Thursday, June 30, 2011

Big Girl

                                                            Lifting weights at Academy

Her new backpack and lunchbox for "school" came in this week.  It's precious but almost as big as she is.  When I hooked her lunchbox on the back she fell over...oops.

Dipping chips in "sauce" (queso)

                 Driving the car at the grocery store...this is before she tried to climb out the front window.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Beach

I've always been a beach bum.  I love laying out with a good book or magazine, listening to the waves and people watching.  When Jon and I first met, he "didn't understand how people could just lay out, play in the water, and lay on the beach again all day."  Thank goodness for conversions. :)  I think he enjoys the beach more than I do now!

Every year my dad's side of the family goes to Gulf Shores, AL or Pensacola Beach, FL for a week.  We rent a big condo so everyone can be together.  I hadn't been for 6 years due to work/living on the other side of the country, so I was absolutely stoked to bring Jon and Madeline in on this annual family tradition.  The schedule goes like this: wake up, breakfast, dinner prep, beach, lunch, beach/pool, sunset, dinner, dominoes/movie, sleep, repeat.  Fill in with drinks prepared by a former bartender (thank you, Aunt Ronda), a beach playlist created by my 17 year old sister and a ridiculous amount of humorous conversation. I didn't use make up or a hair dryer for 6 days.  Does it get any better than this?  I think not.

Madeline takes after her Mommy and LOVED the beach.  She would wonder from our tent and straight into the water and not look back once (we would follow, of course).  In fact, she would keep walking deeper into the water until we finally had to grab her because it was too deep.  She loved to splash in the water and fall on purpose.  We bought her a little beach chair, and to our amazement, she would actually sit still in it for 15 minutes and eat snacks.  Heaven. 
View from the condo

Our beach set up.  Like the Texas tent?

 Keeping it classy

We spent lots of time building sandcastles.


                                                               Picking up treasures (shells)

Me, Mom, Aimee, Maria, Madeline (and my Dad in the background)

                                                                     Such a little diva

                                                                         Mmm, cherrios!

Beach sunset

We safely returned a few shades darker.  My child with the bleach blond hair is going to look Hispanic by the end of the summer.  She also did very well in the car, thanks to Elmo dvds, a magnetic sketch board and lots of stickers.   We are on Elmo detox now.  At the condo she started singing "La la la, Elmo world".  Too cute, but a little too much for this Mommy and Daddy!

Neighborhood Waterpark - 1, Madeline - 0

On Saturday we took Madeline to one of our neighborhood pools that's more like a waterpark.  She loved everything about it.  She kept running from pool to pool and wanted to go down the waterslides.  She especially loved running through this circle of squirting water. 

I'm glad there was two of us there to watch her.  She would take of running in the shallow pools and tried to "swim" in the deep pool by dunking herself and moving her arms.  I about had a heart attack but she was convinced she could swim like a fish.

I decided to lay out and get some sun, then all of a sudden I hear screaming.  I look over and see Madeline flat on the concrete and Jon running to her.  She had gotten out of the shallow pool, slipped and fell all before Jon could catch up with her.  Poor thing, there was blood everywhere.  We thought she had lost teeth or would need stitches.  Needless to say we caused quite a scene.  (Side note to SCR residents: Our lifeguards are not mentally prepared to handle things like this.  They were freaking out like she had lost a limb).  Once we got the bleeding under control and saw it was *just* a busted lip we were very relieved. 

We brought her home, gave her a popsicle and she was as happy as a clam. 

She still has a swollen lip and two battle wounds.  She'll even touch her lip and say "ouch."  Jon said he was so proud of her for being brave. 

Father's Day

We had a very nice, relaxing Father's Day!  After a busy week we enjoyed hanging out at playing in the
backyard with Madeline.  When I first met Jon I knew he'd be a wonderful dad.   Madeline loves her "DaDa" so much and they are best buddies.
 Madeline got her daddy a golf club he wanted.  She also made him a stepping stone with her hand print in it for our garden.

Sunday evening we drove to north Houston to meet Jon's Parents, Luke, Jordan, Ben and Mark for dinner.  It was so nice to spend time with everyone in Houston and the perfect end to the day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the World

I received this 5 minute chocolate cake recipe from a family friend.  All I can say is that it lives up to the "dangerous" name!  It's actually pretty good!


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg beaten
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.  EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous)

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?  Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Monday, June 6, 2011


This is a random one, but I have lots of cute pictures from the last month.  We've been having lots of fun with our friends!

At the beginning of May we went to the Houston Food Truck Festival with the Vega family.  Jon was in food heaven, and we also got to meet baby Mason!

It was super hot that day, so we got Madeline her first snowcone.

A few weeks later the Harris family came to visit for the weekend (yay!).  Madeline was very excited to be reunited with boyfriend #1, Hunt.

Car seat buddies

Hangin' on the bench

The next day, Sara and Rich came to visit.  The weather was nice so we spent alot of time outside.

Out of all the backyard toys, these two wanted to sit in an empty pool.

Today my friend Jenny came over and we got to meet baby Drew.  He is 6 weeks old and seems so tiny!  He was such a good baby and slept the entire time.  Madeline kept bringing him her toys.

And finally, because this child never ceases to crack me up:

She did this on her own and was so proud of herself...

