Happy Birthday Wellington!

It seems crazy to me that Wellington is 5 now. Where has the time gone?

Welly had requested a pirate party this year and Saturday, a few days before his actual birthday, seemed like a convient day for his cousins and friends to come over. I love throwing parties, I have fun getting decorations, planning food, games and party favors all centered around a theme. I got a lot of good ideas from Mark’s cousin Kezia including a freebie of some cool pirate invitations (Thanks K!). Sister-in-law Heidi also had a ton of piratey stuff I could borrow (Thanks too!) I found some great stuff around town and by Friday night, the night before the party, I had the house decorated and everything ready to go.

In the middle of the night Welly woke up not feeling good and threw up a little. When Welly throws up its hard to tell sometimes if its him being sick or if it’s his incredibly sensitive gag reflex. In the morning he threw up again, but this time it was by the kitchen garbage which was full, and again it was hard to tell if he was sick or if it was because our garbage was stinky (he is way sensitive to smells too).

Mark and I decided we better do the right thing and call the parents and let them know he might be sick. I felt bad and wasn’t sure how to break it to Welly that he wasn’t having a party. He was so excited and psyched up for it. In the morning, he kept asking me when his friends were coming over. We decided that we’d go ahead and have his party with just us.

We had invited two cousins to the party, Mark’s sister’s boys, Holden and Gray. After Mark talked to Heidi on the phone to let her know Welly might be sick, she said it was fine if they came and could her two other kids come too. My Mom also came, which it was way nice of her to come.

It was fun and worked out. Welly had fun with his cousins. We made eye patches and spy glasses. They decorated cardboard swords. Got tattos. They played in the cardboard boat I made out of a refrigerator box. We turned on Sponge Bob too for a little while while they were playing.

We had a light lunch of Octopus hot dogs on a sea of macaroni and cheese. We had sea blue drink (kool-aid) and Blue jello cups with orange wedge boats. The kids all seemed to like it. Then it was back to more sword fighting.

At this point Welly started to cough here and there. Making me a little worried. We had presents next. Each of his cousins gave him a present (way nice Heidi and Gary). He got root beer, a personalized licence plate for his bike, a mario guy, a Tin Tin book. From us he got a sand digger, a bunch of wooden 3D puzzle things, walkie talkies, and a few other little things. Grandma gave him a cool taradactle guy that shoots things and a wooden kit to build a barn. I think he really liked all his presents.

We then had cake. We had all the kids sit back at the table so that we could sing to Welly and he could blow out his candles at the table. Well when he saw the cake, he started to gag. And gag a lot. I had him go outside to get some fresh air. Mark had already lit the candles and then had to blow them out because I sent him outside. Welly ended up throwing up outside (lovely). We all waited for him to calm down, he came back in and sat on the edge of the couch near the door and we decided to just bring him one little piece of cake on a plate and have him blow out his candles from that. We sang to him and he blew the candles out. He was fine after that, but didn’t eat any birthday cake till later that night.

After all that fun, we had a pirate treasure hunt where the kids all followed clues to a treasure map, then they followed the treasure map to a suitcase full of treats and prizes.


The kids trying out one of Welly’s presents. A sand digger, which because of the season, it’s a snow digger.

Welly had a good birthday party and it was a good thing we had all that fun on that Saturday because he soon got a lot sicker. Late Saturday night, early Sunday morning, he woke up gasping for air. Welly gets croup about once a year, although I was hoping he would have grown out of it by now. We all stayed home Sunday since I wasn’t feeling great anyway.

Sunday night Hilyard started not to feel good and in the middle of the night he started the same thing. His croup seemed to be worse than Welly’s or maybe it’s because he’s littler and can’t really communicate very well and that made it seems scarier. So for the next three nights Mark and I took turns sleeping on the couch with the boys with the window open so that they could breathe better. It was pretty unfun, but I’m sure it was really unfun for Mark who had to go to work in the morning.


If your going to be sick, it’s funner to be sick with your brother. Here they are kicking each other and laughing.

