Eat Your Veggies!

October 27, 2008

One of my dilemmas with Zoe is she will not eat vegetables plain; she won’t eat meat either, but that’s an entirely different story.  She’ll eat veggies on pizza (black olives, spinach, onions, green peppers) or spaghetti sauce or veggie fried rice, but if you give her peas or corn or green beans, etc on her plate, watch out, because those veggies are going to become doggie snacks.  So, I have to hide them, and no, hiding them in macaroni-n-cheese no longer works.  I have found a Rachael Ray recipe that she LOVES!!  Check it out: 

Now, if only I can find some more recipes like this with different veggies, I’ll be golden….

On another note, this being the week of Halloween, we (Zoe) have a ton of chances to dress up, so check back often because I’m going to do separate posts (along with pictures) about them.


I’ve been slacking on the blog; I know, but I do have some decent excuses.  As usual, we’ve had a busy fall with football games just about every other weekend, and then the weekends we are home, we’re usually out and about running errands or getting in some quality time with Zoe and the dogs.  Sooo…without further ado, here’s the lowdown on what’s been going on:

A Lime:  According to, that’s the size of Zoe’s baby brother or sister.  “Wait a minute, what did Amy just say?!”, you’re probably thinking to yourself.  That’s right!  I’m PREGNANT!!!!  YEAH!!  The due date is currently set for April 29, 2009, but I think it’s probably going to change after the next ultrasound in about 6 weeks.  I’m officially out of the 1st trimester (barely); I’m a little more than 12 weeks along.  So far, I’ve felt pretty good; nausea is about the same as it was with Zoe, and I actually feel like I have more energy than I did when I was pregnant with Zoe (You’ll have to talk to Kirk about this one; I didn’t think my energy got zapped that much, but apparently, it did.)

Pumpkins:  A couple of weeks ago, my parents were in town, and we took a field trip to The Farm at Hodges Dairy.  We had great fall weather, and Zoe loved checking out the horse and rooster.  She liked the other animals, just far, far away from her.

Gramma Joanie, Papa Joe, Amy, and Zoe walk back from the pumpkin patch.







Kirk and Zoe show off the “Daddy Pumpkin”.



Amy and Zoe take a ride on the tractor.

Bugs: Yuck.  Kirk, Zoe, and I each succumbed to some sort of stomach bug.  I think I had it easiest out of the 3 of us — it definitely took Kirk and Zoe a few days to get back to normal.  I’ll spare you the details; just know, that it wasn’t very pretty.

So, that’s it in a nutshell.  Zoe and I are hosting playgroup this afternoon at the park, and hopefully, I can get some cute pictures of the kiddos playing.  Check back in a couple of days for those.

Snack time

October 7, 2008

Afternoon snack time around the Bradley house is a chance for Zoe to practice her new found skills of self-eating.  I let her make as big a mess as possible and take as long as possible; why, you ask?  For the sole purpose of – it takes a lot of time for Zoe to feed to herself with a spoon or fork, and then it takes awhile to clean up everything.  Here are a couple of shots of Zoe trying to feed herself yogurt:

 A few notes: 1) No, Zoe did not miss her mouth and tried to feed her head.  She was actually taught to drink the milk out of her cereal bowls (really, what was I thinking with that idea?!), and she thought she could do the same with yogurt.  I really didn’t have the heart to tell her that it wouldn’t work.  2)  If you look really hard at her cheesy smile, you can now see 4 little toofies!  YEAH!!

Fun at the Lazy 5 Ranch

October 1, 2008

Yesterday was a school holiday for Zoe, so one of her classmates, Maisie, and her mom, Betsey, Zoe, and myself loaded into Betsey’s car and took a field trip to the Lazy 5 Ranch ( 

We took a wagon ride around the ranch and were able to see and feed all sorts of animals like emus, ostriches, zebras, European white deer, water buffalo, pot-bellied pigs, giraffes, and moutain goats.  Maisie and Zoe had an absolute blast, and Zoe ended up falling asleep before we even left the ranch and then slept in until 8 this morning.  Here are some pictures of some of the animals and a couple of the girls: