Monday, June 29, 2009

Library Days

We saw our first marionette puppet show, Hansel & Gretel, at the library earlier this month. After almost hitting my friend in the parking garage (sorry Shannon!), we met up with Abiel, Nadine, Lily, and their Mommas. The highlight of the show was the yellow smoke ("poke!!!") which came from the oven after Gretel bravely pushed the witch inside. But the big hit of the day was the wonderful fountain outside. Many instructions had to be given - No! Do NOT drink the water.....Put your leg down. You cannot climb in the fountain - but the kids had a great time. Elijah and Abiel learned to yell so their voices would echo in a side courtyard. Lily had more practice for when she becomes a big sister in just a few months!




Sweet boys.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Expressions

Everyone should have a little girl. They are so fun! Look at this happy child.

Here is that wonderful smile, currently seen whenever we make eye contact, Elijah comes to play with her, or Daddy sneezes.

*Wardrobe courtesy of Megan Kirby.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Toys

Uncle Matt and Aunt Laura recently gave Elijah a GIANT Mr. Potato Head. To be exact, we now own Momma Potato Head, Daddy Potato Head, two Baby Potato Heads, and super giant Potato Head. (You put "Mr. Potato Head" on the Christmas wish list and they just take it a little further...) It's Elijah's new favorite downstairs toy. With a little help from Momma, we got everyone put together.
Haven also joined in the potato fun.The new favorite upstairs toy? Why Momma's stethoscope, of course! Ever since our midwife started listening to Haven's heartbeat during prenatal visits, Elijah has been interested in heartbeats. The stethoscope is therefore quite an intruiging toy. As long as Elijah refrains from chewing it, I let him play with the well-used device. [I have to remind myself of how well it has been cleaned post-patient use or I can really get the heeby-jeebies.]So that is how we play!

...and then a horse walked by....

This is what happens when you don't live in the city. The nice people stopped at our yard, perhaps because they heard me screaming "Eric! Eric! There is a horse in the yard! Bring Elijah!!!!"


Look who loves Aunt Laura!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Family Feet





Sweet little feet. Sweet little family.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Smiling

One day we went to Grammie's to see a bunch of family. Haven had the privilege of bonding with Uncle Jerry.The Wards and Seth came over later to enjoy Fox on a Box, one of our many Usborne books. As you can see, even Eric was captivated by the pictures. (Or was it Seth's reading skills?)The biggest news of the day was, by far, capturing Haven's sweet little smile. Life is good.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Getting Down to Business


Little Darling

See that tiny head?She's sleeping, beautifully.Did you notice her delicately placed hand? A delightful little darling is she.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bumbo

Well, we've pulled out the Bumbo again. Haven loves it already...and she is looking more comfortable in it these days, in case you are wondering~:-)
I had brought it in from the shed during Elijah's nap. When he awoke and saw it he said, "Bubba!!?!!" and looked at me like, "Where is SHE hiding?" The only time he has ever seen one used is with Bella, and he apparently remembered.

Notice the fat rolls on these thighs:Isn't this hilarious? Elijah is so serious about sitting in HIS chair. And, yes, those are randomly placed clean clothes awaiting folding in the background. ...because that is the kind of Mom I am....

Monday, June 8, 2009

Chicken Soup, Revisited

The recipe below is my rendition of chicken soup. The original idea came from this blog post, and my soup recipe was derived from this recipe. Alter as you so choose, and enjoy!

Ingredients:
- 2 lb red potatoes
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 1 head (is that what you call it?) of celery, sliced. You know, a bundle.
- 1 bag of carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
- 2 onions, diced
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 2 Tbsp crushed garlic
- 1 bay leaf

SOUP
1. Separate chicken meat from skin and bones. Reserve meat.
2. Bring broth and water to simmering over medium heat in a large pot. Add skin and bones. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for at least 60 minutes.
3. Strain broth through a fine colander into a large bowl. Discard skin and bones.
4. Return soup pot to burner on medium heat.
5. Add oil, carrots, onion, and celery. Saute for 20 minutes, until soft.
6. Add chicken, broth, bay leaf, garlic, and thyme. Bring to a simmer.

POTATOES
1. Wash potatoes.
2. Place potatoes in large pot. Cover with water. Generously salt.
3. Allow potatoes to boil until cooked through.
4. Strain potatoes.
5. Add butter, cream cheese, and strained potatoes to cooking pan. Beat with a handheld blender for 10 minutes, or until all lumps have been removed. Add more butter or milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.

SERVING
1. Throw a large whollop of potatoes in the bottom of a bowl.
2. Cover with soup.

*Could someone get back to me about the proper name for a hunk of celery?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Elijah's Second Birthday Party

A darling shot of our two newest partyers, Haven & Luke:



















It was so fun to celebrate Elijah turning two with some of our friends! Elijah loved his cake in the wheelbarrow, the new swingset, wheelbarrow & wagon rides, and playing outside. He is just starting to really play with his little friends, and - when he is not hitting someone - it is super cute to watch.
Dear God - Thank You! Thank You! for the two wonderful years we have had with our little boy. You have used him as a means for our sanctification and a source of delight in our home. We praise You for Your bountiful goodness to us!