So even though I finished my list I still have been reading a few books. I tried to finish "Yes Please" by Amy Poelher too but the library wanted it back before I did finished it - this is the second attempt I did with this book so I am not likely to try again. But anyhow I did read another a memoir - Bastards by Mary King. It was in my recommended queue so I went with it. It was pretty good the childhood stories were interesting and detailed, I wasn't so wild about the end it was all hurry up and get to the point that it just seemed so fast toward the end. But it was still a good book, some sad with some humor and feel good aspects in there too.
1. Family Day trips. We went to Covered Bridge festival we didn't buy a thing but enjoyed bridges, walking and jones liked finding animals.
The recipe I used is here from Family Spice true to form I modified it and added 2 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of almond extract. http://familyspice.com/recipes/recipe/?recipe_id=458.
They cookies turned out pretty good, Dustin said he likes the usual recipe better because it's more doughy less cakey. But I think these were good and soft and not to sweet. I did make 1.5x the recipe because 4 of us were decorating seems we run out of creative ideas at about 3 cookies each so we could have just done the 1x recipe. I also cut everything in circles because I don't have many Halloween shapes, but I think that worked perfectly.
So we made this one several months back and enjoyed it. We used this recipe http://menumusings.blogspot.com/2011/06/meatballs-stroganoff.html?m=1
This time however we used turkey meatballs, chicken broth, and no cream cheese, I think we liked it better. I might have also tossed in some extra spice too. The first time I tossed in some frozen peas too which I rather liked. Sorry I didn't take more photos. Anyhow so that's recipe 3. I guess I need to pick up the pace.
Jones started preschool in August. It's really just a semi expensive daycare that has structured activities for all the children. But I feel better calling it "school" rather than daycare.
It's been a huge change around here it's so weird not having him to hang out with at lunch or to pop in and say "hi mama" during the day. It's also been a struggle for both me and him at the drop offs. He cries and wants me to stay and play. We've maybe had 4 days where there wasn't crying. Apparently it lasts just a few minutes. But still it's heart breaking, leaving your baby with virtual strangers day in and day out. Ugh!
But it's also been good. I am much more productive at work there's consistency in the sitter and he actually loves school. He shows me his favorite toys at pickup and he's been learning things like picking up toys and blowing his nose. It also makes me appreciate our evenings and weekends together sooooo much more.
Anyhow I was originally only going to share his first school pic but then I got to rambling. Anyhow here it is - no smiling Jones dressed in a ridiculous onesie because mommy forgot it was picture day. Oh well! I love it anyhow.
In September I was going to make a better effort to wear my Fitbit and keep it charged. Ha! I actually did worse than normal maybe 10 days went by were I forgot it until noon or 3pm. I had several days where I wore it dead too. Clearly I didn't make a special point to capture the miles. As a result September seems like a pretty walk less month, although I did try and get out and walk more as well as do things with Jones. With that said I added 50 miles to the tally based on what was tracked and I am now at 561.5 for the year, still pretty shy of my 1000 goal. But I'm going to plug along and still see what it looks like for the entire 12 months.
Well My friend took some family photos too but they aren't back yet (patiently waiting I swear). But I did get a few at the end of the month for my project. These first two are from Homecoming, the first is terrible of me what am I doing there?