Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Yummy, Oven Baby Back Ribs

Last night I made oven baby back ribs with a new barbeque sauce "FunniBonz", they were absolutely delicious. My family loves baby back ribs and they are simple to make in the oven, the only drawback is that they take a pretty long time, but its worth it.

2 slabs of baby back ribs
About 8 tbs of the barbeque sauce of your choice
salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Rub salt, pepper and about 4 tbs of barbeque sauce onto the front and back of the ribs. Seal them in aluminum foil and let them bake for 2 hours.

After 2 hours remove the ribs, raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees, open the aluminum foil and add the remaining barbeque sauce.

Then put the ribs back into the oven leaving the foil open and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Results: Melt in your mouth baby back ribs.

Monday, March 30, 2009

You get 86,400 a day

Last night I was watching TV with Dr.D and we saw Joel Osteen and he said something that really got me thinking. He was talking about the importance of not wasting away your days, everyday is a gift and we should redeem each of the 86,400 seconds we get in the day. I know that I don't do that at all, I spend a lot of time just thinking about my problems and I don't take time to enjoy each moment as what it is, a gift. Joel Osteen said that if the bank would deposit $86,400 into our account each morning with a catch, any money not spent at the end of the day would be taken out of the account, we would make sure to spend it entirely. If you think about it, the time we receive each day all 86,400 seconds, are also only ours for a day and when the day is over that time is gone, we don't get it back. I am going to try to make a conscious effort to spend my time wisely. Time is not something we can get back, when its gone, its gone.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Picture perfect spring


Photo by Dr.D, he is so much better at taking pictures than I am.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Exhausted Mommy, Happy Kids

For L's birthday yesterday we had a busy day. It all started in the morning, she woke up, took a bath, got dressed, ate breakfast and then Dr.D drove her to school (he got home from the night call just in time to drop her off at school, which she really enjoyed, especially since he surprised her with red roses). I got M and myself ready and when Dr.D returned home we all went to the grocery store to pick up cupcakes and juice boxes for L's class. We arrived at the school at 10:15 which is snack time and sang "Happy Birthday" to L with her class mates, she was really happy when she saw us and helped me pass out the cupcakes to all her friends, after that she came home with us. The next thing on our list was lunch at PF Chang's (her favorite restaurant, which is great because it happens to be my favorite too). Lunch was followed with taking her to the movies to see "Monsters versus Aliens". L and M really enjoyed the movie, they didn't stop talking about it all day, I thought it really was a cute movie, with a nice message. We went home after the movie and had some quiet time (that mommy really needed). At 4:00pm we headed to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party with 8 of her friends, she had a blast. By the time we got home I had the worst headache ever and I was completely exhausted, surprisingly (well maybe not that surprising) L and M were still running on full batteries. L opened up her presents and shared nicely with M (she is really a great big sister). Dr.D left to work at 7:30pm after having a very large cup of espresso and I put the girls to bed. It was an absolutely exhausting day but totally worth it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hard to believe it has been 7 years

I remember it vividly, it was four in the morning, I was 37 weeks pregnant and I really had to use the bathroom (for the 100Th time that night) but when I stood up I began to drip. Five hours later L was born and with that I became a mother for the first time.

That day seems like it was only yesterday but today my baby turns 7.
She was the sweetest baby always happy and calm.

As a toddler she was so funny always singing and dancing, she loved to play dress up.

As a preschooler it was so much fun to watch as she learned and explored the world around her.

On her first day of kindergarten she was so excited, she got dressed in her new cloth, put on the necklace with a laminated paper fish from school (that said what class she was supposed to go to), and headed to school with a huge smile on her face.

First grade has been great, she is now able to read me stories, tell me what time it is and give me the answer to "what is 200+300 off the top of her head (the funnest thing about that is seeing how much she enjoys being able to do it).

Everyday that passes by she grows and becomes more independent but to me she will always be my baby. I have enjoyed every single moment of L's life and I look forward to all there is to come in the future. I know that I will always be pleasantly surprised.
Happy Birthday L!!!

