Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Turned out pretty yummy.
The other part of our meal was eggplant. These girls go wild for eggplant!
Honestly. I took that picture as Josie was saying "Yes, I do love eggplant!"
Slice the eggplant. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil. Lay the eggplant circles on the cookie sheet, turning once as you lay each piece down to coat both sides with a little bit of oil. Sprinkle with salt, parmesan and basil. Bake in a 450 oven for about 10 min. Who wouldn't like something that has those ingredients on top?!!!
Kid tip: slice your kid's pieces. Although the eggplant itself is soft, I have had a little one choke on a piece of skin.
Here's little Ruthie eating her pizza. Nope, she's not a baby anymore, my almost 14 month old little talker!
Friday, January 22, 2010
We put the machine down on the coffee table, just like with Anna, so it was at her level. I think that was the most exciting part for her! Something that had always been off limits was suddenly presented to her for her own use! When I was ready Josie would push down on the sewing pedal with both feet. And away we sewed! Fast! Sometimes I had a hard time keeping up. No dawdling about this girl. She's always been a go getter, marching straight ahead with a purpose, and that was definitely how she sewed. She had fun experimenting with the pedal and making the machine run faster or slower, but mostly she just went fast.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I don't know what you'd call this costume, but Anna sure was having fun!
Even Ruthie wanted to join the dress-up fun and put a hat on her head:
Costume change! Snow Anna White:
Jo-Jo with her flower in her hair (she really wanted to show that to you, Nona and Grandpa!) on the other phone talking to Daddy:
And last but not least, this is how the littlest munchkin, Snow White and the Cool Cat helped Mommy do dishes this evening:
Friday, January 15, 2010
4 of the cousins eating their snack on a log, a break in our hike:
(l-r:Caroline, Jack, Anna, Josie)
Reading books with Uncle Trace: Josie reading with her Papa, my Dad.
Jack and Anna enjoy a game of Candyland:
Daddy'O, Anna and Josie, dipping their toes in the ocean water for the first time:
Little Ruthie played in the sand to her heart's content:
And got all covered with it! Look at that smile!
This is one of my favorite beach pictures, it says so much about who each person is. Jack, leaping into the cold waves laughing and exhilarated, all boy. Anna and Caroline, a bit more timid, holding Mitch's hands, yet out there in the water playing the whole afternoon, running, jumping, dunking under the water and screaming with delight:
Thank you, Holly and Trace, for hosting us and giving us such a wonderful space in your home to relax and enjoy the company of all the people around us. Thank you for making us feel at home in your home.
It was a time that truly exemplified the essence of what Christmas is all about to me: giving, sharing, loving, accepting... God among us.
I hope each of you were able to experience a piece of the same this Christmas season.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We worked on all of it together, ironing, measuring, cutting out the pieces, pinning and finally sewing! She enjoyed it every step of the way.
I got the idea and the pattern for the felt pencil roles from Amanda Blake Soule's book "The Creative Family". I made 6 of these, all a bit different, one each for Anna and Josie and their 4 older cousins. Sorry Maia Sage and Ruthie, I didn't think you two were old enough yet.