Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Speaking of blue-eyed babes...Zakkai has been making up words lately and it's hilarious because he is so serious about them! One evening we were eating dinner, pizza, I believe, and Z told me that his mouth hurt. He kept insisting that it was hurting and wouldn't eat so I took a flashlight and peeked in and saw that he had a small cut on the inside of his cheek. Somehow, in my explanation of cut and bit his cheek, Zakkai came up with the word "spite." He has had "spites" in several different places since then: his mouth, his sock, his foot....and it never gets any less funny!
Another thing that has been pestering him lately are "bees." I'm not sure if he is feeling a funny sensation and that's how he can describe it or what. The first I heard of these invisible "bees" was a couple of days ago when he insisted that he had bees in his bottom, this following a rather large dirty diaper. He has had bees in his leg, his arm and in his belly since:)
Then after his nap today when I carried him out of his room, he whimpered and told me that his leg "kindled." I still have no clue what that means but I can see that life with this adventurous, talkative, descriptive little boy is going to be fun!
Off to bed now!
Monday, September 28, 2009
So you can see why that, coupled with several social evenings last week, has affected my blogging lately. So, if anyone is reading anymore, if I haven't been great about returning emails or phone calls, please don't be upset, I am still here! Just picking putting back together the pieces and regrouping. Sometimes we have seasons like that.
We are doing well though. Eating lots of apples and adjusting to the sudden fall temperatures. I went on a walk with the boys before church yesterday and it was so relaxing, early in the morning, to be chatting about squirrels, the chilly air, the flowers, the falling leaves. Life is so simple for children. I envy that.
Speaking of children, I was thinking today about the fact that my children love me SO much in spite of myself. I mean, really, in spite of my impatience sometimes, or my busyness, or my lack of desire to get down and play trains again or not feeling myself...they still love me. They show it when they cry out for me when they get hurt and a quick kiss from me quickly erases pain and tears. Or when Samuel's face crumples with sadness when I leave for a bit. Or when Zakkai climbs in my lap to have me read him stories over and over. The spontaneous hugs and touches. Their willingness to forgive and forget so quickly. Their bright laughter and sweet kisses.
I am so blessed to be loved.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
After hours of fiddling around, I finally was able to post a slideshow of apple picking yesterday! It was such a nice day! There was the threat of rain looming overhead so we were a bit worried but it turned out to be a lovely fall day. Not much sun but around a cool 70 degrees (my fav temperature!) and not very crowded. There were a couple school groups but they stayed in their own areas so we pretty much had our section of the orchard to ourselves!
The trees were so full of apples that the branches were hanging down to the ground. Large, juicy ripe apples just begging to be picked! We got two full bags of our favorite apples to be made into apple pies, apple pankcakes, apple muffins, applesauce, apple cake, apple....apple everything! And of course, a bunch for my boys (esp the big one) to munch on!
We took our time loading our bags and then grabbed a package of scrumptious heavenly doughnuts on our way to pay. Oh, those apple spice and pumpkiny pumpkin morsels of goodness! The smell of them....Oh goodness!
After gaining 5 pounds just from breathing in the heady scent of freshly baked doughnuts, we headed to the kid's farm where we checked out all sorts of adorable baby animals and where Samuel took a "ride" on a huge red tractor:)
It was a fully satisfied family that pulled away from the County Line Orchard, already dreaming about next year!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I don't know about anyone else but this has been a loooooooo-oooooooong week so far! Could be the weather, could be that I'm awaiting test results (STILL), could be early winter caginess setting in (can that happen in September?), could be that we're really looking forward to apple picking on Friday.....who knows!
All I know is that I'm thankful wednesday is almost over!!
Here's a recipe I have been wanting to share:
Peachy Peach Bread (or Muffins)
2 c. flour
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 can (15 1/4 oz) sliced peaches in natural juice
6 TB melted butter
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
- In large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice (I always save slightly more). Finely chop 1 cup of the peaches; set aside.
- Place remaining peaches with reserved juice in food processor; add eggs and butter. Cover and process until smooth. Stir peach mixture into dry ingredients just until moistened. Add cinnamon. Fold in chopped peaches.
- Spoon batter into 2 greased 5 3/4in x 3in x 2in loaf pans or a muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 min. for loaf pans and 18-20 for muffins. Cool 10 min before removing from pans. Can serve with peach preserves for added peachiness!
We love these flavorful muffins SO much! Hope you enjoy!
Monday, September 21, 2009
"Samuel, come sit over here so mommy can take your picture. That's it. Now say, 'Cheese'!"
"Samuel, please stop sticking your tongue out. I want a nice picture. Please? Oh, Zakkai, you want to come over, too?"
"Put your arm around each other. Oh, that's nice!"
"Look at the camera. The camera! Here, up here!" sigh.
"Samuel, be nice please!"
"Okay, well, you can try again.."
"Samuel, look, Zakkai is trying to give you a five!"
"Okay, boys. One more time. Last time, I promise!" No, my fingers aren't crossed behind my back!
That's more like it!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
G is for: Samuel's Art class with Ms G.! (no I didn't make that up:)
Making these GREAT Granola Bars! (recipe at bottom)
"Zakkai, you're not doing it right!" says Samuel the boss
Patting it down...These granola bars are so good!
Mowing the Grass
Spending time with our friend George whom Z called "Curious George":)
G is for Giraffe!
Books we read: "Goodnight Moon", "World's Greatest Grandma," Gregory, the Terrible Eater", "God Gave us You" and "Curious George Takes a Job."
