Thursday, October 28, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I love having a helper in the kitchen.


These are wonderful cookies, I'm not a big butterscotch fan but I thought maybe I'd like them with the pumpkin.  They're okay-I think I'll make these again with milk chocolate chips.  The cookie part though is excellent.  Great flavor and very soft.  I found the recipe here.  The only thing I did differently was use pumpkin pie spice instead of just cinnamon and I used 1/2 c. less chips.

I had this lovey girl helping me in the kitchen.  She is at the age where she wants to do everything.  I let her sift all the dry ingredients and she did a great job.  I am continually impressed with her.  I sometimes don't think she can do things and don't think to let her try, and then she totally surprises me.  I'm one lucky mama.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dream fulfilled.


**knitted is a word.  I looked it up.**

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Clean Sweep


When Tony was little, his mom (Hi, Grammi!) had a cleaning tactic that he calls the "clean sweep."  She would dump everything off the surfaces in their room into a big pile and then they had to go through it and clean it all up.  It's genius.  So, one morning this week my visiting teachers were coming over and I just knew I wouldn't have time to workout, shower, dress me and Lu, etc., and clean off the wreckage on my desk.  I decided to give myself a clean sweep and hide it in the bedroom.  It filled this giant box.  I couldn't believe it!?  So, the next day I went through the box, everything was put away or thrown away.  And today, 2 days later, my desk is trashed again.  What is my deal?  Why do I have a perpetual Marjory pile in tow?

Monday, October 18, 2010

My life right now.


Only 10 sewing days left 'til Halloween!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

When my back was turned...



"Look! Stripes!  Like a tiger!"


She even got her paws:

It kinda reminds me of this.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My sunshine girl.


It will be no surprise to some that I have been trying to get pregnant with baby #2.  As expected, it's an emotional roller coaster.  After all the surgery and radiation of '08, my doctor expressed that it would be unlikley to have more children on my own, that my ovaries would no longer produce eggs properly.  However, my ob-gyn has been really optimistic and confident that I will be able to conceive.  I have run the gamut of feelings over the issue, ranging from extreme fear and stress to peace and faith, sometimes in the same day.

When my fertility first came into question, I was really sensitive about it; when people asked me if I wanted to have more children, or if I was, "baby hungry," it would cause me to feel upset and even malice toward the innocent people asking the question.  I've changed my attitude. I feel optimistic about the whole process. Whatever is supposed to happen, will happen, I have faith that it will all work out the way it should.

At the end of the day, or rather, at the end of Lucy's day, sometimes I am so frazzled I can hardly make it through brushing teeth and prayers and hugs and kisses with a smile on my face.  I admit sometimes I am less than patient during out bedtime routine.  Tonight, after bedtime, and after I'd had a few minutes to relax, Lucy starting the whining and crying portion of the evening that requests drinks and snacks and multiple trips to the potty.  I become a little more patient at this point, trying to figure out which strategy will actually get her to stay in her bed and go to sleep.  Tonight, she worked me good, "I need snuggles, Mama."  She said.  I held her like an infant and sang our song to her.  "You are my Sunshine."  It is my favorite lullaby, since it's the only one I can ever remember my mom singing to us.  I have sung it to Lucy from the moment she was born.  I think of it as our song.  When she was a baby and I had just gotten the news that I would have to have surgery, the part I feared most was being away from Lucy.  We were driving home from somewhere and she was crying in her carseat, she must have been 6 months old or so, and I started singing our song.  She immediately calmed down.  Now I know it was probably just the singing in general distracting her, but I like to think that she knew it was our special song and that I loved her even if I had to be away from her, much the way my mom must have felt knowing she'd have to leave me.  

So tonight, while I was holding my giant baby, singing our song softly into her ear, I was listening to her voice sing all the words she knew back to me.  I was thinking about how if she had a sibling, I probably wouldn't hold her like this anymore, I would probably expect her to act more grown up in a lot of circumstances.  For once, I felt a little perspective on the situation.  That maybe my sunshine needs more snuggles and I can be patient for baby #2 as long as my arms can hold my baby #1 and sing our special song..."so please don't take my sunshine away."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I'm learning to love fall.

















The cider mill with Grammi, Uncle Coco, Auntie Alison.
Maybe the best doughnut I've ever had.
Yum.



Saturday, October 09, 2010

Lizard is 2!

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!  Time for Oktoberfest!  Jen made traditional German foods.  I had Spaetzle for the first time I can remember and it was amazing.  I racked my brain for gift ideas and then thought about how we passed Lucy's kitchen on to Lizzie a while ago and she needed some play food to go with it.  I thought about making a birthday cake but couldn't figure out how to keep it all together.  I asked Jen what Lizzie's favorite foods were and she replied as I thought she would, "Candy, cookies...all the good stuff."  So, since we've all been a little obsessed with the Cupcake Station lately, I decided to make cupcakes.  They were so fun to plan and make but the best part was seeing how much she loved them.  She opened them and passed them out and put them back in the box, in and out. 
She's such a sweetie.


The sweet birthday girl.


 and look as this little cupcake:
Baby Genny

With all the crafting, I didn't have time for Lederhosen this year,
but I did manage to channel Heidi for some braids.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Speaking of apples...


This was the treat for our FHE last night.  I used the Apple Crisp II recipe from AllRecipes, I halved it.  It makes me feel bad for Apple Crisp I.  II has so many more ratings that it seems silly to try anything else.  For the sauce, I mixed about half a jar of store-bought caramel ice cream topping with about 1/3 can of evaporated milk.  I was worried they wouldn't mix but mix they did.  I wanted to drink it but I think I got a cavity just from looking at it. 

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Best.


I think this has been one of our best
General Conferences.  By "our," I mean, our family.  Some years have definitely been better than others as far as planning and attentiveness, but this year, I feel like we had things a little more together. The Spirit could be felt, we could take time to teach and talk with Lucy and we prepared for meals and things ahead of time so the in-between times didn't feel so stressful.  I tell you what, there were so many talks that I needed to hear.  Maybe I am more moldable this year but I felt more inspired to make good changes in my life.  Conference came at a time when I really needed the spiritual nourishment and I felt like I was eating it up as fast as it was dished out.  There were a few talks I felt like were over my head, spiritually speaking, that I'm looking forward to going back through, but President Uchtdorf's talk about our optimum speeds for success was the reminder I needed to refresh my goals and evaluate my priorities.  

I am so grateful to have a living prophet.  I am grateful to be a member of a church that teaches its people in no uncertain terms how to navigate the turbulence of life. 

I found this picture when I was looking for a photo of the Conference Center.  We were babies!  This was April Conference 2004.

Saturday, October 02, 2010