It was so cold!!!! and uncomfortable for us all. There was one night Hilyard was really bad. I couldn’t get him to breathe very well even with the window wide open and us right by it. Mark took him outside a few times to walk around. That night Hilyard would get about 30 minutes of sleep at a time then wake up. After that really bad night I took the boys to the doctor. By that time Welly had lost his barky, tight cough and moved to a more wet, loose cough. It seemed like Welly was on the mend. Hilyard was prescribed steriods and they helped so much. They were in pill form and we ground them up and hid them in some ice cream. It worked great and he ate it all up. We tried the same trick with Welly’s over the counter Little Colds medicine, but he was wise to us.

The boys have been getting better. They still both cough a lot (that is supposed to last for another week) and we’re still trying to avoid people for the most part, except for spending 4 days in the house and not going anywhere is driving me and the boys crazy. I’ve been feeling better during the day, but at night and in the morning I’m still all stuffed up.


He looks so sad here.

On the 14th, Welly’s birthday we spend it mostly on the couch watching shows. We did puzzles and played legos. I felt bad Welly was sick on his birthday and I tried to make it fun and do all the things Welly wanted to do (legos).


Such a cute picture!

I sure love that kid. He’s my buddy and we’re sure lucky to have him in our family. Happy Sick Birthday Welly!

These are a few of my favorite things…

1. Seamless sink. Having the sink below the counter makes cleaning the counters so easy. Just sweep food and whatever else right into the sink.

2. Lighted display cabinet. I love having a place to display my fancier dishes, plus it adds some extra lighting.

3. Three extra long drawers. I really didn’t like the lazy susan that used to be in the corner. I couldn’t keep it organized, things would always fall in the back or get knocked over. Now there are three long drawers. The top I keep my silpat mats, rolling pins, pie weights, etc. Actually I have a lot of extra room in that drawer. In the middle, I keep all the Tupperware. And the third drawer has sugar and baking mixes.

4. Wider drawers and slow close. We kept the four drawers where they were, but now they’re about two inches wider and feature the slow close. I can fit so much more in those drawers and there are no baby fingers getting pinched.

Waiting for more snow.

Wellington and Hilyard Fall 2011

We’ve enjoyed fall. I always do. The cooler weather, the fall leaves, the colors, Halloween.

But I think we’re all excited for the snow to come. It snowed a little the other week. The boys wanted to be out in it constantly. Hilly wanted to eat “no” each chance he got. It seems were back to fall for a little while though.

We’ll do more leaf kicking in the mean time while were waiting for more snow.

TMI

I hate using public restrooms. It grosses me out for the most part. But when I was pregnant with Wellington and Hilyard and now with this baby I usually didn’t have the option of holding it until I get home. I have to go sometimes hourly and because of this I’ve become very familiar with the public restrooms of Logan.

This is the Top 5 Ladies Rooms of Logan

Of course this list ONLY includes ladies rooms! What?! Did you expect me to venture into a Men’s room just for the sake of a low-class Melarky post? Sorry male Melarky readers, I don’t care if you find a clean bathroom or not.

Pier 49 Pizza- For a pizza joint the toilet is pretty nice. This is a fairly new establishment, so everything is new. Favorite features include fancy tile and dark stained wood, large heavy wood door. This is a single bathroom, no stalls here! so there is plenty of privacy. So if your like me and your weird about people hearing you (classy I know) this bathroom will be perfect for you. It is located in Providence, just East of the maverick, and right by the movie theater.
Caspers Ice Cream- Just a few steps away from Peir 49 Pizza, is my next pick. This bathroom is shockingly nice. I was really surprised to find a nice changing table in the single bathroom and not one of those that folds down from the wall. It’s a fancy sleigh style wooden changing table, like one you might find in a pottery barn magazine. The decor is nice, and very modern. Every time I’ve been there It’s always been very clean and nice smelling.
Cache Valley Mall (west bathrooms)-Now there is the girls and boys bathroom and then there is the family one. I’m talking about the family bathroom. Whenever I’d gone in there it’s always clean. The family bathroom has smaller sized toilets that are lower to the ground for your little ones, or I guess if you have a small bum. I also really liked how they are against spitting on the floor (actual sign).
Macey’s-Probably the most consistanly clean grocery store bathroom. Then they also have complimentary diapers if you find yourself in a diaper emergency.
Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge-This single bathroom definitely lives up to the number one spot. It’s located in a medical office, full of gynecologists, so its certainly geared toward women. I’m a fan of the tile going up the wall, the mirror and dark wood on the sink and mood lighting make this bathroom an oasis! It’s always nice and clean. Sorry no picture of the actual bathroom.

