Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Ladybug!

Ladybug, hours old.  We were enamored with you from the start.

We soon realized you would permeate our lives with little girl sweetness.

Even at two years old you were a joy to be around.  Your sweet smile was impossible to return.

Now at three, your independence is shining through.  Your smile is still ready to share, and your laugh is contagious.
Happy birthday my dear Ladybug!  God smiled on us when he created you.  You are a blessing to us in so many ways.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Almighty Father,
you are lavish in bestowing all your gifts,
and we give you thanks for the favors you have given to us.
In your goodness you have favored us and kept us safe in the past.
We ask that you continue to protect us and to shelter us in the shadow of your wings.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pondering This Today

One thing is certain:  When the time has come, nothing which is man-made will subsist.  One day, all human accomplishments will be reduced to a pile of ashes.  But every single child to whom a woman has given birth will live forever, for he has been given an immortal soul made to God's image and likeness.  In this light, the assertion of de Beauvoir [a feminist from the early-mid 1900s] that "women produce nothing" becomes particularly ludicrous."   -Alice von Hildebrand, The Privilege of Being a Woman

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Making Bread

Even the baby got flour on her.  :)

Fall Breakfast

Mmm...pumpkin muffins with struesal topping, bacon, milk, and coffee for breakfast.  The pumpkin is from a fresh pumpkin, not canned.  So good!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Birthday Weekend Recap

We had a visit from my mom this past weekend who came out to celebrate Fritter and Ladybug's birthdays with us.  The weather was great, the visit was nice, and the kids got totally spoiled by grandma.  
Fritter's homemade dinosaur birthday cake.  I found a great video tutorial on how to make it here.

Grandma got Ladybug a dollhouse for her birthday.  I'm just a little excited about it.  :)

Fritter got his first remote control car.  His dad is more than just a little excited.
I'm not sure if any other weekend will ever compare to this past one.  I feel like I need to sleep 12 hours just to make up for all the excitement.  We invited a few friends to celebrate with us.  The kids had so much fun.  I'm very thankful to have such good friends around us.

Ladybug looking for dinosaur eggs.

Batter up!  Remind me the next time I need a pinata to just make one instead of buying it.

Picking out which dinosaur would be his.

This is a store bought cake.  I had planned on cupcakes, but in the end decided less stress was better. 

Sunflower enjoyed watching the festivities. 
I don't think I'll be wanting birthday cake again anytime soon. Do you think Ladybug would settle for, say, quiche on her birthday?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wisdom Tested

Fritter:  Grandma, do you know everything?

Grandma:  Well, I do know a lot.

Fritter:  Do you know where Little Foot is?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Fritter!

I cannot believe my big boy is five years old today!  Where has the time gone? 

Newborn Fritter 7lbs. 1oz.  This one made me a Mommy.

My big 1 year old boy always had a smile for everyone.

2 year old thy name is Mischief.
3 year old Fritter, becoming a real boy.

4 year old Fritter, full of fun, smiles and imagination.

My 5 year old boy is helpful, outgoing, fun, and has a sense of humor we all can appreciate.
Happy, happy birthday Fritter!  God smiled on us when he sent you.  You are such a blessing.