Monthly Archives: March 2011

Some days…


I certainly love Rushton to pieces, but some days he drives me nuts.  Today was one of those days.  I think it started out being my fault – going to bed late, not being able to sleep, Rush waking up early and watching TV on my bed while I tried to get a few more minutes of shut-eye, etc.  I swear that kid would watch Cars non-stop all day if I let him, and sometimes it’s tempting when I just want a nap, but I try not to let him watch too much TV and he’d already had enough before breakfast.  So, 4.5 hours until naptime and what to do…

Plus, being a toddler and a boy, he’s gotten kind of destructive these days.  No longer do we just play with toys – now we chuck them across the room, dump them all out at once, twirl in the curtains, throw toys behind the bookshelf, etc.  And we tried to go on a little walk down the street this afternoon and he wouldn’t follow me for hardly one second.  On the way home, my hands were full, and I’m almost 7 months pregnant, so carrying him wasn’t an option.  One of those times I wish I had brought the stroller…

And now that’s enough venting.  Jake, the rockstar husband that he is, took Rush with him to Scouts tonight, giving me some time to unwind from the kid chaos.

Lucky for you, I just so happen to feel like sharing one of my favorite recipes.  It’s an avocado dip with cream cheese and enough garlic and onion that it’s almost spicy.  Don’t be scared off!! (Although, your significant other might be scared off after you’ve scarfed a few bites of this stuff…)  Seriously though, I beg you to make it – it’s sooo good!!  I made a half recipe today and it’ll be enough to last me a few days without sharing. 🙂

Creamy Avocado Dip

3-4 ripe avocados, pitted and roughly chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped (or less, depending on your taste)
2-4 garlic cloves, finely minced
juice from one lime (or 2 Tbsp. lime juice from the bottle)
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric hand mixer until smooth.  Chill before serving.

Serve with plain potato chips (my personal favorite) or tortilla chips.


“Hoof” Part Two


Rush did indeed love the basketball hoof.  Surprise!  He’s been playing with it all day and just might be the first Spurlock to actually have a chance at being good at basketball…  Since I’m a blogging maniac tonight, here’s a video of the little guy in action.  Thanks a million for the hoop, Mom!

Can you even stand the cuteness????


This is Rush and one of his very favorite girlies, Ella.  “Ella” is definitely one of his favorite words to say (he sticks his tongue all the way out for the L – it’s awesome), and he also loves this sweet little redhead to pieces.  Tonight she taught him “Ring Around the Rosie” and he caught on pretty quick.  We’re also working on finding that delicate balance between loving her and mauling her – there’s not much of a difference to a 2-year old boy…  Sorry Ella!



A few weeks ago we visited Grandpa Spurlock (Jake’s dad) at work, and lucky for Rush, Grandpa is pretty much the boss at the bus depot for a school district.  Which means that the place is loaded with… BUSES!  Rush was in heaven.  Ever since he learned the “Wheels on the Bus” song, he’s been obsessed with buses.  So basically, his head was totally spinning this afternoon.  There’s nothing better than seeing your child experience total bliss, for realz.

And to make the day even better – TRAX also runs right past the bus depot, so we got to see trains, too!  Best. Day. Ever.

Thanks to Jake’s parents for taking Rushton that ENTIRE WEEKEND!  Jake was supposed to go to a Scout campout on Friday night, so I had big plans of getting stuff done.  But alas, he came down with a nasty cold, stayed home, and we ended up watching TV and relaxing all night.  Then on Saturday Jake was super awesome and went on a boatload of errands with me.  I gave him a million opportunities to get out of it, but he insisted that he wanted to go.  So I guess he loves me!  I was happy for the help and the company.

And you would think it’s every mother’s dream to have a weekend all to herself without the toddler, but I have to admit, I missed Rushton a ton!  It was nice to be able to get a few things done, but I’m so used to him being around that I couldn’t wait to see him again.  He’s hilarious and so stinking cute!

The great outdoors


Like everyone else, I’m sure, I can’t adequately express HOW STOKED I am for Spring to finally come!!  I love where I live, but I detest the fact that it snows here.  As it’s been getting a tiny bit warmer, we’ve been able to spend a few afternoons at the park.  Rush LOVES the park, but it stresses me out a little since he won’t wear gloves and his fingers turn into ice cubes.  Anyways, we’re lucky to have a ton of parks within walking distance from our home, so you better believe we’ll be spending our days out there as it gets warmer!

As a side note, Jake still takes the Scouts camping IN THE SNOW.  I can’t think of anything that sounds more unbearable.  But he says they have fun!  Does this look fun to you??  Brrrrrrrrr…

His tent collapsed under the weight of the snow that fell throughout the night.  Seriously, ugh!

Can’t stop partying!


Seriously, we had so many parties in February that I can hardly keep track.  We celebrated Jake’s birthday twice – once on the actual day and then again the following Sunday with his family.  Then Rushton had a family birthday party the next Sunday, a small celebration on his actual birthday, and a friend party the next weekend.  He is definitely one loved little boy that got spoiled by friends, family, grandparents, and loved ones all over the country.  Thank you everyone for the books and trucks and balls and puzzles and cars and clothes and buses and basketball hoop!!  He has been so ready for some new, more age-appropriate toys and now we’re totally set.  Seriously, thank you to one and all, from all of us.

I got a few pictures from Rushton’s family party, but not a single one from the friend party!  It was so fun though – super easy planning-wise and a super chill night.  Just three families (the fourth family was sick – we missed you guys!), pizza, kids playing with toys, moms talking, and dads playing PS3.  That’s the way to go!

Sorry if it seems like I’m jumping all over the place, but I just want to get everything down without doing a million blogposts.  Anyways, here are the pics from Rushton’s family party.  He totally has the present unwrapping thing down!

Jake’s birthday


Lest Jake think that I don’t love him, here is his birthday post, albeit almost a month late.  Happy birthday babe!

We celebrated with a birthday lunch at Tucano’s (a Brazilian churrasca… YUM.  I live for the garlic beef, teriyaki beef, brown sugar pork, and grilled pineapple.  You haven’t lived until you’ve had this stuff!  Seriously.)  He looks so much so much older and wiser now, doesn’t he?

Rushton wanting to see the picture instead of smile for it…

And because I’m such an awesome wife, I made him a super delicious (time intensive = love) carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  (Cecilie, THIS is how you make and frost a double layer cake.)

I love you, Jake!



This is seriously better than Christmas morning.  We just assembled a basketball hoop for Rushton and I CANNOT WAIT to see his face when he sees it in the morning!!  It’s 10:30 p.m. and I’m almost temped to wake him up right now.  He has wanted a “hoof” for a few months now and I’m pretty sure this will blow his mind.  A HOOF!  IN OUR HOUSE!!!