Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a great weekend! We stayed over at my parent's house and visited with my two amazing sisters and their families. We went to the market, played outside (because it was amazing weather!), went apple picking, carved pumpkins, and had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
Poor Felicity was not her usual smiling self because she got  stung by a bee:(

Yes, they are in shorts. In October. It felt like summer!

Its always sad to see everyone go, but I am very busy with hat orders now! Speaking of which...I must bid you good night:)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Two Years Old

There's something I love about two year olds. Yes, the newborn stage is adorable and cuddly, and when they start to crawl and walk and say words, it is new and exciting. I do have to say, though, that the one year old stage when they start to walk and get into everything, but aren't capable of listening at all, isn't my favourite. Then they hit two, and I really don't think there is anything terrible about it! They start talking and expressing their own thoughts, and you can really see their personality emerging. They have lots of questions, but a simple answer satisfies them. I'm definitely biased, but I can't get over how unbelievably precious my current two year old is. Her sister was a cute two year old too, but no offense to her ( don't freak out - of course I love her to pieces) I just don't remember being so over the moon in love with her two year old self. Felicity has the most adorable little voice and way of saying things that just makes it impossible to ever be mad at her for more than a few seconds. She is very silly and loves to tell jokes that are just hilarious to the two of them. Usually they are something along the lines of "You should eat my NOSE, Maria!" followed by peals of laughter. And if you could hear her laugh you would at least have to smile too. The one thing that I just can't get over is how loving and sweet she is, especially to her mommy. This is, (big surprise!) my favourite feature of all.  At least half a dozen times a day we have the following conversation. "Mommy?" "Yes dear?" "I love you!" This is accompanied by a loving pat on the back, stroking of my cheek, or a hug and a kiss. If I am not feeling well, which these days is quite frequent, she says to me "It's ok Mommy, I am here for you. I will give you a hug then. Do you feel well now?" Today she came up to me and said, "Thanks, Mommy!" "For what dear?" I replied. "For loving me!" she said with a shy smile. Yes, my heart melted. 

I do have reiterate again how much I also love and adore my Maria. She has some pretty kick ass qualities herself, but I shall save those for another post, another day.........

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple Gingerbread

I wish you could smell my kitchen right now. Two words: apple. gingerbread. AMAZING. Don't be fooled that this recipe is from a baby food cookbook - it may be a little healthy but its DE-lish. 

Apple Gingerbread  from Better Baby Food

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup light (fancy) molasses
1/3 cup milk
1 3/4 cups grated peeled apple (about 2 medium)

1. In a bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs and molasses. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with milk. Fold in apples. Spread into a greased loaf 13 by 9 inch baking pan.
3. Bake in 350 oven for 35 minutes (note: usually takes 45 or 50 for me). Cool on wire rack before cutting.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekend Recap

We had a grand weekend. On Saturday we started the day off right with confession and mass, then headed over to the market for lunch, bought some skates for Maria, spent an hour at 40 days for life, did some errands, and finally warmed up at home with some chili for supper. On Sunday we went to mass, had brunch with friends, and then headed over to the Life Chain.

It was freezing!

Of course, all week it has been summer temperatures, but this weekend it turned cold and rainy. 
Now it is Monday and Husband is back at school. Sigh.