18 Months!

On Saturday my baby turned 18 months.  Madeline is now closer to age 2 than 1.  It makes me sad that she is such a big girl now, but it's so much fun to watch her grow and change!
  • She weighs 22 lbs 2 oz (19%) and is 31" tall (31%)
  • She sleeps from 8pm - 7am.  She'll take 1 or 2 naps a day, depending on our schedule.
  • My favorite thing right now:  She likes to tell me "Hi Mommy" then give me a hug, especially in the mornings.  When I got her out of bed this morning I said, "Hi Bug a boo" and she said "Hi Boo". 
  • She is getting more generous with her hugs and kisses
  • She's loving swimming lessons.  She'll say "row row" and move her arms like she's swimming, and practices her bubbles and kicks in the bathtub.
  • Now that she can say more words, she is sometimes opinionated about what she wants.  For example: This week she's been picky about fruit.  If I give her a banana, she'll say "gapes" or "onges"
  • She can identify and say the names of her uncles.  We had lots of practice the weekend of Luke and Jordan's wedding.
  • She can say Kleckley (Keck-ey).  We are still working on Madeline/Maddie.  It sounds alot like Mommy.
  • She can identify lots of animals, some with their proper sounds: dog, cow (but she still think cows are moos), sheep, chick, horse, cat, and even elephant (el-pant) and kangaroo (koo)
  • She'll say "bless you" if someone sneezes
  • She's started to say pee pee and poo poo when she has a dirty diaper.  Gross, I know, but exciting for the primary diaper changer.  Potty training soon??
  • She says please and thank you.  We still have to remind her quite a bit, but if she wants something she'll say "peas peas pease pease!!!!"
  • At naptime and bedtime she selects what books we read.
  • Favorite toys are her books, bubbles, anything Elmo and stacking her mega blocks.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mother's Day

Most of our Mother's Day was spent on a plane returning from Las Vegas, but we still had a little time to celebrate!  After our plane landed, we headed to my parents house to pick up Madeline.  We ended up having an impromptu grill out and pool party.  Madeline was in the pool with Aunt Niki when we arrived.  She looked at me, said "hi Mommy" and went back to  At least she was having a good time while we were gone. 

When we finally got home later that night, I had an amazing surprise waiting for me.  Jon kept insisting I walk in the house through the front door instead of the garage.  I walk through the front door, and sitting there is a piece of furniture I'd been wanting for over a year!  I hadn't talked about it in awhile, but he knew I wanted it.  There were also flowers and a pink shirt Madeline made for me.  It said "I love you Mommy" and had her foot and hand prints.  Bonus points for thoughtfulness, tracking down the bench and getting the little elves to set everything up!  I don't think he even liked the bench at the time...I think it's growing on him now. :)

Next step: Find a painting, side table and a few other accessories to make our entry way complete.  Gotta love being a homeowner.  It never ends, does it?

On another cheesy Mother's Day note, I just have to say what wonderful mothers both Jon and I have.  I said it last year and I'll say it again: I don't think you can truly appreciate your mom until you become a parent yourself.  It is hard work but the most rewarding job on the planet.  And it never stops:  When Jon was out of town, Madeline and I went to my mom's house and I wasn't feeling well.  She literally stuck a thermometer in my mouth, fixed me a cup of tea and took my child with her to run errands so I could go to the doctor and rest.  I guess you're never too old to need your mommy. :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fabulous Las Vegas: Part Two

The Las Vegas trip was planned when our friends Sheila and Graham said they'd be making the trip for a family wedding and asked if we wanted to join them.  Cindy and Dan joined in too, so we had our second Anderson-Kleckley-Rotelli  trip (the first was to Puerto Vallarta).  Have I mentioned how much fun we have with these peeps? 

Friday morning we woke up early to claim a spot by the pool.  One of the reasons we chose to stay at the Monte Carlo was for the pool atmosphere, complete with a lazy river and wave pool.  I was in tanning heaven.  Friday afternoon we walked around to the different hotels. 

The boys keeping it classy

Jon and I inside The Bellagio

 Curvy escalator at Caesar's...I had never seen one of these!

Outside of Caesar's

Friday night we went to Diablo's with the Rotelli family.  Our table overlooked the strip.  It was so much fun to people watch (and also watch the Mavs beat the Lakers).

Sheila, Cindy and I

The Group

After dinner we headed to downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street.  Jon was the only one out of our group who had been there, and he insisted we take the bus to get the full experience.

Fremont Street was definitely an experience.  I felt like we had traveled back to the 1980's.  They did have an impressive light show. 

Gold Diggers: The club inside of the Golden Nugget.  Ha.

Jon and Trav indulging in their 99 cent shrimp cocktail.  Dan said it looked like E. Coli in a glass.  They took one bite and threw it away.

We headed back to the Strip to check out the Cosmopolitan hotel.  It just opened a few months ago, and this place was beyond crazy (as in crazy nice) and very trendy.  While we were walking though the hotel, Jon says, "Hey, there's Niki Hilton." I started laughing until the girl walking behind me said, "look, there's Paris!"  Sure enough, we saw the Hiltons, with no entourage in a ridiculously crowded hotel/casino.  Unfortunately we didn't get any pics of them, but here's the next best thing:

Boys in a giant shoe.

This is for my sisters and SIL.  I don't think I've seen a picture of them without a hand on the hip in 3 years.

Saturday we enjoyed another day by the pool and brunch at Planet Hollywood.  Saturday night we headed to the Venetian for dinner at Tao.  I'm happy to say it lived up to the hype.  BEST Asian food EVER.

Photo shoot at The Venetian

  After dinner we went to see KA, a Cirque du Soleil production.  It was incredible and I highly recommend it. Although Jon and I are not big gamblers, we did have to end our trip with some gabling fun.  The game of choice: Super Jackpot Party.  Donna (Graham's mom) was playing it all weekend.  It's a good thing I didn't discover it until our last night! 5 cent plays add up quick.  I think I ended up winning $3. :)

We had a great trip with our friends.  Las Vegas is so much fun but we were ready to get home to our little girl.  A huge thank you to both sets of grandparents for keeping Madeline. 

Baking cookies with Granny
A vacation is REALLY a vacation when you have complete peace of mind
that your baby is in good hands. :)