Bren-bits & Andy-dotes

The granola turned out pretty darn good! I might add more almond extract next time but there was just the right amount of cinnamon and sweetness. I really thought all that honey and brown sugar would be overpowering but it wasn’t in the least. The almonds in it are terrific. It took 9 hours to dry.
I started churning out some more stuff this morning. It was a great fruit week at the grocery store so my dehydrator is currently playing around with watermelon wedges, rainbow applesauces fruit leather (one tray = five 1/2 cup containers), strawberry halves sprinkled with Splenda, whole red grapes and grape tomato halves from the garden.
The watermelon is supposed to end up candy like- I am guessing like fruit leather. The applesauces I used were 2 orange colored fruit punches, 1 blueberry, 1 strawberry and one cinnamon. The book suggested chopping up the dried tomatoes for on salads.
Here are some recent bits and dotes:
7/15 Brendan- “Andy hurt me on the finger. That was shark!!” (as opposed to “sharp”) LOL. Makes perfect sense though.
8/16 Andy is currently naked and very pleased with himself. He just took off his diaper. He also pulled out all the wipies. He’s been mimicking all the sounds he hears.
8/20- Bedtime advice from Brendan:
“Don’t eat the floor” (Bwahahaha- he meant off of it.)
“Don’t sleep in the ‘streep'”
“Call me if you need me”
8/29 Andy stood up from sitting on a step and took 2 steps to me. Wheee!
Bren has taken to calling little cups of water (that he gets for himself from the tub) his “tea”. Took me awhile but he gets that from Uncle Iroh in Avatar. He also often calls Anthony “Uncle Anthony” now. He really took a shine to the character!
8/30 Andy says “pat, pat, pat” and will pat you on your arm or back. I love it! He also says “hello”- especially when the phone starts ringing. 😀
9/2 Andy is scared of the vacuum cleaner. One of us has to hold him or take him out of the area. Tonight Darrell had set the vacuum cleaner down in the kitchen for a bit before bringing it all the way into the garage where we keep it. Totally unsuspecting it, Andy crawled through the door from the living room and around the corner into the kitchen. When he saw the vacuum he gave out a scream, raced back into the living room and shut the door behind him! We almost wet our pants it was so funny!
Andy was fascinated by me chewing gum and blowing bubbles. He kept moving his tongue around and tried so hard to do it too, giggling all the while. Bren still loves to pop my bubbles.
Andy is currently teething- he has at least 2 pointy bits on his gums, is uber-whiney and has weird mushy (and stinky) teething poopies.
9/5 Andy can pull the tops off of markers.
9/6- Andy screeches and wails when Bren and I do “school” work so I gave him some markers and put him in his high chair and he drew his 1st picture! It is hanging on his door now.
Bren identifies 2 of the same objects in a row easily but has trouble with locating the “different” object. Three sparate teachings and he still doesn’t understand.
9/9 Andy is really good at getting down off of the couch by himself now. He rolls onto his tummy and puts his feet first over the side.
And the traditional 12 month in the washer pic…

And to compare… this is Brendan.