Saturday, February 27, 2010

I forgot...

Here is the long ago promised picture of the finished valentine...cute, no? This one makes me want to start singing "Walk Like an Egyptian."
I know valentines day is long gone...but, I would love to see what others did. Any other ideas out there? I am always in the market for next year.
Low key day around here...some sewing, some napping, some Madden football. All is well.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Organization of Heart, Mind and Home...

Maybe it's because I am pregnant or maybe perhaps that Spring is surely right around the corner (despite all the snow, I believe, oh, I believe), but I have been moving and redoing things throughout the house. Even just moving something from one room to another makes it seem new and fresh. I had been wanting to make some changes is the kids closet and room for awhile now. Their toys and books were overflowing and needed serious attention.
This morning I loaded up the babies in search of baskets and storage containers. I thrifted a bunch at Goodwill for under $10 and this included a couple of sewing patterns, a mesh food cloche, and a pyrex storage container with lid. After a donut break...yes, I know, I know, naughty, I set to work in their room. I sorted, cleaned, rearranged, and purged. I came away with a large box to add to the yardsale pile and a much cleaner/sleaker room.
I put favorite toys in the baskets and placed them on the book shelf and under the dresser...now they can grab and go, instead of having to rummage in the closet and dismantle everything in order to find what they want. The old system caused much frustration for this Mama and her chilldren. Elijah loves to play with his trains and tracks so those are placed on the bottom shelf.
We also have some great wooden puzzles that they love but rarely played with because they were scattered in bits on the bottom of the toybox in the closet. Now they have their own spot on a shelf and have seen more use in one afternoon than they had in months...happy kids...happy Mama.
I have become fascinted with the concept of untoys lately...This lady has a nice post about it. I want the kids to have things they can play with that foster imagination and different textures that they can feel and experience...a basket with scraps of yarn and pieces of fabric, wooden acorns, clothes pins to paint, a box of large buttons, etc. I love the tomatos in that picture up there. Evelyn likes to place them in different bowls and containers and carry them around the house. I got those lovely wooden things from Casey's Wood Products. My do they ship fast and have a nice slections of all kinds of shapes and whatnots. I was able to get a nice assortment of things very inexpensively...I'm not sure I could have walked out of toystore with much comparitively. I'm just saying.

I have also been getting up nice and early in the morning. I think it's important for me to be up before the kids wake up. But, also I have been having quiet time and reading my devotional. What a great start to the day. This was what I decided to do for Lent and giving up a little sleep to meet with God has been nothing but wonderful. He meets me right where I am and I am seeing the power of prayer at work in my life already. I had gotten very lax at praying and complacent in my relationship with Christ. I have just come out of a very long dry spell in my life. I had very little motivation for anything and I was deeply unhappy in everything I was doing. I could feel it poisoning my family and sucking the life out of me. In January I attended my first Mothers of PreSchoolers meeting and I was convicted to pray for my children and my husband, which I had not been doing and to memorize scripture. I started to pray regularly and I see such a difference in myself...how I am with the children and David. I cannot deny the peace and the hope that now permeats my days. Also having scripture on my mind and heart throughout my day has been a wellspring at difficult moments. This week it's I Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you." Short but powerful.
Well, I must close I have a little Morsel that has decided to have a meltdown. God bless you the rest of this week.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Trains...



Oh my, does my little boy ever love trains!
Many hours have been passed this way...I hope there will be many, many more.
Choo Choo!
Speaking of Train(s)...my babies are seriously in love with grooving to this song...truth be told, me too!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Recipes...

I thought I would quickly share a couple of recipes that I mentioned in my last post...just in case.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Fill 24 flat-bottom cones two-thirds full with cake batter.
Place the cones in a high-sided 9-by-13 inch baking pan.
Bake in two batches at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let, cool then frost with favorite frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Two 8-ounce pkgs of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup real butter, softened
1-1/2 tsp real vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

This is easy to make, especially with an electric mixer. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until nice and creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the powdered sugar. Note: if you would like chocolate frosting just add 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking cocoa according to how rich you want it. You would add the cocoa when you add the powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Elijah's Birthday...

We started the day with pancakes, a favorite of Elijah's and in all honesty, a favorite of mine. I think he and I could eat them every morning and never get tired of them. He requested them the night before for his birthday breakfast...I was more than happy to oblige.

