23 December 2012

Merry Christmas with Love!

The Beeman Family wants to wish you and your Family a Very Merry Christmas! (and a Happy New Year)!
We have been very busy, baking and preparing our home for the holiday.
Sloan will be quite happy Christmas morning.
These are our most recent family photos taken by our friend Armistead. He certainly makes us look pretty.  I even included last year's photos to show the change!
I should be back to blogging around the New Year, but plan on taking some time to just enjoy my family. I do hope you all do the same.

I really liked our faces in here. Sloan and I, typical serious, Rick didn't get the memo 

20 December 2012

17 months - a month in review

Sloan's biggest milestone to date is that she is speaking sentences.

 "No more monkey's " (jumping on the bed)
 "To see lights" (on the way to the Griswold's house) We have some neighbors that go all out for Christmas and we love it! Since all the foliage has died for the winter, you can see this house from our kitchen window once it gets dark outside. After dinner we walk to this house to let sloan play on the sidewalk out front. She loves to see the Rocking Santa (Rock-Rock, Rock Rock), and the drumming bear. She observes for a few moments, and then says night night to them. We always promise we will see them "tomorrow".  Mentioning the lights to Sloan in the middle of dinner is likened to telling the dog we're going for a walk and then waiting a half hour before taking her. Not a good idea if you want to get her to finish eating. We plan to go every night until Christmas morning!

"I'm going to tickle you", mimicking my tone as I chase her around the house.

The rest is just jibber-jabber, but she is really talking. Not just babbling, but attempting to say things. We are going to be "blessed" with a talker, which is no surprise given her parents personalities. Just this morning, Sloan was in her dad's closet describing his shirts. Or talking to them. I think she was telling his Oakland A's jersey that it will likely stay there in the back, since nobody really cheers for the A's around here, unless A stands for Atlanta Braves!

Our holiday season has been much different than last year. Sloan is aware of Santa and will put on a Santa Hat and go around saying "ho-ho-ho" as you can see on her lips below. She does not like the real Santa though. She also can recognize rudolph and frosty. 

Sloan probably has about 75-100 words in her vocabulary if i sat down and listed them all. The kid is bright and I can no longer keep up with a list of her words. Her favorite sounds seems to be the "K" sound.  Like Oscar (the Grouch), Cookie (monster), Milk, Snack, Truck, Duck, Fork, Book. Chick(en), Rock.

This has been a very busy month. Working backwards, we went to a Birthday Party at the life science museum and Sloan watched a turtle in an aquarium and squealed with excitement. TUR-TLE! She is finally warming up to strangers to the point I don't have to hold her for very long once we get somewhere, especially if there are dogs or other children around. Sloan loves dogs and has not met one that has scared her. A yorkie-poo nipped her finger the other day and she laughed at it.  We went to the Holiday Express celebration at Pullen Park (a local park near down Raleigh that has an antique carousel that has been fully restored and a train). She also got to sit on Santa's lap - Sloan was not a fan. Since I am the photographer, Rick dropped her onto Santa's lap, and i quickly snapped some photos.

Sloan LOVED riding the carousel! It went pretty fast but she is such a little daredevil that it did not surprise me how much she enjoyed it. Rick held on and i rode by her side. 

We then went to ride the train. Fortunately there was a picture to color while we waited

Sloan's favorite food is probably  Pasta and Banana. I cannot believe the quantities of pasta this child consumes on pasta night, which only comes around every other week.  Sloan's (half) sister Lindsey loves pasta, so perhaps this is a Beeman trait. Our child can literally consume adult quantities of the stuff and not bat an eye. We buy organic corn pasta or quinoa pasta to keep it healthier and gluten free. She still loves avocados too.

Her favorite tv show is probably anything Elmo, though we hardly watch TV. Sloan does go to movies with her daddy every once in a while, and sometimes will even sit still.

