Happy {Belated} Birthday

Bekah….14. I love little kiddos. Babies. Toddlers. Preschoolers. When I had Bekah, I was genuinely concerned about the teenage years.  I just couldn’t imagine how to be a mom of a teenager.  Today, I am so thankful to be the mom of this teenager. What a joy and a delight she is to me!

We share a common love…a cozy spot, a good book and chocolate. She is a pro in the kitchen and loves the little ones. Her skills as a knitter amaze me; she can out knit me any day. We are learning Algebra together and sharing laughter and  more than one fit of frustration.  She always has a smile.  She writes beautifully and I am honored that she shares it with me.

I am looking forward to the years to come…. Happy Birthday, Bekah B.!

Making Memories for Dinner

We have enjoyed lovely, mild weather for the past few weeks. After a summer of hot and humid days, the perfect weather days were such a blessing. Hurricane Sandy has blown those lovely, mild weather days away and we are now dealing with cold and wet!

Our back deck decorated with fall leaves.

Thankfully, we are only dealing with some wind and rain with the cold temperatures. Great encouragement to stay inside where it was warm and dry!  With no temptation to relax outdoors, we started our Monday off with the normal daily grind ….you know, things like Algebra, laundry, and science.

Nothing says Happy Monday like starting Algebra 1!

My husband’s schedule was a bit different on Monday, so after having our “big meal” at lunch, it was just going to be the kiddos and me for dinner. You know what that means, right? A simple, easy, snacky type meal. They love it; especially those who are on clean up.

Caleb, a bit chilled, was helping Sam stay out of trouble.

Time was passing quickly on this cold, dreary Monday. I kept thinking how it was the perfect “bake a cookie” kind of day. Before I knew it the kiddos were asking for snack and I realized that it was almost time for dinner! So much for the cookies, right?

My younger girls dreaming up exciting adventures.

Hmmm, a rainy Monday just begs for a bit of excitement, right? I decided that this Monday was the perfect day for making memories for dinner. With a bit of help from my Algebra loving Bekah, we gathered up the ingredients, whipped up a batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, poured some glasses of milk and served a meal of memories and yumminess.

Oh, yeah. Cookies.

I’m almost positive that in less than 2 bites, I was declared “the best mom in the world”. Thank you. I couldn’t have done it without all the little people. *insert a graceful bow*

Martha didn’t quite understand what she was suppose to be eating.

Let me put your mind at ease in case you are concerned about the nutritional health of my children. They had been served a healthy breakfast and lunch that day. Cookies were not the only food available for them; we had apples, cheese, almonds, etc for them to add to their plates. However, one meal of cookies and milk on a cold, wet Monday is not a cause for concern. It was special treat. It was making memories for dinner.

Mary so happy I was taking her picture. Really, she was.

It is all too easy to find ourselves caught up in the daily grind. We cook the meals, do the laundry, explain long division…again. Sometimes we need to shake things up….be spontaneous…make memories for dinner instead of meatloaf.   What memories are you cooking up?


Martha Ann ~ 10 months

Ten months? Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday I was wondering if Little Miss would ever make her appearance and now 10 months old?

Gooseberry chasing the camera!

Martha turned 10 Months on the 12th.  It was a week full of birthday celebrating and memories. My birthday was the 10th, if MaMa was still with us she would have been 100 on the 11th and then Martha hitting 10months on the 12th.  MaMa was a Martha. I think of MaMa often when I look into Martha Ann’s blue eyes.

Sporting a super cute dress from a dear friend! Turtle!

Little Gooseberry wasn’t content with just crawling for long. She is cruising around every where, exploring all the different rooms of the house and mastering the art of free standing. You can see in her eyes that she wants to walk. Working on balance!

Cute picture on baby blanket? I don’t think so.

Bekah and I tried diligently to catch Martha on her bear blanket that we use each month for Martha’s photo session. She really didn’t see the point in sitting still when she could chase us around the room. She is an active girl. Loves to cuddle and laugh. Always willing to be held and rocked. If she hears our squeaky rocking chair, she scoots right over to be rocked.

Yeah! The camera loves me.

Surprisingly, Martha is still not interested in solids; still exclusively breastfed. She loves to grab food off the plates, crumble it up and throw it on the floor or just play with it. After getting a bit of applesauce on her tongue yesterday, she gagged. Hmmm, guess she just isn’t ready yet. Can’t wait to see what she decided will be her first solid food. Chocolate?

Look, teeth! Just two on the bottom.

So amazing how quickly these little ones can grow and change. A beautiful miracle the Lord has blessed me with.

Little Martha Ann