art with my Eli

The other afternoon, I brought Eli and a canvas and a foam paintbrush out to the backyard. I squeezed some robin’s egg blue and some creamy white onto the canvas and let him go. {He quickly decided that using his hands was better :) haha!} This is what he created – with only minimal help from mommy… I only smoothed out the paint globs he left untouched :)

So today when Eli decided to nap for 3 hours {!!!} I got out a smaller paintbrush and my espresso brown…

Trees were inspired by these designs.

After nap, Eli was my helper for making sugar cookies for daddy.

He was in charge of the sugar and flour. And he did great! BUT… apparently he turned the mixer speed onto high while it was unplugged down there… and when I lifted it back to the counter and turned it on… well…

Little brother even got in on the fun…

And while Isaac is getting some camera time I figured I might as well take a 27 week shot {technically tomorrow, but oh well!}

I love my boys :)

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I think I could just leave this post at that and be happy with it :) He is just too cute… even after a too-short nap…

I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday. I love to bake… but for the very first time in my life, they did not turn out at all. They look more like lacy cookie pancakes. FLAT, and with holes. I have NO idea what I did wrong. My husband likes them maybe even more than real cookies, though, so I guess it wasn’t really a fail anyway, right?

My husband is the best :)

It snowed over the weekend. The snow did not stick :( Somebody told me that this winter was going to be “the worst” (a.k.a. the most snow, a.k.a. the best in my opinion) we’d had in years. Somebody lied to me.

The End.

Second Tuesday Unwrapped

I almost didn’t write another Tuesday Unwrapped post. I tried. But yesterday was busy and the baby didn’t nap well, was fussier and needier than normal and then he burned his little hands on the inside of the oven door (my gosh, he has gotten fast… but don’t worry, he only touched it for a split second and no harm done). He spilled the bowl of cold water that I was trying to use to cool his hands with all over the counter and floor, in the middle of me baking bread and making dinner, and then needless to say I didn’t get anything actually accomplished until Chris came home.

So anyway… I didn’t write a Tuesday Unwrapped post on Tuesday. And to be honest I was getting a little upset about how things were going yesterday. Everything was just messy.

Oh, and did I mention that I messed up the bread I was making? Something about bleached vs. unbleached flour… and the fact that I only had wax paper, not parchment paper (if you read the recipe here you’ll understand). And my dough was too wet and sticky, even with a dusting of flour, and I ended up having to tear it off the wax paper and just plop it on the preheated pizza stone and just hope that those meager attempts at 1/4-in slits (that really just blended in with the rest of the dough blob) did whatever it is that they were supposed to do.

So my imperfect bread went in the oven. And a golden-brown something with a shape that still closely resembled the blob I had put in the oven 30 minutes before came out…

And it smelled delicious…

And it was yummy. I think we ate half the loaf with dinner last night…

And my husband said that it was better than my usual dump-all-the-ingredients-in-the-bread-machine-and-hit-start bread…

And now my once again not napping and once again fussy one-year-old who has barely left my lap this morning – and who hasn’t wanted to eat much solids lately – has eaten almost an entire inch-and-a-half thick slice of still-fluffy bread.

Let me just pause and say that the fact that my bread was still fluffy this morning makes me extremely smiley :) Every time that I have made bread in my bread machine, it is fluffy for the first night and then the next day it is gummy and dense.

I started writing today because something inside said I had to. That I needed to just write, and I’d find it – the gift God had given me yesterday that I couldn’t find in the midst of my mess.

But the gift was the mess. (Ahem. Dear me, go back and read this post).

He blesses me with mess… with the ability to make mess… and the ability to trust Him that through my feeble efforts (making dough by hand for the first time) and mistakes (my wax paper) and tiredness (my blob of dough), that He takes all of that and makes something beautiful. He isn’t hindered by me, He does not rely on me… He wants to do life with me and He wants me to trust Him.

I don’t have any pictures of my bread for you. Yesterday the blob-shaped bread didn’t seem to be photograph-worthy. And today I grab my camera just to realize that the battery is dead and I have NO idea where the battery charger is. So you just get this picture instead, which has nothing to do with bread… but it does have to do with one of my favorite gifts :) 

my sweet boy is one year old :)

One year ago…



I love my sweet boy!

Yesterday Eli crawled to me, I picked him up, said “I love you, Eli. Can mama have a kiss?” and you know what? I got a sweet open-mouthed Eli kiss on my face :)

And he started saying “mama” consistently (not just when he really wants out of his crib). Most of the time it comes out “meh-meh” but it makes me all warm inside just the same, ’cause he’s talking about me :)

Feeling … oh, just feeling so many things today! But mostly happy :) And thankful… and wow, God, You’re so good. 

Today I will embark on my first ever let’s-try-to-make-milk-and-soy-free-chocolate-cupcakes adventure.

Did I tell you Eli got into a Crunch bar the other day? (He has good taste, by the way, those are one of my favorites!) He was chomping on it in the wrapper, and I let him because he was teething and it seemed to be giving some relief. I checked every few seconds to make sure the wrapper hadn’t torn, and once I noticed that it did I tried to take it away. Well, he put up a fight… which made me suspicious… and then I saw melted chocolate with little baby teeth marks in it – the bottom of the candy wrapper (which I had apparently not checked) had already torn!

Which is why he will have chocolate cupcakes for his birthday :)

Did you ever realize that almost ALL BAKERS CHOCOLATE, chocolate chips, and such have SOY in them!? Ugh. But not cocoa powder. Melt-down avoided ;)


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