Saturday, January 29, 2011

Alphabet Cookies

Here are some of the alphabet cookies we made this week. 


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

quiet time

For the past few weeks both my kids have decided that naps weren't needed anymore. We play all morning and by the time lunch is over both David and Jaclyn will need a down time. Most days it means sitting on the couch and watching a movie while cuddling with a blanket other days it means reading a pile of books.
Today they chose to watch a princess movie together. 

I think this is great picture because of how similar there positions are.


One of those days

Do you ever have one of those days where you know you should be getting stuff done but don't want too?

Well today is one of those days for me. As I sit here this morning I know that I have approximately 5 or 6 loads of laundry to do. I also have three cakes to design and write a list of what I need to make said three cakes. 
I also should vacuum my house and finish the dishes....sigh.

As I write out my list of all the things I should be doing all I can think about is what I want to be doing.

If you ask me today is a perfect day to sit on the couch with a warm blanket and read a book!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Baptizing Toys

Tonight when David was having his bath he started to line up some of his bath toys. When I asked him what he was doing he responded with "I'm baptizing them". I asked him if he had heard about baptizing lately and he told me that he remembered it from family camp with our church (four months ago) and he thought his toys were ready to be baptized like Jesus talks about in the Bible.
Last September when we were at family camp I remember talking to David a little bit about what baptism was but it hasn't come up in conversation since then. So tonight when he brought up baptizing his toys he really surprised me. I think its kinda cool how my kid thinks about conversations and processes them long after the conversation is over. 

He also remembers things like "maybe we can go to Toys R Us next time we are in town". Then he reminds me the next time we are in town even if it has been 1-2 weeks.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Just Like Mom

As I sit here getting ready to have my evening cup of tea I was looking through the photos I took this past week and came across these pictures of my kids having tea. 

 For those of you who know me you will know that I love a good cup of hot tea. I will drink almost any type of tea but my favorite is chai. In the past (and present) the kids like to take my mug after I have finished my tea and drink the last drops. On this day however I made them each there own cup of chai (well, a kids chai anyways: 85% milk and 15% chai.) They loved it!!

 I have blogged about my kids and tea a few different times over the years once here and then again here and again here. But since this was their first actual cup of tea, it deserved its own post.

Both Chris and I are also big fans of Starbucks and most of the time when the kids see a Starbucks they ask if we are going there to get "mommy her tea". Sometimes we get the kids a cookie or a special "milk tea" (chocolate milk) there which they both love especially if it is in a Starbucks cup!

This afternoon we were out running some errands and I asked Jaclyn is there was anything else she wanted to see at the store we were at and her response was "no mommy, I need my Starbucks now". I just had to laugh, because she said it so seriously.
You could say that the kids growing up with me having a cup of tea around is starting to rub off on them.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Jaclyn, Barbies and Princess movies

Jaclyn was getting ready to watch her princess movie with her Barbies but she wouldn't let me turn on the movie until she had them set up just the way she wanted. 

Life with my little girl is always fun and always girly!!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Octopus Cookies

Do you ever wake up thinking today would be a good day for something fun and different? 

I do and today was one of those days. I decided today we would make Octopus Cookies!

Both David and Jaclyn were really excited to make them and so they both helped me in the kitchen with the mixing and the measuring and of course putting the eyes on (with some taste testing of course)

Here are a few of the finished product

I am going to go and cuddle with my kids now as we eat our octopus cookies and watch a movie.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Over the past few months the kids have started this new thing where they will dog-pile one another or
anyone else who happens to be on the floor.
For example, when David is sitting on the floor reading a book, doing a puzzle or even playing with toys, Jaclyn will come up and lay on top of his back and pretend to sleep. Sometimes David does the same type of thing to Jaclyn but more often then not it is Jaclyn who "sleeps" on David. 
 The morning this was taken, David had just put together a large puzzle on the floor. After it was done, Jaclyn said to him "lay down so we can see who's bigger" and of course he agreed. Then as soon as he laid down she jumped down on him and pretended to sleep on him, sneaky little girl. I managed to get a picture of this interaction and then they both started to act even sillier because I was taking pictures! 

The kids are so funny sometimes I just have to laugh!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ice Cream Maker

One of the things that we got for Christmas was an Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker. All four of us were excited about getting it for different reasons. The kids now think that we can make ice cream anytime which means they can have ice cream cones all the time. They also wanted to learn how ice cream was made. Chris and I were looking forward to experimenting with different recipes and hopefully perfect a gelato recipe and blizzards (because who doesn't want a ice cream blizzard in the summer)

We made a lemon sorbet! It was really easy to make. The machine comes with a recipe book and most (if not all) of the recipes are really simple. As well as the machine is easy to put together, just one piece to fit into the middle and then a lid! Once all the ingredients were in the machine we turned it on and put the timer on for 25 minutes and waited. The kids stood on chairs almost the whole time watching it get thicker and turn into ice. David called me over many times to see how it changed and was starting to look like ice cream!
I didn't manage to get any pictures of the kids watching the us make our first batch of sorbet, however I did manage to get a picture of their first bite of it.

As you can see David thought it was sour but still really enjoyed it.
Jaclyn's facial impression was priceless. This was the first and only bit she ate of the sorbet it was just to sour for her.
I along with the rest of my family are looking forward to trying many new ice treat recipes. In fact today we bought some vanilla bean to make a vanilla bean gelato recipe that Chris found.....yummy!


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Toilet Tales

My oh so dependent daughter tonight had a bit of a fall.....into the toilet.

This evening when she was getting ready for her bath she striped down and sat on the toilet to pee. 
Something I have always felt as a good practice for my kids to do before bath time, after all who wants to have a bath with pee. 

OK back to my story, after Jaclyn was done peeing I asked her if she wanted some help off the toilet and into the bath. Her response was "I do it myself". Somehow, while getting off the toilet, her one foot slipped and she was in the toilet up to her chest.I have no idea how she managed it, even after watching it happen...

I should also tell you that within seconds I picked her up and put her into the bath. Once in the bath she said to me "mommy, I fell in the toilet, I have pee on me I need to wash it off".

So maybe the whole no pee in the bathtub plan didn't quite work this time...oh well.


Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Yesterday afternoon David and I were reading a book about holidays, when it came to New Years he asked if that was the holiday we were just having. 
Earlier that morning we had changed over our calendar and we had talked about starting a new year now. 

He was even more curious why in the book they were wearing party hats and hanging a banner for 
New Years and we hadn't done any yet today, it was 2pm in the afternoon.

So I looked at him and then to Chris and said well then we better get ready for our New Years party. We pulled out some paper and started making party hats and then we made a banner, blew up some balloons. Then we made a pudding pie (because you can't have a party without dessert), and of course, both had to change into "party outfits." Then, after we were all ready, the party began. 

We played some fun music and danced around for quite a while until the kids started to get tired, so we had snacks in the living room and finished off our party with pudding pie and tacos. Both David and Jaclyn told us multiple times that this was the best New Years day party ever!!

We even managed to get a picture of Chris and I together
Happy New Year Everyone!!