Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Anyway, little did we know the older ones would want to join in.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Last night Julia had Sarah Grace laughing.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I found two different stories about the parts inside the flower.
Here's the first:
A prince was wooing a peasant girl with bunnies, slippers, and earrings, but she refused his love because her mother had taught her that kindness was not necessarily reflected in such gifts. He then found a magic wand and created the bleeding heart flower to remind the mom of her daughter's love and so she married him and they lived happily ever after.
We like the first story better!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Orange-Rhubarb Quick Bread
2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
¼ Cup Yellow Cornmeal
2 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
¾ Cup Butter, melted or cooking oil
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
½ Cup Milk
2 tsp. Finely Shredded Orange Peel
2 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2 Cups Finely Chopped Fresh or Frozen Rhubarb*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly coat two 8x4x2 inch baking pans with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl stir together granulated sugar, butter, eggs, milk, orange peel and orange juice until combined; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Gently fold rhubarb into batter. Divide and spoon batter into prepared pans; sprinkle Streusel Topping evenly over tops. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely and drizzle loaves with Powdered Sugar Drizzle.
*Note: To use frozen rhubarb, measure 2 cups frozen rhubarb; thaw just enough to finely chop. Thaw completely; drain in colander before using.
Streusel Topping: In a small mixing bowl combine ½ cup flour, ½ cup packed brown sugar and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg. With a pastry blender, cut in ¼ cup butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in 2 tbsp sliced almonds, if desired.
Powdered Sugar Drizzle: In a small mixing bowl stir together ½ cup powdered sugar, ½ tsp finely shredded orange peel (if desired) and enough milk (2 to 3 tsps) to be drizzling consistency.
LSW: I make it without streusel topping and powdered sugar drizzle. I like to make muffins instead and it makes 24. Bake for 15 minutes or so. I also used 1/2 cup butter and not ¾ cup and didn’t notice a difference. I used 2 egg beaters and 1 real egg and it turned out fine. I just added a little more orange juice.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
After much resistance from Mom and Dad, we did let them watch Mama Mia a few weeks ago. I wasn't so sure about them seeing the story line, but they must not be old enough to put two and two together and we didn't get any questions about why the main character might have three Dad's. :)
So, I found my old ABBA Gold CD and we've been playing it. It is great music to do cleaning and the kids love dancing to it. Here is Julia doing her dance to "Super Trouper". (Sarah Grace as in my arms while I was taking the video and she started clapping after awhile...it was so cute! Go Julia!!)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This summer Diane, my mother in law, and a teacher from day care are watching them on the days I work. Caroline and Julia are very excited to be doing different things each day. On Thursday and Friday when I don't work they will be home with Mommy and Sarah Grace. (Sarah Grace is still going to day care...we can't mess with her schedule :))
Soon they will be starting swimming lessons, art class, VBS, gymnastics, library programs, zoo visits, etc. Ah, to be in school again.
In my mind they are still little babies which is so far from the truth. I'll have a 1st and 2nd grader soon. Even harder to believe is that Sarah Grace will be a year old in a few months.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Look at the world, and marvel every day.
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders,
So many miracles along our way."
Caroline sang this song on Sunday with the adult choir. It was beautiful and brought a tear to all our eyes. The video doesn't do the music justice, but at least you can hear the kids sing.
I think it is good that we all are reminded about the good around us and the miracles that happen each and every day.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Good thing we still have our yellow rubber boots from when we put our lawn in our Grafton house. The kids loved walking around with those on.
After dinner, I took Sarah Grace upstairs to put her to bed while Brian and the big girls were finishing eating. Little did I know that after they were done Brian let them walk around in the swamp one more time in the yellow boots. Julia did fine, but Caroline fell down on her bumper and was soaking wet! Unfortunately, we didn't have the camera around to capture that moment. Brian has now started calling Caroline a Swamp Swimmer!!