Monthly Archives: September 2011

A rather windy week

We had a lot of wind lately, not so much outside, but inside the house. Here we had storm after storm. Nevertheless it was a quiet and peaceful week. I didn’t really learn any life-saving things, but I learned several rather important lessons I just need to share with you:

1. The stormy weather in our house was mostly caused by ‘Timan’. He takes immense pleasure in passing his own wind. The louder and smellier the better. And if this is causing some kind of reaction, maybe discomfort in other people, it’s the best. Ghee, this must me a boy thing. Will it stop at one point? Or are my days doomed for the next 20 years?

2. My tot loves his morning cuddle in my bed as much as I do. One morning I started to make my bed, the tot was already happily playing in the living room, but all of a sudden he shoots into the bedroom and says with a disbelieving look on his face: “Mommy, are we not going to cuddle today?”. Gha, this made me happy.

You see, I was not so far off, quite a while ago I gave him the nickname ‘Knuddel-Furz’ (‘Snuggle-Fart’) I use when we’re just the two of us. 😉

3. I shall not leave an open cup of yoghurt in the fridge. Your son will take an egg (a raw one) and plop it into the cup, the yoghurt will be splattered all over the fridge and the kitchen. But that is nothing to worry, the fridge and the kitchen need to be cleaned at one point anyway, so why not now. Sigh.

4. ‘Timan’ has to climb other things than our furniture or kitchen counter. So we went to the playground. For the first time ever we went to play on the ‘toys’ and we did not just pass through. This place in the center of town is empty the whole day, unless there is some sort of organized activity going on. Unfortunately there is not enough shade and it’s getting really hot there on a sunny day. But this time of the year, with the sky cloudy and some rain off and on, it’s perfect. Still, there are no kids. Seems like local moms don’t have time to spend on the playground. We don’t care. ‘Timan’ climbed like a big kid and had a blast on the slide.

5. We need an apple orchard. Seriously, even if we have to plant it inside the house because we’re living in the tropics. No, not because of the cider for mommy (hicks), but because ‘Timan’s  immense apple consumption. Right now he’s eating an average of 5 per day. How about changing the well-known saying into ‘5 apples per day help your bowel go YAY’?

6. Somehow I need to cut the tots mouthing habit. He doesn’t suck on this fingers though. At least that’s something. But now it’s actually worse than when he was a baby. Now he does it fully intentional and sucks a random item he finds at home, chews it and spits it out. He doesn’t swallow, no, he uses it as some sort of a mouth toy. And he prefers these things to chewing a gum or eating something not so healthy and yummy ;-). How strange is that? Rubber things are preferred, like elastic rubber bands, but he also sucks on painted wooden blocks with round edges and he even does it with metal toy cars. I really fear for his pearly whites. Gha, I don’t now anymore what to do. I asked him why he’s putting things in his mouth and he simply said he likes the feeling.

7. My little one thinks he really is someone. He put on his pyjama top all by himself and commented this with a big smile and ‘I’m a genius’. The next day he took his toy car apart, the one that’s meant to be taken apart, and when he was trying to put it together again, he got stuck. And he was shaking his head with a big sigh and said ‘I’m not a genius’. At least he’s realistic. But …

… isn’t everyone a little genius somewhere with something? I think a healthy self-esteem should be nourished, don’t you think so?

Happy weekend to all of you.

For more of those important lessons life is teaching you, head over to ‘Life With Baby Donut’:

Life With Baby Donut

Or check out the ‘Sunday Funday’ and link up your favorite post of the week @ ‘The Fence‘:

If you have a suggestion how I can stop the tot to take inappropriate things in his mouth, I’d be grateful forever. With a (virtual) cake and all. 😉

And as always, tell me what you think, I love your comment. 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday – A little dude and his fence

I guess it’s a guy thing … (sigh) …

(as part of Wordless Wednesdays and linked up with live and love … out loud, project alicia, parenting BY dummies, Dagmar’s Momsense, Seven Clown Circus, Tara’s view of the world, Crazy About My Baybah, Supermom Alysha, 5 Minutes for Mom, Angry Julie Monday, Better in Bulk and NapTime MomTog )

It’s Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Papaya Rice Bread with Raisins

It’s one of the beauties of living in Paradise: Many fruits here are very rich in nutrients, vitamines and minerals. But the one I was eating all the time when I was pregnant with ‘Timan’ was papaya. Not only because it’s rich in vitamin C and A, folate and potassium, also because of the high amount of fibres. And I was eating even more of them after I gave birth. It was my nutritious way of getting back in shape. And to speed up my digestive system, unfortunately I had a little problem down there after all the pushing. 😉 And fact is: it helped – a lot. Because it’s the source of papain, an effective natural digestive aid.

That was the past.

Now, three years later, ‘Timan’ is having one of his super-picky-eater phases when it comes to fruits. Not quite right though, actually he’s eating any fruit right now, as long as I am eating it. And lately I felt like eating mangoes, and not papaya. But …

I had a papaya ready to eat in the fridge, for days. I was offering it and he refused it, for days.

What do I do? Right, I bake.

Last night we had brown rice for dinner and I had some left over. Since I don’t like to throw away food, I try to do something else with it. Here we go:

But what would I do without ‘Timan’?

