Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'll be back soon

I will return!  I need to post Ella's 15 months picture, I need to edit January photos, I need to grade 
papers and projects, I need to do laundry, make beds, cook meals, clean, exercise, play, and rest.  I'll get to it all, but right now I'm focusing on taking care of this precious family of mine.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


These precious kids make me smile.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sweets with the Sweetie

 Eli LOVES to be a helper and he loves to bake.  Almost every day he wants to make some type of treat.  I know he likes the sweets, but I also know he loves this time with me.  It's a  time when he can be messy.  It's a time just for the two of us.  It's kind of "our thing."  This Christmas we made peppermint fudge and Eli was helpful like always.  He also likes to sneak other treats while working (note the cookie).  I do have to the share this extremely EASY recipe.  It's a 3 minute, 3 ingredient recipe.  Perfect for the busy holiday season.

1 14 oz can of condensed milk
1 package of Andes mint chips
1 package of semi-sweet morsels

Combine chips in bowl
Mix in condensed milk
Microwave for 3 min
Pour in pan and let cool
Add crushed peppermint candies 

I also want to remember a few other things about Eli.  
*He calls the movie theater, the movie-ve-ater
*He had his adenoids and tonsils removed mid-December and proved once again how brave and resilient he is
*He had a little mickey mouse voice for about a week after this.  It was ADORABLE.
*He can't get enough of his Nintendo DS or the Wii.  He is my little technology boy.  He knows more about an I-Pad than I do.
*He loves to read books with me, but only in his bedroom.
*He adores Ella, calling her "sweet little chubby cheeks" and "baby chubs."  He often comes running upstairs to take a bath with her, even if he is doing something more fun.  He just can't get over how soft she is.  He's not too old to share a bath with his sister yet!
*He had his first bout of the flu in December.  That kid had never vomited before.  He had also never been on an antibiotic till this fall.  He is one healthy boy.  The removal of his tonsils was due to sleep apnea issues.
*He is tall and VERY skinny.
*He loves school and riding the bus, even though he was pushed to the ground on the bus last week.  (This mommy got a little territorial on that one)
*When nap time comes and I'm snuggled next to him in his bed, he just stares at me, telling me I'm his best friend.  I tell him I could stare at those amazing eyes all day but, it's time to sleep.  Last week he looked at me and said, "Mommy, you are so pretty.  I could stare at you forever."  Then he wants to have a staring contest, which he always wins.  
*There are thousands of other memories, some I'll keep close to my heart, some I'll forget and some I won't even know are shaping him into the man he will become.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Figuring it out....

I'm trying to figure out how to make my pictures bigger, but in the process my header went HUGE.  I'll be working on this, but I must sleep now. 

Sweet dreams!

Your Name is our Favorite Word

We thank you, God, we thank you— your Name is our favorite word;
      your mighty works are all we talk about. 
Psalm 75:1 (The Message)

I chose the word healthy to be "our word" for 2012 and then I read this scripture and changed my mind!
YOUR NAME, LORD.  That is our favorite word.  It defines us.  Shapes us.  Makes us.

Here's to a year filled with THE BEST WORD IN ALL OF HISTORY!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year

I want this to be a year in which I stay committed to my resolutions, but I know I will fail, so this year I am choosing a word to encompass what I want for our family.  The word is HEALTHY!  We are going to become Healthy.  This does not just mean how we eat and take care of our bodies.  This includes all of the following:

A healthy prayer life (my own, prayer with Aaron and as a family)
A healthy amount of time in the Word
Commitment to exercise (starting with 3 days a week and maybe learning to like running)  Aaron already has this one licked!  He always runs....always!
Commitment to healthy eating (less sweets for the little sweeties)
A healthy dose of organization (enough to keep me sane, but not too much to make me miss out on life moments with the little ones that make the messes)
An extra healthy amount of patience and time management (specific time set aside for each child is going to be big this year)

That's it.  I'm committed to being Healthy.  My family is committed too.