Sloan loves music. Her favorite song is "What I Am" by Will I Am and "Hey Jude" By the Beatles. She sings along to the latter, "na-na-na, hey Juuuu", we think it is adorable. She also generally loves Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and anything with a lively beat.  She will sing along to most songs and likes to dance. Sloan also likes Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snow Man, and Rudolph

Sloan and I made gifts for her teachers at school. This consisted of handprint ornaments and baked goodies which doesn't necessarily fall into the healthy category, but we used good ingredients if that counts for anything. Chocolate and PB fudge (it's a Sloan tradition), Ginger Cookies, and butterscotch Haystacks.

Sloan loves to play with her dolls, the dog, her puzzles and books, and generally run around outside. She still loves to pretend to cook in her toy kitchen, and climb on top of the kitchen and dining room tables when she can get away with it.

Rick had a Santa suit from work that he brought home and we were able to take a friendlier santa photo with, that is ONCE she got used to the beard.

14 December 2012

Flashback Friday: Christmas 1981

I don't particularly REMEMBER this Christmas, I was only about a month younger than Sloan is now, but isn't this so cute!

In case you cannot tell, I am the baby on the right, and about 16 months. My older sister Lori is the cutie on the left. She was a month shy of 3. I always think that Sloan has her dad's eyes (shape), but looking at this picture, i definitely see my daughter. Not identical, but similar.

Today we are going to take our holiday photo if all goes according to plan. Yup, i'm super behind, but that's just how it played out this year. I will likely mail them out next weekend, in time to arrive just after Christmas. I'll be sure to add "Happy New Years" to the card. I might get daring and hand-make the cards, but that could all change once i get started.

We have a super busy weekend planned. Today after our photo is Sloan's holiday party. There is a snow day at a local promenade. Then we have a birthday party to attend in the afternoon. Sunday is church, as usual, and our Small Group is having a holiday party and gift exchange. I better get all my baking and crafting done! Have a great weekend! 11 more days until Christmas!

12 December 2012

Baby's First Haircut!

Ok People. I am going to step on some toes here. My child was growing something between a rat-tail and a mullet. My goodness it was starting to look bad, and as much as I want to hold onto the little bit of hair she has, nothing annoys me more than a child with stringy or overgrown hair.  I know all the moms out there have good intentions, but little boys with long curly hair look like little girls.

Once my sister, mother, nephew and myself were shopping at the grocery store. He was dressed in all brown and blue, and had long curly hair. A lady came up to us and remarked, What a pretty little girl.Why you ask? Because of his pretty curly hair! His father finally put an end to the nonsense and had his curls chopped off. He is almost 15 months in these pictures and look at all that hair!

As a result, the following Christmas, he had nice little boy hair.

I know I can't do anything about people calling Sloan a little boy shy of sticking bows on her head. Cool if that's your thing, but I think bows look good in hair, not wrapped around bald heads. I just don't like hairless babies with huge bows. I think it looks stupid.  Smaller bows are "ok" but the big ones i detest. Below sloan is modeling a big bow on a little head to help me prove a point. Actually she is just being funny!

What I can do is make sure my kid doesn't have a mullet or stringy mess. I was reluctant to cut her hair because she has so little of it, but now that the humidity has left the air, it doesn't curl up like it did over the summer and looks bad. At any rate, baby sloan got her first hair cut, and she did better than expected. A (*very patient) friend from church that I kept the nursery with on Sunday who just so happens to be a hairdresser, did it for us! Much less intimidating than sitting in the chair at the salon!  Pics on the left are the before, stringy mess, and pics on the right show her fuller, thicker hair, that we hope will now continue to grow ! I think it looks much better. don't you?

11 December 2012

Ginger Salad Dressing

I had several people ask me about my ginger salad dressing recipe I talked about in a previous post.

Here it is. Simple and Easy to make. Here is what you need

1/2 c. Onion
1/2 c. Oil
1/3 c. Rice Vinegar
2 T ginger Root.
2 T ketchup
1 T soy sauce
2 t lemon juice
1/2 t garlic (raw is best, powder works in a pinch)
salt and pepper to taste

- Get out your blender or food processor. I use my blender. Peel the onion and cut into wedges and toss it in.

