Speaking of Ice Cream...

Monday, November 15, 2010
Our dear little daughter is an avid ice cream lover just like her mama. We indulge her and give her some ice cream every now and then, but now I'm afraid we've created a monster. This is what happens when we cut her off from her beloved ice cream. Enjoy!

My Calling

Friday, November 12, 2010
No, this isn't a post on motherhood or marriage or anything profound, this is a post about ice cream, gelato to be precise.

Last week I received an email stating that I had been selected to participate in a Whole Foods Focus Group about ice cream. Considering I didn't remember signing up for any such thing, I promptly turned to Matthew and asked me if he had. "You were chosen?" he asked excitedly. Apparently, he had signed me up and was elated to know I had been selected.

So yesterday we traveled down to Whole Foods so I could partake in a round table discussion on none other than ice cream. To say I know my ice cream would be an understatement, to say I enjoy ice cream would be putting it lightly. I gained 60lbs during Hannah's pregnancy primarily because I was enjoying a nice bowl of ice cream daily. Anyways, there were about 12 other people and we discussed ice cream for about an hour. At one point, I mentioned my favorite flavor Coffee Cookie Dream from Fentons Creamery (in California) and from that point on all the other participants would reference that flavor mentioning, "see that's something I would like" or "where can I get that flavor?" It was pretty funny. In my humble opinion, Massachusetts ice cream has nothing on California. I miss Fentons and Loards and even Yogurt Park. I digress.

It was fun to discuss ice cream and branding and what's important and what's not and at the end of the hour the marketing company thanked us and told us we could go after we received our free gelato. Free gelato? I didn't realize I was getting anything for participating, but lo and behold we each received a box with 5 pints of gelato. 5 pints! That's a lot of gelato. My cup runneth over.

A Good Food Weekend

Monday, November 8, 2010

We had a great weekend, especially in the culinary arena. Is it odd to judge a weekend strictly by the food you ate, I don't know, but I deem this past weekend an A.

I had the morning off from my Saturday school this weekend, so we ended up going out to brunch in Boston at this great little organic foodie place. We both ordered omelets and they were delicious. Then we enjoyed some Starbucks seasonal drinks (I had the peppermint mocha-yum). Not that I drink Starbucks too often anymore, but I love that their red Holiday/Christmas cups are already out. It makes me happy.

On Saturday afternoon we lounged around and watched a movie. For dinner we had spaghetti and turkey meatballs and garlic bread. Oh boy, the garlic bread was too good.

Sunday after early morning Mass we went out to breakfast again. This time we went to Whole Foods. They've started a new Sunday morning breakfast where they make your omelets on the spot. So we had omelet again, delish. After we got home I made a pumpkin pie and homemade applesauce. I love the Fall , if only for all the great foods we get to eat during the season. For dinner we had chicken sandwiches with cheese, tomatoes, red onions and avocados.

Okay, this post is getting more than a little boring, but the food we enjoyed this weened was too good not to share. Plus, someone else had her first taste of avocado and I daresay she liked it.

**On a side note, I apologize that my posts have lacked substance in recent weeks. I go back and forth about oversharing and tend to air on the side of undersharing, hence the slightly boring posts. I'll try to do better, I promise.

What I've Learned From Motherhood

Friday, November 5, 2010

There's a cute little article over at Alphamom Blog titled 16 Things I Have Learned From Being a Mother.

The author writes the most important lessons of parenting are rarely “about the big issues: breast vs. bottle, to circumcise or not, cry it out or never sleep again. No, the things that matter most are the little things, the small lessons we pick up along the way.”

Here are a few little gems:
3: One day your child will shout that he hates you. Although you logically know this isn’t true, it will cut you to your core. Take solace in the fact that this means you are doing your job right. You aren’t your child’s friend. You are their parent. You probably hate you too, sometimes.

4: When your kids are behaving in a way that makes you least want to give them affection and attention, that is precisely when they need it the most.

6: You can never have too many vases. If you are lucky they will always be filled with flowers. Sometimes those flowers will look an awful lot like dandelion heads. You will love them the best.

16: Never underestimate the healing power of a good cocktail at the end of the day.

You can read the whole list here.

A few of my own I would like to add would be: You will do things as a mother that 10 or 15 years ago would have made you gag. Now you will do them without batting an eye. I know a day or two after Hannah was born she had a booger in her nose that I fished out. I remember thinking then, "it's official, I'm a Mom, I'm picking someone else's nose." Thinking of it now, I don't consider that gross at all.

Also, before becoming a mother I had endless theories on parenthood and the best way to raise a child. Just ten months later, I am way less judgemental. Mothers must do what works for their kids and their families. Period. Just because I don't cloth diaper my child does not mean I'm a bad person.

What would you add to the list?

Happy Belated Halloween/All Saints/All Souls Day!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This is Hannah with her cousins. This last picture was right before she lost it, she did not like seeing her cousins in their costumes, especially James in his banana costume. On a sidenote, Hannah has many (mostly) boy cousins and let me tell you, they love her. Oh man do those little boys love Hannah, it's so cute!
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