Friday, January 18, 2008

Words like empty.

For the last six to eight weeks, this guy has been making us laugh (and perplexing us) with the things that he says. For instance,

  • "No-o. It's empty." This is basically how he tells us that he doesn't want or like something because it wasn't his idea. Example: He says: "No, yogurt's empty." when we are offering a very full container of yogurt. Now, you must understand that as soon as we say that he doesn't have to have the yogurt, he starts crying for yogurt. He really likes things to be on his own terms. (He's got lots to learn, huh?)
  • "It's yuk." Followed by wiping of his hands on something (usually his face) in a "wipe it off" manner. This means that I don't like this right now. Example: "Mommy kisses is yuk." "Ice Cream is yuk." Typically, we hear this when he is either needing food or sleep.
  • "Like dis. Like dat." He is oh-so-particular when putting things in place. It's fun to observe him saying this as he puts his cars in place on his road mat.
  • "My blue." "My red." He lately likes to refer to his things by their color. Especially his sippy cups.
  • And he will consistently repeat what he is saying until you acknowledge very clearly that you have heard what he has said. "Good" does not suffice. You generally have to refer by name to what he is talking about. Example: N: "Mommy, I see airplane. Mommy, I see airplane." Me:"Good, buddy." N: "Mommy, I see airplane. Mommy, I see airplane." Me: "Oh, I see that airplane too!" (followed by a finally content smile or nod.)

It is so fun to be at this stage in life with him...and his grandparents are about to enjoy it too! We are driving off tomorrow to Asheville to visit with both of our families for a little over three weeks. It will be a great break to not be in temporary housing while we wait for our house to be finished! I'd love to see "Asheville friends" while there...we'll be there until February 14, so get in touch with me!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ya'll must be starving

because it has been ages since I've shared a recipe with you. Not much other than toast and soup and hot drinks sounds good to me right now because all three kiddos and I are sick...but I've been wanting to share this recipe for awhile now.

This one is fabulous...I made it for our Christmas breakfast. It only lasted three days in our house...and that's only because we showed some restraint! I hope you enjoy it too.

Brown Sugar-Pecan Coffee Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Stir together flour and brown sugar in a large bowl. Cut 3/4 cup butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 forks until crumbly. Press 2 3/4 cups crumb mixture evenly on the bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Stir together sour cream, egg, and baking soda; add to remaining crumb mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon. Pour sour cream mixture over crumb crust in pan; sprinkle evenly with cinnamon mixture and pecans.

3. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.
Makes 12 servings

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

These things...

have been so helpful with a third baby! Thought I'd share!

Sara Bear Diaper Caddies...these lined baskets (I have the paisley one shown below) holds a bunch of diapers, a standard box of wipes, and much more! Since Madeleine doesn't have her own room (this is our first time without a devoted nursery) it has been nice to have a portable diaper changing station that goes from our room to the living room to vacations SO easily. The liner is divided into five main compartments and then has little pockets on the side for smaller items. Check out all their fun fabrics...but I think mine is the best!

Hoohobbers Moses Basket with rocking stand. The rocking stand turns a moses basket into a cradle...Madeleine has been sleeping so well in her basket. It's very portable and so sweet! There are tons of adorable fabric options, whether you are traditional, whimsical, or eclectic in your decorating style!
In the picture below, you can see Madeleine in her Moses Basket, as well as my third most helpful item...

her Swaddle Designs receiving blanket. This blanket is the perfect size for swaddling...Madeleine is our first baby who really loves being swaddled (except for her left arm...she loves that thumb!) and this blanket is perfect. Madeleine is almost 3 months old and at least 14.5 pounds...and we're still using this blanket with plenty of room still to go. Aunt Katy bought Madeleine a second one (white with pink dots) for Christmas because it is our favorite blanket...and it's great to have another to alternate with...for when one is in the wash! This will be my new baby gift of's really terrific!
These are just some of the options for the blanket.
And one of my favorite clothing items I discovered while looking for something to bring her home from the hospital in: a gown that snaps all the way down the front. But it also has convertible snaps in the back to form pants when you want them. Which is great for car seats and daddy's who don't particularly care for gowns ;) Sadly, I don't have the brand name with me because Madeleine has outgrown the gown, so no link...but look for them! They're great!
And this one I've used with all three children, but we still love Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment. I love having a baby that smells like lavendar instead of the medicine cabinet!
Hope you can enjoy or share one of these things with a baby that you love!!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Welcome 2008!

As of January 1, 2008, we are officially residents of Oklahoma! Talk about a fresh start for the new year, huh?

We arrived here last night...Madeleine and I enjoyed a quiet drive while Brent towed the trailer with Hadleigh and Nathanael sleeping all of 30 minutes out of the 5-6 hours we spent on the road and making stops to eat and feed Madeleine. It's not often that I drive around, listening to music and enjoying the quiet time where I can think. I spent a lot of time thinking about this new year, our new home, making new friends, and what new things I want to focus on this year.

Here are a few of my thoughts.

1. I want to be the person who remembers to send a birthday card in time for the recipient to actually read it on or before their birthday. I'm usually good about getting cards out...but rarely on time. Brent's mom's birthday is in a little over a week, so I'm already planning a card-buying trip :)

2. I want our home to be a welcome place for Brent, our children, our extended family, and our friends. I'm excited about starting fresh (come March, when our home will be finished) and thinking of ways to make people feel welcome from the moment they first set foot on the doorstep. A lot of this has to do with attitude...I want to make sure I always have a welcoming, hospitable attitude...not just on the outside, but from the heart.

3. I need to find a balance with my time: time with Brent, time with our children, time to keep our home in order, time to seek God's Word, time for "me".

4. I want to make time to that I can better do number 2 and 3! Okay, okay, and so that I can actually wear the clothes in my closet.

5. I want to be a better reader. Reading has always been an important and enjoyable part of my's been awhile since I've read something cover to cover other than some magazines! I've got a few books on my list but I'd welcome your suggestions!

6. I want to be more purposeful in all that I do. (Is purposeful a word? I know, I know, I'm the English teacher...I think it is. Or at least should be.)

7. I want to stay in touch with friends, old and new.

8. I want to be more gentle, loving, kind, warm, compassionate, sincere, and more of a servant...especially to these people:


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