Saturday, March 31, 2012

macy and "dodo"

One of our biggest reasons for getting a second dog, was to provide a playmate for Macy. Some aspects of their relationship have evolved over the last few years, mainly due to the fact that Kirkwood outgrew Macy, but I hope they'll forever remain playmates.

Owen has quickly learned the ropes of dog ownership. He tells them to "sit" and/or "lay" at dinnertime when they're begging. He also scolds them with a "no jumping" when they jump at a window or door from outside. And isn't shy to tell them "no" when they're doing something they shouldn't be doing. Which, in "DoDo's" case, is relatively often. He'll stand over Macy and command her to "eat" after we've filled her dog bowl, and points to the door while saying "outside" to send them out to potty. Looking forward to teaching him lessons about responsibility and caring for his pets as he continues to grow!

“Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one.”

Monday, March 26, 2012

a fro-yo celebration.

for 24 years, i had a birthday that was mine all mine. and then 6 days before my 25th birthday, i birthed a baby boy that i will forever have to share the spotlight of birthdays with. not gonna lie, i had some words with my squirming belly about his need to make an appearance on time so that we could not only have celebrations a full week apart, but also in separate months. he gets may, i get june. DEAL.

i have 3 nieces that have birthdays within 1 month of one another. so for these 3 sisters, we treated them to ice cream. which led to a lot of sugar-induced giggling.

but i think colby might have benefited most from this trip. the new trendy pop-up fro-yo joints are right up his alley. a wall of 10-15 different flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt and a toppings bar with at least 40 choices of fruits, candies, and sweet treats to make your own combination. he came out on the other end with a bowl of ice cream that even he could barely finish. what?

happy birthdayS to our nieces. thanks for letting us celebrate with you!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

bye bye spring break!

it was sad to say goodbye to spring break this year. well, it was a normal work week for me, but it sure was fun to come straight home after work each night to have my boys already home. plus, the weather was IN.CRE.DI.BLE. you saw the forecast - and it actually turned out to be even better. 
while i'm not a fan of daylight savings, i couldn't complain about the extra time we had at night to play outside after dinner. our normal school year & swim season day to day lives leave little to no time to play with our little boy as we have about 1 hr after getting home until bedtime to fix dinner, eat, cleanup, & bathe.

it was fun to bust out the summer clothes and summer jammies to expose those sweet baby legs and arms. i hope everyone enjoyed the glamorous weather as much as we did!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

happy st. paddy's!

happy st. paddy's!

the dischinger household celebrated with green drinks - a virgin variation for the little one. and if you look close enough in the second photo, you can see a bit of a green mustache. :)

he was feeling ornery last night. which really tends to be most every night. and morning and afternoon. he has really gotten to be so silly. he makes us laugh a lot, and i assume he feels great satisfaction in knowing he can make his mommy and daddy laugh.

and we couldn't leave out the most irish of us all: mr. kirkwood. so handsome, and festive! since i was in a seminar for the majority of the day, the boys went to KC Irish Parade without me, Kirkwood included.

thanks for snapping a picture, nana!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

my lucky shirt.

one random saturday morning, lindsay and i took a spontaneous trip to bloomington for the sole purpose of buying a couple of IU shirts. a four hour roundtrip, a 20 minute visit to TIS Bookstore, and back in time for our 2-10 shift at the beloved payless bakery. that was 10 years ago. and it was, and still is my most favorite t-shirt.

who knew back then how clutch this shirt would be for this very day?

happy st. paddy's... my INDIANA HOOSIERS are going to the SWEET 16!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


see what i mean about this season? today seems about right. but the next 9 days? again, not complaining. :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

is that you, winter?

it's amazing that i'm blogging about winter as i'm sitting on my back porch typing this, basking in the 60 degree sun. have i already mentioned that this has been one wacky winter? because i'm saying it again. wacky and WEANIE. and i haven't gotten use to it. 

in december, i took a break from making christmas cookies to go down to the park. on new years eve, we had pizzas on the grill while owen and ella ate out on the porch. later in january, we arrived to and departed from owen's 1st haircut coatless - wet head and all. valentine's week found us spending 2 solid hours at our neighborhood park sans coats, and again parkin' it up to end the month during a weekend visit from my mom.

now that march is here, this is what i've seen: on wednesday night, it was storming. tornado watches, even. on thursday it was 70 degrees. and on friday? well, THIS happened. we had a glimpse of winter, and some foreign white fluffy stuff fell from our sky. you might call it "snow," owen calls it "no." 

i hope he doesn't take after his momma - i hope he loves the snow. but i guess we'll have to find out next winter.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

roasted smashed taters.

another recipe i've swiped and loved courtesy of pinterest. (original recipe swiped from here. but it does this whole annoying thing of having to sign in with my email address every time i want to look at the recipe, so i am now able to just refer to my own blog.)

mashed potato creaminess with the crackling crisp crust of roasted potatoes.

(Serves 4 to 6)
Use potatoes 1½ to 2 inches in diameter; do not use potatoes any larger. It is important to thoroughly cook the potatoes so that they will smash easily. Remove the potatoes from the baking sheet as soon as they are done browning—they will toughen if left too long. I used a potato masher can also be used to “smash” the potatoes.
  • 2pounds small Red Bliss potatoes (about 18), scrubbed
  • 6tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  •  Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1. Adjust oven racks to top and bottom positions and heat oven to 500 degrees. Arrange potatoes on rimmed baking sheet, pour ¾ cup water into baking sheet, and wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Cook on bottom rack until paring knife or skewer slips in and out of potatoes easily (poke through foil to test), 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil and cool 10 minutes. If any water remains on baking sheet, blot dry with paper towel.

  • 2. Drizzle 3 tablespoons oil over potatoes and roll to coat. Space potatoes evenly on baking sheet and place second baking sheet on top; press down firmly on baking sheet, flattening potatoes until 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and season generously with salt and pepper; drizzle evenly with remaining 3 tablespoons oil.

  • 3. Roast potatoes on top rack 15 minutes. Transfer potatoes to bottom rack and continue to roast until well browned, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Serve immediately.