Papaya Rice Bread with Raisins

Ingredients

1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil

1 cup (200gr) brown sugar, loose

2 egg

1 1/4 cup (250gr) diced or shredded firm but ripe papaya

3/4 cup (100gr) all purpose flour

3/4 cup (100gr) wholemeal flour

1/3 cup (80 gr) brown rice, cooked

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 cup (60gr) raisins

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3-4

Beat egg, add sugar and beat until creamy, add oil and beat well.

Stir in papaya and raisins.

In separate bowl sift flour and baking soda, baking powder, add salt and spices and stir to combine. Add rice and stir until each grain is covered with flour-mix.

Stir flour mixture into papaya mixture.

Bake in a greased 8″ x 4″ loaf tin for 55-65 minutes (test with wooden toothpick).

Let cool for at least 10 minutes before taking out of the tin.

I can’t get enough of this. Of course it’s perfect for the tot but it’s also perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee when ‘Timan’ is napping. Didn’t I tell you I was baking during the days I was ‘netless’? Just make sure you don’t spoil the keyboard with the crumbs when you’re blogging at the same time. 😉

Enjoy.

If you want to check out more ‘good and tasty’ recipes or want to share one, head over to ‘Stay At Home Babe‘ and link up for the

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And after I finished taking the photo of the Papaya Rice Bread ‘Timan’ urgently wanted to eat some papaya. Mission accomplished. 😉

I’ve lost my virtual eye, …

… my connection to the rest of the world was gone for quite a while.

And what did this week with its internet-less days show me?

– I miss to satisfy my curiosity about what’s going on in other places.

– I miss blogging and the things that come with it.

– All of a sudden I have so much more time during the day. And this is pretty cool, isn’t it?

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It happened on an ordinary day, ‘Timan’ was having his nap, I was working on my blog and … puff … my connection was gone.

My first thought was ‘oh f*ck, this is going to take a century until it’s fixed’.

It could be physical nature, like a problem with the phone line, or plain stupidity by an employee of the telephone company/internet provider ‘Careless & Useless’, this has happened already. The girl at the help line was convinced it’s my modem/router that is causing the problem. Hmmm.

Here in paradise it’s double as bad, because it means you lose the window that lets you peak into the things the rest of the world is doing.

But it’s not a big deal, no, not at all, because there are so many things to do here, beginning with going to the beach and ending with … well, the things to do here are certainly limited. Sigh. Especially during this time of the year, it’s hot and humid when the sun is out, but the southwest monsoon is blowing your hat off with its gusty winds and the ocean is a lot cooler, much to cold for me. So the beach is not an option. The tourists go there nevertheless, maybe they don’t know of the better month to come here for holiday.

And what am I going to do? Here are the things I did or wanted to do in these desperate times when I lost my connection to the rest of the world:

  • Play, cuddle, play, cuddle and play again with ‘Timan’, with lots of kissing time in between.
  • Nap with the tot. It’s supposed to be really refreshing when you sleep for 2 hours after lunch.
  • Go shopping, at least do some window shopping, you never know what you’re going to find. Because shopping in Paradise can be rather tricky sometimes.
  • Drag ‘Timan’ to the local playground, the only one on the island and the one that’s always in the sun. But when it’s raining off and on, like these days, it’s perfect.
  • Get some pots.
  • Start planting some awesome plants in those pots, like Aloe Vera, or some flowery bush.
  • Call ‘Careless & Useless’ once in a while, just to check so they won’t forget you.
  • Bake muffins or a cake, anything for a sweet tooth.
  • Write a lot of blog posts in advance for the days of brain-emptiness to come (aka the days when the Mojo goes missing).
  • Curse the nice people at ‘Careless & Useless’.
  • Have an espresso and a piece of the just baked delicious cake, without the fear of raising an ant colony in the keyboard, feeding off the crumbs.
  • Go to bed early and start the next day full of strength to kick the ass of greet those guys from ‘Careless & Useless’ with a bright smile on the face. 🙂

But now, as you can see with this post, all is good again. Reason this time: a problem in the main phone line, cause unknown or nothing-the-customer-should-know-of. But never mind, the problem is fixed, the is customer happy. 🙂 Happy weekend everyone.

For more of those important lessons life is teaching you, head over to ‘Life With Baby Donut‘:

Life With Baby Donut

What are you doing when you’re cut off the net? Please tell me this happens to you as well, at least once in a while. 😉 Don’t leave me standing in the rain, all alone. Will  you, please?

Wordless{ish} Wednesday – Mommy, I’m an ice block.

The tot was supposed to brush his teeth, but when I checked to finish the brushing I found him pulling a face in front of the mirror.

So I asked him: “Sweety, what are you doing?”

‘Timan’: “Mommy, see, I’m an ice block.”

Me: “Hmm … aeh … no, honey, I don’t think so.”

‘Timan’: “Yes, see. Like an ice block.”

Me: “?? .. I’m sorry … but no … I really don’t see an ice block … anywhere.”

‘Timan’: “Ok, I try again.”

‘Timan’: “And like this. No???”

I’m helpless shrugging my shoulders and shake my head.

‘Timan’: “But really, Mommy, I’m like one of the scary ice blocks in the story with Pingu.”

(as part of Wordless Wednesdays and linked up with live and love … out loud, project alicia, parenting BY dummies, Dagmar’s Momsense, Seven Clown Circus, Tara’s view of the world, Crazy About My Baybah, Supermom Alysha, 5 Minutes for Mom, Angry Julie Monday, Better in Bulk and NapTime MomTog )

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