Sunday, November 22, 2009

Toddler Scripture Study

An oxymoron, right? Well, I thought I'd toss out what has been working for us. (Course with a toddler, that means it will probably stop working tonight and then we'll have to try some new tactic!)
We often base what we "study" as a family on what Laurel learned in nursery the prior week. For example, one Sunday they focused on temples, so we did our FHE lesson on when Jesus went to the temple to teach about Heavenly Father and his mommy and daddy came to find him. All concepts that she could grasp. Then for the rest of the week we just retold the story each night - little ones love repetition and she really loved hearing about Jesus and the temple each night.
It takes a bit of work to think of stories that she can grasp. We did Jesus riding the donkey into Jerusalem "a big city" last night, and today Luke's talking about the angel giving Alma a time-out and that Alma talked to Jesus and became a nice man.
Any other fabulous ideas out there? A parent needs all the help they can get!


Laurel and I spend quite a few hours a month with another mom and her two and a half year old son since both our husbands have standing early morning meetings three out of four Sundays. One morning we were hanging out in the nursery, reading the kids books, and I was amazed at her son's recognition of his ABC's. She loaned us this DVD and Laurel has been watching it 6 days a week for the past three weeks and wow is she getting good!
After naps yesterday I had the box of Goldfish crackers on the table and she started (completely unprompted) pointing out letters "This is G" "This is O" "This is L" etc. She has troubles with her ds and ps but it's been remarkable to see her letter recognition. For any other toddler mommies out there, I highly recommend this product!

Laurel's First Prayer

We've been prompting Laurel to pray occasionally at bedtime, but it's been a very sporadic process. But Monday morning at breakfast, Luke looked at me and said, "Whose day is it to prayer?" (We've adopted his mission president's procedure of the husband praying on the odd dates and the wife praying on the even dates of the month.) But Laurel piped up, "Bimba's!" (One of our Italian nicknames for her.) She proceeded with:

Dear Father, mommy, daddy, safe, (some unintelligible gibberish mixed in), with a big "A-men" at the end. Adorable! We love seeing this independence!

Friday, November 20, 2009

This kid is a stickler for details!

Laurel asked for a red marker yesterday while making paintings for her cousins. But the eggplant hue of the ink surprised her. After a few strokes of color, she looked up at me and said, "Purple, actually."


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Post-Toddler Bedtime Indulgence

1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup eggnog + 1 minute in the microwave = Luxurious perfection!

Ode to Clementines

sunshine teaser in my mouth
makes New England look grim
my winter salvation

Sunday, November 15, 2009

You know you're pregnant when....

you substitute corn starch for baking soda in your baking. I hadn't been able to figure out why for the past month my cookies have been so flat!!

Monday, November 02, 2009


Oma found this cute costume for Laurel; heaven help her fuzzy hair! My costume was "pregnant and not quite barefoot in the kitchen". Nothing like the simplicity of tossing an apron over what I'd been wearing all day!
We had some discipline issues the Sunday after our Ward Trunk or Treat since she thought she could still run around like a crazy kid in the church.

Finally 30!

I've always wanted to be 30...figured I'd know "stuff" by now....We apparently had an unusual year of store-bought birthday goodies. I'd been eyeballing a flan-topped chocolate cake at our local Portuguese bakery. My mom used to make flan when I was very young, and I've always loved it. (Thank you Eliza, for the lime flan you made for my birthday in college.) It was great - the flan caramel oozed down into the chocolate cake below, drenching it in sweetness. Crazy!
I had asked one of my sisters for pastry bags and tips for decorating cupcakes. I was always bummed by how blase mine looked. These are my first attempt; not too bad!

Officially 2!

Laurel's "cake" was a vanilla cupcake with almond buttercream frosting we had picked up at a gourmet cupcake shop in Providence the day before; she got a kick out of the pink inside: raspberry mousse filling.