L on her 7Th Birthday.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thankful Thursdays - 7 things

Today hasn't been a great day, heck it hasn't even been a good day, but that's when its most important to remember to count your blessings and see the glass half full instead of half empty.

I am thankful for:

*the home I live in

*the health of my family

*having food on the table

*the car I drive

*the smell of the rain

*the beauty of tulips

*my laptop with internet connection


Making this small list really improved my mood. When I take a moment to think about some of the good things in my life it makes the "bad" things seems really insignificant.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Passion for cooking

I truly enjoy cooking. Something about throwing a bunch of different ingredients into a pot and coming out with something that is tasty and smells good is really rewarding for me. Here is a recipe for scallops that I made for dinner tonight.

1 lb of baby scallops
6 mushrooms diced in big chunks
1 small onion sliced thick
3 cloves of garlic minced
3 tbs of lime juice
1/4 cup of white wine
2 tbs of olive oil

I don't measure these so throw them in according to your taste

fresh cilantro
garlic powder
paprika powder
salt
pepper

Heat the olive oil and throw in the garlic, mushrooms and onion cook for about 2 minutes. Add the baby scallops and cilantro. Season with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the lime juice and wine. Cook for a couple of minutes until the scallops are done. Serve over rice.

Voila yummy scallops for dinner.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring! Spring! Snow?

As you know I was really excited about Spring, so imagine my surprise when I woke up today on the "first day spring" and found snow on the ground.

Puzzling I know.....

I am always pleasantly surprised to see snow in November, happy as can be when it comes down in December. I even like snow in January and February, but snow after its officially spring is just wrong!

I think mother nature is playing tricks on me. She gave me a few blooms and teased me with beautiful warm weather and then when I least expected it threw down a dusting of snow.

I really hope this was just an early April Fools joke and that warm weather will soon follow, however no amount of snow can take away my spring fever.
Hooray for spring!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thankful Thursdays - Mom




I admit that there are moments when my girls make me want to pull my hair out. Some days(especially when Dr.D is on call overnight and I have to deal with the girls all day without getting a break) I am completely overwhelmed with motherhood, but regardless of how hard any particular day is, becoming a mom was the best thing that has ever happened to me. My daughters are my biggest blessing. They make me see the world through a different glass. I am so thankful to God for giving me the gift of becoming a mom.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

First sign of Spring

Today was a beautiful day, the weather was really nice. I find that funny because if three years ago someone would have told me that I would call 55 degree weather nice I would have laughed in their face.

I grew up in south FL, which means that if the weather went below 70 I thought it was freezing, but after living in the north east for three years my perspective has really changed.

I really enjoy having four seasons, it makes me appreciate each one, however by the end of February I am really tired of Winter and I long for Spring. Which brings me to today, I went out for a walk with M and saw the first sign of Spring.


I was already happy today because of the weather finally being warm, but seeing that first tiny bloom really made my day. Only four days left until the official first day of Spring!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mommy interviews L















These answers were given by 6 year old L.


1. What is something Mom always says to you?
I love you

2. What makes Mom happy?
me behaving good

3. What makes Mom sad?
when we behave bad

4. How does your Mom make you laugh?
by telling me really funny jokes

5. What was your Mom like as a child?
really cute

6. How old is your Mom?
I don't know

7. How tall is your Mom?
really tall

8. What is Mom's favourite thing to do?
be with us

9. What does your Mom do when you're not around?
she is sad

10. If your Mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
for painting picture or singing

11. What is your Mom really good at?
cooking

12. What is your Mom not very good at?
nothing your good at everything

13. What does your Mom do for her job?
works at home

14. What is your mom's favourite food?
apples

15. What makes you proud of your Mom?
that you take really good care of us

16. If your Mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Sandy from Sponge Bob

17. What do you and your Mom do together?
group hug

18. How are you and your Mom the same?
our eyes and our hair

19. How are you and your Mom different?
your big and I am small

20. How do you know your Mom loves you?
because you hug me and tell me that you love me a lot

21. Where is your Mom's favourite place to go?
New York

Sunday, March 15, 2009

American Girl Place

I promised L that we would take her to the American Girl Place in NY, so that she could pick out her birthday present, since Dr.D starts the night float this week(meaning he will be working overnight and then sleeping during the day for 2 weeks straight) we decided to take her yesterday.

