Motherhood Musings

I fully use the iPad as a baby-sitter.  That thing is magical, if he has it, he does not move and is completely silent. Whereas with a movie, he is up running around, jumping, screaming as he acts out the scenes he loves best.

He is legitimately obsessed with babies.  We play with an old American Girl doll of mine and practice putting her to night night and changing her poopy diaper.

Eli has become increasingly picky and the only veggies he is getting are in the form of spaghetti sauce and green juice.

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Eli uses our couch as a trampoline and I have no problem with it. Once the temperature drops and I have to pried outside of the house, I’ll be so thankful to have a way for him to run off his energy.

Eli has been averaging one real bath a week this summer. He swims and plays in water on a daily basis, but as far as soaping up his hair and body goes, once a week.

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I buy the Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies over Goldfish crackers, not because they are organic and have less salt, but because I don’t like them half as much and am therefore less likely to eat all of his snack food.

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Eli has been voicing his opinion a lot more lately, it is both glorious and awful- he requests the same movie, all day, every day.

I’m still utterly obsessed with that boy, I find his lips to be the most beautiful things created, and I created them! How crazy is that?

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Life at 2.5

This boy of mine is wrecking my world with how very much I love and adore him.  I am still blown away by it.  Are you other parents still blown away by how magical you truly find your very typical and average child to be? Diving into the fascinating, and average statistics:

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Sleep: Bedtime 9:00, 10 hours at night,  2 hour nap during the day (yay still napping!!!)

Favorite Foods: spaghetti, steak, bacon, berries, cottage cheese, Popsicles, toast, cheese crackers, fruit leather.

Likes: swimming, water in general, animals, babies, dinosaurs, cars, anything Disney/Pixar, trains, sand, books.

Dislikes: being told no 🙂

He is joyful and super affectionate.  Eli loves to give kisses and snuggle, loves to pretend to go night-night.  He is stubborn and gentle, wants what he wants, but is generally obedient. He is sensitive and friendly, picks up on the emotions of others and is concerned with their well-being. Eli is potty-trained! He can count from 1-10, we are about to start working on letters.  He is starting to repeat books and sing songs, it is glorious. Eli is love incarnate and my heart swells everytime I look at him.

Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Back again with more ice cream sandwiches! We are soaking in our last dregs of summer and mint chip ice cream sandwiches seem to be just the ticket! I use a very thin amount of chocolate cake to encase this deliciously frigid and decadent ice cream.  It is the perfect way to beat the heat!

Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and liberally spray to prevent any chance of sticking.

Heat oven to 350*

6.6 oz. flour

12.6 oz sugar

3.75 oz. cocoa powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

Mix all above in mixing bowl.

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

2 tsp. vanilla

Combine above ingredients in a large bowl with a pourable edge.

While mixer is running, pour in wet ingredients.

Let mixer run on medium for one minute.

1 cup hot water

Slow mixer down and slowly add water, go slowly or batter will slosh out all over the place.

Pour half the batter into one pan, starting in the middle, and the rest into the other pan.  Shake the pans to distribute the batter but don’t worry about taking it even, we will be trimming off the edges.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Once cool, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let chill until ready to fill with the ice cream, which we shall revisit tomorrow!

 

Family Pictures!

I’m in love!  These pictures are everything that I could have hoped they would be and I am so grateful to Kylie Morgan for capturing our family so beautfully.  Now if only I can get around to changing up our gallery wall that has been the same since we moved in over 8 years ago, clearly procrastination is my strong suit!

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Detailed Sugar Cookies

I have been making sugar cookies my entire life.  They have always been ok, tasting good, but spreading a ton. Sugar cookies are a canvas, used as a base for beautiful designs or a pile of frosting. Typically, they are not used for both. I would like to explore using sugar cookies for both, finding a way to make delicious buttercream frosting look exceptional.  To get to great looking buttercream designs, I had to get a cookie that retained it’s shape, and it’s here!! These cookies are perfect, they stay flat, they don’t spread and it is heavenly.

1 1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter (cold)

Pulse in food processor until almost fully mixed.

2 eggs

Add in eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

Mix in to batter.

3 cups flour

Add in 2 cups and pulse to combine, then add in final cup, mix until just combined. You may need to mix by hand towards the end so that all the flour can be fully incorporated.

Form dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Set aside to chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Turn oven to 375*

Roll into 1/4″ thickness, using plenty of flour to prevent sticking. Cut out shapes and reroll dough until all the dough has been used.

Bake for 12 minutes, until edges just barely start to brown.

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Seasons of Change

Moving from Redding to Boise was a rough transition for several reasons.  Interestingly enough, one of the main reasons people love this area is the reason why I have such a hard time with it.

Seasonally Redding is as follows:

Winter: December & January

Spring: February & March

Summer: April-September

Fall: October & November

Boise:

Winter: December-March

Spring: April & May

Summer: June-August

Fall: September-November

Clearly there is a vast discrepency between Boise summer and Redding summer.  Summer is my season, I love to sit in the heat and take a dip in the pool.  The sun is always shining and there is SO MUCH to do.  My issue is that I have had to learn to put as much summer as I used to experience in 6 months into 3.  My summer got cut in half when I moved.

Summer is still my most favorite thing, but I have been running myself ragged.  We have swam and hiked, camped and gone to concerts, we have worked on home projects and played in the dirt. We have soaked up summer and I’m tired.  I can not stop seeking ou the heat because I know it will be gone in a flash and with it comes these horrible things called seasons.

Seasons.  Built in measurements of time ushering in change, offering an opportunity to do something new or different. For the first time since moving here almost 9 years ago, I am not despising the cool air in the morning.  I am learning to be ok with what we have, what is here, what my life consists of right now.  I am learning to live in the moment for the first time in my life.  I have had the great summer, stuffed full of everything that summer brings and now I can go into the fall with an adjusted attitude.  I can go into a season that brings forth lazy mornings, afternoons spent outside and soup on the stove.  A season that brings with it more structure and more togetherness, a season that can bring rest and rejuvanation.

Before summer officially drifts away, we’ll be over here planning out a great fall and eating the best produce of the year.

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Summer Catch Up

Summer is my time, I revel in the gloriousness of the season, soaking in every last sun-kissed second.  Let’s get caught up on the craziness, shall we?

 

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We indulged in lots of family time, with plenty of sides of ice cream 🙂

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Family sushi dates! Insider tip: toddlers and sushi are a match made in heaven, food is fast, plenty to watch and noodles! Cue noodle dance

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Practiced our water park swagger and are up to swimming under water from the steps to mom waiting 5 feet away.

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Our legs have looked like these, which means, it’s been a good summer.

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We took every advantage to spend time with each other, without Eli.  Even spending 20 minutes to take a picture in which I do not look awkward.

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We celebrated the fourth with coordinating stripes, pool parties, bbq and fireworks.

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Discovered a great love of baseball, but mainly of mascots and bat dog.

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Got extremely dirty and exhausted, “camping” in McCall.

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Played outside every chance, apparently this child’s energy knows no bounds and will never run out.
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Met the exotics at babby farms.