Do you think Logan is boring?

I don’t think so. I love my little valley.


Cache Valley summer sunset.

My husband and I would love to live here for the rest of our lives if we can, and it’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be able to, just as long as he can get into the graduate program he wants to when the time comes. I’ve moved over 20 times in my 30 years of life, and for the last 13 years I’ve called Logan home. I guess that’s why I get so defensive when I hear someone say that there is nothing to do here.

Let me give you some ideas of what you can do.

-Food tour! Visit local food factories to taste a sample of cheese, honey, chocolates, ice cream, cookies, artisan breads, jams and jellies and more! Made right here in Cache Valley. Need more info about the tour go to tourcachevally.com or call 435-755-1890 This would be a great date activity or if your a hermit and don’t like people, go on your own. I love the cheese factory the best. The boys love going and getting samples. We also love going up to Richmond to Peppridge Farms and Lowers Meats.


Wellington visiting Santa at the mall. FREE to take your own pictures.

-Cache Valley Mall. It’s no Mall of America, but you’ll find plenty to spend your money on. Over 35 shops, an arcade, play area for small children, and of course Trunker Treating at Halloween and Santa at Christmas. Find out more at cachevalleymall.com


Mark and Welly bowling at the Fun Park.

-Fun Park. There’s bowling, roller skating, lazer tag, arcade games and Northern Utah’s largest indoor playground. We love going here to play arcade games, but we’ve done everything here. The lazer tag was a workout (I’m out of shape), the bowling is really fun and especially cool because its kind of glow in the dark. I’ve even crawled around the softplay playground chasing around my kid. Roller skating is fine and just like any other rink pretty much. We like going but we’re big arcade nerds.


Porcupine Dam. Great drive out there, stop at Cracker Barrel on your way!

-The canyon. Just a few minutes away is hiking, camping, biking, great way to go for a car ride, bird watching, fishing (not for me though) and just general exploring. We usually go up Logan Canyon but theres many others to explore…Providence, Green, Blacksmith, Smithfield and Sardine (I’m sure there’s more). Porcupine Dam is fun too and a pretty drive out there.
-Movies. Lots of theaters in town. We like the Providence 8, because its the closest to us.

Seasonal Events:


Sister-in-law Korby knows what Summerfest is all about!

Demolition Derby
Rodeos
Friday Sidewalk sales (downtown)


Cache County Fair. Welly in line for his favorite attraction.

Art Walks
Sledding down old main hill
Polar bear jump


Welly at the Pumpkin Walk.

Sledding

Here’s some more fun places to visit.


Auntie Carrie with Hilyard at the American West Heritage Center

-American West Heritage Center, Pony Rides, Wagon Rides, Cookouts, Children’s Victorian Tea Parties, Pioneer parties, complete with handcarts or pioneer games. On Thursdays and Saturdays you can enjoy a Tepee Party and play Native American games and other activities. Lots of seasonal activities like baby animal days.
-Renegade Sports. Rides, mini golf, rock climbing, go karts.
-USU has outdoor rental type stuff anyone can rent, like canoes. It’s very cheap, like under $10 bucks.


Wellington and cousin Sadie walking around the zoo.

-The Zoo. More than 400 animals are found at the zoo. It’s a great place for a fun date night walk, a pic nic, or to take the kids. Open daily 9 a.m. to dusk. Located in Logan.


Mark at the school playground by Adam’s park.

-Parks. So many parks to visit. Here is a long list of them. One summer me and my sister went down the list and visited a bunch of new parks we hadn’t been too before. That was pretty fun.
-Trails. So many trails! Here is a list and a map.
-Petsmart. The boys love to visit Petsmart and look at all the animals. Cheap fun.


Wellington and his cousins watching the skateboarders.

-Skatepark. The boys are a bit little for this. But we’ve gone before and watched the older boys skateboard.
-Pool. Right by the Skate park is the pool. This is way fun and not too much. We usually go when our Stake has a pool party.


Mark talking with the owner and sandwich maker at Logan’s Heroes. FYI-Cash or check only.

-Resteraunts. Always somewhere good to go eat. Here is a list of some of our favorites from the cheap to the fancy. A&W’s, Logan’s Heroes, LaBaue’s, Logan Burgers and Sandwiches, Papa Keleys and Henry’s, Mandarin Garden, Bluebird, Pita Pit, Callaways, El Sol, El Toro Viejo, Coppermill, Sizzler, Olive Garden, Elements.


Grandma and cousin Sadie at Charlies.

-And for the sweets. Caspers (great ice cream and juke box), Sweetly Divine (fancy, great pastries), Charlies (nice atmosphere).
-Library. The kids love to go and play on the computers. Again some cheap fun.


Mark feeling all sorts of regret at Aggie Ice Cream (word to the wise, they serve big portions)

-USU. We’re usually up there visiting Daddy at school. But we love to go there also for Aggie Ice Cream and the Marketplace, a great all you can eat place with great food. It’s pretty great actually, lots of things to choose from, great dessert bar. Great laid back place to take your kids.


Beautiful anytime of the year.

-Logan Temple. Fun to walk around outside. Pretty spot to see flowers and take pictures. It’s also pretty great if you can enter in it ;).
-Cox Honey. This is part of the food tour. Its fun to see the bees and sample foods.


Downtown Logan.

-Downtown. I love our little historic downtown. Its fun to walk up and down and look in the shops. We love to stop by the Bluebird, sit at the counter and order a soda or a dessert with the kids.
-Shopping. Tons of stores to shop at!

And my favorite place to be….

At HOME with my boys. This is the best place in Cache Valley! The funnest, safest, loveliest, most important place to be and the most important place to me. I love my home, my family, it just happens to also be in the best, most beautiful valley. :)

Panorama App for iphone

Cool app. Photosynth. It’s an app that uses your camera phone to make 3D images. It can kinda be tricky to get it right, and even then it doesn’t always match up perfectly (that might be a user problem). Pretty great for a phone app though. This is of Bridgerland Audiology (where Mark works). Note: After clicking “Click to View” you can expand the window for a larger view or zoom in and out.

This next one is of our Kitchen and Dining area…this panorama didn’t match up great. But I’ve been excited to get up a picture of the renovations all done, and I think this gives you a good idea of what it looks like now.

And here is one of our Living room, again, not perfect, but you can tell what’s what.

The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-quarters to one awesome Halloween party.

My sister-in-law’s put on a WAY FUN Halloween party for the cousins this year. The bar has been set very high! It was a Harry Potter themed party. So much thought was put into every detail. Personalized invitations, decorations, signs, food, games…it was awesome! There was a platform 9 3/4, Diagon Alley where the kids bought what they needed for hogwarts school. They had to visit GrinGott’s Wizard Bank. They also got their very own hand carved wand made my Mark’s brother, Scott. A few of the other activities included the sorting hat ceremony where they kids were put into houses, a potions class, Quidditch, and a big feast.

The kids and adults had a blast. Here are a bunch of pictures where you can see all the fun we had.

Each child came away with their very own handmade wand and scarf and a black cauldron full of treats and toys.

P.S. I got pictures of all the cousins doing the sorting hat and outside before the party, I’ll try and email all those out so you can have the pictures of your kids.

My success with losing weight.

I’ve been meaning for a while now to share what I did to lose weight. This is just what worked for me. Keep in my mind, it was easier for me to lose more, because I had more to lose. :) I also was ready to commit to it. I was WAY done feeling out of energy, big and un-healthy.


Some before and after pictures.

WHAT I DID

Exercise:

-Walking. I didn’t have a set time I went, I just tried to walk more. Walk to the store, walk to a neighbors house instead of driving. Parking further away from the store entrance. I walked with the kids, I walked once to Mark’s work instead of driving. Sometimes instead of walking back and forth between our house and my in-law (they live about 100 ft away, I would run, but only when it was dark.

-Insanity workout. I had a membership to a gym, I went a few times a week but I still wasn’t losing any weight. It wasn’t until Mark and I started using the Insanity workout that the weight started to come off. It was a WAY HARD workout but I felt way more flexible and energetic after doing the workout. I really think using this workout and the changes I made in my eating habits is what really did it. The first week of the workout was really hard but it got better I thought.

Food (I’m not using the “D” word):

I think this was the biggest factor in losing weight, because in the past I would work out like crazy and NOT lose anything or much because I didn’t have the healthy eating habits to match it.

-Less portions. This is was hard for me, because I always ate a lot. I first started out just dishing out half of what I would normally dish up. Sometimes I would dish up too much and I’d just go ahead and put some back. It was hard at first but then I think after a few days my stomach shrunk or something and I couldn’t eat as much anyway.

-Snacks. This helps in not overeating at lunch and dinner. I had a healthy snack in between each meal. This is how my day went…breakfast-SNACK-lunch-SNACK-dinner- then either a snack or a dessert. Snacks, for example would be nuts, fruit, an Atkin’s bar. I tried to keep my snacks to 100 calories.

-Breakfast. You must eat breakfast. Gotta do it. And it’s not going to be cereal or toast. :) This ties in with my next and I think biggest reason I lost weight. (Okay, there are limited choices on what you can eat in the way of cereal, and I’ll let you know which ones you can have) Breakfast was usually eggs, fruit, or a low carb choice. Sometimes even an Atkins bar with some milk.

-LOW CARBS. I think this one of the biggest reasons I lost weight. I didn’t say no carbs, just LOW carbs. I’m not going to lie this was hard! Way hard! This was harder for me then cutting down on my sweets. I limited myself to around 100 grams of carbs a day. Keep track of your carb grams for one day and you’ll be surprised how much your eating. I’ll let you in on all the low carb products I used and what was good and what was yuck. We (Mark did this with me) tried to stay away from all white bread, buns, doughnuts, regular tortillas, rice, pasta and cereal. At first we were going to cut all carbs, then we realized that was crazy, and after Mark had a lesson in Preisthood about moderation (thank you Brother Butt), we decided we can have some, and that’s where the 100 grams came in. That is still not a lot of carbs, but while we were really trying hard to lose weight, we stuck to it, and since then we’ve upped that.

-LOW SWEETS or in my case NO SUGAR. Now I went a little more extreme on this one just because this is a real health issue for me. I’m well on my way to developing diabetes, with my habits and family history. So when I did want a sweet treat (which I did) it had to be sugar free. This can be expensive but it was worth it to me. There are tons of diabetic and sugar free sweets out there, just gotta know where to look (I’ll fill you in later on that too). Right now I’m not so extreme but I’m more careful. I’ll have some but no a ton.

Now when we started the Insainty workout and the eating habits, I weighed 171. And before I got pregnant I weighed 145. I went from a size 16 to a size 14. My pregnant tummy is starting to get bigger, lots bigger (I’m in my last trimester now). I was happy, really happy to go from a BMI status of Overweight, to a Normal! Last year if you can believe it my BMI was in the obeese range. Last year around this time, I was around 185. I was not happy, that’s for sure. I really got sick of feeling big and being out of energy. I know that if you want to get healthy, make a lifestyle change and not just go on a diet that you can do it! It’s hard at first, but it gets easier and once you hit your goal, you can ease up on yourself a bit and not be so strict.

PRODUCTS I USED

I’m just going to go through ALL the products that we used and what we liked, what was okay, and where to get it (this is mostly just helpful if you live in the Logan area, but some of it you can find online).

