Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Our Lord came down from life to suffer death;
the Bread came down, to hunger;
the Way came down, on the way to weariness;
the Fount came down, to thirst.
Augustine, Sermon 78

Friday, December 16, 2011

candy cane marshmallows

these are my new "go to" item. they are so inexpensive, so easy, so pretty, and so tasty, that i almost hesitate to share. almost:)

marshmallowsmelted chocolate or almond bark
crush up candy canes

and look! so lovely. put a few in a cellophane bag with a bow and a pack of hot cocoa, maybe even put it all in a mug....instant gift!i loved this idea so much that when i had to bring cookies to a christmas program i took plain ol' chocolate chip and sugar cookies and applied the same principle....yum!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

eleven months

it's been a BIG month for you, dear judah. just days after your 10-month post you sprouted your first two teeth, started cruising from furniture to furniture, standing up in your crib and eating baby food.
it took about a week after you figured out how to climb up the keyboard stand, but you also now are a concert pianist. you're so amazing:)
your first thanksgiving

yes. mommy is purposely not acknowledging that this is the last post, the last few weeks before that terrible day.
starts with a "b" and ends with "irthday".

Friday, December 9, 2011

"all i want for christmas...

is my two front teeth!"

the ONLY thing that could have made this moment better would be if this little boy went to school the next day to find his kindergarten bff had lost his front tooth the night before too. yeah. it really happened.

"and mom...mrs. fowler called us TWINS!"
best. compliment. ever.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

sinter klaas as a ninja?

last night was our yearly fun of surprising friends with goodies in the spirit of anonymous giving attributed to saint nicholas. this year the boys took the anonymity up a notch and dressed in ninja and camo outfits.
each family on our list got a bag full of treats, a st. nicholas bookmark, and a history of the man's life we celebrate
getting our game face on

while we were delivering i overheard noah and ari in the back seat talking about how much they were having. noah then said: "Ari...i am TOTALLY doing this when i get a wife!"

we came home to find TWO friends had joined in our fun this year and left us goodies on OUR doorstep. it was so delightful and really added to the experience for the boys. thank you liz and nicolette!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

sinter klaas eve

this year we decided to separate our festivities into two as it was just becoming too much for one night. it keeps in line with the dutch tradition as sinter klaas EVE is actually a much bigger celebration.

the day was busy with preparation for the big night.
the shoes of two little boys (who were at school) were filled with gold coins (the chocolate variety), treats, and small gifts.
bishop of myra mitre (hat) cookies were cut and baked and favorite foods were prepared for dinner (weenie wraps, doritos, and black olives, anyone?)

after dinner it was time to exchange gifts and of course take the obligatory st. nicholas hat and shoe picture.
this one really captures noah.

and this one has "ari" written all over it.

it's o.k. i know you have to gasp a little and say "awww!! "
it is just
that cute
but THIS is really the one that captures judah's essence. it took dozens of these shots to get the one you just oohed and aaaahed over :)

after gifts were opened we sat down together to watch veggietales version of the life of st. nicholas. it does a good job of portraying the life and values of sinter klaas while maintaining of veggie-ish humor throughout.

we ended the night with a fire in the fireplace, plenty of sweeties to munch on and hearing the story of saint nicholas, the man who gave not only his wealth, but his time, his heart, and even for a time, his freedom, to lavish others with the love of his Savior.
we think this is a thing worth celebrating.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ten months

there is no better picture to capture judah this month. always watching. ever vigilant. just longing, wanting, pining to be big. straining to see. leaning forward to get an inch closer to the action.
still no teeth. still no sleeping through the night. but being a big boy? he's got it down. here he is at the science museum watching his brothers ride a segway and play with a chinese yo-yo. he just parked himself on the sideline and watched. completely engaged. the next best thing to actually "being there".

judah, you are the most precious spectator i've ever seen.
someday...far too near in the will be in the ring, fully participating instead of just dreaming about it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"how would it be if you came and had tea with me?"

