Thursday, March 5, 2015

He's So Good

Daddy.  The kids seriously have one of the best.  He comes home from sometimes long days of work, and he plays and plays and plays with the kids.  

We got a little paper airplane book a few weeks ago, and Carter was intent on making one every 15 minutes or so.
Jeremy did.  He made all different kinds of airplanes, and when Carter asked him to fly them off the top of Michael's bed (what the kids call the top bunk - it's where the archangel Michael sleeps to protect them), he didn't hesitate.



It looks like Carter might have jumped the gun a bit.

When they want to line up cars, he does.  When they want to wrestle, giggle, rough house, or scream out all of that energy (much to my disdain), he will do it.  (Sometimes I have a hard time with all the noise, ha!)
Yet, he can also be so gentle (and stern when discipline is needed).

This little thing has just as special of a place in her Daddy's heart as the boys do, and he cares for her in a way that a little girl needs to be cared for.

When he's not playing with them, he's showing them how important it is to love me.  He helps with everything...from the household chores to bathing the little ones.  He wakes up first with Sophie in the mornings to give her her bottle.  He initiates family prayer time.  He chooses to spend his free time with us.  He's simply a good, good man.
They're so blessed to have him as a model for life...and really, I am, too!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I'm No Julia Child

BUT, I did finally make Beef Bourguignon!

I used Ina Garten's recipe, and while it wasn't difficult at all, it did have quite a few steps.

Here's a little look:

It called for an entire bottle of wine.  I was a bit skeptical that even I would like it, much less the kids.
Then, I was instructed to burn off the cognac.  So fun.  The boys were in awe!  I think this is maybe something that would make the boys a bit more interested in cooking.
Especially John Paul.


I also made this bread.  It's our absolute favorite, and I thought it would be perfect with this.  It was.
Voila!
I think it could have cooked in the oven a bit longer to make the meat just a tad more tender.
I also didn't use pearl onions, but oh well.
I took a bite and told my husband to lower his expectations.  At first it wasn't what I had in mind.  But then...then everyone loved it!  Jeremy said it was the best meal he had in a long time.  Carter ate it all. Peter had three plates of it, and John Paul even had most of his.  Sophie enjoyed the bread.

So, all of that to say the extra steps were well worth it.  Full tummies and a full heart.  I'm pretty blessed!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Snow Days...

We've been staying inside a lot, but it hasn't meant any less fun...just more messes.  Ha!  

We've done a little painting.





And, a little learning with some magnets.  Carter did this one all by himself.  I was pretty proud of his ability to just look at the guide card and make it.
Peter has lost Neigh-Neigh.  Seriously, he was taking great care of him (even strapping him in a carseat, hehe), and he's gone.  Luckily we have a back-up that has been well loved, but we're still in search of the original.  Saint Anthony?!
 We've finally made the sprinkles cupcakes from the mix we bought in Chicago this summer.







 And, Carter is moving up in the baking skills...his first cracked egg.



Sophie's been right along with us.

 
The boys have been helping feed her and keep her entertained.  In fact, she's laughed more for them than anyone else.

 And Carter's gotten into a funny stage of needing his name on all.of.his.stuff.
 We've bowled a bit in the hall...
 Yet, we're still learning the difference between "roll" and "throw".


Peter's been working on his colors a bit.

And, John Paul's just been trying to keep his teeny hay bale safe and clean (it has to be washed after every time Sophie touches it).
Sophie's even had a little fun of her own, can't you tell?!


The days stuck inside can be long (and really, really loud), but they can be a whole lot of fun, too!