Archive for February, 2013

May I?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by by

“Bob, may I please have some of your ice cream?’

“No… I mean yes… I mean okay… I mean sort of… Like… Maybe some but not a lot?”

“Sure about that?”

“No… I mean yes… I mean come on, Mom.”


What I want to say to her

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by by

When he was 19, my husband served a mission for my church for 2 years.  While on his mission he got compared with other young men as a “companionship.” This would change every 6 weeks to a few months, depending.  As you can imagine, he developed some lasting friendships and is still in contact with several of his old companions.

Today he found out that the wife of one of them just lost twins (I don’t know what gestation).  I told him to tell David to let his wife know I’m here if she needs someone to talk to.  And there are some things that I definitely want to say.

~It’s okay to be devastated.  It doesn’t matter when it happens, having a baby or babies die is one of the most horrible things that can happen to a woman.  It shatters your very sense of self.  It doesn’t matter when it happens, either.  The moment you know you are pregnant you start having hopes and dreams and plans for that child.  And having those stolen from you hurts, whether it’s the day after your positive test, or years after the child is born.

~It’s okay to (more…)

St. Patricks Day Craft- Easy Pot Full O’Shamrocks

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by by

Since I am FINALLY over my bought with pneumonia, it’s time to return to the land of the living! I needed to start small and easy though, and I figured something with few materials and steps would be a good beginning. Considering I basically missed Valentines Day and the entire month of February, I decided to start with St. Patrick’s Day right away :-)

The supply list for this was easy:

  • Green Paint
  • Brushes
  • Printouts of shamrocks (you can find them if you search “free clip art”)
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper (black for the pot and whatever color you want for the background)

First I had The Younger cut out the shamrocks which was great for her fine motor skill set. In reality I cut out the majority, but she was happy doing just one.

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Scene From Aisle Five

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by by

“Mom? Can I get this chocolate?”

“No, not today.”

“How about this one?”

“No, Bob. Come back.”

“But, Mom!”

“Bob, now please.”


“Robert, I will dance in this aisle. I mean it. All around you.”

“Stop! No! Okay! I’m coming!”


Perfect Peanut Brittle

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by by

I confess, I used the recipe with cashews and
this is actually cashew brittle….

I am an avid candy maker, especially in the winter, when I’m cooped up at home, just staring at bags of sugar and corn syrup bottles, wondering what I can make. Through some trial and error, I have found a fail-proof (and I do mean fail proof!) method for making a perfect peanut brittle. It doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of fancy ingredients. I can guarantee you will have a hard time enjoying any other brittle once you’ve made this.

3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups water
1 pound Spanish peanuts (or cashews….mmmm…. cashew brittle….)
1 Tb baking soda
Spanish peanuts

Not too extensive of a list, right? And the directions are about as simple.

Step 1
Take a cookie sheet with sides and grease lightly with vegetable oil

Step 2
In a large pot, combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup over medium to medium-high heat. Boil that sucker. If it is boiling too high (as in it seems like it is going to overflow the pan), turn the heat down. You want a constant boil, but nothing crazy. Stir every few minutes and wash the sides of the pan down with a pastry brush soaked in water

Step 3
Keep on stirring and boiling. Every 5-7 minutes, take a spoonful of your candy mix and pour it into icy cold water. If the mixture is soft and pliable, keep cooking.

Step 4

Once the mixture, upon hitting cold water, becomes hard and brittle (get it, brittle? I’m hilarious) and is the texture you want your peanut brittle to be, remove your pot from the heat and add the peanuts and baking soda. This stage of brittle candy is called the crack stage and should look like this -> when you pull it out of the water. (thanks to for a nice picture capturing what it looks like). Mix vigorously and quickly, QUICKLY spoon onto your greased cookie sheet, using a wooden spoon to spread the mixture evenly.

Step 5
Allow to cool. Then, once totally hard, smash that baby up with a mallet, knife, your hands, or whatever you want, and enjoy yourself some of the best brittle you’ll ever have.

18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by by

18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers. Love how lots of these ideas use stuff you already have around the house. #kids, #education

It’s no secret that fine motor skills play an important role in a child’s development and success at school. When I was teaching Preschool and Kindergarten, I saw many kids who had weak fine motor skills. I created a variety of fine motor activities to use in the classroom for students of all skill levels, as everyone can use a little help. Many parents wanted to work on fine motor skills at home too and they often asked me for ideas. The fine motor activities for preschoolers I will be sharing today will help kids strengthen their skills while incorporating learning from various parts of the curriculum. I just love sneaking in some learning wherever I can, don’t you?

Read on for some of our favorite fine motor activities for preschoolers!

Click on the links or photos to be taken to the post and see the full activity.

Pushing Toothpicks
This activity requires 2 supplies and is pretty easy to take anywhere.

Fine motor skills


3 Questions I Would Ask My Baby IF She Could Answer Now.

Monday, February 25th, 2013 by by

I know that my child will be talking soon enough and if she’s anything like me,which looks like it’s going to be the case then she’ll never shut up. (My husband CJ is completely thrilled by that prospect.) Even if she could talk right now I don’t know if she’d be able to coherently answer the questions I have, but I sure as heck would give it a shot.

My first question would fall under the “morning routine” genre. And this is how the conversation would go or at least this is how it goes in my head:

“Baby Bean why in the world do you wake up EVERY SINGLE morning between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m.? Are you going camping? Fishing? (more…)


Late One Night

Monday, February 25th, 2013 by by

“I want McDonalds,” came Danny’s voice down the stairs.

“You can’t have McDonalds right now, Danny,” followed Eric’s voice softly. “It’s late. McDonalds is closed.”

It was over an hour past bed time, but still talking and laughter came from their room. When I put Andrew to bed and walked past their open door, Eric sat on his top bunk reaching down, and Danny stood below waving and giggling. I knew I should put an end to it and shoo them into bed…but it was hard to do.

See, when I found out I was having a second boy, I imagined late nights in bunk beds with two brothers talking, whispering jokes, teasing and laughing. Once Danny was born and we learned he was deaf, I thought I had to give that up. How could you sign while in separate bunks? We learned about cochlear implants and I worried a little – I mean, he’d sleep with them off – but maybe he’d keep them on long enough…

Then the “other” crept in, the missing social piece, the difficulty speaking, the global delays. With each little bit of the “other,” I saw those bunk bed conversations drift away.

By now, they were a distant memory, almost forgotten and well left behind…

…until I heard those voices drifting. So I let them go on a little longer than I should have, simply because it made me smile.


Monday, February 25th, 2013 by by

“Mom? Why are you all up in my face?”

“I’m taking our picture.”

“That’s weird. Can I have a glass of milk?”

“Don’t you want to say ‘cheeeese?’”

“No, I want to say ‘miiilk.’”

Mini and Her Milk

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 by by

baby girl playing with toys

Mini is doing so much better with 2 weeks on only Breast Milk.  Her moods were much better since her tummy was happy. She does not seem as uncomfortable either and has gotten lots of cute baby chub. Plus her skin was much less dry and flaky.

baby sitting on a boppy pillow

Then I suddenly ran out and (more…)