Thursday, November 26, 2009

O Give Thanks

Mary and I spent a quiet Thanksgiving with Grandma and Aunt Jessi and Jaiden and Julian. Everything was delicious, but we missed our boys.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Young Pup

Mary loved the Wolves game tonight - we are working on her mullet...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dance Partners

We caught a performance of Jim Gill's at the library tonight - he was fantastic! Elliot and Mary really got into it; they've really improved their moves~

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Birthday Girl

We celebrated Mary's birthday with the family today - it was wonderful! Mary really loves penguins, which she calls "ducks", and so a (very loose) theme was born. Emily gave me this idea - olives stuffed with cream cheese~
They were a hit - but a lot of work (Scott and I spent an hour making these early this morning). We had chili, and cornbread for dinner, and finally, cake!
It's a quadruple layer butter pound cake with fresh strawberry puree and whipped cream frosting. 100% homemade! The igloo is molded from Rice Krispie Treats and the penguins are assembled from gumdrops and Reeses Pieces~
I love Mary's tongue sticking out~
The dress was in a bag of hand-me-downs and fit perfectly~
Two is a great birthday - they finally "get it" at this age and really enjoy their parties~
I am very proud of this cake~
And this little girl~
Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sweet childish days, that were as long, As twenty days are now.

-William Wordsworth

It goes so fast! Mary is 2! She delights us every day. She is talking up a storm! And mimicking just about everything we say and do. Mary smiles easily, and has an entertaining independent streak~
Tonight, right after the boys returned from Father-Son camp, we had pizza and cake with Grandma and Grandpa~
Sam wanted a turn as the princess, too~
Mary and I made her cake this afternoon - chocolate with mocha icing~

She loved the candles~
She wasn't quite sure how to blow them out~

Mary dug right in~
She really is so happy and healthy! We are incredibly blessed~
Some pictures with my new (to me) camera~

Sometimes my heart squeezes with the overwhelming gratitude, and humility, I have for God's gift of my children~