L was really excited when we told her to get ready because we were driving to NYC to buy her birthday present(2 weeks in advance). We arrived at the American Girl Place around 3pm. The store is huge and L and M were in Doll heaven.

Of course, M also wanted a doll and it was kind of difficult to be in that store and refuse to get her a doll, therefore she also got a doll. The girls both decided on the American Girl doll bitty baby, M chose the bitty baby with brown hair and L chose the bitty baby with black hair.

As soon as we got to the car I opened up the boxes and gave each girl their new dolls and then I told them to take good care of them and treat them like a real baby. L decided to name her baby Sara and M decided to name her baby Chloe Jasmine.

Its a pretty long drive home and about 30 minutes into our drive M began to cry.

Me: Whats wrong M?

M: I'm not going to be able to keep my baby!

Me: Why not?

M: Because you said I had to take care of her like a real baby! (more crying...)

Me: M that isn't a problem,why do you think you cant take care of her?

M: Because she is going to get hungry and I am not going to breastfeed her!!!

Me: (trying really hard not to laugh, which was really hard since Dr.D was laughing his head off) Sweetie you don't have to breastfeed her, you can just play with her and make sure she doesn't get lost.

M: Oh, ok that's good because breastfeeding is really disgusting to me!

Then she put the baby in front of her and said "Don't worry Chloe I can keep you forever. Gotta love the mind of a child!

It was a great day out and we ended the day by taking a picture of L and M in their PJ's with Sara and Chloe.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Headaches can ruin a day

As I mentioned before M has unilateral Moyamoya. After her surgery everything has been great with the exemption of a few bumps in the road.... Headaches!
She has had a total of 6 headaches since her surgery, with the last one happening this morning.

The headaches are not associated with Moyamoya and in a regular situation a headache is not something to worry about, but since M's situation is not a regular one, hearing her complain of a headache has the power to send me over the edge. I begin to panic and a million things begin to run through my head. I sit in front of her asking her to lift her hands, smile, squeeze my fingers and kick her feet up.
It is so stressful for me that after she feels better I need some Tylenol because my head is pounding.

I know that its something I have to learn to live with because the fact that she has Moyamoya is not going to go away. Everything that happens to her, no matter how small, will always seem like a big deal to me until proven otherwise. There is nothing worst than the helplessness I feel when I see my little girl feeling bad and there is nothing I can do to make her feel better.
As I sit here writing this M is playing, laughing, running around the house, just being herself and that gives me such a sense of relief.
I trust in God that she is going to be fine.




M feeling all better!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Greener by the minute

I have fallen in love with the idea of becoming a greener family for numerous reasons ranging from health to mother earth.

Here is a list of the top 5 things I have been doing.

1. I carry a tote to the supermarket instead of using plastic bags and when I do use plastic bags then I reuse them at home as trash bags.

2. I try to buy organic as much as possible, I love shopping at Wholefoods!

3. I have replaced my cleaning products with greener alternatives like
Seventh Generation and Method. ( I love the method candles)....

4. I am getting better at remembering to recycle.

5. I am encouraging my family to think green "reduce, reuse, recycle".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am not a Doctor

I don't know how it happens but it happens often, I start having a conversation with someone and somehow the subject about what my husband does for a living comes up and when I say he is a Doctor I get a medical question. Note I am not a Doctor and we already discussed that I am a SAHM and that before that I worked in as an office manager, nonetheless I hear a:

"my thyroid levels are high but my medication should control it, right?"
or a
"I keep feeling a pain in my knee after I work out, what could that be?"

Ummmmm.... hmmmmm..... ughhhhhh....how the heck should I know?

