Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oscar is Five Months Old

It's time for another monthly update. I have to admit that the pending holidays and my being back in the work groove is making these pop up faster and faster.

So, what has this little stinker man been up to in the past month? A lot!!  I don't have height/weight stats because he won't see the doc until six months, but he's still a big ol' boy. Here are some things Oscar has been impressing us with this month:
  • Several weeks ago, I officially switched him to 9 month clothes. Several weeks ago as in he was 4.5 months when this happened. #chunkymonkey
  • I can confidently say that Oscar is a sitter. I was NOT expecting this. Walt did this just days after his six month bday, but Oscar was like, "hey, mom! I can do that now!"
  • Oscar's most favorite person in the world is Walt. If Walt is anywhere near him (laughing, talking, breathing), then Oscar stops everything he's doing (read: eating) to just watch and laugh at his big brother.
  • We've recently tried cereal a few times because I'm slightly getting peer pressured from teachers at school. He eats 8 oz a feeding (5 feedings). His reaction to the cereal is not good, but we plan on continuing to try.
  • Speaking of eating, we also started feeding him a bottle for his nighttime feeding. We just can't seem to get Oscar to go all night with no wake ups. The bottle helped for a few days. Now we are mixing 1/2 formula + 1/2 breastmilk. Next attempt will be a pureed filet mignon

  •  Oscar is still very happy. He is way happy in the mornings, and really happy when we are getting ready for bed. 
  • Speaking of getting ready for bed, Oscar LOVES the bath. Never once has he not like the bath, even as a tiny (LOL, tiny) infant.  He's gotten to where he sits up in his tub and splashes about. 

I don't really know how Walt and Oscar are majorly different now, but they definitely have done many things differently. Oscar is very happy and laughs, but I think Walt laughed more frequently. Also, Walt rarely had middle of the night wake ups (I know, I'm a total sucker), but Oscar rarely has a night where he doesn't wake up at all. Most night's it's nothing more than a wake up requiring a paci, but there are definitely nights that require several trips upstairs, lots of paci inserts, patting, rocking, and even dragging the baby into bed with us. #badhabits

I sure love the personality on this kid. Majorly laid back, but lots of life. I can't wait to see it continue to develop.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chopped Competition - Inaugural Cook-off

Several weeks ago, after several drinks and a little trash talk, our neighbors decided we needed to do a Chopped competition. Since Chris and I weren't in on the original conversation, we were immediately nominated as judges (read: taste testers).  With little debate, it was decided this was a boys versus girls competition.

For those of you unfamiliar, here's how it works. Each team is presented a basket of ingredients. The ingredients are typically a protein, starch, veggie, and fruit. Each team's basket is identical. The teams have to create an entree using all ingredients provided, but have creative liberty with whatever is in the pantry/refrigerator.

Chris and I took our role as judges very seriously.  We had a long list of ingredients that we narrowed down to 5 (the major categories and a mystery ingredient):

The ingredients were:

  • Protein: Lamb chops
  • Fruit: Canned sliced pineapple
  • Veggie: Acorn squash
  • Starch: Corn Flakes
  • Mystery ingredient: Cocoa powder
The girls checking out their loot
After the baskets were opened, we put an hour on the clock and they were off...


The boys immediately headed for the smoker

Slicing and dicing... but are they doing it right??

We had to share one kitchen. Luckily it's a big one with two ovens and five gas burners.
The last five minutes were amazing. Chris and I sat back with our glasses of wine and watched them sweat. There was concern over "doneness" of the girls' meat and the boys were hung up on presentation and details. We literally counted down the last seconds and everyone's hands went up in the air. 

With our judges score cards handy, we were ready to get to tasting.
The girls' dish: A coffee/cocoa rubbed lamb chop on a bed of corn flakes/pumpkin seeds, with a side of roasted acorn squash, pumpkin seeds, and goat cheese. All served with a side of cheese bread.

The boys served a grilled lamb chop with balsamic/mole sauce topped with a grilled pineapple, and serve with tempura pineapple and squash (tempura batter included corn flakes).

The feedback we provided to the girls' was very positive. They did a great job on the lamb (though they fretted it wasn't cooked enough, it possibly could have been cooked less). The acorn squash was fantastic and there was a continuous taste of fall in the whole dish. The cheese bread was good, but unnecessary.

The boys' presentation was lovely. They even served a starter salad with ginger vinegarette (and some sake).  The lamb could not have been cooked more perfectly, but where they excelled on details (presentation, starter salad, etc), they lost in their sides. The tempura was too heavily battered. 

With that, we gave a barely higher score to the girls to be the inaugural winners of the Frisco Chopped Competition. Chris and I made them a certificate to proudly be hung! Next competition is already in the works! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Walt Spells His Name

I'm sure this is normal almost-3-year-old behavior, but it knocked the socks off Chris and I.  Walt has always been obsessed with W's. He loves spotting all the W's in any given book. He usually wants Chris or I to write W's for him. Just recently he began learning to write a W on his own. Well, check out what happened when he was showing off some "coloring" and "reading" skills:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Oscar laughs

We finally got this on camera. Of course, Daddy is the chief laughing officer. Most of the time Oscar grins really big from ear to ear, and pushes a burst of air out of his mouth that just comes out like a squeak, and that's his laugh :)  This time, we got real giggles.