NOVEMBER 2014 IN A FLASH

Wow! It’s February already!  I know I always say this, but where did the time go?   Here is our November in a flash.  We didn’t do much this month besides take a few trips to Target.  Other than that we stayed home with our newborn and kept busy with indoor and outdoor play.  We also spent Thanksgiving at home.  Tim’s mom came over, to cook the turkey and sides.  Tim and I made the dessert.  I made mini pumpkin pies and Tim made his traditional lemon cheesecake topped with blueberries.  To wrap up the month, we got invited to a football game.  Tim’s favorite team, Norte Dame played against USC.

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Notre Dame vs USC

Not a good ending for Notre Dame, but at least we were in a suite with open bar!

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THE WELCOMING

 I was a little nervous not knowing how Liam would react with another little human being in our home, but it wasn’t too bad.  Before going into the hospital I bought Liam one of his favorite toys from the Disney character movie, Cars.  I wrapped it up in tissue paper and packed it in my bag.  The idea was to give him this small gift from his baby brother Jace.  We thought this would be a really nice way of introducing Jace to Liam.  When we arrived home from the hospital I entered the door first to give him all the hugs and kisses he needed.  I hadn’t seen him in a couple of days so it was a nice reunion.  Soon after, Tim walked in with Jace.  He was still sitting in his carseat when we introduced him to his big brother.  Liam looked a little confused, but still had a smile on his face.  Then I took out his gift from Jace and that was the end of that.  He grabbed the car with a huge smile and took off!!

 Liam wasn’t upset about having a baby brother in the house.  Because by the looks of it, he really loves hanging out with the little guy.  We did have trouble the first week or two dealing with a little jealousy.  Liam would get really upset if we didn’t pay attention to him.  Something he wasn’t use to, but after a while he calmed down.

 

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Our Newest Addition!

I’m going to take it back 2 months from now.  Remember when I was pregnant for the second time? Well, that little guy was born on November 10, 2014.  Please welcome our baby boy, Jace T. Mitchell into this world!  And just like Liam’s birth date, Tim and I have a story time line to share with you.    I will add that later to this post. It’s been a bit crazy over at the Mitchell home.  The holidays flew by so quick, which is why I haven’t posted lately.  A terrible 2 and a newborn is a mix of craziness.  My multitasking skills are in full effect!  I have so much to share with you since the birth of Jace.  So let’s start with a few photos from the big day!

Born: 11.10.14

Weight: 7lbs 5 oz

Length: 20 inches

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Jace’s 3rd Ultra Sound

Jace’s 3rd and final Ultrasound: September 8, 2014

Way back in September I had my final ultrasound.  And although it’s been a while and Jace is finally in this world, I couldn’t go without posting this.  While pregnant with Liam everything seemed a lot easier.  I was up to date on everything.  However, taking care of a toddler while pregnant, was a little very overwhelming and exhausting.

Looking back at Liam’s 3rd ultrasound, I was really surprised to see how much they look alike.  They have the same mouth, nose, and eyes.

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Birthday Party Fun With A Few Friends

I was about 39 weeks pregnant and ready to pop at anytime when Liam got invited to two birthday parties in the beginning of November.  I’m not one to complain about being tired, but holy crap, by the 3rd trimester, this pregnancy really got to me.  Of course, that doesn’t stop me from taking Liam to a couple of birthday parties.  Oh heck no! I’m all about the fun and especially if it puts a smile on the little guys face.  But the problem with taking my toddler to a birthday party and being pregnant at the same time is that I have to chase him around nonstop.  And like many other pregnant women,  all I want to do is eat, sit, and relax.  But all of that is the complete opposite of what actually happens.  He’s quite the explorer (see train party pics below.)

The first birthday party was held at his friends house in the backyard.  It was good.  I didn’t have to worry too much about him running into the street or into strangers.  He played with a few baseballs and got to decorate a pennant with lots of sports stickers.  A few baseball cookies (aka Oreos), a hot dog, and we were good to go.

That train birthday party at travel town had a group lunch inside one of the trains.  Sounds like fun right?  Wrong.  There wasn’t anything inside that train that made him happy.  “Sit down and eat food?  That’s no fun.”  Boy do I wish I had a magic wand to make him sit and eat.  Food isn’t important by the way.  At least not for a 2 yr old.  After a few minutes inside the train, the tantrums began.  So back outside we go. Thank goodness Tim was there to help.  I swear I could have gone into labor at any point.

Theo’s 3rd birthday party on November 8th… 

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Baseball Birthday Party

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Emerson’s 2nd birthday party at Travel Town on November 9th.

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Halloween 2014- Viking Family

Well, December 1st got here pretty quick!  Happy shopping to everyone on this awesome Cyber Monday.  It’s been quite busy at the Mitchell home with a newborn. I haven’t had a chance to start planning our 25 days of Christmas countdown.  That is on my agenda this evening.  I do want to catch up with our holiday posts though.  Our last one for October is our Halloween 2014 post.  As always, every holiday we start out with a fun breakfast!  This year it was pumpkin pancakes with a ghoulish topping- whip cream and chocolate morsels.  Liam definitely enjoyed every bite!  We filled our day with a few fun activities- coloring and stamping and a little outdoor fun on the trampoline until it was time to get into our Halloween costumes.

