Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10 on 10

Linking up tonight with Rebekah for 10 pictures from our 10th day of December...

Tree lights are always the first lights on.

I will never grow tired of these pudgy hands!

Story hour craft by Ellen.

New library books (and books on tape and DVDs) for all to enjoy.


2 or so...
A lovely gift from friends in the afternoon sunshine.

Sunshine in office - real life still life.  

Love the quote for February on this gift-to-be calendar that arrived today.

6 PM 
Bubbles for the baby while Mommy washes dinner dishes.  

7 PM 
Sister snuggle under the Christmas quilt.

Hope you had a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

9 Months

Michael turned 9 months old on Saturday!  

Bathtime = splashtime!

Teeth: Has 5, working on #6

"Da-da" = Daddy
"Juuuuuuuu" = Jude
"Na-na" = Wants to nurse and go to bed

New Foods: puffs in any flavor, but especially likes banana ones...and has enjoyed vanilla wafers!

Mobility: Army crawls on his belly, pushing off with his right toe.

New Look: Growing (a little bit of) hair.  He's a blondie.  

Size: Anywhere from 6 month - 24 months.

Loves: Jude

Tolerates: Ellen as a playmate, especially if that means being in any "hideout" with her.

We love our Bubbs!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love finding good soup recipes to enjoy during the fall.  This is one of my favorite soups to make, but since Ryan has no love for broccoli, I don't get to enjoy it very often!  I recently made this for friends and kept a few bowls for myself.    

3/4 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons margarine
6 cups water
6-8 bouillon cubes
8 oz. egg noodles
2 - 10 oz. package of frozen broccoli
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
6 cups milk
1 lb. cubed velveeta cheese

To make:
Saute together onion and margarine.  Add water and bouillon cubes and bring to a boil.  Add noodles, cook 3 minutes.  Then add broccoli, cook until tender.  Stir in garlic powder, milk, and velveeta.  Heat until cheese melts.  


Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Long Weekend In Review

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

Both Clare and Jude donned Native American apparel for their respective Thanksgiving play and Thanksgiving feast to start off the long weekend.  

We put our Christmas tree up on Friday, but not before cutting out all 1000 lights on our pre-lit tree. That was an all-day event in itself.  As we were nearing the end of that ordeal I began to wonder if the time we had "saved" by the ease of the pre-lits in years past was catching up to us in the time we spent cutting out the lights...   

We have our hay and manger out for Advent.  (Ellen is especially excited about this and has already put ALL of the hay in the manger several times.)

And she was very pleased with her seasonal Sunday best yesterday and asked Ryan, "Just how gorgeous do I look!?"  (She also wanted to show her puffy slip to the man and son behind us at Mass.  Thankfully she asked me first and was told no.)  

Happy December!
Happy Advent!