Tuesday, March 31, 2009

(sorta) Sick Noah and his sleepy Mom

Just some pictures for now, I need to get to bed! Poor Noah has had a low fever since last Thursday... he's just a little grumpy at times and definitely more clingy and needy (which I sorta love) so I am tired! Here he is during a 'happy moment' playing with some stuffed animals. 

 I'll write more later, once we are all rested and well. I am sure this is just a case of the 'First time Mom over reacting virus'... I hear every newborn gets it;-)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Splish Splash

Swim time for Noah! (Of course we forgot the camera, these pics were taken with Jeff's phone so they are a little grainy.) Noah loved it. He was very good at floating on his back which is a good sign that he will be comfortable in the water once he is ready to learn to swim.  Spending time in the pool is something I am really looking forward to doing with Noah. There is also a beach nearby; it's going to be so much fun to spend some time there during the summer. But for now... 10 minutes bobbing around in the pool on base was enough for our little kicker:-)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Napping Noah

Keeping up with that paci can be too much work. Noah has found his thumb! I was a big time thumb sucker when I was little, so was my sister Emily (who would hold her hand just like Noah is, CUTE). Here's The Scamp sucking that thumb... 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

House Guest

His name is Maurice. Noah enjoys his company, he thinks he is a wise old Monkey...

... but he has no concept of personal space. Here he is making himself at home reading 'Hop on Pop' on Jeff's pillow (you can tell by my facial expression it was an awkward moment when Jeff walked in only to find us reading in bed together).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Our cuisine reigns supreme

Jeff and I decided to attempt making our first Japanese dish at home.... from scratch. We are big fans of the Japanese Curry that you can get from most any restaurant in Misawa for a fair bargain; you can also buy packets of it at the grocery stores and simply heat it in the microwave. After much searching online I found a recipe that seemed like the real deal... I then dared to walk to the store to find all the ingredients. Grocery shopping in a foreign Country where you do not speak the language is easier said than done. I am sure I am a sight, walking around with my dictionary, trying to recognize any kanji I come across on a package that looks like it could be what I am looking for. Luckily for our first culinary-culture-cross the ingredients were fairly simple. With everything 'mise en place' we began... and we are proud to announce it was DELICIOUS. 

Of course the camera was in the car so I couldn't take a picture of our delicious dish, but here is one that I snagged off the internet. 

Here is the recipe that I used. Try making it some time and enjoy a taste of Japan!

Japanese Curry

2 tbs olive oil
1 lb chicken (or any meat your prefer) 
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion sliced into half moons
2 medium carrots, cubed
2 medium potatoes, cubed
3 cups water
Japanese Curry Roux (recipe to follow)

Salt and pepper chicken, brown on all sides. Add onions, carrots and potatoes. Cook until slightly tender. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 45 minutes. Add curry roux. Serve over rice. 

Japanese Curry Roux

3 1/2 cups water
2 bouillon cubes 
2 tbs butter
1 medium onion sliced into half moons
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tbs flour
1 tbs curry powder
1/2 tsp garam masala**
Salt to taste

Heat water to dissolve the bouillon cubes. Meanwhile melt butter, cook onions until translucent. Add garlic and ginger, cook a few minutes. Add flour and curry powder, stir until onions are coated. Slowly add the soup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid clumps. Mixture will thicken but it takes time. When it reaches your desired thickness add the garam masala and salt.

**Garam masala is a blend of various fragrant spices like cinnamon and cloves commonly used in Indian dishes. You can find a recipe to make it at home with a coffee grinder but most grocery stores sell it pre made which saves significant time and energy!

Next... sushi rolls!!! ;-)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Noah, sitting king

More advanced behavior from our Noaster.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fatty Pants

No, that's not a rubber band around his wrist.... that's just one of the many fat rolls that Noah has been sporting these days. Our child is chunky, there is no way around it. He is 15 lbs, which at around 11 weeks is pretty respectable. During the day he has started eating every hour for at least 30 minutes at a sitting. After discussing this with my sister Jessica (Matt, Jack and the soon to arrive Lorelei's Mama, Aunt Jess... which ever you prefer) we decided to introduce rice cereal into his diet in hopes that he will stay fuller for longer. So.... Noah enjoyed a warm bowl or cereal this morning in his swing. He loved it. Of course I thinned it out considerably but I still fed it to him with a spoon. He would gum it around his mouth until he swallowed it, then would kick his legs and wave his arms until I gave him another spoonful. Such a chunk, I can't believe he is eating solids at just over 2 months old!

You can some what grasp the girth of the belly in this picture. He is wearing a onsie that was a gift from Jean, a friend of Jeff's. What you can't see because of the belly lapping over his pants is the phrase 'Peas on Earth'. His belly is compromising his fashion. Something must be done;-)