Baby smiles

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I have decided baby smiles are a gift from God.  A gift for tired Mamas.  It doesn’t matter if some say they are brought on by gas.  They are precious.  I was fortunate enough to at least have my cell phone nearby to get these pictures.  Priceless!

Back to the land of the living

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To say this Christmas didn’t go as planned would be an understatement.  Christmas Eve was great.  We did our family Christmas then since Greg had to work Christmas day.  We went to the candle light service at our church and then headed over to a friends house for some snacks and visiting.  All seemed well.


Then, I woke up in the middle of the night throwing up.  Did that for about 4 or 5 hours.  I couldn’t even get up to feed Oliver.  I was so thankful Greg was not working nights.  He left at around 5 (at which time I was still unable to walk upright without getting dizzy).  But, the kids were great and stayed asleep until I could move a little better.  Our dear friend Monica brought me some sick people food and hung out a little to let me sleep and the kids played outside.


All seemed to be going OK until Christmas night at 11:00.  Zoe started throwing up.  I spent the night camped out in her room.  A long night.  Lots of laundry.  The next morning…Zeke threw up.  More laundry.  I still wasn’t feel great but the Lord gave me enough energy to keep everybody clean, cared for and get all the sick laundry done plus some.  Monica dropped off some more sicky foods and we made it though the day.  Last night everyone slept.  It was wonderful!  Zoe work up this morning requesting an omelet for breakfast.  We’re back and it feels good.

Finger-painting fun!

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Who doesn’t just love finger-painting?  It’s always been a big hit around here.  We were beginning to run out of colors (and I wanted more exciting colors than what you get from the store) so I looked up a recipe and made some.  It turned out great!   Greg wanted to put it to the test for color and consistency.  I like the homemade better!  The “red” from the store looks orangey in comparison.





Here’s the recipe:


Note:  The only change I made was the temp to cook it at.  It was taking too long on low so I upped it to medium  It worked a lot better but watch the consistency closely.  It changes fast.



1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cold water
food coloring



In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You’re ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.

The first snow

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Zoe and Zeke headed outside to play on our first snow day of the year.  Zeke decided he would hang in the car.




Zoe decided she didn’t want to be caught on camera.  She’s shy you know.  I almost had her.  If only the camera was a few seconds faster.  Oh well, a good game of chase if nothing else.



Tree Hunt 2009

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Boy, December has gone fast!  A couple weeks ago we bundled up and headed out to get our tree.  After searching and searching we finally found THE tree.  Zoe tried her hand at it first.



Then dad came in to help.  It’s funny I didn’t get a final picture of the tree but oh well.  Maybe next year.  After the farm it was off to get hot chocolate and coffees!  A fun day out in the cool, crisp, beautiful winter day.


Kids don't smell coffee

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I recently bought a new kind of holiday coffee and as I was opening it (and inhaling the freshness) Zoe wanted to know what it was.  I told her and asked her if she wanted to smell it.  With a disgusted look she said, “No! Kids don’t smell coffee!”  They don’t?  “No, they just drink their Mama’s coffee when their not looking.”

Hmmm…gotta keep and eye on that one.

His First…

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…whole toilet paper roll.


Zeke has completed one of the many tasks bestowed on toddlers around the world.  And yes, he is walking…been walking for a while now (as in a couple months I guess it is.  Shame on Mama for not posting it sooner)