Speaking of costumes,  this year we were a family of vikings.  They were custom made by Costume Eras in North Hollywood.  I also have to mention that it was Liam’s 1st year trick-or-treating. At first I thought it was going to be a disaster because getting that costume on the little guy was not pleasant.  But after we got him out of the house the fun began.  Tim did a great job guiding him through the experience.  He would knock on the door and Liam would say “Trick-or-Treat!”  After a few attempts, Liam got the hang of it.  He wasn’t shy of grabbing candy from the home owners either and sometimes he would set his pumpkin down and scoop out his candy to show everyone.  Cutest ever!  I loved listening to him say trick-r-treat and viking.  He made sure to let everyone know he was a viking.

Towards the end of our trick-or-treating it started to get really cold so we headed back home to finish off our night with some homemade chili and cornbread.  Here are a few photos…

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Pumpkin Patch Part 2

During the month of October one visit to the pumpkin patch just isn’t enough.  And as much as Liam loves pumpkins, I thought it was a great idea to visit another patch while my mom was in town.  This time we went to Tapia Brothers Pumpkin Patch, not too far from us.  This place wasn’t as big as Underwood Farms, but that didn’t stop Liam from having a great time.  He ran so fast repeating the word “pumpkins.”  A few rounds and he was unstoppable. We finished up with a bag of popcorn and bought a few small pumpkins for our Thanksgiving decor.   Then we were off to the airport to say goodbye to Grandma.

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And of course popcorn to wrap up our visit at the patch.
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Liam and Grandma

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Pumpkin Carving Party- 2014

A little late but wanted to share our fun pumpkin carving party I hosted a few days before Halloween.  We’ve made it a tradition to carve pumpkins and bake spider cupcakes each year….at least I did. Ha!  Since we are new to Valley Glen, I wanted to have a few valley moms and their toddlers join us while we prepare for one of the most exciting holiday’s of the year, Halloween.  I am part of the Valley Mom Meetup Group.  It’s a great way to meet parent’s and their children by hosting events or attending events hosted by others.  The turn out was great and although most of the tots didn’t have all their attention on the carving, they had a blast running around in the yard together.  Stay tuned for our Halloween photos!

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Pumpkin Picking at Underwood Farms

This was our first time at Underwood Farms pumpkin patch.  It’s a drive, but being that it was a Monday we arrived fairly quickly.  Not only that, since we went on a weekday so we had no problem with large crowds and we only paid 3 bucks to get in!  Next year we HAVE to go on a weekend.  The weekend I hear is a lot more fun. Food stands are open, games are going on every corner, and it’s not so much of a ghost town like it was when we went.   We will just have to deal with lots of people and pay 15 bucks a head.  Ouch! what a difference in price.  I hear it’s worth it though.

 Either way, this season was perfect to go on a weekday being that I was about 37 weeks pregnant at the time. Liam had a blast running around the pumpkins and corn field maze.  He also fed the animals and played around the wooden trains. And the huge tractors were a hit!  All of it was enough to get his energy out and enjoy a strawberry smoothie at the end.  I love seeing him smile!  He is the luckiest boy in the world!

Here are a few pics from our pumpkin patch visit…

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Mini Donut Lover- Pumpkin Flavor

 

Lately one of my favorite desserts to make are the mini donuts.  The bite size treat is just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Although I must say that being 38 weeks pregnant, it’s not easy eating just one or two.  Fall season is here and as I mentioned before, I love the holidays and especially holiday baking!  So to start the season right, Liam and I whipped up a batch of pumpkin flavored donuts to start off his birthday week.  Because what is fall without pumpkin anything?

Liam’s birthday is actually on October 11 so I am going back a few weeks.  With birthday party planning, pumpkin carving parties, and halloween, I haven’t had a chance to catch up with some of my posts.  I’ll be sharing more of our October festivities this week!

Back to our mini donut baking … one of my favorite moments is having Liam in the kitchen stirring and pouring ingredients into the bowl (with the help from mommy of course.)  We sort of bathed in flour, but that was part of the fun.  He loves helping in the kitchen!  Sometimes I’ll even let him lick the spatula.  His face?  Priceless!  Remember I only share recipes that I believe are delicious and easy.  Hope you enjoy your mini pumpkin spice donuts!

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PUMPKIN SPICE MINI DONUT RECIPE

DONUTS

1 3/4 Cups of flour

1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon allspice

1/8 Teaspoon of ground cloves

1/3 Cup of vegetable oil

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 Teaspoons fo vanilla extract

3/4 Cups of canned pumpkin

1/2 Cup of milk

DONUT COATING

1/4 Cup of melted butter (not too hot)

1/2 Cup of sugar

1-2 Teaspoons of cinnamon

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garnish with lemon