The Easiest Fruit Tarts

Have I mentioned that our neighborhood has the world’s best block parties?  Actually, I think they have a party every night but we seriously can’t keep up. Can’t hang. Too old. Or something. Anyways, a couple times a summer they make a big effort to get everyone on our circle together.  Bounce houses are rented, food trucks are brought in (seriously), and everyone brings a dish to pass. Cue immediate panic.  You know… you want people to like what you’ve brought, you want it to look decent, and you don’t want to worry about how to keep it warm. Enter the world’s easiest fruit tarts ever.  Refrigerated cookie dough, instant pudding, and whatever fruit is in season.  Can you imagine these with peaches and raspberries right now?  Yum! To make the cute little fruit cups you divide the refrigerated dough up using the little squares they already have pre-cut.  Roll each into a ball and stick them into mini cupcake tins.  As they bake, they form to the outside edges and like magic you have tiny cups.  You may have to use a spoon to crack…

The First Weeks

Our sweet little baby is [already!] almost 3 weeks old and we can hardly believe it.  We’re living in this precious little moment of time when when we simultaneously can’t wait to see what happens when he’s a little bit old (and sleeping a little bit better) to tearing up when we think of how fast time has already gone. Please tell us this is normal. This week Lil’ C came down with a stuffy nose and is quite the loud sleeper so Cale finally had to move down to the living room last night because one of us has to be functional at a day job while the other one just snuggles our little bug all day.  Leading up to this we had a sweet baby who would sleep 5 hours in a row at night… So this might have only happened twice but we hope he remembers how to do this after the cold is gone.  Wishful thinking?!? We got off oxygen last week so walks have become a little bit more frequent but our most favorite thing to do is to sit and stare at each other.  I have…

He’s here! He’s here!

After weeks and weeks of waiting, 40 to be exact, Carter David entered the world on August 5th- right on his due date.  My water broke at 2:44 am and after realizing contractions had not started, Cale and I went back to bed and slept for another 3 hours. We were admitted to the hospital around 10 am and started on pitocin to get labor moving and  he finally entered the world at 9:15 pm.  He weighed a whopping 9 lbs 10 oz and still ended up spending the first 2 days of his life hanging out in the NICU. It turns out swallowing quite the large gulp of amniotic fluid upon exit is less than an ideal way to get your lung used to breathing.  Other than a little bit of oxygen supplementation whenever he rides in the carseat, his little lungs have healed completely.  If you visit us between the hours of 7-11 or happen to stroll by our open windows at that time you will know we’re speaking the truth.  He would be a perfect voice over for a baby pterodactyl. We, of course, think it’s absolutely adorable. I switch…

The 38th Week

We have made it to 38 weeks  with a singular road block. A massive head cold developed at week 37 weeks that has been less than cooperative in moving on which also coincided with extreme loss of energy.  Yikes!  I’m in rough shape over here. Poor Cale got to spend his last irresponsible birthday taking care of his sick and very pregnant wife.  He’s become an expert watermelon cuber… I’ve been eating at least one a week with no shame. Welcome to adult hood! Really though, we’ve been so so blessed to have an easy and uncomplicated pregnancy. And, while I really could have done it without the cold, can’t complain about anything. Albeit an easy pregnancy, I’ve figured out why there are 9 months of pregnancy… It takes that long to decide labor really isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.  With days upon days of temperatures in the 90’s and a very healthy/large (or so it seems) baby on the way, I’m counting down the minutes until baby boy makes his grand entrance. We waver…