Friday, September 18, 2009
I am so enjoying the beginnings of fall weather. The coolness to the air, the first colored leaves fluttering to the ground, the thought of apple picking next week (you might remember this entry? those incredibly delicious mouth-watering doughnuts? I'm drooling.), smelling the inviting aroma of hot soup bubbling merrily on the stove or in the crockpot, the excitement of football games (well, the Buckeyes anyways!), ah....I could go on and on.
Too bad fall only lasts for about 3 weeks here. Sigh.
The other day I was carrying Zakkai to his room for naptime and he looked intently at me, poked my eyebrows with a wet finger and said, "Mommy, do you have owbrays?" Yes, Zakkai, I do have eyebrows:)
In other news, I am completely emersed and addicted to the Harry Potter books that my sister lent me. She warned me about the sleepless nights, the inability to concentrate on normal activities, the craving to read at odd hours of the day.....I didn't believe her. I started the books last Tuesday after they left and now am over halfway through book 6. Let's see...that's about 3050 pages of reading while raising two children, running a household, being social, etc. I need help!
Speaking of Harry Potter...I'd love to write more but I have to...go to bed now! I just might read a chapter or two first....
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I'm pretty sure they are poets in the making!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I look back at the picture now and realize how BABY my boys were. Samuel was barely 3 years old and Zakkai was only 18 mos old. Ben couldn't believe how much Zakkai had changed while he was gone. One of the boys started crying at the sudden chaos and then we were reunited as a family.
It took several days to get used to being around each other again and for me to believe that he was really home again. It was a really wonderful special time. You learn to appreciate each other all over again.
And since that time SO much has happened to us as a family. Ben finished a heavy load of classes, took his comps, I broke myself:), Z turned 2, Ben had surgery, proposed his dissertation, S turned 4, B started teaching and a million other things. A year. Where did it go? I know we'll look back on this time of sacrifice and hard work with fondness. A special time for our little family. And who knows what'll happen in this next year...
Monday, September 14, 2009
Now if I was a nice mother, I would let my sweet peaceful child slumber away at will. But...I'm not. I am selfish and heartless and wish to avoid waking up at 2:30 or 4am and hear, "Mommy! Moooommmmy! MOMMMYYYY!" And so, I creep into the dark, quiet room, with the hall light blazing in the backround (just for cruel effect, of course) and I peel back the covers from the warm, slumbering body. I whisper his name and tell him it's time to go potty and then after rubbing his arms and making him stir, I sit him up. Sometimes, like tonight, he's like a bobble head with his eyes closed tight and he tries to lay back down. But as part of my nightly torture, I lift him out of bed, gingerly set him on his feet, and prepare him to sit on the potty.
He has gotten used to it, in his sub-conscious, and usually goes fairly quickly, longing for his now-cooling bed, giraffees and faint remembrances of Thomas the Train dreams.
Let me paint you a picture of tonight, however. Tonight I am certain that he did not crack open his sleepy eyes to see who was so rudely interrupting (or "interning" as S said tonight) his precious sleep. I quickly checked on Zakkai, who was sucking gently on his little finger in sweet ignorant bliss and turned around to see Samuel weaving and swaying dangerously on his little potty that is all of a foot and a half off the ground. I hurried over and placed an arm on his back, just in case he lost the battle and decided to sleep on the ground (which he may or may not have done recently.) He immediately laid his head on my shoulder and softly wrapped his skinny chicken arms around my neck for a moment before remembering where he was. On the potty. In the middle of the night. With his cruel mommy.
His head bobbled forward and back as he tried desperately to stay awake...or fall asleep, depending on which way you look at it! "Mommy," he faintly whispered through slitted lips, "Mommy, don' have...to...go...." But I knew that if I relented, I would be back in that room in an hour changing sheets and jammies, resembling a bobble-head myself and so I steeled my back and kept whispering like a siren, "Just go potty and you can go right back to sleep." Over and over...
Now in the midst of this, I most certainly did not sneak out of the room and look for my camera, hoping to snap a quick picture of Samuel with his mouth hanging open, head tilted back, sleeping while trying to pee. Because I wouldn't do that! First of all, Samuel's eyes might of jerked open if he had caught the light glinting off of the silver camera in the pitch black of his room and he might of stared at me curiously through a sleepy haze, wondering why his mother was thinking of taking pictures at a time like this!!!
I would not do that! Ahem. So finally after 10 minutes of sending potty prayers his way, he finally gave in and went potty, stumbling back into bed and falling asleep before the door even closed.
And I closed the door, I just might of caught a glimpse of a silvery object beckoning me from the floor and snatched it up, putting it in a safe place, hoping that Samuel thinks this was all one long dream and that I am just a nice normal mother. Because I am. Really...
Sunday, September 13, 2009
"I'm working hard, mommy!"
Z frothing at the mouth to enjoy his fruity-licious necklace
Where we feverishly discussed the firefighters and fire engines which we had the unFORtunate pleasure of enountering this week.
Playing Follow the leader up the slide no fewer than 30 times!
Delighting in another Family Weekend, this time with Ben's Fantastic mother!! We love you!
Grandma frollicking with the grandbabies
And Samuel worked hard on "F is for Frog!"
And we added featherlight F's to our alphabet wall:)
Friday, September 11, 2009
I have no idea why in the world he was on the floor! He is hanging over my shoulder now, staring at the screen saying, "Mommy, why did I want to get on the floor? Oh, I didn't know I was on the floor! That is silly!"