Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mid-week Likes & Links

So, we've been making a lot of things this week.  The main one being our traditional family Christmas cookie: Spitz Buban!

John Paul turns four tomorrow.  Ahh.  And, he is addicted to why not give him this?

I'm trying this for the first time for his birthday breakfast!

I found this site for maybe a gift or two for some people on my list.

Loving this sweet book this Advent.  

I saw these in Crate and Barrel's stocking stuffer catalog, and I really want to get them.

Is there a gift you ask for every year?  This is mine.  Sadly, I wear mine so much, and without socks, that they get pretty rank by the end of the year.

Okay, that's all I've got.  What are you liking this week?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Builders: A Gift Idea for Boys

For Peter's birthday, he received this neat little Build-it-Yourself Kit.  I thought it might be a fun idea to pass along for those looking for Christmas gifts for little boys.  

It comes with nails, glue, a hammer (everything you need).  And, I think you can make five or so little projects.
Now, Peter (being five) isn't quite ready to do it all alone, but it's wonderful to do alongside a parent.

And, Peter is one who looooves to build, draw, create, etc.

He also always has a little helper.

Happy building!

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Things They Say (and Do!)

I found these photos that I never posted from a month or so ago, and I didn't want to forget about them.  Carter and Sophie were helping me get rid of some things in the garden (old plants, tomato cages, etc).  And, then Carter wanted to make a stick garden in the yard.  Ha!  I thought it would be a good place to write down a few things they've been saying lately.

Sophie is really making up for her lack of talking this summer.  I frequently find her singing. Sometimes it's a recognizable song and others, she's just making it up as she goes.  Her current favorite...

"Tomowow, Tomowow, I lub you.  A day AWAY"

In discussing the baby's name, Carter's eyes widen..."How about we don't tell Dad, and then we surprise him and name the baby Jeremy Jr.?!!"

I was making some sausage balls and was putting green chili in, when Sophie asked what it was.  "I lub gween chili...what you tawkin bout?...gween chili yucky!"

My dad does this silly thing where he swallows something like a piece of popcorn and then makes a funny noise and pretends he gets it out of his ear.  The kids are in awe of it.  Well, we were sitting at the dinner table, and JP asked, "Will you do that trick that Papa does with the popcorn in his ear?  He's a musician!"  Peter quickly countered, "He is not a musician!  Musicians are tricky! Papa just thinks he is tricky!  But, he's really just funny!"
This morning as I got Sophie her milk, she came back in the kitchen distraught. "Dis milt NOT DOOD for ME! Hmph." I was worried that it might be sour, so I asked what was wrong.  "I need CHOLOT MILT.  Hmph!"

Carter's been very complimentary of my cooking the last few months.  He always says how much he loves my cooking.  Just yesterday he said, "Wow!  You have a gift for cooking.  This is just a party in my mouth!!"
The last few days when I've announced it's nap time, Sophie shakes her head, "I no nap during Chreemas time."  I guess she's thinking the entire month of December is Christmas time.

Hmm...hope you have a little funny in your day, too!