Monday, April 14, 2014

Good Morning, Cherry Blossoms

We ventured into DC yesterday morning (early) to see the Cherry Blossoms. They were said to be at their peak on Thursday last week so we were hoping they would still be in full bloom come Sunday. They were! 
This year the Cherry Blossom Festival was still going on along with other activities in DC so it was incredibly crowded...even at 6:45am. We walked all around the Tidal Basin; it was an absolutely gorgeous morning! Mark was super-dad while pushing a double-stroller through crowds. 

Here are some pictures from our short but fun morning.



I'm teeeeeethinngg








Sunday, April 13, 2014

F - week

F


Monday: We made fish. Lily showed Mark when he got home and he didn't know what they were. I guess we need to work on our craft skills. haa

Tuesday: Frog legs. Kidding. We had fish sticks.
Wednesday: We prayed for our family (extended family, too!)
Our verse: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16
Thursday: (below) See the activity I made for more letter practicing. They are pots that Lily can put flowers into (all uppercase) or carrots (lowercase). She's been doing the flowers this week where she matches the letter on the pot to the letter on the flower.





Friday: Lily talked to Uncle Dan because he is a Financial Adviser. :) Thanks for the early morning chat, Uncle Dan (and Ari and Ash, too!)




Friday, April 11, 2014

Ethan is 7 months!


Time is flying. Thank goodness I set an alarm on my phone to remind me that Ethan is another month older. ha. On April 8th he turned 7 months old. I feel like he hasn't changed a lot since his last update. He hasn't gotten his two front teeth, but they are close. Sadly, he seems to be in a lot of pain awaiting their arrival. :(
He also hasn't started crawling yet (I thought he would be!) but he's getting closer and closer. See the picture below to see how he gets up on his knees. He's been spinning around on his belly and trying SO hard to get things that are out of his reach.

Stats:
Weight: 19lbs 10oz 
Eyes: Blue!
Hair: blondish-reddish 
Sleep: 1-2 naps per day (short am and long pm) - night sleep = waking to nurse 1-2 times
Bedtime is at 6:30-7:00 and you sleep until 6-6:15 fairly consistently.
Foods: Sweet potato, pear, apple, spinach, banana, avocado, pineapple, orange
You like to chew on everything. I'm hoping those teefers will pop soon so you won't seem like a rabid chipmunk. 



oh, those baby blues



'enough with these pictures, mom"

Sunday, April 6, 2014

E - week (and a video!)

It's E week!

E

Did you guess what we made on make-something-Monday?
Lily is giving you a hint: 


Monday: Lily made an Elephant! Did you guess it?! 




Tuesday: We had hard-boiled eggs with lunch and we even were able to have a picnic. Hooray, Spring is here!

Wednesday: We read about Eve in the garden of Eden.
Our memory verse this week:
"Every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God. - Romans 14:11

Thursday: Review of A-E. Next week I'll show you a fun game I made to help Lily with learning lower-case and upper-case letters.

Friday: E-E-E-E...
ETHAN! :) 

A video too. Please excuse the blurriness. I don't know why it's SO blurry. I'll have to check the settings. Toddlers don't wait for checking with settings though..! ha.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

D - week

Let's start out by waving goodbye to March. D for DONE.
It's been raining here for two days and the weather this week was on-and-off. I'm quite ready for vitamin-D (ha.) and fresh spring air. The weather looks very good this week!

D

Monday: We made ducks to add to our growing wall of 'characters'. We now have an alligator, a butterfly, clouds, and a duck. Can you guess what we're going to make tomorrow for the letter E? I'm not giving away the surprise, you'll have to check back next week. :)


awww, kisses for the duck

Tuesday: We ate a D'Anjou pear and Dark chocolate almonds. (Yes, even I will admit that was a stretch). 


Wednesday and Thursday were kind of blurs with other busyness. We read about Daniel in the lions den and on Thursday we looked at uppercase letters and lowercase letters: Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd.
Our verse this week: "Do to others as you would have them do to you" Luke 6:31

Friday: Hi, Uncle Dave! Thanks for taking time to Facetime with Lily (while at work!) - you rock. 


Other things from this week:
A break in the weather = pizza outside waiting for daddy on Friday.

oh Lily Jane


and then this happened one afternoon...
I love those tiny people SO much.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

C - Week

C

Monday: C for Cloud. We made a rain cloud and a snow cloud. They call me Jill Nye. (..just kidding)








Tuesday: Taste-It: Cashews and craisins for snack and cucumber with lunch. We also made coconut cookies. "CC"!
These are my favorite cookies so I'll share. It's from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook. The cookies are gluten-free and are made without butter.

Coconut-Chocolate Cookies:
  • 1 1/4 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (Sara used cacao nibs)
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (Sara used sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (Sara used muscovado)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate chips, coconut, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg until uniform in color and doubled in volume.
  3. Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on baking sheet with 1-1/2 inch space in between each. Press down slightly to flatten a bit.
  7. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.








Wednesday: Cain and Abel are who we read about. Our memory verse for the week:
"Create in me a pure heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

Thursday: More repeating "big A, little a, big B, little b, big C, little c"

Friday: Lily's boyfriend/destined-to-be-husband, Cal (short for Caleb) was the pick this week. Lily did FaceTime with him this morning and I tried to get a picture but it didn't work :(
Cal and his two sisters came over to play Friday morning so they also saw each other face-to-face, too. We had such a good time playing. Thank you for being Lily's FaceTime Friday, Cal!



"This girl is kinda boring.."