I usually take my food processor and dice an entire bag of onions and then freeze into 1/2 c. servings so that I have them on hand when I cook (laying it out in the fridge on a plate the night before to thaw since onions are highly composed of water, they will leave a lot of condensation when they thaw)

 - Once your onion is nice and finely diced, add oil. Personally, I use olive, my sister thinks coconut oil is better for you but i'm not so sure how it would make it taste. Do whatever you want here.

-Next add the ginger root. What you will need to do is peel the ginger. I use a vegetable peeler. I then cut the ginger into little pieces and toss it in. You can vary the amount of ginger, more is better.

-Add garlic. I usually use my food chopper and finely dice the garlic before adding it, but if your blender or food processor is awesome like mine, you won't need to.

-Finally add the soy sauce, ketchup, lemon juice (helps it to stay fresh or something), salt and pepper.

I honestly don't measure the ingredients anymore, and i typically leave out the salt and pepper. I just look at it as it mixes together in my blender and try to make it that pretty orange color you get at the sushi bar. You can play around with the recipe to your liking, just taste it as you go.

 Too oniony? Add more oil and ginger.
Too much ginger? NONSENSE!

I put mine in a mason jar and store in the fridge. One jar typically lasts me a week. This (to me) seems to be a very healthy, all natural (depending on your soy sauce and ketchup brands), recipe.  I also consider that I could use tomato instead of ketchup, but have yet to get to trying it that way. Sometimes I add vegetables to it, like celery, or zucchini or even carrots, As long as your pulverize them into a paste it will not ruin the texture.  Happy Blending! Pour on Spinach, Kale, or anything you want!

Let me know how it turns out for you or if you have an adaptation.

[side note: The original recipe calls for peanut oil but i have been told this is VERY bad for you. Grape seed Oil is also a good alternative. I am not going to tell you which oil to use, but I would try to stay away from generic cooking oils like canola oil, as they are the worst to use probably. Cold Pressed Olive oil is a good choice. ]

03 December 2012

Getting ready to Potty Train?

My baby girl is growing up too fast!
As I have mentioned, Sloan has been going on the potty for me pretty regularly, but just peeing. Well that all changed this weekend. 

For the past week or so, Sloan has recently been telling me when she went #2 by saying,, POO-POO and grabbing the back of her diaper. On Saturday morning, she said this to me, but then went and sat on her potty (in her diaper) and pooped. Today, she repeated similar behavior, so i asked her if i could take her diaper off and let her sit on the potty and she said yes. I sat her down, told her to push, and voila, my kid pooped in the potty. 

Being the proud mommy that i am, I took a picture for her daddy  and grandparents to see, but no, i will not share it here with you. There are some lines that even I will not cross. Shocking i know!

So now what? Sloan's teachers have told me that she is incredibly smart. As her mother and father, Rick and I already believe this, BUT we are very biased. Don't most parents believe that their kid is so very smart and talented ? Sloan's school does not officially start potty training until they are in the next class (Age 2-3) and with the delay in moving up, she could be as much as 26 months old before she moves up. That is 10 months away.

I have heard that there is a window where the child shows readiness, and you have to take advantage or you might have to wait longer. I don't want to miss that window. So assuming Sloan continues to show interest in the next few weeks, I plan to potty train her over Christmas break after we return from Christmas Travel. Her teachers said they have a potty she can use if we do end up training her. 

How exciting. I guess it really is time to have another baby. Give me time! I'm still enjoying this one. Like they say, you can only have JUST ONE once. Once the next one comes, you'll never have just one again.

This made me laugh this weekend. Sloan fell asleep in my arms and when i went to lay her down, the pillow just happened to be in front of her car. Almost looks like the poor girl got hit by her car! It made me giggle.