We really liked a lot of things from the site netrition.com They have a lot of sugar-free and no or low carb products. We also really liked they’re flat rate shipping, so a huge box of food was only $5. I also really liked that all the nutrition information was right there too to see online. They have lots of great stuff on that site. It’s crazy actually what you can find and I was suprised what they could make sugar free.

We liked from netrition.com…

The carbolose flour. It was best in things that were sweet. When we used it in bread or savory things you could taste a sort of twangy taste. I guess the sweet kinda covered it up. Actually we have some of that to share, because were not going to use it for a few months while I’m pregnant. That way you can try and it and see if you like it.

Carbquick. Use it in place of Bisquick mix.

Big Train Low Carb Cookie Mix. I thought it was just okay, but I liked it better than the cookies I made with the carbolose flour.
They also have a Bit Train Low Carb peanut butter cookie mix that we ordered but I have yet to try it. We also ordered but haven’t tried the Big Train pancake mix.

ATkins Endulge Candy Bars, Chocolate Coconut Bar. I’m a big sweets person so I ordered a lot of sweets. These tasted just like a Mounds candy bar.

Russell StoverSugar Free Snack Bars, Cinnamon Bun Granola. It was super good and sweet. My kids liked them.

Dreamfields Pasta. This site has all sorts of different types of pasta. And it doesn’t have any weird tastes to it, Just like normal pasta in my opinion. You can also get Dreamfields Pasta at Smith’s Marketplace in Logan.

Kay’s Naturals Better Balance Protein Cereal, Honey Almond. I’m a big cereal eater too. We tried a few different brands off the site and this was my favorite.

La Nouba Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (no sugar). I liked it. I have plans to try it on crepes.

Nutritious Living Hi-Lo Cereal. It was pretty good. I liked it better if I put fresh strawberries on it. :) I tried both flavors and I like the maple one better, but I didn’t put strawberries on that one.

Tastykake Sensables Sugar Free Cream Filled Cup Cakes. These were incredable! We only tried the Chocolate cream filled cup cakes and they were so yummy, just like you were having a Hostess cupcake.
I want to get more of these.

Walden Farms sugar free and no carb Chocolate or STrawberry Syrup. We tried them both. I used them for topping low carb ice cream. They were both very sweet tasting and I liked the chocolate one better. WAlden Farms have a lot of things at Macey’s I believe in the Pharmacy secion. I’ve also tried they’re bbq sauce. Not bad but doesn’t taste like normal bbq sauce.

LaNouba Low Carb Marshmallows. We haven’t tried them yet, but I’m hoping they are good. They look good. I’m saving them for a special marshmallow occasion. Whatever that means.

Nabisco Sugar Free Oreo Cookies. This is like the best. They are real Oreo’s but sugar free. Best invention ever.

We didn’t like…

Dixie Diner Smaps Cereal. I didn’t like it, just wasn’t my thing. And there is pretty much a whole bag left and it’s yours if you want to try it. :)

Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Pancake and Waffle Mix. NG no good. they were gross.

Sensato High Fiber Hot Cereal. WAsn’t my favorite. I can’t rmeember why now I didn’t like it. Actually I have a full bag of that too, I only tried it once. So that’s yours too if you want it.

What we found around town…

Kellogg’s Special K Protein Plus Cereal (blue box). At Walmart. Seemed to be the lowest carb ceral I could find in town.

Low carb tortiallas.

Polaner Sugar Free Preserves with Fiber. Cheaper I think that smuckers sugar free. You can also find Polaner online on netrition.com. But we found it in town at Walmart.

Walmart by our house (in the pharmacy secition) have a lot of diabetic products. I like the strawberry Glucerea cereal.

We found these great yougurts at Smith’s marketplace called, Carbmaster. We really liked them and my favorite flavor was Strawberry Coloda. They only have like 3 g of sugar and 4 g of carbs. My husband liked them a lot too.

