Archive for August 2012

Cookie Monster

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Having two little munchkins just shy of 2 years apart has been a huge blessing, they keep me on my toes daily! My Stella girl brings a lot to the table- she has quite the girly, dramatic, prissy yet cuddly and sweet personality, but one thing I do miss now that I have two kiddos is that precious one-on-one time with my big boy Spencer! He turned 3 in June and I am really loving his little personality. He has a huge imagination, sometimes I think he is too smart for his own good, but I love having conversations with him, and I thought a great way for us to talk and spend some quality time together would be to make some COOKIES – Spence was ALL about it!

He thought he was pretty big stuff getting to stand on the chair and dump in the ingredients. While things did get a TAD out of hand when he insisted on cracking the eggs, he must watch us very carefully when cooking because he knew just how to hold it and tap it on the edge of the bowl- he just needed a little {a LOT of} assistance when getting the egg out of the shell! We mixed with a spoon for a while and then we both decided that mixing with our hands would probably be more efficient and DUG IN :) The cookies we made had some peanut butter, candies, chocolate chips, and oats (along with all of the other boring ingredients, ha!) so we knew they were going to be very yummy. Spencer couldn’t handle the wait and snuck in a few tastes as you can tell by the pics. We cooked them and then let them cool. After cooling we had a few, but decided to keep them in the freezer. Let me tell you this- I am not a huge cookie person (would rather just eat the dough), and they were DELICIOUS out of the freezer. It may be the Texas heat, or the cold crispy crunch of the cookies but all I can say is YUM! It also helps with not eating as many when I can’t see them! I am thinking about crumbling up the rest of the cookies left in the freezer and making a batch of homemade ice cream and using them as a topping. We can’t end our summer without some good ole homemade vanilla right?

Spencer’s School

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Spencer has always had a love for letters. Somewhere around 18 months old he started learning his letters and soon recognized each letter of the alphabet. He is always pointing out letters while we are in stores and when we are driving he will say- “Look Mama, there is a S, T, O, P on that octagon!”.

A little before turning 2 he started mastering the sounds that each letter makes and he is continually interested in anything alphabetical, puzzles, games, flash cards, you get the idea! So I decided that starting the month of August I would start working with him on writing his letters. He calls it his “school” and is SO proud to show Daddy what he did that day when he gets home!

We will be doing a letter every 2 weeks (sometimes more frequently) and learning a bible verse to go with each letter (A’s is “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15). So that within the year he will know how to write his letters and will have worked on memorizing scripture too! This is also one of Spencer’s favorite things- his go to verse: Be kind to each other. Ephesians 4:32! Before diving into the letters though, we practiced drawing all sorts of lines… vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and circular. He thought this was a blast, lol! Keep checking back as I post the bi-weekly blogs about what we did the previous week in “Spencer’s School.”

New Entry Table!

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I LOVE my new entry table. Storage is minimal at my house and now I can use the two drawers as extra storage and also have a storage system down below with the three baskets on the bottom shelf of the table! One basket is for odds and ends that are left at my house and things that I need to get to people. I hate how these things always tend to pile up. Another big issue in my house are shoes, they are everywhere, and now I have a catchall basket for them! Just drop your shoes at the door when you come in, and find ‘em there when you are headed out! The third basket will be used for school bags and other things that get used daily. I am hoping this new addition to our entry will keep the house a little less cluttered with items that don’t have a home. Now I just need to get a family pic taken and enlarged to hang above the entry table and I will be set!

Olympic Giveaway!

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS (in Olympic fashion of course! Oh and the judges picked them at random because there were SO many good entries).

Gold (prize pack):
“My favorite Olympic moment this year has been hearing my 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son screaming “USA” at the TV while watching the cycling. I was painting my son’s room and thought they were watching Disney. When I peaked into the next room I saw them both glued to the TV cheering on our cyclists. Since then, every night they both ask if we can all watch the Olympics together before bed. It’s truly become a special time to spend together as a family. Who knew the Olympics could help build families AND countries.”
- Julie G.

Silver (cookbook):
“Love Swimming and Michael Phelps! my kids swam for 15 years…love to watch Gymnastics used to work the uneven bars…loved them! Happy Crockin! with no stove this website is a lifesaver!”
- Lisa H.

Bronze (cookbook):
“I love watching all of the Olympic events but my favorite moment was watching Oscar Pistorius (double-amputee) get to run in the men’s 400m. I know he didn’t move on but the struggle he went through to get to do this was amazing to me. He did an awesome job! His story is one that reminds me to never give up your dreams. Hard work and being persistence pays off. Great lesson for anyone but I loved that my kids got to see it!”
- Theresa

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