It was a fun day. My friends at work spoiled me with food -- ALL DAY LONG and then Joe, Ella and I went to Cucina Toscana for an amazing meal and Ella was SO GOOD! It was hilarious at first. We were the first people seated (early reservation on purpose) and people kept asking for a different table as they attempted to seat them next to us......the old Laurie would be offended, but now that I KNOW how my child can behave in a restaurant, I understand! In the end, she was super good and they missed out on the free entertainment, but a group of business men sure had a blast! Ella was having so much fun we ordered dessert. I wouldn't recommend using the salt and pepper shakers from our table, but she was quiet! As we walked out Joe called it the "birthday miracle"! I have quite the helper when opening gifts!
LOVE the hat!
Miss Ella scored herself some gifts as well!
"Cheers" to a another great year, Mommy!
Pure entertainment! She poured it on her cup and at one point was sneezing from the pepper! We called it good and ordered dessert!
Dorothy had us over for a special birthday dinner. It was delicious and the best part was the red velvet homemade cake! Would you like to stop by for a piece? Ella has quite the memory. She insisted on picking tomatoes!
When she hears "birthday", she says "HAT", so we had to have hats!
Grandma has the best toys!
We brought home one very tired little girl! Plans for tomorrow include food, food, and more food! My coworkers have planned on awesome breakfast and lunch and then Joe and Ella are taking me out for dinner!
Jeff, Nicole and Lauren are on an RV trip and they made a pit stop at our house. It was eventful! Miss Ella and was pretty stressed about sharing and had some hitting issues. All in all, I think both girls had fun and the parents were the exhausted ones! Finding new activities every few minutes, chasing them up and down the block, wrangling Ella so she would sit and eat, being fearful of more hitting. With time, these girls will be the best of buds! We were sipping drinks and dreaming of the days when they entertain themselves and want nothing to do with us!
Happy Early Birthday Ella!
Photo taken after Ella was found sitting on all these toys Lauren had touched to declare them HERS!
The night-night game (invented yesterday and played again today)! Watch out for falling blankies, pillows, and babies Lauren!
We learned to play "parade" and I heard it works to get Lauren out of stores, etc. We may play this again!
YEAH! Colorado Beer --- I really miss New Belgium and Odell's! THANKS! What a special treat in time for my birthday!
Monkey Jammies and matching Sesame Street houses for their "guys"!
"My Dad likes the steelers"; "Does your jersey have a sticker on it?"
Run jersey girls, run!
I'm a proud Steelers Fan!
PRICELESS! I will frame this one!
Joe is ready to send these pics into the NFL - they were so gentle each taking turns being the leader!
The Pumpkin Latte -- that's when fall happens for me! Today my alarm clock (aka Ella) went off way too early. It was a gloomy, rainy day. About 3:00 I knew exactly what I needed! Fortunately I had a Starbucks gift card and it's a quick walk to the hospital next to us and now --- fall has begun!
This morning Ella opened her drawer and reached abover her head and found one sock. I put on the pair of socks I found and her shoes. She took them all off. She asked for my help to put on the sock she found. I went to find a match --- no luck! I tried to convince her to wear the socks and shoes I had picked out. NOPE, she went looking for another sock (again over her head) and found a baggie with 2 pairs of tights. I again tried to convince her to wear socks. Nope, she had to wear tights. BUT, not just one pair of tights, 2 pairs of tights.
We went to the babysitter with cream tights over white tights and I was embarassed to tell her the story!
You win some, you lose some and SHE is the one in 2 pairs of tights when it will hit almost 90 degrees this afternoon!
It's so funny to see a girl in 2 pairs of tights walk around the house with a lacrosse stick, but that's our girl!
I'm annoyed by the marketing of the flu shot this year! The seasonal flu vaccine is usually a triple shot. The CDC tracks the virus which is always evolving and usually chooses 3 of the most likely strains to circulate in the US for the vaccine.
This year the seasonal shot does contain H1N1 so only one vaccine is needed instead of the 2 shots everyone needed last year! You needed 2 shots last year because the novel H1N1 appeared late and it was too late to add it to the seasonal shot, so they made an additional shot.
Please get your flu shot, but don't buy into the "triple shot" marketing! You can go anywhere to get your shot and you will be protected as best as possible --- it's all the same!
To answer Robyn's question (copied from CDC website): †Children aged 6 months--8 years who did not receive at least 1 dose of an influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine, who have never received a seasonal influenza vaccine before, or who were vaccinated for the first time with the seasonal 2009--10 seasonal vaccine but who received only 1 dose should receive 2 doses of the 2010--11 influenza vaccine formula, spaced 4 or more weeks apart.
YES, it's possible kids under 9 years may need 2 shots of this years vaccine if they did not get 2 shots of the H1N1 vaccine last year or it's their first year for vaccination.
I bought the Miracle Salsa Base Mix at the Farmer's Market in addition to a container of my favorite tomatillo avocado salsa.
We ventured to the Mexican Market yesterday and I bought all these ingredients for less than $4 and that included an extra avocado and lime. Can you believe I bought over a pound of tomatillos for 33 cents!
I gave Joe a blind taste test and he chose my SALSA! Yeah! I'm very pleased with it and I will be venturing out and making more of my own salsa. It just tastes better and it's pretty good for you too!
I think I'll try more of the recipes on the "miracle base mix" jar!