do you know the story of narnia? specifically, the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe? the students at Ari's school are very well acquainted with this mythical place and when i was asked to put on an event for the house of Augustine i immediately started thinking narnian. Ari's school has five "houses". they are each comprised of students from every grade and are led by an upperclassman "prefect". i really enjoy this part of his education. the older ones are encourage to mentor and help the younger ones as they look up to the older. it also fosters friendships outside of ones own grade.

the famous scene from TLTWTW is mr. tumnus, the faun meeting lucy at the lamp post and inviting her to tea. what a perfect setting for an event!lucy met mr. tumnus as he was busy picking up his brown paper parcels, holding an umbrella and wearing a red muffler in the snow as in narnia it was "always winter, never christmas."

he asked if she was truly a "daughter of eve"...a human. when she confirmed, he asked "how would it be if you came and had
tea with me?"
"Lucy thought she had never been to a nicer place. It was a little, dry, clean cave of reddish stone...and a table and a dresser and a mantelpiece and above that a picture of an old Faun with a gray beard....and on one wall was a shelf full of books. Lucy looked at these while he was setting out the tea things. they had titles like The life and Letters of Silenus or Nymphs and Their Ways or Men, Monks, and Gamekeepers: a Study in Popular Legend or Is Man a Myth?"

"and it really was a wonderful tea. there was a nice brown
egg, lightly boiled, for each of them,

and then sardines on toast,

and then
buttered toast,

and then
toast with honey,

and then
sugar-topped cake.

to end our festivities, the headmaster, Mr. Carr, read to us from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. it was almost more of an acting out than a reading as he referred to all of the props we had as he read about them and pointed out each delicacy as they were mentioned in the story.
i had so much input from wonderful friends who helped me with supplies, ideas, and making this event come to life. thank you!
i think the children truly enjoyed being transported to narnia for a short time and asked to make this an annual tradition!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


i've been scaling WAY back on my crafting as of late. it's part of my effort to simplify. but when i saw this banner on pinterest and that it was a free printable, well, i just had to give it a try.
it boasts one of my favorite words and it's the season where we celebrate gratitude so it serves as a beautiful reminder to me.
if you'd like to make one (only if you have the time and it won't stress you out:) click here for the free printable. i did mine on cardstock. i used twine i already had (you could use ribbon, string, raffia) and scrapbook paper i had on hand, and full sized clothespins because they were already in the house. i think they are too heavy and forced me to not "drape" the banner as much as i would've liked, but this is about being thankful. not perfect.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

the greek olympics

In 3rd grade in a classical education the students study the history of the Roman and Greek empires. At Providence Hall last year the 3rd grade had a greek olympic day. the rest of the school thought it looked like such fun they wanted to join this time!

the morning started with pita and honey and opening ceremonies. shortly after they
"let the games begin!"
3rd grade boys foot race (with noah as their biggest cheerleader on the sideline)

there were chariot races, discus throws, and javelin competitions.

after a morning full of activity the 3rd graders got to have a special greek feast...

beautiful decor, laurel crowns, and greek costumes awaited the students
Mr. Broughton and the third grade class
Ari and the other two warriors
the children and parents feasted on gyros, hummus, tabbouleh, pita, and of course baklava! it was a very fun and memorable day in the life of my little greek olympian.

Monday, October 31, 2011

good thing we've got a costume trunk

what a week! wednesday night was a halloween party with all our mommy friends. i took a dueling pair-obi wan kenobi and darth vader...
as well as this adorable turtle i found crawling across the porch
sunday night we suited up again for the fall festival at church where baby turtle had his first hay rideearly this morning was the costume parade at noah's school where he donned a casady baseball uniform, cleats and all. mr. turtle decided to hitch a ride with me again. he's kind of growing on me.
but wait! just as i began to like that little shelled creature i traded him in for a little air freshener. when a friend offered to lend this to me, how could i refuse? it just wouldn't be fair to deprive you all of this sight.
evergreen fresh was joined by captain america, obi wan kenobi, and the rest of the crew you see here as we roamed the neighborhood tonight. i think the festivities have officially ended. until next year.