He opened his gifts mid-morning and spent the day playing with his loot as I prepared his cupcakes. Maybe everyone has already made these, but this was my first time and I love them. Cupcakes baked in ice cream cones! Brilliant!
I whipped up a batch of homemade cream cheese frosting and sprinkled them with multi-colored dots. Yummy! I did most of it while Elijah was napping and then hid them in the fridge. He didn't see them until the grand reveal after dinner...I love a little birthday drama. This was so much fun for me compared to last year. He wanted nothing to do with his birthday and could have cared less. Of course he was only two and had no concept of what a birthday is, I can deal with that. I really loved the joy in his eyes and the glee that bubbled up out of him throughout the day this year. The anticipation over the last couple of weeks has been fun for me to foster.

Wow, three. I can't digest really how fast these last three years have gone. My Elijah Lee has grown and changed so much and it goes without saying that time has flown. He is such a happy kid...he loves painting, trains, matchbox cars, building towers, spotting school buses and garbage trucks, running, jumping, singing, dancing, hugs and kisses. He is amazingly loving and thoughtful, he has a deep soul and is constantly asking questions about how things work and the way things are. His love of learning and of life is insatible...

Happy Birthday my sweet boy! May all your birthdays be as sweet as this one.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentines...

We made valentines last week. Pink and red hearts, googly eyes, pipe cleaner arms and legs and the saying " I only have eyes for you." written on each one.
Mumsy and I did most of the work, of course, but Elijah and Evelyn were an active part of the fun too. I started researching possible valentines last month, but I wasn't finding anything that was sticking with me...not even Martha Stewart had anything that I was dying to do. Then while laying in bed trying to go to sleep one night, the idea came to me. I didn't have to buy anything except a bag of heart shaped chocolates. These were taped on at the end...after all what is a valentine without chocolate???
I gave them out to their little friends at a playdate this week and I have a few to send to family. They will be late, but I haven't quite figured out the best way to mail them without forking over major bucks for bubble mailers...I have a couple ideas...we'll see. Those adorable pipecleaner arms and legs make it a little complicated.


My favorite moment was when Elijah stated after he stuck on all of the googly eyes, "It is so hard to make valentines!" Yet, he adores his "Valentine people."
I realize that I failed to take a picture of the finished valentines...I'll get that up here soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Visit Remembered...

Mumsy left on Saturday. We had such a nice visit and the babies loved every minute they got to spend with her. They read books, they danced, they played checkers, they built with blocks, and they gave lots of hugs and kisses.
Mom and I had a great time as well. We watched musicals, we sorted baby clothes, we baked and cooked, we went to story time and MOPS, many cups of tea were drunk, and she brought me many goodies from my childhood. I will share photos of the toys and clothes that she had saved and now has passed to me. I was tickled.
My Mom knows me so well and she always brings me little love gifts that are so sweet and perfect in every way. A vintage pattern, a cigar box of old buttons, a baggie of appliques, 2 children's story books that belonged to my Great Grandma Zilpha...lovelies, I tell you.
Plus, goodies for my birthday. Two commercial grade baking sheets, a small morter and pestal, a Microplane zester, a mini cupcake pan and so on...spoiled, yes, I am. But more than anything it was wonderful to talk and catch up and for her to be able to spend time with Elijah and Evelyn. It has been so cold and snowy that we didn't venture too far from home and spent out days tucked inside nice and cozy. I miss her, but she will be back in June after baby number three arrives...can't wait.
Guess who's turning three tomorrow? Yes, Elijah. Were does the time go? There will be a birthday post in the near future. It will be low key tomorrow, just us...but, I have some nice surprises up my sleeve for him. He can hardly stand the wait and has been bubbling about it all week. Such a change from not caring last year...it's going to be fun!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Away, but here...

I am so content this week that I haven't had time or an inkling to write. My Mama is visiting from Alaska and we have been doing ever so many lovely, quiet things. It has been a blessing to have her here and we can't seem to stop cooking or eating...cheesecake, meatloaf in sour cream crust, apple pandowdy, oh my! May our last two days go with increasing slowness and imbibe us with more sweet memories.
I'll be back next week.