Sunday, December 27, 2009

28 Weeks

With my sister who is due at the end of May.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pre-existence Memory?

Laurel told me between mouthfuls of pb&j at lunch that she "rode a horsey - in heaven - under a tree." I told her she'd just have to make good decisions in life so that she can get back to that animal!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Out of the Mouth of Babe(s)

Laurel walked into the bathroom this evening and said, "Mommy, big bottom!" And then patted her backside and said "Laurel teeny little bottom!" Charming.


Yesterday Laurel pointed to an empty spot on the living room floor, and announced "Kitty, kitty." And then proceeded to pet her invisible friend.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Questions Begin

"Why do it?" "What doing?"
This must be some sort of developmental milestone and it startled me the first time she asked a question. Oh, she's getting so big!

Monday, December 07, 2009

St. Nicolas Day

I've declared December 6th as the official get-our-house-in-the-Christmas-Spirit Day. My idea of decorating is unpacking our three nativity sets; Luke seems to think there should be a tree with lights involved too...Oh, and Laurel LOVES playing with her Nativity; thanks Oma! Then pumpkin cinnamon rolls for breakfast (I recommend adding chocolate chips to the filling), followed by a surprise call that church was canceled because there was no heat in the building (it snowed the night before.) So we had lots of family time, took a beautiful Sunday drive, and had a neighbor take some funky family photos (that's what you get when you stare into direct sunlight....) Can I just say how much I hate taking photos when I'm pregnant! Arghgh! Note in the photos that Laurel is holding some chapstick - not worth the battle to try to take it away from her!


Sunday, December 06, 2009


Well, hope that everyone else had a great Thanksgiving; we were battling swine flu at our house, so didn't get around to celebrating until a few days later. We learned several things over our sick break:
1. If the parents are sick and can't do anything more than sit on the couch, a sure-fire way to entertain the 2 year old is watching "The National Dog Show" on Hulu. "Puppies! Big puppy! Puppy walking" etc. etc.
2. The best pumpkin pie recipe is by Dorie Greenspan. Make it a day ahead, and it yields a tart as recommended. Or it makes 2 very shallow pumpkin pies or one outrageously full pie pan with leftover filling (the leftovers fill a few small ramekins that are great for snacking). This pie is best eaten the day after being baked.
3. The King Arthur pecan chocolate pie really is crazy good, and does taste more like a fabulous cookie than the traditional pie. Bake the day before, and don't waste your time making a pie crust for this - just dump the filling in a pie plate and enjoy. Must be completely cool!