Friday, January 16, 2015

Changing Fast

It seems that Joshua is growing and changing even more quickly than ever.  Two weeks ago, he could barely sit on his own.  Now he is doing ...

... this
,,, and this
...and this.

This rapid change in abilities has left me feeling 1/3 relieved that he is developing at the appropriate times, 1/3 heartbroken that he is leaving his littleness behind, and 1/3 terrified that if I turn my back my house will be torn apart.

Jerry jokingly scolded me saying, "Remember when you thought he was too small and would never grow?"

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pumpkin, Zucchini, and Walnut Pasta

I love fall foods like pumpkin, cranberry and gingerbread and wish that companies understood that some people would like to eat it year round.  When pumpkin puree went on sale after Thanksgiving I loaded my cart.

With the new year, I've been searching for recipes that are deliciously different.  I wanted pumpkin that wasn't always in the form of a bread, or pie, or cream-filled roll.  I finally found pumpkin, zucchini, and walnut pasta and it was a refreshing change from my rotation of six recipes.

I found the recipe in a book (those old fashioned things made from trees), but found a similar recipe on  The print recipe had a few substitutions/additions that I would recommend.

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • Sage instead of parsley (Although on the next round, I think I will try basil.)
  • 1/2 teas. cayenne pepper  (This gave the pasta a nice kick without being overpowering.)
The best part is that you can cook in in less than 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Oilers vs. The Kings

While we were in Edmonton for the week of Christmas/New Year, Jerry's brother graciously gave us second row tickets to the hockey game.  I enjoyed my first NHL game in style, while Joshua partied at his auntie and uncle's house.

Our seats were amazing and afforded us views such at this.

Players were constantly being checked immediately in front of us.  If the glass hadn't have been there, hefty toothless players would have landed in our laps, and we would have had a couple pucks in our face.

Suffice it to say, the Oilers are not #1 in the NHL, but at this game they ended a lengthy losing streak and beat the Kings 3-2 in a shootout.  

Unless I'm mistaken this was our first recreational time away from Joshua since he came home from the hospital.  We were glad to see his cute sleeping self when we arrived home, but were immensely grateful to be given a chance for a little break.