Thursday, February 25, 2010

Overrun by an Elephant

We're being overrun by a new obsession in the house. I'm sure everyone who has (or has had) a toddler in the house remembers the obsessive-compulsive stage where one particular thing takes over.

Around here, Horton Hears a Who has arrived. In a big way.

Harper demands "el-pan" or sometimes the harder to decipher "aa-bee" followed by an elephant sound (thank goodness, or we would have never figured out what she was after) from morning until night.

And guess who is her favorite buddy to sleep with now. (Thanks again, Aunt Sarah! :))

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Veggies? Blech!

So we're not generally a veggie loving family. Harper really started off on the right track eating peas, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, and squash, but she's slowly rejected them all except for the few green beans that she will occasionally accept.

I'm trying a different approach around here. I hunted the grocery store for just about any food that I could find that seemed like a clever way to incorporate vegetables. (I'm skipping tofu and veggie hot dogs for the moment.) Oh, and ways to add protein too, because Harper won't eat much meat either.

So, in addition to Harper's usual toast, cheese, crackers, bananas, apples, pears, and strawberries (oh, and five green beans) diet, we're attempting to add:

Horizon Natural Little Blends Yogurt in Strawberry and Carrot
This one took a bit of adjusting for Harper. She made lots of whining noises when I put just the yogurt in front of her. But when I threw her favorites in there - strawberries and bananas - she had to try the yogurt to get to her fruit. She seems to be getting used to the idea.

v8 Pomegranate & Blueberry juice with Vegetables
This one was an outright one sip and rejected. We'll try again.

Double protein Brownberry bread
Harper has been eating only whole wheat breads since we introduced them, so this one wasn't a challenge at all.

So that's all I've managed to try so far for Harper. Now for Mommy's turn. I can tolerate vegetables, but I don't seek them out. Until now. In the refrigerated section at Kroger, I found this ginger dressing like what they use at Japanese hibachi restaurants, and I tried throwing some vegetables (broccoli, carrot, and red pepper) into the microwave with the dressing. And I LOVE them. Between the v8 fruit/veggie juice and my ginger veggie lunch, I may have even gotten three servings of vegetables so far today. That may qualify as a miracle.

Now for Daddy's turn. So far we've taste tested Flat Earth's Tomato Basil veggie chips that have a 1/2 serving of vegetables per 17 chips (1 serving). And so far, they're passing the test. Now if I could just find a tasty one that had green vegetables in it. The Tomato Basil ones only have tomato and carrot in them, I think. I saw sweet potato chips, but Doug will actually eat sweet potatoes in other ways, so that didn't seem like much of a win.

I'll keep looking. If anyone out there has some really tasty (and hidden) ways of getting their family to eat vegetables, let me know!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

21 Months Old

Here's the little stinker who stole my spot on the couch when I got up to make her the toast that she asked for. Yep, Mommy's a sucker.
And here's a squinty-eyed-why-do-you-use-the-flash-mama Miss Harper at 21 months old in her monster shirt from Aunt Julie!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Cold, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

We actually went outside to play on Sunday. This was at the end. My goodness, I love this girl.