Step 1. Pour jello packet into a medium sized sauce pan. Add one cup of water and stir. Sprinkle one envelop Knox Gelatin on top and let it sit for a minute to activate. Turn on medium heat and whisk until combined. Heat until liquid comes to a light simmer. Turn off heat.
Step 2. Add one cup vodka and stir.
Step 3. Pour your vodka jello mixture into a lightly greased 8x8 inch pan. Refridgerate for 60-120 minutes or until completely firm.
Step 4. Cut out your flower shapes from the jello with your cookie cutter and place on your serving tray.
Step 5. Arrange your crandy grass stems below the jello flowers. Keep refridgerated until serving.
He talks about it at school all day long. He loves it. Too bad he won’t sleep through the night or nap in it. Do you think it’s because it looks like a giant toy? Maybe he is thinking “it can’t possibly be nap time, it’s PIRATE PLAY TIME”.
Sigh. I slept on the floor again last night next to the ship. We are making very little progress.
I don’t know why I am showing you this. I should be embarrassed but for some reason I find it amusing. Do you see that squished goldfish to the lower left? Yep.
So Austin refused to nap this weekend. Check out his sweet Play-doh creation and his cute little stubborn pout.
I would put him in his room on his crib mattress (his new toddler bed didn’t arrive until last night) and he just wasn’t having it. He would get right up and start playing and asking for his “Spida-meh”. His teachers say he is napping at school so if it happens again this weekend we are planing to be strong and shut the door and trust that he will be okay in there and hopefully go to sleep on his own.
This child just doesn’t want to sleep anymore. Unless I am with him holding him the whole time and as good as that feels, momma has to get some things done!
This year was our first full four seasons with Austin Dean and it was all about learning to live life as a family of three. There were first steps and first words and first foods! Nick and I had to learn how to take care of ourselves (hair cuts, sick days and work deadlines etc.) while taking care of Austin first and foremost. My mom helped out a ton this year, traveling from CT so we could have a date night here and there or even just get some cleaning done on the weekends.
I learned how to pump breast milk on a train from NYC to DC (oh the fun) and in my car while driving to and from work and in my office while typing emails. There was that day when I had two different colored shoes on at work. Or the time when Austin had a temperature of 105.3 while we were at the beach in North Carolina at 2:00am. Or how about when he got his finger stuck in the bunny cage at the Zoo. His first trip to the Zoo.
We had first haircuts and and first mothers day tea parties at school. We had an AMAZING first birthday party.
We took our first plane trip with Austin. There were pina coladas in Florida (so many pina coladas) and moscato and mango juice at home (often) and several diet attempts (salads and zuchinni noodles galore). Lots of pureed fruit pouches and names written on school lunches and trips to the park.
It sounds a little crazy but crazy has started to feel nice, like home … and home is my favorite place to be. Does that make sense? This morning when we got Austin out of his crib (after he woke up ridiculously early) and brought him in bed with us to cuddle for a few minutes he said “Mama!” and then climbed on top me and planted sloppy kisses on my face over and over “mwah, mwah, mwah …” You see it’s a tricky thing. Just when you wish you could please. just. sleep. in. Toddler kisses make it all better again. Happy New Year guys!