time. The other day it was like a light bulb went off! She got it! Well...kind of. She isn't able to get all the way up on her hands, but she can get up on her forearms and knees at the same time. It was as though she couldn't believe what she had been missing out on! She would push up and rock, rock, rock, back and forth. I got some pictures (of course) and a little video. I always feel so goofy when I go back and watch the videos. I sound like such a dork. You can pretty much count on a high pitched "say hiiiiii! Hiiiii" and "say bye, bye! Bye, bye". Viewer beware...this video is no different!

Here I go!

You gettin' this mom?

Oh the determination...

Weeeee...this is so much fun! (Have you ever seen such a cute plumbers crack? I think not!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Look at me...

...I can sit up all by myself! I have been meaning to post this for a about a week now, and just haven't gotten around to doing it. Thanks to Leanna for calling me out! After checking the blog, she informed me that I had not made a post a quite some time. Seeing that she is my supervisor, I figured I better get on top of things, for fear of what might happen ;) (Just kidding Leanna!)

Hmmm...what do I want to play with?
My crazy ball?

My super soft teddy?

Or my horse?

Getting a sitting picture may look like a breeze...but trust me when I tell you IT'S NOT! I thought I would stick in a "behind the scenes" picture. The day I took these, about half of them looked like the one below :)