Thursday, October 27, 2011


Here are a couple of the promised photos of Dom's 1st hockey game.  
As you can see, he truly got into the game.

Here's the most recent "shoot" I did.  To see more from this set, check out:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

1st Tigers Game

So, we took our little man to his very first RIT Tigers hockey game tonight thanks to friends who had 3 tickets they were giving away.

The highlights from Dom's point of view:

- the zamboni machine
- the playing of "We Will Rock You," which thanks to his Aunt Rachael and Uncle Josiah, he could sing and clap along to
- requesting "Baa Baa Black Sheep" from the Pep Band - they didn't acquiesce
- receiving a high five from the Tiger (otherwise known as Ritchie)
- getting to brag about above high five
- seeing Superman on ice... not really sure about this one
- learning to chant "RIT, RIT, RIT!" and "Yay Tigers" with all the other crazed fans
- when asked what color shirt he had on (it was orange and brown, of course), replying with "Tiger!"
- the cherry picker right near where we parked

Pictures to follow.

Friday, October 14, 2011


My boy is dancing around the room with a spatula to random 90s dance beats.  He's pretty epic.

I'm sitting here trying to recall the fantastic lists of Dom quotes I came up with around 2am during a bout of unsleep.  This one is sorely lacking - apparently my brain works better at ungodly hours.

"Oh no!..."  More of a pre- phrase.  I've heard this applied to everything from "Oh no, Macy ate it!" to "Oh no, Mama's car is wet!" to "Oh no, I broke it!"

"What's the deal, Mama/Daddy?"  It continues and always makes me smile.

"Nice to meet you."

"Sleep like a champ, Mama"  - I have told him this every night for months, and he has recently picked up on it and returns the phrase.

In other news, my pregnancy tumor has been removed and now I have an uber sore mouth.  I've decided when I hit 26-28 weeks, I apparently am prone to the most ridiculous case of the sniffles.  Baby OII checks in as a Chinese cabbage this week despite his lack of Asian genes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Mama braved the first ever making of Christmas sugar cookies with the mini man.
He helped at every step... dough-making, rolling, cutting out, transferring to sheets, sprinkling, and of course, eating.  We got some interesting shaped angels and stars out of the ordeal.  Stars were his favorite because he thought they were starfish.  Dominic ended up green by the end of it all because when I looked away for a second, one whole pan became green with colored sugar...

And, yes, I realize Christmas is far, far away.  I know exactly how big and how tired I will be in December, so I'm attempting to be organized and ahead of schedule.  =)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Eating in Season.

I am not a huge fan of squash, but I am all for eating in season, so I have been experimenting with squashes and mixing with other veggies.  I found one I like tonight!

Butternut Cauliflower Puree

1 butternut squash
1 TB butter
1 head cauliflower
1 - 1.5 cups milk
Dash black pepper
Nutmeg to taste
1 ts vanilla
Dash cinnamon

Cut squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out seeds.  Place in oven safe dish, "meat" side up.  Put butter in each hole made from seed removal.  Roast squash in 375 degree oven for 45 min - 1 hour, until tender when poked with a fork.
Let squash cool. 

Steam cauliflower for 20 minutes.  Let cool.

Puree squash + cauliflower in batches with milk and vanilla.  Only use 1/4 cup of milk or so each batch. Put pureed mixture into large saucepan and whisk in spices and any remaining milk.  Add water or milk if thicker than you want. 

Heat mixture over low heat, and serve.

Also, posted at: Comestibilis

Clean, not wet.

*Whoops!  Mama brain has set in full force - I accidentally posted this over at Ji Babu, my art + craft blog first.

A cup Dom wanted to use requires the use of a straw if you want to use the lid.  As I got rid of the straw awhile back, this voids usage of the lid.  After him begging to use the cup anyway, I told him he could have water if he sat on the floor, and the cup got less than an inch of H2O in the bottom. 

He got mostly through his first serving before I heard him say "Uh-oh."

Then he attempted to show off his Spanish...
"Water on pantaronis." 

Me: "Dom, you made a mess."
Dom "See, clean!"

Well, I have succeeded at teaching him that water doesn't hurt anything...  though I don't think Mama is ready for open-topped cups anytime soon.

In other news, Baby OII checks in at a cauliflower this week, weighing in around 2 lbs!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Approaching Week 27

Since my last post, we've gone from
an ear of corn
to a Rutabaga
to an English hothouse cucumber...

The present veggie is my favourite, mostly because it's ridiculously over descriptive... I didn't even know there was such a thing until last week.
The little guy is growing nice and lean.  It's crazy how fast pregnancy #2 has gone compared to the first one.  The O house has been pretty busy since the last post: Dom contracted a lovely cold, which meant lots of cuddling and reading.  We celebrated the Baby L, yet to come at a fun outdoor baby shower, where I learned that my son is way more happy with just the graham cracker part of the S'more.  He handed me back the whole thing after one bite, with a "Thank you, mama."  He has this thing with thanking me whenever he gives me something... it's pretty cute.

Mama brag moment:
(I have decided that all moms are entitled to brag about their child at some moments... after devoting this much time and energy into one little person, sometimes it just needs to happen.)
Dominic owns this ABC puzzle where each letter covers up a picture of something beginning with that letter, so when you lift up the letter there's an A for Apple, a U for Umbrella, H for Hands, etc.  At this point, after playing with the puzzle for a month or two, Dom has learned most of the alphabet... though he only knows each letter for what the object is underneath.

The parental units of this household are managing to keep up.  David is piled high with research work at this point, so usually several nights a week, we don't really see him,  Weekends he's gone a good 4+ hours each day.  With this happening, I decided to take the mini ones down to see my family for this past weekend.  It was a terrific break for me, as Dom's aunts and uncles were more than happy to entertain and care for him.
I have hit the tired portion of pregnancy again.  Ugh.  Right now I think this mostly can be attributed to a nasty cold that I have... napping is out as Dom thinks playing cars and reading "Pirate Piggies" is way better for my well being.  I've also developed what's known as a pregnancy tumor in my mouth... terribly gross looking, but completely harmless.  I'm set to see an oral surgeon about it being removed next week.  I was glad to find out it isn't hurting me or Baby OII, but I'm definitely over the uncomfortability of it.

And, that's where we're at.
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