I guess they figure out by my blank stare that I have no idea what the answer to their question is and then the conversation steers away to something else, although sometimes in the worst case scenarios they proceed to ask me if I could ask my husband for them and that is simply awkward. I don't mind this kind of thing when it comes from friend's and family the thing is it usually isn't friends and family but practically complete strangers who ask me.

Maybe I should dedicate any spare time to reading the New England Journal of Medicine so that I could be better prepared for those moments, but be warned you should not take any medical advise coming from me.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mommy Interviews M

M at 18 month


This is an interview that was sent to me on facebook, basically you ask your child questions about you and write down their answers. These answers were given by 4 year old M.

1. What is something Mom always says to you?
M please be polite

2. What makes Mom happy?
for me to be a baby

3. What makes Mom sad?
for her babies not to be with her

4. How does your Mom make you laugh?
by doing a silly face

5. What was your Mom like as a child?
I don't know

6. How old is your Mom?
I don't know

7. How tall is your Mom?
I don't know

8. What is Mom's favourite thing to do?
play

9. What does your Mom do when you're not around?
I don't know

10. If your Mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
I don't know for what

11. What is your Mom really good at?
cleaning up the whole house

12. What is your Mom not very good at?
swim in a pool

13. What does your Mom do for her job?
works at home

14. What is your mom's favourite food?
bagels because they are good for me

15. What makes you proud of your Mom?
watching TV with me

16. If your Mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Giselle from enchanted

17. What do you and your Mom do together?
Play

18. How are you and your Mom the same?
we are not the same because your hair is not the same color as my hair

19. How are you and your Mom different?
I don't know

20. How do you know your Mom loves you?
she gives me a bagel

21. Where is your Mom's favourite place to go?
on a date with papa


*M asked for a bagel shortly after the interview, which probably explains why there was more than one answer referring to bagels.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MoyaMoya

The word Moyamoya is not a word I would have ever wanted to learn about. Its a disease and until November of last year it was something I didn't even know existed. Unfortunately, after a very stressing week of doctors appt and a MRI/MRA my 4 year old (at the moment 3) was diagnosed with Unilateral Moyamoya.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moyamoya_disease
Everything from November 20Th on feels like a blur I was a walking zombie and all I could focus on was getting her to the best doctor so that she could have the surgery that she needed. Everything moved along really quickly and even though I don't understand why this happened I feel we were blessed because we caught this before any damage was made. We traveled to Boston Children's Hospital to meet with Dr. Michael Scott who to me was an angel sent straight from God to us and on Dec 10Th 2009 M had brain surgery. I cant think about that day without getting teary because it is by far the last thing any parent wants to go through but everything came out perfectly, her recooperation was really fast and we where back home 4 days later. Today is exactly 3 month after the surgery and everything is great.
M truly is my inspiration, she is so brave and strong and I feel blessed to be her mommy.

Monday, March 9, 2009

More responsibilities for free....Yay....Not!

I think its quite funny that my husband is the king of the responsibilities.
As a third year resident he doesn't really have his own patients he is in training and he looks after other doctors patients but he takes all of them to heart he checks them out on the computer from home he calls into the hospital to give orders even when he is signed out and the care of the patient is in the hands of the on call resident.
A while ago he called to inform me that he would be taking over the position of chief resident for 2 weeks while the chief resident was on vacation and I though well that's a lot of responsibilities but at least he wont have to be on call or on jeopardy, phew!!!(because you know the chief resident isn't on call) but nope, boy was I wrong he actually will be on call and on jeopardy and doing his regular job he is just going to add on all the chief resident responsibilities on top! Because you know he is so responsible (insert eye roll right here).
I wish he took the same approach to our home life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"happiness is a journey not a destination"

My husband gave me a card a few weeks ago with the quote "Happiness is a journey not a destination" and it really hit me. For as long as I can remember I have been waiting for something to happen before I can be happy...you know truly happy I always think if only this or that would happen then I would be happy. The main problem with me thinking that way is that its an illusion, there is no way that happiness will come and stay after you complete all your to do's. Instead happiness comes in small doses everyday and to truly be happy you have to learn to acknolodge those moments and enjoy them. Its easier said than done, but I am definately working on it.