Smith’s Marketplace also has ICE CREAM, called Breyers Carbsmart ice cream, that is sooooooo good. They also have vanilla and some ice cream bars. I loved the chocolate the best. It was creamy, no weird taste to it. Like I said, I love my sweets, and on top of the ice cream I’d put that no sugar no carb chocolate syurp on it. It was a yummy treat. I think I’ve seen it at another store too, can’t think now where.

Hood Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk. I don’t know if something that would work for you, but it was soooo good, thick and chocolatey. It’s at Walmart. I loved it and so did my kids. Even though we’re not as serious on the no sugar and low carbs right now, we still get this.

I know that’s a big list, sorry. I hope that if you are wanting to lose weight or get into better shape, that you wont give up, if you slip up one day, tomorrow is a new day and you can start again. Don’t starve yourself and deprive yourself of a treat once and a while. I used the weekend to have some fun Saturday and Sunday.
After I have this baby, my plan is to start Insanity again. I actually can’t wait to get back to seeing those numbers on the scale again and fitting into my pants again. It’s possible! But may take some time. Good luck anyone who is trying to lose weight!

I can’t end this post without saying thank you to Mark for helping me so much. He was very encouraging and helped keep track of me. It would have been really hard to lose the weight without him. Thanks Marky. 😉

Don’t save me a piece of that corn…

If you’ve ever seen Nacho Libre, you know that corn plays a fairly big role in the movie. It’s not just any corn, but some street corn on the cob with mayo, cheese, and cayenne. It looked good, and it seemed pretty easy to make, so we decided to try it tonight.


Welly helping us shuck the corn and get it ready to cook. He kept asking “Why does corn have so much hair?”


After we cooked the corn (can be grilled too if you prefer, we saw it both ways when looking at recipes online), we got all our fixins’ ready to assemble the corn. That is Queso Cotija (can use Parmesan cheese if you can’t find this authentic cheese, it really tasted similar to me), homemade mayo (we still just make our own mayo when we need some, it’s so much better than store bought and cheaper too), and a little cayenne pepper.


You just apply a generous amount of Mayonnaise to the cooked corn (who knew that butter and salt would be a healthier alternative to another cultures take on corn).


Then sprinkle/roll in the cheese.


Then finish it off with a light dusting of cayenne pepper.


Here is Welly so excited to try the new style of corn. He really bit into it with gusto!


Here is Welly realizing the new style of corn has cayenne pepper on it and that it’s too spicy.


Here is Welly getting some sweet sweet relief from a cold beverage. Don’t worry, we made him a new one without the cayenne and he loved it.

As you may have guessed from the title, I don’t think I’ll be making this corn again any time soon. It was ok, if anything, maybe too cheesy (we ended up kind of scraping off the cheese after a few bites, but I figure whats the point then). I guess if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I love corn on the cob with some butter and salt, and while this wasn’t gaggy or gross, it wasn’t better than standard corn and it was more work and prep, and not as healthy. It was fun to try, and we can cross it off our bucket list, but I think it’s a case of it looks better than it tastes.

Quickie Update

I think that’s the longest I’ve ever gone on Melarky without making a post. I blame Facebook, it’s just so easy to make a quick update or upload pictures to Facebook through my phone. I also can’t seem to find time to sit down and write posts anymore. I used to write them at night, when the boys were asleep, but I just can’t stay up late anymore. I want to be in bed!

We’ve been busy the last few months finishing the downstairs of our condo. I think it was in April when we started remodeling and we finished the first of August. It’s nice to have it all done. Anyone is welcome to come check it out, I just can’t promise it will be clean when you do. I’ll make a post hopefully soon with all the pictures.

Other things that are new, we’re expecting #3 in February. We had an early ultrasound on week 15 and found out it’s a boy. I’m pretty excited that it’s a boy, it better be a boy! I’ll go in again at the end of the month, at week 19 when it will be easier to tell if he is really a boy or not. But I’m pretty sure he is. We’re busy scouring genealogy for baby names and we’ve found some pretty interesting ones.

Mark is starting school again this semester. He is trying to get his very least favorite classes out of the way, Math. He’s doing way good though and I’m way proud of him.

Lots going on and I’ll try to update more often.