A day in our life

So I thought I would share with y'all a peek into our rainy day yesterday. We were home bound for a majority of the day and it was hardly exciting... but it is what it is! {Sorry none of these photos are edited} Rise and shine! He is always so happy to see me in the morning! By far, my favorite part of the day!! He always has his horse lovie by the tail{in his hand}
Keating started the day with a little breakfast {Cheerios and mandarin oranges}, that he so nicely shared with the dogs. He always has a fan club sitting underneath his "Awesome 80's High Chair" Isn't it beautiful?

After breakfast he played with his stadium cup {his favorite toy, I kid you not!} and wrestled with John. John isn't so sure of Keating's new found interest in him, but he is a good sport none the less.

He also snooped around to see what he could get into. He successfully stole my phone, spilled my coffee and nabbed the TV remote in about 5 seconds. Such a stinker! Look at that innocent face, dont be fooled!! =)

After Keating's morning nap we ventured down to the county board of health to pick up a copy of Keating's birth certificate. Yes, I am aware that my son is a year old next month... better late than never! Total mom fail. I completely forgot about getting one until my mom reminded me about it. But at least we have it just in time to sign him up for mother's morning out for the fall.

When we got home, checking out the doggy door was on Blue's agenda. He thinks its pretty great that the dogs can run in and out of it. Just after he stuck his head out, they all came running in and knocked him over. He was not pleased!
That afternoon, I got the itch to cook something yummy. Ever since I saw the December issue of Food Network Magazine I have been dying to make salted caramels. I never made them at Christmas because the Barefoot Contessa recipe from the magazine intimidated me a little bit. I had no idea what "Fleur de sel" was, so I decided to skip it and hoped to find a less fussy one. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a much simpler recipe in the February Southern Living.

They are SO delicious, I can't stop eating them. So much for New Year's Resolutions.

Here is the super easy recipe that I adapted a little.

1 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

* Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a 3 qt sauce pan over medium heat; cook, without stirring, 7 minutes
* Stir in condensed milk, and bring to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly until a candy thermometer registers 238 degrees (Soft ball stage) about 20-25 minutes
* Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into 8 inch square pan and let stand 8 hours {I was impatient and only did a few hours} at room temperature. {I also used a 9x13 pan and they were about a 1/2 inch thick and made about 4 dozen 1 inch pieces}
* Invert caramel onto a cutting board and cut into 1 inch squares with a knife or metal spatula
* Sprinkle sea salt over caramels

Here is Lola, begging for a caramel.

After our {my} afternoon snack, we did a little playing and watched Ellen. At 5 Keating ate dinner and gorged himself on black beans and corn, his favorite. Then around 6:30 he had his bath. He used to be going to bed at 6:30 so this is an improvement.

He loves bath time and gets a kick out of pulling the drain up. All of the dogs come to supervise and entertain him so that he isn't lonely. He was watching them over the edge. He really needs more baby friends to play with... all of his friends have 4 legs!

After bath time, he had his nightly bottle and we waited for Brad to get home from work. I almost had him rocked to sleep, until Brad came busting through the door. Keating has not let me rock him since he was a tiny baby, so it was nice to enjoy him being a cuddly baby. But whenever he sees his daddy he think's it is play time and he no longer wanted his mama. =(

Last night, instead of watching the President's state of the union address, we watched our last week's The Office {Where was Jim?? He was only in the opening!} and Tombstone {so much cheesier than I remember!} that we got from netflix.

Then, hit the hay. And there you have it, an exciting day in our life!

Sorry for all of my interjections!


  1. Good grief this was such a sweet post. I remember when my little guy was that small. Considering Im a working Mom I really love to see the posts of what Mom's are doing at home with their kids it makes me wish I was doing the same. He is so sweet.

  2. He is so cute! Makes a rainy day a little less terrible when you see that smiling face in the morning :)

  3. hahaha i cracked up at him sticking his head thru the doggy door then the dogs coming in. he is so stinkin cute!

  4. I've been saving a salted caramel recipe for a while now...and now you have me wanting to make them!

  5. oh my gracious every one of those pictures are too sweet!

  6. that face?? i can't even take the cute.

    and how did i not see this recipe in southern living?! i MUST try them, they sound delish!!

  7. Blue is so cute! I really like reading "a day in the life" of posts!

  8. I love this post! Might have to do one like this soon... AND I love how he's always in overalls! SO CUTE!

  9. Keep up the "day in the life" posts, they are fun! And my gosh, that recipe looks so so so good. As soon as we get settled in our new Charlotte home, I'm making these!

  10. This was awesome! He is sooooo darling, my goodness! Why is my baby the same age and still bald? ;)


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