Tuesday, March 29, 2011

[nursery rhymes]

it's almost done!
i think.
it seems like it's taken us forever to get this little man's room together.
i laugh because with our first, everything was ready super early for her.  
we planned and prepared and wanted to have everything just so.
even with our second and third we had things a lot more "put together" than this time around.
life gets busy!

remember my dream nursery?
well, this room is quite the opposite.
funny how opinions and minds change, huh?
jack's room is white, chocolate and silver sage.
very traditional.

the important thing was that sam signed off on it :)
i can't wait to finish this project and show you the final product soon!

Monday, March 28, 2011

[did you say banana?]

banana bread is one of my favorites.
loving it, but feeling guilty for eating way more than i should when i bake it, i set out to find or create a new recipe.

must require but not limited to: 
100% whole wheat flour, honey for sweetness,
and of course must taste AMAZING.

okay friends, i have it ready for you.
and i am so excited to tell you that the texture and taste have not been compromised.
yes, i promise.
my whole family ate it right up and had no idea i changed the ingredients!
it's so much healthier.
and the best part of all, it's SUPER moist too!
i'm so excited!
you must try it!

•1/3 c canola oil
•1/3 c all natural applesauce
•1 c honey
•4 eggs
•2 c mashed ripe bananas
•2 t vanilla extract
•3 1/2 c whole wheat flour (i use high altitude hungarian)
•1 t sea salt
•1 t baking soda
•1/2 c hot water
•1 c chopped walnuts (optional)

preheat oven to 325ยบ F.  
in a large mixing bowl, beat oil and honey together.  
add eggs and mix well.  
stir in bananas and vanilla.  
stir in flour and salt, careful not over mix.  
add baking soda to hot water. stir together and then add to batter, again careful not to over mix.  
blend in chopped nuts.  
pour batter into 2 greased 9X5 inch loaf pans.
bake on center rack for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  
cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before slicing.

let me know what you think!

*recipe derived from PEDGI'S on allrecipes.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011

[jack attack]

today while the older girls were at school, i thought i'd try and snap a few shots of jack.
he's been changing so much!
we had a few melt downs.
better luck next time i guess.

i sent sam to the store last night for some new similac - the sensitive kind.
nursing has been an adventure (that's a whole different story i'll someday tell)
this poor little guy has not been happy.
he's fussy and unsettled.
if he's not asleep, he wants to be held.
i am exhausted.

well, sam came back with the formula and some different kind of binks to try.
low and behold, i think we have a keeper.
they're the gerber cherry nipple kind.
i'm praying he will continue to like this type... if not, we may be in trouble.
i just want my baby to be happy!
i want to enjoy him.
i want him to enjoy me.
i want to lay side by side and listen to him coo and watch him smile.
it's close.
i can feel it.

when i pointed out to sam that this new bink he bought had pink on it, 
he said, "ah, he's secure enough in his manhood!  it's fine."
i laughed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

[as white as snow]

new life
fresh new beginnings
 oh how i love the innocence and wonder of spring!

we were invited to our neighbor's farm sunday afternoon to see this new baby lamb that had been born earlier that morning!
the girls were so excited to hold her!  a little reluctant at first, they quickly felt of her calm demeanor and right away realized they would be safe to take her :)

it was such a gorgeous day.  the sun was bright and all the new smells of spring were there, swirled in with animal essence lol.
what a fun outing!  thanks edie and jacob!

and who doesn't love a little hammock, right?

Friday, March 4, 2011

[cuddle bugs]

what a whirlwind these last five weeks have been!  
i haven't had a minute to write.
it's amazing how much time is spent taking care of a newborn and three other kids!
i'm a bit overwhelmed.

i have so much to blog about... but any spare time i have i just want to cuddle in bed with my little boy bundle and the girls reading books and snuggling.  it's the best! 

life is good :)