Friday, January 27, 2012

The Birthday Boy

Happy birthday to my sweet husband.  
Today Dusty turns 35 and still looks like the 23 year old guy I met in college! 

I'm so thankful for this man.  He continues to amaze me.  He seeks the Lord, makes us laugh, works hard, provides for our family and always puts our needs before his own.  The kids think he hung the moon...and so do I.   

Happy Birthday Dusty! I love you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just a Swingin'...

It is the 25th day of January and it is 73 degrees outside...woot woot!!!

Think he likes the swing much?

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Stormy Monday

This morning we woke up to dark skies, rain and  tornado watches.  We thought it best to keep little Lib home from school just to be on the safe side.  The upside?  Jammie day!

...and who says they can't be Christmas jammies?

Were we bored?  Heck, no.

We watched movies, Annie wore her "Annie Panties", we ate oatmeal and got a visit from Aunt Cici who was in town for a conference.  

Lib also tried to be studious...

It is precious to hear her read, although when she gets tripped up on one tricky word she gets SO frustrated.  Who puts the word "squishy" in a beginner reader book anyway?  Wonder where she gets her impatient nature from?!?!

This little booger sure was glad to have her big sissy home today :)

  We are thankful that our community was spared  destruction in the severe weather today.  We know several in our state that were not.  
Grateful for a sweet day at home making memories and messes.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Our Days: Inside and Out

January in Alabama is kind of spastic. One day the weather is frigid (to us) and the next we can don short sleeves and play at the park. We've enjoyed the two extremes.

On chilly days we stay inside, only venturing out to and from school. There is a lot of princess play...

The little fella gets some GOOD naps in when the heat is cranked up in the house...

...and the big girl and I choose to ignore the obvious housework that needs to be done and make fun headbands...

Find the tutorial for these pleated fabric headbands HERE. So easy and cute for little girls who "think" they are getting too big for hair bows. Such a shy little model, eh?

We've also tried to have several days of REAL potty training for Miss Anne. Mommy has GOT to get the nerve up to just chuck the pull-ups and deal with the accidents. She has done pretty well and is now even going at preschool and church.

Once she had her first accident-free day we went, as promised, to Target for her to pick out a new princess costume. She was on a mission. She didn't even want to look around at other options. Sleeping Beauty it was.

Don't get me wrong. Since this day, she has had several accidents and at this moment, the slipcover to her PB Kids chair is hanging up to dry. We've also thrown away two pairs of panties. They were beyond salvaging. Any potty training tips are appreciated since apparently I have completely forgotten how to do this since teaching Child #1!

Le Petite Chef continues to take steps, although I wouldn't quite say he's "walking" yet.

He is still much more efficient with his crawl, but he is definitely getting more ambitious and will walk across the room when he wants to. I totally thought I had a couple more months before he would walk, but I think he's just trying to keep up with the sisters!

We tried a new recipe last Saturday morning. I guess it is not really a recipe, but more of a method. Have you ever tried Apple Ring Pancakes? Thanks to Pinterest, now we have.

It is just thinly sliced apples, dipped in pancake batter and cooked like a regular pancake. Next time I will add some cinnamon to the batter and cut the apples even thinner. They were really yummy and the kids gobbled them up!

On the pretty days, it's nice to get out, even if it is only in the few hours around Charlie's naps. Libby was assigned to be the candle lighter at her school's chapel service this week. In her world, this was a really big deal.

She got to march down the aisle and light two candles and then stand in the front while they all recited the Lord's Prayer. I brought the little ones and we got to attend the service. They were wiggly and had a few outbursts, but that was ok. Libby did great!

We've had a little time at the park...

Charlie found every rock and other choking hazard on the ground...


We got dirty but had fun.

...and had a few lessons in static electricity from the slide in our neighborhood!

No matter what the weather we are still enjoying watching our little deer family come and graze the corn behind our house. This picture is from my phone, so the quality is not great. We have seen a total of six at one time!

So sweet!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Squtternut Bosh

I think there is literally a "Friends" reference for everything.  Remember the one where Joey brings up the story about Ross trying to say "butternut squash" and it came out "squtternut bosh"?  Ever since, I seem to have picked up Ross's pronunciation too :)

This winter vegetable has become a popular side dish with my family lately.  Simply roasted in the oven with a little garlic and olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan.  A hit with two out of three kiddos!

I originally found the recipe HERE, but ended up changing it a bit.  Do you spy my cute helper in the reflection?

Peel em', scoop out the pumpkin-y seeds, and split in half...

Cube it up and put on a sheet pan. 

Toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil, a few teaspoons of minced garlic and salt and pepper.

Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring them around about halfway through and sprinkling on some of the cheese...

When its ready, they are caramelized and crusted with Parmesan.  Delish!

Charlie thinks you should try roasting some squtternut bosh too!